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How Often Should You Service Your Furnace?

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

Replacement of the inner furnace air filter Properly service your furnace

How Frequently Should Your Furnace Be Serviced?

When cooler weather comes in Montoursville, PA, you'll be grateful for a properly functioning furnace. However, if you neglect routine maintenance and upkeep, your furnace won't do a good job of keeping you warm. Worse, problems could arise that could lead to fires. To avoid fire cleaning and other disaster mitigation, you need to properly service your furnace. 

1. Replace the Filters Regularly
Your furnace relies on an air filter to work efficiently. The filter will keep dust, dirt and other debris from getting into the appliance and hampering airflow and other performance issues. Too much buildup can also cause fires. To avoid fire cleaning and an inefficient system, make sure you replace the filters often. 

2. Have an Annual Inspection
Sometimes, you can pinpoint signs that your furnace is acting up and needs some repairs. But often, problems start small and are difficult to detect unless you take a closer look at the unit. This is a job that a professional can handle. At least once a year, call a heating and air conditioning technician to inspect your furnace. This will give you peace of mind. Also, the technician can identify areas that you need to address before they get worse. 

3. Act Immediately When There Are Problems
Pay attention to your furnace and indications that it may not be performing well. If the air coming out is not warm or if the airflow is weak, you need a professional to service it. Also, pay attention to odd sounds or smells coming from the unit or the vents. Don't delay in calling for help. This will allow you to avoid having to call a professional fire mitigation company for smoke cleaning. 
Fire cleaning can be expensive and stressful. If you keep up with furnace maintenance, you can reduce the risk of fires and poor HVAC performance. 

4 Fire Safety Tips To Keep In Mind When Grilling

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

Grilled meat with vegetables, very varied, over charcoal on a barbecue Remember to grill away from the HVAC intake system or your home may smell like BBQ for a long time

When Grilling, Consider These Four Fire Safety Tips

Cooking a great meal on the barbeque is a staple for many homes. However, it's important to understand how to safely operate a grill in order to avoid a home fire. Here are four essential tips to employ in your Loyalsock, PA, home to avoid a grill fire.

1. Inspect Gas Grill for Leaks
If you have a gas grill, it's important to check it before every use and make sure there is no gas leaking. Always be wary of the smell of propane gas while grilling, as this could soon turn into a dangerous grill fire.

2. Be Mindful of Proper Charcoal Grill Practices
Like gas grills, charcoal grills also require safety measures. When lighting one up, don't overuse any starter fluid. Subsequently, never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids once flames have been established. Take caution after use as well and let coals cool entirely before disposing them into a metal container.

3. Place Barbeque Away From Home
Keeping your grill too close to your home is not advised. Doing so not only risks the chance of a home fire but will likely result in smoke damage on the exterior of the house. If this occurs, a fire damage restoration company will likely need to intervene to clean the smoke and repair any damage.

4. Always Clean After Cooking To Avoid a Grill Fire
More often than not, a barbeque fire will spark due to the grease and burnt residue that remains after previous use. Always scrape away this residue from the grill grates as well as the underneath tray to best avoid out-of-control flames the next time you cook.
Keep your barbequing safe from fire hazards by checking for leaks on a propane grill, knowing the best practices for a charcoal grill, cooking away from the house and always cleaning the grill after use.

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!