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Hoarding: A Serious Situation

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarding: A Serious Situation Before Cleaning

According to The Mayo Clinic, “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem.

Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging.

Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.

SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County has encountered hoarding situations several different ways. Often, SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County is called for a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when they arrive on-site. Our Franchise Professional will communicate with the insurance company regarding their contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be packed out and possibly cleaned, dried, and stored by SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County, or relocated to a storage facility so work on the fire or water loss can begin.

Another way SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County may encounter hoarding jobs is through calls from landlords, case workers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of  importance while they clean the job. Sometimes,
family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well.

Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations, but SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County Professionals are here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” If you encounter a hoarding situation at one of your properties, or with your insureds, call SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County today at 717-464-5500.


3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning CALL THE CLEANUP TEAM Blaze and Stormy

Spring is in the air! With the warmer weather comes the tradition of spring cleaning, a time to organize and clean the environments—home, business, office—we encounter on a daily basis.

Perhaps you are selling or renting a home or apartment and want to vanquish years of cigarette smoke odor that won’t go away, or want to see if your ducts or HVAC system needs to be cleaned.

Some of the specialized cleaning services your local Franchise Professionals can assist you or your insureds with during spring cleaning—or any season, are listed below.

SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County offers the following cleaning services:

  •  HVAC duct Cleaning

  •  Carpet Cleaning

  •  Upholstery Cleaning

  •  Ceiling and Wall Cleaning

  •  Hard Floor Cleaning

  •  Deodorization

Whatever your spring cleaning needs, SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County has you covered. Call 717-464-5500 today to discuss or
schedule your necessary spring cleaning services. 

Cleaning Dryer Vents

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Cleaning Dryer Vents Dirty versus Clean Ducts

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these
fires happening in your or your insured’s home or business, SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include:

1 -Cleaning the lint filter before and after each load.
2- Making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles.

For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact your local SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County Franchise Professionals at 717-464-5500.