Recent Storm Damage Posts

Sump Pump Losses

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Sump Pump Pictured is an actual sump pump caught in the act of victimizing a local homeowner.

We see them all the time: significant storm events.  It may be surprising to many homeowners that the most common damage in our area is caused, not by leaky windows or roofs, but by a sump pump failure.  Whether it is due to temporary loss of electricity, or just the inability of the pump to function correctly, homeowners with a sump pump can sometimes experience a water damage.  Add in a finished basement, that could be a recipe for a lot of damage!  "And if you have a cut-rate insurance company policy, you could be paying for the repairs yourself."

So if you want to avoid mayhem, here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:

1) Speak to your insurance agent or provider to see about adding coverage to your policy specific to sump pumps.  Many times, it is very low-cost to add this coverage, but insurance agents do not include it automatically.  You don't want to find out after the damage!

2) While you will be anxious to get your property fixed, many times insurance coverage is limited on sump pump damage.  Therefore, you may want to get an estimate first.  The restoration company may need to see the property in-person to provide an accurate estimate, and this will surely delay the drying process, but it may ultimately save you dollars and cents.

So to sum up, make sure that you check your policy for coverage on sump pumps so that your insurance provider helps you with the repairs.  And also be sure that you contact a reputable restoration company that is willing to provide you an estimate up front, like SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem!

Summer Storm Carpet Damage

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet ruined in storm

Here is a carpet that our team had to rip up the other day due to storm damage throughout the entire house.  Water seeped through the upstairs, downstairs, and living room carpet.  When we were called we were honest about saying we weren't sure if we could salvage the damage this time around because it was so severe.  If this is the case, we have back up connections to refer out to help our potential clients just in case they need to get a hold of us in the future for any reason.  This case however, ended up turning around and we figured out a way to save all of the carpet.  Our customers were very pleased that they didn't need to pay for a new carpet and said they'll definitely be using our services again. 

Storm Water in Basement

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded nearby home

Here is an example of damage that was done to the basement of a home nearby our office.  The living room as well as the entire basement was completely under water from the storms we have been having recently.  Our office was called in the middle of the night to tend to the job and we had majority of the damage cleared out by morning with a few air movers still placed for the remaining damage.  We like to make it known to our customers that we are available any time of the day, no matter how severe the water damage--please don't hesitate to reach out.  We are here to help and make your life a lot less stressful and easier during incidents as such.

Sump pump Damage

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Clearing sump pump water damage

Over the course of the last couple weeks there have been numerous calls about water damage from Storms.  We had a specific call the other day about a sump bump that overflowed due to all the water from the rain.  Our client was very worried about the damage and did not want to wait until the weekend was over to take care of the issue.  Our team was readily available for them and we arrived at their house the next day to take care of the issue.  SERVPRO prides themselves on efficiency and gets the job done as fast as possible each time.  If yourself, friend, family member, etc.--ever needs our services last minute, please pick up the phone and call SERVPRO!  We're always here to help.

Townhome Storm Damage

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Pool water overflow into gym

Here is an example of a job we received a call for a few weeks ago after a big storm had hit.  An apartment complex's pool overflowed into the gym and basement as well.  Our team was called in quickly to tend to the issue to dry out the damage.  While we were there we also tended to some of the units since there was some water that had seeped through the ceilings, too.  The property manager was very impressed with our work and stated that from there on out, we would be his main point of contact for emergencies in case something were to happen again.  If and when storm damage happens on your property, whether it be commercial or residential--please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO!

Moving Out

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage to furniture

This is an example of a customer who called us urgently with a concern when she was moving out.  There had been a storm recently and there was severe water damage done to all our client's furniture.  We used a couple of creative drying methods (more plastic and tubes like the attached picture) to save the most of the building materials and her couch.  She was thrilled with how fast we got everything done and how many items we were able to salvage, since she was right in the midst of moving out of her home.  SERVPRO is here to take care of any of your drying needs--from floors to counter tops, to couches and more.  Please don't hesitate to give us a call if you're feeling stressed at all.  We're here to help!

Disaster Preparation

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Don't know how to shut off your utilities right before a disaster strikes?  Here's what you need to know:

During cases of emergency, power surges after the storm can damage electronics, and flooded appliances can also create safety hazards.

  1. Shut off all the individual circuits, then turn off your main circuit.  It is also useful to label the individual circuits.
  2. Shut off your water.
    • Cracked lines can also pollute your water supply to your home, so check in with local authorities before restoring your water.
  3. Shut off your natural gas.
    • Locate the shutoff valve connected to the gas line, and turn the switch perpendicular to stop the gas flow.
    • If you expect a gas leak, immediately evacuate the house and DO NOT turn off your gas.  Contact your local natural gas provider, and have a professional assess the situation.  Natural gas leaks are attributed to numerous home fires.

How will YOU prepare?