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3 Tips for Removing Cigarette Smoke Odors

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Cigarette butts in a home ashtray causing smoke odors  Contact the SERVPRO team in Dayton that is ready to remove all unwanted cigarette smoke odors.

Removing cigarette smoke smells can be difficult without the proper knowledge. 

The smell of cigarette smoke can be challenging to remove from your home or business. It is challenging because smoke particles easily cling to all surfaces and fabrics and are nearly impossible to remove with just a vacuum cleaner and air fresheners. Luckily, there are DIY ways you can try to remove the smells left behind by cigarettes in your house. In this blog post, we will discuss 3 tips for removing cigarette smoke odors from your home and make it fresh again!

The three tips

  1. Proper ventilation
  2. Create DIY solutions 
  3. Utilize smoke removal equipment 

What is proper ventilation?

In a house that has been damaged by cigarette smoke damage, you will want to start by properly ventilating the home. To ventilate a home, you will want to keep windows and doors open and use fans to increase air circulation. While ventilating the home, you should also replace your home's HVAC air filters. Many homeowners forget that air filters should be replaced every two to three months for best air filtration results.

Removing cigarette smoke smells out of hard surfaces.

When you look to remove any unwanted cigarette smells from your home, you will want to ensure all hard surfaces are cigarette smoke smell-free. For starters, you can make a 50/50 solution that includes vinegar and water on all the hard surfaces. You can use this solution on the following hard surfaces: 

  • Walls
  • Light fixtures 
  • Doors
  • Doorknobs 
  • fan blades
  • Picture frames 
  • tchotchkes
  • Windows

Consider throwing out 

Cigarette smoke smell is easily absorbed by items that are made from fabrics like cotton. Consider throwing away the following items: 

  • Blankets 
  • Pillows
  • Stuffed animals
  • Mattresses 
  • Fabric couches
  • Curtains

The above items will be difficult to get a smoke smell out of, but not impossible. If you cannot part ways with some of your fabric items, there is a way you can get the cigarette smoke smell out of them; keep following along to find out how. 

How to get cigarette smoke smells out of fabric, upholstery, and carpeting? 

To remove the smoke smell from all fabric and upholstery, you will want to start with utilizing your washing machine by washing all items that can fit with 1/2 cup of vinegar instead of your normal detergent. For the items that do not fit inside your washing machine, you should put a little bit of baking soda on the affected smoke damage areas and let it sit for a few days, and then vacuum it up. 

For all carpeting damaged by cigarette smoke, you should rent a steam cleaner from your local hardware store and steam clean the carpets. (Note: you can also use a steam cleaner on drapes if it has the proper attachment.) 

When to call smoke removal experts

In many cases, cigarette smoke is too tough for a homeowner to remove on their own. When a customer calls for professional cigarette smoke removal, the professional will utilize an ozone generator. In the restoration industry, ozone is a known powerful cleanser used to eliminate odors. IICRC certified restorers are trained to use ozone generators and ensure the machine is properly placed to oxidize all cigarette smoke molecules completely. 

Smoke removal experts will also inspect the ducts of a home with debris that may contain smoke molecules. A home with any type of smoke damage will also likely contaminate the duct system, which will also affect the fresh air in a home. When the ducts are compromised with smoke damage, the restoration professionals will professionally clean your home's ducts. 

Why contact SERVPRO

When you contact the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek, you will get a highly trained team that will focus on all areas that have been affected by cigarette smoke. 

Please feel free to contact us at any time for questions or services regarding cigarette smoke removal. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year, for all inquiries regarding smoke and fire damage restoration in Dayton.

5 Actionable Steps To Take When You Have A Water Damaged Ceiling

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

Home in Dayton with a water damaged ceiling Contact water damage professionals that are ready for any size disaster!

Ceiling water damages deserve undivided attention. 

There is nothing more horrifying than sitting in your living room one day, and you notice an unsightly brown projection beginning to peel from your ceiling. You may be wondering why there is a brown spot and how it may have gotten there. After a few Google searches, you realize that your ceiling has been damaged by water. Instead of worrying, start thinking about what action steps to take next. 

Although any water damage situation can be stressful, there is good news; if you are reading this post, you likely recognized the sign of ceiling water damage early on. Finding ceiling water damage at early stages allows a homeowner to avert further structural damages. 

In this blog post, we will be going over five actionable steps you, as a property owner, should take after finding out that you have a ceiling water damage issue.

Step 1: Address your water damage ceiling situation calmly. 

When it comes to water damage repair, we tend to be distressed over the situation and rashly make decisions. Oversee the damage calmly and make an informed decision whether to address it yourself or to seek professional help. It is essential to be aware that quickly addressing a water damage situation can save a property owner from more significant expenses.

Step 2: Find the source of the water damaged ceiling. 

There are two primary sources of why a water damaged ceiling may be occurring. The first possible cause of the water damaged ceiling may be the result of a roof leak. A clear sign that you have a roof leak will be clearly shown when your ceiling only gets wet after rainfall. 

Another likely cause of a water damaged ceiling is when a property has a pipe brake or defective plumbing pipes. Malfunctioning plumbing piping will lead to water damage when a pipe begins to drip in between the drywall. 

Step 3: Remove all water damaged materials.

When you have a water damaged ceiling, remove all the wet materials so that mold will have a less likely chance to grow. There is more to a water damaged ceiling than wet drywall. Inside your wet drywall will also be wet insulation; both materials need to be removed. 

Step 4: Check for signs of mold damage.

Whenever there is impending water damage, one of the likely outcomes to watch out for is mold growth. Mold is a type of fungi that can live and thrive anywhere with a little bit of moisture. The professionals at SERVPRO know they have a 48-hour window to mitigate water damage before mold begins to grow. When you find mold, it is essential to contact a professional in mold remediation to ensure a healthy environment in your home. 

Step 5: Dry the water damaged ceiling 

Once you have isolated and located the source, it is time to dry the damaged area. Water damage professionals use fans and dehumidifiers to dry water-damaged regions thoroughly. You can rent drying equipment at a hardware store, but it is best to hire professionals specializing in water damage repair services. Water restorers have all the necessary drying equipment and disinfectants to ensure your property is ready to be put back "Like it never even happened." 

When to call the professionals at SERVPRO 

As you learned throughout this blog post, ceiling water damage goes beyond aesthetics: mold can develop and cause severe structural damage. It is best to call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek at the first sign of ceiling water damage. The professionals will ensure your water damaged ceiling is mitigated correctly and not prone to future mold growth. 

The professionals at SERVPRO have witnessed many situations where a property owner has tried to mitigate the water damages on their own, causing more severe issues in the future. 

Water damage mitigation is more than just placing drying equipment. The professionals at SERVPRO go through extensive water damage training to ensure all moisture is at proper levels and the property is free from future mold growth. 

Contact us today to schedule an inspection when you think or know your property has a water damage issue. We are available 24/7 every day of the year for disaster mitigation!

When Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Black Mold?

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Black mold damage before it is filed for a claim Contact the professionals at SERPVRO for any size mold restoration job!

Homeowners insurance is intended to protect you from a variety of damages, but you might be wondering if black mold is one of them. 

Black mold can be a hazardous type of potentially toxic fungi that grows in areas with high humidity and moisture levels. The professionals at SERVPRO understand how challenging it can be to deal with a mold issue. We have found that the worst mold damage situations are when a customer's homeowners insurance denies their claim. 

Black mold damage restoration needs to happen quickly, whether your homeowner's insurance covers it or not. Black mold can pollute the environment and can also challenge the structural integrity of your property.

In this blog post, you will find out when black mold is covered by homeowners insurance and when black mold coverage is not always guaranteed to be covered.

When will black mold damage be covered?

Typically speaking, black mold damage will be covered when it is related to a covered peril. A covered peril is an event that an insurance company agrees to reimburse the property for when a claim is filed. When it comes to black mold, a covered peril will include the following water damage situations: 

  • Mold after a water leak caused by an appliance malfunction
  • Mold caused by a pipe burst or damaged hot water heater
  • Mold cause after fire damage is extinguished by water

As we mentioned earlier, black mold thrives in areas that have high humidity and high moisture levels. When water damage strikes a home, there will be a 48-hour window before mold begins to grow.

Two types of black mold claims that are not covered

Mold caused by flooding will need to be covered by a flood insurance policy. Typical homeowners insurance policies do not cover flooding because it is considered an act of God.

Another type of mold damage claim that may not be covered is mold damage that forms from negligence. Negligence is when a homeowner chooses to ignore home maintenance or repairs, causing the black mold damage to worsen.

How to ensure your black mold claim is approved.

As you learned earlier, your homeowner's insurance policy only protects against black mold damage only if they result from a particular condition that the coverage covers. (For example, water damage from a burst pipe can contribute to mold growth.)

To ensure that your black mold claim is covered, you must contact your homeowner's insurance provider at the first sign of black mold caused by water damage.

When you call your homeowners' insurance agent, you will be able to make a claim under your water damage coverage for mold removal and other restoration services for any property that is permanently affected by black mold. 

During the whole black mold claim process, you will want to ensure that you document everything with your smartphone. The pictures that you take should include all damaged items included both structurally and contents. 

Steps to take if your claim is declined.

The first thing that you should do when dealing with a denied claim is to examine your homeowner's insurance contract thoroughly to ensure that you are aware of your coverage. 

It is best not to start repairs until an insurance adjuster has assessed the damage but takes steps to avoid more damage. Any of the broken property should be photographed, videotaped, and inventoried.

It would be best if you looked into getting a second opinion from a licensed restoration contractor (like SERVPRO) to determine what induced the damage. If the restoration contractor finds that the black mold damage was from a covered peril, you can go through the appeals process with your insurance company.

Remember, homeowners insurance is intended to protect you from various damages, black mold being one of them, but only if a covered peril causes it. 

SERVPRO can help with any black mold claim

The team of professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is available to help any homeowner worried about a black mold claim being denied. 

When you call us, we will look through your list of "covered perils" mentioned in your policy with you. In Dayton, we most commonly see mold growth caused by appliance leaks. When you call us, we will find the exact cause of the black mold and help you get your claim approved by your insurance company. 

Our SERVPRO team in Dayton is full of skilled restoration professionals and is ready to tackle any size disaster. We want to be your go-to resource when it comes to disaster recovery. Our team personally understands how exhausting and devastating it can be dealing with a black mold claim.

To ensure your claim gets approved, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek will provide an itemized loss inventory that includes pictures. Contact us today for our 24/7 available emergency services!

How Can A Clogged Dishwasher Drain Hose Cause Water Damage?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Man sitting next to a clogged dishwasher Call SERVPRO for kitchen water damage restoration services!

The water damage professionals at SERVPRO have restored many water damages from a clogged dishwasher drain hose. 

Dishwashers are an easy and comfortable part of our lives in our modern society. We load the dishwasher with the day's dishes, run a cleaning loop, and then spend the next hour doing other things. It is easy for us to take getting a functioning dishwasher for granted before it suddenly stops working.

A common reason for a dishwasher to malfunction is when food, paper, and other debris collect in your dishwasher drain hose and cause a clog. A clogged dishwasher drain hose will trigger backups and limit a dishwasher's efficiency.

If your dishwasher develops a clog of some kind, you might be in for some severe problems, mainly when it overflows. Dishwasher water damage does not end here; if it goes unnoticed for long, it can cost you serious secondary damages. 

In this blog post, we will go over the early signs to look for when you think your dishwasher drain hose is clogged, actionable steps to unclog the drain hose, and who to call for water damage restoration.  

What does a clogged dishwasher drain hose look like?

Underneath your dishwasher unit, there is a drain hose that can crack, clog, and deteriorate over time, causing a water damage leak. Early warning signs of dishwasher leakage are frequently found under and behind the unit, where plumbing connections are hidden. 

To ensure a well-functioning dishwasher, you should remove the front kickplate two to three times a year and search beneath the dishwasher for dripping or other signs of water leakage. It is best to check the unit for a clogged hose, both when it is turned off and filling.

When a clogged dishwasher drain hose goes unnoticed and untreated, it can easily become the cause of severe water damage to your kitchen and home in little time.

3 Early signs of a clogged dishwasher drain hose

1) Loud noises

Dishwashers are not known for being very silent, but the sound they produce is usually pretty predictable. If you hear uncommon noises coming from your dishwasher, it may be due to a clog.

2) Gurgling 

It's never a positive thing if the drains are gurgling. Although this does not always indicate that you are dealing with a major plumbing problem, it does indicate that something isn't quite right. If you hear gurgling, it means there's a clog, or at least a partial clog, somewhere in either your drain hose or pipe.

3) Water overflow

When the dishwasher backs up into the kitchen sink, you know something is wrong. A dishwasher overflow indicates that the water is unable to flow due to a clogged drain hose.

How to unclog a dishwasher drain hose

If you've figured out what's causing your dishwasher hose to clog, make sure you're prepared to unclog your drains. Below we are going to be going over a way to unclog your dishwasher drain hose, but remember that it is always wise to hire a local plumbing professional with the right knowledge.

Tools you may need: 

  • Drain auger or snake.
  • Gloves.
  • Bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Phillips head/flathead screwdriver
  • Baking soda

(Before starting any dishwasher repairs, unplug the unit!)

To start the unclogging process, you will want to remove the dish racks and then remove the drain grate with a screwdriver. Manually remove any visible debris and then use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. After you let the solution sit, you can add boiling water down the drain hose. Reattach and reinsert the rack and grate and check to see if the dishwasher is properly draining. 

Contact SERVPRO for dishwasher water damage restoration

At SERVPRO, we believe that no water damage is the best kind of water damage. You can count on the IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek when your dishwasher malfunctions and causes water damage throughout your home. Your kitchen will be back in a pre-water damage state in no time with the help of our experts. 

Contact us today! We offer 24/7 emergency services to all property owners throughout the greater Dayton area.

5 Essential Tornado Property Preparation Tips For Dayton Locals

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Dayton tornado damage to home in 2019 Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for more information on our tornado repair services!

A tornado property preparation plan will limit the number of damages.

Tornadoes are the most dangerous of all atmospheric storms. They can demolish well-built buildings, uproot trees, even hurl items into the air like lethal missiles. Strong tornadoes can strike anywhere in the greater Dayton area. The locals of Montgomery County know how the month of May in 2019 was by far the worst tornado season seen in the last few years. 

Tornadoes are unpredictable, but with the start of spring, it's vital to keep ahead of the game so you'll know what to do if one hits the ground. To be tornado-ready, you must understand what to do before, during & after a tornado hits. Keep reading and learn what you can do to keep your loved ones and property safe.

Plan for the worst, hope for the best  

The first step when it comes to tornado preparation is to have a plan. After you have finalized all of your tornado preparation plan details, it is essential to explain the plan to your loved ones so they know what to expect in a tornado emergency. Your well-thought-out tornado preparation plan will alleviate any last-minute panicking because you will know what to do and where to go when you have a tornado property preparation plan in place. Consider the following when creating a tornado property preparation plan:

  • Determine a secure location in your home where family members and pets can safely go to. The best place to seek shelter will be on your lowest floor and avoiding windows. A basement or storm cellar is the safest option.  
  • If in a high rise, choose a hallway in the building's center as a secondary option in case there is not enough time to go to its lowest level.
  • Choose a secure location in a nearby stable building if you live in a mobile home. During a tornado, no mobile home, no matter how well-built, is safe.

The 5 tornado property preparation tips

Preparing your home for a tornado is essential for the safety of your family and property. The following property preparation tips will help you limit the amount of damage:

  1. Trim trees with diseased or decaying branches and limbs. Loose tree branches will shatter windows, garage doors, and roofs, causing severe harm to your house.
  2. Prepare a list of anything that has to be taken indoors in the event of a tornado storm, including furniture, toys, bins, tools, trailers, cars, swings, and everything else that can be picked up and tossed by heavy winds.
  3. Clear the yard of debris – branches & firewood will become missiles in strong winds.
  4. Your garage doors should be secured shut. In certain houses, a garage is a vulnerable spot. The impact from the wind will raise the roof off the house if your garage door is breached.
  5. Install storm shutters to cover and protect windows.

When to expect a tornado in Dayton?

In Dayton, Ohio, every month is in tornado season, but the risk of a tornado is highest in late spring and early summer (April to July). More than half of the tornadoes that have struck the state since 1950 have occurred in May, June, and July. According to data from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

Signs of a tornado

  • The sky will be black and slightly greenish.
  • Air will become very still before a tornado arrives.
  • There is a loud roar, close sounding to that of a freight train.
  • An approaching cloud of debris, even when the funnel is not visible.

Who to call tornado damage repairs

Your property may have been severely damaged even after you follow the tornado property preparation tips listed above. Although your property may need restoration services, we are happy that you have made it out safely.

You can trust the IICRC certified team of professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for quick and reliable tornado property repair services. Our local crews know how devastating tornado damage can be and want to help you every step of the way. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you with your homeowners insurance claim and restore your property!

Elevator Water Damage? 7 Step Property Management Guide

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Elevator shut down after water damage Shut down any elevator that has water damage!

Elevators are not designed to operate in water.

If you are a property manager, it is important to handle all of the necessary repairs that come up. One of the most common types of damages is elevator water damage. Elevator water damage can happen due to many factors, including flooding or leaks from other units in the building.

Disasters don't occur with a warning, so it is okay to feel anxious. Elevators and water just do not belong together. So, if your building is experiencing a water intrusion, it is recommended that you follow the 7 steps to ensure the safety of the residents on the property. Let’s get a handle on the situation together!

What to do when an elevator is affected by water damage

Implement these 7 steps as soon as possible:

  1. Evacuate all residents on the water-damaged elevator.
  2. Turn off the main disconnects immediately.
  3. Divert water from elevator door entrances.
  4. Contact a reliable water damage restoration company  
  5. Cover or shut any openings or vents on the top of the shaft.
  6. Contact an elevator repair company as soon as possible. Record all the details you can on what areas of the elevator have been damaged by water. 
  7. Take pictures of all the parts that are affected. Pictures will help with the water damage insurance process.

Water and elevators don't mix.

Whenever a commercial elevator has been exposed to water, you must follow the seven-step plan to ensure your property management team can mitigate any potential damage.

Water will contaminate the hydraulic fluids in a hydraulic elevator because hydraulic oil is hygroscopic and additional water will reduce the life of the oil and the hydraulic components.  

How to protect an elevator from water damage

Here are some tips that can protect an elevator from severe water damage:

  • Make sure that the elevator is equipped with a surge protection system.
  • Check if the backup power generator is working.
  • Test the emergency lights and phones.
  • Look for any leakage near the elevator. (vents, doors, windows)
  • Add weather stripping on any doors that are next to the elevator.
  • Purchase (or test) sump pumps for the elevator pits.

Understanding what kind of water is present (Category 1,2, or 3)

The various water types refer to the cause of the elevator water damage and any possible contaminants that the water might come in contact with. The cleanliness of the water has a significant impact on the threat it poses to the elevator system that comes into contact with it. The (IICRC S500) IICRC Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration is a procedure that distinguishes the three different types of water damage.

  • Category 1: Sanitary "Clean Water"

Water that originates from a sanitary water supply and poses no significant risk. Examples; Rainwater, melting ice/snow, toilet banks, water supply lines, and toilet bowls without contaminants. 

  • Category 2: "Gray Water" 

Contains substantial contaminants. Examples: Toilet bowl overflow, punctured water beds, broken aquariums, and washing machine/dishwasher overflow or discharge.

  • Category 3: "Black Water" 

Water that is highly polluted and can contain toxigenic, pathogenic, or other dangerous agents. Examples include sewage, wind-driven rain from tropical storms/hurricanes, seawater, waste line backflow, and rising water from streams/rivers.

Knowing the definitions and differences of categories and types will help you understand what you will be dealing with and what sort of elevator water restoration process is required.

Contact SERVPRO for commercial water restoration.

When your property has elevator water damage, you will want to hire a company that knows how to handle all types of water damages. The restoration process for elevator water damage will include a thorough inspection to determine the category of elevator water damage present.

For example: Say that your elevator water damage was from a pipe break (Category 1) and the indoor carpeting had soaked in water, then this would require a water cleanup professional to focus on drying and preventing commercial mold growth.

To remove the water in the commercial building, our IICRC certified professionals will use fans, dehumidifiers, and other restoration equipment to dry the elevator water damage.

At SERVPRO, we fully understand how difficult it can be for commercial property managers to deal with elevator water damage situations; that's why we provide our customers with the best assistance in the form of our 24/7 emergency services. 

Our goal is to get the elevator water damage quickly restored to a pre-water disaster state so that it can start functioning normally again.

For more information on elevator water damage, please contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek at (937) 228-3433 or fill out the contact form on our website.

5 Safety Tips To Avoid Chimney Fire Damage in Dayton Ohio

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Home chimney in Dayton Ohio Contact the professionals at SERVPRO when you have chimney fire damage!

Chimney fire damage can be prevented 

Chimney fires are a lot more common than most people realize since most chimney fires aren't "full-on" fires that burst out from the top of the chimney and burn the house down. Tiny chimney fires are the most common; they start and then go out on their own but typically result in a damaging cycle for your chimney.

This blog post will discuss how many chimney fires start in Dayton and provide prevention tips to avoid unwanted fire disasters.

How do chimney fires start?

It's far too common for chimney fires to start when debris (nests and leaves) and creosote buildup within the chimney. Burning unseasoned wood, a limited air supply (like failing to open the damper), lower than average chimney temperatures, overloading the firebox are all conditions that promote creosote buildup. 

Signs of a dirty chimney

  • The fireplace emits a strong odor of burned wood when not in use.
  • Poorly burning fires causing a lot of smoke in the home.
  • A black chimney damper. The damper is typically located directly above the firebox.

5 Safety tips to avoid chimney fire damage

1) Keep the chimney clean

Keeping your chimney clean is the easiest way to avoid chimney fire damage. Burning wood produces creosote, a hazardous and easily flammable byproduct. Creosote buildup on the interior walls of the chimney causes the majority of home chimney fires. Creosote may appear like tar-like texture or crusty and hard.

2) Use fireplace doors and a screen

Before starting a fire, it is best to have both a door and screen installed. Doors and screens will help prevent smoke, hot embers, and carbon monoxide from entering your home. 

3) Burn suitable materials 

Professional chimney cleanings will clear the fireplace flue of flammable creosote. However, by burning "clean" flames, you can help keep creosote from forming in the first place. Use seasoned wood that has been drying for at least six months and has a low moisture content. 

4) Keep the damper open 

When you're lighting a fire in your fireplace, leave the damper wide open to minimize creosote buildup.

5) Install a chimney cap

When loose embers move higher up the flue, debris such as leaves or bird nests may catch fire. Install a chimney cap to prevent unwanted materials from entering the chimney flue. 

The chimney cap will also prevent "back puffing," which occurs when escaping smoke re-enters the chimney and then your home. 

Lastly, a chimney cap will reduce moisture from entering your home. Water in your chimney can destroy the dampers, liners, and also mortar joints of your chimney. Keep in mind that chimney mold growth is common when there is excess water.  

Why are annual inspections so important? 

A previous chimney fire, particularly one that went unnoticed, may cause severe damage to your chimney system as well as your home. A damaged or melted roof, heat damage to your walls, ceilings, or structural beams near the chimney are all possible areas for fire damage. 

The most damaging outcome of a chimney fire is that it opens paths for carbon monoxide to enter the house and removes the protections that shield the home from future fires. A stray spark or second chimney fire could quickly lead to a house fire if the previous damage is not correctly repaired. So, with that being said, it's always wise to get an annual inspection done to ensure your chimney is ready to be put into use.

Call SERVPRO for chimney fire damage cleanup.

The professionals at SERVPRO get many calls a year regarding house fires caused by a chimney. When you call SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek, a certified professional will come out and inspect the cause of the chimney fire damage so you can ensure that it doesn't happen again. Following a thorough inspection, we will then perform mitigation and restoration services to clean up and repair the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO is a renowned company, and it has been serving the Dayton locals since 1967. Our team is fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools and has years of experience in cleaning after smoke damage and restoring chimney fire damage. We offer 24/7 emergency services to our customers, so feel free to contact us anytime!

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)

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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!