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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

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

preventing frozen pipes turn off outside spicket Frozen outside spicket

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

The Circus Came to Town

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hershey / Swatara News And Updates

Here at SERVPRO of Lebanon County we never know what is going to happen when the phone rings.....

The Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus train was making it's way through Central Pennsylvania. They found some water damage and because 'The Show Must Go On' they called SERVPRO of Lebanon County to make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Lebanon County is a leading Fire and Water Restoration Company. We have the equipment, experience and tools to ascertain if there has been water intrusion. we have the knowledge and experience to help pinpoint the cause of the water intrusion, and we have the equipment, knowledge and experience to mitigate the water intrusion.

We investigated, found and addressed some moisture related issues. The Circus was able to stay on schedule. And the Show Went On! 

We were honored to be able to assist in this way and help others through their time of difficulty.