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Grill Safely All Summer Long | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Chicken being grilled Grill Safely All Summer Long | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

Summertime is a great season to take advantage of extra daylight and cook your dinners outside over the grill. While we love a good cookout as much as anyone, with the rise of grill fires in the summer, we also want to caution everyone to remember fire safety basics every time they go to start their own backyard barbecue.

Grill fires happen the most in the summer months, and it is estimated that over 5,500 occur every year, according to reports from the U.S. Fire Administration. Safety and prevention can go a long way in stopping fires, so let these tips be your guide all summer long.

Remember Fire Safety Basics Every Time You Grill

Create a safe zone around your grill. While convenience is likely top of mind when you are placing your grill in the yard, do not forget to consider how safety factors in, too. A three-foot barrier of empty space around your grill is recommended—this means there should be nothing flammable near your grill just in case a flare-up occurs.

Clean your grill grates often. As pieces of food are allowed to accumulate on the grates of the grill, they can cake on over time and become quite dangerous—especially if they are particularly greasy. By scraping down your grill grates after each use, you can prevent caked-on food from becoming a fire hazard and keep your cooking temps consistent, too!

Never leave the grill unattended. If a fire were to start and you (and your fire extinguisher) are nearby, you can put it out before it causes damage in many cases. However, if the grill is unattended, a disaster can quickly occur. Even if you are just taking a short break, be sure there is someone around to keep an eye on the grill at all times when it is lit.

Inspect the grill regularly. Check your grill before every use just in case there is the potential for a gas leak. Over time, propane tanks, valves and hoses can all wear down, and if there is gas leaking into the air when an open flame is introduced, there can be a serious problem. A simple visual check can go a long way in preventing this unpleasant surprise.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

Be Prepared No Matter Where a Summer Storm Catches You | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning striking over a home and trees Be Prepared No Matter Where a Summer Storm Catches You | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

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, we have 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 us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Weatherproofing Tips for Your Household | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

hands weather stripping a window Weatherproofing Tips for Your Household | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

Storms are in the forecast regularly, but if they make you worry that your home is not as resilient as it could be, weatherproofing might be wise. Weather-related insurance claims are extremely common for homeowners, and they can result in a steep increase in your payments after you make a claim.

Though there is no way to guarantee a storm cannot damage your home, there are ways to strengthen your house against the elements.

Fortunately, most weatherproofing efforts are not extremely difficult, and a little bit of effort will make a big difference in the long run. Necessary repairs and optional updates can work together to create a home that is much more resilient against the weather.

Tips to Weatherproof Your Household

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Even new construction homes can experience roof leaks as there are many reasons they can happen. Roof maintenance is a necessity, as roofs are often the most vulnerable part of the home. Check on your roof regularly to be sure there are no loose shingles, obvious signs of wear or any other indicators that a repair might be necessary.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping can be installed around windows and doors with ease and is often not an expensive investment. Not only does weatherstripping put an end to tiny water leaks, but it also helps homeowners save tremendously on their electric bills according to the Department of Energy.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
Gutters can quickly lead to storm damage if they are allowed to remain clogged for any length of time, as the water can pool in the gutter and seep into the materials of the home. Clean your gutters at least twice each year to remove debris, and watch in between for signs of standing water or improper drainage.

Pick the Right Paint
When it comes to picking exterior paint today, the features matter almost as much as the color does thanks to new paint technology. Waterproofing and UV resistance are often built right into the liquid now, so you can choose one of these high-tech paints to increase your home’s resilience to weather over time.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

Our 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Method | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

water spilled all over floor Our 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Method | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

Though receiving water damage to your home can be disheartening, our best advice is to act quickly to begin restoration.

Untreated water damage can quickly grow more severe, which is why we are here 24 hours a day to set our proven restoration method in motion. Here’s how it works:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
There is no ideal time for water damage to occur, which is why we are here to answer you 24 hours a day. When you call us, we will gather all the information we can over the phone to create a response plan and send you adequate restoration resources.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
The most important thing is to check for any safety hazards and stop the flow of water, if applicable. We will start with this, then we will inspect the area and assess the damage done to create a custom plan for restoring your space.

3. Moisture Extraction
The quicker we can begin to extract the water remaining in your home, the easier the remainder of the restoration process will be. With our industry-standard equipment, we can vacuum and pump water rapidly away from your home so things can begin drying out quickly.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Once any standing water is removed, we can move on to the smaller-scale moisture removal. We have dehumidifiers and high-grade dryers to pull moisture out of the air and out of porous surfaces such as wood or fabrics. This discourages mold from growing and causing more damages in the water’s wake.

5. Cleaning Belongings
Items that have been impacted by water damage can become contaminated, posing a risk for you and your family to interact with. We will clean and deodorize every object that has been impacted by the damage so you can feel safe about keeping your belongings.

6. Restoration and Repair
We are adamant about providing full-service restoration after water damage, so we will never leave you with a half-completed job. We can take care of cosmetic and structural repairs to make sure your home looks exactly as it did before the damage occurred.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

Fudruckers Water Loss Job

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside of a fudruckers water loss job Joe Lapp SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East 717-533-FIRE SERVPRO of Lebanon County 717-273-MOLD "Like it never even happened."

When the air conditioning system leaks into your ceiling causing a water damage, who do you call? SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East! We will arrive quickly and use our knowledge, experience, equipment, and Excellent Staff to make the damage to your business "Like it never even happened."

TOA Clubhouse

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked at TOA clubhouse water loss job Joe Lapp SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East 717-533-FIRE SERVPRO of Lebanon County 717-273-MOLD "Like it never even happened."

When have a beautiful over 55 community featuring a gorgeous clubhouse in Mechanicsburg and you have a water damage you need quick professional restoration service! For expert mitigation and full service repair service call SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East. We are a full service restoration company featuring both in house and subcontracted repair personnel. We have fully returned this facility to a "Like it never even happened," conclusion.

Weatherproofing Tips for Your Household | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Hands applying weather stripping to the bottom of a window Weather stripping is one way to save money regardless of the weather.

Storms are in the forecast regularly, but if they make you worry that your home is not as resilient as it could be, weatherproofing might be wise. Weather-related insurance claims are extremely common for homeowners, and they can result in a steep increase in your payments after you make a claim.

Though there is no way to guarantee a storm cannot damage your home, there are ways to strengthen your house against the elements.

Fortunately, most weatherproofing efforts are not extremely difficult, and a little bit of effort will make a big difference in the long run. Necessary repairs and optional updates can work together to create a home that is much more resilient against the weather.

Tips to Weatherproof Your Household

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Even new construction homes can experience roof leaks as there are many reasons they can happen. Roof maintenance is a necessity, as roofs are often the most vulnerable part of the home. Check on your roof regularly to be sure there are no loose shingles, obvious signs of wear or any other indicators that a repair might be necessary.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping can be installed around windows and doors with ease and is often not an expensive investment. Not only does weatherstripping put an end to tiny water leaks, but it also helps homeowners save tremendously on their electric bills according to the Department of Energy.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
Gutters can quickly lead to storm damage if they are allowed to remain clogged for any length of time, as the water can pool in the gutter and seep into the materials of the home. Clean your gutters at least twice each year to remove debris, and watch in between for signs of standing water or improper drainage.

Pick the Right Paint
When it comes to picking exterior paint today, the features matter almost as much as the color does thanks to new paint technology. Waterproofing and UV resistance are often built right into the liquid now, so you can choose one of these high-tech paints to increase your home’s resilience to weather over time.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

SERVPRO of Lebanon County

717-273-MOLD

Our 6-Step Water Damage Restoration Method | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Hardwood floor flooded with water Flooded hardwood floor

Though receiving water damage to your home can be disheartening, our best advice is to act quickly to begin restoration.

Untreated water damage can quickly grow more severe, which is why we are here 24 hours a day to set our proven restoration method in motion. Here’s how it works:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
There is no ideal time for water damage to occur, which is why we are here to answer you 24 hours a day. When you call us, we will gather all the information we can over the phone to create a response plan and send you adequate restoration resources.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
The most important thing is to check for any safety hazards and stop the flow of water, if applicable. We will start with this, then we will inspect the area and assess the damage done to create a custom plan for restoring your space.

3. Moisture Extraction
The quicker we can begin to extract the water remaining in your home, the easier the remainder of the restoration process will be. With our industry-standard equipment, we can vacuum and pump water rapidly away from your home so things can begin drying out quickly.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Once any standing water is removed, we can move on to the smaller-scale moisture removal. We have dehumidifiers and high-grade dryers to pull moisture out of the air and out of porous surfaces such as wood or fabrics. This discourages mold from growing and causing more damages in the water’s wake.

5. Cleaning Belongings
Items that have been impacted by water damage can become contaminated, posing a risk for you and your family to interact with. We will clean and deodorize every object that has been impacted by the damage so you can feel safe about keeping your belongings.

6. Restoration and Repair
We are adamant about providing full-service restoration after water damage, so we will never leave you with a half-completed job. We can take care of cosmetic and structural repairs to make sure your home looks exactly as it did before the damage occurred.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

SERVPRO of Lebanon County

717-273-MOLD

Prepare Your Business for Any Emergency With Strategic Planning | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded office with chairs and office equipment floating in the water An office flooded after a disaster.

Understanding the hazards your business may have to endure in the future can help you make smart decisions about risk management and damage prevention, especially when considering natural disasters. While a disaster can still be an inconvenience, if you are prepared in advance for one, you will have a much better time recovering and getting your business back to operational status in the aftermath.

While disaster preparedness may seem overwhelming, dividing it up into smaller tasks can make it much more manageable. With these three main categories, business owners can make sure they are hitting all the major points of preparedness and protecting their investment:

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

Adequate insurance coverage is something that is extremely important for a business regardless of if a disaster is a possibility or not, but considering the impact that one can have, it makes it especially crucial. Many commercial policies are not enough to protect against disaster damage—specifics are excluded in some cases, and there are often gaps in what is covered at all. Be aware of what is built into your policy so you can know where additional coverage might be a wise investment.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

Being able to evacuate quickly in the event of a disaster can help you and your staff say much safer in the face of danger. Review the emergency evacuation protocol with everyone regularly to increase preparedness, including multiple scenarios and escape routes. Additionally, stock an emergency kit to be sure you have adequate supplies in case you are required to stay put instead of escaping.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

Planning ahead for how you will go about restoration can be the single biggest factor in how quickly you are able to reopen. Being able to set the restoration process in motion quickly will be a big help, which is why we recommend working with a company in advance so that you know exactly who to call. It is also wise to look into the disaster assistance loans offered by the Small Business Administration as they can provide extra, low-interest funds for the recovery process.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 247 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.

SERVPRO of Lebanon County

717-273-MOLD

Prevent Frozen Pipes | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

preventing frozen pipes turn off outside spigot Frozen outside spigot | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

Helpful Tip: Turn off outside spigots to prevent them from freezing over these cold winter months! 

Did you know the average homeowner spends $10,000 for a pipe rupture? Having an emergency plumber fix the plumbing, and then SERVPRO of Hershey, Harrisburg East and Lebanon County dry your home and replace your flooring, walls etc. is a HUGE expense. Take a few minutes and disconnect garden hoses from the spigot and purchase a cover from your local hardware store to protect the outdoor spigots. As the winter days grow colder, the water in that thin pipe can/will freeze and burst. As it begins to thaw you are left with a plumbing emergency! 

Water, Fire or Mold Damage? Don't hesitate, call SERVPRO of  Lebanon County today! (717) 273-MOLD