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Emergency Planning Could Save Your Family

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

family laughing together and planning Make sure your family knows what to do in the event of a disaster.

You wake up in the middle of the night and you smell smoke. Something is burning in your home and you have to get out. Do you know what you’ll do in the event of this worst-case scenario? If you don’t, then it’s probably a good idea that you sit down and make an emergency plan for your family. 

There are many resources on the internet that will provide you with the tools to get started in your emergency planning. Ready.gov suggests asking yourself these questions:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?
  5. Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

They also provide an emergency plan that you can fill out or simply reference to create your own. This guide will help you make sure you don’t leave any important pieces out of your own plan that you may not have considered if you have never been in an emergency situation before.

Once you have an idea of how you will handle each of the above tasks, as a family you can begin to put together your emergency preparedness kit. The American Red Cross has a list on their website that you can follow as you compile things. You should always start by looking around the house for things you already have before you run to the store to purchase supplies. Chances are you might have quite a few things you need on hand. If you don’t want to spend the time hunting down all the supplies for your kit, however, there are places that you can purchase pre-made kits. Just make sure that you consider the specific needs of your household and add the items that you think you might need that have been left out.

After your plan has been made and your emergency kit is put together, the most important thing you can do with your family is practice. You want to make sure that everyone knows exactly what to do when the time comes to act. In the heat of the moment, some people might panic and forget what to do, but the more you practice the plan, the more likely everyone is to remember. Emergency planning is about ensuring everyone’s safety and there is no better way to do that than to take the time to make sure everyone understands.

Of course, we all hope that we’ll never have to use our emergency plans but it’s better to have one and never need it than to need one that you never made. And if disaster comes knocking at your door, know that SERVPRO of Canton will be right behind it ready to clean up the mess. We will come to your aid 24/7/365 with our highly trained team or disaster restoration specialists and make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call when a disaster happens and you’ll be back to normal in no time. 

Storm and Water Damage Need A Quick Response Time.

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo on image with street lights Call anytime: (330) 305-2650 any time of the day, someone is waiting to discuss your unique situation and help you determine the best course of action

Floods, rainstorms and tornadoes can become massive water damage during the spring and summer months.

Water damage can be so much more than wet and soggy carpets. Mold and mildew grow rapidly in damp, humid environments, leaving behind an unpleasant smell, even after the water has been removed.

Damage to a building’s structure can be an issue. When water sits inside a building for a period of time, the walls, ceilings, and floors absorb the water. This can threaten the overall structural integrity of the building.

The absolute first step to take is fast action. The longer the water flows or wet conditions exist, the greater the recovery problem becomes. SERVPRO of Canton is your professional restoration company.

Call anytime: (330) 305-2650 any time of the day, someone is waiting to discuss your unique situation and help you determine the best course of action.

Would Your Business Be Ready For a Disaster?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo on image with commercial buildings And now with the SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App, help is at your fingertips. Call now and ask how to get started.

When disaster strikes, getting help is quicker and easier than ever before, by using the SERVPRO Ready Plan.

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to PLAN for it NOW. You never know when disaster will strike for your business.

The statistics uncovered by industry research say as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, this is because those businesses never had a preparedness plan in place.

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile for YOUR business will minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. This is a no-cost assessment of your facility. It covers your emergency contacts, all shut-off valves and their locations, priority areas of your facility and more.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan provides solutions so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

And now with the SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App, help is at your fingertips. Call now and ask how to get started. A quick response time can reduce the overall costs and loss of use for your business. We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.  Call anytime: (330) 305-2650 any time of the day, someone is waiting to discuss your unique situation and help you determine the best course of action.

 

SERVPRO of Canton is Ready For Restoration

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo on image with green SERVPRO truck We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.

SERVPRO of Canton is professional and is highly trained to be of service to your all of your restoration needs. You should choose us for a variety of reasons.

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Course materials included are Crew Training, Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program and covers Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Mold Mitigation.

All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Our staff at SERVPRO of Canton is up to date on all equipment, training, and professionalism.

You can rely on SERVPRO of Canton to get all of your restoration needs to be resolved whether it is fire, water, storm or mold damage.

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

 

How to Prevent Winter Water Damage in Your Canton Home

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with winter snow and water Remember, a quick response time can reduce the overall costs and loss of use. We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.

Water damage requires a quick response; stopping the source of water intrusion as soon as possible is critical.  It is important to know where your water shut off value is located. It is also important to review the location with your immediate family and service professionals.  

There are some quick and easy ways to help prevent water damage in the winter months in Canton Ohio. Pipes in the crawl space, outside walls, and in the attic are vulnerable to freezing in cold temperatures. Take action on the following items:

  • Close cracks, holes, and openings in outside walls and foundation near water pipes with caulk.
  • Wrap exposed pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves.
  • Faucets connected to pipes in unheated spaces are prone to freezing. Let these faucets drip to help prevent water in the pipes from freezing.
  • Keep cabinet doors open is temperates are below 32 °F. This will provide heat to pipes.
  • If a pipe bursts, shut off the water supply to your home immediately.


Ice dams take form when warm air in the attic heats the roof and melts the snow on the roof. The melted snow collects unheated eaves and starts freezing. If you don’t prevent ice dams, they can cause significant water damage to your roof and home. To prevent ice dams:

  • Have your gutters and downspouts cleaned, inspected, and repaired before the winter months.
  • Insulate your attic properly; the heat in the home should not reach the attic. Make sure the attic floor is airtight and has no hole openings.
  • Provide ventilation to the attic to keep the roof cool. The temperature in the attic should be 5 to 10 °F warmer than the outside temperature.

If you have a sump pump in your basement, ensure it is working properly to  prepare for sudden flooding.

Remember, a quick response time can reduce the overall costs and loss of use. We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.  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.

  

SERVPRO of Canton is Faster To Any Disaster.

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with SERVPRO employees and van SERVPRO of Canton has teams that can help with any disaster scenarios. Our goal is specially IICRC trained franchise employees.

SERVPRO of Canton is here to help whenever you have fire, mold, water, or storm damage to your residential or commercial property. We are a locally owned in the Canton Ohio area, and are efficient to your damaged building. Here are three things that make us stand out:


1. Here to Help

No matter where the flood, tornado, or temperature drop, is located in Canton Ohio, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all major holidays. We know that a disaster can happen at anytime.

2. Faster to Any Disaster

No matter what type of storm strikes in Canton,  SERVPRO of Canton has a  disaster recovery team emphasizes on our slogan of being “Faster to Any Disaster."


3. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Canton has teams that can help with any disaster scenarios. Our goal is specially IICRC trained franchise employees is to create a disaster scene that is “Like it never even happened.” We help restore your damage and get it restored efficiently and work with all insurance companies to keep the damage flowing seamlessly.

Remember, a quick response time can reduce the overall costs and loss of use. We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.  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.

  

Prepare Your Building for Severe Thunderstorms in Canton Ohio.

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with trees and storm damage Remember, a quick response time can reduce the overall costs and loss of use. We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.

Prepare Your Building for Severe Thunderstorms in Canton Ohio.

With Spring around the corner, we will be getting Severe thunderstorms, in Canton Ohio, before you know it. Let’s face it this should not be taken lightly either: these are the storms that are thunder, lightning and strong winds. It is usually advised to find shelter and stay indoors when severe weather like this strikes. Here are some basic tips to help ensure your building is safe during severe thunderstorms:


1. Keep Trees Trimmed

The exterior of your building can become extremely dangerous during severe weather, especially with unkempt trees. Long branches or innocuous bare limbs can become troublesome in certain instances. It is best to keep trees trimmed.


2
. Know First Aid

In an emergency situation, it can be helpful to know what to do for those who might be near you, should a storm arise. you should know basic first aid practices, as well as CPR.

3
. Install Defensive Measures

You might want to consider having lightning rods and generators to prevent any damage to electrical systems. There is a great deal of electricity in your home and taking caution should be your priority. Severe storms can wreak havoc on electrical systems.

Remember, a quick response time can reduce the overall costs and loss of use. We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.  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.

  

Four Things To Do If You Spot a Leak in Canton Ohio.

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with pipes leaking It is important to make sure that any water damage is taken care of efficiently and in a timely manner. Hidden water can cause damage to wood.

The kitchen is the central location of a home. This is where we gather to cook and rinse our dishes. Discovering a leak, may feel as if all central functions of your home have come to a stop. Here are a few tips to follow if you spot a leak in your Canton Ohio home:

  1. Shut Off the Water Valves: This will stop the leaks immediately. You can shut it off by finding the valve underneath the sink.
  2. Call a Plumber: Hiring a plumber will help identify the leak. They will also repair or replace leaking lines or fittings if needed.
  3. Contact Your Insurance Company: It is important to know what your insurance policy says before paying for something out of pocket. The repair may not be covered, but the water from the leak resulting in damage may be; always talk with your insurance company.
  4. Call a professional restoration company:Water damage is risky and can cause much more damage if it isn't taken care of efficiently and properly. SERVPRO of Canton specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential property after water damage.


    It is important to make sure that any water damage is taken care of efficiently and in a timely manner. Hidden water can cause damage to wood, cabinets, flooring, and even more.

Remember, a quick response time can reduce the overall costs and loss of use. We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.  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.

  

Prepare For An Ice Storm in Canton Ohio

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with icicles. It is that time of year where the weather can get rough and can cause danger to homes. Call anytime: (330) 305-2650 anytime of the day.

It is that time of year where the weather can get rough and can cause danger to homes. Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times, causing a major disaster for any local homeowner.

Ice accumulations are caused by freezing rain. Freezing rain is a result of snow falling through an above-freezing warm layer in the atmosphere above the surface of the earth. The rain drops then move into a thin layer of below-freezing air right near the surface of the earth, allowing them to freeze on ground, trees, cars and other objects. Ice is not fun to mess around with. If you hear that an ice storm could happen, here are some tips for you to take in.

What to do before an ice storm

  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings.
  • Fill up your car’s gas tank.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit with basic supplies including food, water, a flashlight and extra batteries.

What to do during an ice storm

  • Ice can accumulate on branches, power lines and homes. If you must go outside, pay attention to branches that could break.
  • A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you could get electrocuted, DO NOT TOUCH.
  • Avoid driving; even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery.

What to do if there’s a power outage

  • Check your circuit breaker panel to rule out any problems.
  • If you live with young children consider temporarily staying somewhere with power.
  • Try to stay warm during a power outage by staying inside and dressing in warm clothing.
  • Stuff towels and rags underneath doors to keep the heat in.
  • Unplug electronics and appliances to avoid a power surge.
  • Do not operate generators, BBQs, propane and natural gas appliances inside or the garage as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector with a battery backup.
  • Use a flashlight rather than a candle for light.
  • If lighting candles, use proper holders and keep out of reach of children. Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Ensure the fireplace screen is in place when burning fuel in a fireplace.

Remember, a quick response time can reduce the overall costs and loss of use. We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.  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.

  

Know The Facts About Chimneys To Prevent Fires in Canton Ohio

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with  house and chimney shown. The Majority of Chimney Fires Go Undetected, that is simply because Slow-burning chimney fires don’t get enough air or have fuel to be dramatic.

Your chimney has architectural interest to your home, but the truth is it is a real function is to carry dangerous flue gases from your fireplace out of your home. 

The last thing you are likely to be thinking about is the condition of your chimney. Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage structures, destroy homes and injure or kill people.  Sometimes fires happen in chimneys and people do not even realize it is happening until it is too late.

Chimney fires can burn explosively; they are noisy and dramatic enough to be detected by neighbors. Flames or dense smoke are signs that you might have a chimney fire. It has been report that these fires sound like a startled low rumbling sound which reminds them of a freight train or a low flying airplane.

Here are 7 ways to prevent a chimney fire:

  1. Have Your Chimney and Fireplace Cleaned and Inspected Annually
  2. Build Small Fires
  3. Use Seasoned Wood
  4. Never Use Paper or Combustible Liquids in the Fireplace
  5. Use a Chimney Liner
  6. Install a Chimney Cap
  7. Ensure Good Air Supply

The Majority of Chimney Fires Go Undetected, that is simply because Slow-burning chimney fires don’t get enough air or have fuel to be dramatic or visible. They often go undetected until a later chimney inspection is done. The temperatures they reach are very high and can cause as much damage to the chimney structure, which can be too late to fix. It is best to follow the simple tips above in order to prevent a chimney fire at all costs.

Remember, a quick response time can reduce the overall costs and loss of use. We are ready when you need us at SERVPRO of Canton.  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.