Spring Cleaning and Rain Storms in Milton and Surrounding Areas
April bring May flowers- and warmer weather! Now is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning projects around your home or business, and SERVPRO of Lewisburg/Selinsgrove does more than just Emergency Service. Time to get those carpets cleaned after a long, messy winter. You should also consider having your air ducts cleaned to clear out the dust and pollen that's collected. How about pressure washing your home or garage? Give us a call at 570-523-3300 and see how we can help you with your Spring cleaning!
Another worry that goes with Spring is those those pesky rain storms. Make sure that your basement stays dry. Even exterior ground moisture can have an affect on your finished basement area. If you see mold, give us a call for an on-site inspection and estimate. Not only can we resolve your situation but we will also provide valuable information on how to avoid it in the future. A clean home is a safe home!
Please Do NOT Turn the Equipment Off!
Here at SERVPRO of Lewisburg/Selinsgrove we understand that having a water damage in your home or business can be overwhelming. On top of losing your possessions and having to potentially reconstruct your property, the equipment is noisy and can become bothersome. When you call SERVPRO of Lewisburg/Selinsgrove to mitigate your water damage, our professional technicians will place the recommended pieces of equipment in specific areas to dry it out as quickly as possible. It is VERY important to follow our instructions and keep the equipment running and in place at all times. Turning off or moving the air movers and/or dehumidifiers can delay the drying time and can cause further damage to your property such as it need it to be torn out and replaced, and even mold growth. Typically your insurance coverage will only pay for air movers and dehumidifiers for a certain amount of time and our technicians need adjuster approval beyond that time frame in order for your insurance company to pay. Our trained and certified technicians take moisture readings and monitor the equipment daily to ensure the appropriate placing and time for removal. Be sure to talk to our technicians if you have any concerns about anything on our jobs.
Do You Know the Importance of Business Interruption Insurance?
Most business owners already protect their investment by purchasing property insurance, but most do not know property insurance doesn't pay for the income you lose while their business is inoperable. Interruption insurance can help keep your business from suffering financial distress while you wait for needed repairs. See what business interruption insurance can do for you:
- Replaces Lost Income
Depending on how severe your damage is, it could take weeks or even months to fully restore your business to preloss condition. During this business interruption, you may not be able to operate at all, or may only be able to operate at reduced capacity. This coverage replaces income lost based on your past financial records, as long as is a covered cause of loss
- Helps You Pay the Bills
You will need to pay the mortgage or rent on your facility, as well as any utilities that still need to be connected when your business isn't operating Don't forget about making payments on any business loans, paying your taxes and any other business expenses.
- Provides Money To Pay Employees
Your employees probably can't afford to go without a paycheck while your business is shut down due to a loss. This insurance helps you keep employees on the payroll so that you don't need to hire new employees after you reopen.
Dryer Vent Preventative Tips
There are many things that can cause damage ro your home. As a homeowner or business owner, it is imperative that you are aware of, and perform, the preventative maintenances that help keep your property safe. One of the lesser known maintenances is to keep your dryer vents lint free. Here are some tips to keep your dryer working efficiently and to reduce your risk of a lint fire:
- Regular Dryer Maintenance- Make sure that you clean your dyer's lint filter after every use. Quarterly you should clean out any built-up lint where the filter is housed and as well from your dryer into your vent pipe.
- Outside Dryer Vent- Remove the cover over the access to where your dryer vent is piped outside. Check that the cover is free of debris, and clean inside the exhaust to ensure that there are no nests or lint build up.
- Pay Attention to Warnings From Your Appliance- Any unusual noises or smells, as well as longer than usual drying times, need to be handled handled by a professional repair person that is qualified for your specific appliance.
Call SERVPRO of Lewisburg/Selinsgrove for your dryer vent cleaning today!
2002 Hurricane Season Information
See These Safety Tips From Weather.gov
"Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena. On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.
While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.
- Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.
- Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.
- Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
- Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
- Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
- Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone's strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore."
NOW is the time to get your ducts cleaned!!
NOW IS THE TIME!
Spring is in the air- which also means it is in your ducting system! Allergens, like pollen, dander and dust particles, get sucked into your ducting system and subsequently blown around your business (or home). These contaminants also accumulate in your ducting system and cause your heating or cooling efficiency to drop as much as 25%-40%, as well as your air quality being affected. When your efficiency drops, your system has to work harder to produce the same sort of effects, which can lead to more maintenance or service repairs.
With heating season dwindling down and summer quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to get your business's ducts cleaned. Give us a call at SERVPRO of Lewisburg/Selinsgrove at 570-523-3300. Our highly trained technicians will come take a look at your unit and ducting, give you a reasonable quote, and have your businesses air quality like new!
Solar Panel Storm Damage Information
Lewisburg, Selinsgrove, and surrounding areas experience all kinds of different storms throughout the year. Many of these storms cause little concern and do little damage to your home. However, high winds, rain, and other conditions may be a concern to the owner of solar panels.
Hail storms may not be common in your area, but they can create various problems for property owners. You may wonder about panel damage if hail starts falling, but you can have peace of mind knowing that these panels should not be affected.
The panels are made of tempered glass and highly flexible material, and are built to withstand impact from rock, hail or other materials.
While high winds can cause roof damage, they are much less likely to cause panel damage. Your solar panels are designed to withstand up to 140-mph winds. This means they can hold up against hurricanes and other less potent storms.
Snow and Rain
If you purchase a high-quality set of panels, they should last 25 years or more. They are well-equipped to handle a rainstorm or a snowstorm. The glass portion of the panels has protection from any negative effects from precipitation.
Are Clog Removers an Option?
When your drains are clogged, the first thing someone would think to do is reach for the clog remover. However, there are certain situations in which drain cleaner should never be used to prevent more damage from occurring:
The chemicals in drain cleaner react together to transfer electrons to and from organic substances, causing them to break down. This process also produces heat- that's how they force their way down further into the pipe. These two factors mean that they can warp or eat through softer pipes, like plastic. The three types of cleaners you should stay away from if you do have plastic pipes are:
- Sulfiric or muriatic acid cleaners
- Lye or caustic potash cleaners
- Bleach, peroxide or nitrate cleaners
Old pipes will have a lot of the same problems as plastic pipes, because they are brittle and delicate. If you discover that your pipes are old or rusting, you are probably better off replacing your plumbing rather than using a clog removing agent.
Often, drain cleaners won't be able to clear a clogged drain if there is a solid mass of hair, oil or debris completely blocking the flow of air and liquid. If they are used in these situations, the cleaner ends up sitting there above the clog. Given enough time the strong chemicals may cause some real damage to your pipes.
Instead of chemical cleaner, you can try vinegar/baking soda and hot water, or biological options like a drain snake.
SERVPRO of Lewisburg/Selinsgrove Busy with Fire Calls!
Fires in homes are one of the leading calls we get from customers this time of year. The Red Cross has made this information available in order to hopefully prevent this from happening. See some important facts below:
When do home fires happen?
Home fires can happen at any time, but they generally increase during the fall and winter, with December and January being the peak months. Home fires are also more common on Saturday and Sunday, and tend to peak between 6:00 and 7:00 PM.
Where are home fires most likely to start?
Home fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in the home. The second leading cause of home fires are heating sources like wood stoves, and fireplaces. Fires caused by smoking are the leading cause of deaths.
Who are affected by home fires?
Home fires don’t discriminate and can affect any home at any time. However, children under five and adults over 65 face the highest risk of dying in a home fire
Find more information here: Red Cross Fire FAQs.
If you or someone you know experiences a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Lewisburg/Selinsgrove so we can help you!
Get Your Commercial Property Ducts Cleaned Today!
Are you the owner of a business or do you manage a commercial property in Selinsgrove, Lewisburg or in the surrounding areas? SERVPRO of Lewisburg / Selinsgrove provides exceptional commercial duct cleaning services! There is no job too big for our highly trained SERVPRO technicians.
Although most businesses tend to have their HVAC systems serviced yearly or bi-yearly, often times they don't realize the importance of having their ducts professionally cleaned. The duct system provides the airflow for every space in your building and should be maintained often.
Here are some benefits of having your commercial ducts cleaned:
- Helps to maintain peak energy efficiency.
- Eliminates offensive odors.
- Reduces the potential for mold growth and spreading.
- Helps prevent the spread of airborne allergens and bacteria.
Give us a call today at 570-523-3300!