Recent Water Damage Posts

Safety First

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Safety First Is this water safe to walk in?

When any part of your 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/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498 if you experience a flood and are unsure of the next steps to take! We will guide you through the process safely!

Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike Residents:

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike Residents: 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/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 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? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498

Minimizing Secondary Water Damage

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

When You Have A Flood...

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

December in Ohio

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

It’s December in Ohio and so far we have had both snow and rain, which equals lots of water!  We are also having cold temperatures which can cause broken pipes/lines.  Although there are different issues that can cause this to happen, it is extremely important to ensure that your heat is on and at a temperature that will not allow pipes to freeze, especially if you are leaving your home unattended for any amount of time.  If a pipe/line breaks, the effects can be devastating.  Often the amount of water needs more than just a mop or a rag.  Cleaning up the visible water may not be enough.  The floor, subfloor, walls and ceiling can be holding water you are unable to dry. Please call our team of trained professionals at SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights @ 216-464-4498 and they will assess the affected areas, determine a drying plan and begin mitigation.   

When the flood gates open...

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When the flood gates open... Residential water loss September, 2018

and the water comes rushing in, it can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, walls and places you can not see.  That’s when you need to call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights!  Timing is everything and failure to  act immediately may make the contents unsalvageable and extensive demolition unavoidable.  Fixing the source of what has caused the loss is crucial.  It is important to work with a certified restoration service provider like SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights.  Our team of trained professionals will quickly respond to assess the damage and begin the mitigation process to stop further loss.  SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights may utilize specific water meters (either penetrating or non-penetrating), air scrubbers, industrial extraction equipment, commercial air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers.  This specialized mitigation process is important because leaving excess moisture could promote mold growth,  which could  be hazardous to your or someone else’s health.

Call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights at (216)464-4498,  where we  specialize in Water, Fire, Storm and Mold damage restoration and bring your property back to its preloss state…

 “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Can Lead to Mold

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEMA and Mitigation

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more by clicking the link provided above.

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

Spring 2018 Arrives and So Do Thunderstorms

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Some Prevention Tips For Burst Pipes While On Vacation

3/10/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Burst Pipes

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

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


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


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

Keep an Eye on Your Home From a Distance

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

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

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

Are You Prepared For Power Outage Emergencies?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

  • Flashlights

  • Extra batteries

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Non-electric can opener & eating utensils

  • List of emergency phone numbers

  • First-aid kit

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

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

Preventing Frozen Pipes in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In floods how to preserve documents

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Some items to consider storing are:

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

For more information visit:

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

What is a flood cut?

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

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

Examples of why we flood cut:

·         If we detect there is wet insulation

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

·         If any microbial growth is detected

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

Some of our steps:

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

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

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

How we fix water damage PART ONE!

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

"Structure and contents

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

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

For more information click Source of information

How we fix water damage PART TWO!

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

How we fix water damage PART THREE!

8/20/2017 (Permalink)

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

"Completion

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

Source can be seen by clicking here

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

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

What exactly is a water backup?

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

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

Preventing Water Backup

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

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

Extend downspouts at least ten feet away from the house

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

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

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

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! 

Unexpected Water In Your Basement?

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finding The Source Of A Ceiling Leak

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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


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

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/

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

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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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)

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.”

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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Drying Principles

5/5/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_damage_restoration

“Structure and contents

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

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

Monitoring

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

Completion

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

Step-by-step process

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

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Water Categorization

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_damage_restoration

"Water, under the IICRC's S-500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, has been broken off into three categories. These categories are based upon the level of contamination present, or presumed present, in the source water.

·         Category 1 is water from a clean or sanitary source. Previously known as clear water or clean water, this descriptor has since been removed to reduce confusion. These can include water from broken clean water supply lines; clean water from toilet tank or bowl; faucets; and bottled water. Although the source may be from a clean source, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

·         Category 2 is water with some level of contaminants that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Previously known as grey water, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; and dishwasher overflow. Category 2 water can quickly degrade into category 3 depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

·         Category 3 water is grossly unsanitary, and could cause severe illness or death if ingested. Previously known as black water or blackwater, this descriptor has since been removed to avoid confusion. Sources for category 3 water include, but are not limited to, sewage; flooding from rivers or streams; wind-driven rain, water from beyond the toilet trap; water from the toilet bowl with feces; and standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.”

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Water Classifications

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

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The following was copied directly from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_damage_restoration

“Water damage is classified into one of the following classes:

·         Class 1 water damage (least amount of water, absorption and evaporation): Water losses that affect only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture. Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion are present.

·        Class 2 water damage (large amount of water, absorption and evaporation): Water losses that affect at least an entire room or carpet and cushion(pad). Water has wicked up walls less than 24”. There is moisture remaining in structural materials (e.g., plywood, particleboard, structural wood, concrete).

·         Class 3 water damage (greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation): Water wicked up over 24", or water may have come from overhead affecting ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and sub-floor. The entire area are saturated.

·         Class 4 water damage (specialty drying situations): These consist of wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, stone). Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which requires very low specific humidity.”

FYI....tomorrow's blog: Water Categorization

Home Water Damage

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: http://www.iicrc.org/what-when-home-suffers-from-water-damage-a-74.html

"When a major storm passes close to the house, the home may suffer water damage that is difficult to repair. There are many things a family can do to begin repairing any destruction, but a certified professional will likely be needed to get rid of any serious health or structural threats. Contaminated storm surges or floods can carry pathogens and become a breeding ground for mold. If allowed to fester, these mold spores can spread throughout the building and become even more difficult to remove. In many cases,  governmental agencies could condemn the structure if the microbial threat is too great."

"The main reason why a home is sensitive to water damage is because moisture is difficult to detect once the floods recede
. Standing liquids can encourage microbial growth within 24 hours and can saturate all kinds of textiles and seep through drywall. Moisture may collect behind the walls, where mold and bacteria may multiply out of sight. If a family reacts quickly enough, clothes and furniture may be saved. However, people must be careful when entering a building that has recently been flooded. Exposure to wildlife and contaminated liquids can result in serious injury."

"Before entering a home affected by water damage, make sure the electrical power is shut off
. Exposed wires or plugged in devices can electrocute people, resulting in major injury or even death. Also, it’s best to move slowly through the building when re-entering it for the first time. Snakes, reptiles or rodents may be hiding under debris and could lash out and bite suddenly. To protect against wildlife and airborne contaminants, wear protective clothing from head to toe, including a vapor respirator, rubber gloves and eye protection. Also, wear thick boots that can withstand puncturing and animal bites." 

"Professional restoration services can quickly identify what items in the home are compromised by water damage. Normally, anything that is porous may need to be discarded if it has come in contact with contaminated fluids. These items, like mattresses, box springs, pillows and particle board, trap more moisture than other materials and foster the growth of microbes. A family can prepare for professional cleaning by getting rid of these items before the technicians arrive, butbe sure to properly record and itemize the items for insurance purposes prior to disposing." 

"Once professionals arrive at the building, they will be able to track down any pockets of excess moisture and remove them
. Certified technicians can locate these pockets of moisture using equipment that measures the moisture in hidden pockets and behind tile and other materials that may not feel wet on the outside.  When these moisture pockets are found, the technicians will expose them to air by removing any drywall or other materials in the way. Once the location of the moisture has been determined, the professionals will begin the clean-up process that may include pressure washing the area with powerful detergents. These technicians are also able to speed up the drying process to prevent the growth of any molds or other harmful bacteria. If the professional locate mold or bacteria colonies, they will know how to identify and remove the threat using chemical or mechanical methods."

"It’s important for a family to hire professionals that are certified through a reputable organization
. Technicians trained in this area know how to find compromised areas and do what it takes to restore them."

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IICRC-What is Structural Drying?

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

The following has been copied directly from the IICRC website and can be located at:http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/structural-and-commercial-drying/

"While there are many methods for drying structural components and contents, the “in-place” drying system has been taught in the industry and used by drying contractors since the early ’80s. In those days, this method of drying components, without significant removal of furnishings or fixtures, was somewhat restricted, due to limitations imposed by extraction, evaporation and dehumidification equipment. In recent years, however, drying technology (extraction, evaporation, dehumidification), along with better understanding of psychrometry, has advanced in major ways so that in-place drying has, in some cases, become far more safe and practical."

"Why use a certified technician?
Professional restoration technicians understand the need for quick response. Immediate remediation is key to controlling any escalating costs. The longer the remediation is delayed, the higher the cost of restoration. Certified restorers have the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their pre-loss condition. Look for theIICRC logo to verify IICRC certification."SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is an IICRC certified firm.  We can be reached at 216-464-4498.   

Flood Types

3/19/2016 (Permalink)

"A river flood occurs when water levels rise over the top of river banks due to excessive rain from tropical systems making landfall, persistent thunderstorms over the same area for extended periods of time, combined rainfall and snowmelt, or an ice jam." (Source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/types/)

 "A coastal flood, or the inundation of land areas along the coast, is caused by higher than average high tide and worsened by heavy rainfall and onshore winds (i.e., wind blowing landward from the ocean). Places like Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, experience impacts from shallow coastal flooding several times a year because of coastal development and lower elevation." (Source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/types/)

 "Storm surge is an abnormal rise in water level in coastal areas, over and above the regular astronomical tide, caused by forces generated from a severe storm's wind, waves, and low atmospheric pressure. Storm surge is extremely dangerous, because it is capable of flooding large coastal areas. Extreme flooding can occur in coastal areas particularly when storm surge coincides with normal high tide, resulting in storm tides reaching up to 20 feet or more in some cases. Along the coast, storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. In the past, large death tolls have resulted from the rise of the ocean associated with many of the major hurricanes that have made landfall. Hurricane Katrina (2005) is a prime example of the damage and devastation that can be caused by surge. At least 1500 persons lost their lives during Katrina and many of those deaths occurred directly, or indirectly, as a result of storm surge." (Source: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/types/)

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What Is a Severe Thunderstorm?

3/17/2016 (Permalink)

"A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people some years than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding. High winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages. Every year people are killed or seriously injured because they didn't hear or ignored severe thunderstorms warnings. The information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, could save your life.

  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! Don't wait for rain. Lightning can strike out of a clear blue sky. Learn more about lightning safety.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and corded telephones. Cordless phones, cell phones and other wireless handheld devices are safe to use.
  • Keep away from windows.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
  • Lightning and Flood Threats

    While much of the focus during severe weather is on tornadoes, wind and hail, there are actually more deaths caused each year by flooding and lightning, which are also commonly associated with severe weather. If you hear thunder or see lightning, head inside immediately! When Thunder Roars Go Indoors! Heavy rainfall from thunderstorms can quickly cause rivers and streams to overrun their banks and cause street flooding in cities. Remember, if you encounter a flooded roadway, do NOT drive or walk into it. Turn Around Don’t Drown! Visit weather.gov/lightningsafety and weather.gov/floodsafety for more safety tips and information.”  (Source: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/severeweather/index.shtml)

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    How to Drive in a Flood

    3/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Source: https://www.progressive.com/vehicle-resources/flood-safety/

    "Floods can occur anywhere, with floodwaters rising gradually or flash floods striking suddenly. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the United States — most flood fatalities happen because people try to drive through deadly waters rather than avoid them. (Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2005)"

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    Leave Cabinet Doors Open-Protect Pipes

    2/21/2016 (Permalink)

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    Tip: Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes during cold weather. #HereToHelp

    Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?

    2/20/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage? https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/home-insurance/water-damage.aspx

    Source: https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/home-insurance/water-damage.aspx

    "You're catching up on some laundry and everything's going fine. The next thing you know, water starts gushing across your floor when your washing machine water supply hose suddenly fails. You get the water mopped up, but a few days later your wood laminate floor starts buckling. So, you may wonder, will your homeowners insurance cover the damage? In this case, your insurance policy will likely provide coverage. Most standard homeowners policies provide protection from water damage if the cause is sudden and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, you'll likely be protected if, for instance, your drywall is drenched after your water heater ruptures or an upstairs pipe bursts and water saturates the ceiling below."

    Click link for more information from Allstate Insurance: https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/home-insurance/water-damage.aspx

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    Ice Dam Prevention from Travelers

    2/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Ice Dam Prevention from Travelers Source: https://www.travelers.com/prepare-prevent/mother-nature/winter-storm-safety/ice-dam-removal.shtm

    https://www.travelers.com/prepare-prevent/mother-nature/winter-storm-safety/ice-dam-removal.shtm

    "You can help prevent serious damage to both the roof and inside of your home by minimizing the likelihood that an ice dam will develop, and by removing one as soon as you spot it. Ice dams can form when water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roofline. Without roof snow removal, an ice dam may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof. This water can then back up underneath roof shingles and make its way into your home."  (Follow link above to continue reading)

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    Flooded House from Burst Pipes?

    2/15/2016 (Permalink)

    Frozen pipes? Call SERVPRO of Beachwood today to begin the clean-up:

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    Ice Cold and Frozen Pipes in Cleveland, Ohio

    2/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Here comes the zero degree and below temps. Cleveland, Ohio. Please check out the following websites for some great tips to remain safe!

    http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/ 

    http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Top-Ten-Red-Cross-Cold-Weather-Safety-Tips

    http://www.clevelandwater.com/who-we-are/media/protect-your-home-winter

    Frozen pipes caused a flood? Call SERVPRO of Beachwood today to begin the clean-up:

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    Examples of Water Damage Causes

    1/27/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike has been called to clean water in homes caused by broken pipes, rain storms, sinks left on, broken toilets and more.  Whatever caused the flood, SERVPRO of Beachwood is available 24/7 if you need us!  We can be reached at 216-464-4498.

    Winter Pipe Tip

    1/21/2016 (Permalink)

    Frozen pipes cause many a headache every winter. Make sure your pipes are properly insulated or consider running taps at a trickle to prevent freezing.

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    Flood in Cleveland Ohio?

    1/20/2016 (Permalink)

    We have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. Call SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498.

    Tips From The Red Cross To Prevent Frozen Pipes

    1/12/2016 (Permalink)

    Tips from the Red Cross to prevent frozen pipes:

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

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

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

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

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

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    Frozen Pipes in Cleveland, Ohio

    1/11/2016 (Permalink)

    The weather in Cleveland, Ohio has finally reached the teens and snow has arrived.  To avoid frozen pipes, turn off your outside water sources if you have not done so already.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst and Pepper Pike can be reached at 216-464-4498 anytime day or night.

    Are You Prepared For Winter?

    1/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Is anyone ever truly prepared for winter weather? Researchers say that 70 percent of the fatalities related to ice and snow occur in automobiles, and about 25 percent of all winter related fatalities occur when people are caught off guard in the storm. SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights can be reached 24/7 at 216-464-4498

    Water Damage Prevention Tip

    1/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Water Damage Prevention Tip Water Damage Prevention Tip

    The best way to minimize damage from a disaster is to prevent it from happening. By having a professional remove any weak trees from your yard before heavy snowfall accumulates, you could save yourself a lot of stress (and not to mention money).

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    Got icicles?

    1/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Got icicles? It could be a sign that heat is leaking from your home into the attic, and it's probably a good idea to check for cracks or gaps.

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    Frozen Pipes

    1/24/2014 (Permalink)

    Stay warm everyone as the weather reports are predicting the temperatures will drop lower than they did a few weeks ago!  Review the tips we posted the last few weeks to hopefully prevent pipes from bursting! If your pipes burst call us at 216-464-4498.

    Cold Temperatures-Broken Pipes

    1/3/2014 (Permalink)

    To all our friends in Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights...Please keep an eye on the cold temperatures moving in over the next few days.  Call us we can help clean up from a broken pipe or faucet!

    Cleveland Heights Basement Flooded

    11/17/2013 (Permalink)

    A pipe under the house broke in Cleveland Heights causing the basement to fill with water.  SERVPRO of Beachwood was called to mitigate the water.

    Cleveland Heights home has water in basement

    10/15/2013 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Cleveland Heights home has water in basement Water in basement caused by a washing machine supply line.

    We were called to Cleveland Heights, Ohio to clean up water in the basement caused by a broken washing machine supply line.  We removed the water and started to dry the home out.  We should have everything completed and Like it never happened® in 4 days!

    Rain Storms in Beachwood, Ohio

    10/7/2013 (Permalink)

    We have had lots of rain the last few days in Cleveland, Ohio....we are here if you need us 24/7 by calling us at 216-464-4498

    Water in your basement in Beachwood, Shaker Hts, Cleveland Hts.

    6/6/2013 (Permalink)


  • Shut off the water source if possible.

  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.

  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.

  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.

  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.