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Your Local Fire and Water Restoration Company

10/28/2023 (Permalink)

servpro team at cleveland apartment association trade show As a leading local fire and water restoration company in the Beachwood area, we want our community to know we are only a phone call away.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast held a booth at the Northern Ohio Apartment Association Trade Show. This was a great way for the Primary members to meet the Associate members face to face! Thank you to all who stopped by at our table. We love to show our Cleveland community that we are involved and always Here to Help. As a leading local fire and water restoration company in the Beachwood area, we want our community to know we are only a phone call away. 


If you ever need us, we are ready at a moment's notice. We are available 24/7 for fire and water damage restoration. To Learn More about us, visit our website! Along with fire and water damage restoration services, we offer construction services, cleaning services such as HVAC, carpet cleaning, window cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and more. We also offer junk removal services, mold remediation, biohazard services and more!

What to Do if a Tree Falls on Your Shaker Heights Home

9/15/2023 (Permalink)

damaged roof Our team is made up of experienced and skilled experts that can repair your home both inside and out.

If a tree falls on your Shaker Heights, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike, or surrounding areas home, the first thing to do is to ensure that everyone in the house is safe and uninjured. Then, call for emergency services such as SERVPRO and your insurance company. If it is safe to do so, take photos of the damage and remove any valuables from affected areas. Do not attempt to remove the tree on your own, as it can be dangerous. Instead, wait for professional assistance. Lastly, make sure to document and keep track of all repair and cleaning expenses.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is Here to Help in the event a tree lands on your home. Our team is made up of experienced and skilled experts that can repair your home both inside and out. In addition, we work directly with your insurance to make sure all work that we would perform is covered by your insurance company. It is our goal and privilege to get your Cleveland home back to its previous condition. For immediate assistance call, (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website to learn more.

5 Main Causes of Water Damage to Cleveland Homes

9/1/2023 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling Our goal as your leading water damage restoration company is to prevent your home from experiencing water damage.

The Fall season begins in only 22 days! You know what this means for the Cleveland area. We can expect colder and rainy weather. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to help you prepare your Valley View, Richmond Heights, Lyndhurst, and surrounding areas home for rainy and colder weather. Our goal as your leading water damage restoration company is to prevent your home from experiencing water damage. We want to make you aware of the major water damage casuses this area in Cleveland experiences so you can know how to prevent them. 

5 Main Causes of Water Damage to Cleveland Homes

  • Clogged Gutters
  • Frozen Water Pipes
  • Ice Dams
  • Sewage Backups
  • Drain Backups

Not all of these causes are preventative. The preventative causes in the list above include, clogged gutters, frozen water pipes, and ice dams. First, to prevent water damage caused by clogged cutters, make sure to clean your gutters after a major leaf fall from trees around your Beachwood home. You want to make sure your gutters are clear of debris so they can drain water properly. 

You can prevent the water pipes from freezing in your Shaker Heights home by insulating them. This task may seem tedious and time consuming, but when your pipes don’t break and cause water damage, you’ll be very grateful for all of the hard-work you put in. 

You may have never heard of ice dams before. An ice dam is an ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofs of heated buildings that results from melting snow under a snow pack reaching the eave and freezing there. This causes water to back into the building typically through the roof or windows, causing water damage. 

It is very hard to prevent water damage from sewage and drain backups. So, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast suggests contacting your insurance company and making sure you have sewage and drain backup coverage in case you experience these disasters during the Fall and Winter seasons. 

If you ever experience water damage and you need immediate assistance, don’t hesitate to call us. Call (216) 464-4498! We are available 24/7 for emergency water damage disasters. For more information, you can visit our Website.

Why Call SERVPRO for Pepper Pike Building Services?

8/10/2023 (Permalink)

servpro at commercial building in cleveland Our team of water and fire damage restoration professionals can simplify the restoration process.

When your Pepper Pike home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris. After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast can begin the restoration process.

Your Brooklyn Heights home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. Our team of water and fire damage restoration professionals can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Click Here to see our team’s qualifications. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keep costs low.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is always Here to Help. If you are in need of fire or water restoration, give us a call at (216) 464-4498 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

There Was a Fire in My Cleveland Home, Now What?

8/4/2023 (Permalink)

firefighters in front of burning house Your local SERVPRO is here with some tips on what to do after a fire. The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO.

A fire in your Shaker Heights home can have both physical and emotional damage. You may be confused and unsure of what to do following a fire event. Your local SERVPRO is here with some tips on what to do after a fire. The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO. We have a 24/7 response with immediate board up / tarp up service available.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Now that you have determined it is safe, here is what you can do:

  • 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 a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

There are equal amount of things that you should not such as:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • 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 the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Do not forget the first tip, to call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast when you experience a fire. Call us today at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website for all of your fire damage needs. We are Here to Help!

Flash Flood Safety in Valley View

8/4/2023 (Permalink)

flash flood in front of home What qualifies as a flash flood? Where are they most prevalent? How can you stay safe? SERVPRO Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to explain!

Flash floods can be dangerous. They are also complex and sometimes confusing. What qualifies as a flash flood? Where are they most prevalent? How can you stay safe? SERVPRO Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to explain!

What is a Flash Flood?

The National Weather Service defines flash flooding as, “flooding that begins within 6 hours, and often within 3 hours, of the heavy rainfall (or other cause).” They also explain they are mostly caused by extremely heavy rainfall as well as dam or levee breaks. In urban areas, impervious surfaces such as roads and sidewalks do not allow water to infiltrate the ground.

Where Do They Strike?

Though flash flooding is possible everywhere, it is most common in smaller streams and creeks. This heavy rainfall turns them into raging torrents. As mentioned earlier, they can strike when heavy rain cannot infiltrate the ground. This means roads with lower elevation can see standing or even running water during a flash flood. Never walk or drive through running water!

How Can You Stay Safe?

The Red Cross recommends three steps to stay safe during a flooding event:

  • Build an Emergency Kit consisting of: water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, a first aid kit, medication, and more
  • Have an Evacuation Plan and practice the plan to minimize confusion
  • Stay informed! Learn the community’s emergency response plan, plan routes to local shelters, and stay up to date on weather conditions

Follow these tips to stay safe! If you experience flooding in your Beachwood home, call the water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast. We have the training, experience, and equipment to dry and restore any amount of damage. Call us today at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website to begin getting your Valley View home to its previous condition fast!

??What To Do When Your Basement Floods in Euclid

8/4/2023 (Permalink)

flooded basement Flooded basements because of heavy rainfall are all too common in Euclid, Shaker Heights, Lyndhurst, and their surrounding areas.

Flooded basements because of heavy rainfall are all too common in Euclid, Shaker Heights, Lyndhurst, and their surrounding areas. With that being said, are you fully prepared for flooding? Let the water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast give you some Water Damage Emergency Tips to follow when your Euclid home is flooded.

Safety First

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

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 the ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Before any of this, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast! We are faster to any size disaster with 24/7 response. We have the training, experience, and equipment to properly dry your Euclid home. Call us today at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website to get your basement dried fast!

Mold is in My Shaker Heights Home's Basement, What Should I Do?

8/4/2023 (Permalink)

mold in basement Mold can sometimes be all too common for Ohio basements. An extended stay by moisture in your Shaker Heights home can result in mold spreading.

Mold can sometimes be all too common for Ohio basements. An extended stay by moisture in your Shaker Heights home can result in mold spreading. Mold spreads quickly, in as little as 48-72  hours. We can see wet basements from heavy rainfall (which we get plenty of this time of year), drain backups, and more. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here with a plan of action for when you see mold in your Cleveland basement.

Step 1: Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

When mold comes into the equation, you should not attempt to deal with your flooded basement alone. Mold can be harmful to you and your health. Mold can produce harmful allergens and irritants, you will need a professional that has training, experience, and equipment to properly resolve the mold infestation.

Step 2: Before Help Arrives

We respond faster to any size disaster so you won’t be waiting long! However, refer to these Mold Damage Tips before we get there:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

There is not much you can do, and that is okay! We have the training, experience, and equipment will get your basement restored fast.

Step 3: What NOT To Do

More important than what you can do, here are some things to avoid doing when you see mold in your Salem basement. Follow these tips to stay safe when there is mold in your Salem home:

  • 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.

Follow these steps to stay safe and allow SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast to properly remediate mold in your Shaker Heights basement. We are experts on mold remediation! If you see mold in your Cleveland home, call us today at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website. We are Here to Help!

Fire Extinguishers in Your Commercial Building Need Checked Annually

6/5/2023 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher on a wall The fire extinguishers in your commercial property must be checked annually by a licensed company.

According to Life Safety Management, the fire extinguishers in your commercial property must be checked annually by a licensed company as stipulated by the National Fire Protection Association in NFPA 10. We hope this answered your question! Now you are probably wondering, which licensed company do I have come out and check my fire extinguishers? Your first and easiest opportunity is to call your local fire department to find out if they offer services in regard to fire extinguishers. Once, you have found someone to check your fire extinguishers, from there they will make sure you are all set on your fire extinguisher safety. 

For more information on how to prevent a fire or how to clean up after one, visit our Website! We offer tips on how to prevent and how to clean up. We also offer 24 hour services to both residential and commercial properties that experience fire and water damage. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are your leading fire and water restoration company in Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, and their surrounding areas. If you ever need us immediately, call (216) 464-4498. We are Here to Help!

What to Expect When a Storm Hits Your Bratenahl Commercial Property

5/16/2023 (Permalink)

sign that says 'storm damage' After a storm, commercial property owners may need to assess the damage and make repairs.

When your Shaker Heights commercial property experiences damage from a storm, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is ready to assist and make it, “Like it never even happened.” Whether your commercial property is a school, factory, warehouse, business offices, and more, we have the capacity, expertise, and experience to restore your property. 

After a storm, commercial property owners may need to assess the damage and make repairs. Depending on the severity of the storm, this could include anything from minor repairs such as replacing broken windows or damaged roofing materials to major repairs such as rebuilding entire structures. In some cases, insurance may cover some or all of the costs associated with repairs. In addition to physical damage, storm damage can also include damage to landscaping, outdoor furniture, and other outdoor features. Storms can also cause flooding, which can lead to water damage and the need for mold remediation. In some cases, businesses may need to replace electrical wiring or other systems that have been damaged by the storm.

We have highly trained professionals that will come out to your Bratenahl property to assess the damage that has taken place. We provide free estimates and are available 24/7 in case of an emergency. For immediate assistance call, (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website for more information.

What to Do After Your Valley View Basement Floods

5/16/2023 (Permalink)

water damaged home We work with your insurance and arrive quickly to help make the water disaster look, “Like it never even happened.”

Picture this: You wake up one morning in your Newburgh Heights home and you head downstairs. After the thunderstorm that lasted all night, you step on your floor and realize that it is wet! There are some things you should do right away to eliminate any further damage. 

  • Remove standing water: Use a wet/dry vacuum, mop, or towels to remove as much standing water as possible. 
  • Dispose of damaged items: Throw away any items that have been damaged by the floodwater, such as furniture, carpets, and other porous items. 
  • Clean and disinfect: Use a mixture of bleach and water to clean and disinfect all surfaces that have been affected by the floodwater. 
  • Dry out the area: Use fans, dehumidifiers, and open windows to help dry out the area. 
  • Check for structural damage: If the floodwater was deep enough, it may have caused structural damage to your home or business. Have a professional inspect the area to make sure it is safe. 
  • Contact your insurance company: Contact your insurance company to file a claim and get the help you need to repair any damage caused by the flood.
  • Call your local SERVPRO for water damage restoration. 


SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is your leading local fire and water restoration company. We work with your insurance and arrive quickly to help make the water disaster look, “Like it never even happened.” For immediate assistance give us a call, (216) 464-4498, or visit our Website for more information.

Why Your Garfield Heights Home Floods When it Rains

5/16/2023 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen Next time you experience a drain or sewage back up in your home, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast to clean up the disaster.

There could be a few reasons why your home is constantly flooding when it rains. It could be due to poor drainage around the house, a blocked or damaged gutter system, or a plumbing issue. It is best to have a professional inspect your home to determine the cause of the flooding.

To improve drainage around your house, you can start by making sure your gutters are clear of debris and in good working order. You can also install downspouts that direct water away from the foundation of your home. If you have a sloped yard, you can create a swale or a shallow ditch to help direct water away from your home. You can also consider installing a sump pump to help remove excess water from the area.

If you suspect a plumbing issue, you should contact a licensed plumber to inspect your home. They can help identify any issues with your plumbing system and provide solutions to fix them. This could include repairing or replacing pipes, installing back flow preventers, or installing a French drain.

Finally, next time you experience a drain or sewage back up in your home, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast to clean up the disaster to look like normal again! We are leading restoration professionals in the industry and we are available 24/7 for all of your restoration needs. For immediate assistance give us a call, (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website for more information.

Is Your Cuyahoga Heights Commercial Building in Need of Cleaning Assistance?

5/16/2023 (Permalink)

janitorial cleaning cart SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast offers janitorial cleaning services to your commercial property no matter how large or small.

Many commercial buildings are understaffed when it comes to cleaning. Oftentimes we hear of cleaning companies not quite doing the job well and it leaves the commercial property owners discouraged. Luckily, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast offers janitorial cleaning services to your commercial property no matter how large or small. We have the capacity of equipment and team members to get your building spotless and cleaned the way you like it. Below is a brief list of some of the services we offer:

  • 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

To request our services, give us a call, (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website for more information. One of our priority responders will get in contact with you to discuss exactly what you are looking for. We can create a specific cleaning plan and schedule to tailor to your needs.

Who to Call When a Summer Storm Hits Your Pepper Pike Home

5/15/2023 (Permalink)

fallen tree Summer storms can cause a lot of damage to homes. High winds can cause roof damage, broken windows, and downed trees.

We are a professional cleaning and restoration company that specializes in restoring homes and businesses after disasters such as fires, floods, and mold. We have the expertise and equipment to quickly assess the damage, develop a plan of action, and restore your property to its pre-disaster condition. We also provide emergency services such as water extraction, structural drying, and mold remediation. With our help, you can get your property back to normal quickly and safely. 

Summer storms can cause a lot of damage to homes. High winds can cause roof damage, broken windows, and downed trees. Heavy rains can lead to flooding, which can cause water damage to walls, floors, and furniture. Hail can also cause damage to roofs and siding. If you experience a summer storm and your Shaker Heights, Richmond Heights, Pepper Pike, or surrounding areas home has been affected you can call your local SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is available 24/7 if your home experiences damage. We can make your home look, “Like it never even happened.” Call (216) 464-4498 for immediate assistance or visit our Website for more information.

Why You Need SERVPRO for Cleaning Your Euclid Home

5/15/2023 (Permalink)

carpet cleaning We offer a wide range of cleaning services, including carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, and hard surface floor cleaning.

Here at SERVPRO we are a leading provider of fire and water damage restoration services. We offer a wide range of cleaning services, including carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, and hard surface floor cleaning. We also provide mold remediation and biohazard cleanup services. 

Carpets in your Richmond Heights home can quickly become dirty and stained due to everyday wear and tear. Regular carpet cleaning helps to remove dirt, dust, allergens, and other contaminants that can cause health problems. It also helps to extend the life of your carpets by removing dirt and debris that can damage the fibers. Carpet cleaning also helps to improve the appearance of your South Euclid home, making it look and feel cleaner and more inviting. 

Upholstery cleaning is important for removing dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can accumulate over time. It also helps to remove odors and stains that can be difficult to remove with regular vacuuming. Upholstery cleaning helps to extend the life of your furniture by removing dirt and debris that can damage the fabric. It also helps to improve the appearance of your furniture, making it look and feel cleaner and more inviting. 

Air duct cleaning is important for removing dust, dirt, and other contaminants that can accumulate in your air ducts over time. Regular air duct cleaning helps to improve the air quality in your Mayfield Heights home, making it healthier and more comfortable. It also helps to reduce energy costs by improving the efficiency of your HVAC system. 

Hard surface floor cleaning is important for removing dirt, dust, and other contaminants that can accumulate on hard surfaces over time. Regular hard surface floor cleaning helps to extend the life of your floors by removing dirt and debris that can damage the surface. It also helps to improve the appearance of your floors, making them look and feel cleaner and more inviting.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast offers all of these services, and more! For immediate assistance give us a call, (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website for more information!

How to Prevent Fires in Your Valley View Home

5/15/2023 (Permalink)

house fire House fires can start for many reasons. It is important to know some of the ways house fires can start so you know how to prevent them!

House fires can start for many reasons. It is important to know some of the ways house fires can start so you know how to prevent them! Below is a list of 8 ways fires can start in your Bratenahl home.

  • Cooking accidents: Unattended cooking is one of the leading causes of house fires. Grease fires, food left on the stove too long, and other cooking mishaps can quickly lead to a fire. 
  • Electrical problems: Faulty wiring, overloaded outlets, and other electrical issues can cause sparks that ignite a fire. 
  • Smoking: Cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can easily start a fire if not properly extinguished. 
  • Candles: Unattended candles can easily start a fire if left too close to combustible materials such as curtains or furniture. 
  • Heating equipment: Space heaters, furnaces, and other heating equipment can cause fires if not properly maintained. 
  • Children playing with matches or lighters: Children should never be allowed to play with matches or lighters, as they can easily start a fire. 
  • Dryers: Clogged dryer vents can cause lint to build up and ignite a fire. 
  • Fireplaces: Improperly maintained fireplaces can cause sparks that ignite a fire.

Make sure to stay on the lookout for these things in your University Heights home. If you do experience a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast have the expertise and equipment to restore your property to “Like it never even happened.” For immediate assistance call (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website for more information. 

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast to Remediate Mold in Your Valley View Home

4/18/2023 (Permalink)

mold in basement With our expertise and experience, we can help you get rid of mold quickly and safely. Our teams will make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is one of the leading providers of mold remediation services in Ohio. We have teams of highly trained and experienced technicians who are certified to handle any type of mold infestation. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast use advanced techniques and equipment to identify, contain, and remove mold from your Mayfield Heights home or Lyndhurst business. We have a comprehensive approach to mold remediation that includes inspection, containment, removal, and prevention. Since mold can never be completely removed, we do our absolute best to remediate! 

We utilize specialized equipment like HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers to remove mold spores from the air. We then use chemical treatments to kill any remaining mold spores and prevent future growth. To prevent re-infestation, we offer services that include sealing off areas where mold is present, installing dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels, and providing ongoing maintenance and monitoring. 

With our expertise and experience, we can help you get rid of mold quickly and safely. Our teams will make it, “Like it never even happened.”® Contact us today for mold remediation at (216) 464-4498 for immediate assistance, or visit our website!

Why Should I Choose SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast for Water Damage to Lyndhurst Home

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room Our team of experienced technicians is trained to handle any size job, from small residential water damage to large commercial losses.

Water damage is one of the most common and costly disasters that can occur in a home or business. It can be caused by a variety of sources, including flooding, burst pipes, and leaking appliances. When water damage occurs in your Pepper Pike home or business, it’s important to act quickly to minimize the damage and restore the property to its preloss condition. 

When you experience water damage like that, a professional water restoration company should be the first people you call, like SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast! At our water restoration company, we specialize in providing fast and effective solutions for all types of water damage. Our team of experienced technicians is trained to handle any size job, from small residential water damage to large commercial losses. We use the latest technology and techniques to identify the source of the water damage, assess the extent of the damage, and develop a plan for restoring your Shaker Heights property. 

Our services include water extraction, structural drying, dehumidification, mold remediation, and more. We also provide emergency services to help you get your Richmond Heights property back to normal as quickly as possible. Our technicians are available 24/7 to respond to your call and provide the help you need. At our water restoration company, we understand that water damage can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. That’s why we strive to provide the highest level of customer service and satisfaction. We take the time to explain the process and answer any questions you may have. We also work with your insurance company to ensure that you get the coverage you need.

If you’ve experienced water damage in your University Heights home or business, don’t hesitate to contact your local water restoration company. We’ll work quickly and efficiently to restore your property and get your life back to normal. For immediate assistance call, (216) 464-4498, or visit our website.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast for Fire Damage to Your University Heights Home

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

fire damaged house Our team of professionals is trained to handle all aspects of fire restoration, from smoke and soot removal to structural repairs.

When a fire strikes, it can be a devastating experience. Not only is your Mayfield Heights home or business damaged, but the emotional toll can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there is hope for restoring your property and getting back to normal! As homeowners ourselves, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast understand the importance of getting your home restored as quickly as possible. 

Fire restoration companies specialize in helping you recover from the effects of a fire. As a fire restoration company, we understand the importance of getting your Lyndhurst home or business back to its pre-fire condition as quickly and safely as possible. We have the experience and expertise to assess the damage, develop a plan for restoration, and execute it with precision. Our team of professionals is trained to handle all aspects of fire restoration, from smoke and soot removal to structural repairs. We also provide services such as odor removal, water damage restoration, and mold remediation. 

When you work with a fire restoration company, you can rest assured that your property will be restored to its original condition. We use the latest technology and techniques to ensure that your Valley View home or business is safe and secure. We also take the time to explain the process to you, so you can make informed decisions about your restoration project. As a fire restoration company, we understand that no two fires are the same. That’s why we take the time to assess the damage and develop a customized plan for your Brooklyn Heights property. We also work with your insurance company to ensure that you get the coverage you need. 

If you’ve experienced a fire, don’t hesitate to contact a fire restoration company. We’ll work with you to restore your property and get your life back on track. For immediate assistance call, (216) 464-4498, or visit our website.

Have You Experienced Water Damage due to a Plumbing Failure in Your Newburgh Heights Home?

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

couch floating in water The most common causes of water damage to commercial property are plumbing leaks, flooding, and roof leaks.

Water damage to your Bratenahl, Cleveland Heights, Brooklyn Heights, and surrounding area commercial property can be a major problem for businesses. It can cause significant financial losses, disruption to operations, and even health risks. In order to protect your business from water damage, it is important to understand the causes and take steps to prevent it. The most common causes of water damage to commercial property are plumbing leaks, flooding, and roof leaks. 

  • Plumbing leaks can occur due to faulty pipes, clogged drains, or broken fixtures.
  • Flooding can be caused by heavy rains or overflowing rivers and streams. 
  • Roof leaks can be caused by poor maintenance or extreme weather conditions. In order to prevent water damage to commercial property, it is important to regularly inspect and maintain plumbing systems, roofs, and other areas of the building.

It is also important to have a plan in place for responding to water damage quickly and efficiently. This includes having the right equipment and personnel on hand to address the issue. In addition, businesses should consider investing in flood insurance to protect against losses due to flooding. This type of insurance can help cover the costs of repairs and replacement of damaged property. Finally, businesses should also consider investing in water damage restoration services with SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is available 24/7 and always Here to Help! Our services can help to quickly and effectively restore a business’s property to its pre-damage condition. This can help minimize the financial losses associated with water damage and help businesses get back to normal operations as quickly as possible. Call us today at (216) 464-4498, or visit our website.

Supporting Our Cleveland Community One Heart at a Time

3/22/2023 (Permalink)

Team members from SERVPRO Recently, some members of SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast attended the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Event.

Recently, some members of SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast attended the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Event. It is so important for us to connect with others in our community. The month of March is designated to celebrate and recognize all women, which includes advocating for their mental and physical health. Did you know that the number one cause of death for women is heart disease and stroke? 

Women can develop heart disease, which refers to a range of conditions that affect the heart, blood vessels, and circulation. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in many countries, including the United States.

Some common types of heart disease that can affect women include:

Coronary artery disease: This occurs when the arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrow or blocked, reducing blood flow to the heart muscle. This can lead to chest pain or discomfort (angina), heart attack, or even sudden cardiac arrest.

Heart failure: This occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood effectively, leading to fatigue, shortness of breath, and other symptoms.

Arrhythmias: These are abnormal heart rhythms that can cause palpitations, dizziness, or fainting.

Valvular heart disease: This occurs when the valves in the heart do not function properly, leading to symptoms such as shortness of breath or swelling in the legs.

Women may experience different symptoms of heart disease compared to men. For example, women may experience more subtle symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, or back pain. Women may also be more likely to have a heart attack without experiencing chest pain.

To reduce the risk of heart disease, women should adopt healthy lifestyle habits such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, not smoking, and managing stress. Women with a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes should also talk to their Pepper Pike healthcare provider about their risk and how to manage it.

What’s so Bad about Leaving a Candle Unattended?

3/17/2023 (Permalink)

burning candle Protect your family from a fire today by teaching the importance of candle safety.

How bad can a candle be? We have all used them for birthdays, aesthetics, and to see in the dark since the dawn of time. However, we must assume the responsibility of an open flame within our homes. Let’s check out some candle safety tips from our friends at the NFPA

Candle with Care’

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn 

If you do burn candles, make sure that you... 

  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage, never use candles

Candles and Kids 

  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle
  • Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach, in a locked cabinet.

On average, nearly 20 home fires caused by candles are reported every day across the United States with Christmas being the peak day for candle fires. Protect your family from a fire today by teaching the importance of candle safety. If you or someone you know experiences the tragedy of a home fire, contact SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at (216)-464-4498 or visit our website for more information! 

How to Turnover Your Apartment for the Next Renter in Pepper Pike

12/19/2022 (Permalink)

clean empty apartment If you are new to the property management industry, we have some tips we would like to share with you.

If you are a property manager of a Euclid, Richmond Heights, Shaker Heights, or surrounding areas apartment complex, you may be familiar with what to do when turning over an apartment. However, if you are new to the property management industry, we have some tips we would like to share with you. A clean and sanitized facility is most important!

Steps to Turning Over an Apartment

What you should look out for to repair an apartment.

  • Change air filters
  • Check for leaky drains and pipes, and other water damage
  • Check drains for clogs
  • Get plumbing inspected by a professional
  • Check if all appliances are working (fridge, stove, oven, microwave, washer, dryer, etc.)
  • Replace windows and window screens, if needed
  • Tighten or loosen hardware (doorknobs, towel bars, handles on cabinets, etc.)
  • Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Replace lightbulbs
  • Wipe walls before painting (always do this to remove any cobwebs, stains, dirt, and debris, which can prevent paint from sticking)
  • Paint walls

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Sanitizing & Disinfecting Your Shaker Heights Home: What’s The Difference?

12/10/2022 (Permalink)

disinfecting a table Do you know the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting? Prior to the global pandemic, you probably never even thought about it.

Do you know the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting? Prior to the global pandemic, you probably never even thought about it. Now, knowing the difference is of utmost importance for your business and even your home.

Disinfecting is destroying viruses, bacteria, and fungi on surfaces. Sanitization is removing visible contamination and debris.

With deep cleaning and disinfecting now part of normal business, you can rely the SERVPRO experts who deal specifically with biological contaminants on a regular basis.

When you call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast, you can be assured we will clean your Pepper Pike, Brooklyn Heights, Northeast Cleveland, and surrounding properties using CDC approved disinfectants, sanitizing agents, germicides, or antimicrobial treatments.

Commercial Spaces that may require deep cleaning and disinfecting: 

  • Sales counters
  • Water fountains
  • Soda and snack machines
  • Kitchens, break rooms, and food areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Classrooms
  • Carpets, rugs, and drapes
  • Playgrounds and fitness equipment

Our team of professionals can handle any commercial cleaning needs. Our crew members are highly educated and trained in their field of expertise. If you need any of our services – cleaning, water, or fire restoration, or construction, call us anytime at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website! We are available 24/7.  We serve Beachwood, Euclid, Cuyahoga Heights, and surrounding areas.

How to Prevent Damage from Winter Storms in Euclid

12/1/2022 (Permalink)

dark clouds and a house Heavy snowstorms are bound to sweep through Euclid. There are certain things to look for after a storm to see if your Euclid home incurred damage.

Heavy snowstorms are bound to sweep through Euclid. There are certain things you could look for after a storm to see if your Euclid home incurred any damage. Here is what to expect from the first heavy snowstorm of the year.

What to Check After a Snowstorm

  • Make sure the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector are working. This is important as most homes will lose electricity during a blizzard and must burn wood or fuel inside the home to stay warm.
  • Check for broken water pipes and shut off the water supply until a professional can come and repair them.
  • Look around your home and check for any broken or shattered windows. Temporary fixes include covering them with plywood or taping blankets for insulation.
  • Listen to a radio for any roadblocks or emergency announcements.
  • If you have a chimney, make sure there is no structural damage. You don’t want to light a fire and have the smoke backing up into your home.
  • It’s important that you check for broken tree limbs as well. They could fall later and damage your yard or even cause potential injury.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always here to help, 24/7. Give us a call at (216) 464-4498 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

What to Do in Case of a Fire at Your Cleveland School

11/19/2022 (Permalink)

fire alarm with flames Every school has their own guidelines on what to do in case a fire occurs.

Every school has their own guidelines on what to do in case a fire occurs. Each school has a unique escape plan as well as guidelines to follow. Below we will share a general overview on what is to be expected of students, faculty, and guests in case of a fire emergency at school.

Steps to Take When Evacuating

University of Little Rock advises to:

  • Immediately pull the nearest fire alarm pull station as you exit the building.
  • When evacuating the building, be sure to feel doors for heat before opening them to be sure there is no fire danger on the other side.
  • If there is smoke in the air, stay low to the ground, especially your head, to reduce inhalation exposure. Keep your hand on the wall to prevent disorientation and crawl to the nearest exit.
  • Once away and clear from danger, call your report contact and inform them of the fire.
  • Go to your refuge area and await further instructions from emergency personnel.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are fire and water damage restoration specialists for Pepper Pike, Mayfield Heights, South Euclid and surrounding communities.

We are always Here to Help, 24/7. If a fire does occur in your home, give us a call at (216) 464-4498 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

Is Your Cleveland Heights Business Prepared for a Disaster?

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

text that says "are your ready?" with SERVPRO logo underneath Disasters can strike any time, anywhere. Is your Cleveland business prepared for one?

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Fires, floods, storms, and more can all occur in your Cleveland business. They can be detrimental to your operations and your revenue.

Is your business prepared for massive flooding? Do you know how your business would recover from a catastrophic storm? If you do not know, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is Here to Help!

How To Prepare

You cannot prevent a massive storm from striking, but with the help of SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast, we can prepare you for the road to recovery. SERVPRO offers a FREE service called an ERP, or Emergency READY Profile.

What is an ERP?

An ERP is a no-cost assessment of your facility that does the following:

  • Gives SERVPRO critical information needed in an emergency
  • A guide to help get you back into your building fast
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast as your disaster mitigation provider
  • Identifies the line of command to authorize work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valves, priority areas, and more

If your business is ready for an ERP, learn more here.

Why You Need to Be Prepared

According to a FEMA Study, 40% of businesses do not reopen following a disaster and another 25% fail within one year. We do not want any businesses in Cleveland to be one of those statistics. Another reason is the fact that every hour dealing with a disaster is an hour of lost revenue. You need a disaster recovery team who can respond fast. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is just that. An ERP speeds that process up even more!

If you live in Beachwood, Shaker Heights, or Cleveland Heights and are ready for an ERP, call us today at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website to get your business back to operational fast

SERVPRO Installs Smoke Alarms with the American Red Cross in Cleveland

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro team members with red cross jackets Our SERVPRO team had the opportunity to support the American Red Cross in the installation of smoke alarms in residential homes in our community.

SERVPRO Team Dobson had the opportunity to help support the American Red Cross in the installation of smoke alarms in residential homes throughout the Cleveland community. Some of our team ventured out into local homes to install smoke alarms to homes that were in need. Our SERVPRO Team also had the opportunity to serve through educating people in our community about fire safety! We are grateful for the American Red Cross having us and for the opportunity to serve our community in this way.

Visit our Website for tips on what to do before help arrives if you experience a fire.

We also provide information on what to do after a fire, and what not to do. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is professionally trained in restoring fire damage and removing smoke odor. Should you live in Lyndhurst, Valley View, Bratenahl, or surrounding areas, call us today, (216) 464-4498.

Free Continuing Education Classes in Beachwood

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro employees behind a table SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast loves to offer free continuing education classes to insurance professionals in our community.

SERVPRO Team Dobson recently held a continuing education class for local insurance professionals at the Drury hotel in Beachwood. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast loves to offer free continuing education classes to insurance professionals in our community. We like to share knowledge on water and fire damage restoration and inform local insurance professionals of the ins and outs of the restoration industry. Below are a list of topics that we teach to local insurance professionals in our community:

  • Understanding Mold
  • Ethics
  • Biohazard
  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • Restoring Contaminated Buildings
  • Cleaning and Restoring Smoke Damage
  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage

Visit our Website for more information on these topics and how SERVPRO Team Dobson handles each of them. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is professionally trained in restoring fire damage and removing smoke odor. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today to find out more about our free continuing education classes, (216) 464-4498.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast Large Loss Response Team

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

dark clouds Whether the damages are flooding, tornadoes, or even effects from winter storms, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast can and will respond.

Storms in Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are definitely no stranger to the community. In addition, storms can be known to cause their fair share of damages. No matter how severe the damages are, no job is too large for our team to manage. Whether the damages are flooding, tornadoes, or even effects from winter storms, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast can and will respond immediately. The reason we have the ability to do this is because we have strategically placed resources and have a highly trained “storm team” on standby, ready to go at a moment’s notice.

The highly trained team here at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast not only has highly trained employees, but also state-of-the-art equipment. This equipment allows us to use the best drying techniques which allows us to be the leaders in the water restoration industry, which means we get your home or business back to preloss condition.

We specialize in fire and water - restoration and cleanup, and we serve the communities of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and beyond.

If you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 464-4498 visit our Facebook page. We are always Here to Help!

Sewage Backup in South Euclid, Yuck!

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

dirty basement floor As industry leaders in water restoration, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland NE will take care of this nightmare situation.

Sewage backups and water line backups are some of the miserable repercussions of water damage that homeowners or renters can experience.

These backups can happen in several ways, whether it’s a backed-up toilet, water line back up due to flooding, or even a city mishap. Any way it happens, it is water damage that has the potential to be very dangerous. If you are ever in this situation, it is important to know the toxicity of the water damage. It is also important to know who to call to take care of this type of loss in a quick manner.

The first thing you need to know is the categories of water and how they differ:

  • Category 1: “Clean Water” - This is water from source that is considered consumable water, such as from a broken water line or a faucet. This water if left unattended can quickly deteriorate to categories 2 or 3.
  • Category 2: “Gray Water” - This water is where the significant level of contamination begins, if ingested it would cause illness. The primary sources of this category of water is usually from washing machine overflows, toilet overflow with no feces, or a dishwasher overflow. This category of water could contain bacteria or viruses and could quickly deteriorate to category 3 if left untreated.
  • Category 3: “Dark Water” - This water is incredibly unsanitary and will cause severe illness or even death if ingested, and any skin contact should always be avoided. Source of Category 3 could come from any sort of outdoor flooding scenario. Water from beyond the toilet trap (sewage backup) and water that has started to support any mold growth.

As industry leaders in water restoration, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland NE will take care of this nightmare situation. This is an emergency situation, and we will take care of it as such. We will get your home to look “Like it never even happened.”

We are proud to serve the communities of Lyndhurst, University Heights, and Pepper Pike. If you do experience a disaster, you need a reliable company that you can count on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Website!

It is Time for a Deep Cleaning for Your Beachwood Business

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

'caution wet floor' sign A good and thorough deep cleaning for your Beachwood business is satisfying and much needed at times.

A good and thorough deep cleaning for your business is satisfying and much needed at times. For a commercial business, a thorough, deep clean can be a huge undertaking. Most companies try to avoid hiring a third-party vendor to do their cleaning to keep costs down. However, when it comes to a deep and thorough cleaning of your building, using employed staff just might not get the job done in a correct and timely manner.

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights provides this service for our local Cleveland businesses in Valley View, Richmond Heights, Euclid, and surrounding areas. Below are the multiple ways we can clean your commercial business:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blind
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights is a premier cleaning and restoration company. We are available 24/7 at (216) 464-4498. You can also visit our website!

Your Need-to-Know Guide for Water Damage in Richmond Heights

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage Each classification of water damage brings its own concerns and challenges that everyone should be aware of.

Water damage is incredibly frustrating and unfortunately can intrude into your residence or commercial business in many ways.

When water damage occurs, it is grouped into three different classifications. Each classification of water damage brings its own concerns and challenges that everyone should be aware of:

  • Category 1 - Water originates from a sanitary source and does not pose as a substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure.
    • Example - Occurs when there is a broken water supply line or when a bathtub or sink overflows, with no contaminants.
  • Category 2 - Water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness. Containments can either be chemical or biological.
    • Example - Discharges from a dishwasher or washing machines.
  • Category 3 - Water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful substances, and cause significant adverse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed.
    • Example - Water is in contact with sewage, and any flooding or rising outside water.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community, too. We serve Richmond Heights, University Heights, Lyndhurst, and surrounding areas.

When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are always nearby and ready to help. For immediate assistance, give us a call at (216) 464-4498 or visit us on our Website.

Protecting Against Water Damage in Shaker Heights

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

gutter with leaf guard Although flooding in Shaker Heights is not an everyday occurrence, there is still a chance it could happen.

Water damage can be devastating to your Shaker Heights home and can create a hassle when it comes to cleanup.

Taking some preliminary actions can help prevent that from happening to your home. Although flooding in Cuyahoga County is not an everyday occurrence, there is still a chance it could happen. Here are some tips to help prevent your home from being affected by water damage:

  • Install a Sump Pump
  • Improve your Yard’s Grading
  • Install Flood Sensors
  • Install Gutter Guards
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts
  • Monitor your Water Bill
  • Inspect Your Roof
  • Install Floor Pans Under Appliances
  • Plant and Maintain Vegetation Around Your Home

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. Should you experience a disaster in Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, Euclid, or surrounding areas, our team is Here to Help.

Contact us at (216) 464-4498 or visit our Facebook page for more information. 

Best Ways to Prevent Fire Damage at your Beachwood Business

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

restaurant frying pan on fire Having a fire occur at your Beachwood business can be devastating, but there are some steps we can take to stop this from affecting your business.

Having a fire occur at your Beachwood business can be devastating, but there are some steps we can take to stop this from affecting your business.

The most common business that would be for a fire to occur is a restaurant. Luckily, there are some ways to keep our restaurants safe from a fire happening that is out of our control:

  • Use fire-retardant furniture, drapes, accessories, etc.
  • Install a fire barrier between the kitchen and the rest of the restaurant.
  • Fire Alarm and smoke detector in all enclosed rooms.
  • Refrigerant leak detection system installation.
  • Equipment with automatic extinguishing systems.
  • Establish a regular inspection system for all kitchen equipment.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration.

We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone local to Bratenahl, Newburgh Heights, and Garfield Heights. Call us at any time at (216) 464-4498.

3 Ways to Prepare for a Thunderstorm in Cleveland Heights

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

raindrops If a strong thunderstorm is headed your way, preparations can be very cost effective as well as save you time in cleanup and repairs.

Preparing for a thunderstorm may seem unnecessary and almost like a hassle. However, if a strong thunderstorm is headed toward Cleveland Heights, preparations can be very cost effective as well as save you time in cleanup and repairs that are possible after a storm.

Below are three ways provided by Ready.gov to prepare for a storm:

  • Know Your Risk - Know your area’s risk for thunderstorms. In most places they can occur year-round and at any hour.
  • Make an Emergency Plan - Create an emergency plan so that you and your family know what to do, where to go and what you will need to protect yourselves from the effects of a thunderstorm.
  • Strengthen Your Home - Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home. Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances and electronic devices.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is available to help 24/7. We can be reached at (216) 464-4498 or visit us online at our website!

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration in Shaker Heights

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restoration SERVPRO provides a multitude of services to make your disaster seem “Like it never even happened.”

June is finally here-- yes, that means the days are getting longer and more beautiful in Northeast Ohio. Unfortunately, this weather can change very quickly and become severe and damaging which could potentially bring damage to the Shaker Heights area and your business.

There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike. This is exactly why you should be aware of your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast.

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the water restoration industry. We provide a multitude of services to make your disaster seem “Like it never even happened.”

Trained professionals that are Faster to Any Size Disaster will respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are well equipped to manage it all.

When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are already nearby and ready to help those throughout Euclid, Valley View, and Northeast Cleveland.

We are always Here to Help! Call us any time at (216) 464-44498 or visit us on our Website.  

Commercial Business Carpet Cleaning in Cleveland Heights, OH

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Office Carpet Cleaning SERVPRO provides a range of services that can help ensure your Cleveland Heights carpets look their absolute best!

Many know of the expectational service provided by SERVPRO when there is a need for water damage and fire restoration, but did you know we also can take care of all your commercial cleaning needs?

Carpet cleaning, for example! SERVPRO Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast provides a range of services that can help ensure your carpets lose the dingy look they may currently have and look their absolute best!

The services we provide are as follows:
Hot water extraction - this service provides a deep cleaning to all carpet types
Bonnet Cleaning - this service is a less aggressive method of cleaning on short-piled office carpet.

With the 24/7 emergency services provided with SERVPRO, no issue will be an issue for long with our quick response team!

SERVPRO Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is locally owned and operated, and we service Cleveland Heights, Bratenahl, Pepper Pike, and surrounding areas.

When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are already nearby and ready to help! Give us a call at (216) 464-4498 or contact us on our website.

Kitchen Fire Safety in Beachwood, OH

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

aftermath of kitchen fire To prevent kitchen fires, it is first important to know what causes them!

To prevent kitchen fires, it is first important to know what causes them! There are many different ways a fire can start in the kitchen. Some of those ways are listed below:

  • Leaving flammable objects near gas stove
  • Leaving cooking food unattended
  • Leaving turned on oven unattended
  • Putting flammable objects in the microwave

Here are a couple of more ways to practice kitchen safety from sanjoseca.gov:

  • Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. This way, they cannot be bumped into, and children cannot grab them.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure you have the correct type of extinguisher and know how to effectively use it.
  • Keep cooking equipment clean. Crumbs in a toaster, built-up grease on the stovetop, and excess dust behind your appliances are fire hazards.

SERVPRO of of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, and we serve the communities of Pepper Pike, Mayfield Heights, and Northeast Cleveland.

Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Tornado Safety Precautions in Shaker Heights

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

tornado in open field Tornadoes can cause a disaster not only in your home and surroundings, but they can certainly pose a risk for you and your family’s safety.

To stay safe in a tornado, it is important to know when a tornado is coming so you can prepare accordingly.

Tornadoes can cause a disaster not only in your Shaker Heights home and surroundings, but they can certainly pose a risk for you and your family’s safety. The CDC provides 3 tips to prepare and stay safe in a tornado. Here are the tips below: 

  • Prepare a safety kit - Include batteries, food, radio, list of telephone numbers.
  • Stay aware of weather conditions - Pay attention to the weather outside (dark clouds, green-colored sky) and the weather channel.
  • Know where to shelter - If you are home, go to the basement or closet farthest away from the bathrooms. If you are outside, find a nearby building and make sure to never stay in your car.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast understands that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7.

If you live in Shaker Heights, South Euclid, University Heights, or surrounding areas, call us any time at (216) 932-4498.

The Effects of Rainwater on Your Richmond Heights Home

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

rain on umbrella To avoid damage to your home when thunderstorms head your way this Spring, make sure your home is prepared.

Springtime in Northeast Ohio is full of thunderstorms. Rain is common during this time, and it can have multiple effects on the exterior and even the interior of your home.

To avoid damage to your home when thunderstorms head your way, make sure your home is prepared. Below are a few ways you can prepare your Richmond Heights home for thunderstorms:

  • Prepare Your Roof - Patch up any loose shingles on your roof. Do not wait too long to replace your roof if it is time for a new one. Damages that can occur are likely to be more costly than a new roof!
  • Clean Your Gutters - Clogged gutters can cause water to seep into your home. When water gets into your home it can cause damage to your walls, ceiling, floors and more.
  • Waterproof Your Basement - If you have a basement, make sure it is waterproofed! If it is not waterproofed, you are much more susceptible to floods in your basement. This damages not only the basement walls and floors, but also the contents, costing thousands in damage.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is always Here to Help. We live and work in the communities of Brooklyn Heights, Beachwood, Cuyahoga Heights, and surrounding areas.

You need a reliable company that you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website!

Do’s and Don'ts for Water Damage in Beachwood, Ohio

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Floors SERVPRO of of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is the #1 choice in fire and water cleanup and restoration.

As winter finally ends in Northeast Ohio and spring and summer make their long-awaited return with pleasant weather, you can be sure that severe storms will follow as well.

Here are some Do’s & Don’ts from the experts at SERVPRO if your Beachwood home and business are faced with unforeseen water damage this year:

What To Do

  • Remove the excess water by mopping
  • Remove all loose items that may be on the floor or where the water damage may reach.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying.

What NOT To Do

  • Do NOT use any electrical items to remove water. For example, a vacuum.
  • Do NOT leave wet fabrics in place, hang these items out to air dryer if affected by water damage.
  • Do NOT enter rooms with wet ceilings or use ceiling fixtures that also are affected by water damage.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is the #1 choice in fire and water cleanup and restoration, and we are available to help residents and business owners throughout Garfield Heights, Valley View, Brooklyn Heights, and surrounding communities.

We can be reached at (216) 932-4498 or you can visit our Website or our Facebook page.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Your Beachwood, OH Residence?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

A truck with people by it SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service.

No one ever wants to have to have damages to their home due to water, fire or even mold, but if it unfortunately does happen, you should have a company that is prepared to make your nightmare look “Like it never even happened.”

That company is your local SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast.

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and our highly trained technicians provide 24-hour emergency service, which will come to your residence and get to work quickly.

Our team is well equipped to handle any disaster that Cleveland’s unpredictable weather could throw at your residence. We have seen it all and can fix it all, our customer testimonials speak for themselves!

"I am pleased with the service provided. The service was prompt, professional, and courteous at all times! I will recommend SERVPRO to family and friends". – Charliene in Warrensville Heights

“Professional, Thorough, courteous, a pleasure to work with could not ask for more! A job well done!”      - Harvey in Cleveland Ohio

SERVPRO of of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are already nearby and ready to help throughout the communities of Northeast Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, and Shaker Heights.

We are always Here to Help our customers. For immediate assistance, contact us at (216) 464-4498 or visit us on our Website.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Your Commercial Business in Shaker Heights, OH?

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Open for Business “Like it never even happened.”

There are many things you can control as the owner of your commercial business, but a pipe breaking is unfortunately not one of them.

An event such as this can shut down your business and cost you to lose revenue. So, who do you call to get your business back up and running quickly? The answer to that is simple, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast.

With our 24/7 emergency response team, we are the only phone call you need to make. Our team is faster to any disaster, with our advanced drying equipment and techniques our highly trained technicians are well equipped to handle any issue your business may face.

Whether your water and storm damages are inside the building or on it, we can manage it all to make the damage look “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is locally owned and operated, and we serve the communities of Euclid, Valley View, and Newburgh Heights. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are always ready to help.

You can contact us at (216) 464-4498 or visit us on our Website for more information.

Asbestos Floor Removal in Beachwood, OH

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

man looking at leak in roof ceiling SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast worked around the clock to clean and remediate the affected area.

In Beachwood, there was a lunchroom that suffered the aftermath of running water for seven plus days before being noticed.

Our technicians responded and quickly began mitigation. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast worked around the clock to clean and remediate the affected area to prevent any more damage from occurring.

The floor removal was only one part of a large project that spanned an extensive area, encompassing 10,000 square feet of affected areas. The community was anxious to have the facility returned to its preloss state so that they could continue business as usual, and despite the extensive damage, we were able to efficiently mitigate this loss.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is a premier cleaning and restoration company. We can help those in the Garfield Heights, Lyndhurst, and South Euclid communities and beyond!

Give us a call at (216) 464-4498 for immediate assistance or visit our Facebook page for more information. 

The Best Time to Pressure Wash Your Bratenahl Home

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

mold on siding of home After winter has ended and spring has come, you may notice mold and other types of growth beginning to form on your home.

After winter has ended and spring has come, you may notice mold and other types of growth beginning to form on your Bratenahl home.

The mixture of dampness and warmth creates growth that is usually best cleaned off by the method of pressure washing! The best time to pressure wash is between the months of March and November.

We suggest pressure washing as soon as possible in the springtime. The sooner you pressure wash the growth that is on the home, the sooner you eliminate other problems arising from that growth.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast specializes not only in fire and water restoration cleanup and mitigation, but we also provide pressure washing and window cleaning services.

Should you have a mold problem in Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, or Euclid, we can help!

Contact our team of professionals at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website.

How to Take Care of Snow and Ice Damage in Your Cleveland Home

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

snow on roof It is important to clean a water loss as soon as possible to prevent further complications, and SERVPRO is quick to the scene every time.

We received a call and responded to begin restoration in the garage of a local Cleveland home. The ceiling had collapsed due to the weight of the ice and snow.

Here is the Before and After photo.

After we received the call, we began cleaning the area of fallen debris and extracting all the standing water. Our certified technicians discovered the entire ceiling and garage walls were also infested with mold. They quickly changed into their PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) gear and continued removing the affected areas to prevent any further damage to the homeowner’s property.

It is always important to clean a water loss as soon as possible to prevent further complications, and SERVPRO is quick to the scene every time.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast helps to ensure your damage is mitigated according to industry standards, and we can quickly respond to the communities of Mayfield Heights, Newburgh Heights, and Pepper Pike. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website.

How SERVPRO Takes Care of a Collapsed Ceiling in Cleveland

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

home ceiling collapse SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup.

Check out this Before and After of a collapsed ceiling in a Cleveland home.

Imagine walking into this after a long day at work! What a nightmare...This family’s Cleveland area home experienced serious water damage after a pipe located over their dining room burst.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast has the expertise and equipment to mitigate residential water losses just like this one.

No one wants to come home to this, but we know that it can happen and how to deal with it when it does. The family was grateful to have the dining area and their lives back to normal quickly.

We understand that if you experience a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Our SERVPRO team serves the communities of Bratenahl, Euclid, East Cleveland, and surrounding areas.

Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Here to Help in the Beachwood Community

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO Team Member Next to a Semi Many local businesses, schools, churches and other entities daily call on SERVPRO to assist them with their building needs.

Many local businesses, schools, churches and other entities call daily on SERVPRO to assist them with their building needs. Yes, we specialize in fire and water restoration and cleanup. We are here for our community no matter how big or small the disaster is that occurs. In addition, we proudly serve our communities by being available for general cleaning needs, COVID-19 sanitization, and more.

We find it important that the businesses, schools, and churches in the Beachwood community and beyond are represented accordingly. We support the representation of our community by providing services to help restore a property after vandalism has taken place. We also provide board up services, graffiti removal, and more!

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is a premier cleaning and restoration company, and we are Here to Help the communities of Richmond Heights, Valley View, and Lyndhurst.

You can reach us any time by calling (216) 464-4498 or you can also message our Facebook page!

Prevent A Dryer Fire in your Shaker Heights Home

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Clothes dryer that caught on fire According to the US Fire Administration, “Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) us the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.”

Laundry is part of our weekly routine, and let’s face it – it can be a monotonous task. This brings us to the question… When is the last time you thoroughly cleaned your dryer?

According to the US Fire Administration, “Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) us the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.” SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast has seen this type of loss before, and it is usually a preventable one.

Here are 9 tips from Erie Insurance on how to prevent a dryer fire in your home:

1. Clean out the lint
2. Install with care
3. Clear out combustibles
4. Opt for a solid metal dryer duct
5. Read tags
6. Exercise Extra Caution with flammable liquids
7. Use your clothes to diagnose problems
8. Don’t dry and dash
9. Give the outdoor vent a peek


Should you find yourself in a dryer fire predicament, SERVPRO Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is Here to Help. Our professionals are highly trained and use specialized equipment to properly restore your home to preloss condition.

We’ll even work with directly with your insurance company and provide an itemized loss inventory and pictures of important items for claims purposes.

So, next time you throw a load in, remember these tips! If you need assistance with any fire damage in your South Euclid or Mayfield Heights home, we can be reached 24/7 at 216-464-4498.

3 Ways to Recover After a Housefire in Beachwood

2/6/2022 (Permalink)

A couple looking at ruins of house. A fire in your home can cause serious damage. Your home and many of the things in your home may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water.

According to FEMA, a fire will change your life in many ways. Knowing where to begin and who can help you is important. A fire in your home can cause serious damage. Your home and many of the things in your home may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. You will find things not damaged by the fire may still be ruined by smoke and may be soggy with water used to put out the fire. Anything you want to save, or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned. That is where SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast comes in.

What to Do After a Fire

Below are things that can help guide you on what to do after a fire.

  • Contact your insurance agent. Contact your insurance company right away and ask them what to do first.
  • Take care of yourself and family. Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the ARC or the Salvation Army.
  • Help your pets. If you have pets, find, and comfort them.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast understands that you need a reputable, reliable company that you can count on 24/7.

Should you reside in the Cleveland Heights, Valley View or Pepper Pike area, you can call us at any time: (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

How to Protect Your Beachwood Home from Winter Storms

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Snow falling in a neighborhood of homes The weather in Beachwood, Ohio can be quite unpredictable, especially in the winter months.

The weather in Beachwood, Ohio can be quite unpredictable, especially in the winter months. While it’s best to winter-proof your home before winter arrives, there are plenty of steps you can take to reduce the chances of damage to your property, even when a winter storm is headed your way:

Warm those pipes. One of the most common (and costly) causes of damage during winter months are frozen and/or burst pipes. Pipes that are exposed to colder parts of the house or exterior walls are most susceptible to freezing and breaking. Wrap pipes in the cold parts of the home in insulation and keep kitchen and bathroom cabinets open to allow warm air to circulate around those pipes. It also helps to let water drip slowly from the faucets.

Avoid damage from ice dams. Ice dams are another common cause of winter damage to homes. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. The water can back up behind the dam and leak into a home, causing damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. If you have icicles hanging from your roof, that can be an indicator that ice dams are forming.

Keep your attic cold (no more than five to ten degrees warmer than outside temperatures) by sealing holes from light fixtures and ceiling fans to prevent warm air from escaping out of the home and into the attic. Also, (carefully!) remove snow from your roof using a roof rake and push broom.

Protect the outside of your house. Clean and clear your gutters and downspouts to ensure water doesn’t back up and freeze. Trim any low-hanging tree branches that could potentially freeze, snap, and damage the home or power lines. Seal drafty windows and doors with weather stripping

Keep two emergency kits (one in your car, and one in your home). The kit in your home should contain flashlights, extra batteries, a battery-powered radio, cash, a three-day supply of food and water for each household member (including pets), a first-aid kit, and a seven-day supply of medications.

The vehicle kit should contain a shovel, snow scraper, small broom, energy bars and water, extra hats, socks, and mittens, booster cables, emergency flares and reflectors, road salt, a first aid kit, a car charger for phones and electronics, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, extra batteries, and a sleeping bag or blanket. It is also important to keep your gas tank at least half full during winter.

Buy a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide poisoning is more prevalent in winter months due to improper ventilation of heating devices. It is recommended that you have one detector on each floor of the home.

Buy a generator. In the event of a power outage, a generator can help keep your heat and power on. This can provide peace of mind during storms, keeping your sump pump and fire alarms working, as well as preventing frozen pipes and keeping you and your family comfortable.

Winter storms are a part of life in northeast Ohio, but damage to your property doesn’t have to be. If you do experience damage to your University Heights, Euclid, or Bratenahl home or business, rest assured that SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We have the training, expertise, and equipment to handle any size disaster. Give us a call at 216-464-4498 or visit our Website today!

The Most Significant Floods of Ohio

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Building covered by flood. Water can cause flooding from many different sources.

Water can cause flooding from many different sources. There are about five types of flooding. These Types of Flooding include:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Ice Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dam Breaks

How Significant Foods Were Caused

Below are the significant floods that occurred in Ohio:

  • March 1913 Flood: “In late March of 1913, rain fell in such an excess over the Ohio Valley that no river in Ohio and most of Indiana remained in its banks. Bridges, roads, railways, dams, and property were washed away.”
  • Shadyside Ohio Flooding 1990: “A deadly flash flood occurred in eastern Ohio near the town of Shadyside on the evening of June 14, 1990. Over 3 inches of rain fell along Pipe and Wegee Creeks in under 2 hours.”
  • Independence Day Flood of 1964: “Thunderstorms moved onshore from Lake Erie on the evening of July 4, 1969. Once they moved over land, they became stationary for several hours, with rainfall totals topping 10 inches in some locations. In addition to flooding, the storms produced damaging wind, tornadoes, and prolific lightning. The storm resulted in 41 fatalities, more than 500 injuries, and damaged or destroyed more than 10,000 homes and businesses.”

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is always available to the communities of Newburgh Heights, Valley View, Cuyahoga Heights and beyond.

Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

How to Handle Winter Storms in Beachwood, OH

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Scraping a windshield The most recent winter storm just blew through, and many northeast Ohioans are experiencing their first serious snowfall of the year.

The most recent winter storm just blew through, and many northeast Ohioans are experiencing their first serious snowfall of the year. With situations such as this, it is time to be reminded of what exactly is to be done in this situation.

It is not exactly easy to go back to functioning normally just like every other day. There are driveways to plow, snow to scrape off cars, and more.

How to Handle the Heavy Snowfall in Beachwood

Here’s how to handle the heavy snowfall in Beachwood, OH: First things first, stay calm. This isn’t our first rodeo, and it most likely isn’t yours either. Before going about snow plowing and daily activities, make sure to stay warm! Getting sick is the last thing you want to happen. If you have to go to work, make sure to give them a call and let them know you may be coming in late due to poor weather conditions. Most of all, don’t try to tackle something you can’t handle. If you need help with anything, make sure to give a friend a call, and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is made up of a proven system of professionals that serve Mayfield Heights, Lyndhurst, South Euclid and beyond. We can be reached at (216) 932-4498 or on our Facebook page at any time!

Are Your South Euclid Smoke Detectors in Working Order?

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

man's hand testing a smoke alarm According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month.

You hear it all the time – “test your smoke detectors!” or “replace your smoke detector batteries!” But, do you really abide by these recommendations? You should.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year. We suggest replacing batteries in the spring and then again in the fall. Spring ahead – Change your smoke detector batteries! Fall back – Change them again!

Just assuming your smoke detectors are working properly could very well lead to a dangerous situation. Protect your family and your property the best you can by following these simple steps each month:

- Give your family members a heads up that you’ll be testing the alarm.

- Have a family member stand at the furthest point away from the alarm in your home to make sure it can be heard.

- Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. If it sounds weak, it’s time to replace the batteries.

For more information on this topic, check out Everything You Need to Know About Smoke Detectors by our friends at American Family Insurance.

Unfortunately, taking the proper safety precautions cannot necessarily prevent a fire from happening. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is close by and ready to respond to any smoke or fire damage emergency.

We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions about fire, smoke or soot damage, contact us at 216-464-4498 or visit our fire damage webpage. Our team of professionals is always Here to Help the communities of Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, South Euclid and beyond!

Fire Extinguisher Tips for Your Shaker Heights Home

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

man squeezing the nozzle of a fire extinguisher Winter is a great time to review how and when to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Winter is a great time to review how and when to properly use a fire extinguisher. Most importantly, put the safety of you and your family first. You should only use a fire extinguisher if you feel confident in doing so. If you don't feel confident, evacuate your home and call 911. Fire extinguishers should only be used if the following are true:

  • Everyone has left (or is in the process of leaving) the building
  • The fire department has been called
  • The fire is small and not spreading, with minimal smoke
  • Your back is to an exit you can use quickly

Not all fire extinguishers work on every fire. The National Fire Protection Association recommends a multipurpose device that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so large or heavy that it can’t be handled. It’s crucial to review the instructions yearly and know how to properly use your specific model

If you experience a fire in your Shaker Heights home, give SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast a call. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with fire or water damage. We also serve the communities of Cuyahoga Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Pepper Pike, and surrounding areas.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we offer 24-hour emergency service. If you have any questions or need help with fire, smoke, or soot damage, give us a call (216) 464-4498, or visit our Website!

Commercial Disaster Recovery in Beachwood, Ohio

12/19/2021 (Permalink)

fire damage to commercial building Should your commercial business suffer an unfortunate water or fire loss, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is Here to Help!

Did you know that SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast also services surrounding areas such as South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike? Here are just a few services that we provide :

Emergency Mitigation Services- Water extraction, drying and dehumidification, sewage & gray water extraction, cleaning & sanitizing, document drying & restoration, Mold remediation of structure & contents, Fire & Smoke cleaning: structure & contents.

Flooring Services- Carpet, vinyl flooring removal & replacement, ceramic, vinyl & linoleum maintenance & services, wood flooring maintenance & renovation.

Carpet Maintenance Services- Cleaning, drying, stretching & seaming, spitting & deodorizing.

Upholstery Cleaning- Dry to wet procedures (depends on fabric and soil conditions), Specialty fabrics such as Haitian cottons and silk.

Contents Services- Itemized, packing & moving (if needed), textiles cleaning, furniture restoration, appliance cleaning, electronics inspection, deodorization, and storage services.

HVAC and Ductwork- HVAC system analysis, deodorizing air handlers, cleaning & sanitizing service.

Should your commercial business suffer an unfortunate water or fire loss, our team is available to assist the surrounding communities in your time of need.

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498, and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Commercial Cleaning Services in Beachwood, Ohio

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

carpet cleaning in office Removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets is our specialty.

Business owners do not have time to think about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go past the responsibilities of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast for fast and professional service.

Removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets is our specialty. You can rely on our SERVPRO team to make your Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, University Heights and surrounding areas workspace look its very best.

We serve the communities of Richmond Heights, Euclid, and Lyndhurst, and our cleaning services include the following:

• Duct cleaning
• Biohazard and Sewage
• Trauma and Crime Scene
• Carpet, Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
• Odor Removal and Deodorization
• Vandalism

If your commercial office building needs a good deep cleaning or a scheduled cleaning service, we are Here to help! Contact us at 216-464-4498, and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Prepare for Lake Effect Snow Possibilities in Beachwood, Ohio

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

If you are new to the Beachwood area, you are about to meet a familiar enemy called Lake Effect Snow Showers. Most of us are used to this warning, but for those new to the area, you may be wondering what Lake Effect means to Cleveland.

Lake effect occurs when the air is significantly colder than the surface of the water. As damp air from a lake moves over land and rises in elevation, rain or snow is released. In the case of lake-effect snow squalls, there can be thunder and lightning as well as blizzard conditions. The visibility can transition from unlimited to near zero, and roads can become snow covered in a matter of seconds, hence the concern for unsuspecting motorists traveling the highways.  It is not uncommon for one area to receive a modest 2-4 inches of snow fall.  Whereas a town simply 15 miles away could accumulate between 1-2 FEET of snow!  

Be sure to keep your gas tank at at least half a tank, bring water on each trip, and a spare blanket in your car in case traffic is backed up from the hazardous conditions. If possible, stay in your Beachwood home with a warm cup of coffee and admire the picturesque snow fall.

If you happen to come home to water damage, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Prepare Your Bratenahl Business for Winter Weather

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

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

* Batteries

* Water and non- perishable food snacks

* Flashlights, towelettes, and hand sanitizer

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

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

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

If you are faced with any water damage from inclement weather, Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Our Cleveland Employees are IICRC Certified

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

If your home has water damage, Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Turkey Fryer Safey in Cleveland, OH

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

* Always place the fryer on a level surface

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

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

* Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

* Once the turkey cooking is complete, let the oil cool overnight before disposal.

We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast hope you enjoy a safe holiday with those around you.  If you find yourself with residential fire damage, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO.®

Help a Mayfield Heights Neighbor Prepare for Winter Weather

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Clear the yard from any tree branches or debris. 

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

If your home has water damage from a roof leak, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Richmond Heights Fall Storms are Inevitable!

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

If you have lived in Richmond Heights for a minimum of a year, you know that fall rainstorms are serious business. As you are preparing your home for the new season, it’s best to keep a few of these in mind:

* Install or update your sump pump!  Excessive rain can quickly fill your Valley View basement with water.  It only takes a few inches of water to cause over $10,000 in damage and sump pump actuates automatically to remove water before it accumulates. If you already own a sump pump, be sure to test it by pouring water into the basin to ensure the pump is in working order. Consider adding a battery back up feature to give you an extra piece of mind should a power outage occur.

* Inspect your roof for any leaks! 

* Schedule annual maintenance on your heating system and even your fireplace!  Clear out any charred wood from the fireplace and all a professional to clean the chimney.  To beat the rush, make these annual appointments before the weather drops and professionals have a waiting list.

* Drain your water heater and clear out any debris that may collected in the tank.  You will want to drain any outdoor faucets and sprinklers.

* Update your smoke alarm’s batteries!

If your commercial or residential building of Euclid has water damage from  a roof leak, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Preparing Your University Heights Home for an Extended Absence

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Inside the water damaged Pepper Pike Estate Residential Water Damage in Pepper Pike

If you are preparing to leave your University Heights home for an extended amount of time, you should follow some simple guidelines to prepare your home for your absence:

* Check the security alarm

* Seal boxes of food or dry goods

* Invest in a programmable thermostat

* Put the water heater in vacation mode

* Unplug electronics

* Stop or forward mail

* Set up lights on timers

* Turn off water supply

Turning off your water supply can be key, especially in the winter months.  A pipe could burst causing astounding water damage to your Lyndhurst home. We had a residential client call us in February 2021 overwhelmed with his newly purchased Pepper Pike estate that was a victim of a pipe burst before he could fully move into the house.  With over 90% of the house engulfed in water damage, our team of responders arrived at the home with a drying plan in place and ready to work!

Emergency Restoration is our specialty!  If you find yourself with water damage from a broken pipe, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Commercial Office Water Damage in Beachwood Ohio

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage in a Commercial Building Water Damage in a Commercial Building

In March 2021, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast received a call from a commercial client stating that their roof had leaked into their Newburgh Heights office space, affecting cubicles and hallways. This can happen in the winter after winter’s first thaw and ice that accumulated on a roof now melts and can attack the inside of a building. Our first responders of Beachwood arrived on scene to survey the damage and found that three cubicle spaces and an office were soaked and needed immediate action.

Our crew of technicians got to work by removing the carpet and placing air movers and dehumidifiers to start the drying process. Once complete, our crew sprayed an antimicrobial in the area to slow the potential spread of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi, which is crucial in helping prevent the spread of any harmful microbes.

Once the affected areas were dry, our technicians were able to install carpet tiles to restore the office space to a working environment. 

If your Northeast Cleveland commercial or residential building has water damage from  a roof leak, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Water in Your Cleveland Heights Laundry Room?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Though they are a necessity, washing machines need to be regularly maintained and inspected in your Newburgh Heights home. 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 your Mayfield Heights home laundry room, it’s worth checking to see if any of your washing machine hoses are leaking.

First and foremost, pull out the washing machine. Check all three hoses to see if there is a leak in any of them, but do not disconnect any tubes. Instead, start a short wash and watch each of the hoses as it goes through the wash and rinse cycles. When starting the drain cycle, keep an eye on the drain hose.

If your South Euclid home's washing machine hose has a mind of its own and floods your laundry room, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Checklist for Storm Season in Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Safety

It’s Storm Season in Cuyahoga Heights and here are a few tips to help keep you safe in a storm event:

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your Lyndhurst home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check or change the batteries frequently. 
  • Keep a flashlight in every room of your home! Check the batteries monthly,  and replace them as needed.
  • As a safety precaution, before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.
  • If you live in a storm-prone area like Bratenahl, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind. For roofs with shingles that are not the seal-down type, apply a little dab of roofing cement under each tab.

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

How to Prepare for Storms in Beachwood Ohio

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Though summer is deemed a dry time here in Newburgh Heights, we must remember the soggy days that are to come. When heavy rain hits the area for an extended amount of time, the excess water can cause damage to your Bratenahl home and your wallet!

Preparing in advance is the best way to reduce damages caused by heavy rainstorms. 

  • Clean your gutters (once in the Spring and again in the Fall)
  • Check downspouts and make sure they direct water flow away from the home
  • Check your basement regularly for standing water or moisture
  • Have an assessment done on your roof
  • Ensure your Homeowner’s / Renter’s Insurance is up to date
  • Check seals around all windows, especially in the basement
  • Install a sump pump in your basement with a battery backup

If you experience damage to your Richmond Heights home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Summer BBQ Safety Tips for East Cleveland

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

The weather is starting to warm up here in Garfield Heights and the smell of BBQ is in the air. Before you roll out your trusty grill for the season, remember these 5 simple tips to prevent any fire damage to your Lyndhurst home:

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from the house and ensure it is located on a flat, level surface.
  2. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple of steps of the grill
  3. Always clean the grill after use and check for gas leaks
  4. Keep decorations (hanging baskets, umbrellas, etc.) away from the grill
  5. Keep a spray bottle of water close while using the grill

You can see more grilling safety tips at the National Fire Protection Association website here https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Grilling.

If you experience damage to your Beachwood home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Restoration of Commercial Properties in South Euclid

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is a large loss recovery service located near the Cleveland area. We offer many mitigation and restoration services to many different types of commercial properties in the Brooklyn Heights area. We have a comprehensive approach to recovering commercial disasters and will be there when you need us the most. We are responsive to your emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We pride ourselves on our work efficiency and our ability to assist with minimizing damages.

The types of commercial properties that we work on in the Beachwood area are:

- Small Office/Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings

- Apartment Buildings

- Restaurants

- Hotel/Motels

- Manufacturing & Industrial

- Government/Military

- Small/Large Retail Stores

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Garfield Heights Commercial Cleaning Services

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

When cleaning challenges go beyond the scope of your janitorial staff, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast. We specialize in all types of commercial cleaning, and our team is highly qualified for the job, and have the specified equipment to take care of it. These services include, but are not limited to:

 -Air duct and HVAC system cleaning: Buildup of debris in air ducts and HVAC systems can distribute contaminants throughout your entire Valley View property. Benefits of having this cleaned are restoring energy efficiency, eliminating odors, and reducing potential mold growth.

 -Biohazard and sewage cleanup: These can be comprised of highly toxic contaminants and create a dangerous environment. It is important that this be cleaned up by professionals as soon as possible.

 -Carpet and upholstery cleaning: Our cleanings can be preventative or after-the fact. Because carpets act as filters, they trap lots of debris, especially in water or fire damage situations.

 -Ceilings/walls/flooring restoration: Dust and other particles stick to ceilings, walls, and floors, and can accumulate over time, creating build up that will need to be professionally removed.

-Odor removal and deodorization: By identifying the source of the odor on your Mayfield Heights commercial property and determining the conditions of where it contacts surfaces, the odor can strategically be removed.

If you have any commercial cleaning needs in the Newburgh Heights area, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and our highly skilled team will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Does Bleach Kill Mold or Mildew in My Cuyahoga Heights Home?

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Does bleach kill mold or mildew? Short answer, no. One can use bleach to remove small amounts on hard surfaces such as tile or bathtubs. However, bleach will NOT kill mold on porous surfaces, such as those made of wood or even drywall. Mold can spread through the roots of the surface and can contribute to several health effects in your Brooklyn Heights home. 

What to do if you spot mold in your home?  First, turn off HVAC systems and fans. Mold can travel through your system quickly causing more damage or health effects. Call the experts of SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast for a mold evaluation and put your mind at ease. 

Once our specialist has assessed your Valley View property and there has been a mold discovery, our team will work expediently to contain the area affected by mold. Once this is complete, our team will bring in HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers, which will reduce the spread of mold spores during the remediation process.  If necessary,  we will remove and dispose of any mold-infested porous materials if necessary.

If you have reason to believe there is mold damage to your Garfield Heights home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO? We are Locally Owned and Operated in Beachwood, OH

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast, we understand that disaster can strike any time and we are available for you 24/7.   Being locally owned and operated in Beachwood, our first responders, office team, and owner all reside in the community and take pride in being invested in the well-being of our community.

We understand that waking up to a flooded basement or noticing that your dishwasher leaked throughout your kitchen can be overwhelming. Take a deep breath and know that we are here to help in your time of need.

Serving the following communities and surrounding neighborhoods:

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

If you any water damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast  at 216-464-4498 as quickly as possible to avoid water damage. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Dos and Don’ts of Fire Damage in Your South Euclid Home

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

DO keep hands and feet clean to not further spread soot throughout your Newburgh Heights home and onto furniture, carpet, walls, and woodwork.

DO lay clean towels or old linens down on carpet or rugs to walk on as to not spread soot further.

DO empty fridge and freezer if electricity is off, and prop doors open.

DO change your HVAC filter.

DO coat chrome in your Pepper Pike home with petroleum jelly to protect it from soot.

DON’T attempt to wash/paint any surfaces or deep clean any carpets in your Richmond Heights home without contacting SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast first to ensure safety.

DON’T attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been near the fire or water, including the ceiling fan. Wires may have been damaged and could cause electrocution.

DON’T consume any canned/packaged food or beverage that was stored near fire or water.

DON’T send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner to remove smoke odor, as this may set in the odor even more. 

For all fire damage emergencies, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Preparing for Unpredictable Spring Weather in Northeast Cleveland

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

The saying “April Showers Bring May Flowers” has yet to apply to Cleveland weather this year. As flowers start to bud, spring storms will start rolling in. How can you prepare for the unpredictability of spring weather? The CDC recommends keeping an emergency kit on hand. It might even be helpful keeping one in your car as well whether you are driving around Bratenahl or Cuyahoga Heights. Here is what the CDC recommends including in your kit:

-Battery-operated flashlight

-Battery-operated radio

-Extra batteries

-Map of evacuation plan for each type of weather emergency

-List of important personal information (telephone numbers, insurance information, medical information, etc.)

-First aid kit

-Bottled waters

-Personal hygiene items (that do not require electricity or appliances)

-Blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags

For more information, check out: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/features/springweather/index.html. And if you suffer from storm damage, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Dos and Don’ts of Flood Damage in Richmond Heights

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

DO remove excess water from your Valley View home. This can be done by mopping, blotting, or wet/dry vacuum.

DO remove and dry any wet cushions, fabrics, and wood furniture.

DO collect all loose items off the floor and dry them away from the flooded areas.

DO turn air conditioning on in the summer to increase drying potential.

DO put aluminum foil between furniture legs and any wet carpeting or rugs.

DO remove rugs, if possible, and hang or lay them to dry away from flooded areas in your Cuyahoga Heights home. 

DON’T leave wet fabrics in place. This is how mold grows.

DON’T remain using rooms with sagging and damaged ceilings.

DON’T use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.

DON’T utilize electronic household appliances. Electrocution can occur.

DON’T use your South Euclid household vacuum to remove water. (If you are going to use a vacuum, be sure it is one that is made to clean up water, like a wet/dry vacuum mentioned above.)

For all water damage emergencies, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Sewage Restoration in Cleveland: What You Should Know

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage backups can be very hazardous, as this water is unsanitary and contains dangerous bacteria. There are three main types of sewage (contaminated) water: “clean water”, “gray water”, and “black water”. Our team at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are highly trained in inspecting contaminated water to determine its type and planning a safety response accordingly.

“Clean Water”: water from a clean source, such as a faucet. However, if left untreated, it can turn into “gray water” or “black water” depending on time, temperature, and contact with other contaminants in your Mayfield Heights home.

“Gray Water”: water with a moderate level of contamination. This water would cause illness if ingested, and is typically from washing machines, toilets, or dishwashers. And just like the “clean water”, if left untreated, it can turn into “black water” depending on time, temperature, and contact with other contaminants in your Brooklyn Heights home.

“Black Water”: with an extreme amount of contamination that could cause severe illness or death if ingested. This water is typically from rivers/streams, toilets with feces, or standing water with microbial growth. Any contact with water of this sort should be avoided and kept away from all residents in your Pepper Pike home.

If you have any sewer water damage emergencies, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 as quickly as possible to avoid damage or illness. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO? Because Our Team Is Well Qualified to Handle Any Fire Damage in the Beachwood Area

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is always ready and well-equipped to handle any disaster. If your home or commercial property in the Cuyahoga Heights area suffers from any fire, smoke, or secondary water damage, we are here for you. Our highly qualified team is dedicated to responding immediately to your fire damage emergency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And remember, the quicker our response time is, the less chance there is for additional damage to be done to your Lyndhurst property.

Everyone on our team is trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), along with Employee Certification Training, SERVPRO Corporate Training, e-Learnings, and Continuing Education Classes to ensure that you are receiving the best care for your property damage. We have the specialized equipment for:

            -Fire and Smoke Restoration

            -Odor Control

            -Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning

            -Water Damage Restoration

We have a “Restore vs. Replace” Mentality at SERVPRO. We would rather restore your damaged areas rather than replace them, if possible, because it is less costly for you. Our goal is to get your property back to its pre-fire damaged condition as quick as possible.  Although every fire damage situation is unique, here is our “typical” fire damage restoration process:

            -Emergency Contact

            -Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

            -Immediate Bard-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

            -Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

            -Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

            -Cleaning and Repair

            -Restoration

For any fire damage-related questions or needs in the Beachwood area, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO? Because We Have The Advanced Technology Needed For Any Sized Disaster in Mayfield Heights

4/11/2021 (Permalink)

Due to the advancement in technology over the past few decades, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast have the ability to repair any property back to its original condition. This technology allows us to do it quickly and effectively in your Garfield Heights home. These specified and adapted tools include, but are not limited to:

-Infrared cameras that detect moisture locations

-Hygrometers that measure the extent of moisture saturation and potential damage

-Gas-powered pumps for continuous water extraction in your Newburgh Heights home

-Portable extraction units to remove water from the premises efficiently

-Air movers that help water evaporate quicker

-Dehumidifiers that remove water vapor from the air

-Deodorization products that control odors from water damage

-Disinfecting and antimicrobial products that inhibit the growth of mold, mildew and potential spread of bacteria and other harmful pathogens

If you experience damage to your Brooklyn Heights home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO? Because Your Beachwood Commercial Property is Important to Us

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

How prepared is your Cuyahoga Heights business should a disaster strike or an emergency situation occur? If you answered this question with anything other than “very prepared”, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to help you. Disasters, such as water and fire damage, can result in business interruptions that can devastate your entire company, especially in wet areas like Northeast Cleveland. According to FEMA, 40% of businesses never reopen following one of these disasters. However, with a proper proactive restoration plan, you can be better prepared to survive an emergency situation, should one occur. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast will help ensure timely and efficient services in the event of a disaster strike.

We are a reliable company servicing the Lyndhurst area that responds immediately and begins emergency procedures, which is a critical part of any contingency plan. As part of a franchise, we have access to team members from surrounding areas with thousands of pieces of commercial equipment and service vehicles.

We are a trusted leader in the mitigation/restoration industry and are certified by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and for all your mitigation, restoration and cleaning needs. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Can Lead to Mold in Your Shaker Heights Home

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

With “April Showers” quickly approaching, there is an increased possibility for drain backups in your Bratenahl home. Water damage is horrible in itself but it CAN get worse. Unfortunately, water damage can lead to mold. 

Given the right environment, mildew and mold can develop within 48 hours of water exposure if your Richmond Heights home has sustained water damage. This buildup of water can be due to a number of things, including:

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

Mold will continue to grow until the source of the water in the specified area has been corrected, the atmosphere is under control along with dealing with the existing mold properly and effectively. 

Eliminating all mold is not possible indoors, but there are many ways that 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 your Shaker Heights home like bathrooms, laundry areas, mechanical rooms for moldy odors, and use a commercial disinfectant.

Water damage can lead to problems that can be easily missed or shrugged off as not a big deal. It is important to have the affected space thoroughly assessed by experts for signs of mold growth. That’s where we come in! Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Celebrate World Water Day at Your Cleveland Home!

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

This year, World Water Day is celebrating its 30th year anniversary on March 22nd. World Water Day focuses on the importance of fresh water around the globe. 

The selected theme for the 2023 World Water Day is about "accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis." For more information, visit the World Water Day's website at https://www.worldwaterday.org/

Here at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast, we understand the importance and value of water, and the damage if can have on your commercial and home properties. We service areas including, but not limited to Garfield Heights, Valley View, and Shaker Heights. For any water related incidences, call us at any time of day at 216-464-4498 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO? Because We’re Experienced, Qualified, and Always Ready for the Cleveland Area!

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is specialized in the restoration of residential and commercial property following water, smoke, or fire damage. We have experienced and qualified workers who receive ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility and IICRC-industry certifications. To see our full list of certifications, check out our company profile on our branch’s website. Our team is equipped to handle, not only property damages, but mold and mildew mitigation as well. In the past, our workers also have experience performing bio-hazard cleanups in homes, commercial facilities, and vehicles, including COVID-19 fumigations as well. We are available 24/7 and are always ready for your call. We service areas including, but not limited to Brooklyn Heights, Pepper Pike, and Lyndhurst. No damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast. To reach us, call 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Spring into Spring Safety Tips for Your Newburgh Heights Home

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

With the days getting longer and the weather starting to warm up, it is an important time to review Spring Safety Tips for inside and around your Lyndhurst home!

Now that there are days that it might be warm enough to grill, be sure to check the potentially dangerous parts of your grill before using. These can include your propane tank, your hose, and everything in between. It is also extremely important to make sure that your grill is set up a safe distance from your home, in an open space, and with nothing flammable nearby. Grills should not be used in an enclosed space, as this can be a fire hazard and a carbon monoxide safety hazard. Additionally, it is essential that you clean your grill before and after use to avoid potential fire hazards.

Outdoor firepits are also of increased use starting in the spring. As fun as they can be, they still pose a risk for fire hazards! Be sure to never leave a young child unattended anywhere near a lit fire pit, as this can be extremely dangerous. It may be smart to avoid using leaves, pinecones and other items that can break into small particles resulting in hot floating embers in the air. It may also be smart to always keep a bucket of water near the fire pit.  

Be sure to test smoke alarms and get your chimneys inspected as part of your spring cleaning as well to keep them up to date. If you do suffer any fire damage this coming spring, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. We are ready for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and service areas including, but not limited to Beachwood, University Heights, and Richmond Heights. And we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Support Your Local Cleveland Area Blood Drive: March is Red Cross Month!

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

During World War II, the American Red Cross launched a national blood donation program to support the United States armed forces, resulting in over 13 million pints of blood donated.  In fact, in 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared March as “Red Cross Month” to urge Americans to contribute to the nation’s war effort.

Almost 100 years later, Americans are finding themselves amid a global pandemic, while families are still relying on the Red Cross for not only blood donations, but comfort and care for disasters, support for military and veterans, and lifesaving training. In the past year, over 300,000 Americans became Red Cross volunteers, including 550 locally in Northern Ohio. 

It is time once again for America to unite! Red Cross Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Blood donations are considered the gift of life and can even be used to treat dire medical cases.

If you cannot give blood, you can support Red Cross disaster relief financially on Giving Day, March 24th. Every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster such as a house fire. A gift of $95, for example, will feed a family of three for a day and provide blankets and other essentials.

The American Red Cross service area includes, but is not limited to Cleveland Heights, Beachwood, and Lyndhurst. To schedule a blood donation, visit https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html or to make a financial gift, go to https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/ or call 1-800-REDCROSS.  

Clothes Dryer Fire Safety in Your Brooklyn Heights Home

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

One of the most common causes of house fires is also one of the most preventable. According to the US Fire Administration, clothes dryers force hot air through a turning drum. Lint, which is accumulated from wet clothes tumbling in the dryer, is captured by the filter, or carried through the vent system. This accumulation of lint can lead to reduced airflow and become a potential fire hazard. To prevent this, here are some simple Do’s and Don’ts in clothes dryer fire safety for your Lyndhurst home:

-DO have your clothes dryer installed by a professional

-DO read manufacturers’ instructions and warnings that come with new dryers

-DO clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry

-DO clean the lint filter with a nylon brush every 6 months

-DO clean the lint out of the vent pipe every 3 months

-DO inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted

-DO make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent regularly

-DO keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn

-DON’T use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is damaged or clogged

-DON’T overload the dryer with too many clothes

-DON’T dry anything containing materials such as foam, rubber, or plastic

-DON’T dry anything with instructions that state “dry away from heat”

-DON’T dry items that have encounter anything flammable (alcohol, oils, gasoline, etc.)

-DON’T leave a dryer running if you leave home or when you go to sleep.

For more information, visit: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html

For any large loss due to fires, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. We service the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Valley View, Mayfield Heights, and Beachwood. We will make it "Like it never even happened."®

Water Damage in the Garfield Heights Area

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

To all Residents of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, & Pepper Pike:

We specialize in clean up and dry out services no matter where the water damage occurs within your home. 

There are many reasons that basements may flood during the wintertime, and we are prepared for them all.  Whether it’s a sump pump failure, a back up or a broken pipe, we have the team and the equipment to provide professional mitigation services.

Flood water is not only an inconvenience but a health hazard and can cause further secondary damage to the structure of your home if not handled properly. If you have questions about basement flooding, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498.  We are available 24/7 and our technicians are trained for any situation. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Watch vs. Storm Warning: What Is The Difference and What Does it Mean to Your Cleveland Home?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Living in the Euclid area, we hear the words ‘storm watch’ and ‘storm warning’ many times throughout the year, but what do they really mean? A storm watch means that weather conditions are at a level where a severe storm can easily develop. A storm warning means that a current storm that already exists could turn even worse.

According to the National Weather Service, they issue two types of watches and three types of warnings during the winter time. A Winter Storm Watch is issued when “conditions [are] favorable for a winter storm event, which is a threat to life or property”, while a Blizzard Watch is issued when “conditions [are] favorable for a blizzard event” with low visibility and high winds. On the other hand, a Winter Storm Warning is issued when there is a heavy snowfall of at least 6 inches in 12 hours, 8 inches in 24 hours, or ½ inch of sleet. A Ice Storm Warning is issued when there is an ice accumulation of at least ¼ inch, while a Blizzard Warning is issued when blizzard conditions continued for at least three hours or more.

For more information on Storm Watches and Warnings, check out https://www.weather.gov/ilx/wwa_social.

If you have any storm damage to your home or commercial property, call If you have questions about basement flooding, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.” We service the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Beachwood, Newburgh Heights, and Bratenahl. 

Celebrating MLK and What It Has Meant for the Cleveland Area

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Marked as the third Monday in January, MLK Day is a day to remember activist and Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr., who fought for integration among races and advocated for nonviolent methods of protest. This day was first observed in 1986; however, it was not celebrated in all 50 states until the year 2000. Dr. King’s speech took place on August 28th, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964.

Even before this, according to Britannica.com, he was prominent in “a bus boycott by African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, …founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, …led the 1963 March on Washington, …[and was] the most influential of African American civil rights leaders during the 1960s.” For more information, check out: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Day.

He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 at the age of 39. He was in Memphis, TN supporting a sanitation worker strike and was shot on a motel balcony. To this day, we remember the remarkable impact he has had on all of us. MLK is most known for his “I Have A Dream Speech, which can be heard in its entirety at the following link: https://www.npr.org/2010/01/18/122701268/i-have-a-dream-speech-in-its-entirety.

This holiday is celebrated in areas including, but not limited to Euclid, Beachwood, and Mayfield Heights. 

Put A Freeze on Winter Fires in Your Beachwood Home

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is an increased risk of indoor fires during the winter months. Here are some ways to mitigate this risk:

 -Only plug in one heat-producing appliance into an outlet at a time.

-Do not use an extension cord with a heat-producing appliance.

-Get your chimney and vents professionally cleaned every year.

-Keep cooled ashes outside at least 10 feet from your home in a covered metal container.

-Keep candles 12 inches away from anything that burns and consider switching to battery-operated candles instead.

-If additional wall outlets are needed, have an electrician come and install them.

-Ensure that you are using light bulbs that match the wattage that is recommended on the fixture.

-Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heating sources. 

For more information: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Put-A-Freeze-on-Winter-Fires 

If you have suffered from any fire damage this winter, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. Our services are available in the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Pepper Pike, Richmond Heights, and Lyndhurst. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."®

Fireplace Dos and Don’ts for Your Newburgh Heights Home

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fireplaces are one of the most used heating appliances during the cold winter months. However, they must be upkept to minimize their potential risk of fire. Weather.com informs us of the Dos and Don’ts of wood-burning and gas fireplaces.

 Wood-Burning Fireplace Dos

-DO get your chimney inspected for any buildup or damage by a professional prior to lighting your first fire of the season.

-DO make sure the flue is open before lighting a fire.

-DO leave the glass fire screen closed when the fireplace is in use.

-DO use a fireplace gate.

-DO clean the firebox once a week.

-DO make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to sleep to prevent house fires.

Wood-Burning Fireplace Don’ts

-DON’T leave flammable objects near the fireplace while it is lit.

-DON’T leave children or pets unattended around a lit fire

-DON’T use gasoline to start a fire.

-DON’T use green branches and leaves to start a fire. These can cause more smoke than fire itself.

Gas Fireplace Dos

-DO get your chimney inspected for proper venting of gas fumes by a professional prior to lighting your first fire of the season.

-DO ensure you have a screen or secondary glass barrier on your fireplace, as the single class barrier can get extremely hot and burn you.

-DO keep flammable objects away from fireplace.

Gas Fireplace Don’ts

-DON’T close the flue when the fireplace is in use.

-DON’T leave the fireplace unattended when it is on.

-DON’T leave the fireplace on when you leave the house or go to sleep, although it is okay if the pilot light remains on.

For more Dos and Don’ts of fire and heating in your home: https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/2020-01-22-fire-heat-your-home-dos-donts

Should you have any mishaps, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."® We extend our services to the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Shaker Heights, University Heights, and Northeast Cleveland. 

Preparing Buildings For Winter in Beachwood, OH

12/19/2020 (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.

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 is here to help!  Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you and your company safe. We extend our services to the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Euclid, Pepper Pike, and Valley View. 

How to Protect Your Staff and Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Your Beachwood Office Buildings

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

According to the CDC’s “COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings”, managers and operation specialists can take the following steps to create a safe workplace for workers to come back to.

-Create a COVID-19 workplace health and safety plan.

-Check if building is ready for occupancy by evaluating hazards such as mold growth or stagnant water systems and take appropriate action.

-Ensure ventilation systems operate properly.

-Increase circulation of outdoor air by opening windows and doors and using fans if possible.

-Identify where and how workers might be exposed to COVID-19 at work

-Modify all seats and work stations to maintain 6-foot social distancing between employees.

-Install transparent shields, signs and other methods to physically and visually separate employees in all areas of the building.

-Encourage employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 to notify their supervisor and stay home.

-Consider conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks.

-Stagger shifts, start times, and break times as much as possible to reduce the number of employees in common areas

-Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.

-Educate employees and supervisors about steps they can take to protect themselves at work with easy-to-understand training, free and downloadable posters from the CDC, and wearing face masks.

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/office-buildings.html

Is your office building in need of a deep clean to ensure your office is ready for occupancy before your workers come back into the office? Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. We are open 24/7 and we are ready for your call. We extend our services to the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Northeast Cleveland, Euclid, and Beachwood. 

Have Your Beachwood Offices Cleaned while You're on Holiday!

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Let us help you stay focused on your holidays this year. Get your offices cleaned while you are home celebrating with your loved ones. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."®

With the increased number of COVID-19 cases occurring every day, on top of the hustle and bustle of holiday craziness, give yourself a little peace of mind by having our team come deep clean your offices while everyone is out! We are on call 24/7 for emergency services so that you can keep right on going with your holiday preparations and festivities. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage, along with all COVID-19 sanitization. Whether your commercial property is in a small office building, a large warehouse, restaurant, or retail location, we will respond quickly to mitigate any damage or deep sanitization needs. We extend our services to the Greater Cleveland area including, but not limited to Euclid, Pepper Pike, and Lyndhurst. Please call us at 216-464-4498, we are here for your emergencies 24/7.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is Missing Thanksgiving Already! Here’s A Recipe!

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole Recipe 

Ingredients:

-2 packages (16 oz) frozen cut green beans

-2 cans (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup

-2/3 cup milk

-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

-1 can (6 oz) French-fried onions

Directions:

-Combine green beans, cream of chicken soup, milk, Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, and half the can of French-fried onions in slow cooker

-Cover and cook on Low for 5-6 hours

-Top casserole with remaining French-fried onions to serve

See more about this recipe here:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/229809/slow-cooker-green-bean-casserole/

If your green bean casserole catches on fire and causes damage to your kitchen, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. We extend our services to Lyndhurst, Beachwood, and University Heights.

Wind Storm Damage in the Beachwood Area

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Recently in Beachwood, we have had some pretty bad wind storms, many of them causing severe damage to homes and property. Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate this type of damage from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph. Damage from severe thunderstorm winds is more common than damage from tornadoes and these wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph. They can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.

Find more information here: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/wind/

If you suffer from any storm damage, please call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened."® We extend our services to the Greater Cleveland area including, but not limited to Bratenahl, Valley View, and Richmond Heights. 

Why SERVPRO Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast? Because We Care About Protecting You Against Microbial Growth.

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Microbial growth is part of our every day outdoor environment, existing in dead leaves/trees and helping them organically break down. However, microbial growth indoors is different. In your University Heights Home, spores can travel through the air without you even noticing. They are microscopic in size and when they find moisture, this contributes to their ability to multiply. When this happens, you may notice a musty odor or a color variation to items being affected.  Depending on the type and levels, microbial growth may cause health effects. If left untreated, microbial growth can become invasive and can destroy items on which it is grows.

If visible microbial growth happens to be present in your home, that is where we come in! SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are the experts that you need for microbial growth removal. We have trained remediation specialists on staff who have the necessary experience for proper removal.

With all the rain and damp weather that comes with the fall and winter seasons, the opportunity for microbial growth is a definite possibility in most homes. If you see or suspect microbial growth - do not touch or disturb the microbial growth. Contact SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 to schedule an assessment. We extend our services to areas surrounding Cleveland including, but not limited to Mayfield Heights, Euclid, and Valley View. We have the training, equipment and expertise to handle any situation and make it "Like it never even happened."®

Keeping Your Pets Safe During The Upcoming Cold Weather in East Cleveland, OH

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

As the outside temperatures start to drop, be sure that you take the necessary steps to ensure your pets’ safety this winter, according to https://www.greatplainsspca.org/top-10-winter-weather-tips-pets/.

-Wipe off their paws after being outside to prevent them from carrying chemicals into the house.

-Keep them leashed in situations that you might get separated from them as the normal scents that help them find their way home may be blocked from the snow.

-Leave them at home instead of leaving them in your cold car, as this can be dangerous to their health.

-Wear reflective gear on you and your pet to ensure you both are seen at night.

-Be prepared by creating emergency plans, which include food, water, and medication for your family and your pets.

Stay safe and healthy during these cold fall and winter months, and don’t forget to call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. We’re here to help, serving the Cleveland and Beachwood area including, but not limited to Cuyahoga Heights, Lyndhurst, and Euclid. Give us a call!

How to Prepare For A Safe Return to Your Mayfield Heights School In Fall 2020

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

With schools in the Shaker Heights area starting to open up and students begin to return to in-person classes, it is important that administrators and families take all necessary precautions. According to the CDC guidelines, it is critical that all administrators:

  • Engage and encourage everyone in the school and the Lyndhurst community to practice preventive behaviors (e.g., social distancing, masks, hand hygiene, and use of cohourting).
  • Communicate, educate, and reinforce appropriate hygiene and social distancing practices in ways that are developmentally appropriate for students, teachers, and staff.
  • Maintain healthy environments (e.g., cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces).
  • Repurpose unused or underutilized school spaces to increase classroom space and facilitate social distancing, including outside spaces, where feasible.
  • Develop a proactive plan for when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Educate parents and caregivers on the importance of monitoring for and responding to the symptoms of COVID-19 at home.
  • Develop ongoing channels of communication with state and local health departments to stay updated on COVID-19 transmission and response in your local area.

In-person schooling is important, not only for academic purposes, but also for students’ social and emotional health, mental health, and continuity of other special services. It is our hope, here at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast, that you all remain safe and healthy as our Cleveland communities begin to open back up again.

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/prepare-safe-return.html.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast can be reached at 216-464-4498.

September is National Preparedness Month, Prepare Your Valley View Home!

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Be Aware! Be Prepared! Take Action! Save Your Bratenahl Home!

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Preventing Commercial Losses in University Heights, OH

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

Fire Prevention

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

-Test smoke detector batteries monthly.

-Store flammable liquids in their original container.

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

-Get sprinkler systems professional inspected annually at minimum.

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

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

Water Damage Prevention

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

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

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

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

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

-Avoid putting solids or grease down your drain.

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

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

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

Summer Grilling Safety Tips to Apply at Your Shaker Heights Home

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

-Check gas grill hoses for leaks.

-Keep children away from grills.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information or for any and all fire restoration needs, call your local SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we’ll make “Like it never even happened.”

Minimizing Secondary Water Damage in Pepper Pike

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

-Dehumidify the area as well as possible. 

-Remove as much water as possible by mopping

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

When every minute matters, call us at 216-464-4498 and SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast will respond to your call quickly, efficiently, and prepared with knowledge to make it “Like it never even happened.” We extend our services around the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Euclid, South Euclid, and Richmond Heights.

10 Summer Storm Power Outage Safety Tips for the Mayfield Heights Area

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Response Time Matters, Save Your Lyndhurst Home!

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Cuyahoga Heights Commercial Damage Restoration

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast offer large loss recovery services. We offer many different types of mitigation and restoration services. We have a comprehensive approach to recovering commercial disasters and other emergencies throughout the Bratenahl / Shaker Heights / Valley View area. We are responsive to your emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We pride ourselves on our work efficiency and our ability to assist with minimizing secondary damages.

The types of commercial properties that we work on are:

- Small Office/Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings

- Apartment Buildings

- Restaurants

- Hotel/Motels

- Manufacturing & Industrial

- Government/Military

- Small/Large Retail Stores

Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."®

Why SERVPRO? Because We Are Locally Owned and Operated in Your Cleveland Area!

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Each of our 1,700+ franchises, across the United States, are locally owned and operated. We live in the areas that we serve, so we are even more invested in the well-being of our communities and their futures. Due to our high volume of franchises spread across the country, there will always be a location near you to tend to any and all of your water and fire damage emergencies. We know how important it is to help out our neighbors in need, so as a whole, when combining forces, we always have the knowledge, equipment, and team members necessary for any mitigation or restoration needs. Even though our advertisements list the following areas, if you know us and call us, we can serve you near or far!!! We go above and beyond for our customers both within our communities and outside of those neighborhoods.

-Beachwood

-Shaker Heights

-Cleveland Heights

-South Euclid

-Lyndhurst

-Pepper Pike

Call us at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 because we make it "Like it never even happened."®

Why SERVPRO? Because We Are Available 24/7 for Restoration Emergencies in the University Heights Area

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

We can’t always control damage that happens to our Lyndhurst businesses and South Euclid homes. Water damage from a burst pipe, storm damage from a flooded basement, or fire damage from faulty wiring. These can happen to anyone and we’re here to help. It is recommended that restoration for any of these disasters occur within 48 hours of the loss.

Luckily, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast can make it "Like it never even happened."® We have a team of highly trained technicians that are ready to respond to your emergency with the appropriate prioritization. When necessary, we pull in team members from surrounding areas like Garfield Heights to help us out, so no job is too big. If you have a mitigation or restoration emergency, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is available 24/7 for emergencies and are here to help! Call us at 216-464-4498.

Water Losses in the Cleveland Area

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can be extremely dangerous to your Brooklyn Heights home, so save yourself some time and initiate a preloss relationship with SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast. The quicker this issue is taken care of and restored, the safer you and your family are. A storm causes water damage, water damage causes mold, and mold causes rotting in your home! 

Microbial growth can be dangerous to your Mayfield Heights home and its contents. If you notice an increase in humidity in your home before any growth has occurred, a dehumidifier may be all you need to help prevent moisture build-up. Some leaks are more harmful than others. Category 1 leaks, such as those that come from your supply lines, are not immediately harmful and can be taken care of without too much of a health concern, as long as it’s done in a timely manner. However, Category 2 or 3 from plumbing that removes waste from your home could be dangerous and should be taken care of as soon as possible with attention to the safety process of the mitigation. A multitude of bacteria and viruses live in this water and can grow anywhere in your home that the water touches. Furthermore, flood water from the ground is also a concern as it can carry sewage, chemicals, and infectious diseases. If you happen to come into contact with this type of loss, be sure to wash your hands and any materials that have touched the loss appropriately to protect yourself.

The best way to stay safe is to be prepared. Do not hesitate to call a professional, that’s what we are here for! You and your family’s safety is very important to us. The quicker that flooded areas on your Garfield Heights home are cared for by a professional, the more likely you are to be out of harm's way. If you have suffered damage from water or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498.

10 Fire Summer Safety Tips to Protect Your Cuyahoga Heights Homes

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Here are 10 tips to ensure fire safety in your Brooklyn Heights home while you enjoy your summer plans, according to the United States Fire Administration:

1. Build campfires at least 10 feet away from homes and at least 25 feet away from tents, plants, and overhanging branches.

2. Do not set off your own fireworks or sparklers, as these can reach up to over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit and can result in third-degree burns. If you would like to see fireworks, go to a public showing produced by experts.

3. Make sure to only use grills outdoors. Using them indoors can cause house fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. Maintain a three foot safety zone around your grill that will keep children, pets, and your Newburgh Heights home safe.

4. Only use grills on the ground floor. Using them on porches and balconies leads to a higher risk for house fires.

5. Keep a three foot safety zone around your grill, maintaining the safety of children, pets, and the house.

6. Open your gas grill before lighting.

7. Do not walk away from your lit grill, keep an eye on it at all times to prevent fires.

8. Clean your grill after each use, removing grease that has the potential to start a fire.

9. Place coals from your grill in a metal with a lid once they have cooled.

10. Wear short sleeves or roll them up and use long-handled barbecue tools while cooking on the grill.

If you have suffered damage from a fire or other disaster at your Cleveland home or business, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498.

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/summer.html

10 Summer Storm Safety Tips for Your University Heights Home

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Every year, hail and thunderstorms result in billions of dollars in property damages, especially in spring and summer months. According to Protection1.com, here are 10 quick tips to ensure that your Bratenahl home is prepared for the storm season ahead.

1. Keep an emergency kit in an accessible location in your Pepper Pike home with the following items: a flashlight, extra batteries, extra chargers, non-perishable foods, bottles of water, first aid kits, blankets, sturdy/waterproof boots, a whistle, and important paper documents.

2. Get routine maintenance on your home, including your roof and the foundation of the house.

3. Become more familiar with your insurance policy. Know what is covered and what is not.

4. Invest in storm windows.

5. Bring all patio furniture and outdoor appliances indoors before a storm hits.

6. Keep all important or expensive belongings away from the floor in case of flooding.

7. Before a storm hits, park your car in the garage to prevent car damage.

8. Identify spots in your Euclid home away from windows and house siding to go to during a severe storm.

9. Cut down any trees or branches that could fall on your house or cars during a storm.

10. Take storm watches and warnings seriously. They can be the difference between life and death of you or a loved one.

If you have suffered damage from a storm or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498.

https://www.protection1.com/resources/summer-storm-safety/

Avoiding Water Damage to Your Cleveland Heights Property While On Summer Vacation in Cancun

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

The worst time for water damage to occur is while you aren't at home or in the Cleveland area, as you have no control over the destruction that may occur. Directly from Abbotts, here are some helpful tips to keep your Newburgh Heights area protected from any water damage while you are enjoying your summer vacations.

Before you leave:

-Inspect your home for leaks or rusts in pipes, water heaters, windows, doors, roofs, and hoses.

-Clean out your gutters of debris to prevent water pooling and damage.

-Shut off water supply, whether at the main valve or at the most frequent offenders (toilets, refrigerators, and washing machines).

-Install and test your Sump Pump annually.

While you are away:

-Have someone check on your South Euclid home to make sure that, if a leak does occur, it will be caught and stopped as quickly as possible.

If you have suffered water damage or any other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498.

https://abbottsfireandflood.com/blog/summer-vacation-tips-to-avoid-water-damage/

Tips for Summer Cleveland Commercial Building Maintenance

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

It is important to protect your Garfield Heights business from storm, water, and fire damages during the summer. To keep it in the best shape possible by following these quick tips from Alpha Omega Properties:

-Have your HVAC inspected by a professional early on in the summer to ensure it will work when you need it the most and keep your Valley View building cool during the highest temperatures of the year.

-Test all sprinkler systems to make sure they are all working properly in case of fire.

-Check for roof damage before any storms come through to prevent water and storm damage.

-Evaluate all outdoor lighting systems to make sure each bulb is working and is water-tight sealed.

-Test all fire extinguishers, fire safety kits, fire evacuation plans, and severe weather protection protocols to ensure safety incase of emergency.

If you have suffered commercial damage or any other disaster at your Shaker Heights home or business, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498.

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Why SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast? Because No Job is Too Big!

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here for you when you need it most. Our team is qualified and prepared for any disaster, no matter how big or small. We help to recover Newburgh Heights homes and Valley View businesses from tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, and floods. 

Our SERVPRO teams are strategically placed around the country so that we are readily available to help out wherever we are needed. Recently, we traveled to Columbus, Ohio to help out with extensive flooding. We value teamwork and persistence, and that is proven in our efforts. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for emergency services. 

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. We are always prepared and we will make your restored home or business “Like it never even happened.”

Why SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast? Because We Value Teamwork.

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

While some of us have been stuck at home and social distancing from loved ones and friends, our SERVPRO teams has been hard at work. We have been cleaning and restoring homes from floods all over the Cleveland area. Furthermore, not only did we have our surrounding cities aid us in this process, but through our Storm Team partner, we were able to pull in SERVPRO teams from all over the United States. We had an abundant amount of support and resources, including manpower and equipment. We could not be more thankful for the teams who came out to help us in our time of need!

For any and all Flooding and Water Restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498! We extend our services all throughout the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Valley View, Richmond Heights, and Euclid. 

Why SERVPRO? Because We Help Outside of Our Cleveland Community.  

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

These past few weeks have been difficult on our Beachwood and surrounding economy, as well as our hearts as social distancing has isolated us from those that we care about most. However, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast have been busy helping our neighbors in Columbus recover from a massive flood. We worked together with the other SERVPRO teams of Columbus and those that travelled from all over the US to restore homes and offices there in the best way that we know how: with teamwork. It is so important to us to spread kindness and lend a helping hand wherever we can. 

For any and all Flooding and Water Restoration needs, call us at 216-464-4498! We will make it seem, "Like it never even happened."

Basement Flooding Safety in Your Cuyahoga Heights Home

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Northeast Ohio has gotten an excess amount of rainfall recently, which means the risk for flooding has increased as well, especially in your Cleveland basements. Flooding can impact your family’s health and the foundation of your Newburgh Heights home if it is not handled quickly and efficiently. It can seep into wires in walls and, because it is a conductor, this water can pose safety risks. Floods can happen in basements due to:

  • Blocked sewer pipes
  • Heavy rainfall
  • Storm or sanitary sewer backup
  • Drainage failure

But have no fear – SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here! We specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration anywhere in your Cleveland area! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our Technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques. Give us a call at 216-464-4498 for all flooding and water restoration needs!

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is Here to Help!

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help During this Time of Need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your Brooklyn Heights home or Valley View business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your Lyndhurst business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Happy Employee Appreciation Day from SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day on Friday March 3rd, 2023 by enforcing a Fire Safety Plan! Having an escape plan set in place allows each member to know where to go and what to do in case of a fire. To aid in putting together a safety plan for your Beachwood office, answer these four main questions, based on information from Ready.gov:

  1. How will everyone receive emergency alerts?
  2. What is the shelter plan?
  3. What is the evacuation route?
  4. What is the communication plan?

It is also important to install and regularly test smoke alarms. Having these in the office will increase chances of a successful escape. Alarms should be installed on each floor of any office building and their batteries should be assessed monthly. For those with visual or auditory impairments, it is important that all fire alarms have sound AND light to ensure the safety of each and every worker.

Other things to keep in mind:

  1. Make digital copies of important files.
  2. Install automatic sprinklers on each floor of your Brooklyn Heights office building.
  3. Call your local Cleveland area fire department to receive more information on safety protocols, use of fire extinguishers, and other training techniques.

If you have suffered damage from a storm or other disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup for Your Northeast Cleveland Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your Cuyahoga Heights 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.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting to get your Shaker Heights home back up to par. Here is some additional information:

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. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your University Heights property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 24/7. 

Preventing Water Damage on Your Cleveland Property

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

The best protection against catastrophic water damage is shutting off the main valve that controls all the water for your Garfield Heights home. Everyone in your Lyndhurst home should know where the main water shutoff valve is located so they can stop the water in an emergency. Before you leave your home, you will want to shut off the main water line to prevent any chance of water damage while you’re away. Many water meter setups have two valves, one on the street side of the meter and one on the house side.

If you live in a colder climate, you will typically find the main shutoff in the basement near the front of the home. In warmer climates, it may be outside your Mayfield Heights home attached to an exterior wall or in an underground box with a removable lid.

If you don't remember to shut off your water and come home to a mess, remember SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here 24/7 to help! Call us anytime at 216-464-4498.  

Call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast!

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Why is SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast the Only Way to Go After a Disaster?

When a storm, fire or any other type of disaster strikes your Cleveland home, the aftermath can be devastating. It’s hard to know what to do and where to begin picking up the pieces. If there is significant damage to your Garfield Heights home, the thought of the cleanup process can be overwhelming. You may ask yourself, "Should I do the cleanup myself to save the cost of hiring a professional? How hard could it be?" Contrary to popular belief, the cleanup and restoration process after a disaster is a huge job. It is not as simple as a DIY job. There are many factors that need to be considered, and many hidden dangers that can get worse if not handled properly. Here are the reasons why it’s best to hire a professional restoration company after a disaster has struck your South Euclid home: 

Respiratory issues are very much associated with improperly treated smoke damage.

Water damage left unaddressed may cause mold damage which can occur in less than 48 hour after water infiltration. 

Not to mention the potential damaging affect of mold or smoke exposure to your health. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to assist. Call us at 216-464-4498.

How to Protect Your University Heights Home from a Winter Home Fire

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

According to the US Fire Administration (https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/heating.html)

  • 890 people die in winter home fires each year.
  • $2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.
  • Winter home fires account for only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but result in 30 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • A heat source too close to combustibles is the leading factor contributing to the start of a winter home fire (15 percent).
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.

Don’t let your Shaker Heights home become a statistic. Follow these tips to help prevent home fires:

  • Use a metal or glass fireplace screen to keep sparks from hitting nearby carpets or furniture.
  • Keep kindling, paper, and décor away from fireplaces and wood stoves.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn - including furniture, blankets, curtains, and paper products
  • Choose space heaters that turn off automatically if they tip over.
  • Purchase and use only space heaters that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

If ever you find yourself in a situation that requires assistance after a home fire, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here for you 24/7. We extend our services throughout the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Shaker Heights, Lyndhurst, and Brooklyn Heights. Please call us at 216-464-4498.

Top Tips for Fire Safety in the Cleveland Heights Area

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

One of the scariest events imaginable is a fire in your Bratenahl home. We all want to protect our families and now is a good time to remind everyone of a few tips provided by the American Red Cross (https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html)

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your Newburgh Heights 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 South Euclid home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

As we start the New Year, let's take the time to prepare for emergencies.

Should you ever need help after a fire, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here for you 24/7. Please call us at 216-464-4498.

Stay Focused on the Holidays by Having a Plan with SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Everyone is so busy this time of year running about, holiday shopping, visiting family, and making the holidays special for loved ones. If disaster in the form of a flood or fire strikes your Cleveland business it could completely derail your holiday plans. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies or fire and smoke losses as well. Whether your disaster occurs in a small office building, a large warehouse, restaurant, or retail location, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Let us help you stay focused on your holidays….when disaster strikes your Shaker Heights business, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast to make it, "Like it never even happened."® We extend our services all over the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Cuyahoga Heights, Pepper Pike, and South Euclid. Please call us at 216-464-4498, we are here for you 24/7.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast would like to take a moment to wish all of our local Cleveland businesses Happy Holidays!

It is easy as a business owner (or manager or employee!) to get caught up in the day to day whirlwind of servicing your customers but we would like to encourage anyone reading this to take a moment to enjoy something around you today that you may have missed charging ahead in the name of success and service.

We have stopped by our local Beachwood businesses that we have been lucky enough to service in the past to say hello this week and bring some holiday treats! If we haven’t seen you yet, we probably haven’t serviced you previously, and that’s ok. We know that when we show up its because something bad has happened and we do not wish that on anyone as a matter of fact, we wish you a prosperous, healthy New Year that is uneventful and free from disaster!!! We always tell our customers we hope we don’t see them again, unless its out and about in the Shaker Heights community!

But if misfortune knocks and you have a disaster, we will be here for you 24/7. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Storm Damage? SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Storm Damage? We are here to help!

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

Your home can be affected by water intrusion during any kind of winter storm. Winter storms can produce very strong hail, heavy snowfall and below zero temperatures which can cause roof damage, as well as damage to the siding and pipes. Studies show that in 2018 alone, more than an estimated $2 billion in losses were reported due to severe winter weather.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are always ready to assist you with storm damage. Whenever water starts to invade your property, call us for help. We work with most major insurance companies to provide quick and easy service to you. Do not let a small winter leak become a bigger problem later. Call your local SERVPRO at 216-464-4498 because we make it “Like it never even happened. ®”

EMERGENCY READY PROFILE (ERP) For Your Cuyahoga Heights Business

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

Q: What exactly is an ERP?

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

Q: How much does this cost?

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

Q: How does this benefit my business?

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

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

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

SERVPRO, “Like it never even happened.®”

Microbial Growth...Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast!

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Microbial growth is part of our everyday environment, indoors and outdoors. Mold outdoors is healthy for nature because it can be on leaves to help them break down. However, microbial growth in your home is different, so initiating a preloss relationship with your local SERVPRO is important.

Mold spores travel through the air completely unnoticed because they are microscopic. When these spores find moisture, they attach themselves and quickly start multiplying. This is when you may notice a musty, odd odor or even notice a color variation to items being affected. Microbial growth like this may cause issues by producing irritants and allergens. Left untreated, microbial growth can become toxic and can destroy the items on which it is grows.

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

With all the rain and damp weather that comes with the fall and winter seasons, the opportunity for microbial growth is a definite possibility in most structures. If you see or suspect microbial growth - do not touch or disturb the microbial growth, contact SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at (216) 464-4498. We extend our services over the Cleveland area including, but not limited to Shaker Heights, Richmond Heights, and Valley View. We have the training, equipment and expertise to handle the situation and make it “Like it never even happened.®”

Happy Pinktober from SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

think pink Breast Cancer Awareness

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

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

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

Happy National Fire Pup Day from SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast would like to encourage you to prepare for any emergency, especially fire emergencies. Let’s spread the word of fire self-preparedness along with celebrating these adorable, courageous animal icons. Call us at (216) 464-4498 for our services surrounding the Cleveland, Beachwood, and Shaker Heights area. 

National Preparedness Month - Preparing for Your Cleveland Family Pet

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

All of us at SERVPRO hope you will never need to use your emergency kit, but it is far better to be prepared than scared! However, if you ever do experience a situation which requires the professionals of SERVPRO, know that we are here for your home or business. We can assist with disaster clean up, mold remediation, water or storm damage, as well as fire loss. We are available 24/7 for your needs and we are as close as a phone call away. We extend our services surrounding the Cleveland and Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Bratenahl, Euclid, and Garfield Heights. Contact us on our emergency line any time of day or night at 216-464-4498. SERVPRO, “Like it never even happened.®”

Celebrate National Preparedness Month with SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month- Are You Ready?

What is National Preparedness Month you may ask? Well, it is an initiative introduced by the government program FEMA back in 2004. This project is associated with The American Red Cross and encourages Americans to be prepared for natural disasters and/or emergency situations. This is a direct result of the tragedies our country experienced on September 11, 2001. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast believe this is a fantastic idea!

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

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

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

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

Commercial Content Cleaning in the Northeast Cleveland Area

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Has your East Cleveland business or Garfield Heights commercial property ever been affected by fire or water damage?

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

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

Some of the benefits include:

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

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

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

Recovering and Rebuilding Your University Heights Home after Fire Damage

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Please keep in mind to always call 911 in any and all emergency situations. Your safety is always our #1 priority! Contact us at 216-464-4498 for 24/7 assistance as soon as you are ready for us to evaluate your situation. We extend our services in the surrounding Beachwood and Cleveland areas including, but not limited to: Mayfield Heights, Valley View, and Shaker Heights.

Weathering the Cleveland Storm

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

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

 Water Pooling in your Basement

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

If you discover any water in your Brooklyn Heights home, it’s definitely time to speak to the professionals at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast. Don’t forget that water damage left unaddressed can easily lead to microbial growth. 

Mother Nature can really do some severe damage to your Newburgh Heights home but SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are here to help! Contact our office today at 216-464-4498 to discuss your needs. We are specially trained professionals for floods, fire and mold. We strive to make your home look “Like it never even happened.®”

Preventative Gutter Maintenance on Richmond Heights Homes

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It’s a fact...everyone hates to clean their gutters. It’s a hassle, it’s time consuming, it’s messy... and it’s just plain gross up there! SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast want to encourage you to inspect, clean and repair them regularly! Doing this simple task could seriously save your Cuyahoga Heights home!

The purpose of your gutter system is to move water away from your roof and divert water from your entire structure. But did you know a properly maintained and repaired gutter system can help prevent water damage inside your home?

Leaves, pine needles, sticks and yes, even the occasion small, expired rodent can get trapped in your gutters. All of this debris will decompose and leave your gutters venerable to clogging and/or overflowing with any amount of significant rain fall. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast knows Northeast Cleveland has its fair share of rainstorms, therefore; it is necessary to keep your gutters maintained and clean.

If your gutters are clogged or overflowing instead of draining properly, you have an issue. The rainwater is not moving as intended. But where does this water go? The unfortunate and most common answer is inside your Pepper Pike home.  Once your facia boards are compromised, the rainwater may enter your home and cause considerable damage to your attic, ceilings, interior walls, floors, furniture and yes, even to your most beloved possessions. Your basement could even become flooded if there are cracks in the walls down below.

If you experience any water damage, make sure all family members, friends and pets are safe-first and foremost!!! If you need emergency safety assistance call 911.

Make sure to call your insurance company with your loss info and to let them know you choose to use the professionals at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike to assist you with the mitigation and restoration of water damage.  And If you wish to do a self- payment instead of making an insurance claim- we can do that too!

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. Give us a call today with any questions you might have at 216-464-4498. We are always glad to help!

Be Aware! Be Prepared! Take Action! Protect Your Lyndhurst Home!

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Lately there has been flooding all over the United States: if you are unfamiliar with the difference between a flash flood warning, flood warning, and flood advisory; then read below! 

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

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

Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 if you have flooding in your home or business. We service the surrounding areas of Cleveland and Beachwood including, but not limited to: Garfield Heights, South Euclid, and Northeast Cleveland. 

Commercial Services in the Cleveland Area

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SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast offer both effective restoration and reconstruction solutions as the best large loss provider. We have a comprehensive approach to recovering disasters and emergencies that threaten your Mayfield Heights business or Beachwood commercial property throughout the local area. We can respond 24/7 with effective mitigation and emergency repair solutions to protect your property from further damages as restoration work begins.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast can also offer effective deep cleaning solutions that can keep your commercial property looking its best or mitigate and restore after a disaster.

  • Small Office/Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Small/Large Retail Stores

Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 for 24/7 services. Let us make your Garfield Heights property, "Like it never even happened."®

Did You Know SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is a PGA Tour Sponsor?

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

In 2014, SERVPRO received the designation as "Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour." Sue Steen says, "SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, but each SERVPRO Franchise is a local business, operate by a local business person with ties to the community that he or she serves. The wide and growing audience the PGA Tour commands will learn a SERVPRO professional is available in their local community, ready to respond at a moment's notice if things go wrong at their home or business."

In 2023, golf enthusiasts still have PGA events to look forward to in spite of the crazy weather throughout the USA. Click this link to get all the updated PGA tournaments dates and times. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast will be happy to help you with all your fire and water disaster restoration needs. We extend our services to surrounding Cleveland and Beachwood areas including, but not limited to: Bratenahl, Lyndhurst, and University Heights. Call us at 216-464-4498, we are always here for you 24/7/365!

Protect your Shaker Heights Household from Dangerous Chemical Mixes

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are encouraging homeowners not to mix certain chemicals together. These chemical mixtures include, but aren't limited to:

Ammonia and Bleach:  Combining these together can create toxic vapors which can lead to throat burns or respiratory problems.

Vinegar and Bleach:  Combining these together can release toxic chlorine and chloramine vapors that  can cause chemical burns to your lungs or eyes.

Hydrogen peroxide and Vinegar:  Combining these together can create peracetic acid or corrosive acid which in high concentrations, can harm your skin, eyes, throat, nose and lungs.

Rubbing Alcohol and Bleach:  Combining these together makes chloroform.  If exposed to this, you may become dizzy or sick.  High levels can  lead to damage to your eyes, nervous system, lungs, skin, liver kidneys or can even cause death.

Safety First!

Remember to keep the cleaning products in the original containers with the original labels! Follow all instructions indicated by the manufacturer and keep all cleaning products out of reach from children. It is suggested to keep all cleaning products in a locked cabinet away from children and pets. 

Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 for all your cleaning needs. We are always here to help and provide safe and professional service for the local area including, but not limited to: Mayfield Heights, Valley View, and South Euclid. 

Response Time Matters to SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

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SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use special equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

The extent of the damage is not as important as how quickly you contact a professional restoration company. Though it may be tempting to try and do it yourself, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast has the training and tools to ensure that it’s done properly.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

We understand that disasters can strike day or night, so we’re available 24/7. Call us at 216-464-4498 the moment you discover the damage and we’ll send one of our teams to help. Our services extend over the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Pepper Pike, Bratenahl, and Shaker Heights. 

Safety First in your Brooklyn Heights Home!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

wtr Is this water safe to walk in?

When any part of your Valley View home has a flood, remember to think SAFETY! Some people are unaware of the dangers that flood water could potentially contain. They never associate a flood with the possibility of having an electrical hazard and how severe a risk it might be. 

Water can seep into electronic devices, wiring in the walls or the live end of something you may have plugged in making the water to become electrified. Water is a conductor and being aware of this may keep you safe or even save your life. 

It is extremely important before you enter the flooded area, no matter how deep, that you or a professional shut off the electricity until you are sure it safe to turn it back on.

Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 if you experience a flood and are unsure of the next steps to take! Our services extend over the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, and Valley View. We will guide you through the process safely!

SERVPRO Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast Cares About Your Historical Home!

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Our number one priority is to help our community. Our clients have helped us transform from a single operation to the several franchises we serve as today throughout the east side of Cleveland. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast would not be here today as an industry leader in your local University Heights area without the faithful community members that have trusted us with their mitigation, restoration and cleaning needs. SERVPRO sees all the beauty in the community we serve and we would love to keep it that way. 

In a water loss situation, we have the expertise it takes to salvage as much of your Euclid home’s historical structure as we possibly can. We especially cater to the natural hardwood floors, trim, and base because it take special equipment and technique to recover them. From our hands to our specialty equipment, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast handles these materials with the utmost care and diligence for preservation. 

When catastrophe strikes your Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Pepper Pike or Lyndhurst home, Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498. We are just a phone call away!

SERVPRO is Available 24/7 for Water Damage in your Euclid Home!

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen to anyone at any time, especially when you least expect it. A flooded basement or burst pipe can be very traumatic for a homeowner and their first reaction may be to attempt to handle the situation on their own.  Without the proper training or the right equipment this can be both ineffective and dangerous. For small amounts of water, it's okay to handle it on your own with a small vacuum. However, homeowners should never enter a heavily flooded basement or area. 

The industry standard recommendation for removal of water from your property is 24-48 hours after the loss. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast has a team of technicians that are trained and ready to quickly respond for emergency water extraction and the services that need to follow to effectively mitigate the loss. 

If you have flooding in your basement, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to help. Call us 24/7 at 216-464-4498 for all your mitigation needs. We extend our services throughout the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Lyndhurst, University Heights, and Pepper Pike.

Your Beachwood Business Is In Good Hands

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Is your University Heights business prepared if an emergency situation should occur? Disasters can result in business interruptions that can devastate companies. According to FEMA, 40% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. With the proper planning of a proactive restoration plan, you can be better prepared to survive a disaster should one occur. Establishing a preloss relationship with SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast will help ensure timely and efficient services in the event of water or fire damage.

Having a reliable company to respond immediately and begin emergency procedures is a critical part of any contingency plan. As part of a franchise, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast has access to a number of quality teammates with thousands of pieces of commercial equipment and service vehicles that can typically respond to a crisis within hours.

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the mitigation/restoration industry with certifications by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast will provide you with accurate and honest information. We are dedicated to helping you recover from a disaster, “Like it never even happened.”  Call us at 216-464-4498 and for all your mitigation, restoration and cleaning needs. Our services extend throughout the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Brooklyn Heights, East Cleveland, and Valley View.

Why SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast?

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SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast provides emergency service and is dedicated to their Bratenahl customers. We will respond to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your mitigation, cleaning or restoration needs.

We are:

  • A trusted name in the mitigation/restoration industry, you’ve seen our commercials and our trucks, with over 1,700 franchises nationally, we are a national brand.
  • Locally owned and operated, our staff are your friends and neighbors.
  • Qualified and professional technicians, IICRC Certifications.
  • Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment, we utilize the proper equipment to get the job done efficiently with as little demolition as possible.
  • Full of compassionate office and field staff, we are here for you!

Whether your Pepper Pike home needs emergency flood damage mitigation, fire restoration, or your carpet needs cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have had cleaning and restoration training and will make your property look its best.

We offer:

  • Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Biohazard Cleaning

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 for all your mitigation, restoration and cleaning needs. We will restore your Mayfield Heights property back to it's former glory, “Like it never even happened."

Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast Residents, Look Here!

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

leg Devastation struck when the sump pump failed at a home located in Highland Hts.

We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst or Pepper Pike basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today – SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? We’re Ready to Help! Call Us Today at 216-464-4498.

Locally Owned and Operated Out of Cleveland

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

Local businesses like us care about our community and its future. Disaster can strike anytime day or night and SERVPRO Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 for all your mitigation and restoration needs.

We Care About Your Safety in the Cleveland Area

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Not all businesses are required to have an emergency plan, but SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast does recommend one. It’s called an ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) and we will help you put it together! First, one of our team members would come to 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 electronically and printable.

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.

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 to set up an appointment to begin putting together your ERP. We extend our services in the surrounding Cleveland and Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Cuyahoga Heights, Brooklyn Heights, and Euclid. 

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 negative health effects.

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.

What to Do:

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

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast to assess the situation at 216-464-4498. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business. We extend our services all over the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and Euclid. 

Bratenahl Commercial Loss From A Crack in the Foundation

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

water Water damaging everything in its path

The heavy snow, below zero temperatures, freezing ground and the rain were more than the foundation could handle at this Euclid commercial property we were called to extract and remediate. It didn't take long for the water to enter the building and damage carpet, walls and contents. Our Beachwood 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. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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 in Bratenahl, 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 in Euclid

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to treat every water problem as a real threat to your Pepper Pike 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, and even cause damage to drywall or plaster.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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 of your University Heights home. 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.

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 efficiently, do an inspection to assess the extent of the damage, and then use the appropriate equipment to make sure the structural materials are restored to your Euclid home to its normal moisture levels.  

Formulating 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 and Cleveland Northeast 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 for the Cleveland Area

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

What should I do before I use my fireplace?

  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.

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

Is it safe to leave the fireplace on overnight?

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.

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

Can you get carbon monoxide from a fireplace?

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.

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

Fun Facts About Fireplace Ashes!

  • 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.
  • 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!

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

If you or anyone you know experiences fire damage this winter, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at (216) 464-4498! We extend our services throughout the Cleveland and Beachwood area including, but not limited to: University Heights, Mayfield Heights, and Euclid. 

Our Fire and Soot Damage Restoration Services for Your University Heights Home

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 Material Evaporation

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

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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 Mayfield Heights home or Bratenahl business. 

As many of us know from sitting by the bonfire or your wood-burning fireplace in your University Heights 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 and Cleveland Northeast 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 at Your Pepper Pike Homestead

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/

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here for you 24/7/365 to keep your home in prestige condition. Call us today at (216) 464-4498. We extend our services throughout Cleveland and Beachwood including, but not limited to: Lyndhurst, Bratenahl, and Newburgh Heights.

Hailstorms in Garfield Heights!

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 Mayfield Heights property and your finances. 

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

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast recommend the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of insurance fraud should you experience damage during a hail storm, or any storm.

  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. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here for you through the storm! If a hailstorm occurs and you need your roof tarped, give us a call today at (216) 464-4498

When Experiencing a Flood in Beachwood...

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast offers water damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. This includes: frozen burst pipes, backed up floor drains, sump pump failures, toilet supply lines, or floods. 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 and What Does it Mean for the Cleveland Area?

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

If you live in the Northeast Ohio area or anywhere along the Great Lakes, then you are wildly familiar with the words “lake effect snow”.

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 heavy snows. This description hardly 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 needs 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 32 degrees farenheit or lower, 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 snowy 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 

With heavy lake effect snow comes possible pipe freezes. With pipe freezes comes pipe bursts. And with pipe bursts come water damage. Don't fall victim to water damage due to unpreparedness, initiate a preloss relationship with your local SERVPRO in the case of an emergency. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498. We extend our services throughout the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: South Euclid, Cuyahoga Heights, and Bratenahl. 

January Weather in Cleveland, Ohio

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

January is just beginning 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 and Cleveland Northeast is always here to help. Call us today at 216-464-4498 experience an emergency disaster. We extend our services throughout the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Cuyahoga Heights, Euclid, and Pepper Pike. Our team of trained professionals will come to your home or business and restore your structure, “Like it never even happened.”

Home Fire Safety in Garfield Heights

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know the most common causes of home fires? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 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 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 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, “peak months of fall and winter this is even more likely to occur.”

To 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 and Cleveland Northeast care about your safety and the restoration of your home. If you or someone you know experience a devastating home or commercial building fire, call us at 216-464-4498. We extend our services throughout the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: University Heights, South Euclid, and Pepper Pike. Our teams are professionally certified to clean, restore, and repair your damaged home. 

Should You Shower During a Storm in Your Cleveland Home?

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Have your parents or grandparents ever told you not to shower or bathe in your Newburgh Heights home during a lighting storm? As bizarre as it may sound, they are certainly 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 getting in the shower during a lightning storm in the event that a bolt may strike one of your Lyndhurst 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.

If your Garfield Heights home is damaged by lightning, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498. We are here for you 24/7/365 for all your cleanup and restoration needs. 

The Dirty Work of East Cleveland

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

If your Cuyahoga Heights commercial property is struck by a disaster such as a flood or fire, it is best to call 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 and Cleveland Northeast cares about your Euclid business and your safety!

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

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 us!

If you experience any fire or water damage, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at (216) 464-4498 or visit our website!

December in Cleveland, OH

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

It’s December in Newburgh Heights and so far we have had both snow and rain, which equals lots of water! We are also experiencing freezing cold temperatures, which can ultimately lead to frozen or broken water pipes.

To avoid any catastrophe in your Pepper Pike home, it is extremely important to ensure that your heat is on and at a moderate temperature that won't allow pipes to freeze, especially if you are leaving your Valley View home unattended for any amount of time. If a pipe were to break, the effects can be devastating. Often, the amount of water needs more than just a mop or a rag and cleaning up the visible water may not be enough. The floor, subfloor, walls and ceiling can be holding water you are unaware of and unable to dry without professional help.

If you or someone you know experiences water damage, our team of trained professionals at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are at your service! Call us today at 216-464-4498. 

Mold in the Newburgh Heights Area

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold at a certain level is normal for the outdoors due to the amount of rain and moisture in the air. However, excess amounts of mold can be dangerous to the structure of your Mayfield Heights home.

Mold is present almost everywhere and goes unnoticed by most of us. It enters your Bratenahl home or University Heights business through windows, doors, air conditioning/heating units, pets and it may even come in off your clothing. Mold is only looking for the proper environment to flourish and can go easily undetected until the problem is at a level requiring professional remediation. Excessive mold growth can be preventable if moisture levels are kept under control, or if leaks are found and patched quickly. If mold levels become excessive, it can be remediated and reduced to an acceptable level.

By the time a mold problem is noticed visually or by odor, it is best to call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 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? What's the Difference in Valley View?

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. In contrast, 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 and Cleveland Northeast is ready to help. We have certified technicians that you can trust to help you through a difficult time. We extend our services all over the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Richmond Heights, Brooklyn Heights, and Lyndhurst. Call us today at 216-464-4498.

Commercial Loss in the Beachwood Area

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

When your Shaker Heights commercial property is struck by disaster, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to help. If needed, we work with our neighboring SERVPRO franchises, which allows us the capability to handle any loss, large or small.

The Euclid 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! Their South Euclid business was able to return to normal and their priority of servicing their patients was once again on track. 

If disaster strikes your Brooklyn Heights business, remember to call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-8898.

Mold Growth in Valley View

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

mold Mold growth under a baseboard

Mold in your University Heights home can be a serious issue and one that you need to have taken care of as soon as possible. Luckily, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to help you understand mold damage and take action! 

The mold remediation process depends on the surface in which mold appears. Specialized cleaning procedures may include the use of HEPA vacuums, air filtration systems, and antimicrobial treatments to reduce mold within the affected area. Important measures are taken to prevent the spread of mold spores during the remediation process and after. Removal/disposal of mold infested porous materials like drywall and flooring may be necessary to keep your Lyndhurst home in good shape.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast has the training and equipment to remediate mold in your Cuyahoga Heights home. Call us today at 216-464-4498 to schedule an appointment.

When the Flood Gates of Shaker Heights Open...

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

wa Residential water loss September, 2018

When the flood gates of Shaker Heights open 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 and Cleveland Northeast!

Timing is everything and failure to act immediately could possibly 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 and Cleveland Northeast. Our team of trained professionals will quickly respond to assess the damage of your Garfield Heights home and begin the mitigation process to stop further loss.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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 and Cleveland Northeast at (216)-464-4498, where we  specialize in water, fire, storm and mold damage restoration to bring your Richmond Heights property back to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Water Loss in Cleveland, OH

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

An office building with various tenants located in Downtown Cleveland recently experienced the devastation of a Category Three floor drain backup. It is often a building owner’s responsibility to clean up after this type of loss but, being an emergency 24/7 service our trained, certified and professional technicians here at SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast were on site promptly. There is never a good time for an emergency and that's why SERVPRO is here to help service both Brooklyn Heights commercial and Mayfield Heights residential damages.  

After the Category Three floor drain backup, our team immediately contained the situation. They efficiently cleaned and sanitized the affected areas, handled all necessary contents, and began the drying process. Our goal is to bring your home back to its original glory and make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Contact SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498, 24/7/365.

Commercial Water Loss in Beachwood, OH

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 at 216-464-4498. We extend our services throughout the Cleveland/Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Newburgh Heights, Lyndhurst, and Valley View. 

Mold Damage In Your Northeast Cleveland Residence

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Microbial life exists all over the world, including our homes in East Cleveland suburbs. The type of environment that we need to live comfortably helps keep these microbes from growing out of control and harming our Richmond Heights homes.

For 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 and Cleveland Northeast, 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 and Cleveland Northeast, 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...Is it in Your Cuyahoga Heights Home?

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 panic in the general population. 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 whether or not it can kill all types of mold on every surface of your South Euclid home. 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 Brooklyn Heights 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 and Cleveland Northeast are professionals and are properly trained to handle mold allergens without further contaminating your Garfield Heights 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 and Cleveland Northeast a call at 216-464-4498. Here to help!

Alert the Press! Fire CAN Cause Damage to Your Pepper Pike Home!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

With the Fourth of July approaching this week, young and old are excited for their local fireworks displays around Mayfield Heights, OH. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that an average of 15,600 fires per year are caused by fireworks. Be sure to read these statistics and prepare yourselves for what could happen (but don't forget to have fun!).

Average fire damage each year 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 Pepper Pike 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 in University Heights, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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 and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498 if you experience a fire loss. We’re here to help!

How to Stay Safe in Beachwood's Summer Heat

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

It’s summer in Cleveland, 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 in their Newburgh Heights home, 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 (your Mayfield Heights home) 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.

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 and Cleveland Northeast 216-464-4498. We’re here to help!

Why Hire a Green Cleaning Company Based in Cleveland?

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 of 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 University Heights 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 Pepper Pike 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 and Cleveland Northeast is happy to provide a data sheet about the products we use in your Newburgh Heights 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 and Cleveland Northeast 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 and Cleveland Northeast today at 216-464-4498 to have us make your home Green Clean. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast can Help After a Fire

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

The one place you should feel completely safe and comfortable is your own Euclid home. This comfort can change in seconds 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 and Cleveland Northeast to clean up after your Bratenahl 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 East Cleveland 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 a professional cleaning company
  • 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 and Cleveland Northeast has highly trained professionals to call 24-hours a day to help clean up and restore your home. Call us today 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 and the local Beatles tribute band.

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 2023, 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 and Cleveland Northeast in case of a disaster; we’re here to help! We extend our services throughout the Beachwood/Cleveland area including, but not limited to: Euclid, Newburgh Heights, and Valley View. Call us 24/7/365 at (216) 464-4498.

Water Damage Can Lead to Mold in Your Valley View Home

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

As we have seen recently, thunderstorm season is upon us. With these storms comes increased possibility for drain backups in your Pepper Pike home. Unfortunately water damage is bad enough but if left for too long, it can cause another problem...mold. 

Mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure if your University Heights 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. 

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 Beachwood 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 easily lead to bigger problems than just a little water puddle. It is important to have the space affected thoroughly assessed for signs of mold growth immediately to prevent possible health infractions or further damage to your Mayfield Heights home. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to help with all of your water damage questions. Call today us today at 216-464-4498.

Biohazard Cleanup from Sewage Disaster in Newburgh Heights

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 and Cleveland Northeast 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 and Cleveland Northeast will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your Euclid home or Shaker Heights business.

The Three Main 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.

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. Category 2 water may contain bacteria and viruses and can lead to mold if untreated. Category 2 water can quickly degrade into Category 3 water 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 of Category 3 water includes but doesn't limit: 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.  

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to bring your Cuyahoga Heights home or business back to its former glory. Call us today at (216) 464-4498.

Big or Small, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast Handles it All!

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

What do you do if you have a large commercial water loss at your University Heights business? How can anyone possibly clean up all that water? SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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 (also called a desiccant) in tow almost immediately. 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. The owners were shocked to enter their commercial property to find water had been leaking for days due to a failed water heater. Through their shock and dismay, they still knew SERVPRO were the experts to call. 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 in Bratenahl or a large commercial job in Brooklyn Heights, 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 and Cleveland Northeast, 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 and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498!

How Are Refrigerated Items Affected by Power Outages in My Shaker Heights Home?

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Warmer weather is finally here in the University Heights area!

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


1.) Call an electrical company to 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 becomes odorous
4.) Eat perishable foods first: fridge first, then freezer
5.) Have a cooler and ice prepared if the outrage is more than 24 hours; keep it in a 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 and Cleveland Northeast team at 216-464-4498 for help with any type of disaster. We extend our services all over the Beachwood/Cleveland area including, but not limited to:Brooklyn Heights, South Euclid, and Richmond Heights. 

How to Quickly Remove Pet Stains from Carpet in Your Shaker Heights Home

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Even the best trained pets can still have accidents! When you think of SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast, 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 University Heights home.

Maybe you have a pet odor cleaning job that doesn’t rise to the level of needing professional help. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast has you covered in that case, too. Here are a couple of easy, inexpensive solutions for pet stains and odors that only require a few products you probably already have in your Richmond Heights 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), and let it sit and dry completely for a day. Uncover, vacuum, and your pet’s bad stain should just a distant memory. Clink this link for more information and a how-to video.

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

Make Sure Your Mayfield Heights Home is Storm Ready

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Throughout this time of year, it's important for us as homeowners to keep a close eye on springtime storms. Keep an eye on the news and be prepared for anything, we are in Cleveland, Ohio anyways.

It’s a great idea to conduct an inspection of your Lyndhurst 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, 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 Cuyahoga Heights property during, or even after, a storm. Do you know what to do in the event of a flood? Click this link to read more about flood information and safety tips:

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.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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 Newburgh Heights 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 University Heights 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 this link to learn about mold and its effects.

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

  • Do an audit of your Garfield Heights 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, 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. 


Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216-464-4498. We are here to help, 24/7/365.

FEMA and Mitigation in the Cleveland Area

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

What does FEMA have to say about mitigation? Read on to find out...

“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.”

Whether it be mold, water, or fire damage, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to help. We extend our services all over Ohio included, but not limited to: Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, and Pepper Pike. Call us today to schedule a service at 216.464.4498!

Spring 2023 Arrives and So Do Thunderstorms in the Cleveland Area

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. 

“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).”

Click this link to read more from News Net 5.

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are here to help with any storm damage you or someone you know may experience. We extend our services throughout the upper Ohio region including, but not limited to: Beachwood, Cleveland, and Pepper Pike. Call us today at 216-464-4498! 

Some Prevention Tips For Burst Pipes While On Vacationing Outside of Beachwood

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 Valley View 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 Lyndhurst 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 Beachwood 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. 

If you or someone you know experiences a devastating pipe burst in your home, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is at your service! Call us today at 216-464-4498.

Is Home Improvement Illegal in Pepper Pike?

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that some DIY projects could put you behind bars? According to Bob Vila, “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.”  

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. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is happy to help! We extend our services across the Northeast Ohio region including, but not limited to: Euclid, East Cleveland, and Valley View. Give us a call today at 216.464.4498!

Preventing Commercial Losses in the Valley View Area

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

What's Damaging Your Home According to Static1...

Most people think water damage only occurs from flooding after days of heavy rain. Damage can occur even on a sunny day, leaving your Cuyahoga Heights 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.”

Clink this link to continue reading this entire article as this was just a little snippet to get you started.

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498 for any cleanup and restoration you may need. We extend our services across the Northeast Ohio region including, but not limited to: Euclid, East Cleveland, and Newburgh Heights.

Skunk Odor Removal for Your Bratenahl Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Skunks may be cute, but they can unleash a stinky surpise. What do you do in the event of a skunk spray? Who do you call? SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland is here to give information, support, and service regarding skunk odor relief. 

According to the IICRC, "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. " 

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498 for odor removal services. We extend our services across the Northeast Ohio region including, but not limited to: Euclid, University Heights, and Lyndhurst. 

Fire Restoration and Cleanup in the Beachwood Area

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 Shaker Heights commercial properties?

You have a fire at your own Pepper Pike personal property?

To help you think, let's look at some statistics...

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February due to dryness and increased usage of heating technology.

On average, fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage anually.

Top 5 Causes of Fire Loss According to the NFPA:
1. Cooking equipment
2. Heating equipment
3. Malicious Intent
4. Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
5. Smoking materials

But what am I supposed to do after the fire? You need to call a professional cleaning company. Luckily, there's a great one right in your backyard! SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to aid you in any fire damage emergencies. 

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST. Then repair and rebuild. Luckily, SERVPRO does it all!

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are here to aid your disaster recovery needs. Call us today at 216.464.4498! Our services extend throughout the Northeast Ohio region including, but not limited to: Euclid, East Cleveland, and Newburgh Heights. 

Information Regarding a Shaker Heights Home Fire

2/11/2018 (Permalink)

Worried about a home fire? Who isn't? Some things you can do to give yourself peace of mind include: 

- Initiating a preloss relationship with SERVPRO, a cleanup and restoration company

- Keeping household members accountable to fire education that includes prevention and stopping a fire safely

- Organizing an escape plan and emergency checkpoint in the event of a fire

- Continuing information research on fire safety

According to FEMA...

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.”  

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe. Call us today at 216.464.4498. We extend our services across the Cleveland/Beachwood region including, but not limited to: Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike, and University Heights. 

What's Your First Step to a Cleveland Home Fire?

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

What do you do if a fire starts in your Beachwood home? According to American Red Cross, these should be your first steps:

  • "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."

Keep in mind that SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to aid you in the event of a fire. However, do not call us first, call 911 to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your home. For the cleanup and restoration process, call us at 216.464.4498. We extend our services across the Cleveland area including but not limited to: University Heights, Mayfield Heights, and Euclid. 

Lake Effect Snow Information for Beachwood, Ohio

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

If you're from places like Cleveland, Shaker Heights, and Bratenahl, you know we get all kinds of lake effect snow throughout our winters. The snowfall can be so beautiful but remember, snow isn't just snow, it's also water. Water can cause all kinds of damage if not handled properly. Let's get educated! Here is an article from the National Weather Service to help us out:

“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..”

If you or someone you know experiences water damage from lake effect snow, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498 for all cleanup and restorative needs!

Is It Illegal To Warm Your Car Up in Cleveland, OH?

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Though it has been deemed illegal in Ohio to let your car idle (as of 2004), there have come a handful of exceptions from Ohio's Revised Code (2017).

The previous law (as made apparent by Cleveland19) enacted in 2004 states that:

"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." 

However, WCPO9 states in 2017 that:

"According to Ohio's revised code, there are now exceptions to the ordinance. It doesn't apply to cars parked on residential property, a locked car parked anywhere, or emergency and public safety vehicles."

Are You Prepared For Power Outage Emergencies in Your Cleveland Habitat?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

It pays to be prepared for emergencies! SERVPRO is always prepared for water, fire, or mold damage, so you should be prepared for other emergencies like power outages! Here's a basic list of emergency items:

  • 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 might strike. Be prepared and start your list today. We are available 24/7 to help with cleanup and restoration in the event of a disaster. Follow our blogs for lots of safety tips and useful information so you are prepared as best you can be.

If you or someone you know experiences water, fire, or mold damage, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498! We extend our services across the Cleveland region including, but not limited to: Euclid, Mayfield Heights, and University Heights.

What is a Sump Pump...and What is it Doing in My Euclid Home's Basement?

12/30/2017 (Permalink)

What on earth is a sump pump? Well, according to Lowe's, a sump pump can be described below:

"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." 

In the event that you experience a sump pump backup, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here to take care of you. Call us today at 216.464.4498. We extend our services throughout the Northeast Ohio region including, but not limited to: Euclid, Newburgh Heights, and Bratenahl. 

Winter Storm Clean Up in Beachwood, OH

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your East Cleveland home or Bratenahl business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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 to your Cuyahoga Heights home. Outdoor pipes, as well as pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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.

If you or someone you know experience water damage this season, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498 today!

Preventing Dryer Vent Fires in Your Garfield Heights Home

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common causes of fires is also perhaps the most preventable. Two words, dryer vents.

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.

If you experience fire damage due to an uncleaned dryer vent, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498. We extend our services throughout the Upper Cleveland region including, but not limited to: Euclid, Mayfield Heights, and Newburgh Heights. 

Commercial Disaster Help in Beachwood, Ohio

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

Disasters can strike at any time, but SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast can help you become better prepared for any disaster that may happen with the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP). 

According to the latest research, as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. 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 SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498 TODAY to develop an ERP! We extend our services across the Cleveland and Beachwood area including, but not limited to: Richmond Heights, Pepper Pike, and Lyndhurst. 

Hurricane Relief Efforts with Help from the Cleveland Area

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

Many families were hit hard by the most recent hurricane across the Gulf Coast. Although it will take years before all the cities and towns are back to normal, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is always here to help with all storm damages.

In the surrounding areas of Houston and Port Arkansas, it seemed as though they had suffered the most damage. Luckily, SERVPRO Storm Teams have many years of experience in storm damage cleanup. 

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

At SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast, we have the ability to help recover large loss commercial disasters. Call us today at 216.464.4498 for any restorative services. Our local services include, but have no limitation to: Mayfield Heights, University Heights, and Pepper Pike. 

Fire Restoration in Beachwood, Ohio

12/9/2017 (Permalink)

Here are some 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 once a month and be sure they are on each level of your building)

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.

If there is ever a fire, it is important to exit the building immediately and call for help. Do not call SERVPRO first, call 911. SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is here 24/7 if you need our help. Call us today at 216-464-4498. We extend our services across the Upper Cleveland area including, but not limited to: Lyndhurst, Euclid, and University Heights.

Christmas Tree Fires in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

12/9/2017 (Permalink)

Among the holiday seasons, there are a plethora of ways your home can catch on fire. However, one of the most prominent causes is due to one of our favorite decorations...a Christmas tree! You might be wondering, how could a Christmas tree do this to us? Well, it isn't the trees fault, most fires are started because of a bad electrical cord, or even a cord not plugged in all the way. There have been instances where an extension cord has failed while under pressure of an object, ultimately causing a fire in your Newburgh Heights home. With real trees, there are many precautions and care that needs to be given as well. Watering the Christmas tree daily is absolutely necessary because if the water level drops below the cut end of the tree, the tree is unable to consume any water, causing it to be extremely dry. Dry trees are the biggest culprit in these Pepper Pike home fires because they can burn faster than newspaper, causing the fire to spread rapidly. One in every 31 Christmas tree fires is deadly. Keep your family safe in your East Cleveland 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 and Cleveland Northeast is here for you 24/7! Give us a call today at 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. Click this link for a few tips from the Red Cross to help 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 and Cleveland Northeast is here 24/7 if you need our help. Call us today 216-464-4498! We extend our services throughout the Cleveland area including, but not limited to: Shaker Heights, Euclid, and Pepper Pike. 

Mold in Your Beachwood, Ohio Home?

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast offers a mold remediation service. Our certified technicians follow certain procedures to ensure your home is restored, “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. 

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

If your Euclid, Mayfield Heights, or University Heights Ohio home needs a mold inspection or service call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216-464-4498 today!

Fire Restoration in Richmond Heights

11/26/2017 (Permalink)

What happens when your home catches fire? It's tough to say what you would do because the experience is a blur, and something that no one should have to go through. Let's hear from the experts at the U.S. Fire Administration

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.” 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are here for you in your time of need after a devastating fire. We pick the pieces back up and make it, "Like it never even happened." We extend our services throughout the Northeast area of Ohio including, but not limited to: Mayfield Heights, University Heights, and Richmond Heights. 

Driving through a Snow Storm in Northeast Cleveland

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast care deeply about our community and we wanted to remind everyone of some basic tips for driving in the snow. Let's hear from the experts at AAA:

  • “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."

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast encourages the community to stay safe and be alert on the roads. Call us today at 216.464.4498 for all your cleanup and restoration needs. We extend our services throughout the Northeast Ohio region including, but not limited to: Bratenahl, Valley View, and Lyndhurst. 

Hanukkah Candle Safety Tips from SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Happy Hanukkah! SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast wishes all our customers a wonderful holiday season. Home fires are bound to happen throughout the dry winter, but let's hear it from a Hanukkah expert, PJ Feinstein:

  • “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 the smoke detectors in your house and have a fire extinguisher nearby in case the unthinkable happens.”

If you practice unsafe Hanukkah rituals and cause a home fire, be sure to call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498 today! We extend our services throughout the upper Ohio region including, but not limited to: Mayfield Heights, Lyndhurst, and Euclid.  

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Shaker Heights

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a Bratenahl business or a Pepper Pike 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 Garfield Heights 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 and Cleveland Northeast has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Call Us today 216-464-4498!

Some Mold Facts to Consider on Your East Cleveland Property

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

When we are called about possible mold in a Cuyahoga Heights home, people always ask what should we know? Let's hear from our friends at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about mold:

  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 Garfield Heights home or East Cleveland 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

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Turkey Fryer Safety in the Pepper Pike Area

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. What could go wrong? Let's ask our friends at the National Fire Protection Agency:

  • “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.”

If you or someone you know experiences devastation due to fire damage, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498 today! We extend our services throughout the upper Ohio region including, but not limited to: Brooklyn Heights, Lyndhurst, and Shaker Heights.  

How to Prepare for a Storm in the Valley View Area

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

All we are hearing on the news is hurricane this, hurricane that. Along with hurricane season, it's also September...National Preparedness Month! This month, 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 Northeast Cleveland,Ohio not a lot of hurricane threats). 

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. Here's what our friends from WRAL News have to suggest in survival kits:

  • 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)"

If you or someone you know experience extensive storm damage, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498! We extend our services throughout the Northeast region of Ohio including, but not limited to: Euclid, Bratenahl, and Garfield Heights. 

How to Preserve your Important Documents from a Storm in Cleveland, OH

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

In large storms or any type of water flood in your South Euclid home, there's a few things you can do to protect important documents. 

First and foremost utilize simple household items like sealable sandwich bags. They will protect documents from water. You can keep anything you deem important in these and just use them from the bags. This way you're prepared if an unexpected flood occurs to your Valley View home.

If a storm is coming, you can use your dishwasher for important documents. The dishwasher has the ability to lock water in or out and because it is attached to cabinets, it is less likely to be destroyed in events like tornadoes or hurricanes. 

Here's what our friends at WRAL News are saying about which documents are important to safekeep: 

  • 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)"

If you or someone you know experiences storm damage to your Garfield Heights home, contact SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498 today! 

Lead in your Brooklyn Heights Home?

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

What's wrong with lead? Isn't that in pencils? Well...yes, but it's extremely dangerous when mixed with other chemicals. The most common culprit is lead paint. Let's hear what our friends from the Environmental Protection Agency have to say about lead paint:

“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. “

If you or someone you know is in need of professional lead paint disposal, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498! Our services extend throughout the upper region of Ohio including, but not limited to: South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike! 

Hurricane Harvey from the Beachwood Standpoint

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Although we are not in Texas, our thoughts are with those effected by the Hurricane. Here is an update from ABC News:

"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."

If you or someone you know experiences large loss due to storm damage, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast at 216.464.4498 today! We extend our services throughout the Beachwood region including, but not limited to: University Heights, East Cleveland, and Newburgh Heights!

How to Drive in a Flood in Florida...Not Cleveland!

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

There are some serious floods right now in Southwest Florida but floods can happen here in Ohio too. There are some things to keep in mind in case of a flood here in Ohio or if you are traveling in an area that floods!

Here is a great tip from the Center for Disease Control about driving through a flood: 

“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.” 

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast 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. We extend our services throughout Mayfield Heights, Pepper Pike, East Cleveland, and so many other places!

What is a Flood Cut in Your South Euclid Home?

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

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

Why Do We Flood Cut?

·         If we detect 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.

If you or someone you know experiences flooding in their home, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498! We extend our services throughout the Richmond Heights, Lyndhurst, and Shaker Heights area.

How We Fix Water Damage to Your Bratenahl Home PART ONE

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

What can SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast do to help water damage in your South Euclid residence? Here is some basic information from a very reliable source...Wikipedia!

"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."

If you experience water damage to your East Cleveland home or Pepper Pike commercial property, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498! 

How We Fix Water Damage to Your Bratenahl Home 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 to Your Bratenahl Home PART THREE

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

After the stage called 'Monitoring' the next phase is the completion phase. What is the monitoring phase? Let's ask our friends at Wikipedia:

"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."

Though all of this information may seem daunting, don't worry! SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are here for you and we can be here for you 24/7, give us a call today at 216-464-4498! We extend our services throughout the upper Cleveland region including, but not limited to: Mayfield Heights, University Heights, and Pepper Pike. 

Why Should I Call SERVPRO for Water Damage to My Cleveland Residence?

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast are here to help if your University Heights business or Shaker Heights commercial property floods. You may be wondering why you would need us? Sometimes water damage is worse than just a puddle...much worse. How bad can water damage really be...let's see what our friends of West Bend have to say about it: 

"Water damage affects buildings on so many levels. When water creeps into areas of your property where it shouldn’t be, your floor could warp. Water damage also discolors beautifully painted walls. All that moisture can also lead not only to the formation of mold inside the building but also to a vermin infestation. Worst of all, water damage that isn’t immediately addressed through water damage restoration could eventually weaken the foundation of any building.

Water damage is also deceptively costly. You might think that an inch or two of water flooding your home or business wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket, but there have been cases where that little amount of water has caused damage that cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair and restore."

If you or someone you know experiences water damage, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498!

Preventing Electrical Fires in your University Heights Home

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical appliances are a serious offender in the causation of home fires. To protect your home, everyone should be aware of electrical dangers. Here are some tips from our friends at First Energy

“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.”

If you or someone you know experiences a home fire due to an electrical appliance, call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498. We extend our services throughout the upper Cleveland area including, but not limited to: University Heights, Euclid, and Mayfield Heights. 

Storing Food Safely in Your Bratenahl Home

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Keeping your perishables safe is super important for you and the members of your household. Making sure all the necessary items are refrigerated is best for health and safety. Here's what the Federal Drug Administration has to say about refrigeration of perishables: 

“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.”

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216.464.4498. We extend our services throughout the Cleveland area including, but not limited to: Mayfield Heights, South Euclid, and Pepper Pike. 

What is Water Backup and What Does it mean for my Shaker Heights Home?

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water backup can happen at anytime, anyplace, even if it's super inconvenient! Water can be extremely damaging to your home, it's much more than just a puddle. Let's see what a trusted insurance company, Liberty Mutual, has to say about water backup:

“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”

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast today at 216-464-4498, we're always here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your Pepper Pike home, your University Heights small business, and Euclid commercial property safe.

Wind Damage to Your Mayfield Heights Home

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire and water damage are expected...but wind damage? It's relatively rare in our area but SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is prepared to help if you or someone you know  

“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.”

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)

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)

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

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498 can help clean up the mess!

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/

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

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

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights.  

’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

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. 216-464-4498

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

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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/

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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. 

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

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/

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

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


Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.  We are available 24/7 for all your emergency needs. No job is too small or too big for our teams!  


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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
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    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!

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    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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    This information was copied from the above link as a source of information and was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood.

    (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! 

    This information was copied from the above link as a source of information and was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood.

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    June is National Safety Month-Smoke Alarms

    6/17/2016 (Permalink)

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    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.

    This information was copied from the above link as a source of information and was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood.

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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."

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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

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    Cleveland Area Memorial Day Parade Schedules and Events

    5/24/2016 (Permalink)

    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?”

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    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.


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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 go