Necessary Maintenance Tasks: Part 1
There is a lot to home maintenance that is sometimes forgotten in the shuffle of the day-to-day list of things that have to be done.…Read More
Water Damage and Your Health
If water damage is not treated correctly or in a timely manner, it will eventually destroy the integrity and structure of the building, and worse,…Read More
The Best Ways to Prevent Basement Flooding
If you have experienced water damage in your basement, you know how stressful it is. You know how much damage can happen to your cherished…Read More
Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home
The winter months can be one of the best times of year for mold to grow. Often mold is contained near water sources where it…Read More
Water Saving Tips: Ways to save water in the home in Lima, Ohio
Saving money is extremely important to everyone, especially during seasons when heating or cooling bills are higher. Most people are aware of a large amount…Read More
Water Heaters: Inspections and When to Replace
Unfortunately, the first time you are aware of a problem with your water heater, it is when you have a giant puddle in your basement…Read More
5 Most Common Causes of Electrical Fires
The weather is cooler, the heaters are on. The holiday season is here and the lights are going up. According to the U.S. Fire Administration,…Read More
The Most Common Places for Mold Growth in Your Home
Discovering mold your home can be a jarring experience. It’s easy to go through a wide range of emotions from disgust to being fearful that…Read More
Mold: What is it and why is it so bad?
Mold is silent, ugly, and can be detrimental to your health if found in your home and left untreated. Often times, without even realizing, you…Read More
7 precautionary measures to prevent a home fire
According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s report on residential fires, in 2014, the national average of home fires was 379,500 which resulted in 2,765 deaths,…Read More
What to do after water damage is discovered
Discovering your home has suffered from water damage from flooding, a busted pipe, roof leak or a sump pump backup is not fun, extremely inconvenient…Read More
Steps to Water Loss Restoration
Experiencing any amount of water damage, whether it be a busted pipe or flooded basement, is an overwhelming experience and it’s tough to know where…Read More
Swartz Contracting Restoring Hope in Louisiana
We have partnered with Impact With Hope as an official drop off location to collect supplies for the victims of the devastating floods in Louisiana.…Read More
The Escalation of Water Damage (Lima, Ohio)
No matter how big or small, any amount of water left unattended to is going to cause problems. Whether it’s a leaky appliance or rainwater…Read More
7 Major Causes for Property Water Damage
Water damage to a property happens. Some damage can be avoided, while others can’t. Here are the top 7 causes for property damage: (more…)Read More
How to Secure a Property After a Fire
While a property owner's nightmare begins at the sign of fire, it’s after the fire is out that the real work begins. It’s a fire…Read More
3 Levels of Water Categories
Typically, the first step in any water restoration processes is to identify the contamination level of the water. This level of water contamination is broken…Read More
Appliances That Can Cause the Most Water Damage
One of the major causes of water damage to a home is a result of malfunctioning appliances. The damage appliances can bring to a household…Read More
Preventive Maintenance in Your Bathroom
Preventive maintenance from water damage in your bathroom should be made a priority. Not only will taking preventative maintenance steps make your life easier, but…Read More
You have planned for over a year and it’s finally vacation time! Just because your bags are packed doesn’t mean the work is done; there’s…Read More
Ceiling Stains and Water Damage
Ceiling stains as a result of water damage are not only unsightly, but it can be hazardous to your health, home value, and your wallet.…Read More
Water Damage Timing is Essential
Water damage is a large problem for many household owners. Not only can water damage begin as soon as the water is present, but if…Read More
Spring Cleaning Checklist
The birds are chirping and the fresh smell of spring is in the air. While that means warmer weather and more time spent outside, it…Read More
Why you should hire a professional
Maybe you are the type of person who loves to save money by doing things yourself. Or maybe you are the person who did something…Read More
What do Fire Restoration Services Include?
Few events can be as devastating to a family or business owner than a fire. This experience can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and…Read More
3 reasons continuing education is important for insurance agents
Is continuing education on your to-do list? If you’re an insurance agent, it should be. As an Ohio insurance agent, by law you are required…Read More
How to better understand your insurance policy
Emotional trauma almost always accompanies a disaster or emergency causing both disruption and damage to you and your family’s lives. We want to provide the…Read More
How to select a restoration contractor
Having restoration work performed on your property is a very stressful situation. The restorer should be able to answer any questions you have about the…Read More
How to keep your carpets clean this winter
How is it that snow can look so pretty from your window, but when you come in from a day in the snow, your carpets…Read More
What to do when your pipes freeze and how to prevent it
Oh no! Your pipes froze! You’re probably aware that when this happens, the damages can be disastrous. Even having one pipe burst can cost you…Read More
How to Prevent Water Damage from Snow and Ice
Tis the season of picture perfect glistening white snow and frigid temperatures. Sure, snow is beautiful and with it comes the best time of the…Read More
How to prevent a house fire during the holidays
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s time to put the Christmas tree up, hang the lights, get the decorations out, and start…Read More
The Why and How of Winterizing Your Home
Winter will be here before we know it, and you know what that means: cranking up the thermostat, longer nights, and wet weather are ahead.…Read More
Do you know how to properly dispose of leaves?
It’s that time of year again: cool, crisp air, pumpkins everywhere, and those dreaded autumn leaves all over your lawn. You know you want them…Read More
How Small Leaks can turn into Big Problems
A small leak in the bathroom or some drippy plumbing under the sink. It doesn’t seem like a big deal at the moment, or even…Read More
How to Execute the Proper Fire Escape Plan
Here’s a startling fact: Each year in this country, there are more than 300,000 home fires that result in nearly 3,000 deaths and $6.8 million…Read More
Hidden Dangers of Laminate Flooring and Water Damage
Laminate flooring is great for those who don’t want to spend the extra money on hardwood, but still want the same look. There are a…Read More
How to Protect your Documents from a Fire
Most people tend to put the thought of natural disasters out of their minds, because they tend to think “it will never happen to me.”…Read More
Flood Insurance: Do You Need it?
Do you have flood insurance? Most of you reading this will probably answer no, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it. Did you know…Read More
The Most Common Reasons for Water in your Basement
Water damage in the basement is one of the most annoying problems that homeowners face, especially those with finished basements. There are some common causes…Read More
6 Different Ways to Avoid Kitchen Fires
If you own a home or are renting somewhere, you most likely have a kitchen. Kitchen fires are a common occurrence and the room where…Read More
Give your Home a Little TLC this Summer
Just because you just finished your Spring Cleaning doesn’t mean the work is done around the house. Summer is a great time to getaway from…Read More
Do You Have the Right Fire Safety Equipment?
I don’t think anyone is really ever prepared for a fire. I mean afterall, we as humans think we are exempt from any natural disaster…Read More
Fire Hazards: What They Mean for your Home
No one ever expects their home to catch fire, but fire hazards exist all through our homes. The most important thing to remember is most…Read More
Are You Prepared for Water Damage?
Flooding is the nation’s number one national disaster. Most people are not prepared for flash floods or storms that may bring more rain than your…Read More
The Key Questions to Ask Your Insurance Agent about Home Owners Insurance
Buying a new home and not sure what questions you should ask in regards to home owners insurance? Home owners insurance is a very valuable,…Read More
The Drying Process for Water Damage
Busted pipes, leaky roofs, toilet failure… there are all kinds of ways your home can suffer water damage. Whether it’s lack of attention or a…Read More
How to Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher
With so many different types of fire extinguishers out there, it can be difficult to choose the one that is right for you. Whether it’s…Read More
What to do When Your Sump Pump Fails
If you have a basement then you know all about sump pumps. If you’ve never had one fail and flood your basement, then you’ve probably…Read More
How to Delight Your Insured When they have an Emergency
How can I please them when they’re in the middle of an emergency? As an insurance agent, and a fine one we might add, you…Read More
7 Bathroom Water Damage Facts
Is Your Bathroom at Risk? It’s probably no surprise that your home’s bathroom is the most susceptible room in the house for water damage. With…Read More
5 Signs of a Trustworthy Contractor
No one expects disaster to strike. And no one expects a contractor to burn them in an already terrible situation. You hire a contractor to…Read More
Why You Need a Professional When You Have Water Damage
Causes of Water Damage Water damage can happen any time of year because the culprits are vast. Many people think of just flooding after a…Read More
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
We’re already into the freezing temperatures and the winter season. We may not be able to prevent damage that comes from natural disasters, but frozen…Read More
Every Home Needs an Emergency Supply Kit
It’s the time of the year for severe weather, and it always pays to be prepared. Every home should have a first aid kit, tools,…Read More
Don’t Let Water Stall a Property Sale
When you’re trying to sell property, the last thing you need is water damage. If it’s not handled right, you won’t be able to sell.…Read More
Be Sure That First Aid Kit is Properly Stocked
An earlier post listed the recommended contents for an Emergency Supply Kit that included a first aid kit. We received questions asking what should be…Read More
Insurance Companies Doing Well, But From Investments, Not Underwriting
According to a report by ISO’s Property Claim Services (PCS), private U.S. property/casualty insurers’ net income after taxes rose to $34.7 billion in 2010 from…Read More
Do Your Policyholders Have the Right Coverage?
As we work with people as they recover from wind storms, tornados, floods and other natural disasters, we continue to be struck by how little…Read More
Does Your Restoration Contractor Measure Up?
We trust people that we have never met before, just because they have an MD or Dr. attached to their name. We will let someone…Read More
Blake Bartels Named Swartz Contracting Director of Business Development
Blake Bartels has joined Swartz Contracting as our new Director of Business Development. Bartels brings us more than 14 years of marketing and sales experience.…Read More
Do Your Claims Bite?
There’s an old saying that “dog bites man” isn’t news, but “man bites dog is.” That’s true, but how about when dog bites man to the…Read More
Disasters and Their Terms
In order to understand what you hear on your radio, tv, or computer concerning weather alerts, you may find these terms and their definitions helpful!…Read More
What Makes Us Different?
There are a lot of restoration contractors out there that you can refer or use, and while we all may seem to offer the same…Read More
Ohio Spared Worst of Storms, But May Not Escape Insurance Rate Hikes
The Dayton Daily News reports that while Ohio has not been hit as hard as other states during the recent outbreaks of catastrophic storms, state…Read More
Your Company’s Online Presence
First impressions are everything, but if don’t ever give someone the opportunity to meet you, then they will never have any impression of you or…Read More
Ohio Insurance Agents with Back Taxes Risk Losing Their Licenses
Ohio’s recently passed a licensing law requires insurance agents to renew their licenses every two years. It also allows the state to refuse to renew…Read More
A Pleased Customer
We would like to tell you a short story about one of our customers. Last year, we had the privilege of working for a lady…Read More
Life is full of surprises
Life throws us some curve balls sometimes, but if we take the time to do a little homework, we may find ourselves being able hit…Read More
We Flood, Too. Badly, In Fact.
Whenever there’s a weather event, one of the first questions we’re asked is, “How much work can you handle?” People are concerned that when everyone is…Read More
as High as $400 Million
According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, preliminary estimates of insurance companies losses from the May 20-26 storms range from $322 to $400 million, making this…Read More
Disasters putting people back to work
After a few extreme months of storms and flooding, there may be at least one positive thing coming to light. Starting as soon as different…Read More
Swartz Gives Back
Whenever you are given much, much is required. Here at Swartz Contracting we feel that we have been given amazing customers, insurance agents, insurance adjusters, and a…Read More
Your bed is your place to relax and call “home” every night. The last thing you want in your bed is some not so friendly…Read More
Federal Disaster Aid Available for Ohio Storm and Flood Damage
FEMA has announced the federal disaster aid is now available to aid Ohio’s recovery from the storms and flooding from April 4 to May 15.…Read More
50 Miles in Every Direction
Ever wonder how far Swartz Contracting will travel to serve a customer? In general, we will travel 50 miles in every direction from Lima, Ohio.…Read More
More Solar in Ohio
As of this date, Ohio has about 12 megawatts of solar power, but that number will increase before to long. The largest solar panel array…Read More
Most common disasters
Disasters happen all over the world, but there are certain disasters that are more frequent then others. The world’s number one disaster is floods. Floods…Read More
Agents/Adjusters Need CE Course Hours?
Swartz Contracting is proud to announce that we will be having a CE Course for insurance agents, adjusters, and other professionals who may need these…Read More
We worked for a wonderful couple named the Shivley’s. Mold had become an issue in their bathroom, and we were called to remediate the mold…Read More
Technology and the Insurance Industry
It’s been said to work smarter not harder, and that is exactly what insurance companies are doing these days. Insurance companies including State Farm, Fireman’s…Read More
Please watch a short video from one of our vendors.Read More
We Aim to Please
Two of the foundational principles we operate on here at Swartz Contracting is customer service and satisfaction. Please feel free to read the testimonial written…Read More
A little about us
Swartz Contracting is one of Northwest Ohio’s leading restoration and remodeling companies. Located at 2622 Baty Rd. in Lima, OH, Swartz Contracting specializes in Fire, Wind,…Read More
Here are some the steps we take at a normal water loss.Read More
No matter how big or small, when a fire occurs in a residential or commercial property, it is a serious situation. Since 1987 and thousands of…Read More
When high winds, ice storms, lightning, hail, and tornados arrive, the damage to your property can be significant. Swartz Contracting provides emergency roof tarping and…Read More
A Letter From our President
Dear Customer, I started Swartz Contracting in 1987 and never did I imagine the number of satisfied customers that we would service over the years.…Read More
Plumbers needed in Antarctica?
You read right. Plumbers are needed in Antarctica. According to the Cambridge News, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for plumbers to support the…Read More
Vandalism & Vehicle Impact Services
At Swartz Contracting we understand that Vandalism damage is a scary and unfortunate circumstance. Whether its drywall, windows, siding, painting or any other damage that needs to…Read More
Some Insurance Companies We Have Worked With
At Swartz we work with all insurance companies to bring their policy holders the best possible service after a disaster. Below is a list of…Read More
We also do remodeling
Remodeling Swartz Contracting is a family owned business servicing the northwest Ohio area since 1987. We pride ourselves in quality, craftmanship, and customer service. Whether…Read More
When you have a flood, pipe break, an unexpected roof leak, or a sewer/sump pump backup, water damage can be your worst enemy. With hundreds…Read More
Ohio First State to Get New Policy Insuring Against Loss of Property Value
Home Value Insurance Co. has chosen Ohio for the launch of a new policy that protects homeowners from falling property values. The company says that…Read More
Be Ready for Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
Even though we’ve just begun the autumn season, now is the best time to start your preparations to be sure you’re properly “winterized” and ready…Read More
Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test Set for November 9
The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, Wednesday, November 9. The National Weather Service and state and…Read More
Earthquakes in Ohio?
In Ohio, the main disasters that the average person thinks about are floods,tornadoes, and extreme t-storms. Earthquakes are one thing that most Ohioans never think…Read More
History of Disasters in Ohio
When deciding what insurance to buy for your home, consider looking into the history of the weather in the area you live. For those of…Read More
“National Preparedness Month”
Just a few months ago, Governor Kasich made September “National Preparedness Month.” Being prepared is up to every family, business, and local government. September was…Read More
Educating the Customer
Educating customers about the needs they may face should be a key goal of all insurance companies. When it comes to insurance, sometimes potential customers…Read More
Winter Safety Week
In hand with OCWSA, Governor John R. Kasich designated this week, November 13-19, 2011 as “Ohio’s Winter Safety Awareness Week”. After an uncommon snowstorm hit…Read More
Supporting Charities & Community
Many of us try to think of ways to give back or offer a little here or there when we are able, especially around the…Read More
Culprits of Winter Home Disasters & How to Prevent Them
Frozen Pipes Frozen pipes cause large amounts of damage in homes across the United States each year. When the temperature outside dips below 20 degrees…Read More
Why is it important for your contractor to be certified? What does it mean?
Swartz Contracting is Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified (IICRC) which includes water damage and fire restoration. All management, estimators, project managers, and technicians…Read More
Supporting Charities and the Community
Many of us try to think of ways to give back or offer a little here or there when we are able, especially around the…Read More
Winter Home Maintenance Tips
Yes, it’s cold outside, but your home needs attention in the winter just like it would during the spring and summer months. Now that the…Read More
Winter is Here, but Let’s Think Spring!
Winter weather is just now hitting us, but we can’t help but think about spring and the warmer weather it brings! You may think we…Read More
Thinking about Remodeling?
Sooner or later every homeowner will find the need to make major home improvements or a complete remodel. With spring just around the corner, now…Read More
Got Water Damage?
Busted pipes, overflowing toilets, roof leaks, sewer back-ups, and flooded basements are always unexpected. Water damage requires a certified expert with the knowledge, equipment, and…Read More
Water Damage + Time = MOLD! …Swartz Contracting is the Solution!
What is mold and where does it come from? Mold grows where enough water is present for it to reproduce. So if your home or…Read More
Your Water Restoration Specialists!
Water damage is frustrating and is something that must be taken care of immediately. Time is of the essence to avoid further damage or mold. …Read More
Swartz Contracting’s March Madness Hoopla Contest!
Do you love basketball and the excitement that March Madness brings? Then you will have fun taking shots at our Hoopla Contest! A few games…Read More
Disaster Preparedness: Are You Ready?
Disaster can strike at any time, so keeping your home and family prepared as much as possible could mean the difference between life and death…Read More
Unfortunately, it’s that time of year again when many areas around the country are hit with unforgiving tornadoes. Though they are most common in and…Read More
Thunderstorms & Lightning
We’ve seen them a lot lately… rain, thunder, and lightning. Sometimes these storms can get pretty intense and cause damage to your home. Every thunderstorm…Read More
What is Odorox?
Looking for an effective solution to conquer those tough odors? From home and commercial properties to hotels, Odorox is the advanced solution to not only…Read More
Is Home Where Your Allergies are?
Do you wake up saying, “A-choo!” with a tissue in hand? Allergies can really put a damper on your day. Most common triggers are pollen…Read More
10 Ways to Prevent Water Damage
Water damage is usually a costly surprise, but here are some tips so you know what to look for before a simple problem turns into…Read More
Weathering Summer Storms
Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are capable of causing complete destruction or at the very least ruin your day. Many times these storms are spotted by…Read More
Droughts Affect More Than Just Crops
I think this recent rain was an answer to many prayers due to the Midwest drought. Crops, lawns, and trees have really paid the price…Read More
Looking Up For Damage
In our last blog post, we talked about drought periods affecting the ground around your home and possible causing harm to your home’s foundation. This…Read More
Summer Storm Damage
No one ever plans to have storm damage. Storms often come with little notice and we’re never real sure of their strength until they hit.…Read More
Storm Damage: Who are you gonna call?
We’ve seen our fair share of wind damage this summer, and luckily we live in Ohio and weren’t affected by hurricane Isaac and its massive…Read More
Fall is Here! Time to Prepare for Winter!
Tips for Winterizing Your Home: Fall is here! Are you ready for the cold weather and the upcoming winter weather? Here are some tips to…Read More
Fall Clean-up: Grab a Rake!
Fallen leaves of autumn can create a big task in your yard and garden (and gutters!). To avoid having a yard covered in wet leaves…Read More
Holiday Home Fire Safety and Prevention Tips from Swartz Contracting
Tis the season for lights strung everywhere, holiday cooking, candlelight, and lots of time spent indoors. This can bring along with it many great memories,…Read More
The Winter Woes of Basement Floods
In Ohio we never know if we will have rain or snow and it can change from day to day. Long periods of precipitation can…Read More
Taking Care of Your Home or Business’s Disaster Project From Start to Finish
That’s right! We handle any disaster project from the time it happens through completion. That means we clean-up, work with your insurance for you, and…Read More
Show Your Home Some Love In February!
Ah, February… American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day. Be sure to keep the love for your home alive with these maintenance tips to keep it…Read More
Pride and Ownership holds no punches. Chief Rick Lasky takes a hard look at the fire service and finds it short on the only element…Read More
Swartz Contracting’s March Madness Hoopla Contest
Hey basketball fans, are you ready for March Madness? Swartz Contracting will have the March Madness Hoopla contest beginning the week of March 18th on…Read More
Flood, Fire, or Storms — We’ll Be There!
Swartz Contracting has over 25 years experience helping home and business owners cope with disasters that disrupt life. Should disaster strike your property, Swartz Contracting…Read More
Residential Coverage Area
Based in Lima, OH, Swartz Contracting provides emergency services to a large coverage area, a 12-county area in northwest, west central and north central Ohio.…Read More
Spring Weather is Finally Here! Let’s Prepare for Summer!
The warmer spring weather is upon us, and before the temps get too dreadfully hot (we’re not complaining because it’s better than snow, right?) now…Read More
Be Prepared for Storm Damage!
Swartz Contracting & Emergency Services Storm damage can happen to anyone. Be prepared with our Summer Storm Preparedness Checklist! Trim trees and shrubs around…Read More
Swartz Contracting & Emergency Services: We Have a New Logo!
We have a new logo! Our new logo better reflects who we are: A full-service emergency contractor! Swartz Contracting and Emergency Services is available 24…Read More
Call on Us For Wind & Storm Damage!
We’ve had a few storms in our area recently causing damage to local homes and businesses. When your property is affected by a storm, who…Read More
5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Storm
Storm preparation can help you in so many ways. Check your insurance. Make sure you have the coverage you need if your property is damaged.…Read More
I Have Water Damage! Now What Do I Do?
You’ve had a long day at work and can’t wait to kick back and relax at home sweet home. You pull into the garage, open…Read More
Fire prevention tips for home
Investing time and effort into fire prevention is a huge asset to ensure your family never has to endure this devastating and frightening experience. According…Read More
Insurance Agents: Register Today for a CE Class Near You!
WHAT: Continuing education training classes for insurance agents will include: *To Pay or Not To Pay: Residential Roofs Ohio Course #39479 *Visual Roofing Maintenance As…Read More
How to create your fire escape plan
Do you and your family have a fire escape plan? If not, it’s more than something you should consider, it’s an absolute must to make…Read More
Workplace fire prevention and survival tips
Workplace fire prevention is an absolute must for any business. A fire in the workplace can be devastating, resulting in the loss of life, injuries,…Read More
Time to winterize your home
Let’s consider for a moment what can happen if you don’t winterize your home: You lose money, your home is colder than it should be…Read More
Prevent holiday cooking fires by staying alert
Did you know Ohio is No. 4 in the U.S. for grease and cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving Day? Or that cooking fires are the No.…Read More
Three holiday fire safety tips to stay safe this season
Did you know that one in every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems? Or that December is the peak time for…Read More
Great gift ideas for home repair
Anyone who has had to buy a gift for a handyman, or woman, knows it can be difficult. First of all, they’ve already got a…Read More
An easy guide to building an emergency supply kit
You simply cannot predict when a disaster will strike. But you can always be prepared for one. No matter what time of year it…Read More
Updated Hurricane Forecast Predicts an Active Season
Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project has updated its extended hurricane forecasts, and while the April forecast looks better than December’s it still looks like…Read More