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Tools of the Water Mitigation Trade

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton serves the communities of Barberton, Greensburg, Copley, Green, Norton, Portage Lakes, Clinton and the surrounding Communities. Properties with water damage rely on local technicians to perform a vital assessment, remediation, and restoration services. Contents and structure that suffers prolonged exposure to moisture can cause a chain of events which could result in permanent damages.

SERVPRO has technicians with qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC), an internationally recognized awarding body.  Certification from the IICRC means SERVPRO technicians can make professional, informed assessments of property damages. To make those evaluations, our technician's can use a variety of moisture measuring equipment to get a full picture of the extent of the issue. By measuring the scale of damage, we can ensure our work is as efficient as possible and that they prevent secondary issues from arising after treatment. 

Moisture meters can penetrate surfaces and assess saturation levels. This tool is useful if the property has been exposed to moisture for several hours or longer. Thermal imaging cameras use infrared to allow a restorer to spot moisture that may not be visible to the eye such as behind walls or under cabinets. Thermal Hygrometers measure relative humidity and can help ensure microbial growth is kept under control throughout the service. 

SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton does calculated assessments to ensure your property’s restoration is tailored to its needs.  Complete documentation of all work performed, including pictures and moisture readings are recorded throughout the service and is passed on to your insurance company to process your claim.

We can handle the big stuff!

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton we understand how badly rain and flooding or snow, ice and broken pipes storms, flooding can affect our customers, our employees and our lives.  Not only does inclement weather do damage to our businesses and livelihood but to many individuals because of a tremendous amount of stress. 

We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your property back to the way it once was prior to damage. The job pictured here is from a broken pipe in this hotel hallway that affected numerous rooms. We are open to all jobs, small or large. Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools to get the job done. Our customer was very pleased with our quick response and ability to attack the damage.

Hotels never sleep, either do we at SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We will get your business back up and running

Highly Trained Technicians

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Continually learning about the latest techniques.

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

The people, the experience and the equipment!

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Our newest truck is ready to roll!

Once water has consumed your home or business, the main question that comes to mind is, "Who's cleaning up all this mess?" Doing the clean-up yourself is always an option. Doing the job yourself will keep the cost down. However, is it the best and safest option for you?

Here at SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton, we are well trained with the latest techniques to safely clean and dry your home.  Our vehicles are equipped with the best equipment to extract the water and dry your home or business. 

We work closely with all the major insurance companies quickly and efficiently so we can get your property back to where it was prior to the unfortunate event. If a water damage ever occurs, through through drain back ups or sump pump failure, SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton is here 24/7 to make it look and feel "Like it never even happened." 

Flooding from Storms in Medina, Ohio

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Extreme weather conditions from high winds to heavy rainfall could damage property. We at SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton offer an emergency restoration service for Barberton, Norton, Portage Lakes, Clinton, Copley, Green, Greensburg and the surrounding areas. Acting quickly can help to prevent permanent issues within your property. Our highly trained restorers are adept at safety checking, restoring power and mitigating losses. 

One vital way of preventing properties from sustaining permanent harm is by performing mitigating procedures promptly. Prolonged exposure to large amounts of moisture can damage the possessions or the structure of your home. SERVPRO can deploy portable water extraction equipment as well as drying equipment like rapid air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent moisture damages from occurring. 

In high winds there is a chance of debris damaging structural components in your property. This debris could include tree branches, broken glass, or other safety hazards. Our restoration service can remove debris and dispose of it on your behalf. Where necessary, we can also perform emergency board up and tarping to maintain the integrity and security of your property. 

For property damages of any scale, our professional restoration services can help to assess, mitigate, manage and reconstruct your property. Contact SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton at (330) 825-1803 today to arrange a service.

https://www.SERVPRObarbertonnorton.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Barberton/Norton storm readiness

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton, specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton is ready when a storm strikes.  Our resources can handle a small or large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 330-825-1803

If a flood strikes Barberton/Norton, Ohio

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help 330-825-1803, 24/7.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Cooking Safety

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Stove was the cause of this fire.

Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? Below are some a safety tips to help prevent fires and keep everyone safe.

 “Cook with Caution”

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire...

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

Soot

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Soot on the garage walls prior to cleaning

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton always tests for soot at the site of a fire. For those that don’t know, soot is a mass of impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete burning of fuel, such coal, paper, wood or petroleum coke, during a fire. Formation of soot is a complex process, in which a number of molecules undergo a host of chemical and physical reactions within only a few milliseconds. Once created, soot may become airborne and be carried by the hot currents of the producing fire. With its fine particles, it is dangerous to people when inhaled and is a known cause of various types of cancer and lung disease. Other soot sources include internal-combustion engines, power-plant boilers, hog-fuel boilers, ship boilers, central steam-heat boilers, waste incineration, local field burning, house fires, forest fires, fireplaces, and furnaces.

Soot in very low concentrations is capable of darkening surfaces and making things exposed to it, like air vents, appear black. Soot particles can be mixed with metal oxides and with minerals and can be coated with sulfuric acid which is very damaging to most surfaces. Soot is the also the primary cause of "ghosting". This is the discoloration of walls and ceilings or walls and flooring where they meet. It is also generally responsible for the discoloration of the walls above baseboard electric heating units. Soot also tends to form in chimneys in houses possessing one or more fireplaces. If a large deposit collects in one, it can catch fire and create a very hot burning  chimney fire. Such a fire can ignite other portions of the structure. We at SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton recommend regular cleaning by a chimney sweep to reduce or eliminate this threat. While the normal fire prevention rules should always be applied, action taken to deal directly with soot is one way to make sure that you’re “Ready for whatever happens”.

Sump Pumps

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Not sure who thought of the idea of leaving a large open crock in the basement of a structure, running footer tile into it and then installing a pump into the crock to pump water out of the structure.  That said, these pumps can be found in the majority of basements and are known to fail.  Either the pump itself burns out from overuse or age, the power goes out, or too much water gains entry and the pump cannot keep up.  This can especially be bad if the affected area is finished or has a lot of personal property stored in the affected areas.  SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton is here to assist with mitigation, reconstruction and contents services to make it “Like it never even happened."