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Freezing Water Lines in De Graff Ohio

1/27/2024 (Permalink)

Broken Water Supply Line Cracked water line due to single digit temperatures.

Frozen water pipes are not uncommon around the Midwest and even more common where homes and businesses are exposed to single digit temperatures and high winds. SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties is Here to Help®.

A single crack in a copper line, see photo, caused heavy damage to a customer’s finished basement in De Graff, OH. SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties was called in to mitigate the loss and are in the process of making it Like it never even happened.®

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. Call us anytime at 937.354.3540.

Knowlton Library Grand Opening.

1/27/2024 (Permalink)

Ribbon cutting Ceremony Bev Arlequeeuw cuts the ribbon on Grand Opening January 24, 2024

On December 25th, 2022, a 2” water suppression line had a failure in one of its joints. Water poured into the library from this break covering the entire facility in up to 4” of water. SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties was called in and within 24hrs we had essential drying equipment set up and damaged books packed and shipped out to our national headquarters in Gallatin, TN. With the help of Disaster Recovery Team and the SERVPRO HQ freeze chamber we were able to salvage all books from the main area and minimize loss from the local history room that was hit the hardest by the loss.

Bev Arlequeeuw cuts the ribbon on the grand opening of the Knowlton Library in downtown Bellefontaine, OH. After a long 13 months of mitigations and rebuilding the facility looks Like it never even happened.®

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When a disaster strikes, you can count on a leader in the mitigation industry. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 2,000 franchises across the country in less than 24hrs. We can be reached at 937.354.3540 we are always, Here to Help®.

WINTER IS COMING! SERVPRO tips for the frigid cold

1/27/2024 (Permalink)

Water Fall into Kitchen Frozen water lines in ceilings create destructive waterfalls when no one is home.

When most people talk about storm damage it’s usually something they watched on the local news about a hurricane hitting the gulf coast or an F4 tornado destroying areas in tornado alley. Storm damage is also achieved from high winds, hail, and most recently freezing temperatures. Although winter has officially started, the brutal cold temperatures are just beginning.

Tips for freezing temperatures:

  • Open cabinet doors where water lines are present to allow air flow.
  • Let water drip in faucets to allow movement.
  • Make sure all outside lines have no pressure to them and open the line.
  • Open access panels allowing warmer air to get into cavities that have water lines.
  • If you leave for an extended period of time, shut the water off at the main in your home and have a neighbor or family friend check on the home while you’re away.
  • Keep in touch with family members and shut-ins to check on their welfare.

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties is available 24 hours a day for any type of emergency, large or small. When a disaster strikes, you can count on a leader in the mitigation industry. We can be reached at 937.354.3540 we are always, Here to Help®.

SERVPRO Now in Bellefontaine, OH

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

If you live in Logan County, you have probably heard of a local business owner who held auctions at his property on South Elm Street. When he decided it was time for a change and opened a retail store in town, Scott Huffman, the owner of SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties knew it would be the perfect space to start his own business.

The building had a lot of potential and Scott was eager to customize the space to fit his needs. Work began on the inside of the building including new water lines, electric, LED lighting and fresh paint, then it was time for the exterior. Last week our team gave the building a facelift featuring a signature SERVPRO green stripe, that is sure to catch your eye. The team is very proud of the final result and feel like it’s a direct reflection of our core values and focus on customer service that makes our employees “bleed green”, and now our building does as well.

Scott is grateful to have his business in his hometown of Bellefontaine and looks forward to helping his community in their time of need. Feel free to come see the results for yourself, we’re located at 315 S. Elm St., Bellefontaine, OH. If your home or business is in need of repair, please don’t hesitate to call us at 937-354-3540.

We're Always Here to Help

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

With Labor Day quickly approaching we wanted to take a moment to talk about why we celebrate this holiday and the history behind it. During the Industrial Revolution the average American worked 12-hour days, 7-days a week. Kids as young as 5, immigrants and the extremely poor were forced to work in unsafe conditions. As the manufacturing business took off, so did labor unions who became more vocal about the mistreatment of employees. The first ever Labor Day parade took place on September 5, 1882, when 10,000 workers marched from City Hall to Union Square in New York City to protest these conditions.

A “workingmen’s holiday” caught on across the country and many states passed legislation recognizing it. However not everyone was on board and unions were forced to continue to strike and protest for safer working conditions. A strike in Chicago caused the government to send in troops that resulted in the death of more then a dozen workers. As an attempt to repair ties with the American workers President Grover Cleveland signed a law recognizing the first Monday in September as a national holiday know as Labor Day.

Our team at SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties offer emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. So, while you’re enjoying the holiday with family and friends you will have the peace of mind knowing that SERVPRO is always here to help.

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Labor Day!  

2022 SERVPRO Convention

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Owner's Scott and Andrea Huffman Owner's Scott and Andrea Huffman

Every year SERVPRO host a convention for all the franchise owners across the country to keep them updated on technology changes, new equipment, workshops, and all things SERVPRO. It’s a great event that allows owners to continue to learn and grow and provide their customers with the best experience possible during their difficult situation.

While the event has been hosted virtually the past couple years due to covid, owners of SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin and Logan Counties, Scott and Andrea Huffman attended the event that was host is Dallas, TX this year. When asked about his experience and what he enjoys most when attending convention Scott said, “I enjoy collaborating with other SERVPRO professions and seeing what the future holds.”

SERVPRO has a strong focus on continued education, so they record all general sessions and workshops and upload them so employees who couldn’t attend still have access to the information. With more then 50 workshops recorded covering everything from production, customer service, executive and personal growth there’s something for every member of the team to learn and help them be more successful.

We would like to give a special shout to the 2021 Franchise of the Year Winners, Jim and Trish Wall, of Team Wall from Maryland. Their hard work and compassion for others are a great example of what Team SERVPRO is all about. We look forward to seeing everyone next year at convention in Tampa, FL.           

We Have the Right Extraction Equipment for Your Water Loss

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has been a leader in the restoration business for over 50 years. Our highly trained technicians have access to the best equipment in the industry to make your home or business “like it never even happened.” We get lots of calls regarding water losses, and while no two jobs are exactly alike, they all start the same way, extracting the water. Below is a brief description of the extraction tools we use and how they work.

Light Wand

This is used to extract water from the surface of the carpet. While this is just the first step removing water it greatly reduces the weight of the water and slows down the migration of the water into the carpeting. While this may be affective if no underlay is present, such as glue-down carpet, other extraction tools would need to be used is pad is being saved.

Squeegee Wand

Squeegee or squeegee wands are the best tool to use when extracting water from hard surfaces. They use a cleaning head with a rubber strip around the perimeter to create a good seal.

Vacuum Sealed Extraction

This is a form of deep extraction and is used to remove water from the carpet and pad. Vacuum sealed extractors have a base technicians stand on, the extra weight provides a tight seal allowing water to be extracted from carpet and pad at the same time. This technique is best used on small areas such as closets, or around the perimeter of a room.

Weighted Compression Extraction

This is another form of deep extraction and the most effective for large areas. Most are mechanical and govern their own speed which provides consistent extraction which is critical for the effectiveness of the extraction process. This equipment has a heavier base the technicians stand and ride on to create a tight seal to pull water from deep down in the carpet and pad.

While all extraction tools rely on the principle of airflow each of these machines are different and play an important role in the extraction process based on material, affected area and accessibility. If you experience a water loss in your home or business call SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties, where we have the tools and technicians to make it “like it never even happened.”

Be Prepared for Ohio Weather

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

A common phrase I heard in Ohio was “if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few days.” Extreme shifts in weather are fairly common in this area from huge temperature jumps to severe storms. While most are able to shelter in a safe place when they hear of a chance for extreme weather, homeowners should be thinking about these months in advance, and checking their insurance policies to make sure they have coverage for water and windstorm damage, debris and tree removal, sewer backup due to flooding, and sump pump failure due to flooding. Having photos of the exterior of your home before a storm hits is always recommended, and an inspection after a storm comes through is important to note any damage and prevent secondary damage. Some areas of your home you should look at include:

Exterior- Walk around exterior of home and inspect all siding. Also be sure to make note of damage to AC/HVAC unit and outdoor appliances such as grills.

Windows- This is extremely important after a wind or hailstorm, check for shatter or cracked windows and for any frame damage.

Roof- Check for missing, discolored, or damaged shingles as your first sign for roof damage. If you don’t see any damage to roof but are experiencing leaking in your ceiling, you should have someone come out immediately to prevent secondary damage.

If your home or business experiences damage from a storm call your local restoration specialist, SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties today at 937-354-3540.

Basement Floods in Bellefontaine, OH

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

Recently a homeowner in Bellefontaine, Ohio went down in her basement only to find several inches of standing water, however she didn’t panic and knew exactly what to do. She called us, SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties, and scheduled our 24/7 emergency service team to come start extracting the water immediately. While this is something no homeowner wants to happen, flooding is very common. Basement flooding most often occurs from heavy rainfall because it’s the lowest level of the building and is built partly or entirely below ground level, but there are several other potential sources including:

  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Water supple-line break
  • Hot-water tank failure
  • Blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Many more

If you experience flooding in your home or business it’s always best to act fast, standing water is dangerous and causes severe damage to your homes structure. Our crews at SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties are “faster to any disaster” with emergency service crews available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, so call us at 937-354-3540.

Schools Out For Summer

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

Summer has officially begun, while few are thinking about the upcoming school year, we at SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties are hard at work, cleaning several residence halls and dormitories for a local university. As the leader in the cleanup and restoration industry, we have the knowledge and experience to handle any commercial cleaning job, no matter the size. Our highly trained technicians and advanced cleaning products will help provide a safe and clean environment for students to live in come fall. We provide services for the following:

  • Commercial Cleanings
  • Commercial Water Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration
  • Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

If your commercial property is in need of any of the services above, please don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Central Auglaize/Hardin/Logan Counties today at 937-354-3540.