Subtle Signs of Water Damage
Water damage can be a major headache for a property owner. From the actual damage it causes, to the structure and contents of the property, to the expense of the mitigation process, it can cause a major disruption in the lives of anyone having to deal with it. And the longer a water leak goes unnoticed, the worse the damage can be. So, it is very important to always look for subtle signs of a water problem.
Signs to Look For:
- Blistering or bubbling paint on walls, ceilings, and baseboards
- A loose sink faucet or a laminate counter top that is detaching
- Floors with buckling hardwood planks or loose tiles
- Drywall and ceilings with yellow or brown stains
- A musty scent
If you come across any signs that there may be a water issue at your property, don’t delay in getting it inspected and the problem resolved. Quicker action results in less damage and less costs. SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati responds 24 hours a day, 7 days week. Give us a call…We are Here to Help! 513-530-9688
Happy Halloween from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
Happy Halloween to all our valued customers, coworkers, and friends! Here are just a few quick tips to help ensure your night isn’t spoiled by an accident or mishap! Have the kids wear reflective tape or stickers and always cross the street in a crosswalk…carrying flashlights is also suggested. These tips are always important, but especially if it happens to be a dark, stormy night! For better vision, try makeup or face paint instead of masks. And for fire prevention, costumes should be flame-resistant or flame-retardant and decorations should never be placed near flames. A battery-operated light to light up your carved pumpkin is also a much safer option than a real candle. Don’t forget to check the kids’ candy for anything that looks suspicious. And if you are out driving during trick or treating hours, use extra caution. Be safe and enjoy the night!
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Respond Quickly to Limit the Water Damage!
When it comes to water damage after storms, a plumbing leak or any cause, as minutes, hours, days, and weeks pass, the damage gets worse.
Within minutes, the water spreads through the property, saturating and contaminating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors and furniture, possibly causing furniture finishes to leave permanent stains on the carpets. Anything paper, like books and photos, begin to swell and warp.
Within hours, drywall begins to break down, metal surfaces start to tarnish, furniture begins to swell and crack, and that dreadful musty odor appears.
Within days, mold and mildew may begin to grow and spread, anything made of wood will swell and warp, paint begins to bubble and blister, and the threat of a serious biohazard contamination becomes possible.
And after a week, the structural safety of the building is compromised, biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants, and the restoration time and costs have increased dramatically.
A quick response is important to help minimize the damage as well as the cleaning and restoration costs. The SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati technicians are experts in water damage restoration. They understand that water is very invasive, spreading quickly throughout a property. They arrive quickly to start the restoration process and help make it “Like it never even happened.”
How to Safely Use a Fire Extinguisher
If used properly, portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out or containing small fires until the fire department arrives. However, it is important to remember that there are limitations to fire extinguisher use.
The National Fire Protection Association offers some key tips and information regarding the safe use of fire extinguishers. The first priority is to ALWAYS get out safely. Every home should be equipped with working smoke alarms and have a home escape plan in place.
Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips
- Only use fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, is not spreading, everyone has exited the building, the fire department has been called, and the room is not already filled with smoke.
- For proper operation, remember the word PASS:
- Pull the pin – hold the extinguisher pointing away from you.
- Aim low – point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
- For the home, choose a multi-purpose fire extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire but not too heavy to handle.
- Read the instructions before a fire ever breaks out.
- Install the extinguisher near an exit and know when to exit the building. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
With proper use, a fire extinguisher can be an invaluable tool to help fight smaller fires in the home and prevent a larger disaster. But make sure to take the time to learn how to safely use an extinguisher and always remember that the first priority is to get out of the building safely!
Clean the Gutters to Help Prevent Water Damage!
No matter what time of year, gutters play a key role in preventing water damage to a home. Their purpose is to channel rainwater to the downspouts and away from the home. Because of this, it is important to make sure the gutters are working properly year-round in order to protect your property against potential water damage.
Clogged gutters can cause many issues for a homeowner. In the spring, summer, and fall, gutters are often clogged with fallen leaves. And in the winter, snow and ice can be the culprit. Water that is blocked by debris in the gutters will find the path of least resistance when it tries to drain. This often means it will find its way into the walls and ceilings of the home causing interior damage.
To help avoid water damage due to clogged gutters, the gutters should be well maintained and cleaned AT LEAST twice a year. And if you do experience water damage at your home, always remember that SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is Here to Help! Our technicians are experts in water damage restoration and respond any time, day or night to provide emergency service.
SERVPRO OF NORTHEAST CINCINNATI to Offer 3 Hour Continuing Education Course for OHIO & KY Credits on September 19th from 12:30pm - 3:30pm
We are excited to be hosting another upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Distracted Driving with Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will give the attendee an analysis of how distracted driving affects insurance. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention from safe driving. It includes talking or texting on your phone, eating or drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the radio or navigation systems, and impairment due to alcohol or drug use. This seminar will address these issues as they relate to auto liability insurance. Topics covered include the history of distractions, coverage issues, claims analysis issues, and criminal issues based on distracted driving statutes.
The course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!
We Proudly Support the Autism Community
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is proud to sponsor Autism Village, establishing our business as “autism friendly” and connecting with the autism community.
Autism Village is a non-profit organization whose mission is to apply internet and mobile technologies to provide a globally accessible platform to help the autism community manage practical day to day problems. The goal of the organization is to improve the futures of people with autism by making daily life more navigable. Autism Village produces apps which are especially designed to be useful for managing life with autism. The app is similar to Yelp or Tripadvisor, but is designed specifically for the autism community.
By sponsoring Autism Village, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati hopes to connect with the autism community and create rewarding customer relationships. Our Autism Friendly certificate is proudly displayed at our reception desk for all to see!
SERVPRO OF NORTHEAST CINCINNATI to Offer 3 Hour Continuing Education Course for OHIO Credits on September 19th from 8:30am - 11:30am
We are excited to be hosting an upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course! The class is entitled, “Ohio FAIR Plan Seminar with Jim McKee, CPCU, AIS, API, AIM.” This seminar will give the attendees valuable information about the Ohio FAIR Plan Underwriting Association. It will provide an overview of Ohio FAIR Plan procedures, policies, coverages and other information. Topics covered will include types of policies written, coverages, application, underwriting procedures, claims as well as other helpful information.
This course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO only and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am.
CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati Provides Emergency Service
Did you know that SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati offers emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Fire, water, and storm damage doesn’t always strike during regular business hours. And often, at the most inconvenient times, homeowners find themselves in need of immediate service to secure their property after an emergency event.
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati can provide temporary protective measures to prevent additional damage to the property after a disaster. Examples of these services include board ups, roof tarps, tree removal, temporary fencing and portable power. If after a fire or flood, the contents of a property need to be removed from the affected property during the restoration process, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati can pack the contents and move them to our temporary warehouse location until the restoration process is complete. And once restoration is complete, the contents are then returned to the homeowners.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the emergency, building and reconstruction services we can provide. And remember, we are always Here to Help!
We Offer Continuing Education Courses
At times throughout the year, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati offers Continuing Education courses. The courses are usually held at our Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio 45240.
Offered courses are both credit and non-credit courses and they are available to insurance agents, insurance adjusters and real estate professionals. The courses are designed to provide those in attendance with valuable information to allow them to better service their clients.
Some of the common course topics include fire damage restoration, understanding mold in the restoration industry, water damage restoration, biohazard cleanup, and ethics.
These continuing education courses are offered periodically throughout the year. So if you are in need of Kentucky or Ohio credits, be sure to watch for our upcoming class dates and times! Or you can contact our office to find out more.