Structural Damage from Storms Can Cause Interior Water Damage
When it comes to storm and other weather-related damage, many people only think of the exterior structural damage to their property like fallen trees and damaged roofs. But what some people fail to realize is that exterior storm damage can often lead to interior water damage to their property. Water will always travel the path of least resistance and unfortunately after exterior structural damage to a property, this often means the water will end up inside the property. A quick response is crucial to help limit the additional interior damage. In the event of water or storm damage, SERVPRO of Boone County responds immediately, any time, day or night. We understand the importance of responding quickly to help prevent secondary damage and reduce restoration costs. Roofing service, board ups, roof tarps and tree removal are all among the emergency services we provide. Additionally, we are experts in water damage restoration and provide professional and efficient service to our customers. CLICK HERE to learn more!
Promoting Fire Safety in the Community
The staff at SERVPRO of Boone County welcomes any opportunity to give back to the community and bring awareness to fire safety. For example, we were thrilled to participate in a community event for the residents of Forest Park, Ohio. Teaming up with the City of Forest Park Fire Department, the Home Depot of Forest Park, the City of Forest Park and Bryant Hartke Construction, we helped provide a day of fun activities including “touch a fire truck”, “touch a helicopter”, a mobile smoke house, fire demonstrations, craft making, chili tasting contests, and a grill-out. All the activities were meant to promote fire safety in an enjoyable and engaging way. Our staff provided food and drinks for the event and had a fantastic time grilling hot dogs, serving food and drinks and interacting with the community!
Are You Prepared if Disaster Strikes?
September is National Preparedness month and SERVPRO of Boone County is Here to Help you get prepared! Different types of disasters and emergencies happen throughout the year to homes, schools and businesses and the goal of acknowledging National Preparedness Month is to remind everyone to take steps to be better prepared for them.
There are different ways to prepare for a disaster. Installing smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, practicing escape plans and tornado drills, learning basic life-saving skills like CPR and first aid, and putting together emergency kits are all simple ways to help prepare for a disaster.
An additional way that business owners and school administrators can prepare is to work with our SERVPRO professionals to develop an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). In the event of a disaster, this profile will help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action already in place. (CLICK HERE to learn more about developing an ERP with SERVPRO.)
Disaster preparedness can seem overwhelming at times and these are just some simple suggestions. For even more helpful information, check out resources like the ready.gov and fema.gov websites.
SERVPRO OF BOONE COUNTY to Offer 3 Hour Continuing Education Course for OHIO & KY Credits on September 19th from 12:30pm - 3:30pm
We are excited to be hosting another upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Distracted Driving with Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will give the attendee an analysis of how distracted driving affects insurance. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention from safe driving. It includes talking or texting on your phone, eating or drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the radio or navigation systems, and impairment due to alcohol or drug use. This seminar will address these issues as they relate to auto liability insurance. Topics covered include the history of distractions, coverage issues, claims analysis issues, and criminal issues based on distracted driving statutes.
The course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.
CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!
Restoring the Contents of a Home After a Fire
When a fire occurs in a home, the damage is not always contained to the immediate area of the fire. Conversely, smoke and soot travel throughout the property, leaving a trail of damage behind. We, at SERVPRO of Boone County, understand that the personal belongings in a home are treasures of life that represent hard work and accomplishments. We know that the value of photographs, books, and other life mementos cannot be measured. That is why our fire technicians specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire and keep a "restore" versus "replace" mentality during the restoration process. After a fire, they take extra care to clean and restore the contents of the home to preloss condition.
In caring for the contents of a property after a fire, our technicians have expertise in:
- Contents Restoration
- Move Outs / Pack Outs
- Electronic Cleanup
- Document / Photograph Drying
- Contents Claim Inventory Service
Our fire technicians know that a home fire is a very stressful situation for a homeowner and they strive to provide excellent customer service by working efficiently and professionally.
SERVPRO OF BOONE COUNTY to Offer 3 Hour Continuing Education Course for OHIO Credits on September 19th from 8:30am - 11:30am
We are excited to be hosting an upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course! The class is entitled, “Ohio FAIR Plan Seminar with Jim McKee, CPCU, AIS, API, AIM.” This seminar will give the attendees valuable information about the Ohio FAIR Plan Underwriting Association. It will provide an overview of Ohio FAIR Plan procedures, policies, coverages and other information. Topics covered will include types of policies written, coverages, application, underwriting procedures, claims as well as other helpful information.
This course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO only and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am.
CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!
Limit Damage After a Fire
Even if a fire in a home or business is contained to one floor, the damage from the fire may affect other floors of the building as well. Soot and smoke can travel throughout the structure leaving a trail of damage behind. If the damage is not handled properly, long-term effects can result, adding to an already stressful situation.
After contacting SERVPRO of Boone County, there are a couple of steps you can take to help avoid further damage to your property. First of all, keep movement throughout the building to a minimum. This will help avoid tracking the soot throughout other areas of the building. And secondly, place clean towels or linens on the carpeted traffic areas. Realizing that there will be some movement within the building during the restoration process, this will help prevent additional soiling.
The SERVPRO of Boone County fire technicians are highly trained and well-equipped to handle the cleanup and care of your home or office building and its contents following a fire incident. Before attempting to clean the fire damage yourself, contact us for your fire restoration needs. CLICK HERE to learn more!
Be Better Prepared for Disasters
Different types of disasters and emergencies happen throughout the year in homes, businesses and communities. And SERVPRO of Boone County likes to remind everyone to take steps to be better prepared for them.
There are many ways individuals can prepare for an emergency or disaster event including installing smoke alarms, taking first-aid classes and practicing fire escape plans.
But what can businesses do?
Studies show that after experiencing a disaster, many businesses are forced to close. Pre-planning can help ensure that emergency resources are readily available, minimizing business interruption and increasing the chance for survival.
SERVPRO of Boone County is pleased to offer the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program. With this program, at NO COST, an Emergency Ready Profile is developed specific to your business and an immediate plan of action is put in place. In the event of a disaster, this plan is the key to timely mitigation and can be the difference between surviving a disaster or completely shutting down.
Helpful Tips for Safer Grilling
With the summer season, comes family picnics and outdoor grilling. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.
SERVPRO of Boone County would like to share the following grilling safety tips to help prevent outdoor cooking fire damage.
- Only use grills outdoors
- Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.
- Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
- Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.
- Always have a three foot safe-zone around grills.
- Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
- Never leave grills unattended.
Knowing and following even a few fire safety grilling tips can help everyone have a safer and happier summer. In the event that you experience a grilling mishap and have a fire damage situation at your home, give us a call for quick, professional help!
SERVPRO of Boone County 859-746-3400
American Red Cross Offers Mobile Apps
The American Red Cross has designed a great, new smartphone app designed to give users instant access to very valuable information. The app presents the user with lifesaving first aid instruction as well as helpful disaster preparedness information. The idea behind the app is that by having this useful information at the fingertips of millions of people, many lives will be saved.
The app includes videos and interactive quizzes. And to make learning more fun, users who take the quizzes can earn badges to share on social media and boast about their new lifesaving expertise!
Some highlights of the new app include:
- Every day scenario first aid instructions
- Emergency event instructions and 9-1-1 call button
- Shareable badges unlocked with interactive quizzes
- Videos and animations to make learning more fun
- Disaster preparedness tips for severe weather situations like hurricanes and tornadoes
This new app is free and available to all iPhone and Android users. To learn more, CLICK HERE to visit the American Red Cross website!