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Sump Pump Replacement

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

water on concrete floor with equipment set If you need your sump pump replaced call our SERVPRO team.

Have you ever had your sump pump fail and back up your basement? Have you had to wait hours on a plumber to come out to your house?

It's always a stressful time whenever you have a sump pump back up in your basement. It's even more stressful when you are waiting for a plumber to come out to replace your sump pump and drain the water out. Water damage is already bad enough, don't make it worse! Don't wait on a plumber any longer! Call SERVPRO of North Coast, we are your One Stop Shop. We offer a 24 hour Sump Pump Replacement Service. Our team will replace your sump pump, mitigate the water and restore your basement back to preloss condition.

Call us today at (216) 221-3333

Dryer Vents Can Be A Fire Hazard

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

dryer vent with lint on it If you experience a fire caused by a dryer, call SERVPRO of North Coast.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are nearly 17,000 reported home clothes dryer fires every year. The fires caused by dryers results in around 51 deaths, 380 injuries and $236 million in property loss. The leading cause of these fires is failure to clean dryer vents. Follow these tips below to prevent a potential dryer fire in your home.

Signs Of A Clogged Dryer

  • A musty odor on the clothes following the drying cycle.
  • Clothes unusually seeming too hot to touch.
  • Excessive heat in the room where the washer and dryer are located.
  • The dryer vent flap doesn't open properly when using the dryer.
  • Debris on the outside dryer vent opening.
  • Large amount of lint build up in the lint trap after each cycle.
  • Odor from dryer sheets used in each cycle.

How To Prevent A Dryer Fire

  • Read the manufacturers' instructions and warning before installing. Have your dryer installed by a knowledgeable professional and ensure that the correct electrical plugs an outlets are used.
  • Clean out the dryer lint filter before and after each load of laundry.
  • Clean the filter with a nylon brush at least once every 6 months or more if it becomes clogged.
  • Clean the lint out of the vent pipe every 3 months.
  • Occasionally check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure it is not damaged.
  • Put a cover on outside wall dampers.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent cover is open when the dryer is on.

Signs Of Storm Damage

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

tree fallen on house This roof was damaged by a storm causing a tree to fall on the home damaging the roof and gutter.

After a storm rolls through, it is important to inspect your house for damage the storm may have caused. Listed below are areas you should be looking at.

  1. Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows: Look at each of the windows on your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken window and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check all appliances. Inspect your AC/HVAC unit as well as items such as an outdoor grill.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of storm damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage. Our team is able to put an emergency roof tarp to prevent any further damage. Call SERVPRO of North Coast at (216) 221-3333 for any restoration needs you may have.

No Job Is Too Big Or Too Small

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

water on brown warehouse floor Call SERVPRO of North Coast if you experience a loss at your home or business.

No matter the size of your property's emergency disaster, SERVPRO of North Coast is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist you. We treat all of our customers with respect and thoughtfulness, as we know that even though a job may seem "small" to us, it feels really big when it's happening to you! We treat even the smaller residential jobs with the same urgency that we do on a large commercial loss.

When it comes to larger property emergencies at a commercial building, our team is well equipped to get the job done! Not only do we have our team here in Cleveland, we also have two warehouses full of equipment and crews ready to help out down in Columbus. We have years of experience handling large floods that affect multiple floors of high rise buildings as well as large warehouses with hundreds of thousands of feet affected from a flood or infested with mold. 

Size doesn't matter to us! You can always trust in SERVPRO of North Coast to take care of your restoration needs.

Preventing Your Pipes From Freezing

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

water coming from copper pipe If you experience burst pipes in your home or business, call our team at SERVPRO of North Coast.

As the temperature continues to drop, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting rises. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, burst pipes is the leading cause of property damage during the winter, resulting in $5,000 or more worth of damage. Follow the tips below to prevent your pipes freezing.

  • Keep your garage door closed, especially if your water supply lines are located in the garage.
  • Open all kitchen cabinets and doors. This allows the warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if you have sinks located on the exterior wall.
  • Let cold water drip from your faucets. Running water through the pipes even a trickle can prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep your thermostat at the same temperature during the day and night.
  • If you plan on leaving, leave the heat set to no lower than 55 degrees.
  • For long term, add insulation to your attic, basement, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

hand holding hairdryer on pipe Call SERVPRO of North Coast is you experience burst pipes in your home.

If you turn on your faucet and notice only a little trickle coming out, it's safe to say you have a frozen pipe. If you suspect that the pipes are frozen, be careful when thawing the pipe out because if the pipe has already burst, the water will start flowing out into your home causing a flood.

If you notice that the pipe has been broken, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve. If the water is still running and no sign of burst pipes, follow the steps below.

  • Turn on your faucet. As you start to heat the frozen pipe and the ice plug begins to melt, the water needs to be able to flow through. Running water through the pipe, as cold as it is, will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Heat the section of the pipe. Use an electric heating pad to wrap around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or wrap the pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Avoid using any device with an open flame, the high heat can damage the pipes and even start a fire.
  • Apply heat until the full water pressure is restored. Check all other faucets in your home. If one pipe is frozen, it is very likely that others may have frozen too.
  • If you are unable to locate the frozen pipes, call a licensed plumber.

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

christmas tree with lights on it Call SERVPRO of North Coast if you experience a fire during this holiday season.

This is the time of the year that people wait all year for. The time of the year where they can finally start decorating for the Christmas holiday. A live Christmas tree is a common choice for most homeowners. But did you know that Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? When putting up a live tree in your home, the combination of the tree's dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination. Follow these tips below to prevent a potential fire this holiday season.

  • When shopping for a tree, look for a fresh tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck off and don't break off easily from its branches. Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire. 
  • Always place your tree away from any heating sources like fireplaces, candles, radiators, heat vents or lights.
  • Keep the base of the tree filled with water to avoid it drying out.
  • Make sure your indoor and outdoor lights have been tested by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety. Throw away any damaged lights you may uncover.
  • Make sure the lights your are using on the exterior of your house are labeled suitable for exterior placement. Plug exterior lighting into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all of your candles away from the tree, furniture and decor.
  • Don't forget to turn all the lights off on the Christmas tree.

Causes And Signs Of Water Damage

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

brown spots on white ceiling These homeowners knew they had water damage from the brown water spots on their ceiling.

SERVPRO of North Coast knows that when you experience unexpected water damage it can be costly and set you back. It can occur at any time. Here are some examples of situations that can cause water damage in a home:

  • Problems with the HVAC system.
  • Cracks in the foundation or walls.
  • Severe storms, floods and other extreme weather.
  • Leaky or busted pipes.
  • Malfunctioning dishwashers or washing machines.
  • Roof damage, such as missing shingles or cracked flashing.
  • Leaks from toilets, sinks, and showers.
  • Drainage problems on your property.

Water damage is recognizable when it’s caused by a flood, but with other causes, it is sometimes hard to spot. If you are unsure of what to look for, it can be easy to miss until it becomes a major problem. Here are the usual signs of water damage in a home:

  • Paint peeling from your walls
  • Mold growth (which can look like dark discoloration) on any surface
  • Warping of your floors.
  • A strong musty smell.
  • Sagging in parts of your walls or ceiling.
  • Stains or discolored patches on walls or ceilings.
  • Water pooling in your yard after a storm.

Cleaning Soot In Your Home

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

soot on ceiling Call our SERVPRO of North Coast for your soot removal needs.

As the temperature continues to drop, we often looks for ways to keep warm inside our homes. Whether that be to light candles, have a fire in the fireplace, or use a space heater. Unfortunately these heath sources can cause a fire if not monitored correctly. A fire then produces soot, a black residue that is left behind when various materials are burnt such as plastics, synthetics, foam and wood. Soot can have damaging effects on your home. While it is advised to leave it to the professionals to clean up soot, you can make the cleanup process easier by following these safety guidelines.

  • During the first inspection of a soot damaged room, refrain from touching anything. This prevents soot to from getting in areas that were unaffected.
  • The best method for soot cleanup is by using dry-cleaning sponge or chemical dry sponge. If you attempt a wet method, the soot will smear, leaving behind a hideous stain.
  • Always wear protective gear, such as masks, gloves, and long clothing that covers the skin.
  • To minimize the inhalation of soot particles, keep the room properly ventilated.
  • For easier cleanup, clear the room of unnecessary debris.
  • Use proper cleaning methods when removing soot from the walls. Most homeowners think soap and water will do the trick but improper cleaning can cause the damage to spread or get worse.

Leave it to the professionals. Call our SERVPRO of North Coast team for fire damage cleaning and restoration.

Preparing Your Commercial Property For Winter

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

water on floor This flooded room was caused by a leak in the roof.

As winter approaches, it is smart to start thinking about how to prepare your property for winter to minimize the potential for damage. Follow these tips below:

Building's Exterior

  • Inspect and repair the roof. To prevent roof leaks, seal around vents and other protrusions.
  • Remove all obstructions from gutters and downspouts, make sure they are properly secured.
  • Drain and winterize exterior water lines to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Clear debris from drains and ensure that water is draining away from your property.
  • Inspect trees and remove unsafe branches near the building and walkway.

Building's Interior

  • Inspect furnaces and check the filter.
  • Prohibit or minimize the use of space heaters. Assure a safe location when operating.
  • Inspect wood burning stoves and chimneys for safety use.
  • Protect interior pipes from freezing.
  • Leave faucets dripping during intense cold.
  • Test all smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors.

Fire Protection Systems

  • Protect all sprinkler pipes from freezing if they are exposed to temperatures below 40 degrees.
  • Have antifreeze systems tested annually for adequate concentration.
  • Ensure that the heat in the rise room is kept at least 40 degrees minimum.
  • Ensure that the sprinkler system is routinely serviced and operational.
  • Fire pump rooms must be kept at 40 degrees minimum.
  • Have your generator ready for use.

If you experience an unexpected disaster in your commercial building, call our team at SERVPRO of North Coast.