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Benifts of Mold Testing and who to choose!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Benifts of Mold Testing and who to choose! Mold on drywall, behind paneling.

In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling may be unnecessary. However at SERVPRO of Chambersburg we find it important to do the mold testing before and after the remediation process by an independent company. 

Why have testing? You want to identify what types of mold is present, the spore count and accurately determine what areas need testing. Determining the areas of the home needing testing is important as though the mold can be visible in the basement level of the property you want to insure it's not air bore in the main level so when the remediation process is complete no areas are left unaddressed. 

After the remediation has been complete how do you know if it's safe? Testing after the remediation is recommended. 

If a testing result is positive after a remediation, what does that mean? Various different kinds of mold can be more difficult to remove and though the remediation company completed plan a but turn out it was no invasive enough to attach the mold and maybe additional steps may need completed for a successful remediation.

Why have an independent company test? Testing can be manipulated for the benefit of the remediation company. Test may be conducted longer or short there that typical environment to give the ideal results. Testing should always be completed by a company who does not have a financial benefit on the results such as a remediation company. 

Call into SERVPRO of Chambersburg to give an individually recommendation of plan of action and the contact information to the independent testing company in the area. 

Is your homes at risk for mold in Chambersburg?

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Is your homes at risk for mold in Chambersburg? Mold Growth

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins. 
      
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.

  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Chambersburg to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 717-261-0310

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.

  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

  • Contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg
    for mold remediation services.

SERVPRO of Chambersburg has Re-Launched the repair division

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services SERVPRO of Chambersburg has Re-Launched the repair division One of our previous project, we built the home to replicate the image it was before the devastating fire.

SERVPRO of Chambersburg services go beyond the water and fire cleanup. In 2018 we revamped some of our services with adding the repairs/reconstructions. We heard from the agents, adjusters and customers that there was a need for a “all in one” shop to help with damages after a water/fire damage. After some planning were happy to announce we can provide those services again. But did you know about our some of the other services listed below?


Repairs/Reconstruction: Sometimes a damage requires more than just cleaning soot or removing sewage. Some damages require replacement of drywall, paint, flooring or even electrical and plumbing services. SERVPRO® of Chambersburg Professional provide many general contractor services to help return your home or business to preloss condition.

Rainy Weekend in Chambersburg PA

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Rain, rain, go away come again another day! Over the next few days it's expected that in the Chambersburg PA and surrounding areas are going to have some rainy days. Keep an eye on those basement for flooding and be sure to talk to your insurance to know what your covered for. If you experience a flooded basement give us a call at 717-261-0310 to see how we can help you!

Kerosene Fire Cleanup

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kerosene Fire Cleanup Kitchen Cabinets covered it soot from Kerosene fire.

This Greencastle mobile home was used as a show home for potential buyers. When a Kerosene heater was left unattended and malfunctioned causing soot to go threw out the home. SERVPRO of Chambersburg cleaned the surfaces and got the walls ready for paint. It's important in a smoke/soot lose for the surfaces to be cleaned prior to painting so the paint will stick to the walls and cover the staining remaining. 

If your home has a smoke/soot issue, call SERVPRO of Chambersburg today at 717-261-0310. Don't attempt to clean anything as it could make it an irreversible event. 

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (717) 261-0310

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

5,000 Sq Feet Flooded in Chambersburg

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 5,000 Sq Feet Flooded in Chambersburg Over 3 feet of water was originally in this basement.

This Chambersburg business suffered a water main break from the street causing a massive amount of water to enter the basement flooding over 5,000 square feet. Flood water that come's from outside and enter's the property is category 3 water (contaminated). From the industry website here is what Category 3 is : Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated . Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes. There are two ways in which water enters a building as a result of wind storm damage. To Learn more about the different types of water damage visit : http://www.IICRC.org/registrants/industry-perspective/

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Restoring Your Chambersburg Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Chambersburg Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Over 3 feet of water was in this business basement in downtown Chambersburg.

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Flooding and water damage events at Chambersburg 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 Chambersburg

SERVPRO of Chambersburg 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.

Meet Our Crew

Certifications

  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

Faster to your Waynesboro Water Damage Event

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Waynesboro Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Chambersburg provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Waynesboro PA

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Chambersburg provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Chambersburg arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 717-261-0310

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Chambersburg

SERVPRO of Chambersburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Have you cleaned your carpets?

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Have you cleaned your carpets? Your carpets may be dirty then you think!

This photo shows how dirty those carpet can be in your home. Where your children lie down and play.Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 
  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

 A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months.

So, If you need your carpets clean call into SERVPRO of Chambersburg at 717-261-0310. When calling be sure to have the estimated room sizes so they can calculate a price for you!

Detecting Water Damage in Your Old House

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Detecting Water Damage in Your Old House Old Home and Water Damage?

There is no doubt that many old houses are plagued by problems. One of the biggest issues, whether the house is new or old, is the threat of water damage. It can inflict severe punishment on a home, and unfortunately it doesn't take long -- one serious storm could be enough to result in damage that requires many hours of labor and thousands of dollars to repair.

Spotting water damage

Here is a list of signs that you may have damage, from the clear to the more subtle, sneaky ones:

Water stains. That telltale stain on the ceiling or wall can be an obvious sign. If it suddenly pops up, it's time to get a professional into your house to check it out and find out where the water came from. If you are looking into purchasing an old house and you see water stains, be wary. Ask for proof that the source of the damage has been repaired.

Buckling floors and walls. This is another very clear sign, and it is often the mark of an extensive problem. The drywall or wood absorbs water, which makes it swell. The result is a buckling that you can see or feel when you walk over the area. This can happen over time, such as through a small shower leak, or it can happen all at once, especially after a major storm.

Crumbling areas. Pay attention to the area around the windows. Do you see crumbling wood? The same holds true for baseboards or molding. Any sort of crumbling could indicate the wood is falling apart because of water infiltration.

Trust your nose. The damage might be able to hide from your sight, but you can often find it with your nose. If you walk into a room and are assaulted with the scent of mold or mildew, there could be moisture damage lurking behind the walls. Many old houses have an old, musty smell -- but in rooms where water has caused damage, that smell is often much more pronounced.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 717-261-0310

SERVPRO Chambersburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or 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, you can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Dealing with Sewage & Contaminated Water

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Dealing with Sewage & Contaminated Water BioHazard should be cleaned up by a professional who is trained.

Plumbing problems are no fun, but the water damage that can affect your property can be a much more serious problem. When you are dealing with sewage damage, immediate cleanup is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage. SERVPRO of Chambersburg is available 24 hours a day for sewage removal emergencies, large or small.

While you're waiting for help to arrive make sure that you treat all water-impacted surfaces and furnishings as toxic, until properly decontaminated. Keep children and pets out of contaminated areas and wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Try your best to seal off the affected area to avoid tracking contaminated material into undamaged areas. Turn off your air conditioning, forced air heat to prevent the possibility of spreading contaminated air throughout your home or business. Avoid using fans to dry the affected area as they can help spread contaminants as well.

Remember that for areas affected by sewage damage, no over-the-counter germicidal products or sprays can fully disinfect contaminated surfaces. To make sure you keep your home or business safe and free of illness-causing germs, contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg immediately to help restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! Call Today About Our Sewage Removal Services-781-341-7007

Water Damage – What does homeowners insurance typically cover?

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage – What does homeowners insurance typically cover? Have you reviewed your policy lately?

Water damage claims are quite common in the insurance world. However, not all types of water damage are covered under every Massachusetts homeowner’s insurance policy. Below, we have listed some general coverage under a typical homeowner’s insurance policy.

 Burst Pipes and Leaks – Typically Covered

Water damage from pipes is usually covered. This is why homes that have updated plumbing systems will typically have lower insurance premiums. However, if you didn’t take precautions to prevent the problem your claim may be denied. An example of this would be a pipe freezes and bursts because you left your home unheated.

 Water Damage From Appliances – Typically Covered

Sudden leaking from an appliance that is not due to improper upkeep is typically covered under your homeowners insurance.

 Roof Leaks – Typically Covered

When water leaks through your roof the damage to your home is usually covered as well as damage to your belongings. The roof repairs will be covered if an external factor like hail or a fallen tree caused the roof leak. If it is a maintenance issue that led to the leak you will likely have to cover the roof repairs yourself.

 Flood Damage – Not Covered

Floods are rare, but when they do occur they can cause significant damage and even destroy a home entirely in a matter of minutes. Flood insurance is not typically a part of regular home insurance policy. If you live in a floodplain or want the additional coverage you will have to get a flood insurance policy in addition to your homeowners insurance.

 Backed Up Drain or Sewer Line – Not Covered

Damage from a backed up sewer line or drain, is not covered on standard home insurance policies. However, you can add this coverage on with an endorsement. It will be an additional cost, but it provides additional coverage.

 Ground Water Seepage – Not Covered

When water floods into a basement or causes foundation problems because of seepage from ground water this is considered a maintenance issue not an accident. Therefore, most insurance companies don’t include seepage in their policies.

 Mold – Possibly Covered

Mold is often a result of water damage, and it can begin to develop within a few days. If mold is caused by a type of water damage that is covered by your insurance policy, then mold removal may be covered as well. Like sewer line and backed up drains, you can also get additional coverage specifically for mold remediation added on to your policy so you’re covered anytime it occurs.

 Again, each person’s insurance policy is different. It’s important that you carefully review your policy to understand what water damage is covered.  For professional water damage cleanup, contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg today at 717-261-0310

Hidden Water Damage that Began Growing Mold

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden Water Damage that Began Growing Mold Don't let your home become infested with mold, act now!

How often do you move your dishwasher out to inspect behind it for possible water damage? Not to often, right. This photo illustrates what could be larking behind your appliances that had a small leak for a period of time. For most cases when a dishwasher begins to have a leak it will be a slow drip beneath or behind the unit causing the floor to become saturate, rotting or mold to develop. 

What to do when you discover a leak in your dishwasher that caused possible water damage? 

  • Turn off the source of the water
  • Turn off the power to the dishwasher
  • Contact a plumber 
  • Contact your insurance office to assess information about filing a claim or coverage. 
  • Contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg 717-261-0310

Got Mold?

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold? Mold Caused after a Sewage Damage.

A lot of home or business owners will encounter mold growth in their property at some point. Mold is in our natural environment. The problem lies when the mold growth reaches an unsafe level. There are some things a home or business owner can do to prevent mold growth.

One way to prevent growth would be dehumidification. Removing moisture from the structure is key to preventing mold growth. There are different options available for dehumidifier systems. There is a system that can be hooked into a central climate control system. There are also dehumidifiers that can be bought and placed in areas where humidity and moisture is an issue. Dehumidifiers come with 2 options. One dehumidifier has a holding tank that needs to be emptied when it becomes full. The second kind has a drain hose that can be placed directly into an available drain. It is important to know the square footage of the space you are using the dehumidifier in and be sure the dehumidifier you are using is large enough to successfully remove moisture from that area.

A second way is controlling the climate in the home or business. Turning off an air conditioning unit can cause a spike in humidity levels in the structure. If the levels reach a high enough level they can assist in the growth of mold.

A third way in preventing mold growth is to ensure proper insulation is used in the structure. A simple vapor barrier can assist in stopping a condensation problem from becoming a mold growth issue.

Four, ensure there is no standing water within the property. Standing water is a breeding ground for mold to grow. Standing water can be present from things like a foundation leak or a empty property that has sustained a water intrusion.

A fifth way to prevent mold from developing is to be aware of the design of your property. It is important to be sure roofs are sealed, windows do not have any leaks, proper insulation is used, etc…

Lastly, it is very important to maintain your property. Check each area of the property on a regular basis, especially areas that are not seen daily, weekly, etc… Some examples of areas not seen often are empty properties, basements, crawl spaces, attics, closets, etc…

Mold can continue to grow in the right circumstances and can cause major damage to a structure. If mold growth gets severe enough it can affect the structural integrity of the home or business. Mold has also been linked with certain health issues. Therefore it is important to do what is possible to prevent its growth.

Mold Prevention that Work

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention that Work Sewage Damage sat for days causing Mold

Although there are a variety of challenges that residential and commercial property owners can experience, the presence of mold is particularly problematic. This is the case for many reasons, including the fact that mold can cause health problems and decrease the structural integrity of one’s property. There are ways to prevent the growth of mold, but your best course of action is hiring a professional mold remediation company. Try implementing some or all of the following six mold prevention tips:

  1. Invest In A Dehumidification System.

One of the best ways to prevent the growth and proliferation of mold is to invest in an air conditioner that features a dehumidification system. These systems are effective in removing moisture from your property. Once the moisture is removed, the mold is deprived of one of the vital nutrients that help it grow.

  1. Be Cautious When Turning The AC Off.

Make sure that you are cautious when you turn off your air conditioner. In climates that are humid, a long-standing period of inactivity can enable humidity levels to become dangerously high. If the humidity level becomes extremely high, it creates the moist environment necessary for mold to grow and thrive.

  1. Use Insulation.

Another strategy you can use to prevent mold is the use of insulation. By installing insulation as well as vapor barriers, you can prevent condensation from accumulating on objects like plumbing fixtures, beams, and water pipes.

  1. Avoid Standing Water.

Stagnant water can become a breeding area for mold. Since this is the case, make sure that you keep your tubs, showers, sinks and all other wet regions of your property free of standing water.

  1. Review Your Applications.

Another strategy for mold prevention is application review. Make sure that all of your construction, design, and architectural applications are effective in preventing water from coming in contact with the interior of your property and goods. Specific regions of concern include poorly designed balconies, pitched roofs, improperly installed flashing, doors, windows, thin stucco, and vapor barriers.

  1. Maintain Structure Regularly.

One final way to help prevent mold growth is to ensure that the integrity of your building envelope is maintained. You can achieve this objective by investing in regular roof flashing, caulking, sealing, and inspections of the exterior.

Conclusion

Mold can be a severe problem for residential and commercial property owners to handle. However, using the prevention tips and tricks outlined above can help you keep your property mold-free. In the event that mold growth does transpire, call a professional restoration company. They have extensive experience in the mold remediation field and can assist with your mold restoration needs.

Content Removal Clean Up

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Are you moving out or moving in? You might have discovered that you have accumulated quite a bit of junk over the years - the time has come to clean up the clutter. Whatever the reason for cleaning up, SERVPRO of Chambersburg is here to help you. We understand your time is valuable and you have better things to do. Let us do the dirty work for you so that you can finally reclaim your space. After that we can go one step further and clean all the surface of the home. 

Take the final step to truly transform your property by having SERVPRO of Chambersburg professionally cleanup your construction project. Reduce stress and maximize the beauty of your property.

Have Questions about Cleaning?
Call Us Today – 717-261-0310

The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage Specaility Drying Equipment for Commercial Large water damageds

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Chambersburg will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (717)-261-0310 for fast help.

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

 

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens.

Do you know how to shut off the water at your work?

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Do you know how to shut off the water at your work? Now that's a huge water damage!

Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? 

SERVPRO of Chambersburg can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department. 

By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything. 

Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Chambersburg Professionals at (717) 261-0310 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Here's Why Professional Water Removal Is More Effective Than DIY Methods

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Save Money and Aggravation, Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Problems

After a water emergency that floods a home or business, the last thing that most people want to deal with is a bill for cleaning up the damage. This is what leads many homeowners to attempt water extraction on their own instead of calling a professional.
 
If you're in need of water removal in Chambersburg you may be tempted to save money by trying to get rid of the excess water on your own. However, going this route typically has more consequences than benefits and will result in greater losses of time, money, and your possessions in the long run. Here's why calling SERVPRO for professional water removal is a smart move.
 
Professional water extraction works extremely well.
While some homeowners resort to opening windows and doors, turning on ceiling fans, and blotting towels around the house, SERVPRO has powerful equipment that ensures efficient and thorough water removal. We're also often able to restore documents, books, furnishings, and electronic devices affected by water damage, plus we'll get your home's humidity back to an appropriate level.
 
Many water emergencies are hazardous.
If your house has been flooded with gray or black water, such as that from a natural disaster, backed up sewer line, or a leaky toilet, expert attention to the problem is best. These types of water are risky for untrained persons to handle because it involves disease causing waste and debris. This is the type of material that can't simply be put out with the week's garbage and needs proper and safe disposal.  We're knowledgeable about how to get rid of contaminated waste during water extraction, so there are no lingering health risks to your family or pets.
 
It's important to consider mold and mildew.
One reason that so many homeowners who attempt DIY water removal eventually end up calling a pro is unseen damage caused by mold and mildew. While your flooring and possessions may look and feel dry, without proper water extraction and controlling humidity mold and mildew will thrive, cause off odors, and ruin your home's structure along with your possessions and furniture. SERVPRO technicians are skilled at protecting against the growth of mold and mildew and have effective strategies to combat it. 
 
At SERVPRO of Chambersburg, we know how important it is to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. We'll help you mitigate the costs of any water emergency by restoring your possessions and preventing future damage to your home. For more information about our water removal services or to receive a quote, call us 24/7 at (717)-261-0310

SERVPRO Named to Entrepreneur's Top 10 Franchise List for 7th Consecutive Year

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SERVPRO, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 13th consecutive year and moves up to the number four spot overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 rankings from Entrepreneur magazine. This is the seventh consecutive year SERVPRO has been included in the magazine's Top 10 list, standing out in a group of more than 951 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list.

Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 selection process uses "objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation" to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are "financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system."

"This recognition affirms that SERVPRO is a dynamic organization that continues to grow and strives to always provide superior support for its franchisees, and by extension its customers," said Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer. "The recognition that the company earns year after year in this prestigious list is confirmation of a commitment to excellence that starts at the top and is evident in the service that each franchisee provides to each and every customer."

According to Steen, a number of differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition and fuel the attractiveness of the company to both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs looking for a strong business opportunity. Key among these are:

  • SERVPRO's strength as a brand with a national footprint, wide-spread market penetration, laser-focused brand messaging, and the ability to create national partnerships with organizations such as the PGA TOUR and the American Red Cross.
  • SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, which keeps training and support at the forefront of the company's culture and philosophy of success and helps franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
  • SERVPRO's focus on continued development and support for proprietary software and systems to allow the company's operational capacity to keep pace with an aggressive growth strategy.

Steen adds, "One of the potential pitfalls of growing too quickly is outpacing your capacity to train and support the franchisees. SERVPRO is a conservative company, and early on we took the time to build a strong system and put the building blocks in place to support growth without sacrificing support to our franchisees." "Today," Steen continues, "as a mature franchise organization with more than 1,700 locations under a single brand, recognition like this makes it clear we are reaping the rewards of having laid a solid foundation and a framework to handle quick growth. As our brand continues to grow, we will continue our winning strategy of supporting and improving upon our infrastructure and investing resources in training and support."

SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies "Like it never even happened." For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com/.

How often do you clean these areas?

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Did you know? The air in your home is 10 times more dirty than the air outside.

During the Spring and Summer months, allergens accumulate and fill areas of your home or office with dust, dust mites, animal dander, mold and other unhealthy elements. Unless you address the situation now, the air quality will continue to deteriorate.

Your friends at SERVPRO of Chambersburg want to ensure that you and your property are properly prepared for the upcoming season. Therefore, we would like to offer you some helpful tips that will adequately prepare your property for the Fall:

  • Eliminate mold and mildew indoors by cleaning under the refrigerator, washing and disinfecting garbage cans, scrubbing bathrooms, and cleaning or changing shower curtains
  • Remove any wet debris from around the home or office, as mold spores are airborne particles that can easily float indoors
  • Schedule to have your chimney cleaned within the next month. Excessive buildup of creosote and debris, as well as miscellaneous branches, leaves and animal nests can create a dangerous situation as it increases the potential to spark a chimney fire.
  • Remember not to ignore your ductwork, vents and HVAC systems. Unnecessary dirt and debris can pose a serious threat to the health of your family or employees if they are not properly maintained.

 

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Chambersburg for those difficult cleaning jobs at 717-261-0310.

Preventing Puffbacks

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Fire Damage Preventing Puffbacks During the Cleaning process after a puff back

A puffback is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout the interior of a home. It can happen all at once, covering the interior in grimy soot, or it can leak soot more gradually.

Initially, many people mistake soot for dust and simply wipe it away. However, once cleaned, this “dust” often reappears and can sometimes be accompanied by a strong, oily odor. There are several steps your clients can take to prevent damage to their home. Remind them to:

  • Have the oil-burning furnace professionally checked and cleaned annually.
  • Keep an eye out for traces of soot around their home.
  • Install a carbon monoxide monitor. Puffbacks (and the soot they create) will increase the carbon monoxide levels in their home. A carbon monoxide monitor can help to detect the puffback in its early stages.

If soot begins accumulating on objects or walls within their home, they should turn off the heating system immediately. Contact a heating professional to service the heater and restore it to proper working order.

Fortunately, if your client does experience a puffback, SERVPRO has the knowledge and experience to complete a thorough cleaning and removal of any soot and odors. Our Fire Restoration Team will respond immediately and make it look Like it never even happened®.

Prevent Mold in your bathroom with these tips

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Ahhhh a hot, steamy shower feels good to achy muscles, washing away your cares for a while. And while you’re relaxing and opening your pores in your skin the humidity level in your bathroom is rising, which can create an ideal environment for mold and mildew.

Preventing Mold with a Bathroom Exhaust Fan.
Many people think that the exhaust fan in the bath room is there to remove away unpleasant odors. While they can help with that, these fans actually serve a much larger purpose. Bathroom exhaust fans draw the moisture-laden air that fills the room after a steamy shower or hot bath out of the bath room, bringing the room’s humidity down to a healthier level. This is a vital step in preventing mold growth and averting mold damage.

Your bathroom is an ideal location for mold because it thrives in a humid environment. One way to ensure that if comes on each time you enter the bath is to have an electrician hard wire the fan to the light switch. But for more efficient way of controlling humidity invest in a humidity sensor.

Most people turn the fan on when they enter their bathroom to shower and turn it off when they leave. Unfortunately, this does not always give the exhaust fan enough time to evacuate the steam and humidity. Ideally, the fan needs to run until the moisture level in the bathroom is back to normal. You could just leave the fan running and come back later to turn it off, but you run the risk of forgetting it. This wastes energy and can shorten the lifespan of the exhaust fan. Instead, consider installing a humidity sensor. The sensor will automatically cut the fan off when the correct humidity level is restored. It is an easy way to prevent mold damage.

Dealing With Mold
If you find that you have a mold issue in your bathroom, do not attempt to handle it yourself. Disturbing the mold may facilitate its spread and contaminate other areas of your home or business that can be prevented. Spreading and cross contaminating your home or business could end up costing more money in the long run. Instead, turn to the professionals at SERVPRO of Chambersburg. Our technicians have the training, specialized equipment, and protective gear to address mold damage. They can inspect the area, identify the source of moisture, contain the mold, remove it, properly cleanse your belongings and restore your home or business to a healthy environment.

Steps in Fire Restoration

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Fire Damage Steps in Fire Restoration Fire damage in a kitchen caused by a toaster

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

What to do after a fire damage

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After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Commercial Mold Removal in Franklin County

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Commercial Commercial Mold Removal in Franklin County Mold in Kitchen Sink Cabinet

Understanding Mold

It is important to understand that mold is present everywhere. When you walk in from outside or even open your door, you are carrying mold spores with you. It is only when mold starts originating from indoors that it becomes the problem. Mold spores can travel through HVAC systems and can cause breathing problems. They thrive on moisture so the more humid your building is, the better chance mold has of cultivating. It is important to keep your hair before 45 percent humidity in order to keep mold from growing. Mold is accompanies by a musty smell that could cause more problems in the future.

Commercial Mold Remediation in Baltimore

If left to its own devices, mold can spread throughout the entire building. While every mold infestation is different, the process of mold remediation mostly remains the same. The first step for any business owner to take is to call the Emergency SERVPRO Number.  Our mold specialists will be out to your business as soon as possible in order to inspect and assess the situation of the mold damage. The next step is to contain the area. We will not allow anyone but our crew into the area so we can make sure the mold doesn’t spread into different areas of the building. Once the mold is contained, we will install a temporary air filtration system to keep spores from moving around and settling elsewhere. We will then start removing the mold as well as the contaminated materials such as drywall and insulation that could contain mold spores. We will clean up anything that has come into contact with the mold including personal belongings.

We know that for every hour your doors are closed is a loss of business so are Mold Remediation Specialists will work our hardest in order to remove the problem. Our commercial mold remediation will return your Franklin County business back to working order as soon as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg

Mold can halt your business, but with our Emergency Service, your Franklin County based business will be back up in no time!

Preventing Commercial Water Damage

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Commercial Preventing Commercial Water Damage Commercial Dehumidifier at Water Damage

Before hurricane season rolls into the area, business owners everywhere should start thinking about how to prevent commercial water damage. Everything from maintenance checks to grading systems should be checked. So how do you plan on protecting your business from water damage? Read on to find out what you should be considering.

Building and Street Maintenance

When was the last time your storm drains were cleared? Annual inspections of your floor, storm, and roof drains can help you avoid drainage problems. If your floor drains haven’t been cleaned lately, take a vacuum hose and clear it or call a professional.

Sump Pumps

There are at least two sump pumps in each sump under your building. Sump pumps are used to keep flood waters from building up and causing water damage. But are yours both working? When was the last time they were tested? Do they have battery backups in case of a power outage? Power outages were the cause of 18 percent of water damage incidents involving a sump pump. Because sump pumps run on electricity, power outages shut down the pumps allowing water to flood your facility. If these pumps are your main source of protection, you should consider a generator to keep them going.

Generator Fuel Tanks

In areas subject to flooding, it is important to relocate your generator fuel tanks out of the basement. Generator fuel can be contaminated in the event of a basement flood, prohibiting generator functions, and prevent power from reaching the pumps.

Runoff

Does grading lead away from your building? Grading helps to move water away from your building instead of moving towards it. Checking your grading system can help keep water from flowing into your building.

Clear the Floor

One of the leading causes of water damage is the items on the floor. You can avoid this by removing porous materials, boxes, and paper from the floor of your basement. Keep all of your electronics off the floor and make sure to turn off your electronics when you are expecting heavy rains.

Overlooked Fire Hazards in Your Home

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Fire Damage Overlooked Fire Hazards in Your Home Fire Damage caused by a toaster in a kitchen

A fire can cause devastating damage your home. It’s important to take extra precautions to avoid fire hazards before they can cause irreversible damage. Often times fires are caused by something that we’ve completely overlooked. Here are a few fire hazards you should be aware of to stay ahead of the curve.

Faulty Wiring

Over 80% of residential electrical fires are a result of faulty wiring behind your walls. Winter months are surprisingly the most dangerous due to increased usage of lighting and heating appliances. Replace frayed wires and have flickering or hot light switches inspected by an electrician. New infrared technology is available that can determine if there are potential wiring hazards behind your walls.

Cluttered Heating and Storage Areas

Storing too many things in your utility room and around your heating system, boiler, or hot water heater is not a great idea. Investing in exterior storage could prevent a fire in your home.

Overloaded Extension Cords

Extension cords are not permanent outlets. Overloading an extension cord can cause overheating and put your entire home at risk of a fire. Regularly check your extension cords to make sure they are not damaged or broken. Stop using an extension cord immediately if it feels unusually hot.

Dryer Vents

If you notice that your clothes are taking longer than usual to dry it could be a sign that your dryer vent and pipe need servicing. A blocked dryer vent can cause a fire as the hot air attempts to escape. Clean your dryer vents annually and replace the dryer hose.

Electric Blankets

An electric blanket can be cozy in the wintertime, but they are also a fire hazard if left unattended for too long. Make sure your electric blankets are turned off when not in use and do not leave them around pets.

Excessive Greenery

Although shrubs and leaves can make a home look naturally attractive, too much greenery around the exterior of your home is a fire waiting to happen. Keeping the area just outside your walls clear can avoid a disaster in your future.

Get Fire Damage Repair and Restoration at SERVPRO

Tips for Preventing Mud from Tracking Inside Your Home

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It’s hurricane season, which means mud and dirty everywhere. When it comes to wet weather, you’re going to want to take extra precautions to ensure that your home stays clean and tidy. Here are a few tips for making sure the mud stays outside where it belongs.

Designate a “Mud Room” Entrance

The most obvious thing you can do to prevent mud from tracking into your home is to set designated entrances for muddy feet and paws. Consider the high traffic areas in your home and remove any carpet or furniture from that area that could fall victim to muddy children or dogs. You’ll also want to set up an area for people to clean off with fresh towels and leave their shoes and boots. And don’t underestimate the power of doormats! They can do a lot to reduce dirt from trafficking into your home.

Keep Mud Off Your Floors

It’s a good idea to teach children and dogs early that the door rug is for wiping off feet and paws. A simple boot tray or shoe rack is also an inexpensive solution to muddy shoes and boots. If you don’t have a “no shoe” policy, now might be the time to institute one. Provide guests and family members with slippers to make the transition easy.

Maintain Your Mats

Don’t neglect your doormats either. All you have to do is take them out occasionally for a good shake to get out the dirt and dust. An occasional vacuuming is also a good idea. When mats get really grimy, give them a quick scrubbing with some soapy water, rinse, and air dry. Maintaining your mats will prevent people from picking up more dirt as they enter your home.

Install Gutters and Ground Covers Near Entrances

Ground cover plants can stop mud from trafficking into your home by limiting the amount of bare patches of dirt in your yard. Installing gutters near doorways will also divert roof runoff from pooling outside your entrances. Gutters are an easy way to make sure your guests don’t have to walk through a waterfall to get to your front door.

Does Your Home Have a Fire Escape Plan?

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Every household or commercial business should develop a plan in case of an emergency fire. Fire outbreaks can not only cause a lot of home calamity, but also loss of life. The National Fire Protection Association recommends bring your family together to make a plan, including inspecting all possible exits and routes. So how do you make a fire escape plan, and what should it include? Here are a few things you should consider.

Planning a Fire Escape Basics

  • There should be two ways to get out of every room, and all members of your household should be aware of them.
  • Add escape ladders to areas or homes above the second floor, especially sleeping areas. Train household members in how to use them and store them near windows.
  • Practice home fire drills periodically (at least twice a year) so that everyone knows how to do one in less than two minutes. The objective of a fire drill is to practice, not to frighten, so a planned drill can be just as effective.
  • Teach younger family members the stop, drop, and roll method for dealing with clothes that have caught fire.
  • Make special arrangements in your plan for infants or anyone with a disability. Assign someone to assist disabled family members in case of an emergency.
  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside of every sleeping area of your home.
  • Find an outside meeting place that’s a safe distance away from your home that everyone can reach after an escape. Make sure everyone is aware of its location.
  • Always choose the safest escape route, meaning the one with least amount of smoke and heat. Practice getting low and traveling beneath smoke when you perform a fire drill.
  • Close doors on the way out during a fire to slow it down and give you more time to safely escape. In situations where fire prevents you from leaving the home, you should practice “sealing yourself in for safety” as part of your fire escape plan. Put as many doors between you and the fire as possible, and cover air vents to prevent smoke from reaching you. Open windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in.
  • Under no circumstances should you ever go back inside a burning building. Do not try to retrieve belongings. If someone is still inside, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Only a trained firefighter has the skills and equipment needed to perform a rescue.

The Benefits of a Professional Carpet Cleaning

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Cleaning The Benefits of a Professional Carpet Cleaning Carpet cleaning in process.

A professional carpet cleaning can improve the appearance of your home or business, your health, and even extend the life of your carpet. Although a carpet cleaning machine may be cheaper, you miss out on a number of unique advantages that a carpet cleaning service can provide. Namely, with a professional carpet cleaning you will save time and ensure that your carpet is thorough and effectively cleaned.

Don’t Stress

One of the nicest bonuses of having a professional cleaner is that you won’t have to stress over moving furniture out of the room. Once the carpets are dry, your cleaner will move all the furniture back to where it belongs. You also won’t have to worry about removing stains, applying pre-treatment solutions, or carrying heavy cleaning equipment from room to room. Nope, with a professional cleaning service you save time on all of these things.

Restore Your Carpet’s Original Beauty

A professional carpet cleaner’s objective is to restore your carpet to its original quality. Not only will this leave your carpet with a fresh and clean look, but it’ll help extend the life your carpet. Furthermore, carpets are safe havens for mold and mildew. Often times mold will occur after someone attempts to clean their carpet themselves, and leaves it excessively wet. A professional carpet cleaner will make sure your carpets avoid becoming oversaturated with water.

Certified Equipment and Cleaning Solutions

With a professional carpet cleaner, you’ll get the promise of professional grade equipment operated by experienced cleaners. When it comes to removing tough stains, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the strongest machinery. Experienced carpet cleaners also have knowledge of different types of carpets and brands, so they can suggest the best methods and products for the job, rather than risking a rental or store-bought cleaning solution.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Services from SERVPRO

If you need professional carpet cleaning services then SERVPRO are the people to call SERVPRO of Chambersburg offers a range of cleaning services for jobs of any shape or size. We follow EPA codes and can help keep your air ducts clean and mold free in order to keep it a healthy and happy place to live. For more information on our services, call 717-261-0310 visit us online and follow us on Facebook.

Preparing for a disaster

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General Preparing for a disaster Are you ready?

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile 

 If your home or business had a fire whom would you call after 911 and Waynesboro fire fighters have left? Your insurance agent? Your banker?  The interior decorator that made your office the warm and inviting place you did business. Now here is the important question. Do you have all of the numbers you need at your fingertips to call all the people you need to help you get back into business or your home quickly?

You can with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile APP. This is free and only takes a little time to gather the info so you are ready for whatever could prevent you from enjoying your home or office.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
  • Profile is viewable online or on your SERVPRO READY APP and is secured with a login and password.

Don't wait until a disaster strikes.

Or visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/

SERVPRO of Chambersburg 

717-261-0310

It's always best to call us directly. 

Storm Chasing Companys

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Don't be scammed by storm chasers

Contractor con. Jack and John Thayer trolled neighborhoods after storms, offering to fix damaged homes. The duo stole more than $770,000 in down payments from storm-traumatized homeowners — without fixing the homes. Many victims were elderly. At least the Thayers have a new roof: They received up to 20 years in prison. This story ended in justice but all too often Winston Salem home and business owners are taken advantage of by less than reputable people.

Be wary of door-to-door and trucks patrolling a neighborhood after a storm or telephone sales people.  Recently the BBB of North West NC reported that a consumer was contacted by a gentleman who said they are currently working in the area and they notice that she had storm roof damage and they will send a representative so they can help her claim the insurance for this damage.

You can keep scammers away. Protect your family, bank account and yourself from crooks: Stay alert, ask questions and go slow and pay attention to details.

Contact your insurance agent don’t trust that the contractor will file the claim for you. No one should be filing a claim on your insurance but you. This is a good time to talk with your agent about if you should even file a claim or not. You may need additional information like estimates from a reputable company.  

After a damage to your car or home ... Take photos of the damage and passengers. You can prevent fake injury and damage claims.

Contact your state insurance department or National Insurance Crime Bureau (1-800-835-6422) to report a scam. You can also report a scam with the BBB 

Check with your insurance company about policy coverage and specific filing requirements. Save all receipts, if temporary roofing repairs are necessary. Know what your deductible is and know when to file a claim.

Although you may be anxious to get things back to normal, avoid letting your emotions get the better of you. Don't be pressured into making an immediate decision with a long-term impact. Be proactive in selecting a business and not reactive to sales solicitations. It is common for storm chasers to call and knock on your door.

For major repairs, take time to shop around and get 3-4 estimates based on the same specifications and materials. Check out references that are at least one year old, verify with your local government to find out whether or not businesses are required to be licensed/registered to do work in your area, and check with your local building inspector to see if a building permit is required.

Be wary of door-to-door workers who claim to have leftover materials from a job “down the street” or who do not have a permanent place of business. If salespeople go door-to-door, check to see if your community requires them to have solicitation permits.

Be leery if a worker shows up on your doorstep to announce that your home is unsafe. If you are concerned about possible structural damage in your home, have an engineer, architect or building official inspect it. While most roofing contractors abide by the law, be careful allowing someone you do not know inspect your roof. An unethical contractor may actually create damage to get work. This goes for Mold Remediation also. Contact an independent environmental specialist to perform an air quality test. Or ask if they do the test themselves or do they have a third party perform the test. If the mold mitigater does the testing or the roofer does the inspection what do you think the odds of them finding work for themselves to perform are?

Require a written contract agreement with anyone you hire. Be sure their name, address, license number, if applicable, and phone number are included in the contract. Read and understand the contract in its entirety, and don’t sign a blank contract. A copy of the signed contract is to be given to you at time of signature. What certifications does the company have?

 Call a trusted contractor call SERVPRO of Chambersburg 717-261-0310

Tips for Preparing for a disaster

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Storm Damage Tips for Preparing for a disaster A property that had over 4' of water in the basement after a heavy rain period.

#1 Make a Plan. Living here in Chambersburg, you’re less likely to face an earthquake than a severe storm that could cause flash flooding. Knowing what you could face will help prepare you for emergencies as you go throughout your day to day routine.  Flooding in Florida and Louisiana reminds us that you may not have as much warning with flash floods or sudden storm systems. 

#2 The Details matter. Know the details of how you escape a disaster. Planning the route of where you are going while the fire is burning is not the time to plan your route. Knowing if you are going to a shelter, motel or friends home will help get you there quickly and safely. Ensuring that everyone knows the details of the plan will ensure that your family will meet you at the prescribed place.

#3 Stay informed. Ensuring that you are informed of impending storms by listening to NOAA or the news alerts will keep you aware of changing weather. Being informed is part of being prepared. Local news agencies are committed to alerting their listeners and viewers of dangerous situations. 

#4 Communicate. Most people say I’ll just pick up my cell phone, but that may be down. If local phone lines are overloaded or out of service it is sometimes easier to call or text long distance. Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or saved on their cell phones.

#5 Emergency Kit. Having a plan but no tools to implement it with is ineffective. What are some of the basics you need? Water, Food, and Shelter are the big three but what about other necessities?  Do you have medicine that you need?  A small child to care for? What are other items to help you along the way? Think first aid items, rope and flashlights. FEMA has a list of items that will be helpful here. Do you need to be a doomsday prepper? Probably not, but depending on the severity, you may have to rely on your own for 3-4 days before infrastructure is restored.  Be sure you are familiar with what is in the Emergency kit and how to use the items in the kit.

#6 Get trained. Knowing some basic emergency training will also help in a crisis situation. Know how a fire extinguisher works or how to perform CPR. The American Red Cross has education on a number of topics that can be useful in an emergency situation. Learn where the shut offs are for utilities in your home or office. Cutting them off may prevent further damage or making a bad situation even worse. Be sure that your family and coworkers are educated on the plan of what to do in case of an emergency.

#7 Now that you are planning what to do when you are at home, what about if you’re away from home? Talk to your child’s school and ask how they plan or evacuate the school? How do they communicate with you about emergencies? Does your business have a plan?  SERVPRO of Chambersburg  can help you with that. The Emergency Ready Profile can go right beside your employee handbook and be carried with you on your mobile device. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Call us to get started on your plan 717-261-0310

Replace or Restore how can you save costs?

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Replace or Restore how can you save costs? A chambersburg property during the drying process.

Water is a vital part of life, when controlled properly it can be helpful and sustain us in our everyday lives. When out of control it can make our lives miserable, and can even do us harm.

If you have dealt with water damage before you know that water restoration services are not cheap. You also know how traumatic they can be, disrupting our lives and causing havoc in our home or business. However, if we look closely, the amount of money that you’ll be spending on water repair damage is significantly lower as compared to the cost of repairing structural damage and replacing personal belongings. Having SERVPRO of Chambersburg guide you through the trauma efficiently by restoration rather than replacement, can give you piece of mind and save costs.

When water enters our home, it can come with germs and bacteria, it can even promote fungal growth if given enough time and conditions. Oftentimes, mold spores inhabit our home long after the water has disappeared from view.  If you act quickly you can impact the amount of damage to your property and your personal belongings.

While there is no standard cost for water repair damage, the cost is based on several factors. This includes the type of water, the extent of damage and the size of the affected area.

Category 1 (Clean water): Water comes from a faucet, malfunctioning appliance connected to a water line or a supply pipe. This is the least expensive. However if left unmitigated fungal growth can occur in 48 -72 hours from the initial incident.  When fungal growth begins this can change the category and add to costs as procedures to protect workers are also increased.

Category 2 (Grey water): Grey water contains biological and chemical pollutants that can cause illness. Common sources are water that is discharged from washing machine, dishwasher or toilet.

Category 3 (Black water): This is the most detrimental of the group and is also the most expensive. Water contains harmful bacteria that may cause severe discomfort or sickness. Common sources are overflowing rivers and streams, sewage and standing water. Category tw water that is left stagnant for more than 48 hours falls under this category.

Restoring your home after water damage could be a frustrating experience. Water or excess moisture could harm your home and its content. The faster you take action, the less damage you’ll have in your home. Here are some tips you can use until we get to your home: http://www.SERVPROchambersburg.com/water-damage-tips  

From leaky roofs, basement leaks or frozen pipe bursts, the people at SERVPRO of West Forsyth are here to help make it “like it never even happened.”  In these situations, time is critical. You don’t want your home to be destroyed by water, call us 24/7 directly at 717-261-0310. We commit to pick up your call or call back in an hour or less, be onsite in four hours or less. SERVPRO of Chambersburg services Chambersburg ,Greencastle ,Waynesboro Mercersburg ,St. Thomas ,Fayetteville ,Marion ,Blue Ridge Summit ,Mont Alto ,Rouzerville

Timing is important with water damage

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Timing is important with water damage Water Damage, SERVPRO of Chambersburg can help.

Summer time in Chambersburg humidity and summer storms. When water stands and causes damage it can continue to cause damage and cost even more money to repair the secondary damage. So, the old adage is never truer than when dealing with a water-damaged home or business. Every minute matters, because every minute the property is wet could turn primary damage into secondary- or even permanent damage.  That's why emergency response matters.  

Secondary water damage occurs when the moisture from the primary event (flood, leak, etc.) begins to evaporate on its own into the air.  Over time the air will no longer be able to hold the moisture from the evaporation.  The moisture will have to go somewhere and a very basic principle behind psychometrics is that wet goes to dry.  The moisture may go into your drywall, cabinetry, sheetrock, hardwood floors, vinyl floors, etc.  Once the moisture is allowed to sit, mold can then begin to grow.  This is why emergency action is so incredibly important.

Storms, floods, burst pipes, and leaks simply don't abide by the 9-to-5 workday.  So why should your restoration provider?  SERVPRO of Chambersburg Professionals are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the state-of-the-art equipment and proven methods and training to get the job done right as quickly as possible.


If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Chambersburg Professionals at (717) 261-0310 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

What the Puff?!

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning What the Puff?! The soot from a puff back is sticky, greasy, and grimy!

As the weather changes from summer to fall, shorts turn into pants, lemonade turns to hot cocoa, and the cool hum of an AC turns to the warm surroundings of heat. However, your furnace has just sat dormant for the past 6 months and this duration of time and non-usage can result in a puff back. The term "Puff back" refers to the sudden discharge of soot into the dwelling area caused by a malfunction in the heating system. The soot from a puff back is a sticky, greasy, grimy mess like you have never seen and it can create the risk of severe health hazards in your home. All those minuscule, oil based particles that just shot out of your furnace are now embed in your curtains, carpets, and clothing while contaminating the air with known carcinogens. Running a vacuum over it will only grind the soot deeper and create stains that will never come out. Wiping the soot from walls and ceilings creates a place where paint will no longer stick. Unless the soot is quickly and professionally removed, it can cause corrosion of metals on doorknobs, faucets, and even electronic equipment throughout the home. Due to the fact that every inch of the home is affected, a puff back is an overwhelming job to clean properly and should not be performed as a DIY.

This is where the SERVPRO team can help! You can trust SERVPRO to clean EVERYTHING. We are your one stop shop for puff back and smoke damage cleanup in the Chambersburg area. If your home has been affected by a furnace puff back - call us at 717-261-0310  we can help you get your home and possessions back to pre-loss condition - Like it never even happened.® 

Two easy maintenance tips to prepare for Fall!

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

As much fun as summer can be, it has to end at some point. As the trees begin to change and the weather shifts from hot and humid to cool and crisp, it’s time to prepare for the onset of cooler months. Whether you’re ready for hot cocoa and sweaters or are still holding on to ice cream and swim suits, there’s a lot to do to get ready for the changing seasons.

  1. Inspect your roof
    If you have a heavy rainstorm or a foot of snow, does your roof have what it takes to hold up? Before settling in for another chilly fall and a freezing winter take a look at your roof for weak spots or cracks in your shingles and granules. If you see anything that looks off or unstable, a roofer may be what your home needs to weather this winter’s storms.
  2. Clean out your gutters
    As the leaves begin to turn, you know you’re only weeks away from them falling off entirely and stopping up your gutters. Before you find yourself with a big mess on your hands, take the time now to clean out your gutters and drainpipes to prevent the possibility of water damage and clogs. A clean early in the season may not be sufficient through the winter, but it will make sure you’re prepared for the harsher weather to come. Water damages can be caused by clogged drains or overflowing water to collect on your roof.

Preparing your house for fall may not be what you planned to do during your weekend, but it’s something you’ll thank yourself for later. With the right measures taken now, you and your family will be prepared to settle in for the fall and winter, no matter what may be coming your way!

National Preparedness Month

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

During an emergency, the last thing you should worry about is what to do next. Every second matters during an unexpected, emergency situation which is why this year’s National Preparedness Month theme is, “Don’t Wait, Communicate!”

SERVPRO of Chambersburg would like to encourage everyone in our community to develop a game plan! Residential or commercial? It doesn’t matter! Everyone should master a set of steps to perform during an emergency and answer important questions ahead of time such as; Who will be in charge of contacting 911? Who will gather everyone to a safe location? What is the best escape method in an emergency? Etc. These questions are imperative to the safety and well being of our co-workers or families.

Everyone’s focus this month should be towards developing a disaster plan or what we at SERVPRO like to call an ERP (Emergency Communication Plan). In line with the “Don’t Wait, Communicate!” theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of Chambersburg would like to suggest developing an Emergency Communication Plan for your home or business. Several steps, listed below, can help get you started on this plan:

  1. Collect all of your important contact information such as; family doctor, medical facilities, local family members, schools and service providers. Compile all of this information into one, hard-copy, easily accessible sheet. *Waterproof the sheet if possible!*
  2. Share copies of this sheet with everyone within the household/business. 
  3. Develop a fire/emergency escape plan that includes the safest escape routes, layout of home or business, safe meeting place and what to do if contact is lost.
  4. On a monthly basis review/practice all of the important contact information and emergency escape plan.

As always, SERVPRO is #heretohelp in any emergency or disaster situation. Although September is coming to an end it is never too late to be prepared! We encourage everyone to call us today to learn more about National Preparedness Month or about our free Emergency Ready Profiles!

During a Water Damage FAQ

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage During a Water Damage FAQ Water Damage in a basement

Arrival of Technicians (Initial visit):

  1. Upon the technician's arrival they will need a tour of the area that have water damage.
  2. They will take moisture readings to determine what materials are affected. (i.e. carpet, carpet pad, drywall, baseboard, etc...)
  3. Once the technicians locate the wet materials they will determine whether the materials can be dried. Some materials are made in a way that they can not be dried due to their composition (i.e. insulation, ceiling tiles, carpet pad, etc...). Some materials dry very well in the correct conditions (i.e. carpet, subfloor, true hardwood flooring, etc...).
  4. The lead technician will explain to the property owner what needs removed vs. dried before work begins and will notify you if any changes come about.

Monitoring Visit:

  1. The drying time of most water jobs is 3-5 days.
  2. The techs will need access to the property to check the status of drying and to complete their on-going documentation.
  3. They will make the visit with the customer for the best time inside of the standard working hours (8am-4pm : this will include monitoring on weekends and holidays as well).
  4. Depending on the size of job will determine how long their visit will be each day, most water loss jobs take a 30-60-minute visit when it’s in progress.
  5. We can provide a lock box to store your house key so the techs can access the home without the customer having to leave work. Or another family/friend may grant SERVRO access.
  6. During the drying process it is not uncommon to experience an odor in the first few days of drying. The smell is due to the evaporation process. Therefore anything the water has come in contact with may cause an odor which is released into the air during drying (i.e. pet smells).

Final Visit:

  • During the final visit the technicians will be removing the drying equipment. This usually takes approximately 60-120 minutes. The will need the homeowner to be home for this visit to complete the final paperwork for the insurance companies file.



Coverages/Cost:

  1. SERVPRO professionals are not permitted to comment regarding any insurance coverage. Only the insurance professional (i.e. adjuster) will have that information.
  2. The deductible is the amount a home insurance policyholder must pay out of pocket for a covered claim. The insurance adjuster will explain where/when this amount is to be paid.
  3. Payment for services performed is due typically within 15 days after claim is submitted to insurance company.
  4. SERVPRO of Chambersburg will send the insurance company an estimate/bill for the services provide. From then it’s common for the insurance company to release the payment to the customer home address. Once the homeowner receives the amount from the insurance company then it is time to pay SERVPRO for the services. Payment can be made by check or credit card.

Common Questions:

    1. How long will the drying take? Typical 3-5 days. The onsite technician can provide daily updates as to the progress.
    2. Is the equipment going to run all day? Yes, the equipment should only be ever move or turned off. If an emergency happens and the equipment is off it needs to be brought to the SERVPRO professionals attention asap.
    3. Windows/Doors Open or Closed? Ask your SERVPRO professional. However, it is best to prevent any outside air entering the home. Interior doors should be left the way the technicians left them. They may be trying to concentrate drying in one room or dry two room with one dehumidifier that needs access to both air spaces.
    4. Temperature Ideal for Drying? 70-90 Degrees. We understand that the temperature at times may be uncomfortable however for drying to be performed correctly it must stay in this range.
    5. How to get a copy of the documents you signed with SERVPRO? Provide your email address to the technicians and it will automatically send the documents over the next 24-hour period. You may also request tech to bring a print copy on their next visit.
  • Wet Hardwood Floors:  Real hardwood floors can be dried in the right conditions. The length that the water was in contact with the material will make in impact to the restorability. We utilize specialize drying systems that forces air into the floor. Due to the density of the hardwood floors it may take 3-6 weeks after the drying equipment is removed before they return to their natural shape. Some floors will need to be sanded and refinished. You &  your insurance adjuster will be advised of the recommendation for refinishing or replacement, the decision is the between you and the insurance.
    1. Can my carpet be restored or will they have to be replaced? The technician will attempt to salvage uncontaminated water damage carpet. There are a few items the technicians  will look for that would classify the carpet as unsalvageable. If any of the items below are found, SERVPRO will notify the insurance company/adjuster to determine the next plan of action.
      1. Delamination (when the backing separates from the carpet)
      2. Permanent Stains caused by water damage
      3. Sewage contaminated carpet
  • Electric Bill? There is a lot of pieces of equipment in your home to dry out the property and they do need electricity. How much will it affect your bill? Each piece of equipment will affect your bill about $1 per day.
      1. Example 15 pieces of equipment for 3 days.= $45
  • Who’s responsibility for paying for these services? Ultimately the customer/property owner are responsible for the payment. The property owner will need to sign our standard forms that will authorize SERVPRO to perform the dryout, and acknowledgement of the payment terms.
  • If this is an insurance claim, SERVPRO will submit the billing to the insurance company & the customer.(typically within 10 business days from the date it was completed the drying)
  • After the insurance companies review the file, they commonly issue the check to pay for the services to your home. You will need to forward SERVPRO the funds for the amount of the bill/invoice that you received after the drying was completed.
    1. When you have questions it’s best to call to the SERVPRO office and they can provide detailed instructions for you.
    2. If the claim is not coverage, or you do not submit a claim, you will be expected to pay for the services at the time of the services in full.

Why hire SERVPRO of Chambersburg for your residential cleaning?

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why hire SERVPRO of Chambersburg for your residential cleaning? A Biohazard cleanup with large amounts of cat feces

Why hire SERVPRO of Chambersburg for your residential cleaning?

SERVPRO of Chambersburg is a fire & water restoration cleanup company who services the Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Greencastle & surrounding areas. Customer call SERVPRO for those difficult cleaning jobs, like heavy nicotine cleanup, hoarding, animal feces cleanup, biohazard cleanup.

            Nicotine Cleanup: SERVPRO of Chambersburg has heavy cleaning products and is skilled at cleaning walls, ceiling and contents. Our products are specialty and can’t buy most of them at the store. There is typically an odor in a home when it’s been smoked in, SERVPRO has a few specialty machines that can eliminate the smell. Our suggestion for the best results are cleaning, carpet cleaning, ozoning and possible painting the walls & ceiling if staining remains.

            Hoarding Cleaning: SERVPRO of Chambersburg has helped several different customers how could be classified to the average person as a hoarder. Some may hoard animals, items like clothes or just haven’t done general cleaning and tiding up. When customer hire SERPVRO to do an estimate for their non-emergency services they can express what items they want done. SERVPRO of Chambersburg will respect the customer’s wishes and work out a plan best for them.

            Bio-Hazard Cleaning: A biohazard job could be classified by homes with hazards such as high levels of animal/human feces or jobs that require some protection and will normally make most people’s stomach turn. Some of the jobs have needles from drug use from a previous occupant, cleaning an area for diseases, elderly’s homes who can’t care for the property.

Why Customers are pleased with our result, It’s simple most of the jobs it’s a night and day outcome. Visit our before and after photos to see our work .

Mold Myths & Facts by SERVPRO of Chambersburg

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Myths & Facts by SERVPRO of Chambersburg Mold on Ceiling tiles in Basement in Waynesboro PA

At SERVPRO of Chambersburg we currently get a lot of calls regarding mold in property’s. Most of the time it’s in an un-used part of the home like a basement or attic.

Some customers try to handle the project themselves and find that the mold comes back a few weeks later. Here are some myths & facts about mold and the dangers. Although if you think you have mold, you should contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg to discuss the plans of actions.

MYTH NO. 1 BLEACH KILLS MOLD?

Liquid bleach is a solution of chlorine in water, usually 6 percent sodium hypochlorite, thus 94 percent water. Smearing bleach on mold may appear to kill it, but the effect is superficial and very temporary. Once the chlorine is gone - and it evaporates rapidly - what's left is all that water, feeding the mold.

There are many chemicals that kill mold. They're called biocides. That means they kill life. (Bio = life + cide = kill.)


MYTH No. 2  
'Toxic' Mold is the only dangerous type of mold.

"Toxic" mold or "black" mold is often touted by the hucksters in the mold industry as being the one that makes people sick, the one you must eliminate. This is pure scare tactic. 

Yes, there are some strains of mold that seem to be more toxic than others. But there is no such thing as good mold, or even tolerable mold, unless you like stinky cheese. Mold in your home is a problem, because it signifies a moisture problem. Moisture inside your home enables mold growth, and it can also lead to rot, threatening the structure itself.

On top of that, any mold problem that's allowed to continue often will pave the way for the dreaded "black mold." The most infamous "black mold," stachybotrys chartarum, is what's known as a tertiary mold. It's very slow to develop and usually follows earlier mold growths, actually feeding off the previous mold colony.

MYTH No. 3, Homeowners can property remediate mold themselves?

Homeowners are not trained or knowledgeable about mold enough to properly remediate the damages, most times homeowners cause more damage when they don’t hire a professional. Most of the errors are in the contamination process. Not using vapor barriers or the proper equipment to clean the air during removal stages. When it’s not properly sectioned off, they can cross contaminate mold threw other area of the home that previously did not have mold spores.


Fact No. 1 : 
Mold is everywhere and mold problems exist indoors in every climate.

Mold is, literally, everywhere on the planet, in every climate. A house in the Mojave Desert can have a mold problem as easily as one in Florida or New Orleans. 

Mold needs three things to thrive: moisture, food, and the right temperature. Moisture can collect in walls, attics and crawl spaces in the driest of climates with a little help, such as a roof or siding leak, plumbing flaw, and pressure differentials created by air conditioning, or even a poorly vented bathroom.

Food for mold is pretty much everything we build with and everything we own. Mold loves household dust... even in the kitchen sink. And the warmth mold needs is the same temperature range humans prefer.

Bottom line: Every home has mold but not every home has a mold problem. If you think you might have a mold problem, don't ignore it. Get help.

Fact No. 2 Home inspectors don't know mold.
 
Home inspectors - the ones who check out a house prior to sale - are generally ignorant about mold. Many inspectors will see mold and ignore it because there's no rot or obvious moisture. Others may not see it at all.

If you think you have mold in your property, call a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of Chambersburg. 

The Correct Way to Handle Chambersburg Mold Damage

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Correct Way to Handle Chambersburg Mold Damage Mold in a Kitchen Cabinet

The Correct Way to Handle Chambersburg Mold Damage

In Chambersburg, mold damage is a common problem. It affects all kinds of homes and businesses. It is not something to be scared of because it happens to almost everybody, at some time in their lives. However, it does need to be treated with caution. Mold damage, though common, can be both expensive and can cause health effects. 

This is why the only effective solution for dealing with chronic mold damage in Chambersburg is to call in the experts. Qualified mold damage restoration teams have the necessary skills and expertise to make sure that all of the damaged areas of a property are safely removed. If you do not seek professional advice, you risk the problem becoming a recurring one. 

This guide to the importance of professional mold damage restoration will help you get to grips with the best possible solution. 

Fix the Source of the Issue 

While homeowners can go some way to removing the superficial signs of mold damage in Chambersburg (the visible marks and blemishes), it is much more difficult to pinpoint the cause. And this is vital if the problem is to be eradicated for good. Mold damage restoration experts are trained to look for patterns and uncover the source of the destruction. More often than not, the mold is being caused by an unidentified leak within the building or humidity issues.  

Recognize the Type of Mold 

It is a common misunderstanding to assume that all mold is the same. In fact, there are more than 10,000 different varieties. As they all require a slightly different approach, identification is key to tackling mold damage in Chambersburg. Nobody expects you to be able to distinguish between the characteristics of a thousand mold samples, so take the job to somebody is specially trained for it. 

Use the Right Equipment 

Another important benefit of using a professional mold damage restoration service is access to specialist equipment. You might have a basic dehumidifier in your home or workplace, but this won’t be strong enough to tackle a serious problem. You need heavy duty dryers, blowers, and EPA approved chemicals. If there is evidence of high level mold in the building – which causes negative health effects – protective clothing is needed to ensure safety. 

How to Prevent Kitchen Water Damage

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Prevent Kitchen Water Damage Dishwasher causes water damage.

The kitchen is often an ignored part of the house when it comes to preventing water damage. Sometimes the smells and moisture and lack of  regular attention can mask some of the signs that something isn’t right. Here are some of the top tips on how you can prevent water damage in your kitchen and save yourself money.

What Causes Kitchen Water Damage?

When it comes to kitchen water damage, you have three main sources, which are the refrigerator, the sink and countertop, and the dishwasher. There are actually warning signs that these all could cause water damage, however, so we wanted to make sure you know exactly what they are.

Water Damage: Refrigerators

The odds are that when you clean your kitchen or are doing maintenance, you normally don’t check behind your refrigerator. But if you do inspect that area routinely, you will reduce the chances of water damage problems down the road. If you do find water behind your refrigerator, it is a definite sign that something is wrong. Sometimes you may even find mold growth, which means you need to work with a reputable repair service immediately. If you have an icemaker, make sure that the hose is sealed and still attached to your water supply.

Water Damage: Sinks and Countertops

You use a lot of water on and around your sink and countertops, and sometimes that water can get trapped and cause damage. Check regularly underneath your sink to make sure that you don’t have any leaks. If you have a drip under the sink, that means you may have drain problems. Slow draining pipes may indicate that you have a blocked drain, and a dripping faucet also needs to be repaired promptly. For the countertops, see if you notice cracks or grout that is missing. If you have those issues, you need to fix that to prevent water from pervading. Stained pipes and walls around pipes also indicate an internal leak that needs to be fixed to prevent additional water damage.

Water Damage: Dishwashers

If your dishwasher isn’t quite emptying correctly after you use it, the main filter may be blocked. You have to have it released promptly in order to prevent water damage. Take the time to look at the base of your dishwasher for leaks on a regular basis. If you do see a leak, there could be an unsealed joint or a hose that is damaged. At this point, you will want to check the connection and get it repaired if there is an issue as quick as possible. You should also consider installing steel-braided hoses on appliances like dishwashers, but make sure that you talk with a trusted plumbing source about the best options for your appliances.

Are you helping Mold Grow in your home?

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Are you helping Mold Grow in your home? Inspect your windows for Mold if you typically have condensation.
Mold is truly one of the villains of homeownership. However, it rarely appears for no reason, and can sometimes be the result of human error. There are even some bad habits or common mistakes which can contribute to the growth of mold in homes. If you want to know what mistakes to avoid to help protect your home from mold, read on.

Forgetting To Ventilate Bathrooms

Many people favor hot showers and luxuriate in a bathroom full of steam. While this is enjoyable, constantly trapping that amount of moisture in your bathroom can be contributing to the growth of mold. An unventilated bathroom causes humidity to build up, which over time leads to mold. In order to relieve some of this humidity, open a window or a door. You can also install a ventilation fan to keep the steam from causing problems.  

Forgetting To Use Exhaust Fans In The Kitchen

When you run the dishwasher or cook a mean, smoke and moisture can accumulate in your home’s air. When you either forget to use the exhaust fan entirely, or use an improperly working one, you are creating an environment where mold can feed and thrive off of kitchen moisture.  

Repeatedly Turning Off The Heat During The Winter

While many thrifty homeowners turn off the heat while they are away to keep their heating bill as low as possible, this can actually cause unforeseen problems, such as mold growth. Leaving the heater off while you are away can actually cause condensation to form inside of your walls. This can lead to mold growing inside your home’s insulation. It is critical to keep your heat on a low temperature while you are away and on an automated setting so it can curb mold growth.  

Ignoring Window Condensation Year Round

During the spring and winter, if you notice condensation building up on the windows of your home, it is important not to ignore it. While many people do, this is a telltale sign that the moisture in your home is too high, and could lead to problems including mold. When you notice this sign, purchase a dehumidifier to eliminate moisture.

How to Prepare Your Chambersburg Home for Summer Storms

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare Your Chambersburg Home for Summer Storms Tip for Storms in Chambersburg

It seems like we just got done with winter storms, and now the residents of Chambersburg already have to deal with summer storms! While summer storms are known to wreak havoc on Chambersburg homes, a little preparation can save you a lot of time and money.We have a few helpful tips that will get you ready for whatever Mother Nature has to throw at you this summer.

Double Check Your Insurance

This may sound like a weird step to take when preparing for a summer storm, but it’s actually more important than most homeowners realize. You see, some insurance policies will only pay you for what your home was worth before the storm. Replacement cost value insurance, however, pays you for the current market value of your property loss. Of course, no one thinks about their insurance until they need it. So if you take the time to learn exactly what is covered and what isn’t, it will help you know if you need to update your policy. Again, you don’t want to have a 300-year old tree crashing into your home to be the reason why you find out what type of insurance you have.

Preventing Summer Storm Damage with Tree Inspections

Sometimes, trees may appear not to show any types of damage before a summer storm. If you have a pivot or a hump on one side of your tree, you may have a root problem. Root problems can eventually make the tree fall over, and a severe summer storm can rapidly increase the likelihood it tips over. If your top branches are bare, there also could be issues with the health of your tree. Also, big hollows and dead wood on a tree is another indication that you might have a problem. Taking the time to inspect the health of your trees is a great way to prevent damage to your home and vehicles.  If you aren’t sure exactly what you should be looking for, it is worth consulting an arborist to find out if you have any issues. If it turns out that you don’t have any issues, you can sleep peacefully at night knowing you, your family, and your home are protected. If you do, it’s a good thing you are getting it taken care of before the summer storms!

Clean Gutters Before Summer Storms

If you don’t clean out your gutters, you risk damage to your basement during a summer storm. If you have a finished basement, it’s especially important to make sure you have a backup battery-powered sump pump system if something were to go wrong. Dirty gutters can also cause damage to your roof and attic by having backed up water enter into your home.

SERVPRO of Chambersburg

Contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg if your carpets do need cleaning. When we leave, your home and your life will be back to normal. For more information on SERVPRO of Chambersburg Inner Harbor’s Services, call 717-261-0310or visit www.SERVPROChambersburg.com

The Importance of Professional Cleaning for Crime Scenes

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard The Importance of Professional Cleaning for Crime Scenes Bio Hazard Clean-up

Cleaning up a crime scene is grisly work, but it needs to be done. It should be done by professionals no matter what. You may be wondering why that is, so we’re here to explain. There are actually several reasons why you should always call in a professional to clean scenes of murder, drug-related damages, or any other major crime. Are you ready to learn more? Well, let’s get started!

Crime Scenes carry sensitive information.

Once the police force has thoroughly investigated the crime scene, the area may be covered in residues specific to a crime scene. Tear gas residue, fingerprint gathering dust, and other police specific things may remain once the investigation is over. Cleaning them is not always as simple as a little scrub either. Cleaning up a fire extinguisher’s remains is also no picnic. These things are better left to the professionals.

Crime Scenes can be dangerous.

A crime that resulted in major injury or death can often leave behind hazardous waste that can pose a danger to you. Blood can carry many pathogens and should never be handled by anyone who doesn’t know what they are doing. Not to mention the fact that blood stains are difficult to clean. There are also special protocols for the removal of many crime scene elements including blood and harmful chemicals. We can also handle any leftover meth lab issues. These are particularly dangerous scenes, so please let us handle it. It’s for your safety.

Crime Scenes can be emotional.

Whether or not someone you know was involved in the crime scene doesn’t necessarily indicate whether or not it will have an emotional impact. These circumstances tend to be difficult for all people involved. So, when it comes time to clean the area, you may be better off allowing a third party to come in and take away some of your burden.

SERVPRO of Chambersburg

Contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg if your crime scenes do need cleaning. We offer a full range of cleaning services for jobs of all shapes and sizes. We follow OSHA and EPA codes so that we can take your mess and make miracles happen. When we leave, your home and your life will be back to normal. For more information on SERVPRO of Chambersbug’s Services, call 717-261-0310 or visit www.SERVPROchambersburg.com We’re here when you need us! 

Lightning Safety Tips

5/18/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lightning Safety Tips SERVPRO has helped several customer

Did you know that lightning is the third largest storm-related killer in the U.S., causing nearly one billion dollars in damage per year¹? Those are some sobering statistics you may want to keep in mind the next time you are trying to decide whether to play one more hole of golf or hike an extra mile when a potential storm may be brewing.

While summer is commonly known as the peak season for thunderstorms and lightning, such storms can strike any time and in almost any location year-round. The following guide and tips can help you and your loved ones stay safe and secure should you be caught in a lightning storm.

How Should I Protect Myself?

It is important to understand that there is no safe place outside during a lightning storm. If thunderstorms are expected, you should stop any outdoor activities quickly — even if you are still mowing the lawn or enjoying a picnic. Many lightning casualties occur because people fail to seek shelter soon enough. Keep an eye on local weather conditions and have a plan if thunderstorms are expected. Your home’s best protection against a lightning strike is a lightning protection system. In order to find out more you can contact a certified lightning protection specialist for information.

What if I am Outside During a Storm?

As soon as you hear thunder, stop all outdoor activities and get into a building or a hard-topped vehicle for safety. It may be tempting to get into a golf cart or a lean-to, but those will not provide adequate protection. If you absolutely cannot get to safety, try to stay away from open fields, hilltops, tall trees or other tall objects. Go to the lowest place possible, such as a ravine or valley, and squat in a baseball catcher’s position — with your heels touching, ears covered, and head between your knees. Minimize contact with the ground and do NOT lie flat. You should avoid water and anything metal, such as golf clubs or bicycles.

What if I am Driving?

Exit the road or highway you are on and park in a safe location. Stay in the vehicle and turn on emergency flashers until the storm subsides. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that can conduct electricity.

What if I am Indoors?

You may think that watching television or shopping on-line are good ways to pass the time during a storm, but your best bet is to unplug televisions, computers and any other high-value electronics well before the storm hits. Once the storm begins, do not touch any electrical equipment or cords, including corded phones. It is OK to use cellular or cordless phones during the storm. Be sure to stay away from windows and doors and do not go on porches. Also avoid taking baths or showers during storms.² Water is a conductor of electricity so if a lightning strike hits your house during a storm, it may travel through water and shock you in the bath or shower.

What if My House is Hit by Lightning?

If you think your home has been struck by lightning call 911 immediately and evacuate if you see fire or smoke. You may want to ask your local fire department to check for hot spots in your walls. If you use gas for heating and cooking, contact your gas company or a licensed contractor to conduct a leak test before re-entering your home. Gas system components have been known to sustain punctures as a result of direct or nearby lightning strikes.

Sources: 
¹ NOAA, http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/resources/Lightning_your_home.pdf 
² NOAA's National Weather Service,http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/lightning/lightning_safety.htm

Identifying Hail Damage to Your Roof

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Storm Damage Identifying Hail Damage to Your Roof Contact SERVPRO if your roof looks like this for assistance, 717-261-0310

Are you aware that during a hail storm more than just your vehicles are potentially vulnerable to damage and future repairs? When hail hits, it can damage the roof or covering of your home as well as other personal property. Although hailstorms can be destructive, the amount of damage can vary greatly. Following are some factors that affect the type and degree of damage that may be impacted by a hailstorm, as well as a guide on how to identify hail damage to different types of shingles and roofing materials.

  • Wind – During a hailstorm, wind direction and wind speed can vary. Changes in wind conditions can affect the location and severity of hail impacts.
  • Size and density – The size of the hailstones can affect the degree of damage, if any, to your property. A hailstone can be as small as a pea, or as large as a softball. Most hailstones do not have smooth edges, which can impact the type of damage they cause.
  • Building materials – Building materials absorb hail impacts differently. For example, hail can cause dings in aluminum siding, gutters or asphalt shingles, whereas it can crack vinyl siding or wood shakes. Alternatively, softball-sized hailstones can be dense enough and strong enough to puncture a roof. Additionally, the age and condition of a roof could affect the degree of damage.
  • Barriers– The position of neighboring structures and natural barriers, like tree cover, landscaping, fences or adjacent homes can reduce the ability of hail to cause damage.

What Does Hail Damage to Your Roof Look Like?

Shingles can react differently when struck by hail. As an example, hail damage to asphalt and composition shingles can look very different than hail damage to wood shingles. It is important to know the different effects of the damage to properly identify whether or not you have roof damage from hail.

Asphalt and Composition Shingles Hail Damage

  • Random damage with no discernable pattern.
  • Hail hits that are black in color.
  • Loss of granules, which may expose the roof felt.
  • Asphalt and/or mat that appears shiny.
  • Hail hits that are soft to the touch, like the bruise on an apple.

Wood Shingles Hail Damage

  • Random damage with no discernable pattern.
  • A split in the shingle that is brown/orange in color.
  • A split in the shingle that has sharp corners and edges.
  • A split in the shingle that has little to no deterioration at the edges.
  • Impact marks or dents along the splits.

There are many other types of damage to shingles that can be mistaken for hail damage. For example, exposure to inclement weather and sunlight makes shingles brittle and gives them an aged appearance. This type of damage is normal wear and tear of shingles, which is sometimes misidentified as hail damage. Other types of normal wear and tear may include blistering, cracking, granule loss, flaking and algae. Manufacturing defects and mechanical imperfections in shingles can also be mistaken for hail damage.

If you believe your home has sustained damage from hail, call your agent or insurance representative to discuss possible next steps.

Hail Protection for Your Home

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Storm Damage Hail Protection for Your Home Hail Damage

Hail storms can strike without much warning, leaving you with little time to react. Being prepared in advance — and knowing what to do — can help you stay safe and keep damage to a minimum. Consider signing up for local weather alerts, which deliver warnings when hail storms are approaching your area.

What Is Hail?

Hail is a type of solid precipitation, distinct from, but often confused with sleet. Sleet generally falls in colder temperatures while hail growth is inhibited at very cold temperatures. Hail creation is possible within thunderstorms and is formed when water vapor in updrafts reaches a freezing point. Ice then forms and is suspended in the air by updrafts and falls down to be coated by water again. This process can occur over and over adding many layers to the hailstone. Hailstones can be as small as peas or as large as softballs, and the larger ones can cause injury and serious damage.* The average hailstorm lasts only five minutes, but the damage hailstorms cause totals about $1 billion a year, according to the National Weather Service.

How to Minimize Hail Damage

  • Large hail can shatter windows. Closing the drapes, blinds or window shades can help prevent the wind from blowing broken glass into your home or buildings.
  • Whenever possible, park your vehicles inside a garage or under a carport.
  • Patio and lawn furniture can be dented, broken or even shattered by hail. Move these items indoors or under a covered area when not in use.
  • If you have plans to replace the roof covering on your home or business, consider using impact-resistant material if you live in a hail-prone area. For guidance on making the right choices for roof coverings, visit the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety website.
Source:
* Hail Facts, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, 
http://disastersafety.org/wp-content/uploads/Hail-Facts_IBHS.pdf

Flood Damage Prevention

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Storm Damage Flood Damage Prevention Storm Damage, Call SERPVRO 717-261-0310

While fire may be a more common concern among homeowners, your home could in fact be as much as ten times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire.* Significant sources of water damage to one’s property can come from weather-related moisture or flooding, including flooding from heavy rains, flash floods, dam and levee failures, tidal storm surges and mudflows. In addition, new construction of buildings, roads or bridges can alter the flow of water, increasing the potential for flooding.

Living in a high-risk flood zone can increase the likelihood of experiencing a flood, but being outside a high-risk zone does not mean homeowners are safe; flooding is always a possibility due to causes such as heavy rains, snowmelt and spring thaws.

Protecting Your Property Before, During and After a Flood

There are a number of things you can do to help minimize or prevent water damage to your property. Follow these tips to help prepare and recover from potentially costly flood damage.

Before the Flood:

  • Know your properties flood zone risk and evaluate your flood risk with this reference guide from IBHS.
  • Have your furnace, water heater and other permanent equipment elevated above the expected flood levels of your area.
  • Inspect sump pumps and drains regularly to ensure proper operation.
  • If you own a generator, have a licensed electrician provide a transfer switch to your sump pump so you can operate it in the event of flooding.
  • To help prevent sewage backup, have a licensed plumber install an interior or exterior backflow prevention valve.
  • Keep sandbags on hand to help divert unusually high water away from your foundation.
  • In snowy climates, flag drains to avoid plowing snow on top of them.
  • Learn the flood alert signals of your community.
  • Collect emergency building materials if you live in a frequently flooded area. These may include plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, shovels and sandbags.
  • Plan and practice an evacuation route. Designate a place for family members to meet in the event they become separated.
  • Review with all family members how to shut off utilities in an emergency.
  • Plan a survival kit with important documents, including insurance documents, medications and critical items in the event you need to leave your home.

During the Flood:

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest storm information. If advised to evacuate, shut off all utilities and evacuate immediately.
  • Move to high ground, avoid rising waters and do not walk or drive through any floodwaters.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.

After the Flood:

  • Listen to the radio and do not return home until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
  • Once allowed back into your home, inspect it for damage. If your property has been damaged, promptly report the loss.
  • Be watchful of snakes that may have found their way into your home.
  • Throw away all food that has come in contact with floodwaters.
  • Remove standing water as quickly as possible, including from your basement. If your basement is flooded, pump out about 1/3 of the water per day to avoid structural damage.
  • Properly dry or remove soaked carpets, padding and upholstery within 24-48 hours after a flood to prevent mold growth. Discard anything that cannot be properly dried.
  • Wash and disinfect all areas that have been flooded. This includes walls, floors, closets and shelves, as well as heating and air-conditioning systems. Do not energize electrical or electronic equipment that may have suffered water damage without first having a qualified electrician inspect and/or test it.
*FloodSmart.gov,https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/residential_coverage/rc_overview.jsp

Are you covered by your Insurance?

5/18/2016 (Permalink)

This is a question everyone should ask them self, Do I understand my homeowner’s insurance?

This article is from Fox Business

 "Insurance requires you to think about bad occurrences … medical problems, car accidents, emergency home repairs. But although it may sound pessimistic to dwell on what could happen (carpe diem, anyone?), it’s important to protect yourself from some of life’s biggest surprises When it comes to protecting your home, it’s not just about safeguarding against structural damage or theft—it’s just as much about feeling secure in where you live. If disaster strikes, your focus should be on reclaiming your sense of stability. The last thing you should worry about is money.

1. What It Covers

A typical policy will pay for damage to your property and your possessions in the event of certain storms, fire, theft or vandalism. Like renter’s insurance, it also provides liability coverage if someone gets hurt on your property and decides to sue. Homeowner’s insurance also covers shelter costs, so you don’t have to face crazy hotel bills if you’re temporarily displaced from your house.

Homeowner’s insurance can protect belongings outside the home, too. If something is stolen from your car, auto insurance won’t cover it—but your homeowner’s policy likely will. “Most policies will cover your belongings when they are traveling with you,” Derrick says. “If you have a $1,200 laptop and it gets lost by the airline, call your insurance agent—right after you file the claim with the airline, of course.”

2. What It Doesn’t Cover

A standard policy has exclusions, including earth movements (landslides, earthquakes, sinkholes), power failure, war, nuclear hazard, government action, faulty zoning, bad repair or workmanship, defective maintenance and flooding. Windstorms are typically covered, including tornadoes, although insurance companies exclude tornadoes or hurricanes in some high-risk areas.

Water damage is tricky. As a rule of thumb, water from above (rainwater or a burst pipe in an upstairs apartment) is usually covered, but water from below (backed-up sewers or ground flooding) generally isn’t. If your region is prone to floods and earthquakes, you should consider supplemental coverage.

3. Why You Should Shop Around

Before committing to a policy, take the time to research an agent whom you trust—preferably one with good reviews online or via a personal recommendation.

Bottom line? Don’t just shop for a policy. Make sure you also select the best agent.

4. Which Preventive Actions Can Reduce Premiums

It may sound like common sense to have a working smoke detector, but did you know that it might also help you land a lower insurance quote? The same goes for a burglar alarm. According to insuranceagents.com, you can reduce your premium by about 5% if you install something as a simple as a deadbolt, and up 15-20% for a burglar alarm system.

Insurance companies price your premium based on how much risk they foresee, so you can reduce the premium by reducing your liability risk, thanks to some smart preventive measures. For example, if you have a pool, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of a claim—and thus, possibly lower your premium—by installing a fence and a pool cover to minimize the risk of a neighborhood kid wandering onto your property and falling in.

5. How Replacement Coverage Differs From Market Value

There are two key distinctions that every homeowner should know: “replacement cost” versus “market value.” Replacement cost covers repairing or replacing your entire home. Market value is how much someone would pay to buy your home and accompanying land in its current downtrodden condition.

When you’re considering the type of coverage to take out, a policy that’s based on market value is typically less expensive but, as State Farm puts it, “for a cash-strapped homeowner, buying a policy based on market value offers the best chance to recoup at least partial expenses after a loss.” In other words, you won’t recoup as much in the event of a serious disaster.

For those who have a good emergency fund in place, Derrick says that there is a way to possibly get more substantial coverage and still pay lower premiums: “You might consider getting a policy that covers more in terms of replacing or rebuilding your property, but with a higher deductible.”

6. Why You Shouldn’t Wait to File a Claim

When buying a policy, make sure to ask about time limits to report a claim, and then abide by them! If you wait too long, you may not be eligible for benefits—especially if waiting has made the problem worse. David Baxter works for a residential and commercial restoration company in Florida, and he remembers a customer with water damage who waited almost a month to do anything about it. “When the mold set in, and he decided to call, his insurance didn’t cover him because it was outside of the 14-day window required for reporting the problem,” Baxter says.

7. Why You Should Write Everything Down

 “Homeowners must document everything that occurs during a loss, do as much as possible to mitigate [the loss]—and document such mitigation,” Garcia says.

In addition to saving receipts, contracts and appraisals, document phone calls by writing down who you spoke to and when. And be sure to stow it in a secure place! Don’t want to invest in a safe? Consider keeping digital copies online using a program like Dropbox.

8. How Jewelry Is Covered

When David Cohen lost his wife’s rings, he was relieved that his homeowner’s policy covered jewelry—but it was only up to a maximum of $3,000. “My wife gave me her rings to hold,” he says. “So I promptly put them in my jacket pocket … and then forgot about the rings when I took the jacket to the cleaners. As you can imagine, they were gone.”

Within three weeks, the Cohens received a check from their insurance company, but they were still out a good deal of money because his wife’s engagement ring was worth $6,000 alone. The lesson? When signing up for homeowner’s insurance, note the limits on jewelry. “Most people don’t realize that things like wedding rings aren’t usually covered by the basic limits in their policies,” Derrick says. “You can get an appraisal at your jeweler, and then consider buying a supplemental policy to cover it.”

9. Why Good Maintenance Matters

Insurance companies would rather pay as little as possible to repair damage, so they prize early detection and prevention. Deacon Hayes and his wife paid for a routine checkup on their air conditioner because they live in Arizona and wanted to make sure that the system was ready for summer. “The specialist told us that the unit was on its last legs because of a hail storm,” Hayes recalls. Thanks to his diligence, Hayes’s insurance policy ended up paying for a new $4,000 A/C unit.

According to Derrick, one very important thing to keep an eye on is your water bill. “If you notice an unusual spike or trend upward (and it’s not just because it’s 100 degrees outside, and you’re watering your lawn more), you could have a leak somewhere,” she says. “Finding the source early could save you from dealing with a bigger headache when a major pipe bursts.”

10. How to Save by Bundling

One way to save money is to bundle your homeowner’s insurance with other policies that you already own. “But don’t just buy a bunch of policies in order to ‘save’ money,” Derrick cautions. “For example, it makes a lot of sense to have your car and homeowner’s policies with the same company because you’ll usually get some kind of discount. However, if you don’t have a need for life insurance, don’t buy a policy just because the agent says you’ll save money on other policies.” After all, if you’re spending money on something that you don’t need, where are the savings?

http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2013/08/14/11-tips-every-home-owner-needs-to-know-about-insurance.html

When It Comes to Home Maintenance Do You Fix It or Risk It?

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General When It Comes to Home Maintenance Do You Fix It or Risk It? Home Maintenance?

This article could be an eye opening experence for new homeowners. The article was provide by Erie Insurance's Website. 

The experts at HouseLogic.com say homeowners should set aside one to three percent of the purchase price of their homes (or whatever they can afford) each year for ongoing maintenance. That amounts to $2,000-$6,000 a year for a $200,000 home. However, we recently conducted an online survey through Harris Poll that found that 60 percent of American homeowners don’t have a maintenance fund. That means many homeowners could be at risk for major financial headaches down the road. For example, replacing or repairing a roof is one of the biggest expenses a homeowner may have—one that can come without warning. Nationally, the average homeowner spends about $6,600 to install a new roof, but prices can soar upwards of $20,000 depending on the size of the roof, materials used, labor costs and more.

Nearly one in four homeowners* (23 percent) admits they never inspect their roof or have it inspected unless there is a problem. Nearly a third (27 percent) of those who own a house either mistakenly believe their insurance will pay for damage that occurs to their roof over time, such as normal wear and tear, or they have no idea how their insurance works when it comes to this type of roof damage.

Homeowners also admitted to suffering some serious consequences from not maintaining their homes, with much of the damage related to water. When asked if their home was damaged due to lack of maintenance, answers included:

“Yes, did not fix a dripping leak in the upstairs bathroom, ended up leaking into first floor”

“Walls in bathroom dampened and falling apart because of leaky roof”

“Dripping water in crawl space caused mold problem”

“Water damage from improper plumbing repair”

“Flooding in the basement due to sump pump malfunction”.

Water Damage:

Clogged gutters can cause water to flow down the sides of the home and pool around its foundation, often leading to some major issues like uneven floors, cracks in walls and interior water damage. This type of claim, also known as seepage, is a maintenance issue and often is not covered under your home insurance policy. Home Advisor says homeowners can expect to pay around $3,830, on average, to repair foundation issues.

House Fires:

Laundry is part of life’s weekly grind. But did you know that dryers cause roughly 15,500 home structure fires, 29 deaths, 400 injuries and $192 million in direct property loss each year? The most common cause of dryer fires is failure to do a thorough cleaning. Because a lint trap is not a foolproof method for catching all the fuzzy stuff from clothes, lint can gradually build up and catch fire in the heating element or exhaust duct.

Water Damage:

Sump pumps are used to remove excess water from homes that would otherwise cause property damage. One survey respondent experienced flooding in his basement due to a sump pump malfunction, specifically. Water damage due to sewage and drain backups generally requires additional insurance coverage beyond a standard policy. Without that coverage, it could end up costing you, on average, $2,156, according to Home Advisor.

- See more at: https://www.erieinsurance.com/Blog/2016/Home-Maintenance-Survey#sthash.F9bCeW1A.dpuf

Don’t let water damage sneak into your home

5/13/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don’t let water damage sneak into your home Water damage

By the time water damage is noticed, it is usually too late and the damage has already been done. We may not have a scent or special power to always know where that one hidden leak or spoiled foundation is, but there are some areas that are important to be aware of. According to the writer of coolray.com, there are 5 different areas of your Nashville home to keep a regular inspection on. Coolray explains why each area is an important part of the home to pay attention to throughout the year. Although, some incidents cannot be prevented, being able to recognize the damage ahead of time can save a lot of money, resources and further damage done to your belongings.

  • Appliances

Some appliances such as water heaters, washing machines and refrigerators have a tendency to leak over time. These leaks can start off small, but if not taken care of, can turn into a big mess. 

  • Basements

Basements collect moisture from drips through the foundation that tend to cover the walls. As the moisture evaporates, it creates more humidity, which in turn can cause condensation throughout the cold basement.

  • Plumbing

Even the smallest of leaks inside a wall can become a bigger issue over time. Make sure to check your plumbing periodically to make sure that there aren’t any loose attachments that could cause a leak down the road.

  • Pipes

A backed up pipe can lead to much more than just that pipe being clogged. As the pipe backs up, it can cause them to back up into other drains causing a massage leak or flood under floor boards or even behind walls. If there are signs of a clogged pipe, make sure to have it looked at immediately to stop further damage.

  • Air conditioner

Many people have seen the moisture that collects on air conditioners on a hot, sunny day. This moisture gets worse throughout the life of the air conditioner due to regular maintenance going unseen. Make sure to watch regularly for any signs of leaking or damage to the unit.  

Source - http://www.coolray.com/blog/article/hidden_causes_of_water_damage/ 

Cigarette Odor & How SERVPRO can help you?

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Cleaning Cigarette Odor & How SERVPRO can help you? Get rid of that smell today.

Cigarette Odor Removal in Chambersburg

Do you have a friend who smokes and keeps an air freshener in their car? Sure, it’s a quick fix but you know as soon as you leave the vehicle, you’ll smell of cigarette butt as well.

At SERVPRO of Chambersburg, we know how invasive that cigarette odor can be and we know how to give it the boot. We have a few deodorization methods we can employ based on the complexity and severity of the situation.

Cigarette odors and nicotine staining often require cleaning to remove the source. We use a new technology that allows us to treat the home or car with specialty equipment that can eliminate the cigarette smoke odor at its source. We still recommend a good cleaning even if the odor and staining are not heavy because a small treatment today can help to avoid a large service later.

Here are a few examples of how we’ve helped rid Chambersburg of cigarette odor! 

Call us with your questions today. We are not afraid to tackle any deodorization challenge and we’re the most effective service in our market in Chambersburg.

Why a professional extractor unit is important vs your homeowner shop vac?

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Water Damage Why a professional extractor unit is important vs your homeowner shop vac? Water extractor unit

Many times SERVPRO of Chambersburg respond to water damage after a customer has been shop vacuuming the water up, however they are unaware that the carpets most likely will still need additional extraction to get as much water as possible to ensure proper drying. 

SERVPRO of Chambersburg is equipment with an industry extractor unit that is designed for water damage and carpet cleaning. This particular model will hold up to 80 gallons before it needs empty. How much is 80 gallons in a water damage? Most jobs we do not fill up the unit unless there is several inches of standing water.

It removed the water from the home using a high suction process that removes much more water than any shop vacuum. It can be used with a wand method, weighted stationary extractor or a rover (weighted portable extractor). When the water is removed from the home its stored in the take and the water will then be disposed in the proper fashion for the situation. 

Fire Damage Tips

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Fire Damage Fire Damage Tips Fire damage clean up using specialty cleaning productions.

A fire can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Chambersburg has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.

Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot

Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

What to do after a fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Milton/Braintree Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may
  • What is HEPA and why is it important?

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    Mold Remediation What is HEPA and why is it important? HEPA Vacuum

    You have probably heard the term HEPA in commercials for vacuums, but what does it mean?  The definition of HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air.

    What that means is that air that is passed through a HEPA filter will have 99.7% of particles in the air that are .3 microns or larger.    To help put that in perspective the diameter of a human hair is between 50 and 75 microns.  So as you can see a HEPA filter is capable of removing very small, invisible to the naked eye, particles from the air. Those particles could include but are not limited to dust, pollen, mold spores, soot or ash.

    HEPA Vacuums

     HEPA Vacumms are used in applications where critical HEPA filtration is required such as asbestos, lead or mold mitigation and cleanup.

    Air Scrubber 

    Air scrubbers are disigned for restoration, abatement, and remediation. Used for cleaning and controlling air quailty and creating nagative pressure in a work area. 

    How it works: air enters the unit and passes through three- stage filtration captureing smoke, fumes, mold spores, dust and particulates. Cleans air is returned to the enviorment. When large areas are to be cleaned, multiple units can be strategically placed for optium cleaning. 

    Using a HEPA filtered air scrubber or vacuum can help remove these small particles from the air leaving the air we breathe cleaner and remove odors.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg 717-261-0310

    Soot Cleanup & Smoke Cleanup

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    Fire Damage Soot Cleanup & Smoke Cleanup Soot cleanup after a furnace malfunction

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO Chambersburg will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

    Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg- 717-261-0310

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

    5/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage SERVPRO of Chambersburg Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This home had 4' of water after heavy rains.

    A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

    Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

    Call Today - 717-261-0310

    If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

    The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Chambersburg and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the tust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

    We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
    • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
    • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
    • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
    • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
    • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO of Chambersburg 717-261-0310

    Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    5/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Mold accumulation on basement ceiling tiles.

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg for mold remediation services.
  • What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO OF CHAMBERSBURG Today – (717-261-0310)

    How To Select The Right Fire Restoration Company

    4/25/2016 (Permalink)

    When you find that your property is subjected to fire damage, it’s crucial that you address the issue as quickly as possible. If you don’t, you run the risk of exposing your home or office space to structural damage and mold issues. The secret to ensuring that your residential or commercial property does not undergo this unwanted damage is hiring the right fire restoration company. When you find the ideal team of remediation specialists, they will be able to complete the cleanup, drying, and repair processes with speed and skill. Learn more about the helpful services offered by fire restoration companies by reviewing the short outline provided below:

    Why You Need Professional Services
    Often, commercial and residential property owners seek to complete the fire restoration process on their own. This step is never recommended and can be quite dangerous. Unfortunately, most members of the general public do not possess the experience, education, and experience necessary to expedite and optimize the fire restoration process. One of many problems you may face in attempting to complete a DIY project is that you will likely not be able to spot hidden signs of damage. Professionals possess the extensive training and knowledge to perform this type of work, and that’s why you should leave the remediation process to them.

    How Your Insurance Provider Can Help You
    Once you realize that hiring a fire restoration company is the ideal course of action following a fire, you may wonder how to get started. In some cases, your insurance provider can help you. Specifically, some insurance companies will provide their clients with referrals to the fire restoration professionals they trust. Attaining this type of information is helpful because it increases the likelihood that you will attain assistance from restoration experts who work ethically and in excellence.

    What Should You Look For In A Fire Restoration Company?
    If your insurance provider does not offer you a referral, you can master the art of finding the perfect company on your own. There are numerous steps you can take to realize this objective, such as finding a fire restoration company that offers comprehensive services. Doing so will help ensure that you don’t have to complicate the restoration process by attaining specific services from multiple companies. Some of the services that you’ll want to look for in the remediation company include:

    • HVAC system cleaning
    • Debris removal
    • Extensive drying
    • structural rebuilding

    Why Choose A Fire Restoration Company
    Although fires can be nerve-wracking and economically taxing, hiring the right restoration company can help ensure that you preserve your sanity and restore your property. To attain the proficient, specific remediation services you need and deserve, call the professionals. With a team of IICRC-certified technicians, companies are able to provide clients with the knowledgeable, efficient restoration work that gets their property back in excellent condition following a fire.

    Chambersburg Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:

    ·         Stay out of affected areas.

    ·         Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

    ·         Contact SERVPRO of Chambersburg for mold remediation services.

    What Not to Do:

    ·         Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

    ·         Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

    ·         Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

    ·         Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg  specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Chambersburg 

    Faster to your Water Damage Event

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Chambersburg arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – Chambersburg

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    ·         Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

    ·         Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

    ·         Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

    ·         Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    ·         Drywall begins to swell and break down.

    ·         Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

    ·         Furniture begins to swell and crack.

    ·         Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

    ·         A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    ·         Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

    ·         Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

    ·         Metal begins to rust and corrode.

    ·         Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

    ·         Paint begins to blister.

    ·         Wood flooring swells and warps.

    ·         Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    ·         Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

    ·         Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    About SERVPRO of Chambersburg

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

    Chambersburg 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Chambersburg 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Chambersburg provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Chambersburg and surround areas.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

    We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
    Call Today – Chambersburg

    We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

    What to Expect

    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    ·         Your name and contact information

    ·         Your insurance information (if applicable)

    ·         The street address of the water-damaged home or business

    ·         When did the flooding or water damage occur?

    ·         What caused the water damage (if known)?

    ·         Is there electricity available (on-site)?

    About SERVPRO of Chambersburg

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

    Vacation Planning? Prepare your home!

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Going on vacation should be relaxing and worry-free which is why it is important to make sure your house is secure before you leave for your trip. Be SERVPRO ready so you don’t come back to damages in your home. Here are some tips for preparing your home provided by SERVPRO of Chambersburg

    Make Arrangements with an Emergency Contact

  • Choose a close friend or neighbor you trust as your emergency contact and provide them with all of your itinerary information in case they need to contact you.
  • A timer on lights will give the impression someone is home.
  • Leave written directions for alarm codes, doors, or other information needed to properly care for your home.
  • Make sure your mail is collected; burglars often look for homes with overflowing mail. 
  • The Post office can suspend your mail and deliver the day you get back. Here is a link to the US Post Office
  • Take plumbing and electric precautions

  • Prevent leaks and floods from damaging your home by shutting off gas and water at the meter, supply tank or appliances.
  • Turn off the water valves to washing machines, sinks, and the dishwasher.
  • Unplug electronics to cut down on any possible shortages which could potentially cause a disastrous fire.
  • Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly.
  • Adjust your thermostat for the season in the winter 55-60 in the summer 75-80 should help control usage.
  •  Right before you leave

  • Notify your security company that you are leaving town.
  • Take out the kitchen trash and other trash that could get smelly.
  • Go on one last walk through of your home to secure windows, blinds, fences, doors, and plugs. This will ensure all entries are safe from hazardous obstructions.
  •  If you come back from vacation and encounter damage within your home, call SERVPRO of Chambersburg  717-261-0310. We clean up mold, fire or water damage to your home or business in the Chambersburg and surrounding areas.

    Emergency Planning

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Even with insurance coverage, disasters can shake the foundations of even the best-managed companies. Make abusiness assessment for the survival of your company. Regardless of the cause of the catastrophe, a company’s very survival often depends on being prepared to responding quickly and efficiently, so a carefully constructed disaster recovery plan is one asset that every business needs. Before any calamity strikes, you should know what tasks will need to be performed to get your company running again and who will be responsible for accomplishing them. While there is no one-size-fits-all recovery plan, every business’ strategy should include some basics. Laying the groundwork by preparing to handle insurance claims, scouting viable options for temporary operations and considering the implications of various financial alternatives before trouble strikes can make the process of recovery much easier. The impacts from hazards can be reduced by investing in mitigation. If there is a potential for significant impacts, then creating a mitigation strategy should be a high priority.

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    Insurance Considerations

    Depending upon the details of the policy that you have selected for your business, commercial property insurance may cover damage or loss of the insured property, time element losses, loss mitigation costs, and loss adjustment expenses. It may also cover costs for public relations, research and development, and other necessities. When a disaster occurs, it is crucial to take the steps that will preserve and maximize your insurance coverage. To ensure that you receive all the benefits that your business is entitled to, familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of your policy before any problems arise. Work with your insurance company to create a checklist of your responsibilities after a loss to aid you in meeting deadlines and assembling documentation. Knowing what you are responsible for and being organized will make the recovery smoother and faster.

    Making Your Claim

    If your business is hit by disaster, set your recovery plan into motion by providing prompt notification of any claim to your insurance company. Be ready to meet any deadlines for filing proof of loss statements. If circumstances make the deadline for these statements unreasonable, get written approval for extensions. Be prepared to meet any requirements for preserving the evidence of your claim if destructive testing or immediate remediation is necessary. You will also want to record your loss mitigation efforts and the reasons that these efforts were needed.

    Regardless of the cause of the catastrophe, a company's very survival often depends on responding quickly and efficiently, so a carefully constructed disaster recovery plan is one asset that every business needs.

    Regardless of the cause of the catastrophe, a company’s very survival often depends on responding quickly and efficiently, so a carefully constructed disaster recovery plan is one asset that every business needs. SERVPRO of Chambersburg  has a FREE customizable app that can aid your company recover in a timely manner. 

    Timing Matters

    Timing is critical in insurance claims. While keeping your insurance company informed is important, you need to understand any time limitations in your policy and their potential consequences. Review your policy to see if there is a deadline for electing a valuation method. See if there is a time limit for rebuilding or replacement. You will also want to check your policy for a suit limitation clause. Most policies contain one, so you will want to be sure that it is conservatively calendared to give you time to maneuver if necessary.

    Payment Possibilities

    It is not surprising that cash flow is a primary concern for a business working to recover after a catastrophe. While it can take time for a claim to be settled, some insurance policies contain provisions for claim advances or partial payments. Search through your policy to see if these provisions are included and identify how you would invoke them.

    Re-establishing Operations

    A business impact analysis (https://www.ready.gov/business-impact-analysis)  of your business before a disaster will plan and effectively get your business running smoothly again. Before anything bad happens, think about how your business could operate during the recovery phase. This may involve moving to a temporary location or finding storage for undamaged inventory or equipment, so it’s smart to be aware of the possibilities in your area. Make a note to analyze leasing and service contracts if you are forced to relocate so that you can try to tailor them to your business’s specific needs.

    Property Considerations

    Regardless of where you set up shop after a catastrophe, you will have to decide what to do with your original location. Is rehabilitating or rebuilding the site worthwhile? If you believe that it is, then you will need to arrange for professional remediation, design and construction services. If you decide against rebuilding, then you must figure out how to dispose of that property and acquire a new permanent location. Remember that a new location will still require design and construction services in order to modify it to suit your company’s needs. Don’t forget to review zoning issues for any new property to verify that your business will be able to build appropriate facilities and operate as desired at that location.

    Financing Issues

    Even with insurance, a recovery may require financing. Depending on your recovery plans, options might include a line of credit, an acquisition loan or a construction loan. In some situations, it may be possible to use legal actions to seek reimbursement from the party responsible for your loss. Weigh all the possibilities carefully and remember to consider the potential tax consequences. Understanding the pros and cons of your options before any problems start will make it easier to make smart decisions when a disaster hits

    When your business needs assistance dealing with the aftermath of a catastrophe, count on SERVPRO of Chambersburg. Our professionals are prepared to respond, so when a significant event occurs, they’ll be there for you. Whether it is damage from flooding, a fire, a tornado, a hurricane, an ice event or a snowstorm, we have the resources and expertise to help . 

    Prevent Bathroom Mold by Making Sense of Humidity

    2/2/2016 (Permalink)

    A hot, steamy shower soothes achy muscles, washes away grime and just plain feels delightful. It also raises the humidity level in your bathroom, which can create an ideal environment for mold and mildew.

    Preventing Mold With a Bathroom Exhaust Fan
    Many people mistakenly believe that the exhaust fan in the lavatory is there to whisk away unpleasant odors. While they can help with that, these fans actually serve a much larger purpose. Bathroom exhaust fans draw the moisture-laden air that fills the room after a steamy shower or hot bath out of the lavatory, bringing the room’s humidity down to a healthier level. This is a vital step in preventingmold growth and averting mold damage.

    Why a Humidity Sensor Can Help
    Is your exhaust fan up to the challenge? The answer may depend on how you use it. Most people turn the fan on when they enter their bathroom to shower and turn it off when they leave. Unfortunately, this does not always give the exhaust fan enough time to evacuate the steam and humidity. Ideally, the fan needs to run until it the moisture level in the bathroom is back to normal. You could just leave the fan running and come back later to turn it off, but you run the risk of forgetting it. This wastes energy and can shorten the lifespan of the exhaust fan. Instead, consider installing a humidity sensor. The sensor will automatically cut the fan off when the correct humidity level is restored. It is an easy way to preventmold damage.

    Dealing With Mold
    If you find that you have a mold issue in your bathroom, do not attempt to handle it yourself. Disturbing the mold may facilitate its spread. Instead, turn to the experts. Technicians have the training, specialized equipment, and protective gear to address mold damage. They can inspect the area, identify the source of moisture, contain the mold, remove it, properly cleanse your belongings and restore a healthy environment.

    How Much Weight can your roof support during a snow storm

    1/27/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage How Much Weight can your roof support during a snow storm Snow Removal on Roof

    Estimate How Much Weight Your Roof Can Support

    • Unless the roof structure is damaged or decayed, most residential roofs, regardless of the location of the house, should be able to support 20 lb per square foot of snow before they become stressed.
    • In some areas of New England and in mountainous areas throughout the United States, snow loads used in home design may be considerably higher and the roofs may be able to resist a greater depth of snow.
    • If you live in an area known for lots of snow, you can probably check with your building department to find out if higher loads were used at the time your home was built.

    Estimate How Much the Snow on Your Roof Weighs Using These Guidelines from IBHS

    Fresh snow: 10–12 inches of new snow is equal to one inch of water, or about 5 lb per square foot of roof space, so you could have up to 4 feet of new snow before the roof will become stressed.

    Packed snow: 3–5 inches of old snow is equal to one inch of water, or about 5 lb per square foot of roof space, so anything more than 2 feet of old snow could be too much for your roof to handle.

    Total accumulated weight: 2 feet of old snow and 2 feet of new snow could weigh as much as 60 lb per square foot of roof space, which is beyond the typical snow load capacity of most roofs.

    Ice: 1 inch of ice equals 1 foot of of fresh snow.

    More Infromation: https://disastersafety.org/ibhs-risks-freezing-weather/prevent-roof-collapse-homes/

    2016 Blizzard over 30 inches in Franklin County PA

    1/27/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage 2016 Blizzard over 30 inches in Franklin County PA SERVPRO after the storm.

    During January 2016 the Franklin County PA area experineced a record breaking snow fall. Chambersburg had over 32 inches for a weekend storm named Jonas. 

    Insurance coverage myths

    12/21/2015 (Permalink)

    This article originally appeared on Insure.com.

    Something about insurance are known to be true. Customers pay a premium, sometimes have to pay a set deductible, and the insurer pays out in certain situations.  But there are plenty of myths out there surrounding the insurance business.When shopping for a policy, however, those misunderstandings can be costly for clients.

    In an effort to better understand the misconceptions that surround the insurance industry, Insure.com recently surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults and asked them whether a series of 10 insurance statements were true or false. They also calculated whether men or women believed each myth more often.

    Read on to see what they found...

    Myth 1: "I should buy insurance coverage for my house based on its real estate market value"

    ·         52% think it’s true (among those who said it's true, 45% were women, 55% were men).

    ·         Tip: Buy coverage based on the costs to reconstruct the home. Imagine your home being leveled by fire or a tornado – this is a worst-case scenario that you want to insure for. In many areas of the country, rebuilding costs are quite different from real estate market value. In areas with a weak housing market, it might cost more to rebuild your house than what you could sell it for. And don’t include the value of the land in your coverage amount. An insurance agent can help calculate rebuilding costs.

    Myth 2: "Red cars cost more to insure"

    ·         46% think its true (52% women, 48% men).

    ·         Tip: Car color doesn’t affect insurance rates and insurance companies don’t use it in their calculation of rates.

    Myth 3: "If I cause a crash with extensive damage to others, my auto insurance company can cancel me immediately"

    ·         44% think its true (50% women, 50% men).

    ·         Tip: Most states have laws that prohibit insurers from canceling you mid-term due to a claim. If the insurer doesn’t want your business, they generally have to wait until your policy period is up and then they can send you a notice of nonrenewal. However, you can be canceled at any time for not paying your premiums.

    Myth 4: "Small cars are the cheapest to insure"

    ·         40% think its true (42% women, 58% men

    ·         Tip: Small and mid-size SUVs and minivans are the cheapest to insure. In the 2014 model year, the Jeep Wrangler Sport is the least expensive vehicle to insure, according to Insure.com’s study of rates. Small cars do not have the cheapest rates because they are often chosen by younger, inexperienced drivers who submit more claims. Also, injury claims are higher from small cars, which lack the weight and protection offered by larger vehicles.

    Myth 5: "The Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare) allows health insurance companies to base rates on medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer"

    ·         36% think its true (42% women, 58% men).

    ·         Tip: The Affordable Care Act prohibits health insurance companies from basing rates on pre-existing conditions. Nor can health insurers charge different amounts for men and women.

    Myth 6: "Comprehensive auto insurance covers everything and anything"

    •32% think its true (41% women, 59% men).

    •Tip: If we could go back in time, we should never name it “comprehensive coverage.” Even “non-accident specific-problem coverage” would be less confusing to car insurance buyers. Comprehensive coverage pays for certain problems such as car theft, storm damage, animal collisions and vandalism.

    Myth 7: "Thieves prefer to steal new cars"

    •29% think its true (42% women, 58% men).

    •Tip: Older cars are more valued among thieves because the market for their parts is bigger. If you want to cover car theft, buy comprehensive coverage.

    Myth 8: "If my friend borrows my car and crashes it, their insurance will pay for damage"

    •25% think its true (48% women, 52% men).

    •Tip: Handing your car keys to a friend or relative is like handing them your insurance future. If they cause damage, the claim goes on your auto insurance policy and can affect your rates for years to come. And they probably won’t offer to chip in.

    Myth 9: "The Affordable Care Act requires me to take the health insurance plan offered by my employer"

    •19% think its true (41% women, 59% men).

    •Tip: The Affordable Care Act requires almost all Americans to buy a health plan but doesn’t say where you must get it. If you don’t have access to health insurance through work or a spouse’s employer, mark your calendar for the open enrollment period for 2015 individual health insurance, which starts on Nov. 15, 2014.

    Myth 10: "Out-of-state speeding tickets can't follow you home"

    •13% think its true (34% women, 66% men).

    •Tip: Those tickets can follow you, and can affect your car insurance rates.  This myth had the biggest disparity between men and women among the survey questions, with far more men believing they could get away with speeding in another state.

    Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) FAQ

    12/3/2015 (Permalink)

    Commercial Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) FAQ Bright Green Folder to keep all your important recovery plans in.

    ERP FAQ

    The marketing team at SERVPRO® of Chambersburg has been busy helping local businesses prepare for their next challenge by creating an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Here are the most frequent questions we encounter when introducing the ERP to property managers and business owners.

    What Is an ERP?

    An Emergency Ready Profile® compiled by a SERVPRO® Franchise professional is a document that organizes critical emergency information so that a property owner or manager can respond quickly and efficiently to a disaster. While many emergency plans focus on getting people out of a building safely, our plan aims to get everyone back in the building again as soon as possible.

    What Will an ERP Cost?

    There is no charge for an ERP. Homeowners are encouraged to download the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App to create their own personal Emergency Ready Profile® for their home. Commercial property owners and business managers can contact their local SERVPRO® Franchise to have a professional come out and create the profile for them.

    What Is in It for You?

    With an ERP, you will be able to reduce business interruption and quickly mitigate a loss following an adverse event, saving both time and money. Important information like where to find your water, gas, electric and sprinkler shutoffs and key contacts for beginning restoration will be right at your fingertips in the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App, and you will be able to share this information quickly and easily with anyone who needs it.

    What Is in It for SERVPRO®?

    You may be wondering what’s in it for us if there is no charge for an ERP. That is a fair question. First, we hope that helping you prepare before you need our services makes it more likely you will think of us when disaster strikes. Second, we know that having this information organized ahead of time will allow us to better serve you should you choose to call us following an adverse event. However, even if you never use our services, we will still have the satisfaction of helping our community be better equipped to survive a disaster.

    Who Has Access to Your Information?

    Once we compile a commercial ERP, we deliver the following to the business owner or any approved personal at your company:

    ·         A printed document ERP.

    ·         A username and password for each user the mobile Ready Plan app version of your ERP, so you can immediately share it with all necessary parties at your discretion.

    Here at SERVPRO® of Chambersburg the document is stored locally on our server, and the mobile version is stored in the SERVPRO® corporate Ready Plan app, in case you need us to respond to an emergency at your site.

    Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

    11/25/2015 (Permalink)

    Reprinted from www.redcross.org



    Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. The American Red Cross provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.

    Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

    Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the "strength" of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

    Preventing Frozen Pipes
    Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
    • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
    • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
    • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
    • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

    During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action
    • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
    • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
    • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
    • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
    • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

    To Thaw Frozen Pipes
    • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
    • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
    • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
    • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
    • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

    Future Protection
    • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
    • Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.
    • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
    • For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.

    Every second counts during a fire

    11/25/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Every second counts during a fire Fire damages causing smoke and soot throughout home.

    Every second counts during a fire.  In just a matter of moments, a small flame can turn into a major fire, making it critical to be prepared by having an escape plan in place.  A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.  Once a plan is developed, it is important to ensure everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year.  The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan for your family.

    ·         Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows.  Find two ways to get out of each room.  Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

    ·         Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor.

    ·         Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped.  Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

    ·         Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.

    ·         Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.

    Escape Planning for Your Business

    Although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency situation.  OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.

    ·         Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans.  You may wish to select an individual(s) to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.

    ·         Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees.  Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

    ·         Conduct office evacuation exercise and drills.  Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count.  Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburgis here to help with all of your business Emergency Readiness Plans (ERPs).  We are only a phone call away at 717-261-0310 if fire does invade your home or office.

    State-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or office.

    11/25/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage State-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or office. state-of-the-art drying equipment

    Did you know, there is actually a science behind the process of drying?  The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its pre-loss condition.  While you’re initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, your local SERVPRO of Chambersburg Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary water damages.  If your business suffers water damage, your local SERVPRO of Chambersburg Professional will: 

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.
  • What exactly does "speed up Mother Nature" mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium.  When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material- but only if the air is, indeed, drier.  The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damage may occur while the building is drying out. 

    Your local SERVPRO of Chambersburg Professionals have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.  We also utilize state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or office. 

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg Professionals specialize in water damage restoration.  If your home or office experiences water damage, call us immediately.

    2015 Disney Parade by SERVPRO of Chambersburg

    11/24/2015 (Permalink)

    Community 2015 Disney Parade by SERVPRO of Chambersburg SERVPRO of Chambersburg Float.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg presented Disney to the town for the annual Christmas Parade in Chambersburg. Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Tinkerbell, Belle, Cinderella, Darth Vader and much more.  

    SERVPRO enjoys participating in the annual parade to put a show on for the children of the community. What better way of starting the holiday season! 

    Hardwood floors when to replace after a water damage

    11/6/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Hardwood floors when to replace after a water damage Hardwood floors that need replace due to length of time water was in contact with them.

    This Chambersburg home was not occupied daily and when the caregivers checked on the home there was extensive damage to the hardwood floor. As the photo illustrate the height of the change of flooring these floors had to be removed and replaced.

    With the right condition, speedy response, and specialized equipment hardwood are typical saved during a water damage. After the hardwood floors dry they should natural settle within 6-8 weeks and then may need refinishing and sanding. Still it is a less invasive process than replacing. 

    Increase in Mold in area

    10/9/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Increase in Mold in area Mold in a crawl space

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg has been receiving a large amount of calls in regards to mold. The cause of most homeowners mold is a water damage that was not professioal dryout out. SERVPRO professionals have specialized training and tools to insure the home is properly dry after a water damage. 

    Homeowners can reduce there risk of having a mold problem by having a professional remediation company like, SERVPRO perform the services. 

    Meet Brittany Snyder, GM for SERVPRO of Chambersburg

    9/24/2015 (Permalink)

    General Meet Brittany Snyder, GM for SERVPRO of Chambersburg General Manager, Brittany Snyder

    Brittany is the General Manager for SERVPRO of Chambersburg. She joined the franchise in May of 2011. During her time with SERVPRO, she has learn all function of the company.  Her main focus at SERVPRO of Chambersburg is building community relationships and customer satisfaction and devolving a strong team to service the customers. 

    Brittany also serves on several community committees: Chambersburg Chamber Ambassador, United Way of Franklin County event planning, Chambersburg Chamber Referral Group, Crab Feast Committee and a few more. Brittany is also a certified continuing education instructor for insurance. 

    Meet one of SERVPRO Owners

    9/24/2015 (Permalink)

    Community Meet one of SERVPRO Owners Marlin Myers

    Meet one of the owners at SERVPRO of Chambersburg. Marlin Myers. Did you know Marlin serves as a board member for the American Red Cross. He enjoys helping families in the area and with his connection to the Red Cross he is able to provide resources for families in need during a fire or similar disaster event.

    Marlin was a general contactor for his own company for about 20+ years and decided to use his expertiese to help family's in need after a disaster. Marlin's experties allows SERVPRO of Chambersburg to perform repairs after a fire, water or mold damage. 

    This give the customer an added bonus when choosing SERVPRO of Chambersburg for a one stop shop. We can dry out the home ofter a flood or water damage and provide the resourse to make it like new agian. 

    Specialty Cleanup: Hoarders, Elderly downsizing.

    6/30/2015 (Permalink)

    General Specialty Cleanup: Hoarders, Elderly downsizing. Lease Agreement

    Did your tenants leave behind a mess when they moved out? 

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg is able to provide a wide verity of services. When the job gets to tough for the average cleaner and requires some special skill, SERVPRO is there to help get the job done. 

    Weather it's a hoarders home, elderly who are looking to downsize SERVPRO is able to apply their special skills to make a safe, clean and sanitary area for others. 

    Are you ready?

    6/30/2015 (Permalink)

    Community Are you ready? SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

    Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

    Make an appointment today to get started!

    Flooding In Chambersburg PA

    6/30/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Flooding In Chambersburg PA One of the high tech moisture meter's we use to detect water.

    This week SERVPRO of Chambersburg has been performing several water restorations due to the heavy rain causing basements to flood. Although a home may have never had water due to rain before does not mean it's not possible. Some homes we have provided services to never had a ground water intrusion for 20+ years. 

    What is a typical process when your home is affected by weather and causes water to intrude your home? 

    Any water that enters the home from outside water, such as rain is considered contaminated water and all pours material is has make contact with should be removed and hard surfaces should be cleaned. 

    Why? Because the contaminates in the soils outside are unknowned. Is there chemicals, animal feces, fertilizer that can be contaminating the water. 

    Call SERVPRO if you experience any water intrusion to your home! 

    Extreme Cleanup Services

    5/11/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Extreme Cleanup Services Hoarding

    According to the ocfoudation " Hoarding behaviors can begin as early as the teenage years, although the average age of a person seeking treatment for hoarding is about 50. Hoarders often endure a lifelong struggle with hoarding. They tend to live alone and may have a family member with the problem. It seems likely that serious hoarding problems are present in at least 1in 50 people, but they may be present in as many as 1 in 20. "

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg has helped assisted with many similar situations.

    Unoccupied Home With Mold

    3/23/2015 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Unoccupied Home With Mold Large growth of mold in basement

    This home in Chambersburg PA was effected by a large growth of mold. The home was unoccupied for several months and without a controlled climate causing moisture to build up and cause mold growth in the lower level of the home as shown in the photos. 

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg hired an indoor environmental specialist to conduct air quality sample in all areas of the home. The result were positive for mold in the basement and the main level. 

    SERVPRO was able to complete the mold remediation and had the air quailty re-tested and the results were negitive. 

    Freezing Pipes

    1/22/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Freezing Pipes Water

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg received calls starting January 8th, 2015 for freezing pipes causing water damage to homes and business in the Chambersburg and surrounding.  When water damage is caused due to a frozen pipe typical there is extensive damage. The number one cause of pipes to freeze is due to a lack of sufficient heat.

    If you find yourself in the middle of a "freeze" crisis, like broken pipes, here are some water damage tips that you can do to minimize the damage till SERVPRO arrives. Call us at SERVPRO of Chambersburg 717-261-0310.... Responding to emergencies 24/7!

    Are you pipes going to freeze?

    11/21/2014 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg experienced a high volume of calls from January-February of 2013 as a result of frozen pipes. When a pipe busts due to being frozen it normally results in a large amount of damage affecting several rooms or attaching homes.

    Some homeowners had heat, but it just wasn't enough to prevent the damages. Be sure you protect your pipes this year before it’s too late.

    If you experience damages to your home or business in the Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Greencastle and surrounding areas please call SERVPRO of Chambersburg at 717-261-0310 to assist with the cleanup to get your home or business back up and running.

    2014 Red Cross Hero's Event

    11/7/2014 (Permalink)

    Community 2014 Red Cross Hero's Event The Hero's of Franklin and Cumberland Counties.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg was proud to be a sponsor for the 2014 Hero's Recognition held by the American Red Cross. SERVPRO of Chambersburg presented the 9-1-1 Dispatcher Hero award and the Law Enforcement Hero award. We would like to thank all the Hero's for all their services that they offer for the community.

    Are you ready for a disaster?

    10/27/2014 (Permalink)

    Community Are you ready for a disaster? Are you ready for a disaster?

    Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. Whether you are taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg Mixer w/ the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

    8/20/2014 (Permalink)

    Community SERVPRO of Chambersburg Mixer w/ the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce August 19 2014 Chamber Mixer at SERVPRO

    On August 19th 2014, SERVPRO of Chambersburg hosted the August Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Mixer with several sponsors including Texas Roadhouse providing the delicious food, Spirit Sound Production for the entertainment, In and Out Beverage for the adult drinks, Chambersburg Rental for the tables, chairs and tent. Along with all the table sponsors including American Red Cross, Strickler Insurance, BCM Payroll, Believe and Achieve Fitness , News Talk 103.7 Shetter Insurance, Ur Sweet Repeats, LLC

    SERVPRO helping the Hamilton Heights Youth League

    8/7/2014 (Permalink)

    Community SERVPRO helping the Hamilton Heights Youth League The SERVPRO on Demo Day!

    Please Read this touching message that we received today! It is our goal to help our community and the kids in the area.

    I want to write a thank you to SERVPRO of Chambersburg. Hamilton Heights youth league has gotten land to build baseball/Softball fields and Possibility of Football and All Purpose Fields.

    The First objective was to remove Buildings from the property. The youth league was up in arms on how to accomplish this Feat. We gave a Call to SERVPRO of Chambersburg and talked to the Owner Marlin Myers. He immediately donated his time to remove the asbestos in the buildings. In Turn this was not good enough for his huge heart for the community and the Kids of the Chambersburg area.

    We received a Call from him a couple weeks later saying he had some favors to Call in from several local companies. Several months down the road Marlin was still working on this for the community. We then received a call stating that he was going to help build our Dream. He stated that he was in contact with Fayetteville Contractors, IESI and Blue Ridge Landfill. He was able to get these three companies on board with him to help the youth league. Fayetteville contractors were willing to donate equipment and manpower for 1 day to remove the buildings and Blue Ridge Landfill was able to donate a total of 80 tons for the youth league to dump the buildings and IESI donated the Trucks at a extremely low rate for the Pick ups.

    Now Fast Forward to August 5th 2014, SERVPRO of Chambersburg, Fayetteville contractors, Blue Ridge Landfill and IESI were going to Town removing the Buildings. We have hit a couple Snags in the road but everything is moving forward. The buildings are way heavier then anyone could have expected, but we are working to finish the job by the end of the Week. We need more money as a community to finish the Job but it is like any project always something in your way. Marlin and the other companies are still helping and Marlin will see it to the end.

    If I would need any type of Fire, Water Cleanup or Cleaning Services there would be no better company or Person in the Chambersburg Area Then Marlin Myers and his staff If there is any residential Trash or Dump needs IESI will have you covered. Any Dump needs please choose Blue Ridge Landfill to help you out they are there to support the community If there is any Drive way, road work, excavating or Construction Work the Staff at Fayetteville Contactors have you covered. Again Thanks Marlin Thanks, Brett Hockensmith Volunteer and Parent at Hamilton Heights Youth League

    Disaster Plannin Lunch & Learn

    2/12/2014 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg presented a disaster planning lunch & learn at the Chamber of Commerce. They learned about how to protect their belongings and prepare for whatever happened.

    Cold Tempatures Cause Frozen Pipes

    1/17/2014 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Cold Tempatures Cause Frozen Pipes Polar Vertex is causing pipes to freeze.

    The historic Polar Vortex that resulted in the coldest temps in 20 years has SERVPRO Franchises from the deep south up to the Canadian border and as far west as Kansas City busy responding to customers with water damage.
    SERVPRO would like to remind residents and business owners that we are “Here to Help”. SERVPRO's Storm Team has been deployed to multiple locations across the US and is on-site helping those affected.

    With the large number of claims and the need for cleanup and restoration, residents are encouraged to be patient while SERVPRO makes every effort to respond to each need as quickly as possible. To get help, file a claim online or contact your local SERVPRO Franchise.

    Christmas Parade

    12/4/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Christmas Parade WHOVILLE

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg brought WHOVILLE and the whole gang to downtown Chambersburg for the Christmas Parade. We are excited to annouce that we won 3rd place.

    Trick or Treat with SERVPRO

    10/30/2013 (Permalink)

    Trick or treat in the Borough of Chambersburg will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. It's very important that you include safety into your Halloween celebrations this season so SERVPRO of Chambersburg will be hosting a Safety Stop on Halloween night. Look for us at the "Pit" ball field in Kensington Heights during the trick or treat hours. We will have glow sticks, candy, and hot coco to set all the little ghouls and goblins up for a safe, fun evening!

    SERVPRO hosts American Red Cross Blood Drives

    9/19/2013 (Permalink)

    Community SERVPRO hosts American Red Cross Blood Drives Together with the Red Cross, we can save lives!

    We here at SERVPRO of Chambersburg take great pride in our partnership with the American Red Cross.  One way we team up to support the Red Cross is by hosting blood drives.  For someone who has never donated before, the process can seem intimidating, but giving whole blood is simple.  The donation process, from the time you arrive unitl the time you leave, takes about an hour.  The donation itself is only about 10 minutes.  And the satisfaction you get from knowing you've helped change a life?  Timeless!

    Here are some tips to ensure your donation goes as smooth as possible:

    Before you give - Get a good night's sleep, have a good breakfast or lunch, drink extra water and fluids (but avoid tea, coffee, or caffeinated beverages), eat iron-rich foods like fortified cereals and broccoli, and avoid fatty foods like hamburgers, fries or ice cream.

    While you give - Wear clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow, show the staff "good veins" that have been used to draw blood in the past, and don't forget to relax.

    After you give - Enjoy a snack and drink in our refreshment area. Drink plenty of fluids in the next 24 to 48 hours, avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about 5 hours, and eat a well-balanced meal.

    Remember: Donors seldom experience discomfort after giving, but if you feel light-headed, lie down until the feeling goes away. If bleeding occurs after you take off your bandage, apply pressure to the site and raise your arm until the bleeding stops. If bruising or bleeding appears under the skin, apply a cold pack. And if for any reason something doesn't feel right, call the post-donation number at 1-866-236-3276. 

    Check us out in The ADvertiser

    8/28/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Check us out in The ADvertiser Front page of the newspaper.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg was on the front page of Public Opions ADvertiser. The photo is from the ribbon cutting/ openhouse in July. There was about 50-70, friends, family, co-workers, contractors, customers along with other bussiness owners.

    Working for those who protect and serve our community

    8/22/2013 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Working for those who protect and serve our community SERVPRO of Chambersburg cleans law enforcement vehicles.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg takes great pride in our community and we are thankful for everything our local law enforcement agencies do to keep us all safe.  Sometimes in their line of work, law enforcement encounters situations where things get a bit messy, including the police vehicles that need to be used on a daily basis.  Cleaning these vehicles sometimes entails dealing with hazardous materials such as bodily fluids and bloodborne pathogens.  Our biohazard technicians take great care to ensure the interior of their vehicles, including windows, seats, and floor, are cleaned and sanitized properly.  Using the SERVPRO Ozone Generators, we also destroy odors in vehicles rather than just covering them up.  All this is done to make that mess in the back seat “like it never even happened.”

    Do you know what a Puff back is?

    8/19/2013 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Do you know what a Puff back is? Here is a photo of the classic webs left behind after a puff back.

    "Puff back" is a term used to describe what happens when built up oil ignites in a furnace, resulting in an explosion.  The soot and other debris from the explosion can easily be carried throughout a home by the exhaust and heating systems.  This means that potentially every room of a house can be damaged.  Puff backs are characterized by the oily, black soot left behind, often appearing like spider webs.  The residue from a puff back usually requires extensive cleaning and restoration services offered by SERVPRO of Chambersburg.

    Emergency Supply Kit

    8/13/2013 (Permalink)

    Community Emergency Supply Kit Emergency Supply Kit we put together to give away at our Open House.

    At our Open House on July 26, 2013, SERVPRO of Chambersburg gave away an Emergency Supply Kit to one of our guests who best completed a scavenger hunt.  The scavenger hunt was created to encourage our guests to learn more about SERVPRO of Chambersburg, what we do, and how we do it.  The Emergency Supply Kit contained necessities such as a flashlight, batteries, radio, matches, candles, non-perishable food items, and thermal blanket.  We encourage all of our friends and family to take emergency preparedness seriously!

    August 7, 2013 CE Class

    8/13/2013 (Permalink)

    Community August 7, 2013 CE Class Our Production Manager explaining the equipment used to detect water.

    On August 7, 2013, SERVPRO of Chambersburg hosted Continuing Education Credit Courses for Insurance Professionals.  The courses we offer are valid for both Pennsylvania and Maryland.  Today's courses offered were on Ethics and Mitigation Awareness.  Sheryl Whetstone instructed the courses.

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg's New Addition

    6/4/2013 (Permalink)

    General SERVPRO of Chambersburg's New Addition Our new addition is up and looking good. Won't be long now!!

    SERVPRO of Chambersburg's new addition is nearing completion.  We broke ground on our new 3,200 square foot, three bay garage and warehouse in April of 2013.  We are very excited to celebrate the completion of our garage with a Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and an Open House in late July, 2013.

    An unnoticed water loss turn into a Mold Remediation

    4/30/2013 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation An unnoticed water loss turn into a Mold Remediation The unnoticed water loss caused mold to grow in all areas of the basement

    While a homeowner was away on a business trip their hot water heater broke. When SERVPRO of Chambersburg arrived on site there were several inches of water on the whole level of the basement. It was estimated that the water heated broke three weeks prior to the arrival of SERVPRO. The unnoticed water loss caused mold to grow in all areas of the basement. SERVPRO of Chambersburg completed the mitigation and repairs for the homeowner.

    SERVPRO at PAMIC in Gettysburg Pa

    4/30/2013 (Permalink)

    Community SERVPRO at PAMIC in Gettysburg Pa SERVPRO'S display at PAMIC in Gettysburg Pa.

    No job is to small or too big for SERVPRO. At a local insurance event SERVPRO's in the surrounding areas of Gettysburg displayed that SERVPRO'S have the power to complete any job. SERVPROs ablity to do any job is due to the team work of the franchies working together.

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