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Have A Plan

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can be very sudden and can happen at any time. Having to evacuate your home because of a fire may be one of the most scary things that can happen to a homeowner. It means that you could be in incredible danger, and it might mean that your home could be completely lost. An evacuation means you have to move quickly and effectively, while making sure that nothing is forgotten. That means having a plan set out ahead of time so you are prepared to go at a moment’s notice. Here at SERVPRO of Society Hill we care about your well being more than just your home being put back together by us after a fire. It is important to us that you take the time out of your day as soon as possible and get together with your loved ones and put a plan in place where you have steps and procedures to get out safely and everyone understands what they must do in case the it does happen. It is better to be safe than sorry and that is why you should chose SERVPRO because we want the best for our customers and hope they never have to experience something worse because there were no precautions. 

We Are The Cleaning Professionals

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

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

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Society Hill at 215-772-1203

After The Storm

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Society Hill we want you to better understand the cleaning process of water after the storm. 

The water damages materials. Wallboard will disintegrate if it remains wet too long; wood can swell, warp, or rot; electrical parts can short out, malfunction, and cause fires or shock.

Mud, silt and unknown contaminants in the water not only get everything dirty, they also create a health hazard.

Dampness promotes the growth of mildew, a mold or fungus that can grow on everything.

The following steps work on all three of these problems. It is very important that they be followed in order.

Lower the humidity: Everything will dry more quickly and clean more easily if you can reduce the humidity in the home. There are five ways for you to lower the humidity and stop the rot and mildew. But you'll have to delay using some methods if you have no electricity.

Open up the house: If the humidity outside is lower than indoors, and if the weather permits, open all the doors and windows to exchange the moist indoor air for drier outdoor air. Your body will tell if the humidity is lower outdoors. If the sun is out, it should be drier outside. If you have a thermometer with a humidity gauge, you can monitor the indoor and outdoor humidity.

On the other hand, when temperatures drop at night, an open home is warmer and will draw moisture indoors. At night and other times when the humidity is higher outdoors, close up the house.

Open closet and cabinet doors: Remove drawers to allow air circulation. Drawers may stick because of swelling. Don't try to force them. Speed drying by opening up the back of the cabinet to let the air circulate. You will probably be able to remove the drawers as the cabinet dries out.

Use fans: Fans help move the air and dry out your home. Do not use central air conditioning or the furnace blower if the ducts were under water. They will blow out dirty air, that might contain contaminants from the sediment left in the duct work. Clean or hose out the ducts first.

Run dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers and window air conditioners will reduce the moisture, especially in closed up areas.

Black and Toxic Mold

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Black and Toxic

Here at SERVPRO of Society Hill we want you to learn about common misconceptions about mold. The term "black" mold is misleading at best. First, while the terms "toxic" and "black" mold are commonly used interchangeably, only one is recognized as black mold by most professionals: Stachybotrys chartarum, sometimes called Stachybotrys atra. Other common indoor toxic molds include - but are not limited to - Cladosporium, Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Alternaria. Furthermore, Stachybotrys isn't actually black, but a greenish-black color instead. Finally, with more than 100,000 known types of mold, many of them are black. Unless they are Stachybotrys, however, they aren't "black" mold and may not even be toxic.

Mycotoxins

Another misleading term is "toxic." As the Centers for Disease Control explains, the mold itself isn't actually poisonous. Some molds are, instead, "toxigenic, meaning they can produce toxins (specifically mycotoxins)." These chemical compounds sometimes attach to mold spores - reproductive seeds - and drift away in search of a new home. When they are inhaled, they may cause health effects. Fortunately, mold generally only releases spores when it is disturbed, such as by the breeze of a closing door or the vibration of a pounding hammer. In addition, the mold doesn't release mycotoxins constantly, so even if spores are released, toxins may not. However, any mold is never healthy in a home - much less Stachybotrys - especially for individuals with lung problems, compromised immune systems or simply allergies to mold.

Water Damage Tips

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

If your home has suffered water damage, you’re not alone. SERVPRO of Society Hill is with you when it comes to water damage repair, there are some tips you should know. Read on to learn all about what you should do if you have water damage.

Whatever the cause of your water damage the important thing is to act quickly. Water damage can begin to have permanent serious consequences for you, your family and your home within 24 hours. As well as the damage to your property, there are also health risks.

Assuming the water source is no longer a threat and you have shut down any electricity supply, now is the time to act to prevent further damage and start repairs. Save any valuables and undamaged belongings.

It’s as well to check your insurance. If you have cover for the repair of water damage you may have terms in your insurance that you must follow in order to be able to claim from your insurance. Make sure that you don’t invalidate your insurance simply by not following their instructions.

Take photographs of the damage. They may be useful later.

Water damage can be from three main types of water. Each type requires a different response.

Clean water, from leaking pipes, rain or condensation is the easiest water damage to clean up. Once you have identified the source and prevented any further damage, you may be able to mop it up and remove any damaged materials yourself. You probably won’t need specialized help unless there has been a lot of water.

Grey water is slightly dirty water. It comes from appliances such as a washing machine or dishwasher. Again, you can probably clean small spills up yourself if it is recent but if this has backed up.

Sewage or flood water from rivers is known as black water. This contains bacteria and other waste products that can be hazardous to health. Specialized personal protective equipment and methods are needed to handle black water damage.

Water damage repair can be as simple as drying out a carpet after a burst pipe or as complex as recovering from a major flood. Assess the task and if necessary consult experts. Above all, act now.

COVID-19

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Society Hill we care about our customers and we want do do everything we can to keep you healthy. That is why we are going out of our way and working all hours of the day and night to clean and prevent COVID-19 or better know as the Coronavirus. 

We provide preventative cleanings if you want to stay ahead of the curve and suspected and confirmed site cleanings if you believe someone has the virus or been around someone that has contracted it. This cleaning protocol is based on the current CDC guidelines. It can be anything from a common area lobby, a warehouse factory, a health club to even an entire building top to bottom. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy and provide a service that makes people feel some sense of normality so people can go home safe to their loved ones.

These cleanings consist of using specific chemicals that kill the virus and wiping every square in on the area down while wearing PPE to protect ourselves from spreading it. If you have any concerns of the virus then please feel free to call SERVPRO of Society Hill today! 

When a damaging storm hits follow these safety tips!

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

A yellow street sign with storm clouds behind it. You never know when a storm can bring significant damage!

No matter how much preparation or planning, there is no telling what damage a storm can leave behind! Collapsing roofs, broken windows, hazardous debris, and standing water in your home are just a few risks that can be left behind. Along with possible mold growth from water getting into carpets and furniture. Following these steps after a storm strikes will help keep you and your family safe.  If you smell any gas shut off the gas line.  Look out for any broken glass, sharp objects, or nails that could cause a risk.  While taking these immediate precautions, contacting a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Society Hill as soon as possible to help in the recovery process. Next you will want to photograph any damage they may have occurred to have on record for your insurance company, as well as contacting your insurance company to get an adjuster out to survey the damage. After all these steps are take just leave the rest to SERVPRO of Society Hill to clean up any mess no matter the extent.

Fires Mean Smoke Damage!

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

A bedroom where the walls and furniture are grey from smoke damage. This bedroom suffered a substantial amount of smoke damage from a space heater fire.

It is not very hard to figure out if, and where you have smoke damage in your home after a fire.  Most commonly you will have discolored walls or ceilings, ash or soot on the floor, and charred items.  Besides the visuals smoke damage can also produce odor and other side effects that can damage property and health.  Although smoke damage usually is noticeable right away, but sometimes it does take a few days to surface.  Another precaution to be aware of after a fire is that your electrical system could have easily been damaged as well. Electrical damage can range from signs of corrosion, experience of short circuits or just complete failure.   Certain parts of a room may experience more damage then others. Ceilings are most common because of how heat rises. Also nail heads in the wall and ceilings will attract smoke particles.  A fire will continue to cause issues even after it has been extinguished, don't put you or your family health at risk.  Contact SERVPRO of Society Hill to help in any fire or smoke cleanup.  It's always important to act quickly to minimize the health risks as well as repairs to be done on the house. 

How to go about identifying and dealing with mold in commercial space.

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

A celining tile that has mold and water dripping from it. This is a commercial building ceiling tile that has mold growth and a active leak coming from the area.

There are many different types of mold, and SERVPRO of Society Hill deals with them all.  A common one that can be growing inside your commercial business is known as Botrytis mold, also known as gray mold.  It can be found almost anywhere that plants are being grown including inside your business. It can spread easily through wind and water, and grow on a variety of surfaces.  It first appears as a white fuzzy color rapidly turning to gray, and sometimes even brown.  Like most molds Botrytis thrives in moisture and attacks the weak part of a plant and spreads to the healthy areas.  Some frequent household foods that are affected are strawberries, grapes, lettuce, onions, and cabbage.  Botrytis mold is highly allergenic.  Because of all these issue, it is very important for this mold to be removed right away.  At first sight any infected plant must be removed and disposed of to stop any further growth.  To make sure your home is completely mold free contacting SERVPRO of Society Hill is a smart decision.  Our experts will run mold tests and make sure that all mold growth is found and removed properly. Leaving your commercial property mold free and a safe environment to live in.

COVID-19 Proactive Cleaning & Disinfecting

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sign stating "Here to Help". SERVPRO of Society Hill is here to help during these tough times.

The world is experiencing some troubling times in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, and could see it continue in months to come.   SERVPRO of Society Hill is here to help in anyway we can in controlling the spread of the virus. We have been getting a lot of calls regarding cleaning/disinfecting larger commercial areas. Here are some guidelines as well as links to information, and pricing for these cleanings. 

- We can perform proactive cleanings only (see attached protocol).- Pricing is based on T&M (see attached rate sheet), for budgetary purposes they can use $0.50-$1 per square foot. - SERVPRO of Society Hill request for proactive cleaning auth (attached) clearly states  "While we will follow these protocols to clean and disinfect, due to the nature of certain surfaces, we cannot provide assurances that all pathogens will be eliminated, including corona-viruses. Of course, any area may be infected later if exposed to someone who is contagious with any pathogen. It is important that you continue to follow CDC’s recommendations found on their website. For example, it is important that you continue to perform routine environmental cleaning. This includes routinely cleaning with effective and approved cleaning agents. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label. In addition, provide disinfectant wipes so that commonly used surfaces can be cleaned before each use." which is basically a limitation of liability so that if someone enters the site after the cleaning and infects it we cannot be held accountable. From everyone at SERVPRO of Society Hill stay safe,wash your hands, and just take it easy in these hard times. Proactive Cleaning to Minimize Virus SpreadTime & Material Pricing GuideRequest Form for Cleaning and Disinfection