Extension Cord Fire: 5 Tips for Optimal Safety
SERVPRO professionals are known for their fast services when it comes to fire cleanup.
An extension cord fire can strike at a moment's notice.
Extension cord fires can be a severe hazard, potentially leading to extensive property damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of East and South Dayton know that it is essential that people take the necessary precautions when using extension cords to avoid an extension cord fire.
This article will examine five tips for optimal safety when avoiding extension cord fires. We'll discuss topics such as choosing the right extension cords for the job, checking for frayed wires or damaged insulation on extension cords before using them, using extension cords with built-in overload protection, and more. By following these tips and examples provided throughout this article, you can help prevent extension cord fires from occurring in your home or workplace.
Who is susceptible to an extension cord fire?
When it comes to extension cord fires, anyone who uses extension cords is at risk. Whether you're a homeowner looking to power some extra lights for holiday decorations or a construction worker needing to power multiple tools on-site, extension cord fires can happen in any situation. It's essential to know extension cord fire safety and to remember that extension cords are not intended for permanent use—only use them temporarily and unplug them from the outlet when not in use.
SERVPRO's tips to avoid an extension cord fire
Not a single extension cord fire is 100% preventable, but people can take a few steps to lower their risks of extension cord fires. Here are five tips from SERVPRO of East and South Dayton to help you avoid extension cord fires:
- Select the proper extension cords for the job: Make sure you use an extension cord designed for the job you are trying to accomplish. Some extension cords are rated for outdoor use, while others are only suitable for indoor use. Additionally, extension cords come in different wattage ratings – make sure the extension cord you select can handle the wattage of whatever device or appliance it will be powering.
- Check extension cords before use: Always check them for frayed wires or damaged insulation. An extension cord should not be used and requires replacement if it has any visible signs of damage.
- Use extension cords with built-in overload protection: Extension cords equipped with built-in overload protection are designed to prevent extension cord fires from occurring. These extension cords are more expensive than traditional ones, but they can be well worth the investment for safety and peace of mind.
- Avoid overloading extension cords: It's important to never overload an extension cord by plugging in too many devices or appliances at once. Overloading could cause the extension cord to overheat, potentially resulting in a fire. If you need to power multiple devices, use two extension cords or a power strip for added safety.
- Unplug extension cords when not in use: Extension cords must be unplugged from outlets when they are not in use. Not only will this help prevent extension cord fires, but it can also help save energy and money in the long run.
What to do after an extension cord fire outbreak?
As mentioned, extension cord fires can be severe and cause extensive property damage if left unchecked. Therefore, when you experience an extension cord fire in your home or workplace, turn off the power to the circuit affected by the fire, leave the area immediately, and call 911.
After the fire is put out, the extension cord fire damage should always be handled by a professional fire restoration company with the capability and experience to restore your property correctly. Things to consider when choosing the right fire restoration company:
- Ensure that the fire restoration company is certified, insured, and bonded.
- Ensure that they are available 24/7.
- Look at references from their recent customers.
- Ensure they can adequately perform insurance estimates.
SERVPRO's extension cord fire restoration services
The professionals at SERVPRO of East and South Dayton are available 24/7 to help you with any extension cord fire restoration needs. We have the expertise to handle all types of electrical fires and smoke and soot damage caused by fire. Our team will work quickly to assess the damage and take any necessary steps to restore your property to its pre-fire condition.
We understand how devastating a fire can be and are here to help you throughout the process. Contact us today if you have experienced an extension cord fire in your home or workplace.
Shopping Mall Water Damage: 5 Practical Prevention Tips
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The professionals at SERVPRO are always available to help combat shopping mall water damage.
Dayton shopping malls are popular destinations for shopping and entertainment, but they can also be subject to water damage from floods, leaks, and other sources of moisture infiltration. Water damage can cause costly repairs that shopping mall owners must pay for if they want to maintain the integrity of their buildings.
Fortunately, there are steps shopping mall owners can take to reduce the risk of water damage in their buildings. This article will explore five excellent prevention tips that shopping mall owners should consider when avoiding shopping mall water damage. We will also discuss how SERVPRO of East and South Dayton is available to help with any repair or restoration needs you may have.
What are the leading causes of shopping mall water damage?
Faulty plumbing is one of the most common causes of shopping mall water damage. Faulty plumbing can result in leaks, water infiltration, and other problems that can cause significant damage to any shopping mall. For example, heavy rains or storms can cause flooding, leading to wet floors, ceilings, and mold growth. In addition to this, shopping mall owners should be on the lookout for overflowing gutters and downspouts, blocked drains, and other sources of water infiltration, which can wreak havoc within shopping malls.
SERVPRO's 5 water damage prevention tips for shopping malls
Now that you are aware of the common causes of shopping mall water damage, let's explore five practical prevention tips mall owners should consider when it comes to avoiding shopping mall water damage:
- Regularly inspect plumbing systems and ensure all pipes are undamaged and functioning correctly.
- Ensure gutters and downspouts are in good condition and regularly clean them of debris.
- Check for blocked drains and fix any issues that could prevent proper drainage.
- Ensure the roof is in good condition and repair or replace it if necessary to avoid water infiltration from heavy rains or storms.
- Install a sump pump in case of flooding to prevent or reduce the impact of shopping mall water damage.
These are just a few tips shopping mall owners should consider when preventing shopping mall water damage. These steps can help shopping mall owners reduce the risk of water damage and save themselves unnecessary repairs and expenses.
Steps to take when shopping mall water damage occurs
If shopping mall water damage occurs, you need to have a plan of attack to ensure that the shopping mall is a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for guests.
The first step should always be to stop the source of water infiltration. You can often address the water source by turning off the main water valve if the cause is a plumbing issue.
After taking care of the water source, the next step is to assess and document the shopping mall water damage. Documentation should include taking pictures or videos of any water-damaged areas for insurance purposes.
After evaluating and documenting the shopping mall water damage, mall owners should contact a professional water restoration company to help remove standing water and restore their shopping mall to its preloss condition.
SERVPRO of East and South Dayton can help
The professionals at SERVPRO of East and South Dayton are available to help mall owners with any water damage repair or restoration needs. The professionals at SERVPRO of East and South Dayton are trained in assessing shopping mall water damage, extraction, dry-out, mitigation, repair, and remodeling.
The team at SERVPRO of East and South Dayton can provide an accurate estimate of shopping mall water damage, offer advice on what steps need to be taken to restore the shopping mall to its preloss condition and work with shopping mall owners throughout the entire repair process.
From assessing shopping mall water damage, extraction of standing water, drying out wet areas, and repairs or replacements needed, shopping mall owners can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of East and South Dayton to provide the best water damage repair services available. Contact us today to learn more about our water damage repair and restoration services.
Why Our Experts Use Shoe Covers: 5 Practical Benefits
The professionals at SERVPRO always go the extra mile to ensure your property is kept in the best condition.
SERVPRO professionals always put on shoe covers before entering a property.
Protecting a property from further damage is essential during the disaster restoration process. Because SERVPRO professionals know this, we use shoe covers so that our footsteps don't drag in debris from outside and add to the work required. Wearing shoe covers while onsite helps protect carpets, flooring, and air quality from dirt, dust, and other contaminants from outside the building.
This article will discuss the five essential benefits of shoe covers. By reading through, you will understand why our SERVPRO professionals always wear shoe covers when restoring a property to its preloss condition.
What are shoe covers?
Shoe covers, also known as "booties," are a type of shoe or boot cover designed to protect carpets and flooring from dirt, dust, and other contaminants from outside. Shoe covers are commonly made from lightweight materials such as latex, nylon, or polypropylene that can provide a barrier between the shoe and the surface while still allowing free movement.
There are many different brands of shoe covers available, but the most popular ones are disposable shoe covers that offer protection while remaining lightweight and breathable. In addition, disposable shoe covers are ideal for restoration professionals because they can be removed and disposed of after each use, saving time and money from persistent cleaning.
Five essential benefits of wearing shoe covers
Now that you understand what shoe covers are, let's discuss the five essential benefits of wearing shoe covers. The five benefits of shoe covers include the following:
- Protects carpeting and flooring
- Improves air quality
- Shows professionalism
- Reduces slip and fall accidents
- Faster clean-up
Protects Carpeting and Flooring
As the first line of defense, shoe covers can prevent dirt, dust, and other contaminants from being tracked into a property. Shoe covers help protect carpets and floors from further damage during the restoration process.
Improve Air Quality
Shoe covers provide a barrier to keep dirt and dust out of the property and help contain harmful particles before they are dispersed into the air. In addition, with shoe covers, the indoor air quality of the property won't be affected, which is especially important when water or mold damage is present.
Wearing shoe covers costs little money, but it shows the property owner that the restoration professional is committed to their job and cares about protecting the possessions onsite. In addition, this step gives the property owner peace of mind knowing they have hired someone who cares and is taking all necessary precautions.
Reduce Slips and Falls
It's essential to keep shoe covers on at all times while on a property to prevent slips and falls. In addition, the shoe covers provide an extra layer of traction on slick floors, helping the restoration professional stay safe while working.
Shoe covers can make clean-up after a job much faster and easier. Shoe covers act as a barrier between the shoe and the surface being worked on, preventing dirt, dust, and other contaminants from being tracked around the property or into other areas of the building.
The most reliable shoe covers
As we mentioned earlier, there are many shoe covers available for purchase. However, the most reliable shoe covers are made from lightweight materials such as latex, nylon, or polypropylene.
The best brand of shoe covers we found to be the most reliable are from blue shoe guys. These shoe covers provide a barrier between the shoe and the surface while providing freedom of movement. They also offer protection while remaining lightweight and breathable, essential when working long, demanding jobs.
Today we went over why shoe covers are essential for restoration professionals and why you will always see SERVPRO professionals wearing them. Arguably the main reason they are worn is to help protect carpets and flooring from dirt, dust, and other contaminants brought in from outside. They also provide a barrier to protect the air quality inside the building, containing harmful particles before they can be dispersed into the air. With all the benefits mentioned, it's easy to see why shoe covers are must-have items for any restoration professional.
When hiring a restoration company, choose one that uses shoe covers on every job. By choosing SERVPRO of East and South Dayton, you can be sure that the property is being protected and that quality remains a priority for everyone in the home.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding shoe covers or if you require emergency restoration services. We are here to help you every step of the way!
Hospital Water Damage: 4 Costly Outcomes No One Talks About
The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help combat hospital water damage!
Water damage is a severe problem for hospital facilities because it can have devastating consequences for hospital staff, patients, and equipment.
From the loss of medical equipment and essential documents to mold growth and structural risks, hospital water damage can have a lasting impact on hospital operations.
We have put together the following blog post to discuss the four most impactful consequences of hospital water damage and provide information about how healthcare facilities can reduce the risk of hospital water damage.
SERVPRO of East and South Dayton is here to help hospital facilities mitigate the effects of hospital water damage in the community we serve. We are dedicated to providing hospital facilities with the best water damage restoration services.
What is hospital water damage?
Hospital water damage is an accumulation of damages caused by excess moisture, including flooding, leaking, and other forms of water intrusion. Water damage can come from internal sources like plumbing failures, broken pipes, and leaks in walls and ceilings; or external sources such as natural disasters like intense storms.
Water damage in hospital facilities can be extremely costly due to the hospital’s need for functioning medical equipment and its responsibility to protect patient health and safety.
The 4 costly consequences of hospital water damage
Now that you are aware of what hospital water damage is and its potential costs let’s discuss the consequences of hospital water damage:
1) Expensive Repairs: Water damage requires costly repairs, as hospital staff must replace or repair items damaged by moisture and mold. The cost of these repairs often exceeds hospital budgets and can cause long-term strain on hospital finances.
2) Damage to medical equipment & documents: Hospital water damage often results in the loss or irreparable damage of valuable medical records, equipment, and devices. The loss of hospital documents can be especially damaging to operations, as they provide essential information about patient care and hospital finances.
3) Mold Growth: Mold growth is a typical result of hospital water damage that is not quickly handled. Mold is the last thing any hospital facility wants because addressing it often requires further downtime and increased recovery costs.
4) Reduction in hospital productivity: The time, effort, and resources spent on repairing or cleaning up after water damage can significantly hinder hospital productivity. In extreme cases, hospital operations can be halted entirely due to extensive hospital water damage.
Reduce the risk of hospital water damage
As you can see, water damage can have costly consequences for hospital staff and patients. Fortunately, hospital facilities can take steps to reduce the risk of hospital water damage and its associated costs.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East and South Dayton recommend that healthcare professionals regularly inspect hospital facilities for signs of excess moisture such as dampness, discoloration on walls and floors, or a musty smell. Having a professional regularly check hospital pipes and other water sources can also help identify any issues before they intensify.
How the professionals at SERVPRO can help prevent and restore hospital water damage
The professionals at SERVPRO of East and South Dayton understand the importance of hospital cleanliness and safety. They are available 24/7 to help hospital facilities mitigate risks associated with hospital water damage.
Our experienced professionals use advanced equipment and techniques to quickly detect signs of water damage within hospital walls and other areas that may be difficult to access. We provide detailed inspection reports that provide hospital staff with evidence of existing water damage and help hospital facilities plan for further preventative measures.
We also provide expert restoration services to hospital facilities, restoring hospital walls and floors damaged by water or mold. Our IICRC-certified technicians use advanced equipment to quickly and effectively repair hospital water damage. Our commitment to quality service ensures hospital operations are not compromised, and hospital staff can focus on providing quality patient care.
Today we went over the effects of water damage and how it causes severe complications for hospital facilities, leading to costly repairs, mold growth, damaged medical equipment, document destruction, and reduced hospital productivity.
Taking proactive steps to prevent hospital water damage is the best way to ensure patient safety and hospital operations are not compromised. The professionals at SERVPRO of East and South Dayton are available 24/7 to help hospital facilities mitigate risks associated with hospital water damage and restore any signs of water damage. Contact us today to learn more about our water damage restoration services.
Storm Damage Inspection: 5 Things to Expect From The Experts
The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 for storm damage inspections!
A storm damage inspection is essential for property owners after a significant weather event causes property damage.
Residents of the greater Dayton, Ohio, know that unpredictable storms occur all year. With the prevalence of tornadoes, heavy rains, and snow, storm damage to Dayton properties is inevitable. Therefore, knowing how you, a property owner, can prepare for storm damage inspections and what to expect during the process is essential.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek have put together this blog post to help educate property owners on storm damage inspections. We have included a list of five things to expect and some tips to keep in mind regarding storm damage inspections.
Before we begin, contact us immediately if you currently have storm damage on your property and need an inspection. Our storm damage crews are available 24/7 and can respond quickly to your needs.
What is a storm damage inspection?
A storm damage inspection is a process by which a qualified professional assesses the damage to a property affected by a storm. Like a windstorm inspection, a storm damage inspection includes looking for signs of water damage, roof damage, structural damage, and wind damage. The inspector will provide a detailed report of their findings, which you can use to file an insurance claim or get the necessary repairs done.
Five things to expect during a storm damage inspection
Each storm damage inspection is different because the damage's severity will differ from property to property. However, there are five simple things that you can expect during this process:
- Documentation: The inspector will take pictures and document their findings so that you have a record of the storm's impact on your property.
- Advanced tools: A storm damage inspection utilizes specialized equipment to detect water damage behind walls, under floors and other areas that may be difficult to see with the naked eye.
- Questions: They will ask you questions about the storm, such as how long it lasted and what damage occurred.
- Insurance claim help: The inspector will provide a written report of their findings that you can use to file an insurance claim or get the necessary repairs done.
- Preventive tips: Depending on the storm's severity, they may recommend additional repairs or preventive measures to protect your property moving forward.
Preparing for a storm damage inspection
There are some necessary steps in preparation for a storm damage inspection on your property. Here are some tips before your storm damage restoration professional arrives:
- Tip 1: Go through your insurance documents and ensure you have all the necessary information ready for the inspector.
- Tip 2: Take pictures of any storm-related damage before and after it has been cleaned up.
- Tip 3: List any repairs or changes you have noticed since the storm.
- Tip 4: Ask your insurance company if they cover storm damage repairs and if you need anything else to process your claim successfully.
Let SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek help you inspect your storm damage.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek are here to help you with storm damage inspections. We understand the importance of having an experienced team assess and document storm-related damage on your property. Our storm damage crews are available 24/7 and provide quality inspection for commercial and residential properties.
We are a highly reputable storm restoration company that also offers various storm-related repair services, such as roof repairs, structural repairs, and water mitigation services. If you need assistance with storm damage repairs, we can help you every step of the way.
Thank you for reading our blog post on storm damage inspections. We hope this information helps get your property back in shape after a storm. If you need any assistance with storm damage inspections or repairs, contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek today! We are here to help. ??
5 Candle Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
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
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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:
- Water Damage
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.
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.
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
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:
- Flammable materials improperly stored
- Gas-engine malfunctions
- 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:
- Contact a fire restoration company. The right fire restoration company will have the experience and training to restore your garage and belongings properly.
- 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.
- 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
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:
- 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
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.
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
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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:
- Water stains
- Mold growth
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.
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.
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!