Flooded house headaches
One of the worst things to come home to after a long day of work is you floor flooded do to water damage. The roof leaks, a pipe bursts, the sub pump fails. Either way you have a big issue on you hands now. The floor is beginning to get wet and the water keeps coming. Your next move should be to call SERVPRO and get a crew out there as soon as possible. The team at SERVPRO will make sure they get there on time and are ready to take action right away. Once on site the customer can relax knowing that our IICRC certified water techs are on the job and are going to restore their house back to new in a matter of no time, When in a bind Call SERVPRO.
Commercial vs Residential
Here at SERVPRO of Southern Monroe we have the opportunity to work with some great individuals and companies. One of the main goals for SERVPRO as a whole is to have heavy and genuine influence and presence in the communities and Counties. The franchise is able to keep that rapport with business owners and home owners alike. Being able to access both commercial and residential accounts allows growth not just at a monetary level but also growth within the community, One of the driving forces behind SERVPRO's success is the way in which the brand converses with its clients. From being there one on one with a homeowner helping them through the mitigation process, to meeting with COI's on large commercial accounts. Creating ERPS for their businesses and making them feel at ease when it comes to disaster restoration. The opportunities for SERVPRO are endless and it allows are reach of services to continue to grow and develop.
Ways To Prevent mold growth in the home.
When it comes to mold growth in the home there are many options to protect your home or business. One of the first things you can do to prevent mold growth is to make sure that you have good ventilation moving throughout your house and also in your attic and crawlspace. One common misconception about mold is that the tighter the insulation the better the seal, which in turn will keep the house dry. But what is actually happening is that the lack of ventilation causes moisture in the air causing mold to begin to develop on the drywall. Mold attaches itself to house hold items such as drywall and paint on the walls. Having a dehumidifier in the home is always a very low cost way to keep the moisture in your home under control. Crawlspaces or basement are another common area for mold to grow. The mold grows well with low light cold temps and high humidity so a crawlspace is like a weekend in Vegas for mold spores.
One thing you learn when working at SERVPRO is the ability to adapt to any situation that is thrown at you and one of the things SERVPRO gets called for very often is to identify mold or go on mold scopes and determine the condition of the structure being scoped. When one of the Certified Mold Inspectors comes in to scope a house for mold they are very prepared for what is to come. The team goes through continues training to stay up to date on all new protocols and procedures. One of the main things that the team does is they go in and try to identify exposed mold , when the source is found the team works outwards from the source. If no mold is visible the team can then execute a air-o-cell mold test . The machine draws 150 (L) of air into an air-o-cell then gets sent to the lab for further investigation.
Nor Easter part 1.
North East Pennsylvania has been getting hammered with snow lately causing a lot of damage to homes and businesses alike. Over the last week and a half over 75k ppl and other electric provider users have lost power, now for some of them the power went right back on and everyone was happy. But for 80% of those who lost power are still without power. The devastation is tremendous, down power lines everywhere, trees laying on power lines and spanning across roads . This has put a lot of people in a very tight position. Some trapped in their cars for over 30 hours on the side of the road. To the gentleman we met in Milford who had over 6 trees fall on his property . Putting holes in his house boat and rv . Crushing his new pickup truck and ripping a high tension line right off of the house. Luckily teams of arborist and electricians have came up to help us out in our time of need.
SERVPRO jumps to help with Storm relief
Ann dropping off supplies in the Dingmans Ferry area.
As seen in the last blog post North East Pa has been getting slammed with winter weather from all angles. The team came together (In the dark of a powerless office) and came up with a way to give back to those helping with the rebuild but also those who to this day are still without their everyday necessitates. The team began gathering pallets of water and non perishable food items to begin the distribution process. Donating the goods to fire departments , community buildings and also the occasional house drop off. The team is making waves in the community by showing their overwhelming support for those effected. In the last 8 days the team at SERVPRO of Southern Monroe County has delivered over 1000 gallons of water and over 500 lbs. of food other beverages for those working to fix the issues as well as helping out all of the innocent people with nowhere to go in a time of need.
Power outages + no sub pump = Flooded basement
OVER 5 FEET OF WATER!
With all the snow finally laying on the ground its starting to cause some major flooding in crawlspaces , roads, sidewalks and even some streams are beginning to overflow. This has caused residents without power to experience so very mad conditions. in the picture attached you can see what happens when you have flooding in your basement for 7 days and the water level reaches almost 5 ft in depth . The team at SERVPRO got the call and made an emergency service call to the residency the homeowner was worried her whole house was going to be under water in no time. The team showed up with high powered firefighting pump to begin to get rid of the water. At almost 90 gallons a minute the team pumped out over 13,000 gallons of water in under 4 hours. The home owners were very overjoyed when they saw that the basement was not flooded anymore.
Commercial water loss
Water loss is something we all have to deal with. It can sneak up on you in a matter of minutes potentially causing tremendous amounts of damage to building or structure in which it has originated from. SERVPRO prides itself on continuing to set a industry high standard on the protocols and procedures used to deal with commercial water loss. From the state of the art drying software and equipment we use, to the continued training the SERVPRO staff receives to make sure that the job is not just done correctly, but done on time and done in a professional fashion. Next time you or anyone you know suffers a devastating loss call SERVPRO and they will come out and get the job done right.
On the night of January 28, our family's home was lost in a devastating fire. 21 years of memories burned to ashes in front of our eyes in minutes that felt like hours.
My family lost EVERYTHING physical and sentimental - furniture, clothes, valuables, photo albums. Our entire possessions accumulated over 21 years, a home that witnessed the growth of 9 children, gone before our eyes, leaving our family without a place to call home.
My younger siblings, Brenden (9), Sarah (11), Marissa (16), Ryan (19), and my parents, thankfully, escaped with their lives; but all that made up their lives - our lives - is buried beneath ashes and charred waste.
Fortunately, my family made it out of the house safely. We have not been able to find one of our kitties, but thankfully the other two have been found.
We are looking to raise funds to pay for clothing and other necessities that may arise.
Please, please share this message and help us raise donations in this moment of desperation.
This was an incredibly traumatic nightmare that we as a family never imagined experiencing and are not prepared for. We are so thankful for the community's
kindness and support.
We also want to thank all the volunteer fire departments as well as the state police for their professionalism and aid in our time of need.
We thank you for any help you can offer, by donating or sharing this page.
Over the last few months SERVPRO of Southern Monroe has had the opportunity to rub elbows with some of Pennsylvania's finest when it comes to Fire and Ems Services. Over the weekend of 18th of November Anthony (SMR) attended the 27th annual PFESI Dinner. At the dinner the Board of directors came up and gave awards out to some of the most influential members in the group. Also during the dinner there was a moment of silence for those men and women we lost in the line of duty. SERVPRO is a major sponsor of the PFESI and works along side the fire and EMS on a daily basis. One thing to take away from the event was the commitment to community that all of our Fire and EMS members have. The really create a strong sense of community in their actions.