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Flood Damage Restoration Services Available to Columbus Area Residents

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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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Keeping Your Gutters From Flooding Your Columbus Basement

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Keeping Your Gutters From Flooding Your Columbus Basement It is critical to keep your gutters clean to prevent water from seeping into your basement and causing floods.

Gutters Can Cause Flooding In Your Basement

One of the biggest fears as a homeowner with a basement is your basement flooding whenever it rains. A valid and legitimate fear, this situation causes a myriad of repairs. All sorts of damage including ruined flooring and carpeting, rotted drywall, destroyed furniture, and the worst of all, mold growth can occur. These repairs can be time-consuming and costly, and your basement can even flood in dry weather.

Issues with your foundation drainage is a big cause for a flooded basement and flood damage in your Columbus home. However, the main reason for water in your basement is overflowing gutters. It is critical to keep your gutters clean to prevent water from seeping into your basement and causing floods. Quality gutter guards and even using an expert to clean your gutters out routinely keeps debris and leaves out of the gutters so they can function properly.

When your gutters do cause flooding in your basement, it can be quite overwhelming. You need to have professionals, such as SERVPRO, come to your home to help you get all the water out and repair the damages.

When your gutters are clogged with debris, the water has nowhere to go. It overflows over the gutters to the ground next to your house, only a couple feet from the foundation. As the ground is settling and moving, it stresses the foundation of your home which causes cracking, letting water enter your home. Hydrostatic pressure might force water in through the concrete. The main solution is to keep your gutters clean.

Flooded basements create not only a lot of possible damage but plenty of stress for you as well. At SERVPRO, we understand this, so we move quickly to get to your home after you reach out to us. We have the professional and industrial equipment to get all the standing water out of your home and use fans and dehumidifiers to finish the drying process. We have moisture meters to find any hidden water or mold growth as well.

When SERVPRO of South Columbus is finished restoring your home after your basement floods, it is like it never happened. Just give us a call at (614) 863-1392 so we can get started as soon as possible.

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How to Deal with Water Damage in Columbus

6/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Deal with Water Damage in Columbus Clogged drains can quickly get backed up and even flood a room. Call SERVPRO for help with the water damage and helping with the insurance claim.

SERVPRO Technicians Fix What is Broken and Quickly Remediate the Water Damage

When a drain backs up, a pipe bursts or an appliance fails, it can be difficult to see past the mess. So many questions are quickly running through your mind, and you wonder what to do next and if your possessions are now ruined. Water damage is very stressful, but the more you know about it ahead of time, the better you can know how to address it when a problem arises.
 
Every homeowner in Columbus should know what to do in case of a water damage emergency. The first thing to know is whether your insurance policy covers the damage. You need to do the research and decide if you need an additional flood insurance or water damage policy aside from your homeowners’ policy. A lot of policies cover sudden damage, but water damage which happens because you did not maintain your property can be excluded, as well as gradual leaks.
 
You cannot wait around for a convenient time to clean up when your home has been damaged by water. Secondary damage from mold growth can pose a serious health risk. Mold spores are all over but need a nutrient source and food to grow, which is what your drywall or carpeting offers. You need to, therefore, call in SERVPRO’s technicians, as they are specially trained to handle water damage and mold growth.
 
You have a twenty-four to forty-eight-hour window from when your home gets water damaged to when mold begins to grow. After this, mold multiplies quickly. SERVPRO can take care of whatever caused the water damage, dry your home out, plus find any mold and clean that up too, even if it is hidden.
 
SERVPRO can also assist you in dealing with the insurance company. Make sure to document right away what is damaged, so you have proof by taking photographs. SERVPRO helps guide you through every step of remediation and understands that this is a stressful time. We want to make sure you are very comfortable with the procedures before we even begin remediation. By helping you contact your insurance agency, we hope to take some of the stress off you so you can focus on your own family.
 
When water damage threatens the safety of your home, call SERVPRO of South Columbus right away. We can arrive at your home shortly after you contact us at (614) 863-1392.

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Mold Growing on Drywall in Your Columbus Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growing on Drywall in Your Columbus Home Moisture Causes Mold Growth on Walls, Call SERVPRO for Remediation in Your Columbus Property

Dampness Encourages the Proliferation of Mold

Mold on drywall can create plenty of unnecessary structural damage and health effects if it is left untreated, even for a short time. Black mold, though it has gained unwarranted notoriety, is usually associated with this kind of damage. All fungi should be remediated to create a better home environment.
 
Short-term drywall damage can be caused by water, and long-term damage is the result of mold growth in your Columbus home being left to spread and multiply, leaving behind mold damage. When drywall  is exposed to moisture, it shows water stains. After an extended period, the panels can be destroyed. The sandwiched cardboard separates from the gypsum, and the core loses its structural integrity.
 
Drywall which has lost structural integrity begins to sag slowly over time and needs replacing. Wet drywall, with its paper backing, can be an ideal breeding ground for mold. Fungi secrete digestive chemicals onto the organic source to feed, then reabsorbs them along with digestive materials for food. The process is not possible until the materials become damp or wet. Mold can start to grow on drywall in just twenty-four to forty-eight hours. Drying the walls out as fast as possible is the key to a solution which is effective.
 
Sheetrock wicks up water as well, meaning it picks up water even if it has not come into contact with water. Since drywall absorbs water from the air, it is critical to have your drywall evaluated and inspected if you have had any standing water or flooding in your home recently. Rapid water removal reduces the chances of mold growth.
 
Water can wick into drywall from the air or contact as fast as one inch per hour, which means if water sat in your home for just one day, it could absorb into your drywall as much as two feet high, creating a great breeding ground for mold.
 
SERVPRO of South Columbus is standing by always to help you get water and moisture out of your home to prevent mold damage. With moisture meters, thermal hygrometers, and other special tools, they can even detect hidden moisture in your walls to ensure that they dry your home thoroughly in as little time as possible. Just give them a call at (614) 863-1392 anytime, day or night, when you notice wet drywall or the presence of mold.

How SERVPRO Helps Restore Wooden Furniture After Water Damage In Columbus

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Helps Restore Wooden Furniture After Water Damage In Columbus There is no doubt that wooden furniture can suffer if there is water damage to your home.

Water Damage And Wooden Furniture

Water damage can strike any household at any time. There are various causes of water damage, including a burst pipe, an overflowing tub, a leak or a broken appliance. Water can also enter your home from outside sources such as a damaged water main, garden run-off or severe weather. When water leaks or soaks in, it has the potential to cause untold damage to your home and belongings. That is why it is important to contact SERVPRO for help when dealing with unwanted water in your home - “We’re faster to any size disaster.”

There is no doubt that wooden furniture can suffer if there is water damage to your Columbus home. That is bad news for your antique rocker, favorite family dining table or that wooden chest of drawers you inherited from your beloved aunt. The main cause for concern when it comes to wooden furniture is that water can cause it to warp. Wicking up water can also cause swelling of furniture joints and cause them to come unstuck or suffer other structural damage. There is also the risk of water spots or stains on the surface of the item. Chairs, tables, and other items may also crack or warp as they dry.

Our IICRC-experts are experienced in creating the optimum drying conditions for wood furniture. While you are waiting for the specialists to arrive, it is safe to use an absorbent cloth or sponge to pat furniture dry. However, we recommend that you do not wipe or rub it and that you handle it with extreme caution.

SERVPRO experts are trained to assess the damage to your furniture and liaise with furniture refinishers on your behalf if necessary. If it is possible to save the item we set up a drying area for it. The key to getting a great result when drying wood furniture is to dry it slowly and avoid direct heat. We also have wood cleaning products for the removal of minor stains.

Our technicians are equipped with air movers, box fans, and dehumidifiers to help dry out your items. Once we get the temperature to a stable 70-90 degrees F, we use portable low grain dehumidifiers to bring down the humidity around your furniture. Meanwhile, air movers direct air around, over and under the item to increase the rate of evaporation and encourage the drying process.

Do not let water permanently warp your furniture. Call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 today for drying solutions. For more information regarding the City of Columbus, Ohio visit: https://www.columbus.gov/