Storm Damage leads to Water Issues
When it comes to storm and other weather-related damage, many people only think of the exterior structural damage to their property like fallen trees and damaged roofs. But what some people fail to realize is that exterior storm damage can often lead to interior water damage to their property.
Water will always travel the path of least resistance and unfortunately after exterior structural damage to a property, this often means the water will end up inside the property.
A quick response is crucial to help limit the additional interior damage. In the event of water or storm damage, SERVPRO responds immediately, any time, day or night. We understand the importance of responding quickly to help prevent secondary damage and reduce restoration costs.
Roofing service, board ups, roof tarps and tree removal are all among the emergency services we provide.
Additionally, we are experts in water damage restoration and provide professional and efficient service to our customers.
BBQ Grill Fire Safety
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are all leading home locations for grill fires.
While outdoor barbecues can be fun times with family and friends, they can also present fire hazards if certain precautions are not taken. The misuse of outdoor grills is one of the leading causes of home fires during the warmer months.
A grilling mishap would definitely put a damper on family gatherings and outdoor fun! So, we would like to share some important grilling safety tips. Knowing and following even a few tips can help avoid a fire disaster.
- Only use grills outdoors.
- Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.
- Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
- Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.
In the unfortunate event of a fire disaster at your property, SERVPRO is Here To Help! Our technicians are available 24/7 to provide emergency service!
Hailstorms can be extremely destructive to commercial or residential buildings, especially roofs. If you are caught in a hailstorm and suspect that you have damage, SERVPRO provides 24 hour emergency restoration services including board ups and roof tarps. We respond quickly to prevent further damage to your property!
Hail is a form of solid precipitation that consists of balls of ice called hailstone and occurs during severe storms. According to the National Storm Damage Center, hail causes approximately $1 billion in damages per year in the United States to homes, buildings, cars, and crops.
Types of Hail Damage
Roof Damage – When hail storms hit, the most common damage to homes and buildings is to the roof. When the roof damage goes undetected or unrepaired, more damage can occur to the home or building as water leaks through the roof and into the walls.
Window and Siding Damage – Often high winds accompany hailstorms causing the hail to fall at angles. When this happens, windows and siding can crack which also leads to the threat for additional water damage to the home.
Automobile Damage – The glass, plastic and metal surfaces of vehicles are particularly susceptible to damage from hail. Dents in the metal or cracks in the windshield glass are common occurrences in hailstorms.
Steps to Minimize Hail Damage
There are a few steps that one can take to minimize hail damage.
Close Curtains or Blinds – Closing the window treatments can help prevent the wind from blowing broken glass into the interior of the building.
Park in Garage – To protect vehicles, park inside a garage or under a carport.
New Roof – If replacing your roof, consider using impact-resistant materials to help avoid future hail damage.
Roof Repair is Top Priority!
Weather can be unpredictable and when storms hit, the damage can be devastating to a home or business property.
The roofs of a property are most commonly affected by weather. And even small leaks can be critical to a property, posing structural problems, safety issues, and possibly even health risks. Roof damage can lead to interior water damage, interior mold and mildew issues, decreased energy efficiency and higher utility costs, and compromised structural integrity of the property.
Some roof damage can be difficult to spot. Signs to look for include missing or dented shingles, gutters or downspouts, water stains on interior ceilings or walls, and holes from fallen trees or branches.
It is okay to postpone some household issues or repairs, however, a roof repair or replacement should be TOP priority on your list of home maintenance projects! Avoid further damage to your property by making sure the roof is well maintained!
We Specialize in Restoring Contents After Fire Damage
When a fire occurs in a home, the damage is not always contained to the immediate area of the fire. Conversely, smoke and soot travel throughout the property, leaving a trail of damage behind. We, at SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati, understand that the personal belongings in a home are treasures of life that represent hard work and accomplishments. We know that the value of photographs, books, and other life mementos cannot be measured. That is why our fire technicians specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire and keep a "restore" versus "replace" mentality during the restoration process. After a fire, they take extra care to clean and restore the contents of the home to preloss condition.
In caring for the contents of a property after a fire, our technicians have expertise in:
- Contents Restoration
- Move Outs / Pack Outs
- Electronic Cleanup
- Document / Photograph Drying
- Contents Claim Inventory Service
Our fire technicians know that a home fire is a very stressful situation for a homeowner and they strive to provide excellent customer service by working efficiently and professionally.
Make the Most of Social-Distancing
We are all being challenged by the current situation, with the expectation to quarantine and self-isolate due to the coronavirus. Staying at home for an extended period of time can be difficult. However, there are many home improvement projects that can be undertaken by families to help pass the time productively and avoid cabin fever.
- Freshen up a room with a different paint color and new switch plate covers.
- Organize drawer and closet spaces.
- For a new look, update light fixtures, faucets or cabinet hardware.
- As weather improves, give your yard a boost by planting flowers, shrubs, and trees and pressure washing walkways, siding, and gutters.
- Add molding or shelves to a room or backsplash in the kitchen.
- Upgrade flooring or shampoo rugs.
- Strip and stain cabinets or furniture.
- Clean dryer ducts and replace furnace filters.
It is often hard to set aside extra time for home cleaning, reorganizing and simply making the home better. So even though this time of social-distancing seems stressful, we can definitely make the most of it by spending more time with the family and working on home improvements!
Take Proactive Cleaning Precautions!
As we all know, the CDC is responding to a respiratory disease outbreak caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19). This outbreak is prompting a lifestyle change for everyone as we attempt to slow the spread of the virus across the country.
It is believed that the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. And the World Health Organization recommends basic proactive measures like frequent hand washing, social distancing, and good respiratory hygiene. Although not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
How can SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati Help?
Trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards, our professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. While following the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities, we can perform a PROACTIVE CLEANUP that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where there is no known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. There is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, however, our proprietary cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE, is an EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porous surfaces.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, etc. While proactive cleaning will not prevent or protect a building from future contamination if an infected person was to enter the building following the cleaning, it may help minimize the spread of germs by disinfecting high-touch areas and surfaces.
Contact us today to take proactive cleaning precautions and schedule your cleaning!
SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati 513-541-3200
Join Our Bracket Challenge!
March is here, and we all know what that means…It is time for MARCH MADNESS! We are adding to the fun and excitement this year by hosting a March Madness Bracket Challenge. We are inviting everyone to join our Bracket Challenge for a chance to win prizes valued up to $200! And prizes will be awarded for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners! Not a basketball fan? That’s okay! You don’t have to be a basketball expert to play! It doesn’t matter what you base your picks on…best records, best uniforms, alma mater…whatever! To enter, simply click the link below, sign in, or create an account, and choose your favorite teams! Be sure to fill out your bracket before the opening games begin on Thursday, March 19th! Good luck!!
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Painting Home's Exterior Offers Benefits
Many homeowners are looking for a simple, lower-cost way to update their home. A fresh coat of exterior paint is inexpensive, protects the home from water and mold damage, and offers better curb appeal. So when is the best time of year to paint a home’s exterior? In order to ensure that you will get the most out of your new paint, it is essential that the job is done in the most ideal conditions.
Ideal Conditions for Exterior Painting
- Outside temperatures: Paint manufacturers will usually recommend minimum temperatures for painting. Generally, a good guideline is that if you are comfortable without the heat or air conditioning, then it is a good time for painting. It is also best to paint in times with smaller temperature fluctuations. Big temperature swings from morning to night are not good when painting.
- Rain and humidity: It is important to remember that paint should only be applied to a dry surface. The painting surface can become moist either by direct contact with rain or snow or indirectly by humidity or dew in the air. Always plan your painting project for times when there is no rain in the forecast for the next couple of days and be sure to wait to start painting after a rain until everything is completely dry. Also take note of humidity levels, as too high or too low humidity will influence how the paint dries.
- Wind: High winds while painting or before the paint is completely dry will cause complications. Dust and other particles blown onto the wet paint surface will stick. Paint sprayers do not operate as effectively in windy conditions and ladders may be unstable.
- Sunlight: Direct sunlight on drying paint can cause it to dry too quickly, leading to cracking or peeling. It is best to plan your painting route around the shifting sun.
Tips to Limit the Damage from a Fire
Even if a fire in a home or business is contained to one floor, the damage from the fire may affect other floors of the building as well. Soot and smoke can travel throughout the structure leaving a trail of damage behind. If the damage is not handled properly, long-term effects can result, adding to an already stressful situation.
After contacting SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati there are a couple of steps you can take to help avoid further damage to your property. First of all, keep movement throughout the building to a minimum. This will help avoid tracking the soot throughout other areas of the building. And secondly, place clean towels or linens on the carpeted traffic areas. Realizing that there will be some movement within the building during the restoration process, this will help prevent additional soiling.
The SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati fire technicians are highly trained and well-equipped to handle the cleanup and care of your home or office building and its contents following a fire incident. Before attempting to clean the fire damage yourself, contact us for your fire restoration needs. CLICK HERE to learn more!