Does Your Dryer Vent Need Cleaning?
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires start each year by the clothes dryer. When lint and debris build up in the dryer vent, a common fire hazard is created.
Signs That the Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning
According to ABC news, there are many signs that it is time to clean the dryer vent. Several of these signs include:
- Clothing does not dry completely after normal drying cycle.
- A musty odor is present in the clothing following the drying cycle.
- Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
- Debris is present within the outside dryer vent opening.
- Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap of the dryer.
Reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire by watching for these signs and regularly maintaining the dryer vent. Not only will the risk for a dryer vent fire be reduced, clothes will dry faster and smell better!
What Can Cause Water Damage in Your Home?
There are many different causes of water damage in a home. Much of the time it is impossible to predict or prevent water damage from occurring, but just knowing the most common causes might just help!
Broken Pipes and Hoses
Burst pipes, broken water lines and cracked hoses often lead to water damage in the home. Periodically checking these can prevent a water loss before it ever happens. Maintenance is key!
Accidents do happen! Overflowing sinks, toilets and bathtubs all commonly cause water damage in the home. And who is most guilty of this? The children! To help prevent an accident in your home, always check that faucets are turned off and make sure the kids aren’t overflowing the tub!
Sewer Back Ups
Sewer back-ups can cause a lot of nasty damage! Watch for tree roots growing into drain lines!
Basement Moisture and Leaks
Leaky foundations and moisture in the basement often result in damage as well. Dehumidifiers, waterproofing, and sump pumps can all be very helpful in warding off major water damage occurrences.
Interior water damage also occurs as a result of weather. Flash flooding happens when least expected. High winds and hail can cause roof damage. Regularly cleaning the gutters and inspecting the roof for damage can definitely help prevent a future water damage incident.
Knowing what causes most water damages in a home can definitely help with prevention. Take a look at your home for signs of potential problems. A few preventative steps today might just save you from a larger water disaster in the future!
And always remember that SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is always available to help in any water damage situation!
SERVPRO OF NORTHEAST CINCINNATI TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE JULY 9TH
We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “What Happens After the Loss with Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will give an overview of the basic rules of evidence as they are used in the claims handling process. This information will help the agent in advising policyholders to understand the investigations required in settling claims. It will give the attendees knowledge about the various aspects of claims handling. The basic laws of evidence, the relevancy of this evidence and how this evidence is used to protect the client will be discussed. The instructor for this course is Tom Ryan, AIC and it is approved for 6 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY. The course will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
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Painting a Home's Exterior Offers Functional Benefits
Are you looking for ways to update the look of your home and gain functional benefits as well? Painting your home’s exterior might be something to seriously consider.
Functional Benefits of Fresh Exterior Paint
- Protection against the elements: Rain, wind, snow, and intense sunlight can all be harsh on a home. Paint acts like a protective shield to the exterior surfaces and can even increase the life span of siding.
- Maintains structural integrity: Unprotected wood is susceptible to water damage which can lead to mold and mildew which in turn, can break down the structural integrity of the home.
- Better curb appeal: A home with a fresh coat of exterior paint can be attractive to a potential buyer. If a buyer likes the outside, there is a better chance he will like the inside.
- Identification of insect damage and prevention of termite damage: The painting process can uncover insect damage and infestations can be stopped.
Not only is fresh exterior paint one of the most cost-effective home projects, it makes a home more pleasing aesthetically and offers these functional benefits as well.
A Fresh Coat of Paint Can Help Protect Home from the Elements!
Many homeowners are looking for a simple, lower-cost way to update their home. A fresh coat of exterior paint is inexpensive, protects the home from rain and mold damage, and offers better curb appeal. So when is the best time of year to paint a home’s exterior? In order to ensure that you will get the most out of your new paint, it is essential that the job is done in the most ideal conditions.
Ideal Conditions for Exterior Painting
- Outside temperatures: Paint manufacturers will usually recommend minimum temperatures for painting. Generally, a good guideline is that if you are comfortable without the heat or air conditioning, then it is a good time for painting. It is also best to paint in times with smaller temperature fluctuations. Big temperature swings from morning to night are not good when painting.
- Rain and humidity: It is important to remember that paint should only be applied to a dry surface. The painting surface can become moist either by direct contact with rain or snow or indirectly by humidity or dew in the air. Always plan your painting project for times when there is no rain in the forecast for the next couple of days and be sure to wait to start painting after a rain until everything is completely dry. Also take note of humidity levels, as too high or too low humidity will influence how the paint dries.
- Wind: High winds while painting or before the paint is completely dry will cause complications. Dust and other particles blown onto the wet paint surface will stick. Paint sprayers do not operate as effectively in windy conditions and ladders may be unstable.
- Sunlight: Direct sunlight on drying paint can cause it to dry too quickly, leading to cracking or peeling. It is best to plan your painting route around the shifting sun.
Steps to Take After Fire Damage
Even if a fire in a home or business is contained to one floor, the damage from the fire may affect other floors of the building as well. Soot and smoke can travel throughout the structure leaving a trail of damage behind. If the damage is not handled properly, long-term effects can result, adding to an already stressful situation.
After contacting SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati there are a couple of steps you can take to help avoid further damage to your property. First of all, keep movement throughout the building to a minimum. This will help avoid tracking the soot throughout other areas of the building. And secondly, place clean towels or linens on the carpeted traffic areas. Realizing that there will be some movement within the building during the restoration process, this will help prevent additional soiling.
The SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati fire technicians are highly trained and well-equipped to handle the cleanup and care of your home or office building and its contents following a fire incident. Before attempting to clean the fire damage yourself, contact us for your fire restoration needs. CLICK HERE to learn more!
SERVPRO O NORTHEAST CINCINNATI TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE
We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “In’s & Out’s of the CGL Policy” This seminar will cover the various aspects of the Commercial General Liability policy. It will review definitions, policy structure, insuring agreement, exclusions, coverages, coverage triggers, and duty to defend. ISO forms will be used as the basis of the presentation. One of the most frequent problem areas is the idea that a contractual requirement to add an additional insured to an insurance policy is the same as a contractual hold harmless or indemnification agreement. While both clauses frequently appear in the same contract, they are separate and distinct from one another. The recent Oio Supreme Court decision about faulty workmanship of subcontractors will also be discussed.
The instructor for this course is Tom Ryan, AIC and it is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY. The course will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
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SERVPRO OF NORTHEAST CINCINNATI TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE
We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “UM/UIM Coverage Issues with Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will review Uninsured and Underinsured coverage and policy provisions of the Personal Automobile Policy. It will discuss how to properly interpret the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverages and provisions. Topics include: who is a family member, definition of occupying a vehicle, stacking, emotional injuries, co-ownership of a vehicle, intentional acts, and more.
The instructor for this course is Tom Ryan, AIC and it is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY. The course will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. from 8:30am to 11:30am. Breakfast will be provided!
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When Thunder Roars...
Spring and summer are the prime seasons in our area for thunderstorms and severe weather. According to ready.gov, there are important steps that can be taken to prepare for storms, survive during storms, and be safe after storms.
- Sign up for your community’s alert system
- Identify sturdy buildings nearby that can be used for shelter
- Cut down or trim trees that could potentially fall on your home
- Seek shelter in a sturdy building during a severe storm
- Pay attention to weather reports and alerts
- During a storm, unplug appliances and other electrical devices
- Avoid flooded roadways
- Listen to reports for whether it’s safe to go outside
- Watch for fallen power lines and trees
Storms can hit quickly and unexpectedly, leaving a trail of damage behind. SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency service. Our technicians respond quickly to restore properties affected by water damage and flooding, storm damage, fire damage, and mold damage.
Protect Your Business with an Emergency Ready Plan!
Studies show that after experiencing a disaster like a fire, tornado, or flood, many businesses never reopen or if they do survive, will shut down within 2 years following the disaster. As a business owner or manager, pre-planning ensures that emergency resources are available to you when you need them. This is why it is essential to have an emergency response plan and partner in place. Our professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati can help you put an emergency plan in place that will help protect your business from disaster.
With the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati becomes an important part of your disaster response plan by meeting with building administrators to collect site-specific information to ensure readiness should disaster strike. This information includes building layout, electrical, equipment and water protocols, etc.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
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