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Our SERVPRO Team Can Take Care Of Your Hazardous Jobs

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

biohazard sign Our SERVPRO of Fairfield County team is highly trained to handle all of your bio-hazard needs.

SERVPRO of Fairfield County professionals are trained to safely and effectively removed bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, along with state and local health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, our team can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes, and offices.  

Bloodbourne Pathogens

SERVPRO professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime, or death. Trained SERVPRO technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO professionals can clean and restore your property and contents.

Arson and Vandalism

SERVPRO professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. SERVPRO also provides general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods, and human or animal waste.

Sewage Backup

Sewage backups and black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits- these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of Fairfield County professionals remove the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean. Our SERVPRO team help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Our SERVPRO Team Takes Pride In Customer Service

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

green van outside of commercial loss Our SERVPRO Team is dedicated to providing the best possible customer service.

If you ever wonder what makes the difference between all of the contractors you can choose from, the answer is simple. It’s customer service! Here at SERVPRO of Fairfield County we strive to make every job the quickest and best quality that it can be. This picture is just a quick before and after photo of the small carpet patch to a much larger job. This is an example of the careful and attention to details that our project managers pour into your projects. Next time if you ever ask the question: Why SERVPRO? It’s because we care about every little detail of our work and your property. We personally work with you through every step of the way during this stressful time. Our SERVPRO Corporate office has a 1-4-8 requirement for all SERVPRO jobs. Which means we must contact the customer within one hour, be on site within 4 hours and have the estimate to the adjuster in 8 business hours. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Choose A Team Who Is IICRC Certified?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

employee putting down drying mats With the proper training, our SERVPRO Team sets themselves apart to serve you!

SERVPRO of Fairfield County is proud to be an IICRC certified firm. IICRC, or the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is a non-profit organization for the cleaning and restoration industry. The goal of the IICRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration and installation industries. To accomplish this goal, the IICRC sets standards and certifications for inspection, cleaning, and restoration. The IICRC ensures that when consumers hire a certified firm or technician that they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry's "standard of care." The technicians of SERVPRO of Fairfield County sets themselves apart through training, experience, and comprehensive examination.

For more information about the IICRC, please visit https://www.IICRC.org/

Restore vs. Replacing

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

technicians cleaning gray furniture These items were able to be restored after a fire at a residential home.

When your home has been damaged by fire or water damage, our goal at SERVPRO of Fairfield County is to make your property "Like it never even happened," quickly and at the lowest cost to you.

Part of restoring your home and belongings is determining what items and structures can be saved utilizing our state of the art restoration techniques and equipment and what will ultimately have to be replaced. Insurance and restoration industry studies have concluded that restoring property after fire and water damage is less expensive than replacing. Restoring is also less disruptive to our clients, often allowing them to remain in their homes during the process and resume life as normal quickly.

As a preferred mitigation and restoration vendor for most major insurance companies, our SERVPRO Team is highly trained to determine when restoring can be accomplished with the high quality results that our clients deserve. This "restore" versus "replace" mentality can save money while preserving family heirlooms, keepsakes, and other items that are impossible or cost-prohibitive to replace.

If your home or business have been impacted by water or fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Fairfield County today at 740-756-7003.

Emergency Service 24/7

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Is water where it’s not supposed to be in your Fairfield County home or business? This is not a situation that can wait. Immediate mitigation services are definitely needed. Our dedicated technicians at SERVPRO of Fairfield County are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help. You can expect a fast response and quick action.

A speedy response reduces the migration of the water.  That in turn reduces the amount of moisture absorbed by materials and contents in the affected area.  These fast actions reduce the drying time, lessen the need for demolition, and keep costs lower.  We want to make sure you feel “Like it never even happened.”

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed.  With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.  An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Faster to Any Size Emergency

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Fairfield County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Avoid Disasters in the Cold Winter

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. Many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves to help keep homes warm. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of heating-related fires in your home the winter season.

  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heater
  • Test smoke alarms monthly
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

About SERVPRO of Fairfield County

SERVPRO of Fairfield County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after a fire damage event, please call us 24/7 at (740) 756-7003

Why Choose SERVPRO?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

The question everyone always asks, Why SERVPRO?

The question is an easy one to answer, SERVPRO of Fairfield County is faster to any disaster.  We go by the 1-4-8 rule:

  • 1-Within 1 hour a client will receive a call back with a firm time we will be dispatching a crew to their location.
  • 4-Within 4 hours crews will be dispatched and onsite.
  • 8-Within 8 hours equipment will be set and or the cleaning process will be underway.

Another reason why property managers utilize SERVPRO's services is our ability to handle large loss. SERVPRO has the manpower to deploy an army of workers to your location.  We also have a large inventory of equipment for any job:

  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Power Distributions
  • Air Scrubbers
  • Heavy Duty Extractors

Call SERVPRO of Fairfield County the next time disaster strikes your home or property.

A Full Service Restoration Company

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

This year has already been an active year for severe weather so far. From the deep freeze we experienced in January, to the flooding from heavy rains in March, SERVPRO of Fairfield County has been there for businesses and homeowners through each and every storm. 

The Majority of people who are familiar with SERVPRO know us as a Fire and Water Restoration and Cleanup Company. What they don't realize is that SERVPRO of Fairfield County is a full service restoration company.  Not only are we faster to any disaster, but we can facilitate the rebuild on every job. 

So what does that mean to our clients?

It means dealing with one company throughout the whole process.

For example: A client has a sump pump that fails due to a power outage from a strong thunderstorm. Within a couple of minutes water has spread across the basement, and within an hour the client has several inches of water in their basement.  SERVPRO of Fairfield County is dispatched to the clients house to extract the water, remove damaged trim and drywall, and set air movers and dehumidifiers so the drying process can begin.  In many cases other restoration companies take care of the extraction, tear-out, and drying.  The client is then task with choosing another company to come in and replace the drywall and trim that was torn out, which can be annoying and overwhelming.

SERVPRO makes the process seamless because we do it all from start to finish. Our construction division works side by side with our production teams and when the drying process is complete we come in and do all the put back. Clients love working with SERVPRO because we are a one stop shop. Which means dealing with one company who coordinates everything takes all the pressure and emotion off the clients plate. The next time you experience a commercial or residential disaster call SERVPRO of Fairfield County. We are a true full service restoration company.

We Can Provide Immediate Service in Fairfield County

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fairfield County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (740)756-7003

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO Can Help You With Your Claim Process

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

If an emergency arises in your building, your first thought should be about the safety of everyone at work. Once you know everyone is out of harm's way, your attention will probably turn to mitigating the disaster. You purchased commercial property insurance for this very reason. Now, it's time to rely on claims services and start the rebuilding process. You, your insurance agent, and a professional disaster restoration company will work hand in hand to help you return everything in your office to normal as soon as possible.

Characteristics of the Right Cleanup Team

When it comes to rebuilding your workplace, there may be many emergency response companies to choose from in Fairfield County. Choose carefully and look for these traits:

  • A proven track record of helping companies like yours
  • An experienced, skilled team of technicians
  • Effective techniques and processes
  • Industrial-strength tools and equipment
  • Good customer service

Going the Extra Mile

It shouldn't take you long to see that SERVPRO will meet your cleanup and relief needs. Not only does the company have all of these important qualities, but representatives will also help you file an insurance claim. Technicians will take pictures of the damage, including areas and materials that were affected. You can use these to provide to your insurance agent. The cleanup team will also keep the insurance company updated on the restoration process and additional damage that should be a part of the claim.

Nice to Have a Partner

You can't move forward until you have the peace of mind that your insurance coverage will take effect. Fortunately, the SERVPRO team understands how claim services work. Together, you can even submit all important information electronically. Your insurance company may not start the claims process until cleanup has begun. The right restoration team will get to work as soon as the day you call for help.
You depend on claim services to help you recover from a disaster in the workplace. The emergency cleanup team should be your ally during this process.

Winter is Here!

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Winter has finally arrived in Ohio and it can cause frozen pipes. Pipes that are exposed or not properly insulated are susceptible to bursting or leaking. When this happens you may need SERVPRO of Fairfield County. We are here to help!

The first step is to shut off the water. You will then need to contact a plumber to replace any damaged pipes. But the removal of the water is priority and SERVPRO of Fairfield County is ready to remove the water "Like it never even happened." Our technicians are available 24/7 and will document the entire process to help you through this crisis and return your home back to working order. We use professional products and equipment throughout the drying process to ensure your structure is completely dry. Call us at (740) 756-7003 we are here to help!

Always Here to Help

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Just the facts: Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you would like your home or business inspected we can assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and remediation expertise to remediate any problem. Call us today! (740) 756-7003.

Fire Damage Prevention Tips

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Safely in the Workplace

As the owner, or manager, of a corner cafe or a quick service restaurant, you know that fire is one of the worst things imaginable. It will endanger the lives of your staff and your guests and destroy your property, shutting you down indefinitely.

It will always be a good idea to take a look at your established policies to ensure that your practices and procedures to prevent fires in your establishment are appropriate and are being followed.

Here are some essential fire damage prevention tips for your commercial kitchen:

EQUIPMENT SAFETY. Cooking equipment is often responsible for restaurant building fires. All your equipment must be maintained in top condition, from ovens to fryers. Following established cleaning practices daily, and to the letter, in addition to regular professional inspections, will ensure that repairs are made before something happens and that your equipment won’t outlive its safe operation. 

GREASE. A buildup of grease in hoods and grease traps can be a dangerous thing. These equipment components operate under high-heat constantly, so they can easily become a fire hazard, as can kitchen duct work. Contact an experienced cleaning and restoration professional to address these issues and help you to maintain healthy indoor air quality.

SPRINKLERS. A critical component of commercial kitchen fire safety is the fire sprinkler system. Corrosion can weaken their effectiveness, so having them regularly inspected will be a good practice in preventing fire damage.

UL COMPLIANCE. If you don’t know how old your kitchen UL suppression system is, verify that information during your next inspection. You may want to consider an upgrade to UL 300 compliance to ensure your commercial kitchen’s safety.

EMPLOYEES. The very best equipment and the most top quality maintenance can never completely prevent restaurant fires. The most effective weapon in your arsenal is going to be your employees. Train them well to always be ready for restaurant fire emergencies through monthly meetings and drills, and encourage their input when addressing safety issues. Make sure everyone knows how to use fire extinguishers and how to safely evacuate your building.

Getting your doors back open quickly will be easier with the help of a professional restoration company. Call us here at  SERVPRO of Fairfield County if you experience fire damage, water damage, or mold issues.

Sump Pump Coverage

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Sump Pump Failure and Water Backup Coverage

Whether your basement is where you store your treasures or a finished space for entertaining, the right protection gives you peace of mind. Water backup and sump pump failure coverage is an optional add-on that can put your mind at ease.

What is Water Backup Coverage?

Water damage due to sump pump failure can be costly. Our water damage and sump pump failure coverage is designed to mitigate the cost of repairs caused by water leaking into a home due to a backed-up drain or an overflowing sump. While it’s not automatically included in a homeowners policy, it can easily be added on for a fraction of what it would cost to repair and replace water-damaged items in your home.

Property Protection

Your sump pump is designed to remove excess water that accumulates around your home’s foundation. If the system ever fails or the power goes out, water overflow may occur. And you're typically not covered for this type of damage with your homeowners insurance. Having water backup and sump pump overflow coverage gives you that important layer of protection.

Our water backup and sump pump failure protection covers the following damage:

Sewer systems. America’s sewer systems are generally pretty dated, and as with any old infrastructure, these systems may be prone to failure. If a city’s sewer system has issues, regardless of who is at fault, your home could be in for some pain.

Sump pump failure and overflow. A sump pump can be the hero of your basement, pumping excess water out of your home and into areas where it can disperse. But if it fails, you might be in for a soggy basement and expensive repairs.

If you’ve invested in finishing your lower level, you know how important this extra space can be. It deserves customized protection that’s as unique as your home. This coverage completes the project and safeguards your investment from water damage in the event of sump pump overflow and water backup.

Why Do I Need Sump Pump Failure Coverage? 

Do I Need Water Backup Coverage?

If you’re still not sure if you should add coverage, consider the following things that might make your home a higher risk for water backup:

You live in a rainy area. The more it rains, the more work your sump pump has to do. And when your sump pump is constantly running, it runs the risk of burning out faster than an average one.

Your home has an old sump pump. Check your sump pump regularly and look for any signs of wear and tear — replacing an old sump pump that hasn’t failed yet is a much better option than waiting for it to fail.

In addition to having sump pump coverage, you can have a battery backup in the event of power failure that will keep the pump running. And if the pump fails, having a second sump pump handy can help you avoid water damage.

Added Water Backup Coverage, Extra Peace of Mind

Your household is made up of many moving parts, which is why we offer optional coverage for you to build a homeowners insurance policy that fits your unique needs. Connect with your Insurance Professional to see if water backup or sump pump overflow coverage is right for your home. They’re happy to help you customize insurance for your home. SERVPRO of Fairfield County

Signs Of Electrical Fires

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Electrical fires account for a lot of home fires. If you notice a burning odor or sparks coming from any outlet or switches, turn the power off at the electrical panel. The problem may be a faulty device. It can be a wiring or power overload problem. Burning smells can be a serious issues, because it can indicate the start of an electrical fire. If you smell a burning smell, or rubber smell that is consistent throughout your house, try to isolate the location. You can easily prevent electrical fires in your home, by knowing what to look for. Several discolored or charred outlets and switches is a good indicator. Old outdated wiring, burnt smell or circuit breakers tripping, and sometimes appliances pulling too much electricity on one circuit can cause an issue as well. We at SERVPRO of Fairfield County are the experts in this field. For all of your fire restoration needs please call SERVPRO Our staff of expects are here to answer any question or concerns about this subject

Water Damage Restoration Safety Tips

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

A Flood is a terrible situation- one that can be very traumatic.

If your home or commercial property has been flooded, your first priority is safety. Stay away from the area until it's safe.

When starting the cleaning and restoration process after a flood, removing all the damaged furniture and carpets is a good place to start. Wearing gloves and other protective gear PPE is a moral imperative when doing any clean up or restoration. One must always wash hand frequently.

Remove all wall coverings and throw them out. Remove affected drywall, porous materials and insulation that's been in contact with flood waters. Be careful And watch every step to prevent falls. Be caution around appliances and electrical equipment. For any concerns and question about clean up restoration after a flood or water loss contact SERVPRO of Fairfield County, the experts in all types of restoration.

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