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Make Sure Your Home is Storm Ready

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

We need to be ready for springtime storms in the area. We watch the news, but harsh weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.

It’s a great idea to conduct an inspection of your home and grounds before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause major problems during heavy rainfall and intense winds. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? When is the last time you took a good look at your roof?

Loose shutters and unstable large trees and bushes can present a real problem in high winds. It’s best to trim back trees and bushes with large, heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.

Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches or creeks on the property. Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm. Do you know what to do in the event of a flood? Read more at the link below for flood information and safety tips:

http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/FloodInformation_SprSum.aspx

In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone you care about in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, others will worry, so keeping those lines of communication open can keep everyone safe and worry-free.

The SERVPRO team of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at (216) 464-4498; we’re here to help!

Four Tips to Keep Mold Out of Your Business

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Mold can be a huge problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings. It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet, and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Click on the following link to learn more about mold and allergies: https://acaai.org/allergies/types/mold-allergy

Here are four steps you can take to protect your business and employees from a mold issue:

  • Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to prevent mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up, and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry always, and especially during wet weather.
  • Proper ventilation is an effective way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.
  • Many products today contain mold-resistant materials, such as sheetrock or paint. Shop around for helpful products when doing any renovation or repair to your business, especially in areas that will experience moisture such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
  • Monitoring the humidity indoors in your business can go a long way to mold prevention. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity ideally between 30 and 50 percent; you can measure this with a moisture meter easily found at your local hardware store. (source: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/care-your-air-guide-indoor-air-quality )

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FEMA and Mitigation

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Here is what FEMA says about mitigation (The following was portion copied directly from: https://www.fema.gov/what-mitigation )

“Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security and self-reliance.

  • Disasters can happen at anytime and anyplace; their human and financial consequences are hard to predict.
  • The number of disasters each year is increasing but only 50% of events trigger Federal assistance.
  • FEMA's mitigation programs help reduce the impact of events—and our dependence on taxpayers and the Treasury for disaster relief.

FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and implements a variety of programs authorized by Congress to reduce losses that may result from natural disasters. Effective mitigation efforts can break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. FEMA's mitigation and insurance efforts are organized into three primary activities that help states, tribes, territories and localities achieve the highest level of mitigation: Risk Analysis, Risk Reduction, and Risk Insurance. Through these activities and FEMA's day-to-day work across the country, communities are able to make better mitigation decisions before, during, and after disasters.”

Read more by clicking the link provided above.

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Spring 2018 Arrives and So Do Thunderstorms

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Spring season has arrived in Northeast Ohio.  There are many terms issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) you will here on the radio or TV.  News Net 5 posted on their website a guide that defines these terms.  We listed a few below, but recommend you click on the link to continue reading more of the information they provided: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather/weather-news/severe-weather-guide-be-storm-ready-with-the-power-of-5-weather-team

“SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH - Severe weather has the potential to occur. You should *watch out* for bad weather to happen. Watches are typically issued before any thunderstorms develop, and are issued for a longer period of time (6-8 hours on average).
While a Watch does not mean bad weather will happen for sure, it means the conditions could rapidly change and the atmosphere is primed for severe weather. This could mean things like hail, straight-line wind gusts and even flooding.  

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - This is your call to action, to do something. Severe weather has been spotted or about to happen and it could impact you. Warnings cover a smaller geographic area and are usually only issued for small chunks of time (on average, 20-30 minutes).”

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Some Prevention Tips For Burst Pipes While On Vacation

3/10/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Burst Pipes

Broken pipes can be difficult to fix, and the damage can be costly. It’s best to keep this issue from ever happening. If you’re traveling out of town for an extended period of time, specifically during the winter, there are several steps you can take to prevent your home from being flooded:

• Don’t turn down the heat too far. If you keep the heat on, even if you turn it lower than if you were home, it can keep your pipes warm enough to prevent them from freezing.


• Keep the water running. You don’t have to run the water on full. If you allow the faucet to drip, this helps relieve the pressure in your water system, possibly eliminating water pipe repair.


• Wrap the pipes. If you wrap pipes, especially those that are exposed, with towels or blankets, it provides extra insulation against the elements.

Keep an Eye on Your Home From a Distance

If you’re going to be gone for several days, especially during the coldest parts of winter, it’s not a bad idea to have a neighbor, family member or friend stop by the house once in a while. This can be just a quick peek inside to verify there is no flooding or a broken pipe, or checking the thermostat to make sure plenty of warm air is circulating in your empty home.

You can also use video cameras that you can view from your phone or computer to check on your home. This won’t prevent a pipe from bursting, but it can allow you to at least get a professional there to do a water pipe repair sooner and prevent further damage. Call us right away!

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Are Some Home Improvements Illegal?

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that some DIY projects could put you behind bars? “Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Some jobs call for a licensed professional, especially jobs that involve plumbing, electric, and HVAC installations and repairs. Improperly performed home improvements may cause injury, void warranties, compromise insurance claims, and complicate resales”  

Click on the source link below to continue reading and to view the slideshow.

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/13-home-improvements-that-are-illegal-to-diy-49321

Check with your local city and county to make sure you are also following proper protocol for them as well.  Educate yourself before you begin. 

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Preventing Commercial Losses

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Most people think water damage only occurs from flooding after days of heavy rain. Damage can occur even on a sunny day, leaving your property soaked. Whether the culprit is a broken plumbing pipe, leaking roof, or backup of the sewer system, the damage can be devastating and costly.”

“Roofing – Deteriorated, missing or damaged roofing materials and ice dams can all allow water to enter through the roof and cause damage to the interior of the building and the contents. Inadequate attic insulation and ventilation can speed up the roof’s deterioration and cause ice dams to form in the winter. Exposure to wind, snow, ice, rain and foot traffic can also affect a roof’s ability to keep water out. Businesses often have flat roofs and mechanicals such as heating and air conditioning systems located on the roof, which also present unique challenges.”

Please continue reading this entire article at: https://static1.st8fm.com/en_US/content_pages/1/pdf/us/Loss%20Control%20for%20Business.pdf as this was just a little snippet to get you started.

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Skunk Odor in Your Home?

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

"When these mammals feel threatened by people, pets, or even cars and homes, they deploy their own powerful defense mechanism. Armed with two teaspoon-sized sacs of the oily, yellow liquid, it can potentially unload both directly at their perceived enemy up to 15 feet away! Whether in the form of a light haze or full scale spurt, the musk is strong enough to cause short term blindness in addition to the natural shock and stench lingering afterwards. In addition, the victim may experience nose and eye inflammation, nausea, and difficulty breathing. " Source:http://www.IICRC.org/why-should-skunk-odor-removal-handled-professionals-a-197.html)

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Fire Cleanup & Restoration

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

What would you do if...

You receive a call from a client today with a fire loss?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties?

You have a fire at your own personal property?

Some statistics...

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February.

On average, Fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annualy.

Top 5 Causes of Fire loss:
Cooking equipment
Heating equipment
Intentional
Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
Smoking materials

After the fire is out...

You need a company "Like SERVPRO"
Industry research from 2016 by Buntin Group found that SERVPRO Brand is becoming synonymous with the services provided!

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST! Then repair and rebuild.

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Home Fire Information from FEMA

2/11/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in a home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family, or multifamily home, can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything you want to save or re-use will need to be carefully cleaned. The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for any hidden flames. They may even have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.” Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

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