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Pack Out Services- Columbus, Ohio

Pack Out and Put Back of Contents If a home or business suffers water, fire, smoke, or mold damage, our “Clean Team” is ready to go. Our trained professionals will pack and move your contents and personal belongings from your home or business both to protect them from further damage.  All items will be professionally cleaned, dried and stored while reconstruction takes place. Our Clean Team provides complete pack out services. We carefully remove the contents from the damaged area to be restored, packed and delivered to an off-site facility. Our pack out process involves, a very careful, meticulous documentation system to ensure the best possible care. Items that we can successfully restore include but are not limited to: Artwork Books Photographs Clothing Documents Electronics Furniture Rugs Office Equipment Retail Inventory Taxidermy What you receive: Priority Arrival Emergency pack outs are our first priority Scheduled walk through times We treat you as our client, not a number Inventory We utilize the most current inventory systems available Live, real-time tracking Multiple reports for all types of contents needed Pack Outs We use specialized equipment & trade specific materials Our crews understand and execute packing skills to maximize protection The efficiency of our crews help to build customer satisfaction Our processes and procedures are rigorously maintained to help provide you with the highest value we can Transporting to our Facilities Our fleet trucks are clean and specialized for the job that they do every day We employ strict guidelines on our transportation methods Your contents are carefully wrapped an packed for transports Your contents are never mixed at any point with...

Why You Should Winterize Your Home if it is Vacant- Columbus, Ohio

    Why You Should Winterize Your Home if it is Vacant. Following fires or in the absence of normal heating, it is critical to protect your property from further damage due to freezing temperatures and to provide protection against freeze damage by draining water lines and tanks, introducing anti-freeze into plumbing traps, and other measures required by a particular damage site. If you have decided to shut down the building’s heating system, some steps to protect the building from freeze damage are simple.   Close the main building water supply valve.Check that the valve really closed fully during the process of draining the piping. Be careful: some valves that are seldom used or which are old may not close off completely. If a water pump and pressure tank are installed,turn off electrical power to the water pump. (Draining the pump and water tank are discussed below.). Drain the building water supply piping; because most homes other than some vacation cottages are not built with piping intended to be periodically drained, there may be long horizontal pipe runs that will not easily drain out all of their water by gravity, or even some supply pipes that slope “backwards”. Use air to remove water:Some plumbers try blowing air through the piping to force out water, or they may install multiple points at which piping can be drained. Below we address some steps to check for frozen, burst piping when turning the water supply back on. Cut pipes to remove water:Other plumbers will simply cut open any water supply pipe that may not be draining properly, figuring that it’s a much...

Fall Plumbing Tips- Columbus, Ohio

Now that Fall has arrived, those colder temperatures provide home and business owners alike with a gentle nudge, reminding them that it’s time to start getting their homes ready for winter. A lack of preparation can mean big trouble come winter, so consider these Fall Plumbing Tips and take these easy steps to get your home ready now and avoid expensive problems when the mercury drops. Be sure to uncouple any outdoor hoses. Leaving hoses hooked up can lead to trouble; if water remains in the hoses, when it freezes it will expand and can damage pipes on the inside of your home. Turn off any outdoor faucets completely. If there are any leaks, have them repaired promptly, before the weather gets any colder. It’s important to remember that when your pipes freeze, they can crack, regardless of what type material they are made of.  However, it only takes a small crack to cause serious damage to your home. Turn off any shut-off valves that connect to exterior faucets and be sure to drain those exterior lines completely. Wrap exterior faucets with an insulation kit. You can find these kits at home improvement stores. Protect pipes that are located in cold places like your crawl space or garage. Wrap the pipes with heat tape or thermal cables to prevent freezing. Reinforce the insulation around your windows and doors with sealer to prevent cold air leaking through. To reduce wear and tear on your water heater, drain and rinse it out to remove gunky buildup. This will improve its efficiency and save you money. It’s an easy process, but you...

15 Spots You Might Be Forgetting to Clean

15 Spots You Might Be Forgetting to Clean Cleaning can be a hassle, we all know that? While you might consider yourself a clean freak, hidden dirt and dust can easily build up in unexpected places in your home. It’s easy to neglect certain spots that collect filth and attract germs, like your coffeemaker, trash cans, and baseboards. Make sure you cover every inch of your home and never let a dirty spot go missed again, with these 15 places you’re probably forgetting to clean. Washing machine: Have your clothes lost that fresh scent after running through the wash? It’s time to clean your washing machine. While every machine is different, you can clean your washing machine in just one cycle. Try pouring a mix of white vinegar with baking soda into your washer, and run the cycle on hot. You can also keep your washing machine extra clean by leaving the lid or door open between uses. Curtains: Don’t skip your curtains when giving your house a deep clean. While most curtains are made of machine-washable and dryable materials, some curtains and drapes require special cleaning instructions. Dust, dirt, pollen, mold and more can easily build up on your curtains. Start at the top and work your way down by using a vacuum or damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt. Door frames: Even though high-up spots in your home are out of sight, dust collects in those hard-to-reach places, like door frames. Use a feather duster or soft cloth to wipe the top, sides and entire surface of door frames to remove unwanted dust or dirt....

5 Ways to Beat Property Manager Burnout

5 Ways to Beat Property Manager Burnout There are unavoidable elements of the role that can erode the heart, mind, and soul when dealing with unreasonable owners, difficult tenants, challenging and unexpected circumstances and even bosses who don’t care (I’m very thankful that I haven’t run into many of them here yet, in the Columbus market! Unfortunately, burnout is a serious problem in property management today. However, there are factors we can control that can make a difference, ensuring we enjoy our work and thrive in the role. Before we look at the five ways to beat burnout, you must ask yourself, are you passionate about property management? If you don’t love what you do, burnout is certain! If you suffer regularly from ‘Mondayitis’ or property management is something you do simply ‘between weekends’ or parties, you need to consider first if you’re even in the right role. If not, you need to find a career that will be fulfilling to you. Be honest with yourself! Five ways to help you beat burnout: 1. Get great at being organized. Let’s face it if you’re crap at the time and task management, stress is a certainty. The more organized, efficient and in control you are, the less stress and burnout you will have. Keep your desk organized, have all the tools you need in the car for when you’re on the road, learn to loathe double-handling and making mistakes, and become focused on how you can make every task more effective, efficient, faster and more accurate. 2. Know everything there is to know. Confidence and self-esteem comes when you have a...

Claim Adjuster Burnout

Claims adjusters are subject to high work loads and the stress that goes with them. But how do you mitigate the stress in order to be not just a productive but a healthy human being? Michael Moss, a human resources consultant with American International Talent Acquisition Inc., gives the following advice. Do you know this guy (or gal)? He is a claims adjuster working for the Crayfish Group. He is a really dedicated worker. Every morning, the pile of claim files seems higher than it did yesterday morning. He never goes on vacation, because the number of files on desk seems to double when he returns. He’s been fighting a lot with his wife. He never spends time with his kids. He is putting on weight … and drinking a little too much. Every two years he finds another adjuster job for a little more money and the hope of a lighter case load. He isn’t sure about his future. His company is monitoring him, and he knows he is being scrutinized. He hates Monday mornings and can’t wait until Friday. He is under the gun, working late hours, and he is starting to feel that his life is spinning out of control. He got into this business to help people, but as time goes on he is exposed to fraud, difficult customer interactions, strict legal requirements and attorneys who talk down to him. He is so done … he is fried! You don’t need to go to medical school to be able to diagnose “claims adjuster burnout” in this guy. So what exactly do we mean by “burnout”?...

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