Drying Goals During Water Removal
Our SERVPRO of The North Coast Team uses state of the art equipment during the water restoration process.
Water damage technicians create a drying goal during your home’s initial assessment. The drying goal should indicate the condition of materials and contents once restored to their natural preloss dryness. Qualified technicians should always monitor the drying process to determine if current procedures remain in-line with any established goals.
A drying goal for water removal at your Cleveland property is the intended result in affected areas after completing restoration services. Our dedicated technicians use years of experience, training, and advanced equipment to provide moisture content readings from dry, unaffected contents, and structure — readings in percentage for wood materials, and readings in points for non-wood materials.
Our SERVPRO technicians use drier air to increase the rate of evaporation while performing water removal services on your property – drier air means air with low humidity. A relative humidity (RH) of less than 40% is within the normal range for performing an effective drying solution. RH under 40% typically tells us that the air is dry and thirsty, allowing it to pull more water from wet materials within the affected area.
While measurements for RH does not guarantee that your structure is dry, reaching a low RH ensures that humidity within the affected area is decreasing. To determine whether the area is dry, SERVPRO technicians take specific humidity readings of the affected areas; these readings should match those taken in unaffected areas. We use moisture meters to measure the moisture content of wet materials found in your home.
SERVPRO water removal technicians set moisture content goals on a per-item basis – after establishing a drying standard and recording typical equilibrium moisture content (EMC). The dry standard is a moisture content reading taken from dry materials of the same type found in unaffected areas. We establish a dry standard or use a typical EMC of a material as a goal. Once the readings match, the drying process is complete.
Call our SERVPRO of The North Coast Team for water removal, cleanup, and restoration services, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
Why Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?
Our SERVPRO Team always wears PPE to protect ourselves!
Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits.
It is important at SERVPRO of The North Coast that our technicians are as safe as possible while working for our wonderful customers so we can get the job done right and efficiently.
Although it isn't the most fashionable outfit of the season, it is absolutely necessary in some situations!
Our SERVPRO Team protects ourselves so we can better serve you!
Why Our SERVPRO Team is "Faster To Any Size Disaster"
When disaster strikes, you need help....fast!
When disaster strikes, time is of the essence.
In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
SERVPRO of The North Coast provides 24-hour emergency services throughout Cleveland and the surrounding areas. We are dedicated to providing excellent service no matter how large or small the damage may be. Our highly trained and IICRC certified technicians can respond immediately to your disaster. No matter the hour of the day.
If a disaster strikes your home or commercial property, call our SERVPRO of The North Coast Team today. We are always Here To Help!
Preventing Fires At Your Commercial Property
Call the trusted experts at SERVPRO of The North Coast for all of your fire restoration needs.
Fire damage to your business is a serious concern. Even moderate damage can result in your facility being closed for repairs for weeks on end, and this can be financially devastating.
The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Some facilities may be more likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. However, there are many fire hazards that are present in most workplaces on a daily basis regardless of the type of activities that take place in the building. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.
Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks that quickly lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these may be damaged by pests and other forces. Electrical fires may also start when power sockets are overloaded or when equipment gets too hot. Periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.
Poor Equipment Maintenance
Other hazards in workplaces are related to poor equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace regularly may result in the accumulation of dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may also include dusty, dirty or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents and many other features that are used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.
Flammable or Combustible Materials
Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but even restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners and many other types of business may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times.
As you can see, there are numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage to your business. If your business has already experienced fire damage, it is essential that repair work is completed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of The North Coast is your trusted leader in the restoration industry. We can quickly restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business. Call us today!
Stages of a Fire
Call SERVPRO of The North Coast at 216-221-3333 if you experience an unexpected fire
A fire in your home or business never something you expect to experience. Which is why it is important to know the 4 stages of a fire to keep you safe.
Incipient: This first stage begins when heat, oxygen and a fuel source combine, having a chemical reaction resulting in a fire. It is also known as “ignition”. There is usually a small fire, which often goes out on its own, before the following stages are reached. During this stage, recognizing a fire so early is your best chance at suppression or escape.
Growth: This stage is where the structure’s fire load and oxygen are used as fuel for the fire. During the growth stage, there are multiple factors that affect the fire including where the fire started, what combustibles are nearby, ceiling height and the potential for “thermal layering”. This is stage is when a deadly “flashover” can occur’ potentially trapping, injuring, or killing firefighters.
Fully Developed: When the growth stage has reached its maximum and all nearby combustible materials have been ignited, the fire is considered fully developed. This is the hottest stage of a fire and the most dangerous for anyone trapped within.
Decay: The decay stage is the longest stage of a fire; it is characterized by a significant decrease in oxygen or fuel, putting an end to the fire. There are two common dangers during this stage. First, the existence of non-flaming combustibles that can potentially start a new fire if they are not fully extinguished. Second, there is a danger of a backdraft when oxygen is reintroduced to a volatile, confined space.
Our Mission Statement
SERVPRO Industries Vision statement is:
“To be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world.”
That statement could not be more true to those of us at SERVPRO of The North Coast. Our goal and core values are to be the best of the best for our customers. This means requiring our technicians to become certified within the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications) standards. Whether our team is helping a customer who has had storm or fire damage or if we are cleaning carpet and upholstery, we strive to be the leader in the industry.
This is why SERVPRO of The North Coast should be your first and last choice for your cleaning and restoration needs. We are always “here to help.”
Call SERVPRO of The North Coast today at 216-221-3333!
Is Water Damage An Emergency?
Don't let water damage ruin your commercial property!
Having a water damage in your home or business is a very stressful situation. Many things can go through your mind, but how do you know if it is an emergency? If no one is injured, then by definition it is not considered a "true" emergency and 911 usually does not need to be called.
However, it could still be an emergency in regards to your property. The longer that water sits on the building materials, the more possibility there is that secondary damage will occur. Water can seep into wall crevices and down through the floors below. If it is not cleaned up and dried out properly, then the potential for mold growth is high.
If you walk in and see water pouring into your home or business, step 1 is to find the main water shutoff, and to shut off the water.
Also be very aware of these other things that may be affected and could be a potential hazard, such as the electricity supply, gas supply, water damaged electrical appliances, contaminated water (gasoline, chemicals, etc.) or structural damage.
So if you don't call 911, who do you call?
- Local SERVPRO of The North Coast Restoration professionals
- Insurance Agent
- Insurance Company
We work hand in hand with your insurance company to act fast, so we can get your home or business back to normal. We are available 24 hours a day to address these water emergencies. When it comes to water damage, don't take chances. Call us today and get the damage taken care of, the right way!
Water Damage In Commercial Buildings
Our certified technicians are on call 24/7 to quickly get your building cleaned up and minimize any potential downtime for your business.
Due to the wide variety of issues that can stem from water damage, it is one of the most difficult challenges a property owner can face. Depending on the severity, water damage can compromise structural integrity and damage belongings. When left unresolved or if not taken care of properly, water can result in the growth of mold.
What is water damage?
Water damage is the type of damage that occurs on a structure and to personal property due to excessive moisture and collected water. Most often water damage will occur where water can collect without notice. For example, they will occur in the lowest depths of one's property such as crawl spaces and the basement.
Here are some examples of the equipment used for water damage repair services:
- Air Movers - help dry water-damaged flooring and surfaces by forcing moisture to evaporate more quickly
- Dehumidifiers - by maintaining the humidity of the room, a dehumidifier is a catalyst for drying an area that has excessive moisture
- Air Scrubbers - filter out any particles in your indoor air which may include airborne contaminants including the smell of musk and smoke
- Moisture Meters - gauges the severity of water damage on a surface or an area by assessing the moisture preset
At SERVPRO of The North Coast, we have state of the art equipment to ensure that your property is taken care of properly. By reducing the time it takes to dry your property, you'll be saving time and money. Call our SERVPRO Team today at (216) 221-3333.
SERVPRO Is Your One Stop Shop!
SERVPRO of The North Coast offers a full line of reconstruction services!
SERVPRO is known as a leader in the Cleanup & Restoration industry, but did you know that SERVPRO of The North Coast also offers a full line of reconstruction options? As a licensed general contractor, our team can provide a wide array of building services, both commercial and residential, to help restore your property to its preloss condition. Some of these services include:
- Electrical and Portable Power Needs
- Roof Tarping and Repair
- Tile, Hardwood, and Linoleum Flooring Repair
- Drywall Removal or Installation
By utilizing one company for both your damage mitigation and building reconstruction needs, you can save both time and money for your repairs. Serving central Cleveland and the surrounding areas, SERVPRO of The North Coast is Here to Help. For more information about our Reconstruction Division, give us a call at 216-221-3333.
To File A Claim Or Not To File A Claim
SERVPRO of The North Coast works with your insurance company!
As a homeowner, renter or business owner it is important to fully understand your insurance policy. Every policy is different, with exclusions and named perils. Being knowledgeable about your insurance as much as possible will help you in deciding if it is necessary for you to file a claim in the event your home or place of business suffers water damage. Here are some things to consider before filing an insurance claim:
If the total amount of repairs is less than your deductible, avoid filing, especially if other claims have been filled in the last ten years.
If it is an uncovered loss, you are responsible for the mitigation and repairs, be aware of what is covered under your insurance.
Claim frequency could affect you in the form of non-renewal for being a high-risk.
If damage occurs due to lack of maintenance that is your own responsibility, do not submit a claim. But remember, continuously maintaining your home or business can get you better premiums in the future.
Ultimately, being aware of all exclusions and coverage limits is important by knowing your options in which direction you need to go to mitigate and repair damage that occurs on your home or business.