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Fall Storms are Inevitable!

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Fall Storms are Inevitable

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If you have lived in Northeast Ohio for a minimum of a year, you know that fall rainstorms are serious business.   As you are preparing your home for the new season, it’s best to keep a few of these in mind:

* Install or update your sump pump!  Excessive rain can quickly fill your basement with water.  It only takes a few inches of water to cause over $10,000 in damage and sump pump actuates automatically to remove water before it accumulates.    If you already own a sumo pump, be sure to test it by pouring water into the basin to ensure the pump is in working order. Consider adding a battery back up feature to give you an extra piece of mind should a power outage occur.

* Inspect your roof for any leaks! 

* Schedule annual maintenance on your heating system and even your fireplace!  Clear out any charred wood from the fireplace and all a professional to clean the chimney.  To beat the rush, make these annual appointments before the weather drops and professionals have a waiting list.

* Drain your water heater and clear out any debris that may collected in the tank.  You will want to drain any outdoor faucets and sprinklers.

* Update your smoke alarm’s batteries!

If your commercial or residential building has water damage from  a roof leak, Call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights or SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Preparing Your Home for an Extended Absence

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

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If you are preparing to leave your home for an extended amount of time, you should follow some simple guidelines to prepare your home for your absence:

*  Check the security alarm

* Seal boxes of food or dry goods

* Invest in a programmable thermostat

* Put the water heater in vacation mode

* Unplug electronics

* Stop or forward mail

* Set up lights on timers

* Turn off water supply

Turning off your water supply can be key, especially in the winter months.  A pipe could burst causing astounding water damage to your home.   We had a residential client call us in February 2021 overwhelmed with his newly purchased estate that was a victim of a pipe burst before he could fully move into the house.  With over 90% of the house engulfed in water damage, our team of responders arrived at the home with a drying plan in place and ready to work!

Emergency Restoration is our specialty!  If you find yourself with water damage from a broken pipe, call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights or SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Commercial Office Water Damage in Beachwood Ohio

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

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In March 2021, SERVPRO of Beachwood received a call from a commercial client stating that their roof had leaked into their office space, affecting cubicles and hallways.  This can happen in the winter after winter’s first thaw and ice that accumulated on a roof now melts and can attack the inside of a building.  Our first responder arrived on scene to survey the damage and found that three cubicle spaces and an office were soaked and needed immediate action.

Our crew of technicians got to work by removing the carpet and placing air movers and dehumidifiers to start the drying process.  Once complete, our crew sprayed an antimicrobial in the area to slow the potential spread of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi, which is crucial in helping prevent the spread of any harmful microbes.

Once the affected areas were dry, our technicians were able to install carpet tiles to restore the office space to a working environment. 

If your commercial or residential building has water damage from  a roof leak, Call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights or SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Water in Your Laundry Room?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

They are a necessity, but washing machines need to be regularly maintained and inspected. Each washing machine comes with three hoses to add total functionality to the appliance: hot water, cold water and a drain. This means there are three opportunities for your otherwise reliable appliance to suddenly break apart and leak water. If you find water in the laundry room, it’s worth checking to see if any of your washing machine hoses are leaking.

First and foremost, pull out the washing machine. Check all three hoses to see if there is a leak in any of them, but do not disconnect any tubes. Instead, start a short wash and watch each of the hoses as it goes through the wash and rinse cycles. When starting the drain cycle, keep an eye on the drain hose.

If your washing machine hose has a mind of its own and floods your laundry room, call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights or SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Checklist for Storm Season in Beachwood Ohio

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Safety

It’s Storm Season in Northeast Ohio and here are a few tips to help keep you safe in a storm event:

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check or change the batteries frequently. 
  • Keep a flashlight in every room of your home! Check the batteries monthly,  and replace them as needed.
  • As a safety precaution, before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.
  • If you live in a storm-prone area, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind. For roofs with shingles that are not the seal-down type, apply a little dab of roofing cement under each tab.

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights or SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

How to Prepare for Storms in Beachwood Ohio

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

It’s Summer in Ohio and where people are dreaming of cookouts and swimming at the lake, we must still remember the rainy days that come with Summer!   When heavy rain hits the area for an extended amount of time, the excess water can cause damage to your home and your wallet!

Preparing in advance is the best way to reduce damages caused by heavy rainstorms. 

  • Clean your gutters (once in the Spring and again in the Fall)
  • Check downspouts and make sure they direct water flow away from the home
  • Check your basement regularly for standing water or moisture
  • Have an assessment done on your roof
  • Ensure your Homeowner’s / Renter’s Insurance is up to date
  • Check seals around all windows, especially in the basement
  • Install a sump pump in your basement with a battery backup

If you experience damage to your home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights at 440-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Summer BBQ Safety Tips

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

The weather is starting to warm up and the smell of BBQ is in the air.   Before you roll out your trusty grill for the season, remember these 5 simple tips to prevent any fire damage to your home:

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from the house and ensure it is located on a flat, level surface.
  2. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple of steps of the grill
  3. Always clean the grill after use and check for gas leaks
  4. Keep decorations (hanging baskets, umbrellas, etc.) away from the grill
  5. Keep a spray bottle of water close while using the grill

You can see more grilling safety tips at the National Fire Protection Association website here https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Grilling.

If you experience damage to your home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights at 440-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Restoration of Commercial Properties

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike are both large loss recovery services. We offer many mitigation and restoration services to many different types of commercial properties. We have a comprehensive approach to recovering commercial disasters and will be there when you need us the most. We are responsive to your emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We pride ourselves on our work efficiency and our ability to assist with minimizing damages.

The types of commercial properties that we work on are:

- Small Office/Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings

- Apartment Buildings

- Restaurants

- Hotel/Motels

- Manufacturing & Industrial

- Government/Military

- Small/Large Retail Stores

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights or SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Commercial Cleaning Services

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

When cleaning challenges go beyond the scope of your janitorial staff, call SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike. We specialize in all types of commercial cleaning, and our team is highly qualified for the job, and have the specified equipment to take care of it. These services include, but are not limited to:

 -Air duct and HVAC system cleaning: Buildup of debris in air ducts and HVAC systems can distribute contaminants throughout your entire property. Benefits of having this cleaned are restoring energy efficiency, eliminating odors, and reducing potential mold growth.

 -Biohazard and sewage cleanup: These can be comprised of highly toxic contaminants and create a dangerous environment. It is important that this be cleaned up by professionals as soon as possible.

 -Carpet and upholstery cleaning: Our cleanings can be preventative or after-the fact. Because carpets act as filters, they trap lots of debris, especially in water or fire damage situations.

 -Ceilings/walls/flooring restoration: Dust and other particles stick to ceilings, walls, and floors, and can accumulate over time, creating build up that will need to be professionally removed.

-Odor removal and deodorization: By identifying the source of the odor on your commercial property and determining the conditions of where it contacts surfaces, the odor can strategically be removed.

If you have any commercial cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 and our highly skilled team will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Does Bleach Kill Mold or Mildew?

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Does bleach kill mold or mildew?  Short answer is no.  One can use bleach to remove small amounts on hard surfaces such as tile or bathtubs.  However, bleach will not kill mold on porous surfaces, such as those made of wood or even drywall.   Mold can spread through the roots of the surface and can contribute to several health effects.

What to do if you spot mold in your home?  First, turn off HVAC systems and fans.   Mold can travel through your system quickly causing more damage or health effects.    Call the experts of SERVOPRO of Beachwood for a mold evaluation and put your mind at ease. 

Once our specialist has assessed your property and there has been a mold discovery, our team will work expediently to contain the area affected by mold.  Once this is complete, our team will bring in HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers, which will reduce the spread of mold spores during the remediation process.  If necessary,  we will remove and dispose of any mold-infested porous materials if necessary.

If you have reason to believe there is mold damage to your home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights at 440-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”