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Storms Can Be Severe...Are You Ready?

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can bring severe damage from a variety of things. We are faster to all forms of disaster and are here to help you! 

  • Storms deposit a large amount of rain, which, if your home isn't prepared for, can cause serious flooding.
  • If your home does flood, or after the storm has passed begins to smell musty, mold may have grown because of the moisture.
  • Lightning can strike a home or yard and cause heat damage, or even start a fire. 
  • Winds can break off chunks of housing, roof-tiles, hurl debris around, and shatter windows.

SERVPRO specializes in remediating storm-battered and damaged properties. We know that while the storm is happening, it seems like all you can do is rely on the preparation you've done, and stay as safe as possible. Focus on those crucial things, and when it's all over, let SERVPRO help you put your property back "Like it never even happened." 

Nobody wants to go in their crawlspace, but here is why you should!

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

In years past, record rainfall has created problems for homeowners in the Columbus, Indiana area.

We experienced flooding this past year, and can expect snow and melt-water runoff to head down the mountains and into the valley when this winter thaws.

  • Water has found its way into the crawlspaces of many area homes.  SERVPRO technicians have responded to a large number of requests for services to dry out flooded crawlspaces.
  • Even if you have not experienced flooding in your crawlspace in the past, it is always a good idea to do periodic inspections, especially after heavy rains, to ensure the safety of your home.
  • Water intrusions in your crawlspace, left untreated, can cause structural damage and allow mold to grow in your home.   

SERVPRO technicians have the equipment and experience to take care of any water damage to your home, making it, “Like it never even happened.”

Not a fan of wet feet at work? You need to read this!

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Don’t like getting your feet wet? Proper irrigation maintenance practices and performing regular inspections of your system can help you avoid sprinkler flooding and the problems that come along with it, but this is particularly important when turning on your system after a long period of inactivity. Failing to properly inspect your system before reactivating it can result in wasted water, poor plant health, and contamination caused by over-irrigation and run-off.

5 Places You Should Check 

One of the best ways to prevent problems is to check areas of your system that have common problems. Follow these guidelines for each area:

  1. Clogged nozzles: Performing regular irrigation maintenance can help you avoid this problem, but it’s a good idea to check nozzles for debris such as dirt and leaves before attempting to reactivate the system.
  1. Missing or broken heads: To help avoid sprinkler flooding, be sure to check for any damage to the sprinkler heads. Damage can be caused by lawnmowers, normal wear and tear, improper installation, or even vandalism.
  1. Tilted, sunken, or misaligned heads: Look for settling of the heads or build-up that has occurred around them over time. Be sure everything is still aligned properly before attempting to turn on the system.
  1. Seal leaks: If you notice a leak in your spray head, you should either replace the whole single unit or the seal under the screw-off top (depending on your device). Leaks can appear in these mechanisms from dirt and debris.
  1. Leaking valves or pipes: If leaks are discovered in valves or pipes, they should be promptly replaced. Damage to valves and pipes can be caused by weather, lawn equipment such as shovels or sharp tools, tree roots, or vandalism.

Regular Maintenance and Inspection Goes a Long Way

Regular irrigation maintenance and inspection can go a long way in helping you avoid sprinkler flooding and other associated issues, but how often should you inspect your system? At minimum, the system should be checked twice seasonally; right before it is turned on and halfway through the season. Ideally, the system should be checked on a monthly basis. This will likely optimize your chances of discovering a potential problem before it occurs or before it is able to cost you a lot of time, money, or both.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Colors you DO NOT want your water to be!

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

When flood water enters your commercial property, your first thoughts probably don't have much to do with the quality of the water. You're probably thinking about property losses and the work involved in getting everything cleaned up. However, the water could contain a number of bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful substances. Before you enter your damaged property, you must understand the different categories of water damage.

Category 1: Clean Water
Category 2: Gray Water
Category 3: Black Water

Understanding these categories will help you take the appropriate actions while keeping yourself, your staff, and your customers safe.

Category 1: Clean Water

This type of water damage comes from a sanitary water source, such as kitchen sinks. This water looks and smells like it came from the tap. However, once the water floods your property, it becomes contaminated by materials in the environment. It's probably okay to begin cleanup efforts with this type of flooding, but it's best not to start until water damage professionals have a chance to correctly identify the water.

Category 2: Gray Water

The precaution of waiting for accurate identification is important because of the potential risks involved with gray or black water. Gray flood water could result from a toilet overflow and may contain urine, soapy water, and other chemicals. It could have bits of human skin or oil from cooking. Category 2 water is generally unpleasant to clean up and could lead to illnesses.

Category 3: Black Water

Black water or category 3 damage is highly contaminated by bacteria, chemicals, and toxic pathogens. This type of damage might introduce sewage to hard-to-reach corners of the property and may result in the absorption of contaminants by flooring and furnishings. A minor toilet overflow could lead to category 3 damage that quickly spreads throughout the property.

The more you know about the categories of water damage, the better prepared you'll be to handle flood water damage on your property. Remember that professionals are best qualified to accurately determine the type of water in your building.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are ready and waiting to help you make things "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tip - After A Fire How To Protect Your Business

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

 

In the event of a business fire, fire damage is only one of several concerns you may have for protecting your business from further losses. Cleanup and restoration take time after a fire occurs. Keep your business safe during that process with the following three tips.

1. Avoid a Repeat Fire

When you discover a fire in your business you should turn to the local fire department to help you put it out. While your efforts may be good in stopping the fire from spreading, a fire crew can help you find the cause of the fire. Determining the cause is the best way to prevent further fire damage from occurring or reoccurring. If a small fire occurs, you may need to look for the cause yourself. Start by doing the following:

  • Unplug or turn off any electrical devices in the area
  • Turn off surrounding heat sources
  • Shut off gas supply to prevent the fire from spreading

2. Defend From the Elements

Once the fire has been completely put out and fire cleanup has begun, protecting your building from the outside elements is a critical step to avoiding further losses. In the fall and winter months, roof damage should be secured with a tarp to keep rain, hail and snow from permeating the structure. In warm months, tarping or boarding up openings can keep rodents and birds from nesting inside of the facility.

3. Secure the Facility

After a commercial fire in your business may be left susceptible to looting. Looters are individuals who take advantage of emergency situations, such as commercial fires, and find weaknesses in the building's structure in order to get inside and steal valuable goods. If a business fire leaves your building with unsecured openings, you may need to hire a disaster response company to keep vandals and thieves from entering the premises.
As you face the fire damage restoration process, be sure to follow these tips to keep your business safe. Further damage and losses can be avoided if these basic procedures are observed.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: How quickly can a leak result in mold?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

We are frequently asked, how quickly can leaks and water damage start to grow mold?  There is no simple answer.  Mold growth is dependent on how wet the surface is, how hot or cold the area is and what the water flowed through, how dirty the water is and other factors.  We have many customers that are shocked to find their Tahoe vacation homes had a water leak during winter when temperatures are very cold and the mold growth just takes off. Yes, there is mold that can grow in lower temperatures.  The bottom line is, to prevent any kind of mold from growing you have to act fast on any damp or wet surface. 

Time is the only constant, the longer the surface is damp or wet the more the odds are mold is going to grow.  The key is, when you suffer a water leak and water damages don't delay to get the area effected professionally dried out.  By doing so you will avoid a lot of further damages.  Call SERVPRO of Columbus, our Team will walk you through exactly what needs to happen to protect your property from further damages.

Ask The Experts: Does an escape plan matter?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, it’s too late to plan and prepare; these things must happen well in advance. Though you, of course, hope to never need to spring a fire escape plan into action, having one in place can save lives. If you don’t have such a plan in your office, or if you haven’t reviewed yours in a while, make this a priority today.

How to Come up With an Effective Escape Plan

Meet Together

An emergency escape plan is at its best when it has input from several key people. This isn’t a plan you or someone else should come up with on a whim. It requires a group discussion and varying ideas.

• Consider selecting an emergency response committee.
• Meet regularly to review past plans and determine what improvements you should make.
• Open the group to your organization; invite people to participate who have experience or expertise in devising such plans.

Know Your Space

If a fire starts in your building, it’s vital that everyone exits in a calm and orderly manner. Employees must be swift, however, and this means they need to know how and where to properly exit. Identify all possible exits on each floor and in all areas of your building.

Assign Roles

You can’t have a mad rush for the stairs or the doors if you need to evacuate the building. You also want someone to sweep the building for stragglers and someone else to count people once you’re outside. Make sure someone is covering these important duties.

Practice Makes Perfect

No fire escape plan should be complete without holding consistent drills. At least annually, practice exiting the building and meeting at a designated spot in a safe location near your building.


Don’t wait until it’s too late to make your fire escape plan. Firefighters and restoration crews will do their jobs. Make sure you do yours too.

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are ready to put our expertise, experience and equipment to work for you! 

SERVPRO Tips: How To Avert Storm Damage To Your Business

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tips: Ways to prevent storm damage to your business

How to Prevent Storm Damage to Your Business

When a storm affects a business, business owners may wonder what they could have done to prevent the damage. Performing exterior maintenance and inspecting your property prior to a storm, however, may make it easier to prevent storm damage.

1. Obvious Signs of Damage

When inspecting a building, there are certain issues that may be quite obvious. For example, mold growth on a building can be highly visible, and damaged siding can also be easy to spot. Visible signs of exterior damage may also be an indicator that your building has sustained interior damage, and it is sometimes useful to employ water and mold restoration professionals if you suspect your business has existing damage that could become worse if a storm occurs.

2. Loose, Cracked or Worn-Down Materials

Thoroughly examining building materials and areas that are prone to damage before a storm can also be helpful. If you know there are building materials, such as old roof shingles, that may be prone to damage, it can be helpful to check that the materials aren’t loose, dented or otherwise damaged before a storm. Perform frequent exterior maintenance in these areas can help to keep your building maintained.

3. Potential Sources of Damage

When inspecting the exterior of your business, it may be easy to forget to examine your environment. However, even you don’t see any visible indications of a problem and you don’t notice any worn-down materials, it can be important to look around your property for debris or other materials that could damage your business during a storm. You can also use landscaping to your advantage by planting shrubs, flowers or trees that are able to absorb excess water, which may be able to prevent floodwater from affecting your building.

By performing exterior maintenance before a storm can prevent your building from sustaining damage. In your building inspection, it can be helpful to look for obvious signs of damage, worn-down materials and potential sources that could cause damage to your property during a storm.

Give us a call if a storm. does hit your business! We are faster to any disaster and are ready to put our expertise, equipment and experience to work for you! 

Water Saving Tips For Your Business

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

While water services are necessary for any commercial building, they can also be expensive. Every toilet flush or running faucet takes money out of your company's profits. Plus, if a leak or other disaster causes water damage, you may have to pay for emergency restoration services.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to limit the amount of water you use in your commercial facility. These tips will also come in handy if droughts or water issues limit your supply of H2O.

1. Adjust Your Faucets

Automatic faucets are expensive, but they can be a worthwhile investment. They turn on by themselves and only stay on for a set amount of time. You thus don’t have to worry about your employees leaving the water running.
These faucets don’t just save money, either. Since workers won't have to touch faucet handles, their germs won’t spread as easily.
If this water upgrade costs too much money, you can also just adjust the faucet aerator. A typical aerator uses 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm), which is almost the same amount of water utilized by a shower. Simply switching to a 0.5 gpm aerator can reduce your bathroom water usage by 80 percent.

2. Maintain Your Irrigation System

If your commercial building has an irrigation system, you should check it regularly for leaks or other water issues. Make sure the sprinklers are pointed at your actual grass and not the sidewalks or parking lot. You may also want to consider utilizing drip irrigation, which is more efficient than the spray type.

3. Remove Water-Intensive Plants

Annual plants may be pretty additions to your office, but they also use a lot of water. Consider swapping them out for colorful plants that require less water and last for a longer period of time. This will reduce your landscaping costs, as well.
These strategies should allow you to keep your building functioning properly even if there are water issues in your area. They will also save you money on your water bill.

SERVPRO Tips: How to Prevent Potential Water Damage

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Owning and running a building means that you have a lot on your plate. You probably want to avoid reacting to problems, but instead nip them in the bud.

When it comes to water damage though, how do you do that? 

Bathrooms and kitchens in a place of business get a lot of traffic. This means that your drains and toilets are doing a lot of work, so you should do what you can to keep them flowing and avoid flooding. Have maintenance check on them regularly and consider conducting a camera-scope inspection every so often. Some tips to avoid a clogged toilet:

  • Buy thin toilet paper.
  • Post signage about what can go in the toilet.
  • Provide plenty of labelled waste receptacles.

Pipes

First, you should look into what type of pipes you have. If they are older, they might be polybutylene, copper or galvanized iron. These materials are prone to damage and don't usually last long. Please consider replacing if this is the case. Regardless of material, it is important to check them for corrosion or leaks as often as possible, because even the smallest drip can accumulate. Winters can also be hard on pipes, so be sure to keep your building warm enough to avoid freezing and broken pipes.

Fire Sprinklers

Sometimes your sprinklers can be triggered to go off without a fire- a warm light nearby or burnt food in the microwave can do the trick. This can cause water damage, especially if not taken care of right away. You should have a water damage restoration company picked out so you can move forward right away with water repair should something like this happen. Especially if the incident was above a carpet, this may eventually turn into a mold problem.
There's a lot to keep track of in a large building. If you know what to add to a regular maintenance routine and some simple preventative measures, your life could be made a lot simpler.

If you do have a water damage event at your commercial building, give SERVPRO of Columbus a call! We are faster to any disaster and are ready to put our expertise, equipment and experience to work for you!