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Odor Removal in your Commercial Facility

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Keep it Fresh!

Have you ever wondered how your customers feel when they enter your facility? Most commercial property owners strive to offer a comfortable and welcoming facility for their customers. The happier and more comfortable the customer is, the longer they will stay and more likely they will be to return. 

In addition to a clean, neat appearance, your facility should also have a clean smell. Unpleasant odors in your commercial property have the ability to negatively impact your business. Odors are good or bad based on individual perception. It is important to ensure that your customers have a positive perception of your facility. 

SERVPRO is widely known for being the leader in fire and water damage cleanup and restoration but we also offer many other services. Our team at SERVPRO of Licking County is also trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize unpleasant odors thoroughly. 

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at 740-587-0938, and leave the restoration to us. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Licking County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Licking County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

If fire or smoke damage has impacted your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Water Damages and Your Insurance Coverage

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Are You Covered? 

There is no worse nightmare than coming home and finding your house flooded. Your furniture, walls, carpet and belongings are soaking wet. You wonder, “Will my insurance help with water damage restoration?” 

Unfortunately, the answer is complicated and depends on your policy. Insurance policies vary from one company to the next. Water damage is one of the most common disasters your home can experience so it is important to make sure you have the necessary coverage if the need should arise. 

According to the Insurance Information Institute:

“Generally speaking, water that comes from the top down—such as rainfall and burst sprinklers—is covered by a standard homeowners policy.

Some policies cover sewer and drain backups, but many do not; however, you can purchase a sewer backup rider to your homeowners or renters coverage.

Typically, water that comes from the bottom up—such as an overflowing river—is covered by a separate flood insurance policy, which can be purchased from the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and from some private insurers.”

However, properly maintaining your home is one of the best ways to prevent water damage from happening. 

If water damage has impacted your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

What to Know 

An excessive heat watch has recently been issued for the Central Ohio area over the next few days. That makes now an important time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, the elderly, and people with illnesses or chronic diseases. However, even young and healthy people can be affected if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. 

Heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body can not properly cool itself. The body normally cools itself by sweating, however during extreme heat this may not be enough. During extreme or excessive heat, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself. There are several precautions that you can take to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you and your loved ones.

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

  • Stay cool indoors
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Wear sunscreen 
  • Pace yourself 
  • Stay hydrated 
  • Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks
  • Do not leave children or animals in cars
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals
  • Keep your pets hydrated
  • Know the signs of heat-related illnesses
  • Monitor those at high risk
  • Check for updates 

Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Please take the proper precautions to ensure that you and your loved ones stay safe. 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.html 

IICRC Certified Firm

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Licking County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Licking County

SERVPRO of Licking County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call (740)-587-0938 today! 

Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe. 

SERVPRO Blessing Box Donation Drive

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

From Donations to Restoration, We are Always Here to Help! 

Our team at SERVPRO of Licking County is currently accepting donations to stock the Blessing Boxes in Pataskala, Ohio. Please consider helping us pay it forward by donating non-perishable items and small personal care/sanitary items. One small act of kindness can make a big difference in the community. 

A Blessing Box is a small, often homemade structure where people leave donated goods for others to pick up anonymously. They are typically located in a common area and people fill them with items that will help those in need. The items consist of everything from non-perishable food to toiletries. These donated essentials help fulfill short-term basic needs for those who don’t always have access to them.

Many Blessing Boxes can be found throughout the Central Ohio Area. The locations can be found at the following link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?fbclid=IwAR1ETvRlRgt7Ybb8ejUxFRMD8Z5UKpkO70LRjgqsfI0gtynRM-j44x1ZB7s&mid=1h3GvUiJ3yoIEpU9-VRRIxzKuMY2lMi8Q&ll=40.04720889954504%2C-82.84959719999995&z=10 

Donations will be collected from July 8th - August 9th, 2019 and distributed to the Blessing Boxes in Pataskala, Ohio. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please call our office at 740-587-0938.

Firework Safety for Independence Day

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Firework Safety and Facts

With the Fourth of July approaching, many people in the U.S. will be celebrating by watching or setting off fireworks. Fireworks are beautiful to watch but can be dangerous if handled improperly. More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Each year, fireworks cause on average 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires resulting in thousands of injuries.

Whether you’re celebrating in your red, white and blue, or just enjoying a backyard firework show this holiday, knowing firework safety might help protect you and your loved ones from the potential harms of mishandling fireworks. If fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips from the National Safety Council:

  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eye wear
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire

The safest way to enjoy fireworks it to attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals, however if you choose to put on a fireworks display please be safe and remember these tips.

If fire damage has impacted your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

Flood Watch Vs Warning

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Know The Difference 

As many counties in the Central Ohio area are under a flash flood watch, SERVPRO of Licking County wants you to know what this means and why you should be prepared.  

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

Source: https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood-watch-warning

These terms all have different meanings and you are responsible to take action as needed to keep you and your family safe when heavy rain comes your way.

If flood damage has impacted your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Every year, all over the country, catastrophic natural disasters wreak havoc on communities large and small. Whether its turbulent blizzards, or torrid flooding, the effects of these colossal events can be felt across the nation.

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of over 1,600 Franchises, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States allowing for a faster response time, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing experience, additional manpower, equipment and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team assists your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.

In the midst of the chaos and stress caused by these happenings, it is easy for business and home owners to feel overwhelmed and lost. So in the event that your home or business is involved in a storm, you can rely on SERVPRO to turn a stressful situation into a manageable, professional experience.

If storm damage has impacted your home or business, please call SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938. Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

The Importance of Teamwork

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Teamwork is the Key to Success! 

No matter what line of work you are in, teamwork is essential to running a successful business. Here at SERVPRO of Licking County, our team is fortunate to have a warm, yet effective working relationship with one another. Since we are an emergency business, it is imperative that communication is clear between the office, field technicians and managers. During a surge in business due to a disaster event, proper communication and execution allows our franchise to respond to more calls efficiently.

The owners at SERVPRO of Licking County consistently stress the importance of teamwork and often reference John Maxwell’s “17 Laws of Teamwork.”  

  1. The Law of Significance
  2. The Law of the Big Picture
  3. The Law of the Niche
  4. The Law of Mount Everest
  5. The Law of the Chain
  6. The Law of the Catalyst
  7. The Law of the Compass
  8. The Law of The Bad Apple
  9. The Law of Countability
  10. The Law of the Price Tag
  11. The Law of the Scoreboard
  12. The Law of the Bench
  13. The Law of Identity
  14. The Law of Communication
  15. The Law of the Edge
  16. The Law of High Morale
  17. The Law of Dividends

When you find your business or home affected by flood, water leak, mold, smoke, fire, vandalism, storm, or other damage, you can trust the SERVPRO of Licking County team to have your back. Call us at 740-587-0938.