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Disinfection

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

There are many different germs and viruses that are being passed around this year. You may be wondering what you can do to prevent these germs from spreading to your family. The easiest way you can do this is by staying home as much as possible, and by consistently cleaning highly used areas inside your own home. This can be especially important if anyone in your home is an essential employee or if anyone has been out and about during that day.

Here is a list of some high touch areas of your home that can be very susceptible to germs-

  • Doorknobs
  • Light Switches
  • Fridge, Sink and Microwave Door Handles
  • Remotes
  • Phones
  • Keys
  • Car Door Handles
  • Handrails
  • Touch Points on Chairs
  • Countertops
  • Cabinet Handles
  • Bathroom Sink Hardware
  • Toilets/Toilet Handle
  • Sinks
  • Computer/Laptop
  • Tablets
  • Touch Screens
  • Tabletops

Another great way to help kill germs is by washing items infected by germs or worn outside the home as soon as possible. Doing this will help keep germs as bay when it is unavoidable for them to enter your home.

Trust SERVPRO of Warren County to help disinfect and sanitize homes, businesses, vehicles, churches, emergency vehicles, healthcare facilities, and more. We offer free quotes, and are open 24/7 for your convenience.

Biohazard

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

What is a biohazard?

A biohazard consists of a substance that has microorganisms or chemical components that are detrimental to your health. Think sewage, blood, tear gas, feces, and more...all of these are biohazards. Due to the dangerous nature of biohazards, you shouldn’t necessarily just clean them up and dispose of them with an ordinary rag and soap, as you could potentially expose yourself to harmful chemicals or biological contaminants. This means that biohazards need a special type of cleaning called biohazard cleaning to properly remove all traces of the biohazards from wherever they are present.

What are biohazard scenarios?

So now that you know what a biohazard is, what are biohazard scenarios that you may find yourself in? Biohazard scenarios include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Sewage backups 
  • Crime Scene Residue 
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

All of these scenarios should be navigated with caution, and you should call a professional biohazard cleanup company to deal with their aftermath.

What is biohazard cleaning and how does it resolve the above scenarios?

As mentioned earlier, biohazard cleaning consists of removing biological, chemical, and pathogenic contaminants from the above scenarios by using safety apparatus, proper biohazard gear, and sanitation solutions that are OSHA-approved in accordance with health regulations. 

We have a specially trained team on hand to perform biohazard cleaning at a moment’s notice, no matter the time of day. Here at SERVPRO of Warren County, you can rest assured that your biohazard scenario will be cleaned up in no time and you will no longer have to worry about risking your health in the presence of the scene. Contact us at (513) 932-3649 to learn more. 

Crime scene cleanup

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of Warren  County will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. Our technicians follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Belongings in a water damage

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Warren County understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Warren County  specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of  Warren lCounty  can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO

can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a water emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most

Storm water

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Stormwater runoff is rain that has not been soaked into the ground, so it flows over the ground until it finds somewhere to go. Ideally, the water would find a stream or river to flow into, but this is not always the case. Sometimes the water will flow straight into your house. Water damage is never fun, and trying to get rid of water as well as clean up the rest of the mess a storm has left behind can be a real hassle. The best way to handle stormwater runoff is to make sure it doesn’t happen to begin with. If you are up for a bit of landscaping, you can optimize your yard to keep stormwater away from your building.

  • Swales: Simply put, a swale is just a type of trench meant to carry water and redirect it away from something important. If you decide to install swales in your yard, make sure they are redirecting somewhere that the water will not cause damage such as a stream or pond.
  • Rain Gardens: These gardens are designed with plants that are able to take up excess water to keep it from flowing freely. They also help filter the water so that the water that does reach ponds and rivers tends to be cleaner than water that has just flowed over driveways and roads.
  • Draining Driveways: Driveways are one of the largest contributors to stormwater runoff. Installing drainage areas on the sides of the pavement or using gravel can help minimize the amount of water that becomes runoff.

Prepare for flood damage

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A lot of people enjoy a good rainstorm. However, some thunderstorms can lead to flash flooding in most areas with heavy rainfall. It's important to know your surroundings and keeping up with local weather alerts. 

Below are a few tips to be mindful of during the next storm:

  • Flooded Roadways - you should turn around and find another route. 
  • Sand Bags (keep stock of sand bags to assist with preventing water intrusion) 
  • Stay Tuned in with your local weather station
  • Don't drink the water (make sure to boil water to destroy most types of disease-causing microorganisms).
  • Be overprotective
  • Keep away from moving water
  • Check on your neighbors
  • Have emergency plan in place

When the water has resided and its time to start the cleaning process use these tips:

  • Get Help (Call SERVPRO of Warren County)
  • Wear PPE (disinfection protection)
  • Throw away food items that came in contact with the flood water
  • Keep an eye out for Scammers 
  • File an insurance claim

Overwhelmed or drained by the recent events? SERVPRO of Warren County is here to help. Give us a call and our office will assist you with your claim.

Healthcare facilities

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Any type of disaster at a medical facility needs to be handled with extreme care and caution, especially when it comes to handling medical waste. The team at SERVPRO of Warren County has specialized training for both small medical facilities and large hospital losses. 

We understand that time is precious to both you and your patients. With the help of SERVPRO of Warren County, you will be back to helping your patients quicker and with ease knowing that every health guideline was followed and every standard was met. 

Our Experience Includes:

  • Biohazard Remediation
  • Total Project Management
  • Facilities Cleaning and Restoration
  • Flooding and Water Damage Cleanup
  • Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
  • Smoke and Soot Cleanup
  • Odor Removal
  • Mold Removal
  • Document and Records Recovery

Call SERVPRO of Warren County

513-932-3649

Water damage happens when you’re not ready

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage events are never scheduled and they typically occur at the most inopportune time. It may be a busted pipe or a leak in the HVAC unit. Whatever the problem may be, a water incident can threaten the safety and welfare of your employees and customers, as well as sales and revenues.

Quick response times are critical when it comes to avoiding:

- Business interruptions

- Revenue Loss

- Costly Repairs

- Undue Stress

SERVPRO of Warren County has an ultimate goal to get you back to normal business functions quickly with little to no interruption. Our professionals have been trained to work quickly and efficiently to make it as if "it never even happened".

Call us today so we can go to work for you and your company.

SERVPRO of Warren County at 513-932-3649 

Water damage timeline

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

We all get very busy with our day to day schedules and water damage can really put a wrench in your plans. As inconvenient and  time consuming as it may be, leaving water damage for even 1 day can make things significantly worse.

Within Minutes water will spread throughout your property soaking into drywall, upholstery and other belongings. 

Within the first 24 hours drywall will spread and break, metal surfaces begin to tarnish and a musty odor becomes present.

Within 48 hours to a week mold and mildew grow and spread, paint blisters, wood flooring swells and doors and windows swell and warp.

After 1 week of being untreated, the time and money needed for restoration significantly increase and the home or business may no longer be structurally sound.

If you travel south for the winter have a friend or family member check on your home every few days and if your business has a basement be sure to check it regularly.

Sump pump and how it works

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A sump pump eliminates moisture and prevents flooding by collecting excess water from drains and pumping it out and away from the building. You will find a sump pump sitting in a specially constructed pit that sits lower than the basement floor in homes that are susceptible to major rain and snow fall.

If your pump stops working, water could get into your basement and foundation walls. This may cause mold and mildew to grow and if enough water builds up, the basement can flood.

How do you know your sump pump is working?

You can check your sump pump tow different ways. Two separate plugs are attached to the unit. Unplug them both and then plug in only the one for the pump. If the pump does not immediately turn on then something is wrong. Your other option is to add water and wait to see if the pump turns on and properly evacuates the water.