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No Disaster Is Too Big! | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Harrisburg East (717)-533-FIRE

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

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When a natural disaster strikes it can be all too easy to lose hope in light of severe damage and loss. Whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood – the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help fast.

No Disaster Is Too Big
The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,600 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.

Should a catastrophic storm strike, call (717) 561-1404. SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara proudly serves Hershey, Harrisburg, Hummelstown, Lebanon, Camp Hill, and surrounding areas.

Even in the face of a disaster, SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara Professionals will strive to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Prepare Your Business for Any Emergency With Strategic Planning | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Harrisburg East

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Chairs and office supplies floating in water An office flooded after a disaster

Understanding the hazards your business may have to endure in the future can help you make smart decisions about risk management and damage prevention, especially when considering natural disasters. While a disaster can still be an inconvenience, if you are prepared in advance for one, you will have a much better time recovering and getting your business back to operational status in the aftermath.

While disaster preparedness may seem overwhelming, dividing it up into smaller tasks can make it much more manageable. With these three main categories, business owners can make sure they are hitting all the major points of preparedness and protecting their investment:

Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

Adequate insurance coverage is something that is extremely important for a business regardless of if a disaster is a possibility or not, but considering the impact that one can have, it makes it especially crucial. Many commercial policies are not enough to protect against disaster damage—specifics are excluded in some cases, and there are often gaps in what is covered at all. Be aware of what is built into your policy so you can know where additional coverage might be a wise investment.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

Being able to evacuate quickly in the event of a disaster can help you and your staff say much safer in the face of danger. Review the emergency evacuation protocol with everyone regularly to increase preparedness, including multiple scenarios and escape routes. Additionally, stock an emergency kit to be sure you have adequate supplies in case you are required to stay put instead of escaping.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

Planning ahead for how you will go about restoration can be the single biggest factor in how quickly you are able to reopen. Being able to set the restoration process in motion quickly will be a big help, which is why we recommend working with a company in advance so that you know exactly who to call. It is also wise to look into the disaster assistance loans offered by the Small Business Administration as they can provide extra, low-interest funds for the recovery process.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 24⁄7 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.

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5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Two employees looking at a tablet 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 24⁄7 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.

Puff Backs | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Harrisburg 717-561-1404

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

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The term "Furnace Puff back" refers to the sudden expulsion of soot into the dwelling area caused by a malfunction in the heating system. The soot from a puff back is a sticky, greasy, grimy mess second to none. Wiping the soot from walls and ceilings creates a place where paint will no longer stick. And, unless the soot is quickly and professionally removed, it can cause corrosion of metals on doorknobs, faucets, and even electronic equipment throughout the home.  Because every inch of the home is affected, a puff back is an overwhelming job to clean properly.

This where the SERVPRO team can help - you can trust SERVPRO to clean EVERYTHING. We're your one stop for puff back and smoke damage cleanup in the Hershey / Harrisburg East area.  If your home has been affected by a furnace puff back - call us at 717-561-1404 - we can help you get your home and possessions back to preloss condition - "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Restoration 101 | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Swatara

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

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When your home is being threatened by water damage from flooding or leaks, SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara Professionals have the expertise to prevent or mitigate the devastating effects water damage can have in order to help preserve and restore your property.

Our Professionals have the equipment and experience necessary to handle the most challenging water damage and removal situations and are available around-the-clock.  We concentrate on safely drying, deodorizing and disinfecting the areas flooded or damaged by water, utilizing the following:

Water Removal Equipment

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, & Anti-Microbial Treatments

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

Hi-Tech Drying Equipment

  • Drying equipment helps prevent property water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls and furniture.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers minimize secondary water damage.
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads and furniture, evaporating moisture.
  • Some situations call for special drying techniques that require state of the art equipment and training.

Our Professionals are ready to respond 24/7 to mitigate any size loss in Hershey/Swatara and the surrounding area.  Call us at 717-561-1404.

Tips on How to Reduce Business Interruption | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Harrisburg East

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

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The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. 

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having 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.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” 

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. 

SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a no cost assessment of your facility. It provides: 

  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency - a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.  Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

At SERVPRO of Hershey / Swatara - we are commited to partnering with our commercial clients to reduce business interruption in the event of any type of disssaster.  To this end - we also work very closely with our partners at the Red Cross - leveraging their resources and capabilities to supplement our own when disaster strikes.  

Call us at (717) 561-1404 to get started - it costs you nothing.  Not making the call may be VERY costly. 

Our Restoration Experts Are Here for You | SERVPRO® of Hershey/ Swatara

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”equipment.jpg” alt = "two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van"   > SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara is your local restoration expert. We are the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration.

When you need a friend in the restoration and cleanup business, SERVPRO has everything you could want or need. We’re here to take care of you when even the worst natural or manmade disasters strike.

Think of SERVPRO as the dependable friend ready to spring into action when you need help.

Looking for a top-rated company with years of experience in property damage restoration? Call up SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara where we deliver services including water, fire or storm damage restoration.

Water in Your Home

One of the most damaging and devastating things you can ever experience is water in your home. You never know when flooding might occur, and it causes more than $10 billion in damagesnationwide every year.

Hershey/Swatara experiences a few more inches of rain per year than the U.S. average of 30.21 inches, and heavy rainfall can occasionally result in flash flooding. Hurricane remnants can also hit the county due to the state’s proximity to the coast.

Thankfully, though, no matter how bad and extensive the water damage is, there are restoration steps on how to deal with flood damage.

Not to mention, we have all the latest and greatest tools to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water to get your house nice and dry.

Fire Damage to Your Home’s Structure

We know how common fires are in the United States, with one occurring approximately every 23 seconds, so we want to be there to help you with even the worst damage.

At SERVPRO, our expert team works hard to comprehensively assess every fire and smoke restoration call with top of the line testing and remediation equipment along with industry-leading expertise to get the job done right, starting with a full inspection and damage assessment and continuing through all the necessary, in-between steps before starting repairs and construction.

Storm Effects

Finding the right storm damage company is ultimately what will ensure the success of your restoration project. When it comes to your search for storm damage cleanup, the search should start and end with the team at SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara.

We specialize in water removal, all types of cleanup services, and both structural and content restoration. That way, we can help you save money and salvage treasured keepsakes that otherwise would have been ruined.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

Our experts are part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years experience. Our location is locally owned and operated, so we can be on scene quicker than any other restoration business, and we’ll get your property back to preloss condition in no time!

SERVPRO is there with supplies and people who know what they’re doing, day or night. That’s why so many people trust SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara over any other restoration company when it comes to getting the job done.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Keep an Eye Out for Flooding | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Swatara

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

Did you know flooding is the most common natural disaster, claiming more lives in the United States per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning? Flooding is difficult to predict and can destroy anywhere from a single home to entire communities.

Although floods affect every state and territory in the United States, they share many similarities in types and causes. There are just a few types of natural flooding you may see throughout the year.

Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ability of the ground to contain the moisture. Flash flooding can strike alone or accompany a larger problem, such as a hurricane. In 2021, Hurricane Ida dumped multiple inches of rain at once, leading the National Weather Service to release several Flash Flooding Emergencies.

River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc. Pennsylvania, as a water-adjacent state, is susceptible to the fury of storm surges and hurricanes. Most recently, Hurricane Ida dumped multiple inches of rain on central Pennsylvania, leading to flooded roads and creeks.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice jams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

Get the Help You Need With SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Swatara

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

When it comes to keeping a business running smoothly, every little amount of assistance goes a long way. As business owner or manager, you are well aware that keeping things afloat demands the help of every available hand. Significant delays or losses to commercial properties might mean closing the doors for good.

However, your retail space, manufacturing facility or rental property already comes equipped with a silent helper to aid with cleaning and recovery, and it’s right here in Hershey/Swatara. SERVPRO is capable of meeting a broad array of business needs; it’s as if you have a secret business partner managing an entire aspect of your organization’s success plan.

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and floods are among the leading causes of financial loss for companies in the United States. They can do a lot of harm, particularly if they are not addressed immediately. When you call SERVPRO, you can be certain that you are contacting a highly skilled staff that is ready 24 hours a day to provide dependable emergency services and minimize your downtime and recovery time.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery starts even before the tragedy strikes—that is, if your business is prepared. We can help you in establishing the best approach for when the time comes. You may need an emergency chain of command, alternate meeting or work places, and temporary suppliers during a crisis, and we’ll have you set up for a single button push to begin all of this.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We offer solutions for any situation, from specialized cleaning services such as trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to more routine needs such as carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration in high-traffic areas. We’ve been doing this a long time and have seen and cleaned everything.

Restoration Services. Storms are responsible for flash floods. The intern started a fire in the kitchen. A water pipe ruptures. All of these occurrences need repair and cleanup, which SERVPRO specializes in. From water removal to restoration, you can count on us to restore the sparkle to your company after a mishap.

Industry Specialization. We are able to assist any company, having spent decades learning the ins and outs of each. We can help you with any highly specific or unusual cleaning and restoration needs your company may have. In many cases, we may even surround the workspace to prevent interfering with the usual operations of other areas.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

A Look at Spring Storms and Weather Events in the U.S. | SERVPRO® of Hershey/Swatara

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky" Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Hershey/Swatara is a click away if you experience any damage.

As one of the world’s biggest nations, the United States features a highly diverse climate across the board. As a consequence, seasonal weather in the United States is not one-size-fits-all—different parts of the country experience unique weather patterns, resulting in varying degrees of weather threats for different areas.

Let’s take a look at the weather patterns that may develop as spring approaches and warm and cold air masses mix throughout the country—as well as what we might expect here in Pennsylvania.

The Pacific Northwest’s spring months are prone to severe rain, which may cause floods and water damage. Snow will continue to build at higher altitudes, and the resulting melting and runoff may cause issues of its own.

The Upper Midwest and Northeast, including Pennsylvania, enjoy the longest winters and will have cold temperatures throughout the season. The Great Lakes’ lake effect snow poses a considerable challenge to our state’s northern area, which may get more than 100 inches of snow each year. From Maine to the Dakotas, folks can anticipate frigid weather, blizzards and heavy snow even until late spring or early summer.

The Southwest and southern West Coast, on the other hand, will need to be on the lookout for severe heat waves that may harm people and property. The South Pacific area, including Hawaii, will be on high alert for the risk of tectonic activity-caused tsunamis.

Windstorms, derechos and the possibility of wildfires, which can spread quickly when winds are strong and conditions are dry, will also be on the radar for the central United States, from Iowa to Texas. Tornado Alley, which is particularly prone to tornadoes, is a prominent component of this area.

Finally, we should anticipate a broad variety of severe weather occurrences in the Southeast, from thunderstorms and tornadoes in landlocked regions to early-season hurricanes along the coast later in the spring.

Extreme weather is a risk wherever you reside in the United States. While conditions differ by state, it never hurts to be aware of and prepared for extreme weather.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.