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What to Look for During Severe Weather

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. One of the main functions of NOAA is to warn of dangerous weather.

According to The Storm Prediction Center of the NOAA, when it comes to tornadoes, there is no guaranteed safety. Weather forecasting is not perfect, so it is possible for a tornado to occur without a warning. Knowing the signs of a tornado is one way to increase safety.

Here are several things the NOAA website says to look or listen for:

  1. Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  2. Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
  3. Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
  4. Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.

These are just a few tips on what to look for during severe weather. More information can be found on the NOAA website. Tornadoes or severe storms often hit suddenly and can cause property damage that needs immediate attention. The SERVPRO of Boone County crews are always ready to help with services like securing a property, removing fallen trees, and tarping a roof. CLICK HERE to learn about other ways we are here to help.

Watch Out for Roofing Scams!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Due to its critical role of keeping the elements out, the roof of a property is one of its most important components. So when repair is needed, there is no time to waste! Unfortunately, because of this, the roofing industry is very prone to scammers that prey on those that are desperate for roofing work. Understanding the signs of roofing scams and doing a little extra research can help prevent falling victim to a scammer! Here are different types of roofing scams and some helpful tips to avoid them:

Types of Roofing Scams:

  • Recommending Unnecessary Repairs – New roof or just repairs?
  • Inadequate Repair Work – The actual damage is often below the surface and cannot be seen once work is completed.
  • Overcharging
  • Disappearing Down Payment – The roofing company requires a down payment to begin and then never returns to do the work.
  • Fluctuating Bid – The initial bid is low but when work begins unexpected costs or unforeseen problems arise.

Tips to Avoid Roofing Scams:

  • Speak to multiple contractors before hiring one. Be sure to compare recommended repairs, completion times, and costs.
  • Ask friends, neighbors, and family for recommendations.
  • Make sure all estimates and contracts are in writing.
  • Be cautious when providing down payments before work begins or at least before materials are dropped off.
  • Don’t sign until your insurance company has inspected the roof.

If the roof of your property is damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced, act quickly to avoid interior water or mold damage! And if you find water or mold damage, SERVPRO of Boone County is Here to Help!

SERVPRO OF BOONE COUNTY TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “In’s & Out’s of the CGL Policy” This seminar will cover the various aspects of the Commercial General Liability policy. It will review definitions, policy structure, insuring agreement, exclusions, coverages, coverage triggers, and duty to defend. ISO forms will be used as the basis of the presentation. One of the most frequent problem areas is the idea that a contractual requirement to add an additional insured to an insurance policy is the same as a contractual hold harmless or indemnification agreement. While both clauses frequently appear in the same contract, they are separate and distinct from one another. The recent Oio Supreme Court decision about faulty workmanship of subcontractors will also be discussed.

The instructor for this course is Tom Ryan, AIC and it is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY. The course will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

SERVPRO OF BOONE COUNTY TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “UM/UIM Coverage Issues with Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will review Uninsured and Underinsured coverage and policy provisions of the Personal Automobile Policy. It will discuss how to properly interpret the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverages and provisions. Topics include: who is a family member, definition of occupying a vehicle, stacking, emotional injuries, co-ownership of a vehicle, intentional acts, and more.

The instructor for this course is Tom Ryan, AIC and it is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY. The course will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. from 8:30am to 11:30am. Breakfast will be provided!

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

SERVPRO of Boone County Supports the Alzheimer's Association

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain and is the most common form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease and 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is growing rapidly and by mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.

The Alzheimer Association is a non-profit health organization which focuses on care, support, and research for Alzheimer’s disease. The mission of the association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

SERVPRO of Boone County recognizes the impact Alzheimer’s disease can have on families, communities, and the healthcare system and is a proud supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association. By donating to the Alzheimer’s Association - Greater Cincinnati Chapter, SERVPRO of Boone County hopes to further the Association’s mission and provide support for those living with and affected by the disease.

SERVPRO is the Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA Tour

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO is a sponsor of the PGA Tour? We are very proud to be designated as the official cleanup and restoration company of both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour! We are excited that for the upcoming 2019 schedule, SERVPRO will have brand presence at the following events:

  • Farmers Insurance Open, January 24-27 San Diego, CA
  • Chubb Classic February 11-17 Naples, FL
  • THE PLAYERS Championship March 14-17 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  • Valero Texas Open April 4-7 San Antonio, TX
  • ShopRite LPGA Classic June 3-9 Galloway, NJ
  • American Family Insurance Championship June 15-23 Madison, WI
  • Wyndham Championship August 1-4 Greensboro, NC
  • THE NORTHERN TRUST August 8-11 Jersey City, NJ
  • PURE Insurance Championship September 24-29 Pebble Beach, CA
  • The RSM Classic November 15-18 Sea Island, GA

So, for all the golf lovers either attending or tuning in to these great events, be sure to look for signs of SERVPRO!

Be Prepared & Stay Safe in the Event of a Tornado

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Now that the warmer months have arrived, we are seeing beautiful flowering trees, warmer temperatures and budding tulips. But with the wonderful warmer season, also comes the threat of tornadoes.

Tornadoes often appear with little warning and bring strong, disastrous winds. Serious damage, including structural and water damage, often occur. While tornadoes are difficult to predict, we can prepare for them by thinking ahead and coming up with a tornado safety plan ahead of time.

Dr. Greg Forbes, a severe weather expert at The Weather Channel, suggests following these tips in order to be ready if a tornado strikes:

  1. Figure out a safe place to ride out the storm – If caught out in a storm, get home as quickly as possible, and if that’s not possible, get to a sturdy building.
  2. Get away from windows and get underground – Stay as far away from windows as possible and make every effort to get underground. A basement or a storm shelter is an ideal location to ride out the storm.
  3. If a tornado appears while you’re on the road… Make every attempt to find a safe building for shelter. If you can’t find one, NEVER hide under an overpass. It is safer to find a ditch, get down and cover your head. Get as far away from your vehicle as possible.
  4. Put on your shoes and a helmet – If you are home when the storm hits, prepare for the worst. Put on shoes just in case your home is damaged and you may be forced to walk through debris. If you own a bike helmet, it could save you from life-threatening head trauma.
  5. Keep your pets on a leash or in a carrier, and bring them with you – Your pets are part of your family so make sure to bring them with you to your safe place. Make sure their collar is on for identification and keep them leashed if they are not in a crate.
  6. Don’t leave your home and try to drive away from a tornado – Tornadoes can shift their path, and if you think you are directly in line of the storm, being in your home is safer than being in your car.

Tornadoes are unpredictable and can devastate a home and neighborhood in seconds. Flooding and water damage can also occur due to structural damage caused by the severe winds. Being prepared and knowing what to do if caught in a tornado increases the chances of safety and survival during the storm.

SERVPRO of Boone County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency service after storm damage. So if you need help, call us anytime!

859-746-3400

What are the Best Conditions to Paint Your Home's Exterior?

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Many homeowners are looking for a simple, lower-cost way to update their home. A fresh coat of exterior paint is inexpensive, protects the home from water and mold damage, and offers better curb appeal. So when is the best time of year to paint a home’s exterior? In order to ensure that you will get the most out of your new paint, it is essential that the job is done in the most ideal conditions.

Ideal Conditions for Exterior Painting

    1. Outside temperatures: Paint manufacturers will usually recommend minimum temperatures for painting. Generally, a good guideline is that if you are comfortable without the heat or air conditioning, then it is a good time for painting. It is also best to paint in times with smaller temperature fluctuations. Big temperature swings from morning to night are not good when painting.
    2. Rain and humidity: It is important to remember that paint should only be applied to a dry surface. The painting surface can become moist either by direct contact with rain or snow or indirectly by humidity or dew in the air. Always plan your painting project for times when there is no rain in the forecast for the next couple of days and be sure to wait to start painting after a rain until everything is completely dry. Also take note of humidity levels, as too high or too low humidity will influence how the paint dries.
    3. Wind: High winds while painting or before the paint is completely dry will cause complications. Dust and other particles blown onto the wet paint surface will stick. Paint sprayers do not operate as effectively in windy conditions and ladders may be unstable.
    4. Sunlight: Direct sunlight on drying paint can cause it to dry too quickly, leading to cracking or peeling. It is best to plan your painting route around the shifting sun.

Upcoming Continuing Education Course - April 4th, 2019

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Boone County is offering a free continuing education insurance credit course. This course is for 3 credit hours in OHIO / KENTUCKY and will be held at our SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on April 4, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am with registration beginning at 8:00am. Please note that 100% attendance is required to be eligible to receive the CE credits!

The premise for this course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset or worried. We will explore what “Ethics” is by participating in group activities that will help with understanding and making ethical decisions.

For more information and reservations, contact Meg O’Brien, SERVPRO of Boone County at 513-614-1047 or email at mobrien@hartkes.com.

Course Number: C10183-KY, 37868-OH

Sprinkler Systems in Commercial Buildings

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire is a major concern for business owners. Commercial fires can lead to injury or death of employees, damaged merchandise and equipment, lost records, and quite possibly, the permanent closure of the business.

Sprinkler systems in commercial building are one factor that improves fire safety in the workplace. Commercial buildings of all kinds should be equipped with a sprinkler system.

But how does a business owner know the sprinkler system requirements for his building? Fireline.com conveniently outlines sprinkler system requirements on their website.

According to the website, here are some of the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association for commercial sprinkler systems:

  • Buildings more than 55 feet high must have sprinkler systems.
  • Any new building with a fire area of more than 5000 square feet must have sprinklers.
  • Fire pumps should be installed to increase the amount of pressure in a single sprinkler system.
  • Fire pumps should be housed in a separate building whenever possible.
  • Water supply control valves should be accessible for easy operation.

There is never a convenient time for a fire disaster to strike a business. But SERVPRO of Boone County understands that in the unfortunate event of a fire, it is important to provide excellent service while minimizing the disruption to the daily operations of the business. We are always here to help in the event of a commercial fire. CLICK HERE to learn more about our expert commercial restoration services. Keep your business safe!