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Stay Safe During Tornado Season in Logan County

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Tornado in an open field With changing weather, mixes of cold and warm fronts can produce disastrous storms including tornadoes.

Tornado season is here and pop-up storms and weather patterns during the shift of the seasons bring the ingredients to produce tornadoes in the Logan County area. SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties is prepared and always here to help! Here are 5 tips to prepare your home or business in the event a tornado event was to happen. 

  1. Create a Disaster Kit.
    • Flashlights; Batteries; Extra shoes for entire family; Bottled water; First aid kit. Photograph/video home and contents with time stamps.
  2. Create a Family Communications Guide.
    • Have a plan to reach other family members. A meeting place if communication systems are down.
  3. Follow Evacuation Plans.
    • In the event evacuation plans are put into place, act on them immediately.
  4. Know What to do During a Tornado.
    • Lowest level of the home (basement); inner most portion of the home; away from windows.
  5. Know What to do After a Tornado.
    • Shelter locations; food and water distribution; photographs of damage.

If a tornado does bring damage to your home or business SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties is available 24/7 and ready to respond call us at 937-354-3540

Storms in Logan County Can Produce Hail

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Hail clusters in a park. Hail that has fallen during a storm with sizes capable of producing heavy damage.

Why is Hail so Dangerous?

 Hailstones generally fall at higher speeds as they grow in size, though complicating factors such as melting, friction with air, wind, and interaction with rain and other hailstones can slow their descent through Earths Atmosphere. Severe weather warnings are issued for hail when the stones reach a damaging size, as it can cause serious damage to human-made structures, and, most commonly, farmers' crops.

What should you do if your property is damaged by hail? 

  1. Photos of all damaged property.
  2. Photos/Videos of the hail before it melts
  3. Board up any broken windows.
  4. Tarp holes in roof.

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties is ready for whatever happens.

We have the ability to secure a damaged home or business in order to minimize and prevent secondary damages.

We are available 24/7 at 937-354-3540.

HVAC Tune-ups a Must for Hardin County

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Family room showing signs of smoke damage. This family room was affected by a blocked orifice tube in a propane fire place.

How often should you tune up your HVAC system?

You should schedule HVAC tune-ups one to two times per year depending on the age of your system. If your system is five years old or older, schedule two tune-ups per year. If you have a newer system, an annual tune-up should be sufficient.

Why regular HVAC maintenance is important?

You depend on your HVAC system to keep you comfortable year-round. Regular maintenance helps your system produce and distribute the warm or cool air more evenly and steadily. It also reduces the odds that you'll come home from work one winter's day to find frigid air blasting through your vents.

Affects of an un-serviced HVAC system.

If orifice tubes are clogged or blocked it could produce an oil discharge into your home. This discharge is like smoke produced by an oil fire. It could be so faint that you won’t notice it until you start to see the outlines of wood framing. If you find yourself in this situation using correct cleaning methods is extremely important and if done improperly could make cleaning much more difficult.

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties is a Certified Firm with a Master Fire and Smoke Restorer designation. You have questions, we have answers! Call us today at 937-354-3540.

Faster to your Logan County Water Damage

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Standing water in hallway When standing water is found, the clock is already ticking.

Water damage from broken pipes, sump-pump failures, and even toilet backups are very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your residence affecting building materials and contents. The faster the water is removed the less likely permanent damage sets in.  

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process as quickly as possible so we can get you back to your daily routine as fast as possible. 

Need Emergency Water Services?

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties is available 24/7 at 937.354.3540

24hr Emergency Storm Damage service for Logan County

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Standing water in basement Standing water still in a basement after the sump pump was replaced.

Storm Season and Being prepared in Logan County. 

As the winter ends the spring rains are soon to follow. Ensuring your basement is protected should be the one thing done during that transition of seasons. here are a few tips to make sure you’re ready for the spring rains. 

  1. Contact your insurance company to be more familiar with your policy. Ensure you have sufficient coverage for backups/Sump pumps/septic/sewage. Ensure you can replace loss personal property and building materials.
  2. Keep all expensive and favored possessions off the floor and away from low ground in case of flooding.
  3. Run a check on your sump pump by pouring water into the pit and ensuring the float engages and turn the pump on.
  4. Sump pump's older than 7 years should be changed. 
  5. Install a battery backup system onto your sump pump in the event you lose power.

Call SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties at 937.354.3540

Logan County Homes are in Good Hands with SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties being a certified firm.

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Certified Firm 2022 2022 Certified Firm Certificate for SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties is an IICRC certified firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up to date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Don't Have A Christmas Fire!

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Every year we see an increase in fires around Christmas time. This is because many people don't realize the fire safety hazards that come along with certain Christmas traditions such as cooking a turkey or putting up a Christmas tree. Here are some things to keep in mind about fire safety during this holiday season:

  • Make sure to replace old lights and use lights correctly, don't overuse your extension cords
  • Don't make your tree a fire hazard, water your live tree daily and don't let it dry out or it could start a fire
  • Be mindful of how close your tree and other items are to the fireplace
  • Don't burn wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Use candles with care and caution, don't leave them burn at night or when you're away
  • Use space heaters with care, these often cause fires
  • Keep an eye on your delicious Christmas foods, stove fires are a huge hazard this time of year

Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Stay Safe. Remember, if you ever need any help with a fire clean up give SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, Logan County a call!

Fire Clean Up In Your Bellefontaine Home

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
(937)354-3540

Mold Basics In Logan County, Ohio

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Basics

  • The key to mold control is moisture control.
  • It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Why is mold growing in my home?

Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.

How do I get rid of mold?

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors; some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. The mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Indoor mold growth can and should be prevented or controlled by controlling moisture indoors. If there is mold growth in your home, you should have the mold professionally remediated and fix the water problem. If you clean up the mold, but don't fix the water problem, then, most likely, the mold problem will come back.

Helpful Questions to Ask When Your Kenton, OH Home Floods

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Talk to your insurance agent about flood insurance. Here are helpful questions to ask your agent:

  • Does my community participate in the National Flood Insurance Program? Flood insurance from the NFIP is only available in participating communities, but most communities do participate. Your agent can tell you if your state and community participate, or you can look it up online in the Community Status Book.
  • What flood zone do I live in? What is my property's flood risk? Is there a flood map (see note below) change coming that could affect what I pay?
  • Is flood insurance mandatory for my property? Will the lender require it?
  • Do I qualify for a Preferred Risk Policy?
  • Does my community participate in the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS)? If so, does my home qualify for a CRS rating discount?
  • What will and won't be covered?
  • Will the federal government back my flood insurance policy?
  • How much coverage should I get for my building and for my contents?
  • How can I reduce the cost of my flood insurance?
  • Are there additional expenses or agency fees?
  • Will my policy provide Replacement Cost Value or Actual Cash Value—and what's the difference between the two?
  • Who should I call if I have a flood claim?
  • How can I pay for my policy?
  • How do I renew my policy?