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Tips For Firework Safety

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: A list of firework safety tips is shared by SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall.

July is the month associated with family time, outdoor gatherings, cookouts, and fireworks. July 4th is incomplete without fireworks for most families. The spectacular firework displays are a part of childhood memories and tradition. But while fireworks can be fun and exciting, they are dangerous. There is always the risk of a fire accident and resulting fire damage from fireworks. Injury, loss of life, and property damage are all possible outcomes of fireworks in the hands of the untrained. Actually, in some states, fireworks are not allowed to be handled by untrained persons.

According to data from NFPA, fireworks are supposed to have started 19,500 fires in 2018. These fires led to 5 deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage. Ensuring all precautions are taken to avoid a fire is important when fireworks are handled. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall provides water and fire damage restoration in different locations around Pennsylvania, including Easton. In this article, this company that is the best company for fire damage restoration lists the firework safety tips everyone should follow. With 91,000 firework injuries reported from ERs across the US in 2018, the importance of following safety guidelines cannot be overemphasized.

Tips For Firework Safety

It is best to limit firework use and check local laws before handling them. But untrained individuals handling fireworks and those planning to watch firework displays from close by should follow some precautions to stay safe. 

Some firework safety tips are as follows.

Be aware of the surroundings

It is best to maintain a distance from buildings, or dry areas when using fireworks. This limits the fire risk on cars, houses, or vegetation.

Caution about anything that launches

Severe injuries can be sustained from devices that launch into the sky. They must be avoided especially if packaged in brown paper which is a sign that they are for professional displays.

Avoid relighting duds: A firework that does not go off is still considered lit and must be doused in water like every device that has finished burning. This helps prevent a trash fire. 


Though sparklers can be legally purchased in many places they are still unsafe for young children. As they burn at high temperatures, they can instantly melt metal and sear skin. The CPSC advises that children must not play with sparklers. 

Keep Children Away: Children are at risk of burns and hearing loss from fireworks. The IAFF data says that a third of firework injuries happen to children under the age of 15. Children must never be allowed to play with fireworks or ignite them. 

Protect Ears

Fireworks can cause a sound of 150 decibels at a 3 feet distance. As sound louder than 85 decibels can affect hearing within an hour or two as per the American Speech Language Hearing Association, it is best to maintain a distance from firework displays or use earplugs. 

Protective Measures

A bucket of water or a garden hose must be kept handy in case of a fire accident. 

Handle Fireworks Safely

Fireworks must not be carried in pockets. Care must be taken never to point or throw fireworks at others. Fireworks must be lit one at a time and not many together. Metal or glass containers must not be used to shoot fireworks off. People under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not handle fireworks. 

Discarding Used Fireworks

After burning fireworks completely, they must be doused with plenty of water in a bucket or from a hose. This will reduce the risk of a trash fire and prevent resulting fire damage

Fireworks can bring a fun and colorful note to special occasions. But they can also bring disaster and destruction. It is essential to take all safety precautions to avoid any chance of fire accidents that cause loss of lives, injury, or fire damage to property. In case of any mishap, a fire damage restoration company may be needed to restore the property to a preloss condition. In Easton, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall offers fire damage restoration services. This company does residential and fire and water cleanup and restoration for commercial and residential properties. The highly trained technicians at SERVPRO are available 24/7 and are equipped to handle disasters of any size. They can be contacted via phone on (610) 559-9380 regarding fire damage restoration needs in Easton. 

Safety Tips To Prevent Fires During Grilling

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Tips to maintain safety when grilling is shared by SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall in this article.

Across the US, warm weather is the time for grilling hamburgers and hotdogs. The sizzling grill and aromas from backyard barbecues are nostalgic for most. Enjoying grilled food together is a treasured time families and friends use to spend quality time together. There is no doubt that grilled food is a national favorite for people of all ages. 

But behind the great food and warm memories associated with grilling lurks the danger of a fire. The NFPA data shows that an average of 19,700 people had to visit the ER in a year due to injuries involving grills. Gas grills caused an average of 8,900 home fires a year and charcoal or other solid-fueled grills led to 1,300 home fires annually. In this article, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall gives some grilling safety tips. This Fire and Water - Cleanup and Restoration service provider specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after water or fire damage.

Some grill safety tips that should be followed to prevent fires 

Common Safety Tips

  • Grills must be used only outdoors where there is plenty of ventilation. 
  • Grills must always be placed on a flat, level surface. If placed on sloped or uneven surfaces grills can tip over and cause fires.
  • Everyone, especially children and pets must be kept at least 3 feet away from grills. 
  • Grills must not be kept under a deck, awnings, eaves, umbrellas, or tree branches. Especially when there is a party there can be decorations like balloons, streamers, banners, floral decorations, and tablecloths that can catch fire. The grill must be always at a distance from all these things. Once a fire is started the fire damage can be extensive.
  • The grill must be cleaned as grease tends to build up and catch fire when the grill is used. 
  • All grills must be well-maintained and parts must be replaced as needed so that they function safely.
  • A hot grill must never be left unattended. All food, utensils, and plates must be kept ready nearby to avoid leaving the grill.  A designated person must man the grill at all times. 
  • Using long-handled utensils will prevent burns while grilling. 
  • While grilling people should avoid loose clothing that can dangle over the grill. It is also better to avoid wearing watches and jewelry when grilling as they can conduct heat and cause burns.
  • A spray bottle of water can be kept handy to put out small fires that flare up from fat dripping from fat.
  • A fire extinguisher can be kept to use in case of a fire emergency.

Safety Tips For Charcoal Grills

  • Lighter fluid must never be added directly to hot coals as the flame can flare up along the stream of liquid and burn the person handling the grill. The charcoal fire must not be started with kerosene or gasoline. 
  • The ashes must be left to cool for at least 48 hours before disposal. Closing the lid will help suffocate embers. This is because they can smolder and then ignite a fire if not cooled. The cooled coal must be kept in a non-combustible can with a lid.

Safety Tips For Gas Grills

  • When using the gas grill for the first time each season the grill's hose must be checked for leaks. A light solution of soap in water can be applied to the hose and will release bubbles if there is a leak. If the bubbles persist after the grill is turned off the fire department must be called. If not, the grill still needs professional servicing.
  • Keeping the lid open when starting a gas grill prevents gas accumulation which can explode when the grill is lit.
  • If there is a  smell of gas when cooking, an adequate distance must be kept from the grill. The fire department may be called.
  • Full tanks of propane must never be left in a hot car or trunk.
  • Propane tanks must always be kept in an upright position outdoors or at least 10 feet from doors, windows, and dryer vents, and 20 feet from air intake vents.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall is committed to the safety of the communities it serves. This company understands the stress that water or fire damage causes to homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall are experts with specialized fire equipment, water damage equipment, and expertise to handle fire and water damage in Whitehall, PA. Their rapid response, professionalism, and open communication are all directed toward restoring homes and businesses to normal. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall can be contacted for trained fire and smoke restoration technicians in the event of fire damage in Whitehall. The contact number for SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall is (610) 559-9380 and they are available 24/7 for emergencies and also have Disaster Recovery Teams to respond to large-scale disasters.

Causes and Signs of Water Damage to Ceiling

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The causes of water damage to ceilings and the signs are described by SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall here.

Water is at the core of our lives and human existence. Its presence is always welcome except when it causes water damage to property. Water damage can affect buildings in different parts and ways. Homeowners and business owners always strive to prevent water damage and to identify it as early as possible.

Knowing what causes water damage in different areas and how to find it is important for preventing and limiting the extent of water damage. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall shares information on the causes of ceiling water damage and the signs to watch out for. 

When water damage affects a ceiling it must be tackled as soon as possible. Irrespective of whether the water is from an indoor or outdoor source it could accumulate leading to the collapse of the ceiling. Moisture can also cause mold growth that also weakens the structure. 

Causes of Ceiling Water Damage

1. Plumbing Problems

Leaky or burst pipes, bathroom caulk that has worn away, leaking from appliances, etc can all cause water damage to ceilings.

2. Roof Leaks

Damaged roofs can cause water to enter through the attic or along the eaves of a house. Damaged shingles can let rainwater and melted snow enter homes leading to roof leaks. Clogged gutters also can cause water to accumulate and affect the ceiling.

3. Excess Moisture

Ceilings of rooms that are humid or exposed to moisture for long, like bathrooms and kitchens, can develop water damage and mold growth. 

Signs of Ceiling Water Damage

1. Leaking From The Ceiling

When water is leaking from a ceiling, the plumbing above must be checked for damage. Shingles must be checked for damage when the roof is directly above the ceiling that leaks.

2. Sagging or Bowing of Ceiling

When water fills the ceiling material it weakens it.  The weight of the water leads to bowing or sagging of the ceiling. This can occur in ceilings of drop tile, drywall, or plaster.

3. Peeling Paint 

When the ceiling is exposed to water for a long time, it can lead to peeling or bubbling of the paint. Plaster ceilings can develop cracks, as when exposed to water plaster expands and shrinks causing cracks.

4. Stains On Ceiling 

Especially on white ceilings water damage can show discoloration. Yellowish-brown spots indicate that the leak has had time to dry, and so it may be small. Ring-like patterns are seen when leaking happens repeatedly and water spreads away from the source over time. Discolored spots on the ceiling indicate a ceiling leak, even if the ceiling appears dry to touch. 

Repairing Ceiling Water Damage 

The leak must be found and this must be repaired. The wet ceiling must then be dried out as soon as possible. This limits the extent of water damage and reduces the risk of mold growth. A professional water damage restoration company will use high-volume fans and a structural drying dehumidifier to dry the ceiling quickly and thoroughly. The water-damaged ceiling can be repaired. If the water damage is minimal, replacement of drywall and plaster may not be necessary. Cleaning and sanitization can be done. But sometimes cracks may need to be repaired or the ceiling replaced in affected areas. The area can then be painted, including a layer or two of sealing primer.

Ceilings provide protection and also add to the aesthetics of a home. They keep beams, pipes, and wiring out of plain sight. Water damage must be handled promptly to prevent the problem from spreading to other parts of the building and worsening. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall is equipped to handle water damage in Schnecksville, PA. They are available 24/7. For the best water damage restoration services at the best prices, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall can be contacted by calling (610) 559-9380.

How Professional Water Damage Restoration Helps In Disaster Recovery

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The article explains how SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall has strategic Disaster Recovery Teams and is always prepared to handle disasters of any size.

Life is filled with unexpected things. Disasters are unexpected events that cause destruction and emotional turmoil. Disasters can be man-made like accidental fires or attacks on people. They can also be natural events like all types of severe weather. They have the potential to affect human health and safety, property, and homeland security. Since natural disasters can happen without warning they can lead to periods of insecurity, disruption, and economic disruption. 

Individual homes and businesses can sustain damage after storms, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. Fire damage and water damage can occur after some types of natural disasters. The disaster recovery process must take place immediately to reduce casualties, limit the extent of loss of property, and restore human life and business functions to normalcy. This is why disaster recovery is important. Whether it is fire damage or water damage resulting from a disaster, the damage restoration needs to be done as quickly and as efficiently as possible. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall provides cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, water, or flood damage. They also mitigate mold and offer reconstruction services. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall operates 24/7 and is strategically positioned to cater to any size emergency through their 1960 franchise locations across US and Canada.

The Top 10 Emergencies in Pennsylvania according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)

  1. Floods 
  2. Fires
  3. Winter storms
  4. Tropical Storms, thunderstorms, tornadoes
  5. Earthquakes and landslides
  6. Hazardous material incidents 
  7. Pandemics
  8. Nuclear threats 
  9. Dam and water threats
  10. Mass violence

Disaster recovery is carried out after any type of disaster. It is a collective effort of federal state and local governments who also cooperate with non-governmental and private industries. 

Individual homeowners and business owners do rely on professional property damage restoration companies after disasters. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall offers fire and water damage cleanup services. This is a local company that specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Being locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall are prepared to handle storm and flood damage and are quick to respond and act in emergencies. With highly trained technicians and specialized equipment, they are equipped to handle any fire or water damage restoration, large or small, residential or commercial. With the ability to access resources from 1960 franchises spread across the state and country, SERVPRO is not overwhelmed by major storms and flooding disasters, unlike many restoration companies.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall also has a Disaster Recovery Team that can handle any disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, or floods. 

When disasters strike the requirement for emergency fire or water damage restoration is widespread and urgent. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall has access to the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division. This has property damage restoration experts who have the training and expertise to handle disasters of any size. They have the advantage of being placed at locations throughout the US. The services are supervised by a manager to ensure that fire, water, or flood damage mitigation is done without delay. As SERVPRO has access to teams located in different regions, their ability to dispatch trained restoration professionals to any location helps them to cut costs and be prompt in service delivery. 

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall works with insurance companies to ensure customers' insurance claims are processed smoothly. With technicians undergoing initial and ongoing training and IICRC training and certifications, customers can be assured of the best restoration services after fire damage, water damage, or flood damage. With highly trained water damage restoration technicians capable of handling storm and flood damage, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall can be relied on for quick response to limit further water damage and reduce restoration costs. They can be contacted by calling (610) 559-9380 or emailing SERVPRO5770@SERVPROofeaston.com.

How To Find A Water Leak Inside A Wall

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: This article by SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall outlines how a water leak inside a wall can be identified.

Keeping homes clean and beautiful is a priority for most homeowners. Regular maintenance work helps keep homes clean and safe. Property damage can be caused by negligence, or due to sudden accidental causes. Water damage also can be due to sudden and catastrophic reasons, or a cause that remains hidden and causes slow changes. 

Water leakage inside walls may not be noticed, as the initial signs can be very subtle. Water damage is one of the most common types of property damage in the US. Water damage can have serious consequences and water damage restoration is done by professionals to limit the complications. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall provides cleanup and restoration services after a fire, smoke, or water damage to different locations, including Schnecksville, PA. This locally owned company with national resources is the best choice for water damage repair services. In this article SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall shares some information on identifying water leaks inside walls. 

Signs of water leakage in walls 

Sometimes leakage within walls can be slow and may not be evident. Identifying water leakage early enough can help minimize the extent of water damage. The signs of leaking in walls are:

Musty Odor

Water might leak slowly, but it can cause dampness inside walls, flooring, or drywall. This can lead to a musty smell that persists. 


Mold growing in areas that are usually dry, and where there is usually no chance of moisture accumulating. 

Peeling Paint

Paint or wallpaper that bubbles or peels can be an indication of leaking within the wall. 

Warped Drywall

When drywall absorbs moisture from slow leakage the wall can get bent or curved. This warping is a sign of a slow water leak. 


Mold growing around a leaking pipe can spread to the inside surface of the wall. This can show on the outside of the wall as staining or discoloration.

Wet Spots 

Wet patches on the wall are definite signs of water leakage. However, the spots may not be at the location of the leak. Water can move down from the leaking pipe and cause wetness on the wall below the actual source of the leak. 

Wet Floors

Wet areas on the floor or damp carpeting near walls can indicate leaking within the walls.

Dripping Sounds

There can be sounds of water dripping when it runs down inside walls. These sounds are usually heard after turning off the faucet in a sink or tub, or after flushing a toilet. 

Water Bills That Seem Excessive

Most families in the US use around 300 gallons of water a day according to the EPA. An undetected leak can cause water bills to rise in a way that is unexplainable by what the household is using. 

Detecting Water Leaks in Walls

Water Meter Check

Checking the water meter is an easy way to detect water leakage. First, the water meter reading must be checked and noted, this would be the measure of water used. All faucets, showers, toilets, and any appliances that use water must be turned off. Water must not be used for at least 3 hours. During this time faucets, toilets, etc must be checked for any leaks. After this time, the water meter reading can be checked. Any increase in the reading means there is water leakage somewhere in the house. 

Moisture Meter

Moisture meters are used to measure the moisture content in materials. They are available in home improvement stores. A pin-type moisture meter helps to check moisture levels for small, precise spots. The pinless ones are used to scan larger areas. Using moisture meters requires time and effort. Professionals use both types of water meters to locate large areas of moisture and to find the exact depth at which leaks originate. 

Infrared Camera

An optical system in infrared cameras measures infrared energy and surface temperature. At wet spots, the cooler temperature displays blue or purple colors. This is a quick and non-invasive way of detecting leakages within the walls. 

Cutting Into Drywall

Drywall can be cut to see exactly what the condition behind a wall is. This is invasive and is usually a last resort. A stain or discoloration on the wall may be at a different place from the actual leak. So drywall should be cut after trying to locate the source of water leakage.

Handling A Water Leak In Walls

Preventing water leaks by regular checks and maintenance is the best way to prevent or limit water damage. Once there has been a water leak in the walls, the source of the leak must be identified, and repair work done to stop the leak. Water removal must be done and the area dried as soon as possible. The area must be cleaned. Water damage repair is best handled by experts, especially when damage is more than minimal. Mold growth is a risk, and clean-up after such water damage must focus on this too. 

Homeowners must try to prevent leakage in walls. However, when this does occur, they can always get professional help for water damage restoration. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall are experienced, skilled, and trained professionals who handle water damage repair efficiently. They use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find water, remove it, and dry the area. For any water damage repair caused by flooding or leaks in Schnecksville, PA SERVPRO can be contacted at (610) 559-9380. Any size of water emergency in Schnecksville can be handled by the water damage specialists at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall. 

How To Prevent Flood Damage in Basements

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall Explains How To Prevent Flooding And Flood Damage In Basements.

Flooding in homes can happen suddenly. Millions of homes across the US get flooded due to heavy rains, and the overflow from nearby water bodies results. However, many US homes get flooded from sources within them. Water damage can occur from failure in plumbing systems which can flood homes. Water damage can be destructive. It can have long-term effects on the property value and even the health of its occupants. Flood restoration services can be expensive too, depending on the extent of the damage.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall provides restoration services after a fire, smoke, or water damage. This company has highly trained restoration technicians and is locally owned and operated. As trusted leaders in the property damage restoration industry, they have the training, equipment, and resources to handle a disaster of any size. They serve different local communities across Pennsylvania, including in Whitehall, PA. In this article, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall explain how to prevent flooding in basements. 

What Causes Basement Flooding?

Heavy rains: Rainstorms can cause flooding in basements.

Leaks in Plumbing: Leaks in pipes, burst pipes, and faulty appliances can flood a basement. 

Leaky Windows: Basement windows can go unnoticed and when not maintained, window wells can be filled with water that leaks into the basement. 

Cracks In The Foundation: Temperature changes, settlement, and soil moisture levels can cause cracks in the foundation. Foundation cracks are a common cause of basement flooding.

Faulty Appliances: A water heater that crosses its lifespan is at risk of bursting. Burst water heaters can rapidly flood a basement. Washing machines can leak when they are faulty too.

How To Prevent Flooding in Basements

Gutter Maintenance: Gutters must be cleaned at least twice a year. Natural debris like twigs or leaves can block gutters and push rainwater down the siding and around the home. Water that pools can get into the basement through cracks in the foundation. 

Extend Downspouts: Extending downspouts so that water is directed away from the house foundation helps direct water away from the house. Downspout extensions are available at local hardware stores and are easily installable. 

Grading the Yard: If water pools around the home when it rains it indicates poor grading. Water must be channeled away from the home. A landscaper can help to grade the lawn away from the home. 

Inspecting The Foundation For Cracks: Foundation cracks cause water to permeate the concrete. Inspecting the foundation a few times a year and sealing them can help prevent basement flooding. 

Maintaining A Gap Between Mulch and Sliding: Having a gap of around 6 inches between flower beds and the wall of a house will help move water away from the building when there is a rainstorm. 

Watering Lawns Properly: Overwatering lawns can lead to basement flooding problems. Only the recommended amount of water for the lawn and plants must be provided. Sprinklers must be placed so that they are clear of the house and must be programmed so that the lawn is not watered excessively.

Maintenance: The plumbing and appliances like heaters and washing machines must be checked and maintenance work done as needed. This will help prevent leaking and resulting flood damage to an extent.

Sump Pump Installation and Maintenance: Sump pumps must be installed and regular maintenance work done. They help to prevent large-scale flooding and are a good investment in areas prone to flooding. 

Keep Windows Covered: Window well covers will help to protect basement windows from rainwater seeping into the basement through windows. Clear acrylic window covers will offer protection while keeping water out. 

Have Power Backup: A backup generator will keep electricity, heat, pump, and septic tank operating in case of a power outage. When these don't operate the risk of the basement flooding rises.

All these steps will help to reduce the risk of flood damage. However, there can always be accidental causes that lead to flooding. Homeowners in flood-prone areas could take an insurance policy for flood damage after enquiring. Flood damage restoration is tedious and time-sensitive. A professional company will be helpful in providing flood damage restoration services. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall provides 24-hour emergency services and responds immediately to a flood or water damage. With highly trained water restoration technicians who provide advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying services, they are the best choice to handle flood damage. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall can be contacted at any time, on any day of the week for fire and water damage restoration services at (610) 559-9380.

What Causes Commercial Water Damage?

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall provides information on how commercial water damage occurs in this article.

Water damage is a leading cause of property damage. It affects homes and businesses. Water damage can be devastating in all ways, including financially. Especially with commercial property damage, the impact of physical and financial loss can affect current and future business. 

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem,  and Whitehall provides residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services. The company takes care of cleanup and restoration necessary after a fire, smoke, or water damage. They are certified in mold and mildew mitigation too. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall is committed to helping businesses to resume functioning smoothly as soon as possible. In this article, the commercial property damage repair professionals share some information on how commercial water damage is caused. 

Business owners should be aware of hazards that lead to water damage. It is easy to expect storms or bad weather to lead to water damage. But water damage is commonly caused by unpredictable causes that do not come to mind immediately. 

Causes of commercial water damage 

Malfunctioning Sprinkler Systems: Sprinkler systems can malfunction especially if they are outdated, faulty, or neglected. Broken or malfunctioning sprinkler systems can cause water damage.

Burst Pipes: Pipes can burst to cause water damage in residential or commercial buildings. It is important to ensure water keeps flowing when the temperature falls so that the water does not freeze. When water freezes it expands, which can cause pipes to rupture. This can lead to flooding in a building within minutes. 

Broken Equipment and Appliances: Appliances and equipment can break or develop faults. When sinks, toilets, washing machines, dryers, etc back up, they can cause water to leak. In commercial buildings, these leaks can go unnoticed depending on when and where the leaks occur. 

Sewer Lines Back-Up: Sewer lines can back up, and there is a risk of the building being exposed to black water. This can be toxic and damage furnishing and devices. Business owners must be vigilant about maintenance in the building to help prevent commercial water damage.

HVAC System Malfunction: HVAC systems are essential in commercial buildings to maintain a comfortable temperature and air quality. Clogging or leaking occurring in HVAC systems can cause water damage. HVAC systems need regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent this.

Damaged Windows: Rainwater and moisture can seep into buildings through windows that are broken or need to be recaulked. Even if the water is not enough to cause flooding, it can cause water damage to building materials like drywall, and lead to mold growth.

Roof Leaks: When roofs are old or sustain damage, they let in elements they are supposed to protect buildings from. Leaky roofs can result in water damage during heavy rains or snowstorms. 

Natural Disasters: As mentioned above, extreme weather can lead to flood damage or water damage. 

Businesses can take steps to avoid commercial water damage. Though commercial property insurance can offer financial protection, water damage can force businesses to close or relocate, if necessary, for a while during water damage restoration. Despite the caution, commercial water damage can happen. In such instances, quick and thorough water damage restoration is essential. Delaying water damage restoration can worsen the extent of water damage and lead to complications like mold. This is why hiring a company to handle commercial water damage restoration is helpful. 

The staff at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall is trained at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility. The company also has IICRC industry certifications. They are equipped to handle residential and commercial restoration services. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division has specialists who are qualified and positioned to handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall has personnel with the training, experience, and equipment to handle flooding or water damage emergencies in small offices or big box stores. They can be contacted at (610) 559-9380 for commercial restoration services for any kind of property damage. 

SERVPRO of Easton: Top Reasons Why You Need Professional Smoke and Odor Removal

4/16/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary:  SERVPRO Talks about fire recovery and the importance of professional smoke and soot odor removal to restore your property to its original state. 

SERVPRO Fire Recovery Guide | Smoke and Soot Odor Removal

After a fire, residential and commercial properties find that smoke and soot odor removal quickly becomes one of the top priorities in fire restoration services. While many people may not regard smoke and soot odors the same as fire and water damage, its force is just as damaging, costly, and concerning. 

If your home or business has been damaged by fire, here are the top reasons why smoke and soot odor removal is better left to professionals. 

Soot Can Cause Further Damage

Soot is a corrosive agent and letting it sit for even a short time can cause further damage to your property. It can cause walls, ceilings, flooring, and other surfaces to discolor, tarnish or pit metal, and become trapped in wood, carpeting, draperies, and other softer and more porous materials, among other problems. If left too long, the discoloration can become permanent. 

Soot isn't Grime

Soot is not just a grimy mess. It is made of tiny particles that contain acids, chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. The makeup of soot depends on the materials that were on fire, so cleaning soot requires the knowledge, tools, and processes necessary to remove it without causing more damage. While present, soot continues to off-put gasses and chemicals into the air. 

Soot Exposure Can Be Dangerous

Soot is made of tiny toxic particles that can invade the body through the skin or by breathing the contaminated air. Touching or breathing soot can lead to potential health effects. To avoid these health effects, hire professionals to make sure that soot-affected areas get properly cleaned and sanitized. 

Professionals Have the Right Equipment 

During a fire, tiny soot particulates invade the structure and if not removed, can be recirculated indefinitely by movement, fans, and HVAC systems. SERVPRO of Easton has specialized tools to remove the soot and proper protective gear to handle affected areas. 

Professionals Can Help With an Insurance Claim

Did you know that your structure does not have to have suffered a fire to be fire damaged? If your structure was next to or in the contamination zone of another structure fire, forest fire, or wildfire, and suffers damage from smoke and soot, it may be covered by insurance. Professional soot and smoke removal companies in Easton can help ensure that the damage is properly cataloged which helps insurance companies process claims. 

Soot and Smoke Odor Removal Companies Save Time and Money

Removing smoke and soot odors from the home requires a lot of specialized equipment and techniques to restore indoor air quality following a fire. A mask, mop, and bucket simply are not enough and not effective. Using the wrong products and techniques can cause additional damage and delays. Restoration companies specialize in removing soot and smoke odors quickly so you can return to normal operations as quickly as possible. 

Professionals Get the Job Done Quickly

Aside from the hassle of dealing with the smell, there are some important reasons to hire a professional who gets the job done faster. 

  • If the walls aren’t cleaned correctly and swiftly, the smoke and soot stains from a fire can become permanent. 
  • If left untreated or in the area for too long, building occupants could be breathing harmful chemicals. 
  • Some fire policies now have a forty-five (45) day limit on when an insured can report smoke, soot, or ash damage.

Looking For Professional Smoke and Soot Odor Removal in Easton? 

Never attempt smoke and soot odor removal alone. Local water and fire damage restoration experts SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall provide the swift and reliable services you need. For residential or commercial services in Nazareth, PA, and surrounding areas, call (610) 559-9380 or email SERVPRO5770@SERVPROofeaston.com today.

SERVPRO of Easton Provides Simple Steps to Avoid Flood or Restore Flood Damages

4/16/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO explains Snowmelt Flood Damage, How to Avoid it, and Why Swift Restoration is Essential to Health and Safety. 

Snowmelt Flood Damage Cleaning and Restoration Services at SERVPRO

As warmer weather approaches, one of the first things home and business owners should worry about is minimizing flood damage caused by snowmelt. The areas of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall average more than 45 inches of rainfall and 30 inches of snowfall per year. Not being ready for that volume of water can lead to significant flood damage. When you have water damage, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall responds quickly to help minimize damage and begin the restoration process. 

How to Minimize Snowmelt and Flood Damage

A commonly overlooked result of heavy snowfall and ice accumulation during the winter is the potential water damage that can occur when the snow melts. Runoff from rain and melted snow, or things like frozen pipes and ice dams, can quickly overwhelm drainage systems and end up damaging your property. You can minimize flood damage by taking a few proactive steps. 

Move the Snow

Move piled snow as far away from the property’s foundation as possible and to an area where it will not cause damage. 

Clean the Gutter System and Downspouts

Remove debris that can clog the system. Cleaning gutters will help direct water to the proper places and away from the building structure. It is advisable to use snow melt tabs to break down snow and ice stuck in the gutters. To prevent large amounts of water from snowmelt runoff or spring rainstorms pooling close to your property, attach a sloped leader to your downspouts. These extensions carry the water farther away from the structure, minimizing the risk of water or flood damage.

Remove Excess Snow

It is possible to prevent the need for water damage restoration and encourage water flow by hiring a contractor to remove excess snow from the roof.

Seal Cracks in Your Foundation, Doors, and Windows

Water is a powerful and destructive force against your property. Because of this, it is important to secure entrances and exits, windows, and cracks in the foundation against water intrusion. Once water enters, it begins to degrade the materials and can cause other problems that pose potential health effects, such as mold. 

Install a Sump Pump

If you do not have a working sump pump, have one installed, or take time to inspect your existing pump. Ideally, this device should prevent flooding and flood damage to your basement or foundation, but it must be running optimally. If the pump has a battery back-up, install new batteries for the season, and make sure the pump and drain are in good working order. Pour water into the pit to test its functionality. 

Pay Attention to Weather Forecasts

A  rainstorm or a rapid increase in temperature that causes snowmelt can overwhelm a structure’s ability to shed water away from the roof and foundation and lead to serious water damage. 

Snowmelt Flood Damage Dangers to Structures

Snowmelt flooding occurs yearly in localized areas and can devastate a business or homeowner. Here are just a few of the damages caused by cold weather water and its effects.

Roof Damage

The accumulation of snow on the roof adds weight that can cause small cracks to the roofing system. With temperature fluctuations, the water can get into those cracks and then expand the cracks with the next freeze. When temperatures rise and the snow melts rapidly, water can seep into the cracks and make its way further into the roof structure causing roof rot, and other problems. 

Damage Caused By Ice Dams

Ice dams, or the dam at the edge of the roof near the eaves, prevent snow melt from draining off the roof properly and can cause standing water. The standing water can cause problems such as roof rot, leaks, damaged shingles, as well as damage to gutter systems, ceilings, walls, studs, and insulation.  

Moisture Attracts Pests

One of the lesser considered problems with flood damage is attracting pests. Pests such as mice love to find weak areas in the foundation or structure to make their way into a building. Once inside, they can cause untold damage to insulation, wiring, and more. 

Flood Damage Restoration Near Me? Call SERVPRO.

Cold weather and winter storms can cause significant damage with no warning. Regardless of the type of storm, the highly-trained team at SERVPRO of Easton can handle any size flood damage event and provide rapid response. For residential or commercial flood restoration services in Bethlehem, PA, and surrounding areas, call (610) 559-9380 or email SERVPRO5770@SERVPROofeaston.com today. 

SERVPRO: Reasons Why Water Damage Restoration is Not a DIY Project

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO explains why it is best to use professional water damage restoration services, tools, and technologies to recover after water or flood damage. 

Top Reasons to Hire Water Damage Restoration Companies in Easton

With all the DIY resources online, you may be wondering why to hire a commercial water damage restoration expert in Easton. If you have suffered water damage at your commercial property, attempting to clean and restore it yourself can do far more damage than good.

Here are the top reasons hiring a professional water damage restoration service is the best option to get your property, life, and operations back on track.

Hidden Moisture

Water is a swift and powerfully destructive force. While it is possible to get the surface level water removed using DIY techniques, it very rarely is actually dry. The hidden moisture that remains continues to cause damage. Professionals use powerful extraction and drying technologies, to ensure that the water is gone and that the property is safely returned to its normal condition. 

Experts Can Identify Extent of Damage

One of the most important parts of water damage restoration is understanding how water damage works and identifying areas of damage. Materials like wood, carpet, and insulation can soak up the water and take it deep below the surface and into walls in a matter of minutes. Water restoration experts use water sensors to detect moisture and then extraction, drying, or removal techniques to solve the problem. 

Proper Clean-Up Safeguards Health

Without proper water restoration, the water that remains can continue to pose health and safety hazards. Moisture breeds mold, bacteria, and fungus, and can continue to break down other materials within the structure. 

Professionals Have the Right Technologies

Anyone that has had extensive water damage knows that a mop and bucket is no match for the job. Once water is introduced to the environment, getting it out fast is the first order of business. The longer it sits, the longer it has to get deep into walls and flooring where it can cause health hazards and structural damage. Professionals have the team and technologies it takes to remove the water as fast as possible.

The Clean-Up Process Can Pose a Health Hazard

There are three types of water in water restoration—clean, gray, and black water. While clean water does not pose any health risks, gray and black water can carry disease pathogens. Water restoration companies are equipped with high-grade extraction vacuums, pumps, dehumidifiers, fans, filters, and the proper safety equipment needed to remove water that may pose a health hazard. 

Get Correct Insurance Payout

Hiring a professional restoration company makes it easier to meet all of the insurance requirements needed to get a proper payout.  Professional water damage restoration companies in Easton can help ensure that the damage is properly cataloged which helps insurance companies process claims. 

It Saves Your Time and Money 

A water restoration service has the experience and tools needed to get your property back to normal as quickly as possible. Faster recovery means you can resume life or operations much more quickly. It also means that water has less time to cause damage, which equals decreased costs. 

Professional Water Restoration is Fast

Water damage needs swift attention or the remaining water can cause even more damage to the home or business. Standing water breeds bacteria, breaks down material, creates a breeding ground for mold, damages walls, and more in a matter of hours. SERVPRO of Easton understands that emergencies don’t always happen during business hours and offers 24/7 emergency service so you get the water restoration help you need fast. 

Looking For Professional Water Damage Restoration in Easton? 

Available 24/7, local fire and water damage restoration experts SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall provide the swift and reliable services you need. For commercial restoration services in Walnutport, PA, and surrounding areas, call (610) 559-9380 or email SERVPRO5770@SERVPROofeaston.com today. 

Signs of Sewage Backup

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The signs that indicate sewage backup are listed by SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall.

Flooding can cause thousands of dollars of property damage to buildings. The cost of flood damage restoration depends on various factors. One such factor is the type of water causing the flood. Sewage water is contaminated and its removal and cleanup are more expensive compared to less contaminated water. It would be better if homeowners monitor and maintain the plumbing and sewage lines to prevent flooding from these as much as possible. This article lists the signs of sewage backup. With their experience in flood damage restoration, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall understand that preventing flooding if possible is best. In case of any flood damage, especially when the damage is severe, they provide exceptional water damage restoration services.

Sewer lines have a main line running from the house to the street. Secondary lines connect each drain to the main line. Sewage backup can occur due to blockage in the pipes. This can be due to different reasons like:

  1. Oil or grease that is poured down kitchen sinks that build up and clog the drain.
  2. Flushing anything not supposed to be flushed like paper towels, feminine hygiene products, or toys.
  3. Wear and tear of sewer lines over time.
  4. Tree roots that grow and invade pipes.
  5. Rainstorms can cause a backup in the public sewage system that leads to blockages and backup in sewage lines.

It is normal to ignore sewer lines until sewage backup occurs. Paying attention to the following signs can help to identify sewer backup, and rectify it before it causes flood damage.

Toilets That Flush Slowly

When the water swirls slowly down the toilet bowl after flushing it indicates a problem with the sewer. If normal plunging by the homeowner does not rectify this, it indicates the problem is with the main sewer line.

Several Clogged Drains

When multiple drains are clogged it indicates a problem with the sewage line. The lowest drains get blocked first. When rarely used drains are clogged it is of more concern.

Foul Smells

A properly working drain will not cause odor. A foul smell or stench from a drain indicates sewage blockage.

Water Backup in Other Drains

Water backing up in a drain when another is being used can be a sign of a clogged up sewer pipe. Gurgling from the shower when a toilet is used is such a situation.


A bubbling drain, after flushing a toilet or running the sink for instance, is easy to spot. It happens because air gets trapped and causes bubbles when wastewater is being pushed against a clog in the drain. If bubbling is noticed it must be checked. If bubbling happens repeatedly that means the sewage line has a block.

Tree Roots

Slow flowing drains and gurgling sounds from toilets can indicate tree roots are invading a sewer line. This is especially so in older homes with sewer lines made of clay or porous material. Surrounding tree roots can grow into the sewer pipes and expand to rupture the pipe.

Sewage in the Cleanout Pipe

A capped pipe that provides direct access to the sewage line is the cleanout pipe. It is usually located outside or in the basement. A backup in the sewer line pushes wastewater back up, and through the cleanout pipe. This accumulates in the cleanout pipe, and as backup builds it can spill out. Sewage water from the cleanout pipe in the basement or yard, or standing water in the cleanout pipe point to a problem with sewage backup. The cleanout pipe can be checked when other signs of a sewage backup are present. If there is a leak of sewage water in a basement it might need to be tackled by professional flood damage restoration services to limit the damage.

Flooding caused by a sewage backup is more complex to clean up as the water is contaminated. Preventing sewage backup is ideal. But in case of this happening a flood damage restoration service like SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall can provide reliable and professional water damage restoration by trained and certified personnel. They can be contacted on (610) 559-9380. A professional company like SERVPRO will ensure that flood damage is handled quickly by professionals with expertise who use technologically advanced equipment. This means the flood damage is handled as safely and as efficiently as possible.

How To Identify Signs of Roof Damage After A Storm

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: How homeowners can check for damage to roofs after a storm is shared by property damage repair experts, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall.

Storms can be very destructive. There are different types of storms like blizzards, hailstorms, thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, derecho storms, etc. They can cause property damage incurring costs depending on the severity of storms and the extent of the damage.

Types of Damages Caused by Storms

  1. Wind Damage

Strong winds can weaken and compromise roofs, especially over time.

  1. Hail Damage

Hail storms can penetrate shingles or wooden shakes leading to leaks, and water damage.

  1. Water Damage

Exposure to water can result in water damage from the roof to the foundation of a building. It compromises the structural integrity of a house and can lead to mold formation.

  1. Impact Damage

Latent damage that occurs over time and is not always immediately noticeable is impact damage. It causes premature aging of the structure.

Damage to the roof is common after storms. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall shares some signs of storm damage to a roof. Identifying damage and promptly performing storm damage restoration is important to minimize the extent of damage and the cost of repair.

Signs of Roof Damage

Homeowners must wait until the storm has passed and it is safe to check the roof from outside. Attempting to walk on the roof is too dangerous and should be avoided. Instead, the following signs can be checked for.

  • Leaks or signs of water damage in the attic indicate a leaking roof.
  • The yard and house exterior must be checked for fallen tree limbs, missing parts of a fence, damage to outdoor furniture, and signs of hail damage to flat surfaces like patios and decks which can indicate a probability of storm damage to the roof. Shingle or metal pieces from the flashing of the roof on the premises show that the roof has sustained damage.
  • Cracked windows and dents on home gutters and roofing accessories like gable vents, may indicate the roof has been damaged.
  • The roof can be checked from the ground while walking around the house or from windows of the house that give a good view of different parts of the roof. Noting down and taking pictures of signs of storm damage like dents or missing shingles. This can help in documentation and may help in the insurance claim process.

    - Signs of Wind Damage
    Missing shingles, shingles that are missing granules after a storm, cracks or tears in rubber roofing, damage to the chimney, like missing bricks, a leaning chimney, damaged or missing chimney cap, leaks after wind that was accompanied by rain are all signs of roof damage.

    - Signs of Hail Damage
    Pockmarks on the shingles of the roof, areas of missing granules on roof shingles, round ball-like indentations on the exteriors of the home.

    - Signs of Damage by Debris
    Debris like tree branches on the roof, cracked or missing shingles, missing granules on shingles, or a big pile of shingle granules at the bottom of a downspout after a storm.

After the initial inspection of damage (further inspection can be done by a professional), and documenting signs of damage noticed, a storm damage restoration specialist can be approached. The insurance provider must be contacted. 

A property damage repair company like SERVPRO Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall can provide all restoration services needed after storm damage. Commercial and residential property can sustain storm damage that needs water damage cleanup and restoration, mold remediation, and structural repairs including repair or restoration to the roof. All these services may be provided by SERVPRO Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall which is a trusted leader in the water restoration industry. They can be contacted on (610) 559-9380 for fast service by a team of highly trained water restoration technicians for disasters of any size.

The Causes, Signs, and Management of Ceiling Water Damage

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: This article by SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall explains what causes water damage to ceilings, its signs, and what can be done after it happens.

Water damage can be very dangerous to homes, commercial property, and belongings. Statistics say 1 in 50 insured homes has a water damage (including damage related to freezing) claim each year. Water damage can be very costly. It involves water removal, cleanup, drying, disinfection, and repair and restoration costs. It also depends on many factors like the extent of water damage, the type of water causing the damage, and the cost of labor and materials in the area.

Water damage can be caused by weather conditions like thunderstorms, clogged gutters, leaky pipes or appliances, blocked drains, etc. Water damage can affect buildings in so many ways. There can be damage to almost anything including the foundation, walls, floors, furniture, furnishing, electronics, etc. Property damage restoration companies help to restore the property to pre-damage conditions. In this article SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall gives some information on ceiling water damage.

Ceiling water damage results from excess water seeping into the ceiling. This usually happens from a leak above. This kind of water damage can lead to mold growth and structural weakening. It can even lead to a collapsed ceiling and extensive property damage.

Signs of Ceiling Water Damage

  • Bubbled or peeling paint on the ceiling
  • Discolored and rancid water leaking
  • Water stains, moldy or brown patches on the ceiling
  • Recent cracks forming in the ceiling
  • Sagging or bowing of the ceiling
  • Swollen walls and door casings
  • Dripping from the ceiling
  • Beads of water along the wall

Causes of Ceiling Water Damage

  • Plumbing leaks can lead to water from rooms above to drip into the ceilings of the rooms below causing water damage.
  • Roof leaks and damage after storms can lead to water damage to the ceiling. Signs of water damage from leaking roofs include damp drywall, wet wood beams, and water or excess moisture in the attic. Roof leaks can cause discolored spots in the ceiling called water spots.

Results of Ceiling Water Damage

  1. Unpleasant appearance

Peeling paint and plaster, discoloration of the ceiling, damaged wallpaper and trims, and a sagging ceiling are all caused by ceiling water damage. This creates an unappealing look.

  1. Mold

Mold can grow after water damage to the ceiling and this can spread all over the house.

  1. Fire Risk

Electrical wiring can be exposed to water content in the ceiling. This is a fire hazard.

  1. Risk of Falls and Injury

Water-damaged ceilings can leak, forming puddles on the floor. This is a fall risk, especially if there are little children or older adults.

  1. Increased Utility Bills

Ceiling water damage can affect the insulation and this affects its performance, contributing to a rise in electricity bills.

What To Do After Ceiling Water Damage is Noticed

Water damage to the ceiling can spread to other parts of the house. Steps must be taken to prevent this. Furniture or other objects must be removed if water can drip on them from above. Containers can be placed to collect the water to prevent the floor from getting wet. Drywall can absorb and spread the water. So localizing the leak by using a tarp or making a hole for water to come out helps to stop the spread and limit the water damage.

An inspection must be done to identify if there is an internal ceiling leak or an external ceiling leak. This must be done with caution to avoid any danger like exposure to asbestos, lead-based paint, or mold, and risk of falls from ladders or due to weak structures. If the source of water can be controlled or repaired, that must be done first.

Homeowners might be able to handle minimal ceiling damage by themselves. The leak or source of water must be identified and stopped, the wet ceiling must be dried, damages to the ceiling must be repaired, and when complete it must be sealed and painted. But for any more damage or for homeowners who find this difficult it is best to get assistance from a water damage restoration company.

A company like SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall has highly trained technicians, and the most advanced specialized equipment to handle any water damage. They offer residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services required after a disaster of any size that leads to fire or water damage. This company offers 24/7 emergency services and helps manage insurance paperwork and processes in Northampton, PA, and surrounding areas. Customers looking for restoration services by trained and certified professionals with a compassionate approach can contact SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall on (610) 559-9380 or via email at SERVPRO5770@SERVPROofeaston.com

What is Water Damage and its Classes and Categories?

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: What water damage is, its causes, and types are outlined by SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall.

Water damage is a common cause of property damage in the United States. Industry estimates place the number of people experiencing a water damage emergency at homes or workplaces at 14,000 a day. Insurance companies pay billions of dollars every year on claims related to water damage and subsequent mold. Household water leaks cause a trillion gallons of water loss a year. 

The figures above reveal why water damage is something to be aware of and prevented, as far as possible. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall explains what water damage is.

According to Wikipedia, water damage describes the possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable the attack of a material or system by destructive processes like the rotting of wood, mold growth, bacterial growth, rusting of steel, swelling of composite woods, delamination of materials like plywood, etc. In general, any destruction of property interiors or external structures of a building from a water related source is water damage.

Water damage can affect buildings in many ways. There can be floor warping, discoloration of walls, mold formation, vermin infestation, and even weakening of foundations. Water damage is sudden and can cost a lot to repair and restore. Hence, quick and professional water damage restoration services are important to limit the damage and expenses.

Causes of Water Damage

Leaking pipes

Blocked gutters

Faulty sump pumps

Faulty appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, water heaters, or AC units

Malfunctioning sprinkler systems

Clogged drains from a kitchen sink or bathroom

Leaking Roof

Severe weather like thunderstorms and hurricanes

It must be noted that from the perspective of insurance, flood damage is considered different from water damage. Damage resulting from floods is covered by separate insurance that homeowners in flood-prone areas can choose to purchase. Water damage also has to be sudden and accidental. Insurance claims typically will not cover water damage caused by negligence and poor maintenance of homes.

Classification of Water Damage

The class of damage a water damage incident falls into is determined by the degree of damage to the property. There are four classes of water damage.

Class 1

Class 1 water damage is caused by uncontaminated water and minimal water absorption, affecting either a portion of a room (less than 5% of the total square footage including floors, walls and ceilings) or an area where materials have low porosity and the room has a slow evaporation rate. 

Class 2

An entire room is affected but only 5-40% of the entire square footage of the room (floors, walls and ceilings). There is the presence of porous materials such as carpet and carpet padding which absorb water needing extraction. Water may have wicked up the wall less than 2 feet, and there is moisture in structural materials. This class of damage has a fast evaporation rate and the time required to dry the area will increase.

Class 3

More than 40% of the total square footage of the impacted area is affected. There is significant water absorption in the flooring, insulation, subflooring, structural materials, and water has wicked up the walls at least 2 feet.  Class 3 water damage has the fastest evaporation rate. Water removal will take longer and may require special equipment to dry sufficiently. This class of water damage usually results from an overhead source such as a burst pipe in the ceiling or water intrusion from the roof.

Class 4

Class 4 water damage means a significant amount of water has had time to be absorbed into low porosity materials like plaster, hardwood flooring, and concrete. Water removal in this class of damage is complex and water damage restoration will require specialized equipment and takes more time to remediate than the other classes.

Categories of Water Damage

Based on the level of contamination of water causing damage within a building, there are 3 categories of water damage.

Category 1 Water - here the source of water is sanitary or considered to be minimally contaminated, hence referred to as clean water. This includes tub or sink overflows, and broken water supply lines.

Category 2 Water – water causing damage contains contaminants that can lead to discomfort or health effects if consumed. This is called gray water. Water is usually from appliances like dishwashers or washing machines, water beds, aquariums, or toilet bowls with urine (no feces).

Category 3 Water – is grossly contaminated water called black water. Black water is highly unsafe and should not be consumed or handled without proper safety measures in place. This water includes sewage, seawater, water rising from rivers or streams, storm surge, toilet backflows, etc.

Water damage restoration is best started as quickly as possible. Water damage affects property, possessions, and treasured keepsakes. Apart from the damage to furniture, appliances, electronics, and documents, even the structure of buildings can be damaged. 

Water damage affects homeowners physically, financially, and emotionally. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall understands the stress that comes with water damage and the associated disruption caused to the life of a homeowner or business owner. Their highly trained staff offers professional water damage restoration services. They can be contacted on (610) 559-9380 or via email at SERVPRO5770@SERVPROofeaston.com

What is Commercial Property Damage Restoration

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: A brief description of what the commercial damage restoration consists of is provided by SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall, a professional in this field. 

In business and life in general, being prepared for the unexpected is very important. Running a business is always challenging, but this gets more complicated when unexpected things like commercial property damage occur. Property damage refers to physical damage to any tangible property, be it a building or a computer. If the damage occurred in a business or commercial property it is referred to as commercial property damage.

All businesses run the risk of commercial property damage caused by accidental fires, non-weather-related water damage caused by leaking or faulty appliances, burglaries and vandalism, accidents involving chemicals, or weather related incidents such as hail, wind, and storms. 

Commercial damage restoration services are sought by:

  •                     Office buildings
  •                     Shops, shopping centers, and retail spaces
  •                     Hotels, motels, and restaurants
  •                     Multifamily housing, high-rise residentials
  •                     Nursing homes and hospitals
  •                     Churches
  •                     Office parks
  •                     Day-care centers and schools
  •                     Government/Military facilities
  •                     Manufacturing and industrial facilities

Commercial damage restoration is different from residential damage restoration. This is because the area affected can be larger, there are various stakeholders, and the timeframe is very important as businesses need to resume normal operations as soon as possible. There might also be the need to restore documents, electronics, and data that are particularly critical for a business. 

In general, commercial damage restoration services from the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall include the following:

  1. Commercial flood and water damage restoration: Water extraction, drying, cleanup, and restoration are done by trained professionals using large loss equipment. Technicians will work with the business to help ensure minimal disruption to business operations and restore the property to preloss condition.
  2. Commercial mold remediation: If mold is present trained professionals will contain the mold infestation to help prevent the spread of mold and begin mold remediation to restore the property to its preloss condition.
  3. Commercial Fire and smoke damage restoration: Cleaning to get rid of soot and dust, retrieving salvageable objects for restoration, deodorization, reconstruction, repair, and cleanup are all part of the process. Water damage will be present as well from the hoses and sprinklers that put out the fire , so water damage mitigation will be part of the process.
  4. Emergency power and lighting: This may be needed after water, fire, and storms.
  5. Board-up and temporary roofing: Damaged roofs and windows can lead to further damage by water leaking in or wind. There is also the risk of theft. This can cause more liability. Temporary arrangements may be needed to secure the area.
  6. Document recovery and restoration: Offices may have sensitive data and customer information to be restored. Books, documents, electronics, and fine art pieces are salvaged and restored if possible.
  7. Heating, Ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services and air duct cleaning and repair may be needed after damage and restoration work to remove dust, moisture, and microbes.
  8. Reconstruction and remodeling services: Include drywall removal and installation, electrical repair, floor repair, temporary fencing, furniture restoration, roofing services, carpet repair and installation, painting, plumbing, dry cleaning are all parts of the services offered.
  9. Move Out and temporary warehouse space may need to be arranged.
  10. Biohazard cleanup: Safe removal and disposal of biohazard materials like chemical spills, incidents requiring blood cleanup, and animal waste will be completed by trained technicians in safety gear.
  11. Cleanup of the property following a crime, or incidents of vandalism and graffiti is also handled by commercial restoration service professionals. 
  12. Disinfection services- Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning.

Businesses can take measures to prevent property damage. But accidents and unpredictable incidents can result in damages. Commercial property damage can be financially devastating. Prompt property damage restoration is key to avoid further damage and mounting expenses. Delay in getting back to business as usual can lead to loss of customers, revenue loss, and even business closure. It is important businesses purchase insurance policies carefully considering the possible need for commercial property claims. 

Choosing the right commercial damage restoration company is important for the job to be done professionally, safely, and efficiently. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall is a large-loss recovery team. Their recovery equipment and qualified IICRC-certified restoration technicians enable them to tackle any kind of commercial damage, be it small or big. SERVPRO has a 24-hour emergency service that ensures they are fast to reach in any kind of disaster. They can be reached on (610) 559-9380, 24/7. As part of a national network of 1,700 franchises, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall prides itself on the fastest response times and ability to handle any restoration work regardless of the property type or size. 

Causes and Prevention of Electrical Fires

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall lists some causes of electrical fires and how to prevent them.

Fires are a cause of property damage. Electrical fires occur in both residential and commercial properties. The term electrical fire broadly refers to a fire caused by an electrical source. Malfunction or failure of electrical components within equipment or machinery can cause electrical fires. Electrical fires can originate in electric wires, circuit breakers, and cables.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, around 10% of the reported home structure fires per year between 2014 and 2016 are due to electrical distribution or lighting equipment. These incidents caused an average of 18 % of civilian deaths and cost $1.4 billion in direct property damage annually.

Electrical problems are the third leading cause of home fires and the fourth leading cause of home fire fatalities. Awareness about electrical fires and their causes is important. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall are knowledgeable professionals in fire damage restoration. They share information on how electrical fires happen and preventive steps.

Common Causes of Electrical Fires

1. Faulty electrical outlets and appliances:

Faulty outlets, worn-out electrical sockets, and outdated appliances can cause electrical fires. Frayed cords can heat combustible surfaces like curtains or rugs to start fires. Removing grounding plugs to fit a cord in a two-pronged electrical outlet can cause a fire by drawing more electricity than an appliance can handle.

Old appliances may not meet standards related to wattage, quality of materials, and safety regulations. They can cause electrical fires due to related malfunctions.

 2. Light fixtures:

Using light bulbs with a higher wattage than recommended or faulty lamps and light fixtures can cause an electrical fire.  Materials like cloth or paper kept in contact with light fixtures can get heated up and ignite.

3. Portable heaters:

Keeping portable heaters near curtains, rugs, and home furnishings for a long time can cause fire damage. Radiator-type heaters diffuse heat all over their surface and are less likely to cause fires than coil heaters, but must still be kept away from flammable materials.

4. Misuse of extension cords and electrical circuit overloads:

Plugging several appliances into a single extension cord can cause excess power load on a socket. An overloaded circuit poses a risk for an electrical fire. Extension cords are to be used only for temporary purposes. Kinked cords can cause electrical fires due to excess heat they produce that melts their insulation.

5. Outdated wiring:

Homes that are more than 20 years old may not have wiring of sufficient capacity to handle all modern-day appliances in an average home of today. Old wiring also tends to heat up quickly and start a fire. Flickering lights and intermittent power outages, excessively hot appliances, sparks and shock from electrical outlets and appliances, and burning smells can indicate wiring problems.

Tips to Prevent Electrical Fires

Inspection by a qualified electrician ensures that safety regulations of the NEC are met. Older homes may need more frequent inspections, say every 3 to 5 years.

Installing enough electrical outlets instead of using extension cords prevents fires due to electrical overload.

Frayed or damaged cords and wires, or cords that cause excessive heat should be replaced.

Light bulbs and devices must be of the recommended wattage to avoid overheating and fire risks. Care should be taken to avoid paper and cloth from coming into contact with lamps and light fixtures.

Portable heaters with safety features must be used and should not be placed where there is foot traffic or too close to furniture or flammable material.

Installing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to be prepared for any emergency is a good step.

In case of any fire damage and subsequent water damage, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall are available 24/7. They can be called on (610) 559-9380 for any fire damage restoration service needed. An estimated 51,000 home electrical fires occur each year in the United States. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall is dedicated to preventing this as much as possible. In case of such mishaps, their specialized fire and water training and expertise are offered to restore homes and businesses to a pre-fire condition. Making it “Like it never even happened,” is what SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall aims for.

Choosing The Right Commercial Damage Restoration Service

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Business owners can choose the best commercial damage restoration company using these points shared by SERVPRO

While business owners always try to maintain their property in the best condition and to prevent any kind of damage, they also try to prepare themselves to handle damages. All businesses run the risk of damage; it can be due to natural disasters like fire or floods. Even in areas not prone to natural causes, damages from man-made disasters like accidental fires, water damage from leaking, burglaries, accidents involving chemicals,  etc.   Businesses of a certain nature are more prone to some types of accidents like restaurants have a risk of fire accidents.

Usually, commercial restoration services offered include

  1. Flood and Water Damage Restoration: Water Extraction, Drying, Mold Remediation
  2. Fire and Smoke Damage: Cleaning and Deodorizing
  3. Emergency Power and Lighting and Board-Up
  4. Document Recovery and Restoration: Both paper and digital documents
  5. Reconstruction and Remodelling

Depending on what service they need, business owners can consider the following things before settling on the commercial restoration company they hire.


The amount of experience that the company has in commercial damage restoration is not the only indicator of its success, but companies with more experience might be able to provide better results.

 Job to be done vis-a-vis the Services

 The business owner must always be clear with what kind of damage has been sustained and the results expected. The company should have adequate resources like qualified and trained personnel, and sufficient specialized equipment that is best suited for the job. Keep in mind that the tools and techniques used in restoration differ from those used in general construction. Check that the company provides specialist services as required.


 A local company that offers damage restoration service might be better. They would be familiar with problems particular to the area and plan accordingly, and have required permits, and be more accessible.

 Licenses and Certifications

The property damage restoration company must have all the necessary licenses. This ensures quality and safety that is of prime importance. Usually, insurance companies check these credentials. Having additional certifications is a reflection of the commitment and indicates that the company keeps abreast of the latest advances in the field.

 Response Time

24/7 services are expected from commercial damage restoration services. Time is of essence to ensure the business can resume normal operations as soon as possible. Also, businesses need the area to be secured and what has been saved from damage needs to be protected and if necessary stored in a safe place. The speed with which the company responds by conducting assessment and explaining their plan of action indicate their preparedness and professionalism.

Check References

Business owners can try to check with previous clients who accessed the same services from the commercial damage restoration company they are considering engaging.

Budget and Timelines

It is always better to get an estimate and clear all queries before embarking on any project. Especially with restoration, this clarity must be there from the beginning. Similarly, for a business where time is money literally, there should be a timeline that the company provides so that the business continuity and personnel and client interests are affected as minimally as possible.

Commercial damage restoration can follow an accident or disaster or might be unavoidable with time. Whatever the circumstances it can be a stressful time for the business owner. In the aftermath of an unexpected event taking decisions and ensuring that all is done for the business to keep thriving is a huge task. Getting an expert in commercial property damage restoration is vital. Choosing a company like SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall that strives to minimize the stress and chaos that damage brings can be the best decision a business owner makes. SERVPRO provides restoration and cleaning services after fire or water damage. They can be reached 24/7 at (610) 559-9380.

Steps to Take After A Residential Fire

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall provide some helpful tips on what a home-owner must do immediately after a fire.

An estimated 368,500 residential building fires were reported in the United States between 2017 to 2019. In this period 77% of all fire deaths and 75% of all fire injuries happened in residential buildings. Most of these fires occur in the cooler months and the incidence peaks in January at 10%.

Fires that occur in homes are devastating in terms of injury or loss of life, property damage, and mental trauma. Most homeowners have home insurance that covers most of the fire damage restoration. Even though a property damage restoration company provides the best services possible, it would be very helpful for the homeowner to know what to do immediately after a fire. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall lists what to do immediately after a fire.

1. First Aid or Medical Treatment If Needed

In case of a small, confined fire there are chances that the residents can escape a house fire without any injury. But in the case of large, non-confined fires there are chances of injuries. Depending on the severity homeowners should avail of first aid from first-responders and medical treatment if indicated.

2. Communicating With Family

After evacuating all the residents it should be ensured that all the family members are safe. How family members react will vary depending on their ages, their proximity to the fire, the severity of the fire, and any injuries sustained. Family members must be reassured and arrangements made for their stay if needed. Any family members who were not in the house at the time can be informed. Home-owners who have no family nearby can reach out to friends who can offer the support needed.

3. Contact The Insurance Company

Contacting the insurance company helps to start the process of event documentation and begin the insurance claim process. An insurance agent would discuss alternative living arrangements and also provide contacts for fire damage restoration. The fire department provides a fire report, a copy of which would be helpful for the insurance company as well.

4. Assessing The Damage

Insurance companies usually send an expert to evaluate the nature and extent of damage to the house. This helps to decide if home restoration or reconstruction is needed. Damage caused by the fire has to be repaired, and a fire damage cleanup is essential for damage due to soot, smoke, and heat. Water damage repair will also be required to deal with the water damage caused as firefighters put out the fire using water. Professional property damage restoration companies like SERVPRO can help with both fire damage restoration and water damage restoration.

5. Enter the House Only When Safe

Until the fire department gives a clearance to enter, homeowners should avoid entering the house or building damaged by fire. Fire can begin again, even when seemingly put out. There can be hidden damage that weakens floors, doors, and walls that can cause injury. Homeowners are advised to retrieve only important documents and valuables.

6. List Items and Retrieve Undamaged Items

Segregating damaged and undamaged items in the house helps to provide the insurance company with a list of damaged items. The undamaged possessions can be listed for cleanup or repair by the restoration company. Photographing all items is helpful to provide the insurance company with accessing the damage.

After a fire at home, the entire family is shaken and disturbed. Homeowners can be overwhelmed by emotions and it can be a stressful time. Along with handling emotions, there are decisions to be made regarding the family members and the fire damage restoration process. A fire and water damage specialist like SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall has a wealth of experience. Their rapid response, professional service, and open communication ensure that homeowners get the best fire damage restoration while feeling comforted by the empathy, respect, and care from the SERVPRO team. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall can be reached on (610) 559-9380.

What To Do Before Storm Damage Restoration Begins

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall outlines types of storms, potential damages, and what to do before professional damage restoration begins.

Different parts of the country are prone to storms. Storms are a leading cause of water damage and can lead to other structural damages as well, depending on the type and intensity of the storm. Some common types of storms include:

  1. Hail Storms
  2. Thunderstorms
  3. Ice storms
  4. Tornadoes
  5. Blizzards
  6. Floods
  7. Hurricanes

People residing in storm-prone areas are usually prepared for the types of storms that are prevalent there. But there are instances of storms occurring in other areas too, or at odd times. Irrespective of when and where they occur storms are devastating when they cause damage. Storm damage can be limited or very extensive depending on the intensity. It can include water damage, mold, structural damage to roofs, flooring, and walls, electrical damages that can cause fire damage, etc.  Minimal damage may be manageable by the homeowner. When there is more damage a professional storm damage restoration service is the way to go. Here are some things to do after a storm to ensure safety until the property restoration and cleanup company arrives.

  • Safety and Essentials

Homeowners need to make sure that it is safe to step out. Get information from reliable sources like disaster relief personnel or local radio stations. Homeowners must retrieve only important documents or valuables if leaving the home is necessary for safety. If reentering a flooded home, a homeowner must take safety precautions. 

  • Contact Insurance Company

If the home insurance covers storm damage they should be contacted. It would be good to document all damages by taking pictures. This is helpful for the insurance company and storm damage restoration company.

  • Check if Water Inflow Can be Stopped

While stormwater is impossible to stop. Homeowners can try to divert water from the house by blocking or damming the water run and by ditching, if permitted. Flooding by freezing pipe bursts and such need professional help, but the water supply can be turned off to minimize water damage if possible.

  • Precautions to Avoid Electrical Dangers

Electrical appliances exposed to water can be disconnected if possible to do safely. They may need servicing. Frayed and damaged wires must be steered clear of. Any structural damage or damaged, exposed wires will need the services of an electrician. If the power can be switched off from a dry place it can be done. Otherwise, the electrician should do so. The utility company must be alerted if there are tree branches or other debris fallen on the power lines nearby.

  • Check the Roofing

The roof can be inspected and any possible temporary fix that prevents rain from coming in and minimizes water damage can be done, if safe. But eventually, this might be part of the damage restoration service needed.

  • Plumbing Issues

Pipes can be checked for visible damages. Ice storms and blizzards can cause freezing pipes to burst. In that case, the water taps to toilets and sinks need to be turned off, and if necessary all water to the home may need to be turned off. Sewage backing up in toilets or sinks is a severe problem that needs expert help. If so, all sinks and toilets must not be used.

  • Minimize Flood Damage

If there is no electrical or other danger, homeowners can try to remove standing water as far as possible with a squeegee or pump. Carpets, drapes, furniture, etc can be removed to drier places if possible, to reduce mold damage. Ultimately extensive cleanup and water damage restoration would be needed from a professional property damage company with relevant expertise.

It is always best to get professional help as storm damage can be vast, difficult to detect, and has implications on safety. It needs specialized equipment like pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers. They also use technology to detect trapped residual water and moisture. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall is a leader in storm and water damage restoration. With highly trained specialized technicians and scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring, and documentation they are the best choice. With resources from 1,700 franchises across the state and country, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall can handle projects even during major storms and floods. They are a locally owned company with a national presence that can be contacted on (610) 559-9380 for any flooding or storm emergency at any time.

Maintaining the Plumbing on a Rental

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Debris on floor, pieces of ceiling on the floor. Concept of water damage Water damage in Churchville, PA.

Maintaining the Plumbing on a Rental

While leasing or renting a house or apartment can be a great source of extra income, maintenance can be a significant source of overhead expense. The most effective cost-reducing measures are usually the most timely, so inspect and maintain your polybutylene plumbing and other water fixtures with the following advice.

1. Material Concerns

Polybutylene pipes are no longer permissible under the provisions of most United States building codes. While they were somewhat common in installations made from the 1970s to the 1990s due to their cost-effectiveness and flexibility, they tend to present leakage issues over time. This appears to occur due to various chlorine compounds that cause progressive damage, especially at joints. If you own a rental property in Churchville, PA, ensure that any such plastic or resin pipe materials are in good condition.

2. Upkeep and Tenants

An overworked plumbing system can cause problems even if more standard materials such as copper or PVC were used in construction. Advise tenants only to flush biodegradable materials approved for your septic tank or city sewer. From time to time, plunging or chemical drain cleaning may be necessary due to the accumulation of non-soluble substances such as lipids or hair. Ideally, mechanical removal of clogs with a drain snake will lead to less damage than caustic cleaners. Enzyme-based drain cleaners are also available as an alternative.

3. Unavoidable Problems

Sometimes water damage comes from an external source, such as weather-induced basement flooding or invasive tree roots. In these cases, it may be prudent to contact a qualified flood restoration specialist once the source of the water leakage has been repaired. Professional services can help you dry sensitive materials affected by a flood and reduce the risk of mold problems in the future.

Legacy building materials like polybutylene don’t have to be a headache if properly inspected and maintained. Prevent costly downtime and keep tenants happy by remembering the above guidelines.

Tips for Choosing Flood Water Restoration Service in Whitehall, PA

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: This article explains the tips clients can use to find reliable flood water restoration services in Whitehall, PA.

In Whitehall, PA, Flood damage resulting from natural disasters can be destructive. When that happens, you need to have a flood restoration strategy to fix the damages and make your home livable once again. Doing all this by yourself can be taxing. You will need to find a flood restoration service provider to assist you. Use these tips to select a reliable flood restoration service in Whitehall, PA.

Quick Response Time

Water disasters usually happen when you least expect them to occur, and you need to fix them immediately to avoid further damage to your property. Your flood restoration service provider should be able to respond to your call on time. Hire a company that offers 24-hour service and can quickly respond to emergencies. The company should also start the cleaning and repair processes within the shortest time possible.

Licensed and Insured

As you search for a trusted and reliable water damage restoration company, find one that is insured and has all the licenses needed in Whitehall, PA. Check the skills of the company employees and find out how many years the company has been in operation.

Provides Detailed Plans for Flood Restoration and Damage Repair

Restoring your home to its former habitable state requires proper planning from professional flood restoration services. The plan should be detailed and expansive to accommodate repairs and prevention of possible future issues such as mold growth. You should determine if a water damage restoration company can provide a plan with cost estimates before hiring them to work on your home. In addition, a qualified flood restoration company will assess the extent of flood damage to your home, recommend the repairs that need to be done, and offer dependable cost estimates for you to make an informed decision.

Equipment and Expertise

Flood restoration services involve water removal, dehumidification, and drying your home to prevent mold formation. You need to find an experienced company with the right equipment for this job. Companies using the latest technology are likely to quickly complete restoring your home, ensuring your personal effects such as photographs, documents, and artwork are well-catered for and protected.

Familiar with Insurance Claim Process

Most homeowners experience challenges when filing a successful insurance claim after water damage. Therefore, it is prudent to look for a flood restoration company that will assist you in documenting flood damage and file timely, genuine, and well-documented insurance claims.


Water damage is stressful and frustrating. You will need to find a reliable and trustworthy flood restoration service provider like SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall to take care of your home in the event of water damage. A company with a high level of professionalism will help resolve this problem and restore your life to normalcy. They should provide safe on-site storage of your personal effects while your home is being restored, and assist with filing insurance claims to ensure you return to the pre-flooding state in the shortest time possible.


Find a flood restoration company with a good reputation. Seek recommendations from neighbors and friends. Read local review sites that offer credible customer feedback on water damage restoration services in Whitehall, PA.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall is an experienced and trusted flood restoration service in Whitehall, PA. The company is reliable and responsive. To contact them for water or storm damage restoration service, call (610) 559-9380 or send them an email at SERVPRO5770@SERVPROofeaston.com or visit the company's offices at Allentown, PA 18109.

5 Ways To Protect Your Home From Water Damage While on Vacation

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Insulation covers Insulate exposed pipes.

5 Ways to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home While on Vacation

Whether it’s a weekend getaway or an extended trip, you, like many homeowners in Palmer Township, PA, may look forward to a relaxing vacation. Upon your return, the last thing you probably want or expect to find is a flooded house requiring water pipe repair. Unfortunately, every home is potentially susceptible to broken pipes and water damage, especially during the winter. You can, however, take several proactive measures to help safeguard your residence and personal property while you’re away.

1. Insulate Exposed Pipes

Attics, basements and garages are often uninsulated. Exposed pipes in these areas may freeze and burst during the winter. To minimize this risk, you should insulate accessible pipes in the cooler regions of your home.

2. Turn Off the Water Main

Restricting water flow can also help prevent a broken pipe. Before you leave for vacation, consider turning off the water main.

3. Drain Pipes

You can help further reduce the need for water pipe repair by draining your home’s pipes. After you shut off the water supply, open every faucet, including the outdoor ones, to eliminate any fluid remaining inside the plumbing system.

4. Keep the Heat On

You may consider it a waste of energy to keep your home’s heater on if the residence is unoccupied. However, turning the unit off during the winter leaves your pipes vulnerable to freezing. Instead of disabling your heater, consider adjusting the thermostat. You should, however, refrain from lowering the setting below 55°F.

5. Open Cabinet Doors

To help prevent a broken pipe under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, you can open the cabinet doors. This helps warm air circulate more efficiently.

Flood cleanup and water pipe repair are often daunting and tedious tasks that many homeowners hope to avoid. Taking precautionary measures to prevent burst pipes can provide peace of mind that your home will be safely intact when you return from vacation.

What Leads to Winter Water Damage in Easton, PA Homes?

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Winter water damage in Easton, PA is commonplace in most homes. This article explores the common causes of winter water damage. Read on to learn and prepare yourself for the next winter.

Cold winter temperatures in Easton, PA come with their fair share of challenges, including winter water damage, which can destroy your walls, carpet, furniture, and electrical appliances. Here are the most common causes of winter water damage in Easton, PA homes.

Leaking Water Heater

As temperature drops, water heaters are forced to work harder to heat up. In turn, the water heater has to run long hours to keep the water hot. If you have an old heater, this constant running might cause it to leak or burst, leading to flooding. 

Burst Pipes

When the temperatures drop below freezing point, water inside poorly insulated pipes also freezes. When the water inside the pipe freezes, it can expand by 9% of its original size, which causes the pipes to burst. Burst pipes can result in extreme water damage to your walls and floors. 

Blocked Gutters

Gutters often direct water away from your home to avoid damaging your property. However, water will leak under the shingles and into your home when your gutters are blocked with debris or ice. This will cause water damage to your home. 

If ice or snow is melting from your roof and flowing into the blocked gutters, your home probably has faulty insulation that allows heat to escape and melt the ice or snow. Therefore, it would be best to fix your insulation and clear your gutters to ensure water flows into a safe place and prevent the formation of ice dams. You also need to inspect your shingles for damages and fix them to stop water from seeping into your house.

Outdoor Water Sources

The freezing temperature makes outdoor water sources a safety risk. Therefore, it is prudent for you to have safety measures in place to avoid any water damage issues. This means that you need to drain all garden hoses and keep them in a warm place. In addition, it is wise for you to shut off all outdoor water valves. If a water pipe bursts during winter, it may cause water to flow into your home, leading to flooding. Therefore, you have to enlist the services of a water damage restoration or flood restoration service to correct this fault as quickly as possible to prevent mold formation and growth.

Insulation Problems

All exposed pipes have to be properly insulated to prevent freezing. If not, the cold winter temperature might cause the freezing of continents within the pipe, leading to the rupture of pipes. Insulate your exposed pipes using fiberglass or foam pipe insulation.

Melting Snow

Snow on your roof could melt because of several reasons and permeate your house's foundation. If you do not attend to this and correct it, the water will cause cracks in your foundation. In addition, melting snow on your roof can destroy your home's roof and leak in through the ceiling. This can cause water damage to your ceiling and the wooden structure on your roof. It can also cause mold formation. To correct these issues, contact a water damage restoration service provider to assess the extent of the damage and restore your house to its original state.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall is a reliable water removal service provided with a wealth of experience. You can call the company at (610) 559-9380 or email them at SERVPRO5770@SERVPROofeaston.com to book an appointment or request emergency services. You can visit their offices located at 860 N Kiowa St. Allentown, PA 18109.

Reasons for Hiring Water Damage Restoration Services in case of Seasonal Fire Hazards

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Hiring water damage restoration services after a seasonal fire hazard might save you thousands of dollars and lighten your emotional load. Learn more about what a water damage restoration service has to offer in case of seasonal fire hazards.

Seasonal fire hazards can destroy your property and make it unlivable. However, in some cases, the damage resulting from a fire hazard can be minimal and go unnoticed by the untrained eye. These damages arise from smoke, fire, and water. It is prudent to fix these damages to avoid future hazards such as concealed structural weaknesses, damaged pipes, compromised heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems and damaged electrical wire connections. Read on to learn how seasonal fire hazards can lead to the need for water damage restoration services.

Fire Damage

Both major and minor fires can cause aesthetic and structural damage to your house. They can also destroy a property's material composition, rendering your indoor space uninhabitable. To restore your home to its former livable state, you will need to hire the services of a professional fire damage restoration service, such as SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall. SERVPRO has the experience and skilled employees who are well-equipped to handle fire damage restoration work on your property.

During a fire incident, property owners experience uncertainty, fear, and doubt over the fate of their property. These emotions can linger long after an accidental or seasonal fire has been put out. Even so, this doesn't stop you from worrying about your property. You have to consider the extent of the fire damage and what to do about it. These thoughts can weigh down your already overwhelmed state of mind and drive you to enlist the services of a reliable and trustworthy damage restoration company.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall responds quickly to seasonal fire hazards to save property and help bear the burden of possible water damage restoration. The company does this by assessing the extent of the damage, documenting the damage and filing an insurance claim, and offering a detailed restoration plan that will get your house back to its original or better livable state.

Smoke Damage

There are several types of smoke damage, including fuel smoke, protein smoke, and dry smoke. Each type of smoke damages your home's walls and furniture in varying intensity. The smoke particles seep into porous surfaces, like curtains, furniture, carpets, and clothing, leaving an odor that can only be removed with the help of a fire damage restoration company. The smoke will also discolor your walls and furniture surfaces, which lowers the aesthetic value of your home. Therefore, you need the services of a qualified damage restoration company to fix the smoke damage in your home. 

Water Damage

Since water will be used to put out the fire, most of your belongings will become wet. Your house will also flood, necessitating the services of a flood restoration company like SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall. SERVPRO has both skilled labor and the equipment needed to deliver an excellent water damage restoration service at an affordable price. The company is well-organized in its operation and will quickly respond to your emergency needs. 

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall offers the following fire and water damage solutions to clients:

  • Odor control
  • Fire and smoke restoration
  • Water damage restoration
  • Fabric and upholstery cleaning

The company's team understands and abides by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards when working on fire damage restoration projects. You can contact SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall for dependable fire and water damage restoration service at 610 559 9380 or send them an email at SERVPRO5770@SERVPROofeaston.com or visit the company's offices at Allentown, PA 18109.

3 Reasons Why You Should Have a Professional Clean Your Electronics After a Fire

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Severe fire damage inside a home, everything seems burnt Fire damage in a Forks Township, PA.

Cleaning Your Electronics After a Fire

You don’t like to dwell on it or think about it, but the possibility of dealing with a house fire is a reality. This is why you have insurance and put in place as many safeguards as you can to avoid this tragedy. Still, if the unthinkable does happen, you want to trust your fire cleanup to a trained expert who knows who to preserve or restore your home and belongings. The best professionals can even clean up your electronics.

They Handle Most Electronics

In the most severe fires, you might not have much luck salvaging items in your Forks Township, PA, home. However, if your fortunate, the best companies have the means to repair most electronic devices that have suffered smoke damage. Some of these devices may include:

  • Computers, including laptops and desktops
  • Stereo equipment
  • Televisions
  • Printers
  • Smartphones

They Have the Expertise

If you notice during the fire cleanup process that some of your electronic devices fell victim to smoke, you shouldn’t take on the responsibility to clean it up yourself. An experienced technician will use tried and true methods to safely inspect and restore your device. If you’re not careful, you could not only cause more damage to the equipment, but you could harm yourself as well. The professionals employ dependable techniques that will preserve the items without compromising it or anyone in your home.

They Use the Right Tools

One should only use the most specialized equipment available to clean up electronics. Fortunately, a dependable professional will come to your home with advanced tools and methods. The technician will act promptly. Your best course of action is to back up the memory of computers and to unplug all electronics.

There’s cause for concern during a fire and fire cleanup. You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing a professional will treat your electronic items with care and may be able to salvage these important items.

Tips for Developing a Business Continuity Plan

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Business Continuity Plan Concept Outline a business continuity plan with these tips and put your mind at ease.

Suggestions for Creating a Business Continuity Plan

If you own a business in Mt Bethel, PA, it’s bound to face an event that temporarily interrupts standard operations. Be it a hurricane, flooding, snowstorm or something else, a disaster can have dire consequences for your business if you’re not prepared. A sound business continuity plan can help, outlining the resources needed to keep your business operational during a crisis. Here are a few tips that will help you create a plan that will give you peace of mind.

Form a Business Continuity Team

During a crisis, your business will need multiple staffers, so more than one employee should be involved in preparing for an emergency. Gather a team comprising your most responsible, trustworthy staffers to plan for the worst. They’ll focus on things like measuring potential business impact and determining the resources needed to keep things up and running.

Develop a Plan

Talking about a plan is usually easier than developing one, but with a few steps, you can handle it with ease. Make sure to focus on some essential aspects of plan development:

  • Identifying the scope of the continuity plan
  • Identifying critical business functions and their interdependencies
  • Defining acceptable downtimes
  • Agreeing on the circumstance and methods of plan implementation

A checklist can be handy for making your continuity outline. Include major pieces, such as the location of critical data backups, as well as simple things, such as where basic supplies are kept in the building.

Train Your Employees

Your plan is only as good as its implementation, so familiarize your employees with it. Scenario-based emergency-response training is a great option that can provide insights you can use to tweak your plan.

It’s often not a matter of whether disaster will strike your business, but when. Don’t wait until you face flooding or storm damage to think about disaster response. Outline a business continuity plan with these tips and put your mind at ease.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover a Flooded Basement?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Hallway of a basement at the end of a hallway there is a black couch, wet carpet A flooded basement in Forks Township, PA.

Homeowners' insurance policies cover most accidental damage, even if the cause is not a covered peril. You may increase the chances that your insurance company will cover damage by taking preventative measures and performing regular maintenance. Here are three considerations to help you determine whether you can count on insurance coverage in the event of a basement flood.

What Caused the Basement to Flood?

There are several reasons a basement can flood. Water may originate from

  • A broken pipe
  • A leaky water heater
  • Heavy rains
  • Flooding
  • Sewer backup
  • Washing machine overflow

Unless you have proof of recent inspections and regular maintenance, most of these causes are not covered perils. The water damage that results is likely to be covered, unless the cause is flooding, which is only covered by a separate flood insurance policy.

Which Maintenance or Preventative Measures Have You Taken?

In addition to inspections and repairs, you may need to prove you have done everything you can to prevent a basement flood and mitigate the damage in a timely manner. Make sure your sump pump is operational and has a backup power source. Heat your home in freezing weather and allow a faucet to drip to prevent pipes from bursting. Flush and inspect your water heater several times a year. Regardless of the cause, contact your insurance company as soon as water floods your basement.

Have You Done All You Can To Mitigate the Problem?

As long as you take extensive photographic and video evidence of a flooded basement, you can start to mitigate damage before an adjuster arrives. Turn off the water supply if it will slow or stop the flow of water.

Contact your insurance company to schedule a basement flood appointment with a claims adjuster. You can also obtain estimates from a plumber or appliance repair specialist and a home restoration service in Forks Township, PA.

What Does Emergency Board Up Involve?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Window boarded up, house with severe fire damage Board up house after severe fire damage.

Three Boarding Up Measures

An emergency board up is one of the first steps you should take toward mitigation after a residential fire. You can board up your home with the assistance of at least one other person, but professionals may be better able to shield a residence from secondary damage and increase the likelihood that insurance will cover your claims. Here are three boarding up measures that most mitigation services take.

1. Assessing the Damage

You won't know how many sheets of plywood or tarps you will need until you assess the damage. Look for broken windows or damaged doors, holes in the roof, or missing roofing materials. Cover all of the places that expose the interior of a structure during the boarding up process.

2. Board Up Broken Windows

A fire or suppression effort can result in broken windows. Glass expands as it heats and tends to shatter before it melts. Debris or intruders can enter the site of a fire through broken windows and intensify the fire damage and any water damage caused by suppression efforts. Use plywood to seal damaged windows or doors and restrict access until mitigation and restoration are complete.

3. Tarping Over a Leaky Roof

Tarping over a roof can prevent water from working its way into the interior of a damaged structure. Cover penetrations with plywood first to provide an additional layer of protection. The tarp should extend one inch past the edge of the roof. Use screws to secure the tarp and prevent it from blowing off before repairs are underway.

You can follow these steps yourself, but it may take two or more people to board up a structure. Keep in mind that a residence that has suffered fire damage may not be structurally sound. Protect yourself and your property by hiring a mitigation company in Palmer Township, PA to provide an emergency board up.

How Many Fire Alarms Do I Need?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Man Installing Smoke Alarm You need more than one smoke detector in your home.

How Many Fire Alarms Will I Require?

Your first line of defense against fire includes safe practices in your home. That begins with prevention through safe practices when using fire, heat and electricity. Your second line of defense, however, is the fire alarm system in your home. Yes, you need more than one smoke detector in your home in Bangor, PA. Practices have changed in recent years and, if you have been in your house awhile, you may not have enough alarms to keep up with the current safety standards. With fire prevention week coming up, take the time to ensure your family is protected by following updated recommendations for locations of fire alarms in your home.

1. Place alarms inside every bedroom.

2. Make sure to install one just outside every sleeping area.

3. Every floor of your house should have a fire alarm.

4. Place a unit near the kitchen, but at least 10 feet from the stove.

5. All fire alarms should be mounted high on walls no further than 12” from the ceiling.

How many alarms should you have? It depends on how many floors and how many bedrooms. If you have a 3-bedroom house on one story, you may only need four, but if the bedrooms are on different sides of the house that may mean a fifth fire alarm is needed.

A good tip is to put the kitchen alarm on a wall just outside the kitchen, so you aren’t becoming desensitized by too many false alarms from cooking. An early warning can mean preventing a full blaze. Cleaning up a little smoke damage is much preferable to losing your home in a fire.

Once a fire starts, you only have a few minutes to get out of a building. Well-located alarms will give you the warning you need to get your family out fast. If you need help with cleanup from a fire, smoke or soot, look for a professional recovery team that can handle all stages of fire damage recovery, from cleanup to rebuilding.

What To Do When You Smell Natural Gas

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Natural gas burning in the gas cooker in the dark. Check stoves and gas appliances.

What Should You Do If You Smell Natural Gas?

A gas fire or gas explosion runs the risk of destroying property and poses a threat of serious injury. If you smell natural gas, there are five steps that you should take to promote your own safety and that of other people or pets in your home and the surrounding area.

1. Check stoves and gas appliances. If you smell gas, you should make sure that all of the burners on a gas stove and the oven are turned off. Listen for hissing noises around other gas appliances.

2. Keep the lights off. If a large amount of gas is present in your home, turning on a light or powering on an electrical appliance may cause a spark that starts a gas fire or explosion. You may use a battery-operated flashlight when inspecting appliances and potential sources for a leak.

3. Shut off the gas meter. If you cannot stop the source of a gas leak in your home, you can shut off your gas meter by turning the main valve from on to off.

4. Ventilate the interior. Open all of the doors and windows of your home and use fans, if you have them, to remove gases from the interior. This will reduce the risk of explosion, fire, or prolonged exposure.

5. Evacuate and call emergency numbers. Leave your home and call 911 and your gas company to report a leak from a safe distance away, at least across the street.

A leak can cause a gas explosion if a spark is created by electrical equipment in your residence. For this reason, you should have a plan for what to do in the event of a leak and proceed as cautiously as possible. If you do experience a gas fire, you should have residential damage restoration experts in Pen Argyl, PA assess the damage and develop a remediation plan.

Understanding Smoke Damage After a Fire

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Visible damage to a commercial building following a structure fire Commercial fire restoration in Bangor, PA.

Understanding Smoke Damage Following a Fire

Fire can be an underestimated and dangerous entity. But what most people don’t know is that the colorful flames are often not the cause of most damage during a fire. It is estimated that smoke does three times as much destruction as the blaze that can eat through a commercial building. While the inferno burns the structure, the soot and smoke damage send tendrils of destruction throughout the structure in the most unexpected ways. To completely remove the offending smell fire can leave behind in Bangor, PA, the smoke and soot must be eliminated from the most unanticipated places.

Understanding Problems

While property can be damaged by more than a blazing firestorm it can be difficult to identify where to find the heaviest concentrations of smoke filled areas. Knowing the following can help you find where smoke and soot damage have collected within the building.

  • Airflow patterns
  • Temperature
  • Immediate environment

In other words, recognizing what has potentially been damaged by smoke can be more a calculation than a guess.

Unexpected Damage

Experts in fire repair and restoration are often trained to investigate unexpected areas where smoke damage can collect. This includes closets, drawers, window ledges, and behind draperies. The professionals often learn that the hot, soot and smoke-filled air rapidly invades the cooler air inside, under, and behind objects. That is because as the molecules heat, they can be sucked into unheated areas as soot collects onto unexpected surfaces causing considerable damage.

Smoke also collects in unexpected places such as under nail heads, behind pictures, in brick crevices, inside light fixtures, and under glass covers of tables and desks. Office plants can similarly conceal smoke as it clings to leaves, moss, and plastic containers. Smoke can also penetrate the paint on walls, lacquer on furniture, and wooden doors and window frames.

Mysterious Smoke

Restoration after a fire can take time because smoke damage can often be more extensive than the flame or water damage. In the end, smoke is typically neither random nor erratic. Physics can help restoration specialists take the mystery out of smoke cleaning and get the building open quickly.

What Can I Do With Mold-Damaged Belongings?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Wooden cabinet covered with mold. Mold-covered cabinet.

What Should I Do With Mold-Damaged Items?

It can be frustrating to discover that a mold infestation has not only damaged your Wind Gap, PA home, but managed to contaminate some of your most prized personal belongings. When your possessions have become a breeding ground for mold, what can you do with the contaminated items? Can you keep your mold-infested belongings?

Throw Them Out

Unfortunately, the primary answer when it comes to mold cleaning and removal is to throw out the contaminated items. Once mold has infested an object it can be extremely hard to remove it entirely, particularly if it’s penetrated beneath a porous surface. Keeping the items means another infestation is not only likely, but inevitable when your possessions are a ticking time bomb of spores.

Here are a few things to remember when throwing out mold damaged items:

  • Don’t put them in porous or open bags while waiting to throw them out
  • Don’t burn them, as this can release dormant spores into the air
  • Don’t store them anywhere wet prior to disposal
  • Don’t donate them to shelters or other organizations

Your best option is to remove the items in airtight bags and immediately transport them to an appropriate place for disposal. For large items such as furniture, if you cannot wrap them in plastic at the very least use gloves or hire professionals to handle the items. Avoid skin-to-skin contact with mold at all costs, particularly black mold.

What If the Items Have Sentimental Value?

If you absolutely need to keep your personal belongings, there may be options for mold cleanup and mold remediation. Special services and devices such as Esporta machines can work to remove mold from items such as paintings, clothing, and leather. You still may not be able to eliminate all mold damage, but proper mold cleaning may at least ensure that your prized possessions aren’t active carries for a fresh outbreak.

Old Property, New Tricks: Plumbing Maintenance

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Hands trying to stop a leaking pipe. Most of the quirks are manageable, however, if you stay on top of your maintenance routine.

Consistent, timely maintenance is important in any rental property to keep tenants happy and keep your building structurally sound. Older buildings tend to have more plumbing problems than new buildings, particularly if they were outfitted with polybutylene pipes. Therefore, you must be even more vigilant if you own a building in Easton, PA, that was not just constructed. Here are some helpful maintenance tips.

Unit Maintenance

Most clogs are caused by an individual blockage in a particular unit. Maintenance is generally not difficult on these clogs. You should keep a few things on hand to help you fix the problem:

• Drain auger (also known as a snake)
• Plunger
• Enzyme treatment

Most clogs can be loosened with an auger or plunger. The auger grabs the material clogging the drain and pulls it out while the plunger uses air pressure to force the clog through the pipe. If you notice recurring problems in the same unit, a monthly enzyme treatment may be helpful. If the clog causes the unit to flood, you may also need professional remediation services.

Property Maintenance

Old pipes made of polybutylene tend to flake and deteriorate the more they are exposed to the chemicals used to make water clean. This is partially why builders stopped using them in the late 1990s. If your rental property has these kinds of pipes, you may need to replace them at some point so that you don't keep having leaks that could cause severe water damage to your building. Other problems to look for are the roots of established trees. They tend to break pipes as they grow. A root killer flushed down a toilet twice a year can kill the roots that are encroaching upon your pipes without harming the tree itself.

Whether you are dealing with issues resulting from faulty polybutylene pipes or the third instance of a clogged sink from the same unit, it's important to acknowledge that older properties come with their quirks. Most of the quirks are manageable, however, if you stay on top of your maintenance routine.

3 Reasons You Might Smell Mold in Your Home

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Close up of mold. Black mold and other fungi can create foul odors, but when you know where they might be hiding, you can find and destroy them quickly.

Catching a whiff of foul odors in your Bethlehem, PA, home can be distressing. Certain odors can be caused by wet weather, old carpeting, and pet accidents that were not cleaned up properly. However, one common cause is mold growing somewhere in your home, out of sight. Black mold can give off a particularly strong odor because it can spread quickly where moisture is present. There might be several reasons that mold is growing inside your home and understanding why can help you target and destroy it.

1. A Leaky Roof

Small leaks in your roof may be difficult to detect. However, when it rains and water gets into your attic, the humidity there makes for a fine mold breeding ground. If you continuously find mold in the attic, you may want to have your roof inspected by a contractor who can find the source of the leak. The moisture problem may be something as simple as a missing shingle or damaged flashing.

2. Cracks in the Basement Walls

If you have an older home, your basement walls may be suffering from minute cracks that are letting in moisture each time it rains. This problem may be compounded by poor drainage around the perimeter of your home. The basement may be breeding black mold because instead of draining away from your home, rainwater seeps in, finds its way into the cracks, then puddles in corners where you do not notice it. You may want to call in a mold cleanup and remediation service to dry out your basement and remove the existing mold before you address the drainage issue.

3. A Dirty Washing Machine

Wet, musty smells can emanate from your washing machine over time as moisture allows mold to grow inside the drum. Run a mixture of baking soda and vinegar through a cycle to break up hidden mold.

A fresh-smelling home is probably a priority for you as a Bethlehem homeowner. Black mold and other fungi can create foul odors, but when you know where they might be hiding, you can find and destroy them quickly.

How To Clean Mold Odor in a Washing Machine

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Black mold growth. Keeping your washing machine free of mold and musty odors may extend its life and leave your laundry smelling fresh and clean.

Having a washing machine in your Easton, PA, home can be a major convenience, especially if you have a large family. However, after all those loads of laundry, you might notice that your washed clothes and your utility or washroom have a strange, musty odor. This smell is usually due to mold that has built up on the drum of your washer and if it has become quite noticeable, there are a few ways to eliminate it.

Use Natural Products

While you might want to reach for your gallon of household bleach to get rid of the mold smell in your washer, this may not be the best solution. Not only is bleach water-based, which might feed the mold instead of killing it, but bleach may also be too harsh on the inside of your washer. Instead, you can use a variety of natural products that fight mold without damaging the inside of the machine, such as:

• Baking soda
• Vinegar
• Distilled water

Foregoing bleach-based products can also help prevent their harsh odors from transferring onto your clothing after you clean the washer.

Prepare the Solution

Use an empty detergent container or other clean bottles to create a solution with baking soda and distilled water. Use equal parts of each ingredient, up to half a cup of each, then swirl gently to mix. Then, add a few cups of white vinegar before you run a cycle of hot water through the washing machine. This should help kill any mold left behind by dirty laundry and moisture.

Follow Up With a Professional

Calling a mold damage and removal service to check your washer and laundry room is a wise choice once you know fungi is present. Cleanup techs can check the area for additional mold growth and offer you tips on how to prevent future problems.

The washing machine in your Easton home can be a major asset to your family. Keeping it free of mold and musty odors may extend its life and leave your laundry smelling fresh and clean.

The Importance of Wind Mitigation Services for Your Commercial Property

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Missing shingles on a roof High winds can cause roofing issues.

Wind Mitigation Services: How Important Are They for Your Commercial Property?

When the wind starts to howl in Easton, PA, it can cause serious damage to your commercial property. Your building’s roof might be the most vulnerable to strong winds, as it can tear away shingles, weaken building materials and even result in a roof leak that can cause further damage to the interior of your business. However, understanding the importance of storm mitigation can prevent a loss of inventory or a prolonged closure when high winds impact your building.

Wind Can Cause Sudden Damage

A professional storm and mitigation and restoration company can be an asset when high winds cause unexpected damage to your commercial building. Missing shingles, torn tar paper and loose gutters can all occur during a windstorm, and having a company on hand that can temporarily fix these issues until permanent repairs can be made might prevent the damage from spreading or causing a chain reaction of other serious issues.

Professional Intervention Saves Time and Reduces Stress

Whether a windstorm causes a sudden roof leak or tears away a section of shingles, having a mitigation team on standby can give you peace of mind that you will be able to call for help right away. These professionals will likely arrive with materials like heavy tarps and plywood to cover the damaged sections of the roof until further repairs can be made. Even temporary repairs can lower the risk of further damage that can both costly and stressful.

Mitigation Can Help You Plan for Future Emergencies

A damaged roof needs immediate attention and retaining a restoration company that offers storm mitigation services can be part of your emergency weather plan. Mitigation can protect your employees and customers from being struck by flying roof debris and secure the damage until it can be repaired. Being well prepared for weather emergencies can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries that may result in costly litigation.

Whether high winds in Easton, PA, cause a roof leak or other roofing issues, mitigation can resolve them quickly. This can protect your investment and give you peace of mind as a business owner.

Best Ways to Prepare for Flood Damage

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

Hand with a glove cleaning a clogged gutter Clean gutters regularly.

The Best Flood Damage Preparation Methods

Depending on where you live in Bethlehem, PA, your home may stand in a flood zone. If flooding is a strong possibility in your area, it’s critical that you take the proper precautions so you can mitigate damage to your home and personal property. You may not be able to completely stop water from getting into your house, but you can minimize its harmful effects.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

If you wait to start preparing for a flood once the rain starts falling or once the water begins creeping into your house, it’s too late. You need to get ready today with the proper materials to help ensure your safety and well-being from flood damage. Include these items:

  • Non-perishable food
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries and hygiene items

Clean Your Rain Gutters

If a major rainstorm hits your area, the storm damage can be severe, especially if your rain gutters aren’t diverting water from your home. Make sure you remove leaves, dirt and other debris from your rain gutters. If you fail to do this, water could pool up near your foundation which could then find its way into your home.

Clean Your Storm Drains

Other problem areas when it comes to flooding are the storm drains in front of your home. If these are cluttered with garbage and other materials, you could be in trouble if a large storm rolls through your area. It’s vital that you clean out these gutters, so they don’t overflow and put your home in danger. If you don’t have the equipment and expertise to handle this task on your own, you can contact an experienced company that specializes in this type of maintenance.

You can’t always predict when flooding will affect you and your home, but you can prepare yourself. Follow these tips, and you can have peace of mind that you’re doing all you can to ensure your safety.

6 Leading Causes of Home Fires

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Burnt room It is estimated that a home fire ignites every 86 seconds in the United States alone.

Here Are Six Of The Most Common Causes Of House Fires

The National Fire Protection Association complies data on home fires in the United States. The NFPA then publishes the study on home fire, injury, and loss of life. Although the statistics are alarming, there are several areas that many of the fires have in common. You can help increase the odds your home in Easton, PA will never experience a blazing disaster by noting these six leading causes of home fires and proactively checking to make sure your home is safe.

1. Lit candles are a leading cause of fires. Although most candles come with a warning about not leaving the wax creation alone when burning, most people ignore the notice. Once lit, the flames can catch curtains, carpets, and papers quiet easily and then spread through the whole house.

2. Electrical devices are a major cause of house fires. Faulty electrical connections and over-heated equipment top the list of hidden fire causes.

3. Smoking is still a major source of home fire problems. People still fall asleep with a burning cigarette in their hand. The bed, chair, or carpet can then easily catch fire and cause serious injury. This type of fire is ranked by fire repair and restoration professionals as one of the worst type of fire cleaning scenarios.

4. Small children are a major cause of residential fires. Interestingly, playing with fire by children has been ranked in the top five of dangerous fire scenarios for more than a decade.

5. Holiday decorations cause many fire tragedies during winter months. Dry trees and overheating lights are noted as the major cause of holiday fires.

6. During summer months, lightning can often cause home fires. Homes in wooded areas are especially vulnerable to lighting strikes and major fire damage.

It is estimated that a home fire ignites every 86 seconds in the United States alone. That means the odds of a fire occurring in your neighborhood during your lifetime is rather large. By noting the six-leading causes of residential fires, you can take the extra step and proactively protect yourself and your family.

Protect Your Commercial Property From Mold Damage

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Hand pointing on ceiling black mold growth. Mold growth in a Stockertown, PA property.

Protect Your Property From Further Damage

Mold is known as the king of fungus because it can grow almost anywhere on earth. With over 100,000 different types of mold worldwide, it can thrive on organic surfaces of all types. The fungus is a frenzied eating machine created by nature to break down and recycle anything that was once alive. Yet surprisingly, mold sends out beautiful spores in dozens of colors including yellow, green, and black mold varieties. There is only one thing other than food that mold needs to complete a lifecycle, and that is water.

Playing Hide and Seek

If your commercial property in Stockertown, PA, has a moisture problem, you probably have mold. To eliminate the cause of the mold and stop the spread of spores, you need to stop the water source feeding the mold colonies. If your building experienced a flood of some type recently, invisible water damage could still be lurking. Water can easily seep under

  • Cabinets
  • Flooring
  • Wallboards

The hidden water can easily provide spreading fungus with ample liquid for colony development. Additionally, wet insulation can feed mold colonies for months after a pipe leak occurs. In fact, weeks or months after the flooding, red, green or black mold can begin to make an appearance in areas you thought were dry.

Killing Water and Mold

To kill the mold, you need to remove the source of the water. Most water removal and mold remediation groups are trained in how to locate and identify hidden molds. Once the fungus is found, the cause of the water can be identified, and mold cleanup can begin. If floorings, cabinets, or lumber sections have been badly destroyed by the fungus colony, the building supplies may have to be replaced because the actual structure of an object can be ruined by mold.

Protecting Building and Property

Rather than attempting to remove yellow, purple, or black mold on your own, call in a team of specialists and have them identify the source of the water. Not only can you protect your property from further mold damage, but you may also be protecting the structure of your building.

How To Stop Sewer Smells From Getting in Your Building

6/27/2021 (Permalink)

Man start using sewer inspection camera. Inspect your drain lines.

Steps To Keep Sewer Smell Out Of Your Building

If a sewer smell permeates your commercial building in Churchville, PA, it can be bad for business morale. Not only will your workers hate coming in, but your customers might start to avoid the store too. Thankfully, you can turn to a commercial cleaning team to help you get rid of the bad smell.

However, you don't have to let it get that far. You can take some preventative steps to keep the bad smell of the sewer out of your building from the start.

1. Check on the toilet trap. You might not be that familiar with the function of your toilet trap. This u-shaped pipe connects your toilet's drain to the rest of the sewer line. The bend of the plumbing traps a small amount of wastewater. The wastewater actually works to block sewer gas from coming into your building. Have a plumber or another professional inspect the trap regularly to make sure it does not dry out.

2. Clean plumbing vents. Your building is probably equipped with plumbing vents designed to release sewer odors to the outside rather than back into your space. If these vents were to get blocked up, you may start to notice a sewer smell inside. Regularly cleaning the vents helps reduce the chances of a blockage.

3. Inspect drain lines. The drain lines of your sinks and toilets are supposed to carry sewage away from your building. However, cracks and holes can form in this piping. When this happens, the sewage may release underneath your building or even inside of it. This backup can leave you with a smelly mess.

Proper maintenance and vigilance can help you keep your business from acquiring the feared sewer smell. If a sewage disaster does happen, you need to address the problem as quickly as possible to avoid a lingering smell on your property.

3 Facts About Mold Coverage for Homeowners

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on a wall Mold damage in Fork Township, PA.

3 Facts About Mold Coverage for Homeowners

Numerous mold lawsuits during the 1980s and 1990s led a number of homeowners insurance companies to exclude fungus growth from policies. If you are concerned about the presence of mold at a home in Forks Township, PA, you should be aware of the possibility that coverage for this form of secondary damage resulting from water damage may be limited or unavailable. Here are three facts that can help you decide whether to obtain residential mold insurance.

1. Mold Coverage Is Often Capped or Cut Out of Policies
Many insurance companies exclude mold damage from homeowners' policies. Policies that do cover this type of secondary damage may have a maximum limit of $10,000 or less. Homeowners should check to see whether coverage is available.

2. Mold Caused By Covered Water Damage May Be Included
Even if a policy has limited or no coverage for mold, fungus growth resulting from water damage that was a covered peril may also be covered. In most cases, it is necessary to demonstrate that a homeowner took every measure possible to quickly and thoroughly restore primary water damage.

3. Documenting Mitigation and Remediation Can Be Helpful
Whether you have a homeowners policy with a mold cap or additional mold insurance, it is always important to keep complete documentation of the mitigation and remediation of water damage and any measures taken to remediate mold damage. This information may make it possible to get coverage for mold claims that might otherwise be rejected.
If you do not have mold coverage, it may be possible to get a fungus growth endorsement or rider on a homeowners policy or take out a separate mold policy. It can be worthwhile to get a mold policy for a home with an elevated risk of developing fungus in Forks Township, PA. Successful water damage cleanup and restoration go a long way toward preventing mold growth.

4 Things To Do When Your Basement Floods

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

wet carpet, hallway, end of hallway black couch Flooded basement in Palmer Township, PA.

How Should You Deal With Standing Water In Your Basement?

The last thing you want to find in your Palmer Township, PA, home is a flooded basement. However, after a big storm, pipe burst or sewage backup, you may have to deal with this catastrophe. 

1. Call in the Professionals: As a homeowner, you may try to take care of some projects on your own. Dealing with standing water in any part of your home requires expertise. A professional residential flood remediation team can help you figure out the best repair plan that falls under your insurance coverage.

2. Remove Standing Water: The professionals will work hard to remove standing water from your home. A basement flood should be drained before anyone enters the lower levels of your home. Make sure the electricity to the basement is turned off before anyone goes into the water for added safety. In fact, it's best if the water is removed with a shop vac and other equipment that does not require someone to stand in the waters.

3. Salvage Content: Some of your belongings may be salvageable. Any nonporous materials can be cleaned and dried out. Other items, such as electronics and appliances, may need to be thrown away rather than saved. Let the experts help you clean your belongings so you can make sure everything is done right.

4. Prevent More Flooding: You do not want to have to deal with a basement flood regularly. To save yourself some hassle in the future, you should think about installing a sump pump. This equipment can help keep water from building up.

A basement flood can surprise you. You go to bed one night and wake up the next morning to find standing water in the lower levels of your house. Acting quickly can help you avoid mold growth and other secondary damage caused by standing water.

4 Cooking Tips To Prevent Fire Hazards

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Burned kitchen after fire Fire in a kitchen.

Prevent Fire Hazards

Kitchen fires can quickly grow out of control. For the restoration efforts afterward, you need to follow the guidelines of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification and hire a team in City, State, that has proof of insurance and experience with a vast array of restoration projects. However, prevention is always preferable over reaction. Follow these tips to greatly reduce the likelihood of your kitchen experiencing fire damage.

1. Do Not Leave Cooking Food Unattended

Whether you are broiling, grilling or frying, you always want to remain in the kitchen when you cook something. You do not want to leave for even one minute, because something could go wrong in an instant. If you need to leave the room for something important, then turn off the stove.

2. Keep Flammable Objects Away From Stove

There are a number of items that can easily catch fire in a kitchen. They include:

  • Towels
  • Curtains
  • Plastic bags
  • Wood utensils
  • Oven mitts
  • Paper

Keeping everything away from the stove is one of the most critical tips to follow at all times. Heat travels, and an object could go up in flames even if it is not directly on top of the stove.

3. Clean Regularly

You should clean your stove and oven regularly to prevent a grease fire. Grease builds up over time. Even if you keep paper and towels away from the stove, the grease could still catch fire.

4. Install a Fire Alarm in the Kitchen

You should have multiple fire alarms installed around your home. One of them should be located in or near the kitchen. That way, if something happens, everyone in the house can be alerted immediately.

Fire damage can be easily circumvented as long as you and your family members are willing to follow a few simple tips. With this advice, you will be able to use your kitchen with peace of mind.

What Is Category 3 Water Damage?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Green rubber duck standing on water in an office, desk and two chairs Commercial water damage in Mt Bethel, PA.

If your commercial property in Mt Bethel, PA, has been affected by a flood or other water issue, chances are you are dealing with some level of water damage to your building. Depending on the type of water issue you have had, you may be dealing with category 1, 2 or 3 water damage. If you have category 3, the most severe type, there are a few things to know to help you clear it out quickly and safely.

What Is Category 3 Water?

Category 3, or black water, is the most contaminated level of water damage. lt is highly contaminated with bacter and microorganisms and can come from many places, such as:

  • A sewage problem, such as a backed up toilet, sink or shower drains
  • Burst pipes
  • Standing water from a natural disaster, such as a flood

What To Do If You Find Black Water
If you have a sewage problem or water damage from a flood, you should call in a professional water restoration company to help you deal with the aftermath, as there is a chance you have black water. Although it is safe to try to remove water if it is clean water, black water should only be cleaned by professionals who are wearing the proper personal protective equipment. Keep yourself and any building residents away from the source of the water damage until help arrives.

How To Restore Your Building
A restoration company will help you begin the restoration process for your commercial building. Any items inside your building that have been affected by the water damage or may have absorbed the water may have to be replaced. Ensure that everything has been sanitized and cleaned before building residents return.
If your commercial building has been affected by water damage, it's important to identify the category of water damage your building has been impacted by. Calling in a restoration company. quickly can help you get back to normal as soon as possible.

Prepare Your Business and Employees for Potential Fires

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

room, two plastic garbage cans, a white bucket, holes in the wall, Commercial location suffered from fire damage

As a business owner in Bangor, PA, you know the unexpected can happen. Although you may not know what kind of emergency may affect your operations, planning ahead by establishing a contingency plan can help calm a chaotic situation and ensure the safety of everyone in the building. It also makes it easier to keep the business afloat while repairs are being made by a certified fire damage and restoration company.

Business Plan

Planning ahead to protect employees, processes, and vital business components is important for any business. They should be developed with key personnel to ensure all the bases are covered. Although every business is different, key ingredients of a contingency plan should include:

Assess Risks: Identify vulnerabilities unique to your business and the risks associated with the location. Knowing these are essential to formulating the rest of the plan to ensure limited business interruptions.
Understand the Hazards: After the assessment, you can better categorize the likelier hazards that you may be faced with this. Grouping them into categories, such as natural incidents or civil disruptions, allows you to create a general plan for each kind.
Identify Critical Process: The processes essential to operations should be ranked. This allows for the most important operations to resume first after the incident.
Establish a Crisis Management Team: Ensuring you have a team in place ready to handle anything is vital to managing a crisis. All responsibilities should be clearly spelled out and discussed with all involved.

Emergency Plan
One of the most important components of any planning needs to be an evacuation plan. This should account for any potential people on-site, including visitors, emergency responders, and employees. The plans should also involve:

  • Establishing an emergency team to direct the evacuation.
  • Ensuring there are primary and secondary exit routes. Discuss the routes and have them clearly posted.
  • Communicating the plan with employees and conducting regular drills.

Although there are always unknowns, having a contingency plan enables a business to navigate them safer and easier.

3 Reasons To Buy Flood Insurance

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Why Purchase Flood Insurance?

Even though it is not required, a flood policy is a good idea for business owners in Pen Argyl, PA. You can get good policies through both the government and private companies. If you're on the fence about this type of coverage, here are some reasons you should purchase it.

1. It Is Affordable
Floods can do serious damage to any business. When you tally up the damage done and the cost of hiring a storm restoration company to fix it, floods are very costly. Unfortunately, this is not covered by standard commercial insurance. Considering the amount you would have to pay to fix flood damage, the cost of having a special policy doesn't seem too expensive. Plus, most businesses can get a policy for less than they expect. This is especially true when you can add flood coverage to your standard property insurance.

2. Every Property Is at Risk
The property maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are an estimate of where flooding will occur based on past conditions. However, even low-risk zones still have a decent chance of flooding. Instead of marking you as safe from a flood, placing your business in a low-risk zone lets you add flood coverage to your commercial insurance for less.

3. Flood Damage Is Catastrophic
Flooding is a common side effect of many natural disasters and storms. In fact, it results in billions of dollars of damage each year. Your business alone could end up with thousands of dollars in repairs that are not covered under a standard commercial insurance policy.
Flooding is a common issue that can do serious damage. The results of this disaster are costly to repair. Even though the FEMA maps mark some areas as low-risk, this does not mean businesses in these regions are clear of flooding. Therefore, flood insurance is a good idea for any business owner.

After a Home Fire Remediate Fire and Water Damage

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire and Water Damage

Once the fire department stops the blaze, homeowners in Wind Gap, PA, are left with the daunting task of repairing the fire damage. First thoughts likely revolve around fixing the charred walls and smoky odor; much of the property's trouble, though, could actually stem from water damage. In fact, a fire restoration company must attend to the moisture issues first before eliminating the ash. Here are three things to understand about tending to the premise's destruction.

1. Why Is Water Troublesome?
To eliminate the flames, the fire crew used hoses and tons of water. At the time, it was absolutely necessary in order to minimize the home's harm. Water damage, however, can cause issues such as rot, mildew and mold. The fluid soaks into porous materials, and it doesn't dry up easily. This humidity can trigger fungal spore growth. To avoid this complication, experts assess the structure and begin to dry it out immediately. They run dehumidifiers around the clock, use moisture readers to ensure appropriate levels are reached and extract drenched materials that cannot be salvaged.

2. What Do Teams Do About the Ash?
With mold spread under control, the specialists tend to the fire damage. Using highly specialized equipment, ash and soot are removed from surfaces, including ceilings, walls and floors. The entire vicinity is washed and then sanitized. Content cleaning crews assess and salvage personal belongings and electronics as well. It may seem lost, but it's possible, with the right techniques, it's okay to keep.

3. How Is Odor Eliminated?
The fire hose took out the conflagration, but it didn't remove the unpleasant aroma. Opening windows may provide some relief, but it's hard to handle this stench on your own. Remediation employees investigate the source of the smell and use sophisticated technology to eradicate it from the residence.
Fire damage alone is a lot to handle, but it's essential for homeowners to realize that water damage is pivotal too. To get the home back in order, residents should care for both issues.

The Value of Regular Water Heater Maintenance

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Man works on a hot water heater with a pipe wrench Your water heater should be maintained regularly.

Nowadays, a modern home is filled with miraculous devices that many people take for granted. At the press of a button, the flick of a switch or the turning of a handle, people have access to running water, controlled cooking flames and light. The water heater is one such amazing device. It essentially brings hot water to your fingertips whenever you want it. Your unit requires little in the way of maintenance and it will last a good ten years in most cases. With a little maintenance and extra care, though, you might be able to extend the lifespan of your unit and maybe even avoid a damaging water spill.

Indications Your Water Heater Is Misbehaving

As with any other appliance or mechanical device, your hot water tank will show signs of trouble if something is amiss. This often comes in the form of unusual sounds. If you hear any of the following, it could be a good indication your device is in a bit of trouble:

  • Cracking, popping and rumbling
  • Humming
  • Knocking or hammering
  • Screaming and screeching
  • Tapping

Upon hearing any of these sounds, it is time to take action. Either call a licensed plumber or attempt to troubleshoot the situation yourself. In many cases, the problem is minor and the adjustment of a valve or the replacement of a piece of hardware is the solution. At times, a water heater flush is needed to remove sediments that have collected on the bottom of the tank.

Implications of Neglect

If you are not careful and vigilant, your water heater can fail all at once, emptying forty or fifty gallons of water into your home in Easton, PA. This can cause damage to flooring and other elements of the house. To mitigate the situation, the services of a water damage franchise are often needed to clean up the area and minimize damages. Any appliances that use water should be maintained regularly to avoid a water spill in your home.

When Emergencies Strike, Responsiveness Matters

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded office Commercial water damage in Coffeetown, PA.

When Emergencies Strike, Responsiveness Matters

Natural disasters and emergencies can happen in Coffeetown, PA, without warning, leaving your business vulnerable to extensive property damage that requires professional cleanup and costly repairs. It can be difficult to know what to do and who to call first in the midst of a stressful situation, so it's helpful to have a plan in place before the worst happens. It's also an excellent idea to identify your go-tos for remediation and claim services so you'll have the right numbers on hand when you need them. Time is of the essence, and the faster the response, the greater your chances are of minimizing damage and loss.

Faster To Arrive on the Scene
When you're in a crisis, the last thing you want is to wait a long time for help to arrive. An emergency response team like SERVPRO will be onsite within 24 hours, prepared with the manpower and tools needed to promptly begin the remediation process. They will get to work right away assessing, cleaning, and fixing the damage. Less time to arrival means less damage and less money to shell out.

Faster To Itemize Damage
An emergency response team understands the insurance claims process well and knows that repairing is almost always less expensive than replacing. They are also experienced at itemizing damage and collecting the information that will help you get to work on your claim before the claim services adjustor arrives. This speeds the process along so the insurance company can focus on its priorities and you can receive your reimbursement check as quickly as possible.

Faster To Get You Up and Running
The primary goal of your insurance company and remediation service is to get you back in business quickly for as little money as possible, which is your goal as well. Having a response team that works together with your insurance company makes the whole process go faster and more smoothly for everyone.
As a Coffeetown, PA, business owner, you need a full-service emergency response team that is preferred by insurance companies nationwide to work with their claim services. Together, they'll help you restore your property and your peace of mind.

What To Do If a Pipe Bursts in Your Commercial Building

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

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If You Encounter Bursting Pipes Here Are Some Steps You Should Take

Older commercial properties are particularly broken to frozen pipes. However, this phenomenon can occur in newer buildings as well. Water flowing through any cold, uninsulated pipes may freeze into ice. As the ice expands, it can put pressure on the pipes until they break. This could lead to massive water damage in Stockertown, PA.

1. Shut Off the Water and Electricity
The water will continue to escape from the burst pipe until you shut off the main valve. Make sure that everyone in the building knows where this valve is. You should also turn off the electricity in the damaged part of the property. This will prevent electrocutions during the drying process.

2. Call a Professional
A broken pipe can leave you with a huge puddle of water in your building. The water may also soak your walls, carpets, or ceilings. Over time, this could lead to the growth of mold that causes even further damage. You thus need to contact emergency cleanup professionals as soon as you discover the bursting pipes. Look for a company that provides 24-hour service. Even a few-hour delay could have severe consequences.

3. Take Preventative Measures
Once the cleanup is complete, talk to the experts about limiting additional pipe breaks. They can tell you how to spot and thaw frozen pipes before they burst. You can use warm washcloths or hair dryers to heat up the pipes. You may also want to keep a trickle of water flowing through the pipes at all times. This will stop the water from freezing.
Frozen pipes can flood your Stockertown, PA, property during the winter. If this happens to you, turn off the water immediately and contact experts who know how to fix a broken pipe. The professionals can also help you prevent bursting pipes in the future.

4 Things To Know About Commercial Insurance and Mold Damage

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Important Points Related To Insurance And Mold Issues

One of your most valuable assets for your business is your commercial insurance. The ideal policy protects your company from a wide variety of perils such as fire, water damage, vandalism, and certain types of liability. The right policy makes sure that you will not be saddled with huge costs that can bankrupt your business. A full understanding of how your insurance works is hard to come by, but speaking with your insurance provider on a regular basis helps. Here are a few important points related to insurance and mold issues.

1. Mold Damage. Many insurers offer limited coverage for damage to your building because of mold. Your insurance company might reimburse you for costs related to mold repair, removal, and restoration.

2. Owner Responsibility. A commercial insurance company takes a hard look at claims that are caused by neglect. For example, if mold is allowed to grow in a building for months or even longer, the insurance provider is likely to deny or limit the scope of a claim. For this reason, if your company experiences a water issue, often a precursor to mold growth, or if mold is found, it is important to take quick action. A local mold mitigation company in Churchville, PA, can help you get an outbreak under control.

3. Mold Remediation. A professional team has the experience and knowledge to eradicate mold colonies from your building. Technicians will locate the presence of mold, identify the cause of the outbreak and work to restore your building to its original condition. A quality remediation company can help you document expenses and damages for a mold insurance claim.

4. Professional Restoration. In addition to causing musty odors and air quality issues, mold also can break down the structural integrity of materials such as drywall and carpeting. Commercial insurance will often pay for this restoration expense. To find out more, contact your insurance agent for information on your coverage for mold concerns.

Replace Your Leaking Toilet in 3 Simple Steps

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Plumber replacing broken toilet in a washroom Installing a new leak-free toilet

Follow The Steps Below and Avoid Mishaps

A leaking toilet can result in structural damage to your home; sometimes, they even require a water damage restoration specialist. But that doesn't have to happen. Tackling the problem early can help you avoid damage and more extensive repairs later on. Luckily, it only requires a few tools and some basic DIY skills to replace an old toilet.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Toilet repair is something that pretty much every homeowner will have to handle at some point, so you will want to have the right tools for the job. Here's what you'll want to have on hand to replace a leaking toilet:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Both Phillips and slotted screwdrivers
  • Small hacksaw
  • Putty knife
  • Bucket
  • Large rag or piece of cardboard

Step 2: Remove the Existing Toilet
Once you have the right tools together, you can begin to address the offending toilet. Using the shut off valve, turn off the water. Flush the toilet to drain most of the tank and scoop whatever remains into a bucket or nearby drain.
Carefully uncover the bolts attaching the bowl to the floor. Using the adjustable wrench, loosen and remove the nuts. Lift the bowl straight up and off the bolts, then scrape the excess wax from the bottom. Place it off to the side on a large piece of cardboard or a heavy towel. Remove any wax remaining around the toilet flange.

Step 3: Install the New One
Now comes the fun part: Installing your new leak-free toilet. Install an appropriate replacement wax ring onto the flange. Note that the closet bolts are installed into the gasket. Place the bowl of your toilet over the bolts and press gently to seat it. Tighten the nuts evenly until it is firmly secured and trim off the excess bolt length with the hacksaw. Now you can install a new water supply line to the shutoff valve and toilet supply, then flush the toilet a few times to check for leaks.
Replacing a leaking toilet is a straightforward process that many homeowners in Palmer Township, PA, can accomplish. Be sure to use patience and follow the steps carefully to avoid any mishaps.

Can Office Electronics Be Cleaned After a Fire?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Computer keyboard with fire flame and the words DO NOT USE Do not use electrical equipment that has been exposed to heat

The owner of a commercial property affected by fire may weigh the advantages of attempting to have office electronics cleaned and restored or replacing these appliances, computers, and devices to avoid an electrical fire. The following pointers are helpful for determining whether experts may be able to restore device functionality or retrieve important data.

Assess the Level of Damage

Electronics exposed to direct flame or very high temperatures that show signs of charring or melting may not be salvageable. Seek a professional opinion about items exposed to the following forms of indirect damage:

  • Heat
  • Smoke
  • Soot

Content restoration professionals specializing in computer cleanup and recovery can determine whether the functionality of a computer or any other device can be restored or data can be retrieved and transferred to replacement electronics.

Address Heat and Smoke Damage
Temperatures in a building fire peak at thousands of degrees. Electronics exposed to direct flame are likely to be ruined, and internal components may actually fuel an electrical fire. Computers and devices that are not directly affected may suffer damage but still be candidates for cleaning or recovering data.

Advance With Cleanup or Data Recovery
It may be possible to use electronics that have been shielded from immediate exposure to fire. Have content cleaning professionals who specialize in restoring digital equipment inspect these devices before use, as smoke damage can cause an internal film to form and cause short-circuiting, overheating, and an elevated risk of another fire in the future.
The degree of damage that is caused by exposure to direct flame, high heat or soot, and smoke will determine whether content restoration experts can restore the functionality of electronics or retrieve important data from storage media to transfer over to replacement devices. Commercial property owners and occupants should exercise caution with fire-damaged electronics to reduce electrical fire risks at a structure in Churchville, PA.

4 Tips for Protecting Your Home From a Flood

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Measures To Take To Increase Flood Safety

Flooding causes billions of dollars in damage to homes and other property every year in the United States. It is not practical to flood-proof your home; however, there are measures you can enact to increase flood safety and reduce flood damage.

1. Locate Electrical Equipment Above Flood Level
Wiring, circuit breakers, switches, and sockets should be installed at least one foot higher than the expected flood level in your area. If your water heater, furnace, or other anchored indoor equipment is not already above the flood level, modify it so that it is.

2. Don't Forget Last Minute Measures
Some flood safety steps should be taken far in advance, but there are still steps you can take when flooding is imminent. Clean debris out of your gutters and downspouts. Shut off electricity at your breaker panel. Place major appliances on concrete blocks. Move furniture, electronics, rugs, and other valuable contents to the top floor of your home. If your belongings get wet, consider contacting a flood restoration company in Stockertown, PA, to clean and dry them.

3. Elevate and Anchor Outdoor Equipment
Fuel tanks, generators, and air-conditioning units located below the flood level outdoors can break free causing ground contamination. Elevate these items above the flood level and anchor them so they can not easily be swept away.

4. Modify Your Landscaping
Observe how water flows around your house during a rainstorm. If it is collecting in areas near your home, it can be helpful to modify your landscaping to direct water away from your home. Consider adding features such as swales or rain gardens. If your yard doesn't slope away from your home, you may need to have it graded. Add native plants that increase drainage.
Having a flood safety plan is critical for protecting your family and your home from flood hazards. These four safety tips can help you prepare for a flood situation in your home.

3 Mold Questions Answered

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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When your property in Bangor, PA, starts to develop a musty smell, your first worry might be black mold. Before you panic, ask yourself if you know enough about mold to be sure that it is the reason your business needs a good scrubbing.

What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus that spreads through airborne spores. There are many species of mold, but here are some common types and where they can be found:

  • Aspergillus grows on starchy foods such as potatoes
  • Penicillium cultivates in damp areas like basements
  • Cladosporium spreads in fabrics and carpets
  • Stachybotrys chartarum or “black mold” thrives in wet, humid areas

Identifying mold is not an easy task. Many species look similar and change throughout their growth, so asking a mold remediation specialist is the best way to know what is growing on your wall.

What Causes Mold to Grow?
Mold needs moisture, nutrients and time. All of these can be found in your building. Moisture can come from a leaky pipe or a poorly ventilated bathroom. Mold feeds on cellulose, which is found in building materials like wood and drywall. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it only takes mold 24 to 48 hours to settle. If you have a moisture problem hidden in your ceiling, mold will have the time it needs to grow.

What Does Finding Mold Mean?
When you find mold, look for the water issue that is aiding mold growth and get it repaired. Simply spraying the fungus with bleach will not get rid of all of the spores, so ask an expert for help. Mold cleanup is a process that includes inspection, containment, air filtration and removal of contaminated materials. While extensive, this process ensures that the job is done right.
Any type of mold, not just black mold, is a concern, but by understanding the fungus, you have already taken the first step to keeping it out of your business.

3 Tips To Keep Your Property’s Pipes From Freezing

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Tips To Keep Your Property’s Pipes From Freezing

The last thing you want as a business owner is to open your building on a cold morning and find that your pipes have frozen. Preventing water damage from frozen pipes means being proactive and readying your facility for the oncoming winter in Bethel, PA.

1. Check Your Valves
Shut-off valves are the fastest way to stop water flow, so they need to be checked to make sure they are operating properly and can be shut off quickly in case of an emergency. They are your first line of defense against flooding and help minimize water cleanup for the commercial restoration company you hire for repairs. Inspect valves on your property weekly and repair or replace any that are showing signs of wear.

2. Inspections
Routine inspections will keep your pipes flowing and more fortified from extreme cold. Inspect your plumbing system regularly for any leaks or corrosion. Making these small repairs will help keep your pipes strong in the winter and water damage at bay.
Autumn roof and HVAC system inspections are important, too. Plumbing runs throughout your building, so having your roof in good condition will help keep the cold weather away from them. Testing your HVAC system ensures that while the roof is protecting your pipes, your furnace can keep them warm. Your facility should be kept above 50 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the risk of freezing.

3. Protect External Pipes
Remember that you might have pipes that run outside of your facility or in indoor areas that are not heated. To avoid broken pipes in these places, insulate them yourself with pipe insulation that can be found at almost any hardware store, or you can hire a plumbing expert to help you.
Water damage is a problem anytime during the year, but even more so in the winter. By being prepared, you can protect your pipes from the bitter cold and keep your facility up and running.

3 Things You Need To Make a Fire Claim

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Things You Need To Make a Fire Claim

Most homeowners insurance companies have the same general requirements for making a claim in the wake of fire damage to a home in Forks Township, PA. No matter who insures your home, homeowners or residents should take the following measures to ensure that most of the costs of cleanup and fire restoration can be offset when a claim is settled.

1. Proof of Damage
Taking photos or recording videos that show the full extent of damage is an essential step toward making a fire insurance claim. It may be particularly helpful to be able to present footage of the same portions of a home intact prior to the fire. Some property owners get in the habit of making recordings every year or six months to support any insurance claims that may ensue.

2. A List of Losses
A list of items that indicates the condition and that is paired with proof of purchase can facilitate the claim settlement process. In some cases, it may be helpful to seek the professional opinion of content restoration specialists with regard to items that could be good candidates for cleaning and restoration.

3. A Fire Restoration Estimate
An expert calculation of the cost of restoring fire damage and additional measures such as smoke cleaning is helpful when making a claim. For the best results, homeowners may want to schedule an inspection with a restoration company that is a preferred vendor for many insurers.
As you prepare to make a fire damage claim, it can be helpful to document damage in photographic or video format, list items along with their condition, gather proof of purchase and get a professional estimate for cleaning and fire restoration costs. No matter which insurer holds a homeowners policy for a residence in Forks Township, PA, these measures can be helpful for covering more of the cost of cleaning and restoring damage.

How To Stop Mold From Spreading

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Stairs of a basement, mold growth on basement walls Mold damage in a Pen Argyl, PA home

As a homeowner, the last thing you want to see is black mold in your Pen Argyl, PA, house. Mold spores feed on fibers and plants, and they can grow on your home's building materials and furniture. Spreading mold can thus cause thousands of dollars' worth of damage.
The trick is to stop the mold before it spreads. Below are some tips for doing so.

How Mold Grows

First, you need to understand how mold multiplies. Mold is a fungus that travels in the air via spores. The spores then breed on organic surfaces, including:

  • Dirt
  • Leather
  • Soap scum
  • Paper

Mold grows particularly quickly in warm and wet areas. The fungus is thus particularly common in damp areas of the home, such as the basement, attic and bathroom.
Mold also appears most frequently when the temperature is between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. However, mold can grow when it is as warm as 95 degrees or as cold as 32 degrees.

How Mold Infestations Occur
Since mold spores move through the air, a small area of mold can quickly become a larger problem. You should thus try to eliminate the mold as soon as possible. However, using improper techniques can make the issue worse by spreading mold throughout the rest of your house.
You should thus contact mold remediation specialists as soon as you see evidence of the fungus. Professionals will know the proper way to contain and remove the mold.
Since mold thrives in wet locations, mold infestations are typically evidence of a moisture problem. To stop the mold from multiplying, you should find and eliminate the source of the water. Restoration professionals can usually help you with this task, as well.
Even a small amount of mold in your home can quickly multiple and destroy your house. If you find this fungus in your residence, contact professionals who can address the problem without spreading mold.

How To Handle Water in Your Light Fixtures

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water in a light fixture If you ever suspect water in light fixtures, call professionals immediately to fix the problem

After enduring a heavy rain storm in Easton, PA, it's important to inspect your home for damage. Many water leaks remain hidden in the ceiling or inside the walls. These hidden leaks usually don't become visible until severe damage has already taken place. Water in light fixtures isn't something you would normally look for after a storm. If left unattended, however, it can cause serious damage to your home.

How To Handle Water in Your Light Fixtures

If you spot water in any of your home's lighting fixtures, you must act immediately.

Shut off the electricity - Turn off the electricity at the breaker box. Verify that the electricity is off by testing a dry electrical source. A voltage tester that is designed for non-contact use is ideal.
Turn off the water supply - If you know that the water is coming from a pipe that is broken or leaking, shut off the water at the main shutoff valve.
Contact a plumber - Call a professional right away to determine the cause of the leak and to repair the problem.
Call an electrician - It is critical to contact an electrician when you spot water in light fixtures. The expert is trained to remove the damaged fixture and replace it with a new model.

If water has caused damage in your home, you must contact a water damage repair service to assess the damage. The professional provides the tools and equipment necessary to repair and restore your property and belongings.

What Causes Water To Pool in Light Fixtures?
A faulty roof is the main cause for concern. When water leaks through the damaged roofing materials during a storm, it eventually makes its way through the ceiling and into light fixtures and ceiling materials. Visible ceiling damage leaves a stain or discoloration on the ceiling materials.
If you ever suspect water in light fixtures, call professionals immediately to fix the problem and restore your home.

Don’t Let a Power Outage Halt Your Business

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Broken snapped wooden power line post with electrical components on the ground after a storm An unexpected power outage could potentially result in devastating consequences

What To Do If There's An Unexpected Power Outage?

Your business might typically run like a well-oiled machine, but what happens if the power goes out? An unexpected power outage could potentially result in devastating consequences like losing important documents, hardware or income, in general. Prepare your business well in advance to keep operations running as smoothly as possible.

1. Cloud Backup
An automatic cloud backup solution can protect essential files, whether there’s a power surge, outage or a computer malfunction. By choosing an automated backup solution, you don’t have to remember to back up; you can set it to perform backups multiple times each day. If anything happens, you’re easily able to recover valuable information you could’ve otherwise lost.

2. Generator
A commercial standby generator is an excellent option for defeating an electrical interruption, especially if it’s for an extended time. You could also get a portable generator. Your business needs to keep running as normal as possible. A generator will allow that to happen. Generators are usually powered by propane or natural gas. They can immediately switch on automatically when your power goes out. Generators can be pricey, but they can prove to be well worth the investment in the long run.

3. Computer Backup Battery
Storm damage can often cause an unexpected power outage that can potentially last for days. You can still keep at least your most essential business operations running until its return. It may not be ideal, but getting a backup battery for your computer(s) is a good solution for keeping things going until restoration professionals arrive on the scene.

4. Mobile Hotspot
Setting a mobile hotspot will allow you to connect multiple devices to the internet via your cellular network. It may not be as fast as your office internet, but it’ll be a good option until the internet returns.
Prepare your Wind Gap, PA, workplace as much as possible before a power outage occurs. It could mean the difference between continuing company operations or losing valuable business.

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Insulation for pipes Insulating exposed pipes is a good way to prevent them from freezing

As the temperature drops, many businesses will experience water damage from ruptured pipes. Keeping the pipes at your Easton, PA, commercial property from freezing is key to protecting your business this winter.

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

Some pipes are more vulnerable to freezing than others. Any uninsulated pipe in an unheated area is at high risk. Pay close attention to pipes in the following areas:

  • Exterior walls
  • Basements
  • Cabinets

Insulating exposed pipes is a good way to prevent them from freezing. In other cases, you can insulate the room where the pipes are located to help minimize temperature variance.
Sometimes the temperature drops quickly, and business owners find themselves scrambling to prevent water damage from broken pipes. If you haven’t had time to properly insulate exposed pipes, newspaper or towels can act as temporary insulation. Leave cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach those pipes. Don’t lower the thermostat at night, and consider letting warm water run through the pipes overnight.

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes
If you notice that water pressure is low, you may have a frozen pipe. The first thing you will need to do is locate the frozen pipe. Turning on all the faucets in the business and seeing which ones have weak or no water flow can help you narrow down the potentially frozen pipes. Leave the affected faucet(s) on while you work. Check the most vulnerable, i.e., coldest, areas first. Remember that there may be multiple frozen pipes. When you have located the affected pipe, you can thaw it out using a hair dryer. Other heat sources, such as heating pads, will also work. Be sure not to use a heat source with an open flame.
Having a plan to thaw out frozen pipes and prevent freezing in the first place is important for all business owners. Unfortunately, there are times when pipes do burst and cause water damage. In those cases, a certified restoration service can help with the water cleanup.

Tips To Filing a Fire Damage Claim

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Ways To Make The Insurance Filing Process Easier

Dealing with insurance in Coffeetown, PA, in the wake of a fire can be challenging. Insurance policies are very comprehensive, which can make the filing process long, and sometimes confusing. However, with the right knowledge and a good plan, filing a fire claim does not have to be daunting.

1. Reach out Immediately
Most insurance companies are available 24 hours a day, and they make it very easy to reach them. Whether it is by phone, email, or even a mobile app, the sooner you contact your insurer, the sooner you can start your claim.

2. Make a List of All Necessary Information
You will want to keep a master list of vital information like:

  • The location and date of the fire damage
  • An in-depth list of all of the damages
  • The condition of the property
  • Estimated costs for repair or restoration

Keeping this list organized and readily available will help expedite the paperwork process involved in filing a fire claim.

3. Take Pictures
Generally, you should leave everything exactly as it was after the fire. However, if you absolutely have to move or dispose of some of the debris, notify your insurer as soon as possible, and take detailed photographs of its pre-disposal condition to submit as evidence.

4. Collect All Business Records
Keep painstaking track of all costs of operation, continued expenses, damaged equipment, and even estimates of what it will cost to operate from a temporary site during fire restoration. You should also report on monthly sales, tax returns, business contracts, and any other financial statements that show the amount of money you stand to lose as a result of the incident.
In the wake of a fire, the last thing most business owners want to do is file a fire claim. However, there are steps that you can take to make the insurance filing process easier. With a little planning, and the help of qualified restoration professionals, you can be back in business in no time.

Tips to Prevent House Fires

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, we focus on the safety of our customers and find ways to make sure they don’t have water or fire damage in their homes again.

Here are some tips to prevent house fires:

· Test Your Smoke Alarms Regularly

The easiest way to avoid a house fire is by checking your smoke alarms regularly. There is a little button on it that you can press to test it. If it beeps weakly, then you need to change the batteries ASAP. 

· Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean

Don’t worry, the stove didn’t randomly combust because of your cooking. It most likely happened because forgotten food particles on the burner got too hot. Food particles aren’t the only thing that could cause this to happen. 

· Always Check Your Dryer 

Depending on what type of dryer you have, they need to be inspected on a yearly basis. We all get in a hurry when we’re doing our chores but, don’t forget to clean out your lint trap every time you put in a new load of laundry.  You also want to check behind the machine to make sure lint or little clothing items like socks didn’t manage to get back there. 

· Maintain All Cords 

Before you plug something in, make sure that the cord hasn’t been frayed or chewed. If you do notice damaged wires, replace them as soon as possible because this is a huge fire hazard. Also, check your cord placement. They tend to get hot so you want to avoid running them under a rug or between your wall and furniture. 

· Properly Store Flammable Products 

Household cleaners and common cosmetic items like hairspray and shaving cream can be hazardous. If they are exposed to a large heat source, they can combust. You want to keep them away from space heaters, and store them safely in a cool area.

· Be Careful with Your Fireplace 

You don’t want any stray sparks to escape so you need to make sure you have a door between the flames and your flooring. It goes without saying, but never leave the room when the fireplace is going. When you throw the ashes away, make sure you’ve given them more than enough time to cool down. Dispose of them in a metal container that is designated just for the ashes. 

· Keep Fire Extinguishers Around 

Fire extinguishers are your best defense weapon when a fire breaks out. You want to make sure you have one in every room that is a potential threat, such as the kitchen. Every family member should know how to use an extinguisher so if a fire does happen, it can be put out as fast as possible. 

If you experience a fire in your home; call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to help make your home look "Like it never even happened.” 800-455-9453

What To Know About Flood Zones

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Destroyed home after flood reflected in water Understanding your house's flood zone can help you prepare for the harm caused by heavy rainstorms

What To Know About Flood Zones

Some places are more prone to flooding than others are. To find out whether your Stockertown, PA, home is at risk, you need to determine its flood zone. Flood zones designate which properties are most likely to flood during a major storm.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has created a Flood Map Service Center that lets you research flood zones. Simply click on this link to get:

  • Your local flood map
  • The accompanying Flood Insurance Study Report
  • Other mapping products

The FEMA website also lets you create a customized flood map that you can save on your computer. Simply type in your city or even your specific address.

Changing Flood Zones
FEMA calculates a home's flood zone by looking at various details of the property and its elevation. If you believe your house was wrongly classified, you can send a Letter of Map Change to the agency. The later can be submitted online or via regular mail.
Protecting Your Home
Even those who live in low-risk areas need to prepare for possible floods. After all, water damage to your home can still occur no matter where you live.
Start by purchasing flood insurance. Your homeowners' policy likely does not include flood coverage, but you can get a separate flood policy from the federal government.
You should also have a flood preparation plan in place. Make sure that you and your family know where to go and what to do if the water level starts to rise. Gather supplies and store them in a safe place that you can quickly access in an emergency.
Finally, research the contact information for your local water damage repair company. You may need to call restoration experts if your home sustains severe flooding.
Understanding your house's flood zone can help you prepare for the harm caused by heavy rainstorms. Still, even if you live in a low-risk zone, you should take steps to secure your property.

Top 5 Hidden Places to Find Mold

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

mold in the corner of the window It's not uncommon to find mold on wood, such as your wooden window sills

Places Where Mold Can Be found

Mold is a pesky invader that can appear almost anywhere in your home in Palmer Township, PA. Checking each and every hidden corner in your home for mold growth is vital when it comes to performing a thorough inspection; you can't just gloss over the primary spots and assume you're safe. Consider adding the following hidden spots to your next mold inspection in order to protect your home.

1. Refrigerator and its Contents
If you don't clean your refrigerator out regularly, chances are it's full of food spills and not-so-fresh ingredients. This rotting organic matter is a buffet for mold, so it's important to make sure you clear old food out regularly.

2. Washing Machine
Many homeowners naturally assume that their washing machines are self-cleaning, and thus forget to check them for mold. Neglecting to properly air out and dry the excess moisture after each wash cycle only serves to attract unwanted mold growth.

3. Window Sills
It's not uncommon to find mold on wood, such as your wooden window sills. If you tend to see excess condensation regularly forming on your window panes, then chances are your home's indoor humidity levels are too high. Monitor the indoor humidity in order to prevent unwanted mold.

4. House Plants
Overwatering your house plants is a great way to invite mold into your home. Prevent unwanted mold by only watering your plants at the base (not from the top) and proportioning out an appropriate amount of water.

5. Walls and Wallpaper
Moldy drywall can be harder to spot, so you need to make sure you're keeping an eye out for other types of signs. Peeling, browning, or otherwise aging wallpaper is a good indication that mold is growing underneath the wallpaper. Also, check for a musty odor.
Mold can appear anywhere moisture is present, so it's vital that you take the time to search each hidden corner in your house during every mold inspection. Contact mold remediation experts as soon as you can if you do discover mold growth in your home.

Why and How To Flush Your Water Heater

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Man's hands unscrewing a screw-nut on a water heater with a wrench on a boiler Flushing a water heater in Churchville, PA

Maintaining your water heater is an essential part of responsible homeownership. Diminish the odds of suffering a costly repair bill or, even worse, needing to replace your system entirely by taking time out to care for yours.

Why Flush

Besides preventing an untimely demise, conducting periodic flushes:

  • Reduces noise
  • Improves speed
  • Lowers energy costs
  • Cleans out sediment
  • Prevents foul odors associated with stagnant water

Performing a water heater flush need not be complicated or take long. Periodically executing this chore assures your appliance can continue reliably providing your household with clean, hot water well into the future.

How To Flush

First, switch off your machine. If your heater runs on gas, double-check that the pilot has been extinguished before continuing. For an electric water heater, access the circuit breaker to execute a complete shutdown.
Next, screw your garden hose onto the drain valve and place the loose end where you do not mind the evacuating water and sediment being deposited. Remember that wearing protective gloves during this stage is a wise decision.
Draining can now take place. Open the valve and let everything flow. Once a few minutes have passed, speed up the drainage by turning on the hot water in your kitchen. Wait some more and then switch the supply valve back to on until the flow completely halts. A quick, secondary flush is typically recommended.
With the old water completely expelled, you can once again activate your water supply. When your kitchen’s faucet is running smoothly and consistently, you will know the job has been completed properly. After confirming that the tank has refilled, restore power to the unit. The only task left is to turn on the heat source.
Needing a water restoration cleanup service to rush to your residence in Churchville, PA, and repair the fallout of a destroyed water heater can be entirely avoidable. Thankfully, with just a few, quick steps you can lower the possibility of such a calamity occurring.

3 Important Fire Safety Tips for Pet Owners

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Old man rescuing dog from natural disaster As an owner, you take pet safety seriously

Three Important Tips For Pet Owners

As an owner, you take pet safety seriously. You put the lid on the trash can and have the veterinarian on speed dial, but have you thought about your furry friend causing a fire emergency? Here are 3 important tips for pet owners when it comes to fire safety.

Pet-Proof Your Home
Owners know that pets get into trouble. They stick their noses everywhere, climb on tables and knock over all sorts of things. Make it harder for your pet to cause mayhem by doing the following:

  • Designate the kitchen a pet-free zone to keep them away from dangerous appliances.
  • Keep candles up high and blow out open flames when you leave the room.
  • Put pets away when you are not home.

Keeping your pets out of mischief gives you one less thing to worry about.

Have Plans for Pets, too
Every family has a fire emergency plan, and it should include pet preparation. Practice evacuation with your pets and have a backup plan in case you can’t get to them. Let fire rescue know how many pets you have by placing an alert sticker near the main entrance showing the number of animals in your home. You can also put these stickers on windows of the rooms that your pets are in to make it easier for firefighters to find them.

Be Ready for the Aftermath
Pet safety doesn’t stop once flames are extinguished. Know where the nearest emergency veterinary clinic is in case your regular facility cannot be reached. You should also have a place for your pets to stay during fire damage assessment and restoration. Family members or close friends are often willing to help, or you can put them in an animal boarding facility.
A fire emergency is stressful. Even more so when pets are involved. Being proactive and knowing who to ask for help in Forks Township, PA, will prepare you to handle that stress.

Bags of Sand Are No Longer the Kings of Flood Prevention

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Slope and earth retention wall management with rocks and wire mesh cage system in tropical hilly terrain Flood wall alternatives for your facility

Those tasked with keeping their companies safe from flooding often assume the Sand Bag method is their only reasonable recourse. While this option may seem appealing, modern devices currently available in Bethel, PA, have the potential for being vastly superior.

Disadvantages of Sand Bags

Using bags of sand as flood prevention comes with numerous drawbacks, including:

Building time. When storms strike, will you be able to erect a wall quickly enough?
Manpower. How many able-bodied employees exist at your disposal to effectively get the job done?
Removal. Once your border protects you from flood damage even once, it becomes a damp, useless mess. Does periodic rebuilding seem an appealing proposition?
Low reliability. Any Sand Bag wall is prone to collapse. Can you imagine needing a commercial water damage cleanup specialist after all that effort?

Also, bags filled with sand can be deceptively expensive, owing to their regular need for replacement. The long-term cost of this approach could well exceed that of other protection solutions.

Flood Wall Alternatives
Businesses are no longer limited to old-fashioned flood dams.
One contemporaneous choice is Watershed Innovations’ HydraBarrier, which utilizes a hose to spray a six- or twenty-inch defensive barricade, depending on height needed and your budget. It fills in less than two minutes and is conveniently reusable after draining.
The AquaDam goes even higher, rising a full three feet. Note, there remains a risk of it washing away should floods exceed this height. On the plus side, the setup is exceedingly efficient.
The AquaFence is more costly but erects an impressive four-foot barrier that extends the length of a city block. In addition to elementary installation, it’s constructed with an aluminum canvas that reinforces sturdiness.
New technology means the Sand Bag technique is no longer your only path for flood prevention. Maximize the time and money you spend protecting your office by making use of a scientifically advanced safeguard.

Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Worker with protective gear while sanitizing floor, wet floor, floodwater Commercial water damage

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
However, many business owners or space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that have appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails, water damage could be the result. 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall will get you back up and running again, call us anytime 24/7 at (800) 455-9453. We will return your business back to normal and make it "Like it never even happened."

The Commercial Resources SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Has to Offer

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles on roll SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster

When looking for cleanup for your business, we at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall can help with our commercial resources. Whether it is cleanup after a disaster or mold remediation, we help the Lehigh Valley’s businesses get back to conducting business as usual, as fast as possible. Nobody likes a disaster of any kind, and we are here to help you through it.

Lost time in cleanup for water or fire damage is better spent in your doing productive work for increased business opportunities. As professionals in the Easton area, we are nearby and ready to help with disaster cleanup. Our expertise can help you through our extensive commercial resources:

Water Damage Restoration

Flooding and water damage seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. We know that and can help you get back to work with our:

  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Highly trained water damage specialists
  • Restoration know-how

No matter the location of the water damage, whether in a small office building or big box store, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion to ensure your business is up and running again as quickly as possible. Our technicians have the training and certifications they need to handle your restoration needs, no matter the size.

Fire Damage Restoration

Lost productivity is the biggest result of fire and smoke damage. With firefighting systems, water damage may also occur from water used. As a trusted leader in fire and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall knows the ins and outs of fire damage and the extra damage that can come with it and are well-equipped to handle it, including:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • Water Damage Restoration

Mold Remediation

Because mold, whether from a leak or plumbing, can cause serious problems and health risks to those who enter your business, give us a call at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to discuss how we can manage it as we work fast to address the mold. We work fast to contain the mold growth and prevent it from spreading further. Our technicians are well-trained, including:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists
  • Water Damage Restoration Technicians
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Cleaning Service

We address everyday soil and grime that are beyond the scope of your janitorial staff.

Storm and Major Events

Whether you need our elite large-loss specialists who work with the hospitality industry, universities and property managers, or you have damage from a storm, wind and rain, we can help. With our 24-hour emergency service, we will be there quickly to assess and fix the damage. Moreover, we work with your insurance to make the process as seamless as possible.

Here at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. 

SERVPRO Professionals Wear Many Hats

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Different hats on a table SERVPRO Hats Over the Years

”Commercial Buildings Are Not Large Houses!”

Our local SERVPRO franchise has several team members specifically trained in Commercial Loss scenarios and this is one of the first things they learn when attending an Institute Of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) class.

Drying and restoring commercial properties can be very complex and pose a multitude of situations not typically found in residential properties. Some of the differences between commercial and residential properties are obvious, such as size and uses, but others may not be that obvious like intricacies in HVAC systems, and complex electrical systems.

Other differences in commercial and residential structures that may concern a restorer will be things like public access, multiple stakeholders, construction materials & building codes, as well as the potential for increased safety issues in a commercial property.

Our certified Commercial Drying Specialists know the differences between commercial and residential properties and can “change hats” instantly from one to the other with very little effort. This ability to understand and adapt to these differences is one of the many things that help our restorers stand out in the restoration industry. It is also the reason that the majority of municipalities, utility companies, property management firms, healthcare facilities, and school systems in our area trust SERVPRO for all their restoration and cleaning needs.

SERVPRO is also on the cutting edge of document drying science and have the ability to dry, clean, sanitize, and restore documents once deemed unsalvageable a few years ago. This can save a business thousands of dollars and major headaches if these documents are ever needed to be produced.

Another advantage SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall has over other restoration companies is that although our local franchise can produce most commercial jobs on our own, if we get a job that is beyond our local capabilities, we can have our Corporate Large Loss Division assist us with staff and equipment to handle any size disaster.

Knowing the differences between residential and commercial properties is very important in our industry and if a restorer does not understand those differences, it could lead to catastrophic results from safety issues, or much higher cost of a commercial project than is necessary. Trust your business to the pros in the know, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. We are standing by 24/7/365 for ALL your restoration and cleaning needs.

What To Do If You Suspect There Is Mold in the Air Ducts

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Male technician cleaning industrial air conditioner indoors Hire professionals to clean the system

Prevent From Shutting Down Your Business Due To A Mold Problem

While your HVAC system helps keep your employees comfortable during the workday, its vents can also facilitate the spread of black mold throughout your property. To prevent a mold problem from shutting down your Pen Argyl, PA, business, you need to clean contaminated air ducts as soon as possible.

Cleaning Air Vent Mold

If you see black dust or smell a musty odor in your ducts, you may have a mold problem. You should then follow the below steps.

1. Contact an Inspector
First, you should bring in a certified inspector to confirm whether your building actually has mold. After all, you do not want to spend thousands of dollars cleaning up spores that are actually harmless.

2. Examine the Insulation
If there is mold present in the system, you should next check the insulation near the ducts. Contaminated insulation should be replaced.

3. Disinfect and Clean the System
Unless the infestation is minor, you should not try to scrub the black mold yourself. Instead, you should hire professionals who know the right way to eliminate the spores.

4. Discover the Cause
You then need to work with the experts to discover the source of the mold growth. You can then take steps to stop the mold from returning.

Preventing Air Vent Mold
Indeed, while the actual black mold cleanup should be left to the professionals, there are steps you can take to limit the growth of the fungus within your HVAC system. Mold thrives in dirty, dusty areas. By changing your air conditioning filter regularly, you can stop the buildup of debris that leads to mold contamination.
Similarly, mold does not grow that much in clean ducts. You should thus have the ducts cleansed at least twice per year.
If you do not properly clean and maintain your air ducts, black mold can contaminate your entire building. You should thus regularly check the HVAC system for odors or dust and contact mold remediation professionals if you suspect a problem.

How a Winter Storm Can Damage Your Business

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling panels damaged huge hole in roof from rainwater leakage.Water damaged ceiling . Roof damage in Bangor, PA

How a Winter Storm Can Damage Your Business

Following a severe winter storm, your Bangor, PA business building can suffer from damages to these areas.


Although extreme weather can compromise the exterior, the following conditions can lead to interior devastation.

During the winter, a roof can collapse or crack if it cannot withstand the weight of snow and ice that doesn't run off or melt. Small cracks or fissures can also cause melting snow and ice on a roof to leak into a building leading to potential flooding and mold development.

Snow and rain can freeze after it rolls into gutters. When these channels cannot direct additional water off a roof, it can accumulate across its surface and enter a building through small cracks and fissures that not be apparent. The resulting moisture within a building's walls and framework can ultimately promote mold growth that can spread to other areas.

Strong wind from a winter storm can deposit heavy objects on a roof, send debris crashing through windows or cause trees to fall on your building. When heavy rain or snow accompanies wind, gallons of water can enter a building through wind-damaged areas. The result can be widespread flooding, electrical fire, and mold development.

As winter temperatures drop, water in uninsulated pipes can freeze. Icy water particles can expand, forcing unfrozen water toward the interior faucet faster than the pipe can accommodate it. Immense water pressure can cause the pipe to burst, causing gallons of water to flood your business. It is essential to prevent mold formation by extracting excess water quickly.
Winter storm damage can happen to your building's exterior and interior, even if you keep up with maintenance and repairs. Fortunately, you can count on a Bangor, PA disaster restoration company to help clean up, restore and prevent further damage so that you can focus on running your business.

3 Ways To Protect Your Home With Landscaping

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Mulch Opt for heavier mulches instead

Ways To Protect Your Home From Flood Damage

Outside flooding in Wind Gap, PA, can wash out flower beds, eat away at landscaping, and damage lawns. Fortunately, there are techniques that landscapers often use to divert the flow of rainwater and reduce the chance of flooding. Here are three solutions you can implement to help protect your property from flood damage.

1. Use Heavy Mulch
Light mulch, like that made from pine, tends to be lightweight and can easily be carried away during a heavy rain storm. Opt for heavier mulches instead. Certain kinds of hardwood mulches and manmade mulches can weather all but the heaviest storms.

2. Plant a Rain Garden
Rain gardens are used to give the water a place to pool, which can significantly reduce the amount of outside flooding you experience during a storm. When done well, rain gardens can add an attractive feature to your landscape. If you use native plants, the garden will require little maintenance once it is established. Rain drainage occurs around the edges first, leaving the middle of the garden wet the longest. Take advantage of this scenario by placing the plants that are the most moisture-tolerant in the middle of the garden.

3. Divert Rain Spouts
Rain spouts are used to direct the water as it rolls down your gutters and off your home. Use rain spouts that are at least three feet long. Make sure the water follows a desirable, downward path after it leaves the rain spout. Otherwise, it could return and pool around the foundation of your home. If you live in areas with sandy soil, you may need a longer rain spout.
As a homeowner, you want to protect your property from outside flooding. Although the techniques listed above can go a long way in protecting your home, water damage can still happen. If you have experienced water damage, a professional restoration service can get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

Why Mold Grows in Homes

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on cabinet door Mold encountered in a Bangor, PA home

Mold Growing In Your Home

When you discover a moisture problem in your home, you may wonder if you have black mold. Although some types of mold are concerning, there are many types of molds that can grow inside homes. Mold spores exist naturally in nature and when they occur outside, they help to break down decaying material. When they begin multiplying inside of a home, they serve no beneficial purpose. Therefore, it is necessary to remove the mold from your home in Bangor, PA, as quickly as possible.

Where it Grows
Mold spores can enter your home through open windows or doors. When moisture is not present, they do not pose a threat. They will remain dormant and be picked up during regular cleaning. However, if they find an area that continuously stays moist, they can begin replicating in as little as twenty-four to forty-eight hours. When there is a moisture problem, mold grows easily on pulpy surfaces.

Near leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes
On porous surfaces after a flood
Underneath floors or inside drywall

If you find mold in any of these places, you may need the help of a professional to determine which type of mold it is. Although you cannot always tell by looking, black mold often looks green or black with a shiny surface.

How To Get Rid of It
If mold cleanup efforts do not include stopping the source of the moisture, the mold is likely to grow back. Often, mold needs to be scrubbed off hard surfaces. To ensure the mold stays gone, the area should be thoroughly dried and a special cleaner or biocide may need to be used to kill any remaining spores.
It can be disturbing to discover that you have black mold growing in your home. However, if you work with a professional mold remediation company to locate and remove the mold, your home can soon be back to its pre-mold condition.

Summertime Heat in the Lehigh Valley

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

It’s the best time of the year... SUMMERTIME! While we lounge by the pool, enjoy a week at the beach, or play in the yard with our kids, we aren’t focusing on the real issue… the heat. In an average year, the Lehigh Valley will see its first 90-degree day around May 30, and its last around August 27. Highs here have broken 90 as early as April 7 and as late as October 8. So far in 2020, the warmest the Lehigh Valley has been is 91 degrees, a mark we have closely approached at least three times in the last two months, last checked July 2020. 

Here are some tips and tricks to beat the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water! The average person should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, which equals about 2 liters. This is known as the 8x8 rule. 
  • Find ways to cool off! Whether it’s jumping into a pool or running into the nearest building with air conditioning; find a way to cool your body off from the blazing heat. If you know you’re going to be out in the heat for a while, make sure you are taking breaks to cool off quick. 
  • Wear light-weight/ light-colored clothing! Something made of cotton is best. This will help avoid heat-related illnesses. 
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities during a hot day.

Here are some known symptoms of heat exhaustion: 

  • heavy breathing 
  • sweating
  • headache
  • dizziness 
  • nausea
  • rapid heartbeat 
  • skin feels cool and moist 
  • muscle cramps

If you are suspicious of heat exhaustion, try to move to a cooler location, apply cool wet clothes to your body, and drink water. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke - call 911 if someone refuses to drink water or vomits. 

If you have any concerns when it comes to the heat, download the “OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool” app in the App Store. This app is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and gives you the heat index for the day, temperature, humidity, and what heat related illnesses to look out for that day. 

We at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall hope you have a safe and fun rest of your summer! Stay cool!

Understanding the Benefits of Security Fencing

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Private property in the forest angle shot By using a security fence is to keep out unwanted guests

Three Specific Benefits Of Fencing

When considering the damage after a fire and the expense to mitigate and restore your business, it is difficult to justify any additional costs, including a security fence. While it may be challenging to understand the benefits of installing a fence around your damaged property, it can help to protect vulnerable materials that may still be present in the building. Also, many fire restoration services in Pen Argyl, PA, will point to three specific benefits of fencing.

1. Limits Liability
The primary concern of any business owner after a fire should be protecting their insurance claim. Most insurance companies want you to mitigate further loss after a fire disaster, which is typically done by boarding up and tarping over holes in the vertical and horizontal structures of the building, preventing wildlife, vagrants, and weather from doing further harm.

2. Keeps Out Unwanted Guests
The primary benefit of using a security fence is to keep out unwanted guests. However, do not limit your mind to only thinking of intruders as vagrants or looters; animals can also pose a significant threat to your vulnerable property. By fencing the grounds, you can prevent unwanted intruders of all shapes, sizes, and species.

3. Demonstrates Compliance
Mitigation of further damage is often a requirement of most insurance policies. Therefore, installing a fence may be required to demonstrate or prove compliance. While a fence is not impenetrable, your insurance company will see the effort made to prevent injury and damage, which may only bode well for your claim.
A security fence may not be the first concern among business owners after a fire, but there are several reasons to consider installing one, including compliance with your insurance policy. However, understanding the benefits and specific needs of your business and its insurance policy may be more important. Contact your insurer or a fire restoration service to discuss the need or reasons for security fencing.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting … Oh My!

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Lately, more than ever, there are a few words being thrown around - cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. It is great that we are discussing these topics, however it’s important that when discussing, we understand what differentiates one from the other. Below are a few key differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. 

Cleaning is simply removing any dust, debris or dirt from surfaces by rinsing or by using agitation. An example would be using soap and water to wash a table.

Sanitizing is a step above cleaning. Depending on the product being used, sanitizing removes certain bacteria from surfaces according to their label. 

Finally, there is disinfecting. With the recent pandemic, disinfecting has been discussed more than ever before. Disinfecting removes both bacteria and viruses from surfaces according to their label. However, to ensure you are obtaining the best possible results, be sure that you are using an EPA registered product and that you are following the label instructions. 

For more tips and details like these, you can reach out to SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem &Whitehall to set up a free Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation, where you can learn more about how to keep your facility, customers, and employees safe. 

Give us a call today … 800-455-9453

2020 Already Blows… Now Bring on the Hurricanes

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

The 2020 hurricane season is predicted to be more active than previous years have been. According to the NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, this year will bring a likely 13 to 19 “named storms” - these are storms with winds of 39 mph or higher. Of these, 6 to 10 could become hurricanes - storms with winds of 74 mph or higher. And 3 to 6 of these could become major hurricanes of winds 111 mph or higher. To put this in perspective, an average season brings 12 named storms, 6 of which become hurricanes, and 3 of which are major. 

It’s important to be properly prepared before these hurricanes hit to help prevent damage or loss to your property. 

Important Supplies

  1. Family Emergency Readiness Plan
  2. Three days worth of water
  3. Three days worth of non-perishable food for each person or pet
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Battery powered radio or radio alert
  6. Portable power bank to charge cell phones
  7. Full tank of gas in car
  8. Batteries

How To Prepare Your Home

  • Cover your windows with storm shutter or plywood, or at least tape the glass so any broken shards will stay together 
  • Find out if you live in an area that floods, and learn how to properly sandbag your home
  • Keep your rain gutters cleaned out as often as possible

If your property experiences flooding or storm damage, please reach out to SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to help with your clean-up and restoration needs. 

Give us a call today… 800-455-9453

SERVPRO's Business Model Offers a Great Franchise Opportunity

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

If you are looking for a promising franchise opportunity, there is one disaster recovery and restoration company that leads the way. A SERVPRO franchise offers a unique opportunity for business owners. With the availability of corporate resources, each locally owned and operated company can count on the help and support it needs to run a successful business. The company was ranked in the 4th spot by Entrepreneur Franchise 500 in 2012, and it continues to be the leader in the cleanup and restoration industry.
Founded in 1967, the corporation has over 1,600 franchises all across the United States. Because of its relationships with many top insurance companies, it has become the service of choice to respond to disasters. The franchises can handle all kinds of emergencies, from single home disasters to major storm events. Some of the catastrophes the company has handled in the past include Hurricanes Katrina, Irma and Harvey, and the California wildfires.

What Services Does the Company Provide?

Each SERVPRO franchise is certified to provide a viral pathogen cleaning that goes well beyond the type used by the typical carpet cleaning and janitorial services. After a natural or other disaster, trained technicians will analyze the damage and provide the expertise needed to clean up and restore the property. Services include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Mold Remediation

What Training Can Professionals Expect?

The company offers many technical training programs. In addition to the availability of regional-level training, many courses are offered at the National Training Center. Training Programs include:

Employee Certification Training - Available in Fire and Water Restoration, Mold Remediation and Cleaning
New Franchise Training
Training Approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)

Whether you are located in Mt Bethel, PA, or anywhere else in the country, a SERVPRO franchise can provide you with a unique and promising opportunity.

Should You Replace the Supply Lines in Your Bathroom?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water piping tube installed externally along the bathroom wall to supply water for a heater To avoid supply line damage, inspect your pipes to see if they are made of long-lasting materials

The water supply line is the piping that connects the plumbing in your home in Pen Argyl, PA to your groundwater wall or the municipal water main. Since all of the water flowing into the house runs through this line, it is a key plumbing component. Supply line damage can cause serious flooding, so it's important to keep your system maintained. A little preventive action now can save you a lot of money in water damage repair in the future.

What Can Cause Problems With the Supply Line?

Supply line damage can be caused by a number of different things. Contact a professional if you suspect damage.

The roots from large trees can force their way into a water line, blocking water flow and causing a supply line leak.
Pipes made of iron were once popular in homes, but since they can rust and become corroded and over time, they are no longer used in construction. If you have an older home, you should have a professional inspect your water line and replace any iron pipes.
Impurities in the water can cause minerals to build up, creating a clog.
Sewage in the floor drain will plug the pipes and create a bathroom leak.
The only paper product you should flush down the toilet is toilet paper. Facial tissues and paper napkins don't compose as quickly as toilet paper, so they can plug up the system.

What Materials Can Be Used for Supply Lines?

Water lines can be made with different materials. Because steel-braided pipes have a lifetime warranty, they are a smart choice. They are also flexible and easy to install. Copper pipes are also used because they are sturdy and long-lasting, but since they are expensive, they aren't as widely used. Plastic lines will only last for 5 to 8 years, so they must be replaced frequently.
To avoid supply line damage, inspect your pipes to see if they are made of long-lasting materials. If they aren't, you should have them replaced as soon as possible.

5 Tips for Space Heater Fire Safety

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Space heater Before you purchase a space heater you should look at the safety ratings

5 Tips for Space Heater Fire Safety

If you want to avoid a burned space heater in your Bangor, PA, home, then you may want to consider these five tips that many fire damage restoration professionals recommend. Following these safety guidelines can help you avoid the need for fire and smoke cleanup at your residence.

1. Look at Safety Features Before Purchase

Before you purchase a space heater you should look at the safety ratings. Check out that the cord is sturdy with a GFCI plug, and that a safety shut off feature is available. These safety features can help prevent a fire You may also want to look at the certification for the unit.

2. Keep Children and Pets Away from the Heater

Small children and pets can knock a heater over and cause a problem. There are many safety screens available that you can set up to create a three-foot safety zone around the unit.

3. Keep the Heater Level

Another tip for avoiding a burned space heater includes setting the heater up properly. Choose a level floor space where it can’t be knocked over on a non-flammable surface such as stone, concrete or tile.

4. Keep the Heater Away From Flammable Materials

It’s also important to keep the heater away from any flammable materials. This includes books, rugs, and curtains in addition to clutter such as papers.

5. Never leave an Operating Heater Unattended

It’s important to never leave a unit unattended while it is in operation. This will help ensure that you can turn the heater off if there is a problem. It’s also a good idea to unplug it any time it is not in use.

In order to avoid a potential burned space heater, following these five tips may help. Look at the heater’s safety ratings before you buy, keep children and pets away from the unit, make sure it is set on a level surface, keep the heater away from flammable materials, and never leave a unit unattended while it is on. Remember, if the unit should cause a fire, a restoration service can help.

The Professional Touch: A Customer Testimonial

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall is dedicated to serving our customers. Nobody looks forward to suffering a fire or water emergency, and it can be devastating when one occurs. We pride ourselves in being able to make our clients' experience the best it can be considering the situation.

Not convinced? Here are a few words from one of our happy customers...

"I wanted to reach out and thank the SERVPRO team of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall for the great job they did on the Bethlehem warehouse facility. This is my opinion only and not company endorsed. I have been in the Facilities and Building Maintenance for many years. There are very few companies that could possibly compete with SERVPRO on their customer service. I called after hours and in less than 2 hours a representative of the company was there to go over what needed to be done and then 1 hour later there was a crew taking care of the issue. I was very impressed with the professionalism that the entire team displayed. We had a large portion of the building to be taken care of and they went right to work. I set up a staging area for them and when I came in the next morning prepared to get everything where it belongs it was done. I will definitely use SERVPRO again and I recommend them to anyone that asks."

- Michael Borneman FMP

When tragedy strikes, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to help with your cleanup and restoration needs. Give us a call today with any questions or concerns... 800-455-9453

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall today at 800-455-945 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How To Limit Damage From a Broken Pipe

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Technician wearing protective gear while sanitizing building after water damage Commercial water restoration in Easton, PA

Bursting pipes are among the most common causes of commercial water damage. The extent of damage depends on the flow rate and how long water continues to be supplied to the location of the break. It is important to act quickly to stop the flow and contain water. The following measures are helpful for limiting the damage caused by a broken pipe.

Shut Off the Water Supply

The extent of damage depends on the flow rate of a pipe until water is no longer being supplied to the location of a break. Here are the flow rates for several common pipe diameters:

  • A half-inch pipe releases 50 gallons per minute
  • A one-inch pipe releases 210 gallons per minute
  • A two-inch pipe releases 850 gallons per minute

Even a few minutes of uninterrupted flow may require the extraction of hundreds or thousands of gallons of standing water. Turning off the water supply will slow and stop the flow.

Contain Water Damage
If more than one occupant is present at the time of a pipe break, one person should shut off the water supply while the other takes measures to contain or limit damage. It may be possible to use containers to collect water from bursting pipes or try to protect contents from damage.

Schedule a Repair
A commercial property owner should contact a plumber to fix broken pipe. A restoration company that specializes in water damage in Easton, PA should also arrive on site in a timely manner to assess and mitigate damage.
These measures are helpful for dealing with bursting pipes at a commercial building in Easton, PA. Shutting off the supply of water to a broken pipe is the most important step that can be taken to limit damage. Building owners and managers should rely on licensed plumbers and trained restoration professionals to fix the problem and any resulting damage.

3 Mold Prevention Tips for Residential Rentals

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Construction engineer wear safety uniform inspection metal roofing work for roof industrial concept with copy space Regularly inspect roofing in your building

Three Mold Prevention Tips

Whether a residential rental property is occupied or vacant, the owner should take measures to prevent mold. Here are three mold prevention tips for managing risk factors associated with the most common causes of mold.

1. Maintain Plumbing
Leaky or broken pipes are among the most common causes of mold. The owner of a property should be aware of the age and condition of plumbing. An annual inspection by a licensed plumber is advisable. If a rental is vacant during the winter months, the property owner should maintain indoor temperatures in the range of 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent pipes from developing frozen blockages and bursting.

2. Regularly Inspect Roofing
Roof leaks are another common culprit for moisture that causes mold. Damage may occur at any time due to severe weather or falling tree limbs. The owner of a property should encourage tenants to report any signs of potential damage and arrange for inspections by a roofing service at least twice a year. Identifying damage sooner rather than later may reduce the risk of a leak damaging the roof, insulation, or interior of a residence.

3. Restore Water Damage
Cleaning and restoring damage caused by water as quickly as possible is the most important mold prevention measure. A property owner should advise tenants to report leaks and respond as quickly as possible. Mold growth can begin within just 24 to 48 hours after damage occurs. Restoration specialists will extract water, clean and dry the affected area to reduce the risk of secondary damage.
Regular inspections of a rental property are necessary for mold prevention. The costs associated with maintaining plumbing and roofing are more affordable than water damage restoration and mold remediation. A history of timely maintenance will reduce the risk of a mold problem and increase the value and desirability of a residential rental in Wind Gap, PA.

The Four Steps of Filing a Flood Claim

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

applicant filling in a claim There are steps you should take to file a flood claim when your home has suffered damage

There are Steps To Take To Filing a Flood Claim

Homeowners often have the responsibility to carry flood insurance, especially if they live within a flood zone. For some of these homeowners, federal coverage is available. As a homeowner in Coffeetown, PA, you may have insurance through a local provider. Whatever your situation is, there are steps you should take to file a flood claim when your home has suffered damage:

Report Damage to Your Insurance Provider

Your prompt action is necessary, especially because some policies are only effective for a certain amount of time after damages occur. Contact the insurance provider who sold you the policy as soon as you can.

Document the Damages

In the past, a written record may have been sufficient, but today, it's best to take photographic evidence of damages. After you've taken pictures, it's okay to move water-logged and damaged items outside, but don't throw anything away until an adjuster has made an assessment of damages.

Work With the Adjuster

After you notify your insurance provider and begin the insurance claim process, an adjuster will contact you. The adjuster will provide official identification, and you will provide your insurance policy number, estimates from contractors and water damage repair professionals, receipts, and other pertinent information. The adjuster will take more measurements and photos, provide you with a local contact, give you a flood certification number, and prepare a proof of loss statement.

Follow Through

After you receive the proof of loss form, you have just 60 days to sign the form and return it. At this point, there are a few scenarios to expect. If you approve of the amount, you can wait for a check. If you disagree, you'll need to arrange for an independent appraisal. If your insurance claim was denied, you can make an appeal to FEMA.
In most cases, these four steps will help you satisfactorily file a flood claim. The more you know about your insurance policies before a disaster, the better prepared you'll be when major storms hit.

Four Fire Preparation Strategies

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

Three people in the conflagration preventive extinguisher training program. Safety concept. Train employees in fire safety

4 Keys Aspects Of Fire Preparation

A Stockertown, PA, business fire can be very destructive. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare your business. The following are four key aspects of fire preparation:

1. Maintain Fire Extinguishers. Fire extinguishers and other fire-suppression equipment, such as fire blankets, are your best shot at keeping a small fire from growing into a large destructive fire. Make sure you have at least one extinguisher within 75 feet of all locations prone to fires, such as kitchens or areas with combustible materials. Keep extinguishers up-to-date and clear of any obstructions so that they can be reached easily.

2. Train Employees in Fire Safety. Employees should know the location of all fire extinguishers and exit routes. Hold fire drills routinely so that everyone is familiar with the protocols in the event of a business fire. Make sure there are appropriate evacuation routes for disabled employees.

3. Maintain Fire Alarms. Smoke detectors and fire alarms can minimize fire damage by alerting occupants to danger early. These systems should be checked routinely. Make sure the detectors and alarms are not blocked and are easily accessible. Change the batteries according to the manufacturer's instructions. If your alarm system is connected to the building's power supply, make sure the backup batteries are properly maintained.

4. Routinely Inspect Electrical Systems. Electrical fires are very common. Have your electrical system professionally inspected every five years unless your electrician recommends a different frequency. Only allow licensed electricians to perform work in your building. Additionally, make sure the area around electrical panels is clear for a minimum of three feet. Make sure outlets do not have any exposed wiring or other noticeable problems. Do not use extension cords permanently. Have a system in place for employees to report any electrical hazards they notice.
Even the most conscientious owner can suffer a business fire. If you need help restoring your commercial building, a certified restoration service can get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

3 Tips To Protect a Commercial Roof

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Construction engineer wearing safety uniform inspecting metal roofing work for roof industrial concept with copy space It’s recommended to inspect the roof at least twice a year

3 Tips To Protect a Commercial Roof

When it comes to your Churchville, PA, business, protecting it from roof damage can help save valuable time and money by preventing long term problems. There are a few things you can do to help ensure any small issues are found and fixed before repair needs get out of hand.

1. Inspect It Regularly

It’s recommended to inspect the roof at least twice a year, or any time you suspect there may be storm or wind damage. Look for areas of loose or torn shingles, unsecured gutters, or sun spots as these could indicate a problem. If a damaged space is found it's best to cover over the area to prevent further issues and contact a professional for repairs.

2. Cover Over Damaged Areas

Any time roof damage is found it’s best to protect the space to prevent additional problems. If left unprotected additional damage can occur from sun, rain or wind and accumulate until a potential roof rebuild is the needed. Covering over the space with ply-board or a heavy tarp can add protection until a professional can finish repairs.

3. Make Repairs Quickly

It’s important to make repairs as quickly as possible whenever you find damage to the roof. This can help prevent further damage from occurring and creating a large scale problem. You can contact a local storm damage restoration service to help with clean up and repairs. These professionals may also be able to recommend mitigation tips for the future.

Protecting your company from roof damage may help you prevent large scale problems. Remember to have the roof inspected regularly, especially after large storms. Cover over any damage that is found to protect it until repairs can be made, and call a restoration service to have repairs made as quickly as possible. These steps may help prevent larger problems that could lead to the need for a roof replacement.

How to Contain Mold During Remediation

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Plastic covers, mold containment concept Mold containment in Palmer Township, PA

Mold loves water and warm temperatures. If you have recently suffered water damage due to flooding, mold contamination is sure to follow. An environmental specialist should inspect your home in Palmer Township, PA to determine the extent of the damage and to remediate the mold.

What is Remediation?

Most folks think that mold can be removed from their home, but actually mold spores are present everywhere. The levels at which they normally exist in dry conditions do not pose any health issues. When wet and humid conditions occur, mold contamination can become a problem. Remediation is the process of getting those mold levels back into the safe range.

How is Mold Contained?

Mold can spread quickly, so while your house is in the process of mold remediation, there are important steps that can slow the growth.

Reduce the humidity and temperature in your home. Turn the heat down to below 65 degrees Fahrenheit and turn on your dehumidifier immediately. If the humidity and temperature are lower outside than inside, you can open several windows. In the summer, it’s best to turn on an air conditioner, if possible.
Moldy items should be removed right away. Smaller items can be put in plastic bags and frozen since mold can’t survive in freezing conditions. Furniture and other large items that contain mold should be taken outside until a professional can inspect them. If the items are destroyed and are small enough, place them in garbage bags. Consult with your garbage disposal personnel to see if they will accept the moldy items.
Make sure shelves and cupboards are clean. Mold can remain on surfaces, so use white vinegar to wipe down the areas.
Purchase a HEPA air filter to remove the majority of mold spores in the air. Run fans to circulate the air once it has been filtered.

Speed is the name of the game when dealing with mold contamination. The quicker you tackle the issue, the sooner you will get your house back in order.

Top 5 most common causes of house fires

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

5 lighted candles Candles can cause house fires

Top Five Most Common Causes of House Fires

 Here are the top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.


From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there was an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep


While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there was still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
  • Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.

Electrical & Lighting

According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy-duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.

Dryers & Washing Machines

Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage. 

Safety tips:

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.


From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.

Safety tips:

  • Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.

If you experience a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453.

We are cleaning experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, 800-455-9453



Where Do Floodwater and Storm Water Come From?

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

River Feale bursts its banks during post-storm flooding Storm water damage in Forks Township, PA

When water damage impacts your business in Forks Township, PA, there can be a lot of confusion following the event. One of the biggest challenges that business owners face after a storm is determining whether the damage can be classified as storm or flood damage. This key distinction makes a significant difference in terms of what type of insurance you’ll need and how professionals will help restore your building. Here’s what to know about where floodwater and storm water comes from.

Where Floodwater Originates

According to most insurance policies, there’s a clear difference between storm damage and flooding. This difference mainly concerns where the two forms of water come from. For example, floodwater typically describes water that comes from the following sources:

  • Rivers
  • Dams
  • Lakes
  • Creeks
  • Levees

Water that originates from these natural sources is normally considered floodwater if it escapes its original source and causes damage to your business.

Where Storm Water Originates
Damage from storm water is very different from flood damage. When looking into your insurance policy, you may notice that there are a clear set of guidelines regarding the origin of storm water. In most cases, storm water refers to water that comes from drains as well as rainwater. When water from a rainstorm or thunderstorm accumulates and doesn’t know where to go, it may target your commercial building and lead to severe water damage. Many people mistakenly consider this to be a result of a flood, but it’s generally categorized as storm damage according to insurance providers and restoration experts.
The line that separates flooding and storm water may seem like a very fine one. However, by learning where each type of damage comes from, you will gain a better understanding of how the water damage in your Forks Township, PA, business can be classified. Whether you’re dealing with storm or flood damage, be sure to rely on emergency restoration services to revive your commercial building.

SERVPRO Encourages Lehigh Valley Property Owners to Prepare Now for Severe Spring Weather

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall

SERVPRO Encourages Lehigh Valley Property Owners to Prepare Now for Severe Spring Weather

Local disaster remediation specialist cautions warming temperatures threaten to trigger thunderstorms, snow melt, and flooding

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (Grassroots Newswire) 2 March 2020— According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flooding is the most common natural disaster in the U.S.(1) Dawn and Steve Davis of SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall want local home and business owners to know that the approaching spring season is notorious for flood-producing weather, so now is the time to prepare for the unpredictable.

“The water damage caused by a broken pipe, malfunctioning clothes or dishwasher, backed up gutters, or damaged roof is typically limited in scope and pretty straightforward to deal with,” says Davis. “Depending on where you live and work, however, you may also be at risk for flooding caused by rain, melting snow, coastal storms, storm surges, overflows of dams, ice jams in rivers, or a severe spring storm. Those are the types of flooding risks you need to plan for in advance.”

While some areas are more prone to flooding than others, FEMA warns that everyone lives in an area with some flood risk, so it’s important to understand your risk and take the appropriate steps to prepare. You can discover the flooding risk for your specific home or business address here(2), but even those who live in a “low flood risk” zone should heed weather warnings. Here are some of spring’s common flood-related weather hazards and where they are most likely to occur.
• Thunderstorms: The Southeast sees the greatest number of thunderstorms while the West Coast sees the fewest. They occur most often in the spring and summer months during the afternoon and evening hours but can occur anywhere and anytime. These powerful storms can dump large amounts of rain in a short period of time, resulting in flooding and power outages. In an average year, the U.S. experiences about 100,000 thunderstorms.(3)
• Snow Melt: Areas of the U.S. that receive a lot of snowfall are subject to flooding from snow melt. As warming temperatures melt the snow on top of frozen ground, water can pour into basements and flood yards and streets. Communities downstream of heavy snowpack areas are at flooding risk from streams and rivers swollen with melted snow and ice. Communities along rivers are subject to flooding due to ice jams that block the river’s flow.
• Coastal Flooding: Flooding events during or following a coastal storm are common, but changes in average sea level and ongoing development have led to a new phenomenon for coastal communities—Blue Sky or Sunny Day Flooding. Spring is one of the times when this phenomenon occurs, when the Moon’s orbit brings it closest to the Earth, and the Moon, Sun and Earth align, resulting in extraordinarily high tides. Coastal flooding is most common along the Northeast and Gulf Coasts.

“It’s great to look forward to the warmer days of spring, but it’s also important to remember that this change in the weather can trigger some unsettled and even dangerous weather,” says Davis. “Prepare now for the risk of flooding events by making an emergency plan for meeting up with loved ones, storing fresh water in the event of water supply contamination, having fresh batteries on hand in case of power outages, and stockpiling non-perishable food.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, floodwaters can pose several health risks and cause injuries, infections, chemical hazards, and more.(4) Never drive through flooded roadways, and avoid contact with floodwaters when possible as it may contain downed power lines or electric current from a home or business; human or livestock waste; household, medical, or industrial hazardous waste; debris; or wild animals such as rodents and snakes. If the water has entered a structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is also to be considered black water and could be hazardous to your health.

“If your home or business is affected by a flood, remember, quick action is critical to minimizing damage and long-term health risks,” Davis says. “Add SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to your contact list in your phone. We’re here to help.”

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, please contact us at 800-455-9453. For more information on SERVPRO, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

(1) www.fema.gov/news-release/2004/08/16/flooding-americas-1-natural-hazard
(2) www.floodsmart.gov/flood-map-zone/find-yours
(3) www.nssl.noaa.gov › education › svrwx101 › thunderstorms
(4) www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/extreme-weather/floods-standingwater.html


Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO system has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2018 California Wildfires, 2018 Hurricane Michael, 2018 Hurricane Florence, 2017 Hurricane Irma, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2016 East Tennessee Wildfires, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding, 2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013 Alberta, Canada Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee.

The Effect of Smoke Damage on Electronics

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Electronic damaged with smoke, on the middle of the picture it says ELECTRONIC WITH SMOKE DAMAGE How does smoke damage electronics?

The process of salvaging electronics after a fire goes beyond checking for burns and water damage. You can’t afford to assume that an appliance is okay just because it survived the blaze. It has to go through an intense fire cleanup process that is dedicated to recovering electronics.

Types Of Smoke Damage in Electronics Include:

  • Black film
  • Magnetic Charge
  • Corrosion from soot

Black Film

House fires are notorious for producing a tremendous amount of black smoke. These fumes seep into your electronics during the fire and form a thick coat on the circuit boards. As a result, your devices often overheat and end up having a shorter lifespan. Have a restoration professional clean the boards and replace any worn out parts to avoid this issue.

Magnetic Charge

Black smoke also produces a magnetic charge that can cause a short circuit. Since most electronics have tiny components crammed in a small space, the risk of malfunctioning or another fire doubles when using smoke damaged equipment. These types of incidents are few and far between, but there is no point in risking another costly fire cleanup or electric shock.


Soot is also very acidic. That makes it a massive threat to TVs, computers, and appliances. If left to sit in the circuit boards, some of the components degrade slowly to premature death or even worse. Usually, this type of damage happens to electronics that get a DIY soot cleanup and those that receive nothing at all.
As a fire victim in Mt Bethel, PA, it is important to make sure every electronic you intend to save goes through the proper fire cleanup process. That will make sure it goes back to regular operation, and it is safe for your family to use. However, do not attempt to DIY a soot cleanup in big electronics as you can easily mess things up and cause another disaster.

How To Protect Your Home From Secondary Damage

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Wall covered with mold Secondary damage in a Bangor, PA home

When dealing with the aftermath of floods or water leakage in Bangor, PA, it's crucial to take immediate action and prevent secondary damage. Whether your home has suffered a small leak or seen a large issue with an appliance that caused an indoor flood, cleaning the mess correctly can prevent the growth black mold.

What Creates Secondary Damage?

Secondary water damage occurs when a water issue isn't tended to promptly. Couple this neglected water with high humidity, and it creates the perfect recipe for a structural building fiasco. If secondary damage is left alone long enough, it can lead to the following expensive problems:

  • Bending and buckling of hardwood floors
  • Black mold
  • Destroyed Vinyl
  • Rotting and crumbling drywall

What Steps Can You Take To Protect Your Property?
The safest way to deal with most water damage, particularly if black or gray water are involved, is to enlist the help of a water restoration company. A professional cleanup company can offer many benefits, but the most prominent is the ability to use specialized equipment in the remediation process. These tools can find hidden moisture and quickly remove it from a particular host.
An experienced water damage mitigation company will also take the time to closely monitor the drying process in situations that involve pooling water and high humidity. This step can mean the difference between an easy fix and deeper issues that can become costly. These companies not only clean any affected areas, but they also take the time to deodorize your home.
Life is wonderful, yet unpredictable. No matter how much planning you do, no one is fully immune to severe weather, failing appliances and other unexpected events that can lead to water in your home. If you take immediate action, however, and hire qualified professionals in Bangor, PA, to safely clean and restore your home, you can lessen your risk of secondary damage and black mold.

When Should You Call a Certified Restoration Company for Water Damage?

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

A technician wearing protective equipment while performing cleaning treatment in a commercial facility Cleaning and sanitizing a commercial facility in Pen Argyl, PA

Steps To Take If You Have Water Emergency

When a water intrusion disaster strikes your business in Pen Argyl, PA, it’s easy to panic. Even when you’re fully insured, it’s going to be a challenging time, but there are proactive things you can do to dramatically ease the tension. From a pipe burst cleanup to a major storm repair, a professional restoration company can turn things around relatively quickly.
There are a few things to do in a water emergency, typically in this order:

  1. Safety first! Do whatever’s necessary to get and keep people out of harm’s way.
  2. Take any immediate steps to reduce further damage, such as shutting off water.
  3. Call a top restoration company for advice.
  4. Call your insurance agent.

Your First Steps

First, get your employees and customers away from any danger. If a major storm is approaching, tell non-essential employees to stay home for now. If the problem is a broken pipe, shut off the water. If you don’t know where that is, call the water company or your restoration company. Storm damage may require tarping and boarding.

Next, Call Your Cleanup and Restoration Company

You may be tempted to call the insurance company first, and broadly speaking, it’s alright to do so. However, experienced restoration companies can usually help you deal more effectively with an insurance agent and make sure you get the coverage you’ve paid for. They can also immediately begin the drying process with advanced air moving equipment.

Most Significant Commercial Water Intrusion Damage Will Require Professional Restoration

For a black water intrusion, only a sewer cleanup company will have the knowledge to fully sanitize the affected area. Even a simple pipe burst cleanup in Pen Argyl, PA, can have major complications, such as hidden structural damage and fungus growth.
SERVPRO is an IICRC-certified commercial restoration company that works closely with insurance agents to restore your business and get it fully operational quickly. They have specialized equipment and certified inspectors to find hidden water damage and prevent dry rot, which attracts wood-boring insects. Once they are involved, flooding, water damage from fire control and a pipe burst cleanup will be restored “Like it never even happened.”

What Makes SERVPRO Such a Great Business Model?

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Three green SERVPRO vans parked in front of a furniture store 24-hour emergency service. SERVPRO

When it comes to emergency help, you can't afford anything but the most reliable, capable response. You certainly don't want to clean up by yourself, and you won't get the right service from an inexperienced, unprepared company. It's no wonder so many people in Wind Gap, PA, look to a SERVPRO franchise to restore their workplace. This well-established company has the traits and track record you want if a flood, fire, storm or mold infestation affects your office.

Bringing the Right Tools to the Job

Any task requires certain resources to accomplish the objectives effectively. You can count on a SERVPRO franchise to come through every time. Shortly after your call for help, technicians will arrive with the following:

  • Qualified, skilled team members
  • Industry-standard tools and equipment to clean and rebuild your office
  • Proven techniques to thoroughly accomplish cleanup tasks of any size

Help Is Never Far Away

SERVPRO isn't like other disaster cleanup companies that have to send crews to you from other cities or states. The company is locally owned, so crews are always nearby. This is critical because it allows for a faster response. If a natural disaster hits your office, you need someone there the same day to start assessing the damage. Because offices will be near you, a long wait shouldn't be an issue.

There's a Corporate Presence

Individual franchises manage their own day-to-day affairs and are largely self-sufficient. However, these certified professionals can also call upon corporate help if necessary. The SERVPRO head offices can dispatch additional help to areas where large-scale incidents have affected multiple businesses. Each franchise has this continual support. This also includes getting more equipment and supplies to adequately clean up and rebuild.
A SERVPRO franchise will stand out from other cleanup companies. When it's time to choose an organization during your dire time of need, the decision should not be a difficult one.

The Facts About Mold and the Odor it Causes

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Side View Of A Shocked Young Woman Looking At Mold On Wall Mold often has a pungent, musty odor

There are a lot of things you never want to see in your office building. Mold is certainly high on the list. As if the sight of this fungus isn't enough, the smell can be unpleasant too. In fact, it's often the odor that gives mold away. You may not easily spot it, especially if it's inside the walls or ceiling, or under a sink. Mycotoxin release is a big reason why the putrid smell permeates the area.

When and Where it Grows

There's nothing magical about the appearance of mold in Easton, PA. This fungus will grow and spread under certain conditions. It's helpful to be aware of the places it can show up and what events lead to the need for mold remediation. Some of these include:

  • After food is left in a break room refrigerator for several weeks
  • After a pipe bursts in the basement boiler room
  • When water leaks through the roof after a severe rainstorm 

Clues Your Nose Can Pick Up

People in your building may first begin to complain about certain smells in the workplace. Mold often has a pungent, musty odor. Some people may describe it as the smell of wet socks or rotten wood. Another way to think about it is how it smells outside after it rains. People may even say mold has an earthy odor. 

Why it Stinks

During particular stages of its growth, mold will release mycotoxin into the air. These organic compounds are a collection of what the fungus consumes to multiply. 

How To Get Rid of It

It is vital to call a professional mold cleanup team to get rid of mold. These specialists will use powerful disinfectant to remove the fungus. Plus, to eliminate the smell, the crews will use HEPA air filtration machines. You can do your part too, but ensuring there is good airflow in your building. 
The terrible smell of mold comes from mycotoxin release. You can do something about this by enlisting the help of experienced professionals.

Winter Weather Water Damage

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Snow covered house Snow covered house

With the impending wintry mix that is expected this week in the Lehigh Valley, we figured that  it would be a good chance to remind people of the most common water damage events that can happen due to cold weather and snow. For many in the US, the thought of getting home water damage from a cold snap doesn’t even register on their radar. But the truth is, any home can be susceptible to cold weather.  

Ice dam formations on your roof

This is more common in colder climates where snow and cold weather tend to stick around throughout the winter. But ice dams cause a significant amount of water damage each year and can oftentimes becomes a black mold damage problem as well if left untreated. There’s a number of different techniques people apply to try and rid themselves of existing ice dams, but the truth is these can actually hurt your roof and cause more lasting long term damage. So do yourself a favor and read up on the subject so you don’t have to deal with water damage from ice dams.

Roof damages from high winds

Winter storms can often bring with them damaging winds that can rip shingles off your roof. Just a small amount of damaged or missing shingles can end up allowing a lot of water into your attic and/or home if rain or snow accompany the winds. If possible, have a roofing company check your roof after a strong wind storm just to make sure you don’t have any damages that could cause significant water damage.

Pipe bursts

By far the most common winter weather related water damage comes from frozen pipes that burst. It happens all the time when temperatures plunge. If you live in a colder climate, it usually happens when an exterior hose spigot or other pipe in the crawlspace/basement is exposed to the elements. Make sure your pipes are insulated or you’re at risk of some serious flooding issues!


Melting snow can impact any home, whether it has a basement, crawlspace, or a slab foundation. If enough snow ends up piling up next to your foundation, it’s going to create a lot of water once it melts. Hopefully when it does melt, your lawn slopes away from your house but if not you could end up with hundreds of gallons of water lurking next to your house. With that much water, over time it’s going to soak into and through your foundation and cause damage inside your property!

While these certainly aren’t the only way hazardous winter weather can cause costly water damage, they are the most common causes we see each winter. So like we always say on this blog, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Water damage costs can be high, and many types of damage aren’t covered by homeowner’s insurance policies. So it’s safest to take preventative steps on your own to make sure you greatly reduce the chances you end up with a problem on your hands!

Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453 this winter!

Preparing your HVAC Systems for the Cold Weather Ahead

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

With cold weather rolling in, so is an increased fire risk. Why, you may ask? Home heating systems or temporary heating systems cause serious fire risks and are one of the highest causes of fires in homes. Here are a few tips for you before the cold weather fully hits and heating becomes a must.

  • Make sure that your electric or temporary heater is not plugged into a power strip. It should always be plugged directly into a wall
  • Do not leave an electric heater unattended
  • Inspect HVAC systems to make sure that there is no faulty wiring
  • Change the filters in your system
  • Be sure to consult your instruction manuals before making any changes to the location or set up of any heating system or portable heaters

To add another level of safety be sure to have smoke alarms installed in your home and test them regularly. Having a home fire extinguisher is also recommended item to keep you and your family safe. Please see the link below for more tips on how to make sure you are ready for this winter.

Information sourced from: https://www.esfi.org/resource/space-heater-safety-tips-146

Heating Systems and the Fire Risks Associated

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

With cold weather rolling in, so is an increased fire risk. Why, you may ask? Home heating systems or temporary heating systems cause serious fire risks and are one of the higher causes of fires in homes. Here are a few tips for you before the cold weather fully hits and heating becomes a must.

  • Make sure that your electric or temporary heater is not plugged into a power strip. It should always be plugged directly into a wall
  • Do not leave a electric heater unattended
  • Inspect HVAC systems to make sure that there is no faulty wiring
  • Change the filters in your system

To add another level of safety be sure to have smoke alarms installed in your home and test them regularly. Having a home fire extinguisher is another must have item to keep you and your family safe. Please see the link below for more tips on how to make sure you are ready for this winter.

Information sourced from: https://www.esfi.org/resource/space-heater-safety-tips-146

How to Prevent a Chimney Fire

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Roof Top Chimney Fire Prevent chimney fires from happening in your home

Imagine you’re curled up in your favorite blanket, surrounded by your loved ones during the cold winter months. But, what happens if you have a chimney fire; have we thought about how to prevent a chimney fire in our homes?

Here are 7 ways to prevent a chimney fire:

  • Have Your Chimney and Fireplace Cleaned and Inspected Annually- A damaged chimney can spread fire to the surrounding areas in your home. A dirty chimney with a lot of creosote and soot buildup is dangerous because these materials burn at very high temperatures, spreading the fire. It is therefore important to have your chimney and fireplace checked annually. For best results, use the services of a certified chimney sweep. Annual cleaning of the chimney will ensure better passage for the smoke and exhaust gases, in addition to regular removal of dangerous creosote.
  • Build Small Fires- A small fire that burns well does not produce as much creosote as a large fire that is burning slowly. This is because a fire that burns brightly produces lesser smoke and soot, thereby reducing the buildup on the inside of the chimney. Small fires are also safer and easier to control.
  • Use Seasoned Wood- Dry, seasoned wood is the best choice for starting a fire. This is because wet wood burns slowly, creating more smoke, which condenses on the inside of the chimney. This results in an increase in the creosote deposits in your chimney. To build any fire, always use wood that has been seasoned for 6 months or longer.
  • Never Use Paper or Combustible Liquids in the Fireplace- Never use combustible materials or liquids to start a fire. The flames can get out of hand very quickly, resulting in disaster. Never burn paper, garbage, plants, Christmas trees or wrapping paper in a fireplace. These materials can float up the chimney when aflame and ignite the creosote deposits on top, resulting in a chimney fire.
  • Use a Chimney Liner- A chimney liner is an essential part of a fire prevention plan. Chimney liners provide better air flow, better exhaust passage for combustion gases and also protect the chimney structure from excessive heating and exhaust fumes. As a result, your chimney is easier to keep clean. The chimney structure is protected from damage, thereby reducing the chances of a chimney fire.
  • Install a Chimney Cap- A chimney cap prevents unwanted elements in your chimney. Animals or birds setting up residence in the chimney could ignite a chimney fire. Also, leaves or twigs that could fall inside are highly flammable and can result in a chimney fire.
  • Ensure Good Air Supply- Restriction in the air supply to the fireplace aids in the formation of creosote. To improve air flow, ensure that the fireplace damper is fully open. Leave the glass doors open to ensure that the air supply is not cut off while the fire is burning.

In case you do have a chimney fire, here are 6 steps to put it out:

  • Step 1 - Safety First- As soon as you are aware that the chimney is on fire, evacuate all family members and pets from the building, and call the fire department. Even if you do end up extinguishing the fire by yourself, it is always a good idea to have firefighters on their way in the event that things go wrong. Before attempting to put out the chimney fire, evaluate the situation to ensure it is safe for you to tackle it yourself. Make sure you put on heat-proof gloves as well.
  • Step 2 - Close Openings- Close any primary or secondary openings into the fireplace or chimney. This helps to deprive the fire of the oxygen it needs to keep burning. This may eliminate smaller fires altogether or just lessen the flames in something larger. You will also lessen the chances of any embers taking light after you've put the fire out.
  • Step 3 - Put Out the Fire in the Grate- Tip a generous amount of sand or baking soda onto the fire. This also helps to starve the flames of oxygen. Keeping a bucket of sand by your fireplace at all times is generally a good, practical idea that might just save your home!
  • Step 4 - Try a Fire Suppressant- A few products are available on the market to help get rid of dangerous fires. Chimfex is similar to a road flare. Once lit, it is tossed into the fire where it consumes all the available oxygen in the flow path. These are fairly inexpensive and have a decent shelf-life. FireEx is another such product that tends to be a bit more expensive, but airtight plastic packaging ensures that it has an indefinite shelf-life. It is a good idea to have a few of these products handy at all times if you use your fireplace frequently.
  • Step 5 - Use a Fire Extinguisher- To be on the safe side, you can use a fire extinguisher on the flames as well. This should left to the last as extinguishers can create a big mess. Direct the nozzle towards the grate and spray in short bursts to make sure that any glowing embers or flames that didn't get extinguished by the sand are completely out. Don't stand too close when using the fire extinguisher as the pressure from the nozzle can throw glowing embers into the air.
  • Step 6 - Hose the Chimney Stack- When you are satisfied that the fire in the grate is no longer alight, go outside and hose-down the chimney. Do this from a standing position. If you have a power attachment on your hose, use it as you will find it much easier to direct the water towards where you need it. Use only a fine mist; the heat from the fire will turn it into steam that will help dampen what's left of the fire. Only perform this maneuver if you're confident that you know the right amount of water to use, as too much can end up damaging the flue liner.

Have a safe and cozy winter from SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall!


Snow Predictions in the Lehigh Valley for 2019- 2020 Winter Season

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Camel on the side of road in the Lehigh Valley Snow Predictions in the Lehigh Valley

We are coming towards the end of October, which means winter is slowly creeping up on us. This winter season, we want you to be prepared on how cold it will be and when the snow might start.

Here’s what we know: 

How cold will this winter be?

On an October day when the Lehigh Valley was sweating in 90-degree temperaturesAccuWeather released its long-range winter 2019-20 forecast. According to the forecast: The Northeast as a whole will experience some chilly spells in December, but the real cold comes early in 2020. Above-normal snowfall is expected from New York City to Boston, with rain mixed with snow more likely in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., which will likely put the Lehigh Valley right around the dividing line.

When will we see the first snow?

Data from the National Weather Service shows that the Lehigh Valley on average sees its first snow around Dec. 2. But the actual first-snow date here has a fairly wide range. The earliest measurable snowfall of the season was an inch that fell on Oct. 10, 1979. The latest, on the other hand, was during the winter of 1999-2000 when snow held off until Jan. 13.

While AccuWeather says the first snow should arrive on time, its 2019-20 winter forecast says the worst wintry weather will be delayed: The harshest cold is expected after New Year’s, along with storms and above-average precipitation.

Be Prepared with Team EBW!

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall


How to Prevent Frozen Pipes and What to Do if They Freeze Anyway

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Brrrr it’s cold in here! There might be some frozen pipes in your house this year! Frigid winter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze – or even burst. Do you know how to tell if pipes are frozen? Here are some tips to help prevent frozen pipes and a list of suggestions for you to follow if they do freeze.

SYMPTOMS of Frozen Pipes 

One of the earliest signs of a frozen pipe is when no water comes out of your faucet when you turn it on. If you notice that, head first to the basement and check to see that the water is still turned on and that you don’t have a leak. Once you’ve confirmed these two things, continue your inspection to make sure one of your pipes has not burst.

If your search reveals that your pipes are frozen but none have ruptured, you have two choices:

  • Call a plumber to help thaw your frozen pipes. This is a good idea if you don’t think you can safely thaw the pipes yourself, you don’t know where the frozen pipes are or you can’t access the frozen area.
  • Attempt to thaw the frozen pipes yourself. Be aware this option can be dangerous if not done correctly.

How to FIX Frozen Pipes

If you attempt to thaw the frozen pipes yourself, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Keep your faucet open. Water and steam will be created during the thawing process, and your pipes need an opening to discharge this. Keeping the faucet open also allows for moving water to run through the pipe, which will expedite the thawing process.
  • Apply heat to the section of the pipe that is frozen. This can be done by wrapping an electronic heating pad around the pipe, heating the area with a hair dryer or both. If you lack either of these items, using towels soaked in hot water will help as well.
  • Know what not to do. Never use a blowtorch, propane or kerosene heaters, a charcoal stove or any other open flame device to thaw your frozen pipes. You should also avoid using a space heater unless you are sure the area is clear of any flammable material.
  • Continue applying heat until water flow returns to normal. Once you have successfully thawed the pipe, turn on other faucets in your home to check for any more frozen water pipes.
  • Take swift action if the frozen pipes are located inside an exterior wall. Cut a hole in the wall toward the inside of the house to expose those pipes to warmer air.

How to PREVENT Frozen Pipes

While we can’t control the weather, there are things we can do to prevent pipes from freezing. To prevent pipes from freezing and causing major damage, follow these steps:

  • Drain water from pipes that are likely to freeze. This includes your swimming pool and sprinkler water supply lines.
  • Disconnect any hoses from the outside of your home, drain the hoses and store them in the garage. Make sure to close the indoor valves supplying these outdoor access points.
  • Insulate the area around vents and light fixtures. This helps prevent heat from escaping into the attic.
  • Seal any wall cracks. Be sure to pay careful attention to the areas around utility service lines.
  • Open kitchen cabinets. This allows the warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep the garage doors closed to protect water lines.
  • Allow your faucets to drip cold water on the coldest days. The movement will make it harder for the water to freeze.
  • Keep your thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Never let it fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you leave your home.
  • Ensure you have proper seals on all doors and windows.
  • Place a 60-watt bulb in areas where you’re concerned about pipes freezing. Make sure there are no combustible materials near the bulb.

Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall if you experience frozen pipes this winter season! 800-455-9453

Commercial Services | Industrial Hygienists

9/28/2019 (Permalink)

Industrial Hygienist writing on a clipboard wearing safety vest and hard hat Commercial Services - Industrial Hygienists

Do you have a mold problem or just a dirty basement? To answer these questions professionals, need to be consulted to find scientific answers. Industrial Hygienists are specialists in identifying issues in workplaces or public facilities that could pose risk to those occupying the building. They can provide testing, protocols and consulting to help mitigate, remediate or eliminate these issues.

When dealing with mold there are two tests that can be performed to discover if you truly have an issue or not. The first test is the Indoor Air Quality test. During this test a sample of air is taken utilizing an air pump and special filter that traps air particles that will later be analyzed by a lab. Based on the particles collected the I.H. can determine how contaminated the air is. The second type of test is called a lift test. This is used to identify how contaminated surfaces are. A sticky tape is utilized to take a sample to be analyzed by a lab. Either way before jumping to conclusions about mold be sure that you have the proper science being used to back up your decisions.

Commercial Real Estate Services

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Two people looking out over a city skyline from a large office window Commercial Real Estate Services

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall offers a complete collection of real estate services for both residential and commercial facilities alike. While commercial real estate and residential real estate have similar goals, their clients are much different. Business professionals expect a lot from real estate brokers. They require immediate attention and quick solutions to keep their business running.

SERVPRO can offer commercial carpet cleaning, deodorization services, duct cleaning, drape cleaning or upholstery cleaning. For emergency situations we also offer crime scene clean up or biohazard clean up services. Lastly, if a business requires a fit out for their new space, we also offer post construction clean ups. So, if you’re in the Commercial real estate profession, reach out to us so we can show you how SERVPRO can be a vital asset to your business.


Commercial Water Damage | Tenant Safety

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Man standing in a flooded office with over a foot of water Commercial Water Damage

Commercial facilities are filled with a variety of different tenants. Any given building may house anything from a manufacturing company to a law firm. However, one thing remains the same. Most people have never been faced with the challenges and chaos that large scale water damages can bring. Here are a list of things you should keep in mind NOT to do if faced with a water damage.


  • Enter rooms with deep water that could have electrical hazards
  • Enter any water effected area that may be under construction or have any electrical issues
  • Leave rugs or any important documents in water damaged areas
  • Turn on or off any appliances such as computers, laptops, TV’s monitors, etc
  • Turn on lights or ceiling fans with water damaged ceilings

Always have a plan in place on how to deal with a disaster. If you do not already have one in place reach out to SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. We can provide a free Emergency Ready Profile for your business at any time.


Commercial Services | Document Drying

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Large document drying chamber in a warehouse SERVPRO Document Drying Chamber

Are you a business professional that has a facility that is required to maintain documents for a set period of time? Lawyers, Dentists, Offices, Medical service providers and a whole host of other types of facilities are filled with vital documents. After a disaster these types of locations may be left with a big problem on their hands. How do they get their paperwork back so they can function or meet legal requirements?

Look no further than SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. We are fully equipped with our own document restoration chamber and document restoration specialists. No matter where you are in the country, we can help facilitate the shipping, storage, and restoration of your documents. Whether is one filing cabinet or a whole library don’t let wet or damage documents put you behind the eight ball.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall


Where to Look for Mold in Your Home

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold can grow virtually anywhere—in any room of any house, in any commercial building and in any storage room. That said, some areas are more prone to mold problems than others. Knowing where to look for mold can help you detect, eliminate and prevent the problem.

Here are some common places you will find mold

  • Basements: Flooding, leaks, condensation, poor ventilation… The basement tends to be very moist, especially if you have had any flooding down there. Concrete floors in basements are a great place for mold to grow, as are the corners of your walls. The floor being cooler than the humid air causes condensation, which leads to moisture, causing mold.
  • Kitchens: Cooking, washing, inefficient exhaust fans…
  • Bathrooms: Showering, steam, leaks, inefficient exhaust fans… If you are not cleaning, and allowing your shower to dry often enough, if you are not drying your floors after you step out of the shower, and if you are not allowing air to circulate your washroom during, and after you shower, that can all cause mold to grow. The steam from your shower makes the perfect home for mold; it is so warm, and damp. When you finish showering and close the door behind you, not allowing it to air out, not only will your washroom smell like a wet towel, but it greatly facilitates the growth of mold.
  • Attics: Poor ventilation, insufficient air circulation, roof damage…
  • Crawlspaces: Leaks, moisture intrusion, poor ventilation… Your crawl space is usually dusty, which feeds the mold, and damp, which the mold needs to survive. So make sure you don’t neglect your crawlspace, every once in a while, go check it out, make sure it is clean, get any dust out of there, and take a good look at the corners, the walls, the ceiling, and the floor.
  • Laundry rooms: Washing, inefficient exhaust fans…
  • Air Conditioners: Leaks, moisture, poor ventilation… Another place that can cause mold in your home is your air conditioner. They are perfect for helping mold to grow. They cause a difference in temperature, which results in condensation, and they circulate dusty air. Make sure that if you have an air conditioner, you have clean, mold reducing filters, and you check it regularly for any signs of mold. If you see any mold on it, shut it off, put on a mask, to avoid breathing the mold spores in, and clean it thoroughly with a rag or wet vacuum, and mold cleaner.

Despite your best efforts, mold problems aren’t always visible–sometimes they spread behind walls and ceilings or underneath floorboards. This is often the case when there’s a crack in your home’s foundation, a leaky pipe or some other type of water intrusion. That’s why you should also keep an eye out for mold on drywall, carpets, curtains, wallpaper, wood, furniture, food, plants and soil.

If you find mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall a call to make it “Like it never even happened.” 800-455-9453

What to Expect for Winter 2019-2020

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Shoveling snow to get car out. Winter is just around the corner.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year- the countdown the Christmas begins. But, while we are all dreaming of a white Christmas, here is what to expect this winter according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

The 2020 edition of the Farmers' Almanac predicts that two-thirds of the country will face a colder-than-normal winter season. The worst of this year's bitterly cold winter will affect the eastern parts of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians. The outlook says the Northeast, including cities such as Boston and Washington, can anticipate colder temperatures than typically expected. The biggest drop will happen in areas across the northern Plains to the Great Lakes. "With colder-than-normal temperatures in the Northeast and above-normal precipitation expected, our outlook forewarns of not only a good amount of snow, but also a wintry mix of rain, sleet—especially along the coast," the long range forecaster suggests. People in the western third of the US may be in luck, since the publication forecasts near-normal winter temperatures there.

When will the cold winter begin? The coldest conditions are expected to arrive during the last week of January and stick around through the beginning of February. The eastern half of the US will have a suspenseful start in 2020. The Farmers' Almanac predicts strong and gusty winds. Depending on where you live, January 4-7 and 12-15 could have "copious amounts" of snow, rain, sleet and ice.

What will this mean for spring 2020? Be prepared to stay bundled for a while. This year's winter will cause a slow start to a spring season, according to the Farmers' Almanac. People in the Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast and New England should expect winter to linger.

Be prepared to bundle up! Stay warm! – SERVPRO Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall – 800-455-9453

Effects of Hurricane Dorian 2019

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Damage from Hurricane Dorian - Top photo in the Bahamas / Bottom photo in North Carolina Hurricane Dorian 2019

As hurricane Dorian set out to sea again, we should still be aware of all the damage that was caused and all the people whose lives were affected by the hurricane.

Fast Facts about Hurricane Dorian

  • Relief efforts intensified in the northern Bahamas, which were decimated by then-Category 5 Hurricane Dorian for 48 hours, leaving an estimated 70,000 people homeless.
  • The Bahamas death toll rose to 45 and was expected to keep climbing. Thousands remained unaccounted for.
  • Dorian made landfall Saturday evening in Nova Scotia as a post-tropical cyclone and still had hurricane-force winds.
  • Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses lost power in Canada; it may take days to restore service.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center declared what was Hurricane Dorian "fully extra-tropical" in what the center said would be its last advisory on the storm. As of 11 p.m. ET Sunday, September 8, 2019, the center said Dorian's core was "over the cold waters of the Labrador Sea" off Canada. It was about 375 miles north of Cape Race, Newfoundland, racing east-northeast at 24 mph with tropical storm-force winds of 60 mph. It was expected to keep weakening and be absorbed by a larger low pressure system Tuesday. Dorian became a hurricane August 28, hit the Virgin Islands, brought catastrophic damage to the northern Bahamas, and then briefly made landfall over North Carolina's Outer Banks as it moved up the U.S. seaboard on its way to Canada. Floodwaters have receded in the Outer Banks, revealing a muddy trail of damage.

The humanitarian crisis in the Bahamas is growing increasingly dire almost a week after Hurricane Dorian made landfall. The death toll now stands at 43 and is expected to significantly rise. Food, water and other supplies are rapidly running out. The U.S. Coast Guard said it has rescued at least 290 people in the Bahamas since the hurricane devastated the string of islands this week. Six MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters conducted search and rescue operations and provided logistical support.

A tropical storm warning was issued Thursday, September 12, 2019 for the Bahamas, less than two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the commonwealth's northwest region as a Category 5 hurricane. The U.S. National Weather Service issued an advisory warning that tropical storm conditions are expected in the northwest Bahamas, including the Abaco Islands, by late Friday. No significant storm surge is anticipated as the storm is only predicted to give off two to four inches of rain.

Stay Safe! – Your SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Team


What You Need to Know About Commercial Insurance

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial insurance claims following a major damage to a facility can become difficult to manage if you do not have the proper knowledge or vendor involved with the process. Many projects can become bogged down in red tape or even worse, they may result in the insured having to pay fees out of pocket following a loss. Here is what you should know about your insurance prior to a loss:

  • Who is your insurance carrier?
  • What is your insurance deductible?
  • What does your insurance cover you for?
  • Do you have mold coverage?
  • Do you have any insurance Limits? (for example, do you have a 100,000 cap on contents)
  • Are you self-insured?

Having knowledge of all these areas before a loss occurs can greatly streamline how quickly your claim is processed. It will also help you be able to make informed decisions on how to move forward after a major facility catastrophe. The key is to make sure you have a plan, know your coverage, and have a trusted vendor like SERVPRO to help get you back up and running as quickly as possible.

Types of Weather Damage to Be Aware of in the Lehigh Valley

9/20/2019 (Permalink)


High-speed wind gusts, heavy rainfall or a combination of both pose a higher risk for property destruction than your basic rain shower. Severe weather storms including thunderstorms, flash floods, hurricanes, hail and tornadoes far surpass average storms with their sheer force and potential for damage.


  • Thunderstorms Severe thunderstorms generate wind gusts greater than 57.5 mph. Winds of this speed can damage shingles, break windows, knock down trees and leave your home susceptible to water damage.
  • Flooding In the right conditions, storms can generate immense amounts of precipitation that quickly saturate the ground, overwhelm drainage systems and swell waterways. Rapidly rising water can easily inundate homes, where it may stay for hours or days before receding.
  • Hail storms Hail storms can cause immense damage to the structure of your home, ranging from creating vulnerabilities in the protection of shingles or siding to clear holes in your roof, windows or walls.

Severe weather can be scary, and the damages to your home can be even worse. When a harsh weather event impacts your home, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall can take care of your water damage needs, as we are always watching the storm patterns and ready to react in your time of need.


In addition to freezing temperatures, winter weather conditions can include rain, heavy snowfall, ice dams, sleet and blizzards. Dents from hail, roof damage from ice dams, and flooding from frozen and burst pipes and snowmelt are just a few examples of the potential damages that can be wrought by severe winter weather.


  • Wind chill advisory Issued when wind chill temperatures are expected to be a significant inconvenience to life with prolonged exposure, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to hazardous exposure.
  • Wind chill warning Issued when wind chill temperatures are expected to be hazardous to life within several minutes of exposure.
  • Dense fog advisory Issued when fog will reduce visibility to ¼ mile or less over a widespread area.
  • Blizzard warning Issued for sustained or gusty winds of 35mph or more, and falling or blowing snow creating visibilities at or below ¼ mile. These conditions should persist for at least three hours.
  • Winter storm watch Alerts the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain or heavy sleet. Usually issued 12 to 48 hours before a storm begins.
  • Winter storm warning Issued when hazardous winter weather in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain or heavy sleet is imminent or occurring. Usually issued 12 to 24 hours before event.

If you ever find yourself in need of Storm Damage Restoration services, call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453

Psychro-WHAT? The Science Behind Structural Drying

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.  

Water can damage materials in two ways:  first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process.  

At SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall we employ several tools and techniques to aid the drying process and accelerate it as well.  Our most important asset is our people and the knowledge they bring to the damaged property.  We are highly trained teams of IICRC Certified Water damage restoration professionals.  This means when you call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall you are getting the highest quality of professionals to address any size disaster.  We are very proud to be a leader in the emergency services and disaster restoration industry. 

If you ever find yourself in need of Water Damage Restoration services, call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453

Drying Commercial Spaces - Desiccant Dehumidification

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Commercial spaces often mean larger scale projects with many different factors. Is the space conditioned or unconditioned? Is there adequate power available or will portable power need to be brought in? Does the business own the building or are they a tenant? Finding answers to these questions are critical but what are some questions that pop up after a job has begun?

Due to commercial buildings complexity a proper drying plan needs to be put in place. This means identifying the answers to all the previous questions but also asking questions like, “what materials am I drying, how fast to they need to get dry, what is the best equipment to utilize.” On large scale projects with a variety of materials Desiccant dehumidification is king. Desiccant dehumidification utilizes hot dry air that is ducted from outside to help dry dense materials such as hardwoods, plaster, or lathe more efficiently than traditional dehumidification. They also can handle larger spaces more easily. When you look for a restoration company for your restoration needs, make sure they have the right tools for the job.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall


What to Do When Making an Insurance Claim

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

What To Do When Making a Flood Insurance Claim

Most homeowners’ insurances do not offer flood coverage. However, if you have a separate flood policy for your home, then you will want to file an insurance claim if your home has been damaged. The process can sometimes be frustrating or confusing, so use the following tips to get through it more smoothly.

Call Your Insurance Agent

The first step in filing a flood claim is calling your insurance agent. In some cases, the company can deny your claim if you have waited too long to contact them. Getting the process started right away will prevent this.

Take Pictures

After you have contacted your agent to begin the process, you should take photos of any areas of the house that have been flooded. Be sure to photograph any affected items as well. This will help the insurance company determine the extent of the damage. Keeping a list can be helpful as well.

Set Aside Affected Belongings

Once you have taken pictures and documented the damage, you don’t need to wait for the insurance adjuster to arrive to begin moving your items. If you allow them to sit in the water, the damage will only worsen, so you should relocate them to a dry area quickly.

Prevent Additional Damage

If the insurance company does not believe that you have taken the necessary steps to prevent further damage, this can affect your flood claim. It is a good idea to call an emergency cleanup company like SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to do repairs, but you can start on remediation before they arrive. Along with moving affected items, you can board up areas and place tarps to prevent the water from spreading.

Making a flood claim may not always be the simplest process, but there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself. Following this advice will help move it along more quickly and ensure you get the most that you can from your policy. You can call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall anytime at (800) 455-9453.

If you ever find yourself in need of Water Damage Restoration services,

call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453

Avoid Storm Damage to Your Roof

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Fast winds can be detrimental to the structural integrity of your property. When the winds get fierce, they can tear a roof right off your house. Roofs on houses are made to fight normal wind conditions in your area. But if a wind storm is fierce, your roof will only be able to take so much to stay intact.

Why Are Roofs Ripped Off During Storms?

Having a secure and stable roof during a storm is the best way to have peace of mind. Although it cannot be made certain, having a strategy in place for damage prevention is vital for beneficial results. Understanding storms and how they impact your house is the first step in knowing how to stop your roof from becoming damaged.

The atmospheric pressure beneath the roof is an important role in this. If the wind gets inside your home from a doorway, or if outside debris breaks a window, this will form a high-pressure scenario inside and it will push upwards towards your roof. Then you’ll have a push from inside the house and a pull from on top of the roof. This tug-of-war is how tiles get torn off, or in the worst case, your roof tears off from the rest of the house.

That is why it’s critical to, not at any time, open your windows or doors during a heavy storm. It was believed that letting the wind flow directly through your house was a good thing to do, but this assumption has been disproved. Bracing your windows and doors helps maintain normal atmospheric pressure, prevents flying debris from smashing windows and holds off high-pressure winds. In addition, the complications from wind pressure on your roof rest on your roof’s height, style, and location.

How to Fight Storm Damage to Your Roof

Having your roof analyzed for damaged spots and areas of concern that can be fixed ahead of time will help eliminate wind damage when a storm strikes. Eradicating the primary point of access for the wind means you can prevent damage to your roof while the storm continues. Precautionary steps may take up some time but the rewards of an unscathed roof are worth it. A roof that has been analyzed and repaired correctly holds a better chance to withstand high wind conditions.

Nevertheless, we know that you can only do so much and the forces of nature always give us a surprise. If you, or someone you know, experiences roof damage after a storm and find debris and water in your home, call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall for damage restoration services. We will help you put the pieces together again and get your house back to a preloss condition as quickly as possible. Contact us at 800-455-9453 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The 5 Most Common Causes of Water Damage in your Lehigh Valley Home

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water damaged carpet in a hallway leading to three doors/rooms Water Damage happens quickly. Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall when disaster strikes.

As a homeowner, you should be aware of all the possible things that could happen to your home. Storm damage, wind damage- and, most frequent of all, water damage. As homeowners, you think things like this would never happen to you, but if they, everyone should be prepared. Below are the 5 most common causes of water damage in a home and advice to help you be more prepared.

  1. Air Conditioner- your air conditioner might seem to be working just fine, but it’s important to get regular service checks (at least once a year) to make sure nothing is malfunctioning behind the scenes. Your A/C removes moisture from the air and sometimes that moisture builds up. If not properly drained, that water could be slowly leaking into your home- potentially ruining the flooring and drywall and, in many cases, introducing mold.
  2. Dishwasher- dishwashers are another possible culprit of water damage in your home. Your dishwasher can cause water damage if not properly sealed, meaning the latch is broken, or if it was loaded with the wrong soap. Make sure that any leaks are immediately addressed and that your dishwasher is repaired or replaced ASAP, so you can avoid costly damage to you kitchen
  3. Washing Machine- perform regular checks on your washing machine, inspecting beneath the unit as well as behind it. Make sure all fittings are securely connected, and that the underbelly of the washing machine isn’t leaking any water beneath the unit.
  4. Leaking Pipes- it might be obvious, but water damage in a home is often caused by leaky pipes. A leak in one place in your home could signify leaks in other areas, too. If you notice spikes in your water bill, a leak is likely present and needs to be addressed before additional damage is caused to you foundation, flooring, and other areas in a home.
  5. Clogged Drains- clogged drains aren’t just annoying, they also cause water damage (and mold growth) if left unchecked. If your toilet is clogged, it means that not only can you NOT use the toilet, but you will likely also experience water backing up into the shower, sinks, or bathroom floor. Sewer water is extremely dangerous because it contains raw sewage and bacteria, and must be cleaned by a professional. If the kitchen sink is backing up, you may experience sink overflow and subsequent damages to you kitchen floor and cabinetry.

If you notice any signs of water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to make it “Like it never even happened.” 800-455-9453

The Causes of House Fires

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Soot Damage on Walls Fire Damage in Bethlehem, PA

House fires happen way more than we think. An estimated 358,500 homefires occurevery year. 50% of thesefiresstart in the kitchen, 7% begin in the bedroom, and 6% are chimneyfires, 4% of all residential homefiresstart in the living room, while 3% start from the laundry room.

Here are some common causes of house fires:

  • Cooking equipment- Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire very easily if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, when cooking on hotplates.
  • Heating- Keep portable heaters at least one meter away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, laundry, clothes and even you. If you have a furnace, get it inspected once a year to make sure it is working to safety standards.
  • Smoking in rooms- A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame, as the butt may stay alit for a few hours. It could burst into flames if it came into contact with flammable materials, such as furniture. Did you know that fires started in the bedroom or lounge make up 73% of all house fire fatalities?
  • Electrical equipment- An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power point that is overloaded with double adapter plugs can cause a fire from an overuse of electricity. A power point extension cord can also be a fire hazard if not used appropriately. Double check the appliances and power points in your home.
  • Candles- Candles look and smell pretty, but if left unattended they can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room. Did you know that in Perth last year 34 house fires started as a result of candles?
  • Lighting- Lamp shades and light fittings can build up heat if they are very close to light globes. Check around the house to make sure. Lamp bases can become a hazard if they are able to be knocked over easily, and so should be removed if they are. Check that down lights are insulated from wood paneling or ceiling timbers.

If you experience a fire in your home; call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to help make your home look "Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Restoration

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged staircase and entryway - soot damage on walls and stairs Fire Damaged Staircase and Entryway in Easton, PA

Fire Damage Restoration

Damage: Fire

Fire and the resulting smoke and water damage to your home or business property is both devastating and overwhelming. You can count on our restoration professionals to inspect and evaluate your circumstances and guide you through every step of the process.


SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall has the experience, expertise, equipment and the manpower to effectively respond and repair your resulting damage. No matter what time or the size of the work to be done, we offer 24-hour emergency and full restoration services, and have over 28 years of experience dealing with fire damage restoration in the Lehigh Valley.

We Evaluate:

Every fire is different but can potentially be equally as damaging. We pride ourselves on our knowledge, hardwork, and customer first attitudes. We will assess the damage and offer recommendations for the next steps to getting your home or property secured and back “Like it never even happened.”

We Coordinate:

Our customers’ properties are in the hands of well-trained restoration professionals who will use equipment and techniques to contain and remove smoke odor, remove soot residue, and efficiently remove the water from the fire extinguishing efforts. SERVPRO also offers pack-out services, contents cleaning, and secure storage.

We Provide Results:

SERVPRO’s Purpose Statement is to “Build happy customers, one job at a time.” This means that we believe that our customers’ satisfaction is above all. We will communicate each step of our process, as well as answer any questions you might have. Our goal is to return your property to a preloss condition.

*If you ever find yourself in need of Fire Damage Restoration services,

call us at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall 800-455-9453*

Evacuation Planning in the Event of a Fire

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Home Fire Evacuation Plan: What to do before, during and after a fire

Can you imagine experiencing a house fire and NOT having an evacuation plan? An evacuation means you have to move quickly and effectively, while making sure that nothing is forgotten. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall recommends having a plan in place so you are prepared to go at a moment’s notice.

Here are some tips to do before, during, and after a fire.

Before A Fire Evacuation

Preparation is the most important part of a good evacuation plan. There are several things you do before a fire to make sure you are prepared.

Disaster Relief Kit

A disaster relief kit, sometimes called a go bag, contains any essentials that you might need if you have to evacuate in a hurry. Make sure to have extra cash in there, along with extra clothing items, like sweatshirts and footwear. You should also pack emergency health information, but make sure that it is placed in a waterproof bag to keep it safe. Extras of medication should be in there, along with an extra phone charger.

Family Preparation

There are also certain things that everyone in your household should know if there is a fire. For instance, you should pick out a place for everyone to meet up at if you have to leave in a hurry. This can be in front of a neighbor’s house, for example. Make sure that everyone’s phone numbers are saved in all family members phones so that you can easily communicate if you get separated.

During An Evacuation

You will have to think fast while you are evacuating. It is best to already know what you want to do, so you can make the best decisions and keep everyone safe.


Do your best to keep in touch with everyone from your home at all times. Depending on the cause of your evacuation, there may be power lines down and your phones may not work. Or, you may have family members that cannot get to where you are. Always listen to the instructions from officials, such as the firefighters and police. They have more information and will know what the safest course of action is.


Do not forget about your pets. Part of your preparation can be to have them well-trained enough to come when you call. Be sure that your pets are in a place where you can easily retrieve them.

Health and Safety

Once you are out of the building, check everyone for injuries and other issues. Emergency responders will be able to give everyone a check over as well. When it comes to being exposed to smoke, there may be unseen issues affecting you, so it is never a bad idea to head to the hospital to get checked out.

After An Evacuation

Once the fire is extinguished, you may be tempted to head back into your home to survey the damage. Do not do so until an authority has stated that it is safe, as damage to the structure may have occurred. In some cases, a home may need to be closed off until it is repaired for family members to enter safely.

The best plan of action at this point is hiring a fire damage restoration professional, such as SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, to help you restore and rebuild your property.

Experiencing a fire in your home can be overwhelming. But, by being proactive and creating a fire evacuation plan, you are taking the first step towards preparing your family for the unexpected.

*If you ever find yourself in need of Fire Damage Restoration services,

call us at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall 800-455-9453*

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan.

Easton/Bethlehem/Whitehall, PA - No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall reminds Lehigh Valley area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster's impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month - a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

"In the same way that people make 'resolution' at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year," said Steve Davis of SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. "Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month's focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly."

Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Davis. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work - wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters - tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

"The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That's why it's important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time - like National Preparedness Month - to review and update your records at least once each year," said Davis. "Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don't depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you'll have the information you need literally at your fingertips."

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened," for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Eaton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, please contact our office at (610) 559-9380 or SERVPRO5770@SERVPROebw.com. For more information on SERVPRO and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.


Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. 

Flood Insurance Update - What to do with the new wave of information

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Living by the water has many rewards. But like most things in this world, those beautiful sunrises and long walks on the beach come at a premium – a flood insurance premium to be exact. Additionally, residents can find getting the right type of coverage from the right carrier isn’t always cut and dry.

There is also the paramount decision of whether to get a policy from the private market or one backed by a federal government program. According to Dawn Becker-Durnin, CSRM, with NFP Insurance with headquarters in Easton, Pennsylvania, the Flood Insurance market is one that is continually changing. The newest update, she explained, at the time of this article, currently surrounding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a bill introduced on June 10, 2019 by ranking member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), titled H.R.3167-National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019. “This bill is reauthorizing the NFIP until the end of the fiscal year of 2024 which is September 30th of that year,” said Becker-Durnin.

She went on to explain that “the bill includes increased budgeting for mapping, right to appeal and basis to appeal existing maps, increasing the Cost of Compliance from $30,000 to $60,000 as well as coverage for Cooperatives on the same terms as a condominium. Small loan exceptions to Mandatory Purchase Requirements from $5,000 to $25,000 as well as Frequency of Payment Collection amendment from annual to monthly installments. The bill also includes a Continuous Coverage provision allowing borrowers to leave the NFIP to purchase flood insurance privately with the ability to return to NFIP without incurring a penalty.”

Becker-Durnin is quick to point out that the provision is somewhat of a game changer. “The disadvantage to private flood insurance is it is not considered continuous coverage. You lose your grandfathered rate. Hopefully if this bill is passed, they are actually going to state that private insurance will be considered continuous coverage — which is a big deal,” she said.

Part of what makes flood insurance policies so hard to understand is that not everyone needs flood insurance, it is separate from the homeowners policy, and is the responsibility of whomever is on the master deed for an association. “Flood insurance is excluded under property coverage. If a typical condo association that has property coverage has a flood exclusion, you need to go and look at the mapping. Because if a particular condo is in a flood zone, a mortgage lender is going to require flood insurance. The duty of obtaining flood insurance falls on the condo association. Unit owners, even if they are responsible for the interior of their units, wouldn’t be able to purchase building coverage,” explained Becker-Durnin.

Becker-Durnin walked us through a typical protocol that she follows for someone buying flood insurance. “First we would pull a flood zone determination by address of the master deed,” she said. Interestingly enough, each building in the association has to be insured separately. “One building could be located a thousand feet away from anther building, and they could actually be in two different flood zones,” said Becker-Durnin. “Then depending on the rating, the premium is decided,” she explained. “The association gets the flood insurance through NFIP. We ask for the elevation certificate. We bring that back to the flood insurance underwriter. They plug all the elevation numbers into their modeling system and come back with their rate quote.”

If $250,000 per unit is not enough to replace the property, purchasing “excess flood” insurance through the private sector may be the best option. “Excess flood means it’s over the primary flood. Instead of purchasing through NFIP, a community can go and obtain private insurance,” Becker-Durnin said.

Think you don’t need flood insurance? Becker-Durnin said that is worth rethinking. As only about 17% of buildings are insured. “For example, during Superstorm Sandy there were areas that were never flooded before. All of a sudden, they had flood waters. Those people were unlikely to be insured because their mortgage companies did not require it and/or they didn’t think their properties would flood,” said Becker-Durnin.

An extra insurance policy is sometimes a steep luxury to property owners. That’s where the NFIP steps in to keep affordable options open. “If NFIP didn’t have this program, communities possibly couldn’t afford flood coverage. Affordability of the insurance can be a real problem. It can actually bring down the value of a neighborhood and hurt resales,” Becker-Durnin added. “NFIP offers insurance for everybody. But of course the pricing is determined by which zone the building is located in and the elevation of the building,” she continued.

No matter how you choose to insure, it has to be for the entire cost to replace the structure. “Flood insurance is for the full replacement of the building. That’s what you need to insure for to avoid penalty,” said Becker-Durnin. “The maximum you can purchase through NFIP is $250,000 per unit with a Residential Condominium Building Association Policy (RCBAP).” However, according to Becker-Durnin “replacement costs on a flood could be higher than others because a property policy doesn’t typically cover foundations. If you have a ten-unit building and the replacement cost is $500,000 per unit, now you are only insuring fifty-percent of the building. If you have a flood, and you are not insuring the building to full replacement cost, the federal government will penalize you and pay out less.”

Much of the determination of premium is based on the elevation certificate. “An elevation certificate is done by a licensed engineer or architect to determine the height of the property above sea level. They have to do this for each building on a property. One building could cost more than the others if that building is lower in elevation or closer in proximity to the coast,” Becker-Durnin said.

Can a board opt to only insure some of their structures that are more of a risk? “The board can make that determination. You have to evaluate the risk. A building that never floods can flood,” she said.

As stated, there is a lot to consider when choosing between the NFIP program and private insurance. There are certainly pros and cons to both. Whether it’s getting a good rate or feeling confident your claim will be paid, according to Becker-Durnin, it’s a tough call.

For example say “your property insurance carrier, because you are in a low-risk area, is willing to include flood via endorsement on your policy. So you can now cancel your NFIP policy. There are a lot of pros and cons with that. One issue is that NFIP wasn’t willing to grandfather the rate. If you canceled and wanted to come back, the map may have changed and the rate could be very different than when you canceled the policy,” said Becker-Durnin.

She also mentioned that there is the possibility of saving money. “The advantage to private insurance is the premiums are typically less than NFIP. With private insurance you can purchase whatever amount you want. It just has to be the replacement cost of the building,” said Becker-Durnin. She went on to point out “if I have private insurance, I most likely don’t have to provide an elevation certificate. Someone can save a couple hundred dollars on having an engineer complete a flood elevation determination if one was not performed in the past”

Private insurance also affords a few extra perks. “Another thing is NFIP only gives about $30,000 for “increased cost of compliance” or ICC, which is the cost to elevate, demolish or relocate if a building is substantially damaged. Flood insurance in the private market can offer higher limits. Also NFIP does not offer coverage if you have to temporarily live somewhere else. If you have to go stay at a hotel, you’re paying for that out of your own pocket. NFIP does not pay for additional living expenses. They also won’t pay for the loss of assessments. There’s no business interruption coverage for that. Private flood insurance can give the additional living expenses and loss of income for the association, which is a big deal,” said Becker-Durnin.

While private insurance can be bound instantaneously if paid in full or over time, the NFIP has a caveat to that. “There’s a thirty-day waiting period with NFIP. The only time NFIP will waive the waiting period is if you have a mortgage closing and/or refinance of a mortgage. The annual policy premium through NFIP has to be paid in full,” said Becker-Durnin. “The private market can also give discounts based upon the type of construction. NFIP doesn’t give premium discounts based upon construction factors,” she added.

Can homeowners have both NFIP and private at the same time? “You can have both. But one is going to say the other is the primary,” said Becker-Durnin.

After all that, you may think private is the way to go. But Becker-Durnin cautioned that getting a policy from a business a private market, especially a non-admitted excess insurer, can lead to a difficult matter when it’s time to make a claim. “The lenders may not accept private insurers, because NFIP is backed by the federal government. Plus the NFIP program the rates are pretty stable,” said Becker-Durnin.

Source: https://associationhelpnow.com/flood-insurance-update-%e2%80%a8what-to-do-with-the-new-wave-of-information/

Labor Day 2019 is just around the corner

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Our last long weekend to enjoy what is left of our 2019 summer is almost here. Residents of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania are planning trips to the beach, the cabin, amusement parks, or maybe visiting family or friends for a cookout.

Before you rush out the door to start your trip, be sure to check that your home is safe from any fire hazards:

  • Kitchen range and oven have been turned off
  • Items are stored away from your Gas appliances
  • Dryer is not in use
  • Ceiling Fans are off
  • Small Kitchen appliances are unplugged (toasters, coffee maker, can openers)
  • Candles have been extinguished
  • Items are stored away from your Gas appliances
  • Unplug curling iron, hair dryer, iron, chargers, televisions, computers, and printers – all unnecessary electrical devices

Taking a few extra minutes to protect your home from a fire by taking these precautions can actually make your trip less stressful.


Preparing for Hurricane Season

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Preparing for Hurricane Season

     That time of year is slowly approaching- the time for endless rain due to hurricanes and tropical storms. Stated in the preseason forecast, “the Atlantic hurricane season now is expected to be above normal, with 10 to 17 named storms, including five to nine hurricanes” the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on August 08, 2019. Two to four of those hurricanes are forecast to be Category 3 or stronger, with winds greater than 110 mph.

     The updated forecast was issued just ahead of the start of the most active hurricane period -- the roughly eight weeks that surround September 10, when hurricane season hits its statistical peak. There is now a 45% chance for above-normal tropical activity this season, the NOAA center said. That's an increase from the 30% chance in its May outlook. Last year saw an above-average Atlantic hurricane season, with Hurricanes Florence and Michael slamming US coastlines with devastating effect. An average season has 12 named storms, with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or greater.

Here are some tips to help prepare you for the storms:

  • Make sure you have plenty of water- stock up on water bottles from your local stores
  • Make sure to stock up on extra batteries, flashlights, and store in a waterproof container that is easily accessible
  • Keep your refrigerator closed- if you lose power you should keep your refrigerator closed to help save as much food as possible
  • Stay away from windows, skylights, and glass doors- go to a safe area in your home
  • Come up with a safety plan with everyone in your household- a meeting point to stay together and things you all might need

Stay safe! – SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall  800-455-9453

6 Fire Damage Restoration Tips in the Lehigh Valley - Pennsylvania

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

We’re not going to kid you. Fire damage restoration is tough work. People call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall frequently to ask for advice on how to clean up after a fire.  Here are six of the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration.

Most people can put these tips into practice. But remember that fire damage restoration takes time, work, and skill. Realistically consider whether you want to try these ideas on your own or whether you’d be better off hiring highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.

  1. Remove Smoke Damage

With any fire you’ll have a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wall paper, and paint. If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach. Soot from smoke damage is greasy stuff, so always try to dust as much of it off from a surface before trying to scrub the surface clean. Often, you’ll want to repaint, but make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before you paint.

  1. Limit Activity & Other Simple Fire Damage Restoration Steps

Until your house is restored, limit your activity and movement in the house. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. Keep people’s hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. Before you clean know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job (one example: Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.) Wash both sides of the leaves on your houseplants. Change your HVAC filter and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

  1. Get Rid of Mold & Mildew

Firefighters are great. They save many a live and many a home. But they do introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems. It’s difficult for a nonprofessional to know for certain if he’s cleaned up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew. And mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents. The best thing you can do immediately is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.

  1. Replace Carpets. Clean And Dry Your Floors

Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire. In almost every case, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall recommends that you pull up any carpets that have water damage and replace them. Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood. You must address this. If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it. But you may want to call a professional fire damage restoration company to assist you.

  1. Avoid Smearing Soot Into Clothing

Cleaning smoke damage from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire. Make sure you don’t smear the greasy soot into the clothing or just throw the smoky clothes into the wash. Often times dry cleaning is the best bet, and you should ask around local dry cleaners to see if any have experience with post-fire laundry.

  1. Scrub, Soak, And Cleaning Dishes

Dishes are also important items to clean thoroughly after a fire because they will be in contact with your food. Scrub all dishes well, let them soak in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and scrub some more for safety. When in doubt, if a dish, pot, or pan won’t come clean, cut your losses and throw it out – especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall also has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall (800-455-9453) anytime.

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Are your DUCTS in a row?

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Are your ducts in a row?

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends having your ducts cleaned every 3-5 years. While other organizations like the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) suggests only having your Air ducts cleaned on an as needed basis. Some factors that may increase the frequency of cleaning  needed for residential HVAC system could include but are not limited to, having smokers in the household, pets in the household that shed high amounts of hair and dander, water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system, residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from having reduced Indoor air pollutants in the homes HVAC system. The EPA also suggests cleaning the ducts in your home after a home renovation or remodeling has occurred.

Not sure?

You can breathe Easier and Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem, and Whitehall and the SERVPRO professionals will inspect your HVAC system and duct-work and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality. Call 800-455-9453 to schedule your free estimate today.

Summertime Heat in the Lehigh Valley

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

?It’s the best time of the year: SUMMERTIME! While we lounge by the pool, enjoy a week at the beach, or play in the yard with our kids, we aren’t focusing on the real issue… the heat.  In an average year, the Lehigh Valley will see its first 90-degree day around May 30, and its last around Aug. 27. Highs here have broken 90 as early as April 7 and as late as October 8.So far in 2019, the warmest the Lehigh Valley has been is 88degrees, a mark reached at least three times in the last two months, last checked June 2019.

?Here are some tips and tricks to beat the heat!

• Drink plenty of water: the average person should be drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, which equals to about 2 liters. This is known as the 8x8 rule. • Find ways to cool off: whether it’s jumping into a pool or running into the nearest building with air conditioning; find a way to cool your body off from the blazing heat. If you know you’re going to be out in the heat for a while, make sure you are taking breaks to cool off quick. • Wear light-weight/ light-colored clothing: something made of cotton is best. This will help avoid heat-related illnesses. • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities during a hot day

Here are known symptoms of heat exhaustion: heavy breathing, sweating, headache, dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, skin that feels cool and moist, and muscle cramps. If you are suspicious of heat exhaustion, try to move to a cooler location, apply cool wet clothes to your body, and drink water. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke- call 911 if someone refuses to drink water or vomits.

?If you have any concerns when it comes to the heat; download the OSHA standard Heat Index app in the app store. This app gives you the heat index for the day, temperature, humidity, and what heat related illnesses to look out for that day.

We at SERVPRO hope you having a safe and fun rest of your summer! Stay cool!

Why is today an Air Quality Action Day today in the Lehigh Valley?

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why is today an Air Quality Action Day today in the Lehigh Valley?

Ozone is a colorless gas that can be good or bad, depending on where it is. Ozone in the stratosphere is good because it shields the earth from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. However Ozone at ground level, where we breathe, is bad because it can harm human health. Ground-level ozone is one of our nation’s most common air pollutants.Ozone can cause a number of health problems, including coughing, breathing difficulty, and lung damage. Exposure to ozone can make the lungs more susceptible to infection, aggravate lung diseases, increase the frequency of asthma attacks, and increase the risk of early death from heart or lung disease.

Today July 10, 2019 is an Air Quality Action Day in the Lehigh Valley with an expected score of 102 and is considered a code orange. This means based on the Air quality Index scoring chart that ranges from 0-500 with 0-50 being considered good that Air Quality conditions today may be unhealthy for sensitive groups of people. Sensitive groups include people with lung disease such as asthma, older adults, children, teenagers, and people who are active outdoors including outdoor workers.

A few precautions that can be taken to protect yourself and loved ones on days like today when bad air quality is expected could include…

• Choose a less-strenuous activity• Avoid exercising outdoors• Limit time that your children spend playing outdoors • Take more breaks during outdoor activity• Reschedule activities to the morning or to another day• Move your activity inside where ozone levels are usually lower• Check daily air pollution forecasts in your area. The color-coded forecasts can let you know when the air is unhealthy in your community.

A few helpful resources to check the air pollution forecast in your area would be a local weather channel/app, airnow.gov, and even a free App you can download called Airnow App

Heat Safety Tool

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

By U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone.

The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

Working in full sunlight can increase heat index values by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep this in mind and plan additional precautions for working in these conditions.

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Tool is available in English and Spanish for Android and iPhone devices. To access the Spanish version, set the phone language to Spanish.

Stay informed and safe in the heat, check your risk level.

For more information about safety while working in the heat, see OSHA's heat illness webpage, including online guidance about using the heat index to protect workers.

Source: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall is dedicated to making sure our staff is taking the proper precautions in this summer heat. We stock the vehicles with coolers of water and require the crews to take breaks regularly throughout the workday.

Call us today to take care of your Fire & Water Damage Cleanup needs: 800-455-9453

National PrepareAthon Day - April 30th

4/30/2019 (Permalink)


National PrepareAthon! Day on April 30th reminds us that crises happen suddenly. Being prepared needs to happen now, not later.

Natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and even winter storms can require us to make decisions with little to no warning. Do you have an emergency plan in place with your family in the event of an emergency situation?


Take action by visiting www.community.fema.gov to get prepared. Use #NationalPrepareAthonDay to share on social media.

Visit these sites for more information on making emergency preparedness plans:

Flood https://community.fema.gov/hazard/flood/be-smart

Hurricane https://community.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/be-smart

Storm https://community.fema.gov/hazard/winter-storm/be-smart


In 2014, The White House announced  America’s first National PrepareAthon! Day as part of President Barack Obama’s National Preparedness Initiative.

#NationalPrepareAthonDay #PlanAhead #EmergencyPreparedness #BetterSafeThanSorry #SERVPROEBW


3/22/2019 (Permalink)

When looking at companies who can provide you with water mitigation, mold remediation and fire restoration services you might ask yourself, why SERVPRO?

Here are some things you should know about SERVPRO:

1. SERVPRO has been around since 1967 when Ted and Doris Isaacson founded the company; which started as a painting business. Today, more than 1,700 SERVPRO franchises exist nationwide. Therefore, SERVPRO has proved to be an outstanding company. SERVPRO is actually one of the top 10 franchises today.

2. Our local SERVPRO office started over 28 years ago. Our owners started a SERVPRO franchise in their house, with very few employees, one vehicle and just a couple pieces of equipment. Since then, we now operate with about 20 employees, multiple types of vehicles, and a wide range of equipment for all types of work in our field. We have been successful, which has allowed us to grow from one license to three.

3. All of our technicians are trained in the work that they do and are encouraged to continue growing and learning all the ins and outs of the restoration industry.

4. We work with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for the work that we complete.

5. We work quickly to ensure that your home is back to normal as soon as possible.

6. We appreciate your feedback! We would like to know if your happy with our services. We also are interested in knowing if you/re unhappy with our services.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall - Call us today! (800) 455-9453


3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Our team takes pride in our community! We care about the people in our community and want to help out in any way that we can. 

Our owners, Dawn and Steve Davis, have huge hearts and make sure to take time to donate to causes that they believes in. The Davises believe that the best way for us to show our support among the community is to volunteer our time. Throughout the year, members of our staff donate their time to various events across the Lehigh Valley. Some events include: Miracle League Trick of Treat, Let's Build Construction Camp for Girls, Red Cross events, Breast Cancer Awareness events, etc.

Each year, we go in search of new opportunities to get out into the community to give back.

If you have suggestions or opportunities for us, contact our office now.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall - (800) 455-9453

Why SERVPRO is YOUR Choice for LOCAL Restoration Services

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

When you're looking for a company to clean up after water, fire or mold damage you can be sure that SERVPRO will be a reliable company for you! 

We are independently owned and operated. Dawn and Steve Davis have owned SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall for over 28 years. Dawn, originally a trauma nurse, started this company with her husband Steve in 1991. At that time, Dawn was a new mother, a full-time nurse, and new business owner. With the help and support from her husband, the two of them were able to overcome many obstacles along the way. Since 1991, the dynamic duo has grown the company from one license to three, and they operate with about 20 employees out of a 13,000 sq ft warehouse.

Unlike many business owners, Dawn and Steve are in the office 40-50hrs each week. They are active in the day to day operations of the business and want to ensure that our customers receive the best customer service their staff has to offer. The Davises understand how important your home and business are to you! That's why our SERVPRO will take care of you in your time of disaster.

Our office also takes pride in working with other local companies to ensure that everything needed to complete the job is done. We work with local dry cleaners, industrial hygienists, dumpster and storage companies, abatement and contractors. 

We will work with you and make you feel comfortable along the way. Our managers have been with our company for many years and are dedicated to getting you back into your home and business as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall - Call us today!

(800) 455-9453

Why Our Professionals Are The Best At Tackling Mold Damage In the Lehigh Valley

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Skilled IICRC-Certified Technicians for Lehigh Valley Mold Remediation

The discovery of fungal growth in your Lehigh Valley home has many owners turning to the internet for solutions that can save them money and allow them to care for their homes on their own. Unfortunately, with thousands of varieties of mold that could affect your property, solutions that can get found on the internet are not “one-size-fits-all,” which can lead to further structural damages or heightened potential health effects for those exposed in your house.

While professional mold remediation does cost money, it is often the only solution for removing harmful mold growth from your Lehigh Valley home and restoring the damages that the organism has caused. This effective approach begins with highly-trained IICRC-certified technicians that you can find on our SERVPRO rapid response team. This extensive training ensures that each of our professionals arriving at your home has the same knowledge and expertise to identify what the situation requires.

With inadequate “mold removal” strategies that you can find on your own, common practices only scratch the surface of the entire organism embedded in surfaces and materials throughout your property. While it might appear as though the work was successful, the organism continues to grow and spread beneath the surface, perpetually eroding and degrading the host material and continuing the potential health effects that result from exposure.

The extensive training that our SERVPRO professionals undergo to obtain their IICRC certifications for mold remediation is just the beginning for our knowledge of effective solutions for your damaged home. Our technicians continue training through ongoing educational opportunities both in-house and online to provide every customer with the most effective and efficient restoration work that their property requires amid a potential disaster like this.

As destructive as mold growth can be in your home, it is not something that you should leave to chance to remove. You can always count on the fast response of our SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall mold remediation technicians. You can reach our team 24/7 by calling (800) 455-9453.

Why SERVPRO is your Commercial Restoration choice

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

As a commercial business owner, you want to choose a company who is not only going to provide your clients quality services but also fast services. That's why customers call us, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, as their trusted provider because when they call, they know that we are quickly arriving to the scene and working long days to get the job done for them. 

We have serviced many different commercial clients in the Lehigh Valley from warehouses, churches, libraries, to insurance offices, and much more.  

We will offer direct billing to your insurance company, including all the photos, moisture maps, and estimate to allow you to focus on your job. 

We'd love to help you and your business in your time of need. Just give us a call at (800) 455-9453.

Why SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Is a Restoration Leader

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Home and Business Owners in the Lehigh Valley Area Trust SERVPRO for Emergency Restoration Services

The foundation of our business is to provide our customers with the best possible service. What does that mean? Our customer is our boss, and we conduct the cleanup and restoration services to reduce the impacts of an emergency call for help, day or night. We aim to build a relationship of trust and security with our local residents even though each business dealing is a transactional matter.

When a commercial property owner, homeowner or renter from the Lehigh Valley area contacts our office, we handle it with compassion and understanding. This is the initial action in building a trusting relationship. We listen with empathy and gather relevant data so that we can speedily, within four hours or less, dispatch our crew to your property. This brief initial information gathering also helps to reduce stress from the caller knowing that they made the right choice. We understand the strain caused by a water, fire, or mold accident or disaster, as we place ourselves in the situation of the person on the other end of the line. We can instill confidence in our clients, and a sense of "everything is going to be okay," by committing to our promise of a prompt response and a compassionate and polite on-site experience.

SERVPRO crews that communicate directly with our customers during the initial visit understand the importance of the meaning of "a house is not a home." Your home is a sanctuary, a shelter and a place of security for you and your family. We appreciate each of our customers. 

Trust is a huge ingredient in our restoration business. Just as we are taught to “don't open the door to strangers” or “always be cautious when it comes to new people,” we take pride in putting you first, always. Another reason Why SERVPRO is an outstanding choice to help you through an accidental home emergency.

Home and business owners in the Lehigh Valley have come to expect a professional experience when you contact SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall (800-455-9453). We pledge to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

Saving Water Damaged Electronics

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall can coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including TVs, DVD players, computers, tablets, cell phones, and more. 

The Key To Electronic Cleanup
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall starts by cleaning the exterior of your electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. With us, your electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician. 

Cleaning Up Corrosion 
When it comes to cleaning up corrosion after water damage, be careful.  If you don’t use proper tools and techniques you can further damage your water-damaged electronic devices. You could also potentially injure yourself. Remember: electronic devices and liquids generally don’t mix. Any time you apply a liquid cleaning solutions to an electronic device, you need to be cautious. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall recommends that the average consumer never attempt to repair a water-damaged electronic device without professional assistance. When in doubt, take your device to a professional. If you are confident about cleaning up corrosion on your water-damaged electronic device by yourself, please keep these tips in mind: 

1. Keep safety first 
If you’re standing in water or your clothes are wet please remove yourself from any potential shock hazard before even thinking about retrieving a submerged or soaked electronic device. If the device is still on, turn it off. If possible, rotate and shake the electronic device to try to drain out any fluid. 

2. Always remove any batteries or power connectors.
 This not only prevents harm to you, but also prevents any short-circuiting of your electronic device. By doing this, you will also be exposing extra connectors that may already have corroded, so exercise caution. A shorted battery may be a fire and/or chemical hazard. If you see or feel any heat, smoke, steam, bubbling, bulging, or melting avoid handling the electronic device. 

3. Look for white or green “crusty” areas on the device.
You may find them on the battery connectors, charging ports, SIM card connectors, or any other major metal connectors on the device. 

4. Use cotton swabs and a cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol.
You can also use baking soda and water or vinegar to clean corrosion. Gently apply the solution to the affected area and wipe back and forth until you’ve removed the corrosion. If necessary, leave some solution on the corroded area and wipe it off later. 

5. Dry your electronic device with a soft cloth or a hair dryer on a cool setting.
Do not use heat to dry out your device. Make sure your device is dried extremely well before attempting to replace the battery and turn the device on. Any water left in the device could cause additional water damage. 

6. Take special care with electronic circuit boards.
If you think water or any liquid has reached an electronic circuit board take the device apart carefully. Follow the instructions and remember the order of the disassembly so you can put the device back together later. Soak up any remaining liquid on the circuit board with a lint-free cloth. Don’t use paper products (they could leave lint or scratch the board). Avoid rubbing any cloth on the circuit board because that might scratch or dislodge parts. Place the cloth over the board and press gently. This will soak up the liquid. Remove the worst of any remaining particles by brushing with a toothbrush. This includes any globs of dried liquid. You don’t need perfection at this stage. Then remove any dust or loose pieces of dried liquid by spraying the board with compressed air. Spray in one direction in quick bursts, since the canister can become extremely cold if used for longer sprays. Rinse the circuit board with clean or distilled water to remove any sticky materials. If your circuit board was wet by clean water and you didn’t have to remove dried materials, you may be able to skip this. Pat the board gently with a cloth to remove the majority of the moisture and allow it to dry completely. Clean any residue off the circuit board using a cotton swab. Moisten the cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol. Do not use a dripping wet swab. Swab gently in stubborn areas and be careful not to upset the components. The alcohol should take care of most of the work without rubbing. 

7. Cross your fingers
When you try to repair a water-damaged electronic device there are no guarantees. The water-damage or corrosion may be permanent. These steps improve your chances of repairing it, but in the end you just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. 

Call us today! 800-455-9453

Water Shut Off

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

In an emergency you may have to shut off the water to your home. For example, freezing or thawing may cause a water pipe to break. Water pipe breaks are also common with most types of natural disasters (winter storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and more). Broken water pipes can lead to electrical hazards, long-term wood rot, long-term mold, or even drowning.

Where’s The Water Shut-Off Valve?
1. Look for the water shut-off valve where the water line enters your house. In warmer climates the shut-off valve may be outside your home where the water line meets your home’s exterior. But in most climates the water shut-off valve is just inside the house where the water line enters through your home’s foundation or exterior wall. Scott Finazzo, author of The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook, says that if your water comes in through a ground well the valves on either side of the pressure tank should both be shut off. 

2. Often the water shut-off valve is a quarter-turn ball valve. If that’s what you have, turn the valve a quarter of a turn until it’s perpendicular to the water pipe. Or your home may have a round handle that you turn clockwise until you can’t turn it anymore. Don’t have a master shut-off value in your home? Have one installed. 

If You Have Water Damage Call SERVPRO Of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall At (800) 455-9453

3. Another water shut-off option is closing the municipal water meter shut-off valve. This valve, if you have municipal water, typically is in your front or side yard. Look for a round metal lid or box close to your property line. It’s often 24 to 48 inches from the curb or fence line.

If your water meter has a round metal lid use a wrench or pliers to rotate the lone nut on the lid counterclockwise. This will release the latch and you can open the lid. Another type of metal lid requires a screwdriver. Turn the lid until the tabs line up with the gaps and you can lift the lid off. A third type of water meter lid is square or rectangular. You can pry it open with a screwdriver or pry bar.

Don’t reach into the meter box until you inspect the area for debris and rodents. If the box is old and covered with a lot of growth you may want to wear gloves. Once inside the municipal water meter box you’ll need pliers or a specialty tool to turn the valve. Turn it until it’s perpendicular to the water pipe.
If You Have Water Damage Call SERVPRO Of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall At (800) 455-9453

Shut-Off Valves For Single Rooms
Sometimes you only need to shut off the water to one room. Most newer houses have shut-off valves at every sink and toilet. Your water heater may have several shut-off valves. If your issue is one leaking sink just shut off water to that sink. If you know the water heater is leaking just shut the valves to it off.

Thanksgiving Cautions: Dangers to Consider before Deep Frying Your Turkey

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Serving a deep fried turkey on Thanksgiving has grown in popularity over the years as people experiment more in their kitchens. While it may be a mouth-watering option is the risk truly worth it? Many of you may have seen the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires publicized online. Don’t run the risk of property damage or injury – make sure you take the proper precautions when menu planning this season; especially if you are taking on a deep fried turkey.

  • Turkey Fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. Consider placement of the fryer, is it flat, sturdy, out of reach from children?
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill when the turkey is put in and a frozen or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter (sometimes with great force) when put in the pot
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilt on a hot burner can cause a considerable flame or fire
  • Without thermostat controls some turkey fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. Make sure it’s not too hot.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and handles can get dangerously hot. Protect you hands when maneuvering to prevent injury or spillage

Your friends at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and remind you to stay safe. Remember, our team is on call 24/7 365 days a year, no matter what holiday or time of night. If you experience a fire SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall will come to your rescue, don’t hesitate to call 800-455-9453.

In Case of Emergency, Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes in your home, you want to be sure you have the right people to restore your property and contents.  It holds true that not all restoration companies are alike. Unlike other restoration technicians, restoration professionals such as SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, have specialized training, skills, equipment, and professional quality meters to remediate the job efficiently and effectively.

In today’s business environment many companies are looking to increase their revenues by adding new services, for which they may have little or NO training.  Be sure that the restoration company you are working with to restore your property has been properly trained. These companies often appeal to homeowners or businesses to perform disaster restoration services but end up costing clients in the end.

It is very common for amateurs to simply tear things out and then replace the materials or the items.  A true professional performs a thorough inspection and identifies those materials and items that can be salvaged and restored to their preloss condition.  This allows those professionals to complete the job much more quickly; thereby allowing you to get back to your normal routine. Restoration, instead of removal and replacement, helps contain costs.  In some instances it eliminates the need to file an insurance claim.

Restoration Professionals have the necessary business licenses and insurance coverage that are required for such a business.  As a matter of course, professionals are continually conducting training to be sure that they are following the most current, Industry Best Practices for their services.

For all property damaged by water, fire, smoke, mold and any other disaster, call your local SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall office, The Paramedics of Property Damage.  We are standing by to provide professional service, 24-hours every day of the year, with a trained and certified staff, as well as the best tools and equipment to service all emergencies.

Commercial Properties in Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (800) 455-9453 for fast help.

How to Test Your Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors and fire alarms may be some of the most important items in your home when it comes to your family’s safety. These early warning devices may help alert your family to fire and dangerous smoke while there is still time to evacuate, but they need to be periodically tested to help ensure proper function.

Why Do It?

Electronic devices are not infallible. Batteries die, and other parts of the smoke detector can wear out over time. Testing them regularly and replacing batteries (or the entire device) is one way to help ensure your family stays safe should there be a fire in your home.

How Often?

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year. A good way to remember to do this is to change your batteries when you change your clocks for daylight saving time — when you spring forward or fall back. Make sure to review your smoke detector’s user manual — you may need to check more often if any of the following apply:

  • The detector often gives false alarms.
  • The alarm emits short beeps regularly without anyone touching it.
  • Frequent kitchen smoke has caused it to activate often, which may wear it out faster.

There are two main types of smoke detectors, according to the USFA:

Battery-powered: This type can be susceptible to defective or worn-out batteries. Monthly testing is critical. Never put old batteries into your smoke detectors and fire alarms.

Hardwired: These detectors are powered by your home’s electrical system, but they usually have backup batteries so the device can remain operational in a power outage. Hardwired smoke detectors still require monthly testing to help ensure that both batteries and parts are functioning properly.

How Do You Test It?

You should always check the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper method of testing your smoke detector and fire alarm. But, in general, the USFA states most battery-powered and hardwired smoke detectors can be tested in the following way:

Step 1. Alert family members that you will be testing the alarm. Smoke detectors have a high-pitched alarm that may frighten small children, so you’ll want to let everyone know you plan to test the alarms to help avoid scaring anyone.

Step 2. Station a family member at the furthest point away from the alarm in your home. This can be critical to help make sure the alarm can be heard everywhere in your home. You may want to install extra detectors in areas where the alarm’s sound is low, muffled or weak.

Step 3. Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It can take a few seconds to begin, but a loud, ear-piercing siren should emanate from the smoke detector while the button is pressed. If the sound is weak or nonexistent, replace your batteries. If it has been more than six months since you last replaced the batteries (whether your detector is battery-powered or hardwired), change them now regardless of the test result, and test the new batteries one final time to help ensure proper functioning. You should also look at your smoke detector to make sure there’s no dust or other substance blocking its grates, which may prevent it from working even if the batteries are new.

Remember, smoke detectors have a normal life span of 10 years, according to the USFA. Even if you’ve performed regular maintenance, and your device is still functional, you should replace a smoke detector after the 10-year period or earlier, depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Installing smoke detectors can be a great way to help keep your family safe, but assuming they are working may lead to a dangerous situation. Taking a few minutes to check them regularly can help ensure they’re working properly.

This article highlights examples of precautions you can consider to help maintain your personal property. Please recognize that a particular precaution may not be appropriate or effective in every circumstance and that taking preventive measures cannot guarantee any outcome. We encourage you to use your own good judgment about what’s appropriate and always consider safety.


Roof Damage Can Lead to Secondary Damage

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

There are lots of different issues that could cause damage to your home; Roof damage is one of those. Damage due to storms is the most typical, but there are several things that COULD cause the damage to your roof some being more visible than others.  It is always good practice to have your roof inspected every 10-12 years, unless there has been a specific issue that may have caused a reason to check it sooner such as a severe storm, hail, or some other sort of natural disaster.  Unfortunately, when your roof becomes damaged it can lead to bigger issues that may ultimately cause water damage to the interior of your home.

Here we mention a few things to look for when you are inspecting your roof:

  • Loose or missing shingles: this could be caused by high winds, improper installation, or simply wearing out over exposure to the elements through the years. Loose nails can also leave a hole in the shingle that water can find its way through as well.
  • Poor installation of the flashing. "Flashing" is the metal that is placed in the sections where the roof meets the walls, or in the valleys. This must be installed properly to divert water from the roof.
  • Gutters that are not placed with the right pitch, or that have seems that are not sealed properly can also cause water to back up and then overflow into the house causing water damage to ceilings and/or walls. Not having gutter guards to keep leaves and debris from collecting in the gutters can cause overflow of water that can result in damage to your roof and other areas of your home as well.
  • Rotted fascia or soffit can also be an area that allows water to intrude. 

If you suspect that you may have roof damage causing water damage to your home please feel free to contact us at (800) 455-9453 and we will be happy to assist you.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall will be there for all of your home repairs or accidents.

Water Damage Can Be Disruptive

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water leaks within a home or business can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure.  SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for a family or business. Water leaks in a business can not only disrupt the facility, but also can interrupt day to day business functions, which could possibly close the business and affect revenues. 

Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process.  Quick response time helps ensure that damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. This saves on the amount of damage, cost of claims, and assists in reducing losses from business interruption due to a loss.  Timely and proper water mitigation will also help keep mold from developing which could cause people to become ill!  SERVPRO Professionals will be able to identify water regardless of where it hides. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals cover the Charleston, WV, and surrounding areas.  We offer 24-hour emergency response from our trained professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened."

            Leak Prevention Tips

  •   Check roof for deterioration.  
  •   Check gutters and downspouts.
  •   Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture.
  •   Check appliances in kitchens, break rooms, and cafeterias.
  •   Check sinks and toilets in bathrooms.
  •   Check HVAC for leaks and blockages.

Call us today! 800-455-9453

Saving Water Damaged Electronics

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall can coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including TVs, DVD players, computers, tablets, cell phones, and more. 

The Key To Electronic Cleanup
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall starts by cleaning the exterior of your electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. With us, your electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician. 

Cleaning Up Corrosion 
When it comes to cleaning up corrosion after water damage, be careful.  If you don’t use proper tools and techniques you can further damage your water-damaged electronic devices. You could also potentially injure yourself. Remember: electronic devices and liquids generally don’t mix. Any time you apply a liquid cleaning solutions to an electronic device, you need to be cautious. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall recommends that the average consumer never attempt to repair a water-damaged electronic device without professional assistance. When in doubt, take your device to a professional. If you are confident about cleaning up corrosion on your water-damaged electronic device by yourself, please keep these tips in mind: 

1. Keep safety first 
If you’re standing in water or your clothes are wet please remove yourself from any potential shock hazard before even thinking about retrieving a submerged or soaked electronic device. If the device is still on, turn it off. If possible, rotate and shake the electronic device to try to drain out any fluid. 

2. Always remove any batteries or power connectors.
 This not only prevents harm to you, but also prevents any short-circuiting of your electronic device. By doing this, you will also be exposing extra connectors that may already have corroded, so exercise caution. A shorted battery may be a fire and/or chemical hazard. If you see or feel any heat, smoke, steam, bubbling, bulging, or melting avoid handling the electronic device. 

3. Look for white or green “crusty” areas on the device.
You may find them on the battery connectors, charging ports, SIM card connectors, or any other major metal connectors on the device. 

4. Use cotton swabs and a cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol.
You can also use baking soda and water or vinegar to clean corrosion. Gently apply the solution to the affected area and wipe back and forth until you’ve removed the corrosion. If necessary, leave some solution on the corroded area and wipe it off later. 

5. Dry your electronic device with a soft cloth or a hair dryer on a cool setting.
Do not use heat to dry out your device. Make sure your device is dried extremely well before attempting to replace the battery and turn the device on. Any water left in the device could cause additional water damage. 

6. Take special care with electronic circuit boards.
If you think water or any liquid has reached an electronic circuit board take the device apart carefully. Follow the instructions and remember the order of the disassembly so you can put the device back together later. Soak up any remaining liquid on the circuit board with a lint-free cloth. Don’t use paper products (they could leave lint or scratch the board). Avoid rubbing any cloth on the circuit board because that might scratch or dislodge parts. Place the cloth over the board and press gently. This will soak up the liquid. Remove the worst of any remaining particles by brushing with a toothbrush. This includes any globs of dried liquid. You don’t need perfection at this stage. Then remove any dust or loose pieces of dried liquid by spraying the board with compressed air. Spray in one direction in quick bursts, since the canister can become extremely cold if used for longer sprays. Rinse the circuit board with clean or distilled water to remove any sticky materials. If your circuit board was wet by clean water and you didn’t have to remove dried materials, you may be able to skip this. Pat the board gently with a cloth to remove the majority of the moisture and allow it to dry completely. Clean any residue off the circuit board using a cotton swab. Moisten the cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol. Do not use a dripping wet swab. Swab gently in stubborn areas and be careful not to upset the components. The alcohol should take care of most of the work without rubbing. 

7. Cross your fingers
When you try to repair a water-damaged electronic device there are no guarantees. The water-damage or corrosion may be permanent. These steps improve your chances of repairing it, but in the end you just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. 

Call us today! 800-455-9453

3 Things to Throw Away After a Fire

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Recovering from a home fire is a long, frustrating process, sometimes compounded by the loss of cherished belongings. When you face the destruction of the furnishings and content of your Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, home, it can be hard to say good-bye to belongings that don't seem to have been affected. However, there are some items that you need to throw away, even if they don't look like they've damaged by fire or smoke.

1. Food

Obviously, you'll toss out any cereals and breads that were on the counter. Of course, you'll throw away anything in open containers and foods there were stored in cardboard or thin plastic bags. It may surprise you to learn, however, that even your canned foods should be tossed out. This is because the high heat of the fire will activate the growth of bacteria, even when food is sealed in glass jars and cans from the store. 

The contents of your fridge may be safe, even if the power has gone out, but remember that it's safer to throw out questionable foods than to suffer through physical sickness. Anything that smells smoky or odd, has visible soot, or doesn't feel cold should be disposed of. 

2. Medicine

The last thing you need after a fire is to be left without your necessary medications. However, these items can be affected by fire damage. If there's warping, charring, or signs of soot, throw it out. It's better to contact your doctor for refills than to become sick or suffer other side effects. 

3. Cosmetics

You may think that heat could affect cosmetics to the point that they are harmful to your health. However, the same temperatures that affect your food and medications could affect the chemicals in cosmetics to the point that they are no longer usable. 

Ultimately, it's best to throw away any belongings that have suffered fire damage. This is particularly true for food, medicine, and cosmetics. Don't put yourself at risk. Ask professionals from the fire department or a fire restoration company if you aren't sure if something is safe to keep. 

Preparing Your Home for the Cold Weather Storms

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

We have entered heating season in the Lehigh Valley.  Cold temperatures can create a negative impact on your home and property; it’s key that you take the necessary precautions for your home not only for cold weather, but for storm season as well in order to limit potential risks and damages.  When doing routine maintenance, it’s always better to be prepared and go the extra step to insure that you are limiting risks of damage. It’s important to be thorough while inspecting your building.

    • Basements and crawlspaces in your home can be areas where heat escapes.  Be sure to seal and insulate around any HVAC ducts, basement windows, and any exposed pipes.
    • Try installing foam-rubber gaskets behind electrical outlets & switch covers on exterior walls.
    • If you don’t use your fireplace, plug the flue with an inflatable plug, or another item, that is safe and limits possible water to entry into your home.
    • Make sure you replace any broken windows, re-putty any loose window panes, seal around windows and door trims, or use weather stripping for windows that are opened.  This minor step can make a world of a difference in heat efficiency and preventing water intrusion.
    • For attic spaces it’s best to weather strip & insulate the access door properly, seal around your chimney with metal flashing or a high temperature sealant, seal around plumbing vents, seal any holes between the heated space of your home and the attic, and don’t forget to insulate any exposed water pipes!

If water damage occurs in your home due to extreme weather or any other means, make sure to call the team with over 27 years of experience. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall has the crew that is trained and experienced in dealing with not only average water damage but storm water damages to buildings as well. Give SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall a call today for your building damages in the Lehigh Valley at (800) 455-9453.

Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism Cleanup

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Be READY, Biohazard, Crime Scene, Vandalism, Sewage and Mold Remediation and Restoration

Recognized as a leading fire, water, and mold restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO also offers fast and reliable biohazard, vandalism and crime scene cleanup and restoration services. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. 

SERVPRO technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. 

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. 

Our services cover the following issues:

  • Bloodbourne Pathogens: SERVPRO removes and disposes of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substance resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Technicians clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.
  • Methamphetamine Labs: Many chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs, are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO follows federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces. 
  • Crime Scene Residues: Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues can be cleaned from surfaces and contents to restore your property. 
  • Arson and Vandalism: After the fire trucks are gone, your home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 
  • Sewage Backups: Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
  • Black Water Intrusions: This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
    • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
    • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation: Mold can produce allergens and irritants and has the potential to cause other health effects. Mold can spread quickly through your home or business in as little as 48 hours. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If you have any further questions please call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453.

Are you ready? SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Wants To Help Your Commercial Building Prepare For When Disasters Happen

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Catastrophic weather is nothing out of the ordinary anymore for us.  Recently the United States have been affected by many different types of disasters.  Flooding, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards threaten homes, businesses, and communities.  Statistically as many as 50% of businesses may not recover following a disaster, this is according to recent industry research.  The majority of these businesses that do survive these disasters were prepared and had a preparedness plan in place.

Pre-planning can serve as an additional insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire can affect your business!

Preparation is an important component in making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or flooding as we have recently experienced this past August into September.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the disaster happens, but well before it happens.  Contact your local SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall to establish your Emergency Ready Program.

Emergency Ready Program

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.

(This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.)

  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

(Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”)

  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

(It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

(This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.)

  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

(This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.)

For more info on our ERP programs, call (800) 455-9453 to have one of our professionals assess your building and put together this great tool for your business.

SERVPRO Can Treat Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall Commercial Fire Damages

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Treat Easton Commercial Fire Damage

If you are experiencing Lehigh Valley Fire Damage, it is crucial to work with professionals who can help you restore your property.  However, fire damage can take many different forms.  Watch out for the following types of Lehigh Valley commercial fire damages and call the experts as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse.

One of the first and least dangerous types of fire damage is known as Class A fire damage.  This kind of damage can occur on any property, and it is often the result of a solid catching fire and spreading throughout.  The fire damage from Class A fires has quantifiable sources, and the solids may include rubber, plastic, paper or cloth.  This damage may spread from a single source, and it is often easy for individuals to contain if they are quick and isolate the burning source with a fire extinguisher.

Class B fire damage is another variety, and it is one of the most dangerous types that could occur. Class B fire damage typically results from flammable liquids or from solids that have become liquefied.  These are commonly caused by melted plastics and waxes as well as various types of oils, including petrol and grease.  While they are often caused by materials similar to cooking oil, cooking oil fires do not often count as Class B fires.  These fires often spread quickly and cause tremendous damage because of water displacement issues.

Class C fire damage involves flammable gasses and similar substances.  These can include fires caused by gas leaks such as hydrogen or propane, or they may be due to deposits of natural gas.  They can spread quickly through the property and result in a great deal of sudden surface damage.  More often than not, this type of damage is explosive and can cause tremendous destruction in the property's structure. It is one of the most common examples of Lehigh Valley commercial fire damages, and it may result in a long-term loss if not handled quickly.

Finally, Class D fire damage is a common variety of fire damage that occurs in industrial locations.  It is typically caused by combustible metals.  Some of the most common metals involved include sodium and potassium, and this type of fire is large and encompassing of the work area.  This damage can result in a variety of harmful ambient effects, so if you experience this sort of damage, it is crucial to have it taken care of as soon as possible. If left unattended, unwanted chemicals may become airborne and result in a variety of problems around the work area.

If you are interested in working with a locally owned business you can count on, be sure to call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. We can help you manage any and all Lehigh Valley commercial fire damages as necessary.  No job is too big or too complicated for us, and we have the resources and experience necessary to help you and your family. Call us today at (800) 455-9453 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Water Damage - Category and Classes

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Do you know what is the water category of this loss?

Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. It is important to note, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.

Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.

Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category. *Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.

Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.  Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.

Class 2 involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad).  Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches.  There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.

Class 3 involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  Water may have come from overhead.  Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually all of the entire area are saturated.

Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations.  Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.  These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.

*Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions. 

For your water mitigation and restoration needs call the professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall (800) 455-9453

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our SERVPRO training program includes, but not limited to, the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO Commercial Water Damage Assessment

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Damage Assessment Practices

Flooding and water damage events in Lehigh Valley 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 Easton

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall 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.

Have a question?

Call us today (800) 455-9453

Mold on the Outside of Your Home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

When you think of places where mold may grow, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Perhaps a damp, dark basement or crawlspace?  While this may be one of the most common places, your home's exterior siding may also be susceptible to mold growth.  

Causes of Mold on Siding

Excessive humidity and moisture can create an attractive environment for mold growth on several kinds of siding, including low-maintenance vinyl.  Siding is designed to allow rainwater and other types of moisture to run off the exterior of your home, but sometimes otherwise durable siding can have mold growth under certain conditions.  Since some moldy types may need humidity to grow, warm and humid weather conditions can cause a mold outbreak on your siding.  

Mold likes darkness which can also play a role.  This means that the shady sides of your house maybe at risk.  These areas will tend to be the slowest to dry out after heavy rains so moisture levels will remain higher.  

Vinyl Siding Mold Removal and Prevention

First, keep your siding clean of dirt and grime. You can use a simple garden hose or pressure washer to do this.  

Second, try to target the trees and shrubs that are located around your house.   Check to make sure they do not have any contact with your siding.  Regularly trim your trees and shrubs to minimize shaded areas that can encourage mold growth.  

Finally, take steps to reduce the amount of moisture that comes into contact with your siding.  If you regularly water your lawn, be sure to adjust sprinklers so the water does not hit your house.  Check gutters in the spring and fall and make sure they are clean and in working order.  Clogged gutters can cause the rainwater to run down the side of the home and this can increase the moisture level. 

For any serious mold problems, don't hesitate to call in the professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall  (800) 455-9453

Handling Mold in Your Carpet

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

In areas where the weather is often humid, keeping your carpet dry and free from mold spores and growth can be a challenge. With daily in and out foot traffic, dirt and dust and other contaminants are tracked onto the carpet, and it can be quite a challenge to keep those carpets spotless!

Here are some helpful tips for you to use if you do find mold spots:

  • If the carpet or rug can be taken outside, do so as soon as spots are found.
  • Sweep the affected area with a broom to loosen the mold growth.
  • Vacuum the area to remove as much mold as possible, and empty the vacuum bag into the garbage immediately.
  • Using a mixture of dishwashing soap and water, scrub the affected area with the solution.
  • Let it dry in the sun, as this is one of the best ways to disinfect material. If you cannot take it outside, pat it dry using dry towels or rags.

You can also use this method for the purpose of cleansing your carpet of mold:

  • Scrub the affected areas with a rag soaked in dishwashing detergent and water, or do a base clean with a steam cleaner.
  • Using household bleach with a gallon of water, soak the mold patch for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Using a steam cleaner, suck up the liquid, and then pat the carpet dry or remove outside into the sunshine.

If the mold growth is too much for you to handle on your own, or you would like the assistance of professionals, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall has the equipment and experience needed to help with any of your mold remediation needs!

The team at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall is experienced and equipped to help with mold remediation, as well as clean up after a flood and/or fire damage and water damage. Call us today at (800) 455-9453!

Preventing Mold Growth in Your Storage Unit

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Your storage unit is one of the areas you may not think about as much when it comes to mold growth, so keeping that issue in mind is going to be a good idea. You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue here where you are storing items that are important to you, such as paperwork, artwork, equipment, or family heirlooms, just to name a few.  

Storage units are often climate controlled, but they still need to be monitored since mold spores are everywhere. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises, even in places that are supposed to be immune.

Here are some tips to preventing mold growth in the first place:

  • When bringing any items to the unit, or removing them, check the floors, ceilings and walls for any signs of mold. That musty smell we are all familiar with will help you here.
  • Look out for standing water in this area. During storms, your unit could develop a leak due to roofing or wall damage. Alert the storage company and managers immediately, or contact a contractor or building expert to help with repairs on your own property.  
  • Ensure your storage area is well-ventilated. This information can be discussed with the managers of the storage company. If you are using storage areas in your home or business, you can always invest in a dehumidifier.
  • When you are repairing or upgrading storage areas, use mold-resistant products whenever possible. There are many kinds of paint, wood, and other materials available on the market today to help you with these types of projects.

Keeping mold out of your storage units and storage areas will keep your important items safe and in good repair.

Here at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall we have the experience, the knowledge, and the expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (800) 455-9453!

Do You Know What To Do When Floods Happen?

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When a disaster happens, it’s difficult to know what steps to take. But when you’re facing a flood, doing the right things as soon as you can makes a big difference. Check out our tips for what you should do – and what you shouldn’t do – if your property ever suffers water damage.

In a Flood, You SHOULD:

  • Shut off your water. Locate the main shut off valve and turn it off (clockwise).
  • Get rid of as much water as possible. Mop up any standing water and open the windows to help dry things out.
  • Move furniture, carpets, and other belongings off the wet floors. Move valuables, carpets, and furniture out of standing water and off of wet spots. If any of the items are wet, set them down to dry with plenty of space between them – more space means more airflow, which will speed drying. Rugs should be hung up, but not over a railing or against a wall: the drying rug will just get the railing or wall wet.
  • Open and air out all containers. Containers aren’t always watertight; if a box, bag, trunk, or other container is damp on the outside, make sure you unpack it completely and air out the contents.
  • Dry clothing (unless dirty). Leaving clothes wet increases the chance of mold or mildew growth. If the clothing is dirty from dirty water, don’t dry it. Leave any delicate or specialty items for the professionals to handle.

Things To AVOID:

  • Never use a vacuum on water. Household vacuums aren’t designed to suck up water – getting them wet can be a safety hazard.
  • Don’t go near anything electrical. Outlets, plugs, and appliances are all off-limits after a flood. Just because you can’t see damage doesn’t mean all is well. Wait until an electrician has been able to determine safety.
  • • Don’t go into rooms with sagging ceilings. A sagging ceiling is waterlogged and could fall at any moment. Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall as Soon As Possible 

The sooner we get on scene, the better. With water damage, the first 24 hours are critical: if you call us right away you increase the chances that everything can be salvaged. The longer something is wet, the longer the water has to soak in, the harder it is to remove, and the more likely it is to become mold or mildew.

Mold Prevention

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Mold is a common household problem, developing in warm, damp environments. Mold can be colored green, purple, white, and orange. While mold plays an important role outside in the environment, breaking down dead plants, mold is unwelcome in homes.

Showers and bathrooms are a common location for mold to grow, but it is possible for mold to grow anywhere in a home. Mold can come inside a home from an outside growth through inadequately sealed windows or doors. Mold spores cannot be eliminated entirely, but they will not grow if the environment is dry and well ventilated. Mold growth can be prevented by ensuring if water damage occurs, clean up occurs quickly. Using air conditioners during humid seasons and exhaust fans in kitchen can help prevent mold from growing.

Other areas to monitor moisture to prevent mold growth: exterior walls and surfaces in need of insulation where condensation can build, air conditioner drip pans, check for leaks around refrigerator, ensure crawl spaces are well ventilated, and check for leaks around a tub.

These are a few simple tips for making sure mold is not growing in your home. If you do discover a mold growth, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall provides mold remediation services for all types of residential and commercial properties

Fire Damage - Restore vs Replace

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  Our trained professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.  

A back draft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall help you restore it.  

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call us today (800) 455-9453.

When the Severe Storms Roll Out, SERVPRO Rolls In

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal. 

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines we strive to:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for your service. 
  • Be-on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hour of on-site arrival. 

Exceptions to our 1-4-8 Service Response times may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation. 

We also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

If you have storm damage to your home or property, call us today (800) 455-9453.  Timely mitigation is the key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

Safety Tips on How to Handle Mold

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Safety Tips on How to Handle Mold

If you see visible mold or think you have mold in a room of your home, there are some measures you should take to keep it from spreading.

Things to do:

  • Call a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
  • Stay out of the affected room
  • Turn off the HVAC system in that room

Things not to do:

  • Do not disturb the mold
  • Do not blow air in the area
  • Do not spray bleach or other cleaning products

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall specializes in mold remediation. We have technicians that are IICRC (Institute of Inspection of Cleaning and Restoration) certified specifically as AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians).

If you have any concerns that you may have mold, call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall before buying the “do-it-yourself” mold testing kits from the hardware store. These kits typically involve a swab and a Petri dish. Because normal environments always contain a small amount of mold spores, using them will always end with a “positive” test result, even if there is no real problem in your home. A visual inspection by the professionals at SERVPRO, coupled with testing performed by a qualified CIH will give you accurate answers, and a plan to properly take care of any microbial problems you may have.  Count on your Local SERVPRO professionals and have us out to assess the damages.  Please call 800-455-9453where we are always here to help.

Restoring Your Lehigh Valley Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Lehigh Valley 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 Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall 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.


  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

How Dirty is my Flood Water?

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Has Many Different Uses

We all know that there are many different uses for water. In our household alone, water is used for drinking, sanitation and even sewer purposes. When water damage occurs, it’s important to know where the cause of the damage started so that we’re able to identify the category of the water that we’re dealing with. According to the Institute of Inspection and Restoration Certification, certain categories of water can pose a higher threat than others. The IICRC set the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration. The professionals at SERVPRO of Easton are highly trained by certified IICRC instructors. 

Categories of water contamination

Category 1 –

This category of water is also know as “Clean Water”; the most     known out of all of the categories. This is the water that is sanitary to drink, cook with and wash in. This water is only sanitary while in it’s source though, such as the pipes in your home. Once it is exposed to other elements, there is a possibility of becoming contaminated.

Category 2 –

Once the water reaches category 2, it usually is noticeable due to foul odor or different look. At this level, the water is unsafe to consume or come in contact with. This category is also known as “Gray Water”. It usually occurs from an overflow of the toilet or other appliances. Do not leave this water unattended for long.

Category 3 –

Category 3, or also known as “Black Water”, is almost always pretty noticeable to point out due to the high level of contamination. Being at this level means that it may contain raw sewage, pesticides, heavy metals or other toxic substances. This high level category is extremely toxic.

It is always important to clean any type of flood or water damage as soon as it is noticed. The longer the water damage sits, the higher risk of the water becoming contaminated and causing illness.

Source - http://www.IICRC.org/the-basics-water-damage-restoration-training-a-23.html

Is Your Office Prepared for an Emergency?

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

While you should always be prepared for an emergency, National Preparedness Month is a great time to go over your emergency plan(s) in your office building. Go over this list and make sure your office prepared for anything!

  1. Whether you work in a high-rise office building or in a single story building, it is important that you have your team prepared in case of an emergency. Take some time this month to meet with your team and practice different evacuation routes. It is important that everyone know at least TWO WAYS OUT from EVERY ROOM.

  2. Don’t forget to check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers (and to replace any that may have expired). Set a schedule for replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s best to replace the batteries before they run out of juice. Regular maintenance of air vents and sprinkler systems are also a great way to AVOID an emergency situation. Sometimes the best preparation is active prevention.

  3. Another way to make sure your staff is prepared for an emergency is to hold or offer classes for you team to learn potential life-saving skills! The Red Cross offers classes for CPR, First Aid, and AED among other skills.

Disasters and emergencies don’t plan ahead, but you can!

Aspects to Look at During Water Damage Restoration

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SERVPRO Effectively Tackles Water Damage Regardless of the Source of the Water

Water damage restoration is not all about extracting water from a structure and ventilating the area so that drying can take place. Professionals in this area understand the drying theory and how to apply its principles to achieve the drying goal. So, do not make a mistake of thinking that placing drying equipment and spraying products are all that professionals do during the restoration process. We are going to look at the various aspects that professionals consider when attending to such incidents in the Lehigh Valley. 
The amount of water in your property after a water damage event in Easton, Bethlehem, & Whitehall is also crucial. Our SERVPRO technicians start by determining its source - it can be black water, gray water, or clean water. Clean water does not contain waste products, and it is usually water from a treated source. It can come from faulty appliances, overflowing sinks, leaking roofs and burst pipes. Fewer health risks are associated with this category of water; though, it ceases to be clean once it flows across the soil. In most cases, carpets and pads exposed to clean water are salvageable. 
Gray water is also known as category 2 water, and it carries waste products - minus human waste. If your washing machine malfunctions and overflows, the water it dumps on the floor is under this category. It may present health risks if a person drinks, touches, or experiences any form of contact. Our SERVPRO team thoroughly cleans carpets exposed to gray water and replaces saturated pads. 
Category 3 water is known as black water - though it does not means the water must be black. It is majorly unsanitary water with much debris which exposes humans to health risks. Burst sewage back-ups and floodwater are examples of its sources. It is advisable to replace porous materials, pads, and carpets that are contaminated with black water. 
At SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, we respond immediately to storm, mold, fire, and water damage disaster. Call us at (800) 455-9453and let us make your property “Like it never even happened.” 

Our Mold Damage Team Can Restore Your Lehigh Valley Home

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water and mold damage along bottom 3ft of wall Whether you find a small or large patch of mold in your home, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation and containment services.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Contain the Mold Infestation in Your Home

Mold can be visible or can present a stale or musty odor. If you notice mold in your home, call a professional right away to remediate any damages. Mold can cause health effects, which makes it imperative for homeowners to deal with it as soon as possible.

SERVPRO mold remediation professionals in the Lehigh Valley are highly trained to use industrial grade disinfectants and specialized equipment to get rid of mold inside your home. Our crew works quickly and efficiently to contain and reduce mold levels inside your home. Also, our crews take proper precautions to ensure they do not spread mold spores to any other areas inside your home. Our techs can use plastic sheeting and tape to seal and contain mold. Plus, our crews can set up areas to clean and sanitize items and any equipment they employ during restoration. 
Since mold spores are microscopic, there can be thousands of airborne spores inside your home. Our technicians use commercial grade air scrubbers to clean and to purify the atmosphere inside your residence. Specialized HEPA filters catch and trap mold spores, push them through a hose and contain them inside a bag outside of the residence. These machines can also get rid of stale mold odors. Our techs may also use professional grade anti-fungal sprays to clean areas and to stop mold growth. It is not possible to eliminate every mold spore inside your home, but our techs can get them down to a safe level. 
After our technicians remove mold spores and clean surfaces inside your residence, they begin to dry the structure. Drying helps prevent mold re-growth. Our technicians may also use air movers to eliminate moisture. Also, they may use axial fans to force damp air from your home and to speed up drying. 
SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall offers mold damage restoration services that can restore your home when possible. Contact us at 800-455-9453 anytime. We are nearby and here to help.

Properly Maintain an Emergency Sump Pump

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Sump Pump Properly maintain your sump pump to ensure back up after a flood in the Lehigh Valley

If you live in the Lehigh Valley where heavy rains and flooding often affect the water tables especially around the rivers, streams, ponds and lakes, then you should become familiar with the value of maintaining flood equipment, such as a backup sump pump. This appliance protects homes with poor drainage, foundation weaknesses, and aging basement walls. 

Prepare for Action

When your emergency sump pump is in top condition, it may be able to remove two feet of water at a time from your basement. Keep it ready for action with the following maintenance.

Quarterly Maintenance

• Rinse pump inlet screen and remove dust or debris.
• Visually inspect power cord and power connection.
• Run water through to make sure the float rises, and the pump turns on.

Annual Maintenance

• Schedule professional inspections and maintenance for the sump. 
• Read your owner's manual for DIY maintenance, such as greasing pump bearings.
• Remove the pump to thoroughly inspect and clean it. Make repairs as necessary.
• Clean out the rest of the equipment.
• Reassemble the machine. 

Protect Your Primary Sewage System

When your primary sewage piping or sump system is at risk, a back up battery pump is crucial. This pump kicks in when water levels are high. It keeps your home safe when too much rain water and debris has overwhelmed your existing drainage system. An emergency battery-powered pump can keep your home safely dry when the power goes out. It may sit on the shelf, unused for months or years at a time, but with appropriate maintenance, it will be ready when you need it. 

If a sump pump isn't a possibility, you may be able to work with a remediation professional. These experts often have a truck-mounted trash pump, in addition to the sump. 

Act Immediately 

The immediate use of this equipment can prevent serious damages, mold growth, and the need for expensive repairs.  Protect your Lehigh Valley home and family from standing water, mold growth, and other flooding damages with a second layer of protection.  In the event of a flood where you find yourself looking for a professional company to handle the damage, call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at (800) 455-9453.

Fire Safety for Pets

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to, according to their website – and also, they are the most preventable.  According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires.

It’s important to keep in mind that if you need a plan for your family in case of disaster, you should also have a plan for your pets.

Did you know?

  • The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets.

The best way to protect your pets is to include them in your family escape plan, in case of disaster.  Train your pets to go to you when you call their name that way in the event of a fire evacuation, you can leave with them easily and safely.

The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have provided the following tips:

  • Be sure your pet is not left unattended by open flames, such as cooking appliances, candles, or fire place.  Be sure to extinguish any flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house.  A stove is the number one appliance involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Invest in flameless candles – these candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle (something cats are notorious for).
  • Secure your pets while you’re away – keep them confined in secure areas that don’t present a potential fire hazard.

Some other tips?  Keep pets near entrances when you’re away from your home and keep their collars on.  Have leashes nearby and ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet.  You can also affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the cling to a front window.  This information saves rescuers time when locating your pets.

Pets become a part of our families, and we need to remember that we need to have plans in place for them too when it comes to safely evacuating a home in case of a fire. And remember, if you are victim of a house fire, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall can help #LikeItNeverEvenHappened.

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The Four Seasons of SERVPRO

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall is located in the beautiful State of Pennsylvania.  Here we are lucky enough to enjoy all four seasons.  But with each season comes difficulties for home and business owners.  In the Lehigh Valley we are prone to Snow Storms and Thunder Storms which each provide their own sets of challenges.

Winter often brings power outages from wind, downed trees, or ice which can cause pipes to freeze and split which causes flooding to homes and businesses.  Ice dams are also a concern when constant thawing and re-freezing causes water to creep into to a buildings roof and go un-noticed.  The water may keep coming in until the snow or ice is removed from a roof.

Spring, Summer, and Fall are the worst when it comes to storm seasons.  From Tornado season to Hurricane season, SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall is always on alert when it comes to storms.  Wind that causes roofing and siding to blow off a building often open up the structure for rain to come in affecting the home with water damage.  High winds also leave the potential for trees to come down on structures and cause significant damage throughout the structure when it is open to the elements.  Lightning strikes leave a potential for a fire which is rare, but does happen. The most common issue we see from storm damages would be from the flooding.  Most issues are a result of an abundance of high flood levels.  Keep in mind the fact that even with a sump pump, there is a chance that they may not always work.  For example a power outage during a heavy rain storm where a sump pump may not work without a backup in place.  And last but not least would be sewage backups in homes during times of heavy rain or flooding.  This is a serious matter which we see all too often and most people are unsure where to even begin.

Please do not WAIT until it's too LATE!  Usually weeks after storms may have passed and water damage has gone un-noticed in a home or business, we receive calls to come out and estimate Mold Remediations.

Above all, make your safety top priority. 

Remember to call the brand that you know and trust to take care of any storm damage that you may have suffered.

Call our local office of SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at (800) 455-9453.

The Pentagon: A Case Study

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

When water pipes located in the basement of the Pentagon burst early one morning, pouring 1.8 million gallons of water over 565,000 square feet - or roughly 17 miles of hallway - SERVPRO Franchise Professionals completed the enormous task of drying the structure in just 7 days. 

Following the events of September 11, 2001, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were once more called upon to assist with the cleanup & restoration of the Pentagon. In spite of the emotions & difficulties involved in the restoration effort, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals dried nearly 300,000 square feet in addition to providing fire, soot, and smoke cleanup and restoration services. Upon completion of the drying assignment, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provided mold remediation services in other sections of the facility. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals met the challenge and completed the process in just 90 days. 

Freeze Drying and Why You Should Care

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

"When water is not your friend!" words on water droplet background Water is not always your friend. Especially if you run an office that requires a lot of documents and secure information to be kept.

Do you have a lot of important documents in your office?

Is your office subjected to HIPAA regulations or client and patient confidentiality laws?

What is your plan for all those if you have a water damage event?

Did you know that SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall has a solution for that?

It starts with a relationship with your facility and an understanding about what the process is and how it works. Here is a snapshot. We need to have someone from your office that can assist with proper labeling of the boxes so none of the files are misfiled.

The next steps are critical and will ensure the largest number of documents survive.

Freezing Documents/Cold Storage

Where to find Cold Storage Facilities. Grocery Stores tend to have a vendor in their area that rents cold storage spaces to store their excess frozen goods until they are ready to be put on the shelf. These facilities regularly have extra space and will store documents as well. Price may vary depending on your location. However, the average rate around the country is roughly $4 a cubic foot per month. These facilities should be used primarily if you need Long-Term storage.  SERVPRO Industries, Inc. also has cold storage available. Call and ask about available space and pricing. Documents should be sent to SERVPRO Industries, Inc. as soon as possible in order to minimize damage to documents and facilitate drying procedures to ensure efficient return.


Any of the major shipping carriers (UPS, FedEx, USPS) will work for smaller orders. Overnight Shipping is a MUST. Whether the documents are frozen or not. It is crucial that we receive these documents as soon as possible in order to keep them frozen until they are ready to be cycled through the chamber. This prevents further damage and deterioration. Overnight shipping is most important when dealing with documents that have not been frozen PRIOR to shipping. The sooner we receive documents that have not been frozen the sooner we can freeze them and stop them from further damage/deterioration. Refrigerated Trucks and Trailers (Reefer Trucks) Reefer trucks come in many different sizes, ranging from 16’ box trucks all the way to 53’ tractor trailers. They can be rented from a lot of the major rental companies like Penske, and Ryder. There are even smaller rental companies all over the nation that rent reefer trucks. Reefer trucks work the best when dealing with larger quantities of documents. This is because it doubles as your cold storage as well as shipping! Once you have the truck packed, all you have to do is find a driver to drive it to us and we’ll handle the rest!

Benefits of Vacuum Freeze Drying

Vacuum Freeze drying

  1. Process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.
  2. Sublimation is the direct conversion of a solid (Ice) into a gas (water vapor), without passage through a liquid stage. Take Dry Ice for example. Dry ice is made of Carbon Dioxide, not water. When dry ice is exposed to normal atmospheric conditions it begins to sublimate, it turns directly from its sold stage into its gaseous stage bypassing the liquid stage

Why Vacuum Freeze Drying?

Vacuum Freeze Drying is the most efficient and effective way to salvage water damaged documents. It is the only method that is approved by NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) and the GSA (General Services Administration). Other Methods such as dehumidification can alter the structure of the paper’s fibers and cause the papers to become more brittle and is not recommended by any means.

Other Services Provided Digitizing

With the new age of technology majority of people have begun digitizing their documentation rather than keeping the hard paper copies. However, businesses that have been around for a long time (Hospitals, Law Firms, State and Federal Governments) still have a surplus of paper documentation. Most of these businesses do not have the time to digitize these old files. In the event that these documents need to be salvaged, digitizing may also be a good option. It makes them easier to access as well as easier to store. Many businesses have storage facilities that are specifically for documents, or they subcontract the storage and upkeep to a company like Iron Mountain. This makes accessing a particular file very difficult and painstaking.

In a contaminated water situation (Sewage or Flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. As you all know, in most storm situations you are dealing with contaminated water. Therefore most of the affected documents that you will encounter will be contaminated. If this is the case then de-contamination is always a must.

Certified destruction:

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Compliance

What is HIPAA?

Requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information.

Why HIPAA is important?

  1. Doctors by law cannot release PHI (Protected Health Information) to just anyone. With that being said, covered entities (Hospitals, Physicians, Doctors, etc.) cannot release PHI for the purpose of recovery and/or restoration to anyone unless that Business Associate (BA) is HIPAA compliant. This is to ensure that their patient records are being handled properly and with minimal risk for any PHI to be compromised.
  2. Chain of Custody is the tracking of sensitive documents (or any documents) through a process. This depicts whose hands the documents passed through and when, allowing any company to track down any leaks of sensitive information (if such situation where to occur). It is crucial when handling sensitive documentation, especially when dealing with protected health information (Commonly Referred to as PHI).
  3. HIPAA Certifications ensure that personnel are Master HIPAA certified to handle PHI. This certification allows SERVPRO not only to handle PHI, but tells Covered Entities that we are held to a high standard and can and will be held accountable if any information is compromised.

We hope that this has given you something to think about. Should you like us to go through this further with those at your office please call us at 800-455-9453 and set up your appointment today.

Mold in Your Commercial Property

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can be found almost anywhere. Issues arise after water and food sources are made available to the spores. These two factors allow the mold to colonize. Take this picture for example. Mold does not typically form on metal. However, the pipes had a significant enough amount of dust to allow it to support the mold colony. Keep this in mind when you are completing spring cleaning.

Once a problem area of mold is found the first step is making sure to alleviate the moisture issues. The second step is having the mold remediated. Often customers worry about what type of mold may exist in their home. According to SERVPRO, “Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.” Long story short, if you suspect a mold problem. Contact the professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke and Soot in your Lehigh Valley Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are 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 Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall 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 – 800-455-9453

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Tree fallen on roof of house after a storm SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall is ready to deal with any size storm damage. Call today!

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a home or business owner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home or building is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall delivers the help you need quickly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,700 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great. 
Storm damage in the Northeast can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.” 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling. 

Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. Dial (800) 455-9453 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Benefect Disinfectants and Cleaners - Used by SERVPRO in the Lehigh Valley

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Having an issue with water damage, mold damage, bio-hazard clean up needs, or fire is always a challenge. It can become even more difficult if there are at risk loved ones involved. But don’t worry SERVPRO can help cater to any need. For example, when a deep cleaning and disinfecting is needed SERVPRO can utilize all-natural biocides to help make sure an at-risk person won’t suffer the side effects that may be associated with other products. One product that we have in our arsenal is Benefect. According to their website, “Benefect's botanical disinfectants and cleaners are used by Insurance Restoration Contractors to clean up water damage, fire damage, mold remediation and trauma scene clean up. Using nature as the model, we've created cleaning products with no compromise in strength and without endangering human health.” Additionally, specialized equipment, such as air scrubbers can be set up to help minimize the amount of dust or odors that are produced after a damage, while also cleaning the air. If you have a loved one with an issue in their home, business, or care facility, reach out to SERVPRO for service that goes above and beyond.

Source http://benefect.com/index.php

Forensic Remediation

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Forensic Remediation

     Forensic remediation is a solemn but necessary practice in the field of restoration.  If you have ever had the misfortune to discover a deceased family member or loved one, you may not realize how important it is to inquire about forensic remediation services.  Forensic remediation can be necessary to restore a home back to preloss conditions.  The three main causes of forensic damage are suicide, homicide, and unassisted deaths.  An unassisted death occurs with someone expires and the body is not discovered for an extended period of time.  When a body sits for an excessive amount of time the advanced stages of decomposition sets in. Unassisted deaths are unfortunately common and more damage to the home can occur the longer a body is allowed to decompose. 

     The biggest reason to have a professional company such as SERVPRO to perform this service is safety.  It cannot be stressed enough how important safety is when it comes to any environment that may deal with blood or other bodily fluids.  First and foremost blood is pathogenic.  What that means is any fresh blood has the possibility to make you sick.  SERVPRO technicians are donned in Tyvek suits, gloves, and full face shields.  Having the correct personal protection equipment is crucial when handling any materials affected with blood.  There are times when the bereaved enlist volunteers to help clean up the areas whom wear little or no protective gear and are subjecting themselves to a harmful environment.  During extreme cases, any illness obtained by volunteers could potentially hold the bereaved liable for damages.  When you hire SERVPRO, you needn’t worry about any such complications because SERVPRO educates their employees to be certified in all restorative fields, and each franchise carries various insurances necessary for the restoration field.

    Another main reason to outsource this line of work to the professionals at SERVPRO is to insure that you are receiving the most quality of service.  Certified technicians will understand what types of materials are salvageable or not depending on how affected the areas are.  When blood is pooled on the carpet it is not safe to clean and sanitize the area.  The most appropriate step to take is to remove the carpet and pad.  Once the carpet and pad has been removed the technicians will now address the sub floor.  The sub floor will be cleaned and sanitize with an E.P.A. registered disinfectant and sealed with an antimicrobial sealer.  There have been scenarios where the bereaved have tried to clean and sanitized porous materials such as carpet, but then have become sick in the future.  If porous materials are only lightly affected by splatter instead of being completely saturated they may be cleaned and sanitized.  However, in many instances of cleaning and sanitizing these lightly affected areas still leave an unsightly stain.

    After the damage has been assessed, and the areas properly mitigated any soiled materials are then bagged in bio hazard bags and properly discarded and hauled from the work site.  A side effect of the deceased can be the odor.  SERVPRO has several different pieces of equipment that are designed to handle many types of odors, especially odors that are protein base.  Once the technicians are completely finished the affected area is now safe for the bereaved and will allow them to mourn properly without the added stress.

Being Prepared for Water Damage During the Summer

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Summertime can be wet. In some areas of the country, rain is almost a daily occurrence during the summer. Flooding can be a hazard when this happens, and that can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Possessions can be ruined, and even the structures of homes and businesses can be negatively affected. A professional water restoration company, like SERVPRO, can be a big help during such times, as they are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner.

While flooding can’t be predicted most of the time, educating yourself on the most common flood-prone areas will help you be prepared to handle such an event, and even to prevent it! Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience water damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements and cellars.

Here is a list of the three most common areas to suffer from summer water damage:


Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be watched during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas!


A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage and the areas underneath will suffer. A small leak can turn into a big problem before you know it. If the rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water - even indoors.


Keep an eye on your doors and windows; if they are not properly sealed against wet conditions, you will know it right away. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.

Our team of professionals, at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, is experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water, fire, and mold. You can call us at (800) 455-9453, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall.

Smoke and Fire Damage from a Kitchen Fire Create Horrible Odors

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

White countertop in kitchen with smoke and a stove-top fire Kitchen fires can happen very quickly and spread. After the firefighters leave, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Arrives on the Scene Quickly After a Fire in Your Kitchen

Many residents in the Lehigh Valley add meat to the family meal to ensure adequate intake of protein by everyone present. This same protein can cause severe problems if the person cooking it forgets it and allows it to burn. Catching fire and spewing flames out of your cookware does not need to happen for smoke production to overwhelm your kitchen, but when it does happen, it only increases the amount of overall damage sustained. 
Rainy days during the Spring months can keep grilling endeavors indoors where the risk of fire becomes more likely due to interruptions, as well. Outdoor activities can easily cause anyone to lose track of time and forget about the steaks left on the kitchen stove. It takes only a few minutes of extra heat from the stove to go from 'perfectly done' to zero visibility conditions developing inside your kitchen area. 
Once we arrive, we set up powerful air movers. These machines move a large volume of air in a very short period. Our air scrubbers go one step further in reducing the amount of smokiness in your home. These machines filter out the particles that may have already passed into other parts of your residence and keep them from becoming constant reminders of a burnt meal. 
All meat contains significant amounts of protein that begin producing an extremely acrid, bitter odor after reaching a specific temperature. The oil that often accompanies such food while cooking only adds to the problem. SERVPRO technicians can also perform thermal fogging in cases where the odor persists. The heated fog that carries neutralizing agents permeate the same areas the smoke entered, resulting in significant improvements to the indoor air quality. 
Manual cleaning of all surfaces inside your kitchen protects them from soot's abrasive nature. We use special cleansers that cut through the greasiness and unique tools that then lift the mess off the area. After we clean everything and eliminate the smoke odor, without any trace of fire damage, everything in your home goes back to looking "Like it never even happened." 
SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall can help your family after a bout of smoke and fire damage from a kitchen flare up. Contact us at 800-455-9453 so we can assist you in getting your home back to normal again. We perform our services in the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Continuing Education

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall focuses heavily on educating our staff on how to handle any situation, to make sure we deliver on our promise to make it “Like it never even happened." We focus on maintaining and updating our knowledge base constantly. Many professions require continuing education. Our office is proud to offer education credits to our local insurance agents and adjusters. Every month the sales team is up early cooking breakfast, prepping our classroom and greeting our attendees. Steve Davis, one of the owners of SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall, is a certified instructor. He can provide credits for our local agents and some of our classes can even accommodate agents or adjusters from New Jersey. So, if you or someone you know is looking to gain some credits soon or if you would like to visit and enjoy a great breakfast while bulking up your collection of credits. Give SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453.

If you are not an agent or an adjuster don’t feel left out. If you would like to learn more about how to handle fire, mold, or water damage, or how to take care of a bio-hazard issue talk to your local representative. We have provided several “lunch & Learns” to businesses in our local area. We have visited property managers, real estate offices, construction firms, and even school districts. We hope to hear from you soon.

Grilling Safety

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

With the Memorial Day holiday past us we are at the beginning of grilling season. The weather is getting nicer and SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall would like to provide you with some helpful tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • Grilling Safety Tips
    • Always grill outdoors
    • Grills cannot be used on the balcony with an overhang.
    • The grill should be at least 10 feet away from the house or building.
    • Keep children and pets three feet away from the grill while in use.
  • Gas Grill Safety
    • Make sure the lid is open when you light it, the propane can build up inside and when ignited, and the lid may blow off.
    • If you smell gas, turn the grill off immediately and do not move the grill.
    • Always make sure you turn the burners off and close the propane cylinder when you’re done using it.
    • Don’t ever leave a burning grill unattended.
  • Charcoal Grill Safety
    • Only use charcoal starter fluid. Never use gas or kerosene to start a fire.
    • Charcoal can give off carbon monoxide which can be deadly so always use your grill outdoors.
    • Always allow the coals to cool for 48 hours before proper disposal. If you can’t wait until they cool then soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.

Lehigh Valley - Things You Might Not Expect from Storms

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storms of all kinds are just a part of life. We usually know they are coming, and we know things will get wet and blown about. Sometimes there will be flooding in low-lying areas, and for the folks who live in those places, that’s to be expected, although certainly not something anyone looks forward to. But you know what to prepare for, and so you do. You check windows and doors, drainage systems, and you make sure everyone you care about knows what to do in those events. So far, so good.

But what about those storm events that cause things to happen that just didn’t seem possible, or that you weren’t looking for?

After a severe rainstorm, your property can suffer from an infestation of insects, for example. They might be seeking higher ground, or their nests were destroyed and they need to build again. Not something you would be thinking about, but it can happen! Make sure you know who to call if you develop a problem like that!

In the event of hurricanes and tornadoes, large items can end up in the strangest places! We’ve all heard stories or seen pictures of cars up in trees, or an entire outdoor table and chair set sitting in another yard down the street. This, too, is not something you would expect. What will you do if that happens? A professional cleaning company such as the team at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall is ready and waiting to help you if your neighbor’s stuff ends up on your property!

Some of the things that can happen are pretty scary, such as branches driven through walls, trees falling on roofs, or extremely large hail falls. Before storm season, maybe think about weather events that could happen, and make some plans. Do you have a safe place for your larger machinery and cars in case of extreme weather? Do you have enough non-perishable food items in case of longer-than-normal power outages? If you have elderly neighbors, do you know who would be helping them if they were in trouble? Does that huge tree in your yard look like a liability? Safety is serious business!

We are always ready to help in the event of water or fire damage here at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall (800-455-9453).

3D Mold in the Lehigh Valley

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO we have seen mold of all kinds and colors. Recently we even saw mold that had a unique shape. According to the CDC, “Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.”

The attached photo shows 3-dimensional mold found at a commercial location in the Lehigh Valley. Growth like this takes extended periods of time to occur. Be sure to have someone checking on properties that remain vacant for any long stretch of time such as vacation homes, unused offices, vacant warehouses or apartments. Discovering a water damage early is the key to preventing mold growth.

Contact SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453.

Resource: https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

Contractor Relations

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Contractor Relations

Not long-ago contractors survived on referrals from insurance agents and claims adjusters to build their business. Smart contractors built strong relationships with agents and adjusters and maintained a level of trust with them that would keep those referrals coming in. The main things that would drive and protect these relationships were being prompt, fair and honest estimating, communication, and providing great customer service. The industry has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and for several reasons direct referrals have become a thing of the past. Because of this shift in the industry, if you are not a national name or a vendor for every third-party administrator out there, it's getting more difficult to find a consistent workflow than ever before. 

Because of the way the national contracts work, contractors end up working with independent claims adjusters or staff adjusters that are not always local. All communication is done by email and phone and the contractor is relied upon to provide accurate information to the carrier so they can settle the claim. At SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall we believe those practices that kept our referrals coming in the past are more important than ever before. If the insurance company is going to rely on us to provide them the information they need to help our customer, we have a much larger obligation in this process than before. We have to be quick, accurate, and thorough so that customer and adjuster have the information they need to keep the process moving forward. Understanding that our clients didn't plan for this project and doing everything we can to make it a smooth process for all parties is what sets us apart from the competition. 

Use These Tips to Save Money

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Your home is likely your biggest investment, and requires routine maintenance to keep it in good shape. Some things can be tackled on an annual basis while others should be done monthly. Here is our suggested list to keep your home running smoothly this year. 


Frequently used items require regular attention.  Clean out your garbage disposal and regularly replace air filters. You should also periodically check your roof for leaks.


A seasonal checklist is easiest during mild weather.  Commit to a few simple tasks like trimming trees and shrubs away from your home's exterior.  While you are out there, check your gutters and clean out any leaves or debris that can lead to water backing up

Also, take a moment to inspect the weather stripping that is around windows and doors.  If you see cracks or broken seals, this is an easy replacement that will save money on heating and cooling costs. 


Inspect all your fire extinguishers and make sure they are up to date and fully pressurized.  Set aside one day a year to do things like schedule a chimney cleaning and have your HVAC system inspected. 

Organizing home maintenance tasks into a manageable schedule can help your prioritize prevention and save you money in the long run. 

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of 1,700+ franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great.

Storm damage can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.”

Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home or business to its preloss condition. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored home or business.

Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall. Dial (800) 455-9453 anytime during the day or night and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Cleaning Myths and The Facts - SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Myths and The Facts From Your Local SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall

When you just want to clean your house after everyday use you want it to be done quick and easy. Not confusing and hard. These 10 myths about cleaning will be explained to help you clean with a more effective product or to show you that the product you are using doesn't work as well as you thought. Enjoy!

Myth: Newspaper does windows well

Fact: Wet newspaper tears easily and the ink can transfer to window trim, leaving more to clean. Use microfiber cloths to clean glass. They’re the best at cleaning without streaking.

Myth: Coca-cola belongs in the toilet

Fact: Coke isn’t “it” when it comes to cleaning your toilet bowl. Coke is acidic, so it could be effective at removing hard water stains BUT soda could actually darken stains and the sugar could encourage bacteria.

Myth: Handwashing dishes is better than using a dishwasher

Fact: If your dishwasher is a decade old, this may be true, but today’s models beat handwashing by a mile. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star website, using a dishwasher that bears the Energy Star label can save some 5,000 gallons of water, more than $40 dollars in energy costs, and 230 hours in personal time over the course of a year, versus handwashing. And, because dishwashers heat the water to 140°F, they’ll sanitize the dishes, too.

Myth: Coffee freshens garbage disposers

Fact: Coffee grounds may act as a mild abrasive, removing gunk from disposer blades, but baking soda is a better choice: It’s also mildly abrasive, and because it’s a base it will counteract all the smelly acids that we put down the drain.

Myth: Vinegar cleans everything

Fact: Vinegar is an acid, so it can cut through dirt and can kill bacteria, but only if you use it at full or nearly full strength. Most people put a capful in a bucket of water, and that doesn’t do much. The acids in vinegar can damage natural stone and wood surfaces.

Myth: Hairspray removes ballpoint ink

Fact: This may have been true years ago, when hairsprays were formulated with more alcohol (which does remove ink) than they are today, but not anymore. Today’s hairsprays are full of stiffeners and hardeners that will just make the stain worse. Just use rubbing alcohol. It’s far less expensive than hairspray, and doesn’t include any extra ingredients.

Myth: Bleach cleans everything

Fact: Bleach actually doesn’t ‘clean’ anything—because it doesn’t remove soil. It can lighten stains, making things look cleaner, and it kills bacteria, so it’s better as a sanitizer than as a cleaner.      

Myth: Feathers make great dusters

Fact: Genuine ostrich-feather dusters do attract dust, but they’re expensive and are generally not as effective as lambswool or microfiber options. Most feather dusters just spread the dust around. Also, they tend to drop feathers which is just leaving you more to pick up.

Myth: Cleaning solutions work instantly

Fact: Nope. We recommend allowing any cleaning solution to sit on the surface for two to three minutes. Always follow the directions on the product’s label. Some solutions, like disinfectants, need a full ten minutes to truly kill bacteria.

Myth: String makes the best mops

Fact: Industrial-style string mops may look impressive, but studies have shown that microfiber mops are about 20 percent more effective at removing dirt and bacteria. String mops are very absorbent, so they’re great at cleaning up big spills, but if you want to make sure you’re not leaving anything behind on the floor, use a microfiber mop.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Deodorization Powers of Ozone Gas

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Many consumers may have heard miraculous deodorization powers of Ozone gas. What is ozone you may ask?  Here is an explanation. “Ozone (O3) is a highly reactive molecule and is very quick to chemically react with particles that it comes into contact with in the air and on surfaces” according to Ozonesolutions.com in an article titled “How Does Ozone Remove Odors.” Since Ozone is a volatile and reactive molecule, it is able to break down bacteria’s, molecules, or molds that are causing odors in homes. The fact that ozone is a gas means it can seek out hard to reach spaces and clean locations that you may not be able to find. Essentially, Ozone is able to clean anywhere that air can reach in a structure.

There are some safety concerns to be aware of. Ozone is deadly to what SERVPRO calls the three P’s, which includes people, pets, and plants. Additionally, Ozone can bleach materials such as carpeting or furniture under the correct conditions. Contact a SERVPRO professional to find out if using Ozone at your home or business is right for you to take care of any unwanted odors.

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall - 800-455-9453

Source: Ozone Solutions

Vandalism and Graffiti Clean Up

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from a minor prank to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant damages, like that from water, which can cause mold.

Here is a short list of what to do and what not to do if you find yourself a victim of vandalism.


  • Record all damage and photograph areas when possible.
  • Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage, when available.
  • Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.


  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
  • Operate damaged electrical appliances.
  • Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be repairable.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean your driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can help to restore your home or business back to its original beauty.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (800) 455-9453

Teaching Your Children to Handle the Unexpected

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Teaching your children to handle the unexpected

Handling the Unexpected

It’s almost that time of year again when schools are out for summer and the kids run free. Sometimes things happen and our children are left to fend for themselves for part of the day and sometimes the entire day.  This can come with some hesitation as we allow our children to grow up and fend for themselves.  Rest assured the more that you prepare them for this phenomenon, the better off you both will be. 

Handling the Unexpected

You can feel more confident about your absence if your child learns some basic skills that might come in handy during an emergency. Organizations such as the American Red Cross offer courses in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in local places like schools, hospitals, and community centers.

Before being left home alone, your child should be able to complete certain tasks and safety precautions, such as:

  • knowing when and how to call 911 and what address information to give the dispatcher
  • knowing how to work the home security system, if you have one, and what to do if the alarm is accidentally set off
  • locking and unlocking doors
  • working the phone/cell phone (in some areas, you have to dial 1 or the area code to dial out)
  • turning lights off and on
  • operating the microwave

Knowing what to do if:

  • there's a small fire in the kitchen
  • the smoke alarm goes off
  • there’s severe weather
  • a stranger comes to the door
  • someone calls for a parent who isn't home
  • there's a power outage

Regularly discuss some emergency scenarios — ask what your child would do if, for example, he or she smelled smoke, a stranger knocked at the door, or someone called for you while you're gone.

Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453. We are Here to Help.

Lehigh Valley Technology Company and Disaster Planning

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

According to FEMA “40% of businesses never re-open after a Disaster.” This statistic, paired with the fact that many businesses do not have a plan to properly deal with a disaster means recovering from a major weather event is an uphill battle. While SERVPRO can repair the physical space and contents of your building, there is something that may be lost or destroyed that can be far more valuable. What would happen if you lost your data? Phone numbers, banking accounts, financial records the list goes on and on.

Scott Gingold of the Lehigh Valley Technology Company deals with getting his clients prepared for some of the very real scenarios that can result if you are not prepared for a disaster. Here are some details from a recent article.

“What would you do if you walked into your office and all your equipment was stolen? What if a bad storm causes a power surge that kills your server? Maybe you or one of your employees deletes an important folder of information? How would you react if your personal hard drive crashed and all your family photos and personal files were gone? The truth is, your data is at risk every day.

Would you be able to retrieve all your information, including customer data, financial information and other critical data quickly if one the many risks that threaten your data does destroy your files? Would you be able to get your business back up and running without your most critical information?

Experts say that 93% of businesses that lose their data for 5 days or more due to a disaster, file for bankruptcy or close their business within one year of the data loss.”

Don’t become another statistic. Create a disaster plan to ensure that your business can bounce back quickly and if you need help getting started, call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453. We provide free disaster planning services through our Emergency Ready Plans.

Carbon Webbing

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Looks like a dirty cobweb or spiderweb, right? Well, if you have seen something that looks similar in your home or business it doesn’t mean you need to step up your spring cleaning. Unfortunately, it means you have suffered from a fire or puff back. Burning materials causes a chemical reaction that causes carbon molecules to chain to themselves. Once this process occurs long enough the chains then become visible. The most common place to find them is in corners or around doorways. Since spider webs and cobwebs like to locate themselves in the same places the natural thought is that after a fire a cobweb or spider web absorbed the black discoloration from smoke damage. However, these are brand new structures that need to be cleaned to prevent further soot damage.

Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall at 800-455-9453.

Drying Wall Cavities and Cabinets Damaged by Water

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Drying Wall Cavities and Cabinets Damaged by Water

After major water damage situations, such as those that result from storms, flooding, or burst pipes in a home, it may be necessary to dry wall cavities and other small spaces as part of the total restoration effort. When placing air movers and dehumidifiers close to the wall surface is proving ineffective, restoration professionals must drill holes into the surface to help speed evaporation.

Trapped moisture within a wall cavity can lead to the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria, not to mention compromise structural integrity. This is known as secondary damage. Microbial growth will occur on the paper surface of gypsum wallboard if allowed to remain wet for extended periods of time. In most cases, this form of damage requires the removal of the affected material.

Wall Cavities

Wet walls can present a challenge to water damage restoration professionals. Walls are usually covered with a variety of finished surfaces, making choosing the appropriate drying technique difficult.

For walls with a single layer of wallboard and flat paint, the only drying tool needed is an air mover blowing warm, dry air along the wall surface.

For walls that are covered with vinyl wallpaper, high-gloss enamel paint, or walls with multiple layers of wallboard, it is necessary to drill holes into the wall to allow air to flow into the cavity (the space between the wall studs). Airflow in the cavity will increase the rate of evaporation, which speeds drying. You can enhance drying and evaporation efforts further by feeding air movers blowing into the wall with a dehumidifier, or warming wall surfaces with direct heat.

In order to reduce the need for extensive repairs, it is usually best to remove the baseboards and drill into the wall at the floor level. Before removing the base, use a pencil to score a light line at the top of the base. Remove the baseboard and drill holes beneath the faint pencil line. Repairs will be easier, and after the base is replaced or reset, the holes will usually be covered by the baseboards.

When drywall is installed over concrete block, it is generally dry-able if there is no insulation in the airspace between the gypsum and the block.

For walls with extensive moisture damage, it may be necessary to completely remove all wet wallboard and all wet insulation. Be sure to evaluate the needs of the situation carefully before going this route, as it is the most destructive and expensive to repair.

Typically, gypsum wallboard that has not sustained primary damage will restore quite well. All of the gypsum's strength is restored through the drying process, and sometimes even enhanced. Minimal swelling can sometimes occur, causing tape joints and fastener heads to become visible. If this should happen, and repairs cannot be made, the wallboard must be replaced.

Cabinets / Vanities

When drying cabinets and vanities, it is essential that restoration professionals take extra care to minimize damage while still thoroughly drying the structure. Unlike drywall, which can be easily patched and painted, holes drilled into cabinets cause permanent damage that ruins the entire cabinet (and greatly upsets the homeowner). 

The best place to drill holes for drying cabinets and vanities is through the toe-kick, the cosmetic cover on the very bottom portion of the cabinet. The toe-kick is usually removable and/or replaceable.

If there is no access to the toe-kick, holes can be drilled through the shelving in the bottom of the cabinets, through the wall immediately behind the cabinets, or through the back wall of the cabinet itself. These holes are either located out of sight or can be easily repaired.

When drilling holes for your wall drying system, always use an adjustable drill stop to minimize penetrating plumbing or electrical lines hidden behind the wall.

General Advice

Be sure to follow the EPA's Lead RRP procedures when drilling into drywall in buildings built before 1978. Older buildings may have lead paint, and it is essential for the protection of you, your crew, and building occupants that safe lead abatement procedures are followed.


Call SERVPRO at 800-455-9453 when you have Fire or Water Damage. 

Electronics Restoration

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Electronics are delicate items, as there are many factors that cause them to stop working properly. Since many irreplaceable items are stored electronically, it’s important to be prepared for the worst scenario. In the event of a fire, here is what you need to know about smoke damage and your electronics.

How Smoke Causes Damage

  • When electronics are covered in smoke, they become prone to extreme overheating, which leads to eventual failure. When smoke reaches the inside components of electronics, a black film develops causing insulation on the heat-producing parts. The magnetic charge of smoke causes the circuits to short.
  • Soot is pushed by smoke, causing contact everywhere in its path. Smoke travels to cooler temperatures and continues until its energy runs out. The main cause of damage is the acidity in soot. Acidity destroys metals, which causes discoloration and disintegration inside of your electronics.

Restoration for Electronics

  • After a fire, damaged electronics are a safety hazard. To prevent exposure, do not turn on any of the items before consulting with a professional. The smoke’s corroding acids will immediately cause failure to the device.
  • If you choose to clean the items without turning them on, wipe off the residue with a cloth. Taking immediate action will improve the likelihood of your devices surviving.

Helpful Tips

  • When recovering a computer, the most important part is the hard drive. Every bit of information is located on this, so removing these files as quickly as possible is crucial.
  • Replacing the computer’s battery is the next step in the recovery process. If it’s not replaced, the combustion of batteries can be dangerous.
  • To prevent your computer’s data being damaged from fire or smoke, consider investing in a backup program that stores the information somewhere else. Examples of this would be either and external hard drive or cloud based storage. These two items are essential for keeping those special documents safe. Most external hard drives can be found for under $100, and there are many excellent cloud based storage programs that are free.
  • It is important to make sure your files are backed up weekly, you can never be too prepared.

Common Household Molds

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

5 pictures of common household molds COMMON HOUSEHOLD MOLDS


Mold can be found nearly everywhere. This hardy organism survives both indoors and outdoors alike. Despite many of the positive things mold can provide (the original antibiotic - penicillin, a variety of delicious foods like cheese, and acts as a natural decomposition agent of organic matter), mold causes problems for many of us. All molds are not the same, and some varieties are more harmful than others. Most of us have some experience with mold, but do you know which types are common household molds? Below is a short introduction to the different species of molds and where you can commonly find them.



Indoors, it is often found in carpets, textiles, house dust, and potentially damp areas like window frames and showers. It can also be found in plant soil.


Usually found in warmer climates in areas of water damage or extreme dampness. Aspergillus species are also commonly found in house dust. Also found in building materials and in fall leaves and other decomposing matter like compost piles.


The most commonly identified outdoor fungus, but it can easily enter into the house through the HVAC and other airflow entryways. Cladosporium also has an indoor species that grows on textiles, wood and other porous, damp areas.


Species may be found growing on wallpaper, wallpaper glue, and decaying fabrics in water-damaged buildings or homes. It is also found in carpet and in interior fiberglass duct insulation. Some species can produce mycotoxins.


Pronounced (stack-ee-BOT-ris), Stachybotrys requires excessive moisture to thrive (usually running water) and is a slimy black mold. Fortunately, of all common household molds, stachybotrys is found least often in homes.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Today 800-455-9453

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.

What NOT to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

The Water You DON'T See

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

With this cold weather causing plenty of pipes to break, it’s the water you don't see that can cause the most damage. A large portion of the time if you have a water loss you will walk into your kitchen and step into a puddle, although this is not always the case water can just affect behind your walls or between floors so make the right choice. A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for the unseen water intrusions.  While the surface may seem dry, the water you do not see can contain bacteria, or cause mold, rot and other unseen damage. Take the right steps at the time of loss to help prevent mold from growing instead of trying to save some money. When the warm humid weather comes your bill will most likely be the same as a water loss.

DID YOU KNOW...The insurance industry estimates that approximately 90 percent of household damages stem from water-related occurrences. The most commonly reported cause is leaky or broken pipes and plumbing fixtures.


Home appliances are considered a leading cause of preventable water damage. By implementing a simple inspection and maintenance program, homeowners can reduce their risk significantly:

  • Dishwasher - Periodically check around the base of the dishwasher, as well as the water supply line under the sink.
  • Refrigerator - For refrigerators with ice makers, periodically check the hose connection attached to the water supply.
  • Washing Machine - Hoses should be inspected regularly for wetness around hose ends, as well as for signs of bulging, cracking or fraying. Hoses should be replaced every three to five years.
  • Water Heater - While the service life of the standard water heater is 10 to 15 years, water heaters should be inspected routinely for signs of leaks or tank rust. Water heaters should be located next to a floor drain or placed inside a drain pan piped to the floor drain.

So before risking the value of your home or further damage by attempting to clean and dry it yourself, or if you want to be sure that a past event is not creating problems today, call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall today at 800-455-9453.

Fast Facts about Fire

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

This week is Fire Prevention Week!! We want to share some fast facts about fire with you so you can be ready for whatever happens.  

Home fires

  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
  • One-quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 365,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,560 deaths, 11,075 civilian injuries, and $7 billion in direct damage.
  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • Most fatal fires kill one or two people..
  • During 2010--2014, roughly, one of every 338 households reported a  home fire per year.

Escape planning

  • According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, less than half  ever practiced it.
  • One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

Smoke alarms

  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2010-2014 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.  

When disaster strikes, call 

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall! 800-455-9453


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Biohazard & Crime Scene Clean Up

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Do you ever stop to wonder who has to clean up the scene after a chemical spill or a death/suicide accident?

If not, you are probably like most and lucky enough to not have needed to consider this type of work. However, if you fall into the other category, you know very well that a hazardous scene must be left to the professionals to clean.

Blood borne pathogens, disease, risk of infection and chemical burns are a just a few items to consider when dealing with a biohazard clean-up. Luckily, our team at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall is highly trained and well prepared to protect both themselves and you from any potential harm.

Our team also fully understands that these situations are often extremely difficult and sensitive times in a person's life and therefore demonstrate compassion and empathy while completing the work in a timely fashion.

For more information on biohazard clean-up's, please check out the Biohazard Cleaning Section of our website. 

What To Do After a Home Fire

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Recovering from a fire is not easy by any means. It is an emotionally draining process that turns your life upside down. The hardest part comes at the beginning, when you feel helpless and are completely unsure as to how to proceed. With that in mind, our goal, at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall, is to present to you the fundamental steps you need to take immediately after the fire is extinguished.

Deal With Insurance

You should already be on the phone with your insurance agent before the firefighters even get done putting out the fire. Mind you, this is just the beginning. After a few days, you’ll need to get a copy of the official “fire report” from your local fire department. The insurance agency will likely send an adjustor out to survey the damage and help you get in touch with a restoration agency, such as the professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall.

If you are renting, then you’ll obviously need to contact the owner of the home. If you own the house but don’t have insurance, on the other hand, then you’ll want to speak with the Internal Revenue Service. You might be eligible for something known as casualty loss.

Settle in Somewhere

Most likely, your home is currently in an unlivable state, meaning you’re going to have to find somewhere else to stay. Your best bet is to stay with friends or family. However, if that’s not an option, check with your insurance company to see if your policy covers temporary living expenses. Otherwise, contact the American Red Cross.

Before you leave, try to rummage through your home for some essential items like the following: Identification Cards, Medications, Eye Glasses / Hearing Aids, Wallets, Credit Cards / Checkbooks, Money. **Only do this AFTER you get permission from the firefighters to reenter your home.**

Turn Off Utilities

Make certain you get all of your primary utilities turned off.  Why waste money for services when you are not even living in your home? Plus, restoration cannot be performed on your home if there’s still electricity and such running through it. The risks of electrocution would be far too high.

Contact a Restoration Company

This is perhaps the most important step. You’ll need to contact a professional, full-service restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall. Our company is trained specifically to deal with post-tragedy damage. Below is a list of some of the things you can expect us to do:

  • The company will start by removing all the water from your home. During a fire, a lot of water from the firefighters hoses usually collects all over the place. Plus, fires sometimes cause pipes to burst, thus leading to even more severe flooding. The point is that restoration cannot begin until the water is first removed.
  • The company will then start with water restoration. Carpets, walls, ducts must be dried. Mold must be removed. Just this step itself can take a few days.
  • Next is the actual fire restoration. First and foremost, the company will inspect the structural foundation of your home and fix any major problems. Obviously, if a ceiling is about to crash, then it must be attended to before any other restoration efforts can be completed.
  • Once the structural foundation is secure, the specialists will start cleaning up soot/smoke damage, deodorizing everything (carpets, walls, furniture, etc.) and basically returning the home back to normal. If anything is so damaged that it cannot be repaired, it’ll be removed and thrown away. It’s your responsibility to let your insurance company know what items you lost.
  • Last, but not least, the company will clean up the remaining mess (dust, debris, etc.) and rearrange everything back into place.

Move Back In

Finally, you get to move back into your home and resume life. Unfortunately, it can take quite a bit of time before you even get to this final step. We’re talking about several weeks. The truth is that restoring a home from a fire takes a lot of time, a lot of resources and a lot of money.

Just remember to keep in close contact with your insurance company through the whole process. If all goes well, you’ll get your home back in one piece, and you’ll get your lost possessions replaced.

When you have fire, water and mold restoration service needs, give the experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall a call.

Mold Detection and Remediation

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall is an expert at mold detection, remediation and removal.

The SERVPRO mold remediation team is trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This means we know mold, and know how to effectively eradicate it so it ceases to be an issue.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall are also your neighbors, and are familiar with the climate around your home.

If you think you have mold, give us a call and we will come take a look. And if you do have a mold problem, we will solve it.


Mold can creep up from a variety of sources. Often, mold is a by-product of a flood or other water damage. Improper or incomplete drying is usually the culprit. That is why the experts at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall take extra care of thoroughly drying a job to ensure that mold does not creep up later. But you need not always have “water damage” – for example, over the years, a simple thing like a pipe condensation can cause mold, or a leaking roof, trapped moisture, a damp basement, or a hundred other reasons.

The key is to find it and remove it. Then, make sure it doesn’t come back. The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall will handle all phases of mold detection and removal, so you can be assured of your family’s health and well-being.

If you suspect you have mold, give the experts of SERVPRO a call today!

Preventing Lingering Pet Odor

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Having pets is a part of life. Having pet odor doesn't have to be. If you love having pets, but can't stand the lingering odors they create, then there are a few things you can do to help eliminate those unwanted odors.

Your carpet can be a big source of lingering odors. Dirt, pet dander, urine, and fecal matter can remain deep inside carpet fibers. Carpet powder only helps deodorize and clean the surface but does little to get in deep. Using a carpet cleaner is more effective but only if you know how to use it correctly. The experts at SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall know how to deep clean your carpet to get rid of any unwanted odors. Their equipment and expert knowledge on carpet cleaning will get the job done right the first time and provide lasting results.

Odors can also linger within the air duct system of your home too. Cleaning the air ducts is a task that should only be left to the experts. SERVPRO has the right equipment to clean out your air ducts and eliminate those lingering odors. You'll notice the difference the first time you use your HVAC.

Pet odors can also linger within the walls and baseboards of your home. Pet urine can be absorbed by the wooden baseboards or absorbed into the gypsum material of your drywall. Priming and painting may not be enough. SERVPRO has the necessary chemicals to clean and deodorize your walls and baseboards.

Choosing SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall to help with your home's deodorization is the smart choice. Having a pet doesn't mean you have to live with lingering odors. The expert knowledge and equipment of SERVPRO can eliminate all of your home's odors and make it seem like you never had pets at all.

May is Electrical Safety Month

5/5/2016 (Permalink)

Power strip overloaded with electrical plugs Resource: plumblineservices.com

Home Electrical Safety

Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical safety principles and adhering to safe practices. ESFI has developed a number of resources to help educate homeowners, consumers, older adults, and children.
Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, electrical safety should be a top priority in your home. Awareness of electrical hazards is the key to reducing the staggering number of electrically-related home fires, injuries and deaths that occur every year.

The following information and resources from ESFI will help you gain a better understanding of how to use electricity and electrical products safely:

Prevent Electrical Overloads - Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.

Extension Cord Safety - Roughly 3,300 home fires originate in extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring 270 more. Extension cords can overhead and cause fires when used improperly, so keep these important tips in mind to protect your home and workplace.

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Working smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a home fire, but there is more you need to do to ensure your family is prepared to safely escape from a fire emergency.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Electrical Safety - Review ESFI recommendations and safety tips before you decide to tackle electrical projects in your home.  

Virtual Home - Take a tour of ESFI's interactive virtual home for a visual introduction to your home electrical system and safety tips for using common electrical devices.  

Electrical Safety Videos - ESFI's video library contains a wide variety of safety videos that demonstrate critical home electrical safety concepts and tips.  Many videos are also available in Spanish.  

Home Safety Checklists - Use these easy checklists to help you identify and correct electrical and fire hazards in your home before a serious incident occurs.

Source: http://www.esfi.org/electrical-safety


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Spring Cleaning

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning Chore Checklist

By Cynthia Ewer, Author of
Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Organized

March winds blow, telling us that Spring is on the way!

Warming breezes scour the last of winter from house and garden. Spring rain awakens the earth and calls forth new life.

Meet the rising sap with a new broom. Spring clean indoors and out to prepare home and hearth for the return of warm weather.

Our Spring cleaning chore checklist will help you take care of important seasonal chores and welcome Spring to an organized home.

Around The House:

·   Schedule a family garage clean-out. Create efficient storage for sporting goods, camping equipment, recreational vehicles, and garden tools. You'll have the jump on summer fun!

·   Inspect, clean and repair outdoor furniture.

·   Tour house exterior and grounds. Make a list of any needed seasonal maintenance.

·   Inspect the roof for winter damage: leaks, missing or broken shingles or tiles. Arrange for any needed repairs early; roofing contractors can be hard to find during summer's construction season.

·   Use a sunny Saturday to scrape, prime and paint peeling spots on trim or woodwork. You'll protect wood against Summer's heat and moisture--and prevent a more difficult paint job come fall.

·   Clear away any remaining dead foliage and weeds from beds and lawn. New growth will be protected from damage or disease.

·   Begin major Spring landscaping projects. Spring's the time to put in shrubs and trees, but check with your local extension office for specific planting recommendations for your area.

The Inside Story:

·   Changing seasons, changing clothes. Hold a family wardrobe check as you bring out warm-weather clothing. Sort winter clothing for discards and donations before you store.

·   Hold a garage sale! Declutter house and garage to turn trash into cash. Build your yard sale savvy here.

·   Pick a weekend and enlist the family for Spring cleaning. Many hands make light work! Reward the team with dinner at a pizza parlor.

·   Wash windows inside and out.

·   While at the window area, check drapes and window treatments. Vacuum any dust; send dirtier drapes to the cleaners.

·   Move furniture and vacuum beneath it.

·   Arrange for a spring inspection of cooling systems. Don't wait for the first hot day! Air conditioning firms will give better service when they're not busy.

·   When the weather warms, deactivate heat system humidifiers. Check the system manual for instructions on how to power down for the summer.

·   Drain sediment from hot water heaters.


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Don't Let a Sprinkler Leak Get You Down

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Don't Let a Sprinkler Leak Get You Down

Now that spring is on its way, you've likely started watering your grass again with an underground irrigation system. This is a great tool for handling the mundane task of preventing your grass from dying of not enough hydration. Unfortunately, not all good things are without problems. It's time to discuss ways to prevent your sprinkler system from having any problems or causing leaks. 

What is low head drainage?

This is when the sprinkler continues to siphon water once the system has been turned off. This typically occurs at one of the lowest points in your yard as water drains down to that water spout. According to experts at Sprinkler Warehouse, "If a sprinkler head is located in the lowest part of the system, water will flow out of that head until an equilibrium has been reached or all of the water has emptied out of the zone's pipes."

When this happens, puddles start to form and or water flows across walkways and driveways. This can be prevented by a few adjustments being made to your system or the installation of a drain check valve.

How does a broken pipe occur?

A broken pipe can occur in the main line or lateral line of an irrigation system. In the main line, there is continuous pressure, so if there is a break or leak in this pipe, then water is continuing to run. Unfortunately, this can cause erosion or a wet spot. Attention needs to be made to this problem immediately so that the water line can be completely turned off for repair.

A lateral line reaches different zones in your yard and are under pressure when the system is running. It can be hard to detect a leak because it's only visible when the system is on and you have to notice which zone actually has the leak. Regardless of its location, it too can cause erosion or holes in your lawn. If you notice a leak in your irrigation system, it can be fixed and should be addressed fairly quickly.

Use this information to keep an eye out for any leaks or problems that could arise this Spring.


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Do's and Don'ts for Fire and Smoke Damage

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Lehigh Valley: Do’s and Don’ts for Fire and Smoke Damage


  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further cross contaminate an otherwise unaffected area. 
  • Call SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem and Whitehall.


  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting our office
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, computers etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be damaged or wet.
  • Send garments to ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.


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Helpful Tips to Cut Your Home Heating Bills

1/7/2016 (Permalink)

Hands shutting a window latch to prepare for winter weather Resource: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/g737/9-sneaky-ways-to-cut-your-home-heating-bills/

Even in the middle of winter, you can slash your energy bills without sacrificing comfort.

Winter is officially here and the temperatures reflect that. It’s difficult not to notice the impact decreasing temperatures have on our home heating bills. Popular Mechanics’ Brett Martin has a few helpful tips for around the house that can reduce how much you need to spend to keep your home warm and toasty.

Replace Worn Weatherstripping

•  Worn and torn weatherstripping around doors and windows creates drafts and lets in cold air. Seven to 12 percent of a home's heat loss occurs around windows and doors, according to Black Hills Energy, and these leaks often prompt homeowners to turn up their furnace to keep comfy. Even if they don't turn it up, they're losing warm air, causing the furnace to work harder. "Weatherstripping around doors, and caulking around doors and windows, can cut down on drafts," says Jeff Rogers, president of the Energy Audit Institute, an energy audit training and certification company in Springfield, N.J.

•  Some weatherstripping needs to be replaced every few years because of wear. Replacing it is typically as simple as pulling off the old and tacking on the new.

Adjust Door Thresholds

•  If you can see daylight under your front door, then you're losing the indoor air you've paid to heat. "If the door is not in contact with the threshold, the air is going right under the door," Rogers said.

•  Some thresholds have four or five screws that let you adjust the height to eliminate a gap. Turn the screws counterclockwise to lift the threshold until daylight is mostly gone. A little light in the corners is okay, but don't raise the threshold so high that it interferes with opening and closing the door. And the door shouldn't drag on the threshold or it'll wear out the weatherstripping.

Plug Holes in Exterior Walls

•  Pipes, gas lines, and electrical cables that enter your house often have gaps around them that have been haphazardly filled with some kind of caulk. But that caulk eventually cracks, peels, and falls off. These gaps let in outside air, plus they are ideal entry points for mice and insects.

•  Seal the gaps with expanding foam. For water pipes under the sink, unscrew and pull back the escutcheon ring, then caulk around the pipe.

Cover Windows and Patio Doors with Plastic Film

•  Rogers says that windows account for 25 percent of heat loss in homes. Covering the windows and sliding patio doors with clear plastic film can reduce that loss. "Just by using that plastic, you're going to save about 14 percent on your heating bill," he says.

Keep Warm Air from Escaping Up the Chimney

•  Even when the chimney flue is closed, some warm air is probably still getting away. An easy solution is to block the airflow with an inflatable chimney balloon. The balloons are available on amazon.com and other retailers to fit various chimney sizes. They cost about $50. "They can save you up to $100 a year, so they're going to pay for themselves twice a year," Rogers says. "They are definitely a good investment."

•  Blow up the balloon and stick it in the chimney. If you forget to take it out before you start a fire, the balloon automatically deflates, so it won't cause the house to fill with smoke. However, be advised that the balloons can become sooty and hard to manage after repeated uses.

Seal Air Leaks in Ductwork

•  Take a look at the ductwork that's accessible in your basement or attic. Look for places where the ducts may have pulled apart at seams and corners. According to Energy Star, the typical house with forced-air heating loses about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the system to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. Place a mastic sealant or metal tape over any leaks to seal them.

Use the Sun To Your Advantage

•  Keep your curtains open during the day, especially on the south side of the house where you get more direct sunlight. Trim any tree branches or shrubs that block the sunlight around your windows to maximize the gains. Close the curtains at night so they act as barriers to reduce drafts.

Keep Heating Registers Clear

•  The warm air blowing out of your registers needs a clear path into the room to provide even heating. To cut heating costs, arrange your room so that the register is as unobstructed as possible.

Lock Door and Windows

•  Even when doors and windows are closed, they might not be pressed tight against the weatherstripping if they're not locked, which allows cold outside air to infiltrate the home. This makes a difference for your heating bill. Lock your windows early, especially if you live up north. If they freeze in their current positions, then they won't move and you won't be able to lock them without a lot of work.

To view the complete list of tips and tricks to reduce your heating bill, visit Popular Mechanics.


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