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3 Tips To Protect a Commercial Roof

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Construction engineer wearing safety uniform inspecting metal roofing work for roof industrial concept with copy space It’s recommended to inspect the roof at least twice a year

3 Tips To Protect a Commercial Roof

When it comes to your Churchville, PA, business, protecting it from roof damage can help save valuable time and money by preventing long term problems. There are a few things you can do to help ensure any small issues are found and fixed before repair needs get out of hand.

1. Inspect It Regularly

It’s recommended to inspect the roof at least twice a year, or any time you suspect there may be storm or wind damage. Look for areas of loose or torn shingles, unsecured gutters, or sun spots as these could indicate a problem. If a damaged space is found it's best to cover over the area to prevent further issues and contact a professional for repairs.

2. Cover Over Damaged Areas

Any time roof damage is found it’s best to protect the space to prevent additional problems. If left unprotected additional damage can occur from sun, rain or wind and accumulate until a potential roof rebuild is the needed. Covering over the space with ply-board or a heavy tarp can add protection until a professional can finish repairs.

3. Make Repairs Quickly

It’s important to make repairs as quickly as possible whenever you find damage to the roof. This can help prevent further damage from occurring and creating a large scale problem. You can contact a local storm damage restoration service to help with clean up and repairs. These professionals may also be able to recommend mitigation tips for the future.

Protecting your company from roof damage may help you prevent large scale problems. Remember to have the roof inspected regularly, especially after large storms. Cover over any damage that is found to protect it until repairs can be made, and call a restoration service to have repairs made as quickly as possible. These steps may help prevent larger problems that could lead to the need for a roof replacement.

How to Contain Mold During Remediation

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Plastic covers, mold containment concept Mold containment in Palmer Township, PA

Mold loves water and warm temperatures. If you have recently suffered water damage due to flooding, mold contamination is sure to follow. An environmental specialist should inspect your home in Palmer Township, PA to determine the extent of the damage and to remediate the mold.

What is Remediation?

Most folks think that mold can be removed from their home, but actually mold spores are present everywhere. The levels at which they normally exist in dry conditions do not pose any health issues. When wet and humid conditions occur, mold contamination can become a problem. Remediation is the process of getting those mold levels back into the safe range.

How is Mold Contained?

Mold can spread quickly, so while your house is in the process of mold remediation, there are important steps that can slow the growth.

Reduce the humidity and temperature in your home. Turn the heat down to below 65 degrees Fahrenheit and turn on your dehumidifier immediately. If the humidity and temperature are lower outside than inside, you can open several windows. In the summer, it’s best to turn on an air conditioner, if possible.
Moldy items should be removed right away. Smaller items can be put in plastic bags and frozen since mold can’t survive in freezing conditions. Furniture and other large items that contain mold should be taken outside until a professional can inspect them. If the items are destroyed and are small enough, place them in garbage bags. Consult with your garbage disposal personnel to see if they will accept the moldy items.
Make sure shelves and cupboards are clean. Mold can remain on surfaces, so use white vinegar to wipe down the areas.
Purchase a HEPA air filter to remove the majority of mold spores in the air. Run fans to circulate the air once it has been filtered.

Speed is the name of the game when dealing with mold contamination. The quicker you tackle the issue, the sooner you will get your house back in order.

Top 5 most common causes of house fires

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

5 lighted candles Candles can cause house fires

Top Five Most Common Causes of House Fires

 Here are the top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.

Candles

From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there was an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep

Smoking

While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there was still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
  • Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.

Electrical & Lighting

According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy-duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.

Dryers & Washing Machines

Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage. 

Safety tips:

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.

Lightning

From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.

Safety tips:

  • Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.

If you experience a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453.

We are cleaning experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, 800-455-9453

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fspecific-groups%2Fguidance-business-response.html

Where Do Floodwater and Storm Water Come From?

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

River Feale bursts its banks during post-storm flooding Storm water damage in Forks Township, PA

When water damage impacts your business in Forks Township, PA, there can be a lot of confusion following the event. One of the biggest challenges that business owners face after a storm is determining whether the damage can be classified as storm or flood damage. This key distinction makes a significant difference in terms of what type of insurance you’ll need and how professionals will help restore your building. Here’s what to know about where floodwater and storm water comes from.

Where Floodwater Originates

According to most insurance policies, there’s a clear difference between storm damage and flooding. This difference mainly concerns where the two forms of water come from. For example, floodwater typically describes water that comes from the following sources:

  • Rivers
  • Dams
  • Lakes
  • Creeks
  • Levees

Water that originates from these natural sources is normally considered floodwater if it escapes its original source and causes damage to your business.

Where Storm Water Originates
Damage from storm water is very different from flood damage. When looking into your insurance policy, you may notice that there are a clear set of guidelines regarding the origin of storm water. In most cases, storm water refers to water that comes from drains as well as rainwater. When water from a rainstorm or thunderstorm accumulates and doesn’t know where to go, it may target your commercial building and lead to severe water damage. Many people mistakenly consider this to be a result of a flood, but it’s generally categorized as storm damage according to insurance providers and restoration experts.
The line that separates flooding and storm water may seem like a very fine one. However, by learning where each type of damage comes from, you will gain a better understanding of how the water damage in your Forks Township, PA, business can be classified. Whether you’re dealing with storm or flood damage, be sure to rely on emergency restoration services to revive your commercial building.

SERVPRO Encourages Lehigh Valley Property Owners to Prepare Now for Severe Spring Weather

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Encourages Lehigh Valley Property Owners to Prepare Now for Severe Spring Weather

Local disaster remediation specialist cautions warming temperatures threaten to trigger thunderstorms, snow melt, and flooding

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (Grassroots Newswire) 2 March 2020— According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flooding is the most common natural disaster in the U.S.(1) Dawn and Steve Davis of SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall want local home and business owners to know that the approaching spring season is notorious for flood-producing weather, so now is the time to prepare for the unpredictable.

“The water damage caused by a broken pipe, malfunctioning clothes or dishwasher, backed up gutters, or damaged roof is typically limited in scope and pretty straightforward to deal with,” says Davis. “Depending on where you live and work, however, you may also be at risk for flooding caused by rain, melting snow, coastal storms, storm surges, overflows of dams, ice jams in rivers, or a severe spring storm. Those are the types of flooding risks you need to plan for in advance.”

While some areas are more prone to flooding than others, FEMA warns that everyone lives in an area with some flood risk, so it’s important to understand your risk and take the appropriate steps to prepare. You can discover the flooding risk for your specific home or business address here(2), but even those who live in a “low flood risk” zone should heed weather warnings. Here are some of spring’s common flood-related weather hazards and where they are most likely to occur.
• Thunderstorms: The Southeast sees the greatest number of thunderstorms while the West Coast sees the fewest. They occur most often in the spring and summer months during the afternoon and evening hours but can occur anywhere and anytime. These powerful storms can dump large amounts of rain in a short period of time, resulting in flooding and power outages. In an average year, the U.S. experiences about 100,000 thunderstorms.(3)
• Snow Melt: Areas of the U.S. that receive a lot of snowfall are subject to flooding from snow melt. As warming temperatures melt the snow on top of frozen ground, water can pour into basements and flood yards and streets. Communities downstream of heavy snowpack areas are at flooding risk from streams and rivers swollen with melted snow and ice. Communities along rivers are subject to flooding due to ice jams that block the river’s flow.
• Coastal Flooding: Flooding events during or following a coastal storm are common, but changes in average sea level and ongoing development have led to a new phenomenon for coastal communities—Blue Sky or Sunny Day Flooding. Spring is one of the times when this phenomenon occurs, when the Moon’s orbit brings it closest to the Earth, and the Moon, Sun and Earth align, resulting in extraordinarily high tides. Coastal flooding is most common along the Northeast and Gulf Coasts.

“It’s great to look forward to the warmer days of spring, but it’s also important to remember that this change in the weather can trigger some unsettled and even dangerous weather,” says Davis. “Prepare now for the risk of flooding events by making an emergency plan for meeting up with loved ones, storing fresh water in the event of water supply contamination, having fresh batteries on hand in case of power outages, and stockpiling non-perishable food.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, floodwaters can pose several health risks and cause injuries, infections, chemical hazards, and more.(4) Never drive through flooded roadways, and avoid contact with floodwaters when possible as it may contain downed power lines or electric current from a home or business; human or livestock waste; household, medical, or industrial hazardous waste; debris; or wild animals such as rodents and snakes. If the water has entered a structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is also to be considered black water and could be hazardous to your health.

“If your home or business is affected by a flood, remember, quick action is critical to minimizing damage and long-term health risks,” Davis says. “Add SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to your contact list in your phone. We’re here to help.”

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, please contact us at 800-455-9453. For more information on SERVPRO, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

(1) www.fema.gov/news-release/2004/08/16/flooding-americas-1-natural-hazard
(2) www.floodsmart.gov/flood-map-zone/find-yours
(3) www.nssl.noaa.gov › education › svrwx101 › thunderstorms
(4) www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html


About SERVPRO

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO system has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2018 California Wildfires, 2018 Hurricane Michael, 2018 Hurricane Florence, 2017 Hurricane Irma, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding, 2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013 Alberta, Canada Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee.

The Effect of Smoke Damage on Electronics

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Electronic damaged with smoke, on the middle of the picture it says ELECTRONIC WITH SMOKE DAMAGE How does smoke damage electronics?

The process of salvaging electronics after a fire goes beyond checking for burns and water damage. You can’t afford to assume that an appliance is okay just because it survived the blaze. It has to go through an intense fire cleanup process that is dedicated to recovering electronics.

Types Of Smoke Damage in Electronics Include:

  • Black film
  • Magnetic Charge
  • Corrosion from soot

Black Film

House fires are notorious for producing a tremendous amount of black smoke. These fumes seep into your electronics during the fire and form a thick coat on the circuit boards. As a result, your devices often overheat and end up having a shorter lifespan. Have a restoration professional clean the boards and replace any worn out parts to avoid this issue.

Magnetic Charge

Black smoke also produces a magnetic charge that can cause a short circuit. Since most electronics have tiny components crammed in a small space, the risk of malfunctioning or another fire doubles when using smoke damaged equipment. These types of incidents are few and far between, but there is no point in risking another costly fire cleanup or electric shock.

Corrosion

Soot is also very acidic. That makes it a massive threat to TVs, computers, and appliances. If left to sit in the circuit boards, some of the components degrade slowly to premature death or even worse. Usually, this type of damage happens to electronics that get a DIY soot cleanup and those that receive nothing at all.
As a fire victim in Mt Bethel, PA, it is important to make sure every electronic you intend to save goes through the proper fire cleanup process. That will make sure it goes back to regular operation, and it is safe for your family to use. However, do not attempt to DIY a soot cleanup in big electronics as you can easily mess things up and cause another disaster.

How To Protect Your Home From Secondary Damage

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Wall covered with mold Secondary damage in a Bangor, PA home

When dealing with the aftermath of floods or water leakage in Bangor, PA, it's crucial to take immediate action and prevent secondary damage. Whether your home has suffered a small leak or seen a large issue with an appliance that caused an indoor flood, cleaning the mess correctly can prevent the growth black mold.

What Creates Secondary Damage?

Secondary water damage occurs when a water issue isn't tended to promptly. Couple this neglected water with high humidity, and it creates the perfect recipe for a structural building fiasco. If secondary damage is left alone long enough, it can lead to the following expensive problems:

  • Bending and buckling of hardwood floors
  • Black mold
  • Destroyed Vinyl
  • Rotting and crumbling drywall

What Steps Can You Take To Protect Your Property?
The safest way to deal with most water damage, particularly if black or gray water are involved, is to enlist the help of a water restoration company. A professional cleanup company can offer many benefits, but the most prominent is the ability to use specialized equipment in the remediation process. These tools can find hidden moisture and quickly remove it from a particular host.
An experienced water damage mitigation company will also take the time to closely monitor the drying process in situations that involve pooling water and high humidity. This step can mean the difference between an easy fix and deeper issues that can become costly. These companies not only clean any affected areas, but they also take the time to deodorize your home.
Life is wonderful, yet unpredictable. No matter how much planning you do, no one is fully immune to severe weather, failing appliances and other unexpected events that can lead to water in your home. If you take immediate action, however, and hire qualified professionals in Bangor, PA, to safely clean and restore your home, you can lessen your risk of secondary damage and black mold.

When Should You Call a Certified Restoration Company for Water Damage?

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

A technician wearing protective equipment while performing cleaning treatment in a commercial facility Cleaning and sanitizing a commercial facility in Pen Argyl, PA

Steps To Take If You Have Water Emergency

When a water intrusion disaster strikes your business in Pen Argyl, PA, it’s easy to panic. Even when you’re fully insured, it’s going to be a challenging time, but there are proactive things you can do to dramatically ease the tension. From a pipe burst cleanup to a major storm repair, a professional restoration company can turn things around relatively quickly.
There are a few things to do in a water emergency, typically in this order:

  1. Safety first! Do whatever’s necessary to get and keep people out of harm’s way.
  2. Take any immediate steps to reduce further damage, such as shutting off water.
  3. Call a top restoration company for advice.
  4. Call your insurance agent.

Your First Steps

First, get your employees and customers away from any danger. If a major storm is approaching, tell non-essential employees to stay home for now. If the problem is a broken pipe, shut off the water. If you don’t know where that is, call the water company or your restoration company. Storm damage may require tarping and boarding.

Next, Call Your Cleanup and Restoration Company

You may be tempted to call the insurance company first, and broadly speaking, it’s alright to do so. However, experienced restoration companies can usually help you deal more effectively with an insurance agent and make sure you get the coverage you’ve paid for. They can also immediately begin the drying process with advanced air moving equipment.

Most Significant Commercial Water Intrusion Damage Will Require Professional Restoration

For a black water intrusion, only a sewer cleanup company will have the knowledge to fully sanitize the affected area. Even a simple pipe burst cleanup in Pen Argyl, PA, can have major complications, such as hidden structural damage and fungus growth.
SERVPRO is an IICRC-certified commercial restoration company that works closely with insurance agents to restore your business and get it fully operational quickly. They have specialized equipment and certified inspectors to find hidden water damage and prevent dry rot, which attracts wood-boring insects. Once they are involved, flooding, water damage from fire control and a pipe burst cleanup will be restored “Like it never even happened.”

What Makes SERVPRO Such a Great Business Model?

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Three green SERVPRO vans parked in front of a furniture store 24-hour emergency service. SERVPRO

When it comes to emergency help, you can't afford anything but the most reliable, capable response. You certainly don't want to clean up by yourself, and you won't get the right service from an inexperienced, unprepared company. It's no wonder so many people in Wind Gap, PA, look to a SERVPRO franchise to restore their workplace. This well-established company has the traits and track record you want if a flood, fire, storm or mold infestation affects your office.

Bringing the Right Tools to the Job

Any task requires certain resources to accomplish the objectives effectively. You can count on a SERVPRO franchise to come through every time. Shortly after your call for help, technicians will arrive with the following:

  • Qualified, skilled team members
  • Industry-standard tools and equipment to clean and rebuild your office
  • Proven techniques to thoroughly accomplish cleanup tasks of any size

Help Is Never Far Away

SERVPRO isn't like other disaster cleanup companies that have to send crews to you from other cities or states. The company is locally owned, so crews are always nearby. This is critical because it allows for a faster response. If a natural disaster hits your office, you need someone there the same day to start assessing the damage. Because offices will be near you, a long wait shouldn't be an issue.

There's a Corporate Presence

Individual franchises manage their own day-to-day affairs and are largely self-sufficient. However, these certified professionals can also call upon corporate help if necessary. The SERVPRO head offices can dispatch additional help to areas where large-scale incidents have affected multiple businesses. Each franchise has this continual support. This also includes getting more equipment and supplies to adequately clean up and rebuild.
A SERVPRO franchise will stand out from other cleanup companies. When it's time to choose an organization during your dire time of need, the decision should not be a difficult one.