December in Ohio
It’s December in Ohio and so far we have had both snow and rain, which equals lots of water! We are also having cold temperatures which can cause broken pipes/lines. Although there are different issues that can cause this to happen, it is extremely important to ensure that your heat is on and at a temperature that will not allow pipes to freeze, especially if you are leaving your home unattended for any amount of time. If a pipe/line breaks, the effects can be devastating. Often the amount of water needs more than just a mop or a rag. Cleaning up the visible water may not be enough. The floor, subfloor, walls and ceiling can be holding water you are unable to dry. Please call our team of trained professionals at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights @ 216-464-4498 and they will assess the affected areas, determine a drying plan and begin mitigation.
In Northern Ohio...
mold at some level is normal due to the amount of rain and moisture in the air. Excessive mold growth can be preventable if moisture levels are kept under control and leaks are found and resolved quickly! If mold levels get excessive, it is able to be remediated and reduced to an acceptable level. Mold is present almost everywhere and goes unnoticed by most of us. It enters your home or business through windows, doors, air condition/heating units, pets and it may even come in on your clothing. It is just looking for the proper environment to flourish and it easily goes undetected until the problem is at a level requiring professional remediation. By the time a mold problem is noticed visually or by odor, it is best to call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights @ 216-464-4498 to remediate the problem. Remember, before or shortly after the remediation process begins, the best practice is to address the source of moisture or water so the mold doesn’t return!
Storm Watch or Storm Warning?
Whether it be rain or snow, it is important to know what is happening around your local area. We often hear the meteorologist say things like, “severe weather warning” or “severe weather watch”. It is just as important to know the difference between the two. A weather warning is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center) and means that there is a potential for the development of a storm. A weather watch means there is a severe storm in progress and can be seen on radar.
No matter what type of storm, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Hts./Cleveland Hts. is ready to help. We have certified technicians that you can trust to help you through a difficult time. Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Hts./Cleveland Hts. @ 216-464-4498.
When your commercial property is struck by disaster, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Hts./Cleveland Hts. is here to help. If needed, working with our other SERVPRO locations, allows us the capability to handle any loss, large or small.
The rehabilitation facility pictured here, is one of our recent commercial mitigation jobs. Shortly after the call came in that their sprinkler system had gone off in the middle of the night, our crews were on site beginning the mitigation process. After clearing the area of any debris, setting up over a hundred pieces of equipment, being on site daily to monitor and make any changes needed, the job was expedited and completed and business was able to return to normal and their priority of servicing their patients!
If disaster strikes your business, remember to call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Hts./Cleveland Hts. at 216-464-8898
Mold growth under a baseboard
Mold in your home can be a serious issue and one that you need to have taken care of as soon as possible. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Hts./Cleveland Hts. @ 216-464-4498 to schedule an appointment.
The mold remediation process depends on the surfaces which mold appears. Specialized cleaning procedures which may include the use of HEPA vacuums, air filtration systems and antimicrobial treatments are used to reduce mold within the affected area.
Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials such as drywall and flooring may be a necessary part of the mold remediation.
Important measures are taken to prevent the spread of mold spores during the remediation process. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Hts./Cleveland Hts. has the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home.
When the flood gates open...
Residential water loss September, 2018
and the water comes rushing in, it can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, walls and places you can not see. That’s when you need to call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights! Timing is everything and failure to act immediately may make the contents unsalvageable and extensive demolition unavoidable. Fixing the source of what has caused the loss is crucial. It is important to work with a certified restoration service provider like SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights. Our team of trained professionals will quickly respond to assess the damage and begin the mitigation process to stop further loss. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights may utilize specific water meters (either penetrating or non-penetrating), air scrubbers, industrial extraction equipment, commercial air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. This specialized mitigation process is important because leaving excess moisture could promote mold growth, which could be hazardous to your or someone else’s health.
Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at (216)464-4498, where we specialize in Water, Fire, Storm and Mold damage restoration and bring your property back to its preloss state…
“Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Water Loss in Cleveland Ohio
An office building with various tenants located in Downtown Cleveland recently experienced the devastation of a Category 3 floor drain backup. It is often a building owner’s responsibility to clean up after this type of loss. Being an emergency 24/7 service our trained, certified and professional technicians here at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights were on site promptly. Our team immediately contained the situation, cleaned and sanitized the affected areas, handled all necessary contents, and began the drying process. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home or business back to the way it once was prior to damage; “Like it never even happened.”
We service both commercial and residential damages.
Contact SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights; we can always be reached at 216-464-4498
Commercial Water Loss in Beachwood Ohio
After the July 4th holiday, we received a call for a commercial water loss after hours. Roughly 15,000 sq. foot of a commercial property located in Beachwood, Ohio had been flooded due to a severe weather storm. Affected areas included offices, restrooms, storage spaces and public use space.
We quickly completed our mitigation services which included extraction, cleaning, sanitizing of all affected surface areas and placement of our commercial drying equipment. The property quickly was able to resume normal business functions in a safe and flood free building.
Our job is to help customers restore business back to normal after a catastrophe. Please call us at any time if you or someone you know is in need of our help.
Contact SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights; we can always be reached at 216-464-4498
Mold Damage In Your Northeast Ohio Residence
Microbial life exists all over the world, including our homes in eastside suburbs. The type of environment that we need to live comfortably helps keep these microbes from growing out of control and harming our homes.
In a home in the Cleveland area, only a few variations can get conditions that cause mold damage to unfold rapidly. While the microbes always exist, it is nearly always the presence of moisture that creates this situation to plague a homeowner. The microbes merely need moisture to activate them to begin feeding on the already-present food supply found in your home's drywall, plaster, and wood components. Even the dust in your carpeting can supply mold and other microbes with substantial amounts of food.
A few actively growing microbes do not do much by themselves. However, these microbes rapidly reproduce by producing spores. These spores do not stay close to their place of origin. Instead, they end up thrust into the air and then carried to the same locations that air currents also carry excess moisture. This situation is what causes mold damage to become such a widespread problem in many homes so quickly.
At SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights, we train our technicians in how to both rapidly and effectively perform mold damage remediation services. These methods protect both our workers and your home in unaffected areas while efficiently ridding your home of an infestation.
We are also expert at keeping costs as low as possible by cleaning mold growth away from materials that have otherwise avoided exposure. Not everything in an area affected by mold damage requires removal, disposal, and replacement. Restoring damage and then preventing regrowth often suffices just as effectively while cutting the replacement costs out of the equation. At SERVPRO, we want to make things “Like it never even happened.” as inexpensively as possible for our customers while still ensuring their homes no longer contain excessive microbial populations.
We do this by clearing the air of microbes and spores, so they no longer can settle throughout your home and start new colonies. We also ensure that any sources of unwanted water or moisture no longer pose a threat to your home's interior. These and other measures help us succeed in eliminating current mold damage from your residence and prevent it from returning.
Contact SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights; we can always be reached at 216-464-4498 to help our neighbors with mold damage remediation. We’re here to help!
Mold Myths and Facts
When it comes to mold, there are many misconceptions that leave homeowners confused and misinformed. Just by mentioning the word “mold” causes people to panic. Although mold can be a very serious problem and should always be handled with proper precautions, it is critical to have all the correct facts, so you can make informed decisions when necessary.
Let’s take a look at some common misconceptions about mold:
Bleach is able to kill certain types of mold on nonporous surfaces, but it is uncertain on whether or not it can kill all types of mold on every surface. Most of the retail products out there only discolor the mold and are not suggested for porous surfaces for example, drywall, carpet, ceiling tiles, and wood, all of which are common materials affected by mold.
- “Mold is only found in homes with water damage”
It is true that mold generally forms in any areas that have problems of water seepage or flooding but unfortunately all homes could potentially wind up with a mold problem. Molds and mildews are present both indoors and outdoors, and when mold spores land on a surface that contains moisture, that mold can begin to grow.
- “You don’t have to remove mold if you kill it”
Even if you are able to kill the mold, there are allergens that live in mold that are still active. These allergens can even become airborne even if the mold is dead. Mold can also go dormant until conditions in the environment are optimal for regrowth. To protect yourself and your home, it is necessary to remove the affected area and remove the items that contain mold. You need to be cautious not to spread the mold spores to unaffected areas. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights are professionals and are properly trained to handle mold allergens without further contaminating your home.
- “A small amount of visible mold is nothing to worry about”
While there is always some mold everywhere, sometimes small amounts of visible mold in your home may just be the tip of the iceberg. Chances are it has been growing for some time now and requires a knowledgeable mold professional to further assess the situation.
- “Mold Remediation is easy to do on your own”
That is not always the case. When it comes to very small areas affected by mold, sometimes it can be handled easily. But when the problem becomes pervasive, it is best to call the professionals to ensure it is truly resolved and does not continue to affect your home and family’s health.
For more information about mold, check out this link from the Center for Disease Control.
If you think there might be mold in your home, give SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights a call at 216-464-4498. Here to help!