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Smoke Damage Cleanup Company in Youngstown, Ohio

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today - (330) 536-7477

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Mahoning County Fire Chief's Association Golf Outing

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Mahoning County Fire Chief's Association Golf Outing Pictured is Marketing Representative Meghan Durig with her husband Nate from Howland FD and our buddies from Coitsville FD featuring Chief Brown

We had the honor of being the Chief Sponsor for the second year in a row for the Mahoning County Fire Chief's Association annual golf outing! This is a fun event for a great contribution. All proceeds benefit firefighter education with prizes for longest drive, closest to pin, longest putt and more! Mahoning County Fire Chief's Association pulls out all the stops with refreshments all day, sandwiches on the turn and steak dinner at conclusion.

The outing took place on September 8, 2018 at Knoll Run Golf Course in Lowellville, Ohio. Although temps were in the 50s and it rained all day, we had an awesome experience golfing with Chief Brown from the Coitsville Fire Department!

In addition to sponsoring this event, we provided SERVPRO golf towels for all of the golfers! 

Thank you to our Mahoning County Fire Departments for all you do to keep us safe.

Click here to check out more photos from the outing on our Facebook page!

Fire Cleanup Near Youngstown

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Cleanup Near Youngstown Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County for cleanup and restoration in the Youngstown, Ohio area

When your home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. If you suffer a fire damage event, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

We can clean up and fully restore your home or business and all of your belongings, too!

Do You Have Smoke or Fire Damage?
Call Us Today – (330) 536-7477

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Summer Grilling Safety Tips

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Grilling Safety Tips Practice safe grilling! If you need emergency cleanup from soot, smoke or fire damage, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County 330-536-7477

Summer is a great time to spend outdoors in Youngstown, Ohio with friends and family enjoying camping, cook outs, vacations, picnics and the 4th of July celebrations. With those activities comes the risk of fire related injuries and damage. 

Here are a few tips provided by the U.S. Fire Administration on Grilling Fire Safety

  • Only use your grill outside
  • Keep grill at least 3 feet from siding, deck rails and eaves
  • Clean your grill after each use to remove grease build up that could start a fire
  • Open your gas grill before lighting
  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill for children and pets
  • Place coals from your grill in a metal can with lid after they have cooled
  • Keep watch over your grill, fire pit and patio torches at all times. Do not walk away from them while they are lit
  • Use long handled BBQ tools
  • Wear short sleeves or roll up long sleeves during cooking and do not wear loose fitting clothing that could catch on fire

Stay safe while grilling this summer! If you experience smoke, soot or fire damage, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County for immediate response and emergency cleanup services 330-536-7477

Board Up and Tarping Company Youngstown Ohio

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

When Are Board-Up Services Necessary?

A board up is performed to secure broken windows or other compromised areas of a home or business that cannot be replaced immediately. 

Our emergency board up services have been provided to local homes and businesses that have experienced a fire, break in or vandalism. 

When Are Tarp Services Necessary?

A tarp service is used to protect your home or business most typically after a roof damage. A tarp service will provide security and prevent further damages water from entering your home until a temporary or full repair can be mase.

We are a locally owned and operated company who specializes in 24/7 emergency board up services, tarp services and securing properties following a fire, roof leak or break in. We take the stress and worry out of the situation by responding immediately and we're able to work directly with your insurance company if applicable. 

If you are in need of emergency board up or emergency tarp service, call 330-536-7477

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Fire Damage Cleanup Company in Youngstown Ohio

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup Company in Youngstown Ohio Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County (330) 536-7477 for fire and water damage cleanup

Our team had the opportunity to provide cleanup and restoration to this home in Youngstown, Ohio following a fire. The picture displays the some damage from the fire in an upstairs bathroom. We dried the structure from water damage caused by extinguishing and placed state of the art deodorization equipment. Our team performed the necessary demolition and efficiently cleaned & restored the structure, making the damage "Like it never even happened."

Fire can lead to a wide range of damages in your Youngstown home and spreading smoke throughout the entire structure in less than three minutes - leaving smoke and soot everywhere. You should avoid walking through a property following a fire to avoid health risks, even if only a small portion was damaged.

Our team has the capability to clean and restore your home and belongings. Our contents processing team has the ability to do a complete inventory of your personal belongings to aid in the claims process. Depending on the severity of your loss, we can clean your contents on site or perform a partial or full pack-out where your belongings will be moved to our contents processing facility to be cleaned and stored until restoration is complete.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.
SERVPRO is always here to help.

Christmas Tree Fires in Youngstown, Ohio

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Cause of Christmas Tree Fires

A common reason is due to electrical problems. There have been many instances where an extension cord has failed while under pressure of an object and caused a fire.

Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

With real trees there are many precautions and care that needs to be given. Watering the Christmas tree daily is necessary to prevent water level dropping below the cut end of the tree. Dry trees are the biggest culprit in these fires because they can burn faster than newspaper, causing the fire to spread rapidly.

Safety Tips

  • Making sure string lights have no loose connections
  • Use a single extension cord that is not longer than needed
  • Use UL- approved lights
  • Turn off lights before bed
  • Water the tree daily
  • Keep candles away from the tree.

Stay connected with us on Facebook for tips and promotions! Give us a call (330)536-7477 in the event of damages occurring from fire, water, mold, or storm.

Commercial Fire in Struthers, Ohio

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

An immediate restoration process is necessary for a commercial structure after a fire. If action is not taken instantly then this could create a loss of revenue and productivity. We offer a 24/hr emergency service to assist your needs quickly. Our commercial large loss division includes specialists to help ensure your restoration needs and expectations are met.

Our commercial fire restoration process includes:

  • Fire and smoke restoration
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

Water damage is also common after a fire, which may require your commercial structure in the Campbell or Youngstown, Ohio area to need a full restoration service. Our company can provide you with a full restoration service and immediate tarp and board up for your commercial structure.

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Electrical Fires in Youngstown, Ohio

7/4/2017 (Permalink)

Prevent Electrical Fires

Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

  • Invest in safe sockets to prevent children from sticking their fingers in
  • Avoid plugging multiple adapters into one another
  • Avoid placing furniture on top of cords or run cords under rugs or carpet
  • Regularly test smoke & carbon monoxide detectors and have one smoke detector per floor
  • Store extinguisher in fire-prone areas

Maintain Your Electrical System to Prevent Fires

  • Electrical fires are common and can be caused by broken wires, wire insulation drying out, loose switches or receptacles, and overheating caused by dirt and oil
  • To prevent other electrical fires, it is recommended to have your electrical system checked by a licensed electrician every four years

What We Offer

  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration

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Fire Cleanup in Youngstown, Ohio

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Tips to prevent residential fires



  • Cover your chimney with a mesh screen spark arrestor

  • A yearly inspection is recommended

  • Ensure all smoke detectors are operating efficiently

  • Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year

  • They should be installed on every floor of your home


If there is ever a fire in your home, it is important to exit the building immediately and call for help. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County offers a 24-Hour emergency Service.


We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your Youngstown property back to pre-fire condition. We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.


 

Restored Family Heirloom

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restored Family Heirloom The cup has been cleaned and restored, the tarnished pot has not been restored yet.

Tarnish Restored

Our restoration and cleaning services reach out to even tarnished goods. Whether we are cleaning your home already or you just need something restored, we got the equipment and expertise to bring your item back to shine! There is just about a DIY out there for everything, but you could end up damaging your item for good if you don’t properly clean and restore it. That is why we are here! We recently restored a tarnished family heirloom. This heirloom was part of a set including a cup and a teapot. What made this set extra special was the family crest that was on each piece. This is a priceless item for the family. The set was silver and overtime had tarnished. We were able to make it shiny like almost new again.

If you want to see your family heirloom or tarnished good come back to life again, call us! 330-536-7477

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When to Use a Fire Extinguisher

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers should be available in every building you are in, including your Youngstown home. Misconceptions about fire extinguishers are that they should and can be used on all types of fires in any situation. However, there are many types of fire extinguishers such as water, chemical, foam, etc. Each extinguisher is designed to put out different typed of fires. You should only try to put out a fire if it is contained, if you are safe from toxic smoke, you have a means of escaping that isn’t blocked by the fire. You should make sure the building if evacuated before extinguishing so the toxic air from smoke and the extinguisher does not harm anyone inside. If the fire is too much to handle, evacuate the building and call the fire department so they can handle it. If you experience fire damage, contact the professionals at your local SERVPRO at (330)536-7477 and follow us on Facebook for more information.

Valentine's Day Safety

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

 

Most Common Valentine's Day Fire Hazards to Avoid

  1. Leaving a candle unattended

It is imperative to have someone in the room where a candle is being used to prevent any fire damages.

  1. Placing them next to inflammable objects

Placing a candle in a safe atmosphere is important. Try to keep them on a flat surface away from any drapes or other inflammable objects.  

  1. Having an non-functioning fire alarm

A fire alarm should be functioning at all times throughout the year. Provide a service and inspection annually, to ensure your fire alarm is functioning properly.

  1. Dismissing candle holders

Some individuals feel a candle holder is unnecessary, but this could lead to a dangerous situation. The candle holder will protect the candle from falling and keeping wax from unwanted areas.

If a fire damage occurs in your Campbell home call SERVPRO at (330) 536-7477 to restore the structure back to, "Like it never even happened."

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Soot Tags

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Tags Soot Tags

Soot Tags

Soot tags occur from a synthetic/petroleum based source burn.  During a fire smoke and soot circulate throughout the house and the heat moves toward cool air when trying to equalize the temperature. In the areas with less circulation the soot tags will begin to form and can look like soot on spider webs. However, soot tags are just chains of soot that gather in the areas with low circulation that look like webs. These can occur immediately or over time and reoccur even after dusting them off. Stay away from spraying water on the area to clean it because it will smear and stain. To help prevent this from happening service your furnace annually to ensure it is working properly to help deal with soot.  The best way to combat these soot tags are to contact your local SERVPRO in your Struthers area.

Contact us if you are dealing with soot at (330)536-7477 and follow us on Facebook to stay in touch.

Forest Fire

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

How forest fires are caused

A forest fire is an uncontrolled fire occurring in nature. Most forest fires are man made. A heat source combines with dry leaves and grass which release volatile gases and combines with oxygen in the air and starts the burn which creates more heat and gas and the fire spreads. The steeper the terrain the faster the fire burns because of the hot air rising into the other trees.

 

Affects of Wildfires

Forest fires cause damage to houses, offices, vegetation, and anything in its way. Cities have to spend millions on fighting them with aircraft, personnel, chemicals, and logistics. These fires wipe away almost all organic value of soil. However, most plants easily grow back and have good recovery. Some plants even thrive after a wildfire.

 

Wildfire Prevention

Public education (contact local fire departments)

Call fire department if there a fire hazards or activity

Learn how to use fire extinguisher

Burn safely and know the laws

Keep all fires manageable

 

 

If a fire occurs in your Poland home we specialize in fire restoration, call us at (330)536-7477.

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Using Heat Safely

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Using Heat Safely 

Winter is here and keeping you and your family warm and safe in your Struthers home is a top priority. There are a few things you should know this winter to keep your home prepared and warm.

 

In the event of a power outage have

Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm coats

Firewood for the fire place

Kerosene or portable space heaters

 

Space heater tips

Only use non-glowing heaters and space heaters with an auto shut-off

Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture and water

Don’t leave children unattended by heaters

 

Generator Safety

Keep electric generators outside and away from air intakes of your home to prevent carbon monoxide poising

Do not use generators or other appliances if they are wet

Keep gasoline outside

Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in other appliances

 

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Thanksgiving Letter to You

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Dear Individual Who Wants to Avoid a Fire,

As we are approaching the most incredible meal of the year it is important to practice fire safety tips. Follow these simple tips listed below to avoid a fire in your Youngstown, Ohio home:

  1. Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working
  2. Have a fire extinguisher available
  3. It is imperative to stand by the food you are frying or grilling
  4. Avoid loose clothing to prevent them from catching on fire
  5. Keep turkey fryers outdoors away from flammable items and buildings
  6. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before frying to prevent a grease fire
  7. Do not use water to put out a grease fire!
    • Use baking soda
    • Use a fire extinguisher if the fire is flaring
  8. Have someone in or near the kitchen at all times
  9. Use a timer and continuously check on the food
  10. Keep children out of the kitchen 

Sincerely,

         SERVPRO of East Mahoning County

P.S. Enjoy your Turkey.

House Fire in Girard Ohio

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team had the opportunity to provide a fire restoration service to this home in Girard, Ohio. The picture displays the damages the fire affected on this residential home. Our trained staff applied their skills and operated high quality equipment to restore the damages caused by the fire.

Fire can lead to a wide range of damages in your Lowellville home and spreading smoke throughout your entire structure in less than three minutes leaving unwanted black residue everywhere. You should avoid walking through a complex that has been through a fire, even if only a small portion was damaged; certain parts of the structure could have been affected leading to a collapse. Our SERVPRO team took action to clean and disinfect the structure along with providing specific tools and products to refresh and deodorize the atmosphere. They used special wood cleaning products to restore the attic; after restoration our staff provided specific tools and products to refresh and deodorize the atmosphere.

Fire Advice

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause, action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes. Although only a small portion of the structure has been visibly damaged it can still be dangerous to enter; an inspection should be considered to avoid the building from collapsing. To avoid any complications or danger towards your well-being it is important to call a professional restoration service such as SERVPRO. Fire restoration requires proper equipment and technical skills to achieve successful and effective results.

As a locally owned and operated business, we live and work in this community too. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises, which allows us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can even call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams for additional resources.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Youngstown
  • Campbell
  • Struthers
  • Poland
  • Lowellville
  • New Middletown

Essential Fire Safety Instructions

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

Most of us are informed of what actions to apply immediately during a fire, but it is important to enlighten children of what to do. When a fire occurs it is important to stay low at all times until you are out of the endangered premises. Staying low on the ground will keep you from inhaling too much smoke. Your first priority should be evacuating the structure immediately and making sure everyone else has an understanding of the main goal. Sometimes it is impossible to leave the endangered area, but it is essential to understand to never hide under a bed or in a closet. If you have a phone on hand you can call 911 and let them know you are trapped. If any apparel that you are wearing catches on fire, do not panic! Just immediately stop, drop, and roll on the ground with your hands covering your face.

Fire Safety Tips

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

There are several ways to prevent a fire just by eliminating hazards. Watch out for extension cords and multiple wires that are hidden behind carpets and curtains. Overloading Circuits is a common mistake especially for families who possess multiple electronics because they do not split the devices and run a different circuit.  

There should always be an operating fire extinguisher and smoke detectors installed in all homes. It is important to have a plan prepared for emergencies with people you live with. During a tragic incident it can be difficult to immediately take action and handle the situation. Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety. Also focusing on bringing yourself back to safety is essential, which means leaving personal items behind. This situation can be hard, but it is imperative that you are not putting yourself in a dangerous situation.

If any damages occur after a fire, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County specializes in residential or commercial services, back to “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Fire and Water Cleanup in New Middletown, Ohio

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Fire and Water Cleanup in New Middletown, Ohio FNOL stands for First Notice of Loss

We have a lot of acronyms here at SERVPRO, but one of the most important is FNOL or First Notice of Loss. If you experience a damage event, day or night, submit an online claim and your local SERVPRO of East Mahoning County will be notified.

When you're faced with an emergency situation, stress can run high. We're here to help you in your time of need. At SERVPRO of East Mahoning County, our goal is to make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened." We're fully equipped with the latest equipment and technologies, highly trained personnel and years of experience to help you through the cleanup and restoration process.

If you need to report a loss, click here to begin the FNOL process. Our trained professionals are ready 24/7 to help you begin the cleanup & restoration process.

Fire Cleanup in Youngstown

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

When your Youngstown home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. If you suffer a fire damage event, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

We can clean up and fully restore your home or business and all of your belongings, too!

Do You Have Smoke or Fire Damage?
Call Us Today – (330) 536-7477