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Unpredictable Mother Nature

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Living in Geauga County, we know firsthand just how unpredictable the weather can get, especially around this time of year. The temperatures can vary drastically with hot, sunny days one minute and terrible storms the next.

Uncertainty is inevitable, and Mother Nature is no different. While she can be absolutely beautiful, she can also be equally as devious. You never know what tricks she has up her sleeve, and she isn't afraid to leave you in the middle of disaster. So, when Mother Nature does decide to strike, no matter what size, SERVPRO of Geauga County is available 24/7 to service your business or residence.  We have up to date supplies and can access equipment and personnel from a network of approximately 1700 Franchises across the country. We also have a network of elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.  From a local micro-burst, to large-scale hurricanes, floods or tornado’s we are capable of servicing any size disaster.

We hope you don’t have to call us, SERVPRO of Geauga County will be there for you!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266 or visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com

Water Damage? SERVPRO of Geauga County is Here to Help!

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Water extraction is the step that removes the majority of the water from your home or property. By performing a thorough water extraction, SERVPRO of Geauga County reduces the drying time and helps to prevent mold and secondary water damage. We use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

Move-Out / Pack-Out

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage.

  • Move-Out Service

Emergency Water Removal

SERVPRO of Geauga County has highly trained technicians that will begin the water removal process almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, they may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums. This step helps to reduce drying time and helps to prevent mold and secondary water damage.

  • Remove Excess Water
  • Use Submersible Pumps and Industrial Wet/Dry Vacuums

Inspect the Carpet Pad and Carpet

Our team will inspect the carpet and pad and determine if it should be removed to protect the subfloor.

  • Inspect Carpet Pad and Remove If Needed
  • Inspect Carpet and Remove If Needed

Water Removal Equipment

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Infrared cameras may be used to find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps are used for continuous pumping of high-level water.
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266 or visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com

What a surprise…It’s raining in Geauga County again! 

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

muddy falls Rainy weather in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

The relationship between rain and mold is simple: Mold spores attach themselves to damp surfaces. When it rains or even when the air is particularly humid, surfaces outside your home or business can become damp, allowing for mold spores to latch on and grow. Anywhere you have leaks, the rain can saturate building materials and cause mold to grow.

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in helping home and business owners with preventative measures that will, in the long run, prevent extensive mold and mildew growth even during the rainiest of seasons!

When black mold is growing outside your home, it is less of a threat because your family members won’t breathe in the spores as often as they would if the mold was inside. But black mold outside usually finds a way into our homes

If you think you have a black mold infestation, your main goal should not be simply removing the black mold. While you definitely want to do that, your bigger priority should be to remove the moisture that’s giving the mold the ability to grow. Remember, mold needs a damp environment to thrive. If you take that away, the mold will not grow. Tackling the source of the dampness rather than just the mold itself will take care of the problem in the long run.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Geauga County can inspect, assess and remediate your property. 440-564-7266 or visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com  

What to do Before, During & After Thunderstorms

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

lightening over ohio farm Stormy weather in Geauga County

All storms are dangerous and thunderstorms are no exception. In the Geauga County area we tend to get a mix of heavy rain and thunderstorms in April and May. Below are great tips to help prepare you for what to do before, during and after a thunderstorm.

To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • To begin preparing, you should an emergency kit and make a family communication plan. 
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

What to do during a thunderstorm:

  • If thunderstorm and lightning are occurring in your area, you should:
  • Use a battery-operated weather radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches, patios and decks.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
  • Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.

What to do after a thunderstorm:

  • If lightning strikes you or someone you know, call 9-1-1 for medical assistance as soon as possible.
  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around or wait till water subsides.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266 or visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com

What happens when disaster hits and why call SERVPRO of Geauga County?

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

man cleaning SERVPRO of Geauga County is always #heretohelp

A disaster just occurred in your home, and you need help NOW!

Before you do a random online search, we want to help you ask the appropriate questions.

  1. Are the employees properly trained and licensed?Make sure that the company you choose has received the proper training, along with ensuring they have insurance. Owner Mike Bowdren has been in the restoration industry for 21 years. He is an IICRC Master Restorer and has been certified by the EPA for Lead Abatement and Asbestos Remediation.  And his team has certifications in IICRC, fire and Smoke Restoration, Carpet Cleaning, Water Damage Restoration, Odor Control and Applied Microbial Remediation.
  2. Are you available immediately?Always select a company that is open 24/7! 
  3. Is your company local? Some restoration companies travel to areas that big storms are heading towards-- it’s always best to make sure your company is local, so they’ll be there to help if you have any issues after the restoration project is completed. 
  4. What type of restoration do you have experience with? Some restoration companies may have more experience with remodeling homes than restoring homes, meaning they may not be experts when it comes to things like fire or water mitigation.

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 http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Have you noticed the erratic weather happening lately in Geauga County?

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

wet papers Extensive water damage in a residential home.

A storm, flood or plumbing problem can leave your home with extensive water damage.

Immediate action is necessary to mitigate the damage. SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in repairing and restoring following residential water damage.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266 or visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com

Why SERVPRO of Geauga County?

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

local truck Our vehicles are always here to help!

Since 1967, SERVPRO Industries, LLC. has been redefining the mitigation and restoration industries.

In addition to training at the regional level, SERVPRO developed the National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration and mitigation skills to franchise owners and insurance industry employees.

SERVPRO of Geauga County Owner, Mike Bowdren has been in the restoration industry for 18 years. He is an IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) Master Restorer and has been certified by the EPA for Lead Abatement and Asbestos Remediation. He opened his franchise in October 2014 and understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage. His employees value the family environment that he created and that is why SERVPRO of Geauga County’s franchise's greatest philosophy is that they treat their customers as they would their  family. 

His team collectively has certifications in IICRC, Fire and Smoke Restoration, Carpet Cleaning, Water Damage Restoration, Odor Control and Applied Microbial Remediation.

Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information.

The Cornerstone of Our Business.

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

raining inside What happens when your pipes freeze!

If you live in Geauga County, you are accustomed to ALL types of weather. 

Because of this, flooding and storm damage restoration is the cornerstone of our business. We are equipped with the training and experience to handle whatever storm damage that nature may unexpectedly bring your way.

Without warning, nature can take a violent turn: floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and most common to Ohio at the moment, BLIZZARDS. Any of these can have a devastating effect on your home, turning your life upside-down.

SERVPRO of Geauga County has highly trained professionals that are close by and customer focused. We want you to be back in your restored home as quickly as possible. Whether you have minor storm damage or something larger to deal with, we have the experience and the equipment needed to cleanup and restore your home and help get life back to normal following storm damage.

We were recently called to this home as the copper pipes that feed the boiler system which heats their house unfortunately froze.  We were quick to respond with the goal of having the homeowners moved back in as soon as possible.

Tips on Fire Prevention.

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

fire damage Recent fire damage in our customers home.

SERVPRO of Geauga County was quick to arrive on the scene of this unfortunate fire in Brunswick, Ohio earlier this week!  

Thankfully everyone was ok, but it is imperative to take the time to share with everyone these useful tips on Fire Prevention:

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that cooking, followed by heating, are the top two leading causes of home fires. You can help prevent fire damage by:

  • Installing smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside bedrooms.
  • Staying in the kitchen when cooking, or by the grill when grilling.
  • Turning oven burners off and making sure the stove area is clear of other materials.
  • Keeping anything that can burn at least three feet away from fireplaces, heaters, etc.
  • Unplug or turn heaters off when you’re not in the room.
  • Have heating systems and chimneys inspected regularly.

After a Fire - Use Caution

  • While waiting for help to arrive, safety is key:  Assess whether it’s safe to stay in the house.
  • Look out for electrical and “slip and fall” hazards.
  • Only attempt activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
  • If safe to enter, and weather permits; open windows and doors to “air out” structure and reduce smoke odors.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266 or visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com

Signs of mold???? What NOT to do!

1/23/2022 (Permalink)

mold on wall Water and mold damage.

Do you have a plan of action when a mold problem arises? 

When mold starts to invade your home or business, dealing with the problem quickly and safely should be a priority. It can take less than 72 hours for mold to spread throughout your home, which may result in negative health effects to your family, as well as damage to your property.

SERVPRO of Geauga County responds quickly to assess your situation and uses advanced equipment and has credentials from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in efforts to determine the water source of your mold problem. Then, we’ll work with you in the cleanup and restoration process with as little disruption to your family or business as possible. 

Do you know what NOT to do should you see mold in your home or business?  Follow these important guidelines then contact SERVPRO of Geauga County so that remediation work can be performed ASAP.

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t paint over it
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information.