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The Difference Between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere. They can be found both indoors and out, and since they are microscopic, they cannot be detected by the naked eye until an entire colony has formed. Removing all mold from a home or business is actually impossible to do, so mold remediation is the focus when it comes to mold.

Some professional restoration businesses choose to advertise mold removal, and even go so far as to guarantee total removal of all mold, but this is not really possible. A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and its growth. The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team has the training and expertise in remediation of the mold in your home or business; mold remediation means that the focus will be on getting mold back to its normal and natural level.

Every situation where mold damage is found is going to be totally different and therefore will require a specific solution, but in general, the mold remediation process remains the same.

If you believe that you have an unnatural mold situation, call our team at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties to schedule an inspection and mold damage assessment. We will take steps to contain the mold and filtrate the air of the area affected, and all mold and materials will be removed, and we’ll ensure that the contents and belongings of the area will be cleaned thoroughly. We will then undertake the restoration of your property and make sure you are mold-damage free.

Here are some things home and business owners need to be aware of when it comes to mold:

  • Mold spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows, doors, or HVAC systems. They can even hitch a ride on your pet!
  • Mold is microscopic; don’t expect to always see it with your naked eye.
  • Mold growth can happen in as little as 48 hours. The spores thrive on moisture, so even a higher-than-normal humidity level indoors can encourage the growth of mold colonies.
  • Mold produces a strong musty odor.
  • Mold produces irritants and can be hazardous to your health.

Call us here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties at (419) 443 1790 to discuss mold remediation for your home or business. If you are in the Greater East Seneca area, such as in Port Clinton, Sandusky, or Huron, give us a call for any fire damage or water damage restoration needs!

Last Minute Home Cleaning Tips for Thanksgiving

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

The week before Thanksgiving is the time that you begin to wonder why in the world you offered to host this family event last year. How did 51 weeks pass so quickly? Now there’s the shopping to do, and the school events, and picking people up from the airport, and airing out the guest rooms….and the cleaning. It might seem difficult to see how this will all get done with your already busy schedule, but we want to share a few tips with you today that might be helpful for last-minute cleaning:

  • Kitchen Tips. Gather clutter together and put it in a laundry basket in the laundry room. Crisis cleaning is all about making things look tidy and forgetting about organization right at the moment. Spray the counters with cleaner and wipe down, and then attack the appliances, the sink bowl, and the faucets. Sweep or vacuum the floor, and spot clean. Spray air freshener. Check for any visible water damage or possible mold growth.
  • Bathroom Tips. Turn the fan on to remove odors and use fragrant candles before guests arrive. Put cleaner in the toilet bowl and let it sit for a while, while cleaning mirrors and polishing chrome. Wipe down the counters and clean the toilet thoroughly. Replace all the towels with ones that are freshly washed and sweep the floor; spot clean here. Spray air freshener. Like the kitchen, check for mold growth or visible water damage.
  • Guest Room Tips. Get rid of clutter by moving to the laundry area or a similar area of your home that guests will not frequent. Shake out curtains and change the sheets. Fluffing pillows will give the room a fresh look. Dust the furniture and don’t neglect the head and footboard of the bed. Polish reflective surfaces. Sweep or vacuum flooring, and spray air freshener. Scent sprayed onto a cool light bulb will freshen the room when the light is used. Fragrant candles are a nice touch here as well.
  • Living Room Tips. Toss the clutter into the laundry basket and remove any trash. Straighten and fluff pillows and fold blankets. Wipe away food spills and dust the furniture, polishing reflective surfaces. Make sure you remove pet hair with a damp cloth from seating and eating areas, especially. Move furniture to look neat and regular; this adds to the overall clean and neat look of the room. Vacuum or sweep the flooring, and spot clean. Spray air freshener.
  • Entryway Tips. First impressions are made here, so take care that it looks great. Shake off the Welcome mat, and polish the reflective surfaces. Sweep the front step, and clan all glass. Remove shoes and clutter from this area and place out of view.
  • Finishing Touch Tips. Empty all the trash bins throughout the house. Add a hospitality touch to the guest room by providing tissues, reading materials, and a water carafe with glass. For a welcoming scent when guests arrive, simmer two cups of water, two whole cloves, a cinnamon stick, and half an apple, orange, or lemon on the stove for an hour or so beforehand.
  • Start Cooking!

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we wish you the best 2018 holiday season ever! If you live in the greater Huron area, including Gibsonburg, Attica, Bloomville, or other surrounding areas, we are here to help with all of your water damage, fire damage, or mold growth restoration needs.

Mold Removal Tips for Your Bathroom

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Due to the large amounts of water used in your bathroom, it is one of the most susceptible areas of your house when it comes to water damage and mold growth. You’ll need to practice preventive measures to ensure that you don’t develop serious mold growth in the bathing areas of your home, and have some cleaning tips on hand when mold takes hold. Once mold has established itself in an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises.

Here are some tips to preventing mold in the first place:

  • Paint your bathroom with paint that is mold-resistant. Products of this type are readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store.
  • When doing any type of repair or renovation in the bathroom area, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients, such as flooring and drywall.
  • Avoid standing water in this area of the home. During floor cleaning, use less water than you might otherwise, and always dry off countertops after cleaning, paying special attention to cracks and crevasses. Another great tip is to keep your bath area well-ventilated to help further prevent long-standing water damage and mold growth.
  • Keep an eye on the cabinets under the sinks and around the toilet for leaks from hoses and pipes leading to walls. Clean behind and underneath them well on a regular basis and take a good look while you are completing this task.
  • There are products on the market that are great for cleaning mold, but some of the best might just be found around your home. Here are a few:

Using Hydrogen Peroxide:

    • Pour 3% concentration hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and saturate the moldy surface completely. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
    • Scrub the area to remove all mold and mold stains and then wipe down surfaces to remove residual mold and spores.

Using Vinegar:

    • Pour white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle - do not water down. Spray the solution onto moldy surfaces and let it sit for one hour. Wipe the area clean with water and allow to dry thoroughly; any odors from the vinegar should be gone within a few hours.
    • Baking soda can also be used along with the vinegar to kill different mold species.

Using Baking Soda:

    • Add ¼ tablespoon baking soda to a spray bottle of water and shake until dissolved. Spray the moldy area with the solution and use the scrubbing brush to remove all mold from surfaces. Rinse the area with water to remove any residual mold.
    • Spray the surface a second time and let dry thoroughly; this will kill any left-over mold and prevent it from returning.

The team at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is ready to help you with any water damage concerns or mold growth or issues in your home or business in the greater Huron and Seneca areas, including Norwalk, Clyde, Bellevue, and more! We are also available for cleanup after fire damage. Call us today at (419) 443 1790.

Storm-Proofing Your Garage

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Your garage is one of the most vulnerable areas in your home when it comes to the high winds, flying debris, and large amounts of water that come with violent weather. Here are some tips to stormproof your garage:

Install a garage door with a high wind-resistance rating. Storms that bring with them extreme levels of wind will cause the most damage; when a garage is breached, the winds will batter the rest of your home. Water will start to come in, and even just an inch of water can cause unwanted, and costly, damage. If you live in a tornado-prone area, it’s recommended that you invest in a door that can withstand winds of 130 mph or higher. Doors with high impact-ratings will protect your home and belongings from flying debris, as well.

Install a bracing system. You can reinforce your garage door with strong bracing. Most garage doors are secured only by the tracks or hinges, which will be vulnerable to damage during a powerful storm. A bracing system works by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge, giving it the extra strength and protection necessary to withstand violent weather.   

Maintain your garage door. If there are any holes, cracks or breaches, these will allow storm winds through your garage door. Perform a monthly inspection, looking for any potential issues such as these, as well as problems with the weather stripping or any parts of the garage door mechanisms and functionality. Perform the needed maintenance as soon as possible to stay in storm-readiness, making sure the projects are completed before heavy weather hits your area.

Secure all windows. If you have windows in your garage, these will also be weak points during extreme weather. Ensure they are in good repair and that the weather stripping is doing its job. Having wrought-iron window protection installed can go a long way to protect your glass from flying debris, such as rocks or tree limbs, as well.

Install drainage and flood vents. Make sure that the garage of your home is properly outfitted for the drainage of large amounts of water. You can have a trench drain installed in front of this area and on the sides of your driveway to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain any water coming inside quickly before levels rise and cause water damage or mold growth down the line, and thus preventing the need for mold removal!

Contact us here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca for help after house and business fires or if your property has sustained water damages. Mold remediation is also one of our specialties! Call us at (419) 443 1790, or visit our website for more information. We offer our services to a wide area across the greater East Seneca areas. If you are in the greater Tiffin area, including Fremont, Monroeville, and many others, we are here to assist you!

Utilizing a Dehumidifier in Your Home

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Humid conditions can cause many health related issues; some can be severe. Optimal humidity levels are between 30 - 50%, with around 45% being the most desirable, and utilizing a dehumidifier can help to maintain indoor humidity at these comfortable levels, keeping the air in your indoor spaces healthy. This can both save you money and help you avoid any number of risks, such as potential mold growth.

Here are 3 ways dehumidifiers can help you at home:

  • MOLD AND MILDEW. Mildew emits a strong odor, which can affect your entire home. Leaving clothing in the washer too long when humidity is high, they can become "mildewy" and will need to be re-washed, which only adds to your water and energy bills, as well as that moldy smell. Since mold growth and mildew thrive in warm, moist environments, dehumidifiers help keep them in check and will prevent the need for mold remediation and mold removal in the future.
  • COMFORT. As your body temperature rises, your body releases sweat to help cool you down. When humidity is at an optimal level, your sweat evaporates into the air, leaving you cool and dry, but when air molecules that are already saturated with water have no room to absorb further water, you will feel wet, sticky, and uncomfortable. Bacteria is another organism that thrives in humid environments, and minor cuts and injuries are more susceptible to infection when that’s the case. Some minor medical issues can also be made worse by humidity, such as acne, athlete's foot and some respiratory conditions.
  • HVAC SUPPORT. When air molecules are ladened with water, it makes them harder to heat or cool down. For example: a pan only half full of water will heat and cool more quickly and efficiently than a pan that is full, and the same is true of air molecules that are half filled with water, like when humidity levels are at 50% or above. A dehumidifier will help your HVAC system heat up and cool down your home faster and more efficiently by reducing the water in the air, which can significantly save you cooling and heating costs.

Contact SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca for all your cleanup projects, both large and small, and remember that we are mold remediation experts! Our phone number is (419) 443 1790. We offer our services to a wide area across the greater East Seneca areas, including Sandusky, Castalia, Milan, and more!

Five Professional Methods Used to Clean Up Smoke Damage in Your Home

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything in your home, from the structure itself to your appliances and personal belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional will be very helpful. The SERVPRO team of Huron and East Seneca Counties knows how to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO specializes in restoring the contents of a home that have received fire damage or water damage. They will assess all your belongings carefully to determine what items can be restored to their “pre-fire” condition. Here are five steps that a professional cleaning company can use to get you back to normal after a fire:

  • Foam cleaning. This method is used for upholstery since it can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry cleaning. This method is used to clean light residue.
  • Wet cleaning. This is a very effective cleaning method used to remove moderate to heavy residues.
  • Immersion cleaning. This method is one where items are dipped into a bath of cleaning product.
  • Document/photo restoration. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are experienced in document and photo restoration. In the event that vital records or personal heirlooms have been damaged, we can use professional methods to bring these items back to their original state.

Electronics that have been damaged by fire present a serious hazard; never attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that could possibly have been affected! Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and that can cause electronic failure in a device. You will want to be very careful with your computers (both PC and laptop), televisions, video game consoles, and cd/DVD players. When it comes to your smartphone, relay on a professional for help here, too.

If the damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties can organize an efficient move-out process of all affected areas. Removing your items from places that have sustained smoke damages will aid in a quicker remodeling process and will protect your property. After the restoration is complete, move-in can be coordinated easily. If you have sustained fire damage to your home, visit us on our website or call us today for assistance: (419) 443 1790. We offer our services to a wide area across the greater East Seneca areas, including Milan, Lakeside Marblehead, New London, and more!

Caring for the HVAC in Your Commercial Buildings

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

For the care of your HVAC systems in your commercial buildings, engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your system every spring and fall will ensure that the heating and cooling of your property is running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed, which requires the kind of training these professionals have. The experience and expertise of such a company is invaluable to any business owner since the comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves is important to residents, tenants, and the owner alike.

Here are some things you can do yourself as a commercial business owner both monthly and seasonally to maintain and prolong the life and efficiency of all your units and systems in between professional maintenance visits:

  • Use high efficiency, pleated air filters. These types of filters have an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as those that carry bacteria.
  • Keep HVAC units free of grass, leaves, and pollen. Make sure landscaping companies don’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds.
  • Clear two feet of space around all outdoor heating and cooling units.
  • Inspect refrigerant lines each month.
  • Replace air filter at least every 90 days.
  • In summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier.
  • In fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water.
  • Replace your carbon monoxide detector battery.
  • Ensure outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground.
  • Clean AC condensate drain with bleach/water mixture.

Have your professional maintenance company check all your ductwork to make sure it’s sealed properly when they come to tune-up your HVAC. For more energy savings, preprogram the thermostats in your building.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca, we care about you and your business. When it comes to caring for the HVAC system in your commercial building, we are here to help. Visit our website, or call us today at: (419) 443-1790. We offer our services to a wide area across the greater East Seneca areas, including Green Springs, Milan, Wakeman, and more!

Top Three Places to Check for Water Damage

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Anywhere you use water on a regular basis in your home is a place that can sustain water damages. Doing regular inspections of areas in your home or business that are most likely to develop these damages due to leaks and spills will allow you to take care of issues before they can become serious.

Here are the top three areas to check regularly for water damage:

Your laundry room. With the large appliances that are found in your laundry room, you will also find those nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often, since these appliances are not easy to move. A small leak behind your washing machine can go unnoticed for quite some time and create large issues down the road. Add to that little drip the humidity in the air, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony, causing the need for mold remediation. Enlist help, pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected.

You bathroom. If you are like most people, your bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, and these times are great for checking for leaks and drips. Look in the least traveled spots, such as behind the toilet and under your sink. If there are any leaks in these places, they can be a danger until they are fully dry. You may want to invest in a dehumidifier, as well, to prevent mold growth.

Your kitchen. This room is often described as the most popular room in the house, where everyone tends to congregate, cooking and drinking beverages. Lots of liquids are used here! Keep an eye out for spills and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores and insects, and check under your sink regularly, to avoid damages. Underneath the sink and refrigerator are places that can be damaged by water without anyone noticing, so get out your flashlight and make sure you see every corner clearly. If you find any mold growth, you should begin mold removal treatment immediately.

In addition to these top three places, other areas that can experience water damage are basements and cellars, covered patios and decks, and closets.

The team at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is ready to help you with any water damage concerns or issues in your home or business in the greater Huron and Seneca areas, including Norwalk, Clyde, Bellevue, and more! Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties, and we are mold remediation experts, too. Call us at (419) 442 1790, or visit our website.

Preparing Your Home for Winter Storms in Ohio

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we advise area homeowners to prepare homes and property for the coming winter storm season. Extreme weather can lead to power outages and disruption of communications, while damaging personal and business property and belongings. People even lose their lives in winter weather. Auto accidents on icy or snowbound roads and fires from improper heating methods are some of the main ways these tragedies can happen, while flooding and large snow accumulations can cause travel to become extremely dangerous and even deadly. It’s important to be prepared for many different serious situations to occur during winter here in Ohio.

Here are some essential safety tips you can observe to get ready for the coming winter season:

  • Trim bushes and trees. Remove dead trees and tall bushes and all broken branches from around your home. These can cause injury and damage the roof of your house if they fall during extreme weather involving wind, ice, or heavy snow accumulation.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters. When snow melts, it needs to be able to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing. If there is dirt and debris left in your gutters from last spring, the water will pool and begin to back up, possibly damaging even interior wall spaces in your home, and this can even lead to mold growth, causing a need for mold removal on top of the storm damage. A rain gutter that is full of dirt can become heavy and can pull away from the building, creating another set of issues.
  • Check chimney and heating equipment. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned after winter and again before it comes around again, to prevent chimney fires. Your HVAC system also needs to be inspected, and all ducts clear and ready for use. Change out all your filters in the system, as well. If any space heaters are to be used, make sure they are in great shape and that everyone in the house knows the proper way to use them and when. They should never be left on if there is no one in the room.

The team at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties cares about your safety and the safety of your loved ones and your property, and we operate in the greater Tiffin and Sandusky areas, including Fremont, Willard, and many more cities in the area! We are experts in water damage restoration, as well as fire damage cleanup and restoration. You can call us any time at (419) 443 1790.

Tips for Environmentally Friendly Mold Cleaning

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commonly found in both homes and commercial buildings, mold growth can cause a lot of problems, including health issues if left untreated. It needs moisture to grow and thrives in damp conditions or in spaces that have poor circulation and high humidity. Bathrooms and showers are two places that can be attractive to mold colonies. The spores of mold can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat and create respiratory conditions, including asthma, in some individuals while long-term exposure can severely compromise human health.

Examine your home or business premises for mold growth. It may be obvious, but it can also go undetected in air-conditioning ducts and ceilings or other places that are often damp. If found, you can employ many mold remediation methods to get rid of it, but some of the more common ones contain toxic chemicals that are not friendly to the environment. There are some simple, cheap, and non-toxic methods that are not dangerous, however, and we will share them here with you.

DIY

If your affected area is small, such as the shower, you might want to go ahead and tackle it yourself. There are several DIY home remedies to kill mold that won’t harm the environment:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide. Dilute ½ part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water and wash moldy surface.
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar. Dilute 1 part vinegar with 1 part water and mix in 2 parts of baking soda to 1 part of the vinegar solution, which will form a thick paste. Spread paste over the mold and let it dry, then scrub it off. Repeat if necessary.
  • Environmentally-friendly dish soap and Borax. 1 squirt of dishwashing liquid and 1 teaspoon of borax to 1 quart of water. Sponge solution onto moldy surfaces, rinse and let air dry.

Profession Grade Green Cleaning Solvents

If your problem is more severe, a commercial mold cleaning solvent may need to be employed. There are environmentally friendly mold remediation cleaning agents available that are typically biodegradable, pH neutral, and contain no toxic or harsh chemicals or pesticides.

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Coming Up with a Family Emergency Plan

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure your loved ones are safe and their basic needs are met by developing a family emergency plan to put into place in the event of a disaster by having a plan. It is easy to panic during an emergency, so being prepared can help to minimize that panic and enable you to help your family in a calm and safe manner.

An emergency plan should include a disaster supply kit and essential supplies, and they should be easily accessible in a place that is pre-arranged.

A disaster supply kit should include medical supplies, medications, non-perishable foods and water, batteries, blankets and clothing. When you are putting your kit together, make sure the items you include meet basic needs - don’t worry about luxury items. The basic necessities are food, water, clothing, and shelter, so focus on making sure your family has these items.  

An emergency plan that is easy to follow is also a good idea. If your family includes older children or adults, you will want to make sure that they can remember what to do, so keep it as simple as you can, using places that are familiar if possible. In the event of a house fire, for example, direct your family to a safe meeting place that is close by, like a neighbor’s house, and for a large scale emergency, use a familiar building in the area such as a church or school, where the family can meet up.

Directives for each member will ensure that everyone knows what they are supposed to do during an emergency. Each family member can be assigned a partner to keep track of, for example, and someone can be in charge of carrying the emergency kit to the meeting place. Discuss it together and pick the best person for the job.

Create an emergency checklist and put it somewhere memorable. It should include emergency contacts such as addresses and phone numbers. Add important items to the list to take from the home, like spare car keys, vital records, and pets.

Natural disasters may knock out power, contaminate drinking water, or make it difficult for first responders to get to you. Have an emergency food supply, consisting of canned and non-perishable items, including bottled water. This is especially important for families that reside in areas prone to events such as blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires.

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Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we care about you and your family. Be safe! (419) 441-1790.

Keeping Your Break Room Clean

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

The break room is a popular space, a place where the staff comes together to eat, visit, and relax during their lunch hours or mid-shift breaks. It’s the spot that will be used for the occasional potluck put together for holidays or staff birthdays, or perhaps a celebration of retirement or awards earned. Keeping this common area as clean and comfortable as possible is good for morale, and will play a part in the happy memories your employees will have of working for you.

When outfitting your break room and considering appliances and furniture, comfort should be the first word that comes to mind. This room needs to be the place your workers go to relax, so chairs and tables need to be large enough for a crossword puzzle game or to hold several trays of food during a potluck, and the chairs should be easy on the back and seat. Just as importantly, though, they should be constructed of materials that are easy to clean and disinfect and are able to stand heavy usage and the test of time.

The appliances chosen need to be user-friendly and placed so that anyone from the shortest to the tallest can use them conveniently, and they also should be simple to clean and maintain. No one likes to use a microwave that is covered with samples of the last week’s lunches inside!

A cleaning checklist should be available, and a team should be designated to care for this area of your business. You can get input from the whole team as to what should be done and when, and then everyone will be on the same page to keep your break room spic and span.

If water or fire damage happens, call a professional cleaning company to come in and get you back to normal. For heavy duty cleaning projects such as stripping and waxing floors or washing walls and ceilings, this type of company can be a great help, too.

The team at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is here to help with all your cleanup needs, large or small. Call us today at (419) 443 1790.

Top Three Places to Check for Mold

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is odorous, unsightly, and even dangerous to our health, and it can show up very quickly. Knowing where to look and what areas are most vulnerable can help keep you a step ahead of a mold issue.

Here are the top three areas to check regularly for mold growth in both home and business:

BATH AREA. Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, this is the perfect time to check for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen or storage closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there have been any leaks in these places in the past, these areas are in danger until they are fully dry. If you detect a brand new leak or drip, have it corrected immediately. You can invest in a dehumidifier for your bathroom, as well, and that can be a great tool in the fight against mold.

KITCHEN/BREAK AREA. The rooms of your home or business that are used for food prep are often as busy as the bathrooms, and water is a big part of that usage, of course. Keep an eye out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores, which are always in our air and cannot be removed.

The laundry room. This room in your home has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned as often since no one ever sees them. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have elements present that will encourage the possible establishment of a mold colony. Enlist help to pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected.

Other areas to keep an eye on in your home and business: hall closets, garages, storage units, warehouses, and basement areas.

SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is always here to help you with any issues related to mold and its remediation.  Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties, as well. Call us at (419) 443 1790.  

Roof Repair to Prevent Water Damage

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

We all look forward to summer, with its pool parties and vacations. But summer also brings with it some unpredictable weather at times, and a home or business owner will want to be ready for water, and possibly lots of it. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to the most vulnerable spot of your home or business: your roof!



Regular Maintenance: At least once a year, you should clean the cobwebs and dust from your ventilation and exhaust systems. Caulking around pipes and vents is always a good idea, and exposed metal will rust and deteriorate, so make sure those points get painted to protect them. Remove leaves, dirt, and debris from your gutters to avoid water damage from backed-up rainfall or melting snow and ice. Prevention is always a great idea!

Schedule Repairs Right Away: Don’t hesitate to call a professional immediately if you see curled or buckled shingles during your maintenance inspections. If shingles are missing, that’s something that will need to be repaired before storms hit. Putting these types of repairs off can be expensive in the long run, so don’t wait.

Attic/Crawl-space Inspection: Your attics and crawl-spaces can tell you a lot. If there is any developing issue with your roofing, one of the first places you will see water damage will be here. Look for discolorations and warping or buckling in the materials used, and if you see any signs of mold beginning or detect any musty odors, you will know that you may have some repairs that need to be done right away. Water stains in the attics and crawl-spaces might also be a sign that it’s time for a new roof.

UTILITY BILLS: As a home or business owner, you are always keeping an eye on your costs, and if you notice that your utility bills seem to be creeping up, it might not be higher prices. It could be that you are losing heat or cool air through a roof that needs attention. Enlist the help of a professional to see if that might be the case and to perform any necessary repairs.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have a lot of experience in the area of cleanups after water and fire damage. Mold remediation is also one of our specialties. Call us today at (419) 443 1790.

Fire Safety in the Office

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Practicing fire safety in your business will save you time and money and keep the people you work with safe. Here are some tips that will help you:

  • Have high-quality smoke detectors installed on or near the ceilings of your office in all areas where people gather to work and be sure to include storage areas, warehouses, and outlying buildings. Installing Carbon Monoxide alarms in the same areas is a wise choice, as well, since CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels and can be difficult to detect.
  • Ensure that you have multipurpose fire extinguishers readily accessible in several areas of your property, and make sure your staff knows where they are and how they are properly used.
  • Schedule HVAC unit inspections on a regular basis. Employ a professional for these types of specialized tasks.
  • Create an escape plan for your staff, and take the necessary steps to ensure that everyone understands it and can follow the plan in case of fire. Post your evacuation plan in public areas so that both your staff and customers are aware of where to go in the event of a fire. Second story buildings should have an escape ladder, and post warnings near any elevators that they are not to be used in case of a fire.
  • Contact your local fire department for tips and directions on the requirements for businesses in your area to promote fire safety. You can schedule an inspection by the Fire Marshall to ensure that you are compliant with all area rules.
  • There are remote monitors available today that can alert you if there is a fire in your buildings while you are absent. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and the downloaded app will send you updates and notifications.
  • During repair or remodeling to your business property, make sure fire-resistant building materials are used whenever possible.

Call the team here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties for assistance with fire safety. We are always available for large-scale cleanups after fire and water damage in both residential and commercial properties, as well. Our phone number is (419) 443 1790. We’re here to help!

Keeping Your Home Stormproof Year Round

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Inclement weather can happen any time of the year, whether it’s a summer tornado, fall hurricane, a winter snowstorm, or a heavy spring rain. You will want to make sure your home is stormproof all year

Here are some preventive tips that can help:

  • REGULAR INSPECTIONS.  Inspect your entire property every quarter, keeping the upcoming season in mind. The weakest spots in your home are the windows. Make sure your house has been equipped with highly-rated protective windows. Storm shutters are also extremely helpful as an additional layer of protection and security against high winds and airborne debris.
  • SAFETY FOR LOVED ONES.  Your loved ones need to know what to do in case of a storm. Have a plan of action and discuss it with those you care about. It’s vital to stay protected indoors, and if the weather gets extremely severe, such as with tornado or hurricane activity, you will want to retreat to the basement area or the most interior room of the house. Choose a space with no exterior windows.
  • MIND YOUR ROOF.  Another vulnerable point in your home is your roof. Use highly rated shingles that can withstand the harshest weather. Inspections of your attic can also tell you a lot about the condition of your roofing.
  • OUTDOOR TIPS.  When planting your garden and choosing garden furniture, keep storm seasons in mind. Maintain your trees by removing branches that are not strong; these can become dangerous when torn off and thrown around by high winds. Before ice storm season, make sure tree limbs are pruned back from all power lines. Get rid of rock and gravel landscaping as a strong wind can send these materials flying. A little extra work now can save time and money later. Be safe!

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are always concerned about your safety. We are equipped to assist with cleanup after fire or water damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.  Call us at (419) 443-1790 in the event of bad weather issues, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Mold Prevention Tips for Your Kitchen

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Your kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of the house when it comes to mold growth since there is water in use here on a daily basis. Practicing preventive measures will ensure that you don’t develop a mold issue in one of the busiest rooms in your home.

The kitchen has a higher moisture level than most of the other rooms in your house, and surfaces both visible and out of the way can become moldy quickly if not kept dry. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time the humidity rises and make life miserable.  

Here are some tips to preventing mold:

  • Paint your kitchen with mold-resistant paint. Products of this type are readily accessible at your local hardware or home goods store. This is also a good practice for bath areas, as well.
  • When doing any type of repair or renovation in this area, check with a professional to find any available products that contain mold-resistant ingredients.
  • Avoid standing water in this area of the home. During floor cleaning, use less water than you might otherwise, and always dry off counter tops after cleaning, paying special attention to cracks and crevasses. Inspect underneath sinks and in cabinets on a regular basis and look for buckling woodwork or discolorations - both are telltale signs of water damage.
  • As with all windows in your home, ensure that all weather stripping is in good repair in advance of bad weather.
  • Keep an eye on older refrigerators for leaks from hoses and pipes leading to walls. Move them away from the wall periodically and clean behind and underneath them and take a good look while you are back there. This is a place where mold loves to hide and grow.
  • Ensure your kitchen area is well ventilated; you can always use a dehumidifier if you feel it will be beneficial.

Keeping mold out of your kitchen will contribute to a clean and pleasant space for the preparation of food and for entertaining and socializing. After all, the kitchen is the heart of a home!

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have the expertise necessary to help you with any mold damage or preventive practices. We are also available for cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

A Cleaning Checklist for Your Business in the Fall

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

A wise business owner is always thinking about the future, making sure that material and product orders are placed well in advance, employee schedules are completed and posted weeks ahead of time, and customer complaints and concerns are dealt with in a timely manner. Keeping proper records of everything that needs to be done is a necessity, and checklists are helpful in this way. Keeping your business clean and your work environment pleasant and healthy will require a checklist, as well. Here’s a sample of what a cleaning checklist for Fall could look like:

DAILY

  • Keep entryways neat and tidy; wet Fall weather means wet and muddy footprints as well as leaves and debris.
  • Clean and disinfect all bathrooms including: mirror, countertop, sinks, and both the inside and outer area of toilets, paying close attention to the flooring around the base, and the base itself.
  • Clean and disinfect doors, door handles, and light switches in preparation for the coming flu season.
  • Sweep and mop floors using a disinfectant liquid. Make sure the mop head gets cleaned and/or replaced regularly to keep mold from taking hold.
  • Clean cigarette trash from provided receptacles.
  • Clean and polish drinking fountain, if you have one.
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen area, including the sinks and countertops.
  • Clean all glass, especially entrance doors.



WEEKLY

  • Wipe down and disinfect work desks and machinery such as phones, keyboards, printers, and filing cabinets.
  • Sweep and vacuum all offices.
  • Dust accessible window sills and baseboards.
  • Dust artwork, framed certifications and news articles, etc. You want your image to shine!
  • Clean out refrigerator and wash/disinfect microwave.
  • Sweep exterior entrances, both front and back.
  • Make sure break areas are clean and presentable.
  • Remove trash and debris from parking areas.

MONTHLY

  • Inspect roofing, exterior doors and windows, and parking areas for potential problems and maintenance needs.
  • Trim back large bushes and tree limbs on your property before inclement Fall weather.
  • Do a quick inspection of fencing and entrance gates.
  • Schedule periodic maintenance of all HVAC systems and duct work.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are prepared to help you handle all your cleaning and maintenance projects, both large and small. Call us at (419) 443-1790 for cleanup assistance after water or fire damage. We are also experienced in mold remediation. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Preventing Water Damage Under Your Sink

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes the quiet corners and unnoticed spots of your home or business are the places where the biggest problems can arise. While the home or business owner is checking the bigger areas such as roofs and parking lot drainage systems, a silent drip under the sink can be slowly creating a situation that will make life miserable in the future. Once an area such as the one under a sink becomes damp and stays that way, a colony of mold can spring up almost overnight, requiring the services of a mold remediation expert.

Creating a cleaning and maintenance schedule for your home or business can help you keep an eye on all the different areas of concern in your place of business or your home, both large and small.

Here are some scheduling  ideas:

  • Add the task of checking all areas under and around sinks for leaks to your cleaning/maintenance schedule. This will help you to stay on top of a potential water damage issue.
  • Replace visible water supply pipes and hardware as soon as they show significant signs of wear before they begin leaking.
  • Clean under sinks regularly and ensure that the areas are always completely dry and sanitary. Pay special attention to those places that don’t get much light: use a flashlight to check and clean all the dark corners in these areas.
  • Don’t ignore any signs of dampness: buckling wood or particle board sheeting under the sink, musty smells, discoloration - these are all signs that water is going where it shouldn’t. The smallest amounts can create significant problems down the road.
  • If a leak is found, take immediate steps to repair the cause. Call a professional plumber if necessary and engage a professional clean up company to come in and take care of the water damage once all is safe and sound.

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have lots of experience in water damage cleanup projects both large and small. We also handle fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. Call us today at ((419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Preparing Your Basement for Storm Damage

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

In some parts of the country, rain can be an almost daily occurrence during the summer. Flooding is a very real hazard when this happens, and that’s inconvenient, and even dangerous, possibly causing a lot of damage. Your possession can be ruined, and building structures can often be affected negatively. In these times, you can contact a professional water restoration company for help. Such a company is an expert in water damage cleanup and repair.

While flooding can’t be predicted most of the time, educating yourself on the most common flood-prone areas of your home or business will help you be prepared to handle such an event, and even to prevent it. Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience water damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements and cellars.

Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be regularly inspected during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas

Ensure that the doors and windows of the basement or cellar area are properly sealed against wet conditions. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.

Take steps to make sure that water is drained away from the foundations of your buildings. Standing water in these areas can create weaknesses in walls and foundational elements, eventually allowing water to leak into your basement area.

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is experienced in all repairs and cleanup needs from damages caused by water and fire, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. You can call us at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Safety Tips for Using a Fire Extinguisher

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a valuable tool in the fight against smaller fires and can also be used to protect evacuation routes in the event of a larger fire when emergency personnel are on their way. OSHA has stated that the most common emergency occurrence owners of homes and small businesses should plan for is fire. Here are some tips that will help in the event of a fire.

Homeowners should take the time to know how to use the fire extinguisher kept in their home. OSHA requires employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly as well and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur, properly determining when an evacuation needs to take place. OSHA has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this training is helpful for homeowners as well.  

The PASS training technique can be used, and is outlined here:

  • P. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A. Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire.
  • S. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished.

Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. They should know how to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately.
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should also know how to keep the route from becoming blocked,
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher (outlined above), and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again.
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel.

Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If the environment becomes too dangerous or the fire becomes too large, everyone should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can arise really quickly, and people need to understand that safety comes first and foremost.

SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is here to help in the event of cleanups both large and small, after fire and water damages have been sustained in your home or business. We also handle mold remediation. Call us today at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Tips to Help Stormproof Your Home

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you bundle up and enjoy the sights and sounds of stormy weather or you stand at the windows and watch for trouble, it’s important for you to know what to do to keep your home safe during storm season.

Here are some preventive practices to keep in mind:

  • MAINTAIN YOUR PROPERTY.  The weakest spots in your home are the windows. Make sure your house has been equipped with suitable protective windows; storm shutters are also extremely helpful as an additional layer of protection and security against high winds and debris.
  • HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION.  Make sure your loved ones know what to do in case of a storm. Have a plan of action and discuss it with those you care about. It’s vital to stay indoors, and if the weather gets extremely severe, you will want to retreat to the basement area or the most interior room of the house.
  • KEEP YOUR ROOFING STRONG.  Another vulnerable point in your home is your roof. Use highly rated shingles that can withstand the harshest weather.
  • CHOOSE SAFE OUTDOOR MATERIALS.  When planting and choosing garden furniture, keep storm season in mind. Maintain your trees by removing branches that are not strong; these can become dangerous when torn off and thrown around by high winds. Get rid of rock and gravel landscaping, as a strong wind can send these materials flying. A little extra work now can save time and money later. Be safe!

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we are always concerned about your safety. When bad weather or emergencies happen, we are equipped to assist with cleanup after fire or water damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.  Call us at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

Faster to your Huron & East Seneca County Water Damage Event

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Huron & East Seneca County Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Huron & East Seneca County

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara 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 Huron & East Seneca Counties 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 – 419-443-1790

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 Huron & East Seneca Counties

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties 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.

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SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

How to Prevent Mold

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

You had a house flood and thought you did a pretty good clean up job (pat yourself on the back), until one day you notice a little something over in the corner under the carpet slowly creeping up the wall.  Panic sets in and you start pacing thinking to yourself, “How did this happen. What could I have done to prevent this?”  Well we have the answers and some simple tips to help you prevent mold.

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

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Fire and Smoke Damage

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

One of the most predictable and most damaging types of disasters that can happen in your home is fire damage. Large or small, fires can start at just about any time of the year, and lead to costly and prominent damage in your home. Burned objects, rooms, and fixtures, smoke, water, ash, and other types of damage can result from the same fire. As a result, most residential fires come with some other problems as well, requiring professional advice and cleanup. In addition to demanding cleanup situations and complex damage scenarios, fires create safety hazards in homes releasing toxic chemicals and compromising structural integrity. As a result, unless the fire was put out quickly and caused little significant damage, experts recommend employing professional services for fire damage cleanup and restoration. 
 
Fire damage cleanup is not only difficult to clean up by yourself, but also dangerous. Fire can burn through most materials in houses, and often comes into contact with toxic or unstable substances along the way. It could be cooking materials, cleaning supplies, gardening chemicals, or even simply the insulation behind your walls. There is a variety of otherwise innocuous materials that can present a hazard, and some can be deadly. Soot is often a by-product of incomplete combustion of plastics, vinyl, and rubber materials leaving behind a sticky, oily residue and potentially harmful gases.
 
Additionally, water damage from fire hoses or superheated burst pipes can create safety hazards as well. Water can further weaken the structure itself, mix with spilled or dried chemicals around the house. Electrical cables or devices can shock users, and mold growths may present additional health hazards. Cleanup is best left to professionals from SERVPRO, who know how to deal with these issues and have appropriate safety gear along with industrial grade equipment ranging from water pumps, to ozone filtering devices, and air scrubbers.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Lightning Safety

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

With these ups and downs in the weather, the atmosphere becomes quite unstable thus spurring thunderstorms. Most of the time, these are just heavy downpours that last about 20-30 minutes and leave the day feeling much more humid and hot than when it arrived. There are some of these afternoon visitors that can have some pretty severe components, including lightning.

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Ohio has had 34 deaths from 1990-2003 ranking in at #4 for all 50 states according to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). You can easily avoid being a statistic by following these simple safety tips. 

Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

Go indoors.Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing. 

Avoid electronic equipment. Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

Watch for Developing Thunderstorms - Thunderstorms are most likely to develop on spring or summer days but can occur year round. As the sun heats the air, pockets of warmer air start to rise and cumulus clouds form. Continued heating can cause these clouds to grow vertically into towering cumulus clouds, often the first sign of a developing thunderstorm.

Seek shelter before an approaching thunderstorm - Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from where it is raining. That’s about the distance you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance. Seek shelter immediately! When thunder roars, go indoors!

Minimize the risk of being struck during outdoor activities - Most lightning deaths and injuries occur in the summer. During organized outdoor sporting events, coaches, camp counselors and other adults must stop activities at the first clap of thunder to ensure that everyone has time to get to a large building or enclosed vehicle. Leaders of outdoor events should have a written emergency plan that all staff are aware of and enforce.

Things to avoid while indoors - While inside, stay off land lines or corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. Stay away from indoor and outdoor pools, bathtubs, showers, and other plumbing. Buy surge suppressors for key equipment. Install ground fault protectors on circuits near water or outdoors. When inside, wait 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder and lightning before going out again.

Helping a Lightning Strike Victim. - If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and get medical care immediately. Cardiac arrest and irregularities, burns and nerve damage are common injuries when people are struck by lightning. You are not in physical danger when helping a lightning victim. Knowing first aid measures, which include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can help lightning-strike victims survive. American Red Cross chapters and local fire departments often offer first aid and CPR classes.

Lightning is dangerous - By knowing what to do during severe weather incidents, you can greatly increase your safety and the safety of those around you. At the first clap of thunder, go inside a preferably large building or fully enclosed vehicle and wait 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder and lightning before going back outside. Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors!

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Cleaning Myths and The Facts From Your Local SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

When you just want to clean your house after everyday use you want it to be done quick and easy. Not confusing and hard. These 10 myths about cleaning will be explained to help you clean with a more effective product or to show you that the product you are using doesn't work as well as you thought. Enjoy!

Myth: Newspaper does windows well

Fact: Wet newspaper tears easily and the ink can transfer to window trim, leaving more to clean. Use microfiber cloths to clean glass. They’re the best at cleaning without streaking.

Myth: Coca-cola belongs in the toilet

Fact: Coke isn’t “it” when it comes to cleaning your toilet bowl. Coke is acidic, so it could be effective at removing hard water stains BUT soda could actually darken stains and the sugar could encourage bacteria.

Myth: Handwashing dishes is better than using a dishwasher

Fact: If your dishwasher is a decade old, this may be true, but today’s models beat handwashing by a mile. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star website, using a dishwasher that bears the Energy Star label can save some 5,000 gallons of water, more than $40 dollars in energy costs, and 230 hours in personal time over the course of a year, versus handwashing. And, because dishwashers heat the water to 140°F, they’ll sanitize the dishes, too.

                

Myth: Coffee freshens garbage disposers

Fact: Coffee grounds may act as a mild abrasive, removing gunk from disposer blades, but baking soda is a better choice: It’s also mildly abrasive, and because it’s a base it will counteract all the smelly acids that we put down the drain.

Myth: Vinegar cleans everything

Fact: Vinegar is an acid, so it can cut through dirt and can kill bacteria, but only if you use it at full or nearly full strength. Most people put a capful in a bucket of water, and that doesn’t do much. The acids in vinegar can damage natural stone and wood surfaces.

Myth: Hairspray removes ballpoint ink

Fact: This may have been true years ago, when hairsprays were formulated with more alcohol (which does remove ink) than they are today, but not anymore. Today’s hairsprays are full of stiffeners and hardeners that will just make the stain worse. Just use rubbing alcohol. It’s far less expensive than hairspray, and doesn’t include any extra ingredients.

Myth: Bleach cleans everything

Fact: Bleach actually doesn’t ‘clean’ anything—because it doesn’t remove soil. It can lighten stains, making things look cleaner, and it kills bacteria, so it’s better as a sanitizer than as a cleaner.

                

Myth: Feathers make great dusters

Fact: Genuine ostrich-feather dusters do attract dust, but they’re expensive and are generally not as effective as lambswool or microfiber options. Most feather dusters just spread the dust around. Also, they tend to drop feathers which is just leaving you more to pick up.

Myth: Cleaning solutions work instantly

Fact: Nope. We recommend allowing any cleaning solution to sit on the surface for two to three minutes. Always follow the directions on the product’s label. Some solutions, like disinfectants, need a full ten minutes to truly kill bacteria.

Myth: String makes the best mops

Fact: Industrial-style string mops may look impressive, but studies have shown that microfiber mops are about 20 percent more effective at removing dirt and bacteria. String mops are very absorbent, so they’re great at cleaning up big spills, but if you want to make sure you’re not leaving anything behind on the floor, use a microfiber mop.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Knowing Who To Call After A Fire - SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

When you find that your property has experienced fire damage, responding appropriately and immediately is important. If you don't take quick action, your home could be subjected to secondary water damage from the fire department's extinguishing efforts resulting in additional structural damage, and health hazards. The best course of action to take during the aftermath of a fire is to hire a fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO offers the following information to help you in your quest for a return to normalcy.

Obtain A Referral from Your Insurance Agent
One strategy you can use for gaining help from a fire damage restoration company is to request a referral from your insurance company. Insurance companies have a list of preferred vendors. SERVPRO is one such provider whose name is on over 315 lists from insurance companies, property management firms, and local, state, and federal agencies. An added benefit of acquiring a referral from your insurance provider is that it increases the likelihood that your insurance adjuster and the restoration representatives will work well together. We will gladly assist with the claims process, help manage the paperwork, and coordinate a concise plan of action to restore your home.

Do Your Research
After the fire, it's critically vital that you obtain services from the best company out there. Follow your agent's advice. But also, if you feel more comfortabe, research on your own. One thing to keep in mind during the research process is that each fire is unique and will have a distinct impact on your home. For this reason, you need to select a fire damage restoration company that offers a wide range of services.
• HVAC system cleaning of smoke and soot
• Debris safely removed
• Extensive water extraction and drying
• Potential structural rebuild, repair before replacing to mitigate costs

Why Choose SERVPRO?
After fire damage to your home, you want fast, professional service. To ensure that the fire remediation process is completed quickly and correctly to protect your personal property and to restore safety and sanitation, you need to hire a premier fire damage restoration company.
• 24/7 Emergency Services
• IICRC-Certified Fire Damage Clean Up Specialists
• Fast Response
• Trusted Industry Leader With More Than 1,650 Franchises, localized for your particular needs
• Preferred Vendor For Many Local And National Insurance  and Property Management Companies

Over the years, our company's professionals at SERVPRO have proven to provide outstanding value to our clients. Your property will be restored using the latest cleaning techniques and equipment. Our cutting edge services will return your home to pre-fire loss condition "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Commercial Water Damage In Huron & East Seneca Counties

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

When it comes to dealing with commercial water damage, you'll need to hire a reputable local restoration service that can help you deal with the issue in an efficient and cost-effective manner. If your business or commercial office building has suffered water damage, whether due to flooding, overflowing sewage or a burst water main, we are here to help you.

Service Begins Immediately With Your Very First Call
When you contact us, your service will start immediately. The first step we take is to visit your property and make a quick and fully detailed assessment of the damage that has been done. It's critical to realize that the potential for danger does not abate simply because the emergency situation has been controlled. Leakage may persist in your structure for weeks and months after the incident, leading to further trouble such as mold growth and structural damage. This is exactly why a professional water damage restoration specialist is needed.

Dealing With Water Damage Is Our Personal Mission
Dealing professionally with commercial water damage in a local businesses is our personal mission. As soon as the extent of the damage has been established, we will begin draining out all of the leftover water. We can get water out of hard-to-reach nooks and crannies in the building where it may hide undetected and slowly become the cause of future problems.

Once all of the water is eliminated, we will start a comprehensive restoration and remediation program that includes carting away all the damage/debris and purifying the air of any remaining odors. We will check areas, such as air conditioning vents and filtration units, to make sure that mold growth hasn't occurred. Finally, we will double check everything to make sure the building is safe to inhabit.

The Full Restoration of Your Property Is Our First Priority
If you want your property to be fully restored and renovated, you'll need the assistance of a reputable water damage professional. This is why the full restoration of your property is our first and overriding priority. You don't want to wait weeks or even months while the insurance company weighs out your claims or lose money every day while your business is unable to function. You especially don't want to watch as all of your tenants leave the building in search of a safer location. Instead of completely demolishing the structure, it's better to let our team of professionals restore it.

Your One Stop Shop for Commercial Water Damage
When it comes to dealing with the commercial water damage  businesses sometimes sustain, you'll need to know the number of a reputable and professional local service that you can trust. When you need service quickly, SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties is here to be your one-stop local restoration services provider.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Water Damage Calls for SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties 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 - 419-443-1790

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 Huron & East Seneca Counties 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:

 -Here are some examples of what to expect-

  • 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 Huron & East Seneca Counties

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

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Sewage Back-up

5/6/2016 (Permalink)

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO has specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

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

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

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We water damage restoration specialists with specialized training, equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or business.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Flooded Basements

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

We know that a major flood damage can be one of the most destructive events your home can experience. We also it can be one of the most emotionally draining and physically exhausting events you will endure as a homeowner.

No matter what caused the flooding the water damage can significantly and negatively affect your walls, ceilings, the roof, your furniture and belongings and the overall foundation and structure of your home. If you and your home are subjected to flooding and water damage your first thought may be to pump the water out as quickly as possible and begin the cleanup process.

Before you rush into trying to do it yourself do your research or call a professional for assistance. It’s important to take the proper steps towards water removal and clean up in order to truly fix the problem.

Locate the Problem

There are many points of entry for water, but the main ones are your windows, the walls and the seams between the wall and the floor.

Once you have found out where it came from you must find a way to stop it. If it is a sump pump buy another and then buy a back-up. Another way to prevent flodding from sump pump failure is by buying a water detector and putting it a foot above your water line in the sump pump well.

Some of the main reasons behind basement leaks and floods are credited to extremely heavy storms and rain, rapid snow melts and believe it or not – dirty rain gutters. There are various preventive measures you can take to help you keep your home safe from these kinds of issues.

Get Ready for the Cleanup

Make sure to turn off all of the electricity that runs through the basement so you don’t hurt yourself while trying in your flooded basement. Also make sure to wear protective clothing such as gloves, waterproof boots, goggles and any other protective gear you may need to guard yourself from hot water, bacteria and dirty water.

Cleaning Up the Mess

A flooded basement means more than just a wet room in your home, which is bad enough as it is.

Most people use the basement for storage or as a bonus guest room, office or entertainment space. Once SERVPRO has safely  cleaned up the basement it is time to suck out the remaining water and completely sanitize the entire area to prevent hazardous mold growth.

Preventive Measures

Surviving a flooded basement once is one time too many, but having to do it again after you spent money to fix it and replaced your belongings is even worse.

Make sure that this never happens to you or your home ever again. Hiring a professional inspector to examine the space and to let you know what needs fixing is an option people use often. Hope fully a flooded basement never happens to you but if it does......

SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened!"

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Dangers of Water Damage

4/28/2016 (Permalink)

Sometimes it happens in the middle of the night. Sometimes it happens when your at work or visiting family. Water Damage....it is a horrible term. You come home to being up to your ankles in standing water and you are frantic to figure out what caused it. Was it the sump pump, a broken pipe, or a run-off? Whatever the case may be, you need to act fast to complete the water damage repairs for the following reasons:

Your Structure

Water inside your home can be a destructive force. As the water piles up, it’s going to damage it. You may notice the floor start to bow, the walls begin to bend and crack, and the ceilings could begin to cave under the weight. If water threatens the structural integrity of your home, it could end up costing you thousands of dollars to make the much needed repair. When you act fast to remove the water and make the necessary repairs, you will limit the damage done to your home.

Oh no! .......Mold

It is shown that within 24 hours of exposure to water or moisture, mold will start to grow. Mold will leave an unpleasant odor in your home and will continue to grow as fast as it is capable to. The best way to stop mold growth is to remove the water and treat the area as quickly as possible. When mold is concerned faster action is always the best.

Safety Issues

If water has reached any electrical appliances or outlets, you’re going to have a safety issue to deal with. You don’t want to get electrocuted, so you need to turn off your power and have your home inspected. Make sure that you’re not at risk for any dangers pertaining to the electricity or other concerns in the area.

Damaged Possessions

Your home is filled with your memories, and all the material items you have collected throughout your life. How would you feel if some of your most prized possessions were damaged beyond repair? When your personal property is affected by water you want it restored not replaced. You want to preserve it for as long as possible. If these items get damaged by water, you can act quickly to restore those items. SERVPRO professionals can help you care for those items and make sure that the damage around your home is stopped when they get to the scene. 

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, flooded basements, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Signs of Mold Growth

4/21/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can be disgusting to look at and can cause health effects.  So we will try to help you by covering some of the signs of mold growing inside your home.

One sign of mold is smell. A lot of times this is the first thing someone will notice. If you consistently smell something (typically a musty odor) in the same area, you may have some mold growth there.....even if you don't see it!

Obviously if you see mold growth you know you have it. For instance, if you are in the shower or the tub and you spot something that black, green, gray, slimy, powdery, etc.  Unfortunately, not all molds are as easy to detect as it is in the shower, damp places like a cellar or basement could very easily be home to mold as well.

It is also important to know your home’s history. If you had any water damage or leaking that wasn’t professionally taken care there could be a problem. Knowing how old you home is would be helpful. Do you live in a particularly humid area? Knowing these things could help you identify if mold has a possibility of being present.

If you do happen to stumble across mold, or if you don’t, but have a hunch that it’s there, please do not hesitate to give SERVPRO a call. If left untreated mold can continue to cause more damage to your home and can cause possible health effects. Instead, contact us. We are I.I.C.R.C. certified and ready to help.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, flooded basements, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Duct Cleaning Information

4/19/2016 (Permalink)

Most people are not aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. If you decide to have your dheating and cooling system cleaned it is important to make sure the service provider agrees to clean all components of the system and is qualified to do so.

- Duct cleaning refers to the cleaning of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grills and diffusers, heat exchangers, heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans, fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

Over time these components will start to fill with dust and debris. If moisture gets in the system the potential for microbial growth is increased drastically. Some of these contaminants can cause allergic reactions or many other symptoms.

Does duct cleaning prevent health problems? The correct answer so far is simply that no one knows. There are examples of ducts that have been so badly contaminated that it can affect your health or if the duct system is helping flow contaminants throughout your home. In these instances duct cleaning makes sense.

In the meantime just educate yourself and get education on whatever company you decide to use. Here at SERVPRO we met all the standards needed to correctly clean your entire system and we are always happy to help but, in the end doing what feels right for your specific needs is most important.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, flooded basements, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

The Mold Removal Process

4/14/2016 (Permalink)

The key to mold control is moisture control. Mold spores won’t grow if moisture isn’t present, so if there is a moisture problem in your home or office, you must fix the water issue or the mold will return.

Mold remediation is the process of cleanup and removal of mold from an indoor environment. First thing to do is determine if mold is present, where is it growing and how much remediation is needed. The assessment often involves moving furniture, lifting or removing carpets, checking behind wallpaper and in bad cases even opening up walls.

Sometimes, when occupants of the home or business are experiencing symptoms of illness, sampling of the mold spores may be performed to answer further questions. SERVPRO does air testing that can let us know how extensive the mold is and how much of it is in the air.

Never clean the mold with bleach since it is a water based chemical you will hide the presence but ultimately feed the mold. It is important to wear a respirator and protective clothing if trying to clean mold yourself. Better yet, playing it safe and calling SERVPRO will ensure the clean-up gets done right the first time. SERVPRO uses any number of high-tech mold removal methods and equipment in the remediation process, including:

  • Moisture meter
  • Humidity gauge
  • HEPA filtered vacuum
  • Borescope (to view potential mold problems inside walls without damaging them)
  • Themographic camera

To learn more about mold remediation, call us! If you suspect that mold is affecting the health of those in your home or office space, please don’t wait—mold problems should be addressed within 24 to 48 hours.

Sources: Department of Health and Human Services of North Carolina; Centers for Disease Control; Environmental Protection Agency; and Trask Research, Inc. (a bio-chemistry company that develops mold testing and cleaning solutions).

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, flooded basements, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.  

How To Deal: After A Fire

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

The time following a fire in your home or business can be very overwhelming. Surrounded by your soot-covered and flame-damaged possessions, it’s easy to feel exhausted and depressed. The biggest triumph was that hopefully everyone got out safely. A way to ensure this is by getting one of our E.R.P.'s in place before the disaster takes place. Once the smoke clears, you will need to deal with all of your things, and the sooner the better.

Right at the beginning, it’s important to keep calm and be organized. Take notes on every conversation and online correspondence with your insurance company and restoration professionals, because in any stressful situation, miscommunication can happen. Save all receipts and original documents; only give photocopies upon request.

Make sure to call a professional as soon as possible. The quicker work can get started the better! Either calling SERVPRO right off the bat or calling your agent and asking for SERVPRO to help you is best. That way the claim process can get started and SERVPRO will be notified to get the your home or business as soon as possible.

SERVPRO will work with your insurance company to initiate a fire damage recovery plan and closely with you and your adjustor to determine which of your possessions can be cleaned…and which need to be inventoried for replacement. Often these services can be provided on site, but in the event that your contents have to be removed SERVPRO offers the capability to inventory, package, transport and store your belongings in a safe, heated facility.

Now that you know the initial steps of the fire damage recovery process, here are a few tips on what NOT to do before the pros arrive:

  • Do not wipe or attempt to wash fire residue from walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces
  • Do not use carpeting or upholstered furniture impacted by heavy smoke residues or debris
  • Do not use food items or canned goods exposed to heat
  • Do not turn on computers, televisions, stereos or electrical appliances until they have been professionally cleaned and checked

With preparation, resources and SERVPRO on your side; plus a healthy dose of patience and perspective, you will make it through the process of fire damage recovery.

SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties specializes in the complete repair of fire, smoke, wind, flooded basements, water and vandalism damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the SERVPRO disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com/ or call 419-443-1790.

Insurance Policy Safe-Keeping

3/8/2016 (Permalink)

If you have home owners insurance do you know where it is? Do you know if it is safe from water or fire damage? Storing your insurance policies in a safe place is pivotal to making sure you will still have the information you need after a disaster has happened. Maybe store a copy of all your policies in another location? Some people store copies of their documents on thumb drives or in a safe at their office, etc.  Also make sure your paperwork has correct numbers and contacts to getting the claim process started as quickly as possible.

You have the right to chose your own contractor but the insurance company will offer to give you one or name off some of the ones they prefer. Obviously, SERVPRO will be there for you from beginning to end and will get you back on your feet as quick as possible.  If you do indeed need someone to help you after a disaster, you can trust us at SERVPRO to make it like it never even happened!

Soot Damage

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

Time is of the Essence when dealing with smoke or fire damage.

Within Minutes: Acid soot residues yellow plastics and can permanently discolor highly porous materials.

Within Hours: Fiber glass fixtures may yellow and uncoated metals tarnish. Furniture finishes may start to discolor.

Within Days: Painted walls can yellow permanently. Metal surfaces corrode and pit. Wood furniture requires refinishing and vinyl floors refinished or replaced.

No matter what the time frame you need to cover your hands when working with soot and smoke damage. The oils in your hands will set in the soot and make it more difficult to get out if at all. (List of do's and dont's for fire in previous blogs.)

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Secondary Damage

2/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage is a serious issue that you need to deal with promptly when it happens.

There are some things you can do on you own to help while waiting for professionals and those tasks are in our previous post of do's and dont's for water damage.

If water damage is not fixed quickly can destroy the integrity of your house.

Structural Damage

The biggest problem faced by homeowners after their houses are damaged by water is structural damage. It might sound obvious, but when your house has been hit by a lot of water the whole structure can be weakened. That’s particularly true in any area where water was allowed to sit for more than a few hours.
If you have water sitting on the floors and on your walls for days, after a major catastrophe you could really be facing some serious structural issues. Hire a professional to look at your home and don’t walk on floors, else it could be very badly damaged.

Health Hazards

Even if your home doesn’t have significant structural damage, being in a home that’s been badly damaged by water can create some serious health issues. Mold and mildew are the most common problems, and walls and floors that have been soaked by water can start growing unpleasant and potentially harmful mold in just a few hours.

Homes in climates with high humidity are even more susceptible to mold and mildew.

Furnace Puffbacks

2/18/2016 (Permalink)

Furnace “puff backs” occur most often in the winter and can create a mess and smell that can permeate your entire home.  A puff back is a misfiring in the furnace that can send soot throughout your residents. All cases are never the same, the best way to approach the situation is to contact someone that has had experience with them. It may require expensive cleaning and restoration in addition to repairs on your heating system. 

A puff back can happen when an oil burner doesn't ignite immediately and oil fumes are allowed to build up before ignition, resulting in an explosion similar to the backfiring of a car. The soot this produces is an acidic substance that can permanently ruin electronics, household items, and cause structural damage as well. The results are similar to having a house fire without having the combustion of flames.

The most important thing to do if you experience a puff back is to not touch or try to clean anything yourself. The oils from your hands can actually set in the stains so instead of just a cleaning objects, materials may have to be replaced instead. Cleaning of the soot needs to be tested first in a small area to determine the correct method to remediate properly. This system can be a simple as a one stage cleaning or up to a three stage cleaning system and sealant process. Time is of the essence if this unfortunately occurs in your home contact your agent to get started on getting your home back to normal.

Defending Against Mold Growth

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

- Keep humidity between 30 to 60 percent.

-Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.

-Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.

- Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.

-Inspect the roof, windows, and other areas where water might enter the building, and perform necessary maintenance.

-Respond to all water intrusions immediately.

-Contact your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

2/11/2016 (Permalink)

- Keep hands clean or wear gloves when dealing with fire damage.

-Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.

-Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

- Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coat of lubricant.

- Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO franchise professional.

-Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO franchise professional.

-Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to the fire or water without consulting a repair service.

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Mold Basics

2/2/2016 (Permalink)

Do not use bleach to clean mold. Use an anit-microbial soap such as Dial and as little water as possible instead. Bleach's base is water and it will actually feed the mold. It may look like it went away but in a short time it will come back; possibly stronger.

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