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Disaster Recovery With SERVPRO

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Disaster Recovery With SERVPRO 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.

Understanding the Difference Between Mold and Mildew

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Understanding the Difference Between Mold and Mildew 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.

Mildew

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.

Mold

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)

Why SERVPRO Insurance Claims and Disaster Response 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.

4 Ways To Reduce Mold Spores

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 4 Ways To Reduce Mold Spores 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)

Why SERVPRO How To Maintain Your Sprinkler System 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)

Why SERVPRO Top 5 Nor’easter Facts 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.