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Fire Protection Week in Geauga County

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

National Fire Protection week this year, is October 4th through the 10th. Fire Prevention Week started as a result of the October 8th, 1871 Great Chicago Fire in which over 250 people were killed, 100,000 people were left homeless, and it destroyed more than 2000 acres of land including over 17000 building structures. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) takes this week to educate children, adults, and teachers the importance of fire safety. This years focus is on safety in the kitchen. According to NFPA, cooking is the #1 cause of fires in a home. They found unattended cooking to be the leading cause of kitchen fires. Burns from scalding liquid are #2 of all burn injuries. NFPA has many tips on staying safe including:

1. Staying in the kitchen while you are cooking

2. Keeping anything that can catch on fire clear from the cooking area.

3. Use a timer

4. Keep handles away from the edge of a stove and countertop

5. Open Microwaved products and oven doors slowly and away from your face.

Preparing Your Family

It is essential that everyone knows what to do to prevent a fire. If you have small children or elderly family members who will require assistance, designate someone specific to do so. Involving family in the plan and practice increases their chances of safety.

No one likes to think about a fire ravaging their home. With a comprehensive education and a fire escape plan, you can teach you family how to stay safe if one should occur.

Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on fire damage.

What is Mold?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth This is mold growth found on the base of a vanity wall.

What is Mold:

Mold is a fungi that requires two components to grow and survive.

  • Indoor environment – wallpaper, drywall, paint, wood, fabrics, paper, and some carpets.
  • Moisture – molds cannot grow without moisture.

When mold feeds on a food source it produces a byproduct of digestion, creating that musty / moldy odor we smell. Mold is microscopic until a large enough mass is created. If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Geauga County for mold remediation services.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it is a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 440-564-7266

Geauga County Commercial Property Fire

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Grease Fire

Fire and smoke damage to a Geauga County commercial property can be overly complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small fire or a large-scale event, we will work quickly to assess the situation and isolate the damaged area.

About SERVPRO of Geauga County

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a fire 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. Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency arises in your business, call us and we will be there quickly with the help you need.

  1. Board Up & Tarping
  2. Contents Inventory: both salvageable and non-salvageable
  3. Dry Cleaning
  4. Demo and Debris Removal
  5. Provide photographic and computer-generated documentation to your adjuster.
  6. Assist with the pack out, cleaning, and pack back of your personal property.
  7. Document Drying

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 440-564-7266

For more information on fire or water damage situations, visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com/

Causes of Sewer Backups

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup Sewage backup from recent storm on September 6th, 2020.

Sewer backups can occur due to multiple reasons:

  • Tree roots
  • Backflow valve malfunction
  • Grease buildup from pouring grease down the drain
  • Improper disposal of paper products
  • Aging sewer systems
  • Combined pipelines
  • Sanitary main blockages
  • Poor foundation

Although you cannot control or fix every potential cause, you can do a few things to prevent another flood from occurring:

  • Trim tree roots periodically.
  • Landscape your property / land
  • Inspect for foundation cracks
  • Test and maintenance on your sump pumps and septic systems
  • Test your backflow valve once a year.
  • Properly dispose of grease and paper products.

By using these preventative measures and acting quickly when a flood does occur, you can protect your home or business in Geauga County, from mold growth and bacteria caused by flood water. When a flood does strike, contact an expert to help you effectively restore, sanitize, and deodorize your home.

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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- Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us at 440-564-7266

For more information on Water Damage visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com/

Category Water Loss Types:

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Category 3 Water From River Flood A river flooded into a customer's home, leaving debris throughout the entire basement.

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean water source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet.

Examples:

Kitchen Sink Supply Line or Faucet

Toilet Supply Line

Washing Machine Supply Line

Wash Tub Faucet

Hot Water Tank

Water Filtration Supply Line

Refrigerator / Freezer Water Line

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness.

Examples:

Toilet Overflow (with urine, not feces)

Washing Machine Overflow

Dishwasher Overflow

Sump Pump Failure

Fish Tank Leak

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death.

Examples:

Flooded Water Overflowing Rivers, Stream, Ponds

Toilet Water Containing Feces

Stagnant Standing Water – Microbial Growth

Busted Sewage Lines

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 

Our SERVPRO technicians can inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water damage encountered.

Office: 440-564-7266 or visit us at:

visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com/

Emergency Storm Situation in Geauga County

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Is your Geauga County business prepared for an emergency storm situation? Inclement weather situations and power outages can give little to no warning, which is why it is important for your business to have basic emergency supplies on hand in the event they are needed. Here are a few ideas to make sure you have on hand and in date.

Water

Radios

Emergency Lights

First Aid Kit

Sanitation Supplies

Fire Extinguisher

Spill Kits

Caution Tape and Cones

Wet Floor Signs

Evacuation Plan

Eyewash Station(s)

Contact Numbers – Gas, Electric, Fire, Police, 24- hour Emergency Service Company, Insurance Company, Property Owner, and Employee Contacts.

Having an emergency kit and plan during times of crisis will hopefully keep you and your staff safe. If you would like help establishing a plan, call SERVPRO of Geauga County at 440-564-7266. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on storm damage. We are always here to help.

Geauga County Commercial Property Flooding

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Geauga County Commercial Property Water Damage at a Geuaga County Commercial Property

Flooding and water damage events at Geauga County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large- scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Geauga County

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Call us at 440-564-7266

When Disaster Strikes

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered about the green SERVPRO trucks you probably see driving through Chagrin Falls, OH? You may know the service teams clean up sewage and water, for both businesses and homeowners, but you probably didn’t know the teams also provide nationwide disaster recovery help.

No matter what type of storm strikes, or whether the disaster is citywide or covers part of an entire state, the SERVPRO disaster recovery teams try to follow their slogan of being Faster to Any Disaster. Both the corporate personnel and franchise employees have proven time and again that they are ready to help at a moment’s notice; so, no matter where the flood, fire, or other disasters may strike, the team members are there to provide a quick storm response.

For more information on Water Damage visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com/

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 440-564-7266

After the storm and flooding In Geauga County

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Geauga County specialize in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained utilizing specialized equipment, to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

The most important process in mitigation, is to commence with a restoration company promptly. Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond to any disaster much faster. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Plus, who does not want to have the #1 Restoration Company handling their loss?

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Geauga County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1700 Franchises across the country and our Elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

For more information on Storm Damage visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com/

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 440-564-7266

What To Do After A Fire

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Devastating house fire in Bedford Hts, Ohio Fortunately, this Bedford Hts., homeowner was able to make it out with minor injuries and is under the care of his wonderful daughters!

Damage from fire in Geauga County, Ohio may be quite difficult for the homeowner to emotionally deal with. Is everyone out okay? Are the pets okay? Where do we go? Who do we call? How bad is it? What could have caused this?


#1: Assessing the Scene

The untouched scene of the fire is quite important, do not try to enter once the flames have been put out. Not only is this extremely dangerous but you could also compromise the scene. The house will be checked and surveyed by the Fire Investigative Unit / Investigator. They will be looking for a cause of origin (cause of fire) as well as the safety of the structure. They will help the homeowner understand how extensive the damage is as well as what to do next.


#2: Call your Insurance Company

Call tour Agent so they can begin the claim process quickly. They will provide you with adjuster information and a claim number. (Make sure to keep in a safe and accessible place, you will use it often). The adjuster will be able to go over your policy with you and guide you on your coverage. They will also discuss how to obtain a temporary place to stay, clothing, food etc. (Keep all receipts)

#3: Contact an Emergency Fire and Water Mitigation Company

The mitigation company should provide the following services:

  1. Board Up / Tarping
  2. Contents Inventory: both salvageable and non-salvageable
  3. Dry Cleaning
  4. Demo and Debris Removal
  5. Provide photographic and computer-generated documentation to your adjuster.
  6. Assist with the pack out, cleaning, and pack back of your personal property.

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 440-564-7266

For more information on fire or water damage situations, visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com/