Common Causes of Water Damage
There are many different causes of water damage in a home. Much of the time it is impossible to predict or prevent water damage from occurring, but just knowing the most common causes might just help!
Broken Pipes and Hoses
Burst pipes, broken water lines and cracked hoses often lead to water damage in the home. Periodically checking these can prevent a water loss before it ever happens. Maintenance is key!
Accidents do happen! Overflowing sinks, toilets and bathtubs all commonly cause water damage in the home. And who is most guilty of this? The children! To help prevent an accident in your home, always check that faucets are turned off and make sure the kids aren’t overflowing the tub!
Sewer Back Ups
Sewer back-ups can cause a lot of nasty damage! Watch for tree roots growing into drain lines!
Basement Moisture and Leaks
Leaky foundations and moisture in the basement often result in damage as well. Dehumidifiers, waterproofing, and sump pumps can all be very helpful in warding off major water damage occurrences.
Interior water damage also occurs as a result of weather. Flash flooding happens when least expected. High winds and hail can cause roof damage. Regularly cleaning the gutters and inspecting the roof for damage can definitely help prevent a future water damage incident.
Knowing what causes most water damages in a home can definitely help with prevention. Take a look at your home for signs of potential problems. A few preventative steps today might just save you from a larger water disaster in the future!
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Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July!
This time of year everyone talks about the risk of fires from the careless use of fireworks. What some fireworks fans fail to take into consideration is how the weather can affect fireworks and create a potentially dangerous situation.
For example, if a storm is approaching or it is just an unusually windy day, an unexpected wind gust can affect the direction of the smoke, sparks and fallout while setting off fireworks or using sparklers. Hot embers or smoke can be blown into spectators or other areas, increasing the risk of fires or fire-related injuries. So it is very important to be aware of the direction of the wind and use extreme caution when lighting and using fireworks.
Another weather related situation to be aware of is whether or not the area has been experiencing a drought. A drought leaves the ground dry and more susceptible to fire and burning. So it is important to know the condition of the fallout area in order to lessen the risk of a fire igniting.
So this year, when planning your fireworks celebrations, make sure to take the weather into consideration! Listen to weather reports and plan ahead if storms or high winds are predicted in your area. Be aware of the ground conditions where fallout occurs and be prepared to react quickly in the event of a mishap. And always remember that SERVPRO of Cincinnati East is always available for emergency service after fire damage…We are only a phone call away! (513) 575-4113 CLICK HERE to learn more. Happy Independence Day from your friends at SERVPRO of Cincinnati East!!
We have an opportunity for Ohio or Kentucky CE Credits!
We are hosting an upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board Continuing Education course on July 10th, 2018. The class will be held from 8:30am to 11:30am at our office located in Covington, Kentucky. (1001 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky 41011) The title of the course is “Analyzing Commercial Property Rates with George Best, CSP, ARM. The presentation is designed to provide agents, brokers, and company representatives a detailed explanation of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Commercial Fire ratings using the Specific Commercial Property Evaluation Schedule (SCOPES) of the ISO. Upon completion of the course, attendees should be able to review and analyze a rating survey in order to suggest rate improvement. This course is approved for 3 credit hours in Kentucky and Ohio. CLICK HERE for more information and to register!
After the flood…Can the carpet be saved?
When a homeowner is faced with a water damage situation in his home, he often wonders if the carpet and padding can be saved. When SERVPRO of Cincinnati East is called for water restoration services, there are factors that the water technicians consider to help determine if the carpet and padding is salvageable.
Upon arriving to the site, the technicians will identify the category and classification of the water damage to ensure that the property is restored following industry guidelines. The level of contamination of the water helps determine whether or not the carpeting and padding can be saved.
There are three categories or classifications for floodwaters: Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3.
Category 1 is considered to be clean, non-contaminated water. It may come from overflowing tubs, leaky faucets, or broken pipes. In most instances of category 1 floodwater, the carpets and padding can be dried and restored.
Category 2 floodwater is classified as gray water. It is considered dirty water and it may result from malfunctioning washing machines or dishwashers for example. If the carpet has been wet for less than 48 hours, it can sometimes be restored. However, for category 2 floodwater, the padding is usually replaced.
Category 3 floodwater or black water is considered hazardous because it contains dangerous contaminants. Black water can come from instances like sewage backups and toilet overflows. In cases of black water floods, the carpeting and padding should be removed, disposed of and replaced.
The SERVPRO of Cincinnati East technicians are experts in water restoration. They have the knowledge and expertise to inspect any situation and make professional decisions as to the appropriate restoration process to use.
If you are facing water damage in your home, call us today! (513)575-4113!
SERVPRO of Cincinnati East is Here to Help after Storm Damage!
Extreme weather is when a weather event in an area is significantly different from the usual weather in that area. While those living in Ohio do not frequently experience severe weather conditions, there are a few times that weather does become an issue. Droughts, floods, tornadoes, and snow storms are all extreme weather events that can affect our area.
Droughts occur about once every 10 years in the Ohio area. When they occur, these severe dry spells pose significant problems for our area farmers.
Flooding is most frequent here in the winter and spring seasons and affects areas that are normally dry. The many rivers and streams make us susceptible to flooding when we are faced with intense or prolonged heavy rain.
Tornadoes occur in all parts of the world and at any time of day or year. But they are most common in the Midwest during spring and summer afternoons and evenings. Depending on the severity, tornadoes can cause devastating damage to cities, businesses and homes.
Six or more inches of snowfall in a single day constitutes heavy snow in Ohio. This occurs several times a year in northern parts of Ohio but much less frequently in other areas of the state and into Kentucky. Extreme snowfall can cause damage to homes by collapsing roofs. Gusting winds that accompany blizzards also pose a threat to homes and business.
SERVPRO of Cincinnati East is always prepared and ready to help during disasters that result from extreme weather conditions. We respond immediately to flood and storm damage emergencies and we have the training and expertise to restore your property back to pre-storm condition. So if you find yourself in a disaster situation after an extreme weather event, be sure to give us a call! We are here to help!
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Helpful Tips to Minimize Hail Damage
Hail is a form of solid precipitation that consists of balls of ice called hailstone and occurs during severe storms. According to the National Storm Damage Center, hail causes approximately $1 billion in damages per year in the United States to homes, buildings, cars, and crops.
Types of Hail Damage
Roof Damage – When hail storms hit, the most common damage to homes and buildings is to the roof. When the roof damage goes undetected or unrepaired, more damage can occur to the home or building as water leaks through the roof and into the walls.
Window and Siding Damage – Often high winds accompany hailstorms causing the hail to fall at angles. When this happens, windows and siding can crack which also leads to the threat for additional water damage to the home.
Automobile Damage – The glass, plastic and metal surfaces of vehicles are particularly susceptible to damage from hail. Dents in the metal or cracks in the windshield glass are common occurrences in hailstorms.
Steps to Minimize Hail Damage
There are a few steps that one can take to minimize hail damage.
Close Curtains or Blinds – Closing the window treatments can help prevent the wind from blowing broken glass into the interior of the building.
Park in Garage – To protect vehicles, park inside a garage or under a carport.
New Roof – If replacing your roof, consider using impact-resistant materials to help avoid future hail damage.
Hailstorms can be extremely destructive to commercial or residential buildings, especially roofs. If you are caught in a hailstorm and suspect that you have damage, SERVPRO of Cincinnati East provides 24 hour emergency restoration services including board ups and roof tarps. We respond quickly to prevent further damage to your property!
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SERVPRO...Where It All Began
Did you know that SERVPRO began in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, California? Yep, Ted and Doris Isaacson first launched SERVPRO as a painting business! However, having a background in cleaning and restoration, they soon transformed the company into the cleanup and restoration industry, selling its first franchise in 1969.
SERVPRO continued to thrive and in 1979, acquired 175 franchises from the Bristol-Myers Domesticare Division. And in 1988, the SERVPRO headquarters moved from Sacramento to Gallatin, Tennessee. At this time, there were 647 SERVPRO franchises.
SERVPRO continued its impressive growth throughout the years, and in the year 2000, sold its 1000th franchise. In 2005, in order to provide more room for expansion, SERVPRO moved its headquarters to an impressive 140,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Gallatin, Tennessee.
Today, more than 1700 franchises are operating nationwide and SERVPRO continues to grow, with the goal of becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world.
Mold: Our Process to Restoration
When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold problem can arise and spread quickly throughout the home. The SERVPRO of Cincinnati East technicians are professionals in the mold remediation process and have been trained to properly resolve mold infestation. Special equipment and processes are used to handle the problem.
- Contact SERVPRO of Cincinnati East at (513)575-4113: Upon receiving your call, we will collect information from you to determine what is needed to handle your project.
- Inspection and Assessment: Our technicians will inspect the property using professional detection equipment to determine mold and moisture levels.
- Mold Containment: Our technicians will use different containment procedures to prevent the mold from spreading.
- Air Filtration: Specialized equipment is used to capture mold spores from the air and prevent the mold from spreading during the remediation process.
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials: In some instances, it is necessary to remove mold-infested materials, like drywall or flooring, from the home. Anti-microbial agents are used to eliminate and prevent mold growth
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings: Our technicians thoroughly clean and sanitize the contents in the home affected by mold.
- Restoration: The structure and contents of the home may require repairs to return the property to preloss condition.
Mold damage is better handled by professionals that have the training and expertise to effectively handle the situation. If you suspect you have mold in your home or property, take the first step in the remediation process by giving us a call today!
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Sprinkler Systems in Commercial Buildings are Important to Improve Fire Safety
Fire is a major concern for business owners. Commercial fires can lead to injury or death of employees, damaged merchandise and equipment, lost records, and quite possibly, the permanent closure of the business.
Sprinkler systems in commercial building are one factor that improves fire safety in the workplace. Commercial buildings of all kinds should be equipped with a sprinkler system.
But how does a business owner know the sprinkler system requirements for his building? Fireline.com conveniently outlines sprinkler system requirements on their website.
According to the website, some of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association for commercial sprinkler systems include:
- Buildings more than 55 feet high must have sprinkler systems.
- Any new building with a fire area of more than 5000 square feet must have sprinklers.
- Fire pumps should be installed to increase the amount of pressure in a single sprinkler system.
- Fire pumps should be housed in a separate building whenever possible.
- Water supply control valves should be accessible for easy operation.
This is just a brief outline of some of the commercial sprinkler system requirements. For a more detailed explanation, visit the Fireline website at http://www.fireline.com/blog/fire-sprinkler-requirements-for-commercial-buildings/.
Keep your business safe!
Mold and Its Many Colors...
When many people think of mold, they think of it as being black in color. But mold actually comes in a variety of different colors including white, green, yellow and even pink!
While many fear that black mold is toxic, white mold does not usually cause the same concerns. It can be found on about any type of surface. Attics, basement walls and exposed dirt in crawlspaces are all common areas where white mold can be found. It also can appear on food as it is going bad.
Green mold is very common and prefers cool to moderate environments. Due to this, it is commonly found on rotting refrigerated foods and breads.
Yellow mold can be very bright in color and is usually easy to spot. According to moldguide.net, this variety of mold can be dangerous. It should not be touched or inhaled and it should be removed as soon as possible.
Pink mold often develops on shower floors and the bottom of shower curtains because it thrives in moisture-rich environments. It is difficult to completely prevent pink mold in the bathroom and usually requires continual maintenance to control the issue.
Although mold comes in a variety of colors, all thrive in similar, moist environments. To control or prevent mold, be sure to ventilate damp areas and monitor pipes and other areas susceptible to leaking! If you suspect a mold issue at your property, call SERVPRO of Cincinnati East. We are experts in mold testing and remediation!