Organization Speeds Up Water Clean-up
A flooded company means much more than just sopping up water for business owners. Your commercial building in Northeast Ohio has furniture, drapery, electronics, doors, trim and other structural elements that can be greatly damaged by water. All of these things are important and represent an investment. The first inclination may be to toss everything, but some of your assets are salvageable. The Professionals at SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton are here to help.
Dry and Sort
If a broken pipe is the culprit, you can have a little peace of mind that you don’t have to deal with the potential black water that comes with flooding. There is still the possibility that mold has begun to spread, so it is important to get everything affected by the water thoroughly dried out. Once you have completed this process, inspect and sort everything to determine what can be salvaged. Items that will likely need to be thrown out include any porous materials that can’t be dried or cleaned and fabrics that show signs of discoloration.
Clean the Damage
When faced with a flooded company, having your investments sorted will allow for a better understanding of the actual damage. Along with cleaning some things yourself, remember that dry cleaning is not just for clothes. Furniture, upholstery and draperies can likely be good as new after the services of dry cleaners. When it comes to the rest, considering the following tips to make the process easier:
Organize items based on cleaning methods, such as hand or machine washing. Use a disinfectant on furniture, walls and floors to prevent mold growth.
Wash items in the hottest water possible to remove potential contaminants. Use a professional water damage restoration service to ensure there is no interior damage to specialized items such as electronics.
A flooded company is a hassle, but it doesn’t have to result in a long-lasting impact on your business. Quick action, proper cleaning and the help of specialists can make it seem “Like it never even happened."
Fix That Leak
It’s no secret that water damage is bad, not only can it cost a lot of money to fix if left unmitigated, but it can also lead to the growth of potentially harmful molds that can cause health effects. Mold needs water to grow and can grow quickly if things like leaks and water damage aren’t fixed quickly, and that’s why it’s important to check for leaky pipes, and if you find one, it’s important to know how to fix it.
- The first thing you can do when fixing a leaky pipe is see where the water is coming from. If it’s coming from a loose coupling nut (the thing that holds pipes together), then it’s pretty easy to grab a wrench and tighten the nut, fixing your leak.
- If the leak is caused by a crack in the pipe itself, you will need to use either plumber’s tape, self-fusing silicone tape, or epoxy putty to fix it. These are easy to apply, just make sure the water is turned off then wrap the pipe if you’re using tape, or just apply putty to the pipe and give it some time to dry.
After fixing the pipe, make sure to clean up any standing water, and check back every day or every few days to make sure there is no more water or leaking.
If you’ve had water damage or mold growth due to a leaky pipe, call SERVPRO of Toledo East and our professionals with take care of everything.
Thunderstorm Watch or Warning
Thunderstorms occur year-round but they are more common during the spring and summer months, and on average they typically last 30 minutes.
According to the National Weather Service Storm Data, there are an average of 43 lightning fatalities per year
Do you know the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning?
- A watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. It only means that it is possible for a thunderstorm to occur.
- A warning means severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.
- Check the forecast often to see if you are in the storm path
- Sign up for phone notifications
- Build an emergency kit
- Make a family communication plan
- Postpone outdoor activities
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors
- Unplug electronic equipment before the storm hits
If your home or business has sustained damages, call SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton at 330-825-1803.
Don't Wait. Dry it Now!
Quick Water Removal Can Reduce Damages
SERVPRO is “Faster to any size disaster,” and this quality provides many benefits for homeowners of waterlogged residences. When a pipe has burst apart, a tub has overflowed, or a drain backed up, your home needs to have that excess water removed as quickly as possible.
Homes in Green, Portage Lakes and Copley that have excess water from disasters such as pipe failures and forgotten tubs dry out best when water removal services from SERVPRO are the first part of the entire process. Pumping out any water that is visible upon our arrival helps us gain a better visual so we can more easily assess the extent of the overall damage.
Larger amounts of porous materials require more aggressive drying methods than materials that are less porous. Our experience benefits homeowners in many kinds of disasters that can damage a home by giving us insight into how best proceed in almost any type of situation imaginable, and overflowing toilets and tubs, exploding water heaters, burst pipes, and flooding from natural sources are only a few of those catastrophes.
Removing water starts the process, but then we need to move toward removing the moisture that has escaped into the air through evaporation. This moisture can find its way into every part of your home and create problems later unless it is captured and removed. Dehumidifiers, heaters, air movers, and even open windows can work wonders when used together. Moisture meters provide us with a beginning reading of areas in your home that are compared to later readings, showing us our progress in drying out your home.
When dry, remaining problems can still exist, such as unusual odors. This is because odors are caused by particles, that although tiny, produce smells when they have been disturbed. We can rectify this problem with odor control methods. Other problems that can remain behind include over-stretched carpeting, and we can fix that problem, also.
Because floors are always saturated in a situation where standing water exists, we take great care in ensuring that these surfaces are completely dry. This prevents warping of wooden floors and sub-flooring. Otherwise, walking in your home may soon become hazardous for your family and guests.
In situations that have left your home partially submerged, call us, SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton at 330-825-1803.
We can begin water removal efforts so that your home is once again as it should be, perfectly dry. Accidents can occur at all hours of the day and night, and because of this, we are always available to take your call.
When water is not where it should be.
Water damage occurs when excess water begins to pool in areas where it shouldn’t. Many different factors can create this excess water and thereby contribute to water damage.
When you are aware of the potential causes, you can take precautionary measures to help insure against a leak or flood. You will also be able to spot a problem as soon as it arises and nip it in the bud before it has a chance to cause any additional damage.
The more quickly you notice the problem, the less work the water extraction and water damage restoration company will have to fix.
Causes of water damage include:
- Bursting or leaking pipes
- Issues with the plumbing system
- Hot water tank
- Buildup in areas prone to collecting water, such as crawl spaces, attics and basements
- Faulty or malfunctioning household appliances
- HVACs (Heating, ventilating and air conditioning units) issues
- Natural disasters and other weather-related water problems
No matter what the issue, you can call the experts at SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton at (330) 825-1803 to make it look "Like it never even happened."
Your Business Needs the Emergency Ready Profile
Call SERVPRO Today to talk about getting your business an emergency ready profile!
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, most of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
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.
Are You Ready?
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage
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.”
Time is Money in an Emergency
Time is money during an emergency, so call SERVPRO today!
SERVPRO Professionals arrive quickly and are trained and equipped to help you regain control of your life when you have an emergency such as a water loss or smoke damage. Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO can be on-site to start the cleanup for water or smoke, the better the results. This could also keep the cost of the claim down.
Emergency Response 1-4-8
Service Response Guidelines
1. Within one hour from notice of loss a SERVPRO Professional will contact your insured to arrange for service.
4. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.
8. Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster.
If you need service, don't wait. Call SERVPRO, and we will be there to make it "Like it never even happened."
Why Communication is Key in the Restoration Business
if you want great service with great communication, call SERVPRO today!
“Stayed in communication and made sure I understand what was happening and if I had any questions, they would answer them! I highly recommend them!”
The above quote was from one of our many clients, and for the sake of anonymity, we’ll call them John. John woke up one morning to find that the line to his freezer had broken and caused water to leak from the kitchen into the unfinished part of the basement. He quickly shut off the water and got in contact with us to cleanup and restore the damaged area. The job itself was straightforward; dry out the area, then repair or restore anything that was damaged. But when John wrote a five-star review, he chose to harp not on the work itself, but on the COMMUNICATION he received throughout the process. This decision is interesting because it highlights what sets SERVPRO apart from other restoration and construction companies.
There are lots of companies that can do clean up and restoration, and John probably knew that. It’s easy to imagine that when he saw the damage, he googled what companies could mitigate it. SERVPRO came up, of course, but so did many other companies; some organically and some through paid ads. John had options, but he saw our raving reviews and happy customers, and chose to go with SERVPRO, and he’ll be forever happy he did. We kept him in the loop the entire time. He always had the ability to call us with questions or concerns. He always knew what was happening, why it was happening, and about how long it would take. Despite clean up and restoration being an area that John probably had no experience, he was able to follow the process of his house and his property being restored as if he was a member of the green team doing it.
Don’t choose a company that just does the work because you’re paying them, choose a company that cares enough to help walk you through the entire process of clean up, restoration, and reconstruction. Choose SERVPRO.
Being Prepared for Natural Disaster
Before disaster strikes, make sure you have a plan in place!
Natural disasters often feel like an issue that happens to other people, not you, but it's important to have a plan just in case. Having a disaster plan means you're ready in case anything happens, and is an important part of being a business owner.
Disaster Preparations Especially for Business Owners
- Double-Check Your Insurance
Not every business policy is designed with natural disasters in mind. Often, excessive damages from natural causes will not be fully covered, leaving business owners to foot the bill for recovery from their own capital. However, starting this dialogue with your agent and researching the types of supplemental policies business owners may be eligible for will help you be certain you are fully covered.
- Create Your Action Plan
When you are faced with a scenario where you must evacuate from your business right away, it is important to have a plan in place and all necessary supplies in order to do so in as little time as possible. Documenting local shelters, evacuation routes and medical facilities will be helpful, as well as any key actions such as shutting down machinery on your way out the door.
- Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
It is important to not only make an emergency action plan for yourself but to also include your staff in the procedures. Once you have your details determined, sharing the plan with your employees and designating those in leadership roles to host regular and varied disaster drills with the teamcan help everyone stay safe and know what to do in a frightening scenario.
- Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
All aspects of disaster planning are important, but one vital thing is knowing how you will get your business property suitable to reopen following the disaster. The best way to do that is to work with a restoration company that has expertise in commercial jobs in order to get your damage restored and your doors reopened as quickly as possible
SERVPRO Can Restore Your Business
If your business is damaged by a disaster, call SERVPRO today!
No one wants disaster to strike their business, but unfortunately, something like that is simply beyond your control. What you can control, however, is how you respond when disaster strikes, and that’s where the Disaster Recovery Specialists at SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton come in!
What Does SERVPRO Do?
The well-trained SERVPRO professionals will arrive quickly to your disaster, expertly but efficiently evaluate your issue, and restore everything so well, it’ll be "Like it never even happened." Thanks to being locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton is faster to any disaster. When your business suffers from flood damage, fire damage, storm damage, or mold, time becomes money, and the faster the problem is masterfully solved, the sooner you can open your business back up and start serving clients again!
What Do I Need to Do?
All you must do is call the local SERVPRO professionals at 330-825-1803, and we will help you through every step of the process. We know your business is important to you; it’s important to us too! We will take care of you and your property every step of the way in this difficult time.
There’s never a good time for a disaster, but there is a good time for responding to it, and a good time for entrusting the resolution to passionate experts, and that time is right now. So, give us a call, and let us do what we do best, so you can get back to doing what you do best.