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How to Be Ready for a Disaster in Lowellville

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

A clipboard with a paper that says 'Disaster Prepare List' The reason to prepare can be summed up in this simple statement, “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

It is so important to be prepared for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The reason to prepare can be summed up in this simple statement, “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

What Can You Do to Prepare?

There are many things you can do to prepare for a disaster. It all begins with communication and action. Follow these next 4 steps from Ready.gov  to help you prepare for a disaster:

  • Make a Plan
  • Build a Kit
  • Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness
  • Teach Youth About Preparedness

Make a Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster.

Build a Kit

Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs of each person or pet.

Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Start today by signing up for alerts and safe-guarding important documents.

Teach Youth About Preparedness

Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated.

For more information on how SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can help you after a disaster, call us at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

What to Do Before a Flood Hits in Coitsville Township

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency kit supplies such as first aid kit, food and candles. Being prepared can save your life and give you peace of mind.

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Preparing Before a Flood can save time and money.

How to Prepare for a Flood

“Sometimes floods develop slowly, and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will happen days or weeks before it occurs. Oftentimes flash floods can occur within minutes and sometimes without any sign of rain. Being prepared can save your life and give you peace of mind.”

  1. Create a Communications Plan
  2. Have an Emergency Kit
  3. Prepare Your Home and Family
  4. Charge Electronics
  5. Escape Plan

For more information on how SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can help you after a storm, call us at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Which Company Can Sanitize My Boardman Commercial Business?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Person in PPE cleaning a commercial building. SERVPRO follows a disinfection process to rid your business of any germs that may be lurking around.

Since the beginning of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over the world in which we live. There is much fear of sickness and disease. Businesses, world-wide, are learning how to operate in a safe, COVID free, environment. With this understanding, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County stepped up to the plate. With many businesses not knowing where to turn, SERVPRO of East Mahoning is Here to Help.

How Can SERVPRO Keep My Business Free of COVID-19?

SERVPRO follows a disinfection process to rid your business of any germs that may be lurking around.

Step 1: Pre-clean all surfaces.

Step 2: We use a hospital grade, EPA registered disinfectant.

Step 3: We make sure the surface is evenly coated and has enough dwell time to take effect.

Check out this 1 Minute Video to hear from one of our owners, Andrew Dobson.

If your home or business needs sanitation or disinfection, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Can My Belongings Be Restored After a Fire in My Youngstown Home?

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke coming out of residential home window. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure.

When you have a fire in your Youngstown home, smoke and soot can affect and damage the walls, ceiling, carpets, and more. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can undoubtedly restore those. But what about the important belongings in your home? Your furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other priceless items? SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has you covered!

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home. The care and attention to detail that are included with our service guarantee that your contents will be as good as new. This is a big part of our Fire Damage Restoration Process.

We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Our team is trained to properly clean and restore all your belongings following a fire. Our Work speaks for itself!

If you suffer from a fire, call the fire damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County today! We are faster to any size disaster and ready to help our community.

You can reach us at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website to begin getting your Youngstown home, and belongings, to preloss condition today! We make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

One Important Tip When Selling Your Home

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

A home and key sits in someone's hand. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is the expert when it comes to mold and can help buyers and sellers alike if there is mold that needs remediated.

Have you heard? It is currently a seller’s market. Getting prepared to sell your home is a lot of work. With so much to do…SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is Here to Help with one, simple important tip.

Many of us find the home of our dreams before we even sell our own. This is a pretty common problem. Therefore, sometimes we are left to leave the current home vacant as we move into the new.

It is easy to forget about the old home when you are not there. However, big problems can arise by not taking precautions before leaving a home vacant. You may even be tempted to start saving money right away by turning off the utilities, including your heating and cooling systems. I mean, why would you ever cool or heat an empty home?

Without the regulation of air---your home can suffer property damage. Flooring, baseboard, kitchen cupboards can all be damaged due to high heat drawing moisture out of the wood that can cause cracking, warping, cupping, and potential gaps.

Also, not leaving the air on when you leave, creates a dark and damp environment, making the perfect storm for mold spores to grow.

HGTV reports, “A closed house with the air-conditioning turned off will have higher humidity levels than an air-conditioned home. A vacant house also receives little or no sunlight through closed shades and no air movement with the fan off and the doors locked.”

All you must do is make sure you have air circulation. By leaving the air or heat on, this removes unwanted moisture from the air and filters the air too, making the home smell overall better.

The Environmental Protection Agency suggests that self-cleaning should be considered if the area to be treated is less than 10 square feet. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is the expert when it comes to mold and can help buyers and sellers alike if there is mold that needs remediated.

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  2. Mold Containment
  3. Air Filtration
  4. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  5. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  6. Restoration

If you need assistance with mold or have questions---our SERVPRO professionals are available right now. Call us today at (330)393-9999.

What Do I Do After a Fire in My Youngstown Home?

7/31/2021 (Permalink)

A firefighter stands with a fire extinguisher in a home. We have around the clock response; we are Here to Help!

Fires in your Youngstown home can be devastating, with physical and emotional damage present. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here for the community in times of need. So, what should you do after a fire hits your home? First, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County. We have around the clock response; we are Here to Help! After that, what should you do?

Safety First

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do

Before SERVPRO of East Mahoning County begins restoring your Youngstown home, follow these tips:

  • Change your HVAC filters.
  • Limit movement around the home to prevent soot particles from embedding into carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

For a full list on “Do’s” check out these Fire Damage Tips.

What Not To Do

There are some things you should certainly avoid doing. Here is what you should not be doing:

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholster without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Follow these tips when your Youngstown home suffers from a fire. Do not forget to call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County right away. We are faster to any size disaster! Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website to begin getting your home to pre-fire condition fast!

Ew, Sewage. Who Should I Call in East Mahoning County?

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

A toilet. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination. Allow SERVPRO of East Mahoning County explain.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses.
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated.

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes.
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow?

Call Us Today – (330) 536-7477

How to Locate Leaky Pipes in Your Youngstown Home

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

A man is tightening pipes under a sink. Do not hesitate to get the water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County on your side!

Though a small leak in your plumbing may not cause abrupt water damage, the slow and constant stream of water can wreak havoc on Youngstown homes. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County does not want this to happen in your home. That is why we are here to give you some tactics on locating a plumbing leak.

Monitor Your Water Bill

Even a subtle increase on your water bill may indicate a leak. The bigger the increase on your bill, the larger the likelihood you have a leak.

Check Connections to Appliances

Connections are the most common area for leaks in your pipes. Check where pipes connect to toilets, sinks, washing machines, and more! These are the most at-risk areas. If you suspect you have a leak, these are some good places to check.

Physical Signs

If you see your walls or ceilings have some physical changes, you might have a leak! If there is a stain or discoloration, there could be water damage behind the surface. Other physical changes include bubbling, peeling, or warping of surfaces. All are signs of water damage and possible leaks.

Odor

Moisture, and water damage, has a distinct odor. Using your sense of smell can locate leaks in your home that are hidden. Do not ignore these smells! Use your best judgment when you smell moisture in your Youngstown home.

When you do locate the leak, you should call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County to restore the damage. Water damage can be harmful to your home and the secondary damage such as mold can be worse. Do not hesitate to get the water damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County on your side!

Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website to get your Youngstown home to preloss condition fast!

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County’s Water Damage Process

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

A couch in the living room is under water. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Water or Flood Damage?
Call Today – (330) 536-7477

What Can High Winds Do to Mahoning County Homes?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a yellowish/orangeish sign that says Caution High Winds Gather those loose items mentioned above and store them inside.

High winds are all too common this time of year. Thunderstorms producing high winds can be extremely dangerous and destructive to Mahoning County. Let us look at what these wind gusts can do and some ways you can stay safe!

Damage Caused

High winds can very easily knock down trees and power lines. This can make road travel extremely dangerous. It is also important to note that mobile homes are more at risk. Only 80 mph winds can upend a mobile home. Other loose items such as outside furniture, trampolines, and pool supplies can blow away or cause damage on their own.

Before The Storm

If you know a storm capable of producing high winds is on its way to Mahoning County, you can prepare! Provided by the National Weather Service, here are some things you can do before the storm arrives. Gather those loose items mentioned above and store them inside. Trim your trees and bushes so branches will not snap and consider covering your windows. You can also reinforce your garage door and make sure fencing and roofing is in good condition.

The Aftermath

If you follow those tips, you should minimize the damage a storm does to your home. However, there are some things you cannot prevent. If you experience storm damage, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is Here to Help! With highly trained restoration technicians and state-of-the-art equipment, we can make any disaster look “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our website to see our full array of storm damage restoration services. Stay safe out there and remember, we are always Here to Help!