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Fire Damage Restoration Process - Step 3

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Process - Step 3 Door boarded up after a fire in a home in Canton, Ohio.
Step Three: Board Up and Tarping – Securing the Building

Step 3: Board Up and Tarping – Securing the Building is the next blog to our 5 Steps of the Fire Damage Restoration Process. After a fire has damaged your belongings and/or structure it is important to restore your home or business properly and quickly to get back to living and working.

When your home or business has been damaged by a fire the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris. Tarping the roof will prevent secondary damage while the roof is inspected and repaired. SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County provides emergency roof tarp installation to prevent further damage. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO is ready to respond immediately with your board up and roof tarping needs.

Stay tuned for Step Four: Restoration & Cleanup in our next Fire Restoration Blog.

If you have suffered fire damage in Massillon, Ohio located in Stark County, please call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County. We can help restore your home or business to preloss condition: 330-497-4600.

Flooding Hazards Cause Water Damage

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding Hazards Cause Water Damage Flooding to a basement in Canton, Ohio.

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately 75% percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future.

In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States. When storm damage happens in Canton, Ohio and water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® of Northwest Stark County can help. We can respond to any size disaster to begin the cleanup and restoration process to get you back in your home as soon as possible. We are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County at 330-497-4600!

Commercial Property Water Damage in Canton, Ohio

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Water Damage in Canton, Ohio Flooding caused water damage to this commercial building in Canton, Ohio.

After your commercial property has been affected by a water disaster from either a severe storm, pipe-break, sprinkler malfunction or flooding you need to call a water damage restoration expert. As a property manager in Canton, Ohio and you found water damage in your do not have experience in water cleanup and restoration work, it is important to contact your local water damage restoration company. SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County can handle the dry-out and tear-out for you. This is because water damage remediation work needs to be handled by professionals that have gone through the training. SERVPRO will make sure your structure is completely dried out, so secondary damage like mold doesn’t begin.

A professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County has the equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, water extraction equipment, moisture meter readers and the training to completely restore your facility to preloss condition. Our team also has the experience to assess severe damage such as mold spores, exposure to fiberglass insulation, and weakened floors that may collapse.

During the dry-out process our crews document the process making sure that your structure is drying properly and completely dry when we remove all drying equipment. This is important if you file a claim the insurance company will need this documentation for it to be covered for the drying our plus and repairs that need to be done. SERVPRO will also take before and after pictures to prove that there was water damage.

Call 330-497-4600 or visit our website https://www.SERVPROnorthweststarkcounty.com/commercial-restoration-services to learn more about commercial water damage clean up and restoration.

Water Damage Caused by Household Appliances in Canton, Ohio

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Caused by Household Appliances in Canton, Ohio Kitchen water damage due to a dishwasher line break in a Canton, Ohio home.

Most time you think that a water damage to your home will be caused from an outside weather-related storm, but in fact it’s the appliances that are inside your home.  Below are 5 most common causes of water damage in your home and tips on how to avoid having them damage to your Canton, Ohio home.

  1. Your air conditioner removes moisture from the air and sometimes that moisture builds up in the unit. If the air conditioner is not properly drained then water could be slowly leaking into your home. When this water leaks it could damage your drywall and flooring. Along with water damage a slow leak that goes unnoticed can have a possibility to produce mold growth.
  2. Your dishwasher is another appliance that can cause major water damage to your home. It happens when either the seal or latch is broken or the water line breaks. It needs to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible to avoid the costly water damage repairs to your cabinets, flooring and any rooms underneath the kitchen.
  3. Washing machines use gallons of water when cleaning your clothes. If your hose isn’t properly draining or your water line breaks you may find severe water damage. Unfortunately, a slow leak can go undetected, so it is important to look underneath and behind your machines to check for any water damage before mold starts to grow.

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial 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.

Continuing Education Courses for Insurance Agents in Stark County, Ohio

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Continuing Education Courses for Insurance Agents in Stark County, Ohio A recent continuing education class for our local agents and adjusters.

Continuing Education Courses for Insurance Agents and Adjusters

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County offers continuing education courses for insurance agents, and insurance adjusters. These CE courses will provide you with information to better service your customers. The below classes are taught by our SERVPRO Corporate continuing education specialists are designed to improve the knowledge of your staff regarding emergency fire, water and mold mitigation. 

Here are some of the CE courses that are offered by SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County:

  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Restorative Drying in the Restoration Industry
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar
  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • Restoring Contaminated Buildings
  • Cleaning and Restoring Smoke-Damaged Contents
  • Deodorization of Malodors
  • Ethics

Are you in need of CE Credit Hours?

If you need of Continuing Education Courses, please contact your local sales marketing manager to find out when and where our next class will be offered. All our classes are free of charge and include drinks and food. We handle all of the paper to the state.

Please contact Laurie Baum at the information below if you have any questions regarding our upcoming CE Classes.

Email: laurie7419.SERVPRO@gmail.com

Office: 330-497-4600

Flooding in Northeast Ohio

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooding in Northeast Ohio A commercial building in Canton had a water loss in their facility after a major rainstorm produced flooding.

Did you know that floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States?

The National Weather Service in Cleveland, Ohio had issued a severe thunderstorm warning yesterday for the communities in Northeast, Ohio. When a cold front moves across the area it has a potential for severe thunderstorms and flooding. 

It is most likely that Stark and Summit counties will see more storms this Spring. It is important to be safe when storms can occur especially when producing 60-70 mph winds and torrential rain that can produce flooding. When flooding occurs failing to evacuate the flooded areas can result in injury or even death. Floods can develop slowly or with no warning producing a flash flood. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods can cause power outages, damage homes and buildings, create landslides and disrupt traffic.

If the National Weather Services announces a flood warning it is important to:

  • Find shelter right away
  • Do not walk, drive or swim in a flood
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water
  • Evacuate if told to do so
  • Move to a higher floor in your house

If you experience a flood in your home or business in the Canton, Ohio please call the professional crews at SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County at 330-497-4600 for immediate clean up and restoration 24 hours a day!

Fire Damage Restoration Process - Step 2

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Process - Step 2 Our estimator, Heather, working on a scope of work and quote for a customer that recently had a fire in Canton, Ohio.

THE 5 STEPS OF THE FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS – Step 2 Assessment

Step Two: Assessment

Step 2: Assessment is the next blog to our 5 Steps of the Fire Damage Restoration Process. After a fire has damaged your belongings and/or structure it is important to restore your home or business properly and quickly to get back to living and working. Once the call has been made to a fire damage restoration company an estimator will come and access the extent of the damage to the property. Usually, the restoration estimator will work with an insurance adjuster to scope the fire, smoke and soot damage throughout the home or business. They will determine how far the fire traveled to determine how badly the walls, ceilings, floors and belongings have been affected by the fire, soot, smoke and water.

This is an essential first step to determine the extent of the damage. The adjuster and estimator will work together to provide a detailed scope of work, plan of action, approximate time it will take complete and estimate of the work.

Stay tuned for Step Three: Board Up and Tarping – Securing the Building in our next Fire Restoration Blog.

If you have suffered fire damage in Canton, Ohio located in Stark County, please call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County. We can help restore your home or business to preloss condition: 330-497-4600.

Water Damage from an Outside Faucet to a Home in Canton, Ohio

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage from an Outside Faucet to a Home in Canton, Ohio Basement flooded from a broken outside faucet.

Water damage from outside water faucets can cause major damage to your home.

The weather is getting warmer outside and homeowners are beginning their Spring cleanup with washing the outside of the house, cars and watering a new planted garden. Before, we turn on the outside spigot it is very important to make sure that your outside faucet is in working order before a possible water damage to the interior of your home.

During the cold winter months outside faucets that still have hoses attached may freeze. Outside faucets are designed to be “frost proof”, but it only works by shutting the water off inside your home and letting the water to completely drain out of the faucet so there is no water left to freeze. If the water is left in the hose it has the possibility of freezing and bursting the pipe.

Unfortunately, you won't know the pipe had frozen and burst until you go to turn on the faucet for the first time.  If the pipe did break and you turn on your spigot and water sprays all over the exterior of your house, then most likely it is flowing into your interior walls. To make sure that your pipes didn’t break you can perform a quick and easy test by turning your faucets on for a minute and then turning them off. If you see water coming out of places it shouldn’t be then your probably have a busted pipe in the wall that will need to be fixed.

If you didn’t realize that you had a broken outside faucet and realize you had water damage to the interior of your home, it is important to call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County to come a cleanup and remediate. Call us 24/7 at 330-497-4600.

THE 5 STEPS OF THE FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage THE 5 STEPS OF THE FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS Fire damage to a home in Massillion, Ohio. We arrived on site an hour after the customer called us.

FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS

There are five steps of a fire damage restoration process. After a fire has damaged your belongings and/or structure it is important to restore your home or business properly and quickly to get back to living and working. After the fire department has left, you need to call a reputable fire restoration company to begin the process of restoring your home or business to preloss condition.

All restoration companies may vary from company to company, so it is important to call a preferred and reputable vendor that your insurance company works with. Although the options may be different with each restoration company each fire damage restoration process has a standard guideline that needs to be followed. Read below to be prepared in the fire damage process to know what to expect if it happens to you.

Step One: Emergency Contact

It is important to call your local fire damage restoration company that provides 24-hour emergency services. Most fires don’t happen during work hours, so a company that provides services all times of the day, weekends and holidays are able to come out quickly and provide immediate relief to your fire damage to your home or business. It is important to get serviced sooner than later after a fire to prevent damage from spreading though-out your property. It is also important to call a 24-hour emergency company if the fire department had to use water to put out the flames. The longer you leave water in your home the more the extent of the damage is going to increase. Therefore, if property is damaged by smoke, soot or water it is important to get immediate emergency services whenever possible rather than waiting for the problem to get more severe.

Stay tuned for Step Two: Assessment in our next Fire Restoration Blog.

If you have suffered fire damage in Massillon, Ohio located in Stark County, please call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County. We can help restore your home or business to preloss condition: 330-497-4600.

How to Spot Water Damage in your Massillion, Ohio Home

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Spot Water Damage in your Massillion, Ohio Home Sump pump back up from a recent rainstorm in Massillion, Ohio.

Strong storms can lead to serious water damage in your home. Sometimes the damage can go unnoticed. It is important to routinely inspect your home before secondary damage sets in and can lead to mold damage.    

Here are the most common signs of hidden water damage inside the rooms of your home:

  • Water rings on walls or ceilings
  • Sagging floor spots around fixtures or appliances such as the tub, sinks, shower, water heater, washing machine, or dishwasher
  • Warps, splits, or cracks in wood, tile, or laminate flooring
  • Warping, water marks, or discoloration in the cabinet under the sink
  • Patch jobs or areas with heavy paint on walls and ceilings could be hiding water damage
  • Rust on the water heater is a sign of a leak
  • Musty smell from mold or mildew

There are two other major places in your home that tend to have water leaks that need to be checked. 

The attic is vulnerable to water damage from leaks. Water enters the attic near the chimney and roof vents along with the area of where the roof and walls meet.  

The basement is one of the most common areas for water damage. Excessive rains can produce so much water to have drain back ups, sump pump malfunctions, foundation and window well leaks. Also, check areas near the water heater and washing machine or other appliances. If you find water damage in your basement calling a restoration company immediately will prevent mold growth and damage to your belongings. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County is a preferred restoration company with most major insurance companies. We will remove excess water along with placing drying equipment to restore your home to preloss condition. Call us 24/7 at 330-497-4600.