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

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

concrete block showing water damage If you have experienced any signs of water damage in your basement, give SERVPRO of Shippensburg / Perry County today! 717-300-3347

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

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

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

3 Top Signs That There Is Water Damage In a Basement

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

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

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

If you have experienced any of these signs of water damage in your basement, give us a call. We’ll be happy to have our water restoration technicians review the damage and give you an assessment on how we can help treat it properly. Contact SERVPRO of Shippensburg/Perry County today! 717-300-3347

Improve Your Air Quality: Duct Cleaning Can Help!

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Person laying on back inspecting HVAC To schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Shippensburg / Perry County at 717-300-3347 today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

Raindrops falling into a pool of water SERVPRO of Shippensburg / Perry County is here to help restore your home to its original state. Contact us today! (717) 300-3347

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

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

Protecting Your Home From the Hazard of Heavy Rains

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experts Are Here When You Need Home Restoration Services | SERVPRO® of Shippensburg / Perry County

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop Contact SERVPRO of Shippensburg / Perry County today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

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

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

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

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

Millions of Homeowners File Claims

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

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

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

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

Training Makes All the Difference

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

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

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

A Clean Home Can Aid in Fire Prevention | SERVPRO® of Shippensburg/Perry County

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Clear the Clutter

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

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

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

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

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

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

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

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

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

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

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

Put Returning Customers and Employees at Ease With a Deep-Clean | SERVPRO® of Shippensburg / Perry County

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of Shippensburg / Perry County team.

From rural areas in Shippensburg / Perry County to major metro areas like Philadelphia, communities and families are high on hope that “normal” life is returning as the COVID-19 pandemic slowly makes its way to the rear view mirror, and business owners are hopeful for a full return to economic recovery as well.

But as cautious shoppers and contagion-conscious employees return to in-person shopping habits and on-site work, it’s now on you as a business owner to provide them with a place of safety, and to make sure they know you’ve made their health a priority.

Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives you both of those things. We’ll sanitize your building with a custom cleaning compound that’s proven effective against no less than MRSA to anthrax, and we’ll equip you with a way to let your customers know before they ever walk through the door that they’re safe in your store or office.

It’s all possible because of the three C’s:

Consult. Your business isn’t quite like any other, and we know that means it has sanitation needs that other area businesses don’t have. So we’ll come up with a cleaning plan that suits your business to a T. It helps that SERVPRO of Shippensburg / Perry County is locally owned and operated, so we are already acquainted with many of the intricacies of southeastern Pennsylvania.

Clean. Once we sort out your specific needs, we’ll get to work doing the work of disinfecting. With our proprietary solutions, we’ll give you an extreme clean that meets or exceeds CDC standards, is NSF-approved for use around food and is EPA-tested for safety around kids, pets and the elderly. And our focus is bigger than COVID-19—our methods are designed to reduce the risk of a host of other illness-inducing germs.

Certify. Now you can let your employees and customers know that you’ve gone the extra mile to make your business as clean and safe as it can possibly be by displaying the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in your windows or on your door. We’ll also hook you up with other physical and digital resources to let everyone know your building is spick-and-span, instilling peace of mind in every prospective entrant.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Backyard Fire Hazard Awareness SERVPRO of Shippensburg/Perry County

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flames and smoke from backyard fire Fire can be a beautiful thing! Be careful that it stays where it should.

Spring practically begs us to head outdoors. There’s so much to enjoy, from the mild, breezy weather to the incredible display of nature’s beauty. And there’s a renewed sense of life that it all brings that energizes us and calls us to get out of the house and enjoy the world around us, or at the very least to head out in the yard and play catch.

One of the things many people love to do most outdoors in this season is barbecue, and just about any excuse to fire up the grill will do. But the increase in grilling and backyard activity also unfortunately means a rise in spring and summer fires.

In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. But keeping fires at bay is pretty simple, and you can stay ahead of the curve by observing a few simple guidelines:

The grill. The grill is the first thing to check to avoid fires caused in springtime. This is only natural because grills are basically billboards for fire danger. Make sure your grill is sturdy and on solid ground, away from anything flammable. Don’t use liquid accelerants to make your fire burn quicker or hotter (the same goes for fire pits), always stay with the grill while it’s cooking and make sure to clean it between uses. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. Visions of marshmallows roast in your head at this time of year, and you should by all means make them a reality. But be safe with your fire pit! Avoid flying embers by using a grate cover, keeping leaves and pine needles out of the fire and extinguishing your fire slowly instead of dumping water on it suddenly. Don’t ever leave it unattended, and don’t allow pets or kids near unsupervised.

Chimneys and dryer vents. While you’re thinking about fire safety, go ahead and clean that chimney out, removing dangerous soot and ash from inside, so you don’t end up with a hazard in the fall when you need your fireplace again. Take off your dryer’s vent pipe, removing any dangerous lint from the inside—and do this again in six months.

Your local SERVPRO of Shippensburg/Perry County technicians are on hand 24⁄7 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call us today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

A Clean Home Can Aid in Fire Prevention | SERVPRO® of Shippensburg/Perry County

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

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

House fires are the most common disaster in the country. It is more important than ever to keep your Shippensburg/Perry County home fire hazard-free.

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

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

Clear the Clutter

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

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

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

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

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

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

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

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

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

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

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

Don't Let Storms Get the Better of You | SERVPRO® of Shippensburg/Perry County

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Shippensburg/Perry County right away.

You don’t want storms to catch you and your household off-guard. Their severe effects, such as lighting and heavy rain, can damage your home or even your well-being. There are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, and they can affect you at any moment.

In Shippensburg/Perry County, hurricane remnants can make landfall, leading to property damage and flooding. For example, Hurricane Ida had an impact on the county in 2021. More than four to eight inches of rain were dumped across the county.

This is why it’s vital to prepare for severe weather by putting together an emergency kit and communications strategy to deal the aftermath. Preparation will make a world of difference to reduce a storm’s impact on you and your home.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

If you encounter severe weather, you want to make sure everyone in your household can receive communications from authorities. You also need to know the difference between weather watches and warnings so you know when to be aware and when to seek shelter.

The next items you should have in your possession are a cell phone and an NOAA weather radio.

You should also have a communication strategy for your household. This should include your safe space that everyone knows to get to in the event of bad weather. Additionally, coordinate a communication plan in case any family members are away from home when a storm hits.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

Your emergency kit is an essential piece of storm preparation. It needs to consist of enough essentials to support your family for at least 72 hours of sheltering in place. Essentials should include durable food, water, flashlights and first-aid supplies. Store the kit in your at-home storm shelter area.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Once the storm is over, you need to take a look back at your safety plan and evaluate its effectiveness. You can do this by gathering feedback from your household on the communications, emergency kit and any other elements that could use improvement the next time a storm strikes.

The other step you need to take is checking your property for any damage. Look specifically at your roof and the seals around windows and doors where water damage is likely.

If there is damage, SERVPRO of Shippensburg/Perry County is available 247 to help you address it. We will provide you with a team of trusted restoration professionals you can count on to respond quickly and restore your home back to its pre-storm condition in no time.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

Water Damage Restoration 101 | SERVPRO® oF Shippensburg/Perry County

5/21/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded staircase SERVPRO® of Shippensburg/Perry County (717)-300-3347

When your home is being threatened by water damage from flooding or leaks, SERVPRO of Shippensburg/Perry County Professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects water damage can have in order to help preserve and restore your property.

Our Professionals have the equipment and experience necessary to handle the most challenging water damage and removal situations and are available around-the-clock.  We concentrate on safely drying, deodorizing and disinfecting the areas flooded or damaged by water, utilizing the following:

Water Removal Equipment

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, & Anti-Microbial Treatments

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other microorganisms.

Hi-Tech Drying Equipment

  • Drying equipment helps prevent property water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls and furniture.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers minimize secondary water damage.
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads and furniture, evaporating moisture.
  • Some situations call for special drying techniques that require state of the art equipment and training.

Our Professionals are ready to respond 24/7 to mitigate any size loss in Shippensburg/Perry County and the surrounding area.  Call us at 717-300-3347.