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Cold Temps=Cold Pipes

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Give your pipes a helping hand this winter season.

If your pipes run through a cabinet or vanity open the doors to give your pipes some warmth from the warm temperature of the room. If there is no doors to open, just leave the water trickle from the faucet. The cost of the water running is a LOT lower then the cost of a frozen pipe being repaired. 

If you would forget to leave the water trickle or a door open, here is what you can do to thaw the pipe.  

Turn off the main shut-off valve. Use warm air from a hair dryer or space heater to melt the water frozen inside the pipe. NEVER leave the space heater unattended. After the pipe is thawed slowly turn the main shut-off back on. When the water is running throw the pipe check for any cracks or leaks which could of been caused by the freezing. 

If you have a burst pipe, shut off your water and give us a call! We are here to help!

SERVPRO Helps Clean Up After Fire in Manheim

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Helps Clean Up After Fire in Manheim This damage was caused by a grease fire.

Nobody ever plans for a fire, but when one does happen, SERVPRO is here to help!

This loss was caused by a grease fire in a kitchen. Now, our natural instinct would be to use water for any fire, but avoid this practice with grease fires! This will just make matters worse.

Grease fires are caused when the cooking oil gets to hot and catches on fire. If you should find yourself in this predicament, turn off the heat and do the following:

  • Cover with a metal lid, this will deprive the fire of oxygen it needs to burn. Do not use glass, it will shatter.
  • For small fires, use baking soda. 
  • If available, use a kitchen fire extinguisher.
  • If it becomes too much or out of control, get out of the house and call 911 immediately!

Safety is of utmost important. For any help with clean-up after, be sure to call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO removes mold from Quarryville Workshop

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO removes mold from Quarryville Workshop Mold takes root on a moist spot on a wooden ceiling.

Mold is never good news for anyone. We here at SERVPRO know this, but we are here to help!

In Quarryville, we received a call about a workshop with mold growing on the wood of the ceiling (pictured).

If left untreated, not only could the repairs cost the owner more than the mitigation, but it also could have significant impacts to their health.

The following are a few facts on mold and how to help control it.

  • Mold is a necessary part of our environments ecosystem. Without it, organic matter would not decay and breakdown. However, our homes are not where we want to see mold!
  • Mold needs 3 things to flourish: moisture, an organic food source, & the right temperature. In this case, there was moisture in the wood at the right temperature, leading to the aforementioned growth. 
  • Mold only needs 24-48 hours to grow! So, if you notice moisture anywhere it is best to dry it QUICKLY!

If there is mold in your home, shed, or anywhere on your property, call us at SERVPRO of Western Lancaster & East York @ (717) 665-1270. We will remove it "Like it never even happened"!

SERVPRO Rebuilds a Lebanon Home from Fire

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Rebuilds a Lebanon Home from Fire SERVPRO Rebuilds a Lebanon Home from Fire

After a few row homes were affected by a house fire, this is one of the homes we rebuilt. Please check out the after picture of the Home's front porch in Before and After Photo Section.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 717-665-1270

SERVPRO saves Facility from Closing during a Storm

11/9/2018 (Permalink)


Even the best building designs are put to the test by mother nature.  This time in the form of hail.

     The internal gutter system of a technologies facility in the Mount Joy area became clogged when quarter sized hail rained down as violent thunderstorms devastated the area overnight on March 1st.  Storms so severe it appeared that a tornado had touch down in the Susquehanna Valley. 

      With a mixture of ingenuity, and professional know how; our technicians assessed the damage that resulted from the overflow of rain water throughout the facility, and quickly took action.

     With minor disturbance on the office staff, and shop employees, the Mount Joy based technologies company was able to remain open, and in full swing of operations. A valuable asset to any company is knowing that though the situation seems bleak, it's no match for the professional training SERVPRO technicians have.

     Till next time Mother Nature, as SERVPRO East York stands strong for the community.

Restoring Your York County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at York County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

About SERVPRO of East York

SERVPRO of Western Lancaster specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Lancaster is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 717-665-1270

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Western Lancaster has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Western Lancaster

SERVPRO of Western Lancaster specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Storms or Floods hit York County, SERVPRO is ready!

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Lancaster specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Lancaster County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 717-665-1270

Conditions In York County Might Be Right For Mold

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of East York to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at SERVPRO of East York 717-846-6100

How Ready Are You? We can help!

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes, moments matter and pass more quickly than before, especially if one isn’t prepared. Preparation could be as simple as knowing the locations of utility shut offs such as electric, gas, or water and emergency contact numbers. A step beyond that is having that information at your fingertips instead of sitting in a drawer in the office—which may not be reachable in the event of a fire or damaged by flooding.

These situations are precisely why SERVPRO created the free Ready Plan app for Android and iOS. With it, you can access all your emergency information instantly when disaster strikes. The setup is simple, intuitive, and highly customizable to what your individual needs are. Want to share emergency information with a manager or head of maintenance? Need immediate response because a pipe or radiator broke? All available at the push of a button.

Getting prepared doesn’t have to be hard, download the free Ready Plan app today and see just how easy it is to create a plan for whatever happens. More information and PC access available at If you have any questions or need help getting prepared, please e-mail me at