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Things You Should Know About Summer House Fires

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

House on fire Avoid disasters like this one by taking simple summer precautions.

House fires are less common during the summer months than during the winter but that doesn’t mean they don’t happen. House fires can happen at any time and the summer presents a range of unique risk factors that cause fires. There are some things you should know about summer house fires to stay aware of your surroundings and help prevent disaster in your home.

One of the biggest causes of fires in the summer is cooking, both outdoor and indoor. Indoor cooking is a leading cause of fire all year round and the summer is no special case. However, in the summer, many people take the cooking outdoors to their grill. Grill fires are often caused by mishandling of propane, improperly maintained grills, and inattentiveness. You should check your propane tank and line for leaks and to ensure that it is properly attached every time you use your grill. Additionally, your grill should never be left unattended. Take the time to clean your grill every time you use it, as buildup could be a major cause of grill fires.

Another common cause of fires in the summer months is air conditioners. Most air conditioner fires are caused by faulty electrical components and short circuits. You should have annual inspections of your air conditioning system to help avoid any electrical failures but also to help reducing cooling costs by cleaning out dirty or clogged systems. If you have central air, you are less likely to be at risk for electrical fire from the air conditioning system. Individual units can get overloaded and cause issues much quicker than central systems.

Smoking is a leading cause of house fires year-round as well. People who smoke in their homes are always at higher risk than those who step outside but dry conditions during the summer months can cause fires from improperly extinguished cigarettes if you are not careful.

Other causes of summer house fires include a spike in arson cases and natural disasters like lightning storms. There is not much you can do to prevent either of these cases but they are far more rare than the other preventable issues that lead to house fires in the summer months.

If the worst-case scenario happens to you, make sure that you call SERVPRO of Portage County. We are faster to any disaster 24/7/365. We have highly trained technicians to repair and clean damage to your home. Contact us at (330) 650-4486.

Prepared for Portage County Storm Season?

5/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mom, Dad, and son sitting around coffe table going over documents. Get your family prepared for anything with a Family Emergency Plan.

We never think it will happen to us but disaster could strike at any time. May is the beginning of storm season in Portage County.  Are you prepared?  Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency could make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your family safe. That's why you should create a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan so you can take action quickly in case anything goes wrong.

There are several great sources for creating a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan.  Review a few different plans and then get started gathering items for your Family Emergency Kit. Start with the items which may be medically necessary and prioritize the remaining list according to need.  Listing the items in priority of need will help to keep your Emergency Kit budget-friendly as you could easily go overboard when getting prepared.  Using items currently in the home is also a good way to cut costs.
Resources for creating your family emergency plan:

Department of Homeland Safety: https://www.ready.gov/plan

National Storm Center: https://www.stormdamagecenter.org/

FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1440449346150-1ff18127345615d8b7e1effb4752b668/Family_Comm_Plan_508_20150820.pdf

American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/General_Preparedness___Recovery/Home/ARC_Family_Disaster_Plan_Template_r083012.pdf

2020 has been an unprecedented year, Portage County along with the rest of our Nation is dealing with the Coronavirus/COVID-19.  We don’t expect the unexpected, but it happens without warning.  Developing a family emergency plan is a great way to bring the family together - work together on the plan, and check your needed items off the list.  This will help inform the children and remove some of the fear of the unknown. Through practice, your whole family should become confident in your plans.
 
SERVPRO of Portage County knows that storm, and flood damage can have a huge effect on your family, home, or business. In the face of such a horrible event, we want you to know that SERVPRO is here to help with 24-hour emergency services because we know storms happen at anytime or any-day. SERVPRO of Portage County has highly trained water restoration technicians and is a trusted leader in the water restoration industry.

When a storm hits your Kent home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

SERVPRO ASSISTS PORTAGE COUNTY BUSINESS IN FIRE RESTORATION

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire in Portage County Bathroom closed business for 24 hours SERVPRO assisted a Portage County business to quickly reopen following a bathroom fire.

Experiencing fire damage in your commercial building can be devastating.  SERVPRO of Portage County will quickly respond to all emergency request.  SERVPRO’S team will immediately assess the extent of damage, areas of contamination, and rapidly develop a structured mitigation plan to implement for your facility.  SERVPRO of Portage County has  over 35 years of fire damage cleanup, restoration training, and indoor environmental health experience.  SERVPRO of Portage County is focused on protecting your employees, your customers, and minimizing disruptions to your operations so that we can help keep your business running smoothly.

Heavy extensive deposit of soot and ash will require professional cleaning to remove soot particulates, contaminates and staining.  In the Portage County fire loss, SERVPRO responded to restore after a bathroom fire.  SERVPRO’s professional team of restorers used air scrubbers and containment to protect cross contamination to the non-affected area of the building.  The methods and equipment used will depend upon the type of combustible substances. Smoke and soot from wood, protein or synthetic material will each create a different kind of cleanup problem. SERVPRO was able to clean and restore this commercial property with the use of professional cleaning agents, IICRC certified cleaning technicians, and quick response.  Our Portage County customer was able to reopen their business within 24 hours of this event.

While fires are scary, professional fire damage restoration services can help minimize downtime and quickly return you to business as usual.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (330) 677-4483

SERVPRO OF PORTAGE COUNTIES RESTORES FINE ART FOLLOWING FIRE DAMAGE

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Portage County restores soot damaged artwork SERVPRO of Portage County assists an art owner to restore several pieces of artwork after soot damage.

SERVPRO of Portage County works with insurance companies and claim representatives to evaluate and restore works of art that have been affected by water, mold, soot, or fire damage.  Time is of the essence for the best possible restoration outcome.  Call us to ensure that damaged artwork is property handled after experiencing damage.  Improper handling can further damage the piece and increase the cost of restoration. 

SERVPRO of Portage County can provide expert evaluation of damaged artwork. Based on the evaluation of each piece, SERVPRO will provide develop and implement a plan for restoration. SERVPRO can provide all necessary restoration services to return the artwork to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO can assist in restoring books, photographs, ceramics, paintings and works on paper. Our experienced and professional restorers can restore your damaged items and maintain the integrity of your piece at the best possible cost.

Call SERVPRO of Portage County if you have any fine art or family memories that you need restored.  We are passionate about restoring your collectibles. 

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo on image with business building in background. It is important to plan ahead for your business whenever possible.

Flooding and water damage events in Portage County businesses are often complex that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Having any sort of damage to your business is stressful. Whether it’s a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation.

Our professionals are trained to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Therefore, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with professional help and restore your business damage efficiently, so you can return open your business doors again.

It is important to plan ahead for your business whenever possible.  We know how devastating business disasters can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your Emergency Readiness Plan in place.

 

Prepare For Spring Storms in Portage County

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo on image with rain drops We hope that you stay safe in the spring months of Portage County.

Spring season is here in Portage County.  Green grass, colorful flowers, and relaxing rain showers. Consider the tips below to take safe steps when dangerous weather is predicted.

  • Download the free Red Cross tornado app. This app puts everything you need to know to stay safe in a tornado at your fingertips.
  • Pick a safe room in your home where you can gather if a tornado is headed your way: a basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Prepare for strong winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.
  • Move or secure lawn furniture or anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
  • Know the tornado danger signs: dark, often greenish clouds, a wall cloud, cloud of debris, large hail, and a funnel cloud and take shelter immediately.
  • Watch for storm signs like darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing winds and take shelter immediately.
  • Postpone any outdoor activities if there are thunderstorms of any kind.
  • Anyone should be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice and head for higher ground when a flood or flash flood warning is issued.
  • If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.

We hope that you stay safe in the spring months of Portage County. Should you have any damage from storms this spring we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483.

 

SERVPRO of Portage County Has Advanced Technology and Techniques

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo on image with SERVPRO equipment We know how devastating disasters can be, but we are here to help!

Advanced Technology and Techniques are implemented at SERVPRO of Portage County.  These advancements allow our professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively. There are many reasons you should choose SERVPRO of Portage County for your restoration needs.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry. 

We use Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment. Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure and monitor a property’s moisture levels. An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business. We have Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 

Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

We know how devastating disasters can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 for your restoration needs.

 

Choose SERVPRO of Portage County for your Restoration Needs.

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

 Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with Green SERVPRO truck SERVPRO of Portage County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry for your business or home.

SERVPRO of Portage County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry for your business or home. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster in your home or business. We are professionals and will restore your home or business in a timely and efficient manner, so you can get your life back to normal in a timely manner.  With the training and expertise SERVPRO of Portage County has, we will handle your restoration and cleaning needs.  We’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency in SERVPRO of Portage County.

We’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency in SERVPRO of Portage County.

Our crews are IICRC certified: The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.  Our highly trained crews make sure the mitigation process runs properly and smoothly. Their expertise along with our highly trained tradesmen will make it “Like it never even happened." 

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

  

How To Prepare For a Storm in Portage County.

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with storm ahead sign. We know how devastating storm disasters can be, but we are here to help!

Storms can happen at anytime in Portage County. Sometimes they are unpredictable and other times you can prepare for them slightly. Either way mother nature can cause a  ton of damage. It is important to know some basic storm tips:

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Build an emergency supply kit
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors, or close window blinds, shades or curtains.

DURING THE STORM

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items: computers, power surges, etc. Lightning can cause serious damage to these items.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

We know that having storm damage can be stressful, but we make sure to handle all of your restoration needs in a timely and professional manner. These are just some tips that you can do in the meantime until SERVPRO of Portage County helps.

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

  

Flooding Tips for Commercial Buildings in Portage Ohio.

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on flooding and businesses. Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your Emergency Readiness Plan in place.

Flooding occurs in the Northeast Ohio area and is ranked as one of the most common natural disasters in the United States. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses. Flooding can result from weather, plumbing failures, frozen pipes or even damaged structures. SERVPRO of Portage County is the company that will help get your building restored in a timely manner.

However, being prepared with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored:

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain. This is an area of low-lying ground adjacent to a river.
  • In any emergency, listen to the local management officials
  • Assess how your business functions, both internally and externally.You can do this easily by signing up for our Emergency Readiness Plan; this will help your business prepare in case of an emergency.
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan.
  • Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so does your preparedness needs. You can put together an Emergency Plan with our Emergency Readiness Plan.

It is important to plan ahead for your business whenever possible.  We know how devastating a business disasters can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your Emergency Readiness Plan in place.