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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!

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in East Mahoning County

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

A fire truck is driving down a city street. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO of East Mahoning County training and certifications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we will respond immediately to get you back to business.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Do You Have Commercial Fire Damage at Your Youngstown Business?

Call Us Today – (330) 393-9999

Why SERVPRO of East Mahoning County Works 24/7

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

A headset drawn from chalk sits around the numbers 24/7. Water from firefighting efforts is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property.

Flooding and water emergencies do not wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day, or night.

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With 11 local franchises, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water from firefighting efforts is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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."

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

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.