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How to avoid a house fire

August 2, 2017 by  
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avoid house firesSome things are common sense, like not leaving burning candles unattended and keeping a fire extinguisher on hand.  There are, however, a few other things you can do to help prevent having a fire in your home.  At Mellon Certified Restoration, we’ve compiled some tips to help increase your odds of avoiding a house fire.

  1.  Have your furnace, heat pump, etc. serviced regularly by a professional.   If you have a wood stove or fireplace, be sure to have your chimney cleaned before each season. Clean around your furnace, stove, etc. and keep dust and other flammable items away from them.
  2. Clean your clothes dryer lint trap after every use. A clogged filter and lint trap will restricts airflow and causes heat build up in the vents.  This forces lint build up on the heating coils, which could ignite.  It’s also not a good idea to let your dryer run when you aren’t home.  In the event there was a problem, you would have no chance at containing it before it spreads.
  3. Keep firewood, piles of leaves and trash away from the home. If a grass fire starts nearby, these items next to your home could easily become kindling. Never dump hot ashes inside or near your home; keep them in a metal container well away from your house and garage.
  4. Avoid using extension cords or power strips when possible.  These can quickly overload an electrical circuit and cause a fire. Replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  5. Keep cooking oil and other flammable objects away from your cooking stove. When cooking with oil, never walk away from the stove. In the event of a grease fire, turn off the burner and place a lid on the pan to suffocate the flames, or pour baking soda on the fire. Never pour water on a grease fire or try to carry the pan outside; water splatters the grease and will make the fire bigger.
  6. If you smoke, be sure to properly extinguish your cigarettes, cigars, etc. Smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smolder for days before igniting into a fire. Never discard smoking materials in the trash can until you are certain they have long since been extinguished.  Avoid putting smoking materials out on the ground or in plant pots.

Hopefully just being cautious and avoiding some of these common causes of house fires will be enough to spare you the tragedy of watching your home burn down.  Obviously, in the event of a house fire, call 911 immediately.  Be smart, stay safe!

Flooding from heavy summer storms

July 24, 2017 by  
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Wether you believe global climate change has anything to do with it or not, the fact is – if you live in Pennsylvania right now, you’ve experienced a stormy summer so far in 2017. It seems like a pattern of high heat index and humidity causing torrential downpours almost daily.
These downpours often bring heavy rain totals and flooding of all kinds. Flash floods, saturated ground flooding, high creeks and streams, etc.flooding from heavy rain

Unfortunately, flood claims on your homeowners insurance can leave you holding the bag, depending on the type of flood and coverage you have. Mellon Certified Restoration has spent over 35 years dealing with floods of all types and severities. If you have insurance coverage we will work with them as well as yourself to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. If your insurance doesn’t cover your flooding issue, we will work with you just the same and make sure your home is well taken care of.

All too often we receive calls from homeowners who attempted to clean up the flooding themselves and found out the hard way that it wasn’t a good idea. Water has a way of finding itself into the small cracks and crevasses, under flooring, behind walls, etc. When missed or left untreated, this can lead to a host of bigger problems like mold, rotting wood, peeling and bubbling paint, etc. It’s preventing issues like these that we do best. The things you don’t see! We have the equipment you don’t have, or often don’t know you need to fully resolve the water damage issues that stem from flooding.

In a nutshell, if you find yourself in a situation with water coming into your home, you should strongly consider calling a professional to take a look. It may very well save you a fortune down the road.

Mellon Certified Restoration is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with locations throughout Pennsylvania. Our Certified Technicians will quickly respond with specialized equipment to minimize the damage by removing the water and starting the cleanup and drying process.

Mellon Certified Restoration is celebrating its 35th anniversary!

June 5, 2017 by  
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Mellon Certified Restoration 35 YearsAs Jim Mellon reflects on the last 35 years, this is what he had to say, “I would like to thank our staff for a job “Well Done”!

Over the years I have had so many hard working individuals working for me that have made Mellon Certified Restoration such a success. Without them we wouldn’t be celebrating our 35th Anniversary. What a ride it has been and where did 35 years go?”

History of Mellon Certified Restoration
As the company’s president and owner, Jim Mellon’s interest in restoration began in 1982. As a general contractor and a Delaware County area firefighter, he personally experienced a major property fire loss and quickly discovered that specialized skills, equipment and education were required to correctly restore his property. That was the spark that ignited a new direction! Pardon the pun!

Beginning in 1988, with some new found knowledge and skills, Jim Mellon General Contracting, Inc.’s core business was gradually moving from general contracting work to the more defined, restoration of peril damaged property niche. In 1992, the company officially became known as Mellon Certified Restoration.

Recognizing that there was still much to understand and learn about insurance related restoration, Jim joined ASCR (now RIA) in 1994. He went on to fulfill the rigorous educational requirements of the National Institute of Disaster Restoration (NIDR), earning the prestigious Certified Restorer (CR) designation in 1995.

In 1996, the company adopted a new logo and coined the slogan “We Bring Order to Chaos” to reflect what truly is the mission of the fire & water restoration company.

In 2000, the company acquired one of its larger competitors in the restoration business, adding five additional office locations in Pennsylvania which overnight, nearly doubled its volume of business and increased the employee base by 100%.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in business in 2012, the company also established its 7th full service Branch in Williamsport, PA.

The future never looked brighter! To meet the growing needs of its clients and customers, the company has progressed from 1 office – 1 employee – 1 vehicle with very basic equipment to 7 locations – over 100 employees – 80 vehicles and a large inventory of specialized, state-of-the-art equipment.

Always looking forward, Mellon Certified Restoration pledges to continue its involvement with local civic and industry associations and to build upon its great reputation for “bringing order to chaos” to commercial & residential property owners.

Jim Mellon's first MCR truck in 1982

Jim Mellon’s first MCR truck in 1982

Mellon Certified Restoration trucks

A few of the current fleet of Mellon Certified Restoration trucks