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2/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner in gray suit SERVPRO of Lebanon County knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some of our best tips in choosing the right company

Because we work with Jonestown and other Lebanon County business owners who need our support during business restoration, we understand how difficult it is to move forward after a disaster.

We understand a lot about what it takes to restore your business. With that in mind, our team has pulled together our best tips to help you move forward if a fire, flood or storm impacts your business.

Advice Business Owners Can Use

Here’s what you might want to consider if your business needs restoration services:

Don’t forget your plan. This tip isn’t as straightforward as it seems. But the shock of dealing with a disaster can make it harder to focus. That’s why your plan is important. Follow the steps you laid out and look at your options, which could include moving to a backup location.

Get your insurance company any documentation they need. You’ll be asked to provide things like photos of the items’ damage and inventory inside your business. Have these prepared and ready to share. If your insurer requests any additional documentation, get it ready and share it as soon as you can.

Keep the people who matter to your business in the loop. Don’t neglect to reach out to your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community.. Social media is the right way for you to reach your wider community, but consider reaching out personally to your employees, suppliers and your loyal customers.

Don’t forget your own needs. Many business owners and their families are stressed and worried if a disaster strikes the business that forces them to close or change their business for a while. Be sure to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet and talk about how you’re coping with people you trust.

Choose restoration partners who offer proven results. Always choose trusted professionals who will give you regular updates and answer any of your questions.

If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Fire Safety

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires tend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Lebanon County are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Fires at home impact thousands of American families every winter, and they lead to approximately 890 deaths during the colder months of the year.

It’s true that not every house fire can be prevented. Some are caused by natural disasters or by unforeseen accidents or appliance failures.

But there are things you can do to ensure that you’ve lowered your fire risk and taken sufficient steps toward protecting your home from a house fire.

How Would You Answer These Fire Safety Questions?

One of the first steps to making your Lebanon County home safer is understanding what steps you should take to do it.

Your answers to these questions are an excellent place to start. And they offer some simple steps you can take to make your home safer that aren’t a big time or money commitment.

Do you know how to find natural gas leaks? Natural gas leaks are usually first noticeable by smell. If you notice the smell of natural gas in your home, act immediately to cut off your gas and get help to your home. Natural gas leaks are a significant fire hazard. Ensure the leak is repaired before you turn the gas on again and start using your appliances.

Do you know the basics of kitchen safety? Grease fires can happen in any kitchen, and they’re a common hazard. Keeping a fire extinguisher accessible while you’re cooking can prevent one of these incidents from growing into a destructive fire.

Can you use your fireplace safely? Fireplaces that are dirty or clogged create a fire hazard. If you do decide to enjoy a crackling fire, be sure you’re you’re disposing of the ashes correctly. Dirty fireplaces can cause fires.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on SERVPRO of Lebanon County for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Signs of Water Damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County, we will help guide you through the restoration process.

Jonestown and surrounding area homeowners like you may wonder when they should seek water damage help.

Sometimes leaks that are caught early can be cleaned up with old towels or a mop. But in other cases, you may need professional help to return your home to its original state—or perhaps even more important, to prevent a water damage issue from growing into a major mold or mildew issue.

How to Spot Water Damage

These are some of the most common early signs that you’re dealing with water damage:

Your floorboards or furniture are warping. Wood damage occurs more quickly than you might think it would. So as soon as you notice issues with your flooring and furniture, then you see an issue that will only get more severe over time. Stop warping and damage in its tracks by getting professional help.

You can smell a musty odor. Odor is often the first sign of mold and mildew after home water damage. You’ll smell the issue before you can see it on any surfaces. That means if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to repair your home.

You notice issues with the windows or walls in your home. Your window panes start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. That means it’s imperative if you notice these signs of getting remediation help very soon.

Water damage can start to cause long-term problems within a few hours. So one of the best things you as a homeowner can do is reach out for remediation services as soon as you realize these issues are happening.

A Growing Problem

Water damage claims are consistently one of the most common ones filed by homeowners every year.

Industry experts say number of fire damage claims have been dropping over recent years, but the number of water claims is still growing.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at any time at 717-273-MOLD to learn more about our restoration services.

Where heavy rain can cause damage

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rainfall on top of metal roof of yellow house Heavy rains can cause serious water damage. SERVPRO of Lebanon County have the trained technicians to fully restore your home. Call us at 717-273-MOLD

Water damage can occur for many reasons, and not all of them are dramatic or sudden.

SERVPRO of Lebanon County responds to many water damage calls that are neither of these things and are instead a result of heavy rainfall infiltrating the home after a period of time. These types of leaks often go unnoticed at first if homeowners do not know where to watch for them, leading to compounding damage that can become severe.

Where Rainfall Typically Causes Water Damage

Backup of clogged gutters. Cleaning out the gutters every six months is more than just a chore—it is actually a great way to prevent water damage. If steady rainfall pumps too much water into the gutters that they are not equipped to drain away, it can begin to be absorbed by the surrounding structures of your home.

Leaks around windows and doors. With windows and doors, there is always an increased chance of water damage occurring. Miniature gaps can develop in the exterior of the home that is enough for sustained rainfall to obtain an inlet into the wood and begin to cause decay.

Poor drainage around the foundation. For homes that do not have sufficient drainage around their base, we often see water damage to the foundation after heavy rain. If water is allowed to pool up and sit against the materials, it can begin to seep in with time and lead to issues.

Leaks in and around the roof. A roof leak will often not be noticed until it begins to cause discoloration on the ceiling, which means damage has already occurred. Checking the exterior of the roof can help you prevent this, as missing or loose shingles are a clear sign that something is amiss.

Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. Installing a sump pump system is a smart and vigilant way to prevent water damage, but only if you take care of it. A malfunctioning sump pump system can lead to extreme damage if the cause is not treated.

Leaks around chimneys and skylights. These types of features are certainly nice to have, but having the seals around them inspected regularly is advised to prevent leaks from occurring. As these leaks wear down over time, rain can work its way into the roof and deteriorate the woodwork.

If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD 247 to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.

House fires during the winter can be a threat

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Lebanon County to fully restore your home.

House fires can be a threat during the winter months. They’re even more common in states like Pennsylvania, where the temperatures get cold and adequate home heating is vital.

Many of these winter fires are caused by how we heat our homes. For example, if your space heater doesn’t have an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can turn over and cause a fire while it’s still running. Problems with furnaces and accidents with other appliances happen, too.

The holiday season has some extra fire hazards of which homeowners should be aware. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires.. Fires caused by overflowing pots and pans that are left alone on the stove too long are common this time of year, too.

People who live in Lebanon County can count on our team if their homes ever need fire damage repairs or restoration work.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO

Here’s why Lebanon County residents know they can trust us when they need our help:

We are available 247. Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you at any time. Just reach out when you need our help.

We are a locally owned business. SERVPRO locations are all across the United States. But this location is a local business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a large, thriving company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

We put restoration efforts first. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money. We work to keep repairs affordable and insurance premiums down.

We can help with all your restoration projects House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues and more.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County  at any time at 717-273-MOLD to learn more about our restoration services.

A fire in your home?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

white fire alarm being tested by a person If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County to more.

At SERVPRO of Lebanon County we know that going through a house fire is something that nobody ever wants to think about, but considering how you can prevent one can go a long way in protecting your home. Fires can spread in 30 seconds or less, jumping from a small flame to a major disaster situation quickly.

Thankfully, there are many steps you can take to ensure your home is as safe as possible from fires. While you will never be able to entirely prevent them from occurring, you will be able to significantly improve your chances of never having to experience a fire in your own home.

Check your smoke detectors. Having smoke alarms is the foundation of fire safety, so it is important to make sure you have enough of them throughout your home. They should be on every floor and outside of every sleeping area, and it is recommended to test them monthly to ensure they have not malfunctioned.

Create a fire escape plan. Making sure your family does know how to get out of the house if a fire starts is so important. You will typically only have about two minutes to exit the house in a fire, so having a plan and practicing it often goes a long way in your overall safety efforts.

Limit your fire risks. There are many ways you can limit your fire risks simply through practicing good habits in your everyday life. Small things, like not leaving flammable objects near your stove, staying in the room if there is an open flame and storing chemicals safely, can all lower your risk of a fire breaking out to begin with.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. While fire extinguishers should only be used if it is absolutely safe to do so, they can prevent a small mistake from turning into a household disaster. Any time there is an open flame present, it is good to have an operational fire extinguisher nearby and be sure you know how to use it just in case things get out of hand.

If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County to report your damage and receive a quick response at 717-273-MOLD. View our website at 

Severe Weather!

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

severe weather red sign with dark cloudy sky in background If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Lebanon County will respond quickly to assist in any repairs. Call us at 717-273-MOLD

It is not at all uncommon for warm conditions to bring severe weather to Lebanon County, which causes many people to discount the dangers posed by a thunderstorm. This is not a wise thing to do, as any thunderstorm has the capability to be dangerous to property and to the people in its path. SERVPRO of Lebanon County knows in order to be ready for any weather, boosting your household’s preparedness in advance is one of the best things to do.

Understanding weather watches and warnings, obtaining household disaster supplies and having a secondary way to receive weather updates are all great ways to increase your preparedness and safety.

Understand Weather Watches and Warnings

The system with which weather experts communicate with the public is designed to be clear and concise, but if you are not aware of what their terms mean, it can be confusing. A weather watch refers to atmospheric conditions that are capable of producing the weather event in question, but have not yet done so. A weather warning refers to weather that is already on the ground or spotted on the radar—this is when you will want to seek cover to wait out the storm.

Obtain Household Disaster Supplies

If you need to wait out severe weather in your home, it is important to remain safe and comfortable while you do so. Having sufficient food and water for your family is a great place to start, as well as flashlights, batteries and a first-aid kit for increased visibility and safety. Additionally, have an area in mind where you can wait out the worst of the storm, such as a bathroom or hallway that does not have external openings.

Have a Secondary Way to Receive Weather Updates

Our cell phones are our primary source of connection with updates from the outside world, but for severe weather, they are not always the most reliable thing to depend on. Because batteries can die in power outages or cell signals can be knocked out, it is smart to get a secondary way to receive alerts that is not dependent on the power grid or cell towers—a manually or battery powered weather radio will generally serve this purpose well.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

When your frozen pipes burst

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County we are available 24/7 at 717-273-MOLD.

Having water damage to your home in Lebanon County is something that no one ever wants to occur, but there are few types of water damage more destructive than having a burst pipe. Pipes can expend a large volume of water into a small area, leading to sudden damage that can be difficult to handle.

While many people put off preparing for water damage because it seems too hypothetical, it is something that occurs more often than most people realize. One house out of 50 will have damage each year, and planning ahead is the only way to truly mitigate the damages.

Have a Burst Pipe? Here’s What Comes Next

Shut off your water main. Burst pipes can pour water into an area indefinitely, so being able to cut off your water is key. Locating and shutting off the water main in your house is the only way to stop this, so be sure you know how to do so.

Shut off your electricity. Electricity and water should always be kept separate, so if it is safe for you to cut off your breaker box, it is definitely recommended that you do so. This will prevent water from causing hazards that can arise from coming into contact with electrical components.

Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD. Getting in touch with us quickly is a must, as water damage is best treated quickly. Contact your chosen company as soon as you can in order to get the process started.

Take a record of the damages. Recording the damages that are done by the water is an important way to keep track of the total impact, which works well for you and for your insurance company if you will be filing a claim.

Contact your insurance company. Every insurance policy is unique, so reaching out to your insurance company as quickly as possible to determine what is covered and how to file a claim is recommended.

Open windows and doors if possible. If you have time and it is safe to do so, aiding the drying process by opening windows and doors and wiping up excess water can assist the process until your restoration team arrives with equipment.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

How to plan a commercial fire drill

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall If your business experiences any fire damage, call us at 717-273-MOLD. SERVPRO of Lebanon County specializes in commercial fire restoration.

SERVPRO of Lebanon County knows though there are many things that are wise for business owners to plan for, one of the most important could possibly be planning for a commercial fire. Fires impact many businesses each year, and for owners who are not prepared, they can be absolutely devastating to your business plans.

The most important thing when considering your commercial fire preparedness is the safety of yourself and your staff, which is why understanding how to plan workplace fire escape drills is such an important skill. These drills will help everyone be more educated and prepared in the event of a fire starting to keep all of your employees safer.

How to Plan Workplace Fire Escape Drills

Consult with your local fire officials. The internet is a great resource for doing research regarding the fire safety of your business, but working with your own local fire marshal is likely the best resource there is. They can visit your building and advise you on how to plan out your fire drills and give you pointers on how to increase your overall fire safety.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After your best escape drills have been determined, making sure that staff are aware of them and the possibility for an upcoming drill is next. Make sure everyone understands what routes they should take when the drill begins and what the protocol is for a headcount once everyone is outside.

Have fire drills frequently. Regular fire drills are a great way to solidify everyone’s fire safety knowledge and keep your staff safer. While having drills too frequently may reduce their impact, it is important to have them often enough that the procedure is fresh in everyone’s mind any time a fire starts.

Run different fire scenarios. Fires can start from an astounding number of sources, so it is important to plan out your drills accordingly. Going over different scenarios each time will help your staff adapt to any sort of fire scenario if it occurs in real life so you can be certain that everyone is prepared for every situation.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD today.

Being prepared for sudden storms

12/13/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Lebanon County is available 24/7 at 717-273-MOLD. We ready to assist you with any storm damage.

When skies are clear and the sun is shining, a thunderstorm may be the last thing on your mind—but when the weather is hot and humid, storms can pop up instantaneously. The suddenness of these storms can catch people off-guard, and if your storm preparedness efforts have mainly been focused on safety at home, you may be unsure of what to do.

To help you prepare for sudden summer storms, SERVPRO of Lebanon County has compiled some safety tips that you can use anywhere to stay protected.

Prepare for Sudden Summer Storms

Know your options for shelter. When you find out that a storm is in the forecast, finding a safe place to seek shelter is the best thing you can do. While ideally you would find yourself safe at home, with sudden summer storms, this is not always possible. Seeking shelter in your car is actually a fairly safe thing to do, as long as you can park safely and stay put for the duration of the storm.

Practice electrical safety. When lightning strikes a building, it will travel to the ground using the easiest means available, which is often the home’s wiring system. This is the cause behind power surges, which can cause damage to your electronics and even increase your fire risk. Surge protectors are the most common defense against this, both at home and at work, but if you are able, unplugging everything before a storm is an even safer choice.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Structurally, concrete is a strong material, but that does not mean that it is the safest choice for sheltering from a storm. Because of the nature of concrete, it is often poured around metal reinforcements, which can become a strong conductor of electrical charge when struck by lightning. Avoid touching concrete directly if you do take shelter in an area where it is a feature.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. While the summer storms we have been referencing do come up suddenly and end just as abruptly, the lightning risk is not necessarily over just because the clouds have cleared. Documented lightning strikes have occurred nearly 30 miles from storm clouds, which is why creating a 30-minute buffer after the last thunderclap is recommended.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.