Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Professionals in Cleveland, OH

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

floor raising SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water, restoration, and cleanup.

SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if we cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water, restoration, and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Water Damage Restoration Process in Pepper Pike

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

ONE HOUR: Within one hour from notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange for service. You’ll know help is on the way!

FOUR HOURS: Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to start mitigation services.

DETAILED EXPLANATION: A trained, uniformed, and equipped professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

PRETESTING: We will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

EIGHT HOURS: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.

CLEANING & RESTORATION: We work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water, restoration, and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

How to Recover After a Flood in Mayfield Heights

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mail box in flooded water Floodwaters damage materials, leaving mud, silt and contaminants that can promote the growth of mold. This is when you call SERVPRO.

Here are 9 Steps Provided by LA Fire Department to help you recover after a flood:

Step 1. Take Care of Yourself First - If you are ill or injured, get prompt medical attention.

Step 2. Give Your Home First Aid - Once certain it is safe to go inside, proceed carefully.

Step 3. Get Organized - Document every loss and expense.

Step 4. Dry Out Your Home - Floodwaters damage materials, leaving mud, silt and contaminants that can promote the growth of mold. This is when you call SERVPRO.

Step 5. Restore the Utilities

Step 6. Clean Up

Step 7. Check on Financial Assistance

Step 8. Rebuild and Flood Proof

Step 9. Prepare for the Next Flood

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water, restoration, and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

3 Spring Gutter Issues in University Heights

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

A clogged downspout with leaves. When your home has gutter issues it can result in water damage in your home. A simple fix with your gutter could save you thousands of dollars.

When your home has gutter issues it can result in water damage in your home. A simple fix with your gutter could save you thousands of dollars in damage. Below are issues in your home that you should look out for:

?      Damaged Gutters

?      Clogged Gutters

?      Clogged Downspouts

How to Tell If Your Gutters Need Fixed

Damaged gutters may have cracked or separated from the fascia or each other due to the weight of winter ice or snow. Clogged gutters are full of pine needles, twigs, leaves and other tree debris that have either fallen from overhanging branches or been washed into the gutters by spring rains.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Storm Drain Backup in Euclid, Ohio

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

Rain pouring out on a street Rainstorms in Northeast Ohio can cause severe damage for residents along the north coast near Lake Erie.

Rainstorms in Northeast Ohio can cause severe damage for residents along the north coast near Lake Erie. SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike receives several calls when this occurs. Our crews show up right away to start helping families regain the use of their lower levels that are affected by the water damage.

How SERVPRO Helps Restore Water Damage

Here are Before and After photos of water damage in a family’s basement. You can see the family relied on their basement rec room as a play area for their young children, so they needed our help to make it dry and safe for them as quickly as possible! Our crew removed all the wet carpet and padding as well as the wet baseboards along the base of the walls, so mold would not grow. Then everything was sanitized, and the family was ready to have new carpeting installed so they could enjoy their space again.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Steps to Take When Water Damage Occurs in South Euclid, OH

2/5/2022 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup.

There are steps you can take to be proactive before help arrives after water damage has occurred. Below you can find these steps.

Identify and Stop the Water Source

The source must be stopped before any restoration or drying of the building can be successful.

  • Stop the Source
  • Check for Contaminated Water

Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. In addition, we will inspect for safety concerns that may be evident. If there are any safety issues like lead or asbestos, please bring them to our attention.

Move or Block Furniture

We move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.

  • Block Furniture

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Prevent Winter Water Damage to Your Pepper Pike Home

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Icicles on a pipe The biggest issue, and one of the most common causes of damage during winter, is frozen pipes.

Winter can be a beautiful time of year, with snow blanketing the land. Along with beauty, winter months can bring freezing temperatures, snowstorms, and ice storms. Keep your Pepper Pike home or business safe and dry during the colder months by being aware of the ways water damage can occur and taking the proper measures to prevent damage.

Frozen Pipes

The biggest issue, and one of the most common causes of damage during winter, is frozen pipes. Freezing temperatures cause the water in pipes to freeze, causing H20 particles to expand. When these molecules expand too much, the pipe will crack or even burst, causing water damage the property. This damage can be minor or major, depending on whether the water in the building has been turned off or not. Keep in mind that the more you are in your home, the more water is being used, which adds more pressure on the pipes. Damage can range from a slow drip to major flooding. Here are some ways to prevent or limit damage due to frozen pipes:

Insulate pipes. The best way to prevent pipes from freezing is to ensure your pipes are properly insulated. Exposed pipes are the most susceptible to freezing.

Seal leaks. Make sure any leaks that allow cold air inside are sealed, using caulk or insulation.

Secure outdoor hoses, valves, and faucets.

Let warm water drip overnight when temperatures are cold, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall to help prevent freezing.

Adjust thermostat accordingly. It is recommended that you keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night, and during extreme cold to reduce the strain on the furnace.

Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If you notice signs of frozen pipes, the best thing to do is to act quickly. SERVPRO of South Euclid Pepper / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike is dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces costs. Give us a call today if you suspect water or flood damage at 216-932-4498 or visit our Website!

How to Protect Your Home from Water Damage in South Euclid

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

water damage in home with bucket and sponge When water damage occurs in your home, it can lead to major damage. That's where SERVPRO comes in!

“Water damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters your home can experience, costing billions of dollars annually” (iii.org). There is no place like home, so it is important to protect it at all costs. When water damage occurs in your home, it can lead to tearing out walls, floors, and ceilings. It can mean throwing away household items that are non-restorable. A water-damaged home can take a toll on a household as the process requires patience and dealing with the possible loss of meaningful things. Let’s check out how water damage can be prevented in the home.

How to Prevent Water Damage

Here are some great tips from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Reseal your basement. Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall potentially through any cracks.
  • Install a backwater valve. Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilities and install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.


SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

When You Have A Flood...

1/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike offers water damage restoration, for both residential and commercial properties.

Frozen burst pipe, backed up floor drains, sump pump failure, toilet supply lines, or flood, we have the ability to assist with your emergency water clean-up services.

No matter the source, we remove standing water quickly, which may reduce further secondary damages to your home. Plus, we dry affected materials in the home fast and efficiently. Our crew makes every effort to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Our IICRC-certified technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After you contact us, we send a trained crew to your residence to deal with your water emergency.

Water, depending on the source, may contain some level of contamination, which is why we take the necessary steps to clean and sanitize the affected areas. SERVPRO technicians use professional products to disinfectant the home. Also, the crew may use antimicrobial solutions to prevent future issues.  In addition to cleaning the house with professional products, water damage restoration may also include cleaning and drying materials in the home and discarding any contaminated items.

First, we remove the water, then we clean the affected areas before the drying phase begins. This step helps protect the team during the cleanup phase.  It is important to reduce health risks and possible exposure to the occupants in the home. It's also important to note that the moment water enters the home, depending on the source, the environment inside the residence can become vulnerable to various microorganisms that can have adverse health effects. Contacting us right away is a vital step towards making your home safe to live in once again.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike flood damage services can restore your home when possible. Our goal is always, to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (216) 464-4498 at any time 24/7 to assist with your water emergency.

December in Ohio

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

It’s December in Ohio and so far we have had both snow and rain, which equals lots of water!  We are also having cold temperatures which can cause broken pipes/lines.  Although there are different issues that can cause this to happen, it is extremely important to ensure that your heat is on and at a temperature that will not allow pipes to freeze, especially if you are leaving your home unattended for any amount of time.  If a pipe/line breaks, the effects can be devastating.  Often the amount of water needs more than just a mop or a rag.  Cleaning up the visible water may not be enough.  The floor, subfloor, walls and ceiling can be holding water you are unable to dry. Please call our team of trained professionals at SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike @ 216-464-4498 and they will assess the affected areas, determine a drying plan and begin mitigation.   

When the flood gates open...

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Residential water loss September 2018

and the water comes rushing in, it can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, walls and places you can not see.  That’s when you need to call SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike! Timing is everything and failure to act immediately may make the contents unsalvageable and extensive demolition unavoidable.  Fixing the source of what has caused the loss is crucial.  It is important to work with a certified restoration service provider like SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike.  Our team of trained professionals will quickly respond to assess the damage and begin the mitigation process to stop further loss.  SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike may utilize specific water meters (either penetrating or non-penetrating), air scrubbers, industrial extraction equipment, commercial air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers.  This specialized mitigation process is important because leaving excess moisture could promote mold growth, which could be hazardous to your or someone else’s health.

Call SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike at (216)464-4498, where we  specialize in Water, Fire, Storm and Mold damage restoration and bring your property back to its preloss state…

 “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Can Lead to Mold

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

As we have seen recently, thunderstorm season is upon us. With those storms comes increased possibility for drain backups in your home. Water damage in your home can unfortunately lead to mold growth.

Mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure if your home has sustained any type of water damage due to:

  • Flooding
  • Sewage backup from flooding in the area
  • Overflows from showers, sinks, or bathtubs
  • Elevated levels of humidity
  • Plumbing and/or roof leaks

Worse still, that mold will continue to grow until the source of the water in the area has been stopped and repaired, and the existing mold is dealt with properly and effectively. While there are thousands of types of mold that exist, some are known for being allergens, and some serious health problems can be caused by a few molds that produce harmful toxins. All molds however, are capable of affecting your health in certain conditions and higher concentrations.

Even lesser amounts of exposure for certain people, especially infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, those with preexisting respiratory conditions, and the elderly can produce adverse health effects. Typical symptoms from mold exposure include:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Sinus congestion or cough
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Nervous system such as headaches
  • Aches and pains

Preventing or eliminating all mold and mold spores is unavoidable indoors, but there are several ways in which you can help to control mold growth, such as:

  • Stop the Water – have leaks and water intrusions repaired
  • Keep it Clean – clean fabrics regularly and store in dry spaces; have air ducts cleaned
  • Keep it Dry – reduce air moisture with dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioners, but DO NOT use fans if mold already exists; try to keep indoor humidity below 40%
  • Disinfect – be sure to check moisture or mold prone spaces in the house like bathrooms, laundry areas, mechanical rooms for moldy odors, and use a commercial disinfectant

Most importantly, call in the experts to help! Water damage can lead to problems that can be easily missed or shrugged off as not that big of a deal. It is important to have the space affected thoroughly assessed for signs of mold growth immediately, so there are not future health concerns that could have been prevented.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is here to help with all of your water damage questions. Call today! 216-464-4498

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.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498….here to help!

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).”

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498….here to help! 

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!

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike today to begin the clean-up 216-464-4498!

Are You Prepared For Power Outage Emergencies?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

It pays to be prepared for emergencies. What else would you add to this list?

  • Plenty of Bottle Water
  • Battery-operated radio & clock

  • Flashlights

  • Extra batteries

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Non-electric can opener & eating utensils

  • List of emergency phone numbers

  • First-aid kit

You never know when a water, flood, fire emergency will happen.  Be prepared and start your list today.  We are available 24/7 to help with the clean-up. Follow our blogs for lots of safety tips and useful information so you are prepared as best you can be.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 if you need our help

Preventing Frozen Pipes in Pepper Pike, Ohio

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

It's that time of year and the temperatures are dropping in Pepper Pike, Ohio.  Here are a few tips from the Red Cross to help prevent frozen pipes. (click this link to read more tips: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes):

1) Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

 2) Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

 3) When the temperature is very low outside, let the cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes or pipes in exterior walls. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.

 4) Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent damage if pipes freeze and burst.

 5) If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

Preserving your documents in water events

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

In large storms or any type of water flood in your home theres a few things you can do to protect important documents. 

First and foremost use zip lock bags. They will protect documents from water. You can keep anything you deep important in these and just use them from the bags. This way you're prepared if an unexpected flood occurs. 

If a storm is coming you can use your dishwasher for important documents. Your dishwater will not let water inside of it and because it is attached to cabinets it is less likely to be destroyed in events like tornadoes or hurricanes. 

Some items to consider storing are:

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  • Driver's license, photo ID
  • Emergency contact list or address book (even if contacts are stored in a smartphone)
  • Insurance policies (health, home, auto)
  • Vital documents (birth certificates, passports, wills)
  • Bank account information (account numbers, passwords)
  • Photocopies of credit and debit cards (front and back)
  • Stock certificates, investment information
  • Extra keys (home, safe deposit box, office and car)"

For more information visit:

http://www.wral.com/food-and-supplies-checklist-for-storm-preparation/3283070/

What is a flood cut?

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

What is a flood cut?  Removing the bottom 12-24 inches of drywall in a flood affected room. 

Examples of why we flood cut:

·         If we detect there is wet insulation

·         The water is contaminated from the sewage or other storm  related contaminates

·         If any microbial growth is detected

After the lower wall portions are removed, any studs or framing are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once the walls are completely dried out new insulations can easily be installed and the finalization of the build back can continue. 

Some of our steps:

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike 216-464-4498...Here to help!

How we fix water damage PART ONE!

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

When water damage happens you should call SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike! 216-464-4498.. but you may wonder.. what exactly do we do? Here is step 1!

"Structure and contents

When working within a residence, it is often the case that those who are performing the water damage restoration must work with and around the contents of the home. This includes, but is not limited to, furniture, electronics, books, and any other materials that may have been affected by the water damage. The moving around of the said contents is often referred to "contents manipulation." Water damage restoration firms often bill content manipulation on a per hour basis.

Contents may also require treatment due to the effects of water damage. This may include, but is not limited to, sterilization, sanitization, deodorization, drying, and storage of said contents. Other contents may simply be unsalvageable, or the cost of having them salvaged would exceed its current value."

For more information click Source of information

How we fix water damage PART TWO!

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

You may be wondering what comes next? After we assess the damage, remove any contents, treat any material being left etc. The next step in the process is called Monitoring. What exactly is that? Read below!

"After the water has been extracted and any non-salvageable materials have been removed, water damage professionals should place drying equipment according to industry guidelines for capacity in the affected areas. Industry standards state that drying vendors should return to the residence at regular time intervals, preferably every twenty-four hours, to monitor the equipment, temperature, humidity, and moisture content of the affected walls, contents, or other affected materials. Should one area be dry and another affected area still wet, the firm will relocate or remove equipment accordingly."

The source of this information (and further reading) can be found: by clicking here

If your home or business floods.. give us a call to do the work for you. We are professionals trained to specifically clean up after water damage! SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike 216-464-4498

How we fix water damage PART THREE!

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

After the stage called 'Monitoring' the next phase is the completion phase. 

"Completion

Once temperature, humidity, and moisture content are deemed acceptable according to industry standards, drying equipment is removed and the drying process is complete. There are defining criteria and methods to be used for assessing water damage and establishing restoration procedures, but because of the unique circumstances of every water damage restoration project, it is impractical to issue blanket rules that apply to every situation. In extenuating circumstances, deviation from standard practices is appropriate."

Source can be seen by clicking here

If all of this seems daunting don't worry that is why we are here! We just thought it would be fun to tell you a little bit about how we fix your home or business after water damage situations occur. 

We are here 24/7/365 to help! SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike can be reached at 216-464-4498

Preventing Water Backups

8/12/2017 (Permalink)

“Water backup occurs when the water around the foundation of your home exceeds the capacity of removal systems to drain it. It can occur from surface water seeping into foundation walls or sewer systems overflowing up through drains in the basement.

Preventing Water Backup

Maintain gutters and downspouts, keeping them free of debris and leaves and repairing them if they are sagging

Inspect your gutters' capacity - after fifteen minutes of heavy rain, if water overflows the gutters, install additional downspouts

Extend downspouts at least ten feet away from the house

Adjust landscaping and irrigation so that water flows away from the foundation”

Source: https://www.libertymutual.com/preventing-water-damage/water-backup. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Your drywall is wet?! Oh no!! Now what?!

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

The problem with water getting into drywall is that drywall does not dry on its own very quickly. When this happens mold can start to grow which would require professional service. If you notice that your drywall is wet the key to minimizing the damage is to act quickly. Let SERVPRO help! “When drywall gets wet one of the first things that can happen is mold feeding on the soggy paper “skins”.  As the moisture finds its way deeper in to the material, the gypsum begins to soften and eventually turn to mush…or crumble away. It does not take much water or much time for this to occur.  I have seen mold happen after just one “flooding” type event in a mater of days.” (networx.com)

The best thing you can do if your drywall is wet is to give us a call. We can dry it much faster to limit the damage as much as possible! 

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Unexpected Water In Your Basement?

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Photo Source: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/flooded-basement-how-to-deal-with-common-causes

State Farm Insurance posted on their website the following on unexpected water in your basement?

“If the water is coming up through floor drains or sink drains in the basement, then the problem is often water backing up from the municipal sanitary sewer system. During heavy rains, combined sewer systems can become overwhelmed with water. This can cause sewer water to back up in the system and sometimes into homes.

There are other possible explanations, too. Sewer backups can be caused by individual service lines being plugged by grease, waste, tree roots, breaks in pipes or saturated ground. Sewer mains can also be plugged by vandalism or large items dropped down manholes.

This kind of flooding is an enormous problem for homeowners, as it's largely out of your control and probably means fecal waste backing up into basements. Not only is it disgusting, but it can also be a serious health hazard.

In order to keep your individual lines clear, you can install backflow preventers that help stop sewer water from flowing backward into the house. Proper maintenance of your individual lines - for example, pouring tree root killer down your toilets once a year - can also go a long way in preventing sewage backups. Still, the problem is often out of your control.

Sewage in your basement means a major cleanup and a lot of uncertainty about future problems. If it's something you've seen in your home, you'll have to get your city government involved. At the very least, be aware of the problem and don't leave anything valuable near your downstairs drains.”  To read this information and more on flooded basements, click this clink: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/flooded-basement-how-to-deal-with-common-causes

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Some Facts About Floods

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

“A flood occurs when water overflows or inundates land that's normally dry. This can happen in a multitude of ways. Most common is when rivers or streams overflow their banks. Excessive rain, a ruptured dam or levee, rapid ice melting in the mountains, or even an unfortunately placed beaver dam can overwhelm a river and send it spreading over the adjacent land, called a floodplain. Coastal flooding occurs when a large storm or tsunami causes the sea to surge inland.

Most floods take hours or even days to develop, giving residents ample time to prepare or evacuate. Others generate quickly and with little warning. These flash floods can be extremely dangerous, instantly turning a babbling brook into a thundering wall of water and sweeping everything in its path downstream.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/floods/

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Finding The Source Of A Ceiling Leak

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Ceiling leaks are unsightly, but there can be a much bigger issue that lies beneath the surface. “Identifying the source of a ceiling leak is similar to putting together a puzzle. You might think it's simple enough, but finding where water is coming into the home may be an exercise in trial and error. Where the water enters the home may not be at the source of the leak. Water follows the easiest path until it reaches the lowest point or obstruction along that path where it begins to pool and leak. A thorough inspection and eliminating the most obvious causes is a good starting point when you want to identify the source of the leak in your ceiling.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/identify-source-ceiling-leak-27618.html

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Check Your Toilet For Leaks

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

“If you have a heavy leak in your toilet, it's easy to diagnose—the faint sound of the toilet tank constantly replenishing is a dead give away. What about a slow leak? Diagnose it with food coloring.

If you have a slow leak in your toilet tank, hundreds of gallons are just slowly and silently cascading down the side of your toilet bowl every month. Fortunately you can easily detect if the uptick in your water bill is from a slow leak or not.

Over at wikiHow they share a simple test for toilet water leaks, place a half dozen or so drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Leave the toilet alone for a half hour or more. Come back and check to see if the water in the bowl of the toilet has become tinted with the food-coloring dye from the tank.”

 For more information, please continue reading at: http://lifehacker.com/5410845/use-food-coloring-to-diagnose-a-leaking-toilet

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Check Your Washing Machine Hose Lately?

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

“Each washing machine comes with three hoses to add total functionality to the appliance: hot water, cold water and a drain. This means there are three opportunities for your otherwise reliable appliance to suddenly break apart and leak water. If you find water in the laundry room, it’s worth checking to see if any of your washing machine hoses are leaking.

First and foremost, pull out the washing machine. You need to check all three hoses to see if there is a leak in any of them, but don’t disconnect any tubes. Instead, start a short wash and watch each of the hoses as it goes through the wash and rinse cycles. When starting the drain cycle, keep an eye on the drain hose.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.homestructions.com/general/check-washing-machine-hose/

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Water Damage-Common Inside Sources

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

There are many areas inside and outside your home that can cause water damage.  According to State Farm Insurance, here are a few inside sources:

•Look for signs of existing leaks on ceilings, walls, floors and near appliances that use water. •Methods to avoid damage due to freezing include insulating exposed pipes, utilizing heat tape in areas which can’t be insulated, and running a trickle of water out of faucets when the business is closed and the water is not being used during periods of freezing or below freezing temperatures. •Avoid putting any solids or grease down your drains, and use screens on your drains to catch solids before they enter the plumbing system. •Ensure hose connections are secure and water supply lines are not brittle or worn for appliances such as washing machines and icemakers. •Apply fresh caulk around all fixtures and exterior openings such as doors, windows and fixtures. •It is recommended that all appliances and mechanicals be regularly serviced by licensed contractors to ensure there are no leaks, wear and tear or blockages which may cause water damage”  

Please continue reading this entire article at: https://static1.st8fm.com/en_US/content_pages/1/pdf/us/Loss%20Control%20for%20Business.pdf

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Deductible Questions

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

When SERVPRO of Beachwood is called to a home or business to clean up from a broken pipe, water back up, roof leak or mold clean up (just to name a few examples), sometime there is a deductible to collect.  What exactly is a deductible.  We went to the Farmer Insurance website for a explanation.

"What is a deductible?
A deductible is the amount you’re responsible for in the event of a covered loss. In most covered loss cases, you are responsible for any amounts up to your deductible level and your insurance would cover anything beyond that up to your coverage limit. For example, if you select a $1,000 deductible and have a $4,200 covered loss, you would receive a claim payment of $3,200 after deducting the $1,000.

A homeowners deductible applies to each claim. If you have more than one claim in a policy period, you will be responsible for the deductible amount for each individual claim regardless of the number of claims you have during that policy period." (Source: http://www.farmers.com/faq/home/#deductible)

Preventing Water Backup

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

“Water backup occurs when the water around the foundation of your home exceeds the capacity of removal systems to drain it. It can occur from surface water seeping into foundation walls or sewer systems overflowing up through drains in the basement.

Preventing Water Backup

  • Maintain gutters and downspouts, keeping them free of debris and leaves and repairing them if they are sagging
  • Inspect your gutters' capacity - after fifteen minutes of heavy rain, if water overflows the gutters, install additional downspouts
  • Extend downspouts at least ten feet away from the house
  • Adjust landscaping and irrigation so that water flows away from the foundation”

Source: https://www.libertymutual.com/preventing-water-damage/water-backup. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Preventing Ice Dams

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

“Proper ventilation, drainage and insulation are the only ways to prevent ice dams and can be achieved in the following ways:

  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris
  • Check and seal places where warm air could leak from your house to the attic: vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, attic hatches and light fixtures are all possibilities
  • Inspect, or have your roof and attic inspected for proper ventilation and insulation
  • Look for signs of inadequate ventilation: rust spots, rusty nails or a mildew smell are all signals that moisture has formed on the inside of your roof
  • If you have soffit vents in your eaves, make sure they are not blocked and insulation surrounding them is secured so that air can flow easily”

Source: https://www.libertymutual.com/preventing-water-damage/ice-dams. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Home Floods-Drying Out Your House

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

“If flood or storm water has entered your home, dry it out as soon as possible. Follow these steps:

  • If you have electricity and an electrician has determined that it’s safe to turn it on, use a “wet-dry” shop vacuum (or the vacuum function of a carpet steam cleaner), an electric-powered water transfer pump, or sump pump to remove standing water. If you are operating equipment in wet areas, be sure to wear rubber boots.
  • If you do not have electricity, or it is not safe to turn it on, you can use a portable generator to power equipment to remove standing water. Note: If you must use a gasoline-powered pump, generator, pressure washer, or any other gasoline-powered tools to clean your home, never operate the gasoline engine inside a home, basement, garage, carport, porch, or other enclosed or partially enclosed structures, even if the windows and doors are open. Such improper use can create dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide and cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If weather permits, open windows and doors of the house to aid in the drying-out process.”

 Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/reenter.html

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Be Ready-Flood Watch

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

“Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.
Steps to Take

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

Prepare Your Home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.”

Source: https://www.ready.gov/floods

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared as this was just a part of the online article aricle.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

What is a flood cut?

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

What is a flood cut?  Removing the bottom 12-24 inches of drywall in a flood affected room. 

Examples of why we flood cut:

·         If we detect there is wet insulation

·         The water is contaminated from the sewage or other storm  related contaminates

·         If any microbial growth is detected

After the lower wall portions are removed, any studs or framing are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once the walls are completely dried out new insulations can easily be installed and the finalization of the build back can continue. 

Some of our steps:

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

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