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Why You Should Have Your Carpets Cleaned Professionally

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

image of a carpet being cleaned Dirty carpets hold particles that will damage carpet over time, increasing wear and tear, making it almost impossible not to change the carpets soon.

Let’s be honest. When you walk into a hotel or business…a dirty carpet can really give you the heebie jeebies. In fact---the last time I stayed in a hotel I specifically kept my shoes on the whole time because I could feel the filth in the carpet. This leaves a complete distaste in a customer’s mind and will ensure you won’t have returning customers.

Dirty carpets hold particles that will damage carpet over time, increasing wear and tear, making it almost impossible not to change the carpets sooner than you thought. Commercial carpet cleaning on a regular basis can be the deciding factor, you make as a business owner, to keep your carpets for the long-haul.

The fibers in your carpet can also trap a variety of airborne pollutants, including chemicals, dust, and dirt. These germs can have your guests feeling allergy ridden. By keeping your carpets clean with professional services, you can rest assured that your indoor air is free of toxins. And your business smelling like a business should.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions also include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you will need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

If you’re thinking it’s time for some commercial carpet cleaning at your business SERVPRO of East Mahoning County will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment and over 40 years of experience---we could not be more qualified to care for your business. Call us today for a quote at 330.536.7477.

Prepare Your Home or Business for Cold Weather Now!

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

image of dropping thermostat temperatures and frozen water coming out of hose nossle Disconnect your garden hose---this prevents freezing of water in the pipes inside the house resulting in bursting of those pipes.

Oh, how those sweet memories from summer are starting to slip away. The chill of fall is already here. And us Ohioans know what is about to come. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has made a checklist of the most important items to take a good, long look at before the snow starts.

  • Clean gutters of debris so melted snow will drain properly and away from the home.
  • Cut down on heating costs by checking windows and doors for gaps. Weatherstrip or calk to seal them up or decide if they need replaced.
  • Hire a chimney sweep---especially if you use your fireplace.
  • Change your furnace filter---changing the filter is perhaps the quickest and easiest way to maximize the efficiency of your heating system and to help purify your home’s air.
  • Get an inspection done on your furnace and boiler---This reduces the chances that you’ll find out there is a critical issue with your system while already relying on it.
  • Check batteries in smoke detectors---US Fire Administration says heating is the cause of 27 percent of structure fires!
  • Disconnect your garden hose---this prevents freezing of water in the pipes inside the house resulting in bursting of those pipes.
  • Make sure your sub pump is working properly. When discharge lines become frozen or clogged, the system fails. Discharge lines should be clear and covered.
  • Check for missing shingles on the roof---the building might be in danger of flood the next time it rains.
  • Purchase salt before the first snow---so you are prepared early!

If your East Mahoning County business or home loses the battle with Winter, we are here to help! We have crews available 24/7, 365 to make any snow storm disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Does Mold Grow on the Bread in Your Kitchen?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a kitchen with a farmhouse sink. Plants sitting on a windowsill in front of it. Although mold is most easily discovered on bread or even the potatoes, the terrifying truth is that mold can grow anywhere in your kitchen.

Why Does Mold Grow on the Bread in Your Kitchen?

You went grocery shopping on Saturday and when you go to make a sandwich Tuesday morning you notice there is already mold growing on your bread. It can’t be so!

Few things are more frustrating than buying groceries only to have them turn moldy in just a few days. If you keep bread on your counter, you may wonder why mold often grows quickly on it. To understand bread mold, you must know a few things about general mold growth.

Mold Reproduces Through Spores

Unlike plants that usually need seeds to spread, mold reproduces through tiny microscopic spores. For spores to take hold, they often need both humidity and a food source. As such, mold is often common in area of your home that are frequently wet.

You may find mold in the following rooms:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces

Kitchen Mold May Be in a Few Places

Although mold is most easily discovered on bread or even the potatoes, the terrifying truth is that mold can grow anywhere in your kitchen. In fact, you may even notice mold in your refrigerator.

Refrigerator mold often occurs inside appliances for a few reasons. First, humidity levels can be high in refrigerators. Also, your refrigerator likely has ample food sources to support mold and fungus growth.

Removing Mold May Not Be Simple

If you stroll down the cleaning aisle in your grocery store, there are likely dozens of products that claim to kill mold. Unfortunately, these products often only mask the appearance of mold. A cleaning product may bleach mold without actually killing it. While you assume mold is gone from your kitchen, spores continue to move around your home on air currents.

Seeing bread mold may cause you to lose your appetite. Unfortunately, it could indicate a larger mold problem in your home. By understanding how mold reproduces, you can develop a strategy for stopping mold. Nonetheless, you may need professional assistance to help you control mold in your kitchen.

If you find mold in your kitchen, or anywhere in your home or business, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County. We are mold mitigation professionals and will eliminate the mold spores. If you need our help, give us a call today!

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Fire Drills: Not Just For Schools

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

image of school safety drills graphic Fire drills are an important part of working in a commercial building as they keep people safe in case of an emergency.

Most everyone remembers fire drills in elementary school. The teacher prepares the class, line up single file and walk quietly and quickly outside.

But think about the last time you had a fire drill in the workplace?

Fire drills are an important part of working in a commercial building as they keep people safe in case of an emergency. It is important to be prepared to help prevent any injuries or fatalities.

Below are some fire drill tips for the workplace:

  1. Prepare an evacuation plan

It is important to have a plan in place before you need one. It is important to be as detailed as possible to limit confusion. Outline the exit routes and make a clear outline of actions employees will need to take to get to the escape destination. Make sure to include phone numbers for commercial building restorations as well. 

  1. Train and Communicate with your Employees

Once you have completed the plan, it is important to effectively communicate and introduce it to your staff. Emphasize the importance of the fire drill and make sure everyone follows the plan. Prepare your employees in advance, then have them practice.

  1. Practice

By running the drills, everyone involved will feel safer in case of an actual fire. It will help to set some goals with your staff that you hope to achieve by running the drills. The goal should identify and measure how well the plan works. Make sure to assess the success and adapt your goals for next time to improve performance.

  1. Follow-Up

Once running a drill, be sure to follow-up on any corrections. Revisit the plan as needed and make adjustments.

Regular fire drills help ensure everyone’s safety in case of an actual fire. If there is an actual fire, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here to help! We are dedicated to helping our community and want everyone to stay as safe possible.

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Sleepiness is a Safety Hazard

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Man yawning at desk SERVPRO of East Mahoning County wants you to get enough sleep and stay stress-free!

Although we may not be able to agree on if it is called soda or pop, or fireflies or lightening bugs; I think one thing we can all relate to is being tired. If you are old enough to be able to read, there is a good chance you have felt tired at least one day in your life. Everyone has the same number of hours in a day, but the to-do list can seem never-ending.

Lack of sleep can lead to multiple consequences and sometimes be quite dangerous in the workplace.

  • Accidents can happen no matter what, whether you are at home, work, or in the car, with 12 hours of sleep or 4. However, there are many precautions and guidelines put in place to help prevent accidents from happening. If you are driving and feeling extra sleepy, pull over and take a quick 20-minute cat nap. Getting enough sleep at night is just one way to help prevent accidents.
  • Sleep deprivation can cause issues when it comes to memory. It is very normal to forget things occasionally, but if you are sleep deprived, your memory loss can become more frequent and start affecting your work. Being well-rested each day can help you do your best for your co-workers and customers.
  • If you are lacking sleep, it can be more difficult to concentrate and focus on a task. In addition, if you are a usual multi-tasker, it can be harder to juggle many ideas at once.
  • Lastly, a lack of sleep can lead to a weakened immune system. Especially if you are consistently not getting enough sleep each night. When your immune system is weakened, you are much more likely to get sick.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County wants you to stay as safe, well-rested, and healthy as possible. We urge you to be mindful and take care of yourself by resting your body and mind when you are tired.

In case of a fire, or water disaster, we are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are fire and water restoration experts with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle any size disaster.

Call us today if need help or want more information about our services! (330) 536 7477

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Your Burning Questions about Fire Damage Answered

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in Kitchen with SERVPRO logo and "Fire Damage?" Let the professionals at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County restore your fire damaged belongings!

After the flames and smoke clear, most people are left wondering, “What do I do now?” To help you overcome the despair and confusion of a fire, SERVPRO is here to answer some of your most common questions!

  1. Can I live in my home immediately after a fire?

If the damage to your home was not extensive, you should be able to live in your home. Smoke, soot, and water damage can all make a home uninhabitable.

You should always let the fire department survey the damage before re-entering your home. If your utilities are turned off by the fire department, do not attempt to turn them back on yourself.

If you do need temporary housing, friends and family may be able to provide that or The Salvation Army or The Red Cross Organization should be able to help you.

  1. Should I throw away all my food after a fire?

You should plan to throw away all the food remaining in your kitchen.

The fire department most likely turned off your electricity, so the food in your fridge and freezer is probably spoiled.

Be sure to inspect and thoroughly clean all your cutlery and cookware as smoke and firefighting chemicals can cause serious illness if ingested. Always error on the side of caution. 

  1. Can I save my furniture?

Furniture is an investment and it will probably be one of your first concerns after the fire is extinguished.

Even after fire, smoke, and water have damaged your furniture, it can most likely be salvaged.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here to help you get back to everyday life after a fire. Our professionals will come in and inspect the damage and develop a plan. We are fire and water restoration experts and are available 24/7.

Call us today if you have any more questions or need our help! (330) 536 7477

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Why Bother When it Comes to Water Damage?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and furniture in inches of water cartoon SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can restore your home and belongings after water damage!

When water damages your home, it may be quick and easy to think, “Ugh, I will just replace everything.” I do not want to bother trying to dry everything out and get rid of the musty, wet smell.

Believe it or not, water restoration through mitigation is cheaper than replacing.

When SERVPRO of East Mahoning County arrives on the scene, they will locate and access the source, type, and scope of the water damage.

Then, we will use our specialized equipment to dry out your property and belongings quickly and efficiently. We employ air movers and industrial dehumidifiers, while monitoring and documenting the entire drying process. Our technicians are highly trained and IICRC certified in water restoration and mitigation.

This process has been proven effective and helps you and your family or business get back to normal life as soon as possible.

Without the right team on your side, the water restoration process can cost you an arm and leg and be excruciatingly slow and painful. Rest assured, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here for you!

If you have any questions or need our help, call us today! (330) 536 7477

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Making a Water Damage Claim in New Middleton

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Family sitting in a boat in their house with water damage Water damage can be overwhelming and stressful, let SERVPRO of East Mahoning County come help you out!

Water damage can cause a hurricane of feelings from loss to confusion and worry. The last thing most people want to do is get on the phone and fight with their insurance company to make a claim.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here to help walk you though the process and keep you informed. Here are 3 basics to keep in mind and help get you through the process. 

  1. Understand What Is Covered: Unfortunately, after water damage has occurred, it is not possible to change your insurance plan. Choosing an insurance policy that will cover common types of damage is helpful. By knowing what your insurance policy will cover, you can be more prepared for a disaster, and you can quickly make a claim and spend less time worrying about the financial aspect of the damage.
  2. Documentation Is Key: After you have made the insurance claim, your insurance company will likely request documentation to know how to compensate you. Many insurance companies send an adjuster to photograph the damage. In most cases the more documentation you can provide to the insurance adjuster and your insurance policy, the better.
  3. Time Matters: After a claim has been made, the next priority is to fix and clean your home. However, spending time attempting to fix a broken pipe or trying to clean your home on your own can be both time-consuming and hazardous. When it comes to standing water, time is of the essence because it can lead to structural damage if left untouched for too long. Making the most of the time you have and calling in professionals is often the best way to ensure your home does not become more damaged.

Homeowners with damaged homes might find it helpful to contact water damage restoration experts. The professionals at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County are available 24/7 and highly trained in water restoration. We will work with you and your insurance company to get your life back to normal as soon as possible.

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Is Your Basement Best Friends with Water and Humidity?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water seeping in through cracks in basement flooring This water damage was caused by cracks where the wall meets the floor.

Picture the basement in your home…

Is it humid in the summer months?

Are there small puddles or damp spots after a rainfall?

Do the walls ever have visible condensation?

Is there a damp, musty smell that makes it unpleasant to spend time in your basement?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it may indicate that your basement has a moisture problem.

Although the problem may seem small and inconsequential now, moisture can leave long term damage if it is not mitigated effectively. Mold loves to grow in dark, damp spaces and can cause health concerns if it is in fact growing in your basement. 

There is a chance I just delivered some unfortunate news to you, so I am going to present some solutions to you next!

First, it is a great idea to invest in a dehumidifier to dry out the air in your basement. Especially if you smell the musty, unpleasant odor, the dehumidifier will help eliminate this problem.

Inspect the floors and walls of your basement. Are there cracks where the wall meets the floor? This could be where the water is seeping in. 

If you are continually seeing water and damp spots in your basement, it is probably a good idea to call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County.

When our team arrives, we will perform an inspection to determine the cause of the water and the best way to mitigate the problem. Our professionals will employ the use of powerful dehumidifiers and air movers to eliminate the moisture as quickly as possible. 

Do you need help with a water or moisture problem? Call us today! (330) 536 7477

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Lordstown Motors Unveils The Endurance: First Electric Pickup Truck

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO owners Jimmy, Andy, and Katie Dobson with Lordstown CEO Steve Burns Pictured from left to right is SERVPRO owner, Jimmy Dobson, Lordstown Motors CEO, Steve Burns, and SERVPRO owners, Andy and Katie Dobson

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Lordstown Motors unveiled The Endurance Pickup truck at the Lordstown assembly plant to a crowd of around 300 people.  It is the first fully electric pickup truck projected to hit the market in early 2021.

The event featured speeches by the Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouilette, and Vice President Mike Pence. Vice President Mike Pence began his speech by stating, “It really is an honor to be here. To be able to drive up and unveil what will soon be the first fully electric pickup truck on the market in the United States of America. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Lordstown Endurance.”

When Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns spoke at the event, he alluded to the importance of this kind of innovation for the Midwest and the Mahoning Valley. According to WKBN, Burns stated, “I think people expect this kind innovation to come from the coast. There’s nothing wrong with California, but the Midwest is where cars are made. The Midwest happens to be where the most pickup trucks are sold, and so we thought, why should California have all the fun?” The plant will need to hire a few hundred workers to keep the production timeline up to speed.

Live coverage by the media was available on YouTube, and WKBN 27’s website.

Our marketing department was honored to be able to attend the live event and watch the unveiling first-hand. In an interview with WKBN, SERVPRO Trumbull County owner, Jimmy Dobson stated, “To look at this truck, how it’s put together and the look of it is amazing, how it will perform for us and the efficiencies we’ll get out of it, we’re absolutely excited about it.” Vice President Mike Pence was in the passenger seat, as it was driven on stage.

SERVPRO intends to support the local company and purchase the Endurance truck when it is available in early 2021. We can not wait to see what is next for the Mahoning Valley.