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Continuing Education Courses 2017

  • Tuesday
  • January 17, 2017
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Registration at 8:30am
  • Hoss’s Steak and Seafood
  • 100 W. Airport Rd.
  • Lititz, PA 17543
  • Wednesday
  • January 18, 2017
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Registration at 8:30am
  • Hoss’s Steak and Seafood
  • 743 Wertzville Rd.
  • Enola, PA 17025
  • Thursday
  • January 19, 2017
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Registration at 8:30am
  • Major Restoration
  • 1214 E. Market St.
  • York, PA 17403

In order to reserve your spot you will need to download this form and either fax or email it to us by January 14, 2017. Our fax number is (717) 850-2841 and the email you’ll need is info@majorrs.com. Hope to see you there!

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Get the best mold removal and mold remediation at Major Restoration Services

Mold is a fungus that is virtually everywhere and is a necessary element in life. Mold growth is what helps in the decay of living material, such as fallen trees and leaves. The mold grows on this dead material and begins digesting it. Without mold there would be all kinds of organic material lying around that has not decayed. Even though mold is a necessary component in life, it is not required for your home. In fact, mold within your home is a cause for alarm. Especially when you notice the mold growth is recurring.

The presence of mold in a home has many adverse effects. People can be exposed to mold through direct skin contact, breathing, or ingestion. Mold exposure can cause some health-related issues, including breathing difficulties, asthma, and topical skin rash. Black mold is rare but highly toxic and contains carcinogen toxins that are linked to particular types of cancer, liver and nervous system damage, and more.

Preventing mold is relatively easy. It can be included in the regular maintenance of your home. Be on high alert for conditions that would lend themselves to the growth of mold. These situations can be as simple as a leaky faucet or as complicated as high humidity and condensation build up. Look for areas where mold is visible such as showers and tile for instance. Those are areas that attract mold. Keep areas clean with a cleaner that is specially formulated to kill mold.

Exposure to mold can be quite harmful to health. Mold removal services, however, provide relief. Remediation has plenty of health benefits since it ensures that the effects are curbed before exposure to health harmful bacteria and spores. Some of the health issues that remediation helps in keeping at bay include sinus infection, skin infections, rashes, and pneumonia. Others are asthma, memory impairment, migraines, fever, chronic fatigue syndrome, dizziness, wheezing and coughing.

Before the mold removal process is begun, the source of moisture on which the mold thrives has to be stopped. Otherwise, the process wouldn’t produce any result and before long, molds would start to reappear. Often the cause of mold growth in the household is some leaking roofs, walls or floors. In a case of flood, the whole affected area is properly cleaned and later dried to inhibit the growth of molds. Dehumidifiers are employed in the drying process to remove the moisture as soon as possible and prevent the molds from growing. Avoid using the high powered fans or other drying blowers as they may cause the pores of the molds to be released in the atmosphere and result in severe health problems.

A mold remediation company should be trustworthy not just for a few people, but for a majority of the lot. Read customer reviews, testimonials, feedback, and comments before choosing a company to compare the reputations. Mold remediation is a process involved in mold removal and cleaning of the entire space that was affected by the mold. Mold remediation involves complete removal of the mold and also some corrective step included to prevent it from occurring in the future. There are plenty of remediation methods available. You can opt to choose the one that suits you the best. Residential mold removal is also popular. If the interior of your house suffers from a dull and unattractive look, you can select a residential mold removal service.

Give Major Restoration Services a call now at (717) 855-2367

Major Restoration Services

Emergency needs are unpredictable and yet inevitable. When emergency strikes, it is important for the victims to seek services of a highly reputable restoration company to help them clean up the mess that might have occurred. Offering its services to both commercial and residential clients, Major Restoration Services is a well-qualified restoration company which operates across Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The company has been helpful to some neighboring states when disasters occur. The company is formed by a team of well-skilled employees who are very passionate about helping out individuals to restore their norms after a catastrophic happening. Also, unlike other companies of similar interest, Major Restoration Services is equipped with all the necessary tools and facilities which are efficiently utilized in the restoration services.

Major Restoration Services is a company which is owned by a restoration expert. For that reason, clients are guaranteed nothing but the best restoration services since no stone is left unturned throughout the restoration process. The property damage experts consist of various technicians who are trained very well to handle an emergency situation such as; trauma clean up, mold and water mitigation, fire, smoke and even puff back services, sewage clean up, packs outs and board ups.

On top of these services, our team is adequately skilled to handle full repair services. The repair team will ensure that your home or even business goes back to its normal functional routine after the disruptions of disasters. It is without a doubt that Major Restoration Services offer a broad range of services concerning disaster restoration. Most repair companies in the industry are only capable of handling a fraction of work while leaving the other part to the home or business owners. Major Restoration Services is however entirely dedicated to eradicating and conceal messes caused by disasters.

We guarantee a complete makeover upon reaching us for restoration services. The restoration company also has a specialized and friendly office personnel which are reachable on 24/7/365 basis to receive our clients’ emergency calls. Clients are always assured to find us whenever the need be. We understand that disasters can occur at a particular time and therefore our telephone lines are always open and the team ready to react to emergency calls at any given time. It is also important to note that Major Restoration Services is well educated and have the necessary training concerning different types of insurance companies and insurance vendors in its areas of service.

The knowledge of insurance services is enormously important to both the company and its clients since it enables these restoration experts to keep effectively in touch with your insurance providers all through your claim procedure. In the case of any setbacks in your home or even business premises caused by disasters, do not vacillate to contact Major Restoration Services. The restoration company is without a doubt the best and most reliable of its kind. These restoration experts are very prolific in restoring fire and water damage, bio-hazards and mold clean up and also it is has a special team which is well skilled to perform rebuild services. Do not let disasters stress you out; Major Restoration services is here to help you out.

Give Major Restoration Services a call now at (717) 855-2367

Continuing Education Classes

Disaster Safety Preparedness

Hosted by:
Major Restoration Services
Michael Allen
3 Credit Course
Course #124756

  • Tuesday
  • May 17th, 2016
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Registration Starts at 8:30am
  • Lancaster County Location
  • Hoss’s Steak and Seafood
  • 100 West Airport Road
  • Lititz, PA 17543
  • Free lunch following the class
  • Wednesday
  • May 18th, 2016
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Registration Starts at 8:30am
  • Cumberland County Location
  • Hoss’s Steak and Seafood
  • 743 Wertzville Road
  • Enola, PA 17025
  • Free lunch following the class
  • Thursday
  • May 19th, 2016
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Registration Starts at 8:30am
  • York County Location
  • Major Restoration Services
  • 1214 East Market Street
  • York, PA 17403
  • Free lunch following the class

Our CE classes are always free! Click here for the printable version! To sign up you need to either email this to info@majorrs.com OR fax it to us at (717) 855-2841 the last day to sign up is May 13, 2016.

 

Check your Sump Pumps!

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Sump pumps provide peace of mind to residential and commercial property owners. Most of the time sump pumps do the job they’re intended to do, which is to prevent a basement from flooding by removing water that collects in the sump basin and extracting it through a hose to an exterior location. But when a sump pump fails, the results can be disastrous. A flood in your home or business due to a sump pump failure can be devastating. It can cause extensive permanent damage to your property and disruption to your home life and business operations if not cleaned and remediated right away. Not only that but if the water damage is not completely treated and dried, you could also find yourself with a secondary problem from mold and mildew.

What is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a submersible pump that sits at the bottom of a sump pit, which is typically installed at the lowest point in your basement or crawl space. Ground water surrounding your home’s foundation is channeled into a perimeter drain system installed at the base of the foundation. Water finds its way into the perforated drainpipes and is quickly diverted to the sump pit. The sump pump, which is triggered by a float switch, removes the water by pumping it to the nearest storm drain, dry well or detention pond. A sump pump turns on only when water inside the sump pit reaches a pre-determined level. Most new homes are equipped with sump pumps but older homes can be retrofitted with a sump system to prevent basement flooding.

Types of Sump Pumps

There are 3 types of sump pumps. The pedestal pump, submersible pump, and ejector pump.

If your pump sits on a pedestal and stands about 30 inches tall with a hose or pipe connected to the motor and extends down into a “sump pit,” you have a pedestal pump. This is a very common style of pump. The motor on a pedestal pump is not intended to be in the water. As the water level rises, it activates a “float switch” which activates the pump. Then, the water is pumped out through a pipe or hose out and away from the building.

If your pump actually sits on the bottom of the sump pit, you have a submersible pump. This pump is much smaller than the pedestal variety, usually standing about 12 inches high. Usually, there is a 4 inch rod extending up from the pump with a float device attached. When the water reaches the float it activates the pump. The water is sucked down through the bottom of the pump. A screen at the bottom of the pump stops gravel from being sucked in.

Most commonly found in crawlspaces, ejector pumps consist of pea gravel, this type of pump is able to handle small debris being sucked into the pump without damaging the impeller or other mechanisms within the pump.

Picking a Sump Pump

Manual vs. Automatic:  In nearly all circumstances, an automatic sump pump is superior.  The additional cost is minimal and the peace of mind is invaluable.  Manual sump pumps are typically only used for catastrophic events such as river flooding.  Of course, just because a sump pump is “automatic” doesn’t mean it will always work.  The water sensing mechanism can easily malfunction due to clogging and render the unit useless.

Single vs. Primary W/ Backup:  Recently, many homeowners have began installing sump pumps with a secondary backup unit.  These two stage units were designed to address the fairly common occurrence of a mechanical failure. Unlike other household appliances, if a sump pump fails, it will usually lead to an extremely expensive flooding event.  Thus, spending an extra couple hundred bucks on a backup unit is cheap insurance.

Normal vs. Battery Backup:  What happens when the same storm that threatens to flood your basement also knocked out power to your home?  Unless a battery backup is in place, the sump pump will fail.  This is a fairly rare event of course, and many home owners elect to forego the extra protection.  Base your decision on the likelihood of power outages.  In the Pacific Northwest, where trees straddle every power line, power failures are common.  However, in many locations, these are rare enough events to skip the battery backup.

Sewer vs. Storm Drain:  In the past, sump pumps were just piped into the existing sewer line running out from the house.  This worked well until the local water treatment plants ran out of capacity.  In response, many municipalities created laws banning sump pumps from directing water into sewer lines.  Why does this matter?  Often, it is much more difficult to tie into a storm drain that a sewer line.

Why do Sump Pumps fail?

Sump pumps can fail for any number of reasons, including a power outage, lack of maintenance, mechanical failure, or improper installation. In some cases, a property owner may install a pump that is too small to adequately pump out the volume of water that enters the basin. While proper maintenance is key to keeping your sump pump in good working order, an extreme weather event can cause the pump to work overtime and either burn the unit out or overwhelm it with excess water.

Sump Pump Maintenance

Test your sump pump regularly to make sure it will operate when the next big downpour occurs. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on, remove the water from the pit and shut itself off in a matter of seconds. Ensure that the float and the check valve move freely.

To clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris to increase the pump’s efficiency and prolong its life. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace.

Sump Pump Replacement and Repair

Like any equipment with moving parts, sump pumps will wear out over time and will need to be replaced. There is no general rule on how often a sump pump should be replaced since it depends on how often the pump operates.

When is a mold remediation professional necessary for a sump pump issue?

When a sump pump fails, mold growth often occurs as well.  If this is the case, a certified mold professional is recommended.  The necessity of a mold expert depends largely on the location of the sump pump.  If it is located in a finished basement, and carpeting, drywall and contents are saturated, a mold professional is critical.  If the sump pump is located in the crawlspace and the excess water simply pooled on the soil, an expert may not be called for.