Recent Commercial Posts

Is your home ready for a disaster when you least expect it?

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Safety is often the priority for new home/apartment buyers. Homeowners around the country have plans and actions that they have created and practiced so that they are ready for certain unexpected scenarios, like a house fire during the night.

Ensuring that your property is properly set up with detectors and alarms can go a long way in giving you and your family the time you may need to escape from an unexpected disaster. Check the batteries and functionality of all safety devices on your property every couple of months so that you know they are working correctly.

If you're moving into a new home or apartment then checking the safety devices in the property should be added to your to-do list ASAP! It's impossible to know how often the previous occupants inspected the devices throughout their stay. You never know how they were left and when you may need them!

Make safety and precautionary checks a habit that sticks with you for life!

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

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.