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Spring is Here, But Winter Can Leave Behind Signs of Water Damage in Columbus

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spring is Here, But Winter Can Leave Behind Signs of Water Damage in Columbus Leaks, Wet Insulation and Water Stains in Columbus Need Restorative Help

From Water Stains to Removal SERVPRO Does Cleanup and Restoration

Columbus residents can soon begin enjoying the warmer weather, with roofs and roads alike no longer covered in ice and snow. Just as ice causes problems on the road for those traveling on them, it often causes problems for the interior of homes.
 
When ice and snow cover a home with deteriorated attic insulation, ice dams can lead to interior water damage in Columbus. Signs of this problem include stained upper walls and ceilings. However, these stains appear months after the presence of ice dams cause the problem. SERVPRO experts can measure the moisture content in different parts of your home to determine how much moisture they contain. We take these readings with a moisture meter throughout our work in restoring your home.
 
Fortunately, water does not always excessively damage a home's interior, and we can often perform some minor clean up, desiccation, and maybe even repainting of the affected areas. Other times, though, a house might require a much more concentrated response. Depending on the type of paint and the amount of water that entered your home through your roof because of the presence of ice dams, the damaging effects might include structural deficits, as well as discoloration and staining of visible portions.
 
More extensive work might include removal of compressed insulating materials from your attic, draining away of stagnant water via weep holes drilled into the ceiling and then patched once the area becomes dry again, or removal of damaged materials, followed by replacement materials that a contractor of your choice can install.
 
We understand the importance of restoring your home's regular, safe level of humidity, both for your family's comfort and the stability of the structure. High levels of moisture can lead to other problems in addition to water damage, including mold damage. We do not only restore your home "Like it never even happened", but we also help prevent the problem from resurfacing in the future by eliminating possible causes such as wet insulation, high humidity, and leaks that can allow springtime showers to dump rain into your attic.
 
SERVPRO of South Columbus is ready to help you and your family with water damage and other issues with your home. Call us at our 24-hour service line at (614) 863-1392 to begin the process of protecting your home from the elements.

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What You Can Do When You Discover Mold Growing In Your Columbus Home

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What You Can Do When You Discover Mold Growing In Your Columbus Home Mold damage can come about in a variety of ways inside of your home.

Discovering Mold Growing In Your Home

Mold damage can come about in a variety of ways inside of your home. For example, excessive humidity can encourage spores to grow, and water damage from a leaking pipe can give them the necessary moisture to flourish. The problem with mold growing in your home is that it can cause health effects. Because of this problem, it is safer to have it removed as soon as possible upon finding it. Fortunately, professional help is close at hand and just a phone call away.

Due to being settled on a river, humidity puts homes in Columbus at a higher risk for damaging mold growth. Beyond health effects, another reason it is so important to deal with mold immediately is that it is directly responsible for the decomposition of organic materials such as wood. To preserve the longevity of your home, our technicians can section off the area of your home with mold and begin a remediation process.

The reason it is essential for our SERVPRO technicians to contain the mold is that spores can travel through the air once they are disturbed; thick plastic sheeting can be used to close off barriers. Afterward, depending on the material that is affected, the removal process can begin, and our technicians can select the right method to do so.

Usually, if the affected surface is porous, the material needs to be removed and discarded. Otherwise, it is possible to merely clean mold away. For cleaning mold, SERVPRO uses HEPA vacuuming on dry surfaces. If the mold exists in layers of soils, we can damp wipe the area with detergent. After the mold is agitated and removed, all that remains is to clean settled dust and spores that have settled.

If you find mold damage inside of your home, do not wait. Day or night, contact SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392. We can send our technicians as soon as possible to begin the remediation process swiftly.

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Foul Odors Follow Fire Damage in Your Columbus Residence

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Foul Odors Follow Fire Damage in Your Columbus Residence Smoke and fire damage can leave behind odors that make your home unlivable, SERVPRO can make ridding your home of odors a priority.

SERVPRO Puts Your Family’s Needs First after Fire Damage

Your Columbus home requires a lot out of you to always be at its best. This upkeep is an essential habit of staying into, though unfortunately, there are times where you can get blindsided by a significant disaster that you could not have expected. When a fire threatens your house, this event takes you far beyond common repairs and upkeep and requires professional restoration services to step in.

Part of the problem here is that fire damage presents itself in several different ways in your Columbus residence. While assuredly there could be effects that are not all that bothersome, some of the lingering symptoms from a recent fire can be uncomfortable to contend with, not to mention hazardous in some circumstances. For this reason, it is always a good idea to contact SERVPRO and utilize our comprehensive team of restoration experts that get specially trained to handle every possible effect of a house fire and how to bring your home back to preloss conditions.

Our team of technicians gets to work immediately upon entering your home assessing the damage and formulating a plan to restore your home efficiently. This process has a lot to do with the feedback and communication that our specialists share with you the homeowner. Being vocal about the most disturbing things that hinder comfortable living in your house ensures that these effects get dealt with before some of the lower scale symptoms that linger behind after a fire.

For many homeowners, odors left behind after a fire can prove noxious and sickening to live around. Our team has several different options when it comes to deodorizing your home, but commonly air scrubbers with HEPA filters get used in conjunction with thermal foggers. The foggers have an odorless chemical compound that neutralizes the molecules of foul scents and leaves no trace.

While this is just a small piece of the entire restoration process, it can show that our SERVPRO of South Columbus team is well-equipped to handle any aspect of your fire restoration needs. When you are facing a disaster like this, trust our experienced specialists to help you set things right. Give us a call today at (614) 863-1392.

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The Troubles with Unprofessional Water Removal Companies in Columbus

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Troubles with Unprofessional Water Removal Companies in Columbus SERVPRO Helps Protect Your Home in Columbus After Water Damage Happens

Ensure Successful Water Extraction and Restoration of Your Columbus Property by Calling SERVPRO

While it may be tempting to contact and employ an unreliable and uncertified contractor in Columbus for water removal, hiring anyone but a tested and trusted contractor like SERVPRO can have serious consequences later on down the road. Water removal is a complex and challenging job that requires both advanced tools and thorough training, and unfortunately, some local providers of such services lack the expertise and equipment necessary to get the job done right. Here are several common pitfalls that can be avoided with the help of a more reliable company.

Trapped Moisture
While it may be easy to remove water from a Columbus home on the surface level, a tougher challenge may be ensuring that no trapped moisture remains within materials and behind visual blocks. SERVPRO stocks an array of moisture detection tools and techniques to help us identify when and where additional moisture remains in the home and allow us to target our efforts. Without these preventative measures, pockets of water can cause additional damage over time and allow mold to grow in the home. Moisture meters and sensors, infrared imaging, and thermal-hygrometers are some of these devices.

Improper Materials Care
Different materials require different protocols and techniques to restore once water is removed, and if these are not heeded, permanent damage may result. Our technicians know through years of experience what treatments to apply where, but inexperienced contractors may improperly evaluate the situation and do more harm than good. SERVPRO helps to make sure that the right processes are used everywhere in your home. An example is too rapid moisture extraction from wood furniture may cause damage by splintering.

Unreliable Timelines
Fast action is essential to mitigate as much damage as possible in your home once excess water becomes a threat, and with many companies, obtaining a fast response and priority care can be difficult. Our national connections enable us to provide care to as many local homes as possible, while other companies may struggle to balance more than a few projects at once. Working with us ensures that you receive timely and responsive care whenever you need it. You can put your trust in a tried and true water damage restoration company when you contact us.

SERVPRO of South Columbus is a locally owned company with national resources to ensure that your home is treated with the care it deserves in a time of crisis or small projects. Call us 24/7 at (614) 863-1392.

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Fire Damage Specialists in Columbus

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Specialists in Columbus After you and your family are safe and the fire fighters leave, contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation and restoration services.

Team SERVPRO Offers Remediation Services Regardless if the Fire Damage is Large or Small

It is never a pleasant experience when a fire starts inside your Columbus condominium. Fires not only threaten the safety of you and your family but are costly to repair as well. The heat, flames, and smoke produced by fire many times cause extensive damage to your building.
 
Whether the fire is small or large, it is a smart move to let the professionals come in and assess the situation. SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Columbus are IICRC certified and have experience with different types of scenarios.
 
Both the heat and smoke created by a blaze cause different types of damage to your condo. Flames burn contents and building materials inside the building. Smoke spreads throughout the structure leaving behind soot and foul odors. Our professional crews at SERVPRO get taught how to mitigate fire damage by putting each case into a category based on the severity of the damage.
 
In fire damage situations, there are three main types of severity. Putting each damage scenario into a certain level of severity helps our specialists know what types of methods to use when mitigating the problem. The three levels are minor, medium and major fire damage.
 
In minor fire damage situations, smoke residues only affect individual rooms of the building that are near the source. The amount of soot left behind from the smoke is minimal. Very few areas get re-painted, and only some minor items get replaced. Most of the mitigation process involves wet and dry cleaning of the ceiling, walls, and other surfaces.
 
In medium fire damage cases, the amount of smoke residues is moderate and more areas need wet cleaning. The areas that need to be re-painted and items that require replacement increase. Most of the time with medium fire damage contents inside the home get cleaned on site, but there is heat damage to building materials.
 
In major fire damage scenarios, there is a lot of heat and flame damage at the fire's source, and structural charring is even possible. In these cases, emergency procedures such as boarding up the exterior of the building and detailed cleaning of the structure possibly takes place. The building gets filled with smoke damage and foul odors, and usually, our crews must pack out the house and clean the contents offsite.
 
No matter how severe the damage in your condo is, hiring professionals always gets you the best results. SERVPRO of South Columbus can be reached at (614) 863-1392, and we are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help you.

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Why Is It Important to Seek Professional Help After Mold Damage to Your Columbus Home?

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Is It Important to Seek Professional Help After Mold Damage to Your Columbus Home? Mold spores are present everywhere, but with the right conditions can form into mold colonies.

Understanding How Mold Grows and Spreads in Your Home

Mold is one of the most neglected home maintenance problems that can quickly become a catastrophe. Spotting the damage early is the key to safe and effective remediation.

Mold damage restoration of your Columbus home is not a DIY project. Efficient and successful remediation is a job for the professionals with years of experience and the right safety equipment. Trying to eliminate mold by yourself can help it spread to unaffected areas amplifying the problem. It is essential to understand the basics of mold and take the right precautions for fast and safe remediation.

What causes mold growth?

Mold begins its life from a microscopic spore; they are like seeds that can germinate in the right conditions. Interestingly, mold spores are present everywhere. So, it may not be possible to eliminate them entirely, but it is entirely possible to prevent the creation of conditions favorable for their germination.

One of the most important conditions for the spores to germinate is moisture. If the surfaces contain a high level of humidity, the spores can absorb it, swell and germinate giving rise to a network of filamentous structures called hyphae. Some of the hyphae grow into the surface providing an anchor for the network, while others can bear spores on their tops.

If the network of the hyphae is disturbed, these spores can become airborne and settle in other parts of your home. While cleaning the mold growth, SERVPRO professionals use a barrier system to prevent these spores from reaching the uncontaminated parts of your home. They also have the necessary equipment to clean the settled spores and prevent them from reaching other parts of your home.

Mold loves warm and moist environments.

Mold requires the right combination of temperature and moisture to germinate and grow. The ideal temperature being between 68 and 86 degrees. With these conditions in place, the settled sores can quickly germinate and form a network of hyphae in no time.

The most important thing to control is the moisture level. SERVPRO Professionals can determine the residual moisture level in your home using state-of-the-art moisture sensing equipment. If the levels are high, they can correct them by addressing the underlying problem.

Call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1393 today to set up a free consultation.  

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The Threat of Frozen Pipes to Your Columbus Residence

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Threat of Frozen Pipes to Your Columbus Residence Frozen pipes or the quick change to freezing weather can cause a flooding situation in your home. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians can Investigate and Offer BOTH Remediation and Prevention Services to Homeowners

Being a good homeowner means understanding the risks inherent in every single changing of the season outside. With new seasons come varying types of weather to experience, and each of these instances can affect your home. Living in a place like Columbus which is more inclined to feel the full brunt of the winter weather, there are some precautions and things to look out for to prevent water emergencies from happening.  
 
When you live in an area that can experience fast temperature drops and have lows throughout the season well under the freezing level, you need to be thinking about the plumbing inside (and outside) of your home. Any of the plumbing that might get exposed to the elements or just improperly maintained from extremely cold temperatures can lead to frozen pipes in your Columbus home. The incident could leave a substantial water emergency on your hands with little to no warning.  
 
Often a basic inspection of the plumbing that you can see running through areas like your basement is insufficient to determine the protection that it has against the elements to come. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to determine the condition of the pipes that you have throughout your home and aid in preventing them from being overly exposed to drops in temperature that could result in freezing. Ultimately, the goal here is to prevent a rupture of the pipes themselves from excessive pressure and expansion.  
 
However, there are circumstances in which you do not realize how susceptible your plumbing has become to the lower temperatures until something like a rupture occurs. If this happens, you should immediately shut down the main water line coming into your home to prevent a constant flow out into the area surrounding the break. Call our SERVPRO emergency response team, and we can formulate a plan to restore the damage quickly before the damage can worsen.  
 
With always offering a rise and fall in temperatures and harsh weather conditions for the area, frozen pipes should be something that you keep in your mind. If you find yourself amid a water emergency from a ruptured pipe, or just want credible information about the security of your plumbing, give SERVPRO of South Columbus a call today at (614) 863-1392.

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Providing Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services and Building Relationships in Columbus

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Providing Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services and Building Relationships in Columbus Call SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out to prevent further damage to your home.

Rely on SERVPRO When a Fire Leaves Your Home Unsafe and Damaged

When your Columbus area property suffers fire damage, acting quickly can be vital to limiting the losses you experience as well as the amount of damage inflicted on your home. Some homeowners think that once the fire is out, the damage stops, allowing you the opportunity to clean things up later. 

Unfortunately, fire damage in your Columbus home continues long after the flames go out. In a matter of hours, furniture, appliances, and personal belongings can go from restorable to unsalvageable. Ash, soot and smoke residues take their toll on porous materials while wreaking havoc on the protective coatings on harder surfaces found in your home as well. 

Your home is precious; you work hard to make a safe place for your family to enjoy. Our team at SERVPRO understands what it means when you trust us with your home restoration tasks and take it to heart when finding solutions to help fellow members of our local community recover. We live, work, and play right here beside you, making it essential to support those around us and keep our community active, healthy, and secure. 

SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians can inspect your home, offering quality restoration services that are specific to your situation. Our restoration experts can also help you determine the amount of restoration you need, basing solutions on the amount of damage present and manage your entire restoration from start to finish. 

We provide you with the latest tools, equipment, and techniques available and provide you with a variety of services that help restore fire and water damage often caused by this type of event. SERVPRO technicians implement services that follow local, state, and federal guidelines for packing, transporting, and disposing of any materials found unsalvageable and work hard to maintain a safe working environment throughout your restoration process.

SERVPRO of South Columbus has full emergency response teams available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including weekends and holidays. We are always available, providing professional restoration personnel, equipment, and resources throughout Bexley, Obetz, and Lithopolis at a moments notice.  Call us today at (614) 863-1392.

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Quality Mold Damage Remediation Services In Columbus

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Quality Mold Damage Remediation Services In Columbus You can stay ahead of mold in your hotel by understanding what to look for or be aware of, making it possible to catch problems before they get worse.

Mold Damage Remediation Services

Your Columbus hotel may have mold contamination without you even knowing. However, anytime you have a water problem, such as plumbing leaks, faulty appliances, or incidents in guest rooms, mold growth has the perfect environment to grow.

You can stay ahead of mold damage in your Columbus area hotel by understanding what to look for or be aware of, making it possible to catch problems before they get out of hand. Mold releases a dank, musty odor. Since mold can remain hidden, this smell might be the only clue you get about its existence. Whenever you sense a problem, take action immediately and contact a qualified mold remediation specialist.

SERVPRO’s fully-licensed IICRC technician can check for visible signs of mold in your hotel without disturbing growth areas and avoid spreading the infection to other areas of your hotel. Mold can hide in your walls, behind wallpaper, in carpeting, and enjoys any moist, humid climates found on your property. Your basement, attic, storeroom, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchen all supply an inviting environment for mold.

You should have the proper ventilation installed for any area that maintains high humidity levels or has condensation problems. Mold can spread within 24-48 hrs if any water leak or flood area does not receive the proper attention immediately. Once you locate a mold problem in your hotel, do not wait. Contact SERVPRO for 24-hr emergency response to your mold remediation problem.

Our IICRC technicians understand how mold grows and what attracts the fungus to common areas found in your hotel. We can locate the existing problem, remove and dispose of contaminated materials, and help you stop the mold problem on your property in its tracks. With access to water extraction, drying, cleaning, and deodorization equipment of all shapes and sizes, SERVPRO can handle any size mold problem you may find in your hotel.

Contact SERVPRO of South Columbus for access to the personnel, equipment, and resources needed to clean and restore your Lithopolis, Bexley, or Grove City business, today. We have teams established right here in our community to offer assistance whenever necessary, call today (614) 863-1392.

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Use SERVPRO ERP to Hasten Water Removal from a Mall in Columbus

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Use SERVPRO ERP to Hasten Water Removal from a Mall in Columbus Water damage in shopping malls can be taken care of faster when businesses take advantage of SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile system.

Preparation Can Help Speed Up the Restoration Process and Minimize Damages

Water removal from a mall in Columbus can be difficult for us to handle under normal circumstances due to many different confounding factors and variables. Malls are massive, unique in layout, and contain an extraordinarily high number of water lines and outlets, all of which can be prone to ruptures, leaks, and catastrophes without any notice. However, diligent mall renters and owners can help to improve our speed and quality of care through the use of the SERVPRO ERP system.

The Emergency Ready Profile system is designed to help businesses like shopping malls in Columbus receive water removal and other services from SERVPRO with as little delay between disaster and repair as possible. For fast, sudden events such as water line ruptures, less than an hour of time shaved off of our reaction can mean thousands of dollars saved for you. Without fast action, water can accumulate and cause severe damage and potentially lead to even more significant problems, such as a nasty mold infestation. Thus, for astute business owners, an immediate reaction to water disasters should be a priority.

SERVPRO ERP allows a business owner to create individualized, unique profiles for each location, building, and sub-unit in his or her possession. This makes the system ideal for establishments such as shopping malls that contain a wide variety of smaller stores and layouts that have unique setups and situations that could otherwise impede our efforts to remove water from the facility. By uploading floor plans, blueprints, critical access point locations, and other relevant bits of data, you can grant our technicians access to essential information with only the touch of a button when things go wrong. For more extensive floods that encompass most or all of the mall, the same system can be used to indicate a bigger problem and convey relevant information about the whole place to our first responders. Through this system, you can protect your buildings and businesses faster and with greater efficacy in the future.

SERVPRO of South Columbus is ready 24/7 to respond to calls for help. If your business needs water removed from the premises, call us at (614) 863-1392.

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