Are you ready? SERVPRO of Bethlehem Wants To Help Your Commercial Building Prepare For When Disasters Happen
Catastrophic weather is nothing out of the ordinary anymore for us. Recently the United States have been affected by many different types of disasters. Flooding, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards threaten homes, businesses, and communities. Statistically as many as 50% of businesses may not recover following a disaster, this is according to recent industry research. The majority of these businesses that do survive these disasters were prepared and had a preparedness plan in place.
Pre-planning can serve as an additional insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire can affect your business!
Preparation is an important component in making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or flooding as we have recently experienced this past August into September. The best time for planning for such events is not when the disaster happens, but well before it happens. Contact your local SERVPRO of Easton/Bethlehem/Whitehall to establish your Emergency Ready Program.
Emergency Ready Program
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
(This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.)
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
(Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”)
- A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
(It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
(This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.)
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
(This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.)
For more info on our ERP programs, call (610) 838-0200 to have one of our professionals assess your building and put together this great tool for your business.
SERVPRO Can Treat Bethlehem Commercial Fire Damage
SERVPRO Can Treat Bethlehem Commercial Fire Damage
If you are experiencing Lehigh Valley Fire Damage, it is crucial to work with professionals who can help you restore your property. However, fire damage can take many different forms. Watch out for the following types of Lehigh Valley commercial fire damages and call the experts as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse.
One of the first and least dangerous types of fire damage is known as Class A fire damage. This kind of damage can occur on any property, and it is often the result of a solid catching fire and spreading throughout. The fire damage from Class A fires has quantifiable sources, and the solids may include rubber, plastic, paper or cloth. This damage may spread from a single source, and it is often easy for individuals to contain if they are quick and isolate the burning source with a fire extinguisher.
Class B fire damage is another variety, and it is one of the most dangerous types that could occur. Class B fire damage typically results from flammable liquids or from solids that have become liquefied. These are commonly caused by melted plastics and waxes as well as various types of oils, including petrol and grease. While they are often caused by materials similar to cooking oil, cooking oil fires do not often count as Class B fires. These fires often spread quickly and cause tremendous damage because of water displacement issues.
Class C fire damage involves flammable gasses and similar substances. These can include fires caused by gas leaks such as hydrogen or propane, or they may be due to deposits of natural gas. They can spread quickly through the property and result in a great deal of sudden surface damage. More often than not, this type of damage is explosive and can cause tremendous destruction in the property's structure. It is one of the most common examples of Lehigh Valley commercial fire damages, and it may result in a long-term loss if not handled quickly.
Finally, Class D fire damage is a common variety of fire damage that occurs in industrial locations. It is typically caused by combustible metals. Some of the most common metals involved include sodium and potassium, and this type of fire is large and encompassing of the work area. This damage can result in a variety of harmful ambient effects, so if you experience this sort of damage, it is crucial to have it taken care of as soon as possible. If left unattended, unwanted chemicals may become airborne and result in a variety of problems around the work area.
If you are interested in working with a locally owned business you can count on, be sure to call SERVPRO of Bethlehem. We can help you manage any and all Lehigh Valley commercial fire damages as necessary. No job is too big or too complicated for us, and we have the resources and experience necessary to help you and your family. Call us today at (610) 838-0200 to learn more about what we can do for you.
Water Damage - Category and Classes
Do you know what is the water category of this loss?
Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. It is important to note, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.
Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).
Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.
Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category. *Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.
Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation. It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture. Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.
Class 2 involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation. It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad). Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches. There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.
Class 3 involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation. Water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually all of the entire area are saturated.
Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations. Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity. These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.
*Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.
For your water mitigation and restoration needs call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bethlehem (610)838-0200
Highly Trained Restoration Specialists
Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our SERVPRO training program includes, but not limited to, the following:
- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training
- Continuing Education Classes
SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Assessment
Damage Assessment Practices
Flooding and water damage events in Easton 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 Bethlehem
SERVPRO of Bethlehem 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.
Have a question?
Call us today (610)838-0200
Mold on the Outside of Your Home
When you think of places where mold may grow, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Perhaps a damp, dark basement or crawlspace? While this may be one of the most common places, your home's exterior siding may also be susceptible to mold growth.
Causes of Mold on Siding
Excessive humidity and moisture can create an attractive environment for mold growth on several kinds of siding, including low-maintenance vinyl. Siding is designed to allow rainwater and other types of moisture to run off the exterior of your home, but sometimes otherwise durable siding can have mold growth under certain conditions. Since some moldy types may need humidity to grow, warm and humid weather conditions can cause a mold outbreak on your siding.
Mold likes darkness which can also play a role. This means that the shady sides of your house maybe at risk. These areas will tend to be the slowest to dry out after heavy rains so moisture levels will remain higher.
Vinyl Siding Mold Removal and Prevention
First, keep your siding clean of dirt and grime. You can use a simple garden hose or pressure washer to do this.
Second, try to target the trees and shrubs that are located around your house. Check to make sure they do not have any contact with your siding. Regularly trim your trees and shrubs to minimize shaded areas that can encourage mold growth.
Finally, take steps to reduce the amount of moisture that comes into contact with your siding. If you regularly water your lawn, be sure to adjust sprinklers so the water does not hit your house. Check gutters in the spring and fall and make sure they are clean and in working order. Clogged gutters can cause the rainwater to run down the side of the home and this can increase the moisture level.
For any serious mold problems, don't hesitate to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Bethlehem. (610) 838-0200
Handling Mold in Your Carpet
In areas where the weather is often humid, keeping your carpet dry and free from mold spores and growth can be a challenge. With daily in and out foot traffic, dirt and dust and other contaminants are tracked onto the carpet, and it can be quite a challenge to keep those carpets spotless!
Here are some helpful tips for you to use if you do find mold spots:
- If the carpet or rug can be taken outside, do so as soon as spots are found.
- Sweep the affected area with a broom to loosen the mold growth.
- Vacuum the area to remove as much mold as possible, and empty the vacuum bag into the garbage immediately.
- Using a mixture of dishwashing soap and water, scrub the affected area with the solution.
- Let it dry in the sun, as this is one of the best ways to disinfect material. If you cannot take it outside, pat it dry using dry towels or rags.
You can also use this method for the purpose of cleansing your carpet of mold:
- Scrub the affected areas with a rag soaked in dishwashing detergent and water, or do a base clean with a steam cleaner.
- Using household bleach with a gallon of water, soak the mold patch for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Using a steam cleaner, suck up the liquid, and then pat the carpet dry or remove outside into the sunshine.
If the mold growth is too much for you to handle on your own, or you would like the assistance of professionals, SERVPRO of Bethlehem has the equipment and experience needed to help with any of your mold remediation needs!
The team at SERVPRO of Bethlehem is experienced and equipped to help with mold remediation, as well as clean up after a flood and/or fire damage and water damage. Call us today at (610) 838-0200
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Storage Unit
Your storage unit is one of the areas you may not think about as much when it comes to mold growth, so keeping that issue in mind is going to be a good idea. You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue here where you are storing items that are important to you, such as paperwork, artwork, equipment, or family heirlooms, just to name a few.
Storage units are often climate controlled, but they still need to be monitored since mold spores are everywhere. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises, even in places that are supposed to be immune.
Here are some tips to preventing mold growth in the first place:
- When bringing any items to the unit, or removing them, check the floors, ceilings and walls for any signs of mold. That musty smell we are all familiar with will help you here.
- Look out for standing water in this area. During storms, your unit could develop a leak due to roofing or wall damage. Alert the storage company and managers immediately, or contact a contractor or building expert to help with repairs on your own property.
- Ensure your storage area is well-ventilated. This information can be discussed with the managers of the storage company. If you are using storage areas in your home or business, you can always invest in a dehumidifier.
- When you are repairing or upgrading storage areas, use mold-resistant products whenever possible. There are many kinds of paint, wood, and other materials available on the market today to help you with these types of projects.
Keeping mold out of your storage units and storage areas will keep your important items safe and in good repair.
Here at SERVPRO of Bethlehem we have the experience, the knowledge, and the expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (610) 838-0200!
Do You Know What To Do When Floods Happen?
When a disaster happens, it’s difficult to know what steps to take. But when you’re facing a flood, doing the right things as soon as you can makes a big difference. Check out our tips for what you should do – and what you shouldn’t do – if your property ever suffers water damage.
In a Flood, You SHOULD:
- Shut off your water. Locate the main shut off valve and turn it off (clockwise).
- Get rid of as much water as possible. Mop up any standing water and open the windows to help dry things out.
- Move furniture, carpets, and other belongings off the wet floors. Move valuables, carpets, and furniture out of standing water and off of wet spots. If any of the items are wet, set them down to dry with plenty of space between them – more space means more airflow, which will speed drying. Rugs should be hung up, but not over a railing or against a wall: the drying rug will just get the railing or wall wet.
- Open and air out all containers. Containers aren’t always watertight; if a box, bag, trunk, or other container is damp on the outside, make sure you unpack it completely and air out the contents.
- Dry clothing (unless dirty). Leaving clothes wet increases the chance of mold or mildew growth. If the clothing is dirty from dirty water, don’t dry it. Leave any delicate or specialty items for the professionals to handle.
Things To AVOID:
- Never use a vacuum on water. Household vacuums aren’t designed to suck up water – getting them wet can be a safety hazard.
- Don’t go near anything electrical. Outlets, plugs, and appliances are all off-limits after a flood. Just because you can’t see damage doesn’t mean all is well. Wait until an electrician has been able to determine safety.
- • Don’t go into rooms with sagging ceilings. A sagging ceiling is waterlogged and could fall at any moment. Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall as Soon As Possible
The sooner we get on scene, the better. With water damage, the first 24 hours are critical: if you call us right away you increase the chances that everything can be salvaged. The longer something is wet, the longer the water has to soak in, the harder it is to remove, and the more likely it is to become mold or mildew.
Fire Damage - Restore vs Replace
The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Bethlehem can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. Our trained professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.
A back draft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.
After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Bethlehem help you restore it.
So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call us today (610)-838-0200
When the Severe Storms Roll Out, SERVPRO Rolls In
Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Bethlehem knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.
Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines we strive to:
- Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for your service.
- Be-on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
- Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hour of on-site arrival.
Exceptions to our 1-4-8 Service Response times may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.
We also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.
If you have storm damage to your home or property, call us today (610)838-0200. Timely mitigation is the key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.