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Electrical Fires Can Be Dangerous

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Top freezer refrigerator with burn and charred areas mainly on the top freezer. Appliances can cause fires if not properly maintained.

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.

Flood damage to your Cleveland OH business left unaddressed can lead to more damage

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Carpeted floor completely saturated with water in an open commercial building Water can cause extensive damage to a building and it's materials. Proper mitigation can help prevent any secondary damage.

Water from Floods can cause extensive damage to your building. They not only have the ability to saturate and destroy the building and its contents, but can also threaten it with secondary damages such as mold damage. Once the water is gone, you may assume that moping and drying on its own is good enough but depending on the extent of the damage, your business may need more than that.   Quickly addressing water damage greatly reduces secondary damage from occurring.

Water damage left unaddressed may cause mold damage which can occur within 48 to 72 hours after water infiltration. Drywall and flooring are particularly susceptible to water damage due to their porous materials.

A professional restoration company can make sure that all building materials are properly dried thoroughly, cleaned and disinfected efficiently to minimize any secondary damage.  They may also need to be removed due to the extent of the damage.

SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County is able to accurately assess the damage and perform the proper mitigation to complete the drying process to your building.

Call SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County at 1-800-933-7179 to address your flood damage.

Don't wait for a storm to hit! Get ready now!

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Know your area’s risk for storms, including winter storms.  Extreme weather can leave you without utilities for an extended time.

Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Try to have a three-day supply of water, dried or canned foods, and other essentials. Keep in mind each person’s needs, including medication and remember your pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.

Check your doors, windows, and walls for openings that could allow water to penetrate.  Make sure you can keep out the cold weather with insulation and weather stripping and protect your pipes from freezing.

Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.  Make sure you have changed the old batteries with new ones before the winter season begins.

Keep your gutters clean to prevent roof damage and flooding inside your home.

Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of possible freezing weather or storms.  Sign up for your community warning system or use a weather radio that will provide emergency alerts.

Have an emergency supply kit for your car. Make sure you have jumper cables, a flashlight, some warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Remember to keep your gas tank full.

Keep the phone number for SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County in a convenient and easily located area for your emergency services.  Call us at 1-800-933-7179.

Protect your Carpet in Medina County, OH

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Beige carpet being cleaned by technician holding carpet wand Protect your investment and have carpets cleaned by a professional.

When a homeowner purchases new carpet, it is usually a large investment.  We want our carpet to continue looking good for many years.  But each time we walk on the carpet, the dirt in the carpet will grind on the fibers.  If we wait until the carpet looks dirty, we’ve probably waited too long.

Ways to make your carpet last longer would include vacuuming regularly to help with the life of your carpet.  Vacuuming removes loose soil from the fibers.  It is recommended that you vacuum weekly for the number of occupants in your home to include your pets.

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It is recommended to have a professional carpet cleaning every 3 months in high traffic areas and every 12 months in light traffic areas.

Here at SERVPRO of Medina County we want to make sure your carpet cleaning is done right the first time.

Call us at 800-933-7179

Keep your home safe this Halloween

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Halloween festivities can make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.  Watching the children run door to door to trick-or-treat and enjoying the decorations that are displayed can be very exciting, but also a danger.  Glowing jack-o-lanterns, dried cornstalks and flowing costumes together can become a fire risk.  Taking some fire safety precautions can help ensure a safe holiday full of fun. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the following are the top five Halloween fire safety tips:

  *Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns

  *When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric

  *Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.

  *Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters

  *Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.

By planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween fire-safe. 

If you do experience a house fire during this Halloween season, call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County at 1-800-933-7179.

Look out for water damage and protect your Cleveland, OH home

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

White textured ceiling with yellow water marks on it Water damage should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage such as mold or bacterial growth.

Water damage is one of many issues we don’t want to experience in our home, but left unintended can create other problems such as mold and bacterial growth which can cause potential health effects.

As a homeowner, you should look out for problems, such as water and address them as soon as possible.  The more water that comes thru the materials, the more damage it can cause. 

Here are a few ways to look for water damage:

  • Check wood and tile floors for cracking, buckling or warping. Carpet can have damp spots or have an odor of mold or dampness.
  • Stains on the floor around the toilet, tub or sink can be a sign of water. Walls and ceiling stains can indicate a leaking pipe or leak from outside.  Drywall can be soft, soggy or cracked.  Paint can peel once drywall is wet.
  • Shingles on the roof may be cracked or missing. There can be broken or missing flashing.  Gutters and downspouts can be clogged causing overflows that may pool the water and will not move it away from the house.
  • Check your water heater for signs of water. Rust or dark spots on the floor can indicate a leak.
  • Look for signs of mold around your home. Sometimes you can smell the mold without seeing it.

If you have water damage, call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County and have our highly experienced and trained professionals take care of your home.  Call us 800-933-7179

What do you do when you need a bio-hazard cleanup for your Medina County business?

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

At first it might seem too embarrassing to reach out to anyone about your bio-hazard cleaning needs, but when you do talk to someone here at SERVPRO of Medina County you may begin feeling some relief knowing that you found a company who really understands your needs to successfully start and complete your project.

Maybe you are dealing with a situation where there was a large blood loss or even a death and you need help. Many times our services for crime and trauma scene cleaning are covered under your business insurance. This is why you should call your insurance provider and let them know what you are experiencing, confirm your coverage with them, and maybe even file a claim. You can even tell them that you already have SERVPRO of Medina County helping you through the process.

Aside from the cleaning and decontamination process, we will document the cleanup and send to your insurance company for payment.

If you are in need of a bio-hazard cleanup for your business, call SERVPRO of Medina County at 800-933-7179.

Why SERVPRO? Here are some of the reviews that we have received from our Happy Customers!

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

They did a fantastic job, came out right after we called them and worked with our insurance carrier to get all the work paid for. We will definitely use them again in the future.

Josh

Quick to return calls. Kept us up to date on arrival times. Went above and beyond to help us in a very quick time frame. Thank you!

Melissa

Excellent Service, Every call during the last two years was due to an emergency situation. Quick response time, professional results. I highly recommend SERVPRO

Kevin

SERVPRO of Medina did an A-1 job. The crew was professional, considerate and responded to my questions and concerns. They treated my home as their own with a great pack out and bringing my furniture back and setting up. Thank you doing a wonderful job!

Susan

We used SERVPRO for an extensive cleanup job at our business due to a sewer backup and their work is fantastic. Their attention to detail is second to none and their thoroughness is spectacular. The turnaround time from our first phone call was extremely fast and we lost no time in opening our operations back up. I highly recommend SERVPRO of Medina for your cleanup needs or otherwise!

Emily

Now that Autumn is here, we need to prepare for winter storms in Medina County, Gateway and Western Lake County Ohio

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

Concrete floor with puddles and wet areas all over it During a winter storm, Pipes can freeze and eventually burst causing flooding and water damage to your home.

Cold weather can challenge a home owner.  Many winter storms last for days on end and can easily cause major problems for those who are not prepared. A winter storm can knock out the power and heat in your home. Ice, snow, and sleet can cause major damage to your roof, siding, driveways, and walkways.  Sometimes we even have to deal with the occasional unseasonal warm up, followed by thunderstorms and tornado warnings.   Here are a few things to watch out for during a winter storm.

Flooding — Freeze and thaw cycles can damage pipes and cause them to burst, leading to water damage and flooded areas that need emergency water restoration services.

Roof leaks — Frozen ice on your roof that melts and then refreezes can cause ice dams, they may even block your drainage pipes.   Heavy snow and ice can break through your shingles.  High winds and hail from winter storms can all damage your roof, leaving your home exposed to water damage.

Fires —Fires can often happen during a winter storm.  An unattended fireplace, soot filled chimneys, or even space heaters placed to closely to flammable objects can cause fires.

If you experience water or fire damage due to a winter storm, call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County for your emergency water and fire cleaning services at 1-800-933-7179.

SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway, Western Lake County is an IICRC certified firm.

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

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, Gateway, Western Lake County

SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway, 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 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.

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