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Review your insurance policies in 2019!

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Are you making a New Year's Resolution? Statistically, more than half of all resolutions fail... but they don't have to. We have some resolutions you can actually keep this year. Even better? You can accomplish most of these in January and be sitting pretty for the rest of the year, worry free with a simple insurance audit!

Update Home Inventory

Your home inventory is a tool that your agent can use to determine the right level of coverage for your homeowners insurance. Plus, if you have a claim, having an up-to-date inventory will benefit you and get your claim paid faster. If you haven't done an inventory on your home in a while, we have some tips on where to start. If you have completed an inventory, right after the holidays are and ideal time to update! Be sure to share the updated home inventory with your agent when you're done.

Right-Size Your Life Insurance

Life insurance is not one-size-fits-all. Your coverage needs to evolve over time. If you don't have a policy yet, now is a great time to talk to your agent about what type of policy would best suit your needs (and your budget.) We have six things you should consider when you are looking at coverage. 

If you do already have life insurance, is it working hard for you? Could you get more benefit out of your policy while you are still living? Maybe. Talk to your agent about the ways you can make your existing policy work for you and your family.

Earn Discounts

Did you know that you can play a part in determining your auto insurance rates? With Driveology, you have the chance to earn discounts based on your good driving behavior. You can also monitor your vehicle health and environmental impact in the process. 

If you have a teen driver in the house, you may be able to save even more with you Young Driver Safety program. With this program, drivers under the age of 25 can learn safe driving behaviors, and help you earn discounts on your auto policy premiums. 

Prepare for the Unexpected

You try to be as prepared as possible, but you never know what is right around the corner. Prepare for unexpected risks with an umbrella policy. Umbrella earns its name because the coverage arches over your vehicle and homeowner's insurance to provide an extra layer of protection: it starts where vehicle and homeowner's insurance liability limits stop. You might be surprised by all the things umbrella policies cover for an affordable price. 

Call Your Agent

When was the last time you evaluated your coverage's with your agent? Your agent can do an annual SuperCheck and make sure you are covered where you need it (and aren't paying for coverage's you've outgrown). Life changes fast, make sure your insurance keeps up. If you have been wondering if you could bundle your policies, need a different life insurance policy, or bought a new boat, you could use a SuperCheck. Contact your agent and schedule a brief review today.

With this new year, if you have resolved to save money, your agent may be able to help. Contact your agent today. It's an easy resolution to keep and can affect your bottom line all year. Can you say that for other resolutions?

First Responder Bowl Game Challenge

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Game Challenge Presenting the check to Make A Wish

SERVPRO sponsored the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Game in December. In line with that game, we wanted to honor our local first responders as well.

We created a bracket challenge set up like March Madness. Our local first responders had to pick a winner for each bowl game and whatever department had the most points at the end of the National Championship game, would win $1,000 to the charity of their choice.

Throughout all the Bowl games being played out, our leader board changed often. We had 17 brackets submitted to participate. Medina Fire and Medina Police were tied for first for awhile and then Brunswick Police and Brunswick Fire took over first. Eastlake Police were in the battle for 1st place as well.

After all bowl games had been played, Brunswick Fire, Brunswick Police and Eastlake Police were tied for 1st place. It came down to the National Championship game. If Alabama won, it was between Eastlake Police and Brunswick Police which would come down to a total point tie breaker. If Clemson won, Brunswick Fire would win.

By now, you know Clemson shocked everyone and won! Brunswick Fire Department was our winner. They selected Make A Wish to donate their $1,000 to. On January 28th we presented the $1,000 check to Make A Wish at the Brunswick City Council Meeting.

This was a fun opportunity to partner with our local first responders and we’re looking forward to the 2019 First Responder Bowl Game!

Flooded Basements and Water Damage are not a DIY Job

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded basement repair is not a DIY job. 

Despite the magazines, television shows, and Internet articles that may have you thinking otherwise, water damage restoration is a job that should only be performed by certified professionals. SERVPRO of Gateway technicians not only have the know-how to get the job done right, but they also have the specialized tools needed to thoroughly dry your home, preventing further damage and even mold.

Additional benefits of hiring a professional water damage restoration company:

  1. Health Hazards: Depending on the source of the water damage, safety can become a concern. There are three varying degrees of water damage, ranging from clean water to black water, each more hazardous than the next. Black water, the most dangerous of the three, is water that has come into contact with fecal matter, a haven for harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens.
  2. Hidden Damage: Water damage is not always obvious. Sometimes it is found inside walls and under flooring. If you attempt a DIY restoration and fail to diagnose hidden damage, the resulting issues could be extreme…and expensive.
  3. Peace of Mind: Hiring a professional restoration company gives you the peace of mind knowing you have done everything in your power to rectify the situation.

If you experience a flooded basement, leave the repair to our certified professionals.

Things not to do after Fire Damage

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience fire or smoke damage in your home, here are some things that you should NOT do while waiting for your remediation team to arrive.

Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Gateway
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Gateway
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water (they may be contaminated).
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create a secondary damage.
  • Send garments to dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Gateway has a group of certified and trained professionals that will make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Repair

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Repair

SERVPRO of Gateway is here in your community and Here to Help®. We have teams of certified professionals that are ready to help when disaster strikes. Our crews are certified in water damage repair and fire damage repair. We also have certified teams to assist in mold remediation. When the storms strike Northeast Ohio, we are ready to deploy our storm damage teams. Whatever you’re facing, we are faster to any size disaster.  

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Gateway is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage loss. From the time our crews arrive on site to the time they pack up equipment, you will be kept in the loop of what’s happening in your home or business throughout the entire restoration process.

There’s no convenient time for water or flood damage to your home or business but we will do everything we can to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Gateway today! 216-575-1985

Residential Water Damage Repair Services

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Residential Water Damage Repair Services

Water damage is one of the most common problems you can face as a homeowner. Water damage can also be one of the most destructive problems you face as well. That’s why it’s important to call in the SERVPRO of Gateway professionals when disaster strikes. It’s important to take care of water damage immediately. If water damage isn’t remediated, the longer the water sits the more damage it will cause. Meaning: the more money it will cost to fix. Aside from damage, if water and flood damage aren’t addressed quickly mold can also begin to grow. You can’t predict disastrous situations but you can rely on SERVPRO of Gateway for all you water damage repairs.

Avoid costly mistakes and repairs. SERVPRO of Gateway will arrive onsite and begin to work immediately. You will be kept in the loop throughout the entire restoration process. We are faster to any size disaster and we are local to your community. Call us today! 216-575-1985

1-4-8 Policy

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO® of Gateway, we are committed to serving you 24/7/365. We are your water damage, fire damage, storm damage and mold remediation experts. We are also committed to contacting you in a timely manner, showing up promptly, and notifying your insurance company of the status of the loss efficiently and quickly. The numbers 1-4-8 have a particular meaning to us. Our commitment, when called by an Insurance Company or by our Call Center for a loss, is to contact the property owner within 1 hour of the First Notice of Loss, be on site within 4 hours, and contact the Insurance Company within 8 hours to report on the condition of the loss. We are judged on these three numbers, but frequently we beat these numbers. It is not unusual for us to call the property owner within minutes of receiving the FNOL and for us to be on site within an hour. We understand how important it is to be there to start the drying process. We care about your property and look forward to helping you at every opportunity.

SERVPRO of Gateway is faster to any size disaster. No water damage or fire damage is too big or too small for us. Call us when disaster strikes. 216-575-1985