Recent Storm Damage Posts

What’s Really Important When the Power Goes Out?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Candles lit during a power outage. There is a digital timer in the background. The room is dark. Rest assured power outages are usually very temporary and are a nice way to detune from our technology-filled lives.

You are watching television with your family during a thunderstorm. When BOOM! The lights go out.

We have all been in this situation before. But what truly is the best thing to do when the lights go out?

SERVPRO of Mercer County has detailed the important steps you should take before you light those candles and bust out the board games.

If the power is out due to an issue in your home, don't wait. Call an electrician as soon as you can to get your power up and running.

  1. Check the Circuit Breakers

Always check the circuit breakers first. All breakers should be on the “on” side, but if a breaker tripped, it would have moved to the “off” side. Make sure all breakers are in the same position. If all the breakers are in the “on” position, turn off the main breaker and then switch it back “on”.

      2. Call your local Power Company

Chances are they will be on top of it…but if you do not see a down line and your power is still out, call your local power company and inform them. 

      3. Preserve Food

You might be hanging around for a while. Try not to open the refrigerator or freezer to preserve the cold air. Order a pizza instead of allowing the cold air to escape the freezer or fridge.

     4. Unplug Major Appliances

Do not unplug the fridge. But other appliances can get damaged when the power comes back on due to a surge.

     5.Don't Try To DIY

Electrical work should always be done by a skilled professional or tradesman. This could save your life and prevent further damage to your home.

Rest assured power outages are usually very temporary and are a nice way to detune from our technology-filled lives. Make sure to take essential steps, and you can detune calmly knowing that you and your family will be safe until the power comes back.

Should you need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Mercer County. We are at your service and ready to help 24/7.

Call us today! 724) 704-8939

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Thunderstorms Versus Plugged-In Electronics

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

power lines and electrical tower When lightning creates a power surge---the voltage coming through the power lines can be in the millions!

Who Will Prevail?

Our homes are filled with many treasurers. But I am not talking about the kids or the dog. When a thunderstorm begins---we all get a little worried about our other special, expensive items. You know the things you cannot live without? Phones. TV’s. iPads. Computers. Do we really ‘have’ to unplug electronics during a lightning storm? Or is this just a myth?

Well, for starters, the Department of Homeland Security says you should unplug all of your appliances. This is primarily because lightning striking near a local electric pole can cause a surge of electricity to burst through the power lines. 

A normal object plugged into an electrical outlet is designed to use about 120 volts of electricity and can withstand up to 169 volts. But when lightning creates a power surge---the voltage coming through the power lines can be in the millions!

Think your technology and appliances can withstand that? I guess mom was right (again.) So, it probably would be wise to unplug the high-ticket items like computers, TV’s and the X-Box.

However, I know what you are thinking, I have a surge protector! That will save my awesome, expensive, “I can’t live without stuff.” Wrong again! Surge protectors are intended to save your ‘cool’ stuff from small surges within the electrical grid.

If you really want to spend some cash on saving your stuff… invest in a whole-house surge protector. Although it won’t protect your whole home---they are installed on your home’s main electrical panel and are much more reliable in taking on those bigger surges.

Should you need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Mercer County. We are at your service and ready to help 24/7.

Call us today! (724) 704-8939

National Preparedness Month: Thunderstorm Safety

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

image of severe rains during thunderstorm When a large storm hits, you need food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

September is National Preparedness Month! SERVPRO of Mercer County is here to help you be prepared and stay safe during a thunderstorm.

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces 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.

When a large storm hits, you need food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Depending on the nature of the disaster, road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner and you may be without electricity and the capability to travel.

Your basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days or even weeks. Making sure you prepare a supply kit that contains items that will keep you afloat is crucial.

Everyone in your household should be aware of your supply/emergency kit, where it is located, and what is inside. Here are some items that are suggested to keep on hand:

  • Necessary Medications
  • Flashlights for each family member
  • Battery-operated radio and clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Bottled water
  • Canned, freeze-dried, or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants, pet food
  • Non-electric can opener
  • List of important phone numbers
  • First-aid kit

If you need help during or after a severe thunderstorm, SERVPRO of Mercer County is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are fire and water restoration experts with over 50 years of experience. Take these important storm preparedness steps so you can stay safe any time the weather decides to take a turn for the worst!

Call us if you need our help! (724) 704 8939

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Disaster Recovery Team Heads to Michigan after Dams Breached

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee loading truck to head out to storm SERVPRO of Mercer County is equipped and ready to help at a moment's notice!

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Tittabawassee River in Midland County, Michigan reached a historic high point of 35.05 feet. The floodwaters overflowed the Sanford Dam and washed out trees, bridges, homes, and businesses from the township of Edenville, through Sanford, and into the city of Midland. 

SERVPRO of Mercer County was ready to help at a moment’s notice. We have a specialized group on staff called the “Storm Team” who head out anywhere across the county to help communities affected by large storms or disasters.  

Our team packed up semi-trailers, box trucks, and pick-up trucks with emergency supply materials and equipment. From dehumidifiers and air movers to generators and cleaning supplies – our team is as prepared as possible. We bring everything we might need to help residents and businesses to restore their homes, buildings, and belongings to preloss condition.

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration. Our team has extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to help get residents and businesses back to normal as quickly as possible. Whatever may happen, and wherever it is, our goal is always the same. To make it, “Like it never even happened.”

If you need our help, give us a call today! (724) 704 – 8939

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Will Insurance Cover Flooded Basements in Greenville PA?

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

flooded basement with debris in about 2 inches of water Don’t be the one that says it has never happened to me yet, I don’t need to think about it…

Northwest Pennsylvania has been hit with many thunderstorms in 2019. With all the rain in the area, SERVPRO has performed a variety of storm damage restoration services for homes and commercials properties in Mercer County. In fact, our number one call is for sewer and drain backup and flooded basements.

One of the first questions we will ask when we are called to service a flooded basement is, “Do you have sewer and drain back up coverage?” Sad to say, many homeowners do not know whether they have adequate coverage or not. For this reason, we recommend that all property owners ask their insurance agent whether they have sewer and drain backup coverage.

BENEFITS > COST

The cost of this coverage is minimal compared to the cost of mitigation services. In fact, sewer and drain coverage can be as low as $100 a year, less than $10 a month. The average cost of mitigation on a sewer and drain backup is around $3,500 (depending on whether you have a finished basement or not).

Many carriers have differing amounts of coverage starting at $5,000 and going up from there. Talk with your agent about what is the best level of coverage for your home or business. Think about it... you have water in your basement and you don't have the coverage that will return your property to preloss condition. It is possible you will have to pay upwards of $3,500.

PREPARATION = PEACE

Think about the peace of mind that comes with having comprehensive coverage. SERVPRO has restored the homes of customers that have had coverage and customers that have not had coverage. Which customer do you think is the calmest and most thankful? You got it - the one with sewer and drain backup coverage.

So, ask your agent today about whether your plan includes sewer and drain backup! With the number of thunderstorms that occur in our area, you never know when you’ll need it.

Don’t be the one that says it will never happened to me, I don’t need to think about it… Because we have heard that statement time and time again, and it has cost customers a substantial amount of money in the long run. 

Preparing for the unexpected increases your chances of being ready for whatever happens!

Check your policy for your property's level of emergency preparedness and if you should ever need our help, know we are here for you 24/7, 365 at 724-704-8939.

Drying Equipment Rental in Farrell, PA

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

side of SERVPRO semi trailer with fire and water background If you would like to rent structural drying equipment or are interested in a free inspection & water damage assessment, call us today at 724-704-8939

Storms and heavy rains in the Mercer, Pennsylvania area can cause devastating flood damage to your home or commercial property. When disaster strikes and emergency cleanup services are needed, SERVPRO is here to help!

SERVPRO of Mercer County has the resources to clean up and repair flooded basements and water damage. If left untreated, water damage can cause secondary damage to your home or business such as mold growth.  

SERVPRO can provide industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed, low-profile air movers to dry the affected materials and help prevent further damage from occurring.

SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

No job to is too big or too small for our team. SERVPRO of Mercer County is a full-service cleanup and restoration company, and our team of highly trained water restoration specialists are on call 24/7 to quickly respond to your home or business.

If you would like to rent structural drying equipment or are interested in a free inspection and water damage assessment, call us today at 724-704-8939.

Click here to learn more about the water damage restoration process.

Storm Ready – Western, PA Winter Edition!

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

servpro truck with snow covering the hood but logo showing Winter is on the way! Is your Mercer County home or business ready?

Winter is on the way! Is your Mercer County business ready? Severe winter weather can strike at anytime and there are a variety of things you can do to make sure that both you and your property are ready.

Winter Readiness Tips

  1. Check your property for low hanging or damaged tree limbs – ice, sleet, and snow can cause weak branches to fall and lead to serious damage
  2. Install mats or non-slip surfaces – to avoid potential falling hazards from melting snow or ice
  3. Check on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – a properly functioning alarm can save you lots of time and money
  4. Make sure you heating system is ready for the cold – if you wait until it is cold outside to do this, you risk battling high call volume, since many people need repairs during the fall and winter months
  5. Schedule an ERP with SERVPRO of Mercer County – an Emergency Ready Profile is a free of charge service and can save you a ton of stress, money, and confusion in the event of a storm disaster.

These are just a few tips to help you prepare your Mercer County business for whatever happens this winter. For additional tips that help you create your best plan visit Ready.gov

If your Mercer County business loses the battle with Winter, we are here to help! We have crews available 24/7/365 to make any snow storm disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Ready Clean Up Service

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning background with storm ready in text Storms can be unpredictable, but our team is ready!

Faster to ANY size disaster – we don’t just say it, we live by it.

Storms can be unpredictable, but the SERVPRO Storm Response Team is ready! Our crews are available 24/7/365 for any and all emergency mitigation needs.  Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quickly, efficiently, and appropriately!

Resources Available

When storms hit Western Pennsylvania or anywhere in the United States, we have a team of dedicated technicians ready to roll. As a franchise family member, we have access to equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 franchises across the country.

So, when storms threaten the stability of multiple homes and businesses, we have the resources readily available locally and nationally to make it, “Like it never even happened.”  

If you need storm damage restoration, call the team ready for whatever happens at 724-704-8939.

Investing in Better Preparedness

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

man standing under a umbrella embracing for an impending storm. sky full of rain and lightning Even though Western, PA is not impacted by hurricanes, preparing for and responding to early warning signs of storms is especially important

Last year’s unprecedented hurricane season has been a breaking point for the southern region of the United States. It has made the region embrace resilience with both strength and scale and prompt a major shift in the way the government, private sector and commercial partners are tackling the recovery efforts.

The southern states are now focused on investing in becoming both climate-smart and fiscally resilient to bring maximum benefits to their population.

Even though Western, PA is not impacted by hurricanes with any degree of magnitude, preparing for and responding to early warning signs of storms are especially important. They make it possible for people and organizations to prepare for impacts.

While warnings cannot prevent all casualties and emergencies, they can save lives, reduce suffering and prevent economic losses. The same can be said of a strong, well thought out disaster recovery plan.
 
Pre-planning involves identifying and communicating risk. It is the first step in effectively managing disaster risk. This can be done through risk management and developing an Emergency Response Profile from SERVPRO of Mercer County.

This profile allows decision-makers to make planning decisions ahead of time that will lessen the loss that is usually associated with disaster.

Together with SERVPRO of Mercer County, business owners can come to know the intricate ins and outs of their facility that will help save time and money in cleanup costs and reduce loss of revenue by reducing downtime from storm damaged facilities.

Call SERVPRO of Mercer County today at 724-704-8939 for a NO CHARGE Emergency Ready Profile of your facilities and get READY to respond to the next storm or disaster swiftly and efficiently.

A Calming Effect: Why People Enjoy Watching Storms

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

blue and purple sky with a lightning bolt in the center of the picture and trees in the background We have a team of highly trained professionals that will be your calm after the storm.

Have you ever wondered why a non-threatening storm can be calming?

As you drive down the street during a summer thunderstorm, you may see people in chairs sitting under an awning, engaging in conversation.  Maybe your neighbor is reading a good book on their front porch as rain trickles down the roof tops.

Storms tap into our senses and are proven to provide enjoyment and relaxation to decrease stress. The sound of rain on a tin roof top or listening to thunder and lightning storms are one of many choices provide on sound machine devices to play during sleep hours. Just ask Alexa!  

Mother nature’s elements have a way of letting us know that the weather is a natural part of our daily stressful lives.  Many people enjoy taking photographs of, “the calm” before the storm as cloud formations submerge. To some, it’s the rainbow after the storm creating hope and resilience. Without specialists who enjoy watching and researching storms, we would not be educated on their potential to decrease stress and to have a good conversation on the front porch.

Storms can be calming, but the damage they leave behind can be stressful. If your home or business has incurred damage as the result of a thunderstorm, flooding, or any other water related incident – we are here to help! We have a team of highly trained professionals that will be your calm after the storm. Give us a call today at 724-704-8939

SERVPRO is ready for storms or floods

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer County and the surrounding area

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer County and the surrounding area.

SERVPRO of Mercer County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its previous condition.

Faster Response
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly and with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

You can rely on our 1-4-8 policy, which is standard response to every loss that is reported to us. From the time you call us to report a loss, we will answer your call within 1 hour, we will have a technician on-site in 4 hours to begin pretesting and placing equipment, and we will have all of the relevant information communicated to your insurance adjuster within 8 hours.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Western PA we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (see info on our Disaster Recovery Teams here) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

We will work together with our neighboring franchises to make sure that we get the job done right and restore your property to the best of our ability following a storm damage situation.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today @ 724-704-8939

Cold Weather Nightmares

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Puffbacks, Frozen Pipes, and Ice Dams

What they are and why you should care

It may feel too early for cold weather tips just yet, but as fall progresses and winter comes closer, there are some things you should know.

Cold weather can lead to many issues and accidents within or outside of your home. Simply turning the heat on for the first time in awhile or neglecting to clean out your gutters can become a major problem if you are not aware of potential risks associated with your property in cold weather.

Puffbacks

A puffback occurs when your furnace/heating unit malfunctions and the oil burner backfires. A sort of explosion occurs in which grime and soot are blown into your home or business. This can be a large or small catastrophe, as the soot can spread to cover all of your furniture and belongings. 

Frozen pipes

If pipes carrying water become too cold, the liquid inside of them can freeze and create a blockage. This causes pressure to build up behind the blockage due to the backflow of water, and this can result in the bursting of the pipe at the site of the blockage. This can be dangerous and cause significant property damage.

Ice dams

Heated air can melt snow that has piled on rooftops, causing it to run down into the gutter. The water can easily become trapped behind ice that blocks the water from running out of the gutter as it should. If the trapped water cannot escape through the gutter system, it may flow into the home or underneath roof shingles. 

Tornadoes: What you need to know

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Tornadoes can form quickly and without warning, so do not assume you will always see them coming

What does "storm" mean for Mercer County?

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, when most people hear the word "storm," their minds likely go straight to hurricanes and intense tropical storms. 

Here in Western Pennsylvania, however, hurricanes are not exactly a primary concern to residents and property owners, as they do not usually have direct effects in this area. So what kind of natural disasters do we need to worry about? 

One type of storm situation that can be incredibly dangerous and damaging to property is a tornado. Ask yourself, "How prepared am I for a tornado?" If the answer does not fill you with confidence, SERVPRO of Mercer County would like to help.

Fast facts about tornadoes

Do you know the difference between a warning and a watch?

  • tornado watch indicates that current conditions indicate that a tornado is possible, and people in the vicinity should be on the lookout and prepare to take shelter at a moment's notice if a tornado does form
  • tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted, and people should quickly take shelter

Faster facts!

  • Tornadoes are able to travel in any direction
  • They can form suddenly and without warning
  • They are not always clearly visible
  • The best place to take shelter indoors is in a basement or other windowless room on a ground floor
  • A major safety hazard during a tornado is flying/falling debris

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County want you and your property to be safe from tornadoes, and we are here to help you recover from all types of storm damage. 

Visit Ready.gov for more tips and info about tornadoes.

Also see our storm damage restoration services

Are you storm ready?

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let storms catch you unprepared

Severe weather can strike at any time. From tornadoes, to snowstorms, to heavy rains, there are many ways in which you can be prepared so that a severe storm does not ruin your day.

Be smart about storms!

Purchase a good quality weather radio

  • Weather radios are affordable and can be programmed to only alert you to potential weather dangers
  • See an example and purchase one here

Create an emergency supply kit

  • This could include...
    • Water (one gallon per person per day)
    • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
    • Manual can opener
    • Battery operated radio (see above)
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Clothing
    • Dust masks/bandanas
    • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Hygiene items
    • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, ID and bank account info
    • Cash
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container

Pay attention to Wireless Emergency Alerts!

WEA are emergency messages that the government allows to be sent through mobile carriers. They will provide you with warnings and alerts regarding dangerous weather or other hazards relevant to your area. This will appear much like a text message, and will likely make a loud alert sound if it is a warning specifically about storms or severe weather. 

In any kind of severe weather, SERVPRO of Mercer County wants to help you weather the storm. Take these important storm preparedness steps so that you can stay safe any time the weather takes a turn for the worst. 

Preparing your home for winter weather

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Don't be caught unprepared this winter!

Winter weather is coming...are you prepared for anything?

Most of us in PA would probably rather hibernate for the winter than deal with any of the home maintenance tasks that come along with owning property during the wintry months. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County would like to remind you that your winter will be much better if you take steps now to prevent any winter weather-related disasters or accidents happening in your home!

Here are some helpful tips for winter preparedness in the coming weeks...

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes that could freeze.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Don't overlook these tips this year as you head into the winter months and holiday season. Keep your home safe and secure so that you can focus staying warm and cozy with your loved ones this winter! 

Your business plan for winter weather

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profiles are great preparedness resouces for businesses, and they are available in hard copy and digital

We've talked about preparing your home for winter weather, but what about your business or commercial property? If a pipe bursts or an ice dam causes water to enter the building, your business could be losing money every moment that you and your employees are unable to work efficiently. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County understand how important time and money are to your business, and we will strive to get your facility in shape to get you back to work as soon as possible!

But before you even have to call us, try taking some of these winter-weather precautions to prepare your business or property:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Mercer County about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
    • Are you familiar with the Emergency Ready Profile? If not, click here.
    • Do you want to set one up? Call SERVPRO of Mercer County at 724-704-8939 or visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/

Don't neglect these important tips! Take the safety of your business and property into your own hands before the winter weather hits and makes you wish you had!

Mercer, Lawrence, Crawford, Butler, Venango 24/7 Emergency Water Damage Service

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

SERVPRO Mercer County is Ready to Help

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO Mercer County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO Mercer County

Like It Never Happened

724-704-8939

Preparing your home for winter weather

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Don't be caught unprepared this winter!

Winter weather is coming...are you prepared for anything?

Most of us in PA would probably rather hibernate for the winter than deal with any of the home maintenance tasks that come along with owning property during the wintry months. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County would like to remind you that your winter will be much better if you take steps now to prevent any winter weather-related disasters or accidents happening in your home!

Here are some helpful tips for winter preparedness in the coming weeks...

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes that could freeze.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Don't overlook these tips this year as you head into the winter months and holiday season. Keep your home safe and secure so that you can focus staying warm and cozy with your loved ones this winter! 

Your business plan for winter weather

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profiles are great preparedness resouces for businesses, and they are available in hard copy and digital

We've talked about preparing your home for winter weather, but what about your business or commercial property? If a pipe bursts or an ice dam causes water to enter the building, your business could be losing money every moment that you and your employees are unable to work efficiently. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County understand how important time and money are to your business, and we will strive to get your facility in shape to get you back to work as soon as possible!

But before you even have to call us, try taking some of these winter-weather precautions to prepare your business or property:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Mercer County about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
    • Are you familiar with the Emergency Ready Profile? If not, click here.
    • Do you want to set one up? Call SERVPRO of Mercer County at 724-704-8939 or visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/

Don't neglect these important tips! Take the safety of your business and property into your own hands before the winter weather hits and makes you wish you had!

Are you storm ready?

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let storms catch you unprepared

Severe weather can strike at any time. From tornadoes, to snowstorms, to heavy rains, there are many ways in which you can be prepared so that a severe storm does not ruin your day.

Be smart about storms!

Purchase a good quality weather radio

  • Weather radios are affordable and can be programmed to only alert you to potential weather dangers
  • See an example and purchase one here

Create an emergency supply kit

  • This could include...
    • Water (one gallon per person per day)
    • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
    • Manual can opener
    • Battery operated radio (see above)
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Clothing
    • Dust masks/bandanas
    • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Hygiene items
    • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, ID and bank account info
    • Cash
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container

Pay attention to Wireless Emergency Alerts!

WEA are emergency messages that the government allows to be sent through mobile carriers. They will provide you with warnings and alerts regarding dangerous weather or other hazards relevant to your area. This will appear much like a text message, and will likely make a loud alert sound if it is a warning specifically about storms or severe weather. 

In any kind of severe weather, SERVPRO of Mercer County wants to help you weather the storm. Take these important storm preparedness steps so that you can stay safe any time the weather takes a turn for the worst. 

Tornadoes: What you need to know

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Tornadoes can form quickly and without warning, so do not assume you will always see them coming

What does "storm" mean for Mercer County?

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, when most people hear the word "storm," their minds likely go straight to hurricanes and intense tropical storms. 

Here in Western Pennsylvania, however, hurricanes are not exactly a primary concern to residents and property owners, as they do not usually have direct effects in this area. So what kind of natural disasters do we need to worry about? 

One type of storm situation that can be incredibly dangerous and damaging to property is a tornado. Ask yourself, "How prepared am I for a tornado?" If the answer does not fill you with confidence, SERVPRO of Mercer County would like to help.

Fast facts about tornadoes

Do you know the difference between a warning and a watch?

  • tornado watch indicates that current conditions indicate that a tornado is possible, and people in the vicinity should be on the lookout and prepare to take shelter at a moment's notice if a tornado does form
  • tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted, and people should quickly take shelter

Faster facts!

  • Tornadoes are able to travel in any direction
  • They can form suddenly and without warning
  • They are not always clearly visible
  • The best place to take shelter indoors is in a basement or other windowless room on a ground floor
  • A major safety hazard during a tornado is flying/falling debris

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County want you and your property to be safe from tornadoes, and we are here to help you recover from all types of storm damage. 

Visit Ready.gov for more tips and info about tornadoes.

Also see our storm damage restoration services

Cold Weather Nightmares

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Puffbacks, Frozen Pipes, and Ice Dams

What they are and why you should care

It may feel too early for cold weather tips just yet, but as fall progresses and winter comes closer, there are some things you should know.

Cold weather can lead to many issues and accidents within or outside of your home. Simply turning the heat on for the first time in awhile or neglecting to clean out your gutters can become a major problem if you are not aware of potential risks associated with your property in cold weather.

Puffbacks

A puffback occurs when your furnace/heating unit malfunctions and the oil burner backfires. A sort of explosion occurs in which grime and soot are blown into your home or business. This can be a large or small catastrophe, as the soot can spread to cover all of your furniture and belongings. 

Frozen pipes

If pipes carrying water become too cold, the liquid inside of them can freeze and create a blockage. This causes pressure to build up behind the blockage due to the backflow of water, and this can result in the bursting of the pipe at the site of the blockage. This can be dangerous and cause significant property damage.

Ice dams

Heated air can melt snow that has piled on rooftops, causing it to run down into the gutter. The water can easily become trapped behind ice that blocks the water from running out of the gutter as it should. If the trapped water cannot escape through the gutter system, it may flow into the home or underneath roof shingles. 

SERVPRO is ready for storms or floods

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Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer County and the surrounding area

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer County and the surrounding area.

SERVPRO of Mercer County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its previous condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly and with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

You can rely on our 1-4-8 policy, which is standard response to every loss that is reported to us. From the time you call us to report a loss, we will answer your call within 1 hour, we will have a technician on-site in 4 hours to begin pretesting and placing equipment, and we will have all of the relevant information communicated to your insurance adjuster within 8 hours.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Western PA we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (see info on our Disaster Recovery Teams here) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

We will work together with our neighboring franchises to make sure that we get the job done right and restore your property to the best of our ability following a storm damage situation.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today @ 724-704-8939