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Stress Balls or Fidget Spinners? How Do You Relieve Stress At The Office?

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

A fidget spinner is a small gadget with ball-bearings that the user can rotate or spin between his finger and thumb. They are being marketed as the modern version of the stress ball, used to relieve anxiety and promote productivity.

How Are They Believed To Work?

Some believe that using the fidget spinner occupies parts of the brain that otherwise would distract the rest of the brain with random thoughts interfering with decision making and productivity. Others believe that body movements are actually part of the thinking process much like doodling or tapping a pen.

The Must-Have Office Toy

According to Forbes, fidget spinners were the must-have office toy of 2017. So for you or that co-worker or cubicle neighbor that constantly pen-clicks, desk-drums or nail bites, maybe pitch the stress ball and try upgrading to a fidget spinner!

What Do You Think? Would a fidget spinner increase productivity at your office?

After Water Damage...What Determines if the Carpet Can be Saved?

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

When a homeowner is faced with a water damage situation in his home, he often wonders if the carpet and padding can be saved. When SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is called for water restoration services, there are factors that the water technicians consider to help determine if the carpet and padding is salvageable.

Upon arriving to the site, the technicians will identify the category and classification of the water damage to ensure that the property is restored following industry guidelines. The level of contamination of the water helps determine whether or not the carpeting and padding can be saved.

There are three categories or classifications for floodwaters: Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3.

Category 1 is considered to be clean, non-contaminated water. It may come from overflowing tubs, leaky faucets, or broken pipes. In most instances of category 1 floodwater, the carpets and padding can be dried and restored.

Category 2 floodwater is classified as gray water. It is considered dirty water and it may result from malfunctioning washing machines or dishwashers for example. If the carpet has been wet for less than 48 hours, it can sometimes be restored. However, for category 2 floodwater, the padding is usually replaced.

Category 3 floodwater or black water is considered hazardous because it contains dangerous contaminants. Black water can come from instances like sewage backups and toilet overflows. In cases of black water floods, the carpeting and padding should be removed, disposed of and replaced.

The SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati technicians are experts in water restoration. They have the knowledge and expertise to inspect any situation and make professional decisions as to the appropriate restoration process to use.

If you are facing water damage in your home, call us today! (513)541-3200!

Signs of Hidden Mold

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in a home isn’t always clearly visible to the eye or easy to find. But there are some warning signs to look out for that may indicate there is mold growth present.

Musty Odor

A musty smell that is constantly present is an indicator that mold may be growing somewhere in the home. Mold can grow behind walls and under flooring and it is important to locate the source of the odor in order to prevent further spreading.

Water and Moisture Issues

Mold thrives in moist areas. If you have ever had any issues with water damage like flooding basements, leaky pipes, or condensation, it is possible that mold has started to develop. Discoloration or water stains on ceilings, walls, and floors are all signs of water issues and potential mold growth.

Allergy Symptoms

Some people have allergies to mold. If you are allergic to mold and notice that your allergies flare up when you are home and you feel better when you are away, this may be a sign that there is hidden mold in your home.

It is very important to address mold issues quickly because if not resolved, it can spread throughout a property very fast. If you suspect that your home has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati can inspect, assess and remediate your property.

Manmade vs Natural Flooding - Ways to Prepare

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

According to inhabitat.com, there are two types of flooding, natural flooding and manmade flooding. Natural flooding occurs as a result of weather. Heavy rains, flash floods and snow melts are all examples of natural occurrences that can cause water damage. Man-made flooding results due to the malfunction of a man made object. Burst pipes, plumbing issues and faulty water heaters are examples of times when man made flooding can occur and cause water damage.

There are ways to prepare for and help lessen the risk for flooding. For natural disasters, it is important to have a plan in place to communicate with family, especially if evacuation is necessary. Putting together an emergency kit is also a good idea. If possible, preventing water from entering the building at all is always best. Waterproofing basements and sealing walls are both methods that can help keep the water out. For man-made disasters, first of all it is important to check the home insurance policy. Flood detection equipment can be installed to detect water and stop it from flowing into the home. Pipes, water heaters, plumbing, foundations, and drainage systems should all be checked routinely to ensure that they are functioning properly.

Of course, not all flooding can be foreseen and prevented and it can happen when least expected. SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is available 24 hours a day and can respond immediately to a water damage situation. Our highly trained water technicians have the training, expertise, and advanced equipment to restore the property back to preloss condition. So if you have water damage and need help, call us today! (513) 541-3200.

MOLD: The Remediation Process

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold problem can arise and spread quickly throughout the home. The SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati technicians are professionals in the mold remediation process and have been trained to properly resolve mold infestation. Special equipment and processes are used to handle the problem.

The Process:

  1. Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at (513)541-3200: Upon receiving your call, we will collect information from you to determine what is needed to handle your project.
  2. Inspection and Assessment: Our technicians will inspect the property using professional detection equipment to determine mold and moisture levels.
  3. Mold Containment: Our technicians will use different containment procedures to prevent the mold from spreading.
  4. Air Filtration: Specialized equipment is used to capture mold spores from the air and prevent the mold from spreading during the remediation process.
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials: In some instances, it is necessary to remove mold-infested materials, like drywall or flooring, from the home. Anti-microbial agents are used to eliminate and prevent mold growth
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings: Our technicians thoroughly clean and sanitize the contents in the home affected by mold.
  7. Restoration: The structure and contents of the home may require repairs to return the property to preloss condition.

Mold damage is better handled by professionals that have the training and expertise to effectively handle the situation. If you suspect you have mold in your home or property, take the first step in the remediation process by giving us a call today!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati (513)541-3200

Fire Extinguishers...Important Safety Tips BEFORE a Fire Ever Breaks Out!

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

If used properly, portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out or containing small fires until the fire department arrives. However, it is important to remember that there are limitations to fire extinguisher use.

The National Fire Protection Association offers some key tips and information regarding the safe use of fire extinguishers. The first priority is to ALWAYS get out safely. Every home should be equipped with working smoke alarms and have a home escape plan in place.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

  • Only use a fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, is not spreading, everyone has exited the building, the fire department has been called, and the room is not already filled with smoke.
  • For proper operation, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin – hold the extinguisher pointing away from you.
    • Aim low – point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
  • For the home, choose a multi-purpose fire extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire but not too heavy to handle.
  • Read the instructions before a fire ever breaks out.
  • Install the extinguisher near an exit and know when to exit the building. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.

With proper use, a fire extinguisher can be an invaluable tool to help fight smaller fires in the home and prevent a larger disaster. But make sure to take the time to learn how to safely use an extinguisher and always remember that the first priority is to get out of the building safely!

Extreme Weather Conditions That Can Cause Damage in Our Area

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Extreme weather is when a weather event in an area is significantly different from the usual weather in that area. While those living in Kentucky and Ohio do not frequently experience severe weather conditions, there are a few times that weather does become an issue. Droughts, floods, tornadoes, and snow storms are all extreme weather events that can affect our area.

Droughts occur about once every 10 years in the Northern Kentucky / Ohio area. When they occur, these severe dry spells pose significant problems for our area farmers.

Flooding is most frequent here in the winter and spring seasons and affects areas that are normally dry. The many rivers and streams make us susceptible to flooding when we are faced with intense or prolonged heavy rain.

Tornadoes occur in all parts of the world and at any time of day or year. But they are most common in the Midwest during spring and summer afternoons and evenings. Depending on the severity, tornadoes can cause devastating damage to cities, businesses and homes.

Six or more inches of snowfall in a single day constitutes heavy snow in Ohio and Kentucky. This occurs several times a year in northern parts of Ohio but much less frequently in other areas of the state and into Kentucky. Extreme snowfall can cause damage to homes by collapsing roofs. Gusting winds that accompany blizzards also pose a threat to homes and business.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is always prepared and ready to help during disasters that result from extreme weather conditions. We respond immediately to flood and storm damage emergencies and we have the training and expertise to restore your property back to pre-storm condition. So if you find yourself in a disaster situation after an extreme weather event, be sure to give us a call!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati - (513) 541-3200

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an influential civil rights leader who believed in the power of words and peaceful demonstrations to portray his ideas and beliefs. Each year, on the third Monday of January, we celebrate his life and achievements. While the message of Martin Luther King was mainly about equality and civil rights, there is so much more that can be taken from his examples. He believed very strongly in what he preached, but he never resorted to violence in order to portray his messages. As a matter of fact, he strongly discouraged any forms of violent protesting. Instead, he promoted peace and love for all mankind, using powerful speeches to portray his ideas. In the difficult times that our country has been experiencing lately, this may be one of the most important lessons that we can learn from Martin Luther King. Whatever our cause may be, violence is never the best way to get the support and results we desire. So today let’s remember the words of Martin Luther King, “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” These words definitely stand the test of time.

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Well, it is New Year’s Day and many will make resolutions for 2018 with aspirations of living a healthier lifestyle, losing weight, dropping a bad habit or being more organized. One important resolution to add to the list that could actually save lives in 2018 is to commit to getting prepared for emergencies.

Families and businesses need to have a plan in place just in case a disaster occurs. The American Red Cross offers a few steps to prepare your family or business in the case of an emergency.

First of all, put together an emergency kit for the home or the office. Suggested items to include in the kit are flashlights, non-perishable food and water, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid items and extra cash.

Secondly, talk with family members or co-workers about what to do in the event of an emergency. Plan what to do if you are separated and choose a meeting place. Practice escaping your home or office twice a year. And don’t forget to include your pets in the plan!

And lastly, learn about the risks most prevalent to your area. For example, are earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes common in your area? Find out how to receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Learn first aid techniques so that you can respond before help arrives.

So this year, add being prepared for emergencies to your list of resolutions and stay safe in 2018! Be prepared!

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati

12/25/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season is the perfect time to show appreciation for those that make our success possible and to offer our very best wishes for a prosperous future. We know that our accomplishments and achievements in the water, fire and mold damage restoration industry would not be possible without our hard working employees, dedicated colleagues in the restoration industry, and our trusting customers. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with day in and day out to help our customers in need. So we would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. And our sincere wish is that you find peace, joy, hope and happiness today and in the new year ahead!

Merry Christmas!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati