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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.

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!