Tips for Dealing with Storm Damage in Your Delaware Home
Storms happen throughout the year but are especially prevalent in the Spring. Be prepared if you have storm damage.
Start with a high-quality, reputable storm damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio. We will fully inspect your property to find exactly what damage has occurred. We will often find storm damage that your adjuster would not have noticed, or perhaps even hoped you didn’t. By giving the adjuster a full property storm damage inspection report up front, you avoid missing out
You should also read over your policy before calling the insurance company so you know exactly what they should cover. All too often, homeowners hold back on claims out of fear they will be singled out for a rate increase after a storm damage claim, but this is not always the case.
If you have suffered storm damage in the Delaware, Ohio area, give us a call at SERVPRO of Delaware, OH. We represent your best interest, yet can work directly with the insurance company for claims to make the process easier for you. We can provide you with an inspection and then complete the restoration for you. We can restore your home to your complete satisfaction.
How does Mold Get into your Home?
If you suspect a mold issue, don't hesitate to call us.
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. If you have any questions regarding mold, contact SERVPRO of Delaware, Oh at 740-369-5020.
Do It Yourself Mold Removal in Delaware, Ohio
This is mold on a wooden floor from a water loss in am Sunbury, Ohio Home.
Many homeowners are interested in do it yourself mold removal. They want to know how to clean mold themselves because they want to save money. Some also like the satisfaction of doing a job themselves. In some cases, it makes sense to handle a household mold problem yourself. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to call in a professional that knows how to clean mold, like SERVPRO of Delaware, Oh.
When Is Removing Mold Yourself a Good Idea?
Cleaning up mold yourself may be a good idea if:
- The mold only covers a small area.
- The mold is growing on easy-to-clean surfaces like glass, metal, tile, tubs, or sinks.
- The mold is growing on hard-to-clean materials, like carpet, that are easy to remove and replace and you know how to do it properly.
Of course, you always have the option of hiring a professional for the job if you don’t want to do it yourself or simply don’t have the time or energy for what can be a time-consuming process.
When Is Do It Yourself Mold Removal Not Such a Good Idea?
In some situations, it’s better to call in a mold remediation professional for assistance. Cleaning up mold yourself is probably not such a good idea if:
- The mold covers a large area (greater than three feet by three feet, according to the Environmental Protection Agency).
- Mold develops after flooding with water that might be contaminated with sewage or other potentially hazardous substances.
- There is mold in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (most homeowners have neither the knowledge nor the equipment needed to properly remove mold from their HVAC systems).
- You aren’t sure how to do all parts of the job correctly (if, for instance, there is mold inside your walls and you don’t know how to remove and replace drywall) or you don’t have all the tools required to do the job (such as a drywall saw, if you need to remove moldy drywall).
- You have moldy wood that cannot be removed and replaced, so the moldy area needs to be sanded and encapsulated instead (it’s recommended that only mold remediation professionals sand moldy wood since it significantly increases one’s exposure to mold, which can lead to potentially serious illnesses).
In some instances, homeowners handle part of the job themselves while calling in a professional for other parts of the job, like removing mold from their HVAC system.
For Help with Mold Removal
If you need help with mold removal, or if you’d just like some professional advice before beginning do it yourself mold removal, we suggest consulting with a mold remediation specialist in Delaware County. You can schedule a free in-home consultation with a professional that knows how to clean mold. You can get some free expert advice and then determine whether or not it’s a job you’re prepared to tackle yourself. There is no charge and no obligation, so there’s nothing to lose.
If you suspect mold that you cannot handle or want advice on contact SERVPRO of Delaware, Oh at (740) 369-5020.
Oven and Stove Top Safety
A stove and oven are a necessary household item. We use them on a daily basis for small meals and large meals alike. The stove is a critical component of the household and life would be hard without one, but life can be dangerous if you are not practicing safety and caution while using a stove.
Cooking fires are the primary cause of residential fires in the U.S.. For the most part, kitchen fires are preventable, if you follow the safety tips provided below.
PURCHASING A STOVE TOP & OVEN:
- Make sure it has the label of an independent testing lab.
- Register your oven either online or with the provided card. This allows the manufacturer to contact you about recalls or potential dangers.
- Be sure that your oven is installed properly, with safe clearance from the hood and proper wiring.
- Consider installing "after market" safety devices, especially if small children are in your household.
- Stove Knob Stops
- Stove Locking Straps
- Stove Safety Guards
USING YOUR STOVE TOP & OVEN:
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Keep it clean. Food particles and grease residue can ignite and cause a fire.
- Create a “Kid-Free Zone” that children are aware they are not allowed to enter.
- Check for body safety.
- Tie back long hair.
- Roll up long sleeves.
- Remove loose jewelry.
- Be sure footwear is non-slip.
- Before each use, do an oven safety check.
- Be sure you do not smell gas leaking from a gas stove.If you do, open a window and leave the room.
- Make sure there is nothing in the oven. An oven should never be used for storage.
- Make sure that there are no food particles or grease residue on the stove top.
- Position your oven racks before pre-heating to prevent scalding.
- Be sure to follow safety guidelines when using stove top burners.
- Use burners on the back as much as possible.
- Never use a pot that is too small or big for the burner.
- Never leave a burner on that does not have a filled pot or pan on it.
- Do not leave an empty pan on a hot burners.
- Turn all pot and pan handles inwards. They can be pulled and knocked over when they are turned out.
- Close the oven door immediately after removing or testing food.
- Keep oven mitts and other cloth and paper out of the way of the burners.
- Use oven mitts and oven sticks to remove pots and pans from the stove top or oven.
- Keep a fire extinguisher, baking soda and metal lids nearby to put out fires quickly.
IN CASE OF FIRE:
- Never use water on a grease fire.
- If it is small in the pan, throw baking soda on top of it or cover it with a metal lid.
- Never use flour or fan the flames with a towel.
- Use an ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher. Be sure it is placed next to an exit so that you can back out of the kitchen and home if the fire becomes uncontrollable.
- If it is too big to smother with a lid or put out with an extinguisher, turn off the burner, move the pan off the burner if you are able to, and evacuate the house.
- If it is in the oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heating element.
- Do not remove a lid or open the oven door until the pot or pan has completely cooled.
- Before trying to fight a fire, be sure to evacuate everyone from the home.
- Turn off the burners or oven.
If the fire does not go out, exit the home and call for emergency help. If you need help with restoring your home after a fire, Call SERVPRO of Delaware, OH at 740-369-5020.
Facts About Cleaning Up After a Fire
The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire
Many homeowners think that they can clean-up smoke damage to their home after it has been burned in a fire. Unfortunately, that is never a good idea. Cleaning up smoke and soot damage requires professionals to do the job.
Bring in the Fire Damage Pros
First off, a house that has been burned in a fire is typically not safe to enter or spend time in. The integrity of walls and floors may have been damaged, along with other hazards. It’s important not to enter the home until professionals tell you it is safe to do so.
While you should not undertake trying to clean up smoke and soot damage from a house fire yourself, you should get the professionals into your as soon as possible. Ash and smoke, if left untreated, will cause corrosion, discoloration and a lingering powerful and offensive odor. Ash, specifically, will start causing damage and discoloration almost immediately and the damage may be permanent and irreversible. Anything that was made of plastic will begin discoloring within minutes. Metals will easily tarnish and corrode and fiberglass will begin to yellow.
If you get fire damage restoration professionals in soon enough after a house fire, they can mitigate or eliminate the smoke and ash damage from the fire and prevent further damage to your property. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the pros in early, the damage becomes worse and worse and the costs to repair will begin to skyrocket within just a few weeks!
What a Trained and Certified Fire Damage Restoration Professional Does
A trained and certified fire damage restoration professional will first identify all affected materials and the source of odors, if possible. They will be extremely thorough. They will identify what can be salvaged and cleaned and what cannot be and must be completely replaced. They will then begin the clean-up process by removing built-up ash residue. Once the ash is cleaned, they can better identify the sources of odors, which they will treat with special detergents made to neutralize the odors. Once fire damaged materials are treated, they will be sealed to prevent future odors from emitting into your home.
Contact SERVPRO of Delaware, OH at 740-369-5020. We are here to help you throughout your fire restoration process.
When Storms or Floods hit Delaware County, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Delaware, Ohio.
SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio 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.
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 Delaware County, 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.
Disaster Recovery Teams: http://www.SERVPROdelawareoh.com/disaster-recovery
Delaware County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!
Delaware Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!
SERVPRO of Delaware, Oh provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in or near Delaware. 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 Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Remediation Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 740-369-5020
Whether your Delaware, Ohio 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
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Delaware, Ohio 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.SERVPROdelawareoh.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Faster to your Delaware, Ohio Water Damage Event
SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Delaware County
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio 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 Delaware, Ohio 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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Water Damage Timeline
- 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 Delaware, Ohio
SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio 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: http://www.SERVPROdelawareoh.com/employee-photos
Prepare Your Delaware, OH Home For Storm Weather
Be Prepared for Spring Storms in Delaware, OH
Storm preparation can make all the difference. A Severe Weather Plan can help you and your family be as ready as possible for approaching severe weather. Make sure everyone in your household understands the Severe Weather Plan.
How to prepare for power to be out:
- Cool or heat your house. In warm weather, turn your air conditioning down. In cold weather, turn your heat up. During and after the storm, keep doors and windows closed. You can hold onto inside temperature for as long as 48 hours.
- Charge your cell phone and anything else that needs to be charged.
- Keep freezer doors closed and sealed. Frozen food will keep two to three days in a well-filled freezer.
- Leave a porch or front light on. This help the electric company know when repair work is successful.
- Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power is restored. Why? If several appliances start at once, it may overload circuits. Hot appliances pose a fire hazard. Check these appliances:
- Electric space heaters
- Washers and dryers
- Microwave ovens
- Refrigerators and freezers
- If your power goes out, turn off large appliances and air conditioners. Wait 15 minutes after power is restored before you turn them back on.
- If your home or business floods, SERVPRO of Delaware, OH may not be able to go in and perform services until power is restored
- Please be patient. Our crews work as fast as safety allows.
If your home is affected by storm weather and you have flooding or a fire, please feel free to contact us at 740-369-5020 with any questions.
Delaware, Oh Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Delaware, Oh for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Delaware, Oh specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 740-369-5020