Books/Records with Water Damage
Water damage leaves nothing untouched and most things un-repairable. Important books and records for your home, bank, job, business, etc are able to be restored however. SERVPRO specializes in mold remediation and that means that we are able to come to your place of work or home and gather the items that need to be restored and bring them to our offices/warehouses and make sure that they get the proper attention they need to be fully restored so that you don't lose hours upon hours of work. Make sure that if you do have a water loss, and you know that you have paperwork that was damaged, to NOT touch the items that you wish to be restored as they are extremely fragile and can easily become much more damaged than they originally were.
Summer Heat Safety
During the Spring and Summer the temperature outside begins to get hotter and hotter, and in some parts of the country heat waves become common and unrelenting. To help combat the unrelenting heat here are a few helpful tips for home use.
1). Cover your windows to block heat from direct sunlight. This helps cool down the room.
2). Use fans strategically, don't just place them and forget them. Ceiling fans should rotate counter-clockwise to be most effective at moving the air in the room.
3). Cooking with smaller appliances like a slow-cooker or a tabletop grill helps minimize the heat.
4). If you know that you have some elderly neighbors and are able to you should check on them every once in a while. Summer heat waves leave the elderly in a tough spot and it can be more dangerous for them during it.
Summer Grill Safety
On average 9,000 fires are caused by grilling accidents every year. These accidents increase in frequency a lot over the summer due to things like increase in barbecues and the foliage and grass getting much dryer in different places around the country. There are a few ways in which you can help prevent things like this from happening. The first would be to make sure to pay more attention to your grilling setup, make sure it isn't near dry grass or bushes, especially if you're using a charcoal grill. If your setup is indeed near a location like this then you should take one of two actions, either move it to a safer location or take the time to water or remove the dangerous spots. The second way to help prevent this is to take more care in paying attention to what you're doing when grilling. A lot of these accidents happen due to carelessness.
Hurricane Categories Information
Here at SERVPRO we deal with all types damages to property, one of the most common types that we deal with is water/storm damage. On the topic of water and storm damage the hurricane season is beginning soon and with that it is important to know and understand the differences between categories and what type of damage they can produce.
Category 1 - 74-95 mph winds - Can cause damage to roof, gutters and siding. Trees may snap and there could be extensive damage to power lines.
Category 2 - 96-110 mph winds - Can cause major roof and siding damage, trees will snap and uproot, near-total power loss.
Category 3 - 111-129 mph winds - Can cause removal of roof decking, roads will be blocked by trees, power and water will be lost.
Category 4 - 130-156 mph winds - Can cause severe damage to homes, power will be lost for months, the area will be uninhabitable for months.
Category 5 - 157+ mph winds - A high percentage of homes will be destroyed, power will be lost for months, the area will be uninhabitable for months.
Use this information for when a potential storm is coming your way, and be sure to evacuate if directed to, your life if more important than your home. SERVPRO will always be there to help in the clean up.
Prevent Water Damage
Statistics show that 93% of water damage losses can be prevented before they occur. With training and experience that the specialists at SERVPRO obtain and the utilities that they are given to deal with it help make SERVPRO inform others in dealing with water damage losses we know how to properly prevent. Not only can SERVPRO prevent damage from occurring but we can restore and replace things that were.
Losses involving leaky roofs, windows seals needed replacement, flooding, malfunctioning sprinklers and many more are the types of things to be on the lookout for. It's important to take some time every few months or years to make sure that your home or business is in the safest condition it can be when dealing with the unknown, from checking roof tiling to making sure water pumps are working 100% correctly, all of the possible steps you can and should take will leave your home and business in a safe and comfortable place.
Water Pipe Break at Local Church
Church during clean up of water pipe break.
With the cold winter air affecting your pipes its important to maintain them properly! We recently got called out to help a local church that lost heat and suffered from multiple pipe breaks. Water pipes that break due to the cold weather can cause severe damage to your home or business if left unattended or unnoticed. If you notice a loss in pressure to some of your appliances that use water or notice water damage or mold in specific areas of your home/business it is important to get it looked at as quickly as possible. We were able to get to this local church in time to fix the problem for them and be on our way! Remember to stay observant and to be wary of anything that could be wrong in your home or business.
Sprinkler Head Break at Senior Living Home
Some of our specialists were recently called out to a senior living home to help fix a sprinkler head break that caused some water damage to the home. It is important to know that during the winter the cold air outside often causes the pipes in our homes to get very fragile, which in turn causes them to break easily, often times caused by the pipes being heated back up and not being able to withstand the pressure in the pipe due to the cold. Our crews were called out and were able to quickly deal with the water both it was able to cause any severe or permanent damage to the home.
SERVPRO Holiday Donations
We recently donated some Christmas gifts to the kids of the Nanticoke Head Start program for kids in need. After they received the donations they decided to send us thank you cards and pictures of the classes enjoying them. Christmas is about giving to friends, family, and most importantly those in need all around the world. It is important to take a look a round this time of year to see those that are truly in need of some extra help and spread some holiday joy and cheer by giving them something they could use. Whether that something is a nice lunch or even some nice warm clothes for the cold weather, anything that can help people is always appreciated. We strongly encourage all those that can to spread holiday cheer and donate to those in need wherever possible!
Does Your Hanover Township or BearCreek Home Have A Mold Problem?
In Hanover Township and BearCreek, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –(570) 822-4700
Hanover Township/BearCreek Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Hanover Township/BearCreek for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Hanover Township/BearCreek specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –(570) 822-4700