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Help When You Experience Flooding

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus specializes in storm and flood damage restoration and have the experience and knowledge to handle the aftermath of flooding. Our professionally trained restoration crews can extract the water, demolition all damaged structure and place drying equipment to dry your home or business quickly. We have a full restoration team that can restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can 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

When summer storms hit, SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 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 614-888-5700          

Fire - Smoke & Soot

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire - Smoke & Soot Soot & Smoke Damage

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Different Types of Smoke
  • There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 614-888-5700

Restoring Commercial Properties

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Commercial Properties Water Damage Commercial Property

Flooding and water damage events at Columbus, Ohio commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive 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. When an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus

SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Dangers of Electrical Fires

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Dangers of Electrical Fires Electrical Fire

Like residential homes, commercial buildings are at risk of an electrical fires and you should take precaution to prevent these hazards. Electrical equipment, plugs and wiring can all causes a fire. Older buildings can have outdated wiring which poses additional risks. If you are in doubt, call a professional electrician.

Here are a few precautions you can make to minimize your risk of an electrical fire:

  1. Outlet & power cords – Make sure outlets are updated and in good working condition. Outlet should not be warm to the touch or make cracking sounds and should fit snugly. Have a professional repair them if you experience any issues.
  2. Cords & Wiring – Do not use a damaged cord. If your cords are frayed, pinched or pierced, throw them out. Damaged, worn, cracked or corroded electrical wires can increase the chance of an electrical fires.

The National Fire Protection Agency suggest calling a qualified electrician if you experience:

  1. Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.
  2. Discolored or warm wall outlets
  3. Flickering or dimming lights
  4. Sparks from an outlet

Call SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus if you do experience an electrical fire in your business at- 614-888-5700.

Fire Damage: What To Do Until Help Arrives

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage: What To Do Until Help Arrives Cooking Mishap

Experiencing a fire, whether at your home or place of business, can be very scary and stressful. Once the fire is out, you may not know what to do to move forward.

After any fire damage situation, your first priority should be your safety. Is it safe to stay inside your house? If you do stay in the home, be sure to only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If the electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If the heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in the sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloths over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in and out of the HVAC system.

Don’t:

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus Professionals.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus Professionals.
  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t consumer any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They have be contaminated.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Water Damage: What To Do Until Help Arrives

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage: What To Do Until Help Arrives What to do Until Help Arrives

Experiencing a flood or water loss, whether at your home or place of business, can be very scary and stressful. Once the source has been stopped, you may not know what to do to move forward.

After any water loss situation, your first priority should be your safety. Is it safe to stay inside your house? If you do stay in the home, be sure to only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

Water Damage From Clean Water

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off the circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don’t:

  • Don’t enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don’t leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Don’t leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures is ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Water Damage From Contaminated Water

Do:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

Don’t:

  • Don’t spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Don’t turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Don’t use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Don’t use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Dangerous Wind Damage

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

With spring just right around the corner, thunderstorms can not only bring water damage to homes, it can also bring wind damage.  Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes.

Below are some steps to take if your home is damaged by wind.

Documenting Damage:

  • Call and report your damage to your insurance company.
  • From a safe location, take pictures of any damage.
  • Inventory any belongings that may have been destroyed or damaged, noting the brand, price, age, etc.
  • If you have pictures of your home before the damage, include them with your insurance claim.

Preventing Further Damage:

  • If you suspect possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.
  • Cover broken windows and doors with tarps, heavy plastic or plywood to prevent further damage. Save repair receipts for reimbursement. 

Repairs and Cleanup:

  • Don’t start permanent, major repairs or renovations until your property has been inspected by an insurance representative.
  • If your roof needs to be replaced, hire a professional roofing contractor who is licensed and insured.
  • Fallen trees or large branches also are best removed by a professional tree service. This service may be covered depending on your policy coverage.

If your home suffers wind damage, please contact SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus for any board up, tarp up, tree removal, or roof replacement services.

Source: https://www.nationwide.com/wind-damage-claims.jsp

Be Prepared When a Storm Strikes

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared When a Storm Strikes Commercial Flooding

Floods can occur in every single U.S. state.  Below are a few steps to take before, during, and after a flood from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Before

  • Know Your Risk:  Is your home or business in a floodplain?  Where is water likely to collect on the roadways you most often travel?  What is the fastest way to get to higher ground? Knowing the answers to these questions ahead of time can save your life. 
  • Assemble an Emergency Kit:  It is good practice to have enough food, water and medicine on hand at all times to last you at least 3 days in the case of an emergency. You should also have batteries, blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, rubber boots, rubber gloves, and a battery-operated radio easily available.

During:

  • Get to a Higher Ground:  Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground immediately
  • Stay Informed:  Monitor local radio and television, internet and social media for information and updates.
  • Practice Electrical Safety:  Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises --get out!

After:

  • Contact Your Family and Loved Ones:  Let your family and close friends know that you’re okay so they can help spread the word. Register with or search the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well listings.
  • Wait for the "All Clear":  Do not enter a flood damaged home or building until you're given the all clear by authorities. If you choose to enter a flood damaged building, be extremely careful. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss the damage done to your property

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage.  Let us help you get your life back in order. 

Source:  http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

Spring Storm Dangers from Lighting Strikes

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Storm Dangers from Lighting Strikes Lighting Strike

Severe spring weather can bring many dangers to your family and property due to lighting strikes. Per the National Weather Service lightning strikes the United States about 25 million of dollars a year and insurance companies pay out millions of dollars in property claims each year from lighting strikes.

Lighting damage can affect your home several different ways, it can be a direct strike, enter through the ground or through wires or pipes. Anything that is conductive in a house has the potential for lighting to enter your home causing severe property damage. No matter how lighting enters your home, the damage can be extensive and devastating.  

SERVPRO'S across the country receive many calls each year for property damage from lighting strikes. If lighting strikes your home, you need to get everyone out of the house immediately and call 911. The fire department will be contacted, and they will search your home for any possible dangers.

When everyone is safe, and your house has been cleared your next call should be SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus, we can help with any damage from fire and water damage from a lighting a strike. Call us at 614-888-5700.

Dealing With Fire

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing With Fire These Walls Need Some Attention!

Why Hire SERVPRO?

When you hire SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus, you will get trained and certified technicians to handle any loss to your commercial or residential property. We are here to help you through one of your worst days and make it #likeitneverevenhappened

We Create New Memories

On this commercial fire, there were over 30 separate tenant units that were affected and dozens of misplaced tenants. SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus was called in to immediately begin remediation on the space and to help reverse the effects of the fire. The smoke and terror this caused, left several of the tenants with some bad memories. Our team was there quickly to help remove any of the bad memories and replace it with new memories!

Need some help?

If you need some help, please call us at: (614) 888-5700