Smoke Alarms are critical in your Cleveland, OH home
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.
Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA). If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.
For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO of Gateway at 216-575-1985
Water Damage can be different categories
Water Damage to your Cleveland, OH home can have a major impact on properties of all kinds, occurring very swiftly and often suddenly. It can occur due to a variety of conditions that include flooding, melting snow, failed appliances, or other natural disasters. Water damage can also range widely in severity. Allowing water to build up in basements and other areas of a home or business can quickly lead to complete destruction of the property. When water damage is imminent, property owners must take immediate steps to remove the water and restore any materials that have been damaged.
Water Damage can be broken down into several categories of severity, typically coming from a particular source. The first category for water damage includes the presence of clean water that poses no immediate threat to humans. Malfunctioning appliances and overflowing sinks usually cause this kind of damage. The next category of damage is often referred to as Grey Water. Category two indicates the presence of contaminated water that can cause illness to living creatures when ingested. The presence of microorganisms in water is typically the result of sewer leaks, damaged toilets, and malfunctioning sump pumps. The third category of water damage is referred to as Black Water. These unsanitary liquids contain bacteria and other forms of seriously dangerous microorganisms. This water can come from the contamination of standing water and leaks from municipal sewage systems.
All types of damage can lead to degrading property, including threats such as mold, rotting wood, and the destabilization of the foundation. Damage in classes two and three can allow furniture and walls to absorb a substantial amount of moisture despite the fact that the evaporation rate is very rapid. The most serious type of water damage can result from standing water that has the potential to soak into hardwood floors, concrete, and plaster. The restoration process and the success in cleaning up after water damage has occurred depend on acting quickly.
The majority of cleanups following substantial water damage require professional assistance. Ignoring damp furniture and missing hidden damage in walls and other structural components can result in serious health threats. The mold exposure alone can cause allergy and asthma symptoms in persons of all ages or directly impact those people suffering with compromised immune systems. Professional restoration companies accurately assess the damage and use proven techniques in order to fully restore the property. Their techniques include thoroughly protective cleaning gear and cutting-edge, restoration equipment.
4 classes of water damage to your Cleveland, OH home
Without warning, emergencies can strike. Immediate response is critical especially when water damage strikes. Did you know there are different classes of water that can cause a loss in your Cleveland, OH home? The classes of water are defined as the following:
Class 1 –A single room is affected, with little to no wet carpet, with water only on surfaces like wood or concrete.
Class 2 –This class effects and entire room, wetness along the walls (12” or more), and moisture still in the structure.
Class 3 –Ceilings, walls, carpet and insulation are all saturated with liquid or water. This is often due to water coming from overhead.
Class 4 –Water saturates in materials with very low levels of permeation, like hardwood or stone.
We understand that dealing with water damage is a highly stressful. Our trained technicians are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to restore your property to its preloss conditions. Do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Gateway a call if you experience any kind of water damage. We are your local Cleveland water removal company.
Flooding to your Cleveland home after flash floods
Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, out in the country, or even in the desert, there is potential for flooding. Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.
A variety of events can cause flooding, like: heavy rains, when ocean waves come onshore, if snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. A flooding event may occur over a long period and could last days, weeks, or longer.
The most dangerous type of flood, a flash flood, happens quickly with little or no warnings. Flash floods are the top weather-related killer in the U.S. since they can roll boulders, tear out trees and destroy buildings of low-lying areas in less than six hours, caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms.
At least 25% of the business that close after an event like a flood never reopen their doors. As little as one-inch of water can cause costly damage to your property. That's where we are here to help to keep businesses in business.
We have seen a lot of flash floods in Cleveland this summer. If you find yourself with flood damage give us a call!
Preventing Electrical Fires to your Cleveland home
Preventing Electrical Fires to your Cleveland home
Electrical fires cause millions of dollars in damages, while also claiming lives in the process. There are so many possible causes for these types of fires. One of these causes can be faulty wiring throughout the house, and overloading connection for more than they were designed for. Improper use of extension cords and power strips can cause a situation. Even something as simple as small animals chewing through wiring in the wall can cause a fire.
You can prevent electrical fires in the home by following a few safety tips. When purchasing a used heating appliance, make sure the temperature switch will shut down the equipment if the thermostat fails. When doing duct work, make sure you use a licensed professional. Anywhere there is an electric current, there is a chance of a fire. By the time you see or smell smoke, the electrical fire may already be out of control. SERVPRO of Gateway wants you to stay safe and take action immediately to repair and replace faulty wiring in your home to reduce the risk of an unwarranted situation. Know the signs before the fire even starts. Call 216-575-1985
Serving homeowners around Cuyahoga County
Serving others is at the heart of SERVPRO of Gateway. SERVPRO is one of the nation’s leading restoration companies. Whether it's a home or business, SERVPRO of Gateway knows that the most important job is helping each customer put their life back together.
Our team at SERVPRO of Gateway is trained to safely clean and restore your home or business utilizing the following procedure:
- Identify the Source/Type of Water
- Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis
- Survey The Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises For Hidden Moisture.
- Preform Emergency Water Extraction
- Move and Block Furniture Contents
- Inspect Carpet Pad/ Carpet and Provide Service
- Apply Necessary Treatments
- Utilize Advanced Drying and Monitoring Equipment
- Dispose of Refuse
Call us today at 216-575-1985 for your water damage needs. We are here to help you and serve you.
SERVPRO of Gateway proudly serves areas around Cuyahoga County including: Downtown Cleveland and surrounding areas including Cleveland, Lakewood, Middleburg Heights, Strongsville, North Royalton, Broadview Heights and Brecksville.
We're ready to help in Cuyahoga County
SERVPRO of Gateway is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. This also increases the cost of mitigation and reconstruction.
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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Gateway has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration in Cleveland, OH—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business. We're ready to help! Call us when disaster strikes.
Why call SERVPRO of Gateway when water damage strikes
About SERVPRO of Gateway
SERVPRO of Gateway 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.
Our goal is always to minimize damage and costs. To do this immediate response is necessary. Water damage shouldn’t wait so you shouldn’t either. When disaster strikes, call us and we will be there for you.
We are faster to any size disaster throughout Cuyahoga County. Trust SERVPRO of Gateway when flood damage or water damage strikes.
Call us when you find water damage 24/7 216-575-1985
Protect your pets from fire damage
Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fires every year, according to the United States Fire Administration. Promote the safety of the people and animals in your home in the event of a fire emergency by planning ahead. From preventative caution to making an evacuation plan that includes pet safety, here are three pet preparation steps you can take today.
It's important to keep animals away from open flames such as candles. Make sure your candles are in a secure location that cannot be knocked over.
In the event of a fire, if your pets are not able to make it out of the house with you, let the responding firefighters know that. They will do everything they can to recover your animals from the home.
Make sure you have all your pets records in a secure place so they can be accessed in the event of a fire.
Pets are like family. Make sure they are apart of your fire evacuation plan.
Spring is Here
We want to give you a few tips since we have been drowning in the rain so far this Spring. As the temperatures climb and you just have to get outside to enjoy the warmer weather, make your venture out a productive one.
Take a look at your Roof to see if you have any shingles missing or other damages the winter winds may have caused. Don’t forget to clean the Gutterswhile you are on the ladder. How about those underground or exterior Drains?
The winter could have wreaked havoc on your Siding or the exterior Paint. Because of the mountainous terrain most of us have basements so check for Cracks in the Block or Foundation. Remember to check the Caulking around doors and windows.
If you have managed to survive the winter without water entering your House or Business, make it a point to keep them dry this spring and summer too.