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SERVPRO Spotlight: Part 1

4/26/2016 (Permalink)

The first SERVPRO Spotlight features the newest member of our growing team, Jason Sperduto!

Known around the shop as "Six-Eight" for his towering stature, Jason came to us this year with 20 years of fire, water, smoke, upholstery and carpet cleaning experience, and has begun building our new commercial and residential cleaning division.

His vision with SERVPRO is to expand his horizons and take this opportunity to grow himself as well as the company.

Jason is 38 years old. He and his wife Amanda have a 5 year old son named Julean who likes to play video games.
When he's not working or hanging out with his family, Jason enjoys his hobby as an amateur ham radio operator.

Jason's IICRC certifications include FSRT, WRT, UFT, CCT

Are Your Home’s Air Ducts on Your Spring Cleaning Checklist?

4/8/2015 (Permalink)

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Joseph Barrett

SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County

(717) 464-5500

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Are Your Home’s Air Ducts on Your Spring Cleaning Checklist?

Local SERVPRO® remediation specialist offers duct inspection and maintenance guidelines for homeowners

 

Willow Street, PA (Grassroots Newswire) March 27, 2015 - Whether you are looking out your window at a blanket of snow or a grove of palm trees, March is the month when spring finally arrives. And traditionally, this is the time when homeowners begin to make a list of spring cleaning chores to prepare for warmer weather ahead. This year, Joseph Barrett with SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County suggests including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) duct maintenance on your to-do list.

“At the very least, performing some simple maintenance on the ducts in your home will help your HVAC system work at maximum efficiency,” said Barrett. “In some cases, it may highlight a problem you need to address.”

Barrett offers the following guidelines based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations1 for routine maintenance of the HVAC system in your home:

1.      Maintain filters.
Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your HVAC system and change filters regularly. If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently. Also, be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.

2.      Minimize dust.
Dust and vacuum your home regularly, using the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take – preferably HEPA bags. If you undertake dusty construction or renovation work in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not turn your HVAC system on until you have cleaned up the dust.

3.      Clean cooling coils and drain pans.
Cooling coils, which are designed to remove water from the air, can be a major source of moisture contamination that can lead to mold growth in your HVAC system. Make sure that the drain pans under these coils drain properly and check any nearby insulation for wet spots. If you see substantial standing water and/or debris in these pans, contact a qualified service professional immediately. If your system includes an in-duct humidifier, be sure to follow manufacturer operating instructions.

For some homeowners, this routine maintenance may uncover evidence of a larger problem, like mold growth, rodent or insect infestation, or ducts so clogged with dust and debris that particles are being released into the home through air supply registers. Barrett says this is the time to call in the professionals for an expert evaluation of the problem and, if necessary, a cleanup plan.

“Restoration and remediation specialists like the technicians at SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County can help you determine how serious the problem is,” says Barrett. “In many cases, routine maintenance is all that is required. But if the problem could pose a health threat to people living in the house, you need to call in the professionals. SERVPRO technicians are trained to use specialized cleaning and disposal techniques to remove any contaminants from your ducts safely and completely, without releasing them into your home.”

For more information on air duct cleaning and other related cleaning services, please visit https://www.SERVPRO.com/airduct-cleaning. For more information on SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County, contact Joseph Barrett at (717) 464-5500 or SERVPRO8837@comcast.net.

1 http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Property Restoration Can Be a Messy Business

10/23/2014 (Permalink)

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Joseph Barrett

SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County

(717) 464-5500

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Property Restoration Can Be a Messy Business

Local disaster recovery specialist offers insight into the complexities of dealing with disaster

Willow Street, PA (Grassroots Newswire) October 9, 2014 - When disaster strikes, property owners need to make a lot of decisions quickly and under pressure. Effective disaster remediation involves a lot of moving parts:  remediation specialists, insurance companies, local codes, state codes, documentation and more—and all of this has to happen in an atmosphere charged with emotion and stress.

Joseph Barrett of SERVPRO® of Southern Lancaster County says, “Efficiency is key when you are dealing with disaster remediation; it saves our customers money and it makes our work more effective. SERVPRO is an industry leader in work efficiency technology—continually innovating to help both our customers and our business control costs.”

SERVPRO’s proprietary DryBook™ tool is one example of the company’s focus on efficiency and cost control. Remediation projects must be managed to both industry and insurance company standards, and Barrett says that tools like DryBook™  help SERVPRO Franchise technicians track and document progress on restoration, cleanup and repair services.  “The DryBook™ tool helps us deliver on every detail of every water damage job, every time,” says Barrett.

To help avoid regulatory headaches and paperwork pitfalls, Barrett suggests property owners consider the following criteria when choosing a remediation company to deal with the aftermath of a disaster.

1.      Industry standards: Does your remediation company deliver a product that meets the standards set by

·        The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)?

·        Most major insurance companies, including cycle times and deadline requirements?

1.      Recordkeeping: Does your remediation company have a system in place to ensure accurate, complete and convenient benchmarking of each step of the remediation process, including

·        Capturing and updating data, including job diary notes, electronically and real-time on the jobsite, with simultaneous updates saved at the central office?

·        Using e-signatures to help eliminate lost paperwork and the need to scan documents?

·        Providing a complete record of the damage and remediation efforts in images, with descriptions, start-to-finish?

2.      Equipment selection: Does your contractor have the ability, on-the-spot, to

·        Identify the right equipment for the job, based on the damage description?

·        Validate the use of each piece of equipment, automatically, as part of the remediation records?

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Southern Lancaster County, please contact Joseph Barrett at (717) 464-5500 or SERVPRO8837@comcast.net. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.