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SERVPRO® Supports Hilarity for Charity Event

4/22/2024 (Permalink)

This past weekend, Fifteen32 Social hosted the Columbus community for Hilarity for Charity (HFC), an event aimed at combating Alzheimer's disease. SERVPRO® was thrilled to be a sponsor and participant in this heartwarming night.

Hilarity for Charity isn't just about cracking jokes; it's about bringing people together to support families impacted by Alzheimer's. As sponsors, SERVPRO was happy to participate in such a heartfelt cause.

The event was a resounding success, raising awareness and funds to aid Alzheimer's research and support. At SERVPRO, we’re here to support the Downtown Columbus communities and beyond. We are honored to contribute to an event that promises better days for families dealing with Alzheimer’s.

The Science of Drying: How SERVPRO® Ensures Your Property is Dry and Safe

4/10/2024 (Permalink)

A wet floor after a sprinkler system bursted A sprinkler system froze and busted, causing damage and flooding.

When disaster strikes in the form of water damage, whether from floods, leaks, or even tornadoes, the clock starts ticking on the potential for secondary damage, such as mold growth and structural issues. That's where the science of drying comes into play, a critical component of water damage restoration that SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus excels.

Understanding Water Damage

The first step in addressing water damage is understanding its extent and your property's specific drying needs. Water can penetrate deeply into structural materials, creating a perfect environment for mold and bacteria to thrive. Quick and efficient drying is essential to prevent further damage and safeguard your health.

The Principles of Drying

SERVPRO's approach to drying focuses on three key scientific factors: air flow, humidity, and temperature. By manipulating these elements, our experts accelerate the evaporation process, effectively removing moisture from air and materials.

  1. Air Flow: Proper ventilation is crucial in the drying process. SERVPRO® uses industrial-grade air movers to facilitate consistent air flow across wet surfaces, speeding up the evaporation of moisture.
  2. Humidity Control: Reducing the humidity levels in the affected area is essential. SERVPRO employs professional-grade dehumidifiers to extract water vapor from the air, helping prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
  3. Temperature Management: Warm air holds more moisture. SERVPRO's experts carefully monitor and adjust the temperature to optimize the drying process, using heaters if necessary to encourage evaporation and achieve the ideal drying conditions.

Advanced Monitoring Techniques

Precise monitoring throughout the drying process ensures efficiency and effectiveness. SERVPRO technicians use state-of-the-art moisture detection equipment, such as hygrometers and infrared cameras, to monitor the moisture levels within walls, floors, and ceilings. This allows for targeted drying strategies that are both thorough and time-efficient.

The SERVPRO Advantage

What sets SERVPRO apart in the water restoration industry here in Columbus is not just our use of advanced drying technologies, but also our team's expertise. Our professionals are IICRC certified, meaning they're trained in the latest restoration techniques to handle water damage of any scale. SERVPRO's 24/7 emergency service ensures that we're there when you need us the most, ready to begin the drying process immediately to minimize damage and restoration costs.

Madison County Airport: Storm Cleanup

4/10/2024 (Permalink)

airport damaged by torando A small snippet of the damage caused by the torando.

Since its inauguration in 1967, the Madison County Airport in London, Ohio, has been a central hub for aviation fans in the central Ohio region. Spanning 148 acres, this airport houses numerous hangars and a single runway, protecting hundreds of planes, including historically significant aircraft, alongside unique cars and personal possessions.

The Tornado's Toll

On the morning of February 28, 2024, a tornado bore down on central Ohio, setting its sights on the Madison County Airport. The devastating force of the storm completely destroyed two of the newer hangars and significantly damaged four to five others, leaving the entire facility damaged. Among the properties affected by the tornado, Madison County Airport appeared as one of the most severely impacted. SERVPRO® was one of the first calls made after seeing the devastation. 

SERVPRO's Rapid Response

Upon surveying the extent of the tornado's destruction, SERVPRO was promptly called to action. Our production manager arrived on-site within two hours of the initial report, closely followed by our skilled technicians. Collaborating with local trash management services, our dedicated teams began the task of restoration.

The Restoration Journey

Committing to 12-hour shifts, SERVPRO's technicians sorted through the wreckage, retrieving planes, fragments, and the personal effects of pilots and hangar owners, salvaging whatever was possible. With our reconstruction specialists on the ground, we started on the clean-up operation, clearing debris and laying the groundwork for the airport's restoration.

Jon Emery: Championing 'Be The One' Initiative Within Columbus City Schools

3/22/2024 (Permalink)

Students with male holding hand made dog bed Jon with two students from Linden McKinley High school

Since joining SERVPRO® in September 2023 as a Reconstruction Project Manager at our North office, Jon Emery has quickly become an invaluable asset to the company and the Columbus community. His recent involvement with the 'Be The One' initiative within Columbus City Schools illustrates his impact and dedication to supporting our local community.

The 'Be The One' program, which pairs students with mentors to inspire and guide them, aligns perfectly with SERVPRO’s commitment to making a difference within our local backyard. Jon’s engagement with the initiative has gone beyond simple mentorship; he's actively introducing students to the possibilities & rewards of careers in construction and restoration.

A standout moment of Jon's involvement occurred on Thursday, March 21st, at Linden McKinley High School, where he demonstrated his leadership & community support. Volunteering over an entire school day, Jon led a project that created over a dozen dog beds for a local shelter. These weren't ordinary dog beds but ones crafted from PVC pipes, displaying Jon's innovative approach and creative mindset.

Jon's hands-on instruction in constructing the dog beds provided students with a practical learning experience, the value of teamwork & hard work. This project contributed to a worthy cause & left a lasting impression on the students. We hope they left that day knowing they can make a positive impact on their community & have local support from SERVPRO in their missions.

Jon's dedication to mentorship & community engagement highlights the transformative power of positive role models & the importance of connecting industry professionals with the next generation. His recent work not only enriches the lives of Columbus City Schools' students but also reinforces the strong bond between SERVPRO & the communities it serves.

The Vermont Voyage

3/19/2024 (Permalink)

DRT truck in vermont The Disaster Recovery Truck in the heart of Vermont ready for the day

On July 10th, 2023, catastrophic rain hit the State of Vermont causing flooding throughout.

Over the first 48 hours of rainfall, it was reported that up to 9 inches of rain fell in areas with no end in sight. Torrential rains, swollen rivers, and overflowing reservoirs converged, unleashing a deluge that tested the resilience of its residents. Towns were submerged, homes marooned, and roadways rendered impassable.

As the waters eventually receded, Vermont embarked on a journey of recovery, with organizations like SERVPRO at the forefront, aiding in the restoration of homes and communities.

4,000 homes and 800 businesses reported water damage - some being the notable State Capital buildings in Montpelier.

On July 13th, 2023, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery team out of Columbus, Ohio headed towards the record-breaking devastation. With three semi-Tractor trailers packed with over 1200 Air Movers followed by 75 highly trained team members traveled 700 miles northeast to support with the States Cleaning efforts.

Our SERVPRO team was able to aid in 13 critical buildings by offering expert water extraction, thorough cleaning, and extensive restoration services.

The 13 buildings spanned from multi story to 150-year historic staples in the community.  

Throughout the next 9 weeks our crew’s dedication to restore Montpelier was unwavering. With each restored building, we helped rebuild dreams and history, embodying our mission to not merely clean up after disasters but to restore the heart of a district.

In each waterlogged room and beneath the layers of mud, we discovered the enduring spirit of a state determined to rebuild and restore the rich history of the state.

The community hadn’t seen these record rain falls since 2011 during Tropical Storm Irene. As the nation’s leader in water mitigation, we were there to assist and strengthen the area.

We are honored to be the trusted restoration partners to help mitigate the water damage, restore the history of Vermont, and revitalize the city of Montpelier. In time of the crisis, we hope our dedication shone through and the people of Vermont know they can always count on SERVPRO to help embark on the path to recovery.

SERVPRO® of Downtown Columbus: Supporting the fastest growing metro market

2/20/2024 (Permalink)

A large row of air movers be pushed by a employee We are ready and equipped to handle anything our growing Columbus market throws at us!

As Columbus cements its position as the fastest-growing metro market, the demand for reliable, efficient property restoration services has never been more critical. SERVPRO is ready to meet the burgeoning needs of this vibrant city.

Columbus's rapid expansion brings with it a unique set of challenges, including increased risks of property damage due to infrastructure strain, heightened construction activity, and the natural consequences of a densely populated area. However, our local presence, combined with its national resources, positions it uniquely to provide unparalleled service to both residential and commercial properties in need of restoration or cleaning services.

Why SERVPRO is Columbus's Go-To for Restoration and Cleaning Services

  1. Rapid Response Times: Understanding the essence of time in restoration, we guarantee a prompt response. Our 24/7 emergency service ensures that Columbus residents and businesses receive immediate attention, reducing the extent of damage and restoration costs.
  2. Advanced Technology and Techniques: We leverage state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge techniques to tackle water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and more. This technological edge is crucial for effectively managing the complex demands of a growing metro like Columbus.
  3. Highly Trained Restoration Technicians: our team in Columbus is not just skilled but also IICRC-certified. This certification means they are trained in the latest restoration and cleaning standards, ensuring high-quality service across all job types.
  4. Local Knowledge, National Resources: We combine the best of both worlds—a local understanding of Columbus’s specific needs and challenges with the robust resources of a national brand. This synergy ensures scalable solutions for projects of any size, from single homes to large commercial complexes.
  5. Seamless Insurance Process: Navigating insurance claims can be daunting. We can assist Columbus residents and business owners by working directly with insurance companies, simplifying the claims process, and helping to expedite settlements.

The SERVPRO Promise: Making it "Like it never even happened."

Understanding Mold

2/13/2024 (Permalink)

The Silent Invader: Understanding Mold

Mold: it's the word that no homeowner ever wants to hear. Yet, it's a common issue, and understanding it is the first step to winning the battle against this silent invader.

Mold in the Air: The Airborne Truth

One of the lesser-known facts about mold is that it doesn't need direct contact to spread. Mold spores are airborne, which means they can travel through the air, infiltrating your home through windows, doors, or even hitching a ride on your clothing or pets. This makes mold a particularly insidious problem because even the cleanest homes can fall victim to an invasion.

Where Does Mold Grow?

Mold is not picky about where it grows, provided the conditions are right. It thrives in moist, warm environments and can be found anywhere from your bathroom tiles to the corners of your basement. It's not just limited to damp spaces, though. Mold can grow on a variety of surfaces, including fabric, wood, and even paper. And while it might start in an out-of-the-way place, it can quickly spread to more visible areas of your home.

The Speed of Spread

How quickly does mold spread? Faster than you might think. Mold colonies can start to grow on a damp surface in as little as 24 to 48 hours. And once they start, they don't slow down. Given the right conditions, mold will continue to spread and can take over large areas of your home if left unchecked.

Mold Remediation with SERVPRO®

At SERVPRO®, we understand the science of mold and mold growth. Our professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. We use advanced mold remediation techniques and equipment to safely handle your mold problem, no matter the size.

We also understand that the best way to control mold growth is to control moisture. That's why we don't just address the mold issue; we also tackle the source of the moisture that allowed the mold to grow in the first place.

Take Action Against Mold

If you suspect that you have a mold problem, don't wait. The faster you act, the quicker you can stop the spread and the damage. Reach out to SERVPRO today for a professional assessment. Our team is ready to provide efficient, effective mold remediation and help you protect your home from this silent but dangerous invader.

Remember, when it comes to mold, you're not alone. SERVPRO is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today, and let's get your space back to the safe, comfortable, mold-free environment you deserve.

Professional Cleaning Services Beyond Disaster Recovery

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

When you hear the name SERVPRO®, you likely think of a trusted partner in disaster recovery and restoration. While it's true that we excel in helping you recover from the unexpected, our services extend far beyond that. Professional cleaning services offered by SERVPRO® can not only restore your property after a disaster but also provide numerous benefits in regular, day-to-day situations.

  1. A Healtheir Environment

One of the most immediate and noticeable benefits of professional cleaning is the creation of a healthier indoor environment. Regular cleaning removes dust, allergens, and harmful pathogens from surfaces, improving indoor air quality. In today's health-conscious world, a clean and healthy workspace is vital for the well-being of your employees and customers.

  1. Enhanced Productivity

A clean and organized workspace can have a significant impact on productivity. Clutter-free and sanitized environments promote focus and efficiency. Your employees are more likely to be productive when they work in a clean and orderly space.

  1. Impress Clients and Customers

First impressions matter. A clean and well-maintained business space conveys professionalism and attention to detail. When clients or customers walk into your establishment, a clean environment can leave a positive and lasting impression.

  1. Prolonged Asset Life

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your business property can extend the life of assets like carpets, upholstery, and furniture. This not only saves money in the long run but also reduces the need for frequent replacements, benefiting the environment.

Professional cleaning services from SERVPRO® offer immediate benefits by creating a healthier, more productive, and impressive business environment. Additionally, taking proactive steps to disaster-proof your business is essential for its long-term success. By developing an emergency plan, safeguarding your property, and partnering with experts, you can protect your business from unforeseen events and ensure a smoother path to recovery if disaster does strike. Remember, at SERVPRO®, we're not just here for the unexpected; we're here to help you thrive every day.

Is Your Columbus Commercial Building Ready For Winter?

8/1/2023 (Permalink)

As the colder months approach around Ohio, commercial property owners and managers should prepare for the challenges that winter brings. Proper winterization is essential for maintaining a safe, efficient, and functional property during the frosty season.

  1. Conduct a Winter Maintenance Check:

Before the winter weather sets in, schedule a thorough inspection of the property. Check the roof for leaks, the gutters for blockages, and the windows and doors for proper sealing. Addressing any maintenance issues early can prevent costly damage and energy inefficiencies during the winter.

  1. HVAC System Maintenance:

A well-maintained HVAC system is crucial for keeping the property warm and comfortable during winter. Have a technician inspect and clean the heating system, change air filters, and ensure that all components are functioning optimally.

  1. Protect Pipes from Freezing:

Frozen pipes can lead to significant water damage and expensive repairs. Insulate exposed pipes and consider installing heating cables in areas prone to freezing. Encourage tenants to keep the property heated, even during periods of vacancy, to prevent pipe-related disasters.

  1. Snow and Ice Removal Plan:

Create a comprehensive snow and ice removal plan in collaboration with a reputable snow removal contractor. This plan should include designated snow removal areas, priorities for clearing different parts of the property, and an emergency response plan for severe weather events.

  1. Stock Up on Winter Supplies:

Ensure an ample supply of winter essentials, such as salt, sand, snow shovels, and ice melt. These supplies are essential for maintaining safe walkways and parking lots, reducing slip and fall risks for tenants and visitors.

  1. Landscape and Tree Maintenance:

Trim tree branches that could potentially break under the weight of snow and ice, posing a hazard to the property and its occupants. Additionally, remove any dead or weak trees that could fall during winter storms.

  1. Check Exterior Lighting:

With shorter daylight hours in winter, proper exterior lighting is crucial for ensuring safety and security on the property. Inspect and replace any burnt-out bulbs or damaged fixtures to maintain a well-lit environment.

  1. Communicate with Tenants:

Open lines of communication with tenants and inform them of your winter preparation plans. Encourage them to report any maintenance issues promptly and provide them with guidance on winter safety measures.

  1. Plan for Power Outages:

Prepare for potential power outages by having a contingency plan in place. Consider investing in backup generators to keep essential systems, such as emergency lighting and security, operational during power disruptions.

  1. Review Insurance Coverage:

Review your property insurance coverage to ensure it adequately protects against winter-related risks, such as snow damage, burst pipes, and slip and fall incidents. Make any necessary adjustments to your policy to avoid potential financial losses.

Winterizing commercial properties is a proactive approach to safeguarding investments, maintaining tenant satisfaction, and ensuring smooth operations during the colder months. By conducting proper maintenance checks, preparing for snow and ice removal, and focusing on tenant safety, commercial property owners and managers can navigate winter with confidence. Remember, early preparation and attention to detail are key to a successful and hassle-free winter season for your commercial property.

How Can I Reduce The Level Of Flood Damage In My Home?

5/1/2023 (Permalink)

wet brown carpet The furniture had to be removed from the affected area to be cleaned separately.

For many Columbus residents, any storm-related flooding can be a traumatic event. While there are methods to prepare for flooding like reinforcing your roof or removing expensive furniture, there is little help in an emergency's immediate aftermath. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you overcome flooding by performing vital mitigation acts quickly after a storm event.

Flood mitigation in Columbus may include actions like removing standing water from the home, drying inner rooms, or temporarily storing possessions at our warehouse. Contacting a highly qualified restoration company immediately after discussing your coverages with your insurance carrier can go a long way to reducing the losses caused by a flood after the fact.

What preventative measures are useful for storm areas?
- Taking out a flood insurance policy
- Maintaining water disposal in the home such as basement sump pumps, gutters, and drainage
- Turning off water mains access ahead of time to avoid backups

Do floodwaters permanently damage furnishings?
Furnishings are frequently victims of flood damage for residents. We understand how many items may be difficult to replace in a home, so our dedicated SERVPRO technicians are expertly trained in contents restoration. Larger items like sofas may benefit from temporary removal to a dry area where they can be thoroughly dehumidified to remove any excess moisture. Our technicians can also apply an extensive range of cleaning products and techniques to return upholstery to its preloss condition. By pre-testing on discrete areas of the fabric, we can avoid lasting damages of color fade or spot.

What restoration is available for furnishings?
- Thorough drying of the affected furniture
- Special services for leather, satin, or other unique upholstery
- Buffering and mechanical cleaning of furniture fibers

An unexpected summer storm can lead to extensive damage to both your home and its contents. Contact our SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus Team at (614) 261-6666 for assistance.