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HAVE YOU HAD A HOUSE FIRE?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

HAVE YOU HAD A HOUSE FIRE?

 "Devastating & shocked" is an understatement when experiencing the chaos of a fire in your home. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean-up can be too. If it is a small fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a top priority! The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage. These can lead to corrosion, unpleasant odor, and discoloration. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem.

Take immediate action by following these steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire: 

  1. Contact your insurance company. 
  2. Contact your local fire restoration company. 
  3. Take photographs of the damage.
  4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company. 
  5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.
  6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.

While a house fire is a difficult experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. Remember these steps for the next time you or someone you know is handling the aftermath of a house fire, and call SERVPRO of Bowling Green/ W. Lucas County to help you in your time of need!

WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP!

Halloween Tips to keep you safe

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Halloween Tips to keep you safe

  Halloween decorations are the first thing to ignite in over 1,000 reported home fires each year. Whether you are trick or treating, throwing a party, or staying inside, decorations can be a lurking fire risk and it is important to be aware. If you plan ahead you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions like keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun.  

From the National Fire Protection Association, here are five Halloween fire safety tips:

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
  • When choosing costumes, stay away from the long trailing fabric.
  • Teach young children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames, especially cornstalks, dried flowers, and crepe paper.
  • Provide young children with glow sticks or flashlights to carry with their costumes.
  • Remember to keep all exits clear of decorations so escape routes are not blocked. Also, make sure all smoke alarms are working properly.

Everyone at SERVPRO of Bowling Green/ W. Lucas County wants to make sure your Halloween is safe and fun so please follow the steps above to have a wonderful and spooky October 31st!  

In case of an emergency, give our team a call us at 419-867-8678!

Your Roof After A Heavy Snowfall

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy Snowfall Can Damage Your Bowling Green Roof.. Heavy Snowfall Can Damage Your Bowling Green Roof..

Heavy Snowfall Can Damage Your Bowling Green Roof..

With the colder months of the season beginning to set in, Bowling Green residents prepare for what could always potentially be a difficult winter. Heavier snowfalls threaten homes, especially when several days of hard snows compact onto roofs throughout the area without temperatures rising enough to melt or getting cold enough to freeze. Either of these scenarios presents a weight issue for your roof, which can expose vulnerable points to allow moisture penetration and eventual water flow into the property.

Your home could experience flood damage  if your roof is compromised. When water begins to find a path inside of your house through the attic space, the flow of melting snow from this opening in your insulation could be substantial depending on the amount of snow still trapped on top of the house. This water damage can spread quickly through the attic space and begin to affect the floors below.

Our SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County team can respond quickly at the first sign of flooding in your home.

We have the advanced equipment and the experience to help mitigate your loss while we establish what is necessary to overcome the effects throughout the property and return a restored home to you. This initial assessment can also help to provide your insurance provider with the necessary documentation and evidence of the damages to speed up the process of claim approval to afford the restoration work required.

With flooding in your home, the first step is boarding up the damaged area of the roof to prevent further penetration until reconstruction efforts can occur. Depending on the damages, these rebuilding efforts must happen before restoration work can begin. Our SERVPRO franchise offers build back services to provide a comprehensive package for our customers with reputable licensed contractors.

Recovering from a flood is nothing that a homeowner should have to do alone.

You can depend on our SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County rapid response team to help mitigate the loss and provide our expertise into every step towards restoring your water-damaged home fully.

Give SERVPRO a call today at 419-867-8678!!

Snow Emergency Classifications

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Snow Emergency Classifications Snow Emergency Classifications

Snow Emergency Classifications

With winter upon us I thought it would be a good time to put out our reminder about staying safe on the road this winter.

Pursuant of Ohio Attorney General Opinion 86-023, the sheriff of a county may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close county and township roads within his jurisdiction for the preservation of the public peace. Attorney General Opinion 97-015 allows the sheriff to close state and municipal roads.

Snow Emergency Classifications

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

Bugging Out

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Most importantly .. ALWAYS make sure you have working smoke detectors in you home.. Most importantly .. ALWAYS make sure you have working smoke detectors in you home..

Have you ever heard of a Bug Bag?

A Bug out bag is something you can grab in a hurry to help you survive. One of the best reasons to have a bug out bag is in the case of a home fire. Why you may ask? Well, home fire can start with just a small flame and turn into a fully engulfed structure in just a matter of minutes leaving you only seconds to escape.

A Bug Out Bag can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish but for the purpose of this article we are suggesting to keep it simple. This bag should be kept within reach, such as next to your AND your children's beds. If a fire was to strike in the middle of the night you want quick access.

In the bag you should consider some type of fire hood. On the high-end is the iEvac Certified Smoke/Fire Hood. It protects against toxic gasses such as carbon monoxide (the number one cause of death and injury in a fire), smoke, hydrogen sulfide, chlorine, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, sulfur dioxide, tear gas and more.

There are several options out there and a little research goes a long way. Next we suggest a fire blanket and a flashlight.

Another great addition is a whistle! I know this may sound strange but if you are trapped and can not escape on your own blowing a simple whistle will help to alert firemen to where you are located. 

  • This bag is simply for you to get out alive! 
  • Remember to have a plan!
  • Talk to your children!
  • Practice your escape routes! 

Most importantly .. ALWAYS make sure you have working smoke detectors in you home..

Rental Property Fire Damage: Who Pays for What?

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

An apartment fire, who pays for what? - Image of building on fire. An apartment fire, who pays for what?

Rental Property Fire Damage: Who Pays for What?

An apartment fire can be devastating. However, the aftermath can be more stressful than the initial experience as everyone struggles to understand who is responsible for what fire damage. Thankfully, the rules of responsibility are pretty cut and dry.

1. Responsibility and Ownership

Essentially, responsibility and ownership are the leading determiners for financial responsibility. The property owner owns the building and therefore his or her insurance is responsible for covering building damages. The tenant owns their belongings, and thus his or her coverage is responsible for covering personal items.

2. Structure and Property

The building structure and the surrounding property should be covered under the apartment owner’s insurance policy. Therefore, unless the owner is proven negligent, the insurance will cover any damage incurred during the apartment fire. As the owner is not responsible for a tenant’s belongings and as such is not liable for them, he or she cannot be held accountable for any damage unless, again, proven negligent.

3. Contents and Personal Belongings

As tenants are responsible for their belongings, like furniture, clothing and other personal items, his or her insurance will cover this damage. This coverage can be challenged if the tenant is proven both negligent and responsible for the initial blaze. 

4. Insurance Coverage and Restoration

While there does exist a clear division between insurer responsibility, the use of a fire remediation specialist in the Bowling Green OH area is most likely the responsibility of the building owner and their insurance policy. The responsible party can be disputed depending on the initial cause of the fire. 

An apartment fire is difficult for everyone involved. Whether you are the owner or a tenant, the loss of property can be emotionally taxing enough without worrying about who is responsible for covering what damage.

However, in most cases, the property owner is responsible for the building, and the tenant is responsible for their belongings.

Why you should choose SERVPRO of Bowling Green/ W. Lucas County if you are in Real Estate

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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WHY SERVPRO IS THE BEST CHOICE!

Currently, we are in a time where the real estate market is hot. Houses are selling faster than they can be listed. We are seeing interest rates drop to an all-time low and what a better time to have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings, whether it be a commercial or a residential listing. SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County understands that you want to move a sale through quickly to get your commission. How your listing looks is everything to a potential buyer and we can assist in making that happen. It doesn’t matter what shape or situation your listing is in, the SERVPRO team can assist you in many different ways to make sure this sale is quick and the most profitable for you!  Our team can assist you in inspecting a crawl space/attic area for mold, water, or biohazard damage and fix this damage efficiently.  Our team can even assist in estate sales in the case of hoarder cleanouts with optional inventory itemization and cleaning services. A SERVPRO of Bowling Green/W. Lucas County professional would be happy to attend your next sales meeting to discuss how to recognize the potential for mold and what to do in case of a fire or water emergency. Give our office a call today at 419-867-8678 to schedule an estimate! Our friendly staff would be excited to assist you!! 

Advanced Technology and Techniques

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Advanced Technology and Techniques Advanced Technology and Techniques

The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

  • Air scrubbers
  • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents

Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

The use of OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be needed to clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property.

  • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
  • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

Storm Safety and Steps to Take !

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Storm Safety

In 2017 we had no shortage of severe weather hit around the globe. We have seen major Hurricanes such , Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria. The Atlantic alone has had 17 Named storms so far in 2017!

On top of the major named storms we have had sever thunderstorms, heavy rains and we are just barely into the winter season!

So what steps should you do after the storm is gone and you are left with damage to your home?

There are steps that you should be aware of, steps to make the process smother and less Complicated.

1. Take the proper safety precautions! If your property is heavily damaged contact a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Bowling Green and West Lucas County to secure your property.

2. Contact your insurance company.

3.  Photograph damage, if it safe for you to do so. This is important to be sure you have an accurate record to give to your insurance company.

4. If the damage is from a storm such as a hurricane, look into Federal Disaster Assistance.

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When Storms or Floods hit Delta, SERVPRO is ready!

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Sign saying "Stormy Weather Ahead." When Storms or Floods hit Delta, SERVPRO is ready!

When Storms or Floods hit Delta, SERVPRO is ready!

SERVPRO of Bowling Green and W. Lucas 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.

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 lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. But a fast response time also means SERVPRO can get you back to normal faster. 

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Delta, 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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Bowling Green and W. Lucas County Today at 419.867.8678