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Facts About Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius L.)

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

General Facts About Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius L.) SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE (302) 392-6000

Knowing What to Look for Is the First Step in Identifying and Controlling Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can be hard to find and identify, given their small size and their habit of staying hidden. It helps to know what they look like, since the various life stages have different forms.

There are many bugs that look like bed bugs so an accurate identification is a critical first step to avoid costly treatment for the wrong bug.

There are ways to control bed bugs. Getting good, solid information is the first step in both prevention and control. While there is no chemical quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.

Appearance of Bed Bugs

Adult Bed Bugs

  • About the size of an apple seed (5-7 mm or 3/16 - 1/4 inch long)
  • Long and brown, with a flat, oval-shaped body (if not fed recently)
  • Balloon-like, reddish-brown, and more elongated (if fed recently)
  • A “true bug” (characteristics of true bugs include a beak with three segments; antenna that have four parts; wings that are not used for flying; and short, golden-colored hairs)
  • Smelly, with a “musty-sweetish” odor produced through glands on the lower side of the body

Young Bed Bugs (Nymphs)

  • Smaller, translucent or whitish-yellow in color
  • If not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye because of coloring and size

Bed Bug Eggs

  • Tiny, the size of a pinhead
  • Pearl-white in color
  • Marked by an eye spot if more than five days old

Looking for Signs of Bed Bugs

A more accurate way to identify a possible infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs. When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home, look for:

  • Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
  • Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.
  • Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
  • Live bed bugs.

Where Bed Bugs Hide

When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places. Around the bed, they can be found near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard.

If the room is heavily infested, you may find bed bugs:

  • In the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains
  • In drawer joints
  • In electrical receptacles and appliances
  • Under loose wall paper and wall hangings
  • At the junction where the wall and the ceiling meet
  • Even in the head of a screw
  • Since bed bugs are only about the width of a credit card, they can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bed bug

Bed Bug Behavior and Habit

Understanding the behavior of bed bugs (how they eat, live, and reproduce) will help you to find an infestation before it becomes established and to monitor for the presence of bed bugs after your home has been treated.

Bed Bug Feeding Habits

  • Prefer to feed on humans, but will feed on other mammals and birds as well
  • Will readily travel 5-20 feet from established hiding places (called harborage) to feed on a host
  • Primarily active at night, but if hungry they will seek hosts in full daylight.
  • Feeding can take 3-12 minutes.
  • The rusty or tarry spots found on bed sheets or in bug hiding places are because 20% of the time adults and large nymphs will void remains of earlier blood meals while still feeding.

Bed Bug Life Stages/Mating

  • Bed bugs need at least one blood meal before the individual bug can develop to the next of the six life stages
  • To continue to mate and produce eggs, both males and females must feed at least once every 14 days
  • Each female may lay 1 to 3 eggs per day and 200-500 eggs per her lifetime (6-12 months but could be longer)
  • Egg-to-egg life cycle may take four to five weeks under favorable conditions

Bed Bug Living Conditions

  • Bed bugs can survive and remain active at temperatures as low as 7°C (46°F), but they die when their body temperatures reaches 45°C (113°F).
    • To kill bed bugs with heat, the room must be even hotter to ensure sustained heat reaches the bugs no matter where they are hiding.
  • Common bed bugs are found almost anywhere their host can live.

Protecting Your Home from Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They can move from an infested site to a new home by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing.

Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs can be quite resilient; they are capable of surviving several months to a year without feeding.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Can Help Keep it Clean

Keeping a clean, tidy and uncluttered house can save you a lot of time and money by drastically decreasing your chance of bed bugs in the first place.

You know SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also help with preventing a bed bug infestation.

Need Cleaning Services? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  – (302) 392-6000

Bed Bugs: Get Them Out and Keep Them Out

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

General Bed Bugs: Get Them Out and Keep Them Out SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE (302) 392-6000

Protecting Your Home from Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They can move from an infested site to a new home by traveling on furniture, bedding, luggage, boxes, and clothing.

Although they typically feed on blood every five to ten days, bed bugs can be quite resilient; they are capable of surviving several months to a year without feeding.

A Few Simple Precautions Can Help Prevent Bed Bug Infestation in Your Home:

  • Check secondhand furniture, beds, and couches for any signs of bed bug infestation before bringing them home.
  • Use a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs to eliminate many hiding spots. The light color of the encasement makes bed bugs easier to see. Be sure to purchase a high quality encasement that will resist tearing and check the encasement regularly for holes.
  • Reduce clutter in your home to reduce hiding places for bed bugs.
  • Vacuum frequently to remove any successful hitchhikers.
  • Be vigilant when using shared laundry facilities. Transport items to be washed in plastic bags (if you have an active infestation, use a new bag for the journey home). Remove from dryer directly into bag and fold at home. (A dryer on high heat can kill bed bugs.)
  • If you live in a multi-family home, try to isolate your unit by:
    • Installing door sweeps on the bottom of doors to discourage movement into hallways.
    • Sealing cracks and crevices around baseboards, light sockets, etc., to discourage movement through wall voids.
  • Consider purchasing a portable heating chamber to treat any items that you believe may have bed bugs.
    • Be sure to read and carefully follow the directions if you use one of these units and be aware that they are not regulated by EPA or other federal agencies. 

Do-it-yourself Bed Bug Control

Bed bugs are challenging pests to get rid of, since they hide so well and reproduce so quickly. In addition, the egg stage is resistant to many forms of treatment, so a single attempt may not be sufficient to complete the job.

Treating bed bugs is complex. Your likelihood of success depends on many factors, including: 

  • Extent of the infestation.
  • Site-specific challenges.
    • Clutter.
    • Neighbors with infestations.
    • Ability of all of the residents to participate. 

Achieving complete control can take weeks to months, depending on the nature and extent of the infestation, and everyone will need to cooperate and do their part.

Identify the Problem

  • Inspect infested areas, plus surrounding living spaces, to determine extent of infestation
  • Correctly identify the pest
  • If you have bed bugs and live in an apartment, notify your landlord, because the units surrounding yours should be inspected.

Develop a Strategy

  • Using a calendar, map out each stage based on the recommendations in the following sections
  • Plan to keep records through the whole process – including dates and locations when pests are found
  • Leave time for long-term monitoring to make sure all of the bed bugs are gone

Keep the Infestation from Spreading

  • Anything removed from the room should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and treated.
    • Items that cannot be treated should be placed in a sealed plastic bag and left for an extended period of time to ensure any active bugs are dead (research shows variation in the length of time needed, but it can be as long as a year).
  • Empty the vacuum after each use.
    • Seal the bag and throw it out in an outdoor trash container.
  • Don't discard furniture if you can eliminate the bed bugs from it.
  • If furniture cannot be salvaged, discard it responsibly. Destroy it so someone else won't be tempted to bring it into their home. For example:
    • Rip covers and remove stuffing from furniture items.
    • Use spray paint to mark furniture with "Bed Bugs." 
  • Take steps to have infested items picked up as soon as possible by the trash collection agency.

Prepare for Bed Bug Treatment

Jumping straight into control is tempting, but won't work. Preparing for treatment is essential to getting successful control. It will also help by making it easier for you to monitor for bed bugs that haven't been completely eliminated. This preparation should be conducted whether you are doing the treatment yourself or hiring a professional.

Kill the Bed Bugs

  • Make sure the methods you select are safe, effective and legal. See What's Legal, What's Not for more information.
  • Consider non-chemical methods of killing bed bugs. Some will be more useful than others.
    • Heat treatment using a clothes dryer on high heat, black plastic bags in the sun or a hot, closed car (pest management professionals have other methods that are not suitable for non-trained individuals to use).
    • Cold treatment can be successful in the home environment if the freezer is set to 0o F. You must leave the items in the freezer at that temperature for four days. (Always use a thermometer to check the temperature, since home freezers are not always set to 0o.)
    • Reducing the numbers of bugs with these and other non-chemical methods is helpful, but is unlikely to entirely eliminate the infestation.
  • If needed, use pesticides carefully according to the label directions or hire a pest management professional.
  • Every few days after you complete your initial cleanup and control processes, carefully look for any evidence of bed bugs.
    • If you see bed bugs, that means that either the initial cleanup missed some individuals or that eggs have hatched (finding and removing or killing all eggs can be very difficult) and retreatment may be needed.
  • If repeated treatments are needed, consider using pesticides with different modes of action.

Evaluate and Prevent

  • Continue to inspect for presence of bed bugs, at least every 7 days, in case any eggs remained.
    • Interceptors (placed under the legs of furniture to catch bed bugs and keep them from climbing the legs; commercial and do-it-yourself versions available), traps or other methods of monitoring can be used.
  • Continue to implement preventative measures. 

Bed Bug Treatments That DO NOT Work

  • Switch sleeping location
  • Ultrasonic pest repellers
  • Dryer sheets and plant oil-based repellents
  • Moth balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • House cleaning materials
  • Most natural pest control products
  • Foggers
  • Most consumer pesticide sprays

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Can Help Keep it Clean

Keeping a clean, tidy and uncluttered house can save you a lot of time and money by drastically decreasing your chance of bed bugs in the first place.

You know SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also help with preventing a bed bug infestation.

Need Cleaning Services? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  – (302) 392-6000

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11/19/2017 (Permalink)

General Follow Us on Your Favorite Social Media Network Calling All Social Butterflies! Find SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle on your favorite network.

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SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE is Faster to Any Size Disaster

Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000 for all your residential and commercial cleaningwater damagefire damage and mold remediation needs! 

We have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

How to Thaw a Frozen Turkey (And how Not To)

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

General How to Thaw a Frozen Turkey (And how Not To) SERVPRO of Bear/ New Castle, DE

What You Need to Know

Thawing a frozen turkey takes time, but you’ve got a few options if you find yourself behind schedule. You’ll need to take special care when defrosting your Thanksgiving turkey, since some approaches (like defrosting it on the counter) are unsafe. 

You’ve got at least two safe alternatives for safely thawing your frozen turkey and a third option if your turkey is small enough. Here’s what you need to know about each method:

Refrigerator Thawing

This is the easiest method for defrosting a turkey but it also takes the longest amount of time

  • Place the unopened frozen turkey (breast side up) on a tray that will prevent the turkey juices from dripping on other foods.
  • Place the frozen turkey in the fridge after making sure your refrigerator temperature is set at 40 °F or below.
  • Allow about 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of frozen turkey

Approximate Times to Defrost a Whole Turkey in the Fridge:

10 pounds: 2 days plus 12 hours
15 pounds: 3 days plus 18 hours

20 pounds: 5 days
25 pounds: 6 days plus 6 hours

Check out this handy online calculator to determine how long it will take to defrost your frozen turkey.

A turkey that’s been defrosted in the refrigerator can be kept for an additional 1 to 2 days in the fridge before cooking.  Another plus of thawing turkey in the refrigerator: If your plans change and you decide not to cook the turkey at all, you can safely refreeze the defrosted turkey within 1 to 2 days (although there may be some loss of quality).

Cold Water Thawing

You can defrost your frozen turkey much faster in cold water. But compared to refrigerator thawing, the process will require a lot more attention on your behalf.

  • Make sure the frozen turkey is in a leak-proof package or plastic bag.
  • Submerge the bagged turkey in coldtap water (never use warm or hot water, as that can cause the outer layer to heat up to a temperature where harmful bacteria begins to multiply.
  • Change the water every 30 minutes, to ensure that it stays cold enough.
  • Using this thawing method, you should estimate about 30 minutes of defrosting time per pound of turkey.

Approximate Time to Defrost a Whole Turkey in Cold Water:

10 pounds: 5 hours

15 pounds: 7 hours

20 pounds: 10 hours

25 pounds: 12 hours

A turkey that’s been defrosted in cold water must be cooked as soon as it’s completely thawed.  You should NOT refreeze raw turkey that’s been defrosted using this method. Once cooked thoroughly, you can refreeze a turkey.

Microwave Thawing

If your frozen turkey is tiny enough, and you’re pressed for time, you can defrost a turkey in the microwave.

  • Check your owner’s manual for the minutes per pound and the power level to use for thawing.
  • Remove all outside wrapping.
  • Place on a microwave-safe dish to catch any juices that might leak.

A turkey that’s been defrosted in the microwave must be cooked as soon as it’s completely thawed.  You should NOT refreeze raw turkey that’s been defrosted using this method. Once cooked thoroughly, you can refreeze a turkey.


How Not to Defrost Your Frozen Turkey

You should never thaw a frozen turkey on the counter at room temperature or in hot water. Under either of those methods, the outer layer of the turkey can sit between the bacteria-breeding temperatures of 40°F and 140 °F for far too long to be safe.

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10/28/2017 (Permalink)

General Corbit, DE Like us on Facebook Join SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle on Facebook for tips and advice for your home and business. https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRObearde

Corbit, DE...Join our Facebook community and keep in touch with what's going on.

We provide valuable cleaning tips, home and business tips, advice to help avoid costly repairs, and a whole lot more.

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SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

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Residential & Commercial Restoration & Cleaning Company That Response Faster to Any Size Disaster in Corbit, DE

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

General Residential & Commercial Restoration & Cleaning Company That Response Faster to Any Size Disaster in Corbit, DE Faster to any size disaster in Corbit, DE Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE (302) 392-6000

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE is a Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry.

We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.

Residential Services

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, there’s a SERVPRO nearby and ready to help. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE technicians are highly trained and use advanced equipment and techniques to clean and restore your home. Our focus on training and documentation help our technicians make your house feel like home again.

Commercial Services

Your property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. When it’s impacted by fire or water damage, you need professional help. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. When you need professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and resources to get your property back to business quickly. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help residents and business owners in our community with any size cleaning or restoration emergencies.

We are proud to serve our local communities in New Castle County, DE:

  • Bear
  • Corbit
  • Delaware City
  • Glasgow
  • New Castle
  • Saint Georges

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRObearde

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists in Delaware City, DE

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

General Highly Trained Restoration Specialists in Delaware City, DE SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle’s staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE Is An IICRC Certified Firm That Is Locally Owned And Operated In Delaware City, DE

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

 IICRC Training

  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restorationfire restorationmold remediationcarpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

IICRC Certifications

  •  Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)

This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)

Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.

  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.

  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)

Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

  •  Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination.

Modules include:

Initial Franchise Training

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

e-Learnings

All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle, DE offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRObearde

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE & The American Red Cross Join Forces For A Greater Cause

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE & The American Red Cross Join Forces For A Greater Cause SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE and The American Red Cross join forces for a greater cause. Helping Delaware City, DE prepare for “Any size disaster”

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE is a proud National Sponsor for the Red Cross “Ready Rating” Program..

Helping Delaware City, DE prepare for “Any size disaster”

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE continues to be a national sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating program, a free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies.

This partnership just makes perfect sense and truly completes the readiness equation for businesses and other property owners in New Castle County, DE. The American Red Cross Ready Rating Program allows individuals to assess their readiness for a disaster, so they can take all necessary steps before disaster strikes to protect their property from damage and loss.

When disaster does strike, knowing what to do and who to call saves time – and fast response is key to minimizing damage and downtime. That’s where SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle’s Emergency READY Program can help. Together, these two programs offer maximum peace of mind to residents and businesses whenever there’s a threat of severe weather – such as freezing rains, below 0 temperatures, high winds, downpours, flash flooding, fires caused by lightning strikes and even tornadoes spawned by thunderstorms.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE joins in community outreach efforts to educate and highlight the importance of community preparedness in neighborhoods across the New Castle County.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE urges all property owners in Delaware City, DE to visit the American Red Cross Ready Rating website now at http://readyrating.org to complete a 123-point self-assessment of their level of preparedness for weather-related or other emergencies. Aligned with the federal government's Private Sector Preparedness standards, the Ready Rating assessment offers businesses, organizations and schools access to tools, tips and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness.

Keys to the program are the following Five Essential Steps to Preparedness – the cornerstones of the Ready Rating program:

  1. Commit to Preparedness
  2. Conduct a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
  3. Develop an Emergency Response Plan
  4. Implement your Emergency Response Plan
  5. Help Your Community Get Prepared

The time to prepare for a disaster is before it happens. Taking steps to make your property as secure as possible, then having a plan to deal with the aftermath if disaster does strike is just good business and common sense. At SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE, we can help you create a disaster recovery plan, specific to you. 

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on the American Red Cross Ready Rating program, please visit http://readyrating.org/

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!


Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.  

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRObearde

Residential & Commercial Restoration & Cleaning Company That Response Faster to Any Size Disaster in Bear/New Castle, DE

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

General Residential & Commercial Restoration & Cleaning Company That Response Faster to Any Size Disaster in Bear/New Castle, DE Faster to any size disaster in New Castle County, DE Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE (302) 392-6000

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE Is a Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.

Residential Services

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, there’s a SERVPRO nearby and ready to help. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE technicians are highly trained and use advanced equipment and techniques to clean and restore your home. Our focus on training and documentation help our technicians make your house feel like home again.

Commercial Services

Your property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. When it’s impacted by fire or water damage, you need professional help. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. When you need professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and resources to get your property back to business quickly. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of this community. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help residents and business owners in our community with any size cleaning or restoration emergencies.

We are proud to serve our local communities in New Castle County, DE:

  • Bear
  • Corbit
  • Delaware City
  • Glasgow
  • New Castle
  • Saint Georges

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRObearde

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8/2/2017 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRObearde

WHY IS KNOWING THE WINDCHILL IMPORTANT?

2/8/2016 (Permalink)

Since we do 24 hour emergency water damage cleanup from frozen pipes we definitely understand wind chill.  When temperatures drop into a deep freeze we can get quite busy.  When Mother Nature decides to add heavy winds to the already low temperatures we know we’ll get even busier, faster!  The combination of freezing temperatures coupled with the driving winds blast frigid air into areas of your home and/or business and cause damage that would otherwise likely be Ok. 

Now, what does wind chill mean to you and how can it affect you when you’re outside?

Wind chill describes the rate of heat loss from exposed skin due to the combined effect of wind and cold. As wind speed increases, heat is lost from the body at an accelerated rate lowering the body temperature. Dangerous wind chills begin at -19 F (-29 C). Winds of more than 45 mph (39 kt; 20 m/s) add little to the chilling effect. Wind chill can also affect animals. Please refer to the pictured NWS wind chill chart for more data and to help determine frostbite times.

As a bonus, what is the heat index?

The heat index or the "Apparent Temperature" is a measure of how hot it feels due to the combined effects of air temperature and relative humidity (RH). Heat-induced danger begins at 105 F (41 C).

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA & SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE, proudly serves those in need!  We will be on site quickly and our staff will give you the personalized attention you deserve.  We specialize in the cleanup of water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, mold removal, trauma cleanup, vandalism cleanup, carpet cleaning and duct cleaning.  Let us help you make it, “Like it never even happened!”  Visit either of our websites for assistance.  Pennsylvania customers visit –www.SERVPROupperdarby.com or www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com if you’re located in Delaware.  To speak to a qualified team member, call 1-877-352-0700.

IS IT GOING TO RAIN TODAY? UNDERSTANDING THE WEATHER FORECAST

2/2/2016 (Permalink)

(Courtesy: National Weather Service/NOAA, Department of Commerce)

Since we do 24 hour emergency water damage cleanup we definitely keep an eye on the weather.  Each time it rains or storms we can get a wide range of phone calls from overflowing sump pumps to leaky windows & roofs, so it's important for us to follow and understand Weather Forecast Terminology.  Here's some helpful information that should help you understand what all those weather terms mean.

Every day people check the weather forecast to plan their daily activities, but do they really understand what the meteorologist is telling them? This blog is intended to develop a better understanding of those forecasts. It is designed to help people make informed decisions about travel plans, sports practices and events, campouts or other outdoor activities before hazardous weather develops.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is the federal agency charged with providing weather services to the nation. It is the official source of watches, warnings and advisories for hazardous weather. Weather forecasts and warnings can be received directly from the NWS through its nationwide network of NOAA Weather Radio.

This blog will use terminology as defined by the NWS. Forecast products issued by countries other than the US have different criteria. Forecasters outside of the NWS (such as on radio and television) may use different terms or place a different meaning on weather terms.

WEATHER FORECAST TERMINOLOGY

The basic weather forecast includes the following weather elements: precipitation, probability of precipitation, sky condition, temperature and wind. Forecasts describe the weather in 12-hour increments such as "today", "tonight" and "tomorrow." Forecasters often use descriptive terms to convey the forecast message. While these terms may be subjective, the NWS attempts to standardize them.

Details on precipitation probabilities, sky conditions and wind will be provided in future blogs as well as information about additional Basic Weather Terms and Fire and Winter Related Terms.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA & SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE, proudly serves those in need!  We will be on site quickly and our staff will give you the personalized attention you deserve.  We specialize in the cleanup of water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, mold removal, trauma cleanup, vandalism cleanup, carpet cleaning and duct cleaning.  Let us help you make it, “Like it never even happened!”  Visit either of our websites for assistance.  Pennsylvania customers visit –www.SERVPROupperdarby.com or www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com if you’re located in Delaware.  To speak to a qualified team member, call 1-877-352-0700.