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Different kinds of lighting

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning creates shock waves. Lightning striking across a cloud produces shock waves that we know as thunder, but it can also cause these on the ground. These shock waves are powerful enough to explode cinder blocks and shatter windows, so it is wise to inspect the foundation of your home if lightning struck nearby.

Lightning can damage electronics. When it travels through a home’s wiring system, lightning can transfer its charge throughout the electrical network of the home—causing significant damage to anything plugged in. A surge protector is a good precautionary measure for protection.

Lightning can start fires. Because lightning typically strikes buildings or structures, it can often cause fires. Not only do its high temperatures have the potential for igniting a home on impact, but it can also cause severe wiring damage within the walls of the home. If your house has been struck, the fire department can perform tests to ensure the wiring is not a fire risk.

If your home or business experiences a lightning fire related damage, call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield. 

IICRC Certified

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Professional technicians

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

When there is a problem on the roof of your property, rainwater can seep through without your knowledge. The water may cause damage to your house by ruining your valuables and furniture. If you notice water damage at your property, it is a good idea to contact professionals to help with restoration.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the technical aspects of the restoration process and the utilization of proper equipment and products to dry out the property, our team may be able to help reinstate the loss environment to a preloss condition. Our team also responds quickly to prevent further damage to your premises and exercise safety during the restoration process. 

SERVPRO is available 365 days a year and 24 hours a day. Call our office at (513) 422-9200.

What to expect

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage: What to Expect?

When you have a water damage in your home or business, your top priority is to begin the cleanup process as soon as possible. We understand that communication is key to making the mitigation and restoration as stress free as possible. Our team at SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield doesn't just walk you through the details at the initial visit, we are there every step of the way to make sure your experience as seamless and easy as possible. Our team will communicate directly with your insurance company and relay all details directly to you to you to ensure that you are always informed of the status of your property. We are emergency services and available 24/7-365.

Different categories of water

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Category 1- Clean Water

Water that is classified as Category 1 is commonly referred to as “clean water,” as the water’s source is sanitary and does not pose any risks from exposure. Category 1 water examples may include melting ice or snow, rainwater, and broken water supply lines. While it does not appear as though Category 1 water poses a significant risk, this water can deteriorate depending on how long microorganisms remain wet after exposure and the environment’s temperature. If the water develops an odor, its sanitation has likely worsened, dropping its classification to category 2.

Category 2- Gray Water

When water falls under Category 2, it is significantly contaminated. Upon exposure or consumption, humans can experience symptoms ranging from discomfort to sickness. A wide variety of circumstances fall under Category 2, including common household water damage situations like dishwasher discharge, washing machine overflow, and toilet bowl overflows. Category 2 water also includes a few surprises, such as punctured water beds and broken aquariums. Like Category 1 water, this water can also deteriorate to Category 3, also known as “black water.”

Category 3- Black Water

The most severely contaminated category of water according to the IICRC, Category 3 water, is commonly known as “black water.” Water of this category is grossly contaminated, according to the IICRC, and sometimes contains pathogens, toxins, or other harmful agents. Category 2 water is known to occasionally cause health concerns, but upon contacting or consuming Category 3 water, humans can experience very serious health concerns. Types of water that fall under this category include sewage, flooding that originates from seawater and rivers, as well as wind-driven rain from tropical storms or hurricanes. It is important to understand that Category 3 water is capable of carrying harmful substances like toxins and pesticides, so it is best to allow a professional to handle the situation.

Emergency water/fire damage

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Life would be convenient if everything stayed on schedule.  Things only happen when they're supposed to, and the weekends are only for rest and relaxation.   Maybe in a perfect world… 

But this is the real world.  Disasters never take a day off.  Sometimes the emergency you experience is at 3 am.  That burst pipe in your basement isn't going to wait until Monday morning.  Once the fire department extinguishes the blaze, someone's got to come out and start to clean up the mess.

That's why you call SERVPRO of Warren County. Your call will be answered 24/7, and we'll be there when you need us.  We are Faster to Any Size Disaster. We are emergency services and here 365 days a year.

When water leaks

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

When water leaks the first thing you need to do is shut off the source so that the water stops. It’s important to ensure that the water stops in response to turning off the valve. Example the supply line to the sink has burst. You turn off the valve to stop the water, if the water keeps coming out you will need to look for the shut off valve (The main). 

It is not uncommon for old shut off valves to go bad to the point that when you try shutting them off, it doesn't work. If this is the case in your property, you will need to locate the main water valve. This valve is usually located at the water meter for city water. If you have a well, it is typically located by your pressure tank. 

In the event of a water disaster in your home,  you want to limit the amount of water leaking. By locating the source of the leak and shutting off your main water valve, you are well on your way to recovery.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is available 24-7/365 and can be reached at (513) 858-1071.

Flood water in a commercial building

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Category 1:  Clean Water

This type of water damage is what most of us are familiar with.  It comes from a sanitary water source like a kitchen sink or appliance, and it looks and smells like it came from the tap.  This type of water is usually safe, but once it is exposed to the environment it could pick up bacterias or other harmful substances.  You could start the clean up process, but it is always best to wait until the professionals arrive to assess the situation and the damage that has been caused. 

Category 2:  Gray Water

Gray water is the water that no one really wants floating around in their business or home.  It can be caused by things like a broken toilet or broken sump pump.  Gray water can contain harmful microorganisms and can cause illness if ingested. 

Category 3:  Black Water

Black water is highly contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, and other toxic pathogens and is unsanitary.  This type of water damage could be a result of sewage problems or contamination of standing water over a period of time. 

If you ever experience any kind of damage, give us a call. We are emergency services and are available 24-7/365.

Water damages

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

If a big rain shower comes through and you have a leaky roof, you might be in some trouble. This rain can get into your home and affect your attic or even the ceilings in some other rooms. Remember, if you see water damage on the ceiling, DO NOT turn on lights in the room, and if the ceiling is sagging and ripping stay out.

  • Flooded Basements

Heavy rainfall/Melting snow can unfortunately find its way into our basements. The rain/snow gets into the ground, then into our basement through cracks in the walls. This can be frustrating, but don’t worry! SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield can help.

Storms can cause some havoc, but SERVPRO of Easy Hamilton Fairfield is here to help! We have highly trained water restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster. Call us today at (513) 858-1071.

Water damage from flooding

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

If you've experienced a flooded basement, you have more than likely learned a thing or two from dealing with the inconvenience. If you have been lucky enough to avoid this, we have some tips in dealing with basement flooding. It's always nice to know 'what to do' in advance.

Here are the basics: 

It's Always Safety First

  1. Is it safe to stay in the house?
  2. identify where the water source is coming from
  3. Only do activities that can be safely preformed
  4. Contact SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield to begin the cleanup and drying process

Additional Tips Include:

  • Flooded basements can result in gas leaks. If you smell gas, contact the local fire department or gas company
  • Electricity and water don't mix. Turn off circuit breakers to your basement power if you can do so safely
  • If you suspect structural damage, stay out of the basement and consult a contractor as soon as possible
  • Rain water may contain bacteria from raw sewage. Wear protective wear when entering the affected area.
  • Lastly, contact your insurance agent for help with policy coverages and permission to contact SERVPRO to start the clean up and drying process

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield  are experts in the water damage process - if you have water damage in your home or business, give us a call for immediate response  (513) 858-1071