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STILL Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

The Coronavirus has changed our social lives more than we could have imagined. The term social distancing and everything surrounding the term has become our new normal. SERVPRO of Southern York County franchise professionals are prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set in place by the CDC. We have years of experience dealing with contaminants, and will go above and beyond the normal scope of work done on a daily basis.

Although vaccinations are on the rise and cases are at an all time low, we understand the concern that comes with Coronavirus over a year later. We are STILL here for all your cleaning needs!

SERVPRO of Southern York County is being called on by a number of businesses and homeowners to perform necessary cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing of their properties. SERVPRO uses EPA-approved products and follows CDC guidelines for cleanup practices.

Have Questions about COVID-19 cleaning?
Call Us Today – 
(207) 324-4400

Protect Your Home or Business With an Emergency Ready Plan!

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

For a business owner and a homeowner, a worst-case scenario involving fire or water damage can seem like the unthinkable, until it suddenly become a reality. In the aftermath of a disaster, quick response time from SERVPRO of Southern York County can help minimize property damage.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is a tool used during any disaster event. Owners need to have quick access to a disaster plan that connects them with the appropriate contacts and pertinent information. When building an emergency plan, here are four key things to remember:

  • Identify your facility's greatest threats in order to assess the overall severity of the event.

During this time, take a look at your locations and the surrounding areas and figure out what your greatest threats are. Is your building in a flood zone? Are you subject to freezing temperatures? These are things to keep in mind.

  • Document all vital information and establish clear communication activities.

An ERP contains critical property information that can help speed up response time after a disaster occurs. Consider including any documented prior loss history, identify and label utility shut off locations, and prioritize who your key contacts are.

  • Practice! Practice! Practice!

You should conduct practice sessions to make sure everyone is clear on the procedure if anything happens. Always have clear evacuation routes in your ERP.

  • Keep it updated, and have all necessary information communicated to your insurance company and emergency restoration vendors.

Being proactive in keeping your ERP updated as things change. People will come and go, updates will be made to the facility, utilities can change, etc. Your SERVPRO representative can help you keep your ERP up-to-date so you're always prepared if disaster strikes!

Interested in an Emergency Ready Plan? Call SERVPRO of Southern York County today!

(207) 324-4400

Summer Storms

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Basement flooded with water. This customer's basement was flooded with over a foot of water when a summer storm hit.

Maine sure is beautiful, there are a variety of lakes with great views for residents, as well as our visitors from out of state! Unfortunately, living this close to the water can cause problems if and when a storm comes through. This customer had a basement FULL of water due to the nearby lake flooding during a heavy rain storm. SERVPRO of Southern York County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Our on-call crew responded quickly, removed all of the standing water, and set up equipment to dry the basement right out!

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! (207) 324-4400

Regularly Check and Monitor Your Appliances!

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responds to hundreds of water damages every 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, and refrigerators are common culprits of water damage. Some happening quickly, and others causing damage over time that is not seen immediately, which is often more dangerous.

With ice makers and refrigerators more often than not the supply line lets go or comes loose. It's a good idea to 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.

About SERVPRO of Southern York County

SERVPRO of Southern York 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. 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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (207) 324-4400

Fire & Soot Cleanup - We'll Tackle It All

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County is there when you need us most. In the event you experience an unfortunate event such as a fire, SERVPRO of Southern York County is there for you ANY time of day! 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 cleaning, 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.

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 – 
(207) 324-4400

Opening Your Camp for The Summer? Let Us Help!

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County prides ourselves on our cleaning, as it is one of our primary functions. Most of our work being soot and general cleanings we have been asked to come clean vacation homes and summer home more and more each year. Whether you've had squirrels or mice making themselves at home or even if your things just need a good dust and shine, we're here for all of it!

Here at SERVPRO of Southern York County we give free estimates, we believe out prices and our work speak for themselves and we don't need to charge to give you a price on you project. From carpet cleaning to the whole home SERVPRO can handle any job big or small! This time of the year is typical for SERVPRO to have estimate requests as second homes are starting to be opened up for the year.

SERVPRO of Southern York County is located on 236 River Street, Springvale, ME 04083

Feel free to stop by or call and schedule a free estimate!

(207) 324-4400

Let SERVPRO Prepare Your Emergency Ready Profile!

5/24/2021 (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

Email: SERVPRO9045@SERVPROsyc.com

Have You Suffered a Puffback In Your Home or Business? Call Us Today!

5/18/2021 (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 puff-back is an explosion that happens 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 puff-backs and have been doing so for over 10 years.

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 –
  207-324-4400

Any Size Fire, Big or Small - SERVPRO Can Help!

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a local apartment building. This local apartment building suffered a severe fire damage. SERVPRO of Southern York County was there immediately to help out!

SERVPRO of Southern York County is there when you need us most. In the event you experience an unfortunate event such as a fire, SERVPRO of Southern York County is there for you ANY time of day! 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 cleaning, 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. Whether you just need debris cleanup and cleaning or even if you'll need repairs to your home - we handle that too!

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 – 
(207) 324-4400

Live On The Coast? SERVPRO of Southern York County Can Handle Your Storm & Flood Damage!

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Here in Maine we're blessed with miles upon miles of beautiful coastline. SERVPRO of Southern York County is lucky enough to service 5 towns along the coast line including York, Wells, Ogunquit, and more!

During the early part of spring while the weather is warming up this time of year is commonly associated with flooding and coastal flooding. During the melting season river water level are elevated and when mixed with heavy rains, or higher than average heat this can accelerate melting and cause flooding.

Most newer homes are up to date along the coast and are built off the ground according to new codes. This allows for most homes to not to worry too much about a 1 or 2 foot storm surge. But older homes or some homes that may not be built off the ground are susceptible. Please be sure to have sand bags ready, and anything on the bottom level be lifted off of the ground if you are aware of some flooding. Most importantly, just be ready. SERVPRO has seen many devastated homes for homeowners who just weren't that worried about it. Better safe than sorry!

If you have questions or have/having experienced any flood related damage please give us a call.

207-324-4400

24/7 Emergency Water Damage Services!

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (207) 324-4400

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Southern York County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Southern York County

SERVPRO of Southern York 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. 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.

Choose SERVPRO For Your Fire Damage Restoration Needs!

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a fire damage can be devastating. It's difficult to know where to begin, who to call for help cleaning up the mess. There are many factors that need to be considered, even many dangers that aren't visible to the eye. By making the choice to call SERVPRO of Southern York County, you're already on the right track to restoring your home or business properly!

Not tending to smoke damage quickly and efficiently can also cause health issues. Smoke particles are so fine that they have the ability to settle into even the smallest of crevices in your home, clothing, furniture, and more. In addition to the unpleasant odor left behind, these small particles can irritate your lungs as well as your eyes, in some cases causing severe damage if not treated.

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 – 
(207) 324-4400

Fire & Soot Cleanup In Even the Biggest Commercial Buildings!

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Soot covered walls. This large commercial property suffered a puff-back that affected the whole building. SERVPRO was called in to clean up these walls & make them shine!

Soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home or business, 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.

A puff-back in this large commercial property left this building's white walls covered with fine, black soot. Luckily, they made the call to SERVPRO of Southern York County to come clean up the aftermath and get these walls back to normal!

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. To learn more about the Commercial services we offer, click here!

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
(207) 324-4400

Trust SERVPRO To Help With Your Water Damage Needs, 24/7!

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Southern York County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Southern York County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (207) 324-4400

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Southern York County

SERVPRO of Southern York 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. 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.

SERVPRO of Southern York County Is IICRC Certified!

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Sticker. Our business is IICRC Certified!

SERVPRO of Southern York County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Southern York County

SERVPRO of Southern York 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Southern York County 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 Southern York County

SERVPRO of Southern York County 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.

If your commercial or residential property has suffered a water damage, give us a call. We're ALWAYS here to help!

207-324-4400

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in the corner of the ceiling Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Southern York County 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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Southern York County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today -

207-324-4400

COVID-19 Cleaning Continues!

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is STILL Here to Help during this time of need

We're more than a year into COVID-19 and more prepared than ever to help with your cleaning needs! Since the start of the pandemic last year, SERVPRO of Southern York County has been called to perform a number of COVID-19 related cleanings, whether you had a confirmed case in your home or business or you were preparing to purchase a home and wanted precautionary cleaning, SERVPRO of Southern York County is HERE FOR YOU! We'll leave you feeling confident that your home or business has been CERTIFIED: SERVPRO Cleaned.

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 Southern York County, 207-324-4400

Fire & Soot Damage: What You Should Know

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is 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 Southern York County 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 – 207-324-4400

Keep Fire Free This Holiday Season

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving Turkey going in to the oven. Thanksgiving Turkey - so worth the wait, isn't it?!

Each year around the holidays, families gather together to celebrate by preparing a delicious feast. However, not everyone practices safe cooking habits.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It's important to stay alert to prevent kitchen fires this holiday season. Here are some helpful tips to keep you and your families safe:

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly. Remain in the kitchen while the food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you're cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, or hand towels, away from the stovetop.

If you experience a fire damage this season, SERVPRO of Southern York County is always here to help. Call us 24/7 at (207) 324-4400!

We're Ready 24/7!

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready 24 hours a day 7 days a week for any size emergency. From commercial fire damages to small residential water damages night or day our crews are ready! We service the Southern York County area, covering from Sanford to Kittery and all the areas in between. 

SERVPRO does not only handle unfortunate events, we also specialize in residential and commercial cleaning. From a general cleaning, carpet cleaning, and post construction cleaning, to kitchen and industrial cleaning. 

Trust SERVPRO to handle all your cleaning and restoration needs, a leader in cleanup and restoration. Call to schedule a free estimate, or send us an email!

SERVPRO9045@SERVPROsyc.com

207-324-4400 (24/7)

Be sure to like SERVPRO's Facebook page for updates such as job postings, community events, and local projects.

We're Here For ALL of Your Fire Damage Cleaning Needs!

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher that caught fire. The dishwasher was the cause of fire damage in this customer's home.

Smoke and soot is 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.

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 – 
(207) 324-4400

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.

207-324-4400

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.

207-324-4400

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. 

207-324-4400

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. 

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

Email: SERVPRO9045@SERVPROsyc.com

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. 
207-324-4400

Fire Fighters Convention

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Our booth at the Maine Firefighters convention.

SERVPRO of Southern York County has attended the Fire Fighters convention for the state of Maine for over 5 years. We are happy to attend this convention as we are given the opportunity to meet first respondents all across the state and not only give our thanks but to learn more about our local firelighters and everything they do. 

We are there to show our support to our community's firefighters while also showing the firefighters we are there to put the homeowners stresses at ease. Although we are a contractor we have nothing but the upmost respect for all the firefighters out there. SERVPRO of Southern York County is happy to show our support of our brave firefighters local and all across the state. 

Continuing Education Classes

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

On May 16th 2019 SERVPRO of Southern York County will be holding 2 FREE CE classes. We offer these classes as often as possible to all who are interested, these classes are a great way for us to get to know our community while also providing them with needed credit hours. 

Our first class will be from 9:00 am to 12:00 PM this will be on ethics. This class will offer 3 credit hours. 

The second class will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This class will be on restorative Drying for Water Damgae. This class will be for 2 credit hours. 

100% attendance is needed for full credit. We look forward to seeing you all there. 

If you have any questions about the CE classes our would like to secure your spot please give us a call.

207-324-4400

Melting snow and rain.

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

With winter coming to an end the temperature will start to rise again and as we have already seen the water levels rise. The melting of snow  rises the water table and is usually not a big deal, but when mixed with rain this could lead to some flooded areas. Some things to remember:

  • Clear basement entries
  • Check sump pumps
  • Clean excess know off rooftops
  • Clean snow away from building 
  • Keep items in basement up off floor

By doing just a few checks in and around your home or business will help keep you drying during flooding times. If you or someone you know is having an issue with excess water or flooding please give SERVPRO of Southern York County a call anytime and we'll help get you back to normalcy. 

Stay Healthy This Season!

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

For most of us, the winter season is a busy time of year! Between prepping for the Holidays, family dinners, parties, etc. it can be difficult to focus on our health and taking care of ourselves. With shorter days and colder weather, staying motivated to stay healthy can be difficult. Here are some helpful tips to keep you healthy this winter.

Workout at home – Utilizing online resources to find workout videos are a super easy way to still get your daily exercise in without having to deal with the awful winter weather. Whether you prefer relaxing yoga or fast-paced cardio, the possibilities are endless! This is a nice easy way to keep your health goals in check even when you can’t get outside to exercise.

Wash your hands, FREQUENTLY! – Hand washing is crucial in order to maintain your health during the winter season. Although you should wash your hands all the time no matter the season, it is especially important to protect your immune system and protect others around you from spreading germs.

Take your vitamins! – Taking Vitamin D is a good way to help supplement the lack of sunlight we experience during the winter, and also helps absorb Vitamin A (important for your vision and immune system), iron and calcium! Consuming lots of Vitamin C during the winter helps your body to battle cold and flu symptoms as well.

Why SERVPRO of Southern York County?

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County is a leader in fire, mold, and water damage, but did you know we also do general home cleaning? Our employee's are highly skilled and trained and are here to clean any job small or large.

SERVPRO of Southern York County offers free estimates, in the event you are thinking of getting some assistance with a general cleaning, for us to come out and give an estimate will be no charge. Feel free to call to schedule anytime; 207-324-4400!

We here at SERVPRO of Southern York County work with our customers, homeowners, and business owners to ensure their needs are met. We strive to be the best in the area, and our customers speak for themselves. Check out our testimonials tab and see what others have had to say about us!

Questions? 

Call, stop in, or email anytime!

236 River st Springvale, ME 04083

207-324-4400  SERVPRO9045@SERVPROsyc.com

Full Service 24 hours a day 7 days a week

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready 24 hours a day 7 days a week for any size emergency. From commercial fire damages to small residential water damages night or day our crews are ready! We service the southern York County area covering Springvale, Sanford, Wells, Moody, Ogunquit, York, Cape Neddick, Eliot, Kittery, South Berwick, Berwick, North Berwick, and surrounding towns. 

SERVPRO does not only handle unfortunate events, we also specialize in residential and commercial cleaning. From a general cleaning, carpet cleaning, and post construction cleaning, to kitchen and industrial cleaning. 

Trust SERVPRO to handle all your cleaning and restoration needs, a leader in cleanup and restoration. Call to schedule a free estimate, or send us an email!

SERVPRO9045@SERVPROsyc.com

207-324-4400 (24/7)

Be sure to like SERVPRO's facebook page for updates such as job postings, community events, and local projects.

Mold FAQs

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

MOLD FAQs 

What is Mold?

Mold is Fungi that can be found indoors and outdoors. There are hundreds of thousands of fungi that are estimated to exist, but no one knows exactly how many exist. Mold grows best in warm, damp, and humid areas, and it spreads by making spores. Mold can survive harsh conditions that may not necessarily support mold growth once it has already grown.

How can mold effect you?

Mold can cause a wide range of reactions depending on your health, such as stuffy nose, wheezing, red or itchy eyes, or skin, fever, and shortness of breath. Some extreme cases exposure can lead to asthma.

Where is mold found?

Mold can be found just about anywhere, year-round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm humid conditions. Outdoors growth can be found in shady damp areas, or places where plants may be decomposing. Indoors pretty much anywhere were elevated humidity levels i.e. basements, crawlspaces, attics, and showers.


Suspect Mold?

If you feel you may have a mold issue going on please feel free to call us for a free estimate. We work with several local hygienists who can test the air in your home to ensure the air quality is at a safe level. SERVPRO of Southern York County is a 24/7 business so please feel free to call anytime, day or night.

207-324-4400

SERVPRO is Hiring! 2nd shift cleaning!

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF SOUTHERN YORK COUNTY HIRING!

SERVPRO of Southern York County is growing! We are in need of multiple people and are looking to fill FULL TIME shifts for our commercial accounts. The openings are 2nd shift cleaning/janitorial position from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM. This job will require working well with others, reliable transportation, and ability to work at different locations each day if necessary.

This is a temporary position with room for year round permanent employment! GREAT PAY and some benefits for full time.

Please send inquiries or resumes through our Facebook page or email jgiunco@SERVPROsyc.com or stop in and grab an application!

Please feel free to give us a call with any questions about the positions. 207-324-4400.

Extreme Weather

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

With all the hot and humid days this summer, SERVPRO is prepared to handle any damages due to extreme weather conditions. During the weekend of August 4th, thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued throughout many areas. The following are some different types of extreme weather to look out for during the summer months.

Microbursts – a small concentrated downburst that produces an outward burst of strong winds at the surface. They are short-lived, only lasting about 5 to 10 minutes. Can be wet or dry, although wet microbursts are more common in our region. Dry microbursts are more often seen in the west and in dryer areas.

Lightning – can occur everywhere in the U.S. with the threat of fires and possible severe damage to your home or surrounding structures. Unless you see signs of fire – stay inside! Your home will protect you.

Hail – pellets that usually range between .2 inches and 1.75 inches in size. Hail damage is not always visible, but some things you can look out for are cracks or dents in shingles, bent roof vents and pipes, and damage to siding. If you suspect hail damage, get an expert opinion!

If you experience any storm related damage or water damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Southern York County at 207-324-4400.

Extreme Heat

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

We often look forward to the warm days of summer (especially after dealing with the freezing cold winters here in New England) but sometimes lose sight of what affects the extreme heat has on our cars, our pets, and especially us!

Extreme heat is generally defined by temperatures 90 degrees or above, accompanied by high humidity levels. During the extremely hot days we are susceptible to heat rash, dehydration, heat exhaustion and even heat stroke. Here are some tips and guidelines to keep everyone safe and cool this summer:

Drink plenty of water – this is one of the most important ways to avoid any heat-related illness. Even if you’re not thirsty, keep drinking! Avoid sugary drinks like tea, coffee and soda – these types of drinks often make dehydration worse. Consuming cold drinks and smaller, colder meals (such as salads and fruit) can also help to keep you cool.

Stay safe in the sun – protect your skin with sunscreen and any other forms of protection while outdoors.

Keep an eye on pets and children – remind your children to drink water, and always remember NOT to leave babies or pets in the car during these hot days even with the AC on. Make sure animals have plenty of water and shade if they are going to be outside.

Bicycle Safety

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone loved riding their bike as a kid, right? Many of us are spending time riding our own, or teaching our children how to ride their bikes this summer. Although this can be a fun activity for everyone, it is important to especially teach our children right safety precautions. Here are some tips for a safe ride!

Wear a helmet every time – make sure it fits properly; it is the best and most effective way to prevent head injuries if an accident happens

Teach children rules of the road – so that they can be safe if/when riding on the street and also learn to be aware of their surroundings. Use a horn or bell to alert other riders and pedestrians, learn the correct hand signals to make drivers aware of what they’re doing, and always obey traffic signals and stop signs!

Be seen – make sure your child can be easily seen by dressing them in bright-colored or reflective clothing, and don’t allow them to ride in the dark. Always wear closed-toe shoes, no flip-flops or bare feet, and avoid loose clothing whenever possible.

Have fun and be safe this summer!

Commercial Services!

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County is a jack of all trades, from residential disaster recovery, to commercial cleaning/services SERVPRO is able to handle any size project. 

SERVPRO of Southern York County works with many businesses across York county, providing a multitude of services. We can offer contract based services or one time job related needs. SERVPRO is no stranger to working side by side with other companies all aiming to get the job completed. 

While SERVPRO of Southern York County can assist on almost any commercial project, we are also there for any emergency damages that may happen, fire, water, or vandalism. 

For all commercial customers we encourage you to take advantage of our Emergency Ready Program or ERP. Where one of our trained professionals can come out and a plan in place for your business incase of an emergency situation, so no employee is left wondering what to do during a time sensitive situation. As convenient as that sounds we will also work around your schedule, oh and did we mention this is FREE

Call SERVPRO anytime during normal business hours to ask about our ERP program. For any emergency or other job related questions call our office anytime, night or day. 

207-324-4400

SERVPRO9045@SERVPROSYC.COM

Testimonials

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County is a leader in fire, mold, and water damage, but did you know we also do general home cleaning? Our employee's are highly skilled and trained and are here to clean any job small or large.

SERVPRO of Southern York County offers free estimates, in the event you are thinking of getting some assistance with a general cleaning, for us to come out and give an estimate will be no charge. Feel free to call to schedule anytime; 207-324-4400!

We here at SERVPRO of Southern York County work with our customers, homeowners, and business owners to ensure their needs are met. We strive to be the best in the area, and our customers speak for themselves. Check out our testimonials tab and see what others have had to say about us!

Questions? 

Call, stop in, or email anytime!

236 River st Springvale, ME 04083

207-324-4400  SERVPRO9045@SERVPROsyc.com

Hiring! Production Tech

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County is looking to add a production technician to our professional team. Join our growing business and work with the best team in Maine. Help our customers recover after Water, Fire, and Mold damage.

Primary Responsibilities

Perform production processes following SERVPRO production guidelines, follow safety practices, work with crew chiefs and other team members to give our customer the best experience possible.

Benefits For Full Time Only:

Paid time, well days earned, sick time. 

Overtime pay, holiday pay, bonus structure, on call bonus

Training

Job Requirements:

Valid driver license with no violations in last 2 years, 

Ability to work when necessary nights and weekends. 

Positive attitude and respect for others and dependable. 

Experience in the restoration industry would be beneficial. 

Full time or part time work available for the right candidate. Email resume to SERVPRO9045@SERVPROsyc.com or stop in person and fill out an application at 236 River Street, Springvale ME

Mold concerns?

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern York County has a vast array of specialties. From water damage, fire damage, general cleanings, commercial cleaning's, carpet cleaning, even mold remediation. 

SERVPRO of Southern York County has the trained personnel to tackle any size mold job. Moldy attics, basement, or mold found in/around the main home, we have the experience and the knowledge to get your home cleaned and mold free. 

Mold can be a pest, and finding the source of that can be a real issue. SERVPRO of Southern York County works with multiple industrial hygienists to ensure the air quality is at an acceptable level once our work is completed. 

If you have any questions or concerns about mold or just want to schedule an estimate please feel free to call our office anytime. Our office is open 8 AM - 5 PM and our emergency line (same number after horus) is open 24/7. 

Extreme Weather

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

With summer upon us, here comes the extreme weather. Flash flooding, lightning strikes, and wind and hail from extreme thundershowers. These can all lead to damage at your home, an unfortunate circumstance to come with the warmer weather.

A few steps to help in case of some weather related issues. 

Flash Flooding

SERVPRO responds to all types of water damages, the most common in the summer is flooding from torrential rains. Now if water were to seep into your basement or garage you would more than likely have to call a SERVPRO to help dry back the area. But what you can do is help prevent your personal property damage. By keeping your items elevated, on shelving or in plastic containers, it could save those items you would have likely lost in an unfortunate event. 

Wind/Hail

If you experience wind or hail damage to your home please call us as soon as possible. Those crucial moments can help save secondary damage by us providing a roof tarping, or a window board up. 

Lightning Damage

If you experience a lightning strike at your home and as a result have some soot damage please do not try to clean yourself. SERVPRO has specific solutions for removing soot from surfaces better than any hardware store product. 

If you have any further questions on weather related damage to your home, either not listed or read about, please call our office anytime, were happy to help you!

207-324-4400

SERVPRO9045@SERVPROSYC.COM

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