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The Importance of Promptly Seeking Water Removal Services For Your Dayton Restaurant
Call us at (937) 228-3433 for any water restoration emergencies.
SERVPRO Moves Quickly to Mitigate Damages Caused by Water and Moisture
Your Dayton restaurant might be a well-established facility for all of the readers and researchers in your area, but that same foot traffic is what pays the bills and keeps your business in the black. When disaster strikes your building and leaves high volumes of water on the floors throughout your business, professional restoration is one of the best solutions to get your doors open again to that critical customer base more expediently.
When your Dayton Restaurant requires water removal services along with restoration efforts, there is typically quite a lot on the line to getting the issue resolved promptly. No matter which area of your shop takes the brunt of the water damage, there are constant considerations you have to concern yourself with as the owner. The amount of time that your shop has to remain closed for restoration, damage to your books and other stock, time off for employees that count on a paycheck, and also the threat of costly substantial structural damages, all matter.
When our SERVPRO technicians reach your storefront, it is critical for our team to look at the full scope of the damage, as we prepare for the extraction. Removing the water from the area is often a task for a combination of our equipment. With higher volumes of water to extract, the most efficient means of pulling the bulk out of the affected area is through one of the pump trucks in our fleet. Spot extractions follow suit after this, using both portable pumps and wet-vacs for small and inaccessible places.
Drying the area completely is a critical component of our restoration process. Our SERVPRO professionals utilize several different tools for this step as well, based on the severity and size of the dampened areas. For inaccessible areas that commonly remain damp following flooding or excessive water damage, our technicians utilize equipment like our Injectidry system to get inside of walls and dry them out entirely. Moisture reduction is crucial to prevent books from absorbing dampness or degradation.
When your restaurant falls victim to a water emergency, time is often of the essence. Contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek. Our experienced IICRC trained technicians are available 24/7 for any restoration need you might have. Call us today at (937) 228-3433.
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The Characteristics of Commercial Water Damage
Commercial Water damage can occur in the blink of an eye from a wide variety of sources.
No matter the source, our expert technicians here at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek can identify the source and type of water damage that has occurred and promptly work to resolve the issue to restore your business to its normal state and give you peace of mind as soon as possible.
If you are in the unfortunate position that your business has suffered any extent of water damage, you must give us a call immediately. At SERVPRO, our highly trained professionals are ready to respond to the situation immediately to remove the water as quickly as possible. Whether coming from a burst pipe or flood moves extremely quickly and can damage an entire building’s contents if not dealt with right away. Chemicals and other contaminants in water can leave surfaces permanently tarnished or stained and can also open up the opportunity for mold and bacteria growth.
The long term effects of commercial water damage include the increased risk of allergens in the area, mold and bacteria growth, as well as an unpleasant odor. Standing water in any location left unattended can also create issues within your property by warping floors, splitting frames, and leading to structural failure. Let the experts here at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek ensure your business is properly inspected, repaired, and restored to prevent extensive damage. If you’re able to identify water damage quickly, our IICRC trained professionals will be on the scene within the first few hours. Our quick response will help greatly reduce the cost, the time needed, and the extent of work required to repair and restore your business.
There may be times when water damage may not be apparent as the source may not be visible until it’s too late. Even the smallest leak can turn into a huge problem if left unattended and unnoticed for long enough.
When dealing with any water damage, we ensure all areas are properly dried. We use a variety of equipment depending on the scope of the water damage from air movers to dehumidifiers to force dry any affected areas so that they may be properly cleaned and repaired and to minimize further damage. When you give our water damage professionals here at SERVPRO a call, we will first identify and stop the source of water on the scene, determine the level of damage and contamination, and begin the drying and repair process. By quickly removing all moisture from the premises, the chance for mold and bacteria growth is greatly limited as well as the potential for any further damage by standing water to be caused.
If you are in the unfortunate position of having water damage in your home or business, give our experts at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek a call at (937) 228-3433, and we will make it our top priority to restore your property as quickly as possible - because we’re faster to any size disaster.
What to Expect From the Water Restoration Process
Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The process begins when you give us a call. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is available 24 hours a day for any size water emergency.
Immediate action is crucial when facing flooding or water damage and a delay of just a few hours can drastically increase the severity of water damage left behind. While water damage can be chaotic and traumatic to deal with, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek has the expertise and experience to help you through a water damage disaster.
When you give us a call, we will ask you questions to assess the situation and determine what equipment and resources will be necessary to bring. Upon arrival at the site of water damage, we begin with a detailed inspection and damage assessment of your home or property to determine the scope of the water damage to create the best plan of action. After inspection, we will identify the source of moisture in your home or business and the type of water. When dealing with water damage, there are three types of water according to their level of contamination: “Clean Water”, “Gray Water”, and “Black Water” are used to classify how contaminated the water is so that our trained SERVPRO Professionals can restore your property to industry guidelines.
The next step of the water damage restoration process is the actual water removal. After the damage assessment and the source of moisture have been stopped, the water extraction process may begin. If the water damage is great enough to call for extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can assist with an organized and efficient move-out to ensure your belongings are protected from any further damage. Our highly trained technicians will then begin the water removal process immediately once the surrounding area is cleared. Depending on the level of damage, our technicians may use equipment varying from industrial wet/dry vacuums to powerful submersible pumps.
Once all water has been successfully removed, the drying and dehumidification process is next. While floors and walls may appear to be dry, they will be wet to the touch as most building materials such as wood and drywall retain water once submerged. Our Professionals use measurements, temperature, and humidity to best determine how much equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers will be needed to dry your home or business.
Most of your home or business will require professional cleaning following water damage from the floor to the ceiling. After monitoring the drying process, our technicians will clean your property’s structure, furniture, upholstery, clothing, and any other restorable items or property damaged by water. Following any kind of water damage, your home or business will require cleaning, odor removal, and sanitization depending on the scenario. Our technicians here at SERVPRO East Dayton/Beavercreek are trained to deodorize, sanitize, and dispose of damaged materials in your home or property.
The final step following a water damage disaster is the restoration of your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. This may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall to major repairs such as the reconstruction of various rooms or areas. Our professionals will provide immediate protective measures during the water damage restoration process such as tarps and will handle rebuilding all affected areas. We are a company qualified to handle the initial damage and rebuilding of the area afterward, and can guarantee to get any building back up to full functionality.
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is ready to help local homeowners with flood damage. They have the advanced equipment and expertise to turn the loss around and make it, “Like it never even happened.”
Ensure Fire Safety this Summer in Your Home
Candles have caused thousands of home-related fires in the US.
Just the thought of going through a fire is terrifying to most families. Loss of life and property are possible outcomes of fire, and dealing with the aftermath can be very confusing and overwhelming. There are over 300,000 house fires a year in the U.S., and unfortunately, most of these home fires can be prevented by simple things. The professionals here at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are here to help you avoid this kind of disaster from happening to your home. Here are some ways to keep your home fire safe for the summer.
First, Be Mindful of Candles
Candles can be so lovely to smell and look at, but it’s easy to forget it’s still a dangerous open flame within your home. Candles have caused tens of thousands of home-related fires and deaths over the past few years alone. Most home fire damages are caused by leaving flammable items too close to the candle or by falling asleep with candles lit.
To prevent a possible candle fire, you should:
- Blow candles out before you go to sleep or when you leave the area
- Keep candles at least one foot away from flammable sources
- Use candle holders that cannot be tipped or knocked over easily
A few small actions can go a long way when it comes to preventing drastic smoke and fire damage within your home.
Second, Cell Phone Charging and Overheating
Have you ever gone to sleep with your phone on the charger overnight and tucked somewhere in your bed, under a blanket, or even worse, under your pillow? Leaving a phone to charge is much more dangerous than you might have thought. If you notice when charging your phone, it will typically get warm, and in some cases, when the phone is covered overnight and in combination with a faulty battery, the trapped heat can cause the phone to explode right next to you. Not only can this itself cause extensive damage, but it can also start a house fire that can quickly escalate.
If your phone ever feels like it’s overheating on the charger, you should unplug it and turn it off right away until it cools down before using it or attempting to charge it again.
Third, Fix Your Fire Alarms
Too many homes often forget about or neglect their fire and smoke detection systems. Not having a well-functioning fire alarm system could make the difference in loss of life and property in the event of a fire. In the event of a fire after alerting authorities and safely evacuating the area, your next step should be to contact a local fire and smoke damage restoration company. The professionals here at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek are specially trained in fire damage restoration and can help in the recovery process after a fire occurs.
There are many ways to keep your home safe during the year from accidental fires. Check out some of our other blog posts about fire safety to learn more, and in the event of an emergency, give SERVPRO a call anytime at (937) 228-3433. Our IICRC trained professionals are here to help you 24/7.
Home Fire Evacuation Plan: What to do Before and After the Fire
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
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
Ongoing Inspections and monitoring during a restoration loss
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
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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
"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
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
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.
Putting Out Small Interior Fires
Make sure your fire extinguisher is up to date.
The source of each individual fire changes the way the fire must be dealt with. Small fires, which are usually started by cooking or electrical outlets, can usually be put out by an individual. In case you experience a small fire within your home, office, or building, here is the way to deal with each type of fire.
Electrical fires occur due to dysfunctional or misused electrical outlets, cords, and appliances. If the fire is due to a broken cord, pour baking soda on the cord. Fires caused by outlets or appliances can be put out with a Class C fire extinguisher. It’s important that you never use water on an electrical fire due to the possibility of being shocked as a result.
Fireplace fires are not dangerous since they’re in a contained area, but if you no longer need the fire to be going you should put it out before leaving or going to sleep. In order to put out a fireplace fire, poke at the wood and cover the coals in order to take away the fuel for the fire. In addition, you may use baking soda to put it out by sprinkling some on the fire.
Cooking or gas fires can be stopped by placing a lid over the pot to stop oxygen from reaching the fire. Turn off the gas supply to stop it from spreading. Fire blankets work well for these situations.
If a small fire occurs in your home, office, or building, call your local SERVPRO of East Dayton at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of East Dayton has professionals who know how to remove smoke damage and make the area affected by the fire look “Like it never even happened.”
Why SERVPRO is the Best Fire Restoration Company
The next step after ensuring the safety of your family and calling the fire department is to call SERVPRO.
The severity of fire damage puts lives on hold, ruins entire homes, and threatens the safety of families. It’s important, when picking a fire restoration company, to choose one that has you as the priority. What that means is that the fire restoration process is more than just a project. For example, if you experience fire damage in your home, you can call the 24 hour SERVPRO National Customer Care Center. At any time of the day, you can call and have a SERVPRO professional listen to you explain your experience in order to plan the best strategy for the fire restoration process. Following this phone call, which you can make at your leisure, a team of SERVPRO fire restoration professionals will arrive at your home to make an assessment of the damage and plan the restoration process. This step is a vital part of creating an efficient plan that allows the SERVPRO professionals to fix the fire damage as quickly as possible. The team will then cover the damaged areas in order to avoid further damage to the home, including windows, walls, and the roof. Then they will remove the smoke and soot. After it has been entirely removed, an important cleaning and sterilization process will occur to ensure the safety of the home.
SERVPRO is a great company for fire restoration because they prioritize the safety of the family. At any time you need, you can call SERVPRO and receive helpful information and even begin the process of fire restoration. If you’re in need of fire damage restoration, call your local SERVPRO of East Dayton at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of East Dayton is the affordable option for fire damage restoration. They’ll assess the damage and walk you through the process required in order to make your home “Like it never even happened.”
How to Remove Mold From Your Home
Your home should- and can- look this good.
Knowing the facts about mold is helpful household information. However, many of the details and truths about mold can get lost in the process. This is the case especially when it comes to the fact that we can search any process online through all of the blogs that exist. A number of unaccredited, sourceless websites can post processes without actual facts about things like, for example, how to remove mold from the home. For instance, some people believe bleach can kill mold. That’s not true. While it can possibly temporarily remove the mold, the spores from the initial mold will grow back within a couple of weeks of spraying the bleach. Similarly, people may consider simply painting over the mold. The truth is that mold cannot be painted over. Even if it could be, that would pose a long term threat to the safety of the home because the mold would still impact the air quality. The truth is that mold can only be properly removed with equipment by professionals. There isn’t an article online that can teach the ways of mold removal in the safest possible way. Most of the life hacks centered around mold removal do not acknowledge that mold spores can exist unseen even after we remove the mold. Mold spores can wait for the proper environment and begin the fruition process as soon as those environmental needs are met. Therefore, only professionals can create a genuinely safe removal process of mold.
If you find mold in your home, call your local SERVPRO of Beavercreek at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of Beavercreek is an affordable option for mold remediation. They’ll assess the damage and walk you through the process required in order to make your home “like it never even happened.”
Creating a Fire Escape Plan For Your Family
Preparation can save your family and your home.
It is vital for every family to have a plan together in the event of a household fire. This plan can be memorized or printed and posted somewhere in the home that is easy to find. Having a plan ready can lessen the consequences of a fire by having everyone respond out of habit to the possible danger. If your family doesn’t already have a plan ready for a possible fire emergency, here are some tips for creating one.
Firstly, it matters where your smoke detector is located. If the smoke detector is in the hallway, make sure people sleep with the doors open in order to hear it should it go off. If it’s inside a room, it would be okay for that door to be closed since they’ll be able to hear it go off. Make sure there isn’t anything in the way of blocking the alarm sounds. Create a predetermined meeting place for the family. The best possible places for this to occur would be farther from the home. Making the meeting location too close to the home can be dangerous, depending on how the fire spreads. A good meeting place could be a neighbor’s house or an easily identifiable landmark across the street from the home. These preliminary assessments can ensure that everyone is prepared, especially considering the fire may happen during the night and waking up to a fire can be a confusing experience.
If fire damage does occur to your home, call your local SERVPRO of Beavercreek at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of Beavercreek can remove smoke damage and restore your home to before the fire happened. Fires are serious events, but with the right planning and the right fire damage professionals, your life can go back to normal soon after a fire occurs.
The Professional Training of SERVPRO Employees
Professionalism and extensive knowledge are highly valued in the restoration industry.
There are plenty of restoration companies across the country, corporate and local alike. The most well known restoration company is SERVPRO, due to the fact that, firstly, they’re a franchise capable of being owned by anyone, and secondly, they have an extensive training program for their employees. This training program is the core of their professionalism, by ensuring that employees show up to the site of any restoration location with the know-how to make it “Like it never even happened,” as their slogan ensures. The training program covers specific topics, including all types of restoration, such as fire, water, carpet and upholstery, and mold. There are further training courses for active employees who want to further their knowledge of the restoration field. The importance of SERVPRO’s training program is that any employee can engage in a number of beneficial classes and continue to train beyond the requirement if they chose to. By having a training program in place, SERVPRO can hire anyone dedicated to the work and teach them how to get the job done to SERVPRO’s standards. SERVPRO has been commended for this training program in the past and it’s obvious why.
In comparison to other restoration companies, SERVPRO has the professional credentials for each of their employees due to the training program they’ve put in place. You can be assured, when hiring them, that the SERVPRO employees showing up to your home or building has gone through several hours of training to be able to do the work they’ve come to do for you. That is just one of the great differences between SERVPRO and other restoration companies.
If you’re in need of a restoration professional, hire your local SERVPRO of Beavercreek at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of Beavercreek has employees who have gone through the well known training program of SERVPRO and can offer you the most professional restoration services.
Causes of Commercial Water Damage to Watch Out For
Keep your building safe and your tenants happy.
There are a lot of things to consider when maintaining a commercial property. Of course, safety is managed by laws and requirements that every commercial property must maintain, however unexpected damage is still possible. One case of unexpected commercial property damage is water damage. Commercial water damage can not only be a safety threat, but be incredibly costly to repair. So here are some possible causes of commercial water damage to watch out for.
Windows with cracks or weak construction can allow leaks from weather to invade the interior of the building. Make sure windows are strong and up to date. The foundation of the building is an easy place for water damage to occur since it’s low to the ground where water runoff or storm build up can accumulate. Ensure regular check ups of the integrity of the foundation, including cracks and leaky pipes. Sprinkler systems are required in buildings for safety reasons, but nonfunctional sprinkler systems can pose a threat by unexpectedly turning on and soaking rooms. Like the other causes, make sure someone is constantly assuring the quality of the sprinkler system. The answer to all of these possible causes is to invest in a person or team who can ensure the maintenance of the commercial property.
If you own or maintain a commercial property that has experienced water damage, no matter how much, call your local SERVPRO of East Dayton at (937) 228-3433. SERVPRO of East Dayton has dealt with commercial water damage before and knows exactly how to fix and restore your commercial property to make it “Like it never even happened.”
How Common is Mold
We may not be able to see all of the possible mold growth, but that isn't something that should immediately cause stress.
A common belief is that a truly clean building has absolutely no mold in it. The reason why this is more of a myth than a fact is because it would be a waste of time to attempt to completely rid the building of mold. While mold can pose a threat to the safety of a home, office, store, or any other building, mold is still a part of the environment. It will always go naturally outside a building and it will always try and grow within a building, being that it only needs certain requirements to grow. Requirements like dampness and a certain temperature. Since these conditions can happen anywhere, of course mold will attempt to grow indoors just as easily as outdoors. It isn’t the end of the world, nor is it even noticeable, to have a few stray mold spores floating around. How do you know when mold is posing a threat? You can tell mold is posing a threat to your safety when it grows enough to take over a certain area of the building’s infrastructure. Mold like this won’t grow without a moist environment, so if you do find mass amounts of mold growth then something is probably wrong and you should hire a restoration company to analyze the environment. SERVPRO of East Dayton will come to your home, scan the air for moisture, measure the size of the room, and give you a complete analysis of the damage done. Once this initial procedure is over, they’ll send a team of highly trained restoration professionals to use their intensive cleaning equipment. This equipment will dry out the area of impact, creating an unsuitable environment for further mold growth. In addition, they will remove the affected area in order to stop any possible effects of the mold. Mold often seems like a scary, mysterious danger that could happen when you least expect it. But so long as you stay aware of the possible causes of water damage and mold growth in a building, you can avoid your family, coworkers, or employees from experiencing the hazardous effects of mold growth. If you’re ever in need of fast, professional mold remediation, then hire your local SERVPRO of East Dayton. If it’s an emergency, and better safe than sorry, call now: (937) 228-3433.
How Dangerous Are Christmas Decorations?
Candles are beautiful and warm, but can post a threat to our safety this holiday season.
Happy holidays! As the excitement and anticipation of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas increases, many families bring out decorations to celebrate. December is the time of year where you can have a great time driving around neighborhoods, seeing all the lights and inflatable characters and decorated trees at each house. But before we get quick to celebration, it’s important to check that all of our holiday decorations are safe, especially after spending an entire year sitting in our storage, waiting to be used again. Here’s what you can do to ensure safety is a priority during the holidays, to keep the season as magical as it is.
- Not all holiday lights are interchangable.
While we do use very similar looking lights on both the exterior and interior of our homes, they’re not safe to use interchangeably. Lights made for decorating the Christmas tree are not prepared for the outdoors. When lights are designed to cover the outside of the house, they’re made to stand strong and safe against weather like snow and wind. When lights meant for the indoors are used outside, they can be damaged by the weather and pose threats as serious as fires. When buying lights, make sure to read the directions on the box, ensuring that you are not posing a fire threat to your home. And when packing up after the holidays end, try and return all the lights to their original boxes so they can’t be confused next year.
- Check your extension cords are read for wear and tear of the outdoors.
Why wouldn’t you want all the trees in your yard to glow bright and amaze your neighbors? For that, you’ll need an extension cord. When you use one, make sure that it is safe, by checking for wear and tear. In addition, don’t overload your extension cord by attaching all your yard’s lights to one single cord. Like the lights, these cords usually come with instructions that can explain the best way of using them in order to avoid possible fires.
- If your tree is real, don’t forget to water it.
It can be easy to forget to water a tree since we only need to during the holidays, but it’s a vital part of avoiding fire hazard. See, fire burns far easier on dry, dying pines than it would on a well-watered one. The safest thing you can do is have your lights be hung on a healthy tree.
- Candles are beautiful, but keep them away from decorations.
The smell of holiday scented candles adds to the magic of the home during the holidays, however that open flame should be intentionally placed. Never place your candles around the tree, lights, or fabric and paper decorations. Try to have constant locations for placing your candles, where you know no hazard exists and where the open flame can be monitored.
In any case, we at SERVPRO of East Dayton / Beavercreek hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season. If you do have an accident this holiday season, make sure to call us at (937) 228-3433. We’ll do everything we can to ensure that your holidays are as magical as they can be by restoring your home as quickly as possible.
The Dangers in Your Home You Don't Know About
Your place of serenity could cause you a lot more stress than you might imagine.
Nancy Nord, the commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, once said, “The home is where people feel comfortable and secure, but constant awareness is the key to keeping families safe.” She phrased perfectly the balance of owning a home. Of course it’s where you feel safest, and yet it can pose unpredictable threats to you and your family’s safety. What kind of threats are most common though? Well, as professionals in restoration and experts on damage sourced from fire, water, storm, and mold, SERVPRO knows a lot about these potential hazards. We’re here to share what we’ve learned with you, to keep your home as safe as you dream it can be.
Each year, on average, 20 million visits to the hospital across the United States are due to accidents involving the home. From a fall to a fire, a burn to a break, there are a number of sources of danger we need to be more conscious of. In our time in the restoration field, we have seen it all. Danger can be as obvious as an unmaintained basement, with exposed pipes and electrical circuits that threaten children. It can also be as silent as mold, growing from a water leak in the walls, polluting our home’s air. While there are regulations to make sure our homes are as up-to-date as possible, what can you do if you don’t even know the issue is there?
Here’s a story from one of SERVPRO’s recent jobs on mold remediation, since it appears to us that mold can be one of the trickiest dangers to avoid.
A busy family, with the size and chaos of the Brady bunch, had no idea that black mold was growing in the wall of their home’s foyer. The reason why they had no idea something so dangerous was happening in their own home was because of the way it had started. See, the bathroom above the foyer didn’t indicate any damage inside it, leaving them to believe everything was normal. However, there was a crack in the foundation of the bathtub. That meant every time someone took a shower or bath, a subtle amount of water was dripping into the foundation, until eventually the drywall had become soggy enough for mold to move in. Drywall is one of the most common places for mold to grow, due to its high quantity of cellulose, which creates a great living environment for mold.
By the time we were called, the black mold was visible. The family was nervous when we arrived because they had no idea how the mold had happened. When mold grows, we tend to believe its due to a lack of cleanliness or, at least, a lack of awareness. But it’s perfectly normal to have situations where water damage can be so subtle we only find out about it when the damage is severe. We had to remove the drywall, because once mold grows in drywall it cannot be repaired. We were also able to repair the break in the bathtub and use our dehumidifiers to clear remaining moisture out of the air.
Sometimes things are out of our control, even in our safest place to be. That’s why SERVPRO of East Dayton / Beavercreek spreads what we know about possible dangers in the home, to protect you and your family. If you’re ever in need of restoration for water, fire, mold, or storm damage, give us a call. Let’s keep your house safe.
How a Snow Day Could Affect Your Home
Snow is one of those aspects of life that is both beautiful and sometimes dangerous.
It’s pretty delightful watching our kids wander to the window and stare in awe at the snow falling outside. Especially when it sticks to the pavement, giving them the opportunity to build snowmen together or have a snowball fight. In general we perceive snowy days at nice, peaceful days. However there’s a few other things to consider as the snow falls and our homes are decorated in white. Before the first snowfall hits your area, avoid water damage danger by doing the following:
- clean out your gutters before the winter, making sure that snow can travel clearly through them when it melts.
- inspect your home’s foundation for cracks, where melting snow can sink into the home rather than the ground.
- add caulk around basement windows for proper protection.
- stock up on snow salt before winter hits, so that you’re ready for any sudden announcements of snow coming.
- make sure your tools, such as shovels or snow blowers, are ready for the upcoming season.
Why are these things so important? Well, while your home is susceptible to water damage all year long, snow poses a particularly scary threat. Since snow is the solid version of water, it can layer onto itself on top of and around the home. That means that when it is able to melt, a streamlike flow of water is bound to follow. This excess of water can seep into several parts of the home, from the roof to the foundation to the sides, and cost you and your family money that should otherwise be spent on the holidays. So make sure your home is safe from water damage. Should any water damage happen to you this upcoming snowy, winter season, call your affordable and speedy local SERVPRO of East Dayton / Beavercreek to make sure that come the holidays, you’ll be ready to host your family and spread the cheer!
The Chemistry Behind Fire
One little match carries enough potential ignition power to light a whole forest on fire.
In order to understand fire damage we should understand the process of fire itself. Fire occurring is due to the oxidation of something during the exothermic chemical process. Essentially, that means that when oxygen fuels combustion, heat and light are produced, which is what you see and feel as a result. While most of us aren’t chemists and haven’t been in a chemistry class in years, we can recall on some knowledge of elements and compounds to understand fire better. The flame itself occurs during the ignition point, which is a part of the combustion reaction. The flame, however, is only the visible part of the fire itself. The flames are a combination of not only oxygen, but also nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. A variety of temperatures and colors of the flames are produced dependent on the circumstances. Different materials can burn hotter, and some can create flames that may be blue in color.
Fire is a hazard to life, once the reaction creates spreadable flames. Of course, we understand that it burns and spreads, however there are other dangerous aspects of fire itself. For one, it can create pollution because certain things, when burned, can put chemicals into the air. Plastic, for example, isn’t something that can be burned safely. Forest fires can threaten the nutrition in the soil, which can prevent a forest from growing back easily. Fires cause permanent damage.
Though fires are helpful, used to benefit the growth of society since the beginning of time, there are a lot of boundaries between it being helpful and destructive. For light and warmth we use it in many ways, but the moment we lose control of it, it threatens the well-being of our homes and belongings and lives.
Fire damage is important to take seriously, since the lingering effects of fire can harm our bodies, homes, and material possessions. In case of fire damage, immediately contact a restoration company such as SERVPRO of South Dayton to limit damaging after effects of the chemical process that we just learned about.
The Origins of SERVPRO
Pride in the family values of SERVPRO keeps us growing.
Did you know that SERVPRO actually started as a painting company, that then offered restoration services in addition? Ten years after opening in 1967, the company purchased Bristol-Meyers Domesticare Division, which added 175 franchises to the young company. Eleven years after that purchase, in 1988, SERVPRO moved to Tennessee to be more accessible to the general population, being in a more central location of the country. The painting company that was founded in 1967 grew into a restoration giant that sold its 1,000th franchise in 2000, only 33 years after it was first founded. That immense growth as a business is a key detail in understanding why SERVPRO is the best there is in the restoration industry. Rick Isaacson, the executive vice president of SERVPRO Industries, Inc, said it best himself, “The SERVPRO franchise system is built around solid core values. As long as we provide superior service and focus on saving our clients money, we will continue to earn their business.” See, a business model centered around helping the clients get the best resources they can earns the money in the most honest way. These values are derived from the foundation of the business. A corporation that retains family business values can attain equal parts quality and quantity. Understanding a company’s values can really help us decide who to choose. We want the resources of a large scale company, of course, but also the customer relations and individuality of a local company. That’s why a company like SERVPRO has the best of both worlds. That’s why a company like SERVPRO is trusted nationally, so you know you can trust them too.
What SERVPRO Does Better than Other Restoration Companies
We have more than enough resources for any size job.
Two years after SERVPRO opened they had sold their first franchise. With that, they began their fast growth into the large company they are today. There’s a good reason why that growth was so fast. SERVPRO knows what they’re doing. In fact, they’ve created their own training programs for each employee to complete in order to verify the quality that is received for each and every job. When these specially trained professionals arrive at your doorstep, they do not come empty handed. State of the art restoration company is a part of the value of hiring SERVPRO. Upon the assessment, Moisture Detection equipment will be able to measure the quantity of water hidden in the damaged area. This can not only help identify a source, but also give the team areas to focus on, rather than tearing apart the entire area unless need be. After the assessment, the team will bring Water Extraction equipment, Drying equipment, Odor Removal and Deodorization equipment, as well as all the Sanitization needed to remove any bacteria remaining from the water damage. SERVPRO’s investment in high quality technology provided all the evidence you need to choose them for any damage you experience in your home, store, or building. The priority during the restoration process is not just quality, but speed. A speedy process is easier when using the newest technology. Dependent upon the area of the space affected, the appropriate quantity of equipment will arrive at the site promptly, saving you time and money. Water damage is an overwhelming situation to deal with, which no company understands better than SERVPRO.
SERVPRO's Hurricane Help
It's a scary moment when a hurricane touches land, and the most important thing is protecting the lives of those in that area.
We know the story of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike, which caused great damage to the South in 2005 and 2008. But did you know that SERVPRO signed government contracts to help clean up the water and storm damage that these historic hurricanes left? That’s right, SERVPRO became a nationally trusted restoration company in the late 2000s when they were hired to help with the awe-inducing damage that was left. Though SERVPRO is split into franchises, each location can be used to assist in larger jobs, such as storm damage, because of the vast amount of equipment each location has to offer. That’s why a large contact, like the one with the government, is possible. Since they started as a family business, SERVPRO has kept those same values even as they’ve increased their size. In a time of crisis, like when storms hit, a company of this size is able to extend help to all franchises in the surrounding area. That means that no matter how much damage is dealt, there are several SERVPRO franchises able to take part in the cleaning and restoring of neighborhoods and towns. This is just one aspect of the pride that comes with working for a company like this one, that is able to help at times when the country needs help most. Though we do not want storms to hit, at least we know that there are companies, like SERVPRO, to help quicken the process of returning life to normal afterwards. After all, that’s what family values are all about.
10 Years of Being the #1 Restoration Company
Anywhere and anytime, water damage can happen.
For ten years now, SERVPRO has been winning awards and receiving recognition in many big business magazines. In fact, since 2009 they have won the title of #1 Restoration Company in Entrepreneur Magazine every year. There’s a good reason for that, too. SERVPRO knows the ins and outs of the restoration process and has created a training program for their employees that brings each and every franchise to the next level. SERVPRO has found the balance between corporate and local, because while each franchise is locally owned by your neighbor, their business has been trained by the award-winning corporate SERVPRO. Locally, as well, the franchises themselves earn rewards from not only SERVPRO Industries, but also from surrounding contractor awards. For example, your local SERVPRO of East Dayton won the Golden Hammer Award from Contractor Connection in 2018 for “Exemplary Performance and Dedication.” That means it isn’t just the core of the business that’s proving the value of working with SERVPRO, even the franchises themselves uphold these same values. What are these values, exactly? For one, saving the client money. In such a stressful situation, the last thing anyone wants is to be afraid of breaking the bank over an unpredictable event. That’s why affordability is a core value. Likewise, quality ensures that no further damage happens after the restoration process takes place. Once the job is done, it really is done and you don’t have to worry about anything else. Combining these two integral values ensures that people really do get the best out of the restoration process.
Does Your Insurance Cover Water Damage?
Where water damage comes from matters; it affects how damaging it is to your home.
Approximately 98% of basements will experience water damage in their lifetime. The inevitability isn’t too surprising considering basements are underground and therefore prone to things like gravity and the consequences of whatever happens in the home above. Considering this statistic, it’s safe to say that understanding the processes of both the water damage itself and the restoration required to fix it is genuinely useful for homeowners.
Here’s what you don’t know about water damage.
First off, water damage insurance and flood insurance are different. If you live in an area not prone to floods, you don’t need to get flood insurance just to protect your home from water damage. They’re different insurance types entirely. In addition, not all water damage is actually insured. For instance, water damage related to neglection of the property may not be covered the way a sudden disaster’s effects would be. Once water damage has impacted the home, in any area, call insurance immediately. The sooner the better since they need the complete details in order to determine the cause, the damage, and therefore pay the restoration company. If you find dealing with insurance a pain, no worries. Restoration companies like, for example, SERVPRO can help you with insurance in addition to repairing the site of the water damage.
Once insurance is dealt with, there’s a few other things to consider. Some water damage, depending on the source, can be polluted and dangerous to be in or around. It is not recommended to explore the damage personally, especially if it’s a large quantity of water and in a location like the basement. In addition, the moment the water damage happens it is getting worse and worse every minute. That is why there is a sense of urgency that comes with water damage. More than the water, the dangers of water damage come with water the water causes. This includes mold growth, structural damage, destruction of personal items. The sooner the area of damage can be dried and restored, the better off the home is. The same way you wouldn’t avoid going to the doctor if a sudden pain erupted in your body, your home needs similar urgency to keep its integrity and continue to serve you and your family in a safe way.
In case of a water damage emergency, consider SERVPRO of Huber Heights. They can assist you with your insurance, be at the site within twenty-four hours, and use the most powerful possible equipment to return your home to normal in no time.
Can Water Damage in Your Apartment Affect Your Neighbors?
The benefit may be the same as the drawback for apartments: in a confined place, you're tied to your neighbors.
Apartments are convenient for many reasons, like cost, location, and in-building facilities. One factor that can be a benefit or a drawback is the relationship between neighbors of an apartment building. One apartment’s water damage can easily become water damage for surrounding neighbors. If you’ve experienced water damage of any kind in your apartment, for example:
- A burst pipe
- Overflowed toilet
- Cracks in bath causing flooding
- Large spills
- Dysfunctional appliances
It is very possible that the water damage in your apartment could reach the apartment below or beside you. Being that water is heavy in large quantities, can break through material when built up, and flows through all kinds of materials laterally, then it’s more than likely that the damage might reach another neighbor. Don’t feel bad, it’s a very common issue and the physical properties of water cause it to spread easily through floors. So, what do you do?
- Contact Your Property Manager
- Recommend SERVPRO as Your Water Restoration Specialist
- Alert Neighbors to Check for Water Damage
The property manager will repair the damage for both you and your neighbor. When SERVPRO arrives at the scene they’ll finish the rest of the restoration process, which is a five step process.
- Contact (This is what you and your property manager did in calling SERVPRO)
- Assessment (SERVPRO reviews the damage and creates a plan)
- Drying (Using their equipment, the drying process begins)
- Salvage (Any water damaged material that isn’t ruined is now restored)
- Restoration (Ensuring the quality of every damaged material)
The First Thing to Do When Your Property is Damaged
Each commercial property comes with its own set of variables when restoring damage.
When damage occurs in a commercial property, the capacity for the spread of damage is much higher than in a personal property. From surface area to multiple floors, there’s far more to consider when repairing a commercial property. The quantity of people using bathrooms, sinks, ovens, and other appliances raises the risk factor of accidental damage taking place. When it does occur, it can create a decent mound of stress for any property manager in charge of maintenance and restoration. Make sure to take the first, important steps:
- Take pictures of everything. You’ll want to remember each part that needs to be fixed and make sure everything is returned to normal.
- Ensure your restoration professional has the right equipment. In order for any restoration professional to cover a large surface area or multiple floors, depending on the structure of your commercial property, they’re going to need a large quantity of equipment and workforce. Equipment includes: Dehumidifiers (for restoring humidity), air movers (for drying quickly), truck mounted vacuums (for drying surface water), and negative air machines (for trapping contaminated air).
- Call the right restoration professional. SERVPRO is a large restoration company, with over 1,700 locations nationwide. They know what the standards are for a professional restoration job, and they have a large quantity of equipment and employees to bring their best effort to the table, regardless of the size of the project.
If you’re a property manager, unsure where to start with a little or big restoration job, call SERVPRO of East Dayton to take the weight off your shoulders. In just one call you can alert SERVPRO of the necessary procedures needed to take care of the damage in a time efficient manner and return operations to normal. While businesses are not immune to any restoration needs, time is the most valuable consideration in commercial restoration projects. Your business will be returned to normal as soon as you call your local SERVPRO.
Does Size of Property Change Restoration Process?
No project intimidates the skills and tools of your local SERVPRO.
The size of a property does not change the restoration process, in terms of the steps needing to be taken. The process can slide on a scale of necessary equipment and workforce, but remains the same. For instance, if you had two floors of completely soaked flooring, one plan might be two individuals running each floor with as many tools as needed in the assessment. While for homeowners, a smaller sized restoration company could get the work done and in a timely manner, considering the smaller surface area of possible damage and the amount of equipment needed, however commercial properties may not be able to use smaller restoration companies. The best bet for a commercial property in need of any type of restoration, whether its fire, water, mold, or storm damage, is a company that has a large supply of equipment at hand. The volume of equipment and workforce that SERVPRO of East Dayton has allows quick response time and quick restore time, because any number of people and tools can be at the location in a prompt time. In the past, SERVPRO has helped restore a number of commercial properties including:
- Office buildings
- Retail stores
- Strip malls
- Apartment buildings
Don’t worry about the size of the damage, the tenements or individuals affected by the restoration process, or anything else that might prohibit smooth running of the business. That will be little to no concern with SERVPRO, who knows efficiency and can create a flexible restoration plan that works around business operations, allowing you to keep running or to be back as quickly as possible.
What Every Property Manger Needs to Know
This is what your team should look like, even in the middle of a restoration project.
The main causes of water damage in a commercial property is appliance leaks and overflowing, plumping breaks and leaks, large spills, and natural disasters infiltrating the structure of the building. This isn’t even including the high population that runs through a building. Customers using the restroom, employees using appliances like a coffee machine or dishwasher, the large quantity of piping needed to cover an entire building. A home bathroom may be used a few times every day, but a building bathroom could be used several hundred times a day, creating a far greater opportunity for damage to occur.
A couple of things to know about water damage in a commercial setting:
- There are three types of water that can be a part of water damage.
- Clean water damage, caused by rain or clean appliance leaks.
- Gray water damage, caused by overflowing appliances or treated water.
- Black water damage, caused by sewage or flooding.
- Identify recurring sources of water damage.
- Follow up with affected individuals after restoration process has been completed.
- Reusing one restoration professional can allow them to understand the needs of the building really well.
When choosing a restoration professional to have continued service with, consider the following:
- Does their amount of equipment and workforce meet the requirement of restoring your specific location’s requirements?
- How efficiently can they restore your location so business can move on as normal?
- How quickly can they pursue the project after receiving details and doing an assessment of the damage?
- How can you get the best price to stay in your business’ budget?
SERVPRO of East Dayton can take care of all those considerations. They are a franchise of a large business, therefore having any needed equipment readily available. They also are local as a result of being independently owned, so they know the area and can give you small business, local prices. They are also a 24/7 hour emergency location. Your needs can be met before you even list them out.
The Future of the Restoration Industry
The restoration industry is profitable and a highly needed service.
Any business that uses a commercial space to conduct itself will come into contact with a restoration company at some point or another. From one business to another, it could be useful to understand the interest behind any company that you do business with. Especially considering that the restoration industry has taken off, there are some interesting things to know about the industry as a whole.
Property restoration is currently a growth industry. This isn’t to say that it’s an easy industry to build a business in, being that it does require professional knowledge of damage and services to fix damage, however it does coincide with hot topics. For instance, as the amount and strength of hurricanes increases due to the warming of the Earth over time, more and more damage has been needed in the South East part of the United States. During especially bad hurricanes, like Katrina of Louisiana, some restoration businesses increased profits by as much as doubling net gain in that year. The best part of the restoration industry is knowing that although large damage provides a high profit margin for restoration companies, this all comes from helping return the communities to the way they were before the storm hit. The restoration industry is not only profitable, but an honest service.
Even smaller projects, like buildings and homes, comes from the service of returning peoples’ lives to the way it was before the damage occurred. In addition, franchise formatted restoration services provide an avenue for which companies can arrive even sooner to the location of need. 24/7 hour emergency would be less possible if it weren’t for the large access to professional equipment and employees.
External Versus Internal Sources of Water Damage
Water damage has a variety of sources.
Water damage affects parts of the home differently, especially considering whether the source of the damage was internal or external. For example, an external leak from heavy rain is water that has crossed paths with many contaminants on its way into the home. Internal leaks, on the other hand, is often the water we would be using anyways and therefore change the concern about the water damage clean up. Safety concerns vary with each flood, leak, or build up. It also matters where in the house the water damage is located. Water damage in the ceiling can cause instability in the infrastructure of the home, and can allow breakage between the floors of the house. Water damage near the windows usually result in puddles forming under the carpet or hardwood floors, as well as within the walls surrounding the window, which can lead to peeling of the paint. While damage in this area doesn’t necessarily lead to furniture falling from the ceiling in worst case scenarios, it does force us to not only replace but repaint entire sections of the home. In all cases, a water damage assessment by a professional is necessary to know the full extent of the damage. Because SERVPRO of East Dayton and Beavercreek is a 24 hour emergency location, no matter what time you find water damage, help is just one phone call away. To have water restoration professionals able to arrive within a couple hours can take the headache out of where and how the damage occurred in the first place. SERVPRO knows how to assess and repair damage so you don’t have to.
Water Damage on Wood Versus Carpet
Though the floor is not the center point of our home, the decision of what to use is just as important.
Carpet and hardwood retain water differently and, as a result, require different processes in order to dry them. Carpets can very quickly become unsalvageable if they become entirely soaked or if delamination occurs. When a carpet experiences delamination, it is unable to remain adhesed to the floor and therefore must be replaced with new carpet. On the other hand, if the damage isn’t detrimental to the carpet’s adhesiveness, a wet dry vacuum can be used to help begin the drying process before water damage professionals even arrive. Carpet fibers react differently to water. Wool is one of the more expensive carpet fibers to use and yet it can be more prone to mold and mildew. Triexta is a more affordable carpet fiber and is known to non-absorbent and therefore resistant to mildew.
Wood is different because wood floors can vary in thickness and therefore damage potential. Certain types of wood handles water differently. For instance, Oak, Maple, and Cherry wood are the most commonly used for flooring and furniture due to their water resistance. On the other hand, Bamboo and Coconut Timber can be used but can require adhesives that can be undone by water damage. Wood needs to be removed in order to get rid of the moisture underneath, but depending on the integrity of the wood it can be put back after the water has been removed.
Regardless of whether water damage has been done to carpet or wood, it’s vital to hire a water damage professional to remove all the water. SERVPRO knows the best action to take for each type of floor, so if you find yourself with carpet or hardwood floor water damage make sure to call your local SERVPRO of East Dayton and Beavercreek.
What Type of Mold is in Your Home?
Danger presented from mold varies by type. Have a professional check.
There are over 10,000 species of mold, that we’re aware of, in the world. Don’t worry, though. Only 5 of these 10,000 species are commonly found inside of our houses. These 5 types vary in danger, but nonetheless all 5 need to be removed as quickly as possible.
One type is Alternaria, which comes from water damage. Materials retaining water create an attractive atmosphere for this type of mold. Once growing, it can cause allergic reactions and asthma for anyone living in close proximity to it.
Another type is Aspergillus, which is the most common type we know of. It causes respiratory infections and inflammation, posing more of a danger than the typical allergic reactions that come from mold. It prefers warmer temperatures.
Cladosporium grows is lower temperatures than its’ fellow mold, but just as easily triggers asthma in anyone in contact with it.
One of the more musty smelling types of mold is Penicillium, which grows specifically on carpet, wallpaper, and insulation. Its’ strong odor can bring attention to it. Though we hopefully find it first due to the strong odor, sometimes bugs find it before us, attracted to the moldy stench it creates.
And finally, the one we have heard about through scary tales, Stachbotrys Chartarum or black mold. It is the most dangerous of the five household molds, being that it causes severe health issues to anyone in contact with it. It grows anywhere that water damage has been sitting, undealt with, creating the perfect atmosphere for growth. The longer the water damage stays in one spot, the easier it is for black mold to grow and pose a health threat.
If you have any reason to believe mold is growing in your home, get a mold remediation specialist to give you peace of mind. SERVPRO of East Dayton and Beavercreek can be at your home in a timely manner to assure the safety of your home.
How Quickly Does Mold Grow?
We can't see the process that takes place in the mold life cycle until its already begun doing damage.
Molds develop as quickly as 24 to 48 hours but can remain hidden until the spores are large enough to have done considerable damage. Even worse, dead mold spores can continue to be just as harmful to our health as live mold spores. The life cycle of mold takes four main steps. While there are complicated words and processes that occur, here is the life cycle of mold in the simplest form:
Once an environment has created ideal conditions for mold growth, spores begin to germinate. Then they break off and travel through either air or water.
Spores can stay dormant until in the ideal environment. In such conditions, they begin to swell, growing to a much bigger size.
The swollen spore consumes enzymes of the organic material it grows off, breaking down the nutrients to grow even bigger.
Once large enough, the structure the mold grew on becomes weak, being consumed by the now fully grown mold. Reproduction of spores now occurs.
The process of mold growth is something out of a biology class, not easy to remember and rarely useful, even if we find mold in our own homes. In the case of finding mold in your home, the best thing to do is to call a mold remediation specialist to contain, control, and remove the mold and its source of growth. Contact your local SERVPRO of East Dayton today to see how they can help you avoid further growth and damage to your home.
Mold Attracts Many Types of Bugs
Sometimes the smaller the bug, the scarier they can be. We aren't aware of every type of bug that affects our lives.
Mold attracts a number of bugs due to the fact that it breaks down things that bugs commonly consume. Cockroaches are attracted to moldy areas because mold breaks down paper, cockroaches food of choice. The mold makes the paper easier to digest which allows the nasty little bugs to consume lots of it, easier, and therefore repopulate faster. A thriving environment for cockroaches is anywhere mold has reached wallpaper or a bookshelf. Likewise, booklice enjoy mold for the same reason. Moldy paper is easier to digest for booklice the same way it is for cockroaches. Mold mites, on the other hand, consume the mold directly. Though this almost seems ideal, being that they feast on the mold itself, mold mites produce hairs on their bodies that cause allergic reactions for humans. These hairs float off of their bodies and into the air and is undetectable to us. We may have a reaction to mold mites without even knowing that they’re there. The odor produced by mold attracts termites, being that termites know where there is mold there is weakened wood to consume.
Knowing that bugs are attracted to mold is frustrating because these bugs create damage in our homes just as much as the mold and water damage. What started as a simple leak or build up now result in multiple sources of home damage. Because of this, the best time to act on the discovery of water damage or mold is as soon as it is found. To make things easy, give a call to your local SERVPRO of East Dayton. They know water damage and mold remediation, so you’re in good hands. In addition to be specialists as this field, they know about the promptness necessary in attacking mold, so they’ll be at your door soon after you make the call. They care as much about your home as you do.
How Mold Makes Your Home Dangerous
Mold can make our homes a dangerous place to be, especially if we aren't aware that the mold has even began to grow.
Mold damage costs homeowners in the United States $73 billion a year, on average. Every year mold alone ruins more wood than fires and termites together. Mold produces mycotoxins, which are toxic chemicals that can be poisonous. However, despite some popular myths, the musty smell that comes with mold is not the smell of mycotoxins being produced. Fortunately, if you worry that you’ve been exposed to mycotoxins, there are simple urine tests that can be done to detect the presence in your body. However in order to detect it in the home a mold specialist is required to conduct a mold control test. Since the average homeowner does not have an easy way of knowing what kind of mold is growing in their home, the first step is to call a mold specialist, like SERVPRO, and get an assessment done. But what does a mold specialist do when they come to our homes? Well first they’ll do an air sample. Mold spores can travel through air, undetectable to the human eye. If the source of the mold is found, for instance water damage in a specific area, then a surface sample will be taken there. Once the samples have been reviewed and mold has been confirmed in the air or surface, your local mold specialist will arrive in safety gear and begin the removal process. Fortunately, companies like SERVPRO of Beavercreek have 24/7 emergency response so we don’t have to wait around to know about the safety of our homes. Sooner than you think, a mold remediation specialist could be arriving in their gear and with their tests, ready to give you the information you need to keep your home safe.
What Time of Year Do Storms Mostly Occur?
Summer fun doesn't have to end just because of a seasonal storm.
Every year there are an average of 100,000 thunderstorms, 10% of which are categorized as severe storms. Though this is a year-round statistic, most storms take place within the spring and summer months, between the hours of noon and midnight. The reason why this time of year is beneficial for the formation of thunderstorms is due to the warming of the Earth. Starting in the spring and especially in the summer, the sun is out for longer than it is during the fall or winter. This gives sunlight time to warm the surface of the Earth, therefore warming the air surrounding the areas where this is happening. While most of us enjoy this process because it makes the temperature perfect for going outside, it creates the ideal conditions for a thunderstorm to form. Though air near the surface of the Earth becomes hotter during these months, the air higher in the sky remains below freezing throughout the entire year. Therefore, when something triggers the warmer air upwards, colliding with the freezing air, the contact of these differing temperature particles creates electric charges. In the fall and winter the air near the surface is cooler, due to less sunlight and distance from the sun, so should the surface air collide with the distant air, there is no opposing force to cause electric charges. It makes sense why we relate thunderstorms to the summer, then.
What this means for homeowners is that summertime is when storm damage is most likely to occur. While we have differing concerns for each season, warm weather brings general storm damage opportunities. Heavy rainfall can create floods which pose a threat of water damage. Lightning strikes can cause fire damage if they hit near our homes. There’s a lot to think about in the otherwise enjoyable warm months of the year.
However storms affect the home, SERVPRO of East Dayton covers any destruction that may come from a storm. Summer is the time of year we allow ourselves to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sunlight. Don’t let storm damage stop you from experiencing summer relaxation. Call your local SERVPRO for any storm damage needs.
How Does Smoke Affect Our Body?
Smoke affects our bodies in different ways depending on our age, previous ailments, and duration in the smoke.
Inside smoke from fire are several chemical irritants, such as chlorine, ammonia, hydrogen chloride, and sulfur dioxide. Smoke inhalation irritates the respiratory tract lining which can result in the collapsing of the airway. Some people are more prone to bodily damage from smoke. Older adults may have weaker internal organs which can be harmed quicker from smoke inhalation. Because children and teenagers’ bodies are still developing, smoke can affect them more intensely than a fully developed adult. Anyone with heart or lung disease or diabetes can have their conditions be triggered by smoke damage, resulting in stroke or heart attack. Pregnant women are at danger themselves due to the changes in their body, but the fetus can also be heavily affected, preventing normal development stages from occurring.
Smoke first affects anyone inhaling it by burning the eyes, making the nose runny, inducing coughing and wheezing. If chest pain or fatigue occurs there might be more severe damage being experienced, and people with such symptoms need to be removed from the room or building as quickly as possible to prevent fainting or cardiac arrest.
Even a strong, fully developed adult can be at risk for severe damage due to the chemicals in the air as mentioned before. This is why firefighters wear masks when entering a burning building, and why it is not recommended to attempt to save anyone without the proper gear. Carbon monoxide poisoning first causes the person to faint and then continues to enter the body until it has shut down the function of the major organs, killing them after they’ve gone unconscious.
This is important information to know in case of a fire in your home. While your natural instinct may be to save other people within the home, staying any longer within a burning building can cause unseen damage. Immediately call the fire department and exit the building. They have the gear to enter and exit in a safe manner, while keeping everyone affected by a fire safe.
While the most important consideration following a fire is the safety of the family, when it is time to repair the damage, hire your local SERVPRO. Firefighters respond to a fire currently in progress, and SERVPRO responds to everything that follows.
How Fire Spreads: What Gets Damaged First?
Firefighters stop the fire. SERVPRO repairs the fire damage.
The more carbon monoxide in the air, the harder it is to escape from a fire. When a fire starts, it uses the naturally occurring oxygen in the air to create carbon monoxide. This is because fires add Carbon (C) to the Oxygen (O) which creates Carbon Monoxide (CO). The longer a fire burns, the more carbon monoxide is created until all of the pre-existing oxygen has been used up. It is at this point that the air in a burning building becomes unbreathable, causing any humans in the vicinity to faint and eventually lose function of their lungs.
Fire damage spreads in different ways depending on the source of the fire. Some fires expand due to the large quantity of oxygen molecules that can be consumed. Some spread with the help of grease and oils. It is never recommended to put out a fire yourself, instead call the local fire department for professional assistance. However, in case of an emergency, make sure to deprive the fire of oxygen if possible. For example, if a fire began in the kitchen due to cooking in a pot or pan, you may be able to cease the spread of the fire by placing a lid on top which cuts off the oxygen.
In most situations, the fire spreads quickly enough that it cannot be stopped. Within just minutes of the fire’s ignition, poisonous gases like carbon monoxide are already being emitted into the air. Evacuation is the most important step for safety at this point.
Once you and your family or neighbors have evacuated the building to a safe location, the hot air created by the fire spreads throughout the building and into other rooms. It only takes five minutes for the air to reach temperatures as hot as 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Within such a small time frame, the fire eats away at the structure of the building, which in most cases comprised of wood frames, insulation, and other flammable materials.
Once the fire has been put out by firefighters, what does fire damage look like? Although it depends on the length of time the fire burned, damage can be done regardless of where the fire spread. Even in rooms untouched by fire, hot air could still have traveled through the entire house, melting anything plastic or glass. Even wood beams that are still standing can be a danger because they have still been weakened. Soot sticks to floors, ceilings, and walls, and still contain dangerous byproducts of anything burned despite the fire being over.
Remember to talk to your fire department after the fact about the safety hazards of reentering the building. No matter how bad the damage may be, whether is extends just above the oven or within the entire structure of the building, contact a professional fire damage specialist to remove the fire damage.
Fire damage specialists have the necessary materials, including safety gear, to rid the home of toxins and restore the integrity of the internal structure. SERVPRO of East Dayton arrives promptly and charges affordably, so that life can return to normal just as quickly as the fire spread.
Does Your Insurance Cover Fire Damage?
We can't undo fires, but we can undo fire damage.
Although only 7% of house fires start in the bedroom, 73% of house fire fatalities are due to these kinds of fires. Fires that start in the bedroom are nearly always accidents caused by a lack of mindfulness when dealing with heat producing objects. For example, one of the most common causes of bedroom fires are objects like curling irons or straighteners being left 0n the bed or carpet. Even if they have been turned off, these can be hot enough to start a fire for up to ten minutes after being unplugged. Another common cause is smoking in the bedroom, which can be dangerous even when the cigarette has been put out in an ashtray because the ashes can continue to produce heat.
Even when taking steps to prevent fires from happening, it’s vital to keep inventory of anything that could be damaged in the event of a fire. This is so that if fire does unfortunately occur, accurate assessment of the fire damage coverage can help restore all lost belongings. Personal property is just one of the things that most fire damage insurance covers. It also covers detached structures, like sheds, and dwellings, like porches. So long as there is an accurate fire damage appraisal done of all loses, you then have two options on how to receive the financial compensation for such loses. The first would be actual cash value, which calculates how much the lost items would be worth today and awarding that exact amount in cash value. The other option is a replacement cost, which would replace the item for similar to the value it was purchased for. There are pros and cons to both forms of insurance. While the value of the replacement cost of damaged items would be higher than the cash value, the ability to decide what to do with the cash value is up to the homeowner.
If your goal is to return your home to the way it was before the fire damage occurred, your best bet would be a replacement cost insurance policy. If you’d rather use the value of the loss items to spend the money elsewhere, whether to assist in the repairing of the home or for other personal needs, then an actual cash value wouldn’t be a bad idea.
In any case, SERVPRO of East Dayton knows fire damage restoration. There’s a lot to think about when picking an insurance policy, but little to think about when picking a company to fix the fire damage. In little to no time SERVPRO can be on the scene. Returning your home to the way it was before is an easy job for a company as widespread and equipped as they are.
Does Fire Damage Require Demolition?
When the scariest part is over, SERVPRO is there to clean up the mess.
In the United States, a fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds. Fire damage varies with each fire, from a burnt kitchen to an entire home. To the fire fighters, the goal is to stop the fire. After that has been achieved the following responsibilities are left to the homeowner. Luckily, no homeowner is left alone in making decisions about what to do with their damaged home. The next steps are to contact insurance and then decide how to move forward with rebuilding.
It is more expensive to demolish fire damaged buildings than it is to repair them. Every fire is individual though. Demolition prices consider the following aspects: structure size, geographic location of structure, materials of structure, and the quantity of still standing structure. In some cases, demolition is required because there is a lack of salvageable material. With demolition comes rebuilding, which are equally expensive processes. If it is possible to simply restore the fire damage, that would be the most cost efficient solution after a fire.
When considering demolition versus restoration, ask yourself the following questions:
- How much is insurance contributing to rebuilding?
- How much can you currently afford to pay personally?
- Do you have a place you can stay during construction?
- Do you have access to affordable restoration companies?
If you live in the East Dayton or Beavercreek area, the answer to the last part is yes, you do. In cases where restoration is an option, consider SERVPRO of East Dayton. Why? Restoration is usually more affordable, and in certain situations you can continue to live in your home while the restoration process occurs, saving you money. It’s a myth that the home structure is stronger when completely rebuilt. If using the right fire damage restoration company, restoration can be just as successful at repairing the strength of the home. In addition, demolition requires permits, paperwork, and extra hassle to even begin the process. SERVPRO can be at your door the next day with the equipment and people to begin immediately. Afterall, their main goal is to make your home, “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Damage on Different Materials
This home, made mostly of wood, was made of materials that made the spread of fire easier.
Within the years of 2007 and 2011, lightning strikes resulted in $451 million in property damage. There are several causes of fire damage, but the sources that are outside of our control are the scariest. While you can monitor your appliances, fireplace, cooking, and other causes of fires, some causes will always be outside of your control. That’s why it’s important to know whatever you can about the effects of fire damage so that no matter what happens, you’re prepared.
One valuable thing to understand is the potential of damage in your own home. Damage occurs differently on certain materials. It’s common knowledge that fire uses wood as fuel and therefore can spread from wood beam to wood beam, which usually makes up the internal structure of the average home. But what about less flammable materials? A concrete foundation, for example.
Concrete may not catch on fire, like wood, however it still experiences damage from exposure to high temperatures. The reason for this is the expansion of the material that makes up concrete, which can lead to breakage. Likewise, steel beams do not catch on fire but can bend and sag due to exposure to high temperatures. This means that while these materials may not contribute to the spreading of a fire, they can be affected by a fire and in certain circumstances need replacement.
The only absolute answer to how a fire has damaged a home is to get a fire damage assessment. Fire damaged wood and fire damaged concrete may require different restoration processes, but nonetheless you can go to one company for all fire damage restoration needs. SERVPRO of East Dayton is one of those companies, and they can use their fire restoration knowledge to assess any material that has been affected by a fire.
The Necessities for Storm Preparation
Lightning from a far distance is amazing, but less so when it gets closer to our homes.
The United States is the World’s Tornado Capital, specifically the midwest region including states like Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Ohio. We can’t save our home from the inevitable effects of severe storms. However, we can save our families by having a storm kit easily accessible in our home. Some 0bvious things to keep in a storm kit: a first aid kit, list of emergency phone numbers, bottled water, nonperishable food, battery powered flashlight, and extra batteries. But what about the less obvious things? Other necessities could be: extra cash (kept in a water-tight bag), extra clothing (also kept in a water-tight bag), a non-electric can opener, sturdy boots, and prescriptions or required medicine. What are the things our families cannot survive without on a daily basis? We may forget our medicines or dry clothing when we focus on dealing with disaster. The most important thing to consider when a storm is on its way is how to care for your family. Storm damage on the structure of the home can be repaired afterwards. Storm damage in Beavercreek happens mostly to neighborhoods. Focus on caring for your family when a storm heads your way. Luckily, our local news station provides us with storm tracker information so we can know where the storm is located. After it ends, if storm damage occurs stress can be limited with the help of SERVPRO, a company of professionals in storm damage restoration. They focus on returning the quality of our homes and businesses to before the storm even hit. Knowing how to protect our family and who to call when damage ensues is all we need when storms are on their way. SERVPRO can take the stress out of the uncontrollable weather.
The Difference Between a Storm Warning and a Storm Watch
During a storm, lightning is looking for the strongest pull to the Earth. Wherever that pull is, damage always follows.
Population size can affect the severity of a storm by at least 2% in rainfall. This is due to a higher temperature in cities like Dayton, Ohio. Our phones have the convenient ability to alert us of an oncoming storm, whether the storm happens tonight, tomorrow, or within the next few days. However these alerts come with two different descriptions of the storm, a storm watch or a storm warning. Without being informed on the difference between the two, how can we know how prepared we need to be for storms headed our way? Here’s the difference. A storm warning is a less severe storm message.
A storm warning is for a storm that:
- will arrive soon
- lasts between twenty minutes and an hour
- covers only portions of a county
- indicates we should take cover when the message is received
A storm watch is for a storm that:
- will arrive within a few hours
- lasts for several hours
- can cover across multiple states
- indicates we should have a plan prepared for when it arrives
With this information, we can better prepare ourselves for when that message shows up on phones. The next time a storm message arrives, whether a watch or a warning, save your stress about the possibility of damage until the following day. And before looking for how to handle storm damage from last night, consider hiring storm damage specialists directly from businesses like your local SERVPRO, who have the power of a commercial company with the speed and customer service of a local company. SERVPRO can take all the hassle out of the inevitable. While we cannot avoid the path of a storm, they can restore our homes as though storms never happen.
Types of Storms and What to Look For
We can usually tell what is headed our way, even from a far distance. A build up of clouds like this indicate a storm is coming.
Lightning strikes are 50,0oo°Fahrenheit, which is five times hotter than the surface of the Sun. That’s a terrifying fact knowing how often these strikes hit the surface of the Earth. While cool storm videos are cool to watch, it’s less fun when the storm we’re watching is headed our way. There are many types of storms that can affect our lives. The most common types of storms include: thunderstorms, hail storms, blizzards, tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Each storm can make itself obvious from the formation of the sky when it occurs. For example, a thunderstorm often presents itself as an anvil shaped cloud at first, low and flat at the bottom while standing tall. An easy way to tell it’s a blizzard and not just regular snow is the visibility. Blizzards lessen the visibility for at last three hours, usually longer. Hail storms can present a variety of danger as the hail itself can be as small as peas and as large as watermelons. While larger hail can have more powerful damage, crushing cars, roofs, windows, etc, small hail can also break windows and create holes in roofs. Fortunately, storms may cause inevitable damage to our homes but not irreversible damage. Storm damage assessments are not hard to receive, especially from specialists like your local SERVPRO of East Dayton. It can be fun to know more about types of storms when we’re aware of how close a storm damage professional is, and how easy it is for a company like SERVPRO to return our home as if the damage never occurred.
Measuring the Size of a Potential Storm at Home
Nature is beautiful but can rob us of time and money when storms happen to us.
In 2018 climate disasters cost Americans a total of $91.0 billion in damage. Some storms drift by without a single scratch on our homes. Some storms cause damage that causes us both stress and money. While we receive storm warnings and watches from our phones, TVs, and computers, news channels cannot assess personal damage to each individual family home. Storm and rain damage can lead to other issues, not only destroying the structure of the home but creating leaks from burst pipes, water buildup, and other internal issues. The best thing to do for prevention of storm damage would be to consistently monitor the integrity of our roof and pipes. Of course that isn’t always manageable with a busy schedule. No one can blame homeowners for not knowing every detail of their home, especially when damage will occur regardless. In order to tell if storm damage is potential, consider the following. Is it a storm warning or a storm watch? Storm watches are more severe storms, therefore more likely to do damage. What other factors does a specific storm bring? Large enough sized hail can do roof damage, shatter windows, and dent cars. If storm damage does occur, leave the stress to storm damage specialists. A storm damaged roof is a dangerous site to repair, and companies like SERVPRO are equipped with the necessary equipment to repair while staying safe and avoiding further damage. Once the structure of the roof has been secured again, tiles can be replaced and secured easily. The process not only repairs previous damage, but can prevent damage in the future by reinforcing the strength of a storm damaged roof.
How Secure is Your Roof During a Storm?
Thunderstorms may be common enough to not worry us, but the damage is drastic.
Lightning can and will strike the same place twice, regardless of the myth that “Lightning never strikes the same spot twice.” This is bad news for anyone with Astraphobia, the fear of thunder and lightning. Astraphobia is the third most common phobia in the United States, which is probably why someone made up the myth that lightning strikes certain areas only once. If a location has the electric current to pull a strike of lightning down to Earth, that won’t go away after it a strike has already happened. When a thin tree fell on the roof of a local Beavercreek family and broke through the structure, they didn’t know where to begin. It can seem intimidating at first, especially from something unsuspecting like a smaller sized tree. Damage from storms can be unpredictable and uncontrollable, leaving homeowners like the ones we worked with confused on where to even begin. Luckily, they found SERVPRO of East Dayton through a neighbor that had worked with them to repair water damage months prior. The benefit of a company like SERVPRO of Beavercreek is the power of a commercial business with the care of a local business. The people of this SERVPRO work are ready to repair whatever damage ensues as soon as the calls arrive. The goal of any damage restoration company is to make larger than life issues not as big as they seem. SERVPRO does this by arriving to the site promptly and repairing the damage as efficiently as possible.
Nasty Odor in Dayton Family’s Home
Photo of after SERVPRO has completed the water damage restoration to a local home.
The mold removal specialists at SERVPRO engaged in a sudden need for mold removal in the family room of a home located in Dayton, Ohio. Unknown to the family, mold had grown from a loose pipe above the family room, spreading above the ceiling. While some damage is impossible to ignore, some damage can just as easily slip past as a damp carpet or leaky spot in the ceiling. Fortunately enough, a smell emitting from the mold caught these homeowners’ attention. Despite the common mistake of disregarding foul odors as more temporary issues, this particular family had a sense to contact odor removal professionals just to be safe. Starting with rug and ceiling removal, the team was able to analyze the issue and head in with a well-planned removal of all the mold. Within hours of the initial call, the project was underway to restore the home to its’ usual smell. Having dehumidifiers, tools, and cords from any contractor taking up space for too long in a home can take away from the relief of coming home from school, work, or a pleasant day out. That’s why SERVPRO plans their project for maximum efficiency, whether it includes rug cleaning, mold clean up, or odor removal. In addition to restoring the quality of the home, restoring the lack of stress about home ownership provides an example of the customer service that is given in stressful situations like this one. The goal of SERVPRO is to make it “Like it never even happened,” and this is just one of many examples of how that gets done for anyone who services SERVPRO for their restoration needs.
How to Remove Smoke Smells from Your Home
Room with fire damage before SERVPRO has started on fire restoration.
Smells spread through the air and usually contain themselves to certain areas based on distance from source of smell, quality of air in the surrounding area, and general temperature. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as coaxing a cloud of any certain smell out of its general location to remove odors. The internet is home to plenty of life hacks and lessons on how to save money, and like everything else this includes smoke smell removal techniques. However the truth about damage like this is that it is not possible to remove a smell, let alone the dangerous chemicals that may be combined with said smell, with only some internet tips. Decontaminating the source of air movement and providing fire restoration repairs to internal parts of the home is vital. However these projects can be underway as soon as the phone call with your local SERVPRO ends, saving time and effort from people affected by fire damage. Soot clean up and smoke smell removal make the homeowners’ work far easier when done by fire restoration professionals. The team at SERVPRO is well versed in fire restoration and believe in making affected areas look “Like it never even happened.” You deserve the best when it comes to the quality of your home, so don’t settle for anything less than professional damage restoration by the company that does it best. If you do like tips and tricks, though, here’s a good one: Ash and soot and create lingering smells when embedded in the dirt and vegetation surround your home, so don’t forget to make sure your air filtration system is working well to keep you safe from any pollutants.
Common Causes of Water Damage in Dayton
Dehumidifiers in the process of drying before SERVPRO can restore the carpet.
Some common sources of water damage include: broken household appliances, bursting and leaking pipes, buildup in water collection sites, plumbing system related issues, HVAC malfunctions, and weather like natural disasters. The frustrating thing is that for the most part these things are out of our control. What isn’t out of our control, however, is how we respond to these situations. Luckily for anyone in the East Dayton or Beavercreek area, professionals in water damage restoration at SERVPRO are close by and they can help you avoid the headache of long-term damage. The best thing you can do when you first find water damage is to give a call to SERVPRO. We have helped churches, schools, businesses, and homeowners alike to restore the quality of their buildings and resume life as quickly as possible. It's understandable that the weight of having water damage done to your space can feel life-stopping, but that’s what we at SERVPRO of East Dayton and Beavercreek are here to do. We make the flood clean up, mold clean up, or any water restoration needed not life stopping. Your focus belongs to keeping your life moving, our focus is on helping you do that. Regardless of the cause, ask us what we can do for you to ensure that road bumps like these don’t stop you. We won’t break the bank and we care about the work we do. Let a company that cares for your home as much as you do make it look “Like it never even happened.”
The Dangers of Avoiding Duct Cleaning
Dirty ventilation before SERVPRO cleaned out the dust to improve air quality.
A big source of stress in modern times is safety. Safety concerns the food we eat, the chemicals used in a variety of areas of our lives, and the quality of the air we breathe. On the bright side, we have a say in whether or not we accept low quality products. In terms of our home and the safety we can control within it, air duct cleaning is a safe and sure way to help with at least one of our many stressors as homeowners in 2019. The collection of dust in air ducts affects us in ways we can’t see. We might not have a physical reaction to such a slow build up of dust either, and that’s the importance of checking to make sure we know the quality of our own air. Being that air is the unnoticeable resource, save for changing the internal temperature of our homes to match our preferences, it’s common to forget that the air we breathe is like the water and electricity that runs our homes. Just as we have standards for our electricity and water, we should also have standards for the air that circulates through our homes. That’s why air duct cleaning and dust clean up are particularly helpful to all homeowners. SERVPRO understands the mechanics of air duct cleaning, and incorporated with their understanding customer service, all the answers needed to ensure the safety of your home is within reach. Air duct cleaning is an important part of maintaining a steady and safe home environment for any type of family or home. Home is a sanctuary where we can spend time with those we love the most and relax from the work we do to keep our homes running, so why wouldn’t we ensure that we trust the quality of every aspect of our home? SERVPRO of East Dayton and Beavercreek cares, too. Don’t sit and wonder about whether your home is meeting your safety standards, give us a call and see how we might be able to help you and your family stay safe.
Water Damage Restoration for Businesses
SERVPRO team works with a Loves Tires to repair water damage done in the garage.
When a Love’s Tire Care location needed water damage restoration taken care of, they needed assistance covering a large surface area that had been affected by the initial water damage. To restore such a large area requires a larger quantity of both equipment and hands to get the job done as quickly as possible. The priority was to make sure the company was back open for business as quickly as possible, despite the size of the project. Though water damage, whether leaks or floods, is a nightmare for any homeowner, it can just as easily be a nightmare for a commercial business. Having to close up shop for any amount of time, losing new potential business and money in general, is an added layer of the nightmare that is repairing water damage, fire damage, or any other number of disasters that can easily come through a business’ location. The benefit of working with a company like SERVPRO of East Dayton is due to the quantity of help a business of its size can administer. In large projects like Loves Tire Care some faults can slip past in the water restoration process, including attention to detail and careful clean up of equipment and returning the site to its’ original space for when business is back on. In order to avoid such time-consuming mistakes when found after the process has been taken care of, order and communication is valuable to the success of large scale projects. SERVPRO, like shown in their work time and time again , knows the scale, detail, and planning required to administer orderly water restoration to such drastic water damage.
Basement damaged from water in Centerville
Gym equipment damaged from water damage in Centerville
In the spring of 2019, a Centerville home was severely water damaged from a pipe bursting. Fortunately, our flood clean up crew was quick to respond and was on site within moments after receiving the initial water clean up call. We always make sure to let our customers know that if a flood clean up job is not produced quickly then it is possible that mold spores can grow to cause the whole job to turn into a nasty mold job. For this job, it was fortunate that the homeowners saw the water damage in time to allow our water restoration professionals to dry the basement gym quickly and effectively. This job forced our serv-pro professionals to use their water removal extractors as well as dehumidifiers and air movers. After five days of drying and demolition, the flood clean up job was finished and the customers were less stressed about the potential of mold growth.
Containment during a mold job
During a mold clean up job, it is important that the restoration professionals are putting up containment to isolate the affected areas so that any airborne mold spores are not being spread into other areas of the home or business. In the restoration industry, it is a known fact that mold spores move in the air very quickly when disturbed. A properly contained room is one that is separated by heavy plastic and has a Hepa vacuum inside to purify the air and causes negative air pressure. If a room is not contained correctly it is very possible that the mold spores will be spread to other affected areas. Here at SERVPRO of East Dayton, our staff is highly trained in mold remediation and how to properly set up containment walls.
SERVPRO Moisture Meters (Pin vs Pinless)
Pin Moisture Meter in-use
When water damage hits our customer's home or business they know that visually see water, but what many are not aware of how our team detects whether or not the drying process is complete. SERVPRO of Dayton/Beavercreek has invested in different types of moisture meters to know when the building is dry. There are two types of meters that we use, pin and pinless.
First off a pin moisture meter is more accurate, but also destructive because it requires the physical insertion of the two-pin probes into the wall or material in question.
The other type is a pinless meter. This meter has a flat sensor integrated on the back of it and is a non-invasive method. The main catch with this meter is that it only provides a relative moisture reading unlink the pin meters.
Although a pin meter is more accurate you can guarantee that both pin and pinless meters will be in our teams SERVPRO tool bags. Our IICRC water damage professionals know what meter will be most useful in each water damage situation.
Why do SERVPRO professionals wear PPE’s?
First, let's start with the question, what does the PPE acronym stand for?
SERVPRO of East Dayton / Beavercreek takes wearing PPE’s very serious when dealing with any mold, sewage water, and whenever something may be potentially harmful in the air. Personal protective equipment is a jumpsuit that is completely enclosed so that nothing harmful can enter and get in contact with the human body. They are engineered and designed to be breathable and durable, making them more comfortable and safer than ever before.
They also include a scientifically engineered mask to make sure any unwanted particles stay out of the user's lungs.
Here at SERVPRO of East Dayton / Beavercreek we truly believe that wearing protective equipment is imperative. We pride ourselves in taking care of the safety of our staff a priority. Each month we have scheduled meetings to make sure that all staffs PPE's are in working condition and ready to go. Protective gear is not an option and will continue to be in each of our professionals' tool bags.
What are the different categories of water damage in Dayton Ohio?
SERVPRO Category 2 Water Damage
According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), there are three different levels and classes of water damage.
Category 1 – Clean Water
Water damage from a category 1 classification is from clean and sanitary sources–water lines, faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc. Although this water is clean, it does not come without risks. If it is not cleaned and dried quickly, it can degrade into category 2–leading to health issues to the people inhabiting the structure.
Category 2 – Grey Water
Water damage from a category 2 classification is from sources that have a level of contaminants that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. These sources include dishwashers, washing machines, toilet overflow with urine.
Category 3 – Unsanitary
Water damage from a category 3 classification contains dangerously unsanitary contaminants. It could cause serious illness or even death if ingested. Category 3 water damage includes water from a sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, and stagnant water that has become a habitat for bacterial growth.
FYI: Each level and classification carry different levels of risk and must be cleaned differently. Our SERVPRO professionals will let you know what kind of water damage your home or business has encountered and the cleaning process.
How many different species of Mold are there?
According to the CDC, no one truly knows how many different types of mold that is out there but it is possible to be over 300,000. Although we do not know all the types of molds we are aware of the four most common molds that get mold remediation.
Most common Molds found in Ohio:
- Cladosporium- Black and green in color, this mold has a pepper-like appearance and can be found on surfaces like toilets, fiberglass ducts, fabrics, and wood. Although it is not toxic, it can cause irritation and allergy-like symptoms, such as watery eyes, sore throats, or respiratory problems.
- Penicillium- Typically blue or green, this mold can easily be transferred from room to room, and it is common on wallpaper and textiles like carpets, mattresses, or curtains. It can cause allergic reactions, sinus infections, and lung inflammation.
- Chaetomium – Often found in buildings that have suffered extensive water damage Chaetomium produces a musty odor and is dark green, brown, or black in color. Although it rarely causes health issues in humans, it can be an indication of more serious mold problems.
- Aspergillus- This mold can often be found in air duct systems and on foods high in starch, such as bread and potatoes. The most common species feature a yellow-green surface coloring, with brown underneath, and they can cause allergic reactions, repository infections, and inflammation of the lungs.
Restoring Your Beavercreek Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Beavercreek commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Beavercreek Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Beavercreek Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 937-228-3433
Beavercreek Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Beavercreek basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
Have Questions about Basement Flooding?
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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 937-228-3433