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Prevent Frozen Pipe Burst

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

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How to Protect Your Pipes in Cold Weather

How to Protect Your Pipes in Cold Weather

Frozen pipes are a tangible risk during winter in the Philadelphia,PA area.When the thermometer dips below 32°F, water begins to expand as it freezes. By taking a few steps now and during winter storms, you can prevent the costly damage caused by frozen and burst pipes. Here are a few tips on how to protect your pipes in cold weather.

Insulate Exposed Pipes

Pipes that are most vulnerable to freezing are exposed to severe cold. These include outside pipes such as water/lawn sprinkler lines or outdoor hose spigots. Unheated areas like crawl spaces, basements, attics, and garages, can also pose a risk to your unprotected water lines. You should insulate all hot or cold-water pipes that run through these areas. You may even want to insulate any exposed hot water pipes inside heated areas of your home to conserve energy and keep the hot water at desired temperature.

Products designed to insulate water pipes include pipe sleeves, heat tape, heat cables, or similar products readily available from your local plumbing and home improvement stores.

Add Insulation to Your House

Having adequate insulation in your attic, basement, crawl spaces, and even your garage can help maintain a higher temperature in your home. As a bonus, your heating usage could be reduced from prior years. (Saving your family money)

Drain Outside Lines

You should have your homes irrigation system drained and blown out before the freezing weather sets in. Follow the manufactures instructions or hire an expert to do this.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

When winter weather has arrived, let water from your cold line drip from faucets that are fed by exposed pipes. Running water is less likely to freeze.

Open cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms to let warmer air reach your plumbing. If you keep cleaning supplies under the sinks, you may wish to relocate them away from the reach of kids.

If your best efforts result in a frozen pipe burst and that frozen pipe bursts damaging your home call the professionals at SERVPRO Whitemarsh/Cheltenham (610)909-6690

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24 hour Water Damage Emergency Service

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 hour Water Damage Emergency Service Water Extraction underway.

A water damage can occur at any time of the year,whether it be a leaky or burst pipe, toilet overflow, a broken water supply line,flood or wind driven rain.

Knowing who to call when a water damage occurs in your home or business can be key to timely mitigating damage to your property.

Our staff is ready for whatever happens 24/7, 365 days a year. We will respond to the 2am water damage emergency.

With our trained professionals and state of the art equipment we are able to effectively dry out the structure of your home or commercial space.

In this picture one our crew begins the extraction of water that caused a significant amount of water to a local church in Portland. The damage was due to a burst pipe that occurred during some freezing cold temperatures that had occurred overnight. Our crews responded quickly, minimizing the damage within the building.

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Understanding the cause of Christmas tree Fires

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding the cause of Christmas tree Fires Be safe gather with family and enjoy your beautiful tree.

SERVPRO of Whitemarsh/Cheltenham wishes one and all a very Merry Holiday Season. Be safe at home and on the road. 

Facts about home holiday fires

  • One of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
  • The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year's Day, and Christmas Eve.
  • Candles start two out of five home decoration structure fires.

SOURCE:U.S.FIRE ADMINISTRATION

Smoke and soot clean up

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and soot clean up Smoke damage from a Dryer fire .The fire originated in the basement and effected every room in the home.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke“wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Whitemarsh/Cheltenham will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your home from fire and smoke damage. Call today. Its the first step to professional restoration by SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."