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Prevent A Fire This Summer

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Safety If you experience a fire call our offices for help!

Starting a fire outside

With the weather heating up a lot of people are looking forward to getting outside and enjoying the warmer temperatures. Grilling, mowing lawns, and sitting around the fire pit may all be on the list of things you may have planned for this summer. Our team put together a few tips to help avoid any of these activities causing a fire. 

  • Grilling 
    • Never leave the grill unattended. 
    • Make sure the grill is clean and there is no grease built up. 
    • Keep a fire extinguisher near by. 
    • Make sure the grill is placed away from your home or any other structures.
    • Ensure you are properly igniting the grill. 
  • Mowing Lawns 
    • Never put a tarp over a mower that was just recently used. 
    • Ensure the mower is not leaking any oil or gas if placed in a garage. 
    • Avoid mowing when it is dry and windy, sparks from your mower can start a fire. 
    • Do not over fill your gas tank. 
  • Fire Pits 
    • Keep a fire extinguisher on site just incase. 
    • Keep the fire pit at least 10 feet away from any structures as well as trees.
    • Never leave the fire pit unattended. 
    • Never add additional fuel. 
    • Build your fire pit on a level surface. 

These are just a few tips to help keep everyone safe and have a fun summer! 

Do Not Let COVID Slow Your Business

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Covid-19 Clean Up If you need any COVID-19 clean up services give our offices a call! 717-261-0310

COVID-19 In The Work Place 

It has been a long year of ups and downs and unknowns. Our team at SERVPRO of Chambersburg has been called out to multiple local business across the county to sanitize work places. Some of those work places have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 while others are just looking for a proactive cleaning to ensure their employees and customers feel safe. 

Confirmed Cases

When it is confirmed that an employee or customer has contracted COVID-19 we always recommend the space to be fogged with our patented chemicals as well as all the high touched areas wiped down such as listed below. 

  • Light switches 
  • Door handles/knobs 
  • Phones
  • Sinks 
  • Countertops
  • Keyboards 
  • Chairs 
  • Desks 
  • Toilets 
  • Faucets 

While we recommend the areas to be fogged AND high touched areas wiped down, we do also offer fogging only services. Fogging only services are best for a proactive cleaning scenario. 

Spring Cleaning!

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Amazing results from carpet cleaning Our technicians did a wonderful job on this carpet cleaning!

Spring Cleaning! 

Spring has finally arrived after a harsh winter of snow storm after snow storm. Now is the time majority of homeowners begin their spring cleaning. Did you know that SERVPRO of Chambersburg offers cleaning services as well as carpet cleaning? Check out the photo above to see the difference our technicians made in a customers carpet. 

Tough Spots Homeowners May Miss

  • Behind the refrigerator 
  • Behind the stove 
  • Behind washer and dryers 
  • Baseboards
  • Carpets
  • Upholstery Items 

Items To Replace 

  • Check your HVAC filters to see if they need changed. 
  • Ensure your smoke detectors are working properly and swap out batteries if need be

SERVPRO of Chambersburg not only offers cleaning services, as well as carpet cleaning, but we also offer upholstery cleaning. Allow us to deep clean your upholstery furniture to leave your home feeling refreshed. Call us at 717-261-0310 for prices. 

Smoking in your home

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Damage from smoking in a home After a few years of smoking in this home you can see how the smoke damaged the walls.

Why it is important to smoke outside.

As you can see in the photo this homes walls were severely damaged from years of smoking cigarettes inside. The home was not only physically damaged from the constant smoking but it also developed an odor over the years. 

How to clean it up?

  • Clean the structure. 
    • A lot of times cleaning alone will not bring back the preloss look of the home that is affected from cigarette smoke. Cleaning is the first step in getting the structure back to preloss condition. 
  • Odor treatment. 
    • After the home is thoroughly cleaned we highly recommend that the home goes through an odor treatment to help with any lingering odors. SERVPRO Of Chambersburg offers an Ozone treatment that has been very successful in the past. 
  • Paint 
    • After the home is cleaned and ozoned, the house still may not look like preloss condition. The home may need an extra step and painting may need to be completed. Remember if the walls are not cleaned first the paint will not stick and you will be back to square one. 

SERVPRO OF CHAMBERSBURG is capable of handling each one of these steps for anyone whose home was damaged from cigarettes. Our highly trained team is capable of the intense cleaning that is needed as well as performing the odor treatment. As for the painting we work along side reputable subcontractors that get the job done well and fast. This allows the homeowner to not stress over hiring multiple companies and scheduling services we handle everything from start to finish if that is what you wish. We also offer even just one of the three steps that we recommend. 

The Process Of Water Damage

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Basement This basement was flooded due to a outside water faucet being left on.

What now? 

You have recently experienced a water damage but are unsure of what needs to happen next. We have listed out a few tips to help you through if you ever experience water damage. 

Find the source. 

Sometimes it may be hard to find the source of the water damage, however it is important do find the source to stop any more water from entering the home. The most common items to cause water damage are hot water heaters, sump pump failures, broken pipes, drain backups, and toilet supply lines. 

Call A Plumber. 

If you are able to confirm the cause of loss call a plumber to get on schedule for them to come fix the issue. If you are unsure of exactly where the water is coming from a plumber will be able to assist in finding where as well. 

Call Your Insurance Company. 

Water damage can be a very costly event. A lot of the time a lot of material has to be removed in order to dry the structure out correctly. We always recommend to our customers to call their insurance company and start a claim. Due to the way some policies may be written some water damages may not be covered depending on what the source is. It is also important to make sure you have any special add on to your policy such as sewage back up, and sump pump failures. 

Call SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO runs a 24/7 365 day service and can arrive at your home within hours to begin the water mitigation process. It is always important to address water damage correctly due to the risk of mold growing it is not dried correctly. Our highly trained team have water monitors to ensure that we remove all the wet materials as well as to ensure that the materials that can be dried are in fact dry at the end of our job. Our technicians will arrive and access the job to see what exactly needs to be done such as extracting water, moving contents, removing wet materials such as carpet pad, drywall, baseboard etc. At the end of the initial day we place air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the structure. A typical water damage takes roughly three days to dry, however  there are some times that it may take up to five days to dry depending on the material we are attempting to dry. 

We Communicate With Your Insurance Company. 

Throughout your water damage claim our team is in contact with your insurance company and adjuster to make sure everyone involved is on the same page. We document everything with photos, meter readings, and paperwork that all gets sent to you as well as your adjuster. 

Repairs?

After everything is dry our local SERVPRO offers repair services. The benefit of hiring SERVPRO for the repairs is that we handle all the scheduling of subcontractors and follow along with the adjusters repair estimate to ensure that home is put back together to preloss condition. Some claims require multiple services, such as plumber, electricians, drywallers, painters, flooring companies and more. It can helpful and less stressful for a homeowner when SERVPRO of Chambersburg coordinates the repairs due to the multiple steps that have to take place. 

The Weather Is Changing

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Gutter Build Up Over Winter months gutters can easily become built up, it is important to clear any debris to prevent any damages.

Winter Damages

Winter has passed, spring is here and that means summer is on the way.  Not only is the weather changing, but so are some important things to keep an eye out for your home.  Winter may have left some damage to your home, and now is the best time to look over your home and make sure the any damage that was caused during the winter is addressed.  

Roof

The roof is one of the most important parts of your home, is protects the interior of your home from rain and many other outside elements that may cause damage. It is especially important to check your roof and attic to make sure there is no leaks or damage to the roof.  If you see any damp or wet areas in your attic is important to see where the water may have entered. Over the winter is it possible that snow built up on your roof may have caused damage and should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.

Gutters

It is important that gutters are cleaned out periodically. The gutters on a home allow the water to run off the roof. If there is any build up in the gutter it may hinder them from doing their job leading to possible water damage. If you notice that your gutters are full take the time to clean them out and remove any debris in order to restore the water flow to avoid any damages to your home.

Grading

It is also important that the grading around your home is correct. If the land started to slope down into the home, there is a possibility that water can enter the home through the foundation and cause water damage. This kind of water damage is typically not covered through insurance policies, so it is particularly important that the grading is correct.

It is important to check these places in order to prevent mold growth and any damages to your roof may cause a moldy attic or even worse.

If mold or water damages your home, call us at (717) 261-0310

Sump Pump Failed But Not Covered?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Severe Water Damage In Basement A sump pump failed overnight flooded this homeowners basement.

Spring showers doesn't always just bring May flowers but may also include a flooded basement. Unfortunately, when an area experiences heavy rain fall a lot of sump pumps will fail leaving the homeowner with water in their basement. Sump pumps can fail throughout the year, for example this past Christmas our area experienced heavy rain that ended up melting several inches of snow that led to call after call. A lot of our customers were running into coverage issues. This is because most insurance companies sometimes do not automatically include sump pump failure on all their policies. A basement that has fell victim to sump pump failure can run anywhere between $3,000-$10,000 for dry out services. It is very important to understand your insurance policy and if you have a sump pump in your home to make sure you have this coverage added to your policy. If you are unsure if you have coverage we recommend you call your insurance companies today to make sure you have all the correct coverages added to your policy before you are underwater. 

Wind Damage

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage From Tree This home fell victim to a tree during a severe wind storm.

During the summer of 2020 we experienced a severe wind/hail storm that left many homeowners with damage to their homes. The night it occurred we had up to 15 calls within a few hours time. We scheduled the jobs according to when they came in and began to attack the large task ahead of us.

One customer had her patio furniture blow across her lawn and shatter a large bay window. She quickly called SERVPRO of Chambersburg to come out. Our technicians were able to arrive and clean up the broken glass from the window as well as the broken contents from the wind. Another service we were able to offer to the homeowner was to inventory all the damaged contents so that the homeowner had a detailed list to turn into her insurance company. 

Another call we arrived to was a large commercial building after their metal roof had been blown off. The building was severely damaged by water that was able to enter after the roof had blown off. At the time our offices were swamped with call after call but that didn't stop us from calling in another franchise to help assist and make sure that the job did not skip a beat to make sure the local business was able to reopen as quickly as possible. 

Another call we responded to was from a tree branch damaging a roof causing water to get in and flood three levels of a home. Our team was able to quickly remove the contents out of the affected area and begin the demolition part of the job to begin the dry out. Our team was able to finish the demo and set up equipment all in one day to make sure the structure dried out as quickly as possible. 

Another call that we handed off to another franchise was from a trampoline blowing across a neighborhood and damaging the side of a home. 

Another call we received was a home that had caught fire after lightening had struck the home. 

Another call we responded to was that a few shingles had blown off the roof without the homeowner noticing, after a few days that had noticed a large amount of mold starting to grow in the ceiling of their garage. SERVPRO Of Chambersburg was able to quickly put together an estimate and gain insurance approval to address the mold. 

The listed stories above are only about half of the calls we received that evening. Many times in the event of a storm no one is prepared to have damage to their home, that is where SERVPRO Of Chambersburg comes in. We are always prepared to tackle any damages from a storm, regardless if it is one small job, many average jobs, or even large losses. 

COVID Clean Up!

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO Of Chambersburg we are proud and excited to introduce our new cleaning program. The Certified Clean goes beyond just a basic cleaning and carpet cleaning, our certified clean program focuses on cleaning high touched areas to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We can create a plan that works best for your business. We offer a on time cleaning, as well as weekly, biweekly, and monthly cleans to ensure your business is properly sanitized. This not only gives your employees a piece of mind when attending work but it also rest assures your customers that your business is being sanitized throughout the pandemic.  

We also do offer a confirmed covid-19 case clean up which includes fogging the contaminated area as well as the cleaning all the high touched areas such as door knobs, desks, light switched, printers, counter tops, keyboards and other items that may be touched many times throughout the work day. We treat confirmed cases as an emergency service to ensure your business can continue to operate as quickly as possible. 

We can address your mold!

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling tiles Mold can damage many items throughout a home and the longer it goes untreated the worse it can get and the more it can spread.

If you suspect your home may have a mold problem your first step should be to contact a professional. The more you know about mold and how to address the problem as well as the potential to impact your health, the better. 

Why SERVPRO? Here at SERVPRO of CHAMBERSBURG we have highly experienced technicians that have completed many mold jobs over the last few years. Most of the time we are able to find the mold right away and pin point exactly what has led to the mold problem. Here are some common issues that lead to mold growth.

  • Lack of dehumidification. 
  • Water intrusion that was not cleaned up correctly.
  • Unknown slowly leaking pipes. 
  • Lack of vapor barriers in crawlspaces. 
  • Clogged gutters allow water into basements.
  • Grading issues along the home. 
  • Foundation issues allow water in.

Some common areas mold grows.

  • Drywall
  • Wood framing and joists
  • Wood paneling 
  • Soft goods such as furniture as well as carpet

If you suspect you may have mold and would like an estimate to take care of the mold call our offices at 717-261-0310.