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Our Swift Response Will Save Your Flood Damaged Columbus Home

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Swift Response Will Save Your Flood Damaged Columbus Home 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 The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation in German Village 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)

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

Commercial Don't Let A Faulty Dishwasher In Your Columbus Restaurant Cause You To Panic, Call The Experts At SERVPRO! 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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Important Factors Keep Our Experts On Top Of The Fire Damage Situation In Your Columbus Home

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Important Factors Keep Our Experts On Top Of The Fire Damage Situation In Your Columbus Home Call us 24/7 as soon as possible after an accident at (614) 863-1392.

Stay On Top Of Fire Damage In Columbus With SERVPRO

One of the most common reasons why people across the country trust SERVPRO to provide quality care for their homes after fire damage is our reputation for making the home look “Like it never even happened.” We build our strategies and business models around helping homeowners recover from fires quickly, at minimal cost, and without any lasting scars on their home to tell the tale of the blaze. Our multifaceted approach to fire damage restoration can sometimes get technical and involved, but a few crucial factors keep us on top of the situation and allow our work to be so effective.

Damage-Free Ash Removal
Removing smoke and ash from homes in Columbus with fire damage can be tricky to accomplish without causing additional damage to walls, ceilings, and home furnishings that need to be cleaned. SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Damage Technicians (FSTs) utilize a variety of cleaning chemicals and techniques to remove damaging materials from the surfaces of your home without causing additional problems. Most of these cleaning agents contain no water base, as the introduction of water can cause smoke and ash particles to clump together and form a sticky sludge that can be much harder to clean than dry materials. Never try to clean ash and smoke away from surfaces with household cleaning products to avoid these potential consequences.

Our chemical fogging machines help us to deodorize broad areas of your home quickly and at a minimal cost. Unlike store-bought deodorizing agents, these special mixtures are explicitly designed to help SERVPRO target and eliminate odors from smoke and ash. After we finish deodorizing your home, the area should smell like nothing at all.

Contents Cleaning
Cleaning up small objects, fabrics, and individual items damaged by the fire can be a hassle without the proper tools. We use a combination of industrial-strength Epcor washing machines, waterless ultrasonic cleaning devices, and hand-applied cleaning methods to restore every part of your home back to the way it was before the disaster.

SERVPRO of South Columbus is a locally owned and operated company that specializes in helping you react to and reverse the effects of fire damage in your home. Call us 24/7 as soon as possible after an accident at (614) 863-1392.

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Columbus Properties Often Are Impacted by Water Losses--Call SERVPRO for Mitigation

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Columbus Properties Often Are Impacted by Water Losses--Call SERVPRO for Mitigation SERVPRO Says Inspect Your Columbus Home for Water Leaks and Prevent Damage

Water Damage Restoration for Your Columbus Home

Damage happens in your Columbus home when water starts pooling where it should not be. Several factors can make this excess water and contribute to a water damage emergency. When you know potential causes, you can take preventative steps to help block leaks. You can also find a problem as soon as it begins and stop it from escalating.
When something in your Columbus home has gone awry, and you now are looking at water damage repairs, you don’t want to hesitate to enlist outside help. SERVPRO is a professional water damage remediation company that can assist you after an event like this. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. You can, therefore, count on us to get the job done quickly and efficiently, so your structure does not suffer from additional damage.
Plumbing problems are common, and many times they occur inside your walls so you cannot detect them right away. Many times, pipe joints and hoses fail, and by doing periodic checks under your sinks and other plumbing, areas can help to mitigate some of these plumbing issues.
When the water damage in your home is in a wall cavity or underneath the flooring, SERVPRO techs can use moisture meters to find the actual moisture content of various materials. Penetrating moisture meters are equipped with probes which test inside wall cavities and underneath wood flooring. They can test individual layers of materials as well. Non-penetrating meters have sensors that give us readings when we put the meter on the surface of materials.
Water damage is more likely to occur in some regions of your home, such as basements, crawl spaces, and attics. Moisture dripping through your concrete foundation can cause leaks in your basement, and air leakage or roof damage can cause water damage in your attic.
Also, as your household appliances get older, hoses can weaken, and pipes can rust and crack. Water heaters, washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators are all susceptible to deterioration, so you should keep a close eye on these appliances when they are a bit older.
SERVPRO of South Columbus is always available to help you dry your home in Pickerington, Obetz, or Bexley after any water damage emergency. Reach out to us right away at (614) 863-1392 as soon as you notice the issue so we can get there and prevent additional damage.

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After A Flood In Your Columbus Home, Call Our Crew Of Professionals For Help!

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After A Flood In Your Columbus Home, Call Our Crew Of Professionals For Help! SERVPRO of South Columbus is available at (614) 863-1392 to mitigate any size flood damage to your home.

Restoring Flood Damage In Columbus

This area of Ohio is no stranger to flood damage. Heavy storms intensified by the proximity to the Scioto River result in flash floods that cause property damage to homes.

When SERVPRO received a call to mitigate flood damage in a Columbus home, our technicians arrived to find some water still in the basement. Our technicians used portable pumps to extract water quickly from the concrete basement floor.

The source of the water was determined to have been from a worn seal around the basement door allowing water from flash flooding to enter the property. The technicians sealed off the entryway with heavy plastic sheeting to temporarily to stop the possibility of further water entering the basement.

Most of the storage in the basement was in plastic bins and was not affected by the water. The containers were moved to another area of the home for cleaning and disinfecting. The washing machine and dryer were raised on blocks to allow the bottoms to dry but were otherwise unaffected.

SERVPRO technicians used thermal moisture detection and probes to map out every part of the basement affected by water. This action was so when the drying phase began; the air movers were set up correctly to pull moisture from within all affected areas to the surface where the dehumidifiers could capture it.

We have different kinds of dehumidifiers, two commonly used are traditional cold coil and desiccant which collects water vapor on a wheel coated in a substance such as silicone. When the moisture droplets get heavy, the weight turns the wheel and ports the moisture out. It is a very effective way to lower humidity in a room during drying.

Because flood water is not considered clean and has the possibility of containing contaminants, even sewage, sanitizing the room after drying was crucial, our technicians used EPA-registered disinfectants and antifungals to both clean and inhibit the potential for mold growth. The technicians offered suggestions for repairs to the doorway to eliminate the issue from reoccurring.

SERVPRO of South Columbus is available at (614) 863-1392 to mitigate any size flood damage to your home. We have the tools and knowledge to return your home to its preloss condition and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Help You Protect Your Home From Future Damage In Columbus

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage We Help You Protect Your Home From Future Damage In Columbus We are always prepared for any size disaster with the latest equipment and technology available.

Solutions for Drying Out a Damp Columbus Basement

Many of the homes throughout the Greater Columbus area feature basements. Some of them, like much of the housing in and around the sprawling campus of Ohio State University, have converted this lower level into additional living space with the installation of drywall, flooring, and ceiling materials. Even with the facelift to this portion of the property, groundwater concerns and moisture can still penetrate through the exterior of the house to affect the basement level. Several approaches can help to remove water and moisture from the area for good.

With so many homes throughout Columbus experiencing water damage because in the basements they have decided to convert into additional living or fun space, it is more important than ever to address moisture and water damage immediately. Drywall itself is among the most damaged materials when exposed to even lower levels of moisture, primarily due to its porous composition and general lack of waterproofing. This same material, however, can often be what draws your attention to a potential problem in the first place. Drywall is prone to moisture damage, so a change in its appearance, bloating, or crumbling, can indicate the presence of moisture where it should not be.

Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to water damage emergencies that can affect your home. We have high-powered drying equipment that we can employ as soon as we arrive such as our air movers and our LGR or desiccant dehumidifiers. All of these tools can work together to reduce moisture content in the environment quickly and to help our team narrow down the origin of the damage for focused solutions.

Often water damage in the basement results from moisture penetration through the blockwork. Our team can address these concerns with hydraulic cement and can even encourage the continued use of dehumidifiers if we cannot sufficiently locate the primary source of moisture damage. Our SERVPRO team can then reinstall removed portions of drywall to return all of the affected components to preloss condition.

We understand the importance of removing moisture and water damage in order to protect the investment that you have made in the finished basement of your home. Our SERVPRO of South Columbus professionals can respond to water loss incidents 24/7 by calling (614) 863-1392.

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Don't Just Sit There! Contact SERVPRO to Start the Commercial Water Removal Process in Columbus

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Just Sit There! Contact SERVPRO to Start the Commercial Water Removal Process in Columbus Your janitorial team is NOT equipped to handle water damage issues. Contact SERVPRO for a quick reply and IICRC certified remediation services.

How Professional Commercial Removal Services in Columbus can Prevent Secondary Damages

A flood can be a nightmare for a customer-facing business. Unfortunately, they are not easy to prevent due to the myriad of potential causes. A customer could leave a faucet on, an aging pipe could finally burst, or even extreme weather conditions could result in flooding. These all can cause temporary closure, and those that happen overnight can be particularly damaging. To limit the loss of revenue and be able to return your staff to work, you can use our professional restoration service.

The job of commercial water removal in Columbus properties is usually one that goes beyond the scope of your janitorial team. SERVPRO has access to national resources and can train local technicians while providing them with the right equipment to work on larger job sites. We operate our emergency line twenty-four hours a day to help our commercial businesses in times of need.

A water issue in a property is not always a case of large quantities of standing water. Sometimes a leak can spread out across a large surface area. This excess water is then absorbed into floors or wall cavities, primarily if the problem occurs during the close of business hours. We can conduct mitigation tasks quickly to help to ensure that no lasting damages are sustained to your property.

One method of removing water from a property is through creating airflow. SERVPRO use rapid air movers in a variety of ways to start this process. These equipment work by blasting air out at the surface level which pushes moisture into the air. Working with an open system, the circulation can replace wet air with drier air from outside the property.

Air movers can also be adapted to create circulation in areas of the property that would usually be hard to access. By attaching shrouds to an air mover, SERVPRO can repurpose them to send air currents through wall cavities or beneath floorboards. These steps can often be essential in mitigating against microbial growth.

The benefit of professional assistance it that it can help to guard against expensive secondary damages, contact SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392.

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How Storms Cause Water Damage in Your Columbus Attic

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Storms Cause Water Damage in Your Columbus Attic No matter the weather, SERVPRO of South Columbus is ready to restore your water damaged home.

Flood Damage Crews In Columbus Discuss Issues With Attics

Severe thunderstorms that make their way into Columbus put both commercial and residential buildings at risk. The combination of wind and rain can force you to have to call in a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. During storms, winds can sometimes reach high speeds, and the affected area can receive wind speeds of 50 miles per hour or more, which can cause things like rocks or branches to become airborne and strike the exterior of your home, which can create a hole for rain to enter. High-speed winds can also cause your roof's shingles to blow off, which can cause your house extensive flood damage.

If your roof gets affected by wind, rain can then enter the interior of your structure very quickly. When roof shingles get blown off, the first area that receives flood damage in your Columbus home is your attic. When moisture starts to leak into this section above your living area, water can then pour into the structure coming from the ceiling and follow gravity to your floors.

If materials inside your attic get wet, mold growth can occur because organic substances are abundant. Having professional technicians like the team at SERVPRO mitigate the problems quickly, can help you prevent secondary issues such as mold growth.

When the source of moisture affecting your home has proven to be rainwater, we treat the problem as a category two or grey water situation, which means that there is a possibility that the water can be contaminated with harmful parasites or bacteria since it is coming from the outside. Most attics contain wooden trusses and insulation. If insulation gets wet, the material's R-value gets drastically reduced.

In many scenarios, the wet insulation must get removed and replaced. Once we remove the wet insulation, our SERVPRO team can set up drying equipment inside your attic and dry out the rest of the building materials. If you ever notice moisture inside your attic after a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of South Columbus at (614) 863-1392 24 hours a day.

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