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Working from Home Tips & Best Practices

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

image of female working from home with their laptop open on a table For many people working from home may be brand new, posing a major adjustment to be made to stay efficient and productive while not in the office

With the coronavirus affecting so much, the way we go about our day-to-day lives has been changed drastically. Companies have unfortunately had to lay workers off, limit their operations greatly, completely let go of workers, and even shut down completely. This is certainly ‘unfamiliar territory’ for almost everyone and people are forced to make several adjustments. One major thing most people are having to go through and may be struggling to acclimate to, is working from home during this quarantine.

For many people working from home may be brand new, posing a major adjustment to be made to stay efficient and productive while not in the office. On the other hand, even if you have done it before it likely was not for this long of a duration…making it still an unfamiliar experience. Below are some tips and best practices to make this transition as easy as possible:

  1. Get Dressed

You may not need to dress as formally as you usually do for work, but this simple process can serve as a point of change where it is now time to wake up and be productive. Waking up and taking care of your appearance helps a lot in production and overall feeling of yourself.

  1. Designate a Workspace/Office

This is especially important for people that are used to waking up each morning and going into their office. You want to create that same physical separation from work and home life. Your workspace doesn’t even have to be its own separate room, it can be a corner of a room, a certain desk, or even a certain chair within your home.

  1. Maintain Defined Work Hours

Similarly, to keeping a defined workspace each day, you should maintain a set of hours that will work for you as close as possible to your normal 'at work' hours. If you live with other people, this is even more crucial, establishing boundaries on when you will be ‘free’ like you normally are while home.

  1. Communication

While working from home and away from your normal department, it is very common to have questions that your normally wouldn’t have or can usually get an answer quickly in person. During this time at home it is key to make sure to over-communicate and reach out whenever necessary.

How to Discourage Birds from Nesting on Your Commercial Property

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

image of 3 baby birds visibly chirping in a nest Bird removal is not always easy, and many removal methods are illegal

Morning sun, green grass, and birds chirping are all signs of spring. As the seasons change, birds migrate, and when they do, they need a safe place to nest. The drawback is that the nests are not always wanted by the buildings’ inhabitants. 

A mud nest can not only be an eyesore, but also cause damage to the structure of the building. Bird removal is not always easy, and many removal methods are illegal. The best bird cleaning strategies are preventative. 

  1. Mock Predators

It may be illegal to physically remove birds from your building, but you can still take preventative measures to scare them off. Visual deterrents that resemble natural predators can be an effective method to discourage birds from taking up residence on your commercial building. For an even more effective method, move the deterrent to different locations so the birds do not become comfortable with it. 

  1. Physical Barriers 

A net that covers the awnings where birds prefer to nest can prove to be quite troublesome for them. If a spot is too difficult to reach, birds will often give up and find a new and easier place to reach. Nets are typically inexpensive and easy to install. 

  1. Covered Landing Zone 

If the net is not enough, you may have to make the place birds like to land and assemble their homes inhospitable. A sloping apparatus can make it nearly impossible for birds to get their footing. Without steady footing, they are unable to build their nest and your building remains bird free. 

You may not be able to control exactly where and when birds nest, but you can take preventative measures to ensure it is not on your commercial building. If you find yourself needing restorative measures after birds have nested on your building, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County at (330) 536-7477,

When Severe Weather Strikes, We’re Here for you 24/7

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

stock image of lightning with SERVPRO logo and slogan When severe weather strikes, our SERVPRO® team is ready to assist and available 24/7 for all of your storm & water damage needs.

As we head into storm season, our SERVPRO® professionals work around the clock to respond to any size disaster at any time. We are storm and water damage specialists, and our goal is to promptly get your property back to pre-storm condition.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you have any sort of water damage, immediate action is key. Water can quickly spread and saturate floors, walls, upholstery, and your personal belongings. An immediate response will also help to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Our team uses advanced, state-of-the-art inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. We also closely monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is put back to normal, Like it never even happened.®

If a severe storm hits the Youngstown area, rest assured that SERVPRO® of East Mahoning County can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call at 330-536-7477 or click here to visit us online.

The Top 10 List of Water Disaster Tips – Letterman Style

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

a stacked image of the words 'Top 10' SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is a 24/7 emergency restoration company with a proven track record as the industry leader.

There are lots of culprits when water disasters strike – broken pipes, backed-up sewer and drain, broken sprinkler or most commonly, a natural disaster. When any of this occurs, having a strategic disaster plan in place, a partnership with a trusted restoration company and familiarity with your flood insurance policy, is critical to a quick recovery.

Taking the time to review these tips will help ensure the quickest response possible, to get your property back to looking “Like it never even happened.”

Here it is “Letterman Style”, the Top 10 list:

Ten - Align yourself with local fire and police, insurance, utility company, and a restoration company and alert them immediately.

Nine - Know where your water shutoffs are located for quick access. This will help minimize loss, lower risk, and protect your assets.

Eight - Be on the lookout for water seeping through light fixtures or electrical boxes. Water and electricity don’t mix.

Seven - If water is present in the area of electrical boxes or circuit breaker boxes, be sure to shut down the electricity.

Six - Identify if you are dealing with contaminated water or not in order to initiate the best remediation plan.

Five - Can you positively identify any lead or asbestos? If so, schedule abatement and be aware of the health concerns.

Four - Protect your valuables from the affected areas. This may mean moving electronics, computers, furniture, and any important files or documents.

Three - Have plastic available for use in covering items noted above. Also, be ready to quickly dispose of contaminated items.

Two - Create a barrier around the perimeter of the contaminated area so bacteria are not transported to non-affected areas.

And the number one tip for dealing with water disasters –

Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County as your restoration partner to help restore your property to good working order.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is a 24/7 emergency restoration company with a proven track record as the industry leader. We can be reached at 330-536-7477 for all your cleaning and restoration needs.

SERVPRO Delivers Comfort to Fire Stricken Homeowners in Poland, OH

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

image of heavy flames with the SERVPRO rooftop logo embedded in the flames At SERVPRO of East Mahoning County, our first-responders have seen this scenario quite often and understand and empathize with the homeowner

If you have ever experienced the anxiety, devastation, and uncertainty of being in a house fire, you know there are few things more fearful. The smoke, soot and flames attack all areas of the property and likely render it unlivable. The homeowners are left to manage a range of emotions that can only be described as overwhelming.

As firefighters arrive and douse the structure and its contents with water, more damage occurs, and the chance of restoring the property become increasingly difficult. More than likely, the family is forced to come to grips with the idea that their home is at best temporarily unlivable. The thoughts now turn to where will we go.  Hotels? Stay with friends or family? What is the next move?

At SERVPRO of East Mahoning County, our first-responders have seen this scenario quite often and understand and empathize with the homeowner’s feelings of grief and uncertainty.

As firefighters deliver the news that the home will be boarded up, our SERVPRO team is prepared to try and soften the blow and deliver some sense of comfort to the family.

To make things just a little better, SERVPRO has prepared a ‘ready to use’ overnight bags for victims of house fires. They contain necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets, snacks and a soft teddy bear should a child need a friend to cuddle with. Band-Aids, burn cream, face wipes, shampoo, soap and hand-sanitizer are also provided to give those affected an opportunity to heal, relax and unwind.

The sales personnel at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County carry these bags in their vehicles in preparation for an emergency call. We pride ourselves on being on the scene as a first-responder and look to assist, provide comfort, and if necessary, begin the restoration process.

For more information, visit our website and learn about our fire restoration service.

Working with Adjusters & Agents of Canfield, OH

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO worker engaging in discussion with commercial property owner We use cutting edge technology, highly trained and experienced professionals who obtain the latest IICRC certifications.

When any type of disaster takes place, whether it be in a home or commercial property there are three moving parts that work together to fully restore the damage. The property owner first discovers the damage and calls their insurance agent, the agent will then call SERVPRO® of East Mahoning County to come out and get ready to start the restoration process. Before that can happen, the agent and the restoration company will meet with the adjuster. The adjuster will assess the damage and make the final decision on the total ‘scope’ of work that is necessary to be done by SERVPRO® and eventually paid for by the insurance claim.

We understand insurance agents have a responsibility to keep claims costs a low as possible while still being sure adequate service is provided to fully restore any damage that took place. Here at SERVPRO® of East Mahoning County we strive to do these key things in making this process go as smooth as possible:

Restoring the property is our priority. We respond at any time and to any call letting the property owner feel as at ease as possible in this time.  We then make sure any loss is pretested to ensure it indeed can be restored and not need to be replaced. If possible, it always less expensive to restore rather than replace items.

We then create an itemized loss list; clearly stating what inventory is lost, what needs replaced, and what can be restored. This list will be in Excel format with detailed reports and pictures.

We then begin the restoration process using cutting edge technology, highly trained and experienced professionals who obtain the latest IICRC certifications in fire and water restoration. We see this process all the way through making sure the needs of the property owner, insurance agent, and adjuster are met fully.

To learn more about SERVPRO® of East Mahoning and how we go about this process, click here.

Water in your Basement? Speed Dial SERVPRO®

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

male SERVPRO worker extracting water from a flooded basement Our SERVPRO® team was quick to respond to this flooded basement and is shown here extracting the water.

When it rains, it pours. According to statistics published by the American Society of Home Inspectors, roughly 60% of the houses in the United States have moisture problems. With the spring season being just around the corner, homeowners should be prepared for heavy rainfall and take preventative measures against possible basement water issues.

So, what can you do? Here is a list of several things that can minimize the risk of having a wet basement:

  • Ensure your gutters clear of leaves and other debris
  • Check your downspouts (it’s recommended to extend them at least 10 feet from your home)
  • Landscape slope – the land around your home should be sloping away from it
  • Seal your basement
  • Check for signs of foundation damage
  • Install a sump pump (also consider buying a backup battery-powered pump in case the power goes out)

Should you experience a water damage situation in your home, immediate action is critical as mold can quickly and easily spread. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. Our highly trained SERVPRO® team has the experience, expertise, and advanced equipment needed to remove the water, dry your basement properly, and perform mold remediation, if necessary.

We are also available 24/7! Give us a call at 330-393-9999 for all of your water cleanup, damage repair, and restoration needs, and remember that we are Faster to any size disaster.

Commercial Emergency Ready-Plan

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

image of 'Ready-Plan App' open and running on a smartphone The SERVPRO® Ready Plan App is accessible 24/7 with help on your building at all times.

Imagine this scenario in your head; you are the first person to your office at 7:30 am in the morning and upon taking a few steps you notice water soaking your shoes every step you take towards your office. However, you came in early today and no one else will be coming in until 9 am. Most people would scramble frantically around their office building trying to find the main water shut off valve, the main gas turn off, attempt to get anything valuable lifted from the floor, while being not exactly sure who to call for immediate help.  

In these situations every minute is extremely valuable and that window of time from when you noticed the water at 7:30 am from when others will be in at 9 am, can make a huge difference in how much content your company loses from water damage and even save you thousands of dollars. With SERVPRO® of East Mahoning County you won’t have to worry about your first actions upon noticing any sort of disaster in your commercial building.

Our ‘Emergency Ready-Plans’ are a GREAT tool to have on file for any employee deemed necessary. This ‘ready-plan’ provides your employees with a digital file of everything they may need to know/do in situations like these. We provide information on where main shut off valves are located, elevator and alarm system information, and points of contact for utilities and select vendors. The plan will provide building specifications like square footage, it will provide key contacts to get in touch with as soon as possible, and even first steps to take when you notice any size disaster.

These ‘ready-plans’ come completely FREE to you and anyone in your building you’d like to share it with. We will send an ‘ERP’ specialist out to walk your building with you and upon finish, you will install our ‘SERVPRO® Ready Plan’ app to your phone, where you can access this 24/7!

Don’t wait until it is too late, be proactive and take the necessary precautions to save time and money. To get started on your ‘Emergency Ready-Plan” call us at (330)-536-7477 today!

SERVPRO Branding Portrays Reliable Service Across Mahoning County

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

Image of SERVPRO fire and water logo SERVPRO has technicians, equipment and technology that can handle anything pertaining to cleaning. ‘Clean’ is our business!

By now, you have noticed the distinct and recognizable SERVPRO bright, green vehicles traveling throughout Mahoning County and surrounding areas. At times, they resemble worker bees as they travel from residence to residence across neighborhoods and to commercial properties where bigger issues may arise.

When storms produced catastrophic flooding in the Mahoning Valley last spring, route 224 became a thoroughfare for the ‘green’ fleet as many properties suffered excessive water damage. They truly were everywhere!

As an industry leader in cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO provides services beyond disaster recovery. SERVPRO has technicians, equipment and technology that can handle anything pertaining to cleaning. ‘Clean’ is our business! 

The next time you see one of those green SERVPRO vehicles, look a bit closer. Pay attention to the condition and the cleanliness of the vehicle. If you have the opportunity, watch as our SERVPRO technicians and estimators exit their vehicle. Our company uniform of khaki pants and black SERVPRO shirts makes us recognizable and speaks to the consistency we strive for.

Our commitment to the valley goes beyond our branding and our recognizable vehicles. Our home base on Youngstown-Warren Rd. in Warren, is a building the city was going to demolish.  

Instead, we’ve spent the last few years renovating the property and employing over 150 local people. Running our business in the place we live is very important to us. Keeping it here is our commitment!

The point of it all, is that none of this is by coincidence or accident. The very idea is that our success would be the result of purposeful, planned and enforced actions. We believe that perception is reality in some cases! We realize the importance of instilling confidence in our customers that their choice to call us was the right one.

In the middle of a crisis, who would want help showing up to their home in filthy vehicles, tattered clothing with inadequate equipment? The mitigation company you’re calling is there to clean and restore your home. They should not appear to need to be cleaned and repaired themselves!

Clean, new vehicles, uniformed employees and state of the art equipment is exactly what you’ll receive when you call SERVPRO. We couple this with professional, timely and thorough service. We truly will make it “Like it never even happened.”

To learn more visit our SERVPRO of East Mahoning County website today!

Professional Pre-Cleaning & Disinfecting in Struthers, OH

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

microscopic image of common virus The stigma around certain viruses can greatly hinder the prevention and treatment of the virus itself

Common virus symptoms can be a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In severe cases it can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, and even kidney failure. Viruses are believed to be transmitted by person-to-person interaction. More specifically, respiratory droplets leaving an infected person’s body when they sneeze or cough. Often-times between people within 6 feet of each other. 

Viruses often-times cause anxiety, fear, and a lot of confusion. These things can often lead to stereotypes and stigmas. Stigmas can have a ‘snowball effect’ and be very difficult to reverse. The harmful stigma around this disease is causing:

  • People to hide the illness to avoid discrimination
  • Prevent people from receiving healthcare as soon as possible
  • Discouraging them from practicing the healthy behaviors health experts call for

Everyone from governments, media, key influencers, to companies play an integral role in the prevention and abolishment of this stigma. Everyone is encouraged to be thoughtful and objective when communicating on social, digital, and print media.

Below are some ways/actions we all can take in stigmas caused by viruses:

  • Spread only the facts – stigmas are only increased when information on how the virus is transmitted and prevented is false
  • Share stories – stories and images of local people that have had viruses and recovered from it will go a long way in limiting the fear around this disease.
  • Objective reporting – the reporting done by national and local media should be completely objective, only reiterating information based upon evidence. This will reduce the stigmatization greatly.

For more about what you can do to prevent the transmission of any virus stay in touch with our Facebook page.