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Here to Help Commercial Properties in Lawrence County

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO disaster recovery team and the fleet of vehicles in a commercial hotel parking lot Employees, equipment, technology, knowledge and again, experience are some of the advantages of working with SERVPRO.

When protecting your commercial property, there are many things to consider. Fortunately, the expertise and experience that SERVPRO can offers will leave you with a satisfying peace of mind. Being prepared for a disaster is paramount. Preparation and education can save a business owner, ten’s, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, keep your business running or get it up and running again much quicker.

The following are reasons you may want to contact a local SERVPRO representative, so you might begin enjoying that renewed peace of mind:

  1. SERVPRO has been serving their customers for over fifty years. We’ve seen just about everything in the Water, Fire and Mold Restoration industry. This knowledge and experience are certainly an advantage to our customers who find themselves facing a loss.
  2. Nationwide Service provider. Because we are a National Franchise, we can offer resources that most restoration companies cannot. Employees, equipment, technology, knowledge and again, experience are some of the advantages of working with SERVPRO. There is no job too big or too small for SERVPRO.
  3. SERVPRO provides an excellent service to our commercial customers called the “Emergency Readiness Profile” or “ERP” An ERP is offered at no cost and can provide you with the preparedness and education you need as a business owner to ensure that your losses are kept at a minimum. Imagine if you and your employees are quickly able to locate and turn off the main water valve in the case of a pipe break. This is only one small example of the ERP’s importance and usefulness to your business.
  4. We are obviously known as a Restoration company, but did you know that SERVPRO offers numerous other services that may be advantageous to the commercial property you own. Janitorial, (one time and on-going accounts), Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, HVAC Duct cleaning, Pressure Washing, are just a few examples of the services we offer.
  5. Response Time. SERVPRO is a 24/7 operation. Our commitment to our customers, includes an extremely fast response time, with the mindset of minimizing damages by beginning mitigation or remediation as quickly as possible.
  6. Our employees are held to very high standards. Each is subjected to a background check and drug testing. Customers will find our technicians to be courteous, knowledgeable and motivated to help.

SERVPRO is your local team of cleanup and restoration experts with the national resources and training to make any size disaster in your commercial property, "Like it never even happened."

National Fire Safety Month

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

image of large fire arising due to food that is cooking being left unattended Cooking fires is the number one cause of house fires in the United States, with most incidents occurring when food is left unattended after cooking.

With 2020 being as unexpected as it has been--- we all could use a little peace. October has been named National Fire Safety Month, and SERVPRO® of Lawrence County wants to you feel as prepared as possible in the case of a fire at your home.

The goal of National Fire Safety Month is to raise fire safety awareness and help ensure your home and family has a plan and is ready for the unexpected. Cooking fires rank as the number one cause of house fires in the United States, with most incidents occurring when food is left unattended after cooking. This is especially problematic when frying food, or any time when large quantities of grease are involved.

The National Fire Protection Association gives some great home cooking tips:

What you should know about home cooking safety

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you are cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If fire, smoke, and soot strikes your home, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is ready to respond. In addition, to battling with damage from the fire, your property may also incur water damage from firefighting efforts. This type of damage may leave you and your family feeling confused, stressed, and overwhelmed. During this difficult time, you want a team that you know and trust to guide your through the cleanup, sanitization, and restoration process. SERVPRO is here to help.

When you call us after facing fire damage or water damage following a fire, we will respond quickly. As a locally owned and operated fire restoration company, we can provide an immediate response time which helps prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. We pride ourselves in providing honest and high-quality service to our customers and the Lawrence County community. 

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is a leader in fire and water damage restoration. We have state of the art equipment, highly trained technicians, and your peace in mind. If you are ever in need of professional cleaning or restoration, call us at 724-498-4747. 

Getting Your Lawrence County Home READY for the Winter

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

image of home during the winter months with visible snow Monitor the heat – BEFORE the winter begins, be sure that your heating system is working properly.

At SERVPRO® our motto is to stay "READY for whatever happens" so when fire, water, or molds strike your property – all we must do is respond. Although we are the disaster recovery leaders, there are things you can do on your end to prevent a disaster from occurring. With winter well on it’s way, we recommend that you do your part to ensure your property is not only READY for whatever happens, but prepared to brace the cold season coming.

5 tips to prepare you home for winter: 

  1. Pipe Protection – water expands as it freezes and this could result in frozen, cracked and even burst pipes. To prevent a pipe disaster at your property be sure to drain water from outdoor faucets. Also, be attentive to the pipes that may be unheated areas of your property and protect them with insulation to prevent an incident.
  2. Monitor the heat – BEFORE the winter begins, be sure that your heating system is working properly. After the cold air comes in calls for furnace repairs increase dramatically. Check your system for functionality early to avoid a long wait.
  3. Stock up on cold weather essentials – it’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected. Be prepared for a power outage with an alternative source of heat like a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Winter is coming and hopefully your plan for preparation is too! Use these tips to get your property and yourself ready and if all else fails, we are here to help if you need us. Our winter storm and water mitigation services will make any damage you incur, “Like it never even happened.”

Severe Thunderstorms: Watch versus Warning

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

image of lightning bolt present over a farm property Severe thunderstorms can produce hail greater than or equal to one inch and strong winds that meet or exceed 58 mph

When you hear about a thunderstorm watch or warning on the radio or television, do you know the difference? Do you take one more seriously than the other? Or do you not pay any mind to either?

A severe thunderstorm watch is when there is a possibility for severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area. It is advised to remain informed and ready to act in the event of a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. During a watch, you don’t necessarily need to alter any plans, just stay aware of the current weather conditions.

A severe thunderstorm warning is when there has been reports of severe weather by spotters or radar. Warnings indicate an imminent danger to life and property. Severe thunderstorms can produce hail greater than or equal to one inch and strong winds that meet or exceed 58 mph.

People are seriously injured or killed by severe thunderstorms every year despite advance warning. While some may not be informed on such warnings, there are those who hear the warning but do not heed to it; therefore, it is important to stay engaged and have a plan in place in the event of a severe thunderstorm and if evacuation is necessary.

To learn more about severe thunderstorms and safety precautions, the National Weather Service has trustworthy and helpful information.

If you need help before, during, or after a storm, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are fire and water restoration experts and happy to help! We will have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”

If you want more information or need our help, call us at (724) 498 4747

Winterizing Your Home: A Checklist for Inside and Out

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

image of thermostat being worked on by hands and with the front of it removed from the wall before reinstalling. Set up a digital thermostat that automatically reduces the heat when you’re out and warms it back up when you return home.

As I put pen to paper, or should I say fingers to the keyboard, winter is certainly coming. With it comes the cold temperatures, rain, snow and ice. As we adjust the thermostat and split wood for the fireplace, let us not forget to address the need to prepare our homes for winter weather. 

It can be a bit of a daunting task if you aren’t organized and prepared. In order to not forget the basics, here is a checklist for winterizing inside and outside your home.

Winterizing Inside: Top 10

  • Set up draft guards on all doors that lead to the outside
  • Check for cracks near the indoor frames of windows or doors
  • Set up a digital thermostat that automatically reduces the heat when you’re out and warms it back up when you return home.
  • Monitor the temperature on your hot water tank
  • To push warm air downward, turn the switch on ceiling fans to counterclockwise
  • Make sure dryer vents are free of clogged matter
  • Check the furnace filter in your home and replace it if necessary
  • Keep clean blankets and winter sheets available
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Re-caulk windows and doors if cracking occurs

Winterizing Outside: Top 10

  • Remove all debris from gutters and spouts
  • Keep a snow shovel close by and ready for pop up storms
  • Clear the patio of furniture and apply a coat of sealant on the deck
  • Close any outdoor vents that were left open from summer
  • Disconnect the garden hose and roll in the outdoor grill
  • If you have a sprinkler system, turn it off for the winter
  • Stake the borders of your driveway for easy and effective plowing
  • Carry an ample supply of rock salt for quick de-icing
  • Conduct yearly maintenance to the snowplow
  • Be observant for any heavy accumulations of snow or ice on your rooftop

The effort you put forth winterizing sounds extensive, but it doesn’t need to be done all at once. Start early, temperatures in October and November may still be comfortable at times and allow for extended outdoor time. Save some of the inside jobs for December when temps begin to fall.

If you incur any unforeseen disasters related to winter storms in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County at (724) 498-4747. Follow us on Facebook!

How Do I Know if Something is Actually Dry?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of a moisture reader being used to check if drywall is still wet You cannot use your hands to adequately determine is something is dry because your skin has a moisture content of 25 percent.

If your basement floods just an inch or two, you may decide to clean it up yourself. You mop up all the water, find as many large fans as you can and hope it dries out as quickly as possible. After a few days, you go down into your basement and try to determine if the contents are dry. But how?

You cannot use your hands to adequately determine is something is dry because your skin has a moisture content of 25 percent. For example, dry wood has a moisture content of about 10 percent. So, if you were to feel dry wood with a moisture content of about 20 percent, it would still be wet. But your hands would tell your brain it was dry, because it is drier than your hands.

Just because something feels dry to the touch doesn’t mean it isn’t still saturated with water.

If you need help with water clean-up and restoration, let our team of professionals from SERVPRO of Lawrence County come help you! We have years of experience and will ensure your property is clean and restored to its preloss condition as soon as possible.

Call us today at (724) 498 4747

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Back to School Season 2020: How SERVPRO Can Help!

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Backpack with school supplies and tennis shoes SERVPRO of Lawrence County supports our local schools, teachers, and students this back to school season!

It is August and school supplies are everywhere, but the 2020 back to school season looks different than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm and largely affected how we live our everyday lives. Pennsylvania is still seeing new cases every day, and that has many residents concerned and frightened for their safety.

In March when school moved to online, no one dreamed that almost 180 days later, schools and parents would still be considering that as a viable option for Fall 2020. School administration is trying to do everything they can to prepare the school, staff, and students to return to in-person learning.

To help prevent the spread of this virus, it is up to us as a community to do the best we can to remain informed and act with thoughtful consideration.

Students and their parents trust administrators to address public health issues and we are here to offer our school cleaning services to help put together an action plan that includes disinfecting and sanitation.

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your school or university, 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 daily.

SERVPRO Response to COVID-19

Bring peace of mind to your students and their families by having your school or university sanitized and disinfected by SERVPRO. Our cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

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 strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is dedicated to providing the best customer service, response time, and efficiency. We are locally owned and operated, our team of professionals are members of the community.

We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call for more information! (724) 498 4747

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What is a Hydroxyl Generator?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

One of SERVPRO's hydroxyl generators SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses the safest, most effective equipment for the job.

A hydroxyl generator is a newer green technology system. It is the industry’s most advanced solution for odor elimination, air purification, and decontaminating surfaces and contents.

Hydroxyls are safe, naturally occurring molecules that are created in the atmosphere when the sun’s ultraviolet light react with water vapor. These molecules are often referred to as the “detergent” of the Earth because they help clean the atmosphere.

They can kill bacteria, viruses, and mold, as well as eliminate chemical fumes, gases, vapors, and unpleasant odors. 

A hydroxyl generator replicates the natural production of hydroxyls to eliminate biological and chemical contaminants.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses hydroxyl generators in a wide variety of situations to eliminate unwanted odors. For example, residential and commercial fires, sewage treatment plants, locker rooms, and meat processing plants.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses the safest, most effective equipment for the job. Our professionals are highly trained and educated on their field of expertise. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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What is Mulch Fungus and How Do I Get Rid of It?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

White fungus growing in mulch Keep your mulch dry most of the time and you can avoid the unsightly problem of mulch fungus!

You bought a fresh layer of mulch this summer, pruned and watered your landscaping, and now you have found this gross, ugly white stuff growing in your mulch. As far as you know, your dog has not thrown up in your mulch recently – so what is it?

It’s mulch fungus, or more colloquially known as “slime mold” or “dog vomit.” It is often lumpy, and brightly colored in appearance such as yellow, white, black, brown, orange, or even bright pink in certain cases. Unfortunately, it can strike just about anywhere you have spread mulch.

Mulch fungus grows best in damp conditions as bacteria starts to feed on the mulch. Once fungi can feed on bacteria, they grow, create spores, and eventually turn into visible patches.

Although mulch fungus is unsightly and unattractive, it is not a serious problem. Luckily, it poses little threat to your plants and landscaping since it feeds on bacteria and is usually limited to a small space.  

Even though it poses little threat, you should probably still get rid of it. It is safe to touch, but you will probably want to get a shovel to dig it out. It is important to dig out a few inches around the patch to eliminate the unseen spores. Otherwise, you will find yourself with another patch in a matter of a few days to a week. Make sure to dispose of the mold in a trash can or compost pile far away from any mulch. Spores can travel through the air and you may find unwanted mold in a new place.

Preventing mulch fungus can be tricky at times. If there is a lot of rain, there is no need to water your flower beds. Letting a sprinkler water your flower bed all day can create the perfect environment for mulch fungus. Instead, use a watering can or hose and try to water as close to the roots as possible. Rather than watering plants every day, give them a significant amount of water once or twice a week.  

If you find yourself with too much water in a place you don’t want it, or mold inside your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Lawrence County. We are trained water and fire restoration experts and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call us today for more information! (724) 498 4747

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The Serious Business of Fun: Amusement Park Ride Safety

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Amusement Park The chance of being seriously injured on a fixed-site amusement park ride is 1 in 18 million.

Amusement parks and carnival rides are one of children’s favorite summertime activities. The thrill, the adrenaline, the copious amounts of sugar available to them – it is any kid’s dream.

Although amusement park rides are one of the safest ways to experience the thrill; some precautions should still be taken to ensure the safety of you and your children.

Fixed amusements parks or parks where the rides do not mean move from town to town throughout the summer such as Disney or Cedar Point are quite safe. The chance of being seriously injured on a fixed-site amusement park ride is 1 in 18 million. The rides are thoroughly inspected and checked before passengers can ride.

Data on carnival rides or rides that are packed up and travel from town to town is harder to collect and verify.

Be sure to talk to your children about safety precautions both on the rides and in the park before taking them into the park for the day. Simple precautions are key.

  • Speak Up: Talk to your children about park employees exhibiting unsafe behaviors such as being distracted on their phone or if the safety harness is not fastened properly on them.
  • Follow the Rules: No amusement park is cheap, and kids want to ride everything they can. Do not try to persuade ride operators to let your child ride because they are “so close” to the height restriction. Boarding a ride without meeting the height restrictions can pose a serious safety threat.
  • Stay connected: Have a plan on what your child should do if they become separated from you throughout the day. Write your cell phone number on their arm, take a group picture before the day begins, and point out park employees in their uniform. Oftentimes, children do not know their parents’ cell phone number, or parents forget what their child was wearing that day.
  • Dress Appropriately: Do not wear baggy or unfit clothing or shoes. Shoes such as flip flops can get caught on something and cause injury. Pull back long hair and do not wear large pieces of jewelry.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is dedicated to serving and keeping the members of our community safe. Our employees live and work in Lawrence County and support the area businesses.

It is our job to provide emergency services for our friends and families in Lawrence County. If you need restoration or cleaning services, we are nearby and ready to help. We want to do our part to keep the community safe, clean, and thriving.

Call us today at (724) 498 4747  or send us a message via Facebook