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We Have Advanced Equipment To Restore Your Columbus Home After A Storm

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

When conventional power is not available or sufficient our team brings their own trailer mounted portable generators to save the day.

Storm Damage Columbus – Staying Safe After a Storm

Storms can bring water into your home through holes in your roof from flying debris. Your home can flood, caused by rising creeks and storm sewers that cannot handle the volume of water. Rain falling on the roof and through a hole in your roof is relatively clean and not contaminated. Water from flooding of creeks or rivers and overloaded sewers may be contaminated.

SERVPRO in South Columbus has experience in dealing with storm damage, floods, and compromised roofs. We send a crew chief to your home to assess the situation. He or she can call for the appropriate equipment to remove water and dry your home. Also, emergency tarps to cover your leaking room as well as windows can be deployed to limit further damage.

Stay Safe After the Storm

There are many potential concerns about staying safe. Safety is one of the areas that SERVPRO evaluates when the crew chief arrives on site. Many homeowners want to get into their home to remove personal items and assess the damage themselves after the storm has passed, and the water has receded. Before you enter, evaluate electrical hazard conditions, structural conditions, and water contamination hazards. Better to stay safe and let the experts evaluate and deal with any safety issues.

Electrical lines may be down and can short circuit when the wires touch the ground. Electrical current can travel through a person causing electrocution. During a storm, significant trees on your property may have fallen on your home. Not only do the tree limbs punch a hole in your roof, but there is also a possibility the structure is destabilized as well. Part of the tree or your home may collapse just at the moment you enter the home.

Contamination from Storm Water Runoff

Water contamination can occur from runoff during floods after storm damage has struck. Various contaminants such as chemicals, feces, and bacteria are picked up by the water. If floodwaters enter your home, these contaminants are on your floors, on your contents and personal items you desperately want to recover. Avoid touching any of these items until our SERVPRO experts give you the green light.

Call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 for 24/7 serve. We serve the towns of German Village, Bexley, Pickerington, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We pay attention to details and keep you safe.

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Is Water Damage Soaking the Bottom Line of Your Columbus Manufacturing Facility?

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage shudder your manufacturing operations. Call SERVPRO of South Columbus for fast remediation.

Commercial Water Removal Experts from Columbus Talk About Drying Cinder Blocks And Concrete Walls

Many manufacturing facilities in the Columbus region have offices that reside above them. Should the plumbing inside these offices fails, then moisture can enter your manufacturing floor from above, which can force you to conduct extensive commercial water removal. Moisture entering from the ceiling can be catastrophic because anything below the roof can get damaged due to gravity. Electrical shorts are possible if your light fixtures get filled with water.

Any time you have a plumbing failure, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. When conducting commercial water removal in Columbus, we are Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our goal is always to return your manufacturing facility to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened." We know that when problems arise at your place of business, that loss of productivity can become expensive. We always try to conduct our restoration procedures in a way that reduces your loss of revenue.

When dealing with manufacturing facilities, our SERVPRO technicians know that many of the walls that cinder blocks and concrete make up your building's structure. One of the most critical factors when drying out cinder blocks is the blank space in between them. When water flows down cinder blocks, it can get trapped inside these gaps. Sometimes we can drain the walls by drilling holes in the mortar at the bottom of the wall.

If water has sat inside your cinder blocks for a long time, we can drill holes in other places in the walls. By creating holes in the cinder blocks, we can force air into the gaps inside them and help speed up the drying process. After your structure is dried, we can quickly patch up these holes.

If concrete inside your manufacturing plant gets wet, we can take further steps to remove the moisture from your walls or flooring slab. When moisture soaks deep into the concrete, we often use a desiccant dehumidifier to pull water from deep inside the non-porous material. Desiccant dehumidifiers work by push air across a silica gel that attracts water molecules. The machine then heats the gel, releasing the moisture.

If your manufacturing plant in Bexley, Reynoldsburg, or Grove City ever suffers from a plumbing failure, call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 any day of the week.

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Smart Methods of Water Damage Remediation in Columbus

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Let the professionals handle the water damage remediation issues in your home. Call SERVPRO today for assistance.

What You Can Do When Your Columbus Kitchen Sink Leaks 

As time goes on, our appliances in our homes can begin to wear down, and some of them can even cause water damage. The water supply line attached to your kitchen sink began to weaken and eventually cracked one afternoon. The crack in the line allowed for water to spit beneath the sink, gradually making the white paint on the inside of the cupboard bubble. 

Fortunately, the water damage in your Columbus kitchen is mild enough that you can handle the remediation of the damage yourself. However, if you feel unsure about fixing it yourself, or you merely want a second opinion, reaching out for professional help is always a good idea. It is always best to follow your gut instinct and be safe, rather than sorry. 

Here at SERVPRO, when it comes to water damage, we recommend that the remediation is done using devices that supply dry air and heat. For instance, our technicians could use heaters and dehumidifiers and minimize the access moisture inside of the cupboard. If you are confident that the water damage is minimal, putting a heat source, such as a space heater, inside of the cupboard, along with a small fan, could help evaporate the water inside. 

Our SERVPRO technicians follow the same principals, but with industry-grade equipment that has been designed for water damage restoration. In your own home, you can find some items that can work similarly, but on a smaller scale. Once the cupboard has been dried out, you can use sandpaper to remove the paint bubble and to file down the area. Afterward, you can apply new primer and then a fresh coat of paint to the water-damaged section of the cupboard. 

If the job can be done at home, it is always a good thing to learn how to fix problems yourself. However, always remember that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. At SERVPRO, we always rush to any job, no matter how big or small, and we are happy to help you during your time of need. 

If you find your home needs water damage restoration services, reach out for help. Dial (614) 863-1392 to get in touch with SERVPRO of South Columbus. We're always ready to take your call. 

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We Will Eliminate Smoke And Odors In Your Columbus Home After A Fire

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

We can examine the extent of the destruction and take the right steps to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How To Eliminate Smoke And Odors After Fire Damage In Your Columbus Home

Fires can happen at any time, and the most common culprits are cooking and heating equipment. Residual damage such as fire odor, smoke, soot, and ash always happens after a fire. Some water damage also commonly occurs while extinguishing fires. All homes contain different materials that burn and create unique cleaning and restoration challenges.

To restore your Columbus home after fire damage, you need to take care of smoke, fire, and water damage. Our SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) have experience in addressing these issues. Smoke and odors can emanate from burned wood or paper and melted plastics. Smoke damage typically falls into 4 categories:

    •    Dry smoke – Usually results from fast-burning and high-temperature fires.
    •    Wet smoke – Results from smoldering or low heat fires. The smoke from a wet fire has a smeary, sticky texture, and a pungent odor.
    •    Fuel oil soot smoke – It results from furnace smoke returns, which cause oily soot.
    •    Protein smoke – Fires that burn plants, food, or other organic matter emit this smoke. It discolors varnishes and paints and has a pungent scent.

Smoke can penetrate walls and other surfaces quickly and drift through air ducts. Smoke odor can remain in furniture and clothing if it not deodorized properly. Smoke also penetrates cabinets and drawers, meaning that if you do not clean up your house properly, the odor can continue to re-occur for long periods.

Smoke can also ruin delicate works of art such as sculptures and paintings. The same acid that damages wood and metals can discolor the paint on canvas and the stone that makes up sculptures. When this occurs, the beauty of an art piece diminishes, and its monetary value reduces. We can work with a curator to restore ruined artwork.

Our fire damage restoration process is proven and thorough. It includes finding the source of the fire to determine the type of smoke and odors present in a home. Our technicians also determine if any areas of a house are wet because of firefighting efforts. We extract the water using shop vacs and dry the affected areas using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. We also remove any charred contents that could seal in smoke and smells like burned wood and insulation.

We can clean affected surfaces to eradicate the soils or soot particles. We perform several cleaning actions based on the affected surface and type of smoke particles present. Our technicians often perform mechanical action before other cleaning actions. Mechanical action is useful for pre-cleaning excess, non-greasy residues from surfaces before applying solvent-based or water-based cleaning products. Our SERVPRO technicians also treat affected surfaces for smoke scents using dry solvent deodorizers and thermal fogging equipment.

To deal with the aftermath of a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 to assist you. We can examine the extent of the destruction and take the right steps to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Columbus Water Woes in Your Eatery? Call SERVPRO

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

For Professional Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Columbus--Here Is the Answer--SERVPRO!!

Professional Water Removal Gets Your Columbus Deli Department Taking Orders Again

The gourmet deli and “grab and go” selection of pre-made entrees, salads, wraps, sandwiches, and more makes your Columbus grocery a destination for residents and area visitors. When alumni and families gather for reunions, orientations, and graduations, you are ready with a delicious array to make things easy and festive. Students and community members rely on you for last-minute meal solutions. If a pipe bursts or an appliance malfunctions in the prep, storage, or counter areas you need help fast.

We understand that getting right back to work after a disaster is crucial to your continued profitability, so your Columbus deli’s water removal project gets prompt attention. Our crew arrives ready to assess and create and implement a mitigation and remediation plan immediately. The risk of microbial growth in food prep and service areas is of concern, so we know the spaces must be cleared, cleaned, disinfected, and dried rapidly.

Once our project manager delivers instructions to the crew, SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians roll the equipment off our fully-stocked green service vehicles. Water two inches and deeper pumps out, and wanded extractors take care of puddled water on other surfaces.

We can power our equipment with gas and from generators onboard our trucks, minimizing disruption in other areas of your store. During the water removal, we consult with you about ways we can partition the deli off from the rest of the departments, where shopping continues as usual. Sealing the space with heavy-duty plastic sheeting and employing an air scrubber to filter and exhaust the air during the job helps us perform to industry standards out of sight. SERVPRO employees use thermal imaging to find trapped water. We release it for capture and disposal with controlled demolition techniques such as drilling holes in grout or mortar lines or making flood cuts in drywall.

SERVPRO technicians clean surfaces with products determined appropriate to use where food is prepared. We also treat surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit any mold or other pathogens. The cleaned and sanitized deli then receives applied structural drying services. Our crew monitors moisture levels and places and adapts a perimeter of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to complete the job.  

When your business needs expert water removal and drying services, SERVPRO of South Columbus has the technicians and equipment to get things back on track quickly. Call us at (614) 863-1392 day or night for an assessment of the water loss.

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Do You Have an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) for Potential Commercial Flood Damage in Bexley?

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

We can help you prepare for flood damage with an Have an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). The faster we can begin drying the property minimizes damages.

An Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is the Best Way to Prepare for Bexley Commercial Flood Damage

The time to share critical information with a disaster remediation company is before a water loss harms your Bexley business.  A business owner never wants to experience the disruption and frustration of significant flooding. Partnering with our experienced management team in anticipation of disaster improves our ability to respond efficiently. It is impossible to predict when a flooding crisis might occur, but it is possible to be ready for it with our help. 

Speed is crucial when responding to commercial flood damage in Bixby. Knowing the layout of your business helps our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians work effectively and efficiently. Invite us to view your site and collaborate to minimize disruptions if flooding becomes a problem in the future. 

SERVPRO offers commercial customers a customized Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We visit your building and sketch a detailed blueprint of each space. Essential things to flag are the location of utility shut-offs and critical equipment. After the assessment, expect us to share recommendations designed to minimize your risk of loss if flooding occurs.  Some of these recommendations may include moving stored documents or inventory to higher ground and elevating machinery and other equipment to prevent water incursion

We depend on you to add essential details to help us craft your individualized recovery plan. The SERVPRO ERP mobile app walks you through the process. The app allows you to share information about the contractors that build your space and systems so we can contact them with questions during the flood damage restoration. Because you might not always be available when flooding occurs, the app allows you to designate managers, employees, or other trusted individuals to act on your behalf. Your decision to use us as your preferred disaster recovery company is also made clear. 

Together our assessment and your profile comprise a digital plan our employees access if storm damage or a massive plumbing break floods your commercial building. Implementing the plan is as easy as pulling the app up on a mobile device to let us know you need a crew and equipment as soon as possible. 

You need to be there for your customers and employees no matter what crisis comes your way.  SERVPRO of South Columbus is there for you when disaster strikes. Call us at (614) 863-1392 to schedule an assessment so we can put your ERP in place. 

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Our Swift Response Will Save Your Flood Damaged Columbus Home

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

If you have any flood water in your home, call us at (614) 863-1392 to begin the restoration process.

Quick, Professional Flood Water Removal For Columbus Homes

With the Scioto River and Big Walnut Creek, among others, running through Columbus, flooding is a recurring issue for many residents. Preserving homes and other structures require a professional company trained to remove the water and take quick action to reduce the damaging effects.

Flood water removal from Columbus homes can be difficult, depending on other damage to the home. Since flooding from an outside source usually occurs as part of a storm, SERVPRO response teams often need to secure homes from further damage due to poor weather and other issues.

As restoration technicians begin removing standing water with fast, industrial-grade pumps, other team members begin covering damage to the roof and walls with plywood panels or tarps. The action eliminates water intrusion from further storms and reduces the threat of other risks such as animal entry into the home. They also cover windows and doors affected by the flood and storm.

After completing the removal of the standing water, SERVPRO technicians turn to draw the flood water out of carpets with extraction wands. Since this is contaminated or ‘black’ water and team leaders cannot guarantee the carpet safe for further use, they draw it out to make removal of the carpet easier for disposal.

At the same time, team members use extractors and air movers to force water and moisture out from behind walls and underneath floors. They attach the extractors to hoses to draw out the smaller amounts of water and then switch to air movers to generate warm, dry air that forces moisture out of sub-floors and wall cavities, and into the air where it evaporates.

To increase the evaporation rate, technicians install fans to increase circulation and one or more dehumidifiers to draw moisture from the air and nearby property. Both devices help to quickly reduce the inside humidity, making it a more comfortable environment for the reoccupation of the home.

At SERVPRO of South Columbus, we proudly serve our community, as well as those of Bexley, German Village, and Pickerington, with professional training and equipment to return each home to a dry, clean state after a flood. If you have any flood water in your home, call us at (614) 863-1392 to begin the restoration process. We are here for you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in German Village

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration can be a big job. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Top Reasons Fire Damage in German Village Should be Professionally Cleaned

Any size of fire damage in a home can leave behind a host of issues to clean before life can go back to normal. One of the biggest problems, especially among protein-based fires, are the residual fire odors, which is something surface cleaning after a home fire cannot remove.

When SERVPRO handles the restoration of fire damage in German Village homes, one of our first considerations is finding items that our proprietary methods can be used for restoration rather than count as a loss. Our goal in home remediation is to attempt to restore rather than have the homeowner incur the cost of replacing items.

Soot travels

Stopping soot from spreading can happen in the form of containment of fire loss areas in the home or removing charred items as they only contribute odor if there is no restoration potential.

Different types of cleanup needed

Depending on the kind of fire such as protein-based, amount of heat generated and materials burned determines the sort of cleaning method SERVPRO technicians choose to use such as dry cleaning sponges on certain types of smoke residue.

Improper drying creates problems

We use both air scrubbers and air movers to both clean and dry areas damaged by fire and water at the same time. Inadequate drying leads to the embedded moisture weakening building materials, foul odors, and in some cases, mold.

Odor removal

Odor control is a considerable part of fire damage cleanup. Since hot air expands, it can drive soot deeply into porous objects, and smoke odors can seem stubborn to remove. SERVPRO technicians have different equipment ranging from gel pellets to hydroxyl generators that safely neutralize airborne soot particles.

Lessen loss through restoration services

Our technicians train through the methods used by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) which utilizes the latest techniques and equipment in the restoration services industry to ensure if a smoke damaged possession has the potential for saving from being counted as a loss, we can do it either on-site or in-plant as needed.

SERVPRO of South Columbus (614) 863-1392 handles fire damage of any scale in local properties. We are available 24/7 and arrive soon after your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

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We Can Handle Any Size Flood Damage Disaster In Your Columbus Home

6/22/2019 (Permalink)

If you have returned home after a severe storm to find your home filled with water, then immediately contact SERVPRO of South Columbus.

How We Mitigate Flood Damage In Your Columbus Home

Storms in Columbus are often known to bring flooding to local homes. Flood waters in your home can be stressful for you and your family and may incur major repair costs. It is risky to attempt repairs to your home after a storm, so it is best to let professionals handle the situation.

The longer flood waters are allowed to sit in your home, the greater the likelihood of permanent damages that can be expensive to fix. For this reason, you should contact SERVPRO for flood damage mitigation in your Columbus home. Floods often consist of two types of water: category 2 grey water and category 3 black water. Cat 2 water typically consists of water from rains that may accumulate in your house, while cat 3 water consists of dirty groundwater and debris. Most absorbent materials that come into contact with cat 3 water have to be discarded. Cat 2 water degrades into cat 3 water in a matter of days, so it is important to have water removed as soon as possible.

Our professionals are skilled in efficiently using a wide range of equipment to quickly resolve your flood-related issues. When our water damage restoration technician (WRT) teams arrive at your house, they can begin extracting debris and standing water. Water in your home can be pumped out with the use of industrial grade wet vacs and pumps.

After removing standing water, our certified techs can inspect your home for hidden water damage. Additional flood water can hide in cavities in your home, so we utilize thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to inspect your walls for hidden moisture. If we find water in your walls, we can deploy structural drying equipment to facilitate the evaporation of water in your walls.

If you have returned home after a severe storm to find your home filled with water, then immediately contact SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 to begin the consultation process. Our technicians work rapidly to make you feel, “Like it never even happened.”

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Don't Let A Faulty Dishwasher In Your Columbus Restaurant Cause You To Panic, Call The Experts At SERVPRO!

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

If water-based damages suddenly overtake your business, always get help right away.

Faulty Dishwashing Equipment Can Leave Your Columbus Restaurant In Need Of Water Cleanup Services

Every restaurant needs a convenient way to clean their dirty dishes, but it can become a problem when the devices meant to clean said dishes leak water all over the kitchen instead. Having water all over the floor can create an unsafe work environment for your employees and can shut the doors of your restaurant. In order to get your business back on its feet as soon as possible, it's essential for you to reach out to professional help immediately.

The source of the leak, which left your restaurant in urgent need of local Columbus water cleanup services, came from a broken water supply line and happened right before closing time. By the time the water was shut off, water was spread throughout the kitchen. Immediately calling for can help ensure that dinner service can still run the next night.

SERVPRO understands how vital foot traffic is for your business. For this reason, we're available whenever you need us, night or day, weekends or weekdays. We operate around your schedule. After receiving your call, we can assemble a team of our Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration-certified technicians for the job. Our SERVPRO technicians can travel with haste to get to your establishment and begin the cleanup.

SERVPRO always uses advanced technology that has been specifically designed to combat water-based damages swiftly. Our technicians can use devices such as wet/dry vacuums and wand extractors to pull the water out of your kitchen as quickly as possible. Once the standing water has been addressed and removed, SERVPRO can focus on ensuring that no outlying problems remain. We can use thermal imaging technology to check for any hidden pockets of water, and we can also use moisture meters to make sure that the floor and walls do not need any drying equipment set up. Once the job has been finished, SERVPRO can leave your restaurant confident that we have returned it to pre-damage condition. “Like it never even happened.”

If water-based damages suddenly overtake your business, always get help right away. Communicate with SERVPRO of South Columbus by phoning (614) 863-1392. No matter the time, we're available to help you.

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