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Commercial Evaluating Mold: Air Sample Testing

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Bright green, brown, black, and blue colorful mold spore growth on batt insulation due to water damage Our mold process is efficient so that you can get your business back on track in a timely manner.

All commercial buildings contain mold spores since they a natural part of the environment.  An elevated mold count especially one that contains spores from varieties of mold that are commonly found when water damage is involved, such as stachybotrys chartarum, can indicate that there may be a structural moisture problem.      

In the insurance claim process, mold testing is generally utilized after the mold has been remediated to confirm that the mold spore count is at or below the count found outside the building. The test is conducted while the remediated area is contained in order to confirm the success of the cleaning process. 

Determination of airborne spore counts is accomplished by way of an air sample, in which a specialized pump with a known flow rate is operated for a known period of time. Conducive to scientific methodology, air samples should be drawn from the affected area, a control area, and the exterior.

The air sampler pump draws in air and deposits microscopic airborne particles on a culture medium. The medium is cultured in a laboratory and the fungal genus and species are determined by visual microscopic observation. Laboratory results also quantify fungal growth by way of a spore count for comparison among samples. The pump operation time was recorded and when multiplied by the operation time results in a specific volume of air obtained. Although a small volume of air is actually analyzed, common laboratory reporting techniques extrapolate the spore count data to equate the amount of spores that would be present in a cubic meter of air.

Our mold process is efficient so that you can get your business back on track in a timely manner. We are happy to serve commercial buildings with mold damage in the SERVPRO of Northern Summit County.


If you have questions or need further information about the mold testing process, contact SERVPRO of Northern Summit County at 800-648-1212. 

Does your commercial building need Ordinance Or Law Coverage? YES IT DOES!

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO logo with a commercial building faded in the background How much ordinance or law coverage to you need? There is no way to get an exact number but you should look at the worst case scenario.

Commercial structures built more than a few years ago are most likely deficient in some aspect of the applicable building code.  Building codes change rapidly and in large insurance losses, having too little or no Ordinance or Law coverage can potentially cost you a substantial amount of out of pocket expense.  Ordinance or Law provides three critical areas of coverage: Coverage for Loss to the Undamaged Portion of the Building, Demolition Cost and Increased Cost of Construction Coverage. Many reconstruction projects frequently uncover code issues and without Ordinance me, the building owner is responsible for the additional cost.  According to Adjusters International Disaster Recovery Consulting, compliance with ordinances and laws after a loss can add 50% or more to the cost of the claim.  A tough pill to swallow if your business has to pick up the expense! 

How much ordinance or law coverage to you need?  There is no way to get an exact number but you should look at the worst case scenario.  For Coverage A, Loss to the Undamaged Portion of a Building,  experts suggest choosing the total limit scheduled in your property policy. For Coverage B, Demolition Costs, a rule of thumb is $5 per square foot.  Coverage C is for the Increased Cost of Construction and one suggested method for determining coverage uses cost averaging.  Experts suggest multiplying .5-1% of the building value by the age of the building to come up the amount of insurance coverage required.   For example at 1%, a ten year old $500,000 building would need $50,000 in coverage (1% X 500,000=$5000 X 10 Years= $50,000). You can also ask your insurance agent about blanket coverage. 

Don’t be caught short on funds to get back in business after a disaster.  Be sure to review your Ordinance or Law coverage with your commercial insurance agent and seek advice regarding the recommended amount of insurance coverage.  If a disaster strikes your business, the trained staff at SERVPRO of Northern Summit County are commercial restoration experts and are here to help.  Call 800-648-1212 for assistance 24/7.

Prepare For A Storm In Northern Summit County

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on dark cloud storm background Storms occur with little warning and can be devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion.

Storms occur with little warning and can be devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. SERVPRO of Northern Summit County can handle any size disaster. 

Should storm water begin to accumulate around your house, here are a few easy steps that may help protect your home:

  • Make sure all windows are closed tightly. Make sure to check windows in your basement area
  • Move valuables to higher ground
  • Continuously monitor the sump pump (if you have one) to verify that it is operating properly
  • Make sure to secure any outside furniture
  • Cover basement window wells to help divert water from pooling inside the well

Safety should always be your main focus when faced with storm water.

  • Do not walk through moving water, as even 6’ of water is enough force to knock you off your feet
  • Stay away for flood waters as it is contaminated and unhealthy and may pose health hazards

Storm and flood water damage can be very destructive. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Northern Summit County has the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster. If you need assistance with storm or flooding call 1-800-648-1212.

Prepare For a Windstorm in Northern Summit County.

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on dark image with benches Windstorm damage is covered on a standard homeowner's insurance policy.

Yes, windstorm damage is covered on a standard homeowner's insurance policy. But whose homeowner's insurance policy covers the loss?

First, it is important to understand what windstorm insurance policies cover. Windstorm insurance is a special type of property and casualty insurance designed to cover damages caused by high winds. Windstorm insurance may cover damages from hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, hail and other weather events.

A hypothetical tree falls on your house. 

  • Scenario 1: your tree falls on your house. Your homeowner's policy will provide coverage up to your policy limits, after you pay the deductible. The coverage extends to cover damage to your main home, garage, shed or other additional buildings and structures such as a fence. If there is damage to the structure of the house, debris removal is also covered, up to policy limits.
  • Scenario 2: your tree falls on your neighbor's house. The basic rule is that the insurance policy of the property that was damaged pays for the loss.
  • Scenario 3: your neighbor's tree fell on your house. Your homeowner's insurance policy should pay for any damage per the property claim.

Please note that homeowners insurance usually won't cover a loss caused by negligence or a maintenance-related issue. So if the tree was rotting and ready to fall down before the storm, homeowners insurance likely would not cover the damage the tree caused to your home.

Always call your home owners insurance first and tell them what is going on. SERVPRO of Northern Summit County has the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster. If you need assistance with wind or storage damage call 1-800-648-1212.

What To Do If You Have Water Damage

9/28/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo on a rainy image with cars and person riding bike. Call SERVPRO of Northern Summit County if you have water damage. If you need assistance with storm or flooding call 1-800-648-1212.

Water in unwanted places can cause a lot of damage. It can ruin your prized possessions and your home. If you have water damage it is important to act quick, call your insurance company then a restoration company like SERVPRO of Northern Summit County. Here are some tips for you to do until help arrives:

  1. Disconnect the power, unplug any electronics, and remove electronics, furniture and movable items immediately. The faster you get items out of the way, the more likely you’ll be able to save them. Definitely move all electrical items first, and if you can, turn off your power leading into the affected area, especially if water rises above electrical outlets.
  2. Get rid of the water. There are several ways to get rid of the water. As long as sewers in your neighborhood aren’t backed up, you can pour the water down the drain. A wet/dry vacuum can be used too. Be very careful to plug it into outlets far away from water. Don’t use an extension cord as the connection could also short out and give you a nasty shock; water and electricity don’t mix!
  3. Dry out the affected area. Make sure to mop up all the water, use fans and  a dehumidifier to help dry out the area. Open windows to allow for air circulation and faster drying, if you are able.
  4. Disinfect. After the area has dried out, including wood beams, insulation, drywall, etc., use a good disinfectant to get rid of any bacteria that might have come up through sewers, toilets, etc.
  5. Dispose of damaged items responsibly: Don’t be tempted to throw everything into a dumpster. Organize damaged goods into piles and take what you can to recycling centers, you will help alleviate the pressure on your local landfill site.

    Call SERVPRO of Northern Summit County  if you have water damage.  If you need assistance with storm or flooding call 1-800-648-1212.

Summit County family daily routine disrupted by dryer fire

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Summit County residence with dryer sitting out on driveway. The dryer has extensive black and brown burn damage Dyer is the source for a fire in Summit County residence. An unattended dryer caught fire and caused fire damage to a family's home.

SERVPRO of Summit County received a request for fire damage restoration.  Upon arrival to the family home, we met this dryer in the driveway.  These driveway meetings are more common that you would imagine.  The fire department will set the source appliance outside the residence to assist with removal of odor.  Everyone is safe and sound, however these events can be very unsettling.  How many times do you turn the dryer on and leave the house?  We all do it. 

The 2 easy things you can do to help prevent dryer fires: clean the lint screen, and make sure the exhaust is venting properly as well as clean and free of debris. Regular maintenance, using the correct plug as recommended by the manufacturer, and utilize the proper electrical outlet is also critical.  Do not overload the dryer or dry towels with heavy grease or other flammable substance. 

This family's home did not have structural damage however the entire home will require restorative cleaning – from top to bottom!  Our service team has helped countless customers feel safe, cared for, and hopeful during the aftermath of a disaster. We are ready to help you as well. Day or night, our restoration experts respond immediately, we are faster to any disaster!  Big or small, SERVPRO is there to help.   

Our team at SERVPRO of Northern Summit County will get you taken care of. 

Call Us Today – (330) 650-4486

Your Commercial Building had a Sewage Back Up… Now What?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

A mechanical room in a commercial building in Summit County with raw sewage visible on the concrete floor The goal is to return your property to sanitary conditions quickly and efficiently when mitigating sewage contaminated environments.

Removing sewage and restoring your building back to a level of acceptable cleanliness is more difficult than it sounds.  Mop it up and throw some bleach at it, right?  If only it were that easy.  In order to achieve a healthy and safe environment for your employees, tenants and customers, a three-step cleaning process in conjunction with appropriate drying procedure is critical.  Professional mitigation companies such as SERVPRO of Northern Summit County follow a strict protocol based on the IICRC S500 Standard Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration. 

The goal is to return your property to sanitary conditions quickly and efficiently when remediating fecally-contaminated environments.  Contaminants can be spread by tracking and aerosolization so proper containment and PPE should be utilized.  Due to this fact, decontamination is performed first before drying fans are placed.  This involves rough cleaning, initial sanitizing and demolition.  Porous materials are removed and discarded at this stage and if the sewage has penetrated below non-porous flooring, it has to be removed as well.  Detailed cleaning follows which involves not only using appropriate disinfecting but also the use of hot water which penetrates irregular surfaces and semi-porous material.  Multiple rounds of cleaning may be required.  During the cleaning stage dehumidification should be used to help prevent mold growth and once the building is sanitized properly, fans are placed to dry the environment. 

All steps outlined above are critical for returning your building back to a healthy and safe place for your employees, tenants and customers.  If you have questions about this process or need assistance with a sewage clean-up, SERVPRO of Northern Summit County is at your service 24/7 by calling 800-648-1212.

SERVPRO of Northern Summit County uses structure materials with thermal imaging

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Thermal imaging is just one piece of technology services at SERVPRO of Northern Summit County used to utilizes water damage in your home.

Structure materials with thermal imaging and standard camera are 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 Northern Summit 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.  Using 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 is just one piece of technology services at SERVPRO of Northern Summit County used to utilizes water damage in your home.  Contact us today to schedule a site inspection (330) 650-4486

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

8/25/2019 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Summit County have saved hundreds of hardwood floors by using advanced drying equipment.

A very common question we receive at SERVPRO of Northern Summit County is, “Can I dry hardwood floor after water damage?” The only downfall off hardwood floors 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?"

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 Northern Summit 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 – drying or replacing the floor. The professionals at SERVPRO of Northern Summit County have saved hundreds of hardwood floors by using advanced drying equipment. 

SERVPRO of Northern Summit County provides restoration, reconstruction and remodeling services

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northern Summit County provides restoration, reconstruction and remodeling services

SERVPRO of Northern Summit County provides restoration, reconstruction and remodeling services to residential and commercial facilities. Our services include When it comes to water & fire damage restoration there are several reasons why you should call us. 

#1 We’re Nearby

The SERVPRO of Northern Summit County is locally owned and grounded in the community.  We are centrally located and always ready to respond to 24/7 to provide emergency services.   Locally owned with national resources, our customers get the best of both worlds.

#2 We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

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

#3 Advanced Training

Experience matters. 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

Besides the professional drying equipment and power extractors that help us move lots of water quickly we also the newest technology in the industry. By investing in the latest technology and equipment we can restore your home more quickly and minimize costs. 

#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.

If you experience water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, repairs, and commercial project services give us a call (330) 650-4486