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Recent Flooding? Read This!

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Recent Flooding? Read This!

With the recent hurricane events grabbing the public's attention, the specter of flood damage has once again come to the fore of every property owner's mind. Although flood damage that results from external standing water, such as the water damage seen in natural floods or hurricanes, is often among the worst kinds of flood damage, being impossible to restore until the water levels return to normal, this can obscure the fact that the vast majority of water damage in the United States each year comes from internal sources, such as supply line breaks or pipe breaks.

The good news is that supply line breaks, pipe breaks and other sources of flooding that don't result in long-standing external flood waters almost always create water damage that can be 100 percent reversed through professional mitigation and restoration efforts. But this relies on the property owner calling in a professional restoration company as soon as possible.

If a restoration company can arrive on the scene of the flooded home or business within the first 24 hours, there is a nearly 100 percent chance that the flooded home or business will be able to be restored fully to its pre-flood damage condition. However, waiting more than 24 hours to begin the restoration and flood damage mitigation process begins to substantially increase the chance that the flooded home or business will incur lasting and serious damage. Unfortunately, many properties with water damage that do not undergo restoration and mitigation efforts within the first week of the water in the home or water in the business appearing will sustain long term, severe damage. In many cases, this will result in the complete loss of the property.

The professional restoration and mitigation process

Luckily, there is an established process that most restoration companies follow that has been proven over decades to be an effective means of restoring flooded homes or businesses to their prior condition. The most important thing that a property owner who notices water in their home or water in their business can do is to immediately place a call to their local flood restoration company.

The call to the restoration company is made

The first step in the water cleanup process is for the property owner who has noticed water in their business or water in their home to immediately call in a water cleanup team. The professional water cleanup team will often be able to arrive on scene within 30 minutes of the call being placed. This rapid response will ensure that the supply line break or pipe break can be remediated as quickly as possible and that the water cleanup process can begin, before the water has time to seep into structural components and begin seriously damaging the property.

The team arrives

Upon arrival the team will immediately look for the source of the flooding. The supply line break or pipe break will be fixed and the extent of the water in the home or water in the business will be surveyed.

Standing water will be removed

Using industrial-strength vacuum equipment, the team will begin removing all standing water from the premises. This equipment is capable of removing thousands of gallons each hour and so the removal of standing water typically lasts less than one hour.

The drying process will begin

The next step is to begin the drying process. Using heavy-duty drying equipment, the team will be able to raise the temperature of soaked areas to just below their flash point, minimizing the total time involved in drying the property. The drying process is often the longest element of the total cleanup process, usually taking between a few hours and a day.

The team does the final cleanup

This involves cleaning all surfaces and furniture that was flooded. This will ensure that any burgeoning mold growth is stopped in its tracks. The property will now be restored to its original condition.
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Responding Effectively to Commercial Fire Damage

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Responding Effectively to Commercial Fire Damage

Has your business sustained fire damage recently? Every week, around the United States managers face the challenge of responding effectively to commercial fire damage. While most companies drill their employees in fire suppression technologies and instruct them rigorously in the appropriate steps to take following the outbreak of a conflagration, some firms still wholly fail to prepare management to deal with the challenging aftermath of these events.

The Departing Fire Truck Dilemma

Fortunately, the vast majority of fires in businesses remain small in scope. A company's modern fire sprinkler system may rapidly help extinguish a utility room fire in a busy retail establishment, or a blaze resulting from an electrical fire or grease fire in a kitchen. When alarm systems activate and summon local fire crews to the scene, small business owners may feel grateful indeed they spent time teaching employees how to evacuate everyone from the premises safely.

Money spent installing a fire sprinkler system and fire suppression technologies offers a return on investment many times over. Commercial fire damage today frequently remains limited in extent thanks to the development of excellent fire suppression systems. Yet after emergency responders gather up the last remaining fire hose and the final firefighter departs, what steps should employees take next? How should managers respond once the fire truck leaves?

A Pervasive Problem

A small blaze which produces limited, highly contained, fire damage in a business may exact a heavy cleanup toll. Fire sprinkler system activation frequently causes extensive water damage, for instance. Even if a firefighter using a fire hose did not deposit gallons of water inside the interior of the building, fire suppression tools may have produced a minor flooding situation. Water spraying unexpectedly and indiscriminately over carpeting, upholstery and other furnishings creates a mess. While valuable in saving lives, the fire sprinkler system may unleash a deluge.

Additionally, smoke damage and soot damage also pose persistent, challenging cleanup dilemmas for businesses during the aftermath of a conflagration. You don't want these problems to keep reminding your customers and employees that your enterprise suffered a fire. Yet eradicating the lingering signs of a blaze sometimes proves difficult. In the absence of proper cleanup and fire restoration measures, smoke damage and soot damage may remain apparent weeks, months (or even years) later. Eliminating traces of a utility room fire or an electrical fire usually falls well outside the expertise of company personnel. Visitors won't welcome the acrid smell of smoke damage, or expect ugly soot damage still marring the premises.

Professional Fire Restoration: A Timely Solution

Fortunately, today full-time fire restoration experts assist businesses in permanently removing pervasive signs of commercial fire damage. After the last firefighter leaves with his heavy extinguisher and fire hose in tow, and your local fire truck returns to the station, you'll want to instruct your management team to contact a reputable fire restoration expert. Taking this step could save your company thousands of dollars in revenues over the long term.

Full-time fire restoration firms possess the specialized equipment and supplies required to thoroughly extract dirty water from the building. They'll carefully clean away the ugly traces of soot damage and smoke damage, too. Removing fire damage correctly allows your enterprise to respond resiliently after a conflagration. By working closely with an experienced fire restoration professional, you'll safeguard your employees from coming into contact with noxious fire damage residues. Restoration personnel have received training in proper cleanup and remediation procedures.

Smart Planning

Resolve now to implement commercial fire damage restoration protocols as soon as the fire truck leaves. Don't permit an electrical fire or a utility room fire to disrupt your business on a long term basis, or drive customers away. The departure of a firefighter carrying a fire hose simply signals a new chapter in recovering from an electrical fire or utility room fire.
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Professional Storm Damage Restoration Explained

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Storm Damage Restoration Explained

The weather can wreak the worst kinds of havoc on your home. After a severe storm has passed, you may be left to deal with an aftermath that has left your house damaged, dirty, and even unsafe in which to live.

Rather than face the prospect of cleaning up the house by yourself, you can get back to your normal life faster when you retain professional services for storm remediation. Roof repair and storm restoration contractors who specialize in home restoration including cleaning up ground water, river flooding, frozen pipes, ice damage, and more can transform your home from a devastating nightmare back into the cozy haven you intend it to be for you and your family.

Interior Restorations

The most pressing concern you may have after flooding, frozen pipes, ground water, and other types of storm damage has hit your house may center on restoring the inside of your residence. You cannot go back to living among fixtures that have been compromised or destroyed by an ice dam, flood water, a roof leak, river flooding, and other types of storm damage that occurs during heavy storms.

Attempting to use a flood pump for storm restoration yourself can be time consuming, physically draining, and downright dangerous. When you hire professional home restoration services, you get the fast and reliable help you need to deal with flooding emergencies from frozen pipes, ground water, river flooding, or even a devastating roof leak.

Whether the water has come into your house from hurricane damage or the act of a nearby river flooding and flowing out of its banks, it is no match for the services of a company that offers storm remediation. The contractors who come to your home to deal with the flood water can use equipment like a flood pump and other gear to take care of tasks like:

patching minor to major roof damage
removing flood water from carpeting, drapes, and other upholstered surfaces
cleaning residue left behind by hurricane damage
thaw frozen pipes and restore ice damage in your kitchen, bathroom, or elsewhere.

These flood pump and water restoration services as well as others that involve dealing with an ice dam or ice damming come standard with the contractors' professional storm restoration services. They let you effectively deal with the aftermath of flooding, roof damage, ice damage, hurricane damage, and other circumstances over which you had no control.

Exterior Services

Along with dealing with flooding inside of your home, you also may have to worry about any storm damage or hail damage that has been inflicted on the outside of your house as well. You might face cleaning up the aftermath of wind damage that includes roof damage, a noticeable roof leak, hail damage, and ground water that has led to flood water swamping your ditches and yard.

The home restoration and water restoration professionals can use their flood pump to dry out your yard. However, dealing with wind damage that makes roof repair necessary may require a different methods for storm remediation.

Dealing with the wind damage to your roof may require that the storm restoration contractors lay new shingles or tar paper to seal off a roof leak, for example. Other types of roof repair needed after significant roof damage can include hanging new gutters or cleaning out the entire gutter system. Hurricane damage as well as ice damming may invite this type of storm remediation.

Dealing with the wind damage or ice dam to your roof may require that the contractors lay new shingles or tar paper to seal off a roof leak, for example. Other types of roof repair needed after significant roof damage can include hanging new gutters or cleaning out the entire gutter system.

If you are not dealing with wind damage or hail damage but rather ice damming or an ice dam during the winter, you still may find it prudent to hire professional water restoration or home restoration services. Storm damage contractors who specialize in water restoration and home restoration are available year round and know what it takes to effectively handle all types of hail damage, ice damage, ice damming, and more.
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National Preparedness Month

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Don’t forget that September is National Preparedness Month!

Each September, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month  ( to highlight the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. This is good advice for everyone; but for business owners, being prepared to respond to the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters can literally mean the difference between staying in business and closing the doors forever. According to FEMA*, up to 40 percent of businesses never reopen following a major disaster; just a couple of inches of water can cause thousands of dollars of damage.

SERVPRO of NW Stark County has a Preparedness planning tool that can help you know exactly who to call and what to do when disaster strikes. I will work with you on your individualized Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your facility, at no charge. This comprehensive document contains critical information about your building, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Having this information in hand helps you and SERVPRO to react to an unexpected event quickly and effectively, to help minimize business interruption. And, because disasters are unexpected, there is a Smartphone app and web version of the Program available to provide you with access to your ERP 24/7. Call SERVPRO of NW Stark County to set up an appointment to discuss this in more detail at 330-497-4600.

Tornado Loss Prevention Tips

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Tornado Loss Prevention Tips

The following steps are suggestions that homeowners should take before a tornado or other natural disaster occurs to assure speedy and hassle-free recovery.

The Insurance Information Institute has a web tool that makes conducting a home inventory a breeze. Now you can catalog your possessions online, room by room. Once completed, you can add items and photos.

Maintaining a comprehensive inventory will come in handy, should you need to file a claim or reevaluate the amount of insurance you carry. It's good for renters, too. Visit Know Your Stuff® to get started.

Home Coverage and Preparedness Tips

  • Tornado losses are most often covered by the "windstorm peril" under the homeowner's insurance policy.
  • Check with your homeowner insurance agency to assure adequate coverage is provided by the policy. Notify the insurance agency of any additions or improvements to the home.
  • Consider purchasing the replacement cost coverage endorsement for the home and its contents. It would give the option to rebuild or replace damaged property at current costs rather than depreciated values.
  • If you experience a storm-related loss to your home that is covered by your insurance, notify your insurer in a timely manner, as required by your policy.

Home Inventories Assist in Settling Claims

  • Videotape, photograph or compile a written inventory of your home and belongings.
  • Keep the inventory off premises in a bank safe deposit box. The inventory will provide a record for you and the insurance company, should a loss occur.
  • Update your inventory every time you move or every two to three years.

Written Inventory Tips

  • Go through each room of the home and list every item. Include the purchase date, price and model numbers.
  • Include professional, written appraisals of antiques, jewelry and other costly possessions.
  • Click here to download Ohio Insurance Institute’s Personal Property Inventory Form.

Video or Photo Inventory Tips

  • Pan the camera around the room to capture all items. Obtain close-ups of expensive items such as jewelry, china and furs.
  • Consider grouping items for easier inventory.
  • Narrate the video by noting purchase costs and dates. Include model and serial numbers for appliances and electronic devices.

Auto Coverage and Preparedness Tips

  • If there is threatening weather, shelter vehicles to prevent damage from winds, flying debris and hail.
  • Vehicles are protected under the "other than collision" (comprehensive) portion of an auto insurance policy, if damaged by windstorms or hail.

After the Loss - Insurance Tips

  • Photograph any damage and inventory losses. Photos will assist when settling claims.
  • Secure property from further damage or theft and save related receipts, since many insurers will reimburse for these expenses.
  • If required to seek temporary housing due to a covered loss such as a tornado, check your policy for "loss of use" coverage. Many policies cover such expenses up to a stated amount.

Flood Tips During Heavy Rains

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Flood Tips During Heavy Rains

Flooding in the Jackson Township can be devastating to your home. Flood water is Black Water and not covered by insurance unless the homeowner has flood insurance. Flood insurance is usually only given if your home is next to a lake or river, or in a flood plain.

If you do not have flood insurance there could be immense costs to getting your home back to normal after flooding. Save yourselves some cost by doing these simple tips.

Here are some tips to help during a flood:

  • Sandbag Doors
  • Sandbag Window Wells
  • Move Furniture Upstairs
  • Block Furniture
  • Buy Ice and Place in Fridge

If your home is flooded call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County to have your home restored. SERVPRO can give you an estimate on the damage done to your home.

Residential and Commercial Flood Damage

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Residential and Commercial Flood Damage

Water damage is one of the most serious threats any real property will ever face. It is also one of the most insidious. Unlike other sources of damage to a property, such as a fire or wind, water damage often may appear far less serious than it is. It is absolutely crucial that the owner of a property recognize any water damage that has occurred and begin professional restoration and mitigation efforts immediately.

Any amount of water much more than about a gallon has the potential to cause serious and lasting water damage. If restoration and mitigation efforts are not begun at once, water may seep into drywall, flooring and structural components. This can cause rot and even structural compromise. In larger flooding events, it restoration and mitigation efforts are not started within one week of the initial pipe break or supply line break, the damaged property will often become uninhabitable.

For this reason, it is absolutely imperative to get a professional restoration company on scene. A professional restoration company has the tool, training and experience needed to successfully carry out mitigation and restoration procedures. The good news is that almost all flooding events caused by a pipe break or a supply line break can be completely remediated, saving the property and restoring it to its prior condition. However, time is the enemy of water damaged properties. The key is to begin the water cleanup and drying process in the first 24 hours after the event, before the flood damage has had time to take hold and cause lasting harm to the property.

Luckily, almost every town in America has at least one professional restoration company. The key is to make the call to your local restoration company the moment any water has leaked into the property from a supply line break or pipe break. Once the emergency call is placed to the water cleanup company, they will spring into action, arriving at the flooded home or business within minutes.

Once on scene, the team will first enter the property, looking for any active leak coming from a supply line break or a pipe break. Once the leak has been stemmed, the team will assess the level of water in the home or water in the business. Using sophisticated equipment, such as hygrometers and infrared detection devices, the team will assess if any water in the home or water in the business has seeped into places not visible to the naked eye. If the water in the home or water in the business has compromised structural components, such as flooring, joists or beams, the team will note it.

Using extremely powerful vacuum equipment, the team will then remove all of the standing water in the home or water in the business. This is another area in which it is crucial to get a professional team on scene. The chances of being able to remove standing water from a flooded home without the specialized equipment available to professionals is virtually zero. With high-powered vacuums and pumps, the cleanup team will be able to remove all standing water within one hour.

Once standing water is removed, the drying process begins. This is the most important phase in preventing lasting flood damage. Water that is allowed to stagnate is the chief source of flood damage and is capable of compromising structural integrity and creating unpleasant odors. The flooded home will be dried using powerful heating and drying equipment, similar to what's seen in a car wash. Once dry, there will be no further risk of flood damage to the home.

The last phase is the final cleanup. This involves disinfecting and thoroughly cleaning all surfaces and furniture. At this point, the property will be completely restored.
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Don't Let Fire Damage Get the Best of You

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Don't Let Fire Damage Get the Best of You

It's everyone's worst nightmare. You're staring at the ravages of fire damage in your home or business. In spite of all of your efforts to protect your home or business from any potential disasters, you have been taken completely by surprise. Fire damage can throw everything into a tailspin. As you are surrounded by the smoke smell, soot damage, smoke damage, and fire damage, you don't know how you can ever get back to life as usual. All you can see is what you have lost. You need a restoration company to help you to remember how fortunate you are as they help you to restore your home or business.

Taking Care of Residential or Commercial Fire Damage

When a fire blazes its way through your home or business, it leaves a path of destruction behind. Fire in the home and fire in the business means there is going to be loss of belongings. You're also going to have an extensive fire cleanup. Soot damage and smoke damage stain everything, not to mention leaving behind a deep smoke smell that is troubling. Fire damage often leads to broken windows, gaps in your roofing, and walls that may be unstable. As part of the fire damage restoration process, you can expect your restoration company to board up the building after a fire in the house or a fire in the business. The choice to board up any open windows is a must when you have residential or commercial fire damage. You don't want to take any chances with additional damage from the elements or intruders. Fire damage restoration should include protecting your property. Your restoration company will decide what to do as the next step after they board up your property. To deal with smoke damage, soot damage,and any other type of residential or commercial fire damage, your restoration professionals will tackle the fire cleanup job. They will use industrial chemicals and equipment that can handle every step of the job. Fire in the home and fire in the business means there will be serious cleaning and sanitizing that must be done. The signs of smoke damage and soot damage need to be erased. Once the board up and fire cleanup is completed, fire damage restoration can take place next.

Making Your Home or Business Look Like New

When you are faced with residential or commercial fire damage, you just want it to go away. You want to forget it ever happened. Fire cleanup is only the first step. Fire damage restoration must take place next. Your restoration company will do much more than get rid of that awful smoke smell. They'll make sure that there are no signs left of a fire in the home or a fire in business. Expect new carpeting as needed, fresh paint, repaired walls, and repairs in your roofing. You may need new drywall that doesn't have the smoke smell locked in. A fire in the home or business may mean that entire sections of your property need to be rebuilt. Your restoration professionals will know exactly what to do to turn back the clock to the time before a fire changed your life. You know that the most important thing after any fire is that lives have been spared. As you deal with your property damage, your restoration professionals can handle any aspect of the job. You will be able to walk into your home or business when the job is done and enjoy the rejuvenation of your property.

Put Your Fire Behind You

When restoration professionals take over after a fire has brought destruction to your property, you can breathe again. You can have hope and trust that life will go on. You will get back to enjoying your home or commercial property. It simply takes the knowledge and skills of professionals to put everything right again.
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Mold Damage Prevention and Treatment: What You Need To Know

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Prevention and Treatment: What You Need To Know

Mold damage can be a major financial and personal headache for many people. The good news is that mitigation beforehand is simple, and mold damage remediation following the discovery of fungus or mold growth can be carried out by professionals to prevent recurrence. The following tips represent some of the easy ways that everyone can deal with mold damage.

It is relatively simple to prevent mold in a home or commercial mold damage in a business, and it involves following just a few of these easy easy steps.

Mold Mitigation Strategies

All fungus and mold growth require moisture to develop and thrive. By preventing moisture buildup and ensuring thorough air circulation indoors, most people can prevent the development of fungus, mildew and dry rot before it even begins. For example: mildew is a white fungus that can develop easily in indoor plants if they reach a continual level of humidity and moisture. Mildew is normal, but it may spread mold in a home or cause commercial mold damage in a business. Using a dehumidifier and opening windows to encourage air circulation can prevent all types of mold growth and smelly odors. This can also help with deodorization needs for an area affected by mold. Dry rot is a special type of mold damage that weakens the stiffness of lumber and causes it to rot. This can be prevented by ensuring moisture is moved away from wood in all possible cases.

Mold growth behind a wall can be especially difficult to detect, but just as easy to prevent by making sure no water is allowed to build up in the vicinity. Businesses and residences should be regularly inspected to ensure all rain water is moved away from their building and no water is seeping through cracks in doors, windows, roofing or siding. Even a small amount of invasive rain water can build up over the course of time and lead to dry rot, smelly odors, black mold and mold growth behind a wall - that's why invasive rain water mitigation is an essential step to protecting any home or business.

Unfortunately, many people discover moisture buildup when its too late and black mold, mildew or dry rot have already taken hold and caused some damage. That's when it may be time to contact a local restoration company to address mold in a home or business.

Mold Removal and Remediation

Professional mold removal, remediation and restoration companies are the experts at quickly addressing mold growth. They can discover hidden fungus and repair commercial mold damage before it spreads. A restoration company will be able to isolate the problem areas, remove all varieties of mold growth (including black mold) and dry and treat homes and businesses to prevent reappearance. Many cases of mold growth behind a wall can be particularly difficult to detect and treat, and that's why a professional restoration company is the best solution to ensure complete mold removal.

While there are easy deodorization options available on the market, persistent smelly odors should be quickly addressed by someone with the expertise to inspect for mold growth, black mold and mold growth behind a wall. Too many people employ quick deodorization tactics when confronted with a smelly odor instead of aiming for comprehensive inspection and mold removal. Mold is a natural part of life, and unfortunately it isn't something that will disappear on its own. Thankfully, most people can find a restoration company operating in their area that's able to address everything from their dry rot to deodorization needs.

The discovery of commercial mold damage or mold in homes can be easily fixed with these simple mitigation and remediation strategies.
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The Water Cleanup Process

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

The Water Cleanup Process

Water damage is usually one of the most unexpected incidents facing a home or business owner. Water in the home or water in the business is a very common occurrence because of the myriad of ways in which it can cause damage to your property. Water damage in the home can be a result of factors inside the home or business, as well as outside the home or business. Water damage that occurs due to outside factors can include inclement weather, such as flooding or freezing weather that can result in a supply line break or a pipe break. When it is an inside factor causing a flooded home, it may be hidden or exposed. A supply line break or pipe break may occur behind a sealed wall due to inclement or freezing weather and the flood damage may not be immediately visible. When facing flood damage, there are a few necessary steps to take in order to eradicate the issue quickly and effectively, as time is always a major factor.

The initial step is to contact your insurance company. Once your insurance company has been contacted, it is important to give them all of your personal information, as well as detailing the nature of the incident to the best of your ability. Be sure to review your insurance policy in order to gain an understanding of your responsibilities, as well as the insurance company’s responsibilities. After contacting your insurance company and detailing your information, you need to contact a restoration company that can fulfill the necessary requirements. Because an insurance company is likely to work in close connection with a restoration company, it may be able to assist you in locating the restoration company best suited to fit your needs.

Once the restoration company of your choosing has been contacted, they, along with your insurance company, will want to visit the site of the flood damage in order to assess the problem. When choosing the company for the restoration of your home or business, be sure to learn their process, as many restoration companies are not equipped or licensed to complete repairs, and are only required to remove the standing water before implementing the drying process. Some companies may not be able to repair a supply line break or a pipe break due to lack of a state license and are only available for restoration.
When facing water in the home or water in the business, the restoration company will want to begin water cleanup immediately. In a flooded home, the water cleanup process begins with the removal of all barriers that may inhibit completion. The source of the flood damage must be located, as it may be an ongoing problem if not corrected immediately. A hidden supply line break or pipe break may require a wall to be broken into in order to service it.

During water cleanup, mitigation of damages is one of the most important aspects. In order for damage mitigation to occur, the process must be completed in a timely fashion. When dealing with water in the home or water in the business during restoration, one of the aspects that damage mitigation is most dependent up is the drying process. After the water removal aspect of the water cleanup process has concluded, the drying process begins. In a flooded home, the drying process is of supreme importance, as improper drying methods may result in toxic mold growth, becoming a further detriment to the mitigation process. A flooded home can often result in significant water damage and must be addressed as soon as possible. Water in the business or water in the home is a very common issue, but may be also one of the most detrimental and costly.
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