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Severe Weather Trends and Tips for Property Damage Prevention

As the weather patterns get more severe, we wanted to share a few tips to keep your property protected from damage…barring Acts of God of course.

It seems that Hurricanes are getting fiercer, our area of the Mid-Atlantic is now getting Tornadoes on a semi-regular basis, rains are heavier and wind shears are intensifying. It seems like more times than not the weather reporters tell us we are experiencing “100-year storms”.

Fall is a great time of year to make sure your Home’s exterior is set up to withstand some of these potential stresses.

Outdoor Furniture:

As fall turns cooler it will be time to put away the outdoor furniture. Before you do or if you keep it out all year, have a system in place to secure the furniture from flying at your house (or down the street). Bungee cords or rope secured to something permanent is usually a good option.  You can either leave it secured while not in use if you use it infrequently or just be ready to secure it prior to storm reports.

Trees:

We know you can’t prevent lightning from striking a tree near your house, especially if the tree is on the neighbor’s property. However, it is important to identify any trees that may be in process of dying or with large dead branches to have them trimmed or removed. If a branch from a neighbor’s tree hangs over your yard, you are typically allowed to have those branches trimmed. (Check your local regulations and of course discuss with your neighbor ahead of time.)

Gutters:

Make sure you have your gutters cleaned of the fall foliage and any debris that may have built up. Ensure that downspouts lead the water away from the foundation of your house. Many basement floods are caused by erosion over time from gutters that are not doing the job properly and keeping the bulk of water away from your house. When it is time to replace your gutters, consider extra wide gutters to better accommodate the heavier rains we seem to get on a regular basis.

Home Check:

Take a good look around the exterior of your house, is there any loose siding, roof tiles missing, have you had small leaks in the past during big storms. While things are calm it is important to be proactive to prevent major problems during the next storm of the century, when many other people will be reaching out to us for major repairs to their homes. We do our best to get you back to normal as soon as possible, but as noted in our previous article, there are still shortages of supplies and home improvement contractors that have many projects taking longer than a couple years ago.

In summary, while we would certainly be glad to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible after sever weather damages your property, we hope some of these steps can minimize the amount of work that would need to be done. When you do need emergency restoration or just have a home improvement project Triage Property Restoration is ready to walk you through all the steps, call Toll Free at 1-877-559-7876.

Patience is a Virtue – Covid 19 in 2021 affecting many industries.

Covid has many far-reaching effects, we hear frequently of customers being patient and giving extra tips to their waitstaff. That is a great start, but it is not just the hospitality industry with lingering effects. Property restoration and home improvement services are also having many product and labor shortages.

We appreciate those who have trusted us to restore and/or improve their properties, we know it is difficult not knowing exactly when your home will be back to normal.

Project timeframes depending on the type of repair, before Covid typically averaged about 8-12 weeks, but many projects are extending out at least a month, sometimes even three months, past the pre-Covid typical times, depending on supplies and labor available for your specific projects.

Some clients understandably want to hear back from individual contractors regularly to know an exact schedule for their project, but many contractors do not know when certain materials may become available and must scramble when they do. We ask for your patience for us and them.

We all want to see you with the best possible result in the quickest timeframe, but current times require more patience than ever before.

Bottom Line: please be patient and kind to your contractors.

Some related quotes to ponder:

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” – Edmund Burke

“Those that can have patience can have what they will.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” – Arnold H. Glasow

3 Top Summer Tips for Homeowners from Triage Property Restoration

Summer is Prime time for using your BBQ – #StaySafe

Warning this is a scary story:
Imagine you fire up your BBQ grill (and were able to actually find some tasty meat to grill at the store). Your BBQ grill is a few feet away from the house on your porch/patio, where you usually have it and have never had any trouble in the past.

It is smelling delicious and is now time to flip that juicy meat to cook the other side…little did you know when you stepped away to get that adult beverage, someone in your household wanted some fresh air so they opened the window and screen near the grill.

Whoosh!!! In an instant your drapes blow outward towards the grill and immediately are set ablaze. In a matter of minutes, the inside wall is on fire and rapidly spreading.

Caution when grilling is critical to stay safe and avoid fires and accidents.

Thankfully in this story everyone was able to get out of the house and the fire department put out the fire. While we were able to restore the home referenced in this story, we would rather you think of all the possible ways you could prevent accidents like these from happening in the first place.

Moral to the story: Keep your BBQ grill away from your house!
Be careful of deck and vinyl siding as well, make sure big table umbrellas, party decorations, shrubs or low branches of trees are not close to grill or sparks from a fire pit. Analyze all the surroundings around your grill to make sure you and your family will be safe and enjoy the Summer!

Preventive Maintenance is more important than ever!

While many families #StayHome much more than before the pandemic please keep in mind that this can stress the systems of your house.

As more people are spending more time at home keep in mind that your resources are being used at a much higher rate, if you are working from home instead of in an office and your kids are home and not in school. Keep a closer eye signs of wear on hot water heaters, various water lines like old water hoses on your dishwasher, laundry and automatic ice makers.

Proper Home Maintenance is important as more people stress your homes resources.

HVAC regular maintenance is very important a clogged condensation water line can cause some major damage.

Gutters and Flooding Prevention

Make sure gutters are secured and cleaned. Over time your gutters can get loose connections from section to section or on the drain pipes that lead water away from your home.

Make sure to properly maintain and repair gutters to prevent flooding.

Make sure your gutters are cleaned regularly – rainstorm season is here and flooding in your house from groundwater is not covered by insurance – make sure the drainage is working properly.


As we know (especially in the year 2020) things still go wrong and accidents happen. When disaster strikes your home, property, or business in the form of water, fire, mold, or biohazards…Triage Property Restoration technicians are here to talk you through every step of the water damage remediation and restoration process.

Call us at (610) 690-3669 or reach us online via our website today.

Every second counts when it comes to dealing with emergency repairs. You can’t afford to wait!

Fireplace Safety Tips

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Fall is here and the holiday season is upon us. Many folks will be celebrating various holidays with cheery fireplaces and mugs of hot chocolate. Fire safety is of the utmost importance as no one wants their holiday season ruined by a fire damage emergency. Here are some quick tips from the Philadelphia fire damage remediation experts at Triage Restoration.

1. Clean your chimney

Like to sit around a cheery fire in your living room fireplace? Make sure you get that chimney cleaned first. Chimney fires are a real risk during the holiday season. That last thing you want is to be sitting around your crackling fire, sipping your hot chocolate and have you chimney go up in flames because you failed to get it serviced properly. That can spark a full-blown house fire and put a stop to your holidays season in a matter of minutes.

2. Never leave a lit fireplace unattended

Leaving a lit fireplace unattended is another way to get yourself into real trouble. Got kids in the house? What if one gets too close and injures themselves? Pets? Same risk. There is also the risk of a wayward spark lighting up that brand-new rug you put down in front of the fireplace. If you’re there, you can stamp it out before it catches. If you’re not, you might be calling the Philadelphia fire damage remediation experts at Triage Restoration for a real fire damage emergency.

3. Use fireplace screens

Fireplace screens help catch those wayward sparks and falling hot coals from reaching the carpet, but it should be noted that they are not foolproof. They can be thwarted by a wayward child or rambunctious dog and accidents happen. So, while they are highly recommended, having a fireplace screen does not mean that the lit fireplace can be left unattended.

4. Check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Before you go lighting any kind of fire in your home, you should always check the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Carbon monoxide is deadly in high enough concentrations and is a byproduct of fire. While a properly ventilated fireplace should not have an issue, having a carbon monoxide detector is a must for all households. Together, the carbon monoxide detector and the smoke alarm will give you a head start on fire damage remediation.

Triage Restoration: The Best in Philadelphia Fire Damage Cleanup and Remediation

In the event of a fire damage emergency, you want only the best. Ensure your fire damage needs are met by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Smoke Odor Removal
  • Soot Removal
  • Professional Deodorization
  • Structural Repair

Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the fire damage cleanup and remediation process.

Call us at 215-399-9590 or reach us online via our website today!

Prevent Water Damage by Preparing Your Pipes for Winter

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Fall is upon us and winter is fast approaching. Here are some quick tips from the experts at Triage Restoration on how to prevent a water damage cleanup emergency by properly preparing your pipes for winter.

1. Insulation

Pipes in crawl spaces, attics, exterior walls, and garages are the most vulnerable to freezing. It is important to take precautions and ensure that all these pipes are properly insulated. Foam insulation is the simplest solution for the exposed areas of many pipes. If you have problem areas that have frozen in the past, it is recommended that you wrap the pipes with electrical heating tape and fully insulate them.

2. Running water

For pipes that are still uninsulated during a cold spell, you may need to let water running through them. Running water is a lot slower to freeze than standing water. You don’t need to let much run.

Even hot water pipes need to be monitored closely for signed of freezing and let run during cold spells as they are not immune to freezing.

3. Circulation

For sink against outside walls, letting the cabinet doors open will allow warm air to circulate under the counter and help prevent the plumbing from freezing.

4. Gutters

Keep gutters cleaned out and in good repair so they can carry melting ice and snow away from your home. Blockages can cause a buildup of ice on the walls of your home which can lead to structural damage and even damage the plumbing inside the outer wall of your home.

5. Exterior faucets and hoses

Disconnect and drain all exterior faucets and hoses as these are at great risk of freezing and breaking. Be extra careful that this plumbing is completely drained as even a small amount of water left behind to freeze can do quite a bit of damage.

Triage Restoration: The Best in Philadelphia Water Damage Cleanup and Remediation

In the event of a water damage emergency, you want only the best. Ensure your water damage needs are met by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include:

  • IICRC S500 Standard
  • Emergency Water Extraction
  • Flood Cleanup
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Drying and Dehumidification
  • Professional Deodorization
  • Anti-Microbial Application

Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the water damage remediation and restoration process.

Call us at 215-399-9590 or reach us online via our website today!

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