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A potential cause of fire or water damage: Leaving appliances running when no one is home

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media highlights how the homeowner can avoid fire damage and water damage disasters by turning off appliances before leaving the house or going to bed.

SERVPRO® of Media, which specializes in fire damage and water damage restoration services, urges homeowners to turn off major appliances when leaving home. Otherwise, the consequences could be catastrophic.

Home appliances make life around the house more comfortable, save time, conserve energy, and use much less water than in the past. While older dishwashers use as many as ten to fifteen gallons of water per load, more modern units use between one and four gallons of water. A new washing machine needs only about seven gallons of water, but the older versions need up to 19 gallons of water. Technology has revolutionized the functionality of both the dishwasher and the washing machine. An ENERGY STAR-certified clothes dryer cuts energy consumption by as much as 20%, saving the homeowner more than $200 over the appliance's lifetime. ENERGY STAR certification is not currently available for space heaters, but electric infrared space heaters are nearly 100% efficient in converting electricity to heat.

How frequently are these appliances used in the average home?

  • Dishwasher: 5 loads per week
  • Washing machine: 6 loads per week
  • Clothes dryer: 6 loads per week

The growth of the virtual workforce has contributed to an already expanding demand for space heaters to heat single rooms or enclosed workspaces. Space heaters can be found in almost every home or apartment.

Though these four appliances — the dishwasher, the washing machine, the clothes dryer, and the space heater — are more efficient and safer than ever, leaving them unattended while in operation increases the risk of fire damage, water damage, or both.

How a dishwasher can cause water and fire damage in the home

Since 1994, the water needed for a dishwasher to clean dishes has dropped dramatically. However, a leak in the door or from the pump, which allows water to escape before sensors shut off the flow, could result in a water release. If the appliance has been left unattended, the water release could be as much as seven gallons per minute. That quick trip to the grocery store to pick up a few items for the evening meal could be disastrous.

The dishwasher also poses a fire hazard. A water or moisture leak around the detergent dispenser may allow water to come in contact with wiring that can short-circuit and cause a fire. If the heating coil in the bottom of the dishwasher tub malfunctions or comes in contact with a flammable item, a fire could result. When the fire department extinguishes the flames, the disaster now includes large-scale water damage.

In Massachusetts, a house fire was caused by an unattended dishwasher. According to a statement from the Department of Fire Services, “The family turned on the dishwasher before leaving the house in the morning. The fire was spotted and reported by a local animal control officer who was passing by. The family dog perished in the fire. Investigators were able to determine that the fire started in the kitchen at the dishwasher. Other causes were ruled out. Chief Lavoie said, ‘This fire teaches us two things: that fire will always catch us by surprise and that it is important not to leave major appliances running, like dishwashers, washing machines, dryers or space heaters, when you leave the house.’”

How a washing machine can cause water damage in the home

The supply lines to the washing machine are often hidden from view for aesthetic reasons. A small leak can persist for months without being noticed. Eventually, soft flooring, swollen baseboards, warping sheetrock, or a moldy, musty smell exposes the leak. If left unchecked and unchanged, a supply line may burst, spewing seven to nine gallons of water per minute into the laundry room. If the appliance is “home alone,” the scope of the property damage could involve many rooms and the crawlspace since a leak in the drum or at the pump can release a dozen or more gallons of water onto the floor.

How a clothes dryer can cause fire damage and water damage in the home

The fire risk hazard caused by a clothes dryer is greatest when the lint filter and exhaust duct have not received routine maintenance. Check and clean the lint filter after every load. The clothes dryer is a “hot” appliance with temperatures reaching 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. If the lint filter or vent duct is clogged, temperatures could go even higher. Avoid drying clothing that has been exposed to flammable chemicals. Wash the garments twice if needed to remove grease, oils, and solvents that ignite in the intense dryer heat.

Overloading the dryer with heavy towels, thick bedspreads, or bulky winter coats puts undue stress on the appliance, which may lead to overheating and fire. The heating unit needs a rest and cool-down between loads. Never leave the machine running while everyone is outside, away from home, or sleeping.

When installing a new dryer, purchase a new electrical cord. Do not use the old cord, which could be worn and damaged. Also, install smooth-walled ducts. The accordion duct allows for the buildup of lint in the tubing, which increases the risk of fire. Use clamps or duct tape to connect the pipes.

How a space heater can cause fire damage to the home

An unattended space heater is a culprit in far too many house fires. This appliance accounts for 8 out of 10 fatal house fires caused by a heat source.

  • A damaged or faulty cord
  • The use of an extension cord with the appliance
  • Infrequent maintenance which allows for the buildup of dust, lint, grease, and grime
  • Operating the unit too close to flammable materials
  • Leaving the unit on and unattended

A common thread in water damage and fire damage caused by appliances is leaving the appliance unattended while in operation. By paying attention to the machine while it is operating or shutting it off when leaving home, many fire damage and water damage disasters can be avoided.

What to do when a fire damage or water damage disaster occurs

Property owners near Regal Edgmont Square can call the property damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Media, PA, when a fire damage, smoke damage, or water damage disaster happens. A crew of IICRC-certified technicians arrives in about an hour and utilizes the latest equipment, cutting-edge technology, and advanced cleaning techniques. The rapid response and quick cleanup process help return life to normal as soon as possible.

For more information about Newtown Square, PA, water damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Media at (610) 566-5720 or by email at

How a frozen pool can potentially lead to a water damage disaster requiring water removal services

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media highlights how frozen swimming pools can cause water leaks. The water damage caused by these leaks may require water removal services from a professional water damage cleanup and restoration company with the right equipment for the job.

SERVPRO® of Media has the equipment and expert workforce to provide water removal services, dehumidification, cleanup, and restoration in the event that pool pipes freeze and leak, causing flooding in the basement or crawl space.

Pool leaks can be an ongoing issue in many homes, especially in climates where the winter temperatures can drop well below freezing and stay there for a while. Pool leaks may stem from a variety of reasons, including:

  • Inferior construction
  • Improper installation
  • Manufacturer’s defects
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Wear and tear over time
  • Equipment failure
  • A power surge or lightning strike
  • Extreme cold

A swimming pool industry professional familiar with pool maintenance and pool winterizing in a cold climate provides the following advice: “The number one concern you should have for your pool after experiencing freezing weather conditions is that you might have a broken or cracked pipe somewhere in your pool system...possibly multiple cracks or breaks. When water freezes it expands and the force generated by expanding ice is enough to split pipes, crack concrete, break pumps, filters, or heaters...pretty much any and every part of your pool can be broken by the force of water expanding as it freezes.”

1. Leaks may be difficult to detect

The signs of a leak may come and go as conditions around the pool change. The best way to detect a leak is to carefully monitor changes in water levels after a cold snap. A pool service professional can also do a pressure test on the system for potential leaks.

2. Freezing weather may damage the pool pump

Cold temperatures can cause cracks in the pump and any plumbing connections to the pump. If the pump fails to prime, the cause may be a leak due to freezing. Unexplained water around the pump signals a potential water leak. If the pump is next to the foundation of the home, the leak could damage the foundation and flood the crawl space or basement. Cracks in the pump housing cannot be repaired. The only solution that prevents a water leak and potential water damage is a pump replacement.

3. A frozen pool filter may leak and cause water damage

The filter tank can develop cracks or rupture if the water inside the tank freezes. A large crack or split will allow large amounts of water to escape the tank. More minor hairline fractures may be more difficult to detect. The pressure gauge may also be damaged if the filter tank freezes.

4. Water leaks may occur if the pool heater freezes

In extremely cold conditions, a pool heater can freeze. The result is a damaged heater and potential water leaks. Operating the heater in frigid weather can also damage the unit. Highly acidic condensation is generated, which can corrode components in the unit, leading to premature failure. If the heater freezes, a cascade of negative consequences could develop. The pump could freeze, connections could break, and the pool could freeze over.

Rolling blackouts, water leaks, and water damage

Rolling blackouts during an extreme cold snap can lead to catastrophic pool failure. The entire system could freeze. The pump, filter, skimmer, pipes, and connections may need extensive repairs or complete replacement. A backup power source such as a whole-house generator may be the only tenable solution.

Is water damage from a pool leak covered by a homeowners insurance policy?

Pool leaks are a common cause of water damage. Insurance experts at AgileRates address this question, writing, “Homeowners insurance covers damage to your home. This means that if your leak has caused water damage to other parts of your home, your insurance provider might cover the damages, even if fixing your pool isn’t covered. If you think you have a leak, the sooner you can get it fixed, the less likely it is that there will be additional damage to other parts of your home.”

What to do if a pool leak causes water damage

A pool leak can cause water damage, structural damage, and mold infestation. When the water damage requires water removal services, contact SERVPRO of Media, PA. The team arrives on the scene in about an hour to begin the cleanup and restoration process. The well-trained and IICRC-certified team utilizes powerful pumps, wet-dry vacuums, heavy-duty dehumidifiers, and rapid-spin fans to deal with water and moisture issues. The process includes advanced cleaning and restoration techniques, sanitizing, disinfecting, and deodorizing with EPA-approved products. The rapid response and quick cleanup process get life back to normal as soon as possible.

To learn more about water damage cleanup services in Penn Wynne, Wynnewood, PA, and nearby areas call SERVPRO of Media at (610) 566-5720. The office can also be contacted by email at

The Do’s and Don’ts of Landscaping over the Septic Tank to Prevent Septic-Related Flood Damage

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media offers advice on beautifying and benefiting the septic drain field without causing septic-related flood damage.

SERVPRO® of Media provides flood restoration services for clients in Media, PA, and the surrounding area. When the cause of the flooding is a sewage backup, professional cleaning and restoration services are essential for a thorough restoration project that leaves the flooded areas of the home clean, sanitary, and safe.

The leach field for Newtown Square, PA, homes with a septic tank needs to be carefully managed to prevent any interference with the septic system. With the correct landscaping, this section of the yard can present a strong aesthetic appeal while boosting the efficiency and safety of the septic system hidden beneath the soil.

Below are some septic-friendly plants and landscaping principles that help homeowners create a safe, beautiful lawn over the septic leach field.

What to look for in septic-safe plants

Landscaping over the septic system brings benefits and risks. A nominal approach of gravel or plain soil exposes the location to storm runoff and erosion. A cover of wisely chosen vegetation prevents erosion and absorbs excess water, which reduces the risk of flooding. Vegetation cannot correct substantial grading issues. A certified landscape architect can advise on resolving drainage issues and flooding on or near the drain field.

The top priority of any planting plan involving a septic drain field is dealing with roots and root structures. A deep, thick mat of roots in and around the septic tank and drain field can lead to clogged or broken pipes, a ruptured tank, a sewage spill around the tank, or a sewage backup in the home. Toilets, tubs, and showers may ooze raw, smelly, unsanitary sewage. If the pressure within the system is not released, sewage drain pipes in the basement or crawl space can crack or separate, leading to a massive sewage spill.

Drought-tolerant plants do not require irrigation. Too much water on top of the septic system slows the evaporation rate. Evaporation is essential to the function of the system. Alkaline cleaners that get into the system elevate salt levels in the soil around the system, creating unfavorable conditions for plants that are sensitive to high salt levels in the soil. If the pH levels do not benefit the plants, the homeowner wastes time and money.

Soft, woody, shallow-rooted grass and weeds benefit the drain field by stabilizing the moisture content in the soil. When it comes time to dig up the septic tank lid or access pipes buried in the ground, tender plants make digging and excavating easier. Shallow-rooted, herbaceous, flowering annuals and perennials bring depth and color to the drain field. The local lawn and garden store or agricultural extension agent can provide advice on what to plant.

How shrubs and trees can cause a sewage backup

Most trees and shrubs have extensive root systems, and the tough, woody roots and stems are not septic-safe. Trees and shrubs growing near the septic system should be professionally removed to prevent damage. Failure to deal with these plants can damage the system and eventually cause sewage backups. For the sake of the septic system, avoid planting any trees or shrubs in the vicinity of the septic system.

How to safely landscape for a lovely septic leach field

  1. Avoid installing plants, shrubs, or trees with deep root structures near a septic tank or leach field.
  2. Protect the septic tank and drain field with root barriers. Thick landscape fabric or wooden planks that impede the growth of roots and shield the septic system will work. The barriers should extend to a depth of at least two feet and should be five feet or more from the leach field.
  3. Avoid cultivating edible plants, such as vegetables, berry bushes, or culinary herbs, on or near the septic drain field. Contaminants from the system could be trapped in the surrounding soil. These contaminants are taken up by the roots of nearby vegetation, including plants in a vegetable or herb garden. Any cultivated or wild plant growing on or near the septic system should be considered unfit for human consumption. Also, wear protective gloves when handling plants and grass clippings from the drain field. Flowers growing in or near the drain field should not be picked and displayed in the home.
  4. Check the soil pH to ensure the conditions are suitable for whatever vegetation is planted over the drain field.
  5. Do not install plants directly over the septic tank. Every several years, the lid may need to be excavated and removed to pump out the tank. The additional weight of raised beds on the septic tank area could possibly damage the tank. The additional bedding soil can adversely impact the evaporation rate of the drain field, and the decrease in efficiency may result in more frequent pumping.

A sewage backup requires immediate professional attention. Cleanup and restoration can be messy. The IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO of Media have the training, experience, and equipment for a quick, safe, and sanitary cleanup and restoration. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, the flood damage cleanup crew can be on the scene in about an hour.

To learn more about flood damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Media by phone at (610) 566-5720 or by email at

Why Choose SERVPRO for your Emergency Board-Up Services?

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

This was a local business our technicians preformed emergency board up services after a vehicle drove through the entry. SERVPRO of Media was quick to the call of this local business who required Emergency Board-Up Services after a vehicle drove through front door.

Should disaster strike and your business or home is suddenly left with outdoor exposure and vulnerability SERVPRO of Media is available 24/7, 365 days a year with our on call services to help you protect your home or business!

If your exterior windows doors or walls are damaged, you will need professional board-up services to secure your property. Our highly trained professionals can assist with approved board-up techniques to help minimize further damage and protect your home or business from weather, animals, and illegal entry.

 Nature, has a mind of its own and when you are faced with: flood cleanup, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards or if a tree falls on your home…you need a professional to assess the structure and perform board up services The reality is that they can have a devastating effect on your home, turning your life upside-down with little to no warning.

 SERVPRO of Media's highly-trained professionals are close by and customer-focused.  Our goal is to restore your home or business to usual as quickly as possible. Whether you have minor storm damage or a matter of larger magnitude, we have the experience and are fully equip to handle all the damages and restore your property.

The Connection Between Commercial Insurance Claims and Property Damage

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

This is a lobby of a local business who experienced flooding. This local commercial business used our services to maintain business as usual during flooding, thanks to SERVPRO of Media's amazing technicians!

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media highlights a study from The Hartford that outlines the most common and most expensive categories of commercial insurance claims, many of which are caused by property damage disasters.

It is essential to protect your home or business against, fire damage, storm, and water damages in a brick-and-mortar location. Damages to your property can be devastating to your building structure and delay the provision of services, diminishing ROI and have the potential to cause an enterprise to close down. It can be easy to fall into the mind set that it won’t happen to you.

SERVPRO of Media has serviced property damages and the restoration needs of our community for over twenty-five years. Our team understands how devastating is can be when a commercial property damage happens to your business. Whether your business is big or small, we would like to highlight some statistics to relay the reality of the possibility of property damages occurring at your facility. These commercial insurance claim statistics are a clear depiction of just how likely disaster in fact to strike.

The Connection Between Commercial Insurance Claims and Property Damage

In a study by the Hartford, two main factors were analyzed.

          Frequency in a particular type of claim or “CLAIM FREQUENCY”

          Cost of Claim “CLAIM SEVERITY”

The study identified the top ten most common commercial insurance claims and ranked the average claim size. The property damage-related statistics below provide business owners and property owners with a perspective that can be quiet sobering.

According to The Balance Small Business, “In recent years, The Hartford analyzed data from claims filed by small business owners over a five-year period. The claims had been filed under more than one million property and liability policies. The analysis indicated that 40% of small businesses would likely incur a property or liability loss within the next 10 years.”

  • Water damage and freeze damage: 15% of claims

Water damage is number two on The Hartford’s claim frequency list, this is a common issue for business owners will more then likely face the average cost of $17,000 plus for water and freeze claims. The Balance Small Business notes, “Businesses can avoid freezing losses by clearing roofs of snow and ice, training key workers how to shut off the water, and maintaining an adequate temperature indoors so pipes don’t freeze.”

  • Wind damage and hail damage: 15% of claims

The third most frequently incurred damage is a storm damage. Storm damages costs averaging in about $26,000 per claim. High winds and hail can cause structural damage that can lead to water intrusion. Severe weather can make projectiles of trees tree branches, improperly anchored equipment and can be quite destructive. Landscaping maintenance can reduce risk of damage. It is also important when a severe storm is on the horizon to take the proper precautions and have a storm prep plain that will mitigate wind and hail damages. We would suggest securing equipment and furniture located outdoors and reinforcing windows or doors that could be shattered by debris or hail.

  • Fire damage: 10% of claims

Fire damage is number four on the frequency list but, in the category of severity of claims ranks in at number three! These damages average in totals of $35,000 plus. Which is almost two times more money then water or freeze damages.

 Prevention is crucial. Fire damages can be expensive and extensive. The Hartford advises businesses to practice fire drills regularly and create an emergency preparedness plan, to test detectors regularly and maintain an up-to-date fire extinguisher or extinguishers available.

  • Customer slip-and-fall accidents: 10% of claims

Slip and fall accidents can sometimes also be attributed to water damages. For instance, a customer might slip on a water spill that was not dealt with promptly or a slippery patch of moisture from a hidden water leak. These accidents can be costly and average at about $20,000 for personal injury damages.

How to Move Forward After Commercial Property Damage

Property Damages fall into the top five most common commercial insurance claims, it is important for business owners to prepare and plan for property damages in order to be retro active in the event that any one of these very unpreferred but extremely likely damages occurs. Thorough preparation and periodic maintenance and inspection are key damage prevention when unpredictable fire, water or storm damages occur in Broomall, PA. SERVPRO of Media is available 24/7, 365, for all of your fire water and storm damage disasters. Our trained professional technicians are on call and ready for all your damage remediation and clean up needs. Our rapid attention to your business and needs allows you to resume business as usual and recover financially restoring your business to its pre damaged condition as quickly as possible “LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED.”

To learn more about SERVPRO of Media’s commercial damage restoration services, call (610) 566-5720 or email

What is an ERP and why should you choose SERVPRO?

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

This image is a point by point visual with reasons why to choose SERVPRO and prepare your very own ERP When you choose SERVPRO of Media while you can never know when disaster may strike, our goal is to make sure your prepared when it does!

Here are a few reasons you should call us today to schedule an appointment for your very own Emergency Readiness Plan:

We can assist you immediate plan of action can help minimize the downtime to your business in an emergency. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. You’ll have a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call ahead of an emergency so you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Planning ahead by preparing an Emergency Ready Plan with our certified technicians gives you and your business the opportunity to have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by.

Having a professional to call right away who is versed and experienced reduces stress in times of disaster and makes for an easier insurance claims process! SERVPRO of Media will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

Call today to establish your business's ERP with one of our highly trained and certified technician's!

SERVPRO of Media offers tips on how to avoid property damage from a fire caused by gasoline usage.

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

This is a picture of a burn down of which we did an entire rebuild after a fire Disaster caused by fire can be catastrophic, SERVPRO of Media is equip for all of your fire damage, smoke damage and restoration needs!

Fire damage restoration is often a complex project involving not only fire damage but also smoke damage, water damage, and mold growth. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading causes of house fires include unattended cooking fires, heating equipment, electrical and lighting issues, arson, and smoking materials. The water damage from the fire department’s efforts to extinguish the flames may end up being a major cleanup and restoration project. Smoke from a low-flame fire can contaminate the entire structure with soot, toxins, and odors. Since a fire produces a multi-faceted cleanup and damage restoration event, prevention, early detection, and rapid extinguishing are crucial.

Flammable Substances in the Typical Home

The typical home and garage have numerous household products that are highly combustible. Examples include:

  1. Aerosols such as hair spray, deodorant, disinfectant spray, starter fluid, insect spray, oven cleaner, etc.
  2. Rubbing alcohol and alcohol-based products such as hand sanitizer
  3. Common household products such as paint thinner, fingernail polish remover, furniture refinishing products, some car care products, lamp oil, paraffin, and kerosene
  4. Gasoline

Gasoline is dangerous when used or stored improperly. Due to its highly flammable properties and its many uses around the home, gasoline deserves special attention.

Preventing Fire Damage Resulting From the Use of Gasoline

From cars to lawnmowers, gasoline powers everyday life. However, the improper use and storage of this valuable commodity can cause fire damage or injuries. The following tips can help keep the family and home safe around gasoline:

  1. Follow safe storage practices. Store gasoline in a container engineered and sold specifically for that purpose. Containers with a volume of less than five gallons are best since the smaller quantity is easier to carry safely. Do not fill containers completely; instead, allow some room for expansion. Ensure that the container is tightly sealed when storing and before pouring. Avoid spillage as much as possible.
  2. When filling vehicles and equipment with gas, make sure the area is outdoors and well-ventilated. Also, if the vehicle or equipment has recently been used, allow it to cool off before refilling it. Diesel produces fewer fumes and burns more slowly than gasoline, but homeowners should practice the same safety precautions with both substances.
  3. Place a container on a flat, level surface before filling the container or transferring gasoline from one container to another. Some gasoline pumps are positioned on a raised concrete island. Before filling the container, make sure it is stable and away from the edge of the island. The safest policy is to place the container beside the raised island where there is little or no possibility of tipping. Again, take great care not to spill any gasoline.
  4. Follow a spill cleanup drill. Give immediate attention to gasoline spills, whether large or small. Clean up the gasoline with paper towels, rags, sawdust, or granular absorbent products, and dispose of the soiled items in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Never flush any gasoline-soaked items down the toilet. The gasoline can disrupt the bacterial breakdown that is necessary for a septic tank to function properly. A sewage backup, as well as damage to the septic system, can be very costly to diagnose and repair.

In the event of a large spill, seek assistance from the local government, such as the fire department or hazardous waste disposal center, about the safest way to clean up a large gasoline spill.

  1. Never store gasoline in the home or in an attached garage. A lawn shed a safe distance from any structure or automobile is best. Store gasoline away from heat sources such as a space heater, a furnace, or an electrical generator. Any device with an electrical arc poses a potential fire hazard from gas fumes.
  2. Avoid dangerous explosions which can result from the misuse of gasoline. When used as a solvent or cleaner, gasoline can be deadly. Do not substitute gasoline for the appropriate fuel when using a kerosene heater, oil lamp, or camp stove. Never smoke when handling gasoline or any other flammable liquids.
  3. Keep gasoline out of reach of children. Storing gas under lock and key is recommended.

When misused or spilled, gasoline can erupt into flames instantaneously, engulfing whatever is nearby and causing serious bodily injury or catastrophic property damage. In the event of fire damage, reach out to the fire damage and smoke damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Media. They provide twenty-four-hour emergency service and a rapid response within an hour of the initial call. The highly trained restoration technicians are equipped to handle any size or type of disaster. Locally owned and operated, the SERVPRO team cares about the clients they serve.

Contact SERVPRO of Media for more information about fire damage cleanup in Media, PA. The office can be reached by phone at (610) 566-5720 or by email at

SERVPRO of Media provides twenty-four-hour emergency service, with highly trained restoration technicians who are equip to handle any size of disaster.

As spring ushers in periods of freezing and thawing, Newtown Square, PA, residents need to prepare their homes to weather the unpredictable weather.

2/24/2023 (Permalink)

This window has extensive water damage that froze into icicles This window endured severe water damage and extreme freezing weather conditions.

When a storm damage disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Media is prepared and ready to assist clients in Newtown Square, PA, and surrounding areas with water and flood restoration services, as well as storm cleanup. The damage restoration company’s rapid response helps homeowners and businesses recover from severe weather quickly and efficiently.

Early spring is that time of year when the weather is sometimes warm and calm and at other times cold and turbulent. Temperature variations can be extreme, and it is hard to predict when the shift will occur. The collision of warm air and cold air in the atmosphere can produce some of the most violent weather conditions, including tornadoes, large hail, and flooding.

In addition to producing storm activity, the freeze/thaw cycle is notable for making Pennsylvania roads more treacherous because the fluctuating temperatures create potholes. According to a Pennsylvania DOT publication, the freeze/thaw cycle is defined as “The calendar period between approximately February 15th and April 15th…” During the months of February through April, Pennsylvania residents would do well to not only pay more attention to the roadways but to also pay attention to their homes in preparation for potential water damage brought about by the storms and flooding of spring.

Listed below are some vital tips for the homeowner to prepare a home for unpredictable spring weather that can bring water damage, storm damage, and flooding. Many of these tips can also be useful for business owners.

Tip one: Inspect the grade around the foundation of the home.

When the home’s foundation is properly graded, water adequately drains away from the structure. The optimal slope is one inch per foot for the first five to ten feet. Re-grade any areas where the slope angles toward the foundation. Remove any obstructions such as timbers, bricks, or other debris that could hinder the free flow of water away from the foundation.

Tip two: Ensure flood drains around the home flow freely.

Leaves, grass, pine needles, mulch, and paper can build up on top of a drain grate, restricting the flow of water. A heavy thunderstorm can overwhelm the clogged drain, turning the yard into a shallow pond. The water can flood into the garage or seep into the crawl space. Even though the home or business may not be in a flood plain or qualify for flood insurance, insufficient grading and clogged drainage systems can create a situation that results in a micro-flood involving only one of two properties.

Tip three: Remove any obstructions from floor drains inside the home.

A floor drain can limit the scope of a water intrusion from a burst pipe, tub overflow, or roof leak, saving the homeowner time and money for a water damage restoration. However, if the drain is covered with items that restrict the flow of water into the drain, the results could be disastrous.

Tip four: Perform seasonal maintenance on gutters and downspouts.

Leaves, sticks, pine needles, and dirt can clog gutters and downspouts. When gutters are neglected over a prolonged period, the buildup of organic matter and sediment can foster the growth of saplings in the gutters. Overflowing gutters can cause structural damage to the home, promote mold growth, and lead to a flooded crawlspace.

Tip five: Consider installing water alarms and flood sensors.

Certain factors expose the home to flooding, and some homes are more flood-prone than others. Check the local flood map to see if the house falls in a flood plain.

Trust SERVPRO of Media for water damage restoration services in the event of a water damage disaster from storm damage, flooding, a burst supply line, or a sewage backup in Newtown Square, PA, or surrounding areas. Crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. A rapid response avoids advanced secondary damage from exposure to water and moisture. Trained, experienced, and certified technicians utilize the latest equipment and cleaning techniques to restore a home or business to its pre-disaster condition. Homeowners receive a detailed estimate with photo and video documentation. The staff at SERVPRO can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end. The property damage professionals can also manage and coordinate all aspects of the project from start to finish, removing extra work and stress from the client’s shoulders.

For more information about SERVPRO of Media’s flood damage cleanup services, contact the team by email at A customer representative can also be reached by phone at (610) 566-5720.

How proper tree care can help minimize storm and water damage to Newtown Square, PA, Homes

2/17/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media explains the connection between tree care and property damage mitigation.

SERVPRO® of Media, PA, offers storm damage and water damage restoration services when falling limbs or trees cause structural damage to a home or business. Broken limbs and toppled trees account for a significant amount of storm damage and water damage done to homes. Heavy rains, supersaturated ground, and high winds can affect both healthy and diseased trees. Proper care includes fertilization, treatment for diseases, selective pruning, reshaping, and, at times, tree extraction.

A home’s treescape must be safe for the family to work and play under. Secondly, a beautiful treescape adds real value to a home. In an article at HGTV entitled “Increase Your Home’s Value With Mature Trees,” Valerie Finholm states, “Towering trees on your property provide more than beauty — they increase the value of your home. Several recent nationwide surveys show that mature trees in a well-landscaped yard can increase the value of a house by 7 percent to 19 percent.”

Listed below are several tips to keep the treescape healthy, safe, and beautiful.

Tip: Know the difference between a healthy tree and a diseased tree. Healthy trees are strong trees, and strong trees are at a lower risk of limb shed, splitting, or falling over due to root failure during severe weather. The homeowner should be alert to these key indicators of an unhealthy tree.

Tip: Cracks and splintering in large, supporting branches and in the trunk indicate the tree has suffered trauma from sustained winds, a microburst, a lightning strike, or impact from an adjacent tree that has experienced limb shed or that has fallen down. Sustained winds coupled with the weight of heavy rain or sleet and ice can weaken branches until they eventually snap. As the branches plummet to the ground, other branches can be broken off or damaged. Some branches become snagged in the canopy, creating a serious risk to anyone or anything under the tree. Damaged or snagged branches need to be removed as soon as possible. A competent arborist can save the tree and reshape the canopy in a way that preserves much of its beauty. Extraction need not be the only option.

Tip: Balance is essential for a beautiful and safe tree canopy. A leaning tree is a potentially dangerous tree. A leaning tree exerts massive stress on the trunk and the root system. A steep degree of angle can cause diseased or damaged limbs to snap. Winds can magnify the stress on the tree, causing it to break off at the trunk. If the ground is wet from a prolonged period of rain, the root system may give way altogether, allowing the tree to come crashing to the ground. In some cases, younger trees can be positioned upright and then anchored in place. This feat requires the expertise of a well-equipped and competent tree service professional.

Tip: Disease spells disaster for a tree if not caught in time. Signs of the disease include rotting limbs, rotting spots in the trunk and roots near the trunk, fungus or mold on the bark, peeling bark, insects boring into the tree, and limb and leaf shed. Sometimes the tree will “bleed” sap or give off a distinct odor. If a screwdriver or knife blade can be easily plunged into a limb or the trunk, immediately have an arborist examine the diseased tree and the entire arbor for disease spread. When diagnosed and treated early, the tree may be able to be nursed back to health.

Tip: An aging, distressed tree may have hollow sections anywhere from the trunk to the union of large branches and sometimes in the larger branches. If squirrels, chipmunks, snakes, and birds suddenly disappear into thin air, they may have pulled a “Houdini” and slipped into a knot hole or hollow to avoid being detected by predators, pets, or humans. Have the situation assessed by a certified arborist. Unfortunately, in serious cases of rotting and hollowing out, extraction may be the best and safest avenue.

Caution: A falling limb may cause damage to the limbs below in the canopy. Sometimes, other trees may be affected by the limb shed. However, if a tree topples in the yard, other trees could be severely damaged. To resolve the hazard, multiple trees may need to be removed. The beauty of the total arbor may be marred, but the treescape will be safe and healthy.

Bonus tip: Keep a close eye on those beautiful, shade-giving trees. Take quick action to call in a professional at the first signs of cracks, splintering, limb shed, leaf shed, rotting, fungus, or hollowing. An experienced, certified arborist can remedy most issues with strategic trimming or pruning, a treatment protocol for disease, and an ongoing fertilization regimen.

What to do if a tree causes storm damage and water damage

A limb puncture in the roof can lead to tens of thousands of dollars in water damage in a home. If a limb or tree damages the home’s roof resulting in water damage, contact the water damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Media. The trained and certified professionals arrive on-scene in about an hour to begin the cleanup and restoration process. If needed, emergency tarping can be applied to stop the roof leak. The team can handle the entire project, from cleanup to rebuild services to the insurance claims process.

Contact SERVPRO of Media to learn more about water damage restoration in and around Regal Edgmont Square, Newtown Square, PA. The office can be reached by phone at (610) 566-5720 or by email at

A five-step action plan for addressing water damage in a commercial setting

2/17/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media provides water removal, water damage restoration, and other property damage restoration services to businesses that have suffered a property damage disaster.

When a water damage disaster happens in a commercial setting, SERVPRO® of Media, PA, arrives on-scene in about an hour, 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, to begin the water removal process. Heavy-duty wet/dry vacuums quickly remove the water, and powerful dehumidifiers remove the remaining moisture. SERVPRO’s rapid response and quick cleanup enable the business to restore normal operations.

Businesses must overcome daily challenges to stay profitable and keep their doors open. A commercial water damage disaster is one of the most common and costly challenges. For a small business, the question is “when,” not “if” water damage will occur. The leading causes of commercial water damage are leaks from faulty plumbing, malfunctions in the HVAC system, and leakage from an appliance such as a dishwasher, refrigerator, or supply line to the ice maker. The probability of a water intrusion from storm damage or a water release from a toilet, appliance, or fire sprinkler head justifies the expense of having commercial property insurance.

At the first signs of commercial water damage, immediately take action to resolve the issue. Delays allow the problem to worsen, resulting in greater damage and a more expensive cleanup and restoration project. Also, the insurance company may reduce or decline payment in instances of neglect. Here is a guide for dealing with water damage issues in the commercial environment.

A five-step plan to take care of commercial water damage cleanup and restoration

This five-step action plan walks the business owner, facilities supervisor, or property manager through the cleanup and restoration process so the business can resume normal business operations.

Step #1: Locate the source of the leak

Water leaks come in two types: a water intrusion and a water release. A water intrusion involves the introduction of water from outside the structure. Examples of water intrusion include:

  • Flash flooding
  • Roof leaks from wind damage, a limb puncture, or a leak around a roof vent
  • Leaks around windows, doors, and skylights
  • A gutter overflow into an attic space
  • Water seeping into the garage or shipping area from under the rollup door

A water release is the introduction of water into the structure from water sources inside the structure. Examples of a water release include:

  • A fire sprinkler
  • A burst supply line to the ice maker, dishwasher, or sinks in the production area or bathrooms
  • A burst pipe from an overhead waterline

Identifying the source of the leak may require the trained eye of a professional.

Step #2: Stop the leak

A water intrusion due to roof damage from severe weather may require emergency tarping by a roofing contractor. If the damage is from a broken limb or fallen tree, the services of an arborist with heavy equipment may be required.

A water release from a burst pipe, ruptured supply line, or fire sprinkler can be resolved by shutting off the main water valve. It may be possible to isolate the leak and shut off an inline valve to the supply line. If necessary, shut off the water main.

Step #3: Report the incident to the insurance company

Contact the insurance company as soon as possible. The same day as the incident is best. Also, document the damage with images and video. Upload images and videos to the cloud to free up storage space for the documentation process.

Step #4: Clean up and restore the water damage

Qualify and hire a property damage cleanup and restoration company to handle the project. Look for the following features when screening potential service providers:

  • Locally owned and operated
  • Specializes in commercial property damage cleanup and restoration
  • IICRC-certified technicians
  • Utilizes the latest equipment, cutting-edge moisture-detecting technology, and advanced cleaning techniques
  • Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays
  • Provides a detailed, well-documented estimate, including images and video, which will prove very helpful in the insurance claims process
  • Handles the insurance claims process from beginning to end
  • Positive references and online reviews

Step #5: Resume normal business operations

A reputable water damage restoration company with a proven track record of serving commercial clients will provide a rapid response time and a quick cleanup and restoration, allowing the affected business to resume normal business operations without delay.

SERVPRO of Media, PA, meets all these expectations and more. The SERVPRO team can handle any size of disaster, including large-scale commercial property damage disasters.

Contact SERVPRO of Media for more information about Penn Wynne, Wynnewood, PA, water removal services. The office can be reached by calling (610) 566-5720 or emailing