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Protecting Your Home From Storm Damage

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup.

We all know that by living in Pennsylvania, we are prone to storms no matter the time of year! We do not know, nor can we control when they come and go. However, we can control the measures we take in order to prevent our homes from experiencing damage from the storm. Here are a few things you can do in order to prevent your home from being a victim to storm damage:

  • Remove Dead Wood from trees near your house
  • Trim Trees
  • Fix Loose Siding 
  • Inspect your Roof Annually/ Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles
  • Pack Up/Secure Outdoor Furniture
  • Clean Gutters Regularly
  • Check Sump Pump
  • Always Have a Spare Generator 

SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. We are Here to Help and make it “Like It Never Even Happened!”  Call us at any time, day, or night at (814) 849-5653.

Mold Growth Where You May Not Think to Look

11/4/2022 (Permalink)

Creepy Black Mold If you suspect you may have mold, call the experts at SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties.

Top 5 Overlooked Places Mold Grows in Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties

Although we usually equate mold to dark and damp basements, mold is tricky and can grow in places you least expect it. Mold can grow extremely rapidly within 24 hours of being exposed to moisture and spread quickly. Below are some common places mold forms that you may not be aware:

Under Your Refrigerator

The spaces behind and under your fridge rarely see the light of day. Even a small leak can lead to a huge mold problem. Make sure to clean all water lines and drip pans and clean behind and underneath your refrigerator regularly.

Chimneys

Brick crevices can collect water, dirt, and other debris. Rusted chimney caps and faulty flashing can let in rain and snow. Replace rusted caps and fix flashing to help decrease the likelihood of mold. Additionally, getting your chimney swept by a professional at least once a year can help lower your chances of mold. If you have already discovered mold, a mold specialist like us can remove it for you.

Front-Loading Washing Machines

Front-loading washing machines are great but can be a potential home for mold. The gasket on the door often stays wet because the door is usually closed when not in use. It is best to wipe the gasket and glass dry before shutting the door. If you spot mold, run a hot water cycle with some chlorine bleach and no clothes to kill the fungi. Even top loading washing machines can accumulate moisture and form mold. Make sure to check behind and underneath your washer and dryer regularly to make sure there is no extra moisture or leaks.

Window Seals

When it rains, condensation accumulates, and moisture is left behind long after the rain has stopped. This provides a perfect nesting spot for mold to settle in. After heavy rains, open your windows and wipe the moisture off the windowsills. Replace any broken seals if you notice water has leaked into the wood and walls.

Air Conditioners

Air conditioning units trap dust and pollen and grab moisture from the air. If you don’t run your AC unit at least once every 24 hours, warm weather humidity gives mold a chance to grow. If mold grows in your air conditioning unit, you will need a mold specialist to come and clean it out.

If you suspect you may have mold, call the experts at SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties. We can handle any situation, large or small, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call at (814) 849-5653!  We aim to make it “Like it Never Even Happened!”

After a Fire: What Not To Do

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Fires, as we know, disrupt daily life for homeowners and regular operations for commercial properties. As a property owner, your mind is likely fixated on what you can do to restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition as soon as possible. While this thinking may be productive, taking hasty actions after a fire can risk additional damage to a property already suffering from fire damage. Read on to learn about actions to avoid after a fire in an effort to protect your property from additional, avoidable damage. 

  1. Re-entering Your Home or Business Before It Is Safe to Do So

Although the fire may be extinguished, it is not necessarily safe to re-enter the property. It is understandable that you are anxious to re-enter your home or business after a fire in order to assess the damage. However, it is important to remember that entering a fire-damaged property prematurely can result in an increased risk for additional damage. 

  1. Cleaning the Property Yourself

Small and large fires alike can bring about smoke and soot residue, both of which risk damage to a property’s contents, as well as its ceilings and walls. Calling a fire damage restoration professional is beneficial, to make sure that the property is thoroughly restored and cleaned with professionally, tested, and reliable methods and tools. Taking matters into your own hands, especially when it comes to cleaning carpets and walls, only risks further, unwanted damage. By contacting SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties instead, your property will receive the highest quality care, making your fire damage seem “Like it never even happened” after an emergency.

  1. Using or Cleaning Electrical Appliances

Remember that in the early stages after a fire, areas of the property can be damp or soaked from fire extinguishing efforts.  That makes it important to avoid using electrical devices and appliances in an effort to prevent electrical shock. Because fires are extinguished with water, the wiring of electrical appliances, such as televisions, computers, refrigerators, and washing machines, can be left damp and dangerous to use. This is why it is best to also leave the task of cleaning electrical appliances to the professionals, who can make sure that everything is completed safely. 

Call SERVPRO After a Fire

Making the call to SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties after a fire is the best way to ensure great care for your property. Let our trusted restoration and cleaning services, experienced crew members, and advanced technology give you peace of mind after a fire. You can learn more about our fire damage restoration offerings, including our commercial and residential services on our website. At the first sign of damage, pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties at 814 849-5653 to make it “Like it never even happened” and restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition as soon as possible

5 Common Questions About Mold

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Moldy carpet Take hold of the mold BEFORE it gets a foothold!

Protect Your Home From Mold Damage

Mold is an extremely common residential issue that many homeowners have to tackle at some point. Putting a stop to spreading mold is a big part of the remediation process, but even that is only the beginning. Read on to learn how to better protect your home from mold damage.

  1. What Is Mold?
    Mold is a living organism. Many people mistake it for a plant or bacteria, but it's actually a member of the fungus kingdom.
  2. How Does Mold Spread?
    Mold spores are always present in the air around us. Mold itself needs moisture and a source of organic matter in order to actually grow.  Mold growth occurs when the spores in the air attach to a damp surface or object. After that, it only takes about 24 hours for signs of black mold to appear.
  3. How Can You Stop Mold from Spreading?
    The first step to putting a stop to spreading mold is to identify the source of the problem. Perform a thorough home inspection to figure out where the moisture is seeping into your home, then resolve the issue.
  4. What Are Some Common Mold Causes?
    Any number of factors could contribute to your home's mold growth. Water damage, such as leaks or flooding, are common cause. Mold growth is not strictly a water damage problem. It can also grow in unvented bathrooms, around leaky pipes and underneath sinks with damaged seals. You're also likely to find mold growing in your walls, ceilings or window sills if your home's humidity levels are too high. Where there is water there will be mold!
  5. How Do You Get Rid of Mold?
    You can tackle smaller mold issues on your own using a non-toxic, homemade cleaning solution. A simple mixture that consists of equal parts water and white vinegar can work wonders. Mold is air borne so do not spray it, you need to wipe it down. Larger problems might require mold remediation experts, like SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties.

Spreading mold can quickly take over your home if you don't handle the issue swiftly and effectively. Contact SERVPRO experts at 814 849-5653 for assistance with your residential mold issues.

Helping Businesses Prepare For A Disaster In Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready App for your phone Businesses Can Plan For Disasters With This FREE Profile from SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties

Be Prepared Not Scared

SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties will create an Emergency Ready Plan, which is a comprehensive plan to get your business back up and running quickly after a disaster hits.

Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) FAQs:
Here are the most frequently asked questions we encounter when introducing the ERP to property managers and business owners.

What Is an ERP?

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

What Does an ERP Cost?

There is no charge for an ERP. As a national sponsor of the American Red Cross, we help commercial property owners and business managers create their profile(s). Homeowners can download the SERVPRO® Ready Plan App to create an ERP for their home.

What’s 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, sprinkler shutoffs, and key contacts to begin 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 SERVPRO if there is no charge for an ERP?” That is a fair question. First, we hope that by helping you prepare before you need our services, it will make 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 your customized ERP, we deliver the finished digital profile to the property owner, business manager, or any approved personnel at your company. An email is sent with a link providing your unique username and password. You can share and print your ERP immediately with all necessary parties at your discretion. You can also edit information, change your password, or allow your Marketing Representative to assist you anytime.  A copy is also secured on our company’s server so that our Technicians responding will have the critical information needed to assist in your time of need.

Call SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties at 814 849-5653 to get started.

We Are…..#1 in Storm & Water Damage

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding is a coast-to-coast threat to the United States and its territories in all months of the year. Flooding typically occurs when prolonged rain falls over several days, when intense rain falls over a short period of time, or when an ice or debris jam causes a river or stream to overflow into local neighborhoods  Flooding can also result from the failure of a water control structure, such as a levee or dam. The most common cause of the flooding is water due to rain and/or snowmelt that accumulates faster than soils can absorb it or rivers can carry it away. Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding. Below are the most common flood hazards to impact the United States:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure
  • Our 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 Repair

    Step 6: Restoration

    Have Storm or Flood Damage?

    Call Us Today 814 849-5653

    Why Choose SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson & Forest Counties? 

    We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

    We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

    We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

    As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring, and documentation.

    We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

    We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises for back-up to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.

How To Prepare Your Home for a Winter Storm

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Baby It's Cold Outside!!! Snow storms can mean beautiful scenery and downed power lines as well as communication disruptions

Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, icy roads, power losses, and loss of communication services.

Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, icy roads, power losses, and loss of communication services. To keep your home and family safe this winter, it’s important to prepare before a storm hits. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for a winter storm:

  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls to help prevent freezing and bursting.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Repair any roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall onto your home.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Have your chimney or flue inspected every year.
  • Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector and smoke detector. Make sure to test them monthly and replace the batteries twice a year. (Suggestion: When we change the clocks.)
  • If you use a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep a fire extinguisher nearby and keep all fuel-burning equipment vented outside. (Be sure you know how to operate the fire extinguisher)
  • Have your furnace and vents checked and cleaned every winter.
  • For older adults, keep an easy-to-read thermometer inside the home and check it often during winter months.

If a winter storm damages your home in any way, SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties is ready to respond. We are locally owned and operated, so our team is prepared for an increase in calls when a winter storm hits our area. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - even on holidays.

Give us a call today at 814 849-5653

Mold Removal in Three Easy Steps

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Moldy walls and carpeting When people clean up their own water damage but don't fully resolve the issue, mold will grow. Call SERVPRO!

How Rid Your Home of Musty Mold Odors

Enjoying all the comforts of your home can be difficult when it has a bad odor. These smells may have a variety of sources, but one of the most common is mold. All of the different types of mold release a substance called mycotoxin, which causes an unpleasant odor. However, there are several actions you can take to trace this smell to its source and eradicate it so your home smells fresh and clean once more.

1. Use an Air Filtration System

An air filtration system with a certified HEPA filter can remove mold spores from the air and reduce the musty odor that mold creates. Before you buy a filter, it may be wise to review several different brands and ensure that the filter is designed to handle mold, as some only remove dust, pollen and animal dander. Using a filter can help clear the air as you search for the source of the mold.

2. Call In Mold Specialists

If you cannot find the source of the mold odor on your own, you might want to call in a mold remediation and removal company like SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties to assist you. The technicians usually have special equipment on hand to trace the mycotoxin odor to its source, whether it is behind a wall or in your attic. No matter what is causing the mold to grow, these specialists can remove it safely and ensure that the conditions in your home will not encourage it to grow again.

3. Invest in Deodorizing Services

Once the techs remove the mold, the smell may linger. This can be especially true if bad weather is preventing you from opening your windows. However, your mold remediation service can neutralize these odors with ozone machines and other tools and completely erase this offensive odor for good.

When mold invades your home, the smell it brings with it can be troublesome and unpleasant. Knowing how to banish mycotoxin odors and their cause can help you and your family breathe easy once again. 

Call the experts at SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties at 814 849-5653 our phones answer 24/7 to make it "Like it never even happened."

WINTER IS ON ITS WAY! SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties Offers Tips To Prevent Frozen/Burst Pipes.

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen water pipe Unfortunately Winter weather can cause water pipes to freeze and burst!

It’s that time of year to once again remind homeowners and renters to be aware of the potential for frozen pipes.  Every winter season, the pipes in your business and home are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. Low temperatures can cause your water pipes to freeze, and in some cases burst. The following tips can help you safeguard your home before, during and after a pipe freezes.

PREVENT YOUR PIPES FROM FREEZING

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine. Also have someone checking your home daily.

IF YOUR PIPES UNFORTUNATELY FREEZE AND BURST, CALL SERVPRO of Clarion, Jefferson & Forest Counties TO HELP ASSIST YOU IN YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS AT 814 849-5653. WE ANSWER 24/7 TO HELP MAKE IT “Like it never even happened.” 

The Adjuster’s Visit: Minimizing Potential Problems

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fall season with SERVPRO vans SERVPRO stands ready to help you with your restoration needs.

SERVPRO is ready to help you with your fire, water, mold, or storm loss.

Avoiding Potential Problems During An Insurance Adjuster's Visit

Few things cause as much consternation to a homeowner as working with a home adjuster after filing a loss with your insurance company. Knowing the insurance company has the future of your repairs in its hands can be both frustrating and frightening. But you can be prepared for any questions the representative may have by following a few simple steps. Although not all policies are equal, most insurance adjusters require the following information to settle an insurance claim.

1. Keep a log of everything possible. Yes, even in this technological world, information can get lost.  By keeping a log of phone calls, timeline, emails, and face-to-face communications, you are protecting yourself. Many people even send emails to confirm conversations after a meeting to prevent the “he said, she said” problems that can occur.

2. Create an inventory of damaged property and personal possessions. It is important to keep a complete inventory list of anything you plan to claim. Don’t forget to include the unseen items, such as damaged carpet padding, objects in cabinets, and sheetrock. For every item listed, include the following:

  • Description of item, including make and model number
  • Cash value when the item was purchased
  • Cost of the replacement item
  • Include any applicable paperwork, receipts, and bills

3. Ask your insurance company what restoration team it prefers to work with and contact the business immediately.This can ensure you are doing your best to protect the property from additional damage. Ask the crew to detail its cleanup efforts for your home’s adjuster, and request pictures before, during, and after cleanup.

4. Obtain written bids from licensed contractors.Get more than one bid, if possible. Bids should include a complete materials list with itemized prices.

5. Keep accurate records of expenses and repairs. If your safety is involved, and restorations must be made before a visit by the adjuster, keep detailed records. Also, notify the insurance company for approval before making the repairs.

Being prepared can minimize potential problems during a home adjuster visit. It can also help speed the claim process forward.

Your SERVPRO of Clarion Jefferson and Forest Counties team stands ready to help you get back to your life "Like it never even happened," call us at 814 849-5653