Recent Storm Damage Posts

Response Time Matters

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 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/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 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.

Hailstorms!

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is Lake Effect Snow?

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

January Weather in Cleveland, Ohio

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

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

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

Listen To Your Parents

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Storm Watch or Storm Warning?

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it be rain or snow, it is important to know what is happening around your local area.  We often hear the meteorologist say things like, “severe weather warning” or “severe weather watch”.  It is just as important to know the difference between the two.  A weather warning is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center) and means that there is a potential for the development of a storm.  A weather watch means there is a severe storm in progress and can be seen on radar.

No matter what type of storm, SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Hts./Cleveland Hts. is ready to help.  We have certified technicians that you can trust to help you through a difficult time.  Please call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Hts./Cleveland Hts. @ 216-464-4498.

Make Sure Your Home is Storm Ready

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake Effect Snow Information for Beachwood, Ohio

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What Is A Sump Pump?

12/30/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Winter Storm Clean Up in Beachwood Ohio

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

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

Frozen Pipes

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

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

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

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

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

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

Roof Damage

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

We can be reached at 214-464-4498!

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

Hurricane Relief Efforts

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Driving In A Snow Storm

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

How to prepare for storms

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Hurricane Harvey

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wind damage

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

“What are damaging winds?

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

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

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

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

Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights

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! 

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.  

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/

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.

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

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

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.”

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, your home or company safe.

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." 

 

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, your home or company safe.

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.

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, your home or company safe.

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.

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, your home or company safe.

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.

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, your home or company safe.

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.

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, your home or company safe.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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-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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    What is a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)?

    5/25/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood is providing the following content only and has copied it directly from: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/get-assistance/forms-of-assistance/4627/1/805

    “A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a readily accessible facility or mobile office you can visit for information about Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to your case. The DRC Locator allows you to find the hours, services, and locations of nearby DRCs.

    Some of the services that a DRC may provide include:

    ·         Application for disaster assistance

    ·         Help understanding disaster recovery assistance and programs for survivors

    ·         Help understanding any written correspondence received from FEMA

    ·         Housing assistance and rental resource information

    ·         Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance

    ·         Status of applications submitted to FEMA

    ·         Help obtaining and understanding information on Small Business Administration (SBA) assistance programs

    Please click the link above to read more. 

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    Tornado Facts

    5/6/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/tornado.html

    "Learn what tornadoes are, how fast they spin, how far they can travel, where most tornadoes occur, the difference between an F0 tornado and an F5 tornado, what a waterspout is and much more.Read on to check out our wide range of interesting information about twisters.

    ·         A tornado is a rapidly spinning tube of air that touches both the ground and a cloud above.

    ·         Tornadoes are sometimes called twisters.

    ·         Not all tornadoes are visible but their high wind speeds and rapid rotation often form a visible funnel of condensed water.

    ·         The Fujita Scale is a common way of measuring the strength of tornadoes. The scale ranges from F0 tornadoes that cause minimal damage through to F5 tornadoes which cause massive damage.

    ·         Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 100 miles per hour (161 kilometres per hour).

    ·         Extreme tornadoes can reach wind speeds of over 300 miles per hour (483 kilometres per hour).

    ·         Most tornadoes travel a few miles before exhausting themselves.

    ·         Extreme tornadoes can travel much further, sometimes over 100 miles (161kilometres).

    ·         The Tri-State Tornado that travelled through parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana in 1925 left a path of destruction over 219 miles (352 kilometres) long.

    ·         The Tri-State Tornado was the deadliest tornado in US history, killing 695 people.

    ·         The USA averages around 1200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.

    ·         The majority of these tornadoes occur in a geographically unique area nicknamed ‘Tornado Alley’.

    ·         US States most often hit by tornadoes include Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Florida.

    ·         In 1989 the deadliest tornado ever recorded in the world killed around 1300 people in Bangladesh.

    ·         In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction.

    ·         In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.

    ·         A tornado that occurs over water is often called a waterspout.

    ·         Weather radars are used to detect tornadoes and give advanced warning.

    ·         Basements and other underground areas are the safest places to seek refuge during a tornado. It is also a good idea to stay away from windows.”

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    Severe Storm Tips From The Ohio State University

    4/26/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from: https://dps.osu.edu/severe-storm

    "Severe Storm

    1. Try to remain calm.

    2. Seek shelter in a sturdy building away from windows, exterior doors, and walls.

    3. Do not use elevators.

    Lightning

    1. Try to remain calm.

    2. Seek shelter away from windows.

    3. Do not use elevators.

    Outdoors

    1. Seek shelter in a sturdy campus building.

    2. Avoid elevated places and isolated trees.

    3. Keep your head and body as low to the ground as possible.

    4. Minimize contact with the ground.

    5. Find shelter as quickly as possible.

    Information to Know

    • Location of interior corridors
    • Evacuation routes/procedures
    • Shelter-in-place procedures"

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    Red Cross Tips

    4/12/2016 (Permalink)

    The Red Cross offers tips and advice for pre and post disasters. The following was copied directly from http://www.redcross.org/find-help/disaster-recovery/utilities-major-systems . 

    "Electrical, Plumbing and Heating Systems
    • If you see sparks, broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker.
    • If there is a pool of water on the floor between you and the fuse box or circuit breaker panel, use a dry wooden stick to try to reach to turn off the main fuse or breaker, but do not step or stand in water to do that. If you cannot reach the fuse box or breaker panel, call a qualified electrician for assistance.
    • Inspect the panel box for any breakers that may have tripped. A tripped breaker may indicate damaged wiring inside your home. Do not turn them on. Call an electrician.
    • Use a flashlight to inspect fuses. Replace broken fuses with exactly the same amperage rating and never use an object such as a coin or strip of metal to bypass the protection that fuses provide.
    • If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using sinks, showers or toilets and call a plumber.
    • If water pipes are damaged, turn off the water at the main valve. Call a plumber for assistance.
    • If you have a heating oil tank system, turn off all valves and contact a professional specializing in maintenance of such equipment before using it again.
    Telephones
    • Check each telephone to see if it is still on the hook. Hang up any phones that aren’t. Wait a few minutes, and then pick up one phone to listen for a dial tone to know whether you have working telephone service.
    • If you don’t have a dial tone, try unplugging all the phones. Plug in one at a time and listen for dial tone. This will help you determine if the phone itself is broken or the service is completely out. If it is, contact the telephone company to report the problem and request repair."
    • Read more at: http://www.redcross.org/find-help/disaster-recovery/utilities-major-systems

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    Power Outages in Cleveland Ohio

    3/31/2016 (Permalink)

    The following was copied directly from http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/SpringSummerPowerOutages.aspx

    Power Outages 

    "Power outages can occur because of multiple reasons: utility blackouts or severe weather such as thunder and lightning storms, snow and ice storms, or strong winds. Whatever the reason, power outages can affect thousands – even millions – of people over an extended period of time.

    In preparation for a power outage or any emergency, every household should have a disaster supply kit that contains key items such as non-perishable food, drinking water, a battery-operated radio or television, a land-line telephone or cell phone, and an emergency contact list of relatives or friends. To view checklists for home emergency preparedness kits, click here.

    Extended power outages during extremely hot or extremely cold weather are serious concerns for individuals with special needs or for those who rely on life support devices requiring electricity, such as respirators or ventilators.

    By law, utility companies are required to maintain and update their lists, annually, of customers who rely on life support devices. People with these medical concerns need to register with their utility company or complete an application to get on their lists. Written verification from the customer’s physician may also need to be included. People with medical concerns should contact their utility companies for details.

    However, there is no guarantee that customers with medical needs will have their power restored immediately. People who rely on medical equipment need to be extra prepared. Their emergency preparedness kit should include a list of places to go until power is restored, additional oxygen tanks, and if possible, a backup generator as an alternate power source.

    Click http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/PortableGeneratorInfo.aspx for information on the safe use of generators.

    Before a Power Outage

      To prepare for a blackout or power outage, you should do the following.
    • To begin preparing, you should update or build an emergency kit (see above) and make a family communications plan http://www.ready.gov/family-communications.
    • Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts.
    • Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer, if there’s room. Leave about an inch of space inside each one, because water expands as it freezes. This chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
    • Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
    • Keep your gas tank in your vehicle at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
    • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage opener is located and know how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help to lift it.
    • Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open.

    During a Power Outage

    • Use only flashlights for emergency lighting. NEVER use candles during a blackout or power outage. Candles pose an extreme risk of fire.
    • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep your food as fresh as possible. Carefully check your food for signs of spoilage before eating.
    • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment (like air conditioners) or electronics that were in use when the power went out. Power many return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can damage computers, as well as motors in appliances, like the air conditioner, refrigerator, washer or furnace.
    • NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage.
    • Do not connect a generator to a home’s electrical system. If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to the outlets on the generator.
    • Listen to a local radio station or to a battery or generator powered television for updated information.
    • Use a standard telephone handset (land line) or cellular phone. Cordless phones and answering machines require electricity. Use the phone for emergencies only.
    • DURING THE SUMMER – Take steps to remain cool, if it’s hot outside. During prolonged power outages, consider going to a place that has power and air conditioning, such as a movie theater, shopping mall, library or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community.
    • DURING THE WINTER – Put on layers of warm clothing if it’s cold outside. Never burn charcoal indoors for heating or cooking. Never use your gas oven as a source of heat. If the power is out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (a relative or friend’s home, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
    • Provide plenty of fresh cool water for your pets.
    • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion.
    • Try to keep cash on hand. Equipment such as automated teller machines (ATMs) will not work during a power outage or blackout.

    People with Disabilities and Other Access & Functional Needs

    • Call your power company before rolling blackouts occur, if you use a battery-operated wheelchair, life-support system (such as oxygen) or other power-dependent equipment. Many utility companies keep a list and map of the locations of power-dependent customers, in case of an emergency.
    • Ask utility companies what alternatives are available in your area. Contact the customer service department of your local utility company(ies) to learn if this service is available in your community.
    • Have an extra battery, if you use a motorized wheelchair or scooter. A car battery also can be used with a wheelchair, but will not last as long as the wheelchair’s deep-cycle battery. If available, have a lightweight manual wheelchair for backup.
    • If you are visually impaired, have a talking or Braille clock, or large-print timepiece with extra batteries.
    • Consider getting a small, portable battery-operated television if you are deaf or have a hearing loss. Emergency broadcasts may give information in open captioning or American Sign Language (ASL)."

    Read More at: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/SpringSummerPowerOutages.aspx

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    What Can Cause A Flood?

    3/28/2016 (Permalink)

    There are many reasons for floods.  A great source of information can be found at https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/what_causes_flooding.jsp .

    Be prepared!  Here are some suggestions taken directly from the site above: 

    • "Review your current homeowners insurance policy and become familiar with what is and is not covered, as damage due to flooding is typically not covered.
    • Call your insurance agent to purchase flood insurance for your home (and business) and its contents.
    • Make a flood plan and plan evacuation routes.
    • Itemize and take pictures of possessions.
    • Keep valuable items and family heirlooms on the upper floors of your home or building.
    • For more information about how to prepare for a flood, click here.
    • To learn more about flood risks associated with heavy rains, download this fact sheet."

    SERVPRO of Beachwood can be reached at 216-464-4498 if you find you need help.  Remember:

    What To Do After Flooding

    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT To Do After Flooding

    • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
    • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
    • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
    • Don't use television or other household appliances.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

    Severe Weather Information

    3/18/2016 (Permalink)

    "Forecasters and storm spotters have learned to recognize certain thunderstorm features and structure that make tornado formation more likely. Some of these are visual cues, like the rear-flank downdraft, and others are particular patterns in radar images, like the tornadic vortex signature (TVS).

    Storm spotters have been trained to recognize tornado conditions and report what they see to the National Weather Service. Storm spotters can be emergency managers or even local people with a keen interest in severe weather who have taken formal storm spotter training in their community.

    Computer programs, called algorithms, analyze Doppler radar data and display it in ways that make it easier for forecasters to identify dangerous weather. A storm with a tornado observed by radar has certain distinguishing features and forecasters are trained to recognize them.

    When a Doppler radar detects a large rotating updraft that occurs inside a supercell, it is called a mesocyclone. The mesocyclone is usually 2-6 miles in diameter, and is much larger than the tornado that may develop within it.”  (Source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/tornadoes/detection/)

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    Tornado Watch vs. Tornado Warning-Do you know the Difference?

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    “What is the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
  • Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on Radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where severe thunderstorms may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or county) that may be impacted by an on-going severe thunderstorm.”  (Source: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/ww.shtml)
  • Here to help! SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498

    Winter Storm Jan. 2016

    1/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Waiting for frozen pipes to thaw....decided to have a little fun.

    Happy Holloween from SERVPRO of Beachwood

    10/30/2015 (Permalink)

    You think this time of year is scary? The real-life horrors of fire and water damage can be even more frightening. Be prepared. Choose the team that knows how to clean.

    Ice Dam Damage in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

    3/26/2015 (Permalink)

    Ice Dams were an issue for many homeowners in Cleveland Heights, University Heights...well all over Cleveland, Ohio this winter.  SERVPRO of Beachwood was called to help clean up the aftermath!  We are always a call away! 

    July 20th Storm: Euclid, Mentor and Willoughby Ohio

    7/21/2013 (Permalink)

    All callers from the storm on July 20, 2013....The SERVPRO Storm Team Franchise is working as fast as they can to return all calls. When you called SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Hts, Cleveland Hts we then turned your contact information over to the Servpro Storm Team Franchise and they have informed us that they are working as fast as they can to get back to everyone.

    Flooding in Mentor, Euclid and Willoughy Ohio

    7/20/2013 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is assisting in the storm cleanup in Mentor, Euclid and Willoughy Ohio.