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5 Candle Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

11/28/2022 (Permalink)

Three candles in a home that are following candle safety practices. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help combat a candle fire disaster.

Understanding candle safety can help prevent devastating fires on your property.

With many different scents, it's no wonder that candles have become such a popular way to enjoy peace and quiet while transforming spaces through smell. However, as much as we love them, candles can pose a serious fire hazard if they're not used correctly.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek want you to understand candle safety to help keep your family and home safe from fire damage. We receive numerous calls for fire damage restoration after a candle fire every year. Therefore, we intimately know the devastation they can cause. But the worst part about candle fires is that most of the time, they are preventable.

The following blog post will discuss five candle safety tips every homeowner should know. Educating yourself on candle fire safety can help prevent a dangerous situation in your home.

Candle fire statistics

Before diving into candle safety tips, let's look at candle fire statistics. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are about 20 home fires caused by candles daily, with the days around Christmas being the peak of candle fires. Of note, three of every five home candle fires occurred when a combustible material was too close to the candle flame.

Candle safety tips

With the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to review candle safety tips. By taking a few moments to educate yourself on candle fire safety, you can help prevent a dangerous situation in your home. Here are our five candle safety tips:

1) Keep candles away from flammable and combustible objects

Keeping candles away from flammable and combustible objects may seem like an obvious safety tip, but it's often overlooked. Removing all flammable items within a one-foot safety circle around a burning candle is essential. One of the locations often overlooked is the window seal. Drapes and blinds are highly flammable, so it is vital never to place candles in windows near blinds or curtains.

2) Don't leave burning candles unattended

This candle safety tip is crucial: never leave a candle burning unattended, even for a short period. If you have to leave the room, blow out all the candles before you go.

3) Use candle holders that are sturdy and won't tip over

When choosing a candle holder, please select a sturdy one that won't tip over easily. Glass candle holders are a good option because they are less likely to tip over than other types of candle holders. Also, place candles on stable surfaces.

4) Keep candles out of reach of children and pets

Keep candles out of reach of children and pets because of the risk of knocking them over. In addition, the flame can be harmful if touched, and candle wax can also cause burns.

5) Trim all candle wicks

When candle wicks are too long, they can produce taller flames that are more likely to cause a fire. So be sure to trim candle wicks to about ¼ inch before each use.

Following these candle safety tips can help prevent a fire in your home. However, knowing the best company to contact when a fire occurs is essential to being prepared for a fire disaster. 

Trust SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek to combat any fire damage

Today, we discussed five candle safety tips every homeowner should know. Candle fires are preventable, but if one does occur in your home, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are here to help.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a fire damage restoration company that understands the devastation a fire can cause and will work quickly to restore your home to its pre-fire condition. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle all aspects of the fire damage restoration process.

Please get in touch with us today if you have questions about our fire damage restoration services or candle safety tips. We are always here to help!

Discover The Top 3 Surefire Signs You Need New Subflooring

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

New subflooring being installed by SERVPRO professionals in Dayton Ohio The professionals at SERVPRO are available when you need them most!

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have experience replacing subflooring in every imaginable condition.

You may have heard that well-maintained subflooring can last the property’s lifespan, but many factors can cause subflooring to break down and become permanently damaged. Knowing when your property needs new subflooring can save you time and money in the long run by preventing more significant structural damage.

Three common signs indicate it’s time to replace your subfloor:

  1. Water Damage
  2. Warping
  3. Squeaking

The following blog post will elaborate on each sign in further detail. Replacing your subflooring is a big job, but it needs to be done from time to time, depending on the age of your home. If you’re noticing any subflooring issues mentioned in this blog post, it’s probably time for a replacement.

What is subflooring?

Subflooring is a layer of material that sits below your flooring and helps to protect your property from the elements. It also provides a stable foundation for your home or business. The subflooring is attached to your property’s joists, the horizontal beams supporting your floors.

In short, your subflooring protects your property from the elements and provides a stable foundation for your home or business.

Plywood is the most common type of subflooring material. Plywood consists of layers of wood glued together. OSB (oriented strand board) is another type of subflooring material. It’s made up of smaller pieces of wood glued and pressed together.

The three signs that it’s time to replace your subflooring

Three common signs indicate it’s time to replace your subfloor: water damage, warping, and squeaking.

1) Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common indicators that you need new subflooring. Water can seep into your subflooring through cracks or holes in your primary flooring; it can also come up through the seams between your subflooring and joists.

If you have water damage, you’ll usually see swelling, discoloration, or mold on your subflooring. In addition, if you have a musty smell in your home or business without visible water damage on the surface, that’s another sign of water-damaged subflooring. Call a water damage company at the first sign of water damage.

2) Warping

Warping is another common sign that you need new subflooring. Warping is when your subflooring bends or curves. Most often caused by water damage, changes in temperature or humidity can also cause it. If your subflooring is warped, you’ll usually see cracks or buckling in your flooring. In addition, your floors might also feel spongy or bouncy.

3) Squeaking

When subflooring starts to break down, it can begin to squeak. Squeaking is usually caused by the subflooring pulling away from the joists. So if your subfloor is squeaking, you’ll usually hear it when you walk on your floors.

Tips to prevent subfloor damage

Preventing damage is the name of the game when prolonging the life of your subflooring. Here are a few tips that can help:

  • Inspect your flooring regularly for signs of wear and tear.
  • Repair any cracks or holes in your flooring or foundation as soon as possible.
  • Use mats or rugs at all entrances to your home or business to help keep dirt and debris out.
  • If you have a crawl space, ensure it’s well-ventilated to prevent moisture buildup.

Replace your subflooring with SERVPRO

If you’re noticing any of the main three subflooring issues mentioned in the above blog post, it’s probably time for a replacement. But don’t worry—you don’t have to do it yourself. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can take care of everything for you. We have years of experience replacing subflooring, and we’ll ensure the job is done correctly. In addition, we use high-quality materials and equipment, so you can be sure your property is protected, and your property is "Like it never even happened."

Don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an inspection or for any questions. We’re always here to help!

Garage Fire Damage: The 3 Most Common Causes

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Garage fire damage to a Dayton home. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help combat fire damage!

The number one best way to avoid garage fire damage is to be aware of how they begin.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have seen it all when it comes to fire damage and know that a fire is often preventable. We want to ensure you and your family are as safe as possible and avoid the devastation of a preventable fire because fire damage can leave your garage and home in disarray and cause long-lasting damage if not adequately treated. 

In the past year, we have received multiple service calls regarding garage fire damage. Out of all the garage fires that we have restored, we have seen three causes reoccur the most often: 

  1. Flammable materials improperly stored
  2. Gas-engine malfunctions 
  3. Indoor grilling

The following blog post will look at each of these causes in more detail so you can be as prepared as possible and avoid fire damage to your garage.

What is garage fire damage?

Garage fire damage is any fire damage that occurs in the garage. Depending on the cause and the burn time, the size could be anything from a small fire to a large blaze that engulfs the entire garage. It is essential to follow garage fire safety because a garage fire can be devastating, leaving your home and belongings in disarray. Garage fire damage can also cause long-lasting damage to your home if not properly treated.

The causes of garage fires

Garage fire damage is a severe issue that can have several causes. The most common causes of garage fires are flammable materials improperly stored, engine malfunctions, and indoor grilling. Let's discuss these three garage fire causes in further detail below.

Flammable materials improperly stored: one of the most common causes of garage fire is flammable materials that are improperly stored. For example, many people store gasoline, paint thinner, and oil in their garage, and when these items are exposed to heat or an open flame, they can easily ignite and cause a fire. Therefore, it is best to store all flammable materials safely away from heat sources to prevent them from starting a garage fire.

Gas-engine malfunctions: another common cause of a garage fire is gas-engine malfunctions. When a car or other gas-powered engine overheats, it can easily ignite any nearby flammable materials and cause a fire. Therefore, you will want to have all gas-powered engines regularly serviced and keep them clean to avoid a fire outbreak.

Indoor grilling: another common cause of garage fire is indoor grilling. Many people use their garage as a place to grill, but if a garage is not well ventilated, it can easily ignite any nearby flammable materials and cause a fire. To prevent this, it's essential to grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area.

Steps to follow to restore your garage after a fire

Even the most prepared property owners can suffer from garage fire damage. So, after a garage fire, you will want to follow these steps to ensure that your garage is properly restored:

  1. Contact a fire restoration company. The right fire restoration company will have the experience and training to restore your garage and belongings properly.
  2. Call your insurance provider. Your homeowner's insurance should cover garage fire damage, so it's essential to call your provider and start the claims process as soon as possible.
  3. Prioritize removing all important damaged items from the garage. Some important items may include paperwork, clothing, and oriental rugs.

How do the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek help after a garage fire?

When you call our SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek professionals, we will work quickly to restore your garage to its pre-fire condition. After we receive your emergency service call, we will:

  • Inspect the garage for any safety hazards.
  • Remove any damaged belongings from the garage.
  • Clean and deodorize the garage by removing any soot or smoke residue.
  • Repair any damage caused by the fire.
  • Restore any salvageable contents

We understand that garage fires can be devastating, so we will work quickly and efficiently to get your garage and home back to normal. If you have any questions or want to schedule an estimate, don't hesitate to contact us today.

Contents restoration: Your #1 Guide to Recovery

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek professional performing contents restoration services. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to help you recover from disaster!

Contents restoration can be a complex process, but with the help of SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek, the process will be much easier! 

The professionals at SERVPRO receive multiple property damage calls every day. One of the main reasons customers choose to work with us time after time is due to our ability to assess situations quickly and begin the restoration process. Using our knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment, we have the power to restore your belongings to their preloss condition.

We understand that you may have questions regarding the contents restoration process and how the process can become easier before we arrive to help mitigate the damage. So, to help ease your mind, we've put together this guide with some tips to speed up the contents restoration recovery. 

What is contents restoration? 

Contents restoration is the process of cleaning and repairing damaged personal belongings caused by water, fire, or smoke damage. There are many items that can go through our contents restoration process. Here are the most common items that our professionals restore: 

  • Furniture
  • Clothing 
  • Electronics 
  • Family heirlooms 
  • Important documents 

4 Tips to speed up recovery

Now that you are aware of the contents restoration process and what it entails, here are some tips to make the process go by even smoother! 

Tip 1. Act fast- The sooner you call for help, the better. Contents damaged by water can quickly become moldy, and contents damaged by fire can become permanently discolored. 

Tip 2. Separate salvageable and non-salvageable items- Before SERVPRO arrives to start the contents restoration process, it is essential that you separate items to speed up the process and allow our professionals to focus on the items that can be restored. 

Tip 3. Gather any important documents- It is essential to gather damaged important documents first to go through the contents restoration process. Common important documents include:

  • Birth certificates, 
  • Social security cards 
  • Passports
  • Etc. 

Tip 4. Don't try to clean or repair damaged items yourself- It is essential to leave the contents restoration to the professionals. Cleaning or repairing damaged items yourself can do more harm than good. 

Our contents restoration process 

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have gone through extensive training to learn the best methods for contents restoration. We pride ourselves on our ability to work quickly and efficiently to restore your belongings to their preloss condition. Here is our step-by-step process for contents restoration: 

Step 1. Contents assessment- The first step is to assess the damage's extent and determine what can be restored and what needs to be replaced. 

Step 2. Inventory and pack-out- Once we have assessed the damage, we will make an inventory of all the damaged items using XactContents and begin the pack-out process. The pack-out process is when we carefully pack up all the damaged items and remove them from the property. 

Step 3. Contents cleaning- Once we have determined what can be restored, we will begin the cleaning process. We will use dry cleaning, wet cleaning, or ultrasonic cleaning techniques. 

Step 4. Contents deodorization- After your belongings are cleaned, we will work to remove any lingering odors that may be present. 

Step 5. Contents repairs- In some cases, minor repairs may need to be made to restore your belongings to their preloss condition. 

Step 6. Contents storage- If needed, we can store your belongings in our climate-controlled facility until your home or office is ready for them. 

Wrapping up

We understand that contents restoration can be a daunting and emotional process. But with the help of our professional team at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek, we can make it "Like it never even happened." As you learned today, we use the latest techniques and equipment, allowing us to restore your contents as quickly as possible.

We hope you enjoyed our guide on contents restoration and that it helped you better understand our contents restoration process. When you have property damage, time is of the essence, so don't hesitate to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is always here to help!

Wet Drywall: The 3 Most Common Signs

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Wet drywall being dried by the professionals at SERVPRO The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to combat water damage!

The professionals at SERVPRO use moisture meters to detect wet drywall.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek has served those living in the Greater Dayton area for over 25 years. As experts in water damage restoration, we can help you identify wet drywall and take the necessary steps to prevent further damage. 

We know firsthand that wet drywall can be detrimental to the structure of your building. Therefore, it is essential to take wet drywall seriously and to call a water damage professional as soon as possible.

Several signs indicate wet drywall, and in the following blog post, we will be going over the three main indications in detail. By the end, we hope you know how to identify wet drywall better and can avoid any future water damage in your home.

What are the causes of wet drywall?

Before we dive into the signs of wet drywall, let's briefly go over some of the common causes of wet drywall. The most common cause of wet drywall is the result of a pipe burst. Your home consists of pipes responsible for bringing fresh water into your home and removing wastewater. If one of these pipes bursts, it can cause wet drywall.

Another common cause of wet drywall is a roof leak. Your roof is constantly exposed to the elements and may develop cracks or holes over time. When your roof is not properly maintained, water can enter your home through these cracks and holes and cause wet drywall.

The last common cause of wet drywall is due to appliance leaks. Many appliances in your home, such as your washing machine, dishwasher, and water heater, use water. If one of these appliances leaks, it can cause wet drywall.

Three signs of wet drywall

Now that we've gone over some of the common causes of wet drywall, let's dive into the three main signs of wet drywall:

  1. Water stains
  2. Warping
  3. Mold growth

Water stains

The first sign of wet drywall is water stains. Water stains can be hard to miss and are often the first sign that something is wrong. So if you see water stains on your drywall, it's a good indication that wet drywall is present.

Warping

The second sign of wet drywall is warping. Warped drywall is another easy-to-spot sign of wet drywall. Warped dry will no longer appear as flat because water has been absorbed.

Mold growth

The third and final sign of wet drywall is mold growth. Mold is a fungus that thrives in damp environments. So if you see mold growing on your drywall, it's a good indication that wet drywall is present.

How to prevent wet drywall from happening in your home

Water damage is one of the most common causes of wet drywall. If you want to prevent wet drywall from happening in your home, there are several things you can do:

The first thing you can do is properly maintain your roof. Check for any cracks or holes and repair them as soon as possible. Water can enter your home and cause wet drywall if you don't maintain your roof.

The second thing you can do is properly maintain your appliances. Check for any leaks and fix them as soon as possible. If you don't maintain your appliances, they can leak and cause wet drywall.

The last thing you can do is install a water alarm. A water alarm will notify you if there is any water in your home, which will help you detect wet drywall before it becomes too severe.

How can the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek help combat wet drywall?

Today we went over the three main signs of wet drywall and the common causes. We also discussed some tips on preventing wet drywall from happening in your home because prevention is critical. However, wet drywall can still occur even if you take all the necessary precautions. If wet drywall does happen in your home, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are here to help!

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are all IICRC certified and have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to correctly identify wet drywall and take the necessary steps to prevent it from causing further damage.

Please get in touch with us anytime for any questions or information on how we can combat water damage in your home or business!

Hardwood Water Damage: The #1 Guide For Restoration

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

Hardwood water damage in a Dayton home. The professionals at SERVPRO can restore your water-damaged hardwood floors!

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can save your hardwood floors from water damage! 

Water damage is a severe problem that can affect any home, and one of the worst items to get wet are hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are not only expensive to replace, but they are also difficult to repair. The best way to avoid having to replace your hardwood floors is to take immediate action when water damage occurs.

This comprehensive guide will show you everything you need to know about restoring your hardwood flooring after water damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are your one-stop shop for water damage restoration

What is hardwood water damage?

Hardwood water damage is damage that occurs when water seeps into the cracks and joints of your hardwood floors. Hardwood water damage can happen from a number of sources, including leaks, spills, and floods. When water damage occurs, it is essential to take action immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur. The following signs are indications that your hardwood floors have been affected by water damage:

  • Warped or buckled flooring
  • Gapping between floorboards
  • Peeling or bubbling paint or varnish
  • Mildew or mold growth
  • Odors such as mustiness or sewage

What to do if you experience hardwood water damage?

The first thing you need to do when you experience hardwood water damage is to assess the damage. You will want to look at the type of water infiltration, the type of wood flooring, and the severity of the damage. Once you have assessed the damage, you must contact a reliable water restoration company and provide them with the gathered information.

What to expect from the restoration process

When contacting a team of water restoration professionals, they will work quickly to create a plan of action. The goal is to restore your hardwood floors to their pre-damaged state. This process usually takes a few days to a week to complete.

During the restoration process, the team of professionals will:

  • Remove all water from the flooring
  • Remove all damaged floorboards
  • Sand and refinish the entire floor
  • Clean and disinfect the area

Once the restoration is complete, your hardwood floors will look as good as new!

Preventing hardwood water damage in the future

One of the best ways to prevent permanent hardwood water damage is to take immediate action when water damage occurs. The longer you wait, the more damage will occur. In addition, you can take steps to prevent water damage from happening in the first place.

Some steps you can take to prevent water damage include:

  • Installing a waterproof membrane under your flooring
  • Ensuring your gutters are clear and draining properly
  • Checking your roof for leaks regularly
  • Ensuring your appliances are functioning properly

These are just a few of the measures you can take to help prevent water damage in your home. Following these precautions can help ensure your floors stay safe from moisture and water infiltration.

How SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek helps with hardwood water damage?

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a reliable and experienced water restoration company that can help you restore your hardwood floors after water damage has occurred. We have the knowledge and resources to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

When you choose to work with our team of IICRC water damage restorers, you can expect the following:

  • A quick response time
  • A thorough assessment of the damage
  • A detailed plan of action
  • A complete restoration of your flooring

If you are experiencing hardwood water damage, please get in touch with us immediately. We are available 24/7 to start the restoration process and help you get your beautiful floors back to normal.

Summer Storm Damage: 3 Types of Storms That Cause the Most Damage

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

A summer storm in Dayton Ohio The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help restore any property affected by summer storm damage.

Recover quickly from summer storm damage with help from the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek!

Summer storms can cause a great deal of damage, both to your property and to your peace of mind. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek receive an increased number of emergency storm damage calls after summer storms, and we're here to help you recover quickly.

There are three types of summer storms that can cause significant damage:

  1. Thunderstorms
  2. Hail storms
  3. Tornadoes

Each type of summer storm has its own set of dangers, so it's essential to prepare for all three. In the following blog post, we will go over how each type of summer storm can cause damage and why you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek when you experience any storm damage.

What is summer storm damage?

Summer storm damage refers to property damage caused by a storm in the summer. Summer storm damage can consist of exterior and interior property damage. Whatever the form of summer storm damage, it's essential to take steps to mitigate the damage as much as possible.

One of the main dangers of summer storms is the high winds they often bring with them. These winds can cause tree limbs and debris to fall, damaging property. In addition, summer storms can also cause power outages and flooding.

The three leading types of summer storms cause the most damage.

As we mentioned earlier, the three types of summer storms that can cause the most damage are thunderstorms, hail storms, and tornadoes. In the following sections, we will discuss how your property can become damaged by the three types of summer storms.

Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are a common type of summer storm that can cause a great deal of damage. One of the dangers that thunderstorms bring to a property is excess rainfall. Rain can cause flooding, damaging your property significantly when not mitigated and restored quickly. 

Hail storms

Hail storms are another type of summer storm that can cause significant damage. The hail stones that come down during a hail storm can cause damage to your home's siding, windows, and roof. In addition, hail storms can also cause tree damage and power outages.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes are a type of summer storm that can cause significant damage. Tornadoes can cause damage to your home's structure, as well as downed trees and power lines. The professionals at SERVPRO have dealt with the aftermath of tornado damage and know the importance of quickly mitigating and restoring summer storm damage.

Protecting your property from summer storm damage

Summer storms can cause significant damage to your property, so it's essential to take steps to protect it. Here are a few tips to help you protect your property from summer storm damage:

  • Keep valuables in a safe location.
  • Clear your gutters and downspouts.
  • Trim tree limbs.
  • Secure outdoor furniture.
  • Have a storm damage mitigation and restoration plan in place.

How the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can help after summer storm damage?

If you've recently experienced any summer storm damage, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can help. We have the experience and resources to mitigate the damage and help you get your life back to normal.

We understand that summer storms can be unpredictable and cause significant damage. That's why we're here to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We're dedicated to responding immediately to summer storm damage emergencies and will work quickly to restore your property back to its pre-storm condition.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is locally owned and operated, so we're already close by and ready to help. In addition, we have a strong storm damage restoration presence in the Dayton area and are prepared to handle any size summer storm damage emergency.
Contact us today to learn more about our summer storm damage restoration services or to schedule an inspection.

The Top 3 Crawl Space Water Damage Causes: What You Need to Know

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO encapsulated crawl space to prevent water damage SERVPRO professionals can help remove and prevent crawl space water damage!

Water damage can be a massive headache, and it's even worse when the damage is in your crawl space.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have seen it all when it comes to water damage, and we know that water in your crawl space can come from many different sources.

This blog post will go over the top three causes of crawl space water damage and what you can do to prevent it. We put this blog post together because we want to help you keep your home in tip-top shape and avoid water damage before it starts.

What is crawl space water damage?

Crawl space water damage occurs when water seeps into your crawl space. Crawl space water damage can be minor, such as moisture on the floors or walls, or it can be significant, such as flooding. Crawl space water damage is often hard to spot because it's out of sight and out of mind. Hence why it's essential to be aware of the signs of crawl space water damage, which we will review later in this blog post.

The three leading causes of crawl space water damage

Now that we understand crawl space water damage let's look at the three leading causes.

1) Faulty roof

One of the most common causes of crawl space water damage is a faulty roof. If your roof leaks, it's only a matter of time before the water seeps into your crawl space. A leaky roof is often caused by missing or damaged shingles, but a faulty gutter system can also cause it.

If you suspect that your roof is leaking, it's essential to have it checked out by a professional as soon as possible. The sooner you catch the problem, the less damage there will be.

2) Plumbing leak

Another common cause of crawl space water damage is a plumbing leak. If there is a leak in your plumbing, the water will eventually make its way into your crawl space. A plumbing leak can result from many different things, such as a broken pipe or a faulty appliance.

If you suspect a plumbing leak, it's essential to have it fixed as soon as possible. The longer the leak goes unrepaired, the more damage it will cause.

3) Groundwater seepage

Ground seepage is the third and final leading cause of crawl space water damage. Groundwater seepage occurs when water from the ground seeps into your crawl space caused by a high water table or poor drainage around your foundation.

If you suspect that you have groundwater seepage, it's essential to have it checked out by a professional as soon as possible. The sooner you catch the problem, the less damage there will be.

What are the signs of crawl space water damage?

Now that we have gone over the three leading causes of crawl space water damage, let's look at the signs. The sooner you catch the signs of crawl space water damage, the sooner you can take corrective action and prevent further damage.

Some of the most common signs of crawl space water damage include:

  • Water stains on the walls or ceiling
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Musty odors
  • Damp floors
  • Peeling paint
  • Rusting metal

If you notice any of these signs in your crawl space, it's essential to have it checked out by a professional as soon as possible. The sooner you catch the problem, the less damage there will be.

Preventing crawl space water damage

The best way to deal with crawl space water damage is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are some tips on how you can avoid crawl space water damage:

  • Inspect your roof regularly and have any leaks fixed as soon as possible.
  • Check your plumbing regularly for leaks and correct them as quickly as possible.
  • Make sure your gutters are clean and in good working condition.
  • Inspect your foundation periodically and seal any cracks or gaps.
  • Improve the drainage around your foundation.
  • Install a sump pump in your crawl space.

If you follow these tips, you can help prevent crawl space water damage.

What to do if you have crawl space water damage

If you have crawl space water damage, it's essential to take corrective action as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more damage the water will cause. Here are some tips on what you can do if you have crawl space water damage:

  1. Call a professional. Crawl space water damage is not something you should try to fix on your own. Calling a professional with the knowledge and experience to deal with the problem correctly is essential.
  2. Remove any standing water. If there is any standing water in your crawl space, it's essential to remove it as soon as possible. The longer the water stands, the more damage it will cause.
  3. Dry out the area. Once all the standing water is removed, it's essential to dry out the area. Fans, dehumidifiers, or a wet/dry vacuum are the best pieces of restoration technology to dry a crawlspace.
  4. Remove any damaged materials. Once the area is dry, you can remove any damaged materials, including insulation, flooring, walls, etc.
  5. Clean and disinfect the area. Once the damaged materials have been removed, cleaning and disinfecting the area is essential to help prevent mold and mildew growth.
  6. Repair any damage. Once the area is clean and dry, you can start repairing any damage caused by the water, including fixing leaks, sealing cracks, etc.

If you follow these tips, you can help minimize the damage caused by crawl space water damage.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can restore your crawl space water damage.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have mitigated hundreds of homes and businesses that have had crawl space water damage. We understand the importance of acting quickly and will work quickly to restore your home or business to its pre-water damage condition.

We have the knowledge and experience to deal with all types of water damage, no matter how big or small. We use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to dry out your home or business and prevent further damage.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have crawl space water damage. We are available 24/7/365 and will respond to your call immediately.

The Top 2 Benefits of Emergency Board Up Services

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's emergency board up services performed in Dayton Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for a quick response to your property damage!

Emergency board up services offer more than a sense of security and peace of mind.

When it comes to protecting your property, nothing is more important than having a solid security system. The professionals at SERVPRO know that security is exceptionally essential after a property has been affected by severe storm damage, fire damage, water damage, vehicle impact damage, or vacancy.

When disaster strikes your property, the first step is to board up any openings to prevent further damage, and emergency board up services has proven to be one of the best physical barriers you can have in place. Boarding your property after a disaster can: 

  1. Help prevent further damage from occurring.
  2. Provide a sense of safety and security for the property owner.

The following blog post will go into depth on these two benefits of emergency board up services and why you should contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for all your disaster restoration needs.

What are emergency board up services?

Emergency board up services are temporary repairs put in place to secure a property with damages. For example, emergency board up services will secure a property's doors, windows, and other openings. Restoration professionals offer these services to cover any damaged areas of the property that may be susceptible to further damage. Emergency board up services are typically put in place within 24 hours of the initial damage occurring.

The two main benefits of emergency board up services

Now that you know what emergency board up services entail, it is time to go into further detail on the top two benefits of using them. Here are the two benefits of emergency board up services:

  1. Emergency board up services can help prevent further damage from occurring by creating a physical barrier between your property and the outside world. This barrier can help to prevent wind, water, and other elements from entering your property and causing further damage.
  2. Emergency board up services can provide a sense of safety and security for the property owner by making it more difficult for intruders to enter your property. A property owner will have greater peace of mind knowing their property is better protected from thieves and vandals.

How to choose the right contractor for emergency board up services?

When choosing a contractor for emergency board up services, it is essential that you choose a reputable and experienced company. The last thing you want is further damage to your property because the hired contractor did not perform the board up services correctly.

Here are some tips for choosing the right contractor for emergency board up services:

  • Make sure that the contractor has experience in providing emergency board up services.
  • Ask the contractor for references from previous clients.
  • Ensure that the contractor is licensed and insured.
  • Ensure the contractor only uses the best board up materials for the job.
  • Get a written estimate from the contractor before work begins.
  • Ensure that the contractor is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for all of your disaster restoration needs

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a professional disaster restoration company specializing in emergency board up services. As an IICRC-certified firm, we have the knowledge and experience to assess the damage and quickly provide a plan of action.

When you contact us for emergency board services, we will:

  • Inspect the property for damage and make a plan of action
  • Board up any openings to prevent further damage
  • Cover up any damaged areas that may be susceptible to further damage

In addition, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to any size disaster. Contact us today for more information on our emergency board up services.

Mold in Hotel Rooms: 5 Causes and Prevention Tips

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Hotel mold inside a Dayton hotel room. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for fast mold remediation services!

Mold is a common problem in hotel environments, especially in hotel rooms.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have mitigated many hotel mold losses and have seen firsthand the damages that mold can cause.

Mold thrives in warm, moist environments, and hotel rooms provide the perfect conditions for mold to grow.

This blog post will discuss the causes of hotel mold and how to prevent it from growing in your hotel building. We will also provide tips on what to do if you find mold in your room. Our goal here at SERVPRO is for our hotel owners and guests to live in a safe and mold-free environment. So, without further ado, let's get started! 

What causes hotel mold?

Many factors can contribute to the growth of mold in hotel rooms. However, the five most common causes of hotel mold include:

  1. Poor ventilation: Poorly ventilated hotel rooms will have excess moisture leading to mold growth.
  2. Leaky pipes: If a hotel room pipes are leaking, it can create moist conditions for mold to grow.
  3. Water damage: If hotel rooms experience water damage from flooding, it can create the perfect environment for mold to grow.
  4. Humidity: High humidity levels in hotel rooms can create the ideal conditions for mold to grow.
  5. Dirty hotel rooms: Dirt and dust can provide the perfect food source for mold to grow.

So, how do you prevent hotel mold?

There are many things that hotel owners and guests can do to prevent hotel mold. Some of the most effective prevention tips include:

  1. Increase ventilation: Proper ventilation is key to preventing hotel mold. Open windows and doors when possible and use fans to circulate air.
  2. Fix leaks: Be sure to fix hotel room leaks as soon as possible.
  3. Prevent water damage: Take measures to prevent water damage in hotel rooms, such as using water-resistant materials and replacing outdated appliances.
  4. Control humidity: Keep hotel room humidity levels under control by using a dehumidifier and opening windows and doors when possible.
  5. Keep hotel rooms clean: Vacuum and dust regularly, and wash bedding and towels often.

The signs of hotel mold

There are many signs that hotel mold is present. Some of the most common signs of hotel mold include:

  • Visible mold growth: Look for any visible mold growth in hotel rooms. You can find mold in dark, damp areas such as under beds, closets, and bathrooms.
  • Musty odors: If hotel rooms have a musty or mildewy smell, it could be a sign of mold.
  • Stained walls or ceilings: If hotel room walls or ceilings are stained, it could indicate a water leak, leading to mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity: If hotel rooms are excessively humid, it could indicate mold damage.

What should you do if you find hotel mold?

If you find hotel mold in your hotel room, it is essential to take action immediately. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek recommends the following steps:

  • Contact hotel management: Let hotel management know as soon as possible so they can take action to remediate the mold.
  • Isolate the area: Be sure to isolate the area where the mold is present to prevent it from spreading.
  • Call mold remediation professionals: When there is a mold issue, it is best to call a professional mold remediation company like SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek.

Wrapping up

We hope you enjoyed learning about hotel mold and how to prevent it. Mold is a common problem in hotel atmospheres, but there are many things that hotel owners and guests can do to prevent its growth. If you find hotel mold in your room, be sure to take action immediately by contacting hotel management and calling a professional mold remediation company.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are experts in mold remediation, and we are here to help if you find hotel mold in your room. Contact us today for more information about our services. We're here to help!