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How to Handle Mold in Your Cranberry Home

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Building blocks spelling out "How To." Mold can spread in 48-72 hours, so act fast!

Water damage can be tricky and scary as well as cause damage to your Cranberry home. Finding the source, cleaning up the water, and restoring the damaged areas can be a major hassle and something you never want to do alone. Here comes the worst part, mold. Mold can make everything worse, and it can cause health effects.

Luckily, SERVPRO or Crawford / NE Venango Counties is here with the steps you need to take to handle mold in your Cranberry home.

  • When You First See Mold

The first thing you should do when you see mold is call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties. Remediating mold should be left to the professionals! However, there are two important steps you need to take prior to SERVPRO of Crawford/ NE Venango Counties arriving. First, stay out of the affected areas! Mold can cause health effects. Second, turn off the HVAC system and fans to make sure the mold does not spread through those avenues.

  • What Not to Do

You may feel the need to try and handle the mold on your own, this you should not do. Do not touch or disturb the mold, do not blow air on it, and certainly do not spray bleach or disinfectant on the mold. For more information check out our full list of Mold Damage Tips.

  • How Will SERVPRO Help?

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is an expert on mold remediation. We have the equipment, experience, and training to remediate mold in your Cranberry home safely and properly. We understand mold and have a specialized Mold Remediation Process that will surely handle your mold issues.

Mold can spread in 48-72 hours, so act fast! If you see mold in your Cranberry home, call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties today at (814) 350-7651. You can also visit our  Website to see all our industry leading services. Whatever the disaster, we are Here to Help®!

Why the A/C Unit in Your Cranberry Home is a Fire Hazard

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Air conditioning units next to house It's almost time to crank that A/C, so be sure to follow these safety tips!

Warm weather is here in Cranberry! And this time, it better stick around. That means barbeques, playing outside, and soaking up the sun for you and your family. It also means you need to start cranking that A/C unit. But did you know that your central air system can actually be a fire hazard?

Your HVAC system is certainly a fire hazard, and since you’re going to be blasting the air soon, let’s review some tips to keep your A/C unit running safely:

  • Tighten all the connections on your unit - a faulty gas line or electrical connection can be dangerous
  • Clean your air ducts - if your unit sparks, dust can get ignited
  • Let your HVAC unit breathe - move clutter and items at least 3 feet away from your unit
  • Be proactive - if you smell something funny, or see something not right, get it checked!

Review those tips this spring and summer to make sure you’re safe when using your A/C unit. If you do have a fire from your unit, or any other source, you know who to call! SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties is always Here to Help.

Call us today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to see our full array of fire services. We’re faster to any size disaster with highly trained fire restoration technicians ready to help. Call us today!

Spring Storms Bring New Threats to Meadville Businesses

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a set of railroad tracks with a dark storm brewing in the process You can’t prevent high winds or a tornado from hurting your business. You can’t prevent a flash flood from popping up. You can however be prepared.

Meadville, it’s finally time for Spring! The snowstorms are gone, the icy roads are a thing of the past, and the warm weather is back. Spring weather simply brings back joy. The not so happy part of Spring are the storms. Snowstorms and icy roads make way for thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash floods. What does this mean for businesses in Meadville?

  • Different Storms, Different Threats

The new storms that come with Spring mean there’s different threats. Yes, there’s still wind damage and water damage threats, they just come from a different source. Instead of ice dams on your roof you can see heavy rain and flooding. Instead of broken pipes you have tornado warnings and high wind hazards. Identifying new threats is important to start preparing for them.

  • Reactive Response

You can’t prevent high winds or a tornado from hurting your business. You can’t prevent a flash flood from popping up. You can however be prepared. It’s important to protect you and your employees with Disaster Preparedness Plans. These plans can help your employees know exactly what to do if a disaster arises. Learn how to create one for your business here.

  • SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango County is Here to Help®?

The storms may be different, but the same restoration specialists are on your side. Our highly trained restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango is even a large loss team, meaning there’s no disaster too big for us.

Call us today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to see how we can get your Meadville business back to preloss condition fast!

How to Deal with Storm Damage in Crawford & NE Venango Counties

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Large, dark clouds overlook a dirt road and open fields. Disaster can occur at any time, and we are prepared to service your home or commercial building when help is needed.

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango County is well versed in handling storm damage that hit a community. We have quick response and the capacity to help serve the community around us. Our Storm Team has responded to numerous large loss events including: 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2018 Hurricane Michael, 2019 Hurricane Dorian, 2020 Hurricane Laura, and 2020 Hurricane Delta. We even deal with smaller storm events such as when bad wind whips through the town. When this occurs, we tend to service others by putting on roof tarps, boarding up windows, and just about any other service you may need. Even a polar vortex counts as a storm in our books. Many losses that people experience in cold times such as these are water losses. Often, the pipes in homes cannot handle the pressure of heating a whole home when the exterior of the home is so cold. This results in pipe bursts which cause flooding in the home.

SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango County are prepared to help in times such as these. Disaster can occur at any time, and we are prepared to service your home or commercial building when help is needed. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You can call us any time at (814) 350-7651 for immediate service and disaster relief.

The Uniqueness of Commercial Water Damage

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a man on ladder looking at a water damaged ceiling. Every hour spent cleaning and dealing with water damage in your Meadville business is an hour of revenue lost.

Water damage can be daunting to handle alone. Locating the source of the water damage, fixing the leak, and even possibly dealing with mold are all things you need to do when dealing with water damage. These challenges become even harder to handle in a commercial setting. You have to get over all these hurdles while trying not to halt operations in your Meadville business.

There’s never a convenient time for a flood to strike your business, or for a pipe to burst in your facility. Every hour spent cleaning and dealing with water damage in your Meadville business is an hour of revenue lost. Don’t hesitate when these disasters arise. When an emergency arises, you need to be ready to take action.

No one should have to deal with this alone, that’s why SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango is here to help with any size water disaster. We’re locally owned with access to national resources, so no disaster is too big for us. Whether you have a leak in your office or a big box store, SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango can handle it.

We provide an array of water damage services such as: 

  • Flood cleanup and restoration
  • Structural drying
  • Odor removal
  • Upholstery & Fabric cleaning
  • Mold remediation

SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango has the training, expertise, and equipment to handle even the largest instances of commercial water damage. Our network of over 1,7000 franchises and strategically placed Disaster Recovery Teams across the country allow us to respond with any large scale disaster or event.

Call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website today to get your Meadville business back to preloss condition fast! Remember, every hour dealing with water damage is an hour of lost revenue, so contact SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango today!

How SERVPRO Keeps Businesses in Cranberry COVID-19 Free

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a close up of a person's gloved hands cleaning a door handle with a spray bottle of cleaner. Professional cleaning can be a game changer in keeping your business COVID-19 free.

This global pandemic we are living in will one day come to an end. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Through the duration of this, small businesses have been struggling to survive. Restrictions on shopping, curfews, and social distancing requirements have put small businesses in Cranberry, and around the state, in a very tough position. Through it all, we have stayed strong and will come out on the other end at some point.

For businesses in particular, it is crucial to provide a safe environment for not only your customers but for your employees too. Here are some ways you can keep your Cranberry business safe for everyone:

  • Require masks for customers and staff
  • Enforce social distancing
  • Provide hand sanitizer, and promote frequent hand washing amongst staff
  • Tell your staff to stay home if they are feeling sick
  • Sanitize your facility frequently
  • For more tips, refer to the PA Government Business Guidance

 All of these guidelines and tips are crucial to keep your employees safe and your customers in your facility. However, it may not be enough. Professional cleaning can be a game changer in keeping your business COVID-19 free. This is exactly where SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties can step in.

 Since the beginning of the pandemic, SERVPRO has been on the front lines of cleaning and sanitizing facilities. We even cleaned the White House prior to the transition of power! This proves that SERVPRO is one of the most trusted cleaners nationwide.

 SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties can keep your business COVID-19 free with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. It’s a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home.

 If you’re a business owner in Cranberry, do not cut any corners keeping your business safe. Call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website today so you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your door to let everyone know your business is safe for everyone!

Winter Water Damage in Meadville

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a blue home with an exuberant amount of snow on the roof and long icicles hanging off the roof. When temperatures heat up, make sure you shovel snow that’s close to your home to avoid that excess water from damaging your home.

It’s true in the winter we do not have large thunderstorms dumping rain all over Meadville. There are less threats of flash flood as well. That doesn’t mean we’re in the clear on water damage during the winter months. Winters, especially in our area, present some unique water damage threats that you should be aware about.

  1. Ice Dams

Ice dams are build-ups of ice towards the bottom of your roof. These dams cause snow to sit on your roof longer and can cause leaks in your roof. This can be extremely hazardous, creating water damage and possibly mold. To prevent this, try to rake snow off of your roof and check for build ups. Stay on the ground when you do this, or call a professional

  1. Frozen Pipes

 Frozen pipes that burst are a notorious winter water hazard. If you have pipes exposed to outer walls that are poorly insulated, you may experience some ice build up that can burst a pipe. Make sure there are no holes on your home’s exterior, and be cautious of pipes in poorly insulated areas.

  1. Snow Melt

 Sometimes it doesn’t seem like it, but eventually the warm weather will return! This means all the snow will melt which may cause water damage. When temperatures heat up, make sure you shovel snow that’s close to your home to avoid that excess water from damaging your home.

There are times that these preventions won’t be enough. If you suffer water damage during the winter, or any time during the year, call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties today. SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and has the expertise to deal with any water damage you might have. We even specialize in mold remediation and restoration.

Don’t hesitate with water damage this  winter, call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website today to get your Meadville home free of any water damage.

Keeping Meadville Children Safe During a Fire

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Children holding hands and reaching for the sky. Your children can and should be just as prepared as you are to be safe during a fire.

It’s one thing for you to be prepared for a fire, it’s another for the kids in your Meadville household to be prepared for a fire as well. This doesn’t necessarily mean your children should be able to change the smoke alarm or be able to put out a fire. However, your children can and should be just as prepared as you are to be safe during a fire. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your kids are prepared, such as:

  • Making sure your children can call local Meadville emergency services.
  • Having a Fire Escape Route and making sure your household can locate exits from each room in your home.
  • Making sure your family can contact each other.
  • Having a location where your family can meet outside.
  • Staying calm. If you’re calm during a fire, so will they!
  • Practice your Fire Escape Plan twice a year.

Taking these steps can ensure your children’s safety when you’re together or even if a fire occurs when you’re not home. It is important to be thorough with these tips and to practice them often to be prepared as possible. If you continue to remind your family of these fire safety tips you can ensure your kids will be able to handle a fire. There aren’t many things more important than your children’s safety!

If you do have a fire, and your family is prepared and gets through it safely, there are some steps you can take after to get your Meadville house back to normal. SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties can provide a multitude of services to get your home to pre-fire condition like it never happened. The wide range of things SERVPRO can do for your home after a fire include:

  • Wall and ceiling restoration.
  • Removing odor.
  • Treating water damage from firefighting efforts.
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning.
  • Caring for and cleaning your belongings and furniture.
  • Removing smoke damage.

To get your household in Meadville back to the way you remember it, call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties at, (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to take advantage of the industry leading services provided by SERVPRO today!

Can Frozen Pipes Affect My Meadville Home?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a close up of a frozen outdoor pipe with ice coming out of it. Pipes in outer walls, attics, and other areas less insulated are the most vulnerable to be frozen.

This winter, there is a hidden way water damage can cause damage to your home in Meadville. Pipes in your home can become cracked when water freezes and expands within them. Water expands 9% in volume when frozen. After there is water frozen in a pipe, a snowball effect occurs. Pipes do not burst due to radial expansion of water. Rather this newly formed ice will cause blockage in your pipes, and increase water pressure that bursts the pipes in your home.

Pipes in outer walls, attics, and other areas less insulated are the most vulnerable to be frozen. This vulnerability is increased if pipes are already cracked or loose to allow cold air to enter. In our area this can be more common than we think. It’s important to check pipes and areas of your home where cold air can be let in. This could be where phone and television lines are let in as well.

After a pipe bursts, your Meadville home can sustain significant water damage. This water damage can even lead to mold. What should you do if your pipes burst and you need to deal with water damage? You should immediately call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties. Our wide range of services include Water Damage Repair and Restoration as well as Mold Restoration and Remediation.

Water damage can be detrimental to parts of your home, and mold damage can travel rapidly if untreated. SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties will come in and property clean up all water and then begin to restore damaged parts of your Meadville home. If mold is present, SERVPRO will contain the mold so it doesn’t spread, then begin removing it. We will eliminate the odor and restore your home to pre loss condition.

If your pipes burst, it’s important to act fast! The first 48-72 hours are crucial in fighting mold in your home. That’s why if your pipes have burst, and you sustain mold damage, call SERVPRO of NE Crawford & Venango Counties for all your restoration needs. Visit our Website or connect with us on Facebook to begin getting your home to pre loss condition today.

Highly Trained Water Restoration in Crawford and NE Venango Counties

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Logo for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.

The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in water damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Franchise Training

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

e-Learnings

All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

If your Cranberry property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry. Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.