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Slow leaking pipes can damage Cuyahoga homes

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

It is is never a great time to find water damage inside of your Southern Cuyahoga County home. However, in this situation, you would need to stop whatever it was that you were doing and immediately get help for your home. Mere minutes can make the difference when it comes to remediation.

Let's say that, for this hypothetical scenario, your Southern Cuyahoga County had water damage from a leaking pipe. The pipe in question was in your recently finished basement and soaked the drywall panel in front of it. As you went to do your laundry that morning, you saw the water-spots on the wall and knew that a leak was coming from somewhere.

In this situation, it is wise to reach out for professional help immediately. Here at SERVPRO Cuyahoga South, our experts always strive to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. When you give us a call, our excellently trained technicians can travel to your home and bring advanced equipment with them to use on the job. While you wait for our arrival, the best thing you could do is turn off the water to your home, to prevent further damage.

Once our technicians arrive at your home, we can get to work right away. The water pooled out from underneath the wall and onto your concrete floor and headed toward your washing and drying unit. SERVPRO Cuyahoga South can get to work cleaning up the excess water using wet/dry vacuums, and then check out your washer and dryer for any visible damages. After the remediation is finished, it would not hurt to call an electrician if your washer or dryer was not performing ordinarily.

From there, SERVPRO Cuyahoga South could make cuts to the drywall and remove the damaged panel, to reduce the risk of mold growth from excess moisture. We can remove any ruined insulation and then set up drying equipment. Some devices you may see include:

    •    Dehumidifiers
    •    Air Movers
    •    Heaters
    •    Ventilation Fans

Once we finished drying out the area, new insulation could be installed, and a contractor could be called to the site to repair the drywall.

If your home sustained any water damage, never hesitate to get the help you need. Speak with SERVPRO Cuyahoga South by phoning (440) 237-0077. Night or day, we're ready to help you, seven days a week.

Protect your retail business and merchandise from water damage

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South Responds Quickly When You Are Facing Water Damage at Your Business

Whether you are in the midst of seasonal shopping surge or planning clearance sales for less busy times, damage caused by water intrusion issues put a real cramp in your style. Business owners need a reputable and reliable company with which to partner when these crises become realities, and we stand ready 24/7 to help. 
 
Fall and winter are critical selling times for your retail store. Commercial water damage in Northeast,Ohio can ruin your chances of capitalizing on the fall and winter seasons, and holiday shopping. Slow leaks take you by surprise, damaging stock and the structure of your store without you even realizing you have a problem until the water damage is advanced. We specialize in restoring water damage to structure and contents of commercial buildings, returning your shop to pre-water loss condition.

Water quietly but relentlessly seeps in from cracks in plumbing, clogged or improperly installed gutter and drain systems. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South sees this kind of damage frequently, and we train our technicians both to discover the source of the water and to remediate the damage done. With slow leaks, we may not need the industrial pumps that outfit each service vehicle, but we do use our powerful water extractors after employing high-tech moisture meters to locate the pockets of pooled water that damage your storerooms and saturate carpeting drop by drop. 
 
Moisture measurements inform our drying target determinations, and we use high-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to remove water as vapor from your building’s walls, flooring, and air. Failure to dry out the structure risks secondary damage from mold or continuous deterioration of building materials like drywall that break and crumble when waterlogged. SERVPRO’s focus is on restoration, not demolition and replacement. We also realize the importance of planning our tasks so that you can try to continue operations, even on a limited scale, as we work to make your sales floor look “Like it never even happened.” 
 
Because loss of your stock is ruinous, we work quickly to inventory and then move wet products to a dry staging area, either on your premises or in an alternate space. You or your designated employees review the condition of the clothing and outdoor equipment. During the job, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is in constant communication with your insurance provider, developing the evidence for any claims needed, so your out of pocket loss is minimal. 
 

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is a good fit for the business surprised by hidden leaks that threaten stock and your business in general. We are available at 440-237-0077 year round, any time of the day or night to help solve your water damage problems. 

Fire Damage Facts

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fireman in front of fire truck SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South support the men and women who serve our communities to keep us safe!

Flames can cause the most visible damage to your property during a fire, smoke and soot are silent and sometimes invisible hazards that could cost lives.  Water is also a reason for damage after a fire. Even firefighters themselves may cause some damage before they can completely put out a fire. Here are 10 important things to know about fires.

1. In a fire, more people die from inhaling smoke than from the flames. Never think that if you avoid the flames you are safe. Always keep away from smoke.

2. Soot is a coating of fine, black dust created when wood, coal, or oil-based substances are burned.  These carbon particles float into the air and settle anywhere.  Inhaling soot can caused severe lung deficiencies or even death. 

3. If soot contaminates items in your home or business, a fire restoration service provider like SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South must assess the damage to see if restoration is possible.

Need Fire Restoration Advice Or Services? Call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South (440)237-0077

4.  The worst possible effect of soot is its tendency to cause cancer and cause serious defects in  newborns. Soot produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons are responsible for gene mutation for particular groups of genes. They can cause birth defects and increase the chances of getting cancer.


Water’s Good And Bad
5. Water’s great at putting out most fires but the water itself can cause great damage. You must make sure, after the fire is out, that your home or business is completely dried. If you don’t, mold, mildew, and other consequences will lead to further damage and loss. This is why SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South provides industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to dry saturated carpets, padding, furniture, and any other wet items.

6. Mold colonies can begin to grow just 48 hours after water damage occurs.  The combination of fire, water, and mold damage to your commercial property or home could result in a complete loss if not handled properly. See our posts about mold,  mold myths, and how to clean up mold.

7. Use caution if you decide to do some of the cleanup after a fire. Never start your cleaning process until you’re properly attired. Wear heavy-duty gloves, safety goggles, and a face mask. Carefully cover your nose and make sure your safety glasses have no place for dust or soot to get into your eyes.

Why Firefighters Break Windows And Cut Holes In Roofs
8. Firefighters are true heroes. However, they often must break windows and cut holes in the roof of buildings on fire. As a fire burns, the fire moves up and down and across, growing very fast. Firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs to provide ventilation that slows the fire’s growth. Ventilation also helps get rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see where they’re going. The holes and broken windows help firefighters fight the fire more quickly. The bottom line is that breaking windows and cutting holes in roofs help save lives and property.

9. Firefighters will also cut holes in walls at times. That’s not about ventilation. It’s done so the fire department is sure that the fire is completely out. Fire departments don’t want to risk leaving a fire that’s not visible but is still active inside the walls or in other hidden places.

10. If you have a fire, get a copy of the fire report. In most areas, a fire report is a public document. Ask for it at the fire department or fire marshal’s office. The fire report will help you with information that your insurance company and other official offices may request.

For more, see After The Fire: Returning to Normal from FEMA.

Here To Help
The team at SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services and natural disaster cleanup.

Call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South              (440) 237-0077, anytime.

We've serve the communities of Solon, Strongsville, Bedford, Independence, North Royalton, Middleburg Heights, Chagrin Falls, Parma Heights, Warrensville, Garfield, Olmsted Falls and communities beyond.

Frozen pipes is bad news for your Southern Cuyahoga home

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

This winter has been an especially cold one so far with temperatures often dropping below the freezing level. Due to this, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South has experienced a high volume of emergency water losses caused by freezing pipes, often leaving behind major disasters in homes and businesses.

 Be Prepared:

  • It is important to know where your water shut off is located. In the case of a frozen water pipe burst, you will first want to stop the source by shutting off the water immediately.
  • Insulate exposed pipes, especially if they are in unheated rooms.
  • Leave open bathroom and kitchen sink cabinet doors during extreme cold spells to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • During below zero weather, keep a slow trickle or constant drip of water flowing through faucets. Water is less likely to freeze if it is constantly traveling rather than sitting in the plumbing.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
  • If you plan on being away from your property for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set the thermostat to at least 55°F.DO NOT turn your heat off completely.

If You Discover Frozen Pipes:

  • First sign of freezing is reduced or slow moving water flow from a faucet.
  • Do not use an open flame device to try and thaw the pipes.
  • Methods you can try to unfreeze the pipes on your own include using a hair dryer, heating pad or hot towels, heat lamp or portable space heater.
  • Make sure to keep the faucet open when treating the frozen pipes.
  • Check additional pipes and faucets for freezing.

When a Frozen Pipe Bursts:

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • Contact your local plumber to repair the broken pipe.

Call your local water restoration professionals, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. If winter weather causes water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South at 440-237-0077.

Maintaining your Furnace Key to Winter Safety!

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Furnace and technician gauge Routine maintenance on your furnace will kee you warm and safe.

Like many homeowners, you may wonder what you can do to keep your furnace well-maintained and when you should perform such maintenance. After all, a functioning furnace reduces the chance of a fire and related fire cleaning in your Southern Cuyahoga home.

Here are three tips for keeping your furnace in top shape throughout the year

1. Keep It Clean

Dirt is a troublesome yet common nuisance that can lead to furnace-related fires. The blower, motor and system itself all need regular cleaning to remove troublesome dirt and debris. Research how to clean your particular unit, or get help from a local professional. Leaving dirt to sit can cause your unit to malfunction and cause a fire-related issue.

2. Replace Filters

Your furnace filters should be replaced regularly. A good rule of thumb is to change them once before cold weather hits, and then once a month during the times that the furnace is in heavy use. Dirty filters can lead to situations that require fire cleaning, much like with other furnace components, and will also not function properly when you are relying on them to keep you and your family warm.

3. Perform Maintenance Early

One of the most important things to remember is that any repairs or other maintenance tasks need to be completed before the cold comes. Otherwise, you will risk using the furnace while it is not in top shape, possibly causing a fire and leading to smoke cleaning. You also will likely have an under-performing furnace that does not quite do its job.

Furnace maintenance is not exactly fun, but neither is a fire. You owe it to yourself and your wallet to take precautions against having a furnace malfunction at home. You will not only avoid fire cleaning in the future - you will also have better peace-of-mind knowing your furnace is ready to keep you heated.

Holiday Safety Tips for your Southern Cuyahoga Home

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Always have an updated Fire Extinguisher in your home

Fire Prevention

  • Watch out for extension cords and multiple wires that are hidden behind carpets and curtains
    • Overloading Circuits is a common mistake especially for families who possess multiple electronics because they do not split the devices and run a different circuit.
  • Install an operating fire extinguisher and smoke detector
  • Prepare a plan for emergencies
    • Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety.

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause, action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes.

If any damages occur after a fire, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South specializes in residential and commercial services, to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Ready Profile prepares your Southern Cuyahoga Business for disaster

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile logo Protect your Southern Cuyahoga Business with an Emergency Ready Profile

he Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster in Southern Cuyahoga County is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile,ERP ,for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Establish SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” 

Call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South to schedule your ERP today at 440-248-0022.

Caravan of SERVPRO Cuyahoga South Vehicles heading south to help

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

caravan of vehicles Caravan of SERVPRO vehicles going to North Carolina to help hurricane victims

Storm and flood damage can be quite devastating. Immediate action is needed, and customers need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is part of an elite Storm Team with the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

When any community, whether it be near or far, suffers from any type of storm damage, our fearless Storm Team is dispatched to help those customers whose homes or businesses have been impacted make it “Like it never even happened.” 

While our storm team was away helping those in throughout parts of North Carolina, the rest of our team seamlessly continued helping our local customers with fire and water damage in Southern Cuyahoga County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Deep Frying Turkey Tips for your Cuyahoga Thanksgiving

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Turkey in Deep Fryer Tips to keep the family safe while deep frying a turkey

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South wants to offer tips to keep everyone safe if they are deep frying their turkey.

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures that may catch fire.
  2. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  5. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not to use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.
  12. Do not stuff the turkey with stuffing or vegetables, also avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey. (And it’s healthier too!!)

Cuyahoga County Business Floods, Let's restore it right!

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

As a business operating in Southern Cuyahoga County Ohio we know flooding occurs way too often.  Flooding and water damage losses at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South will work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South professional technicians are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged property while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

We don't sleep so you can 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 440-237-0077.