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Mold found in your Wadsworth, OH home?

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is a common and necessary part of our world. This type of fungus is useful in decomposing organic material, and is part of nature’s garbage disposal system.

It is when mold begins growing in places where we do not want it (such as in our homes) that it becomes a serious issue that can negatively impact our health and the safety of our house. That is why it is important to regularly check and evaluate the mold risk in our homes.

Visually spotting mold is the most obvious way to determine if you have mold in your home. If mold is growing on walls, ceilings, in cabinets, etc.  you most likely have something going on that is encouraging the mold growth, such as a leak, or a humidity issue. The item that is causing the mold is important to fix, even before you begin to think about how to get rid of the mold, because if you don’t fix the source, the mold will inevitably return.

Here at SERVPRO of Medina County we have Certified Trained Technicians that can perform mold remediation services adequately while protecting the health and safety of our workers and your family.

Call us at 800-933-7179

COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRES CAN BE PREVENTED

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial building fires put all types of businesses at risk.  Commercial buildings should have smoke and fire alarms throughout the building. Fire alarms are not only necessary to extinguish a fire, but they also help to save lives.

Cooking fires remain at the top of the list as a cause of non-residential fires. The fires sometimes started because of human error while cooking and sometimes by an appliance malfunctioning. A strong effort should be taken to make sure that a kitchen area is adequately protected. Sprinklers, alarms and easily accessible fire extinguishers are an absolute must.

Arson, or an intentional fire, is the next common cause of a non-residential fire.  An arsonist may start a fire anywhere, but bathrooms, trash cans, dumpsters and garages are likely spots. This is why you should have fire detection and prevention systems in unlikely places, such as behind the building.

Human error or unintentional fires are near the top of the list.  There are many reasons why a fire might occur accidentally; therefore employee fire safety training is extremely important. 

HVAC and Electrical systems should be inspected for any problems or potential malfunctions that may cause a fire.    Having a smoke alarm in the areas should be an important part of a fire safety and prevention system.

If you or your business experienced a fire in a commercial building, call SERVPRO of Medina/Gateway/Western Lake County for your fire clean up services.  Call us at 800-933-7179.

Heavy Rainfall from a storm can damage your Cleveland, OH home

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

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.

Western Lake County Ohio - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Western Lake 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 – 800-933-7179

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 Western Lake 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)?

SERVPRO of Western Lake 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.

SERVPRO of Medina County knows what to do if mold grows in your home

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

 If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

 Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.  

Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.

Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

 If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Medina County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 1-800-933-7179

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of Medina County for mold remediation services.

SERVPRO is ready when Storms or Floods hit Medina County, Gateway or Western Lake County!

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

Dark sky lit up by colorful rainbow Storms happen any time of the day, including weekends and holidays

SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County specialize in storm and flood damage restoration.  Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 800-933-7179

Medina County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Medina County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 330-722-4343

Grab a blanket, relax and let the experts handle the fireworks show in Medina County!

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Exploding yellow & orange firework in the dark sky Enjoy fireworks at a public display. Leave it to the professionals! Fireworks can start fires if not done properly.

It’s that time of year again for fireworks and sparklers.   The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home.

Many people die or get injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Many of the injuries were from small firecrackers and sparklers.

Additionally, fireworks can start structure fires and vehicle fires.

The National Safety Council wants everyone to be sure to follow the following safety tips if using fireworks that are legal in your area:

*Never allow young children to handle fireworks

*Older children should use them only under close adult supervision

*Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol

*Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear

*Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands

*Never light them indoors

*Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material

*Never point or throw fireworks at another person

*Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting

*Never ignite devices in a container

*Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks

*Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding

*Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire

If your home or business experiences a fire from fireworks, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County at 800-933-7179.

Does Your Commercial Business Have A Mold Problem?

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Technician in full PPE removing drywall ceiling from commercial building metal studs Mold spores can enter your home or business through windows, doors or HVAC systems. They thrive on moisture and can produce allergens and irritants.

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

Medina County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

White Drywall Ceiling opened up to expose water lines in it. A water supply-line can break and flood your basement causing severe damage to your home if not handled quickly and properly.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Medina County basement could flood, including:

 A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

Storm sewer backup

Sanitary sewer backup

Foundation drainage failure

Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – 330-722-4343

 If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

 The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

 We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

 We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

 We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About

 Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques

 We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 330-722-4343