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Hail Damage and Your Property

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Hail can cause considerable damage to your home or business.

What is hail? 

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines hail as: precipitation in the form of small balls or lumps usually consisting of concentric layers of clear ice and compact snow. 

Thunderstorms with high updrafts bring rain drops into freezing temps causing them to form into ice balls I.e. hail.  

Hail Damage can come in many different forms and lead to several different scenarios.  After the storm (provided the area is safe) you should do a property inspection to see if your home has been affected.   

What to look for: 

The obvious sign of hail damage will be actual dents or holes in your property. 

If you notice your roof starting to leak or discoloration in your ceiling your roof could have been damaged, and worse is letting in water that can lead to major water damage.   

Look at your surroundings.  Have you noticed shingles on the ground or other debris in your yard? 

What to do if hail damage has been spotted: 

At SERVPRO we offer roof tarping that be an efficient and quick way to make sure your home does not acquire more damage until your roof is permanently fixed.   

If you notice possible water damage we can assess the situation and let you know the exact steps you need to take next.  

Pollutants in the Workplace: Air Quality

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Your employees health is a high priority.

There are many different factors that can improve quality of life in a work place.  A clean work environment, a great manager, or even casual Fridays can make great employees work even harder, but there are silent factors that you might not even know exist that can be harming your employees work capacity.  

Air Quality greatly influences the performance as well as the health of your employees. So, what is indoor air quality (IAQ)?  OSHA defines IAQ by how inside air can affect a person's health, comfort, and ability to work.  It can include temperature, humidity, lack of outside air (poor ventilation), mold from water damage, or exposure to other chemicals.   

If your building is hot or stuffy or has a musty smell, your air quality might be lowering productivity and the health of your employees.  You should get your walls and air levels checked immediately if you think this is occurring.   

If there is mold present in your building SERVPRO can help!  We are highly trained in making sure the quality of your building will maintain your employee’s health and safety.  

Keeping customers safe in your business.

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Keeping businesses safe of blood borne pathogens.

Owning a successful business is an incredible achievement.  Whether it’s a local shopping center or a franchise bank they all have one thing in common – clients.  Having a reliable client base can really make your business soar.  Having great customer service and a reliable product is only the half of it.  Clients and consumers like to feel safe in your business property surroundings.   

With restrooms and facilities open to the public, you can’t guarantee what others may or may not do. 

We understand how important your business is to you.  Impressions are a big deal and we want to make sure your company is in the best of shape.   

When a local business contacted us, we made sure their bathroom was clean and free from blood borne pathogens.     

Our team is highly trained in working with biohazard materials that can be potentially hazardous for you and your clients.  We work quickly to clean and sanitize all areas so that you can get back to managing your business.   

SERVPRO of West Beaver County cares about the businesses that make this community thrive.  We understand that closing your doors to biohazard materials can mean losing profit.  We work quickly to minimize this issue as best we can. 

Lightning Fires and what you need to know

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

A dark stormy sky filled with lightning Lightning damage is no joke. Learn how to stay prepared.

Keeping safe during a storm and preventative measures.  

The first thing you do if you’re preparing for a lightning storm is to unplug or turn off appliances like computers or TVs.  It’s best to stay off electronic equipment that is plugged in during a storm and to avoid showering or using running water.  Make sure to stay inside during these storms.   

What is Lightning and how can it enter my home? 

A lightning strike is an electrical charge in the atmosphere and can supply hundreds of millions of volts shocking into your home.  Lightening can cause roof and electrical damage, but can even cause fires in your home.  Lightning can enter your home through several different places.   

  1. Roof
  2. TV antenna
  3. Chimney
  4. Telephone or power line
  5. Nearby tree
  6. Garage door
  7. Cable lines
  8. Irrigation system
  9. Gas piping

How to spot lightning fire damage? 

When it is determined safe to exit your home make sure to inspect your property for any damage.  A lot of times lightning fires actually start in enclosed spaces like the attic or basement first making it harder for smoke alarms to detect a fire until it is too late.  Look for things such as missing shingles or chimney damage if you believe your house was hit by lightning.   

If you suspect damage has occurred to your home call the fire department immediately as there could be a slow burn in your home.  If your home has been affected by fire, we can make sure to restore your home to its previous condition.  Call SERVPRO of West Beaver County for all of your property restoration needs.  

Profit Loss During a Disaster

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Planning ahead can help after a major disaster.

Has your business ever experienced a disaster?  Have you had to stop operation due to this disaster?  Think about how much profit you bring in on a daily basis, now imagine shutting down business.  Your priority is to open your business back up as quickly as possible.   

Having a business contingency plan like our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) can lessen your profit loss just by being ready for a disaster.  When you know how to respond quickly to a disaster, you lessen the time your business is closed.   

We work with multiple community businesses to make sure you get back on track with normal operations.   

InVision from Wexford, PA said, “[SERVPRO] is efficient and is very aware of staying on budget. They also keep you informed every step of the job. Highly recommended!"

Let us make sure you have a plan to lessen company profit loss during a major disaster. 

A Messy Situation: Sewage

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Don't be stressed, let us handle the mess.

No one expects to have a complication with sewage.  It’s messy, uncomfortable, and worst of all dangerous.  When a sewage loss occurs in your home it’s imperative that you call SERVPRO immediately.  Our team will arrive promptly and decide what type of contamination you have (Clean, Gray or Black).  Using high quality cleaning formulas and equipment we work to rid your home or business of contaminated water.  We have the specific training and expertise to safely restore your property after sewage loss.  

Linda had the unfortunate situation of sewage loss:  

“I had raw sewage back up into my basement and Jeff was there the same night and his crew came the next day to start clean-up. Jeff and his crew were wonderful to work with. They sanitized my basement and ran dehumidifiers until the levels were low enough to prevent mold. I would definitely work with them again if the need ever arose. They came everyday to check the equipment and I never felt like I was dealing with this problem by myself. Thank you again Jeff, Jake, and Brian. You were wonderful.” 

Hugh also experienced a sewage issue: 

100% professional and knowledgeable! These guys took on an extremely difficult job at cleaning and restoring what seemed like an endless amount raw sewage out of my wrecked crawl space which required skill and experience because of the complications. I’m a professional roofer myself so I’m a tough critic and they delivered! Would highly recommend again and again. 

Our team works hard to make sure your home and business are safe.  Your community is our community.  Call us today to help you restore your home.  

Summer Grill Safety

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Grills are a fun way to spend your summer time, but making sure you are safe is critical.

It may seem like the dog days are dwindling, but summer isn’t over yet.  That means pool parties, vacation, and grilling on the deck, but are you making sure you are using your grill in the safest way possible?  We have some great tips for keeping your home and family safe during grilling season.  

  1. Make sure to not leave your grill unattended when it is lit.   
  2. Clean your grill after every use.  Old grease and residue can be a quick way to start an unwanted fire.  
  3. 3 feet rule.  Keep your grill 3 feet away from your property or other objects that can be on your deck or patio (chairs, tables, etc.)   Make sure you look for overhead tree branches that can catch fire.   
  4. If you’re using a charcoal grill, dispose of coals in a metal can once they have cooled.   
  5. If using a gas grill, open the grill before you light it.  If the flame goes out, turn your grill off and wait 5 minutes before you relight.   
  6. Have baking soda or a class c fire extinguisher on hand in case of a fire that gets out of hand.   

No matter the fire, we are here for you.  Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property. 

ERP - What is it and why do you need it?

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Ask us about a free Emergency Ready Plan.

When disaster strikes you need to be prepared and ready.   

We offer a specific plan called an ERP.  An ERP stands for Emergency Ready Plan, and is critical for working on immediate mitigation and recovery services.   SERVPRO can work with you on creating a plan tailored to your business and employees.  

Ask yourself this, is your business prepared for when a disaster strikes?  Almost 50% of businesses that close during a disaster almost never reopen.  Having a plan in place can decrease those odds and help your business get back on your feet quickly without a significant profit loss.  

Our ERP works on incident response and disaster recovery, meaning you will know what to do the second disaster strikes your business.  We work with you on filling in all the needed information, such as shut off valves, chain of command, contact information, and more.  

Call us today to get your FREE ERP.  Why not be ready when disaster strikes? 

Top 5 Causes of Water Leaks

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Keep an eye on all of your appliances for water damage and leaks.

Heavy rain and flooding aren’t the only way your home can receive major water damage. Here are the 5 common household water leak areas.  

Corroded Pipes 

These unfortunately can be the silent killer as you may not see this damage until it’s too late.  Certain piping like Polybutylene can corrode from chlorinated water and cause leaks inside your walls.   

Bathtub and Shower 

Make sure your tub is sealed properly.  If not, mold can start to grow in your bathroom and in your ceilings and drywall.  

Excess water pressure 

Having extreme water pressure can really put a strain on piping and fixings.   

Tree roots 

Keep an eye out for tree roots.  Ceramic piping as a lot of benefits, but can be fragile to   

Hot water heater 

You really need to pay attention to this major source of water.  If a metal tank is on its last leg this could leak gallons of water into your home.  

Keep an eye out on all piping, fixtures, and appliances.  Remember, when you spot a sign of leaks call us immediately.  We will make sure to get your water damage taken care of.   

Those pesky toilets!

8/4/2019 (Permalink)

Don't use too much TP or you could be in big trouble.

Picture this: you’re sitting down for a meal at your dining room table while your child excuses himself to go to the bathroom.  He runs upstairs to the bathroom.  Dinner continues as normal until you hear a flush.  All of a sudden water is trickling out of the ceiling onto your food and table – then it rushes and bubbles your ceiling.  Oh no!  It seems your little one has clogged the toilet from upstairs and it has run down through the vents onto your finely prepared meal.   

This scenario may seem like a case of fiction, but is actually all too common in a household.   

So, what should you do if your toilet starts to overflow? 

Before doing anything you will need to assess what type of water has overflown from the toilet.  There are three types of water classifications.  

Category 1 is clean water, which comes from a supply line and contains no contaminants.  

Category 2 is grey water, which comes from a source that may include some contaminants.  

Category 3 is black water, which contains significant levels of contaminants. 

Next you should turn off the water and find the source of the over flow. Most likely it is just a simple clog that has caused a more than simple mess.  

Our staff is trained in working with all levels of water and clean up.  We work to sanitize the area with special formulas that keep you and your family safe.  Our high tech drying equipment will work on the floor, ceiling, and drywall to prevent any further damage in your home.  

Call SERVPRO of West Beaver County for sewage losses, water damage, and more!