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Impact of a disaster

5/1/2023 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we understand that disasters can strike at any moment, leaving behind a trail of destruction and devastation. Whether it's a natural calamity, a fire, or a water damage incident, disasters can wreak havoc on our lives, leaving us emotionally, physically, and financially drained.

When it comes to death, the impact of a disaster can be even more severe. Losing a loved one in a disaster is a traumatic experience that can take years to heal from. As a community, we need to come together to support those who have lost loved ones and provide them with the resources they need to cope with their loss.

Financial disasters can be just as devastating as natural disasters. When homes or businesses are destroyed, people can lose everything they have worked so hard for. As a SERVPRO franchise, we are committed to helping our community in times of need by offering restoration services that can help get homes and businesses back up and running.

Catastrophic disasters can strike at any moment, leaving behind a trail of destruction that can take years to repair. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods can all leave behind long-lasting damage that can take years to repair. As a community, we need to work together to prepare for these disasters and have emergency plans in place to ensure everyone's safety.

At SERVPRO, we understand the impact that disasters can have on our community. That's why we're committed to providing the best possible service to our customers in times of need. Whether it's water damage, fire damage, or storm damage, we're here to help you get back on your feet and restore your property to its pre-disaster condition.

We encourage our community to take proactive measures to protect themselves and their property from disasters. This can include developing emergency plans, investing in insurance policies, and having an emergency kit prepared with essentials such as food, water, and first aid supplies.

In conclusion, disasters can strike at any moment, leaving behind a trail of destruction that can have a lasting impact on our lives. As a community, we need to come together to support each other and take proactive measures to prepare for disasters. At SERVPRO Southern Scioto County & Lawrence County, we're committed to helping our community in times of need and providing the best possible restoration services to our customers.

Why I choose SERVPRO - Evan Dunlap, Project Manger

4/25/2023 (Permalink)

Hello, my name is Evan Dunlap, and I am one of our project managers at SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties. I have been working in the fire and water restoration industry since high school and most of those years with SERVPRO.  One of my favorite things about being a project manager is working closely with clients and helping them get back to where they were prior to the loss.

Working in this industry has taught me a lot about people and the importance of being empathetic towards them during difficult times. It is a great feeling to know that we can make a difference in the lives of our clients by restoring their homes or businesses after a disaster. I’ve always found joy in building relationships with our clients and helping them feel at ease during stressful situations.

As a Project manager of SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties, I am grateful to work alongside like-minded professionals who share my dedication to serving our clients with the highest level of service and results. I am particularly proud of our commitment to reconstruction, which has helped us make a positive impact in our community by restoring homes and businesses after unexpected disasters. Together, we will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients and make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts, and I look forward to helping with any disaster that may come your way.

Evan Dunlap

Key benefits clean ventilation systems

4/24/2023 (Permalink)

Dirty vent Time to clean!

Proper cleaning of ventilation systems is essential for both commercial and residential properties, especially before using your air conditioning system. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), air ducts should be cleaned at least every three to five years, or more frequently if there are specific issues with the ventilation system. At SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties, we understand the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy environment, and that's why we recommend having your ventilation system cleaned on a regular basis based on industry standards.

One of the key benefits of having your ventilation system cleaned is improved air quality. Over time, dust, dirt, and other contaminants can build up in your air ducts, which can circulate throughout your property when you turn on your AC system. This can cause respiratory issues and other health problems for occupants, especially those with allergies or respiratory conditions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air, so it's important to ensure your ventilation system is clean.

In addition, having your ventilation system cleaned can also improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system. When your air ducts are clogged with debris, your AC system has to work harder to cool your property, which can lead to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your system. According to the US Department of Energy, dirty air filters and ducts can reduce HVAC efficiency by up to 20%.

Finally, having your ventilation system cleaned can also help to prevent fires. When dust and debris build up in your air ducts, it can become a fire hazard, especially if there are any electrical components in the system. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home fires are caused by clothes dryers each year, and failure to clean the dryer vent is the leading cause of these fires.

At SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties, we are committed to providing high-quality ventilation cleaning services for both commercial and residential properties based on industry standards. Our team of experienced technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to remove dirt, debris, and other contaminants from your air ducts, ensuring a clean and healthy environment for you and your occupants. Contact us today to schedule your ventilation cleaning service and experience the benefits for yourself.

Why SERVPRO and Restoration

4/21/2023 (Permalink)

When it comes to damages caused by disasters like fire, water, or mold, property owners may be tempted to replace everything that has been affected. However, this can be an expensive and time-consuming process that can be avoided by choosing restoration services. SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties is a company that specializes in restoration, and here are a few reasons why they should be your go-to experts in the industry:

  1. Restoration is cost-effective

Replacing everything that has been damaged can cost a fortune. For example, if there is a water leak in your home, you might need to replace flooring, drywall, furniture, and more. Restoration, on the other hand, involves salvaging as much as possible and only replacing what is necessary. This saves you money and reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

  1. Restoration is faster

Replacing everything can take weeks or even months, depending on the extent of the damage. Restoration, however, can be completed in a matter of days. SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties uses advanced equipment and techniques to dry, clean, and restore your property quickly and efficiently.

  1. Restoration is more environmentally friendly

As mentioned earlier, restoration reduces waste by salvaging as much as possible. This is better for the environment because it reduces the amount of materials that end up in landfills. Additionally, restoration reduces the carbon footprint of the restoration process because it requires fewer resources to complete.

  1. Restoration preserves sentimental value

Many items in a home or business have sentimental value that cannot be replaced. For example, family heirlooms, photographs, and other personal items cannot be replaced with new items. Restoration allows these items to be salvaged and returned to their original condition, preserving their sentimental value.

SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties has the experience and expertise to handle any restoration job, no matter the size or complexity. They are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies and have a team of certified technicians who are trained in the latest restoration techniques. When you choose SERVPRO, you can be confident that your property is in good hands and that restoration is the right choice for you.

Mentoring Matters

4/21/2023 (Permalink)

The Mentoring Matters program is a program offered by SERVPRO, a company that specializes in fire and water damage restoration services. The program is designed to provide guidance and support to individuals who are interested in starting their own SERVPRO franchise.

The program pairs potential franchise owners with experienced SERVPRO owners who act as mentors. The mentors offer advice and guidance on everything from business planning and marketing to customer service and technical skills.

The program also includes training sessions and workshops that cover a range of topics related to running a SERVPRO franchise, including financial management, employee recruitment and retention, and industry regulations.

One of the key benefits of the Mentoring Matters program is that it provides access to a network of SERVPRO owners and industry experts who can offer support and advice throughout the franchise ownership journey. This can be particularly valuable for individuals who are new to the industry or who are starting their first business.

Overall, the Mentoring Matters program is designed to help aspiring SERVPRO franchise owners build successful businesses by providing them with the tools, resources, and support they need to succeed.

If you're interested in learning more about the Mentoring Matters program and starting a SERVPRO franchise, We recommend reaching out to SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties. We can provide you with more information about the program, answer any questions you may have, and help you take the first steps towards owning your own SERVPRO franchise.

Spring Cleaning with SERVPRO

4/12/2023 (Permalink)

Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition that allows us to refresh our homes and start the new season with a clean slate. While many people take on the task of spring cleaning themselves, there are several benefits to enlisting the help of a professional cleaning service like SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties.

Benefits of Professional Spring Cleaning:

  • Deep Cleaning: A professional cleaning service can provide a much deeper level of cleaning than most people can achieve on their own. SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties offers a range of cleaning services, from carpet and upholstery cleaning to air duct cleaning and HVAC cleaning. By tackling areas that are often neglected, such as air ducts and dryer vents, our team can help improve the air quality in your home.
  • Allergy-Related Cleaning: For those with allergies or sensitivities, spring cleaning can be a daunting task. That's why enlisting the help of a professional cleaning service like SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties can be a game-changer. Our team of experts is trained to handle allergy-related cleaning needs, such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores. By using specialized equipment and cleaning solutions, we can effectively remove allergens from your home and improve your indoor air quality.
  • Time Savings: Spring cleaning can be a time-consuming task, especially if you have a large home or business. Hiring a professional cleaning service can save you valuable time, allowing you to focus on other tasks or simply enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
  • Stress Reduction: Cleaning can be a stressful task, especially if you're tackling a large project on your own. By enlisting the help of a professional cleaning service, you can reduce your stress levels and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is clean and healthy.
  • Improved Property Value: Regular cleaning and maintenance can help improve the value of your property over time. By keeping your carpets, upholstery, and air ducts clean and well-maintained, you can help ensure that your property is in top condition.
  • Disaster Preparedness: Finally, spring cleaning can help you prepare for potential disasters, such as floods or fires. By ensuring that your property is clean and well-maintained, you can help minimize the risk of damage and ensure that your property is ready for any emergency situation.

As a professional cleaning service, SERVPRO of Southern Scioto & Lawrence Counties can help you save time, reduce stress, and improve the overall cleanliness and health of your home or business. Our team of experts is trained to handle a wide range of cleaning needs, from basic carpet and upholstery cleaning to specialized allergy-related cleaning services.

So why wait? Contact us today to schedule your appointment and experience the benefits of a clean and healthy home or business this spring.

Preventing Fires in Garages and Workshops

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fires in garages and home workshops are a serious matter. The typical garage or workshop contains a host of flammable materials, from liquids such as gasoline and paint thinner to wood, sawdust and greasy rags. Often, garages and workshops contain heat sources such as water heaters and furnaces that can ignite a fire.

As with most things involving safety, the key to keeping your garage or workshop as fireproof as possible is to make sure you have the right equipment and that you get into the habit of making the safest choices.


Here are three steps to garage and workshop fire prevention that everyone can and should take.

Step 1: Establish Safe Routines

If you develop safe habits, fire prevention will become routine.

  • When you cut or sand wood, you create sawdust and wood chips. These small pieces of wood are much more combustible than larger boards. Sweep them up right away and you will eliminate a big source of workshop fires.
  • After using paint, stain, finishing oils or solvents, seal the containers and store them in a safe place.
  • Properly dispose of oily rags to avoid the possibility of spontaneous combustion. That means placing the rags in a steel bucket with a self-closing lid. Alternatively, hang the rags on a line in a single layer to dry. Keep them far away from heat and fire sources.

    Step 2: Practice Safe Storage

    Fires require three things: fuel, oxygen and heat. Keep those three things from coming together and you have taken a big step in reducing the chances of a fire. Good storage makes that possible.

    • Keep all combustibles away from regular sources of heat or fire, such as water heaters, space heaters, furnaces and boilers.
    • Store flammable products such as wood finishes, spray paint and paint thinner in a dedicated storage container with a closed door.

    Step 3: Buy Proper Safety Equipment

    You don't have to spend much money to buy what you need to alert you about a fire or put a fire out before it spreads.

Heating Safety Tips

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Heating safety tips

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • 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.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?

Published: June 2015

You're catching up on some laundry and everything's going fine. The next thing you know, water starts gushing across your floor when your washing machine water supply hose suddenly fails. You get the water mopped up, but a few days later your wood laminate floor starts buckling. So, you may wonder, will your homeowners insurance cover the damage?


In this case, your insurance policy will likely provide coverage. Most standard homeowners policies provide protection from water damage if the cause is sudden and accidental. According to the Insurance Information Institute, you'll likely be protected if, for instance, your drywall is drenched after your water heater ruptures or an upstairs pipe bursts and water saturates the ceiling below.


Homeowners insurance does not cover all types of water damage, however.

Damage from unresolved maintenance issues: While your insurance will probably help cover the cost of replacing or repairing a damaged floor if your dishwasher suddenly goes on the fritz, coverage generally will not kick in if the damage results from an unresolved maintenance issue, such as continuous leaking near a faucet or other plumbing fixture.

Replacing or repairing the source of the water damage: Most insurance policies will not cover the source of the water damage. So while your policy may cover the cost of tearing out and replacing that damaged floor, you shouldn't expect it to cover the cost of replacing your broken dishwasher or washing machine.

Water backup from an outside sewer or drain: You also will not typically be covered by a traditional homeowners policy if water backs into your home through an outside sewer or drain. You may, however, be able to purchase additional sewer or water backup coverage that may help provide protection in case of such an event.

Flood: No type of flood damage, no matter the source of the water, is covered by standard homeowners policies. Flooding, for example, can occur from storms, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes and oceans, You can, however, purchase flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program.


Of course, you'd probably prefer not to have to deal with a soggy situation in the first place. You can help prevent the inconvenience — and mess — that often accompanies unexpected water damage. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety suggests the following:

  • Inspect hoses to washing machines, water heaters, dishwashers and refrigerator ice makers for wear regularly and replace as needed (or at least every five years).
  • Be careful not to crimp a water hose or pull it loose when moving a dishwasher, washing machine or refrigerator.
  • Drain water heaters every six months to prevent sediment buildup.
  • Help prevent frozen pipes by maintaining the heat in your home, insulating pipes, and opening cabinet doors to expose pipes to warm air.
  • Inspect the water shut-off valve regularly and replace if needed.

While it's important to keep up with home maintenance to help prevent any damage from water, it's also a good idea to check with your agent about what is and isn't covered by your homeowners policy. Be sure to ask if there are any additional coverages available that may be appropriate for your home.

Keurig cleaning tips from your friends at SERVPRO of Southern Scioto and Lawrence Counties

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

How To Clean A Keurig: 9 Steps

The following steps work on all Keurig machines. If you own a Keurig 2.0 — and I don’t — you’ll need to keep an old, used pod to insert in the machine or it won’t pump water through in Step 7 at all.

1. Unplug it. I can’t emphasize this enough: unplug the thing!

2. Disassemble it. Remove the water tank and its lid, along with the stand your coffee cup rests on. Open the top and remove the K-Cup holder. Wash these pieces in warm, soapy water and dry well:

Also see: How To Clean A Coffee Maker

3. Unclog the needles. Grab a paperclip and partially unbend it. With the Keurig’s top open, carefully insert the free end of the paperclip into each of the three holes along the needle that pierces the K-Cup. Jiggle the paperclip around then remove it. Don’t worry about harming your machine: there are no working parts here, just holes that get clogged with scale and debris. Like so:


If using a paperclip concerns you, commercial cleaning kits containing special pods will accomplish this same step. (Amazon $8.99)

NOTE: One reader reports that you can contact Keurig at 1 (866) 901-2739 and they’ll ship you a free tool to do this. Personally, when my coffee maker isn’t working I don’t want to wait for days to fix it. So I do the rest of this and, voilà, it works like new again.

4. Turn and tap. Turn your machine completely upside down and, with the top open, give the bottom a few light smacks with the palm of your hand. Crazy as it sounds, this helps loosen debris. It’s best to do this over a sink since tapping will dislodge buildup that’s been preventing water flow within the machine and may lead to a rush of water coming out.

Put a straw over this spout and blow

5. Clear the tube. Thought the previous step sounded crazy? This one’s even wackier, and yet it works! With the machine still upside down, put a drinking straw over the spout. Wrap this juncture with a paper towel to make it as close to air-tight as possible. Now, blow as hard as you can into the straw to force air through the Keurig spout to dislodge scale buildup in the water line.


UPDATE: Some readers have asked if it’s safe to insert a pipe cleaner in this tube. I wouldn’t recommend it due to concerns that the wire within the pipe cleaner could puncture the water tube. Others have asked whether it’s sanitary to blow on it. You’ll be using vinegar to descale in a moment, and vinegar has germ-killing properties.

6. Wipe it down and reassemble. Grab a lint-free cloth and clean the cup holder and the outside of the machine. Return all of the parts to their places.

7. Descale it. Fill the water tank with half water and half white vinegar. You may have been told to use straight vinegar, but that can harm the machine due to vinegar’s high acidity — keep it at a 50-50 mix, or use a commercial Keurig descaling product (Amazon $12.99). Immediately begin running the vinegar-water through the machine until you’ve emptied the entire tank, dumping each cup as it brews.

Keurig 2.0 users: Your Keurig machine won’t run without a pod in the holder, so just insert a used one. By the time the liquid comes out, the vinegar-water will already have done its job and it won’t matter if leftover coffee or tea drains along with it. You won’t be drinking this, anyway.

8. Run clean water through it. After you’ve run an entire tank of vinegar water, repeat the above step using only water. Check the final cup to make sure there’s no vinegar taste, and run more fresh water through if needed. To test whether you’ve got all of the vinegar out of your Keurig, one reader suggests sprinkling a pinch of baking soda into the final cup of water: if it fizzes there’s still vinegar in the system so you’ll need to run more clean water through it.

9. Maintain it. For most households, performing steps 7 and 8 above every three months will keep your Keurig working wonderfully. If your machine gets heavy use (in an office setting, for instance), you might want to perform all of these steps monthly.

Now that you know how to clean a Keurig and get yours running like new again, you can go back to enjoying your morning jolt of caffeine!