Staying Safe in Storms
If you need water or storm damage restoration after a storm, call the experts at SERVPRO today!
Over the past few weeks, there have been several storms in the Toledo area, and with storms comes a risk of personal and property damage. In order to keep yourself safe during storms, there are a few steps to take.
- Go indoors and stay there. This can be inside your home or the home of a neighbor. If you’re outdoors somewhere without many houses around, such as a park or the lake, try and seek shelter in a nearby building. Parks should have public restrooms, and these are often built to be storm proof. Should there be no other options, the best thing to do is to shelter in your car and wait out the storm.
- Once you’re indoors, move to somewhere away from windows. Many homes have a basement, which is the safest place to wait out storms. If your house doesn’t have a basement, bathrooms are often a good choice as well.
- Try to stay away from appliances and avoid activities such as showering or talking on a wired phone. Lightening can travel through plumbing fixtures or home wiring, so it’s best to avoid using things like washers and dryers during a storm. Additionally, if there is a lightning strike, it could cause those appliances to short and catch fire.
- After the storm has passed, remember to be careful walking around, watch out for things such as downed power lines and possibly damaged circuit breakers. If you smell gas, contact authorities immediately.
It might be an inconvenience to follow these steps, but the most important thing is to keep you and your family safe. If you find that a storm has caused damage, feel free to call SERVPRO of Toledo West today and let the experts take care of it!
Protect Your Home During A Storm.
If you need storm damage restoration in Toledo, call SERVPRO today!
Each year, thunderstorms alone cause approximately $15 billion in property damage. Summer and spring seasons are the most vulnerable to these destructive and frightening storms.
There are several ways to prepare your property for the summer.
- Always have an emergency kit with these items that you probably already have in your house: flashlight, battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic, non-perishable foods, lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, and any important personal items and documents.
- Know the safest structure of your home to go to during a severe storm such as a basement, underground cellar, or even the most inner part of your home away from windows.
- Get routine maintenance on your roof and the foundation. Cracks in the roof are the number one leading cause to flooding damage.
- Cut down any unwanted trees or limbs and get your trees trimmed before summer storm season. Trees and branches can fall on your property and damage the siding, windows, and roof.
- Contact your insurance company to be more familiar with your policy. Most home insurers do not cover flooding damage.
- Keep all expensive and favored possessions off the floor and away from low ground in case of flooding.
- Keep all patio furniture, grills, etc. in doors before a summer storm hits. Do not forget to part your vehicles in the garage.
- Finally, take those summer storm warnings and alerts seriously, especially tornado warnings. Tornadoes can lead to total property loss and even death.
Dry, Sort and Store Your Property After a Flood!
Water Everywhere? Get it removed, sorted, dried and stored be SERVPRO of Toledo West.
A flooded company means much more than just sopping up water for business owners. Your commercial building in Northeast Ohio has furniture, drapery, electronics, doors, trim and other structural elements that can be greatly damaged by water. All of these things are important and represent an investment. The first inclination may be to toss everything, but some of your assets are salvageable. The Professionals at SERVPRO of Toledo West are here to help.
Dry and Sort
If a broken pipe is the culprit, you can have a little peace of mind that you don’t have to deal with the potential black water that comes with flooding. There is still the possibility that mold has begun to spread, so it is important to get everything affected by the water thoroughly dried out. Once you have completed this process, inspect and sort everything to determine what can be salvaged. Items that will likely need to be thrown out include any porous materials that can’t be dried or cleaned and fabrics that show signs of discoloration.
Clean the Damage
When faced with a flooded company, having your investments sorted will allow for a better understanding of the actual damage. Along with cleaning some things yourself, remember that dry cleaning is not just for clothes. Furniture, upholstery and draperies can likely be good as new after the services of dry cleaners. When it comes to the rest, considering the following tips to make the process easier:
Organize items based on cleaning methods, such as hand or machine washing. Use a disinfectant on furniture, walls and floors to prevent mold growth.
Wash items in the hottest water possible to remove potential contaminants. Use a professional water damage restoration service to ensure there is no interior damage to specialized items such as electronics.
A flooded company is a hassle, but it doesn’t have to result in a long-lasting impact on your business. Quick action, proper cleaning and the help of specialists can make it seem “Like it never even happened."
Faster to the Disaster Can Reduce Damages
"Faster to any size disaster" will help save your property from further damage.
Quick Water Removal Can Reduce Damages
SERVPRO is “Faster to any size disaster,” and this quality provides many benefits for homeowners of waterlogged residences. When a pipe has burst apart, a tub has overflowed, or a drain backed up, your home needs to have that excess water removed as quickly as possible.
Homes in Toledo that have excess water from disasters such as pipe failures and forgotten tubs dry out best when water removal services from SERVPRO are the first part of the entire process. Pumping out any water that is visible upon our arrival helps us gain a better visual so we can more easily assess the extent of the overall damage.
Larger amounts of porous materials require more aggressive drying methods than materials that are less porous. Our experience benefits homeowners in many kinds of disasters that can damage a home by giving us insight into how best proceed in almost any type of situation imaginable, and overflowing toilets and tubs, exploding water heaters, burst pipes, and flooding from natural sources are only a few of those catastrophes.
Removing water starts the process, but then we need to move toward removing the moisture that has escaped into the air through evaporation. This moisture can find its way into every part of your home and create problems later unless it is captured and removed. Dehumidifiers, heaters, air movers, and even open windows can work wonders when used together. Moisture meters provide us with a beginning reading of areas in your home that are compared to later readings, showing us our progress in drying out your home.
When dry, remaining problems can still exist, such as unusual odors. This is because odors are caused by particles, that although tiny, produce smells when they have been disturbed. We can rectify this problem with odor control methods. Other problems that can remain behind include over-stretched carpeting, and we can fix that problem, also.
Because floors are always saturated in a situation where standing water exists, we take great care in ensuring that these surfaces are completely dry. This prevents warping of wooden floors and sub-flooring. Otherwise, walking in your home may soon become hazardous for your family and guests.
In situations that have left your home partially submerged, call us.
We can begin water removal efforts so that your home is once again as it should be, perfectly dry. Accidents can occur at all hours of the day and night, and because of this, we are always available to take your call.
Commercial Cleaning by the Professionals
Drying and cleaning equipment ready if you needs us.
Why is Professional Commercial Restoration Cleaning So Important?
Professional commercial restoration cleaning is among the most vital services available to owners of commercial property. Most commercial properties get a lot of wear and tear over the years, especially multifamily housing units and office complexes. Why is professional commercial restoration cleaning so important? You’re about to find out!
Why You will Need a Professional Commercial Restoration Cleaning Service
There’s a lot that can go wrong with a commercial structure, especially if it’s an older one. Commercial buildings can be damaged by mold, water, fire, or a sewage backup. You hear about that kind of stuff happening all the time, but most people never think that it could actually happen to their own properties. Unfortunately, it can, and as time goes on, the chances of experiencing at least one of the preceding types of damage rises steeply.
Fire is spontaneous, you never know when one may happen, especially since it might not even start in your building at all. An example, you do everything right, you bought and installed smoke detectors, check them regularly, and replace the batteries. What happens if the owner of the building next to you didn’t do any of that stuff? Then they have an electrical fire. The building will burn, and it’ll probably set your building on fire too because they’re so close together.
Now consider this, after hiring a professional plumber to inspect and maintain the pipes in your building for several years, there’s a flood. After a flood, providing that your structure is still standing, there will be a substantial amount of water damage, and that damage will have to be fixed by a professional commercial restoration service like SERVPRO of Toledo West. When you have damage from mold, fire, or water, that damage has to be repaired professionally, there’s just no other substitute.
Protect your Business with a 3-D Emergency Ready Profile
Let us protect your business with an Emergency Ready Plan featuring 3-D modeling
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster in Toledo is to Plan For it NOW.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile, ERP, for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Are You Ready?
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage
A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
Establish SERVPRO of Toledo West as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
Our 3-D Modeling provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
Supporting SERVPRO Means Supporting Local Businesses
Support local by contacting SERVPRO for your disaster clean up needs in Toledo!
In recent years, a greater emphasis has been placed on supporting local businesses. From small mom and pop shops, farmers markets, or even disaster restoration services, it is important to support your local community, its members, and the local economy. That’s why SERVPRO of Toledo West is proud to be locally owned and operated. When you support SERVPRO of Toledo West, you’re supporting local businesses near you in Toledo. But why is serving local businesses so important? Well, here are three big reasons!
- Boosting the local economy
It makes sense when you think about it, doesn’t it? If you support a local business and that business grows, they hire new employees. It’s very likely they’ll hire people that live nearby, and this keeps the money within the community.
- Building Community Connections
This piggybacks off boosting the local economy. When you support a local business, that business can become a staple to the community. It becomes a place where people can meet and meet up, make new friends or reunite with old ones. An identity can be formed around a local business, where you know the owners or employees, and know you can trust them.
- Environmental Preservation
You probably know preserving the environment is important, but did you know supporting local businesses does just that? But local businesses tend to also buy from local merchants, instead of from huge facilities far away, and this decreases carbon emissions.
So, when you have any kind of water damage, fire damage, flooding, or need clean up in the Toledoareas, you can support local by supporting SERVPRO of Toledo West!
Why SERVPRO of Toledo West is the Top Choice for Clean Up and Restoration
If you have storm damage in the Toledo area, contact us today!
There are many, many clean up and restoration companies, so why is SERVPRO of Toledo the premiere pick for disaster restoration or damage mitigation? Here are three reasons why SERVPRO should be your top choice for a job!
- Locally Owned with National Resources.
SERVPRO of Toledo is a proud member of the local community, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t able to tackle even the most difficult of disasters. Our highly trained technicians can do everything from water damage restoration to storm damage mitigation, to fire damage repairs. Thanks to our many certifications, including IICRC certification, you can trust us with your most difficult jobs, knowing it will be done right.
- Faster to Any Disaster
When disaster strikes, time is money. You need a company that you can trust to be there as fast as possible and prevent further damage to your property. SERVPRO of Toledo is that company. Is it the weekend? Not an issue. A holiday? No worries. Two in the morning? We’re there. No matter what, SERVPRO of Toledo is available 24/7/365.
- We Work with Your Insurance
A disaster is a stressful time, and we understand that. So, whether you’re dealing with flood damage, storm damage, fire damage, or mold damage to your Toledo home (all of which we’re qualified to fix), having to work with an insurance company on top of that can be very difficult. So we will work with your insurance company for a stress-free claims process, and we can even help manage the insurance paperwork and process.
SERVPRO Does It All
We do water, fire, flooding, and storm mitigation and restoration in Toledo!
With your business in the hands of SERVPRO of Toledo, you can rest assured that your property is going to be efficiently and professionally restored as if it were never damaged in the first place.
What Does SERVPRO Do?
In short, we do almost everything related to disaster mitigation. If your business has had water damage, mold damage, storm damage, fire damage, or most any other kind of damage, SERVPRO of Toledo is the one stop shop to have everything repaired quickly, but without compromise.
SERVPRO of Toledo will take care of you every step of the way when it comes repairing your home or business. Being locally owned and operated, we may have seen you in the community, maybe we’ve shopped at your establishment, or even been invited to your home at some point. With such close ties to the community, it is in our best interest to repair your property with the upmost professionalism. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us as well.
What do I Need to do After a Disaster?
Just call us! We’ll help you every step of the way, looking after you and your property as if it were our own.
What If Lightning Strikes Your Western Toledo Home?
Do you have lightning damage or storm damage in Toledo? Call SERVPRO today and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."
It’s one of those things that seems like it could never possibly happen to you. The chances of your house being struck by lightning seems to be basically zero, so why even worry about it? Well, would it surprise you to learn that between 2017 and 2020, the Insurance Information Institute reported just over 311,000 claims for lightning, with an average cost of $28,885 per claim? That’s a lot of claims, and a lot of money! So, what do you need to do if lightning strikes your Toledo home?
- The first thing to do is check on everyone in your house and make sure no one was hurt. It’s a bad idea to do things like wash dishes or shower during a lightning storm, but if lightning strikes, take a few minutes and make sure everyone is alright.
- The next thing you need to do is check for damage or a fire. As you do this, make sure to check everywhere from the attic to the basement looking for things like smoke, charred electrical outlets, sorted appliances, damaged roof shingles, or fried wiring.
- If you find anything storm damage and need storm damage repair in Toledo, then it’s best to contact the experts at SERVPRO of Toledo West to mitigate your lightning or storm damage. We’ll take care of everything, so you don’t have to worry, so call us today if you’ve experienced any storm or lightning damage!