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Mold Remediation near Me

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

When mold starts to grow in your home or business, dealing with it quickly and safely should be a priority. At SERVPRO of East York, our mold remediation services will help remove mold from your premises with as little disruption to your family or business as possible.

Mold can take less than 24 hours to start growing and less than 72 hours to spread throughout a property. If you have a mold or mildew problem, give us a call as soon as possible.

Remove Mold for Your Health and Safety

When we say “remove,” what we really mean is remediate. After all, there’s no way to completely eliminate this pesky problem. Mold spores are present everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

Also, mold spores thrive on water. Whether it’s from a leaky roof, a burst pipe, or floodwaters from the most recent storm, any source of water can feed mold spores and cause them to grow into colonies—the visible mold you’re familiar with seeing. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

Breathing mold can cause allergic and respiratory symptoms. Whether it’s you, your family, or your fellow coworkers and/or employees, you want the most important people in your life to be able to go about their lives in a healthy way. Hence, you need mold remediation.

Our 24-Hour Mold Remediation Services

Why choose your local SERVPRO location for your mold remediation services? It’s simple: We’re a local company with the national resources to respond to your problem quickly.

Have you recently had water damage in your home or business? Our team can assess the damage and remove the source of water, drying and dehumidifying your property. That’s a necessary first step, but next, it’s important to address the mold or mildew problem head-on.

We will contain the mold and filtrate the air to remove mold spores from the air. Then, our team will remove mold colonies and mold-infested materials, as well as clean the contents of mold-infested rooms. Finally, we’ll restore any damaged structures to their pre-mold conditions.

Mold damage restoration is the cornerstone of our business. We have specialists available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’ll send the expert technicians you need to get your home or business back to normal:

  • Applied microbial remediation specialists
  • Water damage restoration technicians
  • Applied structural drying technicians

Where Can I Get Mold Remediation near Me?

If you find yourself dealing with a mold or mildew problem, don’t wait to have it addressed. Turn to the team at SERVPRO of East York for mold remediation and removal near you.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We’ll quickly deploy the specialists your mold problem demands, so you can return to a normal, mold-free life sooner!

Fire Damage Restoration & Repair near Me

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

The fire trucks can help you put your property fire out—but who will be there to help you get your home or business back to normal? Our team will lend a hand. Partner with SERVPRO of East York and let our highly trained fire damage restoration and repair specialists work their magic.

An emergency can happen at any time, so we’re available 24/7. No need to wait until business hours to make that call—reach out to our team today.

Our Fire Restoration Services at a Glance 

We repair damage from all types of fires. No matter how that blaze started, whether it was an appliance failure, an electrical fire, or a puff back, our specialists are here to restore your property to its pre-fire condition. It’ll feel Like It Never Even Happened.

And it’s not just fire damage. Your home or business may have suffered water damage from firefighting efforts, so any water issues will need to be addressed as well. Here’s the process you can expect when our team responds to fire damage on your property:

  1. Inspection and fire damage assessment
  2. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service
  3. Water removal and drying (if water damage is present)
  4. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces
  5. Cleaning, sanitizing, and restoration

Of course, every fire damage event is a little different. However, this general process has served us (and the people we serve) well for the many years we’ve been in business.

Who Will Be Leading Your Damage Restoration?

When fire damage strikes, you want the fastest possible response. For fast 24-hour service, our team is a convenient way to begin to address the problems associated with a commercial or house fire.

Our highly trained fire restoration technicians have been certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). On top of that, SERVPRO has its own fire restoration training courses as well as continuing online education so our technicians can strengthen their skills.

We have the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property. Our diligent team includes experts in these fields:

  • Fire & smoke restoration technicians
  • Odor control technicians
  • Upholstery & fabric cleaning technicians
  • Water damage restoration technicians

Where Can I Get Fire Damage Restoration near Me?

Here at SERVPRO of East York, of course! We’re a locally owned company with the national resources to respond to large-scale fire disasters.

Our “restore first” mentality will help you salvage as much of your property and its contents as possible. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, so contact us today to get started immediately.

Water Damage Restoration & Repair near Me

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Sometimes, water damage happens—but you should never let it disrupt your home or business. Get your life back to normal as quickly as possible with quality water damage restoration and repair near you. Turn to the speedy and diligent technicians at SERVPRO of East York.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, so you can clean up your water problem and avoid any unnecessary flood damage. Find out why our team is a trusted leader in the restoration industry.

Water Damage: Why the First 24 Hours Is Critical

When your home or business is flooded, it’s important to act quickly. In just 24 hours, the secondary effects of water damage can begin to set in. We have response teams available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our teams respond to your water damage emergency within the first 24 hours to minimize the effects of secondary water damage. And you want to minimize these effects. The longer you leave water to linger, the more damage there will be to restore and the more costly repairs will be.

While mold and mildew growth are among the most common side effects of water damage, here are some other problems you may find if you don’t act quickly:

  • Rotting, cracking wood
  • Electrical problems
  • Rusted metal
  • Warped furniture

The sooner you call, the sooner our trained technicians can start repairing and restoring your home or business from water damage. 

A Fine-Tuned Water Damage Restoration Process

Sure, every water damage event is a little bit different. While our teams are more than adept at responding to realities on the ground, we have a general process that has served us (and our customers) well.

We’ll guide you through the crisis and our rapid response to ensure you can salvage your property and possessions. Here’s what our team will do for you:

  • Inspection and assessment
  • Water removal
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Restoration

Where Is There Water Damage Restoration near Me?

When you need water damage restoration and repair, work with SERVPRO of East York to make your disaster feel Like It Never Even Happened. We’re a locally owned company with the national resources to deliver fast, 24-hour service.

Don’t let floodwater compromise your home or business. Contact us today!

Water Damage and Associated Risks

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage Act quickly when you discover water damage!

Throughout the United States, majority of homes are vulnerable to the possibility of water damage. Water damage can be caused by broken pipes, flooding, roof leaks, etc. Though water damage is common, most homeowners do not realize that just one inch of standing water in a home can cost thousands of dollars. Beyond what homeowners can see, they need to be mindful of additional water/moisture related threats such as mold or even termites! Though not talked about often in water restoration, termites are a problem that most homeowners don’t even consider when discovering a water loss. 

ACT QUICKLY!

Because wood is a highly porous material that rapidly absorbs and retains moisture, it is important to act quickly when you discover water damage. If not treated and managed in a timely manner, homeowners may face additional damage in the form of mold, mildew, or wood rot! Not only are these issues unsightly, but mold and mildew can be a safety issue, and cause health effects!

DID YOU SAY TERMITES?

Another issue with water damage is that it can attract termites. Yes, termites! These little pests prefer living in water-damaged wood as they need to be surrounded by moisture. Typically, termites live underground in cool, damp environments. Naturally, water-damaged wood makes a excellent replacement home for these little critters. Termites silently destroy homes, eating away at wooden infrastructure from the inside out. As they are so quiet, most homeowners have no knowledge that termites are present until they have caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage to the house!

Never fear, there are a few ways that you can identify the presence of termites in your home!

  1. Check the caulking around your shower/bathtub to see if there is any exposed damp wood. If the wood is marked it could mean that you have termites in your home.
  2. Check any wooden frames around the areas that were affected by water. Again, if there are markings, you may have termites.
  3. Check any areas that wood was affected by water and look for bite marks (little holes throughout the wood)
  4. Call a professional exterminator to assess the area.

THE TAKEAWAY

Water damage can cause a lot of problems in the home, even if it is only a small amount of water. For this reason, it is important to make sure that any damp wood in your home is properly dried out if you experience any water loss. This will reduce your likelihood of mold growth and termite infestation. If you have experienced water damage, call SERVPRO of East York at 717-665-1270! We are water restoration professionals that are faster to any size disaster!

Winter Storm Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Every year, homeowners experience damage from storm-related pipes bursting, roof leaks, ets.. Call SERVPRO of East York; we're here to help!

Two back-to-back winter storms, Uri and Viola, recently wreaked havoc across the Unites States. Southern states that are not accustomed to colder temperatures, snow, or ice were especially impacted by these storms. Uri and Viola have left extensive power outages, vehicular accidents, injuries, and even deaths. With Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and a large portion of the eastern seaboard being affected, approximately 100 million people have been impacted by these two storms in one way or another.

Though these two storms have caused quite a bit of damage throughout the United States, winter storms are common, especially in eastern states, including our own: Pennsylvania. Each year, hundreds-to-thousands of Americans are injured or killed by exposure to cold temperatures, vehicle accidents on wintry roads, and fires caused by heating sources. SERVPRO of East York wants members of our community to be safe and prepared for winter storms!

WINTER ADVISORIES, WATCHES, AND WARNINGS TO BE AWARE OF:

  1. Blizzard Warning- Severe winter storm conditions, reducing visibility.
    • Considerable accumulation and/or blowing of snow, which reduces visibility to ¼ mile or less for 3+ hours AND
    • Sustained winds, or frequent gusts of wind that are of 35+ miles per hour.
  2. Winter Storm Warning– A significant, and possibly life-threatening, combination of hazardous winter weather is occurring or imminent.
    • 5 or more inches of snow/sleet within a 12-hour period or 7 or more inches of snow/sleet within a 24-hour period AND/OR
    • Enough ice accumulation to cause damage to trees or powerlines AND/OR
    • A life-threatening of snow and/or ice accumulation with wind.
  3. Winter Storm Watch– Potential for significant and hazardous winter weather within 48 hours. A Winter Storm Watch does not mean that significant and hazardous winter weather will occur, but only that it is possible in your area.
  4. Ice Storm Warning– Projected ice accumulation of ¼ or more in your area.
  5. Winter Weather Advisory– Any amount of freezing rain OR when 2-4 inches of snow, alone or in combination with sleet & freezing rain, is expected to cause a significant inconvenient, but is not serious enough to warrant a warning.
  6. Freeze Watch– Potential for significant, widespread freezing temperatures within the next 24-36 hours.
  7. Freeze Warning– Significant, widespread freezing temperature are present or expected.

PREPAREDNESS: WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE STORM

  • Winterize your vehicle to reduce your chance of being stranded during a winter emergency.
  • Stock your vehicle with: a windshield scraper with a small broom, a bag of non-clumping kitty litter (for gaining tire traction in a pinch), a book of matches in a waterproof container, a brightly colored piece of cloth (to tie to the antenna if you get stuck), a first aid kit, extra clothing/blankets, a flashlight, and jumper cables.
  • Keep a home-emergency kit, including flashlights and a battery-operate radio.
  • Keep an emergency non-perishable food and water supply in your home.
  • Properly insulate your pipes to protect them from freezing.
  • Have your home’s heating unit inspected each year to ensure that heating sources are installed properly and operating safely.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Install storm doors/windows or cover windows with plastic (from the inside) to provide additional insulation.
  • Establish an emergency evacuation plan in case you lose power or heat.

RESPONDING: WHAT TO DO DURING THE STORM

  • Stay indoors when possible, and avoid driving.
  • Wear warm, layered, clothing.
  • Keep your body replenished, and your energy maintained, by eating and drinking regularly.
  • Stretch before going outside to avoid muscle injury. This is especially important if you plan on going out to do snow removal (shoveling, snow blowing, etc…)
  • Walk carefully if going outside, always being mindful of potential ice.

RECOVERY: WHAT TO DO AFTER THE STORM

  • Avoid driving or traveling until conditions have improved.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling.
  • Assess your home for any damage
  • Alter your emergency response plan based on your experience.

CALL THE EXPERTS:

If you, like thousands of others each year, experience water or fire damage from a winter storm, call SERVPRO of East York at 717-665-1270!

Give Winter Fires the Cold Shoulder

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of East York with your fire restoration needs!

Did you know that, statistically, fires occur more often throughout winter than during any other season? Electrical issues, heating sources, carbon monoxide, and portable generators are all contributing factors that lead to an increased risk of a home fire during winter months. Below are some of the leading causes of winter fires. The professionals at SERVPRO of East York hope that you will be able to take the appropriate steps to protect your home and family once you know the risks that you are facing.

ELECTRICAL FIRES

Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of home fires throughout the United States. Approximately half of all residential electrical fires involve inadequate electrical distribution, or the use of lighting equipment. Other electrical fires occur from things like overloaded circuits, dryer fans, and portable space heaters. 

Electrical Safety Tips:

  • Check electrical cords often. Replace cracked, damaged, and loose electrical or extension cords. Do NOT try to repair them.
  • Home appliances should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. To reduce your risk of fire, unplug small appliances when they are not in use.
  • Be aware that extension cords are for temporary use only. Have a licensed electrician determine if additional circuits or wall outlets are needed in your home.
  • Only use surge protectors / power strips that have internal overload protection.
  • Avoid putting cords under rugs / carpets, across doorways, or where they can be damaged or pinched by furniture,

Call a licensed electrician if any of the following apply:

  • You see sparks from a wall outlet
  • You experience flickering lights outside of a storm event.
  • You have reoccurring issues with blown fuses or tripping circuit breakers.
  • You experience a tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.
  • There is a burning odor coming from an appliance.
  • You notice discolored wall outlets and/or switches.
  • You have cracked or broken wall outlets

HEATING SOURCES

Heating sources are the second leading cause of residential fires in the United States. December, January, and February are the peak months for heating fires to occur, and space heaters are the most common heating source involved in heating-related fires. Space heaters account for approximately 44% (more than two out of every five) heating-related fired, and also account for the vast majority of deaths and injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment.

Space Heater Safety Tips:

  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs and any loose connections before each use.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep.
  • 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.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

For other heating safety tips, read our Heating Safety Tips blog:

 https://www.SERVPROeastyork.com/blog

CARBON MONOXIDE

Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the invisible killer. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, propane, etc… do not burn completely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of Carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months in residential properties.

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips:

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle prior to driving, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not leave the engine running if the garage door is open.
  • Ensure that vents are properly cleaned and free of debris.

PORTABLE GENERATORS

Portable generators are often used during power outages. Though handy, most homeowners are unaware that improper use of a portable generator can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock, and fire hazards

Portable Generator Safety Tips:

  • Portable generators should be used outside the home, away from windows and doors.
  • Portable generators should be kept away from open flames or fuel burning appliances
  • Do not overload cords; check for the generators maximum wattage listed on label.
  • Do not refuel the generator while it's running or when hot; turn the generator off, let it cool before refueling.

CALL THE PROFESSIONALS

If you have experienced a fire, regardless of the cause, call SERVPRO of East York at 717-665-1270. SERVPRO’s mission is to develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness, and mutual respect. When you call SERVPRO of East York, you are calling a team of trained professionals that are looking to restore your home “Like it never even happened,” as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Repairing Water-Damaged Drywall

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

Handling water damage drywall can be exhausting. Call SERVPRO of East York for your water damage restoration needs.

Whether it's from leaky plumbing, a storm event, or a window being left open, there is always a chance that your walls could be subject to water damage. While large scale water damage should be left to a professional for restoration, you may choose to tackle small sections of damaged drywall on your own. The SERVPRO of East York County team of professionals utilize a 4-Step Method for repairing water damaged drywall. Below, we highlight each step of the four-step method we use so you can easily repair or replace water damaged drywall. If you're even unsure of how to proceed, SERVPRO of East York County is Here to Help!

STEP 1: Find and Repair the Leak

There’s no point in repairing a water damaged wall if you haven't removed the source of the damage first. Finding the leak that caused damage can sometimes be difficult, but you can use clues from the damage to get a better idea as to where the water is coming from:  

  • If the damage appears to run downward from the top of the wall, and also affects the ceiling, a roof leak is likely a good contender for being the cause of loss. PRO TIP: You can spray your roof with a garden hose and watch for dripping in your attic to detect roof leaks.
  • Water damage that is directly in the center of the wall is often an indicator that a broken pipe behind the wall is your cause of loss. PRO TIP: High-pressure leaks in pipes behind walls may make an audible hiss if you hold your ear to the wall.

With some investigating and basic plumbing knowledge, you may be able to find and repair and leak on your own. If you doubt your abilities in the slightest, contact a professional for guidance. 

STEP 2: Replace Saturated Drywall

Drywall is a highly porous material, therefore the longer it is exposed to water, the more water it will absorb. This water absorption will eventually cause your drywall to become soft and spongy. After a certain point,  your drywall may eventually start to sag inward. Unfortunately, drywall that has been saturated to this extent cannot be salvaged, and you will need to remove and replace the damaged section of wall or ceiling.

  • Use a stud finder to locate the studs behind the damaged section of drywall.
  • Once you have located the stud, cut straight lines around the damage using a level and a drywall knife.
  • When you remove the damaged drywall, check the insulation behind it. If the insulation is saturated, you will likely need to remove and replace the insulation before putting in new drywall.
  • Cut a new piece of drywall to the same size of the hole. Line up your new piece of drywall and screw it into the studs.
  • Cover the seams with joint compound and tape, and then sand and paint the drywall.

STEP 3: Scrub Away Mold

In addition to soaking up moisture, the pores in drywall can make excellent places for mold spores to hide and develop. If parts of your drywall are still structurally sound but are beginning to foster mold, you can kill the mold by scrubbing the walls with detergent, diluted bleach, or a commercial mold remover. PRO-TIP: Do NOT mix chemical products together. Always read the labels and use as directed!

  • Always wear gloves and a dust mask when handling mold.
  • Ensure that there is proper ventilation in the room you are working in. Ventilation and the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will help protect you from spores that may be released while scrubbing.
  • Spray the affected area of the wall with the solution you are using to clean.
  • Scrub the wall with a soft bristle cleaning brush or abrasive sponge. PRO TIP: Scrubbing can still be effective if the wall is unpainted, but in severe cases you may need to replace the mold-covered section.

STEP 4: Cover Water Stains

Next, you will want to cover any light water stains on the remaining sections of drywall, that weren't significantly damaged.

  • First, you will want to scrub the affected area with a damp cloth, or sand it to remove paint, dirt, and debris.
  • Then, spray the area with a shellac or oil-based primer, that is formulated for blocking stains.
  • After the primer has dried, you can simply paint over the area with interior paint. 

When in doubt, leave it to the pros!

Repairing mild to moderate water damage on drywall is not too difficult if you know the process. If you are faced with severe water damage, or are unable to locate the source of the leak, contact SERVPRO of East York County at 717-665-1270! Calling SERVPRO of East York County gives you the opportunity to work with an experienced water damage restoration professional who can restore your walls to like-new condition.

Winter Water Damage Prevention

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

Know who to call if you experience winter water damage.

Though winter months bring cooler temperatures, hot cocoa, and scenic snow landscapes, winter weather also brings increased risk of water damage to your home. Winter is notorious for being cold and wet. Many people don’t realize that larger amounts of snow and ice can have severe consequences. Below are three of the top causes of winter water damage and how to reduce your risk.

OUTDOOR WATER SOURCES

When the temperatures drop, it is important to pay attention to your outdoor water sources. Neglecting your outdoor water sources could cause problems when spring comes around.

  • Shut off the water to your outdoor hoses and spigots.
  • Drain any water from your hoses and store them in a climate-controlled area to prevent them from freezing, cracking, or breaking in the cold.

BURST OR FROZEN PIPES

Frozen pipes build up significant pressure which can lead to pipes cracking or bursting in winter months. If a cracked or broken pipe goes undetected, they can lead to flooding once the ice melts.

  • Make sure your outer walls and any exposed pipes are properly insulated.
  • Be sure to caulk cracks and holes you see in your exterior walls; this can help to prevent cold air from reaching the pipes.
  • Protect exposed pipes from freezing temperatures by wrapping them with the insulating tape or old towels.
  • When temperatures are extremely low, or you plan to be away from home for several days, leave the faucets lightly dripping and keep the cabinets under your sink open to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. Doing so will keep water flowing and can help prevent your pipes from freezing.
  • For maximum protection against hidden or sudden leaks, install a detection system that can monitor water pressure and automatically signal a water shut-off in the event of a leak or blocked pipe.

ICE DAMS AND ROOF LEAKS

Icicles may be a staple of winter, but they can be a sign that your home is in a vulnerable state. If your gutters are clogged, the snow that melts off your roof won't be able to pass through the drainage system properly. As the water trapped in your gutters refreezes, a wall of icicles will build up, eventually causing ice dams. The melt from these ice dams can damage your roof and seep into your attic, causing structural damage or mold. Any ice melt that drips over the sides of your gutters has the potential to pool next to your home's foundation and cause additional water damage. Finally, sharp icicles may break off as they melt, posing a serious safety hazard.

  • Clean your gutters before cold weather comes around to keep the dangers of ice dams and roof leaks at a minimum.

CALL THE PROFESSIONALS

If you aren't able to prevent winter water damage, don't fear! SERVPRO of East York has a 24/7 emergency response team available to assist during troublesome times! Call the professionals that are faster to any size disaster at 717-665-1270.

Heating Safety Tips

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Know the risks associated with heating your home this winter.

It’s no secret that we need heat to keep us warm throughout the winter months. Though heat is a necessity, many do not consider that heating their home doesn’t come without risk. Many studies show that fires occur more often in winter than in any other season. With that being said, SERVPRO of East York would like you and your family to keep the following tips in mind:

Safety Tips for Fire Prevention This Winter:

Wood-Burning Appliances

  • Have your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned before lighting your wood stove or fireplace each year.
  • Keep flammable objects at least three feet from your wood stove or fireplace.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire in your home.
  • Keep a screen in front of fireplaces to prevent embers from flying out.
  • Do not leave your fireplace unattended; It is best practice to ensure your fire is out before going to sleep each night.
  • Before closing your fireplace damper, ensure the ashes are cool to the touch. Closing the damper could help the fire to heat up again and will  could force carbon monoxide into your home.
  • Discard cooled ashes in a covered metal container. Store the container outside and away from the house.

Gas Furnaces

  • Have your furnace inspected annually to ensure that it is safe to operate.
  • Inspect the walls and ceiling near the furnace and along the chimney line. If the wall is hot or discolored, install additional pipe insulation.
  • Check that the flue pipe and pipe seams are well supported and without holes or cracks. Soot along or around seams may signal a leak.
  • Keep combustible items away from the heating system.

Other Fire Safety Tips

  • Ensure that there is adequate smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
  • To prevent carbon monoxide build-up, keep portable generators outside and away from doors and windows.
  • Never use a stove or oven for heating. Not only is doing so a safety hazard, but it can also be a source of carbon monoxide.
  • If you use electric heaters, plug only one heater into a wall outlet at a time to avoid overloading the circuit.
  • Avoid using electric heaters in bathrooms or other areas where water is used.
  • Never try to thaw frozen water pipes with a blow torch or other open flame.

Contact Your Local SERVPRO for Fire Restoration Services

SERVPRO of East York provides fire and smoke damage remediation, in addition to water damage remediation, mold removal, and biohazard cleanup to commercial and residential customers. At SERVPRO of East York, we are faster to any size disaster. If you need restoration services, call our office at 717-665-1270!

Emergency FIRE Response Plans for Businesses

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

P.A.S.S.- Pull. Aim. Squeeze. Sweep.

Your business may already have an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) in place, but are you certain that it covers everything you and your staff need to know? Formulating a complete and thorough evacuation plan may not be easy, but doing so can help protect you and your employees. At SERVPRO of East York County, we offer ERP consultations to ensure that your business is ready; each Emergency Response Plan is unique as it is customized to your business's specific needs. In the meantime, here are some things you may want to make sure are included in your plan:

1. Fire Extinguisher Locations

It is important to ensure that every employee knows exactly where each fire extinguisher is located. This important step can save precious time during a fire, and has the potential to mitigate the situation before it causes further damage. Fire extinguishers should be easy to locate and easily accessible during an emergency. Additionally, employees should be trained on fire extinguisher use, using the P.A.S.S.  technique. Fire extinguishers should be assessed annually by a trained professional to ensure that it is properly charged and ready to use. NOTE: Fire extinguishers should only be used if you see the fire start. If you are unsure in your ability to stop the spread of a fire, evacuate immediately and call 911.

2. Exit Locations

Another important part of an Emergency Response Plan is knowing where the nearest exits are from any point in the building. Knowing these locations will allow you and your staff to safely exit the building in a timely manner if a fire occurs. NOTE: There should be at least two exit points from every workspace,  in the event that one path is blocked.

3. Designated Meeting Place

Another important step in creating your Emergency Response Plan is setting and communicating a "Designated Meeting Place". The Designated Meeting Place should be outside and a safe distance from the building. All employees should be trained on the location of the Designated Meeting Place, and should gather at that location so they can be quickly accounted for. NOTE: It is recommended that businesses conduct both routine and random fire drills to prepare staff for an actual fire. These drills can be used as training opportunities.

4. Emergency Contacts

In the event of a fire, call 911! Though 911 is the first number to remember, it is important to have employee Emergency Contact Information saved and accessible. You may want to include a note in your plan about where this information is stored to ensure it’s accessible when needed.

5. Post-Fire Information

In addition to Emergency Contact Information for employees, you may also want to include the location of insurance and mitigation and restoration professionals phone numbers in your plan. Doing this will ensure that you have the necessary resources available after a fire occurs. NOTE: Having the number of a trusted fire restoration service like SERVPRO of East York may make fire cleanup easier and less stressful.

6. Contact Us

To create or fine-tune your Emergency Response Plan, contact SERVPRO of East York County at 717-665-1270! We are the professionals that are faster to any size disaster. We are here to help, and want to ensure that you are prepared in the event of an unfortunate disaster. Setting up an ERP with SERVPRO of East York allows you to be one step ahead when it comes to you and your employees safety!