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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.


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.


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.


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.



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/

Fourth of July Fire Warning!

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

With the Fourth of July approaching and the current Pandemic situation, many festivals and shows have been canceled. There is a potential risk that homeowners will attempt to put on a firework show of their own. Note, the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), reports that an average of 18500 fires per year are caused by fireworks. These include 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16900 outside and other fires, as well as two deaths per year. Studies showed that there is more property damage on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.

Fire loss from reckless actions are certainly something that nobody wants to deal with. Hiring a qualified professional to take care of the matter is paramount. If you are the victim of illegal fireworks damage SERVPRO of Geauga County, is a certified fire restoration company. We are on call 24/7 and are here to help to make the process a little more bearable.

Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com  or call us at (440) 564-7266,for more information on fire damage.

Be safe and have fun this Fourth of July!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Geauga County today at  440-564-7266 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Plumbing leak in your Chardon home?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Have you experienced a plumbing issue, broken, leaky valve? If you are wondering how to deal with water damage, we are here to help.

Water damage is a serious issue that can become more problematic by the minute. It is imperative that you take steps to prevent additional water from entering your home. For example, you can shut off the main water supply or call a plumber to assist you. By taking this action, you can prevent additional water from entering the space while you wait for help to arrive.

After you have taken steps to stop additional water from damaging your property, you can easily hire a trusted mitigation team to assist with the remaining steps in the cleanup process.

The mitigation team will begin the water extraction and debris removal, process. Once the water has been extracted, the issue of high humidity levels may remain. High humidity levels can cause mold to grow, dehumidification fans will be used by your mitigation team to address this problem.

Once the drying out phase has been completed, cleaning would follow. The mitigation team will completely clean, sanitize, and deodorize the affected area of your property. Once all steps have been followed restoration if needed could begin.

SERVPRO of Geauga County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266

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

We are Cleaning Experts

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Geauga County, 440-564-7266




Geauga County Fire Damage Restoration Services

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Structure Fire The fire was so intense that it caused very dangerous holes in the ceiling above.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Damages after a fire can be far worse than first visible. Without professional fire cleanup services, you may be unable to restore your home or business to its former, preloss condition. Often, the home or business is left with soot and smoke smells which can cause further damage to the house. Soot can contribute to increased corrosion of the properties structure as well as discoloration of surfaces in the home. The role of SERVPRO of Geauga County is to secure your property, remove soot, smoke, and other forms of damage caused by a fire.

SERVPRO of Geauga County will assist in the following:

Board Up Service

Soot & Smoke Removal

Contents Inventory

Total Loss Inventory

Pack Outs

Cleaning of Contents and Furniture

Storage of Contents

Debris Removal

If you have unfortunately suffered from fire damage and are in need of restoration and cleanup services, do not hesitate to contact the appropriate professionals.
Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on fire damage. Or Call Us Today to Learn More 440-564-7266.

Neighbors Magazine - Michael Bowdren Feature

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Magazine Article Michael Bowdren Cleans Up Geauga County

Recently Michael was the cover story for a local magazine article, here is a portion:

The concerns over the coronavirus are affecting the whole family, as they are the rest of the country. As an owner of a SERVPRO franchise, Mike is on the frontlines trying to keep his customers safe. As soon as news of the virus spreading hit, Mike and other SERVPRO franchises began receiving phone calls about proactive disinfecting of structures due to the virus. “We are figuring out the best options for our clients. SERVPRO has structured its cleaning protocols into three categories depending on the level of exposure that has occurred at a site,” he explains. Category One is proactive cleaning and disinfecting surfaces when no cases are suspected or reported in a structure; Category Two is for when there has been a suspected case in the structure; Category Three is a result of a confirmed coronavirus case within the structure. The tough thing is that while many of us are staying home riding out this situation, SERVPRO and its employees are hard at work. “I am reminding our employees that we are working when others aren’t. We are working when people are sleeping and when people have suffered catastrophes in their businesses and homes with hurricanes, flooding, and now the coronavirus.” As with all of us, the virus isn’t just affecting our work lives. It is affecting our families, and the same is true of Mike and his girls. Mike and the girls look forward to things getting back to normal. In the meantime, Mike says, “We just want to reach out to everyone in our neighborhood and hope that everyone is staying well and practicing what they are supposed to in order to stay safe.”

To read the rest, please visit us SERVPRO of Geauga County on Facebook

How To Clean Clothing After a Fire

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Ozone Machine This compact machine has the power of a thunderstorm when it comes to eliminating odors!

Smoke odor after a fire could remain in clothing unless it is properly treated. Trying to deodorize with perfumes, sprays, or disinfectants, will only mask the smoke odor. The smoke odor will return once the chemical, based spray evaporates. One of the best methods to deodorize clothing is called an ozone treatment. An ozone treatment will produce an oxidizing agent that resembles the smell, that one may smell, after a thunderstorm. Using an ozone machine should be done by a professional in an ozone room / chamber. An ozone treatment should also be done prior to any laundering and or dry cleaning. SERVPRO of Geauga County provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, soot and odor removal to content claims inventory and document restoration.

Need a Professional? Call Us Today to Learn More 440-564-7266

Storm & Flood Damage

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Down Tree Due to a Storm This Geauga County tree fell on a horse barn.

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our technicians are highly trained and utilize specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we have the ability, to respond quicker. A faster response time, lessens the potential 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 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

Trashcan Fire Can Devastate Your Geauga County Home

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Garage Fire Fire caused by placing ashes from an outdoor firepit into a garbage can then placing the can in the garage.

One of the best things on a cool spring evening is sitting by a fire outside.  With a few tips, you can have a safe evening with s'mores and loved ones.

  • Only burn dry, cured wood.  That means wood that has dried for 8-12 months. 
  • Do not burn treated or construction wood.  It can be chemically treated and produce dangerous fumes when burned.
  • Never leave a fire unattended, especially around children.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.
  • Build your fire slowly.
  • Even after putting water on the fire, there may be hot ashes deep inside.
  • Never shovel ashes into a plastic or rubber trash can
  • Never store a trash can with ashes in your garage or home.
  • Call SERVPRO Of Geauga County for any Emergency clean ups. at 440-564-7266.

If a fire does happen, first call the fire department. Once the fire has been put out you can contact the highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Geauga County to service your home and repair and restore after a fire.

Wind Damage to Your Auburn Township Home or Business

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Wind Damage to Auburn Home Wind damage caused gutter and roof damage to this Auburn Township home.

Wind and hail can cause multiple issues to your home or business such as:

  • Blown off or peeling shingles
  • Chimney Damage
  • Tears in Rubber Roofs
  • Damaged Soffit and or Fascia
  • Broken or Damaged Windows
  • Downed Powerlines with Potential Fire Hazards
  • Trip, Fall, Overhead, Puncture Hazards – Look for loose nails, broken glass, downed wires, broken gutters etc.

Wind damage and hail can also lead to unforeseen issues such as roof leaks and water damage inside your home. If left unseen or treated, you can be left with issues of mold and even structural issues. SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm, fire, smoke, mold or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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 SERVPRO Of Geauga County for any Emergency cleanups at 440-564-7266.

Geauga County Commercial Cleaning Services

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Facility Cleaning General cleaning of a Local area meeting facility in Geauga County.

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in all commercial cleaning services, from general cleaning of workspaces to heavy cleaning of warehouse walls and ceilings. A clean office promotes employee health and safety, production, and overall happiness. When dirt, odor, and moisture problems go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need turn to the professionals and let us handle the everyday wear and tear that gradually soils your office.

SERVPRO of Geauga County offer services that range from a onetime cleaning service through weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly.

Our commercial cleaning services include:

  • General Office Cleaning and Sanitization
  • Biohazard, Sewage, and Water Mitigation
  • Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Fire and Smoke Cleaning
  • Storm Damage Remediation and Restoration
  • Vandalism Clean and Board Up

If you are interested in professional cleaning services, do not hesitate to contact the appropriate professionals.

Call SERVPRO of Geauga County at 440-564-7266

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

Where is all this water coming from?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Basement Homeowner wasn't clear as to where the water was coming from. They contacted a plumber and then they contacted us.

Is it a pipe in the wall, a drain, roof, sink, refrigerator, or even the hot water tank? When faced with water damage in your Geauga County home or business, the first thing to remember is to call for help immediately. Waiting to seek help while trying to remedy the situation will only make the damage worse.

  • Call a plumber to fix the source
  • Call a mitigation team to extract
  • Do not attempt to use anything electrical
  • Mop and/or blot excess water, open windows, drapery, and blinds.
  • Remove loose items from the floor
  • Remove art objects or other irreplaceable items
  • Prop up wet upholstery and furniture cushions
  • Remove rugs from wet carpeting
  • Do not enter areas with sagging ceilings or saturated upper floors.

Calling an expert promptly will prevent further water loss and damage to your property.

Call SERVPRO of Geauga County at (440) 564-7266 or visit us at:

https://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on water damage.

Mold Growth After the Storms in Chagrin Falls, Oh

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Roof Leak Heavy rains infiltrated a roof in Chagrin Falls, causing mold damage to the ceiling below.

After recent storms have you seen visible mold?  Did you know mold can be visible in as little as 24-48 hours? Fighting mold damage can be dangerous, so here are a few tips:

What to Do:

  • Do not go near the affected areas.
  • Keep humidity between 30 and 60 percent
  • Keep gutters and drains clean
  • Inspect your sump pump to ensure it is functioning properly
  • Contact SERVPRO of Geauga County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t run fans near suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s 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

Thunderstorm Strikes Geauga County

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup Local Geauga County business, sewage backup.

Overnight, this past Sunday, hundreds of Geauga County residents and businesses were left with flooded basements and lower level living spaces. We were inundated with calls of sump pump failures, drain backups, sewage backups, and foundational issues.  Many were concerned with their health and safety during this trying time. Needless- to -say, emotions were at an all time high. We wanted to help everyone; but knew we couldn’t do it alone. With one phone call to our Corporate location, we knew help was on the way.  The SERVPRO Storm Team, loaded up and mobilized from multiple states to help Geauga County residences recover. Within hours we had the equipment and manpower needed to help almost everyone. We are grateful to The SERVPRO Storm Team, and proud that we are all one team, working together!

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. 

Hoarding Clean Up: We are here to help our Geauga County neighbors.

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Living Room Hoarding can create hazardous, obstacles not only for the person suffering from the illness but anyone entering the home.

Hoarding is a serious illness that typically stems from a mental disorder or psychical limitations. A person who suffers from a hoarding disorder may not have the ability to part from their belongings. Often, they need to first seek counseling from a professional. They also need the help and support from loved ones. Here are a few tips if you decide to assist a loved one get a fresh new start:

  • Items Needed: PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), disposable gloves, dust masks/ respirator, steel toe boots, hard hat, and goggles to avoid exposure to mold, parasites, and other health concerns that may be present. Contractor trash bags, cleaning and disinfecting supplies, sponges, cleaning rags, mops, brooms, vacuum, ladder, tape and empty boxes. Also, be sure to have a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and bug spray readily available. Note, if this home contains any biohazardous materials it is best to call a professional company. Biohazardous trash can’t be discarded with everyday household trash.
  • Take pictures throughout entire home
  • Start by cleaning the bathroom, as you will need access to soap and water
  • Separate trash from salvageable items, disposing of trash
  • Once you have disposed of all the trash and debris, separate salvageable items into two separate piles; items you will keep verse items you will donate.
  • Next, you need to determine if items will be boxed up for storage or if items will be left onsite.
  • Finally, you can begin the cleaning and sanitization process. (If furnished you may need to have carpet and upholstery cleaned as well as bedding and window treatments laundered.)
  • If your loved one will be returning home after the cleanup, help them maintain a clean and clutter-free living space. Get other family members involved, visit often, and provide further assistance if necessary.

About SERVPRO of Geauga County

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property. SERVPRO of Geauga County will work discreetly with you and your family. We are trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration. Call 440-564-7266 or email us at office@SERVPRO10360.com to see how we can help clean your home or business.

Sump Pump Failure in Geauga County?

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Sump Pump Room This is a sump pump in Chagrin Falls that could not keep up with the heavy rainfall.

Sump pump failure often occurs during a heavy rainstorm. There are many reasons for failure such as power outages, product defect, switch problems, sizing, improper installation, etc. Once a sump pump failure occurs, water begins to seep through cracks in the foundation and your basement walls. Water tends to gravitate towards the lowest point of the basement, often saturating anything in its path. Here are three tips to follow:

  • Contact a Professional Plumber – you should have the source of the problem fixed prior to any clean up.
  • Contact your insurance company or read your policy – See if the claim is covered.
  • Contact a Professional Mitigation Company – In most cases they will extract the water, pack up any contents, clean, disinfect, as well as place drying equipment, and or remove any affected building materials. Moisture reading should be monitored by the mitigation company daily, until drying process is complete.

Although, you cannot control every potential cause, you can try to prevent another sump pump failure:

  • Listen – Make sure it is not making strange noises or vibrating.
  • Look – Check to see if there is substantial, visible rust.
  • Maintenance – Perform an occasional check on your sum pump (Float and Switch)
  • Purchase – Purchase a battery backup as well as a screen to prevent as much excess debris from clogging your 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 are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • Our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification)
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Call Us Today – We Are Here to Help – (440) 564-7266.

Signs of mold in Bainbridge?

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Visible mold in a Bainbridge home, basement. What is behind this drywall? What caused this? Is there a leak?

Does your Bainbridge, OH , residence harbor mold growth, even if you know your home is usually dry? Learn how to protect your home from problematic fungal activity by familiarizing yourself with mold itself.

  • Mold is present everywhere, indoors, outdoors, homes and businesses.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and travel in the air. They can enter through windows, doors, heating and air systems.
  • Mold affects three type of people the most: children, elderly, and the immunocompromised.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture rich substance such as drywall. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to moisture.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Check attics, crawlspaces, and underneath sink bases. Look for leaks, puddling, or water stains.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

Fighting mold damage in your Bainbridge, OH, home can be a challenge. However, where you know where mold hides and grows, you can seek it out and destroy it before it takes hold.

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s 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

Chagrin Falls Business Owners; are you “Ready for Whatever Happens?”

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Is your Chagrin Falls business ready for any size disaster?  Do you know what to do?  Do you have a plan in place? Better yet, do your employee’s know what to do, or who to call?

SERVPRO of Geauga County offers a program known as an ERP or an Emergency Ready Program.  An ERP is a free, web-based, program designed to help your business be better prepared for emergencies. This program offers a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call in advance, so that during the emergency you and your employees are “Ready for whatever happens.” 

Help is at your fingertips!!

Call SERVPRO of Geauga County at (440)564-7266 for a free assessment
of your facility!

Is your Geauga County business ready for an ice storm?

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Severe ice storms can lead to property damage, employee and customer accidents, and even shut your business down. Here are a few ways to prepare your property and assist in the well-being of others:

  • Check your property for roof leaks, cracks or damage to gutters, and all trim.
  • Make sure overhead awnings are secure.
  • Check all overhead signage.
  • Keep walkways, sidewalks, and parking lots clean and salted / brined.
  • Keep a backup generator and make sure it is in proper working condition.
  • Make sure there are no low hanging tree branches or lines.
  • Make sure all fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working.
  • Check flashlight batteries.
  • Do you have a properly maintained First Aid Kit?
  • Do you have slip, trip, fall, and cautions signs radially available?
  • Check to see if all computers and servers are backed up.
  • Check sump pumps, water lines, shut off valves.
  • Check for icicles hanging.
  • Know your insurance policy, do you have enough coverage during a storm event.
  • Have an Emergency READY Profile in place for all owners and employees.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster. The best time to plan for an emergency, is not when it happens, but well before it happens. By working with SERVPRO® of Geauga County, we can help you develop a personalized Emergency READY Profile.

Please contact us at (440)-564-7266 for more details or visit us at: http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com/

Grease Fire Prevention

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Are you getting ready for the big game, a birthday party, or wing night? Did you know cooking and cooking equipment that overheats, is the most common cause of household fires?

Here are a few tips to keep you safe:

  1. Stay in the kitchen whenever you cook with oil or grease
  2. Use a heavy stock pot with a lid
  3. Keep the handles of pot turned so it can’t get knocked over.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher near by
  5. If you notice smoke while cooking, it’s too hot. Turn off, let it cool.
  6. Use a thermometer and read the temperature guidelines on the oil label.
  7. Do not keep any flammable items on or near your stove.

If a grease fire does occur and the fire is manageable, here are a few tips:

  1. Call 911
  2. Protect your hair, skin, and body
  3. Turn flame off immediately
  4. Apply a lid onto the pot
  5. Do not touch the pot
  6. Never apply water, flour, sugar, towels or aprons to put a grease fire out.
  7. Use a dry and chemical-based fire extinguisher (Class B Extinguisher)
  8. If none of the above work, GET OUT! Wait for help to arrive.
  9. Call your Insurance Company
  10. Call a professional Mitigation Company

Always remember the P.A.S.S. Technique

P - Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher.

A - Aim the fire extinguisher at the fires base

S - Squeeze the handle.

S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side while pointing toward the base of the fire.

If you have unfortunately suffered from a fire and need restoration, cleanup services, do not hesitate to contact the appropriate professionals.

Call us at 440-564-7266

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

Attic Inspected; Mold Detected?

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Attic Mold This attic has black spots and rusted nails, where is the moisture coming from? Is your bathroom vented properly?

Are you trying to sell your home and the inspector notices mold in your attic? How will this affect your property value? Will the buyer be afraid of potential health risks? Not only can it affect the appearance and perception of the property, it may bring down the value of your home.

Many Chagrin Falls homes were built with poorly ventilated bathrooms. Bathroom fans that vent directly into an attic space verse the outside, have potential for mold issues. As you know heat rises, but did you know that once it meets the cool air of the attic, it condenses creating moisture. Mold grows when air is stagnant and humid, so having proper ventilation and circulation is crucial in preventing mold growth. If your home has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, it is one of the cornerstones of our business.  

Call us at 440-564-7266

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

Did you spot a leak underneath the kitchen sink?

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Leak under my sink! This home had two layers of wood floor. After removing the first layer, we noticed how bad this valve leak was. Look at how wet the floor is!

Like many, the kitchen is the central hub of our home. This is where we gather to socialize, cook, prepare our morning drink, wash our hands, and rinse our dishes. So, when we discover a leak, it may feel as if all central functions of your home have come to a halt. Here are a few tips to follow:

  1. Shut Off the Water Valves - Found underneath the sink
  2. Call a Plumber – Identify the leak, repair or replace leaking lines or fittings.
  3. Contact Insurance - Know what your insurance policy says before talking to your agent. It is important to read your policy to make sure your loss is covered. Sometimes, the repair may not be covered, but the water from the leak resulting in additional damage may be.
  4. Call a Professional Mitigation Team - Water damage is risky to leave unattended. Hidden water can cause damage to wood, cabinets, flooring, and even the ceiling below. SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or any water damage event.

Call us at 440-564-7266

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

Is your Geauga County Business Flooded?

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Office Hallway Do you see the ceiling tiles on the floor? Never underestimate the potential risk associated with flooding and water damage in your building.

Flooding and water damage to your commercial property is often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and quick response. Whether we are faced with a relatively small water cleanup or a large-scale storm event, we work quickly to assess the situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. Here are a few tips to follow prior to help arriving:


  • Shut off source of water.
  • Turn off Circuit Breakers.
  • Avoid contact with any sewage and contaminated contents.
  • Keep all employees away from affected areas.


  • Use electrical appliances
  • Use ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • Enter any room with standing water
  • Wait to call for help, time is crucial.

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. It is our sincere desire to provide the finest in restoration and business recovery services to allow you to utilize normal operations at your facility as quickly as possible.

Call us at 440-564-7266

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

3 Types of Damage You Can Expect in Your Business After a Fire

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

A fire destroyed five stores Commercial fire damage in Bainbridge, OH

3 Types of Damage You Can Expect in Your Business After a Fire

If your Bainbridge, OH, business experiences a fire, it’s highly recommended to contact a local fire damage restoration service. This is because a restoration service has the ability to deal with the various types of damage that come with a fire, including smoke cleaning and property restoration. Here are the three most common types of damage you may see.

1. Structural

Structural damage is probably the first problem many people think of after a fire. Not only can the flames eat through the building materials, such as wood or drywall, but the heat can weaken metal materials. In many cases a restoration service may have to replace these materials. Areas like these may be covered over until the repairs can be completed.

2. Odor

Another form of damage you may see a restoration crew address is smoke odor. Smoke cleaning typically involves the use of an ozone machine to help remove lingering odor from the air, as well as special cleaners to remove unpleasant smoke scents from office furniture and equipment. If the majority of the damage is odor-related, you may still be able to go through daily operations in the area.

3. Smoke

Fire is not the only harming element of a fire. Smoke damage can cause a number of problems, from interfering with electronics to leaving behind obnoxious odor. Fortunately, a restoration service can remove smoke damage from the structure, as well as any damaged items. This process may involve the use of special cleaners, and may depend on the item type. A professional should be asked to clean any affected electronics.
Whether your business needs structural reinforcement, odor removal or smoke cleaning, a local restoration service can help. These professionals can have your business property restored so that it looks like the fire never occurred. If you have any questions, a professional should be able to help.

What To Know About Commercial Generators

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial backup generator A generator is a key piece of equipment for any Chagrin Falls, OH, business

What To Know About Commercial Generators

A generator is a key piece of equipment for any Chagrin Falls, OH, business. It can keep your electronics running even when there is severe storm damage to your property. They are particularly useful if your company has been hit by one of the following:

  • An earthquake
  • A local blackout
  • A flood

However, you should avoid using generators or other electronics if they have been severely affected by water damage. In this scenario, you should first perform flood cleanup before attempting to utilize alternative power equipment.

How Generators Work

Commercial generators store solar energy, diesel fuel or natural gas that can then be used to power a building when the electricity is not working. You can purchase automatic generators that turn on as soon as they sense an outage has occurred.

How Long Generators Last

A typical generator should operate for approximately 3,000 hours. High-quality generators, however, can last for up to 5,000 hours.
Still, you shouldn’t have to replace generators that often since you will only use them following an outage.
At most, it should take a few weeks for professionals to restore power after a blackout or storm. You can then turn the generators back off. Since your generators will be powered down for extended periods of time, they should last 20 to 30 years.

How To Keep Your Generators Functioning Properly

If you want to avoid generator problems, you should perform regular preventative maintenance. Otherwise, your machine could break down sooner than expected, which could leave you without power during a major storm.
Buying and maintaining a commercial generator will help you keep your business running during a disaster. Still, even if you have working generators, you may have to deal with severe flood damage to your office of business space. If this happens, your local emergency restoration services company can assist with storm cleanup and repairs to get you back in business.

How To Prevent Water Damage

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking pipe in ceiling Leaking pipe in ceiling

How To Prevent Water Damage

As a homeowner, you want to avoid major complications to your property. In fact, there are some things that may seem hard to prevent, but there are actions you could take to save you a major headache. For example, water in home crawl spaces and materials is hazardous, requiring prompt attention and potentially creating water damage. Finding it, though, can seem tricky as it often begins in minute and seemingly innocent stages. You can take actions to locate water leaks early. To try to avoid this complication, consider the following three tips.

1. Inspect It

Being proactive is important. As a homeowner, be on the lookout for any of the following:

  • Clogged gutter
  • Broken pipe
  • Ruined shingle
  • Weak caulking
  • Running toilet
  • Dripping faucet

For larger projects, set aside time every few months to evaluate the locations, ensuring that they are in proper condition. As for the everyday fixtures, try to stay alert. Note any changes in pressure or function, and, if you see any signs of a leak, call a plumber.

2. Dry It

When your child spills a drink, it is important to wipe it up right away. Drips are just as important. They are tiny; over time, however, water in home carpet and drywall accumulates, sucking in the moisture like a sponge. This is hazardous as it attracts fungus and ruins materials. Focus on removing the humidity quickly. Consider running dehumidifiers and exhaust vents.

3. Fix It

As soon as possible, fix any plumbing issues. During a pipe cleanup, you'll want to attend to the initial break and the consequences of it. For example, don't throw down towels and wait a few days, thinking the liquid won't cause any harm. The moisture can seep into carpet, grout and drywall; therefore, what seems harmless actually can be quite detrimental. The wetness sits and could potentially create a musty odor, mold and rot. Contact a water remediation company in Chardon, OH, to test the area and begin appropriate restoration services.
When things break, don't push them off until tomorrow. Water in home materials is problematic. Instead, be alert, keep it clean and repair it.

Shutting Down Mold After a Home Flood

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Air mover placed by a cabinet drying affected area in a home Air mover drying out affected area in house after storm damage

Dealing With Mold After a Flood In Your Home

Mold growth is a pesky side effect of flooding. Even an inch of standing water in your home can trigger a chain reaction that leads to smelly, unsightly fungus. What can be done to minimize the formation of mold, or clean it up if it’s already there? Here are a few easy tips for dealing with mold after a flood in your Burton, OH, home.

Get Rid of the Water

Get started by removing as much water as you can. Good tools include:

  • mops
  • buckets
  • gloves

Use mops and buckets to remove or absorb as much water as possible. This method is best if you’re dealing with water that hasn’t been contaminated with human or animal waste. Such water is best removed by professionals.

Dry Everything Out

Mold spores thrive in warm, wet locales. This makes thoroughly drying your home very important. Open windows and use large fans to dry the area out quickly and thoroughly. For an extra punch, rent a dehumidifier and leave it on overnight.

Disinfect Everything

One of the biggest threats posed by standing water from a flood is bacteria. It’s a must that you disinfect everything it touched. Use a disinfectant to wipe down surfaces and kill any germs the flood water may have deposited. As an added benefit, wiping things down can help remove mold spores and discourage mold growth.

Dispose of Damaged Items

Unfortunately, flood damage can be devastating to porous materials like fabric. Evaluate the contents of your home and throw away anything that can’t be completely disinfected. This includes electronics, papers and other absorbent items.
Flood damage can be extensive to a home, but mold growth can make things even worse. For minor damage, use the above tips. And for major flood damage, find a water remediation company to get the type of water removal, drying and disinfecting you need to get your household back on its feet.

How To Fix a Flooded Basement

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Dark humid basement Recovering from a basement flood can be done with the right equipment and a lot of hard work

Many homeowners have heard horror stories of sump pumps failing and basements filling with floodwater. A basement flood can happen quickly and cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. If your basement in Highland Heights, OH has experienced flooding or water damage, your insurance coverage may include the cost of professional restoration services. There are some things you can do yourself, but if damage is severe or you do not have the necessary skills and equipment, professional assistance can help. Here are a few tips on how to safely restore your basement.

Stay Aware of Danger

Keep safety first. When entering a flooded area, watch out for these common dangers caused by a basement flood:

  • Slippery, slimy floors
  • Items you cannot see through the floodwater
  • Electrical outlets exposed to water or submerged

Anytime there is water in a home, there is the risk of electrocution. Be sure that the electricity is turned off before entering the area. If the water has gone above the electrical outlets and you cannot safely reach the fusebox, the only way to ensure your safety is to have the house taken off the electric grid by a professional.

Dry Out the Area

Once you have ensured your safety, the next step is to begin removing the water. If you can do this without entering the flooded area, even better. A shop vacuum can be used to suck out the majority of the water. Once the water is gone, you are likely to find that flooring, baseboards, and possibly drywall have been soaked by the water. Everything that was underwater may need to be removed and replaced.
Recovering from a basement flood can be done with the right equipment and a lot of hard work. If you discover that you need professional help, water restoration experts can restore your basement to its pre-flood condition, as if it never happened.

A Guide to Commercial Storm Insurance

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Debri blocking road during a wind storm Storm damage in Burton, OH

Things You Need to Know About Commercial Storm Insurance

If you own property in Burton, OH, where hurricanes and windstorms cause significant damage, you may be wondering if insurance is available to covers any losses. Because of the increased development along coastal areas, there has been a rise in disastrous losses and massive flood cleanup efforts. Fortunately, insurance companies provide storm insurance. Here are some things you need to know about this type of insurance.

Hurricane Deductibles

Insurance coverage for hurricanes and windstorms is different from traditional insurance. Traditional insurance policies have a dollar deductible that has to be paid before any coverage begins. In contrast, a commercial property that has experienced flood damage would qualify for losses under a percentage deductible. Here are some basics about percentage deductibles:

The percentage that you’re required to pay is based on the value of your property. For example, a $500,000 property with a 2% deductible would necessitate that you pay $10,000 before any insurance coverage takes effect.
With regular policies, the deductible applies with each claim. In contrast, a deductible under storm insurance is calculated per season.

There are typically two types of storm damage: hurricane and windstorm. Under the insurance plan, the natural disaster brings what is called a trigger. This means that a hurricane deductible applies in the specific situation. The state or insurance company determines if the trigger is applicable. Factors such as storm intensity and timing are considered.

State Differences

Hurricane insurance varies by state, so it’s important to check with your insurance carrier about the specific coverage. For example, some states allow for a higher premium in order to have a traditional dollar deductible plan instead of a percentage deductible. Other states in high-risk coastal areas may not have this option.
Commercial storm insurance is available in many states in the United States. Among other things, this coverage can help with hiring professional storm cleanup experts to assist your company after a hurricane hits.

3 Things To Know About Maintaining a Furnace

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it Knowing how to take care of your furnace is important when handling proper maintenance of your home

If you have a furnace, maintenance is key to its longevity. This is especially important if you must deal with fire cleaning or other unexpected events in Mayfield, OH. Following these three guidelines can be useful when striving to keep your furnace in working condition.

Perform Maintenance Before Winter

Before winter sets in, have your furnace looked at. This can alert you to any problems you weren’t aware of and prevent possible fire damage from happening. Your furnace has three main parts that should be examined routinely:

  • Filter system
  • Motor
  • Blowers

With regular inspections by trained professionals, you can prevent significant, and potentially costly, problems with these vital components.

Seek Help From a Professional When Problems Arise

If your furnace has an issue, it is better to have it fixed before the winter season starts, rather than having it break down when you need it the most. Whether you need fire cleaning or smoke cleaning after a disaster or simply someone to inspect that weird humming that started last week, a fire restoration company or furnace specialist can provide an estimate and help you save time.

Replace Filters Regularly

It is easy to forget to replace your furnace filter. If you're having furnace problems, a dirty filter may be to blame. Hold it up against the light to see if it looks clogged. If it does, it is important to replace it, regardless of how long it has been there. Filters are normally replaced every three months, or sooner if you have extenuating circumstances, such as pets. A company who performs fire damage assessment can assist you with problems related to filters.

Knowing how to take care of your furnace is important when handling proper maintenance of your home. If you’ve ever dealt with fire cleaning or if you believe there are other pressing issues, a professional can check them out before winter begins. What's more, with light maintenance of your own, such as changing filters regularly, you can help your furnace last for as long as possible.

3 Steps That Can Help Prevent Mold

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on bathroom floor Mold in bathroom

How to Protect Yourself Against Future House Mold

Mold is a fungus that has its place in nature but can be a nightmare in the home. If you suspect a mold problem, you should consider conducting a mold inspection. If, however, you haven’t found any noticeable spores, you can protect yourself against future house mold by following these three steps.

1. Identify Potential Problem Areas

Mold develops and grows in damp places. Examine areas where there might be water leaks or flooding, such as attics and basements. Kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, and walls that make contact with earth also provide a breeding ground for different types of mold, including black mold. Hidden mold can form inside walls, under carpets, and in areas that might not be visible. A mold inspection team might be needed to find some molds.

2. Keep Wet Areas Dry

Mold can start forming in 24 to 48 hours in a wet area. It can form on both hard and pulpy surfaces, such as clothing, carpet, dry wall, tiles, furniture, and wood paneling. Flood water, spills, and leaks should be cleaned and dried immediately. Items that can’t be dried should be removed from the area. Wet items should not be left lying around, and clothes should not be left in the washing machine. Remember, mold thrives on moisture.

3. Ensure Proper Ventilation

When doing laundry, washing dishes, taking a shower, or cooking, ensure your room has good ventilation by simply opening a window or two. Good air flow through your house can help prevent moisture from building up around doors, windows, and on walls. Fresh air can help reduce moisture. It’s recommended to keep room humidity below 60 percent to avoid condensation building up on windows, walls, and pipes.

You can’t completely mold-proof your home in Gates Mills, OH. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a professional mold remediation team perform a mold inspection regularly and after any major water leak or flooding.

Can Water-Damaged Electronics Be Restored?

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

The keyboard of a computer with water Water damaged computer

Appliances and devices are among the most costly contents in commercial buildings. Water is made up of charged particles that can cause corrosion to form on metal and short-circuit electronics. Several factors determine whether flooded electronics can be restored or require replacement.

Power Status During Damage

The severity of electronic damage can be intensified if a device is powered on or plugged in while a flooding incident occurs. An appliance with current running through it during exposure to water is more likely to short-circuit and pose a greater risk of starting an electrical fire. Property owners should exercise caution when handling damaged devices:

  • Do not attempt to power off a device.
  • Carefully unplug or turn off circuits.
  • Contact experts to handle unstable electronics.

Owners of buildings with many computers or appliances may want to contact a power company after major water damage to temporarily shut off the electricity. Even if a device was not powered on when damage took place, repair efforts may not be successful.

Extent of Exposure

It is next to impossible to accurately determine the degree of electronic damage without opening and inspecting flooded appliances and devices. Trained content cleaning and restoration experts do so in a clean, low-static environment to prevent additional damage and reduce the risk of an electrical fire due to short-circuiting throughout inspection, repair and testing.

Repair Costs

Depending on the item, it may be more cost effective to claim a loss and replace damaged electronics rather than attempting repairs. If content cleaning methods are unlikely to fully restore functionality, restoration experts can provide information to support an insurance claim.
An all-in-one water damage mitigation and restoration company offers specialized content cleaning services. Only experts should handle flooded electronics, as these items can pose a heightened risk of fire. Contact the closest franchise that offers electronics restoration and content storage in Mayfield, OH.

Flooded With Sewage Smells: What To Do When You Have a Sewer Backup

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Someone washing a pan Don't pour grease or hot oil down the kitchen sink!

When flooding strikes your home in Middlefield, OH, it can do a lot of damage. This is especially true if the flooding includes sewage loss, such as a broken pipe, a toilet backup, or sewer overflow. Not only do you have to deal with the water, you have to deal with the unpleasant sewage and odors – and possibly mold growth – that come with the water.

Causes of Sewer Backups

Flooding from sewer backups can be caused by many things:

  • 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

Dealing With Mold

Where there is flood water, there is the potential for mold growth. Mold can make your house smell musty. To prevent this growth, the water must be dealt with immediately by opening windows and bringing in humidifiers and fans. After professional clean up and restoration, you will want to check areas where mold is likely to grow, especially if you notice a musty smell in your home.

Combating Sewage Odors

When it comes to dealing with sewage, you should hire an expert because you are not only dealing with water but also bacteria. The affected areas need to be disinfected and deodorized. You will also need to look at your personal belongings, including rugs and curtains, to ensure that they are disinfected and deodorized properly.

Preventing Future Problems

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

  • Trim tree roots periodically.
  • 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 in Middlefield, OH, from mold growth and bacteria caused by flood water. When a flood does strike, contact an expert to help you effectively restore and deodorize your home.

3 Important Things to Remember When Your Basement Floods

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement in Bainbridge, OH

Remember These 3 Important Tips When Your Basement Floods

There are few things worse than dealing with a basement flood. Quite often it is an ordeal to clean up and recover when water seeps in and damages your belongings and home. When your basement floods in Bainbridge, OH, remember these three important tips:

Secure the Area

Your safety is the first priority. Make sure that your power supply is switched off to avoid any unfortunate accidents. This includes turning off gas and electricity. It is important to steer clear of the flooded area while the power is still running. Avoid interacting with electronics such as TVs, lamps, or music systems even if the electricity has been turned off.

Stay Safe with PPE

Even if you know the source of the water and think it is clean, always use personal protective equipment when working in waterlogged areas. This can save you from waterborne diseases or infections. Pull on your boots and gloves before you get started and keep a face mask handy in case you need it.

Know When to Ask for Help

After you have salvaged your items from the basement flood, you can begin the task of removing water. This process that can be quite laborious depending on the depth of the water. If you feel overwhelmed, you can always turn to your local supplier of flood restoration and mitigation services. Allow your basement to completely dry before giving it a final cleanup with a mold and mildew remover and moving your items back in. Your insurance company is there to help if your insurance coverage includes flooding. Call them right away so they can provide the information you need to file a claim.
Knowing the proper procedures and having the right contacts can make a tiresome process easier to bear. Dealing with a basement flood is no fun at all, but you don’t have to face it alone.

How To Run Emergency Drills in the Office

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

An emergency action plan should include a map showing the evacuations routes and exits

If you own commercial property or manage a business in Chagrin Falls, OH, the safety of your employees should be top priority. That means putting together a comprehensive set of protocols for a wide variety of emergency situations, like a fire drill. What might such a plan include?

Developing the Plan

First of all, you need to know what you'll be doing during the drill. That means creating an emergency action plan. This plan should be easy to read and distributed throughout the office. It should include:

  • A map showing the established evacuation routes and exits.
  • Designated section coordinators and evacuation wardens.
  • The assigned roles of employees and their contact information.
  • A preferred method for reporting the emergency.
    A location for regrouping after evacuation.

Putting It Into Action

In addition to a plan, you may need equipment for handling an emergency like a tornado or fire drill. Medical kits and emergency supplies, like blankets and flashlights, should be stored in a secure location and replaced as necessary. In order to increase the likelihood of a smooth execution, be sure to provide regular training to your employees in your emergency action plan and run drills. This will also get them familiar with your emergency alert system, which may consist of alarms and radio communication.

The Aftermath

Once your evacuation is complete, you will need a plan for accounting for employees. You may also need to know how to administer basic medical care. Rescue operations could be necessary if not everyone is accounted for. A copy of your insurance policy and their contact information will be necessary once all immediate needs are taken care of, you should also designate someone to be in charge of this. It is recommended to research and choose a damage remediation service.
Emergency preparation involves a lot more than just the occasional fire drill, although that is an important element. If you are prepared for the worst, you are likely to only experience the best!

How Fire Can Lead to Water Damage in Your Business

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Another way fire damage may occur is from the overflow emitted by firefighters' use of a hose

3 Ways a Commercial Fire Can Lead To Water Damage Issues

If your business in Chardon, OH, has experienced fire damage, then you may be looking at damage from water as well. In addition to excess moisture left behind by sprinkler systems and hoses, fire-damaged buildings are often left exposed to the elements. Here are three ways that a commercial fire can lead to issues with water damage.

1. Sprinkler Systems

Your fire suppression system, or sprinklers, can also lead to water damage. This is often less damage than would have occurred if the system had not been in place, but the leftover water puddles may cause some problems. Fortunately, many restoration services can take care of these additional damages in addition to any problems caused by fire or smoke.

2. Fire Hoses

Another way fire damage may occur is from the overflow emitted by firefighters' use of a hose. The output of the water hose used to fight the fire can also often leave flooded areas. If left to stand, this water can soak in and cause further damage to the property. As soon as the fire is safely out, you may want to begin getting as much water out of the property as possible. A restoration service may have a pump and dehumidifier that can help ease this process.

3. Exterior Damage

A fire may also leave damage to the exterior of your business structure. This may include holes in the walls or roof where wet weather such as rain or snow can leak in. This can lead to flooding and additional water damage. If you find these areas, it's best to tarp or board over the damaged space until repairs can occur.
When repairing your business, know that you may find water damage as well as smoke and fire damage. Whether it was from sprinkler system flooding, the powerful flow from a fire hose, or wet weather that occurred after the fire had damaged the exterior of the property, fire-related flooding should be addressed as soon as possible. Fortunately, your local fire restoration service should be able to get you back up and running.

3 Tips for Preventing Flood Damage

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Your sump pump can be your biggest ally when flooding occurs

Flooding is the most frequent natural disaster in the United States. Even if your home in Highland Heights, OH, is covered by FEMA NFIP, you need to be prepared.

Here Are Three Ways To Prevent Flooding Damage

1. Take care of your sump pump. Your sump pump can be your biggest ally when flooding occurs, so it's important to keep it in good working order by performing regular maintenance:

  • Your pump may vibrate during use, so confirm that it's upright and hasn't tipped over or started leaning.
  • Clean both the sump pump and the pit regularly.
  • Test that the pump is working properly by dumping water into the pit. The pump should start up on its own and drain the water promptly.
  • Check that the discharge hose is carrying water sufficiently far away from the house.
  • Make sure the ground fault circuit interrupter is plugged in and that the cord is dry and in good shape.
  • Rid the check valve of debris. (Be sure to disconnect it first.)

If you live in a rural area, whether it's at high risk according to FEMA NFIP or not, you should also make sure that the pump isn't delivering water to your septic field. If it is, it could flood the drainage field.

2. Keep your most valuable items off the ground. Photo albums, home movies, yearbooks, personal records, and other important items should be stored on high shelves. Better still, make digital copies or hard copies of anything you'd have trouble replacing.

3. Avoid sewer backup. When flooding occurs, that water can overburden the sewer system, causing it to flow into your basement via your home's water line. Capping your basement's sewer openings — thinks toilets, showers, sinks, and floor drains — can stop this from happening.

If you're familiar with FEMA NFIP and know your home's flood risk, a few preventative measures can go a long way toward lessening flood damage to your home. For those messes that you can't avoid or that require a little extra manpower and expertise, it may be wise to enlist the help of water damage repair specialists.

How To Prevent Mold Growth in Your Rental Property

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

handing on shut off valve Turn off the water

Three Simple Mold Prevention Tips

The presence of indoor mold within a rental property can create a hassle for property owners and tenants as well as cause significant structural damage to the building. Here are three simple mold prevention tips to help keep your rental home safely mold-free.

1. Turn Off the Water

Water damage is one of the leading causes of mold growth. Sometimes leaks can be difficult to detect, especially if the leaking pipes are concealed behind walls or ceilings. Look for unexpected increases in the water bill. Also check for stains or signs of warping on walls, floors and ceilings, and watch for corrosion on the pipes themselves. If you or your tenants find any evidence of leaking pipes or interior flooding, turn off the water supply immediately. Call a plumber and a water remediation expert to properly address the situation.

2. Keep the Heat On

If you are looking to save money on winter heating costs, consider lowering your heat rather than turning it off completely. Cold temperatures increase the risk of frozen pipes and ice dams. Freezing pipes can crack or burst, leading to leaks that foster the development of mold. Similarly, ice dams that do not properly drain when melting may back up into the ceiling, walls and insulation.

3. Maintain Low Humidity

Although mold prevention must still be taken into consideration during winter, summertime humidity is often a larger concern when it comes to mold growth. Consistent humidity and dampness in the air may provide enough moisture to cause mold. For the best air quality, indoor relative humidity should be kept below 50%. Consider using a dehumidifier to provide additional climate control within your rental home, as air conditioning units alone typically do not lower humidity enough to prevent mold.

Mold prevention is an important part of maintaining a rental property in Burton, OH. Whether you are seeking restoration in the aftermath of water damage or are in need of cleanup services for a current mold problem, mold remediation and water damage restoration specialists are available to provide round-the-clock assistance.

3 Things to know About Fire and Your Insurance

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire loss in a Mayfield, OH home

3 Things to know About Fire and Your Insurance

When you live in Mayfield, OH, having renters insurance can be an important factor in maintaining your apartment. Renters coverage can be helpful in a number of ways, but one of the most common people think of is fire coverage. Here are a few things you may want to know about your policy and how it can help in the event a fire starts.

1. What Your Insurance Usually Covers

Most renters policies consider fire damage to property within the apartment as a covered peril. This means that cost of any personal items you bring into the residence damaged by a fire should be under your renters policy. Damage to the structure of the apartment may be considered the landlord’s property, and thus may be covered by their policy. Your coverage may include loss of use instead.

2. What Types of Coverage May Be Available

There are many policy types under renters insurance, and each is designed differently. For example, the term actual cost is used when referring to the value of an item while replacement cost is the cost it would take to replace that item. Most policies cover replacing damaged property. Liability coverage would apply if you were accidentally responsible for causing the fire, and loss of use may be there in the event a fire renders the apartment inhabitable.

3. What To Do if a Fire Occurs

In the event a fire does occur it’s important to contact your agent as soon as you can. This way they can begin the assessment quickly and you can contact a fire restoration service to begin any repairs. In many cases your insurance agent may even have a company they recommend to do the job.
In many cases your renters insurance can include coverage depending on where and how the fire starts. In some cases the fire may fall under the responsibility of your landlord so it’s important to know exactly what your policy contains. If a fire does occur it’s important to contact your agent, and then a restoration service in order to begin repairs as soon as you can.

Your Responsibilities as a Landlord After a Fire

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Encourage renter´s insurance

Landlords are responsible for providing a safe, livable space for their tenants. There are several things you need to do to facilitate the restoration of your property in Gates Mills, OH if it is damaged in an apartment fire.

Open Lines of Communication

As a landlord, it is your responsibility to make sure that the damage done to the structure is fixed so that it is habitable again. It is also important to stay committed to and informed about the process so that you can pass pertinent information on to your tenants. Make sure to establish and maintain contact with the following immediately after fire damage:

  • Fire officers
  • A fire remediation company
  • Your insurance agent

The fire officer can let you know when the building is safe to enter to start repairs and may give you an idea of what repairs are needed. Restoration specialists can give you a more detailed, itemized list of tasks they must complete to mitigate the fire damage in your building and how much the full process is likely to cost. Your insurance agent can send an adjuster to document the scene and get work on your claim started so that you are able to cover the cost of repairs.

Encourage Renters' Insurance

If you have good insurance, the damage the apartment fire causes to the structure and the plumbing and electrical systems within it are likely to be covered by your policy. Your tenants' belongings, however, are not. Once disaster strikes, it's too late for them to think about protecting their personal property. When tenants sign their leases, encourage them to obtain renters' insurance. This type of policy can cover not only items damaged in a fire but also may provide the money they need to secure temporary housing while repairs are being made.
No matter how well you maintain your property, an apartment fire may still occur. By keeping up with your responsibilities and keeping tenants informed about theirs, however, you may be able to get the property restored more quickly.

Creating a Business Continuity Plan

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Create a business continuity plan for a hurricane

Should flooding ever occur at your business in the Gates Mills, OH, area, you will need to protect your employees and property with a business continuity plan. The safety of your employees and patrons should be of the highest priority, and protecting assets from water damage can make recovery efforts go more smoothly.

Scenarios To Prepare For

All sorts of disasters can cause flooding. To best prepare for an emergency and any ensuing water damage, create a business continuity plan for each of the following possible scenarios.

  • Excessive rainfall from storms
  • Overflowing or leaking appliances
  • Broken pipes
  • Tropical storms
  • Hurricanes

Before the Disaster

An emergency response plan should be drawn up well in advance of any disaster. These plans signal what employees should do to in the face of an emergency. Once completed, these plans should be shared in detail with employees, with every step explained thoroughly to prevent any confusion in an actual emergency.

During the Disaster

At the very minimum, these plans should protect the people at your business during an emergency, which can include employees, patrons, and contractors. Once everyone is safe, management or trained employees can worry about containing the incident and protecting company property.

After the Disaster

Once the disaster has passed, allow any remaining patrons to leave and instruct employees to clean the site, if safe and necessary. Should the disaster incur any damages to commercial property, consult with the insurers of your business to see what is covered under any policies. After the paperwork is settled, a water damage restoration service may be contacted to inspect and repair any damages.

As the owner or a manager of a company, it is up to you to protect the people involved in your business, as well as any commercial assets of the company. By planning for the worst of flooding through a business continuity plan, you can properly maintain and protect the long-term health of your business.

4 Steps To Complete Before the Insurance Adjuster Arrives

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

If your home has suffered from water damage, prepare for the home adjuster

How to Prepare for the Adjuster if Your Home Has Suffered from Water Damage

If your home has suffered from water damage, take the following steps to prepare for the home adjuster. When you complete these steps before the insurance adjuster arrives, the damage on your property can be repaired or corrected as soon as possible. Speed up the process by getting as much paperwork out of the way as possible:

  • Proof of loss forms
  • Insurance policy reports
  • Estimates from authorized professionals

In addition to tackling paperwork, be sure to complete the next steps as quickly as possible.

One: Contact Your Insurance Provider

It's vital that your insurance company can contact you, especially if you have had to evacuate your home. Have your policy number, phone number, property address, and alternate phone numbers handy. If it's possible to meet the adjuster at your home, you may find it easier to communicate clearly.

Two: Secure Your Property

Before the adjuster arrives, and before you evacuate if it is possible to do so safely, protect your property. Be aware that water damage can affect the construction of your home, leaving it unsafe to re-enter the building. When this is the case, contact a water damage repair and remediation professional to provide these services.

Three: Take Pictures of Damages

You will be completing a lot of paperwork regarding the damages throughout your home but taking photographs or a video is a good way to provide proof of your claims. Remember not to remove any items until the home adjuster has provided an okay.

Four: Keep Information Organized

Put together a safe place to store contact information, insurance claim reference numbers, receipts, photographs, and every other document regarding the damaged property and repairs. This will also include checks from the insurance company. You may expect up to three separate checks: structure damage payment, personal belongings loss reimbursement, and money for additional living expenses.

When water damages have affected your Mayfield, OH, home, work closely with the home adjuster to resolve the issue. Work through these four steps and maintain open communication for the best results.

Fire Damage Restoration

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Geauga County is prepared and has a 24 Hour Emergency Service.

Fire damage is a devastating experience for any business owner. Immediately the flames are out, a lot of things need to be done so that you can minimize the smoke damage and soot damage to your belongings. This is known as fire damage restoration. Below are some tips that can help you get the fire cleanup underway.

Tips on Fire Damage Restoration

Before fire cleanup

As an owner, you are not supposed to enter the property until you get permission from the fire department. They will confirm if the property that has undergone smoke damage and soot damage is safe. When it's safe, you can grab any essential documents you find.

It's really impossible for you to do the cleanup including board up, all by yourself. For excellent services, you need to contact a restoration company in your area. Fire in a home or fire in business (commercial fire damage) is not something you can handle by yourself. The experts should be able to deal with the smoke damage, smoke smell, and soot damage effectively.

Getting professional fire damage restoration help

Once the team has arrived, they will first check the conditions of the property. This is important as it helps them develop an action plan for the fire cleanup. Proper safety gear must be worn by the team for protection. This includes heavy duty gloves, safety goggles, and face mask to protect the eyes and respiratory system. If you must go in, make sure you wear old clothes you will not mind throwing away since they'll be covered with soot.

The next thing fire damage professionals will do is to open the windows for ventilation. They may also bring in fans to increase ventilation throughout the building. Increased airflow helps in clearing out any residual smoke and reduces the smoke smell. If the area you reside in a humid, the fire damage restoration experts will run a dehumidifier with the windows closed. They may also use power fans because water damage occurs too. They have to dry off the wet items before they can start cleaning any smoke damage after fire in a home or fire in a business.

Handling damage after fire in business and fire in a home

Now that the restoration company team handling the fire in a business or fire in a home has assessed the damage, they will start the process of board up servicing. In the case of commercial fire damage, many equipment pieces tend to be costly. Inspecting and restoring the quickly makes a big difference in them working or being destroyed. Poor air quality, soot damage, and smoke damage significantly diminish the working environment for employees, so commercial fire damage experts need to work thoroughly and efficiently. The commercial fire damage teams know that time equals to money.

The fire cleanup experts will also focus on water, soot, and smoke smell removal. Sometimes, you may not see the water, but it soaks in the insulation behind walls as well as the other areas where smoke damage existed. The fire damage team works on the water removal process to get rid of the water that was used by the fire department. The fire cleanup team uses high-powered air movers or dehumidifiers to eliminate the water hence completely drying the place. The fire damage cleanup process must be conducted efficiently to get the best results. A customized plan always works best since it factors in the state of the property and whether board up services are required.

Hiring a restoration company is the best decision you will have made during this trying time if you want to get the best results. It may be a bit costly when compared to DIY but it's sometimes the only option you have. Restoration company experts will board up your property, clean it up, get rid of the smoke smell, among other necessary services. Opt for professionals for the best fire damage restoration services.

3 Steps To Take if You Suspect Mold Damage in Your Home

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked in front of trees Call mold remediation experts to come and do an assessment for you

Steps to Take if You Need Mold Assessment

Finding mold in your home in Gates Mills, OH, can be frightening. It’s probably not a situation that you’ve prepared for, so you may not know what to do next. Here are the steps you should take if you believe you need a mold assessment done.

1. Call a Professional

Never try to fix the problem yourself. Call mold remediation experts to come and do an assessment for you. They should be able to tell you if it’s mildew or mold. If it’s the latter, they can analyze it so that you know the type of spore it is. These specialists can guide you through the next steps, which may include the cleanup process and repairs.

2. Remove the Mold

You will most likely not be able to stay in your home during this time, especially if you have black mold. An infestation will have to be removed from all infected surfaces. If the spores are in the drywall, this can be a difficult process. You may find that some of your belongings have fungus growth as well. The professionals can take care of cleaning these up too.

3. Stop the Source

After the initial mold assessment, the remediation experts will determine what is causing the problem. If the source of the mold is not fixed, the issue will most likely return. If possible, the professionals might repair the cause during the remediation process. Spores grow due to moisture, so you may discover that you have a leaking pipe in the wall that needs fixing. Always make sure you have proper ventilation in your home, and never leave damp clothes sitting out for long periods of time. Both of these can lead to mold growth.

If you believe there is fungus in your home, it is important to call for help right away. Never try to perform a mold assessment yourself; leave it to the remediation experts.

3 Items That Should Be Cleaned After a Fire

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning electronics after fire

Items That Should be Cleaned After a Fire

If you have experienced a fire in your Middlefield, OH, home, then you will likely have a lot of damage and fire cleanup to deal with. Even if the fire did not spread far, you might still have smoke damage in a larger area. This should be removed as soon as possible, as it can cause further damage over time. Here are a few items that should be cleaned after a fire.

1. Soft Toys and Fabrics

Anything that has a soft and porous exterior should be included in cleanup, as it can easily trap soot and odors. Curtains, furniture and clothing should all be thoroughly cleaned. If you have children, their toys should be included as well. While it may be difficult to part your little ones from their favorite stuffed animals or blankets, these should be cleaned before they are allowed to handle them again.

2. Electronics

Fire cleanup includes electronics. They might look fine on the outside, but smoke can cause extensive damage to electronics. Acids in smoke residue can corrode metal, including those found in your computers, televisions and small gadgets. Eventually, this can cause your electronics to stop working.

3. Documents, Artwork, and Photographs

For any paper items that were not destroyed in the flames, smoke damage can likely be removed during cleanup. Depending on the severity, it may not be exactly as it was before the fire, but there are several methods that a fire remediation service can use to minimize and reduce damage, such as freeze drying and dehumidification.

Because smoke damage can last long after the fire has passed, it is important to be thorough during the fire cleanup stage. Residue from smoke can spread much further, even if the fire was contained to a small area of your home. A professional service can help with both cleaning and repairs of the structure of your home as well as any belongings that have been damaged.

Tax Breaks During Natural Disasters

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

FEMA maintains a website with more information about national emergency areas.

Tax Breaks

If your business in Bainbridge, OH was recently affected by storm damage, you may have recourse to a few different federal compensation methods. This financial recovery is usually available independently of your insurance status. Read on to discover if these benefits apply to you.

1. What Counts?

Most weather-related damage to your business is tax deductible. This means that the cost of repairs can be subtracted from the federal taxes that you owe. This is one of many ways the government offers assistance to get local businesses running again, which in turn leads to economic recovery. Note that simple accidents, wear and tear, forms of negligence do not apply. The damage must be the direct result of a hurricane, flood, earthquake, or similar event.

2. How to Process?

For businesses suffering storm damage, flood damage, or other types of disaster losses, nonitemizers can make claims. Be sure that you don't try to claim anything that has already been reimbursed by your insurer, as these items are not eligible for federal tax compensation. Be sure to keep all tax records, whether paper or electronic, in a safe place. Both your adjuster and any federal inspectors will need to review these documents in order to verify insurance and tax claims. FEMA maintains a website with more information about national emergency areas, which may be a source of additional aid.

3. Resolution

Since you have access to the funds you need to resolve the damage to your business, you can begin the flood cleanup process. Start as quickly as possible, since ongoing damage from water retention may become a further insurance liability in the future. Have the contact information of a qualified cleanup professional ready before severe weather strikes.

With proper record keeping and knowledge of a few tax code details, you can position your business to take advantage of federal resources and minimize storm damage disruption.

Leaky Roof Cleanup

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Damage in Chardon, OH.

Many people have dealt with leaky roofs at one point or another. While it may not always sound like a big deal, a roof leak can cause extensive damage, from mold growth to harm in the interior ceiling. You don’t want to leave a leaky roof unattended. The roof is an essential component to the building. When it comes to flood cleanup for the roof, here is what a company may do for your Chardon, OH, building.

Leaky Roof Cleanup

  1. Tear Out

After a roof leak, the first step is to call a flood restoration company. They can do an assessment on the damage done to your roof. For instance, if there is any mold growth, they will be able to identify it and help clear it out. In some cases, the damage to the shingles or roof may be too widespread, and some materials may have to be torn out before you can focus on the restoration.

  1. Dry Out

The company will usually dry out the salvaged materials in the second step. Generally, the goal is to save as much as can be saved. A damaged roof often has some parts that can be saved and dried out whereas others may have to be torn up. Once everything is dried, it can go through the disinfecting process. This will make sure there are no mold spores left.

  1. Restore

The restoration involves returning your roof to like-new condition. This can mean replacing any missing shingles, redoing the installation or fixing any number of damages that were done to the roof.

When you have a roof leak, it’s important that you deal with it right away. Water damage has a way of getting worse over time. The longer you leave it, the more you are likely to have mold growth and extensive damage that cannot be salvaged. When it comes to restoration, having as much of the original roof as possible helps.

Chagrin Falls, Ohio Fire Loss Management

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Chagrin Falls, OH

A fire can be an absolutely devastating event no matter where a person is. If an individual is dealing with water damage from fire in the village of Chagrin Falls in Ohio, he's probably in a state of panic. If he's dealing with fire damage, he's probably just as worried and uneasy. That's completely understandable. The goal, however, should be to be calm, cool and collected and to proceed as efficiently as possible.

Fire Loss Management

Managing fire destruction in Chagrin Falls, OH doesn't have to feel like the end of the world for anyone. People who keep their focus should be able to navigate fire situations with pure success. Smoke damage can be extremely distressing. The same goes for soot damage. These things can make it hard to see surroundings. They can make a person feel like he or she can't breathe properly. They're never pleasant.

That's why it's 100 percent essential to take quick and smart action in the event of fire loss. When an individual needs assistance with water damage from fire nightmares, he should look for a local company that can offer it to him. There are many reputable full-service companies that specialize in smoke damage, soot damage and more. A highly regarded fire mitigation company can provide a person with the in-depth assistance and care his property needs. It can give him the security and ease of peace of mind. It can give him the opportunity to take it easy as well.

Fires can be extremely difficult and taxing experiences for people. They're not exactly easy to endure. Smoke damage is usually pretty easy to identify. There are some clues, however, that can be immensely helpful to people who need to figure out exactly what's going on. This destruction isn't always as easy to recognize as fire destruction, after all. This destruction frequently causes conspicuous wall stains. It frequently leads to noticeable staining on ceilings as well. Properties that have this type of damage often even have plaster surface stains. Corrosion and rust are other problems that may pop up.

If an individual observes corrosion or rust on the metal hardware on his property, that could mean that he has significant destruction. This kind of damage can often even adversely affect fabrics. Fabrics that have serious damage may start to take on unusual and dirty appearances. This often happens in a gradual manner. Air quality is extremely important for any property, end of story.

Fire is unfortunate in that it has the ability to negatively affect air quality. The dangers of poor air quality are abundant. An individual should never attempt to take care of this problem on his own. He should always make the effort to recruit the assistance of a trained and certified expert. Certified professionals know exactly how to take care of soot and smoke. They're well-versed in modern and innovative techniques that can keep people safe and healthy. They know all the fundamentals of fire mitigation. They know all the complexities of fire mitigation as well.

Fire loss management is never a job for someone who lacks experience and training. Fire losses are extremely serious and devastating. They can often lead to severe consequences as well. Nothing can ever top the assistance of a reputable and trustworthy professional business that specializes in fire restoration and cleanup service. Soot and smoke can be extremely persistent. It doesn't matter if an individual is based in Chardon or Bainbridge, Ohio. He or she should go out of their way to search for a fire restoration and cleanup firm that has a terrific reputation. He should do whatever is necessary to locate a fire restoration and cleanup business that has capable and diligent technicians on its side.

If an individual experiences fire damage in Chagrin Falls, Chardon or Bainbridge in OH, he should take fast action. He should get in contact with a renowned restoration company without delay. He should also think carefully about an array of other relevant matters. Examples of these are damage that may not be immediately visible. Mold, ash, smoke and water destruction aren't always apparent at first. He or she should think carefully about suitable cleaning service. He should think in great detail about any professional repair work that may be necessary in the future.

A comprehensive property inspection may be necessary at some point. Professionals who conduct property inspections focus on many different things. They focus on structural foundations, windows, roofs, heating systems, plumbing systems, siding and interior walls. They focus on other things beyond just those as well. Fire loss property inspections tend to be extremely exhaustive and meticulous. They tend to cover all the bases. A fire can be a frightening and nerve-racking experience for anyone.

It can often feel devastating. It's important, however, to try to remain as relaxed as possible. A relaxed attitude can help an individual select a reputable fire restoration and cleanup business. It can help an individual make solid choices in general. There are quite a few Ohio businesses that offer superior assistance with fire losses of all types. They have staffs that consists of some of the most talented and skilled technicians around, too. These technicians know about fire damage restoration. They understand mold remediation and how it works. They can help people with cleaning duties of all varieties.

A fire loss can come as a shock to the system. It can make people feel overwhelmed, scared and uncertain. The priority at first, however, should be to stay cool. It should be to immediately recruit the assistance and guidance of seasoned and proficient professionals as well. Dependable professional help is always key. People should never attempt to save money by trying to take care of fire destruction on their own. That can be a major mistake. That can actually waste a lot of money in the long run.

Professionals are the only people who know how to correctly and efficiently take care of fires and related topics. Fires are no laughing matter. People should always approach them with the highest degree of care and sensitivity.

Visit SERVPRO of Geauga County for more information on fire damage and cleanup.

Home Restoration After Flooding

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Geauga County for your home restoration

Home Restoration After Flooding

Take care of your most valuable investment—your home—by having a content cleaning plan. If storm-related flooding or pipe burst occurs in Mayfield, OH, you’ll be equipped to deal with any eventuality.

1. Whom to Call

The most important step in the event of a residential flood is the accurate assessment of the damage. Never enter a totally inundated basement, especially before the electrical systems have been shut off. Murky water with floating debris may be indicative of a high degree of contamination, especially if the body of water has come in contact with sewage or sewer lines. In these cases, it is best to contact a qualified water cleanup professional.

2. What to Do

Most cleanup services will begin by pumping water out of the affected area and ensuring that no continual leak remains. However, content cleaning involves more than just removing the obvious standing water. Many materials retain moisture and can harbor mold and bacterial growth. Porous materials and materials embedded deep in your home structures with poor air exposure may need to be torn out and replaced. Other non-porous materials can usually be dried provided that the room has sufficient airflow to clear the trapped water for good.

3. Other Considerations

Any substances that have come into contact with black water will likely need to be both dried and disinfected. Most professional services accomplish this with a combination of chemical and ultraviolet exposures to ensure that your belongings are decontaminated without damaging them. If drywall and insulation needs complete replacement, you might consider improving the plastic vapor barrier against the interior wall as well.

All in all, the most professional services can provide a content cleaning process at a reasonable cost with minimal disruption. Have the contact information of a cleanup company ready in case you or someone you know suffers any type of flooding event.

3 Steps To Take After a Broken Pipe Strikes

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Act quickly when you have a bursting pipe just to prevent further water damage.

Although as a building manager or property owner you try to take steps to protect your commercial building from bursting pipes, extenuating circumstances sometimes mean you have to deal with water damage after extreme cold weather or significant storms hit Mayfield, OH. Being prepared for such events and knowing what to do can help you act quickly and prevent secondary damage.

1. Turn Off the Flow of Water

Removing the source of the flowing water is the first step to take when dealing with broken pipes and the resulting flooding. If your building has a supply line switch, use it to turn the water off to the affected area instead of the entire building. You should also turn off any electricity running to the damaged area to prevent electrical shocks.

2. Remove the Standing Liquid

Once the water is off, if the puddled liquid is in a small area, begin removing the standing water immediately. If the bursting pipes flooded a large area, contact a water cleanup and restoration service to clean the area and make necessary repairs. The professionals also have the knowledge to fix a broken pipe and check for any mold, rotting building materials, and other secondary water damage in Mayfield, OH.

3. Read Your Insurance Policy

Before contacting your insurance company, take time to read the policy and make sure your building has flood damage coverage. Sometimes the broken pipe repair may not be covered, but the resulting water damage and secondary problems may be, so it is best to know what your insurance policy says before talking to your agent.

Bursting pipes can occur in any commercial building, and when they do happen to yours, you can act quickly to prevent further water damage by following the above three steps. You can also plan ahead by choosing a water cleanup team and getting onto their emergency client list.

3 Reasons Not to Use Bleach When Cleaning Mold

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Removing mold with bleach may not be the best idea

Do Not Use Bleach When Cleaning Mold

If you have discovered a mold growth in your Bainbridge, OH building, you might be tempted to try to tackle the problem on your own. In many cases, bleach is the go-to method for removing mold, but this might not be the best idea. Consider the following reasons why you should choose a different way to solve your fungus problem.

1. It is a Toxic Chemical

The reason that many people use this method is because it is a strong chemical. However, it is also a toxic chemical. If you use it during fungus cleanup, you are further polluting the air in this area. It can be especially problematic if you have employees with sensitivities or health problems, as it can be unsafe for them to be around the chemicals.

2. It Doesn’t Get to the Root of the Problem

Using bleach to cleanup mold might work if the surface it is growing on is non-porous, but this is often not the case. Porous materials, such as carpeting and some woods, hold moisture very easily. If mold begins to grow inside of these materials, it might be too far from the surface for a chemical cleaner to reach.

3. There Are More Effective Methods

While doing the fungus cleanup on your own might be able to save you some trouble, if you don’t do a thorough job, it will make the problem even worse. Hiring a mold remediation specialist to get the job done for you is a much better option. As professionals, these specialists will have the necessary tools and experience to remove the mold effectively without relying on toxic treatments.

If you find mold in your building, it is important to have fungus cleanup done as quickly as you can to prevent damage. However, relying on substances such as bleach to remove the growth will likely not give you the results you want.

What to Do When Facing Storm Damage

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage can be devastating in Geauga County, OH.

When you are facing storm damage, it can wreak havoc on your home. You could find yourself facing the challenges of hurricane damage that results in wind damage, roof damage, flooding, and more. It can be overwhelming. When storm damage strikes, you know that you need to take care of all of the challenges that can be caused by a roof leak, ice damming, river flooding, or flooding. Regardless of what type of storm damage has struck, you need storm remediation services from a professional storm damage restoration company to get to the root of your problems so that they can perform home restoration services to get your home back on track.

Where to Begin After Storm Damage?

The first step is to bring in your professional storm damage restoration company once the storm is over and you are able to assess the damages to your home. Your professional home restoration company will identify the source of the damage, whether it is river flooding, flooding brought on by hurricane damage, wind damage, ice damming, hail damage, or frozen pipes. The list goes on concerning the damages that could occur to your home from flood water, ground water, an ice dam, and more. When storms strike at any time of year, they can put your home in serious need of storm restoration services. Once storm restoration workers have pinpointed all sources of damage, they can begin the storm restoration process.

What is the Next Step?

Professional storm restoration workers are going to clear out any debris left behind from the storm. They will also do what they can to salvage your belongings. They will remove any ground water or flood water that has been left behind. Water may be present after hail damage as well. A flood pump may be necessary to eliminate water so that the water restoration process can begin. The flood pump will suck out all water remaining in the building. You may even have a flood pump on the premises already if you are in a flood zone. Once the flood pump has removed ground water or flood water brought on by river flooding or flooding, they will begin the drying process involved with water restoration and home restoration. Everything must be thoroughly dried before any type of repairs can be performed. The same holds true when there is ice damage caused by ice damming. An ice dam can build up and cause a roof leak. This in turn can lead to a roof repair. Your storm restoration crew may need to cover the roof of your home until roof repair work is underway to deal with a roof leak caused by hurricane damage, wind damage, or ice damage. Once everything is dry, the next phase of work can begin.

Sanitization is Key

When a professional storm remediation. crew goes to work in your home, sanitization is a must as part of the water restoration process. River flooding or flooding of any type can inundate a home with ground water or flood water. Water damage can also occur from a roof leak when there is need for roof repair. Ice damming caused by an ice dam can also lead to water in the home and unsanitary conditions. The storm remediation. crew will address sanitization by using industrial-strength cleansers on all surfaces before continuing restoration work.

The Repair Process Can Begin

A professional storm remediation. team can begin the work of repairs, including roof repair after a roof leak or ice dam, once all debris is removed and the premises are sanitary. Storm remediation. services may include new dry wall, painting, new flooring, and construction of new walls. Home restoration is possible regardless of the extent of the damage. If frozen pipes are a problem, they can be thawed. If frozen pipes have led to a break, they can be replaced. Roof damage may be extensive due to hurricane damage, wind damage, or hail damage. Ice damage can result in roof damage as well, but your professional storm remediation. team can handle the job. No matter what the problem is, whether there is roof damage, frozen pipes, ice damage, or hail damage to add to the list, you can count on home restoration. Water restoration and storm remediation. can bring your home back to what it used to be.

Disaster Recovery With SERVPRO

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Geauga County

Disaster Recovery

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 after water emergencies for homeowners, but you probably didn’t know the teams also provide nationwide disaster recovery help in the following three ways.

1. Here to Help

No matter where the flood, tornado, temperature drop, or hurricane is located, there are over 1,600 SERVPRO local franchises that are ready to help when the corporate office calls. Furthermore, the corporate office can aid any type of disaster with crucial equipment that the individual companies may not have after a disaster strikes. SERVPRO’s corporate officers did just that after the storm damage of 2017 hurricane Irma and the recent California wildfires. The motto Here to Help has certainly been proven true.

2. Faster to Any Disaster

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 floodwater, fires, or other disasters make strike, the team members are there to provide a quick storm response.

3. “Like it never even happened.”

Not only is SERVPRO’s corporate office able to rally the individual franchises to a disaster, but they can also use their many years of experience to direct the teams about where to go and how best to provide aid in the disaster scenarios. The goal of any of the specially IICRC trained franchise employees is to create a disaster scene that is “Like it never even happened.”

Whether the disaster is local or on the other side of the state, SERVPRO franchises and their corporate officers are both there to help. No wonder most insurance companies call SERVPRO to help their insured clients at the first sign a disaster recovery is needed.

Four Steps to Take When Filing a Water Damage Claim

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Always get in contact with your insurance agent

Water Damage Claim

Experiencing water damage in your Chardon, OH home can be a stressful situation. Filing an insurance claim can add to the frustration you are feeling if you are unprepared. Following these steps can make the process go more easily for you.

1. Call Your Insurance Agent

The first thing that you should do is relocate to a safe area if the damage to your home is significant. After this, call your insurance agent. Getting in touch with your insurance company as soon as possible will allow the process to be started more quickly. It also prevents the company from denying your claim because you waited too long to report the damage.

2. Take Pictures of the Damage

Before you begin moving anything, you should take pictures. This will help during the insurance claim process because you will be able to show your agent the extent of the damage to your home. Be sure to include photos of the structure of your home as well as any damaged property and belongings.

3. Take Steps to Prevent Further Damage

If there is a flood of water in your home, your insurance company will expect you to take care of your house and do what you can to reduce any further damage. If they find that you have not done so, it may affect your claim.

4. Make a List of Lost Items

In order to file your insurance claim and be properly reimbursed, you will need to supply your insurance agent with a list of items that have been damaged. A professional remediation service can help in this area by determining which items can be salvaged and which must be replaced.

Whether a pipe burst in your home or the water damage has come from another source, it is important that you begin the claims process right away. Waiting too long can add unnecessary complications and might result in a lower amount of financial compensation.

Understanding the Difference Between Mold and Mildew

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Call our experts at SERVPRO for your mold damage.

A musty smell in your home in Chardon, OH, signals that you have a fungus problem. How big of a problem often depends on whether the odor comes from mildew or mold. Both can grow just about anywhere there is moisture, warmth and organic matter to feed on. They often grow in unsightly patches. There's a difference, however, between a mildew problem and mold damage.


Milder is the milder fungus of the two. Although you certainly wouldn't welcome it in your home, it is the easier one to clean. There are several signs that the problem you have is mildew growth:

  • Moist environment
  • Surface infestation
  • Gray or white patches

Mildew can be cleaned with a mild household cleaner and a stiff brush. Simply scrub the patches away, and you can reasonably expect that they will not return.


There are many different types of mold, and they take on different appearances. If the growth is green or black, or if it has a fuzzy texture, you are dealing with mold and not mildew. Mold may also be slimy, whereas mildew is not.

Mold damage is also more invasive. If the surface where it lands is porous, it will grow down into the structure, making it very difficult to remove. When this occurs, you will probably need to hire mold cleanup experts to take care of the problem, especially if it appears on your walls, floors or ceiling. This is not an issue that can remedied with a simple swipe with a soapy cloth. Unless you remove all the mold growth, it will come back.

If you know you have a fungus problem but don't know if it's mildew or mold damage, you can always have it tested. Knowing a few key signs of each, however, can help you decide how the cleanup process should proceed and whom to call for help.

Insurance Claims and Disaster Response

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO offers some of the most accurate estimations and assessments.

Insurance Claims And Disaster Response

While a call to your insurer is likely the first thing that you should do after a disaster, it can be hard to focus immediately following a traumatic event. Your insurer will send out an adjuster to your property to help you understand claim services and to issue proof of loss forms. You can handle this process alone, but disaster restoration companies have experience with not only restoration work but also the insurance procedures surrounding it.

1. Protecting Your Claim

One of the first and best things an emergency response team does is mitigation work. This is typically referred to as the tarping over or boarding up of your home. The reason that this is so important to the claims process is that it prevents rejections from your insurer. An insurance provider is less likely to approve a claim when the client doesn’t take the necessary action to protect their property from further damage.

2. Clearing the Way for Proof of Loss

Another requirement of claim services is an accurate and all-encompassing proof of loss statement. While it is possible for these statements to be adjusted later, any adjustments prolong approval times and push off the restoration process. To help ensure you have an accurate statement, disaster restoration companies thoroughly clean out your facility, making sure that damage is visible.

3. Performing the Restoration

Insurance claims are based on accurate estimates of restoration work, and as a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO offers some of the most accurate estimations and assessments. You can even find a database of claims made for the Mayfield, OH area. Accuracy is everything for insurers because it means that they can better serve you, their client.

While insurance claim services can be confusing and overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. Restoration companies can offer valuable insight into the process and will help you throughout while simultaneously trying to keep costs down.

Preparing Your Business for Severe Thunderstorms

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Severe thunderstorm should not be taken lightly

A rain storm is different from a severe thunderstorm in several ways: thunder, lightning and strong winds. It is advised to find shelter and stay indoors when severe weather strikes, but what else should a business be doing to protect its assets, employees and customers.

1. Keep Trees and Shrubs Trimmed

The exterior of your building can become extremely dangerous during high winds and severe weather, especially with unkempt trees and shrubs. While many plants and trees appear fine in normal weather conditions, long branches or otherwise innocuous bare limbs can become projectiles in certain instances. It is best to keep trees and shrubs trimmed to prevent any possible issues.

2. Have an Emergency Plan

A rain storm is mild enough to continue with your day-to-day operations, but a severe storm changes things. With lightning and strong wind gusts, it is best to stay indoors and preferably away from windows and doors. As a business owner, it is best to create an emergency plan for all employees. You should find a designated storm shelter within the building away from the exterior.

3. Know First Aid

In an emergency situation, it pays to have knowledgeable people present. For instance, it is wise to have employees who are aware of basic first aid practices, including CPR. This way, you ensure that there are people present who can safely apply aid while waiting for rescue if it comes to that.

4. Install Lightning Rods and Other Defensive Measures

Beyond planning and first aid, you can install lightning rods and generators to prevent damage to electrical systems. A disaster restoration specialist in the Chagrin Falls, OH , area can help you come up with a specific plan for your business and building.

While a rain storm may not cause the greatest concern, a severe thunderstorm should not be taken lightly. These storms can wreak havoc on electrical systems and may even cause physical harm to you or your employees. Know your options and plan ahead.

Preparing Your Home and Family for a Fire

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Practice your fire escape plan

Fire safety is one of the most important things you can teach your children about your home. Having a fire escape plan involves more than just telling everyone to vacate your house in Chagrin Falls, OH, if a fire should break out. To help your plan go smoothly, you must prepare both your home and your family for the possibility of fire.

Preparing Your Home

The first line of defense against a home fire is your alert system. You should install smoke detectors throughout your home in prominent places:

  •  Inside every sleeping area
  •  Outside every sleeping area
  • In a middle common area on every level

It’s not enough to install the detectors, however. Test the detectors frequently. A sensible time to do so is when you practice your fire escape plan. This tells you if your smoke detectors are working and if they’re all connected like they’re supposed to be.

It’s also important to make sure that there are clear paths to safety. When you are devising a plan, check to see if there are two exits out of every room and that these exits are easy to use. Don’t block windows with chairs or other furniture.

Preparing Your Family

While your fire preparation plan may include contact information for a professional restoration company to make your house safe again, the main priority when a fire breaks out is the safety of the people inside. It’s essential that everyone knows what to do during a fire. Talk about how to get out and where to meet once you do. Set off the smoke detectors and have everyone walk through the process. 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 fire escape plan, however, you can teach you family how to stay safe if one should occur.

Home Mold Proliferation

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors

Certain places in your Chardon, OH , residence can harbor mold growth, even if your environment is usually dry. Learn how to protect your home’s crawlspace from problematic fungal activity by familiarizing yourself with some common treatment methods.

1. Location and Inspection

The first step in stopping mold growth is to understand the sites from which it frequently spreads. Due to its low-lying location and lack of sunlight, the crawlspace beneath the lowest floor of your home is a frequent culprit of fungal growth. Leaking pipes can create problem areas on upper floors, as the resulting flooding is retained in porous surfaces. Regardless, you should contact a local mold inspection agency to get an estimate if you suspect mold in your home.

2. Blasting

If an inspector finds mold in your home, he or she will schedule a mold removal process. Most companies will use a media blasting technique in which wood and other surfaces are treated with soda under high pressure. Chemically speaking, this soda is sodium bicarbonate, which is the same as the baking soda used in many cooking applications. The use of dry soda in the blasting technique is due to its abrasive properties, which scour the mold away from the wood.

3. Benefits

The use of an inert soda compound means that it is totally safe for your family and pets. Unlike some chemical methods such as fogging, you will not lose access to your home for any substantial length of time. The procedure is also fast and inexpensive compared to scrubbing the affected surfaces by hand. Depending on your degree of coverage and the specifics of your mold damage, your homeowner’s insurance may cover the media blasting and other professional restoration services.

Mold growth in your residential crawlspace is not the sort of problem you want to leave unaddressed. Stay on top of your home maintenance and inspection by obtaining an estimate from a local media blasting professional.

A Running Shower and an Overflowing Toilet Indicate a Severe Sewer Blockage

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

If your toilet overflow caused a significant flood, consider bringing in flood restoration experts

You just discovered that your morning shower caused a toilet overflow downstairs. This overflow indicates that you have a severe plumbing problem and have several concerns:

  1. You face a messy sewage cleaning job.
  2. The sewer blockage is below the level of the toilet.
  3. Other drains may be affected.

You may Be Able to Clear the Clogged Pipe Yourself

Before attempting to clear the pipe, it is essential to perform an initial cleanup of the overflowed sewer water. That is the most dangerous category of water and disinfecting the entire area is recommended. Gloves and a mask are also essential.

If the obstruction is in your house, there is an excellent chance that you can clear the clogged pipe yourself. However, a blockage outside your home will likely require the services of a plumber or even your Department of Public Works.

Determine the location of the blockage by checking the other drains in your home. If any pipes are open, the clog is likely in your home. Unfortunately, the tests may cause more water to back up into the toilet and require additional sewage cleaning. You should take this into account while cleaning the overflow area.

The Plumbing Auger Is the Tool of Choice for Clearing Blocked Drains

An auger is a long thin coiled wire with a flared tip. You insert it into the toilet as far as it goes. If it encounters the blockage, a twisting and back-and-forth motion and running water will remove the clog. If you don’t own and can’t borrow an auger, someone in the plumbing department of a Chagrin Falls, OH, hardware store can help you find the right one.

If your toilet overflow caused a significant flood, consider bringing in flood restoration experts with their specialized equipment and expertise to perform your sewage cleaning. When they are finished treating your home, it will be “Like it Never Even Happened”.

Fire Escape: Is Your Business Prepared

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

You should have a fire extinguisher in every corridor of your Chardon, OH business

Fire Escape: Is Your Business Prepared

A business fire, or any fire for that matter, incites panic and fear. Proper fire preparation can reduce the chances of entrapment and ensure that all your employees or tenants escape the property intact and healthy. To ensure the safety of everyone, you should be making routine checks throughout your property.

1. Fire Extinguishers

You should have fire extinguishers in every corridor and within 75 feet of hazardous areas. All extinguishers should be inspected annually. Also, the units should be mounted 5 feet from the floor with no other elements within a 3-foot radius.

2. Suppression Systems

A business fire can be extinguished quickly if your fire suppression system is working correctly. You can perform routine maintenance, ensuring that the sprinkler heads are free of debris and are not leaking or broken. However, you should have the system checked annually by a professional.

3. Emergency Exits

All emergency exits should be unlocked and have alarms attached. Also, while some may find hallways a perfect place to store miscellaneous goods, these exits should remain clear. Any obstruction can slow down an exit and may even result in someone losing their life.

4. Exit Routes

Additionally, there should be clearly defined exit routes. You can create maps of the building, specifying exits, and mount them throughout the premises, but you should also have lit exit signs and other signage that make escape routes clear and defined.

If you need assistance with emergency planning, or if you are currently dealing with fire damage and loss, a disaster restoration specialist in the Chardon, OH, area may be able to help. These professionals often offer free property assessments to aid in your planning needs.

A business fire, as with all fires, is dangerous. However, in commercial property with multiple hallways and rooms, it is especially challenging to navigate and find your way to safety. Therefore, it is vital to plan and practice escapes as well as prepare your facility for the possibility of a disaster.

How To Maintain Fire Sprinklers

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

There are several measures that an owner or facility manager of a commercial building can take to maintain fire sprinklers. Regular sprinkler maintenance can help to ensure that a fire suppression system is functional and prevent accidental activation.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

A maintenance service should inspect sprinklers at least once a year. This inspection should include checking the:

• Alarm system
• Pressure
• Test flow and tamper switches
• Valves
• Water volume

Sprinkler maintenance can keep a fire suppression system functional. If the occupancy or usage of a commercial property changes significantly, the fire suppression system may also need to be modified.

Update the System

It is important that the layout of the sprinkler system correspond to the purpose and needs of a structure. The system may need to be modified if any of the following factors change:

• Fire risks
• Occupancy
• Use patterns

Keep this in mind if a commercial building is being rented out to new tenants. It may be worthwhile to determine whether the fire sprinklers meet the needs of the new occupants.

Assess Accidental Activation

If sprinklers accidentally activate, it is important to find out why a malfunction has occurred. Sprinklers are tested to prevent accidental activation or leaks. In either event, a building owner or facility manager should contact a sprinkler company. It is important to:

• Accurately describe the circumstances
• Mitigate water damage
• Provide every part of the malfunctioning sprinkler

A sprinkler may activate due to defects, corrosion, or environmental factors such as excessive heat or freezing. Regular maintenance and safe conditions should be sufficient to prevent most instances of accidental activation.

These sprinkler maintenance measures ensure that a fire suppression system will be effective in the event of a fire. If a system activates to suppress a fire or accidental activation occurs, contact a sprinkler company as well as a damage mitigation and restoration firm in Bainbridge, OH.

How To Effectively Remove Cigarette Odor From Your Home

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Technicians in Chagrin Falls, OH can get rid of smoke odor in your home

Of all of the household odors you can encounter, cigarette smoke is one of the more pervasive and persistent. There are many reasons why you might want to rid your home in Chagrin Falls, OH, of this smell. You may be selling a home where someone uses tobacco, buying one, or entertaining visitors who smoke indoors. It may be as simple as a purchase of used furniture that brought the odor into your home. Whatever the source, you may find yourself wondering about an effective and lasting home deodorization process.

Why Ozone Can Be Beneficial

Of course, a thorough cleaning should be done first to remove nicotine and other residues, but that likely will not remove all of the odor. The best and most powerful method, once initial cleaning has taken place, is to place an ozone machine in your home. There are several reasons this is effective.

  • Ozone can penetrate any soft or porous surface.
  • It can reach even the smallest crevice.
  • The gas destroys spores, molecules, and bacteria that cause odors to form.
  • It is non-staining and leaves no residue.

When it comes to home deodorization, an ozone generator is considered the most effective way to break down the cells that hold odor-causing substances. Enough of this gaseous form of oxygen needs to be produced to adequately fill the area, pressing into cracks and crevices and penetrating fibers and fabrics.

Who Can Assist With This Specialized Treatment

Eliminating stubborn cigarette odor is best done by calling a professional service technician in Chagrin Falls, OH. The professional will be able to determine how much ozone is needed, for how long, and make sure it is handled safely. They can instruct or assist with cleanup and safety measures afterward as well.

Eradicating the smell of cigarette smoke can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying your surroundings. Using ozone in your home deodorization process may ensure that it doesn’t become a reoccurring problem.

Does Drain Cleaner Damage Pipes?

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Clogged drain in a Chardon,OH home

Chemical drain cleaners can be effective for clearing a clogged drain, but these substances may merely move blockages or damage pipes. Find out more about the risks of common chemical cleaning formulas.

The Type of Pipe

Chemical products may be more or less damaging depending on the formula and pipe material. Drain cleaner may:

  • Damage older metal pipes
  • Soften PVC pipes
  • Adversely affect any pipes if used improperly

These products are very powerful and toxic. Gentler and safer enzymatic treatments can clear partial blockages within 24 hours.

The Type of Clog

A fully clogged drain calls for a mechanical, rather than chemical, cleaning method. There are several reasons why chemicals will not work on a drain that is completely blocked:

  • Cleaning products may not dissolve a total blockage
  • Chemicals may sit in pipes and cause damage
  • An auger or snake can penetrate and extract or break up clogs

A homeowner should factor in the type of pipe and clog to choose the best drain clearing solution. If you choose to use chemicals, select a formula that is relatively safe for the pipes in your home and follow the instructions.

The Type of Cleaner

It is important to consider how cleaners work. There are several major types of chemical drain cleaners:

  • Caustic cleaners, such as sodium hydroxide, give electrons to the clog and release heat
  • Oxidizing cleaners containing sodium hypochlorite oxidize the clog and release electrons, heat, and gas
  • Acidic cleaners, such as sulfuric or hydrochloric acid, attract electrons and release heat

Every chemical cleaner can degrade pipes. Look for the most effective and least damaging solution for the pipes in your home.

Chemical drain cleaner may be temporarily effective, but these formulas may simply move a clog further down the drain. If a clogged drain results in a toilet overflow or backup, contact a sewage cleaning service in Chardon, OH.

Is it Time to get Help After a Storm? Here's What You Need to Know

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage in Bathroom where a Ceiling had caved in from the heavy rain.

Are you facing flooding? Roof damage? Ice damming? Frozen pipes? These problems can all be caused by aggressive storms in your area. Unfortunately, if you've had unexpected river flooding, wind damage, or frozen pipes, you might be wondering how you can repair your home. Maybe you feel lost or confused. The good news is that no matter what you're facing, it's possible to get the home restoration help you need in order to return your home to its original state. Here's what you need to know.

It's best to call sooner, rather than later.

If you have frozen pipes or ice damming, you might be thinking of waiting until the spring to have storm remediation. After all, shouldn't you wait for warmer weather to face home restoration? Actually, it's best that you avoid waiting for storm remediation. If you have frozen pipes, ice damming, wind damage, hurricane damage, or flooding at your home, you shouldn't wait for water restoration. Instead, you should seek out storm remediation.

Although you might be facing cold temperatures when dealing with an ice dam or roof damage, it's important that you seek assistance before you experience further roof damage. After all, facing a roof leak would be frustrating, and roof damage to lead to just that. Similarly, extreme hurricane damage or wind damage can cause a roof leak that needs a roof repair performed by a professional home restoration expert. As soon as you notice wind damage, storm damage, or hurricane damage to your home, get ready to get storm remediation.

Unfortunately, some storm damage, wind damage, hurricane damage, ice damage, hail damage can be extreme. One of the biggest concerns homeowners have is that they'll experience flooding at their home that requires a flood pump to remove the ground water. You could experience flooding in your home after river flooding in your area, but you may also notice flood water as the result of hurricane storm damage. River flooding and ground water in your home can lead to health risks, which is one of the reasons it's important to have a water restoration professional use a flood pump to remove that excess water from your home. River flooding can also lead to ground water and flood water outside of your home. For example, you may notice standing ground water and flood water in your yard as a result of the flood water in your area.

If you're facing a specific problem such as a roof leak, hail damage, or ice damage, it's important to understand that many of these problems can be prevented before you need a roof repair. When you meet with your water restoration or home restoration professional, ask about ways to prevent damage from happening to your home once more. Many homeowners simply don't have the resources to prevent damage to their home before they experience ice damming or a roof leak, but the right water restoration professional can guide you in taking preventative measures to care for your house.

Storm restoration might seem like an overwhelming concept, but the truth is that every home owner has to face storm restoration at some point. Maybe your area had a hail storm that led to hail damage and now you need a roof repair. Perhaps you need a roof repair due to an ice dam. Both an ice dam and hail damage can be devastating, but ice damage caused by an ice dam can often be prevented in the future with the right storm restoration professional. Ask your storm restoration professional about how he can use a flood pump to remove water from your home, as well as ways to prevent ice damage from occurring in the future.

Although some problems, including those requiring a flood pump, can't always be prevented, you may be surprised to find that you're able to minimize future damage to your home, regardless of where you live.

4 Ways To Reduce Mold Spores

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Remediation in Middlefield,OH

How to Reduce Mold Spores

Every building contains mold spores. The presence of spores is not a problem, but it can quickly become one if the environment is conducive to mold growth. From air filtration to carpet cleaning, there are four ways to lower the number of spores present in a commercial structure and prevent colonies from forming.

1. Keep the Premises Clean

Thoroughly cleaning the interior of a commercial structure can eliminate many spores. Regularly dust surfaces and use HEPA-certified vacuums. It is also a good idea to lay out mats by the door to prevent dirt and spores from getting tracked inside. Have carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned several times a year.

2. Change Filters and Clean Air Ducts

Change HVAC filters on a regular basis and consider using HEPA-certified replacement filters. Other than carpet cleaning, this is one of the best ways to stop spores from circulating through a structure. Mold may also form in the HVAC system, particularly in moist components such as condensate drip pans, AC coils, and in ductwork. Schedule an air duct cleaning if you notice a moldy odor or any indication of mold problems.

3. Run a HEPA Filtration System

A HEPA air filtration system can also eliminate spores in an office space. Mold spores range from one micron all the way up to 100 microns in size. Look for a filter rated for mold and regularly clean or replace filtration components.

4. Take Out the Trash

Encourage employees to discard food packaging into receptacles that are emptied on a regular basis. It is also a good idea to avoid leaving coffee cups around an office.

Carpet cleaning, air filtration, and proper disposal can reduce spore levels in a building and prevent mold problems. Regular upkeep is necessary to stop spore buildup. If you think mold may be growing, call a commercial mitigation service in Middlefield, OH.

How To Maintain Your Sprinkler System

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Remember to check sprinklers for damage to avoid flooding in your Chagrin Falls,OH business

The fire sprinkler system is the primary deterrent for extensive damage and loss of life if a blaze breaks out in your commercial building. Annual inspections on your building in Chagrin Falls, OH, must be completed by a professional to remain up to code, but you still need to keep an eye on your system throughout the year to identify necessary maintenance issues. The following checklists can help ensure that your system stays working all year long.

Monthly Checks

Every month, you should check your system's gauges and valves. This helps you identify leaks and make sure the system can properly detect dangerous changes in temperature. Your valves should meet certain criteria:

  • All fully open or closed (depending on system)
  • Free of leaks and visible damage
  • Accessible
  • Properly labeled

If your valves are leaking, you should call not only the company that installed the sprinklers for maintenance but also a water damage remediation company to take care of the fire sprinkler cleanup. Gauges should also be in good condition and showing the right water pressure for your system.

Quarterly Checks

Every three months, you should perform additional checks on your fire sprinkler. It is a good idea to dry test your fire suppression system once a quarter to ensure that it is ready to spring into action if the sensors go off. Check for visible damage to every working part of the system. It should be maintaining adequate pressure. Make sure the alarm sends the correct message when activated. If anything looks wrong or out of place, contact the company that installed the system for maintenance.

A reliable fire sprinkler system is essential for keeping your employees safe in the event of a fire. By sticking to a regular maintenance schedule that includes annual inspections as well as monthly and quarterly inspections, you can rest assured that your system will work when you need it to.

Top 5 Nor’easter Facts

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Home flooded by storm in Bainbrigde, OH

Nor’easter Facts

Nor'easters are powerful storm systems that affect the northeastern coast of the United States. Even if nor'easters aren't a regular occurrence in Bainbridge, OH, knowing what a nor'easter is can be helpful when it comes to preparing for severe weather. Find out what to expect from this list of the top five nor'easter facts.

  1. Nor'easters do not start in the Northeast: Nor'easters get their name from the direction they travel. These weather systems are formed by the interaction between the polar jet stream traveling south and warm air moving north, as well as the Gulf Stream current warming water and air along the eastern coast of the United States.

  2. Nor'easters can form any time of year: You may think of nor'easters as winter storms, but this is not always the case. These weather systems tend to form between September and April, but the climatological factors that cause them are always in play.
  3. There are two types of nor'easters: A classic nor'easter is a storm that travels northeastward off the Atlantic Ocean. These weather systems are classified as Miller Type-A, named after J.E. Miller, who began classifying them in 1946. Miller Type-B storms start in the Midwest and travel east toward the Appalachian Mountains before reforming on the east coast.

  4. Nor'easters can cause flooding: Nor'easters can lead to heavy snow or rain, high tides, and storm surges. The conditions vary depending on the time of year.
  5. Nor'easters may intensify hurricanes: Meteorologists suggest that this type of storm was the source of a warm air mass that pushed Hurricane Sandy back toward land. In this case, the storm amplified the force of the hurricane and caused a superstorm.

Nor'easters can cause major damage across the eastern seaboard of the United States. If a nor'easter results in damage to your home, schedule a consultation with a residential storm mitigation and restoration service.

3 Steps To Filing a Fire Claim

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Large fire loss in a Bainbridge,OH home

There are several steps an homeowner should follow after a fire at a residential property in Bainbridge, OH. Document proof of damage, take measures toward mitigation, and pursue fire restoration as soon as possible.

Here are three key steps toward filing a fire insurance claim

1. Contact the Insurer

Notify your home insurance provider that a fire has caused damage. You may be able to request an advance to offset preliminary mitigation expenses. Inform the insurer that you will submit documentation of damage and losses to support the claim and pursue professional fire restoration and smoke cleaning.

2. Document the Damage

Make a list of contents and note the current status of every item, including those that have sustained damage or been destroyed. You should also gather as many receipts as possible. Ideally, you will provide a detailed inventory of contents with recent pictures or video footage of the property prior to the fire. Supplement these materials with photographs or videos of property damage after the fire. Avoid touching damage and put down towels or sheets to limit the amount of soot that gets ground into flooring.

3. Demonstrate Damage Mitigation

An insurance company is more likely to pay out on your claims if you take measures toward mitigation. Board up broken windows and use tarp to cover any holes in the roof. This can limit the extent of secondary damage caused by external debris or additional water damage. A mitigation and restoration company may provide these services.

Take action as soon as a fire has been extinguished to limit the amount of damage and increase the likelihood that insurance will cover your claim. You can start the process of filing a claim on your own or retain the services of a fire restoration and smoke cleaning service for documenting and mitigating damage to a residence located in Bainbridge, OH.

3 Ways To Maintain Your Commercial Building’s Roof

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Clear out gutters often to avoid storm damage in Chagrin Falls,OH

The roof of your Chagrin Falls,OH, commercial building is its first and best defense from the elements. However, when damage or neglect causes a major roof leak, it might cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in lost profits while repairs are made. You may be able to avoid this problem with proper maintenance, and there are a few ways to keep your roof robust and functional.

1. Be Vigilant About Leaks

Fresh water stains on the ceiling or sudden mold growth could both be indicative of a roof leak. However, ignoring these signs could cause more serious issues later on that may be dangerous as well as costly. When you find signs that might point to small roof leaks or a moisture problem, it is wise to note what you see and then contact your company’s roofing contractor to have it inspected.

2. Check Skylight Seals During Rainy Days

If a rainy day slows down business, it could be the perfect time to check your building’s skylights for signs of leakage. Sun, age and wind damage can all affect the seal around any skylight, so watching for leaks during a rainstorm may help you target problems. If you do find a leak, call a water damage and remediation service for advice about repair options that can help prevent future problems caused by leaks.

3. Clean the Roof and Gutters

Cleaning debris from your commercial building’s roof and gutters can help the roof’s coating work more efficiently by guiding rainwater away from the property. Water buildup on the roof can cause leaks and structural damage, so cleaning the roof and gutters after serious or prolonged storms may help with more efficient drainage.

Protecting your Chagrin Falls,OH, commercial building’s roof can prevent issues that may cause costly damage later on. From a roof leak to a sagging ceiling, many water problems are not inevitable and may be avoidable with the proper maintenance.

Prevent Secondary Damage After a Pipe Breaks – Here's How

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking pipe into ceiling in Chardon, OH

Secondary water damage refers to the type of damage that occurs while the initial damage sits and/or is being cleaned up. Typically, this type of damage is far more destructive than the initial damage as it usually results in mold, structural rot and other hazardous conditions. Secondary damage can also occur after the mess from, say, bursting pipes or a flood, has already been remediated. This only happens when remediation efforts are not thorough and performed by a non-professional. You can prevent secondary damage by taking the following measures after an incident involving water:

  • Inspect your home for broken pipes and perform fixes where necessary.
  • Make sure rooms prone to moisture have proper ventilation.
  • Clean up any sitting water as soon as you discover it.
  • If an incident does occur, contact a Chardon, OH, water remediation team right away for proper cleanup assistance.

By taking these measures, you can protect your home and your wallet from the consequences of secondary damage.

Dealing With Broken or Burst Pipes

Bursting pipes are one of the most common causes of secondary water damage, especially when the damage occurs when the homeowners are away on vacation. Burst pipes spew out a lot of water and can affect areas beyond what a person can visibly see. When homeowners attempt to clean up the mess on their own, they typically only clean up the immediately affected area. Oftentimes, however, water seeps into the floorboards, the drywall and under appliances, areas that all require attention as well. If you discover a leak, fix the broken pipe. If you're going away on vacation, insulate the pipes. These simple measures can go a long way to preventing damage.

Most people assume that once the initial mess caused by bursting pipes is cleaned up, the danger is gone. That is often not the case. Unless your home was cleaned and dried out by a professional water remediation company, the risk of secondary damage remains.

Mold Growth in the Home: 3 Common Areas Where It May Thrive

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fighting mold can be a challenge in your Ohio home

Maintaining your Chardon, OH, home can increase its resale value and give you a sense of pride as a homeowner. However, not all maintenance battles are easy ones, especially in the case of mold damage. There are many different types of mold, and each can affect your home and its structure in different ways. If you want to seek out and destroy mold in and around your home, there are several places where you may find it hiding.

1. The Attic

Because heat rises, your home’s third or fourth-story attic may be hotter than other floors and encourage humid temperatures. As a result, mold spores that lay on the surface of stored items, such as wood furniture and papers may be given a perfect habitat in which to grow and spread. Store books and documents in a cool, dry place and cover furniture with plastic to keep mold spores and mildew growth off wood surfaces.

2. Near the HVAC System

Your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit keeps the indoor temperature comfortable all year long. However, the outdoor compressor, vents and ducts may retain moisture that can encourage mold growth. If you find that the area contains considerable growth, you may want to call in a mold damage and cleanup service to eliminate the problem before it spreads to other areas of your home.

3. In the Bathroom

Your bathroom’s sink, bathtub and shower can all give mold an opportunity to thrive. High humidity and water leakage are both conducive to mold and mildew growth, and over time, this can lead to serious problems with your bathroom walls and floors. Check your bathroom fixtures often and allow the vent to run after someone uses the shower to dry up any excess moisture and to lower the room’s humidity level.

Fighting mold damage in your Chardon, OH, home can be a challenge. However, where you know where mold hides and grows, you can seek it out and destroy it before it takes hold.

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The Process of Making a Flood Cut

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage in Chardon

Flooding often leads to water damage, and water damage often leads to the removal of affected items and structures. If your home in Chardon, OH, floods during a storm, mitigation experts may have to use a flood cut to determine how much of your wall to tear out. A flood cut is a mark that is made 12-18 inches above the perceivable water damage to a wall to mark the point to which the technicians need to remove the drywall. Here are the steps of using a flood cut.

1. Determine Necessity

A flood cut is not always necessary. If water damage is minimal or the water is clean, the wall probably doesn't need to be removed. When the flooding is the result of a storm, however, the contamination of the water seeps into the walls. It's best, therefore, to mark them with a flood cut and remove the walls, especially if they are saturated.

2. Prepare for Mess

Removing the drywall is usually a pretty messy process. You will probably see the professionals put a tarp down before they begin. It's also advisable for them to wear gloves and protective clothing, especially if they will be removing damp insulation that's behind the wall.

3. Remove Wall

Once there is a tarp down to catch the falling drywall, the demolition process can begin. Technicians start at the flood cut and remove everything below it, ensuring that all the water damage is gone.

4. Clean the Mess

The wall that they tear out has to go somewhere. Another benefit of using the tarp is that it makes for easy cleanup. They can just gather the edges to contain the mess and head to the dumpster.

5. Replace Wall

Many mitigation professionals are also restoration experts. They can put new insulation and a new wall back up and blend the paint so that it looks like nothing ever happened.

If you have flooding in your home, you may need a flood cut to mark the spot where the wall gets removed. Understanding the steps of the process can help you know what's going on when the professionals arrive.

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Gray Matters: Category 2 Water Damage

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Pipe break in Chardon can cause dreaded water loss in your home or business

Category 2 water, or gray water, is the middle level on the water contamination scale. It may have unsafe levels of bacteria and might cause people who ingest it some discomfort. It may also contain chemicals from the surfaces it touches. If you need water pipe repair in Chardon, OH, it is likely that the water you are dealing with is Category 2 water.

Typical Sources

When your business is flooded by Category 2 water, it may have come from the following sources:

• Dishwasher leaks in the company kitchen
• Failure of the sump pump in the basement
• Hydrostatic pressure on the foundation
• Overflowing toilet (clean or with urine only)

It is not advisable to drink water from these sources as they are expected to have certain levels of contaminants in them. It's not, however, as contaminated as Category 3 water, which includes sewage and floodwater.

Other Instances

Some instances of water pipe repair may turn into dealing with gray water. Unless water comes directly out of a broken pipe, it is likely to fall within the Category 2 contamination level. Once water is out in the open or in contact with various materials, it doesn't stay clean for long. For example, suppose a supply line breaks on the second floor and it is not discovered until the water is seeping through the ceiling of the first floor to the front desk. The water from the supply line is Category 1. The water dripping into the receptionist's coffee, however, is Category 2. It has gone through a floor, insulation and ceiling tiles and now is no longer clean. The receptionist should definitely get a new cup right after phoning remediation services, and that remediation will likely include a disinfection step.

Some water pipe repair is clean water, but more likely than not, the water damage contamination level is going to be at least in Category 2. This means that not only does the area need to be dried but also sanitized. Remediation specialists can run tests so that you know what category the water falls under for sure.

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For Immediate Service in Chagrin Falls, Call SERVPRO

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Geauga County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Chagrin Falls. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

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Residential Services

Whether your Chagrin Falls home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

How to Optimize Your Building’s Fire Sprinklers

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a Bainbridge, OH home

As a safety precaution, every commercial building in Bainbridge, OH, should have a fire sprinkler system. Unlike the heating, cooling and electrical systems, your building’s fire suppression unit is not routinely utilized. To keep your system in top shape, you should complete routine maintenance as well as abide by a few important recommendations.

Key Recommendations

Following the following three recommendations will help ensure your sprinklers are unobstructed and capable of performing their fire suppression duty.

  1. Evaluate Object Height
    You should ensure that all objects are at least 18 inches below every sprinkler head. If objects are too close to a head when it engages, water will not distribute evenly, which can adversely affect the system’s extinguishing capacity.
  2. Remove Dirt and Grime
    To properly spray water, sprinkler control valves must be able to open when necessary. Over time, dust and grime can coat the valves, especially in kitchens. To optimize your sprinkler system’s valves, you should complete a routine fire sprinkler cleanup and wipe heads with a gentle degreaser.
    Because paint can also block the valves and affect the sprinkler’s performance, you should ensure that no one paints the sprinkler heads.
  3. Promptly Repair Damaged Heads
    If you detect a broken sprinkler head, you should have it repaired promptly. A damaged head may not properly activate during a fire. At some point, it could also initiate accidently, resulting in unintentional water damage.

Annual Inspections
Annual inspections are crucial for detecting potential problems that could prevent your fire sprinkler system from properly engaging in the event of a fire. A trained technician should complete a thorough inspection that includes the following procedures:

  • Examining all heads, pipes and valves
  • Assessing for potential internal blockages caused by sludge or rust
  • Checking the system’s water pressure
    Your technician should also check the external water intake connection caps and ensure none are broken or missing. Damaged or missing caps can allow debris into your system, resulting in a potential blockage.

A Continuous Process
Inspecting your fire sprinkler system should be a routine practice for your business. If a fire erupts, a well-maintained fire suppression unit can help smother flames, minimizing damage and the need for extensive fire cleanup and restoration.

What To Expect During Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Air mover on a flood damage in Chagrin Falls, OH office

If your business or commercial property in Chagrin Falls, OH 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.

Five stages of cleanup

  1. Assess damage and provide boarding and tarp up services: The service should start the restoration process by determining the types of primary damage and taking steps to prevent secondary damage.
  2. Remove water: A restoration service should remove all standing water as soon as possible.
  3. Tear out damaged building materials and remove contents: Damaged materials and contents should be removed and disposed of prior to cleaning. Depending on the nature of these materials, they should be replaced only after the affected area is completely dry.
  4. Clean and disinfect: The area affected by storm damage should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
  5. Dry and add final touches: The restoration process should conclude with thorough drying. Most services rely on dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process and prevent mold growth. The final stages of restoration should only take place after the affected area is dry.

A certified restoration company will follow these general steps in most instances of storm damage. Keep in mind that every instance of storm or water damage is different. Depending on the situation and priorities necessary to prevent secondary damage, experts may approach this process in a slightly different order or recommend other restoration measures.

The service you hire should carefully examine the extent of the damage in your property before determining which materials or contents to tear out or attempt to restore. Regardless, these major steps should give property owners a better sense of what to expect during the storm restoration process.

Answers to Your Questions About Flooding and Insurance Coverage

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Drying mats on wood floor in a Chardon, OH church

When your Chardon, OH, home is affected by water damage because of a flood or a broken pipe, one of your first concerns may be whether the insurance will cover this situation. Most homeowner's insurance doesn't cover the actual broken pipe or the price you'll pay to fix the broken pipe, but it may cover most of the water damage.

Why Aren't Broken Pipes Covered?

Most of the time, insurance companies expect homeowners to be responsible for routine maintenance. This means you are responsible for repairing leaky pipes and replacing any broken pipes. If you want to have coverage for flooding due to pipe breaks, you'll need to have an all-perils policy, and coverage for a flood from storms and other rising water will require another specific insurance policy.

Why Was My Flood Claim Denied?

If your pipes burst because of a situation that could have been prevented, the insurance company will probably deny the claim. Part of your responsibility as a homeowner is to protect pipes from freezing or becoming weakened by rust. Any claim that results from homeowner negligence is likely to be denied.

What Does My Insurance Coverage Include?

If your claim is not denied, you might expect your policy to cover damages to carpeting, drywall, peeling paint, and the professional services needed to remove all water, dry out your furnishings and home, and prevent mold growth. Check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details.

How Can I Prevent Further Flooding?

Some of the best ways to avoid broken pipes are to invest in routine professional plumbing inspections and to conduct your own visual inspections, looking for older pipes, signs of rust and clogs, and exposed pipes in places where freezing might occur. Make sure you know where your water shutoff valve is located and make sure it is in working condition.

Don't wait until you have a flood to learn the answers to these questions. Plan ahead to avoid costly repairs and be sure you have appropriate insurance coverage.

Mold Facts and Reasons to Remediate

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage to ceiling of a Charging Falls home.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

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What To Do Before Help Arrives

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damages a Building in Geauga County

Attention Geauga County Residents!

The first 48 hours after a fire can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property.

What to do before help arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Geauga County provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims inventory and document restoration.


3 Ways a Restoration Service Can Save Your Business Money During Flood Damage Repairs

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded kitchen in Chardon, Ohio

After torrential floods rage through Chardon, OH, and your commercial property, you may be facing considerable repair costs. From draining away dirty water to content cleaning, expenses can mount quickly. However, a flood damage and cleanup service can perform a variety of jobs and offer you options that may save you money and allow you to reopen your business sooner than projected.

1. A Multitude of Services

Flooding can cause serious damage to a building, from ruining its roof to soaking carpeting. Hiring contractors and flooring experts separately can be costly and take weeks. However, a storm damage service may be able to perform a variety of tasks, from draining away black water to tearing out damaged drywall to providing mitigation for a damaged roof, saving you time and money.

2. Restoration vs. Replacement

The cost of replacing items after flooding can be considerable. However, a company that offers restoration services may be able to defray this expense by salvaging and cleaning your office furniture, important documents and inventory. Dry, foam and abrasive content cleaning processes can be applied to different materials to ensure they are restored to a like-new condition. You may want to make a list of what you would like restored so your techs can advise you about the cleaning of each item.

3. Swift Mitigation

Standing water and other damage caused by flooding can cause problems that have far-reaching effects on your commercial building. However, having a storm damage and cleanup company on hand can provide you with quick mitigation services that might reduce repair costs. These often include sealing off of areas affected by flooding, isolating mold patches to prevent the spread of spores and using portable sump pumps to drain water away from areas that contain sensitive equipment.

Flooding can cause costly damage to your Chardon, OH, business. However, retaining a storm damage service to assist you with mitigation, repairs and content cleaning after a water emergency can save you money and make the process of restoration easier.

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How To Reduce the Loss Your Business Suffers After a Flood

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can affect your business, especially if you have to shut down for clean up

When your commercial building in Chardon, OH, is affected by flooding, your business may suffer. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may have to close your company for days, weeks or months. This stopping of normal business can cost you customers, slow down production and result in inventory loss. Because you may have to pay your employees still, you could be looking at a big loss if you don't take steps to lessen your losses:

• Start the restoration process quickly. If you want to reduce how much your business loses after a broken pipe or another water-related disaster, you need to start the restoration process as quickly as possible. This means calling in a commercial restoration team and filing a claim with your insurance.

• Rely on business interruption insurance. If you planned ahead for disaster, you can turn to your interruption insurance. This coverage helps pay for the financial loss you may have to deal with due to a disaster that makes you close down your company, such as large water damage. Depending on your coverage, it may help pay your employees, normal bills and inventory expenses.

• Rent a temporary workspace. Not every company can easily move for a short amount of time while flooding is cleaned up. However, if your business can relocate without too much hassle, you may be able to start up work in a temporary space. This allows you to keep your customers happy, earn money and allow your employees to work. Of course, renting the space can cost extra money, too.

• Communicate with customers. Simply letting your customers know what happened can help you keep clients even after a temporary shutdown. Give your customers a timeline and try to update them as the work progresses. This simple type of information can assure your patrons that you will be back up and running soon.

Flooding can negatively affect your business, especially if you have to shut down for the cleanup process. With the right steps, you may be able to reduce the negatives this type of disaster can have.

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Stop a Kitchen Sink Leak From Becoming Bleak in 3 Steps

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Leak can be prevented by ensuring the leak is fixed quickly, reducing damage.

Spotting a leak underneath the kitchen sink is a pivotal first step in remedying the problem. Flooding can be prevented by being vigilant and taking action early in the leak’s life. Following these three straightforward steps, you can avoid a worse situation by being prepared and quick to start the process.

1. Shut Off the Water

Below the kitchen sink where the leaky pipe is, there are valves on the pipes near the faucet that control water flow. One is for hot water, and the other is for cold water. You should start by turning the valve attached to the noticeably leaking pipe. If it does not stop the leaking, then turn the other shutoff valve.

If you cannot locate any valves by the defective pipe or the leaking doesn’t stop, go to your home’s main valve and turn that off. This will shut down all water at your residence, so it is advised to do this only in emergencies or right before you receive scheduled kitchen repair.

2. Contact Insurance

Next, your home insurance should be contacted to check what coverage is offered. An insurance adjuster will come to your home and inspect the leak. The adjuster will examine if the problem could’ve been prevented and then decide if you are liable for the flooding. The insurance will cover the repair if no negligence is discovered.

3. Finding a Professional

Water damage is risky to leave unattended. While it may seem easy to clean up with just a mop or towel, any lingering water can cause damage to wood cabinets around the sink or the floor in the area. The help of a team experienced in the removal of water in home settings is beneficial to reversing any problems the leaky sink caused.

The three-step process starts your journey at mitigation and finishes at restoration. A leaky kitchen sink can be easily stopped from flooding or excessively damaging your home in Chardon, OH. All it takes is knowing what to do.

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Downtown Cleveland Commercial Fire

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire on the 16th floor

Fire in downtown Cleveland

An electrical fire broke out in one of downtown Cleveland's highrises. It was on the 16th floor which caused a lot of smoke to bellow into the building. It was a big mess that needed to be cleaned up by professionals.

This picture shows right outside the room where the fire took place. SERVPRO of Geauga county was called in to restore this horrible fire. We worked with the insurance company and the insurance adjuster to get the business up and running smoothly once again.

The management group was very pleased with the work we provided. Also, they were impressed on how quickly we responded to this massive fire.

SERVPRO of Geauga County is a certified fire restoration company. We are on call 24/7 and will have any home or business cleaned to industry standards.

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The Importance of a Fire Evacuation Plan

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Evacuation Plan is a must for your business

The Importance of a Fire Evacuation Plan

All business owners hope that they never have to worry about a fire breaking out at their company. It’s important to think about your contingency plan for your business in Charden, OH, however, just in case a fire does occur. Before you consider what to do about your building or when to call fire restoration specialists, you must think about the people in your building. How do you plan to evacuate them if your building goes up in flames?

1. Mapped Evacuation Routes

Every person who works in your building should have a clear path to the outside if the building catches fire. Your evacuation plan must map routes to the doorways that get the most people out in the least amount of time. It is also a good idea to have a contingency plan so that people in each section of the building have a backup route in the event that their planned path becomes obstructed during the fire.

2. Assigned Duties and Responsibilities

In every emergency, there are tasks that must be completed. Someone has to initiate the evacuation. Someone has to be in charge of handing out equipment or respirators as needed. Others need to be tasked with making sure everyone in their area, including guests and those who require special assistance, has proceeded along the evacuation route. The chain of command in emergency situations has to be clear, and everyone needs to know what his or her responsibilities are.

3. Organized Accountability

When people walk out the door, they need a designated meeting area that is close enough that everyone can arrive in a timely manner but far away enough to be safe and out of the way of emergency response teams. It is a good idea to take a staff roster and guest log with you when you leave the building so that you can check those present against it and confirm everyone evacuated.

Everyone at your company in Charden, OH, needs to know what to do in case of a fire. Having a contingency plan can save lives.

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24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Geauga County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Geauga County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)

About SERVPRO of Geauga County

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

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How Do Professionals Restore Mold-Damaged Paintings?

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Mold damage in Charden professionally

Mold thrives on moist organic surfaces, including canvas, paper, and even hardboard. Mold cleaning experts rely on techniques and materials developed for use on various mediums and finishes when working on paintings.

• Oil paints are durable, but may have unexpected chemical reactions. Exercise caution when using antifungal or cleaning agents.

• Acrylic paints are water soluble and prone to damage while wet. Some acrylics may have a protective varnish.

• Watercolor paint is water-based. Don't use wet cleaning methods.

No matter the paint or medium, you should avoid bleach and be wary of vinegar. Contact a conservator or certified restoration service with any mold cleaning concerns or mold damage inquiries.

Here are a few more methods for cleaning frames, glass, and paintings:

• Clean glass and frames with a solution of one cup bleach to one gallon distilled water. Perform a patch test to avoid damaging a delicate finish.

• Clean stretcher frames or combat mold on the back on a painting with a solution of 70% alcohol diluted in water in a fine mist bottle. You may also use Lysol, but you should avoid dampening the canvas.

• Dab at small mold clusters on the painting with a cotton swab lightly dampened with a mixture of 70% alcohol and water. Start by testing this mixture in an inconspicuous place.

• Brush away dry mold with a soft brush. You may want to keep a HEPA filtered vacuum nearby to suck up dust and spores.

• Use sunlight to dry paintings and inhibit mold. Lay a moldy painting out flat in direct sunlight until completely dry or set up in front of a sunny window. You may repeat this method for two to three days without degrading the paint color.

Use the mold cleaning method least likely to damage each work of art. You may want to rely on a mold remediation service located in Charden, OH.

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The First Steps to Take After a Fire

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

House Fire in Charden

You have just suffered extensive fire damage to your home in Charden, OH, and while your family is safe, you may be feeling overwhelmed by everything involved in the fire restoration process. While said process may be long, there are only a few simple things you need to do to get it started.

1. Call the insurance company. Sanitizing, smoke cleaning and full restoration are likely to be expensive, but your fire insurance policy will probably cover a large portion of the cost. The first thing you want to do, therefore, is get the claims process started. The company will usually send an adjuster to assess the damage firsthand and calculate the amount of the settlement. The sooner you call your insurance company, the sooner the money for the fire restoration work may arrive.

2. Don’t touch anything. The second step may be the hardest. It may seem like a good idea to start to clean up, but without the proper chemicals and equipment, your efforts may actually make the problem worse. Common household cleaners or abrasives can ingrain stubborn soot into surfaces. Moving items before they’ve been tested can spread contamination. Your best course of action is to check into a hotel or stay at the home of a friend or family member so that you won’t be tempted to clean.

3. Call in the experts. Fire restoration specialists in Charden, OH, have the experience and supplies to conduct proper smoke cleaning services, so it makes sense to call them as soon as you are settled in your temporary home away from home. One of the first things they will do is secure your home by boarding up broken windows and covering holes in the roof with tarps. This keeps the current problem in and other potential problems out.

Fire restoration begins by securing funding, your family and your home. After you have done that, your restoration experts can guide you through the rest of the process.

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Geauga County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Home damaged by fire in Bainbridge, OH

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

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.

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The ABCs of Mold Prevention

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Floor Mold Damage

Commercial buildings in Chardon, OH, are difficult to prevent mold growth in because there are often a variety of clients, tenants, or customers with varying degrees of preferences on humidity levels. Mold loves humidity and has adapted to easily survive on the small amount of moisture on a structural wall during a humid day. For that reason, indoor molds are most commonly found in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. If leaky pipes are present, or water damage has occurred, mold also loves to grow on ceilings and within walls.

Preventative Measures

Mold is a common fungus, with thousands of different types and species growing all over the world at any given time. Consequently, the only way to potentially prevent mold growth is to make the building inhospitable to the fungi life cycle. Here are a few ways to deter mold’s growth:

• Add mold inhibitors to paint before painting each area of the building, especially bathrooms and basements.
• Use dehumidifiers, air conditioners, or fans to keep humidity levels within the building to between 30 and 65 percent.
• Vent kitchens, basements, and bathrooms with exhaust fans to lower humidity levels.
• Keep the area under houseplants free from water to deter possible fungi growth.
• Remove carpets from damp rooms such as bathrooms or basements. Spores can quickly bury themselves into the damp carpet and thrive.
• Use sanitizing mold prevention products to clean areas with any water damage or mildew growth to prevent possible future contamination.
• Contact a mold remediation professional at the first sign of water leakage under appliances or in bathrooms.

Precaution Problems

Sometimes mold attacks in unseen places after a flood or pipe leak. Once this occurs, removing the rot is not enough to eliminate the fungi entirely. Mold can survive for years without water, only to awake and germinate at the first sign of liquid.

Seeking the assistance of a remediation expert may help prevent future contamination and water damage. The experts know how to disinfect infected areas and completely kill mold colonies.

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4 Ways To Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling Pipe Break

Frozen temperatures can sneak up on you. To complicate matters, when you own a commercial property in Burton, OH, it is possible that you are not always present. This means you cannot always make sure that little things, such as leaving a faucet dripping or keeping cabinets open, are done to avoid frozen pipes. Fortunately, there are other ways you can safeguard your large pipes from freezing.

1. Automated Heating Control

Setting the thermostat at an automated range that others cannot override manually can prevent you from having to hire water restoration specialists to do costly water line repair later. Keeping your heater running when the weather is below freezing, even if there is no one present, is a simple way to protect your pipes.

2. Sealant on Holes and Cracks

Another way to avoid frozen pipes is to keep warm air inside and cold air outside. Inspect your interior and exterior walls for any cracks or holes that are letting heat escape. Block the cold drafts by sealing the fissures that allow them passage.

3. Heating Tape

Heating tape can be applied directly to pipes, ensuring that they stay at a temperature above freezing. Unless pipes are exposed, it is a good idea to use self-regulating tape so that it does not overheat. Follow manufacturers’ instructions carefully to avoid turning tape into a fire hazard.

4. Extra Insulation

Adding extra insulation to the walls and ceilings of your property in Burton, OH, can keep your pipes from bursting. You can also fit your pipes with fiberglass or rubber sleeves to provide an extra barrier to the cold directly to the pipes. If your building seems to lose heat easily, this may be the best option.

Protecting the pipes in your commercial building can save you time and money. By taking a few extra precautions, you are more likely to avoid frozen pipes and the expensive repairs that come with them.

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How To Prepare Your Home When a Storm Is Imminent

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes, burst dams, and torrential rains all have one thing in common: flooding waters. Among the most understood and most common of natural disasters, floods are also the most destructive. When a deluge enters your home or apartment in Chardon, OH, the rising flood water can do immense damage. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your home in case a storm flood hits.

The Outside

Life can be hectic, but preparing your residence for a possible storm is critical in preventing a flood water disaster. Before the heavy rain and driving winds assault your home, make sure to check the outside. By taking a few precautions, you can help prevent possible water damage:

• Check the sump pump and install a backup battery
• Clean debris from gutters and move downspouts away from foundation walls
• Secure outdoor furniture, sheds, and grills
• Relocate trash cans, potted plants, and storage containers
• Trim trees of dead branches and fragile limbs
• Remove tree limbs that hang over building rooftops
• Inspect your roof for damaged or missing tiles

The Inside

Take a few minutes to survey your home, take pictures, and locate important items, as well as following these steps:

• Find your insurance policy and update with flood insurance, if possible
• Identify and move items you own that could be damaged in a flooded building
• Upload the pictures of your possessions to the cloud or other off-site location
• Secure windows and close storm shutters or curtains to prevent shattered glass
• Move valuables and important papers to upper floors or upper closet shelves
• Find a meeting place for family members to gather

The Aftermath

Once the storm is over, assess the damage. Taking pictures can help establish the severity of the flood water and the destruction of your personal property. Contact the insurance company and a flood restoration team in Chardon, OH, and ask for assistance in rebuilding your home. Most importantly, keep your family calm and safe.

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How To Care for Water-Damaged Items After a Flood

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Home and Content

Flooding in your Burton, OH, home can happen for many reasons. Water in the home may be the result of a burst water pipe, a leaky sink or toilet, or a flood caused by nature. No matter the reason, water can seriously damage precious keepsakes, documents and other important items that you cannot replace. If you find yourself with waterlogged photo albums, toys or other important keepsakes after a flood, there are a few ways you can try to salvage them.

Gathering Items After a Flood

Flood waters can have a different affect on a variety of items. However, there are a few valuables that require special attention:

" Artwork
" Paper documents
" Photo albums

If a broken pipe caused one room to flood and you know the water is not contaminated with sewage or dangerous chemicals, you can carefully gather these items from the water and start dry cleaning them indoors in an area with low humidity and away from direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause paper documents and artwork to fade or curl.

Determining Condition

You may not be able to salvage everything after a flood, but once water in your home recedes, taking stock of what remains can help you determine what is worth keeping. If some items have mud or silt on them, wash it away carefully with a low-pressure hose and set the items indoors to dry. A storm cleanup and restoration company can advise you on whether some objects affected by black water can be properly sanitized.

Handling Items With Severe Damage

If books, photos or other fragile items are badly damaged, they might require special care. Try to air dry these items as much as possible, and then store them in plastic airtight cases until you can contact a paper goods restoration specialist.

When water in a home damages precious items, the effects can be devastating. However, knowing how to react and handle these items in case of a flood in your Burton, OH, can help you act quickly and allow you to salvage as much as you can.

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Turning a Mold Disaster Into an Opportunity

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Loss in Ohio Home

Chances are that you would welcome any kind of good news if you're suffering through a mold infestation in Chardon, OH. You have mold cleaning bills to face and furniture to throw away. Unfortunately, mold damage is the type of problem where some forced optimism is necessary to find any upside. There is a silver lining, but it's thin.

The first major benefit of getting your home professionally cleaned to remove mold is obvious: You have the best possible chance of eliminating the infestation and preventing further contamination. In addition, there are two potentially good things about the mold remediation process:

* Your furniture will need to be replaced
* Some furnishings might need to be cleaned

Remediate and Refresh

You might ask how these are good things. As far as furniture replacement is concerned, many homeowners in Chardon, OH, live with outdated or worn-out furniture even if they have the resources available to buy replacements. Having your home in a state of relative chaos is a good time to order, build and install new furnishings. Looking forward, these new items could benefit you during a home sale or provide many more years of comfort than your previous furnishings.

Save What Matters

Here's some more good news in the form of bad news: You might be able to save some of your possessions. This possibility comes with two major warnings. The first is that mold cleaning for possessions could be extremely costly. In some cases, it's more expensive than buying replacements. The second warning is that, if you go with budget services, there's a good chance your saved item could harbor some rogue mold spores. Try to make hard decisions and save only what's truly valuable or sentimentally important to you.

It isn't easy to find many benefits to a mold infestation. However, mold cleaning does give you some incentive to refresh your home, and there are often ways to preserve the items you value the most.

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How to Handle a Flooded Company

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is a serious risk for any business, and it can come from some very surprising places. Depending on the weather, long-term climate, and building materials, there are a lot of ways for water to get in and damage company property, and it’s hard to make sure you have a plan for dealing with all of them. Luckily, when you do have a flooded company, a plan for fixing the problem and dry cleaning company property will help you minimize the damage so your operation can bounce back quickly.

Understanding Types of Water Damage

When your building in Burton, OH experiences any kind of water incursion, whether it’s from flooding, roof problems, a broken pipe, or other sources, there are two types of damage you need to be prepared to deal with.

• Primary Damage is the damage caused by the water coming in immediately. It can include discoloration of materials and damage caused by the force of the water’s entrance to an area.
• Secondary Damage is damage caused by persistent exposure to the water after it has made its way into the building. It frequently results from incomplete cleanup or a lack of proper dry cleaning, and it can affect both building features and items inside.

Minimizing Water Damage

A flooded company in Burton, OH is a serious problem, and cleanup is going to be a major undertaking, but when you work with certified restoration experts who understand how to properly clean to prevent secondary damage with time, you can easily bounce back. The key is a fast response, and that is easier to ensure when you research your options and pre-select the experts you want to work with.

Contact your insurance company to better understand your coverage, and then go looking for a restoration company that has all the certifications you will need. After that, it’s just a matter of planning a backup protocol to keep your operation moving forward during the cleanup. That way, your flooded company won’t have to shut down.

3 Best Tips for Water Damage Cleanup

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Excessive water in your home from a flood or broken pipe can damage valuable possessions and pose a health risk. If your house isn’t cleaned in a timely manner, mildew or mold will develop. In most cases, you’ll need to hire a professional restoration and dry cleaning service in Bainbridge, OH. In the meantime, there are steps you can take to protect your valuables.

1. Circulate Air

Mold and mildew thrive in high humidity environments. Water in your home from floods or broken pipes makes your residence more humid. Increase the circulation of cool air with the following items:

• Dehumidifiers
• Air conditioner
• Open windows
• Fans

As an added precaution, open the shades, curtains or blinds. This exposes your house to considerable sunlight, which can help reduce mildew and mold.

2. Air Dry Objects

Avoid placing wet objects outdoors in direct heat or sunlight. This will cause them to buckle, warp and split. Instead, let the items air dry indoors. Do you have possessions that must be carried in plastic bags or containers? If so, leave both open so your valuables can dry naturally.

3. Rinse Items

Floods create problems in addition to water damage. Flood waters also leave behind silt or mud. This debris can cake up or leave heavy deposits on objects such as metal items. Quickly rinse objects off with clean water. You may also use a fine hose spray. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth or soft brush. This helps prevent any scratching. Always wear rubber or plastic gloves for your protection.

A broken pipe or a flood in Bainbridge, OH, can bring unwanted water in your home, which can damage everything from clothing and walls to furniture and carpet. This requires an extensive cleanup. Of course, you’ll need a dry cleaning, repair and restoration service for handling major recovery issues. However, until the professionals arrive, you can salvage your most precious possessions by following the tips above.

Effective Cleanup Ideas After a Fire

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Any homeowner would shudder at the thought of a fire starting in his or her home.

This is a nightmare scenario that could cause extensive damage, not to mention costly repair, cleaning and recovery. In large fires, if you didn’t have effective content storage to keep out the flames and smoke, you’ll likely have to deal with ruined clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics and a host of other things. Fortunately, dry-cleaning services in Mayfield, OH, can often help restore your items. There are also other content cleaning methods to get your items back to a usable state.

1. Professional carpet cleaning can help salvage your flooring. Your carpets can bear a huge brunt of a house fire in Mayfield, OH. It’s not just the flames that can destroy flooring; smoke and water damage can also make carpets unsalvageable. However, there are experienced, reputable carpet-cleaning companies that have the tools and skills to remove the odors and even restore your carpets. Make sure you include carpet and floor cleaning in your content cleaning efforts following a fire.

2. Dry-cleaning can save your clothes. Smoke damage can wreak havoc with your wardrobe, but all hope is not lost. Choosing a top dry-cleaner will help ensure that awful smoke smell is gone from your clothes. A regular cycle in the washer won’t do. Make sure you take a trip to the cleaners.

3. Professional ultrasonic care can help with non-porous items. For those items damaged that weren’t protected in content storage, professional cleanup and restoration companies are your best source. They can handle all your cleanup needs. The pros will use ultrasonic tools and methods to tackle even the most challenging items. They can even clean smoke-damaged materials and items.

Turn to the professionals to help with your dry-cleaning and content cleaning after a fire. They can help restore all the items not protected by content storage.

Using Your Space Heater Safely

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

When the winter chill sets in, it’s only natural to want to stay warm.

However, sometimes your heating fails you, or maybe you don’t have central heating to begin with. That’s typically when the space heaters come out to keep things toasty and warm. While these appliances are certainly useful, they can be extremely dangerous to you, your family and your home if not used correctly and responsibly, leading to a burned space heater and a lot of professional smoke cleanup in the aftermath. What many people using space heaters don’t realize about them is that:

  • They cause around a third of winter house fires every year.
  • They typically contribute to around 80 percent of winter house fire deaths.
  • Insurance companies have had to pay over $48 million for space heater damages in the past five years.

Fortunately, there are plenty of precautions you can take to use your heater responsibly so you and your family can be both safe and warm this winter in Mayfield, OH.

Isolated Spaces

The leading cause of a burned space heater is that homeowners often set them up much too close to other items. According to a number of insurance websites, your heater should be at least three feet away from anything it could potentially burn at all times to reduce the likelihood of a fire occurring.

Don’t Leave It Unattended

Yes, you want your home to be warm when you get home, but is it worth risking a house fire? If you’re not able to directly supervise your space heater, it’s always best to switch it off and let it cool down before you leave.

Level Settings

When placing your space heater, ensure it’s on a level surface. This way, it’s less likely that the machine will tip over and create a hazardous condition.

By keeping children away from your heater, refraining from using extension cords, and keeping your smoke alarms in order, you can reduce the chances of experiencing a burned space heater in your home this winter.

Keep Your Restaurant Mold-Free

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

As far as businesses are concerned, restaurants are among the most difficult to keep mold-free. You have to be diligent to control mold growth. The kitchen is where most of the mildew problem begins. For help keeping your Chardon, OH, restaurant mold-free, follow these steps.

1. Use a Ventilation System

First things first, you need to have a good ventilation system in your restaurant. Mold grows when air is stagnant and humid. Adequate air circulation can keep moisture from staying in one place. This is particularly good when you are cooking. A lot of condensation ends up in the air while you cook and clean. Having proper venting and using fans can help eliminate the mold growth risk in areas of high humidity.

2. Maintain the Plumbing

When it comes to the pipes in your kitchen, you have to make sure they aren’t leaky or broken. With a leak or water damage, you not only run the risk of mold but also the issue of having to replace drywall or flooring due to the damage caused. If mold has already become a problem, you may need a specialist to help.

3. Practice Proper Food Care

Another problem in the kitchen is the food itself. The best way to avoid this is to make sure the food remains at the proper temperature at all times. Ensure that everything in your kitchen has accurate dates. Your cooks should handle all food according to the rules, and if there is any sign of mold or if the food is spoiled, they should toss it immediately.

In order for your business to thrive, your restaurant should be free from fungus at all times. Any signs of mold growth can become a risk to your customers and to the longevity of your company. Fortunately, the steps to take to prevent mold aren’t difficult to perform.

Differences Between Grey and Black Water

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

The level of concern you should feel after a flood inside your home depends on what type of water has appeared. There is white water, which is plain, clean water with little to no contaminants. You should be able to tell when water is contaminated based on the color and odor, and you should never attempt a DIY fix without professional guidance. Contact professionals in Highland Heights, OH who know how to safely handle water damage caused by grey or black water.

Grey Water

Grey water refers to liquids that come out from pipes and other structures that does not contain human waste. This water may contain:

• Fats
• Oils
• Soap particles
• Hair

While this does result in a certain amount of contamination, it is not as severe as it could be, and there is less of a risk of people in the vicinity suffering from health problems caused by exposure. If your household uses natural, biodegradable soaps free or boron, chlorine and sodium, then you will have even less to fear. However, if left untreated, this type of water can slowly grow worse.

Black Water

Water damage from black water is a severe health problem that needs to be addressed immediately. When flooding occurs due to a blockage in the sewer system, drains in your house will bring up water contaminated by fecal matter and pathogens. A professional team will need to be brought in to safely remove the waste and the affected drywall.

When you discover water backing up into your home, you need to take prompt action to handle it right away to curtail a disaster. If you cannot tell where the water came from or if it has darkened in color even in the slightest, then you should avoid touching it, because you could end up hurting yourself. Instead, leave water damage remediation in Highland Heights, OH to the professionals.

Storm Response Team

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Geauga County specialize in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Plus, who doesn't 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 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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Commercial Storm Damage Expectations

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Damage Expectations

Cleaning up after a storm in Geauga, Ohio is an overwhelming task. The key is to formulate a plan and take things one step at a time.


Flood water is black water. That means it carries a variety of contaminants: bacteria, heavy metals, oil and pesticides. Commercial buildings should be cleaned properly before reopening for business.

In addition to contaminated waters, there are other safety issues present. You should dry out your space as quickly as possible, and make sure to address issues related to wet mechanical and electrical systems, exposure to building materials containing lead or asbestos and mold growth. You may need to tear out certain contaminated and wet materials.

Mold is a serious health risk that could come back to haunt you if you don’t follow appropriate storm restoration procedures. There are several products and techniques that can help reduce and control mold. Proper drying and cleaning are necessary, and water damage restoration companies can help make sure the job is done correctly.


There are many risks involved with re-entering a flooded building, which means business owners should eliminate hazards as quickly as possible. Turn off power to the building until the water can be removed. Don’t use any electrical outlets in the flooded area. Tear out any outlets in this area and replace them. If there is visible mold growth, wear a suit, gloves, goggles and a mask. Dispose of suit and gloves so as not to contaminate your vehicle or other areas. Asbestos and lead both present real dangers. If the building is older, hire a professional to test the area first.

Water damage from storms can be a real hassle, so be aware of damage expectations. Your business may need to stay closed while the premises are secured and cleaned. At the bare minimum, flood cuts may need to be done. This is where you tear out drywall and insulation all the way up 12 inches above the water line, which removes contaminated and molded materials and allows for proper drying. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on water damage.

Your Next Steps After Commercial Storm Damage

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Your Next Steps After Commercial Storm Damage

Property owners in Geauga, Ohio know that at one time or another they’ll likely have to deal with storm damage. This usually means water damage that precipitates a significant tear out of existing structures and the subsequent storm restoration. In the event of storm damage, here are four steps to help you stay on top of things.

Extraction of Water

If a storm has left you with standing water, then that water will have to be pumped out before any repair or restoration can begin. Generally, a submersible pump can be temporarily installed in order to rid your structure of standing water. The extraction of water should begin as soon as possible to reduce the damage that’s done to the building and its contents.

Removal of Damaged Materials

Once you’ve removed the standing water, you’ll need to remove those items that are water damaged and those that are still holding water. That may just mean taking the contents of the building out, but it may mean pulling out carpet and other floor coverings in order to protect your subflooring. That tear out of wet materials will need to be completed before any repair or restoration begins.

Drying of Structure

Once everything that can be removed has been torn out, you’ll still need to allow the remainder of the building to dry out. Walls and ceilings may look dry, but they’re generally constructed of porous materials that hold water inside, even once the surface is dry. Powerful dehumidifiers can help to draw out water that can cause hidden damage if it not properly removed. The drying of the structure will need to be tested to ensure that it’s complete before you begin repairs.


Repair to the structure can commence as soon as testing confirms that the building has dried out. You’ll want an experienced contractor to handle your restoration so that as hidden surfaces come to light through the repair process, any damaged materials will be recognized and dealt with appropriately.

Water damage from a storm doesn’t have to be a catastrophe, but it does require proper drying out, tear out, and storm restoration in order to maintain the safety and aesthetics of your building. Be sure you follow all the steps to keep your property in top condition after damage from a storm.
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Odor Removal from Flooding in a Commercial Building

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Odor Removal from Flooding in a Commercial Building

Flood water can leave your commercial building in Geauga, Ohio in a bad state. The damp conditions can lead to mold growth, which can cause bad smells if left unattended. Flooding caused by sewage backup or sewage loss can be linked with even worse odors. Working with storm restoration professionals can make odor removal after flooding possible. Some of the steps for odor removal are as follows:

Dry Out the Space

The first step in odor removal is drying out the flooded space. This can take a lot of time and effort. You may need to do the following to get a space back to its original state:

Use a wet vacuum or sump pump to remove standing water from the premises.
Employ dehumidifiers to draw excess moisture from the air.
Get a portable air conditioner with a “extra dry” setting to suck even more moisture out of the air.

Once your space is dried out, you’ll be better prepared to remove the foul odors left behind by the standing water.

Apply Disinfectants and Cleaners

Your walls, furniture and flooring may smell bad because of the flood waters. Whether you’re dealing with mold growth or dirty water, you need to remove some of these odors before you’ll be able to be comfortable in the building again. Bleach, odor-eliminating cleaners and white vinegar can be used on certain floors, walls and furniture to help start the odor removal. Of course, you should check the manufacturer specifications before using any type of harsh cleaner on a surface.

If you choose to apply these cleaners and disinfectants on your own, you need to use the proper protective gear. Gloves, masks and goggles can protect you from the mold spores as well as the harsh cleaners being used.

Get Help When Needed

In certain situations, your Geauga, Ohio business will need more than a do-it-yourself remedy. You can stop mold growth and remove unwanted odors from a property after flooding by turning to experts who have the knowledge and equipment needed to do the removal correctly. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on water damage.

How To Handle Commercial Fire Damage

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

How To Handle Commercial Fire Damage

A commercial fire can be a scary experience for any business owner or commercial establishment. If your business experiences a fire, it is extremely important to take appropriate steps to ensure that the occupants are safe. After a fire incident in a commercial property, fire restoration professionals can help eliminate any fire damage, including soot damage and smoke damage.

Fire damage is not something to be handled lightly. If you have dealt with electrical fire, utility room fire or any other fire damage in a commercial facility, you know how crucial it is for you to get professional assistance in restoring things back to normal. Fire restoration companies have trained technicians with great expertise in fire suppression and putting out fire.

When you call fire restoration experts, they will arrive at your business facility promptly to address issues like smoke damage, soot damage and smoke smell. Whether it's a utility room fire or an electrical fire, the firefighter team with their fire hoses and fire trucks are not going to clean up or restore your facility to its original condition. Instead, you will need to hire a commercial fire damage company to handle the fire damage for you.

Restoration professionals are the ones who clean up the facility after a commercial fire damage, and they can help you in getting a fire suppression system and fire sprinkler system installed. Both the fire suppression system and fire sprinkler system help to prevent a fire in commercial environments. These systems are designed to prevent severe fire damage in commercial facilities. You will also notice that firefighter teams encourage business owners and commercial establishments to have a fire sprinkler in place, for fire suppression.

Even if have not encountered an an electrical fire or a utility room, you still need fire restoration professionals to come in and clean up the facility and restore an environment that is conducive to doing business.

Fire damage technicians have the right training and skills to handle commercial fire damage incidents and will respond to your business location to remove the smoke damage and debris that have been left behind. They have the right equipment and tools to take care of the situation, whether it's a utility room fire or an electrical fire.

Firefighters do not handle utility room fire or electrical fire restoration. Firefighters use their fire hoses and fire trucks to help put out the fire but they do not provide restoration services after a commercial fire damage. Only fire restoration professionals have the expertise to do so.

Soot damage on its own can create a huge problem overtime. The professionals will be able to remove the soot damage on the walls as well as smoke damage that has been left behind. And they can have the proper preventive systems in place, such as fire suppression and fire sprinkler systems.

In fact, the fire hoses and fire trucks can cause water damage. Although fire hoses and fire trucks do a good job of helping put out the fire in a commercial fire incident, they end up creating other problems that require the expertise of restoration professionals.
This means that you will certainly need to have hire water damage professionals to clean up and repair any damage due to the firefighters efforts and their fire hoses and fire trucks.

Soot damage is something that should be handled by experts because they have the skills and equipment to get the job done correctly.

The final phase of restoration is to restore the facility to its original state. Using state-of-the-art equipment and cleaning techniques, trained and experienced technicians will be able to clean up and deodorize all affected area. After the restoration service has been completed and fire sprinkler system installed, you will be utterly amazed at the quality and condition of your business environment. If you experience a fire in your business, do not hesitate to call a restoration company right away. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Did You Suffer From a House Fire? What You Need to Do Next

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Did You Suffer From a House Fire? What You Need to Do Next

Did you suffer from a fire in your home or a fire in your business? You need to call a fire damage restoration company to repair the residential fire damage or commercial fire damage. Of course, there is the fire damage itself, meaning burnt parts of your home and furniture. However, commercial fire damage also includes soaked walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture. When there is a fire in your home or a fire in your business, lots of water will be sprayed all over your home to put out the fire. This is part of the fire damage as well. In addition, the firefighters may cut holes in your walls or break your windows. This is done to make sure that the fire is completely gone from inside the walls, and also to provide ventilation. Soot damage and smoke damage, including a smoke smell, is also something you will face after a fire in your home or a fire in your business.

The fire damage restoration company should be contacted as soon as possible. The more the fire damage or commercial fire damage is allowed to go untreated, the more damage there will be. Soot damage and smoke damage get worse over time, and so does the smoke smell. The water damage gets worse too. The fire cleanup and fire damage restoration process should be started immediately.

The first thing the restoration company will do is take a tour of your home. This is necessary so that they can assess the extent of the damage. This assessment will help them plan a course of action that will best help restore your home. Don’t enter the home before the fire restoration company has a look at it, because it may not be safe to enter.

The next step in the fire cleanup process will be to board up your broken home. If there are broken windows, or if there are holes in the walls caused by the fire, you need to board up those windows or holes. Boarding up the windows and holes will make sure that no more water enters the home. Boarding up the windows and holes will also protect your home.

The next step in repairing the commercial fire damage is removing the water from your business. Removing the water is not a simple process. First, pumps will be used to remove the excess surface water in your business. However, there will still be pockets of moisture hiding in your home. To remove these, special equipment will need to be used. You will also need special equipment to dry out your soaked furniture. A fire restoration company knows how to do this.

The fire cleanup process also includes repairing the smoke damage and soot damage. Special equipment will be needed to remove the black soot from your walls. In addition, soot probably entered your air conditioning and HVAC system. This will cause the smoke smell to linger. Special equipment will be used to clear out your air ducts from all the soot and the smoke smell.

After repairing the smoke damage and soot damage, the restoration company will focus on cleaning your home. They will remove any odors and smoke smells. They will sanitize your home.

Next, the fire cleanup company will start restoring your home. This means that any broken walls, floors, ceilings, etc will need to be repaired. Parts of your home may need to be replaced. The fire damage restoration company will do everything it can to make sure that not only is there no trace of the fire in your home or the fire in your business, but that your home is totally safe to live in again.
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Handling a Flooded Property Correctly

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Handling a Flooded Property Correctly

Flood damage is one of the worst things that can befall a property. Many people incorrectly assume that because they don't live in a flood plain or an area prone to extreme whether that they are safe from the risk of flooding. This is not helped by news media coverage of major flooding events, which can often lend a sense of disproportion to the frequency of spectacular flooding of the type caused by hurricanes or overflowing rivers.

The truth is that the majority of flood damage in the United States is the product of far more mundane failures, such as those from pipe breaks or supply line breaks. In fact, the majority of flood damage caused in the U.S. is, therefore, subject to compete restoration and mitigation. This means that the majority of flood damage losses in the United States are completely preventable.

The problem is that too many property owners do not recognize the severity of water damage situation in time. Any time a property owner notices water in their home or water in their business, it is absolutely imperative to call in a professional restoration company to immediately begin taking measures towards the restoration of the flooded home or business and the mitigation of water damage. With timely restoration and mitigation efforts, almost all flood damage is completely reversible. But even after the first 24 hours after water in a business or water in a home appears, the chances of a successful restoration or mitigation of the water damage begin to drop precipitously. After one week without property intervention in the flooded home or business, the chances of the property incurring massive, permanent water damage is all but assured. In the worst cases, this often involves the total write-off of the property.

But with timely action, the restoration company can almost ensure the water cleanup will be a success. In this article, we'll take a brief look at the process that a professional restoration company uses to carry out the water cleanup process. It's important to remember that the single most important step in successfully saving and restoring a flooded home or business is for the property owner to call in a professional restoration company. Without that crucial step, none of the other steps can even begin.

The call is made and the water cleanup team arrives at the property

Once the call to the water cleanup company is made, the team should arrive on site within a few minutes. Once there, they will immediately begin surveying the extent and severity of the water in the business or water in the home. They will go to the source of the pipe break or supply line break, cutting off any active leaks and seeing the extent of possible seepage. Using sophisticated tools, such as hygrometers and infrared detectors, the team will carefully inspect the area around the original supply line break or pipe break, getting a feel for the extent to which water may have seeped into out-of-site places.

The team will begin removing water from the flooded home or business

The next step will be to begin the removal of any standing water in the home or water in the business. This will be carried out using heavy-duty vacuum equipment that is capable of removing thousands of gallons of standing water each hour. The water removal portion of the cleanup process generally only takes a few minutes to an hour.

The drying step is initiated

Next, the team will begin drying the premises. They will take extra care to ensure that all moisture is removed from the area of the original supply line break or pipe break. The drying step may take the longest of any of them. Drying typically lasts one hour to a full day.

Afterwards, all furniture and surfaces will be scrubbed to ensure no mildew is allowed to form. At this point, the property will be restored to its prior condition.
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What You Need To Do After A Fire Strikes Your Business

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

What You Need To Do After A Fire Strikes Your Business

If you have a fire damage at a business location, you're responsible for the everything that happens after the firefighters pull away in the fire truck. Follow these steps to ensure that fire damage is properly repaired:

1. Make Sure The Insurance Covers The Repairs:

Most insurance policies cover commercial fire damage, and it's often possible to get in touch with them as soon as the firefighters leave. If it's not possible to contact the company by telephone, try contacting them with an online chat.

2. Contact A Board Up Service:

Firefighters only perform fire suppression, and they don't board up buildings. Vandals and thieves target businesses that are visibly affected by commercial fire damage. A board up service can prevent this from happening. Board up services can also remove soot that has accumulated on some surfaces. This help to keep them safe from soot damage and smoke damage.

3. Choose A Fire Restoration Company:

Make sure that your fire restoration company specializes in commercial fire damage. The fire restoration company also should be rated well by customers.

Check to see that the fire restoration company is registered with the IICRC. Companies that are registered with the IICRC tend to be reputable.

The company you choose should specialize in the repair of smoke damage and soot damage. Even if you hire a board up service, it's likely that there will be many areas of smoke damage and soot damage remaining. The company should deodorize smoke damage and soot damage.

The fire hoses that firefighters are exceptionally powerful, and they can cause damage of their own. The fire hoses on a fire truck spray water at a high pressure. This is likely to damage surfaces. The fire hoses on a fire truck can spray more than 1,000 gallons of water every minute. Since a fire hose sprays a large volume of water, the water from the fire truck may trigger mold growth. The fire sprinkler system may exacerbate this damage. Fire sprinkler systems also spray large volumes of water. Therefore, it's always important to find a restoration company that will repair water damage.

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How to Prevent Water Damage in Home and Business

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Water Damage in Home and Business

Preventing water damage is a lot easier than carrying out the water damage mitigation and restoration process when flooding occurs. Preventing the flood damage is possible since most of the causes of water damage can be avoided before getting your home flooded such causes are such as clogging of drainage, pipe breaks and supply line break. It is advisable to address the matters while they are still small that waiting for them to grow into big issues. For example, a pipe break starts as small leakage, but if it is ignored, it might lead to water in homes and water in business which will cause severe damages to your property. Here are some tips that you can use to prevent flooded homes and general flood damage.

? Clean out the out the gutters
As a result of clogged gutters which end up having poor drainage, you might end up having cracks on your wall which are set paths for the water to drain. This occurs when the water pours in the sidings of your house damaging the foundation and the walls. The weakness created in the foundation and the wall might end up one day being overtaken by the water pressure and cause water in home or water in business enterprise. Therefore maintaining clean gutters is a fundamental preventive measure and a sure way of avoiding costly restoration.

? Ensure that the down spouts are away from the house
Ensuring that the downspouts are about 5 to 10 feet from the siding of your house is another preventive measure. This ensures that the water splash does not get into contact with the foundation of your property or the walls. You should also ensure that your yard slopes at least 6 inches over a 10-foot distance away from your home's foundation or business premises to prevent water sloping towards you foundation or wall. The water damage mitigation and restoration company can offer some advice on how to prepare a good yard.

? Ensuring that your sump pump is always working
Most people remember their sump pumps during storms. Flooding in home or business might occur only to find out that the sump pump is not working. It is, therefore, to test your sump pump regularly to ensure it is in good condition. The sump pump can help you reduce the spread of flood damage before the water damage mitigation and Restoration Company arrives. This can also contribute to reducing the cost that might be used up in the water cleanup and drying process.

? Fix the minor pipes and supply line breaks or leaks
Fixing small pipe break or the supply line break leaks is also an essential thing to do. The minor repairs cannot cost you more than the amount you can use to do the water cleanup, drying, and restoration and mitigation process. Dark spots under pipes and stains on the ceiling or the walls are excellent indicators of water leakages. Pipe breaks and supply line break are the main sources of water in flooded homes.

? Replacing worn out and missing roof shingles.
You should inspect and assess you roofs regularly to prevent future water in homes or water in business that will end up causing damages which might require you to pay professional such as the flood damage Mitigation and restoration company. This measure also saves you from incurring losses and paying up for the whole water cleanup, drying and restoration process. This flooding is most likely caused by rain which comes in through the worn out or the missing roof shingles may result in flooded homes or business.

? Keeping the soil around your house moist
Ensuring that the soil around you is moist is another important preventive measure. During the dry spell, the soil might lose the water and become dry and soft, in case a heavy rain pours it will impact pressure on the soil. This pressure might force the walls and the foundation of your home to get weak and crumble, and in most cases, the water in homes or water in business is caused by rain or storms. It is as a result of this impact of pressure on soil that causes the walls and foundation to weaken. This is also a crucial tip to prevent incurring the cost of water cleanup and drying process in flooded homes by the restoration company.
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The Process of Mold Removal

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

The Process of Mold Removal

Mold must be eliminated as soon as it crops up. The greenish-yellow substance that grows on the surfaces of your home must not be allowed to remain or they will cause serious damage and degradation to your home.

If you live in an especially hot and humid location, you must be especially vigilant in looking out for mold damage. It thrives in such places. Water and warmth nourish the fungus that gives rise to mold damage. Mildew and trapped water droplets create the conditions for it. Your shower area, your kitchen and bathroom sink, in short, wherever large amounts of water accumulate over a period of time will see the presence of mold. Fungus and mildew can lead to mold. Don't allow them to get out of control.

You must also look out for mold growth and mold damage in spaces susceptible to dampness. Basements, sheds, attics, garage areas are vulnerable to mold. The cracks and crevices and infrequently visited places of older homes may have the unwanted growth. If you have recently purchased a home, you may encounter mold growth in places that you had not noticed before.

Too much fungus and mildew can lead to mold growth. Mold that is allowed to spread unchecked can become a serious problem. It will after a while degrade the spaces it contaminates to the point at which they become unusable. Mold is also ugly. It is not the kind of thing that you want your guests to see. Neither is it something that is especially nice for you to look at every day. Mold that has become not only noticeable but predominate in spaces throughout your home must be removed.

Mold removal is best carried out by professionals. Mold damage can only be remedied by mold removal. If you are to have it done, then you must ensure the completion of a competent and thorough job. Only those with the right knowledge, skill, expertise, and experience can be trusted. And indeed you should leave the mold undisturbed until the team from the restoration company you have engaged has arrived. Mold that is thick and deeply rooted can throw up a great many spores into the air if you attempt to remove it. Mold removal is the answer to mold damage.

Extensive mold growth in your home calls for mold remediation. This is a highly technical process that involves several phases in order to be effective.

When the remediation and restoration company team arrives, the first thing they will do is don protective suits. This is necessary to protect them against the work they will have to do in removing the mold from the affected space. But before doing so, the team will seal off the space and set negative pressure to it. The mold will then be carefully and meticulously removed and placed into specially designed hazardous waste bags.

The next phase of the job involves the use of a high energy, high efficiency fan. It is a powerful device that is made to remove the particulate mold spores that have saturated the air. The entire surface of the affected area is gone over with an industrial vacuum so that all remaining fungus and mold bacteria are removed.

The team will then apply a chemical solvent designed to suppress the re-growth of the mold. Fungus and mildew are also suppressed. The team will then take away the collected mold and properly dispose of it.

Special training and a wealth of experience is required before one is qualified to work in mold removal and remediation. The tools and skills required to do a good job cannot be gathered and employed by just any old person. They can only come through some time in apprenticeship with a mold remediation company.

The company you call to remove your mold should have on it staff only the most highly trained and competent professionals. You should work only with those companies that have a track record of delivering excellent and sound results. You should start your search for the right mold remediation company online. Doing so will allow you to choose from a variety of top notch companies.

When mold strikes, you must strike back immediately. A professional mold removal company is your instrument for doing just that. A restoration company can help you get your home back. The professionals working for a restoration company can provide the expertise you need to restore your home.
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How Professionals Handle Water Damage Mitigation

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

How Professionals Handle Water Damage Mitigation

Water damage is one of the most common forms of damage that occurs in homes and commercial buildings. Excess water in home or water in business can be due to floods or rain as well as internal problems including supply line break or pipe break, leaking fixtures, or even roof leaks. The extent of water damage in a flooded home or business can be difficult to determine as much of the water or moisture can get absorbed into porous materials around the property.

Part of drying a flooded home or business and cleaning the flood damage is knowing what steps to take in order to achieve the best result. The water cleanup process is fairly complex and time-consuming.

Restoration professionals have the skills, understand the problem and have state-of-the-art equipment to handle the cleanup and drying. They’ve handled numerous water cleanup projects related to water damage for a wide variety of businesses and homes. This type of project is best left to a restoration company with a team of experienced professionals.

It is often tempting to handle a flooded home or water in business yourself when you have water in home or business, but it is better to call a restoration company to handle the flooded home or water in business cleanup and drying. Professionals have the right equipment and experience to extract standing water and thoroughly remove hidden pockets of moisture.

You can expect the following steps from a professional's flood damage restoration process:

Identification of Water Source

The first order of business is to determine where the water is coming from. After the source of the water damage is found, the water in home or water in business situation can be handled properly. A malfunctioning appliance or fixture can be turned off. A pipe break or supply line break can be blocked or shut off.

Water Removal

Mitigation professionals begin water extraction using either their industrial portable or truck mounted extraction pumps. They use dehumidifiers to extract water from the air. They tend to spend a lot of time during the water removal phase of the project. Their water detection technology enables them to determine saturation levels and identify areas.

Salvage Or Replace

The project manager at a restoration company will discuss the condition of the walls and flooring with the business or home owner and he or she will be given options and expert advice on what materials or items should be removed and replaced and what can be salvaged. In most clean water losses mitigation professionals can easily save the building materials.

Drying and Dehumidification

Water cleanup professionals use specialized equipment to dry out the space and dehumidify the area. Room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity are to used determine the optimal number of dehumidifiers and air movers needed to dry the home or commercial property.


After the structure and its contents have dried out, including drywall, insulation, wood beams, the next step is to apply a good disinfectant in the area. Professional-strength disinfectant is used on all areas affected by the water in home, water in business or flood waters including wood and walls and non-upholstered furniture.


This is the reconstruction phase and all non-salvageable building materials, including drywall, paint and flooring demolished and disposed of will be replaced. During this last step, mitigation professionals restore the property to its preloss condition. The restoration professionals will conduct a complete walk-through with the property owner to make sure he or she is 100% satisfied with the service provided.


Flood damage is a serious issues that can be due to supply line break or pipe break. Whether the flooded home or water in business is caused by supply line break or pipe break, water or flood damage is the last thing any home or business owner wants to deal with. Water damage is best left to a restoration company with a team of qualified water cleanup professionals. Their fast response times and quick action can prevent further damage to your home, business and possessions.
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Recovering from Fire Damage Without Headaches

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Recovering from Fire Damage Without Headaches

Let's face it, having a fire in home or suffering from commercial fire damage is the last thing that anyone wants to think about. The only thing you can do if it happens is to choose a path that doesn't overcomplicate the process of recovering from fire damage. If you're ready to see how to do exactly that from fire cleanup to the completion of restoration, continue reading and you'll be taken through the process from the beginning to the end.

The First Steps to Take After a Fire in Home

Once the damage has been done, it's critical that the next steps ensure that the rest of the process is as simple and streamlined as possible. This is the time when you should make a call to a professional fire restoration company and your insurance company. You'll also want to document the fire damage (by taking pictures) so that way you'll have all of your bases covered.

By making these two calls right out of the gate you'll be on track to a speedy recovery from smoke damage. Keep in mind that you don't want to settle with just any restoration company when it comes to fixing the fire damage. Your home needs to be in good hands and that's why you're about to discover how to sort the best out from the rest.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process: Broke Down

One of the many things plaguing owners and tenants is that when there's a fire in their home or a fire in business, they think the process of repairing the smoke damage is more complex than what it really is. That's why this brief guide was written, so that there could finally be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Step 1 – Formal Inspection & Fire Damage Assessment

This is the first step that a professional restoration company will take when you give them a call about smoke damage or any other damages caused by a disaster. You'll want to be present for the walk through as they assess what needs to be done for complete fire damage restoration. Keep in mind that the best companies will usually be on call and offer emergency service for a fire in home or fire in business so that relief doesn't come with a long waiting period.

Make sure that during this process, you listen closely to what the fire damage restoration company says and store it in your memory. This will help make you informed of what to expect and what's going to happen during the whole process.

Step 2 – Board Up & Tarp Off If Needed

Sometimes a fire in business or home can burn a hole in your roof or exterior wall which means that it could cause further complications that are more extensive than just soot damage or smoke damage if left unattended to. A restoration company that's credible will immediately tarp off the roof and board up the house as needed. If there's no damage to the exterior that could lead to further damage, this step could be skipped without any detrimental effects from it.

This is also where you have the opportunity to sort out the best from the rest. If a company comes in and says next week we'll tarp off the roof or complete the board up process, run! You don't want your home or business put at risk of suffering more damage than it already has. The board up needs to occur immediately, regardless of what the situation may be.

Step 3 – Water Removal & Drying

This is a very critical step where water damage has occurred. This involves removing the water with water pumps so that the drying process can begin. The reason that this is one of the top steps is that it helps prevent any further damage (including the growth of mold) from occurring prior to fixing the damages left by the original incident.

Step 4 – Fire Cleanup & Repairing the Damage

Fire cleanup is the stage that everyone can't wait for. Not only do they get to get rid of the smoke smell and soot damage, but they get to start seeing things get put back together in real-time. This helps make the unfortunate event become nothing but the past.

Regardless of whether you're fixing residential or commercial fire damage, the fire cleanup process in this step is relatively the same. The restoration company will come in to remove the smoke smell and soot damage that occurred during the fire. This is done by using certain chemicals and cleaning methods to ensure that the home or business returns to a sanitary state of existence. You'll also get a breath of fresh air when the smoke smell is eliminated.

Step 5 – Restoring the Home/Business Back to Normal

Once the smoke smell is gone and the fire cleanup is completed, the next stage can finally begin. This is where you can start restoring the home to a better state than it was. It's almost like returning it to how it was when it was brand new.

Fire damage restoration in this stage will consist of replacing the flooring (as needed), throwing on a fresh coat of paint, reframing if studs were damaged during the fire, and much more. The whole concept is to ensure that everything which was damaged is fixed by the time this stage reaches its level of completion.

There's only one more thing left to do!

Residential and commercial fire damage takes its toll and this is where you can finally kick back and relax in your newly restored home or business. No more smoke smell or soot damage that catches your eye, just a fresh environment that was taken care of the best people for the job. The fire cleanup was done and everything has been put back in order just the way that it should be.

Now just leave this unfortunate memory in the past and continue onto the road of progress. The worries and emotional toll of commercial fire damage or fire in your home can finally come to an end. Don't forget to take into account things that can help prevent any future fire in business or fire in home like this so that you're not caught off-guard again and to ensure that you're also knowledgeable about the improvements that could have a lasting impact for many years to come.
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What You Need to Know About Professional Mold Remediation

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

What You Need to Know About Professional Mold Remediation

Before embarking on mold removal, it is important to demystify all the myths about mold damage. You should research widely about mold damage and Mold removal. You should seek professional help when it comes to mold remediation and mitigation. Prior information will assist in providing necessary information to interact with potential removal experts. You should also gather facts to determine the cost you will incur in mold removal and remediation. Arming yourself with facts about remediation will help in selecting the best professionals to do mitigation. In case you are suffering from dry rot, bad smell and you need commercial removal, it will be even more important to get an expert to deal with commercial Mold damage and mold growth behind wall and other structures.

It is important to understand that mold damage is a type of fungus, which means that wherever you find moisture, there will also be Mildew. Any moist place in the house that is not well aerated is a breeding ground for mildew. For this reason, it is important to consider Mold in home removal as soon as you discover Mold damage. Mold removal is not as easy as many people think, especially because if not done by a competent mold restoration company, problems often result and the dry rot could tear apart the house.

Professional help is essential because it will not only offer you repairs but will also mitigate against the frequent occurrence of mold growth and mildew in the home. Before you bring a mold remediation company on board, ask them how much they charge for the entire process, including mitigation and deodorization to eliminate the smelly odor that comes from Mold in home.

When you contact a restoration company to clean up the mold growth, dry rot, smelly odor and other side effects that come from the fungus, the first thing they will do is look for any signs of black mold. After removing the black mold, they perform deodorization to remove the smell that follows after mold growth

In cases of extensive commercial mold damage, you are always advised to shut down the promises until you are able to do mitigation to all signs of the mildew. The professionals will do deodorization to the premises after they have finished dealing with the commercial mold damage. They will also make sure that they have put in place measures to prevent further mold growth behind wall and other hidden corners in the home. The process includes removal of dry rot, smelly odor and other side effects of the mold. In case the fungus has already started releasing spores into the house, you should consider temporarily moving out of the house and allowing the restoration company to check for mold behind wall and all other areas of the house. You should only get back into the home when the company confirms that there is no more mold growth in the house. There are treatments that are used to stop further mold growth in the home and deodorization to remove the smelly odor.

Since Mold damage in home is caused by fungus, mold removal experts mitigate against it by use of antifungal and antibacterial chemicals to remove black mold and mold stains. Water is used during cleaning and thus mold damage procedure should entail sealing areas that are likely to leak to avoid the spread of the smelly odor during the process of mold cleaning. Lack of clean air causes some mold growth behind wall. In this regard, it is necessary to clean HVAC air ducts and remove accumulated mold in home and deal with mold growth behind wall.

Mold in home can be a hazard while in other cases it can be suffocating especially those with a smelly odor. For this reason, you would need a professional who will act promptly and mitigate commercial Mold damage. A professional will take safety measures to protect removal experts and occupants of the house. The expert will also assess the situation before and after mold removing. Preventing the further spread of mold is also important in maintaining professional standards. A good restoration company will physically remove the mold and its source and control moisture to prevent a future outbreak.
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Different Causes of Water Damage

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Different Causes of Water Damage

Water is an important commodity in any building more so homes and workplaces. As a result, water accounts for a significant part of the utility bill. This commodity is also becoming increasingly scarce; hence, the cost of having it in the homes is also rising. Preservation measures encompass prevention of water damage as it causes massive water loss.

Causes of Water Loss

Water damage is a common problem that business premises and homes experience. The plumbing system in your house or business could go wrong leaving you with leaking faucets or bursting pipes. If there is a leak or damaged pipes, it is important to contact a restoration professional to avert the possible damage to your property. Apart from destroying your property, broken pipes will also cause massive water loss and push your bills up.

Flooding water in your home can destroy the indoor environment. The excessive moisture caused by flooding can lead to rapid deterioration of the structures and personal belongings. It could even lead to more problems if the water in your home is unsanitary and the drying process is delayed. Damaged water in business can destroy office production machines, computers, carpets, and furniture, among other valuables.

What should you do if there is flood water in your business or home?

Even after suffering a flood damage, it is possible to salvage the situation. When one encounters a flood, he or she may be overcome by fear and anxiety. It is imperative to note that panicking can only escalate the problem. Note that not all water-related problems could be fixed through DIY; some involve complex plumbing systems. Remember that water damage restoration also requires professionals who understand the potential hazards. For instance, water in a business premise could come into contact with your electrical wiring posing a grave danger to you and your employees.

The harmful effects of water can be reduced through prompt response and effective intervention. Some damages may appear irreversible but a quick water cleanup and subsequent mitigation processes can have incredible results. Calling a water damage expert is important to prevent further loss of water through leakage or spilling.

Water Cleanup

The process of restoration follows a scientific approach that also incorporates a drying process. First, it requires determination of the amount of damage caused by the water in a business or home. Professionals will assess your property to determine whether it can be restored or replaced. The criteria that a majority of them uses to assess the situation involves checking the extent of property damage, the extent of contamination, and the cost of restoring the property versus replacement cost.

This implies that if there is a prompt response to flood water in a home or business, most valuables can be saved. However, if you delay in calling an expert, the water in your home or business could have irreversible damage to your property. The damages could lead to the interruption of your business and increase the financial burden through costly utility bills and replacement costs. A comprehensive water damage mitigation also includes drying to prevent mold from growing.

Mitigation of Flood Damage

If you notice any kind of uncontrolled water in your home or business, you should not wait until the problem escalates. Most flood damage cases start as a small defect, are ignored for days, and end up bursting into an uncontrollable mess.

Flood damage is also associated with plumbing failures. Some of the steps you should take immediately you notice that there is damage in the water system include:
• Do not panic, remain focused on the task at hand
• Call your plumbing service company, some of them offer water cleanup and drying services
• If you can access the water main, shut it down to stop further loss of water and flooding
• The main electrical breaker should be shut and all the plugged electrical appliances removed from the carpet
• Lift all curtains that may be touching the floor
• Books, papers, and fabrics should be removed

The most important mitigation process is to commence with the restoration promptly. Calling an expert promptly will prevent further water loss and damage to your property. The experts will start with water cleanup to remove all the water in your business or home. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on water damage.

The Need For Fire Damage Restoration Services

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

The Need For Fire Damage Restoration Services

Fire damage can result in more extensive losses than the ones that are immediately visible. Without professional fire cleanup services, you may be unable to restore your home or business to its former glory. The role of the commercial fire damage services is to remove the smoke smell and other forms of damage occasioned by fire. If you have ever had the experience of having fire in the home, you know that there is much work to be done once the fire fighters have left. Thus, you know that you need professionals to get rid of the soot damage.

Smoke damage

Whenever there is a fire in the business or fire in the home, the immediate goal should be to stop it. The next step is to organize for professional fire damage restoration services. The aftermath often means that the home or business is left with ash and smoke smell which can cause further damage to the house. For instance, the soot damage may contribute to increased corrosion of the property. Ash residue can cause discoloration of surfaces in the home. It can also affect furniture and other appliances leading them to lose value and appear older and worn out than they are. In order to ensure this does not become a major issue, you should get fire cleanup professionals.

Fire Damage Restoration Standards

Professional fire cleanup services are preferred since they are able to deliver the work based on set standards. When it comes to clearing the house of the smoke smell, you need to have people who know what they are doing. Professionals have extensive training and experience needed to perform this task. Ideally, they should be members of a professional body that represents their interests and also sets standards for the industry. This is important to ensure that all the professionals hired to cleanup commercial fire damage can be relied upon to deliver the needed results. Professionals that have certificates that show they meet standards are often reliable.

Soot Damage Costs

It is important to start the fire cleanup as soon as possible after the fire is extinguished. The longer the soot damage and smoke damage remains unaddressed, the higher the costs. Industry professionals recommend that fire restoration cleanup be done early so as to avoid further damage and escalating costs. For example, there may be carpets that need to be replaced as a result of permanent discoloration, the metals may rust, and the smoke damage and smoke smell odors can linger on till they become unbearable. Ash is acidic and it continues causing damage to the house over time. It can also spread around the house easily which magnifies the fire damage cleanup of fire damage restoration problem you are facing.

Smoke Smell

Commercial fire damage experts are usually called in for cleanups for the fact that they have orderly manner in which they under take the smoke damage cleanup. They have the training and certification needed to carry out a thorough examination of the house and the fire damage. From the assessment, fire damage restoration activities can then commence.

The restoration processes after a fire in the business or fire in the home may need to be conducted by professionals who understand the value of maintaining secrets. The fire may affect sensitive parts of your business, especially information or assets you may not want getting into the hands of business rivals. In that case, you need commercial fire damage professionals who can handle the sensitive documents when handling fire in the business or fire in the home.

In some cases, there may need to be some reconstruction depending on the extent of the fire in the home or fire in the business. You might also need to have professionals carry out regular checks after the first cleanup to ensure that all the damage was caught and that there are no lingering issues. Sometimes it can be difficult to get all the spots in the first instance and this might necessitate a follow up. All these are reasons why you need professionals working for you. Therefore, if you have unfortunately suffered from fire damage and are in need of restoration and cleanup services, do not hesitate to contact the appropriate professionals.
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Importance of Hiring Mold Removal and Remediation Professionals

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Importance of Hiring Mold Removal and Remediation Professionals

The presence of a musty and smelly odor in a home or business is a clear indication that a type of fungus is developing and may lead to mold damage. Fungi such as mildew and mold thrive on most organic materials including ceilings, paper, fabric, wood, and shower stalls if they have moisture. While fungi may be useful in some industries and nutrient recycling in the environment, some varieties of fungi are toxic. Home and commercial mold damage lead to diseases such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, eye infections, and valley fever. Therefore, immediate mildew or mold removal, fungus, and air deodorization actions should be taken when fungal signs appear.

Some mold in home can cause instant death in humans and animals. Many home and business owners think that fungus removal is a simple do-it-yourself process. However, it is a dangerous procedure that can lead to health hazards if proper mitigation measures are not established for mold in home removal. For safe mold removal and remediation, therefore, it is important to hire a professional who can remove all the fungi including mildew and mold. What is the importance of hiring the professional for this task?

Thorough Mold Removal

The fungus can grow everywhere as long as moisture is present. Hence, even if you remove it on your own, the affected area cannot be 100 percent fungal free. A commercial mold damage remediation company, however, does the job thoroughly since they are experienced and have proper safety equipment. They also do air deodorization to ensure that it is safe for inhaling.

Health Protection

Immediate removal will help reduce health concerns in the home or business. Doing the mold remediation without professional help, however, can expose the people around to toxins. Professional fungal removal experts protect themselves while dealing with home and commercial mold damage. They can also neutralize the smelly odor from the mold damage that could be harmful if inhaled.

Discover the Fungal Source

Mold removal and air deodorization is a great achievement. However, the chances of fungal and smelly odor reappearance are high if the source is not identified and appropriately dealt with. A professional mold removal and mitigation company not only clears the home and commercial mold damage, but it also locates the source. An industrial hygienist should test the presence of mold before the mitigation professionals leave the place.

The hygienist will explain the process and results to prove that the place is safe for living in after the mold damage is restored. Moreover, the professionals can differentiate any discoloration and the common areas where mildew and mold damage cannot be noticed. Once the source is discovered, the experts can help you determine the best action for the problem’s resolution. They can also show you how to identify a recurrence of mold in home.

Mitigate the Spread of Mold and Mildew

During the cleanup, mold spores get into the air and can spread into the whole house. Some of the do-it-yourself procedures also significantly lead to the spread. Even when the fungal spores are destroyed, they can still cause much harm if left behind. The spread becomes more intense if the mold spores enter the HVAC system since it contains warmth produced by the heating system, dust as the food source, and the moisture generated by the air conditioner. Professional companies have the knowledge and equipment necessary for remediation, mitigation, and deodorization.

The presence of mold in home is dangerous for humans and animals if proper remediation and mitigation action is not taken immediately. Trying to do the process alone poses more risks as you may agitate the mold and mildew causing it to spread to unaffected areas. The best action to take, therefore, is to call a professional do the removal and mitigation process; making sure that the mold damage cannot recur in future. They also deodorize the smelly odor that could be a threat to human and animal health.
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What to Do When You Have a Water Damage Issue

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

What to Do When You Have a Water Damage Issue

From flood damage after a bad storm to plumbing issues, broken appliances and other problems, there are many things that can cause water to stream throughout your home or business. When you are dealing water in home or business, water cleanup and restoration are top goals. You want to eliminate water in business or your home, and drying out the property and returning it to normal quickly are urgent needs that must be dealt with promptly. If you are wondering how to deal with water and flood damage repair and mitigation needs, you can easily walk through a few steps to address the issue.

Water or flood damage is a serious issue that can become more problematic by the minute. While your water damage repair and mitigation team will respond quickly to your request for assistance, the serious damage could continue to worsen during that short period of time while you wait for the restoration team to arrive. With this in mind, it is imperative that you take steps to prevent more water from entering your space. Except in the case of a natural flood event, you should be able to stop the flow of water in home or business by taking various steps. For example, you can adjust the water supply valve to a broken appliance or to the entire home to address some issues. By taking this action, you can prevent additional water from entering the space while you wait for help to arrive.

What It Takes to Dry Out Your Home or Office

Drying out water in business or home is the next step to take in the water cleanup process. Regardless of whether water in home or water in business is an inch deep or much deeper, you need to thoroughly remove the standing water and dry out the space completely before the rest of the restoration work can begin. This phase in the water damage cleanup process is completed by your mitigation team using advanced extraction equipment. When the issue of water in home or business has been addressed, the issue of high humidity levels remain. High humidity levels can cause mold to grow in your building, and dehumidifier fans can be used to address this problem. Once the drying out phase has been completed, the repair and restoration phase can begin.

Understanding the Water Cleanup and Restoration Process

When dealing with flood damage or other types of water damage, you understandably want your property returned to normal quickly. The best mitigation team will work diligently to complete this final phase in the water cleanup process. Water in home and water in business can result in upheaval in your daily activities until the work has been completed, and the best restoration team will work efficiently to replace or to restore damaged items. They will also completely clean and deodorize the affected area of your property. The list thing you want is to have your property look as though it has been restored after a water damage event. Instead, you want your property to look as though a water event never took place, and this is what you can expect from reliable experts.

As you can see, there are several important steps that must be taken if you want to enjoy superior results from the water damage and cleanup process. Removing the water and drying out the space are only the first steps to take. Cleaning, repairing and other significant steps must also be taken to fully restore the building to its former condition. Quality equipment, supplies, materials and techniques must all be used to erase the signs of damage. After you have taken steps to stop additional water from flowing into your property, you can easily hire a trusted mitigation team to assist with the remaining steps in the cleanup process. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on water damage.

Use Professional Fire Restoration Services to Alleviate Long Term Fire Impacts

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Use Professional Fire Restoration Services to Alleviate Long Term Fire Impacts

Fire Restoration Today

Has your home or business sustained fire damage in the past? Fires vary in duration and in the amount of damage they inflict. Yet anyone who has endured a fire in home settings or a fire in business environments likely appreciates the importance of obtaining thorough, skilled fire cleanup assistance afterwards.

In addition to leaving a distinctive smoke smell permeating the premises, a conflagration may create extensive property losses from soot damage and smoke damage. In some situations, particularly in cases involving commercial fire damage, high temperatures melt building materials or flammable items stored on the property. This process may release gases and unhealthy toxic chemicals in the vicinity. The presence of water from sprinkler systems and fire hoses further complicates fire cleanup and fire damage restoration efforts in many situations. For all these reasons, environmental health experts such as the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification have urged property owners to seek professional, specialized cleaning assistance following fire damage. Two aspects of this process remain particularly important: the labor intensive nature of fire cleanup and the need to correctly clear away ash residues to prevent corrosion.

Professional Fire Cleanup: Labor Intensive

Many people find the extensive hours required to help clean away fire damage surprising. Yet even comparatively small fires sometimes result in an extensive cleanup effort. Retaining a professional cleaning service ensures fire damage restoration can proceed in a timely manner. A single household usually cannot furnish the manpower required to clear away all the traces of fire in home environments even when friends and relatives assist with this effort.

Cleaning following a fire in business venues sometimes proves even more daunting. Commercial fire damage may extend across a substantial physical area. Removing wet and soot damaged carpeting and furnishings promptly requires a significant infusion of labor. Customers will notice the lingering smoke smell clinging to upholstery fabrics and fixtures even if a fire on business premises caused smoke damage alone.

Fire Damage Restoration Eliminates Lingering Toxins

Another strong reason to retain the assistance of a specialized fire damage restoration company after a blaze relates to the potential long term impacts of ash residues. Soot damage may seem harmless: yet this material sometimes contributes to rusting and tarnishing. Over the course of time, uncleaned ash residues may help cause the corrosion of metal surfaces and the discoloration of fiberglass, plastics and even fabrics.

To completely clean and sanitize a structure after a fire, removing the consequences of soot damage and smoke damage in a timely fashion remain key objectives. Professional restoration companies with experience cleaning after fire damage help many property owners recover from commercial fire damage after a fire in business premises. These firms may also assist with preventing soot damage and smoke damage from producing permanent deterioration following fire in home settings. Their employees have typically received training in the best ways to clean and restore treasured furnishings, including furniture and fixtures. While property owners may lose some items, capable fire damage restoration specialists help mitigate these losses. They assist in dispelling the noxious smoke smell faster, too.

A Developing Field

In the future, the specialized field of cleaning and restoration services will no doubt continue to evolve. Experts today have discovered ways to reduce losses caused by residential and commercial fire damage in numerous settings (including monument restoration in nations such as Georgia in the Caucasus Mountains). This ongoing effort likely will produce enhanced restoration technologies.

By helping to eliminate the lingering smoke smell which clings to items after a fire in home environments, fire restoration specialists offer a valuable service to many households. Companies appreciate their assistance after a fire in business premise, also. The development of additional restoration technologies contributes to the emerging field of fire damage cleanup and restoration!
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Proper Mold Removal and Remediation Steps

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Proper Mold Removal and Remediation Steps

Learning the basic mold remediation and concepts isn't hard, and it's necessary for anyone who wants to hire an ideal professional for quality work and at the best price. Although it's easy to master the step theoretically, it's always advisable to leave the actual work to the experts. Here are the steps the contractor needs to follow during mold removal:

Learning about the moisture

Assessing the extent of mold damage involves more than looking at the growing fungus. In most cases, the fungus is an invisible intruder that grows behind or around what's visible. An expert needs to understand the cause of the moisture problem. This way, all the fungus growth is located and repairs are done to prevent further mildew or water issues.

Creating a plan

To design a plan, one needs to document all the findings in a photo, video, and writing form. The plan will help the professionals to conduct their work efficiently. It also helps to know the work schedule and how the removal and remediation will be done.

Remediate mold contamination

The process of remediation involves cleaning up the existing mold and avoiding contact to oneself and the homeowners. It also involves preventing mildew that causes fungus growth by addressing the source of moisture. Mold removal includes the following steps:

Repairing the water source – this helps to prevent more mold damage by stopping mold from growing.
Isolating the contaminated section – all the windows and doors near the contaminated areas need to be closed and any opening must be sealed.
Suppressing dust – this is accomplished by misting the areas with mold in the home.
Removing materials - all wet and mold damaged materials must be removed. The dirty materials should be placed in bags, and then closed tightly. These bags might have a smelly odor so they shouldn't be disposed of as ordinary trash.
Cleaning – all the wood surfaces and non-porous materials with mold should be cleaned to get rid of the mold damage and smelly odor. Deodorization can be done at this stage too. All the surfaces with mold in the home must be scrubbed with a cloth and detergent solution, and then rinsed using clean water. The surface can also be vacuumed especially if it was a case of commercial mold damage.
Conducting a visibility test – once mold mitigation is over, the area would be free of debris and contamination. Lack of dirt and dust may mean no mold in the home.
Drying – the cleaned materials are then deodorized and dried to allow any moisture/mildew to evaporate. If the experts are dealing with commercial mold damage, more resources such dehumidifiers and fans will be needed to speed up the drying process after mitigation and deodorization.
Replacing – all the material that had been moved must be repaired or replaced.

Determining if mold mitigation is successful

Just because mold damage isn't visible and the smelly odor is gone after cleaning and deodorization, it doesn't mean that mold removal was successful. To know if the moisture problem is solved for good, the professionals can come back after mitigation. If any signs of mold damage are noticed, especially if it was commercial mold damage, the process must be repeated. Maybe the real source of mildew wasn't identified, or another problem occurred. But, when you work with a commercial mold damage contractor, the job will be perfectly done.

If one presumes that there is mold in their home, the problem should never be ignored. Look out for signs like smelly odor but don't simply do deodorization to get rid of the smell. To be sure, contact mold mitigation professional to get your property restored to its original state. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

Water Loss? How to Get Your Home or Business Up and Running Again

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Loss? How to Get Your Home or Business Up and Running Again

Water is an important component of everyday activities both at home and in the office. Water in home is usefully for consumption, cleaning and cooking among others. Water in business is a vital resource not only for consumption but also for cleaning. However, flood damage can cause severe losses worth of millions of dollars. Without proper mitigation measures, damage by water can lead to flood damage. Flooding interferes with air movement especially in areas covered by the flood waters leading to dampness and growth of mold if proper drying and other mitigation measures are not carried out. Additionally, the resulting poor air movement can lead to rusting, discoloration and staining of house or office fittings and equipment and rotting of wooden surfaces. It is therefore important for proper water cleanup are taken as soon as possible a water damage event takes place.

Causes of Water Damage in Home or Business

The first step towards water damage restoration is identifying the key vulnerabilities of water in home or office. Knowledge of these vulnerabilities is crucial in identifying causes of water damage and mapping the procedure to take for a successful water damage restoration undertaking. The following are the key sources of water loss for water in business or home:

Plumbing system failure: This can be caused by freezing and eventual clogging of the pipes within the system or material failure. These failures can be caused by human activities or natural activities such as flood damage. System damage is common for water in home or office where systems are not frequently inspected and repaired.

Sewer system clogging and backing up may also cause water damage that may require extensive and expensive water cleanup.

Water heater failure: This is a common problem for water in home where the water tanks are old and poorly maintained. The flood damage resulting from such tanks are usually extensive and may require extensive mitigation due to their positioning on rooftops of houses.

Washing machine failure: This is a water damage common for water in house cases where these machines may either burst up or leak.
Managing Water Damage in House or Business

In the event of a water damage, many items and equipment will be inundated or sprayed with water. Water in business can cause significant losses due to the potential of grinding business operations to a halt.Similarly, water in home can even lead to lack of shelter. Therefore, a quick and planned water damage restoration measure should be implemented to salvage the situation and achieve water damage restoration as soon as possible. The following steps should be taken:

Calling a cleanup crew: After identifying the source of water damage, it is imperative to call a water damage restoration crew. This is recommended especially for water in business as failure to effectively carry out a proper damage by water restoration plan can lead to significant financial losses. For home owners, it is recommended that source is identified and if possible, a proper mitigation measure to prevent flow implemented including plugging or blocking the source.
However, a cleanup crew rarely do the drying up of surfaces, hence rarely improve air movement.

After the water cleanup crew has left the premises, it is imperative that proper drying of the surfaces is carried out. Drying helps with water loss restoration by improving air movement.
Replace broken appliances and fittings: All sources of damage by water should be replaced or repaired. Properly functioning systems and appliances eliminate the need for any mitigation measures including water cleanup crew.

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Be Safe After Any Water Damage

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Be Safe After Any Water Damage

After any water damage, the primary focus must be safety. In the case of water in the home, see if it is safe to stay in that house. There can be electrical hazards in case of water in business premises. A person can slip and fall due to water in the house.

During water damage or flood damage, a common tendency is to pick and keep away things. Do note that wet materials tend to be really heavy.

The mitigation after flood damage requires removal of excess water. This is done by mopping and blotting. The water damage restoration requires excess water from wooden furniture being removed. This has to be done after removing lamps and any other tabletop items.

For drying after water in the home, remove and prop up the wet upholstery including cushions.

The mitigation measures after flood damage will require the placing of aluminum foil or wooden blocks below furniture legs. Wet carpets require air movement to dry. Water damage restoration will require air movement to dry wet things faster.

Turn on air conditioning at maximum for water cleanup during summer in case of water in business.

The mitigation measures for colored rugs have to be different from other wet carpets. Hence water damage restoration is a specialized field.

The art objects must be taken to a safe and dry place to allow for water damage restoration.

Mitigation measures for water damage require gathering of loose items from the floors. Never leave any wet clothes on the floor. Hang the clothes, furs and leather goods as air movement will facilitate drying. In the same way, do not leave any books or magazines on floors. Never leave any colored items on any wet carpet. They will make a further mess up during water cleanup.

Water in business or water in the home cannot be removed by household vacuum. During flood damage, never use television or any other electronic appliances. They should be used only after water cleanup has been done.

If water damage has made the ceiling, do not switch on any ceiling fixtures. During water damage restoration, keep out of those rooms where the ceiling is sagging. Allow water cleanup to happen at its own pace.

In the case of water in home or water in business, do not walk in that water. One can never know what all is there in that water that can be dangerous.

Mitigation measures in case of water in home or water in business require the services of a professional. Get experienced people as soon as possible. This is because just air movement will not be enough here.

The drying of different items is done differently. While clothes and furs may be dried by hanging them in air, leather and wood and metals may require specialized treatment. Just drying of metal is not enough. It may require being tested for corrosion too. The drying of electronics is to be done by experts in this field. Just air movement will not help here. Complete water cleanup is required to get things back to normal. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on water loss.

Fire Damage Restoration And Fire Loss Prevention

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration And Fire Loss Prevention 

In the devastating event of a fire in home, or fire in business, there are many things that must be done for fire cleanup. Fire damage can leave extreme amounts of soot damage, air quality problems, and smoke damage. Commercial fire damage and fire loss can also be incredibly harmful to a business. Regardless of the amount of damage, it's of the utmost importance to have a professional assess the damage.

The fire damage can be damaging to one's health, especially if there is smoke damage. The air quality from the fire in the home will not only cause you harm, this as well as soot damage can be fatal to pets. Commercial fire damage can harm a business and its reputation if the fire cleanup isn't handled properly. It's not easy to explain to employees and customers that there's been a fire in the business.

The valuation of fire loss is typically handled by insurance adjusters. They will assess the estimate of fire damage and fire loss to determine an amount that will cover the fire cleanup and if your insurance policy will cover it. After the assessment is done, the homeowner should call a fire cleanup company to provide them with an estimate. The company will restore the property so the air quality, smoke damage, and soot damage are handled by a licensed professional.

If a homeowner decides to handle this on their own, the results could be disastrous, as they won't have access to the correct equipment to handle the job. If there is commercial fire damage from a fire in the businesses the owner should also have a professional assess everything.

After the fire cleanup company assesses the damage and you accept the estimate, they will begin to restore the air quality and clear the soot damage and smoke damage from the fire loss. The process is the same for a fire in a business or commercial fire damage.

When rehabilitating due to commercial fire damage, the business owner should keep in mind the health of their customers with the same level as if it were a fire in their own home. Insurance should cover costs of the fire in the business. The fire damage will, of course, affect air quality, and the business owner will need to make sure a fire damage expert takes care of all soot damage and smoke damage. Their customers shouldn't be able to tell there was ever a fire in the business.

Fire loss from a fire in a home is certainly something that nobody wants to deal with. Hiring a qualified professional to take care of the matter is paramount. Not only will the job be dome safely, but the restoration process should yield results as if there was never a fire in the home. While these events are never a good thing, help is available to make the process from the fire loss a little more bearable. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on fire damage.

What Everyone Must Know About Mold Inspection

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

What Everyone must know about Mold Inspection

Mold is a dangerous condition that can quickly ruin any person’s home. If this happens, a person’s house will no longer be a dwelling place. It will have to be emptied out and destroyed. No one should have to lose their home due to the presence of bacterial growth and mildew.

The following information will provide home owners with knowledge about mold inspection and mold cleanup. Once they have this information they will be able to restore their home and make it a safe place to live again.

How can you know if bacteria is growing inside of your home?

When most people believe they have a problem with microbial growth it will usually be detected by the following signs.

• Homeowners will usually discover visible signs of microbial growth that can be described as fuzzy, discolored or slimy patches on walls or on furniture or clothing. Remember that fungus and mildew is normally found on organic material.

• Most microbial growth produce a musty odor. If a person constantly smells an unpleasant musty smell in their home; chances are it could be from fungal microorganisms. An individual will usually have to inspect their property to ensure that this is not an issue.

• If a person cannot figure out if bacteria is present they should call an environmental hygienist. This professionally trained individual usually has the ability to detect any problems associated with microbial growth and development.

• A homeowner or an environmental hygienist should thoroughly examine a house to find any areas that have been overrun with water or excessive moisture. Sometimes water can be present without anyone knowing about it for a very long time. This will usually lead to microbial growth.

• An environmental hygienist will not just look on the surface of a home. Sometimes, they will go inside of walls and underneath flooring to discover where mold, mildew, bacteria and fungus are hiding. Homeowners should take the same action.

An environmental hygienist also uses special mold detection equipment to help them to find problems with mold. They also realize that mold typically hides in places such as bathrooms, kitchen areas and in basements where sump pumps might be or where there is an excessive amount of mildew and fungus.

How to know if you need Flood Mitigation and Microbial Cleanup Services

A person can easily figure out if they need flood mitigation and mold cleanup services by simply discovering the presence of fungus and bacteria. This is when they need to call a mold cleanup service. A flood mitigation service will remove water and debris from a home after it has been flooded.

A mold cleanup service is important for getting rid of microbes that can cause health problems. Most flood restoration companies provide these types of services together. They will usually help a person with mold cleanup and water removal.

Flood mitigation and mold cleanup services are relatively inexpensive and they can literally save a homeowner thousands of dollars on restoring their home. They can also help a homeowner from having to purchase another house. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

Handling A Fire Loss In Chagrin Fall, OH

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Handling A Fire Loss In Chagrin Fall, OH

Fire damage and water damage from fire in Chagrin Falls OH or Chardon and Bainbridge, Ohio may be quite difficult for the homeowner to deal with, and they must ensure that all smoke damage and soot damage has been removed at the same time. There are many steps to follow, and this article explains how homeowners may use the restoration company to keep their house in the best condition, and they may call when they have been ravaged by soot, smoke and air quality issues.

#1: Assessing The Scene

The scene at the fire is quite important as the house will not be in the best condition. The house will be checked and surveyed by the fire mitigation company, and they will help the homeowner understand how extensive the damage is. There are many things that may be done to ensure the house looks its best, and the company will begin to share ideas that may bring the home back to life.

#2: Dirty Air From Fire Damage

Water damage from fire and the proper fire will cause many air quality issues in the house that are difficult to manage. The homeowner must ask for a number of tests that will show how clean the house, and the tests may be continued for as long as the homeowner likes. Smoke damage and soot damage will blanket every wall in the house, and there are many different things the homeowner must do before they may enter the house. The smoke and soot will sit in the house until they are removed, and they will cause the air to become even dirtier than it was.

#3: Rebuilding Parts Of The House

The house must be rebuilt in part because it is not in the best condition after the fire is put out. There are many different people who will help rebuild the home, and they will begin to offer services that build up the walls and roof where it was damage. They are planning to make the home look as it did before the fire started, and they will ensure the house will be in better condition. The house will have more value after the fire because everything will be brand new, and the fire mitigation company will ensure they have taken a look at any part of the house that may been broken down by the fire.

#4: Chagrin Falls, OH Services

The local area includes Chardon and Bainbridge, Ohio, and there are quite a few people who are looking for simple ways to ensure they have someone on their side. There are many different places the crews may work, and they will arrive at any hour to help the homeowner. They are skilled in ensuring the scene has been secured, and they will roll in behind the fire department if they have to. They prefer to get to work as soon as possible, and they will show the homeowner there are many things they may do to get the house back.

#5: Schedules And Deadlines

The mitigation company must have time to work on the house, and they must often work around the weather in the area. They may find it difficult to keep working if it is raining, and they may need to do the work out of order because of the weather. They will make quite a few decisions that ensure they get the house done in a timely manner, and they may need to slow down if they cannot work at a normal pace.

The timetable for the repairs will change depending on who is offering the service, and there are quite a few people who will enjoy watching the home come back to life. The homeowner may learn something about how to repair things, and they will see the work that was put into fixing the house. The house may take some time to repair, and the homeowner must feel comfortable with all the work that was put in. They may not know how complex the repairs are, but they will see how much has been done.

#6: Avoiding Future Fires

There are many fires that may occur in the future simply because the homeowner was not prepared. Homeowners who are not prepared to keep the house in the best condition must be prepared for another fire. The fires that occur will be much harder to repair when the home has been broken down again, and it is better to ask the company for help with future mitigation.

Future mitigation involves putting up defenses that keep the house from catching fire. There are sprinkler systems and fireproof polymers that may be applied to the house, and there are many people who will complete every item on the list before they let the company leave. They will purchase all the products that are needed because they must ensure the house is ready for any fires that may come through the area.

Fires are started by lightning, and the house may not catch fire if it has been treated properly. Someone who has prepared the house must look at the preparations as an investment that they may charge for in the future. The house will have a high value that is derived from the repairs that were done, and someone who is searching for a simpler way to make their home safe will hire the mitigation firm to help them.

#6: The Conclusion

Anyone who has issues with fires and floods in their area must ensure they have hired someone to clean up the house. There are many different things that may be completed by the mitigation company, and they will leave the house better than they found it. The house will become a place where the family feels much safer, and they will smell clean air because every bit of the fire was removed from the home when it was cleaned. Hiring a mitigation company today will ensure the family has a safe place to live that is healthy.

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

What Should a Homeowner in Chagrin Falls, OH Do if Mold is Found in Their Home?

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

If a homeowner in Chagrin Falls, OH finds mold or any growth that looks like it, such as a fungus or mildew, they should not attempt to wipe it off, scrape it down, or touch it, or breathe near it at all. Not everything that looks like the substance is real, but a person should not take any chances.

A person should not attempt to wash it away either because it has roots that grow into any surface that it attaches itself too. It is possible for an individual to wash away the part of the substance that is showing and they will thing that they got rid of it. However, the roots are still intact and will regrow.

It will grow on just about any substance that is porous such as wood, concrete, wallpaper, drywall and substances similar. However, it will not grow on glass. Special treatment must be applied to kill the substance down to the roots.

Mold comes from a spore that floats through the air until it finds a suitable place to grow. There are millions of spores that land in the wrong place and die, but if it happens to land in a place that has the right conditions, it will grow.

All the dark areas that are quiet with no moving air should be checked for any moisture from time to time, especially in the OH towns and areas that have been mentioned. Take a flashlight and check the attic and the basement and look for any leaking pipes or moisture that may have leaked in after a storm or rising water outside.

The substance needs three conditions to grow. It needs a dark place, some moisture on a regular basis, and no moving air. Thus, places like attics, basements, behind walls, and crawl spaces are excellent places for it to take root and grow. A missing shingle on a roof can let moisture into an attic which is dark, and there is no air moving. This is an excellent example of a place for this insidious substance to take root and proliferate.

It can grow very fast too. A small patch can grow to cover an entire wall in the space of a month or so, and the problem is as that when it grows, it spawns more spores that float away to find more spots to grow more of the same substance.

The Dangers of Mold
If a person finds a suspicious substance on a wall, under a rug, along with the back of a wall, or in a crawl space, they should not attempt to remove it themselves, but they should call someone who can analyze it and determine what it is. It may only be a fungus or mildew, but if it is not, it could be dangerous.

The best course of action is to contact an environmental hygienist who can determine what kind of microbial growth is present by testing it in a laboratory. Then if it is dangerous, the proper professionals can do a mold cleanup which will result in a remediation of the affected area.

Workers who perform a mold cleanup operation would wear protective clothing so that they won't be affected and a homeowner would be totally unprotected if they attempted a cleanup and remediation process.

An environmental hygienist has special training when it comes to discerning what kind of microbial growth is present, so once that fact is determined then, cleanup experts can come and not only remove the substance but clean the area, so it is not likely to return.

Ohio can be somewhat of a damp state, and cities around Chagrin Falls, Chardon, Affton, and Bainbridge are more prone to dampness than many cities because of the humidity in the summer and the damp times in the spring and fall.

Consequently, residents of Ohio around the Chagrin Falls, Affton, Bainbridge and Chardon areas should take special precautions in keeping watch in the various places that it could grow. Keep in mind that any microbial growth is suspicious, although it may only be a fungus or mildew. But don't attempt to remove anything like that yourself, especially if it is located in a dark place with any moisture present.

For more information on how to handle Mold, visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com/

Dealing With a Water Loss Damage Problem in Chagrin Falls, OH

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Around Chagrin Falls, OH and other Ohio communities close by such as Bainbridge and Chardon, the prospect of water damage and flood damage are not lost on the residents. The Chagrin River flowed vigorously in 2015 and caused flooding in the Chagrin Falls area to the point where residents had to scramble.

The Chagrin River has been rechanneled and dredged to the point that is has become unstable for surrounding towns when torrential rains come off of Lake Erie and into the Chagrin Falls, Chardon, and Bainbridge OH areas.

Many floods that occur don't necessarily sweep away the house or the business, but they leave enough water inside the structure that the occupants need to leave until things get cleaned up. The water damage and flood damage can leave standing water in a structure that is dangerous in several ways. First of all, if water is in a basement to any degree of depth, it might not be known if the water is covering an electrical outlet that could be "hot" and possibly electrocute anyone touching the water.

Standing water in home or water in business situations can carry all kinds of contaminants such as raw sewage, mold, bacteria, fertilizers, pesticides, and petroleum products. Just breathing the fumes from raw sewage can make many people ill.

In most cases, if there is lots of damage and standing water, most people will leave the premises until things get cleaned up. The optimal course of action is to have a professional hazmat team come in and mitigate all of the damage, clean things up, and rebuild the necessary portions of the structure that need repair. The water cleanup is the first stage of restoration after a flood.

The Steps of Restoring a Home or Business After a Flood

The first thing that must be done is to remove any standing water from withing a home. The most efficient way to do this is with high-speed pumps, if available. If not, as in some floods some equipment is not always available, siphoning with a hose will work, but it will just take longer. A floor squeegee is also useful for the last remnants of water which can be squeegeed out the door. Caution is advised to wear protective clothing, boots, gloves and a mask to protect against caustic contents of the water as well as mold and bacteria.

These are very good reasons not to touch any flood water at all if at all possible, or unless protective clothing is being worn. It is also a good reason for the homeowner or business owner not to attempt flood cleanup procedures on their own. When there are water in home or water in business situations, the proper course to take would be to let the hazmat experts do the job if at all possible.


Mold needs a moist place to grow that is dark and has no moving air. Ideal places for its growth are closets, attics, basements, crawl spaces and behind walls where it is dark. Mold grows from tiny, microscopic spores that float through the air and if they land in an ideal place, they grow.

Mold can grow very fast. Just a small patch the size of a thumbnail can grow to cover an entire wall in the matter of a few days.

The Rest of the Story
After the water cleanup, the area has to go through a drying process. This is best accomplished with a few large industrial fans which are used to create air movement over the affected area. This air movement process will cause the drying effect on the items in the room such as walls, floors, furniture and other items. This process can take a few days to a week.

The rest of the mitigation involves the throwing out of any soakable items such as overstuffed furniture such as couches and easy chairs, things like pillows, carpeting, padding, pictures, paper items, drapes and curtains, and other similar items. The bacteria and mold in these things are impossible to get rid of and would just cause huge contamination problems later.

The rest of the mitigation involves the throwing out of any soakable items such as overstuffed furniture such as couches and easy chairs, things like pillows, carpeting, padding, pictures, paper items, drapes and curtains, and other similar items. The bacteria and mold in these things are impossible to get rid of and would just cause huge contamination problems later.

Once everything that is contaminated is out of the building, time can be spent in cleaning and sterilizing the area as much as possible. Products such as a Clorox solution is best used as it is a germ killer. It will keep the bacteria from growing again later.

Once the area is clean, then the mitigation takes on a new direction as the area can be rebuilt, repainted and re-appointed. New flooring, carpeting, drywall, draperies, painting, and reconstruction can take place. In many instances, the area will be better than before because all items will be new or next to new.

Cost Assistance
Most areas in America do not have flood insurance available, although it is available through the Federal Government. Obviously, a flood where an entire house can be ruined can be a financially devastating situation. In the Ohio area near the Chagrin River, there has been formed a quasi-government coalition that has been put together to assist flood victims. The essence of the group is to provide financial help to flood victims and also the ability to repay costs of cleanup and repair over time.

People can apply for flood insurance through individual insurance agents, as it cannot be purchased directly through the Federal Government. Ask your insurance agent how to get it, and if he or she cannot sell it to you, you can ask around and find someone who can. If you live in a flood plain area, it would be wise to look into its purchase.

People can apply for flood insurance through individual insurance agents, as it cannot be purchased directly through the Federal Government. Ask your insurance agent how to get it, and if he or she cannot sell it to you, you can ask around and find someone who can. If you live in a flood plain area, it would be wise to look into its purchase.

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

Handling Water Damage in Chagrin Falls, Ohio

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Chagrin Falls, OH

Water damage is often something that people do not think much about in their daily lives. Often they believe it is something that happens to people who live in flood-prone areas, or places known to be afflicted by severe storms. However, this is often not the case; damage in a home or business occurs for a great many reasons. When it happens, time is of the essence because attending to water in the home or business in three days or less prevents the growth of poisonous mold.

Aside from large-scale weather-related disasters, there are several common causes of water damaging a home or business. • Broken pipes or hoses • Overflowing bathtubs or toilets • Sewer backup • Extended periods of high humidity in the basement Some of these problems are easy to prevent with careful maintenance. Other occurrences that lead to damage are completely out of a home or business owner’s hands. • Power outages causing water removal pump failure • Damage caused while attending to a fire • Flash floods, those located in Ohio who are living in the vicinity of the Chagrin River know how something as simple as a spring thaw can cause excessive flood damage rather rapidly.

When faced with water causing damage in a home or business, the first thing to remember is to call for help immediately. Waiting to seek help while trying to remedy the situation will only make the damage worse. Persons faced with water damage need the assistance of professionals who act right away and use cutting-edge gear and methods to remove the water rapidly.

There are many choices of professionals who remedy water damage in the Bainbridge, Chagrin Falls, and Chardon Oh area. Here are a few tips to help find the right company to help. • 24/7 availability, time matters when water destruction occurs so constant availability is important. • Highly trained professionals who understand the facets of air movement, drying, and water cleanup. Certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) provides the peace of mind that the restoration company will provide quality work from knowledgeable technicians. Whether it is water in the home or water in the business, having a technician who is skilled in mitigation is important; this is no time for amateurs to try their skills. • A restoration company which is licensed, insured, and bonded for the protection of the client and the restoration professional. • Good customer reviews are helpful, but time is of the essence so it is best to have the number of a highly regarded professional before damage has occurred. Once the water restoration professionals are on the way, there are still things the home or business owner can do to start the water cleanup process. Before considering doing any tasks, be sure the home or business is safe.

The primary concerns when thinking about safety are electrical hazards and the possibility of slipping and falling. Also, use caution when lifting wet materials; they are quite heavy and often difficult to move.

After determining the safety of the home or business, here are a few things which will help facilitate mitigation. • Mop and/or blot excess water • Remove loose items from the floor • Remove art objects or other irreplaceable items • Place wood blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet • Prop up wet upholstery and furniture cushions • Remove rugs from wet carpeting • Turn on the air conditioner to help with air movement and drying There are also several things not to do after a home or business sustains damage from water. • Do not leave wet fabrics in place • Do not use a household vacuum to try and remove water; attempting this is extremely dangerous and even potentially fatal. • Do not use household appliances • Do not use televisions • Do not enter areas with sagging ceilings • Do not turn on ceiling fans or ceiling light fixtures if the ceiling appears to be wet • Do not allow rugs or any other colored items on carpeting Caring for your important contents is particularly important when there is water in the business or home.

A good restoration company can help customers with the overwhelming task of repairing and reclaiming valuables. This is especially crucial when the process involves critical documents or irreplaceable photos which sustained damage. It is important to remember that some damage can be so extensive that restoring the documents is impossible.

However, there are several techniques to speak with your restoration specialist about when documents or photographs incurred damaged. Placing your documents or photographs is your restoration specialists' hands greatly increases the chances that these can be salvaged. • Dehumidification • Air Dry • Freezer Dry • Vacuum Thermal Dry • Vacuum Freeze Dry Occasionally, it is necessary to remove all residents and possessions from a home or business which has sustained damage.

If this should happen it is important to have a restoration company which is prepared to help with organizing, packing, and moving the belongings. There are several reasons that a complete move out is a good idea in situations which require extensive repair and restoration. • Avoid potential exposure to mold • Protecting surviving items from possible damage • A faster remodeling process • Protecting contents from causing damage to the home or business • Increasing the safety of all people who live or work in the damaged location • Providing peace of mind that everything is as safe as possible and under the care of professionals.

Mold is something to be particularly cautious around. Because things like mold and mildew can enter your home quickly, take care to avoid contact with any mold. Any items in the home or business which can soak up liquids have the potential to contain mold. No one expects to have flood damage touch their homes or their businesses. Unforeseen disasters, accidents, and carelessness can occur and wreak havoc on people's lives and possessions. If you live in Ohio, especially the areas in and around Bainbridge, Chagrin Falls, or Chardon, OH. there are qualified professionals available to help. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on water damage restoration.

What to do when you find Mold in Your Home in Chagrin Falls, OH

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Damage in Chagrin Falls, OH

In the highly populated state of Ohio, a fundamentally important concern in today’s modern world is the potential for the contamination of dangerous mold where you live at. It is by and large encountered as very dark green or sometimes black in color.

A lot of homeowners are uneducated that fungus can have vicious destructive effects on their home’s interior structure. The fungus time and again is found to cause extreme devastation inside, by wiping out the bits and pieces of ceilings, flooring and more frequently, the walls of the home. For people who are going to place their estate on the sellers market, this can be complicated to get done in Affton, Chardon, Bainbridge or Chagrin Falls, OH. A great number of the residences in Ohio are identified to have a sincerely bad problem with dangerous spores.

If truth be known, frequent university studies have shown that almost every single housing structure has a contamination of some microbial growth within the building’s structure. On the other hand, many of these dangerous growths are not anything to be overly concerned about. It is often times easy for most homeowners to have their residence tested, to discover if in fact there is a serious quandary to be nervous about. Just about always, the proprietor of the estate is ignorant of the existence of any fungal growth, until a perceptibly mildew-like odor is discovered, for example, a sickening odor that seems to come from within the kitchen area.

Over and over again, repeated leaks from cabinet pipes go unobserved, for far too long. These steady leaks bring about a perfect environment for microbial growth to begin to emit dangerous spores, unobserved within the estate. Unnoticed fungal growth time and again becomes a costly affair to look after. A large number of individuals who own residential estates pay well over one to two thousand dollars, to rid themselves of dangerously overlooked growth.

If you think for even a moment that there might be unwanted growth inside of the estate property, it is very simple to pay for a professional examiner to look over the estate and make the first move to begin mildew cleaning, treatment and testing procedures. Commonly obtained, over the counter mold test kits can be purchased for around $50. Then again, it is important to be aware that a small quantity of these over the counter mildew testing kits are undependable and may actually deliver a false positive or negative result when mold is in fact present.

If the presence of mildew requires an Environmental Hygienist to be hired to examine the estate’s property, and conduct mold cleanup, be cautious of prospective scammers looking to take your money. More than a few people and companies are understood to ask for the paying of irrationally high prices to take advantage of your unfortunate circumstances.

From time to time, businesses are new or their staff are not as aptly trained for mold cleanup as they may actually claim to be. It is wise to stay as far away as possible from people that are seen engaging in the act of offering their professional services from out of the back of their car or truck, and one should always be certain to take notice of your gut feeling, or your instinct, to avoid the need for remediation. If something does not seem right and you cant put your finger on what it is, best to not hire the individual. It is often put forth from many people in the know, that you should be adamant about contacting at minimum, three inspection cleanup services to be have a comparison of the available treatment pricing that is offered.

On the other hand, a good and properly conducted evaluation of everything that needs to be done to the estate’s property is not often easy to pull off, outside of an Environmental Hygienist actually going into the building, to conduct thorough testing and remediation. Look into the businesses you hire to find out if the services that you make use of are from a licensed business and that they have been conducting business for several years. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on mold remediation.

Geauga County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

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.

What Not to Do:

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

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s 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

Faster to your Geauga County Water Damage Event

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Geauga County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Geauga County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 440-564-7266

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Geauga County

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

Geauga County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Geauga County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

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

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 440-564-7266

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Bainbridge Home

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Geauga County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Geauga County

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Commercial Water Damage

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

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

Kevin Love to be traded?

2/17/2016 (Permalink)

The NBA trade deadline is coming up and there are many rumors floating around that Kevin Love might be traded. If Love is traded this may create a bit of kaos. So if you see any burning buildings, first call the fire department, then call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO of Geauga County



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