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Crime Scenes, Vandalism, & Biohazards

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Crime Scenes, Vandalism, & Biohazards SERVPRO offers remediation and cleanup of hazardous materials

The cleaning jobs no one wants to talk about...

Messes happen; it’s a fact of life. But some messes...well, let’s just say they’re a bit more unpleasant than others. Biohazards. Vandalism. Crime scenes. All of these seem to go beyond the average cleanup job, and any one of them will become the last thing that you’ll want to deal with if it happens to you. We get that.

Let SERVPRO of Mercer County deal with it for you.

Bloodborne pathogens

We will remove and properly dispose of hazardous materials like bodily fluids and tissue resulting from accidents or crime scenes, and we’ll do it in accordance with health regulations.

Vandalism

We can clean your property so it is free from graffiti or any other materials like eggs or animal waste.

Sewage

We will remove contaminants and make sure your space is cleaned, disinfected, and freed of any unpleasant, lingering odors.

Methamphetamine Labs

Even if harmful chemicals from illegal drugs are removed from a space, there still may be residue on many of your property’s surfaces. We will clean those spaces in accordance with necessary governmental guidelines.

Don't be stuck with these major messes. Call SERVPRO of Mercer County today and we'll make the nasty go away! 724-704-8939

Preparedness Tips for Western PA

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Community Preparedness Tips for Western PA National Preparedness Month September 2017

What does National Preparedness Month mean for Mercer County?

September is National Preparedness Month. For most of the country, this campaign could not come at a better time in light of the recent hurricanes and wildfires affecting people throughout the U.S. and abroad. While it is easy to see how valuable preparedness can be in situations like these, many of us in Mercer County and Western PA may lately have found ourselves wondering where we fit into this campaign.

What are some ways you should be prepared?

Floods

Frequent rain and storms can lead to flooding of yards and roadways, causing major problems for drivers and property owners. Floodwaters do not have to be deep to be dangerous to persons or damaging to homes and property.

- Do not walk or drive your vehicle through flooded areas (even if the water does not appear to be deep)

Do have your home/basement checked for cracks or places where water could enter

Do take note and consult professionals when places in your home appear damp after rain

House fires

Fires can easily start inside a home for a variety of reasons, some as small as the dust bunnies behind your refrigerator.

Do keep a fire extinguisher in an accessible location- and make sure you know how to use it!

Do not leave food to cook unattended

Do not ignore dust behind appliances or in hard-to-reach places where electrical wires are located

Tornadoes

Tornadoes are not uncommon in Western PA. 

Do locate the place in your home with the fewest windows to be used as emergency shelter

Do subscribe to local weather updates on your mobile device

Do create a family emergency kit that includes essentials and important family documents

Power Outages

Inclement weather and other unexpected disasters can lead to power outages, and it is never clear how long these can last. 

Do familiarize yourself with the lengths of time certain foods can be left out of the refrigerator before they are unsafe to eat

- Do keep flashlights and batteries in known locations in your home

Do not rely on candles or open flame, as this creates a fire hazard

Do keep fresh water and non-perishable foods in your home

Do fill the bathtub with clean water when you receive severe weather forecasts, as this can be used for hygiene and other water-related needs

Let this point not be missed: Preparedness is crucial here in Mercer County.

We may not have found ourselves in the treacherous paths of Harvey or Irma, and we may not be fighting fires spanning thousands of miles; but there are plenty of other things worth preparing for. Plan ahead so you can be ready when disaster strikes!  

Find more preparedness tips at Ready.gov

Still caught unprepared? Call SERVPRO of Mercer County

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your home

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mercer Countyis an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Mercer County

SERVPRO of Mercer County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Meet a few of our team members

Check out our company profile!

Does your home have a mold problem?

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 724-704-8939

Click here to see our mold services

New! ESPORTA® Wash System

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning New! ESPORTA® Wash System The new Esporta® Wash System in our shop in Greenville, PA.

New cleaning technology for soft contents restoration

SERVPRO of Mercer County is excited about our recent equipment addition; the Esporta® Wash System. 

So much more than a washing machine, the Esporta® Wash System can restore items that have been severely damaged by water, smoke, soot, mold, or bio waste. Not only can it restore them to usable quality, but it can remove up to 99% of contaminants (that's equal to food grade quality).

What can we restore with this technology?

- Household goods (comforters, plush toys)

- Laundry items (clothing, uniforms)

- Leather items (shoes, bags)

- Special goods

        - Sports equipment

        - Horse saddles

        - Personal protective equipment 

Is this system gentle enough to handle soft contents while still achieving 99% cleanliness?

The Esporta® Wash System utilizes a unique cleaning process in which it holds objects stationary and passes them through the water and specialized cleaning agents. This ensures that items do not receive significant wear as they go through the restoration process.

Sound interesting?

SERVPRO is always looking to restore your property rather than replace it, and the Esporta® System is an incredible way to do that. This machine is located at our Greenville office, and items can either be dropped off at this location, or you can have us pick them up.

Call us at 724-704-8939 for more information and try out the Esporta® Wash System today!

24/7 Water Damage Services

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

SERVPRO Mercer County is Ready to Help

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO Mercer County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO Mercer County

"Like it never even happened."

724-704-8939

Water Damage Timeline

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Mercer County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

SERVPRO Mercer

"Like it never even happened."

Carpet Claw

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Carpet Claw Carpet Claw

SERVPRO Mercer County added Carpet Claw to our arsenal.  Removes glued down carpet with ease.  Carpet Claw

Free Emergency Profiles

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mercer County is reaching out to area business to setup a Free Emergency Profiles to be prepared in the event of a catastrophe. 

Business interruption with 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 damage can affect your business.

  • No cost assessment of your facility
    Free service, No subscription fee
     
  • Concise Profile Document contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little of your time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. The ERP will save precious time if ever needed.
     
  • Guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    Help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    SERVPRO will be familiar with your facility in order to act as quickly as possible.
     
  • Identifies line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    We can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

SERVPRO Mercer County

"Like it never even happened."

EMERGENCY READY PROGRAM

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services EMERGENCY READY PROGRAM Here to Help

SERVPRO of Mercer County is reaching out to area business to setup a Free Emergency Profiles to be prepared in the event of a catastrophe. 


Minimize business interruption with 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 damage can affect your business.



  • No cost assessment of your facility
    Free service, No subscription fee
     

  • Concise Profile Document contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little of your time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. The ERP will save precious time if ever needed.
     

  • Guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    Help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     

  • Establishes SERVPRO as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    SERVPRO will be familiar with your facility in order to act as quickly as possible.
     

  • Identifies line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    We can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     

  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."


SERVPRO Mercer County


"Like it never even happened."