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Cooking Safety Tips

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cooking Safety Tips This stovetop of a kitchen fire that started due to grease.

Cooking fires are the #1 cause of home fires and home injuries according to the National Fire Protection Association aka NFPA. The leading cause of fires are unattended cooking.

  • While cooking you should never leave the kitchen and if you have to, make sure you turn off the stovetop.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop; mitts, utensils, food packaging, towels, etc.
  • Be sure that your smoke alarms are working properly and that you have a fire extinguisher near by.
  • If a small fire arises on the stove top smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop.
  • For an oven fire keep door shut and turn off heat.
  • Stay alert!

"Cook with Caution" No matter the size of the kitchen fire it can be overwhelming. If you do not feel comfortable with fighting a small stovetop fire, exit the house and call 9-1-1.

SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is open 24/7- If you experience a kitchen fire we can help cleanup whether it be smoke, soot, or fire damage.

For more tips about kitchen fires visit the National Fire Protection Association at-http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/cooking/safety-messages-about-cooking

Emergency Water Damage Tips

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency Water Damage Tips Water valve shut off

Our team members at SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco are highly trained water damage specialist.

Tips if you experience water damage (These tips are for clean water situations only):

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under the furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from we carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keeping out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

If you experience water damage let SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco help cleanup and make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (207)283-4428

Let SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco be your HERO

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

General Let SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco be your HERO Captured at our 48th Annual Convention.

SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco will be there for you on the worst day of your life.

Let's face it...No one wants to see our trucks on their property because that means something bad has happened. We promise you that we will be there to fix it and do it as fast as possible. Our team will treat you, your business and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

We WILL make it "Like it Never Even Happened." Let SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco be your HERO.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (207)209-2332

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 Biddeford-Saco 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)?

Everyday is Gameday Seattle 2017

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

General Everyday is Gameday Seattle 2017 SERVPRO Wordle

A few members of our team headed out to Seattle, Washington for the 48th Annual SERVPRO Convention. It being my first time ever attending a convention I was ready to get down to business and sit through long classes all day...

Our first night in Seattle we had the "Opening Night Reception," and that's when I knew our industry was the very best. SERVPRO is one big family. We had delicious food, many laughs, and met a lot of new friends too. One thing that stood out to me immediately was that there was children playing and dancing at every event. Never in a million years did I think that the whole family actually came to convention. It made my heart happy...This is not just a franchise. We are a family.

The next day I had my first classroom session. The speakers ranged from corporate to small franchise owners. Each and every one of them had their own story of how they got where they are today. With some more difficult times than others. They shared their experiences and little things they do to make it an even better place to work! We took many of their ideas home to Maine with us to share with our team.

Everyday there is a general session where everyone comes together. We speak about Brand-Building and the legacy of our industry. Our theme this year was "Everyday is Gameday," the whole week was full of pep talks that gave you goosebumps and miss your glory days of being on a sports team.

My overall experience of my first but definitely not my last SERVPRO Convention was a huge success. I gained so much knowledge in the matter of a few days. I'm thrilled  to be apart of such a great family, team, and beyond thankful for everything SERVPRO has to offer.

GO SERVPRO!

Sincerely,

Caryn True

Emergency Ready Profile

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

General Emergency Ready Profile When Disaster Strikes, You can be Ruined or You Can BE READY

"No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be 'Ready for whatever happens.'"

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a document that contains important information that can help you locate shut off valves and priority areas in your building. It also contains who to call when disaster strikes.

By developing a SERVPRO ERP for your business, you can 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.

We offer this service for free and it can be accessed right from your smartphone.

Let us help you make an Emergency Profile for your business today!

Call our office at (207)-283-4428

SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is Licensed in Asbestos

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is Licensed in Asbestos  SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco Asbestos Abatement license

SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is the only SERVPRO in the state of Maine to be licensed in Asbestos.

What is asbestos? “Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals: Chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. Among these, chrysotile and amosite asbestos are most common.”

For many years asbestos fibers were used in several different commercial, residential and industrial capacities. Asbestos is heat resistance and became the material of choice. For example it can be found in roof shingles, floor tiles, ceiling materials, cement compounds, textile products, and automotive parts.

Asbestos is regulated due to the fact of how hazardous this mineral is. It’s scientifically linked to many lung and respiratory conditions. Not only workers are effected but many families.

We offer:

  • Asbestos Inspections
  • Asbestos Project Designs
  • Asbestos Disposal
  • Asbestos Abatement

Did you know? Asbestos test should be done on any house built prior to 1980. However, we feel like inspections should be completed on every house.

Any questions? Do not hesitate to call our office at (207)283-4428

For Immediate Service in York County Call SERVPRO

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

General  For Immediate Service in York County Call SERVPRO York County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night

SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in York County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (207)283-4428

Residential Services

Whether your York County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your York County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

York County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage York County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in York County.

SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco 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)283-4428

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 Biddeford-Saco 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 Biddeford-Saco

SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco 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.

Does Your York County Home Have A Mold Problem?

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

 

 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 207-283-4428

Biddeford, Saco, Kennebunks Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Biddeford, Saco, Kennebunks Smoke and Soot Cleanup Serving Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel, Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Dayton, Lyman and beyond!

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 Biddeford-Saco 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 – 207-283-4428