Restoring Flood Damage Effects in Cloumbus
Your house can flood in the Fall due to storms. Be prepared and maintain your property. Should you get flooded, contact SERVPRO for remediation.
Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Flooded Home Debacle
Summer rains are finally over, but the Fall storms have already arrived. Temperatures in Columbus are comfortable for almost any outdoor activity, but the early arriving showers mean every homeowner needs to check their house before an October rain turns into a Halloween flood.
Flood damage in Columbus can mean the Scioto River crests its banks and comes spilling into garages, a violent storm overwhelms and backs up the sewer drains, or the wind and rain tear away gutters and drains from a roof and flood the attic and walls. With almost 30 years in the restoration business, SERVPRO has the experience to deal with all of these issues and more.
To start with, we have to stop the water. In many cases, we arrive at a home to find it and the surrounding area still under water. Our response team uses sandbags to block points where the standing water from the storm accesses the house. With that done, we bring in commercial pumps to remove it all. If the storm knocked out the electricity, we have generators to ensure uninterrupted power. With the majority of the water gone, the team switches to water extraction wands to draw out water from carpets and wood floors.
Other team members examine the nearby storm and sewer drains and clear debris to make sure we have someplace to pump the water. Unless they are still completely flooded, SERVPRO technicians can clear most drains within an hour or two.
The most common problem we find comes from damaged drains. They allow stormwater to run down the sides of a home and inside it. Our technicians can repair or replace all major brands of drain systems found in most homes.
If the damage is severe enough, then there may be secondary damage such as water-soaked insulation. Stormwater can compact blown-in and rolled insulation, making it ineffective to conserving warm or cold temperatures. SERVPRO technicians use commercial vacuums to remove the blown-in insulation, but we have to remove siding to replace any rolled material.
If you have damage from the recent storms or want to prepare for the next one, SERVPRO of South Columbus is here to help. Call (614) 863-1392 today to schedule an inspection.
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Stopping Mold Damage in Columbus
Mold Grabs on to Your Columbus Home When Sufficient Moisture and a Food Source Are Present--Mold Remediation from SERVPRO
SERVPRO Offers Remediation and Restoration After a Mold Attack
Mold is a quiet disaster. It does not crackle like a fire or roar into a Columbus home like a storm. Unlike fire and water, everything mold needs are already inside the house. Spores only need a little water, a food source, and a very conducive temperature between 68 to 86 degrees.
With those factors in place, mold damage in Columbus homes is a given. Spores rapidly expand out of their inactive state and begin growing, looking for food in less than a day. SERVPRO has extensive experience in combating mold by altering, stopping, and removing one or more of these factors.
Temperature is the hardest to change. Our technicians can raise the temperature of a room or house by a few degrees using the house heating system and then a bit more with space heaters. Doing this soon becomes expensive for the homeowner and cannot be maintained for more than a few days.
Since the reasoning behind changing the temperature is to dry affected rooms and surfaces, SERVPRO relies on air movers to force warm, dry air across them to remove sources of moisture. This method uses less power and is more efficient on walls and floors.
Finding the growth and removing what it is feeding on is probably the easiest, not to mention the cheapest factor for our response team. No food means no growth, but since residents cannot live in a house without interior walls or a ceiling, the replacement tiles and drywall eventually become infested if we do not find the source of the mold. Fortunately, drywall panels are inexpensive, though replacing may not be.
The best way to stop mold spores is to find and cut off the source of water. Our inspectors usually find a leaking pipe underneath a sink or in a laundry room. Sometimes, the source is a small pool of water that got into an attic through a minor point of damage on the roof. It does not take long to remove a water source after we find it. Our technicians quickly remove small pools, and they can replace most damaged pipes in a single afternoon.
Depending on the extent of the infestation, removing mold from your home can take a few days or a couple of weeks. SERVPRO of South Columbus has the personnel, training, and equipment needed to put you back into your home as soon as we can safely do so. If you have questions about what we can do for you and your home, call us today at (614) 863-1392.
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Fire Damage in Columbus Has Long-Term Impact
Smoke & Fire Restoration in South Columbus is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Services
Many Facets of Damage Result from Fires in Columbus
In Columbus, it takes time for your family to recover from a fire. The emotional impact is severe. Children have nightmares; pets show signs of anxiety. It is equally hard on you, as you try to keep the family running along normal lines. At the same time, you are dealing with insurance companies, finding temporary accommodations, and attempting to come up with the money to replace lost clothing and furnishings.
The physical effect of fire damage in Columbus is also long term. Fire can gut a home, leaving a charred mess in its wake. However, even a smaller fires can result in ongoing damage, often unseen, but major nonetheless. A smoky smell can linger for months if it is not treated promptly. Black soot can cover countertops and furniture. Appliances can break down.
The technicians at SERVPRO have the experience and training to handle the aftereffects of a fire, big or small. We are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which sets the standards for the industry. We receive highly specialized training in how to clean up after a fire, deodorize, and clean upholstery and fabric. Our focus is always on cleaning and repair, restoring only when necessary.
We encounter fire damage on a daily basis, so we know what to look for when we conduct a comprehensive inspection and fire damage assessment. We can board up the house and install a roof tarp if needed. We are experts in water removal and drying.
When it comes to getting rid of smoke and soot residue, we combine multiple techniques to get the job done. For example, to remove bad odors, we might use a mix of chemical containment, vapor odor control, and thermal fogging. We have the cutting-edge equipment, tools and cleaning agents that get the soot and smell off all surfaces.
When you are faced with cleaning up after a blaze, we can help. SERVPRO of South Columbus is available 24/7. Call us at (614) 863-1392. We are centrally located, serving Columbus, Bexley, and Reynoldsburg.
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Saving Carpeting from Water Damage in Columbus
In some situations, only padding under a carpet needs replacing after incurring water damage. Contact us for a quick response and damage assessment.
SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly After Water Damage to Provide Restore Rather than Only Replace Options
Carpet replacement can be one of the costliest parts of a water damage cleanup process, but it does not always have to happen. While carpet can easily be damaged beyond possible repair, in many cases SERVPRO can restore your carpet without needing to replace part or all of it. The most important and deciding factor is the severity and type of water damage in your Columbus home - storm flooding and some other forms of damage are typically irredeemable. If the flooding is benign, or if the damage is light overall, we can help save your carpet (and your wallet).
Our primary method of softening the impact of water damage in Columbus is our time-tested strategy of mitigation. If the carpet is allowed to stay damp for too long, damage can become permanent, and mold can begin to grow. Within four hours of your first call to us, our personnel should be on-scene to evaluate and respond to damage.
Floodwaters can be extracted before they have time to settle in and cause more severe damage, and we can quickly set up powerful air movers to create powerful, water-removing air currents in your home. Finally, we then use dehumidifiers to take water back out of the air, leaving any scene of water damage completely dry within a short time frame.
Once the carpet has been dried, it likely still needs some restorative processes to be back in top shape. SERVPRO specializes in this, with dedicated cleaning tools and techniques to help maintain color, texture, and integrity of carpeting. During this time, if we determine that a region of carpet is more seriously damaged or otherwise needs replacing, we can typically cut off that spot alone for replacement without removing the rest of the carpet.
SERVPRO of South Columbus is available around the clock to respond to water damage emergencies in the local area. If water damage has hit your home or if you would like to learn more about our services, call us at (614) 863-1392.
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Flood Damage Restoration Services Available to Columbus Area Residents
SERVPRO has trained professionals to restore your home after a storm has left it flooded and damaged.
Solutions to Flood Damage Caused by a Storm
Severe weather systems continue to batter our shores, creating significant problems for residents throughout the Columbus area. Battling flood damage alone can be a daunting task, which makes professional assistance a welcome sight.
If you currently have flood damage or find your Columbus area home in the path of incoming weather systems, you can help reduce the amount of damage your home receives by contacting a professional for help. We can make a huge difference in reducing your losses and be there for you after disaster strikes, helping repair the damage to your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.
SERVPRO has fully certified professionals waiting in the wings to answer your call for help. Our IICRC-industry certified technicians make every effort to gain control of flood damage in your home before secondary damages develop. Using advanced equipment and resources designed to provide you with a full-service solution that makes damages disappear, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO’s entire Green Fleet of fully stocked vehicles remain ready to deploy 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, responding to your needs anytime, day or night. We constantly communicate changes with you throughout your restoration process, helping you feel safe, secure, and protected knowing that you have professionals you can trust working towards making your house a home again.
SERVPRO technicians do everything in their power to restore contents of your home damaged by flooding, including furniture, appliances, and personal belongings. We attempt to limit your losses, providing professional restoration services whenever possible, while helping you communicate with your insurance company to provide you with the results you deserve.
Whether you need help recovering from flood damage already present or want to protect your home as much as possible before tragedy strikes, our team can help. We can provide you with solutions that fit your unique circumstances, allowing you to avoid common problems, and limit exposure during an event.
Contact SERVPRO of South Columbus for a full inspection of your property or to begin your home’s flood damage restoration process, today. We offer services to both Bexley and Pickerington, never hesitate to call us. (614) 863-1392
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How to Respond to Water Damage in Columbus
Frozen pipes can cause many plumbing and water damage problems in your home. Contact SERVPRO today to get a handle on these problems.
Trained Technicians Remediate Water Damage in Your Home As Well As Offer Preventative Measure Options to the Homeowner
Water disasters in Columbus hit at the foundation of your house, weakening the very core that holds it together. The excess water creeps through the roofs and ceilings, and spreads to the floors, eventually causing structural damage. It extends to the furniture, fabrics, clothing, art, electric appliances, and documents, significantly reducing their value. Knowing how to detect and react to unwarranted moisture can save your property in the nick of time.
The best way to fight water damage in Columbus is contacting a locally-based restoration company. As a part of your community, SERVPRO understands that responding quickly to emergency situations can go a long way. As such, we have highly trained, highly experienced technicians approved by the IICRC at your disposal. Our tools and techniques are specially designed to reverse any water damage, restoring your house to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."
It only takes a small amount of water leaking into walls, floors, or cabinets from a sewage backup or faulty pipe to cause tremendous damage to your home. In fact, plumbing system failures have proven to be one of the most costly causes of water damage in the house. Moisture on the floor or in the walls, rust stains, banging pipes, and an increased monthly water bill are good indicators of a plumbing issue. Installing a house leak detection system can help reduce the stress by alerting you of potential water hazards.
Sewage drainage backups account for about 50 percent of all plumbing system failures. If your sewer system is linked to that of the city, SERVPRO can help install a backflow prevention assembly to reduce water damage. Ensure that your lateral drain lines do not cross paths with nearby trees; otherwise, the roots may damage your piping.
The water inside drainage pipes can also freeze when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing point, contributing to water damage. The water expands and raises the pressure inside, increasing the risk of the pipes bursting. Insulate pipes in areas with the highest chances of freezing, particularly those close to exterior walls, crawl spaces, and attics.
Has water damage taken your house hostage? SERVPRO of South Columbus has the expertise and experience to help you regain control. We offer swift water damage restoration services to the Columbus community and its environs, including German Village and Bexley. Call us today at (614) 863-1392.
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How Guidelines And Standards Help Us Remediate Mold Damage In Columbus Homes
Mold is a fungus, and all it needs to grow is moisture and an organic food source.
Remediate Mold Damage
Mold can happen to any household. Mold is a fungus, and all it needs to grow is moisture and an organic food source. Potential food sources include drywall, carpet, furniture, some types of insulation, and even wood. Water sources are easy to come by in any kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, or any home with a leaky door or window.
Thus it is easy to see how quickly mold damage can happen to Columbus homes. The telltale signs of a mold such as black or greenish patches or a musty, moldy smell, are warning signs to a homeowner that it is time to take action. Because fungus occurs naturally in many environments, it is not possible to eradicate it completely. However, it is feasible to remediate the existing mold situation and take steps to discourage regrowth.
At SERVPRO, we have spent many years perfecting our mold remediation process, and we always adhere to strict guidelines. Following due process ensures that we complete every step. The result is a thorough remediation process that benefits local householders and makes us the natural choice for any fungus cleaning needs.
SERVPRO teams adhere to two guidelines: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advice on mold, and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S502 Mold Remediation Standard. All our technicians are trained to IICRC standards so you can rest assured that you are dealing with trained professionals.
The EPA standards tell us to clean and dry all moldy materials, remove and dispose of all non-salvageable items and dry any non-moldy articles in the vicinity within 24 hours. Our teams achieve this by establishing containment and venting contaminated air outside of your home, before setting to work scrubbing, brushing, dry wiping, and HEPA vacuuming away all visible mold. Dehumidifiers help reduce humidity and dry out the area, which also prevents further growth.
IICRC standards go into more detail (that is why we choose them for our training). As well as controlling contamination, removing fungus, and drying the area, the IICRC tells us to provide for health and safety, and document the conditions and the process. Our teams are trained in health and safety and wear appropriate personal protective equipment to every job. Also, we carefully monitor and log the conditions in every home and monitor moisture levels throughout the job.
For help with any mold situation, call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 today.
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Wet Feet & Soaked Shoes mean Commercial Water Removal Methods are Needed in Your Columbus Grocery
Contain the Water in Your Columbus Grocery Store, Or Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Services
Keep Customers Coming Back with Rapid Water Removal and Cleanup
The majority of grocery stores have at least two different sprinkler systems inside – one for fire and another for the produce section. Either of these systems can malfunction, spreading water in every direction before hitting the floor. These breakdowns do not include broken water lines and other situations that can produce flooding in bakeries, cafes, or restrooms in a grocery store.
Water damage in a Columbus grocery store is an incident that managers know food shoppers can do without. They need to have a clean, dry, and highly sanitary location to purchase food and flooded stores need commercial water removal to restore the normal shopping experience customers expect. Filth and mud can become huge turn offs to that shopping, decreasing the number of products placed in carts. SERVPRO can assist in the efforts in returning your store to its former state.
Our technicians are trained according to IICRC methods, enabling them to restore everything within a facility, no matter the size, and always regardless of the extent of the damage. Your business is a crucial part of our local economy, and we understand that anything that impacts you negatively can adversely affect our domestic economic health.
How much water exists when we arrive determines which equipment we start with to remove the water from your store. Once water no longer presents a challenge as a hazard on floors, we begin extracting moisture from all surfaces. Groceries stores with water-logged products find it helpful to use our inventory system, so insurance claims are completed more efficiently with fewer requests for revision.
Shelves and other display areas must be completely dry before new products' placement, and because simply being dry is not enough when it comes to food safety, we also sanitize all surfaces. Dehumidifiers remove moisture in the air while heaters and air blowers increase the evaporation rate. Repainting walls and other areas can only happen after they are completely dry.
In addition to sanitization, inhibitors that are safe once dry can also be applied to prevent the growth of any microbes such as mold and mildew. Once completed, we can deodorize your grocery safely with hydroxyl generators, producing a freshness in the air.
For water removal in your sopping wet grocery, call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 as soon as possible. We can restore your grocery quickly and make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Remediating Commercial Flood Damage in Columbus
Make sure that CLOSED sign is not there for long after flooding in your shop. Contact SERVPRO for quick remediation so you can be back in business.
SERVPRO Technicians are Aware that Time is of the Essence When Restoring Commercial Damage
Each day a business is closed means a day’s worth of receipts lost. Customers are usually content to put off a purchase or postpone work for a day, but when the ‘Closed’ sign is up for more than a few days, they may move on permanently.
Small businesses in Columbus are particularly vulnerable to commercial flood damage. A large company can absorb restoration and temporary facility costs with only a ‘hiccup’ to their bottom line, but a locally owned sandwich shop may have to close their doors permanently after only a week or two with no customers. SERVPRO understands this and works to help reopen doors.
Although we try to speed the process as much as possible, our first task is to ensure the food prep areas are clean and meet local requirements for health and safety. Even though the damage is primarily from broken plumbing or a failed refrigeration unit, there is still the possibility of mold as well. Cleaners use anti-microbial agents on every surface that touches edibles; this includes prep areas, storage lockers, customer tables, and more.
In addition to the cleaning, part of our service is to dry out and repair appliances. If water gets into the outlets, it can also cause damage to whatever was plugged in at the time of the flood. Technicians check every plug and power cord; disassembling the plug when needed to dry it or if there is visible damage.
For large items like freezers and refrigerators, we remove the bottom grill and inspect for water. To remove moisture, we use water extractors to draw out what is visible and then use dehumidifiers to draw excess moisture off surfaces and from the surrounding air. For smaller amounts, we use chemical desiccants to dry underneath.
Restoring your business after flooding is not a quick process. SERVPRO of South Columbus has the experience and training to accomplish it as fast as possible and still provide a clean, safe environment for your customers and employees. If you need our services or want to schedule an inspection, call today at (614) 863-1392.
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Mold Damage is More than Fuzzy Growths Underneath Your Kitchen Sink in Columbus
Finding mold in your home can fill you with anxiety. Contact SERVPRO and let us start the remediaiton process so that you can relax once again.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Different Types of Mold Damage on a Daily Basis
Mold is one of those aspects of life that everyone hopes they never have to experience. Mold grows everywhere because it is present everywhere, meaning the chances of finding more than easy-to-wash-away patches of it are probably much higher than you would like.
Homes in Columbus can have mold damage long before patches of it are discovered. Mold comes in many different varieties, also, and having one type growing in your home never precludes that other variations exist inside your walls, either. You might find them growing side by side, mixed in with each other or at opposite corners of your home. There may be mold living in your basement, and also in your attic. This organism can grow wherever it has access to moisture and cellulose, but preferably in dark areas that are rarely disturbed.
Dark, damp locations in your home are not limited to only under sinks. Closets are also favorite spots for mold to grow in. When mold takes over a closet, SERVPRO can restore the damaged walls, replace the carpet and apply a mold inhibitor. Eliminating any water sources, such as a leaking water pipe on the interior of the wall is also something that we can do, which also helps to prevent future mold growth.
As for the items that were inside of your closet, clothing, shoes, boots, belts and hats, and the like, these accessories can become infiltrated with mold. Care should be taken so that these items are treated with care while being bagged up. We have access to an Esporta that can eliminate the mold your items have become contaminated with and then return them to you in a clean and sanitary condition.
This method of cleaning your belongings produces no shrinkage of any material and can be extended to items that are commonly stored in garages, attics, and basements. Your sporting equipment can be salvaged, as can your camping gear, hiking books and equipment, and much more. We know sports gear is an investment and often carries significant sentimental value, as well. When mold damages your home, we are aware that contents and belongings are often affected, too.
Mold damage is not something you and your family need to tolerate. Call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392, and we can begin to remediate your home of mold and eliminate the damage it can so easily create.
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