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How Thunderstorms Impact Pennsylvania | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Swatara

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

a large lighting strike just in front of person driving down road Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara if you experience any damage.

Just over a week ago, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency sponsored a week dedicated to educating the public and bringing awareness to the severe weather patterns that impact our communities. The information discussed the ins and outs of thunderstorms, hail and flooding, and we wanted to help continue that conversation by looking at some of the ways that storms impact Pennsylvania.

Spring and summer are the most common times for thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are defined as any storm that has thunder and lightning.

A severe thunderstorm is classified as a strong storm that has thunder and lightning and contains hail that is one inch or larger in diameter and has straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour or greater.

The Main Differences That Mean a Storm Is Called “Severe”

Lightning strikes. Lightning is considered one of the most dangerous elements of a thunderstorm for various reasons, but its elusiveness has evaded scientists as they are not able to identify where or when the next strike will be. Not only does it have the ability to cause serious damage to property, such as starting a house fire or felling trees, it has also been reported that about 300 injuries each year are due to lightning strikes.

Hail damage. Hail that comes in a severe thunderstorm is at least one inch or larger in diameter, many times much larger than this. Couple this size with the speed at which it falls (up to 72 miles per hour), and it is a recipe for significant damage, especially to uncovered vehicles, people or pets that are not adequately protected, and the sidings and roofs of houses.

Flash flooding. It is a common misconception that flooding can only happen in designated flood plains. Flash flooding is possible at any time and under the right conditions, it can create a life-threatening scenario in mere minutes. If there is heavy rainfall, a backed-up storm drain or overflowing roadside ditches, these flooded roadways can do damage to vehicles and also have the potential to carry away a car in the tide.

Thunderstorms can be a serious problem for business- and home-owners. If you have been impacted by a storm, we are here to help. Contact us to see how our team and techniques can get your property back to pre-storm condition.

Home or Business Damaged? Call SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East

4/24/2021 (Permalink)

large red diamond shape sign with Natural Disaster written in large black print Have you sustained property damage and feeling overwhelmed? We are here to help, contact SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East at 717-533-FIRE.

There are many things that can cause devastating damage to your home or business in Hershey or Harrisburg, but regardless of its source, experiencing damage is never easy. The mental and emotional impact can be significant, which is why recovering quickly is so important to restoring your quality of life and beginning to heal from tragedy.

Though recovery will always feel like an uphill battle, if you choose to work with a professional restoration company, the process can get much easier and go much more quickly. We are committed to salvaging as many of your belongings as possible due to our restore-first mentality and will do everything we can to restore your home to its pre-damage state.

Our Restore-First Mentality Makes All the Difference

We can help you save money on your insurance. Many of the types of damage you may sustain to your home will be covered by your homeowners insurance, but filing a claim can raise your premium, costing you money in the long run. Since we focus on keeping all of your belongings when possible, we can lower the cost that you have to file with your insurance.

We can protect your sentimental items. While getting your family to safety is the most important thing during an emergency event, that often means leaving behind objects that could never be replaced if lost. Family photos, documents and heirlooms all have value beyond their monetary properties, and by investing in the best restoration technology available, we make sure we can restore as much of them as possible.

We make sure your home feels like home again. It is truly the little things that make a house feel like a home, and we make sure to preserve as much of this as possible. Simple things like putting your belongings back where they go can make all the difference when you are able to walk through the door of your home again, and we are committed to making sure you are happy with the results.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East 717-533-FIRE today to learn more.

Experts Are Here When You Need Home Restoration Services | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Swatara

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop Contact SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

If you’re buying a new home, you’re considering a lot of issues. You’re likely shopping for floorplans, searching for must-have amenities and considering if the yard is big enough for your beloved family dog.

Home damage is probably one thing you haven’t put a lot of thought into dealing with. But you should. Why? Because it’s more common than you probably think it is.

If you find yourself in that situation due to a fire or natural disaster, it’s a good idea to have a plan in place now. Restoring your home can be a complex job, and you’ll want it done by experts.

The restoration team you choose can make all the difference in your quality and satisfaction with the job.

Millions of Homeowners File Claims

The Insurance Information Institute tallies statistics about the yearly numbers of insurance claims. Their work illustrates just how common insurance claims are.

About one out of every 350 American homeowners will deal with a fire damage claim each year. Water damage claims will be filed by about one in 50 homeowners, so they are actually the most common type of claim.

When all causes are considered, about one in 20 homeowners will file a damage claim this year. So if you know 100 people, about five of them will need help dealing with damage to their home this year.

So having a quality restoration team in mind now can make a difference for you or someone you love later.

Training Makes All the Difference

Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides an array of certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians are able to use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

And when you choose your local SERVPRO, these restoration experts will take the knowledge they’ve gained through our intensive training programs and use it to restore your home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Don’t Overlook the Water Damage Risks Heavy Rain Can Bring | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Swatara

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy rains might not be the first thing you think about when you list water damage causes. But it can be a serious problem for homeowners. Rain is common during the spring and summer months, and if your home is not properly maintained, these rains can cause costly damage.

It’s not as difficult as you might think to lessen your risk, though. A little creativity and some thoughtful planning can go a long way.

Protecting Your Home From the Hazard of Heavy Rains

We have a wealth of experience dealing with home water damage. We know what causes it and what you can do to make your home safer from it.

Here are some things we think you should keep in mind when you want to protect your home from rain damage:

Don’t allow yard drainage issues to go unaddressed. If you realize the water in your yard drains toward your home, it’s time to invest in your yard to help it move water more efficiently. Water moving away from your home is water that can’t damage it. Talk with a landscaping expert about how you can protect your yard.

Choose your flowers and shrubs for more than curb appeal. Most homeowners don’t look beyond the visual appeal of the landscaping they choose. But your landscaping can do more for you than just add color. Native plants are especially effective when it comes to making your landscaping an extra layer of water damage protection.

Repair loose and missing shingles. How important is repairing your roof when it suffers minor damage? The answer is very important. According to industry experts, 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles. This damage is preventable.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara is here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency.Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Helping Hershey/Swatara Business Owners Through the Pandemic

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

A crew of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside commercial building If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara to learn more.

If you own a business in Hershey, we can help you. It’s part of our job to ensure the community has the resources it needs to thrive even during difficult times.

We do a lot of work cleaning up after storms, fire damage and flooding. Those disasters are things we deal with, and we work to ensure homes and businesses are restored to their original state.

But the COVID-19 pandemic is something different entirely. We’ve all had to find new ways to meet customer needs, deliver our services and provide value to our community.

It’s essential to us to help local business owners. You’re a big part of the community. We know what you do to make your business a success. It means a lot to research and planning—and everything that goes into operating and growing your business, too.

We want to help you with that process, including how you now interact with customers and keep them safe.

Connecting You With Powerful Resources

Many tools you can use to continue operating during the pandemic are available to help you. They include available business loans and tips, advice and more from trusted local and national resources.

And you have our support. We’ll get your office, store or restaurant ready for customers.

We can help you ensure that your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” Here’s a closer look at how our process works:

First, our team members will consult with you about your needs.

Then, we’ll clean your space using proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Our cleaning and decontamination standards come directly from the CDC.

Finally, our technicians will certify your space. And you’ll be in business again.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time at www.SERVPROhersheyswatara.com or 717-533-FIRE to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Business Restoration needs

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner in gray suit SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East knows the commercial restoration process inside and out.

Because we work with Hershey and Harrisburg area business owners who need our support during business restoration, we understand how difficult it is to move forward after a disaster.

We understand a lot about what it takes to restore your business. With that in mind, our team has pulled together our best tips to help you move forward if a fire, flood or storm impacts your business.

Advice Business Owners Can Use

Here’s what you might want to consider if your business needs restoration services:

Don’t forget your plan. This tip isn’t as straightforward as it seems. But the shock of dealing with a disaster can make it harder to focus. That’s why your plan is important. Follow the steps you laid out and look at your options, which could include moving to a backup location.

Get your insurance company any documentation they need. You’ll be asked to provide things like photos of the items’ damage and inventory inside your business. Have these prepared and ready to share. If your insurer requests any additional documentation, get it ready and share it as soon as you can.

Keep the people who matter to your business in the loop. Don’t neglect to reach out to your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community.. Social media is the right way for you to reach your wider community, but consider reaching out personally to your employees, suppliers and your loyal customers.

Don’t forget your own needs. Many business owners and their families are stressed and worried if a disaster strikes the business that forces them to close or change their business for a while. Be sure to get plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet and talk about how you’re coping with people you trust.

Choose restoration partners who offer proven results. Always choose trusted professionals who will give you regular updates and answer any of your questions.

If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East at  www.SERVPROhersheyswatara.com  or 717-533-FIRE to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Fire Safety

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires tend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Fires at home impact thousands of American families every winter, and they lead to approximately 890 deaths during the colder months of the year.

It’s true that not every house fire can be prevented. Some are caused by natural disasters or by unforeseen accidents or appliance failures.

But there are things you can do to ensure that you’ve lowered your fire risk and taken sufficient steps toward protecting your home from a house fire.

How Would You Answer These Fire Safety Questions?

One of the first steps to making your home safer in the Harrisburg and Hershey areas is understanding what steps you should take to do it.

Your answers to these questions are an excellent place to start. And they offer some simple steps you can take to make your home safer that aren’t a big time or money commitment.

Do you know how to find natural gas leaks? Natural gas leaks are usually first noticeable by smell. If you notice the smell of natural gas in your home, act immediately to cut off your gas and get help to your home. Natural gas leaks are a significant fire hazard. Ensure the leak is repaired before you turn the gas on again and start using your appliances.

Do you know the basics of kitchen safety? Grease fires can happen in any kitchen, and they’re a common hazard. Keeping a fire extinguisher accessible while you’re cooking can prevent one of these incidents from growing into a destructive fire.

Can you use your fireplace safely? Fireplaces that are dirty or clogged create a fire hazard. If you do decide to enjoy a crackling fire, be sure you’re you’re disposing of the ashes correctly. Dirty fireplaces can cause fires.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East at 717-533-FIRE or www.SERVPROhersheyswatara.com  to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Signs of Water Damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East, we will guide you through the restoration process.

Hummelstown and surrounding area homeowners like you may wonder when they should seek water damage help.

Sometimes leaks that are caught early can be cleaned up with old towels or a mop. But in other cases, you may need professional help to return your home to its original state—or perhaps even more important, to prevent a water damage issue from growing into a major mold or mildew issue.

How to Spot Water Damage

These are some of the most common early signs that you’re dealing with water damage:

Your floorboards or furniture are warping. Wood damage occurs more quickly than you might think it would. So as soon as you notice issues with your flooring and furniture, then you see an issue that will only get more severe over time. Stop warping and damage in its tracks by getting professional help.

You can smell a musty odor. Odor is often the first sign of mold and mildew after home water damage. You’ll smell the issue before you can see it on any surfaces. That means if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to repair your home.

You notice issues with the windows or walls in your home. Your window panes start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. That means it’s imperative if you notice these signs of getting remediation help very soon.

Water damage can start to cause long-term problems within a few hours. So one of the best things you as a homeowner can do is reach out for remediation services as soon as you realize these issues are happening.

A Growing Problem

Water damage claims are consistently one of the most common ones filed by homeowners every year.

Industry experts say number of fire damage claims have been dropping over recent years, but the number of water claims is still growing.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency.  Contact SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East at 717-533-FIRE to learn more about our restoration services.

House fires during the winter can be a threat

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East to fully restore your home

House fires can be a threat during the winter months. They’re even more common in states like Pennsylvania, where the temperatures get cold and adequate home heating is vital.

Many of these winter fires are caused by how we heat our homes. For example, if your space heater doesn’t have an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can turn over and cause a fire while it’s still running. Problems with furnaces and accidents with other appliances happen, too.

The holiday season has some extra fire hazards of which homeowners should be aware. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires.. Fires caused by overflowing pots and pans that are left alone on the stove too long are common this time of year, too.

People who live in the Hershey, Harrisburg, Hummelstown and Middletown areas can count on our team if their homes ever need fire damage repairs or restoration work.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO

Here’s why Hershey and Harrisburg residents know they can trust us when they need our help:

We are available 247. Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you at any time. Just reach out when you need our help.

We are a locally owned business. SERVPRO locations are all across the United States. But this location is a local business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a large, thriving company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

We put restoration efforts first. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money. We work to keep repairs affordable and insurance premiums down.

We can help with all your restoration projects House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues and more.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Visit us at www.SERVPROhersheyswatara.com or call us at 717-533-FIRE to learn more about our restoration services.

Water damage from Heavy Rain

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rainfall on top of metal roof of yellow house Heavy rains can cause serious water damage. SERVPRO of Lebanon County have the trained technicians to fully restore your home.

Water damage can occur for many reasons, and not all of them are dramatic or sudden.

SERVPRO responds to the Hershey and Harrisburg areas to many water damage calls that are neither of these things and are instead a result of heavy rainfall infiltrating the home after a period of time. These types of leaks often go unnoticed at first if homeowners do not know where to watch for them, leading to compounding damage that can become severe.

Where Rainfall Typically Causes Water Damage

Backup of clogged gutters. Cleaning out the gutters every six months is more than just a chore—it is actually a great way to prevent water damage. If steady rainfall pumps too much water into the gutters that they are not equipped to drain away, it can begin to be absorbed by the surrounding structures of your home.

Leaks around windows and doors. With windows and doors, there is always an increased chance of water damage occurring. Miniature gaps can develop in the exterior of the home that is enough for sustained rainfall to obtain an inlet into the wood and begin to cause decay.

Poor drainage around the foundation. For homes that do not have sufficient drainage around their base, we often see water damage to the foundation after heavy rain. If water is allowed to pool up and sit against the materials, it can begin to seep in with time and lead to issues.

Leaks in and around the roof. A roof leak will often not be noticed until it begins to cause discoloration on the ceiling, which means damage has already occurred. Checking the exterior of the roof can help you prevent this, as missing or loose shingles are a clear sign that something is amiss.

Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. Installing a sump pump system is a smart and vigilant way to prevent water damage, but only if you take care of it. A malfunctioning sump pump system can lead to extreme damage if the cause is not treated.

Leaks around chimneys and skylights. These types of features are certainly nice to have, but having the seals around them inspected regularly is advised to prevent leaks from occurring. As these leaks wear down over time, rain can work its way into the roof and deteriorate the woodwork.

If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call SERVPRO of Hershey/Harrisburg East at 717-533-FIRE  247 to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.