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Biohazard Cleanup: Ensuring Safe and Thorough Restoration

4/11/2024 (Permalink)

Biohazardous situations, such as trauma scenes, sewage backups, and chemical spills, require specialized cleanup procedures to ensure the safety of occupants and the proper restoration of affected areas. At SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest, we specialize in biohazard cleanup services, providing prompt and thorough restoration while prioritizing the health and well-being of our customers.

Here's how we handle biohazard cleanup to safeguard your property and health:

  1. Safety First: Our top priority is the safety of our customers and our team. We adhere to strict safety protocols and regulations set forth by OSHA and other regulatory agencies to minimize health risks and prevent further contamination.

  2. Professional Expertise: Our technicians are trained and certified to handle biohazardous materials safely and effectively. We have the knowledge, experience, and specialized equipment necessary to properly clean and disinfect affected areas.

  3. Thorough Cleanup: Biohazardous materials can be invisible to the naked eye and require thorough cleaning to ensure complete removal. We utilize advanced cleaning agents and disinfectants to sanitize affected surfaces and restore a safe and healthy environment.

  4. Proper Disposal: Biohazardous materials must be disposed of properly and in accordance with local regulations. We handle the disposal of biohazardous waste responsibly, following all guidelines and procedures to protect public health and the environment.

  5. Compassionate Support: Dealing with biohazardous situations can be traumatic and overwhelming. Our team approaches each cleanup with compassion, respect, and discretion, providing support and guidance to our customers throughout the restoration process.

  6. Restoration Services: In addition to biohazard cleanup, we offer comprehensive restoration services to repair and restore any damage caused by the biohazardous event. From water damage repair to structural restoration, we handle every aspect of the cleanup and restoration process, so you can focus on moving forward.

When faced with a biohazardous situation, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest to provide safe and thorough cleanup and restoration services. Contact us today for immediate assistance and peace of mind.

Mold Damage Restoration: Expert Solutions for a Healthy Environment

4/11/2024 (Permalink)

Mold growth in your home or business is not just unsightly – it can also pose serious health risks and compromise the structural integrity of your property. At SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest, we specialize in mold damage restoration, providing expert solutions to ensure a healthy indoor environment for our customers.

Here's how we address mold damage and restore your property to its pre-mold condition:

  1. Thorough Inspection: Our certified technicians conduct a comprehensive inspection of your property to assess the extent of the mold damage and identify any underlying moisture issues that may be contributing to mold growth.

  2. Safe Mold Remediation: We utilize industry-leading techniques and equipment to safely and effectively remove mold from affected areas. Our team follows strict protocols to contain the mold and prevent cross-contamination while minimizing disruption to your home or business.

  3. Moisture Control: Addressing the underlying moisture source is critical to preventing future mold growth. We identify and address any moisture issues, such as leaks or humidity problems, to create a dry and inhospitable environment for mold.

  4. Cleaning and Sanitization: Once the mold is removed, we thoroughly clean and sanitize the affected areas to ensure that no mold spores or residues remain. Our goal is to restore a clean and healthy indoor environment for you and your family or employees.

  5. Odor Removal: Mold growth often results in unpleasant odors that can linger even after the mold is removed. Our deodorization techniques neutralize odors at their source, leaving your property smelling fresh and clean.

  6. Prevention Strategies: We provide recommendations and strategies to help prevent future mold growth, such as improving ventilation, reducing humidity levels, and maintaining proper indoor air quality.

At SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest, we understand the urgency of mold damage restoration and the importance of restoring a safe and healthy indoor environment for our customers. Contact us today for expert mold remediation services and peace of mind.

Fire Resilience: A Guided Journey to Restoration with SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest

11/21/2023 (Permalink)

Date: Nov 21, 2023

Did you know that in the United States, fire departments respond to a fire every 23 seconds, as reported by the National Fire Protection Association? Fires leave homes and businesses in disarray, prompting a critical need for meticulous restoration processes. Embark on this exploration of essential steps guided by the expertise of SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest, dedicated to aiding our community in the aftermath of fire disasters.

Nurturing Toledo Southwest Through Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage restoration is a thoughtful process orchestrated by devoted professionals at SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest, aimed at restoring properties affected by fire and smoke to their preloss condition. This journey isn't just about time; it's a comprehensive effort, addressing the diverse challenges posed by fire and water damage.

The Dual Challenge: Fire and Water Damage

In Toledo Southwest, fires are combated with water, a necessary but potentially damaging solution. As our local fire department battles blazes, structures get drenched, sometimes causing pipes to burst or melt. This introduces water into the structure, compounding the challenges. The combined impact of fire and water damage underscores the need for a swift and expert response.

Once the property is secured, immediate action is taken to address the primary concern – water removal. This not only prevents further damage but also lays the groundwork for a thorough restoration process.

Unveiling the Restoration Process

1. Assessment of Damage

Before the restoration journey kicks off, professionals at SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest ensure official approval to enter the property safely. A detailed assessment of fire and water damage is conducted, gauging the extent of penetration and evaluating cleanup requirements. This sets the stage for a personalized and effective restoration plan.

2. Security, Debris Removal, and Boarding Up

Post-assessment, securing the property is paramount. Fencing is installed, debris is cleared, and openings are boarded up to prevent further damage. Meticulous efforts isolate unaffected areas, ensuring minimal cross-contamination.

3. Demolition, Water Removal & Dry Out

To counter mold and corrosion, the focus shifts to removing water and drying the property. Personal items are cleared, damaged materials stripped down, and water extraction crews use specialized equipment. Throughout, SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest ensures roof tarps play a crucial role in preventing additional water intrusion.

4. Clean Up & Smoke Removal

The intensive cleanup phase is where expertise shines. Meticulous manual labor removes smoke and soot from surfaces. Deodorizing agents eliminate lingering odors, and duct cleaning ensures the removal of settled debris, completing the comprehensive cleanup process.

5. Construction & Restoration

The final stride towards preloss conditions involves necessary repairs and rebuilding. Unsalvageable structures are replaced, covering tasks like roof rebuilding, electrical replacement, drywall, and flooring replacement, and interior restoration.

Your Reliable Partner in Toledo Southwest

In times of crisis, having a trusted ally ensures a smoother and more efficient restoration journey. Committed to assisting our community, SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest stands as a beacon of support, helping homes and businesses rise from the ashes and regain their former glory.

For a complimentary property damage assessment, reach out to SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest.

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Disclaimer: This blog post serves informational purposes only. For personalized advice, consult with a professional.

Understanding the Facts & Stats on Fires

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

Fire damage to an apartment We are "here to help" handle your home or business's fire damage restoration needs!

The unpredictable nature of fires can lead to so much devastation and loss for your home or business.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are around 346,800 house fires per year causing on average 2,620 fatalities.

Understanding the facts when it comes to fires can help you to better prepare your family and employees in case of disaster.

General Fire Facts & Stats

Cooking is the leading cause of house fires, followed by:

  • Heating
  • Electrical Systems & Equipment
  • Candles
  • Smoking

- In 2020, fire and lightning insurance claims had the highest average payout of $77,340.

- On average, across the US, a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds in 2021.

- In 2021, there were 1,353,500 fires reported, including residential and non-residential structures.

- In 2020, per 1,000 fires, the national average was 2 deaths and 8 injuries.

Ohio Fire Facts & Stats

- Ohio has the 7th most fatal home fires per capita in relation to the other 50 states, with Texas being the first.

Smoking is the top cause of fire deaths in the state of Ohio, making up 20% of fatalities.

It's difficult and scary to imagine your home or business experiencing a fire. It can be hard to determine where to start when a disaster like this occurs.

If your home or business falls victim to a fire, SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest is "here to help." Our experienced technicians handle the care and restoration of your property and its contents. We handle the cleanup and the reconstruction, so you don't have to worry about juggling multiple companies.

If you find yourself in need of fire damage restoration, give us a call today!

Understanding the Facts & Stats on Water Damage

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew removing water-damaged dry wall We are "here to help" handle your home or business's water damage restoration needs!

It's no secret that April showers are the start of Ohio's rainy season. Despite the name, April is only the 4th rainiest month in Ohio, with May, June, and the rainiest, July rounding out the top three.

As we work our way through the wet season, it's important to understand the facts of water and storm damage.

National Water Damage Facts & Stats

- 14,000 people in the US are affected by water damage every day.

- The average insurance claim to repair a water damaged home is $11,605.

99% of US counties experienced a flood from 1996-2019.

98% of US homes will experience water damage in their basements at least once.

- Even the smallest leak can increase the average water bill by 10%.

- In 2020, almost 20% of home insurance claims were due to water damage and freezing.

Ohio Water Damage Facts & Stats

- In Ohio, 540,863 properties have more than a 26% chance of being affected by severe flooding in the next 30 years.

- In 2021, at least 142 people died in flooding incidents, 64 of which were driving.

Water damage, whether it be from flooding or a storm, can be a difficult process to deal with. Luckily, SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest is equipped to handle all of your water damage restoration needs! From the drying process to reconstruction, we work with all insurances to get your home or business looking "like it never even happened."

Preparing for Spring Storms in Toledo Southwest

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew drying a flooded building We're "here to help" handle whatever Mother Nature throws your way this spring!

Storm Prep is Worth the Time

Each year, thunderstorms alone cause approximately $27 million in property damage. Summer and spring seasons are the most vulnerable to these destructive and frightening storms.

There are several ways to prepare your property for the summer.

  1. Always have an emergency kit with these items that you probably already have in your house: flashlight, battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic, non-perishable foods, lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, and any important personal items and documents.
  2. Know the safest structure of your home to go to during a severe storm such as a basement, underground cellar, or even the most inner part of your home away from windows.
  3. Get routine maintenance on your roof and the foundation. Cracks in the roof are the number one leading cause to flooding damage.
  4. Cut down any unwanted trees or limbs and get your trees trimmed before summer storm season. Trees and branches can fall on your property and damage the siding, windows, and roof.
  5. Contact your insurance company to be more familiar with your policy. Most home insurers do not cover flooding damage.
  6. Keep all expensive and favored possessions off the floor and away from low ground in case of flooding.
  7. Keep all patio furniture, grills, etc. in doors before a summer storm hits. Do not forget to part your vehicles in the garage.
  8. Finally, take those summer storm warnings and alerts seriously, especially tornado warnings. Tornadoes can lead to total property loss and even death.

Stay Safe During a Storm

We have experienced quite the rainy and stormy summer so far, and with these storms comes a risk of personal and property damage. Keeping yourself and your loved ones safe during a storm is the top priority, so here are a few tips to help you for the rest of the summer:  

  • Remain indoors. This can be inside your home or the home of a neighbor if need be. If you are outdoors, seek shelter at a local business, or a public restroom. Public restrooms in parks are typically built to be storm proof. Should there be no other options, sheltering in your car should keep you safe and dry as you wait out the storm.  
  • Stay away from windows. The safest place to be during a storm is a basement. If your house doesn’t have a basement, bathrooms are a good choice as well. 
  • Try to stay away from appliancesAvoid showering or talking on a wired phone during a storm. Lightening can travel through plumbing fixtures or home wiring, so avoid using your washer and dryer during a storm. Lightning strikes can cause those appliances to short and catch fire.  
  • Once the storm has passed, be cautious when walking around, especially outside. Be alert for down powerlines and tree branches. If you smell gas, be sure to contact authorities immediately.

Storms can be scary to witness, but following these steps can help to put your mind at ease during the next one. If you find that a storm has caused damage, feel free to call SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest today and let the experts take care of it! 

SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest is Ready for All of Your Storm Needs

If you have experienced any type of storm damage, whether it be from flooding or water damage, the experienced Storm Team at SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest will be there for you. Although we are an Ohio based franchise, we prepare in advance for expected damage from any storm anywhere in the United States! We respond quickly, too, because we know that immediate action and a fast response lessens damage, limits further damage, and reduces restoration costs. Our professionally trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources needed to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. Our teams strategically prepare ahead of the storm and place equipment at the best locations in case of flood or storm emergency. With several certifications and over 50 years of experience, you can rest assured that we are perfectly equipped to deal with any storm job no matter the size. Choose SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest a company that specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. We are Here to Help® and are ready to respond when Mother Nature strikes.

Avoid These Common House Fire Causes

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

It is important to understand some of the most common causes of small house fires in order to keep yourself safer throughout the year. One such cause is overloaded power outlets. Overloading an outlet can provide the perfect storm for sparks or electrical arcs to catch nearby materials on fire. Stressed outlets are one of the primary causes of household fires.

When your Toledo Southwest home experiences fire damage, you need to find out what happened in order to avoid a repeat. Our SERVPRO team can help clean up your mess and restore the damage, but we also have the experience to help determine where the fire began based on the severity of the damages.

You need to know how to operate your power outlets within safe parameters. This information can potentially save your house from damages, but more importantly, save your life.

People ask too much of their power outlets all the time, but this gets even worse around the holidays. When you combine indoor and outdoor lights, the tree, and other decorations in with already stressed power sources, you are brewing a recipe for disaster. To make matters worse, the spark of a fire can occur from this overloaded outlet at any time.

The sooner you respond to restoring your home after fire damages the better. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals can clean up the damages and bring the structure and contents of the room back to its original conditions. We’ll make it like it never even happened.

Our Pros Can Identify the Different Types of Smoke Damage

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke-damaged kitchen after an oven fire Our pros can help identify the type of smoke damage, and the best course of action for cleaning it!

Smoke and soot can spread worse than a fire, leaving hidden damage and odor that can take forever to be rid of. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Smoke and fire damage can differ per situation. Our professionals have the equipment and expertise to handle whatever kind of damage you experience.

Contact us today! 419-273-9645

Develop a Fire Evacuation Plan for Your Home

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Nobody wants to even think about a fire starting and spreading through their home, but it is important to be prepared in case an emergency does arise. Developing a fast and seamless evacuation plan is crucial to keeping your family members safe. Designing and practicing the plan can help ensure that everyone is prepared in case of a disaster. Here are the most essential components of a home evacuation plan:

  1. Escape Routes

Indicating designated escape routes within your home will help to avoid confusion and help make for faster thinking. Take note of all the exits in your house, including doors and windows. It’s preferable to indicate two escape routes for each room so that everyone has more options to get out safely in the event of a home fire.

  1. Smoke Alarms

Be sure to check that all smoke alarms are functioning properly. There should be one installed in each bedroom as well as outside of each sleeping area. Smoke alarms must also be present on each level of the house, including the basement. Having the right number of functioning alarms in your home is a vital aspect of basic fire preparation.

  1. Meeting Area

It is important to designate a meeting place, especially because your family may be confused or panicked after escaping your home. This meeting place will allow you to be sure that everyone made it out okay. Examples of a meeting area include:

  • Mailbox
  • Street sign
  • Light post
  • Another house far away from yours

Be sure that the meeting place is sufficiently far from your home and clearly indicate it to all of your family members.

  1. Practice

The most effective way to ensure that everyone follows the plan in a real emergency is to practice it repeatedly. Conducting drills will help familiarize your family with the plan, so it comes naturally in case of a fire. When everyone is prepared, they can react calmly and stay safe.

Creating a reliable fire escape plan is only the first step towards recovering from a fire. To have your home return to its normal state, contact us at SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest.

Could Your Business Benefit From SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile®?

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

You can never fully anticipate water damage or a fire to strike in your office, but that doesn’t mean you should not prepare as much as you can for any kind of disaster. Many businesses never reopen following a disaster; those that survive did so because they had some type of plan in place. With the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile®, you can minimize your business’s interruptions by knowing what to do before a disaster occurs. This is key to timely mitigation and can help to minimize the effects that a fire or water damage can have on your business.

Call SERVPRO of Toledo Southwest today and get a NO COST assessment of your business’ facility today. All it requires is a little bit of your time today, but if needed will save a lot of time in the future. 

Contact us today! 419-273-9645