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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!

Have You Seen This Mold?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Cool items in nature that are the color black: flowers, bats, volcanic rock; uncool items in nature that are the color black: mold. Mold grows in many shapes, colors, sizes and in some of the most inconvenient and unsightly places. Black mold specifically can easily take over and claim your environment as its own.

Mold has a very versatile way of traveling, spores can be carried into your home by opening a door or window to let a cool breeze in or you could even carry them in on your clothes or shoes. Fido the dog or Mittens the cat may even carry those pesky spores in with their fur or paws after time spent out in the yard. In any case, if or when you find yourself dealing with the unfortunate mold visitor, SERVPRO® of Licking County has your back. Our mold remediation service not only includes a visit from our specially trained heroes but also an in depth inspection of your house and belongings and a thorough cleaning of the infected areas.

Important tips to remember if you find or suspect mold in your home or office: Keep yourself and family members out of the affected areas, turn off your HVAC systems and fans and then give SERVPRO® of Licking County a call so that we may assess the situation for you. Actions to not take: Do Not touch or disturb the mold, blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth, attempt to dry the area yourself and Do Not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. Once our heroes arrive on the scene they will know exactly what to do to remedy the situation to keep you and your family safe.

Don’t let mold of any color, shape or size rule your household or run your business; call SERVPRO® today at (740) 587-0938.

3 Halloween Fire Safety Tips to Ensure Festivities End With Success, Not Flames

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Pumpkin with SERVPRO logo on it Happy Halloween!

SERVPRO of Licking County wants all residents and business owners alike to enjoy the flood of enjoyment that the fall season, specifically Halloween, brings. Whether this is the year for that big, non-stop talked about Halloween party your family is throwing or just setting up a few Jack-O-Lanterns to pass out candy to the neighborhood kids; SERVPRO has put together 3 helpful tips to ensure the only firefighters knocking on your door are party guests and Trick or Treat-ers, not the real ones.

  1. Use battery operated candles or glow sticks when decorating.
  2. If using open flame, ensure dried flowers, cornstalks, flammable paper and plastic are kept at a safe distance.
  3. When choosing a costume, be cautious with long trailing fabrics so you do not become the candle.

SERVPRO of Licking County wants their residents to enjoy all the festivities of the season, but also wants to ensure they’re being enjoyed safely. Everyone knows that accidents still can happen to even the most cautious of folks, rest assured knowing that SERVPRO of Licking County has your back. We will arrive to the scene quickly to render any and all necessary aide. Our trusted Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians have a ‘restore first’ mentality so that your home or office has the "Like it never even happened," appeal once again. Our highly trained technicians also specialize in odor control, upholstery and fabric cleaning and of course any secondary water damage that may have taken place during the extinguishing efforts. Your time and property is important to us which is why we work efficiently and effectively.

Call SERVPRO of Licking County today at (740) 587-0938 for a quote or so we may answer any questions. Your friendly neighborhood SERVPRO is always here to help. Happy Halloween!

You Have the Questions, SERVPRO Has the Answers

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

If you have ever pulled into your driveway to a fallen tree on your house, flipped the light on to your basement to find your very own two foot indoor pool, or played the ‘what’s that smell’ game upon entering any room in your house; then you’ve found yourself in the proper location to solve these matters. Not only can SERVPRO of Licking County answer those burning questions brought with by disasters but we can also help and accomplish the remediation process for you. Please, allow me the distinct pleasure to explain why.

Fallen tree on your house? Easy, SERVPRO of Licking County has Disaster Recovery Teams strategically placed at the ready, night and day, to respond to any kind of emergency situation. We also have a complete network of hard-working franchises all over the nation to call upon should your situation need double or triple the effort. 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year you and your family can count on SERVPRO of Licking County to get any size disaster cleaned and restored in the blink of an eye.

Find that pool in your basement? That’s okay, SERVPRO of Licking County has specially trained and highly motivated water remediation professionals that can turn any situation back to pre-water damage condition. We also have advanced drying equipment and techniques that can extract standing water quickly, detect any hidden moisture post extraction and then clean and rid your home or commercial property of any contamination brought in with flood waters. Not only can we remediate the problem but we can also provide documentation that certifies and validates that your home, basement, or office; is dry. "Like it never even happened," in fact!

Are you or have you found yourself walking throughout your home or office vigorously sniffing to locate that smell? Not a problem, our mold remediation specialists will be able to detect, identify and remediate the situation quickly. If it’s mold, we can eliminate the mold and locate the source of water/moisture causing it. It does not matter the cause or the situation, our Microbial Remediation Specialists will be able to eliminate it at the source so that you can once again enjoy an odor free environment.

If this has not answered your ‘why SERVPRO’ question yet then give us a call at (740) 587-0938 so that we may better assist you and answer any further questions. We are here to help and want the opportunity to do so.

How to Prepare for Winter Storms

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Satellite image of a storm system Example satellite image of a storm system.

As Licking County residents, or Ohio residents in general, we are all very aware of the nasty storms that can blow in during the colder winter months. At the present you have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall days, possibly with friends and family, drinking apple cider and carving pumpkins. Another opportunity that this mild weather brings is to give your home or office a good thorough once over to ensure it is winter storm ready.

SERVPRO of Licking County has compiled a short and sweet generalized list of items to bring attention to or add to your winterizing check list:

  1. Insulate any water lines that may run along exterior walls to prevent freezing.
  2. Re-caulk or replace weather-stripping around doors and windows (keep heat in and storm moisture out).
  3. Insulate your attic or check the insulation for worn out spots.
  4. Check your roof for any worn or weak spots and holes. Repair if necessary.
  5. Assess the condition of your landscaping (trees, shrubs, etc…) and cut away any branches that may be weak and could pose a danger should a storm bring a strong breeze.

Mother Nature does tend to remind us that she abides by her own rules, which is when we at SERVPRO of Licking County comes into play. Our specially trained storm damage heroes arrive to any size disaster with our advanced equipment and techniques to render aide, fast. During the height of storm season we also have resources to call upon from our 1,700 franchises nationwide to put the pieces from your disaster back together. We understand how a natural disaster hitting your home or business can cause stress levels to elevate, which is why SERVPRO of Licking County are the trusted specialists called upon to remediate. 

Call SERVPRO of Licking County today at (740) 587-0938 if you experience storm damage or residual damage post storm like water, fire and/or mold. We’ll be there to make any disaster look "Like it never even happened."

Winter, and Possible Water Damage, is Coming!

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Across the nation, residents and business owners alike, have bid farewell to summer and are moving into fall with the inevitable winter close behind. These autumn months that welcome colder, crisper air also bring in excess rain and sometimes snow. Some cold seasons may be easier to prepare for than others, so if you find this is one of those under prepared seasons and that first big storm blows or floods right through your front, back or basement door; take a deep breath and call SERVPRO of Licking County.

Rain, sleet, snow or hail we will be at your home or business at a moment’s notice. Our highly trained water restoration technicians will bring not only our advanced drying equipment but also their expert, hands-on training, and techniques to assess any situation fast and help mitigate further damage. We have Disaster Recovery Teams at the ready, 24 hours a day on all 365 days of the year, across the nation for even the most gruesome of storms and damages. Your home or office will once again have the "Like it never even happened," feeling, not to mention documentation of our drying process to validate that your property and belongings are dry.

Even though winter is coming, rest assured knowing that SERVPRO of Licking County is coming too. Call us today with questions or for a quote at (740) 587-0938. Bundle up!

Licking County Business Owners Recommend SERVPRO®

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

When you hear the SERVPRO® name some people think of that one time we helped their friend with their flooded basement, or when we helped their mom with a mold situation. Our SERVPRO® of Licking County’s name is associated with many remedied disasters at homes within our community. Homeowners are not the only ones who sing the praise of SERVPRO® though, business owners alike know the name: SERVPRO® of Licking County. We respond to any size disaster, whether it be a small family home or an enormous commercial warehouse, we’re there regardless to offer our decades old expertise to ensure any damage looks "Like it never even happened."

In fact, we have a happy customer from Newark, OH who stated we ‘proved that [our] slogan is more than just clever marketing’. Not to mention the assistance rendered in Worthington, OH where we had another more than satisfied customer claim ‘with the strongest confidence and without reservation that [they] highly recommend SERVPRO® of Licking County’.  

If you are a business owner in the midst of picking up the pieces after a disaster, stop and call SERVPRO® of Licking County so we can do it for you. Our heroes will be there before you know it to restore your business while you run it. Give us a call today at (740) 587-0938 so we can help.

What Are Those?! They’re Soot Webs!

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Soot web forming between pillars of a banister. Perfect example of a formed soot web, post-fire disaster.

Halloween time brings about a wide array of spooky items and curious spectacles, soot webs however, are no Halloween decoration (even though they may look the part). If you’re still asking yourself, ‘what in the world is a soot web?’ let me elaborate.

Soot webs, which are also referred to as “Soot Tags”, are a common occurrence following the unfortunate run-in with a house or office fire. As one can imagine there are all kinds of different materials that catch fire and burn during fire disasters. The soot that generates from petroleum and synthetic based materials are carried with the heat of the smoke/fire to colder areas and will bond together once they reach areas with low circulation. These soot particles are so charged that they begin to create these bonded ‘web-like’ strands that can stretch from wall to wall. They’ll continue to build on themselves and the result can resemble a spider web that merely collected soot, this is not the case. These are entirely new structures that form on their own.

This is where SERVPRO® of Licking County takes action, with our heroes always at the ready. Our SERVPRO® specialists have encountered the curious spectacle of soot webs on many occasions during our 25 plus years of service. They are thoroughly trained in fire damage restoration and cleaning to bring your home or office back to life with the "Like it never even happened," feeling.

Don’t wait for any spiders to take up residence in these webs, call SERVPRO® of Licking County today at (740) 587-0938 for more information on how to get your home or office Halloween party ready! Let’s get you ‘Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned’ today!

SERVPRO® Never Forgets About Our Commercial Folks

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

As a cleaning and restoration company, SERVPRO® often comes to mind when you are in need of a silver lining after the devastation of a natural disaster. Our heroes take pride in being those individuals you rely on in those times of need, every hour of the day and every day in the year, for home and business owners alike. However, rest assured knowing that SERVPRO® also wants to tackle the jobs you may not want to have to worry about yourself. Has your walk-in refrigerator seen a couple hardy spills? Noticing dust build up on your light fixtures or ceilings? Is your entry way carpeting looking worn, hardwood or tile floors looking dull? SERVPRO® vehemently has you covered with Commercial Cleaning Services! Our heroes undergo award winning-training in services that have been trusted for over 40 years and in over 100 exclusive cleaning products. You’ll want to host a Grand Re-Opening and cut that red ribbon like you’re opening your doors for the first time knowing that your establishment is Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned. Call today at (740) 587-0938 and visit us online at SERVPROlickingcounty.com.