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Make SERVPRO Your First Call

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

A disaster can be devastating. That’s why you should always call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork. We have specially trained technicians that can handle your disaster, no matter how big or small. We can help you with a water leak in your home or a fire and smoke damage to your business. We can be dispatched to you usually within one to two hours after you call us. We are experienced with all kinds of disasters and we show up with our customer’s comfort in mind.

Time is of the essence after a disaster. The faster you call us for help, the faster we can help you get back to normal. Our motto is: “Like it never even happened.”

We can help you from start to finish. We can also help you file a claim with your home or business insurance company. One less stress on you. We care about you and your home or business. We are available 24/7/365.

April Showers May Bring Storms!

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Mother nature can strike at any time. It can turn violent in an instant: floods, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes. All of these storm events can turn your life upside-down and cause serious damage to your home.

SERVPRO of the Dutch Fork is always there when you need us. We have highly trained technicians that can be there at a moment’s notice. We are available 24/7/365. We are customer focused and understand the havoc that any type of storm damage can cause to your home and life. We will do everything we can to restore your home and get your life back to normal following multiple kinds of storm damages.

We have the expertise and the proper equipment to manage cleanup and restore your home after any and all storm damages. Always be sure to call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork if you encounter mother natures storms and the damage they can cause to your home.

Fire in your Business? Let us Help!

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork has IICRC Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) available 24/7/365 to help you restore your business if you’ve experienced fire damage. A fire is an unexpected event that causes major damage to your commercial property. The first few hours after a fire are the most crucial to help you minimize any further damage, and our fire damage restoration service can help. When we are called, we dispatch a team out to you within an hour, we help board up your damaged property to protect it from any further damages, install a roof tarp if needed, offer cleanup, odor and soot removal, and, the utmost importance, host services to restore your belongings.

            We can assist you from start to finish with your commercial fire damage. We also communicate with your insurance company, provide them updates and necessary documentation. We understand that you have a business to run and the longer your business is down the more profits you are losing. We have over 50 years of experience with Fire and Smoke Damage. Be sure to call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork if you experience a commercial fire damage.

Water Damage Restoration for your Commercial Property

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

There are many events that can cause commercial water damage to your business, such as:

  • Roof leaks
  • Appliance leaks
  • Bursting or leaking pipes
  • Firefighters battling a nearby fire

It is crucial to act quickly if you notice any standing water in your business. You should always identify the source of the water damage and do everything in your power to stop the leak. If you are unable to stop it, call in a professional. Typically, you’ll need a plumber, roofer, or an appliance repair man. You should always call your insurance company and then call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork. We are highly trained professionals that will evaluate the water damage and can help you get your business up and running again, “Like it never happened.” We understand that a water damage to your business is extremely devastating. Not only do you have to deal with the damage that needs to be repaired, but you also suffer disruption of your service to customers and employees, not to mention the negative effect on revenue.

Our professionals will help you understand the severity of the water damage to your property. That way you can make the best choices for the restoration of your business. We only use the most cutting-edge equipment to find hidden moisture and extract standing water. You can trust SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork for all your restoration and cleanup needs. We are available 24/7 and we care about getting your business back to normal.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was founded in 1967. We have 55 years of trained and qualified professionals ready 24/7 to help you with your cleanup.  No matter what kind of disaster you have, we can help. Whether its water damage, fire and storm damage to your home. You can count on us to be there for your restoration needs.

Our team at SERVPRO always promises fast service after a disaster. You can always reach us, any time, day or night. We also work with insurance companies to expedite your disaster claim and get you back to normal, as soon as possible. One less stress for you to deal with.

All of our technicians have special training to help restore your home to its pre-disaster condition. Our professionals care about you and your property and we will do whatever it takes to get your home back to normal. “Like it never even happened.”

Call us to be there for you and your family during any damage, big or small. We are locally owned and operated. We understand that during a disaster, it is a very traumatic situation and people’s emotions run on overdrive. We want the customer to know that we can handle just about any disaster and with as little disruption as possible.

You can trust SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork!

9 Ways To Avoid Water Damage

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

You may be surprised to know that water damage is one of the most common – and costly damages to homeowners.

Throughout the United States water damage is the second most costly event, preceded by wind and hail damage. You may experience hail or severe winds a few times a year, water damage is a year-round risk.

The great news is that there are ways to protect yourself from costly water losses. We have nine simple steps to help keep your home safe and well-maintained and most importantly to reduce your risk of water damage.

Outside your home

  1. Disconnect hoses

The first thing on your fall-to-do list should be to disconnect your hoses from the faucet. Standing water in your hoses can freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that stops the water flow and may bust the pipes to create damage to walls, floor and foundation.

  1. Keep gutters and downspouts clean

At least twice a year you should clean your gutters to avoid blockage and ice dams. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof and unmanaged overflow can create puddles that can damage your foundation. Always be sure to clean any downspouts to ensure water can flow through secure all downspouts to ensure that they point away from your foundation.

  1. Maintain vegetation and trees

Growing shrubs can be a great addition to the beauty of your home – except when their roots wrap around your pipes and break them. Be sure to minimize landscaping near your utility pipes or if necessary, remove trees and shrubs that have become too large.

Inside your home

Now that we gone over a few simple steps for outside your home, let’s look at how to keep the risk from water damage from sources inside your house.

  1. Know where your main water valve is

Most plumbing experts will tell you that the main water shutoff valve may be the most important plumbing feature in your entire home. That’s because your main water valve supplies water to your entire home. Water enters your home through the main water valve and is then distributed to other pipes throughout your home.

If you ever experience a plumbing emergency inside your home, knowing where your main water valve is located will make it easier to turn off your water right away, and most likely minimize any further damages.

It is also recommended that you shut off your main water valve if you leave your home for an extended period. Chances are if no water is going into the home, no damages will occur.

  1. Appliance Maintenance

The most common cause of in-home water damages are your appliances. Be sure to check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to the manufacturer’s manual.

It is recommended that you pay close special attention to your washing machine and refrigerator hoses. These tend to become old within about five years of install and they tend to become brittle and often become leaky as well, and these are the most frequent and common cause of water damage to most homes. Replace yours regularly to avoid a HUGE mess and costly damages.

  1. Investigate and fix leaks ASAP

If you see evidence of a leak anywhere in your home, investigate it ASAP. If you choose to ignore moisture or postpone making proper repairs, be prepared to smell mold, mildew and experience dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.

Most homeowner’s insurance only covers sudden and accidental damages. If the damage results from lack of maintenance, it may not be covered on your standard homeowner’s policy.

  1. Install multiple water detection devices

A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm if the sensor comes in contact with moisture. The main benefit is that it can detect low moisture levels or slow leaks that can often go unnoticed. You can install this device near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets. If there is a pipe that has water coming out of it, you can put one there to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.

  1. Check the water pressure into your home

If the water pressure in your home is set too high, your pipes and hoses could fail under the pressure.

Typically, the residential water systems are designed for water pressure of 40 – 70 psi. If your home’s water pressure goes over 100 psi, you need to install a pressure regulator (available at most hardware stores.)

  1. Keep an eye on your water bill

Frequently, the only way to know that there is a water leak taking place, is a closer look at your water bill. Your usage could jump sky high from the previous month’s bill without explanation, be sure to investigate. There could be a leak in your crawlspace or a pipe in your front or back yard.

Best practice is not to leave a mystery leak unattended. If you do find a leak that has caused water damage to your home. Give SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork a call and we can help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Preventing House Fires

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

One of the most devastating experiences you and your family can go through is losing everything to a house fire. You’ve have put in time, money, and effort to make your home your sanctuary. You’ve created memories to fill its every corner. It is challenging to bring back your intangibles once they’re damaged by smoke and fire.

Always be mindful and do everything you can to protect your house from a smoke or fire loss. By following these sensible tips, you could help keep your home and loved ones safe:

  1. Buy a fire extinguisher

A fire extinguisher can save many lives, making this a wise purchase. Having more than one in your home can bolster your feelings of safety. They are also genuinely useful in case of a house fire.

Always make sure to put at least one fire extinguisher in an easy to reach spot on every floor. It is helpful to put them in high-risk areas of your home, such as the kitchen and the laundry room. Be sure to check the fire extinguishers regularly making sure they aren’t expired. They typically last an average of 5 to 15 years.

  1. Check your smoke alarms regularly

Smoke alarms are your first line of defense against fire due to their early warning capability. In some homes, they can be hardwired into the electrical system to monitor smoke and carbon monoxide, and they have the ability to send alerts to your smart devices.

If you are like most homeowners or renters, you probably have a battery operated one, be sure to conduct a routine check every six months to be sure it is still working properly. Just a few seconds to press a button on the alarm. If you hear a weak beep, it means you should change the batteries immediately. If you have an alarm that is WiFi-connected, you will be prompted on your smart device to change the batteries when needed.

No matter what kind of smoke alarm you have. It is always a safe bet to ensure they are in proper working order. This way, you will always be alerted when a fire breaks out, affording you and your family a sufficient amount of time to manage an emergency and get out safely.

  1. Check your dryer’s airflow regularly

Each year over 2,900 dryer fires occur in homes in the United States. This is because of clogged vents and filter buildup can get hot and cause a fire. Even this is highly preventable if you follow these simple best practices.

First, you should have your dryer vent inspected bi-annually or annually, depending on your usage – there is no substitute for this. Second, always make sure your lint trap is clean before adding a new load of laundry.

Lint or small clothing items like socks can easily get stuck on the back of the machine. Always make sure to inspect for those and remove them before running your dryer.

  1. Clean your toaster, stove and oven

Food particles can accumulate at the bottom of your appliance and be a culprit. This can happen at the bottom of your stove burner too.

Forgotten food sitting in these kitchen appliances could cause significant damage. Always make sure to clean them regularly and inspect them for food debris.

As always, there are many other things you should be mindful about, such as curtains hanging too close to the stove and small items like a dish towel or cookbook lying on a burner that is still hot.

  1. Pay close attention when cooking

Over half of kitchen fires are caused by cooking with disruptions. Be mindful that all it takes is a few moments for a kitchen to go up in flames. It could be just a pot of boiling rice, never leave your cooking unattended. Always keep distractions away and focus on what you’re preparing.

  1. Keep your fireplace clean

If you have a fireplace, they are cozy add-ons and many people enjoy the benefits of these in their homes. Your fireplace can also be a source of fire if not maintained and cleaned regularly by a licensed chimney sweeper. When you have a fire burning, you should always stay in the room. Always dispose of ashes properly, be sure to give them ample time to cool down. To be sure, put them in a metal container specifically made for the disposal of fireplace ashes.

  1. Use extreme caution with candles

A key factor in handling candles is being aware of the potential fire risk. Keep these rules in mind:

  • Remember to blow out candles when leaving the room.
  • Be sure to blow them out before you go to sleep.
  • Keep them as far away from objects that can easily catch on fire like curtains and blankets.
  • Don’t ever put them on an uneven surface such as carpet to prevent them from tipping over.
  • Always keep lit candles away from your pets.

By following these rules, you can help keep you and your family safe from a house fire. However, if you do suffer from a fire or smoke damage, you’ll need the expertise and knowledge of SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork. We understand the devastation fires can bring, this is why we work quickly and efficiently to address your fire and smoke restoration needs. Be sure to call on us to find out how we can help you with the process of restoring your home after a fire loss.

Summer Storm Season is Upon Us

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

With hurricane season right around the corner. You should consider preparing for you and your family. According to FEMA.gov, Summer storm safety is crucial to making sure you have a safe summer. Therefore, you and your family should start with a plan. Make sure everyone knows the plan and practices the plan, so that when a real disaster happens, everyone will know what to do.

Familiarize yourself with local evacuation routes. Be sure to check with your local officials about what shelter spaces are available this year. Be aware – coronavirus may have altered your community’s plans. Please be mindful that some shelters do not take pets. Have a talk with neighbors, friends, or relatives to be sure you have a safe place for your pet to go if you must evacuate

Ensure you have enough supplies (water and nonperishable food) for every member of your family and pets to last multiple days. Be mindful of the unique needs of your family, including medications. Adding extra cleaning supplies would be helpful to protect you and your family from illness if you are displaced in a shelter.

Make certain you have important documents in a waterproof bag and always keep them with you. It helps to plan for disasters when all family members are in different locations that your family frequents (office, daycare center, school, and any other locations you go to normally).

Summer hurricane season is right around the corner and it’s always best to plan and be prepared for the worst.

Mother Nature Damages Businesses

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

The National Centers for Environmental Information  have reported last summer’s storms to have caused billions of dollars in damage. Strong winds, hail, and hurricanes caused most of this damage, and evidence shows we can expect the power and duration to increase, due to global warming.

Storm damages: Destruction from storms is common and an extremely devastating cause of commercial property damage. Powerful storms could cause power outages, break windows, knock down trees, damage inventory or equipment, roofs can be blown off, causing structural damage to an entire building. There is also lighting damages to add to the long list of unexpected havoc from storm damage. All of these weather-related factors range from mild to severe no matter the time of year, but, are especially prevalent during the summer months.

Fire damages: The heat from a lighting strike to your building or nearby area can cause a fire. A single spark between walls or in other places not visible to the naked eye. The ruin that fires cause is quite a particularly challenging type of property damage for any commercial business to sustain. If a fire cannot be controlled and extinguished swiftly, the entire building and all its contents can be at risk. An all-consuming fire can therefore be extremely devastating.

If you have any type of damages from storms or fires. You can always count on SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork to help you get your business back to normal operations quickly. "Like it never even happened."

Spring Showers Bring...

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

Spring Showers bring May flowers...... and potential  damages to your home.

You should always inspect your home from top to bottom after heavy rain storms.

Roof inspection

Inspect your roof for missing shingles or missing nails from high winds or strong gusts. Even a missing nail can cause leaks.

Gutter Inspection

You should keep your gutters clean and clear from debris. Always direct water away from your foundation. Be sure that your downspouts and drains don’t have any clogs and are free flowing.

Siding Inspection

Depending on what material your home is made out of: brick & mortar, vinyl siding, wood, engineered wood, hardy board, stucco, stone veneer and/or metal; be sure to inspect seams and seals. Faulty seals are a sure way for water to enter your home and cause serious damage and possible mold growth.

Window Inspection 

Inspect windows for moisture buildup (fog) between the glass panes and check caulking inside and outside of windows. Inspect the weather stripping, as this too ages throughout the seasons. Replace as needed.

Basement or Crawlspace

Consider waterproofing your basement or crawlspace. If your basement or crawlspace is prone to flooding, consider purchasing a sump pump. If you already have one, please be sure to check it regularly to make certain it is in working good order. Also, consider putting down a moisture barrier. This is as simple as 6 ml plastic sheeting to help stop moisture from rising from the ground up.

These five steps could save you from certain disaster and keep your home safe from mother nature and her Spring time showers.

If you do have water damage or find a leaky pipe, be sure to call your plumber first. Then call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork, to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.