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Restoring Your Portage County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with businesses We know how devastating a business disaster can be, but we are here to help

Flooding and water damage events in Portage County commercial properties are complex that require a knowledge. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup, or something larger, we work quickly to assess each unique situation. We also isolate the damaged area.

Our professionals at SERVPRO of Portage County are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns. We also strive to fully restore the damaged area of your business while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We work efficiently and carefully to ensure that your business is restored in no time. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

We know how devastating a business disaster can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

How To Reduce Fire In Winter Months

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with fire flames We know how devastating a fire disaster can be, but we are here to help!

Most of us spend our time cozied up inside throughout winter! We run our homes on overdrive during cold weather. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) claims there are more than 360,000 home structure fires each year, resulting in about $6-8 billion dollars in damage.

Some causes of home fires happen because of the following:

1. Cooking: The U.S. Fire Administration identifies cooking as the leading cause of house fires.

  • Never leave the kitchen or appliances unattended while cooking.
  • Keep paper products such as towels and potholders away from the stove.
  • Keep children and pets three feet away from the stove.


2. Candles: Fires happen a lot because of candles.

  • Be sure to extinguish all candles before heading to bed at night.
  • Never leave candles unattended.
  • Candles should be placed at a minimum of three feet from combustible materials such as decorations, curtains, blankets, etc.

3. Smoking: The warmth of your home may be tempting to smoke indoors if you are a smoker.

  • Always use a deep ashtray to put out smoking materials.
  • Never discard your cigarette in plants, peat moss, mulch or anything else that can ignite easily.
  • Before you toss butts and ashes, ensure they are completely out.

4. Dryers & Washing Machines: There are nearly 3,000 dryer fires reported each year.

  • Clean lint filters every time you use the dryer.
  • Make sure your dryer vent and ductwork are professionally cleaned once a year.
  • Make sure someone is home and awake while the cycle is going.

We know how devastating a fire disaster can be, but we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of Portage County (330) 677-4483 to help get your home restored efficiently.

  

How to Avoid Wind Damage to Your Business In Canton Ohio

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with winter windy day with business downtown. If you or someone you know is faced with wind damage and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help

Winds from tornadoes and thunderstorms damage homes and even businesses in tragically ways. In fact, winds might not even be storm-driven but can still pack awesome force. This is simply because winds are powered by air moving from high atmospheric pressure areas to lower pressure areas.

Wind is uncontrolled and unpredictable, it’s a threat for many businesses. Here are a few preparation tips:

Ensure insurance coverage: It is important to discuss coverage for wind damage with your insurance company in advance of storm season. Many policies cover wind damage, but might have restrictions so it is important to know what is covered and to ask questions.

Prepare property: It is important to make sure that your building is sealed. You will also want to make sure your siding, windows, doors and exterior components are securely fastened.

Prepare surrounding environment: Wind harms property indirectly. Trimmed and healthy trees are less likely to drop limbs or even fall whenever a storm happens. Any outdoor structures are advised to be secured to the ground.

If you or someone you know is faced with wind damage and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

How to Reduce the Risk of Commercial Kitchen Fires

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with fire flames. If you or someone you know is faced with fire and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help

Did you know that commercial kitchens are at high risk for fire? This is because multiple ignition sources and flammable items squeeze into compact: open flames, electrical connections, heating systems, cooking oils and fuels, and so much more.

Prevent fires whenever possible because these events devastate businesses. Typical losses per fire average $23,000 and nearly half of all establishments shut their doors permanently. It is hard to deal with anyway you look at it.

Here are some tips to prevent fires in buildings:

Plan Smartly: Commercial kitchens require fire safety measures that are specific and require regular inspections. These are specified by government codes, ordinances and regulations. It is best to hire experts to assess your fire risks whenever possible.

Maintain Continuously: Kitchen requires regular maintenance to boost fire safety. Make sure to have your appliances, electrical equipment, Class K portable fire extinguishers, exhaust fans and vents must be inspected, refurbished cleaned regularly. It is important to pay attention to where grease traps can happen.

Train Adequately: The most important thing to plan for is to make sure your business develops, distributes and knows the emergency and evacuation plans. Your employees should have knowledge on the kitchen best practices and fire safety measures.

If you or someone you know is faced with fire and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

SERVPRO of Canton Takes Pride in Their Employees

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with SERVPRO logo on trucks Our service team is trained to handle your unique situation with the quality and compassion you deserve.

SERVPRO of Canton understands the personal trauma that comes after suffering damage in a home.  These tragic events can leave families feeling vulnerable.  It might seem hard to think about who can you trust with access to your family and home? 

Our management team is committed to ensuring your family’s safety as well as protection of your personal belongings.  We impose very high standards in our recruiting and employment practices. 

All employees undergo a national background check every calendar year.  If you worked for us for 8 years, we have 8 national background records on file, that is a lot of backgrounds and consistency.

We complete pre-employment national background checks on all prospective candidates prior to hiring. All our technicians are highly trained and certified through the IICRC; the IICRC certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.

We believe in the investment of education to provide the best quality of service to protect your family and the investment in your home.

Protecting your family also includes proper business insurance.

Anyone working on your property should be covered with General Liability insurance, which serves to protect workers as well as property owners.

The insurance coverage would include injury to a worker on a job site and or accidental damage to your home or your personal property. 

We also carry Contractor Pollution Liability which covers mold remediation as well as other contaminates. SERVPRO of Canton follows federal laws and EPA regulations put in place to protect your family from exposure to lead paint and or asbestos.

Our service team is trained to handle your unique situation with the quality and compassion you deserve.

And we are ready when you need us. Call anytime: (330) 305-2650 anytime of the day, someone is waiting to discuss your unique situation and help you determine the best course of action.

  

The Top Causes of Winter Water Damage in Canton Ohio

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with pipes in background. If you or someone you know is faced with water damage and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help.

Winter brings cold chilling temperatures in Canton Ohio and a host of water damage possibilities. Residential homes are vulnerable to water damage in the winter months. There are several factors that can cause even more water damage from the winter months.

Burst Pipes: Pipes are known for bursting in subfreezing temperatures. Pipes break due to the buildup of water pressure this is typically between a sink’s faucet and an ice blockage. The pipe might be sturdy, but sometimes it is just ready to rupture.

Pipes that are more prone to breakage are uninsulated ones,  located along the exterior walls in areas of a home, such as the attic, basement, garage, crawl space or underneath a kitchen sink.

Insulation is the number one protection against a burst pipe.

Prevent Gutter Blocks to Protect Your Roof: Gutters are important for directing running water away from your home. When gutters freeze, or are blocked by ice, it can cause deconstruction. That snow that is along the roof melts from heat that escapes from inside the home and trickles into the gutter; it freezes into what is known as an ice dam. Water can infiltrate underneath the roof shingles, lifting them up and causing roof damage. Roof leaks are the result. Once a leak happens, you may find unsightly water marks along your home’s ceilings or drips

If you or someone you know is faced with water damage and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

Every Business Should Have An Emergency Kit.

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with Emergency Kit and First Aid Kit in background Disaster can strike at anytime for a business. It is important to make sure you can be as prepared as possible in case of a disaster.

Disaster can strike at anytime for a business. It is important to make sure you can be as prepared as possible in case of a disaster. A business disaster kit should include emergency supplies for you and your employees to stay safe and well while waiting out the storm, and on ward.

So, what to put in an office emergency kit? Here is a list of items to consider when creating a business preparedness kit:

  • Bottled water: Have a minimum three-day supply of water for every member of your staff. You need to have enough clean water for both drinking and sanitary purposes.
  • Non-perishable food: You will want to have a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person. Keep in mind that the food should NOT require any cooking and should NOT provoke thirst. A few examples are canned meats, vegetables, and fruits; nuts, cereal bars and other food items that have a long shelf life.
  • First-aid kit and essential medications: Sterile gauze pads, bandages, antiseptic lotion, pain relievers, fever reducers, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, and sterile gloves are just some ideas to start with.
  • Sanitation and hygiene supplies: Hand soap, paper towels, moist towelettes, antibacterial wipes, toilet paper, garbage bags, disinfectants, and other hygiene supplies.
  • Emergency supplies: Fire extinguishers, flashlights, light-sticks, spare batteries, whistles, a portable hand crank radio, and a disposable camera.

If your business you know is faced with a disaster and in need of restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

SERVPRO of Canton offers CE Classes

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with teacher in a classroom.    SERVPRO of Canton offers CE classes for insurance agents.

SERVPRO of Canton offers CE classes for insurance agents. The primary purpose of the CEU is to provide a permanent record of individuals who have completed one or more non-credit educational experiences. When CEUs are approved you can be sure the program you chose complies with internationally recognized standards.

1 CE hour is based on 60 minutes of instruction.

Continuing education is an all-encompassing term within a broad list of post-secondary learning activities and programs.

Recognized forms of post-secondary learning activities within the domain include: degree credit courses by non-degree career training, college remediation, workforce training, and formal personal enrichment courses (both on-campus and online).

Find out more on when our next events are by signing up here: https://ce4free.com/

If you or someone you know is faced with damage and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

How to Keep Warm and Prevent Space Heater Fires

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with Space heater in background During the winter months low temperatures happen in Canton Ohio.50% of home heating fires occur during the months of December, January, and February.

During the winter months low temperatures happen in Canton Ohio. We see many owners turning to alternative sources of heat. 50% of home heating fires occur during the months of December, January, and February. Space heaters are best used with caution.

Follow these safety tips to keep warm with space heaters during the winter months and prevent fire damage:

  • When purchasing a space heater, look for a safety certification: Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Auto shut off features are beneficial. This will help prevent overheating and hazards.
  • Maintain at least three feet of space around the space heater.
  • Remove flammable materials such as curtains, bedding, and clothing from being too close to the space heater.
  • Keep the heating unit away from water. Keep space heaters away from bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Never use an extension cord with space heaters. The amount of power drawn from these units is too much for a low amp extension cord to handle; by doing this it will cause the cord to overheat and spark a fire.
  • Plug only the space heater into the wall outlet.
  • Keep the space heater on the floor; make sure the floor is either wood or tile.
  • Make sure to turn off the heating unit when you leave a room.
  • Make sure you have working smoke detectors on every level of the building

If you or someone you know is faced with fire damage and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

What To Do If a Pipe Bursts In Canton Ohio

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with water pipe.   Taking preventative measures and noticing frozen pipes in time to thaw blockages are key to avoiding pipe bursts.

Taking preventative measures and noticing frozen pipes in time to thaw blockages are key to avoiding pipe bursts. Unfortunately, sometimes disasters occur despite our best efforts at prevention. In the unfortunate event that a frozen pipe does burst, you can mitigate the damage by following these important tips:

  • Turn off the main water supply immediately.
  • If the water is flowing near any electrical outlets or conductors of electricity, shut off the electricity.
  • Contact a plumber to repair the burst pipe.
  • Remove the water by using buckets, towels, and a wet/dry vacuum to remove water from the affected area.
  • Act quickly! The longer there are wet materials in your home, the greater chance there is for mold or warping.
  • If you feel that the water damage is too much for you to handle on your own or you would like assistance in the cleanup, contact the qualified water mitigation specialists at SERVPRO to assist you.

If you or someone you know is faced with a pipe burst and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650