Measles in Pittsburgh?
There has been at least 5 total cases of the Measles in the Pittsburgh area.
The Allegheny Health Department has confirmed at least 5 businesses in the Pittsburgh area where measles may have come in contact with, states the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
What is the measles?
According to the CDC Measles, or Rubeola is a highly contagious virus that starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.
We rely on vaccines to help reduce the impact of the measles on society, however if not vaccinated you are 90% more likely to be affected by the measles.
So, what should you do if you think your business has been exposed to the measles?
Call SERVPRO of West Beaver County immediately at (724) 709- 7235. SERVPRO of West Beaver County can work with you on fully disinfecting your home and/ or business. Exposure to biological contaminants can pose serious health consequences. We are trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
For more information on Measles and Vaccination, visit The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fire Safety and Prevention in the Kitchen
Make sure to keep towels and other items away from an open flame!
Some say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but it can also be the start of many home fire disasters. Here are some basic how-to's on how to prevent small kitchen fires from turning into major disasters.
Stopping Before it Starts:
- Keep hand towels/ pot holders, shopping bags, aprons, or other flammable objects away from the stovetop. It’s also good to not wear loose clothing or long sleeves and to tie long hair back.
- Never leave the kitchen while cooking. Water and other items boil down faster than you think!
- Make sure to check old electric grills or other electric appliances for exposed wires. You are just as much at risk for electrical fires in the kitchen as you are from an open flame.
I have a fire! What now?
Small items around your kitchen can help put out small fires before a disaster occurs.
- If grease and oil catch fire on your stove DO NOT use water to extinguish. Water only increases the spread of grease fires. Use baking soda to spread on the small fire until it has been put out.
- DO NOT use a towel to try and dissipate the flame. Oxygen and air will only fuel the fire. Instead, use a pot lid over the flame for a make shift snuffer.
- Use a class-c fire extinguisher over the affected area.
These small efforts in the kitchen can help prevent a fire disaster in your home. If you believe a fire is out of your hands, never take a risk and always call the appropriate authorities.
SERVPRO of West Beaver County will be there when disaster strikes. Take a look at some of our before and after’s that we have done on fire damage.
April Showers: Preparing for a Wet Spring
Heavy spring rainfall can bring more than just flowers!
The days are getting longer and the birds are chirping louder! That can only mean one thing - spring is here. The spring arrival can bring more than flowers and fun - the newly warm weather and intense rain can create the perfect breeding ground for unwanted mold.
Mold Causes and Factors:
Mold spores can enter your home through windows, doors, or even you.
Mold thrives on moisture. Flooding, high indoor humidity levels (above 45 percent), leaky roofs, improper building maintenance, and indoor plumbing issues are all elements that can create the onset of mold growth. And remember, you don’t need significant water damage for mold to grow in your home.
A/C and Heating units can push spores around other areas of the property.
Certain building materials provide food for the mold such as, drywall, plywood, and carpet padding.
Remember, you don’t need significant water damage for mold to grow in your home. All you need is moisture, heat, and dispersion for mold to become an issue.
Strong musty odor
Physically signs of mold can vary with in different colors (gray, green, white, or black)
Mold can lead to symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, or headaches.
What do to if you think you have mold:
Stay out of affected areas.
Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
Touching or distrubing mold areas can cause spreading.
Contact SERVPRO of West Beaver County for mold remediation services.
Call Us Today – (724) 709-7235
Summer Vacations: Preparing Your Home While You're Away
Rest easy knowing your home is safe!
Have you planned your summer vacation yet? Whether it’s a long weekend or an extended stay, we’ve put together some tips and tricks for keeping your home safe and sound during your much-needed R & R.
Appliances can short circuit during a storm and cause an electrical fire and major damage. Make sure to go through and unplug electronics such as, routers, televisions, and computers. It helps save on energy bill, too!
Close Windows and Doors
Making sure all windows and doors are closed and locked. This can cause double damage! Unlocked doors and windows are an open invitation to thieves that can cause unwanted damage to your property. Open windows can also let in humidity and heat, causing condensation that can lead to mold.
Turn off your water
Turning off your main water supply can prevent water damage. Slow leaks can turn into major flooding. There is nothing worse than coming home to a water damaged home!
Adjust the Thermostat
If adjusting the thermostat (another great way to save energy costs!), make sure to not completely turn of the A/C. The air conditioning regulates temperature and moisture – the two main culprits for mold. The standard recommendation is around mid to high 70’s or a few degrees higher than your normal temp.
Clean Up Food
Don’t leave any perishables/ food out – this can attract some unwanted house guests! Cleaning out the refrigerator can also alleviate walking back to a smelly house.
Have an extra set of eyes
Have a trusted friend or family member check on your property while you are away. If something unfortunate does happen, it can be spotted and rectified before any further damage can occur.
Lastly, we know that even the most prepared homeowner can have a disaster strike at any moment. Know that SERVPRO of West Beaver County is here for you and your home.
Now go and enjoy that well-deserved vacation!
Water Damage Prevention
You can’t always prevent harm from coming your way. Sometimes disaster strikes and accidents happen. Some things, however, you can control. Giving these potential problem areas in your house some extra attention will help keep you and your home safe and dry!
- Your Windows! Regardless of the season, a drafty window can end up costing you a fortune! To check for drafts in your home, use a lit candle against windows. If the flame flickers as you run it along the seams then you may need to reseal your windows
- Your Plants! Plants both in and around your home can be a problem if they are not properly maintained. In an effort to avoid the growth of mold or mildew on your property simply make sure that your garden areas have adequate drainage and that you are trimming plants around the structure.
- Your Gutters! As tedious as it may be, keeping your gutters clean is really going to help keep your home safe from costly water or mold damages. Cleaning out and inspecting your gutters regularly as well as keeping downspouts clear of any blockages will help keep the structure draining properly.
If you do find yourself dealing with the troubles of water damage in your home, give SERVPRO of West Beaver County a call at 724-709-7235. We’re available 24 hours a day to clean up the damage and restore your property.
5 Tips to Help Prevent a Fire in Your Home
Dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your home or business can be costly, time-consuming and emotional. Therefore it’s important to take certain precautions to prevent or decrease the likelihood of a fire. These helpful tips provided by the NPFA can reduce the probability of a fire in your home or office;
- Watch your cooking! You should always stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Remember to never let young children near the stove or oven while you are cooking.
- Give space heaters space! It’s best to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach! The safest place to keep matches and lighters is in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.
- Inspect electrical cords! You should replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or loose connections.
- Be careful when using candles! Be sure to keep candles at least one foot away from anything that will burn.
Not all fires are caused by things we have control over. Some fires can be caused by unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents. Just in case one of these catastrophes may happen, keep in mind that a fire escape plan for your family or crew is always a good idea! Try practicing it at least twice a year. In the event of fire damages SERVPRO of West Beaver is available around the clock to offer exceptional response time and trained professionals ready to restore your property!
Water Damage Restoration Specialists in Beaver County
Kitchen Sink Overflow
There are a lot of individuals who think that just because they do not live near the water that water damage could not possibly happen to them. Unfortunately, this just isn't the case. There are a whole host of things that could cause water damage, including a heavy rain, faulty appliances or a sewer back-up. If you have water damage, don't fret. The experienced professionals at SERVPRO of West Beaver County can answer all of your questions and provide you with a free estimate and affordable service. Our main purpose is to get your house back to full functionality as quickly and painlessly as possible and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Water Damage Loss
When people first experience water damage, many of them are shocked at just how much damage it can cause. Water damage can take on many forms, including mold and mildew and damage to wires and electronics. Standing water can also invite mosquitoes and other pests to set up residence in your home or business if it is not quickly addressed. As far as mold and mildew go, water quickly can exacerbate the mold growth, making a seemingly minor problem much more serious sometimes in just a few hours.
Water Damage Causes
People are often surprised at just how many situations there are that can cause water damage as well. However, they can rest assured that our experienced team is not. We understand all of the issues that could possibly occur to damage your home or business. When we give your estimate, we can also provide you with a list of potential hazards as a means to prevent future water damage. Although this is not an exhaustive list, here are just a few things that could cause water damage to your property:
Again, you might think that a broken pipe could not happen to you, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. Picture this: if you have an especially brutal winter and an extreme cold snap comes through, the sudden drop in temperature could cause your pipes to freeze and burst. All of a sudden you have six inches of water in your living room. Don't fret, however. We've dealt with this many times and we know the exact remedies needed to restore your home from the damage caused by a broken pipe. It will take some elbow grease, but we are definitely the people for the job!
A sewer backup can be especially challenging, because not only is the water in your living room but it is dirty, bacteria-laden water as well. Our certified technicians realize in this case a fast response is required, so we go the extra mile for water removal in all affected areas. We will not rest until the area is completely clean and dry.
You might be surprised how quickly your kitchen can flood when your dishwasher overflows. However, depending on the extent of the damage, we usually can have it relegated in a day or two or less.
You can depend SERVPRO of West Beaver County to get your house or business back in working order. We are the team that can provide a fast response and our certified and trained technicians eat, drink and breathe restoration. You will be back on your feet in no time!
WINTER is here and in a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living! Once the furnace kicks on, the dust and debris is pushed into the rooms which can cause multiple issues.
In addition to the regular irritants found in the winter months, there are several factors that can increase the need for regular cleanings:
- cigarette or cigar smoke
- water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
- home renovation or remodeling projects
- mold issues
How can we help?
When a homeowner calls asking about our duct cleaning process it gives us the opportunity to talk about what we do and how we do it. Below we've listed some steps SERVPRO of West Beaver County uses during a routine Duct Cleaning Process:
- Patented equipment includes using air powered agitation systems which automatically adapt to the duct shape, removing debris and filth.
- A powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the duct to a container
- Clean air is filtered through a HEPA filtration, removing 99.97% of particles before it returns to air-wash the duct
- Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove any odor and dirt
There's more...It can save you money!
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn't have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.
Catastrophic Event Preparation and SERVPRO Responses
A flood, fire or storm can easily damage some of the most precious contents of your home. You can take steps to prepare.
Disaster and Insurance Restoration Preparation
To protect the valuable contents of your home and your wealth, it would be prudent to take pictures of your rooms and video ALL your valuable belongings. In the event of water damage, storm damage or fire damage it is important to keep these documents in a safe and secure place in your home. If a catastrophic event hits, you will have the required documentation and information you need to get the proper reimbursement from the insurance company. Be sure to closely review your policy to ensure all valuables are covered under your specific policy. A separate endorsement or rider may be needed to adequately protect valuable assets.
Storm Damage Response
SERVPRO of West Beaver County can help with all storm damage. Whether it is a tornado, hurricane, or blizzard, the SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. SERVPRO of West Beaver County can mobilize local and national command centers, no storm damage is too big or too small.
Fire Damage Response
When Fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of West Beaver County helps you take it back. With access to over 10,000 quality teammates, no fire damage restoration project is too big or too small for SERVPRO. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you get your life back. Our track record of results has earned the trust of the insurance industry, homeowners, property managers and even the United States government.
Water Damage Response
When water damage occurs, your goal is our goal. To restore your home to its preloss condition. With over 45 years of leadership in water cleanup and extraction, we have the experience to get you back in your home quicker than other restoration companies. You can trust SERVPRO of West Beaver County to help get you and your family back home as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO of West Beaver County is here to help with any disaster restoration project. From local water damage to large catastrophic events, we can help make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of West Beaver County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical to prevent microbial growth. A delay in water extraction can turn a small clean up into a larger more expensive event.
We are conveniently located in Monaca allowing us quick access to the region. Please call us anytime at 724-709-7235 with any questions.
Water damage to your most valuable assets can be a stressful event. We are highly trained and certified to extract and dry your home through an efficient process that will leave your home in its original condition.
SERVPRO of West Beaver County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to manage the event quickly and precisely.