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What do you do when you need a bio-hazard clean up in your Willoughby, OH home?

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Person cleaning floor wearing full PPE Cleaning floor while wearing full PPE

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 Western Lake 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 home, auto, or 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 Western Lake 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 home, auto or business, call SERVPRO of Western Lake County at 800-933-7179.

IT’S SPRING! PREPARE YOUR HOME NOW

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Clean Rain Gutters

When downspouts are clogged, rainwater can spill out of your gutters and around the perimeter of your house, putting it at risk for leaks and flooding. Get ready for spring showers by removing the mess from your gutters to ensure that the water will flow freely.

Change Filters

It’s a good idea to replace your HVAC system's air filter seasonally as well as the filter in your kitchen range hood. While you're at it, consider changing the filters in your water purification system. So, go ahead and welcome spring with new filters all around to keep your home clean and fresh, and your appliances in good working order.

Check Vents

It’s a good time to check any vents along the foundation or in the attic. Look for missing or damaged screens, debris, signs of insect or rodent infestation, or other issues, and correct them before they have a chance to become bigger problems later in the season.

Check the Roof

Take advantage of the sun’s return to check your roof for cracked or missing shingles or tiles, and examine flashing around vents and the chimney for damage. While you’re at it, have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.

Any questions or help call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County 1-800-933-7179

We are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

Kitchen/Food Areas

Bathrooms

Schools/Classrooms

Offices

Retail Spaces

Water Fountains

Shelving/Racks

Sales Counters

Carpets and Rugs

Stair Handrails

Elevator Cars

Playground Equipment

Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today –SERVPRO of Medina County, Gateway & Western Lake County, 800-933-7179

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

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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 jeopardize your health and safety, and 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 health, safety, and 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

What Happens to My Belongings After A Fire in my Eastlake OH home

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Here’s a look at how it all works:

The Packout:

A crew will come in and box up your home, room by room, using a careful labeling system.

The Cleaning:

While the cleaning process varies depending on the item, you can rest assured that only proven effective techniques are used that won’t do further damage to your items.

If there is a noticeable odor, they will be placed in a special room with equipment that has the ability to remove that odor.

There are also proven processes in place to restore expensive electronics like computers and even restore meaningful items full of sentimental value like photos or books.

The Storage:

Depending on the severity of the fire, your contents may need to be stored at our facility while your property is restored. Again, rest assured your items have been carefully inventoried and will be stored in a climate-controlled environment until your home is livable again.

Returning Items:

This has to be the most exciting part of the process.  Just as crews carefully boxed up items by room, the boxes will be strategically returned to those rooms for you, rugs placed back in their original places, and window treatments rehung.

If your Eastlake home has a fire, call SERVPRO of Western Lake County 800-933-7179

Late winter and early spring can be the worst times for flooding in Brunswick OH

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

One of the worst times for flooding is late winter/early spring. The saturated ground and melting snow can lead to dangerous conditions. Flooding can occur slowly and predictably due to known rainfall or snowmelt.

But flooding can also happen in the blink of an eye as a violent and unforeseen flash flood due to heavy spring rainfall, dam or levee failure, or the sudden release of water from an ice-jammed river. Here are some tips to keep you safe in this season of high water.

  1. Stay informed if you live In a low-lying or flood-prone areas, a NOAA weather radio with an alarm might be a life-saver.
  1. Don't try to drive or walk through moving flood waters. Just two feet of fast moving water can sweep away most vehicles, even SUVs and trucks. And it only takes 6 inches of rushing water to knock down a person down and sweep him away.
  1. If you have only minutes to get out, don't waste time gathering up possessions. Do not wait for instructions to move to higher ground if authorities think flash flooding is possible. If you are told to evacuate, do it. Don't try to ride it out!  
  1. Have a plan for your household. Build a disaster pack to keep at home, and don't wait for bad weather to start preparing your kit.  Make sure you have plenty of cash, food, water, spare clothes, sanitation items, your cell phone charger and any other needed supplies

Call SERVPRO of Medina County if your home is affected by flooding   330-722-4343

How to prevent a dryer fire in Medina OH

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Dryer pulled away from wall with soot debris on it.  The wall is fire damaged and the dryer vent is destroyed on the floor Dryer vents can cause a fire if not properly cleaned and inspected regularly.

You can do your part as a homeowner to prevent a dryer fire taking place in your home through proper installation, cleaning, and maintenance. Even if your dryer seems to be running fine right now, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Take these steps to prevent a dryer fire:

Read the manufacturers’ instructions and warnings upon installation and be sure that your dryer is installed by a knowledgeable professional and that the correct electrical plug and outlet are used

Clean the dryer lint filter before and after each load of laundry

Clean the filter with a nylon brush at least once every six (6) months or more often if it becomes clogged

Completely clean lint out of the vent pipe every three (3) months

Check occasionally through the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it isn’t damaged

Put a cover on outside wall dampers to keep out the elements

Ensure the outdoor vent cover opens when the dryer is on

Check your lint traps inside the dryer

Consider having a professional clean all your dryer venting just to be sure you and your family are safe

Call SERVPRO of Medina County if you experience a dryer fire in your home.  330-722-4343

Does my Cleveland, OH business need flood insurance?

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Natural disasters can be devastating to businesses. While damage caused by some types of natural events—such as lightning or wind—will usually be covered by commercial property insurance, you need a special policy if you want protection from flood damage.

Damage from flooding, typically is not covered under a standard commercial policy, including a Commercial Package Policy (CPP) or a Business Owners Policy (BOP). Flood insurance is available from the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Flood insurance covers damage to your building and contents caused by flood. This includes losses resulting from water overflowing rivers or streams, heavy or prolonged rain, storm surge, snow melt, blocked storm drainage systems, broken dams or levees, or other similar causes. To be considered a flood, waters must cover at least two acres or affect two properties. Generally if water comes from above—for instance from rain or melting snow overflowing gutters and leaking onto your inventory—you’ll be covered by your standard commercial property insurance.

If you experience a flood at your Cleveland, OH Business, call SERVPRO at 800-933-7179.

Mold found in your Wadsworth, OH home?

3/3/2020 (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

Two Cleveland Commercial Water job testimonials! Congratulations SERVPRO Crew!

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Good afternoon;

Now that the work is complete, I can say that Dan and his team did an excellent job, start to finish.

Dan kept in contact with myself through the whole process and took time to explain issues that came up along the way.  He and his team were very friendly and conducted themselves in a very professional matter.

When asked, he worked with both insurance adjusters and helped in explaining what SERVPRO did throughout the week.

Thank you for a job well done,

Rick

Hello;

The purpose of this note is to express our appreciation to you and the SERVPRO crew that responded to the flood at our place of business.  The response was quick, professional and thorough.  With the help of the SERVPRO team, we were able to open the next morning under relatively normal circumstances, which has resulted in positive feedback from our senior executives.

Thanks again to you and your team for a terrific job!

Byron

A broken sprinkler head in a Cleveland OH business can cause major damage

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Concrete floor that is very wet Water on your floor can cause major damage if not cleaned up quickly and properly.

A water loss caused by a broken sprinkler head can cause major damages to your home or commercial property if not taken care of correctly.

Water damage can come in many different forms and it's very important that its cleaned up quickly and handled properly. SERVPRO of Gateway is certified and trained to handle any type of water damage situation. We arrive on the scene within 4 hours from your call, clean up the water and place drying equipment as needed.  We work directly with insurance companies as well as the homeowner and/or business owners.

SERVPRO of Gateway is the franchise to call for your Cleveland OH property for any emergency service clean up.

We make your disaster "Like it never even happened." Nothing is too big or too small for us. We are here for you 24/7.

SERVPRO of Gateway can be called 24/7 for help or to answer your questions anytime. 800-933-7179

Hey Brunswick OH, Do you have water in your basement?

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water found in your basement can be a cause for alarm, but you’re not alone, it’s an issue that many homeowners experience. A pool of water on the floor is usually a pretty clear sign there is a problem and here a few reasons why.

*Sump Pump Failures

A sump pump is a well with a pump that is installed in your basement floor. Water drains into the sump and the pump forces water into storm sewers or drains once water level hits a certain amount in the well.

If your sump pump is working properly, it is an effective way to keep your basement dry. However, a power failure, poor sump pump maintenance, or clogged discharge lines can allow water in the basement.

*Floor Drains

Open floor drains are usually near utility or laundry sinks and allow wastewater to drain away from your home.

If an open floor drain becomes clogged, the wastewater from your washer or sink will not be able to drain away, causing water to flood into your basement.

*Sewer Lines

Sewer pipes can let water into your basement in several different ways. Whether your sewer line goes through your foundation floor or wall, the seal may weaken over time and allow water in.

A blockage in your main sewer line is the most likely cause of a sewage backup. However, heavy rains can also cause a problem.

*Plumbing Leaks

Leaky plumbing is another common cause of water in the basement. Many pipes run through the basement, carrying water throughout your house.

A frozen and burst water pipe is also possible during extremely cold weather.

If you find water in your Brunswick OH basement, call us at 330-722-4343

Cooking With Caution in Wadsworth OH

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt stove top with burned debris on it Stove that had caught fire causing smoke damage to the home.

During these cold winter days, we love to have our comfort foods.  We cook for our families and friends when we come together for meals and special times.  But according to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries.

By following a few safety tips in the kitchen, you can prevent these types of fires:

*If you are feeling sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.

*You should always stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you need to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

*If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay home while food is cooking, and use a timer.

*Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

The facts are that the leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking and most cooking fires in the home involve the kitchen stove.

If you do experience a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Medina County at 330-722-4343.

Hey Willoughby OH, If you see water under your sink, chances are you sprung a leak!!

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

A hand holding a broken water line that went under a sink cabinet Broken Water Line Under the Sink

Routine home maintenance is a great way to prevent water damage to your home.

If you see water under your sink in your Willoughby home, chances are that one of the hoses is corroded, or you may have simply sprung a leak.

Many of your plumbing tasks are simple do-it-yourself jobs. As a routine task, you should inspect the plumbing in your home.  Take a look at your exposed pipes as well as under your sinks and around toilets for any signs of moisture.

You may use your sinks, tubs and toilets on a daily basis, but you might not notice any problems arising in these areas unless you actually do an inspection. Hidden leaks in hoses, drains, pipes and even around the water heater can, over time, cause structural damage to your home.

If you do experience water damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Western Lake County at 800-933-7179 today!

WOW!! Here are some of the comments we’ve received from our Amazing Brunswick, OH Customers!

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

I couldn't have asked for better service in such a chaotic time. Thank you for your help.

                James

Thank you SERVPRO of Medina County for such a great job.  The 3 techs that came to my home were very polite and professional.   Did a great job!  

Cindy

Thanks SERVPRO of Medina County for an Awesome job on cleaning up the mold in my home. Could not have done it without your professional help!   Very Appreciative.  

Jack

Thank you SERVPRO of Medina County for all your help in cleaning my home to be sold.  Very Much appreciated!!!

Kelly

Thank you so much!  They did a fantastic job on the carpet and tile.  We are very pleased with the results and their customer service skills were excellent!!

We will definitely be repeat customers!

Heather

Thank you SERVPRO for a great team effort in my home. I cannot thank you enough for the professionally trained team who helped in my home.   Very very pleased!

                Tami

Restoring Your Medina County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro Van and Servpro Truck Lined up Our Vehicles are ready so give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need!

Flooding and water damage events at Medina County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Medina County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Call Us Today – 330-722-4343

Emergency Ready Program Cleveland, OH– Are you Ready?

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Is your Cleveland business ready for a disaster?  Do you know what to do?  Fire and water damage can happen at your business just as it can happen at your home.

SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County offers an Emergency Ready Plan or ERP for your business.  This free service does not take much time to complete, depending on the size of your building, but it can prepare you and your employees with vital information when or if a disaster does occur.

It’s easy to do and there is no obligation to use SERVPRO.  Just give us a call and one of our Marketing Representatives will come to your place of business and get all of the information needed.  They will put this vital information together for you to have if you ever need it.

Contact us today at 330-722-4343 and let us help you be prepared!

Winter weather in Eastlake, OH is coming... are you ready?

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather is coming to Eastlake, OH...are you prepared for anything? We are. 

Most of us would probably rather hibernate in Eastlake, OH for the winter than deal with any of the home maintenance tasks that come along with owning property during the wintry months. 

We at SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County would like to remind you that your winter will be much better if you take steps now to prevent any winter weather-related disasters or accidents happening in your home!

Here are some helpful tips for winter preparedness in the coming weeks...

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes that could freeze.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Don't overlook these tips this year as you head into the winter months and holiday season. Keep your home safe and secure so that you can focus staying warm and cozy with your loved ones this winter! 

If you do have winter storm damage or water damage to your Eastlake, OH home, we are here to help 24/7! 

Cooking Fire Damage in Willoughby, OH

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged door from cooking fire in Willoughby, OH This Eastlake, OH home suffered from a fire after a stove caught on fire during the holiday season. The home had extensive smoke and soot damage.

Cooking Fires in Willoughby, OH are a leading cause of fire damage. Here's a few tips how to prevent them:

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires in Willoughby, OH, and they’re responsible for almost half the injuries from home fires. Most kitchen fires involve the stove. This time of the year cooking fires are most common because more people are cooking due to the holiday season. Keep these things in mind while you're cooking:

  • Be sure to turn the stove off.
  • Timers that notify you when the time is done can lend a major helping hand. Always use timers so that you don’t lose track of time.
  • Paper, packaging, towels, oven mitts and wooden cooking are all flammable items and should be kept away from the stove while cooking.
  • Never pour water on a grease fire.
  • If you decide to (and it is safe to) fight the fire, smother it by turning off the burner and covering it with a metal or glass lid or pot. If you can’t extinguish the fire, leave the room, close the door and call 911.

4 classes of water damage in Brunswick, OH

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Our team cleaning up sewage in Brunswick, OH This home in Brunswick, OH were in need of sewage cleanup. Our team worked hard to make it look "Like it never even happened."

Without warning, water damage emergencies can strike. Immediate response is critical especially when water damage strikes. Did you know there are different classes of water that can cause a loss in your Brunswick, OH home? The classes of water are defined as the following:

Class 1 –A single room is affected, with little to no wet carpet, with water only on surfaces like wood or concrete.

Class 2 –This class effects and entire room, wetness along the walls (12” or more), and moisture still in the structure.

Class 3 –Ceilings, walls, carpet and insulation are all saturated with liquid or water. This is often due to water coming from overhead.

Class 4 –Water saturates in materials with very low levels of permeation, like hardwood or stone.

We understand that dealing with water damage in Brunswick, OH is a highly stressful. Our trained technicians are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to restore your property to its preloss conditions. Do not hesitate to give SERVPRO a call if you experience any kind of water damages.

Our team specializes in water damage repair in Brunswick, OH. Our team is here to help 24/7. 

Water Damage restoration process in Cleveland, OH

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can occur in a home or business in Cleveland, OH, Medina, OH or Willoughby, OH for a variety of reasons such as a leaky roof, burst pipes, a flood, or even as part of an effort to put out a fire. Once your Brunswick, OH home or business incurs water damage however, regardless of the source, you must act quickly to control and contain the damage.

Water damage restoration done by SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Willoughby is with the goal of restoring property back to its original, non-damaged condition. Our company will come in, assess the damage and what was affected and place a value on your loss and their service to restore your property.

Your water restoration company in Brunswick, OH will determine what category of water damage you have from a scale of one to four. Level one damage is light water damage to one area or one room where the carpet is not saturated. Level two damage usually involves at least one entire room with saturated carpet and wicking up the wall 12 to 24 inches. Level three water damage generally involves overhead damage such as from a leaky ceiling and a saturated room. Level four is the highest damage number and is reserved for deep saturation such as from a flood.

In addition to determining the level of damages to your Willoughby, OH home, our water damage restoration team will also need to determine the level of water contamination. Level one water contamination, for example, is classified as clean water such as from a broken water pipe. Level two water contamination may contain some contaminants that may cause illness if ingested and is considered grey water. This can be from a washing machine overflow, a dishwasher overflow or a toilet bowl overflow that does not contain feces but may contain urine, for example. Level three is considered black water and is considered the most unsanitary. This can come from a toilet overflowing with feces, sewage spillage or flood waters from a river or canal for example. Black water is considered unsanitary and has the potential to cause illness or death if ingested. Standing water can also fall into this category regardless of the source.

Once our certified professionals make these assessments, your water damage restoration team assigned to your job will work to get the water out. Once the water removal cleanup begins, this may require pumping standing water out of the home and sucking the water out of the carpet and flooring. The next step will be to remove any dry wall that has wicking and potentially removing and replacing insulation and structural beams if damaged. Flooring may have to be removed to be dried out or replaced depending on the type of water contamination that has occurred.

Once drying is complete, our team will deodorize and sanitize. We also will leave our professional grade equipment in place for a few days to continue drying the home and returning the temperature and moisture levels to normal. We will preform daily monitor checks to make sure your home is drying properly. If it has reached pre-water damage dryness, the equipment is removed and your home is restored.

Give us a call for all your water removal needs!

What is a furnace puff back in Cleveland?

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Homes in Medina and Brunswick may be faced with a furnace puff back this fall/winter. A furnace puff back occurs after an explosion in the combustion chamber of an oil furnace. Smoke and soot are released and spread throughout a structure. In addition to damaging the furnace, a puff back also calls for professional cleaning and restoration. Find out why you should rely on cleanup professionals to take care of puff back damage.

What Causes a Furnace To Puff Back?

Oil-burning furnaces run a risk of puff back. These incidents tend to occur when 

  • The furnace fails to ignite
  • Oil vapors build up in the ignition chamber
  • An explosion occurs upon ignition

Soot from a furnace puff back spreads throughout heating and exhaust systems. The incident may also introduce debris to every room in a structure. Building owners and managers should monitor oil-burning furnaces for indications of problems, such as the presence of soot in or around the furnace or noises in the combustion chamber at the start of a burn cycle or while the furnace is not running.

What Damage Can A Puff Back Cause?

A puff back can damage the furnace and result in extensive puff back damage throughout the structure. Oily soot may coat every surface, including ductwork, and spread throughout every room with an open vent. This damage may call for the use of specialized cleaning equipment and solutions.

Why To Rely on Cleanup Professionals

Amateur cleaning efforts can actually worsen damage caused by a puff back incident. A cleanup company that specializes in fire and smoke damage will have all of the equipment necessary to handle this type of damage. Professionals can work quickly to restore a commercial structure in Cleveland, OH. 

If an oil furnace experiences a puff back, the owner or manager of the building should contact a furnace repair service and a damage restoration company in Willoughby, OH. Puff back damage mitigation calls for fire and smoke damage restoration methods.

24 hour response ALWAYS

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County provides 24-hour emergency services in Medina, Cleveland and Eastlake and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment.

These are just a few of the things that set us apart from other water damage restoration companies. We have teams of certified professionals that are trained and focused on water damage repairs and fire damage repairs. We also have teams that specialize in storm damage repairs. Lately, we have a certified professionals trained in mold remediation. We always send the most qualified team to your disaster so you are receiving the highest quality of service. We take pride in making your water damage cleanup "Like it never even happened." 

Prepare an emergency kit before disaster strikes in Brunswick, OH

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

7 Emergency Supplies Your Brunswick, OH Home Should Have on Hand

Is your Brunswick home prepared for an emergency situation such as a water damage or whole house flood? Inclement weather situations and power outages can give little to no warning, which is why it is important for your business to have basic emergency supplies on hand in the event they are needed. These 7 necessities are important to ensure your employees safety in case of emergency.

Food-

Having a 3-4 day supply of non-perishable food items for each employee is important. Stocking up on items such as salt-free crackers, canned foods with high liquid content, protein bars, peanut butter and dried fruits is a great way to ensure that your employees will be taken care of.

Water-

In addition to non-perishable food items, it is important to have a minimum 3 day supply of emergency water per person. You can go about purchasing the water in different ways depending on the amount of usable space you have for storage. The most common methods are cases, gallon jugs or 55-gallon storage barrels. All of these can be used for drinking and sanitation purposes when necessary.

Radios-

Radios are useful to keep you updated on current weather patterns, evacuation notices and much more. Keeping a few AM/FM radios on hand will keep you abreast to any important information during an emergency. We recommend solar powered radios or battery powered radios for this purpose. If you choose to stock your supplies with battery powered radios, try and save battery power whenever possible.

Protection Against Elements-

During inclement weather if your building sustains damage that deems it unsafe to occupy, all employees may need to evacuate the premises. Having weather appropriate gear such as, ponchos, gloves, thermal blankets and a canopy shelter is key in making sure that all employees are safe.

Emergency Lights-

Electricity can go out for any amount of time during inclement weather or emergency situation. Emergency lighting is essential for your employees to navigate the facility in a safe manner. Battery powered flashlights are great short term lighting, but it is best to also have solar powered or hand cranked flashlights for long term use. We also recommend keeping candles and waterproof matches.

First Aid Kit-

A basic first aid kit with bandages, gauze, adhesive tape and other useful items will be a tremendous help in the event one of your employees is injured. Keeping 2-3 of these stocked and in easily accessible locations is best practice.

Sanitation Supplies-

During a disaster or emergency situation, a sanitary water source and plumbing will more than likely be unavailable. To ensure the wellbeing of employees and to keep things sanitary, you should have emergency sanitation supplies available. Common sanitation items are, hand sanitizers, individual packs of tissue and quality cleaning chemicals.

Having an emergecncy kit during times of crisis will hopefully keep you and your staff safe. Be sure to print this when putting together your Emergency Kit. In the meantime, be sure that you have a vetted vendor for times of emergencies. Call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County. We are always here to help.

Our new name change press release

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

New Name Reflects Company’s New Multi-License Website

MEDINA, OH – October 14, 2019 – SERVPRO of Medina County announces its web presence name change to SERVPRO of Medina County / Gateway / Western Lake County effective October 10, 2019. The company still operates out of Medina, OH.

The company has used three franchise names digitally and for advertising purposes, “SERVPRO of Medina County,” “SERVPRO of Gateway,” and “SERVPRO of Western Lake County” for more than 40 years, achieving recognition in the Medina County, Cleveland and Western Lake County communities. Our customers will find no change in the quality of service or services offered or conducting business with the new digital business identity.

“Our decision to streamline our digital presence to one website and one Facebook business page, was to best service our customers. Disasters can’t wait and we want to make sure people are finding the help they need online as easy as possible,” said Ron Valega, General Manager of SERVPRO of Medina County / Gateway / Western Lake County. “We have established a great, interactive community on Facebook and bringing all three of our business pages together will enhance that customer experience online, we hope we can be that page that everyone looks forward to getting updates from while remembering we’re here for them 24/7 if disaster strikes.” We proudly serve all of Medina County including Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth areas. Gateway serves Cleveland, OH and Western Lake County includes Willoughby, OH, Eastlake, OH, Wickliffe, OH, Willowick, OH, and Euclid, OH.

If customers have any questions or concerns regarding the name change, they may contact our office at 330-722-4343.

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About SERVPRO of Medina County / Gateway / Western Lake County, SERVPRO of Medina County, SERVPRO of Gateway, SERVPRO of Western Lake County: ?Located in Medina, OH, SERVPRO of Medina County / Gateway / Western Lake County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

 For more information about SERVPRO of Medina County / Gateway / Western Lake County, please visit www.SERVPROmedinacounty.com or call 330-722-4343

Contact:
Christine Kanis
christinekanis@SERVPRO-medina.com
400 N. State Rd.
Medina, OH 44256
Phone: 330-722-4343

How to prevent water damage in Willoughby, OH

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

If water damage does occur in your Willoughby or Eastlake home, immediately call SERVPRO of Medina County / Gateway / Western Lake County. SERVPRO’s teams will:

  • Assess damage for restorability and safety.
  • Determine the extent of the moisture content in effected areas.
  • Move and prop up furniture on blocks if necessary.
  • Extract the water.
  • Remove carpets and carpet pads if necessary.
  • Spray to treat germs and bacteria in contaminated areas.
  • Start the drying process with air movers and dehumidification equipment.
  • Ensure rooms are completely dry and conduct a walk through with homeowners to guarantee customer satisfaction.

If your home is in need of water damage repair in Willoughby, our team is available 24/7. 

Preventative maintenance is key to avoiding a possible water damage, mold, of fire damage loss. If you or someone you know succumbs to any type of water damage, give us a call to make your home look "Like it never even happened." 330-722-4343

Bathroom Water Damage in Willoughby

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Medina County / Gateway/ Western Lake County was called out to a water damage at a home in Willoughby, OH. The main valve on one of the bathtubs failed and flooded the bathroom. When bathrooms have water damage on 2ndand 3rd floors of homes, the water often travels down to lower levels of the home. Our crew had to remove the tile so they could remove and properly dry the affected subflooring. Water damage is often beneath surfaces that are visible to the eye.

Moisture that is left untreated can result in mold. Mold is very dangerous to your health and can form fairly quickly. It takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to begin to grow. Typically, the spores begin to colonize in 3 to 12 days and become visible in about 18-21 days. If you have water damage it’s important to call in your local water damage repair professionals in Willoughby so we can make sure all moisture is dried efficiently and properly, greatly reducing the risk of future damages and mold.

If you have water damage in your bathroom, give us a call 24/7!

New Name! Same great service!

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

To make things easier for our customers, we have merged our 3 franchises into one online presence! 

SERVPRO of Medina County / Gateway / Western Lake County are still under the same ownership and we're still servicing the same territories! 

Our franchises proudly serve all of Medina County including: Medina, Brunswick, Wadsworth, Lodi, Seville and Chippewa Lake.

We serve the Greater Cleveland area, primarily the Gateway district in Downtown Cleveland. 

We also serve Western Lake County including Willoughby Hills, Willoughby, Eastlake, Euclid, Waite Hills, Kirtland, and Willowick. 

We are excited for this merge allowing it to be easier for our customers to find us when disaster strikes.

We are available to help with water damage, fire damage, storm cleanup and damage, and mold remediation 24/7 365 days a year. 

We greatly appreciate your business and support! 

Water Damage Repair from storms in Brunswick, OH

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes floods and water damage can hit Brunswick, OH without warning, catching you off guard and cause you to do little more than stand by watching events unfold. In some areas, rivers or streams can be affected by storms hundreds of miles away. These storms cause water levels to surge out of control and wreak havoc on our community; leaving you wondering what to do to limit the damages that are sure to affect your property. You won't always get enough warning to move all of your belongings, or adequately prepare for every situation. However, having a plan in place to deal with these types of events is crucial for limiting the number of damages that may occur on your property. 
 
We have a locally owned and operated franchise near your Brunswick home in Medina County. There is no reason for you to deal with these situations on your own, nor should you. We can help restore your property to a quality preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." Giving you the assistance you need to handle the situation properly and get things back to normal as soon as possible. 
 
SERVPRO provides you with emergency services to fit your unique circumstances. After your initial call to our offices, we determine the amount of equipment and personnel required to perform your repairs correctly and efficiently, arriving at your home within four hours, many times even faster, and beginning work immediately. Our technicians thoroughly explain what they intend to do and fully address your concerns before proceeding. 
 
Once SERVPRO technicians have had the opportunity to assess the situation correctly, we use a variety of scoping procedures to determine the extent of damage to your property and limit additional losses from occurring. We'll locate and eliminate the source of water, determine the type of water we're dealing with and reduce the possibility of safety hazards on your property. 
 
After establishing a safe environment, SERVPRO of Medina County technicians use quality water extraction equipment, such as portable extractors or truck mounted pumps. Depending on the size of your situation, large submersible pumps are available to remove water over two inches high, quickly and efficiently. We can safely remove standing water and additional moisture from every area of your home and set up a proper drying environment to assist with drying the structure and contents of your home efficiently. 
 
We have many procedures available to help with restoring many of your belongings you thought may be lost to you forever and work hard to provide you with the services you deserve. 
 
Give SERVPRO of Medina County a call today 330-722-4343

Water damage repair after severe storms in Wadsworth, OH

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

When storm damage occurs to your Wadsworth or Brunswick home or business the restoration process can seem daunting. Water damage repairs are often necessary after storms. Not only are you faced with a frightening event most times, but as soon as the storm fades you are faced with unpleasant and unwanted water damage. At SERVPRO of Medina County our goal is to make the restoration process as seamless and straightforward as possible. Our teams are equipped with the knowledge and certifications to complete the necessary restoration with as little disruption as possible.

From the moment that we receive the first call regarding storm damage to your home or business to the moment that we arrive on site to meet with the home or business owner and begin the restoration process our focus is on the customer. Our onsite professionals will explain the process and ensure that you are informed throughout the duration.

If you find yourself in need of restoration call us today! We are always here to help and ensure that your home or business is brought back to its previous condition. 330-722-4343

Commercial Water Damage after storms in Medina

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

During a storm or heavy rains, drains and sewers can backup in Medina. This can cause severe damage to commercial property if not taken care of immediately. Dealing with contaminated water in Western Lake County, Ohio is frustrating and can be dangerous. Sewer backups threaten your property as well as your employees and customers as it carries a risk for disease. 

Excessive rain causes water to back up from municipal sanitary sewer systems. If water is coming up through floor drains or sink drains in the basement, it is not rain water; you likely have a sanitary issue. 

Backwater Valve

A backwater check valve is one preventative solution to this issue. It is a self-operating valve that only allows water to flow in one direction. It does need to be cleaned every six months to a year. If well maintained, it will help prevent water from flowing in the opposite direction and causing sewer backup.

Contaminated Water Types

Category 1: “Clean water” – This type of water comes from a clean source. Broken water lines or faucet leaks are sources of clean water. Category one water can quickly degrade to a category two if left untreated. Many factors influence the degradation process: contact with contaminants, time, temperature and environment.

Category 2: “Gray Water” – This type of water is contaminated. If ingested it could cause stomach discomfort or illness. Some sources of category two water include an overflowing toilet containing some urine (no feces), an overflowing washing machine or a leaking dishwasher. Gray water may contain bacteria or viruses and can degrade to category three water if left untreated. 

Category 3: “Black water” – This type of water is unsanitary to the point of causing serious illness. Any contact with this water should be avoided. It could contain sewage, microbes and harsh chemicals. Black water is caused by flooding from rivers and streams, an overflowing toilet containing fecal matter or water from beyond the toilet trap. If standing water starts to support microbial growth it is considered category three. Sewer backup is category three water. 

The good news is that there are experts in sewage cleanup. These experts have the special training and equipment to safely deal such a disaster. If in question always call SERVPRO of Medina County at 330-722-4343

SERVPRO of Medina County is an IICRC firm

10/7/2019 (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.

How heavy rains can affect your Medina, OH Business

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

During a storm or heavy rains, drains and sewers can backup. This can cause severe damage to commercial property if not taken care of immediately. Dealing with contaminated water in Medina, Ohio is frustrating and can be dangerous. Sewer backups threaten your property as well as your employees and customers as it carries a risk for disease.

Excessive rain causes water to back up from municipal sanitary sewer systems. If water is coming up through floor drains or sink drains in the basement, it is not rain water; you likely have a sanitary issue.

Backwater Valve

A backwater check valve is one preventative solution to this issue. It is a self-operating valve that only allows water to flow in one direction. It does need to be cleaned every six months to a year. If well maintained, it will help prevent water from flowing in the opposite direction and causing sewer backup.

Contaminated Water Types

Category 1: “Clean water” – This type of water comes from a clean source. Broken water lines or faucet leaks are sources of clean water. Category one water can quickly degrade to a category two if left untreated. Many factors influence the degradation process: contact with contaminants, time, temperature and environment.

Category 2: “Gray Water” – This type of water is contaminated. If ingested it could cause stomach discomfort or illness. Some sources of category two water include an overflowing toilet containing some urine (no feces), an overflowing washing machine or a leaking dishwasher. Gray water may contain bacteria or viruses and can degrade to category three water if left untreated.

Category 3: “Black water” – This type of water is unsanitary to the point of causing serious illness. Any contact with this water should be avoided. It could contain sewage, microbes and harsh chemicals. Black water is caused by flooding from rivers and streams, an overflowing toilet containing fecal matter or water from beyond the toilet trap. If standing water starts to support microbial growth it is considered category three. Sewer backup is category three water.

The good news is that we are experts in sewage cleanup. These experts have the special training and equipment to safely deal such a disaster. If in question always call SERVPRO of Medina at 330-722-4343

Storm season isn't over in Medina County yet!

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

When heavy weather rolls through Medina County  homeowners scramble to find the best storm damage restoration options “near me.” Severe seasonal storms overwhelm with water and wind damage that seems irreparable. Before you give in to despair, contact SERVPRO  of Medina County and find a partner to bring your home back to preloss condition. 

 Extensive damage is a problem affecting whole neighborhoods in the path of the storm, adding to your post-storm anxiety. Will your home’s issues be resolved quickly? How long will it take to have your damage assessed? The commitment we have to our local customers is possible only because we are part of a larger, nationwide network of experienced and well-equipped restoration specialists.
 We prepare for the unexpected, knowing that our area often faces catastrophic natural forces. Within hours after you contact our local dispatchers, a project manager arrives to assess your particular damage issues. We move swiftly to secure your home from further damage from the elements.

The initial priority is to remove the water, pumping and vacuuming first, followed by positioning air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the drying. Ridding the structure of water happens before structural repairs as the water has the potential to be so damaging. Restoration is the goal, with as few items removed and replaced as is safe and to applicable codes. Throughout the process, we work with your insurance company to minimize your out of pocket costs. You are in the communication loop at all times.

Call SERVPRO of Medina County today 330-722-4343

Commercial water damage in Medina, OH

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage has the potential to destroy the integrity of your business, so we move fast to plan for water removal and repair. Saturated walls, ceilings, floors, and contents move quickly from a water removal problem to a more severe contamination crisis if we delay the response. Expect help to arrive fast. The first 48 hours are crucial as we react to avoid secondary damage such as mold growth. We leverage teams of technicians and fleets of equipment from other SERVPROs to meet your and your community’s needs in the hours and days after the storm.

We know when you can't open your business doors, you're losing money. Our teams work until they're done on commercial jobs. We know time is money and we promise to get you back into business faster. 

What to do before help arrives at your Brunswick home

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage cleanup with air movers setup in Brunswick, OH Our team had to tear up the flooring and place several air movers in this Brunswick, OH home after a refrigerator leak caused water damage.

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are a few things to do before help arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or flooring.

Always remember, it is important to take care of water problems ASAP so mold doesn't begin to form. We are your mold remediation specialists. Call SERVPRO of Medina County today! 330-722-4343

3 types of water that can affect your Brunswick, OH home

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling water damage from clean water source in Brunswick, OH home This Brunswick home had a pipe burst and caused water damage throughout the entire home.

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

If your Brunswick home has water damage, give us a call! 330-722-4343

Smoke and Soot Damage to your Medina, OH home

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your Medina, OH home or business 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 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

Water Damage to your Wadsworth, OH home

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damages to your Brunswick, Medina or Wadsworth, OH home can be the unwanted effect from many different causes. But this does not change the result--a mess needing restoration. However, the issue that matters most is finding a Water Removal team of professionals like SERVPRO of Medina County to extract the water and minimize the ruin. While you could try to get rid of all of the water to save money, the professionals that handle the service are capable of expediting the water extraction thereby minimizing secondary water damage. Fast removal not only saves you money in the long run but lessens the negative impact on the structure of your home while also protecting personal possessions like clothing, photographs, and computers. 

 
Finding a trustworthy service is easier than you think. Since you are already speaking with your insurance agent, ask for a recommendation for a water damage restoration company in your local area. Chances are he will list SERVPRO at the top, or as a preferred vendor. They will coordinate with your agent a quick agreement on the necessary services for restoration. This helps alleviate stress for you and aids in the claims process and paperwork.
 
A crucial initial step is the assessment. This inspection is where they use the necessary equipment to discover hidden areas of moisture that may lead to continuing degradation and the proliferation of mold growth. Afterward, they get the equipment needed to pump out the excess water, place air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the remaining moisture, and then disinfect and sanitize affected areas. SERVPRO of Medina County is available 24/7 for any fire, mold, or water damage. 330-722-4343

Tips to Prevent Fire Damage to your Medina, OH home

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire damage in your Medina, OH home can be costly, time-consuming, and emotional. This is why it’s so important to take certain precautions to prevent or decrease the likelihood of a fire. These helpful tips provided by the NPFA can reduce the probability of a fire in your home or office;

1.       Watch your cooking!  You should always stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Remember to never let young children near the stove or oven while you are cooking.

2.       Give space heaters space! It’s best to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.

3.       Keep matches and lighters out of reach! The safest place to keep matches and lighters is in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

4.       Inspect electrical cords! You should replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or loose connections.

5.       Be careful when using candles! Be sure to keep candles at least one foot away from anything that will burn.

Not all fires are caused by things we have control of. Some fires can be caused by unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents. Just in case one of these catastrophes may happen, keep in mind that a fire escape plan for your crew or family is always a good idea! Try practicing it at least twice a year. In the event of fire damages SERVPRO of Medina County is available 24/7 to offer exceptional response time and trained professionals ready to restore your property. 330-722-4343

We're ready when disaster strikes, are you?

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

We are your local water cleanup, fire damage, storm damage, and mold remediation company in Medina, Wadsworth and Brunswick. We are ready when disaster strikes, are you?

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile,

Your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

Call 330-722-4343 to schedule 

Helpful tips to prevent fire damage to your Medina home

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your Medina, OH home or business can be costly, time-consuming, and emotional. This is why it’s important to take certain precautions to prevent or decrease the likelihood of a fire. These helpful tips provided by the NPFA can reduce the probability of a fire in your home or office;

  1. Watch your cooking! You should always stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Remember to never let young children near the stove or oven while you are cooking.
  2. Give space heaters space!It’s best to keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn.
  3. Keep matches and lighters out of reach!The safest place to keep matches and lighters is in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.
  4. Inspect electrical cords!You should replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or loose connections.
  5. Be careful when using candles!Be sure to keep candles at least one foot away from anything that will burn.

Not all fires are caused by things we have control of. Some fires can be caused by unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents. Just in case one of these catastrophes may happen, keep in mind that a fire escape plan for your crew or family is always a good idea! Try practicing it at least twice a year. In the event of fire damage SERVPRO of Medina County is available around the clock to offer exceptional response time and trained professionals ready to restore your property! Call 330-722-4343

Fast Response is Critical when you have water damage

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Medina County  specializes in water and flood damage cleanup.  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. When you have water damage, your quick action is necessary to reduce costs and more damage.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When heavy rains hit Medina, Wadsworth and Brunswick we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.  Give us a call when you find water damage 330-722-4343

Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

Smoke alarms in your Medina home play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.* The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

SMOKE ALARM SAFETY TIPS:

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.

Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.

Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms.

Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.

Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.

Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.


*Tips and statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

If you have fire damage in Medina or Brunswick and are in need of cleanup or repair, call SERVPRO of Medina County today 330-722-4343

Why choose us for your cleanup needs?

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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.  Rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our team receives ongoing training and education to make sure we are able and ready for whatever happens to your Medina, Wadsworth or Brunswick home. 

Some of the certifications our franchise holds: 

    • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
    • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
    • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
    • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
    • OCT - Odor Control Technician
    • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
    • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

We are also an IICRC Certified Firm.

If you are in need of water removal in Medina or fire damage cleanup and repairs, give us a call! 

Check your Medina home's Water Heater

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

HOT WATER HEATER – How did we survive before its invention? It’s a must have to make life easier.

Unfortunately, the water from a faulty water heater can cause major damage to our homes and businesses. We recommend that you regularly check your water heater and its pipes, including the area behind and beneath it.

Some things to look for? Indications of leaks, corrosion, and even signs of mold. If you see anything that looks out of the normal – shut-off the cold water line coming into the heater or shut-off the main water line. Contact a plumber or appliance specialist immediately.

Replacing or repairing this appliance may be an expense you were not anticipating but the investment can save not only money, it can save you the anxiety of dealing with this type of loss.

Medina County Fire Damage Information

7/28/2019 (Permalink)

The Basics of Bel Air Fire Damage

While flooding and mold can be scary, there’s nothing quite like a fire to remind homeowners how fragile a building can be. For all homes and businesses in Medina, fire damage is something that needs to be dealt with quickly and professionally. Once the immediate emergency has been taken care of, it is time to call in the restoration experts from SERVPRO.

How Long Does Fire Damage Restoration Take? 
Clearly, this will depend on how extensive the damage is. If you’ve had a small kitchen fire, for example, but it was put out quickly, the work will probably be quite efficient. If the damage is mostly superficial – burn marks on the outer surface of walls – painting and redecorating should be easy and uncomplicated. 

If the damage is more extensive, the restoration could take months. SERVPRO of Medina County never rushes or compromises on the quality of a job, in order to get occupants back inside faster, because this can put lives at risk. The best way to stay in the loop is to work with our fire damage restoration company that keeps you constantly updated during each stage of the repair process. 

Can a Restoration Team Eliminate Smoke Damage? 
Yes, our skilled restoration team will use a combination of fogging and ozone deodorization techniques to remove the smell and sight of smoke from the building. Both methods involve heavy duty equipment, so you shouldn’t try to tackle them independently. Let our experts do the job efficiently and professionally, so that you can get back to enjoying your home. 

Can You Hire a Fire Damage Team Without Insurance? 
Strictly speaking, you don’t need to be covered by fire damage insurance to hire a restoration team. However, it is strongly advised. If you don’t have any type of cover in place, you will be responsible for paying the cost of repair and restoration, in full. As this kind of work requires specialist skills and equipment, it can be expensive. Make certain that you have an insurance policy, so that the expense doesn’t become another disaster. If you are not the homeowner, renters insurance is so important. The homeowners policy will cover the structure but not your contents and personal belongings.

To get more information and advice on the best ways to deal with fire damage in Medina, talk to the experts at SERVPRO of Medina County.

Your Solution to Fire Damage in Medina

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

There are some things you should understand before attempting to combat secondary damages produced by a fire including how to protect yourself, your family, or anyone else that might enter your home while restoration is underway.


Always think safety first when dealing with fire damage in your Medina home. Even though the fire may be out, dust, soot, and airborne particles can wreak havoc on your breathing. Anyone entering your home should wear the appropriate personal protective equipment including masks, gloves, boots, and eye wear.

Before entering your home, understand that hazards may exist that pose severe risks to you and your family. You must be aware of what might occur, in every situation, to help keep everyone safe. If you have even the tiniest doubt, it could cause someone their life. Never take any chances, get a fully licensed professional, like those offered at SERVPRO of Medina County, to take risks for you.

An expertly trained restoration technician wears the safety equipment and takes any necessary precautions to avoid hazards of different types. SERVPRO of Medina County technicians understand how to prevent contact with a variety of substances that might cause harm. They also know when and when not to ventilate an area. We have access to a range of industrial-grade equipment that allows us to remove water used to extinguish a fire.

All of the burned debris and materials cause odors that should be withdrawn and disposed of in a certain way. The contents of your home that are restorable require special handling to prevent additional damage. Your SERVPRO of Medina County team uses a restore versus replace mentality when considering alternatives during your restoration. We do everything we can to prevent losses and restore your Medina home; this means that you can count on us to treat each item accordingly and give you the results you deserve.

Common Causes of Fires to Brunswick Homes

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Here are top 5 most common causes of Brunswick house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.

  1. Candles

From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there were an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.

Safety tips:

  • Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
  • Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
  • Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
  • Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep
  1. Smoking

While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there were still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
  • Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
  • Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
  • Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.
  1. Electrical & Lighting

According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.

Safety tips:

  • Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
  • Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
  • Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.
  1. Dryers & Washing Machines

Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage. 

Safety tips:

  • Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
  • For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
  • Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
  • Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
  • Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.

Major flooding in Medina

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

We had a wild and wet June with all the rain. Many areas in Medina and Brunswick flooded pretty bad. If you walk down your basement stairs to find inches of water on the ground, call us right away. Most people aren't prepared for their basement to flood. A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are 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 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

Even though Medina County saw 20+ inches of rain in June, flooding usually happens when we have heavy rainfall in short amount of time. This is what happened at the end of the month and caused Barberton and Chippewa Lake to flood so severely. We were able to help a lot of people out with their flood damage repairs. As always, we are available to help 24/7 if you find any flood damage!

Why DIY flood damage repair in Medina should be avoided

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why DIY Water Damage and Flood Damage Restoration in Medina Should Be Avoided:

Nothing is more devastating to a Medina homeowner than seeing their entire house submerged in flood damage water. When this happens, whether the cause is a pipe break or a storm, the first instinct is to get everyone out to safety and salvage what one can. People in this situation sometimes end up feeling as if they have suffered too much loss and may end up trying to handle the water damage cleanup and water damage restoration by themselves. 

If you don't know what you're dealing with, you can greatly injure yourself or fall ill if you handle water that isn't clean. Leave the water damage cleanup to your local SERVPRO of Medina County professionals. 

What to expect when you call SERVPRO of Medina County:

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

What to Expect when you call SERVPRO of Medina County with water damage:

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 at your home in Medina, OH.

Our SERVPRO of Medina County 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 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 in Medina, OH. 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 in Medina, OH.

Do you know how to properly use a fire extinguisher?

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

As the weather gets warmer house fires from grilling and BBQs increase. Fire damage can happen when you least expect it. Being prepared is the most important thing. A lot of people keep fire extinguishers in their kitchens and by grills but don’t know how to properly use them.

Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly.  In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin.  Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low.  Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the level slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with then before a fire breaks out.  Remember, extinguishers do have limitations.  It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility.  To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.

Common Causes of Home Fires in Brunswick, OH

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Common Causes of House Fires in Brunswick, OH

Fires can have a devastating effect on your home and are also a life-threatening emergency. There are many causes of a fire damage and knowing what these are will help you to take preventative measures to avoid such an incident occurring.

Kitchen Fires 
One of the biggest causes or fire damages in Brunswick, OH we see at SERVPRO of Medina County is cooking fires. While dry cooking fires usually cause minimal damage and are easy to put out, a fire started from grease has the potential to spread rapidly and cause significant destruction to your property. One of the simplest ways to prevent such fires from happening is never to leave pans unattended when cooking. 

Electrical Fires 
Electricity is such an integral part of modern life; it is easy to take it for granted and not fully appreciate the associated dangers of its use. Exposed wires, hot sockets, overheated plugs, blown fuses and overloaded extension leads can all result in a fire. Electrical heating appliances should always be connected into a GFCI, a ground fault circuit interrupter both for personal safety and to reduce the chance of arcing or circuits tripping.

Smoking 
Our team at SERVPRO of Medina County is often called to houses needing fire damage restoration following a smoking incident started by a cigarette that was not properly put out. The best way to avoid this is not to smoke inside your home. If you do, make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished. 

Candles 
Candles are a fantastic way to create mood lighting, and the scented varieties bring a lovely aroma to your home. However, if you are not careful, they can easily cause a fire. Not placing them close to curtains, other soft furnishings and anything flammable will reduce the risk of a fire.

If you are ever in the unfortunate position of needing your home restored following fire damage please call us 24/7. SERVPRO of Medina 330-722-4343 .  Our team is always on call to help 24/7.

How to Handle Unexpected Water Damage in Medina, OH

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Unexpected water in your Medina, OH home or water in your business can cause a lot of problematic flood damage. It can ruin your possessions and the building you store them in. If you act quickly, you can mitigate water damage and your restoration efforts can be successful.


Don’t treat flood damage lightly. Even if the water in your Medina home is only a half an inch deep, it can be a breeding ground for unwanted mold. The growth of mold from water in your house can ruin walls, carpets, and flooring. Water damage can also cause mold that leads to poor air quality and respiratory illness like asthma. The key to keeping your house safe and mold-free is to mitigation water in your home or water in your business very quickly. Before doing any water cleanup or drying, call your insurance company and let them know what you plan to do about the flood damage. After speaking with your insurance, use these tips for mitigation and prevention any further water damage.


Disconnect Power

Remove and unplug any electronics in the vicinity of the water in your home. The quicker you do this, the more likely you can save them from being destroyed and get the water cleanup process started. If the water has risen past the level of electrical outlets, turn off power to the area of the building. Pull up carpets and underpadding that have flood damage. You can potential save carpets if you start the water cleanup, drying, and disinfectant process immediately. You probably won't be able to save the underpadding because of they act like a sponge and absorb large amounts of water.

Water Cleanup

Getting rid of the water quickly is important to mitigating the water damage. If you can't use a wet-vac because of a power issue, the old fashioned way works just fine. Grab some old towels and bucket to sop up as much water as your can. You can pour the water down the drain or out outside onto permeable surfaces. If the situation is more than you and your wet-vac can handle, consider renting a sump pump from a hardware store. The most important thing you can for water damage mitigation is to get rid of the water in your business fast and star the drying and restoration process.

Dry the area

Once the water is out of the way, it's helpful to utilize a dehumidifier and fans for drying. Open up all the windows and get the area dry as soon as possible. If drywall has been affected, you’ll need to cut away the areas that were damaged by the water to prevent mold. Take out the baseboards if they are not real wood, as they are probably not salvageable. If it was real wood, you might get lucky and be able to save them.

Disinfecting

After the water damaged area has dried out, you’ll want to use a strong disinfectant for restoration to rid the area of any bacteria that and contribute to mold growth. Make sure to include walls and furniture.

Dispose of damaged items

Rather than throwing everything into the dumpster, consider organizing the damaged goods into piles of recyclables and non-recyclables. This way, you can help alleviate pressure on landfills and do a little good for the environment. Contact your local waste management authorities to find out how to properly dispose of electronics, furniture, and drywall. Many materials can’t be thrown into the general trash for safety and environmental reasons, so find out the correct place to dispose of the water damaged items.

It’s a nightmare to have to deal with water in the home or water in at your business, but by taking quick action, you can start the mitigation process and get the restoration done fast. Whether it's a broken pipe or a natural flood water, you can minimize the damage by acting quickly. Don’t forget to let your insurance company know what happened so they can give you the go-ahead for taking action. 

If you find yourself with water damage, call us today! 330-722-4343

Tips for preventing flood damage in Brunswick, OH

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Here’s some helpful tips to help prevent basement flooding in Brunswick, OH:

To prevent water from leaking through your foundation, look to gutters for your first line of defense. 

While gutter-and-downspout systems protect your house from rainwater and snow melt, they can also compound drainage problems by concentrating roof runoff at a house's corners close to the foundation.

To carry water away, attach a sloped leader to each gutter and guide water at least 10 feet from the foundation.

Downspouts can also be directed to dump directly into an above or underground catch basin which will redistribute the water slowly back into the ground via small holes drilled throughout the basin.

Plug gaps and holes in basement.

If you see water dribbling into the basement through cracks or gaps around plumbing pipes, you can plug the openings yourself with hydraulic cement or polyurethane caulk.

Check your landscaping.

Check that your landscaping isn’t allowing water to pool around your foundation.

Soil should always slope away from your foundation for at least three feet. If the soil around your foundation is level or slopes back toward your home, add enough fresh soil to allow water to flow away and allow at least six inches of clear space between your foundation and your landscaping.

Maintain Your Plumbing.

While most of the hazards that lead to water in the basement come from outside water; water and drain pipes inside your home could also cause an issue. Plumbing maintenance begins with using your drains properly, including sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets.

Waterproof the Walls.

Waterproofing the walls is an effective way of keeping rain- and groundwater out of your basement.

You can paint the interior of your basement walls with a waterproofing product, while a professional waterproofing company will need to waterproof the exterior side of your foundation.

Water in your basement can lead to mold growth and that can lead to health concerns!

Be vigilant in checking for water leaks in your home and basement to avoid big water problems in the future!

If you find yourself with flood damage, call SERVPRO of Medina County today! 330-722-43443

The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire

Many homeowners think that they can clean-up smoke damage to their home after it has been burned in a fire. Unfortunately, that is never a good idea. Cleaning up smoke and soot damage requires professionals to do the job.

Bring in the Fire Damage Pros

First off, a house that has been burned in a fire is typically not safe to enter or spend time in. The integrity of walls and floors may have been damaged, along with other hazards. It’s important not to enter the home until professionals tell you it is safe to do so.

While you should not undertake trying to clean up smoke and soot damage from a house fire yourself, you should get the professionals into your as soon as possible. Ash and smoke, if left untreated, will cause corrosion, discoloration and a lingering powerful and offensive odor. Ash, specifically, will start causing damage and discoloration almost immediately and the damage may be permanent and irreversible. Anything that was made of plastic will begin discoloring within minutes. Metals will easily tarnish and corrode, and fiberglass will begin to yellow.

If you get fire damage restoration professionals in soon enough after a house fire, they can mitigate or eliminate the smoke and ash damage from the fire and prevent further damage to your property. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the pros in early, the damage becomes worse and worse and the costs to repair will begin to skyrocket within just a few weeks!

Know Who to Hire

Many companies claim to be fire damage restoration specialists, but they may not actually have the proper training and certification to do the job. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the primary oversight agency for the industry. Companies recognized, registered and certified by the IICRC will have taken extensive coursework to earn their certification.

What a Trained and Certified Fire Damage Restoration Professional Does

A trained and certified fire damage restoration professional will first identify all affected materials and the source of odors, if possible. They will be extremely thorough. They will identify what can be salvaged and cleaned and what cannot be and must be completely replaced. They will then begin the clean-up process by removing built-up ash residue. Once the ash is cleaned, they can better identify the sources of odors, which they will treat with special detergents made to neutralize the odors. Once fire damaged materials are treated, they will be sealed to prevent future odors from emitting into your home.

If you or anyone you know is in need of smoke or fire damage restoration services.

We are here to help! Contact us today.

Any water damage in your Wadsworth, OH home is bad

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Any water damage in your Wadsworth, OH home is bad.

But trying to clean it up yourself can be a disaster. Especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria-or cause mold, rot and other unseen damage that can affect the value of your home. So before you risk your health or the valve of your home by cleaning it up yourself.

Your local SERVPRO is highly trained to safely clean and RESTORE your building, utilizing the following procedures

#1: The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

#2: We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

#3: The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

#4: We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

#5: We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

#6: Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. So, before you risk further damaging the value of your home or facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local SERVPRO.

Facts about flood damage repair in Medina, OH

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

A basement in Medina, OH 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 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 in Medina, OH?

Call SERVPRO of Medina County

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and 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 in Medina can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Port Jefferson 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 SERVPRO of Medina County 330-722-4343

5 Simple Steps for an Insurance Home Inventory

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Five Simple Steps for an Insurance Home Inventory

You know how much you paid for that new TV; same for your computer. But what about those plastic bins of toys you keep under the stairs? Your collection of antique china? That expensive woodworking equipment? You might have already taken stock of the big things, but in an emergency, could you do a mental household inventory list and name all your valuables? That's why it's important to do a home inventory. For peace of mind, and for insurance purposes, a home inventory is just a smart move. It can help you decide how much and what type of homeowners' insurance to buy, speed up the claims process, and help verify losses for your income tax return. Where do you start? READ ON!

1. Starting a Household Inventory- Get Organized

First of all, you'll need to get organized. You'll want to document things like the insides of your tool boxes and closets; start a household inventory list. Tidy up; it's easier to see what you have if your possessions aren't in piles on the floor of your closet or crumpled up in a junk drawer.

2. Starting an Insurance Home Inventory- Method to the Madness

Before you start making your home inventory list, plan your starting point. Map your course through your household and move room to room methodically. By plotting your course in advance, you're saving yourself time and also decreasing your chances of missing important inventory items. For an insurance home inventory, remember to include your attic, garage, and even detached structures (like your shed).

3. Making a Home Inventory List- Document Everything

How you document your household inventory is important. Photography is your friend; go from room to room, taking pictures (or even video, provided you narrate!) as you go. Make special note of your most valuable items (jewelry, antiques, electronics) and where you keep them. It's also helpful to keep receipts and to note the serial numbers for your gadgets.

What type of items do you include on your household inventory list?

  • Furnishings (bookcases, cabinets, couches, tables, drapes, lamps)
  • Appliances (stove, washer/dryer, hair dryer, scale, vacuum)
  • Electronics (Flash drives, gaming systems, tablets, chargers, computers, DVD collection)
  • Lawn and Garden (patio furniture, lawn mower, snow blower, hoses, bikes)
  • Antiques and Collectibles (baseball cards, dolls, signage, toys, stamps, coins, art)

What details do you include about the items on your household inventory list?

  • Provide a general description of the inventory item
  • List the quantity of those items
  • Note the date each item was purchased
  • Specify how much you paid for each item on your inventory list

4. Securing Your Insurance Home Inventory- Store It Somewhere Safe

You'll be tempted to keep the inventory list in your home, but that's definitely not the safest place. Create a private album on an online site like Flickr or on the Cloud, and label it "Home Inventory." Print your inventory and keep it in a safety deposit box. Whatever you do, don't keep your only record of your possessions on your property.

5. Maintaining Your Home Inventory List- Update it Frequently

Whenever you make a big purchase, or even just every couple of years, reevaluate. This is also a good excuse to de-clutter as you go. Remember, an out-of-date home inventory could hold up the claims process at a time when that's the last thing you need.

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

It’s time to spring forward! As people TURN their clocks forward one hour, the American Red Cross reminds everyone to TEST their smoke alarms.

This weekend is also a good time for everyone to take these lifesaving steps to help prepare households for home fires, the nation’s most frequent disaster:

  • Check smoke alarms and replace batteries if needed. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year, if your model requires it. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms, and sleeping areas.
  • Create and practice your home fire escape plan. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late. This weekend, create a home fire escape plan with your household and practice it until everyone can escape in less than two minutes. Escape plans should include at least two ways to escape from every room and a meeting spot at a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor’s home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone knows where to meet.

HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN SAVING LIVES

Each year, the Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters—the vast majority of which are home fires. Every day, seven people die in home fires, and most tragedies occur in homes without working smoke alarms. That’s why the Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign with community partners in 2014 to reduce needless deaths and injuries.

So far, the Home Fire Campaign has reached more than 1.7 million people and is credited with saving more than 500 lives across the country. The campaign’s volunteers and partners have also:

  • Installed more than 1.5 million free smoke alarms
  • Reached more than 1.3 million children through youth preparedness programs
  • Made more than 660,000 households safer from the threat of home fires

People can visit redcross.org/homefires for free resources and to learn more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire, or contact their local Red Cross to find out about smoke alarm installation events in their community.

Getting Rid of Soot Odors after Fire Damage

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Getting Rid of Soot Odors after Fire Damage

Any Medina homeowner who is unfortunate enough to face a house fire of any size knows that the lingering smell of soot is unpleasant. We at SERVPRO see this all the time in our work – even after restoration is complete and the affected area is thoroughly cleaned, the smell of soot often lingers and is very distressing for homeowners.

In some cases, the best way to remove smoke smells after fire damage is utilizing a piece of equipment called an ozone machine. Ozone machines are odor removal powerhouses. They are capable of removing even pungent soot odors and making a home smell fresh and clean once more.

There is only one drawback of ozone machines, and that is that we cannot use them in places where there are people, plants or pets. That means that they are not suitable for use in fire restoration situations where you are still living in your home during cleaning. However, if you have to move out for a few days during restoration, ozone is an ideal solution for post-fire smells.

Ozone is a naturally occurring gas. Ozone occurs after lightning strikes or during thunderstorms and is responsible for the fresh, clean smell you notice in the air after a storm passes.

Ozone is also known as nature’s deodorizer due to its ability to remove unpleasant smells. SERVPRO of Medina County uses it in fire restoration situations because it has a powerful deodorizing effect on lingering soot smells.

How does ozone act as a deodorizer? It is a straightforward process. Ozone is an unstable molecule, and it reacts quickly to other molecules when it comes into contact with them. The extra oxygen atom in the ozone binds to odor particles and destroys them. This chemical reaction takes the molecules apart and thus gets rid of the smell.

We train our certified technicians to apply ozone with due care and attention. We properly contain the affected area, and our team knows just how much ozone to apply for maximum effect.

Because ozone has a short life, your home is safe to inhabit very soon after the treatment is complete.

For situations where it seems impossible to get rid of that lingering smell, ozone is a powerful solution.

For help dealing with the cleanup after a fire, call SERVPRO of Medina County for help.

SERVPRO's Water Loss Recovery Service Includes Sanitizing Affected Properties

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Water Loss Recovery Service Includes Sanitizing Affected Properties

You have a lot to worry about when your Medina home is awash with water. Your biggest worry is probably how to extract the water and dry the soaked contents. Contamination is probably the last thing in your mind unless the flooding is from sewage back up or storm water. You are not alone in this line of thinking as most people only realize there is contamination at the very late stages of the restoration. So, how can you eliminate contamination through the steps taken during restoration?

The level of contamination in cases ofwater damage depends on the kind of water that causes flooding. At SERVPRO, we follow industrial standards that identify three types of water that floods properties. These types are black, grey and clean water and the contamination levels are highest in black water and lowest or nonexistent in clean water. Even potable drinking water can degrade to gray or black water if left unattended.
 
In addition to identifying the water type, our SERVPRO technicians also consider the materials affected by the water. If there was a carpet affected by clean or grey water, we treat it on both sides with an EPA-registered disinfectant. We also use the same disinfectant on the floor after extracting the water. This minimizes chances of further contamination. Any upholstery in the affected area might also be contaminated. Unlike the carpet, which is easier to clean, upholstery has different nooks and crannies, so it requires special attention. Using tools such as ULV foggers, our team can administer the disinfectant in the form of a mist to reach and remove contaminants even in hidden parts of any upholstery item. Generally, we can group furnishings in a containment chamber for large disinfecting efforts.
 
Cleanliness is a relative state that depends on the percentage of contaminants eliminated. Properties can achieve four different levels of cleanliness depending on the effort put. From the dirty state, cleaning can change the property to sanitary or disinfected. This recovery from a water loss is the states that SERVPRO technicians can achieve. Sterile conditions are beyond our scope and service. These environments are needed in hospitals, labs, and other such structures. Reaching a sanitary state is the goal of most restoration processes. Our SERVPRO certified technicians extract the water, vacuum and deodorize any affected areas ensuring they attain sanitary conditions. 
 
Calling SERVPRO of Medina County eases the restoration process.

Flood season is coming in Medina County

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Floods often cause hellacious damage to your Medina home, leaving you with a huge mess to clean up after a major event. Many of you simply do not have the time or experience to correct all of the issues yourselves, which makes hiring a professional restoration company much more valuable.  
  
A certified flood damage restoration company like ourselves can provide you with access to equipment, resources, and personnel along with the time and experience necessary to handle every aspect of the damage found on your property. Everything from flooded carpet to broken furniture requires particular attention, not to mention the amount of time it takes to dry structural materials properly.  
  
You do not need to contact several companies, wasting time scheduling, postponing, or even canceling services on moments notice. SERVPRO makes it possible for homeowners to get all of the help they need by calling a single company. We handle all of the scheduling and provide you with a time frame estimate after performing our full inspection. Our supervising technician keeps you updated on every aspect of your restoration from start to finish. 
  
If you are looking for a restoration company you can trust to perform quality flood damage services on your property, look no further. We take care of your home, protect it from the elements and unwanted intrusion through our roof tarp and board up services. SERVPRO relocates the contents of your home to a safe, dry location and gives each item the attention it deserves.  
  
SERVPRO of Medina County technicians take their jobs very seriously and are proud to be your choice to provide restoration services in your home. We understand how important your home is and make every effort to save as much of your property as possible while providing you with the best possible service.  
  
With advances in cleaning and restoration today, flood waters cannot hide. We use infared moisture detectors, hygrometers, water extractors of all shapes and sizes to reach every area in your home. Even those pesky hard to reach areas that often expose your home to hidden dangers that develop over time. 
  
Give SERVPRO of Medina County a call today for help restoring your home to a quality condition you and your family can enjoy. 330-722-4343 


Let us handle the fire damage in Medina, OH

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fires inside the home can be a terrifying ordeal. Flames, smoke, and ash can destroy many of your personal belongings and can also damage floors, carpets, and furniture inside the house. Once firefighters extinguish fires, dirt, debris, and strong smoke odors can remain inside the structure. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, which is why calling us can be helpful.

SERVPRO professional fire damage teams in Medina, OH are certified and can restore your house if possible. The techs may employ fans, and top-grade air scrubbing and fogging equipment to eliminate heavy smoke odors fast. Plus, the crew can use industrial cleaning products to remove ash, soot, and debris from the affected surfaces such as your ceilings, counter-tops, walls, and floors. The team may also apply odor removal deodorants to remove smoke odors from materials affected by the flames such as upholstery, curtains, and carpeting.

In some cases, we may need to utilize portable ozone machine to get rid of offensive and lingering smoke odors. Ozone machines use activated oxygen to neutralize and eliminate strong smells and to purify the atmosphere inside the structure. If we employ this type of equipment, all occupants and any pets inside the structure must leave the house until the job is complete due to the strong chemicals. You can rely on us to make sure the air quality inside your home is safe when you return.

If necessary, the team can perform minor repairs to secure the structure such as boarding a window or door or covering and sealing a hole in the roof. Securing the home can help prevent human and wildlife intruders from invading your house. If significant repairs are necessary, SERVPRO can help make any necessary repairs. The crew can also remove burned or charred contents from the structure like carpeting, tables, chairs, clothing, and drapes. The technicians can clean, sanitize and store any materials they remove from the house and keep them in a safe storage area on or off-site until the job is complete.

SERVPRO of Medina County offers fast and reliable fire damage restoration that can return your home to its preloss condition. Contact us at 330-722-4343 any time of the day or night. We are close by and here to help.

What to Do Until We Arrive During a Fire Damage

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

House fire damage

A fire can be devastating. It leaves behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Fire damages can affect ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your local SERVPRO of Medina County arrives. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. n Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/ refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/ bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

 Call SERVPRO of Medina County at 330-722-4343, if you've had a fire or would like to know how we can help in the event you do.

Review your insurance policies

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Are you making a New Year's Resolution? Statistically, more than half of all resolutions fail... but they don't have to. We have some resolutions you can actually keep this year. Even better? You can accomplish most of these in January and be sitting pretty for the rest of the year, worry free with a simple insurance audit!

Update Home Inventory

Your home inventory is a tool that your agent can use to determine the right level of coverage for your homeowners insurance. Plus, if you have a claim, having an up-to-date inventory will benefit you and get your claim paid faster. If you haven't done an inventory on your home in a while, we have some tips on where to start. If you have completed an inventory, right after the holidays are and ideal time to update! Be sure to share the updated home inventory with your agent when you're done.

Right-Size Your Life Insurance

Life insurance is not one-size-fits-all. Your coverage needs to evolve over time. If you don't have a policy yet, now is a great time to talk to your agent about what type of policy would best suit your needs (and your budget.) We have six things you should consider when you are looking at coverage. 

If you do already have life insurance, is it working hard for you? Could you get more benefit out of your policy while you are still living? Maybe. Talk to your agent about the ways you can make your existing policy work for you and your family.

Earn Discounts

Did you know that you can play a part in determining your auto insurance rates? With Driveology, you have the chance to earn discounts based on your good driving behavior. You can also monitor your vehicle health and environmental impact in the process. 

If you have a teen driver in the house, you may be able to save even more with you Young Driver Safety program. With this program, drivers under the age of 25 can learn safe driving behaviors, and help you earn discounts on your auto policy premiums. 

Prepare for the Unexpected

You try to be as prepared as possible, but you never know what is right around the corner. Prepare for unexpected risks with an umbrella policy. Umbrella earns its name because the coverage arches over your vehicle and homeowner's insurance to provide an extra layer of protection: it starts where vehicle and homeowner's insurance liability limits stop. You might be surprised by all the things umbrella policies cover for an affordable price. 

Call Your Agent

When was the last time you evaluated your coverage's with your agent? Your agent can do an annual SuperCheck and make sure you are covered where you need it (and aren't paying for coverage's you've outgrown). Life changes fast, make sure your insurance keeps up. If you have been wondering if you could bundle your policies, need a different life insurance policy, or bought a new boat, you could use a SuperCheck. Contact your agent and schedule a brief review today.

With this new year, if you have resolved to save money, your agent may be able to help. Contact your agent today. It's an easy resolution to keep and can affect your bottom line all year. Can you say that for other resolutions?

5 things NOT to store in your garage!

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

With the onset of Spring in the Treasure Valley, most of us try to accomplish new goals, get a new fresh start. Getting healthy, organizing our homes, bettering our lives' always seem to be at the top of the list. One space to start cleaning and organizing is the garage! That extra storage area that easily becomes a catchall for excess items.  We have compiled a list of items that should not be stored in your garage. Get them out and reclaim your space.

  1. Paint- Because the garage is prone to extreme temperature changes, paint should not be stored in the garage.  Recycle paint according to your county guidelines or donate it.
  2. Electronics- If you are putting electronics out in the garage, you must not be using them.  Donate these items because they can’t withstand the temperature fluctuations and will easily break.
  3. Propane and Hazardous Chemicals- Proper ventilation is key for storage of propane and hazardous chemicals.  For safety reasons, these items need to be stored outside.  
  4. Food- Keeping food in the garage is an open invitation to rodents and insects.  Although shopping in bulk can save money, storing extra food in the garage will cause problems. The moisture and humidity will spoil the food. Find room in the house for food storage.
  5. Cardboard boxes- Insects, mice and other rodents love cardboard.  Invest in waterproof plastic bins to store your items.

Hope these tips help you gain back your garage.

Flooding Facts for Medina County

2/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Business in Medina, OH

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA). "Approximately 75% of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists that the most common flood hazards in the United States are:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Unfortunately, even people who do not live in areas that are prone to flooding in Medina, OH may become flood victims at some point. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the US, and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

Here in Medina, OH, flooding events are unfortunately common, especially during this time of year. The combination of tropical systems, clay heavy soil (slow to absorb water), and a tendency for severe storms (high amount of rainfall in a small-time frame) provides the perfect recipe for flash floods. Flood insurance is a must for most people throughout our metroplex, particularly those that are close to any creeks or rivers. Follow these flood safety tips to keep you and your family safe during a flooding event.

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Medina County professionals can help! We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get your home or business back to normal as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO of Medina County professionals are ready to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Letting Experts Handle Water Damage

2/23/2019 (Permalink)

Extracting water at a local school

Letting Experts Handle Water Damage

Regardless of whether it is floods or broken pipes that cause the damage in Medina, do not attempt to do the entire clean-up process alone. Taking advantage of expert help comes with a lot of perks. For instance, reduction of total losses by preventing long-term problems like mold and structural damage.

If your home in Medina suffers water damage you are better off working with professionals to assist with the restoration process. It can be an overwhelming experience where homeowners may not be in a position to do things right.

Working with a reputable company like SERVPRO can lead to faster water extraction which also reduces drying time. Our experts provide 24-hour emergency services, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Trained technicians have the necessary tools to quickly get rid of any standing water as well as excess water from furniture and carpets so that the drying process can begin as soon as possible. Keep in mind that time is an essential factor in cases of water removal and less damage can occur the sooner technicians get rid of the water.

Having experts handle water damage can save you a lot of money and headache. Note that the situation can cause structural damage to your beloved home. Exposure to water for extended periods can also result in extensive damage to walls and flooring. Water can seep between drywalls causing hidden hazards and breeding grounds for mold. Dealing with such can create a huge dent in your wallet. However, if there is a timely response, you may be saved from all the trouble.

Elimination of health concerns is another reason you opt to hire professionals from SERVPRO. We utilize advanced technology to get the job done. Depending on what was the root of water damage, it is possible that hazardous microorganisms and bacteria attack your home. These can cause adverse health effects.

SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians are trained in potentially contaminated water removal. We also have protective equipment (PPE) that we wear during water extraction. Contact SERVPRO of Medina County any time you experience water damage, and we will handle it professionally. We offer round the clock emergency services in Medina County!

Ways to Prevent Fire Damage Part 1

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Soot covering walls after a Christmas Eve house fire

With the holidays behind us hopefully everyone has put up their Christmas decorations. As homeowners it is essential to be mindful of the presence of fire hazards and to minimize the possibility of them causing a structure fire. A good example is keeping around a severely dehydrated, and highly flammable Christmas tree too long. SERVPRO of Medina County has compiled the following prevention tips for some areas in your home to help keep you and your loved ones safe from possible fire hazards throughout the new year.

In the kitchen:

  • Avoid leaving cooking food unattended. If a grease fire occurs, use baking soda to extinguish it. NEVER use water on a grease fire. You can smother the fire in the pan by starving it of oxygen by placing a lid over it. Always supervise children that are cooking and educate on the dangers of fire and cooking appliances.
  • Be aware of where you leave pot holders, dish towels, aprons and any cooking utensils.
  • Ensure that electrical appliances are far from sinks, flames or hot plates
  • Invest in carbon monoxide detector if your home does not already have one if you use natural gas for heating and cooking.

In living areas & bedrooms:

  • Make your home a smoke free environment if possible, or at least ensure that cigars, cigarettes, and pipes are properly extinguished prior to disposal as they may continue to burn and may reignite.
  • Recycle and replace appliances with damaged electrical cords
  • Avoid running electrical wires or cords under the weight of heavy furniture and rugs
  • If you feel that you often have to unplug an appliance to plug in another because your outlet is overloaded, reconsider spacing out appliances to other outlets
  • Be aware that clothing or draperies do not rest atop lighting such as desk lamps.

Take a moment from your day to check the areas in your home and see if there are any possible fire hazards.

Check out our next blog for fire safety prevention tips for your bathrooms and garage from SERVPRO of Medina County.

Ways to Prevent Fire Damage Part 2

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Bathroom fire damage after Christmas Eve house fire.

In our previous blog SERVPRO of Medina County covered some fire safety tips for the kitchen, living areas, and bedrooms. Here you’ll find more suggestions on locating possible fire hazards that exist in your home and reminders of how to keep you and your loved ones safe from structure fires.

In the bathroom:

• Ensure that proper care is taken when using candles in a restroom for deodorizing and that they are snuffed out before you leave

• Use appropriate incense plates or burners; do not leave cones or sticks lying on counters, shelving or windowsills

• Turn off hair styling irons before you walk away from it and invest in fire resistant holders

• Do not use, or charge, electronic devices near you while you are showering or bathing

• Before leaving home turn off any wax or oil potpourri pots

In the garage/storage:

• Chemicals such as fuels, solvents, cleaning agents, thinners, adhesives, and paints could ignite or explode due to improper storage. Make sure you take time to organize chemicals and to properly store them, preferably away from the house if possible. Dispose of anything that is damaged or leaking.

• Do not use stoves or barbecue grills inside the garage; you could not only start a fire, but also die from carbon monoxide inhalation

• If fire extinguishers are present in the home, ensure that everyone knows its location and how to use it. We also recommend having a fire plan in place.

Now, this is not a comprehensive list by any means, but these tips should be covered with family and/or roommates so that everyone understands where fire hazards exist for everyone’s safety and well-being. SERVPRO of Medina County hopes you never have to experience the effects of a fire loss where you live, but we are here to help if you ever need our services. Call us 24 hours a day at 330-722-4343

Don't wait when water damage hits!

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage

Big or small, water damage to your home or business is nothing to be taken lightly. What may seem to be a small problem could cause large structural or air quality issues over a period of time.

How a water problem is handled is of the utmost importance. The last thing a property owner wants is for a seemingly small problem end up being a long-term threat to a home or business. That is where SERVPRO of Medina County comes in the picture. Using the proper tools and expertise to identify and dry unseen water will prevent further damage to your property. Technology and equipment combined with the knowledge and training of SERVPRO professionals will ensure that you and your property are getting the best treatment possible.

Moisture sensors, moisture meters, thermo-hygrometers, and thermal imaging cameras are some of the tools your SERVPRO professionals will use to properly test and inspect your water damage. Put your trust in SERVPRO and their equipment and training to take care of your water damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage is not a DIY Job!

2/9/2019 (Permalink)

Without question, the most important step a homeowner needs to take when faced with flood or other water damage is to waste no time in drying the area out. The old standby of setting up all your house fans to dry out a flooded area really isn’t very effective in the long run. It may do a satisfactory job on the surface, but deeper water damage to walls, wood, carpet and furniture, along with insufficient drying, can lead to more serious consequences such as mold and mildew growth, the flourishing of harmful bacteria, bugs in rotting wood and in extreme conditions, actual damage to the structural integrity of the home itself. To combat all these harmful possibilities and to prevent further costly damage; the best thing you can do is to call in a licensed water damage restoration specialist to tackle the job, like SERVPRO of Medina County. We are your flood damage and water damage specialists.

If you find yourself with a flooded basement, call SERVPRO of Medina ASAP! 330-722-4343

First Responder Bowl Game Challenge

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Presenting the check to Make A Wish

SERVPRO sponsored the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Game in December. In line with that game, we wanted to honor our local first responders as well.

We created a bracket challenge set up like March Madness. Our local first responders had to pick a winner for each bowl game and whatever department had the most points at the end of the National Championship game, would win $1,000 to the charity of their choice.

Throughout all the Bowl games being played out, our leader board changed often. We had 17 brackets submitted to participate. Medina Fire and Medina Police were tied for first for awhile and then Brunswick Police and Brunswick Fire took over first. Eastlake Police were in the battle for 1st place as well.

After all bowl games had been played, Brunswick Fire, Brunswick Police and Eastlake Police were tied for 1st place. It came down to the National Championship game. If Alabama won, it was between Eastlake Police and Brunswick Police which would come down to a total point tie breaker. If Clemson won, Brunswick Fire would win.

By now, you know Clemson shocked everyone and won! Brunswick Fire Department was our winner. They selected Make A Wish to donate their $1,000 to. On January 28th we presented the $1,000 check to Make A Wish at the Brunswick City Council Meeting.

This was a fun opportunity to partner with our local first responders and we’re looking forward to the 2019 First Responder Bowl Game!

Commercial Cleaning Services

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Spending extra time and resources to clean and disinfect your office or warehouse space is something you don't always have time to do. Turn to the professionals and let us handle the everyday wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When dirt, odor, and moisture problems go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need to call SERVPRO of Medina County for prompt service.

We specialize in all commercial cleaning services, from removing an odor problem to deep cleaning flooring and carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best. SERVPRO of Medina County can work around your regular business hours so there will be no disruption or downtime for your office. From general cleaning of workspaces to heavy cleaning of warehouse walls and ceilings, we have specialized training, products, and equipment to get your commercial property clean and safe. A clean office promotes employee health and safety, production and overall happiness. A clean business keeps customers coming back.  

SERVPRO of Medina County wants to help keep your facility clean and a place where people want to work and buy from. We have service agreements that range from weekly cleaning services, quarterly, or by the call. We'll work with you and around your schedule and cater our services around your needs. 

Our commercial cleaning services include:

Biohazard and Sewage

SERVPRO is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly following OSHA and health regulations. Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous and is best left to the professionals. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean and safe workspaces.
 

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

Accidents and crime scenes often have blood or other biohazard contaminants that may pose a severe health risk. Our highly trained service professionals will respond immediately and safely clean and disinfect any trauma or crime scene with empathy and respect.

Carpet and Upholstery

 A good rule of thumb is to have your carpet and upholstery professionally cleaned every 12 months. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. Ceilings, walls, and floors are exposed to dirt, dust and other contaminants from inside and outside. Whether they need general maintenance cleaning, or heavy cleaning from smoke and fire damage, SERVPRO of Medina County has the expertise to do the job right the first time. 

Odor Removal and Deodorization

 We have several different types of deodorization techniques. One of our Project Managers will discuss with you the method that will be most beneficial for your property. Masking the odors and other shortcuts are not what we do. We fully address the source of the odor so it doesn't return. 

Vandalism and Graffiti

 SERVPRO offers emergency services for board up due to broken windows or damaged structure. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed promptly. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we also clean driveways, sidewalks, asphalt, metals, glass, wood, plastic and masonry.

Frozen pipes cause water damage during arctic weather

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

When pipes freeze in extreme winter weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, these pipes tend to crack and burst, causing leaking and flooding. A frozen pipe bursting can cause a lot of water damage in your home.

A home in Medina without a working furnace, even for a couple of hours can cause serious risks.  Recently SERVPRO of Medina County was called out to a home that was for sale in the  area to mitigate a water damage.  Upon entering the home, the technicians discovered several feet of standing water in the basement. Moisture from the basement caused extensive damage to the upper floors.  Most of the materials including walls, ceilings, floors, and cabinets removed due to the water damage.

Prevent frozen pipes from damaging your home by keeping your home’s thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you will be out of the home for a lengthy period, consider shutting off and draining your water system. 

SERVPRO of Medina County Professionals have the experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

If you have water damage due to bad weather, Call SERVPRO of Medina County 330-722-4343.

Flooded Basements and Water Damage are not a DIY Job

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement repair is not a DIY job. 

Despite the magazines, television shows, and Internet articles that may have you thinking otherwise, water damage restoration is a job that should only be performed by certified professionals. SERVPRO of Medina County technicians not only have the know-how to get the job done right, but they also have the specialized tools needed to thoroughly dry your home, preventing further damage and even mold.

Additional benefits of hiring a professional water damage restoration company:

  1. Health Hazards: Depending on the source of the water damage, safety can become a concern. There are three varying degrees of water damage, ranging from clean water to black water, each more hazardous than the next. Black water, the most dangerous of the three, is water that has come into contact with fecal matter, a haven for harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens.
  2. Hidden Damage: Water damage is not always obvious. Sometimes it is found inside walls and under flooring. If you attempt a DIY restoration and fail to diagnose hidden damage, the resulting issues could be extreme…and expensive.
  3. Peace of Mind: Hiring a professional restoration company gives you the peace of mind knowing you have done everything in your power to rectify the situation.

If you experience a flooded basement, leave the repair to our certified professionals.

What to know about water damage

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

You've seen the signs - a soft spot in the wall here, a strange splotch of color there. Signs of water damage can pop up at any time in your home and they're not something you want to ignore. Water damage can lead to foundation damage and subsidence but can also pose a health concern to the people in your home, too. This type of damage can be serious business, oftentimes. With that in mind, let's take a look at five things you need to know when dealing with water damage in your house.

You're not always going to see it - You've made it through the worst of it and several inches of water have drained out of your home. After a few days of airing and drying out, you feel as if your house is almost back to normal. Chances are, however, it's not. Signs of such damage are not always apparent- mold, rot, decay, and structural damage can be happening below the surface, without you even being aware of it. Even visual signs of mold may not be present.

It's not just about property damage - To put it plainly, water damage can be a health risk. Once mold is airborne it can damage the respiratory system of anyone in a house, but especially children and the elderly. Taking care of damage from water in your home is not just about keeping up your property- it's about preserving the health of your family and loved ones, too.

You want to catch it early - Water damage spreads, and what was once a small spot of damage can quickly escalate into a much larger issue. If you suspect that there has been damage from water to your home, even on a small scale, it might be best to get a damage survey done by a professional who can quickly assess your problem and take steps to reverse damage as early in its progress as possible.

The source won't always be obvious - Short of having an all-out flood in your home, there are still several "smaller" events that can cause water damage to your home, including faulty pipes, cracks in the foundation, and even the lightest rain.

It takes professionals to fix it - Fixing water damage in your home is not a DIY project. Due to some of the severe after-effects of water damage, including health risks, it's always best to have the professionals take on your water damage repair. A restoration expert can survey the damage and give you an estimate of the work and cost you're looking at, allowing you to get a thorough picture of what you need to do to get your home safe and sound once again.

If you are in need of flooded basement repair we are your local certified water damage restoration experts.

Things not to do after Fire Damage

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience fire or smoke damage in your home, here are some things that you should NOT do while waiting for your remediation team to arrive.

Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Medina County
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Medina County
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water (they may be contaminated).
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create a secondary damage.
  • Send garments to dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Medina County has a group of certified and trained professionals that will make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Repair in Wadsworth

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Repair

SERVPRO of Medina County is here in your community and Here to Help®. We have teams of certified professionals that are ready to help when disaster strikes in Wadsworth. Our crews are certified in water damage repair and fire damage repair. We also have certified teams to assist in mold remediation. When the storms strike Northeast Ohio, we are ready to deploy our storm damage teams. Whatever you’re facing, we are faster to any size disaster.  

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Medina County is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage loss. From the time our crews arrive on site to the time they pack up equipment, you will be kept in the loop of what’s happening in your home or business throughout the entire restoration process.

There’s no convenient time for water or flood damage to your home or business but we will do everything we can to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Medina County today! 330-722-4343

Residential Water Damage Repair Services

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Residential Water Damage Repair Services

Water damage is one of the most common problems you can face as a homeowner. Water damage can also be one of the most destructive problems you face as well. That’s why it’s important to call in the SERVPRO of Medina County professionals when disaster strikes. It’s important to take care of water damage immediately. If water damage isn’t remediated, the longer the water sits the more damage it will cause. Meaning: the more money it will cost to fix. Aside from damage, if water and flood damage aren’t addressed quickly mold can also begin to grow. You can’t predict disastrous situations but you can rely on SERVPRO of Medina County for all you water damage repairs.

Avoid costly mistakes and repairs. SERVPRO of Medina County will arrive onsite and begin to work immediately. You will be kept in the loop throughout the entire restoration process. We are faster to any size disaster and we are local to your community. Call us today! 330-722-4343

Home Restoration After a Fire

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

When the firefighters leave a fire, it might seem like everything is safe. However, if a restoration company doesn't clear the smoke damage, your home may never get back to its fighting shape. The principles of fire damage restoration seem simple but fixing fire damage requires a significant amount of experience and power. For this reason, homeowners should never attempt a fire cleanup by themselves.


Why Fire Cleanup Experts Should Take Care of Your Fire Damage

In almost all cases, it is the fire that acts as the immediate danger. Once the fire has stopped, the fire damage and smoke damage that it leaves behind will negatively affect your home or business. Ash and smoke damage, if it does not get treated, will cause extensive corrosion from fire in home or fire in business, discoloration, and even a bothersome smoke smell. Fire damage restoration experts who take care of soot damage and commercial fire damage can put a stop to these things before it becomes a problem. But the fire cleanup experts can only take care of the board up, smoke smell, and soot damage if they get contacted as soon as possible. While many companies claim that they can do board up and smoke smell services, as well as fix damage from fire in home and fire in business, you should only contact commercial fire damage experts who have the proper training and credentials. In this case, you should consider companies that have received credentials from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This oversight agency requires every registrant to undergo coursework before they get certified. This certification serves as a symbol of excellence. Any restoration company that receives certification from the IICRC can provide you and your family with excellent fire damage restoration services.

Get Certified Experts to Do The Job

IIRC certified professionals can clean soot damage and fire damage and restore any of your items that got ruined by fire in home or fire in business. However, you have to bring these things in before the smoke damage renders them useless. Ash discolors most surfaces in your home. Plastic and other types of items that were close to the fire damage will get melted within minutes of the fire starting, while fiberglass and appliances will get discolored within hours after a fire. At this time, your metals might get tarnished by fire in home or fire in business. Soot damage may also cause your walls, clothing, and upholstery to get discolored. You may also need to replace or refinish any wood or vinyl that you have in your home. While you're going through your fire damaged items, you should also board up your home.

The Importance of Getting Experts To Do The Job

If you don't hire a restoration company to clean commercial fire damage and board up any windows, your fire damage restoration costs will go up exponentially after a couple of weeks. You may need to replace metals; your carpet may get discolored from commercial fire damage. Your glass items may also need to get replaced because they were etched due to the fire. At this time, the smoke smell may cause problems for the fire cleanup efforts. Ash contains acid, so you don't want to wait to hire a restoration company. If you hesitate to hire local fire cleanup experts, it could cause trouble for a lot of people.

When the professionals come onto the scene of a former fire, they will look at all the affected items and find the source of the fire smell. Professionals will always thoroughly clean any damage from the fire, such as ash and soot. Ash can get distributed throughout a building after a fire, so almost everything will need to get restored. The restoration experts will determine what can and can't be salvaged. They will also remove residue that coats all of your critical surfaces. Restorers will also look for the source of the fire smell and use detergents to neutralize the odors. Once restorers treat the affected materials, they will seal them to prevent any odors from getting into the air.

Call SERVPRO of Medina County to help restore your home after fire damage. 330-722-4343

SERVPRO 1-4-8 Policy for water damage repair in Medina County

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO® of Medina County, we are committed to serving Medina and Brunswick homeowners 24/7/365. We are your water damage, fire damage, storm damage and mold remediation experts. We are also committed to contacting you in a timely manner, showing up promptly, and notifying your insurance company of the status of the loss efficiently and quickly. The numbers 1-4-8 have a particular meaning to us. Our commitment, when called by an Insurance Company or by our Call Center for a loss, is to contact the property owner within 1 hour of the First Notice of Loss, be on site within 4 hours, and contact the Insurance Company within 8 hours to report on the condition of the loss. We are judged on these three numbers, but frequently we beat these numbers. It is not unusual for us to call the property owner within minutes of receiving the FNOL and for us to be on site within an hour. We understand how important it is to be there to start the drying process. We care about your property and look forward to helping you at every opportunity.

SERVPRO of Medina County is faster to any size disaster. No water damage or fire damage is too big or too small for us. Call us when disaster strikes. 330-722-4343

When heavy rains brings flooding

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

If you are in an area that constantly floods and you were worried about who to call if we do suddenly get a large amount of rain call SERVPRO of Medina County. Never allow water to sit because Mold can quickly form.  If all the rain causes severe flooding damage, then call us and let SERVPRO of Medina County put your fears to rest.

We have professional grade equipment that includes extraction pumps, industrial vacuums and the technology to make your water damage disappear quicker than a spring puddle.

Call SERVPRO of Medina County today for a proactive plan that includes what to do if an emergency does happen. We are always here to help 24/7 for help or questions.  1-800-933-7179

Biohazard cleanup at your business

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

We are recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide. SERVPRO of Medina County offers fast, reliable bio hazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners too.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Medina County technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, we help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices can help with:

-Blood Borne Pathogens

-Methamphetamine Labs

-Crime Scene Residues

-Vandalism

-Sewage Backups

-Black Water Intrusions

-Mold Mitigation and Remediation

We never wish these situations on anymore but we are always here when you need us. Call SERVPRO of Medina County today. 330-722-4343

House Fire Plan

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Every second counts during a fire. Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.

In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared with an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical that everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few steps to help you develop an emergency escape plan:

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the meeting location on your escape plan. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals. Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime. SERVPRO of Medina County wants you to stay safe and prepare now to ensure you are ready for any disaster.

Fire Damage Restoration

10/10/2018 (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 SERVPRO of Medina County Today 330-722-4343

Have Storm or Flood Damage?

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Medina County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  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 Austin, 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 330-722-4343

Plan to Stay in Business After a Storm

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Plan to Stay in Business After a Storm

As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.

This year, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.

Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.

Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps:
- Plan to stay in business
- Encourage your employees to become ready
- Protect your investment

Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to prepare their employees, operations, and assets in the event of an emergency. At ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to get started preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.

Call SERVPRO of Medina County and we can help you plan for the unexpected 330-722-4343

When your basement floods

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storms and flooding in Medina County can lead to water buildup in the basement. As a homeowner, it’s important to understand what to do in these situations, how water gets down there in the first place, and ways to help prevent lasting damage.

How Water Gets Into the Basement

The first reaction for many when looking at a basement flood is to wonder how the water got there in the first place. There are several factors that may come into play.

  • An improperly functioning sump pump
  • Poor drainage around basement walls
  • Cracks or holes in the walls water can leak through
  • Issues with basement plumbing, such as a water heater
  • Heavy storm rains

Water buildup in the basement can cause further problems for your home. As water tends to flow in the least resistant path, it will find holes and cracks to flow through and continue to puddle at the lowest point unless otherwise prevented.

How To Take Care of Water in the Basement

If you find flooding in your basement, it’s best to contact a professional as soon as possible. He can assist with pipe repair, if needed, take care of the water removal, and assess your basement for the source of the problem. Many services also offer help with the drying and sanitation of the affected areas, as well as repair and mold remediation. 

How To Prevent Floods

In some cases, there may be ways you can help prevent damage from a basement flood. These can include installing a sump pump if you do not currently have one, regularly checking to make sure plumbing is intact, and sloping your yard and landscaping away from your home. A professional may have further ideas on ways to help prevent water damage.


Understanding the how and why of basement flooding can help you contact the team you need for repairs and restoration. Knowing these things can also help you take the steps necessary to help protect your home.

When disaster strikes call SERVPRO of Medina County 24/7 and we’ll be there. 330-722-4343

Drying Services

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Does your home or business have important documents that are important to your well-being? In the event of a water at your home or business, SERVPRO® of Medina County offers document drying services for those important files or personal papers.


Vacuum Freeze Drying
Items containing moisture are frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation (direct conversion of a solid into gas without passage through a liquid stage – think dry ice).


Digitizing 
With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. If your file room was damaged by water and needs to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have hundreds or even thousands of documents and records in storage.


Gamma Irradiation 
Gamma irradiation is a process used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. In gamma irradiation, high-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (cobalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions) throughout a product. In a category 3 water loss situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only dealing with that water, but also are infected with all types of bacteria. If this is the case, decontamination is a must. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.


Certified Destruction
Unfortunately, many business and government agencies have to dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired or contaminated materials. All entities need to be certified that their products and materials are destroyed. The guarantee of certified destruction is to protect one’s liabilities, brand image, or proprietary information. We guarantee certified destruction to give you peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.

How To Care for Gym Floors in Medina County

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

How To Care for Gym Floors in Medina County

Gym floors are an important part of schools, churches and recreation centers. They are used for various events throughout the year and regular maintenance is important to keep them in good condition. While you want them to look nice it is also important for them to be safe for use. Unkempt floors in disrepair can be hazardous as well as unsightly.

Daily Maintenance

  1. It is important that gym floors be swept daily with a dust mop. Dirt and dust buildup will scratch the finish of the floor when it is walked on and can create a slipping hazard.
  2. Vacuum all walk off mats daily to ensure that the dust and dirt does not transfer to the gym floor.

As Needed Maintenance & Preventative Measures

  1. Use a damp mop once or twice a week to clean the gym floor and prevent dust.
  2. Ensure that there is no standing water left on the gym floor. Excess water on the floor can damage the wood
  3. Ensure that all tables and chairs have felt pads or use a floor covering to protect the gym floor.
  4. Walk-off mats are a great way to minimize the amount of tracked in dirt and water. These are placed at the entries and help absorb debris and water that would otherwise be tracked onto the gym floor.

SERVPRO of Medina County at 800-933-7179 to learn more about our cleaning services or to schedule an inspection. Our team would love to help ensure that your gym floors are in great shape!

24 Hour Emergency Service Response

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Medina County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment.

Once you have started the process of putting in a claim and getting mitigation services started we will be notified about your loss. It is our guarantee that we will call you within 1 hour. Our goal is to get in contact with you ASAP for us at SERVPRO® of Medina County. We are committed to helping you when disaster strikes and a huge part of that is speaking with you and assuring you that help is on the way. We have been serving customers like you for 40+ years when disaster strikes and know that speed counts to help put you at ease and know that things will be made right, call 330-722-4343. SERVPRO® of Medina County has been serving the community since 1977. We are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready 24/7, 365 at 330-722-4343 to help you. We are a certified locally owned and independent run firm who are committed to serving our community when disasters such as pipe breaks and fires occur. Call us and we’ll be there 330-722-4343

SERVPRO of Medina County is here for you today! 800-933-7179

Emergency Supplies Your Business Needs

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

7 Emergency Supplies Your Medina County Business Should Have on Hand

Is your Medina County business prepared for an emergency situation? Inclement weather situations and power outages can give little to no warning, which is why it is important for your business to have basic emergency supplies on hand in the event they are needed. These 7 necessities are important to ensure your employees safety in case of emergency.

Food-

Having a 3-4 day supply of non-perishable food items for each employee is important. Stocking up on items such as salt-free crackers, canned foods with high liquid content, protein bars, peanut butter and dried fruits is a great way to ensure that your employees will be taken care of.

Water-

In addition to non-perishable food items, it is important to have a minimum 3 day supply of emergency water per person. You can go about purchasing the water in different ways depending on the amount of usable space you have for storage. The most common methods are cases, gallon jugs or 55-gallon storage barrels. All of these can be used for drinking and sanitation purposes when necessary.

Radios-

Radios are useful to keep you updated on current weather patterns, evacuation notices and much more. Keeping a few AM/FM radios on hand will keep you abreast to any important information during an emergency. We recommend solar powered radios or battery powered radios for this purpose. If you choose to stock your supplies with battery powered radios, try and save battery power whenever possible.

Protection Against Elements-

During inclement weather if your building sustains damage that deems it unsafe to occupy, all employees may need to evacuate the premises. Having weather appropriate gear such as, ponchos, gloves, thermal blankets and a canopy shelter is key in making sure that all employees are safe.

Emergency Lights-

Electricity can go out for any amount of time during inclement weather or emergency situation. Emergency lighting is essential for your employees to navigate the facility in a safe manner. Battery powered flashlights are great short term lighting, but it is best to also have solar powered or hand cranked flashlights for long term use. We also recommend keeping candles and waterproof matches.

First Aid Kit-

A basic first aid kit with bandages, gauze, adhesive tape and other useful items will be a tremendous help in the event one of your employees is injured. Keeping 2-3 of these stocked and in easily accessible locations is best practice.

Sanitation Supplies-

During a disaster or emergency situation, a sanitary water source and plumbing will more than likely be unavailable. To ensure the wellbeing of employees and to keep things sanitary, you should have emergency sanitation supplies available. Common sanitation items are, hand sanitizers, individual packs of tissue and quality cleaning chemicals.

Having an emergecncy kit during times of crisis will hopefully keep you and your staff safe. Be sure to print this when putting together your Emergency Kit. In the meantime, be sure that you have a vetted vendor for times of emergencies. Call SERVPRO of Medina County at 800-933-7179. We are always here to help.

Storm and Flood Damage Restoration

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Medina County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. 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, 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

Does your home or business have a mold problem?

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 72 hours.

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 re mediate your mold infestation.

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

Mold Remediation

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Some answers and simple tips to help you prevent mold.

  • Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant.  Check your house for areas of concern and face them head on.  It might cost money up front but it will save you money down the road.  Pull up that carpet and install mold proofing products, find that water leak and fix it so it doesn’t creep inside the house, or repair that broken rain gutter.
  • Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away.  Even spills should be cleaned up ASAP.  The key is the small daily task that makes the difference. Be sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Get them in the dryer and make sure to leave the door open and let your washer dryer out
  • Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.
  • Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. This is especially import in moisture prone areas like the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from a hardware store or online. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to problem areas in your home. Signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of the moisture
  • Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.
  • Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.
  • Improve air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow in your home, that extra moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold

Call SERVPRO of Medina County today! 800-933-7179

Understanding Mold Growth.

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided, according to the EPA. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet or contain moisture. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on. You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth, according to the EPA.

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth.

Recovery is Quick when SERVPRO is called.

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mopping floor after water damage

A water break caused by a Drinking Fountain can cause major damages if not taken care of in a timely manner. SERVPRO of Medina is the franchise to call in any emergency clean up.

Water damage can come in many different forms and it's very important that its cleaned up and handled properly. SERVPRO of Medina County is certified and trained to handle any type of recovery situation. We arrive on the scene within 4 hours and will work until your home or business is restored.

We make disasters "Like it never even happened." Nothing is too big or too small for us. We are here for you 24/7/365.

SERVPRO of Medina can be called 24/7 for help and questions anytime. 800-933-7179

Water Damages Of Many Categories

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage can have a major impact on properties of all kinds, occurring very swiftly and often suddenly. It can occur due to a variety of conditions that include flooding, melting snow, failed appliances, or other natural disasters. Water damage can also range widely in severity. Allowing water to build up in basements and other areas of a home or business can quickly lead to complete destruction of the property. When water damage is imminent, property owners must take immediate steps to remove the water and restore any materials that have been damaged.

Water Damage can be broken down into several categories of severity, typically coming from a particular source. The first category for water damage includes the presence of clean water that poses no immediate threat to humans. Malfunctioning appliances and overflowing sinks usually cause this kind of damage. The next category of damage is often referred to as Grey Water. Category two indicates the presence of contaminated water that can cause illness to living creatures when ingested. The presence of microorganisms in water is typically the result of sewer leaks, damaged toilets, and malfunctioning sump pumps. The third category of water damage is referred to as Black Water. These unsanitary liquids contain bacteria and other forms of seriously dangerous microorganisms. This water can come from the contamination of standing water and leaks from municipal sewage systems.

All types of damage can lead to degrading property, including threats such as mold, rotting wood, and the destabilization of the foundation. Damage in classes two and three can allow furniture and walls to absorb a substantial amount of moisture despite the fact that the evaporation rate is very rapid. The most serious type of water damage can result from standing water that has the potential to soak into hardwood floors, concrete, and plaster. The restoration process and the success in cleaning up after water damage has occurred depend on acting quickly. 

The majority of cleanups following substantial water damage require professional assistance. Ignoring damp furniture and missing hidden damage in walls and other structural components can result in serious health threats. The mold exposure alone can cause allergy and asthma symptoms in persons of all ages or directly impact those people suffering with compromised immune systems. Professional restoration companies accurately assess the damage and use proven techniques in order to fully restore the property. Their techniques include thoroughly protective cleaning gear and cutting-edge, restoration equipment

Dryer Vent Cleaning Importance

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

We all know to clean out the lint screen of our dryers, right? Did you know if you aren’t cleaning the lint out of the INSIDE and VENT of your dryer you are putting your family in danger of a house fire?  Over time lint will build up and settle in the bottom of your dryer and in your dryer vent.  If you don’t clean this out the heat from the dryer can ignite a fire inside your dryer.  You know what the boy scouts say, “lint is the great to start a fire”. 

Here is an experience from someone who recently had a fire in her dryer and was lucky enough it didn’t start her house on fire.

Counting our blessings today… Last night we smelled something "burning" right as we were going to bed. We thought it was our renters burning food or something in their oven.  We had windows open and fans going but didn't really think much of it. Well this afternoon I went to get clothes out of the dryer, they smelled horrible!!! Like a cross between camp fire smoke and cigarette smoke. So I threw them back in the washer and told my husband. When he got home we pulled the bottom portion of the dryer off just to check things out. To our amazement (we haven't had this dryer THAT long - but bought it from someone else) there was burnt/singed lint everywhere. There had been a lint fire inside the bottom of our dryer last night. Our house seriously could have caught on fire. I'm so glad it didn't. Hence - we are counting our blessings today and I am spreading the word to all that you should go clean out under your lint catcher thing so your house doesn't start on fire!

Here are a few tips from www.familyhandyman.com on how to clean the lint out of your dryer.

Protect your Pets from a Fire

7/27/2018 (Permalink)


Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fires every year, according to the United States Fire Administration. Promote the safety of the people and animals in your home in the event of a fire emergency by planning ahead. From preventative caution to making an evacuation plan that includes pet safety, here are three pet preparation steps you can take today.

1. Avoid open flames. Cats or dogs may knock candles over or singe their tails in open flames. Try a flameless candle alternative instead. You should also consider the risk posed by knobs on a gas stove. If you leave your pets unconfined at home while you are away, you may want to block the kitchen entrance or install protective covers to prevent pets from accidentally turning on the gas. 

2. Include pets in fire safety and evacuation plans. Prepare to safely evacuate pets along with the rest of your family in a fire emergency. Obtain and put up a front window cling to inform firefighters of the number and types of pets living in your home.

3. Gather pet records and supplies in a fire box. Store this box near an exterior door so that you can quickly grab all of these items during an evacuation. Make sure to include ownership and vaccination records as well as spare collars and leashes in case you need to control or restrain a frightened pet.

These simple steps can help you prevent fires and promote pet safety in the event of a fire emergency. You may also want to keep other home ownership or insurance records in a place where you can also easily find and take them in the event of an evacuation.

Need Your Home Cleaned to Sell.

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Selling your home can be an overwhelming experience as you coordinate between realtors, inspections and potential buyers. SERVPRO is happy to help clean your house and get it ready for showings and its sale. With our highly trained crews we are prepared to help with any cleaning task ranging from mold remediation to deodorization to general cleaning services.  We have helped many homeowners prepare and sell their homes with a top to bottom cleaning.  Our thorough cleaning services can include wiping ceilings and walls, trim, the exterior of baseboard registers, and cleaning the inside and outside of kitchen and bathroom appliances. Window cleaning and floor cleaning are a great way to finish the project up and add the final sparkle to your fresh home.

We would be happy to set up a time for an estimator to come onsite to answer any questions you may have, and to get you a good idea of what the project would entail and cost. SERVPRO is always here to help

Prepare An Emergency Kit

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Water, 1 gal person per  per day
  2. Food, 3 day supply per person
  3. Can opener (manual!)
  4. Flashlight, batteries, back up phone charger
  5. First aid kit, hygiene items
  6. Matches
  7. Cash
  8. Emergency phone numbers

Bio Hazards Clean up

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO of Medina County also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners. 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. 

SERVPRO professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. 

SERVPRO of Medina County can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism 
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Prep your Home for Spring.

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Clean Rain Gutters

Wind, animals, and gravity bring sticks, leaves, and other organic matter into your rain gutters, and chances are yours have accumulated their share of detritus over the winter. That's bad news for your home: When downspouts are clogged, rainwater can spill out of your gutters and around the perimeter of your house, putting it at risk for leaks and flooding. Get ready for spring showers by removing the mess from your gutters to ensure that the water will flow freely.

Change Filters

To maintain optimal air quality in your home, it’s a good idea to replace your HVAC system's air filter seasonally as well as the filter in your kitchen range hood. While you're at it, consider changing the filters in your water purification system. Depending on your water, you might not need to change these as often as your HVAC filters, but it's not a bad idea to check them now. So, go ahead and welcome spring with new filters all around to keep your home clean and fresh, and your appliances in good working order.

Check Vents

As snow melts away from your home’s foundation, it’s a good time to check any vents along the foundation or in the attic. Look for missing or damaged screens, debris, signs of insect or rodent infestation, or other issues, and correct them before they have a chance to become bigger problems later in the season.

Check the Roof

Take advantage of the sun’s return to check your roof for cracked or missing shingles or tiles, and examine flashing around vents and the chimney for damage. While you’re at it, have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional. 

Any questions or help call SERVPRO of Medina 1-800-933-7179

Characteristics of Mold

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

You probably have many checklists that apply to your commercial building. With all the regular maintenance routines and proper repairs, finding black mold growth – or any type of mold invasion – can come as a complete shock. However, you might be wondering what mold looks like in the first place. The following list includes three angles from which you can better identify mold.


1. Color


If you've observed some funky colors spring up around the company sink, you may have a mold cleanup in your future. Most commonly known as Alternaria, this kind of mold frequents bathrooms and other damp places indoors. This fungus spreads quickly, so you'll want to address even minor problems in a timely manner.


2. Texture


Another way you can detect mold in your building is by observing its texture. If you've tried cleaning those worn-out carpets time and again to no avail, a mold called Cladosporium could be your culprit. In addition, not all dark colored molds are black mold; this dark colored mold with a suede-like texture loves to thrive in carpets and upholsteries. Cladosporium is also known to grow in both warm and cool climates. Some molds may take on powdery textures, while others can take on a slimy appearance.


3. Smell


Most Ogden, UT, residents are familiar with that musty smell that can pop up in basements or other dark, humid places. Black mold could be present if that earthy smell just won't go away. Even if your building has never had past moisture damage, this kind of mold easily feeds on damp drywall and even dusty corners. Hiring a professional is usually your best bet when it comes to detecting types of mold, since identifying and determining all those subtle growth spots could prove challenging.

Helpful Hints before SERVPRO arrives.

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

Safety of the Fireplaces

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

One of the best things on a cold night is a hot fire and a good book.  With a few tips, you can have a safe and cozy night at home.

  • Only burn dry, cured wood.  That means wood that has dried for 8-12 months.  Green wood can cause soot build up in your chimney.
  • Don't burn treated or construction wood.  It can be chemically treated and produce dangerous fumes when burned.
  • Never leave a fire unattended, especially around children.
  • Place a nonflammable rug in front of your fireplace to absorb any sparks that could damage your carpet.
  • Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
  • Use your fireplace doors.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.
  • Build your fire slowly.
  • Get your chimney cleaned twice a year and inspected once a year.
  • Call SERVPRO Of Medina County for any Emergency clean ups. at 1-800-933-7179

24/7 Response ALWAYS!

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

A water damage can occur at any time of the year, whether it be a leaky or burst pipe, toilet overflow, a broken water supply line, flood or wind driven rain,  knowing who to call when a water damage occurs in your home or business can be key to timely mitigation damage to your property.  Our staff is ready for whatever happens 24/7, 365 days a year.  YES… we will respond to the 2am water damage emergency.  With our trained professionals and state of the art equipment we are able to effectively dry out the structure of your home or commercial space.

 Damage can happen due to a burst pipe that occurred during some freezing cold temperatures that had occurred overnight. Our crews  will responded quickly, minimizing the damage within the home or building .

Success in business requires training, discipline and dedicated work.  When in a panic! Call SERVPRO Of Medina. 1-800-933-7179    24/7

Make Your Home Fire Safe

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Protecting your family in your home is important and fire is something nobody wants to think about. Unfortunately, fires can and do happen. The best way to prevent a house fire is to take some precautionary steps and fireproof your home. 

5 Quick Steps to Fire Safety

  1. Remove Clutter - Clutter can cause fires, make fires worse and even stop you from getting out of your home during a fire. Get rid of it or at least reduce it.
  2. Check Your Smoke Alarms Often - Your smoke alarms will alert you of a fire before you see or smell smoke. Check them at least every six months.
  3. Keep A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home - A fire extinguisher can be used to put out some small fires and stop them from spreading. Every home should have one. If you have a multiple story home it's a good idea to have one easily accessible on each level.
  4. Never Leave Candles Unattended - Candles can easily catch furniture, papers and even hanging pictures and décor on fire. Never leave your candles unattended.
  5. Check Your Wires - Check your electric wires often to make sure they are not rips or shorts. Also make sure your wall sockets are not too full and that all the plugs are secure. A fire safe home will help you and your family feel safer and sleep better at night. Take the time to do it right.

If a fire does happen, first call the fire department. Once the blaze has been put out you can contact the highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Medina to service your home and repair and restore after a fire damage.  Call 1-800-933-7179 24/7 

PREVENT FIRES AND BE SAFE

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

We are approaching the season of the year when families gather, and long-separated cousins enjoy hours of play as adults converse and catch up. As we retreat into our cozy homes and get a roaring fire going on the hearth, a dose of caution is wise. It takes only a brief period of inattention for a cheery fire to turn into a destructive force. We know this well because our technicians train to turn precisely this type of tragedy around fast. 

 
Nearly 50,000 fires a year involve one or a group of individuals playing with fire. Families are not immune to this preventable cause of of fire damages.  Most of the blazes involve children finding fire starters such as matches and lighters. More than 7000 home fires annually have been reported due to children experimenting with fire. Nearly 40 percent of these fires start in the bedroom, likely as the child or children play with a box of matches or a lighter in secret. About 43 percent of the fires were set by children under the age of 6.
 
SERVPRO of Medina County  urges our community to be aware of the risk of fire held in little hands. We are skilled and experienced in cleaning surfaces and restoring structures after a fire. Fire damage remediation is a core service for our company, but no one wants to live through the terror and potential for serious harm or even death that a home fire brings.
 
Keep matches and lighters locked up or in an inaccessible place at all times, but be vigilant when you invite guests over as they may bring their own firestarters and negligently leave them within reach of the children also attending the event. Your choice to burn candles or have a fire going in the fireplace requires that you also make sure all safety precautions are taken. A log that rolls out if a curious tyke knocks it with a poker and an upended candle are genuine fire risks as well.
 
If a fire does break out, get your friends and loved ones out of the home as soon as possible. Once the fire is extinguished and the authorities permit, crews can arrive with fully equipped vehicles to assess the damage and begin putting your life back together again.

Tis The Season For Fire Prevention

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 1,345,500 fires were reported in 2015, up 3.4% from the previous year. Those fires led to 3,280 civilian fire deaths and 15,700 injuries and causing $14.3 billion in property damage. A fire department is responding to a fire every 23 seconds. Keep those statistics in mind as we move into the colder part of the year. Staying warm during the winter months means more people are turning up furnaces, space heaters and firing up those wood stoves. Keep the following tips in mind for keeping your family safe and warm this winter:

-Avoid using extension cords to power any unattended heating source. Voltage drops through undersized extension cords can cause a dangerous fire hazard. Always use UL approved, gauge appropriate cords and make sure space heaters are not left unattended.

-Always keep at least a three foot perimeter around any heating source clear of any combustible material. Make sure doors / fireplace screens are in place and functioning properly to keep sparks and burning material where it belongs. Make sure to have chimney flues inspected and cleaned annually. Avoid leaving candles or any open flame unattended, even for a short period of time.

-Test all smoke and CO alarms monthly to make sure they are working properly. It’s also a good idea to develop and practice an evacuation plan in case the unexpected does happen. Having multiple escape routes and a designated meeting place in the event of a fire will help you and your family stay safe.

As always, if the unexpected does happen you can always count on SERVPRO OF MEDINA COUNTY to respond to any fire or smoke damage. We have the knowledge, experience and top of the line equipment to help make any fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO OF MEDINA COUNTY at 1-800-933-7179

Flooding in Homes

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

 



SERVPRO OF MEDINA  Has a Thorough Process in Place to Deal with Your Water Damage


Water damage in your home can come from various sources such as sewage backups, broken pipes, flooding from storms, malfunctioning appliances, and human error like overflowing toilets or sinks. Everyone at some point in their lives deals with water damage.
 
When water damage happens to you, do not try to handle it yourself. Our trained and experienced technicians at SERVPRO OF MEDINA  have the proper tools to do the job in your home correctly the first time. We can extract any standing water from the affected areas using high-powered pumps and wet/dry vacuums. The process includes removing carpeting, furniture, and other items out of the way so they can also be cleaned and dried.  After the water extraction is complete, the next step can start.
 
Structural drying is next. Our trained staff use heavy-duty fans and dehumidifiers strategically placed throughout the area for the best drying possible. We can tell which areas need to be dried, as water tends to seep into every nook and cranny. Ensuring the area is totally dry is our business. Once each inch is dry, we can go ahead with the next step.
 
Cleaning and the prevention of mold are next during the process of water damage restoration. Special cleaners and mold deterrents are used. Each area that was submerged in water is cleaned and sanitized, which keeps mold from growing, plus remove any odors. Our cleaning supplies leave behind a clean, fresh scent which you can be quite happy and satisfied with. They are not overpowering, or just cover up the smell from dirty water.
  At this stage is where you get to see your home returned to its state pre loss. It is our number one priority that your home has a look and feel like it had before the water damage occurred.
 
So do not hesitate to contact us at SERVPRO OF MEDINA when tragedy strikes. We are always here to help 24/7 1-800-933-7179


Emergency Ready Profile For Businesses

3/8/2017 (Permalink)









Every New Year many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens" in 2017. 




In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility, The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. https://ready.SERVPRO.com/




Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your BUSINESS is inactive and minimize business interruption.  Don't wait until disaster strikes—resolve to be READY. Call SERVPRO Of Medina to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2017.




Advantages of the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®







    • A no-cost assessment of your facility.







    • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.







    • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.







    • Establishes your local SERVPRO Of Medina as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 







    • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.






  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.







 

24 Hour Emergency Services

9/28/2016 (Permalink)





SERVPRO OF MEDINA 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 1-800-933-7179


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 MEDINA 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 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.  training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.



  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

  • IICRC Certified Firm


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