Recent Water Damage Posts

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.

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.

The Mess Water can make in Southern Cuyahoga

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mold on Ceiling If Water damage is not addressed immediately Mold can grow quickly

Water Damage in Northeast Ohio is a serious property issue that homeowners should be fully cognizant of. By getting basic information about water damage and how to quickly eliminate it, you can help ensure that your residential property remains in excellent condition. 

Where Does Water Damage Come From?

Water damage is a hazard that can result from many sources. First, water damage can arise as a result of natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires, etc. Additionally, water damage can result from unattended roof leaks, broken water lines, and sewer backups. Additionally, water . damage can result from flooding that generates rising waters which put your property underwater for several hours. In the event that the water contains any sewage, you and your loved ones will be exposed to several health hazards.

Structural and Property Damages

 One of the property challenges that results from water damage is structural issues. When your ceilings, walls, and floors are exposed to water, the structure of your property can become weak. Additionally, water has the ability to damage several of the structural elements on your property. These damages can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.

Mold Growth

 According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cleaning and drying your property within 24 to 48 hours of water damage is necessary for the prevention of mold growth. However, it's important to know that while you can start these processes to help eliminate or prevent mold, the fungus can grow in places you can't see. Some of these places include along ceilings and baseboards, underneath wallpaper, and behind the drywall.

The Health Hazards Of Mold Exposure

 Removing mold from your property as quickly and efficiently as possible is critical for the prevention of health hazards. Individuals who are repeatedly exposed to mold can suffer from a plethora of health issues, some of which include respiratory issues, allergic reactions, and asthma. Because the cleanup process can result in mold exposure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) instruct individuals to wear an N-95 breathing mask during the procedure. Using eye protection and gloves is also advised.

Let SERVPRO Assist You Now!

 If you find that your residential property has been exposed to water damage, time is of the essence. By contacting a trained team of water remediation specialists immediately, you can salvage goods, protect the structural integrity of your property, and preclude your loved ones from exposure to mold. The company to call for effective, expedient remediation services is SERVPRO. We have over 1750 franchises and more than 50 years of experience in this dynamic sector. Our IICRC-certified technicians work with unprecedented dedication and diligence to get your property back in incredible condition, so contact us immediately to get the detailed care you need and deserve!

Locally Woman Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Strongsville, Solon, Chagrin Falls, Independence, Berea, Bedford, North Olmsted, or Parma Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! 

Call today (440) 237-0077

Emergency Service 24 hours a day!

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Trucks and equipment in parking lot Ready for any size disaster!

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
440-237-0077

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO ofSouthern Cuyahoga County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.

Tools to keep you safe and dry

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Inferred Camera and Moisture Meter Tools of the trade SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South uses to confirm your home is safe and dry.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South serves the communities of Strongsville, Berea, Parma Heights, Middleburg Heights, Olmsted Falls, North Royalton and the surrounding communities. Properties with water damage rely on local technicians to perform a vital assessment, remediation, and restoration services. Contents and structure that suffers prolonged exposure to moisture can cause a chain of events which could result in permanent damages.

SERVPRO has technicians with qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC), an internationally recognized awarding body.  Certification from the IICRC means SERVPRO technicians can make professional, informed assessments of property damages. To make those evaluations, our technician's can use a variety of moisture measuring equipment to get a full picture of the extent of the issue. By measuring the scale of damage, we can ensure our work is as efficient as possible and that they prevent secondary issues from arising after treatment. 

Moisture meters can penetrate surfaces and assess saturation levels. This tool is useful if the property has been exposed to moisture for several hours or longer. Thermal imaging cameras use infrared to allow a restorer to spot moisture that may not be visible to the eye such as behind walls or under cabinets. Thermal Hygrometers measure relative humidity and can help ensure microbial growth is kept under control throughout the service. 

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South does calculated assessments to ensure your property’s restoration is tailored to its needs.  Complete documentation of all work performed, including pictures and moisture readings are recorded throughout the service and is passed on to your insurance company to process your claim.

Emergency Water Damage Service

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

We are equipped and "Faster to Any Size Disaster"

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help at 440-237-0077

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.

Cuyahoga County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Cuyahoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
440-237-0077

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga Co has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.

Cuyahoga County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
440-237-0077

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO ofSouthern Cuyahoga County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.