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Thanksgiving Fire Tips

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

 Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with fire Fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity at home.

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. Everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

Fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, follow a few simple safety tips so you can enjoy time with your loved ones.

Here are some safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top and keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove; children should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause burns.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over anything.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Thanksgiving fire facts

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving.
  • In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
  • Unattended cooking was the leading contributing factor in cooking fires.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.  

We know how devastating fire damage can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

 

SERVPRO of Portage County sewage back up cleaning for commercial buildings is ECO-Friendly and Sustainable.

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on dark image with a sewer. One of the most unhealthy situations for a business is backed up sewer water.

One of the most unhealthy situations for a business is backed up sewer water. Sewage is considered biohazard and carries many bacteria and germs. Even worse, you can spread that bacteria by improper cleaning procedures. As sewage professionals, SERVPRO has the proper gear to prevent exposure. If this has happened to you, we know that every minute counts. You may be tempted to handle your sewage situation yourself, but we highly advise that you call a professional for sewage backup cleaning.   

When it comes to sewage backup cleaning, time is of the essence. Without the proper tools and equipment, the cleanup process can go on forever.  SERVPRO of Portage County can provide sewage backup cleaning that is efficient and green. Some companies use industrial-grade artificial disinfectants, these harsh chemicals leave behind a harmful residue in the environment. That’s why SERVPRO uses Benefect instead, it is an industrial grade authentic botanical disinfectant that’s powerful enough for sewage but made from natural, safe ingredients. “Benefect products use Thyme Oil that has been specially grown & blended to exacting specifications. This groundbreaking botanical technology is proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria and surpasses the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efficacy requirements for broad spectrum hospital disinfectants”. www.benefect.com


With over 30 years of experience, you can trust that SERVPRO of Portage County will follow mandated regulations and safety standards. In fact, we are a preferred vendor for many local and national businesses.  We are IICRC certified, insured and have the resources to return your business to a safe and healthy environment in the most efficient manner possible.  

Call anytime – 24 hours a day / 365 days a year – someone is waiting to discuss your unique situation and help you determine the best course of action.

How to Plan for A Disaster In Your Business Before it Happens

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on light image with iPad of SERVPRO text. SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile for YOUR business will minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action

Damage from fire, storm, or water can happen at anytime and affect your business. The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to PLAN for it as much as you can.

The statistics uncovered by industry research say as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the majority had a preparedness plan in place. There are a lot of ways to have a plan in place so you can get back to operation in your business.

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile for YOUR business will minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action; you might not be prepared for the disaster but with a ready profile you will have a plan on how to act. With a no cost assessment of your facility, the program's profile includes your emergency contacts, all shut off valves and their locations, priority areas of your facility and so much more. All of these things are critical so that you can take action effectively.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens.” Businesses have raved about how much time was spent when disaster hit because of their action plan. They also have said that it helped get their business restored in an effective amount of time.

Your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. Call SERVPRO of Portage County at (330) 677-4483 and take the next step in protecting and growing your business.

And now with the SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App, help is at your fingertips. Call now and ask how to get started.

How to Prepare For Winter Storms in Portage County.

9/28/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo on a winter image with snow and trees. In Portage County winter storms can cause water damage.

In Portage County winter storms can cause water damage.  Just a thin coating of ice can result in a travel nightmare, and heavier amounts will severely damage trees and power lines. Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times. A 1/2-inch accumulation on power lines can add 500 pounds of extra weight.

Ice accumulations are caused by freezing rain. Freezing rain is a result of snow falling through an above-freezing warm layer in the atmosphere above the surface of the earth, which melts the snowflakes into rain. The rain drops then move into a thin layer of below-freezing air right near the surface of the earth, allowing them to freeze on contact to the ground, trees, cars and other objects.

SERVPRO of Portage County put together tips on how to prepare for an ice storm:

  • Avoid driving on icy roads for your safety and others.
  • Be sure to charge cell phones and laptops ahead of time, and have portable outlet chargers if needed.
  • Plan for pets to come inside, and store adequate food and water for them.
  • Children should never play around ice-covered trees.
  • Think about safe alternate power sources you could use if you lose heat, such as a fireplace, wood/coal stove or portable space heaters.
  • Never use portable generators, camp stoves and grills inside your home or garage.
  • Use flashlights during power outages instead of candles to prevent the risk of fire.  

Before the Power Goes Out: Food Safety

  • Check to ensure that the freezer temperature is at or below 0 degrees and the refrigerator is at or below 40 degrees.
  • In case of a power outage, the appliance thermometers will indicate the temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer to help you determine if the food is safe.
  • Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers in case the power goes out.
  • Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerated food cold.

 When the Power Goes Out: Food Safety

  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.
  • The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened.
  • A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours if it is unopened.
  • Buy dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time.

We know how devastating a storm can be, but we are here to help for all of your water damage and restoration needs! Call SERVPRO of Portage County, (330) 677-4483,  to help get your home restored efficiently.

Water Damage Can Cause Damage Quickly, Act Quick!

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo with a backdrop of rainy weather Floods, rainstorms and ice storms can become massive water damage threats to homes in Portage County.

Floods, rainstorms and ice storms can become massive water damage threats to homes in Portage County. Facilities plagued with such water problems this season must take quick action 

Water damage can mean much more to a house than just wet carpets. There are other common problems houses face when water wreaks havoc on property, such as indoor air quality problems. Mold and mildew grow rapidly in damp, humid environments, leaving behind an unpleasant smell that permeates floors.


Damage to the building’s structure and foundation also can be an issue. When water sits inside a building for a period of time, the walls, ceilings and floors absorb the water.  Total reconstruction of the building often becomes the only option. 

To minimize water damage, there are two critical steps that need to be taken:

  1. Act fast to assess the situation
  2. Control the environment within the building.

Act Fast and Call an Expert

The absolute first step to take is fast action. The longer the water flows the greater the recovery problem becomes.

In a typical scenario, a team of water damage recovery professionals, such as SERVPRO of Portage County, is dispatched to the site to perform a thorough inspection and fully determine the extent of the damage. A disaster reclamation partner also will develop an intense restoration plan and determine which items are worth restoring and which are better replaced. 

Controlling the Interior Environment

The other key in limiting water damage is to quickly control three conditions: relative humidity, temperature and air circulation.

The most effective way to control these conditions is to employ professional disaster drying that combines air movers with desiccant dehumidifiers. 

Disaster drying often eliminates the need to rip out and replace walls, carpet, floor covering, hardwood floors and the building structure.  On top of that, you preclude the odors and staining caused by mold and mildew. These problems can come back to haunt you weeks later in a superficially dried building.

We know how devastating water damage can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

Winter Prep For Residential Houses in Portage County

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo on a winter image with snow on a bench.  SERVPRO of Portage County has some tips to help you protect your home before winter storm damage

The winter months are upon us soon now. Freezing temperatures, ice, snow and wind can cause severe damage to your home and property. SERVPRO of Portage County has some tips to help you protect your home before winter storm damage:

Build Up of Ice and Snow on Your Roof
Ice dams occur when heat from a house escapes the attic and warms the roof. Snow on the roof melts and then refreezes, causing a ridge of ice to form and trap water on the roof. Protect your roof by thoroughly cleaning your gutters in the late fall, now is the perfect time before winter. Clogged gutters may allow ice to form and back up under the roofline.

Plumbing Inside and Outside Your Home
Plumbing located within exterior walls or unheated crawl spaces is the place for freezing or bursting. All interior pipes should be insulated or have wall insulation around them, such as attics and crawl spaces.

Fireplaces, Furnaces and Heating Systems
Improper use or poor maintenance of heating systems can cause fire and smoke damage. Wood burning fireplaces or stoves are among the worst culprits for fires. Clean chimneys and flues on fireplaces and stoves annually to help prevent fires.

If you run into having water damage from any storm, give SERVPRO of Portage County, (330) 677-4483, a call to help restore your home in an efficient manner.

Would You Be Prepared For A Fire in Portage County.

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo with a fire blazing on a black backdrop There is no real way to be prepared, but a fire can strike. Being prepared will help reduce its devastating effects.

There is no real way to be prepared, but a fire can strike. Being prepared will help reduce its devastating effects. The first few minutes following a fire are the most important; any inappropriate action or inaction at this stage can have far-reaching consequences.

When a fire occurs, notify the fire department, the police department, and the insurance company immediately. Next, call a disaster restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Portage County, to help prevent further damage. Because fire departments usually do not recommend specific disaster restoration professionals, a business should reference its contingency plan or contact its insurance company.

By evaluating the materials and surfaces affected, a disaster restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Portage County, can provide an understanding of the fire's chemistry and allow for a targeted, informed restoration effort. Even though each fire's chemistry differs, one of the most important things disaster restoration companies do immediately is wipe down the affected areas to avoid further damage. We use air scrubbers, which are highly filtered air machines, so soot particles will not recontaminate air and will limit redistribution of contaminated particles while restoration work continues. We pull all filters from the HVAC system, clean and recondition the system, and then install new filters.

A fire can involve well more than 100 chemical elements. A fire at a business is usually a complex fire, the result of incomplete combustion and fueled by synthetic materials, including those found in carpets, furniture, plumbing, and other equipment. Complex fires cause the most damage and leave the most waste, but disaster restoration professionals can professionally handle the cleanup and restoration.

We know how devastating a fire can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County  (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

SERVPRO of Northern Summit County uses structure materials with thermal imaging

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Thermal imaging one service at SERVPRO of Portage County and is used to utilizes water damage in your home.

SERVPRO of Portage County uses structure materials with thermal imaging such as structure materials with thermal imaging and standard camera.  Red, yellow orange indicated dry and blues and purples indicate elevated moisture. 

Using thermal imagers to detect moisture intrusion is a relatively new practice in water damage mitigation.  Thermal imaging has be used successfully to detect water intrusion in interior walls following roof leaks, foundation failure, chimney leaks, etc. It can find things that the naked eye doesn’t always see.SERVPRO of Portage County has this powerful equipment to help get your water damage taken care of.

There are a number of areas where moisture can accumulate that are frequently overlooked in typical inspections.  Thermal imaging technology can help reduce the cost to repairs by minimizing damage to the property to find the core source of water intrusion.

Thermal imaging one service at SERVPRO of Portage County and is used to utilizes water damage in your home.  Contact us today to schedule a site inspection(330) 677-4483 

Can You Dry Hardwood Floors After A Water Damage in Portage County?

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

The amount of homes with hardwood floors is steadily increasing for many reasons, the most prominent being that hardwood floors not only tend to sell homes faster, but they also increase the price. The only downfall is that in the event of a flood or water overflow, hardwood floors cannot be easily taken out and dried like carpet can. This brings us to our question – "Can you dry hardwood floors in place, or does everything need to be ripped out and replaced?" SERVPRO of Portage County will help you answer that! 

First, you need to recognize the many different factors that play into properly achieving a dry hardwood floor. Water damage can increase drastically if not taken care of properly, professionally, and in a timely manner. Here are some of the main considerations:

Response Time - Water damage can be greatly decreased depending on the response time to the problem. Time is of the essence when it comes to hardwood floor water damage – the moisture, temperature, and dust layer beneath a wet wood floor can provide an ideal environment for mold and many other problems.

Type of Wood Flooring - Before you can determine how to properly dry hardwood floor, you need to determine what type of wood flooring you have.

Amount Of Moisture - A flooded hardwood floor can have up to 40% moisture content and can retain well above the normal amount of moisture for weeks if left to dry on their own. Nails may begin to lift, glue may release causing separation between floor pieces, and tongue and groove floors often cup or buckle when moisture has been absorbed.

If you decide to attempt to dry and save hardwood floors in place SERVPRO of Portage County has specialized drying equipment that forces airflow beneath the surface of the floor, allowing moisture to be released.

A restoration specialist can inspect the hardwood floor damage to determine the right plan of action for your home. They will work with you and your insurance carrier to decide the best option, so give as a call  (330) 677-4483

SERVPRO of Portage County provides restoration, reconstruction and remodeling services

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Portage County provides restoration, reconstruction and remodeling services

SERVPRO of Portage County provides restoration, reconstruction and remodeling services to residential and commercial facilities in the Portage County area. Our services include water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, repairs, and commercial project services.

Here are our top 5 reasons to call SERVPRO of Portage County(330) 677-4483 when you need restoration services.

#1 We’re Nearby

SERVPRO of Portage County  is locally owned and grounded in Portage County.  We are centrally located and always ready to respond to 24/7 to provide emergency services.  

#2 We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. SERVPRO of Portage County  provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including all holidays.

#3 Advanced Training

All of our technicians are highly trained in property damage restoration and they have access to our advanced equipment.

Training includes The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), which sets the standard for the cleaning and restoration industries. 

#4 Advanced Equipment and Techniques

By investing in the latest technology and equipment we can restore your home more quickly and minimize costs. We also use professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products to complete the job.

#5 Confidence

When the job is done our technician provides validation and documentation to your insurance carrier that your property is dry and the job is complete so you can feel confident, safe and comfortable. 

There are many more reasons why you should choose SERVPRO Canton including that we have been in business for over 30 years, we are professional, we help save money, we professionally answer all questions and concerns, we help manage insurance paperwork, and more. Give us a call(330) 677-4483 today for all of your restoration needs.