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Storm Damage? We are here to help!

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage? We are here to help!

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Time for cold temperatures, rainstorms, snowstorms, sleet and ice. Mother Nature sure can be erratic when it comes to the winter weather here in Northeastern Ohio. In fact, the 2020 Farmers’ Almanac is saying we will be in for a “Polar Coaster Winter”, also stating this upcoming winter season in our area will be “freezing, frigid and frosty”.  Not the best news for most of us. As you know, these extreme weather conditions can really take a toll on your property that is exposed to the elements each and every day- like your home. Gradual degradation can make your home vulnerable to water.

Your home can be affected by water intrusion during any kind of winter storm. Winter storms can produce very strong hail, heavy snowfall and below zero temperatures which can cause roof damage, as well as damage to the siding and pipes. Studies show that in 2018 alone, more than an estimated $2 billion in losses were reported due to severe winter weather. We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike are always ready to assist you with storm damage.   Whenever water starts to invade your property, call us for help.  We work with most major insurance companies to provide quick and easy service to you. Do not let a small winter leak become a bigger problem later.   Call your local SERVPRO at 216-464-4498 because we make it “Like it never even happened. ®”

EMERGENCY READY PROFILE (ERP) FOR YOUR BUSINESS

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike want your business to be ready for any emergency.  Whether it’s a water leak, fire damage or a flooded area in your building, SERVPRO can help you be prepared. Below are a few of our most frequently asked ERP questions and answers.

Q: What exactly is an ERP?

A: An ERP is an Emergency Ready Profile. This profile is created with the assistance of one of our trained professionals.  Our professionals will meet with your business to document an organized plan of action should an emergency arise. The plan will consist of emergency contacts and phone numbers, facility details, chain of command for authorizing work, and other necessary information for your business.  The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights or SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike as your preferred mitigation and restoration provider.

Q: How much does this cost?

A: There is no cost for this assessment! It is a service SERVPRO is proud to offer at no charge to your company.

Q: How does this benefit my business?

A: No one expects an emergency or a disaster. The key is to have a plan of action already in place prior to an event occurring. The SERVPRO ERP can assist your company develop a response plan to help you get back to business ASAP.

Q: How do I get the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile?

A: That’s the easiest part! Just call us at 216-464-1134 and tell us that you would like to meet with our ERP professional, we will be more than happy to set up an appointment with your business.  We can also be reached at sales@SERVPRObeachwood.com to schedule.

SERVPRO. “Like it never even happened.®”

Microbial Growth, call us!

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Microbial growth is part of our everyday environment, indoors and out. Sometimes it is nothing to really be concerned about, like when it is outdoors on dead leaves and trees, helping them organically break down; which is great for nature. However, microbial growth in your home is different.  Spores can travel through the air and you won’t even notice them because they are microscopic in size. When these spores find moisture, they will attach themselves to it and start to quickly multiply.  This is when you may notice a musty, odd odor or even notice a color variation to items being affected. Microbial growth like this may cause issues by producing irritants and allergens. Left untreated, microbial growth can become toxic and can destroy the items on which it is grows.

Once microbial growth is present in your home it may be time for remediation and your local SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike are the experts you need. We have highly trained remediation specialists on staff. Our production team members receive IICRC training and certifications. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.

With all the rain and damp weather that comes with the fall and winter seasons, the opportunity for microbial growth is a definite possibility in most structures. If you see or suspect microbial growth - do not touch or disturb the microbial growth, contact SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike, we have the training, equipment and expertise to handle the situation and make it “Like it never even happened.®”

IT’S PINKTOBER!

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

pink ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness

October is not only for Halloween, it’s also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! An entire month dedicated to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. We all have a woman in our lives that we love- a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend or daughter- and we here at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike would like to help spread the word and celebrate our breast cancer warriors!

Just like you should check your homes’ smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers each year for proper operation- women of a certain age should have a mammogram. Mammograms can provide early detection for breast cancer. Protect your health like you protect your home! And while you’re at it- wear pink to support those women who have battled breast cancer, join a walk for the cure in your area, sponsor a walker or simply make a donation to your favorite Breast Cancer charity.

We here at SERVPRO hope everyone has a safe, happy and HEALTHY October. Think pink for the cure!

Happy National Fire Pup Day!

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

October 1st was National Fire Pup Day! This day is set aside to celebrate all the canine firefighters across the country- you know, those adorable Dalmatians that are tantamount with fire houses and fire trucks.  These mascots have been associated with firefighters since the 1700s. While men rode on horse-drawn carts to respond to a fire, these brave dogs would run alongside horses and clear the way for safety.

How do you clear the way for safety in your everyday home or work life you may ask? It’s a lot easier job than the Dalmatians had. By being proactive you can provide a safe exit in case of emergency:

  • Do not clutter up exit paths- make sure they are always clear. It is against the law to block emergency exits!
  • Think of multiple exits strategies in advance based on your location
  • Know the locations of fire extinguishers and/or fire alarm stations
  • Make sure all smoke detectors are functioning and the batteries are changed at least every six months
  • Have a fire evacuation plan

We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike would like to encourage you to prepare for emergencies such as a fire.  Let’s spread the word of fire self-preparedness along with celebrating these adorable, courageous animal icons.     

National Preparedness Month- Part 2- Preparing for Your Family Pets

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month- Part 2- Preparing for Your Family Pets

As we learned in our last blog regarding National Preparedness Month, September is the month dedicated by the government program FEMA to encourage Americans to be prepared for natural disasters and/or emergencies situations. But what about the safety of our beloved pets? They are family too, after all!  SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike would like to share with you a version of the ASPCA’s list on how to prepare for your pets.

  1. Prepare an emergency supply kit for your pets:
  • Food and water are essential! Make sure you have at least 3 days of water designated solely for each pet. You will also need at least 3 days of food sealed in a waterproof container.
  • Keep an extra supply of any medicines required for the care of your pets.
  • Have a pet carrier or crate on hand to easily move your pet to a safe location with the rest of your family.
  • Don’t forget about sanitation! Include litter and box, newspapers, plastic bags, large trash bags and paper towels. If you have any special sanitation product you use- pack them also.
  1. Plan for an Emergency:
  • Prepare a list of emergency lodging facilities- remember, if you must go to a shelter/Safe Haven, animals may not be allowed!
  • Develop a plan with friends and neighbors. Make sure someone is available to evacuate your pets if you are not able to do so yourself. Teach them where the emergency supply kit is located.
  • Designate two meet up locations- one in your immediate neighborhood and one in a far-off location. You never know what Mother Nature will bring or where it will happen.
  • Make a list of emergency hospitals, the local Humane Society, your vet and the local ASPCA, keep a copy in your supply kit.
  • Have your pets micro-chipped; this is the best way to reunite with a lost pet.

All of us at SERVPRO hope you will never need to use your emergency kit, but it is far better to be prepared than scared! However, if you ever do experience a situation which requires the professionals of SERVPRO, know that we are here for your home or business. We can assist with disaster clean up, mold remediation, water or storm damage, as well as fire loss. We are available 24/7 for your needs and we are as close as a phone call away. Contact us on our emergency line any time of day or night at 216-464-4498. SERVPRO- “Like it never even happened.®”

September is National Preparedness Month

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month- Are You Ready?

What is National Preparedness Month you may ask? Well, it is an initiative introduced by the government program FEMA back in 2004. It dedicates each September to National Preparedness Month. This project is also associated with The American Red Cross and encourages Americans to be prepared for natural disasters and/or emergencies situations. This is a direct result of the tragedies our country experienced on September 11, 2001. We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike believe this is a fantastic idea!

There are many ways to prepare for emergency situations. Below you will find The American Red Cross “Emergency Kit Check List” to assist you in your preparation.

  • 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

Also, don’t forget to have a plan of action. Your family should conduct a fire drill at least twice a year. Have a meeting spot designated in a safe area. Teach family members when and how to escape in a variety of situations.

All of us at SERVPRO hope you will never need to use your emergency kit, but it is far better to be prepared than scared! However, if you ever do experience a situation which requires the professionals of SERVPRO, know that we are here for your home or business. We can assist with disaster clean up, mold remediation, water or storm damage, as well as fire loss. We are available 24/7 for your needs and we are as close as a phone call away. Contact us on our emergency line any time of day or night at 216-464-4498. SERVPRO- “Like it never even happened.®”

Commercial Content Cleaning

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Has your business or commercial property ever been affected by fire or water damage?

Water, fire and smoke damage canaffect not only the structure of your business but also your important business belongings.  Your furniture, vital documents, inventory items, and even personal items are important to your business and every hour you spend restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. This is where SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike can help! SERVPRO specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold.  We strive to preserve your business items that can’t be replaced. SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies.

If your business requires extensive  reconstruction or cleaning due to water or fire damage, SERVPRO can help you organize an efficient plan to move all contents out and store these items at a safe, insured offsite location. 

Some of the benefits include:

  • Quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage
  • Ensures nothing will be lost or stolen

When renovation/restoration is completed we will work with you to help organize the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Whether you need content cleaning from a fire, water, or other type of loss, the experts at SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike will be here to help.  SERVPRO can assist you whether your business is large or small, a restaurant, hotel, motel or apartment building and every business type in between. Call SERVPRO today at 216-464-4498 for your content cleaning needs and let us make it “Like it never even happened.®”

Recovering and Rebuilding after Fire Damage

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Even with the utmost care and prevention, accidents happen and a fire in the home or business can be devastating and is one of everyone’s worst nightmares. You could lose everything you love and value. Your entire family or staff may be wondering what to do once the firefighters leave.  SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike wants to help you recover as quickly as possible from all damage and get your home, business and life back to normal.

You have to remember, a fire is not only flames, it’s also smoke, odor and water damage, but never fear, SERVPRO is here! We can provide structural cleaning and drying of walls, floors, and ceilings. We use industry approved products to clean, along with specialized equipment to care for your home or business and rid it of the odor, soot and water associated with a fire loss.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike also has the resources to assist in the contents cleaning of your salvageable possessions. We can facilitate the restoration of your furniture, valuables, paintings, documents and electronics.   Our goal is to always make your home or business look “Like it Never even Happened.®”

Please keep in mind to always call 911 in any and all emergency situations. Your safety is always our #1 priority! Contact us at 216-464-4498 as soon as you are ready for us to evaluate your situation. We are available 24/7 for assistance.

Weathering the storm…..

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mother Nature can really do some severe damage to your home but SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike are here to help! We specialize in water remediation. We have specially trained professionals for floods, fire and mold. We strive to make your home look “Like it never even happened.®”

Heavy rainfall can wreak havoc inside your home. When rainstorms occur, your home may be inundated with water. Here are some things to look for inside your home

 Water pooling in your basement

  • Wet flooring; including carpet, tile, or wood
  • Wet furniture
  • A roof leak may show up as water running down your walls

If you discover any water in your home, it’s definitely time to speak to the professionals at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike. Don’t forget that water damage left unaddressed can easily lead to microbial growth. Call us before your water issue becomes even worse for your home and your health.

We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike offer 24 hour emergency service response. Any time of day or night, we are here for you. Contact our office today at 216-464-4498 to discuss your needs. We are here to help!