What Is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?
Unforeseen events, such as dangerous weather, accidents, equipment failure, or threats to our health - both natural and manmade - are going to happen. And as a smart business owner you know it is vital to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and that’s where SERVPRO comes in.
SERVPRO has always been committed to getting the homes, businesses, and possessions of our clients as clean as possible, no matter what type of event might have occurred. We are experts at handling contamination that can come about from flooding, air quality issues that develop after a fire, and biohazards both natural and manmade, just to name a few.
Due to the events over the past year we have chosen to add the statement “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” to our communications to let our clients and the general public know that SERVPRO is the company they can go to in the event that they are experiencing any threats to their health or safety.
What is “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned”?
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our defensive proactive viral pathogen cleaning program; it goes far beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. With many years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO to bring a higher standard of cleanliness to the places you do business.
Our trademark cleaning system is grounded in our unique 3 C’s:
- Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
- Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
- Certify: We place digital emblems and other collateral to represent our commitment to the comfort and security of our employees, customers, and communities.
SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is a team of industry professionals who maintain high-quality standards in every area. Our technicians are highly trained and certified. In areas ranging from commercial property cleaning to document restoration, you can be assured that you are getting the best in the business when you work with us. We handle crime and trauma scenes, biohazards, sewage spills, contamination, mold remediation, and more. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Creating an Emergency Readiness Plan For Your Business
Preparing an Emergency Readiness Plan for your business will ensure that you are prepared for emergencies ahead of time. Emergency preparedness is vital when you are planning for the protection of your business investment. SERVPRO has developed SERVPRO Ready Plan information which gives you the security of emergency preparedness. Your plan information can be downloaded into our Ready Plan app, allowing you to share information with us instantly so that we can intercept damage right when it occurs.
Here are some things to consider when creating an emergency readiness plan for your business:
Studying local emergency events can help you effectively project possible disasters that might be related to unique elements in your area; these can be due to weather, demographics, or geography, or other factors.
You will want to create an ERP that will protect everyone on your premises - from staff and customers to vendors and transportation personnel. Such proactive protection measures should include:
- Fire Drills. Rehearsals for action during a fire.
- Shelter. Sheltering staff during a natural disaster.
- Sheltering in Place. Sheltering staff during a man-made emergency.
- Lockdown. Eluding an active shooter.
Preventing further damage or injury on the scene is known as stabilization, and this will require the help of trained individuals who can help to mitigate issues. This can be accomplished by training your employees in various rescue procedures including:
- First Aid and CPR
- Proper use of fire extinguishers
- Security measures
People often panic during a disaster and providing trustworthy guidance can help to reduce such reactions. Adding an evacuation team to your ERP is one way to manage this part of an emergency. Your Emergency Readiness Plan can:
- Assign point persons to guide evacuees from the premises.
- Appoint helpers to assist anyone needing extra help, such as those with disabilities or those who are emotionally distraught.
- Train an evacuation team that will assist others in reaching an alternate exit if an exit is blocked or too dangerous to use safely.
SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties provides professional restoration services if you experience fire damage, water damage, mold infestations, biohazard situations, and more. We can help you devise an effective Emergency Readiness Plan for your business, too, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Clean. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Watch Out For An Overloaded Electrical Socket
Most people use 4-way bar adaptors so they can increase the number of appliances that they can plug into a wall socket. However, you should keep in mind that just because there is space to plug in four appliances does not mean it is always safe to do so.
Overloading sockets will cause a risk of fire, so you will want to be sure to watch out for an overloaded electrical socket:
- Check the current rating of your extension lead before you start plugging appliances into it. Most are rated at 13 A, but some are rated at only 10 A or less. You should be able to find the rating marked on the back or underside of the extension lead. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions if you do not or for further reference.
- Never overload an extension lead by plugging in appliances that exceed the maximum current rating when connected. This could cause the plug in the wall socket to overheat, causing a fire.
- Find and use an overload calculator to check if you’re exceeding the maximum load. There are helpful versions online. A professional restoration company, such as our team here at SERVPRO, is always here to advise you if you have questions or concerns.
- Use one socket extension lead per socket and never plug an extension lead into another extension lead.
- Consider having extra sockets installed if you regularly rely on extension leads and adaptors - and be sure to use a registered electrician to complete your installation project.
- Check regularly for the following danger signs:
- The smell of hot plastic or burning near an appliance or socket
- Any sparks or smoke coming from a plug or appliance
- Any scorch marks around a socket or plug, or on an appliance
- Damaged or frayed leads
- Plastic that has melted on appliance casings or leads
- Fuses that blow or circuit-breakers that activate abnormally.
Here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties, we are an experienced and well-equipped team, ready to handle fire damage, water damage, mold prevention and remediation, and restoration projects of all sizes. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Clean, as well. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
The Dangers of Ignoring Water Damage
A burst pipe, cracks in your foundation, an overflowing bathtub, flooding, sewage backup, and several other events can all cause water to accumulate inside your home, and that water slowly penetrates both the structural and decorative components of the house, causing significant damage if it is ignored.
We all know life gets pretty busy at times, and it can be tempting to leave issues such as water damage for a later date, but that would be a mistake. It can actually be dangerous to ignore a water damage situation. The long term effects of ignoring water damage can lead to other problems:
MOLD AND MILDEW
If you ignore the damage caused by even a minor leak, chances are you have mold, mildew, and plenty of bacteria growing in your home- mold, mildew, and other microbes thrive in damp environments. Mold can cause health effects, depending on the species.
Water-soaked structural components will only continue to deteriorate over time and can put the safety of inhabitants at risk. It is also far more costly to repair than cosmetic damage. If you think you have structural damage caused by water, contact a professional renovation company for an assessment and prompt remediation; this intervention will be critical to protecting the value of your home.
If you have experienced water-damaged walls or ceilings, there is a good chance that electrical wiring has been affected. Exposed wiring is dangerous all by itself, but when there is water involved it becomes a serious risk. Professionals can handle these kinds of issues safely and quickly so that you can have peace of mind.
Call mold remediation experts if anyone in your home is experiencing these symptoms. They can help you determine if you are experiencing an infestation, and find the source of water damage, too. Keep in mind that depending on the type of mold that has established itself, it could remain in the bloodstream for months after it is no longer in your home, so you never want to ignore it. The best way to guard against risks such as the ones we mentioned today is to stay on top of water damage and handle it when it occurs.
If you have had a leak, flood, or any other type of household water damage and that damage has gone unmanaged for too long, contact our team here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties immediately. We’ll ensure that affected areas are thoroughly dried and cleaned, and we will perform comprehensive sanitization to ensure mold, mildew, and microbes can’t affect your health, as well. We have all the skills and equipment needed to get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
What To Do If Lightning Strikes Your House
As warmer weather approaches, you know that thunderstorms aren’t far behind. Your home could be affected by a lightning strike during heavy weather events of this kind, and that’s certainly something to be prepared for. You may not be sure what to do if lightning strikes your home, so we are going to share some helpful information with you here:
If lightning strikes your home, you’ll know it. It will be very loud; you may think you have heard a bomb go off! You may notice a burning smell, as well. The first thing to do is to account for everyone in the house and evacuate the premises immediately. Lightning bolts can reach 50,000 degrees and may result in a fire. The fire starts off small and is slow-burning, so you may not notice it until it’s too late. Leaving the house immediately and calling the fire department is wise, even if they don’t find anything. Fire department personnel will use thermal imaging cameras to ensure there aren’t any fires in the walls of your home, and they will let you know when you can return to the house safely.
If you do not have insurance on your home, look into it right away. Mortgage and rental companies will usually require it, but your situation might be unique. A standard home insurance policy covers damage from lightning strikes and will include fires and burnt-out electronics. Report the lightning strike to your insurance agent as quickly as possible; it can take weeks to realize the extent of the damage, so be patient. The path the lightning surge can take is random and some electronics might be affected, while others were not, so all the electronics in your home will need to be tested. A professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help here and ensure that no further accidents happen. A proper restoration company will be experienced in managing insurance adjusters and the claims process, too. Once your claim is filed with the insurance company, keep records of any big purchases like televisions, appliances, and computers you make when replacing lost items, as well as any repairs you have done. Carefully review your policy and check with your agent before you discard anything, as well, so that you don’t run into any confusion down the road.
You can avoid suffering a power-outage and untold damage by having a surge protection system installed in your home; your home insurance may even give you a discount if you have one. Check with local fire damage professionals to see what they recommend.
Here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties, we are always prepared to be onsite in the event of a disaster, no matter the size. We handle fire damage, water damage, mold infestations, vandalism, and more, and we are happy to help you navigate the insurance claim process. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
How Can SERVPRO Help With Mold Damage
The issues and the facts that surround indoor mold are extensive, many of which are serious. Mold can cause health effects and compromise your safety, and it doesn’t take long for a colony to get started. You may not know that the spores for all kinds of mold are in the air all around us every day, and that it only takes 24 to 48 hours for a colony to get started. It's important to note that once mold has established that colony, it can never be completely eradicated! Because of this it’s vital to understand mold and how it can establish itself so that you can keep safe; practicing prevention is the best way to do that.
If you do end up with mold issues even after doing your best to avoid them, our SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team are experts at mold remediation. You may be wondering how SERVPRO can help with mold damage?
Here are a few ways:
Every mold damage scenario is different and will require a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process is always the same. The steps listed below illustrate our typical process:
- Call us right away if you notice an issue at (419) 595 4567. We will be on site right away.
- Upon arrival, we do a complete mold inspection and a mold damage assessment.
- Our next step is to contain the mold colony and spores.
- Good air quality is vital, so we establish proper air filtration in all areas.
- We remove all mold and mold-infested materials.
- Contents and belongings are cleaned thoroughly using the latest tools, technology, and skills.
- We initiate and complete the total restoration of your location and belongings.
Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we are here to help if you are experiencing issues from a mold infestation. We maintain all the training and tools needed to manage any mold prevention and/or remediation you might require. We are also experts in large-scale cleanup projects, such as the after-effects of fire damage or water damage, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Maintaining the HVAC System in Your Office
Proper maintenance for your office HVAC system will help limit malfunctions during those times of the year when you will need it the most: hot weather, humid weather, cold weather - in other words, pretty much almost year-round. Preventive maintenance tune-ups will help to reduce the wear and tear every system experiences when it’s working the hardest. as well as other issues that hinder the performance of your system. We recommend that you have your HVAC serviced at least once every year, especially before the hotter summer months set in.
Maintaining the HVAC system in your office should include:
Having your air filter checked during heavy use is vital to the proper operation of your HVAC system. It should be inspected every month and it may need to be replaced even sooner than the recommended 3-month mark during times when use is heavy. Make sure you have the proper replacement handy.
Air Return Grills
Registers and air return grilles in your home or business need to be maintained to make sure they haven’t become blocked or shut. This will restrict airflow throughout your HVAC systems and will negatively affect its performance.
Outdoor Cooling Equipment
Have your cooling equipment outdoors inspected. Trim vegetation that has grown up around these units to allow for easy maintenance and airflow. Make sure the area around your HVAC is clear of obstructions so that your professional HVAC technician can access the units.
Drip pans and condensate drain lines need to remain clear. If these components of your HVAC system become clogged with mold or algae, condensation will not exit your office or business premises. That can cause the cooling system to malfunction or water to back up indoors, causing water damage. Your technician can clear any clogs within the drip pan or condensate drain lines as soon as they find them. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove water from the drip pan or rags to soak it up, and then follow this with cleaning the drip pan using a mild soap.
Whenever you need help with HVAC maintenance, or if your business has experienced fire damage, water damage, or a mold infestation, remember that your friends here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties are always here to get you back to work right away. We are able to get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned anytime - as us how. This franchise is independently owned and operated.
First Steps to Cleaning Smoke Damage in Your Home
The flames, heat, soot, and smoke of fire can affect every part of a home. As a homeowner, you may need the help of professionals who have the skill and equipment necessary to get your space back to normal as soon as possible. Smoke damage in particular is hard to get rid of and its lingering effects can be unhealthy and even dangerous. Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we know how to manage smoke damage. We gathered together some tips today as to some first steps for you to consider when cleaning smoke damage in your home:
Step One: BE SAFE
Make sure you don’t enter your home until all the smoke is cleared from your premises. Smoke inhalation is harmful to everyone, but especially for those who suffer from respiratory weaknesses. Hiring a professional fire and smoke damage restoration contractor will ensure that smoke damage is handled professionally and safely.
Step Two: BE SMART
Electronics with fire or smoke damage present a serious hazard to anyone handling them. Smoke residue contains acids that will corrode metal and can cause electronic failure in a device. Because of this, never turn on electronics after they have been damaged by smoke or fire. Computers, televisions, and CD/DVD players should be assessed before anyone touches them. It's helpful to make a list of all your electronic devices so that they can be assessed by professionals.
Step Three: BE THOROUGH
Removing items from the home can make the restoration process go much more smoothly and allow for a more thorough cleaning result. If the fire and smoke damage to your home is extensive enough, you may need to move to other accommodations while the restoration is done. SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to help you organize your move-out process if you find that you will need to relocate. We can then coordinate and organize your move back into your premises once it is safe to do so.
Step Four. BE SURE
Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we specialize in restoring the contents of a home or business that has suffered from fire or smoke. Our team will assess all your belongings to determine which items can be restored to their original condition and will use several cleaning methods to do just that. We have all the skills needed to restore those items and belongings that can be brought back to a pre-fire condition.
If your home or business has suffered fire or smoke damage, our team here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is ready to handle it. We’re experts in cleanup projects of all sizes, and we are mold prevention and remediation experts, too. We can get your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Roof Repair to Prevent Water Damage
Spring can be wet in many parts of the country, and here in Ohio, that is certainly true. As the sun comes back out from the gloomy winter months, it’s a good time to check out your roof to see if it has sustained any damage from the snow, ice, and other wintry conditions the previous months brought us. Going into a wet season with a roof in good repair will prevent water damage.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you ensure your roof is in good condition:
Set some time aside to take a good look at the condition of your roof, gutters, and other related areas. You’ll want to do some routine maintenance, as well, such as:
- Cleaning the cobwebs and dust from your ventilation and exhaust systems yearly.
- Exposed metal will rust and deteriorate, so covering these areas with paint and caulking any joinings will help protect your roof.
- Removing leaves, dirt, and debris from your gutters to avoid water damage from backed-up rainfall.
Don’t hesitate to call a professional immediately if you see curled or buckled shingles during your maintenance inspections. If shingles are missing, they will need to be replaced before spring rains come into the area. Putting these types of repairs off can be expensive in the long run, so don’t procrastinate.
If there is any issue with your roofing, one of the main places that will be affected by the water damage will be here. Discolorations and warping or buckling in the materials used are important to look for, and if you see any signs of mold beginning or detect any musty odors, it’s vital that this situation gets handled right away. If the water damage is extensive it may be time to consider replacing your roof.
Higher energy bills are another clue that you need to undertake roofing repairs. You are probably losing heat or cooled air due to damaged, aging, or deteriorating materials and structures. The help of a professional can be the key to getting your roof into tip-top condition before the wetter months.
Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we maintain the experience needed to complete cleanup projects of all sizes after water and fire damage. If your roofing needs attention or even replacement, we are here to help. Mold remediation is also one of our specialties. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - ask us how! This franchise is independently owned and operated.
Preparing For Spring Storms
Don't let a spring storm catch you off guard!
Spring storms can be unpredictable and even dangerous; heavy rain and high winds are not uncommon, with flooding and damage to buildings and large vegetation are often a result. Being prepared for whatever may come is a smart way to stay safe and to prevent as much damage as possible. Here are some preparation tips for spring storms that you can use for your home or business:
Conduct an inspection of your home or business and grounds before inclement weather hits; a leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during heavy rainfall and strong winds. Ensure that all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly and are weather-stripped appropriately. Roofing should be inspected and repaired ahead of spring storms so it will withstand the possible windy conditions. Loose shutters are another weak spot.
Unstable large trees and bushes can be a danger in high winds. Trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of being destroyed by flying debris.
Many neighborhoods have drainage ditches or creeks that are meant to handle excess water. Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding property during, or even after, a storm. Drainage can be an issue in parking areas as well, so you will want to consider sand-bagging in some instances.
Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline in case area cell phone towers are damaged or go down, or you may want to purchase an emergency radio and a supply of batteries for it so that you can stay on top of area alerts.
The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues, and we are faster to disasters of any size. We can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, as well - ask us how. This franchise is independently owned and operated.