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The Flood Cut

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it is a sudden, saturating downpour or steady rain from a suspended weather front, flooding is one of Mother Nature’s most devastating natural disasters. This is especially true for the business owner, as a flood can both ruin property upon impact and leave lasting effects, including moisture contamination of equipment and supplies and to the building structure. When the water restoration contractor must tear out the drywall from a structure’s walls because of flood damage, he or she may perform what is called a flood cut.

When It Is Necessary.

After flooding, unless the water damage is from clean water, a flood cut is often required. These situations include the following:

• There is insulation inside of the damaged wall.
• The water contains harmful pathogens or bacteria.
• The tainted water from a backed-up sewer line has contacted the wall.
• The wall has been wet for several days.

How It Is Done.

A flood cut is made at least 12 inches above the flood line. Though contractors can vary in how they approach this process, here are the basic steps:

• Measure – Though the drywall will clearly display how high the floodwater reached, the cut line should be made 12 inches above the flood line to ensure all water and damaged material are removed and to completely and properly restore walls.
• Lay tarps – This can conveniently catch all debris to help keep your area safe and clean.
• Cut the line – A cut should be made along the line using a sharp utility knife or other professional tool.
• Remove the drywall – Professionals in Ebensburg, PA, should remove the baseboard trim and electrical outlet plates. Then, drywall is pulled away from the studs until dry insulation is reached.

When flooding damages walls, a flood cut is often made. It can help ensure the removal of all damaged material to avoid future moisture problems within the walls. It can also help restore the wall’s – and your business’s – appearance.

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Business Survival After a Fire

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

The fire department has left. The fire is out, but fire, water and smoke damage remain. Now it is time to resurrect the business from the ashes. This is where traditional fire insurance comes into play. It will help with the cost of fire restoration and, in time, the company can resume normal operations. Until then, however, there are still bills to pay. This is where interruption insurance enters the picture.

Financial Impact: Direct

A business that is partially shut down has less revenue. A business completely shut down has none. A shutdown impacts customers and stockholders, but at least they won’t be looking for payments from the business. For the landlord, utility companies and government, it’s a different story. Regardless of the situation, business owners still have to pay the following:

• Rent
• Utilities
• Taxes

In addition, other vendors may also come to collect. An interruption insurance policy can help the business deal with these problems and minimize the financial impact of the fire.

Financial Impact: Indirect

A business interruption can result in several other one-time expenses that don't directly impact revenue but affect profitability. Insurance can help with this as well. For example, if the operation can be temporarily moved to another location, the cost of relocating both ways could be covered. If employees need to be retrained to use new equipment, that could be covered. Even lost profits or some portion of lost revenue could be covered. A good interruption insurance policy can be the difference between a successful recovery and a dismal failure.

The Real Job

With the insurer handling the financial aspects of the fire, the business can focus on fire restoration. It is in everyone’s best interest that this gets done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Therefore, the business needs a qualified and capable restoration expert from Ebensburg, PA, on the job. Soon, the business will be up and running again, better than ever.

Can You Rely on Home Mold Testing Kits?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

For the average do-it-yourselfer, it’s easy to want to rely on home mold testing kits when you first see the signs of black, fuzzy crud on the walls or floors of your Ebensburg, PA, home. But can you really rely on the results of a home mold kit? What do you do when it always tells you that you have mold but doesn’t give accurate enough responses to tell you where?

DIY Mold Kits Aren’t Reliable

It may hurt to find this out after already paying for an off-the-shelf kit, but DIY mold kits aren’t reliable indicators of mold in the home – and they may even lead you astray. There are a few reasons why home mold testing kits aren’t always accurate:

• Mold is always in the air around you as spores that have not yet developed into the full-blown fungus
• Home mold kits are incapable of distinguishing between spores and actual mold infestations and will always return a false positive
• This false positive means you are unable to narrow down which areas of your home have mold because every area will test positive

This means if you do have mold, you may end up missing it because the kit is giving you false results – but if you don’t have mold, you may end up panicked trying to find it when the kit’s results are too broad to be useful.

So How Can I Tell If I Have Mold?

Other than the obvious visible signs of mold in your home, the best way to detect hidden mold is by working with an environmental hygienist. Environmental hygienists specialize in mold testing, detection, and remediation, and they use specialized equipment far more sensitive than any home kit. This equipment can be essential in identifying hidden mold and taking steps to eliminate it from your home. Environmental hygienists can also educate you on the type of mold you’re dealing with and what you can watch for to prevent future outbreaks.

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Are Candles the Right Choice for Your Home?

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

A candle can make your home in Ebensburg, PA, feel extra home sweet home. There is something about the flame and fragrance; nostalgia, maybe? Despite its beauty, a candle flame is a fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a candle fire accounted for 2 percent of reported residential fires (averaged over five years). Placement of candles also makes a difference; just over a third of candle fires began in bedrooms. Rather than worrying if you extinguished your candle, your family can rest easy by looking into candle alternatives.

Candles Alternatives

Thanks to innovative thinkers, candle lovers have many safe options that look and even smell like real candles, without the candle fire hazard. It is also important to ensure your family has flameless options available for power outages.

For Beauty and Scent

• There is a variety of flameless candles, such as LED Flameless wax pillar candles. There are myriad scents, shapes and sizes available. Some even have timers.
• Try using electric warmers for candles, oil or wax.
• Himalayan salt lamps do not produce any scent, but they can give any room a beautiful ambiance. Then you can use air fresheners or plug-ins for smell.
• Treat yourself to a little aromatherapy by using an essential oil diffuser.

When the Lights Go Out

• There is nothing wrong with using good old-fashioned flashlights or buy some with LED bulbs that last longer than regular ones.
• Camping lanterns are battery operated, and many can hang and use LED bulbs.
• Book lights are small, but many can clip to objects and are flexible.

If you use candles, ensure your family has smoke detectors, a fire extinguisher and an escape plan. A candle fire (or any fire) can cause significant smoke damage. Also, know that due to the nature of soot, it can sometimes be impossible to remove from surfaces. If your family has the unfortunate experience of a fire, call a professional who knows how to handle the smoke cleanup. If you decide to use the flameless route, then happy hunting for the best safe options for your family.

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Breakroom Blues: 3 Things You Should Know About Refrigerator Mold

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Anyone who’s worked in an office with a refrigerator in the breakroom has likely seen enough scary fridge mold to last a lifetime. Nearly everyone loves to bring food from home, but few want to deal with the leftovers. Mix in some spills and dirty container exteriors, and you get a Ebensburg, PA, science experiment worthy of competition.

1. Good Mold, Bad Mold

Penicillin, often called the miracle drug that saved the world, came from mold. Those veins in blue cheese are the glorious work of mold. Hard salami wouldn’t have its unique taste without that delicate layer of white mold on its exterior.

However, that’s not what’s growing in your office fridge. Invisible mold spores float in the air, and when they latch onto moist food, they germinate and become that fuzzy, often colorful mass you see on old food. Sometimes you’ll notice a mold smell before it becomes visible.

2. Preventive Measures

Funny notes and scolding tirades probably won’t solve your fridge mold problem. The most effective way avoid mold is to make sure the fridge is empty at the end of every day. Inform everyone that everything left in the fridge will be thrown away at the end of the day, no exceptions for birthday cake, your mom’s special goulash, or expensive steak from last night’s romantic dinner.

However, a rule that harsh may result in retaliation and more severe problems than mold. Try negotiating a three-day rule with the same stipulations. To be fair, you can rotate the task among everyone so no one gets singled out as a killjoy.

3. Easy Maintenance

Even if the aforementioned rules are followed, the fridge will still probably get dirty. Disinfecting fridge walls and shelves on a weekly basis helps fend off odors. Disinfective cleaning sheets are handy, but a cloth or sponge and a disinfectant cleaner can accomplish similar results. Just be sure to use a fresh cloth or sponge for every cleaning.

If fridge mold is the worst thing happening in your workplace, you should consider yourself lucky. Chances are there are more serious situations brewing in other offices in Ebensburg, PA.

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3 Steps To Take When Water Unexpectedly Rains Down Inside Your Building

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

At some point in your life, you've probably had a fire drill. Perhaps as a kid in school, you looked at those spindly silver sprinklers and wondered: What if they came on right now? When the fire sprinklers accidentally go off, the flooding that results can be quite damaging. The following three steps help minimize the water damage should this scenario happen to you.

1. Stop the Water

If the sprinklers come on accidentally, the first step is turning off the main water valve. Doing so can stop the flow of water from the main line to the building. It is helpful to become familiar with where the valve is before an emergency. If you can quickly stop the flow of water, you may minimize the water damage.

2. Check Your Insurance Policy

You probably have insurance. Depending on your coverage, your insurance may pay restoration and replacement costs of damages caused by flooding. Contact your insurance provider to determine your coverage. An adjuster may coordinate directly with a restoration company in Ebensburg, PA, to get the claim processed.

3. Call in the Experts

A restoration company can be an excellent resource for post-flood cleanup. Experts are typically well-versed in the different types of water intrusion events that occur. An accidental fire sprinkler deployment is a "clean water damage" event, which means the water was not from a contaminated source. The good news is it is a Category 1 cleanup and is considered the easiest water damage to remediate. A professional at a restoration company can assess your damage and give you an estimated cost and timeframe for repair. They can also give you some tips to help mitigate any future incidents.

Once the water has been cleaned up, and your office life has gone back to normal, take some time to jot down a plan should anything like this happen again. Get your sprinklers tested more frequently. Have your insurance policy handy and know what it covers. Take the restoration company's advice on those mitigation ideas. You can't always prevent flooding, but you can prepare for it.

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Key Steps To Prevent Mold After Flooding

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Home flooding is all too common in Ebensburg, PA. Luckily, there are ways you can prepare yourself for these situations. Mold growth is a common source of property damage from excess water exposure. Knowing how it forms as well as what steps you should take in a situation in which it can propagate can help you prevent serious damage to your residence.

Causes of Mold Growth

Mold is everywhere. Microspores can travel through the air and are easily transported by you, your family members and animals. If these spores are allowed to settle in water, they can populate a colony very quickly. This is why it’s often critical to take care of any water damage as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the longer the mold has to establish a colony.

Who To Contact

If your home or space floods, take action as soon as possible. Your first step should be to contact a water damage specialist. These trained professionals typically have the technology and the know-how to help minimize the amount of damage done to your space and can correctly perform mold removal if necessary.

What You Should Do While Waiting for Help

While it may be best to leave most of the job to the professionals, there is a number of steps you can take while waiting for help to arrive:

• If possible, try to mitigate damage by extracting some of the water from the affected area.
• Remove colored items such as magazines, books or rugs from the flooded location. This can prevent further damage to these objects and keep them from leaking colors into your floors.
• Turn on the air conditioner, not the heater. An air conditioner can increase airflow and help dry out the area, while heating can increase proliferation of the mold.
• Avoid any electronics that have been exposed to the flooded area, such as televisions. Wet surfaces can be more electrically conductive, and dangerous currents from these devices could travel along the wet surface to you.
• Contact your homeowners insurance carrier to see what repairs and/or cleanup your policy covers.

Mold has the potential to cause serious damage to your real estate. By understanding how it grows and what to do when you’re in a situation that puts you at risk for mold growth, you can reduce damage and get back to using these spaces.

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Vandalism at Local Ball Field

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Vandalism at Local Ball Field Cleaning up the Adams Township Ball Field After it was Vandalized.

Vandals broke into a second ball park in Cambria County, this time at the Adams Township Little League Clubhouse causing approximately $3,500 in damages. The roof, the concession stand and the ball park equipment were extensively damaged.

"They broke tables and chairs inside our clubhouse, wrote vulgarity on the whitboard, left some drug references on the white board, then broke into our concession stand, smashed the locks off, (and) discharged the fire extinguisher."

SERVPRO of Ebensburg Team Members volunteered their time to remove all hazardous materials and cleaned up the toxic dust that was left from the fire extinguishers being set off. We wanted to make sure that it was completely safe to reopen everything in time for this years ball season to begin.

Vandalism can lead to significant water and mold damage if not properly addressed. SERVPRO of Ebensburg made sure that all the damage caused by the break in was addressed to help prevent any further damage at the clubhouse.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Ebensburg has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding to any size disaster with 24-hour emergency response. Contact us today, at 814-472-0800, to see what SERVPRO of Ebensburg can do to help you!

Air Duct Cleaning for your Commercial Building

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Air duct cleaning can be an ideal option for your Ebensburg, PA building when it is dealing with these mold problems. Even if you do not have a bad odor coming from your ductwork vents, it might still be a good idea to get on a routine schedule of getting the ductwork cleaned by a professional company if it has not been done in quite a while. This is also advised for individuals who have recently purchased an older building and would like to keep it in good working condition and reduce mold spore count.

While there are many things you can do, as a facility manager or building owner, to ensure that your building is running to the best of its ability, there are certain things you may forget about that need to be done. One of these things is improving the air quality within your facility by cleaning the ductwork of dust and mold spores. This is a project that you will find to be incredibly difficult to do on your own, so it is often a good idea to contact a local company that does this for a living. This guarantees that the work will be done efficiently and quickly so that you can get back to work.


Flood Damage and Preparation

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing For Flooding In Ebensburg, PA

This article explains how a flood preparation ensures the home is safe, and everyone in the house will recover from the storm. There are several techniques that may be used, and homeowners must be ready in the event of an emergency.

1: Planning For A Water Loss

There are several different reasons a water loss may occur in homes around the Ebensburg, PA area, and they often are related to saturation of the ground in a storm. There are several lawns in the area that will not hold any water, and the water will flow directly into the basement or begin a flash flood. Mitigation of water damage includes digging trenches in the yard to help water flow away from the house, waterproofing the basement and installing a sum pump that will drain the lowest level of the house.

2: Clearing Out Water Damage

Water may reach several parts of the home as the carpentry and drywall is broken down. Standing water will cause many issues that are difficult to compete with, and the mitigation firm must be allowed time to complete their work. They will remove all the water from the home, and they will keep the house completely clean once it has been drained.

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