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Warm to Cold, Cold to Warm - Geauga County Storms

2/7/2023 (Permalink)

Storm damage caused by ice and water can create havoc in our Geauga County communities. Storm damages can be overwhelming and pose a multitude of hazards to you and your property. If your Geauga County home or business has been impacted by a storm damage, time becomes money. By calling SERVPRO of Geauga County first, the faster the mitigation can begin, ultimately reducing interruptions and reducing recovery cost. Whether you are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large-scale event, SERVPRO of Geauga County will work quickly to address your situation and help isolate the damaged area.

Here are just a few services that we could provide:

Water Removal – Extraction and Source Removal.

Hazard Removal – Stabilization and or demolition of unsafe building materials.

Dehumidification – Equipment to control the temperature and humidity.

Content Inventory – Salvageable and non-salvageable inventory, documentation, cleaning, storing, and restoring.

Sanitization and Deodorization – Neutralization and or elimination.

SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a storm 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 and equipment to restore your property.

If your home or business, suffered from storm damage, please contact SERVPRO of Geauga County at 440-564-7266 or visit

What is a Lake Effect Snow?

11/16/2022 (Permalink)

snow storm Lake-effect snowfall is a fact of life in Geauga County

Lake effect snow is common across the Great Lakes region during the late fall and winter. Lake Effect snow occurs when cold air, often originating from Canada, moves across the open waters of the Great Lakes. As the cold air passes over the unfrozen and relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, warmth and moisture are transferred into the lowest portion of the atmosphere. The air rises, clouds form and grow into narrow band that produces 2 to 3 inches of snow per hour or more.

Unfortunately, lake-effect snowfall is a fact of life in Geauga County. Scientists expect extreme winter storms to become more frequent and more intense in the area over the next few decades as our climate changes.

SERVPRO of Geauga County has a storm team ready to respond when this lake effect snow hits.  Our teams have experience and knowledge when you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage. Immediate action is crucial to restore your belongings before further damage. SERVPRO of Geauga County is the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and professional equipment to handle the job. No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Geauga County, we can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

If you suffer storm damage, please contact SERVPRO of Geauga County at 440-564-7266 or visit

SERVPRO of Geauga Family supports first responders!

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

two men Owner, Michael Bowdren with Bainbridge Police Chief.

SERVPRO of Geauga County opened in October 2014 and is an independently owned and operated business.  The founder of the franchise, Michael Bowdren, has been in the restoration business for more than 18 years before opening his own franchise with SERVPRO. His employees value the family environment that Michael has created and that is why the franchise's greatest philosophy is that they treat their customers as they would their own family.  Michael also understands the importance of giving back and community support. In the past few weeks he visited local fire and police departments to show his support surrounding First Responders Week. He strives to always provide a helping hand to the businesses and organizations that make Geauga County home to so many people.

SERVPRO of Geauga County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Their goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." Michael and his team vow to provide an effortless service and treat your family or business with TLC.

If you need to schedule service for your home or business, please call today at 440-564-7266 or visit

Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

van Our team servicing a commercial building.

SERVPRO of Geauga County helps commercial customers with a wide variety of cleaning, construction and restoration projects.  From a minor mishap to major losses, we can help to restore your business.  Our Disaster Recovery Team is composed of elite technicians who have the training and resources to handle large-loss events for industries that have included hospitals, universities and government facilities.  Each large loss project is managed by one of our project managers whose goal is to ensure that your business experiences the smoothest restoration experience possible.  Additionally we can help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.

We also provide other services, including special event services, power generation, climate control and Certified Cleaning services.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us at 440-564-7266 or visit

Why does my basement flood during heavy rain?

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded basement This flooded basement was a result of clogged gutters.

Persistent rain causes soil saturation, creating  water pressure. This pressure forces moisture through your basement walls and floor. Loose soil around your foundation absorbs water. Your gutters and downspouts get clogged with rainwater that pools right next to your foundation.

There are some measures you can take today to help waterproof your basement and safeguard it against a catastrophic flooding episode.

  • Keep your rain gutters clean, and make sure they’re pointed away from the foundation of your home.
  • During the next heavy rain, check around your yard to see where water is pooling and being diverted to. If it’s going toward the foundation of your home, contact an expert to grade your yard so it’s able to properly handle the water it receives during storms.
  • If you have a basement window, make sure it’s protected with a window well cover.
  • A sump pump can be your basement’s savior. An automatic sump pump set to trigger on when it senses water in your basement space offers a layer of protection for your home, even when you’re not there. Homeowners in particularly flood-prone areas should have a backup sump pump, and check to see if flood insurance is available for purchase.

Be sure to call SERVPRO of Geauga County if the amount of water is more than a foot deep, many items have become wet, or mildew is beginning to take hold. Quickly removing the water and beginning the drying process is essential to lessen the possibility for mold to form, which can greatly increase the damage and cost involved.

If you suffer storm damage, please contact SERVPRO of Geauga County at 440-564-7266 or visit

Enjoying your hot tub?

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

rubber duck It is important to follow all safety precautions when owning a hot tub!

Whether it’s warm or cold outside, a hot tub can be relaxing and therapeutic at the end of a long day.

Although soaking in the tub might melt away your worries, you shouldn’t neglect the insurance implications and dangers of owning one while following all safety precautions.  

Should you have the unfortunate event of having your hot tub cause water damage to your home, we recommend calling SERVPRO of Geauga County to help you get your home repaired and restored as efficiently as possible.  The actions below are some things you can do while waiting for assistance:

  • Shut off the water source if possible
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Move any upholstery or valuables
  • Don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards!

It is important to note that hot tubs are generally covered by your homeowner’s insurance, but we do recommend contacting your insurance agent as some policies may not. If your insurance carrier agrees to cover your hot tub, there’ll likely be some changes to your liability coverage.

Regardless, we know decompressing is essential in today’s busy world, and a hot tub is a great way to do this, but please be sure to follow all the  guidelines surrounding your hot tub. 

Should you need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266 or visit


8/21/2022 (Permalink)

lightening We always recommend having a lightning safety plan!

Geauga County can always count on having unpredictable weather! 

Thunderstorms are dangerous weather systems that include lightning and can also produce power winds of more than 50 mph, create hail, and can cause flash flooding and tornadoes.

Lightning is one of the leading causes of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

You can protect yourself from severe thunderstorms even if you’re caught outdoors when lightning is close by. We always recommend having a lightning safety plan.

  • If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity.
  • Don’t forget the 30-30 rule. After seeing lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
  • If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly up to, and exceeding, 100 feet away.
  • Avoid concrete floors and walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
  • If a thunderstorm warning has been issued for your area or you hear thunder, go inside immediately.
  • Get out and away from bodies of water. If boating, fishing or swimming, get to land and find a sturdy, grounded shelter or vehicle immediately.
  • And don’t forget your pets!! Outside dog houses are not lightning-safe. Dogs that are chained to trees or wire runners can easily fall victim to lightning strikes.  Bring your pets inside the home or garage during thunderstorms.

REMEMBER - When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! - A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm.

If you suffer storm damage, please contact SERVPRO of Geauga County at 440-564-7266 or visit

Commercial Property Damage?

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

commercial property Water damage from a pipe break at this commercial property.

When your commercial property is suddenly hit with damage due to a storm, flood, fire or other disaster, it can be traumatizing. 

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Geauga County has large-loss specialists to tend to your commercial disaster and handle the restoration process as quickly as possible so that you can get back to business. In many cases, SERVPRO of Geauga County can clean up in a way that the damaged space can be safely isolated from the functional space so that normal operations can proceed around the cleanup. This minimizes the downtime you have for your facility.

Our Disaster Recovery Team is always ready to send a Project Manager over 24/7 as our team is on call to respond Faster to any size disaster.  We are proud to say that our top Project Manager has been with the company since its inception in 2014.  She manages both the Contents Restoration Division as well as the Water and Fire Mitigation Units.  She has certifications in IICRC. Fire and Smoke Restoration, Carpet Cleaning, Water Damage Restoration, Odor Control and Applied Microbial Remediation.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266 or visit

Did you know that SERVPRO of Geauga County is a family owned and operated business?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Geauga County opened its doors in October  of 2014. 

The founder of the franchise, Michael Bowdren, has been in the restoration business for more than 18 years before opening his own franchise with SERVPRO. He grew up in Geauga County and proudly raises his two daughters in the area as well.  His employees value the family environment that Michael has created and that is why our franchise's greatest philosophy is that we treat our customers as we would our own family. 

SERVPRO of Geauga County values the people and sense of community that exists in our community. They are active members of the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce and are looking forward to sponsoring the 65th annual Chagrin Valley Golf Outing next month.  They  always strive to show their support towards the businesses and organizations  that make this great place home to many.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

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Love Enjoying a Fire Pit?

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

chairs around a fire pit Be sure to follow important fire safety tips if you have a fire pit.

We are in the height of summer and in Geauga County fire pits have become a great way to enjoy the outdoors and relax with your friends and family.

They are also a relatively inexpensive way to enhance your outdoor space and come in a variety of types and range from elaborate to quite simple. If you are lucky enough to have a fire pit, we would like to share with the following tips our local Fire Department posted to keep in mind when it comes time to use your fire pit:

  • The fire pit or approved container must be at least 15 feet away from any structure or combustible surface that can catch fire. This minimal distance is per national, state and local fire code requirements for open burning in approved containers.
  • Avoid windy conditions that can blow hot embers onto combustible surfaces. It’s possible that conditions in Ohio could prompt burn bans depending on dry weather conditions.
  • Remove leaves and other combustible materials around the pit to ensure the fire doesn’t accidentally spread.
  • Always have a container of water nearby and a garden hose on standby before starting the fire.
  • Do not use lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire because of the risks of severe burn injuries. Instead, place a crumpled piece of paper or cardboard or a store-bought fire starter and cover with kindling. 
  • Keep children and pets a minimum of three feet from the open burn.
  • Extinguish a fire by spreading the ashes over a large surface area to cool. Then, pour water over them to make sure they are completely extinguished ashes can re-ignite.
  • If you have a fire that escapes your fire pit and moves into a nearby pile of kindling or a combustible surface, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Check your home insurance policy to ensure that you’re properly covered when using an approved outdoor fire container.
  • Permanent outdoor fireplaces can present zoning issues if there are existing deed restrictions and/or property set back requirements which restrict any type of structure constructed.
  • Keep in mind that outdoor fire containers can produce smoke pollutants, which can be a health hazard to you and your neighbors. They can also produce smoke scares during night- time hours, if the source of the smoke is not readily apparent. These calls are treated as potential fires, committing firefighters and equipment until the source of the smoke is identified.

For more information visit or call 440-564-7266.