Over the last few months SERVPRO of Southern Monroe has had the opportunity to rub elbows with some of Pennsylvania's finest when it comes to Fire and Ems Services. Over the weekend of 18th of November Anthony (SMR) attended the 27th annual PFESI Dinner. At the dinner the Board of directors came up and gave awards out to some of the most influential members in the group. Also during the dinner there was a moment of silence for those men and women we lost in the line of duty. SERVPRO is a major sponsor of the PFESI and works along side the fire and EMS on a daily basis. One thing to take away from the event was the commitment to community that all of our Fire and EMS members have. The really create a strong sense of community in their actions.
Emergency Document Drying and Recovery
When tragedy strikes, you can lose not only your most valuable assets, but also your most important documents. Sometimes this means irreplaceable assets such as artwork and letters from loved ones becoming ruined resulting in devastating loss. Luckily, the methods for restoring documents have become more and more advanced in recent times. While no piece of paper can ever be returned completely to the original condition, the drying and recovery methods we use can greatly improve the condition of documents formerly destined for the garbage can.
Tragedies can strike at any time, and when these disasters damage our documents who do we turn to? At times like these we need a professional who can come in and assure us that our documents can be restored. We offer our document recovery services for home owners, business, government organizations, schools and healthcare professionals. Even items considered to be a total loss can sometimes be fully recovered using our advanced techniques.
We are a full service restoration and document recovery firm. Our mission is to save your damaged documents from the destruction of fire, smoke, water, and moisture. Recovering your damaged documents is our specialty.
We currently are able to restore documents of nearly all types which includes but isn't limited to:
- Books and Manuscripts
- Business Records and Documents
- Coated Papers
- Drafting Linens
- Electronic Media - Of All Forms
- Legal Files
- Paper Money
- Patient and Medical Papers
- Pulp Paper
- Reference Books
- Text Books
Our team of document restoration professionals are both certified as well as capable of getting the job done with years of experience and the best, most advanced training available. We combine experience, training, and state-of-the-art technology to restore and preserve your documents as close to their original state as possible given the damage of the content and available technology.
For water damaged documents there are several methods available to remove the water and any moisture from your documents ensuring that they are fully restored to their maximum potential. The process involves freeze drying, vacuum thermal drying, air drying, desiccant air-drying and other advanced techniques. If your document is capable of being saved, we're capable of doing it, and we have some of the most competitive prices in the market when it comes to the document restoration business. We can offer you direct billing or work with your insurance agency at your discretion.
Our team of highly trained professionals can handle documents damaged by smoke, fire, and water. Each type of damage presents it's own unique set of challenges and problems based on the type of damage and the form of media that has been damaged. Water damage can be especially bad as it often packs an onset of problems by not only causing all of the problems associated with typical water damage but also setting up the perfect habitat for mold. Thankfully, we are well versed at stopping and preventing mold damage to documents as long as you act quickly and contact us to begin the restoration procedures ASAP.
Our document restoration service for fire and smoke damaged documents is the most thorough you will find in the industry, anywhere. We know that with this type of damage it's not only the damage you can see on the surface but also what is trapped on the inside that you can't see with the naked eye. Soot and smoke damage can wreak havoc on your media but our team of experts are able to remove even the most extensive damage.
We use the most state-of-the-art technology in the field and we keep upgrading our restoration methods as new and more improved ones become available. So you can easily rest assured any document restoration performed by us will be done while making use of the latest and the best technology available. If you have any document damage we invite you to contact us and join our family of customers. We hope to hear from you soon!
Why you need a professional to clean smoke damage in your home or business
After a fire, your house is left with lingering smoke that can be harmful to your health and property. The best thing to do in such a situation is to clean smoke immediately because if you ignore it, the smoke will cause massive damage on your property which will require more money to clean than if you had cleaned it soon enough. If the smoke is not cleaned as soon as possible, the items that will be mostly affected by smoke are drapes, carpets, upholstery and walls because they will become permanently discolored. Glass will become extremely etched, and metals will tarnish which will require replacement.
You might think that you can do a good job at cleaning smoke by yourself without any basic knowledge and skills on how to go about it but this can lead to you causing further damage on the items. The best thing to do will be to hire experienced professionals from a reputable company to do the cleaning and restore the home to the state it was in before the fire disaster struck.
One of the advantages of using experts to clean soot is that they have specialized tools which are crucial in eliminating smoke. These are tools such as extractors, rotary scrubbers, and wet cleaning tools. Another advantage is that they have a lot of experience in doing such work; therefore, they will know the right steps to take in cleaning hour home and preventing further damage on your property.
When they come to your home, the first thing they will do is to assess the extent of the damage and determine where the odors are coming from. They will then vacuum the whole house to remove any traces of soot. Soot is dangerous because it can cause breathing complications besides damaging property. After they finish vacuuming, they will cover the carpets and furniture to prevent more dirt from settling on them. They will also identify what can and cannot be replaced and advise you accordingly. Once they find the source of the odor they will use specialized detergents to treat it and eliminate the smell completely.
What to do after a fire
Once in a while lady luck goes against us and we are struck by calamities such as fire. Fire can be caused by:
- Human errors such as forgotten candles
- Electrical faults
- Home appliances
- Gases and chemicals
Even with smoke detectors in place, fire can raze down an entire building or parts of the building leaving considerable damage in its trail. Long after the firefighters have left the question on most house owners minds is what next? The damage is both financially and emotionally draining. Loss of personal property and disruption of regular life is frustrating. It may involve moving out to a new home while the damages are repaired and for business, it leads to an immediate loss of income.
Once you have met with your insurance provider, you then seek a firm that specializes in restoration. You need a company that has an excellent reputation and will help rebuild your house. Not everybody that promises to bring back your premises' lost glory will deliver. When contracting a restoration company in Manhattan consider the following:
Restoration should be carried out as quickly as possible. You want to restore normalcy within the shortest time possible. If it's business, it should be up and running within a relatively short period. You don't want to work with someone that will drag the repairs for months. Speed does not mean poor maintenance. It is possible to achieve good quality renovation in a short period using the right staff and equipment.
Ensure the firm you select has experienced and qualified staff. The staff should also be trustworthy; your belongings should remain safe even as you open your home or business to 'strangers.' They should possess modern and efficient equipment to be used in renovation and cleaning. State of the art equipment ensures a thorough cleaning and does not leave any traces behind. The staff should show empathy to their clients as they are going through a rough time.
How to Protect your home from storm damage
Severe storms can happen throughout the year in areas all around the country. Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, hailstorm, or another form of extreme weather, your home could experience significant water damage, flooding or destruction both inside and out. While you can’t control the weather, there are measures you can take to help minimize the potential damage storms could cause to your home. Some preparations, such as roof and tree inspections, are helpful not only when it comes to storms, but are also good for general maintenance and upkeep. If you do experience significant damage and need help with storm cleanup, a restoration contractor can help repair your home, from water removal to rebuilding a wall that a tree knocked down.
Interior Areas of a Home
There are a number of places in a home that are more susceptible to storm damage than others, such as the roof, windows and doors (including garage doors). Once you identify these areas, you can take measures to help protect and reinforce them, which will most likely reduce the damage and make the storm cleanup process easier. Consider hiring a professional to inspect these specific parts of your home, which will ensure that they are stable and in good shape, and most importantly can withstand the elements of most storms. While taking these precautions doesn’t guarantee your home and yard won’t endure some storm and water damage, they can certainly help minimalize the degree of damage.
Protecting your home’s openings is one of the most important steps you can take to defend against strong winds and heavy rain that can potentially compromise these entryways. Check doors for missing screws/bolts or loose hinges. Keep your windows intact with upgrades such as shutters, high-impact glass, and double-paned models to protect against storms. As an added bonus, these improvements can also reduce your energy costs because they’re environmentally friendly and help insulate your home.
Taping windows with masking or duct tape is more or less ineffective; however, applying a durable clear plastic film can help prevent glass shards from blowing into your home, in the event the window is broken by strong winds. If you have advance notice of a major storm system that’s approaching your area and you have time to take precautions, boarding up your doors and windows with plywood is an inexpensive and effective way to protect your home. In addition to plywood, panels are available in aluminum, steel, plastic and composite materials.
Consider pre-installing anchors around doors and windows to speed up the installation process, if you know your area experiences frequent storms and extreme weather. Installing a permanent shutter system—such as roll-up or accordion shutters—is an effective way to shield your windows from wind and debris. Plus, you can close them quickly before a storm arrives. There are even models for skylights, sliding glass doors and garage doors.
Have your roof inspected by a professional to identify any problem areas or leaks that could lead to water damage in the event of a storm. You can reinforce your roof by having it retrofitted with certain types of brackets, bracing, clips or straps that can help make it stronger. Make your roof more wind-resistant by securing any loose shingles with a heavy-duty adhesive; if you have a roof made with tiles, fasten them with screws and wires instead of nails.
If you’re in the market for a brand new roof, consider purchasing an impact-resistant material that will stand up to extreme weather, reduce storm water runoff, and require fewer repairs than other types of roofs that are easily affected by hail, wind and water damage.
SERVPRO Helps out with storm damage
When it comes to dealing with Storm there can seem that there is no way out. The overwhelming feeling of your property being damaged is something that can turn anyone's stomach. That's where we here at SERVPRO come in ! We are here to help no matter of big or small the job is , SERVPRO is ready to come in ans save the day. We here at SERVPRO have all the tools and employees to get in get the job done before any more bad can happen. Our highly trained techs and crew chiefs are working tirelessly to keep up with the new and improve practices of storm damage remediation. We make it our priority to make sure when you call SERVPRO we come out and deliver a product or service that the customer is happy with.
Protecting Your Home from Storm Water Damage
A heavy rain storm just swept your town, the winter seasons are finally over, either way there is a chance that you have occurred some storm damage. We here at SERVPRO have some helpful tips to make sure you are prepared for the next storm or harsh season.
1. ALWAYS CLEAN OUT YOUR GUTTERS!
One of the most common mistakes that people make is that they neglect to clean out there gutter. It is a easy way to make sure that rain or snow runoff goes down the drain to the earth vs. going into your walls and causing damage. By just taking a few minutes a week to make sure they are clean you will set yourself up for success down the road.
2. IF IT SNOWS HAVE A PROFESSIONAL SHOVEL OFF THE ROOF!
The the wait of the roof can cause damage to your shingles and plywood underneath.
Water Damage and Restoration
Water Damage Repair and Restoration
When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Please refer to our Water Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals
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Why Choose a SERVPRO Franchise Professional?
They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. They have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
They Use Advanced Water Restoration Equipment and Techniques
Their advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. They finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.
The Water Damage Restoration Process
Every water damage situation 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” water damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Step 6: Restoration
Common Water Damage Scenarios
Water damage can have many sources, from loose appliance hoses to natural disasters. Regardless of the source, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster.
Best Ways you can avoid water damage in your home
When it comes to water damage you can never be too prepared. When it comes down to it if you take the right steps to prepare you will not have any problems. Some ways t protect your home from this type of devastation is to always make sure the seal on your windows is secure , by just making sure the windows are closed and locked you can avoid the possibility of a big storm opening the window and causing water to seep into the house. Another sure fire way to make sure your house is protected is to make sure that your house is properly draining the rain water correctly. From time to time water can get underneath the roofing and cause water damage in the insulation and then that can come into your home ruining your ceiling and indoor contents
How to prevent mold after a water leak in your home
A massive storm just swept your area, Your water main broke while you were out to dinner, The washing machine is over flowing . Any of these things can happen at any time. To protect your house from mold you need to take action quickly, When the time comes are you ready for anything? We here at SERVPRO are here to help you. In the article we will go over what to do when these things happen. First thing to do is CALL SERVPRO! that way we can get their in a timely fashion and get the process started. By calling us right away we can begin mitigation and avoid mold spores from growing. Start to move any furniture that is in the effected area. Once SERVPRO arrives take a breather and relax . WE GOT THIS! By being proactive and getting ahead of the issues you will be fine with SERVPROS help