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Ready Plan For Your Business in Northern Summit County

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with commercial building in the background SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile minimizes businesses interruption by having an immediate plan of action

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. The businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can be q peace of mind, and knowing you are "ready for whatever happens”.

SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile minimizes businesses interruption by having an immediate plan of action simply because your team will know what to do and what to expect in advance if damage strikes.

Here are some SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile facts:

  • It is a no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds.
  • You will have a Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 
  • This is a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster and can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • It 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 your business emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

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 (330) 650-4486

  

Fire Safety Tips For Homes in Northern Summit County

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with firefighters putting out a fire. There are things to be cautious of to prevent a fire. However, should your home ever face a disaster call SERVPRO of Northern Summit County.

It is important to be safe when using electrical appliances, extension cords, light bulbs and other equipment in your home. It only takes one mistake to spark an electrical fire, but simple prevention measures can be effective solutions.

These safety tips can help keep all appliances operating safely and help you prevent unexpected fires in the home:

  • Ensure any appliances you purchase are approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Unplug unused appliances and store cords safely out of reach of young children.
  • Appliances that generate heat should be given several inches of clearance all around for good air circulation and cooling.
  • Do not attempt amateur repairs or upgrades.
  • Keep all electric appliances away from water: sinks, bathtubs, pools or overhead vents.
  • Do not operate any electrical appliance with wet hands.
  • Keep clothes and curtains away from radiators, space heaters, heating vents and other heat sources.

There are so many more things to be cautious of to prevent a fire. However, should your home ever face a disaster call SERVPRO of Northern Summit County.

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 (330) 650-4486

  

Tips For Water Damage

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with traffic lights and rain The period after a large storm or flood is often a hectic. While waiting for SERVPRO to arrive to perform water damage restoration.

The period after a large storm or flood is often a hectic.  While waiting for SERVPRO to arrive to perform water damage restoration there are some simple do and don’ts. 

You can take great steps to avoid further property damage in your wet basement or other areas of your home:

DO

  1. Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party
  2. Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping.
  4. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  5. Remove & prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  6. Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, and documents.

    DON’T
  7.  Enter rooms with standing water where electrical hazards may exist.
  8. Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. 
  9. Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  10. Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  11. Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  12. Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors

Remain calm, help is on the way.

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 (330) 650-4486

  

SERVPRO gives back to community.

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with staff member in background with coats. SERVPRO gives back to community. It’s time to give back. Portage County Insurance Association are doing a coat drive Christmas Celebration!

SERVPRO gives back to community.

It’s time to give back.

Portage County Insurance Association are doing a coat drive Christmas Celebration! 

Coats are due prior to the party on December 4th. Anyone can also purchase the coats at the party December 5th.  If you have coats you want to donate, you can contact Laura at SERVPRO, 330-807-5471 or Laura@SERVPROrri.com

**New or used coats are accepted. 

**Used coats will be professionally cleaned at no charge.

Thank you in advance we truly appreciate you!!

SERVPRO of Northern Summit County has the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster. If you need assistance with storm, fire, or water damage call (330) 650-4486

  

The Top 10 Causes of Fire in Northern Summit County

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with firefighters and fire SERVPRO of Northern Summit County has the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster. If you need assistance call (330) 650-4486

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 374,000 U.S. homes catch fire annually. The cumulative damage is jaw-dropping. The price tag: Almost $8 billion annually.

The key to home fire prevention is knowing the most common causes. Working smoke detectors in the kitchen and on every floor are a must for every American home.

Here are the top 10 causes of fires:

  1. Cooking: All it takes is an unsupervised oven; never leave a stove unattended, maintain a three-foot buffer between you and a hot stove. Make sure to keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
  2. Kids Playing with Fire: Kids are naturally curious about fire. Parents should ensure young children don’t have access to matches, lighters and easily flammable liquids and materials.
  3. Smoking: Some might fall asleep in their chair while smoking and may wake up seeing your living room in flames. An unattended burning cigarette in an ash tray or a just a few fallen ashes on carpet can ignite a serious blaze in your home.
  4. Heating:  Space heaters are extremely flammable and can easy overload. Keep them away from furniture and appliances.
  5. Electrical: An overloaded circuit board, or even a power cord or faulty extension cord, can have your home smoking in short time. Be aware of the amount of watts you are plugging in to any extension cord.
  6. Candles: These are a practical and cheap mean of light and nothing sets the mood for a romantic or intimate dinner. Always ensure all candles are blown out before leaving the room or house or going to sleep.
  7. Fireplace: Fireplaces can turn from trusted heating sources to ground zero of a house fire. Unattended fires are the main cause of fireplace-centered house fires.
  8. Dryers: Dryers are loaded with debris, are highly flammable and can lead to fires.
    Improper dryer vents and venting can lead to dryer-related fires. Remove the lint screen after every use.
  9. Flammable Products:  Be sure all gasoline and oil used for lawn mowers and snowblowers are capped and kept away from other potential fire sources. Make sure all trash reciprocals are firmly covered and stored away from your home.
  10. Christmas Trees: Dry Christmas trees wrapped with lights and electrical cords are the greatest fire threat. When celebrating with a live Christmas tree, make sure it is well watered and leave the lights off when you are not home.

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 (330) 650-4486

 

Winter Causes Water Damage in Northern Summit County

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with house and sleet SERVPRO of Northern Summit County has the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster.

Water damage may occur at any time of year, cold temperatures and inclement weather can combine to trigger winter water damage. This can be leaks and water intrusion in Northern Summit County. To reduce seasonal risks, be aware of these common sources of water damage in the winter months:

  • Frozen Pipes
    Install pipe insulation on all supply pipes potentially exposed to freezing temperatures. This can be the crawl space or up in the attic. When a hard freeze is in the forecast, open faucets slightly and allow them to drip to relieve pressure if pipes freeze. If water flow stops during extreme cold, assume a pipe has frozen. Don’t wait until it thaws to find out there’s a rupture, get help immediately.
  • Ice Dams: Water runs down to the colder portion of the roof then freezes again, obstructing flow of runoff into gutters. Water then seeps through shingles and sub-roofing and causes water damage in the attic. You can prevent this by making sure the attic is properly ventilated to remain uniformly cold. Make sure to seal ceiling cracks, gaps and other openings with caulking to prevent heat loss into the attic.
  • Snow Melt: Melting snow around your house can saturate deep into the soil and leak through the foundation and basement walls. Shovel accumulated snow away from the house. If you can, seal cracks and gaps in the basement wall and, if you don’t have one, install a sump pump.

It’s cold outside! Knowing the types of winter water damage that can occur can help you avoid these hazards.

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 (330) 650-4486

 

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.