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Burn Leaves Safely in Lawrence County

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of leaves being burnt Check your area’s burning laws first, but burning materials such as yard waste, grass clippings and leaves may be permissible depending on your town.

There is nothing prettier than to watch the leaves fall here in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. However, those gorgeous, bright leaves eventually fall to the ground and litter your yard in colorful splendor.

Bagging them and dragging them to the curb seems like a lot of work. Check your area’s burning laws first, but burning materials such as yard waste, grass clippings and leaves may be permissible depending on your town’s ordinances on open burning. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you some tips on how to safely burn leaves.

  • Using a fire pit is your best bet to keep the leaves contained.
  • While burning the leaves, do not add any additional garbage or burnable items to the fire.
  • Do not use any flammable liquids such as gasoline to ignite the debris.
  • Make sure you are always watching the fire, making sure nothing gets out of control.
  • Keep a garden hose nearby in the case you need to put it out in the case of an emergency.

Other safe alternatives include: grinding the leaves into mulched or chipped landscaping material, schedule a pick-up with your city or town, call a yard waste or junk removal service.

No matter how safe we try to be… accidents can always happen. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is the leader in fire restoration. 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 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. 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 can trust to guide your through the cleanup, sanitization, and restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Lawrence County today.

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

Celebrating Thanksgiving During the COVID 19 Pandemic

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of family sitting around the table as Thanksgiving dinner is served on the table When bringing food to share, bring single-use options like a salad dressing packets versus the bottle of dressing and plastic silverware to dispose of

We at SERVPRO of Lawrence County want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! We know 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. And we want to make sure you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

According to the CDC, “The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer.”

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you precautionary tips on how to be as protected as possible throughout the holidays.

  • Always wear a mask. If you would like to be more protected, wear a mask that has two or more layers, always make sure it is over your nose and mouth, and make sure it fits snugly across your face.
  • Give a 6-foot distance from people who do not live in your household. Remember some people can be asymptomatic. Keeping your distance can help people stay safe who are at a higher risk than you.
  • Wash those hands! Make sure when you are washing that you are doing so for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap is not available, make sure to carry hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol, on you as well.
  • If you are attending a gathering…bring your own food and utensils. Try to avoid going into the kitchen where the food is being prepared. When bringing food to share, bring single-use options like a salad dressing packets versus the bottle of dressing and plastic silverware you can throw away.
  • If you plan on Shopping for Black Friday, shop online for the safest option. If you do want to purchase directly from a store--- most stores are doing curb-side pickup. Just ask!

SERVPRO of Lawrence County has been on the front lines all along to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Did you know we can help sanitize your home or business should you have an outbreak due to the virus? We have been disinfecting homes and businesses all over the county with our defensive cleaning program called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This is a viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of homes and commercial spaces that goes way beyond regular janitorial cleaning. Our SERVPRO professionals are certified and trained in biohazard, chemical spills, and other dangerous situations. We always adhere to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

If you and your family need our services for a sanitization, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here for you. Call us 24/7/365, at 724.498.4747, even on Thanksgiving.  We are always working to keep our communities safe. We wish you the safest Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

Thunderstorm Watch Versus Warning

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

image of thunderstorm present with visible lightning bolds over a neighborhood meteorologists watch the weather move 24 hours a day across the entire United States for weather conditions that are favorable to thunderstorms

Have you ever been sitting watching thunderstorm coverage on the Weather Channel and thought...wait. What is the more dangerous ‘one’? A thunderstorm watch? Or a warning? I can never keep those two straight myself. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to review the two thunderstorm warnings to keep it fresh in your memory. 

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center. The meteorologists that work here are watching the weather move 24 hours a day across the entire United States for weather conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms. A ‘watch’ can cover parts of a state or even several states. 

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office. These are the people who live and work in your area. They are also watching the weather patterns 24 hours a day, but they are watching a more designated, condensed area. A ‘warning’ means there is a serious threat to life and property.

So---in layman's terms. The ‘warning’ is the more deadly term. If you see that your county or city has a Thunderstorm Warning; you will want to immediately get to safety or shelter. 

Thunderstorms can be very dangerous because they include lightning, high winds, and heavy rain that can cause flash floods. Severe thunderstorms also have the ability to produce a tornado as well. Thunderstorms are not to be taken lightly. They actually claim more lives each year than tornadoes.

They also cause severe property damage. When lightning strikes a home or building, electricity can pass through the wiring of the home causing damage to electrical appliances, and potentially causing major fire damage to your home or business. 

If your home or business has been affected by storm damage. SERVPRO of Lawrence County can help. We are fully equipped to deal with any amount of damage caused by flooding, fire, or lightning. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition. Call us today at 724.498.4747.

Hail World Records

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

image of large hail held in the palm of a human hand hailstorms can cause dents in aluminum siding, shingles, and gutters or even crack vinyl siding, asphalt roofs or wood shakes

Hail in Western Pennsylvania, as well as the rest of the US, is usually small, but how big can it grow? SERVPRO of Lawrence County dug into the hail world records---we researched how big, heavy, and deadly hail can really get.

The largest (diameter) hailstone ever recorded was on July 23rd, 2010 in Vivian, South Dakota. The goliath ice ball measured 8 inches long, 18 inches around, and weighed almost 2 lbs.! The stone was found by Lee Scott, and he found it in an impact pit about 25 cm across on the ground. Holy cow!

The largest (circumference) hailstone recorded was on June 22nd, 2003 in Aurora, Nebraska. It measured 18.75 inches around and 17.8 cm in diameter! It was not weighed since it partially broke off after hitting the roof of a home. However, the mammoth ice cube left an impact pit on the ground of about 36 cm across. Do not get in the way of that one!

The heaviest hailstone was not one that was found in the US. It was found by authorities on April 14, 1986 in the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh. It weighed 2.25 lbs.! This hailstorm sadly ended the lives of 92 people.

The biggest hail accumulation on the ground was on June 3rd, 1959 in Seldon, Kansas. This hailstorm produced a blanket of hail up to 45 cm thick over an area of 140 square kilometers. There was no way to avoid that one!

And lastly, the deadliest hailstorm took place over 130 years ago, on April 22, 1888 in the Moradabad and Beheri districts of India. It took the lives of 246 people. Hopefully, we never see another deadly hailstorm as lethal as this one.

Thankfully, hail is relatively harmless in Western Pennsylvania most of the time. But hailstorms can cause dents in aluminum siding, shingles, and gutters or even crack vinyl siding, asphalt roofs or wood shakes. Essentially, anything exposed to the outdoors becomes vulnerable to damage during a storm. If your home or business has been affected by hail damage SERVPRO of Lawrence County can help.  We respond immediately to your hail and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your New Castle home or business back to pre-storm condition. Call us today.

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Lawrence County Fireplace Safety 101

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

image of residential fireplace setup next to recliner sofa Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in November, December, January, and February

It is the beginning of November and living in Western Pennsylvania that means it is already cold. In fact---the snow has already started to fall, leaving a white blanket across the grass. You may be tempted to get into the winter spirit by turning on your fireplace. But have you serviced or taken care of it in a while? SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you some fireplace tips.

  • Watch how long you use the fireplace. This should not be used as a furnace. Do not burn longer than 5 hours at a time.
  • Keep a screen closed to stop sparks from hopping out to any carpeting.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep come and service the chimney on a yearly basis.
  • Clean the area where the logs burn every 7 days or so. Leave about an inch of ash to use as an insulator.
  • Never ever use your vacuum to clean up ashes. Live coals can stay in those ashes longer than you think.
  • Use a chimney cap to prevent any water damage from coming through. This also prevents animals from falling in and nesting.
  • Always use the fireplace tools to move the logs around. Never use your hands.

Fireplaces sure are a beautiful sight and give us a lot winter joy. But always remember to take precautions and follow proper usage. Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in November, December, January, and February. Heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes.

If fire, smoke, and soot strike your Lawrence County property, 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 your know and can trust to guide your through the cleanup, sanitization, and restoration process. 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. 

Reflection of an Insurance Agent: Review Your Commercial Policy before Winter

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

image of stock insurance policy with bifocal lenses placed on top of the papers Go over the larger, more substantial pieces of property or equipment with your agent to be sure they are covered on your policy.

“Winter is Coming.” As common as this saying is from the popular TV series Game of Thrones…Ned Stark had one thing right. It is coming and there is no stopping it. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to remind our Business Owners to look at their commercial insurance policies before the inevitable cold that is about to come.

  • Have you looked at your Commercial insurance policy lately? Just knowing when your insurance expires, how much your deductibles are, and what your policy number is---are all very important pieces of information to have prior to having any disaster. You may not have access to these documents after a loss. Therefore, it’s very important to know this information and have it stored somewhere else besides the office.
  • Make sure you have Business Interruption Coverage. Just so you know---there is usually a waiting period with this coverage where you must pay out of pocket before the coverage ‘kicks in.’ Make sure you know how long, have the funds to cover the waiting period, AND KNOW THE EXCLUSIONS. Talk with you agent to determine what losses are actually covered by this coverage and notate them.
  • Inventory your expensive business personal property. It’s 2020! Take pictures with that smart phone of yours and make a detailed spreadsheet on what your equipment is, how much is it worth, and when you bought it. Go over the larger, more substantial pieces of property or equipment with your agent and ask if they need scheduled on the policy, or if they are picked up by your business personal property coverage. If they are off-premise, such as stored at your home, make sure your agent knows this too, so he/she can notate the property address properly on the policy, or add an endorsement allowing you to be covered away from the building. Most property is only covered when at the location address, unless endorsed differently.
  • Make sure to add Sewer and Drain Back-up to your policy. Most property policies contain a broad water exclusion that precludes damage caused by water that backs up or overflows from a sewer, drain, or sump pump. First reason is…this is super affordable to do so! Secondly, the business would not be covered against a water loss caused from sewer, drain or sump pump back-up without it.

All these things are great to look for before the cold. Especially when it comes to freezing pipes, heavy snow on the roof or space heaters being on at the office. Any of these things can result in disaster and, as a business owner, you must try and be as prepared as possible. And when you are not---SERVPRO of Lawrence County has you covered. We are a 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year restoration company who specializes in water and fire losses. We are the company you want to have on speed dial when things go wrong. Should you need us for any disaster this Winter call us anytime at 724.498.4747.

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