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Prevent Frozen Pipes
Winter Storm Preparedness: Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
Winter storms are here and it won't be the last.
The National Severe Storms Laboratory categories a winter storm as having snow, sleet, or freezing rain. In Gilman, we can see any of this type of precipitation throughout the winter months. When the temperature is below the freezing point and precipitation is in the forecast, that’s when our office knows what types of calls we’ll be getting: water damages.
How Water Pipes Freeze and Break
A water damage during a winter storm happens when your pipes freeze. When water freezes, it expands and creates pressure inside the pipe, which can cause it to break. The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed. Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.
Indoor Frozen Pipe Prevention
- Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes. You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
- Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
What To Do Until Help Arrives
If your pipes still freeze and you have a water damage, give us a call immediately and follow the following steps:
- Don’t delay. Call us as soon as you notice your water damage. The longer water stands in a structure, the more damage it will cause. As soon as you call, we will schedule a crew of technicians to travel to your home and begin remediation.
- Cut off the water source, if possible.
- Get textiles off the floor. Many homeowners rush to put down towels to stop the water flow, and that’s okay. Towels can easily be cleaned at our textile cleaning facility if need be. What you want to look out for are small fragile textiles or objects on the floor that can be damaged by water.
- Begin documentation. Start with the point of origin and all affected areas. While our technicians will also take the document, it's important to start documenting as soon as possible to prove your loss to your insurance company.
Be Aware of the Weather
Keep your eye on the weather forecast. Not only will you be prepared to travel safely, it’ll also give you to valuable time to prepare your home and keep it, and everyone living inside it, safe.
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Signs of Winter Storm Damage
With winter approaching, there’s often more to worry about than shoveling snow. Winter storms and temperatures can cause extensive damage to your home, but SERVPRO of Richland County is ready to help if you experience a winter disaster from common issues including the following.
Brisk temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and break, which can lead to flooding in your home.
When snow melts unevenly and freezes at the edge of your roof, an ice dam is created which prevents melted snow from draining off of the roof. The water can then leak under the shingles and into the home and cause significant water damage.
Snow and ice can damage your roof and even cause the roof to collapse if enough weight has accumulated. Water can get into cracks and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks.
Winter can be an extremely dangerous time for your home. Be sure to check the pipes and roof of your property for signs of potential water damage and warning signs. If you experience a storm disaster, SERVPRO of Richland County.
Summer Storm Damage and How to Prevent It
This beautiful landscaping was waterlogged after a heavy storm flooded it.
As summer comes to a close, you will probably be having the last of your summer fun and enjoying the nice weather. However, summer is also a time for rain showers in most of the country. Summertime showers often appear quickly and bring a lot of moisture with them, which can end up in your home! Here are some things homeowners need to consider:
Roofs and Gutters
It’s obvious to think about the condition of your roof and rain gutters in the fall, before the winter weather hits. But if they are not well-maintained after snow, ice, and winter storms, a simple summertime rain shower can create just as many problems as snow. Inspect these areas closely in readiness for a downpour so that you can spend the rest of your summer worry-free.
If you have planted vegetables or flowers this year, take a good look at the drainage surrounding any garden or landscaping area. Make sure that any excess water can escape if there is an abundance during a summer rainstorm.
Some showers can last for an extended period of time and rainstorms can hit the same area day after day. This can wreak havoc on your outdoor furniture if it is left out in the rain. There are many paint and finishing products available that will do a great job protecting your furniture from weathering due to inclement weather.
After several rainy days, you might feel the effects of extended rain showers by experiencing a higher interior humidity level. Mold can grow quickly in these conditions, as it thrives in humid, wet areas. Investing in dehumidifiers for your home can greatly reduce the chances of a mold infestation and keep your interior air quality at healthy levels.
Here at SERVPRO of South Richland County, we care about your personal property and your business. Call us at (419) 526-2701 if you need any assistance with damages from water, fire, or mold.
Staying Safe During a Thunderstorm or Flood
The aftermath of a severe thunderstorm in North Central Ohio; this house was all but destroyed by a tree that was knocked over during a storm.
April showers might bring May flowers, but North Central Ohio’s indecisive weather can often bring major water damage into your residential or commercial property. As we transition from spring to summer climates, there are a few different weather-related risks that could cause serious damage to your home or business.
Thunderstorms can occur anywhere at any time of the day, however they are most likely to happen in the afternoon during the spring and summer months. These storms are created by cumulonimbus clouds, and can produce extreme winds, lightning, and hail. Lightning can be very dangerous as well; in fact, more people are killed by lightning every year than they are by tornadoes.
When a thunderstorm is predicted in your area, there are some precautions you can take.
- If you can hear the thunder produced by the storm from your residence or business, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning.
- Keep an eye out for storm signs such as quickly darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing winds.
- Postpone any outdoor activities, and avoid driving in storm conditions.
- Find shelter immediately, in the basement of your residence or business if possible, closing all windows and doors securely.
- If you are driving when the storm hits, pull over and take shelter in your car immediately.
- Refrain from bathing, showering, using plumbing, or swimming during storm conditions.
- Ensure that storm drains near your property are kept unobstructed.
- Keep trees around your property trimmed; a severe thunderstorm might cause and straggling branches to break and damage your residence or business.
Spring and early summer is the prime time for flooding. As the seasons change, heavy spring rains can overwhelm rivers and streams and cause flooding. When water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area, catastrophic flash flood may occur. It is good to be prepared and have a solid evacuation plan for your family or employees when a flood or flash flood warning is issued.
Some basic flood safety steps include:
- Avoid flood waters at all cost. Just six inches of rapidly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you encounter a flooded road while driving, turn the car around and go another way. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Gather your family or employees, some emergency supplies, and any important belongings and evacuate to higher ground as soon as possible.
- Store your most important items such as photo albums, family heirlooms, and business documents in tightly-sealed plastic containers to ensure that they are well protected from floodwaters. As well consider storing valuables in the attic rather than the basement.
The key when it comes to thunderstorms and floods is to make sure that you have a safety plan in place. Ensure that your family members or employees know to take shelter in the basement during a thunderstorm or to retreat to the highest level of your property during a flood. It is advisable to keep a supply of food, water, flashlights and batteries, and a first aid kit in the case of any emergency.
SERVPRO of South Richland County is dedicated to taking quality care of restoring your home or business after the inclement weather, so that the health and safety of your family and employees can be your main concern when a flood or thunderstorm hits.
Tips for Sewage Cleanup After a Flood
When heavy rains fall in Mansfield Ohio, the resulting rain water can overwhelm the sewage system, causing it to back up into your home. The resulting mess is contamination that must be cleaned. SERVPRO of South Richland County trained professionals are here to help. No matter how little water enters, any time you have sewer backup, you must take extra precautions. Here are a few tips on how to handle contaminated water in your home.
1. Find someplace else to stay until the problem is resolved. Category 3 water, or black water as it is sometimes called, is highly contaminated and can cause serious illness or even death if ingested. It is in your family’s best interest to steer clear of the area until it has been cleaned and tested.
2. Do not attempt to clean up the mess yourself. Your first instinct might be to grab the bottle of bleach and clean everything, but even a household cleaner as strong as bleach is no match for water from a sewer backup. Sewer water contains more dangerous bacteria than common household germs. This is a job for specialists who have the proper tools and chemicals to make your home safe and habitable again.
3. Have the area tested before you return. You cannot tell whether a room previously contaminated by black water is clean or not by simply looking at it or smelling it. It is a good idea to have it tested by a certified industrial hygienist before you and your family move back home.
4. Do not keep anything that came in contact with the contaminated water. It might be heartbreaking to throw away treasured possessions, but if they have been contaminated and cannot be cleaned, you need to dispose of them. Your family’s health is more important than a keepsake.
If you experience sewer backup in Mansfield, Ohio there are still ways to keep your family safe. Make sure that everyone stays out of the area until it is cleaned and tested by professionals. For more information about storm damage restoration, call your South Richland County SERVPRO.
Do you have a plan?
As a member of the Ready Campaign’s National Preparedness Coalition, SERVPRO® is proud to present the following information.
How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared
for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.
Develop a Business Continuity Plan.
Your organization’s risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.
Review Insurance Coverage.
Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover.
Prepare your Emergency Plan.
Your employees and co-workers are your business’ most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.
Practice the Emergency Plan.
Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, customers and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in
a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a small strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.
Secure Your Facility and Equipment.
Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.
Improve Cyber Security.
Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don’t open e-mails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly.
Information provided by ready.gov
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.
Black Ice: A Storm's Most Dangerous Hazard
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?
- Don't hit your brakes!
- Decelerate by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
- Hold onto the steering wheel firmly.
- Keep your steering wheel pointed in the direction you want to go.
- If you feel your car sliding, don't over correct. The momentum can cause you to hit other cars.
- 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).
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Storm Damage in South Richland County Ohio
SERVPRO the professional you can trust
Last year it seemed like Mansfield, Ohio received a lot more rain than normal. Not only did it seem like we got more rain but when it rained it seemed to rain from every angle. Sometimes it's hard to see where the water ends or even begins. SERVPRO of South Richland County has advanced technology to help find and dry the areas before they receive secondary damages. Once these areas are identified SERVPRO will double verify they are wet with a moisture reader, either penetrating or non-penetrating. Infrareds are helpful but must be double check only because infrareds will identify cold areas only so there could be false readings. The homeowner was captivated with the technology SERVPRO provided and was impressed with the knowledge portrayed.
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SERVPRO Handles Storm Flood Damage in South Richland County Ohio the Fastest and Most Effectively
SERVPRO is Faster To Any Storm Disaster When It Comes to South Richland County,Ohio Homes.
The worst part of a major storm is typically not the storm itself, but the ensuing days after it. If your home is unlucky enough to be impacted by flood damage in South Richland County, it can take weeks to dry out after the storm on its own, and even longer for you to restore the damage without professional help. This is the problem SERVPRO sets out to solve. We cut restoration times to the shortest intervals possible while maintaining effective and thorough treatment solutions, meaning our services are unprecedentedly timely and comprehensive.
Storms can cause a host of flood damage problem in South Richland County,with entire blocks at a time sometimes becoming inundated with water during the worst storms. SERVPRO is always ready after major disasters to help, with a large stock of equipment and machines to best help residents in need. We offer full water removal solutions, including water extraction, assisted drying with air movers, and dehumidifiers. Once water has been cleared from the property, we can then begin work on restorations, applying our professional techniques and training to help save as many materials and belongings as possible from the costly tallies of full replacement. Restoring damaged materials almost always carries a lower cost than replacing them, so we evaluate each item separately to determine an appropriate treatment solution for it.
We also have the resources to deal with other types of damage simultaneously. Many homes suffer from fire, mold, and other types of damage in tandem with flooding, but our well-rounded portfolio of certifications and training techniques allow us to combat these with ease. Our service helps to ensure that other types of damage do not gain the upper hand in your home or go undetected.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of South Richland County Ohio is a locally-owned franchise of a national company that provides professional water and flood damage removal and restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (419) 526-2701
What to Look for in A Storm Damage Restoration Company
The need for emergency storm restoration in Ohio is great. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are common with severe weather conditions in the Mansfield area. Because of this, you’ll find many storm damage restoration companies servicing South Richland County, and with so many choices it can be confusing to know which is the best at handling emergency residential restoration services.
Beyond looking at costs, it’s important also to consider how trustworthy a company is and what track record they have. Use this helpful guide below to help you accurately compare storm damage restoration business in South Richland County.:
- Experienced In Emergency Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration. It’s important to ask if the company is well equipped and experienced with storm damage and not just water damage. Storm damage could mean layers of mud in the living room, a tree through your roof, sewage in the basement, and so much more than the usual water damage. SERVPRO of South Richland Co. is familiar and experienced in dealing with aspects of flood damage restoration --especially the unexpected kind.
- Trained And Certified in Industry Standards. Similar to the above tip, a residential and commercial storm damage restoration business that wants to give their customers the best service seeks additional training. Technicians with SERVPRO go through extensive company training, training with industry partners, as well as training with the IICRC--the independent organization that sets criteria for professional home and commercial restoration.
- Enthusiastic Customers. Some residential flood damage restoration businesses may be satisfied with “happy customers”, but we aim to have enthusiastic customers. With the fastest response time, South Richland Co. SERVPRO addresses your concerns quickly and thoroughly. We work alongside you and your insurance company, taking care of every aspect of your storm damage concerns, saving you time, money, and worry. The result is a home that looks as if water damage never occurred and enthusiastic customers that are proud to recommend us to their friends.
- Community and Better Business Bureau Affiliation. Businesses that make an effort to be a part of their community often take bigger strides in servicing their neighbors. SERVPRO of South Richland Co. is a member of several professional leagues and organizations in Mansfield as well as part of the prestigious BBB. If you're unsure if a home restoration company is IICRC certified or part of the BBB, visit their respected websites and search the listings. You’ll find that your locally owned South Richland Co SERVPRO is in good standing with both organizations.
When searching for local and top ranking storm and mold damage remediation business in South Richland Co, you’ll see that SERVPRO stands above the rest. We’ve worked hard to earn the trust of our South Richland Co.neighbors, and we’ll work just hard to earn your trust.
Call on South Richland Co. SERVPRO for the fastest and most complete flood damage restoration for both residential and commercial. For 24-hour emergency response to storm damage call (419) 526-2701. Our customer service agents stand ready to dispatch a SERVPRO response team to your home anytime, day or night, to provide immediate restoration solutions.
We are ready when a storm hits.
When Storms or Floods hit Richland and surrounding counties, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Richland and surrounding counties.
SERVPRO of Richland County specializes 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.
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.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When a storms hits in Richland and surrounding counties, 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.
Cleanup and Restoration
Tree that fell on a home due to a storm
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
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SERVPRO Franchise Professionals
Why Choose a SERVPRO Franchise Professional?
They are Faster to Any Size Disaster
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists
They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.
Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help
Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you'll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.
- Flooding caused by heavy rains
- Hurricanes and tidal surges
- Tornadoes and wind damage
- Ice and snowstorms
- Wild fires