Five Technologies That Can Help Broomall, PA, Property Owners Weather Storm Damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media offers five technology tips that help homeowners survive and recover from severe weather and storm damage.
SERVPRO of Media, PA, is dedicated to providing the best storm damage restoration services for homeowners and business owners who have suffered storm damage from severe weather, including high winds, heavy rains, and flooding. Successfully weathering a storm damage disaster involves three components:
Technology is an important element in each of these components. When disaster strikes, the right technology can make a power outage or lull in the Wi-Fi manageable. The professionals at SERVPRO of Media offer the following technology tips to help the homeowner and business owner stay safe while weathering the storm.
Tip #1: Purchase a battery jump-start pack
This rechargeable device can jump-start a vehicle and recharge a cell phone, laptop, or tablet. Simple units are affordable, compact, portable, and easy to use. Some units come with onboard LED lights. Other battery backup power solutions are available, but they can be expensive. Consult with an electrician for the best options.
Tip #2: Have an ample supply of batteries and flashlights
In a disaster situation, darkness is dangerous. A surplus of flashlights is an asset when the power grid is offline. LED flashlights burn brighter and last many times longer than traditional flashlights. Compact, durable, and shock-resistant, this technology is a true life-saver. Models that are water-resistant and that operate on rechargeable lithium batteries should be included in the inventory of emergency lighting. Build up a supply of batteries with a long shelf life of at least five years. As time passes, use aging batteries and replace them with fresh batteries.
Tip #3: Acquire a weather radio and learn how to use it
Regions of the United States subject to snowstorms, severe thunderstorms, and turbulent weather from tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes on occasion experience extended power outages from damage to the power grid. In these situations, accurate information is crucial for safety and survival. A reliable, sturdy weather radio can be a life-saver. In this digital age, the radio may seem like a technological dinosaur, but when the electricity is out and the Wi-Fi is down, a weather radio could be a life-saver. These radios receive information and instructions that are relevant for specific locations. The Emergency Broadcast System is fortified to withstand disasters and keep the news flowing. Homeowners are advised to purchase better quality units that run on batteries, solar power, or a hand-crank generator. Two radios are better than one. Store the radios in secure locations that are easily accessible. The weather radio gives listeners a heads up on immediate and future weather conditions.
Tip #4: Obtain several water purifiers
Water is essential for survival. The human body can only last around three days without water intake. According to Medical News Today, “The body needs lots of water to carry out many essential functions, such as balancing the internal temperature and keeping cells alive… For most people, drinking when they feel thirsty will provide them with more than enough water to function and thrive.”
The need for water may vary with age, health, physical activity, and temperature. Ensure an adequate and safe water supply by having water filters that remove both pathogens and sediment.
Tip #5: Invest in a generator
A typical thunderstorm might knock out power for a few hours. A large tornado, stalled tropical storm, or hurricane can leave tens of thousands of people without power and water for days and weeks. In these extreme situations, a generator might be a viable solution. A small generator can run an appliance or string of lights, while a whole-house generator can power most or all of the home. Consult with a licensed electrician when researching, purchasing, and setting up a generator. Be sure to keep a base supply of fuel on hand, and if the forecast calls for extreme weather, stock up on fuel.
SERVPRO of Media uses cutting-edge technology for storm damage and water damage remediation. Sophisticated moisture-detecting devices ensure SERVPRO technicians meet or exceed industry standards for dehumidification and moisture removal. Failure to remove moisture from water-damaged structures can lead to mold and wood rot. Certain devices allow technicians to remove water and moisture behind walls and under flooring without having to conduct a large-scale demolition. Other technology assists in document restoration and mold remediation. Advancements in cleaning techniques improve efficiencies and ensure the site is clean, sanitary, and safe. SERVPRO franchises utilize the industry-standard estimating software, Xactimate. This app enables SERVPRO of Media to efficiently handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end.
Contact SERVPRO of Media for more details about storm damage cleanup in Broomall, PA, and neighboring areas. The office can be reached by phone at (610) 566-5720 or by email at office@SERVPROmedia.com