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Fire

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

It is very easy to forget that you left the iron on went to bed with a lit candle and forgot but house fires should be taken very seriously. No one knows that more than SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County. We know the process to get you back on your feet can be tough not to mention the danger it brings to you and your family. 

Here are some tips to prevent a common house fire.

  1. Stay in the kitchen. Don't leave a hot cooking surface unattended. 
  2. Check the dryer. 
  3. Maintain electrical cords. 
  4. Know your shutoffs. 
  5. Store flammable products properly. 
  6. Be careful with candles. 
  7. Be a conscientious smoker. 
  8. Use the fireplace responsibly.

Fires start very easy and can you guess the most common way?

Appliances, Heaters, & Children Playing with Fire

Other common causes of home fires include overuse of appliances, home heating systems, and children playing with fire. Faulty or over-used appliances can easily cause a fire with just a few sparks.

Take this advice and use this information as a learning experience.

We are here to help and can help you with a call to us!

Storm Damage

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage can strike your commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless of if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, SERVPRO of Allentown Central and Western Lehigh County Franchise Professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.

Here are some tips:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

Fire Tips

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

It is very easy to forget that you left the iron on went to bed with a lit candle and forgot but house fires should be taken very seriously. No one knows that more than SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County. We know the process to get you back on your feet can be tough not to mention the danger it brings to you and your family. 

Here are some tips to prevent a common house fire.

  1. Stay in the kitchen. Don't leave a hot cooking surface unattended. 
  2. Check the dryer. 
  3. Maintain electrical cords. 
  4. Know your shutoffs.
  5. Store flammable products properly.
  6. Be careful with candles. 
  7. Be a conscientious smoker. 
  8. Use the fireplace responsibly.

Fires start very easy and can you guess the most common way?

Appliances, Heaters, & Children Playing with Fire

Other common causes of home fires include overuse of appliances, home heating systems, and children playing with fire. Faulty or over-used appliances can easily cause a fire with just a few sparks.

Where are home fires most likely to start? Home fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in the home. The second leading cause of home fires are heating sources like wood stoves, and fireplaces. Fires caused by smoking are the leading cause of deaths.

Take this advice and use this information as a learning experience.

Safety Tips

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Within the past couple of months in the Lehigh Valley, we have experienced flooding. Floods can happen at anytime, and be caused from a variety of circumstances. Whether it's from all the rain we have been getting, or from an inside source in the building. SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County wants to provide a list of safety tips for before, during, and after a flood.

Before

  • Make sure any cracks or openings to the building are sealed securely.
  • Clean out all gutters, drains, and downspouts.
  • If there is a sump pump in the building, make sure it is working properly, and have an automatic secondary backup.  Sump Pump failure is one of the biggest causes of floods in basements.
  • Create an emergency plan with a designated meeting place.

During

  • Move any valuables or items that you don't want damaged to a higher area.
  • Shut off electrical, furnace, gas and water, and disconnect appliances if safe.
  • If serious enough not only move items to raised area, but move yourself to higher ground or evacuate the building safely. 
  • Always remain calm and listen for any updates if the flooding is serious enough
  • If you are driving never drive through moving water.  Although you think you can make it, water is much stronger than you think. 

After

  • Clean, disinfect and dry every flood-contaminated room.
  • Look for signs of mold contamination.
  • Keep fans running to dry affected areas
  • Remove pooled water and damaged materials
  • Report the damage to your insurance provider and local municipality.

Hopefully these tips will help you stay safe when floods do occur. Don't forget that you can count on SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County to be there to help with all the after affect cleanup. After the water damage, we will remove any standing water, properly drying the damaged areas and making sure no mold begins to grow.

Who cleans up a crime scene? We do!

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Our team are trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and take proper procedures for removal and disposal. 

From sewage backups to crime scenes, SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County can help you. 

Why chose SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County? 

We provide 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

We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. Call us at 610-776-7774.

Storms

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

When you think of storms you might think of rain, however strong winds can easily knock down power lines and cause fires that can destroy homes and make life difficult. You cant always plan for when disasters will strike, but you can be prepared for what to do after your home or business has been affected by storm damage. At SERVPRO of Carbon County we want you to know that we have years of experience in cleaning up messes that a storm can leave behind. Whether your house is flooded from heavy rains or there's a hole in your roof from a tree falling down we have the equipment and expert man power for the job. We can handle all of your problems and needs quickly and thoroughly to ensure that your normal life whether at home or at your business is back up and running.

Storm Damage - Tips

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

As we experienced flooding in the past couple of weeks, you might have flooding in your home. It is important to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County to properly clean up your property. In the meantime, here are some tips to keep in mind when flooding occurs in your home.

If you are using a generator, always leave it outside of the home. As you may know, generators use gases that can be extremely dangerous to expose yourself or your family to. In addition, you do not want to leave a generator outside of an open window, as the fumes can still come into the home.

After a flood, your drinking well water may have been contaminated with waterborne pathogens. Do not drink or cook with this water if it is contaminated.

The Power of Bubbles!

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Restoring your belongings is now faster, easier and more effective with the ultrasonic deep cleaning machine. At SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County, we have a Morantz SM-200 Ultrasonic Cleaning Machine. 

This machine is used to clean metals, glass, rubber, ceramics, hard plastic and so much more. Now you are probably wondering...how? The answer is by using high-frequency sound waves, which are transmitted through liquid, generating microscopic bubbles to dislodge contaminants. In other words, the power of bubbles. 

Our staff is highly trained to use this machine to restore your personal belongings. 

We use this machine for the following:

  • Window Blinds
  • Contents Restoration
  • Medical
  • Electronics
  • Parts
  • Musical Instruments

We have the equipment and trained staff to help you! We can help you for your next water, fire, mold and biohazard.

Water Tips

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding can leave you feeling stressed and not knowing what to do in the moment. We have some do's and don'ts for you in the event of water due to flooding. 

Don't: 

  • Attempt to enter the flood water prematurely. 
  • Ignore standing water in the hope that it will recede on its own. 
  • Assume a dry basement is safe.

Do: 

  • Call your insurance provider immediately. 
  • Call SERVPRO of Allentown and Western Lehigh County with 24/7 emergency service, we're always here to help. 

If water occurs, it is important to call us as soon as possible. The longer the water remains in your home, the more damage it will cause. This is why we offer 24/7 emergency service and can respond quickly. 

Fire Tips

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know if you do not maintain your dryer properly, it can be a potiential fire hazard. Here are some of our tips to keep your family safe.

  • Have a professional install and repair the dryer
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter
  • Always clean the lint filter before/after loads
  • Clean any loose or accumulating lint in and around the drum
  • Rigid or flexible metal should be used in venting for proper use and drying for the dryer
  • If clothing takes longer than usual check the vent pipe for any possible blockages
  • Never leave a dryer left on during the night while sleeping or when away from your home

These are great tips to follow and a great way to prevent fire happening in the home.  Although it is our job to help mitigate and restore after a fire.  SERVPRO of Western Lehigh County would much rather have everyone be safe and not see someone have to deal with fire damage.