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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

We Provide Results

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage We Provide Results Burnt Apartment Unit

Who Will Rebuild?

After the devastation a fire can cause, in most cases, there will be some element of rebuilding that will need to take place.  This fire was in a residential unit that will need completely gutted. After the fire department extinguishes the blaze, they must often poke holes to check for hot spots in the walls to make sure the fire is completely out with no chance or risk of flare up. This causes total devastation to the space and hiring a contractor is often needed.

We Are Your Solution!

SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus is a fully licensed and proven General Contractor that can help you fully restore your space. We can assign a project manager to your claim to walk you through a scene like this to completion to make sure that your space is brought back to life.

Call Today for A Free Estimate

Reach Us At: (614) 888-5700

Who Would You Call?

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Who Would You Call? Flooding caused by a recent storm.

Who Do You Call?

When a storm comes down quick and fast, it often finds the cracks in the roofs, or the storm floods a part of your home and remediation is often needed. Most homeowners do not think about who their remediation company might be if needed. Most people may never experience something like this and the idea of a contractor coming into your home is sheer terror. With all the nightmare stories that exist about contractors, it is no surprise!

We Will Put You At Ease

Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus, we want to put your anxiety about hiring someone to come and make repairs to your home. We are here to help you get your home put back together and walk you through the entire process. We want to make sure that you have the confidence when you hire us that we will get the job done efficiently and correct the first time. Things are going to happen, how we react to them and how we prepare for them is the difference.

Call Now With Any Questions: (614) 888-5700

Cleanup Is Tedious...

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleanup Is Tedious... Cleaning Soot From A Hallway: Before/After

Have You Ever Experienced A Mess Like This?

Commercial fires are among the most dangerous and scariest of losses that we encounter. It encounters someone’s business, or even their home if an apartment or Highrise catches on fire. This can leave a business without a place to operate, or tenants out of their homes. Either way, this makes hiring a contractor experienced in getting you back in business even more critical.

What Makes SERVPRO Different?

Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus, we want you to know that you are hiring professionals who are trained in professional remediation. We follow all industry standards, and our crews are trained and certified in the work they are doing. Please call us with any questions to help get your business or home back to preloss conditions and get things put back together.

For A Free Consultation: (614) 888-5700

Cleanup Is Tedious...

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleanup Is Tedious... Cleaning Soot From A Hallway: Before/After

Have You Ever Experienced A Mess Like This?

Commercial fires are among the most dangerous and scariest of losses that we encounter. It encounters someone’s business, or even their home if an apartment or Highrise catches on fire. This can leave a business without a place to operate, or tenants out of their homes. Either way, this makes hiring a contractor experienced in getting you back in business even more critical.

What Makes SERVPRO Different?

Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus, we want you to know that you are hiring professionals who are trained in professional remediation. We follow all industry standards, and our crews are trained and certified in the work they are doing. Please call us with any questions to help get your business or home back to preloss conditions and get things put back together.

For A Free Consultation: (614) 888-5700