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Tips on Fire Prevention in Mahoning County

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

woman holding her head with both hands and observing the damage as a result of a fire to her home Don’t let a preventable emergency become your next headache!

There are several types of fires that could occur in your home, and surprisingly, even more ways to prevent them from happening. Don’t let a preventable emergency become your next headache!

Here are some tips to preventing home fires:

Your home’s electrical connections could become potential fire hazards. In order to prevent a residential fire, periodically check the outlets in your home.

For best practices, inspect each connected item for proper functioning, as broken or warped electronics can pose fire hazards. This includes those iPhone chargers with frayed ends!

Additionally, be sure to maintain an appropriate number of connections to each electrical outlet or extension cord. Over-extending electrical outlets and cords are a main cause of residential fires.

Most homes also contain hidden fire hazards that you have probably never given a second thought. These threats may include heating pads, dryers, and even light fixtures.

To prevent unsuspecting fire hazards from causing a fire in your home, regularly review potentially hazardous items. Always clean the lint traps in the dryer, and avoid overheating by abstaining from falling asleep with heating pads. It is also important to unplug all cords when they are not in use.

We've all heard that preparation prevents poor performance. When it comes to fire prevention in your home this simple cliché holds true. Although you never really know when an emergency may occur, you can always be prepared!

Disaster can strike at any time and even if you aren’t prepared, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is available day and night! Whether your home or business incurs damage from fire , water or storm, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here to help!

Call us today! (330) 536-7477

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Gutter Cleaning in Youngstown, OH

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

House gutter packed with leaves Clogged gutters are certainly an annoyance, but it left unattended, they can become harmful to the home’s foundation.

Fall is finally upon us! The air is crisp, the leaves begin to change, football season is in full swing and the kids are back in school!

With the beautiful fall foliage comes falling leaves and as a result, piles of leaves all over the ground. Not only do leaves cover our lawns and driveways, but they also accumulate and clog gutters. Clogged gutters are certainly an annoyance, but it left unattended, they can become harmful to the home’s foundation.

Gutters are designed to prevent water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. When it rains, the gutters help remove the water from your rooftop by funneling it to a drain system. If clogged, the system fails and backups, creating a strong chance the water will leak into your home. 

Have you ever cleaned your gutters before? Here are some helpful tips to make the process much easier for you!

  • Wear long sleeves and gloves. You never know how wet and dirty the leaves actually are up there!
  • Use a sturdy ladder. You would be surprised how many people are hurt from falling from ladders while cleaning their gutters! It might be smart to find a ladder with a standoff stabilizer (also called ladder horns). Certain ladders can damage and bend gutters. Using ladder horns lowers the risk for damage.
  • Scoop it up! Don't feel like using your hands? Pick up a child's sandbox shovel from the dollar store and start scooping!
  • Make clean-up easier by using a plastic tarp. Raking and throwing away leaves is already a time-consuming task, so don’t make your life harder by dumping all the gutter debris on the ground.  Take the leaves and debris from your gutter and throw it on a plastic tarp. When you're done gather it up and throw it in a large trash bag.
  • Rinse, Rinse, Rinse! You might think you're done after you remove the leaves from your gutter but you actually aren't! Take a garden hose and rinse out the gutters and downspouts to get rid of any excess dirt and debris. This is also a good time to make sure you don’t have any leaks.

If you don’t want to take the time to clean your gutters yourself, or maybe you just don’t feel too secure on a ladder, don’t risk your life! Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County and we will clean out your gutters and clean up the mess! Call us today! (330) 536-7477

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Classifications of Water and What it Means

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Drain pipe that has sprung a leak It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is here to help and make it "Like it never even happened.

Water damage would be much simpler if we could think of all water causing damage as the same. But unfortunately, there are three different classifications of water: clean, gray and black. Understanding the differences in these types of water will help you understand how to better handle the situation.

What Is Clean Water?

Much like its name states, “clean” water is not the type to pose an immediate threat to your health as this water is free of contaminants. This type of water is usually found in:

Broken water lines

Malfunctioning appliances

Toilet holding tanks

Snow melt and rainwater

This is the easiest type of water damage to clean up, as there will not be as many microbes living in the water. Clean water is considered ‘Level 1’ when classifying types of water. Keep in mind, if the water is sitting for 48 hours or more and meets the surfaces of a building, it can move up to a level 2. 

What Is Gray Water?

With “gray” water, damage cleanup and restoration become more serious and involved. It may pose a health risk because it usually contains chemical or biological contamination.

Gray water can often come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. Again, the 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, because if it is not quickly treated, gray water will turn into black water.

What Is Black Water?

Black water is the third classification of damaging water and the most serious of the three classifications. It is highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter, such as floodwaters containing soil and all sewage waters.

Sewage is full of contaminating microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, which can be harmful to humans. Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

Cholera

Typhoid

Hepatitis

Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

Remember, when it comes to floods, assume that all water is black water since it will pick up contaminants as it travels along its path.

All three of these classifications are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), which is an organization that certifies and sets the standard for the cleaning and restoration industry.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County technicians are all IICRC certified and trained in the best practices for water restoration.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here to help get and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to call if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!  (330) 536-7477.

Top 4 Causes of Commercial Water Damage in Campbell, Ohio

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Extensive water damage can happen very quickly. Leaks and cracks can turn into a downpour and flood an entire area or property.

Extensive water damage can happen very quickly. It only takes one broken pipe or a small roof leak to turn into a downpour that can flood an entire area or property.

If your commercial building is not in immaculate condition, you are at risk for water damage. By becoming familiar with the top 4 causes of water damage, you can be better prepared in case of an emergency and minimize lost revenue as a result of downtime.

Broken or Leaky Pipes and Drains: Your plumbing system is always at-risk for developing clogs, stoppages, and leaks. If a crack develops, it can spill 250 gallons of dirty water in your facility. This is especially dangerous in restrooms, where sewer water can be filled with hazardous waste.

Look for any outward signs of moisture, rusting, or cracking pipes. Additionally, always keep pipes insulated  if they are exposed to lower temperatures to prevent freezing.

Active leak detection systems can be valuable as they can detect and stop leaks from happening.

Sprinkler Systems: Commercial buildings are required by law to be equipped with sprinkler systems. The system works in conjunction with the fire alarm to turn on anytime the fire alarm is activated. This makes them very valuable in preventing fire damage, but simultaneously causes water damage in the process.

In addition, sprinkler systems can malfunction and cause water damage all on their own. Always check your sprinkler system for signs of damage or rust.

Appliances and Equipment: If your facility contains equipment or appliances that utilize water, such as air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators or water heaters, leaks or breaks are a constant concern.

The best action you can take is to regularly inspect and maintain your equipment. Take preventative measures: replace water lines, re-caulk, and re-seal.

Roofs: Leaky roofs are the most common cause of water damage, especially in geographies that frequently experience hail or freezing temperatures. We all know this is a common occurrence in East Mahoning County.

If there is a large volume of water accumulating on your roof, you should probably have that inspected by a professional. One inch of water weighs almost five pounds and over time, this can cause strain and damage to your building.  

You can rely on SERVPRO of East Mahoning County if you experience any kind of water damage in your home or business.

For a quick response, the latest technology, and the best customer service, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County at (330) 536- 7477.  

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Tips for Safe Grilling This Summer in Boardman, Ohio

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

We have highly trained professionals that can clean soot, and get rid of smoke. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County wishes you a safe and enjoyable summer

Summer is here and everyone has their grill cleaned and ready for cookout season. Families, friends and social gatherings are planned. There are picnics and parties where people will enjoy good company and great cooking. The smells of ribs, hamburgers and hotdogs coming from the grill puts everyone in the mood for good times and great food.

Most everyone has great memories of a summer cookout, but not all end as expected. It is estimated that around 9,000 grilling accidents happen each year in the United States. Some could not be avoided, while some could.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County wants to make sure your cookout is fun and safe by providing you these 5 safety tips:

  1. Make sure you review the grill owner’s manual and operation instructions.
  2. Thoroughly clean the grill, making sure drip trays are empty and all grease is cleaned up.
  3. Keep grills away from all flammable material and never use a grill inside the home or garage.
  4. Have an approved fire extinguisher charged and within reach.
  5. Never walk away while grilling. It only takes a second for a fire to get going.

If a fire occurs and there is smoke or soot damage to your property or possessions, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County at (330) 536-7477. We are available 24/7/365 to take care of the damage.

We have highly trained professionals that can clean soot, get rid of smoke and fix any damages. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County hopes you have a safe and enjoyable summer of cookouts.

If an accident occurs, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is ready to help and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Storm Damage Restoration Experts in Mahoning County

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

We have technicians, crew chiefs, project managers and an operations manager to service our customers efficiently.

Portions of the Mahoning Valley were devastated by storms during the week of May 28th. Boardman and Canfield were hit extremely hard and SERVPRO of East Mahoning County assisted residents in need every step of the way.

Hundreds of homes were damaged by sewer and drain back-ups, roof leaks and flooding. Large commercial buildings and small businesses were also affected. The question we get all the time, “How can SERVPRO service multiple customers during a storm event so well?”

  • SERVPRO has crews on call 24 hours a day seven days a week.
  • We monitor the weather daily and staff accordingly.
  • We understand that a quick response is critical to minimize damages.
  • We have the latest technology and equipment to help handle multiple jobs at one time.
  • Our extensive inventory of dehumidifiers and air movers will accommodate large and small jobs that run simultaneously.
  • Our staff includes a certified plumber and a licensed electrician to help with sump pump issues and additional power sources
  • Most importantly, we have technicians, crew chiefs, project managers and an operations manager to service our customers efficiently.
  • Each of our employees are highly trained and IICRC certified with years of experience in storm restoration.

These are a few of the many reasons to call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County during or after a storm event.

When a storm occurs, you need a service master to help with the storm damage. Have the confidence to call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County at (330)536-7477. We are available 24/7 for your emergency needs.

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Fire Safety Tips For Poland, OH Residents

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

The website provides Tip Sheets in easy-to-read format and also in multiple languages.

Did you ever find a great sale and feel the immediate urge to share it just overwhelm you. Who can I call? Who will appreciate this? You just want everyone you know and love to experience this great deal!

Well, in preparing to write this fire blog, I stumbled upon a great website that provides fire safety tips galore! Not exactly a great sale, but nonetheless, I wanted to share this with the readers of this blog

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.org) website is awesome if you need to be in the know on fire safety in your home or business. The link I provided above, will take you to the ‘Public Education’ tab which shares 60 fire related topics with information in a one page PDF.

The website provides Tip Sheets in easy-to-read format and also in multiple languages. The variety of topics include: Causes, Escape Planning, Equipment, Seasonal and Outdoor Safety. There is also educational messaging, programs and tool kits to help public safety educators in their effort to inform others.

I wanted to share this website find with you because fire damage restoration is a big part of what we do at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County. We have a dedicated Fire & Safety representative with established relationships with our local fire departments. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has emergency service available 24/7 at (330) 536-7477.

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Document Restoration Service in Poland, OH

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Document Restoration

As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO knows that timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged possessions. With years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, SERVPRO’s restoration professionals will help you recover your paper goods before it is too late. We realize that following a disaster, keepsake photos, documents and legal papers may be at risk of damage or complete destruction.

Types of Content we can Restore:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

The SERVPRO Facility is:

  • Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method and gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Digital: our computerized inventory system digitizes your documents
  • Flexible - we can accommodate any size job from small residential jobs to large commercial losses
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

The SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovative vacuum freeze-drying techniques. We use the same methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books.

In the digital age, converting paper files and photos to digital formats can be of incredible value to your home or business. We will also make digital copies of your documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.

If you are in need of Document Restoration services, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County at (330) 536-7477.

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Storm Damage Service Pro in Youngstown, OH

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

It happens every spring and summer in the Northeast Ohio area and they typically result in some property damage.

Pop up storms are in store for Mahoning County this week. It happens every spring and summer in the Northeast Ohio area and they typically result in some property damage.

Typically, excessive rain and wind can leave your property vulnerable to water damage from flooding. Flooding is not the only way water can affect your home or business.

What are the Common Water Damage Scenarios?

Flooding - During a strong rainstorm, water can penetrate the roof shingles and leak into you home. Nearby lakes, rivers or even streams can overflow and cause flooding that can wreak havoc on your property.

Whatever the case, water that seeps into your home will cause damage. Water can rot wood and cause mold growth that will add up to costly repairs. 

Burst Pipes - Most people do not examine the condition of the pipes in their home, nor do they know what a worn out pipe looks like. It may be worth it to hire an expert to evaluate the condition of the pipes in your home. 

Sewer Backup - Heavy rains can lead to sewer backup that leave your home full of sewage. The smell alone is bad enough, but this problem can affect the foundation of your home. Any type of water damage can negatively affect the value of your property.

Water damage can have many sources, from loose appliance hoses to natural disasters. Regardless of the source, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can handle any size disaster.

Some additional causes of water damage include:

  • Leaking appliances, water heaters, plumbing, etc.
  • Overflowing toilets, bathtubs, and sinks
  • Flooding from firefighting efforts

Our highly trained restoration specialists provide 24/7 Emergency Services. SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and a preferred vendor for many national and local Youngstown area insurance companies.

Have questions? Need service? — Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County today! (330) 536-7477

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Reliable SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Our crews will be equipped with the latest technology and water mitigation equipment to help them respond efficiently and effectively

The SERVPRO water mitigation professionals are trained, certified and experienced in restoring your property in Struthers, OH back to “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Emergency Services are available year-round, at any time of day, holidays included. Your call will be answered by a customer service representative who will dispatch a specialized water mitigation team to assess the water damage and determine the best course of action. Our crews will be equipped with the latest technology and water mitigation equipment to help them respond efficiently and effectively.

What is Water Mitigation?

Do you find yourself wondering “what is water mitigation”? Well, these are words you may hear frequently, but what do they really mean?

Water mitigation is the prevention of further water damage by taking strict actions. It includes the removal of unsalvageable content and structural materials (dry wall, flooring, etc.), cleaning of the affected areas, application of disinfecting agents, drying and deodorizing the structure. The SERVPRO team will collect and haul away any unwanted debris from the site.

The length of time it takes to properly mitigate the water at your property is determined by the amount of damage the water has caused.

Advanced drying equipment and air sanitizers are left onsite to complete the water mitigation process. The equipment will be monitored by our technicians over a period of a few days as to the temperature, humidity and moisture in the affected areas.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County offers full restoration services at (330) 536-7477. Visit our Facebook page for the latest tips, offers and restoration news. 'Like' our page and stay connected with us.