The 5 Types of Storm Damage And How to Recognize Them
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It's essential to identify the different types of storm damage so that you can take the necessary precautions and protect your property.
All year long, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek receive calls from customers experiencing storm damage to their property. The type of storm damage a property receives commonly depends on the season and the property's location.
There are five types of storm damage that Dayton property owners should be aware of:
- Wind damage
- Hail damage
- Rain damage
- Tree damage
- Snow damage
Each type of storm has its own unique characteristics that can cause serious harm to a property. In this blog post, we will discuss each type of storm in detail and provide tips on recognizing them.
What is storm damage?
Storm damage is any type of damage caused by a severe weather event. The citizens of the Dayton metropolitan area know that storm damage can come in many forms depending on the season.
How to recognize the different types of storm damage
Recognizing storm damage will depend on the type of damage that has occurred. So let's take a closer look at the five different types of storm damage:
Wind damage occurs when high winds reach up to 50 or 60 mph. These types of winds can cause damage to roofs, windows, doors, and siding. One way to recognize wind damage is by looking for missing shingles on the roof or cracks in the foundation.
Hail occurs when small bits of ice fall from the sky. These bits of ice can range in size from a small pebble to a large golfball-sized hailstone. Dents in siding or shingles are the most common indication of hail damage.
Rain damage is caused by, you guessed it, rain! Heavy rains can cause flooding and leaks in roofs, windows, and doors. One way to tell if you have rain damage is by looking for water stains on the ceilings or walls of your property.
Trees can cause a lot of damage during a storm. High winds can cause trees to fall, damaging roofs, windows, and cars. If you see a tree that has fallen on your property, it is essential to contact a professional to have it removed as soon as possible.
Snow damage occurs when the weight of snow puts stress on the roof. This type of damage is most common in the wintertime because Ohio receives a lot of snowfall. One way to tell if you have snow damage is by looking for cracks in the ceilings or walls.
No matter what type of storm has passed, you must be sure to inspect for physical damage to your property right away. Missing shingles or siding, dents in metal surfaces, or cracked or broken windows are all common signs that your property has sustained storm damage.
What to do if a storm damages your property?
If a storm damages your property, it is essential to contact your insurance company and a professional storm restoration company to have the damage assessed and repaired. An experienced team will be able to correctly identify the type of damage and take the necessary steps to fix it.
The restoration professionals should know their way around the insurance claims process to help you get the compensation you need to repair your property.
The severity of the damage will dictate the necessary repairs. Common repairs range from patching a hole in the roof or as complex as rebuilding an entire section of the damaged property.
How SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can help
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a professional storm damage restoration company that has been helping customers in the Dayton area for over 25 years. We provide the highest quality service and customer satisfaction while helping customers get the most out of their insurance claims.
When you choose to contact us, we will dispatch a crew to your location as soon as possible. Our IICRC certified and experienced professionals will work diligently to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
We understand that dealing with storm damage can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, which is why we will work with you every step of the way to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. So, please don't hesitate to contact us today if your property sustains storm damage.
We are always here to help!
The 2 Most Common Gutter Problems
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Gutter problems need to be addressed before the next storm passes.
It's that time of year again when the weatherman is always predicting storms. And while you're probably worrying about what you'll need to do to prepare your home, you should prioritize your gutters, especially if they are already giving you problems! Gutter problems can be a significant issue, and if it's not fixed before a storm hits, you could be in for a world of trouble.
Your gutters play an essential role in protecting your home from water damage. And the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek have seen overlooked gutter problems cause severe storm damage.
The following blog post will shine a light on the two main problems with gutters and tips on avoiding them. You can ensure that your gutters function correctly and protect your home from storm damage by taking the necessary precautions.
What are gutters?
Gutters are a type of roofing system that helps divert rainwater away from your home. Without gutters, the rainwater would flow off the roof and down the side of the house, where it could damage the siding, windows, and foundation. Gutters are installed along the roof's edge and have a downspout that carries the water away from the house.
What are the two main problems with gutters?
The two biggest gutter problems are:
- The gutters are not draining
- Clogged gutters
Gutters not draining
A few different causes could lead to a property's gutters not draining correctly. The first could be that the gutters are too small for the size of the roof. When this happens, the gutters can't handle the amount of water coming off the roof, causing an overflow. Another cause of poorly draining gutters could be the downspouts not being installed correctly or being damaged. If the downspouts are not installed properly, the water will not be diverted away from the house correctly and will overflow.
Clogged gutters are another common problem with gutter systems. Leaves, twigs, and other debris can fall into the gutters and block water flow. When this happens, the water has nowhere to go and will overflow the gutters. Clogged gutters can also cause the gutters to pull away from the house, leading to severe damage.
Tips to avoid gutter problems
Whether your property's gutter system has a clog or is overflowing, it's essential to take action to avoid water damage. The following are a few tips on how you can avoid gutter problems:
- Install gutter guards: Gutter guards are installed over the gutters to keep leaves and other debris from falling in and causing a clog.
- Clean your gutters regularly: It's essential to clean your gutters regularly to remove any leaves or debris that may have fallen in.
- Inspect your gutters regularly: Inspect your gutters regularly for any damage or clogs. If you see any damage, be sure to repair it right away.
How can the professionals at SERVPRO help?
We hope this blog post has helped you understand the two main gutter problems. By following the tips mentioned above, you can avoid gutter problems and keep them in good working condition. However, if you experience any water damage due to a faulty gutter system, the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek are here to help.
All of us here at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek are highly trained and experienced in storm damage restoration. We have the knowledge and equipment to quickly dry out your property to prevent further damage. Our IICRC-certified firm also can work with your insurance company to make the claims process as smooth as possible.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us at any time. We are always here to help!
4 Memorial Day Fire Safety Tips to Avoid Fire Damage
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SERVPRO receives many fire damage calls during Memorial Day Weekend.
Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who have died in service to our country. It's also a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy some good food, fun, and fireworks.
We don't want to be a buzzkill, but we know firsthand that fire damage can quickly turn a fun day into a disaster. Therefore, in the following blog post, we will go over four Memorial Day fire safety tips to help avoid fire damage this holiday weekend.
By following the fire safety tips mentioned in this blog post, you can help avoid a fire disaster and keep your Memorial Day weekend fun and safe.
What is fire damage?
Fire damage is damage caused by fire, whether from a structure fire, wildfires, or even BBQ grill fires. It can include damage to your home or business and your belongings.
When fire damage occurs, you will likely need the help of a professional fire restoration company, such as SERVPRO, to clean up and restore your property.
Tips to avoid fire damage this Memorial Day weekend
1. Keep flammable materials away from heat sources
This one seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people we see each year have left their charcoal or lighter fluid too close to the grill causing fire damage. These materials can easily ignite if they get too hot, so keeping them far away from heat sources is essential.
2. Never leave a burning grill unattended
We know you'll be busy chatting with friends and family, but never leaving a fire unattended is essential. If you need to step away from the grill, make sure someone else is there to watch it.
3. Use fireworks in a safe area
Fireworks are a lot of fun, but they can also be very dangerous. Always read the instructions before using them, and make sure you're using them in a safe area. We recommend using them in an open area away from houses or trees.
4. Have a fire extinguisher on hand
In case of an emergency, it's essential to have a fire extinguisher on hand. A fire extinguisher will help put out a small fire before it gets out of control.
What to do if a fire occurs this memorial day weekend?
If a fire occurs this Memorial Day Weekend, you need to remember that it is essential to stay calm and act fast while following these steps:
- Get everyone out of the house or building right away.
- Call 911 to report the fire.
- Once you are outside, stay there and do not go back inside for any reason.
- Wait for firefighters to arrive and put out the fire.
- Contact a reliable fire restoration company once the fire is out.
The best fire restoration company in Ohio
If you have experienced fire damage, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is here to help. We are a trusted leader in the fire restoration industry with the resources and training from the IICRC to handle any size fire damage project.
Our SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek fire restoration services include:
- 24/7 emergency services
- Board-up and tarping services
- Smoke and soot removal
- Odor control
- Contents cleaning and restoration
- Reconstruction services
No matter how big or small the fire damage is, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek has the experience and resources to get the job done right.
It is always better to be cautious about fire damage and avoid it altogether but if you experience fire damage this weekend, remember that SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is here to help.
In order to prevent fire damage, it is essential to remember the following safety tips this Memorial Day weekend:
- Keep flammable materials away from heat sources
- Never leave a burning grill unattended
- Use fireworks in a safe area
- Have a fire extinguisher on hand
Please contact us if you experience fire damage or have any questions about our fire restoration services.
We hope you have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!
Water Damaged Carpet: 3 Indications Where Replacement is Necessary
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Water can cause severe damage to carpeting.
It is proven that water damage can lead to mold and other bacteria growth, but it can also damage furniture, flooring, and other belongings. One of the most commonly damaged items from water damage is the carpet. In some cases, water restorers can repair water-damaged carpets, but other times, they will need replacing.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are happy to share information gathered through their years of experience and training. Therefore, in the following blog post, we will share three indications that your water-damaged carpet may need replacing.
What is water damage?
Before discussing when a water-damaged carpet may need replacing, it is essential to understand what constitutes water damage and how it can occur. Water damage can happen in several different ways, including:
- Heavy rain or natural disasters
- Plumbing issues, such as loose pipes or clogged drains
- Malfunctioning appliances
- Sewage backup or septic tank problems
The severity of water damage depends on the amount and type of water, how long the carpet sits in water, and other factors. Therefore, it is essential to take action as soon as possible to prevent further damage from occurring.
The three indications where replacement is necessary
In the restoration industry, there are three classes of water damage (I, II, III), and two of these water damage classes require replacing.
1) The first indication that your water-damaged carpet requires replacing is if it has been affected by class II water damage. Class II refers to water containing some contaminants that saturate the carpet, making it difficult to dry and repair. If your carpet has been affected by class II water damage, it will likely need replacing.
2) The second indication that carpet with water damage may need replacing is if the damage has reached class III, also known as sewage water. Sewage water is classified as category III water damage and can cause severe problems if not properly cleaned and disinfected.
3) The last and final indication that carpeting with water damage may need replacing is if there is mold growth on or under the carpet. Water sitting for an extended period can cause mold to grow, and if this is the case, the carpet will need replacing.
When does water-damaged carpeting not have to be replaced?
Above, we discussed class II and III water damage and how they may require the replacement of your water-damaged carpet. So when does water-damaged carpeting not have to be replaced?
The answer is that it depends on the severity of the damage. For example, Class I water damage is damage caused by clean water and typically causes minimal problems. Class, I water damage is often easily repaired unless it is allowed to sit for an extended period.
Will water-damaged carpet dry on its own?
When there is water damage to the carpet, it will not dry on its own and must be cleaned and dried as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Hiring professional water restoration services is the proper way to dry water-damaged carpeting. The appropriate team of professionals will have the tools and experience necessary to clean and restore your water-damaged carpet properly.
We hope that this post has helped you understand the three main indications that water-damaged carpeting requires replacing. If your carpet has been affected by water damage, it is essential to seek water restoration services as soon as possible. To learn more about water-damaged carpets and how they can be restored or replaced, contact the experts at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek.
Our team of professionals has gone through extensive training by the IICRC and has years of experience in restoring water-damaged carpets. We are here to help, so do not hesitate to contact us today for more information!
3 Reasons Why Air Duct Cleaning Is Important After Mold Removal
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Mold spores travel through the air, so getting your air ducts cleaned after mold remediation is important.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have completed hundreds of mold remediation jobs. When we perform a mold removal job, our goal is to ensure the home or business is at its preloss condition upon completion. Therefore, air duct cleaning is commonly recommended to ensure that the home get's back to its preloss condition.
We put together the following blog post for property owners who have recently had mold removal performed on their property and want to ensure that they are not affected again. Today, you will learn about the three main reasons we recommend having your air ducts cleaned after mold removal.
What is an air duct cleaning?
An air duct cleaning is a process in which all of the dust, dirt, and mold spores are removed from your air ducts. Air duct cleaning will help improve your indoor air quality and keep your home or business safe from contaminants.
Two ways to tell if mold is present in the HVAC ducts?
If you are concerned that mold may be present in your HVAC ducts, there are two ways to tell without detailed testing:
- One way is to inspect the insulation around the ducts for signs of water damage or mold growth.
- Another way to tell if mold is present in your air ducts is to check for musty odors coming from the vents.
If you notice any visual signs of mold or smell musty odors, it is important to contact a professional like SERVPRO for air duct cleaning services.
The three reasons why air duct cleaning is recommended after the mold removal process?
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek always recommends air duct cleaning after mold removal for three main reasons:
- To remove all mold spores from your home or business
Mold spores can travel through the air and enter your home or business through your ventilation system. If you do not have your air ducts cleaned after mold removal, you run the risk of mold spores entering your home or business and causing new growth.
- To improve your indoor air quality
When mold spores are removed from your air ducts, it will help improve your indoor air quality. The professionals at SERVPRO measure air quality before and after mold removal to ensure that the job is done correctly.
- To prevent future growth
If you have your air ducts cleaned after mold removal, it will help prevent future mold growth. The professionals at SERVPRO use a high-powered vacuum to remove all of the dust, dirt, and mold spores from your air ducts.
How can the professionals at SERVPRO help?
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have received training from the IICRC in mold removal and air duct cleaning. We have the experience and training to handle any size job. When you call SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek, we will walk you through the entire process and answer any questions you may have.
We understand that mold removal can be a stressful time for property owners. Our goal is to ensure that your home or business is returned to its preloss condition.
We hope you enjoyed learning why air duct cleaning is recommended as part of our mold removal process. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are always here to help with your mold removal needs. We understand the importance of having your air ducts cleaned after mold removal, and we are dedicated to helping you get your home or business back to its preloss condition.
Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions about our services! We are available 24/7, 365 days a year, to help!
What to Do If a Water Heater Bursts: Causes and Prevention Tips
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Did you know that about 10% of our water damage calls are related to burst water heaters?
All property owners know that a water heater is a costly investment, and it's essential to take care of it to help it last as long as possible. The average lifespan of a hot water heater depends on if it is gas or electric.
An electric hot water heater will last anywhere from ten to fifteen years, while a gas hot water heater will last roughly eight to twelve years. Of course, with proper maintenance, your water heater can last even longer. However, sometimes water heaters just break down and need to be replaced.
One of the most unfortunate things to occur in a home is when a water heaters bursts, which can happen at any time and will likely cause severe water damage to your home.
If your water heater bursts, you may not know what to do, but don't worry! This blog post will go over the causes of water heater bursts and prevention tips to help keep your home safe.
3 Causes of a burst hot water heater
There are many different reasons that a water heater can burst, but here are three of the most common causes:
- Sediment build-up: Sediment build-up can cause a water heater to burst because it puts stress on the tank. As water is heated and then cooled, minerals such as calcium and magnesium can settle at the bottom of the tank. Over time, this sediment build-up can cause the water heater tank to crack or even burst.
- Corrosion: Corrosion can cause a water heater to burst because it weakens the tank. Over time, the metal in the tank will start to corrode due to exposure to water and oxygen. Corrosion can cause the tank to become structurally weak and eventually lead to a rupture.
- Excess internal pressure: Too much internal pressure can cause a water heater to burst. Excess pressure can happen when the temperature and pressure relief valve (T&P valve) is not working correctly or the tank is too full. When there is too much pressure in the tank, it can cause the tank to rupture.
3 Prevention tips
Now that we know some of the causes of a water heater bursting, let's go over some prevention tips:
- Drain the tank regularly: Draining the tank helps to remove sediment build-up. We recommend draining your water heater tank at least once a year. You can do this by attaching a hose to the drain valve and draining the water into a bucket or drain.
- Check the T&P valve: The T&P valve is a safety feature that releases pressure and prevents the tank from bursting. It's important to check this valve regularly to ensure it is working correctly. You can check the valve by lifting up the handle to see if water comes out. If water does not come out, the valve needs to be replaced.
- Don't overfill the tank: Be sure not to overfill the tank beyond the manufacturer's recommended level; it could cause excess pressure and make the tank more likely to burst if you do.
What to do if your water heater bursts?
If your water heater bursts, it's essential to know what to do. The following is what the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek recommend:
Shut off the water: The first thing you need to do is shut off the water to the tank. Shutting off the water will help to prevent any further water damage.
Turn off the power: If the water heater is electric, be sure to turn off the power at the breaker box. If it is gas, then turn off the gas supply.
Drain the tank: Once the water and power are shut off, you can start to drain the tank. Attach a hose to the drain valve and open it up. Drain the water into a bucket or drain.
Call a water restoration company: Once the water is drained, it's time to call a water restoration company for help. The right company will be able to clean and repair any water damage.
We hope you found this blog post on water heaters helpful. If you have any questions or need water damage restoration services, please contact us immediately!
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are highly trained and certified by the IICRC in water damage restoration. We have the experience and knowledge to get your home or business back to pre-water damage condition. We understand that water damage can be stressful; that's why we will work with you to make the process as smooth as possible.
Spring Showers: 5 Tips to Avoid Water Damage to Your Property
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Spring showers bring May flowers, but they can also cause water damage to your property if you're not careful.
It's that time of year again: the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the rain is pouring. Spring showers can be beautiful, but they can also cause severe damage if you're not prepared.
As the spring showers start to come in, it's time to start thinking about how to avoid water damage to your property. Spring is a time when the weather can be very unpredictable, so it's essential to take some precautions to protect your home or business.
This blog post will discuss five tips that will help you avoid water damage during the spring months. Follow these tips, and you'll be able to protect your property from the damaging effects of spring showers!
The risks associated with water damage
Water damage can cause several severe problems in your home or business. Some of the risks associated with water damage include:
- Foundation damage
- Basement floods
- Mold and mildew growth
- Electrical system damage
- Structural damage
If you experience water damage after a spring shower, it's essential to take steps to address the problem as soon as possible. The longer you wait to address the issue, the worse the damage will become.
5 Tips to avoid water damage during spring showers
Now that we've discussed some of the risks associated with spring showers, let's talk about avoiding water damage.
Here are five tips that will help you keep your property safe from water damage:
- Inspect your gutters and downspouts regularly
One of the best ways to avoid water damage is to ensure that your gutters and downspouts are clear and in good working condition. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and pool around your foundation, leading to severe damage.
- Keep an eye on the weather forecast
Another way to avoid water damage is to keep an eye on the weather forecast. If you know that a spring storm is coming, take steps to protect your property in advance.
- Move all valuables to higher ground
If you live in an area prone to spring floods, make sure to move any valuables to higher ground in advance. Placing items even a foot above ground level will help protect your belongings from water damage.
- Create a barrier around your property
If you live in an area prone to spring flooding, you may want to consider creating a barrier around your property. This barrier can consist of sandbags or other materials that will help to keep water away from your home or business.
- Call a professional when you experience water damage
If you experience water damage, it's essential to call a professional as soon as possible. A professional water restoration company can help to assess the damage and take steps to repair it.
We hope you enjoyed this blog post and found it helpful. Water damage can be a severe problem, but it's one that you can avoid when prepared. Following the tips mentioned in this blog post will help you avoid water damage during spring showers. However, if you do experience water damage, it's essential to call a professional as soon as possible to help repair the damage.
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is an IICRC certified firm that understands the importance of proper water damage restoration. Our certified technicians are available 24/7 to help you with any water damage emergency.
The team at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is always here to help when you experience water damage. Contact us today, and we'll be on our way to help you restore your home or business!
Have Apartment Odor? Take These 5 Effective Steps
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No one enjoys living in a smelly apartment complex.
The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek understand the importance of having a clean and fresh-smelling apartment. Therefore, we offer comprehensive apartment odor removal services to eliminate even the most pungent smells.
The SERVPRO professionals understand that living in a clean and fresh-smelling apartment is something that many of us take for granted. But, the truth is that it's not always easy to maintain a pleasant scent in our living spaces. There are many factors that can impact how your apartment smells. If you're looking to get rid of an unpleasant smell in your apartment, follow the five effective steps mentioned in this blog post.
The common causes of apartment odors
One of the main reasons apartments can start to smell unpleasant is the common causes of apartment odors. Some of these causes include:
If your apartment is starting to smell like one of these things, it's time to take some action and remove the odor.
The five steps in getting rid of apartment odors
Now that you know some of the common causes of apartment odors, it's time to learn about the five apartment odor removal steps.
- Identify the source of the smell.
The first step in getting rid of any odor is understanding the source of the odor. Once you know what's causing the smell, you can take the necessary action to eliminate it.
- Ventilate your apartment.
One of the most effective ways to get rid of an apartment odor is to ventilate it properly. One of the simplest ways to get rid of a bad smell is to let some fresh air into your apartment. Crack open a few windows and doors to allow the fresh breeze to circulate through your space. Ventilation will help to clear out any stale air and offensive smells.
- Clean your apartment.
An excellent way to eliminate any odor is to clean your apartment. Make sure to sweep, mop, and vacuum your floors regularly. Cleaning will help remove any dirt, dust, and debris that may be causing the smell.
- Dispose of any smelly items.
If you have any smelly items in your apartment, it's best to get rid of them. Common everyday smelly items include dirty laundry, old food, and trash. In short, make sure to take out the garbage regularly and keep your apartment clean and organized.
- Contact a professional for help.
If you're struggling to get rid of an apartment odor, it's best to contact a team of professionals. The right team of professionals will have the experience and expertise to eliminate any odor.
Why should you contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for apartment odor removal services?
If you're looking for a team of professionals who can help you get rid of an apartment odor, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a perfect choice. The apartment odor professionals have the knowledge and experience to locate and eliminate any odor.
SERVPRO uses the latest and most effective technologies to clear out any offending smells. In more severe cases, SERVPRO professionals treat tough apartment odors with an ozone treatment. Ozone treatment is a process that uses ozone gas (O3) to eliminate any odor.
We hope you found this blog post helpful in getting rid of any unpleasant apartment smells. If you're looking for the best team to help you get rid of an apartment odor, contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek today!
We offer comprehensive odor removal services to eliminate even the most pungent smells. We have the experience and expertise to get the job done right, and we're always here to help.
Please feel free to contact our 24/7 support staff for any questions or emergency services.
5 Most Common Causes of an Electrical Fire: What to Look Out For
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Did you know that electrical fires are one of the leading causes of property damage in the United States?
On average, electrical fires account for more than $1.5 billion in damages each year. That's why it's essential to be aware of the five most common causes of electrical fires, so you can take steps to prevent them from happening in your home or office.
Like most people, you probably don't think about electrical fires until it's too late. And by then, it's often too late to do anything about them. This blog post will look at the five most common causes of electrical fires and what you can do to prevent them.
We'll also discuss why calling SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for fire restoration services is the best decision you can make if your Dayton property suffers an electrical fire.
What is an Electrical Fire
An electrical fire is a type of fire that may cause severe property damage. Electrical fires can occur in any building, including homes and office buildings, and at any time. The professionals at SERVPRO have seen homes wholly burned to the ground from electrical fires. To truly understand electrical fires, it is essential to know their causes.
The five leading causes of electrical fires
According to our list of fire restoration call data, there are five leading causes of electrical fires in homes:
- Overloaded circuits
- Faulty wiring
- Using ungrounded outlets
- Defective appliances
- Improper use of extension cords
Overloaded circuits are one of the most common causes of electrical fires. When too many appliances or devices are plugged into a single outlet, it can cause an overload that may lead to a fire. It would be best to use surge protectors for all your electronics to prevent this from happening and never plug more than two devices into a single outlet.
Faulty wiring is another leading cause of electrical fires. Homes over 30 years old are especially at risk, as they may have outdated or damaged wiring. If you live in an older home, it's essential to have your wiring checked by a licensed electrician.
Using ungrounded outlets
Ungrounded outlets are another common cause of electrical fires. These outlets are not properly grounded and can cause an electrical fire. Always use grounded outlets when plugging in appliances or devices to prevent this from happening.
Defective appliances are another leading cause of electrical fires. If an appliance is not working correctly, it can overheat and start a fire. To prevent this from happening, always check your appliances for signs of wear and tear, and never use them if they seem defective.
Improper use of extension cords
Extension cords are standard in many homes and offices, but they can also be a fire hazard if misused. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it pairs appropriately with the appliance or device. Also, never use more than one extension cord per outlet, and always unplug them when you're not using them.
Handling an electrical fire
When you have an electrical fire, it's essential to handle it promptly and safely. If possible, the first thing you should do is unplug all appliances and devices from the outlet. Then, call your local fire department. Once the fire is out, you'll need to call a professional fire restoration company like SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek to assess the damage and begin the restoration process.
Why Choose SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek?
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is a professional fire restoration company with years of experience restoring properties that electrical fires have damaged. We understand the unique challenges of fire damage, and we have the knowledge and expertise to get your property back to its pre-fire condition.
We're also a locally owned and operated company, so we're familiar with the Dayton area and local homeowners and businesses owners. We're here to help you recover from an electrical fire, and we'll work diligently to restore your property to its pre-fire condition.
Please get in touch with us today to learn more about our fire restoration services and how we can help you combat an electrical fire.
Restaurant Water Damage: The #1 Team to Restore Your Restaurant
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SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is available 24/7 for restaurant water damage restoration.
Restaurant water damage can happen for several reasons. For example, a faulty dishwasher, a broken pipe, or even just an overflowed sink can quickly result in extensive damage to your restaurant.
Did you know that untreated water damage is known to cause severe structural damage and create an environment where unwanted mold can grow? Therefore, if your restaurant has been damaged by water, it's essential to act quickly. Water damage can lead to the closing of your restaurant. That's why it's crucial to contact a professional restoration team as soon as possible.
If you have experienced restaurant water damage, you can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek. We specialize in restaurant water damage restoration and can make your restaurant safe and sanitary again!
The following blog post will go over how restaurants can prevent water damage and what to do if it does happen. So without further ado, let's get started!
Signs of restaurant water damage
Business owners should look out for distinct signs of water damage in their restaurants. While some of these signs may be obvious, others can be more subtle. If you notice any of the five following water damage signs, it's crucial to take action and contact a professional restoration team:
- Water stains on the ceiling or walls
- Mold growth
- Damp carpet
- Soggy drywall
- Water dripping from the ceiling
Preventing restaurant water damage
To understand how to prevent water damage in a restaurant, you must first understand how water damage can occur. Water damage in a restaurant can come from many sources, such as:
- A broken or leaky dishwasher
- A broken water pipe
- An overflowed sink
- A roof leak
Now that you are aware of the sources, there are several ways to prevent water damage in your restaurant. The best way to avoid water damage is to inspect your restaurant for any potential water damage risks regularly. Here are some other tips to prevent restaurant water damage:
- Regularly check dishwashers, pipes, and sinks for any leaks or cracks
- Fix any roof leaks immediately
- Never leave sinks or dishwashers unattended while in use
- Turn off all water sources when your restaurant is closed
If you follow these tips, you can help reduce the risk of water damage in your restaurant.
What to do when water damage occurs
As we have mentioned before, it's essential to take action quickly when water damage occurs. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will be. So here are some steps to take if water damage occurs:
Turn off the water source - If the water damage is from a broken pipe, turn off the main water valve. If the damage is from a dishwasher or sink, turn off the water at the source.
Call a professional restoration company - A professional restoration company can help mitigate the damage and prevent further damage from occurring.
Remove any standing water - Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any standing water.
Remove any wet items - Remove any wet carpet, rugs, or furniture from the affected area. These items can absorb water and will only damage further if left wet.
Dry the area - Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry the area as quickly as possible. Ensuring that the restaurant is dry will help prevent further damage.
By following these steps, your restaurant will be up and running quickly, and you will prevent further damage from occurring.
We hope you never have to experience water damage in your restaurant, but we are here to help if you do. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is the leading water damage restoration company in Dayton, Ohio. We are an IICRC certified firm and have the experience and expertise to restore your restaurant to its pre-damaged state quickly and efficiently. So contact us today for all your restaurant water damage needs!