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How To Remove Cigarette Smoke From Your Home

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Ozone generator A popular method of home deodorization is ozone generation.

How To Get Rid Of Cigarette Smoke In Your House

If your Williamsport, PA, home has a lingering smoke smell from cigarettes, home deodorization can be tricky. Smoke particles travel far and are difficult to remove. Fortunately, there are reliable odor removal techniques. One popular option is ozone generation.

Cigarette Smoke Odor
Thirdhand smoke is when chemicals and odors from cigarettes linger in the air or on surfaces. Eliminating this entirely can be tricky because the emissions from cigarettes tend to adhere strongly to surfaces. The following are some of the many chemicals released with cigarette smoke:

  • Tar
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Ammonia

Many individuals find the odor of thirdhand smoke unpleasant, so getting rid of it can make your home more enjoyable for you, your family, guests and even potential buyers.

Ozone Generation
A popular method of home deodorization is ozone generation. Ozone is a reactive compound that has three molecules of oxygen. Normal ambient air has two oxygen molecules, and ozone has three. Ozone generators take normal air and apply an electrical charge to create ozone. The extra oxygen molecules created react with the smoke particles in the area to create a new compound that does not have a smokey smell. A professional restoration service knows how to properly run these machines and air out the space afterward so that occupants return to a safe, non-smoky environment.

Other Deodorization Methods
Ozone generation can be combined with other deodorization techniques to produce even better results. Scrubbing hard surfaces with a mixture of water and white vinegar removes the buildup of tar and nicotine. White vinegar can also be added to washing machines to deodorize washable fabrics.
Whether you have recently quit smoking or just moved into the former home of a smoker, getting rid of the lingering smell is likely to be difficult. Fortunately, using ozone for home deodorization has proven effective in many cases.

Do You Have Business Interruption Insurance?

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

If you own a business, you are probably aware of the importance of protecting your investment by purchasing property insurance. However, while property insurance can help you get your business running again, it doesn't pay for the income you lose while your 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 Fire Prevention

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

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 Williamsport/Montoursville for your dryer vent cleaning today!

2022 Hurricane Seasons is Fast Approaching

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane 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

Get Your Commercial Ducts Cleaned NOW!

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

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 Williamsport/Montoursville at 570-546-3500. 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!

Storm Damage on Your Solar Panels?

4/10/2022 (Permalink)

Storms of all sizes come through Williamsport and surrounding areas during various parts of the year. Many of these storms cause little concern and do little, if any, damage to your home. However, high winds, rain, and other conditions may be a threat to the solar panels on your roof. 

Hail Stones

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.

Wind

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.

Is Clog Remover a Good Idea?

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Sometimes our drains get clogged, and we reach for the drain cleaner, but we should be cautious of that. There are certain situations in which drain cleaner should never be used to prevent more damage from occurring.

Plastic Pipes

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

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.

Total Blockage

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. 

Clogged Dryer Vents Can Cause Fire

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

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 Williamsport/Montoursville for your dryer vent cleaning today!

Red Cross Fire FAQs

1/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fires in homes are one of the leading calls we get from customers this time of year. SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville wants you to have this information from the Red Cross 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 Williamsport/Montoursville so we can help you!

Commercial Properties Need Their Ducts Clean Too!

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Do you own a business or manage a commercial property in Williamsport, Montoursville or the surrounding areas?  SERVPRO of Williamsport / Montoursville cleans and deodorizes the ducting at commercial properties as well as residential!  With our high tech equipment and highly trained technicians, we can handle any size job. 

While businesses typically tend to take care to clean and update their heating units many owners often do not realize the importance of having their ducts cleaned yearly.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit and having your duct work cleaned include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
  • Helps prevent the spread of airborne allergens and bacteria.

If you or someone you know owns a business, please contact us! Protect your business and employees! Give SERVPRO of Williamsport / Montoursville a call at 570-546-3500 today, and we will get your business ducting clean and efficient for you!