Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

Community Help

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Community Help Community Help.. helping a baby squirrel in a community clean up.

Over the past 28 years, SERVPRO of Newark has been a community partner. For our SERVPRO team it is about trying to help our town and community in ways that we can above our SERVPRO duties. Although we are unable to help everyone all the time we help when and how we can. We try and help schools out with volunteering for clean up and job fairs. We have had students come to our office who may be considering a path in restoration and/or business management to shadow our team. We participate in athletic and event advertising with regards from signage on fields to brochures. Within the community we participate in golf outings and clean up days. We try to work with our community when we can in a variety of ways. SERVPRO of Newark strives to be the industry leader.

Heavy Dog Hair

12/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Heavy Dog Hair Look at the dog hair in the high to reach areas

Here at SERVPRO of Newark, we love serving all of our customers. We get to see and help so many different types of businesses and homes. At this one specific facility, they take care of dogs for daily doggie day care as well as boarding. This facility is a huge warehouse that has lots of pets running and playing throughout. Despite the fact their employees had cleaning duties on a daily basis, the owners noticed the heavy amount of dog hair and dander everywhere. This is, of course, to be expected considering what they do. SERVPRO performed a high horizontal surface cleaning to help eliminate dog hair that accumulated in those high, hard to reach areas. In this picture you can see the heavy amount of dog hair that was in an area that was high up. SERVPRO was able to successfully clean the areas.

SERVPRO Honors Everyday Heroes with Sponsorship of SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Newark is proud to announce the inaugural SERVPRO First Responder Bowl being played at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. The newly renamed bowl is designed to honor the sacrifice and service of the brave men and women who are the first line of defense in local communities like Newark when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens says Tara, of SERVPRO of Newark. Kickoff for the event, televised by ESPN, is December 26 at 1:30 ET, featuring Boston College and Boise State. “It’s a privilege to have the SERVPRO name associated with an event that celebrates the dedication and selflessness of first responders,” said Tara. “These men and women are true hometown heroes and first on the scene when disaster strikes, helping to save lives and protect property.” The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl will honor first responders including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue teams, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide help at the scene of an emergency. Event organizers planned to distribute 10,000 complimentary tickets to verified first responders and their families who sign up at These complimentary tickets are possible thanks to corporate sponsors like SERVPRO and individual fans who chose to “Sponsor a Responder” with a $15 donation when they purchase their general admission tickets. “The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is a celebration of the commitment to service demonstrated by the everyday people who willingly put themselves in harm’s way to protect the lives and property of their neighbors,” said Sue Steen, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. “SERVPRO is honored to have this opportunity to shine a spotlight on all of these hard working first responders, and their families, and to recognize them for the heroes they are.” For more information on SERVPRO of Newark, please contact our office at 302 733 7933 or

Lead Safety

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Lead Safety Lead Manual

Lead Safety

There is a lot of talk regarding lead paint in homes in Delaware. Not only does the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have a protocol to follow but the State of Delaware has one too. Homes and/or facilities built pre-1978 must be tested for lead if removing more than 6 sf of drywall, disturbing windows, removing painted surfaces etc. (2 sf for HUD) There is an exclusion for emergency renovations. If you are a “Do-it-Yourselfer” you should follow the work practices outlined in the lead brochure to ensure your home and family are protected from lead hazards your project could generate. Older homes are more likely to contain lead-based paint. According to the American Healthy Homes Survey in April 2011 they found: Homes built between 1960-1977 had a 24% chance of having lead, homes built 1940-1959 had a 69% chance and homes built before 1940 had an 87% chance likely to have lead. Did you know that SERVPRO of Newark has 5 certified Renovation, Repair and Painting technicians? The firm is certified as well.

Pet Safety

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Pet Safety Oliver & Bella safe in car

Pet Safety

When it comes to emergency situations we always can think of being ready for ourselves and families. We should also consider additional tips for our pet’s safety. We should have extra leashes and crates available to us. Make sure you know where the updated lists of the pet’s vaccines and records are. Maybe have a copy of them or pictures on your phone readily available. Having the phone number to your veterinarian on hand to obtain a copy may not be the best option because you may be required to product those records in a shelter and the office could be closed. Keep at least a week supply of any medications on hand. Having your pet micro-chipped is a nice if your pet becomes displaced. When pets are chipped make sure you know what their chip number is too. There is an application/website called sponsored by the Petco foundation.  We always need to be prepared to take care of our animals, especially during emergencies. Pre-determined plans can help you think clearer and be a bit calmer.

There are 3 Categories of Water

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO There are 3 Categories of Water Category 1 Source

There are 3 Categories of Water

Categories of water are defined by the IICRC S500 standard. It says the originating source of the water and the quality after contacting materials present determine the category. Category 1 is defined by water originating from a sanitary water source and does not pose risk. An example would be an overflowing bath tub. A Category 2 water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause sickness if consumed. It may contain microorganisms as well as matter. An example would be overflow from a washing machine. Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. An example of a category 3 would be a toilet back up.

It does not matter what Category you have SERVPRO of Newark is here to help.

Safety First

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Safety First Safety Hat and Harness

SERVPRO of Newark cares about safety. We care about best practice guidelines and policies. We try to keep a safe working environment for all of employees – and customers. We communicate daily about safety concerns on each job. We try and identify potential hazards so we can be ahead of any issue. We do not like surprises when it comes to safety. We strive to use our specialty equipment properly and make well informed safety decisions. Our Personal protective equipment is another part of our safety practices here at SERVPRO of Newark. We have to take seriously the environments that we are working in. Protective Equipment varies from job to job and day to day. Depending on the type of clean up we may be found wearing, safety goggles, gloves, Tyveks, respirators, hard hats etc.