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These 3 Qualifications Are Needed To Become an Insurance Company's Preferred Vendor

10/1/2022 (Permalink)

People in a meeting. Restoration training SERVPRO is approved to provide training by the IICRC

These 3 Qualifications Are Needed To Become an Insurance Company's Preferred Vendor

When you're an insurance agent, and one of your clients in Lewisburg, PA, has suffered loss through flooding or other disasters, you need qualified and reliable cleaning and restoration professionals for your vendor program who will get the job done quickly and efficiently.
You need a team of assessment professionals to arrive on the scene fast so they can itemize the damage. They provide you with important information you need to restore your client's property "Like it never even happened." Because your decision is accurate, you save your insurance company money.
These cleaning and restoration professionals have the qualifications you need for your preferred vendor list.

1. Excellent Documentation To Help You, the Insurance Agent, Process Claims Faster
As soon as assessment professionals arrive on the site, all information, including a detailed inventory of the damage, is logged on to the electronic claims system. You get every detail and photograph as soon as that information is created. That way you can process insurance claims faster, making your clients happy. Because the information is accurate, you also save your insurance company money.

2. National Account Guidelines
National Account Guidelines ensure that professionals meet the highest standards by using internal audits and requiring completed job files for proof of work. The company also does background checks on all employees, including temporary workers. There is always step-by-step communication between local staff and the insurance adjuster or agent. You, the insurance agent, are never left out of the loop.

3. IICRC Validation
SERVPRO is approved to provide training by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It’s a nonprofit organization that upholds the highest standards in cleaning and restoration. Only a company that teaches high-quality cleaning services will be able to do the professional job you need.
Restoring your client's property after a disaster can be challenging, but with the assistance of professionals, your job is made easier.

How To Respond When Sprinklers Go Off Accidentally

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Active fire sprinkler Accidental activation of fire sprinklers is a rare occurrence

Steps To Take After Sprinklers Go Off

Accidental activation of fire sprinklers is a rare occurrence, but knowing how to respond gives you the confidence to handle any incident related to your sprinklers. Here are four steps to take after sprinklers go off accidentally.

1. Turn Off the Water To Prevent Flooding
Turn off the main water supply quickly to reduce water damage. If there is no one in the building who knows how to turn off the main water supply at the time of the event, you may need to call a plumber for assistance.

2. Call a Restoration Company
A professional water restoration company in Selinsgrove, PA will be able to arrive on-site within hours of the event to help you assess the situation. Flooding can lead to mold growth within 24-48 hours, which is why it is important to contact a restoration professional immediately. You may begin the drying process by setting up fans and dehumidifiers, but you will likely need a professional to ensure that all the water is removed. Restoration services can also help you recover paper documents and commercial property that are vital to your business.

3. Call Your Insurance Carrier
Most commercial property insurance plans require prompt action from the policyholder in order to qualify for coverage and ensure a smooth claims process.
Take photos of property damage and any flooding. Keep records of all correspondence with the insurance company and the restoration company.

4. Collect the Sprinkler Components
If just one sprinkler goes off, it is important to collect and preserve all parts of the sprinkler. In the aftermath of an accidental activation, investigators may want to understand what went wrong. They may ask about the history and condition of the individual sprinkler and the sprinkler system as a whole.
Even if you never have to deal with a faulty fire sprinkler, knowing how to respond gives your business an added element of security.

Cooking Grease: Trash It, Never Drain It

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

Cooking Grease

Bacon is a breakfast staple in many households across the country. When cooking bacon in a skillet, a lot of grease can form. While pouring this grease down the drain may seem like a good idea, it can result in a drain clog and issues in the sewer system. The best practice is to throw it away. However, there are some steps you must take to toss your cooking oil out safely.

1. Cool Grease to Prevent a Fire
If you try to pour your grease into a container or the garbage while it is still hot, it can cause burns to your skin or cause a fire in your trash can. It is very important to allow the grease to cool slightly. You want it to be warm enough to flow easily, but not so hot that it is a danger to yourself or your house.

2. Pour Grease to Prevent a Mess
If you pour your grease down the sink and get a drain clog, then it will be a much bigger mess than you were expecting. The trash is the best place to pour the cooking oil, but make sure that you empty it into a plastic or metal container with a lid before placing it into your garbage bin. Since you have allowed the grease to cool, it won't melt your container. Be sure to allow it to finish cooling once you have transferred it into the chosen receptacle.

3. Throw Grease to Prevent a Sink Clog
Once your grease is done completely cooling, make sure to throw it into the garbage. Dumping oily items down your sink can cause build-up. Oftentimes when a clog gets cleared, homeowners have found grease in drain pipes. It's important to not allow cooking oils to enter your drain systems at all.
Dealing with damage caused by a drain clog in Sunbury, PA, can be a frustrating experience. The best option is to never allow grease to go into your drains. If you do ever find yourself with water damage from clogs, contact a professional cleanup and restoration specialist.

Lightning Safety Tips

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

Screw over house with dark storm sky in the background and moon shining through the cloud Protecting your home in Shamokin, PA, from fire requires a certain amount of vigilance.

Protect Your Home From Lightning Fire

Protecting your home in Shamokin, PA, from fire requires a certain amount of vigilance. During storm season, the risk is higher due to an increased number of thunderstorms. The good news is that there are several things you can do to protect your home from a lightning fire and keep your family safe.

Prime Strike Times
While a strike can occur any time certain atmospheric conditions are present, there are specific times you should be especially mindful:

  • During summer months
  • Afternoon and early evening
  • Prime thunderstorm season for your region

In areas with prolonged rainy seasons, lightning strikes may be more common. Stay weather aware, and consider adding upgrades to your home that make it less susceptible to fire damage during a storm.

House Fire Risk
You can't really control where a strike happens, but there are certain measures you can take before and after a storm to reduce the chance of a lightning fire. If you believe your house was struck during a thunderstorm, fire restoration specialists can assess your property to check for damage. A whole-house surge protector can be installed on your electrical panel to protect your outlets and anything plugged into them. Something as simple as unplugging electronics when you know a storm is on its way can be helpful, too.

Personal Safety Strategies
You should always seek a sturdy shelter during a thunderstorm. No place outside leaves you safe from a strike. Even inside your home, it's a good idea to stay away from using corded devices or anything attached to a plumbing line, as both can transfer electric charges from outside directly to you. 
While there are many precautions you can take against a lightning fire in your home, there's no substitute for astute attention. If a strike sounds like it lands anywhere nearby, have your home checked for damage as soon as possible.

Tips for Preventing a Cigarette Fire in Your Home

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

cigarettes on an ashtray Use an ashtray to extinguish cigarettes

Advice on Preventing a Home Fire Caused by Cigarettes

A fire that occurs at your home in Milton, PA, can have long-term consequences and lead to significant losses. Sometimes, the cause is faulty wiring or an unpredictable event. However, a cigarette fire is avoidable if you follow these tips.

Eliminate the Risk of a Cigarette Fire by Smoking Outside
Smoking indoors increases the risk of fire and leads to other issues, including:

  • Stubborn smoke odors in fabrics 
  • Discoloration of walls and ceilings
  • Air contamination

When smoke and ash compromise a home's interior, a smoke restoration service must employ powerful techniques to address the damage. Therefore, smoking outside can help you avoid unpleasant and lingering stains and odors inside your home while reducing devastating fire risk.

Use an Ashtray To Extinguish Cigarettes
Many home fires happen because smokers carelessly use floors and other flammable surfaces to put out their cigarettes. Using an ashtray to extinguish a cigarette and catch ashes can go a long way toward preventing residential fires. However, leaving a burning cigarette unattended can still cause an ashtray fire.

Never Smoke in Bed
Smoking in bed remains one of the leading causes of house fires and should never be an option. Accidentally dropping a cigarette while falling asleep can cause it to ignite flammable textiles and furniture, causing a fire that spreads within minutes.

Avoid Throwing Cigarettes on Exterior Vegetation
The landscape around your home may include trees, bushes, and flowers with thin or thick branches. They are highly flammable when they come in contact with a cigarette. The flames can quickly travel to your home's exterior structure and work their way inside, where they can destroy its contents. 

Never Smoke Near Medical Oxygen
Smoking in a home where someone uses medical oxygen can lead to a fire that burns faster than other types. Fire cleanup measures may not be sufficient to recover from the damage medical oxygen fires cause.
A cigarette fire is avoidable when you take precautions while smoking, but this type of fire is still the most common cause of residential fire damage in Milton, PA.

Spring Cleaning and Rain Storms in Milton and Surrounding Areas

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

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!

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

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?

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

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

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

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

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

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."

See more:weather.gov