Be Prepared For Spring Rain!
Storms are devastating, and storm season can be a very stressful time of year. It is important to be prepared. You may not think it is necessary, but even in Ohio we still experience, hind wind, lighting, and an abundance of rain. These things can cause damage. Excessive rain leads to unwanted water build up, flooding, and much more. Winds can knock down branches, and cause damage to your roof, windows etc. These storms lead to power outages that can last several days. Make sure you have plenty of water stored, and an alternative source of power if possible, and of course and abundance of flashlights, and candles. Being prepared and staying calm is key during this time of year. Just know we are always here to help!
What To Do After a Spring Storm in Zanesville
Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.
Take Safety Precautions
Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health effects. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO at 740-844-0977 to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.
Photograph the Damage
If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.
Preventing Spring Rain Damage
Spring is just around the corner and that means so is the rain. Like they say, Spring showers bring May flowers. But Spring storms often bring flooding and storm damage as well. Here are some tips to help prevent Spring storm damage in Zanesville and Cambridge:
- Clean out your gutters and downspouts- this prevents clogging that will add weight to your roof causing roof damage and possible roof collapse
- Seal windows, doors, and roof- these areas are prone to heavy storm waters leaking through
- Search for cracks in your foundation- even small cracks in you foundation can cause major damage as water sits in the ground and seeps into your home
- Install a backflow valve in your basement to prevent sewage backup- when there are heavy rains, the city sewage system becomes overwhelmed often leaving you with the problem of backflow.
Hopefully, you don't have any issues due to Spring storms but if you do call SERVPRO of Zanesville/Cambridge at 740-844-0977. We are open 24/7 and always here to help our community!
Do You Have Moisture In Your House?
Here at SERVPRO Zanesville/Cambridge we take pride in having a professional work place filled with trained technicians. When water damage occurs it saturates your floors, walls, and contents leaving excess moisture even after the source of the water has been fixed. In order to make sure your contents are fully dry and not sustainable to mold, and further damage due to moisture we have to monitor the moisture levels in your home. On surfaces such as wood you want to make sure the levels remain at at 15% saturation level or less. Other materials such as drywall, and concrete may require a lower or higher reading in order to pass our Dry Book standards. No matter the material or surface SERVPRO can get in there, and dry it fast and efficiently with ease.
Are You Prepared For The Winter Storm Coming?
With it being officially being Winter it is important for everyone to be prepared. Especially businesses. If a storm caused damage to your business would you be ready? Here at SERVPRO of Zanesville/Cambridge we offer a free Emergency Ready Profile that outlines exactly what to do in case of an emergency. Generally only 50% of businesses that experience a shutdown due to an unexpected event such as a fire, or storm never get back up on their feet. This is why it is very important to be prepared, and know who to call. This insures your business has as little down time as possible. We will make sure your prepared for any emergency The best part is. It won't cost you a thing! Before getting hit with a Winter storm, give us a call at (740) 844-0977 to set up your FREE Emergency Readiness Profile.
How We Handle Water Damage in Cambridge
When our technicians are called to a water damage job they know what to expect. We bring all the equipment necessary to get the job done. We first go in and assess the situation. Usually we already have what we need on board. If there is standing water we extract it. Then of course we spray a anti-microbial to prevent mold growth. After this is done thee drying process begins. We set up our drying equipment which consists of air movers, and dehumidifiers. We then go in daily, and monitor the drying progress. We shortly know if a material is going to be able to be restored of if it will need replaced. Our fast system, and excellent techs save both you and you insurance company money by getting the job done fast!
Cleaning Up Soot in Zanesville
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Zanesville/Cambridge will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (740)-844-0977
Being Emergency Ready For Winter in Cambridge, OH
During storm season it is important for everyone to be prepared. If a storm caused damage to your business would you be ready? Who do you call? Here at SERVPRO Zanesville/Cambridge we offer a Emergency Ready Profile that outlines exactly what to do in case of an emergency. Generally only 50% of businesses that experience a shutdown due to an unexpected event such as a fire, or storm never get back up on their feet. This is why it is very important to be prepared, and know who to call. This insures your business has as little down time as possible. We gather all your emergency contacts in a easily accessible location, along with location of the water and gas shut off valves at your business. We will make sure your prepared for any emergency. The best part is. It won't cost you a thing!
Mold is More Common Than You Think Around Ohio
Mold is a fungi that can grow anywhere there is moisture. The best places to check for mold are places with high humidity. These could be areas such as your basement, crawl spaces, and your bathroom. Mold can grow on plants, fabrics, tile, even your wallpaper. Spores travel through the air, and can develop within as little as 24 hours, on damp surfaces. Unfortunately mold will not dissipate on it's own. No worries though because we can help at SERVPRO of Zanesville/Cambridge!
Our equipment is designed to dry the even hard to reach places. If you feel your home may have some mold, give us a call. We offer free estimates, and are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Are You Cooking This Holiday? Be Prepared With Fire Safety Tips
*Keep an eye on your cooking and stay in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires.
*Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.
*Watch children closely. When old enough, teach children to cook safely.
*Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.
*Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.
*Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.
*If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.
*Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.
*Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
*Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.