Recent Water Damage Posts

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

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Here are a few ways to look for water damage:

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

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

Faster to your Medina County Water Damage Event

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

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

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Medina County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 330-722-4343

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

Drywall begins to swell and break down.

Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

Furniture begins to swell and crack.

Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

Metal begins to rust and corrode.

Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

Paint begins to blister.

Wood flooring swells and warps.

Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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. 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.

Western Lake County Ohio - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Hardwood floor with SERVPRO logo imprinted plastic covering the floor for protection from shoes SERVPRO of Western Lake County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service. Our highly trained staff will take care of your loss.

SERVPRO of Western Lake County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today – 800-933-7179

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Western Lake County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO of Western Lake County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

*Water accumulation on the floor under the water heater tank

*A hissing sound

*Hot water shortages during normal demand

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

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

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

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

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Increased humidity and moisture in the air

Curled papers

Windows fogging up

Warping door frames

Mold or mildew

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

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

Broken or leaking pipes can cause water damage to your home

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toilet overflows and leaks can cause tremendous damage to your home

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

What do I do?

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

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

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

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

Call a professional plumber to fix the problem.

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

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

Call us 800-933-7179 today!

Freezing weather can cause havoc on your Western Lake County home

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Pipes in an area that is not insulated Pipes located in your attic, basement and garage should be wrapped or insulated to protect from bursting in freezing temperatures.

When there is freezing weather in the forecast, homeowners should take actions to prevent burst pipes and costly repairs.  Freezing temperatures often results in broken pipes, flooding and damage.

Here is a list of things a homeowner can do to help prevent costly damage and repairs to their home.

Prepare your water pipes early. Shut off outside faucets, drain the water and insulate them. Also drain and remove all outdoor hoses.   Pipes in attics, basements and garages should be wrapped with insulating materials. 

If the outside temperatures drop below freezing, protect indoor sink pipes that are against the exterior walls, by opening the cabinet doors, allowing the heat to circulate.

If you experience a water pipe break, immediately close the main shut-off valve to stop excessive flooding.

Clean your gutters before the snow comes.  As snow melts, blockages in the gutters or drains can prevent proper draining, increasing the risk of flooding.

If you have a broken pipe or flooding due to freezing temperatures this winter, call SERVPRO of Medina County/ Gateway/Western Lake County at 800-933-7179.

Protect your furnishings and valuables from water damage

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Clothes and personal items bagged up These clothes and personal items were bagged up after being affected by a water damage to the home

When there is a flood or water damage to your home, your furnishings and appliances may be damaged or even destroyed.  You may even find that your clothes, food and smaller belongings are water damaged and possibly exposed to bacteria rendering them useless as well.  Important documents and memorabilia could be lost which you cannot put a price tag on.

If you are made aware of a storm coming, you can begin to protect your personal items.   You can move them to an elevated area in your home.  You can put smaller items and documents in a weather proof safe or container.  If you experience water damage, try to move your belongings to a dry area in your home.

It is important that you have an inventory of your valuables. You should try to keep receipts for larger items and appliances for insurance claims.  This could help make the claim process run smoother.

The best way to minimize cost and protect your home and belongings when you have water damage is by hiring a water damage restoration company.  Hiring professionals to do the job will reduce the time it takes to dry your structure and belongings by using specialized equipment.

When you have SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County as your water mitigation specialists you can sit back, relax and let our professionals to do the job.

Call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County at 1-800-933-7179

Flood damage to your Brunswick OH home left unaddressed can lead to more damage

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

A ceiling with many water marks all over it Wet building materials need to be dried properly to help minimize any further damage from occurring.

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

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

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

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

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

“Burst!” went the water supply line in your Cleveland home!

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Washing Machine Hot & Cold Water supply lines The washing machine supply line is always under pressure. The washer doesn’t have to be running for the supply line to burst.

Flooding can happen from a burst washing machine water supply line.  The washer doesn’t have to be running for the supply line to burst, in fact the washer being “on” has nothing to do with it.

Water runs to your fixtures thru pipes that come from behind the wall or floor. At the point they exit the wall or floor, these pipes have shut-off valves. Supply lines are attached to these valves and run to the fixtures and appliances in your kitchen, laundry and bathroom.

The water supply lines that run from the shut-off valves to your washing machine are always under pressure, meaning you turn the washer on and water immediately comes out. Those supply lines are usually made of PVC or rubber which can crack, rot, and/or rupture.

 When the supply line ruptures, it can cause a pressurized geyser of water that will run until the valve is shut off which can flood your house and cause water damage.

If your Cleveland home has water damage from a burst water supply line, call SERVPRO of Gateway at 800-933-7179

Don’t attempt a DIY project in Brunswick, OH - Call SERVPRO of Medina County

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

If you've ever experienced flooding in your home either from a storm or from leaky pipes, then you know it doesn't take long before it affects everything in its path. This is why it's important to take care of the problem as soon as possible. Water is a very destructive force that can do a large amount of damage in a short period of time.

Calling SERVPRO of Medina County should be first on your list. If you attempt to do it yourself, you will quickly find that it is difficult, takes much time and you may not be happy with the results.

If your home is suffering from standing water due to a flood or plumbing issue, the water is already seeping into the wood, walls and flooring. The sooner you can have the water removed the less damage it causes.  Call SERVPRO of Medina County at 800-933-7179 to see how we can help with your water damage.


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

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

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

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.

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

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!

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!

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!

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

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

Why choose us for your cleanup needs?

8/27/2019 (Permalink)


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! 

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.

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.


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

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.

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 

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!

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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

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

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