Fire Safety for Household Candles
With winter approaching, candles are a common item used in many households. These open flames are a cause of fire damage in many homes, particularly in December. As we begin to ignite these warm and scented items in our homes, please remember to practice the proper safety precautions to help keep you and your family safe.
- Be sure to blow out any candles in use before you leave the room or go to bed. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than one third of home fires caused by a candle began in a bedroom.
- Candles should be at least one foot away from anything that can catch flames, including clothing and curtains.
- Keep candles and lighters out of the reach of children.
- Place your candles on a sturdy and clutter-free surface.
- Do not let a candle burn down to the candle holder.
- During a power outage, use flashlights instead of candles to eliminate a fire hazard.
Following these safety guidelines will help to eliminate the risk of fire damage in your home. Should you experience fire, smoke or soot damage, the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford are always prepared to help! We offer 24/7 emergency services for cleaning and restoring any size fire disaster. For more information, give us a call at 610-268-8620!
Fall Fire Safety
The fall season brings seasonal traditions and some adjustments to our daily routines as the weather declines. With these changes come some unwanted risks including fire hazards in our homes. Below, we list some preventative measures you can take now in order to prepare for the colder seasons.
- Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This process should be completed on an annual basis, and the beginning of a new season is the perfect time to ensure your home is safe and prepared for potential emergencies.
- Check your heaters and HVAC systems for signs of failure and damage. Heating systems pose a significant threat of fire damage during the fall and winter months, so preparation and HVAC system inspections are critical in order to eliminate the risk of fire or lack of heat in your home. Any space heaters should be also be placed away from items that pose a risk such as clothing.
- Fireplaces should be inspected annually to ensure they do not pose a risk, and combustible materials should be kept a safe distance away.
- Clear your roof and gutters of debris that can collect and pose a risk if ignited.
- Do not leave a fire of any kind unattended.
With the colder months approaching, the risk of a fire becomes higher than ever. SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford would like to remind you to be safe and to practice these safety precautions this fall and winter. Along with many other preventative actions you can take, these steps are critical in helping to keep you, your family and your home safe.
If your home does experience a fire damage event of any size, our team is here for immediate assistance. Our fire restoration professionals can handle the entire restoration and reconstruction process for you in order to help ease the stress that often comes with these types of disasters. For more information, give us a call at 610-268-8620.
Saving Education with Water Restoration
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford has been busier than ever with water damage events in our local Pennsylvania area. Our water restoration professionals are prepared to assist with an emergency call at a moment’s notice. This pertains to some of our local organizations as well, including one of our educational institutions that uses us often for various restoration and cleaning projects.
This particular educational facility was recently left more overwhelmed than most of our customers. In just over a week, water damage had occurred twice in the same building and we went out immediately both times to perform restoration before the problem could get worse. We were also called back out for a Biohazard job on campus that was in need of an immediate cleanup. This institution uses us often, and we always enjoy working with their team in order to help keep everything running smoothly for the students and faculty.
Are You Covered for Storm Damage?
Torrential downpours, strong winds or a sudden burst of lightning can all lead to storm damage to your home or business. While there are many steps we can take to eliminate the severity of a storm-related risk, often the damage is unavoidable. It is critical to not only prepare for the storm itself but also for what becomes of your property once the skies clear. SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford would like to remind you to please review your insurance policy and coverage with your agent in order to ensure you are protected when it matters the most.
- Discuss the details of your coverage with your insurance company. While many agencies do cover wind damage, some do not. In addition, water damage is often not covered, despite what you may think. If you live or work in an area that is prone to flooding, this is something you should be aware of and discuss with your agent. You should also discuss your deductible and if you have adequate financial coverage in the event of a storm.
- After the storm, you are asked to do what is necessary to prevent further damage to your property. This pertains to simple solutions outside of what a professional can do to help. Your insurance agency will cover temporary repairs to the building, but neglect will not work in your favor nevertheless. Please be sure to do what they ask before help arrives.
- Taking the necessary precautions before the storm is also a great way to help with storm damage. Old tree limbs and broken roof shingles are two factors that can pose a risk during strong winds or rainfall.
- Insurance companies also recommend that you make a log and take photos of important items that may need replacing during a storm event. Critical items and files should be placed in an area where they can be taken at a moment’s notice in an emergency.
During this hurricane season, please speak with your insurance agent regarding your policy and coverage. Being prepared will help lessen the stress and financial aspects of your storm damage. Should you experience a storm event, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is ready to help at a moment’s notice! Our 24/7 emergency response team can help to prevent further storm damage shortly after we receive the call for help. We offer immediate services for fire, water and storm damage in our local Pennsylvania area.
An Overflow of Hurricane Storm Damage
Along with many other franchises on the East Coast, our franchise in Pennsylvania stayed busy with over 500 calls for storm damage due to Hurricane Isaias. Our team was still feeling the effects from the storm for a couple months as more calls continued to come in. One of those calls was from a homeowner in Downingtown who called a month after the hurricane for more immediate assistance.
Due to the extensive storm damage and how long the water and debris was left in the basement, this was a fairly large remediation project for our crew, much like some of the other properties we saw right after the storm hit.
We also were very much needed at one of our local educational institutions recently. In just over a week, water damage had occurred twice in the same building and we went out immediately both times to perform remediation before the problem could get worse. We were happy to help get these locations back to normal and create positive experiences for both circumstances.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is always prepared to help in the event of damages due to storms, flooding, fire and more. We offer 24/7 emergency services to our local home and business owners and can take on any size disaster. For more info, give us a call at 610-268-8620!
The Aftermath of Hurricane Isaias Storm Damage
Our Storm Restoration team has been extremely busy helping to restore many homes and businesses in our local area after the damage that Hurricane Isaias left behind. In addition to power outages and dangerously flooded roads, the massive rain and winds caused many homeowners and businesses to experience overwhelming water damage. We received over 500 calls for storm damage including issues with flooded basements, failed sump pumps and sewage backups.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford was happy to step up to help our local community with this high impact storm. Over four weeks after the initial storm, we are continuing to work countless hours to help restore every customer’s property and are still receiving calls for damages. Our Reconstruction Department is also at maximum capacity in order to repair the destruction and make each customer’s particular disaster “Like it never even happened.”
When storms happen, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is proud to assist our local community when it is needed the most. Should another storm invade our area during hurricane season, we will be prepared to help when the skies clear.
Storm Damage in Kennett Square Home
Our storm restoration team recently completed water mitigation for a home in Kennett Square after a heavy rainstorm. The rain had entered the property and flooded their basement. Some of their contents were affected as well. This is often an overwhelming situation for our customers, and one that we strive to make better.
Our crew visited the property immediately to start the water cleanup and restoration process. Once we had removed the debris and extracted all signs of water from the basement, we used a large sum of equipment in order to fully dry the affected areas. Twelve air movers and two dehumidifiers were placed in the basement for over two days, in order to ensure no water or future mold damage would occur. We then cleaned the floor with our anti-microbial cleaning agent and left the basement good as new.
When it comes to storm damage, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is happy to help! In addition to services in fire, water and mold damage, we also offer reconstruction services and can help in the event of roof damage and other storm-related events. Please give us a call for more information at 610-268-8620.
Great Progress for Kennett Square Businesses after Fire Damage
This was just the beginning of our services performed at the New Garden Plaza II. We are still hard at work at this commercial center.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is hard at work with continuing to help restore a couple of our local commercial centers after the devastating fires they suffered this year. Both fires broke out in Kennett Square and the businesses affected had suffered severe damages. Our crew, however, has come a long way and these buildings are strongly progressing towards a new beginning.
One of the commercial centers that we are currently helping to restore is the Willowdale Town Center. After a fire broke out in early January and had affected three of our local businesses, we rushed to the scene immediately to help. The buildings have changed drastically for the better since then. We recently completed sealing, demo, and odor containment for the Sovana Bistro and Nicholas Anthony Salon and Day Spa. In addition, we are happy to announce that the once-collapsed roof of the building has now been replaced with the help of another reconstruction company.
Our fire restoration team is also moving along quickly at the New Garden Plaza II. This fire occurred last month and affected all six businesses in the business center. We have been dedicated to restoring the damages since day one, and we have stayed busy with packing out and cleaning the damaged content, pulling insulation and performing demolition to some of the affected areas of the structure.
Reconstruction will now begin, and the entire roof of the business center will be replaced and restored in a few short weeks. There will be many other improvements to the building, including new walls, floors, and ceilings. Electrical and plumbing will be restored as well.
We are thrilled to be making great progress, and hope to have these great businesses back up and running soon! For more information on our fire restoration and reconstruction services for your home or business, please give us a call at 610-268-8620. We offer 24/7 emergency services for fire and water damage in our local community.
Our New Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program!
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is dedicated to helping our local community during this overwhelming time. We are here to help our local businesses as they reopen and find new ways to help keep their clients and employees safe and healthy. SERVPRO is introducing a new program that will help keep these facilities clean as well as offer peace of mind to the surrounding community.
Our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is more than a standard cleaning service and is designed to help with viruses like COVID-19. We utilize our hospital-grade disinfectant in order to help clean any size structure. We also offer collateral for your business to place at your location in order to let your clients know that your facility is safe and clean.
SERVPRO has years of experience due to viruses like Norovirus, H1N1, SARS and bacteria like MRSA. Additionally, all of our procedures and cleaners strictly adhere to both CDC and EPA guidelines.
Our cleaning professionals will utilize this new program in order to
- Consult with you on our different cleaning services and tailor a program to your specific needs
- Clean your facility while adhering to CDC and EPA protocols
- Certify that your business has been professionally cleaned while easing the tension of your clients
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is happy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our local community. We are here when it matters most, and are highly trained in other biohazard situations in addition to fire, water and mold services. For more information, please give us a call at 610-268-8620.
Be Prepared for Hurricane Storm Damage
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is always “Ready for whatever happens.” We are prepared for any size water or storm damage event, including those that occur due to hurricanes. It is officially hurricane season, which runs from June 1st through November 30th. These storms are nothing to take lightly, and we need to stay safe now more than ever during these difficult times.
In the event of a hurricane in our area, please remember to inspect your property for roof leaks and other signs of structural damage including loose drains and gutters. Remove any debris from your roof and watch for pipe breaks. Identifying hazards and completing simple repairs on your home can help prevent future storm damage.
Remember to listen for weather alerts and remove any outdoor signs or equipment from your property. Follow all proper safety procedures and remain safe!
Should you discover any type of water or structural damage, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is here to help for both the minor repairs and the storm destruction that may follow. Our highly trained and IICRC-certified restoration professionals are available 24/7 and can help you to weather the storm. Call us for more information at 610-268-8620.