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What To Do If An Electrical Appliance Catches Fire

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

An electrical fire can be scary and extremely dangerous, but there are some guidelines to help keep your home safe from electrical fires.

Preventing Electrical Fires

  • Be sure not to plug in too many devices into one outlet. If the wiring gets overloaded it can spark a fire.
  • Check your outlets regularly for excessive heat, burn marks, and buzzing or crackling sounds.
  • Make sure you have at least one smoke detector on every floor of your home, and test them regularly to keep them in good working order.

Common Appliances that Could Start a Fire

  • Dishwashers contain heating elements that dry your dishes. Old or faulty elements can start a fire. Never turn on a dishwasher before leaving your home or overnight.
  • Dryers need to have the lint trap cleaned often. The lint buildup in a dryer can start a fire.  Never run your washing machine or dryer when leaving your home or overnight.
  • Microwaves can be very dangerous. There have been complaints in the past about microwaves starting on their own and causing a fire.
  • Refrigerators can have an overheated compressor or an electrical short which can cause a fire.
  • Toasters can fail or not turn off or have crumbs stuck to the heating elements which may start a fire.

If you have an electrical fire in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway, Western Lake County for your fire cleaning services.  1-800-933-7179.

Heavy Rainfall can damage your Cleveland, OH home

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Wet Concrete Floor After a heavy rainfall during a storm, the basement can flood causing damage to floors, walls and contents.

The effect of heavy rainfall and the possible damage to your home may depend on the construction materials, the location of the house and its general state of repair.

During a heavy rainfall, you may realize that there are weak spots in your roof.  The water can leak into the attic, ruining insulation or the wood may become warped or deteriorated. A leaking roof may even cause mold contamination and growth.

Basement flooding can be a consequence of heavy rainfall.  The heavy rainfall can saturate the soil and the pressure can push water through the cracks in the basement wall or up through the floor.  Damage to the structure as well as your personal possessions in the basement would be likely.  Mold growth and possible damage to the electric panel may occur.

If gutters are clogged or not working properly, they can overflow causing damage to the siding.  This may also promote mold inside the walls.

If you experience storm damage or heavy rainfall to your home, call SERVPRO  of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County for your water mitigation services today!  1-800-933-7179.

What should you do to clean and disinfect your building or facility if someone is confirmed with a positive case of COVID-19 in Cleveland, OH

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Man wearing PPE and fogging a door in a commercial building Whether your building or facility has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or you just want proactive services performed, call us 800-933-7179.

You’ve been informed that someone in your building or facility has been confirmed with a positive case of COVID-19, what do you do?

Close off areas used by the person who is sick.

Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.

Wait 24 hours before disinfecting area.

Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms,    common areas, shared equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.

Once area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use

If there is no community transmission, routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.  This may include doorknobs, light switches, sinks, faucets and countertops.

SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County uses a fogging machine and spray with a product that is EPA registered as a No Rinse No Wipe Botanical Disinfectant, Fungicide, Virucide*, Tuberculocide, Cleaner and Deodorizer.

Call SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County for your fogging and disinfecting services whether as a weekly or monthly proactive service or if there is a confirmed case in your building or facility.  Call us at 800-933-7179.

SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County can help you with the smoke damage from a fire.

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Burned refrigerator Removing affected debris, such as this refrigerator can help reduce the smell of smoke in your home.

One of the most difficult situations that a homeowner can deal with is a house fire.  The stress over the fire and also the loss of your personal possessions can be overwhelming.  It can wreak havoc on you and your home for some time after.

Calling for a smoke damage restoration company as quickly as possible can help reduce some damage to your home as well as reduce some of your stress.

Removing the smell of smoke and the odor from your home can be difficult.  Removing any affected debris to include furniture, curtains, clothing, carpet and even ceiling tiles can reduce the chance that the odor will linger.  Removing any other soot or burned items can also help reduce the smell of smoke.

SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County can help you with the smoke, soot and odor damage from a house fire.  Call us at 1-800-933-7179.

Does Your Medina County Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on the walls near the baseboard Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold is growing on these walls after a water loss.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 800-933-7179

A disinfected building can feel like a clean building

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

As businesses begin to open after the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, employers must assess business operations; have a plan for bringing employees back to work and ensure a safe work place.

Having a routine cleaning and disinfection plan can help employees feel more comfortable as they begin to come back to work.  Since the world has changed the meaning of clean, a disinfected building can feel like a clean building.

If an employee reports a positive test or has suspected exposure to COVID-19, employers should take immediate action by performing a cleaning and disinfection to the facility following CDC cleaning and disinfection recommendations.

SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County use a fogging machine that covers horizontal and vertical surfaces.  We pay close attention to high touch points like chairs, desks, door knobs, bathrooms, etc.

A routine cleaning and disinfection should continue as a proactive way to protect employees.  We can offer a weekly or even monthly service.  We will also perform the fogging when an employer finds out that someone in the building is sick.

As your business begins to open and employees start to come back to work, call us to get on the schedule for your routine proactive cleaning and disinfection service.  1-800-933-7179

Sometimes Fireworks can start fires in Medina County!

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know that many reported fires on or around Independence Day are caused by Fireworks?

Fire prevention is important when fireworks are involved.  They can cause damage to homes and other structures, vehicles and even start forest fires.  The most likely cause is user error.  Debris and sparks from fireworks and even a firecracker can start a fire.  Also if a hot firework is improperly disposed of or dropped near flammable materials including dry grass or leaves, it could spark a fire.

Fireworks and firecrackers should never be ignited indoors.   They should always be set off in a safe area away from any buildings and houses.  Sometimes a fire will ignite in a trash can where the fireworks were lit.  A fire extinguisher should be kept nearby in case of an emergency.  The area where the fireworks will be lit should be hosed down and the ground, bushes and tree limbs should be wet.   Soaking down the area afterwards is a good idea as well.

If you experience a fire from fireworks this Independence Day, call SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County at 1-800-933-7179

IICRC Certified Firm

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Medina County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Medina County

SERVPRO of Medina 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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 Us Today 330-722-4343

Schedule your routine proactive fogging services for Cleveland, OH facilities today!

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician fogging door of a facility in full PPE Providing a routine proactive fogging can help protect your employees and ease some concerns over staying open safely

If you want to proactively protect your facility or disinfect after a positive COVID-19 result, SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County is here to help.

Our trained technicians are available to address your concerns.  We can apply an approved disinfectant coating through a fogging method to the surfaces of your location.  In large areas the fogging method can cover more ground and the hard to reach areas.  Our technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes masks, gloves and gowns while applying the disinfectant.

During these difficult times, you may need a routine to navigate how your facility is going to continue to operate and stay open safely.  The continued health of your employees and the cleanliness of your facility should be a priority.  It is crucial to have a reliable plan.

Whether it is weekly or even monthly, we can schedule the proactive fogging services to your facility according to your wants or needs.

Call us at 1-800-933-7179 to schedule your routine proactive fogging services for your facility today!

Medina County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing on walls after cabinet has been removed Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

*Stay out of affected areas.

*Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

*Contact SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Medina County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

*Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

*Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

*Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

*Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Medina County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 800-933-7179