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Supporting Local Business in Ashland/Richland is Important, and Supporting SERVPRO Does Just That!

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned logo Support local by contacting SERVPRO for your disaster clean up needs in Ashland or Richland! 

In recent years, a greater emphasis has been placed on supporting local businesses. From small mom and pop shops, farmers markets, or even disaster restoration services, it is important to support your local community, its members, and the local economy. That’s why SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland is proud to be locally owned and operated. When you support SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland, you’re supporting local businesses near you in Ashland or Richland. But why is serving local businesses so important? Well, here are three big reasons! 

  1. Boosting the local economy 

It makes sense when you think about it, doesn’t it? If you support a local business and that business grows, they hire new employees. It’s very likely they’ll hire people that live nearby, and this keeps the money within the community.  

  1. Building Community Connections 

This piggybacks off boosting the local economy. When you support a local business, that business can become a staple to the community. It becomes a place where people can meet and meet up, make new friends or reunite with old ones. An identity can be formed around a local business, where you know the owners or employees, and know you can trust them.  

  1. Environmental Preservation 

You probably know preserving the environment is important, but did you know supporting local businesses does just that? But local businesses tend to also buy from local merchants, instead of from huge facilities far away, and this decreases carbon emissions.  

So, when you have any kind of water damage, fire damage, flooding, or need clean up in the Ashland or Richland areas, you can support local by supporting SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland!

Why SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland is the Clean Up Company For You!

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Clean Up Crew We will take care of everything pertaining to damage repair and mitigation in Ashland/Richland, so call us today!

There are many, many clean up and restoration companies, so why is SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland the premiere pick for disaster restoration or damage mitigation? Here are three reasons why SERVPRO should be your top choice for a job! 

  1. Locally Owned with National Resources.  

SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland is a proud member of the local community, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to tackle even the most difficult of disasters. Our highly trained technicians can do everything from water damage restoration to storm damage mitigation, to fire damage repairs. Thanks to our many certifications, including IICRC certification, you can trust us with your most difficult jobs, knowing it will be done right.  

  1. Faster to Any Disaster 

When disaster strikes, time is money. You need a company that you can trust to be there as fast as possible and prevent further damage to your property. SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland is that company. Is it the weekend? Not an issue. A holiday? No worries. Two in the morning? We’re there. No matter what, SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland is available 24/7/365.  

  1. We Work with Your Insurance 

A disaster is a stressful time, and we understand that. So, whether you’re dealing with flood damage, storm damage, fire damage, or mold damage to your Ashland or Richland home (all of which we’re qualified to fix), having to work with an insurance company on top of that can be very difficult. So we will work with your insurance company for a stress-free claims process, and we can even help manage the insurance paperwork and process.  

So what are you waiting for? Give a call today! 419-869-9082

SERVPRO: The Pinnacle of Trust and Reliability

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck We do everything from water damage, to fire damage, to storm damage clean up and restoration!

SERVPRO Does it All 

With your business in the hands of SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland, you can rest assured that your property is going to be efficiently and professionally restored as if it were never damaged in the first place.  

What Does SERVPRO Do? 

In short, we do almost everything related to disaster mitigation. If your business has had water damage, mold damage, storm damage, fire damage, or most any other kind of damage, SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland is the one stop shop to have everything repaired quickly, but without compromise.  

Why SERVPRO? 

SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland will take care of you every step of the way when it comes repairing your home or business. Being locally owned and operated, we may have seen you in the community, maybe we’ve shopped at your establishment, or even been invited to your home at some point. With such close ties to the community, it is in our best interest to repair your property with the upmost professionalism. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us as well.  

What do I Need to do After a Disaster? 

Just call us! We’ll help you every step of the way, looking after you and your property as if it were our own.  

Contact us today! 419-869-9082

Tips For Cleaning Up After a Storm

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage If you need storm damage restoration in Ashland or Richland, call SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

A storm has just blown through, but thankfully you and your family took precautions and no one was harmed. However, there is still a chance something happened in your home, whether it be flooding, backed up sewage, or damage from falling debris. If there’s any major damage to your Ashland or Richland home, the best thing you can do is call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland and let the professionals clean up, but there are still some things you can do yourself if you feel up to it.  

  • Clean up sticks and branches that may have fallen during the storm. This one is by far the easiest, and the branches can easily be thrown away, or used for something like firewood or compost. If a branch or tree has fallen against your house and caused damage, go ahead and call SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland to have it quickly, and expertly repaired.  
  • Dry out your house as soon as possible. After a storm, if water has gotten inside your home, it will very quickly cause mold to grow, which will create many issues down the road. It’s best to clean up any standing water and dry off surfaces that may grow mold. If some time has passed and you suspect mold may already be growing, using a bleach-based household cleaning solution can kill the mold and prevent further damage.  
  • If you see any damage involving sewage, live wires, or possible gas leaks, don’t try and fix it yourself! Immediately call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland to solve this issue for you.  

The most important thing you can do is be safe, and call someone for help if you feel unqualified for an after storm clean up.  

Contact us today! 419-869-9082

Four Ways to Prevent Kitchen Fires

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Cooking safely is the most important step of fire prevention! Following the best cooking practices prevents you from needing fire damage restoration in your Ashland or Richland home!

Cooking Fire Safety 

Cooking is essential, but if done carelessly, it can be devastating. The best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your Ashland or Richland property is to be aware of the best, safest cooking practices.  

  1. Always Be Present When Food Is Cooking 

Never leave cooking food unattended. If something goes wrong and you’re not there to immediately remedy the situation, things get out of control very quickly. The National Fire Protection Association reported that of the 172,900 fires between 2014 and 2018, 31% of them were because equipment was left unattended. If you have work you need to do, consider setting up a computer in your kitchen so that you can always be close by.  

  1. Keep Children Away from the Stove 

While this is especially important when cooking, it is also vital even when nothing is being prepared. Kids love to play with things, and often it’s harmless, but with how dangerous stoves can be to unsuspecting children, it’s better if they’re kept away from them entirely. Talking with any children in the house about not touching the stove is vital for everyone’s safety.  

  1. Regular Cleaning 

In the day to day of cooking, it’s easy for small pieces of food or other debris to fall into the stovetop, or in the oven. While none of these food scraps individually are an issue, a buildup of them can be the perfect kindling for a kitchen fire. Thankfully, cleaning your oven or stove top is a simple task you can do in just a few minutes.  

  1. Keeping Appliances in Order 

It might not even be your stove where a fire starts, but rather one of your appliances. With so many appliances in kitchens today, from rice cookers, microwaves, slow cookers, and so on, it’s easy to run out of outlets. However, when this happens, DO NOT plug in an extension cord. With knives, water, and constant commotion in kitchens , it’s too easy for something to go wrong and water to get into an extension cord and cause a short circuit, and possibly a fire.  

Following these easy four steps can prevent you from needing a Ashland or Richland based fire cleanup and restoration company. However, if you find yourself in need of fire damage restoration in Ashland or Richland, give SERVPRO a call!  

Contact us today! 419-869-9082

Responding to Rainy Weather

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in the hallway of a home Don't let this kind of water damage cost you! Call SERVPRO today and let our experts take care of everything.

As you’ve probably noticed, it has been raining a lot the past few days, and the best thing you can do when it rains is to be prepared. After a storm, it’s good to check and make sure that your property is undamaged and there isn’t any water where there shouldn’t be, because that could lead to mold.   

What To Look For  

  • Standing water in places where it shouldn’t be, such as the basement, attic and garage  
  • Discoloration or water stains on the walls or ceilings  
  • Musty odors in the building  

Water itself can cause foul smells and wood to rot, but it can also cause mold to grow. Mold can cause serious structural damage, as well as health effects, so when you have mold growing, you need to act quickly for the sake of your customers, and your business.   

What Can I Do About It?  

Pick up that phone and call us! When you call SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland you can rest assured knowing our experts will act quickly, taking a methodical and systematic approach to identifying your problem and eliminating it from your building as quickly as possible.   

Remember, the longer you wait, the more damage that could be happening to your property, so give SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland a call and let us get down to our business so that you can get back to yours knowing your building is safe, dry and mold free.  

Contact us today at 419-869-9082

Staying Safe During Dangerous Thunderstorms

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

It's getting stormy in Ashland/Richland! Remember, if you need storm or water damage restoration in Ashland/Richland, call SERVPRO now!

Over the past few weeks, there have been several storms in the Ashland or Richland areas, and with storms comes a risk of personal and property damage. In order to keep yourself safe during storms, there are a few steps to take.  

  • Go indoors and stay there. This can be inside your home or the home of a neighbor. If you’re outdoors somewhere without many houses around, such as a park or the lake, try and seek shelter in a nearby building. Parks should have public restrooms, and these are often built to be storm proof. Should there be no other options, the best thing to do is to shelter in your car and wait out the storm.  
  • Once you’re indoors, move to somewhere away from windows. Many homes have a basement, which is the safest place to wait out storms. If your house doesn’t have a basement, bathrooms are often a good choice as well. 
  • Try to stay away from appliances and avoid activities such as showering or talking on a wired phone. Lightening can travel through plumbing fixtures or home wiring, so it’s best to avoid using things like washers and dryers during a storm. Additionally, if there is a lightning strike, it could cause those appliances to short and catch fire.  
  • After the storm has passed, remember to be careful walking around, watch out for things such as downed power lines and possibly damaged circuit breakers. If you smell gas, contact authorities immediately.  

It might be an inconvenience to follow these steps, but the most important thing is to keep you and your family safe. If you find that a storm has caused damage, feel free to call SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today and let the experts take care of it! 

Contact us today! 419-869-9082

Fire Ways to be Prepared In Case Of A Fire

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

a smoke alarm in an Ashland/Richland Home Smoke alarms are important for fire preparedness, but if you do need fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

While it's important to take steps to keep your Ashland or Richland home safe by preventing fires, sometimes it's just out of your control, and in those instances, you need to already have a plan in place. Here are five things you can do to be ready should there be a fire in your home.  

  1. Maintain Your Smoke Alarms Properly

This includes making sure your smoke alarms are in the proper places, have fresh batteries, and are tested at least once a month to make sure they are ready to alert you in case of danger.  

  1. Ensure You Have an Exit Plan 
     

Everyone in your house should be aware of every way they can escape from the home. It is important to have at least two methods so that if a fire is blocking one way, everyone knows an alternative route. Make sure everyone in your household can recite the exists from memory.  

  1. Have Emergency Contacts

It is important to have an emergency contact to call if you or a member of your family is separated during the fire. It is especially important for kids to memorize the phone number of a neighbor, or a family member who lives close by who can look after them should they become separated.  

  1. Practice

Practice makes perfect, and during a real fire emotions or panic can make it difficult to think. That's why it's important to run drills every four to six months, so that, in the event of a fire, everyone knows what to do without having to think about it.  

  1. Calling 911

Make sure everyone in the family knows to call 911 and can recite their address so the first responders can get there as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO Will Restore Your Business After Disaster!

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

A guitar business is flooded, we can help with this! Call us today! A business is flooded, causing damage to the merchandise.

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 Ashland/Richland 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 Ashland/Richland 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 419-869-9082, 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.  

Contact Us Today! 419-869-9082 

Lightning Storm Tips

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

Danger lightening sign After experience storm damage, call SERVPRO and we'll take care of everything!

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck.

Here are a few lightning safety tips:

  • Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.
  • Go indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
  • Avoid windows, doors, porches and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lighting can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
  • Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.

Water Damage Doesn't Wait So Call Us!

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage on ceiling If you have water damage in Ashland or Richland, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

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 Mansfield, Shelby and Ashland 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 Ashland / Richland at (419) 207-8449.

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.

Rain is coming! Be Prepared!

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Water in Home Have water in your home after the storm? Call SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland, 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

When storms hit Ashland / Richland, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,750 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 419-207-8449

Central Ohio, Storms are Coming!

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Home Tarped after damaged Storm and Water Damage? SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland are the experts 24/7.

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?

  • 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.
  • warning means severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.

BE PREPARED

  • 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 Ashland / Richland at 419-207-8449.

Are you ready for Spring Storms?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Side of home with blue tarp We can help if the storm hits too hard.

Each year, thunderstorms alone cause approximately $15 billion in property damage. Summer and spring seasons are the most vulnerable to these destructive and frightening storms.

There are several ways to prepare your property for the summer.

  1. Always have an emergency kit with these items that you probably already have in your house: flashlight, battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic, non-perishable foods, lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, and any important personal items and documents.
  2. Know the safest structure of your home to go to during a severe storm such as a basement, underground cellar, or even the most inner part of your home away from windows.
  3. Get routine maintenance on your roof and the foundation. Cracks in the roof are the number one leading cause to flooding damage.
  4. Cut down any unwanted trees or limbs and get your trees trimmed before summer storm season. Trees and branches can fall on your property and damage the siding, windows, and roof.
  5. Contact your insurance company to be more familiar with your policy. Most home insurers do not cover flooding damage.
  6. Keep all expensive and favored possessions off the floor and away from low ground in case of flooding.
  7. Keep all patio furniture, grills, etc in doors before a summer storm hits. Do not forget to part your vehicles in the garage.
  8. Finally, take those summer storm warnings and alerts seriously, especially tornado warnings. Tornadoes can lead to total property loss and even death.

Call SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland at 419- 207-8449.

Mansfield House Fire Gets SERVPRO Help

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians If suffered damage from a fire call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland.

SERVPRO Techs Save Mansfield Homes Affected by Fire

Kitchen fires, which account for 44% of overall home fires, are among the least reported. This problem is exacerbated by how thoroughly soot affects surfaces by imbuing them with tough-to-remove stains and odors.

SERVPRO technicians can respond to Mansfield homes for damage restoration calls within hours of their call. Technicians use sophisticated tools, EPA-registered antimicrobials, and a scientific approach to ensure that homes are restored per Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. 

How pH Factors into Fire Damage Cleanup

While lighter damages can be manually cleaned with dry cleaning sponges or HEPA filter vacuums, technicians must take pH levels into account when treating moderate to heavy fire damage stains and residues. 

  • Most cleaning agents used are alkaline, meaning their pH is higher than 7. This includes household items like dish soap (pH 9) and baking soda (pH 10)
  • The neutral pH level is 7, the same as water
  • Alkalinity is neutralized by an equal amount of acidity and vice-versa when cleaning

Call SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland for home fire damage restoration at (419) 207-8449.

Getting Mold Out of My Ashland Business

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on apartment ceiling SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton can handle all your commercial mold or water damage needs.

To Clear Your Ashland Business of Active Mold, Call SERVPRO

How Quickly Can You Remove Mold?

SERVPRO provides thorough commercial mold remediation to your Ashland businesses. How fast our technicians can accomplish that depends on how much mold and water are present. Mold spores only become active when there is enough moisture to ‘wake’ them from their inert state and begin expanding.

Is Mold Dangerous to My Employees and Customers?

Mold may cause some health effects but that is about it; not even Black Mold is typically lethal. If you can see or detect that distinctive musty odor, call us, and technicians can arrive at your Barberton workplace to begin remediation before it causes permanent damage to your building.

That is the real threat of active mold colonies as they grow and expand, individual spores extend hyphae to absorb food and water. With enough time, these hyphae can dig into drywall, ceiling tiles, even the wood that makes up wall framing and larger support structures. To stop the growth, our technicians search for any pools, leaks, and other sources of water. This starts the process of returning the mold to an inert state.

To remove the mold, our response team members carefully demolish the infested property, bag it for transport, and dispose of it outside the facility. Where the mold is only on the surface or has only slightly penetrated the surface, technicians use chemical agents to disinfect the affected surfaces and then scrape it off for disposal.

Is My Business Now Free of Mold?

No. Mold spores, especially when they are inert, are too small to see with the unaided eye. Fortunately, they are no more of a threat than common house dust when inert. The best way to keep your business free of active mold growth is to have SERVPRO periodically ensure there is no standing water or leaks inside your facility.

For more information for your Ashland or Richland business, contact SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland at 419-207-8449 today.

We clean better then Cinderella!

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned SERVPRO Logo For any cleaning or restoration in Ashland/Richland, make sure to call the experts at SERVPRO Ashland/Richland today!

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland, 419-207-8449.

Are my pipes frozen? What to do!

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes If you have water damage in Ashland or Richland, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today! We even clean up frozen pipe damage!

Frozen water pipes are a serious risk during very cold winter weather. When water freezes in a pipe it expands and can exert pressure at over 2,000 pounds per square inch. This pressure is enough to rupture almost any pipe filled with water, which provides no place for the ice to expand. A burst pipe can spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, and that equates to thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Pipes are most susceptible to freezing when they are located:

  • in an outside wall
  • in a cabinet under a sink (especially near an outside wall)
  • in an unheated crawl space or basement

If your pipe is frozen but not yet ruptured, you must thaw it right away. There are a few thawing techniques to try, depending on where the frozen pipe is located.

Warning: Never use a blow torch or other open flame to thaw a pipe. This presents a serious fire hazard and can damage the pipe.

A frozen pipe that hasn't burst yet often reveals itself at a faucet: when you turn on the faucet and no water comes out or it has slowed to a trickle, there's probably a blockage of ice somewhere in the line. It's time take immediate action: 

  • Shut off the water to the faucet locally or at the home's main water shutoff valve.
  • Open the faucet that is supplied by the frozen pipe; do this even if you don't know where the blockage is.
  • Identify the frozen pipe and locate the blockage: Follow the pipe back from the faucet to where it runs through cold areas, such as an exterior wall or unheated crawl space. Look for areas on the pipe that have frost or ice; it may also be slightly bulged.

When you find that the frozen—but not yet burst—pipe is behind a wall or ceiling, you've got a challenge on your hands. You have three options for thawing the pipe:

  • Turn up the heat in the house and wait.
  • Cut out a section of the wall or ceiling to access the frozen section of pipe, then thaw the pipe as an exposed pipe (see next slide).
  • Use an infrared lamp to help heat the wall section in front of where you believe the pipe is frozen. Infrared lamps are better than regular heat lamps because they pass through the air without heating it and will direct more energy to warming the wall and frozen pipe.

If the frozen pipe is exposed, you have several options for thawing it. Whichever remedy use use, heat the pipe from the faucet toward the frozen area. This allows water to flow out as the ice melts.

  • Hair dryer: Usually the easiest and safest way to thaw a pipe. If the pipe is close to the wall, place a cookie sheet behind the pipe to help radiate heat onto the backside of the pipe.
  • Heat lamp: You can use an infrared or incandescent heat lamp. As with a hair dryer, if the pipe is close to the wall, use a cookie sheet behind the pipe to help reflect heat onto the pipe.
  • Portable heater: A small, powerful heater works great for warming pipes under a kitchen or vanity base cabinet. Direct the heater onto the frozen section of pipe. It will work like a hair dryer on steroids!
  • Electric pipe heat tape: Heat tape is a ribbon-like wrap that contains electrical heating elements. You wrap it around the pipe you want to heat and plug it into the wall. The temperature of the tape is controlled with a thermostat. Heat tape can also be used to prevent pipes from freezing in critical areas; you can leave the heat tape on the pipe and plug it in only when needed.

There are a few things you can do to prevent the problem of freezing pipes from occurring again:

  • Leave the faucet dripping slightly during the coldest time of the day or night.
  • Open the cabinet doors to allow the heated air from the room to reach pipes inside the cabinet.
  • Wrap the problem pipe with electrical heat tape.
  • Insulate problem pipes with foam insulation wrap, especially those that run through unheated spaces. Note: Insulation merely slows the transfer of heat and will not prevent a pipe from freezing if the surrounding air is cold enough.
  • Heat unheated areas with a permanent heater, just to keep the temperature above freezing, or about 40 degrees F. Warning: Do not use portable heaters, which should never be left running unattended.
  • Remove garden hoses attached to outdoor faucets (hose bibs or sill cocks). If the faucet is not a frost-proof type, turn off the water to the faucet inside the house and drain the exterior section of the pipe.

Water is just part of the damage after a fire!

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Firetrucks on street Should Water and Fire damage your home call the professionals at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland.

Common Types of Damage After A Fire

When a fire happens on your property, firefighters and sprinkler systems will do everything they can to put the fire out. While this is definitely a good thing, it does create additional considerations for you during the restoration process. In the hours and days after a fire, water cleanup is just as important as removing smoke and fire damage for maintaining the value and integrity of your property. Here are some tips for dealing with common types of damage after a fire:

  1. Direct Fire Damage
    Fire is an incredibly destructive force when allowed to reach high temperatures.Fire cleanup often requires property restorers to simply remove surfaces or items that have been burned. While some items are often possible to restore, electronics, roofing, and structural elements of a building may have to be replaced entirely at the expense of the insurer or property owner.
  2. Water Damage
    Certain items and surfaces are more vulnerable to water damage than others. During the water cleanupphase of restoration, you should dry furniture and other relatively porous possessions as quickly as possible so that mold cannot colonize them. It is also critical that restorers remove any residual water left on your flooring, as this can infiltrate surfaces and cause mold and structural damage.
  3. Smoke Residue
    Smoke can create residues that are both unpleasant to smell and damaging to your belongings. Smoke residue can build up in computers and other electronics, causing them to malfunction and short circuit. Electronics can often be saved through proper smoke cleanup so you should contact a restoration professional experienced in restoring the items you are worried about.
    If you require a water cleanup after a fire in your Central Ohio property, you may be concerned that your property will never be restored to its former glory. With the right help, SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland, many of your things can likely be saved and protected from secondary damage caused by mold and decay.

Frozen Pipes as Temperatures Drop

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Broken water pipe Water everywhere from frozen and broken pipes? Call SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland.

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

Frozen pipes are a problem for a couple of reasons. They can create an inconvenience but, more seriously, can cause major damage to your property.

  • Lack of Running Water– The most obvious danger of a frozen pipe is the inability to access running water. This can interfere with your tenant’s ability to do everyday tasks such as washing the dishes or taking a shower. It is a landlord’s responsibility to make sure his or her tenants have running water.
  • Potential to Burst- The second problem that can occur when a pipe freezes is that the pipe actually bursts. Once the actual water in the pipe freezes, pressure is created between the closed faucet and the blockage that can build up to a point that causes the pipe to explode. If the pipe bursts outside, this could also create dangerous slippery conditions while the temperatures are below freezing.

 Signs of Frozen Pipes

  • The Temperature Is Right- Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Water does not freeze when it is 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and neither do pipes. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you should begin to take precautions to prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing.
  • There Is Frost on the Pipe- For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.
  • No Water Is Coming Out of the Faucet- Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. If you or a tenant turn on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
  • Strange Smells- A fourth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.

How Much Does a Frozen Pipe Cost to Fix?

It is very difficult to estimate the cost of fixing a frozen pipe because each situation is so unique. Two factors that play a huge role in cost are the location of the pipe and whether the pipe has burst.

If you are able to easily access the blockage, such as a pipe under a kitchen sink, you might be able to thaw the blockage for free using a hair dryer or hot rags.

If the blockage is buried in a wall, fixing the issue will become more expensive. You may spend a few hundred dollars cutting open sheetrock to find the problem or more than a thousand if you need to hire a plumber to find and thaw out the blockage.

If a frozen pipe bursts You have a flooding issue on your hands, you could be faced with thousands of dollars of damage. You will have to hire a plumber to fix the burst pipe and then you will have to deal with fixing any damage the water has caused inside your property. If you have the property insurance, they should help cover some of these costs. In cleaning up the mess the water will leave behind you can count on SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland. We are water cleanup experts.  

Our fleet is ready to go!

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fleet of SERVPRO Vehicles Our fleet of new vehicles loaded and ready to go!

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland 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 of Ashland /Richland 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 of Ashland / Richland will be there to make it "Like it never even happened."

Reading as a team makes us strong!

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Man reading a book SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland book club is designed to improve ourselves for all we do.

Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.  The team at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland takes this to heart as we started our first book club.  Our first book was the “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John Maxwell.

As we discussed the book weekly among our technicians, office staff and management we learned:

  • A person must always stand on solid ground. Stick to the rules you represent.  Honesty, Fairness and Good Judgement are the foundation.
  • Your co-workers must respect you, but that respect has to be earned on a constant basis. It’s important that you keep earning this respect over time.
  • Hating losing is a good thing – it keeps you focused on winning. Giving up and losing are not valid options.

Should you ever find yourself in dire circumstances, remember that although you might lose everything else—your job, your possessions, your money, even your health—knowledge can never be taken from you. That is what SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland teaches our team.  So if you needs us, we will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Teamwork!

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Team eating lunch together SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland close team members work and eat together.

Teamwork requires a mix of interpersonal, problem solving, and communication skills needed for individuals to work together towards a common goal. These skills become even more important when you work with others on a long-term, sustained basis like SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland does.

To serve our customers the best we can we teach how to work constructively as a team and with our clients.  To help build a collaborative team environment, we work to develop and practice the following:

  1. Trust: Be honest; work to eliminate conflicts of interest; avoid talking behind each other’s back; trust teammates (you must trust them before they will trust you); give team members the benefit of the doubt.
  2. Clarify Roles: Review team member roles frequently; clarify responsibilities when action planning; relate team member expectations to team’s overall purpose; figure out ways to help each other.
  3. Communicate Openly & Effectively: Work to clear up misunderstandings quickly and accurately; seek to understand all perspectives; err on the side of over communicating; reinforce and recognize team member efforts. Learn to listen well.
  4. Appreciate Diversity of Ideas: Evaluate a new idea based on its merits; remember that reasonable people can and do differ with one another; avoid remarks that draw negative attention to a person’s unique characteristics; don’t ignore the differences among team members; try to learn as much as you can from others.
  5. Balance the Team’s Focus: Regularly review and evaluate the effectiveness of team meetings; design individual performance goals that emphasize both results and teamwork; praise individual effort; assign specific team members to monitor task needs and others to monitor relationship needs; hold team celebrations for achieving results.

Adapted from Belgrad, W., Fisher, K., & Rayner, S. (1995). Tips for Teams: A Ready Reference for Solving Common Team Problems. McGraw-Hill: New York.

SERVPRO was there to protect this Mansfield Office.

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Building with sign Big or Small, Old or New you can count on SERVPRO to protect your business.

Helping Customer Facing Businesses with Commercial Flood Damage in Ashland / Richland.

A backed-up sewer point in your place of work can force temporary closure while the issue is assessed and remediated. In a customer facing business, this can easily lead to a loss of revenue and usually occurs during the busier times of the year. A timely restoration depends on using the right kind of service — one with experience and locally based technicians who can deal with Biohazard materials.

The idea of commercial flood damage in Mid-Ohio usually creates notions of extreme weather conditions, heavy rainfall or other natural events. Most often the problem can be traced back to older plumbing systems that have steadily deteriorated over time. SERVPRO technicians live and work in this area so they can recognize the unique problems faced by our business community.

As a start, we operate a 24-hour emergency call line. Our business communities know that they can reach us anytime, day or night. Following a quick assessment over the phone, SERVPRO can send a rapid response unit to your property immediately. Expertly trained technicians can find the source of damage quicker and put in place preventative measures to limit recurring problems.

When dealing with raw sewage, the priority is to wear the right equipment. Black Water can be harmful and is often loaded with pathogens.  SERVPRO technicians are given the correct clothing which allows them to remedy the situation quickly. The priority is to find the source of the problem and shut it off at the source.

Once we are confident that the source is dealt with, we can begin to remove the damages. Using submersible pumps alongside industrial-grade extractors, waste is removed efficiently. After that, we can apply proprietary cleaning solutions and sanitizers to the affected zone. Where there is drywall, we can demolish it, clean behind it and then replace it with new drywall. Our last step is to thoroughly deodorize the affected area to make the damage "Like it never even happened."

If your business suffers unforeseen flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland at 419-207-8449.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland helps after Hurricane Laura

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of Hurricane damaged building. SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland helping businesses after Hurricane Laura.

Hurricane Laura unleashed wind over 150 mph and heavy rain hundreds of miles inland along the Gulf Coast, leaving a path of destruction to homes and businesses. 

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby for disasters like these. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland has dispatched trained technicians to Lake Charles Louisiana to aid in restoration following the giant storm's path. Immense destruction has been left after the hurricane, but we are here to help restore homes, businesses, and hope.  Our mission statement is “Restore the present to protect the future.”

Communities in Louisiana were shattered by extreme wind and wiped away during this deadly Category 4 hurricane.  We are here in Louisiana to help them with the cleanup and recovery efforts. It will take some time, but SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland will be there every step of the way providing help with insurance claims, water damage, mold and reconstruction to make the recovery process as seamless as possible for those affected.  

If you need storm damage recovery assistance, call SERVPRO at 800-293-9555 or 419-207-8449.

Things you need to know about Smoke Damage

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage Inside a bedroom Need smoke damage mitigation or restoration in Ashland or Richland? Call the experts at SERVPRO today for all your mitigation needs!

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction.  While fire may be the immediate danger, once it is gone, what it leaves behind will continue to affect the house.  Ash and smoke, if left untouched, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration.  Also, powerful lingering odors. The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough. This entire process is very detailed.  Ash residue is easily disturbed and can spread through the building with ease, causing everything to need restoration.                                                                  

Things You need to Know About Smoke Damage  

  1. Smoke Migrates to Cooler Areas: The behavior of smoke during a fire is largely dependent on temperature. Smoke is typically hot and migrates to cooler regions of your home. Unfortunately, the cooler regions of your home are often hard to reach places, like cabinets and the underside of furniture. This makes the cleaning process much more difficult and is one of the major consequences of smoke damage. 
  2. Smoke Uses Plumbing to Migrate Through Your House: Smoke naturally travels through plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to travel from floor to floor. This is the best way for smoke to travel throughout homes and buildings and cause further damage. Vents and plumbing systems are cleaned and often replaced if smoke damage is great enough. 
  3. Wet, Smoldering Fires Produce the Most Damaging Smoke: The type of fire and the type of smoke produced by the fire make a huge difference when it comes to cleaning smoke damage. Wet, smoldering fires produce highly volatile and noxious smoke, the effects of which can persist for years if not cleaned properly. 
  4. High Temperature Fires Produce Easier to Clean Smoke Damage: Contrary to what you might believe, high temperature fires tend to be less damaging than smoldering fires. That is because they burn very quickly and produce a different type of smoke that contains less damaging soot. As a result, even though the high temperature fire may seem like it would produce more damage, you may just get lucky. 
  5. A Very Damaging Component of Smoke is Invisible: While the billowing clouds of dark smoke may seem the likely culprit, it’s the invisible protein residues of smoke that can also cause server damage. These residues can break down metal, wood, paint, and even porcelain, and their highly volatile chemical make-up allows them to penetrate deep into almost any substance while remaining totally invisible. Beware of this invisible enemy! 
  6. Smoke Damage Can destroy Metal and Wood Items: You might think that hearty substance like wood and metal would not be affected by smoke as much as upholstery and textiles. You’d be wrong. The noxious protein residues in smoke can break down brass, copper, wood, and even stone, causing them to decay at an ultra-rapid rate. Be sure to let a professional know about the exposure of wood and metal items to smoke and the duration of the exposure. 
  7. The Number 1 Rule to Prevent Lasting Smoke Damage: Get Air Moving: If you want to get a head start on cleaning up your home after smoke damage, follow the cardinal rule. Get air moving.  Use fans and open windows to keep air circulating throughout your home. This will prevent any remaining smoke residues from penetrating even deeper into your house and property.

Fire in Mansfield home starts in Basement

8/2/2020 (Permalink)

smoke and soot Cigarette's can do lots of damage to your home. Be careful!

This Mansfield, Ohio home experienced fire, smoke and soot damage when a cigarette lit this garage on fire.  They called SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland to handle the fire restoration.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. These fires caused 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in direct property damage. SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland (419) 207-8449

Business Owners and Disaster Preparations

8/2/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Plan written on a book Make sure you have a plan in place so you are prepared to call SERVPRO when there's a disaster and you need disaster mitigation in Ashland/Richland!

Anticipating future risks your business will be exposed to can be difficult due to many factors, but one thing business owners should certainly prepare for is a natural disaster.

While often not discussed in a business-focused manner, natural disasters have grown increasingly common in recent years and the way businesses handle them can often make or break future operations.

While there is no way to know for sure if a natural disaster will strike your commercial property, understanding your insurance coverage, action plan and the process of reopening afterwards will help ensure you can recover quickly if it does.

Disaster Preparations Especially for Business Owners

  1. Double-Check Your Insurance
    Unfortunately, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 team can help everyone stay safe and know what to do in a frightening scenario.
  4. 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.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.

Keeping your Commercial Carpets Clean Benefits You!

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Doctor's office clean carpet Let the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland take care of your commercial carpets.

Many carpets are designed to camouflage dirt, especially carpet intended for commercial areas and businesses. Because these same carpets see so much traffic, they can get pretty dingy and rough-looking over time. A poorly maintained carpet can actually hurt your business, so frequent carpet cleaning is a good investment. A carpet that isn’t well cared-for will need to be replaced sooner than one that receives regular cleanings and maintenance, costing you a lot more money in the long run!

  • If you own a commercial building space, keeping your carpets in good repair can cut down on customer complaints and liability from any trips and falls.
  • Clean carpeting and flooring are part of the good image of your business: clients will be more comfortable with you, and your employees will feel more positive about their work environment. A happy worker is much more productive!
  • A clean carpet also reduces illness-causing biological contaminants such as bacteria, mold and viruses that can negatively affect your clients and work staff. This will be especially important during cold and flu season.

Having your commercial carpets cleaned regularly should be part of your business maintenance program.

Consider these points when deciding what an appropriate cleaning schedule should be:

  • Color, nap and pile, type, and density of your carpet: a higher-quality carpet will probably be able to go longer without cleaning, for example, and hold up better over time.
  • Foot traffic in your place of business: this aspect is going to change based on seasons and weather. A busy workplace is great, but it comes with its own set of challenges.
  • The type of your commercial space: if you own a business that uses heavy machinery, you will need to have a much heavier cleaning schedule.
  • The type of business you conduct: a veterinary office, daycare or restaurant is going to need more attention than an attorney’s office, for example. If you are a business related to the medical field, your needs may be very specific based on the area of medicine you are associated with.

Our team at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland are trained experts when it comes to helping with all your commercial cleaning needs. If dingy, dirty carpets are a problem in your commercial property call us today at (419) 207-8449.

Emergency Ready Profile prepares you for fire

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Checklist with someone checking things off Make sure you have a plan in place, so you are prepared to call SERVPRO when there's a disaster and you need disaster mitigation in Ashland/Richland!

Both commercial and residential clients can take advantage of our expertise in preventing and preparing for a fire damage event. The aftermath of even a minor fire is stressful, and you as a homeowner are rarely experienced in the practical and emotional ramifications of such an event. We have built a rich knowledge base over the years of restoring fire damaged dwellings for other members of our community. Make use of our familiarity, training, and skills, and ready yourself for a problem you and we both hope you never encounter. 

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, ERP, encourages you to take stock of your situation before a disaster happens. We help you assess your property and work out many of the logistics we need to master to deliver fast and efficient fire damage restoration if a blaze occurs. You assist us and also improve the odds of a successful fire restoration effort by creating a layout of your property, identifying the location of utility shutoffs, and clarifying a chain of command should you be unable to respond yourself. 

You can designate another person to act on your behalf in the plan, helpful if you are injured or out of the area when the fire crisis occurs. This precaution is if you spend any time traveling or just as insurance if you think it possible you may have an issue with clarity of thought after a fire damages your property. Making decisions ahead of time helps SERVPRO follow a well-thought out plan rather than waiting for your instructions after a frightening event like a fire makes it hard for you to respond.


SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland wants to be certain our efforts always lead to the outcome you desire. Give us a call at (419) 207- 8449 to schedule an assessment that will help us collaborate on an Emergency Ready Plan to protect and restore your property.

Fredricktown Area Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

soot on garage wall Smoke and Soot can leave lots of damage to your home. Call the professionals today!

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage experience allows 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 Ashland / Richland 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 –
SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland (419) 207-8449.

Faulty Sprinkler System Causes a Water Loss at Ashland Dentist Office

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

water on Dentist chair Water everywhere! What do I do? Call SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland

This Ashland, Ohio Dentist experienced water damage when the sprinkler system went off unexpectedly.  Water sprayed over the main exam area affecting the ceiling, walls, cabinets, chairs and flooring.  The owner called SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland to handle the mitigation as efficiently as possible to minimize loss of business.

A water loss can strike your commercial property at any time and can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when you have an emergency water event, the SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland professionals offer fast, 24-hour emergency services, 365 days per year.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today:           

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland (419) 207-8449

House Fires: How to prevent them and what to do if you experience one

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fire fighters putting out a house fire For fire damage mitigation and restoration in Ashland/Richland, call SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

Every day, 7 people die in house fires- most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. In less than 30 seconds a small flame can evolve into a colossal fire and become life threatening; in less than two minutes your home can be consumed by flames, producing toxic smoke and gases with temperatures hotter than your oven. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths and surprisingly, heat is more dangerous than flames- Room temperature can reach 100° at floor level and a smoldering 600° at eye level. With that being said, smoke and toxic gases are responsible for more deaths than flames and heat.

Kitchen mishaps, electrical sparks, space heaters, playing with matches are all common causes of house fires. However, they are preventable:

  • Do not leave cooking unattended- More than 60% of kitchen fires begin on the stove. Also, do not use stove range to heat your home.
  • Keep grills at least 10 feet away from siding and out from under branches and roof overhangs.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of home fires. ALWAYS smoke outdoors, never in bed, and always use an ashtray, making sure butts are completely stubbed out.
  • NEVER smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off.
  • Replace all worn, old, or damaged appliance cords immediately. Frayed wires = fires!
  • Avoid having multiple appliances plugged into the same receptable and try not to run extension cords underneath rugs.
  • Keep combustible objects at least 3 feet away from portable heating devices, such as portable heaters- Make sure they have a thermostat control mechanism and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Remove lint from dryer filter after every use.
  • Change heating and air conditioning filters regularly.
  • Avoid unattended/careless use of candles.
  • Portable generators should never be used indoors.
  • Make sure combustible and flammable liquids are kept away from any heat source.
  • Discuss at least two escape strategies with your family or housemates prior to a fire and designate a meeting spot that is a safe distance from the home.
  • A working smoke detector significantly increases chances of surviving a deadly fire. Place alarms on each floor of your house, even the basement, and if possible, in every bedroom. Test batteries monthly and replace them once a year. Replace the alarms themselves every 8-10 years.
  • *Contact your local fire department for information on obtaining alarms for people with functional needs, i.e. a vibrating or flashing alarm.
  • Have fire extinguishers on each level of the home and/or in fire-prone areas like the kitchen and near the fireplace. Check gauges often to make sure they have a proper charge.
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas found in fumes from combustible fuel- it is potentially deadly as it has no odor, taste, or color. Install CO alarms in central locations on each floor of the home, especially outside sleep areas.

Although preventable, fires still occur and figuring out what to do afterward can be an incredibly stressful and overwhelming process; it can be hard to decide what to do first as your mind is running around in a million directions.

  • Immediately call 9-1-1! But make sure you are out of the house before doing so.
  • Call your insurance company. You will most likely receive calls from public adjusters and contractors trying to get your business. It is recommended you speak to no one but your insurance agent.

If you do not have homeowner’s insurance, your family and community might help you get back on your feet. Some organizations that may help are:

  • American Red Cross (ARC).
  • Salvation Army.
  • Religious organizations.
  • Public agencies, such as the public health department.
  • Community Groups.
  • State or municipal emergency services office.
  • Nonprofit crisis- counseling centers.
  • A fire in your home can cause serious damage to your home and many of your belongings may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke, and water. In order to fight the fire, firefighters may have broken windows and cut holes on the roof- Ask your agent or adjuster to recommend restoration companies, like SERVPRO, that can help with cleaning up soot or water damage, boarding up windows, and other construction.
  • Contact your landlord or mortgage lender as well as your credit card company to report any cards lost in the fire.
  • Check with an accountant or the IRS about special benefits for people recovering from fire loss.
  • Save undamaged items from any further destruction. Any items not damaged should be put in a safe place, such as a storage facility.

Handle burnt money as little as possible. If money is only partly burnt, you can take it to your regional Federal Reserve Bank to get it replaced or send it to the Treasury:

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

MCD/OFM, Room 344A

14th and C Streets SW

Washington, DC 20228

  • Fully cooperate with the insurance company’s investigation. When a fire claim is reported, it becomes top priority and in most cases the adjuster will be out to see the loss within 24 to 48 hours after receiving the claim.
  • Find somewhere to live if you home is unlivable. Most policies include “Loss of Use or Loss or Rents” coverage, which pays for shelter, food, and clothing you may need- Make sure to let local police know that the site will be vacant.
  • Do not enter your house or apartment unless the fire department says that it’s safe to do so. If utilities are unsafe, they will be turned off- Do not try to turn them on yourself.

 After a fire, your sense of security may be lost, which can significantly disrupt the regularity of daily life and it can become difficult to take care of yourself with so many other anxieties preoccupying your mind. Experiencing such a tragic loss can take an emotional toll on you so pay attention to how you and your loved ones are handling stress, whether related to the fire or not. Make sure to get plenty of rest and ask for help if needed. Watch pets as well for any changes in their behavior. Scared animals often react by biting or scratching. Keep them out of the home until after the cleanup is done to keep them safe.

It is common to experience a variety of reactions such as:

  • Feeling physically or mentally drained.
  • Having difficulty making decisions or staying focused.
  • Becoming easily frustrated more frequently.
  • Becoming more argumentative with family and friends.
  • Feeling overly tired, sad, numb, lonely, or worried.
  • Undergoing changes in appetite or sleep patterns.

Try to accept whatever reactions you experience as most of them are temporary and should go away over time.  If the above reactions hang around for two weeks or longer is it suggested that you seek help from a medical professional.

For more advice on fire prevention and what you should do after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland at (419) 207-8449.

Equipped and Ready in Mansfield

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Semi trailer in front of business SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland moved fast to save this office building from further damage.

SERVPRO of Ashland /Richland, 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 Ashland /Richland, 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 1750 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 419-207-8449

Need Emergency Service?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Faster to any disaster poster If you have water damage in Ashland or Richland, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

Need Emergency Service?

Call SERVPRO of Ashland /Richland, 24/7, (419) 207-8449

SERVPRO of Ashland /Richland, provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Our trained technicians are on standby to help restore your home.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  Our team arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

No worries - 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.

Call at SERVPRO of Ashland /Richland, 419-207-8449.

Why SERVPRO is a Leader in the Restoration Industry

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo For any cleaning or restoration in Ashland/Richland, make sure to call the experts at SERVPRO Ashland/Richland today!

As leaders in the restoration and cleanup industry, you’ve probably heard our advertisements about how we are faster to any size disaster. Although, this is true, we wanted to let you know about best practices we use to ensure that your business or home is in good hands.

Disasters involving water and mold are never easy to process and our goal is to make it easy on the clients to avoid any further frustration. In many cases, we inspect the damages and communicate our findings to all stakeholders by using an estimating software that is preferred by insurance companies due to its standardized pricing and fair approvals of estimates. This process can take days and we utilize this system to make sure that we gain your approval prior to proceeding with services. Disasters may arrive and destroy quickly. However, we at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland like to take our time to assess the situation to do a good job in mitigation and restoration.

Here at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland, we are committed to giving our clients a positive experience.

Introducing SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile.

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile App Get our Emergency Ready Profile App and be ready if disaster strikes!

According to FEMA, 40% of Businesses do not reopen after sustaining a disaster. Although, we do not plan for disasters to occur, the unfortunate truth is that they could. Therefore, as a nationwide company we have an app that is available for download to help you create a plan in case an emergency occurs.

Introducing the SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile.

This is a free resource that we recommend each business takes advantage of. We make a detailed report of your facility with critical information such as emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, emergency exits, emergency locations for staff, and much more. Information that only you have access to and for your usage in the event of an emergency. The ERP also provides a guide to help you back into your building, which minimizes the amount of time your business could stay inactive.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland,  Contact Us To Get Started!

Commercial Mold Damage

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

3D image with picture of mold No matter the size of the space SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland can handle water and mold damage

COMMERCIAL MOLD DETECTION & REMOVAL SERVICES

Mold contamination is a growing concern for businesses of all sizes. Mold, a fungus that is found in damp places, can grow almost anywhere moist conditions exist. Left unattended, it can cause health problems as well as serious structural damage to your facility. As your go-to experts in mold remediation, we take a methodical and systematic approach to carefully identify the source of the mold growth and help eliminate mold from your working environment.

What are the signs to look for in your building?

  • A recent flood or water damage
  • Leaks in or around the building either from burst pipes or air conditioning systems
  • Musty odors in the building
  • Discoloration or water stains on the walls or ceilings

STRUCTURAL DAMAGE:
Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on and can grow anywhere:

  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • HVAC system
  • Drywall
  • Gutters
  • Furnishings and more

LET US TAKE CARE OF YOUR MOLD PROBLEM:


Regardless of mold, your work must go on. Trust the experts in mold abatement at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland to take care of the problem so you can focus on your business. We take a methodical and systematic approach to carefully identify the source of mold growth and help eliminate mold from your working environment as soon as possible.

If you suspect mold in your business, count on SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland to quickly remediate the issue and let you get back to business as soon as possible. Once we assess the damage, we’ll work with you to create a comprehensive remediation plan unique to your needs. Then, we’ll keep you informed every step of the way to ensure we’re always on the same page and providing the best work. With our guided expertise, innovative tools and technologies, we’ll get your business up and running again as soon as possible.

Contact us today at 419-207-8449

Wind and Rain Topple Tree in Richland

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Tree on Building Storms bring heavy rain and wind that can cause all sorts of damage to your property. will be SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland there when you need us.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland, 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 Ashland / Richland 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 1750 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 419-207-8449

Together We Restore your Home in Mansfield

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

couch in family room You call, we come at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland.

Together we get it done.

Life is full of mishaps and otherwise unwanted stress creators such as storms. Did you know that wind can reach speeds of up to 60 mph in severe cases?  This kind of wind in your Mansfield home or business can cause several different kinds of damage, as well as leave areas of the structure vulnerable to rain and other water crisis such as broken pipes.  SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland can work together with you to lower chances for incurring injury and/or cost due to storm damage.

Your part.

Preparedness is a necessary tool in your efforts to protect your home in Mansfield.

It’s your house; so not only do you have a vested interest in lowering risks to your home and family; but that same preparedness creates a more stress-free environment. 

Be prepared for the worst when times are the best. Don’t wait until the wind is moving at speeds of forty mph outside before you start making calls and buying batteries. Do these things early on when there are no clouds in the sky.

Our part.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland promises to answer when you call. We promise that the person fielding your call will understand not only the proper responses to your cleanup and restoration questions, but they will understand your vulnerable and stressful position as the owner/insurance adjuster.  We will use that understanding to make you as comfortable with what’s happening as possible. We will send the correct people, and the proper equipment to meet whatever needs have been created by the unfortunate event(s).

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities, we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland today at 419-207-8449 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Covid-19 Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing.

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Technician Fogging A SERVPRO Technician fogging an office in Ashland using EPA approved hospital grade disinfectant.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bio-hazard remediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties.

We use EPA approved products that follow CDC guidelines for cleaning these viral pathogens. If you would like to inquire about our services, we are here to help 24 hours a day seven days a week.  SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland is experienced in cleaning office buildings, banks, manufacturing plants, assisted living facilities and single-family homes for COVID-19 and other types of coronavirus strains.

As Ohio starts to reopen, hopefully life gets back to normal in the communities we call home.  It is vital to follow the guidelines that have been put in place by our governor to make that happen.

We wish all our families, employees and friends to stay safe and healthy.  If this disease hits close to home, SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland will be there for you. 

Driving Tips on a Flooded Street

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

car going through water Cars and flooded streets don't mix. Be smart, be safe!

When a bad storm hits Mansfield or Shelby, floodwaters can rise in no time. Rather than barrel down your flooded street, you should take a few precautions when there is a lot of water on the road. Here are some tips on staying safe if you must drive after a heavy storm.

Steer Clear of Standing Water

Many drivers tend to ignore travel tips and get overconfident when flash floods occur. They expect that standing water is harmless. The truth is that there can be many unseen hazards beneath the surface:

  • Branches or other debris
  • Potholes or washed out pavement
  • Moving water

It is unlikely that you are able to discern how safe it is to drive through water when you can’t see to the bottom of it. Even a few inches can stall your vehicle or even move it off the road. Flood damage experts recommend that you find an alternate route or just wait until the water has a chance to drain.

Slow down

A flooded street is not a racetrack. Even if the water is shallow enough to navigate, you still need to reduce your speed so that you don’t stall your vehicle or hydroplane. If your tires cause water to fan out to the side, you are probably going too fast to be safe.

Don’t Use Others as a Gauge

Just because other drivers make it through flooded roads, that doesn’t mean you should try it. Flood conditions change rapidly. The car in front of you could have inadvertently knocked some debris into your path that will tear up your vehicle. Rely on your own good judgment rather than the whims of other people.

A flooded street is not meant to be a challenge. When in doubt, it is better to turn around and go back the way you came than try to rush through standing water. Safety should always come first.

#StayHomeOhio. SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland will be there if you need us.

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Doctor speaking SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland wants our friends and families to stay safe. #StayHomeOhio

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. 

Specialized Training 

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If your Northeast Ohio commercial property needs deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland today! 

Salvaging Goods After Water Damage

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water in warehouse If you have water damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland.

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 Ashland / Richland 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."

Fire Safety Around the House

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in fire pit Fire safety is important inside and outside of your home. Be careful and follow these tips!

Practicing fire safety is one of the best methods that individuals can use to keep themselves and their households protected against a disaster. Fires can happen for a plethora of reasons, but by implementing prevention tips, their likelihood of occurring is significantly reduced.

There is an abundance of fire safety information around the internet, but much of it is in different locations. In order to make researching and practicing fire safety easier, we put it together in one place for your ease of reference.

Tips to Know About Fire Safety

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Having a working smoke alarm system in your home is the top tip that experts recommend for fire safety. Smoke alarms significantly reduce the chance of becoming injured in a fire and can alert the entire household at once if it is time to escape.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Evacuating the house quickly in the event that the smoke alarm sounds is essential due to how quickly fires can spread. Make sure everyone in the household is aware of their options for escape routes and rehearse your evacuation regularly.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Keeping a fire extinguisher stored in a convenient location and knowing how to use it will give you the power to put out a fire before it gets out of hand if it is safe to do so. Make sure to purchase the correct classification for the type of fire you are likely to experience.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. Many of us encounter open flames every day on a small scale, such as when a gas stove is turned on or a candle is lit. Though small, these flames still have a large potential for error, and they should never be left in a room unsupervised as they can quickly spread.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. The deadliest fires are the ones that break out during the early morning hours, mostly due to the reduced reaction time of sleeping family members. However, one keyway to combat this is by closing bedroom doors before going to sleep. The door can slow down flames, allowing more time for everyone to execute the escape plan.

Flood Prevention Measures Your Business Should Have

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding in a street If you have water damage in Ashland or Richland, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

A business in Mansfield or Ashland may find itself in danger of flooding from high water. Fortunately, a local storm damage restoration service can help with restoration if damage does occur, but you may want to consider mitigation steps before the storm arrives. Here are three prevention systems your business may already have in place.

1. Sump Pumps

In some cases, the installation of a sump pump in a basement area may be able to help stop flooding. These units are designed to help regulate water flow, and when properly maintained can help keep an area free of pooling water.

2. Drainage

Another feature to consider for protecting your company property from high water is the drainage system. Proper drainage is important for flood prevention as it can help direct the flow of water away from the property. Drainage systems may include roof gutters, landscaping features such as a slope or rain garden, drainage ditches, and sewer drains. All of these provide safe areas for storm water to flow into instead of puddling around the business property.

3. Backup Systems

For a business having a backup system in place for any electronic data can be an important step for protecting the company against flooding. These systems may include cloud storage or a server where all the data can be stored independently from the actual computers. This way if the electronics themselves are damaged you know the data is safe. It’s also important to note that in some cases a restoration service may be able to restore the electronics depending on the damage severity.

It’s not uncommon for high water to lead to flooding. In many cases, a business property may already have some mitigation steps in place.  If flooding does occur SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland can help repair any damages.

April Showers brings May Flowers

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Flowers April Showers brings May Flowers to the Mansfield and Ashland Communities

As we look towards the week ahead in Ashland and Richland Counties the forecast calls for lots and lots of rain.  “April showers bring May flowers” is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things, in this case the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things indeed – in this case, an abundance of flowers in May.

Unfortunately, the rains can also bring unpleasant things to.  Water where is does not belong like basements, crawlspaces or even attics.  Should this happen to you then call the professionals at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland to get it cleaned up fast.  Leaving water in these spaces can do unwanted damage to the structure of your home or business.  It can also lead to mold growth which can be linked to health effects for your family or coworkers.  Don’t sit idle with the grass growing under your feet.  Call us 24/7.

 As we all look forward to the May flowers and leave the April showers behind, remember, SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland is “Here to Help”

COMMERCIAL MOLD DETECTION & REMOVAL SERVICES

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on ceiling Don't let unattended water to this to your property. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland 419-207-8449

Mold contamination is a growing concern for businesses of all sizes. Mold, a fungus that is found in damp places, can grow almost anywhere moist conditions exist. Left unattended, it can cause health effects as well as serious structural damage to your facility. As your go-to experts in mold remediation, we take a methodical and systematic approach to carefully identify the source of the mold growth and help eliminate mold from your working environment.

WHY IS MOLD A PROBLEM?

STRUCTURAL DAMAGE

Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on and can grow anywhere:

  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • HVAC system
  • Drywall
  • Gutters
  • Furnishings and more

HEALTH PROBLEMS

Mold can cause serious health effects.  Click on this link to take you to the CDC, Center for Disease Control website to learn more about these effects.

FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

The presence of mold in your building means significant repairs may be necessary. This presents a financial problem for business owners. 

 If you suspect mold in your business, count on SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland to quickly remediate the issue and let you get back to business as soon as possible. Once we assess the damage, we'll work with you to create a comprehensive remediation plan unique to your needs. Then, we'll keep you informed every step of the way to ensure we're always on the same page and providing the best work. With our guided expertise, innovative tools and technologies, we'll get your business up and running again as soon as possible.

Water in your Mansfield crawlspace is not good!

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water in crawlspace Water in your crawlspace can cause lots of damage. Get it dried by the pros at SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland.

Need Emergency Service?

Call SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland, 24/7 @419-207-8449.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. Our trained technicians are on standby to help restore your home.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  Our team arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

No worries - 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.

Call SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland at 419-207-8449.

Overnight Storms Hit Homes in Northeast Ohio

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Tree on home Tornado, wind and rain damage hit this home hard. SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland was there to help

Tornado, wind, hail and rain descended on our community overnight.  Power was out due to downed power lines by the abundant amount of trees that had fallen.  Winds tore off large branches, blew residents outdoor furniture and trash cans.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland is there for you if you need your home or business's roof tarped or boarded up.  The worst thing you can do to your property is to let more water in to do further and more extensive damage.  Water damage can lead to other issues like rot or mold.

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We will work with your insurance company not only for the emergency service but also making your home "Like it never even happened," 409-207-8449

We are cleaning experts

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Technicians in a meeting At SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland we take clean up seriously

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland, 419-207-8449.

Power Outages in Ashland / Richland

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

tree on power line Be prepared in Ashland / Richland for power outages.

Power Outages

Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.

  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.

  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.

  • Prevent use of medical devices.

PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.

  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.

  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.

  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.

  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.

  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.

  • Check on neighbors.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A POWER OUTAGE THREATENS: 

Prepare NOW

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

Contact Ohio Edison at (800) 633-4766

Should you need further assistance SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland is only a call away at 419-207-8449.

Sump Pump

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Diagram of sump pump Make sure your sump pump in always in good working order to keep your basement dry

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 North Richland and Ashland is here to assist with mitigation, reconstruction and contents services to make it “Like it never even happened."

Filing a claim if you have water damage

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water on floor of warehouse Water everywhere so know what to do and call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South

The process for making a claim for water damage is pretty much the same for flood or non-flood damage.

  1. Stop the water flow or leaks if possible.
    • Of course, if your home is flooded by a raging river, that is likely impossible until the water recedes. However, if you have a burst water pipe, you need to take steps to stop the leak. Turn off the water main or get the pipe repaired quickly.
  2. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
    • Most insurance companies offer a 24/7 claims number. The customer service representative can help you get the claim started and tell you the exact next steps the insurance company will need you to do.
  3. Take pictures and/or video of the damage.
    • You need to have a visual record of the damage to the building and its contents. This is critical for your claim.
  4. Make reasonable repairs to the property to secure it from further damage.
    • This includes covering holes in the roof, securing windows with plywood, etc.
  5. Start getting the water out.
    • If you have water remaining inside the building, you can start removing it. You can do this yourself or have a water extraction company do it. Keep all receipts since insurance may cover those costs.
  6. Don't throw anything away.
    • The adjuster will need to see all damaged property.
  7. Write down all your interactions with the insurance company.
    • This includes time, date, who you spoke with, and the details discussed. Always follow up in writing on important discussions.
  8. Keep a central file that includes your interaction log, documents received from the insurance company, copies of the photos taken, and copies any correspondence you send.
  9. Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties at (419) 207-8449

Frozen pipes can burst and cause havoc!

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water shooting out of broken pipe Frozen pipes can burst and cause havoc in your Mid Ohio home!

At a faster rate than northernly areas of the country also hit with recent severe winter storms, properties in Mid Ohio may experience the trauma of interior flooding due to frozen pipes. Other areas still cope with below zero temperatures, but their familiarity with long periods of below-freezing weather changes building practices to protect pipes. If you are caught with standing water inside your home because of cold temperatures in your southeastern home, we can help.

Plumbing rarely drains completely, and the water left in your Ohio pipes can freeze, surprising you with flood damage. As the water freezes inside the pipes it expands, and the resultant pressure causes metal or plastic conduit to split and crack and connections to fail. Unless the main is shut off, water continues to flow and pours out of the cracks. Your foundation or crawl space collects the moisture, and you need our professional crews and heavy-duty equipment to remove it and dry out your structure.

Speed is essential to a successful flood damage recovery after pipes burst. Water progressively harms building materials and contents. A quick soaking is usually endurable if the moisture is relatively clean and is dried out thoroughly. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland crews are skilled at using pumps and extractors to remove the vast majority of flood waters, and then to switch to air movers, dehumidifiers, and sometimes heaters to reduce the moisture that remains soaked into framing, walls, ceilings, floors, and fixtures such as carpeting, wallpaper, and cabinets.

Water that stands or saturates structural components and possessions for more than 24 to 48 hours threatens to support the growth of mold. As SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland crews manage your flooding situation, we may pack out stored boxes or furnishings, providing you with an inventory and the chance to decide whether to pursue specialized drying solutions or to discard ruined items. We may offer freeze drying as a resource for wet documents and pictures and help to launder and dry clean waterlogged clothing, linens, and other items.

All our services are accomplished as swiftly as possible to give your belongings and home’s structure the best chance to become restored “Like it never even happened.” It also disrupts your and your family’s life minimally as well. We work to have the damaged pipes repaired fast, too, as failing to do so results in another flood. Throughout the restoration process, SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland is in constant contact with your insurance company to make sure your out of pocket costs are limited, as we assist you with your claims process.

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland trains to respond successfully to flooding events, no matter what the cause of the disaster.

Contact us at (419) 207-8449, 24 Hours a day

Prepared for Storms in Mansfield?

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Sign and building in Mansfield SERVPRO helping save this famous Mansfield building

SERVPRO of Ashland / Richland, 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

When storms hit Ashland / Richland, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,750 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 419-207-8449

Mid Ohio Businesses get ready with an Emergency Ready Profile

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile logo Get an Emergency Ready Profile for your central Ohio business!

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster in Barberton or Norton 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, the overwhelming majority 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,ERP ,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 start up 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.

Establish SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland 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.” 

Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland to schedule your ERP today at 419-207-8449.

We feel the need for speed!

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck For any cleaning or restoration in Ashland/Richland, make sure to call the experts at SERVPRO Ashland/Richland today!

SERVPRO Franchise 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 a SERVPRO Franchise Professional 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 Franchise Professional will contact your insured to arrange for service.

4. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO  Franchise 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. 

The equipment, experience and the people!

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Overhead picture of equipment No matter the size, SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties can handle any disaster!

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 North Richland & Ashland Counties, 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 North Richland & Ashland Counties is here 24/7 to make it look and feel "Like it never even happened." 

Call us at 419-207-8449

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Benefits

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Stained carpets can give even the most well-maintained businesses a dirty reputation.

Many carpets are designed to camouflage dirt, especially carpet intended for commercial areas and businesses. Because these same carpets see so much traffic, they can get pretty dingy and rough-looking over time. A poorly maintained carpet can actually hurt your business, so frequent carpet cleaning is a good investment. A carpet that isn’t well cared-for will need to be replaced sooner than one that receives regular cleanings and maintenance, costing you a lot more money in the long run!

  • If you own a commercial building space, keeping your carpets in good repair can cut down on customer complaints and liability from any trips and falls.
  • Clean carpeting and flooring are part of the good image of your business: clients will be more comfortable with you, and your employees will feel more positive about their work environment. A happy worker is much more productive!
  • A clean carpet also reduces illness-causing biological contaminants such as bacteria, mold and viruses that can negatively affect your clients and work staff. This will be especially important during cold and flu season.

Having your commercial carpets cleaned regularly should be part of your business maintenance program.

Consider these points when deciding what an appropriate cleaning schedule should be:

  • Color, nap and pile, type, and density of your carpet: a higher-quality carpet will probably be able to go longer without cleaning, for example, and hold up better over time.
  • Foot traffic in your place of business: this aspect is going to change based on seasons and weather. A busy workplace is great, but it comes with its own set of challenges.
  • The type of your commercial space: if you own a business that uses heavy machinery, you will need to have a much heavier cleaning schedule.
  • The type of business you conduct: a veterinary office, daycare or restaurant is going to need more attention than an attorney’s office, for example. If you are a business related to the medical field, your needs may be very specific based on the area of medicine you are associated with.

Our team at SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties are trained experts when it comes to helping with all your commercial cleaning needs. If dingy, dirty carpets are a problem in your commercial property call us today at (419) 526-2701.

Staying Safe During a Thunderstorm or Flood

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a severe thunderstorm in North Central Ohio; this house was all but destroyed by a tree that was knocked over during a storm.

April showers might bring May flowers, but North Central Ohio’s indecisive weather can often bring major water damage into your residential or commercial property. As we transition from spring to summer climates, there are a few different weather-related risks that could cause serious damage to your home or business.

Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can occur anywhere at any time of the day, however they are most likely to happen in the afternoon during the spring and summer months. These storms are created by cumulonimbus clouds, and can produce extreme winds, lightning, and hail. Lightning can be very dangerous as well; in fact, more people are killed by lightning every year than they are by tornadoes.

When a thunderstorm is predicted in your area, there are some precautions you can take.

  • If you can hear the thunder produced by the storm from your residence or business, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning.
  • Keep an eye out for storm signs such as quickly darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing winds.
  • Postpone any outdoor activities, and avoid driving in storm conditions.
  • Find shelter immediately, in the basement of your residence or business if possible, closing all windows and doors securely.
  • If you are driving when the storm hits, pull over and take shelter in your car immediately.
  • Refrain from bathing, showering, using plumbing, or swimming during storm conditions.
  • Ensure that storm drains near your property are kept unobstructed.
  • Keep trees around your property trimmed; a severe thunderstorm might cause and straggling branches to break and damage your residence or business.  

Flooding

Spring and early summer is the prime time for flooding. As the seasons change, heavy spring rains can overwhelm rivers and streams and cause flooding. When water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area, catastrophic flash flood may occur. It is good to be prepared and have a solid evacuation plan for your family or employees when a flood or flash flood warning is issued.

Some basic flood safety steps include:

  • Avoid flood waters at all cost. Just six inches of rapidly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you encounter a flooded road while driving, turn the car around and go another way. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Gather your family or employees, some emergency supplies, and any important belongings and evacuate to higher ground as soon as possible.
  • Store your most important items such as photo albums, family heirlooms, and business documents in tightly-sealed plastic containers to ensure that they are well protected from floodwaters. As well consider storing valuables in the attic rather than the basement.

The key when it comes to thunderstorms and floods is to make sure that you have a safety plan in place. Ensure that your family members or employees know to take shelter in the basement during a thunderstorm or to retreat to the highest level of your property during a flood. It is advisable to keep a supply of food, water, flashlights and batteries, and a first aid kit in the case of any emergency.

SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties is dedicated to taking quality care of restoring your home or business after the inclement weather, so that the health and safety of your family and employees can be your main concern when a flood or thunderstorm hits.

Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Badly fire damaged house For any cleaning or restoration in Ashland/Richland, make sure to call the experts at SERVPRO Ashland/Richland today!

Both commercial and residential clients can take advantage of our expertise in preventing and preparing for a fire damage event. The aftermath of even a minor fire is stressful, and you as a homeowner are rarely experienced in the practical and emotional ramifications of such an event. We have built a rich knowledge base over the years of restoring fire damaged dwellings for other members of our community. Make use of our familiarity, training, and skills, and ready yourself for a problem you and we both hope you never encounter. 

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan encourages you to take stock of your situation before a disaster happens. We help you assess your property and work out many of the logistics we need to master to deliver fast and efficient fire damage restoration if a blaze occurs. You assist us and also improve the odds of a successful fire restoration effort by creating a layout of your property, identifying the location of utility shutoffs, and clarifying a chain of command should you be unable to respond yourself. 

You can designate another person to act on your behalf in the plan, helpful if you are injured or out of the area when the fire crisis occurs. This precaution is if you spend any time traveling or just as insurance if you think it possible you may have an issue with clarity of thought after a fire damages your property. Making decisions ahead of time helps SERVPRO follow a well-thought out plan rather than waiting for your instructions after a frightening event like a fire makes it hard for you to respond.


SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties wants to be certain our efforts always lead to the outcome you desire. Give us a call at (419) 526-2701 to schedule an assessment that will help us collaborate on an Emergency Ready Plan to protect and restore your property.

Grill Fire Danger and How to Prevent It

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

This grill was destroyed after it's flames were left unattended; the damage done to homes by a grill fire could be even more devastating.

As summer begins and holidays like the Fourth of July approach, families and friends will be gathering for outdoor celebrations, cookouts, and barbecues. However, these fun summer activities can soon lead to disaster when grills and bonfires are left unattended. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), more than 5,000 grill fires occur on residential properties each year, and outside fire pits and bonfires caused nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires in 2016.

It is important to make safety a priority when it comes to hosting family cookouts and other events this summer. You can avoid a fire-related accident with these six safety tips:

Grilling

  • Ensure that your grill is on a flat surface, kept clear from overhanging branches and away from flammable materials
  • Keep your grill a safe distance away from where people will be playing games, walking or sitting
  • Use long-handled grilling tools to give plenty of space between you and the flames

Recreational Fires

  • Pick your fire pit spot wisely and make sure the weather conditions are appropriate for a fire
  • Build the fire at least 15 feet away from trees, shrubs or flammable materials
  • Always make sure to completely extinguish the fire when you are done by letting it burn down to ashes, pouring water over the embers and stirring everything in the pit 

Controlling Water Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

a water drop If you have water damage in Ashland or Richland, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

Residential water damage can be the result of sudden flash flooding, heavy rain, a burst water main, or a malfunction in your sewer system. Whatever the ultimate cause may be, the result will be a soggy, dangerous mess that must be correctly addressed and controlled immediately. If your home has been affected by residential water damage in Mansfield, Ohio, take charge of the situation now. You can get your emergency solved in a prompt and timely manner by a skilled and qualified local restoration service.


Perhaps the quickest and most efficient way to deal to contact a locally owned cleanup and restoration service that is fully equipped and qualified to deal with the situation. You'll need to be able to trust this service with your property, but it would also be nice to feel that they will treat your building as part of their own community.

Contact Us for a Same-day Risk Assessment and Work Estimate
As soon as you contact us with the details concerning your emergency, we will arrive at your property for a full, same-day risk assessment and work estimate. We will examine every aspect of your property and find out what the extent of the damage is. Once we have established this, we will give you a complete estimate concerning the cost of the work that we will do for you. You are under absolutely no obligation unless you agree to let us do the work.

Even When the Water Is Gone, Mold Can Remain in Your Home
Even when all of the water has been removed from your home, you should know that dangers can remain behind. One of the worst and most pressing of these potential hazards is mold growth. Mold can hide in nooks and crannies all throughout your house and breed unnoticed until it takes over your entire property. This can lead to your property being condemned as unfit to live in and require more time and money to repair.

If mold growth is detected in your HVAC system or water filtration unit, the best way to deal with the problem is to root it out immediately. Our service team of skilled professionals can make sure all mold growth is destroyed and purify your air and water systems so that your family will not suffer any ill effects in the future. The faster this is done, the sooner your family can breathe freely without fearing further risks to their health.

Contact Us Today for More Information
SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County is a locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration service that is equipped to handle emergencies in Mansfield as well all surrounding areas. Call us at (419) 526-2701.

Reminder: Check Your Home Fire Alarms!

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

a fire alarm For fire damage mitigation and restoration in Ashland/Richland, call SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

Great Advice from American Red Cross!

Did you know:

  • Every day 7 people die in the United States due to a home fire
  • You have two minutes- that 120 seconds – to escape a home fire
  • On an annual average, the Ohio Buckeye Region of the Red Cross responds to over 3 home fires per day in our 45 counties!

The American Red Cross cares about your safety and encourages you to test your smoke alarms and replace your batteries as needed.  This is a lifesaving action of our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which rallies communities across the country to protest people from these every day disasters.

Home Fires are the most significant disaster our Ohio Buckeye Region faces. We encourage you to TURN and TEST!

Take the extra moment needed  to check those Fire Alarms.

SERVPRO Cleans and Deodorizes Offices

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Bucket of cleaning supplies If you need cleaning services in Ashland or Richland, give SERVPRO a call today!

Keep your office fresh and clean with deodorization!

Cleaning is an important part of owning a business. Customers expect and employees expect for a company to ensure the building they shop and work in is clean and odor-free. However, many businesses only schedule cleaning the floors or trash removal on a regular basis. If you want your business to always look and smell its best, it's important that you plan deeper cleaning. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County utilizes state-of-the-art deodorization techniques that guarantee a cleaner office.

Deodorization is a deep cleaning process that can eliminate odors in a building. This is a process that doesn't just get rid of the surface grime but makes sure that your building is clean in a way that typical processes can't match.

If you need deodorization services in Mansfield, you need to call SERVPRO. Our employees receive certification in the best cleaning and deodorizing techniques in the industry. Our equipment is designed to get your business clean. This makes for a more professional clean as well as a longer-lasting process.

Of course, SERVPRO brings with it more than just the right equipment for the job. When SERVPRO comes in, you'll know the job will get done correctly the first time, every time. This isn't just a cleaning company - SERVPRO cares about the work that it does.

If you want bad smells removed from your property, make sure that you always work with the professionals to complete major tasks such as this, as using the wrong chemicals or the wrong techniques might end up making your problem worse. SERVPRO is here to make sure the job is done correctly.

Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County at

419-526-2701

SERVPRO is Faster To Any Storm Disaster

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck Make sure you have a plan in place, so you are prepared to call SERVPRO when there's a disaster and you need disaster mitigation in Ashland/Richland!

The worst part of a major storm is typically not the storm itself, but the ensuing days after it. If your home is unlucky enough to be impacted by flood damage in South Richland County, it can take weeks to dry out after the storm on its own, and even longer for you to restore the damage without professional help. This is the problem SERVPRO sets out to solve. We cut restoration times to the shortest intervals possible while maintaining effective and thorough treatment solutions, meaning our services are unprecedentedly timely and comprehensive. 

Storms can cause a host of flood damage problem in North  Richland and Ashland  County,with entire blocks at a time sometimes becoming inundated with water during the worst storms. SERVPRO is always ready after major disasters to help, with a large stock of equipment and machines to best help residents in need. We offer full water removal solutions, including water extraction, assisted drying with air movers, and dehumidifiers. Once water has been cleared from the property, we can then begin work on restorations, applying our professional techniques and training to help save as many materials and belongings as possible from the costly tallies of full replacement. Restoring damaged materials almost always carries a lower cost than replacing them, so we evaluate each item separately to determine an appropriate treatment solution for it. 

We also have the resources to deal with other types of damage simultaneously. Many homes suffer from fire, mold, and other types of damage in tandem with flooding, but our well-rounded portfolio of certifications and training techniques allow us to combat these with ease. Our service helps to ensure that other types of damage do not gain the upper hand in your home or go undetected.


SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties is a locally-owned franchise of a national company that provides professional water and flood damage removal and restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (419) 207-8449

Extension Cord Safety Tips

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Overloading outlets and extension cords is a huge fire hazard!

If your home is anything like ours in Mansfield Ohio , you find yourself making use of extension cords.  Lights on the tree, lights on the home, other decorations needing power... the list can expand quickly.  Usually, these items end up plugged into an extension cord, and sometimes the extension cords end up plugged into other extension cords!

All of these cords present a number of hazards - the Fire and Smoke Damage experts of SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season, so we are offering these safety tips related to extension cords.

  • Inspect all cords for damage prior to use. Cords that have exposed wires, frayed or cut insulation, cracked sockets or loose (or missing) prongs should not be used.
  • Ensure the cords are designed and rated for the intended use and power load. Indoor/outdoor use, gauge of the cord, gauge of the items plugged into the cord and load through the cord should all be considered.
  • Stop using any extension cord that feels hot to the touch - the danger presented by a hot cord is very real.  Unplug any hot cord immediately.
  • Avoid pinching cords under doors, windows or heavy furniture. Extension cords are easily compromised if the insulation around the wires in the cord gets damaged.
  • Extension cords pose a tripping hazard. Keep them out of walkways, doorways or any high traffic area.
  • Do not run extension cords through walls, ceilings or under rugs. This may cause the cord to overheat.
  • Extension cords should be a temporary solution - if you are using them year round, you should consider upgrading your electrical system in your home.

Here at SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties, we use extension cords nearly every week.  Safely using them is something we train on regularly, and being aware of potential hazards is always on our mind.  Keep the safety tips above in mind this holiday season and you should enjoy all of the festive decorations you desire.

Choose SERVPRO To Make Summer Storm Damage "Like it never even happened."

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm clouds gathering over a city Make sure you have a plan in place, so you are prepared to call SERVPRO when there's a disaster and you need disaster mitigation in Ashland/Richland!

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today 1-800-SERVPRO

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Why Choose a SERVPRO Franchise Professional?

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

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They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

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Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you'll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires

Storm Damage In Your Area? SERVPRO Can Help!

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SERVPRO the professional you can trust!

Last year it seemed like Mansfield, Ohio received a lot more rain than normal. Not only did it seem like we got more rain but when it rained it seemed to rain from every angle. Sometimes it's hard to see where the water ends or even begins. SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties has advanced technology to help find and dry the areas before they receive secondary damages. Once these areas are identified SERVPRO will double verify they are wet with a moisture reader, either penetrating or non-penetrating. Infrareds are helpful but must be double check only because infrareds will identify cold areas only so there could be false readings. The homeowner was captivated with the technology SERVPRO provided and was impressed with the knowledge portrayed.

Call us today 419-207-8449

Flooded Basement Cleanup

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement If you have water damage in Ashland or Richland, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Mansfield, Ohio basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 419-526-2701

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 419-207-8449

Fire Damage: What To Do Before Help Arrives

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

fire damage inside a house For fire damage mitigation and restoration in Ashland/Richland, call SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

Have you ever had a fire in your home?

If your answer is yes, then you understand how devastating it is. And if you haven’t, take the necessary precautionary measures as early as possible.

SERVPRO will help you and your family get your life back on track. 

What Fire Restoration in Richland County is All About

Whether small or big, fire can cause significant damage to your home. The damage is usually due to the actual flames, smoke, and heat from the flames.

Moreover, the water used to put out the fire can cause significant damage. The results of water damage include:

  • Warping
  • Growth of mold
  • Structural damage
  • Electrical and electronic equipment damage

Tips for Fire Restoration in Richland  County Before Fire Restoration Arrives

When your home is destroyed by fire, you need to call SERVPRO as soon as possible - we’ll be there in no time.

But before we arrive, here’s what you need to do: 

1. Don’t Clean Up the Soot

It’s understandable that the ashes and soot can be quite annoying.  However, don’t be in a hurry to clean them out on your own, mainly if they are on furniture and walls. You may make the situation worse.

2. Get a Fire Report

Get a copy of the fire report from the local fire marshal.  It’ll help in the general restoration process.

3. Documenting the Damage

Ensure you document the damage. List down the damaged items and take pictures and/or videos for your insurance purposes.

4. Change the Filter of Your AC

Changing the filter in the air conditioning and heating system should make your home a little bit livable even before the fire restoration takes place.

Fire Restoration Services by SERVPRO in Richland County

You need to get a professional for your fire restoration because you may not have the necessary skills and equipment.

At SERVPRO, we have a dedicated team of fire restoration professionals in Richland County, Ohio  that are always ready to help. Contact us today!

Restoring Your Commercial Property After Water Damage

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Commercial water damage events present unique challenges!

This summer in Richland County Ohio has been very wet! Flooding and water damage to a commercial property 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. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties

SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties 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.

We are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week! Please call SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties for all of your restoration needs. 419-207-8449

Avoiding Frozen Pipes to Prevent A Water Damage Disaster

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

A frozen water pipe can cause extreme damage!

As a partner with the American Red Cross, here is some great information on freezing pipes that they have on their website! Check it out!
Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

SERVPRO Is Here In Your Time Of Need

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

When life happens we are here to help!

SERVPRO of  Ashland and Richland County  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

Call Today - (419) 526-2701 

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 Ashland and Richland County 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.

What to Expect

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)?

About SERVPRO of Ashland and Richland County.

SERVPRO of Ashland and Richland County 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.

Common Causes of Fires In Commercial Buildings

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage inside a house For fire damage mitigation and restoration in Ashland/Richland, call SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

Did you know that more than 100,000 commercial fires were reported in 2016 alone?

These fires caused great amounts of both emotional and financial stress to business owners. In addition, the hassle of dealing with insurance claims and other paperwork proved to be a daunting task for them.

But how did these fires break out in commercial buildings in the first place?

There are so many reasons why a fire may break out. Here are some of the most common reasons of commercial fires in Mansfield.

3 Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires in Mansfield

1. Arson

These are fires started deliberately by people with bad intentions. Sadly, this is one of the leading causes of commercial fires, and it has led to a lot of injuries and damages.

There are so many reasons of arson attacks, including vandalism, disgruntled employees, and the desire to collect insurance money. Install an automatic sprinkler system in your business premise to help minimize fire damage.

2. Human Error

Many commercial fires are also caused by simple human mistakes which are often not meant to be malicious. For instance, misusing equipment, failing to completely extinguish a cigarette butt, or accidentally leaving an electric coffee maker on.

To prevent such causes of fire, make sure that all your employees know how to properly operate all electrical equipment of your business and provide them with designated smoking zones. Alternatively, you can prohibit smoking at work.

3. Furnaces, Water Heaters, and Boilers

For effective functioning of many commercial buildings, these pieces of equipment must work efficiently. When they are incorrectly maintained or improperly installed, the risk of a fire breakout can be great.

Most of the time, these fire by these items are also due to human negligence. For example, when highly combustible materials are stored closely to boilers, furnaces, and water heaters. Always ensure that your business premise has a fire safety plan to help enhance safety and minimize damage in case of a fire.

Get Professional Commercial Fire Restoration in Richland County

In the unfortunate event you are a victim of commercial fires, ensure that you seek the services of an expert commercial fire restoration company.

At SERVPRO, we offer top-notch commercial restoration services in  North Richland County. We have a fast response team of professionals that will ensure your business is back to its normal operations in the shortest time possible.

Tips on Cleaning and Organizing Work spaces

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Office workspace For any cleaning or restoration in Ashland/Richland, make sure to call the experts at SERVPRO Ashland/Richland today!

Divide Your Work space Into Zones:

Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a work space for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

Keep Only What You Need at Arm’s Length:

Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.

Sort Your Catch-All Drawer:

Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn’t being used.

Eliminate Digital Clutter:

Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files – with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor of calendar reminders.

Create A Daily Paper System:

Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled “To Read,” “To Do,” and “To File.” Establish set days for each, so that you don’t get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

Disinfect Regularly:

Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard, and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

Tips provided by Forbes, The Dangers of a Messy Desk.

Commercial Water Removal Equipment

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Commercial Water Removal

There are many instances where water possibly floods your business. Sometimes a pipe breaks or sprinkler systems default and go off overnight causing water to spill into the building all night long. In other scenarios, severe weather possibly causes unwanted, indoor moisture.

The extraction process is a vital step in mitigating moisture damage. SERVPRO's of North Richland and Ashland counties commercial water removal technicians always use the industry's best equipment during extraction. We implement the best procedures to complete the job in a way that does not negatively affect your nightclub.

When first arriving at an emergency water situation our team ensures the work area is safe for our technicians, your employees, and customers. We fix as many hazards in the area possible. Areas that are not safe to access are blocked off, and danger signs get posted.

Then the source of the problem gets repaired so that water is no longer pouring into the building. If the issue results from faulty sprinklers or a pipe break, a plumber gets calls and fixes the problem. If rainwater enters due to a broken or exterior wall, we board up the hole in the structure so that no more moisture enters.

Next, we begin the extraction process with either a portable or truck-mounted extractor. Portable extractors get used for places that are awkward to get into or if parking a van at your business is not possible. Portable extractors weigh 40 to 90 lbs., hold 5 to 12 gallons of wastewater, and it vacuum power has 140 inches of water lift.

Truck-mounted extractors get used for severe projects that contain much water. The van that has the extractor gets parked close to an entrance to your bar, and the vacuum hose gets pulled in for extraction. Truck-mounted extractors weigh 500 to 1,100 pounds and have storage tanks that hold from 60 to over 100 gallons of waste. The vacuum lift capabilities for these extractors are more powerful and have between 185.71 to 198.98 inches of water lift.

Sometimes we complete our extraction work during hours when your nightclub is not open so that extraction does not hinder your business operations. We sometimes extract the water one small section at a time, so part of your bar stays open. For professional help removing moisture from your place of business

Home Safety: Rodents are a fire hazard too

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

We are pleased to share an article written by Greg Geilman, President and CEO of South Bay Residential.

Home Safety: Rodents are a Fire Hazard, Too

Rodents may be labeled as pests, but they actually have the power to be more destructive than some may believe. They chew up wires, create the perfect kindling in the form of their nests, and can be the root cause of a truly terrible fire. The worst part is that homeowners may not realize just how much damage they're causing to the home until it's too late. Learn more about the habits of rodents and why they're not a threat to be taken lightly. 

Gnawing Feeling

A rodent is going to chew on anything around them when their teeth are coming in. If they don't chew then their teeth will actually get too long and they won't be able to eat. And because their teeth are always coming in, they tend to chew on a lot of things. A squirrel, mouse, or rat will even gnaw on hard elements of the home, such as metal pipes. So when a homeowner starts to hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet, they need to be aware that those feet are attached to some very active teeth. 

An Electrical Disaster 

When a rat cuts through the plastic insulation that protects the electrical wiring, it exposes nearby objects to the heat of the electricity. Fires aren't just destructive because of the evident flame damage, but also because of the smoke damage. The smell of smoke is notoriously difficult to remove, which means that even a fire that's put out quickly may cause more damage than homeowners realize that may not be covered by a home insurance policy. 

The Nature of the Fire 

The fire is caused when the wire shorts out or when the heat of the electricity causes some else to catch flame. Insulation, nests, or other types of trash inside the walls of the home are the most common culprits behind the origin story of the fire, but there are times when a wire can spark close to a wooden beam and cause the whole home to catch flame. Experts believe that up a quarter of all fires with undetermined causes may have actually been due to a rodent infestation. 

Attention and Prevention 

While there are plenty of traps and repellents to be found at the store, consulting an expert is usually the best way to go in the case of rodent prevention or elimination. An owner certainly can go through their home to determine where the holes are so they can seal them up, but the chances they'll miss at least a few of the openings are rather high. And of course, homeowners should have plenty of smoke detectors to get the warning they need to exit the home in time. 

Rodents may be small, but they can wreak some major havoc on the lives of property owners. To keep them out of the house, call a pro to either exterminate the pests or to prevent them from entering the home entirely. 

Greg Geilman is a Los Angeles native of over 40 years and owner of South Bay Residential. Greg believes knowledge is power when it comes to staying safe at home, and that the "little" issues can snowball over time if left unchecked.

Drying out Water Damage

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Drying out water damage in customer's home

When Water Damage happens in your house the first things we all think about is to grab towels and mop up the water and finish with placing our house fans to dry up the area. Did you know that there is a Science of Drying and restoring your property?

With all the factors that go into what can happen with water damage its time that matters the most to help prevent other problems to arise. When you call SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland  Counties we have the state-of-art equipment to speed up Mother Nature. When a property is wet it can naturally dry itself but also takes too long and with this process other damage such as mold and a weaken structure can happen creating more damage than if it was taken care of faster.

Here at SERVPRO we have the knowledge of psychrometrics which is essential to restoring water damage to its preloss condition. Our Team has been trained on all of the drying techniques that we use every day and are knowledgeable on how to dry your home the fasted way possible. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties has equipment to help dry your hard wood floors and carpets, hard to reach spaces in your walls and many more.

SERVPRO has tools to monitor the drying process allowing us to take pictures and different readings to track the restoration progress. With the readings that we get we use our program SERVPRO Dry book to record information to ensure your restoration is done properly and efficiently every time.

We are here for any size Water Damage situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week!

A disaster plan for your pets?

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Disaster plan checklist Make sure you have a plan in place, so you are prepared to call SERVPRO when there's a disaster and you need disaster mitigation in Ashland/Richland!

Most people know they should have a disaster plan in place for their families.  But if you are faced with a national disaster, do you have a disaster plan for your pet?  Storms, wildfires and floods happen around the world every day and affect thousands of people and their pets. That’s why everyone should have a plan, not only for yourself, but for your pets. To help you plan for the unthinkable, here are our 9 essentials of disaster prepping for your pet.

  1. Proper ID.  The most important thing you can do for your pet before a disaster occurs is to make sure they have proper ID.  This means having a physical tag containing your current info on their collar which they wear at all times, and having them microchipped and registered in a national registry such as the free Found Animals Microchip Registry.
  2. Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date to reduce their risk of sickness and disease. There are so many unknowns in a disaster. If you are evacuated, your pet may not be able to come with you to shelter and may be held in boarding with other animals whose health status is unknown. If your home is destroyed, your pet may be lost and living outside for a time and subjected to the elements, dirty water supply or worse. Be safe, not sorry, and vaccinate.
  3. Display a Pet Rescue Sticker.  Make sure you have a pet rescue window decal in a place visible to rescue workers.
  4. Identify Pet-Friendly Emergency Shelters.  Not all emergency shelters or hotels allow pets. Before a disaster hits, call your local emergency management office or animal shelter to see if there are places planned for people and pets to stay together in the event of an emergency. Research pet-friendly hotels away from typical disaster zones, or arrange to stay with family or friends outside of your area. Prepare a few options in a range of distances from your home in case of either local or region-wide emergencies.
  5. Assemble a Pet Emergency Kit. You can buy a compact kit that fits under your seat, a larger bag you can carry on your shoulder, a grab and go bucket with everything your pet could need or and add pet-related items to your family’s existing emergency supplies.  Your kit should include the following items:
  • Food and Water

Plan to have at least five days of food, water and portable bowls.  Dry food should be in re-sealable plastic bags.  If your pet eats wet food, make sure to buy easy open cans so you don’t need a can opener.  Prepare a written feeding schedule.

  • Medication and Medical Records

Keep an extra supply of your pet’s regular medication in a waterproof zip lock bag.  Also include a copy of your pet’s vaccination record and microchip number.

  • Supplies

For cats, include kitty litter and disposable litter boxes.  For dogs, pack plastic waste bags and an extra leash and harness.  Beds, blankets, toys and clothing are also useful to keep your pet calm and cozy in an emergency situation.

  1. Store Supplies for a Speedy Exit. Place all of your emergency supplies in a safe, dry, convenient place near your escape route in case you need to leave in a hurry. The safest way to transport a pet in an emergency or disaster is in a carrier or crate, so keep one close to your emergency kit.  Frightened pets can be difficult to manage with only a leash and collar.
  2. When a Disaster Strikes, Don’t Hesitate; Evacuate. Not all disasters come with warning, but if they do, follow emergency response recommendations and evacuate as quickly as possible.  Disasters are very stressful on both pets and people, and no one can predict how bad things will get.  Don’t wait until the last minute to leave.  Use your emergency plan as a tool to supplement first responder instructions.
  3. Leave with Your Pets. If the area is not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pets.  It may not be possible to return for your pets, so take them with you from the start.
  4. If Your Pet Gets Lost, Check for Found Pet Alerts. If your pets are separated from you, check your cell phone and email for Found Pet Alerts. When a rescue worker finds your lost pet and starts an alert in the Found Animals Registry, you will be contacted via phone calls, text messages, and emails based on your pet’s microchip registrations. These alerts will provide information on your pet’s location.  If you cannot access your phone or email, or are unable to retrieve your pets, your emergency contacts and vet will also be notified.

Mold in your Mansfield basement

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of North Richland And Ashland Counties has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today –

(419)207-8449

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

Emergency Contact - (419)207-8449

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Can my home have a Mold Problem?

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Yes. Molds will grow where conditions allow. Molds require two things to grow – a food source and moisture. Food sources can be anything from dry wall and insulation to carpeting or mattresses. Moisture can come from many sources, including high humidity levels, leaky pipes or appliance hoses, neglected or inadequately repaired roofs, improperly maintained air conditioners, landscape and drainage problems, etc.

Should I be Concerned About Mold in My Home?

Yes. Indoor mold growth is unsanitary and undesirable. If you can see or smell mold inside your home, you should take steps to eliminate the cause and clean up and remove the mold. If left unchecked mold growth can cause health effects and structural damage to your home.

What is "Black Mold"?

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold. 

Are Molds a Health Concern?

Quite possibly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, exposure to mold does not necessarily result in a health problem.

While many people seldom experience ill effects from mold exposure, it can cause health effects in others.

What Can I Do to Prevent Mold From Growing in My Home?

Since mold needs a food source and moisture to grow, the best thing you can do is to prevent moisture problems that allow mold to grow.

  • Maintain lower levels of humidity in your home (preferably between 30-50%) by: venting bathrooms and dryers to the outside; using air conditioners and
  • de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation by adding crawlspace and attic vents; using exhaust fans when cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning, etc.
  • Add insulation to reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces such as windows, pipes, exterior walls, roofs, or floors.
  • Inspect your home regularly for indications and sources of indoor moisture such as leaking pipes, appliance hoses, showers, tubs, sinks and toilets. Replace plastic hoses with steel-reinforced hoses. Check windows, doors, attics and ceilings for leaks or evidence of water stains or odors, particularly after rains. Fix plumbing, flashing, and roof leaks right away.
  • Don't carpet bathrooms, basements, kitchens or other areas prone to moisture. Clean bathrooms often and keep surfaces dry.
  • Cover dirt in crawlspaces with a moisture barrier plastic sheeting.
  • Prevent water from entering basements and crawlspaces by repairing holes and cracks in walls and foundation. Use landscaping to direct water away from your foundation.
  • Clean and maintain your gutters and make sure drainpipes carry water several feet away from your home.
  • Watch your utility bills. An abnormally high water bill could signal a water leak.
  • Before you travel, turn off the water at the main valve. Have a trusted friend or neighbor check the inside and outside of your home periodically while you're away.

If you think you may have a mold issue or signs of mold growth in your home call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties at

(419) 207-8499

**This information is intended for educational purposes only. If you have any health concerns regarding mold contact your doctor immediately**

Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher for Your Business

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At SERVPRO of  North Richland and Ashland Co, we see fire and water disasters everyday in situations where sometimes, a fire extinguisher can greatly decrease the intensity of an event.  Choosing the right fire extinguisher can greatly help your business in the long run. 

Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and is used to put out fires in cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and plastics.

Class B: These are used when flammable liquids are involved, such as grease, gasoline and oil.

Class C: This is used when fires involve appliances or equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.

Class D: These are used for flammable metals and are usually found in factories working with those metals.

Class K: Usually found in commercial kitchens, they are used when vegetable oils, animal oils or fats in cooking are involved.

Choosing the right fire extinguisher is an integral component of your business when it involves preparation for unexpected disasters such as a fire event.  If your business suffers a fire loss, contact the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co.  We specialize in restoring any size disaster with 24/7 emergency services so you can be confident that your business will remain standing when the smoke clears.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Water Damage information

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animated flooding in a dining room If you have water damage in Ashland or Richland, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of South Richland Co. Professional will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

INSPECTION

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO of North  Richland and Ashland Co. Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

EMERGENCY WATER DAMAGE TIPS

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off 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.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • 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 use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Disasters Can Happen be prepared.

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Be Prepared Sign Make sure you have a plan in place, so you are prepared to call SERVPRO when there's a disaster and you need disaster mitigation in Ashland/Richland!

As a business owner, insurer or property manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow.

This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  • Plan to stay in business
  • Encourage your employees to become ready
  • Protect your investment

We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. 

We are always here when needed

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Water standing in a hallway If you have water damage in Ashland or Richland, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. 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.

Call Today (419)287-8449

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 North Richland and Ashland Co. 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.

                         What to Expect

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-damage home or business.
  • When did the flood or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)? 

We are here for you anytime of any day. We are just a call away.

Controlling Water Damage

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A wall damaged by water If you have water damage in Ashland or Richland, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ashland/Richland today!

Residential water damage can be the result of sudden flash flooding, heavy rain, a burst water main, or a malfunction in your sewer system. Whatever the ultimate cause may be, the result will be a soggy, dangerous mess that must be correctly addressed and controlled immediately. If your home has been affected by residential water damage in Mansfield, Ohio, take charge of the situation now. You can get your emergency solved in a prompt and timely manner by a skilled and qualified local restoration service.


Perhaps the quickest and most efficient way to deal to contact a locally owned cleanup and restoration service that is fully equipped and qualified to deal with the situation. You'll need to be able to trust this service with your property, but it would also be nice to feel that they will treat your building as part of their own community.

Contact Us for a Same-day Risk Assessment and Work Estimate
As soon as you contact us with the details concerning your emergency, we will arrive at your property for a full, same-day risk assessment and work estimate. We will examine every aspect of your property and find out what the extent of the damage is. Once we have established this, we will give you a complete estimate concerning the cost of the work that we will do for you. You are under absolutely no obligation unless you agree to let us do the work.

Even When the Water Is Gone, Mold Can Remain in Your Home
Even when all of the water has been removed from your home, you should know that dangers can remain behind. One of the worst and most pressing of these potential hazards is mold growth. Mold can hide in nooks and crannies all throughout your house and breed unnoticed until it takes over your entire property. This can lead to your property being condemned as unfit to live in and require more time and money to repair.

If mold growth is detected in your HVAC system or water filtration unit, the best way to deal with the problem is to root it out immediately. Our service team of skilled professionals can make sure all mold growth is destroyed and purify your air and water systems so that your family will not suffer any ill effects in the future. The faster this is done, the sooner your family can breathe freely without fearing further risks to their health.

Contact Us Today for More Information
SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County is a locally owned and operated cleanup and restoration service that is equipped to handle emergencies in Mansfield, Ashland as well all surrounding areas. Call us at (419) 207-8449

Water Damage in Mansfield and Ashland, OH --Help Is On the Way

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SERVPRO Helps Restore Your Water Damaged Mansfield  Home

 Many sources of water damage could affect a home. Among the common causes of water damage are flooding, clogs, bad plumbing, flash floods, and faulty appliances. One common issue is an overflowing septic tank which can result in placing raw sewage in your home. Gutters can be overwhelmed with water and roofs could leak which could lead to water damage in your home. While you can try to clean the water up yourself, if more than a mop and bucket are needed, your best bet is to hire professionals from SERVPRO to do the job because of the expertise and the equipment needed. 
 
There is a process required to take care of water damage restoration. There are plenty of steps that professionals follow to make sure the home gets back to its prime form. The experts inspect the areas of the home to ensure that no further water is entering the house from the exterior or an internal leak. Moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers help to find wet pockets of moisture in the home. They check out all of the inaccessible areas to find all of the moisture. When you leave water in the remote areas, you could get problems like mold, and degradation of wood studs and drywall. They also decide on the technology needed, following the standards and guidelines of the IICRC, to clean and dry out all water damaged articles, building materials, and electronics.
 
When ignored or undetected, water damage causes the following common problems. There is lower property value due to the compromised structure of your home. Paint can also start peeling from the walls because of the water damage. Water can ruin your carpets and warp any hardwood floors. The HVAC system can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Clothes might need to be quickly dried before any permanent damage occurs. There are plenty of other issues with water damage if you are not taking care of it. 
 
SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County is a premier water damage restoration company, as attested to by many insurance businesses and BBB advisements. Why not call on them to restore your water damaged Mansfield property to its preloss condition? "Like it never even happened." They are available every hour of the day to provide the service that you need. Give them a call at (419)207-8449

Top 3 Things You Should Know About Water Damage

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This facility had a massive water damage and SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County was called to cleanup.

Flooding and the subsequent water damage it causes can be a major pain for Mansfield homeowners. While you may hope to never have to deal with water damage, the fact is you may want to know a bit about the process surrounding floods. You can work with one of our residential water damage specialists to learn more about the damage and cleanup, or you can turn to this quick guide.

Why It Happens

Water damage can be caused by a myriad of situations, including the following:

A burst pipe  or other plumbing issues
Water collection in basements, crawlspaces or attics
Natural disasters
Problems with a dishwasher, washing machine or other appliances
Sewer backups

Understanding a bit about why water damage takes place may help you prepare for the problems.

How To Clean Up

The cleanup process after a residential flood may vary based on the source of the water damage. If it was a pipe bursting, for example, you may have to remove your belongings from the house to allow them to dry out. Carpets and other flooring may also have to be torn out to better clean up the damage done by the water. If the damage was done by a sewer backup, the cleaning process may require a few more steps. Because your needs may vary so much, it is important for you to work with a team that knows what to do no matter the situation.

What To Know About Restoration

After you have cleaned up the initial mess of the flooding, the work may not be over. Depending on the extent of the water damage, your home may need to be restored. For example, if some of the drywall had to be taken out to avoid mold growth , the restoration will include replacing the drywall. The size of the restoration can vary based on the source of the water. A water line problem, for example, could encompass a larger portion of your home than a leaky shower.

Learning more about water damage can help you better prepare for floods, a burst pipe or other sources of excessive water. It's better to learn about the issues before you have to deal with them.

Best Practices for Removing Standing Water From a Basement

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Best Practices for Removing Standing Water From a Basement 

In most cases, people tend to think of water as a good thing: great for drinking and recreation, and beautiful to view in a lake or river. Water, however, is the most basic of solvents, and in the wrong place, such as in the basement of a commercial building, it can cause a lot of damage. When flooding occurs in Mansfield,Ohio whether from a storm or a broken plumbing system, specialized equipment needs to be employed, and fast. Trained experts will be able to bring in powerful tools to clean up the damage and remove standing water. Here are four tools of the trade to aid in the cleanup process when the water is 2 feet or higher.

Powerful Pumps. An industrial sump pump is one of the most effective items a professional cleaning team can bring in to remove water. A strong submersible pump can remove thousands of gallons from the property quickly. By getting the water out rapidly, the chance of further damage and mold development is greatly diminished. A trash pump is another piece of equipment that will accelerate the cleanup.

Truck Mounts. By using powerful units mounted onto trucks, a flood water cleanup team can quickly remove basement water and use strong wet and dry vacuums. These machines have the advantage of flexibility and efficiency.

Infrared Cameras. Infrared technology can determine how much moisture is still in the building after the standing water has been removed. While the water may not be visible to the naked eye, water behind basement walls and ceilings can cause extra humidity and attract insect pests, vermin and harmful bacteria.

Moisture Detectors and Hygrometers. These devices measure the level of moisture saturation in the building after the initial cleanup. This can help determine whether it would be beneficial to run vacuums and drying fans for additional time.

These four essential pieces of cleaning equipment will remove standing water from the basement of any Mansfield , Oh. commercial building, helping property owners better protect their investments. 

Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. for more information on water damage.

419-207-8449

Carpet Cleaning in your Commercial Area

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Stained carpets can give even the most well-maintained businesses a dirty reputation.

Many carpets are designed to camouflage dirt, especially carpet intended for commercial areas and businesses. Because these same carpets see so much traffic, they can get pretty dingy and rough-looking over time. A poorly maintained carpet can actually hurt your business, so frequent carpet cleaning is a good investment. A carpet that isn’t well cared-for will need to be replaced sooner than one that receives regular cleanings and maintenance, costing you a lot more money in the long run!

  • If you own a commercial building space, keeping your carpets in good repair can cut down on customer complaints and liability from any trips and falls.
  • Clean carpeting and flooring are part of the good image of your business: clients will be more comfortable with you, and your employees will feel more positive about their work environment. A happy worker is much more productive!
  • A clean carpet also reduces illness-causing biological contaminants such as bacteria, mold and viruses that can negatively affect your clients and work staff. This will be especially important during cold and flu season.

Having your commercial carpets cleaned regularly should be part of your business maintenance program.

Consider these points when deciding what an appropriate cleaning schedule should be:

  • Color, nap and pile, type, and density of your carpet: a higher-quality carpet will probably be able to go longer without cleaning, for example, and hold up better over time.
  • Foot traffic in your place of business: this aspect is going to change based on seasons and weather. A busy workplace is great, but it comes with its own set of challenges.
  • The type of your commercial space: if you own a business that uses heavy machinery, you will need to have a much heavier cleaning schedule.
  • The type of business you conduct: a veterinary office, daycare or restaurant is going to need more attention than an attorney’s office, for example. If you are a business related to the medical field, your needs may be very specific based on the area of medicine you are associated with.

Our team at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties are trained experts when it comes to helping with all your commercial cleaning needs. If dingy, dirty carpets are a problem in your commercial property call us today at (419) 207-8449

Be Smart and Implement These Bad-Weather Prep Tips for Safe Operations

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If your business is in an area prone to bad weather such as excessive snowfall, icy roads, flooding or other natural disasters, you need to be smart and plan for bad weather. Not only can inclement conditions be dangerous for your employees, but it can also be devastating to your building’s structure. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize damage, protect employees and keep your Mansfield, Ohio business operating as usual even in an intense snowstorm. Here are a few key steps:

Have a Plan in Place

Some winter storms have been known to last for weeks at a time, and many are so severe that they prevent individuals from driving. While you cannot ask your employees to head to the office in the middle of a blizzard, you can ask them to work from home when the roads are icy and visibility is poor. Have a business plan in place that everyone can adhere to on snow days. This plan should include who is responsible for what when out of office, how work should be submitted and how and how often data backup should be performed. 

Invest in Protection 

Your business should have storm windows, storm doors, new and working gutters, lightning rods and storm drains. You should also invest in a generator or other source of backup power so that, at the very least, your heater can continue operating in a snow storm and prevent a pipe burst.

Remove snow

Snow that is allowed to accumulate on the roof or sidewalks can be dangerous to your building, employees and customers. Hire a snow removal company to keep your roof, sidewalks and areas around your building clear. 

Watch the Weather

When a storm is in the forecast, shut the storm windows and doors, unplug appliances and electronics, back up your data and send your employees home. By planning ahead, you can prevent costly losses and unnecessary injuries. 

Make sure your business is ready for bad winter weather. With the right planning, you can continue operating in a snowstorm.

4 Tips for Keeping Mold Out of Your Rental Unit

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Whether you rent out an apartment or a commercial space, you have to do what you can to keep the unit looking nice. Mold prevention can be hard if the space is not used for a while. Even with regular tenants, mold growth due to water damage is a real concern for building owners in Mansfield, Ohio.

Lower the Heat

If a building is going to be unoccupied for a while, you may want to turn down the heat or air conditioning. However, you should avoid turning off the HVAC unit completely. The AC and heat can act as humidity stabilizers. This helps ensure there is not an excess buildup of moisture in a unit.

Turn Off the Water

When a building is not getting regular use, it might be a good idea to turn off the water. This reduces the chances of water damage taking place due to a leaky faucet or burst pipe. Turning off the water is not only a good mold prevention tactic, but it could also help you save money as you try to rent out the space.

Respond Quickly to Concerns

If a tenant complains about a mildew smell or water issues, you should try to respond as quickly as possible. Catching a problem while it is small may make the fix easier. If there is mold, it is best to start cleaning it up as soon as possible. Leaving it for weeks or months could allow it to spread to other parts of your building.

Schedule Regular Cleanings and Inspections

Being proactive is one of the best prevention methods available. Hiring a cleaning team that specializes in mold remediation may help you find out about mold problems before the issue can cause real damage. You may want to have your buildings inspected once every year.

Mold growth can happen overnight, especially when water damage is involved. Taking a hands-on approach to mold prevention may help you minimize the problems caused by unwanted fungi.

Important Steps To Take After a Fire

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hat would you do if your business in Mansfield, Oh. suffered a fire? If you practice wise administrative planning strategies and follow federal laws, you already have an emergency action plan in place. Once the blaze has been put out, however, you need to pay just as much attention to fire restoration strategies that get your business back in gear. Understanding the role that restoration technicians and your insurance company will play in the aftermath of a disaster is critical.

Contact Your Insurance Company 

The property portion of your business owner's or commercial policy covers expenses from fire and explosion losses, including repairing and replacing structures, assets and equipment. Once the fire department has left, your first phone call should be to your insurance company. Representatives will request some initial information from you to start the claims process, then have you work with an adjuster. If you need to recover critical items such as petty cash or records, consult with your insurance reps. 

Get in Touch With a Restoration Professional 

Now that you’ve invoked the claims process, you need to contact a fire restoration professional to begin cleanup. During this segment of the recovery process, restoration technicians will:

• Inspect and assess your premises
• Board up and place tarps on impacted areas
• Extract water and dry affected surfaces
• Remove smoke and soot damage
• Clean and sanitize 
• Repair and replace destroyed areas

Fires on your commercial property in Mansfield, Ohio can be devastating, but it is possible to return to normal operations after this sort of disaster. Having comprehensive indemnity coverage that includes fire insurance as well as fire restoration professionals proficient in water, soot and smoke cleaning are both essentials in getting back to business. You’ll need to work with both insurance and disaster recovery experts for documenting your losses and aiding them in handling replacement and repairs.
Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland counties for more information on commercial fire damage. 

(419)207-8449

Smoke Damage And Your Possessions

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Smoke and Fire Damage Are No Match for SERVPRO od North Richland and Ashland Counties.

Once a fire takes place on your property, you will likely find yourself experiencing anxiety and concern regarding the condition of your residential living space. Smoke damage to your possessions presents unique challenges to SERVPRO for successful salvaging. For example, the smoke that results from a fire can leave behind a residue that coats your property and causes issues such as warping, rusting, corrosion, etching, discoloration, and staining. Smoke generates unwanted odors that that are stubborn to remove.  There are four categories of property items that are specifically susceptible to extensive, expensive damage from the smoke and soot that fires generate. 

Wooden Furniture
Wooden furniture will often require careful, extensive treatment due to smoke and soot damage. Typically, wood is very porous, which makes it more susceptible to retaining odors, acquiring residue, and taking on staining. Hard surfaces offer a landing point for oily soot.

Carpets, Drapes, Upholstery, and Rugs
Each of these items is recognized for absorbing and subsequently retaining unpleasant smells. Depending on the level of penetration and type of material, the odors generated by smoke soot can be difficult to remove completely. SERVPRO utilizes specialized dry cleaning services for fabrics.

Books
A library replete with well-kept books in good condition can quickly deteriorate into a library full of damaged books. The heat and acid generated by the smoke can degrade book bindings and cause discoloration of the pages. If the books were wetted, we have specific equipment and techniques for drying and restoring, if possible.

Artwork
Different media of artwork can be adversely impacted from smoke damage, including antique sculptures, original paintings and framing, and family photographs and albums.  Although you may feel inclined to complete the restoration process on your own, it is always best to contact industry experts to do the job. If you complete the cleaning process incorrectly or incompletely, you could permanently damage or even destroy your valuable artwork. SERVPRO can restore many artifacts but recognizes limitations and liabilities. We can secure the services of an art museum or a private company for restoration.

Choose SERVPRO Now!
Once your property is impacted by smoke damage there's only one company to call for professional restoration: SERVPRO. With over 57 years of experience in the industry and all members of our team IICRC-certified professionals, we are passionate about offering customized services that suit your individual needs and preferences. We offer free estimates, a fast response, and immediate customer service. Don't put up with unwanted smoke damage and odors for a moment longer. Instead, allow us to restore your property "Like it never even happened."

Have Smoke or Fire Damage?

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties is dedicated to responding immediately day or night to your Mansfield or Ashland Ohio home or business. We offer 24/7 service to Mansfield,Ashland,and surrounding areas. Call us at (419) 207-8449

What to Know About Salvaging Belongings After a Fire

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House fires can be devastating. Not only do you have to deal with the fire damage, but many possessions and furniture can be ruined by soot and smoke. Luckily, dry-cleaning, as well as other types of cleaning methods, can restore many of your belongings. Here are a few things to know about the content cleaning process.

Damaged Content Must Be Thoroughly Cleaned 

Soot can be toxic and harm your respiratory system, if inhaled. Other materials that are exposed to flames can release harmful chemicals into the air that can be detrimental to your health. So, don’t just throw soot-covered clothing into the washing machine. Clothing and other possessions must be treated properly to eliminate all soot and smoke. It’s best to go to professionals who can help you by dry-cleaning or properly washing your valuables. 

Act Quickly

Smoke can cause permanent damage to valuables in as soon as 24 hours. If you have items of sentimental value, you should get those cleaned and restored as soon as possible to reduce the amount of damage. Documenting and cataloging everything that was damaged can help you prioritize valuables and get them cleaned quickly. Then, you can take care of content storage at the same time.

Proceed Wisely

After such a disaster has occurred, you might feel the need to help professionals in Mansfield,Ohio in any way possible. Some steps you can take might include:

* Giving the experts any information that they might need
* Ventilating your home
* Covering soot-free carpets or furniture with plastic to prevent damage during the restoration process

House fires are scary, but the fire damage and content cleaning can be taken care of when you have the right information and expert help available. Valuables and belongings can be repaired through dry-cleaning, vacuuming, and professional restoration. By being aware of what needs to be done, you can salvage many of your possessions.

Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties for more information. (419) 207-8449.

Help Protecting Your Mansfield Ohio Property From Fire Damage

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SERVPRO handles everything from small kitchen fires to large structural fires that require additional resources.

Protecting your North Richland and Ashland Counties property's is your main priority. You invested in and maintained a residence to give your family a safe, secure place to call home. Just like many of us, you want to provide your family with the best possible experiences and eagerly take the proper steps to ensure success.

You can protect your investment by securing the assistance of highly-trained restoration specialists available throughout the Colorado Springs area. We specialize in fire damage as well as a variety of emergency services that help homeowners just like you recover after tragedy strikes.

SERVPRO handles everything from small kitchen fires to large structural fires that require additional resources. We train in every aspect of home restoration, providing you with unique solutions to your specific situation so that you never have to call or schedule anyone else. You can count on us to be there for you, 24/7, day or night.

SERVPRO provides you with access to all of the latest fire damage restoration methods and techniques. Our technicians take the time necessary to address smoke, soot, and ash residue on every surface, cleaning furniture, cabinets, counter tops, and other personal belongings, limiting any losses you experience wherever we can. Our services adapt to your specific situation, providing you with precise, detailed work that you can count on to restore your property.

SERVPRO technicians enjoy providing members of our local community with solutions that meet or even exceed your expectations. We provide you with a variety of repair, restoration, and rebuilding options that help return your home to a quality condition as fast and efficient as possible. Our IICRC-industry certified technicians work hard to restore your home after an emergency occurs, making sure to provide our customers with exceptional service.

Contact SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties to begin your home’s restoration as soon as possible. Remember, we can also inspect your home to look for possible hazards, helping you take a proactive approach to preventing emergency situations, today (419)207-8449

Signs of Winter Storm Damage

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With winter approaching, there’s often more to worry about than shoveling snow.  Winter storms and temperatures can cause extensive damage to your home, but SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties is ready to help if you experience a winter disaster from common issues including the following.

Frozen Pipes

Brisk temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and break, which can lead to flooding in your home.

Ice Dams

When snow melts unevenly and freezes at the edge of your roof, an ice dam is created which prevents melted snow from draining off of the roof.  The water can then leak under the shingles and into the home and cause significant water damage.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can damage your roof and even cause the roof to collapse if enough weight has accumulated.  Water can get into cracks and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks.

Winter can be an extremely dangerous time for your home. Be sure to check the pipes and roof of your property for signs of potential water damage and warning signs.  If you experience a storm disaster, SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties. 419-207-8449

Tips for Sewage Cleanup After a Flood

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When heavy rains fall in Mansfield Ohio, the resulting rain water can overwhelm the sewage system, causing it to back up into your home. The resulting mess is contamination that must be cleaned.  SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties trained professionals are here to help. No matter how little water enters, any time you have sewer backup, you must take extra precautions. Here are a few tips on how to handle contaminated water in your home.

1. Find someplace else to stay until the problem is resolved. Category 3 water, or black water as it is sometimes called, is highly contaminated and can cause serious illness or even death if ingested. It is in your family’s best interest to steer clear of the area until it has been cleaned and tested.

2. Do not attempt to clean up the mess yourself. Your first instinct might be to grab the bottle of bleach and clean everything, but even a household cleaner as strong as bleach is no match for water from a sewer backup. Sewer water contains more dangerous bacteria than common household germs. This is a job for specialists who have the proper tools and chemicals to make your home safe and habitable again.

3. Have the area tested before you return. You cannot tell whether a room previously contaminated by black water is clean or not by simply looking at it or smelling it. It is a good idea to have it tested by a certified industrial hygienist before you and your family move back home.

4. Do not keep anything that came in contact with the contaminated water. It might be heartbreaking to throw away treasured possessions, but if they have been contaminated and cannot be cleaned, you need to dispose of them. Your family’s health is more important than a keepsake.

If you experience sewer backup in Mansfield, Ohio there are still ways to keep your family safe. Make sure that everyone stays out of the area until it is cleaned and tested by professionals. For more information about storm damage restoration, call your North Richland and Ashland Counties SERVPRO. 419-207-9889

What to Look for in A Storm Damage Restoration Company

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The need for emergency storm restoration in Ohio is great. Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are common with severe weather conditions in the Mansfield area. Because of this, you’ll find many storm damage restoration companies servicing North Richland and Ashland Counties, and with so many choices it can be confusing to know which is the best at handling emergency residential restoration services.

Beyond looking at costs, it’s important also to consider how trustworthy a company is and what track record they have. Use this helpful guide below to help you accurately compare storm damage restoration business in North Richland and Ashland Counties.:

  • Experienced In Emergency Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration. It’s important to ask if the company is well equipped and experienced with storm damage and not just water damage. Storm damage could mean layers of mud in the living room, a tree through your roof, sewage in the basement, and so much more than the usual water damage. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland  Counties is familiar and experienced in dealing with aspects of flood damage restoration --especially the unexpected kind.
  • Trained And Certified in Industry Standards. Similar to the above tip, a residential and commercial storm damage restoration business that wants to give their customers the best service seeks additional training. Technicians with SERVPRO go through extensive company training, training with industry partners, as well as training with the IICRC--the independent organization that sets criteria for professional home and commercial restoration.
  • Enthusiastic Customers. Some residential flood damage restoration businesses may be satisfied with “happy customers”, but we aim to have enthusiastic customers. With the fastest response time,North Richland and Ashland Co. SERVPRO addresses your concerns quickly and thoroughly. We work alongside you and your insurance company, taking care of every aspect of your storm damage concerns, saving you time, money, and worry. The result is a home that looks as if water damage never occurred and enthusiastic customers that are proud to recommend us to their friends.
  • Community and Better Business Bureau Affiliation. Businesses that make an effort to be a part of their community often take bigger strides in servicing their neighbors. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. is a member of several professional leagues and organizations in Mansfield as well as part of the prestigious BBB. If you're unsure if a home restoration company is IICRC certified or part of the BBB, visit their respected websites and search the listings. You’ll find that your locally owned North Richland and Ashland Co SERVPRO is in good standing with both organizations.

When searching for local and top ranking storm and mold damage remediation business in North Richland and Ashland  Co, you’ll see that SERVPRO stands above the rest. We’ve worked hard to earn the trust of our North Richland and Ashland Co.neighbors, and we’ll work just hard to earn your trust.

Call on North Richland and Ashland Co. SERVPRO for the fastest and most complete flood damage restoration for both residential and commercial. For 24-hour emergency response to storm damage call (419) 207-8449. Our customer service agents stand ready to dispatch a SERVPRO response team to your home anytime, day or night, to provide immediate restoration solutions.

We are ready when a storm hits.

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When Storms or Floods hit Richland and surrounding counties, SERVPRO is ready!

 Storm Damage

 Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Richland and surrounding counties.

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties 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

When a storms hits in Richland, Ashland  and surrounding counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Prevent Frozen Pipes in Mansfield Ohio

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Winter Storm Preparedness: Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

Winter storms are here and it won't be the last.

The National Severe Storms Laboratory categories a winter storm as having snow, sleet, or freezing rain.  In Mansfield, we can see any of this type of precipitation throughout the winter months. When the temperature is below the freezing point and precipitation is in the forecast, that’s when our office knows what types of calls we’ll be getting: water damages.

How Water Pipes Freeze and Break

A water damage during a winter storm happens when your pipes freeze.  When water freezes, it expands and creates pressure inside the pipe, which can cause it to break.  The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed.  Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.

Indoor Frozen Pipe Prevention

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes.  You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

If your pipes still freeze and you have a water damage, give us a call immediately and follow the following steps:

  1. Don’t delay.  Call us as soon as you notice your water damage.  The longer water stands in a structure, the more damage it will cause.  As soon as you call, we will schedule a crew of technicians to travel to your home and begin remediation.  
  2. Cut off the water source, if possible.
  3. Get textiles off the floor.  Many homeowners rush to put down towels to stop the water flow, and that’s okay.  Towels can easily be cleaned at our textile cleaning facility if need be.  What you want to look out for are small fragile textiles or objects on the floor that can be damaged by water.
  4. Begin documentation.  Start with the point of origin and all affected areas.  While our technicians will also take the document, it's important to start documenting as soon as possible to prove your loss to your insurance company.

Be Aware of the Weather

Keep your eye on the weather forecast.  Not only will you be prepared to travel safely, it’ll also give you to valuable time to prepare your home and keep it, and everyone living inside it, safe.  

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties

We can be reached 24 hours a day at (419)207-8449

“Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties will restore your storm damaged property

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SERVPRO Promptly Restores Your Storm Damaged Property

When you have suffered any flood damage whether it was from backups in the basement sewer or from a large-scale disaster from a major storm, you’ll need certified technicians who know how to handle best flood damage, especially storm related. The last thing you want to have to do is search for a flood cleanup company that is reliable after you are dealing with a flood. Knowing who to call beforehand is important and will make things move much faster in the event of a problem. 

It can be deceptive to how much damage water really does. It will penetrate into structural cavities, making pockets of trapped saturation. Finding water in these areas can many times only be discovered with moisture meters. Moisture which goes undetected will keep causing damage, and this damage at a minimum will result in unpleasant odors. Even more, the damage will surface when materials shrink, deaminate and split, further deteriorating to where you will need very costly repairs. Plus, dangerous bacteria and mold can grow, causing very serious health problems for you and the members of your family. 

What You Can Expect 
Once you call a professional water damage cleanup service like SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties, we will first come and remove all the water in your home with tools such as vacuums. The professional equipment that we use will allow the company to get all of the water out of your home without creating a larger mess while doing so. Large air movers can also be used to finish getting rid of the water and dry out the rooms in your home. The primary goal is to dry your home out as fast as possible to prevent further secondary water damage. 

Once the water is visibly dried up, our company should also go through with water meters so we can assess the damage. This will make spotting the source of any other water or moisture much easier, and once we’ve conducted any work which needs to be performed, we’ll take another reading to make sure your home is completely dry and back to its normal state. We will also use thermal fogers, ozone machines, and air scrubbers as needed to ensure that all odors have eliminated and all debris as well. Sanitizing the affected areas after a groundwater flooding is critical to remove any  pathogens or other harmful agents. 
Not all companies are the same, however, so that is why if you do have any water damage you will want to contact the professional services of SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties right away. We can be reached anytime of the day or night and any day of the week by calling (419) 207-8449 

Frozen Water Pipes are a problem. Don't use a blowtorch to thaw.

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Frozen water pipes are a serious risk during very cold winter weather. When water freezes in a pipe it expands and can exert pressure at over 2,000 pounds per square inch. This pressure is enough to rupture almost any pipe filled with water, which provides no place for the ice to expand. A burst pipe can spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, and that equates to thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Pipes are most susceptible to freezing when they are located:

  • in an outside wall
  • in a cabinet under a sink (especially near an outside wall)
  • in an unheated crawl space or basement

If your pipe is frozen but not yet ruptured, you must thaw it right away. There are a few thawing techniques to try, depending on where the frozen pipe is located.

Warning: Never use a blow torch or other open flame to thaw a pipe. This presents a serious fire hazard and can damage the pipe.

A frozen pipe that hasn't burst yet often reveals itself at a faucet: when you turn on the faucet and no water comes out or it has slowed to a trickle, there's probably a blockage of ice somewhere in the line. It's time take immediate action: 

  • Shut off the water to the faucet locally or at the home's main water shutoff valve.
  • Open the faucet that is supplied by the frozen pipe; do this even if you don't know where the blockage is.
  • Identify the frozen pipe and locate the blockage: Follow the pipe back from the faucet to where it runs through cold areas, such as an exterior wall or unheated crawl space. Look for areas on the pipe that have frost or ice; it may also be slightly bulged.

When you find that the frozen—but not yet burst—pipe is behind a wall or ceiling, you've got a challenge on your hands. You have three options for thawing the pipe:

  • Turn up the heat in the house and wait.
  • Cut out a section of the wall or ceiling to access the frozen section of pipe, then thaw the pipe as an exposed pipe (see next slide).
  • Use an infrared lamp to help heat the wall section in front of where you believe the pipe is frozen. Infrared lamps are better than regular heat lamps because they pass through the air without heating it and will direct more energy to warming the wall and frozen pipe.

If the frozen pipe is exposed, you have several options for thawing it. Whichever remedy use use, heat the pipe from the faucet toward the frozen area. This allows water to flow out as the ice melts.

  • Hair dryer: Usually the easiest and safest way to thaw a pipe. If the pipe is close to the wall, place a cookie sheet behind the pipe to help radiate heat onto the backside of the pipe.
  • Heat lamp: You can use an infrared or incandescent heat lamp. As with a hair dryer, if the pipe is close to the wall, use a cookie sheet behind the pipe to help reflect heat onto the pipe.
  • Portable heater: A small, powerful heater works great for warming pipes under a kitchen or vanity base cabinet. Direct the heater onto the frozen section of pipe. It will work like a hair dryer on steroids!
  • Electric pipe heat tape: Heat tape is a ribbon-like wrap that contains electrical heating elements. You wrap it around the pipe you want to heat and plug it into the wall. The temperature of the tape is controlled with a thermostat. Heat tape can also be used to prevent pipes from freezing in critical areas; you can leave the heat tape on the pipe and plug it in only when needed.

There are a few things you can do to prevent the problem of freezing pipes from occurring again:

  • Leave the faucet dripping slightly during the coldest time of the day or night.
  • Open the cabinet doors to allow the heated air from the room to reach pipes inside the cabinet.
  • Wrap the problem pipe with electrical heat tape.
  • Insulate problem pipes with foam insulation wrap, especially those that run through unheated spaces. Note: Insulation merely slows the transfer of heat and will not prevent a pipe from freezing if the surrounding air is cold enough.
  • Heat unheated areas with a permanent heater, just to keep the temperature above freezing, or about 40 degrees F. Warning: Do not use portable heaters, which should never be left running unattended.
  • Remove garden hoses attached to outdoor faucets (hose bibs or sill cocks). If the faucet is not a frost-proof type, turn off the water to the faucet inside the house and drain the exterior section of the pipe.

Keep your dryer vent clean

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The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning in your home.

Dryer vent cleaning prevents fires. If you live any within Richland or Ashland Counties, you will want to make sure that your home or commercial property is completely safe. Whether by flooding, fire or some other mishap, there are plenty of ways that your property can be threatened. One of the best ways to ensure that you are prepared for a catastrophic emergency is always to have a local residential and commercial property cleanup and restoration service.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Prevents Fires 

Keep your property from sustaining irreversible fire damage. Making sure your dryer vents are clean and free from obstruction will help keep your property safe from the possibility of a fire. It's also an excellent precaution to take to keep the air in the building from getting choked up with dust, lint and other health hazards that can accumulate in a dryer vent. 

Get Help from a Local Cleanup and Restoration Service 

It's up to you to contact an expert local cleaning and fire restoration service to ensure that your vents get cleaned in a correct and timely fashion. When you are in doubt as to whether the vents or other areas in your home are functioning correctly, a good, thorough cleaning is never a bad idea. 

Even if it turns out that your property is not quite yet due for a full cleaning, a reputable local cleanup service can help such as removing any excess pollen or debris that has accumulated in the vents. This way, you can save a great deal of time, money and worry by taking timely preventative measures. Keeping the proper level of air quality in your home or commercial building will go a long way toward keeping the structure safe for your family or employees to inhabit. An expert local service will ultimately save you a great deal of time and stress.

Fire damage in your Mansfield Home or Apartment

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You’ll probably be anxious to start cleaning your home after a fire, however, unless you take the time to get a professional to help you, you’ll be wasting your efforts and time or even creating more damage. Contact your insurance agent immediately; they can give you advice on replacement or restoration of any items which sustained fire damage. If you are a renter, speak with your landlord so you can both assess the damages.

Your insurance agent might also be able to help you find a professional fire damage restorer. These companies can give you hints to prevent any more damage, and help you figure out what items can or cannot be refurbished, plus give you estimates and services for thoroughly deodorizing and cleaning your home. Even if you think the services are pricey, it is well worth it to avoid more costly damages or replacing furnishings and floors they might otherwise be able to restore for you.

Avoiding More Damage

Before you get the professional fire damage restoration company in your home, there are some things you can do to prevent more damages. However, make sure that you have permission from the fire marshal first that it is safe to enter your home again before you do anything at all. Open up windows to get the air inside moving and ventilate areas of your home. If you can, place a fan inside as well to help circulate the air. If there has been water damage which is substantial and it is warm outside, you will likely have to keep the windows closed and use a dehumidifier. With cold weather, your heating system, if operable, plus the cold air will help to start to take the moisture out. Change your furnace filter daily in this case until no soot shows. When the professionals get there, they will have the proper industrial equipment to continue and finish the process of drying your structure out completely. You can begin the dry out process to help mold from forming, which can happen quite quickly. Put plastic food wrap or aluminum foil around the legs of our furniture, and over items that are clean and dry with plastic, so they are not damaged during the repairs process.

Soot in Household Textiles

Soot is oily and will easily stain your draperies, carpets, and other household textiles. This is why it needs to be removed before anything is cleaned or deodorized. Let a professional restoration company remove the soot with a heavy-duty vacuum. They will be able to get the soot out properly and thoroughly so that your belongings have the best chance of being restored. They will also know how to avoid other items from being damaged from the soot during clean up. The professionals will also be able to remove soot from walls and other items in your home before they professionally remove the odors left behind as well.

Helpful holiday hint from SERVPRO

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Did you know...

A majority of fires that take place in homes begin in the kitchen.

The holiday season is approaching, which means that many of us will be spending a lot more time in the kitchen. This also means that, with every pumpkin pie and each batch of Christmas cookies you make, there is a greater risk of a fire emergency. 

Aside from calling 9-1-1, which should be one of your first moves, here are some quick tips for dealing with a fire emergency in your kitchen.

  1. Always watch your cooking; don't leave anything unattended
  2. Set a timer so that you don't accidentally burn something or forget that an appliance is being used
  3. If something on the stove catches on fire and it is small, cover it with a lid and turn off the burner
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen near your cooking area where it is easily accessible
  5. Add baking soda to a grease fire, not water
  6. Clean your appliances regularly so that grease does not accumulate and start a fire
  7. Clean and dust around and behind appliances, as dust accumulation can cause fires if it is close to electrical wiring
  8. Keep flammable objects away from cooking appliances, especially those things like tea towels and potholders 
  9. Install a smoke alarm in your kitchen
  10. Test your smoke alarms and make sure they will work when you most need them!

Keep these quick tips in mind, and prevent a major fire damage emergency from taking place in your home this season!

Less time Less damage

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SERVPRO Franchise 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 a SERVPRO Franchise Professional 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 Franchise            Professional will contact your        insured to arrange for service.

4. Within four hours of loss              notification, a SERVPRO                Franchise 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. 

We are always here when needed

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SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland  Co. 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.

Call Today (419)207-8449

We understand at SERVPRO when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. 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.

                         What to Expect

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-damage home or business.
  • When did the flood or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)? 

We are here for you anytime of any day. We are just a call away.

Protect your Assets

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Protect Your Assets

You have so much time and energy invested in your home. Choose SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. Franchise Professionals to protect your most valuable assets!

Your home is a reflection of you and makes an impression on all those who enter it.

You invest your time, energy and hard-earned resources to maintain, protect and increase the value of your home.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services. 

If you need help due to a fire or water damage to your home, call someone you can trust. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co.

Our trained professionals will carefully and respectfully care for your personal items. 

We have a heated warehouse to store your belongings till your ready for them.

419-207-8449

Like it never even happened.

Disasters Can Happen be prepared.

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As a business owner, insurer or property manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow.

This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

  • Plan to stay in business
  • Encourage your employees to become ready
  • Protect your investment

We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. 

Water Damage information

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The first 24 hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. Professional will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled by completing the following steps.

INSPECTION

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. Professionals will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning any work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. Professionals will take steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency services to you step-by-step.

MONITORING

To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, a SERVPRO Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated to you.

EMERGENCY WATER DAMAGE TIPS

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off 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.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  • 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 use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Three Places to Check for Mold Growth

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A mold colony grew and spread quickly in this laundry room, hidden by the washing machine.

Just hearing the word “mold” can cause us all to cringe. It’s odorous, unsightly, and even dangerous to our health. Mold growth can appear quickly, so knowing where to look and what areas are best to practice preventive measures in can help give you peace of mind.

Here are the top three areas to check regularly for mold growth:

The Bathroom

Everyone knows that mold likes water and wet areas, making your bathrooms a hotbed for mold growth. Most bathrooms are cleaned thoroughly at least once a week, this is a great time to check for mold. Look in the least traveled areas, such as corners of the linen closet, behind the toilet, under the sink. If there are, or have been, any leaks in these places in the past, these areas are in danger until they are fully dry. Investing in a dehumidifier for your bathroom can assist in the prevention of mold growth.

The Kitchen

This area of your home is also a watery place, it is used more than any other area in the house besides the bath. Watch out for spills and leaks and clean them up immediately to ensure that they are not attracting mold spores. Spores are always in our air and cannot be removed, the trick to preventing mold growth is not giving them a place to land and settle.

The laundry room

Because the laundry room houses large appliances, it also has nooks and crannies that are not cleaned often. Add to that the humidity in the air and possible unseen leaks or drips, and you have a recipe for the establishment of a mold colony. Pull the washer and dryer out from the wall regularly, and make sure the areas behind them are clean, dry, and disinfected in order to prevent mold growth.

Other areas to check frequently for mold include hall closets, garages, and basements.

Our team at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties is always here to help you with any issues related to mold remediation in your home or business. Large-scale cleanups after flooding and fire are our specialties. Call us at (419) 207-8449.

Summer Rain and Protecting Your Home

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This beautiful landscaping was waterlogged after a heavy storm flooded it.

As summer comes to a close, you will probably be having the last of your summer fun and enjoying the nice weather. However, summer is also a time for rain showers in most of the country. Summertime showers often appear quickly and bring a lot of moisture with them, which can end up in your home! Here are some things homeowners need to consider:

Roofs and Gutters

It’s obvious to think about the condition of your roof and rain gutters in the fall, before the winter weather hits. But if they are not well-maintained after snow, ice, and winter storms, a simple summertime rain shower can create just as many problems as snow. Inspect these areas closely in readiness for a downpour so that you can spend the rest of your summer worry-free.

Garden Drainage

If you have planted vegetables or flowers this year, take a good look at the drainage surrounding any garden or landscaping area. Make sure that any excess water can escape if there is an abundance during a summer rainstorm.

Outdoor Furniture

Some showers can last for an extended period of time and rainstorms can hit the same area day after day. This can wreak havoc on your outdoor furniture if it is left out in the rain. There are many paint and finishing products available that will do a great job protecting your furniture from weathering due to inclement weather.

Humidity

After several rainy days, you might feel the effects of extended rain showers by experiencing a higher interior humidity level. Mold can grow quickly in these conditions, as it thrives in humid, wet areas. Investing in dehumidifiers for your home can greatly reduce the chances of a mold infestation and keep your interior air quality at healthy levels.

Here at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties, we care about your personal property and your business. Call us at (419) 207-8449 if you need any assistance with damages from water, fire, or mold.

Who to Call After Water Damage

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After your home endures water damage, your furniture, carpet, and possessions can often be restored rather than replaced.

Imagine you come home from a fun summer vacation to find your finished basement flooded. Your carpet, walls, furniture, and other belongings are severely damaged. Who can you call to help you? Your first instinct might be to call a contractor. There are many differences between contractors and a professional Water Restoration company. As a professional Restoration Company, SERVPRO tries to restore your home and possessions, rather than replace them, whenever possible.

A contractor’s job is to replace everything that is affected by water damage in your home. This often includes all flooring, walls, cabinets and even furniture and personal items. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties’ technicians are certified in drying and cleaning water damage to industry standards. Our team will be there to box up and protect unaffected property as well as thoroughly cleaning any damaged items. This reduces the amount of possessions that might just be thrown away by a contractor. Our average time to dry is 3 days, which prevents further interruption to your daily life and also saves you money. We try to mitigate the water damage, and restore when possible rather than just throwing your things away. In the long run, restoring your home is less expensive than replacing materials in your home.

at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties, we care about your personal property. Call us at (419) 207-8449 if you need any assistance with water damage to your home or business.

Preventing Mold in Your Home

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This dining room was completely taken over by mold that was allowed to grow without professional intervention.

Residential and commercial buildings alike can be difficult to prevent mold growth in because of the summer humidity levels that come with Ohio’s climate. Mold loves humidity and can easily survive and flourish on even the smallest amount of moisture within the walls or floors during a humid summer day. Because of this, indoor mold is most commonly found in the most damp, humid areas of the house, especially bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Mold can grow uncontrolled as well on ceilings and inside of walls if the building has been recently water damaged.

Preventative Measures

Mold is a common fungus, of which there are thousands of different species spread throughout the world. The only way to prevent mold growth is to make the building uninhabitable to the fungi life cycle. Here are a few ways to deter mold growth:

  • Use mold inhibitors on walls before painting any area, especially potentially damp areas like bathrooms and basements.
  • Use dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and fans to keep humidity levels steady and low enough that mold cannot grow, the ideal being between 30 and 65 percent.
  • Make sure that the areas under and around houseplants are free from excess water
  • Keep rugs from damp rooms such as bathrooms or basements dry and frequently cleaned. Spores can thrive in a damp carpet and cause a severe mold issue.
  • Use sanitizing mold prevention products to clean areas after water damage or mildew growth to reduce the risk of future mold issues in your home..
  • Contact a mold remediation professional at the first sign of water leakage under appliances or in bathrooms.

Sometimes mold attacks in unseen places after a flood or pipe leak. Once this occurs, removing the water is not enough to eliminate the fungi entirely. Mold can survive for years without water, only to reemerge when exposed to liquid. Seeking the assistance of a remediation expert may help prevent future contamination and water damage. Our experts at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties know how to disinfect infected areas and completely kill mold colonies in your residence.

Reducing the Risk of Air Conditioner Fires

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There is no better feeling than walking out of the blistering summer heat and into the cool climate of your air conditioned home. However, what many people don’t know is that the same AC unit that makes summer temperatures more bearable can sometimes be a major fire hazard. According to the National Fire Protection Association, air conditioner fires caused 20 deaths and an estimated $82 million in property damage across the nation in 2016. There are several reasons why these potentially catastrophic fires might occur.

Overuse

With sweltering temperatures outside, you might not think twice about letting your air conditioning unit run all day and night. However, prolonged overuse can cause serious issues and create a risk of your unit catching fire. Continuous use of the AC can lead to parts of its internal machinery breaking down and can shorten the lifespan of your unit as well as making it a fire hazard. Instead of leaving the air conditioner to run all day, consider shutting it off whenever you leave the house and turning it back on when you return. Turning the AC off at night when temperatures are less unbearable is also advisable to keep your unit running well and home safe from fire.

Improper Maintenance

Another potential cause of air conditioner fires is improper maintenance of the unit. Annual checks should be performed on your AC unit to ensure that all of its pieces and parts are in proper working order. Filters should be inspected and cleaned regularly and replaced when needed. It is also important to never use extension cords when plugging in you air conditioner unit, and to make sure that it is securely attached to the window. As well, it is essential to keep the space around your AC free of debris, as any stray materials might get sucked into the unit and catch fire.

Faulty Wiring

When the temperate begins to cimb, many homeowners rush to take their air conditioning unit out of storage and reinstall it immediately. While the heat might be unbearable, it is nothing compared to the tragedy of losing your home and belongings to a house fire that could have been avoided. When setting up your AC, take some time to check that all the equipment is in the same state as it was when you last put it away. If there are any broken panels or loose wires, the unit might not be safe for use. If you stored your air conditioning unit in a garage, shed, or storage unit throughout the fall and winter seasons, the wires could have been tampered with by mice, rats, or other small rodents. One chewed up wire inside your unit is all it takes for a fire to start.

In the case that your air conditioning unit does catch fire, our clean-up and restoration experts at SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties are here to help. Our employees are experienced, well-trained, and have all the necessary tools to restore your property after a fire “like it never even happened.”

Staying Safe in Thunderstorms and Floods

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The aftermath of a severe thunderstorm in North Central Ohio; this house was all but destroyed by a tree that was knocked over during a storm.

April showers might bring May flowers, but North Central Ohio’s indecisive weather can often bring major water damage into your residential or commercial property. As we transition from spring to summer climates, there are a few different weather-related risks that could cause serious damage to your home or business.

Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can occur anywhere at any time of the day, however they are most likely to happen in the afternoon during the spring and summer months. These storms are created by cumulonimbus clouds, and can produce extreme winds, lightning, and hail. Lightning can be very dangerous as well; in fact, more people are killed by lightning every year than they are by tornadoes.

When a thunderstorm is predicted in your area, there are some precautions you can take.

  • If you can hear the thunder produced by the storm from your residence or business, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning.
  • Keep an eye out for storm signs such as quickly darkening skies, flashes of lightning or increasing winds.
  • Postpone any outdoor activities, and avoid driving in storm conditions.
  • Find shelter immediately, in the basement of your residence or business if possible, closing all windows and doors securely.
  • If you are driving when the storm hits, pull over and take shelter in your car immediately.
  • Refrain from bathing, showering, using plumbing, or swimming during storm conditions.
  • Ensure that storm drains near your property are kept unobstructed.
  • Keep trees around your property trimmed; a severe thunderstorm might cause and straggling branches to break and damage your residence or business.  

Flooding

Spring and early summer is the prime time for flooding. As the seasons change, heavy spring rains can overwhelm rivers and streams and cause flooding. When water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area, catastrophic flash flood may occur. It is good to be prepared and have a solid evacuation plan for your family or employees when a flood or flash flood warning is issued.

Some basic flood safety steps include:

  • Avoid flood waters at all cost. Just six inches of rapidly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you encounter a flooded road while driving, turn the car around and go another way. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Gather your family or employees, some emergency supplies, and any important belongings and evacuate to higher ground as soon as possible.
  • Store your most important items such as photo albums, family heirlooms, and business documents in tightly-sealed plastic containers to ensure that they are well protected from floodwaters. As well consider storing valuables in the attic rather than the basement.

The key when it comes to thunderstorms and floods is to make sure that you have a safety plan in place. Ensure that your family members or employees know to take shelter in the basement during a thunderstorm or to retreat to the highest level of your property during a flood. It is advisable to keep a supply of food, water, flashlights and batteries, and a first aid kit in the case of any emergency.

SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties is dedicated to taking quality care of restoring your home or business after the inclement weather, so that the health and safety of your family and employees can be your main concern when a flood or thunderstorm hits.

Smoke Webs

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Webs

Did you know?

Residues (such as burning plastics or the soot from furnace disorders) form long chains of ionized smoke particles that assemble in corners or at junctions of walls and ceilings which are called smoke webs!

The picture is from a fire damage that our large loss division assisted with out of state. The building had 35,000 square feet that was affected, it took our team a few weeks to completely clean the facility. 

Does your business have a plan? Check out these tips:

Protect your people : Your employees are your most important business asset. These tips can help prevent them from being injured in a fire.

  • Fire Plans: Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol. 
  • Evacuation Plan: In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs. 
  • First Aid: In case of fire injuries, your employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most-such as in the kitchen

Mold Remediation

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. offers mold remediation and restoration; we have the training, equipment and expertise to better assist you. 

I spoke with our Mold and Biohazard Manager to ask him some questions about how this process works.

It is preferred that you have an Industrial Hygienist protocol done.

What is that?

This is a process where air sampling and affected areas are tested to provide a detailed remediation and restoration protocol for SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County to follow. There is also a post-test that will take place once we are finished to confirm clearance. 

Every time our team handles a mold job, we are required to wear the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which includes items such as coveralls and respirators. 

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County will make sure to keep anything deemed salvageable; we go above and beyond to ensure restoration before removal.  Unfortunately, in most situations there is a some tear out involved to remove affected areas such as drywall, flooring, and/or furniture.

During the mold remediation process a HEPA vacuum is used, HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores and to insure that they do not get reintroduced. Our mold experts use “negative air” containment, which is created by positioning negative air machines to introduce clean air into the affected area and push contaminated air outside the home.

You want to consider getting your HVAC cleaned as well, the mold spores can collect there and be dispersed throughout the home.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If you have any questions, give us a call today;

419-207-8449.

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County Cleans and Deodorizes Office Buildings

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning done right !

Keep your office fresh and clean with deodorization!

Cleaning is an important part of owning a business. Customers expect and employees expect for a company to ensure the building they shop and work in is clean and odor-free. However, many businesses only schedule cleaning the floors or trash removal on a regular basis. If you want your business to always look and smell its best, it's important that you plan deeper cleaning. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. utilizes state-of-the-art deodorization techniques that guarantee a cleaner office.

Deodorization is a deep cleaning process that can eliminate odors in a building. This is a process that doesn't just get rid of the surface grime but makes sure that your building is clean in a way that typical processes can't match.

If you need deodorization services in Mansfield, you need to call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. Our employees receive certification in the best cleaning and deodorizing techniques in the industry. Our equipment is designed to get your business clean. This makes for a more professional clean as well as a longer-lasting process.

Of course, SERVPRO brings with it more than just the right equipment for the job. When SERVPRO comes in, you'll know the job will get done correctly the first time, every time. This isn't just a cleaning company - SERVPRO cares about the work that it does.

If you want bad smells removed from your property, make sure that you always work with the professionals to complete major tasks such as this, as using the wrong chemicals or the wrong techniques might end up making your problem worse. SERVPRO is here to make sure the job is done correctly.

Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co.

419-207-8449

Do you have a plan?

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As a member of the Ready Campaign’s National Preparedness Coalition, SERVPRO® is proud to present the following information.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared
for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.

Develop a Business Continuity Plan.
Your organization’s risk needs will vary depending on the specific industry, size, scope and location. Begin by reviewing your business process flow chart, if one exists, to identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating. You should also establish procedures for succession of management.

Review Insurance Coverage.
Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to major financial loss if your business is damaged, destroyed or simply interrupted for a period of time. Insurance policies vary; check with your agent or provider about things such as physical losses, flood coverage and business interruption. Understand what your policy does and does not cover. 

Prepare your Emergency Plan.
Your employees and co-workers are your business’ most valuable asset. Communication is central before, during and after a disaster. Include emergency information in newsletters, on your company intranet, in periodic employee e-mails and/or other communication tools.

Practice the Emergency Plan.
Some disasters will require employees to leave the workplace quickly. The ability to evacuate workers, customers and visitors effectively can save lives. If your business operates out of more than one location, establish evacuation procedures for each individual building. If your company is in
a high-rise building, an industrial park, or even a small strip mall, it is important to coordinate and practice with other tenants or businesses to avoid confusion and potential gridlock.

Secure Your Facility and Equipment.
Install fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate places. Secure all entry and exit points and plan for mail safety. Plan what you will do if your building, plant or store is not usable. Secure valuable equipment.

Improve Cyber Security.
Protecting your data and information systems may require specialized expertise, but even the smallest business can be better prepared. Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date. Don’t open e-mails from unknown sources. Use hard-to-guess passwords. Protect your computer from intruders by using firewalls. Back up your computer data and download security protection updates known as patches regularly.


Information provided by ready.gov

Tips on Cleaning and Organizing Work spaces

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Divide Your Workspace Into Zones:

Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.

Keep Only What You Need at Arm’s Length:

Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you’ve established for them.

Sort Your Catch-All Drawer:

Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn’t being used.

Eliminate Digital Clutter:

Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your e-mail inbox just as you would paper files – with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor of calendar reminders.

Create A Daily Paper System:

Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled “To Read,” “To Do,” and “To File.” Establish set days for each, so that you don’t get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.

Disinfect Regularly:

Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard, and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes.

Tips provided by Forbes, The Dangers of a Messy Desk.

What Causes Mold?

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Common Source of excessive mold-causing moisture

Flooding from storms coming from outside

Sump pump overflow

Roof leaks from damaged roofs, ice dams or blocked gutters

Rain from storms through window frames, exterior walls, or doors

Leaking pipes, sewer back-ups or overflows

Damp basements due to high water table or badly managed water drainage

Condensation on cold surfaces

Mold needs these 3 main things to thrive and stay alive.

High humidity

Warm or temperate Temperature

Poor ventilation

Mold is easier to prevent than it is to clean so keeping a watch on common sources of mold and maintaining a dry, ventilated home and drying homes from water damage within 24 hours of the incidence is the best way to prevent mold from happening in the first place. If you have a mold problem and you would like information about how to get it professionally cleaned, please call us and we will direct you on the companies that we use to test for mold.

SERVPRO of North Richland & Ashland Counties , specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. 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
Call Today -419-207-8449

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 North Richland and Ashland Co. 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.

What to Expect

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)?

About SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co.

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. 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.

Eliminating Heating Hazards This Winter

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

The winter season is in full swing! The days are shorter and temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire. 

-Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. Have a three foot "Kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters. 

-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. 

-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters. 

-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. 

-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. 

-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions. 

Prepare for severe weather.

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Ohio winters can be harsh. Richland and Ashland Counties in Ohio can be unpredictable.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive.  Preparation can get you back in the building faster following a disaster.  Don't wait until disaster strikes.  Call us today to establish an Emergency Ready Profile for your property and be ready for whatever happens. 

Build an emergency kit:

- Water (one gallon per person per day)

-Food (Non perishable, 3-day supply)

-Manual can opener

-Battery operated radio

-Flashlight and extra batteries

-First aid kit

-Whistle to signal for help

-Clothing

-Dust masks or bandanas

-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

-Hygiene items

-Important documents-insurance-financial

-Cash

-Fire Extinguisher

-Matches in waterproof container

What To Expect During The Restoration Process After A Water Damage To Your Richland and Ashland Counties Restaurant?

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage To Your Restaurant

Water damage is perhaps one of the worst things that can happen to your restaurant. Not only can the pooled water cause structural and aesthetic damage to your establishment, but the restoration can also take time.

Thankfully, here at SERVPRO, we have a team of experts that have years of experience in handling any size water damage disaster to your Mansfield, Ohio restaurant. SERVPRO springs into action as soon as we hear from you and work hard to minimize the damage and keep your doors open. Here is what happens during the initial few hours after we hear from you.

One Hour  
During the first hour of SERVPRO professionals receiving your call, we assemble a team of experts and send them your way.

Four Hours 
SERVPRO professionals reach the site of water damage within four hours of receiving a call from you. We understand that the best chance for a successful restoration is a quick action. Once our technicians are on-site, they walk you through the restoration process step-by-step. They make sure that you understand what to expect after a restoration process. Within the first four hours, our technicians also pretest the restorability of the damage.

Eight Hours 
Within eight hours of our team reaching the site of water damage, the technicians prepare a verbal briefing and communicate it to the concerned person. Once the plan has been agreed upon, our team start the actual restoration and cleaning process. We use some of the best equipment available to restore and clean the water damage. Our technicians work hard to remove any standing water, clean the carpets and deodorize your establishment. We understand that cleanliness and hygiene is a critical part of restaurant management, and our professionals work hard at ensuring it.

Final Walk-Through 
Your satisfaction is one of our highest priorities. Once the job is done, our technicians arrange for a final walk-through to make sure that you are satisfied with the restoration job. After we are done, your restaurant is ready for any inspection from health or related departments.

Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties. 419-207-8449

Floods in Mansfield Ohio Need Fast Responses to Mitigate Damages Flash floods happen unexpectedly and at any time of the year in Mansfield Ohio.

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Floods in North Richland and Ashland Co. Dry Out with the Help of SERVPRO

Floods in North Richland, and Ashland Counties Need Fast Responses to Mitigate Damages

Flash floods happen unexpectedly and at any time of the year in Mansfield, Ohio. Snow cover cannot guarantee that flooding cannot happen during the winter, just as a drought cannot prevent one from affecting a neighborhood.

 Flooding brings many problems to your front door, all of which we can help you resolve. We know that floodwaters carry parasites and pathogens that can cause illnesses in people and their animal companions, so we carry out extensive cleaning and sanitation efforts to rid your home of tangible debris and any accompanying microbes. 

Just as our Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) ensures the effective reduction of any pathogens, we also can eliminate odors left behind after a flood. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) understands where odors originate and removes these from their sources. The debris found inside a flooded house carries organic matter which produces foul smells. We remove the majority of the debris, but it only takes a small number of these compounds and microbes to foul up the air you and your family breathe. 

Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing your home helps tremendously in protecting your family's health, but we also must protect your structure. Flood damage poses the risk of water damage and microbial infestation. Both can create extensive damage to your home in the future. Drying out your property through the use of heaters, air movers, and dehumidification equipment can help prevent such problems. 

Other ways that your home becomes dry enough for your family to return include our removing of water-logged sections of drywall and saturated carpet and padding. Heat-producing equipment dries your floor's underlay so we can have new padding and carpeting installed.

The interior of walls can also harbor mold spores, making it imperative that we dry these areas quickly and completely. Many changes happen in your house while we work, but we always repair these details. These include small openings needed in walls and ceilings to allow for directed air flows. 


SERVPRO of  North Richland and Ashland Counties wants your family to live in a home that provides the protection they deserve. We can solve the problematic situations that flood damage causes and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (419) 207-8449 24/7 for our 24-hour services. We are always ready to not only take your call but to also respond to all your emergencies.

Untreated sump pump overflow combined with hoarding

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Contents Packout

One of the realities in the restoration industry is we come across cases of hoarding on a regular basis.  When hoarding is combined with water damage it creates a nasty mess.

In the case of this customer, she suffered a sump pump failure that caused her basement to partially flood with water.  When we arrived it was not even possible to get our technicians into the basement because of the high amount of contents.

The water had been allowed to dwell for a few days before she called us so the basement was already smelling of mold.  Mold can grow in as little time as 72 hours.

In this photo, you can see our technicians starting a contents pack-out before we can address the wet structure.

Fast, Efficient Water Damage Restoration For Ashland Ohio Business

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly When You Are Facing Water Damage at Your Store

Whether you are in the midst of seasonal shopping surge or planning clearance sales for less busy times, damage caused by water intrusion issues put a real cramp in your style. Business owners need a reputable and reliable company with which to partner when these crises become realities, and we stand ready 24/7 to help. 
 
Fall and winter are critical selling times for your sports equipment and apparel store. Commercial water damage in Ashland,Ohio can ruin your chances of capitalizing on the fall hunting, winter sports, and holiday shopping our area’s residents enjoy and fuel their need for your products. Slow leaks take you by surprise, damaging stock and the structure of your store without you even realizing you have a problem until the water damage is advanced. We specialize in restoring water damage to structure and contents of commercial buildings, returning your shop to pre-water loss condition.

Water quietly but relentlessly seeps in from cracks in plumbing or clogged and improperly installed gutter and drain systems. SERVPRO sees this kind of damage frequently, and we train our technicians both to discover the source of the water and to remediate the damage done. With slow leaks, we may not need the industrial pumps that outfit each service vehicle, but we do use our powerful water extractors after employing high-tech scanners to locate the pockets of pooled water that damage your storerooms and saturate carpeting drop by drop. 
 
Moisture measurements inform our drying target determinations, and we use high-efficiency air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to remove water as vapor from your building’s walls, flooring, and air. Failure to dry out the structure risks secondary damage from mold or continuous deterioration of building materials like drywall that break and crumble when waterlogged. SERVPRO’s focus is on restoration, not demolition and replacement. We also realize the importance of planning our tasks so that you can try to continue operations, even on a limited scale, as we work to make your sales floor look “Like it never even happened.” 
 
Because loss of your stock is ruinous, we work quickly to inventory and then move wet products to a dry staging area, either on your premises or in an alternate space. You or your designated employees review the condition of the clothing and outdoor equipment. During the job, SERVPRO is in constant communication with your insurance provider, developing the evidence for any claims needed, so your out of pocket loss is minimal. 
 

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties is a good fit for the business surprised by hidden leaks that threaten stock and your business in general. We are available at (419) 207-8449 year round, any time of the day or night to help solve your water damage problems. 

How Do Professionals Achieve Cleaning After Fire Damage to Your Ashland, Ohio

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Many methods are used when restoring a home after a fire. Contact SERVPRO right away and let our expertise work for you.

SERVPRO Follows Scientific Principals When Restoring Your Property After Fire Damage

Fire can wreak havoc on your North Richland and Ashland,Ohio home. The smoke and soot can cause irreparable damage if it is not taken care of promptly and efficiently. Successful cleanup and restoration after a fire is a job for the professionals. Trying to get the damage repaired or restored by yourself can worsen the already bad situation. 

SERVPRO professionals have years of experience in successful restoration and cleanup of hundreds of homes after a fire damage here in North Richland and Ashland Co.Ohio. Our meticulous technicians use tested scientific methods to get rid of the damage due to fire. Our state-of-the-art, multi-step cleaning process restores your home back to the pre-damage condition in no time. Here are the four scientific principles that enable SERVPRO technicians to restore your home after a fire damage. 

Modulating the temperature can hasten the cleaning process  
Smoke and soot can build up on the walls and ceilings after an incidence of fire. These residues are notoriously difficult to clean even with some of the best and most active cleaning agents. SERVPRO technicians use their knowledge of chemistry to handle such stains. We use an elevated temperature that speeds up the reaction between cleaning agents and the stain causing residues. 

Agitation can speed up cleaning process 
SERVPRO technicians use various agitation techniques such as brushing, air, and water pressure and even sound waves at high frequencies to clean difficult to clean stains. Our technicians have a thorough understanding of how the process of agitation works and how it can be successfully implemented depending on the nature of the damage. 

Chemical cleaning products can work wonders 
Various chemical cleaning products can work wonders cleaning the smoke and soot residue if they are carefully selected depending on the type of the damage. Our expert technicians use their extensive experience and knowledge to choose the best possible chemical cleansing agents that can clean the damage in no time. 

Restoring fire damage is a process that involves careful planning and expertise. You can trust us to ensure that your home looks, smells and feels like home again in no time. Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Co. today at (419)207-8449 to speak to one of our experts. 

Winter Storms - Are you prepared?

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Ice Dam Diagram

Frozen pipes, ice dams, and the flu.  What do they all have in common?  The winter.  

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.  

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season.  They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot safely flow into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles into the structure's interior areas.  

This year's flu has been particularly strong with the flu vaccine averaging only 10% effectiveness.  Homes and businesses can depend on SERVPRO to clean and sanitize building materials following restoration cleaning standards using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

Commercial Cleaning From the People You Trust

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO keep your building clean all year round--not just after a disaster!

The same people you trust after a fire or water disaster, can also keep your business clean year round.

Why is that?

Because the specialists at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County are trained in every category of clean.

From mold remediation to the cleaning of carpets, upholstery, air ducts to general and routine cleaning - including floors, tiles, partition walls, internal walls, suspended ceilings, lighting, furniture, window cleaning, and deep cleans of washing facilities-- SERVPRO of  South Richland County is here to help protect every square foot of your business!

Our comprehensive system takes the task of maintaining a clean work facility out of your hands, allowing you to work more effectively on your business.

We are the bright green cleanup team at SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County. 

For more information and to keep up with our tips, follow SERVPRO on Twitter: @SERVPROofRichAnd, stay in the loop on Facebook with us, too: SERVPRO Of Richland & Ashland County Ohio

Commercial Water Removal in Mansfield Ohio

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fast and Effective Water Removal Services

Entertainment venues often contain a bar or restaurant or both in North Richland and Ashland  County. With food and drink comes many ways for water to intrude unexpectedly into your business’s areas. A leak, a break, or a malfunction can send large quantities of water surging through the spaces normally reserved for your customers to relax, eat, dine, or play. We provide a fast and effective solution for your water removal needs.

The ice maker in the bar and grill of your North Richland and Ashland County business overflowed, requiring quick water removel. Melted ice and a clogged and now burst water pipe contribute to large quantities of water saturating your bar and kitchen areas, as well as a portion of the dining room. At this busy time of the year, the last thing you need is a “Closed” sign on your door. We have the trained technicians and the specialized tools to get your destination dried out and up and running again.

If it is unsafe to operate electrical equipment until the moisture is eliminated, SERVPRO uses sources on our service vehicles to generate the power needed to pump and extract the icy water. The carpeting in your dining area responds well to a weighted wanding with a commercial grade extractor. Our technicians receive IICRC training intended to prepare them for comprehensive in-place water removal of floor coverings. The carpet, padding, and sub floor must all be dried to industry standards to minimize secondary damage.

After the extraction, SERVPRO employees place air movers and dehumidifiers in strategic spots to complete the drying of the floors and other areas. We use advanced monitoring probes to measure the moisture levels and to isolate any pockets of water that may be lurking behind equipment, in walls, or below the floor. If residual pooling of water is a problem, we take steps to release the water and either pump or extract it out of the spaces.

We move quickly to remove the water and dry out spaces as we realize any downtime is disadvantageous to your business. If it all possible we work with you to isolate our work areas from your customer service areas so that your patrons can enjoy relaxing while we clean up and dry the affected areas. SERVPRO has a restoration mentality and strives hard to transform a water loss “Like it never even happened.” with as little muss and fuss as possible.

Call on SERVPRO of  North Richland and Ashland County if your business experiences a water disaster. Contact us at (419) 207-8449, so we can schedule a fast assessment and get our water removal team on the job right away.

Being prepared is the key.

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Both commercial and residential clients can take advantage of our expertise in preventing and preparing for the aftermath of even a minor fire is stressful, and you as a homeowner are rarely experienced in the practical and emotional ramifications of such an event. We have built a rich knowledge base over the years of restoring fire damaged dwellings for other members of our community. Make use of our familiarity, training, and skills, and ready yourself for a problem you and we both hope you never encounter. 
 
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan encourages you to take stock of your situation before a disaster happens. We help you assess your property and work out many of the logistics we need to master to deliver fast and efficient fire damage restoration if a blaze occurs. You assist us and also improve the odds of a successful fire restoration effort by creating a layout of your property, identifying the location of utility shutoffs, and clarifying a chain of command should you be unable to respond yourself. 
 
You can designate another person to act on your behalf in the plan, helpful if you are injured or out of the area when the fire crisis occurs. This precaution is if you spend any time traveling or just as insurance if you think it possible you may have an issue with clarity of thought after a fire damages your property. Making decisions ahead of time helps SERVPRO follow a well-thought out plan rather than waiting for your instructions after a frightening event like a fire makes it hard for you to respond. 
 SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County
wants to be certain our efforts always lead to the outcome you desire. Give us a call at (419) 207-8449 to schedule an assessment that will help us collaborate on an Emergency Ready Plan to protect and restore your property.

Fire Damage Tips

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Fire Damage

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? 
Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County 419-207-8449

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

CDC Advises Against Home Mold Testing

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If you see it, call SERVPRO. We are always here to help.

The CDC states that  “generally, it is not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in a residence, and [the] CDC does not recommend routine sampling for molds.”

Testing, to be accurate, should be done by and Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) or an Industrial Hygienist (IH).  These professionals have the ability to test in a manner that gives an accurate representation of the environment inside the structure. Clearance testing after mitigation should also be a part of the protocol to confirm the effectiveness of the mitigation.  

Testing not performed by the mitigation company handling the work adds a level of accountability to the project, avoids a conflict of interest, and insures the building owner of properly mitigated mold damage.

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County  is committed to properly remediating any mold damage in your home, making it, “Like it never even happened.”

For more information and to keep up with our tips, follow SERVPRO on Twitter: @SERVPROofRich

Mold Damage Mitigation And Remediation Services Available For Your North Richland and Ashland County property

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SERVPRO Provides Proper Protocols for Successful Mold Remediation


Looking at everywhere mold can choose to grow on your South Richland County property; it is no surprise that it often finds a comfortable spot in your basement. Basement mold is a common occurrence that many homeowners face, especially since mold only needs water, oxygen, and food to grow. Lack of sunlight is also a plus for these fungi to proliferate.

Gravity sends water to the lowest spot in your home. So, it makes sense that your basement or the crawlspace under your Mansfield area home has the highest chance of mold damage. If the problem is severe, you may want to consider locating a professional mold company to handle the situation.

Regardless of what some sources might say, the species or amount of mold growing in your home has zero impact on your mold remediation process, and any amount or species may cause health effects. SERVPRO technicians follow specific guidelines designed to focus on controlling mold growth found in your home. We use EPA-registered disinfectants, negative airflow machines, and plastic sheeting to help reduce the spread.

Your team of SERVPRO IICRC-industry certified professionals removes saturated materials and additional debris and pay close attention to detail, cleaning every surface. Each material requires a specific cleaning method or a combination of cleaning methods to achieve favorable results. However, our technicians have years of experience performing mold remediation services and work in a quick, efficient manner to save you time and money.

SERVPRO staff works with your insurance company and keeps you informed throughout the remediation process. We make sound recommendations to help reduce or prevent future growth and offer a variety of solutions that help you control your indoor living environment.

We can do everything from mold remediation services to the installation of a basement or crawlspace encapsulation system, install dehumidification equipment, and thoroughly inspect your ventilation system throughout your home. You have the power to take charge of the air quality in your home.

Contact SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County today for detailed information about any of our services or to begin your home’s mold remediation service, today. (419) 207-8449

Inspect For Mold Damage in Richland County

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Mold can hide or exist in plain sight. Regardless of the mold type, contact SERVPRO to figure out the cause and remediate the damage

SERVPRO Technicians Find the Cause of the Mold Infestation Before Starting the Remediation Process

The hot summer months come to an end, and the leaves begin to fall. Moving into a new season is a perfect time to check for mold issues in areas of your home you may neglect. Our area can see some ice and snow during the winter, and if gutters, eaves, and shingles need maintenance, moisture pushes in and creates a perfect environment for mold damage. 
 
Your home experiences all four seasons, exposing it to mold damage risk in Richland County.. Before we move into the colder months, evaluate the musty smell you notice when you open the door to your attic. Ice dams from winters and early springs past may have created a pathway for water to invade and saturate rafters and studs right under your roof. Severe cases allow that moisture to seep into your living areas. Do you see dark staining on ceilings or walls? A mold inspection is in order. 
 
Often the only sign you notice when mold damages your home is an earthy, unpleasant smell. SERVPRO responds by sending an experienced mold remediation technician to check out concerns. If mold is detected, we work with you to discover where the moisture mold needs for growth is intruding. Our workers determine how to manage the current infestation and make recommendations to eliminate the water problem. 
 
SERVPRO is a restoration company, able to remediate serious problems like mold. We follow EPA industry standards  when containing, removing, and sanitizing areas suffering from mold outbreaks. Keeping the moldy material in place until safely removing it prevents spread to other spaces within your home. Physical barriers like heavy duty plastic sheeting and high-technology equipment like negative air pressure scrubbers assist us in this endeavor. 
 
We restore the appearance of your exterior and interior after abating a broad range of damaging processes and work with other contractors hired to make specific repairs. Ice dams frequently trace their cause to poorly maintained or clogged gutters and drains. SERVPRO remediates the mold and pinpoints the reasons it plagues you. We help you arrange for repairs that stop moisture from feeding mold spores in your attic. 
 
Rely on SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland  County  to investigate your potential mold issues.

Remediating Mold Damage in Your Richland County home.

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SERVPRO uses different cleaning methods for each unique surface to remediate mold

Mold is often undetectable in Ohio homes until it has become a significant problem. Not every type of mold has that distinctive, ‘musty’ odor and if the growth started behind a wall or in the attic, the smell is not noticeable until the mold has grown into a large colony of spores.

Restoring a Mansfield home of the effects from mold damage home is a task that needs a professional service. SERVPRO keeps a trained crew on 24-hour notice to support our neighbors and customers. We have some of the best-trained personnel in the industry to clean mold from the property and safely remove it from each home.

These technicians first determine the type of surface infested. This inspection decides both the cleaning methods needed and how much time may be required to complete the job. We usually divide surfaces into porous, nonporous, and semi-porous categories.

Porous surfaces are typically building materials and fabrics; drywall and upholstery for example. They are often cleanable, but if the mold is very thick or has grown into the material, we dispose of it. Our cleaning methods for these surfaces involve vacuuming them with special HEPS filters that catch tiny amounts of loose mold, even a single spore.

After finishing vacuuming, we move on to using spray bottles with an antimicrobial cleaner and foaming agents to dampen the surface. Wetting loosens the mold and allows technicians to remove it with cloths and sponges.

Nonporous surfaces are the easiest to clean. This category includes metal and glass tabletops as well as marble and smooth stone kitchen countertops. In many cases, we can remove the mold with dry cloths and sponges. Technicians wipe down the surfaces from top to bottom to prevent accidentally leaving spores at the top or along the sides. If the mold layer is thick, we vacuum it first before dry wiping.

Semi-porous surfaces (concrete and wood decks for example) require methods not acceptable on other surfaces. Affected surfaces may need sanding to wire brushing and other abrasive tools to dig out the mold. The cleaners we use on these surfaces would mar or otherwise destroy glass and metal surfaces. If mold has penetrated the surface of the wood or concrete, technicians may have to sand them down by hand or with a power sander to remove it.

Returning your home to its pre-mold condition is not a quick or easy set of processes. SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County has years of experience in helping our customers through each step to put you back into your home. If you need us, call (419) 207-8449 today to set up an inspection.

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold in your Richland County Home.

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Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of  North Richland and Ashland  County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

MOLD: what to do until help arrives

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Visible Mold on support beams due to water damage

In as little as 48 hours mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. By calling in the professionals at SERVPRO your heading in the right direction. 

WHAT TO DO: 

1. Stay out of affected areas

2. Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

3. Contact a SERVPRO Franchise for mold remediation services. SERVPRO of Richland and Ashland Co. 419-207-8449 

WHAT NOT TO DO:

1. Don't touch or disturb the Mold

2. Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible mold.

3. Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.

4. Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Black Ice: A Storm's Most Dangerous Hazard

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Sometimes it can be frightening when the roads are covered in snow, black ice, and even worse other drivers. 

Storm season is a hassle at home, already; but you've got SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland Counties for when the winds and rain batter your house. We're here for you on the road, too!

WHAT IS BLACK ICE?

It's just regular, clear ice that blends in with the pavement. Being unable to see it is where the danger lies.

"Black ice forms when it's raining and air is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Andrew Mussoline."

Be sure to keep at least a 5-second following distance between yourself and other cars. That way, if you do hit black ice, you will lessen the chance of injuring yourself or others, and it will give other drivers a chance to slow down and react to what is going on in your vehicle.

IF I HIT IT, WHAT DO I DO?

  1. Don't hit your brakes!
  2. Decelerate by taking your foot off the gas pedal.
  3. Hold onto the steering wheel firmly.
  4. Keep your steering wheel pointed in the direction you want to go.
  5. If you feel your car sliding, don't over correct. The momentum can cause you to hit other cars.
  6. If possible, and if it is safe, head for a path of traction, like snow, grass, dirt, or salt sprinkles (the blue ones meant to melt the snow).

SERVPRO Handles Storm Flood Damage in North Richland and Ashland County Ohio the Fastest and Most Effectively

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SERVPRO is Faster To Any Storm Disaster When It Comes to North Richland and Ashland County,Ohio Homes.

The worst part of a major storm is typically not the storm itself, but the ensuing days after it. If your home is unlucky enough to be impacted by flood damage in South Richland County, it can take weeks to dry out after the storm on its own, and even longer for you to restore the damage without professional help. This is the problem SERVPRO sets out to solve. We cut restoration times to the shortest intervals possible while maintaining effective and thorough treatment solutions, meaning our services are unprecedentedly timely and comprehensive. 

Storms can cause a host of flood damage problem in North  Richland and Ashland  County,with entire blocks at a time sometimes becoming inundated with water during the worst storms. SERVPRO is always ready after major disasters to help, with a large stock of equipment and machines to best help residents in need. We offer full water removal solutions, including water extraction, assisted drying with air movers, and dehumidifiers. Once water has been cleared from the property, we can then begin work on restorations, applying our professional techniques and training to help save as many materials and belongings as possible from the costly tallies of full replacement. Restoring damaged materials almost always carries a lower cost than replacing them, so we evaluate each item separately to determine an appropriate treatment solution for it. 

We also have the resources to deal with other types of damage simultaneously. Many homes suffer from fire, mold, and other types of damage in tandem with flooding, but our well-rounded portfolio of certifications and training techniques allow us to combat these with ease. Our service helps to ensure that other types of damage do not gain the upper hand in your home or go undetected.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County Ohio is a locally-owned franchise of a national company that provides professional water and flood damage removal and restoration services. Call us 24/7 at (419) 207-8449

SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County Responds 24/7

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As a 24/7 business SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County is committed to responding to home and business owners' needs, in the case of emergency.  Whether it is water damage from a broken pipe, flooding from a downpour, or any other type of damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County is ready to respond “Faster to any size disaster.”

Why is speed so important when it comes to flooding?

Because, the sooner restoration begins, the less damage occurs.  Given time, water damages become more complex as water flows in your structure and contents.  Also, with time, water infiltrating your home or business can give mold the moisture it needs to grow.

Call SERVPRO of North Richland and Ashland County 24/7 to handle those emergencies making them, “Like it never even happened.”

419-207-8449

Carpet cleaning services

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Our professionals clean carpet.

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. The residential cleaning services performed by SERVPRO professionals will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Help the life of your carpet by having them professionally. Trust our skilled and talented team to take care of your carpet needs.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today 419-207-8449

What you can do until help arrives

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded basement

Water in the basement of your home is a homeowners worse nightmare.  No Fear SERVPRO is here ! We are a phone call away. Your safety is the most important. Call SERVPRO of Ashland County. (419) 207-8449 .  Here in your time of need.

Water Damage Emergency Tips  Water Tips  |  Fire Tips   |  Biohazard Tips   |  Mold Tips

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency? 
Call 419-207-8449

With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.

Biohazard clean-up and tips

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Biohazard cleanup

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Please feel free to call your local SERVPRO of Ashland County. 

419-207-8449

we are here in your time of need. 

"Like it never even happened."

Fall is in the air !

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The beautiful colors of Fall.

It’s finally Fall!!! The fall season brings colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free. Here are a few tips for this fall to make sure that we keep fall fire-free.

  • Keep Fall decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames and make sure they know in case of a fire to stop, drop and roll if they are in a situation in which their clothes may catch on fire.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the ways of doorsteps, walkways and yards.

Turn and Test.

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The American Red Cross reminds us to Turn and Test on November 5,2017

Great Advice from American Red Cross!

Did you know:

  • Every day 7 people die in the United States due to a home fire
  • You have two minutes- that 120 seconds – to escape a home fire
  • On an annual average, the Ohio Buckeye Region of the Red Cross responds to over 3 home fires per day in our 45 counties!

The American Red Cross cares about your safety and encourages you to test your smoke alarms and replace your batteries as needed.  This is a lifesaving action of our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which rallies communities across the country to protest people from these every day disasters.

Home Fires are the most significant disaster our Ohio Buckeye Region faces. So Sunday, November 5, we encourage you to TURN and TEST!

Take the extra moment need to check those Fire Alarms.

WATER: Steps on Making a claim for your water damage

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Flooding in Commercial Building due to a leaking pipe in the bathroom on the second floor

The process for making a claim for water damage is pretty much the same for flood or non-flood damage.

  1. Stop the water flow or leaks if possible.
    • Of course, if your home is flooded by a raging river, that is likely impossible until the water recedes. However, if you have a burst water pipe, you need to take steps to stop the leak. Turn off the water main or get the pipe repaired quickly.
  2. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
    • Most insurance companies offer a 24/7 claims number. The customer service representative can help you get the claim started and tell you the exact next steps the insurance company will need you to do.
  3. Take pictures and/or video of the damage.
    • You need to have a visual record of the damage to the building and its contents. This is critical for your claim.
  4. Make reasonable repairs to the property to secure it from further damage.
    • This includes covering holes in the roof, securing windows with plywood, etc.
  5. Start getting the water out.
    • If you have water remaining inside the building, you can start removing it. You can do this yourself or have a water extraction company do it. Keep all receipts since insurance may cover those costs.
  6. Don't throw anything away.
    • The adjuster will need to see all damaged property.
  7. Write down all your interactions with the insurance company.
    • This includes time, date, who you spoke with, and the details discussed. Always follow up in writing on important discussions.
  8. Keep a central file that includes your interaction log, documents received from the insurance company, copies of the photos taken, and copies any correspondence you send.

Carpet and Oriental Rug Cleaning

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Oriental Rug Cleaning

DID YOU KNOW??... Residue from smoke or soot will settle on the fibers of your carpet and area rugs. The residue will be ground in every time someone walks on them after fire or smoke loss. In most cases SERVPRO will do a showcase method of cleaning to completely free the carpet of all smoke residue. The showcase method consists of gently agitating the carpet fibers with a machine that applies a highly effective detergent, and then rinsing the carpet with a top-of -the-line water extraction unit. The carpet will also be deodorized, leaving a fresh clean scent. Whether it is wall-to-wall carpeting or the most expensive oriental rug, SERVPRO is experienced in cleaning all types of carpet fibers. Taking proper care of your carpets and rugs they will last longer.

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