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Books and personal records damaged by water aren't a lost cause!

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage leaves few things unscathed. Important books and records for your home, bank, job, business, etc are often able to be fully or even partially restored however.

By acting quickly, if we gather any important documents that have noticeable damage done to them and begin work on restoring them the likelihood of the process worked increases exponentially. We can then bring those items to our offices/warehouses to properly go over them and make sure that they get the proper attention they need to be fully restored and to help you avoid losing 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. 

Is your home properly set up to detect a fire?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Safety is the number one priority for new home or apartment buyers. People go out of their way to plan for all sorts of disasters or unexpected issues, one such thing is the possibility of a house fire while asleep or preoccupied.

The number one way to ensure that your home alerts you and your family in the event of a fire is to make sure that any and all smoke alarms / detectors in your home are properly set up and ready to go. This includes inside every room and in every hallway. If this was done for you when the house was built or by the previous owners then it is always a good idea to check your alarms and make sure that they have new batteries. The last thing you want is for a fire to break out but have no way of being alerted.

It is best to make it a habit to check your alarms frequently and consistently to ensure that you and your family are properly protected from a surprised house-fire.

Dealing with flood damage? Look no further!

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek we pour countless hours of training into all of our specialists so that they are reading for any and every type of possible loss your home or business may experience. This training includes vast arrays of equipment and gear to help them in their fight to restore your property! We know exactly what to look, listen, and smell for.

Taking all of that into account it is easy to understand why we are always prepared for unforeseen events like flooding, severe rain and harsh weather while others are not. Flooding in your home or business from a flash flood can be both dangerous and costly. With little time to prepare or react to flash floods many important documents or valuables are in the line of fire and will likely be damaged by water. Due to this people will often try to save their belongings before saving themselves, we urge anyone that is in such a situation to please think of themselves and any others first as we can always retrieve your belongings later.

SERVPRO comes prepared to any flood with trucks and equipment like pumps and hosing to clear your property of its uninvited guest. This allows us to clear out the property quickly and effectively, which in turn means that we can begin restoration work much faster. A quick break down of the steps that the restoration might take are as follows - 

  • Dehumidification and drying
  • Removal of contaminated contents, flooring, and walls
  • Further moisture removal in all hard to access areas
  • Drying of all documents and photographs
  • Restoration of your home

We work tirelessly to ensure that your home or business is back in your hands as soon as possible after the events of a flooding. Stay safe and remember, SERVPRO is here for you!

Faster to the scene than any other!

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek take it upon ourselves to get to any disaster as soon and as quickly as possible, no matter the conditions or time of day. Rain, sun, sheet, or snow we will always be there for you.

We are strategically positioned around the nation to be able to quickly and effectively respond to any and all calls for fire, water, mold, or commercial damage restoration and repair. On top of that we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you need our expertise we'll be there for you before you even know it. 

If your home or business has suffered fire, water, mold or storm damage or if you need commercial cleaning you know exactly who to call. We'll make the damage to your home look "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster!

Do you know the proper steps to take during a severe storm?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Storms have the ability to appear out of the blue, especially during the summer months, that said it is important that you and your families understand the proper steps to take when a severe storm rolls in that could potentially become dangerous.

Firstly, if you are not home seek out sturdy shelter. Rain and hail are secondary concerns when dealing with large storms because once the winds pick up they flying debris becomes much more common / dangerous. 

Secondly,  if you are unable to find shelter and are caught out try to find a low point along the ground. Taking cover this way will help avoid potential flying debris, winds, lightning, and even tornadoes. One of the best things you can do if you are caught out with a tornado baring down on your is to find a deep ditch and curl up in it, focusing protection to your head and face.

Third, if you can't find conventional shelter a vehicle will do, the most important thing is to find somewhere to hunker down and take cover.

Lastly, be sure to stay updated on the severity of the storm via your radio, phone, or television.

Stay safe and remember, SERVPRO is always here to help!

Water Damage Categories 2020

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

The constant threat of severe Summer storms shows that it is important to know the differences of the many different categories of water damage that you could potentially face in your home or business. Each category offers a different level of damage and danger.

Category 1 water damage is considered to be a water loss that comes from clean and/or sanitary sources. Examples of these are water lines, faucets, toilet tanks, fountains, etc. This category normally doesn’t cause any issues other than the damage to your property from the water.

Category 2 water damage is considered to be a water loss that comes from sources with levels of contaminants that can potentially cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Some examples of sources that would cause this are dishwashers, toilet overflow with urine in it, or other sources with “used” water.

Category 3 water damage is considered to be a water loss that comes from sources that are deemed to have dangerously unsanitary contaminants. These can cause serious illness or even death if ingested. This includes water damage caused by sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow containing feces, and stagnant water with bacterial growth.

Understanding the differences between these categories and using that knowledge when needed if you were to encounter water damage in your home or business is extremely important.

Be safe and remember, SERVPRO is here to help!

Does your home suffer from odor related to fire damage?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire is fought and the flames extinguished there are still many battles to be fought before your home or business can return to how it was. One such battle is the odor that is left behind after the fires are dealt with. We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Twp / Bear Creek have dealt with fires and the odors that they leave behind for years and know just where to start and how to eradicate any traces that there was ever any damage.

It is important that these odors are dealt with quickly and properly as they can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, etc and can begin to affect your health if not treated.  

We have industrial scrubbers and much more similarly advanced equipment that we can use to rid your home of the odor and return it to its smell when it was first built. If your home or business has been affected by a fire or you need odor removal from previous fire damage look no further than SERVPRO of Hanover Twp / Bear Creek.

2020 Summer Heat and Fire Safety

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

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. This opens you and your home up to potential risk from the heat. 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.

All of these things could potentially lead to fire damage in your home as well. All it takes is someone not paying attention and a simple spark could turn into a full blown fire! Make sure that you remember to call SERVPRO if your home succumbs to fire!

Water Damage is Preventable! Learn How to Prevent it and Take Action Today!

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Remember, SERVPRO is here to help you in your time of need, all you need to do is call!

2020 Summer Wildfire Prevention

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfires are a type of natural disaster that can start and get out of control in the blink of an eye. They require very little to get out of hand or start to begin with, that's why doing a few simple things to help prevent them is beneficial to you and your home! 

Firstly, going through your yard and looking for dead trees, leaves, or grass. All of these things are perfect fire starters, fuel for the fire, or branches that a fire could use to spread further! Once you have made note of any of these things in your area its on to the next step!

Secondly, take all of the dead/dry material that you have found in your yard and dig it up, pick it up, or clean it up. Get it out of there! You can cut down the dead grass or even try watering it often to liven it up. Picking up and getting rid of the dead trees or branches is the best way of eliminating that fire hazard. Raking up and bagging any dead leaves will help with that issue.

Now all your nearby fire hazards should be cleared out, but that isn't all. You should always be vigilant of things like this, especially when doing things that involve fire like grilling, having a bonfire, camping, and even lighting off fireworks. These things can be fun but that doesn't mean that you should skirt your responsibilities to do them, you can always spend a couple minutes to ensure the area you intend to use is safe!