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FREE Emergency Ready Program for Your Business From SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville!

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville is a full service commercial restoration firm. We specialize in drying, cleaning and decontamination needs. Our approach uses a collaborative method to reduce operational risks, minimize downtime and save you money in order to get your business up and running after a disaster.

Consider the statistic that 50% of businesses who suffer a major disaster will never reopen. Of the businesses that reopened, most of them had a plan in place.

Several questions a business owner should consider:

Do your employees know your chain-of-command?

Do your teams know where your water shut-offs are?

Would your employees be able to direct first-responders?

The actions taken in the initial minutes of an emergency are critical. A prompt warning to employees to evacuate, shelter or lockdown can save lives. A call for help to public emergency services that provides full and accurate information will help the dispatcher send the right responders and equipment. An employee trained to administer first aid or perform CPR can be lifesaving. Action by employees with knowledge of building and process systems can help control a leak and minimize damage to the facility and the environment.

Thankfully, SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville has an excellent system in place to help streamline your emergency response plan. With the Emergency Ready Program we will help you create a functional cloud based data set that can be used for things like staff emergency manuals, emergency contact information and building emergency critical information. Because disasters can happen when you are away, your team will have all of this data wherever you need it, with a push of a button.

To strategically align your building operations to make sure you have the help you need in an emergency, give us a call today. The consultation and Emergency Readiness Program is offered at no cost to your facility, give us a call at 570-546-3500.

Have Your Commercial Ducts Serviced!

10/10/2021 (Permalink)

Indoor air problems can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor HVAC design, poor filtration and lack of maintenance. If left unresolved, indoor air quality problems subject the occupants to prolonged exposure to chemicals, molds, dust mites, bacteria and other pollutants.

The air quality in your residential or commercial property can cause health effects if not cleaned regularly to protect from and harmful allergens or pollutants! 

SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville has the experience and expertise to handle duct cleaning for commercial and residential clients. SERVPRO Professionals can schedule and conduct routine inspections to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) in your buildings.  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

Call SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville today at 570-546-3500 for more information, a quote, or to get on our schedule!

Hurricane Season 2021

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

The 2021 Hurricane Season is upon us with some earlier and wetter than normal storms. Here's what Wikipedia has to say:

"The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is an ongoing Atlantic hurricane season, which is part of the annual tropical cyclone season in the northern hemisphere. It began on June 1, 2021, and will end on November 30, 2021. These dates, adopted by convention, historically describe the period in each year when most Atlantic tropical cyclones form. However, subtropical or tropical cyclogenesis is possible at any time of the year, as was the case this season, when Tropical Storm Ana formed on May 22, making 2021 the seventh consecutive year that a storm formed before the designated start of the season. The season had the most active June on record, tying 1886, 1909, 1936, and 1968 with three named storms forming. Then, on July 1, Hurricane Elsa formed, surpassing 2020's Tropical Storm Edouard as the earliest-forming fifth named storm on record by five days. After a period of inactivity, seven cyclones formed in August, including the season's first major hurricanes: Grace, which intensified to a Category 3 hurricane before making landfall in the Mexican state of Veracruz, Ida, a deadly and destructive hurricane that made landfall in the U.S. state of Louisiana at Category 4 strength, and Larry, which weakened to Category 1 strength prior to making landfall in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador."

Find more information here: 2021_Atlantic_hurricane_season.

Stay safe out there! And call SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville at 570-546-3500 if any tropical storm or hurricane causes flooding or damage to your property!

Fire Damage Do's and Don'ts

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with the aftermath and cleanup after a fire tears through your property is an incredibly stressful situation. Understandably, you may want to search for personal items as a form of security and familiarity in your difficult time, but you may actually be putting yourself at risk of post-fire related health effects that can be inhaled with the smoke and soot, as well as potentially further damaging your property.

SERVPRO has a list of things you should NOT DO before contacting the pros:

  • Do not attempt to wash or wipe down any furniture, walls or painted surfaces
  • Try to touch as little as possible as it could set the soot and smoke into surfaces and possessions
  • Do not shampoo any carpet or upholstered furniture
  • Do not attempt to use or clean any electrical appliance that may have been close to the fire or water used to put the fire out
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that were stored close to the fire
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures that could be wet or could have had internal wiring damage
  • Do not send garments to the dry cleaner because some cleaning methods they use can set in the smoke odor (ask your local SERVPRO about their garment cleaning process or if they have any recommendations)

Unfortunately an unexpected fire can devastate your home or business leaving your feeling helpless. Give us a call at SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville, and let us help you!

New SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville Customer Testimonials!

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Upon completion of our jobs, we ask our customers to let us know how we did. We want to ensure that every customer is satisfied and their troubles are taken care of. Read below some of the submissions we've received:

"Thank you for the prompt service and professional people working!"- J. from Loyalsock.

"Very good job done. Will be using your services in the future!"- W. from Williamsport.

"My wife and I were very satisfied with the job, and your servicemen were excellent!" S. from Williamsport.

"Shawn, thank you so very much for all your service in this traumatic event. All the workers have been very courteous, professional, and caring in the handling of all of my home. I greatly appreciate all you and the workers have done!"- A. from Montoursville.

"These guys were AWESOME!"- L. from Jersey Shore.

SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville will ensure you are getting the best service and the best care. Call us today at 570-546-3500!

Flood Cut? What's That?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

You may have heard your SERVPRO technician referring to having to flood cut your walls. What does this mean?

This specific technique requires cutting out sections of drywall about a foot above the flood line to inspect the wall behind it. While this process is not always necessary, there are a few circumstances that may require it after a flood occurs.

1. Black Water Floods

When outdoor flooding invades your home from overflowing streams or rivers, it may contain sewage, chemicals or dead animal carcasses. This water can be considered contaminated and is known as black water. A flood cut is usually necessary when this type of flooding occurs because your home’s drywall and any insulation behind it may be affected by the dirty water and may need replacing.

2. Wet Insulation

Flood technicians may perform a flood cut and tear out sections of drywall if they believe any insulation behind your home’s walls has water damage. Because insulation cannot be properly dried, a flood cut may be needed to remove any wet material. Once the interior wall is cleaned and dried, new insulation can be installed.

3. Mold Growth

After flooding, mold can begin to grow behind interior walls and spread quickly if it is not addressed. Flood technicians may perform a flood cut to check for mold and treat the area if any is found. Because mold does not need sunlight to grow, it can spread from interior walls to other areas and cause an unpleasant odor in your home. A flood cut can prevent this and keep mold at bay.

It's Fire Prevention Week!

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville, we want you, your family and your businesses safe from fires. Every year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) gives helpful tips and advice for how to prevent fire damages, how to properly use smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, among other things.

"About Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land."- NFPA website. Find more information and activities here: Fire Prevention Week

Colder Weather Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Colder weather is on the way! While we can’t control the weather, there are things we can do to prevent pipes from freezing. To prevent pipes from freezing and causing major damage, SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville wants you to follow these steps:
 

  • Drain water from any pipes that are likely to freeze, including swimming pool and sprinkler water supply lines.
  • Disconnect, drain and store any hoses from the outside of your home. Make sure to also close the indoor valves supplying these outdoor access points.
  • Insulate the area around vents and light fixtures. This helps prevent heat from escaping into the attic.
  • Seal any wall cracks. Be sure to pay careful attention to the areas around utility service lines.
  • Open kitchen cabinets underneath the sink. This allows the warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep the garage doors closed.
  • Allow your faucets to drip cold water on the coldest days. The movement will make it harder for the water to freeze.
  • Keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Never let it fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you leave your home.
  • Ensure you have proper seals on all doors and windows.
  • Place a 60-watt bulb in areas where you’re concerned about pipes freezing. Make sure there are no combustible materials near the bulb.

Freezing pipes can lead to burst pipes, so make sure to follow these tips! 

Fall Brings Cooler Weather for the Williamsport Area

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

It's almost October and "Spooky Season"! Our wet, humid summer has come to an end, bringing us Fall and cooler weather. With cooler weather means it's time to start cranking up those heating systems. Whether it is a coal or wood stove, oil or gas furnace, or any other kind of heating that you use, they all require maintenance. 

SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville has already received numerous calls for fire and soot cleanup work throughout the local area, and even beyond. Many things can cause these damages. It is important to keep your heating systems clean and running properly.

The goal of preventative maintenance is to avoid the possibility of puff backs and fires, however, accidents can still happen. Make sure you call SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville. We are here to help when the worst happens.

With 24 hour service, SERVPRO has the people and equipment necessary to handle the job!

SERVPRO of Montoursville/Williamsport Wants You To Know About the Different Kinds of Smoke Damage!

9/25/2021 (Permalink)

Each type of smoke exhibits unique behaviors, and therefore each remediation needs to be handled differently. SERVPRO of Williamsport / Montoursville professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. We also know smoke can penetrate various levels within the structure causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of various fire damages helps us investigate how far the smoke damage may have spread.

FACTS ABOUT SMOKE:

  • Smoke, like heat, rises to find cooler areas.
  • Smoke seeps through the holes used by plumbing pipes to go from room to room and floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke your building sustains may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke:

  • Wet Smoke caused by burnt plastic and rubber
  • Dry Smoke from burning wood and paper
  • Protein Fire Residue is produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
  • Fuel Spill Soot like from furnace puff backs
  • Other types (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

Call us today at 570-546-3500 so our professionals can investigate your fire loss to determine the best course for remediation.