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Fire Safety in Geauga County

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Michael Bowdren  of SERVPRO Geauga County with the Auburn Fire Department Getting educated from our first responders.

This past week was Fire Prevention Week, which is a great reminder to educate yourself and to make sure you know what to do in the unfortunate event of a fire. 

First and foremost, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are a necessity.  Be sure to TEST your devices MONTHLY, CHANGE them YEARLY and REPLACE them every 10 YEARS.  It is important to know that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are two very different devices and should both be in your home.  Fire alarms detect smoke while carbon monoxide detectors detect carbon monoxide, a harmful gas that can cause health effects.  You can purchase dual detectors that pick up the presence of both smoke and carbon monoxide but having individual detectors is best and most reliable.  

This week I had the opportunity to visit a few local firehouses in my community.  Thank you for all you do and if we can help bring awareness to the community including providing fire safety tips and provide educational resources, we are happy to do so!

Maintaining Chagrin Falls, Oh History

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

According to over 40 homes were relocated in Chagrin Falls verse being tore down. They claim it was cheaper to move a structure than build a new one. Fortunately for all of us this preserved the true history and beauty of Chagrin Falls. As a member of this community, it is our sincere desire to provide the finest in cleaning, and restoration, services, while trying to maintain the structural history.

SERVPRO of Geauga County has the expertise it takes to salvage as much of your home’s historical structure as we possibly can. We focus on natural hardwood floors, trim and base as well as the plaster that was used for ceilings and walls. We pay close attention to contents, specialty fabrics, furniture, paper goods, and textiles. From our hands to our specialty equipment, SERVPRO of Geauga County handles all of your property with the utmost care and diligence for preservation. 

If water, fire, mold, bio, or a catastrophe strikes your home or business, SERVPRO of Geauga County provides emergency cleaning services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266

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SERVPRO of Geauga County Emergency Ready Profile

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Geauga County wants your business to be ready for any emergency. Whether it is a water leak, fire damage, or a flood, SERVPRO can help you be prepared. Below are a few of our most frequently asked ERP questions and answers.

Q: What is an ERP

A: An ERP is an Emergency Ready Profile. This profile is created with the assistance of one of our trained professionals. Our professionals will meet with your business to document an organized plan of action should an emergency arise. The plan will consist of emergency contacts and phone numbers, facility details, chain of command for authorizing work, and other necessary information for your business. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO Geauga County, as your preferred mitigation and restoration provider.

Q: How much does this cost

A: There is no cost for this assessment! It is a service SERVPRO is proud to offer at no charge to your company.

Q: How does this benefit my business

A: No one expects an emergency or a disaster. The key is to have a plan of action already in place prior to an event occurring. The SERVPRO ERP can assist your company develop a response plan to help you get back to business ASAP.

Q: How do I get the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

A: Just call us at (440) 564-7266 and tell us that you would like to meet with our ERP professional, we will be more than happy to set up an appointment with your business. We can also be contacted at to schedule.

Geauga County Are You Perpared?

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month. This program is designed to bring awareness to the community and the importance of preparing for disaster. According to Ready.Gov, this year’s theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

This year’s theme resonates with me more than ever, as I was recently in Tennessee during the floods. I was visiting my brother approximately 15 miles north of Waverly when the rain began. My brother had a friend over who abruptly had to leave. He told us he had to go grab his flat bottom boat, first aid kits, a few buddies, and life jackets. He is a volunteer fireman who was on a mission to rescue and save as many as they could. He had a plan; he was prepared to protect and serve not only the ones he loved but his community as well.

Each week there is a theme that focuses on different aspects of preparedness. (Information directly from:

Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the Coronavirus.

Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Natural disasters don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for alerts, safe-guarding important documents, and taking other low cost and no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.

Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms any city in any town, 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 elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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

Basement Flooded?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Basement Flooding in Geauga County:

Call Today - 440-564-7266

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Geauga County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly – One less thing for you to worry about
  • Our Technicians are Highly-trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

If you experience flooding in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Geauga County at 440-564-7266 as quickly as possible to avoid any further damage and or illness.  We will make it “Like it never even happened.” For more information, please visit us at: .

Call Us Today – We’re Ready to Help 440-564-7266

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

As a nationwide company we have an app that is available for download to help you create a plan in case an emergency occurs. This is a free resource that we recommend each business takes advantage of. We will make a detailed report of your facility with critical information such as emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, emergency exits, emergency locations for staff, and much more. Information that only you have access to and for your usage in the event of an emergency. Everything will be right at your fingertip, via your cell phone and our app. There will no longer be a need to dig through files in search of important information. The ERP also provides a guide to help you back into your building, which minimizes the amount of time your business could stay inactive. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at (440) 564-7266 or email us at:

80 Mile Per Hour Winds Hit Geauga County

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Tree branch that fell on house during Wednesday's storm This tree actually went through a portion of the roof, causing ceiling damage. Fortunately, everyone was okay.

This past Wednesday Geauga County was hit with 80 mile per hour winds, hail, and thunderstorms. First, we would like to say I hope everyone is okay. We would also like to share some information with you, to keep you safe in the event it happens again.

The following was copied directly from National Weather Service :

Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph for one hour and/or frequent gusts of at least 45 mph are occurring or expected within the next 36 hours. These winds will make it difficult to drive high profile vehicles. Small, unsecured objects may be blown around by these winds.

High Wind Watch means that sustained winds of 40 mph for one hour and/or frequent gusts of at least 58 mph are expected within the next 12 to 48 hours. Check to make sure all loose objects outside are secured. Plan to postpone any unnecessary driving during this time since these winds will make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. These winds may damage trees, power lines and small structures.

High Wind Warning means that sustained winds of 40 mph for one hour and/or frequent gusts of at least 58 mph are occurring or expected within the next 36 hours. Ensure that all objects outside are secured. Refrain from any unnecessary driving during this time since these winds will make driving very difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Winds this strong may damage trees, power lines and small structures

Tips to stay safe:

  • Remove any light objects from outdoors (Trash cans, grills, patio furniture / umbrellas, toys, and garden / yard decoration)
  • Maintain your yard: Have rotting tree branches removed.
  • Have your roof checked for loose shingles, gutters, or flashing.
  • Bring in animals when possible
  • Stay indoors, flying debris can cause injury or death
  • Listen to local news
  • Keep a cell phone near by (try to charge all devices prior as losing power may occur)
  • Shutter windows and close outside doors securely
  • Keep away from windows
  • Limit water usage
  • 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 elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 440-564-7266 or visit us at:

Here in the Community of Geauga County

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

We are proud of the fact that all the 1,700 plus franchises are locally owned and operated, meaning that we live and work in the very communities that we serve.  The owner of SERVPRO of Geauga County grew up here, moved away for college, and then came back.  He is a dedicated family man and cares about the community and families that we service. We understand that disaster can strike anytime day or night, and we here at SERVPRO of Geauga County are ready to respond when you need us.  We have the knowledge it takes to tackle all your mitigation and restoration needs. Here are a few of our services:


  • Fire, Smoke, & Soot Remediation
  • Water Removal / Extraction
  • Mold Mitigation & Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Dehumidification and Deodorization
  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Move Outs
  • Contents Restoration
  • Electronics and Equipment
  • Document Drying
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
  • Biohazard
  • Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

SERVPRO of Geauga County is here to help! If you have a situation and are not sure how to address, please contact us at (440) 564-7266 or visit Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Severe Storms in Geauga County

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

If your residential or commercial property in Geauga County, Ohio, sustains damage from a storm, you may be curious what the storm restoration process entails. This brief overview of the five major stages of cleanup, from assessment to determining what to tear out to cleaning and drying, explains how these experts may approach and attempt to resolve the damage in your building.

  1. Assess damage and provide boarding and tarp up services:
  2. Remove water: remove all standing water as soon as possible.
  3. Tear out damaged building materials and remove contents.
  4. Clean and disinfect.
  5. Dry and add final touches: The final stages of restoration should only take place after the affected area is completely dry.

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.

For more information please contact us at (440) 564-7266.

Smoke and Soot After a Fire

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber This is am image of how smoke and soot rises to the highest point of the home, creating webs.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Geauga County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 440-564-7266