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Does Your Home Have Signs of Mold?

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

How to deal with smoke damage in commercial buildings

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs, SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties works to assist business owners and proprietors to move forward and put their lives and businesses back together. It can be overwhelming. The restoration process after a commercial fire is laborious if not time-consuming. It includes:

  • damage assessment
  • debris removal
  • odor, soot, and residual water mitigation

Fire and smoke damage restoration professionals are there to advise and direct business owners to sift through the damage and greatly aid in rebuilding their businesses and commercial properties.

Once undertaken, the goal of commercial fire damage restoration is to thoroughly clean every nook and cranny of a business or commercial property after a fire. In a fire’s aftermath, much of the damage restoration focuses on eliminating the persistent smoke odors and the accompanying soot and residual water. Every trace of the contaminants responsible for odors must be scrubbed clean and deodorized. High-powered equipment such as air scrubbers can help clear the air of particulates and odors. Industrial air movers and dehumidifiers mitigate residual water and moisture from putting out the fire.

It all hinges on taking action quickly. In doing so it’s possible for smoke and fire restoration professionals to minimize damage and loss. Here are several steps to anticipate how your restoration professional deals with smoke damage after a fire occurs on your commercial property.

Smoke Odors

As with most fires, commercial fires leave a pungent odor that permeates the building, furnishings, fixtures, and air throughout the property. Those odors are in large part a result of the fire source itself—the debris from the fire, the soot and residual water and chemicals that were used to extinguish the fire. The debris must be dealt with first.

Once the fire and insurance company have determined an origin and cause of the fire, restoration crews move to quickly remove the debris and soot from the premises. Materials such as charred furnishings, rugs, and ceiling tiles are carried out until the property is emptied of any burned remnants of the fire. Debris removal also mitigates odors by removing microscopic dust particles, airborne and settled, that derives from soot deposits and burned debris. Debris removal reduces the intensity of odors, but will not completely eliminate them. Soot and residual water also combine to contribute to smoke odors, and they must be dealt with.

Soot Removal

Thick layers of soot mixed with moisture cover a good portion of commercial fire sites. Soot is the black, powdered carbon and chemical byproduct of the burned material after a fire. Depending on the material burned in commercial fires, the chemical or acidic composition of soot can cause further damage on its own to just about any surface it is in contact with. Soot can stain porous and textured surfaces, permanently discolor granite, plastics, grout and the un-burned fixtures made of wood or textiles.

Removal of soot can reduce the likelihood of permanent soot staining discoloration and may reduce the costs of replacement. As an important step in fire damage restoration, industrial vacuums are very helpful in removing the layers and bulk of powdery soot after fires.

Residual Water

Not only is mold a problem after flooding but after fires as well. Residual water from extinguishing the fire can lead to mold spreading throughout the property if it is not properly mitigated. The increased moisture in the air interacts with mold spores. In a confined space this allows mold to grow rapidly, covering and staining porous surfaces. The smoky odor after a fire rapidly combines with mold to further contaminate the air and interact with surfaces. The longer such odors interact with surfaces the more difficult it will be to completely eliminate the odor.

Commercial fire damage restoration entails industrial-grade air movers and dehumidifiers to remove water and moisture that can lead to airborne mold spores. All interior walls must be checked for water damage. All surfaces must be cleaned thoroughly and wiped down with anti-bacterial agents throughout the process.

If you have a commercial building with fire damage, give us a call to help get you back and running. 

Cleaning up Fire and Soot in Kenton

6/25/2021 (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, and 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

Prepare for fire emergencies in Logan County

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Central Auglaize / Hardin / Logan Counties have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Everyone knows the Red Cross helps people during emergencies. But you may not know that it’s also part of our mission to help you help yourself! Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency means following our simple steps in advance to ensure you can weather a crisis safely and comfortably.

Kenton, Bellefontaine, and Ada Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Kenton, Bellefontaine, or Ada basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (937)354-3540

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (937)354-3540

Calling All Property Managers In Logan County

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

If you manage commercial or residential property, you should be prepared for anything. SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties offers solutions to owners and property managers, whether cleaning vandalism from rowdy tenants or a natural disaster like fire or flood.

Your commercial property is always at risk of being damaged by natural elements. If your business gets hit by a disaster, you’ll need a commercial restoration company with real-world experience and the resources to return your property to its normal state. SERVPRO has over 50 years of experience in residential and commercial restoration services. Our team of experts offers:

  • Commercial water damage restoration
  • Commercial fire damage restoration
  • Commercial mold damage restoration
  • Commercial storm damage restoration

Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 with the best tools to take care of any size loss for offices, retail spaces, healthcare facilities, residential buildings and more. If you are in need of immediate assistance, give us a call at (937)354-3540!

Mold Basics In Ada, OH

5/21/2021 (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.

When Storms or Floods hit Kenton, Bellefontaine and Ada areas, SERVPRO is ready!

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan Counties 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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Kenton, Bellefontaine, and Ada  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 Us Today (937)354-3540

Hardin, Logan & Auglaize counties Flood warning vs. Flood watch

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

Tips to Prevent a Cooking Fire In Logan County

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

*Keep an eye on your cooking and stay in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires.

*Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.

*Watch children closely. When old enough, teach children to cook safely.

*Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.

*Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.

*Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.

*If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

*Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.

*Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

*Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.

Protect Your Kenton, Ohio Business

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Multinational cyber crime could ring up an eye-popping $6 trillion bill annually by 2021, a shocking figure that would be the biggest wealth transfer the world has ever seen. Because cyber attacks are enormously profitable, every business is at risk for electronic mischief like viruses and ransomware, web jacking, denial-of-service attacks, technology piracy, information theft and much more.

What is a business to do? Know that cyber criminals, like all crooks, seek easy and fast pickings. Taking basic protective steps across three tiers of business activity goes a long way toward shielding your company and your livelihood.

Doing business in the world: Wi-Fi networks can be vulnerable to hackers, so secure, encrypt and hide yours. Don’t broadcast your network name, and protect router access with a strong password. Keep unauthorized users from accessing business electronics in the field, too. Because laptops and cell phones are easy to lose, install systems that encrypt and password-protect information and automatically lock up data with timed programs. Contracting a cyber security expert to audit your systems is another smart tactic.

Doing business in your workplace: Good planning and regular housekeeping help secure operating systems against attack. Install antivirus and anti-malware software – then use it. Cyber criminals often break in this way because employees themselves disable or disregard built-in protections. Regularly update your operating systems, because bad actors regularly exploit this vulnerability. Encrypt sensitive data and set up access levels for different data types – not everyone in your company needs to see everything. Finally, regularly back up data to the cloud or external drives.

Doing business as employees: Employees accessing your systems remotely represent significant opportunities for cyber criminals. Two-factor authentication – when an employee requests remote login, your system sends a unique code to the user’s on-file cell phone number – boosts security. Set up computer terminals and devices to automatically log out users if they are inactive for longer than 10 minutes.

Restoring Your Hardin or Logan county Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at your local Hardin and Logan county area commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire Escape Planning Tips

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (937) 354-3540


The following are several tips that could potentially save your life, or the life of a loved one should a fire break out in your home.

*Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.

*Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.

*Consider installing a ten-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm.

*Practice finding your way out of the building with your eyes closed, crawling or staying low and feeling your way out.

*Remember to escape first, then notify the fire department.

*Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

Key Things to Remember About Smoke Damage

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Time is of the Essence: The sooner you start the restoration process, the lower the level of damage to the property will be. Here’s what the IICRC says for a timeline of a fire:

a. Within Minutes: Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolor; highly porous materials (marble, alabaster) discolor permanently.

b. Within Hours: Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms; fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow; uncoated metals tarnish; counter tops may yellow; finishes on appliances, particularly refrigerators, may yellow; furniture finishes may discolor.

c. Within Days: In time, acid residues cause painted walls to yellow permanently; metal corrodes, pits and rusts; wood furniture requires refinishing; vinyl flooring requires refinishing or replacement; clothing becomes soot-stained; upholstery stains permanently.

d. Within Weeks: Restoration costs escalate tremendously. Synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass, crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.”

Understanding this, we are always prepared to begin cleanup immediately upon being called out to a new smoke damaged property.

Give SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties a call if you need help at (937) 354-3540.

Flood Insurance Facts for Logan County

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

FACT: Floods are the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster and cause millions of dollars in damage every year. Floods cost America, on average, $8.2 billion each year. Recovering from just one inch of water inside your building can cost about $27,000. Learn about The BIG Cost of Floods.

FACT: Homeowners and renters insurance do not typically cover flood damage.

FACT: Floods can happen anywhere--More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk flood zone.

FACT: Flood insurance can pay regardless of whether or not there is a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

FACT: Most federal disaster assistance comes in the form of low-interest disaster loans from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and you have to pay them back. FEMA offers disaster grants that don't need to be paid back, but this amount is often much less than what is needed to recover. A claim against your flood insurance policy could and often does, provide more funds for recovery than those you could qualify for from FEMA or the SBA--and you don't have to pay the money back.

FACT: You may be required to have flood insurance. Congress has mandated federally regulated or insured lenders to require flood insurance on mortgaged properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. But even if your property is not in a high risk flood area, your mortgage lender may still require you to have flood insurance.

Providing Fire Restoration Services for Kenton, OH

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties is the leading cleaning and restoration company in Kenton, Ohio and it's surrounding counties. We specialize in fire, wind, water, mold remediation, storm and vandalism restoration. It is our goal to treat every situation with the utmost care and restore your home or business to its preloss condition as quickly as possible. We want to help you rebuild your dreams and restore your confidence.

We service the Kenton area 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

SERVPRO follows nationally recognized 1-4-8 Response Guidelines. What does that mean?

1 Hour:  Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.

4 Hours:  Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services, EVEN AFTER HOURS!

8 Hours:  Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the restoration plan will be communicated to the appropriate person (this may be the customer, the person responsible for billing, or the insurance adjuster).

* Service Response Guidelines—Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

Give us a call now at (937)354-3540 to schedule an appointment.

Locally living and serving with Fast and Professional Service in the Kenton Area since 1998.

Spring Showers bring flooding...What to do when your home floods in Ada, OH

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Take Pictures

Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage for your insurer by taking photos or video. Digital versions are best because they can be stored electronically and easily copied. If you start removing water or making repairs before you photograph the damage.

Protect Your Health

Even if the water in your home is clear, it could be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals. We recommend wearing waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots. In addition, wear rubber gloves to remove water-damaged possessions and to avoid contaminants. Be sure to throw out any food that may have come into contact with flood waters. FEMA recommends boiling water until authorities declare the water supply is safe.

Call Your Insurance Company

Since you should notify your insurer as soon as possible after the flood, it’s a good idea to keep your insurance company and local agent’s phone number in your always-ready emergency bag. (Note that the NFIP works through private insurance companies, so you contact your insurer just as you would for any other type of claim). In cases where a flood has affected a region or community, your agent may be busy handling his or her own flood issues. In that case, contact the insurance company’s headquarters. 

Since groundwater flood damage typically isn’t covered by conventional homeowners insurance policies, you’ll need to work with your insurer to determine the cause of the flood and the extent of your coverage. 

Preparing for Spring Storms

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Advance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions. Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we have little if any time to prepare for it.

But we do know that when spring arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family, and your home? If thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods do occur, you'll be ready for them.

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Bellefontaine property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize / Hardin / Logan Counties is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Bellefontaine community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (937) 354-3540

How To Prevent Spring Storm Damage in Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is just around the corner and that means so is the rain. Like they say, Spring showers bring May flowers. But Spring storms often bring flooding and storm damage as well. Here are some tips to help prevent Spring storm damage in Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties:

  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts- this prevents clogging that will add weight to your roof causing roof damage and possible roof collapse
  • Seal windows, doors, and roof- these areas are prone to heavy storm waters leaking through
  • Search for cracks in your foundation- even small cracks in you foundation can cause major damage as water sits in the ground and seeps into your home
  •  Install a backflow valve in your basement to prevent sewage backup- when there are heavy rains, the city sewage system becomes overwhelmed often leaving you with the problem of backflow.

Hopefully, you don't have any issues due to Spring storms but if you do call SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties at 937-354-3540. We are open 24/7 and always here to help our community!

When Pipes Freeze in Hardin, Logan, and Auglaize Counties

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

We have seen the real feel get to the negatives the past few days which got us thinking about frozen pipes. When you have that winter storm that causes the temperatures to drop, keep these tips in mind to prevent frozen pipes. 

  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
  • Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
  • Turn off water to outside faucets, if available, and open valves on faucets to allow them to drain.
  • Turn off sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.
  • Close or cover foundation vents under house and windows to basements.
  • Close garage doors.
  • Insulate exposed pipes (both hot and cold) under house with foam pipe insulation.
  • Open cabinet doors under sinks.
  • Drip hot and cold faucets in kitchen and bath. Drip single control faucets with lever set in middle.
  • Set ice maker to make ice if the water line to it runs under the house.
  • Don’t forget to check on pipes to your washing machine in the laundry room
  • Locate water main cut-off valve, and have a cut-off key handy.
  • Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, electric heat tape, or a portable space heater to thaw frozen pipes that have not burst.
  • Keep the faucet open when thawing frozen pipes to allow water to begin flowing through it.
  • After the weather has warmed above freezing and any frozen pipes have thawed, turn off dripping faucets and monitor your water meter to check for unseen leaks.

Hopefully, you don't end up with water damage from a pipe burst but if you do give SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties a call at 937-354-3540.

Winter Preparedness for Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Hi Friends, 

We received these great tips from the CDC on how to stay safe this winter and wanted to share them with you.

Prepare Your Home

Staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months.

  • Winterize your home.
    • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows.
    • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls.
    • Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check your heating systems.
    • Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside.
    • Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys.
    • Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available.
  • If you do not have a working smoke detector, install one. Test batteries monthly and replace them twice a year.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning emergencies.
    • Install a CO detector to alert you of the presence of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas. Check or change the battery when you change your clocks in the fall and spring.
    • Learn the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Get your vehicle ready for cold weather use before winter arrives.

  • Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level.
  • Check your tires’ tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
  • Keep the gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
  • Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. The kit should include:
    • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries;
    • Items to stay warm, such as extra hats, coats, mittens, blankets, or sleeping bags;
    • Food and water;
    • Booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction);
    • Compass and maps;
    • Flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries;
    • First-aid kit; and
    • Plastic bags (for sanitation).

Take Precautions Outdoors

Outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards, but you can take these steps to prepare for them:

  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
  • Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
  • Learn safety precautions to follow when outdoors.
    • Work slowly when doing outside chores.
    • Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
    • Carry a cell phone.

We hope these tips have helped you and we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you ever have any more questions or needs, please call us at 937-354-3540.

Fire Safety: Christmas Edition

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

While we love decorating for Christmas, fires related to either Christmas trees or lights is a huge problem each year. Use these tips to help prevent the Christmas Fire. 

  1. Connect no more than 3 strands of mini light sets together, plugged into the same power outlet.
  2. Make certain no more than 50 bulbs are used simultaneously in screw-in light bulb sets.
  3. Make sure your Christmas tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, including space heaters, radiators, fireplaces, candles and even heat vents.
  4. Keep candles at least 12 feet away from anything that is flammable.
  5. Consider using electrical candles instead of flame-producing candles.
  6. Keep your tree well-watered. Dry trees account for the vast majority of Christmas tree fires.
  7. Get rid of your Christmas tree after Christmas or when it is dry.
  8. Use the right type of extension cord. Two-wire extension cords are usually fine for indoor lights, but be certain to use a three-wire, grounded extension cord for any outdoor light display.
  9. Do not overload outlets by using mutiple-plug adapters.
  10. Check for damage or deterioration to any extension cords and discard if any damage or deterioration is evident.
  11. Do not connect extension cords together for longer runs. It is safer to use a single cord of the correct length.
  12. Always turn off festive decorations, both indoor and outdoor, when you leave the house or go to bed.
  13. As always, instruct your family on appropriate fire safety rules and procedures. Make sure you have fire escape routes planned throughout the home and that all family members are properly instructed in their use. Test your fire alarms weekly.

We hope these helped. If you do need us for any smoke or fire damage clean up, please call anytime at 937-354-3540.

Hardin County Fair is Happening! Support our Junior Fair Members

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Kolt Buchenroth, the Marketing and Communications Director for the Hardin County Fair gave us the following insight about what is happening this year for the fair. 

The Hardin County Fair is getting ready for their junior fair only show this month and the board is thankful that youth will have the opportunity to exhibit the time, money and hard work they’ve invested in their livestock projects this year.

“We are thankful for the financial support from Ohio Department of Agriculture waiving the matching portion of the facilities improvement grant, the legislature providing financial support for fairs and local support from our county commissioners in the form of the CARES act,” said Corey Ledley, Hardin County Fair board president.

The fair is using the various funding sources to provide the youth an opportunity to show this year, but also to keep the gates open for next year, too.

For more information on the fiar and how to support it please visit https://hardincountyfair.org/junior-fair/

How to Reduce Flood Damages to Your Home

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Flood damages in our homes is something we all experience at some point in our lives. It could be caused from something as simple as an overflowing bathtub or something more serious such as a burst pipe or sewerage pipe rupture. Flood damages to your home can range from minor to severe and dealing with the issue can be tiresome and even dangerous. While some water issues cannot be foreseen, there are a few things you can do to prevent Flood damages to your home from factors you have some control over.

Clean your down-spouts and gutters: Make sure to clean out your gutters at least once every six months or more often if you have a lot of trees in the area. When water collects in the gutters it can cause damage to your roof and the gutters themselves. Down-spouts that aren’t clean and checked to ensure the water is running off properly and is running away from your house, can cause damage to walls and even your foundations.

Remove hoses from taps when not in use: When the water does not drain out of your hose, it could freeze inside of it. This in turn could freeze back into the tap and pipes. The solid ice could cause an ice block, preventing water from moving through the pipe but it could also cause the pipe to burst, which could cause damage to your property.

Switch off the mains: If you are going on vacation or you are going to be away for a length of time, switch the water off at the mains. This will stop any dripping or other water issues while you are away. You wouldn’t want to come home to water rushing out your front door to greet you.

Keep your garden in check: Trees and shrubs can cause damage to your pipes from the roots wrapping around the pipes. Keep your garden maintained and no large plants near piping. In a smaller garden it is often best to avoid trees all together.

Fix the leaks: A small leak can become a big water damage problem if not dealt with as soon as possible. Even tiny drips can cause mildew and mold in your home and even lead to structural damage and dry rot over an extended period of time. If you fix the leaks as they occur, you have less likelihood of the small issue becoming a huge problem later. If you have a sudden spike in your water bill, make sure you investigate for underground water leaks as well.

Check the appliances: Monitor appliances for leaks and replace any cracked and brittle piping. Things like a dishwasher or washing machine can flood your house out quickly if the appliance is not maintained adequately.

How Does Mold Get Into Your Home?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

What can Increase the Risk of Mold Growth?

Interestingly enough, the more people in your home, the higher your risks of mold growing there. The reason for this, is because we release a lot of moisture into the air when we breathe.

Also, things such as long hot showers, cooking with uncovered pots, drying clothes on an indoor clothesline, and use of humidifiers, contribute to placing moisture into the air.

Storing wet firewood, watering many plants, and keeping many vegetables like potatoes and squash can create a mold problem too.

What Does Mold Need to Grow?

Not only does Mold need that moisture, but also food sources too. By food sources I mean materials they live on.

Food sources such as drywall, wood, insulation, cardboard and paper, as well as, invisible bio-film on hard surfaces, carpet backing, wallpaper adhesive, many fabrics, leather, and especially house dust are mold havens for spores.

Can We Live in a Mold Free World?

Mold is ever present, we cannot expect to live in a mold free world. However, mold is not a problem most of the time, until you can see or smell it, or if you are having ill affects that are not normally present in your home.

This is when a call to action is needed. Delay in these matters will worsen the problem at hand.

Always remember, when Mold is an issue.. Deal with it promptly, do not wait.

Water Categories and Definitions

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Category 1 Water - Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and classified as "clean water". Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.

Category 2 Water - Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to. Known as "grey water". This type carries micro organisms and nutrients of micro organisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, seepage due to hydrostatic failure and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.

Category 3 Water - Known as "black water" and is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affects the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, seawater, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water. Category 2 Water or Grey Water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant may be re classified as Category 3 Water. Toilet back flows that originates from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color.

Have questions about a water situation that you may have? Give us a call at (937)354-3540!

Staying Safe During a Tornado

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Make sure you and your loved ones know what constitutes a safe shelter. No one can know a tornado's strength before it touches down, so keep up with local weather information, especially when thunderstorms are forecast. Prepare your home and family for the possibility of a tornado. Moving to shelter quickly is easier when everyone knows where to go, whether in your home or outdoors. Following these tips will give you the best chance for staying safe in a tornado.

Falling and flying debris causes most deaths and injuries during a tornado. Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • Avoid windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home.

Storm Damage Procedures

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

No two water damage issues are identical. That being said, most of the time there are a standard set of steps to be followed that will produce the desired outcome.

Water damage restoration is often prefaced by a loss assessment and evaluation of affected materials. The damaged area is inspected with water sensing equipment such as probes and other infrared tools in order to determine the source of the damage and possible extent of area affected.

Restoration services would then be rendered to the residence in order to dry the structure, sanitize any affected or cross contaminated areas, and deodorize all affected areas and materials.

After the labor is completed, water damage equipment including air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub floor drying equipment is left in the residence. Industry standards state that drying vendors should return at regular time intervals, preferably every twenty-four hours, to monitor the equipment, temperature, humidity, and moisture content of the affected walls and contents.

Fire Clean-up In Your Kenton, Bellefontaine, or Ada Home

6/15/2020 (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

We are Cleaning Experts

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan Counties at 937-354-3540.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Unsafe Circuit Breaker Systems (FEDERAL PACIFIC)

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

If your home was built between 1950 and 1990 and is equipped with a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) circuit breaker panel with Stab-Lok circuit breakers, you run a significant risk of breaker malfunction and fire.

The breakers inside the panel are designed to guard your home against serious electrical problems by preventing circuit overload, short circuits and outside power surges coming into the panel. When an overload occurs, a breaker protects you by tripping, thus shutting down the power to the circuit. However, if a breaker is defective or not operating properly, the risk of fire to the panel and consequently to your home becomes imminent.

Why are Federal Pacific breaker boxes dangerous?

Multiple tests done on the breakers since the 1980s have proven that one in four Stab-Lok breakers are defective and will not properly trip off. Unfortunately, when the testing began in the early 1980s, a New Jersey court later ruled that FPE committed testing fraud and a cover-up, labeling the breakers as meeting the standards set by the UL when in reality, they were defective.

In 1983, the Consumer Product Safety Commission closed its two-year investigation and felt it impossible to create a product recall at the time because of budget issues, even as Federal Pacific panels and breakers continued to be installed in millions of homes that to this day still run the risk of an electrical fire. An estimated 2,800 fires each year directly result from Federal Pacific panel breaker malfunction. Federal Pacific Electric has been out of business for many years, but the danger and damage caused by their negligence continues.

Do you have a Federal Pacific panel?

If you own a home between 25 and 65 years old, check your breaker box. A Federal Pacific panel will usually have its name or logo on the front cover. Inside, you will find the name Stab-Lok printed near the center or side of the panel. The intact breakers will have the signature red strip that runs across the front.

If you find you a Federal Pacific panel or Stab-Lok breakers, call a licensed electrician in your area for further information about replacing your circuit breaker panel.

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Spring is here everyone! And while that means nicer weather is near, it also means with the warmer temperatures also come higher chances of severe weather and thunder storms. Now is the perfect time to check those sump pumps, outside water spigots, and any measures you have in place to ensure your basement and home stays dry.

Having a new sump pump on hand in case the primary goes out is a great idea to ensure you are ready in case of emergency. Also if you are planning on doing some yard work and plan to use your outside spigot. When you turn the spigot on for the first time post winter, it's always a good idea to check the spigot where it enters the home, to ensure that you are not watering your home when you think you're only watering your flowers.

If one of these items does happen to fail during, or due to a storm event we're here to help! Serving the local Hardin, Logan & Auglaize county areas for over 20 years, we have the knowledge, technology and tools to handle water intrusion in your home, big or small. We're just a phone call away at (937)354-3540!

Free CE Class! July 26th 2018

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

July 2018 CE Class

Good Morning,

We would like to invite anyone who is in need of continuing education credits to attend our upcoming CE class. It is being provided free of charge with lunch included by SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties.

Please RSVP by replying to us via email, Facebook, or by simply giving us a call! All of the information on the CE class is enclosed in the flyer, and you can also find all of the information on our Facebook page. While you're there give our page a like if you are interested in staying current on any of our future CE classes or other information that we offer.

Continental breakfast, and lunch will be provided by The Plaza Inn Restaurant. Located in Mount Victory Ohio.

Thanks!

Brad SaltzmanSERVPRO of central Auglaize , Hardin & Logan countiesEmail-SERVPRO8463@dbscorp.netPhone- (937)354-3540Fax- (937)354-3541

“Mold Removal” vs. Remediation for Residents of Kenton, Bellefontaine, Ada and Marysville,OH

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact 1-800-SERVPRO
  • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Mold Containment
  • Step 4: Air Filtration
  • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Step 7: Restoration

Signs of Mold? Call Today (937)354-3540

Understanding Mold Basics in Your Local Kenton, Ada, Bellefontaine and Marysville,OH areas

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding Mold

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Have any questions and/or concerns about mold damage in your home or commercial buildings in the Kenton, Ada, Bellefontaine and/or Marysville,OH areas? Give us a call at (937)354-3540!

Mold FYI Blog- Hardin, Logan & Auglaize counties

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Cultures

Common Mold Causes, Growing Conditions

Molds are found everywhere, and can grow on almost any substance when moisture is present. They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air currents. When spores land on a moist surface suitable for life, they begin to grow. Mold is normally found indoors at levels which do not affect most healthy individuals.

Because common building materials are capable of sustaining mold growth and mold spores are ubiquitous, mold growth in an indoor environment is typically related to water or moisture and may be caused by incomplete drying of flooring materials (such as concrete). Flooding, leaky roofs, building-maintenance or indoor-plumbing problems can lead to interior mold growth. Water vapor commonly condenses on surfaces cooler than the moisture-laden air, enabling mold to flourish. This moisture vapor passes through walls and ceilings, typically condensing during the winter in climates with a long heating season. Floors over crawl spaces and basements, without vapor barriers or with dirt floors, are mold-prone. The "doormat test" detects moisture from concrete slabs without a sub-slab vapor barrier. Some materials, such as polished concrete, do not support mold growth.

Significant mold growth requires moisture and food sources and a substrate capable of sustaining growth. Common building materials, such as plywood, drywall, furring strips, carpets, and carpet padding provide food for mold. In carpet, invisible dust and cellulose are food sources. After water damage to a building, mold grows in walls and then becomes dormant until subsequent high humidity; suitable conditions reactivate mold. Mycotoxin levels are higher in buildings which have had a water incident.

Mold FYI Blog #2- Hardin, Logan & Auglaize counties

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold

Mold is detectable by smell and signs of water damage on walls or ceiling, and can grow in places invisible to the human eye. It may be found behind wallpaper or paneling, on the inside of ceiling tiles, the back of drywall, or the underside of carpets or carpet padding. Piping in walls may also be a source of mold, since they may leak (causing moisture and condensation).

Spores need three things to grow into mold: nutrients - cellulose (the cell wall of green plants) is a common food for indoor spores; moisture - To begin the decaying process caused by mold; time -mold growth begins from 24 hours to 10 days after the provision of growing conditions.

Mold colonies can grow inside buildings, and the chief hazard is the inhalation of mycotoxins. After a flood or major leak, mycotoxin levels are higher even after a building has dried out.

Mold is detectable by smell and signs of water damage on walls or ceiling, and can grow in places invisible to the human eye. It may be found behind wallpaper or paneling, on the inside of ceiling tiles, the back of drywall, or the underside of carpets or carpet padding. Piping in walls may also be a source of mold, since they may leak (causing moisture and condensation).[8]

Spores need three things to grow into mold: nutrients - cellulose (the cell wall of green plants) is a common food for indoor spores; moisture - To begin the decaying process caused by mold; time -mold growth begins from 24 hours to 10 days after the provision of growing conditions.

Mold colonies can grow inside buildings, and the chief hazard is the inhalation of mycotoxins. After a flood or major leak, mycotoxin levels are higher even after a building has dried out.

Food sources for mold in buildings include cellulose-based materials such as wood, cardboard and the paper facing on drywall and organic matter such as soap, fabrics and dust-containing skin cells. If a house has mold, the moisture may originate in the basement or crawl space, a leaking roof or a leak in plumbing pipes. Insufficient ventilation may accelerate moisture buildup. Visible mold colonies may form where ventilation is poorest and on perimeter walls (because they are nearest the dew point).

Mold FYI Blog #3- Hardin, Logan & Auglaize counties

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold

If there are mold problems in a house only during certain times of the year, the house is probably too airtight or too drafty. Mold problems occur in airtight homes more frequently in the warmer months (when humidity is high inside the house, and moisture is trapped), and occur in drafty homes more frequently in the colder months (when warm air escapes from the living area and condenses).

If a house is artificially humidified during the winter, this can create conditions favorable to mold. Moving air may prevent mold from growing, since it has the same desiccating effect as low humidity. Molds grow best in warm temperatures, 77 to 86 °F (25 to 30 °C), although growth may occur between 32 and 95 °F (0 and 35 °C).

Removing one of the three requirements for mold reduces (or eliminates) new mold growth: moisture; food for the mold spores (for example, dust or dander); and warmth since mold generally does not grow in cold environments.

HVAC systems can produce all three requirements for mold growth. The air conditioning system creates a difference in temperature, encouraging condensation.

The high rate of dusty air movement through an HVAC system may furnish ample food for mold. Since the air-conditioning system is not always running, warm conditions are the final component for mold growth.

Storm Damage Can Happen Anywhere and Anytime

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Damaging Storms

The following is an outline of a few of the key information points in a storm/water damage situation.

Different removal methods and measures are used depending on the category of water. Due to the destructive nature of water, chosen restoration methods also depend heavily on the amount of water, and on the amount of time the water has remained stagnant.

For example, as long as carpet has not been wet for longer than 48 hours, and the water involved was not sewage based, a carpet can usually be saved; however, if the water has soaked for longer, then the carpet is probably irreparable and will have to be replaced.

Water damage restoration can be performed by property management teams, building maintenance personnel, or by the homeowners themselves; however, contacting a certified professional water damage restoration specialist is often regarded as the safest way to restore water damaged property.

Give us a call to see if we may help you at (937)354-3540!

No job too BIG!

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

School Bus 2017-2018

We here at SERVPRO of central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties had the pleasure of working for Ridgemont local school district here in Hardin county recently.

The job was a BIG one to say the least. Not just in pure size alone, but logistics as well. The job was cleaning, waxing, and buffing 12 school buses, inside and out. while also coordinating the bus schedules, and our work schedules to coincide in harmony together.

The Ridgemont school bus coordinator (Connie Reel), was a pleasure to work with and really helped us with the logistics needed to get this done. Once a routine was developed we could have a full sized bus cleaned, waxed and buffed, inside and out in around 4-5 hours time, and ready for pickup.

We would like to thank Ridgemont Local School District for giving us the opportunity to make their buses shine, and look like the day they rolled off of the assembly line.

Take a look and see for yourself.

5 Ways to Exude Confidence Everywhere You Go

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you’ve moved to a new city, are looking for a job, want to start dating or simply make friends, networking will prove to be valuable. The challenge is networking in a way that goes beyond introductions and an exchange of business cards that get lost at the bottom of your desk. Especially if you lack confidence, leaving your house to go meet complete strangers can be incredibly challenging. Still, even if you’re socially awkward and an introvert, you can exude confidence and ace your networking goals.

I know this because I have learned to become extrovert for the sake of business networking. Naturally, at any given moment I’d prefer to be in bed, reading, or binge watching Netflix original series, but in order to not be a total shut-in in a city where I’ve lived for less than a year, I actually have to get out and talk to people.

This requires a heap load of motivation, focusing on my objective and reminding myself the entire Lyft ride there that I need to build relationships. Over the years, I’ve gotten better, and although it’s a mental exercise to get myself to an event, once I arrive, I ace it.

Here’s 5 ways you can exude confidence at any networking event you go to:

1. Map out your networking event plan

Anxiety has a way of making you a no-show although you RSVP’d on Eventbrite two weeks ago. Before registering for events, think through why you need to be there, what you want to get out of the event, who you want to meet and how you can turn it into an opportunity to advance a personal goal.

It helps to look up organizers, speakers, sponsors and attendees if that information is available. Meetup.com shares all of that information publicly so you can start there for finding events that work for you. Plan to leave well in advance so that you don’t add additional stress by running late, having to look for parking or worrying about getting lost.

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Faster to your Kenton, Bellefontaine or Ada area Water Damage Event

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Kenton, Bellefontaine or Ada areas

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (937)354-3540

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

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.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service in Kenton, Bellefontaine, or Ada areas Call SERVPRO

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Hardin and Logan county Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Kenton, Bellefontaine and/or Ada areas. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (937)354-3540

Residential Services

Whether your Hardin or Logan county home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Hardin or Logan county commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROcentralauglaizehardinlogancounties.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

March Maintenance Guide

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

It's spring! Get going on these important home maintenance projects.

Daylight savings time begins on March 11th and the first day of spring is officially March 20th, so this month marks that great transition from winter to spring. You may already be experiencing the first signs of spring like bulbs blooming, first blossoms on the trees and the inevitable spring allergies.

You’ll want to tune up your lawn mower and service any other outdoor equipment that helps you in the yard.As you walk around your home outside, take a look at the structure and see what needs taking care of. Your roof should be clear of moss, branches and leaves, so should your gutters. The siding may need to be cleaned or painted so if you need to get quotes from any professionals, this is the month to get them out to your house.

Although many of us are anxious to get out into the yard this month, there are still plenty of important projects to get done on the inside too. Transition months like March are perfect for reorganizing closets and putting away winter items and getting out the summer gear.

Roofs and gutters are the first defense for keeping the home dry and free from mold, so be sure to regularly remove snow and make sure the gutters and downspouts are clear for the spring thaw.

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How to Remove Ivy

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Ivy overtakes your property.

Removing invasive ivy from trees and walls can help keep them in healthy condition.

Removing invasive ivy from your yard is an important task, especially if it is actively growing on your trees, fence or home. Ivy can look beautiful growing up a traditional brick wall, but ivy can damage the mortar between the bricks (especially older brick walls), weaken stucco as well as wooden fences. Ivy growing up a tree trunk can also be damaging to the health of the tree, blocking out light and weakening the tree, making it susceptible to wind storms and slowly killing it. Whether you are trying to tame ivy in your yard or completely remove it, let’s take a look at the best way to get this task done.

About invasive ivy

Invasive ivy, like English Ivy, has woody stems, and mature ivy can look very different from new ivy. Mature ivy usually goes to seed in the late fall. Cool or cold temperatures are the best time of year to remove ivy as the growth is slower. If you try to cut ivy during the high growth season, the ivy will come back much faster. Once you’ve removed the ivy, do not throw it into your compost pile. Cut ivy can actually regrow, so dispose of it carefully.

Supplies:

  • Cutting tools: you may need hand pruning sheers, a long handled lopper, or a serrated hand saw (for thicker stems)
  • Rake or pitchfork: for clearing away the cut ivy
  • Gloves and protective gear: you’ll want good gloves to grip the stems and rip them from the ground. When pruning and working in thick greenery, it’s a smart idea to protect your eyes as well as your skin.

How to remove ivy from a tree trunk or wall

  • Step 1: Take your pruning tool and cut the ivy around the base of the tree trunk (about waist high). For a brick wall or wood fence, cut a horizontal line and be careful to not damage the wall with your tools.
  • Step 2: Completely remove the ivy below your cut line, taking care not to pull too hard (the ivy stems can actually pull off tree bark, paint, stucco or brick mortar).
  • Step 3: Pull out the ivy stems from the ground and clear it about 6 feet away from the trunk, wall or fence. Don’t pull green ivy that stretches high above your head; you may accidentally pull down a bird’s nest or bee’s nest.
  • Step 4: Above your cut line, simply let the ivy die. Once the ivy has died and turned brown, it will be much easier to pull down and off of the tree, wall or fence.

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Local Kenton,Ohio law enforcement responds to school threat

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Kenton High School

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties would like to thank the Kenton Police Department for their tireless service to the community.

Let's hear it for our local Kenton law enforcement officers, for being there for the students. Thank you for keeping the community and our children safe!

"A threat was made to Kenton High School this evening.

On a recorded telephone message, Kenton High School Principal Chad Thrush explained that a broad, non-specific threat was made against the school. After school officials were notified, officers from the Kenton Police Department were contacted and an investigation was conducted. 

The investigation concluded that no threat was apparent to school students or staff members. The school is set to start classes on time tomorrow, with a law-enforcement presence. Thrush also noted that the presence will be maintained by law-enforcement through the remainder of the school year."

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Fire Prevention Week

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

fire fighter

Today kicks off #FirePreventionWeek! Take some time to go over safety tips with your family and be sure to thank the men & women who sacrifice their lives to protect us from the flames.

SERVPRO supports the American Red Cross by asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save lives; checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

A home is more than a supportive structure. It shelters you, your family, and all of your treasured keepsakes. What if you had the power to prevent the loss of your home? Well, the American Red Cross can give you some of that power by learning proper home fire prevention and safety.

Carpet Cleaning

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Carpet

Carpet cleaning is important to maintaining the overall comfort and monetary value of a property. Any type of flooring is an investment for the property owner. Keeping the investment in the best shape takes a professional, but without proper certification, the consumer cannot be guaranteed of proper education and training on updated techniques used in maintaining the value of the flooring.

There are health concerns that can arise from any unsanitary environment, and it can be surprising to learn what survives in and under the flooring. Allergens that are left behind can lead to serious health problems for family members and even household pets. Proper techniques can reduce or eliminate allergens in the environment, improving the health of the occupants.

Great strides have been made in technologies used in carpet-care. Today there are only a few basic wet and dry methodologies accepted by the industry leaders. Ensuring consistently high standards means understanding how the certifying body works to guarantee better results at lower costs.

Proper maintenance begins with regular vacuuming using a high-powered machine. Over time normal wear and tear leads to a dull, soiled appearance. Proper maintenance by the occupants can help keep the flooring looking good, but there comes a time when a certified technician has to be called to get to the really deep grime a normal household vacuum can miss.

While regular maintenance is beneficial to the healthfulness and attractiveness of a home or office, a certified technician is necessary to take care of the really deep jobs regular vacuuming misses.

Consumers often find it difficult to choose a professional company for those important household chores. The benefits of carpet cleaning are numerous, but knowing who can be trusted is not always easy. That's where we come in....Just give us a call @ (937)354-3540 and we'll help you in any way that we can, whether that be by offering our carpet claeaning services or just answering any questions you may have.

Extreme Heat and Your Health

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Extreme heat safety

Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat.

Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.

Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars—they can suffer heat-related illness too.
  • Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Seek medical care immediately if your child has symptoms of heat related-illness.

Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.

  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat illness.

How to stay cool in extreme heat -Video

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Extension Cord Safety Tips

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Extension cord safety

Not enough cord for your lamp or radio to reach the nearest outlet? Just plowing through the junk drawer for an extension cord? This may not be a good idea. Extension cords can be very helpful in delivering power right where we need it. However, regardless of the gauge or rating of the cord, an extension cord is a temporary solution, and is not meant to be used as a long-term extension of your household’s electrical system.
 
Using extension cords properly is critical to your safety. With continu­ous use over time, an extension cord can rapidly deteriorate, creating a potentially dangerous electric shock or fire hazard. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers the following tips for staying safe from electric shock and electrical fires:

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground.
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring.
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors. If cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which may result in a fire hazard.
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance.
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together.
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip you use is rated for the products to be plugged in, and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use.
  • The appliance or tool that you are using the cord with will have a wattage rating on it. Match this up with your extension cord, and do not use a cord that has a lower rating.
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way. Touching even a single exposed strand can give you an electric shock or burn.
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets that only have two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. This defeats the purpose of a three-prong plug and could lead to an electrical shock. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Use extension cords with polarized and/or three-prong plugs.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), ETL-SEMKO (ETL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring.

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Free CE Class- Ethics

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

CE Class Flyer

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
The premise for this ethics course is that though we may have solid ethical foundations and are capable of making rational ethical decisions, our ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged.

Each and every day we are faced with decisions that we make that could cause harm to others, or ourselves. Facing ethical decisions can be very difficult, especially with the types of decisions that may seem correct at first, but we later find out were not so great. As we explore what ethics are, I will also challenge you to be prepared to become involved in hourly group activities. The group activities will help reinforce what we have learned, and also give us the ability to better deal with ethical decision making in our own lives.

* Continental breakfast & Lunch provided by : SERVPRO of central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties *

LOCATION:
Plaza Inn Restaurant
491 S. Main St.
Mount Victory ,OH 43340

FOR RESERVATIONS:
Call us @ 937-354-3540
         or email us
SERVPRO8463@dbscorp.net

National Cancer Control Month, 2016

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

National Cancer Control Month - April 2016

NATIONAL CANCER CONTROL MONTH, 2016

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Undaunted by challenge and unceasing in pursuit of progress, our Nation has pushed the boundaries of possibility throughout our history. Today, while cancer remains among the leading causes of death around the world and the second leading cause of death here at home, cancer research is on the cusp of major breakthroughs, offering incredible promise to those suffering from this disease. This month, we remember the loved ones we have lost, pledge support for the families we can still save, and reaffirm our commitment to curing cancer once and for all.

Cancer can affect people of all ages, races, and backgrounds, but certain risk factors exist that can often be mitigated. Limiting alcohol consumption, controlling sun exposure, exercising, getting recommended cancer screenings, and maintaining a healthy diet are all ways to reduce your risk of getting cancer. Additionally, smoking remains one of the top causes of cancer, responsible for 1 in 3 cancer deaths in the United States. By promoting resources to help people quit smoking and limiting exposure to secondhand smoke, we can reduce individuals' cancer risks. Help for quitting smoking can be found at www.SmokeFree.gov or by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW. I urge all Americans to visit www.Cancer.gov or www.CDC.gov/Cancer to learn more.

National Big Wind Day

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

National big wind day

Date When Celebrated : Always April 12th

Big Wind Day commemorates the highest wind speed ever recorded on the planet. Can you guess where?  No, it wasn't in the middle of a hurricane or a tornado.

On April 12, 1934, the staff of the Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface wind ever measured, anywhere on earth. This big wind was officially recorded at 231 miles per hour. Imagine the difficulties of even making a recording under those conditions back then!

It can still be argued that Mount Washington holds the record for the highest surface wind speed recorded 'by man'; the new Australian record of 2010 was measured by an automated station while no human was present, while the Mount Washington wind gust was actually measured by a human being.

Phenomena measured via satellite or radar, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and air currents in the upper atmosphere, are not directly measured at the Earth's surface and do not compete with either of these records.

Will this record ever be broken? Perhaps, but until then, enjoy Big Wind Day. 

Tips to Prevent a Cooking Fire

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire

*Keep an eye on your cooking and stay in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires.

*Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.

*Watch children closely. When old enough, teach children to cook safely.

*Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.

*Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.

*Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.

*If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

*Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.

*Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

*Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.

Out of sight ...out of mind. Sump Pump Backup in Columbus,OH

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement

As mechanical things go, we don’t often think about the sump pump. It’s down in the basement, out of sight and out of mind. In reality, your sump pump is one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in your house.

A typical submersible sump pump drains water year round, and when a rainstorm hits the water pump works extra duty keeping your basement from flooding. Most homes have sump pumps to aid in basement drainage. So, here are a couple of things to consider:

Sump pumps are mechanical and will eventually fail. Average sump pump life is 10 years. The most common reason for failure is the sump pump switch.
If your sump pump fails during a rain storm, hundreds of gallons of water can flood your basement in a matter of minutes. It doesn’t take much water to cause thousands of dollars in damage.
Basement flooding can ruin your furnace, water heater and other mechanical and electrical devices. According to the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association these appliances must be replaced.
Sump pumps should be checked for proper operation a couple of times per year – pour some water into the sump pit until the submersible pump cycles. This is usually an easy process and only takes a couple of minutes. Don’t wait for a failure during a rainstorm to find out your sump pump doesn’t work.

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