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Unpredictable Ohio Weather

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

ice crystals on glass If you encounter any of these problems call SERVPRO® of Licking County at 740-587-0938.

Ohio weather can often have more twists and turns than a new roller coaster at Kings Island or Cedar Point.  It is freezing in the morning and warm in the afternoon or vice versa.  It’s snowing, but that wasn’t in the forecast. This actually happens here. It is not uncommon for the temperature to change more than 30 degrees in a single 24-hour period.  

Recently, we have been experiencing mostly mild winter temperatures in our region. However, we have just begun a cold snap that is predicted to last several days. 

Extreme weather changes can wreak havoc on your home causing water damage, mold damage and even fire damage. 

Here are a few tips that can help you prepare in case of a weather emergency. 

Prepare Now 

  • Emergency Kit (with supplies to last at least three days) 
  • Prescription Medications 
  • Battery operated devices and charging options 
  • Inspect home systems to ensure proper function (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc.) 
  • Maintain and inspect all supplemental heating devices (portable heaters, chimneys, etc.) 

A comprehensive list of items to include in your emergency kit is available at www.ready.gov along with more information to help you stay ahead of the storm.

Your local team of SERVPRO® professionals would like to take a moment and remind everyone to stay safe and healthy!  

SERVPRO® of Licking County is Ready for Whatever Happens!

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

You may recognize SERVPRO® as a disaster restoration company, but did you know that we offer many non-emergency services too?   

Our highly trained team members are ready and able to assist with a multitude of situations that life may throw your way, as well as your routine cleaning needs.  If you are looking to freshen up your home or if you have the unfortunate luck of suffering a loss and you are experiencing an emergency caused by water or fire, SERVPRO® of Licking County can help!

Upholstery/On-Site Drapery and Carpet Cleaning:  

Furniture, on-site drapery and/or carpet cleaning can brighten up any space. We offer multiple methods of carpet and upholstery cleaning that can be tailored to your individual needs.  Our drapery cleaning equipment allows us to clean your drapes while they are hanging, allowing us to provide the most convenient option for drapery cleaning. 

Dryer Vent/Furnace Duct Cleaning: 

Furnace Duct Cleaning can freshen the air that you breathe by removing pollutants from the environment and improving air flow.  Dryer Vent Cleaning can help improve the efficiency of your dryer while also, helping to prevent a fire.   

Please call our office at 740-587-0938 today to find out more and/or schedule a free estimate. 

Winter Water Damage

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Water leaking from broken pipe Call SERVPRO of Licking County today! 740-587-0938

Winter Water Damage 

Along with its chilling temps, winter brings along a host of water damage possibilities. Residential homes are especially vulnerable to water damage during the winter. When the temperature is below freezing there are three main types of winter water damage. Today, we are going to focus on one of the most common causes of water damage, burst pipes. Broken or burst pipes are one of the top sources of water damage. In most cases, burst pipes can be prevented. 

Burst Pipes Are Common in the Winter 

Pipes, whether plastic or metal, are known for bursting in sub-freezing temps. Contrary to popular belief, pipes rarely burst due to expanding ice contained within them. Rather, pipes break due to the buildup of water pressure between a sink’s faucet and an ice blockage. No matter how sturdy a pipe may be, it’s no match for expanding water. The pipe will rupture. 

Typically, uninsulated pipes are especially prone to breakage. Pipes that are located along the exterior walls and water pipes that run along unheated areas of a home. Such as, the attic, basement, garage, crawl space or underneath a sink. 

The number one protection against a burst pipe is insulation. Before winter’s arrival, inspect all areas of your home that contain unheated water lines. You can purchase pipe sleeves and fit them around the pipes in the garage, under the sink and beneath the bathroom cabinets. If pipe sleeves are unavailable, another option is using a quarter-inch of newspaper to surround the pipes, which offers an equally effective solution against the damage caused by sustained freezing temperatures. 

Maintaining a cozy indoor temperature will help prevent your pipes from freezing. Even when you are away, you should run the heat continuously at no less than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts also suggest maintaining a consistent temperature throughout the home. (This may be costlier than turning down the heat at night, but it may prevent an even more expensive broken pipe.) Another tried and true method to prevent a break in your water pipe is to let the faucet trickle water. Dripping even the smallest volume of water during subfreezing temperatures allows the water to run through the pipe without freezing. Unheated compartments of a home can also benefit from warm air. A common winter weather defense strategy is leaving the kitchen cupboards and bathroom cabinets open to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. Also, remember to keep garage doors closed if water lines run through them. 

When water pipes do freeze, they can be thawed. Apply a towel soaked in hot water around the frozen pipe to slowly thaw the freeze. An electrical heating pad will work, just as well. Also, keep the faucet running, this allows the flowing water to gradually melt the ice. 

Despite all preventive measures, disasters can still occur. When an emergency happens, contact a professional water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Licking County. Our highly trained professionals combined with our state-of-the-art drying equipment are well-equipped to remove all excess moisture from homes and businesses in substantially less time than a standard dehumidifier. It is crucial to remove standing water and stabilize the environment as soon as possible. 

Water damage restoration technicians use advanced equipment to detect the level of water damage in the affected area. Air movers, dehumidifiers and other high-tech equipment are used to thoroughly dry out the affected areas. 

Our specialists will quickly return your home to its preloss condition. The certified water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Licking County will respond immediately to calls within Licking County, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Fire and Smoke Damage - What to do Until Help Arrives

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

smoke damage on ceiling Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various surfaces in your home.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON’T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® franchise professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® franchise professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO® of Licking County today at 740-587-0938

How Does Exposure to Water Affect Building Materials?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

wet carpeting in commercial building Recent commercial water damage to carpet in Newark, Ohio.

Water damage affects various building materials in different ways. From crumbling drywall to swelling wood, here are a few of the affects that exposure to water can have on common building materials. 

Drywall 

Water can begin to penetrate drywall within hours. This material may react in several ways, including 

  • Disintegration 
  • Swelling 
  • Supporting mold growth 

Drywall that has been exposed to water may need to be torn out and replaced.  
 
Flooring 
Wood flooring and carpeting respond to water damage differently. Wood floors are particularly vulnerable after water permeates the polyurethane coating. You may observe some of the following effects: 

  • Cupping 
  • Swelling wood 
  • Splitting planks 

Solid wood flooring may be restored through several methods, such as 

  • Sanding 
  • Scraping 
  • Refinishing 
  • Removing and retrofitting planks 

Regardless of flooring type, wet subfloors may need to be replaced. Moist concrete at the base should also be completely dry prior to restoration. 
 
Carpet exposed to clean water from a supply line break may be dried if the damage is quickly discovered and mitigated. If carpet remains saturated for hours or days or is initially exposed to contaminated black water, it should be torn out and replaced. 
 
Metal 
Metal may become discolored and begin to corrode within days or weeks of exposure to water. Rust-proof coatings may provide some protection. 
 
Wood 
Untreated wood may become stained within minutes or hours of exposure to water. Wood may start to split, swell, or warp within hours or days. Depending on the type of wood, duration of exposure, and structural significance, these components may need to be replaced. 
 
Take action to mitigate water damage as soon as it occurs at your business in Newark, Ohio. First, contact a plumber for water damage related repairs. Next, call SERVPRO® of Licking County at 740-587-0938.  Our highly trained experts can advise you about swelling wood and which building materials can be safely restored or will need to be replaced. 

When Storms or Floods hit - SERVPRO of Licking County is ready!

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

flooded home with floating flip flop Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in your Licking County home.

SERVPRO of Licking County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

SERVPRO technicians can use both portable centrifugal pumps and submersible units. This wide range of equipment ensures there is never any delay in the cleanup no matter how deep it gets. 

Faster Response 

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response limits the damage, lessens further damage and reduces the restoration cost. 

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms 

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. 

SERVPRO is equipped with the skills and experience to tackle any size flood damage and make it look "Like it never even happened." 

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 740-587-0938 

SERVPRO of Licking County Offers Quick Response

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

flooded bathroom with items floating in the water Residential water damage can be costly.

ERVPRO® of Licking County will respond quickly to your Water Damage Emergency

In general, your home is one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime.  In order to protect your investment, you should always be on the lookout for household problems and address them before they worsen. One such dreaded homeowner issue is water damage.  If left unattended, a water damage in your home can cause detrimental damage to the structural components as well as your possessions. 

Fast Action saves $$$

When you are dealing with water damage, taking immediate action is crucial.  If you wait to deal with water damage in your home, the more damage it may cause. When water comes in contact with porous materials, they absorb the water and damage occurs. The longer the materials are exposed to the water can significantly affect the restorability of the material. The more damage, the more expensive the job becomes.  If emergency mitigation services are performed and the environment is stabilized with the utilization of our highly efficient drying equipment in a timely manner the.  

Time is of the essence when water damage occurs and you can count on SERVPRO® of Licking County to be there when you need us.  Call us today at 740-587-0938, we provide 24/7 emergency service. 

Peak Season - Residential Fire Risks

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

fire in a frying pan on the stove Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires

Peak Season – Residential Fire Risks

The holidays are here again and most of us are hustling and bustling to get everything done. This time of year, can be overwhelming for many people and a fire in your home is probably the last thing on your mind. Did you know, nearly 50% of all residential fires occur during the months of November, December, January and February?

 Four Common Causes of Home Fires

  1. Cooking - Cooking fires account for nearly 49% of all reported home fires. Ranges or cooktops are the cause of three-fifths of home cooking fire incidents.
  1. Heaters - Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Failure to clean and maintenance heating equipment was the leading cause followed by having heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.
  1. Electrical - Electricity helps make our lives easier, but there are times when we take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment, such as wiring, lighting, cords and plugs are to blame for nearly 10% of reported home structure fires every year.
  1. Candles - On average, 20 home candle fires are reported each day and roughly 37% of those fires started in bedrooms. Three of every five home candle fires occur when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.

Source: NFPA

Please Stay Safe this holiday season! Our highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Licking County are always, “Here to Help!” If you do experience a fire loss, whatever the cause, call our office at 740-587-0938.

Avoiding Power Outage Perils

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Candle with laptop in the background Candle and Laptop

Losing power can be annoying anytime, but especially when it’s cold and stormy outside.  When the power goes out, many things flood into your mind. Where did I put that flashlight? Do I have any batteries? Do I still have internet?  While all of these things are important, there are also serious concerns that you should consider to protect your home.  When the power goes out, several critical systems in your home are going to be offline.  Here are some things to consider: 

Sump Pumps: these pumps are located in the basement to prevent water from entering from the ground.  Without power the pump will not operate and water could enter from the sump pump pit. 

Furnaces and Heating units: even gas-powered furnaces and heating units need electricity to run the blowers/fans that push the air through ducts around the home.  Without heat, the pipes are susceptible to freezing and bursting. If the temperature outside is below freezing consider turning the faucets on just a little bit to keep water moving in the pipes.  This not only introduces warmer water from underground pipes but the movement of the water helps prevent freezing. 

Freezers:  If you haven’t thawed your freezer in a while, you may have significant ice buildup that will begin to melt and cause water to puddle at the freezer door.  You are better off putting a baking tray under the door rather than opening the door and trying to manually remove the ice.  Opening the door will cause the cold air to escape and will lead to more rapid thawing/spoiling of food if power is not restored quickly. 

Ideally, having a back-up generator is your best option for restoring power quickly, but these can be costly, especially built-in units.  If you do have a generator (portable or built-in) make sure it is wired and ready to provide power to the critical systems above. 

If you do experience storm damage, call the experts at SERVPRO! 

Holiday Spirit is in The Air, So is Certified SERVPRO Cleanliness

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

With the impending enjoyment and bustle that comes with the holidays, so does the need or want to ensure you have a clean home in preparation for visitors. When you take on the responsibility of hosting the Thanksgiving or Christmas festivities, the meal is not the only thing on your mind. The carpets may have begun to not only appear dull, but now they are screaming the reality at you while you try to plan your green bean casserole. Fido’s slobber and muddy tail swipes on the walls may as well be displayed in picture frames now, and I bet you’re also thinking the dust build up on fan blades and inside ducts look like snow drifts. You may also have family members with health and wellness concerns.

I know what you may be thinking, ‘Where do I even start?’ I can tell you. Start by calling SERVPRO of Licking County. SERVPRO is not only there for you when you have a crisis on your hands, we are here even when your home or office just needs a pre-holiday spruce up. SERVPRO of Licking County can provide that piece of mind with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned guarantee, with our new defensive pathogen cleaning program that surpasses standard janitorial services. Our dedicated professionals will first consult, then clean with our EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and finally certify that your spaced is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. We will also provide you with our certified shield to place in your window so that you may welcome your guests with confidence for all holiday festivities.

If you have a to-do list a mile long, check all your house cleaning job essentials off by calling SERVPRO of Licking County at (740) 587-0938, and we will get you on the schedule today! Happy Holiday Planning!