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Fire & Smoke Damage

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

Tips on what to do when you have a fire or smoke damage.

  • If heat is off during winter time, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

If you or someone you know has a fire or smoke damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO a call.

"Like it never even happened."

1211 Avon Dr.

Connellsville, PA 15425

724-628-3022

Vandalism Damage

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Vandalism Damage

Emergency Tips For Your Home

DO:

  • Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
  • Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.

DON'T:

  • Attempt to remove ink. paint or cosmetic stains.
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain. furniture or art objects.

If you or someone you know has had vandalism done to your/their  business, and it is beyond your/their means, give SERVPRO a call and our professional SERVPRO representatives will be happy to assist, and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Fayette County

1211 Avon Dr. 

Connellsville, PA 15425

724-628-3022

"Like it never even happened."

Put Property Owners Back in Control

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

           SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss conditions, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened." Every SERVPRO Franchise Professional is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.

Like it was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire, like it never spilled, like it never smoldered - whatever the case, with SERVPRO our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." 

If you find yourself in need of a deep cleaning, water clean up, smoke clean up and/or build back to your property, give SERVPRO a call.

"Like it never even happened."

1121 Avon Dr.

Connellsville, PA 15424

724-628-3022

TGIF

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

The new year is here! 2020 is off to a good start and the first week has come to a close. This is the year of growth in all areas of life from professional growth, to spiritual growth and even physical growth. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals for each category and section of your life to make sure that you're making progress towards where you want to be this year. Goals are important in succeeding in life because it helps you visualize what you want to do as well as stay up to date on what you've done and what you still need to accomplish.

Above all, never lose confidence in yourself and what you can accomplish by trying. They say life is like watching a television, if you don't like the channel, all you have to do is get up and change it yourself.

New Years Resolutions

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

As this year comes to an abrupt end and the new year quickly approaches, several things come in perspective. The first being that you managed to survive the year in its entirety and the second being the things that you want to change or make happen in the upcoming year. Modern day people call these things, New Years resolutions. Sometimes these changes we want to make are hard but they can impact our life greatly and really put us in places to succeed: economically, physically, emotionally, or any combination of the three. 

That's why as the this year comes to a close and 2020 is set to begin, I plan to not only make changes to my life to better myself but also to better my career as a marketing representative. I am going to continue to make SERVPRO a household name around my area and continue to improve how I help the customers, my SERVPRO franchise and most importantly myself. 

Each new year is about growth and moving passed where you were previously. Stand firm by your resolutions and work hard to achieve them because you never know the amount of good it can bring to your life and the people around you.

Family

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck on site This is a SERVPRO truck on site at a family's house.

The average human will meet an upwards of 10,000 people in their lifetime. That is a lot of names and faces and birthdays to remember. However on average, people only actually socializes with their inner most circle, and the average amount of people in someone's inner most circle is way less than 10,000. Try four people. This stat alone is mind blowing and really throws things into perspective. People come and go in life all the time, in and out of contact.

This brings me to my point. Your family and family in general are the most important things we have on this Earth. It is incredibly valuable because they rarely ever leave your life and love and cherish you not matter the circumstance. Family is that blood bond that is usually stronger than diamond.

Here at SERVPRO of Fayette we are heavily family oriented and our goal is to make you feel apart of that when ever you're in your time of need.

Puff Backs, Soot and Air Ducts

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Remnants of a stove fire These are the remnants of a stove fire. Above you can see the soot on the wall and vent above the stove top.

Most times fires and fire damage dangers extend passed just the actual flame. The flames may destroy most everything in its path, what is left behind and the effects it can cause are equally destructive. It leaves behind a black, chalk-dust like material called soot. Soot can vary in toxicity, color and smell based on what was burned. It can pollute your body if ingested and caused serious lung damaged along with a host of other even worse injury and diseases. This soot left behind by a fire can get onto and stain almost everything in your house or company depending on where the fire is and how well it was contained, even though the smoke and soot is almost impossible to contain due to its state of matter. This means that the smoke can rise and contaminate your air ducts polluting the air the circulates through your home. This can also happen with a furnace in the home when it misfires triggering a puff back. Both of these events contaminates the air and could be potentially fatal to living beings if they're exposed to it for a long time. 

Luckily, SERVPRO of Fayette is very well versed when it comes to structure fires and the mediation of all that comes with it. With our extensive duct cleaning, in cases of puff backs and soot infiltrating the duct system, we make sure your air quality is the at its best. We also clean and restore anything that can be recovered from the fire back to its preexisting condition and sometimes better. 

Water Damage Urgency

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Stripped Stairs The stairs in this picture had to be stripped in order to be properly dried and cleaned to prevent mold growth.

Water is a really tricking thing to clean up sometimes. Due to its state of matter, being a liquid, it can literally get into every nook and cranny of any area and cause severe damage if it is not mediated quickly. 

Since it can go basically anywhere its really hard to get it out from underneath carpets and from inside of the walls, however these are spots that must be remedied because water left in a dark, confined space is bound to create mold and mold tends to spread rapidly within 24 to 48 afters after its initial growth. 

Once the mold grows and spreads, your water problem turns into a mold problem and tend to be more troublesome and costly. Not to mention that some mold is highly toxic and potentially fatal to humans.

At SERVPRO, we take action quickly to prevent mold growth by taking the measures necessary to dry and mediated all the water in your household, no matter where it may be. We make it "Like it never even happened."

The Importance of Business Cards

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO business card This is SERVPRO of Fayette's marketing representative's business card.

Humans are always traveling or going places on a day to day basis all the time. Airports are some of the busiest places in the world. Imagine how many different people you see on a daily basis or how many food places that you go to every day. Its said that on average, we'll see 3 million faces in our lifetime. That's a lot of people with a lot of different backgrounds and experiences that could add to your network by giving out a simple business card. Anyone is a potential customer or even knows a potential customer. 

Also carrying multiple business cards on you is crucial because you never know when someone could come out of no where seeking out your services or you could be on a lunch break somewhere and over hear someone needing the services you provide.

Leaving your cards in businesses that you visit sometimes could also lead to productivity by gaining exposure from fellow customers that go into that establishment as well. It also familiarizes your business and services with the companies that you leave your card with. Having business cards is one of the ultimate forms of exposure and is a great way to build your network and gain business.

How to get a Company to Remember You

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

I find it rather important that people remember who I am and what my mission is whenever I meet someone. As a marketing representative for SERVPRO this couldn't be more true for me as I am the first line of advertisement as well as the closer. Its my job to go around and make sure people know that SERVPRO is everything that we say we are and that we got their back in case of emergencies. For this I believe it is most important that I be memorable and I have some tips on how to leave your mark on people and be impossible to forget.

A good tip to be memorable, and a pretty important one at that, is to introduce yourself to others. No matter where you are act like you’re the host and be the first to say hello. Another tip is to be enthusiastic about things and life to others. People will gravitate to those upbeat, positive and cheerful people. Also if you can break the ice with some humor, you're six times more likely to be remembered. There are tons of other tips on how to be memorable, I just thought that these three were some of the most important tips. 

Containment

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Containment unit This is a containment unit that was set up in the basement of a house where we were doing a fire job.

SERVPRO is always dedicated to making sure the problem in your home doesn't worsen. We take the necessary precautions to avoid collateral damage, saving you money in the long run. 

In certain jobs such as a water, mold or fire, the crew sets up containment units made out of big sheets of plastic and tape to ensure that the problem doesn't spread to other areas of the building and get worse. This also protects your assets from damage from equipment or the actual source of the problem. 

At SERVPRO we care about the work we do and always strive to make it the highest quality possible. Aside from excellent work and precision we also care about our customers, their property and ultimately their satisfaction. We strive for perfection in everything we do. 

Emergency Ready Profiles

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile Logo Emergency Ready Profile Logo

Disaster strikes in the blink of eye, or in some cases the drip of a water heater tank. That's why it's always important to be prepared and have a plan of action. With SERVPRO, we have this thing called Emergency Ready Profiles that we prepare for businesses in case of emergency on site. What this is, is a laminated list of details and information about the building that are important for any type of disaster that pops up. 

The Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP for short, is a list that includes phone numbers of important people like the building owner, IT guy, building manager, fire department and other along that line. It also has pictures of the gas, water and electric shut offs and instructions on how to get to them and operate them. It details instructions to that company or business as well as details what our SERVPRO trucks and employees need to do if something happens and so much more. The ERPs are a vital asset to businesses that use them and prepare them for disaster until we can get on site and mediate the problem.

Water Job Tools

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture Meter This is a moisture meter in action getting a reading on a wall and floor

A water job can be very, very tricky. Water is an evasive liquid that can get into almost anything regardless of the seal it has. Because water gets everywhere its important to have the right tools to detect it and eliminate it. 

One crucial tool is the moisture meter. This tool is able to detect water through floors and walls by measuring the electrical resistance between two electrodes. When moisture is present within the wood, electricity flows more easily. Where as, wood that is becoming dryer will resist electrical flow.

The proper tools are always a staple in any well-done job whether it be knives and cooking in the kitchen or shoes and playing basketball somewhere. With the proper tools you can do any job with maximum efficiency and precision.

Thorough through and through

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Bedroom The crew had to strip the walls in order to get inside and dry the water that was in there.

Getting the job done right the first time around is crucial for both the victim of the accident as well as the team working to mediate the problem. At SERVPRO we pride ourselves in working through any problem thoroughly and getting the problem fixed so that it can't get worse and do more damage. Even if there's water deep into the walls, for example, we will strip the walls in order to get to the problem and fix it. Also getting the job done right the first time saves time and money for both parties because you, as the worker, don't have to come back out and haul all the supplies and men back out with you as well as the owner, the customer, doesn't have to shell out more money to have everyone come back out. At SERVPRO we make sure we get the job done the right way the first time!

Professionalism and Business Etiquette

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

What is business etiquette and why is it important? This is the question I asked myself upon first introduction to business etiquette my senior year at West Virginia University. As my teacher continued to speak and go in-depth about it and explain to us fresh faces about to enter the workforce what business etiquette was, I couldn't help but think that some of the stuff he was detailing was a little weird and maybe a tad bit extra mile-ish for interviews and formal business functions. However, I continued to listen and absorb the information because I wanted to learn how to be a professional and talk to other professionals without making a fool of myself in the process. 

Over the next couple months, I began practicing this business etiquette at interviews and with various professionals that I knew outside of school and work. I picked up on some of it right away because I am naturally a social and energetic person but it was more than just being social. Having grade A business etiquette is something that takes practice and something that is not always set in stone. It kind of shifts between different people that you're interacting with. For example the CEO of Texas Road House is probably way different than the CEO of Ford or Ferrari for example. 

Regardless of who it is that you're talking to or doing business with, the basis of all business etiquette is fairly the same and can take you far in your business with other people. It's a very nice skill to practice and can help you succeed in ways you never expected. Always know your audience and always stay professional!

Speed and Efficiency

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storms are an aggressive demonstration of the power of nature and it usually happens in the blink of an eye before you can prepare. Storms can cause a significant amount of damage from high winds, heavy rainfall or even hail if its big enough or if its in a high volume. Storms and the damage they cause happen fast, but luckily SERVPRO's Service Response Guidelines assure that representative and crew will be in contact and helping faster than you can even say you need help. 

Here at SERVPRO we pride ourselves in having a fast response time so that people can avoid maximum damage and prevent other loss. The longer it takes for the problem to be corrected, more damage is done over time to that property and our fast response time really combats this making SERVPRO the clear choice in the face of a storm. 

Loss Recovery

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

During a storm, even sometimes the little ones, something gets damaged. Whether the damage is minuscule and unnoticeable or huge and something you can help but notice, SERVPRO is always there to help remedy the problem in a timely manner. We cant bring back lost or damaged goods but we can clean and restore almost anything that is still intact, as well as rebuild structures that were broken or damaged during the storm. 

Here at SERVPRO of Fayette, we do reconstruction on damaged and toppled structures after a storm rolls through and flattens everything in its path. This is a really good way for the customer to feel at peace about his loss and actually believe that they're on the path to recovery and the normalization of their lives. 

Ice/Snow Storm

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Ice storms, snow storms, and extreme cold can cause damages that sometimes can be easily avoided and sometimes can't be avoided at all. Some of these catastrophic events that can happen are frozen pipes, snow build up on roofs causing them to collapse, property damage from ice and other calamities caused by ice and outside influencing factors. These events cause greater damage within the property as well.

Frozen pipes could lead them to burst and cause water damage throughout the house or area in which the pipe is in. A collapsing roof can cause injury to anyone under it as well as water damage from all the snow melting after it collapses. That snow on top could also possibly melt and seep through the cracks of your house also causing water damage in extreme cases. The possibility of property damage and calamity goes up in the winter, luckily SERVPRO will always be around to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Smoke Damage

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

There are fire hazards all throughout a house from faulty electrical outlets to something as little as Christmas lights. These are very dangerous and must be monitored at all times. However, when these calamities do occur, fire isn't the only thing you have to worry about that can cause severe damage. The smoke and soot from the fires actually cause a considerable amount of damage to the house and its belongings as well. This can cause a thick layer of black soot that just coats whatever it comes into contact with and is sometimes extremely tricky to get out of things such as fabrics and off walls. This soot can also get in the vents and duct work of your house or place of business, degrading the air quality within your house and contaminating your lungs. Luckily here at SERVPRO of Fayette, cleaning smoke and soot damage from your ducts, walls, furniture or anything effected is something we take pride in. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

Taking Care of your Community

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Morgantown we always put the customer's needs above our own but this also extends to the needs of the community. I always try my best to help those in need whenever I see people down on their luck by giving them food, money or even just a little positive word of encouragement or prayer. Helping individuals also helps the community prosper. There are many other ways to help the community that can be simple and easy as well. One of the most important things you can do for a community is to properly dispose of waste materials and recycle things that can be recycled. This helps the community blossom and be seen for its beauty, rather than being seen for its filth. SERVPRO is always looking at ways to improve their respective communities and build together. 

What To Do Until Help Arrives

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Soot from a Puff Back This image just shows soot build up in areas of the house. Soot is toxic and shouldn't be breathed in or it can cause serious health issues.

It is very important to know what actions to take yourself when catastrophe strikes and you're waiting on your area's SERVPRO crew. In some scenarios, taking action and doing what you can do is the difference between the problem being easily managed and it getting worse. I'm going to list a couple "do's and don't's" when it comes to fire and smoke damage. 

One thing that anyone can do in the instance of fire or smoke damage is to limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet. Another thing you can do is to tape a double layer of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

One thing not to do is to attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water. Another big thing to keep in mind is to not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. 

Taking Care of your Community

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Morgantown we always put the customer's needs above our own but this also extends to the needs of the community. I always try my best to help those in need whenever I see people down on their luck by giving them food, money or even just a little positive word of encouragement or prayer. Helping individuals also helps the community prosper. There are many other ways to help the community that can be simple and easy as well. One of the most important things you can do for a community is to properly dispose of waste materials and recycle things that can be recycled. This helps the community blossom and be seen for its beauty, rather than being seen for its filth. SERVPRO is always looking at ways to improve their respective communities and build together. 

Heavy Snowfall

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

'Tis the season for heavy snowfall. This time of year is when the snow really picks up and before you know it, everything around you is covered in cold, wet joy! Snow can accumulate rather quickly in the right conditions, sometimes leaving you in a sticky situation or with a big mess. On any given snow day you can find yourself with a water mess in the house because of excess runoff from melting snow. This can come from a leaky part of the house such as the roof or faulty pipes that freeze up when not maintained properly. Either way you still have a water mess and the root of the problem was the snow. So this New Year make sure you pay attention to the weather and your home to assure these accidents won't happen, but if they do, SERVPRO  will always be there to make it "Like it never even happened."  

Service Response Guidelines

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

As service professionals, it is our job to always keep the customer's priorities first and try our hardest to keep them satisfied. This is the most important part of any service job and SERVPRO is no different.

The service response guidelines, or the 1 4 8 rule, is SERVPRO's guarantee to the customer that their problem will be handled in a timely manner and that it is a very high priority for us. Customer satisfaction is a priority throughout the whole process of our business from getting a notice of loss, mitigation of the problem, and during the verbal briefing of the scope. 

If the customers are satisfied with our work and our ability to mitigate disasters, word of our good work will spread and it will increase productivity and business with others. Ultimately, helping customers in their time of need after a loss is the most rewarding experience that comes from our work, both emotionally and economically.

Winter House Fire Avoidance Tip

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Shorted Power Strip from a Space Heater The power strip shorted and caught on fire after a space heater was plugged into it

Jack Frost and his gang always hit the hardest at the beginning of the year, in peak winter months. This leads us to jack up the heater in efforts to counteract the wicked lows of the winter. Because of this extra effort to combat the cold, there is a statistical rise in house fires during this time of year. Worry not however, SERVPRO is here for a pro tip. 

One of the most common causes of house fires come from the misuse of space heaters and power strips. A power strip does not have the capacity to power up a space heater without shorting the strip and potentially causing sparks, leading to a fire. 

If you don't have central air and heat and have to use space heaters, make sure that you're using them properly in order to avoid catastrophe. Space heaters can provide a wealth of heat and warmth for a room and its inhabitants if used properly and carefully. 

Water Heater Tank

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Heater This a faulty/leaky water heater. If left unattended, the water that is leaking can cause major damage to the property.

Water damage is some of the trickiest stuff to deal with, especially when the source of the water is small but continuous. This continuous stream of water can cause severe yet undetectable damage to the inside of walls, floors and under carpets. 

It's only undetectable until the problem is large enough to be discovered but by then, thousands of dollars worth of damage is already done by allowing the problem to go unnoticed and if it's not treated properly in a timely manner, mold can start to pop up, making the project even more costly then it initially started out as. 

So in order to avoid this huge problem and save some green, make sure you check your hot water tank and visible water piping throughout the house often to assure that everything is operating smoothly and as it should be. 

Different Problems, Different Solutions

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Solvents Some of the various cleaning solvents that SERVPRO uses for the different jobs that we encounter.

Ever since I was a young man, I've always believed that any stain could be removed with enough elbow grease, water and soap. I never knew until recently how wrong I actually was. Sure, good old fashioned elbow grease contributes to getting out most major stains, however, what I didn't know is that stains and dirt are all different, therefore requiring different solutions in order to mitigate. 

For example, some stains and dirt can be removed with dry solutions and dry sponges. These stains are hydrophobic meaning that water doesn't dissolve it and usually just makes it worse. Since this is the case, these stains are classified as lipophilic, meaning you would use some sort of solvent that is mainly fatty based in order to fully dissolve the stains and dirt. Stains can also be hydrophilic, where water and solvent will get the job done, and lipophobic, where the fatty based cleaner doesn't fully dissolve the dirt and stains. 

That is why every job and every stain is different, requiring tailor made solutions in order to completely clean the area to its original sheen, like the disaster never happened. 

Ultrasonic cleaning

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

What is ultrasonic cleaning? Ultra Sonic cleaning is a nonabrasive way of cleaning that involves submerging items in a liquid medium with a special solution that sound waves pass through to create millions or microscopic bubbles that lift away dirt, soot, smoke, and odor. This method is more effective and efficient than any other way.

Prevent pipes from freezing

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipe Frozen Pipe Burst

Night time temps are beginning to drop. Soon it will be time to wake up a little earlier to get the frost off our windshields. While preventing winter from coming is not likely to happen, we can take precautions to prevent worse things from happening from the cold, like frozen pipes for example.

Frozen pipes bursting is not only a devastating damage that can happen to your home but can also be costly. there are some things you can do tho to help prevent this.

1) turn the heat on. If no one is going to be in the home you might want to turn the heat down to save on cost while away, but its probably a better idea to leave the heat on. 

2) Allow faucets to drip. allowing the faucets to drip helps open up the pipe to help keep the risk of pressure build up and bursting down.

3) Keep cabinet/vanity/closet doors open if they contain pipes to allow heat to get in. 

4) Seal up cracks and holes where pipes run into the wall and floors.

5) Add insulation to areas that tend to be colder such as attics or basements. 

Smoke and Soot Clean up

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

                 Smoke and soot facts: 

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

If you have had a fire in your home that has caused smoke or soot damage, call SERVPRO and a Franchise Professional will arrive, and make it,

             Like it never even happened.

Jack-O' Lantern Safety Tips

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Pumpkin Halloween

You've probably noticed that the warm Summer air is now cool and the sound of once green leaves crunching as you walk. For some its a time to pull out the fall sweaters and to cuddle up with some hot apple cider but for others this time of year means one thing, Halloween.

Halloween is argumentatively one of the most fun holidays. There's always a ton to do like haunted houses, corn mazes, trick or treating, and my favorite - Decorating.

Decorating is a good time for friends and family to come together for some fun. One of the most popular and easy to do are Jack-O' Lanterns. while the back story of the Jack-O' Lantern is unknown its been around for centuries. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind to keep your pumpkin carving a good time and not a nightmare

1) Wear gloves when using knives and other carving tools. (Fake blood is scary enough)

2) Clear any leaves of other debris from area

3) Don't place pumpkins in high traffic area to prevent them from being bumped or trick or treaters costumes from catching fire.

4) Don't place lids back on pumpkins if there is not at least 2 inches of space between the flame and the lid

5) consider using fake candles or lights in place of a real flame.

Grilling Safety Tips

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Now that weather is getting nicer and the outdoors are becoming more inviting, people’s time is going to be spent outside more. Cookouts are a great way to spend time with friends and family and get away from the indoors.  Here are some tips so you can enjoy the warm summer days and without worrying about the fire hazards that come with grilling.

  • Set up your grill on a level surface at outdoors least 10 feet away from any buildings or debris.
  • Regularly clean your grill.
  • Check your propane tank hose for any leaks by applying a soapy water solution to the hose and turning on the gas. If there’s a leak, bubbles will begin to form.
  • If the flame goes out in a gas grill, turn off the gas and grill and wait a recommended 5 minutes before relighting.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing or other articles that could easily fall into the flames.
  • Make aware that the grill is or will be in use. Instruct children to be cautious and keep animals away. Grills take at least an hour to completely cool down.
  • With charcoal grills, if the flame goes down or out, do not use starter fluid to reignite the flame
  • If the fire is beginning to get large and needs to put out, baking soda is helpful with putting out grease fires and fire extinguishers are good for other fires as well as throwing sand onto the fire.

        *DO NOT USE WATER.

What Can You Do To Minimize Storm Damage?

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is finally here. Even though “April showers bring May flowers,” Mother Nature sometimes throws storms at us as well. Storms have the ability to cause a catastrophic mess but  SERVPRO of Fayette County & SERVPRO of Morgantown has the ability to put it all back “Like it never even happened.” quickly and efficiently. We may not be able to control the weather but there are a few things you can do before a storm to try to minimize the damage;

  • Put all important documents and photos in a water /fire proof safe
  • Discuss your home insurance policy with your agent.
  • Keep the name, address, insurance policy and claims reporting telephone number of your insurer and agent in a safe place.
  • Take photos of your home and belongings and keep in a safe place for insurance purposes.
  • Make a Home inventory list. Include things like the model and serial number, description, and cost at time of purchase.
  • Inspect your roof at least twice a year by either yourself or a professional. A few things to look for is any moss or algae growth, excess leaves laying heavily on all or a portion of the roof, loose, missing, buckled, or curled shingles, and check for any cracking or damaged counter flashing (Counter flashing: Is a metal waterproof strip installed over areas in need of additional moisture protection such as a chimney)
  • Check gutters. You’re going to want to make sure you’re gutters are free of any debris as well as checking to make sure your downspouts are flowing away from your home to prevent any damage to your foundation which could cause flooding and water damage
  • Check your exterior walls for any cracking brick or concrete and check to make sure you don’t have any loose siding.
  • If you have a sump pump in your basement, check to make sure your basement sump pump is working properly. If you don’t already have a sump pump, consider getting one if your basement has flooded before. You live in a flat area, you’re area gets a lot of rain or snow, or if your home has a finished basement or you use it for storage
  • Unplug all unnecessary appliances and other electronics before a storm.
  • Trim your trees. Remove any branches that hang over your home or have a risk of falling and damaging any of your property
  • Remove any loose objects and debris from your yard or secure it to prevent them from becoming projectiles that could damage your property.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, Stay safe! Items can be replaced and homes can be fixed.

What do you do after?

  • Avoid any downed power lines (Assume they all have live electricity)
  • Inspect your property for any structural damages. Notify your insurance company/Agent as soon as possible
  • DON’T throw away any damaged items until an insurance adjuster visits your home.

SERVPRO of Fayette County & SERVPRO of Morgantown’s team members are here to help you clean up any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Prevention Tips

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                   Mold Prevention Tips

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can - no higher than 50% - all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Keep in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Fix any leaks in your home's roof, walls, or plumbing.
  • Have your home dried out and cleaned thoroughly and quickly (within 24-48 hour)
  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly.

What are Puff Backs and What you need to know.

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A White Sofa With Heavy Soot Damage as a Result of a Puffback.

Our Furnaces work hard during these colder months to keep us warm around the clock. Now even tho Spring is right around the corner, Most of our furnaces still have a bit to go before their ready to take their Summertime break. Like most things, while they do enhance our lives, they could run into problems. Puff Backs are the misfiring in an oil and gas furnace and boilers that sends soot and smoke throughout the structure as well as creating soot webs. Some of the causes of a Puff Back include;

    • Clogged Burner, Exhaust, or Chimney 
    • Damaged Fuel Nozzle
    • Cracked Heat Exchange
    • Manually Resetting the System too Often.                                      NOTE: *DO NOT press the reset button on your furnace more than ONCE if it pops out. Readily pressing the rest increases your risk of a Puff Back occurring

  What do you do if a Puff Back Happens to you? They are not only messy but can become stressful as well. SERVPRO is here to wipe away your stress as well as all the soot. 

  1. Call your Insurance Company
  2. Call a HVAC repair man to schedule repairs on your furnace or boiler
  3. Call a cleaning service to clean the soot
  4. *AVOID trying to clean/wipe any walls, ceilings, painted surfaces, upholstery, or electronics. Cleaning without the proper chemicals could cause damage
  5. *LIMIT movement to prevent spreading the spread of soot
  6. *DON’T consume any opened food or drinks due to the possibility of contamination.
  7. Don’t worry, Professionals are here to help you through this. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice any concerns. A Company like SERVPRO is here to make it     “Like it never even happened.”

Managing Mold

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                          Managing Mold

From The Ordinary....

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

To The Unhealthy....

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

Hidden Mold

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                         Hidden Mold

Mold is detectable by smell and signs of water damage on walls or ceiling and can grow in places invisible to the human eye. It may be found behind wallpaper or paneling, on the inside of ceiling tiles, the back of drywall, or the underside of carpets or carpet padding. Piping in walls may also be a source of mold, since they may leak (causing moisture and condensation)

Spores need three things to grow into mold:

  1. Nutrients
  2. Moisture
  3. Time (24 hours to 10 days)

Mold colonies can grow inside buildings, and the chief hazard is the inhalation of mycotoxins. After  a flood or major leak, mycotoxin levels are higher even after a building has dried out.

If you have mold growth in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Fayette County 

724-628-3022

Like it never even happened.

More than 1,600 Franchises Nationwide in 48 States

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SERVPRO is a Franchise company with over 45 years of leadership in cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.

You may be aware that your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional is part of a Franchise System that has been helping make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened" since 1969. But did you know that system has grown to include more than 1,600 franchises nationwide in 48 states? 

Wherever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, you can count on  SERVPRO of Fayette County's Franchise Professionals to respond quickly.

When fire and water damage take control of your life, we help take it back.

Tornadoes - Finding Shelter

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Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that are created from a thunderstorm and funnel to the ground. Tornadoes can be very destructive to buildings, vehicles, and creating deadly objects to fly in the air. Tornadoes can happen anytime and anywhere. Intense winds can reach over 200 MPH.

Find Safe Shelter During a Tornado Warning

  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
  • Use your arms to protect your head or neck. 

Tornadoes - Prepare NOW

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Preparing Before a Tornado Hits Your Area

  • Know your area's tornado risk. In the U.S., the Midwest and the Southeast have a greater risk for tornadoes.
  • Know the signs of a tornado, including a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud; an approaching cloud of debris; or a loud roar - similar to a freight train.
  • Sign up for your community's warning system. The Emergency Alert System (ESA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. If your community has sirens, then become familiar with the warning tone.
  • Pay attention to weather reports. Meteorologists can predict when conditions might be right for a tornado.
  • Identify and practice going to a safe shelter in the event of high winds, such a safe room built using FEMA criteria or a storm shelter built to ICC 500 standards. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Consider construction your own sage room that meets FEMA or ICC 500 standards.

Tornadoes - Survive During the Storm

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               Surviving During a Tornado

  • Immediately go to a safe location that you identified.
  • Take additional cover by shielding your head and neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around you.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not try to out run a tornado in a vehicle.
  • If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, it possible.

                   Be Safe After the Storm

  • Keep listening to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, and local authorities for updated information.
  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust. Try to send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told that they are safe.
  • Save your phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often sown or busy after a disaster. Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.

Flooding - Find Shelter

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Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. The most common natural disaster in the United States is flooding. Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death.

                            Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly - Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

If You Are Under A Flood Warning, Find Safe  Shelter Quickly.

  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don't Drown!  (Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 1 foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away)
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.
  1. Evacuate if told to do so.
  2. Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
  3. Stay where you are.

Flooding - Prepare Now

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How To Stay Save When a Flood Threatens

                       Prepare NOW

  • Know types of flood risk in your area.
  • Sign up for your community's warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person's specific needs, including medication. Don't forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

Flooding - Surviving During

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               Surviving During A Flood

  • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the sage location the you previously identified.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA, Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions. 
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don't Drown!
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can was bridges away without warning.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

Flooding - Be Safe After

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       Being Safe After A Surviving A Flood

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Avoid driving, except in emergencies. (You may be in the way of responders assisting others in need)
  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water. 
  • Avoid walking on streets that the road is not visible, manhole covers may be lifted off of sewage drains.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

Tips For Surviving a House Fire

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Ten Essential Tips For Surviving a House Fire

In a normal survival situation, fire is something you need for lings like light, heat, protection, and the ability to cook food. But in the event of a house fire, it can become your biggest enemy and something you need to escape from immediately. Many people have tragically perished in house fires, and if you don't want the same thing to happen to you or your family, you should take these ten essential tips very seriously.

  1. Write down an escape plan.
  2. Place Rope Ladders on the upper floors.
  3. Install and test Smoke Alarms.
  4. Invest in a Fire Extinguisher.
  5. Test doors for heat.
  6. Stay low to the ground.
  7. Keep your mouth and nose covered with a wet rag or shirt.
  8. Don't go back in after you have evacuated.
  9. Have Emergency Kits near the Exits.
  10. Practice - Do Fire Drills with the family.

Fire - Safety Behaviors

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                 Practice Safe Behaviors

To prevent our house from catching fire in the first place, there are some safety precautions that you should take.

  • Teach your children fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Always be in the kitchen when you're cooking something. Don't leave cooking food unattended.
  • Do not smoke in the house. Make sure you put out your cigarettes completely.
  • Dispose of any electronics with frayed wires, which could lead to a fire.
  • Avoid lighting candles unless they're directly in your light of vision. Do not leave a lighted candle in a room where no one is.
  • Always check that you have turned the gas off before leaving the kitchen.
  • Try to use a lighter instead of matches.
  • Have a Fire Extinguisher and make sure everyone knows how to use it, in case of an emergency.

Protect Your Most Valuable Assets!

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You Have So Much Time and Energy Invested in Your Home

Choose SERVPRO of Fayette County Franchise Professionals to protect your most valuable assets.

Your home is a reflection of you and makes an impression on all those who enter it

You invest you time, energy and hard earned resources to maintain, protect and increase the value of your home.

When you need work done on your home, you should expect the very best service at a fair price.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services, as well as top-quality professional cleaning services for your entire home.

When you need help because of a fire or water damage call a company you can trust!

SERVPRO of Fayette County

724-628-3022

Like it never even happened.

Water Damage File Process

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             Water Damage Job File Process

To maintain consistency on each job, SERVPRO Franchise Professional utilize a system known as the Job File Process. An individual file is maintained for each job and serves as a detailed record of the events of each job. The job file forms include:

  • SERVPRO First Notice of Loss (FNOL)
  • SERVPRO Authorization to Perform.
  • SERVPRO Customer Information Form - Water Damage.
  • SERVPRO Water Damage Emergency Services Report.
  • SERVPRO Water Damage, Equipment Validation and Drying Report.
  • SERVPRO Certification of Satisfaction.

If you have a water damage in your Professional Commercial building call SERVPRO of Fayette County and our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will be out quickly to assist you with what ever type of water damage you have.

724-628-3022

Like it never even happened.

Water Damage Timeline

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When you have a water damage, immediate response helps to minimize the damage and cleaning and restoration costs.

                         Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path. 
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

                            Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

                       48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious bio-hazard contamination is possible.

                       More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Available 24 Hour a day for Water Emergencies

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SERVPRO of Fayette County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate actin is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help 

Call Today 724-628-3022

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Fayette County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration - in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

                         What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needs.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information.
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business.
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Restoring Commercial Properties in Fayette County PA

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When flooding or water damage happens in Fayette County commercial properties , the damage can often be complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and quick response from a SERVPRO Franchise Professional. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged are while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in you business, give SERVPRO of Fayette County a call , so we can make it,

           Like it never even happened.

Puff back in a commercial building

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A puff back in a commercial building can cause a lot of aggravation. A puff back can be described as an explosion or misfiring inside the furnace. This can cause soot to be sent throughout the whole inside of your business. Covering walls, floors, furniture, drapes, cabinets, computers, paperwork, and pretty much all the things inside your business. A buff back can require some thorough cleaning to be done by a restoration company such as us, SERVPRO! It may even cause additional repairs on your businesses heating system.

Depending on the strength of the puff back and to what extent of its effect it can have on the building and the buildings content , can vary on whether or not how good the quality of oil that is ignited. There are other variables that come in to play as well, such as heater type, condition, building construction, etc... 

Storm Damage to your Home

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SERVPRO of Fayette County PA specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

When storms hit Fayette County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can accerss equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams! 

If your home or business has been effected by a storm, call SERVPRO of Fayette County !

724-628-3022

              Like it never even happened.

Flooded warehouse.

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Flooded Warehouse in Perryopolis .

Of all of the disasters that could happen to a home or a business, floods are the most unpredictable, because of the damage they can cause. Depending on how bad the flood is, a home or business owner may be able to salvage there structure by disposing of furniture, carpets and drywall. However some floods can do as much as tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair costs. Unfortunately, most flood damage is not covered by your insurance company.

When you have a flood in your home of business, such as a flooded warehouse, it's important to have the structure dried out and cleaned as soon as possible. The longer the structure stays wet, the more of a chance of mold growth. 

When flooding happens, it's best to have a SERVPRO Franchise Professional come and properly dispose of any damaged contents, and properly dry out the area and sanitize. And make it ,

" Like it never even happened"

Smoke damage due to a fire.

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When you have a fire inside of your home or business, you may end up having smoke / soot  damage. The longer the smoke / soot lingers in your home or business the harder it is to remove and the more it will soak into furniture, curtains , wood and carpets. The faster you contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional, the quicker we can get to you to determine what kind of smoke damage you have due to the fire. Determining what kind of fire you had, helps to determine the proper restoration method. Different types of fires need different types of clean - up methods.

If you have had a fire or know someone who has had a fire, please call SERVPRO 724-628-3022.

"Like it never even happened."

Water Damage can Cause Mold

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Water Damage in a basement that caused mold. Owner wasn't aware there was water in the basement.

When you have unwanted water from a flood or a pipe burst, quick response is the key! If water is not extracted and area not dried out in a timely manor, the water damage can cause mold. In order to limit the growth of mold in your home, you must control how much moisture is in your home. Within 24 to 48 hours a thorough clean-up and drying, and possible removal of water-damaged materials , such as drywall , carpeting and  padding can prevent or limit mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained to dry down an effected area and to safely and effectively to control and remove any mold contaminants while protecting the health and safety of any occupants that are in the building. 

Emergency Response

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SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and are trained and equipped to help you regain control of your life when you have an emergency such as a water loss or smoke damage. Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO Franchise Professional can be on-site to start the cleanup for water or smoke, the better the results. This could also keep the cost of the claim down. 

             Emergency Response 1 - 4 - 8  

               Service Response Guidelines

1. Within one hour from notice of loss, a                  SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact        your  insured to arrange for service.

4. Within four hours of loss notification, a                SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-          site to start mitigation services. 

8. Within eight business hours of on-site arrival,      a verbal briefing of the scope will be                    communicated to the adjuster. 

Does your Fayette County Home have a mold problem?

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Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (724)628-3022

What is a Puffback?

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A puffback can be described as an explosion or misfiring inside the furnace. This can cause soot to be sent throughout the whole inside of a home. Covering walls, floors, furniture, drapes, cabinets, and pretty much all the things inside the home. A puff back can require some thorough cleaning to be done by a restoration company such as us, SERVPRO! It may even cause additional repairs on your home heating system.

Depending on the strength of the puffback and to what extent of its effect it can have on the home or building, can vary on whether or not how good the quality of oil that is ignited. There are other variables that come in to play as well, such as heater type, condition, building/home construction, etc..

IICRC Certified Firm

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We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Fayette County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Fayette County

SERVPRO of Fayette County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Certifications

  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

Faster to your Fayette County Water Damage Event

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SERVPRO of Fayette County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the Fayette County area.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Fayette County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Fayette County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (724) 628-3022

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Fayette County

SERVPRO of Fayette County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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Certifications

  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

Restoring Your Fayette County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

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Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Fayette County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Fayette County

SERVPRO of Fayette County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

Fayette County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Fayette County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fayette County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (724) 938-3022

For Immediate Service in Fayette County, Call SERVPRO

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Fayette County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Fayette County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in or around the Fayette County area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 (724) 638-3022

Residential Services

Whether your Fayette County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Fayette County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: [Commercial Services]

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

When Storms Hit Fayette County, SERVPRO is ready!

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Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Fayette County.

SERVPRO of Fayette County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Fayette County area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams [Disaster Recovery Page] that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (724) 628-3022

Fayette County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Fayette County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Fayette County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (724) 628-3022

Connellsville 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

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SERVPRO of Fayette County provides as 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in and around the Fayette County area.

SERVPRO of Fayette County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today (724) 628-3022

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Fayette County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Fayette County

SERVPRO of Fayette County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

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