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It's The Water You Don't See

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture meter reading red on a carpet All technicians use moisture meters to read the moisture levels of affected materials at a water loss.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO professionals have the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damage occurs. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

When time matters, technology, and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO professionals will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your SERVPRO professionals.

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRPO professionals to monitor the drying process.

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

The bottom line? SERVPRO professionals have the training and equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."

When They Call You, Call SERVPRO

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Wet ceiling tiles in a department store Call us for all of your structural cleaning, content cleaning, and deodorization needs.

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a crew arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results-including lower claim costs. Within four hours of a loss notification, a crew will be on-site to help ensure fire damage is handled properly by utilizing the following services:

Structural Cleaning

After smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. The crew will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found within the structure.

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO professionals can provide wet and dry cleaning services. Additionally, all of the cleaned and deodorized to pre loss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO professionals can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items for agents and their policyholders.

Deodorization

SERVPRO professionals provide specialized services that rid your insured's home or place of business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO professionals do not merely cover up lingering odors with fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.

The COVID Effect

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

The Coronavirus has changed the social landscape more than we could have imagined. The terms social distancing are the new normal and have become indoctrinated in our vocabulary. The interaction with family, friends, and business associates has been directly impacted. The traditional handshake is now riddled with fear. Instead it's better to tap feet or "elbow bump."

As in the years following World War II, great effort was spent putting measures in place to reduce the likelihood of another global conflict. Likewise, prevention of future viral pandemics is top of mind for most of the world's governments and security services for the immediate future. SERVPRO professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. 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.

SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their properties. SERVPRO uses EPA-approved products and follows the CDC guidelines for cleanup practices.

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 meet this standard and carry the ERA-registered emerging pathogens claims.

Will it all get back to normal? Yes. When will that happen? That remains unclear. What is clear is that normalcy will return, and all along the way SERVPRO will be there for your business, your home, and your customers. We are in this with you and proudly stand beside our first responders in fighting this silent enemy.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield logo Call us at 717-464-5500 to schedule a cleaning!

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. Expertise born out of cleaning up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects the unique experiences and capabilities of America's #1 clean-up and restoration brand. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C's: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

Consult-A Tailored Cleaning Program To Meet Your Needs

Not all businesses are the same, which is why we will assign you with a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a custom cleaning program to meet your specific needs. SERVPRO has worked in a wide variety of industries with businesses ranging from start-ups to global, multinational organizations. That's why we know to start such a critical cleaning process with a consultation.

Your specific program will be developed based on a range of factors including business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic and congestion points. As a result, you'll know that Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is not just an industry leading standard in clean, you'll know that the clean you receive is customized to your need.

Clean-Proactive and COVID-19 Emergency Response Cleaning Program

Based on specific needs of your business, your location will undergo a thorough, expert deep clean rooted in the pillars of People, Process, and Product.

People. SERVPRO Professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform.

Process. SERVPRO professionals are trained to perform proactive or emergency responsive cleanups that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfection of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.

Product. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned has more than 100 exclusive cleaning products to meet any need including out proprietary cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE - a hospital grade disinfectant that carries the Environmental Protecting Agency's lowest toxicity category and is National Sanitation Foundation certified for direct food contact surface use. All our products carry the Environmental Protection Agency's registered emerging pathogens claims and meet the standard set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for hospital-grade disinfectant.

Certify-A Commitment To Clean For Your Employees And Consumers

We're going to extend our credibility as a premier biohazard cleaning company in the country to your business - to give assurance to your employees and customers that only SERVPRO can deliver. Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to our propriety signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates you've selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that no only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

When Our Logo Is On Your Door, Your Commitment To Clean Is Clear

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield logo Call us today at 717-519-0767 to schedule a cleaning!

Being open for business is just to the beginning of our new journey forward. Employees may be hesitant to return to work and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patronize are safe. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Are you ready to communicate to your customers and employees that you've chosen a higher standard of clean for all Americans? Are you ready to be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive program that SERVPRO offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 global pandemic. This is is a level of clean that goes far beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is a proactive viral pathogen cleaning. When you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you've selected a higher cleaning standard - you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on over 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

From formulation and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE™, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will help ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy begins to reopen.

The Science of Drying

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers and air movers drying a basement State-of-the-art dehumidifiers and air movers are placed accordingly in the damaged areas in order to complete the drying process.

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages. If your business suffers water damage, your professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help "speed up Mother Nature"? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the materials-but only if the air is drier.

The only problem is, nature often takes too long, and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

Your professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County have the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. Your professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

It's not only the equipment but the technology too! SERVPRO has developed DryBook™, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook™ Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.

The bottom line? Your professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County have the training and equipment to help make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Understanding Water Types

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Rubber ducks floating in a laundry room Our team responds to any size disaster to begin to clean up and restore to get you back in business!

When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe or another water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding, or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn off HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call your local SERVPRO professionals at 717-464-5500!

When Water Damage Strikes

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

An older couple sitting on their basement stairs surrounded by standing water For more information on recovering from water damage, contact SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County.

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of receiving a loss notification, SERVPRO professionals will be on-site to help ensure water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

Inspection

SERVPRO professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning the work.

Emergency Services

SERVPRO professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal property and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. 

Monitoring

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated with you.

Restoration Services

SERVPRO professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and contents. A final walk-through of the job site will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to its preloss condition.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Wet floor in a family room with content consolidated to one section Be sure to follow these safety tips during a water damage loss.

  • Shut off the water source, if possible or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Do not use a household vacuum cleaner to remove water! This could cause electrical shock or damage to the device.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter the rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

National Volunteer Week

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Multi-colored stick figures in a circle SERVPRO is always ready to lend a helping hand.

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, 2021.

The theme is: The Value of One, the Power of Many, which reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals and the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.

This past year, we have seen people supporting family, friends, neighbors, and strangers, people standing up for their beliefs, and people sharing insights on how to create a more just and equitable society. "We recognize the value of the caring and compassion that each one has shown another, and we recognize the power of people, organizations, and sectors working together," according to The International Year of Volunteers.

The 2021 theme beautifully reflects the individual and collective efforts we have seen during the pandemic, and it sets the tone for re-imagining the next 20 years as the value of one act and the power of many enables us to thrive together.