Water Damage – The Equipment We Use During the Dry-Out Process
In the event of water damage to a residential or commercial property, trained professionals and expert equipment are very important for the restoration process. Our water technicians use exceptional equipment to extract and eliminate moisture from a property.
Detection equipment is used to find the areas of the structure that are affected by water and to determine the extent of moisture absorption. This equipment is also used to verify that the environment has been dried thoroughly upon project completion.
Extraction equipment is the equipment used to actually remove water from an area. This equipment is used to clean carpets and upholstery as well as to remove water from floors.
Airmovers and dehumidifiers are used during the dry-out process to enhance moisture evaporation and reduce drying time.
And finally, to neutralize and eliminate any odors left behind after the water intrusion, deodorization equipment is used to help restore the area to preloss condition.
HAPPY JULY 4TH! Fireworks & Weather - Did you know...?
Fireworks displays are affected by many different weather factors. Wind, drought, lightning and rain can all have an impact on July 4th celebrations.
Wind can really affect the quality of the display as well as pose a safety risk if not monitored closely. Calm wind doesn’t allow for the smoke to dissipate which means that the fireworks won’t be as vivid as spectators try to see them through the smoke. Strong wind affects the direction of the fallout, potentially blowing hot embers and smoke into the spectators.
A location experiencing a drought is not ideal for a fireworks show. This could be very dangerous as there is potential for fire damage when the fallout lands on dry grounds and possibly sparks a fire.
Lightning can also be one of the most dangerous weather conditions that affects a fireworks show. It is possible that lightning can strike the unlit fireworks and ignite them on the ground, which is very dangerous for anyone sitting nearby. It’s important to remember to always take shelter indoors if lightning is in the area!
And finally, while most would expect otherwise, rain is not really an issue for fireworks displays. As long as the pre-lit fireworks are protected from the rain so that the fuses are kept dry and will light, the fireworks will still burst through the raindrops and be seen without problems.
So this July 4th, be sure to take the weather into consideration as you head to your local fireworks display!
We at SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati wish you a happy and safe Independence Day!
MOLD - Where does it hide?
Mold is a fungus that thrives in warm, damp and humid areas. It lives both indoors and outdoors and can spread quickly through a property.
Where does mold hide?
Mold thrives in moist areas. It can most commonly be found in places like showers and tubs, leaky sinks or pipes and basement walls or crawlspaces. But sometimes it hides in places you might never suspect! According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling tiles, or the underside of carpets and pads. Other possible hidden locations include areas inside walls around leaking pipes, the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork, and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks).
If you discover mold in your home and need professional service, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati has the specialized mold remediation equipment and the highly trained mold remediation technicians necessary to handle any size mold infestation.
Call Us Today for any Mold Remediation Services!
If Disaster Strikes Your Business…ARE YOU READY?
SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati responds quickly, 24 hours a day/7 days a week if your business is suddenly hit by an emergency or disaster. We have the resources and expertise to handle any size disaster. From a small business building to a large high rise building, we can handle the situation.
According to research, nearly 50% of businesses permanently close following a large disaster. Of the businesses that do survive, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. We are always ready to respond when disaster strikes your business, but did you know that we can also help you set up a preparedness plan for your company before disaster strikes?
SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati can help you pre-plan by developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business. With this plan in place, the interruption of your business operations is minimized because you will have an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do in advance of an emergency is key to timely mitigation and can minimize the damage to your company.
Call us today to find out more about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program! Be “ready for whatever happens.”
Three Risks To Avoid With Extension Cord Use
Extension cords are a very useful and common household item that, if not used with care, can pose a threat in the home. According to SixWise.com, there are three main risks presented with the use of extension cords:
- Electrical Burns
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that extension cords cause about 3300 residential fires each year. These fires are caused by short circuits, damaged cords, and overloading cords. These risks can be avoided by regularly checking and replacing old, damaged cords, not overloading cords or sockets, not running cords under rugs or near heaters, and just being aware when using extension cords for overheating.
According to the CPSC, electrical burns to the mouth accounted for half of the extension cord related injuries to young children. Plugs, outlets and cords can be very intriguing to young children who do not realize they are dangerous. Keep all extension cords out of reach of children!
The CPSC claims that about half of extension cord related injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from people tripping over the extension cords and that the elderly are the most at risk for this type of injury. The solution to avoid this risk is to simply avoid placing extension cords in areas where people walk. Instead, run cords along walls or thread them behind tables or other furniture where they are out of the way.
Most people do not consider the dangers of extension cords until something actually goes wrong. Don’t make that mistake…Use your extension cords with caution and care!
With Warmer Weather Comes Threat for Tornadoes..Be Prepared!
Now that the warmer months have arrived, we are seeing beautiful flowering trees, warmer temperatures and budding tulips. But with the wonderful warmer season, also comes the threat of tornadoes.
Tornadoes often appear with little warning and bring strong, disastrous winds that often cause serious damage. While tornadoes are difficult to predict, we can prepare for them by thinking ahead and coming up with a tornado safety plan ahead of time.
Dr. Greg Forbes, a severe weather expert at The Weather Channel, suggests following these tips in order to be ready if a tornado strikes:
- Figure out a safe place to ride out the storm – If caught out in a storm, get home as quickly as possible, and if that’s not possible, get to a sturdy building.
- Get away from windows and get underground – Stay as far away from windows as possible and make every effort to get underground. A basement or a storm shelter is an ideal location to ride out the storm.
- If a tornado appears while you’re on the road… Make every attempt to find a safe building for shelter. If you can’t find one, NEVER hide under an overpass. It is safer to find a ditch, get down and cover your head. Get as far away from your vehicle as possible.
- Put on your shoes and a helmet – If you are home when the storm hits, prepare for the worst. Put on shoes just in case your home is damaged and you may be forced to walk through debris. If you own a bike helmet, it could save you from life-threatening head trauma.
- Keep your pets on a leash or in a carrier, and bring them with you – Your pets are part of your family so make sure to bring them with you to your safe place. Make sure their collar is on for identification and keep them leashed if they are not in a crate.
- Don’t leave your home and try to drive away from a tornado – Tornadoes can shirt their path, and if you think you are directly in line of the storm, being in your home is safer than being in your car.
Tornadoes are unpredictable and can devastate a neighborhood in seconds. Being prepared and knowing what to do if caught in a tornado increases the chances of safety and survival during the storm.
Happy Memorial Day from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati & Happy Grilling Season!
Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati would like to first take this opportunity to remember and pay tribute to those that so unselfishly gave their lives to provide us with the freedom we enjoy.
Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season. And with the summer season, comes family picnics and outdoor grilling. When raising the lid to your grill this season, you may be surprised at what you find hiding inside…MOLD!
Mold thrives in a moist environment with poor air circulation. And a covered grill is just that! If you find mold growing in your grill this spring, grillbilliesbarbecue.com offers several tips to remove the mold and prepare your grill for the grilling season.
How to Remove and Clean Mold from Your Grill:
- Throw away any charcoal and other materials leftover in the grill.
- Fire the grill up as hot as possible to burn off all grease and mold. (If you attempt to scrape it off or power wash it first you may inhale mold spores.)
- Let the grill cool and then scrape and scrub every surface with a brush or a pressure washer. Don’t forget to include the drip pan and grates.
- Wash everything down with soapy water and rinse thoroughly.
- Fire the grill up once again to burn off any mold, grease, and soap residue.
*NOTE: If you have a ceramic grill, DO NOT use degreaser or a pressure washer to clean. For ceramic, only use a plastic scraper and start a hot fire.
So as we enter the summer grilling season, be sure to inspect your grill for mold and take the necessary steps to clean it! Happy Memorial Day and Happy Grilling!
How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?
Gutters play a key role in preventing water damage to your Finneytown home. That is why it is essential that you keep your gutters clean and free of debris. Their purpose is to channel rainwater to the downspouts and away from the home, protecting roofs, walls, and foundations of homes. To keep gutters working properly, it is important to make sure that gutters are cleaned regularly so that water can flow freely to the downspouts and away from your home.
So how often should you clean your gutters? It is recommended that you clean your gutters AT LEAST twice a year!
Clogged gutters can cause many issues for a homeowner. If water finds its way into the walls and ceilings of the home, it will cause interior damage. In winter months, pooling water around the foundation of the home can cause foundation cracks, if it freezes and expands. The paint and siding of a home can also be damaged as water overflows from the gutters.
Failing to clean gutters regularly can be a very costly mistake! It is one of the most important tasks of a homeowner and, if done on a regular basis, can prevent many homeowner headaches! So before all the spring and summer rains hit, be sure to get out and clean your gutters!
Add the Office to Your Spring Cleaning List!
When it comes to spring cleaning, most people think of it as referring to their homes. But where do you spend so much of your time during the week? Spring cleaning shouldn’t be just for the home, the workplace can also benefit from a good cleaning!
How about those desk drawers?
Just like your junk drawers at home, filing cabinets can collect a lot of unnecessary items in a year’s time! Take the time to go through your drawers at work. Keep and organize the essential items and throw away the rest!
Are your filing cabinets in order?
After a year of use, does your closet at home stay organized? Many times filing cabinets become disorganized over time. Sort through your papers, organize what you need to keep and throw away or recycle the rest.
What is that stuck between the keys of your keyboard?
After a year of snacking at your desk and dust mites flying, computers and electronics need a good cleaning. Take some time to wipe down monitors and spray your keyboard! Get those crumbs out!
Germs are everywhere!
When was the last time you wiped down your office phone? How about the surfaces of your desk and chair? With so many employees working together, illnesses are bound to spread! Use disinfectant spray and wipes to keep those germs away!
Spring is finally here and it is time to start fresh, declutter and organize. So open the office windows, take a breath of fresh air and rejuvenate your workspace with a good spring cleaning!
Prevent Mold in Your Home!
Most homeowners have concerns about mold and how to prevent it. Mold can grow anywhere, indoors or outdoors, and if not treated promptly, can spread very quickly. It is best to prevent mold before it ever becomes a problem.
Tips to Prevent Mold
The key to mold prevention is moisture control. The Mother Nature Network suggests several ways for homeowners to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it:
- Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Areas such as wet basements, water stained ceilings, or windows with condensation are examples of potential problem areas. Correcting these issues can prevent mold before it becomes a problem.
- Dry wet areas immediately. Mold needs moisture to grow. Don’t leave wet areas in your home. Remove wet carpets and furniture if they can’t be dried completely. Don’t leave wet items lying around the house. Always dry the walls and floors after showers or spills.
- Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Make sure your home isn’t holding moisture inside by opening a winder or running an exhaust fan while cooking or showering.
- Equip your home with mold-resistant products. If building a new home or renovating your current home, always use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paint.
- Monitor humidity indoors. Measure humidity in your home with a moisture meter and keep the indoor humidity levels between recommended levels.
- Direct water away from your home. Make sure the ground around your home is sloped so that water runs away from the home.
- Clean or repair roof gutters. Leaky roofs lead to moisture in the home.
- Improve air flow in your home. Increase air circulation in your home by opening doors between rooms and moving furniture away from walls. Let fresh air into your home.
- Keep mold off house plants. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold. Find ways to prevent mold from growing on your house plants.
If after following these tips you still find that you have a mold infestation in your home, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati has the specialized mold remediation equipment and the highly trained mold remediation technicians necessary to handle any size mold infestation. Just give us a call!