It may not be the end for your damaged papers and documents!
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.
The faster that important paper documents are salvaged from the water loss the higher the likelihood that the process to restore them will work! By keeping your documents in our facilities, we're able to keep a close eye on them to ensure that the restoration process goes off without a hitch.
If you ever do find yourself with water damage and damaged documents in your home it is important that you do NOT touch any of the papers that may need restoration. Any paper that has been damaged will be extremely fragile and can be easily damaged further accidentally!
Is your home ready for a disaster when you least expect it?
Safety is often the priority for new home/apartment buyers. Homeowners around the country have plans and actions that they have created and practiced so that they are ready for certain unexpected scenarios, like a house fire during the night.
Ensuring that your property is properly set up with detectors and alarms can go a long way in giving you and your family the time you may need to escape from an unexpected disaster. Check the batteries and functionality of all safety devices on your property every couple of months so that you know they are working correctly.
If you're moving into a new home or apartment then checking the safety devices in the property should be added to your to-do list ASAP! It's impossible to know how often the previous occupants inspected the devices throughout their stay. You never know how they were left and when you may need them!
Make safety and precautionary checks a habit that sticks with you for life!
SERVPRO is faster to the scene than any other!
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, sleet, or snow 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!
Has your home encountered flood damage? We're here to help!
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 to, 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 for any flood with trucks and equipment like pumps and hoses 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 breakdown 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 flooding. Stay safe and remember, SERVPRO is here for you!
Is your home suffering from odor left over from fire damage?
Putting out a fire is no easy task, especially when it grows large enough to spread throughout your property. Once the battle to contain the flames is over, there is another to be waged, the one to restore your property to preloss conditions. One part of that battle is the odor that is left behind from the fire fighting chemical mixture and from the fire/smoke itself. We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Twp / Bear Creek have dealt with property fires and the odor left behind for years and know just where to start to remove it.
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.
Categories of Water Damage 2021
With the yearly uptick in severe weather that we see during the Summer months, it is important to know and understand the differences in each category of water damage that your home or business may face. Each category has distinct signs that help you identify them, but also distinct dangers to you and others!
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.
Fully grasping and understanding the differences between these categories and properly using that knowledge when needed is both extremely important and beneficial. Be ready for any disaster that may come your way!
Be safe and remember, SERVPRO is here to help!
Take the proper precautions during severe storms!
Severe weather can appear out of nowhere, especially during the hot summer months, because of that it is important that you and your family understand the proper steps that you should take when a severe storm rolls through that has the potential to turn dangerous.
First, if you are not at your home then you should seek out sturdy shelter. Any rain and hail should be secondary concerns when caught out in severe weather. Wind speeds picking up can send debris flying through the air at dangerous speeds.
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 bearing down on you is to find a deep ditch and curl up in it, focusing protection on 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!
2021 Natural Disaster Emergency Kit Creation
Did you know that as many as 48.5% of homes in the United States don't have an emergency kit put together and ready to go in the event of a natural disaster or home emergency? While being a simple concept, having an emergency kit at the ready can quite literally save your life, especially during natural disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes!
Packing things like travel food, clean water along with a few extra clothes, important medicine or medical supplies, and more things that you think would help in the event of such a disaster like blankets, or any equipment you can use (flashlights, lanterns, canteens, etc). All of these things can be stored in something as simple as a duffel bag or even a backpack so that if or when the time comes you can grab it and go!
Remember, SERVPRO is always here to help in any and every way that we can!
2021 Summer Heat and Fire Safety
During the Spring and Summer months, the temperature outside begins to rise and, in certain parts of the country, heatwaves begin to appear more commonly and can even become unrelenting. This opens you and your property up to new risks from the increased heat. Here are some tips you can use to combat the unrelenting heat this Summer!
1). Think about covering your windows to block heat from direct sunlight. This can help cool down the room.
2). Try to use fans more strategically, don't just place them and forget them. Ceiling fans should rotate counter-clockwise to be most effective at moving the air within the room.
3). Try cooking with smaller appliances like a slow-cooker or a tabletop grill. This can help minimize the heat added to your home when cooking food.
4). If you know that you have elderly neighbors and are able to, you should check on them every so often to ensure they're okay. Summer heatwaves leave the elderly in a tough spot and are oftentimes much more dangerous for them than you during them.
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 SERVPRO is always here to help!
Water Damage is Preventable! Learn the Steps to Prevent it and Take Action!
Statistics show that up to 93% of water damage losses can be prevented before they even occur. Not only can SERVPRO help prevent water damage but our Specialists are highly trained and properly equipped to restore any that does occur!
Be on the lookout for leaky roofs, possible window seals that may need to be replaced, flooding, malfunctioning sprinklers, and other signs that could help stop potential water damage in its tracks. It's important to make a habit of inspecting different areas of your property to make sure that your home or business is in the safest condition that it can be when dealing with the unknown. From checking roof tiles to making sure your water pump is working properly, all of the possible steps you can and should take will make your home or business ready for whatever gets thrown its way!
Remember, SERVPRO is always here to help you when you need it most, all you need to do pick up the phone!