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The #1 Best 3D Technology for Property Restoration Claims

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

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The professionals at SERVPRO have relied on 3D technology to help demonstrate damages done to properties for several years now.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is one of Ohio's most reputable water fire and mold restoration companies. Our professionals work on hundreds of residential and commercial property damage claims a year and are not foreign to the claims process. To streamline the claims process for our customers and adjusters, our team has adopted a state-of-the-art 3D documentation technology called Matterport. Our highly trained technicians use Matterport to document every property damage claim we start on.

The following blog post will explain what Matterport technology is and why a customer should ensure that their property is scanned by 3D technology before and after the restoration process. Make sure you read all the way through to see why Matterport is best suited for property restoration claims.

What is Matterport?

In a nutshell, Matterport is an advanced 3D technology used to scan and digitize indoor spaces. Matterport captures photos, textural information, colors, and room layouts in 3D to be displayed virtually on a computer or mobile device.

A Matterport 3D scan will enhance productivity and collaboration by enabling remote participants to join from anywhere in the world without sacrificing quality or interactivity. The Matterport system can be used for various applications, including visualization, interior design, build modeling & construction planning, property inspection & insurance claims processing.

How can Matterport be used in property restoration claims?

Matterport can assist in restoration claims by producing a virtual tour of the property both before and after repairs have been made. This process is beneficial because you will see all the damaged areas clearly from anywhere in a room or throughout an entire building.

Before 3D technology, restoration companies would have to take multiple pictures from different angles and manually place them into one cohesive file to get an accurate image of the damaged property. This process was time-consuming, laborious, and dangerous if there were hazardous materials in the area.

Property restoration claims were more likely to be denied or disputed by the insurance company before 3D technology. The most common reason for this is that they cannot deliver enough proof of damages to substantiate their claim.

Using Matterport scanning to document damages has greatly simplified the approval process because Matterport maps all of its photos to a 3D model. All you have to do is place the 3D scanner in the room to capture the damages. 

The 3D model will provide an interactive experience for the insurance adjuster to navigate throughout the building by rotating, panning, or zooming in on specific areas.

3D Matterport scans by SERVPRO

As we mentioned earlier, the professionals at SERVPRO are well-versed in the property claims process. For the past decade, 3D technology has helped us streamline the claims process and ensure quicker insurance restoration estimate approval rates. Therefore, we recommend that every customer ask around to see if the restoration company uses Matterport for restoration repairs before deciding who they hire.

The last thing we want is for your claim to be denied because your restoration company is not providing the most efficient and effective solutions to streamline the claims process.

Please contact us today to streamline your property restoration claim by providing you with Matterport scans before and after the restoration process.

For over 45 years, our professionals have been restoring homes and commercial properties to their original condition, using quality equipment and highly trained technicians. Our experts are here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to your emergencies.

Skylight Leak: 5 Great Tips To Prevent A Skylight From Leaking

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Skylight leaks are one of the most common causes of water damage in many Dayton homes.

We are sure you've heard that a leaky skylight can cause significant water damage to your ceiling and other parts of the house, but did you know it could also lead to mold growth? However, there are some ways to prevent these issues from happening!

For a skylight to leak, something has either gone wrong with the installation or maintenance. In some cases, an improperly installed flashing is the culprit; in others, improper caulking may be at fault. Skilled professionals can identify and fix these problems before they cause leaks.

In the following blog post, we will go over ways that the professionals at SERVPRO suggest you can prevent a skylight from leaking. Our crews have had to mitigate and restore hundreds of skylight leaks, so we are glad to share this information with you.

Signs of a skylight leak

It's important to know the signs of a skylight leak. Keep an eye out for dark spots on the ceiling below your skylights, such as water stains or mold. You may also be able to hear signs of a leak, such as dripping or puddling.

If you notice any condensation or leaks around your skylight, it's best to call a professional restoration company immediately and get it fixed before the water damage becomes extensive.

5 great tips in preventing a skylight leak.

Tip 1: The first tip is to ensure that your flashing was installed properly when you had your skylight installed. Skylight flashing is the material that surrounds the base of your skylight. It's designed to keep rain and snow out, so water can't seep in and cause severe damage.

Tip 2: The second tip is to ensure that your skylight has the proper ventilation. Water vapor can build up around your skylight during the colder months, so it is important to add insulation around the skylight's framing.

Tip 3: The third tip is to reapply caulking around your skylight if it's beginning to peel away from its frame. Caulking is a great coating to prevent water from seeping in, but it will only work if applied correctly. In addition, you will want to seal off any openings at least once a year for normal wear and tear.

Tip 4: The fourth tip is to clear out any gathered leaves around the skylight and to install a screen if not present. A screen will help prevent dirt, leaves, or any other materials from entering the home, and removing excess debris will prevent water from pooling. 

Tip 5: The fifth and final tip is to inspect the skylights regularly.

If you do these things and prevent a skylight leak from occurring, you will save your skylights and money on repairs and materials. 

Call SERVPRO today for expert advice and service.

The professionals at SERVPRO understand that the best way to avoid water damage from occurring is understanding how it begins in the first place. With that being said, we hope that you found this post helpful in preventing a skylight from leaking. To learn more about our services and other ways to prevent water damage, contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek today! We can help you remove any amount of standing water and stop any mold growth before it starts!

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Additionally, our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, also known as the IICRC, to perform water restoration in your home or commercial property.

Fire Retardant Paint: 3 Great Benefits In Applying Fire Retardant Paint

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire retardant paints consist of chemicals that prevent or reduce heat release, flame spread, and smoke generation in the event of a fire.

Fire safety is a critical issue for many residential and commercial property owners; as property owners, we choose to install smoke detectors, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers. The latest safety measure trend is the choice to paint with fire retardant paint. Fire retardant paints are designed to slow the spread of fires. The following blog post will provide three great facts about fire retardant paint and why they are the hottest trend for fire prevention.

What is fire retardant paint?

Fire retardant paints contain chemicals and additives that prevent or reduce heat released, flame spread, and smoke generation in the event of a fire. Fire retardant paint is perfect for both homes and businesses. A property owner can apply fire retardant paint on various materials such as wood, drywall, metal, aluminum siding, and fiberglass panels.

When to use fire retardant paint?

Fire safety should always be a concern for residential and commercial property owners. One of the main aspects of fire safety that property owners need to consider is preventing fires before spreading anywhere else in the home or building. 

Fires can range from tiny sparks to large blazes, but homeowners that choose to paint with fire retardant paints ensure the safety of all family members because the fire will be out before it has a chance to grow. 

A property owner should use fire retardant paints on all exposed wood surfaces, window frames, and other flammable objects prone to catching fire no matter the property type. Another great idea for using fire retardant paint is on the underside of decks or porches. When applying the fire retardant paint, you will want to apply 2-4 coats for maximum efficacy.

Fire safety is also critical for many organizations that utilize or store large amounts of flammable materials such as paints, solvents, and fuels. Therefore, these organizations should be especially concerned with initiating a high level of fire safety throughout their property. The first step for creating a safe environment is by applying fire retardant paints on all exposed wood surfaces, fiberglass objects, and other flammable surfaces surrounding the areas containing flammable materials.

What are the 3 benefits of fire retardant paint?

Applying fire retardant paints to your property will:

  1. Reduce the flammability and combustion of building materials it coats.
  2. It can be applied on metal, wood, lacquered surfaces, etc.
  3. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor surfaces.

Who to call for a fire retardant paint application?

When considering applying fire retardant paint to your property, you should contact a professional construction company like SERVPRO that has experience applying all types of paints. The right company will know the areas that require fire retardant paint application and the best way to prevent a fire from spreading. 

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the benefits of fire retardant paint and why it is the latest trend in fire safety. Fire-retardant paints do not prevent fires from occurring but delays the expansion of fires in a fire. In terms of painting your home, the application process should be done at least every five years so you can avoid disaster and get a fresh coat of paint. 

Please contact the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek if your property has recently experienced fire damage or would like a reputable company to apply fire retardant paint. Our IICRC certified professionals are available 24/365 to help return your property to its pre-fire condition as quickly and efficiently as possible! Our fire damage restoration services include fire cleanup, smoke removal, water extraction from wet building materials, contents cleaning, and decontamination.

Restoration Estimates: Top 5 Aspects of a Great Restoration Estimate

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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A property owner will want a professional restoration estimate after a property has received damages.

No one ever plans on calling a restoration company for an estimate because damages to a property are often unexpected.

When you call the right company to perform a restoration estimate, they will submit the estimate to your insurance company for reimbursement on your behalf with professional restoration estimating software. Restoration estimating software is the number one known way restoration companies and insurance adjusters keep accurate costs based on the property's location.

The following blog is intended for those who have recently had damages to their property and want to know what makes an excellent restoration estimate. By the end, you will learn what consists of a restoration estimate and the five essential aspects of a quality estimate.

What is a restoration estimate?

A restoration estimate is a document that provides the property owner with a detailed list of damages, restoration needs, resources required for completion, the necessary personnel needed throughout the restoration process, and an overview of how long the restoration project is expected to take place.

When to call for a restoration estimate?

The best time to call for a property restoration estimate is right after property damages occur because the restoration estimate will serve as a supporting document for an insurance adjuster to reimburse restoration costs to the property owner.

What qualifies a professional estimator?

A professional restoration estimator is an individual that has qualified experience and certifications in using the leading restoration estimating software, Xactimate. Xactimate is a restoration estimating software with a consistently updated price list based on the property's location.

A professional restoration estimator has undergone extensive training on Xactimate, the leading restoration estimate creation software. Xactimate offers three certification levels, and once all three are passed, the restoration estimating professional will know how to quickly create accurate restoration estimates using all of the Xactimate tools.

Five aspects of an excellent restoration estimate

The restoration estimate is one of the most important aspects to consider when it comes to restoration services. A restoration estimate should be detailed, accurate, and fair. It should also include five essential aspects:

1) The scope of work

2) Materials needed

3) Labor costs

4) Room by room breakdown

5) Cost for miscellaneous items (e.g., permits, dumpster fees)

An excellent restoration estimate will include the five aspects above but what is even more necessary is explaining each line item on the restoration estimate. In most cases, an insurance adjuster will want to see why a particular item is priced a certain way. For example, the restoration estimator may have to itemize more floortile than needed when handling odd dimensions.

With the proper explanation attached to a restoration estimate, the restoration professional will be more likely to get the estimate approved by an insurance adjuster. In turn, the property will be put back together with quicker repair times.

Why call the estimating professionals at SERVPRO?

We hope you enjoyed learning about the five essential aspects of an excellent restoration estimate. When choosing the right restoration company to handle your disaster restoration repairs, you will want to ensure that they have proper restoration estimate experience and certifications. 

When your property has received damages, you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek for a professional restoration estimate.

We are Xactimate certified and understand that an excellent restoration estimate should have well-explained line items so the property owner and insurance adjuster can understand what will be done to complete their restoration project.

Please contact us today! Our professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a year, for any questions or emergencies regarding property restoration.

AC Water Leak: What to Do When Your Air Conditioner is Leaking Water

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage from an air conditioner leaking water. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO when you have water damage from a leaking air conditioning unit!

An air conditioner leak can be a serious problem because it means that your ac unit is no longer working properly and can result in major damages to your home.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have seen all types of property water damage caused by numerous sources. However, one of the most common water damage calls we receive is from an air conditioner leaking water.

If you're reading this blog post, chances are your ac unit is currently leaking water, and you need help navigating the situation. If this is the case, you need to address the water damage issue immediately before mold starts to grow!

Early signs of an air conditioner leak

Most commonly, property owners do not notice an ac leak until there is apparent water damage. However, before water damage occurs, you may be able to catch the leak early on by paying attention to your energy bills because a leaking ac unit will likely lead to high energy bills. Another early indication of an air conditioner leak will be the visibility of mold growth throughout a property. If you notice either one of these two signs, then you should contact HVAC professionals to come and inspect your property's air conditioning unit for leaks.

Why does an air conditioner leak?

A property may have an air conditioner leak because of either ac system malfunction or an ac unit installation failure.

Common air condition malfunctions include:

  • A clogged condensate drain line: A clogged condensate drain line is the most common reason for an ac leak. A clogged condensate drain line can occur when dust, dirt, or mold causes a clog. The only way to fix a clogged condensate drain line will be to unclog it with a special vacuum.
  • A damaged drain pan: After a certain amount of time, an air conditioner's drain pan will damage and no longer catch water. The best way to fix a damaged air conditioner drain pan will be to replace it with a new one.
  • A broken condensate pump: A condensate pump is a type of pump that pumps water from air conditioning units to the outside. The best way to fix a broken condensate pump will be to replace it with a new one.
  • A dirty air filter: Dirty air filters will prevent airflow to the air conditioner's evaporator coil. After some time, the evaporator coil will freeze and unfreeze and cause excess water to leak from the ac unit. Regularly changing the air filter is the best way to prevent an evaporator coil from freezing over.

What to do when the air conditioner is leaking water?

You will need to act fast at the first sign of an air conditioner leaking water to prevent severe damages from occurring. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek put together the following mitigation steps to reduce the property damages.

Steps to mitigate an air conditioner leak 

  1. Turn off the thermostat to prevent further water from leaking
  2. Contact your property insurance company to start a claim
  3. Contact a reliable HVAC company for ac repairs
  4. Contact a reliable water restoration to clean up and restore the damages

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about the most common reasons why an air conditioner leaks water and the steps to mitigate the damages. 

Many property owners throughout the Dayton metropolitan area have chosen to rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek for water damage restoration services. SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek is the first choice because we are a locally-owned company that has been dedicated to helping restore homes and businesses to their pre-water damage conditions since 1967.

When you choose to contact our professionals for water damage services, we will bring years of experience along with certifications to ensure that your water damage is mitigated quickly and professionally.

Please contact us today for more information on our water damage services or to schedule an appointment.

Fireplace Standing Water: The Top 3 Causes For a Fireplace Leak

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

repaired chimney crack that was leaking water Contact the water damage professionals at SERVPRO when you find standing water in the fireplace!

A Dayton homeowner may be confused why there is standing water in their fireplace. 

Consider yourself lucky if you are a homeowner that has never found standing water at the bottom of the fireplace. There are many reasons why a fireplace may have standing water, but the most common is a fireplace leak in the chimney. This blog post will discuss three of the top causes for a chimney leak, as well as what you should do if you find standing water in the fireplace.

Signs of a fireplace leak

A homeowner will likely be left with water damage after a rainstorm passes when there is a chimney leak. A clear indication of a chimney leak will be standing water at the bottom of the fireplace. A fireplace leak left to sit for a prolonged period can start affecting the walls and ceilings around the fireplace with mold damage. 

3 Common causes of fireplace leaks

  1. Cracked chimney crown: A chimney crown is the top part of the chimney located directly above the fireplace. If there is standing water in your fireplace, it may be due to a cracked crown or an insufficient amount of mortar.
  2. Damaged fireplace flashing: Fireplace flashing is a thin steel or aluminum sheet used to seal the fireplace from rainwater. Damaged flashing can cause standing water in a fireplace and high energy bills due to the accessibility of outdoor elements.
  3. A damaged or missing chimney cap: A chimney cap is a fireplace accessory used to help prevent water leaks and animals from clogging the fireplace flue. If you are experiencing standing water in your fireplace, it might indicate that your chimney cap is damaged or missing.

A recent fireplace leak service call

A few months back, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek received a call from a homeowner who found standing water inside and around their fireplace. The homeowners knew about our water damage services because we had serviced their home the previous year after a dishwasher leak. 

For this particular water damage call, we knew that we had to go up on the roof and inspect the chimney to determine the cause of the fireplace standing water. After about an hour of inspecting the chimney, we found that the cement chimney crown had a crack. The chimney crown crack had allowed water into the flue lining and entered the chimney. 

The homeowners were happy to find out that there was no mold growth inside the chimney flue, and we were able to professionally seal the cracks rather than having to replace the chimney crown. 

After a few days, we were able to remove all standing water in the fireplace without severe demolition, and the homeowner was able to start using their chimney "Like it never even happened."

What to do when there is standing water in the fireplace?

It is essential to contact a water damage professional at the first sign of standing water in a fireplace. Water damage professionals will commonly use thermal moisture imaging cameras to easily determine the standing water location and severity of the damage, even when it is hidden from plain sight.

Once they can locate the location and the severity of the damage, they will design a unique drying plan tailored to the damaged property.

Wrapping up

As you have learned, standing water in the fireplace can cause major structural damage, especially if some cracks or holes allow for more water to enter into the flue lining and then inside the chimney structure itself. If you find standing water in the fireplace, you should contact the water damage professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek immediately. 

SERVPRO is a highly reputable restoration company in Dayton, Ohio, that puts customer services before anything else. Please contact us today for any further questions on how we can help you with the standing water in your fireplace.

Fallen Tree Damage: 5 Steps to Take When a Tree Damages Your Property

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

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The damages done to your property by a fallen tree may be covered by insurance.

You are very fortunate if a fallen tree has never damaged your home. The sound of a tree crashing onto your property is terrifying, and the aftermath can be even scarier. Fallen trees often result in damage to homes, cars, fences, and other structures on your property.

The following blog post will go over when insurance covers fallen tree damage to a property and the steps to take when a tree has damaged your home.

Recent fallen tree damage project

Those that live in close proximity to Dayton, Ohio, know how prone our homes are to tornado damage and wind damage. Every time high wind speeds pass through the Dayton area, our SERVPRO professionals receive numerous calls regarding exterior damages.

The most recent wind storm occurred in April and left one homeowner with serious damage after a fallen tree crashed into their roof and left a hole in their family room ceiling.

When we arrived at the damaged home, we evaluated the damages done and began to design a plan to remove the tree and protect the home from further damages. Fortunately, it was not raining when the tree fell, so water damage restoration services were unnecessary.

Within a few hours, our professionals removed the tree from the roof, and we used a secure tarp to cover the hole in the roof. Then the homeowner submitted a claim to their insurance company, who said they would cover the fallen tree damages done to the home.

In the end, the homeowner received a brand new roof and was delighted with our services, and let us know that they would be using us for future home restoration services. 

When is fallen tree damage covered?

Fallen tree damage will be covered by an insurance carrier when covered perils are damaged by wind. Covered perils include damages including your home or other structures such as a shed or a fence.

Suppose a fallen tree damaged the property due to negligence on behalf of the homeowner. In that case, the homeowner will be held liable for the damages, and an insurance carrier will likely not cover the damages.

5 Steps for fallen tree damage

When it comes time to clean up after a fallen tree has damaged your property, there are five steps you should take:

Step 1: Evacuate everyone from the property. After a fallen tree damages your home, you will want to ensure that everyone that resides in the home is safe.

Step 2: Document the damages done to the property. Before any work is done, you will want to document all damages to the property for insurance purposes. You should take pictures and videos and create a list of any personal belongings that were damaged.

Step 3: Contact a local restoration contractor. Local restoration contractors like those at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek will mitigate fallen tree damage quickly and professionally.

Step 4: Contact your homeowner's insurance provider. The sooner that you contact your homeowner's insurance provider, the quicker the repairs will occur.

Step 5: Ensure your property is secure from further damages. The damages done to your property should be covered by a roof tarp to ensure no water or pests make their way into your property.

Fallen tree damage restoration

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek specialize in restoring properties after a fallen tree causes damages. All of our SERVPRO professionals are IICRC certified and are available 24/7, rain or shine.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek even has a construction division to repair or rebuild any damages that occurred to your property. So when you contact us, you will receive tailored services from the best restoration team in Ohio.

Wet Insulation: How A Fiberglass Material Can Lead to Severe Damages

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Wet insulation has a distinct pungent odor.

Fiberglass insulation is a great material in any home to keep warm air inside and cold air out. However, during water damage events (such as flooding, pipe burst, or sewage back-up), the fiberglass insulation will be damaged and soak up water like a sponge, leading to mold growth if not dried quickly. This blog post discusses how wet insulation is one of the most common causes of mold damage and what can happen if it is not mitigated quickly.

What is insulation?

Insulation was designed for temperature regulation in a home; it will keep a home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You can find insulation in the attic and walls of a home. Most of the time, insulation will sit in ceilings and walls but can also be found in the floors above vented crawl spaces. 

The most common type of insulation found in a property is fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation is a type of insulation made up of small glass fibers that are compressed together.

Wet insulation issues

Wet fiberglass material soaks up water just as easily as a sponge does; this is why water damage events such as flooding will lead to mold growth when not dried quickly.

It's important to remove any wet materials from an affected area so mold won't grow. When mold is left to grow for too long, the property will end up resulting in structural issues like wood rot, which can devalue your home.

Wet materials need access to air and dehumidification to be adequately dried out, and IICRC certified restorers know how to adequately dry a property that has been damaged by water.

In some cases, a restoration professional may decide that it will be better to throw out all wet insulation rather than trying to salvage it. However, keep in mind that wet insulation that comes in contact with contaminated water should be removed and disposed of as soon as possible.

Signs of wet insulation

The easiest way to tell that a property has wet insulation is to inspect the drywall covering the insulation after a basement flood or water damage event. If the drywall is saturated, it will be safe to assume that the insulation behind the wall is also wet.

Restoration professionals use penetrating moisture meters to test the moisture levels in drywall and the insulation. After the penetrating moisture meter confirms that the drywall and insulation are wet, the restoration professional will remove all the water-damaged drywall and wet insulation to prevent mold growth.

Signs of moldy insulation

Moldy insulation will appear to have dark or black spots and will have a very distinct smell. It is best to call water damage restoration professionals quickly to avoid mold growth.  

A restoration company your can trust

Through the years, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have proven themselves to be the go-to water restoration company when it comes to water damage in Dayton, Ohio. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek prides themselves on their ability to deliver fast services without compromising customer experience. When you choose to call SERVPRO for water damage services, you will receive a tailored drying plan and a fast responding team to ensure that your property is dried as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is fully equipped with industry-standard equipment, including:

All of the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have gone through extensive training by the IICRC.

Please contact us today if you are in the middle of a water damage disaster and need emergency services or want to inspect your insulation for mold growth.

Thermal Moisture Imaging: 2 Jobs Types That Utilize Infrared Cameras

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Thermal moisture imaging is a technology that allows SERVPRO professionals to see signs of water signatures in various items during a disaster. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have been utilizing thermal moisture imaging for the last decade. Thermal moisture imaging is a process that utilizes an infrared camera to detect and measure temperature variations in building materials. Thermal mapping has been a staple to our success because it has allowed us to quickly uncover hidden water leaks, structural issues, and causes of mold issues during an initial building inspection. 

In the restoration industry, thermal moisture imaging is a common tactic to quickly find the location of a potential moisture intrusion and other building defects. In this blog post, we will go over the 2 different types of jobs where you will see an IICRC certified professional at SERVPRO utilize thermal moisture imaging and how they use their findings to move forward in the restoration process. 

1) Thermal imaging for water damage restoration jobs

The first type of job where you will see thermal mapping utilized by a SERVPRO professional is inspecting the cause of the loss on a water damage restoration job. For example, when water leaks are present in a building, they can lead to stains and residual moisture in the walls or ceilings that show up as cool signatures on our infrared cameras. Thermal imaging helps us identify the cause of the loss and ensures that the water source is stopped to prevent secondary water damage from occurring. 

Thermal imaging can detect water leaks from: 

With the use of thermal moisture imaging technology, the SERVPRO professional will know all that was damaged by the water loss. In addition, screenshots from our infrared camera come in handy in creating a restoration estimate and proof during the insurance claim process. 

2) Thermal imaging for mold damage remediation jobs 

The second type of job where a SERVPRO professional will utilize thermal imaging is during a mold remediation inspection. Mold damage is typically the result of water intrusion or a flood that has been left to sit without receiving quick mitigation services. As a result, mold will grow unseen on the surfaces of furniture, walls, and ceilings until it becomes visible as fuzzy white and black patches. 

A SERVPRO professional will utilize thermal imaging technology during the inspection portion of a mold remediation job to ensure that the source of the water damage is no longer present and to locate all mold/water-damaged contents. 

Keep in mind that an infrared camera cannot directly locate mold spores but can find moisture where mold spores cultivate.

Count on SERVPRO for disaster restoration services

The number one team to call for water cleanup services in Dayton, Ohio, is SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is independently owned and operated by two brothers, Greg and Gary Shooter. Greg and Gary Shooter both understand the importance of prioritizing the use of advanced technology techniques like thermal moisture imaging during a restoration job. In addition, they want to ensure the customers of Dayton, Ohio, are always receiving quality restoration services with great customer service. 

We hope you enjoyed learning about why the professionals at SERVPRO use thermal moisture imaging during the initial inspections and how infrared cameras are used during mold and water damage jobs. 

Contact us today if you are in need of thermal moisture imaging after your property has been damaged by water or mold. All of the crews at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are professionally trained by the IICRC and available 24/7 to service your property.

Warehouse Flood: 5 Tips For Faster Recovery

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

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A warehouse flood can pause production and should be mitigated quickly by professionals. 

It's not a secret that floods happen, and when they do, the flood damage they cause can be devastating. It doesn't matter if the warehouse is small or large; a flood will undoubtedly ruin everything in its path. But we have good news; there are certain things a warehouse owner/manager can do to help speed up the recovery process! In this blog post, we'll discuss five tips for fast recovery after warehouse flood damage occurs and how SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can help during a warehouse flood crisis.

Common causes of a warehouse flood

When it comes to warehouse floods, the professionals at SERVPRO have seen it all. Here are the most common reasons warehouse flood damage occurs:

  • Pipe Bursts
  • Sewage back-ups
  • Toilet overflow
  • Roof leaks
  • Failed warehouse gutters and downspouts
  • Foundation leaks
  • Clogged or inoperative sump pump
  • A malfunctioning main drain system

5 tips in handling a flooded warehouse

No matter the cause of the warehouse flood, it is essential to know what needs to occur next to get the warehouse operating again. Below we have included 5 tips to help ensure faster recovery times:

Tip 1) Shut off building utilities. For example, when a warehouse flood results from a faulty water supply line, you will want to shut off your main water line to stop further water from damaging the property. You will also want to shut off all electricity before any sparks occur, or there could be an increased risk of fires.

Tip 2) Call your insurance provider. Quickly calling your insurance provider will allow them to be in the loop and start the claims process.

Tip 3) Call a reputable restoration company. Calling a reputable restoration company will ensure that all water is extracted quickly and prevent secondary water damage.

Tip 4) Document all damages. It is always a good idea to document all flood damages to help with the insurance claims process. Documentation will include pictures, videos, and a detailed inventory list of contents damaged by the flood.

Tip 5) Relocate necessary inventory. Relocating all inventory and contents that didn't get damaged by the flood will be beneficial in helping production resume. However, you will want to leave all damaged items in place to be documented for insurance purposes.

The importance of a flood plan

Because floods are not uncommon in the warehouse industry, warehouse owners and managers need to ensure all team members are prepared and know our flood prevention tips. A warehouse flood can lead to lost inventory, damaged machinery, and expensive repairs. The best way to prevent these issues is by being aware of how they occur and having a developed plan before they happen.

At SERVPRO, we offer a free Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for any customer who wants to be prepared for disaster strikes. An ERP will include a complete written document detailing how to protect your property further after an unfortunate event occurs. In addition, the ERP will include exit points, important numbers, any vulnerable areas, and the location of all emergency shut-off valves.

Why call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO?

When a warehouse flood occurs, you want to call a team of IICRC certified professionals that can handle any size disaster. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek have all the necessary equipment and personnel ready for when a disaster strikes. As well, we can help salvage important paperwork and office electronics that were damaged by a flood. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a family-run business that is independently owned and operated by two brothers, Greg and Gary Shooter, who built their business by prioritizing customer satisfaction.

Please contact us today for emergency warehouse flood assistance or any questions regarding our water damage process.