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Protect Your Business from Lightning Strikes: 5 Essential Safety Tips

7/19/2024 (Permalink)

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Lightning strikes are a powerful and unpredictable natural phenomenon that can cause significant damage to businesses. Protecting your business from lightning strikes involves taking proactive measures to minimize risks and ensure the safety of your property and employees. Here are five essential safety tips:

1. Install a Lightning Protection System

A lightning protection system (LPS) is designed to direct the energy from a lightning strike safely to the ground, preventing it from passing through your building. Key components of an LPS include:

  • Air Terminals: Rods installed at the highest points of your building to attract lightning.
  • Down Conductors: Cables that carry the electrical current from the air terminals to the ground.
  • Grounding System: Metal rods buried in the ground to safely dissipate the electrical current.

2. Surge Protection Devices (SPDs)

Surge protection devices are essential for protecting your electrical and electronic equipment from voltage spikes caused by lightning. Install SPDs at key points in your electrical system, such as:

  • Main Service Panels: To protect the entire electrical system.
  • Sub-Panels: To provide localized protection.
  • Individual Outlets: To safeguard sensitive equipment like computers and communication devices.

3. Regular Maintenance and Inspections

Conduct regular maintenance and inspections of your lightning protection system and electrical infrastructure. This includes:

  • Annual Inspections: Check for any wear and tear or damage to the LPS components.
  • Routine Electrical Checks: Ensure all surge protectors and grounding systems are functioning correctly.
  • Compliance with Standards: Make sure your lightning protection system complies with relevant safety standards and codes.

4. Employee Training and Emergency Preparedness

Educate your employees on lightning safety protocols and emergency procedures. Key points to cover include:

  • Shelter Protocols: Instruct employees to seek shelter indoors and avoid using electrical equipment during a storm.
  • Emergency Response: Develop and practice an emergency response plan in case of a lightning strike.
  • First Aid Training: Provide basic first aid training for handling injuries related to lightning strikes.

5. Structural and Environmental Precautions

Take additional steps to safeguard your building and surrounding environment. Consider:

  • Lightning Rods and Conductors: Install these on outdoor structures such as fences, trees, and signage to prevent side flashes.
  • Avoid Tall Structures: Avoid placing tall structures or equipment that can attract lightning near your building.
  • Tree Maintenance: Trim or remove trees that could fall and cause damage if struck by lightning.

Implementing these essential safety tips can help protect your business from the devastating effects of lightning strikes. For professional assistance, consult with SERVPRO of Southern York County and ensure your business is well-prepared for this unpredictable natural threat.

Uncovering Hidden Fire Hazards in Your Commercial Property: Prevention Tips for Safety and Peace of Mind

7/8/2024 (Permalink)

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Fire safety is a top priority for any business owner, but often, hidden fire hazards can go unnoticed until it's too late. As part of your proactive safety measures, it’s crucial to identify and address these lesser-known risks to protect your property, employees, and clients. Here are some common but often overlooked fire hazards and tips on how to mitigate them:

1. Electrical Outlets and Power Strips

Hazard: Overloaded outlets and power strips are a significant fire risk in commercial settings, especially with the extensive use of electronic devices.

Prevention Tips:

  • Regularly inspect all electrical outlets and power strips for signs of wear and tear.
  • Avoid daisy-chaining power strips and ensure they are not overloaded.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to check your building’s electrical system and ensure it meets current safety standards.

2. Dust and Debris in Hidden Areas

Hazard: Dust accumulation, particularly in areas like ducts, vents, and behind machinery, can be highly flammable.

Prevention Tips:

  • Implement a regular cleaning schedule for hard-to-reach areas.
  • Use industrial-grade vacuum cleaners designed to handle fine dust particles.
  • Regularly service HVAC systems to prevent dust buildup.

3. Storage Areas and Closets

Hazard: Improper storage of flammable materials and cluttered storage areas can easily become ignition points.

Prevention Tips:

  • Store flammable materials in designated, well-ventilated areas with appropriate safety measures in place.
  • Maintain clear, organized storage spaces to ensure materials are not placed near heat sources or electrical outlets.
  • Conduct periodic audits of storage areas to identify and mitigate potential hazards.

4. Kitchen Equipment

Hazard: Commercial kitchens are high-risk areas due to the presence of cooking equipment and flammable oils and greases.

Prevention Tips:

  • Regularly clean kitchen appliances, including ovens, stoves, and fryers, to prevent grease buildup.
  • Ensure all kitchen staff are trained in fire safety protocols, including the proper use of fire extinguishers.
  • Install and maintain automatic fire suppression systems in the kitchen area.

5. Outdated Fire Safety Equipment

Hazard: Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems that are outdated or improperly maintained can fail during an emergency.

Prevention Tips:

  • Schedule routine inspections and maintenance of all fire safety equipment.
  • Replace fire extinguishers and smoke detector batteries according to manufacturer guidelines.
  • Ensure your fire sprinkler system is inspected and tested by certified professionals regularly.

6. Faulty or Misused Electrical Equipment

Hazard: Electrical equipment that is old, damaged, or misused can overheat and cause fires.

Prevention Tips:

  • Inspect and replace damaged electrical cords and equipment promptly.
  • Train employees on the correct use of electrical equipment and the importance of unplugging devices when not in use.
  • Implement a policy for reporting and addressing electrical equipment issues immediately.

7. Neglected Heating Systems

Hazard: Heating systems, especially those that are infrequently used or poorly maintained, can pose significant fire risks.

Prevention Tips:

  • Conduct regular maintenance checks on all heating systems, including boilers, furnaces, and space heaters.
  • Keep heating equipment away from combustible materials.
  • Ensure proper ventilation around heating units to prevent overheating.


By recognizing and addressing these lesser-known fire hazards, you can significantly reduce the risk of fire in your commercial property. Regular inspections, proper maintenance, and employee training are key components of a comprehensive fire prevention strategy. For professional assistance and more information on keeping your business safe from fire hazards, contact SERVPRO of Southern York County today. Our experts are here to help you with all your fire safety needs, from risk assessment to emergency response and restoration.

Contact SERVPRO of Southern York County today to schedule a fire safety assessment and protect your business from potential fire hazards.

7 Crucial Steps you Need to Know for Cleaning Water-Damaged Drywall

7/1/2024 (Permalink)

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1. **Assessment and Safety**: Immediately assess the water damage and ensure safety by cutting off electricity. Wear protective gear to avoid health hazards.

2. **Identify the Source of Water**: Quickly determine if the water is clean, grey, or black as it affects the cleaning approach and safety precautions.

3. **Drying the Area**: Speedily dry the affected area using fans, dehumidifiers, and open windows to prevent mold growth.

4. **Inspect for Mold**: Check for mold as it can develop within 24-48 hours and poses serious health risks if not addressed promptly.

5. **Remove Damaged Drywall**: Cut and remove severely damaged or mold-infested drywall at least 12 inches above the waterline.

6. **Cleaning and Disinfecting**: Thoroughly clean the remaining drywall with a mild detergent and disinfect the area to kill any remaining bacteria or mold spores.

7. **Repair and Restore**: Once the area is dry and cleaned, replace the removed drywall sections and finish the surface with appropriate materials.

Following these steps is crucial to ensure that water-damaged drywall is properly cleaned and restored, minimizing health risks and structural damage.

Burst Pipes and Homeowner Preparedness: Why SERVPRO Southern York County is Your Best Choice

6/21/2024 (Permalink)

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Understanding the Threat of Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are a homeowner's nightmare, often leading to significant damage, costly repairs, and a lengthy recovery process. This issue can occur for various reasons, including freezing temperatures, old and corroded pipes, excessive water pressure, or a sudden impact on the plumbing system. Regardless of the cause, the aftermath can be devastating, with water damage affecting walls, floors, furniture, and even the structural integrity of your home.

The Importance of Preparedness

Preparedness is key to mitigating the damage caused by burst pipes. Here are several steps homeowners can take to prepare and protect their homes:

1. Insulate Pipes: Use pipe insulation or heat tape to protect pipes in unheated areas such as basements, attics, and garages.
2. Seal Cracks and Openings: Ensure there are no cracks or openings around doors, windows, and foundation to keep cold air from reaching the pipes.
3. Maintain a Consistent Temperature: Keep your home at a consistent temperature, even when you're away, to prevent pipes from freezing.
4. Know Your Water Main: Be aware of where your water main is located and how to shut it off in case of an emergency.
5. Regular Maintenance: Schedule regular plumbing inspections to identify and address potential issues before they escalate.

Immediate Actions When a Pipe Bursts

If a pipe bursts in your home, immediate action is crucial to minimize damage:

1. Shut Off the Water: Quickly turn off the main water supply to prevent further flooding.
2. Turn Off the Electricity: If water is near electrical outlets or appliances, turn off the electricity to avoid hazards.
3. Remove Valuables: Move furniture, electronics, and other valuables to a dry area.
4. Contact a Professional: Call a professional water damage restoration service like SERVPRO Southern York County to handle the cleanup and repairs.

Why Choose Us for Burst Pipe Emergencies?

When disaster strikes, you need a reliable and efficient response. Here’s why we are the best choice for handling burst pipe emergencies:

1. 24/7 Emergency Service: Round-the-clock emergency services, ensuring they can respond quickly to your call and begin the restoration process immediately.
2. Expert Technicians: Our team of highly trained technicians has the expertise and equipment necessary to handle water damage restoration efficiently and effectively.
3. Comprehensive Services: From water extraction and drying to repair and restoration, we provide comprehensive services to restore your home to its pre-damage condition.
4. Advanced Technology: We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to ensure thorough drying and dehumidification, preventing mold growth and secondary damage.
5. Insurance Coordination: We work closely with insurance companies to streamline the claims process, providing documentation and support to help you navigate the complexities of insurance claims.

Preventative Measures and Ongoing Support

Beyond immediate response and restoration, SERVPRO Southern York County offers preventive services and ongoing support to help you safeguard your home against future water damage:

1. Water Damage Assessment: Regular assessments can identify potential vulnerabilities in your plumbing system, allowing for proactive repairs.
2. Education and Training: We educate homeowners on best practices for maintaining their plumbing systems and preventing water damage.

In The End

Burst pipes can cause significant disruption and damage to your home, but with proper preparedness and the right professional help, you can minimize the impact. Our prompt response, expertise, and comprehensive services make us the ideal partner for homeowners facing water damage emergencies. By choosing us, you’re not only opting for immediate relief but also investing in long-term protection for your home. Don’t wait for disaster to strike—be prepared, stay informed, and trust SERVPRO Southern York County to keep your home safe and sound.

Spring into Action: Protecting Your Home Inside and Out with Essential Cleaning Practices

4/22/2024 (Permalink)

As we say goodbye to winter and spring knocks on our doors, it's time to prepare our homes for a season of growth and renewal! Spring cleaning presents an opportunity to fortify our homes against the wear and tear of the past months. From safeguarding against moisture damage to enhancing curb appeal, let's dive into some essential spring cleaning tasks that can protect both the interior and exterior of your home.

  • Seal Cracks and Gaps: Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks and gaps where moisture can seep in. Use caulking or weather-stripping to seal any openings around windows, doors, and foundation walls. By preventing water intrusion, you can safeguard against costly water damage and mold growth, preserving the structural integrity of your home.

  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to water pooling around your home's foundation, increasing the risk of basement flooding and structural damage. Clear out debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt from gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage. Consider installing gutter guards to minimize maintenance and prevent future blockages.

  • Trim Trees and Shrubs: Overgrown trees and shrubs can pose a threat to your home's exterior, especially during spring storms with high winds. Trim back branches that are touching or hanging over your roof, siding, or windows to prevent damage from falling limbs.

By addressing both the interior and exterior of your home, you can protect against moisture damage, improve energy efficiency, and enhance the longevity of your property.

5 Essential Tips to Prevent Holiday Fires and Keep Your Season Merry and Bright

10/9/2023 (Permalink)

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The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and spending quality time with loved ones. However, it's also a time when the risk of fires in our homes tends to increase. From the twinkling lights on our Christmas trees to the flickering candles on the menorah, there are many potential fire hazards lurking in our homes during this festive time. But fear not! With some careful planning and safety precautions, you can ensure a fire-safe holiday season for you and your family.

  1. Choose Flameless Candles: While candles can create a warm and cozy atmosphere, they also pose a significant fire risk. Opt for flameless LED candles instead. They mimic the appearance of real candles without the danger of an open flame.

  2. Water Your Tree: If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure to keep it well-hydrated by regularly watering it. A dry tree is more susceptible to catching fire from nearby heat sources.

  3. Keep an Eye on the Stove: Cooking is a big part of holiday celebrations, but it's also a common source of fires. Never leave the stove unattended, use a timer to remind you of cooking times, and keep flammable materials away from the stovetop.

  4. Turn Off Lights and Decorations: Before going to bed or leaving your home, be sure to turn off all holiday lights and decorations. This simple step can prevent electrical fires and save energy.

  5. Have an Emergency Plan: Prepare your family with a fire escape plan. Discuss the plan with everyone in your household and practice fire drills so that everyone knows what to do in case of a fire emergency.

These are just a few, but by following these 5 essential tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of fires in your home and keep your holidays safe and happy!

Ready for Anything, 24/7 - Your Trusted Partner in Emergencies

10/9/2023 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, whether it's a fire, flood, storm, or any other unforeseen event, you need a reliable and responsive team to help you through the chaos. That's where SERVPRO® comes in. With a reputation built on excellence and a commitment to being there when you need them most, SERVPRO of Southern York County is your trusted partner in emergencies.

  1. Local Presence, National Resources: SERVPRO® is a national franchise with a network of over 1,900 individually owned and operated franchises across the United States. This means that no matter where you are, there's a SERVPRO® team nearby, backed by the collective resources of a nationwide network.
  2. Community Involvement: SERVPRO® franchises are locally owned and operated, which means we are deeply rooted in their communities. We understand the unique challenges our neighbors face and are committed to helping our communities recover after disasters.
  3. Insurance Liaison: Dealing with insurance claims can be overwhelming, especially during a crisis. Our Project Managers and office staff at SERVPRO of Southern York County can help by working directly with your insurance company to expedite the claims process. Their experience in navigating insurance matters can save you time and stress.
  4. Immediate Response: Emergencies don't wait for convenient hours, and neither does SERVPRO®. Our 24/7 emergency response team is always on call, ready to go at a moment's notice. Whether it's the middle of the night or a holiday weekend, you can count on us to be there when you need it most.

In times of crisis, having a reliable and responsive partner like SERVPRO® can make all the difference. With our 24/7 availability, highly trained professionals, advanced equipment, and unwavering commitment to their communities, SERVPRO is ready for anything. When disaster strikes, you can trust SERVPRO of Southern York County to help you get back on your feet and on the road to recovery, "Like it never even happened."

COVID-19 Cleanings

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is STILL Here to Help during this time of need

We're more than 2 years 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 Cleanup - We'll Tackle It All

4/11/2023 (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

Commercial Water Damage

4/11/2023 (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!