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Removing the Odor of Smoke

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire has happened in your business, you are likely all too aware of the adverse effects of fire damage. Not only are there singes and burns, but smoke damage and smoke odor can affect your business and the items in your building long after restoration if they are not taken care of properly. Smoke cleaning after a fire is crucial in removing the odor of soot and smoke from your property and returning your business to preloss condition. There are many methods for the removal of smoke:

? Abrasive cleaning
? Spray and wipe cleaning
? Wet cleaning
? Dry cleaning
? Foam cleaning

All of these methods are intended for use with porous materials like fabric and should be conducted by local professionals in the Cincinnati, OH, area.

Smoke Cleaning for Nonporous Material

For cleaning smoke from nonporous materials such as electronic items, jewelry, or vinyl records, an ultrasonic cleaner is recommended. These types of cleaning devices use ultrasound and a cleaning agent to clean your contents. Electronic items should be paid particular attention, as the smoke damage can possibly contain acid that corrodes metal. Point-of-sales machines and office computers should be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent data loss.

Clearing Large Areas of Smoke Odor

After a fire, ozone machines can be used for smoke cleaning to rid your property of the odor. These machines use ozone to oxidize the smoke residue that may be lingering in hard-to-reach cracks and crevice and in porous material like carpet and upholstery as well. Thermal foggers can also be used in a similar fashion to cover large areas and to eliminate odors lingering in those isolated cracks and crevices. As a secondary measure, air-purifying machines designed specifically to eliminate smoke can assist in the process of cleaning the atmosphere inside your business by reintroducing fresh air into its rooms. For more information, visit

Steps To Clean a Moldy Washing Machine

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Steps To Clean a Moldy Washing Machine You may need to consult a mold remediation specialist.

Considering washing machines are used to keep things clean, you may wonder how you can even end up with mold in your washer – but it’s entirely possible. When it happens it’s one of the worst things ever, when that smell can soak into your clothing and never come out. But all is not lost; not only can you salvage your mold-contaminated washing machine, but you can even save your clothing.

Don’t Throw Out Your Washer Just Yet

Before you haul your washing machine to your Cincinnati, OH, dumpster, try these steps to clean out the mold smell and remediate your mold issues:

• Scrub the machine out thoroughly. Glove up and get in there with some elbow grease and a brillo pad. Scrub the mold away until you can’t see anything but clean metal, then run an empty wash cycle to rinse the particulates away.
• Use everyday household products to both kill the mold and get rid of the smell. Run a cycle with a 1:4 mix of water and baking soda, then another cycle with vinegar put into the detergent tray. Both will help clean out any smells, and eradicate remaining mold. Just remember to run an empty wash cycle after to rinse it out and prevent your dirty clothes from smelling like vinegar.
• Bleach everything. Bleach and other chemical cleaners can be that last “burn it all to the ground” resort, but they’ll work in a pinch. If you want to try something a bit gentler, though, give an oxy-based cleaner that uses oxidizing solutions a try.

What If the Washing Machine Still Stinks?

You may need to consult a mold remediation specialist. It’s possible the washing machine is beyond saving, but if anyone can help you bring it back from the brink, a specialist can. They may recommend solutions and techniques that aren’t commonly known to the average homeowner. For more information, visit

Using a Fire Extinguisher

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Using a Fire Extinguisher Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can help minimize the potential damage from a fire.

There are many scenarios people in Cincinnati, OH, can find themselves in where there is a need for a fire extinguisher in the house. No matter what the source of a fire in a home is, knowing how to use this device is an essential part of understanding and implementing fire safety and preventing fire damage.

How To Remember Directions for Use

The first thing to remember before trying to put out a fire in the home is to call the fire department. Once the fire department is made aware, a fire extinguisher can be used to attempt to control and eliminate a fire. An easy way to remember how to use an extinguisher is the acronym PASS.

• P – P is for Pull. Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher. This allows the handle to be squeezed, and also breaks the seal so the extinguisher can work.
• A – A stands for Aim. It is important to remember to aim low toward the bottom of the fire.
• S – The first S in the acronym is for Squeeze. Squeeze the handle, or the trigger.
• S – The second S is for Sweep. Sweep the nozzle from side to side across the bottom of the fire until it is extinguished. If the fire does not go out, or if it starts back up again, then repeat step two through step four.

It is extremely important to remember that evacuation is the number one priority if the fire doesn’t seem to be affected by an extinguisher!

Potential Fire Damages

There are many possible sources for fires in a residential area, including kitchen utilities, outlets, candles, wiring, and many others. Preventing fire damage is key during a residential fire, whether it is from a kitchen fire or from any other source in the house.

Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can help minimize the potential damage from a fire. In situations where damage does occur, a local restoration company can be contacted to help with cleanup and fixing any damage left behind. For more information, visit

Frozen Sprinkler Head Prevention

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Frozen Sprinkler Head Prevention Sprinkler Head Water Damage in Greater Cincinnati

As the winter temperatures start to drop, the risk for unwanted sprinkler discharge increases. preforming maintenance checks and testing the system is very helpful in preventing unexpected loss and ensures the system is functioning properly.

The cold temperatures present additional risk ofwater damage by frozen pipes and damaged sprinkler heads.As a result of a catastrophic failure extensive damage can occur. Most of time a freeze willhappen in the nooks and crannies that may be difficult to insulate and protect from the cold.

The key to avoid thedamages from accidental fire sprinkler discharge is to have a plan in place. SERVPRO of East Central Cincinnati offers just such plan. The "ERP" emergency ready program outlines specifically what your company will need to do in such an event. So call us to set up your free ERP at 513-561-7378

Fire safety in your Cincinnati residence

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire safety in your Cincinnati residence Be prepared to stop fires and save lives

Today I want to discuss fire safety and bring up a few basic thoughts about this topic. We as a country are becoming more accustomed to tragedy and traumatic events thus lending us less phased by these occurrences. In my opinion it would be good practice to take the time toeducate your family and or co-workers on basic fire safety. I understand that to most this is common sense however the more we prepare for something the better we react in a time of crisis. This is especially true today with the change inthe materials used to make furnitureand otherhousehold items. Studies show the nearly forty years ago if a fire were to break out a person had about seventeen minutes to safely exit the structure. Now days the time toexithas drastically dropped causing the needto be preparedmore critical than ever. Please take the time to share this with your loved ones.It only take an ounce of preparation. 513-561-7378

Hamilton City parade flood the community with pride

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Community Hamilton City parade flood the community with pride SERVPRO float

This past summer we were lucky enough to be asked to take part in celebrating this great counties independence by joining in the city of Hamilton's annual parade. Our staff was more than honored by the invitation and took it upon themselves to build a float. We at SERVPRO of East Central Cincinnati honestly enjoy being evolved with the community and take part in as many events as we can each year. SERVPRO has big plans for the upcoming year in the city and were super excited to be welcomed and truly become productive members of the community. For this event we had the owners and a majority of the staff rode along with their families. Happy 4th of July everyone. Be proud, be the brand & enjoy life. 513-561-7378

Wildlife & pets during an Ohio catastrophe

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

General Wildlife & pets during an Ohio catastrophe Rescued dog

We as a country have been faced with an alarming number of natural disasters of the last several years. These disasters range from the California wild fires to the Polar Vortex in the mid west as well as the hurricanes and tornadoes that we face ever year. Human life is always the number one priority as it should be however let us not forget the wild life and pets affected by these events as well. Society has created the pet industry and as result it is our obligation to care for and protect these creatures. Many of which are trapped in cages and can not fend for themselves others need to be lead to safety. So please if you have pets lets not forget about them. SERVPRO East Central Cincinnati.

Frozen Pipes in Greater Cincinnati Ohio

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipes in Greater Cincinnati Ohio Frozen Water Spigot

It is the time of year when we need to be on the lookout for frozen water pipes. All residential and commercial properties with running water are at a risk for this type of problem. Facing sub zero temperatures can often pose many types of problems. One that we see all too often is the frozen pipe. Now many times this can be prevented with a little bit of forethought and preparation. Let the cold water drip from an open faucet can help prevent a full on freeze. A second option is to add heat to your pipes and or the area the plumbing runs through. This is not always a realistic option for all situations. Both options have a negative impact on the environment by using resources however the cost often out weighs the damages caused by a frozen water line. If the cold weather strikes your property call SERVPRO at 513-561-7378

Duct Cleaning in Ohio

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Duct Cleaning in Ohio Dirty Duct

Today I want to discuss indoor air quality and the necessity of clean duct work. Most homes built these days are constructed so well that natural air infiltration does not occur. This being said the quality of the air we breath may not be what you think it is and lends us to take a look at what we can control.Arguably thebiggest influencer in air quality is the home HVAC system. That would stand to reason its need to be maintained and kept clean. Not all homes will have the same amount of dust ,dirt and allergens found in the ductwork but all home have ductwork that can and should be cleaned. The frequency of cleaning depends on multiple factors and quite honestly can change for many reasons. We recommend a whole system cleaning and maintenance check annually but this is also asuggestion not a requirement. Call SERVPRO of East Central Cincinnati for your complete system inspection 513-561-7378

Commercial Clean Up in Hamilton ,Ohio

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Clean Up in Hamilton ,Ohio Vandalism

SERVPRO of East Central Cincinnati is not only a mitigation company but a full service property restoration/management company. We can and will take on all facets of the needs given to us by our customers to help them effectively manage and maintain the properties under our care. The building in the picture is of a movie theater that was left vacant for several years allowing vandals to ransack the property causing severe damage. This is a current project that our team will be working on until completion some time in 2018. The scope of work will include complete removal of all theater related items along with a majority of the drywall and flooring. This property will basically be left as an empty shell to be built out at a later date.