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Our Fire Restoration Process

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

pile of burning wood We take restoring your home seriously.

Having a fire in your home, big or small can still be an overwhelming experience.  At SERVPRO of Beaver County we take the worry out of restoration.  We have a dialed in process for all fire damages that make the transition seamless for you, your family, and your home.  It all starts upon contact.  Once you reach out to us, we will come out to your property to assess the damage, from there we secure the property with any tarps or board ups to stop any further damage from the outside elements.  Then we get to work on removing any water damage, smoke, or soot.  Finally, we work to clean and restore your property to its previous condition.  Read the steps in detail below!

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. Call us today for all of your fire restoration needs at 724-709-7235.

Droughts in Pennsylvania

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

dry soil Droughts can cause cracks in the soil and your foundation.

We normally associated storm damage to flooding, high winds, and hail.  What we forget, is that no storms can create issues for you and your property, too! On the other end of the scale if you don’t have rain or water for days, weeks, or months, then your community can go into a drought.   The main effects of drought are actually something you would never think of - flooding.   When a drought occurs all of the moisture dries up causing clay heavy soil to shrink.  This means the foundation that your home is build on begins to shift and crack from the changing movement.  In turn, your foundation is not able to withstand the force of the movement and may start to crack under pressure.  These cracks are silent and won’t effect you during the drought.  Only until the drought is over and your area begins to bring rain will you discover the cracks to your foundation.  From there water can entire your home causing the cracks to erode and make bigger openings.  From there you can have moisture entering your home causing mold and even worse full blown flood. 

Severe Weather Types in Beaver County

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Boot in mud Mud can cause more damage to your home than you think!

There are many different types of weather patterns in Pittsburgh and the Beaver county area.  In total, our area is not as easily affected by the major natural disasters around the world, but we do still need to be aware and prepared for severe weather. 

What types are there in the Pittsburgh area?

Tornadoes - We are most at risk for tornadoes during the spring time when hot and cold air combine.  Always have an emergency action plan and go to a basement or a bathroom during a tornado warning.  If your home is damaged, leave the property immediately to risk being injured and call your local authorities. Hurricanes - While we don’t get hit with Class 5 hurricanes, we still receive the residual effects of high energy hurricanes from the coast.  Rain, hail, and high winds can wreck havoc on your home.  Make sure to stay up to date on the latest weather predictions and have an emergency action plan. Severe Lightening Storms- We have had our fair share of severe lightening storms in the Pittsburgh area.  Always have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight and matches and a first aid kit.  Also make note of any dead limbs or trees surrounding your home.  These could be possible targets for lightening strikes near your home and can cause fires and damage to your home if they fall. Flooding- Most flooding occurs from the above natural weather patterns.  If a flood occurs in your home make sure to turn off all electricity and stay away from the water.  Call our SERVPRO of Beaver County office immediately to start the mitigation process. Mud/ Landslides - Our easily manipulated soil and sediment paired with the hills of Beaver County can mean disaster during a heavy rainstorm with flooding.  Landslides can easily create a track of fast moving mud and debris into your home.   Call us for all of your restoration needs at 724-709-7235.

Hurricanes and What You Need To Know.

8/1/2020 (Permalink)

palm tree in high winds We may not have palm trees, but we do have hurricanes!

It’s hurricane season! It may be silly to think since we don’t live by the ocean, but hurricane’s can rear their ugly aftermath all up the East Coast and Pittsburgh and Beaver County can get right in the path of destruction.  While we will ultimately never truly be in the eye of the storm there are still ways to be prepared for the residual weather coming from a hurricane.  

What to look for:

Most hurricanes will bring heavy winds and rain to our area, but we could even see impacts of hail and even snow! 

How to prepare:

  • Make sure you are staying up to date on the local weather forecast and listen! If a Meterologist tells you to be prepared there are a few things you should do.  
  • While we do not need to board up windows like many on the coast it is good to be mindful that hail and other debris that could possibly break or dent windows.  Have towels and items on hand that you can use to cover any holes or cracks created.  
  • Be mindful of any items in and around your yard.  Try and put anything away that is not held down and at risk of blowing away or blowing into your home.  Be aware of any dead limbs or trees on your property as well.  
  • Keep an emergency box filled with a flashlight, matches, first aid kit, and any other items that are important.  
  • Lastly, make sure you know your emergency services number in case of severe weather damage to your home.  If your home does become damaged during a hurricane weather it’s due to flooding, hail, or wind damage - SERVPRO of Beaver County is your one stop shop for all of your home restoration needs.  Call us at 724-709-7235.

Restoring Your Fire Damaged Items

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters with fire SERVPRO of Beaver County specializes in restoring, not replacing.

A fire doesn’t have to be large to do some serious damage to your home or belongings.  In most cases, even if the integrity of the home isn’t compromised, your furniture, carpets, etc. can all have lasting effects from the smoke and fire.   That’s why SERVPRO of Beaver County specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire.  We know how important your belongings are and we do our best to “restore” versus “replace so that you can save money and more importantly, save irreplaceable keepsakes.   We immediately assess the area with your belongings and run through what can and cannot be restored.  We specialize in the SERVPRO Clean with many different tactics for all types of belongings.  We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

 When you have a major fire disaster, the last thing you want to think about is loss.  It’s our mission to restore your items back to pre-fire condition.   Call us today at 724-709-7235 for all of your cleaning and fire restoration needs. 

Team Member Spotlight - Greg!

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

We care for your home and community because we are a part of the community.  Our local technicians live, work, and play in Beaver County and the surrounding Pittsburgh areas. 

Our team member highlight is Greg!  Greg Kaulius is a production manager at SERVPRO of Beaver County. Greg’s strong drive and attention to detail makes him a valued team member. He has completed our rigorous SERVPRO Employee Certification Training Program. This program teaches advanced cleaning and restoration techniques and how to properly use our state-of-the-art equipment. This training also emphasizes listening skills, customer service, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Greg enjoys landscaping and taking care of his newborn son, Greg Paul Kaulius.  It's a pleasure working with Greg everyday!

Don't just take our word for it!  "Greg showed up to my house promptly for an upholstery cleaning.  He was so nice and personable and got right to work. He made my furniture look and smell like new!  We will be using SERVPRO of Beaver County for all of our home restoration needs.  Thank you, Greg!"

Call us today at 724-709-7235 for all of your restoration needs. 

What do I do when my house floods?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

  1. Find the source.  Water flooding and damage could be from your home or an act of nature.  If flooding is occurring due to a house problem, shut the main water line off.  Always note where the water line shut off valve is before there is an emergency - this could potentially save your home from more damage. 
  2. No matter the source of the flooding, It’s very important to turn off the electricity in your home.  If you cannot locate the electric box or cannot reach the electric box due to water, call an electrician. 
  3. Make sure everyone is accounted for and evacuate the premises.  Flooding water can bring various bacteria and fast moving objects.  It’s best to leave the property as is until you can get a professional to assess the situation. 
  4. Call 911.  If you are a homeowner you will need to call your insurer.  If you are renting contact your property manager.  
  5. Make sure to take accurate documentation of the damage inside and outside of your home.  It’s best to always have updated photos of your property at all times to refer to insurance.  

What Next?

Once you have contacted your insurance agent or landlord leave the rest to us.
  1. We’ll use state of the art equipment to dry all areas and crevices within your home.  SERVPRO also uses the latest in high end cleaners and decontamination processes leaving your home free from disease.  
  2. Keeping areas dry and air regulated will prevent the growth of mold.  It’s important to monitor and clean the once flooded area to stop a second problem like mold and mildew that will cause other issues. 
 Contact SERVPRO of Beaver County to help with your water damage needs.  We are here to help. Call us now at (724) 709-7235.

Kitchen Fire and Smoke Remediation

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

Some say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but it can also be the start of many home fire disasters.  Sometimes preventing a fire in your home or business is just not possible and the inevitable happens.

A fire to your home can be devastating, especially if it impacts the rest of your home.  Even if your home or business is not damaged beyond recognition, the smoke that has occurred from the fire can cause just as much damage. 

The smoke damage from this kitchen fire in Beaver County damaged the interior (bathroom, bedroom, closets, etc.) and even damaged the food in the kitchen.  We worked the eradicate the cause of the loss and the remaining smoke damage. 

We were able to remediate the smoke and fire damage. 

For home and office fire remediation, call us at (724) 709-7235.

What's the different between flood warning and flood watch?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

flooding at supermarket Be prepared during a flood warning.

When there are heavy rains in our area, we might hear the words “flood warning” or “flood watch.” For many of us, either phrase tells us that we need to be alert to flooding. But did you know that there’s a significant difference between a “warning” and a “watch?”

Flood Watch

A flood watch is an alert that indicates the conditions are right for flooding to happen. However, it does not mean that flooding will necessarily occur. When you see this alert, you should prepare for flooding since it is a strong possibility. Monitor the local news or other reliable sources for updates.

Flood Warning

A flood warning is announced when flooding is either impending or already occurring. When you get this alert, you should take immediate action and monitor official channels to get updates on the condition. If you’re unsure what to do during a flood, check out the resources at Ready.gov!

Monitor News or Radio Stations

Because weather can be unpredictable, always keep an eye on your local news or radio stations. Many of them will also have apps or websites that offer real-time updates. As long as you are familiar with the phrases they use, you’ll be able to act accordingly when they issue alerts. In fact, they just might save your life.

Staying Safe During the Coronavirus

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Need COVID Cleanup Services?
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About Coronavirus The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated “COVID-19')' is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Scope of Cleanup Protocol

SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building. 

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum." These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC's guidance for commercial spaces 

as well, including: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks 
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator
  • Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment 

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste. 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. 

SERVPROXIDE, SERVPRO's proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. 

Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE. 

Need COVID Cleanup Services?
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