Winter is right around the corner be prepared!
Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather:
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of the home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shutoff.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
Keeping your gutter clean
Take action to keep downspouts running freely before those shade trees start shedding in earnest. One of these guards won’t totally free you of ladder duty, but it could buy you time between checkups.
How to Clean your gutters:
1. Climb a ladder and use a variety of tools to grab and remove the leaves and debris at eye-level.
2. Attach tools to a wet/dry shop vac to suck up the leaves or to blast them out of the gutters.
3. Attach tools to your water hose to spray leaves out of the gutters.
4. Use a long-reaching pole to remove leaves from the gutters while standing at ground level.
Being prepared when a hurricane or flood happens.
Tips for flooding
During a Flood Watch or Warning
- Gather emergency supplies.
- Listen to your local radio or television station for updates.
- Have immunization records handy or know the year of your last tetanus shot.
- Store immunization records in a waterproof container.
- Fill bathtubs, sinks, gallon jars, and plastic soda bottles so that you will have a supply of clean water.
- Sanitize sinks/tubs first by cleaning them using a solution of one cup of bleach to five gallons of water. Then rinse and fill with clean water.
- Bring in outdoor possessions (lawn furniture, grills, trash cans) or tie them down securely.
- If evacuation appears necessary: turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve.
- Leave areas subject to flooding: low spots, canyons, washes, etc. Rememberavoid driving through flooded areas and standing water.
After Flooding Has Occurred
- Avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water. As little as six inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Do not drink flood water, or use it to wash dishes, brush teeth, or wash/prepare food. Drink clean, safe water.
- If you evacuated: return to your home only after local authorities have said it is safe to do so.
- Listen to water advisory from local authorities to find out if your water is safe for drinking and bathing.
- During a water advisory, use only bottled, boiled, or treated water for drinking, cooking, etc.
- When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food and bottled water that comes/may have come into contact with flood water.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Use generators at least 20 feet from any doors, windows, or vents. If you use a pressure washer, be sure to keep the engine outdoors and 20 feet from windows, doors, or vents as well.
For more tips on flooding contact your local SERVPRO.
Like it never even happened
Is your roof ruin after a storm
After your home is damaged by wind, hail, or other natural elements, the storm isn't necessarily over in fact, it might be just the beginning. Here's what you need to know about the storm-induced insurance process from diagnosing the damage to filing a claim and making repairs so that weathering your home's recovery is as painless as possible.
- Know what is cover before the storm hits. Call you insurance agent.
- Document potential damage.
- Make Temporary repairs
- Make sure you hire a creditable contractor.
- Check with your local SERVPRO to see if they have a contractor or teams that can help..
- Work with your insurance agents to go over claims.
Are you ready? Be prepared!
Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms*:
- 10,000 severe thunderstorms
- 5,000 floods or flash floods
- 1,000 tornadoes
- 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes
Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. * Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
How to be prepared:
- A gallon of water per person per day.
- Supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a manual can opener.
- Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
- Blankets and sleeping bags.
- First aid kit and prescription medications.
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
- Credit cards, cash and extra set of car keys.
- List of family physicians.
- Special items for infants,elderly or disabled family members.
Call SERVPRO of Reading for to get a ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.
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Does your home have a mold problem?
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.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Pottsville commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with relatively small 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 you business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with help you need.
About SERVPRO of Pottsville
SERVPRO of Pottsville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assure the knowledge to restore your property.
Red Cross Sponsors
The Red cross helps nearly 150,000 military families and veterans annually with emergency communications and access to community resources.
March 2013, SERVPRO and the American Red Cross began a partnership that would grow into a community base program. We recently renew this partnership last year in 2016 on a brand new out look on how we can help our communities. SERVPRO does (ERP) Emergency Response Plans. This helps home owners, business owners, property owners when a disaster occurs.
This is a new way to help us prepare our community and help first responders when a disaster happens. With our support with the Disaster Responders, it will make it possible for them to assit affected families quicker.
Moving forward SERVPRO of Pottsville works close by with the Schuylkill County Red Cross. Our marketing Manager is getting involved to help make changes by making up bags to donate to the Recross,volunteering, Donating blood at blood drives and attending monthly meetings.
SERVPRO of Pottsville will also be working closely with local fire companies to help spread the word about the urgent need to be prepare in a disaster. SERVPRO of Pottsville also hope to continue to provide excellent service for existing services within the program, like ERPs and Community based Fundraisers are just a few examples of the work we provide. Be on the look out for us at local Fair, school functions, city fairs, safely nights, and much more.
For other community events coming up look under our events on our website or like us on Facebook. If you have any questions call us at 570-622-8991
Founder of SERVPRO
Ted and Doris Issacson launched SERVPRO in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, Calif. With a background in cleaning and restoration, however Ted and Doris soon transformed the company into a franchise of cleanup.
After selling its first Franchise in 1969, SERVPRO continued to grow, acquiring 175 franchises in 1979.
Finally SERVPRO relocated the corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Gallatin, TN in 1988 in a strategic move to place itself within 600 miles of 50% of the U.S population. At the time of the location SERVPRO consisted of 647 Franchises.
Today, SERVPRO is proud to say has more than 1,700 Franchises and growing. SERVPRO of Reading and Pottsville been operating for over 22 years. We our locally owned and operated and will have a location in the Pottsville Area by the end of 2017. We value are customers!
If you have any questions feel free to call 570-622-8991
2,900 residential fires per year identify a clothes dryer issue like lint or electrical malfunction as their cause.
An estimated 2,900 residential fires per year identify in a dryer issue like lint or electrical malfunction as their cause.
A clothes dryer work by forcing hot air through a turning drum. The wet clothes are then pass through the drum to be dried by the hot air. Most wet clothes contain one and half gallons of water. While most of the lint goes into the lint filter some of lint is carried through the vent system along moist air.Lint is a very combustible material that can accumulate both in the dryer and in the dryer vent. Accumulated lint leads to reduced airflow and can be a potential fire hazard.
Here are some tips to keep your dryer clean:
- Have your dryer clean and installed by a professional.
- Do not use your dryer with a lint filter
- Make sure you clean the lint filter before and after every load of wash.
- Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap willopen when the dryer is operating.
- Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
- Don't leave the house when the dryer is on.
- If your clothes are not drying then call a professional to come look at your dryer.