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Carrying Out Effective Water Cleanup in the Columbus Area

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Carrying Out Effective Water Cleanup in the Columbus Area If your home is facing water damage after an event, your best bet would be to contact SERVPRO for water cleanup services.

Our Technicians Assess the Situation and Then Calculate the Proper Equipment Combination to Methodically Dry Out Your Home

Effective water cleanup is essential to ensure that there is no damage to your home and property. Ensuring the cleanup process is carried out efficiently needs the help of professionals. It is especially true In Columbus, where many homes are affected by water damages and can be very severe.
 
The basic method used for water cleanup in Columbus is drying. At SERVPRO, our technicians use air movers and dehumidifiers as the primary equipment for drying. The air movers increase the rate of evaporation by sending airflow across wet surfaces, blowing away the saturated layer of air, and replacing it with drier air. The dehumidifiers produce warm and dry air that is essential in ensuring the water cleanup processes is successful.
 
Balancing air movers and dehumidifiers can be challenging since the equipment achieve very different results, yet both are essential to the cleanup processes. Too many air dehumidifiers in relation to air movers result in a slow drying process. Not having sufficient air movers means less moisture is evaporating and therefore the dehumidifiers remove less moisture from the air per hour. Too many air movers compared to dehumidifiers, on the other hand, results in secondary water damages. SERVPRO technicians need to balance the equipment to ensure that there are no damages to your home.
 
Naturally, the number of air movers used depends on the situation of your home. Professional judgment is vital when it comes to the positioning of the equipment as needed to dry wet materials. SERVPRO experts need to consider the type, configuration, and the number of surfaces being dried. Fewer air movers are used if only the floor is wet, but additional air movers are needed if other surfaces like ceilings and walls are also wet. We may also need to perform in-place drying depending on the areas affected and this requires further air movement.
 
SERVPRO of South Columbus is a locally-owned and operated company with qualified technicians, equipment, and expertise to help with all your water cleanup needs. Call us at (614) 863-1392 to get an immediate response to your restoration and cleaning emergency.

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Secrets of Faster Commercial Water Removal in Columbus

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Secrets of Faster Commercial Water Removal in Columbus Water Damaged Retail Shops in Columbus Call on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Assessment and an Action Plan by SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water Damage to Commercial Enterprises

Water damage in many regular businesses in Columbus might not be a common occurrence probably because, in most of them, there is little interaction with water. For example, if you have a bookstore, only the restroom might have free-flowing water installations. The limited presence leaves you less prepared for such an eventuality, but with the services we offer, your business can bounce back soon enough.
 
During commercial water removal in Columbus, speed is crucial because apart from the damage the water is likely to cause, extended downtime might lead customers to seek services elsewhere. Working with a professional like SERVPRO provides a realistic chance of getting your business back on track fast enough because we have a professional team and industry-leading equipment. With our truck-mounted water extractors, we can remove water from your property within a few hours, or portable wet vacs and mops and buckets for smaller removal efforts.
 
One thing that slows down the recovery process is the kind of contents on the premises. In a bookstore, you might have to move shelves or boxes fully stacked with stationery before taking steps to address the affected areas. One of the effective steps to take in such a scenario is a pack-out. Moving all or most of the contents away from the business premises makes extracting the water more effectively done and also relocate paper materials out of harm's way. Our SERVPRO team is well equipped to handle pack-outs. Among other things, we gather contents, wrap them in protective sheets and a label them correctly so that when we return them, it can be "Like it never even happened," whenever possible.
 
Proper water removal takes more than just running a few drying or extraction equipment. Once the water floods the property, it might reach areas such as wall cavities, which are not readily accessible. One way our SERVPRO team removes water from the hidden areas faster is by drilling holes in the walls. If there is insulation, we make flood cuts, but if there is no insulation, weep holes work. These holes allow for increased circulation of air in the wall cavities, drying the premises faster.
 
When the unexpected water loss occurs, you should call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392. We evaluate the situation and find a way to get you back in business fast.

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Flood Damage Restoration Options For Residents Of Columbus

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration Options For Residents Of Columbus Flood damage experiences are costly and one of the common challenges in the U.S.

Flood Damage Restoration Options

Flood damage experiences are costly and one of the common challenges in the U.S. The sad thing about all that is that your typical insurance policy may not cover such incidents. Despite all that, all is not lost when your property experiences such an event, and we're here to guide you on how to act in such a stressing moment. We start by looking at the most common areas that are prone to damage in your Columbus property.

Some flood damage events in your Columbus home may be apparent, while some may require our SERVPRO technicians to perform a closer inspection. For instance, we may have to check on the condition of the insulation of your home. Usually, the insulating power is lowered by the presence of water. If we discover it has been matted, then we have to do a removal. We also have to find out whether there is some moisture inside the walls by using nonpenetrating and penetrating moisture meters. Where necessary, we remove the baseboards and check for mold growth.

The presence of moisture can also make your furniture to develop spots, cracks, swell, or weaken around the joints. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized wood care products to remove the water spots. By utilizing a furniture refinisher, we can also repair wooden furniture frames. If your furniture has lamination on one side, the non-laminated area can absorb water. Since the laminated area resists the moisture, warping may finally occur.

During the restoration process, our SERVPRO team removes items such as furniture off the carpet. Then we clean any stains that are on the furniture before drying the property. To speed up the drying process and prevent color bleeding, tenting the cushions is necessary. Before that, we place a waxed paper on the deck before positioning the pillows.

SERVPRO of South Columbus addresses all the unique challenges that arise during a storm, mold, fire, and water damage. Call us at (614) 863-1392 when you want to work with a trusted leader with advanced cleaning and restoration equipment.

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A Child Can Find Matches Left Out in Your Columbus Home and Cause Fire Damage

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Child Can Find Matches Left Out in Your Columbus Home and Cause Fire Damage SERVPRO Says Children, Candles, and Matches Can Cause Fire Damage in Columbus Area Homes

Surprise Fire Leading to Cleanup and Odor Control Needed? Call SERVPRO

Forgetting to put things back where they belong is usually not a problem, but upon occasion, this forgetfulness can lead to issues inside of your home, such as fire damage. Children are curious, and when small children find a new thing, they usually want to figure out what it is and how it works. However, this curiosity can become dangerous for their safety and the safety of your home when they accidentally set your kitchen drapes on fire.

By the time you put out the flames inside your kitchen with an extinguishe, fire damage in your Columbus home can already be present. The burnt up fabric can leave soot and smoke behind on your walls and the windowsill behind where the curtains were. The potted plans that you keep on the window have been burnt up. Additionally, fire leaves behind a strong odor that is hard to get rid of on your own. Most of the time, opening a window to try and air out the area is not enough and could spread the odors and smoke with air circulation to previously unaffected rooms of your home. Even with a small fire like this started by a candle, calling quickly for professional help can ensure successful remediation.
 
When you contact SERVPRO, we always aim to arrive as swiftly as we possibly can. We know that fire damage is time sensitive and many materials can discolor the longer that soot is attached to them. The quicker that we can arrive to address the damage, the better it is for your home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
The first task that SERVPRO can address is cleaning up the burnt ashes and fabric pieces that were left behind from the fire. After, we can remove the plants from your window and then choose the best cleaning methods for removing soot from the respective surfaces that are attached to the glass and paint. Usually, soot can be removed through three different methods, lubricative cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and chemical cleaning.
 
Our SERVPRO techs can take down the curtain rod and clean it as well, removing the soot stains from it so new curtains can be hung from it without the worry of greasy stains being left behind on the fabric. We can also carefully clean off your ceramic pots that you keep your plants inside of, by repeatedly spraying the cleaning solution onto the surface and wiping it down. The final task SERVPRO can do for your home is using a device called a thermal fogger to help combat the odor that fire leaves behind. Generally, with a smaller fire, a hydroxyl generator neutralizes the odors.
 
When an accident causes fire damage inside of your home, never wait to call for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of South Columbus by calling (614) 863-1392. We strive to return your home to its pre-fire state.

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Living Alongside the Scioto River Can Cause the Basement in Your Columbus Home to Flood

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Living Alongside the Scioto River Can Cause the Basement in Your Columbus Home to Flood Don't Keep Your Art Under Water after a Flood in Your Columbus Basement--Call SERVPRO

Protect Your Columbus Property and Hobby Materials with a Call to SERVPRO after a Flooding Event 

Severe storms can be the cause of a lot of bad things, but one of the worst is flood damage. When a significant amount of rain hits a river, there is always the possibility of a flood occurring. When your home is adjacent to the river, it is entirely possible that the waters can come creeping into your living space. Everything that is on the lower level of your home may be at risk, especially the basement, your art supplies storage and hobby area.

For the benefit of your paints, canvases, paintings, and your house, it is best that you to call for professional flood damage remediation services for your Columbus home as soon as possible. The faster that experts can get to the scene of the flood damage, the less likely it is that further damage can occur. Additionally, it is more likely that successful remediation can take place with a quicker arrival.
 
As we get to your home, our SERVPRO techs can begin to prepare to remove the flooded water swiftly. We can use trade tools such as wet/dry vacuums, portable submersible pumps, and extractors to remove the standing water in your basement art room. Once we get the water out of your home, we can focus on cleaning up any paint supplies and other items that may have been disturbed during the flooding.
 
Because of the nature of the flood, it is entirely possible that you might have lost some supplies. SERVPRO can help you create an inventory of the things that were ruined, such as spare canvas and paints. Once the list is completed, it can be filed with a claim to your insurance company.
 
SERVPRO can use tools such as moisture meters to detect if your home needs further drying. In the case of excess moisture, we can continue to place more devices, such as air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers, to dry out the structure of your art room, as well as any furniture that might have absorbed the water.
 
Finally, the last thing we can do for you is to clean up the space. SERVPRO can remove any dirt and grime the flood may have brought along with it.
 
Do not delay when a flood intrudes into your home and causes damage. Reach out to SERVPRO of South Columbus by phoning (614) 863-1392. No matter the time, we're always ready to take your call.

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Restoring A Flooded Columbus Office Building

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring A Flooded Columbus Office Building Restoring an office building after a flooding event has a lot of moving parts.

Restoring A Flooded Building

Restoring an office building after a flooding event has a lot of moving parts. Even when professional restorers of our team can get on the scene very quickly, many things must happen to make the space usable again. Such was the case with this specific office in Columbus that our professionals worked to restore back to its original condition.

Several steps play into flood damage restoration for this Columbus office building. As always, this process began with an overall assessment of the damage and the appropriate tools and personnel required to restore it. Once this was established, work could begin.

In the image, you can see that the flooring had to get removed by our SERVPRO technicians. This was partly because the damage was irreparable to the flooring material, and also partly an easier access point for our professionals to work to dry out the dampness in the subflooring and lower levels.

You can also see what is known as flood cuts throughout the office space. This process serves to remove overly saturated drywall from the affected areas but has a dual purpose to allow concentrated drying efforts to happen within the now open wall cavities. These cuts were made at two feet from the floors up the wall, but this size varies from project to project based on the affected surfaces and what amount of the drywall requires removal.

Mitigation is an important aspect of flood restoration. The better our SERVPRO technicians can stop damages from getting worse, the shorter these projects take overall and the lesser their estimated costs for your business or property. It is part of our pledge to be Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Overcoming flooding in your office building can seem overwhelming at first, even amid the restoration work. However, with the right professional restoration team, you can have a fully restored office space as quickly as possible. Trust in the experience and expertise of our SERVPRO of South Columbus flood restoration specialists and give SERVPRO a call today at (614) 863-1392.

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Mold Damage Starts With A Tiny Colony In Your Columbus Residence

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Starts With A Tiny Colony In Your Columbus Residence Microbial life exists all over the world, including our homes in Columbus.

Mold Damage In Your Residence

Microbial life exists all over the world, including our homes in Columbus. The type of environment that we need to live comfortably helps keep these microbes from growing out of control and harming our homes.

In a home in Columbus, only a few variations can get conditions that cause mold damage to unfold rapidly. While the microbes always exist, it is nearly always the presence of moisture that creates this situation to plague a homeowner. The microbes merely need moisture to activate them to begin feeding on the already-present food supply found in your home's drywall, plaster, and wood components. Even the dust in your carpeting can supply mold and other microbes with substantial amounts of food.

A few actively growing microbes do not do much by themselves. However, these microbes rapidly reproduce by producing spores. These spores do not stay close to their place of origin. Instead, they end up thrust into the air and then carried to the same locations that air currents also carry excess moisture. This situation is what causes mold damage to become such a widespread problem in many homes so quickly.

At SERVPRO, we train our technicians in how to both rapidly and effectively perform mold damage remediation services. These methods protect both our workers and your home in unaffected areas while efficiently ridding your home of an infestation.

We are also expert at keeping costs as low as possible by cleaning mold growth away from materials that otherwise sustained no damage. Not everything in an area affected by mold damage requires removal, disposal, and replacement. Restoring damage and then preventing regrowth often suffices just as effectively while cutting the replacement costs out of the equation. At SERVPRO, we want to make things “Like it never even happened.” as inexpensively as possible for our customers while still ensuring their homes no longer contain excessive microbial populations.

We do this by clearing the air of microbes and spores, so they no longer can settle throughout your home and start new colonies. We also ensure that any sources of unwanted water or moisture no longer pose a threat to your home's interior. These and other measures help us succeed in eliminating current mold damage from your residence and prevent it from returning.

SERVPRO of South Columbus serves the Bexley and Grove City areas, and can always be reached at (614) 863-1392 to help residents with mold damage remediation.

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Understanding the Cost of Fire Damage Restoration in Your Columbus Home

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding the Cost of Fire Damage Restoration in Your Columbus Home Doing an estimation for your insurance company after fire damage helps ensure that the remediation process will be done efficiently. Contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Technicians Investigate the Damage and Then Provide an Estimate to Your Insurance Adjusters for the Fire Damage Remediation Tasks

When a fire breaks out in your Columbus house, you might not think of the cost of restoration right away. As most homeowners work to save all of the money that they can and get the best value for the money that they are spending, want to have a good gauge on the cost of restoration for their home. The trouble is, there is no clear-cut answer to provide those who are curious. With so many variables, it might be easier to explain a few things that can help you to understand better the end cost and how it reached that point.
 
One of the things that most homeowners would agree on when estimates for fire damage work in Columbus start coming in or after some investigation is that the cost of restoration work seems high. Even with that being said, understanding why things are the estimated cost can make it simpler to process in the long run.
 
An important thing to remember when it comes to restoration work for any residence in the area is the kind of personnel that is necessary. Many jobs require broad assortments of human resources to work successfully. This approach ensures that multiple facets of the restoration get accomplished at the same time, effectively reducing the time it takes our SERVPRO team to restore your home fully.
 
There is also the "cost of doing business" which encompasses all of the administrative processes and planning that goes into successfully restoring a home after a fire. Our SERVPRO professionals also require large pieces of equipment that must get delivered and towed away from job sites. These small pieces of the restoration process add to the collective total, effectively raising the overhead of our cost of business and the cost estimate.
 
Estimations are often given directly to the insurance company adjusters who are responsible for home insurance claims. The faster that this claim can get processed, the faster that restoration work can begin in your fire-damaged home. Give our experienced SERVPRO of South Columbus fire restoration specialists a call today at (614) 863-1392.

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Water Damage Technicians Out of Columbus Talk about Drying Carpet without Detaching

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Technicians Out of Columbus Talk about Drying Carpet without Detaching SERVPRO Can Remove Water Damaged Carpeting and Dry the Subfloor in Columbus Properties

SERVPRO Provides Flexible Water Removing Techniques from Floor Materials

If a water leak ever takes place at your Columbus residence, one of the first places moisture affects is your flooring. Since water follows gravity, when it comes out of a pipe located inside the walls it often travels directly down to the floor. When carpet and other flooring materials get wet, several issues can arise. If carpet gets saturated the glues can lose their strength and the backing can peel away from the carpet fibers. Carpet and pad can both lose their bonding and strength if they stay wet for too long. If wet too long, the paper backing on the carpet can develop mold.

Any time the carpet inside your house gets wet it is a wise idea to remove the moisture from the materials before a fungus can develop. During every water damage project in Columbus, wet carpets get extracted and dried out so that they cannot trap moisture inside the subfloor as well. Depending on how wet the floor got and how long the moisture has sat there, dictates which techniques our SERVPRO technicians can implement.

In many cases, when the carpet is heavily saturated, we pull up the carpet and pad to check the subfloor underneath. We then pull all of the affected carpets up, and most of the time we remove the wet pad since it is rather inexpensive to replace. If the subfloor is wet, we then set air movers up underneath the carpeting. The air pushed by the movers then "float" the carpet allowing airflow underneath the flooring and across the subfloor's surface. In some situations though, it is more efficient to dry out the carpet and pad without placing air moving equipment underneath it.

Whenever we dry carpet in place, our SERVPRO crew sets up air movers and dehumidifiers that dry out the materials from the top down. During in-place drying, we extract the carpet moisture more thoroughly and increase the number of air movers and dehumidifiers in the affected area. Using this method, occupants inside the home do not have to be displaced. In many situations, furniture inside your house does not have to be moved.

If the carpet does not have to be removed, it suffers less damage. If it does not get pulled and reinstalled, then there is less of a chance that it will become delaminated. If you ever need professional assistance with drying out carpet and pad, call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 any time of the day.

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Flood Damage Can Undermine Your Columbus Area Home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Can Undermine Your Columbus Area Home There Is No Playing Footsy with SERVPRO's Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Columbus Residential and Commercial Properties

Basements Demand Rapid Water Extraction After a Stormwater Intrusion

Many homes in Columbus sit on top of a basement. Over the years, these below-ground areas of a home sustain different types of weathering and wear than the rest of the home experiences. Heavy rainfall during storms can saturate the ground, and if water does not drain away from your home correctly, damaging effects can happen to the foundation or basement walls.

During or immediately after heavy rains in Columbus, flood damage can happen to your home. Misaligned gutters and downspouts can significantly add to the problem, or cause it to occur during average, less fierce showers. Just like when flooding affects your home's living areas, SERVPRO is there to help you restore your basement after flooding events provide your family with an unwanted swimming pool in the basement.
 
Relying on your sump pump to remove the water from a drenched basement often leaves dampened areas and damaged concrete floors. The dangers risked by your family members as they attempt to clean things up involve many unknown factors, including pathogens and risk of electric shock.
 
Instead, having SERVPRO carry out the work keeps your family safe and out of harm's way. Our technicians arrive at your home fully experienced in mitigating this and many other types of disasters from homes and businesses. Our experience helps ensure that nothing crucial to protecting your home goes unnoticed or unattended. We always wear gear the protects us from head to toe.
 
Our equipment is state-of-the-art and developed especially for the restoration industry. We do more than dry out your basement. We ensure that we eliminate the pathogens present, including microbes like mold and mildew. Rapid drying of materials and belongings keep these two problems from developing and also makes it easier to restore damaged items. Our thermal imaging devices help us detect where water might exist without needing to see any dampness visually. This detection helps us identify areas that may not have received treatment, a crucial aspect of providing our services to you.
 
SERVPRO of South Columbus wants to help restore your home to pre-flood condition, no matter where flood damage exists in your residence. Contact us as soon as possible after a disaster occurs so we can begin restoring your home. Our 24-hour emergency service line is (614) 863-1392 for those in the Reynoldsburg, Grove City, and Obetz locales.

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