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September is National Preparedness Month

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month was introduced by FEMA back in 2004 and encourages Americans to be prepared for natural disasters and other emergency situations. This new implementation was an outcome of the tragedies America experienced on September 11, 2001. There are many ways to prepare for emergency situations. According to the American Red Cross’ “Emergency Kit Check List”, here are some thing to pack in your at-home emergency kit in case of any natural disasters in your area. 

  • Water: three-day supply, one gallon per person per day 
  • Food: Choose foods that don’t need to be refrigerated or cooked; high-protein such as energy bars, ready-to-eat soups, and peanut butter. 
  • Tools: utensils, can opener, napkins, multi-purpose tool, work gloves. 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries 
  • First-aid kit 
  • Radio or mobile device (battery or alternative-powered) 
  • Personal Items 
  • Medications: prescription and over-the-counter medications 
  • Clothing, shoes, and blanket 
  • Sanitary supplies: toilet paper, diapers, feminine supplies and personal-hygiene items. 
  • Copies of important documents 
  • Cash and coins: ATMs/credit cards may not work if the power is out 
  • Family contact information 
  • Pet supplies 
  • Multi-purpose tool, such as a Leatherman, and work gloves 
  • Comfort items, such as toys, games, family photos 

Another important thing to remember is to make sure you and your family have a plan of action. Conduct a fire drill at least twice a year. Have a designated meeting spot in a safe area away from the home. Teach all family members escape plans for a variety of situations. 

We hope you will never need to use your emergency kit, but if you ever do experience a situation which requires a professional, know that we at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights are here for your home or business needs. We are able to assist with disaster clean up, water or storm damage, and fire loss. We are open 24/7 and are always only a phone call away. Contact us at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."® 

Be Aware! Be Prepared! Take Action!

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Recently, there has been flooding all over the United States, including here in Cleveland, Ohio. Make sure you know the difference between Flood Warnings, Flood Watches, and Flood Advisories, according to www.weather.gov, so that you can be as prepared as possible for any potential future alerts.  

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action!? A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain. 
  • Flood Warning: Take Action!? A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring. 
  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared!? A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible. 
  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware!? A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property. 

If you have any flooding in your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."® 

Preventing Commercial Losses

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

According to State Farm’s Guide to Assisting Small Business Owners In Reducing Loss, here are a few ways that you can prevent Commercial Losses.

Fire Prevention

-Ensure smoke detectors are installed according to manufacturer’s guidelines.

-Test smoke detector batteries monthly.

-Store flammable liquids in their original container.

-Allow ventilation when using flammable liquids to reduce risk of fire injury or illness from vapors.

-Get sprinkler systems professional inspected annually at minimum.

-Be sure that your business has the right type, size, and number of fire extinguishers by calling your nearest fire department to assure you have the protection you need.

-Ensure that your employees are trained to locate and use your fire extinguishers.

Water Damage Prevention

-Replace any leaking or old appliance or equipment that uses water to avoid major water damage, like water heaters, air conditioners, ice makers, or washers.

-Replace any ruptured water supply lines, frozen pipes, or clogged drains.

-Ensure roofing is not deteriorated or damaged to decreased possibility of water entering the facility and causing damage to the interior.

-Have flat roofing inspected for pooling water or issues with the surface of the roof.

-Insulate exposed pipes to avoid water damage and freezing pipes.

-Avoid putting solids or grease down your drain.

-Install a water leak detection system to alert you when there are potential water leaks in the building.

Read more from the article here: https://static1.st8fm.com/en_US/content_pages/1/pdf/us/Loss%20Control%20for%20Business.pdf

For more information, call our professionals at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights any time of day at 216-464-4498. We are here to make it "Like it never even happened."®

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Be sure to grill safely as the summer winds down with these quick tips from the National Fire Protection Association!

-Check gas grill hoses for leaks.

-Keep children away from grills.

-Do not grill in an enclosed space, including in the house or in the garage.

-Keep the grill two feet away from deck, branches, houses, and outdoor equipment.

-Remove all grease and fat build up on your grill and in the trays below it.

-If you are using a charcoal grill, be sure to let the coal completely cool down before disposing of them.

-If you are using a propane grill and smell gas while cooking, move far away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not attempt to move the grill.

-If the flame goes out while using a propane grill, turn the grill and gas completely off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting.

For more information or for any and all fire restoration needs, call us at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make “Like it never even happened.”

Minimizing Secondary Water Damage

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

To avoid future restoration needs, be sure to consider every water problem as a true threat to your property. Even small water damages have the possibility to cause serious structural issues over time. A small amount of water has the potential to ruin flooring, paint jobs, wallpaper, plaster, or drywall.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is here to help. We have the equipment, training and experience to find unseen water and help minimize any potential secondary damages occur.  We respond quickly, inspect the area to assess the extent of the damage, and use the appropriate equipment to ensure the structural materials are restored to normal moisture levels.  These skills that we provide make a difference in reducing the immediate and secondary damage that a flood may cause.

There are also some immediate steps that YOU can take to help contain water damage:

-Dehumidify the area as well as possible. 

-Remove as much water as possible by mopping

-Move wet contents to a dry area, such as outdoors, to protect surfaces from the affected contents.

When every minute matters, call us at 216-464-4498 and SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights will respond to your call quickly, efficiently, and prepared with knowledge to make it “Like it never even happened.”

10 Summer Storm Power Outage Safety Tips

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

This summer, with the vast amount of storms and recent power outages, follow these quick and easy steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others, according to FLASH.org.

  1. Create a family disaster plan to identify transportation alternatives.
  2. Always keep your car gas tank at no less than half-full as gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  3. Do NOT call 9-1-1 during an outage unless there is a true emergency. The best way to stay up-to-date is by using a radio and web-enabled phone.
  4. Keep flashlights, batteries, and a battery-powered radio on hand, along with non-perishable foods, medicine, and pet food.
  5. Avoid using candles in an outage as they are an extreme fire hazard, especially at night.
  6. Due to the hot temperatures outside in the summer, move to the lowest level of your home because hot air rises and cool air falls.
  7. Food in the fridge or freezer should be safe of spoilage for 4-6 hours without electricity.
  8. If you intend to use a generator, be sure it is a gas-powered generator and is only used in well-ventilated areas.
  9. Do not plug emergency generators into electrical outlets while the power is out as they can feed electricity back into the power lines and put you and line workers in danger.
  10. After power is restored, wait a few minutes before turning on major appliances to limit further problems caused by an increase in electrical demand.

For more information or for any and all fire restoration needs, call us at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make “Like it never even happened.”

Response Time Matters

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

We, as SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights, pride ourselves on our speed in responding to your emergencies. The extent of the damage is not as important as the speed at which it is restored. We have a highly trained crew with specialized equipment, and we are determined to restore your home and commercial properties to their pre-storm conditions.

Because we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond faster than other restoration companies, which decreases the impact of current damage and limits the possibility of further damage. Disasters can strike at any time of the day, any day of the week, any week of the year. Fortunately, we are available and ready for your call 24/7. Call us at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."®

Commercial Damage Restoration

6/9/2020 (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 different types of mitigation and restoration services. We have a comprehensive approach to recovering commercial disasters and other emergencies throughout the local area. 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 secondary 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

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

Why SERVPRO? Because We Are Locally Owned and Operated.

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Each of our 1700 plus franchises, across the United States, are locally owned and operated. We live in the areas that we serve, so we are even more invested in the well-being of our communities and their futures. Due to our high volume of franchises spread across the country, there will always be a location near you to tend to any and all of your water and fire damage emergencies. We know how important it is to help out our neighbors in need, so as a whole, when combining forces, we always have the knowledge, equipment, and team members necessary for any mitigation or restoration needs. Even though our advertisements list the following areas, if you know us and call us, we can serve you near or far!!! We go above and beyond for our customers both within our communities and outside of those neighborhoods.

-Beachwood

-Shaker Heights

-Cleveland Heights

-South Euclid

-Lyndhurst

-Pepper Pike

Call us at SERVPROof Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498 because we make it "Like it never even happened."®

Why SERVPRO? Because We Are Available 24/7 for your Restoration Emergencies.

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

We can’t always control damage that happens to our businesses and homes. Water damage from a burst pipe, storm damage from a flooded basement, or fire damage from faulty wiring. These can happen to anyone and we’re here to help. It is recommended that restoration for any of these disasters occur within 48 hours of the loss. Luckily, SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights can make it "Like it never even happened."® We have a team of highly trained technicians that are ready to respond to your emergency with the appropriate prioritization. When necessary, we pull in team members from surrounding areas to help us out, so no job is too big. If you have a mitigation or restoration emergency, SERVPRO of Beachwood / ShakerHeights / Cleveland Heights is available 24/7 for emergencies and are here to help! Call us at 216-464-4498.