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Generator Tips

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

This time of year sometimes leads to power outages. During inclement weather use of generators can be a source of danger around the home. “When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cords should be checked for cuts, tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin. If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install a properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical codes”. 

Also, “Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open, Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.”

For more information visit: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/generatorsafetytips.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Home Fire Prevention

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that Electrical malfunction is the leading cause of home fires? With some simple tips to ensure your electrical in your home is safe many fires could be easily prevented. 

-Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in the home meets the safety provisions in the NEC.

-Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.

-Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.

-Look for telltale signs of electrical problems such as dim and flickering lights, unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system, insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. Contact a qualified electrician immediately.

-Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.”

For more safety information to prevent home fires visit: http://www.esfi.org/fire-prevention

 SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Cain Park Concert Series-Cleveland Heights Ohio

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Come out, enjoy and relax at a concert.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights will try to attend too! Cain Park has a wonderful website located at http://www.cainpark.com/index.aspx?page=11 to check out the concert dates.

The following was copied directly from http://www.cainpark.com/index.aspx?page=699: "Cain Park is a summer performing art park owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights.

No ordinary City park, Cain Park begins where most leave off: an outdoor, intimate, covered theater similar to a mid-sized off-Broadway space (Alma Theater); an outdoor covered amphitheater (Evans Amphitheater); an air-conditioned art gallery (Audrey & Harvey Feinberg Art Gallery), and outstanding programming that includes professional theatrical productions, a nationally recognized Arts Festival, cabaret series, professional dance companies, children's programming, and concerts featuring national, regional, and local performers.

In December 2004, Cleveland Magazine included Cain Park as One of 19 Reasons to Cross the River:
"There's nothing quite like Cain Park west of the river. During its summer-long season, you can sit in the airy, intimate Evans Amphitheater or, better yet, recline on your own blanket on the grassy slope that climbs gently upward from the theater while you watch local dance troupes cavort and leap or lose yourself in live concerts of folk, jazz, klezmer, blues, bluegrass, Latin and a little bit of everything else by local and national acts. Cain Park also features 22 acres of bike and jogging paths, tennis and basketball courts, a playground, a skate park and picnic tables and pavilions -- but it's eclectic music under the stars that really makes it unique."

Staying Cool In The Summer Heat

7/15/2017 (Permalink)

“We've all been there—tossing and turning in bed, struggling because our sweat has us practically glued to the sheets. It is awful. There are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye (or even just relax!) in an incredibly hot, sticky room. But brutal summer temps are unavoidable for most of us at some point in the year. So how to cool down a room without AC? It's possible, we swear! A few quick tips and trips, a bunch of which you've probably never heard, can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful zzzs. So what are we going to cover? (Well, not ourselves, obviously.) Things like how to use the freezer to your advantage (it's not what you think), getting low (to the ground, that is), and getting extra creative with grains. Confused? Just read on. It will all make sense.” For more information, please continue reading at: https://greatist.com/happiness/tricks-to-sleep-in-the-heat

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Unexpected Water In Your Basement?

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Unexpected Water In Your Basement? https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/flooded-basement-how-to-deal-with-common-causes

State Farm Insurance posted on their website the following on unexpected water in your basement?

“If the water is coming up through floor drains or sink drains in the basement, then the problem is often water backing up from the municipal sanitary sewer system. During heavy rains, combined sewer systems can become overwhelmed with water. This can cause sewer water to back up in the system and sometimes into homes.

There are other possible explanations, too. Sewer backups can be caused by individual service lines being plugged by grease, waste, tree roots, breaks in pipes or saturated ground. Sewer mains can also be plugged by vandalism or large items dropped down manholes.

This kind of flooding is an enormous problem for homeowners, as it's largely out of your control and probably means fecal waste backing up into basements. Not only is it disgusting, but it can also be a serious health hazard.

In order to keep your individual lines clear, you can install backflow preventers that help stop sewer water from flowing backward into the house. Proper maintenance of your individual lines - for example, pouring tree root killer down your toilets once a year - can also go a long way in preventing sewage backups. Still, the problem is often out of your control.

Sewage in your basement means a major cleanup and a lot of uncertainty about future problems. If it's something you've seen in your home, you'll have to get your city government involved. At the very least, be aware of the problem and don't leave anything valuable near your downstairs drains.”  To read this information and more on flooded basements, click this link: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/flooded-basement-how-to-deal-with-common-causes

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498 can help clean up the mess!

Some Facts About Floods

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

“A flood occurs when water overflows or inundates land that's normally dry. This can happen in a multitude of ways. Most common is when rivers or streams overflow their banks. Excessive rain, a ruptured dam or levee, rapid ice melting in the mountains, or even an unfortunately placed beaver dam can overwhelm a river and send it spreading over the adjacent land, called a floodplain. Coastal flooding occurs when a large storm or tsunami causes the sea to surge inland.

Most floods take hours or even days to develop, giving residents ample time to prepare or evacuate. Others generate quickly and with little warning. These flash floods can be extremely dangerous, instantly turning a babbling brook into a thundering wall of water and sweeping everything in its path downstream.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/floods/

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Lightning Safety

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

This time of year brings warm weather and THUNDERSTORMS. If you can hear thunder you are in close enough proximity to be struck by lightning. While many people know the basics of lightning safety such as getting out of pools, tubs, and avoiding water…there are ways to keep your home and electronics protected. 

“Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers and televisions, to prevent damage from surges caused by lightning strikes

Surge Protection can help prevent damages to your electronics. There are two types of surge protection:

Point-of-Use Surge Protection

Protects only the items that are directly plugged into the device from most electrical surges

“Whole Home” Surge Protection

Located at your main electrical panel or base of the electric meter, this device provides protection for your entire electrical system”

For more information on how to keep safe during thunderstorms visit: http://www.esfi.org/resource/lightning-safety-safety-enlightenment-518?gclid=CjwKEAjwqIfLBRCk6vH_rJq7yD0SJACG18fraRWiW6THbMeS20digrvitm9XtuwSlOQ1X8aFbBe27hoCUtzw_wcB#sthash.avOma7eG.j9Hvgzp8.dpbs

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’Tis The Season… For Projects!

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year to finally get the household projects done that have been piling up. Many of these projects involve paint, stain, and/or gasoline. Aside from the obvious dangers most don’t consider that rags that contain these chemicals can also catch fire. “The oils commonly used in oil-based paints and stains release heat as they dry. If the heat is not released in the air, it builds up. That is why a pile of oily rags can be dangerous. As the rags dry, the heat is trapped. The heat builds up and finally causes a fire.” 

Did you know?

“An Average of 800 home fire per year are started when oily rags catch fire or are ignited”

If your home project involves stains or chemicals that get onto rags here is a few tips to keep you safe:

  • “Never leave cleaning rags in a pile. At the end of the day, take the rags outside to dry.
  • Hang the rags outside or spread them on the ground. Weigh them down. Do this so they do not
    blow away. Make sure they are not in a pile. Keep them away from buildings.
  • Put dried rags in a metal container. Make sure the cover is tight Fill the container with a water
    and detergent solution. This will break down the oils.”

For more tips to keep you safe during your projects visit: http://www.nfpa.org//~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/oilyragssafetytips.pdf

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights.  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe. 216-464-4498

It’s GRILLING SEASON!!

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

It’s GRILLING SEASON!! 

Who’s hungry for some burgers? I know we are here at SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights! 

Before you get your grilling on there’s some important things to keep in mind with grills. Grills pose a unique risk especially when dealing with propane tanks. For instance, “Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.”

Also to prevent fires it’s important to “Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.” 

For more tips to keep you safe while grilling delicious BBQ check out: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/grilling_safety_tips.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights.  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Northeast Ohio Weather Today Is Hot!

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

The weather in Northeast Ohio today is HOT! What a perfect day to relax at the pool! While pools are a great way to keep cool this summer they can also pose some safety risks. Brushing up on some of these tips will keep your family safe this summer while beating the heat.

  • “If you are putting in a new pool, hot tub, or spa be sure the wiring is performed by an electrician experienced in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
  • Outdoor receptacles must have covers that keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them.
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are special devices designed to protect against electric shock and electrocution. They are required for most pool, spa or hot tub equipment. They may be in the form of an outlet or a circuit breaker. Test the GFCIs monthly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/electricalwatersafetytips.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights.  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.