Recent Storm Damage Posts

What Steps Can Newton Square Property Owners Take to Protect Their Homes from Storm Damage?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media shares strategies for protecting homes in Newtown Square, PA, from severe weather, heavy rain, and storm damage.

As a local leader in storm damage restoration, SERVPRO of Media is aware that Newton Square, Media, and the greater Lancaster County area have faced extraordinary amounts of rainfall on several occasions over the last year. In August 2020, Media and Newton Square received more than five inches of rain from tropical storm Isaias. As recently as September 1, 2021, areas of the Mid-Atlantic, including Lancaster County, Media, and Newton Square received between 3.5 inches and 8 inches in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Flooding and property damage were extensive. An average of 6 inches of water fell on this region of Pennsylvania in twenty-four hours or less.

Potential Catchment: Water on the Roof

The catchment is an area that serves to catch water, such as a roof. Potential catchment refers to the amount of water that a roof can catch and direct into the gutters and away from a structure. The potential catchment for a 2,000 square foot home is 2000 X 0.56 per inch of rain. When six inches of rain fell on roofs in Media, Newton Square, and the greater Philadelphia area, 6,720 gallons of water flowed over the shingles and into the gutter system.

Media, PA, and the surrounding communities average 43 inches of rain per year. In 2020 and then again in 2021, two months’ worth of rain fell in just one day. The result was massive flooding and property damage. By following the basic maintenance steps outlined below, the homeowner can prevent leaks and protect the home from rain throughout the year.

Tip #1: Maintain gutters and downspouts.

Begin by cleaning out gutters and downspouts twice a year. The ideal times are late spring and fall after the leaves have fallen. Gutters and downspouts free of debris are much less likely to clog and cause roof leaks leading to water damage.

Keep trees trimmed and keep branches away from the roof so that few, if any, leaves will land on the roof. Fallen leaves will end up in the gutters and downspouts. Intentional pruning by an experienced arborist can keep trees healthy and beautiful and the roof free of leaves.

Then, inspect the gutter slope. If needed, adjust the gutters to gently slope toward the downspout; the correct gutter slope will prevent water from pooling in the gutters. Downspouts should funnel water away from the foundation of the home. Excess water accumulating at the foundation is an invitation for the basement to flood.

Tip #2: Inspect window air conditioners for leaks.

Window AC units are growing in popularity in the Mid-Atlantic and northeast. Listed below is a checklist to guard against any water damage from a faulty installation or equipment malfunction.

  • For wall-mounted units, make sure the size of the internal drainpipe is sufficiently large enough to allow for water to flow freely out of the unit.
  • Maintain fresh caulking and weather stripping around the unit to ensure a water-tight seal.
  • Ensure that the unit is sloped at a two-degree tilt so that rain will be directed off of the air conditioner.

Tip #3: Consider sealing the roof deck.

High winds can cause havoc with the shingles and underlayment on the roof. Water can then seep through the cracks in the sheeting, flooding the attic and walls. Sealing the roof deck can prevent up to 95% of this type of water intrusion.

A Glowing Review of SERVPRO of Media’s Storm Damage Restoration Services

A satisfied customer provided this glowing review of the storm and water damage restoration services they received from the SERVPRO of Media team: “We had a lot of water in our basement after the big snowmelt and rainstorm. SERVPRO had done good work for us on smaller issues in the past, and we called them immediately.  Even though it was Christmas Day, they had a team on-site within a few hours, and that team worked very hard well into the night to get the water pumped out and start the drying process.  The next day they came back to do the baseboard work.  The team had a positive attitude and did good work, and we were pleased with their responsiveness.”

When storm damage strikes, call on the team of professionals at SERVPRO of Media. They are on call 24/7 and can respond in an hour. When storm damage has resulted in a major water intrusion through the roof or gutters, a quick response can prevent secondary advanced water damage, which adds time and expense to the restoration project. Pre-qualify SERVPRO of Media today so that when a property damage disaster does strike, one call is all that is needed to have a team of professionals on the scene and ready to restore the damage.

For more information about Newtown Square, PA, storm damage restoration service, contact the SERVPRO of Media office by phone at (610) 566-5720 or by email at office@SERVPROmedia.com

How Media, PA, Homeowners Can Prepare for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media highlights safety practices from the Red Cross. These tips can help people stay safe during a thunderstorm.

Storm damage in Media, PA, can be a frightening and stressful experience for homeowners. However, by following thunderstorm safety tips and best practices, homeowners can help minimize or prevent property damage caused by severe weather.

What Constitutes Severe Weather?

According to the Red Cross, “A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.”

Before the Thunderstorm

Make sure all family members are equipped to meet the challenges posed by severe weather. Talk about storm safety with everyone in the household; even younger children can absorb age-appropriate safety tips. The individuals in the home should be very familiar with the following strategies:

  • The designated place in the home for the family to shelter in during a storm (Generally, windowless bathrooms are considered a good place to shelter.)
  • The evacuation plan should the family need to leave the house
  • The protocol for reestablishing contact if family members are separated

In addition, put together an emergency kit, as well as a first aid kit. In order to use the first aid kit correctly, obtain first aid training, which could save lives in the aftermath of storm damage. Homeowners also can benefit greatly from online resources put out by reputable organizations like the Red Cross. Detailed storm safety checklists can help families identify the best strategies for weathering a storm. Look into weather and emergency apps for mobile devices; these valuable tools can give people a real-time look at how the storm is progressing.

Outside the home, remove dead or weak branches from trees and shrubs. Trimming the greenery will make it more resistant to gusts of wind. Identify outdoor living items that need to be brought inside or into the garage so that they will not be blown away by high winds and become projectiles that can damage houses.

During the Thunderstorm

If a thunderstorm is in the forecast, follow local news reports, weather apps on mobile devices, or the NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates. Cancel any planned outdoor activities to reduce the risk of injury. If thunder can be heard, people are at risk of being struck by lightning. National Weather Service recommendations advise people to remain inside for a minimum of thirty minutes following the last instance of thunder.

Remember, a severe thunderstorm watch indicates that conditions are present for a severe thunderstorm to potentially develop, while a severe thunderstorm warning indicates that a severe thunderstorm has actually been detected on radar or observed by storm spotters. By paying attention to warnings and taking the appropriate actions, homeowners can save lives and protect property.

In the event that a warning is issued, shelter in a sturdy structure. Evacuate mobile homes, which are susceptible to damage from high winds. Stay away from windows, doors, or skylights, which contain glass that is easily broken and could lead to cuts and lacerations. Do not bathe or shower. Avoid using plumbing.

After the Thunderstorm

If someone is struck by lightning, they will need emergency medical care, so call 9-1-1 immediately for lightning strike injuries. Since lightning strike victims do not retain an electrical charge, bystanders can check the injured person for burns, cuts, or other injuries. If the person is not breathing, CPR can be administered by an individual who has been trained in proper CPR techniques.

In the case of downed power lines or trees that have fallen on power lines, stay at a safe distance and report the situation immediately. When driving soon after a thunderstorm, never drive across a roadway that has been flooded. The depth of the water cannot accurately be gauged, and vehicles could be swept away by floodwaters.

Check for updates from local television channels, local radio stations, and NOAA Weather Radio. Local updates are especially important for determining the location and extent of road blockages, power outages, and similar information.

After storm damage, scammers are active, so homeowners should only trust a reputable, established storm damage restoration company to provide damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Media is a locally owned and operated business and has been serving the local community for 27 years. When thunderstorms damage homes or businesses in Broomall, PA, or the surrounding area, homeowners can turn to SERVPRO of Media for rapid, reliable restoration services.

For more details about storm damage restoration in Media, PA, contact SERVPRO of Media by email at office@SERVPROmedia.com or by phone at (610) 566-5720

How Delaware County Homeowners Could Be Affected by Storm Damage During Hurricane Season

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media highlights the storm damage risk from hurricanes and tropical storms for residents of Media, PA, and the surrounding communities.

As the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, homeowners and business owners across the east coast should begin preparing for the possibility of storm damage from hurricanes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30.” NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center anticipates that the 2021 season will likely see above-normal activity, with forecasters projecting a 60% chance of above-average hurricane and tropical storm probability. The potential for severe weather during this time is a motivating factor for homeowners to plan their response to storm damage resulting from hurricanes and tropical storms.

Is Media, PA, at Risk of Storm Damage From Hurricanes?

Homefacts, an online resource for homebuyers, lists Media, PA, as having a “moderate hurricane risk.” The neighboring community of Broomall also has a moderate risk of hurricanes.

A History of Hurricanes in Delaware County and the Media, PA, Area

Recent hurricanes and tropical storms that have affected Media and surrounding communities include Tropical Storm Andrea in 2013, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and Hurricane Irene in 2011. Both Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene were destructive storms, and Sandy was the worst storm of the 2012 hurricane season in terms of strength, destruction, and deaths.

In 2012, Delaware County saw over 10,000 people without power as high winds and heavy rainfall from Hurricane Sandy churned through the area. Thankfully, Delaware County did not end up being directly in the path of the hurricane and was spared from a worst-case scenario. The Delaware County Daily Times wrote of the close call, “Just how bad the results could have been for Delaware County, no one knows for sure. But you can be sure that no one wants to find out. Steve Giancristoforo, the Delaware County System Communications Manager for the Delaware County Emergency Services and the Emergency Management Director for Tinicum Township, is one person who has to be prepared for that dreaded worst-case scenario. ‘There would have been considerably more damage,’ Giancristoforo said if Sandy’s path had been in line with Delaware Bay. ‘We tried to prepare for that. If you listen to what everybody was saying, we were in the direct path.’”

As with Hurricane Sandy, Delaware County residents were spared a worst-case scenario from Hurricane Irene in 2011. However, Irene caused “dangerous flooding” and storm damage throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, “Dangerous flooding threatened residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey early Sunday, as Hurricane Irene washed over the region with slow, damaging bands of heavy rain. The storm barreled into the Philadelphia region and the Jersey shore late Saturday and then pushed further north up the East Coast. Irene chased hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and from shore vacations; thousands ended up in temporary shelters.” Mayor Michael Nutter, the mayor of Philadelphia at the time, described Hurricane Irene as “one of the worst storm events that has hit Philadelphia in the last 50 years.”

Only a few miles away from Philadelphia, Delaware County experienced heavy flooding on Darby Creek, and local officials implemented evacuations in Darby, Eddystone, and Chester. Shelters were also opened for those displaced by the storm.

Recovering From Storm Damage in Media, PA

One of the chief advantages of working with SERVPRO of Media for storm damage restoration in Media, PA, is the company’s ability to call upon national storm resources to respond to a disaster. As part of the SERVPRO franchise, the company has access to the personnel and equipment of the SERVPRO network, which comprises over 1,700 franchises across the nation. In addition, elite and highly-trained Disaster Recovery Teams can be deployed to provide specialized services for severe storms and disasters. In contrast, other local damage restoration companies can easily be overwhelmed by a hurricane or severe storm.

The national scope of resources and personnel is complemented by SERVPRO of Media’s ties to the community. SERVPRO of Media is locally owned and operated, and the company’s team members live and work in the communities of Delaware County. When a hurricane or other severe weather event strikes the local area, the community can have confidence that the damage restoration company is genuinely invested in helping those affected by storm damage.

To learn more about water damage restoration in Broomall, PA, contact SERVPRO of Media by email at office@SERVPROmedia.com or by phone at (610) 566-5720.

Be Prepared for a Emergency Weather Event

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of ensuring your family and household are prepared for an emergency weather event. Being storm prepared means developing a plan and then taking the necessary steps to ensure its success. A great emergency plan accounts for sufficient food, water, emergency supply storage, 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. Examples 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.

Plan 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 for up to 2 weeks. 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.

Secure Important Documentation

Vital personal documentation should be stored in a fire and waterproof safe or safety deposit box. Some important documents to consider are:

  • Photo IDs, birth certificates, and social security cards
  • Housing payments, insurance policies, and sources of income
  • Health insurance information and immunization records

Emergency Supply Essentials

Some emergency supplies that would be beneficial include:

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

Communication Plan

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.

Avoid Post-Flood Mistakes using these Three Tips

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

After experiencing flooding in Broomall, PA, most homeowners are anxious to begin the process of water damage clean up and repair. With flood water subsiding and insurance companies involved, it may be time to begin the restoration process. Before jumping into the job with both feet, ensure you are prepared for what lies ahead. Use the following three helpful tips to stay safe and streamline the work that goes into repairing a home flood.

  1. Wear Proper Clothing

Keep in mind that flood cleanup is a large process to tackle. When beginning the duty of drying and restoring your home, don’t underestimate the importance of proper attire. Exposure to contaminated liquid may be dangerous, and walking into a longstanding pool of water can pose several risks. Essential clothing to consider during cleanup includes the following:

  • Knee-high rubber boots
  • Long-sleeved shirt and pants
  • Disposable respirator mask
  • Goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  1. Don’t Touch Standing Water

For safety reasons, contact a licensed electrician to clear the area before getting started. If downed power lines are in contact with standing water, the risk of electrocution is very high. It may be tempting to walk around your flooded home to assess damage. Remember, it is never a good idea to enter a house that’s taken in too much moisture without having first cleared the area of electrical hazards.

  1. Follow Clean-Up Protocol

After taking in the severity of the water damage left behind by a residential flood, homeowners are tempted to speed-up the sanitation process as much as possible. To achieve the best results, consult a storm damage restoration specialist. Work closely with your insurance and follow its processes. This will ensure more timely results and proper repairs.

Keep these tips in mind as you begin to rebuild after flood damage. For a safe and efficient process, deal with flood water damages in a cautious and routine manner. If you need assistance contact SERVPRO of Media and SERVPRO of Central Delaware County. Our team of professionals have the knowledge, training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips to Prevent Water and Storm Damage

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Are you aware the one of the quickest ways to devalue a home is experiencing flood or water damage? In addition, storms can devastate your home and life in a matter of a few hours. SERVPRO of Media and SERVPRO of Central Delaware County understands the frustration and confusion accompanying a major water event from a storm, and offers the following tips to assist homeowners reduce, or prevent damages caused by storms.

  • Inspect the roof twice a year, or after every storm with high winds. 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 and water to enter to cause more damage.
  • Inspect the dwelling’s siding. 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.
  • Clean gutters 2 times each year at minimum. Making sure gutters are clear and water flows freely will ensure water is able to flow away from your home. Draining water away from your home will help prevent a number of problems, such as foundation erosion and basement flooding.
  • Inspect your sump pump to ensure it is in working order. This should be completed every 3 to 4 months, with one inspection a year completed by a professional. 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.
  • Regularly prune and maintain trees on the property. You can 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.
  • Most importantly remember 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. If you have water damage caused by a storm or other water event, contact us immediately to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Navigating Common Questions About Roof Damage and Insurance Coverage

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

With each storm damage service call, SERVPRO of Media is reminded that disasters can strike with little or no warning and at any time. When a storm strikes, the stress experienced by the homeowner can be overwhelming. High winds and hail from a storm may cause roof damage resulting in a water damage disaster. This may leave the homeowner worrying about the water damage and insurance coverage for the damaged roof.

What types of roof damage are covered by homeowners insurance?

Homeowners will need to review the insurance policy they purchased in order to determine which types of roof damage their policy covers. The dwelling coverage section of homeowners insurance covers the structure and the roof. Whether the roof damage will be covered by insurance is determined by the terms of the policy and the causes of the damage. Sudden or accidental disasters are typically covered; however, some coverage is event-specific, including events such as wind, hail, fire, or the weight of snow. 

Does insurance cover a complete roof replacement if the damage is only partial?

An article in Forbes states, “In some cases, the lifespan of the roof is shortened because of damage. Your insurer may cover the cost to replace the entire roof even if it is only partially damaged. For example, if a homeowner has asphalt shingles damaged by hail strikes, an adjuster would count how many strikes occurred in a section to determine the impact on the lifespan of the roof. If there are enough strikes, the roof lifespan is substantially impacted, and it needs to be replaced.”

Steve Severaid, an insurance industry professional,  adds, “Even if a roof isn’t taking in water right now, the erosion or strikes compromise the lifespan of the roof. This means a roof will never last as long as it should have lasted otherwise; therefore, it should be replaced.”

If the materials required to fix the roof are not available, partial roof damage may lead to a full roof replacement. A roof tiled with a material that is no longer available for purchase may end up being fully replaced by the insurance company in order to ensure that all materials used in the roof match.

Does insurance cover damage to an old roof?

Forbes also warns, “Additionally, since it’s your responsibility to maintain your home, policies don’t cover damage caused by a lack of maintenance. So repairing your roof due to wear and tear, or replacing it because its lifespan is over, won’t be paid for by insurance. Lack of maintenance could also come back to bite you after a storm. If your roof was old or not well-maintained before the storm, you could have trouble getting full reimbursement.”

Are there other insurance issues that may arise with roof damage?

  • Roof damage caused by flooding is not normally covered under a typical policy. Homeowners living in areas vulnerable to flooding need to be fully aware of what is and is not covered and what special coverage is available. If flood damage is a frequent concern, consider investing in flood insurance might be advisable.
  • A wood roof may incur higher premiums.
  • Cosmetic damage to a metal roof may not be covered by insurance.

Why is having SERVPRO provide water and storm damage restoration services after severe weather an advantage?

A damaged roof may allow water to pour into the home, soaking the interior and ruining furniture, electronics, and cherished mementos. After hail and high winds dissipate, rainfall can continue for days. When faced with devastating water damage resulting from a damaged roof, the homeowner needs a trusted damage restoration partner to instill hope and confidence.

SERVPRO of Media is proud to be the local service provider that Broomall, Newtown Square, and Central Delaware County homeowners call on when they need a rapid, dependable response to storm damage. The company offers the following storm damage restoration services:

  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
  • Move-Outs/Pack-Outs
  • Contents Restoration
  • Document/Photograph Drying
  • Electronic Cleanup

While insurance coverage for roof damage can be a challenging subject to navigate, homeowners need not experience that stress when working with SERVPRO of Media. They can trust the team at SERVPRO of Media will be their advocate when dealing with the insurance company.

Why Storm Damage Preparedness Is Important for Media, PA, Residents

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media explains how homeowners can be prepared for severe weather and tornadoes in Media, PA, and Delaware County.

SERVPRO of Media, PA, urges homeowners in Media and the surrounding Delaware County area of Pennsylvania to be prepared for the heavy rains, hail, strong winds, lightning, flooding, and tornadic activity that cause serious storm damage, property loss, personal injury, and loss of life. The certified storm damage restoration professionals understand the devastating damage a tornado or severe thunderstorm can do to a home, and they provide a rapid response in order to promptly begin the storm damage restoration process.

What Makes Media, PA, So Special?

Residents know Media is a special place to live, work, go to school, worship, and enjoy family and friends. The cozy town seat of Delaware County is often described in glowing terms. In a guide to moving to and living in Media, Suburban Solutions writes, “Media, PA, a popular suburb of Philadelphia, is a town like no other. The Media nickname is Everybody’s Hometown thanks to its welcoming, close-knit community. For many, living in Media, Pennsylvania is a dream come true! The town has been named one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania thanks to its fun nightlife, great public schools, low crime, diversity, and family amenities. It’s also been ranked as one of America’s coolest suburbs. Residents love its famously walkable and charming town center with green space, bars, art galleries, movie theaters, boutiques, and more.”

Severe Weather in Media, PA

As tranquil as the region may seem, Delaware County, of which Media is the county seat, is only one county away from Pennsylvania’s most high-risk area for tornadoes, which includes York County, Lancaster County, and Dauphin County.

SERVPRO of Media emphasizes storm damage preparedness for residents of Media as tornado season approaches. Thankfully, Delaware County is a low-risk area for tornadoes. According to records, the largest tornado in the Delaware County area was an F3 tornado in 1994 that caused 11 injuries and no deaths. Though tornado risk is low, Media’s proximity to areas of higher risk makes it vulnerable to severe weather often associated with tornadic activity. Natural changes in weather patterns may also impact the frequency and severity of tornadoes in Media and the surrounding areas.

Types of Storm Damage from Severe Weather

High winds can cause property damage that mimics the effects of a tornado. Portions of the roof, including shingles and plywood sheeting, can be ripped up, exposing the attic and underlying rooms to serious water damage. Even more concerning, high winds can topple large trees onto a home, causing severe structural damage. Pennsylvania saw twenty-two confirmed tornadoes in 2019 and averages about sixteen tornadoes per year. July is usually the most active month for tornadoes.

Storm Damage Preparedness in Media, PA

Tip #1: Prepare the home for a tornado or severe weather.

Peak times for severe weather and that rare tornado are spring and early summer. July is the worst month for tornadoes. If Lancaster and York Counties are under a tornado warning, turbulent weather may visit Media and Delaware County as well. Make preparations in early spring before the bad weather hits. Some preparations may require the assistance of professionals with special equipment, training, certifications, and insurance.

  • Trim diseased trees and broken limbs.
  • Consider installing permanent protective shutters on windows that can be closed quickly.
  • Strengthen the garage door or doors.
  • Sign up to receive cell phone notifications from the local warning system or the Emergency Alert System.
  • Move lawn furniture, the grill, garbage cans, and other loose debris that can blow around the yard and cause property damage.

Tip #2: Conduct a tornado/severe weather drill.

  • Go to the basement or have a designated “safe room” and a set escape route.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Get under a heavy table and cover with thick pillows if there is time.
  • Use a mattress as a shield if there is no time to get under a table.

Tip #3: Stay safe on the road.

  • If conditions warrant, park the vehicle and seek shelter in a sturdy building.
  • If escape is impossible, stay in the car with the seat belt buckled. Use the hands to protect the head.
  • Avoid seeking shelter under a bridge or underpass. Flying debris can cause severe bodily injury.

Tip #4: Know the difference between a tornado watch and a warning.

  • A tornado watch indicates that tornadoes are possible in the area.
  • A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted, and it is time to take action by seeking appropriate shelter.

Tip #5: Prepare an emergency survival kit and keep it in an accessible location.

Be aware that a large severe weather cell can do more damage than a localized tornado. An all-purpose emergency survival kit should have the following items.

  • One gallon of water per person in the household per day for at least three days
  • Enough food for each person for three days
  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio, as well as a NOAA weather radio, to stay informed about weather updates
  • A flashlight, batteries, first aid supplies, and local maps

Tip #6: Know what should not be done during a tornado or severe weather.

If severe weather or a tornado is in the area, do not go outside to check the weather or look for a potential tornado. Opening windows to equalize air pressure is a myth. Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of the home. Use a flashlight instead of candles if the power goes out.

Tip #7: Inspect the home for damage after the tornado or severe weather has passed.

Wait until the weather authorities give the “all clear” to venture outside the structure. Inspect the home’s exterior, the roof, trees, powerlines, vehicles, and other property. Downed power lines pose a real danger of electrocution.

By following these simple tips on what to do before, during, and after severe weather or a tornado, homeowners, as well as their family, friends, and neighbors, can be better prepared when inclement weather or a rare tornado is in the Media and Delaware County area.

When storm damage strikes, be prepared to call the industry leader in water, storm, and flood damage restoration, SERVPRO of Media. They are available 24/7 and can arrive at the damaged property in about an hour to start the storm damage restoration process, beginning with emergency tarping if needed.

For more information about storm damage restoration in Media, PA, contact SERVPRO of Media by phone at (610) 566-5720 or by email at office@SERVPROmedia.com.

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.