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Signs to Watch for During Severe Storms

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. One of the main functions of NOAA is to warn of dangerous weather.

According to The Storm Prediction Center of the NOAA, when it comes to tornadoes, there is no guaranteed safety. Weather forecasting is not perfect, so it is possible for a tornado to occur without a warning. Knowing the signs of a tornado is one way to increase safety.

Here are several things the NOAA website says to look or listen for:

  1. Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  2. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
  3. Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
  4. Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.

These are just a few tips on what to look for during severe weather. More information can be found on the NOAA website. Tornadoes or severe storms often hit suddenly and can cause property damage that needs immediate attention. The SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati crews are always ready to help with services like securing a property, removing fallen trees, and tarping a roof. CLICK HERE to learn about other ways we are here to help.

Continuing Education Course on April 4th, 2019

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is offering a free continuing education insurance credit course. This course is for 3 credit hours in OHIO / KENTUCKY and will be held at our SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on April 4, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am with registration beginning at 8:00am. Please note that 100% attendance is required to be eligible to receive the CE credits!

The premise for this course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset or worried. We will explore what “Ethics” is by participating in group activities that will help with understanding and making ethical decisions.

For more information and reservations, contact Meg O’Brien, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at 513-614-1047 or email at mobrien@hartkes.com.

Course Number: C10183-KY, 37868-OH

Safety Tips for Mold Cleanup

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Have you found mold in your home? The SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati technicians are highly trained mold remediation specialists and it’s always best to let the professionals do the work. But what if you want to attempt to safely clean the moldy areas yourself? What should you wear?

It is important to avoid breathing in mold or mold spores. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers safety guidelines to handling mold in your home. In order to limit exposure to airborne mold, they recommend wearing an N-95 respirator during the cleaning process, which can be found at many hardware stores.

The EPA also suggests wearing long gloves that extend to the middle of the forearm. It is important to avoid touching mold or moldy items with your bare hands.

And finally, goggles that do not have ventilation holes are recommended. It is important to prevent getting mold or mold spores into your eyes.

While some minor surface mold issues can be handled effectively by the homeowner, it is best to have professional help with larger mold infestations. SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati has the specialized mold remediation equipment and the highly trained mold remediation technicians necessary to handle any size mold infestation. If you find a mold situation that is too much to handle on your own, contact us today!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati 513-541-3200

Take Precautions to Avoid Frozen Pipes

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

With the extremely cold temperatures that we sometimes experience in our area during the winter months, we often receive customer calls for water damage restoration due to frozen and burst pipes. In order to help prevent falling victim to such a water disaster, there are some precautions that can be taken:

  • Install insulation sleeves around exposed pipes that are prone to freezing.
  • Use caulking to seal any cracks or holes on outside walls and foundations near water pipes.
  • Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep slow trickles of water flowing through the faucets.
  • Drain water from sprinkler systems and pool supply lines.
  • Remove and drain garden hoses.

If, even after taking these precautions, you do experience water damage to your property, always remember that the SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati water technicians are Here to Help! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to your water restoration needs.

Helpful Tips for Cleaning Minor Surface Mold

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is a problem that many homeowners face and it is aggravating! Almost every home gets some form of mold at one time or another. Outside, mold turns up as dark spots on siding and it darkens wooden decks. On the inside, it blackens the grout lines in showers and discolors drywall.

Minor surface mold infestations, like those found on the grout lines in tiled showers, can be easily removed with regular household cleaning products. According to familyhandyman.com, with a mixture of ½ cup bleach, 1 quart water and a little detergent, these surface molds can be easily scrubbed away. The bleach in the mixture kills the mold and the detergent helps lift it off the surface so it can be rinsed away and won’t return as fast. As an alternative to the mixture, mildew cleaners can be purchased at local stores. If the mold doesn’t disappear after light scrubbing, reapply the cleaner, let it sit for a couple of minutes and then lightly scrub again. As a preventative measure, it is a good idea to seal the clean surfaces with a grout sealer when they are dry.

Even for simple cleaning, it is always important to protect yourself from contact with mold and bleach by wearing long sleeves, long pants, gloves and goggles.

While minor surface mold can most of the time be taken care of by homeowners, larger mold infestations can be much harder to handle. SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati has the specialized mold remediation equipment and the highly trained mold remediation technicians necessary to handle any size mold infestation. We proudly serve Forest Park, Mount Healthy, Greenhills, and other surrounding Cincinnati communities with our professional mold remediation services.

Don't Neglect Maintenance of Home Heating System!

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

With the cold, winter months among us, now is the time to make sure your home heating system is working properly. Like most things, safe and efficient operation is a function of regular maintenance and check-ups. There are several things you can do to keep your heating system in top working condition.

  1. Clean or replace the filter: A clogged filter causes the furnace to work much harder and deliver less heat!
  2. Make sure blower doors are replaced.
  3. Check the systems belts: Replace any belts that are worn or cracked.
  4. Check and make sure vents in the home are clear.
  5. Ensure that the exhaust flue to the outside of the home is clear.

These are just a few tips to help maintain a home’s furnace system. But regular maintenance and periodic checkups by a licensed heating professional are also beneficial for your furnace to remain efficient. Don’t wait until it is too late and risk having a break down when you need your furnace the most!

American Red Cross Offers Mobile Apps to Help with Preparedness

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross has designed a great, new smartphone app designed to give users instant access to very valuable information. The app presents the user with lifesaving first aid instruction as well as helpful disaster preparedness information. The idea behind the app is that by having this useful information at the fingertips of millions of people, many lives will be saved.

The app includes videos and interactive quizzes. And to make learning more fun, users who take the quizzes can earn badges to share on social media and boast about their new lifesaving expertise!

Some highlights of the new app include:

  • Every day scenario first aid instructions
  • Emergency event instructions and 9-1-1 call button
  • Shareable badges unlocked with interactive quizzes
  • Videos and animations to make learning more fun
  • Disaster preparedness tips for severe weather situations like hurricanes and tornadoes

This new app is free and available to all iPhone and Android users. To learn more, CLICK HERE to visit the American Red Cross website!

Continuing Education Course on February 1st, 2019

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is offering a free continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Ethics.” This course is for 3 credit hours in OHIO / KENTUCKY and will be held at our SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on February 1st, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am with registration beginning at 8:00am. Please note that 100% attendance is required to be eligible to receive the CE credits and that breakfast will be provided!

The premise for this course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset or worried. We will explore what “Ethics” is by participating in group activities that will help with understanding and making ethical decisions.

For more information and reservations, contact Meg O’Brien, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at 513-614-1047 or email at mobrien@hartkes.com.

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Ringing in the New Year means new resolutions for many, such as living healthier lives, dropping bad habits or developing better organizational skills. Our goal at SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is to have a team of quality people that will always provide excellent customer service to help our clients in their times of need. Our New Year’s resolution is to be committed to continuing to improve on the services we provide. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction. We know that by staying up to date on the latest techniques, equipment and resources, we will be ready for whatever happens. With open minds and continued training we will become even more efficient at making it “Like it never even happened.”

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati! We hope 2019 brings success, happiness, and prosperity!

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those that have helped make our accomplishments a reality. We understand that our success in the mold, water, and fire damage restoration industry would not be possible without teamwork. Our dedicated colleagues in the restoration industry, our great team of committed employees, and our trusting customers are all a crucial part of our successes. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with on a daily basis to help our customers in their times of need. We would like to take this time to say thank you for your continued loyalty and consideration throughout this past year. We sincerely wish that you find peace, joy, hope, and happiness today and in the new year ahead!

Merry Christmas from your friends at SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!!