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2021 Natural Disaster Emergency Kit Creation

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

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!

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

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!

2021 Summer Wildfire Prevention

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfires are the type of natural disaster that can start and get completely out of control all within a few minutes. They also normally don't require all that much to get started to begin with, which is why taking a few simple preventative measures can be extremely beneficial to your home!

First, make a habit of occasionally walking through your yard and looking out for dead/dying trees, leaves, or grass. All of these are the perfect fire starts or accelerants for already blazing fires. Take note of any that you find and move 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.

After all that work the fire hazards that could pose an immediate threat to your home should be dealt with, but that isn't all there is. It is important that you continue to be vigilant, especially during activities like grilling, bonfires, camping, or even lighting fireworks. All of these activities can be fun for you, along with friends and family, but they can also be the catalyst of a wildfire!

2021 Firework Safety

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is here and a few holidays are just on the horizon. It is important to understand the effects and dangers of things like fireworks and other types of pyrotechnics that you may intend on using during your celebration of these upcoming holidays.

If you are planning to use fireworks or other types of pyrotechnics for a celebration it is best that you ensure the surrounding area or areas that you intend to set them off at are clear of any flammable material or debris. Stuff like dead grass, leaves, rotted or dead trees, trash, bushes, and branches can all be the spark that starts a fire that can quickly get out of control!

It is also extremely important to practice safety for those handling or helping set up the pyrotechnic display. Keep a safe distance from the launch site, and be sure to watch any young children to ensure they don't wander too close not understanding how dangerous it is. Educate your youngsters and keep the danger zone properly designated and blocked off so you can enjoy the spectacle in the sky!

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

When you hear the name "SERVPRO" what do you think of first? It probably isn't commercial cleaning services. While we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek may focus our efforts in dealing with homes and businesses that have been damaged by water, fire, mold, or storms, we also have the training and equipment to properly clean your home or business as well. 

Most businesses do a great job at keeping the workplace nice and clean for the employees that spend so much time there, but with foot traffic in and out of the various rooms and hallways, there are always going to be places that are missed or aren't cleaned frequently enough. That's where we come in! Call us today for commercial cleaning services for your business!

Our cleaning services include:

  • Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
  • Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
  • Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

2021 Hurricane Category Information

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we deal with all types of damages to property, one of the most common types that we deal with is water/storm damage. The season that causes the most water and storm damage during the year is already here, hurricane season has begun and with that, it is important that you know the differences in the category. The difference in potential damage is exponential and can sometimes leave your home in ruin.

Category 1 - 74-95 mph winds - Can cause damage to the 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 the 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 is more important than your home. SERVPRO will always be there to help in the clean-up.

Be Careful When Using Your Basement as Storage!

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

When using the available space in your basement as a storage area is it important that you know a few things that could occur if proper procedure isn't followed. The foundation of your home is often cold and damp and the perfect base for mold to gather and grow, placing biodegradable boxes and totes on the plain surface of your basement floor allows mold to easily gather on them and use them to aid in its growth!

The best possible way to prevent this from happening when using your basement as storage is to install metal or plastic shelving that keeps the storage boxes up and off the cold and damp ground. This will keep the boxes far enough away from the floor to prevent the bacteria from spreading to them and being able to create patches of mold on them. The boxes should be a minimum of 18 inches off the ground to help prevent this from occurring!

2021 Summer Grill Safety

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

During the Spring and Summer months its common to see friends and family getting together out in the nice warm weather to barbecue and enjoy the company of others. If you plan to cook outdoors on a grill it is important to be aware of the area that you're doing it in. Clearing any dead or dry leaves, grass, or shrubs from the immediate area of your cooking station is smart and proactive, as all of these are extremely potent fire sources pose a potential fire risk. Even the smallest of embers could set them ablaze!

To best prepare for any event you have planned you should take a quick survey of where you want to throw the party or cookout and find any and all spots that could pose a problem. If it is your property you can do a few things to deal with it, water them and spruce things up if you have a while before the event or simply get rid of the fire hazards. If the location that you want to use isn't your property then it is best that you find a more suitable area to ensure that you and the surrounding area is safe!

Our Training and Equipment Is Up to Date!

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek make sure that all of our technicians, new hires and seasoned veterans, receive new and updated training so that they have the knowledge to accurately and effectively deal with any and every possible disaster that you and your family could face when owning a home or business.

This training encompasses everything from new techniques that we have discovered on how to best approach certain scenarios and types of damage and also on what to look for when we initially stop by to take note of all the damage your property has received. We also make sure that each and every technician is up to date on equipment and gear so that are able to deal with any possible situation presented to them. 

Remember SERVPRO is here for you in your time of need and always ready to help!

We Board and Tarp All Your Damaged Properties!

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

When your home or business has been severely damaged by water, fire, mold, or a storm the last thing you want is for more damage to occur while it is in the process of being repaired and restored. To help combat this possibility, SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek offers you the option to have critical areas boarded off or tarped over to ensure that no extra damage, like rain, snow, or storm, occurs to your home while we diligently work to restore and repair the damages. 

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek are committed to making sure that your home or business is repaired without any unnecessary extra damage. We will take any and every possible option to keep your home safe and secure.

SERVPRO is here for you!

We Will Store Your Belongings for Safekeeping!

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

We know how hard it is to deal with the concept of something happening to our homes, and the last thing we want to think about is what we would do with our countless valued possessions that we would need to find somewhere for. That is why we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek will take any furniture that you want restored and belongings that you want kept safe and store them in one of our warehouses while we work on repairing and restoring your home. This keeps them out of our way and also out of possible danger of more damage.

When we are with you discussing the damages to your home and belongings simply ask and we will do what we can to ease you in your time of need. Our goal is to take as much of the hardship off of you as we can while we work on fixing your home.

We're here for you when you need us most!

We offer 24/7 Service!

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in order to make sure that you and your family get the help that you need exactly when you need it. We operate even during holidays to make sure that you aren't left out in the cold or bunking uncomfortably with friends or family.

Please don't ever be afraid of calling us in your time of need thinking that we won't be there to help, it is in our nature to go out of our way to make sure that your home is in the best possible care and that you are back in it as soon as possible, no matter what. If your home has been affected by water, fire, mold, or storm damage call us and we'll be on our way in a flash!

2021 Hurricane Season

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

As we start to get into the Summer months the 2021 Hurricane season is going to start to pick up, and knowing what to do and where to go should a hurricane hit is extremely important. Its important that you and your family are properly following the steps and taking all precautions available when a hurricane is bearing down on you. Your wellbeing is more important than potential property damage.

Taking precautionary steps like setting up emergency kits and bug-out-bags is smart and will give you more time that you may need during a storm. It is also a good idea to learn and teach the differences of each category of hurricane so that everyone in your household knows the severity of what is to come. Knowing when to hunker down and wait out the storm and when to evacuate is another important task. Stay too long and your home may succumb to severe flooding and you may end up trapped. We urge you to stay safe through this years hurricane season, and if disaster strikes you know who to call.

2021 Tornado Season

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is just around the corner and that means tornado season going to start picking up. Every year there is an increase in tornado sightings and touchdowns during the late Spring and Summer months, and that means hundreds of homes and communities will be left in the wake of a natural disaster. Learning and understanding the safety steps and measures that should be taken when a tornado touches down near you is incredibly important. It always pays to be prepared.

Tornadoes can and will strike out of nowhere and with little to no warning, especially when one touches down during the evening or at night. It's important for you and your family to know the signs of a tornado forming, what certain public safety announcements mean (the difference between warning and watch), and how to make an emergency kit that will keep you safe and provide for you in case the worst happens. Stay safe this season, and if your home experiences disaster you know who to call.

Do you know the signs of potential mold damage in your home?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

As you go about your daily life it is important to take note of changes to your property, as seemingly small things can quickly become much larger problems. For instance, a small crack on your window frame may not seem like an obvious issue, but if water can start slowly seeping its way inside, mold isn't far behind.

Mold has the ability to spread much faster than most people realize it does, in as little as two days mold can rapidly spread and dig its roots deep into your home. The longer mold is allowed to grow unimpeded, the worse the damage it leaves behind can be.

Be on the look out for any stray water pooling or dripping in areas where it shouldn't be, moisture is what allows mold to grow strong and fast. Any intrusion of your home by water can and will inevitably lead to mold damage, dealing with it as quickly as possible once you find them is key to preventing the growth and spread!

Summer 2021 Bonfire Safety

5/8/2021 (Permalink)

As the weather gets nicer and the temperatures grow higher you are likely more inclined to start spending more time outdoors. Having friends and family over to catch up on how each other's previous year has gone while sitting around a bonfire cooking hotdogs or making s'mores. What you may not realize is that you could be putting yourself and those around you in danger, summer droughts leave patches of grass or brush that are ripe for catching fire all around. Make sure that you follow safety procedures when making a bonfire to help prevent any mishaps or accidents from occurring!

Ensure nothing happens by clearing the area of any dry grass or plants and if possible keep a fire extinguisher or even a hose nearby. It's okay to have fun with friends, but its also your job to be vigilant and careful. Be knowledgeable, safe, and aware and have some fun this summer!

Are you aware of the effects of mold on you and your home?

5/8/2021 (Permalink)

Mold beginning to grow on a wall and behind a small cabinet Know what growing mold looks like!

While seemingly innocent enough mold is actually much more potentially dangerous than you may know! If mold is discovered in your property is important to have it remediated as soon as possible, any long standing mold can introduce both health effects to occupants and even structural issues with the property itself. Warm humid environments is where mold can thrive, needing ideally a temperature of 70°F and 24-48 hours of soaking up moisture to begin growing. Even just slightly higher than normal humidity in your home can aid in the growth of mold, aiming to keep the indoor humidity below 45% helps fight back at possible growth.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. Mold spores thrive on moisture; therefore spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 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 on a pet. With all of this in mind it is important that you call and get your mold dealt with if you find any in your property.

2021 Spring Foundation Inspection

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is upon us and its bringing the perfect weather to spend time outside in! Take advantage of the nice weather and do a quick yearly check-up of your foundation for any cracks or imperfections. During the winter months it is possible for water to seep into cracks in your foundation and freeze and expand, creating larger gaps than there were previously. This increases the chances of water making its way into your basement which can lead to mold growth or cause water damage to stored items.

Flooding can occur at any time and in any place, one way to help mitigate the possibility of having water seep into your basement is to make sure that your downspout is at least 3 feet away from the foundation of your home. Doing this will help make sure that any water from the excess Spring rains and the melting Winter snow will be deposited awake from the foundation of your home and absorbed by the dirt.

When checking your foundation for possible issues be sure to be on the look out for things that you don't remember being there before the Winter season. These could be freshly cracked areas that could possibly grow larger and create a bigger structural issue in the future.

Are you prepared for Winter storms?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know how much damage Winter storms can actually cause? Heavy snowfalls, flooding, icy roads and walkways, extreme wind speeds and much more that can cause severe damage to your home or property. Being caught out without shelter or power and no preparation could potentially mean life or death. Having a plan in the event of an emergency is always a great idea along with multiple "go bags" ready to go ASAP!

Excessive snowfall can cause damage to your home by adding excess weight to the roof and potentially causing it to cave in on itself.

High wind speeds have the possibility of throwing dangerous objects at your home or through your windows, while also damaging any vehicles left out in the storm. The last thing you want during a powerful winter storm or blizzard is to have a broken window in which snow and water can accumulate and cause damage!

Ice can build up on your walk-ways and driveway and become a dangerous obstacle for you to face when leaving for work or while shoveling. You don't want to take a hard fall and injure yourself.

These examples are just a fraction of the ways that Winter storms impact people across the country yearly. Pay attention to your weather channels and make note of any alerts that are issued by your state/district, these could help you prevent damage to your home. Put together a plan with your family and practice it frequently if you have little ones, make sure to keep long shelf life supplies ready to go and stored away as well! Stay safe and stay warm this winter!

Happy New Year!

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you or your loved ones are planning to celebrate New Year's with family or friends it is important to set some guide lines. 

If you plan on cooking food for family and friends be sure to be extra vigilant when doing so, most cooking fires start due to negligence while cooking. Don't let the night's festivities distract you!

Be sure to keep track of the weather in your area, especially if you or other attendees don't plan on staying the whole night. Icy roads don't mix well with night driving.

Finally, make sure to abide by the rules set in place for your county in regards to COVID-19. The last way you want to start the New Year and the end of the year that will go down in history is to get sick.

From our family here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek, have fun and stay safe!

Take Care of Ice Dams and Stop Winter Water Damage!

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Ice dams are built up walls of ice that normally form when snow is beginning to melt and is then refrozen. These walls have the possibility to form in a way that makes them direct the flow of other melting snow into places where it can cause damage, under the shingles on your roof for instance. These large walls of ice are something to be on the lookout for, taking note of where the sun tends to hit your roof is step one of the process. If you notice that the lower areas of a specific part of your roof don't receive much sunlight that means that it is prime ice dam forming territory. If your roof has any areas like this then it is only a matter of time before water makes its way in and causes damage to your home.

There are ways to prevent this though. Get heating cables and running them along the opposite side of any problem locations, throughout your attic. This will keep the areas where pooling and ice forming to a much smaller degree. Instead of gradually building in size it will be able to now properly drain out of your gutters.

The forming of ice dams also tends to mean that the attic of your home is not keeping the heat where it needs to be. This can be fixed by having professionals come in, take note of the area, and installing more insulation where needed to help lock in the heat your house is already producing. This is a natural way to combat ice damming, as the increase in average temperature in the attic can be the one thing that is preventing any water from icing over.

Stay safe this winter season, and if you intend on directly dealing with any problems you or your family are facing be sure to be careful. Many instances of people getting hurt while they are attempting to help themselves or their family are due to negligence.

Are you planning on traveling this holiday?

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Traveling during the Holidays can be both taxing and dangerous. The time leading up to Christmas and the New Year has multiple millions of people going out to visit friends and family all across the country and is some of the busiest time of the year. In some places snow is already falling, in others the partying has begun early. It is important that while traveling you keep your eyes and ears open and alert to spot any potential issues that could impact you. 

Things like inclement weather, traffic, and even drunk drivers will be abundant. Preparing properly, planning your route and checking up on weather and traffic reports and other such things can help you avoid a lot of the trouble that you could find yourself in. 

It is also important that you abide by any rules or mandates that are currently active in your state or town in regards to COVID-19. We know that visiting family across the country is likely not possible this year but that doesn't mean that you can't talk with them for a bit on the phone or in a video call. It is important to keep both yourself and your family safe!

At the end of the day we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek want you all to have a wonderful Holiday season with friends and family and to simply stay safe.

Happy Holidays!

Prevent water damage in your home this Winter!

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

As the weather begins to cool down over the winter months it is a great idea to take the initiative and begin making some changes or simply get some things checked out to make sure that your home is safe from unwanted water damage.

Firstly, it is important to take some time and check your home's water pipes to see whether or not you may need to make some changes, checking for insulation should be where you start. If your pipes have already been insulated then you're already a step ahead of the curve and your home will be safer for it.

Secondly, if you don't have insulation on your piping you need to look into getting that changed. This will help keep your pipes warm enough so that they don't freeze over and eventually break due to extreme cold.

Thirdly, take extra precaution by running your tap at a trickle, this will keep water flowing and help mitigate ice forming in or around your pipes!

By using these few tips you can help ensure that your home is protected from winter time water damage!

Water Damage Categories 2020

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water losses in a home or business can be rough; the amount of damage can rise significantly depending on the type of water that caused the damage. Dirtier water can lead to more damages and require more restoration and cleaning than if the damage was caused by clean water. 

The first type of water damage that is most common is a water loss that comes from a clean or sanitary water source. Some examples of this would be things like water pipes, faucets, and fountains. This type of water damage normally doesn't cause extra damage other than the initial water damage. 

The second type of water damage is a water loss that contains some contaminants inside of it. These contaminants can cause illness and discomfort if ingested. A few examples of water loss sources that would be classified under this type are things like dishwashers, toilet overflows with urine, and other "used" water sources. 

The final type of water damage is a water loss that comes from sources that are deemed to have dangerously unsanitary contaminants. These water sources can cause serious illness and even possibly death if ingested. Water damage sources that provide this category of damage are things like sewage backup, flood water from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces in it. 

It is important to know the differences in the types of water damage and what potential dangers they pose to you or your family. This knowledge should hopefully give you the ability to properly react at a moments notice to whatever water damage you are facing.

Fire Safety While Cooking 2020

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Safety when cooking should always be something that is on your mind, being aware of potentially flammable objects and being knowledgeable on how to deal with them when cooking can help prevent a fire from starting. Most fires that start during the process of cooking start due to negligence, these fires spread fast and those that aren't prepared can be caught by surprise and left in serious danger.

The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents, that is a lot of fires caused by something that is easily avoidable. On average there are over 400,000 house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% be caused by someone easily avoidable is concerning. Negligence while cooking is a serious problem that can only be dealt with by properly educating people in the ways to prevent it.

Being a complete novice or a master chef doesn't matter when it comes to cooking safely, leaving an active stove or other kitchen appliance unattended can create a fire that spirals out of control in just seconds if not caught immediately. Even if the fire is caught in time, lacking the proper education on how to quell the type of cooking fire that it is can then put you in even more danger if you attempt to put it out. If you take proper precautionary measures when cooking you will be left with a both fun and safe hobby that millions enjoy doing.

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!

Natural Disaster Emergency Kit Awareness

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that as many as 48.5% of United States homes don't have an emergency kit ready to go in the event of a natural disaster or home emergency? As simple as the concept of it is, an emergency kit could quite literally save your life in the event of a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado!

Packing things like travel food, clean water along with a few extra clothes, important medicine or medical supplies, and more things that would help in the event of such a disaster like blankets, equipment you can use (Flashlights, lanterns, canteens, etc). All of these things can be stored in something as simple as a duffel bag so that if or when the time comes you can grab it and go!

Remember, SERVPRO is here to help in any and every way that we can! 

2020 Hurricane Categories Info

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

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.

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

When you hear the name "SERVPRO" what do you think of first? It probably isn't commercial cleaning services. While we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek may focus our efforts in dealing with homes and businesses that have be damaged by water, fire, mold, or storms, we also have the training and equipment to properly clean your home or business as well. 

Most business offices do a pretty good job at keeping the workplace nice and clean, but day in and out of people working and walking to and fro will lead to eventual build up that not even the on site equipment can remove. That's where we come in! Call us today for commercial cleaning services!

Our cleaning services include:

  • Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
  • Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
  • Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

2020 Firework Safety

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is here and a few holidays are just on the horizon. It is important to understand the effects and dangers of things like fireworks and other types of pyrotechnics that you may intend on using during your celebration of these upcoming holidays. 

If you intend on using fireworks or other pyrotechnics it is best that you make sure the area or areas in which you plan to set them off from or in are clear of any flammable material or debris, this can be dead grass and leaves, trash, dead bushes or branches. These things can all catch fire in the blink of an eye and the last thing you want during your holiday celebration is a fire that is out of control. 

Another thing to keep in mind is the distance that you are from these displays, this is especially true if you have young children as they will likely not understand why they can't touch the cool glowing lights that ground fireworks and pyrotechnics create. Educate your youngsters and keep them away from the area in which the fireworks will be set off!

Concerns with Using Basement for Storage

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

If you use your basement as storage it is important that you know a few things that are likely to happen if you don't take proper steps to avoid them. The cold and damp foundation of your home is the perfect base for mold and other such bacteria to gather and grow on, because of this when you place biodegradable boxes and totes on the ground they are likely to gather these bacteria and grow mold or other such things on them.

To help avoid this from occurring the best possible thing to do is to store your boxes on metal or plastic shelving instead of on the floor itself. This will keep the boxes far enough away from the floor to prevent the bacteria from spreading to them and being able to create patches of mold on them. The boxes should be a minimum of 18 inches off the ground to help prevent this from occurring.

Summer 2020 Grill Safety

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

Spring and Summer time is often the time of year when friends and family get together and enjoy each other's company while grilling food outside in the nice weather. When planning on cooking outside near grass or plants it pays to be aware of dead plants and dry grass, as these are extremely potent fuel sources for a fire should any embers or flames reach them. Even the smallest of embers could potentially cause a domino effect to occur.

To best prepare for any event you have planned you should take a quick survey of where you want to throw the party or cookout and find any and all spots that could pose a problem. If it is your property you can do a few things to deal with it, water them and spruce things up if you have a while before the event or simply get rid of the fire hazards. If the location that you want to use isn't your property then it is best that you find a more suitable area to ensure that you and the surrounding area is safe!

24/7 Service

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in order to make sure that you and your family get the help that you need exactly when you need it. We operate even during holidays to make sure that you aren't left out in the cold or bunking uncomfortably with friends or family.

Please don't ever be afraid of calling us in your time of need thinking that we won't be there to help, it is in our nature to go out of our way to make sure that your home is in the best possible care and that you are back in it as soon as possible, no matter what. If your home has been affected by water, fire, mold, or storm damage call us and we'll be on our way in a flash!

We will store your furniture and belongings!

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

We know how hard it is to deal with the concept of something happening to our homes, and the last thing we want to think about is what we would do with our countless valued possessions that we would need to find somewhere for. That is why we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek will take any furniture that you want restored and belongings that you want kept safe and store them in one of our warehouses while we work on repairing and restoring your home. This keeps them out of our way and also out of possible danger of more damage.

When we are with you discussing the damages to your home and belongings simply ask and we will do what we can to ease you in your time of need. Our goal is to take as much of the hardship off of you as we can while we work on fixing your home.

We're here for you when you need us most!

We Board and Tarp Storm Damaged Homes!

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business has been severely damage by water, fire, mold, or a storm the last thing you want is for more damage to occur while it is in the process of being repaired and restored. To help combat this possibility SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek offers you the option to have critical areas boarded off or tarped over to ensure that no extra damage, like rain, snow, or storm, occurs to your home while we diligently work to restore and repair the damages. 

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek are committed to making sure that your home or business is repaired without any unnecessary extra damage. We will take any and every possible option to keep your home safe and secure.

SERVPRO is here for you!

Our Training and Equipment is Up to Date!

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek make sure that all of our technicians, new hires and seasoned veterans, receive new and updated training so that they have the knowledge to accurately and effectively deal with any and every possible disaster that you and your family could face when owning a home or business.

This training encompasses everything from new techniques that we have discovered on how to best approach certain scenarios and types of damage and also on what to look for when we initially stop by to take note of all the damage your property has received. We also make sure that each and every technician is up to date on equipment and gear so that are able to deal with any possible situation presented to them. 

Remember SERVPRO is here for your and ready to help!

Hurricane Season 2020

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is almost here, and with it comes a few of its undesirable friends. The 2020 hurricane season is just around the corner, and with it comes the importance of knowing what to do if a hurricane were to come your way. Making sure that you and your family are following the proper steps and precautions when dealing with a hurricane is important. You and your family's lives are more important than potential property damage.

Taking precautionary steps like setting up emergency kits and bug-out-bags is smart and will give you more time that you may need during a storm. It is also a good idea to learn and teach the differences of each category of hurricane so that everyone in your household knows the severity of what is to come. Knowing when to hunker down and wait out the storm and when to evacuate is another important task. Stay too long and your home may succumb to severe flooding and you may end up trapped. We urge you to stay safe through this years hurricane season, and if disaster strikes you know who to call.

Tornado Season 2020

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is only just a few weeks away and with it comes some of its nasty friends. Tornado season officially began just a few months back and within that time hundreds of homes and communities have be struck by the hardship that comes when a natural disaster strikes. It is important to lay out steps and safety measures in the event that one of these disasters strikes where you live. It always pays to be prepared.

Tornadoes can and will strike out of nowhere and with little to no warning, especially when one touches down during the evening or at night. It's important for you and your family to know the signs of a tornado forming, what certain public safety announcements mean (the difference between warning and watch), and how to make an emergency kit that will keep you safe and provide for you in case the worst happens. Stay safe this season, and if your home experiences disaster you know who to call.

Do you know the signs of mold damage in your home?

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

When you are going about your everyday life it is important that you take note of things changing throughout your home / property. Things like small cracks or holes can lead to water leaking into your home and causing damage. Even the smallest amount of water that makes it way into your home and isn't noticed can be the cause of mold growth throughout your home.

Mold has the ability to spread much faster than many people even realize, in even as short a time as two days you could be dealing with large amounts of mold damage throughout your home. Be on the look out for any stray water pooling or dripping from or in areas where they shouldn't, moisture is what allows mold to fester and grow quickly and strong. These can and will inevitably lead to mold damage, try to deal with them as quickly as possible once you find them

Do you know what mold can do to you and your home?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold has the potential to be more dangerous to you and your family than many realize. After it is discovered it is in your best interest to get it remediated as soon as possible, long standing mold can cause both medical issues and even structural issues to your home. Warm, humid conditions are ideal for mold growth. Most molds need temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth, to prevent this keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. Mold spores thrive on moisture; therefore spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 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 on a pet. With all of this in mind it is important that you call and get your mold dealt with if you find any in your property.

Summer 2020 Fire-pit Safety

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is almost here and if your friends or family have the itch to start up a fire in your yard and talk amongst each other under the stars then it is important that you and everyone involved understand some of the many fire-pit / bonfire safety rules. You may not think it but using fire-pits during the summer can be extremely dangerous if not done properly and if those there are negligent. Grass easily drys out during the summer, leaving every single blade extremely susceptible to catching fire with even just a tiny ember. 

To ensure that nothing happens, clear the area of any dry grass or plants and if possible keep a fire extinguisher or even a hose nearby. Its okay to have fun with friends, but its also your job to be vigilant and careful. Be knowledgeable, safe, and aware and have some fun this summer!

2020 Spring Foundation Inspection

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Spring is here and with it comes the perfect time to get outside of your home and check your foundation for any imperfections or potential dangers. During the winter months it is possible for water to seep into cracks in your foundation and freeze and expand, creating larger gaps than there were previously. This significantly increases the chance of flooding or water and mold damage during the rainy Spring time months.  

Flooding can occur at any time and in any place, one way to help mitigate the possibility of having water seep into your basement is to make sure that your downspout is at least 3 feet away from the foundation of your home. Doing this will help make sure that any water from the excess Spring rains and the melting Winter snow will be deposited awake from the foundation of your home and absorbed by the dirt.

When checking your foundation for possible issues be sure to be on the look out for things that you don't remember being there before the Winter season. These could be freshly cracked areas that could possibly grow larger and create a bigger structural issue in the future.

Be Ready for Winter Storms!

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know the true power that Winter storms possess? Heavy snowfall, flooding, ice, extreme wind speeds, and much more can cause severe damage to your home during a time where being caught without shelter or power could potentially mean life or death. It is always wise to have a plan set in place and one or more "go" bags ready to be used in a moment's notice!

Excessive snow can quickly pile up and cause damage to your home by collapsing the roof. This can further lead to things like water and mold damage now that it has entered your home.

Extreme winds can lead to shattered windows and damaged roofing/vehicles. The last thing you want during a powerful winter storm or blizzard is to have a broken window in which snow and water can accumulate and cause damage!

Ice can build up on your walk-ways and driveway and become a dangerous obstacle for you to face when leaving for work or shoveling. The last thing you need is to take a hard fall and injure yourself.

These are just a few of the ways that winter storms can leave both you and your property damaged and in need of repair. Pay attention to your weather channels and any alerts that are issued by your state/district, these could help you prevent damage to your home. Put together a plan with your family and practice it a lot if you have little ones, make sure to keep long shelf life supplies ready to go and stored away as well! Stay safe and stay warm this winter!

Water damage from ice dams can be costly!

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

Ice dams are quite literally dams of ice that form during the Winter months inside of your property's gutters or roofing. The water runoff from any snow that has accumulated on your roof can pool in your gutters and build up as ice. As these areas build up they end up creating what we know to be ice dams. Ice dams will continue to block the path of any water that is running off of your roof and can force it to begin pooling in and around the shingles of your roof. Once this has begun it is only a matter of time before the water is able to force it's way inside your roofing and beginning to damage both your roof and potentially deeper inside of your home.

There are ways to prevent this though. Get heating cables and running them along the opposite side of any problem locations, throughout your attic. This will keep the areas where pooling and ice forming to a much smaller degree. Instead of gradually building in size it will be able to now properly drain out of your gutters. 

The forming of ice dams also tends to mean that the attic of your home is not keeping the heat where it needs to be. This can be fixed by having professionals come in, take note of the area, and installing more insulation where needed to help lock in the heat your house is already producing. This is a natural way to combat ice damming, as the increase in average temperature in the attic can be the one thing that is preventing any water from icing over.

Stay safe this winter season, and if you intend on directly dealing with any problems you or your family are facing be sure to be careful. Many instances of people getting hurt while they are attempting to help themselves or their family are due to negligence.

Are you ready for Holiday traveling?

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Traveling during the Holidays can be both taxing and dangerous. The time leading up to Christmas and the New Year has multiple millions of people going out to visit friends and family all across the country and is some of the busiest time of the year. In some places snow is already falling, in others the partying has begun early. It is important that while traveling you keep your eyes and ears open and alert to spot any potential issues that could impact you. 

Things like inclement weather, traffic, and even drunk drivers will be abundant. Preparing properly, planing your route and checking up on weather and traffic reports and other such things can help you avoid a lot of the trouble that you could find yourself in. 

At the end of the day we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek want you all to have a wonderful Holiday season with friends and family and to simply stay safe.

Happy Holidays!

Take action and prevent Winter water damage in your home!

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

A image of a pipe with a valve that is frozen over due to the cold Prevent frozen pipes in your home!

As the weather begins to cool down over the winter months it is a great idea to take the initiative and begin making some changes or simply get some things checked out to make sure that your home is safe from unwanted water damage.

Firstly, checking your home's water pipes to see whether or not you need to make some changes is important, checking for insulation should be where you start. If your pipes have already been insulated then you're already a step ahead of the curve and your home is safer for it.

Secondly, if you don't have insulation on your piping you need to look into getting it done. This will help keep your pipes warm enough so that they don't break due to extreme cold.

Thirdly, take extra precaution by running your tap at a trickle, this will keep water flowing and help mitigate ice forming in or around your pipes!

Use these few tips to help ensure that your home is protected from winter time water damage.

The Different Categories of Water Damage

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water losses in a home or business can be rough, the amount of damage can rise significantly depending on the type water that caused the damage. Dirtier water can lead to more damages and require more restoration and cleaning than if the damage was caused by clean water. 

The first type of water damage that is most common is a water loss that comes from a clean or sanitary water source. Some examples of this would be things like water pipes, faucets, fountains. This type of water damage normally doesn't cause extra damage other than the initial water damage. 

The second type of water damage is a water loss that contains some contaminants inside of it. These contaminants can cause illness and discomfort if ingested. A few examples of water loss sources that would be classified under this type are things like dishwashers, toilet overflows with urine, and other "used" water sources. 

The final type of water damage is a water loss that comes from sources that are deemed to have dangerously unsanitary contaminants. These water sources can cause serious illness and even possibly death if ingested. Water damage sources that provide this category of damage are things like sewage backup, flood water from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces in it. 

These types of water damage and their differences are important to know for all home and business owners. This knowledge will give you the ability to properly act if a water loss knocks on your door. 

Fire Safety when Cooking

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Safety when cooking should always be something that is on your mind, being aware of potentially flammable objects and being knowledgeable on how to deal with them when cooking can help keep a fire from starting. Most fires that start while someone is cooking start due to negligence, these fires spread fast and those that aren't prepared are left in serious danger.

The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents, that is a lot of fires caused by something that is easily avoidable. On average there are over 400,000 house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% be caused by someone easily avoidable is concerning. Negligence while cooking is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with by properly educating people.

Being a complete novice or a master chef doesn't matter when it comes to cooking safely, leaving a active stove or other kitchen appliance unattended can create a fire that spirals out of control in just seconds if not caught immediately. If you take proper precautionary measures when cooking you will be left with a both fun and safe hobby that millions enjoy doing.

Is your home setup to detect a fire?

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Safety is often the number one priority that people have when looking at purchasing a home or apartment. 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 best way to ensure that you and your family are alerted to a potential fire in your home is to properly set up smoke alarms throughout it. 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.

Water damaged books and personal records CAN be repaired!

8/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage leaves nothing untouched and most things un-repairable. Important books and records for your home, bank, job, business, etc are often 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. 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. 

Fire Damage Odor Removal

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Odor Removal

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek know first hand just how much odor is left behind after a fire has been dealt with in your home or business. It is important for both you and your family/employees that this is fixed as soon as possible. These odors can cause headaches and make those inhaling them feel ill. That's why we're here!

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek use industrial scrubbers and other similar equipment in order to make your home smell like it did before the fire loss occurred. If your property has been affected by a fire, no matter how large, and you need odor removal look no further than SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek!

SERVPRO gets there faster than any other!

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster!

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek make it our mission to get to any disaster as soon and as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO is strategically positioned around the nation in order 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 knowledge and experience we will be there for you before you even know it. 

If your property has been damaged by fire, water, mold, or storm 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!

Flood damage repair extraordinaire!

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek have countless hours of training with how to deal with every type of possible loss to a home or business and how to use our vast array of equipment to restore them. We know what to look, listen, and smell for.

With all of this in mind it is easy to see why we are always prepared for events such as flooding and flash flooding from severe rainstorms while others are not. Flooding in your home or business from a flash flood can be both dangerous and costly. Having little to no time to prepare for such a flooding will leave many things in the line of fire of the water that is entering your property. 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 flooding with trucks kitted with 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!

Do you know what to do during a severe storm?

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can happen out of nowhere, especially during the Summer, so it is important that you and your loved ones understand what to do if a severe storm rolls in that looks like it could be potentially dangerous. 

First, if you are outdoors seek out shelter. While the rain may get you wet that shouldn't be your main concern when dealing with a large storm. Wind speeds normally rise during large storms and flying debris can be dangerous. 

Second, if you can't get to shelter, even a car will do, the best thing you can do is find cover in a low point. Depending on the storm this will protect you from winds, lightning (due to you going to a lower altitude), and even tornadoes. One of the best things you can do if you are caught out with a tornado baring down on you is to find a ditch and curl up in it, protecting your face and head.

Lastly, be sure to listening to news stations on the radio or television to understand the severity of the storm. Be on the look out for tornado watches and warnings.

Stay safe and remember, SERVPRO is here to help!

Water Damage Categories 2019

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

With the constant threat of severe storms during the Summer it is important to know the differences of water damage that you could face in your home. Each category offers a different level of danger and reason to be wary. 

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.

It's important to understand these differences and us that knowledge if you so need it in the event of water damage on your home. 

Be safe and remember, SERVPRO is here to help!

Natural Disaster Emergency Kit Awareness

6/22/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that as many as 48.5% of United States homes don't have an emergency kit ready to go in the event of a natural disaster or home emergency? As simple as the concept of it is, an emergency kit could quite literally save your life in the event of a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado!

Packing things like travel food, clean water along with a few extra clothes, important medicine or medical supplies, and more things that would help in the event of such a disaster like blankets, equipment you can use (Flashlights, lanterns, canteens, etc). All of these things can be stored in something as simple as a duffel bag so that if or when the time comes you can grab it and go!

Remember, SERVPRO is here to help in any and every way that we can! 

2019 Summer Wildfire Prevention

6/22/2019 (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!

Help Prevent Water Damage in Your Home!

6/21/2019 (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!

2019 Summer Heat and Fire Safety!

6/21/2019 (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!

Clean Those Dirty Ducts!

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Do you find that when you are doing laundry it's taking forever to dry your clothes? Does your Furnace sound like a freight train? More than likely this is because your air or exhaust ducts are in need of an extensive cleaning and the filters changed out.

When the dust builds up in your air ducts and exhaust system it causes your dryer and HVAC system to work overtime and shorten the life of these expensive items. Not only is this bad for your appliances and mechanical system, it can also quickly turn into a fire hazard! Be sure to clean out your air ducts and vents at least once a year in order to keep the airflow in your house clean and safe.

Call SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek to schedule an appointment to have your ducts cleaned out today! 

Basement Storage Concerns

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

If you use your basement as storage it is important that you know a few things that are likely to happen if you don't take proper steps to avoid them. The cold and damp foundation of your home is the perfect base for mold and other such bacteria to gather and grow on, because of this when you place biodegradable boxes and totes on the ground they are likely to gather these bacteria and grow mold or other such things on them.

To help avoid this from occurring the best possible thing to do is to store your boxes on metal or plastic shelving instead of on the floor itself. This will keep the boxes far enough away from the floor to prevent the bacteria from spreading to them and being able to create patches of mold on them. The boxes should be a minimum of 18 inches off the ground to help prevent this from occurring.

2019 Firework Safety

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is here and a few holidays are just on the horizon. It is important to understand the effects and dangers of things like fireworks and other types of pyrotechnics that you may intend on using during your celebration of these upcoming holidays. 

If you intend on using fireworks or other pyrotechnics it is best that you make sure the area or areas in which you plan to set them off from or in are clear of any flammable material or debris, this can be dead grass and leaves, trash, dead bushes or branches. These things can all catch fire in the blink of an eye and the last thing you want during your holiday celebration is a fire that is out of control. 

Another thing to keep in mind is the distance that you are from these displays, this is especially true if you have young children as they will likely not understand why they can't touch the cool glowing lights that ground fireworks and pyrotechnics create. Educate your youngsters and keep them away from the area in which the fireworks will be set off!

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

When you hear the name "SERVPRO" what do you think of first? It probably isn't commercial cleaning services. While we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek may focus our efforts in deal with homes and businesses that have be damaged by water, fire, mold, or storms we also have the training and equipment to properly clean your home or business as well. 

Most business offices do a pretty good job at keeping the workplace nice and clean, but day in and out of people working and walking to and fro will lead to eventual build up that not even the on site equipment can remove. That's where we come in! Call us today for commercial cleaning services!

Our cleaning services include:

  • Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
  • Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
  • Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

2019 Hurricane Categories Info

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Best Possible Training and Equipment

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek make sure that all of our technicians, new hires and seasoned veterans, receive new and updated training so that they have the knowledge to accurately and effectively deal with any and every possible disaster that you and your family could face when owning a home or business.

This training encompasses everything from new techniques that we have discovered on how to best approach certain scenarios and types of damage and also on what to look for when we initially stop by to take note of all the damage your property has received. We also make sure that each and every technician is up to date on equipment and gear so that are able to deal with any possible situation presented to them. 

Remember SERVPRO is here for your and ready to help!

Boarding Up and Tarping

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business has been severely damage by water, fire, mold, or a storm the last thing you want is for more damage to occur while it is in the process of being repaired and restored. To help combat this possibility SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek offers you the option to have critical areas boarded off or tarped over to ensure that no extra damage, like rain, snow, or storm, occurs to your home while we diligently work to restore and repair the damages. 

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek are committed to making sure that your home or business is repaired without any unnecessary extra damage. We will take any and every possible option to keep your home safe and secure.

SERVPRO is here for you!

Furniture and Belonging Storage

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

We know how hard it is to deal with the concept of something happening to our homes, and the last thing we want to think about is what we would do with our countless valued possessions that we would need to find somewhere for. That is why we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek will take any furniture that you want restored and belongings that you want kept safe and store them in one of our warehouses while we work on repairing and restoring your home. This keeps them out of our way and also out of possible danger of more damage. When we are with you discussing the damages to your home and belongings simply ask and we will do what we can to ease you in your time of need. 

We're here for you when you need us most!

24/7 Service

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in order to make sure that you and your family get the help that you need exactly when you need it. We operate even during holidays to make sure that you aren't left out in the cold or bunking uncomfortably with friends or family. Please don't ever be afraid of calling us in your time of need thinking that we won't be there to help, it is in our nature to go out of our way to make sure that your home is in the best possible care and that you are back in it as soon as possible, no matter what. If your home has been affected by water, fire, mold, or storm damage call us and we'll be on our way in a flash!

Summer 2019 Grill Safety

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is here and its the best time to gather a bunch of friends and family and throw a cookout or barbecue! When planning on cooking outside near grass or plants it pays to be aware of dead plants and dry grass, as these are extremely potent fuel sources for a fire should any embers or flames reach them. To best prepare for any event you have planned you should take a quick survey of where you want to throw the party or cookout and find any and all spots that could pose a problem. If it is your property you can do a few things to deal with it, water them and spruce things up if you have a while before the event or simply get rid of the fire hazards. If the location isn't your property then it is best that you find a more suitable area to ensure that you and the surrounding area is safe!

Signs of Mold Damage in Your Home

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

When you are going about your everyday life it is important that you take note of things changing throughout your home / property. Things like small cracks or holes can lead to water leaking into your home and causing damage. Even the smallest amount of water that makes it way into your home and isn't noticed can cause the growth of mold throughout your home. Mold can spread much faster than many people even realize, in as short as two days you could be dealing with large amounts of mold damage. Be on the look out for any stray water pooling or dripping from or in areas where they shouldn't. These can and will inevitably lead to mold damage, try to deal with them as quickly as possible once you find them.

Tornado Season 2019

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is here, but it brings a long a few of its nasty friends with it. Tornado season officially began just a few months back and within that time hundreds of homes and communities have be struck by the hardship that comes when a natural disaster strikes.

Tornadoes can and will strike out of nowhere and with little to no warning, especially when one touches down during the evening or at night. It's important for you and your family to know the signs of a tornado forming, what certain public safety announcements mean (the difference between warning and watch), and how to make an emergency kit that will keep you safe and provide for you in case the worst happens. Stay safe this season, and if your home experiences disaster you know who to call.

Hurricane Season 2019

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Summer has arrived, and its brought a few of its undesirable friends. The 2019 hurricane season has start just this past weekend, and with it comes the importance of knowing what to do if one comes your way. Taking the correct steps towards safety for you and your family should take priority during a hurricane, even if it means your property may be damage in doing so.

Taking precautionary steps like setting up emergency kits and bug-out-bags is smart and will give you more time that you may need during a storm. It is also a good idea to learn and teach the differences of each category of hurricane so that everyone in your household knows the severity of what is to come. Knowing when to hunker down and wait out the storm and when to evacuate is another important task. Stay too long and your home may succumb to severe flooding and you may end up trapped. We urge you to stay safe through this years hurricane season, and if disaster strikes you know who to call.

Summer 2019 Fire-pit Safety

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is here and what better way to hang out with a bunch of friends than by starting up a fire-pit and hanging out under the stars. You may not think it but using fire-pits during the summer can be extremely dangerous if not done properly and if those there are negligent. Grass easily drys out during the summer, leaving every single blade extremely susceptible to catching fire with even just a tiny ember. 

To ensure that nothing happens, clear the area of any dry grass or plants and if possible keep a fire extinguisher or even a hose nearby. Its okay to have fun with friends, but its also your job to be vigilant and careful. Be safe and have fun this summer!

What you need to know about how mold grows

6/1/2019 (Permalink)

This mold was located in the basement of a home that had sustained water damage.The mold grew from the moisture left behind.

Mold needs to be remediated as soon as it is found because of the health and structural problems that mold causes. Warm, humid conditions are ideal for mold growth. Most molds need temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth, to prevent this keep indoor humidity below 45 percent. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. Mold spores thrive on moisture; therefore spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 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 on a pet. With all of this in mind it is important that you call and get your mold dealt with if you find any in your property.

Spring Foundation Checklist

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Now that spring is upon us it is important to diligently check the foundation of your home for possible cracks that formed due to ice expansion during the winter and to check for possible areas where flooding could be a problem.

Flooding can occur at any time and in any place, one way to help mitigate the possibility of having water seep into your basement is to make sure that your downspout is at least 3 feet away from the foundation of your home. Doing this will help make sure that any water from the excess Spring rains and the melting Winter snow will be deposited awake from the foundation of your home and absorbed by the dirt.

When checking your foundation for possible issues be sure to be on the look out for things that you don't remember being there before the Winter season. These could be freshly cracked areas that could possibly grow larger and create a bigger structural issue in the future.

Frozen pipes? No problem!

12/15/2018 (Permalink)

Winter is on its way but the cold temps are already here. Frozen pipes are one of the most common issues home owners can face during the winter months. If your home has a tendency of having water pipes freeze over during winter months there are a few ways you can try to clear up that blockage! 

1). Keep the faucet dripping. This will help ease your pipes into having water flowing properly again. 

2). Apply heat to the affected section of the pipe with a heating pad or hair dryer. Doing this will slowly thaw out any ice that has formed in the pipe.

3). Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. 

Finally, if you noticed that you are still having problems after all of this it is probably best that you contact your nearest licensed plumber to come and take a look at it. 

Winter Pipe Bursts Can Be Prevented

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

When the weather starts to get colder during the winter months it is a good idea to start taking initiative and make some changes or check some things to make sure your home is safe from unwanted water damage. Firstly, you're going to want to check your home's water pipes to see whether or not you need to make some changes. If your pipes have already been insulated then you're already a step ahead of the curve and your home is safer for it. Secondly, if you don't have insulation on your piping you need to look into getting it done. This will help keep your pipes warm enough so that they don't break from extreme cold. Thirdly, you can take extra precaution by running your tap at a trickle, this will keep water flowing and help mitigate ice forming in or around your pipes! Use these few tips to help ensure that your home is protected from winter time water damage.

Categories of Water Damage

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Having a water loss in your home can be much more damaging and dangerous depending on what category of water damage your loss is. These categories range from 1 to 3 and the differences could mean life or death depending on the circumstances.

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.

It is important to know the differences between these damage categories so that you know what to do and how to act if you are in a situation involving water damage to your home or other property.

Cooking Fire Safety

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire safety is extremely important to know when your own a home or business, many fires are caused by negligence and can spread fast enough to leave those who aren’t prepared in serious danger. The USFA and FEMA estimate that just over 50% of all house fires in 2016 were caused by cooking accidents. There are on average over 400,000+ house fires per year in the United States, and to have over 50% be caused by cooking helps show that negligence is a serious issue in the matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice at cooking or a master chef, if you leave an active stove or other kitchen appliance unattended it can create a fire that spirals out of control in just a few seconds if not caught right away. Taking proper precautionary measures when cooking can help make it a fun and safe hobby, but failing to do so can lead to fire/property damage in a worst case scenario.

Summer Grill Safety

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Water Pipe Break at Local Church

2/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/30/2017 (Permalink)

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?

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

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

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

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

When Storms or Floods hit Hanover Township/BearCreek, SERVPRO is ready!

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (570) 822-4700

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Hanover Township/Bear Creek Home

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service in Hanover Township/Bear Creek, Call SERVPRO

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Hanover Township or Bear Creek. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us Anytime at - (570) 822-4700

Residential Services

Whether your Hanover Township or Bear Creek home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Hanover Township/Bear Creek commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROhanovertownshipbearcreek.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek 24 hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire & Water Damage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek is available 24 hours a day for water damage emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -570-822-4700

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Hanover Township has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration. In fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold Facts

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Where there is water there is mold!

Mold thrives in dark and damp places. it can grow in unvented bathrooms, around leaky pipes, and underneath sinks with damaged seals. Where there is water you are sure to find mold. Make sure that you inspect your bathrooms, basement, or any other room in your home that you know is susceptible to water damage for possible mold growth. Even a small amount of mold can lead to a much bigger issue if it is not addressed. SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call our office any time to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained Managers. We can assess the situation and develop a plan to help get you back normal. 

Nanticoke Floods

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Floods Happen!

In 2011, the Nanticoke, Pennsylvania area experienced an epic flood when the banks of the Susquehanna river over flowed because of rain from Tropical Storm Lee. Homes and business throughout the area were damaged or destroyed and many lives were forever changed. Did you know that flooding is the #1 cause for insurance claims? Surprisingly, most homeowners or business owners don't have flood coverage and unfortunately don't find this out until it is too late. Take the time to review your insurance policy and meet with your insurance agent to add additional coverage if needed. In the event that your home or business is affected by flooding waters, know that SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek is here to assist you in your time of need.  

Freezing temps without frozen pipes!

1/29/2017 (Permalink)

Crew responding to a water damage during snow storm.

Our technicians at SERVPRO of Hanover Twp/Bear Creek will be there to help you in your time of need, even in the worst of conditions. When the Polar Vortex engulfed the Northeastern Pennsylvania area over the winter our crews were ready to respond when the calls came in. When leaving your home for an extended period of time during the winter, be sure to take proper steps to ensure your pipes wont freeze. Make sure your water is turned off completely or at least to areas of the home prone to cold temperatures. Keep your thermostat on and at a temperature that will prevent your pipes from failing. Have a neighbor or friend check on your residence while you are away. Small things can be done before you leave to prevent big problems when you return.

Mold damage in Bear Creek

1/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold remediation caused by broken pipe.

The Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania are a great place to go for a long vacation or just to get a way and relax for the weekend. Unfortunately, a water main break at this vacation home caused extensive water damage throughout. Because this was a vacation home, no one was at the property at the time of the loss and it was not found for an extended amount of time. When the homeowners arrived not only was the house destroyed by water it was also covered in mold. SERVPRO of Hanover Township/Bear Creek was called out to dry out the water damaged structure and remediate the mold that had grown throughout. A Pack-out of salvageable content was performed  and the home was rebuilt by one of our trusted contractors. 

Commercial water damage in Laflin, Pennsylvania

1/29/2017 (Permalink)

Assisted living facility damaged from a frozen pipe.

Winters in Northeastern Pennsylvania can be exceptionally long, unforgiving, and brutally cold. Who are you going to call when your pipes freeze and your commercial property or business suffers a catastrophic water loss? When business interruption is a concern and downtime is unacceptable,  SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek is just a phone call away. Ready to dispatch at a moments notice, day or night, our dedicated on-call managers, office staff, and production crews are always available and always ready to roll 24/7/365. Helping other is what we do and we pride ourselves on being good at it. So when the cold of winter arrives please know we will be standing at the ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Marine Corps 241st Birthday

1/29/2017 (Permalink)

Celebrate the 241st Birthday of the United States Marine Corps today with Co-owner of SERVPRO of Hanover township , Bear Creek, Carbon and NW Monroe Scott Wescoat. Scott was in the Marine Corps from 1996 - 2000 leaving at the rank of Corporal. Happy birthday Marine Corps! Semper Fidelis

Christmas 2016

12/27/2016 (Permalink)

Its that time of the year again, when decorations are up and the kids are waiting for morning to unwrap their gifts from Santa. We here at SERVPRO of Hanover township and BearCreek would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a Happy New Year!

Christmas 2016 Office Tree Decorating

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

We started decorating our office this week. Here is Jake decorating our office Christmas tree.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2016

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. This is the event that brought forth the famous quote "A date that will live in infamy" by Franklin Roosevelt, and abruptly threw us into World War II. We celebrate the 7th of December every year as a day to remember those who fell all those many years ago and to remind them that their sacrifice did not go in vein. 

Dry Ice Blasting

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

The photo is of a technician using the dry ice blasting machine to remove soot and the smoke smell out of a house that caught in fire.

Dry ice blasting is a revolutionary blasting method that uses dry ice pellets as the blasting material. The actual dry-ice pellets are quite soft, and much less dense than other media used in blast-cleaning. The process is very environmentally friendly and provides a fast and effective alternative to traditional methods of cleaning industrial production equipment. It is a form of carbon dioxide cleaning, where dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, is accelerated in a pressurized air stream and directed at a surface in order to clean it. Dry-ice blasting leaves no chemical residue as dry ice sublimates at room temperature. Through this process smoke and soot are eliminated from most surfaces. In this photo, dry ice blasting was being used to restore the wood foundation of a home that caught on fire.

Ultrasonic Content Cleaning

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

Ultrasonic cleaning is a process that uses ultrasound waves and an appropriate cleaning solvent to clean items. Here at SERVPRO we use the ultrasonic cleaner to restore content from any kind of damage. The ultrasonic cleaner is mainly used for content of water, fire, and mold jobs. The ultrasonic cleaner provides a more thorough cleaning than hand cleaning. This allows us to provide better deodorization of items and to clean very detailed items. The cleaner uses cavitation action to access the smallest crevices on an object. Small bubbles implode the object sending powerful shockwaves of pressure across the damaged or dirty object. The cleaner is so gentle a technician can place paper documents in a special container and remove smoke soot off the damaged paper without harming the document.

Prevent Electrical Fires in your Hanover Twp & Bear Creek Home

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

House fire caused by an electric heater left plugged in.

Over 25,000 electrical fires are reported annually in the United States, resulting in death or injury to more than 1,300 people, according to the U.S Fire Administration. Home electrical fires result in greater dollar loss per fire than nonelectrical fires. Even more startling: almost all those fires could have been prevented by taking a few simple steps, including:

  • Electrical outlets: Check for loose fitting plugs, which can be a shock or fire hazard.

  • Plugs: Never force them into outlets; avoid overloading outlets with adapters and too many appliance plugs.

  • Cords:  Make sure they are not frayed or cracked, placed under carpets or rugs, or placed in high traffic areas. Do not nail or staple them to walls, floors or other objects.

  • Extension cords: Use them on a temporary basis only. They are not intended as permanent household wiring.

  • Circuit breakers/Fuses: Fuses should be properly rated for the circuit they are protecting. If you don’t know the correct rating, have an electrician identify and label the correct size to be used..

  • Appliances/Electronics: If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips a circuit breaker or has given you an electrical shock, immediately unplug it and have it repaired or replaced. Look for cracks or damage in wiring and connectors

  • Electrical wiring: Wiring defects are a major cause of residential blazes. Check periodically for loose wall receptacles, loose wires, or loose lighting fixtures

  • Service capacity: As you continue to upgrade your home with more lighting, appliances and electronics, your home’s electrical service capacity may become overburdened. If fuses blow or trip frequently, you may need to increase the capacity of your electrical service or add new branch circuits

Restoring Your Hanover Township/ Bear Creek Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Hanover Township/ Bear Creek commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Hanover Township/ Bear Creek

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/ Bear Creek specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service in Hanover Township/ Bear Creek, Call SERVPRO

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/ Bear Creek provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Hanover Township/ Bear Creek We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

·         24-Hour Emergency Service

·         Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

·         Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

·         A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

·         Locally Owned and Operated

·         Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 570-722-5700

Residential Services

Whether your Hanover Township/ Bear Creek home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

·         Water Damage Restoration

·         Fire Damage Restoration

·         Mold Remediation

·         Storm Damage Restoration

·         Cleaning Services

·         Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Hanover Township/ Bear Creek commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial Cleaning

·         Commercial Water Damage Restoration

·         Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

When Storms or Floods hit Hanover Township/ Bear Creek, SERVPRO is ready!

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hanover Township/ Bear Creek specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Hanover Township/ Bear Creek , we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams Storm Restoration  that are strategically located throughout the United States. 

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today- 570-722-5700

Hanover Township/ Bear Creek Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Hanover Township/ Bear Creek Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Hanover Township/ Bear Creek will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 570-722-5700

Hanover Township/ Bear Creek Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

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/ Bear Creek 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/ Bear Creek 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 – 570-772-5700

Faster to your Hanover Township/ Bear Creek Water Damage Event

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither does SERVPRO of Hanover Twp/ Bear Creek. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Hanover Township/ Bear Creek arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 570-722-5700

Water Damage Timeline:

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
  • Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.
  • 48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
  • More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
  • About SERVPRO of Hanover Township/ Bear Creek

    SERVPRO of Hanover Township/ Bear Creek specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

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