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Escape route

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO we see all types of losses occur. We have seen devastating fires damages ravage homes and one tip we have for anyone is to have a plan in place just in case a fire may happen. SERVPRO recognizes the importance of being prepared for an unfortunate event, some things to remember;

Draw a map of the home, show all doors and windows.
Show clear and all escape routes.
Visit each room.
Make sure your smoke alarms are in working order.
Choose a meeting spot.
Talk about the plan every so often so everyone is constantly up to date.
Go over emergency contacts with the household.
Most importantly, practice your escape route.

These simple yet life saving tips helps during a time where every second counts. These plans help with the panic that may set during this unfortunate time and allow everyone to know, where they are supposed to go, how, and allow everyone to meet at the same location.

SERVPRO of Southern York County is here to help and if you have any questions regarding fires damages or about your smoke alarms, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.



4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Throughout the year SERVPRO gets calls about fire damages and puff backs. Puff backs are not as extensive as a house fire but can be just as costly. A puffback the malfunction known as a puffback is not so easily dealt with. A puffback is an explosion inside the burner chamber of the furnace or boiler which causes black smoke to slowly be continuously dispersed through the home. The smoke slowly happens over time and clean a black residue over everything in the home. 

Most of the time they are caught relatively quickly, but this can be overlooked if the problem originates in an area of the home not frequently used. Since the issue happens slowly over time and can go unnoticed and cause a great deal of damage. SERVPRO of Southern York County has cleaned hundreds of puffbacks and have been doing so for over 10 years. IF you have any questions about our cleaning process or having a possible puffback please feel free to give us a call. 


Gymnasium and commercial business ceiling systems

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County has had the opportunity to be a part of some large commercial cleaning efforts over the years. Some of which were specifically gymnasium and commercial business ceiling systems. Over the years of operations these areas become covered in dust, debris, and in certain situations mold can be hosted in these areas. 

This cleaning process is relatively straight forward but time-consuming. The process uses lifts to allow our crews to work at the level of these sometime 30 ft areas. While up at the level of the ceiling system our crews' vacuum, wash, and teat the entire systems. The time can vary but take up to a few weeks to complete. 

This being such a specific job to do, SERVPRO has got a solid system down for completing these types. If you have a ceiling system you would like looked at, or even clean please do not hesitate to give us a call for a free estimate.


Charred wood?

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County has got hundreds of calls over the years regarding fire damages. There are many ways to approach fire damage to a home or business. In almost all cases SERVPRO is there to remove the damaged materials and clean the remaining areas. But cleaning these areas is never a walk in the park. In many cases, we need to use a technique known as soda blasting to get the wood back as close to preloss condition as possible. 

Soda blasting is a combination of compressed air mixed with essentially baking soda to "blast" the wood in small sections to slowly work away the charred wood areas and leave the unaffected wood intact. This process can take hours or days depending on the size of the loss. 

After the soda blasting is completed SERVPRO is then able to do a final cleaning of the home and provide odor sealing to ensure the odor is eliminated. 

For more information on soda blasting or fire damage please feel free to call our office anytime. 


Relocating your business?

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

When a business chooses to relocate their operation SERVPRO understand exactly how extensive this can be. SERVPRO of Southern York County has undertaken some incredibly large moving jobs over the years including local high schools and grade schools in the area.

SERVPRO work with local moving companies to get larger jobs done. In these cases, our team can extend upwards of 30-40 people all moving items at the same time. This can not only ensure a speedy move, but with SERVPRO on the job, you can be sure your items were moved with care, and packed with accuracy. 

If your business is planning a move please give us a call for a free estimate. We work 24/7 so any date or time we can make the job happen. 


Sprinkler systems

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

When responding to water damages SERVPRO runs into all sorts of causes. One cause, in particular, isn't really a cause at all but more of a preemptive measure to prevent fire damage. A sprinkler system in homes or businesses is a reason SERVPRO may be paying you a visit. 

Initially, this may seem to be a stab at sprinklers, but its quite the contrary. If a fire is started in a certain room in a building this will trigger the sprinklers resulting in a water damaged area. 

Though this room is affected by water, it is certainly better than a whole home or business engulfed in flames. Sprinklers cause a small amount of damage to prevent a larger loss from happening. So even though SERVPRO may be on site from a sprinkler malfunction, someone knocking the head by accident, or someone burning popcorn in the breakroom a water damaged room is better than allowing from to consume a building. 

Check your appliances

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responds to over one hundred water damages per year, and during these losses, we see many that have the same thing in common. A cause that is seen often enough to shed light on is appliance malfunctions. 

Washing machines, ice makers, refrigerators, etc are all culprits when it comes to water damage causes.

With ice makers and refrigerators more often than not the supply line lets go or comes loose, to help check your ice maker, make sure it's in working condition and check the lines to make sure they are tight. 

If you are replacing or moving your washer to a new location please check the connection where the water is hooked up, and (this one is important) make sure the drain hose is secure.

Check your appliances that have water running to them to prevent water damages. As much as we are happy to help you it's just as important to us for homeowners to practice helpful prevention. 

Fire damage

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County is there when you need us most. If in the event you experience an unfortunate event such as a fire SERVPRO of Southern York County is there. For over 30 years SERVPRO has been assisting with homeowners in Maine with tragic events. 

SERVPRO has been involved with many different multitudes losses, from small kitchen fires to whole homes being affected and even complete home or business losses. SERVPRO of Southern York County has been a local leader from over 15 years lead by our local owner John Giunco. Whether it be cleanings, demolition, move outs, inventory of lost items and goods, or roof tarping SERVPRO is available 24/7.

If you have questions about a possible puff back, soot damage or fire damage, please feel free to call out local office anytime. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. 


Emergency Ready Profile

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an 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 damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. 

If you have any questions about our Emergency Ready Program please give us a call or email! Also feel free to stop in! Our office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Address: 236 River St Springvale, ME 04083

Office: 207-324-4400


Ice Dam

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. This then allow the water that would normally drain off the roof to leak under the singles or roof structure and leak down into the home. A great way to avoid this it to keep up with the snow build up on your roof system. A roof rake can help with this or if the roof is flat you can shovel it off. 

An ice dam can show up a number of different ways in most cases its a relatively small amount of water that leaks into an area, creating a water stain that grows and eventually creates a larger issue. This could lead to brown staining on the ceiling area, and if not dried properly could possibly lead to mold. 

If you have any questions or concerns about ice dams or staining please give SERVPRO of Southern York County a call.