Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tornado and high wind damage

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Have you been affected by damage recently due to high winds or a tornado? If so, then you know how important it is to attempt to save the contents in your home from being ruined during a clean up process. Even if your contents have not yet been damaged, you may still want to protect them during the clean up. Protecting and restoring your personal items after a disaster is done through the pack out process. This is when your restoration company removes and takes your damaged contents (or contents that need to be protected or cleaned), to another location. The new location will allow your contents to be kept safe and to be restored if needed. 

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is here 24/7 to help with any disaster. Whether it’s rain damage, high wind damage, fire damage, or even tornado damage. 

Tornado storm damage

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Severe storms and tornadoes hit the Miami Valley Monday night, leaving many in the area without power, access to drinkable water or safe shelter or vehicles.

Dayton and nearby communities are still searching for potential victims after intense storms came through. Suspected tornadoes also left behind destruction in the Indiana town of Pendleton, about 100 miles west of Dayton. Dayton is currently under a boil-water advisory (with no electric)

Several areas of Dayton were hit hard, along with nearby areas of Troy and Beavercreek. In addition to trees and power lines, the tornadoes peeled roofs off of houses, brought down businesses' walls and collapsed ceilings and car ports.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield is here 24/7 for any damage occurred after a storm. You can call our office at 513-858-1072.

Water damage

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small, residential or commercial. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical to prevent microbial growth. A delay in water extraction can turn a small clean up into a larger more expensive event.

Water damage to your most valuable assets can be a stressful event.  We are highly trained and certified to extract and dry your home through an efficient process that will leave your home in its original condition.  

SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage, as well as mold. Our technicians are highly trained in property damage restoration utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to manage the event quickly and precisely.

Act before a flood

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

When a flood hits your home, there is not much time to collect yourself, let alone start to mitigate damages.  However, if you can manage to get things in motion quickly, you may be able to reduce expenses and repair times associated with flood damage to your residence or business.  Here are a few things to try to act on after a damage.

Get Things Higher Up Before a flash flood - You may want to spend some time in the hours before it hits moving your belongings to higher ground.  Floods don't often reach higher than a few feet in the home, and you should be able to keep most of your belongings safe by taking them to higher floors or placing them on counter-tops and secure tables.  Be careful not to place too much trust in a table, however, as it may buckle or overturn as floodwaters overtake it.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is quick to respond in any kind of disaster. We are emergency services and available 24/7 365

Roof damage

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

With windy conditions roofs can get damaged, gutters can detatched. If it’s raining and roofs get damaged we have experts that can get your roof tarped to avoid water damage or further water damage you may have experienced. A lot of times you won’t realize you have any damage until you start to see water spots on your ceilings or walls. Or even a few days later there may even be some microbial growth growing. Usually with microbial growth that was  caused from storm damage and water coming in, the dry wall most likely would have to be cut out if it’s been siting for a few days. 

If you experience any damage you can call our office at (513) 422-9200.

Storm damage

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

With windy conditions roofs can get damaged, gutters can detatched. If it’s raining and roofs get damaged we have experts that can get your roof tarped to avoid water damage or further water damage you may have experienced. A lot of times you won’t realize you have any damage until you start to see water spots on your ceilings or walls. Or even a few days later there may even be some microbial growth growing. Usually with microbial growth that was  caused from storm damage and water coming in, the dry wall most likely would have to be cut out if it’s been siting for a few days. 

If you experience any damage you can call our office at (513) 422-9200.

Things to do during a power outage

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storms sometimes lead to power outages.  Here are some activity ideas for fun things to do in a power outage. 

  • Create shadow puppets on the wall using a flashlight
  • Draw pictures in the dark and then laugh at your creations once the lights come back on
  • Pack some new books into your activity kit and then have a story time with flashlights
  • If the power goes out during the day, enjoy the fresh air with some outdoor play
  • Create pictures or secret messages using glow in the dark paint pens
  • Play a board game, card game or complete a puzzle (if it’s dark, you’ll have to play by a flashlight)
  • Write a letter to a friend or family member that lives far away
  • Pack a portable radio, batteries and glow sticks for a glow in the dark dance party
  • Pack some old pictures and scrapbook supplies and create some new pages for your scrapbook
  • Have a puppet show. No puppets? No problem! Find printable online or DIY ones to make with your family.
  • Create cards like thank you cards, birthday cards or get well soon cards that you can use later
  • Have a fun ice cream sundae party – because you don’t want that ice cream to melt in the freezer!
  • Have a picnic with flashlights, juice boxes and granola bars
  • Play with Play-Doh
  • Host a tea party for your family and favorite stuffed animals
  • Have a silly photo shoot using wigs and old Halloween costumes
  • Play hide & seek with flashlights
  • Play with bubbles outside. Find DIY instructions online to make your own bubbles with dish soap!

Purpose of a flood cut

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

After a storm rages it is likely that your home will experience a bit of flooding. When this happens, you will probably hear the water professionals from SERVPRO you hire talk about making a flood cut. A flood cut is a mark that is made 12 inches above the spot where the water damage stops. Specialists tear out everything below the flood cut to stop the spread of contamination and prevent mold growth. Here are some common questions about this process.

1. What Circumstances Require a Flood Cut?

Any time there is damage that cannot be dried with a fan, professionals are probably going to use a flood cut to be on the safe side. Insulation cannot be dried, so if there is wet insulation, the wall has to be cut out and the insulation removed. If the water is contaminated by storm-related debris or sewage, the wall must be discarded. If tests show any harmful microbes, the affected area must go.

2. Why Does the Flood Cut Have To Be a Foot Above the Damage?

Water damage from flooding does not like to stay politely in its place. What technicians can see with the naked eye may only be the beginning of the story. Placing the flood cut 12 inches above the visible water damage ensures that everything affected is remediated.

3. Is There Any Way To Save the Wall?

If the water damage is minimal and no insulation is affected, it is possible that quick removal of water and fast drying techniques can allow the wall to be salvaged. The water in question must also be clean. If it is contaminated at all, the wall has to be replaced.

Call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield at (513)858-1071

Water removal

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Extracting Water From Pipe Break

The next step after inspection is water cleanup, which is a major mitigation strategy after a supply line break or pipe break. This involves removing water from all the rooms in a flooded home using vacuums and pumps. The extent of the damage caused by water in home determines the type of equipment the restoration company will use. The water should be removed as soon as possible to avoid bacterial and mold growth. The water from a supply line break or pipe break should be contained and extracted immediately to prevent further damage in a flooded home.

It is advisable to remove all wet materials like toys, clothing, pillows, throw rugs, and carpets from the affected area before water cleanup. Our professionals can expedite drying by removing wet surfaces on floors, ceiling, and walls after water cleanup. Unsalvageable dry walls or insulations such as baseboards should be removed to accelerate drying. The other method that can be used to accelerate drying in a water cleanup process involves opening cabinet doors and drawers.

If you experience any type of water damage don’t hesitate call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield at (513)858-1071

Protecting your home or business from flooding

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is no match for SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield restoration professionals.

Flooding can happen anywhere and if you live in Florida, you know even one of our heavy afternoon thunderstorms can ensure flooding can happen "any time" as well. 

It's a scary thought to think that your home could be under water in a moments notice.

So we thought we would share a few tips that can help you stay flood free. 

  1. Water flow - How does water flow around your house? It's important that it flows away from the structure. If it is noted that this is not the case, you may want to call an irrigation specialist to see if it is possible to correct get it fixed without spending a fortune.
  2. Water valves - Modify them. So many times in flooding cases we see sewage backup and overflow. That is the LAST thing you want to be dealing with, so it may be worth it to look at installing a back-flow valve.  
  3. Lastly, in the event that you believe flooding is about to occur, move as many items as you can away from the rising water (electronics especially). Then give us a call, and we will be out there ASAP to help! 

If you experience flooding or water damage, call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield at: (513)858-1071

Prepare you dog info for a storm

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Pets are just as important as any family member to most people, so why would you not make them a part of your preparedness planning? There are several things you can do to make sure they stay safe as well during an emergency. Pet Emergency Kit Ready.gov/animals lists the below items as essential to building your Pet emergency kit.

  1. Food: At least a three-day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
  2. Water: At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
  3. Medicines and medical records.
  4. Important documents that you may find helpful 
  5. First aid kit: Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea as well.

7.Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.

8.Crate or pet carrier: Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.

  1. Sanitation: Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
  2. A picture of you and your pet together: If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, and color.

Storms happen everywhere and SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield  is here to help 24/7-365. 

Quick response is important

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

When a flood hits your home, there is not much time to collect yourself, let alone start to mitigate damages.  However, if you can manage to get things in motion quickly, you may be able to reduce expenses and repair times associated with flood damage to your residence.  When a flood hits, try your best to follow these points of advice to minimize property damage and headache in the ensuing days and weeks.

Get Things Higher Up Before the Storm - You may want to spend some time in the hours before it hits moving your belongings to higher ground.  Floods don't often reach higher than a few feet in the home, and you should be able to keep most of your belongings safe by taking them to higher floors or placing them on counter-tops and secure tables.  Be careful not to place too much trust in a table table, however, as it may buckle or overturn as floodwaters overtake it.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is quick to respond in any kind of disaster. We are emergency services and open 24/7, call our office at (513)858-1071.

When a flood or storm hits SERVPRO is ready

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster for any home or commercial business. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 

(513)858-1071

Insurance is important

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

We know that making ends meet can be a monthly struggle for a lot of people out there. We are all looking for ways to cut our monthly spending so that we can save money. We wanted to write a blog to remind  you that homeowners insurance is important and is something that should stay in your budget.

Disasters don't discriminate and can happen to anybody. Even if you don't own a home, renters insurance is just as important. Unfortunately, we are sometimes called into jobs where tenets find out that their contents are not covered because they don't have insurance. A disaster isn't easy and we don't want it to be any harder. Please remember the importance of your homeowners or renters insurance policy. 

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (513)858-1071

Always ready for a storm

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

The weather can be unpredictable. You never know when a severe thunderstorm, blizzard, or other natural disaster is going to blow through town.  When it does, storm damage can happen fast. Gusting winds knock down structures, hail can damage roofs, lightning strikes can fall trees, debris can fly into buildings and ongoing rain can flood offices. When something like this happens, you don’t have to face it alone. Choose locally owned SERVPRO of Middletown Springboro for service you can trust.  For years SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield has been serving  communities providing fast, reliable and professional service.

Your Resource for 24/7 Emergency Support

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That means you can call us any time, day or night, when facing weather-related damage. What’s more, we will send an expert crew immediately to help. Our quick response to emergency situations not only gives you help right when you need it, but also it can result in lower storm damage repair costs and/or limited contents damage for your business or home.

How Our Expert Storm Damage Restorations Solutions Work

The production staff  has the expertise and experience required to minimize potential damage and secure your property. Once you contact us about a specific natural disaster or weather damage restoration project, here is how our process works: 

  1. A SERVPRO Operations Manager or Crew Chief is on site within 2 hours of your emergency call.
  2. Our team assesses the weather-related damages at your site.
  3. We create a plan for restoring your property to its preloss condition.
  4. We mobilize the specialized equipment required to mitigate secondary damage and loss.
  5. SERVPRO production team monitors the situation throughout the entire restoration process.

When disaster strikes give SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield  a call at 513-858-1071

Black water

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Anytime water gets into your business, it’s a problem. Flood water can damage your property, furniture, electronics, and office items. In the worst cases, flooding can destroy everything in its path. However, the worst flooding situation you could encounter at your Middletown Springboro business is a category 3 flood, which is when black water invades. This poses a severe health risk to everyone its way.

What is It?

Flooding can occur in many ways. A significant thunderstorm could roll into your town, and the excess rain could overwhelm your property’s drainage system, causing terrible storm damage. Or, a pipe could break in your home, spilling gallons of water onto your floor or in your walls. When flooding and sewage mix, you have black water.

  • It’s so named because it contains feces from sewage systems.
  • It can occur can also occur when your toilet overflows.
  • It can occur when city sewage systems back up during and after a large storm

A well-trained crew from SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield will come to your business to remove the water and ensure that it is once again safe to come inside. Crews will work with city utility teams to stop the water from coming into your building. SERVPRO will thoroughly dry and sanitize the affected area with the appropriate equipment. 

Flood water mixed with sewage is nothing to take lightly. Make sure you understand the dangers and get a qualified company to handle the incident.

Storm damage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Need help fast in a storm situation? SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield  has answered the call! The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team is a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby, ready to act when disaster strikes. The Disaster Recovery Team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, always prepared for the unpredictable. When localized storms overwhelm the local restoration companies, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is there to help manage the workload. SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed to support recovery after large storm events. With mobilized local command centers, management, crews, equipment and more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, the SERVPRO Franchise System has the ability and the manpower to relocate where needed and help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Storm tips

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Safety tips when encountering flood waters (inside and outside your home)

  1. Stay away from flood waters – if you come up on a flowing stream where the water is above your ankles, stop and turn around. 6 inches of water can sweep you off your feet.
  2. If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go a different way. If you are caught on a flooding road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away in less than 2 feet of water.
  3. Keep children out of the water during a flood.
  4. If a flood strikes your home or business, contact SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield immediately! Even minor floods have the potential to cause MAJOR damage and if not treated properly, can result in mold growth.
  5. SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is prepared to handle any sized disaster, when fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield will help you take it back and is approved by all insurance companies

About SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield  specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Rely on SERVPRO to act fast

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Rely on SERVPRO to act fast Call SERVPRO to get the remediation process started

When flooding is a part of the history of the area that you live in, you should consider it as a part of your duties as a property owner to plan for these types of situations. Obtaining the proper insurance and budgeting for some of the preventive measures that exist to assist you with preparation for a flood is only the beginning. However, it is far better than merely reacting to a crisis. It is our goal to inform you more about what to do when a water damage emergency hits and help you with getting back to normal, with the least amount of disturbance to your everyday lives.

We have expertly trained technicians who have experience in dealing with flood damage restoration near your home. It is possible that the person who arrives to help you with your situation is someone that you already know within the community that you live, a neighbor, a friend or even a family member.

SERVPRO Franchises are locally owned and operated by people just like you. Our technicians go through rigorous training to learn the proper steps to assist with your recovery as promptly and professionally as possible. However, we can also help you prepare to combat the possibility before it ever occurs, limit the damage caused by flooding and even save more of your belongings in the process.

Our expertly trained technicians at SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield offer you services that are unique to your situation and help you understand what you can expect; even during the worst possible conditions. We will be there to assist you through the entire process, from beginning to end and even provide you with any assistance you need filling out the proper paperwork to deal with your insurance company.

The restoration process at SERVPRO starts with your initial phone call. We will perform an inspection on your property and thoroughly explain what is needed to get you back on your feet. Then we will quickly and efficiently cover the steps of the action plan that we have described to remove any excess water and completely dry everything within the affected area. We can uncover those hard to locate moisture pockets that require specialized equipment to find. All of your household items get handled as if they were our own, and each restorable item is taken care of and returned to a quality pre-damage condition "Like it never even happened."

Our SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield staff is waiting to assist you. Make the call today - (513) 858-1071

We are here to help with any storm damages

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is primed for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield system strives to be rapid to assist with any kind of disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is IICRC certified, trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, manpower equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened”.

How can I be prepared?

It isn’t possible to be 100% prepared for a disaster, but we suggest building an Emergency Kit for starters so, you can be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in y our kit:

3-day supply of non-perishable foods
Water (one + gallon per person per day)
First-aid kit
Prescription medication
Sleeping bag or blankets
Fire Extinguisher
Hygiene products
Flashlights
Extra batteries
Cell Phone Charger
Change of clothes
Matches in waterproof container
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Whistle to signal for help
Pet supplies
Infant formula and diapers
Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container

Our SERVPRO can help get you back in your home quick.

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

When a strong thunderstorm passes through any area, the potential for storm damage can range from very minimal to leaving behind significant amounts of damage in homes and anything that gets in its path. In fact, it is not uncommon for a storm to take off the roof of a home in seconds or to flood the house with water. In some situations, the homeowner may not be able to do anything to prepare for the devastation that it does, especially when there is little warning in advance. This is also why so many weather stations are often focused on telling the people in their immediate and surrounding areas what is going on before the storm hits the areas.

Removing all of the water from a home after a storm is not as simple as some people think. In fact, these jobs should only be done by professionals who have the expertise to complete the job by using the most innovative equipment in the industry. So, for those of you who have storm damage that has affected your home, you can contact at SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield for assistance at 513-858-1071 today.

When storms hit, SERVPRO is ready.

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property back to its pre-storm condition.

Here are a few things that can happen within minutes of a water damage.

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    If you are in an area that constantly floods and you were worried about who to call if we do suddenly get a large amount of rain this April call SERVPRO. If all the rain causes severe flood damage, then call us and let SERVPRO put your fears to rest.

    We have professional grade equipment that includes extraction pumps, industrial vacuums and the technology to make your water damage disappear quicker than a spring puddle.

Storm damage

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage is a water event that requires professional help. A bucket and mop or shop vacuum are not up to the challenge. The sheer amount of water quickly overwhelms any do it yourself attempt. The experienced technicians from SERVPRO employ powerful, industrial strength pumps and extractors to evacuate the water fast. Speed is critical because of the progressive nature of water damage.

Many structures, items, and surfaces can emerge nearly good as new if water does not have the chance to soak into and begin the process of disintegration. Although building materials like finished wood, concrete or cinder block may be able to shed water without much change, drywall, insulation, ceiling tiles, carpeting, and other porous components risk swelling, crumbling, and delamination if soaked for any period of time.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield employees learn dozens of targeted strategies to quickly and successfully remove water from you place of business or home. Once the obvious water is gone, the crew uses high-efficiency fans and dehumidifiers to complete the job, drawing residual moisture out of contents and structure.

Storms or floods hit your town, SERVPRO is ready

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained to use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A quick response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the overall restoration cost. Whether it is your basement flood, sump pump backup and/or water coming in your doors or windows, we can help.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Warren County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Call our office 24-7/365 (513)858-1071