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Preventing Electrical Fires in Your Canton Home

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

two men wearing hard hats looking at an electrical panel Take care to make sure that electrical fires don't happen in your home.

As a homeowner, there are many maintenance items on your checklist each year, electrical safety being among the most important. Electrical fires are one of the most common causes of household fires, but they can be easily prevented through proper maintenance and awareness. 

There are different ways to avoid electrical fires that almost anyone can follow. The first way is by checking electrical outlets within the household. Improperly installed electrical outlets are one of the top causes of electrical fires. Check for any loose plates or broken wall plates because this ensures that the wiring and components are not left uncovered. As an added safety measure, if children are present within a household, be sure to cover up any unused outlets.

Another way to avoid electrical fires is by checking the plugs within a household. Be sure to never force a plug into an outlet. When plugging in a three pin plug into a two pronged outlet, never remove the third pin from the plug. Instead, use an adapter for a three pin to two prong outlet, it’ll save some time & money and more importantly keep you safe. Be sure to never overload an outlet with too many plugs and adapters because it can cause the outlet to short circuit and start a fire. 

An additional safety measure is making sure to check the cords within the household. Check to make sure that each cord isn’t frayed, cracked, under a carpet, or areas where there’s high foot traffic. Never staple cords to walls, floors, and other objects because it can cause the above mentioned issues with the cords. If cords are damaged or frayed, be sure to replace them immediately. 

Once you have assessed your household with these ways in mind, be sure to fix any issues upon encountering them. A safe household is a happy household. And of course, be sure to call SERVPRO in the event of a disaster. SERVPRO can handle fire damage restoration making it appear "Like it never even happened." 

Your Business Needs a Contigency Plan

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Two business owners wearing aprons standing outside their shop Make sure that you know what you'll do if disaster strikes your business.

Every business wants to avoid all possibilities of something going wrong, but sometimes disaster is unavoidable. The way a company chooses to cope with the disaster is up to them, but it will always be in their best interest to have a contingency plan in place in case disaster strikes. There are several steps any company should consider when creating their own business contingency plan.

  • Assess What Threats There Are To Your Company

No matter what industry a business is in, there will always be threats to the business. The most common threats are natural disasters. This could include fires, storms, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes. The threats your company is susceptible to are based on your location.

  • Decide How Employees Will Communicate

Communication is key whether there is a disaster or not. Having your employees communicate properly during a crisis will allow your business to remain operational. Your employees will feel more comfortable knowing how they are going to communicate with their coworkers during an emergency.  

  • Choose Where Employees Will Go

Going to the office is almost a comfort to many people. They know that is where they are the most productive in getting work done. Disaster can take that away. You must choose a spot that your employees will feel safe to get their work done, even though it may not be their typical workplace. 

  • Determine How Employees Will Continue To Do Their Jobs

Even in a disaster, work will still need to get done. Deciding how your employees will get done will be easier for some companies than it is for others. The internet has opened an abundance of doors to get work done in different locations, but that may not always be an option for everyone. The key is to find a plan that will keep your employees as productive as possible.

  • Test Your Plan

Now that you have a plan in place, there is only one way to see if it will be effective: test it out. There are several ways to go about this. Primarily, you could walk through the plan with your employees and explain it to them as you go along. Another way you could have your employees test the plan is to have them perform a simulation. After testing your plan you can adjust things as needed.

Having a business contingency plan is crucial as an emergency could arise at any time. Not only is it crucial to consider how your business is going to operate after there is a disaster, but you also need to consider how your company is going to be able to return to normal. This may include fire/water/storm restoration to your workplace, having backup equipment, and making sure your employees are comfortable. Nobody wants their business to go through any type of disaster, but it is always best to be prepared for the worst.

Fire Damage Restoration of a Commercial Property

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

building that has experienced fire damage If a fire happens at your commercial property, you'll want the best in the business to make it right fast.

Whether you own a business or a commercial property, you might think that your building is invincible. However, whatever building it is from the traditional wood frame to brick and mortar, it is not invincible. Fire and other natural disasters happen, and when they do they are completely out of our control. As a business owner, a calamity such as this can be detrimental. You will likely have to shut your doors for repairs, and safety.

In the event of such a disaster, it will be important to act swiftly. This might be the time to consider a professional restoration service, not only for the safety of yourself but your employees and customers as well. Because a disaster can happen anytime day or night, a credible company will offer 24/7 services (yes, even on holidays). Whatever the time of day, it is important to take this five-step process to mitigate any further loss and guarantee a safe return.

ICE

Most of us have an “In Case of Emergency” contact saved in our phones, whether that be a spouse, friend, parent, or sibling. If you are a business owner, why not save your trusted restoration company’s number for events such as this. You should be proactive and call the company as soon as you can.

Evaluation

Once the crew has arrived, they will begin to assess the damage. At this time, it will be important to learn about what happened, and what locations of your business were affected. Once this has been done, you will receive a quote for the work that needs to be done.

Alleviation

At this time, the professionals will come in and get to work. They will close off areas that may have been affected, air out the space, and remove any damaged property and litter. This is a crucial step to avoid further damage.

Restore

The team will begin a full cleanup. This is when surfaces are cleared and sanitized of any soot, dust, smoke, water, and any other residue from the disaster.

Rehabilitation

The final step in the process is the full restoration and rehabilitation of your business. Anything that was damaged such as building materials, cabinets, carpets, electronics, furniture, and flooring will be taken care of.

As a business owner, after enduring a calamity such as this, it is understandable that you would want to save the most that you can. At times like this, we like to think that handling it ourselves is the best idea. This is not always the time and money saver that you hope it would be. It is not uncommon for these kinds of projects to be done improperly, create more damage, and end up costing more.

In situations like this, hiring a professional might be the financially savvy thing to do, plus you get peace of mind that the job is done right. When you call SERVPRO, you can feel at ease knowing that your business will be certified SERVPRO cleaned. Not only are we faster to any disaster, but we also adhere to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC. If you are faced with a disaster and need restoration services give SERVPRO of Canton a call at (330) 966-2377.

Preparing for Winter Weather in Canton

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of branch covered in snow Make sure that you're ready for winter weather by taking a few easy steps this fall.

As the weather gets cooler, homes get warmer and most people prefer to stay inside in the comfort of their own home. The big question is, how do you protect your haven from winter storms? Living in northeast Ohio, most of us are aware of the climate and weather changes, as well as the potential threats that come along with it. Being familiar with the changes in weather does not always mean that we are completely prepared.

However, there is no need to fret. There are a few things that you can do as the leaves are changing to stay proactive for winter. One of the most important tasks might be making sure that your heating system is clean and functioning as it should. You should replace your system every 12 -15 years, but in the meantime, you can maintain that by changing the filters before the cold weather comes in.

Here are a few other ways to get prepare for winter storms:

  • Make sure that your home is in good condition; check your roof and drains to make sure there is no damage that might cause issues in a storm.
  • Clean out your gutters to prevent blockage. Proper drainage is important so that water is being directed to where it is meant to go.
  • Make sure that you have snow removal equipment available such as a shovel, salt, sand, and other ice-melting materials. If you are unable to maintain the snow and ice on your sidewalks during the winter, make sure you have arranged a professional to take care of it for you.

These are just a few ways to stay prepared as the winter months approach. It is important to stay ahead of the cold not only for the safety of you and your family but also to avoid any major storm damage. Taking these measures could save you both time and money. When you are unsure of what steps to take, such as how to check and clean your ventilation system, give the professionals at SERVPRO a call. If you find yourself in trouble with storm damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO a call at (330) 966-2377. Our highly trained professionals are faster to any disaster!

SERVPRO of Canton Uses Advanced Equipment

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician working with equipment to dry a property Trust our advanced equipment to help restore your home or business to perfect condition.

A lot of different elements are involved in the restoration process. We tell you all the time how important it is to rely on a company that can come to your rescue anytime you need us, but it’s equally important to trust restoration specialists that have access to all of the best technology to return your space to normal. At SERVPRO of Canton, not only is our staff highly trained to specialize in restoration, we have advanced technology that helps us get the job done better and faster than other companies.

Water damage can be devastating for a home or business and detecting and removing all water is crucial to the restoration process. We use infrared camera equipment to identify water as well as moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other such sensors capable of locating and detecting moisture to be removed. Additionally, when it comes to the actual moisture removal process, we use high-powered pumps and portable extraction units to get the water out of your space in addition to high-speed air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers to help with the drying process.

Water and fire damage can also leave behind strong odors that make your space just as unusable as the damage itself. We utilize air scrubbers, thermal foggers, and deodorization agents to remove airborne contaminants during the restoration and cleaning process.

On top of all of this, we even have a selection of SERVPRO exclusive cleaning products that we use to help with deodorization, sanitization, and disinfection for everything from restoration to commercial cleaning.  All of our products are OSHA-approved and of the highest quality to keep your home or business from any risks.

When disaster happens to you, turn to the company with the tools to make it right again. Call SERVPRO of Canton.

When Disaster Strikes in Canton

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning flashing in sky Lightning could be the cause of major disaster in your home or business.

Lightning strikes might not be the most common disaster to befall a person but they can cause substantial property damage. In the United States, there was a total of 109,049 lightning claims for property damage in 2016. Most commonly, the damage is due to electrical surges damaging components or wiring. Power surges from transformer or service line shorts are also often contributing factors. Consider that in less than a microsecond, a lightning discharge can generate up to 200,000 amps of electricity.

Lightning is caused by an electric potential difference (a voltage) being created between one cloud and another, or between a cloud and the ground. A charge of electrons builds upon the higher cloud while a lack of electrons occurs on the lower part. When lightning strikes a structure, wood and other flammable building materials can easily be ignited when lightning comes in contact or passes through them. Electrical surges are caused when lightning strikes near a power line causing an increase in the amount of electrical current flowing to a wall outlet. This extra burst of electricity is often too much for a surge protector to handle, which can lead to computer and appliance damage. Lightning is the most common natural cause of wildfires.

The latest data available states that fire departments respond to an average of 22,600 fires per year started by lightning. These fires cause an average of nine civilian deaths and $451 million in direct property damage per year. Home fires accounted for 19% of lightning fires while non-residential properties accounted for 7%.

So how can you prevent lightning damage to your home or business property? The key to avoiding lightning damage is to channel the lightning to the ground without allowing it to damage the structure or anything else of value along the way. A professional whole-building surge protection system can be installed that takes your entire structure, surrounding structures, and landscaping into consideration when grounding for lightning strikes. Systems should be certified and approved. Of course, this type of protection is expensive so here are some optional ways to protect property and the lives of the people inside:

  1. Lightning rods can help direct lightning strikes safely away from a property if properly installed. Unfortunately, lightning might not strike the lightning rod because it does not attract lightning. If hit, however, it will channel the lightning to the ground.
  2. Keep taller trees a safe distance from your property.
  3. Unplug or disconnect appliances, internet, antennas, satellite dishes, and electrical equipment when you first hear the clap of thunder.
  4. Install surge protectors. They can help but are not foolproof if the strike is powerful.
  5. Connect telephone, cable/satellite TV, and network lines to a surge suppressor.
  6. Stay away from all plumbing during a lightning storm as the pipes of the property make excellent conductors.
  7. Stay off the landline phone. 4-5% of people struck by lightning were talking on corded phones.

Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent a lightning strike, but you can reduce the likelihood of damage or injury by implementing the strategies outlined above. When you hear thunder or see lightning in the sky, take precaution, and protect yourself and your property.

The First Steps When Flooding Happens

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Street with houses with standing flood water Keep calm and know exactly what to do when flooding happens to you.

You can never predict when flooding will happen to you. Sure, if you live in a flood plain, you know the risks are higher during certain seasons and storms, but flooding could happen to anyone in the event of a leak or damaged water main or even during a bad enough storm if your foundation has issues you weren’t aware of. If flooding happens to you, it’s important to know exactly how to handle the situation so that everyone stays safe and your home can return to normal quickly.

  1. Do NOT enter the flooded area. It might be your instinct to try to save or salvage something you left in the area, but it is important that you do not make contact with the water. The water could be conducting electricity and you could potentially get shocked. Additionally, the floodwaters could contain sewage or Category 3 Black Water that could make you ill.
  2. Stop the flow of water, if possible. If the water is coming in from the outside in the event of a storm or such a meteorological phenomenon, then you will have no control over the water. If the water is coming from inside your home, however, make sure that you shut off the water to prevent the flooding from getting any worse.
  3. Turn off the electricity. Make sure, once again, that you are not entering the water to do this. If you have to enter the flooded area in order to cut the power, you will need to call an electrician.
  4. Document as much as you can. You will want to take as many photographs as possible to document the extent of the damage for your insurance company.
  5. Call for help. Your first call should be to your insurance company to find out what the next steps are. It is incredibly important to handle flooding as quickly as possible, but you need to know if your insurance company will require an adjuster to view the damage before cleanup is begun.

The next steps – removing the water, drying the space, disinfecting, and eliminating mold – are a long and arduous process that should be begun immediately. Call on an experienced company like SERVPRO of Canton to come to your rescue. Our highly-trained technicians can deal with flooding and water damage quickly and efficiently and we are on duty 24/7/365, whenever and wherever disaster strikes. You can trust the SERVPRO team to return your home to perfect condition. We make it "Like it never even happened."

Mitigate Storm Damage with Regular Maintenance

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning striking in a residential neighborhood You can't control when a storm is going to happen but you can help limit your risk by keeping your property maintained.

We all know that in Canton, Ohio we can expect our fair share of severe storms. Spring and Summer are major culprits for high winds, heavy rains, and lightning in our area. These extreme weather conditions could cause trouble for home and business owners by inflicting damage on their property. Sometimes, these unfortunate instances are entirely out of our control but there are a few things we can do regularly to help limit the amount of damage that severe weather will do when it inevitably comes our way.

  1. Test your sump pump. Testing is easy and anyone can do it. Simply fill the pump pit with water and see if it begins to drain. If it doesn’t, it needs maintenance to do its job when flooding happens.
  2. Clean your gutters. Keeping gutters clean means that they will be able to drain water off the roof and away from your building. Clogged gutters and downspouts could mean water damage during a storm.
  3. Trim your trees. Trees with dead or rotting branches could mean disaster for your home or business during a storm. Proper pruning allows the trees to be stronger and more stable in the face of extreme weather.
  4. Clear debris from your yard. Debris left laying about could turn into projectiles during a storm and cause damage to your building. Cleaning up yard waste is an easy way to prevent disaster.
  5. Make sure your roof and siding are in good shape. You shouldn’t have to worry about checking on your home too often but loose or missing shingles and loose siding could leave your home vulnerable to excess damage during a storm.
  6. Make sure that water can drain away from your building. This might be a bigger project for a professional but if water isn’t moving away from your home or business and is standing or moving towards it instead, you could be at risk for flooding and water damage.

Keeping an eye on these areas and items around your building could save you a lot of trouble in the long run. If storms come through and damage your property, however, know that you can call on SERVPRO of Canton to help you. We are disaster restoration and cleaning experts, with a staff of highly-trained technicians on call 24/7/365 to respond when you are in need. Make sure you call SERVPRO when things go wrong.

A Trained Team is Important for Your Small Business Restoration

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician working with equipment to dry a property Our team knows what they're doing and can help you get back to business in less time.

No matter where disaster happens, it can ruin lives. If fire, water, or storm damage strikes in your home, you can lose treasured possessions as well as have the comfort of your safe space majorly disturbed. For most people, they can’t imagine a worse situation to have to deal with. If you are a business owner, however, disaster striking in your business can be just as devastating as it can entirely disrupt your livelihood. Big corporations might be able to withstand an unfortunate event like a fire or a flood, but these situations could bring down a small business swiftly.

That’s why it’s important for business owners to have a trusted partner for restoration needs. We at SERVPRO of Canton hope that you never have to call on us but in your time of need, you should know that we will be there to answer the call. Our restoration technicians are on-call 24/7/365, prepared to step up to the plate and help you through the worst situations. Our team is trained with the best certifications available for restoration specialists and can be trusted with the things you value.

With the SERVPRO of Canton team, you will lose less of your valuable time to the restoration process and be able to resume business as usual quickly. We guarantee our work to be of the highest quality so you know that you can resume business after a disaster with no worries. If you’re a small business owner in the Canton area, make sure that you have our number saves so that you don’t lose any time searching for a restoration team when disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Canton at (330) 966-2377.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - A Defensive Cleaning Program

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Canton today at (330) 966-2377 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.