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Carpet Cleaning after a Water Damage

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People around the Toledo, Ohio area have often asked "can my carpeting be saved after a water damage?" The answer has a couple of variables.

  1. Did the water come from a clean source such as a supply line?
  2. How long has the carpet been wet?
  3. Age of the carpet?
  4. Is the carpet Delaminated?

If The water source was clean water and you can it has not been sitting for an extended period of time chances are really god it can be saved. With that being said we then must make sure the carpets integrity will hold up when it is lifted to dry and then relayed. First we carefully remove the carpet from the tact strips, unless of course it is glue down; If that is the case we can simply extract the carpet and dry it in place. Once the carpet is lifted from the tact strip the padding is typically removed due to the fact that it is very hard to dry properly and completely. We want to make sue the pad will not hold and grow bacteria. After the pad had been removed we then put air movers under the carpet and "float" the carpet to dry. once the carpet and sub floor have dried completely new pad can be installed and the carpet can then be relayed. At that point SERVPRO of Sylvania/West Toledo can then Clean the Carpet.

Maumee Water Damage Turned Mold

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Water Damage Turned To Mold Call

We received a call an elderly Gentleman in Oregon Ohio about a water damage in his basement. The Customer had explained to the office that he had heard water dripping for quite some time. He had already called out a plumber and they had discovered a broken pipe. The plumber fixed the problem and told the gentleman that he needed to call someone out to dry out his basement. He Called SERVPRO of Southwast Toledo and we came out that day.When we arrived on site to assess the damage we discovered that our water damage was now a mold remediation job.  Unfortunately his basement had been damp for quite sometime. we were able to dry him out re-mediate the mold and make his home a healthy living environment once again. The customer was very happy and he stated that " At first I was concerned that two young ladies showed up to take care of my damage, but  you girls proved me wrong!"

 SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo(419) 385-9245

Is The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® Right For Your Company?

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Let SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo Help Your Company Be Prepared!

No one is ever expecting a water damage or a fire in their office, but that doesn't mean you should not be prepared in the event that disaster should strike. Preparation is key. Many Businesses never reopen following a disaster, and of those that do survive the majority have some type of plan in place. With the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile® you can minimize your businesses interruption by knowing what to do before a disaster occurs. Knowing what to do and what to expect is key to timely mitigation and can help minimize the affects a fire or water damage can have on your business. 

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo today and get a NO COST assessment of your businesses 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. 

Give us a call (419)385-9245

 Cleaner Air Means A Healtheir Environment

Cleaner Air Means A Healtheir Environment

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Call SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo For Your Duct Cleaning Needs Today!

Have you ever noticed at home, or for that matter in your office a work how quickly dust builds up on your desk or furniture? Just think about what you see and imagine how much dust and debris is hidden where you cannot! Poor air quality can lead to a multitude of respiratory problems. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating odors, dust and other contaminates.

SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo routinely inspects the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

  • However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO of Sylvania/West Toledo Professionals will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

    The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.

  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.

  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

    For more information on duct cleaning contact SERVPRO of SouthwestToledo today at

     (419) 385.9245

Water Categories As Defined By The IICRC

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SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo An IICRC Company

Having a water loss in your home can be traumatizing.  In addition to the tips on preventing secondary damage it is helpful to know and understand the 3 categories of water associated with a water loss.  According to the IICRC guidelines, there are 3 categories of water in a water loss: Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3.  Let’s take a look at each category:

Category 1: This is clean, sanitary water.  Sources can be faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc.  The category can quickly change to a Category 2 however.

Category 2: This category of water is typically referred to as “grey water”, and is described as having levels of contaminates that may cause you some sickness or discomfort if ingested.  Category 2 water can come from dishwasher or washing machine overflows and sink drains.

Category 3: This is the worst category of water, it is grossly unsanitary. It used to be called, and is still sometimes referred to as, black water.  Sources of Category 3 water can be sewer backups, flooding from streams and rivers, toilet overflows with feces, and liquid that has sat and became stagnant.  

What Is The IICRC?

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Call SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo An IICRC Company (419) 385-9245

The IICRC is a nonprofit certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. It sets the standards for the industry.

Each IICRC standard takes years to develop and the coordination of several experts in the field, including allied tradespersons; manufacturers; international, national and regional trade associations; individual or franchise professionals; cleaning, inspection and restoration industry organizations; insurance industry; training schools; contractors; and public health professionals.

These standards are reviewed and updated at least every five years. Many of these fields, such as the water damage restoration field, change rapidly and those who are certified keep up with the advancement of the science and generally accepted practices of the industry.

When you choose a company that is IICRC certified, such as SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo, you can be sure that you receive service from knowledgeable, certified technicians. 

Preventing Kitchen Fires In Your Maumee Home

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Prevent Kitchen Fires

It is that time of year again. Holiday madness, holiday parties, fun, food and drink. One thing to be mindful of as we are preparing our holiday feasts is safety in the kitchen. Kitchen fires seem to peak during the holidays. Take a minute to revue these 10 simple steps to help keep your holiday dinner from going up in flames.

1. Never leave your cooking unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.

3. Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.

4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

6. Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.

8. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.

9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

10. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

 And if you do have a Fire Call 

SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo for your professional clean up.

(419) 385-9245

Do You Have Mold in Your Southwest Toledo Home ?

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Call SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo for your mold remediation needs today.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

  • The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo (419) 385_9245. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  • SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  • They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  • Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  • The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo uses anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

  • SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  • Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub-floors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Understanding Mold

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Mold is a type of fungus that sprouts form tiny spores that float about in the air. Unfortunately for homeowners, there is not a pilot sitting in the cockpit of these spores. Instead, the spores do the choosing of where they should land. Pair that with the fact that they often choose to make their home in moist places and you are bound to see mold spring up in that area.

Mildew is a common type of mold that sits on the surface of damp walls, doors, shower grouting and more. This type of mold looks like tiny black spots, and it can easily be scrubbed away with a cleaning brush and store-bought mold killer.

Other types of mold can be a bit more damaging to a home, depending on the size of an infestation. You may begin to notice a damp, must odor in a specific area of your home. This means you should check for damp walls, carpet, flooring and any other spaces that may be breeding grounds for mold. Your best bet is to contact your local SERVPRO Franchise before the infestation becomes worse or causes permanent damage.

SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo is always here to help. Call Us Today! (419) 385-9245

Hurricane Irma 2017

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Traffic on the way to Irma

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida on September 10th as a Major Hurricane. Widespread flooding and wind damage had been reported across most of the Florida Peninsula and southern Georgia.

SERVPRO mobilized our Disaster Recovery Teams to assist the 94 SERVPRO Franchises in Florida as more restoration personnel and equipment were needed. 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to hurricane damage with experienced cleanup crews. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

SERVPRO of Southwest Toledo was more than happy to be called in by one of SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams To assist in the clean up efforts.

Our Franchise spent a little over six weeks in Florida, helping to restore some sense of normalcy to their residents and businesses.

It is great to be a part of the SERVPRO Family and be able to help make a difference in peoples lives.