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How to Evacuate a Hurricane Whilst on Vacation from New Wilmington

10/23/2021 (Permalink)

A blue sign that says 'Hurricane Evacuation Route' Escaping a hurricane may sound scary, but hopefully these tips will help you feel prepared in case of an emergency.

The northern part of the United States is lucky to avoid hurricane disasters. Most northerners know how to prepare for a tornado and what to do when one comes. But do these northern states know how to prepare and what to do when a hurricane comes? Most likely not. Since northerners are quite familiar with cool weather, the southern states tend to be a typical vacation spot. With a warmer climate and the ocean bordering most of these states, they are susceptible to hurricanes, especially during the months of August and September. So, if you happen to be on vacation and find yourself caught in an approaching hurricane, here is what you can do.

How to Prepare to Evacuate a Hurricane

Escaping a hurricane may sound scary, but hopefully these tips will help you feel prepared in case of an emergency. These tips will help you stay safe amidst COVID-19. Below are tips from CDC.gov:

  • If you may need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Items to help protect against COVID-19:
    • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
    • Bar or liquid soap
    • Disinfectant wipes
    • Multiple, clean masks for everyone age 2 or older
  • Know a safe place to shelter and have several ways to receive weather alerts
  • Find out if your local public shelter is open
  • If you need to go to a disaster shelter, follow CDC recommendations
  • Follow guidance from your local public health or emergency management officials
  • Make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pets
  • Follow safety precautions when using transportation to evacuate. If you must travel away from your community to evacuate, follow safety precautions for travelers to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is a Large Loss Team. If your home or business experiences fire or water damage after a storm, call the experts at (724) 704-8939 or visit our Website!

SERVPRO of Lawrence County Heads to New Jersey

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fallen pole from a storm. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration.

On August 30th, Hurricane Ida made landfall greatly affecting many communities, homes, businesses, and families. New Jersey experienced “profound” losses from the powerful remnants of Hurricane Ida. Strong thunderstorms, wind and rain caused much damage to Northeast New Jersey. SERVPRO of Lawrence County headed to New Jersey to help those in desperate need.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County sent out a team of highly trained storm damage specialists to New Jersey to help restore homes and commercial businesses in the local community. A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. We can make your home and business “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO system has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. SERVPRO of Lawrence County are available for immediate assistance. Give us a call at (724) 704-8939 or visit our Website!

Is Your Fine Art Damaged by Water? Here is What You Can Do in New Castle

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Two buildings with street flooded. Water disasters such as floods, pipe bursts, hurricanes, and drain backups are very prevalent today.

Water disasters such as floods, pipe bursts, hurricanes, and drain backups are very prevalent today. No matter where you live in the world, you have most likely experienced one of these water disasters. In addition to water disasters being so prevalent, many homeowners today have their homes full of things and precious keepsakes. There is no promise that your items will be protected from a water disaster, but there is a company you can trust to restore them back to preloss condition. You can count on SERVPRO of Lawrence County to restore all your home belongings, “Like it never even happened.”

All My Belongings Can Be Restored?

SERVPRO of Lawrence County can restore almost all belongings that have water damage. From clothes to electronics, we restore it. To give you a more detailed list on which of your belongings we can restore to preloss condition, click Here.

If you have any questions about our services and to what extent we can restore your belongings, gives us a call at (724) 704-8939 or visit our Website!

Getting Your New Castle Business Back to Business After a Disaster

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Office workers sit near a computer smiling. We are determined to get New Castle businesses swiftly back in action following a disaster.

Disasters in your New Castle business can be detrimental. You are out of the office, losing revenue, and do not know how to get back to operational. Luckily, SERVPRO of Lawrence County can help. We are determined to get New Castle businesses swiftly back in action following a disaster.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Here at SERVPRO of Lawrence County, we pride ourselves on our ability to respond fast. We have 24/7 response, which can be crucial to your business. We have helped plenty of businesses throughout the night recover from a disaster.

Large Loss Team

We are also a “Large Loss Team” which means there is no disaster we cannot handle. We have the training, experience, and equipment to mitigate any disaster and restore any business to preloss condition fast. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Can You Prepare Beforehand?

SERVPRO of Lawrence County can help you be prepared for when one of these disaster strikes. It can be done through a FREE service we offer called an ERP, or Emergency READY Profile. An ERP is a no cost assessment of your facility that does the following:

  • Gives SERVPRO critical information needed in an emergency
  • A guide to help get you back into your building fast
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Lawrence County as your disaster mitigation provider
  • Identifies the line of command to authorize work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valves, priority areas, and more

If you think your business is ready for an ERP, learn more.

If you suffer from a disaster, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County today at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website. We are Here to Help!

Removing The Smell of Cigarette Smoke in Your New Castle Home

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

A cigarette between someone's fingers. f you are unsuccessful on your own, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County! We are fire and water restoration experts.

Whether it is from a guest or family member staying in your home, previous tenants, or even yourself, cigarette smell can linger around and cause unpleasant odor for a long time after the last cigarette has been put out. 

There are a few methods you can try to reduce or eliminate the odor in your home so you can breathe easy.

  1. Wash your clothes and other soft items

One of the easiest ways to deodorize your home is to simply use your washing machine. Porous items such as clothing, bedding, and stuffed toys can trap odors and contribute to the unpleasant smell in your home. Washing everything you can helps reduce some of the smell.

  1. Use a dry-cleaning service

For items that you cannot toss in a washing machine, dry cleaning is an option. Dry cleaning typically involves using cleaning solvents to remove dirt and contaminants from your clothing. Unfortunately, the cleaning solvents do not always penetrate the material and it may not be able to entirely remove the odor in some cases.

  1. Clean Walls and Floors

Cigarette smoke, and the substances in it, can cling to your walls and flooring. Doing a thorough clean of your home may be able to remove some of the lingering odor. You should scrub your walls with a mild detergent and deep clean any carpeted areas.

  1. Hire a professional cleaning company

If you are unable to get rid of the smell on your own, a cleanup and restoration service can help. Not only will they have the experience and expertise necessary to thoroughly clean your home, they will also have access to special equipment. This includes equipment such as ozone machines that can change the chemical compounds of smoke molecules and will be more effective at home deodorization than a home remedy.

While it may be frustrating to have such an unpleasant smell permeating your home, remember that there are several ways that you can remove smoke odor. If you are unsuccessful on your own, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County! We are fire and water restoration experts.

Call us today for more information! (330) 393-9999

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What Can I Do if My Lawrence County Home Floods?

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

A couch in the living room is under water. SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is the leader in water damage restoration, and we are ready to restore your New Castle home back to its pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry. But what can you do in the meantime before we arrive?

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT to Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

No matter if you have questions, concerns, or an actual loss…SERVPRO is Here to Help. We are the area’s leader in water damage restoration. Call us today at (724) 498-4747. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade.

Storm Safety Tips for New Castle Residents

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

A yellow street sign reads "Safety First" beneath storm clouds. We have highly trained restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster.

We are at the peak of storm season in New Castle this time of year. Severe Thunderstorms, Floods, and even Tornadoes can be prevalent in the summertime. The best way to keep you and your family safe is to be prepared. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here with some safety tips to help you tackle severe weather this year!

Severe Thunderstorms

Though these are one of the more common storms, they are still dangerous. Severe Thunderstorms produce lightning and sometimes even hail. Whenever there is a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in New Castle, head indoors. It is also important to stay away from windows when lightning and hail are in the area.

Floods

Another dangerous result of storms are Floods. These floods are even more dangerous when they are Flash Floods. Flash Floods come fast, typically within 3-6 hours of the initial rainfall. Stay away from areas with flooding and remember, only 6 inches of moving water can take someone off their feet. Never drive through moving water either.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes are the largest and most destructive of the storms we can see in New Castle. Make sure to stay tuned in to weather stations to stay up to date on weather alerts. If there is a Tornado in your area, head indoors and to the lowest point in your home. Have an emergency kit containing first aid supplies, a flashlight, and a NOAA weather radio.

Unfortunately, with these storms comes storm damage. We know how devastating storm damage can be, that is why we are committed to helping the community following a disaster. We have highly trained restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster.

Call us today at (724) 498-4747 or visit our Website to see our full array of storm damage restoration services. Remember these safety tips, and if you experience any storm damage, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is Here to Help!

Odor Removal and Deodorization in Lawrence County

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

A woman pinches her nose to stop smelling an odor. We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors.

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from several sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Call SERVPRO of Lawrence County today at (724) 498-4747 to get a quote on cleaning out your home or establishment to eliminate foul odors. 

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Smoking in Your Lawrence County Home? Put it out. Every Time.

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows cigarette butts in the grass made in the shape of a house Every year, almost 1,000 smokers and nonsmokers are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials.

According to the NPS…” Every year, almost 1,000 smokers and nonsmokers are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials, making this the #1 cause of home fire deaths in the United States.”

SERVPRO wants our residents to make safe and healthy choices. That is why we’re here to give you some tips on how to smoke as responsibly as possible.

  • If you do smoke---do it outside. Most smoking fires are caused in the home or an attached garage. Toss your butts in a non-burnable, non-meltable can filled with sand. DO NOT EVER THROW BUTTS ON THE GROUND or in a garbage can.
  • Pick up a good quality ashtray that has deep sides, has density, and set it on something extremely sturdy. Knocking over an ashtray can be a deadly mistake. The tall receptacle ones are perfect for a party. Shop for them here.
  • Make sure cigarettes are completely put out before disposal. This included ashes.
  • Check for butts in furniture. Never smoke while sitting on fabric furniture and check cushions for sparks.
  • Never smoke near an oxygen tank. This can combust and explode if near an open flame.

No buts about it---smoking always needs to be done responsibility. SERVPRO has seen its share of home fires from smoking materials, and we’re here if you need us.

When fire, smoke, and soot strike your Lawrence County property, we are 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 your know and can trust to guide your through the cleanup, sanitization, and restoration process. SERVPRO is here to help.

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 fire restoration, call us at 724-498-4747 or visit our website for more tips of the trade. And please smoke responsibility.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (724) 498-4747

Can Water Damage be a Safety Hazard for New Castle Homeowners?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

A yellow sign saying "Slippery When Wet" sits on the floor. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has highly trained water restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster.

We know water damage can be overwhelming. You’re worried about your possessions and the damage to your home. But you may need to be concerned for YOUR health and wellbeing in a water damage situation too. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when you have water damage in your New Castle home:

  • Electrical Hazards

Water and electricity do not mix well for you and your safety. When there’s water in your home, make sure you’re cautious and don’t use appliances in affected areas.

  • Slip and Fall Hazards

This may seem silly but be cautious of slipping and falling when it comes to excess water. You don’t want to see a physical injury to go along with the damage water creates in your New Castle home.

  • Ceilings

If you see water damage on the ceiling, be extra careful. If your ceiling has water stains, the room above it has water damage, or the ceiling is sagging, stay out of the room. The last thing you need is to be in the room when your ceiling falls.

Keep those in mind and check out SERVPRO of Lawrence County’s full list of flood tips here.

With all of the complications and hazards with water damage, it’s best to call the professionals. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has highly trained water restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster. Call us today at (724) 498-4747 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition fast!