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Locally Owned and Operated

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

We are proud of the fact that all of our 1,700 plus franchises are locally owned and operated, meaning that we live and work in the very communities that we serve.  The owner of SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights grew up right here in Beachwood, Ohio and our families live in the neighborhoods that we service. 

Local businesses care about and are invested in the well-being of your community and its future.

Disaster can strike anytime day or night and we here at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights are nearby and ready to respond when you need us.  We have the knowledge it takes to tackle all your mitigation and restoration needs.

Serving the following communities

  • Beachwood
  • Shaker Heights
  • Cleveland Heights
  • South Euclid
  • Lyndhurst
  • Pepper Pike

We understand and strive to provide our customers with the best service.   Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights @ 216-464-4498 for all your mitigation and restoration needs.

We Care About Your Safety

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Not all businesses are required to have an emergency plan, but SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights does recommend one and we will even help you put it together.  It’s called a ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) first, we would come and meet with the building owner, manager or supervisor to do a walk through to create a profile of what you would need during a fire, water or weather related emergency then, we would put together a packet of information for you that is available both in print and electronically.

Included in the ERP:

  • Local SERVPRO (owner’s name, address and phone number)
  • Emergency Action Checklist (a checklist of what to do in the event of a fire or water emergency that will keep employees and visitors safe)
  • Advanced Warning and Emergency Contacts
  • Emergency Contacts ( police, fire and rescue)
  • Main Utility Information (including company, contact number and shut off location)
  • Primary Contact Information (building owner, maintenance manager, property manager , heating/cooling company, local hospital, security company, etc.)
  • Insurance Information ( name, agent, phone number, policy number)
  • Miscellaneous Contacts Information (anyone you wish to be notified)
  • Property Overview (photo of the property, address, phone number and directions)
  • Building Access Information (a location to park SERVPRO vehicles, building access, elevator access and stairway access)

Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498 to set up an appointment to begin putting together your ERP.

Conditions In Beachwood, Shaker Heights or Cleveland Heights Might Be Right For Mold

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 216-464-4498

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights for mold remediation services.

Commercial Loss From A Crack In The Foundation

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Loss From A Crack In The Foundation Water damaging everything in its path

The heavy snow, below zero temperatures, the freezing ground and the rain were more than the foundation could handle at a commercial property that we were called to extract and remediate.  It did not take long for the water to enter the building and damage carpet, walls and contents.  Our team arrived the morning we were notified and began the mitigation process.  Our quick actions and knowledgeable explanation of services provided the customer the peace of mind that he needed to move on to what was important, keeping his business running.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building, a large warehouse or both, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Please call us at 216-464-4498, we are here 24/7. 

Minimizing Secondary Water Damage

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural issues over time. A small amount of water can lift or buckle flooring, peel paint or wallpaper or cause damage to drywall or plaster.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water to help minimize secondary damages (any damage that's not caused directly by the flooding incident) occur.  You can take some immediate steps to help contain the damage. Dehumidify the area as well as possible.  Remove as much water as possible by mopping and moving saturated rugs and other saturated contents outside or to another dry area, protect the surface from the affected contents.

But, the best way to prevent secondary damage is to call us, the professionals in water mitigation and restoration as soon as possible!!  We will respond proficiently, do an inspection to assess the extent of the damage, then use the appropriate equipment to make sure the structural materials are restored to normal moisture levels.  

The proper response and utilizing the appropriate equipment makes a difference in reducing the damage, and consequently the rebuild during any size water loss.

When every minute matters, employees and equipment must be counted on to perform. Please call us at 216-464-4498 and SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights will respond to your call with fast action service and a full range of drying equipment and knowledge to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fireplace Tips

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

What should I do before I use my fireplace?

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/how-to-prep-your-fireplace-cold-season

  1. Hire a Chimney Sweep. …The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year at the beginning of the winter to remove soot and debris. ...
  2. Check for Damage. ... In addition to cleaning, a chimney sweep should inspect the chimney structure for cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar. Chimney liners should also be checked for cracking or deterioration.
  3. Cap the Chimney. ... A cap fitted with wire-mesh sides covers the top of the chimney and keeps rain, birds, squirrels, and debris from entering. Replace or repair a cap that's missing or damaged.
  4. Burn Seasoned Hardwoods. ... Choose dense wood, such as oak, that's been split and stored in a high and dry place for at least six months. Green wood and resinous softwoods like pine produce more creosote, a flammable by-product of combustion that can build up in the chimney.
  5. Don't Overload. ... Small fires generate less smoke, thus less creosote buildup. Also, a fire that's too large or too hot can crack the chimney.
  6. Build It Right. ... Place logs at the rear of the fireplace on a metal grate. Use kindling, rather than flammable liquids, to start the fire.
  7. Use a Spark Guard. … Prevent errant embers from shooting out of the firebox with a mesh metal screen or glass fireplace doors. A guard in front of an open flame is especially important when the room is unoccupied.

Is it safe to leave the fireplace on overnight?

https://freshome.com/2012/12/13/how-to-enjoy-your-fireplace-safely/

Never leave your burning fireplace unattended. It is important to extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house, and imperative that you allow ashes to cool fully before you dispose them, and best to leave them in your fireplace until the following morning if you've enjoyed a fire the night before.

Can you get carbon monoxide from a fireplace?

https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/fireplace-and-chimney-problems/

The less complete the burning (combustion), the more carbon monoxide is generated. Gas hot water heaters, gas and oil furnaces, fireplaces, and wood stoves all generate carbon monoxide. One of the reasons carbon monoxide is so deadly is that you generally can't see or smell it: rarely do its victims have any warning.

Fun facts about fireplace ash

https://freshome.com/2012/12/13/how-to-enjoy-your-fireplace-safely/

  • Ash can De-skunk pets! A handful rubbed on Fido’s coat neutralizes the lingering odor.
  • Hide paving stains. According to This Old House, ash absorbs wet paint spatters on cement; sprinkle the ash directly on the darkened spot.
  • Ash is a great compost enricher. Sprinkle ash into your garden before you add the organic compound to your soil. The ash will enhance its nutrients but adding too much can ruin the mix.
  • Ash is a great pest deterrent! When spread evenly around your garden beds it will repel slugs and snails.
  • Ash is a natural ice melter. It won’t leave a residue like salt, which can also harm your pet’s feet. It won’t hurt the soil or concrete beneath either.
  • One tablespoon of ash per 1,000 gallons of water adds enough potassium to control pond algae. The ash also strengthens other aquatic plants that compete with algae, slowing its growth.
  • For plump juicy tomatoes This Old House editor McGrath adds ¼ cup into the hole prior to planting them.
  • I’m not sure I’d want to do this but apparently a damp sponge dipped into the sooty ash makes a fine fireplace door cleaner, and if you’re feeling really adventurous, a paste of ash and water makes a wonderful and non-toxic metal polisher for your silver!

Our Fire and Soot Damage Restoration Services

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment and experience to restore your fire, smoke and soot damage.

Different Types of Smoke Require different cleaning methods.  There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. 

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights will need to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on that information.  We will take the extra time to ensure the soot damage is removed prior to placing your contents back into your home or business. 

 As many of us know from sitting by the bonfire or your wood-burning fireplace in your home, soot travels throughout the air leaving a thin layer of what appears to be black dust.  That dust is made up of a number of carbon particles that contains high levels of carcinogens.  After a fire the smoke and soot damage can travel all throughout the home, regardless of where the fire originates.

Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498 and let us take over the stress of cleanup which will allow you to focus on what's important.  We will treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

How to Tell When it’s Time for Chimney Cleaning

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

There isn’t a simple rule of thumb on how often to clean your chimney, such as cleaning after 50 uses or one year. The problem is, creosote can form when wood is burned incompletely. A smoky fire without enough oxygen emits lots of unburned tar vapors that can condense inside the fireplace flue and stick to it, possibly leading to a chimney fire. You can reduce creosote buildup in your fireplace flue by providing adequate combustion air, which will encourage a hot, clean-burning fire.

To check for creosote yourself, first, make sure there’s no downdraft from the chimney. If you feel an airflow, open a door or window on the same floor as the fireplace until the downdraft stops or reverses and air flows up (tape tissue to the fireplace opening and watch its movement). Then, while wearing goggles and a basic disposable dust mask, take a strong flashlight and your fireplace poker and scratch the black surface above the damper (smoke chamber). If the groove you scratch in the creosote is paper thin, no cleaning is needed. If it’s 1/8 in. thick, schedule a cleaning soon. If you have 1/4 in. of creosote, do not use the fireplace again until it is cleaned—a chimney fire could occur at any time.

To check for creosote, shine the light near the top of the firebox, in the smoke chamber and around the damper. And check the fireplace flue, too, especially on exterior chimneys, where creosote builds faster than on interior chimneys because of lower outside temperatures.

The easiest creosote to remove is the feather-light dull gray, brown or black soot. The next form is a black granular accumulation, removed fairly easily with a stiff chimney brush. The third type of creosote is a road tar-like coating that is much harder to remove even with stiff chimney brushes, scrapers or power rotary whips. The final (and most deadly) is a shiny, glaze-like coating on the fireplace flue that is virtually impossible to remove.

You could try to remove creosote yourself, but for a thorough job, call a chimney sweep who’s certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Make sure the sweep you hire ($150 to $200) does more than pushing a brush. A chimney sweep needs to be knowledgeable about building codes, trained to recognize deterioration or venting problems and able to advise you regarding the chimney’s condition. And the National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys, fireplaces and vents be inspected at least once per year.

Another, idea to try out when it’s time to clean your chimney is a chimney sweep log. A fireplace cleaning log helps to prevent chimney fires and they help remove debris deposited along the chimney walls. These sticky deposits are called creosote. Creosote deposited over a long period becomes highly flammable and it’s often the cause of chimney fires. Creosote removal is vital to your safety. Sweeping logs are popular because of their ease of use for creosote removal. All you have to do is unwrap the log from its package and place it in a lit wood burning fireplace. https://www.familyhandyman.com/cleaning/when-to-clean-a-chimney-flue/view-all/

Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights if your home or business is ever struck by a fire. We are always here to help!

Hailstorms!

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Ensure proper coverage before a major event; know who you are dealing with after a storm hits.

When it comes to natural disasters, Mother Nature can be unpredictable.  Knowing you have the proper insurance coverage beforehand and knowing whom to deal with to handle repairs in the aftermath can help protect your property and your finances. 

Hail can quickly damage your home and or vehicle. For autos, comprehensive coverage may be necessary to safeguard your vehicle; however, a basic liability policy may not provide adequate coverage. When it comes to your home, hail damage can be covered by a standard homeowner's policy, but coverage can be affected by factors such as where you live and the type of policy you have purchased.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights recommend the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of insurance fraud should you experience damage during a hail storm, or any storm that causes damage.

  1. Be wary of door-to-door solicitors
  2. Make sure contractors are licensed
  3. Read all documents before signing anything
  4. Keep copies of all documents signed
  5. Be leery of contractors trying to provide "advice" about insurance coverage

Insurance industry statistics estimate hail damage to exceed $1 billion annually in the U.S., mostly to roofs and cars. Understand the risks of where you reside and the types of catastrophe coverage available. 

When You Have A Flood...

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights offers water damage restoration, for both residential and commercial properties.

Frozen burst pipe, backed up floor drains, sump pump failure, toilet supply lines, or flood, we have the ability to assist with your emergency water clean-up services.

No matter the source, we remove standing water quickly, which may reduce further secondary damages to your home. Plus, we dry affected materials in the home fast and efficiently. Our crew makes every effort to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Our IICRC-certified technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After you contact us, we send a trained crew to your residence to deal with your water emergency.

Water, depending on the source, may contain some level of contamination, which is why we take the necessary steps to clean and sanitize the affected areas. SERVPRO technicians use professional products to disinfectant the home. Also, the crew may use antimicrobial solutions to prevent future issues.  In addition to cleaning the house with professional products, water damage restoration may also include cleaning and drying materials in the home and discarding any contaminated items.

First, we remove the water, then we clean the affected areas before the drying phase begins. This step helps protect the team during the cleanup phase.  It is important to reduce health risks and possible exposure to the occupants in the home. It's also important to note that the moment water enters the home, depending on the source, the environment inside the residence can become vulnerable to various microorganisms that can have adverse health effects. Contacting us right away is a vital step towards making your home safe to live in once again.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights flood damage services can restore your home when possible. Our goal is always, to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (216) 464-4498 at any time 24/7 to assist with your water emergency.

What is Lake Effect Snow?

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

If you live in the Northeast Ohio area or anywhere along the great lakes, then the words “lake effect snow” are very familiar to you.

According to Weatherology.com Lake effect snow is something everyone has heard mentioned at one time or another, but this phenomenon is rarely explained in detail. Oftentimes, the furthest explanation that is given is that cold air is blowing over the lake, resulting in some heavy snows. This description just scratches the surface of what needs to happen for lake effect snow to occur. Let's dig into the science behind lake effect snow, who gets the most, and what ingredients need to come together for any sort of lake effect snow event to occur.

Lake effect snow will only occur when there is a large enough difference between the cold air blowing over the lake and the surface water temperatures that are present in the lake. When the temperature between these two variables is 13 degrees celcius or greater, lake effect snow is possible. When this temperature difference occurs, the lakes essentially act like boiling pots of water as steam can often times be seen rising out of the lake. These clouds of steam are the first step in the production of lake effect snow. The greater the temperature difference is between the water and the cold air aloft, the larger the amount of moisture is that rises into the atmosphere. https://weatherology.com/articles/191/What+is+Lake+Effect+Snow%3F.html

The Great Lakes create unique weather patterns. One of those weather patterns is lake effect snow. Lake effect snowstorms occur in only three places in the world: the Great Lakes, the east shore of Hudson Bay and along the west coasts of the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. While people in the snow belt regions have learned to adapt, living near the lakes and experiencing lake effect snow still affects the economy and culture in significant ways. For example, winter sports like skiing and snowmobiling are major industries in some snow areas. This lesson explores how the Great Lakes influence lake effect snow, other factors that contribute to it and ways of reading weather conditions to forecast lake effect storms.  http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu

Wikipedia states Lake-effect snow is produced during cooler atmospheric conditions when a cold air mass moves across long expanses of warmer lake water, warming the lower layer of air which picks up water vapor from the lake, rises up through the colder air above, freezes and is deposited on the leeward shores.

January Weather in Cleveland, Ohio

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

January is just getting started and if you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area you have already had rain, severe thunderstorms, freezing rain and snow so far.

According to The American Red Cross, water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Water sprinkler lines, pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs and swimming pool supply lines
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

Whether it is the warm temperatures that bring on the rains that flood your home or business or the cold temperatures freezing and breaking your water pipes, remember, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is always here to help.  Please call us @ 216-464-4498 if you have such an emergency and our team of trained professionals will come to your home or business and restore your structure “Like it never even happened”

Home Fire Safety

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

You may not be aware of the common causes of fires in our homes.  The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) reports that "there are as many as 400,000 house fires every year in the United States and cooking equipment is the number one cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries; smoking is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths and heating equipment is the second most common cause of home fire fatalities.” 

Additionally, the facts do not lie, our friends at FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) reports that “2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss.”  FEMA also reported that the “peak months of fall and winter this is even more likely to occur.”

Keep your family safe, The American Red Cross recommends the following:

“Top Tips for Fire Safety:

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.”

We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights, care about your safety and are here to assist and restore your property and your belongings in the unfortunate event of a fire.  If you ever have a fire in your home or commercial building, call us at 216-464-4498 so our team of trained technicians can clean, deodorize and sanitize your home for you.

Listen To Your Parents

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Have your parents or grandparents ever told  you not to shower or bathe during a lighting storm?  I know mine have.  As bizarre as it may sound, they were right. 

The claim that taking a shower during a lightning storm can electrocute you is no old wives' tale, experts say.  The National Weather Service urges the public to avoid hopping in the shower during a lightning storm in the event that a bolt strikes one of your home's water pipes and electrifies your bathroom. 

According to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 80 people every year are killed by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured.  Many times these injuries are due to misinformation.

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Height/Cleveland Heights @ 216-464-4498 if your home is damaged by lighting.  Our technicians will access the damages and act accordingly.

The Dirty Work

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

If your commercial property is struck by a disaster such as, flood or fire it is best to call in a team of trained professionals. Think before you act and never re-enter a building without knowing it is safe to do so.  SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights cares about your business and we care about your safety.

After a flood or fire in your commercial building, there are several things to consider.  Is there live electricity, is the structure safe from falling, is the water clean?  These are all things that the technicians at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights are trained to look for and when necessary contact the appropriate professionals to assist. 

Our technicians wear protective clothing, gloves and masks when cleaning hazardous chemicals or contaminated water. So, it is in your best interest to leave the dirty work to a mitigation or restoration company.

December in Ohio

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

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...

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

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?

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Commercial Loss

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growth 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...

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

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

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

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

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

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 kills 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!

Fireworks Can Lead to Fires!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

With the Fourth of July approaching this week, young and old are excited for their local fireworks displays around northeastern Ohio. National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), reports that an average of 15,600 fires per year are caused by fireworks. These include 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires. Property damage, injury and even death are caused by these fires each year.  More than a quarter of fires reported, occurred on July Fourth. More than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20 at the time of this study were under 15 years old; nine percent were under five years old. Even something seemingly tame like sparklers alone accounted for more than one one-quarter (28%) of the emergency room fireworks injuries seen from June 20-July 20 at the time of this study. Keep your family safe by enjoying fireworks presented by your local communities. 

Studies show that there is more property damage on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Check with your home owner’s insurance company on your coverage relating to fireworks. If you are involved in illegal fireworks you may not be covered. This could be a costly celebration!

If you do have a fire property loss, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has professionally trained production teams that can quickly respond to your fire loss. We will send an estimator to your home to evaluate the loss and supply you with an itemized estimate for fire restoration and repairs needed in your home. If your damage is severe, SERVPRO can pack up your contents and store them until your home repairs are completed. SERVPRO will clean all cleanable structure and remove any structure that is not salvageable. Our trained construction department can replace any damaged structure.

Be safe and have fun this Fourth of July!

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216.464.4498 if you experience a fire loss. We’re here to help!

How To Stay Safe In The Summer Heat

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

It’s summer in Northeast Ohio – FINALLY! And that means we want to be outside, soaking up the sun as much as possible before we blink and it’s winter again!

With longer days, we can expect hotter temperatures as well, and that can get dangerous if you are not paying close attention. Here are some helpful tips to keep yourself and loved ones safe this summer:

  • NEVER leave a child or pet inside a hot car. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures can get well above 120 degrees inside the vehicle when the outdoor temperature is only 75 degrees.
  • Drink a LOT of water! You must stay hydrated and avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol because those can quickly dehydrate you.
  • Try wearing light colored and loose-fitting clothing that will allow your skin to “breathe”. Dark colors can absorb sunlight and make you feel much hotter.
  • Beware of the hottest part of the day which is typically from 3 pm to 5 pm when the sun’s rays reach the earth the strongest. Try to take frequent breaks from outdoor activities during those times.
  • If you must work outdoors, make sure you are not alone. It is always better to have a buddy with you to remind one another to take breaks and hydrate in the shade.
  • Check on neighbors, friends, and relatives who live alone and may not have air conditioning. Make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids and staying as cool as possible
  • If someone does not have air conditioning, encourage them to seek out relief during the hottest part of the day in places like the library, movie theater, mall, etc.

Heat Exhaustion is real and can be dangerous. If someone is showing symptoms of heat exhaustion such as cool, damp, pale or flushed skin, sweating heavily, headache, nausea, dizziness, physical weakness, etc. it is important to move them to a cooler place right away and work on getting them cooler as quickly as possible. Use a fan, remove heavy clothing, apply cool, wet towels to the skin, give small amounts of cool water to drink, and monitor them closely. If the person worsens in any way, call 9-1-1 right away.

Heat Stroke can be life threatening. Signs include hot, red skin, going in and out of consciousness, vomiting, and high body temperature. Move the person to a cooler place and call 9-1-1 immediately. Douse the person with cold water, wet towels, or even bags of ice.

Remember – the summer is supposed to be fun in the sun! Keep yourself and everyone around safe by staying aware and knowing the signs of something dangerous. Have a great summer, and call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498 We’re here to help!

Why Hire a Green Cleaning Company?

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

It may seem like a luxury to hire a house cleaner, but sometimes you need that extra deep clean, especially after a home remodeling project or for a home that has been vacant for a while. When you need all the window framing, baseboards, and even the insides and outsides of cabinets scrubbed, why not consider hiring a green cleaning professional. In addition to getting your home the deep clean you seek, you’re also doing your part to be environmentally responsible and take care of the earth. Read on to find out the benefits of hiring a house cleaner that’s planet-friendly and how it’s actually easy to be green.

  1. Green Cleaning Is Safer for Your Family and Pets

Certainly there are times when one needs to disinfect an area (like on surfaces that have had contact with raw meat or when someone has a contagious illness), but the chemicals in disinfectants can trigger asthma, allergies, and create other health issues. Exposure to living bacteria is actually good for us and according to some research may actually strengthen immune systems. For the most part, when you clean with products that don’t contain toxins, pollutants, or suspected carcinogens such as VOCs, solvents, chlorine, ammonia, sulfates, or irritating dyes and perfumes, you’re making sure your children and pets are living and thriving in a healthy and safe environment.

  1. Green Products Are Better for Your Health

Most common household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can have an adverse effect on your health, which is why the biggest advantage giving your home an eco-friendly cleaning is that everything will be cleaned with all-natural products. There are tons of household cleaners that can keep your home fresh and clean that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources. It is true, however that sometimes it can take a little more time and elbow grease to get green products to work because they are typically gentler and less abrasive than chemical products. Chemicals may make cleaning easier, but they don’t make it any better.

  1. Green Cleaning Companies Provide the Products

In order to ensure your home is being cleaned with non-toxic and environmentally friendly products, most green cleaners provide all of the cleaning equipment and products, though they will use your products if you specifically request. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is happy to provide a data sheet about the products we use in your home.

  1. Green Cleaning Companies Are Committed to Being Green in All Areas

While using green house cleaning products is a huge part of taking care of the earth, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights knows it goes further than just that and make an effort to save water, reuse bottles, reduce waste, and implement sustainable business practices.

  1. Green Cleaning Is Also Safer for the People Doing the Cleaning

A sustainable cleaning philosophy means that our crew members are not exposed to toxic chemicals that could adversely affect their health. We like to take great care of all our employees, so they can take great care of you!

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights today to have us make your home Green Clean! 216-464-4498

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights Can Help After a Fire

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

The one place you should feel completely safe and comfortable is your own home. This can change in a second when a fire starts, and smoke fills your home. The residue that is left behind after the fire is out is called SOOT. Soot is the black powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter. Do not take cleaning soot into your own hands, it is important to call the professionals of SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights to clean up after your home has been affected by a fire. Below are helpful tips:

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change HVAC filter and have your HVAC provider to your home to perform a system check
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet because the wiring may be damaged
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner as improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has highly trained professionals to call 24-hours a day to help clean up and restore your home. 216-464-4498

Summertime in Cleveland

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

While it certainly seemed like winter would never go away this year, now it feels like we skipped over spring and hopped right into summer!

With school out, we know it is that time of year to look for all of the great outdoor community events, and we have some great lists for you to check out when you are planning your weekends throughout this summer.

Legacy Village in Lyndhurst is always a hot spot for tons of events, whether you just want to stop by for their Food Trucks Mondays and have a taste of what our great local rolling cuisine has to offer, or you are interested in checking out the talented local musicians spot-lighted each weekend like Revolution Pie, local Beatles tribute band, on June 22nd, you won’t be disappointed! Check out Legacy Village’s events calendar here, and plan your weekends for the rest of the summer!

If you love local artists, vintage finds, food trucks, and even some cocktails, you have to put The Cleveland Flea on your summer calendar! It is only one dollar to gain entry to some of the coolest local finds and yummy treats our great city has to offer. It is the perfect activity for those of all ages. Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Stop by the Cleveland Flea this coming weekend, and you are sure to find gifts for guys with all interests. Be sure to look at  their event calendar to add them to your list this summer! 

If hitting all the incredible summer festivals is on your to-do list in 2018, check out this comprehensive list that even has reviews of all the festivals, so you can know before you go! Have you ever been to a Banana Split Festival? This summer is your chance! Is the classic Rib Burn Off more your style? There are a couple of those. You’ll have your choice of several Strawberry Festivals, as well as a plethora of varied cultural fests to attend. Bacon Festival, Beerfest, and several Art Fests also make the cut. The biggest dilemma you’ll have is choosing among them all!

Whatever you do this summer, make sure to enjoy the long days while we have them, and remember to call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights; we’re here to help! 216-464-4498

Water Damage Can Lead to Mold

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

As we have seen recently, thunderstorm season is upon us. With those storms comes increased possibility for drain backups in your home. Water damage in your home can unfortunately lead to mold growth.

Mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure if your home has sustained any type of water damage due to:

  • Flooding
  • Sewage backup from flooding in the area
  • Overflows from showers, sinks, or bathtubs
  • Elevated levels of humidity
  • Plumbing and/or roof leaks

Worse still, that mold will continue to grow until the source of the water in the area has been stopped and repaired, and the existing mold is dealt with properly and effectively. While there are thousands of types of mold that exist, some are known for being allergens, and some serious health problems can be caused by a few molds that produce harmful toxins. All molds however, are capable of affecting your health in certain conditions and higher concentrations.

Even lesser amounts of exposure for certain people, especially infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, those with preexisting respiratory conditions, and the elderly can produce adverse health effects. Typical symptoms from mold exposure include:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Sinus congestion or cough
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Nervous system such as headaches
  • Aches and pains

Preventing or eliminating all mold and mold spores is unavoidable indoors, but there are several ways in which you can help to control mold growth, such as:

  • Stop the Water – have leaks and water intrusions repaired
  • Keep it Clean – clean fabrics regularly and store in dry spaces; have air ducts cleaned
  • Keep it Dry – reduce air moisture with dehumidifiers, fans, air conditioners, but DO NOT use fans if mold already exists; try to keep indoor humidity below 40%
  • Disinfect – be sure to check moisture or mold prone spaces in the house like bathrooms, laundry areas, mechanical rooms for moldy odors, and use a commercial disinfectant

Most importantly, call in the experts to help! Water damage can lead to problems that can be easily missed or shrugged off as not that big of a deal. It is important to have the space affected thoroughly assessed for signs of mold growth immediately, so there are not future health concerns that could have been prevented.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is here to help with all of your water damage questions. Call today! 216-464-4498 

Biohazard Cleanup from Sewage

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water from sewer system backups should be handled with great caution and can be very dangerous if proper cleaning protocol is not used. The water can be unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has the crew with special training and equipment necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today at 216-464-4498

There are three major types of contaminated water. It is important to note that regardless of the color of water, contaminants may be present. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

Three Water Categories:

Category 1:

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, Category 1 water lead to mold and can quickly degrade into Category 2 or 3 water depending upon factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into Category 2 or 3
  • Can lead to mold if left untreated

Category 2:

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for Category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into Category 3 if left untreated
  • Can lead to mold if left untreated

Category 3:

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Category 3 water can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Examples include sewage, toilet backflows that originate beyond toilet trap, all forms of flooding from seawater, ground surface water from rivers or streams, and other contaminated water from weather-related events that may contain silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, or toxic organic substances.  

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
  • Extremely dangerous if handled improperly

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights right away so our crew can properly handle your emergency right away! 440-464-4498

Big or Small, SERVPRO of Beachwood Handles it All

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

What do you do if you have a large commercial water loss? How can anyone possibly clean up all that water? SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has the equipment and the expertise to get the job done right!

No Job Is Too Large

Our SERVPRO team can get on the scene with a trailer mounted dehumidifier, called a desiccant, in tow. It is fully equipped with a generator, so it can perform dehumidification even at sites where power is not available.

Pictured is a recent commercial water loss job for which we brought in the desiccant trailer. When the owners were surprised to walk in one day and find water had been flowing through their building for days due to a failed hot water tank, they knew to call in the experts. Even though it was cold outside and there was no heat on in the building, we were able to get the job done with the trailer desiccant that provides its own power and dehumidifies even when heat is not present. The owners and property managers were thrilled with how quickly and effectively our team extracted the water and dried the nearly 100,000 square feet of mixed commercial, industrial, and office space that had been affected by all the water.

When our SERVPRO disaster team arrives on the scene at a small residential job or a large commercial job, they know how to handle it with expertise no matter the size or scope of the situation. 

We take pride in providing our employees with the best tools, equipment, and vehicles to effectively and efficiently get the problem solved with minimal stress and impact on our customers. We know it is never anticipated when a water emergency occurs, but when you call in our SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights, you can count on us to get things clean and dry even when it seems impossible!

If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498!

How Are Refrigerated Items Affected by Power Outages?

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Warmer weather is finally here in northeastern Ohio!

Spring & summer thunderstorms approaching. We thought you should know what to do with refrigerated items should there be a power outage. Here are some tips compliments from American Red Cross on Food Safety:

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/food-safety


1.) Call electric company, advise and inquire about how long the outage may last
2.) Keep fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible
3.) Food that is over 40°F for longer than 2 hours should be disposed of as well as food that is discolored or has an odor
4.) Eat perishable foods first: fridge first, then freezer
5.) Have a cooler and ice prepared if the outrage may be more than 24 hours; keep it in cool place covered in a blanket or towel

SERVPRO and The American Red Cross are close affiliates as both companies enjoy helping those in need during a time of loss. We are proud to have such a great business relationship!

Call your local SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights team at 216-464-4498 for help with any type of disaster.

Tips To Quickly Remove Pet Stains From Carpet

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Even the best trained pets can still have accidents!

When you think of SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights, you probably know that we are experts when it comes to fire and water damage. But did you know that we can also help with less catastrophic messes, like the kinds your pet leaves behind?

That’s right, we can help with carpet cleaning and deodorization. We’re experts at odor removal and have been trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors that come from inside and outside your home.

Maybe you have a pet odor cleaning job that doesn’t rise to the level of needing professional help, though. SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights has you covered in that case, too. Here are a couple of easy, inexpensive solutions to pet stains and odors that only require a few products you probably already have in your home.

For urine stains that are still wet, blot the excess dampness with paper towels – the sooner after the mess is made, the better. Once you’ve absorbed as much excess as you can, mix a solution of 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Use a spray bottle to spray directly onto the stain. Let it sit for five or ten minutes and then use more paper towels to dry.

You can use the baking soda and vinegar method with heavier or older stains, too. Instead of lightly spraying, you’ll first want to pour just enough vinegar to soak the stain directly onto the carpet, followed by a small amount of baking soda. Make sure you apply vinegar first, then baking soda. Cover the area with a bowl (to prevent your pet from walking in it or ingesting it – otherwise you could have an even bigger mess), and let it sit and dry completely for a day. Uncover, sweep, then vacuum, and your pet’s bad stain should just be a bad memory. See the link below for more information and a how-to video.

https://lifehacker.com/use-vinegar-to-get-rid-of-old-stinky-pet-odors-1520292441

For cleaning and deodorization jobs that will take more than vinegar and baking soda, call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights to learn how we can help fix all of your pet odor problems. 216-464-4498

Make Sure Your Home is Storm Ready

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

We need to be ready for springtime storms in the area. We watch the news, but harsh weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.

It’s a great idea to conduct an inspection of your home and grounds before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause major problems during heavy rainfall and intense winds. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? When is the last time you took a good look at your roof?

Loose shutters and unstable large trees and bushes can present a real problem in high winds. It’s best to trim back trees and bushes with large, heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.

Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches or creeks on the property. Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm. Do you know what to do in the event of a flood? Read more at the link below for flood information and safety tips:

http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/FloodInformation_SprSum.aspx_SprSum.aspx

In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone you care about in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, others will worry, so keeping those lines of communication open can keep everyone safe and worry-free.

The SERVPRO team of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at (216) 464-4498; we’re here to help!

Four Tips to Keep Mold Out of Your Business

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

The very idea of mold can make any home or business owner cringe. Mold can be a huge problem when it is growing undetected somewhere on your property or belongings. It can grow just about anywhere: on clothing, food, paper, carpet, and the backside of drywall, just to name a few spots. It can produce allergens and irritants and, in some cases, toxins that are dangerous to your health.

Click on the following link to learn more about mold and allergies: https://acaai.org/allergies/types/mold-allergy

Here are four steps you can take to protect your business and employees from a mold issue:

  • Do an audit of your property. Are there any areas that are full of moisture much of the time? Seepage into storage areas or accumulation from leaky pipes should be dried within 48 hours to prevent mold damage. Encourage workers to keep wet items picked up, hanging wet coats up, and keeping rain boots and wet shoes in an area that won’t soak up moisture. Take steps to keep floors and windows dry always, and especially during wet weather.
  • Proper ventilation is an effective way to keep mold at bay. Keeping bathroom and kitchen doors open can help, increasing air circulation and aiding in the drying process. Using dehumidifiers keeps areas dry and pleasant, and always keep an eye on them to make sure they are in good repair and not contributing any moisture themselves; the manufacturer’s information provided will give directions on cleaning and care of your unit.
  • Many products today contain mold-resistant materials, such as sheetrock or paint. Shop around for helpful products when doing any renovation or repair to your business, especially in areas that will experience moisture such as kitchens, break rooms, and bathrooms.
  • Monitoring the humidity indoors in your business can go a long way to mold prevention. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity ideally between 30 and 50 percent; you can measure this with a moisture meter easily found at your local hardware store. (source: https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/care-your-air-guide-indoor-air-quality )


SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498…here to help!

FEMA and Mitigation

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Here is what FEMA says about mitigation (The following was portion copied directly from: https://www.fema.gov/what-mitigation )

“Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security and self-reliance.

·         Disasters can happen at anytime and anyplace; their human and financial consequences are hard to predict.

·         The number of disasters each year is increasing but only 50% of events trigger Federal assistance.

·         FEMA's mitigation programs help reduce the impact of events—and our dependence on taxpayers and the Treasury for disaster relief.

FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and implements a variety of programs authorized by Congress to reduce losses that may result from natural disasters. Effective mitigation efforts can break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. FEMA's mitigation and insurance efforts are organized into three primary activities that help states, tribes, territories and localities achieve the highest level of mitigation: Risk Analysis, Risk Reduction, and Risk Insurance. Through these activities and FEMA's day-to-day work across the country, communities are able to make better mitigation decisions before, during, and after disasters.”

Read more by clicking the link provided above.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help!

Spring 2018 Arrives and So Do Thunderstorms

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Spring season has arrived in Northeast Ohio.  There are many terms issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) you will here on the radio or TV.  News Net 5 posted on their website a guide that defines these terms.  We listed a few below, but recommend you click on the link to continue reading more of the information they provided: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather/weather-news/severe-weather-guide-be-storm-ready-with-the-power-of-5-weather-team

“SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH - Severe weather has the potential to occur. You should *watch out* for bad weather to happen. Watches are typically issued before any thunderstorms develop, and are issued for a longer period of time (6-8 hours on average).
While a Watch does not mean bad weather will happen for sure, it means the conditions could rapidly change and the atmosphere is primed for severe weather. This could mean things like hail, straight-line wind gusts and even flooding.  

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - This is your call to action, to do something. Severe weather has been spotted or about to happen and it could impact you. Warnings cover a smaller geographic area and are usually only issued for small chunks of time (on average, 20-30 minutes).”

 SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Some Prevention Tips For Burst Pipes While On Vacation

3/10/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Burst Pipes

Broken pipes can be difficult to fix, and the damage can be costly. It’s best to keep this issue from ever happening. If you’re traveling out of town for an extended period of time, specifically during the winter, there are several steps you can take to prevent your home from being flooded:

• Don’t turn down the heat too far. If you keep the heat on, even if you turn it lower than if you were home, it can keep your pipes warm enough to prevent them from freezing.


• Keep the water running. You don’t have to run the water on full. If you allow the faucet to drip, this helps relieve the pressure in your water system, possibly eliminating water pipe repair.


• Wrap the pipes. If you wrap pipes, especially those that are exposed, with towels or blankets, it provides extra insulation against the elements.

Keep an Eye on Your Home From a Distance

If you’re going to be gone for several days, especially during the coldest parts of winter, it’s not a bad idea to have a neighbor, family member or friend stop by the house once in a while. This can be just a quick peek inside to verify there is no flooding or a broken pipe, or checking the thermostat to make sure plenty of warm air is circulating in your empty home.

You can also use video cameras that you can view from your phone or computer to check on your home. This won’t prevent a pipe from bursting, but it can allow you to at least get a professional there to do a water pipe repair sooner and prevent further damage. Call us right away!

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Are Some Home Improvements Illegal?

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that some DIY projects could put you behind bars? “Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Some jobs call for a licensed professional, especially jobs that involve plumbing, electric, and HVAC installations and repairs. Improperly performed home improvements may cause injury, void warranties, compromise insurance claims, and complicate resales”  

Click on the source link below to continue reading and to view the slideshow.

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/13-home-improvements-that-are-illegal-to-diy-49321

Check with your local city and county to make sure you are also following proper protocol for them as well.  Educate yourself before you begin. 

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Preventing Commercial Losses

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Most people think water damage only occurs from flooding after days of heavy rain. Damage can occur even on a sunny day, leaving your property soaked. Whether the culprit is a broken plumbing pipe, leaking roof, or backup of the sewer system, the damage can be devastating and costly.”

“Roofing – Deteriorated, missing or damaged roofing materials and ice dams can all allow water to enter through the roof and cause damage to the interior of the building and the contents. Inadequate attic insulation and ventilation can speed up the roof’s deterioration and cause ice dams to form in the winter. Exposure to wind, snow, ice, rain and foot traffic can also affect a roof’s ability to keep water out. Businesses often have flat roofs and mechanicals such as heating and air conditioning systems located on the roof, which also present unique challenges.”

Please continue reading this entire article at: https://static1.st8fm.com/en_US/content_pages/1/pdf/us/Loss%20Control%20for%20Business.pdf as this was just a little snippet to get you started.

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Skunk Odor Removal

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

"When these mammals feel threatened by people, pets, or even cars and homes, they deploy their own powerful defense mechanism. Armed with two teaspoon-sized sacs of the oily, yellow liquid, it can potentially unload both directly at their perceived enemy up to 15 feet away! Whether in the form of a light haze or full scale spurt, the musk is strong enough to cause short term blindness in addition to the natural shock and stench lingering afterwards. In addition, the victim may experience nose and eye inflammation, nausea, and difficulty breathing. " Source:http://www.IICRC.org/why-should-skunk-odor-removal-handled-professionals-a-197.html)

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Fire Restoration and Cleanup

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

What would you do if...

You receive a call from a client today with a fire loss?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties?

You have a fire at your own personal property?

Some statistics...

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February.

On average, Fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annualy.

Top 5 Causes of Fire loss:
Cooking equipment
Heating equipment
Intentional
Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
Smoking materials

After the fire is out...

You need a company "Like SERVPRO"
Industry research from 2016 by Buntin Group found that SERVPRO Brand is becoming synonymous with the services provided!

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST! Then repair and rebuild.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Home Fire Information from FEMA

2/11/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in a home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family, or multifamily home, can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything you want to save or re-use will need to be carefully cleaned. The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for any hidden flames. They may even have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.” Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

First Steps When A Fire Starts

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

What do you do if a fire starts in your home?

  • "Remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number.
  • Yell "Fire!" several times and go outside right away. If you live in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and save yourself.
  • If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch.
  • If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Close doors behind you.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
  • Once you are outside, go to your meeting place and then send one person to call the fire department. If you cannot get to your meeting place, follow your family emergency communication plan."

The above information was quoted from http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/if-a-fire-starts.  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Lake Effect Snow Information for Beachwood, Ohio

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

“Lake effect snow is common across the Great Lakes region during the late fall and winter. Lake Effect snow occurs when cold air, often originating from Canada, moves across the open waters of the Great Lakes. As the cold air passes over the unfrozen and relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, warmth and moisture are transferred into the lowest portion of the atmosphere. The air rises, clouds form and grow into narrow band that produces 2 to 3 inches of snow per hour or more.

Wind direction is a key component in determining which areas will receive lake effect snow. Heavy snow may be falling in one location, while the sun may be shining just a mile or two away in either direction. The physical geography of the land and water is also important. National Weather Service meteorologists consider these factors as well as others when forecasting lake effect snow..”

The following was copied directly from the following online article to get you started reading about winter weather safety.  Click this link to read more: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/lake_effect_snow.shtml

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Is It Illegal To Warm Your Car Up in Ohio?

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know it is illegal to warm up your car in the State of Ohio?

"A law enacted in 2004 to combat car thefts says it is illegal to leave a vehicle unattended while the motor is running. Being caught walking away from your vehicle as the ice melts off your windshield could result in a minor misdemeanor.

The law precludes a clause for private property. Meaning idling your car in your driveway could also be a no-no in the eyes of the law." 

We found this story at: http://www.cleveland19.com/story/37174709/yes-warming-up-your-car-is-illegal-in-ohio?utm_content=buffer631b3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer.  Please click this link to read the entire story....very interesting! Thank you Cleveland 19 News for keeping us informed!

Are You Prepared For Power Outage Emergencies?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

It pays to be prepared for emergencies. What else would you add to this list?

  • Plenty of Bottle Water
  • Battery-operated radio & clock

  • Flashlights

  • Extra batteries

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Non-electric can opener & eating utensils

  • List of emergency phone numbers

  • First-aid kit

You never know when a water, flood, fire emergency will happen.  Be prepared and start your list today.  We are available 24/7 to help with the clean-up. Follow our blogs for lots of safety tips and useful information so you are prepared as best you can be.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

What Is A Sump Pump?

12/30/2017 (Permalink)

"Some homes with basements or crawl spaces are protected from ground water damage by a network of drainage tubes around the foundation. These direct water into a shallow pit, or sump, where a sump pump pushes the water out and away from the house through a discharge pipe.

Sump pumps work automatically each time water fills the sump, making them easy to forget about. Don’t. A damaged or broken pump can quickly allow water to overflow the sump and damage your basement." Read more on the Lowes site for types of sump pumps and more!

Source: https://www.lowes.com/projects/repair-and-maintain/backup-sump-pump-bg/project

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is available 24/7 if you need us to clean up from a sump pump failure. 216-464-4498

Winter Storm Clean Up in Beachwood Ohio

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. 

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

We can be reached at 214-464-4498!

https://www.SERVPRO.com/winter-storm-cleanup

Preventing Dryer Vent Fires

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common causes of fires is also perhaps the most preventable.

Dryer vents connect from your clothes dryer, and can build up lint. If not cleaned out properly, the air cannot flow properly, and a fire can result. This type of fire happens most frequently in homes, posing dangers to adults and children.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These fires cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The U.S. Fire Administration also reports that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).

Apart from cleaning your dryer vent, the U.S. Fire Administration has suggestions to enhance safety when using your clothes dryer:

  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
  • Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
  • Don’t dry any item for which manufacturers' instructions state “dry away from heat.”
  • Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow).
  • Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.
  • Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498 if you need our help!

Commercial Disaster Help in Beachwood, Ohio

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

Disasters can happen at anytime! SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can help you become better prepared for any disaster that may happen with the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP). 

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Call us today at 216-464-4498 to get your ERP started!

Hurricane Relief Efforts

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

There were many families who were affected by the storm throughout the Gulf Coast. Although it will take years before all the cities and towns are back to normal, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is always here to help with all storm damages.

In the surrounding areas of Houston and Port Aransas were among the areas with the greatest amount of storm damages. SERVPRO Storm Teams have many years of experience in storm damage cleanup. 

The families who were effected by the storm were left with water in their homes and forced to leave. With our outstanding services and experience we were able to restore the families homes much quicker.

Our professionals here at SERVPRO are here 24/7 to serve all your needs. 216-464-4498

Fire Clean Up in Beachwood, Ohio

12/9/2017 (Permalink)

Tips to prevent residential fires

  • Cover your chimney with a mesh screen spark arrestor
  • A yearly inspection is recommended
  • Ensure all smoke detectors are operating efficiently
  • Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year
  • They should be installed on every floor of your home

If there is ever a fire it is important to exit the building immediately and call for help.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your Shaker Heights property back to pre-fire condition. We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.

Christmas Tree Fires in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

12/9/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season tends to have the most house fires. Some of these fires are started by Christmas trees. There are many ways that Christmas tree fires get started. One most frequent reason is due to electrical problems. There have been instances where an extension cord has failed while under pressure of an object and causes a fire. With real trees there are many precautions and care that needs to be given.  Watering the Christmas tree daily is absolutely necessary because if the water level drops below the cut end of the tree no water can be absorbed. Dry trees are the biggest culprit in these fires because they can burn faster than newspaper, causing the fire to spread rapidly. One in 31 Christmas tree fires is deadly. Keep your family safe in your Cleveland Heights home by making sure string lights have no loose connections, using a single extension cord that isn’t longer than needed, use UL- approved lights, turn off lights before bed, water the tree daily, and keep candles away from the tree.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

Preventing Frozen Pipes in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

It's that time of year and the temperatures are dropping in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  Here are a few tips from the Red Cross to help prevent frozen pipes. (click this link to read more tips: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes):

1) Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

 2) Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

 3) When the temperature is very low outside, let the cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes or pipes in exterior walls. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.

 4) Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent damage if pipes freeze and burst.

 5) If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

Mold in Your Beachwood, Ohio Home?

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights offers a mold remediation service. Our certified technicians follow certain procedures to ensure your home is restored back to, “Like it never even happened.” Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. If your Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights, Ohio home needs a mold inspection or service call 216-464-4498

What Causes Mold?

  • Humidity
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaking roof
  • Condensation
  • Poor ventilation
  • Wet Clothes
  • Flooding
  • Damp basement

How to prevent Mold:

  • Monitor the humidity in your home – Try a dehumidifier
  • Dry wet areas immediately
  • Ensure your home has proper ventilation
  • Try to bring in as much sunlight to your home
  • Inspect water leaks around the house and fix immediately

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Fire Cleanup

11/26/2017 (Permalink)

A fire in a home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family, or multifamily home, can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything you want to save or re-use will need to be carefully cleaned. The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for any hidden flames. They may even have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.” Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help with your fire clean up needs.

Driving In A Snow Storm

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

We wanted to remind everyone some basic tips about driving in the snow.

  • “Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors."

For more information, please continue reading at: http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/#.WE66v4WcFPY

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Hanukkah Candle Safety Tips

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

  • “Never leave a lit menorah unattended.
  • Place menorahs on tall, sturdy surfaces like kitchen counters and dining room tables, out of reach from pets and small children.
  • Never light a menorah near curtains, plants, tablecloths or decorations.
  • Sit the menorah atop a nonflammable surface (we always used aluminum foil) to catch wax drippings or a falling candle.
  • Secure candles in their holders by slightly melting the wax at the bottom of each candle before placing in the menorah.
  • Only use electric menorahs on windowsills.
  • When plugging in an electric menorah, keep infants and toddlers away from the socket (and be sure to check for frayed wires before using).
  • Keep matches and stick lighters away from young children.
  • Test thesmoke detectorsin your house and have a fire extinguisher nearby in case the unthinkable happens.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.vivint.com/neighborhood/safe-neighbor/safety-tips-for-lighting-the-hanukkah-menorah/ by PJ Feinstein.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help!

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies Call Us Today 216-464-4498

A Few Mold Facts

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

When we are called about possible mold in a home, people always ask what should we know? Here are a few things:

  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning

For more facts and information, go to https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Turkey Fryer Safety

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Thinking about using a fryer to cook your turkey this Thanksgiving? Please remember to follow all the safety tips provided at the time of purchase so you do not become a statistic.

  • “Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.”

Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division

http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Thanksgiving-safety

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

How to prepare for storms

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

There is a ton of talk right now with Hurricane Irma and September is also preparedness month. So our blogs will focus on things you can to do prepare for a hurricane or any type of large storm that can effect you (since we are in NE Ohio not a lot of hurricane threats). 

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Start with an easy to carry, watertight container – a large, plastic trash can will do, or you can line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple of trash bags. Next, gather the following items and place them in your kit:

  • Water: 1 gallon per person per day. Fill plastic containers, such as soft-drink bottles.
  • Water purification kit or bleach (use eight drops of regular bleach per gallon of water.
  • Essential medications
  • First-aid book and kit that includes:

- 20 emergency bandages of various sizes
- One 5 x 9 sterile dressing
- One roll of self-adhering elastic bandage
- Four various-sized sterile gauze pads
- One roll of 3-inch cohesive bandage
- Waterless alcohol-based sanitizer and wipes
- Medical grade non-latex gloves
- Adhesive tape, 2-inch width
- Anti-bacterial ointment
- Cold pack
- Small scissors
- Tweezers
- CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
- Non-prescription drugs (e.g., aspirin or non-aspirin pain relievers)"

For more information visit: http://www.wral.com/food-and-supplies-checklist-for-storm-preparation/3283070/

In floods how to preserve documents

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

In large storms or any type of water flood in your home theres a few things you can do to protect important documents. 

First and foremost use zip lock bags. They will protect documents from water. You can keep anything you deep important in these and just use them from the bags. This way you're prepared if an unexpected flood occurs. 

If a storm is coming you can use your dishwasher for important documents. Your dishwater will not let water inside of it and because it is attached to cabinets it is less likely to be destroyed in events like tornadoes or hurricanes. 

Some items to consider storing are:

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  • Driver's license, photo ID
  • Emergency contact list or address book (even if contacts are stored in a smartphone)
  • Insurance policies (health, home, auto)
  • Vital documents (birth certificates, passports, wills)
  • Bank account information (account numbers, passwords)
  • Photocopies of credit and debit cards (front and back)
  • Stock certificates, investment information
  • Extra keys (home, safe deposit box, office and car)"

For more information visit:

http://www.wral.com/food-and-supplies-checklist-for-storm-preparation/3283070/

Lead

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#sl-home

“If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

·         Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.

·         It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:

o    Windows and window sills

o    Doors and door frames

o    Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches

·         Be sure to keep all paint in excellent shape and clean up dust frequently.  Lead in household dust results from indoor sources such as deteriorating lead-based paint.

·         Lead dust can also be tracked into the home from soil outside that is contaminated by deteriorated exterior lead-based paint and other lead sources, such as industrial pollution and past use of leaded gasoline. 

·         Renovation, repair or painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed or demolished. 

·         Pipes and solder — Lead is used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials. Lead can leach, or enter the water, as water flows through the plumbing. Lead pipes and lead solder were commonly used until 1986. “

Read more at https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#sl-home 

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Hurricane Harvey

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Although we are not in Texas our thoughts are with those effected by the Hurricane. 

"

Houston is being inundated with "unprecedented" devastating flooding after ferocious Hurricane Harvey set in over southeast Texas this weekend, dumping torrential rain on the city, with no end in sight.

ABC News meteorologists are forecasting historic rainfall totals up to 50 inches by Wednesday.

Heavy rain bands are expected to continue to move in over Houston overnight, which will continue the catastrophic and life-threatening flash-flood emergency in the area.

The flooding comes after the hurricane left at least three people dead after it bashed the Texas coast. Buildings and parts of communities are submerged and, in Houston, there were more than 1,000 calls for rescues and people were forced to their rooftops."

For continuing coverage on the Hurricane in Texas visit: http://abcnews.go.com/US/harvey-unprecedented-flooding-experienced-inundates-houston-area-kills/story?id=49432077

How to drive in a flood

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

There are floods right now in Southwest Florida. Floods can happen here in Ohio too. There are somethings to keep in mind in case of a flood here in Ohio (or if you are traveling in an area that floods!)

This is a great reminder about driving through water after a disaster:

“After a storm, many roads may be flooded. Avoid driving through these areas, especially when the water is moving fast. Drownings can result from driving through water. In fact, as little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and as little as two feet of water will carry most cars away.” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/driving.html).

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

What is a flood cut?

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

What is a flood cut?  Removing the bottom 12-24 inches of drywall in a flood affected room. 

Examples of why we flood cut:

·         If we detect there is wet insulation

·         The water is contaminated from the sewage or other storm  related contaminates

·         If any microbial growth is detected

After the lower wall portions are removed, any studs or framing are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once the walls are completely dried out new insulations can easily be installed and the finalization of the build back can continue. 

Some of our steps:

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498...Here to help!

How we fix water damage PART ONE!

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

When water damage happens you should call SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights! 216-464-4498.. but you may wonder.. what exactly do we do? Here is step 1!

"Structure and contents

When working within a residence, it is often the case that those who are performing the water damage restoration must work with and around the contents of the home. This includes, but is not limited to, furniture, electronics, books, and any other materials that may have been affected by the water damage. The moving around of the said contents is often referred to "contents manipulation." Water damage restoration firms often bill content manipulation on a per hour basis.

Contents may also require treatment due to the effects of water damage. This may include, but is not limited to, sterilization, sanitization, deodorization, drying, and storage of said contents. Other contents may simply be unsalvageable, or the cost of having them salvaged would exceed its current value."

For more information click Source of information

How we fix water damage PART TWO!

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

You may be wondering what comes next? After we assess the damage, remove any contents, treat any material being left etc. The next step in the process is called Monitoring. What exactly is that? Read below!

"After the water has been extracted and any non-salvageable materials have been removed, water damage professionals should place drying equipment according to industry guidelines for capacity in the affected areas. Industry standards state that drying vendors should return to the residence at regular time intervals, preferably every twenty-four hours, to monitor the equipment, temperature, humidity, and moisture content of the affected walls, contents, or other affected materials. Should one area be dry and another affected area still wet, the firm will relocate or remove equipment accordingly."

The source of this information (and further reading) can be found: by clicking here

If your home or business floods.. give us a call to do the work for you. We are professionals trained to specifically clean up after water damage! SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

How we fix water damage PART THREE!

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

After the stage called 'Monitoring' the next phase is the completion phase. 

"Completion

Once temperature, humidity, and moisture content are deemed acceptable according to industry standards, drying equipment is removed and the drying process is complete. There are defining criteria and methods to be used for assessing water damage and establishing restoration procedures, but because of the unique circumstances of every water damage restoration project, it is impractical to issue blanket rules that apply to every situation. In extenuating circumstances, deviation from standard practices is appropriate."

Source can be seen by clicking here

If all of this seems daunting don't worry that is why we are here! We just thought it would be fun to tell you a little bit about how we fix your home or business after water damage situations occur. 

We are here 24/7/365 to help! SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498

Why call us for your business damage?

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights we can help if your business or commercial property floods. You may be wondering why you would need us. Sometimes the damage of water is not as simple and just cleaning up the water. Call us 24/7/365 216-464-4498

"Though the water seepage will stop once the source of water has been identified and plugged, the problem does not end there. It is essential to determine the appropriate water extraction method, which may range from the use of a wet-dry vac unit to more heavy duty equipment like submersible pumps. Once this has been completed, the process of drying and dehumidification should start. Oftentimes, affected surfaces and areas look dry once the water has been extracted and removed, but there remains hidden water and moisture.  This would call for the use of drying and dehumidifying equipment. As such, carpets, walls, and flooring require removal, drying, cleaning, and disinfecting."

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_damage_restoration

Using appliances properly to prevent fires

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

“Review these tips to ensure safe operation of electrical appliances:

Make sure appliances are approved by Underwriters' Laboratories or another authorized laboratory.

Never operate an appliance while touching a metal object - especially plumbing - or while standing on a wet surface or while taking a bath or shower. Teach children not to touch appliances with wet hands.

Always locate appliances away from sinks and tubs in the kitchen or bathroom.

Never use a metal object such as a fork or knife to dislodge something from an appliance.

Keep motors clean and free from lint, dust, and dirt. Always unplug appliances before cleaning them.”

Source: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/home.html#appliances

Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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How to store food safely in the summer

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

“Refrigerate or freeze perishables right away. Foods that require refrigeration should be put in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home. Stick to the "two-hour rule" for leaving items needing refrigeration out at room temperature. Never allow meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or produce or other foods that require refrigeration to sit at room temperature for more than two hours—one hour if the air temperature is above 90° F. This also applies to items such as leftovers, "doggie bags," and take-out foods. Also, when putting food away, don't crowd the refrigerator or freezer so tightly that air can't circulate.

Keep your appliances at the proper temperatures. Keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C). The freezer temperature should be 0° F (-18° C). Check temperatures periodically. Appliance thermometers are the best way of knowing these temperatures and are generally inexpensive.

Check storage directions on labels. Many items other than meats, vegetables, and dairy products need to be kept cold. If you've neglected to properly refrigerate something, it's usually best to throw it out.”

This is just the beginning of the online article.  For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm093704.htm

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights 216-464-4498

What exactly is a water backup?

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

“Water backup occurs when the water around the foundation of your home exceeds the capacity of removal systems to drain it. It can occur from surface water seeping into foundation walls or sewer systems overflowing up through drains in the basement.

Preventing Water Backup

Maintain gutters and downspouts, keeping them free of debris and leaves and repairing them if they are sagging

Inspect your gutters' capacity - after fifteen minutes of heavy rain, if water overflows the gutters, install additional downspouts

Extend downspouts at least ten feet away from the house

Adjust landscaping and irrigation so that water flows away from the foundation”

Source: https://www.libertymutual.com/preventing-water-damage/water-backup. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help!   Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Wind damage

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

“What are damaging winds?

Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/wind/

Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights

Ways to use bleach

8/6/2017 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from:https://www.clorox.com/cleaning-and-laundry-tips/cleaning/kitchen/how-to-clean-your-sink-and-drain/

“Regain your drain and keep your sink in the pink with these cleaning solutions.

Steps to a cleaner sink and drain:

Before you go to bed, clear out the dishes from the sink and place them in the dishwasher. You can hit the sheets knowing the dishes will be clean in the morning.

Clean and disinfect kitchen sinks in one easy step with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes. You can also clean and disinfect sinks daily with Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach.

To deodorize drains, flush with water. Pour 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach into the drain, then flush with hot water.

Keep your drain running clear by switching to liquid soap or glycerin bar soap. The binders in traditional bar soaps are the main cause of soap scum and contribute to clogged drains. Source: RealSimple.com*”

*Copyright © 2010 Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. REAL SIMPLE is a registered trademark of Time Inc. Used under license.


Read more at https://www.clorox.com/cleaning-and-laundry-tips/cleaning/kitchen/how-to-clean-your-sink-and-drain/#pazhPrJKaIpVEmM9.99

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498...Here to help!

Commercial Carpet

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498...Here to help!

The following was copied directly from: http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/commercial-carpet-cleaning/

“Commercial carpet receives many times the traffic of typical residential carpet. That's why it's important to select (fiber, construction, pile design, color) and install commercial carpet that fits a building user's needs. However, once that carpet is properly selected and installed, its durability and lasting beauty is highly dependent on the ongoing maintenance and cleaning programs.

The first critical component in programmed maintenance and cleaning is routine vacuuming coupled with rapid response to spots and spills. Carpet serves as a "sink" or collection point for everything that is tracked in or settles out of the air. Qualities such as sound absorption, slip resistance and soil-trapping ability makes it the most desirable floor covering in many buildings. Ultimately, however, even the best maintained carpet must be thoroughly cleaned to empty the "sink."

This is where IICRC-certifed technicians come in. They have the equipment, training and experience not only to empty the "sink," but also to restore the color and beauty of commercial carpet, while improving overall indoor environmental quality in the building.”

Tips for power outages

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

The following was copied by SERVPRO of Beachwood directly from: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/outages/what_to_do_if_youlosepower/other_steps_duringanoutage.html

 ·         “To safeguard your equipment and appliances - and to ease the initial load when power is restored - turn off or unplug televisions, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, computers, and appliances that use electric motors such as refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners, until power is restored. Leave an incandescent light on so you know when the power comes back on.

·         Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. These appliances are well insulated, so food will keep for hours if opening the door is kept to a minimum.

·         Use a flashlight or battery-powered lantern for light. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a dangerous fire hazard.

·         During cold weather, keep warm safely. Put on extra clothes or wrap up in blankets. DON'T rely on gas stoves, charcoal grills or other open-flame heat sources. Deadly carbon monoxide gas - which is odorless and invisible - may build up in your home without you realizing it.

To report an outage:

  • First check your circuit breakers or fuses.
  • If no breaker is tripped or fuse is blown, the problem may be in the connection between our wires and your home. Report your outage using one of the following methods:
  • Call our toll-free, 24-hour Outage Reporting Line, 1-888-LIGHTSS
    (1-888-544-4877), or
  • Report your outage online, or 
  • Report your outage via text message.
    Text REG to 544487 (LIGHTS) to get started.

Backup generators can provide an emergency power supply, enabling you to keep important equipment running during a power outage. It’s important to make sure generators are properly installed and operated to prevent health and safety risks for you”

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and  216-464-4498...Here to help! 

What exactly is mold?

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

What exactly is mold?

So we all have heard of mold. We all know that it can be bad and that you don’t want it in the house. That being said, what exactly is it?

According to aiha.org “The term “mold” is a colloquial term for a group of filamentous fungi that are common on food or wet materials. This includes the green Penicillium species that produces penicillin, and fungi that spoil our bread, fruit, cheese and crops. Most of these are Ascomycetes that produce a lot of spores.”

“The majority of the molds that grow on damp building materials are found in the soil and are adapted to grow on a wide variety of materials. Outdoors, molds live in the soil, on plants, and on dead or decaying matter. There are thousands of species of mold and they can be any color. Different mold species are adapted to different moisture conditions ranging from very wet to just damp. Many times, mold can be detected by a musty odor.”

Mold starts to grow in areas we don’t want it to when things inside your home get wet. This can be due to humidity issues, backed up drains, overflowing water sources, and a variety of other ways that surfaces in your home get wet. Remember too, that even if you think you have cleaned up the water, water can get underneath things such as flooring or behind drywall. Call us to be sure you are fully dry!

For more information click: here

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Things to do around town

7/30/2017 (Permalink)

Hey local residents! We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights were browsing some local events and came across a few that sounded like fun! If you’re in the South Euclid area the Brush PTSA is holding a fundraiser carnival.

“On May 6, Mama Catena’s Restaurant in Euclid experienced a devastating fire at their beloved restaurant.  Mama and Papa are heartbroken while awaiting the time when the restaurant can reopen.  In the meantime, they have agreed to volunteer to prepare a special pasta lunch for our First Family Fun Carnival that will be prepared with the help of Brush High PTSA and students!  Seats are limited to 75 so call to reserve your spot now.” (For more information visit: https://www.communitypartnershiponaging.org/cpa-and-brush-high-school-ptsa-family-fun-carnival/)

In addition,  If you’re free on Saturday August 12, 2017, Pepper Pike is having a Movie in the Park Night! They will be featuring the movie La La Land at the Pepper Pike Park at 8:30pm. We haven’t checked this movie out yet, but maybe we will see you there!

Keeping Your Fur Babies Safe

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Your Fur Babies Safe Rosie the Beagle practicing her safety

Do you have pets in your home? Dogs and Cats for many of us are our children and keeping them safe in an emergency is equally as important. Dogs and cats are particularly curious animals and sometimes that can actually result in fires if you don't take a few extra precautions. 

Did you know?

"Pets and wild animals have a part in starting about 700 home fires per year. Roughly three-quarters of these fires were started by cooking equipment, fireplaces or chimneys, lighting, or candles."(NFPA)

To protect your home and pets here are a few simple things you can do to be safe:

  • "Consider battery-operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.

  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional."

If you'd like more tips about pet fire safety visit:http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/petsafetytips.pdf?as=1&iar=1&la=en

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Upcoming Hazardous Waste Disposal

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

As we have talked about in our blogs there are certain household items that really should not be discarded in the normal garbage. They pose dangers when put into landfills just as they pose dangers laying around inside your home or garage. Items such as:

"oil or solvent-based paints, sealers, primers, varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs, spray paints, automotive fluids, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, paint thinners, mineral spirits, turpentine, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, and mercury."

This includes CFL bulbs as we discussed in a recent post! The city of Shaker Heights is accepting these items in a local round up and will safely discard them for you. Bring your items to 15600 Chagrin Blvd on: Sept 16,17,23, or 24 from 8:00am-4:00pm

We highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to keep everyone safe! 

Mold in the workplace

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Your home is not the only place that mold can become an issue. Mold can happen inside business establishments as well. OSHA has set guidelines about mold in the workplace and how it should be addressed.

“There are no standards that say how much mold is hazardous to your health. However, there should not be visible mold growth or objectionable moldy odors in your workplace. If you see or smell mold, or if you or others are experiencing mold-related health problems, report the problem to your employer so the problem can be investigated. If you believe that there is a mold hazard, you have the right to file a complaint with Federal OSHA or, in states with OSHA-approved state plans, the state occupational safety and health agency”.

If you own or manage a business and think you may have a mold problem contact SERVPRO. We’re here to help!

For more information visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/molds/hazards.html

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Fire and Smoke

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

“On average, 8 people die in a home fire each day in the U.S.—almost 3,000 people every year. While working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half, roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, according to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).”

While many home have smoke detectors many are not up to the standards that are recommended. New advances in technology has brought out newer alarms that are all interconnected to provide you with the best detection and alerts possible. 

In addition, 

“Smoke alarms should be tested once a month by pressing the TEST button.

Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps” or “beeps” to indicate low batteries, they should be replaced immediately.

Occasionally dust or lightly vacuum the exterior of the alarm to remove dust and cobwebs.

Smoke alarms should be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, at least every ten years.

Never paint over a smoke alarm.”

For more information visit: ESFI Fire Escape Planning

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Do you have mold?

7/23/2017 (Permalink)

"Homeowners can incur large bills for structural damage caused by water or water vapor trapped behind the walls. This is a prime location for mold to grow. That is why it is important to identify potential situations where mold can grow"

A common question we get here at SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is how to know if there is mold in your home? 

"Detecting mold growth is fairly easy. Look for the following:

• Visible mold growth (discoloration ranging from white to orange and from green to brown or black)

• Musty odor

• Discoloration of building materials in areas where previous water damage occurred, such as drywall and plaster or plywood"

For more information visit: http://www.healthhouse.org/tipsheets/ts_moldcontrol.pdf

If you suspect you have mold in your home give us a call! We are here 24/7/365 to help you. We are trained professionals in mold removal and will be there to put your worries at ease. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Your drywall is wet?! Oh no!! Now what?!

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

The problem with water getting into drywall is that drywall does not dry on its own very quickly. When this happens mold can start to grow which would require professional service. If you notice that your drywall is wet the key to minimizing the damage is to act quickly. Let SERVPRO help! “When drywall gets wet one of the first things that can happen is mold feeding on the soggy paper “skins”.  As the moisture finds its way deeper in to the material, the gypsum begins to soften and eventually turn to mush…or crumble away. It does not take much water or much time for this to occur.  I have seen mold happen after just one “flooding” type event in a mater of days.” (networx.com)

The best thing you can do if your drywall is wet is to give us a call. We can dry it much faster to limit the damage as much as possible! 

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Let’s talk about LIGHTBULBS

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

You may have heard of or use CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs in your home. They can save you money on your electric bill and can also last longer but there are a few specifics you should know about these. What you may not know is that these bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and therefor need to be disposed of properly to protect you and your family as well as the environment. 

“CFLs should never be discarded with household trash. The environmental Protection agency recommends that consumers use local recycling options for CFLs. Contact your local government or visit epa.gov/cfl/cflrecycling to identify local recycling options”

“CFLs are made of glass and can break. be careful when removing from packaging and installing or removing from a socket. if a CFL breaks: 

  • Open a window to allow the room to air out for
    5–10 minutes.
  • People and pets should leave the room.
  • turn off forced air heating and/or air conditioning
  • collect broken glass and visible powder using stiff
    cardboard, tape or a damp paper towel.
  • Place the debris in a glass jar or a plastic bag in a
    safe location outside until you can dispose of it.
  • Contact your local government to find out how
    to dispose of the debris
  • Continue airing out the room for several hours”

For more information on CFL bulb safety visit: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/lightbulbsafetytips.pdf?la=en

Many cities offer hazard waste disposal. In Shaker Heights they will be collecting household hazard items including CFL’s on September 16,17,23,24 from 8:00am-4:00pm at 15600 Chagrin Blvd. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Generator Tips

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

This time of year sometimes leads to power outages. During inclement weather use of generators can be a source of danger around the home. “When plugging in appliances, make sure they are plugged directly into the generator or a heavy duty outdoor-rated extension cord. The cords should be checked for cuts, tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin. If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install a properly rated transfer switch in accordance with the National Electrical Code® (NEC) and all applicable state and local electrical codes”. 

Also, “Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open, Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside away from all doors, windows and vent openings.”

For more information visit: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/generatorsafetytips.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Home Fire Prevention

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that Electrical malfunction is the leading cause of home fires? With some simple tips to ensure your electrical in your home is safe many fires could be easily prevented. 

-Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in the home meets the safety provisions in the NEC.

-Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.

-Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.

-Look for telltale signs of electrical problems such as dim and flickering lights, unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system, insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. Contact a qualified electrician immediately.

-Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.”

For more safety information to prevent home fires visit: http://www.esfi.org/fire-prevention

 SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Cain Park Concert Series-Cleveland Heights Ohio

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Come out, enjoy and relax at a concert.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights will try to attend too! Cain Park has a wonderful website located at http://www.cainpark.com/index.aspx?page=11 to check out the concert dates.

The following was copied directly from http://www.cainpark.com/index.aspx?page=699: "Cain Park is a summer performing art park owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights.

No ordinary City park, Cain Park begins where most leave off: an outdoor, intimate, covered theater similar to a mid-sized off-Broadway space (Alma Theater); an outdoor covered amphitheater (Evans Amphitheater); an air-conditioned art gallery (Audrey & Harvey Feinberg Art Gallery), and outstanding programming that includes professional theatrical productions, a nationally recognized Arts Festival, cabaret series, professional dance companies, children's programming, and concerts featuring national, regional, and local performers.

In December 2004, Cleveland Magazine included Cain Park as One of 19 Reasons to Cross the River:
"There's nothing quite like Cain Park west of the river. During its summer-long season, you can sit in the airy, intimate Evans Amphitheater or, better yet, recline on your own blanket on the grassy slope that climbs gently upward from the theater while you watch local dance troupes cavort and leap or lose yourself in live concerts of folk, jazz, klezmer, blues, bluegrass, Latin and a little bit of everything else by local and national acts. Cain Park also features 22 acres of bike and jogging paths, tennis and basketball courts, a playground, a skate park and picnic tables and pavilions -- but it's eclectic music under the stars that really makes it unique."

Staying Cool In The Summer Heat

7/15/2017 (Permalink)

“We've all been there—tossing and turning in bed, struggling because our sweat has us practically glued to the sheets. It is awful. There are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye (or even just relax!) in an incredibly hot, sticky room. But brutal summer temps are unavoidable for most of us at some point in the year. So how to cool down a room without AC? It's possible, we swear! A few quick tips and trips, a bunch of which you've probably never heard, can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful zzzs. So what are we going to cover? (Well, not ourselves, obviously.) Things like how to use the freezer to your advantage (it's not what you think), getting low (to the ground, that is), and getting extra creative with grains. Confused? Just read on. It will all make sense.” For more information, please continue reading at: https://greatist.com/happiness/tricks-to-sleep-in-the-heat

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

Unexpected Water In Your Basement?

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Unexpected Water In Your Basement? https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/flooded-basement-how-to-deal-with-common-causes

State Farm Insurance posted on their website the following on unexpected water in your basement?

“If the water is coming up through floor drains or sink drains in the basement, then the problem is often water backing up from the municipal sanitary sewer system. During heavy rains, combined sewer systems can become overwhelmed with water. This can cause sewer water to back up in the system and sometimes into homes.

There are other possible explanations, too. Sewer backups can be caused by individual service lines being plugged by grease, waste, tree roots, breaks in pipes or saturated ground. Sewer mains can also be plugged by vandalism or large items dropped down manholes.

This kind of flooding is an enormous problem for homeowners, as it's largely out of your control and probably means fecal waste backing up into basements. Not only is it disgusting, but it can also be a serious health hazard.

In order to keep your individual lines clear, you can install backflow preventers that help stop sewer water from flowing backward into the house. Proper maintenance of your individual lines - for example, pouring tree root killer down your toilets once a year - can also go a long way in preventing sewage backups. Still, the problem is often out of your control.

Sewage in your basement means a major cleanup and a lot of uncertainty about future problems. If it's something you've seen in your home, you'll have to get your city government involved. At the very least, be aware of the problem and don't leave anything valuable near your downstairs drains.”  To read this information and more on flooded basements, click this link: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/flooded-basement-how-to-deal-with-common-causes

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Some Facts About Floods

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

“A flood occurs when water overflows or inundates land that's normally dry. This can happen in a multitude of ways. Most common is when rivers or streams overflow their banks. Excessive rain, a ruptured dam or levee, rapid ice melting in the mountains, or even an unfortunately placed beaver dam can overwhelm a river and send it spreading over the adjacent land, called a floodplain. Coastal flooding occurs when a large storm or tsunami causes the sea to surge inland.

Most floods take hours or even days to develop, giving residents ample time to prepare or evacuate. Others generate quickly and with little warning. These flash floods can be extremely dangerous, instantly turning a babbling brook into a thundering wall of water and sweeping everything in its path downstream.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/floods/

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Lightning Safety

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

This time of year brings warm weather and THUNDERSTORMS. If you can hear thunder you are in close enough proximity to be struck by lightning. While many people know the basics of lightning safety such as getting out of pools, tubs, and avoiding water…there are ways to keep your home and electronics protected. 

“Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers and televisions, to prevent damage from surges caused by lightning strikes

Surge Protection can help prevent damages to your electronics. There are two types of surge protection:

Point-of-Use Surge Protection

Protects only the items that are directly plugged into the device from most electrical surges

“Whole Home” Surge Protection

Located at your main electrical panel or base of the electric meter, this device provides protection for your entire electrical system”

For more information on how to keep safe during thunderstorms visit: http://www.esfi.org/resource/lightning-safety-safety-enlightenment-518?gclid=CjwKEAjwqIfLBRCk6vH_rJq7yD0SJACG18fraRWiW6THbMeS20digrvitm9XtuwSlOQ1X8aFbBe27hoCUtzw_wcB#sthash.avOma7eG.j9Hvgzp8.dpbs

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’Tis The Season… For Projects!

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year to finally get the household projects done that have been piling up. Many of these projects involve paint, stain, and/or gasoline. Aside from the obvious dangers most don’t consider that rags that contain these chemicals can also catch fire. “The oils commonly used in oil-based paints and stains release heat as they dry. If the heat is not released in the air, it builds up. That is why a pile of oily rags can be dangerous. As the rags dry, the heat is trapped. The heat builds up and finally causes a fire.” 

Did you know?

“An Average of 800 home fire per year are started when oily rags catch fire or are ignited”

If your home project involves stains or chemicals that get onto rags here is a few tips to keep you safe:

  • “Never leave cleaning rags in a pile. At the end of the day, take the rags outside to dry.
  • Hang the rags outside or spread them on the ground. Weigh them down. Do this so they do not
    blow away. Make sure they are not in a pile. Keep them away from buildings.
  • Put dried rags in a metal container. Make sure the cover is tight Fill the container with a water
    and detergent solution. This will break down the oils.”

For more tips to keep you safe during your projects visit: http://www.nfpa.org//~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/oilyragssafetytips.pdf

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It’s GRILLING SEASON!!

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

It’s GRILLING SEASON!! 

Who’s hungry for some burgers? I know we are here at SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights! 

Before you get your grilling on there’s some important things to keep in mind with grills. Grills pose a unique risk especially when dealing with propane tanks. For instance, “Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.”

Also to prevent fires it’s important to “Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.” 

For more tips to keep you safe while grilling delicious BBQ check out: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/grilling_safety_tips.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights.  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Northeast Ohio Weather Today Is Hot!

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

The weather in Northeast Ohio today is HOT! What a perfect day to relax at the pool! While pools are a great way to keep cool this summer they can also pose some safety risks. Brushing up on some of these tips will keep your family safe this summer while beating the heat.

  • “If you are putting in a new pool, hot tub, or spa be sure the wiring is performed by an electrician experienced in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
  • Outdoor receptacles must have covers that keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them.
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are special devices designed to protect against electric shock and electrocution. They are required for most pool, spa or hot tub equipment. They may be in the form of an outlet or a circuit breaker. Test the GFCIs monthly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/electricalwatersafetytips.pdf?la=en

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights.  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Gaining A Better Understanding Of Asbestos

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to full understand what asbestos is, as many of us have it in our homes and could be unaware. “Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos has been used in products, such as insulation for pipes (steam lines for example), floor tiles, building materials, and in vehicle brakes and clutches. Asbestos includes the mineral fibers chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and any of these materials that have been chemically treated or altered. Heavy exposures tend to occur in the construction industry and in ship repair, particularly during the removal of asbestos materials due to renovation, repairs, or demolition. Workers are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.”

For more information, please continue reading at: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/

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Stay Safe During A Tornado

7/4/2017 (Permalink)

“A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year. Although tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and the southeastern United States, they have been reported in all 50 states."

"This website is designed to teach you how to stay safe when a tornado threatens. If you know what to do before, during and after a tornado, you will minimize your risk of injury and increase your chances of survival. You'll also find links to research, past events other topics of interest as well as downloadable safety handouts about thunderstorms, lightning, and tornadoes.” Click on this link to continue: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/tornado/

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Proper Garbage Disposal

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Not everything is meant be thrown in the trash, here is a guide that will help you better understand the do’s and don’ts of proper garbage disposal. “When used, stored and disposed per label directions, most household products like cleaners, beauty products, medicines, auto fluids, paint and lawn care products pose little hazard to people or to the environment. However, these products may become dangerous and hazardous when used, stored or disposed of carelessly.

When thrown in with the regular trash, household hazardous waste can injure sanitation workers. In addition, the hazardous waste may end up in landfills not intended or permitted for those type of wastes which could in turn impact groundwater. When poured on the ground, household hazardous waste may seep into and contaminate our groundwater or the ocean we swim in.” For more information, please continue reading at: https://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/hhw/dangers.cfm

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

WiFi Enabled Benches Installed In Shaker Heights Park

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

Similar to SERVPRO of Beachwood, the city of Shaker Heights is using advances in technology to better serve the public. “The city has recently installed two brand new, high tech, solar powered, phone charging, park benches in Hildana Park on Chagrin Boulevard, west of Lee Road in the Moreland neighborhood. The new benches, called Soofa, are the product of an MIT spinoff also called Soofa. The benches also provide internet access to citizens.

“Shaker Heights is a progressive community keeping an eye on the demand for today’s technology. Expanding connectivity into a public park seemed like a great place to get the ball rolling,” says Council Member Anne Williams, chair of the neighborhood revitalization committee in a statement.

For more information, please continue reading at: https://patch.com/ohio/shakerheights/wifi-enabled-benches-installed-shaker-heights-park

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Keeping Your Commercial Kitchen Clean

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

“If you wish to maintain your restaurant kitchen in good condition, you need to ensure routine cleaning. You can either do it yourself or get it done by any commercial kitchen cleaning services. According to experts, the major reason why kitchens get messy is because of the lack of regular cleaning. When you run a commercial kitchen, hygiene and order are essential factors to ensure. You can even be sued unless you maintain your commercial kitchen in good condition.

By keeping the kitchen tidy and ordered, you can impress your customers or visitors. A properly maintained kitchen will surely appeal to your customers. They would mention about it in their communication, which in turn can enhance your reputation.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://originalorkopina.com/blog/commercial-kitchen-cleaning-services/significance-of-keeping-commercial-kitchens-clean/

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

How to Prep Your Home for a Safe, Hazard-free Summer

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

“Unfortunately, like all seasons, summer does come with its own risks. From scorching temperatures to disease-carrying pests, there are seasonal hazards to watch out for. Luckily, you can take steps to prepare your home and reduce your chances of running into problems!

This guide will lead the way to a safe, fun-filled summer by helping you prepare your home from top to bottom. It will help you find vulnerabilities on the outside and inside, as well as special considerations to keep in mind for children, seniors, those with special needs and pets. Many of these steps can easily be done by you, but don’t hesitate to consult a professional for the big tasks.”

For more information, please continue reading at: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2016/06/how-to-prep-your-home-to-avoid-summer-hazards.html

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4th Of July Safety Tips

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

“Now is the time of year when we have cook outs, and sometimes those will often include fireworks. Whether you are setting them off, or attending a fireworks show, here are some important tips to follow. FIREWORKS SAFETY The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. If someone is setting fireworks off at home, they should follow these safety steps:

Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.

Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.

Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.

Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Issues-Safety-Tips-For-4th-of-July-Holiday

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

Cleaning Your Carpets After Winter

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Now is the time of year you want to start thinking about the carpet in your home for the warm weather months. “Carpets get a lot of abuse during the winter months. With dirt brought in from snow and outdoor debris now is the time to give them some attention before the spring cleaning bug hits. The first step to good cleaning is frequent and thorough vacuuming. “Frequent” means at least once a week. “Thorough” means going back and forth six to eight times on each section of the carpet.

If the carpet is left untreated, dusty airborne particles can dull the colors. Fortunately, the original color is usually under the soil, but if left untreated for a long time, soil is absorbed into the fibers causing a yellow cast that can be difficult if not impossible to remove.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/living/columnists/keep-carpets-clean-after-winter-months

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Beachwood Council discusses program to help seniors, disabled bring garbage containers curbside

6/10/2017 (Permalink)

“City Council President Martin Horwitz said that there is "strong support" among council for a program that would help seniors put their trash containers curbside on collection day, but said that some details need to first be worked out before such a program could be implemented.

Council's Committee-of-the Whole met to discuss the subject June 5 and members had several questions about how the program might work. Those questions included who would be eligible for the service, how much additional manpower would the service department need to carry out the job, and how much would it cost.

The estimated cost of the program discussed at the meeting was $200,000.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.cleveland.com/beachwood/index.ssf/2017/06/beachwood_council_discusses_pr.html#incart_river_index

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Plants that Could Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

“Rosemary

Rosemary is a hearty plant that can live for years. In a garden, it can help ward off cabbage moths, bean beetles, carrot flies and root knot nematodes. If you're barbecuing in the summer, you can also put some of it on the grill to scare away mosquitoes.

Mint

Mint's strong smell is exceptionally unattractive to a number of critters, including ants, aphids, rodents, cabbage worms and cabbage moths. Best of all, it's a great herb to have around the house, as you can use it in cooking.

Basil

Every home chef can benefit from a fresh supply of basil and so can any garden. This delicious, leafy herb repels aphids, flies, thirps, mosquitoes, tomato worms and mites.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.gardenguides.com/83034-plants-deter-pests-garden.html

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

Tips To Help Childproof Your Home

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

“Unintentional injury is one of the top killers of children in the U.S. Prevention can eliminate almost all of these injuries.

Take the proper safety measures and childproofing steps to keep your family safe at home.

Install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers to keep children from household products. Anything you know to be poisonous, place out of reach of children and lock it up.

Store household products and medicine away from food and beverages.

Use the stove's back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to keep hot pots and pans out of the reach of children.

Keep kitchenware and appliances out of reach and away from the edge of counters and tables.

Put visual reminders like the Mr. Yuk stickers from poison prevention centers on potential poisonous or hazardous items. Keep the poison center phone number (1-800-222-1222) somewhere visible as well.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/childproof-home#1

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Finding The Source Of A Ceiling Leak

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Ceiling leaks are unsightly, but there can be a much bigger issue that lies beneath the surface. “Identifying the source of a ceiling leak is similar to putting together a puzzle. You might think it's simple enough, but finding where water is coming into the home may be an exercise in trial and error. Where the water enters the home may not be at the source of the leak. Water follows the easiest path until it reaches the lowest point or obstruction along that path where it begins to pool and leak. A thorough inspection and eliminating the most obvious causes is a good starting point when you want to identify the source of the leak in your ceiling.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/identify-source-ceiling-leak-27618.html

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

Is Your Air Conditioner Ready For Summer?

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

During these hot summer days, escaping into your home to enjoy the A/C can be a real teat. Before you crank the A/C this summer, here are some steps to take first. “Before you start tinkering with the system, it's important to understand the basics of how it works. Central air consists of three main parts: the condenser, the blower unit, and the ductwork.

The condenser is the large outdoor unit that is probably tucked behind your garage. Its role is to manage the temperature of the refrigerant, usually Freon, which travels back and forth from the house. The condenser does this by pressurizing the Freon gas as it arrives, turning it into a high-temperature liquid. The Freon in its new state then travels back to the house and to the blower unit.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to/a7669/get-your-central-air-conditioning-ready-for-summer-8509353/

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Tips For Getting Through A Power Outage

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

“When severe weather knocks out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, utility crews work around the clock to restore service. But somebody is always going to be the last one to get plugged back in...and it could be you.

If you’re already waiting around for the power to come back on, it’s too late to do prep like charging batteries or buying a generator. But there are some things you can do right now to protect your home and family…and maybe even reclaim some creature comforts.

Is this an emergency? -  Assess whether the outage is creating a threat or just an inconvenience. Are there wires down on your property? Are you unable to get in or out of your home? Is there someone inside with a medical condition?” For more information, please continue reading at: http://nhpr.org/post/10-tips-surviving-extended-power-outage#stream/0

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Federal consent decree expected to nearly quadruple Cleveland Heights' 2018 sewer bills

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

“The bottom line in "Phase One" of a federal Consent Decree will be a nearly $19 monthly increase in the average local sewer rates beginning in the fall.

That will nearly quadruple the current average monthly surcharge of just under $7, although the billing cycle for local sewer fees is quarterly, so customers won't see the increase until January.

After that, there will be 3 percent increases tacked on in 2019 and again in 2020, in order to raise $12 million for improvements to the 100-year-old system that is subject to "Sanitary Sewer Overflows."

These "SSO's" lead to discharges of raw sewage into tributaries that ultimately wind up in Lake Erie, especially during periods of heavy rainfall, and in direct violation of the Clean Water Act.”

 

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2017/05/federal_consent_decree_to_expe.html#incart_river_index

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Keeping Your Home Bug Free

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

“Before you go after your bugs, you have to know what they're after. Some bugs, such as ants, hunt for overlooked crumbs on your floor and countertops. Moths like to munch on your sweaters. Silverfish like to go through a good book, but not the way you do. And some bugs, like fleas and mosquitoes, simply want your blood. Your job is to keep insects from getting the food they want.

Be sure to sweep your floors and wipe off your countertops to keep ants from marching in. Store cereal, dried food, and cookies in sealed containers. Grain moths love that stuff. Leaving fruit out almost guarantees a visit from gnats, so keep it in the refrigerator, if possible. Clothes made from natural fabrics attract moths, so store them in plastic bags or use moth balls. Since bugs like moisture, look for small leaks under the sink. “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.scotts.com/smg/goART2/InfoHowTo/controlling-bugs-in-and-around-your-house/13400012///

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Legacy Village Free Summer Concert Schedule

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

“Legacy Village's free summer concert series, 'Legacy Live', returns on Friday, May 26th 2017 and continues every Friday and Saturday through September 9th 2017. With more than 30 free concerts planned throughout the summer, concert-goers will enjoy a mix of their favorite live music, from pop and Motown to rock and R&B. 'Legacy Live' concerts run from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.”   "There's a great sense of community and an amazing ambience that attracts 'Legacy Live' concert-goers to what has become one of Northeast Ohio's most popular free concert series," said Legacy Village General Manager Susan Windle. "The Legacy Village Lawn comes alive with families, friends and couples who often make dining at one of the center's restaurants part of their 'Legacy Live' tradition."

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.lyndhurst-oh.com/printnews_2017/printnews35.html

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Housing Programs For Veterans

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

“HUD-VASH is a collaborative program between HUD and VA combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing.

Through public housing authorities, HUD provides rental assistance Through public housing authorities, HUD provides rental assistance vouchers for privately owned housing to Veterans who are eligible for VA health care services and are experiencing homelessness. VA case managers may connect these Veterans with support services such as health care, mental health treatment and substance use counseling to help them in their recovery process and with their ability to maintain housing in the community. Among VA homeless continuum of care programs, HUD-VASH enrolls the largest number and largest percentage of Veterans who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness. As of Sept. 30, 2015, HUD had allocated more than 78,000 vouchers to help house Veterans across the country.”

For more information, please continue reading at: https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp

 

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Ongoing Issues with Cleveland Heights Sewer System

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

“The public is invited to attend a May 16 community meeting with city, state and federal officials regarding a proposed Consent Decree settlement over ongoing issues with the sewer system.

City officials previously announced the meeting, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Center through a May 5 email blast to residents.

There, officials will "present information regarding plans to improve the city's sewer system to comply with the Clean Water Act."

The meeting, which will also be videotaped for local channel 20 and YouTube, "will have presentations from environmental professionals and the city regarding the maintenance, operation and management of the city's 100-year-old sewer system and the impact these measures will have on the sewer rate."

 

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2017/05/cleveland_heights_to_hold_may.html

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Cleaning Your Work Area Is Important

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Is your work space clean?  Do you know what can happen if your work space is not clean? 

“Here are some results of poor housekeeping practices:

  • Injuries, when employees trip, fall, strike or are struck by out-of-place objects;
  • Injuries from using improper tools because the correct tool can't be found;
  • Lowered production because of the time spent maneuvering over and around someone else's mess, and time spent looking for proper tools and materials;
  • Time spent investigating and reporting accidents that could have been avoided;
  • Fires due to improper storage and disposal of flammable or combustible materials and wastes;
  • Substandard quality of finished products because of production schedule delays, damaged or defective finishes, ill-equipped employees, etc.;
  • Lack of future work due to a reputation for poor quality;
  • "Wall-to-wall" OSHA inspections due to the "first impression" of the compliance officer.”

Please continue reading the online article located at:  http://www.toolboxtopics.com/Gen%20Industry/Housekeeping%20is%20Safe-Keeping%20at%20Work.htm

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Bleach Does Not Kill Mold or Mildew?

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

“Chlorine bleach does not kill mold. Chlorine bleach does not kill mold spores that grow into mold. The notion that bleach kills mold is a myth. Bleach will only change the color of mold and temporarily slow the growth of mold. Eventually the mold will re appear and thrive digesting anything organic or cellulose in its path. The EPA Environmental Protection Agency and the manufacture of Clorox Bleach have both issued statement acknowledges that bleach does not kill mold.

One of the problems with chlorine bleach killing mold is that chlorine bleach is practically 100% water that helps to feed mold. Researchers have stated that the active ingredient in bleach begins to die off almost immediately after the manufacturing process has been completed. Furthermore, researchers have stated that chlorine bleach looses almost 50% of its strength within the first few month of storage and continues to degrade thereafter. “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.newtechbio.com/wiki/index.php?title=Does_Bleach_Kill_Mold_and_Mildew%3F

 

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Keeping Your Carpet Clean

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

“Carpeting is expensive, so you want to maintain your carpet long term. Keeping carpet clean is an ongoing project, but with time and dedication you can have clean carpeting for years to come. Regular cleaning is key. Vacuuming and professional cleaning are important for a clean carpet. Take action to prevent stains, such as removing your shoes in the home. Work on preventing damage to the carpet by avoiding certain habits, like rubbing stains and using carpet powders.

Vacuum regularly. Dirt and debris gets caught in carpet easily, and can cause damage if left in carpet long term. Regular vacuuming is one of the best means to keep carpet clean. Invest in a quality vacuum and regularly give your carpet a thorough vacuuming. “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Your-Carpet-Clean

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Weather Fronts-Part 2

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Yesterday we discussed cold fronts.  Today we searched warm fronts.  We decided to go back to the internet site we found the other day: https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather/weather-ingredients/weather-fronts .  Please be sure to click the link to read the entire article.

“A warm front is the boundary between warm and cool (or cold) air when the warm air is replacing the cold air. Warm air at the surface pushes above the cool air mass, making clouds and storms. Warm fronts often bring stormy weather. Warm fronts often form on the east side of low-pressure systems where warmer air from the south is pushed north. A warm front typically replaces cool dry air with warm moist air.”

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Weather Fronts

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

The weather reports can be confusing if you do not know what the terms mean.  This morning watching the weather on the TV, they were discussing cold fronts.  What exactly is a cold front?  Looking on the internet, we came across this website: https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather/weather-ingredients/weather-fronts and found our answer.  Here is part of the online article.  Please be sure to click the link to read the entire article.

“A cold front is a warm-cold air boundary with the colder air replacing the warmer. As a cold front moves into an area, the heavier cool air pushes under the lighter warm air that it is replacing. The warm air becomes cooler as it rises. If the rising air is humid enough, the water vapor it contains will condense into clouds and precipitation may fall. As the cold front moves, warm, moist unstable air is usually replaced by cold, dry stable air.”

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Make Sure Your Smoke Detector Is In Working Order

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

As we spring forward for daylight savings time, this is a great opportunity to test your smoke detectors and check their batteries. These are a few helpful pointers.

“Warn family members. Unless you are trying to conduct a fire drill, you should let everyone in the home know that you will be testing the smoke detector so that they will not feel frightened when the detector goes off.[3] •If your smoke detector is hardwired to a monitored security system, be sure to notify the security system's company that you are performing a test before you test the alarm. You don't want the fire department showing up at your door!”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.wikihow.com/Test-a-Smoke-Detector

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Check Your Toilet For Leaks

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

“If you have a heavy leak in your toilet, it's easy to diagnose—the faint sound of the toilet tank constantly replenishing is a dead give away. What about a slow leak? Diagnose it with food coloring.


If you have a slow leak in your toilet tank, hundreds of gallons are just slowly and silently cascading down the side of your toilet bowl every month. Fortunately you can easily detect if the uptick in your water bill is from a slow leak or not.


Over at wikiHow they share a simple test for toilet water leaks, place a half dozen or so drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. Leave the toilet alone for a half hour or more. Come back and check to see if the water in the bowl of the toilet has become tinted with the food-coloring dye from the tank.”


 For more information, please continue reading at: http://lifehacker.com/5410845/use-food-coloring-to-diagnose-a-leaking-toilet


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Check Your Washing Machine Hose Lately?

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

“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. You need to check all three hoses to see if there is a leak in any of them, but don’t 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.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.homestructions.com/general/check-washing-machine-hose/

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Importance Of A Dehumidifier In The Summer

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

“When it comes to your home, maintaining a cool and comfortable atmosphere at all times is of the utmost importance. While your air conditioner typically solves this problem during summer months, running the air conditioner constantly can result in extremely high electricity costs. A dehumidifier helps cool your home by removing moisture in the air, which allows you to run your air conditioner less often and so limit your expenses.

While an air conditioner can remove moisture from the air in well-ventilated areas, a dehumidifier takes this a step further by decreasing air humidity in all areas. A dehumidifier is most useful in poorly ventilated and damp areas such as bathrooms and laundries, which tend to hold moisture more than other rooms.”

For more information, please continue reading at: https://www.dehum.com.au/why-use-a-dehumidifier-in-summer/

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May Is Motorcycle Safety Month

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

In the month of May we observe National Motorcycle Safety Month. Here are a few facts to help you familiarize yourself. “Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes than other drivers. In 2007, the mileage death rate for motorcyclists in 2007 was 37 times greater than for passenger car occupants. Motorcycle safety also is an issue of increasing concern – fatalities involving drivers and motorcyclists increased 131 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to NSC.

Throughout Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, NSC encourages motorists to share the road with motorcyclists and be extra alert when they are nearby. NSC's tips include:

  1. Passenger car drivers must allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle. 2. Drivers also must show extra caution in intersections. Most crashes occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle.”

For more information, please continue reading at:

http://ehstoday.com/safety/news/motorcycle-safety-awareness-0515

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Memorial Day Parade In Shaker Heights, Ohio

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Are you a resident in or around one of the neighboring communities to Shaker Heights?  Shaker is a community with many family friendly events throughout the entire summer.  On Monday May 29th at 9am Shaker Heights will have their annual Memorial Day Parade. “Be part of Shaker’s Memorial Day commemoration and ceremony at the flagpole in front of City Hall, then join friends and neighbors to watch the parade along Van Aken Boulevard to Thornton Park.” Afterwards there are many restaurants in Shaker Heights to enjoy lunch, or have a nice walk in one of their many parks.  For more information, please continue reading at: http://shakerlife.shakeronline.com/spring-2017/#/76/

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Are Some Home Improvements Illegal?

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that some DIY projects could put you behind bars? “Just because you can do it yourself doesn’t mean you should. Some jobs call for a licensed professional, especially jobs that involve plumbing, electric, and HVAC installations and repairs. Improperly performed home improvements may cause injury, void warranties, compromise insurance claims, and complicate resales”  Click on the source link below to continue reading and to view the slideshow.

 

  

Source: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/13-home-improvements-that-are-illegal-to-diy-49321

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Water Damage-Common Inside Sources

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

There are many areas inside and outside your home that can cause water damage.  According to State Farm Insurance, here are a few inside sources:

•Look for signs of existing leaks on ceilings, walls, floors and near appliances that use water. •Methods to avoid damage due to freezing include insulating exposed pipes, utilizing heat tape in areas which can’t be insulated, and running a trickle of water out of faucets when the business is closed and the water is not being used during periods of freezing or below freezing temperatures. •Avoid putting any solids or grease down your drains, and use screens on your drains to catch solids before they enter the plumbing system. •Ensure hose connections are secure and water supply lines are not brittle or worn for appliances such as washing machines and icemakers. •Apply fresh caulk around all fixtures and exterior openings such as doors, windows and fixtures. •It is recommended that all appliances and mechanicals be regularly serviced by licensed contractors to ensure there are no leaks, wear and tear or blockages which may cause water damage”  

Please continue reading this entire article at: https://static1.st8fm.com/en_US/content_pages/1/pdf/us/Loss%20Control%20for%20Business.pdf

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Importance Of Homeowners Insurance For An Uninhabited Home

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Many people think that since they are not living in a home that they own, it is not important to keep active insurance on the property.  Maybe they think that since they have moved all of their contents out, it is no longer important?  The fact is, there are several reasons why your home needs to protected with a homeowners policy.  Often times in the winter people tend to turn their heat down in order to keep costs down, and this is often in a home that they do not visit daily. This is a recipe for disaster. This could lead to pipes freezing and potentially leaking or bursting (Warning:  not maintaining utilities could also cause the insurance company to deny a claim Make sure you understand your policy terms before you purchase).  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

Facts About Hoarding

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Not everyone realizes that there can be biohazard risks to hoarding due to some of the contents. There could be mold growing that is undetected, as well as animal feces that could have gone unnoticed due to an overcrowded living space. Here are some more facts about hoarding that should be known.

“True hoarding behavior is actually fairly common, with anywhere from 2 to 5 percent of the general American population meeting diagnosis requirements [source: WebMD]. Before you self-diagnose, we're not just talking about someone with a few hundred CDs lying around. Instead, clinical hoarding behavior is characterized by the person's inability to function or move about in his own home.”

For more information, please continue reading at:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/mental-disorders/10-facts-about-hoarding1.htm

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Dangers Of Asbestos In The Home

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

“There are detectors available on the market that can alert you to the dangers of smoke or gas in the air — but not so with asbestos.

If you suspect that there is asbestos insulation or flooring materials in your home, read this handy guide for instructions on the mineral's dangers and health effects, where asbestos is typically found in the home, what to do (or not do!) when making home repairs, advice on proper handling, along with contact numbers in the U.S. and links to more info on asbestos dangers & safety tips...”

What Is Asbestos?
The following was copied directly from an online article written and located at http://www.chiff.com/a/asbestos-disease.htm.  We thought we would share the information as it was a well written definition.


“Asbestos is a mineral made up of tiny fibers. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers, some are more harmful than others. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. Many homes were made using asbestos for insulation, flooring and in heating and electrical systems.

The danger of using asbestos has been recognized throughout history. Warning about the health effects of asbestos can be found in writings from Ancient Greece! The first documented case of an asbestos-related death was reported in 1906. However, it was not until the late 1970s that laws in America began to change to protect people from the health hazards of asbestos exposure. Asbestos was not totally banned in the UK until late in 1999 and Japan is still waiting to enact laws against all forms of asbestos.”

Please click the link above to continue reading. 

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Weather Terms

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Spring season has arrived in Northeast Ohio.  There are many terms issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) you will here on the radio or TV.  News Net 5 posted on their website a guide that defines these terms.  We listed a few below, but recommend you click on the link to continue reading more of the information they provided: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather/weather-news/severe-weather-guide-be-storm-ready-with-the-power-of-5-weather-team

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH - Severe weather has the potential to occur. You should *watch out* for bad weather to happen. Watches are typically issued before any thunderstorms develop, and are issued for a longer period of time (6-8 hours on average).
While a Watch does not mean bad weather will happen for sure, it means the conditions could rapidly change and the atmosphere is primed for severe weather. This could mean things like hail, straight-line wind gusts and even flooding.  

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - This is your call to action, to do something. Severe weather has been spotted or about to happen and it could impact you. Warnings cover a smaller geographic area and are usually only issued for small chunks of time (on average, 20-30 minutes).”

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Stay Safe In Crowded Places Cleveland Ohio

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

With warm weather right around the corner, this is the time of year we are most active.  We enjoy going to our favorite amusement parks, baseball games, and concerts.  Here are a few things to help keep you and your loved ones safe during these warm months.



  1. “Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the exits are located and spend just a few seconds mapping out a potential exit route.

  2. Arrange a meeting place with friends and family. This is a good idea in any crowded place, under any circumstances. People get separated in crowds.

  3. Review landmarks. Panicked situations can lead to disorientation. Look for a couple of landmarks so that you can remain oriented. Landmarks are also good meeting places."


Source: http://www.1800prepare.com/blog/safety-in-crowded-places/


Please click the link above to continue reading the online article for more information.


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Join SERVPRO Industries, Inc. in support of the American Red Cross

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters — the majority of which are home fires. Whether a disaster impacts a single family or a hundred, the Red Cross is there when people need our help the most. The Red Cross doesn’t just help families recover from disaster; they also prepare communities before home fires strike. Believe it or not, home fires kill more Americans than all other disasters combined. The Red Cross is working to prevent these needless losses through the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.


Join SERVPRO Industries in support of the American Red Cross by making a gift to support Home Fire Relief. Your gift to Home Fire Relief will support communities like ours nationwide by providing families and communities with the lifesaving tools and information they need to prevent and prepare for home fires, as well as offer critical recovery services to those impacted by home fires. Together, we can better prepare our community for home fires and support families who experience them. Thank you in advance for your support. 


http://rdcrss.org/2n0khFH


 

Rain Facts

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is here which means rain is too, in Cleveland Ohio.   We found this website that had some very interesting rain facts.  We thought we would share a snippet.  Click on this link to read more of what is provided below: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/rain.html

  • “The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours is 182.5 centimetres (71.9 inches) in Foc-Foc, La Réunion. This occurred during tropical cyclone Denise on January 8, 1966.
  • The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in one year is 25.4 meters (1000 inches) in Cherrapunji, India.
  • Antarcticais the driest continent on Earth.
  • Heavy rain can cause flooding and landslides.
  • Rain allows us to create electricity through
  • Plantsneed water in order to survive, they receive much of this water from rain.
  • Forests that experience high levels of rainfall are called
  • Rain with high levels of acid (a low pH) is called acid rain. Caused by the release of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the air (often from factories and power stations), it can be harmful to plants and animals.”

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Replacing Your Furnace Filter

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Pretty soon it will be time to turn off your heat and start using your air conditioner.  The first thing you will need to do is replace your furnace filter. There are many styles of filters, including ones that specifically filter for allergens. First you need to know how to replace them, and how often.

“What kind of filter do you have? Start by turning off the furnace. Remove the existing furnace filter, which will be located inside the furnace or inside the return air vent. Look for an arrow on the filter indicating airflow direction. Using a permanent marker, draw the airflow direction on the outside of the furnace, so you'll always know the right way to install the filter. Then note the furnace filter size, which will be printed on the cardboard frame.”

For more information, please continue reading at:

http://www.consumerreports.org/home-air-purifiers/how-to-replace-furnace-filters/

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Are You Using Your Fireplace Vent Properly?

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

“A fireplace is often the main feature in a room. Pictures and keepsakes are displayed on the mantel, and during the holidays, the pictures are exchanged for Christmas stockings. A fire crackling in the fireplace adds to the ambiance while the heat it generates helps to warm the area. A closed vent can cause smoke to billow into the room, but using the fireplace vents properly ensures enough air feeds the fire and the smoke escapes up the chimney.


Prepare your fire in the fireplace by placing two dry, seasoned logs onto the grate. Place a kindling between the two logs such as dry leaves, twigs, bark, dried pine needles or small pieces of split, dried softwood. Loosely crumple old newspaper and push it under the grate. “


For more information, please continue reading at:


http://homeguides.sfgate.com/use-fireplace-vents-properly-27448.html


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What Is Asbestos?

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from an online article written and located at http://www.chiff.com/a/asbestos-disease.htm.  We thought we would share the information as it was a well written definition.

“Asbestos is a mineral made up of tiny fibers. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers, some are more harmful than others. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. Many homes were made using asbestos for insulation, flooring and in heating and electrical systems.

The danger of using asbestos has been recognized throughout history. Warning about the health effects of asbestos can be found in writings from Ancient Greece! The first documented case of an asbestos-related death was reported in 1906. However, it was not until the late 1970s that laws in America began to change to protect people from the health hazards of asbestos exposure. Asbestos was not totally banned in the UK until late in 1999 and Japan is still waiting to enact laws against all forms of asbestos.”

Please click the link above to continue reading.

Deductible Questions

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

When SERVPRO of Beachwood is called to a home or business to clean up from a broken pipe, water back up, roof leak or mold clean up (just to name a few examples), sometime there is a deductible to collect.  What exactly is a deductible.  We went to the Farmer Insurance website for a explanation.

"What is a deductible?
A deductible is the amount you’re responsible for in the event of a covered loss. In most covered loss cases, you are responsible for any amounts up to your deductible level and your insurance would cover anything beyond that up to your coverage limit. For example, if you select a $1,000 deductible and have a $4,200 covered loss, you would receive a claim payment of $3,200 after deducting the $1,000.

A homeowners deductible applies to each claim. If you have more than one claim in a policy period, you will be responsible for the deductible amount for each individual claim regardless of the number of claims you have during that policy period." (Source: http://www.farmers.com/faq/home/#deductible)

 

Spring Cleaning

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Its that time of year to begin spring cleaning fellow Clevelanders.  Where to start has always been overwhelming, so after searching online, we found this online article at: http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/7-spring-cleaning-tips.  Click on the link to read the entire article.  We hope it inspires you too on where to start!

  1. "The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
  2. The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
  3. Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
  4. Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well..."

Preventing Bed Bugs

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

“Looking to avoid bed bugs? Bed bug prevention is a lot easier than eliminating an existing infestation. According to the 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey, bed bugs remain the most difficult pest to treat - more difficult than cockroaches, termites and ants!  


Depending on the scope of an infestation and the type of treatment used by a pest professional, it can take several treatments to completely eliminate bed bugs. Fortunately, there are many things that one can do to prevent bringing bed bugs into the home. Vigilance is the key to bed bug prevention. When out in public - whether at a hotel, store, movie theater or work place - it is important to be conscientious of all surroundings.


As the public's awareness of the bed bug resurgence grows, focus on bed bug prevention has also grown. Many Americans are modifying their behaviors to minimize their risk of an infestation. According to the 2011 Bed Bugs in America survey, 27 percent of respondents have inspected or washed clothing upon returning from a trip; 25 percent have checked a hotel room for bed bugs; 17 percent have inspected or vacuumed a suitcase upon returning from a trip and 12 percent have altered or canceled travel plans because of concern about bed bugs. “


For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.pestworld.org/all-things-bed-bugs/bed-bug-prevention/


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What Food Is Safe After A Power Outage?

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Ever wonder about the food in your refrigerator after the storm and the power goes out?  What should you keep and what should you throw out?  We found this blog on Safeco Insurance’s website: http://www.safeco.com/blog-detail/food-safety-power-outage/1240030252311


This is just a tidbit of the online article.  Please click the link above for the entire article.


When the lights blink back on, don’t just assume everything is OK. A few checks are in order first, especially if the power has been out for more than four hours. What’s not in order? Taste testing. You should never taste food to determine if it’s safe. Instead, follow these tips.



  • Meat, poultry and seafood: Discard raw or leftover cooked meat, poultry, fish or seafood that may have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more. Same goes for thawing meat or poultry, along with tuna, shrimp, chicken or egg salad.
     

  • Dairy: Toss milk, cream, sour cream, yogurt and soy milk that may have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Butter and margarine are likely safe to keep.
     

  • Cheese: Discard soft cheeses, such as bleu, Brie, cottage and others, if they may have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Hard cheeses and processed cheeses should be safe.
     

  • Sauces and condiments: Mayonnaise, tartar sauce and horseradish should go in the trash if they may have been above 50 degrees for more than eight hours. Toss creamy dressings such as ranch, but vinegar-based dressings may be safe to keep. Items such as peanut butter, jelly, relish, ketchup, barbecue sauce and pickles are typically safe.
     

  • Frozen food: Evaluate frozen (or now partially frozen) items individually. If the food still contains ice crystals, or is has stayed at or below 40 degrees, it should be safe to refreeze.”


 

Fire Safety Plans- For Your Pet

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

“Have an escape route and plan in place to expedite the escape of everyone, including your pets, to a location outside and to an agreed upon meeting place. One integral thing that can ensure a safe exit is having a leash and cat carrier near the exit door. Maintaining control of a pet in a stressful situation like this means everything.


During planning, you can teach your pooch that the smoke alarm going off means something significant. The noise from the alarm can be a nonverbal signal to your dog that they need to spring into action, along with everyone else, in a calm, cooperative way to exit the home safely. Implementing a specific training exercise with your dog and working with them can be part of their basic training.


After devising a clear exit plan, walk through it together, beginning with the sound of the alarm and proceeding just as you all would if there were a fire. Ideally, Hoeft adds, "Practicing the fire escape plan monthly will help kids and pets grasp the exercise with confidence." Pets are especially capable — they learn best with repetition and catch on quickly.


Integrating kids into the plan can be a pinnacle in getting them to understand the gravity of the situation, because they can be integral in ensuring that a pet is accounted for, especially if there are multiple pets. There are some pets who, by habit, sleep with a preferred child; it can be that child's mission within the plan to confirm to the adults where the pet is, or, if they are old enough to be considered able to do so, scoop up the cat and get her into a cat carrier or grab the leash near the door and accompany the dog outside.”


For more information, please continue reading at:


http://www.annarbor.com/pets/fire-prevention-week-2010---your-guide-to-pets-and-fire-safety/


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Spring Allergy Tips

3/8/2017 (Permalink)

“Nobody said spring allergies would be fun, but you never thought it would be this bad. What if you had some simple ways to avoid the sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes and runny nose that come in the spring?  People think they're doing everything they can to battle spring allergies," says allergist Stephen Tilles, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "But many still find themselves under siege from pollen and other allergens that appear once the weather starts to warm up. What they don't realize is that by following a few simple rules they can make life a lot more pleasant, and their allergies more bearable."


Sweeping up the cobwebs that gathered over the winter is good for more than just making your house look better. A deep house scrub can help eliminate existing allergens and clear the air. It's especially important to get rid of mold, which builds up in bathrooms and basements and is a major allergen - especially in spring months when there's lots of moisture. Because your pets have spent a lot of time indoors over the winter, fur, saliva and dander have probably collected. Vacuuming frequently and washing upholstery and pet beds can help.”


For more information, please continue reading this online article at: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170224/Five-simple-tips-to-make-life-more-pleasant-during-spring-allergy-season.aspx


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Importance Of Home Dehumidifiers

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

“Don't let your guard down — cold season is still in full effect. The combination of Winter's dry air, a turned-up thermostat, and closed windows can wreak havoc on your respiratory system. The best way to combat dry air and reduce your susceptibility to infection is to invest in a humidifier. If you've suffered through too many colds, it might be time to see what all the hype is about.

  1. Relieve sinusitis: When the air is too dry, sinuses don't drain and function properly. According to many ENT experts, adding humidity to the air is generally good for sinus health — especially if you're regularly suffering from congestion and sinusitis.
  2. Heal faster: Whether it be a cold, asthma, or allergies, a humidifier keeps your nasal passages lubricated, which helps speed up the healing process when you're under the weather. For people with bad allergies, there are humidifiers that are specially designed to purify the air as well.”

For more information, please continue reading online at: http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/5-Reasons-Why-Important-Own-Humidifier-14569814

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Why Sewage Is Dangerous?

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

“Sewage is wastewater that can be hazardous to the environment, which is why we don't want raw sewage to get into the groundwater or other bodies of water. Besides being very smelly, sewage that gets into the drinking water supply, or bodies of fresh water or sea water, can do a great deal of damage to just about every element in the ecosystem.  Let's start with the water we drink. If what you flush down the toilet or pour down the drain gets into the water supply, harmful and potentially deadly bacteria infect the water and it becomes a health hazard. The bacteria in human waste, such as E. coli, can infect the water and cause disease. Other harmful solids and chemicals in sewage can damage bodies of water that support wildlife. Fertilizers, such as nitrogen and phosphates, encourage algae growth, which blocks sunlight and affects the quality of the water. Bacteria use up oxygen in the water as they decompose the organic material in the wastewater, and the resulting lack of oxygen in the water kills the fish. The solids in sewage cause the water to appear dark and murky, which also affects the ability of fish to breathe and see around them.”

Please continue reading online at: http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/plumbing/dangerous-sewage.htm

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Do You Understand Lake Effect Snow?

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

“You don't need a meteorologist to tell you what lake-effect snow is: it's snow that's, um, caused by a lake, right? As it turns out, things are a teensy bit more complicated than that, and if you live in one of the states bordering the Great Lakes that are forever getting clobbered by the stuff — or even if you just marvel at the footage of the latest white-out to hit those luckless places — it can help to know what's actually going on.

Lake-effect snow starts the way so much other winter misery does, with a blast of Arctic air descending on us from the north. Water temperature, even in the Great Lakes in winter, is generally higher than air temperature, since water retains heat longer than air does, and the long, slow warming from the summer months tends to linger. Sometimes the difference in temperature — what's known as the lapse rate — between the onrushing Arctic air and both the water and the thin layer of local air just above it can be as much as 25ºF (14ºC). That gets things churning in a lot of ways.”

For more information, please continue reading online at:   http://time.com/3594842/lake-effect-snow/

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Grilling Safety Tips

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

“Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane, used in gas grills, is highly flammable. Each year about 30 people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these fires and explosions occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a period of time or just after refilling and reattaching the grill's gas container. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, consumers should routinely perform the following safety checks:

-- Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.

-- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.

-- Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can't move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.

-- Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.

-- Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer's instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.

-- Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.

-- Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.

-- Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.

-- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany the grill.”

For more information, please continue reading online at: https://www.cpsc.gov/content/cpsc-releases-grill-safety-tips

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Spring Rain in Cleveland Ohio

2/18/2017 (Permalink)

 

While spring brings the promise of warm weather and longer days, it also brings a variety of conditions that can include heavy rains, severe weather, and rapid snowmelt that can increase your flood risk. Don’t be caught off guard. Get the facts. Know the risks. Take action to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your finances—before a weather event occurs and it’s too late.

SPRING FLOOD RISKS

Spring Thaw.

Warmer temperatures and resulting snow melt can produce large amounts of runoff in a short period of time, as each cubic foot of compacted snow contains gallons of water. During the early spring, frozen land prevents melting snow or rainfall from seeping into the ground. The water then runs off the surface and flows into lakes, streams, and rivers, causing excess water to spill over their banks. Add seasonal storms to the mix, and the result is often severe spring flooding.

Spring Rains.

Spring storms can bring several inches of precipitation in just hours or can stall out over an area for days. These heavy rains can lead to severe flooding by oversaturating the ground, overfilling storm drains, or causing rivers to spill over their banks or levees.

Flash Flooding.

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than six hours, which is caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms. Flash floods can also occur when there are drought-like conditions.

Levees and Dams.

The U.S. has thousands of miles of levees and dams that are designed to protect against a certain level of flooding. These structures can erode and weaken over time, and they can also be overtopped—or even fail—during larger flood events.”

Please click on this FEMA link to continue reading: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/Spring_Flood_Fact_Sheet.pdf

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Fireplace Cleaning Tips

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

“If you’re planning some decorations for your fireplace, or if you just want to get rid of the unsightly build-up of soot, you are probably wondering how to clean a fireplace without making a mess. Cleaning your fireplace may look like a forbidding job, but if you take it step-by-step you’ll neither swear nor sweat. This tested method has worked on fireplaces up to 100 years old.

Items You’ll Need from the Hardware Store for a Clean Fireplace:

  • Plastic goggles for eye protection
  • A stiff nylon scrub brush
  • Sturdy rubber gloves
  • A cheap plastic drop cloth
  • A small carton of TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) or phosphate-free TSP Substitute
  • A plastic bucket

Removing Soot for a Clean Fireplace

You can use latex doctor’s gloves to keep your hands clean, but be very careful when scrubbing that you don’t blister your hands, which will be moist and soft inside the gloves.

Put down a cheap plastic drop cloth to kneel on. It’s a good idea to have a large trash can, lined with 2 trash bags, standing by.

Remove your andirons and grate and take them outdoors. Remove the excess soot with your wire brush and set them aside. If your andirons are brass, you can polish them with a brass polish such Brasso, if you like. If the grate and/or the andirons are black, you can restore their look to new with a spray paint appropriate for high temperature use. “

Please continue reading this online article at: http://www.fireplacemall.com/blog/2013/10/clean-fireplace/

 

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Invisible Household Dangers

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

“You may have detected subtle hints that something might by awry: a persistent cough that seems related to the musty smell in your basement, the dastardly scent lingering on your hands after using the kitchen sponge, mysterious-looking paint flakes exposed deep beneath the top layer.

The good news about potential health hazards around the house is that they are easy to uncover, and relatively inexpensive to correct. And the mental benefits of being proactive about these dangers are abundant. No more sleepless nights, and no more wondering whether your child is bathing in water that flowed through lead pipes. These are some of the most common–and easiest to correct–household hazards that may be lingering in your home.

  1. Kitchen Sponges

The sad truth is that unless you’re diligent about sanitizing them often, kitchen sponges often carry more germs than toilet seats. According to Kenneth Bock’s The Germ Survival Guide, sponges can harbor more than 100,000 bacteria, including food-borne diseases that you’ve wiped off the counter. You should (very regularly) toss them in the dishwasher, replace them, or zap them in the microwave for two minutes.”

Please continue reading this article at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/11-hidden-household-dangers.html

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Inspecting Your Fire Extinguisher

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

“Perform the Inspection.

Once you locate the portable extinguishers in your area, the next step is learning the process of visual inspection. Visual inspections should include the following steps:

Ensure access to the extinguisher is not obstructed by storage bins, file cabinets, or similar items

Make sure the extinguisher is mounted in a location where it is visible and easy to locate during an emergency

Check the tamper-seal to verify it is not broken or missing

Ensure the pull-pin is not missing

Check the pressure gauge to make sure the indicator is in the operating range (the needle should be located in the green portion of the gauge)

Note: Carbon Dioxide extinguishers do not have a gauge. The only method for verifying a carbon dioxide extinguisher is fully-charged is to weigh the unit, and weighing extinguishers is outside the scope of the normal visual inspection.

Check the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or a clogged nozzle, and report any problems with campus extinguishers to Fire Prevention Services so we can make corrective measures

Keep track of when the last professional inspection was; off-campus this information is likely written on a paper inspection tag, and on campus Fire Prevention Services monitors the dates of annual inspections through barcodes on the extinguishers”

For more information, please continue reading at: https://fireprevention.utexas.edu/extinguishers/inspection.html

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Lead In Your Home?

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning. 

  • Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
  • It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:
  • Windows and window sills
  • Doors and door frames
  • Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches”

Read more about lead and this online article at https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#sl-home as this was just the beginning of the article to get you started reading. 

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Non Toxic House Cleaning Products For Pets

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

“Pet owners know that cleaning after their furry companions is just one of the joys (read: responsibilities) of having a cat or dog. Sharing your home means sharing everything from the couch and the blankets to the floors and the ceilings (if your pets can reach, which sometimes they can). It's tough work keeping everything clean and tidy for all members of the household, but it's even more stressful trying to choose products that are harmless for our furry friends.

Pet parents should check their cleaning products before purchasing. If any you currently own include the following chemicals, AVOID using them:

–Phenols

–Isopropyl alcohol

–Formaldehyde

–Phthalates

–Bleach

–Perchloroethylene

That said, there are many products on the market aimed at keeping your house squeaky clean and also free from noxious chemicals. Here are 10 non-toxic cleaning products that will keep your pets safe from harm, and your house looking as good as new.”

Please click on this link for the entire list: https://mom.me/pets/19133-non-toxic-cleaning-products-pets/

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Improving Your Shaker Heights Home or Property

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

“Living in and loving a Shaker home can be a major undertaking.

To make the effort worthwhile and the result magnificent, take advantage of Shaker's City Services. Information on historic preservation of an older home is available on the Landmark Commission page and on the Resources page. Qualified rehabbers can receive special incentives through the Shaker Renovator Program.

Residential Improvements

So, you're planning an improvement project for your home. What do you do first?

First, find out whether the project is something you can tackle yourself. The Resource Center, located at City Hall, 3400 Lee Road, is a good place to start your research. Once you've determined whether you want to do the work yourself or hire a professional, you may want to find out what sort of financial help is available to you. The City has a number of financial incentive programs. “  

For more information, please continue reading this article at: http://www.shakeronline.com/for-residents/home-property-improvements

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Lake Effect Snow Information

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from the following online article to get you started reading about winter weather safety.  Click this link to read more: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/lake_effect_snow.shtml

“Lake effect snow is common across the Great Lakes region during the late fall and winter. Lake Effect snow occurs when cold air, often originating from Canada, moves across the open waters of the Great Lakes. As the cold air passes over the unfrozen and relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, warmth and moisture are transferred into the lowest portion of the atmosphere. The air rises, clouds form and grow into narrow band that produces 2 to 3 inches of snow per hour or more.

Wind direction is a key component in determining which areas will receive lake effect snow. Heavy snow may be falling in one location, while the sun may be shining just a mile or two away in either direction. The physical geography of the land and water is also important. National Weather Service meteorologists consider these factors as well as others when forecasting lake effect snow.”

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Winter Weather

2/5/2017 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from the following online article to get you started reading about winter weather safety.  Click this link to read more: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/snow.shtml

“Heavy snow can immobilize a region and paralyze a city, stranding commuters, closing airports, stopping the flow of supplies, and disrupting emergency and medical services. The weight of snow can cause roofs to collapse and knock down trees and power lines. Homes and farms may be isolated for days and unprotected livestock may be lost. In the mountains, heavy snow can lead to avalanches. The cost of snow removal, repairing damages, and the loss of business can have severe economic impacts on cities and towns.”

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Get you home ready for your vacation

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

“Vacations can be an amazing opportunity to relax and unwind but they also require a bit of prep work. After all, you can’t just leave for days of bliss without first getting your home in order. So before you set out on your vacation, make sure your home is ready for the time apart. Here are a few things you should do around your home before going on vacation.

  1. Leave keys with a trustworthy neighbor. One of the first things you should do when planning a trip is to inform someone of your plans. They don’t necessarily need a full itinerary, but should have a head’s up in case of emergency. A neighbor is a great choice because they cannot only keep an eye on your house, but also collect mail and perform occasional duties.”

 

For more information, please continue reading this online article at: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/07/25/10-things-to-do-to-your-home-before-going-on-vacation/

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Draught-Proofing Your Home

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

“Here's a list of places where draughts occur, and what measures you can take to prevent them.

Along the top and bottom of skirting boards - use sealant to fill the gaps.

Between floorboards - a silicone-based filler that allows for some movement is best for filling the gaps in floorboards, or you can insulate the void beneath your floor.

Doors - fit draught-proofing strips between the door itself and the frame. This can apply to internal as well as external doors. For gaps between the bottom of the door and the floor, you can buy a special 'brush' or hinged flap draught excluder.  

Loft hatches - put draught strips around the frame to keep out draughts. Also, the door itself can be insulated, typically with a polystyrene slab on the upper side.

Windows - draught-proofing strips work well around opening casements. Draughts also occur in cracks between the window frames and the surrounding walls - you can either use sealant, or putty here.”

For more information, please continue reading the online article at: https://www.uswitch.com/insulation/guides/draught-proofing/

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Skunk Spray

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

“To catch even a whiff of a skunk's defensive spray is a uniquely horrid sensation. This is due in part to thiol, a chemical compound mainly comprised of sulfur and hydrogen, which is found in the musky spray of skunks, as well as in many other sources of stink, such as onions, garlic, feces, and rotting flesh. The specific thiols found in skunk spray, (E)-2-butene-1-thiol and 3-methyl-1-butanethiol, are especially volatile and dreadfully malodorous.

Skunks are able to eject their highly concentrated spray from their anuses with such force that it can cause temporary blindness when predators are sprayed directly in the face. Additional compounds in the spray, known as thioacetates, activate once they are exposed to water, which makes attempts to wash the spray off even smellier.” 

To read more of this online article, click on this link: https://www.crittercontrol.com/services/skunks/skunk-spray.html

Once the skunk has been removed, we will help neutralize the odor.

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What Is Asbestos?

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

“Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos has been used in products, such as insulation for pipes (steam lines for example), floor tiles, building materials, and in vehicle brakes and clutches. Asbestos includes the mineral fibers chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and any of these materials that have been chemically treated or altered. Heavy exposures tend to occur in the construction industry and in ship repair, particularly during the removal of asbestos materials due to renovation, repairs, or demolition. Workers are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.”

For more information, please continue reading at: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/

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Create a Fire Escape Plan

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

“Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible.

Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.

Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.

It's important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation.

If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route. Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire.”

For more information, continue reading this online article at: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/safety-in-the-home/escape-planning/basic-fire-escape-planning

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Does Insurance Cover Floods?

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

  • "According to The Insurance Information Institute “Standard homeowners and renters insurance does not cover flood damage: Flood damage is excluded under standard homeowner’s policies, although it is covered under the comprehensive section of a standard auto insurance policy. Only a flood insurance policy, available to homeowners and renters through the federal government, will cover flood-related losses.
  • Flood insurance is easy to purchase: Federal flood insurance policies can be purchased directly from an insurance agent or a company representative, and are available to communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. Nearly 100 insurance companies write and service NFIP policies. In order to find an agent or company servicing your area, visit floodsmart.gov or call (888) 379-9531.  Flood insurance is available on a replacement cost basis for the structure of the home and on an actual cash value basis for personal property.”

Please click this link to continue reading the online article http://www.iii.org/article/facts-about-flood-insurance

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How Is Types Of Precipitation Detected?

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

We wanted to know how precipitation was detected.  So we went to this website http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/research/winter/ to find out.  This is just a part of the online article to get you started reading.  Please click the link to read more information.

"Detecting and forecasting different types of winter precipitation (freezing rain, sleet, snow, and rain) is difficult. We are developing an algorithm—the Winter Hydrometeor Classification Algorithm (HCA)— that uses radar data to sort winter precipitation into categories. The winter HCA combines polarimetric radar data with thermodynamic output from numerical models to produce a surface-based winter precipitation type. This will help the forecaster quickly assess the precipitation event and better forecast how much will fall." 

 

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Gutter Cleaning Tips

1/22/2017 (Permalink)

“Don’t Ignore Your Gutters

While it’s a job many of us would love to ignore, gutter cleaning is an important twice-a-year ritual all homeowners need to adopt. When clogged gutters overflow, they can cause ice dams on the roof that force water inside your house. They can also get so heavy that they’ll pull the gutters loose and rot the trim and siding. Even if your gutter doesn’t fill to overflowing each season, leaving any decaying debris in there is an invitation to carpenter ants and mosquitoes. If you have a lot of trees around your house, you might want to clean your gutters even more frequently.

Cleaning Your Gutters

There are lots of ways to do the cleaning. You can find inventions like tongs on an extension pole, shop vacuums with gutter nozzles or even a remote-controlled gutter-running robot. But most methods eventually involve getting on a ladder. If you have gutters above the first story or aren’t comfortable on a ladder, you’re better off hiring a pro.

DIY Gutter Cleaning

To clean your gutters yourself, wear gloves, a dust mask, and safety goggles. Make sure your ladder is well-footed at all times and use a ladder stabilizer, or stand-off, to keep from denting and damaging your gutters. Scoop the debris into a garbage bag with a garden trowel, then rinse toward the downspout with a high-pressure nozzle on your hose and scrub it clean. Try to avoid spattering the siding in the process. Next, clear the downspouts with a hose or auger. Installing leaf strainers at the drain tops will cut down on the large clogs."

For more information, please continue reading this online article for more tips at: https://www.bobvila.com/articles/19-quick-tip-cleaning-your-gutters/#.WH-sDYWcFPY

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Fire Protection-Sprinkler Systems

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Your building may be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. When properly installed and maintained, this system provides 24-hour fire protection. Should a fire start, the system will activate and release a water spray in the area of the fire, suppressing it until the fire department arrives. It is important that the system be professionally inspected at least annually, or more often depending on your local codes and requirements. Fire Extinguishers Portable fire extinguishers are often the first line of defense in fighting a fire. It is important that your business has the right type, size and number of extinguishers, and that your employees are trained to locate and use them.”

Please continue reading this entire article at: https://static1.st8fm.com/en_US/content_pages/1/pdf/us/Loss%20Control%20for%20Business.pdf

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Snow Information-Cleveland Ohio

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

  • Snow Flurries. Light snow falling for short durations. No accumulation or light dusting is all that is expected.
  • Snow Showers. Snow falling at varying intensities for brief periods of time. Some accumulation is possible.
  • Snow Squalls. Brief, intense snow showers accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Accumulation may be significant. Snow squalls are best known in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Blowing Snow. Wind-driven snow that reduces visibility and causes significant drifting. Blowing snow may be snow that is falling and/or loose snow on the ground picked up by the wind.
  • Blizzards. Winds over 35mph with snow and blowing snow, reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less for at least 3 hours.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Storing Food Safely

1/14/2017 (Permalink)

“Refrigerate or freeze perishables right away. Foods that require refrigeration should be put in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home. Stick to the "two-hour rule" for leaving items needing refrigeration out at room temperature. Never allow meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or produce or other foods that require refrigeration to sit at room temperature for more than two hours—one hour if the air temperature is above 90° F. This also applies to items such as leftovers, "doggie bags," and take-out foods. Also, when putting food away, don't crowd the refrigerator or freezer so tightly that air can't circulate.

Keep your appliances at the proper temperatures. Keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C). The freezer temperature should be 0° F (-18° C). Check temperatures periodically. Appliance thermometers are the best way of knowing these temperatures and are generally inexpensive.

Check storage directions on labels. Many items other than meats, vegetables, and dairy products need to be kept cold. If you've neglected to properly refrigerate something, it's usually best to throw it out.”

This is just the beginning of the online article.  For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm093704.htm

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Winter Precipitation

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Most precipitation that forms in wintertime clouds starts out as snow because the top layer of the storm is usually cold enough to create snowflakes. Snowflakes are just collections of ice crystals that cling to each other as they fall toward the ground. Precipitation continues to fall as snow when the temperature remains at or below 0 degrees Celsius from the cloud base to the ground.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

1/11/2017 (Permalink)

“Indoor pet tips:

During severe weather, dogs should be let out only to relieve themselves. Cats should be kept indoors at all times.

Remove ice, salt and caked mud from your pet's paws and coat immediately.

Before walks, put Vaseline or doggie shoes on your dogs' paws to protect him/her from sidewalk salt and chemicals; wipe the Vaseline off when back inside.

Make sure your pet’s bed is not on the floor in a cold or drafty area of your home.

Indoor dogs typically receive less exercise during cold weather and therefore may require fewer calories; feed smaller portions in order to avoid weight gain.

Indoor exercise playgroups are a great option to keep your pet active on cold days.

Outdoor pet tips:

Minnesota state law governs all companion animals be provided shelter from the elements. In severe weather, allow your pet to be in your house or garage.

Outdoor pets typically need more food in cold weather because they must burn more calories to keep warm.

Check for frostbite, especially on paws and ears.

Make sure your pet’s water is never frozen.

Keep an eye out for and clean up all antifreeze spills—one lick of the sweet-tasting fluid can be fatal to an animal.

Cats have been known to climb onto vehicle engines for warmth; knock on the hood of your car before starting the engine if you suspect your cat could be inside.

Watch for signs of hypothermia—weak pulse, dilated pupils, decreased heart rate, extreme shivering, pale or blue mucous membranes, body temperature below 95 degrees, stupor and unconsciousness. Consequences of extreme hypothermia may include neurological problems including coma, heart problems and kidney failure.”

For more information, please continue reading this online article at: https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/news/keeping-pets-safe-cold-weather-0

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Winter Precipitation Information

1/10/2017 (Permalink)

“Most precipitation that forms in wintertime clouds starts out as snow because the top layer of the storm is usually cold enough to create snowflakes. Snowflakes are just collections of ice crystals that cling to each other as they fall toward the ground. Precipitation continues to fall as snow when the temperature remains at or below 0 degrees Celsius from the cloud base to the ground.

  • Snow Flurries. Light snow falling for short durations. No accumulation or light dusting is all that is expected.
  • Snow Showers. Snow falling at varying intensities for brief periods of time. Some accumulation is possible.
  • Snow Squalls. Brief, intense snow showers accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Accumulation may be significant. Snow squalls are best known in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Blowing Snow. Wind-driven snow that reduces visibility and causes significant drifting. Blowing snow may be snow that is falling and/or loose snow on the ground picked up by the wind.
  • Blizzards. Winds over 35mph with snow and blowing snow, reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less for at least 3 hours.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Preventing Water Backup

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

“Water backup occurs when the water around the foundation of your home exceeds the capacity of removal systems to drain it. It can occur from surface water seeping into foundation walls or sewer systems overflowing up through drains in the basement.

Preventing Water Backup

  • Maintain gutters and downspouts, keeping them free of debris and leaves and repairing them if they are sagging
  • Inspect your gutters' capacity - after fifteen minutes of heavy rain, if water overflows the gutters, install additional downspouts
  • Extend downspouts at least ten feet away from the house
  • Adjust landscaping and irrigation so that water flows away from the foundation”

Source: https://www.libertymutual.com/preventing-water-damage/water-backup. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Tips to Prevent Mold in Your Home

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

“Keep the house dry -- don't let water build up anywhere, ventilate damp rooms, wipe shower walls and doors after use.

Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine where mold can quickly grow.

Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles regularly with mold-killing products.

Don't have too many indoor plants -- especially in the bedroom -- as mold can grow in plant soil.

Fix any leaks or seepage in the house, indoors and out.

Put plastic over dirt in crawlspaces and keep them well ventilated.

Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Turn off humidifiers if you see condensation on windows.

Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in basements and other areas of the house where mold tends to grow, especially in hot humid climates.

Clean dehumidifiers and humidifiers every week.

On concrete floors, remove carpet and use area rugs that can be lifted and washed, or install a vapor barrier over the concrete.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.webmd.com/children/prevent-mold

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Snow Shoveling Safety

1/1/2017 (Permalink)

“With really big snow storms – and even everyday, run-of-the-mill snowfalls – comes a risk of death by shoveling. According to CBS News in Chicago, by early February 2015, around 18 people in the Chicago area had died in snow shoveling-related incidents. They ranged in age from their 40s to 75. Nationwide, snow shoveling is responsible for thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths each year.

So, why so many deaths? Shoveling snow is just another household chore, right?

Not at all, says Harvard Health Executive Editor Patrick J. Skerrett."

"Picking up a shovel and moving hundreds of pounds of snow, particularly after doing nothing physical for several months, can put a big strain on the heart," Skerrett wrote in February 2013.

Pushing a heavy snow blower also can cause injury. And, there's the cold factor. Cold weather can increase heart rate and blood pressure. It can make blood clot more easily and constrict arteries, which decreases blood supply. This is true even in healthy people. Individuals over the age of 40 or who are relatively inactive should be particularly careful.

National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely.

Do not shovel after eating or while smoking

Take it slow and stretch out before you begin

Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it's lighter

Push the snow rather than lifting it

If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel

Lift with your legs, not your back

Do not work to the point of exhaustion

 

Don't pick up that shovel without a doctor's permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness, stop immediately. A clear driveway is not worth your life.”

For more information, please continue reading at http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-snow-shoveling.aspx

 

Tips To Prevent Commercial Losses

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Most people think water damage only occurs from flooding after days of heavy rain. Damage can occur even on a sunny day, leaving your property soaked. Whether the culprit is a broken plumbing pipe, leaking roof, or backup of the sewer system, the damage can be devastating and costly.”

“Roofing – Deteriorated, missing or damaged roofing materials and ice dams can all allow water to enter through the roof and cause damage to the interior of the building and the contents. Inadequate attic insulation and ventilation can speed up the roof’s deterioration and cause ice dams to form in the winter. Exposure to wind, snow, ice, rain and foot traffic can also affect a roof’s ability to keep water out. Businesses often have flat roofs and mechanicals such as heating and air conditioning systems located on the roof, which also present unique challenges.”

Please continue reading this entire article at: https://static1.st8fm.com/en_US/content_pages/1/pdf/us/Loss%20Control%20for%20Business.pdf as this was just a little snippet to get you started.

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Winter Storm Facts

12/23/2016 (Permalink)

“Everyone is potentially at risk during winter storms. The actual threat to you depends on your specific situation. Recent observations show that:

  • Of injuries related to ice and snow:
    • About 70% occur in automobiles.
    • About 25% are people caught out in the storm.
    • Majority are males over 40 years old.
  • Of injuries related to exposure to cold:
    • 50% are people over 60 years old.
    • Over 75% are males.
    • About 20% occur in the home.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/

Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Tips-Saving Money on Energy Costs During The Winter

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

“While setting the thermostat to the right temperatures can improve the comfort of one’s home, it is not the only way to do so. Other ways for a homeowner to minimize energy usage and costs, while improving the overall environment inside of his or her home include:

  • Wear warmer clothing and consider setting the temperature to lower than 72 degrees to see more savings on energy bills.
  • Inspect and regularly replace filters.
  • Get an inspection and furnace tune up before the arrival of winter to get the furnace ready for the season.
  • Inspect the home for drafts and leaks. Seal up any cracks, holes or gaps in the home’s entryways, walls, and foundation to prevent thermal energy from escaping.
  • Use weather stripping on doors and windows that are used frequently.
  • Caulk or seal the windows and any unused exterior doors.
  • Set the water tank temperature to 120 degrees to reduce thermal energy costs.
  • Open the curtains or blinds to let the sunlight in to help heat the home.
  • Rearrange furniture so that no one has to sit where there may be drafts coming in.
  • Check all pipes and faucets for leaks. Insulate the pipes by covering them with a blanket.

Prior to the cold weather setting in, homeowners should make every effort to winterize their home. Stop playing with the thermostat and get more enjoyment out of your home by making it as energy efficient as possible.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.assuredclimate.com/ideal-temperature-set-heat-winter-save-money/

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Types of Winter Weather

12/18/2016 (Permalink)

Blizzards are dangerous winter storms that are a combination of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibilities. While heavy snowfalls and severe cold often accompany blizzards, they are not required. Sometimes strong winds pick up snow that has already fallen, creating a ground blizzard.

An ice storm is a storm which results in the accumulation of at least .25” of ice on exposed surfaces. They create hazardous driving and walking conditions. Tree branches and powerlines can easily snap under the weight of the ice.

Lake effect storms are not low pressure system storms. As a cold, dry air mass moves over the Great Lakes regions, the air picks up lots of moisture from the Great Lakes. This air, now full of water, dumps the water as snow in areas generally to the south and east of the lakes.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Tips For Driving In The Snow

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

  • “Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

For more information, please continue reading at: http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/#.WE66v4WcFPY

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Christmas Tree Fire Information

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

 “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 210 home1 structure fires per year that began with Christmas trees in 2009-2013. These fires caused an annual average of seven civilian deaths, 19 civilian injuries, and $17.5 million in direct property damage. On average, one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires. When these fires occur, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires. Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in 30% of Christmas tree fires. In one-quarter (24%) of the Christmas tree fires and two-thirds (67%) of the deaths, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fire-causes/holiday/christmas-tree-and-holiday-lights

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Preventing Ice Dams

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

“Proper ventilation, drainage and insulation are the only ways to prevent ice dams and can be achieved in the following ways:

  • Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris
  • Check and seal places where warm air could leak from your house to the attic: vent pipes, exhaust fans, chimneys, attic hatches and light fixtures are all possibilities
  • Inspect, or have your roof and attic inspected for proper ventilation and insulation
  • Look for signs of inadequate ventilation: rust spots, rusty nails or a mildew smell are all signals that moisture has formed on the inside of your roof
  • If you have soffit vents in your eaves, make sure they are not blocked and insulation surrounding them is secured so that air can flow easily”

Source: https://www.libertymutual.com/preventing-water-damage/ice-dams. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Space Heater Safety Tips

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

  • “Never leave pets and young children alone in a room with a space heater.
  • Buy a space heater that has a guard around the heating element. This will help keep kids and pets safe from burns.
  • Choose one that’s tested and certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. Not only do they meet certain safety standards, but manufacturers have to provide use and care information to consumers.
  • Never leave a space heater turned on when you leave the house or go to sleep. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can form if you’re using a fuel-fired heater, and a fire can start if you’re using an electric model.
  • Don’t run several appliances at the same time if you’re using a space heater. In addition, don’t use extension cords with them. This will help avoid a circuit overload.
  • Check your heaters regularly – look for frayed wires and remove dust accumulation on grates, grills, coils, and other elements of the heater. All of these are a fire hazard.
  • To help prevent shocks, avoid using space heaters in rooms where spills and moisture build-ups are likely, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • If you have an older model, consider getting a newer one that most likely has improved safety features.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.clekis.com/dangers-space-heaters/

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How do winter storms form?

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

“Just like any other storm at other times of the year, the right combination of ingredients is necessary for a winter storm to develop.

Three basic ingredients are necessary to make a winter storm:

  • Cold air. Below freezing temperatures in the clouds and near the ground are necessary to make snow and/or ice.
  • Lift. Something to raise the moist air to form the clouds and cause precipitation. An example of lift is warm air colliding with cold air and being forced to rise over the cold dome. The boundary between the warm and cold air masses is called a front. Another example of lift is air flowing up a mountainside.
  • Moisture. To form clouds and precipitation. Air blowing across a body of water, such as a large lake or the ocean, is an excellent source of moisture."

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Mold in Commercial Buildings

12/4/2016 (Permalink)

Good indoor air quality enhances occupant health, comfort, and workplace productivity. Rental properties can gain a marketing advantage if they are known to offer a healthy and pleasant indoor environment. Failure to respond promptly and effectively to IAQ problems can have consequences such as: increasing health problems such as cough, eye irritation, headache, and allergic reactions, and, in some rare cases, resulting in life-threatening conditions (e.g., Legionnaire’s disease, carbon monoxide poisoning) reducing productivity due to discomfort or increased absenteeism” (Source: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-08/documents/iaq.pdf).  Please read the entire online article by the EPA by clicking the link provided.

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Coldest Day of the Year

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

According to Susan Osborne’s November 18, 2014 article located online https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/whats-coldest-day-year   “As winter approaches, much of the United States is beginning to brace for the cold, while some areas have already experienced their coldest day of the year. To give you a better idea of the coldest time of year for your area, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center has created a new “Coldest Day of the Year” map.

This map is derived from the 1981–2010 U.S. Climate Normals—"the Normals," for short. The Normals are 30-year averages of climate conditions from weather station data across the country, including the average low temperature for each day. From these values, scientists can identify which day of the year, on average, has the lowest minimum temperature, a.k.a. the “coldest day."  Please continue reading this very interesting article by clicking the link above.

 

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Christmas Tree Safety Tips

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

 “Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.

Picking the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.“

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fire-causes/holiday/christmas-tree-and-holiday-lights

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Holiday Fires-Tips

11/27/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know?

“Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage.** • On average, one of every 22 home fires started by Christmas trees result in death.*** • Candle fires are four times as likely to occur during the winter holidays.** • During the winter holiday season, an average of 40 home fires per day are caused by children playing.** • The number of home fires the American Red Cross has responded to has risen 10% since 2000.* • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.**  Sources: American Red Cross,* U.S. Fire Administration,** and the National Fire Protection Association.*** “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340080_FireHolidayFactSheet.pdf

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Business Fire Insurance

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

According to The Insurance Information InstituteAlthough it took a different direction from the activities at Lloyd’s, modern fire insurance also had its beginnings in 17th century England. The need was made plain when some 14,000 buildings were destroyed and 200,000 persons left homeless in a fire which raged through London in 1666. The first fire insurance company was founded in London the following year. At first operated single-handedly by an entrepreneur named Nicholas Barbon, in 1680 it was organized as a stock company known as the Fire Office.

In the New World, the first fire insurance firm was formed in 1735 but lasted a scant five years. It was Benjamin Franklin who got fire insurance off to its real start—in 1752—with the successful formation of the Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire. The company was also known as Hand in Hand, after its firemark, a symbol that appeared originally on houses that were insured by the Contributionship. That company still exists today.”  Please click this link to continue reading the online article: http://www.iii.org/article/insurance-101

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School Snow Days

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

According to https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/snow-day-factors-map#/1 , “Though amount of snowfall is a factor, when that snow falls is hugely influential. If snow is still falling the morning of school, there's a better chance it will be called off. But if the snowfall ends by 8 p.m., you're probably going to have school the next day. This is because snow that stops falling sooner is more likely to be plowed – or melt away, if it's not too cold.” 

Please click above to continue reading more about what it takes to cancel school due to the snow.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

  • “Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
  • Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
  • Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
  • During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night”

Source: https://www.libertymutual.com/preventing-water-damage/frozen-pipes. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Will Insurance Cover A Fallen Tree?

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

According to The Insurance Information InstituteIf a tree falls and hits your house, are you covered? The short answer is, yes. The coverage is quite straightforward: if a tree hits a home or other insured structure, such as a detached garage, standard homeowners insurance policies provide coverage for the damage the tree does to the structure and the contents in it. This includes trees felled by wind, lightning or hail.

It does not matter whether or not you own the tree; if it lands on your home, you can file a claim with your insurance company. After a hurricane or windstorm, trees, shrubs and branches can become projectiles capable of traveling significant distances and can cause considerable damage to property. In most cases, an insurance company is not going to spend time trying to figure out where a tree or other item originally came from.”  Please click this link to continue reading the online article: http://www.iii.org/article/trees-and-insurance

 

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Shaker Heights, Ohio- Fire Hydrants vs. Snow

11/13/2016 (Permalink)

The following was found online located at http://shakeronline.com/city-services/collection-and-removal/snow-collection 

"During winter months when the snow and ice piles high, Shaker’s 1,500 fire hydrants often are buried.

If you are able, please clear snow from around hydrants and avoid shoveling snow on top of them so that fire crews can quickly gain access during an emergency.

However, if fire hydrants are buried in snow and you are unable to dig them out, don’t worry! The Shaker Heights Fire Department has detailed maps indicating the specific locations of all hydrants. In the event of a fire where a hydrant is not immediately accessible, each truck is equipped with 700 gallons of water – enough to fight a fire for approximately 10 minutes – while crews simultaneously dig out the closest hydrant."

The link above provides other information about Shaker Heights, Ohio snow removal reminders and policies.

What Is Thundersnow?

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

“Although thunderstorms are less common in the winter, sometimes lightning can occur within snowstorms and is called thundersnow. Thundersnow can be found where there is relatively strong instability and abundant moisture above the surface, such as above a warm front. Thundersnow is sometimes observed downstream of the Great Salt Lake and the Great Lakes during lake-effect snowstorms too.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/faq/ Please click the lik to continue reading the online article.

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Candle Safety Tips

11/8/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know these facts about candle safety?

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight.Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burningLong or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
  • Always use a candle-holder specifically designed for candle use.The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.”

Source: http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/candle-safety-rules/ Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Home Fire

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

A fire in a home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family, or multifamily home, can cause serious damage. The building and many of the things in your home may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. You will find that things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with water used to put out the flames. Anything you want to save or re-use will need to be carefully cleaned. The firefighters may have cut holes in the walls of the building to look for any hidden flames. They may even have cut holes in the roof to let out the heat and smoke. Cleanup will take time and patience.” Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa_46.pdf

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Medical Waste

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

Concern for the potential health hazards of medical wastes grew in the 1980s after medical wastes were washing up on several east coast beaches. This prompted Congress to enact The MWTA of 1988. The MWTA was a two-year federal program in which EPA was required to promulgate regulations on management of medical waste. The Agency did so on March 24, 1989. The regulations for this two year program went into effect on June 24, 1989 in four states - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island and Puerto Rico. The regulations expired on June 21, 1991.”  Source copied from: https://www.epa.gov/rcra/medical-waste Please click link to continue reading the online article.

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Preparing Buildings For Winter

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

“Building Exterior

  • Roof: inspect and repair. Seal around vents and other protrusions to prevent roof leaks.
  • Gutters and downspouts: remove all obstructions and make sure they are properly secured.
  • Exterior water lines: drain and winterize to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Drains: clear debris so that water drains away from your property.
  • Basements: are you prepared for water backups?
  • Trees: inspect trees near structures and walk areas and remove unsafe branches.

Building Interior

  • Furnaces: inspect, tune-up, check filters, check venting and assure property clearances to combustibles.
  • Space heaters: prohibit or minimize use and assure safe location and operation.
  • Wood-burning stoves and chimneys: inspected for safe use.
  • Interior pipes: protect from freezing. Be very careful if attempting to thaw a frozen pipe. Do NOT thaw frozen pipes with open flames or torches.
  • Faucets: leave dripping during intense cold.
  • Alarms: test all fire, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Smoking: it may be cold outside but do not allow smoking inside of your building.

Fire Protection Systems

  • Sprinkler pipes: protect any sprinkler pipes that are exposed to temperatures below 40 degrees to protect from freezing.
  • Antifreeze systems: have antifreeze systems been tested for adequate concentration in the past year?"

- See more at: https://www.cinfin.com/business-insurance/loss-control/tips/prepare-your-property-for-winter#sthash.IUoomG9H.dpuf

Source: https://www.cinfin.com/business-insurance/loss-control/tips/prepare-your-property-for-winter. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Fireplace Safety Tips

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Nationwide Insurance online states: “Creosote is a highly combustible fuel that burns intensely. A slow-burning fire such as those found in a modern, airtight stove damped way down, produces a flue temperature in the 100-200 degree Fahrenheit range. These comparatively low temperatures do not sufficiently carry all of the unburned, combustible gases into the atmosphere. Instead, they condense along the walls of the stovepipe and the chimney as creosote. Creosote may take 3 forms:

  • A sticky liquid that will run down the chimney and stove pipe where it will be burned
  • A flaky, black deposit which is easily removed by brushing
  • A hard, glazed tar which is almost impossible to remove, except by a certified professional chimney sweep”

The online article has many more fireplace safety tips. To continue reading, please click on this link: https://www.nationwide.com/wood-stove-safety.jsp

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2016-2017 Cleveland Ohio Winter Outlook

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Scott Sabol from Fox8 News said "Here's the bottom line when it comes to the winter weather outlook for this season: There will be no free ride like last winter when El Nino was the primary driver. This winter we will influenced by a very weak La Nina (opposite of El Nino) along with a host of other drivers which were suppressed last year due to the strong El Nino. Last winter, the polar jet stream was very stable and strong keeping the cold, arctic air locked up north for much of the winter. This winter, indications are that the polar jet stream will be weaker allowing bursts of colder air more frequently.

Last winter, we had ONLY 32 inches of snow. This year: we are forecasting more than double that, about 71 inches of snow. The average snowfall for Cleveland is 66".  Here are the seasonal snow averages for all of northern Ohio. We can add 5-10" to these numbers this winter."  

Please click this link to read the entire online article written by Scott Sabol: http://fox8.com/2016/10/27/winter-weather-outlook-2016-2017-no-free-ride-like-last-winter/

 

Cleveland Indians World Series Games

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike will be celebrating with every other Cleveland Indians fan to cheer our team towards a victory! Congratulations to the CAVS on raising the 2016 NBA Championship Flag and receiving the teams 2016 NBA Championship rings on October 25, 2016….we are so proud to be from Cleveland, Ohio!  SERVPRO serves all our local communities in times of need and shares in times of celebrations!

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Candle Fire Statistics

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

“Nearly 10,000 residential fires are caused each year by the careless or inappropriate use of candles.

The National Candle Association urges consumers to always keep a burning candle within sight, keep candles away from anything combustible, and to keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

  • These bedroom fires caused 32% of deaths associated with candle fires and 47% of associated injuries.
  • On average, 25 home candle fires are reported per day.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.”

Source: http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/candle-safety-rules/ Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Types of Winter Weather

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Blizzards are dangerous winter storms that are a combination of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibilities. While heavy snowfalls and severe cold often accompany blizzards, they are not required. Sometimes strong winds pick up snow that has already fallen, creating a ground blizzard.

An ice storm is a storm which results in the accumulation of at least .25” of ice on exposed surfaces. They create hazardous driving and walking conditions. Tree branches and powerlines can easily snap under the weight of the ice.

Lake effect storms are not low pressure system storms. As a cold, dry air mass moves over the Great Lakes regions, the air picks up lots of moisture from the Great Lakes. This air, now full of water, dumps the water as snow in areas generally to the south and east of the lakes.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Are you ready for winter in Cleveland, Ohio?

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Are you ready for winter in Cleveland, Ohio?  Here are a few tips (Please click on the link to read all the tips provided in the online article) copied directly from https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

  “Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
  • Sand to improve traction.
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
  • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.”

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Mold Cleanup

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust.  The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present.  Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors.  If there is mold growth in your home, you must clean up the mold and fix the water problem” (Source: https://iaq.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/211432908-How-do-I-get-rid-of-mold-).  Please continue reading by clicking the link provided.

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Biohazard Cleanup

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Any tissue or bodily fluid is classified as a biohazard per Federal regulations.  Whenever a violent crime occurs within a building, or when a body begins to decompose within its interior, the surrounding building materials become contaminated with a variety of toxic agents.  The Reference Guide for Trauma and Crime Scene Biological and Infectious Hazard Clean Up provides a number of detailed items that cover the removal of these toxins from building materials.  For example, blood stains on the carpet typically soak through the carpet and seep into the flooring beneath.  Effective environmental cleaning not only removes the biohazard from the carpet, but also from its supporting understructure.  ”  Source copied from: http://www.iicrc.org/guide-for-crime-scene-biological-and-infectious-hazard-clean-a-69.html  Please click link to continue reading the online article.

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What is Air Pressure?

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

“Air molecules constantly bounce off each other and everything else around them. The force exerted by these air molecules is called air pressure. Where air molecules are packed closely, air pressure is high. Where air molecules spread out, air pressure is low. For example, the air molecules inside this balloon are at higher pressure than the molecules outside the balloon.”

Source: https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather/weather-ingredients/pressure  Please click the lik to continue reading the online article.

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Nor'easter Defined

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

 “The official definition of a “Nor'easter” is a strong low pressure system that affects the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. It can form over the land of the eastern U.S. or over the Atlantic coastal waters. These winter events are notorious for producing heavy snow, rain, and tremendous waves that crash onto Atlantic beaches, often causing beach erosion and structural damage. Wind gusts associated with these storms can exceed hurricane force in intensity. A nor'easter gets its name from the continuously strong northeasterly winds blowing in from the ocean ahead of the storm and over the coastal areas. What makes them so strong is the warm and moist air from the Atlantic that feeds the storm, causing it to grow explosively.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/faq/ Please click the lik to continue reading the online article.

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Doppler Radar Info-Cleveland Ohio

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Doppler radar can show the wind direction too, which is helpful when forecasting near mountains and large bodies of water.

If the radar shows wind blowing up the mountain (upslope), forecasters know that automatically, one of the ingredients is in place of the development of precipitation: lift. If the radar shows wind blowing over a large section of a body of water (fetch), then they know that another ingredient is present for the formation of precipitation – moisture.

Radar velocities can help identify the location of cold fronts because there is usually a sharp change in wind direction and will show up as a on Doppler radar.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/detection/ Please click the lik to continue reading the online article.

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Lightning Facts

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

“Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air, or the ground. In the early stages of development, air acts as an insulator between the positive and negative charges in the cloud and between the cloud and the ground. When the opposite charges builds up enough, this insulating capacity of the air breaks down and there is a rapid discharge of electricity that we know as lightning. The flash of lightning temporarily equalizes the charged regions in the atmosphere until the opposite charges build up again. 
Lightning can occur between opposite charges within the thunderstorm cloud (intra-cloud lightning) or between opposite charges in the cloud and on the ground (cloud-to-ground lightning).
Lightning is one of the oldest observed natural phenomena on earth. It can be seen in volcanic eruptions, extremely intense forest fires, surface nuclear detonations, heavy snowstorms, in large hurricanes, and obviously, thunderstorms.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/lightning/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Cleveland Ohio Winter 2017 Prediction

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

“This winter will separate the wannabes from the real Clevelanders. Two words describe AccuWeather's winter forecast: Cold and snow. Perfect if you are a real Clevelander.”

"It will be colder than last year, but not extremely cold," said AccuWeather long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok. "And it could be a stormy winter, with fast-moving fronts that begin early and get larger.” Last year you were 4 to 5 degrees above normal [overall]. This year could be 4 to 5 degrees colder than last year." 

Source:http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/09/winter_forecast_colder_than_no.html  written by John Funk, The Plain dealer

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Damaging Wind Facts

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

What are damaging winds?

Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/wind/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Tree Safety

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Trees are a leading cause of electrical power outages. In fact when trees and power lines touch it creates a very dangerous situation that may even be deadly to anyone in close proximity.  To help ensure reliable and safe electric service, FirstEnergy's Vegetation Management Program works to keep our transmission and distribution rights-of-way free of incompatible trees and other vegetation."

Source: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/trees.html  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Electrical Fire Facts

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.”  Source: http://www.esfi.org/resource/don-t-overload-your-home-545

Please click the link above to read more about electrical safety.

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Fire Prevention Week-Candles

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

  • “During 2009-2013, candles caused 3% of home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 5% of direct property damage from home fires.
  • On average, there are 25 home candle fires reported per day.
  • More than one-third of these fires (36%) started in the bedroom; however, the candle industry found that only 13% of candle users burn candles in the bedroom most often.
  • Nearly three in five candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.”

 

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fast-facts-about-fire

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Fire Prevention Week-Cooking

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

  • “U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 162,400 cooking-related fires between 2009-2013 resulting in 430 civilian deaths, 5,400 civilian injuries and 1.1 billion in direct damage.
  • Two of every five home fires started in the kitchen.
  • Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Ranges accounted for three of every five (61%) home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 13%.
  • Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking and hot food and drinks than of being hurt in a cooking fire.”

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fast-facts-about-fire

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Fire Prevention Week-Smoke Alarms

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

  • “Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.”

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fast-facts-about-fire

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Fire Prevention Week-Fire Facts

10/2/2016 (Permalink)

  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
  • One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage.
  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.”

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/fast-facts-about-fire

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Wind Facts

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

What are damaging winds?

Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/wind/

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Thunderstorm Facts

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and at any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress. There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone. About 10% of these reach severe levels.  Thunderstorms are most likely in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours, but they can occur year-round and at all hours. 
 Along the Gulf Coast and across the southeastern and western states, most thunderstorms occur during the afternoon. Thunderstorms frequently occur in the late afternoon and at night in the Plains states.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/thunderstorms/ Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Become a Safe Community

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

  • “In a recent NSC study, after 10 years of rising injury rates in one community, the decision to seek Safe Community accreditation was followed by a two-year decline in injury hospitalizations; nearly 300 hospitalizations may have been prevented, saving the community more than $14 million in healthcare costs
  • A long-standing smoke alarm installation program in one Safe Community has shown that fire deaths have been reduced by 75%
  • A comprehensive approach to reducing prescription drug overdoses in a Midwestern Safe Community has resulted in 4.5 tons of medications collected in drop boxes, hundreds of clinicians trained in effective pain management without opioids, a communitywide campaign on addiction and treatment, and training for first responders on naloxone use.”  (SOURCE: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/safe-communities.aspx)

October 5, 2016 is Celebrate Safe Communities America day.  For more information, visit these social media sites:

http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/SCA-Day.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/nscsafecommunities/

You also can search your local community’s websites to see if any events have been planned for October 5, 2016.

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Appliance Safety

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Review these tips to ensure safe operation of electrical appliances:

  • Make sure appliances are approved by Underwriters' Laboratories or another authorized laboratory.
  • Never operate an appliance while touching a metal object - especially plumbing - or while standing on a wet surface or while taking a bath or shower. Teach children not to touch appliances with wet hands.
  • Always locate appliances away from sinks and tubs in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Never use a metal object such as a fork or knife to dislodge something from an appliance.
  • Keep motors clean and free from lint, dust, and dirt. Always unplug appliances before cleaning them.”

Source: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/home.html#appliances

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Coming Soon-Fire Prevention Week

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

Commemorating a conflagration
According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events”

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week/about-fire-prevention-week

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Cooler Weather-Space Heaters Safety

9/25/2016 (Permalink)

Space heaters can provide extra comfort during the winter season. Following are some basic tips* that will help ensure their safe use.

Do's:

  • For heating purposes, use only equipment that is made for home heating.  Use all types of heaters carefully and follow all directions for safe use.  
  • Use a space heater that has been tested to the latest safety standards and has been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. These heaters have the most up-to-date safety features. Older space heaters may not meet newer safety standards. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for proper use.
  • Place the heater on a level, hard, nonflammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor.
  • Keep the heater at least three feet away from bedding, drapes, furniture, and other flammable materials.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • Turn the heater off if you leave the area.”

Source: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/space-heater.html

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After a Flood or Disaster

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

When returning to your home after a hurricane or flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage. Protect yourself and your family by following these steps:

Inside the Home

  • Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
  • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
  • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products).
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.”

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/cleanupwater.html

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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Power Outages-Be Prepared

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

  • “To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
  • If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
  • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
  • In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
  • Avoid downed power lines, if a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle.”

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.html

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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Home Floods-Drying Out Your House

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

“If flood or storm water has entered your home, dry it out as soon as possible. Follow these steps:

  • If you have electricity and an electrician has determined that it’s safe to turn it on, use a “wet-dry” shop vacuum (or the vacuum function of a carpet steam cleaner), an electric-powered water transfer pump, or sump pump to remove standing water. If you are operating equipment in wet areas, be sure to wear rubber boots.
  • If you do not have electricity, or it is not safe to turn it on, you can use a portable generator to power equipment to remove standing water. Note: If you must use a gasoline-powered pump, generator, pressure washer, or any other gasoline-powered tools to clean your home, never operate the gasoline engine inside a home, basement, garage, carport, porch, or other enclosed or partially enclosed structures, even if the windows and doors are open. Such improper use can create dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide and cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If weather permits, open windows and doors of the house to aid in the drying-out process.”

 Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/reenter.html

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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Home Floods-Reentering After

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

When returning to a home that’s been flooded after natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage, which can cause health risks for your family.

When You First Reenter Your Home

  • If you have standing water in your home and can turn off the main power from a dry location, then go ahead and turn off the power, even if it delays cleaning. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call an electrician to turn it off. NEVER turn power on or off yourself or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water.
  • Have an electrician check the house’s electrical system before turning the power on again.
  • If the house has been closed up for several days, enter briefly to open doors and windows to let the house air out for awhile (at least 30 minutes) before you stay for any length of time.
  • If your home has been flooded and has been closed up for several days, presume your home has been contaminated with mold.” 

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/reenter.html

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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Be Prepared-Communication Plan

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

“You and your loved ones may not be together when a disaster hits. Make a plan for how you will connect to each other. Start by taking the following steps:

  • Complete a contact cardfor each family member. Everyone should keep these cards with them at all times.
  • Choose an emergency contact.Memorize the phone number if you can. A friend or relative who lives out of town might be easier to reach in an emergency. During an emergency, family members can text or call this person to let them know that they are safe.
  • Make sure all your family members know how to text.Make sure everyone knows how to turn on a cell phone, find the text messaging app, type a message, and send it to a contact.
  • Know emergency telephone numbers.Keep them in your cell phone and post them near your home phones. Some good numbers to have are your emergency contact, the fire department, police station, and hospital near you.”

 Source: https://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/plan/

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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Do you have the right backup generator?

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

The following tips were copied directly from http://energy.gov/oe/community-guidelines-energy-emergencies/using-backup-generators-choosing-right-backup-generator-0 as a snippet to get you started on your way to choosing the right home backup generator.

  • “Determine the amount of power you will needHow much power do you need to operate equipment and appliances connected to the generator?
  • Portable generators made for household use can provide temporary power to a small number of selected appliances or lights.For example, light bulb wattage indicates the power needed for lighting. Appliance and equipment labels indicate their power requirements. If you can’t determine the amount of power you will need, ask an electrician.
  • Choose the generator’s fuel sourceBackup generators are typically powered by either diesel fuel or natural gas, and both have associated advantages and disadvantages. Speak with your utility company or an experienced electrician, engineer, and/or sales consultant who knows exactly what kind of generator may be needed based on your needs.”

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Be Ready-Flood Watch

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

“Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.
Steps to Take

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

Prepare Your Home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.”

Source: https://www.ready.gov/floods

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared as this was just a part of the online article aricle.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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National Preparedness Month-Debris Flow (Landslides)

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

“Landslides occur in all U.S. states and territories and can be caused by a variety of things including earthquakes, storms, volcanic eruptions, fire, and even construction. They are more common in mountain, canyon and coastal regions.” (Source: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/fa6b5d7e2ba787033672ad1afeb04bbb/FEMA_FS_landslides_508.pdf).

This is just part of the information on the FEMA fact sheet.  Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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Kids and National Preparedness Month

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

Let’s not forget to get our kids ready during National Preparedness Month! Here are some links to get you started on your way:

https://www.ready.gov/kids/games for games

https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts/home-fires to learn about fires

https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts/thunder to learn about thunderstorms and lightning

https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts/floods to learn about floods

The resources online are endless so start searching today to get ready and begin learning.  Many communities offer more information.  Call your local city halls or look online to see what events or information if offered.  

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It's National Preparedness Month

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

You probably know it helps to have a preparedness kit stocked with items you’ll need in the event of a disaster. But do you know how many days that kit should be able to last you?

Answer: Though it may seem like a lot, you should prepare your kit to last your family at least 5 days. In the event of a disaster, you’ll be glad you were prepared.  Example items:  water, batteries, first aid kit, flashlight, matches. Many cities in the area are posting on social media topics regarding National Preparedness Month.  Be sure to check out your local city.

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Shelf Clouds

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

“The National Weather Service has a great description. Shelf clouds are typically seen at the leading edge of a thunderstorm or squall line of thunderstorms. Remember, shelf clouds are not tornadoes or wall clouds. These are formed when rain-chilled air descends in a thunderstorm's downdraft, then spreads laterally when reaching Earth's surface. Warmer, more moist air is lifted at the leading edge, or gust front, of this rain-cooled air. When this warm, moist air condenses, you see the shelf cloud. 

Normally, you will feel a burst of cooler wind followed by rain and maybe hail. The higher gusts occur on the back edge which can cause downed trees and power outages. So when the next storm develops, look for the Arcus Cloud. Remember that tornadoes normally don't accompany these cloud formations just gusty winds, rain/hail then the highest winds toward the back end.”  (Source: http://sabolscience.blogspot.com/ .  Please click on the link to read the entire online article written by Scott Sabol).

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El Nino and La Nina Events

9/8/2016 (Permalink)

“El Niño and La Niña events are a natural part of the global climate system. They occur when the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere above it change from their neutral ('normal') state for several seasons. El Niño events are associated with a warming of the central and eastern tropical Pacific, while La Niña events are the reverse, with a sustained cooling of these same areas.” Source: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/history/ln-2010-12/ENSO-what.shtml

Please click the link above to read more of the online article.

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What does El Nino and La Nina Mean?

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

“The term El Niño translates from Spanish as 'the boy-child'. Peruvian fishermen originally used the term to describe the appearance, around Christmas, of a warm ocean current off the South American coast. It is now the commonly accepted term to describe the warming of the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. La Niña translates as 'girl-child' and is the opposite ENSO phase to El Niño.”  Source: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/history/ln-2010-12/ENSO-what.shtml

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“Scott’s Preliminary 2016 Summer Recap”

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

The following was written by Scott Sabol on September 2, 2016 and can be located online at http://fox8.com/2016/09/02/scotts-preliminary-2016-summer-recap/ .  Please click the link to read the entire online article.

  • “Temperatures in Cleveland (June-August) were the warmest on recordbeating out 2nd place 1949.
  • We only broke 3 record high temperatures. Last year we didn’t break one record. The most ever was in 1988 with 10.
  • 53 of the 92 days in Cleveland were at/above 85 degrees, 2nd most ever. It was the most since 1949. Last summer we only had 22.
  • 28 of the 92 nights in Cleveland were at/above 70 degrees. That was the 3rd most everand the most since 1931.  Last summer we only had 4.
  • Rainfall this summer 7.44″ (June-August) was 4th lowest since 1968. Only 2002, 1991 and 1988 lower.  Last year we had almost double the rainfall.
  • Lastly, only 16 days with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Lowest since 1952, 2nd lowest number of “mild” days ever.
  • We never went more than 3 straight days in the 70s.
  • 35 straight days in the 80s and 90s (July 17 to August 20). Thethird longest stretch of warmth ever and the longest since a 42 day stretch of 80s and 90s in 1955 (June 27 to August 27)
  • Only 20 of the 92 days were below average. That hasn’t happened since 1949 when we had 18. Last year we had 42! None of those 20 days were more than 10 degrees under the average. That hasn’t happened since 1953. Last summer we had 10 days that were more than 10 degrees below average”

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Water Timeline

9/5/2016 (Permalink)

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

 Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

 48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

 More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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What Is A Flood?

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

According to http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/ , “Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods can happen during heavy rains, when ocean waves come on shore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. They can occur quickly or over a long period and may last days, weeks, or longer. Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.” 

Please click above to continue reading about flooding risks, where, when and more of the online article.

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Recovery and Claim Filling Checklist

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

After a disaster everyone is in shock, overwhelmed and not sure what to do.  We found a checklist that offers great ideas.  Click on the link to read the entire checklist as we provided just an example to the list: Source https://www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/Publications/Wind-Tornado-Rain-Hail_Insert.pdf

  • “Know Your Policy: Understand what is covered and your deductible.
  • Immediately Document Losses: Document your losses to provide your insurance company. Take photos and/or video.
  • Consider Making Temporary Repairs: Take reasonable steps to avoid further harm to your home or belongings, but do not put yourself in danger. Call a professional.”

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Fall Is Right Around The Corner: Reminders

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

A few reminders to get your home ready for fall:

  • Call your heating and cooling company to service your furnace so it is ready when you are. Need a recommendation?  Call us at 216-464-4498
  • Change your smoke alarm batteries when you turn back your clocks for Daylight Savings Time on November 6, 2016.
  • Clean your chimney and have the fireplace inspected for cracks
  • Gutters cleaned after the leaves are all off the trees
  • Space heaters are not placed near furniture or drapery.

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Keep informed with a Weather Radio Cleveland, Ohio

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

“NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).”

Click the link above to read more of the article.

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Flood Detection

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

According to http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/detection/,Flash floods tend to be associated with many types of storms, all capable of producing excessive rainfall amounts over a particular area, so detection remains a challenge. Sometimes a flash flood threat is overshadowed by other severe weather events happening at the same time. The main tools used to detect heavy rainfall associated with flash floods are satellite, lightning observing systems, radar, and rain gauges.” 

Please click above to continue reading more of the online article.

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2017 Winter Weather Prediction

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

2017 Winter Weather Prediction

“In the East, snowfall is expected to be around normal. La Niña could lead to some big East Coast systems during the second half of the season.

"Areas like southern New York state and northeastern Pennsylvania that missed out on snow last year could see higher-than-normal totals this winter," Pastelok said.

Colder-than-normal conditions are predicted to grip the northern Rockies and northern Plains over the late fall and into the winter, with some harsh spells at times.”

Click link to read more of the online article. Source: Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-la-nina-forecast-fall-winter-2016-2017/58306249

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Food Safety After A Disaster

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

This is a great reminder about food safety after a disaster:

“Do not consume anything that flood water may have touched. Throw out containers with screw-caps, snap lids, twist caps, flip tops, home-canned food or traditional soda bottle-style crimped caps if flood water may have touched them. Do not eat food packaged or wrapped in plastic, cardboard, cloth or similar materials or containers that have touched flood waters” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/packagedfood.html).

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Locally Owned and Operated

Cleaning Clothes After A Flood

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Here are a few ideas from the CDC.  Click the link below to read the entire online article for all the tips provided.

  • “After completing the cleanup, wash your hands with soap and warm water. Use water that has been boiled for 1 minute (allow the water to cool before washing your hands).
    • Or you may use water that has been disinfected for personal hygiene use (solution of ? teaspoon [~0.75 milliliters] of household bleach per 1 gallon of water). Let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy, use a solution of ¼ teaspoon (~1.5 milliliters) of household bleach per 1 gallon of water.
  • Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
  • Wash clothes contaminated with flood or sewage water in hot water and detergent. It is recommended that a laundromat be used for washing large quantities of clothes and linens until your onsite waste-water system has been professionally inspected and serviced.”

 (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/cleanupwater.html).

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What is an ERP?

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

By working with SERVPRO® of Beachwood to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

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Driving In Water After A Disaster

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

This is a great reminder about driving through water after a disaster:

“After a storm, many roads may be flooded. Avoid driving through these areas, especially when the water is moving fast. Drownings can result from driving through water. In fact, as little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and as little as two feet of water will carry most cars away.” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/driving.html).

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Water Cleanup in Louisiana

8/20/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has mobilized Disaster Recovery Teams in Louisiana to help support the clean-up.  For those that need assistance, please call 1-800-SERVPRO.  Your call will be dispatched to a storm team. 

The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,650 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big

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All About SERVPRO of Beachwood

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

When a pipe bursts, you find mold, have a fire or a storm happens in Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities, SERVPRO of Beachwood crews are ready to help.  We are locally owned and operated.  Our owners grew up in Beachwood, Ohio and Highland Heights, Ohio.  Our crews are from the Cleveland communities.  We take pride in helping cleanup our cities.  We also have 24/7 access to the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams that are located throughout the United States so when a storm hits, we can assist everyone right away.    

Our certifications include:

·         CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

·         MWR - Master Water Restorer

·         OCT - Odor Control Technician

·         AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

·         ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

·         ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

·         OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

·         OSHA - Other Training

·         RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

·         IICRC Certified Firm

·         WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

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Commercial Water Leaks In Hotels

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

According to https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/commercial/types.html#tabs-industrial(click the link of the online source to read more as this is just a snippet of the online information.  The online source has an informative fact sheet, so please continue reading)

Water is commonly used in industrial facilities to move products, to change or maintain temperature, to clean equipment, or to prevent drying between the stations of a manufacturing assembly line. For example, food-processing and metal finishing operations often use large volumes of water to prepare products for further assembly or sale”.

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Scott Sabols' Preliminary Winter 2016-17

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

"It is looking more likely that a weak La Nina (this post back in early June describes La Nina) will be the driver from the tropics this upcoming winter. Last winter, we had a very strong El Nino.


Take a close look at the snowfall numbers vs the 30 year average for these LA NINA years. I put this graphic together in early June.  HINT...HINT!

Again, all of this is HIGHLY PRELIMINARY and will need to be updated in the fall. This is why no specifics are indicated just general thoughts.

Snowfall departures below are snowfall amounts vs the 30 year average in past La Nina winters"

Written by: Scott Sabol http://sabolscience.blogspot.com/2016/07/preliminary-winter-2016-17-outlook.html

Please click on the link above to ready more as this was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood but provided as a snippet of information to get you started and to enjoy Scott Sabol's blogs here in Cleveland, Ohio!  

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When Lighting Strikes

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know you could be struck by lightning while in your home?  According to the following website article it is a possibility.  We have copied some of the article to get you started reading but you need to click the link to read the entire article: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/lightning/safetytips.html

Even though your home is a safe shelter during a lightning storm, you may still be at risk. About one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors. Here are some tips to keep safe and reduce your risk of being struck by lightning while indoors.

·         Avoid water
Do NOT bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.

·         Avoid electronic equipment
Do NOT use your computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.”

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Hot Weather in Cleveland Ohio

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Here are some tips taken directly from http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.html to help prevent heat related illness.  Please remember this just a few and the website offers many more, so please click on the link provided and read the entire list.

·         "Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

·         Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

·         Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.

·         Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

·         Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

·         NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked  vehicle.”

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When To Return To Your Home After A Storm

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Remember safety first!  “Electrical power and natural gas or propane tanks should be shut off to avoid fire, electrocution, or explosions. Try to return to your home during the daytime so that you do not have to use any lights. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows, and leave the house immediately. Notify the gas company or the police or fire departments or State Fire Marshal's office, and do not turn on the lights or do anything that could cause a spark. Do not return to the house until you are told it is safe to do so.

Your electrical system may also be damaged. If you see frayed wiring or sparks, or if there is an odor of something burning but no visible fire, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the circuit breaker.

Avoid any downed power lines, particularly those in water. Avoid wading in standing water, which also may contain glass or metal fragments.”  (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.html  Please click the link to continue reading as this is a small portion of the online article).

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Water in Office Buildings in Cleveland, Ohio

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water used in office buildings accounts for approximately 9 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States. The three largest uses of water in office buildings are restrooms, heating and cooling, and landscaping.” This was quoted directly from: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/commercial/docs/factsheets/offices_fact_sheet_508.pdf (click the link of the online source to read more as this is just a snippet of the online information.  The online source is an informative fact sheet, so please continue reading)

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Facts About Saving Water in Hospitals

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Water used in hospitals and other health care facilities comprises 7 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the United States. The largest uses of water in hospitals are cooling equipment, plumbing fixtures, landscaping, and medical process rinses.”

Source: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/commercial/docs/factsheets/hospital_fact_sheet_508.pdf  (click the link of the online source to read more as this is just a snippet of the online information.  Please note: the online source is an informative fact sheet).

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Home Septic System Information

8/10/2016 (Permalink)

According to https://www3.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/homeowner_guide_long.pdf (click the link of the online source to read more as this is just a snippet of the online information.)

Did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home? Did you know that you should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank?”

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Commercial Water Leaks-Hotels

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

According to https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/commercial/types.html#tabs-hotels (click the link of the online source to read more as this is just a snippet of the online information reagrding commerical water leaks.  The online source has an informative fact sheet, so please continue reading)

Approximately 15 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S. takes place in hotels and other lodging businesses. The largest uses of water in hotels are restrooms, laundry operations, landscaping, and kitchens.”

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Commercial Water Leaks-Restaurants

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

According to https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/commercial/types.html#tabs-restaurants (click the link of the online source to read more as this is just a snippet of the online information.  The online source has an informative fact sheet, so please continue reading)

Approximately 15 percent of the total water use in commercial and institutional facilities in the U.S. takes place in hospitality and food service establishments. The largest uses of water in restaurants are associated with equipment and processes that take place in the kitchen. Restrooms follow kitchens as the second highest water use in restaurants.”

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Commercial Water Leaks

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

According to https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/commercial/managing_water.html#tabs-overview (click the link of the online source to read more as this is just a snippet of the online information.  The online source offers information on developing leak management programs, so please continue reading)

On average, leaks can account for more than 6 percent of a facility’s total water use. Identifying and repairing leaks and other water use anomalies within a facility’s water distribution system or from particular processes or equipment can keep a facility from wasting significant quantities of water.”

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Facts About Water-Did You Know?

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

  • Approximately 5 to 10 percent of American homes have water leaks that drip away 90 gallons a day or more! Many of these leaks reside in old fixtures, such as leaky toilets and faucets. In fact, water lost by these leaky residences could be reduced by more than 30,000 gallons if new, efficient fixtures were installed. If the 5 percent of American homes that leak the most corrected those leaks—it could save more than 177 billion gallons of water annually!
  • Using WaterSense labeled faucets or faucet accessories could reduce a household's faucet water use by more than 500 gallons annually—that's enough water to do 14 loads of laundry.
  • WaterSense labeled faucets and faucet accessories can reduce excessive flow volumes by more than 30 percent without sacrificing performance.”
  • Source: https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/about_us/facts.html  Please click the link to read more facts from the online EPA source.

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    Furnace Filters

    8/3/2016 (Permalink)

    According to our friend’s blog at Smylie One http://smylieone.com/furnace/furnace-filter-facts-the-two-most-popular-questions/

    Replacing the furnace air filter is one of the most basic and inexpensive things you can do to keep your system working properly and optimally.  To use an analogy, the purpose for having a filter is similar to a person’s respiratory system.  This may not make any sense right now, but stay with me and it will become clear.  A basic necessity of life is to breathe in and out.  Each of us has small hairs in our noses which are there to capture dust particles so that they don’t get into our lungs.  Your furnace filter does the same thing for your furnace; it traps all kinds of particles before they get a chance to reach and cause damage to the furnace.”  Click the link above to continue reading the online blog by Smylie One.

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    What Are Bloodborne Pathogens?

    8/2/2016 (Permalink)

    According to https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/bloodbornepathogens  “Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens. “

    Please check the link above to continue reading more of the online article.

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    What is Humidity?

    8/1/2016 (Permalink)

    According to Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humidity )

    Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Water vapor is the gaseous state of water and is invisible. Humidity indicates the likelihood of precipitation, dew, or fog. Higher humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body by reducing the rate of evaporation of moisture from the skin. This effect is calculated in a heat index table or humidex. The amount of water vapor that is needed to achieve saturation increases as the temperature increases. As temperature decreases, the amount of water vapor needed to reach saturation also decreases. As the temperature of a parcel of air becomes lower it will eventually reach the point of saturation without adding or losing water mass.”  Click the link above to continue reading the online article.

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    What is a Restoration Company-SERVPRO of Beachwood?

    7/29/2016 (Permalink)

    According to the IICRC (http://www.iicrc.org/how-restoration-company-handles-water-damage-a-325.html) “Restoration firms that handle water damage typically have a clear set of procedures on hand for any work situation. There is a vast difference between a plumbing leak and a flood, and both bring unique challenges to the job. However, the objective is the same in every instance. The goal is to clean up any debris or trash, remove destroyed materials and dry the property so that it is safe to inhabit again. Efficient cleanup like this requires a variety of skills, most of which can only be learned from other qualified industry experts. Because of this, homeowners should only consider firms that are certified and experienced. “

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    Asbestos

    7/28/2016 (Permalink)

    According to the article located at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/index.html

    Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos has been used in products, such as insulation for pipes (steam lines for example), floor tiles, building materials, and in vehicle brakes and clutches. Asbestos includes the mineral fibers chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, actinolite and any of these materials that have been chemically treated or altered. Heavy exposures tend to occur in the construction industry and in ship repair, particularly during the removal of asbestos materials due to renovation, repairs, or demolition. Workers are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.”

    Please click the link provided above to continue reading the online article as this was just a small snippet to get you started on your research.  SERVPRO of Beachwood can assist with Asbestos floor removal.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you and your home safe.

    SERVPRO Can Help Allergies?

    7/27/2016 (Permalink)

    According to the article located at https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies,

    An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach or on the skin. For some people, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma. In the most serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) can occur.  A number of different allergens are responsible for allergic reactions. The most common include:
    •    Pollen
    •    Dust
    •    Food
    •    Insect stings
    •    Animal dander
    •    Mold
    •    Medications
    •    Latex”

    Please click the link provided above to continue reading the online article as this was just a small snippet to get you started on your research.

    SERVPRO of Beachwood can assist with cleaning fine dust and mold restoration.  Call us today before the fall allergy season has begun.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you and your home safe.

    Cleaning Up After a Home or Building Fire

    7/26/2016 (Permalink)

    “Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.”
  • Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.”
  • (Source of the quoted information provided: http://www.SERVPROvisalia.com/blog)

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    FEMA

    7/25/2016 (Permalink)

    Here is what FEMA says about mitigation (The following was portion copied directly from: https://www.fema.gov/what-mitigation )

    “Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security and self-reliance.

    ·         Disasters can happen at anytime and anyplace; their human and financial consequences are hard to predict.

    ·         The number of disasters each year is increasing but only 50% of events trigger Federal assistance.

    ·         FEMA's mitigation programs help reduce the impact of events—and our dependence on taxpayers and the Treasury for disaster relief.

    FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and implements a variety of programs authorized by Congress to reduce losses that may result from natural disasters. Effective mitigation efforts can break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. FEMA's mitigation and insurance efforts are organized into three primary activities that help states, tribes, territories and localities achieve the highest level of mitigation: Risk Analysis, Risk Reduction, and Risk Insurance. Through these activities and FEMA's day-to-day work across the country, communities are able to make better mitigation decisions before, during, and after disasters.”

    Read more by clicking the link provided above.

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    Raccoon Latrines Cleanup

    7/22/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood is called to many homes to cleanup Raccoon feces.   Raccoons according to The Humane Society of the United States “are the primary host of Baylisascaris procyanis, a roundworm that can harm people, and the roundworm eggs may be present in raccoon feces, their latrines should be removed and cleaned up whenever they might pose a health hazard.  This the task requires extreme caution.”  Since Raccoon feces are considered a potential health hazard, call SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you and your home safe.

    The above quote source: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/raccoons/tips/raccoon_latrines.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

    SERVPRO of Beachwood Office Cleaning

    7/21/2016 (Permalink)

    You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best

    SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism
  • SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike 216-464-4498….here to help!

    We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities.

    Odor Removal Cleaning

    7/20/2016 (Permalink)

    As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

    SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

    We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor throroughly.

    The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

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    Air Duct Cleaning

    7/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Should I get the air ducts cleaned?  According to the EPA online at https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/should-you-have-air-ducts-your-home-cleaned#what-is

    “Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. Many companies are marketing products and services intended to improve the quality of your indoor air. You have probably seen an advertisement, received a coupon in the mail, or been approached directly by a company offering to clean your air ducts as a means of improving your home's indoor air quality. These services typically — but not always — range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, depending on:
    the services offered

    ·         the size of the system to be cleaned

    ·         system accessibility

    ·         climatic region

    ·         level of contamination”

    Please click the link above to continue reading the online information as this was just a small portion of the information provided by the EPA.

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    Cleaning Walls and Ceilings

    7/18/2016 (Permalink)

    Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can help.

    Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property. 

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    We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike and surrounding communities. 

    More cleaning tips will be comining soon, so check our blog daily! 

    What is E+R=O?

    7/15/2016 (Permalink)


    A dear friend of mine named Roy, asked me if I knew what E+R=O means?  Of course I did not.  He said it means: Event+Response=Outcome.  this equation can be applied to every aspect of our lives.  Your "event" may it be a pipe burst, sewage backup, fire + your "response" to call SERVPRO of Beachwood=your "outcome" as we say, Like it never even happened®


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    What is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

    7/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be worn by our crews for various reasons.  OSHA online https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/personalprotectiveequipment/  states “Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.”  If you would like more information on “PPE”, please click the link provided above to continue reading.

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    Why SERVPRO of Beachwood?

    7/14/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
  • Have Questions? Call Us Today – (216) 464-4498.  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities.

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    Heat Wave in Cleveland, Ohio?

    7/13/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike would like to remind you, that when temperatures are extremely high you need to drink plenty of water. There are many precautions besides drinking plenty of water. A wonderful online site for information is: https://www.ready.gov/heat

    One piece of information we would like to copy from the online site is: "A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, and is often accompanied by high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening for humans who don't take the proper precautions."

    This would be Cleveland this week and maybe next week!  Please be careful when outside and this also includes our animal friends.

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    Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow?

    7/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

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    Stone, Masonry & Tile Cleaning Tips from IICRC

    7/11/2016 (Permalink)

    The following snippet was copied directly from http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/hard-surface-cleaning/.  Please continue reading for more IICRC tips and information as this is just a start!

    "In today’s home decor, hard surface flooring is playing an increasingly important role. Examples of popular flooring materials include stone, concrete, ceramic/clay, wood, resilient and specialty flooring. These materials appear to be easy to clean, maintain and restore, however, soils on hard surface flooring have a tendency to build up progressively, resulting in erosion. Sooner or later, it’s necessary to clean beyond routine dusting and damp mopping; that’s the time to call in a certified professional for help."

    "Identification is Key. There are six categories of hard surface floor covering: natural stone, concrete, ceramic/clay, wood, resilient and specialty. Within these categories are numerous classifications that require different cleaning methodologies. By knowing what the flooring material is, a proper floor maintenance program can be developed."

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    Commercial Cleaning and Restoration

    7/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges. You need a company that provides excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights responds quickly to your Beachwood business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big!

    Have Questions? Call Us Today 216-464-4498 

    What is Blood Borne Pathogens?

    7/7/2016 (Permalink)

    According to http://toolboxtopics.com/Construction/Generic/Bloodborn%20Pathogens.htm,

    “They are microorganisms in human body blood or body fluid that cause disease in humans. The two blood borne pathogens that have received the most attention and pose a serious health threat if contracted, are the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which causes a severe form of Hepatitis in some or acts as a carrier in others; and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.”

    Also noted within the online article:

     “OSHA's Blood borne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR Part 1910.1030, sets forth requirements to protect workers from occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens. The standard covers all employees, who could be reasonably anticipated as the result of performing their job duties, to face contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials. OSHA has not attempted to list all occupations where exposures could occur, however designated first aid providers are, in most cases, covered by the standard.”

    Please read the complete online article, as we only provided a snippet to get you started: http://toolboxtopics.com/Construction/Generic/Bloodborn%20Pathogens.htm

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    What is a flood cut?

    7/6/2016 (Permalink)

    What is a flood cut?  Removing the bottom 12-24 inches of drywall in a flood affected room. 

    Examples of why we flood cut:

    ·         If we detect there is wet insulation

    ·         The water is contaminated from the sewage or other storm  related contaminates

    ·         If any microbial growth is detected

    After the lower wall portions are removed, any studs or framing are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once the walls are completely dried out new insulations can easily be installed and the finalization of the build back can continue. 

    Some of our steps:

    The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

    We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

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    Odor Removal

    7/5/2016 (Permalink)

    As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

    SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

    We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor throroughly.

    The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us. 216-464-4498

    Stain Removal

    7/4/2016 (Permalink)

    IICRC approved instructor, Craig Jasper said “If the right steps aren’t followed, a potentially temporary spot can become a permanent stain.”  He goes on to provide steps should find a spill or mess that could leave a stain. Here is one step from his list found at http://www.iicrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/IICRC-Summer-Stains.pdf:

    “Always pretest removal agents Spot removal varies based on the type. For instance, mud, soft drinks and ketchup will need to be blotted with a half tablespoon of dishwashing detergent mixed with one glass of water. Then, blot with a solution of one part ammonia and three parts water. For pet accidents and chocolate, follow the same process as above, and then apply white vinegar and blot. For vomit and grass, apply an enzyme detergent and keep the stain moist for 10 minutes. Blot and then apply an ammonia solution, followed by white vinegar. For blood, apply the detergent and ammonia solutions, followed by an enzyme detergent. For beer and wine, apply the detergent solution and then white vinegar. If color changes occur during removal, stop and call a professional.”

    Please click the source link provided above to continue reading the online article!

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    Fire Extinguishers Types

    7/1/2016 (Permalink)

    There are many types of fire extinguishers. Below is a snippet copied directly from: http://toolboxtopics.com/Gen%20Industry/Emergency,%20Where's%20the%20Fire%20Extinguisher.htm  “The vast majority of portable, hand held fire extinguishers are loaded with a dry chemical powder that will extinguish the majority of fires you might encounter in your daily environment. This powder is not toxic but will make you sneeze and cough if you inhale it. (It tastes like sodium bicarbonate which is its base powder.) This powder will extinguish Class "A", "B", and "C" fires.

    ·         Class "A" fires involve material such as paper, plastic, wood and other common combustibles.

    ·         Class "B" fires involve grease, oil or gasoline. Dry chemical extinguishers will work, but these fires can be harder to extinguish and should be approached with extreme caution.

    ·         Class "C" fires involve burning electrical motors or transformer. This type of fire changes from "C" to Class "A" or "B" as soon as the power is cut off (or shorts out). Dry chemical can be used here also because it will not conduct electricity and will put out "A" or "B" type fires.”

    Please click the source link provided above to continue reading and learning!

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    Happy 4th of July-SERVPRO of Beachwood

    6/30/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July holiday.

    Fireworks are extremely dangerous and should be left to professionals so you can enjoy the display safely.  “Fireworks also are responsible for thousands of home fires each year. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2011, fireworks caused about 1,200 structure fires (http://www.nfpa.org/)."  Sparklers, bottle rockets, firecrackers to name a few are just as dangerous.   Please remember to be safe.  Click on this link for a few suggestions from the National Safety Council : http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-fireworks-safety.aspx

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    June is National Safety Month-Gasoline Safety

    6/30/2016 (Permalink)

    We found on the internet an interesting topic regarding gasoline safety at:  http://toolboxtopics.com/Gen%20Industry/Flammable%20Liquids%20-%20Gasoline.htm

    Here is just a small portion of the online article:

    “Gasoline is the most common flammable liquid manufactured and used. Because virtually everyone uses gasoline it is often assumed that everyone is familiar with it's dangerous properties. However, as familiarity breeds contempt (or at least carelessness) it may be a good idea to review this highly hazardous material. Here are some brief but important items to remember when dealing with gasoline.”

  • “Gasoline as a liquid does not burn. It is the vapors that the liquid gives off that burns.
  • Vapors usually can not be seen but frequently travel long distances to a source of ignition. Thus the gasoline can be located a great distance from an actual ignition source.”
  • Please click the source link provided above to continue reading and learning!

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    June is National Safety Month-Fan Safety

    6/29/2016 (Permalink)

    Summer has arrived and fans are being used as a means of cooling down. To avoid getting hurt or causing a fire, please remember a few tips.  We found these tips on the internet at (please click the source link provided to continue reading and learning as this is just a snippet of the online article we copied from): 

    http://toolboxtopics.com/Contributed/Fan%20Safety.htm

    “Before plugging a fan in, we should check for the following:

    1. Check the general condition of the fan
    2. Any damage to the fan guard
    3. Any missing bolts to the fan guard
    4. Any damage to the blades
    5. Any missing/damaged parts to the fan motor
    6. Check the power cord
    7. Check for damage to the cord
    8. Check for any bare wires
    9. Check the plug for any damage or missing ground prongs
    10. Extension cords should not be used on a permanent basis to power the fan”

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    June is National Safety Month-Chemicals

    6/28/2016 (Permalink)

    Chemicals are used around the house and at work every day.  It is very important to read container labels, and the material safety data sheets, also known as MSDSs before you open and use the chemical.  Eye protection, storage containers, mixing of chemicals are all addressed in the MSDSs so please read before your proceed!  Make sure you dispose of unused chemicals in the proper manor when you are done.  Refer back to the MSDSs for disposal requirements.  If you cannot locate the MSDSs, you should be able to research the internet to look up the products website for the same information.  SERVPRO of Beachwood uses Benefect as a chemical.  MSDS can be located at http://www.benefect.com/docs/msds_50475-disinfectant_can-eng.pdf

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    June is National Safety Month-Clorox®

    6/27/2016 (Permalink)

    We hear the word Clorox® often in our profession.  Here is one cleaning tip for actually using Clorox®

    The following was copied directly from:  https://www.clorox.com/cleaning-and-laundry-tips/cleaning/kitchen/how-to-clean-your-sink-and-drain/

    "Before you go to bed, clear out the dishes from the sink and place them in the dishwasher. You can hit the sheets knowing the dishes will be clean in the morning.

    Clean and disinfect kitchen sinks in one easy step with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes. You can also clean and disinfect sinks daily with Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach.

    To deodorize drains, flush with water. Pour 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach into the drain, then flush with hot water."

    *Copyright © 2010 Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. REAL SIMPLE is a registered trademark of Time Inc. Used under license.

    Read more at https://www.clorox.com/cleaning-and-laundry-tips/cleaning/kitchen/how-to-clean-your-sink-and-drain/#pazhPrJKaIpVEmM9.99  . The tips above are just a sample of the information you will discover! 

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    June is National Safety Month-Carbon Monoxide

    6/24/2016 (Permalink)

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    Here a few tips on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning copied directly from: http://safetytoolboxtopics.com/General/carbon-monoxide-poisoning-kills-two.html

    ·       " Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year.

    ·        Do not use portable flameless chemical heaters (catalytic) indoors. Although these heaters don't have a flame, they burn gas and can cause CO to build up inside your home, cabin, or camper.

    ·        If you smell an odor from your gas refrigerator's cooling unit have an expert service it. An odor from the cooling unit of your gas refrigerator can mean you have a defect in the cooling unit. It could also be giving off CO.

    ·        When purchasing gas equipment, buy only equipment carrying the seal of a national testing agency, such as the American Gas Association or Underwriters' Laboratories.

    ·        Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall."

    Please click the source link provided above to continue reading and learning!

    June is National Safety Month- Mold Safety

    6/23/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold has received a lot of media attention over the past few years.  Mold is indoors and outdoors.  There is a lot of information on the internet regarding mold, so please make sure the information you read is accurate.

    A great source of information can be found at the EPA website.  We copied the following directly from https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold  “Ten Things You Should Know about Mold” to get you started in the right direction.

    ·         “There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

    ·         If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

    ·         Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

    ·         Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:

      1. Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
      2. Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
      3. Increasing ventilation
      4. Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning”

    Remember to click the link above to continue reading! 

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    June is National Safety Month-Spring and Summer Storms

    6/22/2016 (Permalink)

    Spring and summer storms can get severe at times.  You need to know the difference between a watch vs. warning and what to do.  With technology in 2016, there are all kinds of apps for our cell phones to help us keep an eye on the weather.  An example is the Fox8 weather app., which can be located on the Fox8 Cleveland website by clicking here:  http://fox8.com/2016/03/24/severe-weather-guide-what-to-know-when-storms-strike/.  Another website example is the NewsNet5 weather app: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather (scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the Mobile App area.  You can use Google or another search engine on the internet to research apps.  A search example: Cleveland Weather Apps. This would be a beginning in your research to find what fits your needs and device.  Put your safety first and find the app that works for you today!

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    June is National Safety Month-Pet Fire Safety

    6/21/2016 (Permalink)

    Pets can causes fires just like people. According to http://www.nfpa.org/public-education, pets account for starting approximately 700 home fires per year.  Pets knock things over, bump into things and are just plain curious.  This could lead to fires.  It is important to keep our pets away from candles, space heaters, electrical cords, cooking devices and more.  When planning your household escape plan, remember your pets. With that said, in an actual fire event, never go back inside for your pets once you are out safely.

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    (Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets )

    June is National Safety Month- Fire Prevention

    6/20/2016 (Permalink)

    Awareness is the start to preventing a fire in your home.  Having a smoke detector, sprinkler system and an escape plan in place are just the first steps in prevention.  There are many resources online to get you the information needed.   Here are just a few of the many websites that you can locate online:

     https://www.usfa.fema.gov/

    http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us/overall-fire-problem/fire-loss-in-the-united-states

    https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/technology/

    Please remember these are just a few of the many websites online.  It’s up to you to research all the information and find what works for you and your family. 

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    After the fire trucks are gone, your Beachwood home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

    The CAVS Win The Finals!

    6/19/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood is proud to live and work in Cleveland, Ohio.  Thank you to the Cleveland CAVS for bringing home the finals championship for the first time in 52 years!  GO CAVS!!!

    June is National Safety Month-Ohio Weather Safety

    6/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Did you know that Ohio has a website filled with weather safety information and tips?   The following was copied directly from: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/tornadofacts.aspx to share just a snippet of the information you can find.

    Whether practicing in a tornado drill or sheltering during a warning, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourages Ohioans to DUCK!

        D - Go DOWN to the lowest level
        U - Get UNDER something
        C - COVER your head
        K - KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed

  • Take responsibility for your safety and be prepared before a watch or warning is issued. Meet with household members to develop a disaster plan to respond to tornado watches and warnings. Conduct regular tornado drills. When a tornado watch is issued, review your plan – don't wait for the watch to become a warning. Learn how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches.
  • Despite Doppler radar, tornadoes can sometimes occur without any warning, allowing very little time to act. It is important to know the basics of tornado safety. Know the difference between tornado watches and tornado warnings.
  • Tune in to one of the following for weather information: NOAA Weather Radio, local/cable television (Ohio News Network or the Weather Channel), or local radio station.
  • If you are a person with special needs, register your name and address with your local emergency management agency, police and fire departments before any natural or man-made disaster.
  • NOAA Weather Radio has available an alerting tool for people who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Some weather radio receivers can be connected to an existing home security system, much the same as a doorbell, smoke detector or other sensor.”
  • Please click the link above to read more tips! 

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    June is National Safety Month-Smoke Alarms

    6/17/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage June is National Safety Month-Smoke Alarms Photo Source: https://www.amazon.com/Kidde-Hardwire-Ionization-Detector-Battery/dp/B001XQ5VHW

    Every home and business should have working smoke alarms.  Batteries need to be changed at least twice a year.  A good time to change batteries is in the fall and spring when changing our clocks.

    The following tips were provided by and copied directly from: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms

     (Source: http://www.nfpa.org/education ©NFPA 2016 http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets). 

    Please click on the link to continue reading for more tips!

    ·         Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area.

    ·         Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.

    ·         Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

    ·         It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.

    ·         Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

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    June is National Safety Month- Electronic Cigarettes

    6/16/2016 (Permalink)

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    When smoking you have to be sure to follow safety procedures to prevent fires.  Did you know that electronic cigarettes can cause fires?  According to the NFPA website (see source link below):

    “Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used, the battery was being charged, or the device was being transported. Battery failures have led to small explosions. Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.”

    Also:

    “The risk of dying in a home structure fire caused by smoking materials rises with age.  One out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.”

    Sources: “Reproduced from NFPA’s website, http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets. ©2016 NFPA.”  

    June is National Safety Month- Fire Escape Tips

    6/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Having a good plan in place can save your life, your families and your pets!

    Here are a few fire escape tips copied directly from the link provided.  Please click the link to find more tips and information as this is just a snippet of the online article to get you started: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/fief/up_in_smoke_parents_brochure.pdf

    ·         “You have a fire escape plan for your home.

    ·         You know two ways out of every room.

    ·         You know the best way to take your baby outside if there is a fire.

    ·         You practice the plan with everyone who lives in your home at least twice a year.

    ·         You have a meeting place outside.

    ·         Everyone knows how to call 9-1-1 from outside to report a fire.”

    Please click the link above to read more about fire safety.

    Learn more by visiting: www.usfa.fema.gov

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    June is National Safety Month- Home Fire Safety

    6/14/2016 (Permalink)

    The following information snippet was located and copied from the online link below: 

    http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/safety-at-home-fires-burns.aspx

    “Over the past several decades, deaths from home structure fires in the United States have steadily gone down – from 5,200 in 1980 to 2,755 in 2013, according to Injury Facts 2016®.

    But even one death from a preventable fire is too many. While fire doesn't discriminate by age, it is the third leading cause of death for children ages 2 to 14. In 2013, 202 children in this age group died from fire and smoke inhalation.” 

    Please click the link above to read more regarding fires in homes and safety. 

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    June is National Safety Month-Window Safety

    6/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Windows can cause injuries and death.

    The following portion from the online article was copied directly from: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/about-national-window-safety-week.aspx

    “NSC, along with window and door industry professionals and other safety advocates, formed the Window Safety Task Force in 1997 to educate caregivers about window safety. The Task Force offers these suggestions to help protect children:

  • Always supervise children and keep their play area away from windows
  • Keep windows closed and locked when children are present
  • If windows are open, make sure children can't reach them
  • For a double-hung window on an upper floor, open the top sash for ventilation and keep the bottom sash closed
  • Screens keep bugs out, but they do not keep children in
  • Keep furniture away from windows as they could tempt a curious child to climb and potentially fall
  • Don't allow children to jump on beds or other furniture
  • If there are young children in the home, install ASTM-approved limited-opening hardware, which only allows a window to open a few inches”
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    June is National Safety Month- Summer Safety

    6/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Summer is a time for vacations, fun, and very hot weather. There are also lots of weather hazards.

    The following was copied directly from online to get you started reading the article:

    http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/summer_safety.html#.VOdUW_nF9u3

    "Being prepared means learning about summer weather and water hazards such as hurricanes, heat, lightning, rip currents, air quality, tsunamis and wildfires. Here’s what you need to know:

    • The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents.
    • Since 2003, 43 states within the continental United States have come under a tornado watch; 49 states have come under severe thunderstorm watches; and lightning strikes occur in every state.
    • Heat waves are common across the country during the summer. They are dangerous because the human body cannot cool itself properly when exposed to an extreme combination of heat and humidity.
    • In 2015, there were 26 lightning fatalities.
    • The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that more than 100 people each year die in the surf zone waters of the U.S. and that rip currents cause the majority of those fatalities. Rip currents are just one of many beach hazards.
    • Wildfires kill 30 people, destroy 2,800 homes and burn more than 7 million acres, roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts, on average, per year.
    • Flash flooding is the number one killer associated with severe weather." 

    Please click the link above to read more of the onlilne article and tips.

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    Shaker Heights Arts & Music Festival-June 17-19, 2016

    6/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Music, garden tours, food and fun.  Shaker Heights has a great weekend of family fun planned.  SERVPRO of Beachwood offers you the following link to obtain all the weekends events and more: http://www.shakeronline.com/news-and-events/shaker-heights-arts-music-festival#twilight

    If you see us at one of the weekend events, please say hello! 

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    June is National Safety Month- Creating a Safety Management Program

    6/10/2016 (Permalink)

    There are many things that can be done to create a safe workplace program. Travelers Insurance online wrote an article with lots of great tips.

    The following portion was copied directly from: https://www.travelers.com/resources/workplace-safety/how-to-create-a-safety-management-program.aspx

    1. Demonstrate management involvement – Management must lead by example. A visible demonstration that you embrace a safety culture is imperative to its success. Provide the essential time, budget and resources to create and support a safety program.
    2. Communicate your safety plan clearly – Your safety plan must be published and available to all employees. Reminders and updates should be timely and effective. Allow employees to contribute their suggestions to making the workplace safer.
    3. Get everyone involved – A safety program is likely to be more effective when employees at all levels are involved. Standardized policies should outline responsibilities and accountability for all employees. Safety goals can become part of job descriptions and employee reviews. Safety committees can help ensure that safety practices are understood and reinforced throughout the company. Positive reinforcement of safe behaviors can be an effective way to help build the desired culture.
    4. Train your employees to work safely – Safety training should begin from the moment an employee is hired. Ongoing training is also essential to creating a safety culture.
    5. Review, revise, improve – A safety program should be dynamic, especially since most business environments continue to evolve. An effective safety program should be flexible enough to adjust to changes. Regularly review, evaluate and identify risks that could affect safety, and make the changes necessary to keep your workplace safe."

    Please click the link above to read more tips! 

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    June is National Safety Month- Safety in the Workplace

    6/9/2016 (Permalink)

    There are many things that can be done to create a safe workplace culture. Travelers Insurance online wrote an article with lots of information.

    The following was copied directly from: https://www.travelers.com/resources/workplace-safety/creating-a-safety-culture-in-the-workplace.aspx

    "The following four steps can serve as a starting point in driving safety across your business.

    1. Evaluate risks. To understand how to create a safer workplace, you must first understand the risks you face every day. Each task and associated risk should be properly evaluated, and safety-based changes should be considered.

  • Analyze past incidents and near misses.Understand that past incidents can help you identify root causes and identify risks and exposures that threaten the safety of your employees and the success of your business.
  • Identify the risks before they result in loss. Review your work policies and procedures, buildings and equipment, employee work practices and behaviors and geographic location to determine if there are opportunities to prevent or mitigate loss. And hold people accountable to the practices.
  • 2. Design a plan to keep safe. A good plan is the best place to start, but it is only the beginning. Once you have a plan, you must act to eliminate or minimize risk.

  • Get commitment. Your management team should be committed to a safety culture from the beginning.
  • Stay focused. Keep focused on the risks and exposures identified during your evaluation.
  • Prioritize your efforts. Focus on the risks that pose the greatest threat. You should consider frequency and severity of the loss potential, and/or the opportunity to prevent or mitigate risks.
  • Identify solutions and resources.Your solutions can vary from implementing engineering controls to creating administrative policies and procedures. These can help create positive changes in safety attitude, commitment and culture.
  • 3. Implement your plan. Implementation entails communication of the plan and its details, training, regularly scheduled practice and drills, and ongoing review. A thorough plan will cover a number of potential risk areas, including buildings and equipment, the environment, employees, customers and vendors.

  • Communicate and train - the real test of a safety program and culture is not what is written down on paper, but rather how well it actually works. How well your plan works is often dependent on what your employees know and what they do at the time of an incident.
  • 4. Monitor, evaluate and improve your plan. As your business environment changes, so should your safety program. Regularly test your plan to determine if it fits the changing business environment and reflects changing accountabilities.

  • Monitor the plan and collect feedback to determine the effectiveness of the plan.
  • Regularly compare your safety performance against the plan’s expectations.
  • Make adjustments when necessary.
  • Recognize success. Be sure to communicate and celebrate your safety successes.”
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    June is National Safety Month- Workplace Safety

    6/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Preventing slips, trips and falls is very important in our homes and workplace. Travelers Insurance online wrote an article with lots of information that is very informative and useful.

    The following was copied directly from: https://www.travelers.com/resources/workplace-safety/preventing-slips-trips-and-falls-in-the-workplace.aspx

    "Some hazards associated with slip, trip and fall injuries include:

  • Slippery surfaces, such as a gloss-finished tile, polished stone, etc.
  • Holes or broken surfaces.
  • Uneven walking surfaces.
  • Poorly marked and/or poorly lit walkway transitions.
  • Wet surfaces caused by spills or poor drainage.
  • Slippery conditions due to mud, ice or water during inclement weather.
  • Creating a Safe Passage

    Routine inspection and maintenance should be a regular part of your safety program to help prevent falls for both your visitors and employees.

  • Design your entrances and walkways to accommodate the expected volume of foot traffic through your business.
  • Conduct periodic walkthrough surveys of your premises to help ensure your property is kept in safe condition.
  • Ensure all walkways are properly lit.
  • Maintain all flooring surfaces at all times.
  • Use slip-resistant floor treatments, especially in areas proven to be wet.
  • Apply floor treatments to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use “wet floor” signs to warn of known hazards.
  • Schedule maintenance of floor surfaces during times of low traffic.
  • Have spill cleanup supplies readily available.
  • Ensure that entry areas are properly maintained and any mats are secured.
  • Promptly investigate incidents and document findings if an accident and/or injury occurs.”
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    June is National Safety Month- Ladder Safety

    6/7/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Slips-Trips-and-Falls.pdf

    “· Always keep at least three points of contact with the ladder (i.e. two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand) · Place the base on a firm, solid surface · A straight or extension ladder should be placed 1 foot away from the surface it rests against for every 4 feet of ladder height · When you climb, always face the ladder and grip the rungs, not the side rails · Climb down a ladder one rung at a time · Do not climb with tools in hand – use a tool belt · Keep your body between the ladder side rails when climbing · Do not lean or overreach – reposition the ladder closer to the work instead · Tie down a ladder when using it outdoors and do not use it in windy or inclement weather.”

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    June is National Safety Month- Fall Prevention Tips

    6/6/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Slips-Trips-and-Falls.pdf

    “Clean up all spills immediately · Stay off freshly mopped floors · Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas · Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them from slipping · Keep frequently used items in easily reachable areas · Wear shoes with good support and slip resistant soles · Arrange furniture to provide open walking pathways · Keep drawers and cabinet doors closed at all times · Install handrails on all staircases on both sides · Remove tripping hazards (paper, boxes, books, clothes, toys, shoes) from stairs and walkways · If you have young children, install gates at the top and bottom of stairs (unlatch the gate in order to pass – don’t climb over them) · Ensure adequate lighting both indoors and outdoors · Remove debris from exterior walkways · Adjust gutter downspouts to drive water away from pathways · Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages immediately · Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels”

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    June is National Safety Month-Daily Tips

    6/3/2016 (Permalink)

    The Following was copied directly from: http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/14084-week-3-stay-alert-for-dangers

    “’It’s important to be on the lookout for hazards throughout the day. Whether you’re walking to work, taking care of an elderly relative or watching your children, the National Safety Council offers a variety of tips to help stay safe all the time:

  • Avoid distracted walking. Stop walking and move to the side when reading emails or texts. Never cross a street while using an electronic device.
  • Falls are the leading cause of death for older adults. Install anti-slip mats and grab bars in the bath or shower, and handrails on stairs. In addition, ensure every room and stairway has adequate lighting, which may include nightlights.
  • More than one-third of injuries and deaths among children occur at home. Stay vigilant for sources of potential injury, including pools, bathtubs, fireplaces, grills, and chemicals stored under the sink or in your garage.
  • Wherever you are, consider the hazards unique to the location. A fun outing could turn stressful quickly if you’re injured.

  • Going to a ballgame? Watch for foul balls.
  • Heading to a concert? Consider earplugs to help protect your hearing. Check for cables that may run along floors.
  • Visiting someplace new? Designate a meeting place in case you get separated.”
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    June is National Safety Month- Water Safety Tips for Kids

    6/2/2016 (Permalink)

    June is 

    The following was copied directly from:

    http://www.nsc.org/Membership%20Site%20Document%20Library/2016-NSM/2016-NSM-Protect-Kids-Around-Water.pdf

    “Whether you live in a climate that’s warm year-round or you enjoy outdoor activities during the summer, swimming and water are likely to be a big part of family fun. But the importance of safety around water cannot be overstated. Water safety is a part of daily life no matter where you live. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 14 (Injury Facts ®, 2016). While many are aware of the importance of safety around pools and at the beach, parents also need to supervise their children near bathtubs. Nearly 30 percent of home drowning incidents occur when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub (Injury Facts, 2016). Protect Your Children • Be attentive when your children are near water. Teach children never to go near or into water alone – an adult should always be present. Designate an adult (or two) to be a “water watcher” and actively supervise children who are swimming. Drowning can happen silently, in seconds, and in just an inch of water.  • Stay nearby. When infants and toddlers are in the water, adults should never be more than an arm’s length away. Gather all items you need before starting a child’s bath. And at pools, even though there may be a lifeguard, it is important to watch over older children as well.  • Get a good life jacket. Traditional pool floats, like water wings, inner tubes and pool noodles, aren’t designed to keep kids safe. Use a life jacket approved by the Coast Guard to be safer.  • Know what to do in an emergency. Make sure that you and anyone who takes care of your children are trained in CPR, so you’ll all be ready if there’s ever a need. Find a class in your area.”

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    June is National Safety Month-Prepare for an Emergency

    6/1/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/everyday-healthy-living/safety/prepare-for-an-emergency

    “Planning ahead can help keep you and your family safe if there’s an emergency, like a natural or man-made disaster. Examples of emergencies include:

    ·         Natural disasters like floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes

    ·         Flu pandemics (flu outbreaks that spread around the world)

    ·         Blackouts (where large areas lose power)

    ·         Terrorist attacks

    Emergencies can happen at any time, so it’s important to make sure you and your family are ready. Here’s what you can do:

    ·         Get an emergency supply kit.

    ·         Make a family emergency plan.

    ·         Learn what to do in different types of emergencies”.

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    June is National Safety Month

    5/31/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://healthfinder.gov/nho/JuneToolkit2.aspx

    “Make a difference: Spread the word about ways to reduce the risk of injuries. Encourage communities, workplaces, families, and individuals to identify and report safety hazards.

    How can National Safety Month make a difference?

    We can all use this month to raise awareness about important safety issues like:

    ·         Medication safety and prescription painkiller abuse

    ·         Driving, biking, and working safely

    ·         First aid and emergency preparedness

    ·         Preventing slips, trips, and falls

    Everyone can get involved in reducing the risk of injuries. Together, we can share information about steps people can take to protect themselves and others.”

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    Benefect Information

    5/30/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.benefect.com/US/technology.php 

    “Over 5,000 years of history shows that microbes do not build up a tolerance or resistance to the antimicrobial action of essential oils. The concentrations of essential oils required to kill microbes have not changed during this entire period. On the other hand, current germ killing practices have lead to highly resistant organisms, which require stronger, more toxic chemicals and increasingly complicated disinfecting procedures...in just 60 years.

     This groundbreaking botanical technology is proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria & surpasses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efficacy requirements for broad spectrum hospital disinfectants.”

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    Cleveland Ohio First Energy’s Generator Tips

    5/27/2016 (Permalink)

    The following information was copied by SERVPRO of Beachwood directly from: 

    https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/outages/what_to_do_if_youlosepower/using_backup_generators.html

    “Before installing your backup generator,follow all instructions in the manufacturer's written documentation, such as an operating manual, and all local building codes, especially regarding placement of the unit and safe electrical connections. Not following these precautions may result in hazardous conditions, including the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning or electrocution.

    In addition,never connect a generator directly to your home's electrical system without a proper isolation device, a switch that disconnects your house from our power lines while your generator is operating, and vice versa. This applies to both portable generators and stationary units.

    To have an isolation device installed, contact a qualified electrician. Unless our lines are positively isolated from your home, operating a generator connected into your home's wiring system could start a fire and/or electrocute a service crew member working to restore your power.”

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    Cleveland Ohio First Energy’s Power Outages Steps

    5/26/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied by SERVPRO of Beachwood directly from: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/outages/what_to_do_if_youlosepower/other_steps_duringanoutage.html

     ·         “To safeguard your equipment and appliances - and to ease the initial load when power is restored - turn off or unplug televisions, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, computers, and appliances that use electric motors such as refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners, until power is restored. Leave an incandescent light on so you know when the power comes back on.

    ·         Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. These appliances are well insulated, so food will keep for hours if opening the door is kept to a minimum.

    ·         Use a flashlight or battery-powered lantern for light. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a dangerous fire hazard.

    ·         During cold weather, keep warm safely. Put on extra clothes or wrap up in blankets. DON'T rely on gas stoves, charcoal grills or other open-flame heat sources. Deadly carbon monoxide gas - which is odorless and invisible - may build up in your home without you realizing it.

    To report an outage:

  • First check your circuit breakers or fuses.
  • If no breaker is tripped or fuse is blown, the problem may be in the connection between our wires and your home. Report your outage using one of the following methods:
  • Call our toll-free, 24-hour Outage Reporting Line, 1-888-LIGHTSS
    (1-888-544-4877), or
  • Report your outage online, or 
  • Report your outage via text message.
    Text REG to 544487 (LIGHTS) to get started.
  • Backup generators can provide an emergency power supply, enabling you to keep important equipment running during a power outage. It’s important to make sure generators are properly installed and operated to prevent health and safety risks for you”

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    What is a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)?

    5/25/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood is providing the following content only and has copied it directly from: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/forms-of-assistance/4627/1/805

    “A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a readily accessible facility or mobile office you can visit for information about Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to your case. The DRC Locator allows you to find the hours, services, and locations of nearby DRCs.

    Some of the services that a DRC may provide include:

    ·         Application for disaster assistance

    ·         Help understanding disaster recovery assistance and programs for survivors

    ·         Help understanding any written correspondence received from FEMA

    ·         Housing assistance and rental resource information

    ·         Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance

    ·         Status of applications submitted to FEMA

    ·         Help obtaining and understanding information on Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance programs

    Please click the link above to read more. 

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    Cleveland Area Memorial Day Parade Schedules and Events

    5/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Community Cleveland Area Memorial Day Parade Schedules and Events Photo: Courtesy of the City of Beachwood

    The following was copied direcly from: http://blog.cleveland.com/sunpress/2016/05/memorial_day_lineup_includes_a.html

    “University Heights kicks off its 50th commemoration for the nation's fallen war heroes.The parade starts at 11 a.m. forming at Silsby and Saybrook roads, running up Washington Boulevard and ending at John Carroll University.”

    “Shaker Heights will be holding its annual Pancake Breakfast in a new location this year, at the parade's starting point outside City Hall, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., rather than the terminus in Thornton Park.”

    “Cleveland Heights, the annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. next to the Veteran's Memorial in Cumberland Park at Mayfield Road and Monticello Boulevard.” 

    “Beachwood this holiday weekend will be the grand opening of the city's Aquatic Park on Saturday with lap swim beginning at 6 a.m.”

     “Larchmere business district that straddles the borders of Shaker Heights and Cleveland, a seasonal Sidewalk Sale will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed Sunday by the district's newest event, "Rock the Blocks," beginning at 9 a.m. with a 5K run and one-mile walk?”

    For more information please click on the link above.

    Stone, Masonry & Tile Cleaning Tips from IICRC

    5/24/2016 (Permalink)

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    The following was copied directly from: http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/hard-surface-cleaning/

    ·         “Identification is Key. There are six categories of hard surface floor covering: natural stone, concrete, ceramic/clay, wood, resilient and specialty. Within these categories are numerous classifications that require different cleaning methodologies. By knowing what the flooring material is, a proper floor maintenance program can be developed.

    ·         Use Walk off Mats. The number one enemy of flooring materials is soil because of the damage caused by eroding the surface of the floor, keeping it out is paramount to a successful program. Studies indicate that five feet of walk off mat will reduce 33 percent of the soil entering into a building, and 25 feet of walk off mat will reduce almost all of the soil entering a building.

    ·         Spot Mopping. Slip and falls are a significan challenge with hard surface maintenance. Spills should be removed as soon as they occur. When a spill occurs, cordon off the area with wet floor signs, placards, cones or tape, remove the spill with appropriate cleaning solution, wet mop, bucket and wringer and dry the floor completely with floor fan before leaving the area.

    ·         Daily/Routine Maintenance. Reducing or eliminating the soil that gets past the walk off mats on a daily or routine basis is the best way to reduce the damaging effects caused by erosion to the floor surface. This is accomplished with the dry service procedures (sweeping, dust mopping or microfiber cloth systems and vacuuming) followed by wet service procedures (spot, damp, and wet mopping) using the appropriate cleaning solutions in conjunction with mop buckets and wringers ,microfiber cloth systems or automatic scrubbing machines in large open areas.

    ·         Periodic and Restorative Maintenance. Professional floor maintenance technicians are the best choice for the periodic and restorative maintenance of hard surface flooring. Because of the number of categories and classifications of hard surface flooring available, mistakes can be made. A certified floor maintenance technician will know how to identify and provide the proper floor maintenance solutions.”

    Lead Exposure Info

    5/23/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#sl-home

    “If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

    ·         Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.

    ·         It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:

    o    Windows and window sills

    o    Doors and door frames

    o    Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches

    ·         Be sure to keep all paint in excellent shape and clean up dust frequently.  Lead in household dust results from indoor sources such as deteriorating lead-based paint.

    ·         Lead dust can also be tracked into the home from soil outside that is contaminated by deteriorated exterior lead-based paint and other lead sources, such as industrial pollution and past use of leaded gasoline. 

    ·         Renovation, repair or painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed or demolished. 

    ·         Pipes and solder — Lead is used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials. Lead can leach, or enter the water, as water flows through the plumbing. Lead pipes and lead solder were commonly used until 1986. “

    Read more at https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#sl-home 

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    New Carpet Odor

    5/20/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/odor-control/

    “New carpet odor comes from a reaction between styrene and butadiene, the components of synthetic latex or styrene-butadiene latex (SBL). There is no natural latex used in carpet today; therefore, there are none of the latex proteins that cause allergic reactions in sensitive people, as might be the case with latex gloves.

    When new carpet is installed, the old carpet should be thoroughly vacuumed with a high-efficiency filtered vacuum cleaner before it’s disengaged. If it’s particularly filthy or highly contaminated with mold or pet urine, it is advisable to roll it in plastic as it is removed. Then the subfloor should be vacuumed before the new carpet is installed.

    Much of the suffering that people experience during and immediately after new carpet installation is directly related to aerosolized dusts and biological fragments (bioaerosols) that are rendered airborne when the carpet is “ripped out.” Positive ventilation helps a good deal here as well.”

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    Clorox® Cleaning Tip

    5/19/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from:https://www.clorox.com/cleaning-and-laundry-tips/cleaning/kitchen/how-to-clean-your-sink-and-drain/

    “Regain your drain and keep your sink in the pink with these cleaning solutions.

    Steps to a cleaner sink and drain:

    Before you go to bed, clear out the dishes from the sink and place them in the dishwasher. You can hit the sheets knowing the dishes will be clean in the morning.

    Clean and disinfect kitchen sinks in one easy step with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes. You can also clean and disinfect sinks daily with Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner + Bleach.

    To deodorize drains, flush with water. Pour 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach into the drain, then flush with hot water.

    Keep your drain running clear by switching to liquid soap or glycerin bar soap. The binders in traditional bar soaps are the main cause of soap scum and contribute to clogged drains. Source: RealSimple.com*”

    *Copyright © 2010 Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. REAL SIMPLE is a registered trademark of Time Inc. Used under license.


    Read more at https://www.clorox.com/cleaning-and-laundry-tips/cleaning/kitchen/how-to-clean-your-sink-and-drain/#pazhPrJKaIpVEmM9.99

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    Rug Cleaning

    5/18/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from:

    http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/rug-cleaning/

    “Sixty-four percent of U.S. homeowners have rugs in their homes; found a survey by the IICRC, but only 40 percent clean them on a regular basis. Like carpets, rugs require proper maintenance to retain their appearance and durability.

    Area rugs tend to be made of more delicate fibers, questionable dyes and woven constructions that can easily be damaged by do-it-yourself procedures or even professionals without adequate training and experience.

    Certified technicians are trained to recognize different fibers, constructions and types of carpet and rugs, along with their potential problems. They have the equipment, training and experience to restore the beauty of carpet and rugs — improving the look of your home or business and protecting the indoor environment, as well as your investment.”

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    Commercial Carpet Tips from IICRC

    5/17/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/commercial-carpet-cleaning/

    “What steps should I take to maintain carpet in a high-traffic area on a daily basis, and to deal with spills and stains?

    ·         It's a good idea to keep sand, grit and grass clippings off walkways outside entries to prevent inward tracking of these abrasive soils.

    ·         Purchase a properly sized entry mat, the bigger the better.  There must be room for at least two steps to sufficiently wipe soil from feet before encountering the installed carpet. A carpet with a nylon face and vinyl back is best for moisture and oils absorption, combined with the resiliency necessary to collect a quantity of particle soil. The IICRC suggests a rental mat, since that guarantees frequent maintenance. Place entry mats on hard surfaces rather than on carpet where they can trap moisture or cause plasticizer migration.

    ·         Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum daily, especially after major events. The sooner you collect soils from the surface, the easier it is to remove them. For most carpet, you should use an upright vacuum with brush agitation, unless your canister vacuum is particularly well designed. The wider the head, the more efficient.

    ·         Typically, deep cleaning should be accomplished on at least a semi-annual basis, with no more than two entry and high-traffic area "rinse" cleanings between the deep cleaning. This is dependent on traffic and daily maintenance as well. At a minimum, some attention should be given to primary entry areas on a quarterly basis.

    ·         If spots are treated immediately, most will respond with plain warm water and very little mild detergent added.

    ·         Use high-efficiency double-lined poly-fiber collection bags. This reduces periodic maintenance such as dusting of furniture, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filter exchange.

    ·         Make sure the HVAC system is slightly positively pressurized as well, which means that air is going out when doors are opened, rather than being sucked in. Proper air exchange rates can be calibrated according to ASHRAE regulations for the building with a trained HVAC contractor.

    ·         Ensure proper air filtration through the HVAC System. High-efficiency pleated filters, rather than inexpensive fiberglass filters, are recommended.”

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    Commercial Carpet Cleaning

    5/16/2016 (Permalink)

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    The following was copied directly from: http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/commercial-carpet-cleaning/

    “Commercial carpet receives many times the traffic of typical residential carpet. That's why it's important to select (fiber, construction, pile design, color) and install commercial carpet that fits a building user's needs. However, once that carpet is properly selected and installed, its durability and lasting beauty is highly dependent on the ongoing maintenance and cleaning programs.

    The first critical component in programmed maintenance and cleaning is routine vacuuming coupled with rapid response to spots and spills. Carpet serves as a "sink" or collection point for everything that is tracked in or settles out of the air. Qualities such as sound absorption, slip resistance and soil-trapping ability makes it the most desirable floor covering in many buildings. Ultimately, however, even the best maintained carpet must be thoroughly cleaned to empty the "sink."

    This is where IICRC-certifed technicians come in. They have the equipment, training and experience not only to empty the "sink," but also to restore the color and beauty of commercial carpet, while improving overall indoor environmental quality in the building.”

    El Nino

    5/15/2016 (Permalink)

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    The following was copied directly from: https://www.almanac.com/blog/weather/weather/bye-bye-el-nino

    “The El Niño is on its way out. It brought more rain in some areas plus lower summer food and cooling prices. But his sister is coming, and La Niña is no lady.

    The El Niño weather pattern has been in place since last summer over the central Pacific Ocean; it brought above-average rainfall and surprisingly warm temperatures. However, the waters are cooling even more quickly than experts thought it would.

    Unfortunately, this means scientists are expecting its twin sister, the cold, dry La Niña to arrive even earlier. The result will affect farms, pastures and, yes, your lawn and garden.

    You see, when one-tenth of the world’s surface gets unusually hot or cold, it changes global weather. El Niño (which is Spanish for “The Boy) was named by South Americans for the Christ child and brings lovely moderate wet summers here in the US. La Niña (which is Spanish for “The Girl”) is just the opposite. The La Niña is a real, cool chick. 

    It’s happening quickly. Last month, the El Niño was very strong—er—hot. Now the event is weak, barely above the 0.5°C (0.9°F) needed to qualify as an El Niño. By next month, it will probably be average, neither hot, nor cold. Ahhh—average!” 

    Keep reading more by clicking the link above. 

    More Asbestos Information

    5/12/2016 (Permalink)

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    The following was copied directly from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos_abatement

    “Depending on how and where asbestos was applied, it might not pose any risk to most users of the building. If the fibers cannot become dislodged, they cannot be inhaled, and thus the asbestos poses no risk. However, some methods of applying asbestos, particularly flocking, allow asbestos fibers to gradually drop off into the air. Asbestos poses hazards to maintenance personnel who have to drill holes in walls for installation of cables or pipes. Even if the workers are protected, such maintenance operation may release fibers into the air, which may be inhaled by others. Interventions in areas where asbestos is present often have to follow stringent procedures.

    When asbestos fibers can easily be made into airborne dust, the material is known as "friable". For example, a popcorn ceiling is extremely friable, whereas asbestos floor tile is considered non-friable.

    Different countries have different regulations and methods of enforcement, when it comes to asbestos removal. It is extremely important to remember that prior to any asbestos removal procedures taking place; the client has a duty of care and must verify that the specialist removal contractor can provide proof of the following:

    ·         license if licensing is required within the jurisdiction

    ·         specific asbestos public and employer liability insurance

    ·         worker training to include supervisor and contract manager training within the past 12 months

    ·         worker fit-testing and medical surveillance within 12 months

    ·         specialist equipment testing within 6 months - DOP and PAT within the EU

    Optionally, the specialist contractor should be able to provide accreditation from ARCA or other such trade organization”

    Asbestos Removal

    5/9/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asbestos_abatement

    “If removal is to be performed when users are still present in the building, it is usually necessary to relocate some users temporarily. Typically, the part of the building from which asbestos is being removed has to be sealed off in order to prevent contamination of the other areas. Methods of sealing off an area often include the use of polyethylene film, duct tape and negative air pressure machines which are fitted with HEPA filters. The idea is that the contained area is pulling fresh air in as to not let asbestos fibers out into the surrounding environment.

    Only a special vacuum cleaner that is designed for asbestos containment (class H) can be safely used when cleaning up during and after asbestos removal. Ordinary vacuum cleaners cannot be used, even those fitted with a HEPA filter. An ordinary vacuum cleaner will expel the asbestos fibres into the room air.”

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    "Health Effects From Exposure to Asbestos"

    5/8/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://www.epa.gov/asbestos/learn-about-asbestos

    "Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. That risk is made worse by smoking. In general, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects.

    Disease symptoms may take many years to develop following exposure.

    Asbestos-related conditions can be difficult to identify. Healthcare providers usually identify the possibility of asbestos exposure and related health conditions like lung disease by taking a thorough medical history. This includes looking at the person’s medical, work, cultural and environmental history.

    After a doctor suspects an asbestos-related health condition, he or she can use a number of tools to help make the actual diagnosis. Some of these tools are physical examination, chest x-ray and pulmonary function tests. Your doctor may also refer you to a specialist who treats diseases caused by asbestos.

    Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are:

    • lung cancer
    • mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart
    • asbestosis, a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs"

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    What is Asbestos? Where Can You Find Asbestos?

    5/7/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from:

    https://www.epa.gov/asbestos/learn-about-asbestos

    "Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil.  

    Because of its fiber strength and heat resistance asbestos has been used in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire retardant. Asbestos has also been used in a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.

    Where asbestos may be found:

    ·         Attic and wall insulation produced containing vermiculite

    ·         Vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives

    ·         Roofing and siding shingles

    ·         Textured paint and patching compounds used on wall and ceilings

    ·         Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets

    ·         Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape

    ·         Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation

    ·         Heat-resistant fabrics

     ·         Automobile clutches and brakes"

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    Tornado Facts

    5/6/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/tornado.html

    "Learn what tornadoes are, how fast they spin, how far they can travel, where most tornadoes occur, the difference between an F0 tornado and an F5 tornado, what a waterspout is and much more.Read on to check out our wide range of interesting information about twisters.

    ·         A tornado is a rapidly spinning tube of air that touches both the ground and a cloud above.

    ·         Tornadoes are sometimes called twisters.

    ·         Not all tornadoes are visible but their high wind speeds and rapid rotation often form a visible funnel of condensed water.

    ·         The Fujita Scale is a common way of measuring the strength of tornadoes. The scale ranges from F0 tornadoes that cause minimal damage through to F5 tornadoes which cause massive damage.

    ·         Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 100 miles per hour (161 kilometres per hour).

    ·         Extreme tornadoes can reach wind speeds of over 300 miles per hour (483 kilometres per hour).

    ·         Most tornadoes travel a few miles before exhausting themselves.

    ·         Extreme tornadoes can travel much further, sometimes over 100 miles (161kilometres).

    ·         The Tri-State Tornado that travelled through parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana in 1925 left a path of destruction over 219 miles (352 kilometres) long.

    ·         The Tri-State Tornado was the deadliest tornado in US history, killing 695 people.

    ·         The USA averages around 1200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.

    ·         The majority of these tornadoes occur in a geographically unique area nicknamed ‘Tornado Alley’.

    ·         US States most often hit by tornadoes include Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Florida.

    ·         In 1989 the deadliest tornado ever recorded in the world killed around 1300 people in Bangladesh.

    ·         In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction.

    ·         In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.

    ·         A tornado that occurs over water is often called a waterspout.

    ·         Weather radars are used to detect tornadoes and give advanced warning.

    ·         Basements and other underground areas are the safest places to seek refuge during a tornado. It is also a good idea to stay away from windows.”

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    Drying Principles

    5/5/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_damage_restoration

    “Structure and contents

    When working within a residence, it is often the case that those who are performing the water damage restoration must work with and around the contents of the home. This includes, but is not limited to, furniture, electronics, books, and any other materials that may have been affected by the water damage. The moving around of the said contents is often referred to "contents manipulation." Water damage restoration firms often bill content manipulation on a per hour basis.

    Contents may also require treatment due to the effects of water damage. This may include, but is not limited to, sterilization, sanitization, deodorization, drying, and storage of said contents. Other contents may simply be unsalvageable, or the cost of having them salvaged would exceed its current value.

    Monitoring

    After the water has been extracted and any non-salvageable materials have been removed, water damage professionals should place drying equipment according to industry guidelines for capacity in the affected areas. Industry standards state that drying vendors should return to the residence at regular time intervals, preferably every twenty-four hours, to monitor the equipment, temperature, humidity, and moisture content of the affected walls, contents, or other affected materials. Should one area be dry and another affected area still wet, the firm will relocate or remove equipment accordingly.

    Completion

    Once temperature, humidity, and moisture content are deemed acceptable according to industry standards, drying equipment is removed and the drying process is complete. There are defining criteria and methods to be used for assessing water damage and establishing restoration procedures, but because of the unique circumstances of every water damage restoration project, it is impractical to issue blanket rules that apply to every situation. In extenuating circumstances, deviation from standard practices is appropriate.

    Step-by-step process

    Though the water seepage will stop once the source of water has been identified and plugged, the problem does not end there. It is essential to determine the appropriate water extraction method, which may range from the use of a wet-dry vac unit to more heavy duty equipment like submersible pumps. Once this has been completed, the process of drying and dehumidification should start. Oftentimes, affected surfaces and areas look dry once the water has been extracted and removed, but there remains hidden water and moisture.  This would call for the use of drying and dehumidifying equipment. As such, carpets, walls, and flooring require removal, drying, cleaning, and disinfecting."

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    Water Categorization

    5/4/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_damage_restoration

    "Water, under the IICRC's S-500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, has been broken off into three categories. These categories are based upon the level of contamination present, or presumed present, in the source water.

    ·         Category 1 is water from a clean or sanitary source. Previously known as clear water or clean water, this descriptor has since been removed to reduce confusion. These can include water from broken clean water supply lines; clean water from toilet tank or bowl; faucets; and bottled water. Although the source may be from a clean source, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

    ·         Category 2 is water with some level of contaminants that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Previously known as grey water, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; and dishwasher overflow. Category 2 water can quickly degrade into category 3 depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

    ·         Category 3 water is grossly unsanitary, and could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Previously known as black water or blackwater, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 3 water include, but are not limited to, sewage; flooding from rivers or streams; wind-driven rain, water from beyond the toilet trap; water from the toilet bowl with feces; and standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.”

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    Water Classifications

    5/3/2016 (Permalink)

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    The following was copied directly from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_damage_restoration

    “Water damage is classified into one of the following classes:

    ·         Class 1 water damage (least amount of water, absorption and evaporation): Water losses that affect only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture. Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion are present.

    ·        Class 2 water damage (large amount of water, absorption and evaporation): Water losses that affect at least an entire room or carpet and cushion(pad). Water has wicked up walls less than 24”. There is moisture remaining in structural materials (e.g., plywood, particleboard, structural wood, concrete).

    ·         Class 3 water damage (greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation): Water wicked up over 24", or water may have come from overhead affecting ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and sub-floor. The entire area are saturated.

    ·         Class 4 water damage (specialty drying situations): These consist of wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, stone). Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which requires very low specific humidity.”

    FYI....tomorrow's blog: Water Categorization

    “Legacy Village Announces Schedule for Free Weekend Concert Series”

    5/2/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2016/04/21/legacy-village-announces-schedule-for-free-weekend-concert-series

    “During the mid-summer, concerts will also take place on Thursday nights. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. 
    All concerts take place at the lawn that’s located between California Pizza Kitchen and Bar Louie.”

    Here's the schedule:

    Friday, May 27 - The Nick Puin Band (Jazz Standards) 
    Saturday, May 28 - Ricky and the Rockets (Classic Rock/Oldies)
    Friday, June 10 - Evil Ways (Santana Tribute)
    Saturday, June 11 - Revolution Pie (Beatles Tribute)
    Friday, June 17 - Rule 11 and the Sanctions (Classic Rock)
    Saturday, June 18 - Big Ship (Acoustic Funk) 
    Friday, June 24 - The Recyclers (Rock, Blues, R&B & Soul)
    Saturday, June 25 - Light of Two Moons (60’s & 70’s Acoustic Rock)
    Thursday, June 30 - Saborit (Latin Soul)
    Friday, July 1 - The Swamp Boogie Band (Blues/Rock)
    Saturday, July 2 - The Discovery Band (Pop/Dance/R&B)
    Thursday, July 7 - Big Ship (Acoustic Funk) 
    Friday, July 8 - Ricky & the Rockets (Classic Rock/Oldies)
    Saturday, July 9 – Replay (Oldies)
    Thursday, July 14 - Blue Lunch (Jazz/Swing/Blues)
    Friday, July 15 – Backtraxx (Oldies)
    Saturday, July 16 - The Blue Moons (Oldies) 
    Thursday, July 21 - TBD
    Friday, July 22 - Saborit (Latin Soul)
    Saturday, July 23 - Revolution Pie (Beatles Tribute)
    Thursday, July 28 - Back 9 Par 4 (Acoustic Pop)
    Friday, July 29 - Run Avril Run (Pop/Dance)
    Saturday, July 30 – Wild Horses (Classic Rock/Oldies)
    Thursday, August 4 - The Cletus Black Review (Rock/Blues)
    Friday, August 5 - Blue Lunch (Jazz/Swing/Blues)
    Saturday, August 6 - Cats on Holiday (Cajun/Blues)
    Thursday, August 11 - Colin Dussault Trio (Rock/Blues)
    Friday, August 12 - 45 RPM (Classic Rock/R&B)
    Saturday, August 13 - The Benjaminz (R&B)
    Friday, August 19 - Light of Two Moons (60’s & 70’s Acoustic Rock)
    Saturday, August 20 - East Wind (Classic Rock)
    Friday, August 26 - NOS Band (Classic Rock/Oldies)
    Saturday, August 27 - Revolution Pie (Beatles Tribute)
    Friday, September 2 - No Moss Band (Rock/Pop/Blues/Old Standards/Country)
    Saturday, September 3 – Nightbreeze (Pop/Dance/R&B)”

    Protect From Sewer Backup

    5/1/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from:https://blog.allstate.com/how-to-protect-your-basement-from-sewer-backup/

    “Have you ever experienced a large amount of standing water in your basement after a heavy rainstorm?  Do you wonder where it comes from and how so much ends up in your home? If the water has come up through any plumbing fixtures or you have standing water over your floor drain, there’s a good chance that you are experiencing municipal sewer backup.

    It is not uncommon during heavy rainstorms for municipal sanitary sewers to become overloaded with more volume than they can handle. And the result, since almost all municipal sewer systems are gravity fed, is the excess water being forced back through your sewer line towards your home and into your basement and other low lying drains in that area. Large quantities of sewage-contaminated water can be pushed through floor drains, toilets or showers and can create a potentially dangerous and unhealthy environment in your home.

    If your sewers backup into your basement, the most important thing to remember is DO NOT WALK IN or TOUCH the standing water! The power must be turned off first to help avoid risk of electrocution.

    You do not have to live with the fear of your sewers backing up into your home. You can help protect your home and your family from the unhealthy environment create from municipal sewer backup.  A sewer backup prevention system can help.

    Generally, these types of systems are beyond the skill level of your standard do-it-yourselfer and will require professional help. Sewer backup prevention can likely be accomplished with the help of professional basement waterproofing contractors and/or licensed plumbers experienced in these situations.

    A professional contractor should install a double- or triple-valve system that provides protection and comes with a significant warranty. Most systems can be installed in your front yard and are almost undetectable. The check valves are placed into the sewer line so when the sewer is overloaded and pushes water toward your home, they will automatically close and keep the sewage contaminated water out of your basement. The pump and basin, as shown above, will provide the advantage of being able to use your household plumbing during times of sewer backup."

    "[Editor’s note: Sewer backups aren’t typically covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy; talk to your agent to see if additional coverage options make sense for you]”

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    What is an Industrial Hygienist?

    4/29/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/sr/dohs/aboutDOHS/TAB/Pages/technical_branch_ih.aspx

    “What is Industrial Hygiene?”

    “Industrial hygiene is generally defined as the art and science dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, communication and control of environmental stressors in, or arising from, the work place that may result in injury, illness, impairment, or affect the well being of workers and members of the community. These stressors are divided into the categories biological, chemical, physical, ergonomic and psychosocial.

    The profession of industrial hygiene uses strict and rigorous scientific methodology and often requires professional experience in determining the potential for hazard and evaluating exposures or risk in workplace and environmental studies.

    The Industrial Hygienist may be involved with the assessment and control of physical, chemical, biological or environmental hazards in the workplace or community that could cause injury or disease. Physical hazards may include noise, temperature extremes, illumination extremes, ionizing or non-ionizing radiation, and ergonomics. At the NIH, chemical exposures that are evaluated include formaldehyde, xylene, ethylene oxide, and waste anesthetic gases. Other related areas including Indoor air quality (IAQ) and safety may also receive the attention of the Industrial Hygienist. Biological hazards may stem from the potential for exposure to legionella or bloodborne pathogens.

    Industrial Hygienists work to minimize exposures through the implementation of controls. The preferred method of control is the elimination of the chemical, which can sometimes be achieved by the substitution of a less hazardous material. Another method to reduce exposure is the use of an engineering control, such as a laboratory hood or other enclosure that isolates the chemical from the worker. In some cases an administrative control, such as the rotation of workers through a position to minimize the exposure to any single worker, is implemented. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, or respirators may be recommended. The use of PPE is the least preferred method due to the diligence required to ensure effectiveness.”

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    Sewer Problems City of Lynhurst, Ohio

    4/28/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.lyndhurst-oh.com/service.html#sewerproblems

    "Sewer maintenance consists of cleaning both the sanitary and storm sewer pipes (laterals), from your outside sewer cleanout (test tees). Both the sanitary and storm tees are usually located near the sidewalk under the grass area of your front yard.  The sanitary sewer services all drains inside your house and the storm sewer services the exterior of the home-ex: downspouts, driveway and garage drains, and the drain tile around the foundation of your home.” For more information: http://www.lyndhurst-oh.com/service.html#sewerproblems

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    Pepper Pike, Ohio- Communication To Residents

    4/27/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.pepperpike.org/about/community-resources/communication-to-residents-during-an-emergency

    "The City of Pepper Pike has two communications systems for informing its residents about emergency situations.

    • The first system for notification is by programmed mass telephone calling  using a pre-recorded tape to convey to residents located in a certain block or area of the city about (for example) a burst street pipe, fallen trees, or a traffic accident requiring traffic to be re-routed. If you are a resident, please be sure to have your contact information securely registered with City Hall so that in case of an emergency, you will be notified. 
    • The second method for notification is by using the Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) System. The Pepper Pike Community Emergency Radio channel is 1670am. Residents are advised to purchase a battery-operated transistor radio and tune it to 1670am on their radio dial. In case of an emergency, (for example) a weather storm, a power outage, school closings, or a traffic accident, residents can turn on their radios to 1670am and hear instructions from the Police or Fire Department about what to do and how long the situation will exist. The 1670am HAR radio station broadcasts within a 9-mile radius of Pepper Pike. When there are no emergencies to report, the radio station broadcasts community announcements on a continual tape-recorded basis."

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    April 30, 2016 EntrovationCLE in Beachwood, Ohio

    4/27/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: 

    http://www.entrovation.com/

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    "EntrovationCLE IS A FREE, ONE-DAY EXPO SHOWING INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURS AND OUT-OF-THE-BOX IDEAS WITHIN THE GREATER CLEVELAND AREA."

    "EntrovationCLE is the vision of 46 Senior students from the 2015-2016 Marketing Program at Beachwood High School.  The Marketing Program is a college Tech Prep course through Excel TECC - a consortium of students from eight different schools: Beachwood, Brush, Mayfield, Solon, Chagrin Falls, Aurora, West Geauga, and Orange. Incorporating the Junior Achievement Company Program, the class operates efficiently as a business throughout the school year. CEO’s lead the company with different departments that showcase the importance of teamwork. Each student further develops their professionalism through real world networking experiences."

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    Severe Storm Tips From The Ohio State University

    4/26/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://dps.osu.edu/severe-storm

    "Severe Storm

    1. Try to remain calm.

    2. Seek shelter in a sturdy building away from windows, exterior doors, and walls.

    3. Do not use elevators.

    Lightning

    1. Try to remain calm.

    2. Seek shelter away from windows.

    3. Do not use elevators.

    Outdoors

    1. Seek shelter in a sturdy campus building.

    2. Avoid elevated places and isolated trees.

    3. Keep your head and body as low to the ground as possible.

    4. Minimize contact with the ground.

    5. Find shelter as quickly as possible.

    Information to Know

    • Location of interior corridors
    • Evacuation routes/procedures
    • Shelter-in-place procedures"

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    Cleaning Hard Surfaces

    4/25/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from:

    http://www.iicrc.org/hard-surface-cleaning-t-15.html

    "The need for hard surface cleaning is growing rapidly in conjunction with the popularity this type of flooring is seeing. While they require fairly low maintenance it is imperative to the look and longevity of these materials to have them routinely treated by highly trained technicians. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, has responded to the demand for such preservation by offering relevant courses, materials, and certifications for hard surface cleaning service providers. When a customer hires a certified technician they can rest assured their flooring will be cared for appropriately.


    Many consumers are looking past the traditional carpeting and vinyl flooring and recognizing the variety of options available for both commercial and residential settings. They include, but are not limited to ceramic tile, wood, stone, laminate, and concrete. In addition to the innovative styles, the prevalence of these types of floor is largely due to the ease with which they are maintained. Entry mats and area rugs are helpful additions as is regular sweeping, vacuuming and light mopping to minimize the soils that can ultimately cause erosion to the floor over time. In order to retain the material's appearance and durability it is necessary to hire a qualified professional to perform a serious treatment that will provide the proper protection. The knowledge and experience they carry will ensure the correct equipment, chemicals, materials, and methods of care are employed. In addition, they can provide customers with any applicable tips and techniques for hard surface cleaning in between professional care visits. 

    The IICRC is an international non-profit, ANSI-accredited organization that specializes in standards development and certification for the inspection, cleaning and refurbishment areas of the flooring industry. They have operated alongside other industry groups to formulate agreed upon standards for the field since its start in 1972. Their presence in countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and the United States has made them the core body of information and voice for the roughly 6,500 firms and over 54,000 technicians certified within their program. 

    Individuals that complete the curriculum and training offered by this premiere organization are certified to have in-depth understanding about the techniques, safety guidelines, and up to date science and research
    . There is a range of inspection certification categories offered by the organization including those focused exclusively on the hard surface cleaning of resilient flooring, stone, masonry, and ceramic tile maintenance, wood floor, wood laminate, and floor care. Within each specialty is pertinent coursework and training intended to maximize technician expertise in the field. The IICRC oversees the materials and testing given to make certain that technicians are familiar with current trends, standards, methodological developments, and flooring related problems upon completing the program. The confidence the organization has in its program and alumni is shown in the CleanTrust™ service mark that certified technicians and companies are permitted to display on their website or published materials to show the knowledge and skills they have acquired. 

    There comes a time in every commercial or residential property when the basic hard surface cleaning techniques do not suffice. In these instances hiring an IICRC certified technician can assure the customer of the service provider’s integrity and that the floor care received is of high quality. As a result, their investment is maximized and they can enjoy their flooring for years to come."

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    Natural Gas and Odors

    4/22/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://www.dom.com/residential/dominion-east-ohio/safety/gas-and-odor

    "Natural gas is both odorless and colorless, so Dominion adds an ingredient called mercaptan to it so you can detect its presence. If we did not add mercaptan, it would be hard for you to know that unlit natural gas was coming from your stove after you left the valve turned on. And leaks from furnaces and hot water heaters would be nearly impossible to detect without expensive equipment. So mercaptan's smell is a very valuable safety feature.

    But one thing's clear -- mercaptan stinks. In a concentrated form, its smell is almost unbearable. And it takes only a few parts per million of mercaptan for the average person to wrinkle a nose and say, "What is that smell?"

    Mercaptans contain sulfur. That's what makes them smell. The kind we use blends well with natural gas and, in a gaseous state, has much the same properties as natural gas, so it will also rise and dissipate with natural gas.

    There are other uses for mercaptans in industry, including jet fuel, pharmaceuticals and livestock feed additives. They are used in many chemical plants. Mercaptans are less corrosive and less toxic than similar sulfur compounds found naturally in rotten eggs, onions, garlic, skunks, and of course, bad breath."

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    Tree Safety

    4/21/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from:https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/trees.html

     "Trees are a leading cause of electrical power outages. In fact when trees and power lines touch it creates a very dangerous situation that may even be deadly to anyone in close proximity.

    To help ensure reliable and safe electric service, FirstEnergy's Vegetation Management Program works to keep our transmission and distribution rights-of-way free of incompatible trees and other vegetation.

    Professional vegetation management crews assess each situation to determine the best approach to prevent trees from interfering with electrical facilities. Based on this assessment, they may use power saws, EPA-approved herbicides, mechanical equipment, or a combination of methods to control the vegetation.

    Compatible shrubs that do not interfere with electric facilities are not disturbed. A diverse mixture of grasses, low growing shrubs and other ground cover preferred by birds, deer and small animals promote a thriving wildlife habitat. In this way, well-managed electric rights-of-way provide the food and cover wildlife need to survive."

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    Gas Safety

    4/20/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://www.dom.com/residential/dominion-east-ohio/safety/gas-safety-in-the-home

    "If you smell gas, suspect a leak or if there is an explosion or fire, call Dominion right away. Use these numbers 24 hours a day, everyday.

    Dominion East Ohio customers: 1-877-542-2630. An alternate number is on the front of your bill, or in your local phone directory."

    "Natural gas is great for heating, cooking and other uses in the home. It has an excellent safety record due to the physical characteristics of the gas itself. Possessing a very narrow range of flammability, natural gas only allows for combustion in a concentration of 4 to 15 percent per volume of air. Above and below these amounts, it will not burn.

    Natural gas is lighter than air, and thus, can dissipate into the air rapidly, making accidental combustion difficult. To further prevent accidents, natural gas has a very high ignition temperature, at about 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. This is almost twice the ignition temperature for gasoline.

    All together, these factors add up to making accidental ignition or combustion of natural gas an unlikely event. Nonetheless, helping you learn how to use clean burning natural gas safely throughout your home is one of our top priorities.

    If you smell gas...

    • Do not attempt to locate gas leaks.
    • Do not remain in the building when there is a strong gas odor. From a safe distance, be ready to let our representative into your home or business so he or she can investigate.
    • Do not turn on or off any battery-powered, rechargeable or electrical device, including phones, garage door opener, radios, TVs, computers or any device that could create a spark.
    • Do not turn on or turn off any lights or electrical switches, or unplug appliances.
    • Do not use telephones of any type, including cordless, cell or landline.
    • Do not use elevators.
    • Do not position or operate vehicles and power equipment where leaking gas may be present.
    • Do not smoke or use lighters, matches or other open flames.

    Keep Gas Appliances Operating Safely

    • Keep forced-air furnace filters clean. Clean or replace them according to the manufacturer's recommendation.
    • Avoid using or storing these products near the furnace: paint stripper, fabric or water softener, bleach, adhesives, or salt for melting ice. The chlorine or fluorine in these items can lead to furnace corrosion.
    • If your owner's manual recommends it, oil the furnace fan, motor and bearings.
    • Keep your heat registers and cold-air returns clean so the air can flow properly. Also, arrange your furniture and drapes so they don't block the air flow.
    • Have a qualified heating contractor inspect your furnace or boiler annually. A properly tuned furnace saves energy and helps avoid costly repairs.
    • Check the flue to make sure it is clean and open. Any fuel that does not burn completely can create harmful levels of carbon monoxide (CO). CO is a gas with no color, odor or taste. It can collect in your home if a fuel-burning appliance isn't working properly or venting as it should."

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    Generator Fire Hazards

    4/19/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/backup-generators.html#hazards

    "Backup generators can pose a risk of shock and electrocution, especially if they are operated in wet conditions. Because generators must be operated outdoors, it is important to pay special attention to weather and environmental conditions to prevent electrical accidents.

    Follow these important electrical safety tips at all times when operating your backup generator:

    • Operate the generator on a dry surface where water cannot reach it, or puddle or drain under it.
    • Dry your hands, if wet, before touching the generator.
    • If you must use a generator in wet conditions, protect the generator from moisture (as described in the owner's manual) to help avoid shock or electrocution hazard. This should be done without operating the generator indoors or near openings to any building that can be occupied in order to help avoid CO hazards.
    • NEVER try to power home wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as "backfeeding." This is extremely dangerous and presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same circuit. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices.

    When connecting appliances to the generator using an extension cord, follow these steps:

    • Use heavy-duty extension cords that are specifically designed for outdoor use.
    • Make sure the wattage rating for each cord exceeds the total wattage of all appliances connected to it.
    • Use extension cords that are long enough to allow the generator to be placed outdoors and far away from windows, doors and vents to the home or to other structures that could be occupied.
    • Check that the entire length of each cord is free of cuts or tears and that the plug has all three (or four) prongs.
    • Protect the cord from getting pinched or crushed, and follow all cord safety labels including any limits on cord length.

    In addition, use care when handling and storing fuel for your generator to avoid potential fire hazards:

    • Never store fuel for your generator inside the home. Gasoline, propane, kerosene, and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly-labeled, non-glass safety containers. Do not store any of these substances near a fuel-burning appliance, such as a natural gas water heater in a garage.
    • Before refueling a generator, turn it off and let it cool down for at least two minutes before removing the fuel cap. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite. Never refuel a running portable generator."

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    Backup Generators

    4/18/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/backup-generators.html

    "Backup generators can pose a risk of shock and electrocution, especially if they are operated in wet conditions. Because generators must be operated outdoors, it is important to pay special attention to weather and environmental conditions to prevent electrical accidents.

    Follow these important electrical safety tips at all times when operating your backup generator:

    • Operate the generator on a dry surface where water cannot reach it, or puddle or drain under it.
    • Dry your hands, if wet, before touching the generator.
    • If you must use a generator in wet conditions, protect the generator from moisture (as described in the owner's manual) to help avoid shock or electrocution hazard. This should be done without operating the generator indoors or near openings to any building that can be occupied in order to help avoid CO hazards.
    • NEVER try to power home wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as "backfeeding." This is extremely dangerous and presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same circuit. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices.

    When connecting appliances to the generator using an extension cord, follow these steps:

    • Use heavy-duty extension cords that are specifically designed for outdoor use.
    • Make sure the wattage rating for each cord exceeds the total wattage of all appliances connected to it.
    • Use extension cords that are long enough to allow the generator to be placed outdoors and far away from windows, doors and vents to the home or to other structures that could be occupied.
    • Check that the entire length of each cord is free of cuts or tears and that the plug has all three (or four) prongs.
    • Protect the cord from getting pinched or crushed, and follow all cord safety labels including any limits on cord length.

    In addition, use care when handling and storing fuel for your generator to avoid potential fire hazards:

    • Never store fuel for your generator inside the home. Gasoline, propane, kerosene, and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly-labeled, non-glass safety containers. Do not store any of these substances near a fuel-burning appliance, such as a natural gas water heater in a garage.
    • Before refueling a generator, turn it off and let it cool down for at least two minutes before removing the fuel cap. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite. Never refuel a running portable generator."

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    Emergency Supply List

    4/15/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied from: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1390846764394-dc08e309debe561d866b05ac84daf1ee/checklist_2014.pdf

    "Through its Ready Campaign, the Federal Emergency Management Agency educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Ready asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses. All Americans should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a listing of some basic items that every emergency supply kit should include. However, it is important that individuals review this list and consider where they live and the unique needs of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet these needs. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time."  Continue reading and supply list, go to: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1390846764394-dc08e309debe561d866b05ac84daf1ee/checklist_2014.pdf

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    Cleveland Community Events

    4/14/2016 (Permalink)

    There are many wonderful events in the cities of Shaker Heights, Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Pepper Pike and more. Go directly to the city websites to search.  SERVPRO of Beachwood listed a few here to get you started!   

    Copied Directly from: http://shakeronline.com/news-and-events/community-calendar/g-1-f3oa0n9kkvsa4g9qv5hper3da8_201605071200 

    "Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up"

    "Bring your household items for disposal. Items accepted: oil or solvent-based paints, sealers, primers, varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs, spray paints, automotive fluids, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, paint thinners, mineral spirits, turpentine, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, and mercury. NO latex paint or materials from businesses will be accepted."

    Copied directly from: http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=10  "The City of Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department is excited to introduce a new 12 week walking program, from April 17 through July 10, focused on encouraging 100 women (age 18 to senior citizens) to live a healthier and more active lifestyle one fun step at a time."

    Events in Pepper Pike Ohio: http://www.pepperpike.org/about/news/come-and-join-us-for-these-free-june-events-in-the-pepper-pike-park-enjoy-freshly-popped-popcorn-and-lemonade-too  

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498...Here to help!  Look for us in the City of University Heights Annual Memorial Day Parade which will be held on Monday, May 30th, 2016.  This is a special year, as it is their 50th Anniversary of the Parade! 

    Carpet Restoration

    4/13/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.iicrc.org/carpet-restoration-t-17.html

    "Total carpet restoration can have transformative effects on carpeting, making the home appear bright and new. It can be a highly involved process, though, and requires several skills, some of them rather advanced. In almost all cases, it will take a trained professional to get the job done right, and even among professionals, effective cleaning and repair is something that has to be learned. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is committed to helping industry professionals acquire the skills they need, and helping homeowners get the service they require, and expect.

    What processes are involved during carpet restoration?

    To give the carpeting new life, technicians will have to clean it thoroughly. Over the years, it will take on a variety of soils and stains, and vacuuming isn’t enough to handle them. Certified technicians have additional, commercial grade technology that makes deeper cleaning possible. This includes equipment like hot water extraction technology, bonnet cleaners, and special cleansing agents that break down various soils for easy removal. 

    During the IICRC certification process, technicians are challenged to learn the most effective cleaning methods available, giving them the tools they need to handle any job, of any size. During carpet restoration, these methods will render the best results, and include processes that remove dry soils, suspend matted soils, and eliminates them as well. Technicians are also trained in proper drying and grooming techniques, so the carpet will set well after cleaning.

    While cleaning is essential for maintaining the carpet’s integrity, it is only one step. After years of neglect, stains, odors, and structural damage will likely be present. Removing stains requires specialized formulated  stain removing agents, and if the stain has caused permanent discoloration to the fibers, color repair will be needed. Technicians certified in color repair know effective dyeing methods and which techniques work best with various fiber constructions. 

    Professionals certified in odor removal are trained in the detection and elimination of any odor type, whether organic, chemical, or the product of combustion. If needed, odor removal technicians can employ chemical solutions that safely suppress and neutralize odors.

    If there are any tears or punctures present, carpet restoration won’t be complete until they are repaired professionally. A repair technician may also be needed when the flooring separates from the baseboards and bunches up. During some repairs, the professional will cut away the damaged area and replace it with a donor patch from a closet corner or other inconspicuous location that is in good condition. With professional grooming, the new bonded insert will appear identical to the carpet around it. 

    The IICRC leads the way in training professionals in these methods, which is why homeowners should consider certified technicians for their restoration needs."

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    Red Cross Tips

    4/12/2016 (Permalink)

    The Red Cross offers tips and advice for pre and post disasters. The following was copied directly from http://www.redcross.org/find-help/disaster-recovery/utilities-major-systems . 

    "Electrical, Plumbing and Heating Systems
    • If you see sparks, broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker.
    • If there is a pool of water on the floor between you and the fuse box or circuit breaker panel, use a dry wooden stick to try to reach to turn off the main fuse or breaker, but do not step or stand in water to do that. If you cannot reach the fuse box or breaker panel, call a qualified electrician for assistance.
    • Inspect the panel box for any breakers that may have tripped. A tripped breaker may indicate damaged wiring inside your home. Do not turn them on. Call an electrician.
    • Use a flashlight to inspect fuses. Replace broken fuses with exactly the same amperage rating and never use an object such as a coin or strip of metal to bypass the protection that fuses provide.
    • If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using sinks, showers or toilets and call a plumber.
    • If water pipes are damaged, turn off the water at the main valve. Call a plumber for assistance.
    • If you have a heating oil tank system, turn off all valves and contact a professional specializing in maintenance of such equipment before using it again.
    Telephones
    • Check each telephone to see if it is still on the hook. Hang up any phones that aren’t. Wait a few minutes, and then pick up one phone to listen for a dial tone to know whether you have working telephone service.
    • If you don’t have a dial tone, try unplugging all the phones. Plug in one at a time and listen for dial tone. This will help you determine if the phone itself is broken or the service is completely out. If it is, contact the telephone company to report the problem and request repair."
    • Read more at: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/disaster-recovery/utilities-major-systems

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    Shaker Heights Ohio Fire Prevention

    4/11/2016 (Permalink)

    The City of Shaker Heights has an amazing website with a wealth of information.  The following was taken directly from their website and can be found at: http://shakeronline.com/departments/fire-department/fire-prevention

    "Smoke Detectors: Install a Photoelectric Smoke Alarm

    Photoelectric type detectors are required as the primary alarm for each required location when replacing or adding smoke detectors in all residential dwellings in Shaker Heights. The photoelectric smoke alarm is less prone to nuisance false alarms from cooking and steam. It also responds faster to smoldering type fires that cause the most injuries and deaths in residences.

    Power Types

    • Uses a 9 volt battery
    • Power may last up to 10 years with a long-life battery
    • Hardwired to the home 110 volt electrical service (with battery back-up)
    • Battery detectors are readily available and can be installed by the homeowner or tenant. Hardwired detectors must be installed by a qualified electrician.

    Sensor Types

    • There are three types of sensor technology used in smoke detectors: photoelectric, ionization and a combination or dual-sensor that incorporates both sensors in one detector. Photoelectric detectors are required in Shaker Heights.
    • Smoke detectors should bear the label of an approved testing agency (UL or FM).

    Locations

    • Smoke detectors must be placed on every level of the home including the basement, outside every sleeping area. We also recommend that a smoke detector be placed in every bedroom. If you wish, you may use either of the other two types of detectors in conjunction with the photoelectric detector. Detectors should be mounted on the ceiling or high on the wall (smoke rises). Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Additional smoke alarms can be added to increase your protection. There are additional requirements for multi-family dwellings.

    Testing and Maintenance

    • Test each detector monthly by pushing the button.
    • Replace 9 volt batteries in detectors twice a year. (Remember: change your clocks, change your batteries.)
    • If the alarm “chirps,” warning that the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
    • Replace long-life battery detector at the end of its recommended life, 10 years maximum or sooner if it is not functioning properly.
    • Replace all detectors, including hard wired ones, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they are not functioning properly.
    • Vacuum out dust or cobwebs that have accumulated in smoke detectors at least once per year.

    Additional Tips

    • Consider installing interconnected detectors (wired or wireless). When one detector sounds, every detector throughout the house sounds.
    • In the event of a false alarm, never remove the battery or disconnect the power source. Simply fan the smoke or steam away from the detector until the alarm stops.
    • If a contractor or supplier is installing your detector, make sure you are provided with the manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Smoke detectors and batteries are provided free to residents who cannot afford them, and the fire department installs smoke detectors for residents who require assistance. The department also provides guidance on the proper placement of detectors in your home.

    Smoke detectors are one component of a complete home escape plan. Have a plan and practice it.


    Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    • Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by fuel-burning appliances. Each year thousands of people become ill due to CO poisoning caused by improperly maintained appliances. CO poisoning may cause irreversible damage to one’s health and requires immediate medical attention.
    • To protect your family from CO poisoning, it is recommended that you install at least one detector near the sleeping areas in your home. If your CO detector goes off and you feel ill, you should immediately leave your home and seek emergency help. If you or other family members don’t feel ill, you should open windows and doors to ventilate the home, shut off all fuel-burning appliances and call the Fire Department to investigate the cause of the alarm. Never ignore the alarm!
    • Maintenance of a CO detector should be according to manufacturer’s instructions, and should include monthly testing.
    • Additional Protection

    Professional Systems

    The homeowner or apartment tenant must determine the degree of fire protection he or she desires, balanced against the cost of that protection. Presently, the best available is a system installed and monitored by a reliable company operating under a permit issued by the City of Shaker Heights. This type of system will detect a fire and alert the occupants of the house and at the same time notify the Shaker Heights Fire Department or an alarm office maintained by the installing company, which, in turn, will call the Fire Department.

    Home Inspections

    • The Fire Department offers free home safety inspections by appointment throughout the year. Using a “Home Fire Safety Checklist,” two firefighters inspect dwellings from top to bottom. Among the hazards they look for are faulty or inadequate electrical wiring, improper storage of paints, thinners and other combustible liquids, and unsafe heating and cooking areas.
    • The Home Inspection Program, which focuses on preventive measures, provides residents with expertise on how to make their homes fire-safe. Firefighters can also provide information about smoke detectors and home escape plans, as well as hazards in homes and garages.
    • To make an appointment for a home inspection, call the Fire Prevention Bureau, 216-491-1215, 8:30 AM to 5 PM weekdays.

    Fire Safety

    • Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Residential occupancies account for most fire fatalities, and most deaths occur at night during the sleeping hours. Most fire casualties are the victims of smoke and gas inhalation, rather than burns.
    • To provide reasonable fire safety for persons in family living units, the Shaker Heights Fire Department recommends a three-point program:
      • Minimize fire hazards
      • Provide a fire warning system (smoke detectors)
      • Have – and practice – a home fire escape plan"

    (Source: http://shakeronline.com/departments/fire-department/fire-prevention )

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    Carpet Cleaning

    4/10/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from:

    http://www.iicrc.org/carpet-cleaning-t-9.html

    "Carpet cleaning is important to maintaining the overall comfort and monetary value of a property. Any type of flooring is an investment for the property owner. Keeping the investment in the best shape takes a professional, but without proper certification, the consumer cannot be guaranteed of proper education and training on updated techniques used in maintaining the value of the flooring.

    There are health concerns that can arise from any unsanitary environment, and it can be surprising to learn what survives in and under the flooring. Allergens that are left behind can lead to serious health problems for family members and even household pets. Proper techniques can reduce or eliminate allergens in the environment, improving the health of the occupants.

    Great strides have been made in technologies used in carpet-care. Today there are only a few basic wet and dry methodologies accepted by the industry leaders. Ensuring consistently high standards means understanding how the certifying body works to guarantee better results at lower costs.

    Proper maintenance begins with regular vacuuming using a high-powered machine. Over time normal wear and tear leads to a dull, soiled appearance. Proper maintenance by the occupants can help keep the flooring looking good, but there comes a time when a certified technician has to be called to get to the really deep grime a normal household vacuum can miss. 

    A carpet cleaning technician should always be trained and educated in proper techniques. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the accepted industry leader in floor maintenance and restoration. The non-profit organization ensures technicians remain competitive and that consumers receive better service. 

    For businesses, getting certified helps build the competitive edge and grow a successful business. A higher level of commitment and competency is displayed with the CleanTrust logo. The most updated technologies and techniques are available to the professional. Hiring a company that doesn’t take the certification process seriously is not good enough. It takes dedication and experience to earn the trust of the consumer, and proper training and education will ensure that the job is done well. 

    ANSI accreditation has been vital to the reputation of any organization. Being the industry leader when it comes to carpet cleaning certification has not been easy. Only the most modern methods will suffice. In conjunction with the American Home Furnishings Alliance the IICRC has also been proven reliable in producing Furniture Care Codes necessary for high quality upholstery care.

    The consumer can trust that a registered logo comes with certain responsibilities. Continuing education guarantees a certified technician is updated on the latest methods in high quality carpet cleaning and care. All technicians have to carry the proper amount of liability insurance, and the logo is a promise of high integrity and honesty. 

    While regular maintenance is beneficial to the healthfulness and attractiveness of a home or office, a certified technician is necessary to take care of the really deep jobs regular vacuuming misses. 

    Consumers often find it difficult to choose a professional company for those important household chores. The benefits of carpet cleaning are numerous, but knowing who can be trusted is not always easy. The IICRC provides continuing education and demands higher standards for its technicians. The CleanTrust logo is a promise of integrity and professionalism ensuring only the best in the industry handles the floor care on any property."

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    Winter Snow Storm In April

    4/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Yes, Cleveland it can happen in April.  According to Mark Johnson at https://www.facebook.com/MarkJohnsonWeather/?fref=nf 

    "IT CAN HAPPEN. The EPIC Snowstorm of April, 1901!"

    Mark Johnson writes at: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather/forecast/todays-forecast/todays-forecast-latest-power-of-5-weather-updates 

    "FRIDAY FORECAST ALERT:  SIGNIFICANT SNOW WILL IMPACT PARTS OF NORTHERN OHIO FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING.

    Computer model guidance continues to hone in on some heavy snow for parts of the NewsChannel5 viewing area beginning Friday evening and continuing thru Saturday morning.  THE SET-UP: A strong Alberta Clipper surface low pressure system will slide across Northern Ohio Friday night/early Saturday morning. A band of moderate to heavy snow will be swirling around the surface low as it moves east thru the region. TIMING: The precipitation will begin during the Friday afternoon rush hour as scattered rain showers and then quickly change over to snow during the evening. A band of moderate to heavy snow will then set up across Northern Ohio as the low rotates thru after 10pm. A few hours of heavy, 1-inch per hour snowfall can be expected. The snow will continue through early to mid morning Saturday and then slowly end from west to east during the afternoon.SNOWFALL FORECAST: Snowfall amounts of 2 to 6 inches will be common across Northern Ohio by midday Saturday. Some spots from Northern Lorain County east thru Greater Cleveland and into Lake, Geauga & Ashtabula Counties may see 6 to 8 inches by early afternoon Saturday. We'll also monitor Northern Medina and Northern Summit Counties for some of these heavier snow amounts.IMPACTS: Travel Friday night will become slow and slippery as snow increases and begins to accumulate. Temperatures near the freezing mark and below should allow much of the overnight snow to stick and stay, making Saturday morning events, ball games, outdoor practices unlikely. Untreated surfaces will be snow covered and slippery. Visibility will be low in areas of moderate to heavy snow. Snow will taper off from west to east during the early to mid afternoon hours on Saturday.  As is always the case, any last-minute shifts in the path of the surface low will also change where the areas of heavy snow will fall. We will continue to monitor this developing forecast through the day Friday. Stay connected with us on NewsChannel5 and via Facebook and Twitter! Stay tuned as later forecasts will fine tune the snow amounts and placement!" You can read more from Mark at: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather/forecast/todays-forecast/todays-forecast-latest-power-of-5-weather-updates

    Home Water Damage

    4/8/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.iicrc.org/what-when-home-suffers-from-water-damage-a-74.html

    "When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases,  governmental agencies could condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great."

    "The main reason why a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede
    . Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. If a family reacts quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury."

    "Before entering a home affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off
    . Exposed wires or plugged in devices can electrocute people, resulting in major injury or even death. Also, it’s best to move slowly through the building when re-entering it for the first time. Snakes, reptiles or rodents may be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites." 

    "Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, butbe sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing." 

    "Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them
    . Certified technicians can locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside.  When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Once the location of the moisture has been determined, the professionals will begin the clean-up process that may include pressure washing the area with powerful detergents. These technicians are also able to speed up the drying process to prevent the growth of any molds or other harmful bacteria. If the professional locate mold or bacteria colonies, they will know how to identify and remove the threat using chemical or mechanical methods."

    "It’s important for a family to hire professionals that are certified through a reputable organization
    . Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them."

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    Home Fires

    4/7/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

    "Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually.  Home fires can be prevented!

    To protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire. Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

    Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio."

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    How Historic Is This April Cold? April Snow?

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    The title and the following was copied directly from: http://sabolscience.blogspot.com/2016/04/how-historic-is-this-april-cold-april.html

    "There is little sign that this cold April will end anytime soon.  The cold air this weekend will be similar to last weekend. In fact, the 850mB (5000 ft) temps over Lake Erie, the key component for determining lake effect snow amounts, might crack the top 5 coldest ever for the month of April since 1950!

    Both the GFS and the European show pretty much the same amount of cold as of this writing.

    The pattern shows some signs of moderation across the eastern US but not until at least the midway point of the month. Another wave of colder air will follow this weekend's cold by the middle of next week.

    The lack of snowfall this winter is almost historic. So far, our season snow total is the lowest since the winter of 1931-32. 

    April snowfall of at least one inch happens roughly 50% of the time. Here is a look at the percentage of seasonal snowfall in April.  This past weekend's snowfall brings this year's percentage up to 5%. Expect snow chances to climb with each burst of colder air through the middle of the month."

     

    SERVPRO of Beachwood Biohazard Cleanup

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

    Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

    Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

    Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
    Call SERVPRO of Beachwood Today – (216) 464-4498

    The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

    We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup
  • Common Biohazard Scenarios

    Sewage Backups

    Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. We remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

    Bloodborne Pathogens

    We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO Franchise Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

    Methamphetamine Labs

    SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. We follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

    24 Hour Emergency Service

    We are available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have the qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

    We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Beachwood
  • Shaker Heights
  • Cleveland Heights
  • University Heights
  • Lyndhurst
  • South Euclid
  • Pepper Pike
  • Mayfield Heights
  • Richmond Heights
  • Mayfield Village
  • Ohio Severe Weather Committee

    4/5/2016 (Permalink)

    Did you know Ohio has a severe weather committee?

    The following was copied directly from http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/AboutUs.aspx :

    “Since 1978, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) has been dedicated in educating Ohioans about the natural disasters that typically affect the state, and encourage Ohio residents to plan and prepare for severe weather incidents before they happen.

    The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, in a coordinated effort with the Governor, promotes statewide severe weather safety campaigns twice a year: in the spring - generally during the last week of March; and in late autumn - generally during the third week of November, to promote winter storm safety and preparedness.

    A statewide tornado drill is conducted on the Wednesday of Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week. County emergency management agencies test their outdoor warning sirens during the drill, and homes, schools and businesses are encouraged to practice their tornado drills and emergency plans.

    It is OCSWA’s goal to inform residents of weather hazards that typically affect Ohio, and encourage families to plan ahead and know what to do during different weather and home emergencies; organize emergency preparedness kits; and practice safety drills to protect themselves from severe weather emergencies and home fires.” 

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is an IICRC certified firm.  We can be reached at 216-464-4498. 

    IICRC-What is Structural Drying?

    4/4/2016 (Permalink)

    The following has been copied directly from the IICRC website and can be located at:http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/structural-and-commercial-drying/

    "While there are many methods for drying structural components and contents, the “in-place” drying system has been taught in the industry and used by drying contractors since the early ’80s. In those days, this method of drying components, without significant removal of furnishings or fixtures, was somewhat restricted, due to limitations imposed by extraction, evaporation and dehumidification equipment. In recent years, however, drying technology (extraction, evaporation, dehumidification), along with better understanding of psychrometry, has advanced in major ways so that in-place drying has, in some cases, become far more safe and practical."

    "Why use a certified technician?
    Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre-loss condition. Look for theIICRC logo to verify IICRC certification."SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is an IICRC certified firm.  We can be reached at 216-464-4498.   

    Weather Alert Apps. For Cleveland Ohio

    4/1/2016 (Permalink)

    Go to http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/ for a listing of weather apps and lots of tips!

    Click here for the Red Cross Apps: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.  You will find a Tornado App, Flood App, Pet App and more!

    Click here for the FEMA App :http://www.fema.gov/smartphone-app for disaster tips, ER kit list and more!

    Click here for Insurance Information Institute Apps: http://www.iii.org/available-publications-online/iii-software for house inventory apps to insurance apps.

    These are just a few suggestions to help you find resources. April 30th, 2016 is Severe Weather Rediness day. Visit http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/StormReady.aspx to get started!

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike can be reached at 216-464-4498. Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, University Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst and Pepper Pike property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal. 

    Power Outages in Cleveland Ohio

    3/31/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/SpringSummerPowerOutages.aspx

    Power Outages 

    "Power outages can occur because of multiple reasons: utility blackouts or severe weather such as thunder and lightning storms, snow and ice storms, or strong winds. Whatever the reason, power outages can affect thousands – even millions – of people over an extended period of time.

    In preparation for a power outage or any emergency, every household should have a disaster supply kit that contains key items such as non-perishable food, drinking water, a battery-operated radio or television, a land-line telephone or cell phone, and an emergency contact list of relatives or friends. To view checklists for home emergency preparedness kits, click here.

    Extended power outages during extremely hot or extremely cold weather are serious concerns for individuals with special needs or for those who rely on life support devices requiring electricity, such as respirators or ventilators.

    By law, utility companies are required to maintain and update their lists, annually, of customers who rely on life support devices. People with these medical concerns need to register with their utility company or complete an application to get on their lists. Written verification from the customer’s physician may also need to be included. People with medical concerns should contact their utility companies for details.

    However, there is no guarantee that customers with medical needs will have their power restored immediately. People who rely on medical equipment need to be extra prepared. Their emergency preparedness kit should include a list of places to go until power is restored, additional oxygen tanks, and if possible, a backup generator as an alternate power source.

    Click http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/PortableGeneratorInfo.aspx for information on the safe use of generators.

    Before a Power Outage

      To prepare for a blackout or power outage, you should do the following.
    • To begin preparing, you should update or build an emergency kit (see above) and make a family communications plan http://www.ready.gov/family-communications.
    • Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts.
    • Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer, if there’s room. Leave about an inch of space inside each one, because water expands as it freezes. This chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
    • Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
    • Keep your gas tank in your vehicle at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
    • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage opener is located and know how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help to lift it.
    • Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open.

    During a Power Outage

    • Use only flashlights for emergency lighting. NEVER use candles during a blackout or power outage. Candles pose an extreme risk of fire.
    • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep your food as fresh as possible. Carefully check your food for signs of spoilage before eating.
    • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment (like air conditioners) or electronics that were in use when the power went out. Power many return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage computers, as well as motors in appliances, like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace.
    • NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage.
    • Do not connect a generator to a home’s electrical system. If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to the outlets on the generator.
    • Listen to a local radio station or to a battery or generator powered television for updated information.
    • Use a standard telephone handset (land line) or cellular phone. Cordless phones and answering machines require electricity. Use the phone for emergencies only.
    • DURING THE SUMMER – Take steps to remain cool, if it’s hot outside. During prolonged power outages, consider going to a place that has power and air conditioning, such as a movie theater, shopping mall, library or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community.
    • DURING THE WINTER – Put on layers of warm clothing if it’s cold outside. Never burn charcoal indoors for heating or cooking. Never use your gas oven as a source of heat. If the power is out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (a relative or friend’s home, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
    • Provide plenty of fresh cool water for your pets.
    • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion.
    • Try to keep cash on hand. Equipment such as automated teller machines (ATMs) will not work during a power outage or blackout.

    People with Disabilities and Other Access & Functional Needs

    • Call your power company before rolling blackouts occur, if you use a battery-operated wheelchair, life-support system (such as oxygen) or other power-dependent equipment. Many utility companies keep a list and map of the locations of power-dependent customers, in case of an emergency.
    • Ask utility companies what alternatives are available in your area. Contact the customer service department of your local utility company(ies) to learn if this service is available in your community.
    • Have an extra battery, if you use a motorized wheelchair or scooter. A car battery also can be used with a wheelchair, but will not last as long as the wheelchair’s deep-cycle battery. If available, have a lightweight manual wheelchair for backup.
    • If you are visually impaired, have a talking or Braille clock, or large-print timepiece with extra batteries.
    • Consider getting a small, portable battery-operated television if you are deaf or have a hearing loss. Emergency broadcasts may give information in open captioning or American Sign Language (ASL)."

    Read More at: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/SpringSummerPowerOutages.aspx

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    Fire Prevention Tips

    3/30/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was taken directly from: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

    "Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire. Common causes of fires at night are carelessly discarded cigarettes, sparks from fireplaces without spark screens or glass doors, and heating appliances left too close to furniture or other combustibles. These fires can be particularly dangerous because they may smolder for a long period before being discovered by sleeping residents.

    Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

    Cooking

    • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
    • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
    • Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
    • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
    • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

    Smoking

    • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most home fires caused by smoking materials start inside the home. Put your cigarettes out in a can filled with sand.
    • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. The cigarette really needs to be completely stubbed out in an ashtray. Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
    • Check for cigarette butts. Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast. Don't put ashtrays on them. If people have been smoking in the home, check for cigarettes under cushions.
    • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
    • Be alert - don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.

    Electrical and Appliance Safety

    • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
    • Buy electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
    • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
    • Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
    • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

    Portable Space Heaters

    • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
    • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
    • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
    • Check with your local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community.
    • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

    Fireplaces and Woodstoves

    • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
    • Never burn trash, paper, or green wood.
    • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
    • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
    • Store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container outside the home.

    Children

    • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
    • Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
    • Teach children not to pick up matches or lighters they may find. Instead, they should tell an adult immediately.
    • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.
    • Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.

    More Prevention Tips

    • Avoid using lighted candles.
    • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
    • Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required by law to be safer.
    • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
    • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas."

    Read more at: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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    Weather Terms

    3/29/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/SpringSummerWeatherTerms.aspx

    "Although thunderstorms occur year round, they are most prevalent across the state during the spring and summer months. Thunderstorms can produce damaging winds, deadly lightning, large hail, flash flooding and tornadoes. In addition, effects of extreme heat can be exasperated by power outages caused by these storms. The following severe weather terms are defined by the National Weather Service. 

    The National Weather Service (NWS) is responsible for issuing severe weather watches, warnings and advisories to alert the public when dangerous weather conditions are expected.

    • Watch - A weather watch means there is the potential or conditions exist for a dangerous weather event.
    • Warning - A weather warning means that a dangerous weather event is imminent. Immediate action must be taken to protect life and property.
    • Advisory - A weather advisory means weather conditions that are less serious than a warning are imminent. These events may cause a significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to a situation that may be threatening to life and property.

    Hazardous Weather Outlook - Issued daily, a hazardous weather outlook highlights any significant weather conditions that may develop. It is intended to provide information on the potential of significant weather over the next week.

    Special Weather Statement – Provides the public with information concerning ongoing weather hazards, including strong storms that may become severe.

    Short Term Forecast - A short-term forecast describes the weather in the local area and includes a short-range forecast (usually not more than six hours). This product will be updated more frequently when it is used during active weather. A short-term forecast is sometimes referred to as a "NOW-cast." "

    Read more of the article at: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/SpringSummerWeatherTerms.aspx

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    What Can Cause A Flood?

    3/28/2016 (Permalink)

    There are many reasons for floods.  A great source of information can be found at https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/what_causes_flooding.jsp .

    Be prepared!  Here are some suggestions taken directly from the site above: 

    • "Review your current homeowners insurance policy and become familiar with what is and is not covered, as damage due to flooding is typically not covered.
    • Call your insurance agent to purchase flood insurance for your home (and business) and its contents.
    • Make a flood plan and plan evacuation routes.
    • Itemize and take pictures of possessions.
    • Keep valuable items and family heirlooms on the upper floors of your home or building.
    • For more information about how to prepare for a flood, click here.
    • To learn more about flood risks associated with heavy rains, download this fact sheet."

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    What To Do After Flooding

    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT To Do After Flooding

    • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
    • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
    • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
    • Don't use television or other household appliances.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

    Flood Insurance Facts

    3/25/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was taken directly from: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/FloodInsuranceInfo_SprSum.aspx

    "Since standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, it is important to have protection from the floods associated with heavy rains, rapid snow melt, (residual) hurricanes, and other conditions that impact Ohio and the country.

    In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves. The NFIP allows homeowners, renters and business owners to purchase flood insurance through private property and casualty insurance agents. In order to qualify for flood insurance, the home or business must be in a community that has joined the NFIP and has agreed to enforce sound floodplain management standards.

    If you are interested in obtaining flood insurance, visit FloodSmart.gov. At this site, you will be able to find a local agent, learn additional flood facts, assess your flood risk, and find information on filing a claim.

    Flood Insurance Facts

    • Losses caused by flooding are not covered by homeowners or renters insurance. Coverage is available through a separate flood insurance policy, the National Flood Insurance Program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
    • Flood coverage is available for any building located in a community that has qualified for the NFIP. Buildings do not have to be located in a floodplain to be eligible for flood insurance.
    • Most Ohio communities qualify for the NFIP. According to FEMA, approximately 280,000 structures are located in Ohio's mapped floodplain areas with a value of $11 billion. About 10 percent of these structures are protected by flood insurance. Click here to view a list of Ohio communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program.
    • As of November 2015, the average flood insurance premium in Ohio is $908 annually, compared to $695, nationally. The average flood insurance premium for states within FEMA Region V is $918. Region V states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
    • Licensed property/casualty insurance agents or brokers can sell flood insurance. To request an agent referral, contact: 1-888-379-9531.
    • Flood damage to vehicles is covered by auto insurance when comprehensive coverage is purchased."

    Continue reading: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/FloodInsuranceInfo_SprSum.aspx

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    Spring Cleaning Tips

    3/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Seven Spring cleaning tips quoted directly from http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/7-spring-cleaning-tips :

     "If spring is in the air, don't let a musty house spoil it. Here are seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves.

    1. The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
    2. The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
    3. Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
    4. Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well.
    5. If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window, remove the hooks and run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel (to draw off the dust) for 15 minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately.
    6. Clean the blades of a ceiling fan by covering them with a coat of furniture polish. Wipe off the excess and lightly buff.
    7. Sometimes comforters, blankets and pillows don't need to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long winter in your closed-up home. Take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day."

    SOURCE: http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/7-spring-cleaning-tips

    Lightning Facts

    3/23/2016 (Permalink)

    http://www.ucar.edu/communications/factsheets/Lightning.html

    "Spectacular, powerful, and sometimes deadly, lightning is one of the most common weather phenomena. Recent satellite data suggests that there are more than 3 million lightning flashes worldwide per day, or about 40 flashes per second on average. This includes flashes within or between clouds as well as flashes extending from cloud to ground. Lightning has also been observed on the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. Yet despite its frequent occurrence, lightning is still not completely understood.

    Lightning is generated in cumulonimbus clouds (thunderheads), which have a negative electrical charge at the base and a positive charge at top. Scientists are not certain how these charges develop; they do know the charges are carried by water droplets and ice crystals. The negative charge at the cloud's base causes a "shadow" of positive charge on the earth below.

    Conditions are then right to form an electrical circuit--this is what lightning is. An insulator--the air--holds up the connection, but eventually the negative charge within the cloud grows too great for the air to restrain it. An electrical impulse, called a leader, reaches downward from the cloud in steps, each step covering about 50 meters (150 feet). When the leader nears the ground, streamers arise to meet it, and the circuit is complete. A bright streak of electricity, the stroke of lightning, ascends along the same course the leader took. Several more strokes may follow this same path.

    The whole sequence is "lightning fast." The leader travels at 220,000 kilometers (136,000 miles) per hour, the pauses between steps take 50 millionths of a second, the return stroke moves at over 100 million kilometers (62 million miles) per hour, and all subsequent strokes are so fast the eye sees a single flickering lightning bolt.

    There are many variations. About half the time, lightning strikes between clouds or within a single cloud rather than reaching the earth. A rare but powerful type of lightning comes from a positively charged cloud that the wind has torn away from its negatively charged parent. Lightning can take other shapes as well: a ball, ribbon, sheet, or string of beads.

    Benjamin Franklin grossly underestimated the force of lightning when he did his kite-and-key experiment. A current of 160,000 amperes has been recorded in one extremely powerful bolt. An average stroke can easily release 250 kilowatt-hours of energy, enough to operate a 100-watt light bulb continuously for more than three months. And at 30,000 degrees Celsius (54,032 degrees Fahrenheit), lightning is five or six times as hot as the surface of the sun. All of this energy is contained in a channel about the width of a human thumb.

    Modern-day Ben Franklins at NCAR use more up-to-date techniques to investigate lightning. A specially equipped sailplane leased by NCAR has gathered data from inside electrical storms over Florida, New Mexico, and Colorado. Since the 1980s, a much clearer picture of lightning distribution has emerged from a nationwide network of detectors that tracks cloud-to-ground strikes. Data from this network often appear on television weathercasts in a map on which dots or x's indicate each flash. And starting in the mid-1990s, NASA's Optical Transient Detector began collected images of lightning flashes in clouds around the globe from an altitude of about 710 kilometers (446 miles) .

    Lightning Safety

    Lightning kills more people than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, or any other kind of bad weather. But because lightning usually kills people one at a time, it tends to be underrated as a hazard. The best protection against lightning is to stay indoors during a thunderstorm. But stay away from the telephone; about 1% of people killed by lightning were talking on the phone at the time. The only kind of building to avoid is a small shelter in an open field. If you cannot reach a building, a car offers excellent protection.

    The highest point within the positively charged shadow under a thundercloud--a skyscraper, a tree in a meadow, a golfer--is the easiest place for the leader to reach. So avoid high places during storms."

    • Never take shelter under the only tree in an open area; if you must shelter under trees, look for a grove of uniform height.
    • If you are the tallest thing around, crouch down to make yourself shorter than some natural feature (but limit the part of your body contacting the ground--don't lie flat).
    • More people are killed by a high-voltage current reaching out from a lightning bolt than by being struck directly, so keep a good distance from the high places that attract lightning.
    • Stay away from good conductors like wire fences or metal pipes, and keep out of water. If you are in an open boat, crouch in the middle of the boat."

    SOURCE: http://www.ucar.edu/communications/factsheets/Lightning.html

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    What Is Black Mold?

    3/22/2016 (Permalink)

    You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

    Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

    In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

    If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

    • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
    • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
    • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights for mold remediation services.

    What Not to Do:

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

    Have a Mold Problem?
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    Spring Arrived and Time To Spring Clean

    3/21/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood can be reached at 216-464-4498 to assist in your spring cleaning needs to get ready for Easter and Passover.  We can assist in fine dusting, carpet cleaning, wall washing, disinfecting and more.  Your home or business will shine!  Call us today for an appointment to get started. 216-464-4498

    Spring brings rain.  We are here to assist if you find water inside your business or home:

    • A foundation leak caused water in your basement
    • If your roof leaked and water entered your home or business

    There are many reasons for water in places it does not belong.  SERVPRO of Beachwood can assist in cleaning up the mess as soon as you need us.  Call 216-464-4498 today.

    Cleaning with Toothpaste

    3/20/2016 (Permalink)

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    Did you know toothpaste can clean a lot more than just your pearly whites? Check out these unusual uses in the photo.

    Flood Types

    3/19/2016 (Permalink)

    "A river flood occurs when water levels rise over the top of river banks due to excessive rain from tropical systems making landfall, persistent thunderstorms over the same area for extended periods of time, combined rainfall and snowmelt, or an ice jam." (Source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/types/)

     "A coastal flood, or the inundation of land areas along the coast, is caused by higher than average high tide and worsened by heavy rainfall and onshore winds (i.e., wind blowing landward from the ocean). Places like Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, experience impacts from shallow coastal flooding several times a year because of coastal development and lower elevation." (Source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/types/)

     "Storm surge is an abnormal rise in water level in coastal areas, over and above the regular astronomical tide, caused by forces generated from a severe storm's wind, waves, and low atmospheric pressure. Storm surge is extremely dangerous, because it is capable of flooding large coastal areas. Extreme flooding can occur in coastal areas particularly when storm surge coincides with normal high tide, resulting in storm tides reaching up to 20 feet or more in some cases. Along the coast, storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. In the past, large death tolls have resulted from the rise of the ocean associated with many of the major hurricanes that have made landfall. Hurricane Katrina (2005) is a prime example of the damage and devastation that can be caused by surge. At least 1500 persons lost their lives during Katrina and many of those deaths occurred directly, or indirectly, as a result of storm surge." (Source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/types/)

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    Conserving Water

    3/19/2016 (Permalink)

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    With water shortages becoming an increasing concern around the globe, you can help conserve our planet's most precious resource in your home by following this simple tip to use less water with each flush. #WorldWaterDay

    Tip from SERVPRO Corp.: Place a brick in your toilet tank and save water.

    Sewer Problems in Lyndhurst, Ohio?

    3/18/2016 (Permalink)

    "Sewer Problems:

     
    Sewer maintenance consists of cleaning both the sanitary and storm sewer pipes (laterals), from your outside sewer cleanout (test tees). Both the sanitary and storm tees are usually located near the sidewalk under the grass area of your front yard.
     
    The sanitary sewer services all drains inside your house and the storm sewer services the exterior of the home-ex: downspouts, driveway and garage drains, and the drain tile around the foundation of your home.
     
    If you detect unusual odors from any drains, water seepage through your basement walls, water or sewage backup in your basement drains, call us at(440) 473-5100 to schedule an appointment." Source: http://www.lyndhurst-oh.com/service.html#swcdinfo

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    "Healthy Roofs, Gutters & Downspouts" in Shaker Hts., Ohio

    3/18/2016 (Permalink)

    04.12.2016 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    "Presentation by Home Repair Resource Center. Your roof is the first line of defense against water. Learn how to spot water-related maintenance issues, address moisture-related problems, utilize seasonal ventilation strategies, improve site drainage and methods of moving water away from your house. Workshop fee: $40 (25% off for Shaker & Cleveland Hts. residents). Registration required. To register or for more information, visit http://www.hrrc-ch.org/ or call 216-381-6100 ext. 16."

    Source: http://www.shakeronline.com/component/dpcalendar/event/g-5-moue3305j83dtpu4a7dnp4vfqs_201604122230

    "Landscape Your Way to a Dry Basement" in Shaker Hts., OH

    3/18/2016 (Permalink)

    April 7, 2016 7:00 pm "Presented by the Home Repair Resource Center. Join Jeff Jowett, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, for a presentation about how to put your yard to work in the fight to keep water out of your basement and save money doing it. Free. Reservations required. For more information or reservations, visit http://www.hrrc-ch.org/ or call 216-381-6100 est. 16."

    Source:http://www.shakeronline.com/component/dpcalendar/event/g-5-atcnkcrdm0jssk6i3qgnj89njo_201604072300

    Severe Weather Information

    3/18/2016 (Permalink)

    "Forecasters and storm spotters have learned to recognize certain thunderstorm features and structure that make tornado formation more likely. Some of these are visual cues, like the rear-flank downdraft, and others are particular patterns in radar images, like the tornadic vortex signature (TVS).

    Storm spotters have been trained to recognize tornado conditions and report what they see to the National Weather Service. Storm spotters can be emergency managers or even local people with a keen interest in severe weather who have taken formal storm spotter training in their community.

    Computer programs, called algorithms, analyze Doppler radar data and display it in ways that make it easier for forecasters to identify dangerous weather. A storm with a tornado observed by radar has certain distinguishing features and forecasters are trained to recognize them.

    When a Doppler radar detects a large rotating updraft that occurs inside a supercell, it is called a mesocyclone. The mesocyclone is usually 2-6 miles in diameter, and is much larger than the tornado that may develop within it.”  (Source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/tornadoes/detection/)

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    What Is a Severe Thunderstorm?

    3/17/2016 (Permalink)

    "A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people some years than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding. High winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages. Every year people are killed or seriously injured because they didn't hear or ignored severe thunderstorms warnings. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, could save your life.

  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! Don't wait for rain. Lightning can strike out of a clear blue sky. Learn more about lightning safety.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and corded telephones. Cordless phones, cell phones and other wireless handheld devices are safe to use.
  • Keep away from windows.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
  • Lightning and Flood Threats

    While much of the focus during severe weather is on tornadoes, wind and hail, there are actually more deaths caused each year by flooding and lightning, which are also commonly associated with severe weather. If you hear thunder or see lightning, head inside immediately! When Thunder Roars Go Indoors! Heavy rainfall from thunderstorms can quickly cause rivers and streams to overrun their banks and cause street flooding in cities. Remember, if you encounter a flooded roadway, do NOT drive or walk into it. Turn Around Don’t Drown! Visit weather.gov/lightningsafety and weather.gov/floodsafety for more safety tips and information.”  (Source: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/index.shtml)

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    Tornado Watch vs. Tornado Warning-Do you know the Difference?

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    “What is the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
  • Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on Radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where severe thunderstorms may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or county) that may be impacted by an on-going severe thunderstorm.”  (Source: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/ww.shtml)
  • Here to help! SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

    How to Drive in a Flood

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Source: https://www.progressive.com/vehicle-resources/flood-safety/

    "Floods can occur anywhere, with floodwaters rising gradually or flash floods striking suddenly. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the United States — most flood fatalities happen because people try to drive through deadly waters rather than avoid them. (Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2005)"

    Here to help! SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

    Spring and Summer Severe Weather Tips

    3/10/2016 (Permalink)

    • "Be educated – Understand the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch means that conditions are favorable; a warning means activity has been spotted in the county either by a trained weather spotter or on radar.
    • Stay informed – Pay attention and seek out specific details about the warning from local news stations or the National Weather Service.
    • Stay safe – Seek immediate shelter during a warning. During a severe thunderstorm warning, stay inside. During a tornado warning, shelter-in-place in one of your safe areas until an “all clear” has been given." (Source:https://parent.osu.edu/articles/id/162)

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    Allergies?

    3/8/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

    Springtime bringing bad allergies? There are many possible causes. Give us a call, and we'll be here to help!

    • Dirt and Dust
    • Mold and Mildew
    • Pet Dander
    • Other Contaminants

    Grease Fire and Baking Soda

    3/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Have a grease fire in your kitchen?  NEVER use water! Use a fire extinguisher or baking soda.  Watch the Today Show's video link for more information.

    http://www.today.com/video/how-to-put-out-a-grease-fire-in-the-kitchen-any-why-you-should-never-use-water-484572227781

     "Baking soda is chemically known as sodium bicarbonate. When heated to a high temperature, the chemical properties of this salt make it produce lots of carbon dioxide and remove oxygen. This then totally reduces the amount of oxygen in the surrounding atmosphere and puts the fire out. This reaction also produces a small quantity of water and sodium carbonate as by products."  (Source http://humantouchofchemistry.com/why-does-baking-soda-extinguish-fires.htm)

    Spring Break Tips

    3/7/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

    Are you or your family headed out of town for #SpringBreak? Remember some of these quick tips to keep your home safe. (Source: SERVPRO)

    1. Keep valuables away from windows.
    2. Set up timed lights around your house.
    3. Have a neighbor watch your house.
    4. Turn your phone ringer off.
    5. Don't announce your upcoming vacation of social media. 

    What if a problem occurs in City of Shaker Heights-Sewer Backup

    3/4/2016 (Permalink)

    What if a problem occurs in City of Shaker Heights-Sewer Backup? 

    Go to the City of Shaker Heights website http://shakeronline.com/departments/public-works/sewers/sewer-guide for information of sewer guidelines.

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    City of Cleveland Heights Fire Prevention Information

    3/3/2016 (Permalink)

    Visit http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=426 for City of Cleveland Heights Fire Prevention Information and "Free smoke detectors (verification of residency is required) are available to Cleveland Heights residents through programs sponsored by the American Red Cross and by the Cleveland Heights Firefighters Union, Local 402.  Call the Fire Chief’s Office at 216.291.2673 for more information or an application." (source: http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=426 

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    City of Beachwood Ohio Flooding Information

    3/2/2016 (Permalink)

    Quoted directly from:  http://www.beachwoodohio.com/index.aspx?NID=480

    "Flooding Information

    With the ground being saturated by recent heavy rains and thunderstorms throughout northeast Ohio, the City of Beachwood wants residents to be safe and aware of any potential flooding.

    The City of Beachwood takes the maintenance of its sewer mains seriously and film all 300 miles of sewer regularly.

    If you experience flooding, please contact the Beachwood Service Department during normal business hours at 216-292-1922, or the Beachwood Police Department after hours at 216-464-1234.

    The City of Beachwood will schedule its crews to investigate the City’s side of the sewers to insure proper flow and drainage.  These crews will be dispatched based upon the seriousness of the issue(s) and/or the order in which calls are received.

    Please note that any blockage found on the resident’s side of the sewer will be the homeowner’s responsibility.

    In case of flooding, the City also wanted residents to be aware of these safety tips: 

    1) Do not drive through a flooded area or drive around barricades that indicate the road is closed.

    2) Do not walk through flowing water and stay away from downed power lines."

    2016 Republican National Convention-Cleveland Ohio

    3/1/2016 (Permalink)

    Renting your house, condo or apartment for the 2016 RNC? Remember SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is available by calling 216-464-4498. 

    You can find all kinds of great information about the convention or Cleveland at:

    http://www.thisiscleveland.com/planning-tools

    or

    https://www.2016cle.com 

    Cleveland Weekly Weather Outlook for Feb. 29, 2016

    2/29/2016 (Permalink)

    Community Cleveland Weekly Weather Outlook for Feb. 29, 2016 https://weather.com/weather/5day/l/USOH0195:1:US

    Looks like we have a little of everything as we end February 2016 and welcome March 2016! https://weather.com/weather/5day/l/USOH0195:1:US

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498

    Cleveland Spring Events

    2/26/2016 (Permalink)

    Check out some of these local events in Cleveland, Ohio. We do not endorse any of these events but just offer some ideas for a rainy day to get you out of the house:

    http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar.aspx

    http://cleveland.about.com/od/springevents/

    http://www.cbgarden.org/big-spring.aspx

    http://www.cityvisitor.com/Cleveland/events

    http://greaterclevelandaquarium.com/ 

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    2016 Spring Outlook

    2/25/2016 (Permalink)

    https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/march-may-spring-2016-outlook "A warmer than average spring may be in store for the northern tier of the U.S. according to a March-May 2016 temperature outlook released by The Weather Company's Professional Division on Friday. Portions of the southern U.S., meanwhile may see a relatively cool March through May period." (click link to read more of the article https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/march-may-spring-2016-outlook).

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    Spring 2016

    2/24/2016 (Permalink)

    March 20th, 2016 is the start of Spring.  Remember Spring flowers bring Spring Rains.  

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike can be reached at 216-464-4498.

    Heavy Rain and Snow Storm Watch Cleveland, Ohio

    2/23/2016 (Permalink)

    General Heavy Rain and Snow Storm Watch Cleveland, Ohio https://www.facebook.com/ScottSabolFanPage/?fref=nf

    Mark Johnson https://www.facebook.com/MarkJohnsonWeather/?fref=photo said" WINTER STORM UPDATE: Right now, Heavy Rain is expected Wednesday transitioning to a heavy, wet snow by Thursday morning. Turing colder Thursday. Exact storm track still unknown, but right now, it appears the surface low pressure wants to track right up I-71. That means 40s & rain Wednesday followed by a few inches snow Thursday. Stay tuned."

    Scott Sabol https://www.facebook.com/ScottSabolFanPage/?fref=ts said " Yet another southern storm (remember our winter outlook which highlighted these back last year). This one will track further WEST across Ohio late Wednesday. HOWEVER, its still a bit too early in determining whether or not this will change back east. The position of the two lows reflected in the upper levels (right most box on the graphic below) have bounced back and forth over the last 24 hours. Eventually, one will win out. So as of this writing, our forecast is for RAIN and WIND (40s) on Wednesday with a changeover early Thursday to wet snow. Initial snowfall forecast is for 1-3" region wide Thursday. More changes ahead...stay tuned."

    Check out http://www.wkyc.com/weather for current radar maps.

    Remember: SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike can be reached at 216-464-4498 if you find a pipe burst, your hot water tank broke or some other source caused a flood in your home.  

    Home Fires In The Winter

    2/22/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    Did you know that home fires occur more often during the winter than in any other season? Make sure you're prepared! (Source: SERVPRO Corp.)

    Leave Cabinet Doors Open-Protect Pipes

    2/21/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498 

    Tip: Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes during cold weather. #HereToHelp

    Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?

    2/20/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage? https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/home-insurance/water-damage.aspx

    Source: https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/home-insurance/water-damage.aspx

    "You're catching up on some laundry and everything's going fine. The next thing you know, water starts gushing across your floor when your washing machine water supply hose suddenly fails. You get the water mopped up, but a few days later your wood laminate floor starts buckling. So, you may wonder, will your homeowners insurance cover the damage? In this case, your insurance policy will likely provide coverage. Most standard homeowners policies provide protection from water damage if the cause is sudden and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, you'll likely be protected if, for instance, your drywall is drenched after your water heater ruptures or an upstairs pipe bursts and water saturates the ceiling below."

    Click link for more information from Allstate Insurance: https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/home-insurance/water-damage.aspx

    SERVPRO of Beachwood call 216-464-4498.

    Ice Dam Prevention from Travelers

    2/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Ice Dam Prevention from Travelers Source: https://www.travelers.com/prepare-prevent/mother-nature/winter-storm-safety/ice-dam-removal.shtm

    https://www.travelers.com/prepare-prevent/mother-nature/winter-storm-safety/ice-dam-removal.shtm

    "You can help prevent serious damage to both the roof and inside of your home by minimizing the likelihood that an ice dam will develop, and by removing one as soon as you spot it. Ice dams can form when water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roofline. Without roof snow removal, an ice dam may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. This water can then back up underneath roof shingles and make its way into your home."  (Follow link above to continue reading)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    Cleaning Tips

    2/19/2016 (Permalink)

    The Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, the Grammys: They've all come and gone. What better time than now to use the short lull and do some home cleaning? http://huff.to/1PSDbef 

    The Cleaning Tips That Changed Our Month

    http://huff.to/1PSDbef

    Now that you're not celebrating Valentine's Day, the Super Bowl or taking a workday breather with Presidents' Day off, catch up on some much-needed home organization and cleaning. Need help?

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    Red Wine Spills

    2/18/2016 (Permalink)

    Red wine spills can leave a nasty stain, but if you know how to handle them, they don't have to be so bad. Follow these easy steps from our friends at Real Simple.

    1. Blot & pour cool water on stain.

    2.Cover with salt

    3. Boil water & pour

    4. Mix in vinegar/water mix & wash

     (Source: SERVPRO Corp.)

    Innovation Day

    2/17/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO® started almost 50 years ago to meet the needs of disaster-stricken property owners, and we've been continually innovating to better serve our customers every day since. #InnovationDay

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    Here Comes More Snow Cleveland, Ohio

    2/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Check out the map to see how much snow you will get today in Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights Ohio today!

    (Source:https://www.facebook.com/ScottSabolFanPage/  Fox8 News)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498. 

    Flooded House from Burst Pipes?

    2/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Frozen pipes? Call SERVPRO of Beachwood today to begin the clean-up:

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498

    Ice Cold and Frozen Pipes in Cleveland, Ohio

    2/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Here comes the zero degree and below temps. Cleveland, Ohio. Please check out the following websites for some great tips to remain safe!

    http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/ 

    http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Top-Ten-Red-Cross-Cold-Weather-Safety-Tips

    http://www.clevelandwater.com/who-we-are/media/protect-your-home-winter

    Frozen pipes caused a flood? Call SERVPRO of Beachwood today to begin the clean-up:

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    Artic Air In Cleveland, OH February 11, 2016

    2/11/2016 (Permalink)

    “Friday another round of snow will be moving in ahead of some frigid air that will hang around this weekend. Bundle up!"

    "TODAY:  Lake snow showers taper off.  Additional accumulation of 1" to 3" possible where snow showers persist. Otherwise clouds and sun and very cold!  |  Upper teens”  (Source: http://www.wkyc.com/weather/forecast/local-weather-forecast/15297466 )

    Frozen pipes? Call SERVPRO of Beachwood today to begin the clean-up:

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    Cleveland, Ohio Snow Belt Expect Nearly a Foot of Snow

    2/10/2016 (Permalink)

    "Power of 5 Meteorologist Somara Theodore says expect nearly a foot of snow or more in the snow belt and Arctic air to bring us down to single digits by this weekend." (Source: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike can be reached at 216-464-4498.

    Apartment and Condo Restoration

    2/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Whether you've got a loft, a condo or a studio apartment, we'll make it all feel like home again. #UnderOneRoof

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    Energy Savings Tip

    2/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Looking for a natural way to reduce energy costs? Indoor plants can help regulate temperatures in both the cold and the heat with their added humidity.

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights & SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    Good Saturday Morning Cleveland Ohio

    2/6/2016 (Permalink)

    What are your plans today? Maybe a walk or run in the park, running errands to prepare to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow.  Whatever they are, we hope it is a great day!  

    If plans don't go well and you find you have pipe leak, overflowed toilet or someone left the sink on upstairs (yes it happens to all of us) you can reach SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike  at 216-464-4498.

    Follow Mark Johnson's Weather Report, Cleveland OH

    2/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Here is another great weather reporter to follow in Cleveland, Ohio: https://www.facebook.com/MarkJohnsonWeather/

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

    True or False

    1/31/2016 (Permalink)

    True or False?  Shivering lets out body heat.

    The answer is FALSE. Shivering is your body's natural way of creating warmth through muscle movement, which expends energy.

    You can reach SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 24/7 at 216-464-4498.

    Dangerous Mix

    1/29/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

    Just because chemicals clean well by themselves doesn't mean they should be mixed together (example: Bleach and Ammonia). If you're in doubt, do a quick search to make sure the chemicals you're using are safe to mix. 

    Cleveland January 2016 Winter Temps.?

    1/28/2016 (Permalink)

    Cleveland, Ohio what strange weather we have had in Jan. 2016. So far, little snow and temps. in the 40's??

    Current weather information and facts can be found at: http://sabolscience.blogspot.com/

    Call SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 if you need our help.

    Examples of Water Damage Causes

    1/27/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike has been called to clean water in homes caused by broken pipes, rain storms, sinks left on, broken toilets and more.  Whatever caused the flood, SERVPRO of Beachwood is available 24/7 if you need us!  We can be reached at 216-464-4498.

    Staying Warm Safely

    1/26/2016 (Permalink)

    It's not only important to stay warm, but it's also important to stay warm safely. Be mindful that burning charcoal produces carbon monoxide and shouldn't be done in an enclosed area without a proper venting system.

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 

    Winter Storm Jan. 2016

    1/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Waiting for frozen pipes to thaw....decided to have a little fun.

    Winter Pipe Tip

    1/21/2016 (Permalink)

    Frozen pipes cause many a headache every winter. Make sure your pipes are properly insulated or consider running taps at a trickle to prevent freezing.

    Call SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498 if you need our help.

    Flood in Cleveland Ohio?

    1/20/2016 (Permalink)

    We have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498.

    Winter Storm

    1/19/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is available 24/7 by calling 216-464-4498.  The temps. today are approx. 8 degrees before windchills.  Stay warm Cleveland Ohio!

    Tip: Prevent Frozen Pipes

    1/18/2016 (Permalink)

    Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-466-4498.

    Cell Phone Tip

    1/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Smart Tip: Did you know that many old cellphones can still be used to call 9-1-1 even without a connected service? Just make sure the phone is charged and within range of a signal.  SERVPRO of Beachwood is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

    Business Water Clean Up

    1/13/2016 (Permalink)

    When disaster strikes your business, SERVPRO® will be here to make it "Like it never even happened."

    SERVPRO of Beachwood is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

    Tips From The Red Cross To Prevent Frozen Pipes

    1/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Tips from the Red Cross to prevent frozen pipes:

    1) Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

     2) Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

     3) When the temperature is very low outside, let the cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes or pipes in exterior walls. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.

     4) Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent damage if pipes freeze and burst.

     5) If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

    SERVPRO of Beachwood is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

    Frozen Pipes in Cleveland, Ohio

    1/11/2016 (Permalink)

    The weather in Cleveland, Ohio has finally reached the teens and snow has arrived.  To avoid frozen pipes, turn off your outside water sources if you have not done so already.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst and Pepper Pike can be reached at 216-464-4498 anytime day or night.

    Are You Prepared For Winter?

    1/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Is anyone ever truly prepared for winter weather? Researchers say that 70 percent of the fatalities related to ice and snow occur in automobiles, and about 25 percent of all winter related fatalities occur when people are caught off guard in the storm. SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights can be reached 24/7 at 216-464-4498

    Water Damage Prevention Tip

    1/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Damage Prevention Tip Water Damage Prevention Tip

    The best way to minimize damage from a disaster is to prevent it from happening. By having a professional remove any weak trees from your yard before heavy snowfall accumulates, you could save yourself a lot of stress (and not to mention money).

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights can be reached 24/7 at 216-464-4498

    Got icicles?

    1/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Got icicles? It could be a sign that heat is leaking from your home into the attic, and it's probably a good idea to check for cracks or gaps.

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights can be reached 24/7 at 216-464-4498

    Happy New Year

    12/29/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! 

    Happy Holloween from SERVPRO of Beachwood

    10/30/2015 (Permalink)

    You think this time of year is scary? The real-life horrors of fire and water damage can be even more frightening. Be prepared. Choose the team that knows how to clean.

    Heater Safety

    10/30/2015 (Permalink)

    Space heaters, though beloved for the warmth they provide, can be extremely dangerous if not used properly. Make sure you are keeping your family safe. SERVPRO of Beachwood is available 24/7 if you need us!

    University Heights Memorial Day Parade

    5/21/2015 (Permalink)

    Watch for SERVPRO of Beachwood during the University Heights Memorial Day Parade. 

    Ice Dam Damage in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

    3/26/2015 (Permalink)

    Ice Dams were an issue for many homeowners in Cleveland Heights, University Heights...well all over Cleveland, Ohio this winter.  SERVPRO of Beachwood was called to help clean up the aftermath!  We are always a call away! 

    CE Course in Beachwood, Ohio

    2/17/2015 (Permalink)

    Community CE Course in Beachwood, Ohio Beachwood, Ohio

    We hold CE classes for insurance agents and adjusters every year in Beachwood, Ohio. This one was held on 2/17/16.

    Biohazard Cleanup in South Euclid, Ohio

    12/24/2014 (Permalink)

    Called on Christmas Eve for a biohazard cleanup.  SERVPRO of Beachwood was there to help within the hour.

    Tips from the Red Cross to prevent frozen pipes:

    12/18/2014 (Permalink)

     1) Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.

     2) Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

     3) When the temperature is very low outside, let the cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes or pipes in exterior walls. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.

     4) Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent damage if pipes freeze and burst.

     5) If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

    SERVPRO of Beachwood is here 24/7 if you need our help.  Call us 216-464-4498.

    Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Event

    5/11/2014 (Permalink)

    Community Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Event Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Event

    What a great turn out on May 8, 2014 at the

    Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Event http://www.hrcc.org

    ENTROVATION

    4/24/2014 (Permalink)

    ENTROVATION [ahn-tro-vey-shun] is the vision of the Beachwood Junior Achievement Company Program that operates through the Marketing Program at Beachwood High School. Beachwood Junior Achievement was the founder of The Green Dream Eco-Friendly Showcase. Operated for five years, The Green Dream grew to Ohio's largest business fair.

    Frozen Pipes

    1/24/2014 (Permalink)

    Stay warm everyone as the weather reports are predicting the temperatures will drop lower than they did a few weeks ago!  Review the tips we posted the last few weeks to hopefully prevent pipes from bursting! If your pipes burst call us at 216-464-4498.

    Cold Temperatures-Broken Pipes

    1/3/2014 (Permalink)

    To all our friends in Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights...Please keep an eye on the cold temperatures moving in over the next few days.  Call us we can help clean up from a broken pipe or faucet!

    Christmas Tree Fire Facts

    12/4/2013 (Permalink)

    Facts from http://www.nfpa.org::



    • One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical failures. 

    • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. 

    • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of the fires.

    Cooking Fire Information

    11/20/2013 (Permalink)

    If you have a cooking fire



    • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

    • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.

    • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

    • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

    • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.


    Information obtained from: http://www.nfpa.org

    Cleveland Heights Basement Flooded

    11/17/2013 (Permalink)

    A pipe under the house broke in Cleveland Heights causing the basement to fill with water.  SERVPRO of Beachwood was called to mitigate the water.

    Fire Damage in Beachwood, Ohio

    11/5/2013 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Damage in Beachwood, Ohio Fire Clean Up in Beachwood, Ohio

    A grease fire was the cause of this kitchen fire in beachwood, Ohio.  SERVPRO of Beachwood was called to clean up all the soot. 

    Facebook SERVPRO of Beachwood

    10/17/2013 (Permalink)

    Follow us on Facebook for contests, where we are and what we are doing.  SERVPRO of Beachwood is here to help you round the clock!

    Cleveland Heights home has water in basement

    10/15/2013 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Cleveland Heights home has water in basement Water in basement caused by a washing machine supply line.

    We were called to Cleveland Heights, Ohio to clean up water in the basement caused by a broken washing machine supply line.  We removed the water and started to dry the home out.  We should have everything completed and Like it never happened® in 4 days!

    SERVPRO of Beachwood is on Twitter

    10/7/2013 (Permalink)

    You can now follow us on Twitter #SERVPRO44122 for weather updates in Beachwood, University Heights and Shaker Heights. 

    Rain Storms in Beachwood, Ohio

    10/7/2013 (Permalink)

    We have had lots of rain the last few days in Cleveland, Ohio....we are here if you need us 24/7 by calling us at 216-464-4498

    Business2Business

    9/26/2013 (Permalink)

    A great event hosted by the Beachwood Chamber.  We met so many wonderful businesses from Beachwood, Cleveland Hts. and Shaker Hts. Ohio.

    CE Class

    9/9/2013 (Permalink)

    Thank you to everyone who attended the CE Courses. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

    July 20th Storm: Euclid, Mentor and Willoughby Ohio

    7/21/2013 (Permalink)

    All callers from the storm on July 20, 2013....The SERVPRO Storm Team Franchise is working as fast as they can to return all calls. When you called SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Hts, Cleveland Hts we then turned your contact information over to the Servpro Storm Team Franchise and they have informed us that they are working as fast as they can to get back to everyone.

    Flooding in Mentor, Euclid and Willoughy Ohio

    7/20/2013 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is assisting in the storm cleanup in Mentor, Euclid and Willoughy Ohio. 

    Mold Busters

    6/20/2013 (Permalink)

    Never know where SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights will be next....We are ready to help!

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Hts, Cleveland Hts

    6/6/2013 (Permalink)

    We are always looking for team members to help our community clean up from a storm, broken pipe or whatever the source may be.  If you are interested email us today at office@servprobeachwood.com.

    Water in your basement in Beachwood, Shaker Hts, Cleveland Hts.

    6/6/2013 (Permalink)


  • Shut off the water source if possible.

  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.

  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.

  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.

  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

  • SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Hts, Cleveland Hts.

    5/29/2013 (Permalink)

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