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Don’t Get Surprised by Winter Storms and Weather | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Close-up image of a car and tire moving through snow If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County for fast, restorative solutions.

Take it from that “thrones” guy—winter is most certainly coming. (How did he know?)

Whether you look forward to winter all year or you tolerate it as a mere bridge to spring, you can’t stop the sting of winter weather from reaching Lebanon County once again. So before your social calendar is full to the brim with family gatherings, holiday events or end-of-year parties, let’s take a look at a few things you’ll want to take care of before the reality of winter sets in.

<h3your-family">Protect Your Family

If a winter storm suddenly overtakes the area, you’re going to be glad you have an emergency action plan. This will help your family know how and when to act, where to meet and how to stay in contact. Prepare and rehearse to protect your family.

Get your car ready, too—make sure your tires are in good shape, your anti-freeze and fluids are full, and conduct any needed maintenance so you don’t find yourself stuck out in the cold.

Stock both your car and home with emergency kits, which can keep you safe, fed and warm in a crisis.

<h3your-home">Protect Your Home

Frozen pipes are an unfortunate reality for homeowners in winter, but they can be largely avoided by taking the proper precautions, be it insulating pipes or letting faucets drip.

It’s time to check up on your home heat system as well. If you have an electric or gas HVAC system, let a pro give it a once-over and perform any needed maintenance, to ensure that your system is primed to combat the winter chill.

If you burn wood, keep an extra supply on hand in case extreme weather keeps you stuck at the house for a while. Clean your fireplace or furnace to ensure safe use and a healthy breathing environment.

<h3your-pets">Protect Your Pets

Most pets are simply not equipped for Pennsylvania winters. Bring pets indoors during the cold months, and make a comfortable place for them to stay.

If you own any livestock or equine animals, make sure they have updated, adequate shelter and constant access to water that isn’t frozen.

<h3for-melts-and-flooding">Watch for Melts and Flooding

After long winters and periods of snow and ice, floods and ice dams can cause trouble in affected areas. From local waterways being overrun with runoff to ice and snow melting through cracks in your roofing, these can cause serious damage and danger.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

Commercial Cleaning Services That Make a Difference | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County for all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO is the industry leader in home restoration, cleanup and recovery, and with good reason—we’ve taken care of more homeowners than you can shake a stick at.

But there’s another side to the coin, and that’s the care we provide for businesses and commercial properties. When businesses are damaged by disasters like fire, water and mold, we handle the A to Z of cleanup and restoration so business owners can get back to work.

But businesses can also take advantage of a special service offered only to them: the ultra-grade cleaning service only SERVPRO could create.

Commercial Services for Businesses of Any Size

Your dream clean is a click or call away! No matter the business, we can improve your standard of sanitation and set you up for healthy operations. We’ve got custom solutions for…

Retail stores, grocers and shops. From malls to mom-and-pops, hardware stores to software outlets, we’ve got you covered and cleaned like nobody else.

Education spaces. Well-intended cleanings at school are only killing half the bacteria on desks and student spaces, and we can’t have that, can we? We’ve got the tools to keep students safe from those hard-to-get bacteria.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities. Special cleaning care is required where young, elderly and immunocompromised people are receiving treatment, and we can take care of the disinfection so healthcare providers can focus on helping people.

Hotels and convention halls. Places where high numbers of people gather and move around need high attention to cleaning—let us focus on it so you can focus on hospitality.

Foodservice facilities From manufacturing and distribution to the café dining room, we’ve got what it takes to make sure all food prep is clean and surfaces are safe for dining.

Commercial complexes and managed properties. Whether your tenants are couples or corporations, we can keep them more than satisfied with the fresh state of your commercial property.

Companies lose $260 billion per year because of sick days and the loss of productivity that comes from employee illnesses. We can help you save your portion of that gigantic number by providing a commercial space that’s free of germs and bacteria—your teams will appreciate it and your customers will feel especially valued.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Asking the Right Questions About Your Service Company | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of Lebanon County.

Incidents that require home repair are an unfortunate but almost unavoidable part of the home ownership experience. The reality of owning a home means that at some point you’re likely to face some sort of natural or accidental damage, and when that happens you’ll have some thinking to do.

Who’s going to clear our your flooded basement or repair your fire-damaged kitchen?

These decisions can be difficult in a pinch, but keeping these questions in mind when sorting through service companies can help you render a sound decision.

Are They Legit?

Getting ripped off after experiencing a disaster is piling insult on top of injury. Sadly, scammers often roll into to town after major events and leave unsuspecting homeowners in precisely that situation.

At SERVPRO, we’ve built our top-tier reputation from the ground up, with no shortcuts. For 50 years, we’ve proven ourselves reliable over and over again, so that when you need a hand, you know who to trust.

And hey—if the PGA Tour trusts us as a cleanup and restoration partner, we feel confident we can meet or exceed your expectation as well.

Will They Be There When I Need Help?

Don’t be left wondering when your service company is going to return your emergency call. When you’ve got a crisis, you don’t have time to wait—that’s why we’re on call 24 hours a day for emergency service.

Where’s a Fleet When You Need One?

SERVPRO of Lebanon County isn’t just the name of a local office; it’s the moniker that represents a full-service, locally owned franchise, right here in the neighborhood. But should an area-wide event present the need for extra help, you won’t get lost in the shuffle, because we’re ably backed by the full force of SERVPRO’s national network of resources and teams.

If your prospective service company can answer all these questions to your satisfaction, they may be worthy of your business. When you call SERVPRO, these benefits are the tip of the iceberg—we’d love to show you everything we’re capable of.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

Make Fire Safety a Priority This Fall | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Lebanon County is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

The Eagles are back on the field, the morning and evening air is nice and crisp and suddenly everything is pumpkin-scented. That can only mean one thing—fall is back.

The season of roaring campfires, Halloween parties and beautiful leaf-peeping is here to relieve you from summer and give you a reason to break out your favorite hoodie.

But of course each season requires special care with regard to fire safety, and fall is no different. Keep your fall fire-safe with these quick reminders.

Campfire Safety

Cool fall nights are perfect for camping, and we say make the most of it. But when you’re setting up your fire, make sure to take proper precautions.

Build your fire in a pre-dug pit surrounded by stones if there is one provided by the campsite. If not, keep it at least 25 feet away from any tents or structures. Only light your fire with trusted methods like matches or lighters, never using kerosene or lighter fluid to light or accelerate the flames.

When it’s time to go, don’t leave anything hot or glowing. Any live embers you leave behind are potential wildfire threats. Don’t walk away from your campfire until all remaining wood and ash are cool to the touch.

Open Burning

Most of Lebanon County restricts the burning of leaves, but much of the county approves open recreational burning (fire pits or bonfires) or even burning of some household paper items. Check with your local municipality to find out what’s allowed in your area.

If your township allows open burning, it’s likely you are required to use a burn barrel with a screen on top. Keep your fires at least 30 feet (50 is recommended) from any structures, and never leave a fire to burn unattended.

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are frequent culprits of cold-weather home fires. If you’re breaking yours out of storage this fall, make sure you keep it at least three feet from anything at all that could catch fire—this includes curtains, furniture and clothing.

Keep your heater on a level surface, update to a newer model with automatic shutoff and tip-over functions if necessary, and only plug it directly into an outlet (as its electrical draw can overwhelm some extension cords).

Halloween

We’ll dig further into this later, but for now be mindful of your decorating, especially if you like to use candles or string lights, which can both present fire hazards.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Where You Might Find Water Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Lebanon County team if you are dealing with any water damage.

There’s a fair chance you didn’t go to bed last night wishing upon a star that you could wake up this morning to a flooded garage. Dealing with unexpected water damage is on no homeowner’s list of hopeful tasks.

Obviously we can’t predict external factors like flooding, but there are some places in and around your home that you may be able monitor and gain an advantage as you try to keep the likelihood of water damage to a minimum.

Toilets. There are a few spots in this oft-used appliance that can degrade over time, namely the flapper inside the tank and the valve seal under it. These being rubber makes them prone to wear.

Appliances. Toilets, dishwashers, fridges and any appliance that uses water or feeds from your water supply are prone to leaks, especially from hoses that may dry out or crack, and joints where washer rings may decay. And how old is your water heater? Units over 10 years old have actually been known to explode.

Clogged gutters. This is the most preventable leak at home. Some time on the ladder can keep your gutters in tip-top shape and keep leaves and dirt from damming up the gullies and sending water inside.

Roof damage. Roof care is a whole other topic, but for now, let’s simply say that your roof is an incredibly important source of protection from the elements, and keeping it in good condition will help keep your interior dry. Inspect it regularly and after any major storm.

Pipes. Rust, faulty joints or even excessive water pressure can cause pipes to fail or burst, and tree roots can find microscopic cracks in outdoor lines, even your main water supply.

Blocked garbage disposals or other pipes.Putting the wrong things down your disposal can either cause your disposal to stop working or clog your pipes to the point of backup. Anything that clumps, solidifies or expands as it soaks up water is a no-no.

Water leaks can occur anywhere water flows, because water will find and take advantage of any available space. But keeping an eye on these common leak areas may help you stay ahead of the potential for water damage in your home.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Don’t Get Surprised by Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Lebanon County is on the line, ready to make things right.

It’s summertime in Pennsylvania, and that means most people can’t wait to get out and do something. The weather is warm, and the sun is out—what’s not to enjoy?

Maybe you’re heading to Philly to cheer on the home team, or planning a weekend indulging in Hershey. But wherever you go, don’t leave your umbrella at home.

Despite the heat and sunshine (or rather, because of it), summer weather is more likely to produce thunderstorms. Rainfall in Lebanon County peaks in summer, as moisture in the atmosphere combines with the warm summer air to create storm conditions.

Be Storm-Alert

Storms should never be discounted as child’s play. If warnings are issued, pay attention and go over the game plan. An NOAA Weather radio can be a constant help as well, providing frequent updates and giving you a source of information even if you lose power.

If the forecaster warns of potential flooding, take it seriously. You may need to rearrange travel plans or cancel events. And check the area around your house—you may need to move or tie down garbage cans, trampolines or other items that could be washed or blown away.

Storm prep isn’t as fun as watching Bryce Harper hit homers, but it’s crucial if you want to stay safe. Storms and resulting flooding claim a number of lives each year, and some simple preparation and caution could prevent a majority of those fatalities.

Be Storm-Safe

Hunker down indoors during a storm, and stay inside until thunder has stopped for at least 30 minutes—this indicates that you’re out of range for a lightning strike, which can still occur up to 10 miles from an active storm.

Windows can shatter in a storm, so don’t sit or stand near them during the storm. And tubs, showers and the water they contain can conduct electrical current, so wait until later to take that bath.

Make sure you’ve got an emergency kit in the house or shelter, and keep a ready kit in the car as well, in case things turn ugly and you need to evacuate.

Floodwater is a danger for a bevy of reasons. It’s incredibly strong (like, carry-your-SUV-away strong), it can wash away concrete roads and the ground under them, and touching it can cause health effects. 

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Jonestown Residents Can Trust Us With Disaster Cleanup | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Lebanon County is your local restoration expert.

You’re used to playing a lot of roles as a homeowner of business owner. You’re an accountant and a chef. A CEO and a parent. A planner and an IT technician. You’re handling it all really well, and for that you deserve an award.

But regardless of the roles you’re playing, we’d be willing to bet you haven’t prepared to suddenly become a disaster recovery expert.

When natural disasters, accidental fires or water damage create an emergency that requires immediate restitution, you can’t handle it all—you need prompt, dependable help from someone you can trust.

Here’s why you should trust SERVPRO to see you through.

We’re Always Ready and Faster to Any Size Disaster

Like a superhero responding to their signal in the night sky, we’re sitting on go at all times, ready to act at a moment’s notice. With a crack team of experts on standby 24 hours a day, we’ll be on the way before you can say, “Gotham needs me.”

Every moment matters in a crisis, and the case of disasters it means more mold growth, stronger smell of smoke or dank carpet. A rapid response makes all the difference, and having a local SERVPRO franchise situated right here in Lebanon County means you get the multiplied strength of a limber, knowledgeable neighborhood team with the backing of a resource-rich national network.

We’re Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services

Different solutions are necessary for different situations, and that means customized service for businesses and homes—we’re over a half century deep into being an industry leader, so we’ve got the knowledge base to be able to manage your situation, no matter the setting or cause.

We’ll Make It "Like it never even happened."

Brilliant work, immaculately executed—that’s what you can expect when we take up your cause. Our cleanup and recovery methods are extensive and thorough, and our footprint is so minimal that you’ll have to remind yourself that we were ever there.

We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World

Disease prevention is a major concern for businesses, and we provide them ultra-grade cleaning assistance that far outshines standard sanitation services.

Your business will have never been cleaner, and your returning customers will feel it right away.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO.

Water Damage Days Before a Wedding

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Days before a wedding event, Speedwell Heights BIC contacted SERVPRO of Lebanon County about their water damage in the basement. The source of this damage came from a defective dehumidifier that leaked water in the basement of the church. SERVPRO of Lebanon County quickly responded to this call on a Thursday. Our technicians were able to dry everything out and deodorize in time for the wedding that following Saturday.

When dealing with a water damage, it is important to act fast to prevent further damage and possible mold growth. Our highly trained technicians will have your home or business “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-300-3347 or visit our website for all of your water damage needs.

Playing Defense Against Wildfire | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Lebanon County is ready and able to repair any damage.

Of the many potential dangers homeowners face, there may be none more frightening or disheartening than the thought of seeing one’s home destroyed by fire. While most home fires in our region are caused by other things, wildfires are more of a reality than you might expect.

And they are so hot and move so fast that it’s surprising that fire crews are ever able to contain them at all.

But there are ways to safeguard your home from wildfires, aside from the obvious but still overlooked method of simply being careful, which is by far the best method of prevention.

Let’s look at one of those ways: “defensible space.”

What Is Defensible Space?

It’s not a new NASA program. “Defensible space” is a zone of buffers with which you can surround your home, giving it a greater chance of surviving a wildfire outbreak. You can slow or stop the aggression of a fire with the right combination of thoughtful planting and pruning, hardscape made of concrete or gravel, and removal of dead trees and brush—a quick, favorite fuel for wildfire.

Think of defensible space as a way of using the land around you to choke out a fire as it draws close. If there’s nothing to feed the fire, it can’t keep spreading. It also gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it gets to your home.

Why Defensible Space Matters

You may consider wildfires a West Coast issue, but they can and do happen everywhere in the United States. In fact, there were over 59,000 wildfires across the country in 2020.

Even if we omit California’s 10,000+ fires, there were still almost 1,000 fires per state on average in 2020, and there were no states that were totally spared.

Even Pennsylvania is not immune—we suffered almost 1,500 wildfires and saw almost 3,000 acres of land burned last year alone. And don’t look now, but 2021 is on pace to top last year’s total—there have been 25% more fires this year than over the same period last year.

Anything that can be done to stop wildfires should be done, and defensible space is one more way you can safeguard your home.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

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

7/8/2021 (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 247 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.