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Your hot water tank can leak slowly or burst unexpectedly in your home in Medina, OH

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A white hot water tank in a basement with some scratches and dents Your hot water tank can cause significant damage to your home if it leaks slowly or a has sudden break.

There is nothing that causes more damage to the inside of a home than a fire.  But water losses can be a close second.

The hot water tank is a common source of water damage in a home.  Water heater failure can cause significant damage to the home and can show up as a slow leak or sudden burst.

Over time, deposits such as rust and sediment buildup can accumulate on the bottom of the tank that can corrode the tank and heating elements.  Since the water is moving, it can cause wear and tear on the tank and pipes. 

Usually hot water heaters fail gradually, but sometimes they can completely fail without warning. Warning signs of failure may include:

*Water accumulation on the floor under the water heater tank

*A hissing sound

*Hot water shortages during normal demand

When the bottom of the tank fails because of corrosion, water will continue to flow out and on your floors until the supply valve is shut off. 

Sometimes, a water heater will start leaking near the supply lines, and if you don't correct the leak, it will continue to damage your home until it is fixed. 

If you have water damage to your home due to a hot water tank failure, call SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway, and Western Lake County at 800-933-7179.

Fireplace Safety in Cleveland Ohio

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

A burned fireplace with a board over the opening with soot and burned floor and other materials around it A fireplace fire can cause tremendous damage to your home.

Having a fireplace in your home can have many benefits.  Many home buyers look for a fireplace as an added amenity when looking for a new home.  There are many benefits to having a fireplace.

  1. Fireplaces offer a cozy and warm setting for family gatherings or just getting cozy with a good book.
  2. Fireplaces offer heat and light when the electricity goes out.
  3. Fireplaces can help reduce the cost of electricity when using as a heating source.
  4. A wood burning stove can offer heat, light and also a fire to cook on.

Fireplaces can also be a fire hazard.  It is important to have the chimney cleaned and inspected regularly. 

A chimney fire can be very hot and very dangerous.  Home fires caused by a chimney fire can spread very rapidly due to the intense heat.  Slow burning chimney fires might not get enough air or fuel to be a large fire, but because of the high temperature, can cause just as much damage as a blazing fire.

If you experience a chimney or fireplace fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County to clean up the soot, fire extinguisher dust or even any water damage that may occur from putting the fire out.  Call us 24/7 at 800-933-7179.

Why Your Basement Leaks from a Heavy Rain in Willoughby, Ohio

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Some of the most common ways water can leak into your basement is through cracks in your foundation walls or floor.  Sometimes, you even have to cut away drywall or flooring to find the cause of a basement leak.

Water may find a way inside through your basement windows.  If you look at your window wells, they should not be full of standing water.  Make sure that your downspouts are in good working order and the water is going away from your foundation and window wells.

Clogged gutters and water pooling around your foundation can also be causes of basement leaks.  When the soil around your home becomes soaked, your foundation is at risk for cracks and possible basement leaks.

The following are some of the signs that you may have a leaking basement:

Increased humidity and moisture in the air

Curled papers

Windows fogging up

Warping door frames

Mold or mildew

If you do think your basement is leaking, you’re going to want to address the problem as soon as possible.  

 If you find standing or pooling water in your basement, call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County at 800-933-7179.   Our highly trained technicians will take care of your water cleanup services. 

Broken or leaking pipes can cause water damage to your home

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Basement with brick walls and water standing on floor.  Debris is floating in the water Pipe breaks can cause tremendous damage to your home

Broken pipes are one of the leading causes of water damage in homes, and many homeowners may experience a pipe burst or leak at some point.

Broken or damaged pipes are not always immediately found.  Sometimes they may leak for days, weeks or even months before they are found.  Leaking pipes can cause tremendous damage to your home and contents.  If left unattended for a long period of time, the water damage can also lead to health problems once mold and mildew set in.

Signs that may indicate a pipe leak would include reduced water pressure, a rise in water bills or even noticeable damage to the structure of your home. 

You may notice lumps or bumps in your carpet or hardwood floors which could lead to wood rot.  You may also notice mold or mildew beginning to grow, which can lead to health problems for your family.  Also paint or wallpaper pealing from the wall is an indicator that there may be a leak that is penetrating through the wall.

Every home has numerous pipes that can burst or break that can cause water damage to your home.  If you experience water damage to your home from a broken or leaking pipe call SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway, Western Lake County at 800-933-7179.

Bob does a great job for our customers!

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Virginia wanted to thank everyone that came to her home to clean up after her fire and pack out her contents.  She said they were very kind, professional and were always working hard. 

She was very impressed with Bob for his professionalism on how he connected with her and showed that he really cared.  She had complained about a new tech on site that was not working out well and Bob told her it would be taken care of and he/she would not return to her home.  She was very impressed that he was right on top of it. 

She also said the weather was very hot and there was no air coming through the windows, but the team continued to work hard nonstop.  She fed them with snacks and cool items to help keep them cooled down and they were very appreciative. 

She enjoyed their company very much each and every one.  Bob warmed her heart with a plant that he had personally given to her at the end of the job thanking her for using us and also for being so kind to our team.  She loved it!

She expressed that we have a great leader in Bob who knows how to run a crew and get the job completed and he cares about the customers.  She also said that Bob is a man who you can confide in and that’s a plus!

Call SERVPRO for your water/fire/biohazard mitigation needs and you will receive the same great service!   Call us at 800-933-7179 today!

A tornado can cause water damage to your home!

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Tornadoes and storms escalate in the spring.  Usually the south will see the tornadoes before the northern half of the United States.  This doesn’t mean that they won’t occur; warm humid air traveling northward along the jet stream can increase the likelihood of tornadoes forming. 

Heavy rains may cause water damage.  If your roof is damaged from a storm or tornado, rainwater may leak in causing water damage to your home.  Not fixing it may cause more damage to your home.

All water damage should be assessed by a professional.  Though it may not seem like much, water can soak into your wood, carpets and walls and left untreated may cause mold growth.  The sooner you contact a water restoration company, the better.

SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County has IICRC water certified technicians to address your damage and provide the proper drying equipment to prevent any additional damage.  We also work directly with your insurance company to provide you with peace of mind.

We have emergency services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us with your storm damage today!  1-800-933-7179.

Sump pump failure can cause extensive water damage in Medina, OH

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Sump pump in concrete floor that has water in it Sometimes a sump pump will fail, especially when there is a loss of electricity during a storm. Damage could be extensive to your home.

Water damage is one of the worst problems a homeowner may have to deal with.   Today’s basements are finished as family rooms, offices or man caves and you will want to protect your investment from any possible water damage.

 A sump pump sits in your basement sump pit and it pumps excess water that seeps through your foundation drainage system away from your home.  Even during a plumbing flooding event, a sump pump can get rid of the water.

Sometimes a sump pump will fail, especially when there is a loss of electricity during a storm.  Having a battery backup system will ensure your basement will stay dry during a flooding event.

If you do experience flooding in your basement, the damage may be quite extensive.  Your flooring, walls and contents can all be affected.  The damage may require water extraction, removal of materials, drying equipment placed for several days and eventually the replacing of materials.

If you have had a sump pump failure in your home with resulting water damage, call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County for your emergency water cleanup services.  Our professional and highly trained technicians will take care of you and your home.

Call us at 1-800-933-7179 today!

SERVPRO is ready to help whenever and wherever needed

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Wall with drywall and insulation removed showing a pipe in the wall that had broken and caused water damage A frozen pipe can break in the wall causing extensive water damage to your home.

The February, 2021 Winter Storm hammered the United States with severe winter weather.  Several states were covered in snow, ice, and dealt with frigid temperatures for days.

The loss of the electrical grid and the freezing temperatures in Texas caused havoc thru out the area.  People were seeing icicles forming inside their homes from the water pouring out of the burst pipes and freezing as it hit the open air.

As the temperatures get warmer and everything is melting, burst pipes and flooding have been a problem all over the state, in residential homes and commercial buildings.  Damage may be quite extensive from this unprecedented storm. 

SERVPRO has been bringing in storm teams from all over the country to begin the emergency water cleanup services for the homeowners and business owners.  The storm teams will be working in all of the affected areas to provide the water cleanup services and provide a sense of relief and comfort to those affected.

If you need emergency water cleanup services in our neck of the woods, call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County at 800-933-7179.  We’re here to help.

Toilet overflows and leaks can cause tremendous damage to your home

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

White toilet with soiled bowl and some dirty marks on toilet seat cover If your toilet overflows with sewage or fecal matter, leave it to the professionals to clean up the mess and take care of the water damage.

Unfortunately, sometimes toilets leak and can get clogged and overflow.  A clogged toilet can lead to water damage that can be quite costly.

What do I do?

Don’t keep flushing to see if the waste will go down.

Try using a plunger. If the toilet is clogged, try dislodging the clog with a plunger.

Turn off the water. If your toilet bowl is overflowing, then the first thing you should do is turn off the water supply to your toilet.

If the overflow contains sewage or fecal matter, it can be potentially dangerous.  Do not touch anything without proper protective clothing.  If it soaks into your flooring or carpet, it may need to be removed especially if it is considered a biohazard.

Call a professional plumber to fix the problem.

If your home is damaged from a toilet leak or overflow, it can be a large cleanup job.  Don’t try to handle the water damage yourself.  Our professional and highly trained technicians will take care of the water damage for you.

Call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County to clean up any toilet water damage. 

Call us 800-933-7179 today!

SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County is an IICRC Certified Firm. What does that mean?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a non-profit organization that helps ensure that your cleaning is being performed by trusted and properly trained professionals.

 The IICRC's mission is to promote high standards of professionalism, technical excellence, and ethics for those working in the industry.

You can be sure that seeing the IICRC-certification means that you, as the consumer, will be receiving a high level of cleaning and restoration work performed by our technicians.

To qualify for IICRC-Certified Firm, a business must have proof of insurance and provide ongoing education and training for all of the technicians.  Some of the many Certifications available include Mold Remediation, Water and Fire restoration, carpet cleaning and repair, odor and Health and Safety.

To become an IICRC-certified technician you must complete training courses and pass the exams in the various areas available for certification.  You must also continue your education every couple of years to maintain it.

When calling SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County you can be assured that you will be getting our highly trained and qualified technicians to help with your cleaning needs.

Call us at 800-933-7179