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Deep Frying Turkey Precautions

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it is important to remember fire safety when it comes to preparing your turkey for your family.  At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday.  With the help of the U.S. Fire Administration, we’ve put together helpful tips on how to prevent a fire loss when deep frying your turkey. 

  • Be aware of your surroundings and place the turkey fryer on a sturdy surface in order to prevent it from easily tipping over.
  • Do not overfill the pot with cooking oil, since doing so will cause the oil to spill out or splatter when the turkey is placed in the pot. This can lead to a fire if the cooking oil reaches a hot burner.
  • Control the temperature to prevent the deep fryer from overheating the oil.
  • Be cautious when handling the pot as it can get extremely hot.

Deep frying a turkey can be dangerous, but your home will remain safe from harm if you are cautious about the problems that can arise.  If your cooking goes awry, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford for any fire or smoke damages to your property.  We can help make your disaster “Like it never even happened."

Where did SERVPRO get its green color?

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

The restoration crews of SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford are always close by, helping to recover disasters in your area from fire, water and mold loss.  It’s hard to miss our green service vehicles as they drive through your local community.  But where did the green color come from?

In the early 1970s, the founders of SERVPRO® used a color chip paint sample chart to identify the most eye-catching color.  It was a highly technical process.  The founders showed the chart to as many people as they could and asked, “Which color on this chart would be impossible to miss?”  By a wide margin, the color most identified was 1970 rally green, a color used on Porsche 911 automobiles.

 Now used on entire fleets of vehicles in every SERVPRO franchise across the nation from production vans to disaster recovery storm trailers, our vehicles are prepared for any size disaster. 

Document Restoration

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire or water loss, important documents are often damaged and in danger of being non-restorable. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford knows timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged items before it’s too late. Water or smoke damaged paper can rapidly deteriorate, but with proper handling, our restoration professionals can help you recover your important files utilizing a variety of methods.

Vacuum Freeze Drying

This is the most effective way to restore documents after a water loss. Our Document Restoration Team uses sublimation, which skips the liquid stage to turn a solid right into a vapor to avoid causing more damage.

Digitizing

Keeping your important documents in a digital file is a good idea to eliminate the stress and work of replacing and losing files in an emergency.

Gamma Irradiation

This method is used to clean and disinfect documents that are infected by bacteria. This is frequently used in events where sewage or flood water are involved.

Certified Destruction

Often, documents must be completely destroyed to protect a business’s liabilities, image or other information. We guarantee that your sensitive files will be disposed of properly.

To learn more about our Document Restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford. We offer 24-hour emergency services in our local community.

What is an Emergency READY Profile?

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

No one wants to think about disaster striking their business, but you should always have a plan just in case.  The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) is a free service offered to local area businesses that helps prepare them to be “Ready for whatever happens”.  In the event of an emergency, the ERP can minimize the interruption to your business. 

This document contains critical information about your business, including employee and emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, insurance contacts, property overview and building access information.  By already having this information in a secure file that can be accessed at a moment’s notice, the right actions will be taken immediately to ensure the safety of your business. 

Knowing who to call in advance is the key to timely mitigation, and timely mitigation reduces the effects of fire and water damage.  By establishing an Emergency READY Profile, your business will be well prepared for any size disaster.

To create an Emergency READY Profile for your business, call SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at (610) 268-8620.

Fireplace Maintenance Tips

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

One of our customers in Gap, Pennsylvania called the fire restoration experts at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford after the logs in his gas fireplace caused smoke and soot to be released into the home.  Our highly trained specialists assessed the issue, discovering that the carpet, blinds, furniture and duct system had been damaged, and that the smoke had left behind an odor.

Fireplace Safety Tips

While our fire restoration experts were able to successfully clean and restore the home and its contents as well as eliminate the odor, there are some actions you can take to avoid this inconvenience from happening in your home. 

  • Clean your gas logs and fireplace regularly.
  • Be sure to open the flue damper so that the flue does not get clogged. This will ensure that smoke and soot do not build up around or inside the fireplace.
  • Ensure that your gas logs are safely positioned.

To learn more about how to prevent fireplace disasters in your home, contact the fire restoration professionals of SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at (610) 268-8620.  We’ll restore your home to preloss conditions “Like it never even happened.”

When Lightning Strikes

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

A resident of Christiana was in disbelief when this summer, their house was struck by lightning, setting the home on fire and collapsing the roof into the second floor.  While firefighters were able to put out the flames and help save the contents inside, the destruction to the home was extreme.  Luckily, the fire restoration experts at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford were able to restore the home to its original structure inside and out. 

Lightning Strike Safety

At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we see unique disasters like this catastrophe every day so it’s a good idea to know what to do if lightning strikes your home. 

  • If you are home at the time of a lightning strike, evacuate the property immediately and call 911. The fire department will inspect your property for any signs of damage. 
  • Wait until the fire department informs you that it is safe to enter your home before doing so.
  • Contact your insurance company. Keep detailed records of any damaged expensive purchases such as electronic devices as well as on what you spend repairing any items in your home, so you can be reimbursed.
  • Schedule an electrician to inspect and repair any damages to your wiring.

Should you experience fire damage caused by a lightning strike or other source, the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford can help.  Our crews are equipped with the proper expertise and resources to help make any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Where Does Mold Hide?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can lurk behind any corner of your home, but the mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford know just where to look to stop the spread of mold before it starts.

In Pantries and Refrigerators 

Food scraps can grow old and begin to rot and grow mold that can spread across the surface inside of a pantry, refrigerator, or any dark, moist space.  Make sure to maintain food fresh and sealed to prevent mold contamination in these areas.

Laundry Rooms

Damp clothes, a humid atmosphere, and often leaks or condensation around washers and dryers can result in mold.

In the Bathroom 

Bathrooms have significant amounts of water, often humid air, and are dark for most hours of the day. Mold can form in cabinets or on towels and clothes. Shower curtains, plain wooden walls, tiles, and floors can hide bacteria.

Behind Walls and Ceilings 

Mold growth is usually caused when a pipe leaks or bursts and dampens the wood surrounding it. Mold then grows in places where it’s out of view and inside the walls. Mold will spread quickly damaging and weakening your home. If you have had a recent water damage in your home, make sure to test the walls for possible mold.

If you suspect mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford.  Our mold remediation experts are equipped with the expertise and resources to recover your mold disaster quickly.  Call us at (610) 268-8620.

Preventing Mold in the Winter

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Now that the temperature is dropping, you may start to wonder what you can do to keep your home healthy and prepared for the colder months.  While mold does not occur more frequently in the winter compared to other times of the year in a controlled indoor setting, there are problems to look out for in the colder months that can affect the moisture in your home and cause mold growth.  Common winter problems including frozen pipes and improper insulation can lead to more than simply a cold home. 

Mold can be a scary concept to any homeowner, but here are some steps you can take to prevent mold from growing due to the brisk temperatures.  Ensure that your gutters are clear to help prevent ice from building up and that your dehumidifiers are running in lower levels of your home.  Check that your attic and any pipes in your crawl spaces are insulated to help prevent pipe bursts or condensation.  Following these procedures will keep your home properly insulated and free of mold caused by uncontrolled moisture levels. 

If you have any questions about mold, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at (610) 268-8620.  Our mold remediation experts can handle any size mold disaster.

How To Prevent and Treat Frozen Pipes

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

With the temperatures dropping, there are some things to look out for to keep your home running efficiently.  A large concern during the winter months is the possibility of frozen pipes. When water freezes in your pipes, it expands and can cause pipes to break, which can leave your home with significant water damage. While this is an extremely common and inconvenient problem, there are steps you can take to prevent and treat frozen pipes, according to The American Red Cross.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces as well as the pipes themselves.  Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate through the pipes, and let cold water drip from the faucets of the pipes that are exposed. Keep the thermostat always set at the same temperature so pipes are less likely to freeze. 

Treating Frozen Pipes

Keep the faucet on so that water can begin to flow out as the pipe unfreezes.  Apply heat to the pipe using an electric heating pad or hair dryer until full water pressure is restored. 

If you have any questions about our services with damages from broken water pipes, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford today at (610) 268-8620.  Our water restoration experts are dedicated to assisting homeowners and businesses with their water damage needs.

Mold Remediation at a Local Medical Facility

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

After the staff at a medical facility in Kennett Square noticed mold in their building, they immediately called the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford to fix the problem.  In order to sustain their business and be available to customers on a daily basis, the mold had to be removed quickly and safely.  Fortunately, our highly trained mold remediation technicians at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford were ready to help.

After extensively inspecting the property for mold and assessing the problem, we contained the contaminated area in order to prevent the mold growth from spreading.  We then used our air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to capture the mold spores out of the air.  Once the mold was captured, antifungal and antimicrobial treatments were used to destroy any residual mold left behind and to help prevent others from resurfacing.  We removed the odors left behind by the growth and restored the walls of the facility to their original form.