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Keep Backyard Fires Under Control | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County.

Relaxing by the campfire in your backyard is a great way to make memories with your family. S’mores, hotdogs and scary stories are just a few of the activities you can enjoy around the fire.

Backyard fires can be used for a variety of purposes, like enjoying a meal or removing old debris and providing pest control, but even the safest of fires comes with its own set of hazards. The National Park Service states that around humans are responsible for 85% of wildfires.

In 2021, Pennsylvania suffered from twice as many wildfires as had been normal for the 21st century. So, as wildfire danger increases in Pennsylvania, it’s essential to know how to protect your Lebanon home.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t still burn your yard trimmings, like your tiki torches, toast your marshmallows and barbecue burgers if local laws allow it. Taking precautions every time you burn will allow you to safely enjoy your backyard fires and reduce hazards.

Recreational Fire Hazards

While open flames are hazardous, grills, fireworks and campfires are some of the most prevalent ways backyard fires get out of hand. Grills are responsible for approximately 8,800 home fires each year, typically they are started by user error. Always supervise your grill when cooking food and be sure to check the propane tanks and gas lines that allow it to function.

Choose a safe location away from any buildings or forestry and only use a lighter or a match when building your campfire. Once you’ve gotten your flame going, only use wood to keep the campfire alive, and always keep a close eye even after you’ve put the flames out.

Fire pits are a great way to recreate the experience of relaxing at a campsite, but this equipment should be used with the same precautions as a regular campfire. If you can move your fire pit around, keep it away from overhangs and never place it on a wood deck.

While burning is a simple way to get rid of construction or household trash, you should only use approved firewood.

If you’re going to light fireworks, make sure they’re lit in an open area with plenty of room to land away from buildings, trees and other debris. Fireworks are only allowed to be set off from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. year-round in Lebanon, with the exception of select holidays, when they are allowed to be set off until 1 a.m.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Even with the hazards they pose, fire and flammable materials can still be used in useful ways. If your yard collects a large number of leaves in the fall and you have no way to dispose of them, burning your yard debris might be the best way to keep your yard clean.

Before burning anything, though, ensure your local authorities allow you to burn debris in the first place. Be aware of any burn bans in place and apply for a permit if necessary. At the moment, in Lebanon, you can burn any yard trimmings, leaves or any other safe-to-burn debris as long as you check with local authorities to confirm that burning is allowed.

Clearing your yard of dead leaves and shrubs is a useful way to protect your home from wildfires, as well as strategic landscaping that slows the spread of flames from reaching your home. Knowing what is safe to burn and following general fire safety protocols can help you keep your fire under control.

We all most likely have gasoline in our sheds and garages to power our yard tools and vehicles, but irresponsible storage can have a disastrous impact. Be sure to only store gas in approved containers, and keep containers where your kids can’t reach them. Gas should only be used for what it was designed for so when you can’t get those flames started, don’t reach for that fuel can.

Before lighting a backyard campfire, check your local weather conditions. If conditions are windy or very dry, reschedule your campfire to another day and save the marshmallows for later.

And if a backyard fire gets out of hand and leads to substantial damage, contact our experts at SERVPRO. Our crew is trained to examine and repair any fire-related damage, and we can restore your home or business back to normal as soon as possible.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Stay Weather-Aware to Protect Yourself and Your Home | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

a red and white severe weather alert sign If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Lebanon County 717-273-6653.

There are about 42 different types of weather warnings, each categorized into seven different weather-related groups. These alerts are sent out when severe weather conditions arise in your location. This information can be complicated to understand when a strong storm is forecast to strike your neighborhood.

Understanding what these weather warnings based on where you live can help you prepare for whatever circumstances may arise. These alerts are also a useful way to safeguard your home before severe weather impacts it.

While being aware of all kinds of weather scenarios is beneficial, being aware of the weather patterns that could hit our community here in Lebanon County is even more vital.

How Alerts Are Issued

So, how are forecasters able to provide these weather warnings? Since weather forecasts are merely predictions, how can we determine the severity and location of a storm? There are many factors that impact why these alerts get sent out.

The National Weather Service works to provide accurate weather forecasts as well as weather alerts as these conditions develop. These advisories are issued by six regional offices around the country, allowing for more accurate predictions based on location. You’ll find Lebanon’s alerts provided from the Eastern Region headquarters in Bohemia, New York, along with local offices nearby.

Meteorologists use solar activity, weather balloons, satellites and even ocean buoys to make forecasts. These predictions will vary based on the severity of the weather event, but the primary objective is to provide the most accurate forecast possible.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

When deciphering these alerts, the words “watch” and “warning” tend to pop up often. You’ll see this language used in weather alerts, including those for thunderstorms, winter storms and flooding.

A watch means a storm is being monitored and could become dangerous, so you should make a plan to be able to withstand potentially hazardous conditions. Watches are often issued in a larger area, while a warning is issued in a smaller, more specific area like a county or city.

A warning means a severe storm is imminent and you should take precautions immediately.

It’s also crucial to know what kind of weather to expect in your area so that when you get these alerts, you’ll know what your next plan of action will be to keep safe. Here in Lebanon County, we see a mixed bag of weather throughout the year.

Winters are snowy, icy and often very cold, while our summers are warm and humid. We may see strong winter storms, along with the potential for thunderstorms and even tornadoes in warmer times of year.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

While monitoring weather alerts is the safest approach to defending your property and life during severe weather, there are a few other things you can do around the house to reduce the risk of damage.

Clear your gutters and fasten any outdoor furniture to protect your home from the impact of weather like floods or strong winds. Locate a secure place to wait out the storm and have an exit plan prepared in case your family needs to relocate.

SERVPRO can take care of any of your restoration needs if your home is impacted by severe weather. We can devise and carry out an effective repair plan to restore your home to its original condition.

Staying informed about weather conditions that may affect your neighborhood is an excellent approach to protect yourself and your property from tragedy. Understanding the various weather alerts will help you best prepare for any storm that may pass through our area.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

The Cost and Frequency of Extreme Weather in 2020 | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

a large yellow warning sign stating that there is stormy weather ahead When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County to start the restoration process.

Most of us are all too aware that 2020 was a devastating year. But the degree to which 2020 was disastrous might go even further than you realize—not only did the year see a global pandemic and a nationwide quarantine, it also broke existing records for extreme weather disasters.

In fact, 2020 saw more weather disasters than any previous year on record.

The National Weather Service classifies a weather event as a disaster once it causes at least a billion dollars in damages, and 2020 brought a record 22 of these events. That doesn’t even count the numerous storms that only caused a few hundred million in destruction—there were so many storms in the Atlantic last year that the NWS had to use letters from the Greek alphabet to give them all names because it ran completely through its planned list of names for the year.

And even here in Pennsylvania, we had more weather alerts in 2020 than “tornado alley” states like Kansas.

Not Just Hurricanes

The blame often falls on hurricanes first when we think of extreme weather damage, but in truth, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorm systems and the tornadoes some of them birthed: Fourteen of the 22 major events were storm-related.

Not Just 2020

While we certainly would hope 2020 to be an extreme example, it does seem to be following a trend of especially dangerous years for severe weather outbreaks. The previous two years joined caused a combined $136 billion in damages, and 2017 saw a record-high $300 billion.

Indeed, each of the last 10 years has suffered at least eight major weather disasters in the U.S., and the last six years have seen a minimum of 10 each.

Storms happen year-round and are no respecters of locale, so it’s crucial that we stay alert and prepared when storms are forecast. But if extreme weather overcomes your preparations, remember that SERVPRO is on call 24⁄7 to help you through the restoration and recovery process.

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

Restoring Your Lebanon County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges Call SERVPRO of Lebanon today for all of your commercial water damage needs! 717-273-6653

Flooding and water damage events at Lebanon County’s commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Lebanon County 

SERVPRO of Lebanon County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service in Lebanon County, Call SERVPRO

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Lebanon County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Lebanon County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 717-273-6653

Residential Services

Whether your Lebanon County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Lebanon County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial Restoration Cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

How Can I Tell if My Basement Has Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Concrete block showing water damage If you have experienced any signs of water damage in your basement, give SERVPRO of Lebanon County today! 717-273-6653

Basements are a wonderful addition to any home. While it’s a great place for additional storage, a “bonus” room or an at-home gym, it can also act as a safe place to go during the event of seriously inclement weather.

However, due to the nature of how basements are dug into the ground, they can come with their own challenges, particularly water damage. While it’s not a guarantee that your basement will suffer water damage, many homes do for a variety of reasons.

Because of this, it’s good to be extra vigilant for signs of water damage so that you can prevent any further damage later on. Here will be looking at some signs of water damage so that you can keep your basement in peak condition.

3 Top Signs That There Is Water Damage In a Basement

Musky, unpleasant odors. Water that gets into a basement can remain stagnant for quite some time, and when it evaporates, it can leave quite an unpleasant smell. This pungent odor is almost exclusively caused by mold and mildew in the environment, so if you suspect that it’s just the common “musty smell” that most basements have, remember that this is a common misconception and it may be a serious red flag leading to water damage.

Flaking paint from the walls. Waterproof paint is sometimes adhered to interior basement walls and masonry with all good intentions by homeowners and landlords. However, this paint can oftentimes simply mask any issues related to water damage and results in compounded problems later on. Even though it’s classified as waterproof, it’s still possible for this paint to chip, peel and bubble on the surface under the right circumstances.

Foundational cracks. Cracks in homes can sometimes be caused by the house settling over time, but finding cracks in the foundation should be investigated as it may be a sign of water damage. Hairline cracks aren’t a major cause for immediate concern, but if they grow in size or width, they should be seen and treated by a professional immediately

If you have experienced any of these signs of water damage in your basement, give us a call. We’ll be happy to have our water restoration technicians review the damage and give you an assessment on how we can help treat it properly. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County today!

Improve Your Air Quality: Duct Cleaning Can Help!

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

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The ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, but you can help change that! Inspecting the ductwork in your home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of Lebanon County’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and duct work clean can potentially extend the life-span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. The professionals at SERVPRO of Lebanon County will inspect your HVAC system and duct will and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke, or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, the professionals at SERVPRO of Lebanon County can often restore the HVAC system and duct work to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends it be inspected for proper functioning and be services before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO duct cleaning system is proven and cost-efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, the professionals at SERVPRO of Lebanon County use a portable ventilation and ait duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

Don’t Overlook the Water Damage Risks Heavy Rain Can Bring | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

Raindrops falling into a pool of water SERVPRO of Lebanon County is here to help restore your home to its original state. Contact us today! (717) 273 - MOLD

Heavy rains might not be the first thing you think about when you list water damage causes. But it can be a serious problem for homeowners. Rain is common during the spring and summer months, and if your home is not properly maintained, these rains can cause costly damage.

It’s not as difficult as you might think to lessen your risk, though. A little creativity and some thoughtful planning can go a long way.

Protecting Your Home From the Hazard of Heavy Rains

We have a wealth of experience dealing with home water damage. We know what causes it and what you can do to make your home safer from it.

Here are some things we think you should keep in mind when you want to protect your home from rain damage:

Don’t allow yard drainage issues to go unaddressed. If you realize the water in your yard drains toward your home, it’s time to invest in your yard to help it move water more efficiently. Water moving away from your home is water that can’t damage it. Talk with a landscaping expert about how you can protect your yard.

Choose your flowers and shrubs for more than curb appeal. Most homeowners don’t look beyond the visual appeal of the landscaping they choose. But your landscaping can do more for you than just add color. Native plants are especially effective when it comes to making your landscaping an extra layer of water damage protection.

Repair loose and missing shingles. How important is repairing your roof when it suffers minor damage? The answer is very important. According to industry experts, 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles. This damage is preventable.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, SERVPRO of Lebanon County is here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency.Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Experts Are Here When You Need Home Restoration Services | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

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If you’re buying a new home, you’re considering a lot of issues. You’re likely shopping for floorplans, searching for must-have amenities and considering if the yard is big enough for your beloved family dog.

Home damage is probably one thing you haven’t put a lot of thought into dealing with. But you should. Why? Because it’s more common than you probably think it is.

If you find yourself in that situation due to a fire or natural disaster, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place now. Restoring your home can be a complex job, and you’ll want it done by experts.

The restoration team you choose can make all the difference in your quality and satisfaction with the job.

Millions of Homeowners File Claims

The Insurance Information Institute tallies statistics about the yearly numbers of insurance claims. Their work illustrates just how common insurance claims are.

About one out of every 350 American homeowners will deal with a fire damage claim each year. Water damage claims will be filed by about one in 50 homeowners, so they are actually the most common type of claim.

When all causes are considered, about one in 20 homeowners will file a damage claim this year. So if you know 100 people, about five of them will need help dealing with damage to their home this year.

So having a quality restoration team in mind now can make a difference for you or someone you love later.

Training Makes All the Difference

Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides an array of certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians are able to use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

And when you choose your local SERVPRO, these restoration experts will take the knowledge they’ve gained through our intensive training programs and use it to restore your home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time

A Clean Home Can Aid in Fire Prevention | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Lebanon County is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

House fires are the most common disaster in the country, killing thousands of people each year. Around 148 house fire-related fatalities were reported in Pennsylvania alone in 2021. It is more important than ever to keep your Lebanon County home fire hazard-free.

The American Red Cross has already reported more than 20,000 house fires in 2022, and this figure is only a small percentage of the fires that have occurred in the United States this year.

Taking precautions to avoid house fires begins in your own home. Simply keeping your home and yard clean is one approach to lessen the risk of fires:

Clear the Clutter

A cluttered residence offers several hazards to the home. In the event of a fire, the mess may be so significant that you are unable to escape safely, or the items piled up in your home may further fuel the fire. Clean up your clothes, books and trash from your space to help prevent the spread of flames in the event of a fire.

Clothes piled up near a water heater have the potential to create a fire as well. Maintaining your appliances and the items around them is an efficient way to avoid accidental fires.

A dirty stove coated with grease and other food debris can cause a minor kitchen fire to spread quickly. Cleaning your stove and any other heat-producing appliances may help to reduce the start and spread of fires.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Making your yard fire-resistant is another strategy to prevent an exterior fire from reaching your home. Taking fire measures in your yard begins with removing branches, fallen leaves and dead plants.

California has enacted defensible space requirements, which mandate yard layouts designed to slow the spread of wildfires. Having a layout plan for your property could be beneficial anywhere! Arranging your Lebanon County yard to prevent fire spread could save your home in the event of a wildfire.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

While decluttering plays an important role in preventing fire and allowing you to escape in the event of a fire, basic cleaning is also essential and helpful.

Simple chores around the house and yard could aid in the prevention of a house fire. Even tasks like dusting around outlets and space heaters can help avoid fires started by dust bunnies.

Because your home is where you spend the majority of your time, do yourself a favor and give it a good cleaning every now and then. In the event of a fire, a tidy house could save your life!

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.