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Conquer The Clutter In Your Home

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Conquer The Clutter In Your Home SERVPRO of Upper Darby have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service

Trying to tackle a mountain of junk cluttering your home can be overwhelming. But like with most things in life, the hardest part is getting started. 

The 5 Box Method

With this simple-to-follow method and a little willpower, it is possible to conquer the clutter in your home. Start by finding 5 boxes and label them with these 5 categories:

KEEP

This box is for the items that you need or use on a regular basis. Only keep what you have a place for – A place for everything, everything in it’s place. If you do not have a place for all of these items, go back through and reassess your need for each item. If needed, create a storage solution that fits the space without clutter.

DONATE

Think about how someone else might get use out of these items versus the use it gets in your home buried in cabinets or closets. These items should be in good condition and worth giving to your favorite charity.

SELL

These items should be in good condition and worth more than it would cost to organize the sale. If you know you’re unlikely to get around to it – DONATE IT!

STORE

These are the items that you do not use regularly but cannot part with. Only keep what you have the available storage space for.

TRASH

These are the items you do not need or want, and do not meet the selling or donating standards. Damaged and broken items should be trashed. Do not hold on to items you know you will never get around to fixing, selling or donating.

The Method

Work room by room and focus on one item at a time and determine its proper place. When you come to a stopping point, be sure to throw out the trash immediately. Close up the storage boxes and place the donate/sell boxes in the garage, or out of sight.

RETALTED ARTICLES:  Stopping Hoarding Before It Starts

SERVPRO’s Residential Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Residential Cleaning Services Include:

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

How to Manage Spring Storm Damage

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Springtime is the right time for gardening, outdoor events, and damaging storms. Spring storms can wreak havoc on your property and enjoyment of the warmer season. Take matters into your own hands to prevent storm damage to your home, and be sure to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Darby when needed.

Prepare For Significant Rainfall

Storms can bring a significant rainfall which can quickly result in floods. Whether you have a sump pump, French Drain, or central drains, be sure to check them often and schedule routine maintenance.

Tree Maintenance

Take a look at yours and your neighbor’s trees for any suspicious limbs. These include branches that appear to be decaying, ones that are too close to power lines, and ones that are too close to your home.

Use Your Landscaping To Your Advantage

Once you know your house well, you’ll likely know the areas of your yard more prone to puddling and run off. Use landscaping to your advantage by planting wet-footed plants or installing confined pea gravel, or placing splash blocks to redirect gutter flow.

Know Before You Go

Prior to leaving your house, check the forecast and plan accordingly. If storms are in the forecast, close windows, secure pots and planters, close umbrellas, and stack or tie down patio furniture.

Prepare Your Basement

Make sure anything stored in the basement is kept at least 4 inches off the ground (especially irreplaceable items like photographs and mementos). Check your basement often for water or mold accumulation.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO of Upper Darby has experience restoring homes affected by storm and flooding. 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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (610) 352-0700

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Fire Damage Restoration Service - Water Damage Restoration Service - Water Removal -  Flood Damage Service - Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - Mold Remediation Service - Bio-hazard Cleanup - Suicide & Crime Cleanup - Board-up and Roof Tarping

Stopping Hoarding Before It Starts

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Stopping Hoarding Before It Starts SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

You may have seen a popular cable show about people’s whose “pack-rat” behavior got far out of hand. Sadly, hoarding is much more serious than an evening TV show makes it out to be, and it can have devastating consequences on a person’s life and the life of their loved ones.

Are You a Hoarder OR Do You Just Need Some Extra Time To Declutter Your Home?

Hoarding disorder is characterized by the persistent difficulty discarding of or parting with possessions, regardless of their value. The behavior can have harmful effects—emotional, physical, social, financial, and even legal—for the person suffering from the disorder and family members. Individuals who hoard, accumulate a large number of possessions that often fill up or clutter active living areas of the home or workplace to the extent that their intended use is no longer possible.

While some people who hoard may not be particularly distressed by their behavior, their behavior can be distressing to other people, such as family members or landlords. If you think you have a real hoarding problem, reach out to a qualified therapist for.

You Are Probably Not A Hoarder

The good news is, you are probably not a hoarder, but you may have some hoarding tendencies. Here are some tips to help with these tendencies:

Start Slow

Don't go through your home and throw everything into the dumpster at once. This may lead to strong feelings of regret and anxiety; rather, go through one small space or collection each week.

Handle Objects Only Once 

Take the time to make a decision about an item in the present so you don't have to handle it again and again each time you decide to get organized.

Scale Down Collections 

If you've kept all of your childhood report cards, choose to save 1-2 and toss the rest. A great tip submitted by a reader of this site: try framing or displaying one item from a collection so it's special, and then consign, donate, or recycle the rest.

Put It In A Box 

If you cannot decide to toss or keep an item, put it in a box for 6 months. If you don't open the box before then, you can let it go without regret. This is a great idea for people who hoard items like magazines, travel toiletries and newspaper clippings.

Toss Un-Used Items 

Owning a book about gardening does not make you a person who gardens and buying "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and never cracking the book or trying one of the recipes doesn't mean you're a cook. Resist the urge to buy tokens of a new hobby until you are actively participating in that hobby.

Consider Consignment

It's much easier to get rid of an item if you know it's going to a good home. If donating isn't a good option for you, think seriously about consignment. This way you're getting some money back for the item.

Hoarding Cleanup

Not every disaster to strike a home comes from the weather, or a fire started in the home. Hoarding is an increasing problem for many families that require a professional cleaning and restoration service. 

Cleaning up after a hoarder is not a quick process, but at SERVPRO of Upper Darby, we try to make it as simple and empathetic as possible to everyone. If you need help returning your, or someone else’s home to a livable condition, contact us at (610) 352-0700 today.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Why Do You Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration After A Fire?

5/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Do You Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration After A Fire? Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (610) 352-0700

Fire damage to your home can be traumatic. In addition to the destruction from heat, your property and belongings can be damaged by smoke and soot. Smoke particles can coat walls, ceilings, and almost any surface and cause permanent damage if not cleaned quickly and efficiently.
 
The particles in the smoke contain unburned carbon that can be difficult to remove after a fire. Furthermore, not all particles are alike, and it takes a multi-step process to eliminate them. It’s a job for professionals who have years of training and expertise in fire damage restoration. Here are some strategies that professionals use get rid of smoke and soot damage from your property. 

Strategies Are Developed Based On The Type Of Smoke Residue 

Once at a fire scene, SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s certified fire restoration professional will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Cleaning procedures will be based on the information identified during fire damage pretesting.

Types of smoke residue (soot) include:

  • Wet Smoke Residues - Result from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are sticky, smeary and with pungent odors.  Smoke webs can be difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke Residues - Result from fast burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, non-smeary smoke particles.
  • Protein Residues - Virtually invisible residues that discolor paint and varnishes.  Extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot - Furnace puffbacks distribute fuel oil soot.
  • Other Types of Residues - Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residues also need cleanup.

Deodorizing

Smoke and soot pose another challenge during the restoration process—the odor. If proper precautions are not used during restoration, the odor can linger long after the fire. SERVPRO of Upper Darby technicians use Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers, heat foggers, deodorizing beads, and other methods to combat odors. Our technicians have years of experience in managing odors after fires of all sizes. We get your home smelling like home again in no time. 

Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby at (610) 352-0700 today to talk to one of our fire restoration experts.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

What Happens During and After A Fire In Your Home?

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Happens During and After A Fire In Your Home? Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby – (610) 352-0700

Fire damage can be a devastating experience for any property owner. A fire can destroy your property and its contents. Understanding the theory of fire can help you work through this unfortunate event.

Three components can wreak havoc on your property during and after a fire incident—fire, smoke, and heat. All of these components can cause a different type of damage, and the restorability depends on which component has caused the most damage.

Fire and Heat

Fire and heat are the most devastating component of a house fire. The heat generated during the fire can cause extensive damage to the non-combustible material in your home as well. In many cases, the material that is entirely or partially damaged in a fire needs to be replaced during the restoration process.

Smoke and Soot Residues 

Smoke and soot arise if there is an imbalance in the three ingredients (fuel, oxygen, and heat) required for burning. In an ideal situation, the burning material combines with the oxygen to generate heat and carbon dioxide, and there is no smoke or soot residue. However, during a house fire, the conditions are far from ideal. As the oxygen supply is not optimal during a house fire—and as the types of fuel available vary greatly—the material burns incompletely and generates smoke.  Smoke contains a variety of components, including suspended particles, gasses, and aerosols. As the smoke particles are microscopic (about 0.1 to 4 microns in size), they can penetrate porous surfaces such as drywall and fabric and cause discoloration and odors. Once these particles settle on surfaces, it is called soot, which can be challenging to clean and can cause extensive damage to your house and belongings. SERVPRO of Upper Darby technicians are IICRC certified and have years of experience in handling almost any type of smoke and soot residue. Hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, thermal foggers, and HEPA and carbon-filter air scrubbers are key weapons in our arsenal to combat odors and floating particulates.  

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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.Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources

Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process

Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby today at (610) 352-0700 for your fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration services.   

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s  certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

4/28/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) SERVPRO of Upper Darby is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Learn About the Hazardous Waste in Your Home

EPA considers some leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic as household hazardous waste. Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when you dispose of them.

Safe Management of HHW

To avoid the potential risks associated with household hazardous wastes, it is important that people always monitor the use, storage, and disposal of products with potentially hazardous substances in their homes. Improper disposal of HHW can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the regular trash.

The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Certain types of HHW have the potential to cause physical injury to sanitation workers, contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets. They can also present hazards to children and pets if left around the house.

Safely Handle Household Hazardous Wastes

  • Follow any instructions for use and storage provided on product labels carefully to prevent any accidents at home.
  • Be sure to read product labels for disposal directions to reduce the risk of products exploding, igniting, leaking, mixing with other chemicals, or posing other hazards on the way to a disposal facility.
  • Never store hazardous products in food containers; keep them in their original containers and never remove labels. Corroding containers, however, require special handling. Call your local hazardous materials official or fire department for instructions.
  • When leftovers remain, never mix HHW with other products. Incompatible products might react, ignite, or explode, and contaminated HHW might become unrecyclable.
  • Check with your local environmental, health or solid waste agency for more information on HHW management options in your area.
    • If your community doesn’t have a year-round collection system for HHW, see if there are any designated days in your area for collecting HHW at a central location to ensure safe management and disposal.
    • If your community has neither a permanent collection site nor a special collection day, you might be able to drop off certain products at local businesses for recycling or proper disposal. Some local garages, for example, may accept used motor oil for recycling. Check around.
  • Remember, even empty containers of HHW can pose hazards because of the residual chemicals that might remain so handle them with care also.

Reducing HHW in Your Home

Consider reducing your purchase of products that contain hazardous ingredients. Learn about the use of alternative methods or products, without hazardous ingredients, for some common household needs. When shopping for items such as multipurpose household cleaners, toilet cleaners, laundry detergent, dish soap, dishwashing machine pods and gels, bug sprays and insect pest control, consider shopping for environmentally friendly, natural products or search online for simple recipes you can use to create your own.

Below are some ideas to get you started. Additional information is available from EPA's Safer Choice program.

Hazardous Waste Source Reduction Around the Home

Drain Cleaner

Use a plunger or plumber's snake.

Glass Cleaner

Mix one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in one quart of water. Spray on and use newspaper to dry.

Furniture Polish

Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice in one pint of mineral or vegetable oil and wipe furniture.

Rug Deodorizer

Liberally sprinkle carpets with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes and vacuum. Repeat if necessary.

Mothballs

Use cedar chips, lavender flowers, rosemary, mints or white peppercorns.

Silver Polish

Boil two to three inches of water in a shallow pan with one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of baking soda and a sheet of aluminum foil. Totally submerge silver and boil for two to three more minutes. Wipe away tarnish and repeat if necessary.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

How to Avoid Mold Growth in Your Bathroom

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Avoid Mold Growth in Your Bathroom SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Bathroom Cleaning Routine That Will Help You Avoid Mold Growth

Bathrooms are the least favorite room for homeowners to clean. However, dust, dirt, grime, and moisture sitting on your bathroom surfaces can lead to mold and mildew. So, why avoid the cleanup and put your family’s health at risk? Bathrooms should be cleaned weekly, but there’s also little things that can be done daily that can help make that weekly cleanup seem less daunting.

Daily Bathroom Cleaning Routine:

  • After a shower, squeegee your tiles to remove the excess water
  • Keep the shower stall door or curtains open after a shower for at least 10 minutes to help exhaust the humidity that has built up inside
  • Close the shower curtains afterwards to help dry them so moisture doesn’t get trapped when they are bunched up when closed
  • Empty garbage bins every other day. Think of what gets thrown out: wet naps, damp paper towels, Kleenexes, tissue paper, etc. After a few days, your garbage bin can start to get musty and moldy
  • Hang towels right away after a bath or shower. Leaving them on the floor can lead to musty odors
  • Run your exhaust fans or open windows during your shower and keep them open/on afterwards for at least 20 minutes

Weekly Bathroom Cleaning Routine:

As a result, the main objective is to keep moisture levels to a minimum 

  • Toilet bowls
  • Shower head; build-up can occur causing mold and clogging, preventing you from having a relaxing shower experience.
  • Counters and sinks
  • Walls and floors; dust, grime, hair is mold food when left on surfaces for too long
  • Shower mats
  • Replace hand and bath towels with fresh, clean linens
  • Mirrors
  • Door handles, faucets can hold onto bacteria

If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA – (610) 352-0700

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact -  (610) 352-0700
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself with the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.

Related Mold Services

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

Fire Damage Emergency Tips

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Emergency Tips SERVPRO of Upper Darby is here to minimize the effects of a fire on both your home and your life.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire damage and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

  • After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:
  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby - (610) 352-0700

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT to Do After a Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

What is a Biohazard?

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard What is a Biohazard? SERVPRO of Upper Darby provides cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations

Biological Hazards and How SERVPRO of Upper Darby Can Help

Biological hazards, also known as biohazards, refer to biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms – primarily that of humans.  This can include samples of microorganism, virus or toxin (from a biological source) that can affect human health.  It can also include substances harmful to other animals.

Examples of biohazards include:

  • Human or animal blood.
  • Human or animal waste and body fluids.
  • Deceased animals.
  • Human remains.
  • Used intravenous needles/syringes.
  • Medical waste (used bandages, etc.).
  • Rotting food.

All of these substances can harbor bacteria (like E. coli) and viruses (like hepatitis and HIV) that can cause disease in humans and animals.  Biohazards may enter the body and cause damage if they are inhaled through breathing, ingested through swallowing or absorbed through breaks in the skin.

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.  A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments.  SERVPRO of Upper Darby is trained to safely remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.  Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services? Call Us Today – (610) 352-0700

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional.  Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Upper Darby Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO of Upper Darby realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure.  We follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby provides cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Why Choose SERVPRO of Upper Darby?

SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

Tips to Keeping Mud Out of Your House During the Rainy Weather

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tips to Keeping Mud Out of Your House During the Rainy Weather SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

Designate just one or two entrances for muddy feet and paws.

The first step in keeping mud out of your house during wet weather is to limit the number of places where it can be tracked inside.

Use your mud room, or create one.

The whole purpose of this room is to provide a space between the oh-so-dirty outside world and the indoor living spaces in your home.  If you do not currently have one, it is time to make one. Any spot without carpet at an exterior entrance will do, but it is usually most convenient if it is located in a garage or laundry room

Use a mat-and-rug system at every entrance.

Every entrance needs a mat on the outside and a rug on the inside. The outside mat should be a bristly or rubber mat that will trap or scrape off mud. Just inside each of your doors, you should have a washable rug.

Teach your dogs and children to stay on the rugs.

Once you have your mat-and-rug system in place, teach your children and dogs to stop on the rug and stay there until you have had time to remove muddy shoes or wipe muddy paws.

Keep muddy shoes off of your floors.

A boot tray is a simple, inexpensive solution for muddy boots and shoes and can be placed on a porch or in your mud room by the door.

Keep towels by the door.

Keep a basket of clean towels in your mud room or by your designated entrance. This will ensure that a towel is always handy when you need to dry off a wet child or wipe muddy paws.

Residential Cleaning Services

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Upper Darby has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO of Upper Darby as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO of Upper Darby is locally owned and operated, and serves Wayne, Radnor Township, Villanova, St. Davids, Ardmore Park, Haverford Township, Havertown, Upper Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne, Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, and the surrounding Delaware County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialist are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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