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Sewage in your Strongsville Basement, Stinks!

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage on Basement Floor Water in your crawlspace can cause lots of damage. Get it dried by the pros at SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South.

Need Emergency Service?

Call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South, 24/7   @440-237-0077

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Our trained technicians are on standby to help restore your home.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  Our team arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

No worries - 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.

Call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South at 440-237-0777.

Storms hit Southern Cuyahoga Overnight

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Tree lays on roof Wind crashes tree onto this Southern Cuyahoga home. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South was there!

Tornado, wind, hail and rain descended on our community overnight.  Power was out due to downed power lines by the abundant amount of trees that had fallen.  Winds tore off large branches, blew residents outdoor furniture and trash cans.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is there for you if you need your home or business's roof tarped or boarded up.  The worst thing you can do to your property is to let more water in to do further and more extensive damage.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We will work with your insurance company not only for the emergency service but also making your home "Like it never even happened." 440-237-0077

We are cleaning experts

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

workers in a meeting SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South trained technicians meeting as we prepare to clean a clients business.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers in Southern Cuyahoga County that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today --SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South, 440-237-0077.

Know you are getting the best.

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trucks in parking lot When you need faster to your disaster call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South.

It's natural to want your Solon, Ohio home and business to be safe and as comfortable as possible. When any part of the building is compromised, it becomes a serious concern. Fire or water damage creates many issues that affect the structural integrity of your property. It's usually necessary to contact home remediation professionals who can arrive faster to any size disaster, fix the problem and return your home or business to its pre-damaged condition.

Recognize Professional Qualities

SERVPRO franchises are some of the most respected restoration companies in your community. There are several reasons for this:

  • Professional help is available all day, every day. Emergency services prevent further or secondary damages from occurring.
  • All specialists receive ongoing training, which gives them the skills necessary to respond appropriately to any type of damage.
  • Local franchises allow technicians to arrive faster to any size disaster. Local technicians can arrive more quickly than out-of-town competitors.
  • SERVPRO has more than 1,750 franchises positioned around the country, so it's very likely there's one in your area.
  • SERVPRO is often preferred by national and local insurance companies, which makes filing an insurance claim easier.

Whether it's your home or your business that's at risk, SERVPRO technicians have the equipment, training and location necessary to provide fast, thorough services.

Residential Services

Did you know that you don't have to wait for significant damage to occur before you contact professionals? For example, residential services are available when your home has been flooded due to heavy storms or when it has smoke damage from a chimney fire.

Commercial Services

SERVPRO technicians are also qualified to complete the work needed at your business facilities. When you need professional cleaning services or any type of restoration services for your commercial building, choose the best remediation professionals available.
Your Solon property deserves full attention from restoration professionals. Choose SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South for technicians who arrive faster to any size disaster and who don't leave until the work is complete.

Call us 24/7 at (440) 237-0077.

What to do about Mold!

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Wet crawlspace and pipe Check your crawlspace often for signs of water and moisture

No homeowner ever wants to find black mold in their home in Northeast Ohio. Unfortunately, mold growth is a common issue many homeowners encounter. Many homeowners don't know about the correlation between rain and mold growth, which can be useful to understand.

1. Why Do You Find Mold in Your Home After Rain?


There are several reasons mold commonly appears in homes after heavy rains. In general, mold tends to grow in moist areas. When storms with high winds cause damage to a home's roof by removing or damaging roof shingles, this can leave parts of the home's roof exposed. As a result, a leak can easily occur, which can cause a moisture problem in the home. Additionally, rain can also result in high levels of humidity throughout the home if windows are left open, which can encourage mold to grow.

2. How Do You Complete Mold Cleanup?


If you do notice black mold in your home, you may want to try to clean the area yourself. However, this type of mold can spread easily and can often be hazardous. In general, it's wise to contact the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South. Our specialists can help to safely contain the mold in order to prevent it from spreading throughout the home. Our professionals will use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) air filters and negative air chambers throughout the remediation process.

3. How Can You Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home?


Fortunately, there are steps homeowners can take to prevent mold from growing in their homes. Though you can't change the weather, having annual roof inspections can alert you of potential issues that could eventually contribute to mold growth. It's also often useful to keep your home dry in order to discourage mold spores from growing. Finally, keeping your home clean and checking for any leaks can help to prevent the growth of mold.

Though the presence of black mold in your home can be alarming, it's often helpful to know what factors, such as rain, may contribute to mold growth. It can also be useful to know what mold cleanup entails and how to prevent the spread and growth of mold in your home.

Mold can be anywhere

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Mold hanging from ceiling Mold is everywhere and SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South can help!

If you smell something musty in your home in Northeast, OH you may have a mold problem. It may not be immediately visible, though. Mold damage can occur on almost any surface, particularly if it is porous. All it needs to thrive is moisture and something organic to feed on. Here are some places to look for mold and tips on how to keep these places fungus free.

Where Is It?

Mold or mildew growth may happen anywhere there is too much moisture. Common places in your home where mold could grow include:

  • Drywall
  • Carpet
  • Furniture
  • Insulation
  • Draperies

Excess dust can also contribute to mold growth. A layer of dust on a surface gives spores in the air another place to attach and grow. Regular dusting can help keep fungus growth at bay.

How Is It Prevented?

Mold is everywhere. It gets inside your home by attaching to clothing, hair, pets and shoes. Once the spores are in this confined space, they start to look for a place to land and grow. Mold damage occurs when they find it.

The most effective way to prevent mold growth is by getting rid of the excess moisture in your home. Try to keep humidity levels between 40-50%. You can measure the humidity in your home with a device from your local hardware store. Make sure rooms that are prone to higher humidity, such as bathrooms and the kitchen, are properly ventilated for good air flow. When you notice a leak, call water remediation specialists immediately to dry and restore the area. Controlling moisture is vital to controlling the spread of mold.

As the homeowner, you play a key role in avoiding mold damage. Rid your home of excess moisture, and when you cannot, inspect all the surfaces where mold can grow to catch it at its beginning stages. By being vigilant about prevention, you can protect the air quality in your home.  If you have concerns call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South to have one of their experts give you a professional evaluation at 440-237-0077.

Cold Snaps can lead to Cleveland Area Flooding

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Semi trailer in snow Cold and Snow is here. So is SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South

At a faster rate than northernly areas of the country also hit with recent severe winter storms, properties in Northeast Ohio may experience the trauma of interior flooding due to frozen pipes. Other areas still cope with below zero temperatures, but their familiarity with long periods of below-freezing weather changes building practices to protect pipes. If you are caught with standing water inside your home because of cold temperatures in your southeastern home, we can help.

Plumbing rarely drains completely, and the water left in your Ohio pipes can freeze, surprising you with flood damage. As the water freezes inside the pipes it expands, and the resultant pressure causes metal or plastic conduit to split and crack and connections to fail. Unless the main is shut off, water continues to flow and pours out of the cracks. Your foundation or crawl space collects the moisture, and you need our professional crews and heavy-duty equipment to remove it and dry out your structure.

Speed is essential to a successful flood damage recovery after pipes burst. Water progressively harms building materials and contents. A quick soaking is usually endurable if the moisture is relatively clean and is dried out thoroughly. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South crews are skilled at using pumps and extractors to remove the vast majority of flood waters, and then to switch to air movers, dehumidifiers, and sometimes heaters to reduce the moisture that remains soaked into framing, walls, ceilings, floors, and fixtures such as carpeting, wallpaper, and cabinets.

Water that stands or saturates structural components and possessions for more than 24 to 48 hours threatens to support the growth of mold. As SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South crews manage your flooding situation, we may pack out stored boxes or furnishings, providing you with an inventory and the chance to decide whether to pursue specialized drying solutions or to discard ruined items. We may offer freeze drying as a resource for wet documents and pictures and help to launder and dry clean waterlogged clothing, linens, and other items.

All our services are accomplished as swiftly as possible to give your belongings and home’s structure the best chance to become restored “Like it never even happened.” It also disrupts your and your family’s life minimally as well. We work to have the damaged pipes repaired fast, too, as failing to do so results in another flood. Throughout the restoration process, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is in constant contact with your insurance company to make sure your out of pocket costs are limited, as we assist you with your claims process.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South trains to respond successfully to flooding events, no matter what the cause of the disaster.

Contact us at (440) 237-0077, 24 Hours a day

Be Smart and Implement a Cold Weather Plan!

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Tractor tralier in snow If there is snow, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is prepared to go!

If your business is in an area prone to bad weather such as excessive snowfall, icy roads, flooding or other natural disasters, you need to be smart and plan for bad weather. Not only can inclement conditions be dangerous for your employees, but it can also be devastating to your building’s structure. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize damage, protect employees and keep your Cleveland area business operating as usual even in an intense snowstorm. Here are a few key steps:

Have a Plan in Place

Some winter storms have been known to last for weeks at a time, and many are so severe that they prevent individuals from driving. While you cannot ask your employees to head to the office in the middle of a blizzard, you can ask them to work from home when the roads are icy and visibility is poor. Have a business plan in place that everyone can adhere to on snow days. This plan should include who is responsible for what when out of office, how work should be submitted and how and how often data backup should be performed. 

Invest in Protection 

Your business should have storm windows, storm doors, new and working gutters, lightning rods and storm drains. You should also invest in a generator or other source of backup power so that, at the very least, your heater can continue operating in a snow storm and prevent a pipe burst.

Remove snow

Snow that is allowed to accumulate on the roof or sidewalks can be dangerous to your building, employees and customers. Hire a snow removal company to keep your roof, sidewalks and areas around your building clear. 

Watch the Weather

When a storm is in the forecast, shut the storm windows and doors, unplug appliances and electronics, back up your data and send your employees home. By planning ahead, you can prevent costly losses and unnecessary injuries. 

Make sure your business is ready for bad winter weather. With the right planning, you can continue operating in a snowstorm.

House Fires: How to prevent them and what to do if you experience one in Cuyahoga County

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

House Fires: How to prevent them and what to do if you experience one

Every day, 7 people die in house fires- most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can evolve into a colossal fire and become life threatening; in less than two minutes your home can be consumed by flames, producing toxic smoke and gases with temperatures hotter than your oven. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths and surprisingly, heat is more dangerous than flames- Room temperature can reach 100° at floor level and a smoldering 600° at eye level. With that being said, smoke and toxic gases are responsible for more deaths than flames and heat.

Kitchen mishaps, electrical sparks, space heaters, playing with matches are all common causes of house fires. However, they are preventable:

  • Do not leave cooking unattended- More than 60% of kitchen fires begin on the stove. Also, do not use stove range to heat your home.
  • Keep grills at least 10 feet away from siding and out from under branches and roof overhangs.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of home fires. ALWAYS smoke outdoors, never in bed, and always use an ashtray, making sure butts are completely stubbed out.
  • NEVER smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off.
  • Replace all worn, old, or damaged appliance cords immediately. Frayed wires = fires!
  • Avoid having multiple appliances plugged into the same receptable and try not to run extension cords underneath rugs.
  • Keep combustible objects at least 3 feet away from portable heating devices, such as portable heaters- Make sure they have a thermostat control mechanism and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Remove lint from dryer filter after every use.
  • Change heating and air conditioning filters regularly.
  • Avoid unattended/careless use of candles.
  • Portable generators should never be used indoors.
  • Make sure combustible and flammable liquids are kept away from any heat source.
  • Discuss at least two escape strategies with your family or housemates prior to a fire and designate a meeting spot that is a safe distance from the home.
  • A working smoke detector significantly increases chances of surviving a deadly fire. Place alarms on each floor of your house, even the basement, and if possible, in every bedroom. Test batteries monthly and replace them once a year. Replace the alarms themselves every 8-10 years.
  • *Contact your local fire department for information on obtaining alarms for people with functional needs, i.e. a vibrating or flashing alarm.
  • Have fire extinguishers on each level of the home and/or in fire-prone areas like the kitchen and near the fireplace. Check gauges often to make sure they have a proper charge.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas found in fumes from combustible fuel- it is potentially deadly as it has no odor, taste, or color. Install CO alarms in central locations on each floor of the home, especially outside sleep areas.

Although preventable, fires still occur and figuring out what to do afterward can be an incredibly stressful and overwhelming process; it can be hard to decide what to do first as your mind is running around in a million directions.

  • Immediately call 9-1-1! But make sure you are out of the house before doing so.
  • Call your insurance company. You will most likely receive calls from public adjusters and contractors trying to get your business. It is recommended you speak to no one but your insurance agent.

If you do not have homeowner’s insurance, your family and community might help you get back on your feet. Some organizations that may help are:

  • American Red Cross (ARC).
  • Salvation Army.
  • Religious organizations.
  • Public agencies, such as the public health department.
  • Community Groups.
  • State or municipal emergency services office.
  • Nonprofit crisis- counseling centers.
  • A fire in your home can cause serious damage to your home and many of your belongings may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. In order to fight the fire, firefighters may have broken windows and cut holes on the roof- Ask your agent or adjuster to recommend restoration companies, like SERVPRO, that can help with cleaning up soot or water damage, boarding up windows, and other construction.
  • Contact your landlord or mortgage lender as well as your credit card company to report any cards lost in the fire.
  • Check with an accountant or the IRS about special benefits for people recovering from fire loss.
  • Save undamaged items from any further destruction. Any items not damaged should be put in a safe place, such as a storage facility.

Handle burnt money as little as possible. If money is only partly burnt, you can take it to your regional Federal Reserve Bank to get it replaced or send it to the Treasury:

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

MCD/OFM, Room 344A

14th and C Streets SW

Washington, DC 20228

  • Fully cooperate with the insurance company’s investigation. When a fire claim is reported, it becomes top priority and in most cases the adjuster will be out to see the loss within 24 to 48 hours after receiving the claim.
  • Find somewhere to live if you home is unlivable. Most policies include “Loss of Use or Loss or Rents” coverage, which pays for shelter, food, and clothing you may need- Make sure to let local police know that the site will be vacant.
  • Do not enter your house or apartment unless the fire department says that it’s safe to do so. If utilities are unsafe, they will be turned off- Do not try to turn them on yourself.

 After a fire, your sense of security may be lost, which can significantly disrupt the regularity of daily life and it can become difficult to take care of yourself with so many other anxieties preoccupying your mind. Experiencing such a tragic loss can take an emotional toll on you so pay attention to how you and your loved ones are handling stress, whether related to the fire or not. Make sure to get plenty of rest and ask for help if needed. Watch pets as well for any changes in their behavior. Scared animals often react by biting or scratching. Keep them out of the home until after the cleanup is done to keep them safe.

It is common to experience a variety of reactions such as:

  • Feeling physically or mentally drained.
  • Having difficulty making decisions or staying focused.
  • Becoming easily frustrated more frequently.
  • Becoming more argumentative with family and friends.
  • Feeling overly tired, sad, numb, lonely, or worried.
  • Undergoing changes in appetite or sleep patterns.

Try to accept whatever reactions you experience as most of them are temporary and should go away over time.  If the above reactions hang around for two weeks or longer is it suggested that you seek help from a medical professional.

For more advice on fire prevention and what you should do after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South at (440) 237-0077.

The Best Way to Dry and Restore Water Damaged Hardwood Floors Solon

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Salvaging hardwood floors from water damage in Northeast Ohio

While most insurance policies offer coverage for replacing floors, there are many situations where homeowners can save money by drying instead, especially with solid hardwood. Other types of flooring, including engineered hardwood and laminate, are more prone to structural damage, delamination, and other issues that make replacement preferable. Solid hardwood's durability makes it more salvageable and safer to reinstall.  The durability saves you time and costs when it comes to reinstallation, staining, and refinishing.

If a sudden pipe leak causes water damage to floors in your Raleigh residence, professional disaster mitigation technicians at SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South can restore your flooring to its preloss condition. Commercial-grade equipment an eco-friendly, EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaners work in tandem to salvage floors, sub-flooring, and other structures in the home that are affected by water. Technicians always work with both homeowners and insurance adjusters to handle damages and restoration per local, state, and federal regulations.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South works fast not only to save flooring but also to preserve the layers of infrastructure that support it. Without proper mitigation, water damaged floors can become distorted and start cupping or buckling. These conditions can also become host to mold and wood rot that affect the safety and integrity of hardwood floors.  After dispatching a team to your home, they can use wand extractors and back-mounted pumps to collect any remaining standing water. Thermal imaging and penetrative and non-penetrative moisture measurement tools can be used to assess the extent of damage to floors and subfloors. We replace non-salvageable planks as needed.

Desiccant dehumidifiers are often necessary to tackle the remaining moisture in hardwood planks due to hardwood's low evaporation rate. These types of industrial dehumidifiers collect moisture from surrounding surfaces by passing it over desiccant materials like silica gel. Heat then evaporates the collected water into an air stream which vents outside of the home. If odors from water damage are evident, OSHA-approved cleaners and ultra low-volume (ULV) fogging deodorizers can be used to eliminate odor-causing particles.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South serves the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (440) 237-0077 today.