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Restoring Electronics After Water Damage

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever experienced the nightmare of dropping your cell phone in the toilet or the kitchen sink or the swimming pool…watching in dismay as the phone, in what seems like slow motion, tragically plummets to its death?  But why does this mean death for the cell phone? And why, in some cases, does it seem like at first the phone survives, only to have it die a few days after the accident? What exactly happens to electronics when water damage strikes?

Corrosion is the breaking down or destruction of a material, especially a metal, through a chemical reaction. The most common form of corrosion is rusting, which occurs when iron combines with oxygen and water. The corrosion process can begin in just a couple of hours after the incident or it can take a few days to set in, giving you the false sense that your device miraculously survived the submersion. Humidity levels, the severity of the water damage, and how long the device was under water can all affect how fast corrosion occurs.

Cleaning the corrosion on a damaged electronic device should be done with caution. And in most cases, it’s probably best to leave it for the professionals. But if you decide to attempt the cleanup yourself, hzo.com suggests several helpful tips:

  • Always remove any batteries or power connectors first. This not only prevents harm to you, but also prevents any short-circuiting to the device. By doing this, you will also be exposing extra connectors that may already have corroded, so exercise caution.
  • Look for any white or green “crusty” areas on the device, especially on the battery connectors, charging ports, SIM card connectors, or any other major metal connectors on the device.
  • Use cotton swabs and a cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol, baking soda and water, or even vinegar to clean corrosion. Gently apply the solution to the affected area and wipe back and forth until the corrosion is removed. If necessary, leave some of the solution on the corroded area and wipe it off later.
  • Dry your device with a soft cloth or a hair dryer on a cool setting- do not use heat to dry out your device. Make sure your device is dried extremely well before attempting to replace the battery and turn the device on. Any water left in the device could cause additional water damage.

When your home is affected by a water damage situation, many times your larger electronics, like TVs and computers, are damaged as well. The corrosion process occurs with these items in the same way as with your cell phone. The SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati water technicians understand that the key to restoring electronics is to take prompt action to prevent further damage. Our technicians will coordinate the restoration of your electronics and ensure that they will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician. CLICK HERE to learn more about how SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati restores your belongings that have been affected by water damage.

Signs There May Be Mold in Your Home

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors and grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mold can cause health effects in people with mold sensitivity.

When water invades your property, mold growth can begin in as little as 48 hours. Moldpedia.com lists many signs that there may be mold in your home:

  • Smelling a Mold Odor
  • Seeing Signs of Mold Growth
  • Signs of Water Problems
  • Water Leaks
  • Past Flooding
  • Condensation

If you suspect that you have a mold problem in your home or business, stay out of the affected area, turn off the HVAC system and fans, and contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati for mold remediation services. SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation effectively and in a timely manner.

SERVPRO OF NORTHWEST CINCINNATI TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE JULY 9TH

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “What Happens After the Loss with Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will give an overview of the basic rules of evidence as they are used in the claims handling process. This information will help the agent in advising policyholders to understand the investigations required in settling claims. It will give the attendees knowledge about the various aspects of claims handling. The basic laws of evidence, the relevancy of this evidence and how this evidence is used to protect the client will be discussed. The instructor for this course is Tom Ryan, AIC and it is approved for 6 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY. The course will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

Help Ensure Safety in a Fire Disaster with Preparation

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

According to ready.gov, a fire can spread quickly, becoming life threatening in just two minutes. And in just five minutes, an entire home can be taken over by flames.

In the event of a fire it is important to know what precautions to take to help ensure that you escape safely.

  • Stay low, crawling under the smoke to the exit
  • Before opening a door, feel if it is hot. If it is hot, do not open the door and find another exit. If you do open the door, open it very slowly and be prepared to shut it quickly if smoke or fire is present.
  • Tell firefighters right away if pets are trapped inside.
  • If you are unable to escape, close all doors, cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth, call 911 explaining where you are, and signal from a window with a light cloth or flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll!

Fires can be devastating, spreading quickly and leaving little time to plan an escape. Being prepared by learning important safety measures and planning escapes can help ensure safety in the unfortunate event of a fire disaster.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati provides emergency service following fire damage. Our fire technicians respond quickly to secure the site and can help restore the structure as well as its contents following a fire.

Prepare, Survive, and Be Safe!

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Spring and summer are the prime seasons in our area for thunderstorms and severe weather. According to ready.gov, there are important steps that can be taken to prepare for storms, survive during storms, and be safe after storms.

PREPARE:

  • Sign up for your community’s alert system
  • Identify sturdy buildings nearby that can be used for shelter
  • Cut down or trim trees that could potentially fall on your home

SURVIVE:

  • Seek shelter in a sturdy building during a severe storm
  • Pay attention to weather reports and alerts
  • During a storm, unplug appliances and other electrical devices
  • Avoid flooded roadways

BE SAFE:

  • Listen to reports for whether it’s safe to go outside
  • Watch for fallen power lines and trees

Storms can hit quickly and unexpectedly, leaving a trail of damage behind. SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency service. Our technicians respond quickly to restore properties affected by water damage and flooding, storm damage, fire damage, and mold damage.

We are Here To Help 24 Hours a Day!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati offers emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Fire, water, and storm damage doesn’t always strike during regular business hours. And often, at the most inconvenient times, homeowners find themselves in need of immediate service to secure their property after an emergency event.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati can provide temporary protective measures to prevent additional damage to the property after a disaster. Examples of these services include board ups, roof tarps, tree removal, temporary fencing and portable power. If after a fire or flood, the contents of a property need to be removed from the affected property during the restoration process, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati can pack the contents and move them to our temporary warehouse location until the restoration process is complete. And once restoration is complete, the contents are then returned to the homeowners.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the emergency, building and reconstruction services we can provide. And remember, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is always Here to Help!

SERVPRO OF NORTHWEST CINCINNATI TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “In’s & Out’s of the CGL Policy” This seminar will cover the various aspects of the Commercial General Liability policy. It will review definitions, policy structure, insuring agreement, exclusions, coverages, coverage triggers, and duty to defend. ISO forms will be used as the basis of the presentation. One of the most frequent problem areas is the idea that a contractual requirement to add an additional insured to an insurance policy is the same as a contractual hold harmless or indemnification agreement. While both clauses frequently appear in the same contract, they are separate and distinct from one another. The recent Oio Supreme Court decision about faulty workmanship of subcontractors will also be discussed.

The instructor for this course is Tom Ryan, AIC and it is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY. The course will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

SERVPRO OF NORTHWEST CINCINNATI TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “UM/UIM Coverage Issues with Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will review Uninsured and Underinsured coverage and policy provisions of the Personal Automobile Policy. It will discuss how to properly interpret the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverages and provisions. Topics include: who is a family member, definition of occupying a vehicle, stacking, emotional injuries, co-ownership of a vehicle, intentional acts, and more.

The instructor for this course is Tom Ryan, AIC and it is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY. The course will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. from 8:30am to 11:30am. Breakfast will be provided!

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati Promotes Fire Safety Awareness

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

The staff at SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati welcomes any opportunity to give back to the community and bring awareness to fire safety. For example, we were thrilled to participate in a community event for the residents of Forest Park, Ohio. Teaming up with the City of Forest Park Fire Department, the Home Depot of Forest Park, the City of Forest Park and Bryant Hartke Construction, we helped provide a day of fun activities including “touch a fire truck”, “touch a helicopter”, a mobile smoke house, fire demonstrations, craft making, chili tasting contests, and a grill-out. All the activities were meant to promote fire safety in an enjoyable and engaging way. Our staff provided food and drinks for the event and had a fantastic time grilling hot dogs, serving food and drinks and interacting with the community!

Water Damage Caused by Faulty Plumbing

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Many times when water damage occurs in a home or commercial property, it is due to faulty plumbing. Those without plumbing experience may have a difficult time recognizing potential issues and then addressing these issues before they become a bigger, more expensive problem.

According to thecleanplumbers.com, there are eight common causes of plumbing leaks that can lead to water damage to a property.

  1. Advanced Corrosion – Over an extended period of time, corrosion can damage pipes and create holes where water can escape. This is a more common issue in piping that was installed over 30 years ago.
  2. Degraded Seals – In order to keep connections watertight, rubber seals are used wherever the pipes are connected to the fixtures. Over time, these seals can degrade and crack, allowing water to seep out and eventually cause damage.
  3. Excess Water Pressure – Water pressure that is too high can actually damage the inside of the plumbing pipes and create a risk for leaks. If the pressure is extremely high, it can even cause the pipes to burst.
  4. Fixture Cracks – Sometimes the actual faucet or pipe that connects directly to it can crack and cause a water leak. This usually happens due to impact. One area that this is common is under the sink. When items are stored under the sink, the pipes are often repeatedly bumped and can eventually lead to pipe damage and water leaks.
  5. Incorrect Pipe Laying – Plumbing should be handled by knowledgeable professionals. It is very important that pipes and connectors are laid properly because small mistakes that at first may not be noticeable can cause massive water damage later.
  6. Pipe Joint Damage – The bends or joints where the water is redirected through the pipes are curved connectors that attach to the straight pipes on either side. Extreme temperatures and water pressure can damage these joints and lead to water damage.
  7. Shifted Connections – Over time, homes can shift and therefore, so can the pipes inside. If the shifts are too much, the pipe connections can break and water damage occurs.
  8. Untreated Clogs – It seems obvious how clogged drains can lead to backups and water damage. But how the clogs are treated can also cause pipe damage. Chemical drain cleaners are often used to unclog drains. At times these chemicals do not remove the entire clog which causes the harmful chemicals to be trapped in one spot in the pipe system. The chemicals can then eat away at the pipe, eventually causing damage and a water leak. It is safer to treat clogs with a plumbing snake or hydro-jetting.

Hopefully learning how to recognize potential plumbing problems and how to address the issues will help you avoid future water damage to your property. But in the unfortunate event that you do end up with a water damage disaster, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is here to help! CLICK HERE for Water Damage Emergency Tips!