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Firework Facts

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

* In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.

* These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property dmange, with no reported fire deaths.

* On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

Fire Damage is Not a Planned Event

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage probably isn’t on your mind much, but in all honesty, it should be. The first 48 hours after a fire often make the difference between ‘restoring’ vs. ‘replacing’ your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims inventory and document restoration. So when will help arrive and what can you do in the meantime?

When Will Help Arrive?

  1. One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professional contacts you to arrange for service.

  2. Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professional is onsite to start mitigation services.

  3. Detailed Explanation:  A trained and uniformed SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield employee walks you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

  4. Pretesting: A SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield employee will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

  5. Eight Hours: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

  6. Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization: SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We then use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to make it “like it never even happened.”

  7. Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high-traffic areas and upholstery

  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet

What NOT To Do

  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces

  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery

  • Do not clean electrical equipment

  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner; improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals understand returning to your home and business is the primary concern. We respond quickly offering a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services to help you return home as soon as possible. Before risking further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at (513) 858-1071.

Fire Damage is Not a Planned Event

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage probably isn’t on your mind much, but in all honesty, it should be. The first 48 hours after a fire often make the difference between ‘restoring’ vs. ‘replacing’ your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims inventory and document restoration. So when will help arrive and what can you do in the meantime?

When Will Help Arrive?

  1. One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professional contacts you to arrange for service.

  2. Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professional is onsite to start mitigation services.

  3. Detailed Explanation:  A trained and uniformed SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield employee walks you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

  4. Pretesting: A SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield employee will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

  5. Eight Hours: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

  6. Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization: SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We then use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to make it “like it never even happened.”

  7. Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high-traffic areas and upholstery

  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet

What NOT To Do

  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces

  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery

  • Do not clean electrical equipment

  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner; improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals understand returning to your home and business is the primary concern. We respond quickly offering a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services to help you return home as soon as possible. Before risking further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at (513) 858-1071.

Firework Facts

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

* In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.

* These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property dmange, with no reported fire deaths.

* On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

Grilling Safely

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months!  A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren't considered. SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield wants you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

* Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

* The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overchanging branches.

* Keep children and pets away from grill area.

* Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

* When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

* Never leave your grill unattended.

* Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.

* Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.

* The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

We Are Always Here to Help!

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Remember that your local SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield is always here to help!

513-858-1071

Carpet Stain Removal

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Basic Spot Removal Procedures

 

1. Attend to spills as soon as possible. Older stains are harder to remove.     Scrape or blot up excess reside of spot. Always blot; never rub carpet or upholstery fabric. Rubbing may cause irreparable fiber distortion.

2.     We always pretest spot removing solutions in an inconspicuous area before applying to spot to ensure the performance of our procedure and safety of your fabric. We inspect closely for dye transfer or changes in the fabrics appearance.

3.     When attempting to remove a spot, remember, like dissolves like. A water-based stain will dissolve in water-based solution (sometimes water just works!). Oil-based spills need to be dissolved using a solvent solution. SERVPRO makes sure the correct procedures are used.  

4.     After removing the spot, we rinse the area blot with an absorbent cloth or towel.

Call your local SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield at

513-858-1071

Fire and Smoke Damage Tips

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA cooking is the leading cause of house fires in the U.S. and 42% of house fires started in the Kitchen. Use timers and keep an eye on food when you are cooking! 

Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilets bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of sott from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
  • Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your local SERVPRO.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV's, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. (You may send them to one who regularly deals with restoration, ask us for names.)
  • Puff Back?

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    What is a puffback? A puffback occurs when a furnace has malfunctioned where a small and confined explosion has occurred in the burner chamber sending soot and smoke throughout the home. The soot will attached itself to walls, ceilings, upholstery carpet and many other items within the home making it difficult to clean.  The soot travels throughout the house which you can see in this picture. SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield is alwayshere help with the cleanup!

    Call today 513-858-1071

    Hoarding

    3/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Compulsive hoarding is the excessive acquisition of possessions, even if the items are worthless, hazardous or unsanitary.  2-5% of Americans may meet the criteria of being a hoarder.

    SERVPRO of Portland’s technicians always wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and are trained to assist in removing and disposing of unsalvageable materials.  We understand this is a sensitive concern for many and will work with the friends/family to make the cleanup process as smooth as possible.  We remove and dispose of items followed by sanitizing, cleaning and deodorizing the entire area. Our job is clean and sanitizes in the most efficient and effective way possible make the living conditions safe and sanitary.