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Fireworks Can Lead to Fires!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

With the Fourth of July approaching this week, young and old are excited for their local fireworks displays around northeastern Ohio. National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), reports that an average of 15,600 fires per year are caused by fireworks. These include 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires. Property damage, injury and even death are caused by these fires each year.  More than a quarter of fires reported, occurred on July Fourth. More than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20 at the time of this study were under 15 years old; nine percent were under five years old. Even something seemingly tame like sparklers alone accounted for more than one one-quarter (28%) of the emergency room fireworks injuries seen from June 20-July 20 at the time of this study. Keep your family safe by enjoying fireworks presented by your local communities. 

Studies show that there is more property damage on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Check with your home owner’s insurance company on your coverage relating to fireworks. If you are involved in illegal fireworks you may not be covered. This could be a costly celebration!

If you do have a fire property loss, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has professionally trained production teams that can quickly respond to your fire loss. We will send an estimator to your home to evaluate the loss and supply you with an itemized estimate for fire restoration and repairs needed in your home. If your damage is severe, SERVPRO can pack up your contents and store them until your home repairs are completed. SERVPRO will clean all cleanable structure and remove any structure that is not salvageable. Our trained construction department can replace any damaged structure.

Be safe and have fun this Fourth of July!

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216.464.4498 if you experience a fire loss. We’re here to help!

How To Stay Safe In The Summer Heat

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

It’s summer in Northeast Ohio – FINALLY! And that means we want to be outside, soaking up the sun as much as possible before we blink and it’s winter again!

With longer days, we can expect hotter temperatures as well, and that can get dangerous if you are not paying close attention. Here are some helpful tips to keep yourself and loved ones safe this summer:

  • NEVER leave a child or pet inside a hot car. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures can get well above 120 degrees inside the vehicle when the outdoor temperature is only 75 degrees.
  • Drink a LOT of water! You must stay hydrated and avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol because those can quickly dehydrate you.
  • Try wearing light colored and loose-fitting clothing that will allow your skin to “breathe”. Dark colors can absorb sunlight and make you feel much hotter.
  • Beware of the hottest part of the day which is typically from 3 pm to 5 pm when the sun’s rays reach the earth the strongest. Try to take frequent breaks from outdoor activities during those times.
  • If you must work outdoors, make sure you are not alone. It is always better to have a buddy with you to remind one another to take breaks and hydrate in the shade.
  • Check on neighbors, friends, and relatives who live alone and may not have air conditioning. Make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids and staying as cool as possible
  • If someone does not have air conditioning, encourage them to seek out relief during the hottest part of the day in places like the library, movie theater, mall, etc.

Heat Exhaustion is real and can be dangerous. If someone is showing symptoms of heat exhaustion such as cool, damp, pale or flushed skin, sweating heavily, headache, nausea, dizziness, physical weakness, etc. it is important to move them to a cooler place right away and work on getting them cooler as quickly as possible. Use a fan, remove heavy clothing, apply cool, wet towels to the skin, give small amounts of cool water to drink, and monitor them closely. If the person worsens in any way, call 9-1-1 right away.

Heat Stroke can be life threatening. Signs include hot, red skin, going in and out of consciousness, vomiting, and high body temperature. Move the person to a cooler place and call 9-1-1 immediately. Douse the person with cold water, wet towels, or even bags of ice.

Remember – the summer is supposed to be fun in the sun! Keep yourself and everyone around safe by staying aware and knowing the signs of something dangerous. Have a great summer, and call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498 We’re here to help!

Why Hire a Green Cleaning Company?

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

It may seem like a luxury to hire a house cleaner, but sometimes you need that extra deep clean, especially after a home remodeling project or for a home that has been vacant for a while. When you need all the window framing, baseboards, and even the insides and outsides of cabinets scrubbed, why not consider hiring a green cleaning professional. In addition to getting your home the deep clean you seek, you’re also doing your part to be environmentally responsible and take care of the earth. Read on to find out the benefits of hiring a house cleaner that’s planet-friendly and how it’s actually easy to be green.

  1. Green Cleaning Is Safer for Your Family and Pets

Certainly there are times when one needs to disinfect an area (like on surfaces that have had contact with raw meat or when someone has a contagious illness), but the chemicals in disinfectants can trigger asthma, allergies, and create other health issues. Exposure to living bacteria is actually good for us and according to some research may actually strengthen immune systems. For the most part, when you clean with products that don’t contain toxins, pollutants, or suspected carcinogens such as VOCs, solvents, chlorine, ammonia, sulfates, or irritating dyes and perfumes, you’re making sure your children and pets are living and thriving in a healthy and safe environment.

  1. Green Products Are Better for Your Health

Most common household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can have an adverse effect on your health, which is why the biggest advantage giving your home an eco-friendly cleaning is that everything will be cleaned with all-natural products. There are tons of household cleaners that can keep your home fresh and clean that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources. It is true, however that sometimes it can take a little more time and elbow grease to get green products to work because they are typically gentler and less abrasive than chemical products. Chemicals may make cleaning easier, but they don’t make it any better.

  1. Green Cleaning Companies Provide the Products

In order to ensure your home is being cleaned with non-toxic and environmentally friendly products, most green cleaners provide all of the cleaning equipment and products, though they will use your products if you specifically request. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is happy to provide a data sheet about the products we use in your home.

  1. Green Cleaning Companies Are Committed to Being Green in All Areas

While using green house cleaning products is a huge part of taking care of the earth, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights knows it goes further than just that and make an effort to save water, reuse bottles, reduce waste, and implement sustainable business practices.

  1. Green Cleaning Is Also Safer for the People Doing the Cleaning

A sustainable cleaning philosophy means that our crew members are not exposed to toxic chemicals that could adversely affect their health. We like to take great care of all our employees, so they can take great care of you!

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights today to have us make your home Green Clean! 216-464-4498

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights Can Help After a Fire

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

The one place you should feel completely safe and comfortable is your own home. This can change in a second when a fire starts, and smoke fills your home. The residue that is left behind after the fire is out is called SOOT. Soot is the black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter. Do not take cleaning soot into your own hands, it is important to call the professionals of SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights to clean up after your home has been affected by a fire. Below are helpful tips:

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change HVAC filter and have your HVAC provider to your home to perform a system check
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet because the wiring may be damaged
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner as improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has highly trained professionals to call 24-hours a day to help clean up and restore your home. 216-464-4498

Summertime in Cleveland

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

While it certainly seemed like winter would never go away this year, now it feels like we skipped over spring and hopped right into summer!

With school out, we know it is that time of year to look for all of the great outdoor community events, and we have some great lists for you to check out when you are planning your weekends throughout this summer.

Legacy Village in Lyndhurst is always a hot spot for tons of events, whether you just want to stop by for their Food Trucks Mondays and have a taste of what our great local rolling cuisine has to offer, or you are interested in checking out the talented local musicians spot-lighted each weekend like Revolution Pie, local Beatles tribute band, on June 22nd, you won’t be disappointed! Check out Legacy Village’s events calendar here, and plan your weekends for the rest of the summer!

If you love local artists, vintage finds, food trucks, and even some cocktails, you have to put The Cleveland Flea on your summer calendar! It is only one dollar to gain entry to some of the coolest local finds and yummy treats our great city has to offer. It is the perfect activity for those of all ages. Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Stop by the Cleveland Flea this coming weekend, and you are sure to find gifts for guys with all interests. Be sure to look at  their event calendar to add them to your list this summer! 

If hitting all the incredible summer festivals is on your to-do list in 2018, check out this comprehensive list that even has reviews of all the festivals, so you can know before you go! Have you ever been to a Banana Split Festival? This summer is your chance! Is the classic Rib Burn Off more your style? There are a couple of those. You’ll have your choice of several Strawberry Festivals, as well as a plethora of varied cultural fests to attend. Bacon Festival, Beerfest, and several Art Fests also make the cut. The biggest dilemma you’ll have is choosing among them all!

Whatever you do this summer, make sure to enjoy the long days while we have them, and remember to call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights; we’re here to help! 216-464-4498

Water Damage Can Lead to Mold

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

As we have seen recently, thunderstorm season is upon us. With those storms comes increased possibility for drain backups in your home. Water damage in your home can unfortunately lead to mold growth.

Mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure if your home has sustained any type of water damage due to:

  • Flooding
  • Sewage backup from flooding in the area
  • Overflows from showers, sinks, or bathtubs
  • Elevated levels of humidity
  • Plumbing and/or roof leaks

Worse still, that mold will continue to grow until the source of the water in the area has been stopped and repaired, and the existing mold is dealt with properly and effectively. While there are thousands of types of mold that exist, some are known for being allergens, and some serious health problems can be caused by a few molds that produce harmful toxins. All molds however, are capable of affecting your health in certain conditions and higher concentrations.

Even lesser amounts of exposure for certain people, especially infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, those with preexisting respiratory conditions, and the elderly can produce adverse health effects. Typical symptoms from mold exposure include:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Sinus congestion or cough
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Nervous system such as headaches
  • Aches and pains

Preventing or eliminating all mold and mold spores is unavoidable indoors, but there are several ways in which you can help to control mold growth, such as:

  • Stop the Water – have leaks and water intrusions repaired
  • Keep it Clean – clean fabrics regularly and store in dry spaces; have air ducts cleaned
  • Keep it Dry – reduce air moisture with dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioners, but DO NOT use fans if mold already exists; try to keep indoor humidity below 40%
  • Disinfect – be sure to check moisture or mold prone spaces in the house like bathrooms, laundry areas, mechanical rooms for moldy odors, and use a commercial disinfectant

Most importantly, call in the experts to help! Water damage can lead to problems that can be easily missed or shrugged off as not that big of a deal. It is important to have the space affected thoroughly assessed for signs of mold growth immediately, so there are not future health concerns that could have been prevented.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is here to help with all of your water damage questions. Call today! 216-464-4498 

Biohazard Cleanup from Sewage

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water from sewer system backups should be handled with great caution and can be very dangerous if proper cleaning protocol is not used. The water can be unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has the crew with special training and equipment necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today at 216-464-4498

There are three major types of contaminated water. It is important to note that regardless of the color of water, contaminants may be present. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

Three Water Categories:

Category 1:

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, Category 1 water lead to mold and can quickly degrade into Category 2 or 3 water depending upon factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into Category 2 or 3
  • Can lead to mold if left untreated

Category 2:

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for Category 2 water may 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
  • Can lead to mold if left untreated

Category 3:

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Category 3 water can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Examples include sewage, toilet backflows that originate beyond toilet trap, all forms of flooding from seawater, ground surface water from rivers or streams, and other contaminated water from weather-related events that may contain silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, or toxic organic substances.  

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
  • Extremely dangerous if handled improperly

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights right away so our crew can properly handle your emergency right away! 440-464-4498

Big or Small, SERVPRO of Beachwood Handles it All

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

What do you do if you have a large commercial water loss? How can anyone possibly clean up all that water? SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has the equipment and the expertise to get the job done right!

No Job Is Too Large

Our SERVPRO team can get on the scene with a trailer mounted dehumidifier, called a desiccant, in tow. It is fully equipped with a generator, so it can perform dehumidification even at sites where power is not available.

Pictured is a recent commercial water loss job for which we brought in the desiccant trailer. When the owners were surprised to walk in one day and find water had been flowing through their building for days due to a failed hot water tank, they knew to call in the experts. Even though it was cold outside and there was no heat on in the building, we were able to get the job done with the trailer desiccant that provides its own power and dehumidifies even when heat is not present. The owners and property managers were thrilled with how quickly and effectively our team extracted the water and dried the nearly 100,000 square feet of mixed commercial, industrial, and office space that had been affected by all the water.

When our SERVPRO disaster team arrives on the scene at a small residential job or a large commercial job, they know how to handle it with expertise no matter the size or scope of the situation. 

We take pride in providing our employees with the best tools, equipment, and vehicles to effectively and efficiently get the problem solved with minimal stress and impact on our customers. We know it is never anticipated when a water emergency occurs, but when you call in our SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights, you can count on us to get things clean and dry even when it seems impossible!

If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498!

How Are Refrigerated Items Affected by Power Outages?

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Warmer weather is finally here in northeastern Ohio!

Spring & summer thunderstorms approaching. We thought you should know what to do with refrigerated items should there be a power outage. Here are some tips compliments from American Red Cross on Food Safety:

1.) Call electric company, advise and inquire about how long the outage may last
2.) Keep fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible
3.) Food that is over 40°F for longer than 2 hours should be disposed of as well as food that is discolored or has an odor
4.) Eat perishable foods first: fridge first, then freezer
5.) Have a cooler and ice prepared if the outrage may be more than 24 hours; keep it in cool place covered in a blanket or towel

SERVPRO and The American Red Cross are close affiliates as both companies enjoy helping those in need during a time of loss. We are proud to have such a great business relationship!

Call your local SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights team at 216-464-4498 for help with any type of disaster.

Tips To Quickly Remove Pet Stains From Carpet

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Even the best trained pets can still have accidents!

When you think of SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights, you probably know that we are experts when it comes to fire and water damage. But did you know that we can also help with less catastrophic messes, like the kinds your pet leaves behind?

That’s right, we can help with carpet cleaning and deodorization. We’re experts at odor removal and have been trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors that come from inside and outside your home.

Maybe you have a pet odor cleaning job that doesn’t rise to the level of needing professional help, though. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has you covered in that case, too. Here are a couple of easy, inexpensive solutions to pet stains and odors that only require a few products you probably already have in your home.

For urine stains that are still wet, blot the excess dampness with paper towels – the sooner after the mess is made, the better. Once you’ve absorbed as much excess as you can, mix a solution of 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Use a spray bottle to spray directly onto the stain. Let it sit for five or ten minutes and then use more paper towels to dry.

You can use the baking soda and vinegar method with heavier or older stains, too. Instead of lightly spraying, you’ll first want to pour just enough vinegar to soak the stain directly onto the carpet, followed by a small amount of baking soda. Make sure you apply vinegar first, then baking soda. Cover the area with a bowl (to prevent your pet from walking in it or ingesting it – otherwise you could have an even bigger mess), and let it sit and dry completely for a day. Uncover, sweep, then vacuum, and your pet’s bad stain should just be a bad memory. See the link below for more information and a how-to video.

For cleaning and deodorization jobs that will take more than vinegar and baking soda, call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights to learn how we can help fix all of your pet odor problems. 216-464-4498