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Staying Safe During the Coronavirus

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

coronavirus image SERVPRO franchise professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants.

Need COVID Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (724) 901-1669

About Coronavirus The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated “COVID-19')' is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Scope of Cleanup Protocol

SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building. 

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum." These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC's guidance for commercial spaces 

as well, including: 

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

Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures

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 waste. 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. 

SERVPROXIDE, SERVPRO's proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. 

Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE. 

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Garage Fire in Beaver Falls, PA

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

Burning fire Let us handle the complicated process during your stressful time.

You never know when a fire can damage your home and turn your life upside down.  Let us handle the complications that a disastrous fire can have on your home. We take a stressful situation and manage all of the details so that you don’t have to.  Jean S. from Beaver Falls, PA had fire damage on the first floor of her home due to a fire in their garage. We were able to restore the garage and clean the interior of the home to get rid of the smoke damage.  

“SERVPRO of West Beaver County in Monaca, PA is owned by Jeff Krivan. Jeff's crew did an incredible job of restoring our garage and cleaning the interior of our first floor from smoke damage from a fire in the garage. Jeff and his head foreman, Greg, kept us informed daily on the various contractors and repair timelines. This very stressful situation was handled with expertise from Jeff working with our insurance company to Greg overseeing the work crews. All the contractors that worked on our home were knowledgeable, courteous and timely. I highly recommend SERVPRO and give them a 5-star rating.”

Small water leaks can turn into something bigger in your Beaver County home.

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

stainless steel faucet running water When can something small turn into something big?

When does a small leak turn into a major water disaster?  

You should always treat water damage with the utmost attention and care. Even minor water damage can turn into a disaster if not treated correctly and quickly.  

Why should you call SERVPRO of West Beaver County instead of fixing yourself?

One of the main threats that you won’t be able to see until it’s too late is mold. Temperature and moisture can create a breeding ground for mold without your knowledge.  We utilize the latest in anti-microbial cleaning techniques to stop mold in its tracks.  

We have specialized equipment that works to dry and mitigate the water dampness in your home’s walls.  If we are unaware of the extent of the dampness in the affected areas, we can utilize equipment like thermal imaging scans to determine where moisture might still yet be that needs attention.

We have the best tips and techniques to make sure your home is rid of water damage.  Call SERVPRO of West Beaver County at (724) 709-7235 to help free your home of water and mold damage. 

The details on Soot and Smoke

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

smoke fire on black background Call us to clear the air on soot and smoke damage.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing extensive 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

Smoke is broken down into two areas, which are smoke wet and dry. Because of this, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before the restoration process, SERVPRO of West Beaver County will test the soot and determine which type of smoke damage has occurred. Our plan of action is based on the information we obtain 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 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 –  (724) 709-7235

Mold in the workplace

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

mold on wall Mold can cause serious health issues for you and your employees.

Having mold in your home can lead to many hazardous side effects, but what about your business?  Mold toxins and spores are just as likely to be in your business property, maybe even more so.  We know your employee’s and customer’s health are your number #1 concern.  That’s why we make sure to use our high quality equipment to make sure your business is rid of mold fast.   

“Jeff and his crew did a fantastic job for our company with the mold remediation and repair of the affected areas. After the french drains were put in and the floors replaced we can now move back into a dry safe office. 
Very easy to work with and reasonable prices, would definitely recommend SERVPRO!”  -Succop Steel 

Do you think you have signs of mold and/ or toxins?  Call us today! 

Damage and Your Business

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

people shaking hands in corporate setting We care about you and your business.

We know it’s extremely important to get back on your feet fast when your business is affected by a disaster.  We work closely with our area businesses to make sure the disaster is remediated quickly and efficiently.   

William Scottsman Inc. Pittsburgh in Moon TWP had a severe fire disaster during the holidays. “Fire destroyed our office the night before Thanksgiving. Jeff and his team worked tirelessly to remediate our building. His staff was polite and professional and took care of all the details, so that we could concentrate on our customers. I would have no qualms about recommending Jeff and the SERVPRO team when in a time of need.” 

We’ve worked closely with Heritage Valley Health Systems in Beaver County, PA. 

“We would highly recommend SERVPRO of West Beaver County and Jeff Krivan. Jeff was responsive and his charges were very reasonable. His crew was friendly and efficient. They guarantee their work. We needed mold remediation in the basement of our office and they did the job! We would not hesitate to recommend SERVPRO to others, just as they were recommended to us!” 

Let us help get your business back to pre-disaster condition.  

Fire Disaster in Steubenville, Ohio

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flames on black background We're onsite fast to start the remediation process ASAP.

Katie from Steubenville, Ohio had a disastrous house fire.  We were able to respond quickly to get her remediation started.   

“We recently had a house fire and Jeff and his team were quick to the rescue. They immediately started cleaning this disaster of a house. They made sure that every bit of soot was gone. Every day that team from SERVPRO came they thoroughly went over what they were going to do and always asked if we had any questions. Every time I spoke to Jeff and his team they made sure that there wasn't anything else they could do before hanging up the phone or even leaving for the day, and they were driving pretty far to do cleaning and services for our house (Ohio). They seem dedicated to their work and helping others. Let me tell you, it looks even better than it did before the fire. We appreciate it Jeff and team! Thank you!” 

Water Loss and SERVPRO

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water flowing from pipes Working fast to remediate your home flooding!

Flooding and water damage can be a trying property disaster and sometimes you don’t even know where to start.  At SERVPRO we care about your home and business and we know how important it is to be on-site quickly and to start the remediation process. fast.  Unattended water damage can cause a list of issues including mold growth.  We work quickly to get your property back to pre-flood condition.  

Rosanne from Hopewell let us know how we helped: “How can I say enough about this company?  When our toilet sprung a leak, Jeff Krivan was at hour house in a little over an hour to assess the damage and plan his crews work.  Greg worked mostly at our house.  He was very neat, clean, and personable.   He checked in frequently to see if things were drying.  I felt very comfortable with the crew in my home.  When you have a disaster call SERVPRO of West Beaver County!!” 

Mary from Sewickley had a water damage issue and we went out right away.  “Mr. Krivan and his crew were very professional in every way, providing prompt, thorough, quality work. Throughout the process, every worker was kind and empathetic to our concerns. They left our house looking like the disaster had never happened, just as SERVPRO is known to do. I would recommend Jeff Krivan to anyone who needs restoration work.” 

Read about our water damage restoration process here. 

Aftermath of water damage: What to do?

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Blue water dropping into puddle Do you know what to do after damage?

No matter what you do to prepare, sometimes water damage is inevitable.  Not only can property damage cost time and money, the emotional toll can be extremely high.  That’s why we make sure to provide you with the insight and restoration you need to get back on your feet.  After a major storm your home floods.  Now what?  Odds are you have never experienced a major flood before and sometimes you don’t even know where to begin.  We’ll help you with the steps you need to take to start restoring your property ASAP.   

  1. Turn off your power supply.  If it is inaccessible due to water, call an electrician.  Always err on the side of safety.  
  2. Be cautious when entering the flooded area, wear boots and long sleeves and pants.  Flooding can also bring in all types of particulates and sometimes biohazard materials like sewage.  Make sure all of the items affected by the flood are disinfected appropriately.  
  3. If able, remove any furniture or area rugs that have been affected.   
  4. It’s best to contact professionals to clean and restore your property.  SERVPRO of West Beaver County makes sure to get to your home fast and start working on the damage immediately. 
  5. Contact your insurance company.  They will be able to let you know what is covered under your policy.  
  6. We use high quality drying equipment to dry the affected areas. 
  7. Once dry, areas (such as drywall and insulation) may need to be removed.  Wet wall areas can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. 
  8. Once your property is dry, we work to restore your property to its previous condition.   

If you have water damage or flooding, call SERVPRO of West Beaver County for all of your restoration needs. 

Pinhole Leaks: The Silent Killer

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Old corroded piping on a wall Check piping annually for pinhole leaks.

What are pinhole leaks? 

Water damage can come in many different shapes and sizes.  When we think of water damage we normally think of exploding pipes and massive ceiling damage.  However, a common cause of water damage is a leak you can’t really see at all: the pinhole leak.  Pinhole leaks are small holes created by corrosion in your pipes, particularly copper pipes.  The problem with pinhole leaks is that you don’t know the extent of the water damage sometimes until it is too late.   

A small drop of water that is leaking for months can wreak havoc on insulation and other wall materials.  Untreated liquid inside walls is a breeding ground for mold and mildew which can lead to serious health issues.   

It’s best to use preventative measures to check your piping annually, but we know pinhole leaks are hard to spot and don’t typically get found until the damage is done.  We have the best in drying and water restoration equipment.  Let us know how we can help your property.