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Why to Never Go Back into Your Burning East Mahoning County Home

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a home on fire with a closeup of the roof Once away from a burning building, it is imperative to stay outside.

Residential fires occur every day throughout the United States. One of the deadliest mistakes a homeowner can make is to go back into a burning home after belongings or even pets. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County wants to keep our residents safe. Here is what you shouldn’t do.

The National Fire Protection Association website states that once away from a burning building, it is imperative to stay outside.

Firefighters and 911 can assist in the retrieval of belonging, pets, and even children.

Fire 9 Prevention states, “Carbon monoxide is a major product of combustion. Carbon monoxide or CO combines with your red blood cells, reduces oxygen to your brain and attacks your central nervous system. Effects of CO poisoning include impaired judgment and deterioration of motor skills (especially your ability to walk.) So, your ability to make sound decisions may be diminished by the CO you inhaled exiting the building. Furthermore, your coordination may be so impaired you will not be able to perform whatever you plan to do back inside the fire.”

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home so it looks "Like it never even happened."

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

If you need cleaning or restoration services, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County @ (330) 536-7477.

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Damage at Your Youngstown Business Can Be Tricky!

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

A female SERVPRO team member shows a business ma information on her tablet. If your business does experience a disaster, it’s obvious who to call. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is Here to Help®.

A disaster creating damage won’t ever be easy. The physical damage as well as the emotional stress can be very troubling. Here at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County, we know that. That’s why we’re Here to Help® the community. We’re also here to explain how commercial damage can be trickier and give you some ways to position your Youngstown business in a way to be prepared for a disaster.

  • Why is Commercial Damage Trickier?

Every hour of operations lost is an hour of lost revenue. This can be detrimental to your business. This makes the sense of urgency and the stress go through the roof. This makes everything trickier. That’s why commercial damage should be left to professionals like us! We are faster to any size disaster, with experienced technicians to get your business up and running fast.

  • How Can Your Business Be Prepared for a Disaster?

There’s one major way that you can get your business prepared, and SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can provide this for you. Oh, and it’s FREE! It’s called an Emergency Ready Profile, or an ERP for short. It’s a no cost assessment of your business, giving SERVPRO a layout of your facilities, the contact info for everyone needed, and gives us critical information about how to service your business. For more information on ERP’s, click here.

If your business does experience a disaster, it’s obvious who to call. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is Here to Help®. Call us today with all your commercial needs at (330) 536-7477. You can also visit our Website to see all of our commercial services. We have the resources, training, and experience to handle any size disaster!

Tips to Make Sure Your Sump Pump is Ready for Spring at Your East Mahoning County Home

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

sump pump in cement basement floor Don't let spring showers flood your basement. Here are some helpful tips to be sure your sump pump is working properly!

We all know April showers bring May flowers. But April showers can also increase the amount of water coming into your basement from the winter runoff. Allow SERVPRO of East Mahoning County to give you some tips of how to maintain the sump pump this Spring to prevent unwanted plumbing.

Take the cover off.

Ensure to check the tank for any debris that can block it. Look for things like leaves, gravel, mud, or rocks.

Be sure to flush the system.

To be sure the pump is working properly, you can test it out by “flushing” it out with either a bucket of water or a hose. Be sure to listen to make sure it is not making any odd sounds. The sump pump should be running with ease. If you hear something array, contact your local plumber immediately.

Examine the float.

This is one of the largest reasons for overflow. When testing the sump pump, make sure the float travels easily on the float rod.

Check the discharge pipe.

Just like the tank… make sure the outside discharge pipe is not blocked by anything either. The pipe can become blocked with debris as well. You also want to check the direction of the water. Ensure it is traveling away from your foundation of your home.

Inspect the check valve.

Plumbers suggest at least a 3/16 relief hole between the pump and the check valve for good measure. Ensuring this is at the recommended 3/16 will maintain the life of the pump and prevent failure.

If your Youngstown home does experience water damage this spring… call the water damage experts at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County. Water damage is the cornerstone of our business, and we do it better than anyone else. Visit our website or our Facebook page for more tips of the trade.

How at Risk is Mahoning County for Tornadoes?

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows a field with a twister. There haven't been more than a handful of tornadoes in the area since the 1950’s, and none have been over an F3 on the Fujita Scale.

Thankfully, Mahoning County does not have a rich history of tornadoes. There haven't been more than a handful of tornadoes in the area since the 1950’s, and none have been over an F3 on the Fujita Scale used to rank tornado’s strength. This may be surprising…

I say this because Mahoning County is actually more at risk for a tornado than you’d think!

USA.com has developed an index to determine how at risk a place is for tornadoes, conveniently titled the “Tornado Index Value.” The United States average is 136.45, and the Ohio average is 156.02. Mahoning County comes in with a Tornado Index Value of 174.97, considerably higher than the U.S. average.

With that being said, here are a few ways to stay prepared for a tornado in Mahoning County:

  • Identify a safe place in your house, typically your basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of your home
  • Listen to local weather warnings
  • Avoid bridges and overpasses when driving during a tornado
  • For a full Tornado Safety Guide provided by the Red Cross, click here.

If there’s ever a tornado causing damage in our community, you know SERVPRO of East Mahoning County will be here to help! We’re a large loss team, meaning no storm is too big to handle. We’ve handled storm damage all over the country so there’s nothing we can’t handle!

Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County with all your storm damage concerns at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website to benign getting your storm damage cleaned up. Remember, we’re always here to help!

How to Be Safe Around the Campfire in Boardman

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Marshmallows are being roasted over a fire. If something does happen, and you experience some fire damage, what should you do? That’s simple, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County!

It’s about that time of year to get your backyard ready for some fun! The time for barbecues, days by the pool, and enjoying the sun is approaching fast. But with the new fun comes a new fire hazard, the campfire.

We all love a nice campfire on summer nights. It’s important however to stay safe while doing so. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here with some tips on staying safe around the campfire this year. Here are some tips provided by the NFPA:

  • Keep fires at least 25 feet away from structures
  • Avoid having fire on windy or dry days
  • Watch over children around campfires
  • Keep a hose, a bucket of water, and a shovel ready
  • NEVER use gasoline to start or enhance a fire
  • Practice “Stop, Drop, and Roll”

Keep these tips in mind when having a campfire! If something does happen, and you experience some fire damage, what should you do? That’s simple, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County!

We have highly trained fire restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster. Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website to see our full array of fire damage services. No matter the disaster, we’re here to help!

Is Your East Mahoning Home Ready for a Lightning Storm?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows a lightning bolt coming out of a cloud striking a house Homeowners can install a “surge protection device” that if any electrical power surges into the home--- it will be diverted into the ground.

Spring is here! We have waited for the break in weather so patiently, and now that the warmer temps are here---SERVPRO of East Mahoning County wants to give our residents some lightning safety tips.

Practice, Practice, Practice!

It is an essential, lifesaving tip to get indoors when a lightning storm occurs. It may sound like common sense, but when placed in a dangerous situation, many people make mistakes. Ensure you are indoors, avoid concreate floors, metal structures, and not using electronics or water.

Ways to Protect Your Home Structure

If your home is in a storm zone---consider installing a “lightning protection system.” These systems create a path for lightning to travel that skips your home and goes underground. These are super innovative since they not only protect your home, but everything inside as well. Insurance companies say these prevent 99% of damage that would have occurred otherwise.

Ways to Protect Your Electronics

There are ways to protect the inside, just like the outside. Just like the “lightning protection system talked about above; homeowners can install a “surge protection device” that if any electrical power surges into the home--- it will be diverted into the ground.  These systems are normally used in conjunction with full lightning protection systems.

If you need help after a lightning storm, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here to help. We are the area’s number one storm team.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Youngstown home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Visit our website or call us today at (330) 536-7477 and follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade.

Getting Your Mahoning County Business Involved in the Community This Spring

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a little world being held my hands. Showing your support in the community is crucial. We know Mahoning County is a tight knit community, and you give what you get.

Spring is right around the corner! The weather is getting nicer, the sun is shining more, and Ohio continues to see Covid-19 cases trend in the right direction. This bodes well for your Mahoning County Business, but it might have an even bigger impact on our community. Community events we saw cancelled last Spring and Summer should come back this time around. This is the perfect time for your local business to get involved with the community!

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is locally owned and operated, so we know what it means to be a part of the community. Aside from providing services for your community, what other easy can your business get involved? Here are a few:

  • Participate in Charitable Events
  • Be an Active Member of Your Local Chamber of Commerce
  • Sponsor Local Events
  • Participate in Parades
  • Support Local Service Members and School Districts

Showing your support in the community is crucial. We know Mahoning County is a tight knit community, and you give what you get.

You can’t be involved in the community if your business suffers from a disaster. That’s why SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here to help. If your business suffers a fire, has water damage, or takes damage from a storm, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can get your business to preloss condition fast!

Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website for all our Commercial Services. We are committed to helping our community, and you can be too!

COVID-19 Cases are Trending Down, What Does This Mean for Your Youngstown Business?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

A lady hangs an "Open" sign in her business's window. Even though cases are down, you should not ease up on your cleaning, social distancing, and mask wearing.

COVID-19 cases have been trending downward as of late. This is amazing news as we are all ready to get back to our normal lives. As a business owner in Youngstown, I’m sure you’re ready to welcome in as many customers as possible, keep your offices flowing freely, and getting back to the operations you remember. With the current trend of lowering cases, your business may see some changes soon.

Eased Up Restrictions

Mask wearing looks to be a thing that will stay around, but curfew in Ohio has been lifted, and occupancy may see an increase as well. This means you can stay open longer, and welcome more consumers into your business.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations have been a huge emphasis for Ohio since they were approved. As of late February, close to 13% of the population has gotten the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine. This will continue to bring cases down and bring more and more people into your facilities.

Easing Up Safety Precautions?

Even though cases are down, you should not ease up on your cleaning, social distancing, and mask wearing. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can help with this. Our industry leading Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program has been on the front lines of this pandemic from the start, we even cleaned the White House!

If you need to keep your facility cleaned, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website and let SERVPRO keep your facility safe for customers and employees alike!

What You Should and Shouldn’t Do With Mold in Your Poland Home

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a person cleaning mold off a wall with yellow gloves and a spray bottle Turn off HVAC Systems and Fans - You don’t want mold to spread through the air in your Poland home

Mold in your home can be very tricky, very dangerous, and very overwhelming. Good thing SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here with a list of Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to mold.

What You Should Do

  • Stay Out of Affected Areas - Mold can be hazardous to your health! It’s best to stay away
  • Turn off HVAC Systems and Fans - You don’t want mold to spread through the air in your Poland home
  • Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County - Mold should be left to the professionals to treat. Luckily, there’s an industry leader in your community who can help!

What You Shouldn’t Do

  • Don’t Touch the Mold
  • Do Not Attempt to Dry the Area
  • Don’t Blow Air on Moldy Surfaces
  • Don’t Spray Bleach or Disinfectants on Mold
  • Don’t Hesitate to Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County

Mold travels fast! It can spread throughout your Poland home in as little as 48 hours. That’s why you should call the mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County. We have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle whatever is thrown our way.

Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website to get your Poland house back to normal fast!

My Ceiling Has Water Damage in Poland, Now What?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a large portion of an indoor celing that has been affected by water damage. Try to locate the water leak (safely!) If the leak is below a bathroom or kitchen, it might be a plumbing leak

Water damage as a whole is no fun. But water damage on the ceiling might be the worst kind! It’s elevated and hard to reach, it’s dripping water, or even making your ceiling sag. Here are some tips on what to do if you see water damage on your ceiling in Poland:

  • Don’t turn on ceiling fans or lights in the room with damage
  • Remove loose items from the floor
  • Try to locate the water leak (safely!) If the leak is below a bathroom or kitchen, it might be a plumbing leak
  • Stay out of the room if the ceiling is sagging
  • Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County

All of these tips are great in dealing with water damage, but that last point is the most important. Water damage is tricky and should be left to the professionals. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has highly trained water restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster. Our water restoration process includes:

  1. Emergency Contact - The process starts when you call us
  2. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment - We determine the extent of the damage
  3. Water Removal/Water Extraction - We remove and extract the water from your home
  4. Drying and Dehumidification - We use specialized equipment to remove the remainder of the water from the home and air
  5. Cleaning and Sanitization - We clean all restorable items and structures damaged
  6. Restoration - Restoring your Poland home to preloss condition

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has the expertise, equipment, and training to get your Poland ceiling fixed fast! Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website and let our industry leading services go to work for you today!