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Six Ways to Defend Against Ice Dams in Winter

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with ice on branch. We know how devastating a water disaster can be, but we are here to help!

Property owners in Portage County can have water damage stemming from the roof. This is a bigger threat after winter storms than any other. The problem starts with ice dams: the roof melts snow, water flows down to the colder eaves and refreezes there.

This cycle repeats and ice accumulates in layers, but also pushes under shingles. It eventually leaks into walls, ceiling and even insulation. This can be heavy enough to pull gutters off buildings or detach.

Here are ways to defend against ice dams:

  1. Survey your attic to finds openings: Insulate or caulk these openings in chimneys, plumbing pipes, electrical conduits, fan outlets, and junction boxes.
  2. Improve the attic entrances: Entrances are the biggest offenders that channel heat into attics.
  3. Increase insulation. Attics should ideally have at least a foot of insulation between living spaces and attic interiors.
  4. Inspect ventilation outlets: Heat that enters the attic needs an easy escape route make sure that they are not blocked and are working properly.
  5. Remove heavy snow from roofs: Snow insulates the attic which increases the attic temperature.
  6. Call a professional. If you suspect ice dams are a problem for your house, call a professional like SERVPRO.

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

  

We Support Veterans, Thank You!

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with soldiers walking. We support the military veterans and families, we are always looking for well qualified employees

SERVPRO of Portage County would like to take this opportunity to thank our American Veterans! We support veterans and their families.

Though it is not Veterans Day SERVPRO of Portage County is dedicated to showing American veterans that we appreciate their sacrifices they have made to preserve the freedom of our country. We thank you!

It is important that we always make sure to thank our veterans everyday and not just on military holidays. Pay it forward to a veteran in the following ways:

  • Send a note or a card to a veteran
  • Send a care package to a deployed solider
  • Visit a veteran in the hospital
  • Ask a veteran about his service and just listen
  • We support the military veterans and families, we are always looking for well qualified employees, just call (330) 677-4483 for more information.

If you know someone who is experiencing a disaster  call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

SERVPRO Gives To Women who are Victims of Domestic Violence

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with jewelry in background SERVPRO of Portage County gives back yet again. This Christmas Season we are collecting New and Gently Used Ladies Accessories for Women who are Victi

SERVPRO of Portage County gives back yet again. This Christmas Season we are collecting New and Gently Used Ladies Accessories for Women who are Victims of Domestic Violence

The items we collect will enable the Children of Women in Domestic Violence Shelters and Transitional Housing to give their Mom’s a gift at Christmas time. 

So how can you help?

1. Go through your accessories and donate items that you no longer want or use.  Please only donate items in good condition.  This won’t cost anything and will give you a good reason to purge your closet and jewelry box. 
A win-win! 

2. Purchase items to donate.

3. Donate funds to help buy additional items. 

What type of items are we looking for?

Used and New: Jewelry (separated in boxes or bags- please put sets together), winter hats, gloves & scarves, purses, wallets & tote bags.
New: Full size cosmetics, toiletries, lotion and perfume

This is an easy way to help others this Christmas without spending a dime! 
When your items ready for pickup, contact Laura at 330-807-5471 or Laura@SERVPROrri.com

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

  

Avoid Bursted Pipes in The Winter Months

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with pipe in background 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.

Winter is the time for frozen pipes and burst pipes. Frozen pipes can mean big problems for your home. As water freezes, it expands and can exert up to 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch! This pressure can cause pipes to burst and water to flow into your home leaving tons of disaster problems for your home in Portage County.

In order to prevent frozen pipes in those areas, follow these tips:

  • Drain water from hoses, water sprinklers, and other outdoor lines, before it is too late.
  • On cold days, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to flow around pipes.
  • Turn on the water taps slightly to allow a slow drip to run through the faucets.
  • Make sure that there is insulation present in areas around pipes that are susceptible to cold weather.
  • If you are leaving for vacation, don’t set the temperature any lower than 55°F.

Putting these tips into practice will significantly reduce your chances of having a pipe freeze in your home, and thereby, avoid the larger and much more costly and inconvenient problem of a pipe burst.

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.

  

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with business building in background We know how devastating a business disaster can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483.

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

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

  

Christmas House Fire Safety Tips

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

 Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with house and Christmas tree in background There are so many other ways to prevent fire, around Christmas time, but these are a few of the common mistakes.

Christmas is around the corner, and you know what that means: fire safety. Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees will make the holidays safer.

Here are some great Fire Prevention tips:

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both make sure you choose the right ones.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

There are so many other ways to prevent fire, around Christmas time, but these are a few of the common mistakes. We hope that you do not ever experience a fire.

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.

  

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.