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Space Heater Safety Tips

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Electric Space Heater Upper Darby is here to minimize the effects of a fire on both your home and your life.

Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire hazards if not used properly. Fire hazards can be caused by space heaters without adequate safety features, space heaters placed near combustibles, or space heaters that are improperly plugged in.
 
Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters. Here are a few tips for keeping your home safe and warm when it’s cold outside:

  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

If a Space Heater Has Caused Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage to Your Property Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. These fire result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage

When a fire emergency happens, you need fire repair and restoration professionals to help you recover from the devastation and minimize further financial and material loss. As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

Does My Insurance Policy Cover Mold?

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Magnifying glass over a homeowner's insurance policy SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

After dealing with water damage in their homes, many homeowners discover they have a mold issue.  Unfortunately, homeowner’s insurance doesn’t always cover mold growth. To get full mold coverage, you may need individual mold insurance. Here’s what every homeowner should know about mold and insurance. 

Mold Is Not Covered in Standard Policies

If you purchased a standard insurance policy for your home, chances are that your insurance won’t cover the cost for repairs needed due to mold growth. Under a standard plan mold growth is consider to be a home maintenance issue, which these policies don’t cover. However, mold caused by an insurable peril, may be covered.

Secondary Mold May Be Covered

While most home insurance policies don’t cover the cost to get rid of mold when fungus is the primary problem, you may be covered if the mold is results from a different issue. For instance, if a pipe bursts in your home and causes mold growth, your homeowner’s insurance may cover the cost of repairs. 

Flood Insurance May Provide Coverage

Surprisingly, flooding caused by rain is not covered by standard homeowner’s insurance policies. If a storm causes mold in your home and you have flood insurance, the policy will likely pay out for mold removal.

You Can Prevent Mold Growth

The best strategy may be to prevent mold altogether. While this is not always possible, here are things you can do to guard your home against the fungus: 

  • Leave carpets out of the basement, bathrooms, and kitchen
  • Use bleach to clean your bathrooms
  • Use exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen
  • Clean gutters regularly

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

What Families Should Know About Winter Storms in Pennsylvania

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Female walking in a snow storm SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by winter storms

What Is a Winter Storm?

A winter storm is an event in which varieties of precipitation are formed that only occur at low temperatures, such as snow or sleet, or a rainstorm where ground temperatures are low enough to allow ice to form (i.e. freezing rain).

How Can I Prepare for a Winter Storm?

  • Sign up now to receive text messages and optional emergency alerts in our area. Stay tuned to local television or radio station or community alert system for emergency information.
  • Learn the winter storm risk in Pennsylvania.
  • Make sure your emergency survival kit is stocked with essential items and kept in an easily accessible location.
  • Fully charge portable electronic devices.
  • Service vehicles and snow removal equipment prior to winter storm season.
  • Fuel up vehicles and equipment for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.

What to Do During a Winter Storm Watch?

  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Listen to local radio, television, or a smart phone for updated emergency information.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Keep portable electronic devices charged.
  • Have a car charger available in case of a power outage.
  • Make sure pets and animals are safe.

What to Do During a Winter Storm?

A major winter storm can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures. People can become trapped at home, without utilities or other services. Heavy snowfall and blizzards can trap motorists in their cars. Attempting to walk for help can be a deadly decision.

  • Be aware of changing weather conditions.
  • Listen to local radio, television, or a smart phone for updated emergency information.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly during the storm.
  • Wearing layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing will keep you warmer than one bulky sweater.
  • Keep portable electronic devices charged.
  • If you lose electricity, do not use a generator indoors or in an enclosed space.

What to Do After a Winter Storm?

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations for updated information and instructions.
  • Follow forecasts and be prepared when venturing outside.
  • Help neighbors who may require special assistance.
  • Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved.
  • Avoid overexertion.

If your property has been damaged by cold weather or winter storms, call SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by winter storm. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Understanding Winter Weather Alerts in Delaware County

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Winter Weather Alerts and What They Mean

SERVPRO of Upper Darby understands bad weather and the affects it has on you and your property. When temperatures drop into a deep freeze we can get quite busy providing emergency water damage services due to frozen pipes. Add in the heavy winds Mother Nature throws into the already low temperatures and we get busier, faster!

A Winter Weather Event

Is a winter weather phenomenon (such as snow, sleet, ice and wind chill) that impacts public safety, transportation and/or commerce.  It typically occurs during the climatological winter season between October 15 and April 15.

Winter Weather Warnings, Watches and Advisories

Are issued by your local National Weather Service office.  Each office knows the local area and will issue Warnings, Watches or Advisories based on local criteria. 

So, What Do These Alerts Mean?

Weather Outlook

Winter weather that may cause significant impact in the 3 to 7 day forecast and eventually lead to the issuance of a watch or warning is contained in the Hazardous Weather Outlook.

Forecasts in the 3 to 7 day time period typically have a lot of forecast uncertainty.  Uncertainty is generally in the 30 to 50% range that the event will occur and reach warning criteria.  It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event.

Weather Advisory

Advisories are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence (generally greater than 80%).  An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property. 

Advisories are issued using the WSW Winter Weather Message product and will appear as a headline in some text products such as the Zone Forecast. 

Weather Watch

A watch is generally issued in the 24 to 72 hour forecast time frame when the risk of a hazardous winter weather event has increased (50 to 80% certainty that warning thresholds will be met).  It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. 

A watch is issued using the WSW Winter Weather Message product and will appear as a headline in some text products such as the Zone Forecast. 

Weather Warning

Warnings are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence (generally greater than 80%).  A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. 

Warnings are issued using the WSW Winter Weather Message product and will appear as a headline in some text products such as the Zone Forecast. 

Advisories: Be Aware

Winter Weather Advisories 

Are issued when a winter storm event (sleet, ice, snow, freezing rain, snow and blowing snow, or a combination of events) is expected to meet or exceed local winter weather advisory criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours but stay below warning criteria.

Criteria for Snow: 4 inches or more in 12 hours or less covering at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger advisory (i.e. 2 to 5 inches of snow = advisory).

Criteria for Ice: Any ice accumulation less than 1/2 inch over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Winter Weather Advisory can also be issued for black ice. This is optional.  Be prepared for winter driving conditions and possible travel difficulties.  Use caution when driving. 

Freezing Rain Advisories 

Are issued when light ice accumulation (freezing rain and/or freezing drizzle) is expected in the next 12 to 36 hours, (but will remain below 1/2 inch) for at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population and not reach warning criteria. 

Expect a glaze on roads resulting in hazardous travel.  Slow down and use caution while driving because even trace amounts of ice on the roads can be dangerous. 

Wind Chill Advisories 

Are issued when low wind chill temperatures are expected to meet or exceed local wind chill advisory criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours, but will not reach local warning criteria. Wind chill temperatures may reach or exceed -15°F.  Extremely cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chill readings. 

If you must venture outdoors, take precautions against frostbite and hypothermia. See the NWS Wind Chill Chart.

Lake Effect Snow Advisories 

Are issued for a lake effect snow event that is expected to meet or exceed local lake effect snow advisory criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours. Widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls, blowing snow or heavy snow showers which produce snowfall accumulating to 4 or more inches in 12 hours or less, but remain less than 7 inches and below warning criteria. Expect lake effect snow showers and assume travel will be difficult in some areas.  Lake effect snow usually develops in localized narrow bands which will be intense enough to produce several inches in a few areas with sudden restrictions in visibility and impacts a limited area within a county or forecast zone. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger advisory (i.e. 2 to 5 inches of snow = advisory).

Watches: Be Prepared

Blizzard Watches 

Are issued when conditions are favorable for a blizzard event in the next 24 to 72 hours. There is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph and extremely poor visibilities to less than a ¼ mile for 3 or more hours. 

This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous. 

Winter Storm Watches 

Are issued when conditions are favorable for a significant winter storm event (heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow and blowing snow or a combination of events.)  There is a potential to meet or exceed local winter storm warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.

Criteria For Snow: 7 inches or more in 12 hours or less; or 9 inches or more in 24 hours covering at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger a watch (i.e. 5 to 8 inches of snow = watch).

Criteria for Ice: 1/2 inch or more over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population.

Wind Chill Watches 

Are issued when Conditions are favorable for wind chill temperatures to meet or exceed local wind chill warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours. There is the potential for a combination of extremely cold air and strong winds to create dangerously low wind chill values. 

See the NWS Wind Chill Chart.  Wind chill temperatures may reach or exceed -25°F.

Lake Effect Snow Watches 

Are issued when conditions are favorable for a lake effect snow event to meet or exceed local lake effect snow warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.  Travel and commerce may be significantly affected. Widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls or heavy snow showers which produce snowfall accumulation to 7 or more inches in 12 hours or less. Lake effect snow usually develops in narrow bands and impacts a limited area within a county or forecast zone. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger a watch (i.e 5 to 8 inches of snow = watch).

Warnings: Take Action!

Blizzard Warnings 

Are issued when a blizzard event is imminent or expected in the next 12 to 36 hours and means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.  There is potential for frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds, frequently reducing visibility to less than ¼ mile for three hours or more.  May lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely difficult. 

Do not travel!  If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you.  If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle and wait for help to arrive. 

Winter Storm Warnings 

Are issued for a winter storm event (heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow and blowing snow or a combination of events) and is expected to meet or exceed local winter storm warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours.

Criteria For Snow: 7 inches or more in 12 hours or less; or 9 inches or more in 24 hours covering at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger warning (i.e. 5 to 8 inches of snow = warning).

Criteria for Ice: 1/2 inch or more over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations.  Delay your travel plans until conditions improve.

Ice Storm Warnings 

Are usually issued when there is an ice storm event is expected to meet or exceed local ice storm warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours.

Criteria for Ice: 1/2 inch or more over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population.

This amount of ice accumulation will make travel dangerous or impossible and likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches.  Travel is strongly discouraged. 

Wind Chill Warnings 

Are issued when wind chill temperatures are expected to meet or exceed local wind chill warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours and for a combination of very cold air and strong winds that will create dangerously low wind chill values. Wind chill temperatures may reach or exceed -25°F. This level of wind chill will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. 

Avoid going outdoors and wear warm, protective clothing if you must venture outside.  See the NWS Wind Chill Chart.

Lake Effect Snow Warnings 

Are issued when a lake effect snow event is expected to meet or exceed local lake effect snow warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours and widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls or heavy showers are expected to produce significant snowfall accumulation of 7 or more inches in 12 hours or less. Lake effect snow usually develops in narrow bands and impacts a limited area within a county or forecast zone. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger warning (i.e. 5 to 8 inches of snow = warning).

These bands can produce very heavy snow with sudden restrictions in visibility.  Driving conditions may become hazardous at times.

Have Storm Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storms. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

4 Ways To Reduce Christmas Tree Mold Levels

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas tree with a mushroom ornament Safe holidays are happy holidays!

Live Christmas trees may bring more than the fresh pine scent of the holiday season into homes.  With most trees cut in advance of the holidays and stored in a moist environment for fresh keeping, this makes them a likely mold source. 

Here are a few tips to help you cut the Christmas mold level in your home, without giving up the fresh tree:

Limit the Time You Leave Your Tree Up

The longer the tree is inside of your home, the higher the mold level may be.  If those in your household are prone to mold allergies, but don’t want to give up the fresh Christmas tree, consider putting the tree up Christmas Eve and taking it down on New Year’s Day.  Try to keep a live tree in your home between 4-7 days at maximum.

Wash Your Tree

Before bringing the freshly cut tree inside of your home, wash it first using the garden hose.  Set the nozzle to a hard-spray level to get into all of those little nooks and crannies of the trunk.  Then, wipe the trunk thoroughly with a solution of warm water and bleach (1 part bleach to 20 parts water).  Let it dry in the sun before bringing it inside of your home.

Use an Air Purifier

Run an air purifier in the same room as the fresh tree.  Cleaner air is key during the holidays, and helps to reduce your mold exposure and lessen the effects of your tree allergies.

Go Fake

The best way to avoid the mold infestation is to buy an artificial tree.  Unless you store your artificial tree inside of a sealed plastic bag, it will still need a good shaking outside when it’s brought out of storage each year to relieve it of dust.  Also, store all of your Christmas ornaments and decorations in plastic containers (instead of cardboard ones) to keep the dust off of them.

If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Upper Darby – (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. We can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

The Importance of a Business Continuity Plan

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Business man SERVPRO of Upper Darby will respond immediately to the storm or flood event affecting your commercial property, regardless of the size or scope of the

Storm damage can wreak havoc on your business. Not only can it result in extensive and expensive property damage, but it can also disrupt your operations, especially if all or part of your building is rendered unsafe.

While you can’t control Mother Nature—or the damage your building may sustain—you can reduce the financial impact a flood or storm has on your business. You have insurance to cover property damage and lost equipment, but insurance does not cover lost profits or replace lost customers. Be proactive by following these simple steps before a disaster strikes:

  • Perform a business impact analysis. Identify critical business functions and processes, and make note of the resources necessary to support them.
  • Put together a business continuity team. People are your most valuable resources. For your continuity plan to be successful, you must have the right people to carry it out. Select members of your team who are most likely to successfully manage a business disruption.
  • Train your team. You never know how people will react in the face of disaster. The best way to prepare everyone for a hiccup is to train them for one.

If your business suffers a major loss, call (610) 352-0700.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

How to Winterize Your Home on a Budget

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

House and yard covered in snow As storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly.

Winterization is the process of preparing a home for the harsh conditions of winter. It is usually performed in the fall before snow and excessive cold have arrived. Stay warm, save money and prevent damage to your home from the cold and snow with these simple winterization tips.

Clean Your Gutters

Clear leafs, tree branches and debris from your gutters. Failure to do so can result in leaks and the overflow of water whenever rain falls or snow melts. Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later. 

The benefits of cleaning your gutters before winter will help you avoid the unfortunate event of your basement being flooded with water, rotted fascia boards, cracked walkways or patios and many other potential areas of damage.

Cost: Other than your sweat and time, free.

Flush the Water Heater

Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater, hindering the unit's efficiency. Flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep your heater functioning at its best. 

Cost: 100% free if you do it yourself!

Replace Filters

Well-oiled, clean HVAC machinery uses less energy and provides more effective heating and cooling than dirty equipment. A dirty filter will restrict airflow through the heating or cooling system.

Throughout the winter, evaluate the filters monthly and replace them if there's any accumulation of debris. Furnaces and heat pumps are operating constantly to stay ahead of the cold, circulating more air through the filter, leaving behind ample dust and debris to coat the filter. 

Cost: $20 to $35 for a pack of filters.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat relieves homeowners of that responsibility, enabling them to configure a heating and cooling cycle that corresponds to their daily schedules. The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home's temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat to save money by keeping the temp down when you're not at home. 

Cost: prices vary from basic versions $35 to $60 to smart-home options in the $100 to $200 range.

Clockwise Ceiling Fans

Set your ceiling fans to move in a clockwise direction. The gentle updraft pushes warm air, which naturally rises to the ceiling, down along the walls and back to the floor. Homeowners who use ceiling fans during the winter can save as much as 15 percent on heating bills.

Cost: free if you have a fan.

Winterize Your Pipes

When water freezes, it expands. So if the temperature of your pipes drops below 32 degrees, even for a short period, you run the risk of a pipe fracture or worse. Take precautions now to avoid a major water damage. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes.

Cost: Pipe Sleeve $5 to $12 per sleeve; Insulation Tape $10 per pack;  Heat Cable $20 to $150 depending on length

Window Insulation Film

Window insulation film is a plastic film which can be applied to glass windows to reduce heat transfer. Window insulation film can keep up to 70% of heat from leaking out of the windows.

Cost: $5 to $15 per kit.

Weatherstripping

Place weatherstripping along doorjambs, and in the gaps between windows and sashes, to keep the chilly breezes out and the heat in. Weatherstripping can save you up to 20 percent on your heating bill. Choose a type of weatherstripping that will withstand the friction, weather, temperature changes, and wear and tear associated with its location. 

Cost: $5 to $10 per roll.

Draft Guards

In a drafty room, heat escapes under the door. A Draft Guard is a flexible, rubber strip that seals the gap at the bottom of the door to keep out drafts and prevent heat loss.

Cost: $10 to $20 or free if you place a rolled towel at the bottom of the door.  

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation slows the spread of heat, cold, and sound in structures. The material does this by trapping pockets of air, keeping rooms warm in the winter. For maximum heat retention, pack fiberglass insulation around basement doors, windows in unused rooms, and window AC units. Make sure your attic floor is insulated to stop heat from escape through the attic as it rises! 

 Cost: around $25 per roll.

Caulking

Any remaining gaps in siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation. 

Cost: $10 for a caulk gun and less than $5 for a tube of caulk.

Chimney Balloon

A chimney balloon is a balloon made of special heat reactive, durable material. Its purpose is to block the opening of a chimney that is not in use. If you do not regularly use your fireplace, a chimney balloon is the ideal solution to stop chimney drafts and save energy.

Cost: $25 to $60 depending on the size of the balloon.

Have Winter Storm Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby Today (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Cleaning Tips to Help Prepare Your Commercial Property for the Upcoming Winter

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow cleaning in progress sign in a commercial building Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Upper Darby

There’s no better time to make a cleaning and maintenance plans for this fall and the coming winter than now.  SERVPRO of Upper Darby offers these commercial property cleaning tips to help you get started on the seasonal transition.

Carpet Cleaning

Many facilities delay cleaning carpets before and during the winter months. This can be a mistake as the carpets can become saturated with contaminants and impact indoor environmental quality. 

Clean & Recoat Hard Flooring

Floors take a beating during adverse weather conditions. Scrub hard flooring, especially entry floors, to remove soils and recoat to give the floor added protection.

Repair Floor Defects

Repairing floor defects will prevent soils and ice melt from becoming trapped in chips, cracks, crevices, etc.

Floor Mats

Place 15 feet of matting inside each entrance to capture ice melt, salt and sand before it is tracked throughout the facility.

Restrooms

Cleaning professionals often develop cleaning habits, especially in restrooms. Seasonal transitions call for taking a fresh look at restroom cleaning procedures and adopting some new technologies, products and methods where appropriate.

Air Ducts & HVAC Cleaning

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect and clean the ductwork of your commercial property.

HEPA Filters

An easy way to remember when to clean or change HEPA filters is by changing them when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends.

Commercial Cleaning Professionals

While all the above are useful tips in keeping your office or commercial building clean and tidy they can take up valuable time you simply aren’t able to fit into your working day. Hiring the commercial cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby ensures you can concentrate on more pressing matters, yet still boast a clean, clutter free office space.

For More Information on Commercial Cleaning Services, Call Us Today – (610) 352-0700

Why SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can rely on SERVPRO of Upper Darby to make your workspace look its very best.

Our commercial cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your business, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable working environment for you and your employees.

Cooking Fire Safety Tips You Can Be Thankful For

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving turkey on fire Cooking Fire Putting A Damper On Your Holiday Fun? Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby – (610) 352-0700

Thanksgiving is the nation’s leading day for cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number of cooking fires on Thanksgiving is three times as high as on any other day of the year.

In addition to the hazards posed by stovetops, turkey fryers contribute to the elevated fire risk. When following a few basic precautions, preventing a cooking fires is simple. Remember, while you should always have a fire-extinguisher nearby and know how to use it, don’t delay calling 9-1-1. Ideally, use the extinguisher immediately, as someone else calls 9-1-1.

Turkey Fryers

Turkey fryers should never be used indoors, in the garage or on a covered patio because of the fire hazard. Many turkey fires occur while the oil is being heated. Since most fryers do not have automatic thermostatic controls, oil may heat until it catches fire. Fryers can easily tip over, spilling scalding hot oil, leading to fires, burns or other injuries. The sides, lids, and handles get extremely hot and may cause burns.

Turkey Frying Safety Tips:

  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Do not overfill the fryer with oil. Before filling the fryer with oil, test it out with water. Place the turkey inside and then fill it with water until the bird is submerged. Mark the water line on the fryer so you will know how much oil to put in the fryer.
  • Completely thaw the turkey.
  • Only use the oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Allow at least two feet of space between the liquid propane tank and the fryer burner.
  • Potholders or oven mitts should be well-insulated; wear safety goggles to protect eyes from oil splatter.
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn OFF the gas supply.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.

Stovetops and Ovens

It’s easy to become distracted when preparing several dishes at once while also trying to entertain guests. Cooking fires can easily be prevented by following a few simple precautions:

  • Clean your stove and oven. Remove food and grease buildup from burners, stovetop and oven.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Stay in the home when cooking a turkey, set a timer, and check on it frequently.
  • Have a flame-resistant oven mitt, potholder or lid nearby to smother any flames.
  • If you have an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.

Cooking Fire Putting A Damper On Your Holiday Fun? Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby – (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. SERVPRO of Upper Darby is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

‘Tis the Season – For Flu!

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Female holding a tissue to her nose with flu virus in the air SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s cleaning specialist shares commonsense precautions to help control spread of the flu virus

Commonsense Precautions to Help Control Spread of the Flu Virus

Flu season is here. The cleaning pros at SERVPRO of Upper Darby—experts in cleaning and sanitizing—remind New Castle County home and business owners how important it is to step-up routine cleaning efforts during this time of year. The flu virus can remain viable on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched minimizes the likelihood of contacting the flu virus when you touch an infected surface.

According to the CDC, nearly 15% of the U.S. population suffered from the flu in 2018. More than 950,000 people were hospitalized and almost 80,000 people died from flu complications, making 2018 the most severe flu season since 2009.

Protect Yourself From the Contracting the Flu

The CDC recommends the following to help protect yourself or your loved ones from contracting the flu.

  1. Get vaccinated. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important protection against this serious virus.
  2. Thoroughly wash your hands (20 seconds or more with soap and water) or sanitize them frequently throughout the day, even if you are not infected, to help protect yourself and others.
  3. Beware of frequently touched surfaces, like handrails and doorknobs. Keep them clean at home using a bleach and water solution and clean your hands as soon as possible if you must touch them in public.

Control the Spread of the Flu

If you or a family member comes down with the flu despite these precautions, keep in mind the flu spreads primarily through droplets from a sick person when they cough, sneeze, or talk. With that in mind, the CDC offers the following guidelines to help control the spread of the disease:

  1. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue and clean your hands with soap or a sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol.
  2. Stay home and keep your distance. Infected droplets from a sick person’s nose or mouth can travel up to six feet and land in the noses and mouths of people nearby, exposing them to the illness.
  3. Wait until you are fever free – without medications – for at least 24 hours before returning to school, work, or normal activities.
  4. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated

There is no such thing as a foolproof flu protection plan but frequent hand-washing and conscientious cleaning practices at home, work, and in the community are precautions everyone can practice to help keep them and their loved ones healthy.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

As an emergency response company, SERVPRO of Upper Darby understands the hidden danger of contaminated surfaces in a workplace or home. This time of year, the flu virus can be a hidden danger at home, at work, and in the community. It is a serious illness that should be taken seriously.

With advanced technology and techniques, SERVPRO of Upper Darby can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices. For more information on SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s cleaning services, please contact us at (610) 352-0700