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7 Tips for Homeowners Who Need to Hire a Storm Damage Restoration Contractor

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The professionals at SERVPRO offer seven tips to help homeowners understand how to hire the best storm damage restoration contractor.

Dealing with damage in the aftermath of a storm can be stressful, and the help of the right storm damage restoration company can be invaluable. However, the process of hiring a contractor can be just as overwhelming as the restoration process. The experts at SERVPRO of Media are here to help with seven tips for hiring a storm damage restoration contractor. 

SERVPRO of Media has almost three decades of experience in storm damage restoration and cleanup. They serve all of Media and Broomall, PA, as well as the surrounding communities. With the resources of a nationwide franchise on hand and highly trained and experienced specialists, they offer superior service and results.

7 Tips for Hiring a Storm Damage Restoration Contractor

 #1: Look for a Contractor With an Emergency Response Team

Storms don’t happen during business hours, so when one hits, homeowners need a storm damage restoration contractor who is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

#2: Verify the Restoration Will Start Very Quickly

Coming out on emergency calls is a good start, but storm damage restoration needs to begin as quickly as possible. Verify the contractor will be completing the entire restoration process now, not next week. Delaying restoration efforts can lead to secondary damage, such as mold. 

#3: Choose a Contractor With the Right Tools for the Job

Storm restoration damage can involve several different elements. The best contractors can deal with all of them, from roof repairs to pumping out the basement. The contractor should also be able to coordinate all these services effectively and quickly. 

#4: Research the Contractor's Reputation

Satisfied customers are the greatest indication that a storm damage restoration contractor will do a good job. Check out testimonials from former customers before choosing a company. 

#5: Make Sure the Contractor is Licensed and Good Accreditations

Many of the tasks involved in storm damage restoration require licenses. It is important to make sure the company has the right credentials. Details should be on the company’s website. Their site should also include information about accreditations, which are also an important indicator of the company’s abilities. 

#6: Ask If the Contractor Helps With Insurance Claims

Storm damage restoration can be very expensive, and the insurance claims process is daunting for many homeowners. An expert storm damage restoration contractor understands how to file claims and should be willing to help ensure nothing is missed that could result in a claim denial. 

#7: Opt for a Contractor That Uses High-Quality Equipment and Materials

Many storm damage restoration contractors have favorite brands they use in restoration projects. Before hiring a contractor, find out what equipment and materials they work with and make sure they are high quality. 

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO has helped homeowners in Broomall, PA, and the surrounding neighborhoods for 27 years and has an excellent reputation for quality work and friendly service. Their highly-trained specialists are up to date on the latest storm damage restoration techniques and available 24-7. 

For more information about storm damage restoration, contact SERVPRO at (610) 566-5720 or follow them on Facebook for more helpful tips. 

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Media 

SERVPRO of Central Delaware County

119 Springfield Avenue

Folsom, PA 19033

www.SERVPROmedia.com/

Ice Damage

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

A pipe that has broken due to freezing temperatures is shown spraying water. Freezing temperatures can cause water to freeze inside of pipes, causing water pressure to build and eventually causing the pipe to burst.

  1. Ice storms are caused by freezing rain. The raindrops move into a thin layer of below-freezing air right near the surface of the earth, allowing them to freeze on contact to the ground, trees, cars and other objects.
  2. Ice accumulates when super-cold rain freezes on contact with surfaces that are below freezing point. That can be dangerous, especially for older adults. You can walk a senior’s dog to keep them injury free! Sign up for Dog Days of Winter.
  3. Throughout the US, ice storms occur most often during the months of December and January.
  4. Ice storms have the bizarre effect of entombing everything in the landscape with a glaze of ice so heavy that it can split trees in half and turn roads and pavements into lethal sheets of smooth, thick ice.
  5. Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times.
  6. Urban areas tend to suffer more economic and physical damage than rural areas because of the concentration of utilities and transportation systems (aircraft, trains, vehicles) — all of which may be affected to a great degree by the ice storm.
  7. The Midwest and Northeast are prime areas for freezing rain. In the high frequency band in the Midwest, an average of 12 to 15 hours of freezing rain occurs annually.
  8. Driving during an ice storm is extremely hazardous, because ice can cause vehicles to skid out of control, leading to devastating car crashes.
  9. The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. In addition to car crashes, people die from hypothermia which is prolonged exposure to cold.
  10. In 1998, an ice storm in northern New York and northern New England damaged millions of trees and caused $1.4 billion in damage. Accumulations were as much as three inches thick!
  11. The ice storm that struck the northeastern US in December 2008 left 1.25 million homes and businesses without power. Described as the worst storm of the decade, a state of emergency was declared in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and parts of Maine.

Build an Emergency Plan in Case of a Severe Weather Event

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, granola bars, disinfectant wipes, and fresh water bottles are shown. Being prepared in a weather emergency means having adequate food, water, and other supplies readily available.

In a weather emergency, it is very important that you, and your family or household are prepared. This means taking the necessary steps to ensure sufficient food, water, and emergency supply storage. You should also take into consideration important documents, specific needs, and a plan for your family to communicate during and after a disaster.

Consider Specific Needs

Specific needs are needs that are exclusive to certain family members. These include dietary needs, medications, medical equipment, and needs specific to age and pets as well. For example, if you have any pets, contact hotels outside of your area and find out what their policies on pets are. If they have a “no pet” policy, ask if this would be waived during an emergency.

Ensure Sufficient Food and Water Storage

It is crucial that if a storm or weather emergency takes place, you and your family have sufficient food and fresh water storage. Have at least one gallon of fresh water per person, per day. This allows for fresh drinking water, and water for hygiene purposes. Stock up on non-perishable, easy to store food that is simple to prepare and does not require heat or water. Good examples include dried fruit, peanut butter, energy bars, and canned goods. Ensure that you also have a manual can opener to open any cans that you have.

Important Documentation

It is important to store all vital personal documentation in a fire and water proof safe. It might also be a good idea to store important personal documentation in a safety deposit box. Some important documents to consider are:

  • Your photo ID, birth certificate, and social security card
  • Housing payments, insurance policies, and sources of income
  • Health insurance information and immunization records

Emergency Supplies

Some emergency supplies that would be beneficial include:

  • First aid kit, fire extinguisher, flashlights and extra batteries, and a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Change of clothes for at least three days, toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap

Plan for Communication

Communication during an emergency is crucial. Create a paper copy of important contact information for your family, friends, and facilities such as doctor’s offices and schools. Ensure that everyone has a copy on them at all times. It may also be helpful to post it in a central area of your home. You will also want to ensure that you have someone outside of your community or state who can act as a “contact person” to help your family reconnect. This is important, as it may be easier to make a long distance phone call rather than a local call where the phone lines may be jammed.

If a weather emergency strikes in your area, contact the experts here at SERVPRO of Media and SERVPRO of Central Delaware County to help with the water mitigation process.

Ways to Protect your Home and Family during a Storm

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rain is shown falling on a roof, most likely from a thunderstorm or hurricane. SERVPRO of Media is available 24/7 in case of storm and flood damage.

Did you know that experiencing flood and water damage is one of the quickest ways to devalue your home? Not only that, but storms can devastate your home and life in a matter of a few hours. Luckily, there are a few precautions you can take to reduce, or prevent damages caused by storms.

  • Replace missing or damaged shingles. Damaged shingles are more likely to break free than secure shingles, and missing shingles are essentially a gap for wind to enter to cause more damage.
  • Ensure that your home's siding is secure and undamaged. The siding, along with the roof, is a home’s first defense against the elements.
  • Keep the gutters clear and free flowing. Making sure that your gutters are clear is the first step in ensuring that water is able to flow away from your home. Draining water away from your home will prevent a number of problems, such as foundation erosion and basement flooding.
  • Check that your sump pump is in working order. The sump pump is usually located at the lowest spot in the basement where water is most likely to flow. It is responsible for keeping those areas dry, and also for protecting your home from extensive water and moisture damage.
  • If there are any trees on your property, hire a professional tree pruning service. Having your trees regularly pruned will strengthen them and make it less likely for branches to break off during a storm. This is very important, as fallen branches can not only damage and harm your property, but the property of those around you.

Lastly, your home and belongings are replaceable, but you and your family are not. Make sure to stay away from windows, and if possible, during particularly bad storms, relocate your family to a basement or shelter.

SERVPRO of Media has the experience, equipment, and tools necessary to handle any type of water and flood damage caused by storms.