Protecting Your Home from Frozen and Bursting Pipes
SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water dam
Southern Ohio has experienced some record cold temperatures this month. Though you may be taking extra steps to keep yourself warm, SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties wants to remind you to keep your home safe as well.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety reports that pipes generally don't burst from simply freezing - it is actually the buildup of pressure between the frozen water blockage and the closed faucet that causes the pipe to burst.
Here at SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia counties, we care about our customers and want to pass on the following tips to help protect their homes:
1) Let a faucet slowly drip during extreme cold weather (under 20 degrees F) to provide pressure relief on the pipe. If hot and cold water lines serve a fixture, make sure that both lines are contributing to the drip.
2) If you are planning to travel out of town, take the extra precaution of draining your water system. To do this, shut off the main water valve and then turn on all fixtures until water stops flowing. If there is no water in the lines, they can't freeze or burst.
In the event that the worst happens and you come home to a burst pipe and water in your home, SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia 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 Athens & Gallia 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.
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Stay warm out there and remember that SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties is here to help with all of your routine and emergency restoration and cleaning needs.
About SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties
SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia 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.
Meet Our Crew:
Are You Prepared for Whatever Happens?
Assistance writing Emergency Ready Profiles is offered as a complimentary services from our business to yours.
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it.
Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.
Contact SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties at 740-591-9800 today, to discuss how a free ERP could benefit your business.
Emergency Water Damage Service
Since 2008, serving residential and commercial customers who have experienced fire, water and mold damage.
SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties 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.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 740-286-2550
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 Athens & Gallia has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties
SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia 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.
The Value of Customer Feedback
Customer feedback is the critically important. Thanks to this customer for letting us know of a job well done!
Customer reviews are our best indicator of success or failure. SERVPRO is a service company. We want to professionally serve each and ever customer as we assist with water, fire or mold damage, cleaning or construction projects.
Most of the jobs we complete are due to a malfunction or disaster that causes a disruption in your home, your office, and ultimately your schedule. In a concise statement, there are a few specific words this customer chose to use that speak volumes: professional, exceptional and accommodating.
I am thrilled to hear that we were able to accommodate our customer's needs, whether it be the timing of our appointments, the way we placed equipment in the home, or communication as requested.
I am always sincerely grateful to a customer for letting us know they observed hard work and effort. Tom strives to provide excellent customer service and works long hours. We value Tom as a part of our team and want to thank this customer for recognizing his commitment to a job well done.
If you are a customer of SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties, please give us your feedback. We'd love to hear from you. We can get better when we know exactly how we did. Feel free to email me at jhughes@SERVPROjacksongallia.com.
Hard Work and Happy Demeanor
Our teams prioritize happy customers. We want to help make it "Like it never even happened."
I often describe the work we do as a roller coaster. When it rains, it pours...and then it floods. Sump pumps fail, drains clog, trees fall...damage occurs. Homeowners need help getting the water out and their homes cleaned up. The good news...our SERVPRO team is "Ready for whatever happens." This is what makes it rewarding. I love to receive certificates of satisfaction that have written comments about our team. The BEST are like this one, where the homeowner shares genuine appreciation for the hard work and happy demeanor Jerry offered while working in her home to clean up water damage following a storm that significantly impacted her community. We sincerely appreciate this feedback and the way our SERVPRO team takes care of our customers. Our crews are HERO-READY when you disaster strikes and always here to help! Hard work, a good attitude, and a happy demeanor matter. Thank you to this gracious customer for recognizing Jerry's hard work and for choosing SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties to assist you with this loss.
Leave Mold Remediation to the SERVPRO Professionals
Mold often becomes a problem in damp spaces like basements or following water damage that has not been properly dried.
Understanding How Mold Grows and Spreads in Your Home
Mold is one of the most neglected home maintenance problems that can quickly become a catastrophe. Spotting the damage early is the key to safe and effective remediation.
Mold damage restoration is not a DIY project. Efficient and successful remediation is a job for the professionals with years of experience and the right safety equipment. Trying to eliminate mold by yourself can help it spread to unaffected areas amplifying the problem. It is essential to understand the basics of mold and take the right precautions for fast and safe remediation.
What causes mold growth?
Mold begins its life from a microscopic spore; they are like seeds that can germinate in the right conditions. Interestingly, mold spores are present everywhere. So, it may not be possible to eliminate them entirely, but it is entirely possible to prevent the creation of conditions favorable for their germination.
One of the most important conditions for the spores to germinate is moisture. If the surfaces contain a high level of humidity, the spores can absorb it, swell and germinate giving rise to a network of filamentous structures called hyphae. Some of the hyphae grow into the surface providing an anchor for the network, while others can bear spores on their tops.
If the network of the hyphae is disturbed, these spores can become airborne and settle in other parts of your home. While cleaning the mold growth, SERVPRO professionals use a barrier system to prevent these spores from reaching the uncontaminated parts of your home. They also have the necessary equipment to clean the settled spores and prevent them from reaching other parts of your home.
Mold loves warm and moist environments.
Mold requires the right combination of temperature and moisture to germinate and grow. The ideal temperature being between 68 and 86 degrees. With these conditions in place, the settled sores can quickly spread.
The most important thing to control is the moisture level. SERVPRO Professionals can determine the residual moisture level in your home using state-of-the-art moisture sensing equipment. If the levels are high, they can correct them by addressing the underlying problem.
Call SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties today to schedule an inspection.
Soot can be stubborn and requires specific methods based on the source. Leave the cleanup to your local SERVPRO Professionals.
How Do Puff Backs Occur?
Puff backs occur due to a furnace malfunction and causes soot to spread throughout your home. This usually occurs with oil burning furnaces that have resulted in an explosion.
Soot should likely be removed by a professional cleaning service in order to prevent further damage. Specific products are used during the removal process and necessary precautions taken to protect other unaffected areas of your home.
One simple method of preventing a puff back is by constantly making sure the oil heating system is dust free. Another way for ultimate protection is to have your heating system inspected and serviced annually.
If this happens to you, call SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia Counties at 740-591-9800. Our team offers multiple cleaning services to residential and commercial structures. Serving Athens, Meigs, and Gallia Counties and neighboring areas.
Flooding causes concern in Southeastern Ohio
This photo shows high water in Jackson, OH following hours of heavy rainfall on February 22, 2018.
Days of heavy rainfall have caused high water in many locations throughout southeastern Ohio. Some have experienced water intrusion directly due to the elements, while others have sump pumps that failed or just couldn't keep up. If you have experienced water damage to your home or business, we are always here to help.
SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia 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.
We live here too. 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.While we are physically located in Jackson, OH we provide service to a large portion of southeastern Ohio, officially servicing Jackson, Gallia, Vinton, Meigs, Pike, Ross, and Athens counties.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit our communities, 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. There is no loss too large for our teams.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - 740-591-9800
Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration
When you find your possessions floating, we can help make it "Like it never even happened."
Too many homeowners have descended their basement steps to find a pool of murky water. Water follows the path of least resistance, finding cracks and holes through basement walls. Flooding can often be attributed to insufficient drainage around basement walls, heavy rains, a faulty sump pump, or a combination of these factors.
Our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are highly trained in water damage restoration including basement and crawlspace flooding. We have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement properly. Our water removal and drying process emphasizes monitoring and documentation to validate your property is dry.
- 24 Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists
- Locally Owned and Operated
Basement Flooding? Call Us Today 740-591-9800
24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Service
Basements can flood day or night, on weekends and even holidays, and that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24 emergency service, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
As water damage specialists, our team of trained professionals have the expertise and advanced training that enables us to get your basement dried properly and any affected belongings cleaned and dried. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about water damage training/certificates.
Proudly serving Jackson, Ross, Vinton, Gallia, Athens, Meigs, & Pike Counties for 10 years, we have weathered a few storms and are always here to help!
Call us today 740-591-9800.
Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage
Every fire damage is unique. SERVPRO of Athens & Gallia has the equipment, expertise & experience to restore your home or business. Call 740-286-2550
It goes everywhere. Smoke and soot is extremely 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.
Did You Know? Here are some facts about smoke and soot:
- 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 Athens & Gallia 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?
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