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Fire Safety for Enjoying the Fireworks

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

Fireworks As reported by the NFPA, the number of fires started by fireworks exceeds 19,500 every year.

Fireworks and the 4th of July go hand-in-hand. In fact, fireworks are a summer staple, but they are not without their safety hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, consumer fireworks, which are fireworks marketed to the public- not professionals-, are the reason behind thousands of injuries each year. When fireworks are handled and operated by people who are not professionals, potential consequences often include fires, devastating burn injuries, and even death. Before the 4th of July and your other firework-filled summer celebrations, it is important to be familiar with the safety risks associated with fireworks. Keep reading to learn more.

Fireworks and Their Fire Safety Hazards

As reported by the NFPA, the number of fires started by fireworks exceeds 19,500 every year. From this statistic, we can deduce that unprofessional fireworks threaten the safety of properties, both residential and commercial, in environments in which consumer fireworks are handled. Of these fires, the National Safety Council asserts that 1,300 are structural fires and 300 are vehicle fires. Both the NFPA and the NSC advise against home usage of fireworks and instead, they recommend that fireworks are left to the professionals. In order to partake in the summer tradition while keeping your home safe and ensuring the safety of people and properties in your surrounding area, consider attending a professional fireworks show or watching a televised show.

When Using Legal Fireworks…

While large consumer fireworks are generally illegal in our area, some consumer fireworks, like sparklers and firecrackers, are legal in Pennsylvania. Bear in mind that display fireworks are only legal to use for professionals with a permit. In the event that you choose to use legal consumer fireworks this summer, first consider these fire safety recommendations:

  • Do not ignite fireworks indoors
  • Children should never have access to fireworks without adult supervision. Even holding a sparkler can be dangerous, as they burn at 1200 degrees fahrenheit
  • Have a bucket of water or hose nearby at all times while handling fireworks in case an unexpected fire ignites
  • As soon as the fireworks finish burning, be sure to immediately and completely extinguish them by hosing them down or dousing them with water before disposal

Accidents happen. In the event that your home or commercial property endures fire damage this summer, pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Harrisburg West at (717) 510-6779 as soon as possible. Check out the rest of our website to learn more about our Residential and Commercial Fire Damage Restoration services. After any fire emergency- large or small- trust SERVPRO Team Wall to make it “Like it never even happened” and restore your property to its preloss condition.

Lightning Hazards for Residential Properties

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning over a city Lightning occurs most frequently during the summer. This means that now is the time to get familiar with indoor lightning safety.

The interiors of residential properties are the location of almost one-third of injuries sustained from lightning strikes, according to The Centers for Disease Control. We’ve all heard the basics of outdoor lightning safety: get out of the pool at the first rumble of thunder, seek shelter immediately, etc. Once you find shelter, however, indoor lightning safety is just as important. Discussing lightning safety this time of year is especially relevant, as lightning is dangerous any time of the year, but lightning occurs most frequently during the summer. This means that now is the time to get familiar with indoor lightning safety in order to protect your home, as well as those living in it.

In the event that lightning strikes a residential structure, it can risk a serious fire hazard. As explained by Weather.gov, “each spark of lightning can reach over five miles in length, soar to temperatures of approximately 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and contain 100 million electrical volts.” With this information, it is clear that lightning is powerful enough to ignite dangerous fires in residential structures and the electrical currents sent through homes, resulting from lightning, can risk the safety of those living in the home. Keep reading for additional lightning safety tips that can be practiced in your home.

Keep Your Distance from Electrical Equipment

Lightning, as we’ve learned, can contain 100 million electrical volts, making it imperative that you refrain from using electrical equipment during a thunderstorm, as doing so can facilitate electrical shock or fire. Lightning also travels through electrical currents, like those that are used by radios and televisions, so it is crucial to refrain from using electrical devices that utilize this equipment, like corded landlines. Consider switching to a battery-powered radio or your smartphone in order to stay up to date on weather news during a storm. You may also consider purchasing surge protectors for your home, which work to protect your electrical appliances during storms.

Avoid Plumbing and Water

Think back to every time you’ve been called out of the ocean or the pool during a thunderstorm. Just as it is important to get out of the water when outdoors, avoiding water and plumbing indoors during a storm is recommended. It is important to remember that showering, taking a bath, and even washing the dishes during a thunderstorm can be dangerous, as lightning can travel through a property’s plumbing. Therefore, it is best to refrain from activities that utilize water until the storm passes.

Shelter in the Safest Area Possible

When seeking shelter, be sure to take cover in the safest area of your home. This means avoiding screened-in porches and rooms with windows or doors. Instead, seek shelter in an interior room of the home. It is recommended to keep your distance from concrete floors and walls because lightning can travel through concrete walls and flooring.

Storm Damage Takes You By Surprise? Call SERVPRO

The preventative measures outlined in this blog can help protect your home and those living in it. All the while, storms are powerful, unpredictable, and often dangerous. In the event that your home experiences unexpected storm damage, SERVPRO Team Wall is here to help. Learn more about our various Storm Damage Restoration services and the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team by visiting our website. You can also speak with one of our knowledgeable team members by giving us a call at (717) 510-6779. After any disaster, whether it be large or small, we are here to help you make it “Like it never even happened” for your home.

An Overview of Our Full Capacity Storm Damage Restoration

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damage For our storm damage restoration and construction professionals, and our expert techniques and equipment, no job is too large or too small.

We mean it when we say, “no matter the disaster,” whether it be under the sun or a storm cloud. For SERVPRO Team Wall, our storm damage restoration and construction professionals, and our expert techniques and equipment, no job is too large or too small. From long storms that leave a trail of damage in their paths or short yet strong storms that wreak havoc on a small area, SERVPRO Team Wall is ready to help make it “Like it never even happened” for your residential or commercial property and standing by 24/7. 

Our Services Are Full Capacity

After a storm emergency, you can expect full capacity services when you recruit SERVPRO Team Wall’s help. This means that we are prepared to handle the job from start to finish. Your home or business may require construction work after a severe storm in order to return to its preloss condition and function properly. By offering construction services alongside storm damage restoration, we can simplify the process of restoring your property. With only one qualified company to supervise and carry out every part of the process, you have fewer things to coordinate and worry about, which benefits your peace of mind and keeps costs low. Give us a call at (717) 510-6779 or peruse our website to learn more about our Storm Damage Restoration services, construction capabilities, and Building Services.

Expertise Cultivated Through Experience

Our storm damage restoration experience here at SERVPRO Team Wall does not end with the Mid-Atlantic region. Rather, our team frequently travels across the country to serve our customers near and far. With access to SERVPRO’s network of SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams, we can utilize shared resources belonging to a network of thousands of SERVPRO franchises across the country. Our storm damage specialists possess the experience and extensive training necessary to restore normalcy for your home or business as soon as possible after any emergency. Specifically, SERVPRO Team Wall has experience restoring homes and businesses affected by storms and flooding in the aftermath of numerous hurricanes, such as Sandy, Matthew, Irma, Harvey, and Lee in recent years. We have also assisted homes and businesses recovering from flooding emergencies in Kentucky, Ohio, and North Carolina, in addition to freeze losses resulting from winter storms in Massachusetts, New York and Maine. The long and short of it is this: no matter where your property is located, SERVPRO is nearby and ready to help. Trust SERVPRO Team Wall to always be there to get your home or business back up and running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Are You Familiar With These 3 Workplace Fire Hazards?

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

Fire alarm It is important for employers and employees alike to gain an understanding of workplace fire hazards.

Home fire safety is a subject we often hear about, but as it turns out, commercial workplace settings are not devoid of their own fire hazards. As a result, it is important for employers and employees alike to gain an understanding of such hazards. That’s why today’s blog will introduce you to 3 fire hazards you may not have expected to find in workplace settings. With this information, commercial properties and the people working in them can be better protected from the dangers of fire in the workplace.

Circuits

Electrical circuits can be found in almost every commercial property. These circuits are often overloaded with a considerable number of electronic devices to which they provide electrical power. In actuality, although filling electrical circuits to their capacity may not appear to be a fire hazard, doing so can overheat circuits, which may ignite fire. To avoid this fire hazard, unplug devices when you are not actively using them. 

Dust

You may be surprised to learn that something as small and seemingly harmless as dust can cause fires to ignite in workplaces. From metal to wood, a variety of surface types can accumulate dust. In the event that this dust sits idly on surfaces for extended periods of time,  the dust can risk fire. Dust can accumulate on computers, phones, filing cabinets, and even cords- objects commonly found in workplace environments. You can decrease your workplace’s risk for fire by regularly cleaning dust off of surfaces, including hard-to-reach areas in addition to those in eyesight.

Flammable Liquids and Materials

Your workplace may contain many different kinds of flammable objects and/or liquids. If this is the case, it is best to contain them and limit their exposure to sparks of flames, which can be achieved by keeping them sealed and stored away in a dry place. Objects as seemingly harmless as loose paper or fabrics such as curtains are just as flammable, so it is crucial to keep them as organized and tidy as possible. In the event that a fire ignites, even the smallest spark can cause these flammable materials to ignite, thereby facilitating the fire’s spread and growth, which can be dangerous to the workplace and the entire property’s safety. Reduce this risk by keeping papers tucked away in drawers or cabinets instead of sitting out, exposed. Be sure to also throw away paper trash as soon as possible.  

Fire Damage in Your Commercial Property? Contact SERVPRO

Even if your workplace proactively works to prevent fires from igniting, it is impossible to completely eliminate the chance of a fire damage emergency. While you can reduce the risk of a fire igniting, accidents can always happen. All the while, SERVPRO’s professional Commercial Fire Damage Restoration services, our reputable Fire Restoration Process, as well as our ability to Care For Your Fire Damaged Belongings can bring commercial property owners peace of mind. To make it “Like it never even happened” after any emergency, call your local office of SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall, SERVPRO of Harrisburg West, at (717) 510-6779 at the first sign of fire damage.

What to Expect From Summer Thunderstorms

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Summer thunderstorm Did you know that there can be great variation in the severity of summer thunderstorms?

We see thunderstorms often during the summer months, as there is an increased risk of thunderstorms due to atmospheric conditions. All the while, there can be great variation in the severity of such storms. This blog, in conversation with data compiled by NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory, will dig into everything you need to know about different types of thunderstorms you may see during the summer, including what you should expect from them. Read on for an overview of various summer thunderstorm categories and the ways in which SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall can help remedy any storm damage acquired by your home or commercial property in the aftermath of a storm.

Single-Cell Thunderstorm

It isn’t difficult to encounter a single-cell thunderstorm, especially on a hot summer afternoon. Single-cell storms are usually short and weak, typically concluding within an hour. Although they are short, they can still be powerful, as they often produce heavy rain and lightning.

Multi-Cell Thunderstorms

While single-cell thunderstorms are short storms, multi-cell thunderstorms can last much longer. Multi-cell thunderstorms are stronger  than single-cell thunderstorms. These storms instead produce heavier rain, which may result in flooding, hail, strong winds, and even tornadoes. 

Squall Line

A squall line consists of a line of thunderstorms, occurring one after the other. Like multi-cell thunderstorms, squall lines produce high winds and heavy rain, but they are less likely to initiate tornadoes and they generally pass over areas in a shorter amount of time. It is also possible to encounter a “super squall,” which can last longer. 

Derecho

Have you ever experienced a derecho? It is an extremely rare weather event, characterized by a long, strong storm, featuring fast-moving thunderstorms and downpours, alongside strong winds. The destruction left behind from a derecho often resembles that of a tornado. All the while, it is important to remember that you are unlikely to encounter these kinds of storms frequently.

Have Storm Damage? SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall is here to help in the event that your home or business endures storm damage this summer as a result of any type of storm. Trust the skills and expertise of our highly-trained storm damage restoration technicians, who utilize advanced technology to provide customers with top-quality Storm Damage Restoration services. Find additional resources before help arrives on our SERVPRO of Harrisburg West website, like our Water and Storm Damage Tips page. You can also find information about the larger SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, which is made up of SERVPRO teams across the country and serves as a tool that allows us to compile resources in the event of large storm events. To learn more about how SERVPRO of Harrisburg West can make it “Like it never even happened” for your residential or commercial property, give us a call at (717) 510-6779.

What You Need to Know About Summer Mold

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth Thriving in warm, moist environments, mold’s prime time for growth is summer.

With summer just around the corner, it is important to realize that the summer months are a time of year in which mold growth is very likely to occur. Why is this the case? With rising temperatures, humidity increases, causing moisture to accumulate on surfaces. Thriving in warm, moist environments, mold’s prime time for growth is summer. In today’s blog, we’re introducing you to three of the most common types of household molds and sharing with you the ways in which we approach their remediation.

Categories of Mold

Alternaria, Stachybotrys (black mold), and Cladosporium are three different types of mold that are most commonly found in homes. The most common variety of allergenic mold is Alternaria. Showers, bathtubs, leaking sinks, and other water damaged and damp areas within the home are most likely to experience Alternaria growth if preventative measures are not taken. Stachybotrys, which we know by its nickname, “black mold,” is usually black or dark in color and commonly found in damp areas. During the summer, a popular place for stachybotrys growth is the space surrounding ventilation systems if they leak. If you have indoor plants during the summer months, you may see Cladosporium, which can be found on decaying plant surfaces and is usually blue/green to brown or black in color.

How We Care for Mold & Our 5 Principles of Mold Remediation

Our principles and procedures here at SERVPRO closely adhere to those laid out by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification’s S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. There are three condition levels for mold remediation outlined by the IICRC, which are: 1) Normal Fungal Ecology, 2) Settled Spores, and 3) Actual Growth. Containment is our primary focus when handling mold because we emphasize preventing the mold from spreading. Negative air chambers, physical barriers, and other advanced technologies are employed to isolate the affected area, preventing mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. Thorough results are ensured through our 5 principles of mold remediation: 

  1. Safety and Health
  2. Documentation
  3. Control Contaminants
  4. Remove the Contamination
  5. Correct the Moisture Problem

An Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is also contacted to conduct final clearance testing as soon as the moisture problem is corrected.

Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services This Summer

In the event that your residential or commercial property undergoes mold growth this summer, know that SERVPRO has your back. You can learn more about SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall’s professional mold remediation services by checking out our web pages dedicated to specified topics, including Commercial Mold Remediation and our trusted Mold Remediation Process. You can also call your local SERVPRO Team Wall office, SERVPRO of Harrisburg West at (717) 510-6779. If you experience a mold emergency, let us help make it “Like it never even happened” with our thorough and reliable mold remediation services.

Summer HVAC Fire Safety

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

HVAC Unit HVAC units can present fire hazards if they are not properly maintained.

During the summer, your HVAC unit is meant to keep your home or business cool. However, HVAC units can present fire hazards if they are not properly maintained. In fact, HVAC fires can be devastating, so it is important to have your HVAC unit inspected and serviced regularly by a professional. In this blog, we’ll introduce you to three common causes of HVAC fires. With this information, you can be proactive and thereby protect your home or business from a fire emergency resulting from your HVAC unit this summer.

Overheated Motor

HVAC units can catch fire as a result of the unit’s motor overworking. As a result of an overworking motor, heat increases within the unit and can therefore pose a risk for a fire to ignite. A few different things can cause your HVAC unit’s motor to overheat. Dirt or debris surrounding the unit’s motor can act as an insulator, causing the motor to overheat. This situation can be avoided by ensuring that your HVAC unit is regularly cleaned. Additionally, your unit’s motor can overheat if there is either too much or too little voltage being applied to power the motor.

Electrical Issues

Another reason as to why your HVAC unit may catch fire is faulty wiring or electrical issues. Electrical connections tend to naturally loosen over time. Additionally, if frayed or corroding wires are not repaired in a timely manner, they can cause electrical shorts, from which a fire might ignite. You can prevent this by scheduling regular HVAC unit inspections and making sure that wires are replaced when necessary in order to avoid electrical complications.

Leaking Fuel Line

A third cause is leaking fuel lines, which can lead to gas leaks. Gas coming into contact with heat is likely to result in a fire. If you smell gas in your home or business, especially in close proximity to your HVAC unit, it is important to treat the situation seriously.

We Are HVAC Professionals

Trust the HVAC professionals at SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall to thoroughly inspect and effectively service your HVAC unit. In order to most effectively maintain your HVAC unit and prevent fires, it is recommended that homeowners and business owners have their HVAC units inspected on a biannual basis by an HVAC professional. For more information about our HVAC Cleaning, Fire Damage Restoration, and general Cleaning services in case of an emergency, visit our website. You can also call your local SERVPRO Team Wall office, SERVPRO of Harrisburg West, at (717) 510-6779.

Employee Training: SERVPRO Team Wall Behind the Scenes

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Employee Training To promise that our team will always deliver the highest quality results, our staff undergoes extensive training in property damage restoration.

Calling SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall for assistance with any restoration or construction emergency ensures that you receive nothing short of the highest quality service. To make certain that our team never fails to deliver the highest quality results for our customers, our staff trains extensively in property damage restoration. Continue reading to learn more about the specifics of our expert staff’s training. 

Initial Franchise Training

As a component of employee training, our future team members complete a 15-day, hands-on course that covers topics such as fire and water restoration, mold remediation, and carpet and upholstery cleaning. At the end of the course, employees pass an exam.

IICRC Training

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, better known as the IICRC, is the primary body certifying and setting the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our team studies and adheres to the organization’s standards for multiple areas, including carpet and upholstery cleaning, water and fire restoration, and mold remediation, as well as other types of cleaning and restoration.

Employee Certification Training

Delivered through self-paced modules, our voluntary certification programs supplement employees’ knowledge of topics such as crew training, water and fire restoration, and carpet and upholstery cleaning. 

e-Learnings

Additionally, we provide web-based training for all of the members of our staff through e-learning. These courses are designed to be ongoing education materials. Often, course materials include video presentations and other supplemental materials that help employees pass a knowledge test at the conclusion of each module. These e-learning opportunities are important because they keep employees on their toes and always learning in order to stay up to speed on industry knowledge and ensure that the services they provide continue to meet industry standards.

Continuing Education Classes

Finally, we offer continuing education classes, both credited and uncredited, for all SERVPRO franchise staff, in addition to insurance agents, insurance adjusters, and real estate professionals. Topics range from “Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry” to a mitigation awareness response seminar. 

You Can Trust SERVPRO

Check out our website to learn more about why you should choose SERVPRO and SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall in the event that your residential or commercial property faces an unexpected disaster. Be sure to check out our Customer Reviews and Testimonials, as well as our Before and After Photos. To make it “Like it never even happened,” remember that you can always trust SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall and our highly-trained professionals.

Introducing... Our Employees of the Quarter: Q1 2022

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Employees of the Quarter Introducing our Employees of the Quarter, Kathy Milby and Matt Voght.

Reflecting back on this first quarter of 2022, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall would like to recognize an “Employee of the Quarter,” an award that celebrates one team member who has consistently upheld the qualities of an exemplary employee of our team throughout the quarter. This quarter, we are excited to announce SERVPRO Team Wall's  Customer Support Coordinator, Kathy Milby, as our centralized "Employee of the Quarter" and Crew Chief Matt Voght as our SERVPRO of Harrisburg West's "Employee of the Quarter."

Kathy Milby

Since joining our team in the fall of 2020, Kathy has stepped into a role that requires providing a superb level of customer service to our insurance agent partners. On a daily basis, she keeps in close communication with agents throughout the lifecycle of a restoration project in order to keep them abreast of the project we are completing for their clients. While this is her job description, her impact on the company extends much further. She prides herself on being the Team Wall’s cheerleader, keeping everyone happy, motivated, and having fun. She takes most pride in promoting awareness and recognition of our team’s continued efforts to obtain Google reviews. Her most recent effort was called the “Google Downs,” in which she held a race between all three offices to see who could get the most Google reviews. And we’ll tell you- it was a nail biter! We ended up gaining 39 total Google reviews in the month of March alone for all of Team Wall thanks to Kathy’s efforts.

In addition to the “Google Downs” initiative, Kathy is always planning fun events to provide the team with a social outlet and keep team morale high. She has organized luncheons, get togethers, and most recently “Pi Day,” in which members of the team competed on “Team Sweet” vs “Team Savory”. Everyone submitted their pie for the contest and a winner was recognized in each category.

Beyond SERVPRO Team Wall, Kathy has been highly involved with the Cockeysville Fire Department since she was a young girl, as her entire family is wholly devoted to this amazing organization. Kathy continues to wow us in her academic pursuit as well, as she is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of History program and is embarking on her long journey to complete her dissertation. 

Kathy’s positive impact on Team Wall is felt in all offices and we feel grateful to have her as part of the team. Thank you for all that you do, Kathy!

Matt Voght

Our “Employee of the Quarter” for SERVPRO Team Wall’s Harrisburg West office is Matt Voght. Since joining the company as a Technician in January 2020, Matt has since moved into the role of Crew Chief. In this role, Matt excels, as he is always prepared to assist his coworkers however he can. Anytime we are in need of an extra hand or if we are busy and need someone to help out, Matt is almost always willing to volunteer. He passionately puts his best foot forward when tasked with assignments for Team Wall and consistently goes above and beyond expectations. Day in and day out, he does great work and is a wonderful teammate. Additionally, he has been training a Technician to become a Crew Chief next month, which once again emphasizes Matt’s willingness to go above and beyond. Thank you for all that you do, Matt!

Job of the Quarter Q1: Disaster Recovery Team Spotlight

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial businesses This quarter, we wish to highlight 3 jobs that were handled by our Disaster Recovery Team division.

Every quarter, we select one job that stands out from the rest to spotlight as our “Job of the Quarter.” This time, however, we wish to highlight 3 jobs that were all handled by our Disaster Recovery Team division of SERVPRO Team Wall, which, since its initiation about 6 months ago, has handled large losses and storms. The Disaster Recovery Team handled 3 daunting water loss projects this quarter that we can’t wait to share with you in this article. Keep reading to learn more about what our Disaster Recovery Team does, the peace of mind that they help instill in our customers during unthinkable situations, and the reasons as to why these 3 jobs all deserve recognition as “Job(s) of the Quarter.” 

All 3 of these jobs were local to SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall and, as previously mentioned, were water-losses, requiring a tremendous amount of resources and teamwork. In the past, we would have pulled resources from each of our local markets to produce these jobs, but with our Disaster Recovery Team ready to go, we had everything we needed in house in order to complete the job. The cold weather in late January kept our team on its toes, as we had quite a few jobs come in, many fairly large and with extreme urgency in completion. However, our teams handled the pressure with grace and the fruits of their hard work are illustrated in the details of the following 3 jobs.

Flooding in a Senior Living Facility

A sprinkler system went off inadvertently, flooding 3 levels of a full wing of a senior living center’s facility in Baltimore this quarter. With an extensive restoration process seemingly on the horizon, the customer immediately called SERVPRO Team Wall for help. Our crew was onsite within two hours, equipped with everything they needed to initiate our professional mitigation and emergency services. This project was no small feat, as we had anywhere between 40 to 50 crew members working at any one time throughout the project, so it was all hands on deck. We also provided multiple construction services, including full floor replacement, new coats of paint for affected walls, and new carpet installation. Thanks to our Disaster Recovery Team’s expertise, experience, and hustle, residents of the facility were able to move back into their rooms within just two weeks. 

Frozen Pipes Galore Lead to Flooding

When water damage resulted from frozen pipes at an assisted living facility this quarter, affecting 4,000 square feet of the facility’s first level alone, SERVPRO Team Wall’s Disaster Recovery Team had our work cut out for ourselves. Mitigation efforts persisted for 5 days, with repair and construction work in progress for the following 14 days. For the first 5 days, approximately 15 members of our team handled the mitigation aspects, but 25 team members total worked to complete construction and repair work, through tasks such as installation of drywall, insulation, and flooring, as well as trim-work and painting. Along the way, our team faced the issues of containment, noise control, and the pressure to speedily complete the job so as to minimize disruptions to residents and employees’ lives. With the help of our Disaster Recovery Team, our individual, local teams could continue to focus on residential customers who were also experiencing frozen pipes as a result of the cold temperatures. Ultimately, our Disaster Recovery Team was able to meet the customer’s mitigation needs very quickly and efficiently, which helped the construction services go smoothly.  All-in-all, we were able to minimize the downtime for the customer by a number of weeks, restoring a sense of normalcy in everyone’s lives as quickly as possible.

The final job that we will spotlight in this article once again involves water damage resulting from broken pipes, but in a large commercial building of approximately 35,000 square feet with multiple tenants. As opposed to the other two jobs, this project did not require construction or repair services, as it was purely mitigation work. Therefore, we were in and out in just 8 days. All the while, anywhere between 35 and 45 crew members completed the mitigation work. Due to the size of the building, large format, 2 - desiccant drying systems with ancillary generators were utilized during the process of drying out the building. Overall, the size of the job presented the biggest challenge to our team, as many areas of the facility required a “full gut” of affected materials in order to effectively and thoroughly mitigate the space. The size of this job, with multiple levels and a 4 story open atrium, provided both a unique and challenging drying environment, but our team persevered to successfully meet the customer’s needs.

Learn More About SERVPRO Team Wall’s Disaster Recovery Team

Large loss situations are often intimidating and overwhelming for homeowners and commercial business owners alike, but you can find peace of mind in the fact that SERVPRO Team Wall’s Disaster Recovery Team has your back. Learn more about our Large Loss, Disaster Recovery Team here. You can also find more information about our Water Damage Restoration, Storm Damage Restoration, and many other Commercial Restoration services on our website. For professional, commercial restoration and construction services that you can trust to make it “Like it never even happened,” call your SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall’s Harrisburg West office at (717) 510-6779 today.