Sprinkler Systems during a Commercial Fire
Fire is a major concern for business owners. Commercial fires can lead to injury or death of employees, damaged merchandise and equipment, lost records, and quite possibly, the permanent closure of the business.
Sprinkler systems in commercial building are one factor that improves fire safety in the workplace. Commercial buildings of all kinds should be equipped with a sprinkler system.
But how does a business owner know the sprinkler system requirements for his building? Fireline.com conveniently outlines sprinkler system requirements on their website.
According to the website, here are some of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association for commercial sprinkler systems:
- Buildings more than 55 feet high must have sprinkler systems.
- Any new building with a fire area of more than 5000 square feet must have sprinklers.
- Fire pumps should be installed to increase the amount of pressure in a single sprinkler system.
- Fire pumps should be housed in a separate building whenever possible.
- Water supply control valves should be accessible for easy operation.
There is never a convenient time for a fire disaster to strike a business. But SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati understands that in the unfortunate event of a fire, it is important to provide excellent service while minimizing the disruption to the daily operations of the business. We are always here to help in the event of a commercial fire. CLICK HERE to learn more about our expert commercial restoration services. Keep your business safe!
Dryer Vent Fire Prevention
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!
When disaster strikes your commercial property
The importance of preparing before a disaster strikes cannot be stressed enough. And there are many tasks that although simple, can help save lives.
Installing smoke alarms, practicing fire and tornado drills, and learning life-saving skills are all simple steps that individuals can take to be better prepared for emergencies.
But what about business owners?
Studies show that many businesses, unable to recover, are forced to completely close following a disaster. The difference between surviving a disaster and being forced to shut down could be planning ahead before a disaster strikes.
What is the first step to protecting your business?
Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati! Our professionals can help you pre-plan by developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business. With this plan in place, the interruption of your business operations is minimized because you will have an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do in advance of an emergency is key to timely mitigation and can minimize the damage to your company.
CLICK HERE to find out more about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program! Be “ready for whatever happens.”
Water damage tips
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
SERVPRO supports Autism Awareness
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!
Tips for Mold damage
Every mold situation is different and requires a unique solution. However, the general rules as to what to do and what not to do if you find or suspect there is mold in your home are basically the same. Mold spreads quickly and can cause health effects and damage to your home.
If you find visible mold or suspect there is mold in your home…
- DO stay out of the affected areas!
- DO turn off the HVAC system and fans!
- DO contact SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati at 513-530-9688 for mold remediation services!
- DON’T touch or disturb the mold!
- DON’T blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth!
- DON’T spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold!
The SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati technicians are experts in mold and mold growth. They have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your property. So if you suspect you have a mold issue in your home, give us a call today!
Storm Damage leads to Water Issues
When it comes to storm and other weather-related damage, many people only think of the exterior structural damage to their property like fallen trees and damaged roofs. But what some people fail to realize is that exterior storm damage can often lead to interior water damage to their property.
Water will always travel the path of least resistance and unfortunately after exterior structural damage to a property, this often means the water will end up inside the property.
A quick response is crucial to help limit the additional interior damage. In the event of water or storm damage, SERVPRO responds immediately, any time, day or night. We understand the importance of responding quickly to help prevent secondary damage and reduce restoration costs.
Roofing service, board ups, roof tarps and tree removal are all among the emergency services we provide.
Additionally, we are experts in water damage restoration and provide professional and efficient service to our customers.
BBQ Grill Fire Safety
ccording to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are all leading home locations for grill fires.
While outdoor barbecues can be fun times with family and friends, they can also present fire hazards if certain precautions are not taken. The misuse of outdoor grills is one of the leading causes of home fires during the warmer months.
A grilling mishap would definitely put a damper on family gatherings and outdoor fun! So, we would like to share some important grilling safety tips. Knowing and following even a few tips can help avoid a fire disaster.
- Only use grills outdoors.
- Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.
- Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
- Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.
In the unfortunate event of a fire disaster at your property, SERVPRO is Here To Help! Our technicians are available 24/7 to provide emergency service!
Hailstorms can be extremely destructive to commercial or residential buildings, especially roofs. If you are caught in a hailstorm and suspect that you have damage, SERVPRO provides 24 hour emergency restoration services including board ups and roof tarps. We respond quickly to prevent further damage to your property!
Hail is a form of solid precipitation that consists of balls of ice called hailstone and occurs during severe storms. According to the National Storm Damage Center, hail causes approximately $1 billion in damages per year in the United States to homes, buildings, cars, and crops.
Types of Hail Damage
Roof Damage – When hail storms hit, the most common damage to homes and buildings is to the roof. When the roof damage goes undetected or unrepaired, more damage can occur to the home or building as water leaks through the roof and into the walls.
Window and Siding Damage – Often high winds accompany hailstorms causing the hail to fall at angles. When this happens, windows and siding can crack which also leads to the threat for additional water damage to the home.
Automobile Damage – The glass, plastic and metal surfaces of vehicles are particularly susceptible to damage from hail. Dents in the metal or cracks in the windshield glass are common occurrences in hailstorms.
Steps to Minimize Hail Damage
There are a few steps that one can take to minimize hail damage.
Close Curtains or Blinds – Closing the window treatments can help prevent the wind from blowing broken glass into the interior of the building.
Park in Garage – To protect vehicles, park inside a garage or under a carport.
New Roof – If replacing your roof, consider using impact-resistant materials to help avoid future hail damage.
Storm Damage? We Are Here to Answer Your Call!
Whether it is a spring or summer storm that causes flooding at your home or frigid cold temperatures in the winter and burst pipes, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is ready to answer your call for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our technicians are on call 24/7, ready to respond to your restoration needs when you need them.
Storms and frigid temperatures do not wait until it is a convenient time to cause water damage at your property. And we understand that the quicker the response, the lesser the damage and restoration costs. That is why we offer emergency service any time, day or night, and even on holidays. Our crews are experienced in the restoration business and use advanced equipment and technology to get the job done quickly and effectively.
So, if you are in need of restoration service, call SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati! We will respond quickly to help make it “Like it never even happened.”