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3 Common Signs a Commercial Property Has A Mold Issue

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Mold issue in Dayton commercial property Contact the commercial mold restoration specialist at SERVPRO today!

Learn the signs of a commercial mold issue before you get your property inspected 

Mold issues seem to be popping up all over Dayton, Ohio. It is possible to find mold growth outside, indoors, at work, and at home. Did you know that mold is commonly found in office buildings and many other commercial buildings? When it comes to mold growth, no indoor area is entirely free of mold spores. 

The purpose of this blog post is to help you identify if your commercial property has a mold issue and what steps you should take to ensure you are getting the best mold remediation services.  

Why are mold inspections necessary? 

Mold inspections are essential when you believe your property has a mold issue. A mold inspection done by a professional will help you identify how much mold is present in your building. When choosing a mold inspector, make sure you hire a reputable company that is experts in their field. 

Many contractors will say that they know how to do mold inspection, but really only a professional mold inspector understands that mold can be difficult to locate; mold likes to hide in dark hard to reach areas. 

The issue with mold is that it pollutes the environment and will challenge your establishment's structural integrity. In some cases, our professionals have found that commercial buildings hold off on mold remediation to avoid business interruptions. Rather than holding off, you need to contact mold restoration experts right away to prevent further damages to your property. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are just one call away from being at your doorsteps!

Three common signs of commercial mold

1) Musty odors

Drywall, wallpaper, tile, and other flooring types often hide mold growth, and therefore, the smell could be your only way of identifying it. Mold will have a powerful, musty smell around the area where mold is hidden. Wh have found that the mustiest odors come from carpet mold issues.  Call for a mold inspection if you notice an odor and can not identify the source.

2) Visible mold damage

Familiar places where mold will show as discoloration:

  • Wallpaper Seams
  • Window Sills
  • Tile Grout
  • Ceiling corners
  • Wall Switch Plates
  • HVAC Drip Pans

3) Water stains

Mold is usually associated with water damage. It would be best to call a professional mold remediation company if you notice any dark spots on ceiling tiles and walls, bubbling on wallpapers, or stains on carpets that are spreading. 

The common reason for water stains: 

The importance of a mold sample

When you contact a professional mold inspector, they will come and do a thorough evaluation of your property and take an air quality test and a mold sample to see what kind of mold is present in your property. Remember, mold can grow and severely contaminate a property when left unattended. If it goes unattended long enough, it may reduce the air quality of your property. 

5 common types of molds found at a commercial property

  1. Aspergillus
  2. Cladosporium
  3. Alternaria
  4. Stachybotrys
  5.  Penicillium 

Contact the mold professionals at SERVPRO

In most cases, once we know what kind of mold is present, we will begin the mold remediation process. Removal and remediation of mold will typically require water restoration services because most mold issues are the result of water damage loss.

Commercial mold removal steps are:

  • Fixing the water leak issue.
  • Isolating the contaminated area.
  • Removing damaged material.
  • Placing contaminated materials in a plastic bag.
  • Drying
  • Mold cleaning 

If left untreated, mold will quickly spread through the commercial property. Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek react promptly to contain the mold infestation and prevent it from spreading to other areas of your property. Our IICRC certified team is fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools and has qualified experience in restoring mold damage. Contact us today!

9 Safety Tips to Avoid Space Heater Fire Hazards

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Radiant heater in used in Dayton property. Misused space heaters can cause fire damage at any time of year!

Learn how to safely use a space heater and avoid unwanted fire hazards

According to the (NFPA) National Fire Protection Association, space heaters are responsible for one-third of most household fires and 80 percent of all winter heating fire accidents and deaths.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) said in a 2018 press release that heating equipment is the second-leading source of house fires in the United States and the third-leading cause of deaths from these household fires.

Although space heaters are typically used only in winter, some people like to use them in the summertime. A scenario where one might use a space heater in the summer months is when an individual at the office blasts the air conditioning and causes others to be cold. As news of Dayton house fires caused by portable space heaters continues to make headlines, many people keep questioning: are they worth the risk?

Are space heaters safe?

The issue isn't that space heaters are not safe; they're unsafe when not used properly. Heating equipment put too close to flammable items, such as clothing, upholstered furniture, curtains, paper, mattresses, bedding, or flammable liquids, is the primary cause of space heater fires.

9 Safety tips when using a space heater:

1) Carefully read the manufacturer's instructions before us a space heater and only purchase one with a UL tag. (UL as the ultimate symbol of safety on a space heater )

2) The location of space heaters is crucial. Remember these simple rules: stay three feet away from its heat or a meter away from the heater. Heaters should be placed at least three feet away from something that might catch fire.

3) Do not use the space heater if there are any signs of wear, damage, or fraying.

4) Always place the heater on a flat, solid surface. Do not place them on furniture or carpet or on something that can overheat. 

5) Always unplug the space heater after use.

6) Do not leave it on overnight and never leave it unattended.

7) During use, frequently check if the cord, plug, or wall is hot.

8) Never run a cord under your rug or carpet.

9) Use a wall outlet that is free of other devices.

Are all space heaters a fire hazard?

After reading the tips above, you might be questioning if all space heaters are fire hazards. The answer is that it all depends on the way they are being handled. 

Unfortunately, an improperly used space heater will potentially cause severe fire hazards. Older space heaters with insufficient safety features, space heaters placed close to flammable items, and incorrectly plugged can be fire hazards. It all comes down to if the user is properly using the space heater.   

4 Different types of space heaters

There are 4 main types of space heaters.

1) Ceramic heaters

A type of convection heater. It is a popular choice for homes with pets and kids, as the heater's body remains cool.

2) Infrared heaters

This type of space heater is a radiant heater where the infrared bulbs create heat. They work well for warming a single individual or a small area rather than a larger one. For example, one could put this type of heater under a desk in a colder office.

3) Fan-forced heaters

These convection heaters warm air around coils and distribute it around a room with an attached fan, making them common in offices and small workspaces. The fan guarantees that the heat will be evenly spread.

4) Radiant heaters

This type of heater heats objects near it or in its direction by passing heated water or oil through it. They can be found in living rooms, lounges, and dens. Since they can maintain heat for long periods even without consistent electricity is switched off. 

Final thoughts

Fire disasters always come without warning and at any time. Such an unfortunate thing can happen to anyone, so it is understandable to be worried about a space heater fire hazard. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek specializes in Fire/Water/Mold restoration, and we are available 24/7 for any kind of structural damages to your property. 

If you suspect a fire starting in your house, leave your home immediately and call the local fire department. Call the IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO when there is fire damage; we have the skills and training to restore your property to a pre-disaster state quickly. We are available to help you with your home insurance claim and to make your property seem like there was never a fire! Our emergency services are available 24/7, meaning you can contact us at any time of day!

Boiler Leaking Water? 3 Common Cause Why

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage for a boiler leak Contact the commercial water damage professionals at SERVPRO today!

If your boiler is leaking water, you need to know the cause to avoid it from recurring. 

If you notice water coming from your boiler, it can be due to a variety of reasons. It is best to know that only an engineer specializing in working with boiler systems will have the know-how to figure out the real issue regarding your leaking boiler system. You may think that the leak has been fixed when in reality, there could still be other problems with the system, such as corrosion, pressure, or poor insulation. 

What is a boiler system?

As the name suggests, a boiler is a heating system that heats water with a fuel source. Hot water is then pumped into houses and other area's taps. The boiler is a highly essential system that commercial property needs. 

3 common reasons for a boiler leak

1) Pressure 

Every boiler needs to let out a specific amount of pressure so that the unit should not explode. However, sometimes the pressure gets too high, and as a result, it will start to leak water so that the pressure can be released. Temperature changes can cause this. If you have any questions about what is happening with your boiler, it is best to call the experts that installed the boiler.

2) Corrosion 

This reason is again a prevalent one. Corroded pipelines and wirings can be the number one reason why boilers leak water. Corroded pipelines and wirings mean that they have gotten too weak to function properly, causing water to leak. 

3) Poor installation 

Poor installation is an unfortunate reason that could occur to anyone who hasn't gotten their boilers fitted incorrectly. Weak and poor installations have parts that are not correctly attached, resulting in a water leak.

How to notice a boiler leak 

Due to the boiler room location, many people are not aware that their boiler is leaking water, which can be a severe problem. If your property owner is in a commercial building and is not aware of a boiler leak, your property can result in water damage from excess water. 

In most cases, a boiler system will have a drain system for excess water to flow, but when a drain cannot handle excess water, flooding will occur in the boiler room. When there is a flood or water damage that goes unnoticed, it can likely lead to a mold growth issue, something that should not be taken lightly. 

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a boiler water leak is by checking your water bill. If it has been unusually high lately and you are not sure why there is a problem with your boiler, it needs to be fixed immediately.

Here are three other signs that might indicate you have a leak on your hands:

-A musty smell in the boiler room 

-Discoloration on the walls or floor in the boiler room 

-Foul odor when you use your hot water. 

Call SERVPRO for any size water leaks

Just like water damage from pipe breaks, a boiler water leak can result in severe structural damage and needs to be mitigated quickly. Please consider calling the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek when you are shopping for a restoration company to perform the water restoration services. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a well-known company in Dayton, Ohio. The IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO are prepared to mitigate any size damage. The best part about calling SERVPRO is that they are available to respond 24/7 and will arrive at the scene of the damage within four hours. Contact us today for any questions or emergency services!

Asbestos Testing and Removal in Dayton Ohio

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Asbestos being tested in Dayton Lab SERVPRO takes a sample of the suspected asbestos materials and sends them off for testing.

What to expect when your property needs asbestos removal

EPA and OHSA both have guidelines when a property may or may not have asbestos. Before the remodel or demolition of an educational, industrial, or multi-unit residential property, the EPA requires that you must perform an asbestos inspection. Also, to maintain a safe working environment for both residents and staff, OSHA demands asbestos surveys and asbestos testing.

Asbestos surveys are necessary to identify whether a property has asbestos-containing materials (ACM). In every asbestos removal project, protocol development is a vital component. It defines the locations that contain asbestos, records what areas to extract, and documents the project's safety and health aspects. 

Understanding the Ohio asbestos regulations is essential to protect landowners and employees. The development and application of an asbestos removal protocol are crucial for completing an effective asbestos abatement project.

A short history of asbestos

Since the 1970s, the U.S. government has restricted the use of asbestos. Although banned, asbestos is still present in older construction materials in the U.S., including flooring, insulation, ceiling, textured paint, and roof tiles. 

Asbestos testing and removal in Dayton, Ohio

Contact an abatement specialist immediately to determine the right course of action when asbestos is suspected to be present at a property. Please consider that it is always best to keep the substance undisturbed if the asbestos-containing item is not damaged.

3 Initial asbestos removal questions:

The asbestos removal company will be looking for the answers to these three questions:

  1. Is it present? Location, quantity, and presence of asbestos.
  2. Does it pose a risk? A risk that asbestos might be disturbed during renovations, demolitions, and repairs.
  3. How much asbestos is present? Referring to how much of the building will be involved in asbestos abatement.

When to get asbestos testing

If you are considering a demolition or renovation project this year, you may be thinking about when or if you need to call in a specialist to test for asbestos. Sadly, too many property owners make wrong assumptions about when testing for asbestos is needed, and it never ends well.

Test for asbestos before any renovation project.

Many property owners think that if their building was built after EPA began regulating asbestos tests, it is okay to ignore asbestos testing. Even if the property was built after 1970, asbestos could still be present in many forms.

Test for Asbestos Before Any Demolition Project.

NESHAP addresses demolition work and does not provide exceptions to the requirement that asbestos testing must always be carried out in advance, irrespective of the condition, age, or other aspects present in the structure or building components.

Test Frequently in Older Buildings

Many older asbestos-based items can become permeable (easily crumbled) as they age. It is common to find permeable asbestos in aged fireproofing & insulation.

Asbestos removal process

When it comes to removing asbestos, there are three options. 

  1. Removal: Removal of asbestos-containing items (ACMs).
  2. Encapsulation: Focusing on sealing the asbestos away so that there's no exposure.
  3. Demolition: Removal of all ACMs and other materials altogether.

It is time for final risk assessment and testing after the asbestos has been removed. After testing confirms that your property is free of harmful asbestos, the abatement is over.

SERVPRO asbestos removal 

Hundreds of asbestos removal projects have been completed by SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek on properties, including large commercial, governmental, residential, and healthcare buildings.

SERVPRO is a renowned company, and it has been serving customers in Dayton since 1967. We are a leader in the asbestos removal industry. Our team is fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools and has adequate experience in the asbestos removal field.


We are here to help if you need asbestos testing in Dayton. We will take material samples to send to testing, and the removal will be taken care of by our asbestos abatement professionals. We also provide our customers with 24/7 emergency services in case of an unfortunate disaster. Contact us today!

Dayton Ice Storm Cleanup Professionals

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Ice dam on Dayton roof Heavy ice dams can cause severe damages to your property.

An ice storm can turn your everyday life upside down.

Many unpredictable weather events can take place in the early spring and late winter. An ice storm is often caused by a combination of warm and cool air. Heavy ice or snow can result in unique problems and cause severe damage to properties. Take action immediately to prevent further damages.  

If you're wondering what to do when mother nature decides to bring ice instead of snow, then read on. Let's help you figure out the problem and understand how our experts at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can mitigate the issue for you!

Storms in Dayton Ohio 

Dayton experiences challenging weather conditions such as tornadoes, ice storms, wind storms, floods, and other disasters. Heavy ice can cause carports, porches, roofs, and other outdoor buildings to collapse.

During an ice storm, you may experience:

  • Large tree branches collapsing on your property. 
  • Freezing and bursting pipes.
  • Electricity outages

When your property is damaged from an ice storm, you need a team of experts with winter storm experience. At SERVPRO, we understand how vital cleanup and restoration after a disaster can be. Our professionals have state-of-the-art tools and resources to restore your property to a pre-disaster state.

How to recover your property following an ice storm?

Damage from an ice storm is inevitable; your property will somehow end up affected. The city of Dayton experiences harsh weather conditions every now and then; locals should always be prepared for natural disasters. However, it is understandable that one can only do a little by himself. Before calling professional help, you can still take some steps to recover your property from ice storm damage. Starting from inspecting your property and surrounding area for damage like:

  • Downed tree branches and powerlines; It is dangerous to mitigate damages by yourself. It is best to call for professional help.  
  • Ice buildup on roofs, driveways, and sidewalks.

Treat sidewalks and driveways

Accumulated ice on driveways and sideways can be extremely unsafe for residents, visitors, and mail carriers. Treat all driveways and pathways with salt to thoroughly melt the ice as soon as possible.

To minimize the buildup of ice, you could also add salt or an ice melting product to driveways and sidewalks before the storm. Nevertheless, it is essential to remember that you may still have to apply additional ice melt products after the storm.

Check for ice build-up on the roof

Ice buildup on roofs can cause a lot of problems. Following an ice storm, be extra cautious of the amount of ice on your roof and whether or not your roof is capable of supporting extra weight. Ice is dense and heavy; weakening or even collapsing under the added weight is not unusual for a porch or roof.

If the ice build on your roof is becoming concerning, you should call a qualified Dayton roofing contractor to melt or remove the ice. Property owners should never try to clear ice from their roofs themselves; it is unsafe.  

Similarly, ice dams are caused by ice that builds up at the roof's edge, collecting water or melting snow behind it. An ice dam will stop water from flowing off a roof. A common effect of an ice dam is water damage after the water backs up under shingles and into your property. If the water damage goes unnoticed, it will result in mold growth and interior water damage.

Check the trees on your property

A severe safety issue can occur from ice on tree branches. The weight of accumulating ice can not only pull down branches on people, but it can also destroy vehicles and properties. For this purpose, surveying trees from a reasonable distance is necessary. Do not try to trim the tree yourself; always call for professional help.

Does insurance cover ice damage?

The purpose of insurance is to cover you from property losses. Sadly, insurance providers won't be paying for everything. Let's look at what is typically covered in ice storms.

  • Many insurance plans do not include the loss of debris from trees unless the tree has fallen on a building or house.
  • Your insurance provider will be liable for paying the damage if your neighbor's tree falls on your business or house.
  • In these cases, insurance providers usually compensate property damage if trees crash through windows or collapse on roofs.
  • If water damage occurs from frozen pipelines that burst, the damage is generally covered by your home insurance claim

Contact SERVPRO today!

Our experts are skilled and can handle all types of ice damage disasters. We are an IICRC certified firm and have a proven track record of providing quality mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction services. Call us today! We are available 24/7!

Commercial Property Flood Prevention Tips From Ohio Restoration Professionals

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage to commercial building in Ohio Contact the flood restoration professionals today!

Flooding is possible whenever Ohio experiences heavy rainfall

Among the most costly and common natural disasters are floods. Flooding can occur as a consequence of consistent rain for several days, melting ice, and severe storms. There have been numerous occasions in the last 20 years when the residents of Ohio woke up to their streets turned into rivers as a result of days of heavy rainfall. 

Just like the residential homes in Ohio, commercial buildings are vulnerable to expensive weather-related water damage. Common commercial property damage in Ohio is typically caused by blizzards, tornadoes, and severe rainstorms.  

If you own a commercial property and are concerned about floods and restoration, then this post is for you!

What can cause flooding in Ohio?

Heavy rainfall

The simplest answer is heavy rains. We are surrounded by infrastructure and systems that are designed to drain rainwater into appropriate reservoirs and basins. However, these systems get overwhelmed when it rains heavily, and the water cannot drain as quickly as it needs to.

Broken dams

When it rains heavily, the water level rises. Aging dams will fail and unleash water into commercial and residential areas.

Overflowing rivers

Sometimes rivers overflow their banks and cause flooding. Overflowing rivers happens when there's more water upstream than normal and as it flows downstream to the surrounding low-lying areas. 

Commercial flood prevention tips

Being prepared never hurts. If you know a natural disaster or an extreme storm is coming your way, call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek to protect your building from floodwaters, high winds, and flying debris. Our IICRC certified professionals can board your windows and detect the vulnerable spots of your commercial building. It may be necessary to install a dam-like effect around your building by using a flood barrier in some cases. Flood barriers are known to defend a building from rising floodwaters. Here are some other tips you may want to consider to prevent your property from flooding: 

  • Assess your commercial property

Inspect your commercial property for areas where floods could pose problems and then make the necessary repairs or modifications as required.

  • Consider basement and foundation repair.

If your property has a basement, then installing a sump pump, patching foundation walls, and caulking cracks could go a long way when it comes to keeping your basement building dry. 

  • Flood-proofing

Consider flood-proofing the property if incoming water was a problem previously. As it is self-explanatory, flood-proofing gives your building protection from water damage. This means adding a protective seal or shielding to your property's outside walls to prevent floodwater from getting in.

  • Improving Landscaping

Correctly landscape the building's exterior to allow water to flow away from the foundation of the building. Make sure the downspouts are located, so water from the roof drains away from your property.

  • Remove debris

Cleaning debris off the roof, downspouts, gutters, and drains will stop potential water from backing up into your property.

Who to call for commercial flood restoration


SERVPRO is a renowned company known for helping commercial clients with flood prevention and flood mitigation. The SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek team is fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools and has over 50 years of experience in restoring all water damage types and working on home insurance claims. We offer 24/7 emergency services to our customers, so give us a call, and we will arrive shortly!

SERVPRO Will Remove Unwanted Water From Your Dayton Ohio Elevator Pit

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial elevator in Dayton Ohio The professionals at SERVPRO have seen elevator pits full of water after a sprinkler sytem went off.

When there is water in your elevator pit, it is crucial to ensure that water is removed quickly to avoid corrosion or mold damage.

If there's water damage in your elevator pit, SERVPRO is here to serve and assist you in removing it. The technicians at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are certified by the IICRC in water damage restoration. When one of our technicians finds water damage in an elevator pit, the following four actions will occur: 

  1. An appropriately qualified technician will perform the water extraction and ensure safe drying procedures. SERVPRO works on delivering high-quality restoration fast!
  2. Find the source of the water loss. In some cases, the water is coming from a foundation leak; if this is the case, we will waterproof your foundation. 
  3. The professionals at SERVPRO can get a sump pump professionally installed to ensure that there is never standing water in your elevator pit again.
  4. Performing an antimicrobial treatment is necessary to stop potential mold growth.  

What is elevator pit water damage?

Here in Dayton, we have seen faulty plumbing pipes, sprinkler malfunctions, and severe weather to be the common reasons for standing water inside an elevator pit. It is common for pipes to burst in the wintertime, causing water damages to a commercial property. When a pipe breaks, it can affect many floors of a commercial property. 

An elevator pit is susceptible to collect water. No matter what floor water damage occurs on, water will likely collect in the elevator pit. Due to being an enclosed concrete underground area, an elevator pit is an excellent place for water to collect. 

When we detect the water in your elevator shaft is coming from a foundation crack, outside rainwater will make its way inside easily. Repairing a foundation crack is a serious job. We will ensure that your elevator is in functioning condition after we repair the foundation crack. 

How standing water leads to mold growth.

Standing water in an elevator pit will not result in mold growth when the water damage is detected in a short time frame. What will result in mold growth is when water sits for an extended period. Mold can quickly cause severe damages to a structure. Mold likes to feed off of humid, dark, damp areas. 

When water damage occurs, mold can start growing as soon as 48 hours. It is essential to call a restoration company in Dayton to avoid further damages. The professionals at SERVPRO will help you throughout any water damage disaster. Call the SERVPRO professionals at the first sign of water damage in an elevator pit; a dark, damp elevator pit makes a great home for mold growth. 

How can SERVPRO help?

SERVPRO provides high-quality solutions for water or flood damage to your elevator pit. With our team of highly experienced individuals, we promise to work with your elevator company and use our knowledge and expertise to dry your elevator pit. If our crews detect a foundation leak, the SERVPRO waterproofing experts will work on a plan to assure future damages don't occur. 


Water damage is more than disruption; it can be hazardous to your property. If there is water in your elevator pit, it's crucial to fix it immediately. If you want to overcome this problem with highly trained specialists, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is here to assist you 24/7. Contact us, and we will dispatch a crew to arrive within four to six hours!

How To Identify Hail Damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Hand holding one inch sized hail ball in Dayton Ohio One-inch sized hail balls will cause significant damages.

Hail Damage Affects Many Homeowners 

A storm that brings hail up to one inch in diameter is sure to deliver hail damage to your roof. You can count on there being severe roof damage if the hail is combined with high wind speeds. To identify hail damage to your property, look for structural destruction signs such as cracks or broken windows, dented siding, or damaged gutters.

Be mindful that small-sized hail balls can cause some hidden damages to your roof, so it is essential to contact restoration storm damage specialists for hail damage. Storm restoration specialists know how to inspect your roof after you get hit by a hailstorm, whatever size the hail may be. 

When hail strikes Dayton and surrounding areas, almost all homeowners will be affected by hail damage, either with more prominent or minor destruction to their property. Take into consideration that hail storms are unpredictable and can happen at any time of year. Without knowing the signs of storm damage, it will be difficult to determine how much damage a hail storm has done to your roof. 

Signs of hail damage

Hail damage can cause minor to major types of damages on your roof. It can crack or even shatter tough materials on the roof like shingles, clay, or concrete. While severe damages can be easy to spot, some more complicated issues can only be detected by a professional eye. Some common types of hail damages we see on roofing are:

  • Dark patches
  • Granules loss
  • Bruised shingles
  • Dents 
  • Broken ends of shingles
  • Splits on shingles

Hail damage insurance claim 

Before contacting your insurance company and filing a hail damage home insurance claim, it is recommended to hire professional help independently to evaluate the damage that a hail storm has done to your property and roof.

Insurance damage professionals know what kinds of documentation insurance adjusters are looking for and can help you file a claim. After they help you get the claim processed, they will then help with all property damage cleanup. When there is significant damage to your roof, the storm damage professionals will use mitigation tactics to save your home from further damages. 

Identifying hail damage

Did you know that a hail smaller than an inch in diameter can cause damage to your property? After a hailstorm hits, evaluating the hail's size can be the simplest way to identify what types of damage your property might have faced. Knowing the size of the hail balls that have damaged your property will be critical in the insurance claim process.

Various assessments are done depending on the hail size, and its damages increase with the increase in hail size. 

  • ¾" Hail: This is the smallest measured hail, and it can cause considerable damages depending on the speed of the wind. It can damage the vinyl siding, windows, metal fascia, and also deck paint. Missing shingles have also been detected from wind and this size of hail. 
  • 1" Hail: This size hits hard and will damage shingles and the underlayment of the roof. One inch hail can cause significant damage to gutters, siding, and fascia. High wind speed will cause damage.  
  • 1 ¼" Hail: The damage is much more than the increase from 1". Even if it is not followed by wind, it can cause significant hail damage.
  • 1 ½ Hail: This size may have substantial damage to your property. Depending on the duration, amount, and wind speed, it can result in disasters to your roof. 
  • 1 ¾- 2" Hail: This size of hail can penetrate the roof and create damage to the underlayment, ridge caps, or even plastic vents. It can tear the siding off the roof, break the windows, and damage many metal fittings. 
  • 2" Hail: This or higher proportions will cause significant damages to properties. When your property experiences this size hail ball, you need to immediately contact restoration professionals to avoid further damages.  

Does insurance cover hail damage?

In short, yes, but when your property undergoes hail damage, it is best to contact restoration contractors immediately to increase the likelihood of getting your insurance claim approved. The quicker you get your roof inspected after hail damage, the more likely you will avoid further damage. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek specializes in storm damage and will help with your hail damage repairs and offer insurance guidance. Call us anytime at (937) 228-3433. Our IICRC trained professionals are here to help you, 24/7.

What are Soot Webs After Fire Damages?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Black soot web in the corner of a home Soot webs are also known as black cobwebs

Soot webs are also known as black cobwebs 

A fire event in your house or property can be wild and unforgiving, causing unimaginable destruction. Not only does such an incident affect you emotionally and financially, but it also causes hidden damages such as lingering smoke damage and dark-colored soot webs hanging on walls- putting the health of your property at risk. Although these damages might not be as visible and noticeable, they might cause harm equivalent to the fire itself. 

SERVPRO is a reputable restoration company providing smoke and soot damage restoration services with its IICRC trained technicians and over-the-edge technology - to reinstate your property back to its original functional preloss shape in a relatively short time!

The aftermath, including smoke and soot released from the fire, can also cause the property to deteriorate and collapse. As soon as our 24/7 emergency restoration team reaches on-site, we inspect the site and perform several other tests to investigate any likely threats for future damages.

Our fire mitigation services include removing damaged components, or in this case, black cobwebs - using modern tools and suitable chemicals, evaluating property’s structural framing, clean up and deodorizing using odor counteractants - to help you with faster recovery with our efficient, prompt, and par excellence services!

What are soot webs?

We are often called up by our customers complaining of black spider webs in their post-fire-damaged properties, regardless of their weekly cleaning routine. While they sheepishly mistake it for their inadequate cleaning skills, being completely oblivious of the actual reason behind it.

During a fire, the burning of synthetic or petroleum-based material such as plastic, form, wood products, or paper can result in soot webs. The charged soot particles released from these sources stick together to make long chains of ionized soot, resulting in a web-like-structure known as black cobwebs. They are usually found on the ceilings and in the room corners due to low circulation in these areas. 

The build-up heat in a fire advances towards the structure’s cold places as the air seeks to attain atmospheric equilibrium. Thus the heat soot particles are carried away through the air towards the cold regions, where they concentrate - becoming soot webs. These smoke web structures are undoubtedly new, and as commonly perceived, they are not formed as a result of soot sticking to the cobwebs already existing before the fire outbreak.

How do you clean soot webs?

If, unfortunately, you find soot webs in your house or business property, never try to get rid of it on your own. Specialized training and machinery are necessary for cleaning soot webs. Cleaning soot webs on your own may lead to secondary damage and further trouble!

Depending upon the fire outbreak's nature, we strive to provide you with a solution well-suited to your restoration needs. SERVPRO, having years of experience in fire damage restoration, with its certified and efficient technicians and up-to-date tools and technology, assures to professionally assist you in removing smoke damage on walls!


While it's always good to educate yourself regarding precautionary methods to avoid getting yourself into any inconvenience; however, if you are caught in this unforeseen situation, do not panic; contact us right away.

4 Steps to Take When Finding Mold on Carpet

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on Carpet Mold on carpet after water damage.

Moldy Carpet can be tough to remove. Let us help. 

Recently we got a call from one of our customers complaining of a rotten egg smell in her living room, which she assumed was permeating as a result of a sewage leak. On inspection carried by our expert workers at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek, we found that the smell was, in fact, due to the breeding of mold in the underlay of the room’s carpet.

An unfavorable musty smell and large discolored spots on the carpet is the most visible sign of mold growing in your house or property. To immediately get rid of it, it is essential to know the cause of the mold growth. Since mold spores can increase rapidly from one corner of your house to another, the sooner you combat it, the earlier you wipe out the mold from your home. 

4 DIY Steps to Take When Finding Carpet Mold 

  1. Ventilate the Area: When handling mold on carpet, make sure to keep your area ventilated without letting mold spores spread to other areas of your house. Use fans to blow unwanted air out of the house, or you can block off other parts by using plastic sheets or closing doors. If possible, dry out the carpet in direct sunlight to minimize the chances of mold returning.
  2. Scrub with a stiff bristle Brush: Scrub the moldy carpet with a brush and discard the scraped mold in a trash bag. Please do not use a non-HEPA vacuum as it could spread mold spores to other areas of your home.
  3. Use Antimicrobial Spray: Use an antimicrobial spray with a ‘mold prevention label’ to thoroughly spray on the moldy area as well as the floor beneath and let it sit for an hour.
  4. Dry the Carpet: Dry the carpet without using fans as this might spread out mold spores, resulting in more trouble; instead, turn on the heat up to let it dry naturally. 

What to do after cleaning mold on carpet? 

After you have cleaned mold on carpet, you can either dry it in direct sunlight, through ventilation, or using dehumidifiers, which help facilitate the drying process.

Once you have dried the affected area, your carpet is now mold-free! However, be alert and keep checking continuously for a month for any further signs of mold growth; so that you can declare your home free of mold.

How does mold grow on a carpet? 

Your carpet can be the perfect place for unwanted organisms to thrive. House mold spores are tiny organisms that grow in humid and damp areas. Besides giving off a musty and foul smell to your surroundings, mold spores quickly multiply. 

A typical mold invasion on the carpet is due to placing carpeting in the bathroom or basement: these are excessively damp areas. Since carpets are made up of cellulose fiber, it can retain dampness for a long time, providing a suitable living condition for mold germination and growth.

Mold growth can be due to the following reasons: high levels of humidity, poor maintenance, leaky pipes, or liquid spills. 

However, you can attempt to get rid of mold on your own only if it hasn’t spread and is only on a small portion of the carpeting. It is best to reach out to mold remediation professionals when the mold damages are more severe. 

How to prevent mold from growing on carpet flooring?

These are some of the best tips to prevent mold from growing on carpet:

  • Inspect carpets Regularly
  • Avoid installing carpet in humid areas
  • Keep your house ventilated
  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Install synthetic carpet materials

Calling For Help 

Mold on carpet is the worst thing to experience if you have patients, kids, and pets around. If you ever come across this unfortunate situation, please contact us to get rid of the unwanted mold spores. 


SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is available with mold damage professionals at your service 24/7. We strive to provide our customers with the highest quality and efficiency for Dayton mold removal services.