Recent Storm Damage Posts
How to Prevent Winter Water Damage in Your Wyomissing Home
We’re halfway through winter, and it’s a good time to check in on potential areas of your home that may cause problems during a storm or cold freeze, or have weathered by the current elements.
First things first are to make sure that your roof and gutters are holding up under the elements. Properly maintaining these two parts of your home is essential in keeping problems, especially water losses, from forming all the way from your roof to your foundation.
Another area to keep in check during the winter months is the insulation and other materials under your shingles because a small leak in the roof can lead to big problems. For instance, a small leak can cause the insulation to compress and prevent heat from escaping your home. In the winter added heat seems ideal, but actually this addition of warmth will lead to the susceptibility of ice dams building up on your roof. Ice dams create a whole host of issues, like wall stains and crumbling drywall.
If you notice these things aren’t in the best shape or you just want to be as best prepared for the next winter storm, then SERVPRO of Wyomissing recommends remediating now than later.
SERVPRO of Wyomissing has the professional team you need to help you prevent, tackle and mitigate any water damage that comes your way this season. Give us a call at (610)208-0300 with any questions or concerns!
How To Stay Safe After A Flood
The Wyomissing area is no stranger to floods, whether it’s from a thunderstorm in the summer or wacky weather in the winter that quickly turns frozen snow into a melted mess.
Here are some things to consider when your home is flooded:
Electrical Wires and Gas Lines
Is there any chance the flood reached outlets, electrical wires or gas lines? If so, contact a professional as soon as possible. This is not only dangerous, but will cost more money in the future if left alone.
If you let fresh water sit long enough from a flood damage it can breed bacteria and eventually become grey or black water that is damaging and requires special precautions. Dealing with fresh water damage as soon as possible is imperative.
If the water doesn't destroy your home and belongings, then the mold can. Did you know it only takes 24 hours for mold to appear? Beyond just flooding, mold is one of the most common problems SERVPRO of Wyomissing faces. This is why it’s smart to anticipate the need for mold remediation. If you wait too long, the mold will multiply rapidly and become more and more stubborn. If it turns to black mold, then toxicity in the air may cause effects to your property and your health.
One of the most devastating things about water damage is how it can steal away prized possessions. Photos, family heirlooms and important documents can get wrecked within a day. You’ll have even bigger problems if the water penetrates your furniture, electronics and appliances. If the water damage is handled immediately, then you may be able to save these items. If you wait then you are not only losing valued items, you are also losing thousands of dollars in damages, replacements, and repairs.
If you need help remediating flood damage after a storm, then call your local SERVPRO at (610)208-0300!
Is Your Home Ready for Winter?
SERVPRO of Wyomissing recently covered how to get your roof ready for the winter, but is the rest of your home ready for the wintery mix that’s bound for our area?
It’s important to know that the biggest issue our community faces every winter is frozen pipes, so just follow these steps to do your best to avoid this fate and all of the issues that come with it!
When temperatures drop be sure to:
- Turn faucets on to a drip
- Leave cabinet doors open
- Disconnect any outside hoses
- Try to warm up cooler areas of your house
- Maintain a house temperature of 65 degrees or higher
- Call a plumber immediately if your pipes freeze
If you have any questions about how to winterize your home, want recommendations for a local plumber or need someone to handle a pipe burst disaster “Like it never even happened,” then call SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610) 208-0300. We’ll be available 24/7 this winter!
What To Do When A Storm Knocks Out Your Power
Residents of Wyomissing are no strangers to power outages from all kinds of storms, but the worst are the outages that come from the few ice storms we receive every winter. These kinds of storms are lethal as the ice weighs everything down, destroys power lines, makes trees fall down and leaves you in the dark and cold, especially if you don’t have a back up generator.
And these power outages can last for days, or even weeks!
While we hope it doesn’t happen, SERVPRO of Wyomissing wants to make sure you’re prepared for the possibility of an ice storm because its happened before, and most likely will happen again.
So what should you do before you lose power?
First things first, always pay attention to the weather forecast during the winter. And if anything pops up on the radar, make sure your electronics are charged and ready to be used in case of an emergency. Don’t forget extra batteries too! Also be sure to stock your pantry with non-perishable foods and drinks, like cereal, granola, peanut butter, bottled water, canned foods, etc. Pro tip: do this before the storm even hits the radar to avoid the mass exodus to the grocery store the day before a big storm. And just pop into the store for bread and any fresh fruits you feel like you can’t live without.
While this is a more expensive preparation, it could be extremely useful to buy a generator AND keep it outside of your home, like in the garage because of the possibility for high levels of carbon monoxide.
And what should you do during the power outage?
Unplug any devices you don’t need the generator to power, like game systems, lamps, etc. This will help you avoid any further damage from power surges. And be mindful of how often you open and close your refrigerator and freezer in order to keep previously food as fresh as possible.
But most importantly, don’t panic because you’ve already prepared.
If you have any questions about how else to prepare or the storm damages your property, reach out to SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610)208-0300 so we can help!
Is Your Roof Ready for the Winter?
Winter is coming.
And as much as SERVPRO of Wyomissing is dedicated to helping our community, our favorite part of our job is helping stop a disaster before it starts.
And the Winter season is almost upon us, so how can you prepare for the wintery mix?
First things first, the roof.
The pitch of your roof is essential in understanding what to look for, and adjust according to the weather. Is your roof steep? Does it have an almost level part? If you have a flat roof then snow is more likely to collect and congest. The steeper the pitch the less likely you face damage from snow piling up.
If you have a flat roof, you're not doomed. You just need to take some extra precautions, like clearing your drains of leaves and what not from autumn. During the Winter, as cold and miserable as it may be, you also need to be vigilant about ice blockages in your drains. The more ice, the more build up and the heavier the snow means increased changes of collapse and damage.
If you´re home or business has a steeper pitch you should still stay vigilant about snow build up, and invest in a roof rake to avoid that dreaded snow and ice build up that can lead to immense damage.
Have more questions about how to be best prepared for Winter weather?
Just call SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610) 208-0300 because we are “faster to any size disaster.”
Emergency Storm Tips
It seems as if storm season never quite leaves Pennsylvania. As the thunderstorms roll away with the heat, winter’s ice and snow fall quicker than the leaves of autumn.
And with winter storms, come the hassle of house and business damage. From frozen pipes and water damage to ice dams and roof damage, tis the season to make sure you and your property are the most prepared to handle any possible emergency situation.
But no matter the season, it’s always best to be prepared, and just remember SERVPRO of Wyomissing has your back with some emergency storm tips:
- Contact your insurance company immediately, and a local restoration company soon after. Because if you’re house is damaged by a storm, it is more than likely that your neighbors maybe experiencing the same problems.
- Survey your house for other affected areas. You may be distracted by a bigger issue that needs immediate attention, but if you fail to find other damage, like leaks, cracks, mold, etc. then you’ll be plagued with reoccurring issues during every freak storm of the season.
- Before help arrives, mitigate as much as possible, while staying SAFE! Board areas of your house up, and move items to a dry place if possible. But always, always remember, if you have any doubt leave it to the professionals.
No matter the situation, the best way to handle a storm damage situation is to remain calm and keep safe.
Call SERVPRO of Wyomissing at (610) 208-0300 for your storm damage needs and questions!
Hurricane Sandy...we will never forget....
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