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Carpet Cleaning Tips for Your East Ottawa/ Erie County Business

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Most carpet is designed to camouflage dirt, especially carpet intended for commercial areas. But these same carpets see a lot of traffic, from human feet to dolly wheels, and they can get pretty dingy and rough-looking over time. A poorly maintained carpet can actually hurt your business, so you will want to put this on your to-do list!

  • A carpet that isn’t well cared-for will need to be replaced sooner than one that receives regular cleanings and maintenance, costing you a lot more money in the long run!
  • If you own a commercial building space, keeping your carpets in good repair can cut down on customer complaints and liability from any trips and falls.
  • Clean carpeting and flooring are part of the good image of your business: clients will be more comfortable with you, and your employees will feel more positive about their work environment. A happy worker is much more productive!
  • Clean carpets reduce loose particles, which protects your business’ indoor air quality. It has even been proven to reduce exposure to cancer-causing substances that can collect in carpet fibers! A clean carpet also reduces illness-causing biological contaminants such as bacteria, mold and viruses that can negatively affect your clients and work staff. This will be especially important during cold and flu season.

Having your commercial carpets cleaned regularly should be part of your business maintenance program.

Consider these points when deciding what an appropriate cleaning schedule should be:

  • Color, nap and pile, type, and density of your carpet: a higher-quality carpet will probably be able to go longer without cleaning, for example, and hold up better over time.
  • Foot traffic in your place of business: this aspect is going to change based on seasons and weather. A busy workplace is great, but it comes with its own set of challenges.
  • The type of your commercial space: if you own a business that uses heavy machinery, you will need to have a much heavier cleaning schedule.
  • The type of business you conduct: a veterinary office, daycare or restaurant is going to need more attention than an attorney’s office, for example. If you are a business related to the medical field, your needs may be very specific based on the area of medicine you are associated with.

The team at SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County stands ready to help with all your commercial cleaning needs. We are experienced in large cleanup projects, such as those needed after water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialities. Call us today at (419) 621-7766 or visit our website: SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County

Storm proofing Your Garage

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Make storm-proofing your attached garage a priority when planning to protect your home from storms. As one of the largest sections in any home, your garage is also the most vulnerable place when it comes to high winds. Here are some tips to storm-proof your garage, which will also protect the rest of your home:

  • Buy a garage door with a higher wind-resistance rating. Storms with extreme levels of wind will cause the most damage; when a garage is breached, the winds will batter the rest of your home more easily. Water will start to come in, and even just an inch of water can cause expensive and unwanted damage! If you live in an area prone to tornadoes, it’s recommended that you invest in a door that can withstand winds of 130 mph or higher. Doors with high impact-ratings will be a good idea, as that can protect your home and belongings from flying debris.
  • Install a bracing system. You can reinforce your garage door with proper bracing. Most garage doors are secured only by the tracks or hinges, which will be no help during a powerful storm. A bracing system works by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge.  
  • Keep your garage door well-maintained. If there are any holes or cracks or any breaches, that will allow storm winds through your garage door. Perform a monthly inspection and look for these issues, as well as problems with the weather stripping or any parts of the garage door mechanisms and functionality. Perform any repairs as soon as possible.
  • Secure all windows. If you have windows in your attached garage, there will be weak points during extreme weather. Ensure they are in good repair and the weather stripping is in great shape at all times. Having wrought-iron window protection installed can go a long way to protect your glass from flying debris.
  • Install drainage and flood vents. Make sure that this vulnerable area of your home is properly outfitted for the drainage of large amounts of water. You can have a trench drain installed in front of this area and on the sides of your driveway to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain any water coming inside quickly before levels rise and cause damage.

Here at SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County, we are always ready to help you in case of water damage, and we also handle clean up after house and business fires. Mold remediation is one of our specialities. Call us at (419) 621-7766, or visit our website: SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County

Cleaning Mold Growth From Your Kitchen

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in any kitchen looks bad and smells worse, but there are other reasons why it should be remediated as soon as possible: if the mold is “black mold”, that can be a serious health issue! Mold also eats away at wood flooring, and it can wreak havoc on wooden kitchen window frames. It makes sense to get rid of serious mold growth as soon as possible. Here are a few tips you might find useful:

  • Bleach and water. Before using this mixture, it’s important to put on gloves and goggles to protect your hands and face. Mix a cupful of bleach per every gallon of hot water in a non-metal container and use a funnel to pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
  • Spray. Be sure to protect any furniture or other objects from damage by covering them with a tarp or newspaper before you begin to spray those places with mold infestation. Take care to keep windows and doors open to prevent inhaling fumes and run a fan if necessary.
  • Allow mixture to penetrate. It’s necessary to allow at least 5 minutes to elapse so that the water/bleach mixture can penetrate the mold. Then, using a brush with stiff bristles, scrub the area and remove the mold.
  • Clean the surface. Using cold water, rinse the surface and allow to dry. If the mold is not completely removed, you will have to repeat these steps until all traces of the mold are gone. If you still believe you have a problem after this, contact a professional to come and inspect the situation.
  • An ounce of prevention. It is always best to prevent mold infestations in the first place, which can be achieved by keeping the humidity down in your kitchen area. Use a dehumidifier or keep windows open during better weather, allowing wet air to escape. A water and vinegar solution is helpful as a daily cleaning agent to keep surfaces disinfected and to fight mold. Keep in mind that if mold starts to grow under your kitchen flooring, you should call a professional right away.

Here at SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County, we are always available to help you with your mold remediation. We also handle large clean up jobs, such as those necessary after fire or water damage. Call us at (419) 621-7766, or visit our website: SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County

Cleaning Up Smoke Damage in Your Home or Business

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot will affect everything in your home or business, from the structure to your equipment and belongings. After a fire, contacting a cleaning professional may be the best decision you can make. The SERVPRO team of East Ottawa/ Erie County knows how to get your work or personal space back to normal as soon as possible.

SERVPRO specializes in restoring contents of a home or business that have received fire damage or water damage. They will assess all your belongings carefully to determine what items can be restored to their “pre-fire” condition. Professional cleaning companies use several methods to get you back to normal after a fire:

  • Foam cleaning: This method is used for upholstery since it can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry cleaning: This method is used to clean light residue.
  • Wet cleaning: This is a very effective cleaning method used to remove moderate to heavy residues.
  • Immersion cleaning: This method is one where items are dipped into a bath of cleaning product.

Electronics that have been damaged by fire present a serious hazard; never attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that could possibly have been affected! Smoke residue contains acids that corrode metal and that can cause electronic failure in a device. Items that you should be careful of are:

  • Computers
  • Televisions
  • CD and DVD Players

SERVPRO of East Ottawa/ Erie County technicians are experienced in document and photograph restoration and can help in the event that your important records or personal keepsakes have been damaged during a fire.

If the damage to your home or business is such that it will need extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of East Ottawa/ Erie County can organize an efficient move-out process of the affected areas. Removing your items from the area will aid in a quicker remodelling process and will protect your items from any further potential damage. After the restoration is complete, move-in can be coordinated easily.

If your home or business has suffered damage from fire, water, or mold, give the SERVPRO team a call today at (419) 621 7766 of East Ottawa today! You can also visit our website: SERVPRO of East Ottawa

Finding Water Damage in Your Attic

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Your home or business’ attic is one of the main places where damage from heavy rainfall can occur, and then mold growth becomes a concern. Your attic is a place that you probably won’t visit regularly; usually, a trip up to the attic is only made when you need something you have put up for a rainy day. However, it is important to check your attic area periodically for leaks and water damage, especially after winter or other rainy seasons or if you live or work in an area where heavy rain or snow is a regular occurrence.

Some homes and workplaces have water heaters in the attic, and these are known to leak as they age. Your attic and roofing will also take the brunt of any stormy weather; when the roof sustains damage such as loose or missing roofing material, you will probably see water stains in the attic, and that will always let you know a problem is developing.

You can follow these tips to help you keep on top of any damage to your attic:

  • Check your attic for damage regularly. It is important to assess your attic space as often as you check other parts of your home or workplace. You’ll want to make sure this area isn’t holding water, which can, in turn, create problems with your interior ceilings.
  • It’s crucial to thoroughly inspect all roofing after a strong storm and/or high winds to ensure it is still intact.
  • Make sure your water heater is working properly. If your water heater isn’t functioning properly or if it has seen better days, have it checked by a professional and perhaps replace it. A malfunctioning water heater can flood your home and cause major property damage. There are now continuous water heaters on the market; this might be a good choice if your connection is in the attic area.

Here at SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County, we are experienced and always ready to help with cleanup after water and fire damage and are experts in the area of mold remediation. Call us at (419) 621-7766, or visit our website: SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County

Caring for Your Business' HVAC System

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

It’s always a good idea to hire a professional to come inspect your HVAC system; if any maintenance is needed, that same company can take care of it right away. You will want to have an inspection done every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. A professional will inspect and clean all of your unit’s wiring and mechanisms, which would be a bit challenging for anyone without the training or expertise. Using a professional ensures that the future of your business’ HVAC is bright!

As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, such as:

Regularly:

  • Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system
  • Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
  • Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines every month
  • Replace air filters at least every 90 days
  • In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier
  • In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on

Annually:

  • Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
  • Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
  • Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture

Caring for your HVAC properly throughout the year will keep your work environment air quality and atmosphere pleasant, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will also save you money by improving and maintaining your energy efficiency throughout your building.

The team at SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County is always ready to inspect and maintain your HVAC system, and we are here to answer any questions you might have. We are also experienced in large cleanup jobs such as those needed because of fire damage or water damage, and we are pros at mold remediation. Call us at (419) 621-7766, or visit our website: SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County

Fire Safety Tips for Every Homeowner

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

There are over 350,000 residential house fires in the U.S every year. These fires result in injuries, property damage, and death. We would like to share some tips with you today to help keep you, your family, and your property safe from fire.

Install good quality smoke alarms on or near the ceilings of your home, especially near bedrooms. Installing Carbon Monoxide alarms in the same areas is always a good idea. CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels.

Ensure that you have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher readily accessible in your home. Show everyone where it is and how to use it.

Have your wood burning fireplace inspected annually in the fall before you use it during cold weather. Your HVAC unit should be looked over at this point as well. Employ a professional for these tasks.

Have an escape plan for your family, and make sure everyone understands it and can follow the plan in case of fire. Second story homes should have an escape ladder.

There are remote monitors available today to let you know if there is a fire in your home while you are away. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and you will be notified by the app you download on your phone.

During home repair or remodelling, use fire-resistant building materials when available. For example, using a fire retardant brand of insulation can be a huge part of keeping your home fire safe.

Call the SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County team anytime for help with fire safety. We are always available to assist with home or commercial cleanup after fire and water damage. Our phone number is (419) 621-7766, and our website is: SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Eric County

Preparing Your Home for Spring Showers

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

We think we can safely say that we are all happy to see signs of Spring showing everywhere. Who doesn’t like to enjoy flowers blooming and trees becoming green again? And it’s so pleasant to hear birds singing all around us.

But all the rain that these plants and creatures need is coming, too, and we need to be ready!

One important task that should be fulfilled before the rains start pouring down is the cleaning of rain gutters. During the winter, they can become clogged with dirt and debris from the roof and windy conditions, and if your home is under trees, leaves will definitely need to be removed. If rainwater cannot be drained away through the gutters, it will back up into the walls and attic of your home and cause significant water damage.

Make sure trees surrounding your home are trimmed properly to reduce damage to your property from falling branches when the winds pick up.

If you have any kind of drainage system in your yard or driveway, make sure these areas are free of obstructions so that rainwater can escape your property easily. Flooding can happen quickly and can create a much bigger problem than you might realize, even from a small Spring shower.

Have you taken a look at your exterior doors and windows? After a harsh winter, seals and weatherstripping may have deteriorated and may need to be replaced before a rainy season. Low-lying entryways that are not properly sealed can be a place that rainwater can creep in.

Here at SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County, we stand ready to help with all water and fire damage issues and can come out to your property to help you assess your storm readiness. Call us today at (419) 621-7766, or visit our website: SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County

Three Tips for Keeping Mold Out of Your Closet

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is pesky. In humid areas of the world, it can be more than annoying; it can cause a lot of damage and some pretty serious health issues.

Mold spores are in the air all around us, all the time. They are cousins to mushrooms, and just like mushrooms, they like the dark and the damp. All that they need is the perfect environment, and within 24 - 48 hours, you could find a pretty significant colony growing in your home or business!

One of the darkest places in your house or workplace is the closet. It’s where we store precious items, and where we forget things! It can be easy to forget about the closet for months, and even years, and during that time in the dark lots of things can happen.

Here are some tips for keeping mold out of your closet without having to deep clean it every couple of months:

  • Make sure the closet has proper ventilation. If you have a larger walk-in closet, chances are you have a heating and cooling vent inside, but if the closet is older you will need to make sure that the door is not sealed tightly like an exterior door would need to be. And if lots of items are stored there, make sure they are stacked neatly or shelved for proper airflow.
  • Keep an eye open for any damp conditions inside your closet. If you see any water damage at all, get it taken care of immediately. You may need to contact a professional clean up company, and the team at SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County is ready to help.
  • Purchasing a humidity monitor might be a good idea. Keeping the humidity levels at the levels prescribed by the EPA will go a long way to keeping your property safe from mold damage.

For help with mold remediation, or for cleanup services involving water or fire damages, call us here at SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County at (419) 621-7766 or visit our website: SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County

What to Do If You Find Water Damage Under Your Sink

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Drip, drip, drip….no one likes to hear that sound coming from the wrong place. Sometimes it’s loud and obvious, and sometimes it’s not noticeable for a while. When you open up the cabinet under your sink, you can find a significant amount of damage from even the smallest leak if it has gone undetected for any length of time. Not a pleasant situation.

The first thing you will want to do is turn off the water source to that particular sink. The knob to do this is almost always under the sink itself.

The next step is to remove everything you have been storing under the sink so that you can see clearly to assess the damage. Using old clothes or heavy-duty sponges, remove excess water. It might be a good idea to sanitize the area with a bleach solution, and use a fan to blow air over the soaked boards or tile to dry the area out.

All damage material underneath your sink should be replaced so that you can be sure the area is fresh and sturdy. Storing items back under a sink on wood that is warped and weakened can create more trouble under your sink down the road. If the leak is coming from a source that you cannot fix, you might consider contacting a local plumber to help get it patched up quick.

You may see mold growth; it only takes 24 - 48 hours for mold to begin to grow in a damp area because the spores are always in the air around us just looking for a place to land! This particular issue will require the services of a company that has expertise in mold remediation.

Here at SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County, we are standing ready to help you with any home or commercial cleanup after fire or water damage, and we know all about mold remediation! Call us at (419) 621-7766 or visit our website: SERVPRO of East Ottawa/Erie County