Water Loss? What you Need to Know.
When you experience a water loss it is important to stay out of the affected area as much as possible until you know what it is you are dealing with. There are typically three different categories of water damage.
- Came from clean inside water source
- Did not travel through debris or dirt
- Is clear
- Came from outside or has traveled through unsanitary environment (Flood, drain water)
- Water is clear or slightly cloudy could have visible debris in it
- Water has sat for prolonged period of time
- Water came from sewer or another waste water source
- Water is grey or black
- Usually has strong odor
it is important to know the category because that determines the type of precautions that have to be taken. Everything from the PPE safety equipment that needs worn to the cleaning techniques that need to be used. Dirty water can carry bacteria and cause severe health problems. If you are not sure what type of loss you have or even if you do. Give us a call and we will get you dried up and taken care of!
Fire Pack Out
Experiencing a fire in your home is devastating, and can be overwhelming at times. Often you have numerous restoration specialist,contractors, and insurance adjusters in and out of your home. Things are usually a mess and it is easy to get side tracked among all the chaos. During a fire SERVPRO will help you communicate with your insurance company, and can even sub-contract your contractor needs.
While restoring your home to preloss condition. We not only clean your home itself, but we can do your contents as well. In these situations we actually perform a pack out for you. All your contents are inspected, inventoried and then cleaned right at our shop. Leaving room for contractors to repair your home. This makes it easier to make sure not corner goes untouched. When they are done and your home has been sanitized we bring it back for you. We try to make the process as easy and painless as possible. we know you already have so much on your plate, and are always here to help.
What to do When you Find Mold
Mold is a fungus that grows in moist usually dark areas. There are different types of mold varying in color, smell, and side effects. In most cases the elderly, those with pre-existing heart conditions, and young children are most susceptible to mold.So what do you do if you find mold in your home? First, you want to try and figure out why the mold is growing in that area. You may have a leak or just excess moisture that a home grade dehumidifier can take care of. Then you want to remove and contents that may be effected by the mold. Mold has spores that reproduce and can fly through the air. It is important when removing mold to have proper safety equipment. The process to remove mold involves a Hepa Vac and then the use of a Sporicidin to reduce chance of the spore re-spawning. Most of the time a sealant can be applied as well. If you are not certified to remove mold. You should not remove it. Common signs of mold are musty odors, damp areas, and of course visually seeing the growth. If you have mold and need assistance give us a call. SERVPRO is always here to help.
Water, Always Expect it.
Most of the time when a water damage occurs a home owner discovers it immediately or after just a short while. These are usually losses that involve a lot of unwanted water in a short amount of time. That is not always the case though. Often times things such as AC units, hot water heaters, and downstairs restrooms develop a small leak that goes unnoticed. Minimal amounts of water escape and soak into your contents, walls and flooring. Not showing surface moisture, but still doing damage to your home. These go undiscovered sometimes until the homeowner notices their floors or walls molding or even rotting out. By this time the damage is usually significant. That is why it is important to check all appliances and crawl spaces routinely for leaks and unwanted moisture. You want to pay attention to any wet or stained surfaces, mold, and off putting odors. These could be signs of excess water somewhere in your home. If you do need assistance. Do not hesitate to call.
Storm Season Safety
This time of year we tend to get quite a few "bad" storms. During these storms it is important to be safe. They may cause things such as power outages, down power-lines, excess water and flooding, fallen trees ,high winds and so much more. So always make sure you know your environment, and most importantly if at all possible stay inside during these severe storms. If you do have to travel...
- Have a first aide kit
- Bring water and a flash light
- watch for fallen trees and drive slow
- Watch for flooded roadways
- If the storm gets too bad PULL OVER
We never know what mother nature will throw at us. Being prepared can give you a little peace of mind. If you need assistance with unwanted water or storm damage clean up. We are always here to help.
No Soot too Thick No Smell too Strong
Here at SERVPRO we specialize in fire restoration along with an array of other different services. When dealing with soot from a fire clean up can seem impossible. With the right tools however we are able to get your home back to pre-existing condition. We can clean all surfaces. We have Dry Sponges for you flat painted walls and ceilings. This allows us to remove soot without the help of any kind of cleaning solution. Making sure your paint is not discolored or removed. We also have a solution called Wall and All Wash & Rinse. It has a PH that is safe to use on most surfaces including walls, ceilings. You apply your wash to an area, and then apply the rinse. This leaves your surfaces looking and smelling brand new. No matter the consistency or the type of soot your fire left behind. Our technicians can and will take the best route to making your fire "Like it never even happened."
Tropical Storm Alberto has been downgraded, but will still be delivering rain to Southeast, Ohio. Make sure you are prepared. You could experience power outages, access water in your home or on your property. You should also be aware of the flood watch areas near your home or on your route to work. Always make sure you have supplies such as extra staples, batteries, candles, and of course a first aid kit. You can never be too prepared. Always make sure you check your drainage passage ways. Clear away any roots or debris that could re-route storm water to undesirable areas. Make sure to check for damaged pipes, and spouting around your home as well. Stay safe and dry this season, and if you need us. We are always here to help!
Mother nature as we all know has a mind of her own. Sometimes what she decides to do outside makes it way into our homes. Water could come in from weakened spots in the foundation, through a unsealed windows or doors. Often times it is rerouted towards our homes do to clogged drains. When this type of loss occurs, even though you have insurance. It may not be covered. SERVPRO works along side insurance representatives, and adjusters but we can also work directly with you. If your not covered we can still help. We walk you through the job process, and provide a clear estimate of all the work that we do and the cost. That way you know exactly what you are paying for, and the services provided. We also use industry prices so you will NOT be overcharged. When disaster strikes. We are here to help no matter the situation.
When even the smallest fire occurs in your home there is usually damage done. Smoke and soot damage can be very detrimental to your health. That is why when there is a fire in your home you need to make sure it is properly cleaned. We have special cleaning solutions and equipment to knock out smoke stains and smells. These include things such as..
- Wall and All Wash and rinse solution
- Dry sponges
- SERVPRO Green
- Ozone Machine
Wall and All allows us to clean glossy painted walls and most everyday surfaces.The same goes for SERVPRO Green. We use it mainly for content, and surface cleaning.The Dry Sponge canbe used for ceilings and flat painted walls or surfaces that ca not be wet washed.
After we have thoroughly cleaned thearea we can eliminate hard,set in odors by running the ozone in the affected areas. This cleans anddeodorizes the air and contents with in the given area.
Ohhh the Smell!
Water damage happens when you lest expect it. Sometimes it is a gradual leak or excess moisture that goes unnoticed. It could be a drippy pipe or a backed up drain in the basement you barely ever enter. A lot of the time our customers do not know a water damage has occurred until other signs are present. Things such as musty odors or discoloration of your contents, floors, or ceilings. By this time you might think it is too late to save those things, but that is not always the case. SERVPRO can come in clean, and dry your contents, carpets, walls and ceilings with special solutions, and antimicrobial. This will often times bring your home to its preloss condition. Getting rid of the stains and odors caused by the unexpected leak. To prevent this do routine smell, and moisture checks of your home often. Make sure you do not see any water stains or smell and musty odors. This will limit the chance of unseen water and save you time, and money!