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Free 5 Part SERVPRO Checklist For Basement Flooding

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

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This post will evaluate what property owners should consider before, during, and after Beavercreek flooding occurs. As a reputable storm damage restoration company in Dayton, Ohio, we believe that homes damaged by powerful storms should seek assistance from a reputable restoration company to repair the damage. 

In Ohio, hazardous weather conditions can cause river flooding, wind damage, ice damming, and floodwater to damage your property. In the winter months, ice damage and hail damage are the leading cause of Ohio storm damage.

5 Part Checklist For Basement Flooding

  1. Make safety a priority. Before you call your local SERVPRO for water restoration services from flooding, it is essential to check if power lines surrounding your property are down before any storm remediation occurs. Take extra precautions around broken down electrical lines. Please refrain from making contact with any fallen electrical lines. Water is a conductor for electrical currents; a single touch can send high voltage through the human body, causing severe damage. 
  2. Assess your roof for damage. Once storm damage occurs in Ohio, it is essential to have a professional inspect your roof for damage and roof leaks. When a professional gets on site, he will be checking for missing shingles and fallen branches that have hit the roof or gutters. In severe cases, especially in the winter months, hail damage or ice damage can cause holes in the roof of your home. When you call a SERVPRO professional to inspect your roof, it will also be useful to have the professional evaluate the property for any other potential damages like frozen pipes. 
  3. Contact your Insurance Agent ASAP. Anytime there is damage to your home, it is best to see if your Insurance company can cover the damages. SERVPRO has partnerships with a wide array of insurance companies and will help with your home insurance claim. 
  4. Inspect Your Belongings. After a flood occurs in your home or business, it is most likely that some of your personal belongings have undergone water damage. We have helped customers process claims that included damage to computers, televisions, and cell phones. With the proper documentation and pictures, your insurance company should approve restoration to all your electronics that have suffered damages.  
  5. Check for Your Property For Wind Damage. Wind damage can cause damage by flying debris colliding with your property. Storm damage can create cracked windows, holes, and damage to your properties roof. Restoration professionals know that wind damage weakens walls and causes wall slants or cracks, resulting in more repairs if not assessed quickly. 

Types of Storm Damage in Ohio 

Ohio sufferers from multiple different types of storms a year. Depending on the kind of storm will dictate the type of home restoration needed.  

Types of storm damages include:

  • Hurricane Damage
  • Tornado Damage
  • Hail Damage
  • Ice Damage
  • Damage from river flooding
  • Wind Damage

As the weather starts to change, the storm damage professionals at SERVPRO are ready to handle any size disaster. In the winter months, snowstorms can cause frozen pipes to expand and possibly burst. Anytime you notice a frozen pipe, it is best to turn the water off and call a plumbing professional to repair the frozen pipe.

If your home or business has suffered damage from a storm, it is best to call a reputable company like SERVPRO. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is independently owned and operated by the Shooter brothers. There is no damage size that SERVPRO crews can't handle. 

Call us at (937) 228-3433.

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State Farm Covers Water Damage To Your Home

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage done to Dayton home basement Our IICRC certified firm is available 24/7 to help mitigate your water damages.

State Farm has added ambiguous language added to their water damage coverage clause. When water damage occurs in your home, it may be more challenging to get the money needed to restore your home.

Fortunately, the team at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek has over twenty years of experience working in insurance damage repairs. The SERVPRO team will work closely with homeowners and have built relationships with insurance companies like State Farm to ensure that everyone is treated fairly regarding all water damage losses. 

How Do Insurers Typically Determine Coverage?

A standard home insurance policy requires water damage to be sudden and internal. The team at SERVPRO has typically seen covered water damages that have occurred from: 

  • Rain and storm damage 
  • Broken plumbing such as burst pipes, frozen plumbing, faulty plumbing, overflowing (toilet, tubs, washing machines)
  • Water damage from the fire department
  • A roof leak 

Difficult water damage coverages

In some cases, water damages are more challenging to be covered because they are not accidental or unexpected. We have seen homeowners be declined coverage due to neglect and lack of home maintenance. If your home has water damage resulting from negligence, then most likely, you will be the one having to pay for the repairs. 

Here are the situations where a homeowner may have more difficulty getting State Farm to cover the water damage restoration:

  • Flooding
  • Ground seepage
  • Poorly-maintained pipes leading to leaks

Many Dayton homeowners are not aware that their standard policy won’t cover any water damage resulting from a flood. We suggest that you purchase additional flood damage insurance if your home is susceptible to flooding. 

SERVPRO Relationships With Insurances

SERVPRO has a partnership with insurance companies like State Farm and Allstate. With this partnership, we have an easier time getting water damage claims approved over other restoration companies. 

We have heard stories about homeowners using other restoration companies that do not have a partnership with an insurance company and getting their claims denied even after the work has been performed. In some cases, we understand that the damages need to be cleaned up ASAP, but please ensure that the claim is approved prior to work being performed. The last thing that we want a homeowner to go through is a water loss and paying for the loss out of pocket. 

By having a strong relationship with Statefarm, we can not guarantee that your insurance claim will get approved. Still, we will say that we have a higher chance of quickly getting water damage claims approved over other restoration companies. 

We rarely run into problems with insurance companies that have partnerships with us. 

As stated at the beginning of this post, Statefarm and other insurance companies have ambiguous language in their policies. We think it is essential for homeowners to be aware of the strong relationships that we have with insurance companies to avoid getting the runaround from an insurance adjuster. 

Call the professionals at SERVPRO to help you when your home or business suffers from a water loss. We are available 24/7 and open 365 days a year!

Call us at (937) 228-3433


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SERVPRO Asbestos Abatement Dayton Ohio

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Asbestos inside a Dayton Ceiling Call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for asbestos abatement services!

If you plan on remodeling and find asbestos-containing materials, the best thing to do is to have it removed professionally. A storm or other natural disaster can expose asbestos; fortunately, SERVPRO can help with the property restoration and asbestos removal. SERVPRO knows that asbestos removal is complicated. When you hire a trained and accredited asbestos professional, you ensure safety for you and the members of your home. 

What is asbestos?

All property owners who have a property that was built before 1970 need to be aware of asbestos. Asbestos is a carcinogen that was used extensively in building materials leading up to the 1970s. 

You can typically find asbestos in: 

  • Vermiculite insulation
  • 9”x9” floor tiles
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles
  • White tape on heating ducts
  • Insulation on boiler pipes and boilers
  • Old asbestos cement siding
  • Glues used under flooring

Testing Your Home For Asbestos 

If your property has asbestos, it does not necessarily have to be removed. The only time asbestos becomes an issue is when the asbestos-containing materials in your home are damaged. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is more dangerous to disturb asbestos because it can be harmful if it gets inside a pair of lungs. When you hire an asbestos abatement professional, you will get the asbestos removed and tested for the type. 

Types of asbestos

There are six varieties of asbestos:

  1. Actinolite
  2. Chrysotile
  3. Amosite
  4. Anthophyllite
  5. Crocidolite
  6. Tremolite

Typically we find chrysotile or amosite asbestos in Dayton Ohio homes built before 1970. 

What is the issue of being exposed to Asbestos?

Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing lung disease. It is said that exposure to asbestos has a higher risk than smoking. Lung disease from asbestos may take many years to develop following exposure. 

Three of the significant health effects associated with asbestos exposure 

  1. Lung cancer, 
  2. Mesothelioma, 
  3. Asbestosis 

SERVPRO Asbestos Removal Process 

When SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek discovers asbestos at your property, we will begin by sealing the part of the building where the asbestos is being removed to avoid contamination. 

To seal off part of the property, we will use polyethylene film, duct tape, and negative air pressure machines fitted with HEPA filters. 

The polyethylene film and duct tape don’t allow air-borne asbestos fibers to travel to other parts of the home or building. The negative air pressure machine pulls fresh air into the asbestos area while not allowing any asbestos fibers into the surrounding environment.

ASBESTOS: WHAT NOT TO DO 

Never try to handle the asbestos abatement on your own. We have heard stories of property owners using a regular vacuum to clean asbestos fibers. An ordinary vacuum cleaner will expel the asbestos fibers into the room air. Even if you use a regular vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter, it is still not safe. Asbestos cleaning requires a unique vacuum cleaner designed for asbestos removal.

How much does it cost to remove asbestos?

Asbestos removal costs vary depending on the amount of work. 

SERVPRO is here to help!

For more information on asbestos abatement, check out The federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency site on asbestos abatement information and protecting your family from asbestos.


Please give SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek a call if you are looking for a reputable company to remove asbestos in Dayton Ohio. We have all of the qualifications to handle any size disaster and are available 24/7 for emergency services.

CAll: (937) 228-3433.

Protect Your Dayton Property With SERVPRO Board Up Services

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Dayton Board up services to commercial building Our crews are ready to come out and board up your property!

Emergency board up services to your Dayton property can help keep more damage from happening after a storm or vandalism strikes.

The Main three calls for Board Up Services 

  1. Storm Damage (Before/After)
  2. Fire Damage 
  3. Vandalism 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek is aware of the horrific damage a storm and tornado can leave in its tracks. Many commercial property owners have been using us for boarding up services before or after a storm or tornado damage hits Dayton. 

Unfortunately, during a storm, it is common for windows and other entrances to break, leaving your commercial building susceptible to unwanted pests and future damages. We have experienced situations where animals have continued to destroy the damaged property by urinating and trashing properties that were not boarded up after a storm.

Board Up Services For Fire Damage 

After a fire occurs, you must call SERVPRO to perform board up services to prevent outdoor elements from causing further damage to your property. 

When we receive the call that you would like board-up services after a fire occurs, we will analyze the property damage to ensure that there is no standing water in your property from the water used by the Dayton fire department.

If there is standing water in your property, it will be essential to ensure that we get the structure of the building is dry as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth. 

In the most severe fire damages, we have found that the three main types of damages affect a property. The main three types of damages are fire, water, and mold damage. It isn't easy to restore a property that has undergone all three types of damages. Calling a professional company like SERVPRO is essential, to avoid all three types of damages from occurring. You can rely on us. We are a reliable and experienced company ready to handle any size disaster. 

As you can see, SERVPRO offers board up services and restoration services when a fire occurs at your commercial property; we also provide board up services for other scenarios. 

Vandalism Board up Services 

SERVPRO 24 hour board up includes glass board up services for our Dayton property owners. Earlier this year we received many calls after news channels were covering riots and looting occurring in Dayton, Ohio. We were there to help our residents board up their properties. At SERVPRO, we want to make sure that your greatest investment is adequately secured when vandalism strikes. 

When your building has been affected by vandalism, we will send out crews to properly board up your business to ensure your valuables are safe. Our 24/7 support team is ready to receive calls to board up local businesses that have been looking to prevent vandalism. When we secure business with board up services, we are helping prevent severe damages and theft from occurring.  

It is better to be prepared next time high winds, fire damage, and vandalism strike your property. SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek Board up services helps avoid more damage to your property. If you experience damage to your Dayton property that requires board up services, please call the professionals at SERVPRO (937) 228-3433.

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What Is Considered Smoke Damage? SERVPRO Smoke Damage Repair Specialists Help Homeowners Identify What Will Be Included In Their Fire Damage Claim

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Wall of Dayton Apartment that suffered from smoke damage Smoke Damage Cleaning Professionals in Dayton Ohio

If your home has recently suffered from a fire loss, you may wonder what is considered smoke damage for insurance purposes.  

Smoke Damage On Walls And Ceilings 

After a fire occurs in your home, certified professionals must perform an inspection to test the smoke damage. The fire damage professional will determine which type of smoke damage has happened in the affected areas of your home.

Five types of smoke damage can be found after a home fire. SERVPRO smoke damage repair crews offer services to clean the following type of residues:

  1. Wet Smoke Residues – Wet smoke residues result from smoldering fires with low heat leaving residues that are incredibly sticky, smeary with pungent odors. This type of residue is the most common type of smoke damage that occurs in Dayton home fires. 
  2. Dry Smoke Residues – Dry smoke residues come from scorching fires. Dry smoke residues are often dry, powdery, and small. 
  3. Protein Residues –Protein residues will discolor the paint and wallpaper on your walls. Protein residues leave an extremely pungent odor. During the SERVPRO smoke damage cleaning, the professional will install an air purifier.  
  4. Fuel Oil Soot – The best example of fuel oil soot is a furnace puff back. 
  5. Smoke Webs – Smoke webs are residues from plastics, and other materials can form long chains of ionized smoke particles that will stick to the walls and ceilings of your home.

We base our cleaning procedures based on the information identified during the soot and smoke damage testing. 

Before starting the smoke damage cleanup and restoration process, the homeowner must stop the soot from spreading. It is best to shut off the A/C and open all doors and windows to allow the fresh air to enter to ensure that soot is not spreading through the entire house.  

Smoke Damage Cleanup Tips 

The smoke damage cleaning process begins with a trained professional dusting and vacuuming any loose soot that has been transmitted from the house fire. Next, for any walls and other hard surfaces, the professional will use a dry-cleaning sponge (chemical sponge). The chemicals within the sponge can remove the smoke and soot stains from walls and other hard surfaces. There is nothing worse than wet smoke residues, so we never use water or any soot cleaner before using the sponge. Water and any other liquid chemicals will spread the soot causing the smoke damage clean up to be more difficult. 

Smoke Damage Cleaning Products 

Cleaning smoke damage is an extensive process; depending on the size of the fire damage, cleanup will take days to months to perform. You have learned that the start of the smoke damage repair process requires an inspection to know what kind of damage is present. Fire damage restoration professionals need to evaluate the type of smoke damage and the materials that have been damaged before cleaning begins. The smoke damage type will verify what kind of cleaning products that are necessary to use. In our arsenal, we have industrial-grade products to clean the most severe types of smoke damage. In worst-case scenarios, we will have to remove the damaged drywall and replace it "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO smoke damage cleaning crews are the best in Ohio. When you are looking to hire a fire damage restoration company, make sure that they have the knowledge and ability to clean all size disasters. 

If your home has recently suffered from a fire damage loss in Dayton, Ohio, call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek to clean up the smoke damage. Our Dayton clean up crews are highly skilled and are available 24/7. 

Call us today (937) 228-3433 


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Best Water Damage Equipment To Find Hidden Damages In A Beavercreek Home

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Infrared Imaging Device showing the heat of a human being. Infared is an essential tool to find hidden water damages.

Our SERVPRO experts have taken hours of training to identify what is causing the water damage in your Beavercreek home. Although the professionals have hours of training, finding the source of the water damage would be very difficult without the use of professional water damage equipment. In this post, you will learn about the different types of equipment that we use to make sure your home is restored most efficiently. 

SERVPRO Water Damage Drying Equipment Is Ready To Use For Beavercreek Oh Water Damage Restoration

There are countless reasons why you should rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek. Still, the number one reason is that the owners Gary and Greg Shooter have taken the time to train their staff on the importance of being honest and deliberate while performing all restoration work. 

The training offered at SERVPRO lets our professionals know the best steps to take when your Beavercreek home needs mitigation. Our experts will protect your home from further damages. 

When you see a SERVPRO truck parked in your driveway, you can guarantee that the technicians are helping families fight the damage that happened to their house as quickly as possible. The technicians and project managers must be able to find all of the sources of damages rapidly. 

When SERVPRO technicians are called to mitigate a Beavercreek home after water damage, an infrared imaging device will be used. An infrared imaging device is a piece of equipment work to help SERVPRO professionals locate water leaks, materials that are retaining moisture, and other damp locations within the home.

How Does An Infrared Imaging Device Work?

An Infrared imaging device picks up temperature differences in materials and on surfaces. Water cools almost all materials enough to produce a difference in temperature; the sensitive cameras will pick them up and show them as blue on the screen of the device. These highly-technical cameras can find water damage in the most challenging locations, saving your home from potential mold growth. 

After our technicians locate water leaks, drips, or damp materials, they will determine the exact amount of moisture with a moisture meter. A moisture meter is essential in our crew's tool bag because they use them to dictate when any wet materials have achieved the drying goal. 

To achieve the drying goals, we will need to strategically place dehumidifiers and air movers to ensure that all of the moisture is being moved out of the home. This process works because the air movers move the water particles, and then the dehumidifiers extract the water in the air. 

We must always act quickly when water damage occurs in your home. The possibility of microbes growing happens only after a short period of exposure to water. While we are drying the damaged areas of your home, we will be spraying an antimicrobial agent to ensure that mold growth does not occur. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek owns all of its equipment. You will never see us with water damage restoration equipment rentals. Our professionals can help make any size water damage disappear. You can contact us by calling (937) 228-3433. We are open every day of the year to serve the residents of Beavercreek!

The Dangers of Lightning During A 45404 Storm | SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals are available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When considering how a thunderstorm can cause damage to a Dayton home, there are two main types of damage that happen are flooding and wind damage. Although these are the typical two types of damages to occur, it is essential to consider the risks associated with lightning to your home or business. 

Did you know that lightning can occur even in the absence of precipitation? It's true; the name of this type of storm is called a dry thunderstorm. Did you also know that lightning bolts can be up to 500,000 degrees? Lightning causes damage and even fatalities in whatever they strike. At SERVPRO, we want our Dayton locals to understand what lightning is and how it can affect their home or business. With this information, we hope to help homeowners prevent the risks of lightning and storm damage.

How Do Thunderstorms and Lightning Coexist?

When we looked into Thunderstorms and lightning, we found that all thunderstorms contain the electricity that makes a lightning strike possible. 

A lightning strike is a rapid burst of electricity that occurs when this charge becomes agitated.

Lightning is always searching for an ideal lightning conductor, which is why lightning tends to strike metal objects. When a Dayton home has been struck, lightning will usually forge the path to finding a metal conductor within the metal water pipes and home wiring.

How Lightning Damage Affects Homes

There are many dangers surrounding thunderstorms. Your home might suffer from water damage, but the real issue occurs when lightning strikes a house. Here are three main problems that can occur: 

1) Fire Damage When a fire strikes home, you are guaranteed to be left with a fire damage loss. As mentioned earlier, lightning has temperatures up to about 500,000 degrees; it's hot enough to ignite any building materials in its way. Additionally, when lightning travels through your home wires, they will fray, creating fire hazards throughout your home. 

2) The risk of power surges. A power surge that can affect any electronic device plugged in that is not routed through a surge protector will be affected when lightning strikes. The electrical charge that lightning has can quickly transfer that to the wiring in the home and affect all appliances. We have heard several stories from customers who had had to replace appliances and video game consoles from lightning strikes. 

3) The risk of shock waves. Shock waves can crack chimneys, break windows, and explode cinder blocks. Shock waves are typically caused by thunder, but they can also occur at the lightning strike site, causing them to be hazardous to a home’s structure.


SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek has the knowledge and labor power to clean up any size disaster. We do not get many calls that consist of lightning strikes, but we are prepared when they do happen. We are a local restoration company that you can trust and rely on to be onsite quickly. If your home has recently suffered from a storm damage loss, please contact us. We will get your home or business back to prior loss conditions "Like it never even happened."

4 Major Storm Protection Tips For Your Wilmington Home

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Roofing damage after tree fell on roof We are roof damage repair specialist!

Storm damage is common in Ohio, and we want our Wilmington homeowners to have a protection plan in place to avoid severe damages. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek is located in midwest America, which means we have a lot of different weather that we experience throughout the year. The residents of Wilmington experience strong winds from tornadoes, heavy rainfall, and snowstorms throughout the year. To help protect your most valuable asset, we have created 4 ways to protect your home from a storm. When your home suffers from storm damage, SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened."

1. Clear away patio items

When the weather channel advises that a storm is going to pass, the Wilmington residents must make sure that all of their lawn furniture, gardening tools, and sporting equipment are stored away in a secure space. High winds during a heavy storm will potentially pick up your yard items and send them flying through a window or damage your home's siding. Securing loose outdoor items during a storm event can protect your house from unnecessary damage.

2. Trim dead tree branches 

The time is now to examine the trees that surround your property. Each year SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek receives hundreds of calls that are from branches falling and damaging a Wilmington home. 

Heavy storms will often snap large tree branches that can damage your home's siding, roofing, decks, and windows. Storms can even topple power lines and cause power outages to Wilmington neighborhoods. If there is a tree on your property with a clear loose connection, consider hiring an arborist to remove the dead branches. Removing the dead branches and trees in your yard may be expensive, but it will save you in the long run from damage to your home.

3. Invest in a generator 

Tree branches can easily fall and snap the power lines. We have also seen first hand the power outages caused by lightning strikes. When lightning blows up a power transformer, you can guarantee major power outages will occur. To protect your home from potential power outages, we recommend investing in a quality power generator. With all of the storms that hit Ohio, investing in a generator is a great way to protect your home during storms and constantly back up. Our Owner Gary Shooter has invested in numerous generators to help keep us up and running when a storm hits Wilmington. We can power the equipment that we place in your home with our generators. 

4. Water-proof your home

Rainstorms can lead to flooding, which can potentially major damage to your Wilmington home. Water damage devalues a house and causes significant problems with the foundation. The best way to ensure that your home is safe from potential water damage is to check for foundation leaks, clean out gutters, and replace broken windows. Also, be mindful of any pooling in the yard. Pooling is a clear indicator that drainage issues are making your home more susceptible to water damage.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can come out and make sure your home is ready to fight against storm damage. If you would like one of our professionals to evaluate your home, please give us a call at (937) 228-3433 

These four tips should help you be prepared in case of emergency, but if damage has already occurred, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO to clean up the damage. We are available 24/7 365 days a year. 

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5 Smoke Damage Clean Up Tips To Get Rid Of The Lingering Smell

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damage clean up to Dayton apartment bedroom On this job, we had to perform extensive smoke damage clean up.

After a house fire occurs in your home, there will be immediate impacts that can be concerning. 

Fire damage can leave a property owner questioning the next steps in getting rid of the smoke smell in the affected areas. The professionals at SERVPRO know that the smoke smell is caused by smoke damage that has ingrained on your walls and in the fabric of your furniture. Though the smoke damage smell is difficult to remove, it is not impossible. In this post, we will go through 5 tips on removing the smoke smell from your home. We want our Dayton residents to know that fire damage is enough to deal with and that we want to help ease the unnecessary tension caused by the smoke smell. 

How to Quickly Get Rid of That Smoke Smell? 

At SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek, we have seen black soot covering all of the surfaces of a home after a severe fire occurs. On harder surfaces, we have found that the smoke smell will leave with time, but on softer surfaces (drapes, furniture cushions, carpet flooring), the smells will soak in. Taking specific measures are necessary to remove any smoke damage smells in your home. Here are the 5 smoke damage clean up tips to ease the cleaning process. 

  1. Ventilation

After a fire occurs in your home, it is essential to keep every door and window open for a full day so that fresh air passes through the home. Fresh air is critical to remove unwanted smoke damage smells. We also recommend placing many fans facing out of the house to help the ventilation process. Letting a smoke-damaged house breathe will get you ahead of the game before any significant smoke damage clean up occurs.  

  1. Home Remedy (Baking Soda)

One of the more natural methods for smoke damage clean up for getting rid of the smoke smell out of soft surfaces (drapes, furniture cushions, carpet flooring) is using baking soda. If you choose to use baking soda, we recommend starting with the carpeting of your home by sprinkling baking soda on your damaged carpets and massage the powder into the carpet with a broom. After an overnight soak vacuum the carpets the next day. The goal here is for the baking soda to neutralize the smoke damage smell. If the smell does not come out in the first round of this method, we recommend doing this over and over until it does. The baking soda treatment does not solely work on carpeting; you can do this method on all of your soft surfaces by following the same procedures. 

  1. The power of vinegar 

Your home's washing machine can clean soft fabrics such as drapes, sheets, blankets, and damaged clothing. When cleaning these types of fabrics in your washing machine, we recommend using regular daily washing detergent with a cup of white vinegar. White vinegar is a deep, heavy-duty cleaner that can remove that unwanted smoke smell from any of your damaged fabrics. 

 For harder surfaces (like walls and countertops) affected by smoke damage, we recommend creating a solution to remove the smoke damage smell. The top-secret heavy-duty solution includes a quarter cup of white vinegar and a teaspoon of dish soap for every gallon of water. Once the solution has been all mixed up, place the solution in a spray bottle, and spray every hard solid surface in your house with it. For best practices, give the sprayed down surfaces time to sit and then wipe them with a clean cloth. 

  1. Dish Soap 

For all items that are removable and hard like children's toys, light fixtures, and window screens, we recommend soaking these items using dish soap filled in a bathtub. Soak for as long as you need to remove the unwanted smell of smoke damage. 

  1. Call you local Professionals.

We understand that we just gave you some home remedies to remove the unwanted smoke damage smell from the surfaces of your home. Keep in mind that smoke damage cleanup is not the most straightforward task to perform, especially when it is extensive. For any smoke damage clean up job, it is best to call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek. We have all of the industrial cleaning equipment ready to give all of the surfaces and contents of your home a thorough cleaning. 

Don't Ignore the smoke damage smell in your home

The smoke and soot cleaning trained professionals here at SERVPRO are here to ease your tension after you have experienced fire damage. When we get that initial call, we will come and assess the damage and then create smoke damage clean up plan so that your house gets a thorough clean. Our fire restoration professionals make sure to remove all signs of soot and remove that unwanted smoke smell. We help residential and commercial customers in Dayton, Ohio, restore their affected property. Contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek at (937) 228-3433 for all home restoration needs and questions.

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5 Actionable Steps To Take When Water Damage Occurs in Miamisburg, OH

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in Miamisburg restaurant We are here to help fight water damage in Miamisburg

SERVPRO Professionals Perform Restoration for Commercial Water Loss in Miamisburg Ohio 

This past spring, the residents of Miamisburg knew that a three-day storm left many with flooded basements and newfound leaks. Our phones were non stop ringing with a total count of two hundred calls on the second day of rainfall. When heavy rain occurs, we place ourselves in what we call a storm response. Our professionals know that during a storm event, they can expect to work longer hours to help the local homeowners fight water damage. 

Miamisburg Restaurant Water Damage 

In the image above, you can see a couple of air movers placed in a Miamisburg restaurant. The restaurant had water damage caused by a leak in the roof that made its way through the walls. This particular drying setup was used to help dry the ceiling as quickly as possible so that the business could begin serving customers again. 

When a local restaurant suffers from a water loss, we do our best to get the building dry as quickly as possible. We know that small business owners own many restaurants and that revenue is lost every day that they are closed. In this particular incident, the owner was fortunate because we received the call after business hours allowing us to do all demolition overnight. The owner was able to keep their restaurant open the whole time while we were drying the property. 

Insurance covers commercial water damage.

Anytime water damage affects a Miamisburg home or business, we let our customers know that they have two options for paying for the damages. 

  1. Pay for the damages out of pocket 
  2. Submit a claim to their insurance company 

Paying for damages out of pocket 

The typical trend that we have noticed here at SERVPRO Miamisburg is that smaller water damages usually are paid for by the owner. An owner may decide to pay for the water loss out of pocket because insurance companies may increase your insurance rates after a claim. 

Submitting a claim  

More substantial water losses are advised to be forwarded to the owner's insurance provider. The reason that we suggest this is because the damages can cost tens of thousands of dollars. In the case of the Miamisburg restaurant, the small business could not pay for the damages without help from insurance because of the extensive damage that the ceiling had undergone. 

Appliances and electronics affected by water damage

We are here to help if appliances (like a point of sales system) are affected by a water loss. We do not take care of water-damaged electronics in-house, but we have a preferred vendor to fix broken appliances. Please note that our preferred vendor can't save all appliances. In some cases, it is better to buy new appliances.   

Miamisburg Restoration Contact 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek proudly serves the Miamisburg, OH community. We have been called for small water losses where a basement has had a flood to significant tornado damage losses. We want our Miamisburg residents to know that no matter what the job's size may be, we can help every step of the way. If your home or business has suffered from recent water damage, please contact our office ASAP at  (937) 228-3433.

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