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Winter Storms - Are you prepared?

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storms - Are you prepared? Ice Dam Diagram

Frozen pipes, ice dams, and the flu.  What do they all have in common?  The winter.  

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.  

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season.  They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot safely flow into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles into the structure's interior areas.  

This year's flu has been particularly strong with the flu vaccine averaging only 10% effectiveness.  Homes and businesses can depend on SERVPRO to clean and sanitize building materials following restoration cleaning standards using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

Untreated sump pump failure leads to mold

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Untreated sump pump failure leads to mold Contents Pack out

One of the realities in the restoration industry is we come across cases of hoarding on a regular basis.  When hoarding is combined with water damage it creates a nasty mess.

In the case of this customer, she suffered a sump pump failure that caused her basement to partially flood with water.  When we arrived it was not even possible to get our technicians into the basement because of the high amount of contents.

The water had been allowed to dwell for a few days before she called us so the basement was already smelling of mold.  Mold can grow in as little time as 72 hours.

In this photo, you can see our technicians starting a contents pack-out before we can address the wet structure.

Help Protecting Your Mansfield Ohio Property From Fire Damage

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Help Protecting Your Mansfield Ohio Property From Fire Damage SERVPRO handles everything from small kitchen fires to large structural fires that require additional resources.

Protecting Your Property From Fire Damage

Protecting your South Rischland County property is your main priority. You invested in and maintained a residence to give your family a safe, secure place to call home. Just like many of us, you want to provide your family with the best possible experiences and eagerly take the proper steps to ensure success.

You can protect your investment by securing the assistance of highly-trained restoration specialists available throughout the Colorado Springs area. We specialize in fire damage as well as a variety of emergency services that help homeowners just like you recover after tragedy strikes.

SERVPRO handles everything from small kitchen fires to large structural fires that require additional resources. We train in every aspect of home restoration, providing you with unique solutions to your specific situation so that you never have to call or schedule anyone else. You can count on us to be there for you, 24/7, day or night.

SERVPRO provides you with access to all of the latest fire damage restoration methods and techniques. Our technicians take the time necessary to address smoke, soot, and ash residue on every surface, cleaning furniture, cabinets, countertops, and other personal belongings, limiting any losses you experience wherever we can. Our services adapt to your specific situation, providing you with precise, detailed work that you can count on to restore your property.

SERVPRO technicians enjoy providing members of our local community with solutions that meet or even exceed your expectations. We provide you with a variety of repair, restoration, and rebuilding options that help return your home to a quality condition as fast and efficient as possible. Our IICRC-industry certified technicians work hard to restore your home after an emergency occurs, making sure to provide our customers with exceptional service.

Contact SERVPRO of South Richland County to begin your home’s restoration as soon as possible. Remember, we can also inspect your home to look for possible hazards, helping you take a proactive approach to preventing emergency situations, today (419) 526-2701.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

1/3/2018 (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 Mansfield, Ohio 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 - 419-526-2701

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 South Richland 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 419-526-2701

Fire and Smoke Damage Experts in South Richland County present Safety Tips for Extension Cords

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

If your home is anything like ours in Mansfield Ohio , you find yourself making use of extension cords.  Lights on the tree, lights on the home, other decorations needing power... the list can expand quickly.  Usually, these items end up plugged into an extension cord, and sometimes the extension cords end up plugged into other extension cords!

All of these cords present a number of hazards - the Fire and Smoke Damage experts of SERVPRO of South Richland County  want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season, so we are offering these safety tips related to extension cords.

  • Inspect all cords for damage prior to use. Cords that have exposed wires, frayed or cut insulation, cracked sockets or loose (or missing) prongs should not be used.
  • Ensure the cords are designed and rated for the intended use and power load. Indoor/outdoor use, gauge of the cord, gauge of the items plugged into the cord and load through the cord should all be considered.
  • Stop using any extension cord that feels hot to the touch - the danger presented by a hot cord is very real.  Unplug any hot cord immediately.
  • Avoid pinching cords under doors, windows or heavy furniture. Extension cords are easily compromised if the insulation around the wires in the cord gets damaged.
  • Extension cords pose a tripping hazard. Keep them out of walkways, doorways or any high traffic area.
  • Do not run extension cords through walls, ceilings or under rugs. This may cause the cord to overheat.
  • Extension cords should be a temporary solution - if you are using them year round, you should consider upgrading your electrical system in your home.

Here at SERVPRO of South Richland County, we use extension cords nearly every week.  Safely using them is something we train on regularly, and being aware of potential hazards is always on our mind.  Keep the safety tips above in mind this holiday season and you should enjoy all of the festive decorations you desire.

Black Ice: A Storm's Most Dangerous Hazard

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Black Ice 

Sometimes it can be frightening when the roads are covered in snow, black ice, and--even worse--other drivers. 

Storm season is a hassle at home, already; but you've got SERVPRO for when the winds and rain batter your house. We're here for you on the road, too!

WHAT IS BLACK ICE?

It's just regular, clear ice that blends in with the pavement. Being unable to see it is where the danger lies.

"Black ice forms when it's raining and air is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Andrew Mussoline."

Be sure to keep at least a 5-second following distance between yourself and other cars. That way, if you do hit black ice, you will lessen the chance of injuring yourself or others, and it will give other drivers a chance to slow down and react to what is going on in your vehicle.

IF I HIT IT, WHAT DO I DO?

  1. Don't hit your brakes!
  2. Decelerate by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
  3. Hold onto the steering wheel firmly.
  4. Keep your steering wheel pointed in the direction you want to go.
  5. If you feel your car sliding, don't over correct. The momentum can cause you to hit other cars.
  6. If possible, and if it is safe, head for a path of traction, like snow, grass, dirt, or salt sprinkles (the blue ones meant to melt the snow).

For more information and to keep up with our tips, follow SERVPRO on Twitter:@SERVPROofRICH

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Commercial Cleaning From the People You Trust

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleaning From the People You Trust Let SERVPRO keep your building clean all year round--not just after a disaster!

The same people you trust after a fire or water disaster, can also keep your business clean year round.

Why is that?

Because the specialists at SERVPRO of South Richland County are trained in every category of clean.

From mold remediation to the cleaning of carpets, upholstery, air ducts to general and routine cleaning - including floors, tiles, partition walls, internal walls, suspended ceilings, lighting, furniture, window cleaning, and deep cleans of washing facilities-- SERVPRO of  South Richland County is here to help protect every square foot of your business!

Our comprehensive system takes the task of maintaining a clean work facility out of your hands, allowing you to work more effectively on your business.

We are the bright green cleanup team at SERVPRO of South Richland County. 

For more information and to keep up with our tips, follow SERVPRO on Twitter: @SERVPROofRich

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SERVPRO of South Richland County Responds 24/7

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

As a 24/7 business SERVPRO of South Richland County is committed to responding to home and business owners' needs, in the case of emergency.  Whether it is water damage from a broken pipe, flooding from a downpour, or any other type of damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of South Richland County is ready to respond “Faster to any size disaster.”

Why is speed so important when it comes to flooding?

Because, the sooner restoration begins, the less damage occurs.  Given time, water damages become more complex as water flows in your structure and contents.  Also, with time, water infiltrating your home or business can give mold the moisture it needs to grow.

Call SERVPRO of South Richland County 24/7 to handle those emergencies making them, “Like it never even happened.”

419-526-2701 

CDC Advises Against Home Mold Testing

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation CDC Advises Against Home Mold Testing If you see it, call SERVPRO. We are always here to help.

The CDC states that  “generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and [the] CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds.”

Testing, to be accurate, should be done by and Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) or an Industrial Hygienist (IH).  These professionals have the ability to test in a manner that gives an accurate representation of the environment inside the structure. Clearance testing after mitigation should also be a part of the protocol to confirm the effectiveness of the mitigation.  

Testing not performed by the mitigation company handling the work adds a level of accountability to the project, avoids a conflict of interest, and insures the building owner of properly mitigated mold damage.

SERVPRO of South Richland County  is committed to properly remediating any mold damage in your home, making it, “Like it never even happened.”

For more information and to keep up with our tips, follow SERVPRO on Twitter: @SERVPROofRich

Commercial Water Removal in Mansfield Ohio

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fast and Effective Water Removal Services

Entertainment venues often contain a bar or restaurant or both in South Richland County. With food and drink comes many ways for water to intrude unexpectedly into your business’s areas. A leak, a break, or a malfunction can send large quantities of water surging through the spaces normally reserved for your customers to relax, eat, dine, or play. We provide a fast and effective solution for your water removal needs.

The ice maker in the bar and grill of your South Richland County business overflowed, requiring quick water removel. Melted ice and a clogged and now burst water pipe contribute to large quantities of water saturating your bar and kitchen areas, as well as a portion of the dining room. At this busy time of the year, the last thing you need is a “Closed” sign on your door. We have the trained technicians and the specialized tools to get your destination dried out and up and running again.

If it is unsafe to operate electrical equipment until the moisture is eliminated, SERVPRO uses sources on our service vehicles to generate the power needed to pump and extract the icy water. The carpeting in your dining area responds well to a weighted wanding with a commercial grade extractor. Our technicians receive IICRC training intended to prepare them for comprehensive in-place water removal of floor coverings. The carpet, padding, and sub floor must all be dried to industry standards to minimize secondary damage.

After the extraction, SERVPRO employees place air movers and dehumidifiers in strategic spots to complete the drying of the floors and other areas. We use advanced monitoring probes to measure the moisture levels and to isolate any pockets of water that may be lurking behind equipment, in walls, or below the floor. If residual pooling of water is a problem, we take steps to release the water and either pump or extract it out of the spaces.

We move quickly to remove the water and dry out spaces as we realize any downtime is disadvantageous to your business. If it all possible we work with you to isolate our work areas from your customer service areas so that your patrons can enjoy relaxing while we clean up and dry the affected areas. SERVPRO has a restoration mentality and strives hard to transform a water loss “Like it never even happened.” with as little muss and fuss as possible.

Call on SERVPRO of  South Richland County if your business experiences a water disaster. Contact us at (419) 526-2701, so we can schedule a fast assessment and get our water removal team on the job right away.