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Home Fire Evacuation Plan: What to do Before and After the Fire

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

An important part of fire safety is knowing what to do when a fire happens. For this reason, a home fire evacuation plan is a great thing to have. In the event of a sudden fire, an evacuation needs to happen quickly and efficiently while leaving as few essential things behind as possible and knowing where to go. Once you can escape your home or business that is in flames and alert authorities, your next step should be to contact a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek.  

Here’s what you need to do before, during, and after the fire.

Before Evacuating

It is important to prepare correctly to evacuate effectively. A few things you can do to prepare for a fire evacuation is to create a disaster relief kit or a to-go bag. This will contain any essentials that you would need in case you had to up and leave in case of an emergency. Good things to also put in this bag would be extra cash, clothing, emergency health information, and some plastic bags to keep sensitive items safe. Having a to-go bag ready to go in case of emergency can make maintaining a level head in an emergent situation much more manageable while helping keep you safe. 

Everyone in the household must also be on the same page in the event of fire damage. Everyone should have the same meetup location, such as a neighbors house, in case everyone has to leave in a hurry. If a fire is large enough to affect multiple homes or a large area, it is good also to have a meeting location in several directions. 

During an Evacuation 

It is important to know already what to do in the event of a fire so that you can make decisions to keep you and your loved ones best safe. You must maintain clear communication with everyone in your home in the event of a fire; power lines may be down, or phones may not be working in some situations or others may not be able to get to you. It’s important to listen to essential updates from the news and authorities that are keeping up with the situation. 

Do not forget your pets and try to keep them in a place they’re accessible so that you can easily retrieve them should you need to evacuate your property.

After an Evacuation

It’s important to wait to inspect your property after a fire until after you are permitted to do so by authorities. Once you are allowed back within the distance of your home or business, your next step should be to contact a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO of Downtown East Dayton/Beavercreek is ready and available for fire damage restoration and will immediately lend aid to the recovery process. Experiencing this kind of scenario can be extremely frightening and overwhelming. Leave it to the professionals here at SERVPRO to help you restore your home from smoke and fire damage at (937) 228-3433

Our SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Assess your Property After a Flood

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Floods cause a great deal of damage and can come from many sources. The worst floods come from external sources, although it is possible that clean water from burst water lines can become contaminated inside our home, making them almost as bad as floods originating outside your home. Contaminants make things especially hazardous to your health, but here are other dangers that can lurk inside your home after a flood has receded. 

In Dayton, flood damage can include silt and soils left behind in your appliances. These can retain moisture, creating not only breeding grounds for microorganisms but also moist environments that cause rust and other corrosive actions. As you know, rust can ruin your electric appliances over time, even if they seemed fine at first. Hot water heaters are especially dangerous because silt can shift, blocking pilot lights and creating gas leaks in the process. The same is true of gas dryers and ovens. 

It is vital to have your home appliances examined by a qualified professional to check and to make repairs on them. While we at SERVPRO are excellent at cleaning such items, we want to make sure that they are in perfect working order and recommend that these always also be examined by a certified technician after we have cleaned them. Most water damage technicians will not clean appliances to the degree required after a flood, but we can.

Other cleaning aspects can help you preserve your wood floors. After a flood, you are not merely battling moisture. You are also working to remove sediments that can act like sandpaper in your home. Some of this sediment is so fine, it can become airborne, and when breathed in, it can irritate your nasal passages and throat. Air scrubbers can help remove these particles, just like they do mold spores. As we dry your home with our heaters and air movers, we can also place our air scrubbers in the most effective locations to catch much of the silt, and other particles, floating in the air, making your home air much cleaner in the long run for you and your family. 

When you find yourself coping with flood damage, give us, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek a call at (937) 228-3433. Day or night, we are here to help you fight restoration emergencies.

How do you know when a mold job has been completed?

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek, mold cleaning is a service that we take seriously because if not performed correctly the mold growth can spread rapidly to non-affected areas. We have important steps and precautions that we take into consideration when working on a mold remediation job. Out IICRC trained staff knows that it is important to contain the affected area with containment. The reason that we use containment barriers is so that the mold spores are not spreading throughout other areas of the home or business. After the affected area is contained, we then know that we can perform the mold-cleaning job.

Our SERVPRO professionals will:

  • Remove all water damaged/mold-infested materials.
  • Remove and replace the affected drywall.
  • Clean and disinfect walls/carpets/ and other personal items.
  • Filter the contaminated air to remove any debris or spores.

The best way to know that a mold job has been completed to its fullest is through a post-mold remediation inspection. The first inspection that our SERVPRO professionals will perform is a visual inspection to see if any mold is still present. The next inspection test that will be conducted is moisture measurements. The human eye is not always able to see if moisture is present. Our team will use moisture meters and infrared cameras to detect whether there is any moisture hidden behind walls or under flooring. The last part of the inspection is not always conducted but important. For a homeowner to be one hundred percent positive, we will bring out one of our industrial hygienist vendors to take air samples. The industrial hygienist takes separate samples in different areas of the building because not all areas are impacted to the same degree. Once all three parts of the mold inspection (visual, moisture measurements, air samples) are performed will give you a report that tells you the mold remediation process has been completed.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is here to help during this time of need during this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek,(937) 228-3433

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Ongoing Inspections and monitoring during a restoration loss

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Once the project has been controlled, and the correction of the damage has begun, our SERVPRO technicians will continue to gather information through ongoing inspections and monitoring. The monitoring process will include recording temperature and relative humidity readings and other calculated psychrometric values. According to Webster, the definition of psychrometric is "a graphic representation of the properties of mixtures of air and water vapor." The way that we measure psychrometric values includes checking moisture levels or moisture content of materials. Psychrometric also includes the balancing of temperature, humidity, and airflow of both open and closed drying systems in any water damage job. It will be necessary to measure the relative humidity and temperature and have the right types and capacity of dehumidifiers to handle the water load in the structure. This is why our SERVPRO technicians are constantly carrying around an Ipad; we use our Ipad to update progress reports and to keep track of our readings. Our technicians make sure that we use the same meters throughout to be sure that readings stay consistent and accurate. Our IICRC certified technicians are all trained in the proper use and application of the meters. Part of the job of our technicians is to be in accordance with the meter manufacturer literature and have an understanding of the intended use. At SERVPRO of East Dayton, we make sure to record and monitor relevant moisture measurements daily at the same time of day. Once the drying goals have been achieved and documented, we can then pack up all the equipment and leave the site, "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Water Removal In Beavercreek, Ohio

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage The best rental equipment cannot match the commercial-grade machines we bring to each water damage job.

Commercial Water Removal

The weather in Beavercreek is OK now, but as most business owners know, most of their flooding and other water issues come from broken toilets or split water line. No matter the setting, all water damages should be handled by a professional service.

We have seen that there is a tendency to cut corners when it comes to commercial water removal in Beavercreek. Many business owners have no problem spending money on a licensed plumber and then will rent a shampoo machine and a water-vac from the nearest big box store to clean up the mess. At SERVPRO of East Dayton, we know that this is never a good idea.

The best rental equipment cannot match the commercial-grade machines we bring to each water damage job. We have qualified IICRC personnel trained to maintain our equipment on-site and have it ready every time it's needed. 

Take carpets as an example. A water-vac removes most of the water, and they may even feel dry to the touch, but there is always some moisture trapped inside. To thoroughly remove the water and dry them, SERVPRO technicians use pumps, water extraction wands, air movers, and dehumidifiers.

If the water is over two inches, we start with the pumps. Even in an ample space with multiple offices, our pumps can finish the job in just a few hours. If it is under two inches, we begin with the extraction wands. Unlike a water-vac, we have multiple settings to adjust the speed and force used. Most of the wands also have a built-in heating element, so we can start to dry the carpets as we finish removing the water trapped inside.

Once we finish with the wands, there is still a small amount of moisture trapped between the carpet layers. Most commercial carpets are glued down, so we use air movers to send dry air over the surface. Proper training is essential so that the glue does not cause the carpet to form bubbles. 

Each type of business and building has its special requirements to remove water and reopen the doors to customers. If you need us, call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek.

To Mitigate Storm Effects, We Suggest Immediate Water Extraction!

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Dayton Ohio

Following flooding as a result of storm damage, many objects and parts of your home will be soaked to differing degrees. Some areas may be very lightly touched by moisture, and will, as a result, dry out quickly. Others, however, may be inundated and soaked through by floodwaters, including porous materials such as carpeting and fabrics. Aside from the sheer volume of water, some other factors will also significantly affect the rate at which your home dries out. 

Water Extraction 

The most important part of the drying process for storm damage in Beavercreek is bulk water removal. Our drying technology, while thorough and adaptable, is by nature capable of the removal of far less water than a traditional pumping system. For example, our truck-mounted water extractors can move up to 36,000 gallons per day, but our drying systems are often limited to around 30 gallons daily under optimal conditions. We prioritize getting service crews on-scene within hours of an initial call, so to be sure to keep drying times as low as possible. 

Air Movement 

We use high-powered air movers to create strong currents of air in a drying room. These capture water droplets and vapor from all surfaces and are then coupled with thermal or chemical dehumidifiers to take the water back out of the air and into a holding tank or piped directly to the exterior of the structure.

Temperature 

Temperature profoundly affects the rate at which water evaporates, and thus the drying rate of your home. The ideal drying temperature is typically anywhere from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit, as at any lower, our air movers will not be able to pick up much moisture. Any higher and the air becomes too humid for optimal results.

Relative Humidity--RH

Finally, the most important factor is the relative humidity. Many of our tools and even the factors described above are related to and designed to accommodate moisture. One device we use to measure this important component of drying is a thermal hygrometer. Humidity must be kept at a relatively ordinary level, so as to encourage fast evaporation and removal but also to avoid further damage to the room. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek carries advanced equipment and specialized techniques to help dry out your home as fast as possible following a storm. If your home has experienced storm damage, call us at  (937)-228-3433

Hidden Mold Damage to Structural Components and Interior Contents of Commercial Buildings in Dayton

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Dayton Commercial Building "Once mold damage is detected in a Dayton commercial building, remediation should quickly take place to repair the situation".

As a darkness-loving microorganism, mold can easily be missed by the human eyes. Their ability to quickly gain a strong foothold allows microbes enough time to cause damage inside a Dayton building. The affected areas can sometimes be hidden until the furniture is rearranged or when a renovation takes place.


Once mold damage is detected in a Dayton, Ohio commercial building, remediation should quickly take place to repair the situation. It's important to begin restoration as soon as possible to help prevent several different problems from occurring or escalating. Keeping mold and spores contained through the use of temporary barrier walls, double-bagging, and quick disposal keeps the spores from spreading throughout the unaffected areas.

When a project involves areas damaged by microbial activity, many contractors refuse to continue until after an expert remediation team removes the moldy materials. Too much exposure to mold can quickly infest new materials. The best practices are to remove any ruined contents to protect the investment.

Rearranging furniture, even within a room, can reveal mold growing on walls behind furniture. Mold can be found under large pieces of furniture and also around window frames. Many mold spores can easily collect underneath a bed or couch, while window frames collect spores from the air outside as it moves through tiny cracks.

Call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for all of your commercial mold remediation needs. We are here to help.

Determining Flood Damage In Dayton

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Dayton River Patterson Boulevard Bridge Dayton, Ohio

Dayton Flood Damage in your home 

Removing stormwater from a Dayton home is much like removing water from a broken water heater. The equipment needed is the same, but there are additional precautions to take depending on if this outside water is contaminated. The same concerns are there when it comes to restoring the property.

SERVPRO of East Dayton understands that after a flood, Dayton homeowners want to get back into their house, and to their life before they wake up to find ankle-deep water in their living room and kitchen. To make certain we can provide a safe, clean environment; our restoration team first checks to see if the water is Clean, Gray, or Black.

Clean floodwater contains no threatening microbes and does not pose a risk to the health of the homeowners or other residents. Team members bring in the same pumps and extraction wands used to clean up after a broken kitchen sink sends water across the linoleum. Clean water can become contaminated if it stands too long, so we begin to remove it as soon as we get the first pump-off our truck. We also start to lower the humidity level since dry air also inhibits microbial growth.

Gray water contains low levels of microbes and other contaminants. The majority of them are usually urine or wash water forced out of overwhelmed sewers after a severe storm. This results in rapid microbial growth and the bacteria or fungi pose a threat to anyone who comes in contact with it. These same microbes can spread to walls and furniture as the water recedes and become a threat to property. To kill the microbes and prevent spreading them, SERVPRO technicians spray an anti-fungal agent across the surface of the water and nearby property before taking any other actions.

Blackwater is a severe threat to people and property. According to IICRC, the flood water has drawn in everything from the surrounding area as it rises. That includes animal waste, carcasses, and even sewage when the force of the water splits lines open. Since this contamination is obvious, our technicians pull on protective gear like rubber suits and even breathing gear. Once protected, they spray the water and nearby property before bringing in any pumps or other extraction gear.

For both Black and Gray water, we pump out the water into the nearest, functioning sewer opening. If there isn't one available, then we pump it into a tanker truck for removal to the nearest wastewater treatment plant.

Dayton Commercial Mold Damage Needs Remediation

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Removal Remediation is an extensive and complicated process.

Dayton Commercial Mold Damage Needs Remediation

Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup at Your Dayton Property

Most fire and water damage are easy to see and straightforward to clean. An untrained individual can remove burned siding or waterlogged sheetrock, although we do not recommend this. What is much harder to find, clean, and remove is mold. 

To stop and remediate the effects of mold damage in Dayton, SERVPRO uses the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) Mold Remediation Standard. This is a five-step process that protects occupants and workers, cleans and removes mold, then eliminates the environmental factors that led to the initial infestation. 

First, we reduce exposure. Homes with extensive mold growth can cause a limited number of health effects once the growth is disturbed by cleaning and removal procedures. Technicians isolate the affected areas from casual foot traffic by occupants in untouched areas and use the latest in industry-standard equipment to protect themselves. 

Second, we document every action. Our remediation team records the initial inspection to include mold growth size, which rooms, hallways, or work areas where it was found, and air content test results of mold spore and moisture levels. These are baselines we use to make sure surfaces are cleaned, and air quality has returned to normal after technicians complete their work. 

Third, we control contamination at the source. After the area is isolated, we keep it from spreading as the cleaning procedures get underway. One of our best practices uses negative air machines at the point of drywall and other demolition. These devices draw out dust and particulates from the air; when combined with a HEPA filter, they pull out mold even down to the size of a single spore. 

Fourth, we remove the contamination. The particles removed by negative air machines are typically blown outside of your home, but can also be captured and removed to another location. Any debris that has settled onto a surface is then wiped down using a dry cloth. Thicker amounts of contamination require a cleaning agent and a wet cloth. In some cases, a vacuum with a HEPA filter may be used for larger quantities. 

Fifth, we reduce the humidity level. As the current infestation is remediated, SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers to lower the moisture content to normal levels, preferably below 60%.

Once technicians have completed work, we test the areas to make certain everything is back to safe levels and then hand you the keys back to your home. Remediation can be an extensive and complicated process, but SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek is here to help you through it. Call us today at (937) 228-3433.