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Generator Safety in Winter Storms

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Often winter storms can cause power outages for extended periods of time. When this happens, many people use a generator to keep their loved ones safe and warm. It is important to take the proper safety precautions when using a generator. Please consider following these safety tips from the American Red Cross: 

  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  • Be sure to turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.
  • Store fuel for the generator in an approved safety can. Use the type of fuel recommended in the instructions or on the label on the generator.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator, or use a heavy duty, outdoor-rated extension cord that is rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads.
  • Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. Known as “backfeeding,” this practice puts utility workers, your neighbors and your household at risk of electrocution.
  • Remember, even a properly connected portable generator can become overloaded, resulting in overheating or generator failure. Be sure to read the instructions.
  • If necessary, stagger the operating times for various equipment to prevent overloads.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
  • Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

If winter 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.

Source: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/power-outage/safe-generator-use.html

The Benefits of Pretesting

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Licking County our professionals start the restoration process with pretesting. Pretesting is testing a section of the surface to be cleaned with the recommended cleaning method. This process can help in a number of ways.

  • The restoration of existing materials often costs less than replacing them and a pretest can allow the restoration company to know which parts of the damaged area can best be restored before beginning services.
  • The process of pretesting can also help the restoration company determine the damage type and how severe it may be. Knowing these things can allow for a proper plan of action for any repairs and restoration needs to be made.
  • Doing a pretest helps the restoration company formulate a plan of action. This may include if any steps need to be performed before the restoration starts, what cleaning needs to be done, and which areas of damage need to be addressed first.


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.

What To Do When You Experience A Pipe Break

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Broken or bursting pipes can cause a substantial amount of damage to your home or business. Because of this, it is important to have the problem taken care of as quickly as possible. Having a quick response can not only help minimize the amount of damage but can also prevent secondary damages. In a high-stress situation like this, it can be difficult to determine what to do, but the following steps will help put you on the right path.



  • Identify the source of the water. 
  • Turn off the main water valve. (Don’t turn back on until repairs have been completed.)
  • Look out for and remove safety hazards. (If you can do so safely.) 
  • Call SERVPRO of Licking County for water mitigation. 
  • Contact your insurance company to start the claims process/establish coverage. 
  • Take photos and document damage while waiting for help. 
  • Clean up as much water as you can to prevent further damage. 
  • Wrap wooden furniture legs in aluminum foil or place wood blocks underneath to protect them from water. 



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.

Space Heater Safety While Staying Warm During Winter

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

When the weather is cold outside, it is nice to be warm and toasty indoors. For many people this means using an electric space heater. Here are some safety tips to ensure fire safety while staying warm this winter, according to the NFPA:

  • Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory. 
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet (1 metre) away from anything that can burn, including people.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
  • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
  • Keep children away from the space heater.
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.

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.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/PortableHeaterSafety.ashx

New Year's Resolution: Emergency Ready Profile

1/1/2021 (Permalink)

Make Your Resolution Count 

Now that it is 2021, people are either making their resolutions or already have them planned. Quite a few individuals choose to work out more or to spend less money. As a business owner, you can make a resolution that could help for years to come. 

SERVPRO offers businesses a service called an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Consider making your New Year’s resolution getting prepared with an ERP. Listed below are a few advantages of an Emergency Ready Profile: 

  • No cost assessment of your facility. 
  • Contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building quickly following a disaster. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Licking County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. 
  • Can add your facility’s current contingency plans to your SERVPRO Ready Profile. 

The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet. Simply download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information anytime. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your businesses are "Ready for whatever happens."

Think about the potential disasters that could affect your business. Now ask yourself this question: Are You Ready?

Call 740-587-0938 Today for a No Cost Assessment of Your Facility!

Winter Weather Alerts

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Know the Difference 

When winter weather is approaching it is important to familiarize yourself with the different types of winter weather alerts. By understanding the differences you can better prepare yourself and your family in order to stay safe. These are the different meanings of winter weather alerts according to the National Weather Service:

  • Winter Storm Watch: Conditions favorable for a winter storm event, which is a threat to life or property. 
  • Blizzard Watch: Conditions favorable for a blizzard event. (Low visibility <¼ mi with winds at least 35 mph)
  • Winter Weather Advisory: Issued for one or more of the following: 
    • Snow of 3-5” in 12 hrs
    • Sleet <½”
    • Freezing rain with sleet/snow
    • Blowing snow
  • Freezing Rain Advisory: Ice accumulation <¼”
  • Winter Storm Warning: Heavy snow of 6” in 12 hrs or 8” in 24 hrs, or sleet of ½” or more. 
  • Ice Storm Warning: Ice accumulation ¼” or more. 
  • Blizzard Warning: Blizzard conditions for at least 3 hours. 

If winter 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.



Source: https://www.weather.gov/ilx/wwa_social

Ice Dam Damage and Preventative Tips

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

A somewhat common cause of water damages during the winter is ice dams. Ice dam build-up on a roof can cause water to pool behind it and leak into your home. 

Three ways ice dams can damage your property:

  1. Heat collects in the attic and warms the roof, except at the eaves.
  2. Snow melts on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves.
  3. Ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam. Melted water from the warm roof backs up behind it, flows under the shingles, and into the house.

It is important to take preventative measures before the problem arises. Here are some ice dam prevention tips to consider: 

  • Add insulation in your attic. 
  • Remove attic heat sources. 
  • Insulate attic access doors. 
  • Check the exhausts.
  • Check flashing around the chimney. 

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.

Winter Holiday Fire Safety Tips

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Winter holidays are best spent with family and friends. Unfortunately this means there is a greater risk of fire between decorating and entertaining. Here are some safety tips to ensure fire safety while you enjoy your Winter Holiday plans, according to the NFPA:

Holiday decorating 

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. 
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn. 
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. 
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged. 
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

 Holiday Entertaining 

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan. 
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles. 
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet. 
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop. 
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them. 
  • Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.

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.



Source: https://www.nfpa.org//-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Winter_Holiday_Safety.pdf

For Immediate Service in Licking County, Call SERVPRO

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Licking County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Licking County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 740-587-0938

Residential Services

Whether your Licking County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Licking County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: 

Ways To Prevent Commercial Losses

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

According to State Farm’s Guide to Assisting Small Business Owners In Reducing Loss, here are a few ways that you can prevent Commercial Losses:

Fire Prevention

-Ensure smoke detectors are installed according to manufacturer’s guidelines.

-Test smoke detector batteries monthly.

-Store flammable liquids in their original container.

-Allow ventilation when using flammable liquids to reduce risk of fire injury or illness from vapors.

-Get sprinkler systems professional inspected annually at minimum.

-Be sure that your business has the right type, size, and number of fire extinguishers by calling your nearest fire department to assure you have the protection you need.

-Ensure that your employees are trained to locate and use your fire extinguishers.

Water Damage Prevention

-Replace any leaking or old appliance or equipment that uses water to avoid major water damage, like water heaters, air conditioners, ice makers, or washers.

-Replace any ruptured water supply lines, frozen pipes, or clogged drains.

-Ensure roofing is not deteriorated or damaged to decreased possibility of water entering the facility and causing damage to the interior.

-Have flat roofing inspected for pooling water or issues with the surface of the roof.

-Insulate exposed pipes to avoid water damage and freezing pipes.

-Avoid putting solids or grease down your drain.

-Install a water leak detection system to alert you when there are potential water leaks in the building.

Read more from the article here: https://static1.st8fm.com/en_US/content_pages/1/pdf/us/Loss%20Control%20for%20Business.pdf

When the need arises call SERVPRO of Licking County for all your commercial cleaning and restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Licking County at 740-587-0938.