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Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

As the air gets cooler, the leaves fall, heavy jackets come out of storage, we are reminded at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights that it is time to prepare our office for upcoming Northeast Ohio Winter Weather.   Here are just a few suggestions for items to keep on hand during the winter months:

* Batteries

* Water and non- perishable food snacks

* Flashlights, towelettes, and hand sanitizer

* Cell phone chargers for all types of devices and portable power banks charged and ready for use

Also use this time to replace air filters and provide HVAC maintenance to your systems to avoid any untimely outages or problems.  Invest in a programmable thermostat to ensure your heat is lowered during non-working hours.  Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors while you are maintaining your system as well. 

Purchase sidewalk salt and keep near your door and use to prevent employees from any slippery situations. 

If you are faced with any water damage from inclement weather, 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."®

Our Employees are IICRC Certified

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

As SERVPRO of Beachwood / Cleveland Heights strives to bring our customers the highest quality of work, it is imperative that our staff receive their IICRC Certification.  The IICRC, or The Institute for Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, is a nonprofit that develops recognized standards in each of those areas.   Looking at a basement filled with water or a damaged wall from a pipe leak, a customer is often already concerned about the status of their homes.  We take great pride in knowing that sending in our certified technicians will give the customer peace of mind ahead of the mitigation process.  

We want your mitigation process to run smoothly so that you can return your home to normal.  SERVPRO of Beachwood / Cleveland Heights employees are highly trained in emergency response and will be with you each step of the way.

If your home has water damage, 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."®

Turkey Fryer Safey

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

As the calendar flips, we can find ourselves in November!  With November, comes Thanksgiving and preparing some family recipes for your family, maybe even some neighbors if you participate in Friendsgiving!  We often find ourselves seeing at least one news story about a Turkey Fryer gone wrong over the holidays.  Here at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights, we want you and your family members or neighbors to safely enjoy your big meal!

Here are some tips to prevent any turkey accidents (please follow all instructions included with your fryer):

* Keep fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance from trees!

* Always place the fryer on a level surface

* Follow instructions to avoid over filling your fryer.  Oil can ignite when it touches the burner.

* Never leave fryers unattended and be sure to keep children and pets away from the fryer.

* Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

* Once the complete, let the oil cool overnight before disposing.

We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights hope you enjoy a safe holiday with those around you.  If you find yourself with residential fire damage, 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."®

Help a Neighbor Prepare for Winter Weather

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Winter weather is sadly on its way and here at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights encourages you to not only check on your own home but consider on checking on any neighbors who may not be able to inspect on their own.

Here are a few tips to get you started on winterizing your home:

* Check their gutters to make sure leaves or any objects have been cleared

* Seal any cracks to prevents cold air from seeping in.  Check along windows, doors, air conditioners, mail chutes.

* Check furnaces, boilers, and chimneys to clear any buildup and running efficiently.

* Check smoke detectors by replacing batteries.  Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector to avoid toxic gas in the home.

* Clear the yard from any tree branches or debris. 

Just a few easy steps and peace of mind as we prepare for the colder months ahead. 

If your home 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."®

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)

Residential Water Damage in Ohio

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)

Water Damage in a Commercial Building

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.”