Recent Storm Damage Posts

Technology and Thunderstorms: Using Today's Technology to Stay Safe

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Phone with charger Keeping a back-up charger in your car will ensure you are never left with a dead phone!

Whether you have the new iPhone 11 Pro or are still slumming it with an iPhone 7 …the number of social media apps available to download and ways to stay connected are endless. Although Zoom and Google Meet keep you connected with your friends, technology can also help keep you safe during a storm!

Technology can be an essential tool in preparing for a storm, keeping you informed, and helping you communicate with others. Being prepared for a storm can offer peace of mind and security. Below are some storm safety tips, apps for your phone, and some cool ways to use already existing technology in a new way.

  • Follow the news and stay informed! You can download free apps onto your phone or tablet such as The Weather Channel to stay up to date with the newest information.
  • Store an extra copy of important information online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox make it even easier to store important information such as insurance policies, medical records, identification documents, and even information about pets living in the home. This ensures information will be accessible to you should your home or business flood or catch fire. Your phone goes with you everywhere you go!
  • Let your family know you are safe. Whether you call, text, or video chat, it can give family members peace of mind to know you are safe. You can also check-in on Facebook.
  • Always keep a back-up charger in your car! Severe weather can strike at any time and you may not always be home. You never know when you may need to charge your phone and keeping a back-up charger in your car guarantees you will never be left with a dead phone.
  • Create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business. The Emergency Ready Profile will be created for you by a SERVPRO worker free of charge. It will provide important facility details such as valve shut-off locations for water, electric, and gas and priority contact information. It will be available to you on your smartphone or tablet any time, day or night.

Technology is one of the quickest and easiest ways to stay informed about the weather and what is happening in your community.

Should you need emergency services during or after a storm, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of East Mahoning County at (330) 536 -7477

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Mitigating Damage Before the Storm

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fallen tree on house after a storm SERVPRO® was recently called to help after a severe storm caused significant damage to this home.

Here in Northeast Ohio, strong storms are most common during the spring and summer months. Although storm damage is often inevitable, there are ways to be better prepared and to help mitigate the damage before severe weather strikes.

According to the National Weather Service, these are some things you can do in or around your home prior to a storm:

  • Trim trees and shrubs 
    • Trees close to your home can snap or uproot
    • High wind can turn branches into projectiles during the storm
  • Remove debris from your yard 
    • Bring in outdoor furniture
    • Lawn chairs, trampolines, pool supplies, etc can be turned into flying debris
  • Cover windows
    • This is necessary in order to guard against flying debris 
    • Plywood or professionally installed shutters are best
    • Taping windows DOES NOTHING to protect your home from wind!
  • Reinforce garage doors
    • This will prevent wind from entering and causing dangerous/expensive damage
  • Proper maintenance
    • Ensure that roofing materials, fencing, etc. are properly maintained and in good condition
    • This will allow them to be more resistant to wind damage
  • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts
    • This will help with the flow of water during heavy rainfall

It’s also important to have a storm safety plan in place for you and your family. This can include an emergency evacuation or shelter plan, a list of important personal information, and a first aid kit.

Taking these steps can help minimize property damage, however, you may still be in need of professional assistance from SERVPRO® of East Mahoning County. As storm and water damage specialists, our job is to quickly help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Our team can be reached 24/7 and can provide an immediate response. Should you need our services, we can be reached at 330-536-7477 or online. We are always Here to Help®!

How to Prepare Your Pets for a Storm in East Mahoning County

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of a scared dog hiding underneath a bed In preparation for a potential dangerous storm, it is important to think about protecting your pets and having an evacuation plan for them

The spring and summer months ahead in Ohio and other parts of the midwest often bring bad storm weather. In preparation for a potential dangerous storm, it is important to think about protecting your pets and having an evacuation plan for them, in case you have to leave your home in a hurry. 

The American Red Cross recommends having a ready-to-go emergency kit and storing it in a study container that is easily accessible. Do not place this kit high up or tucked away in an attic where you cannot grab it and go. Here’s what to include in your pet kit:

  1. Sturdy leashes
  2. A harness or carrier 
  3. Pet food (Do not forget a manual can opener if you have a cat.)
  4. First aid kit
  5. Any pet medications
  6. Medical records in a waterproof container
  7. Garbage bags 
  8. Pet toys
  9. Bottled water and a bowl
  10.  Feeding schedules
  11. Contact information for the owner and the veterinarian in case you are separated from  your pet.

Other things to think about ahead of any dangerous spring or summer storms are to make sure your pet has a collar with correct ID info. Be sure your pet has up to date vaccinations and consider getting your met micro-chipped. You can always message us on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/SERVPROemc/ if you have more questions about protecting your furry friends for a storm.  



Thunderstorm Phobia in Pets

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

graphic showing a dog visibly afraid during a thunderstorm Take Note of Thunderstorm Phobia in your Pets

Spring and summer weather will be here before we know it and unfortunately thunderstorms go hand in hand with these seasons. Warm weather storms can be ferocious and usually very loud. If you have a four-legged, fury family member the chances are you notice their unusual behavior before, during, and even after these storms.

Watching your pet pace, pant, hide, and cry during these moments can be very sad and even take hours upon hours after the storm for them to return to behaving like the normal calm companions they usually are. It is very common for your pets to act this way and almost all of them do – this is called Thunderstorm Phobia.

Experts and veterinarians aren’t exactly sure what sets your pet off during these moments, but it is believed to be a combination of thunder, wind, lightning, pressure changes, and even very low frequency rumbles.  Below are some things you can do to prevent and care your pets when experiencing Thunderstorm Phobia:

Reward calm behavior year-round

  • If an owner only consoles their pet during these high anxiety moments it will only increase the pets’ anxiety and panicky behavior. Experts say to practice getting your pet to ‘settle’ on demand frequently even in low stress situations will reduce hardship during a storm.

Provide Safe Place

  • When storms take place, pay close attention to where your pet often migrates to. Safe places can be open boxes/crates in basements, interior rooms, bathrooms, etc. Make sure your pet can come and go easily and often to avoid even more stress.

Desensitize During Winter Months

  • Some people even play thunderstorm audio at low volume to where your pet will recognize it without panic. If your pet can handle this, and shows little to no signs of anxiety, you can increase the volume month after month. While doing this, be sure to give reward treats to your pets. This encourages your pets’ handling of storm noises.

Thunderstorms can be a very difficult time for your pet. It is important to watch and recognize their behavior closely during these times. It is also recommended to be pro-active in the necessary thunderstorm phobia training. This is often necessary to have your pet be able to calmly react during these warm weather storm.

Wet Basement Restoration in Mahoning County

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

totes on concrete floor with a few inches of standing water Water issues can be overwhelming! If your property incurs any, call us and we will make it, “Like it never even happened

Believe it or not 2019 is ending and the New Year lies ahead of us. With the new year, comes new goals, plans, and opportunities to prepare. SERVPRO is here to help you make sure your property is not left out of the 2020 preparation.

As a premier provider of professional water restoration services, we often assist property owners who have incurred an extensive amount of water damage in their basements.

These three tips are designed to help you protect your property as we approach the New Year!

  1. Review your deductible and coverage – make sure that you are adequately covered for services necessary in the event of water damage in your home. You will need mitigation services (the cleaning, drying and removal process), the rebuild (the restructuring of your drywall, flooring and cabinetry), and replacements (for any contents damaged such as furniture or family heirlooms)
  2. Check your sump pump – review the functionality of your sump pump often. Identifying an broken sump pump and replacing it for a couple of hundred dollars could save you thousands in the long run.
  3. Store Belongings Securely – any items in your basement that can, should be stored in plastic crates or on shelves. Everything from your children’s schoolwork, to family pictures, heirlooms, and daily products could be compromised in a water disaster. If the water source is Category 3 (contaminated water), then these items would be a total loss in most instances. Having them properly stored can save you a lot in the long run.

Being adequately prepared may ease some of the stress that comes with an unexpected flooded basement. Water issues can be overwhelming! If your property incurs any, call us and we will make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Check out some of water restorations in the past here.

Preventing Winter Water Damage in Mahoning County

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

icicles with the text "winter water damage prevention" and SEVPRO rooftop logo  By winterizing your home you can help improve your home’s security during the upcoming winter season.

When you think of storms, most people traditionally think of thunderstorms. These storms are usually accompanied by wind, rain, thunder, lightning and flooding. Here in North East Ohio, we experience this type of weather through spring, summer and fall.  However, as Ohioans we are also familiar with another type of storm, the winter storm. The Polar Vortex, The El Nino and La Nina, are weather patterns that can drastically affect our weather conditions throughout the winter months and wreak havoc on our homes.

Much like our spring and summer storms, there are things we can do to prepare for the upcoming winter months and the impending frigid temps. By winterizing your home you can help improve your home’s security during the upcoming season.

The following are some tips to help prevent damage to your home during a winter storm or prolonged, harsh, cold weather:

  1. Much like summer storms, keeping your gutters cleaned is imperative during the winter months as well. Uncleaned gutters can lead to ice dams, which can lead to shingle damage, roof damage and potentially interior damage to your home.
  2. Having any low hanging limbs trimmed around your house and power lines can be a huge benefit and a great preventative tactic. These limbs are usually the first to go when the ice begins to build up, and trimming can prevent a power outage or damage to your home.
  3. If you go south for the winter, or plan on traveling during potentially frigid months, keeping your heat at 55 degrees is very important. Winterizing your home during times of prolonged travel is the best way to go. The money spent to have your local plumber winterize your home vs. the cost of a potential pipe break makes this a “no brainer!”
  4. Insulating exterior walls where there are water lines is highly recommended. Of course, any improvements a homeowner can make to their home’s insulation is always a great idea for a multitude of reasons, specifically regarding this subject matter.
  5. When the temperatures begin to plummet and our overnight forecasts have us below zero for consecutive nights, take heed! Yes, this is an oldie but goodie, but worth noting, let your water run on a slow trickle in your sinks. (and please, make sure the drain is clear!!) An additional piece of advice, many people are annoyed by the sound of the running water, place a sponge in the sink under the trickle. This should help with the noise.
  6. Leave the door of your kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities open during cold snaps and winter storms. Keeping the doors closed does not allow the heat to bring that space to room temperature. Keeping the doors open can mean the difference of several degrees, which can be the difference between pipe break and no break.

Here’s to hoping these tips have been helpful and to wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season! If your property incurs any damage from a busted pipe, winter storms, or any kinds of water damage – SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here to help 24/7.

Call us at 330-536-7477 and we’ll help make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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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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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No Job Is Too Large for SERVPRO

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the best the restoration industry has to offer. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has recently provided relief and restoration efforts in:

  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2018 Hurricane Michael

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

Our business owner, Andrew Dobson, holds the industry's highest designations as a Master Fire & Smoke Restorer and a Master Water Restorer with large loss experience and certifications including Commercial Drying Specialist. Check out our full list of certifications here!

At SERVPRO of East Mahoning County, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of labor. Get the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team professionals, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County at (330) 536-7477

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. SERVPRO has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Trailers are loaded with equipment, resources and materials necessary to provide emergency relief assistance at a moment’s notice. 

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. 

Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is prepared for the unpredictable.

If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County - (330) 536-7477

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SERVPRO Storm Team is Ready to Help

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has equipment and other resources set aside for emergency storm response

Whether it be a local disaster or or a call for help elsewhere, the storm team at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is ready to respond. 

The weather in the Youngstown, Ohio area can be volatile throughout the four seasons. Ranging from the gripping effects of a polar vortex to flooding from strong summer storms, SERVPRO has preparations in place to be "faster to any size disaster."   

Drying equipment, recovery resources and our 24/7 manpower are set aside and ready to assist residents and businesses that incur damages from the effects of weather related disasters. 

Our storm team is set to return from Hurricane Michael in the Panama City, FL area after five months of assisting residents in this devastated region. 

If you have any damage from a weather related disaster or any restoration needs, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County @ (330) 536-7477.

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Ways to Protect your Basement from Winter Storm Damage

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

As fall turns into winter, we begin to see rains and snowfall which can cause water damage to your basement.

Here are 6 ways you can prepare and protect your basement from water damage caused by rain and melting snow:

  1. Downspouts Cleaned & Pointed Away from the House
    A downspout is a pipe used to carry rainwater from your roof to a drain or to ground level. When downspouts are pointed towards the foundation, water has the capability to seep in. Point downspouts away from your home in a direction that slopes away from the foundation.


  2. Fix Cracks Quickly
    Inspect your foundation yearly and fix cracks quickly. This will prevent water from creeping in through cracks and faults in your foundation - which typically aren't covered by insurance.


  3. Install a Sump Pump 
    A sump pump is used where basement flooding happens regularly. Sump pumps send water away from a house to a place where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain or dry well. Sump pumps run on electricity, so it is important to check the pump regularly (especially during storms) to ensure it is running properly.


  4. Proper Storage
    It is important to be proactive in protecting your belongings before a water damage situation occurs. Use plastic storage bins instead of cardboard boxes, and try to keep contents on a shelf rather than storing them on the floor.


  5. Install a Water Alarm
    If you're planning to travel this summer, consider a water alarm for your home. They'll alert you should water levels inside start to rise - which can help save your home from damage.


  6. Check your Insurance Policy
    The best thing you can do to protect your basement and contents is having the right kind of insurance and the right amount. Check with your agent to make sure your home and belongings are covered in the event of a sewer/drain backup, sump pump malfunction or flooding.

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SERVPRO of East Mahoning County in Panama City, FL on Hurricane Michael Response

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

In early October, our local Storm Team was dispatched for Panama City, FL in response to Hurricane Michael. 

Our Storm Team has been in Panama City, FL nearly two months helping with the cleanup & restoration after Hurricane Michael. Our Storm Team crews work endlessly in order to help restore the homes, businesses and lives of our customers.

When disaster strikes any area of our country, we have the ability to dispatch members of our own highly trained & experienced Storm Team to help with the cleanup & restoration from devastating storm damage - meanwhile, our day-to-day operations at home are seamlessly carried out by our production crews to take care of our local customers.

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get our customers' homes and businesses back to normal quickly. Near or far, we're always here to help!

Hurricane Michael Disaster Response

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Now that Hurricane Michael has passed through Panama City and Lynn Haven - SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is ready with the right equipment and team to help you with any damage sustained to you property.

Give us a call at 330-536-7477 and we will be there to assess your damage as soon as possible.

While we are glad that Michael is out of the area, threats to your home or business may still exist. We are experts at board-up, water removal and remediation. Our teams are ready to help make Michael a memory. 

Storm Damage Sends Youngstown Storm Team to VA

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County's Storm Team recently traveled from Youngstown, OH to Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, VA to help customers in need of storm cleanup from flooding caused by heavy rains.

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and customers need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has a specialized Storm Team with the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

When any community -near or far- suffers from storm damage, our Storm Team is dispatched to help customers whose homes or businesses have been impacted.

While our storm team was away helping those in Virginia, the rest of our team seamlessly continued helping our local customers with fire and water damage in the Boardman Ohio area. 

If you experience Storm Damage in Boardman OH, call the team who's always here to help - SERVPRO of East Mahoning County 330-536-7477

Did you know - our franchise owner Andrew Dobson holds the highest designations with the IICRC as a Master Water Restorer, Master Fire & Smoke Restorer and Master Textile Cleaner?

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Water Cleanup Service in Boardman, Ohio

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Strong winds & excessive rain caused a roof leak in this Struthers home. Our crews responded immediately, & made damage "Like it never even happened."

Springtime in the Northeast Ohio area typically brings along some heavy showers — and that's just what we have in store this week.

Severe thunderstorms are expected for the Mahoning Valley Thursday and Friday with winds reaching up to 20 mph. Excessive rain and winds can lead to water damage.

Common Water Damage Scenarios

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.

  • Flooding and storm damage
  • Leaking appliances, water heaters, plumbing, etc.
  • Overflowing toilets, bathtubs, and sinks
  • Flooded basements
  • Tornadoes and thunderstorms
  • Sewage backups
  • Flooding from firefighting efforts

Our highly trained restoration specialists provide 24/ 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? — Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County today! (330) 536-7477

Commercial Building Storm Cleanup Near Youngstown, Ohio

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has the experience needed & resources available to respond to any size disaster!

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO of East Mahoning County, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team professionals, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County at (330) 536-7477

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

No Job Is Too Large for SERVPRO

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. 

If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County - (330) 536-7477

Our business owner, Andrew Dobson, holds the industry's highest designations as a Master Fire & Smoke Restorer and a Master Water Restorer with large loss experience and certifications including Commercial Drying Specialist. Check out our full list of certifications here!

5 Storm Essentials - Lowellville, OH

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Essentials

  1. Candles
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. Flash Light and Extra Batteries
  4. Battery Powered Radio
  5. Water Bottles & Packaged Food

It is extremely important to make sure there are candles available in your home at all times.

A first aid kit should always be in your home, whether it is to prepare for a disaster or just to treat common injuries.

Flash light and extra batteries are essential during a storm. Even though there might be candles available, the candles should be in one room to avoid a fire.

Normally it is challenging to predict how long the power will be out. This is where battery powered radios come in handy.

Water bottles and packaged food are also efficient in case of all household appliances not functioning.

If any damages occur after a storm due to water damage or in need of a cleaning service, call SERVPRO to minimize any inconvenience in your life and restore all of your damages back to "Like it never even happened."

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (330) 536-7477

WFMJ Interview - SERVPRO Helping After Hurricane Harvey

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

The storm team was sent out to Houston this month to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Our WFMJ interview with Lindsay McCoy included information about the restoration process and services provided by our storm team down in Houston, Texas.

Houston residents were told to evacuate immediately to avoid any danger Hurricane Harvey could cause. Countless homes and properties have been destroyed and our main goal was to provide our restoration and cleanup services to as many properties as possible.

Although we are locally owned, our team was able to assist in the restoration process in Houston because they have prior experience with storm and flood restoration. 

If damages occur to your Austintown home from a storm, give us a call! (330) 536-7477

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Hurricane Harvey Interview with WKBN

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Owners Andy and Katie were featured this week on WKBN and interviewed about how the storm team of SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is going to Houston to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

As most of you know Hurricane Harvey has caused major damage to Houston, Texas. During the interview Andy and Katie discussed the services they will provide to the affected homes in Houston. Our SERVPRO storm team focused on providing water cleanup and mitigation services, which included removing damaged building materials and drying the atmosphere within the structure to prevent further damages.

We are part of a national network of over 1,700 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.

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Lightening Storm Safety in Poland, Ohio

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

A lightning storm should not be taken lightly and it is important to understand how to protect yourself.

Below is a list of objects and activities to avoid during a lightning storm for safety:

  • Avoid the outdoors especially wide-open fields
  • Stay away from lakes and ponds
  • Corded phones should not be used, cellular phones are fine
  • Electrical equipment, such as computers, TVs, or cords should not be utilized
  • Avoid plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower, or wash dishes
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and porches
  • Physical contact with concrete floors and walls can cause harm

Follow these lightning storm tips to prevent yourself from danger. It is best to be informed prior to a storm because a lightning storm could occur in the Youngstown, Ohio area.

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Tornado Safety Tips!

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tornado Safety



  • Listen to local news or the radio for an any tornado watches or warning

  • Practice tornado drills in order to be prepared in a case of a tornado

  • Cut down any damaged trees and limbs to prevent high winds from knocking them down

  • Remove any objects that can be picked up by the wind


About SERVPRO of East Mahoning County


SERVPRO of East Mahoning County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your Poland, Ohio property.


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Wind Damage to Roof In New Middletown, OH

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Knocked down tree from intense winter winds

If you are reading this on April 12th then Happy National Big Wind Day! Unless you are a wind farm owner, you probably don’t enjoy wind that much. Lately we have received many phone calls from wind damage victims about destruction to their home from intense winds. We directly encounter the damages of powerful winds and see how they can damage roofs, other parts of the house, and knock trees down onto houses causing devastating damage. Our trained professionals are skilled and ready to help ASAP, no matter if its day or night, 24/7 365 days. Whether it’s a tornado or just severe winds that damage your home, we are trained and experienced professionals from SERVPRO of East Mahoning County that are here to help!


Just give us a call if the wind won the battle this time (330)536-7477


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Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

When storms hit in your Youngstown area they can wreak havoc on your home or business. Depending on where you live, how old our house or building is, and if there are preexisting problems that will play a role in how affected you will be. Storms can cause different problems for everyone. Some may have water damage, mold, sewage backup, and other cleanup required problems.  The professionals at SERVPRO are highly trained to handle all aspects of storm damage as well as carpet cleanup, odor removal, and caring for your belongings. Our experienced team in combination with our industrial grade machines and cleaning techniques will get your home back to normal as soon as possible. With our 24 hour emergency services we can prevent further damage by responding to the disaster as fast as possible to reduce the amount of damages.

If you have damage from a storm call your local SERVPRO at (330)536-7477 for emergency 24/7 service.

Let the Quarter Decide

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Power outages are common during a storm, which means the electricity in a freezer is not keeping the food cold. It can be difficult to determine if a power outage occurred if you were not present during the storm. One away to determine whether the food in your freezer needs thrown out is by using a quarter. Freeze a cup of water before evacuating your home and put a quarter on top of the frozen water. If the quarter is sunk to the bottom of the cup after the storm, you should dispose all food stored in the freezer. The quarter sinking to the bottom means the food in the freezer has defrosted and it should be thrown out. This is a great method to determine if your food went bad in your New Middletown, Ohio home.

Hurricane Matthew Experience

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

The recent storm, Hurricane Matthew abruptly transformed into a tropical cyclone affecting the states along the Atlantic coast. Residents were advised to evacuate immediately to avoid danger or harm the storm could cause. Countless homes and properties were destroyed after the storm leaving civilians with flooded homes and no power. Andy had the opportunity to sit down and hear about every family’s horrific experience with the hurricane. This man’s house was completely flooded leaving him and his family to live out of their van until the restoration process was complete.

Although we are locally owned, our team was able to assist in restoration process in North Carolina because they have prior experience with storm and flood restoration. Our team was eager to provide services to the victims of Hurricane Mathew to help them get back to their daily routines. 

Floods are common in Ohio and this could happen in your Youngstown or Poland home. It is important to be prepared and call for professional help immediately after a water damage.

Hurricane Matthew Interview

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Katie Dobson was interviewed by the vindicator on the morning of 10/12/16 about the services SERVPRO of East Mahoning County was able to provide to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. She was eager to discuss the process of restoring damaged property after a storm and the special equipment implemented during the restoring process.

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 1,700 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

Interview with WFMJ

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Owners Andy and Katie were featured this week on WFMJ and interviewed about SERVPRO of East Mahoning County’s experience in North Carolina with Hurricane Mathew. As most of you know Hurricane Mathew has affected Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. During the interview Andy and Katie discussed the services they were able to provide to the affected homes in North Carolina. Our SERVPRO team focused on providing water cleanup and mitigation services, which included removing damaged building materials and drying the atmosphere within the structure to prevent further damages.

Fire prevention week was also a main topic discussed during the interview. SERVPRO offers fire clean up restoration after a fire department has left.

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 1,700 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

 

3 Essential Storm Aphorisms to Live By

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

1. “When thunder roars, go indoors”

This one is a given, you might have heard this phrase as a child from your parents while you were playing in the rain. Yes many of the best youthful memories occurred while playing in the rain, but as adults it is difficult to enjoy the rain since we are more aware of their damages.

2. “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water”

As pretty as the snow is during the winter, we cannot dismiss the issues that arises throughout a snow storm. Snow is freezing water and water has not always had the best track record of affecting houses positively. The freezing water eventually melts and causes several damages to your gutters and down-pipes.

This is where you call SERVPRO to help clean and restore your damages.

3. “When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels”

Making snow angels after a snow storm can be exceptionally tempting, but the snow around your house needs to be shoveled. I know it is common to just shovel the drive way, but shoveling around your house can be extremely beneficial. The snow around your house will eventually melt and seep into your basement if not shoveled.

Sometimes damages may occur no matter how many ways you try to prevent them, but luckily SERVPRO specializes in water cleanup and restoration.

When Storms or Floods Hit Columbiana, SERVPRO is Ready!

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

When a storm hits your Columbiana home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Columbiana, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 330-536-7477

Restoring your Youngstown Commercial Property After a Water Damage or Storm Event

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Youngstown, OH commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of East Mahoning County

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Check out our certifications!

Struthers, Ohio Basement Water Damage Cleanup

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

With a few heavy rains over the last week and countless more ahead, it's important to protect your Struthers basement (and everything in it) from potential water damage. 

Here are 6 ways you can prepare and protect your basement from the heavy rains this summer:

  1. Downspouts Cleaned & Pointed Away from the House
    A downspout is a pipe used to carry rainwater from your roof to a drain or to ground level. When downspouts are pointed towards the foundation, water has the capability to seep in. Point downspouts away from your home in a direction that slopes away from the foundation.

  2. Fix Cracks Quickly
    Inspect your foundation yearly and fix cracks quickly. This will prevent water from creeping in through cracks and faults in your foundation - which typically aren't coved by insurace.

  3. Install a Sump Pump
    A sump pump is used where basement flooding happens regularly. Sump pumps send water away from a house to a place where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain or dry well. Sump pumps run on electricity, so it is important to check the pump regularly (especially during storms) to ensure it is running properly.

  4. Proper Storage
    It is important to be proactive in protecting your belongings before a water damage situation occurs. Use plastic storage bins instead of cardboard boxes, and try to keep contents on a shelf rather than storing them on the floor.

  5. Install a Water Alarm
    If you're planning to travel this summer, consider a water alarm for your home. They'll alert you should water levels inside start to rise - which can help save your home from damage.

  6. Check your Insurance Policy
    The best thing you can do to protect your basement and contents is having the right kind of insurance and the right amount. Check with your agent to make sure your home and belongings are covered in the event of a sewer/drain backup, sump pump malfunction or flooding.

Flooded Basement Cleanup in East Liverpool, Ohio

7/22/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your East Liverpool basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe 
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. 

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24/7 
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly Trained and Certified in Water Restoration
  • We use s500 IICRC Industry Standards
  • We Have Advanced Training, Personnel, Inspection and Extraction Equipment
  • Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - 330-536-7477

    Basement Water Damage in Lowellville, Ohio

    7/22/2016 (Permalink)

    Heavy rains can cause damage to your basement. Call SERVPRO to make water damage "Like it never even happened."

    While spring and summer may bring the possibility of heavy rains, the possibility of water damage to your basement grows. Heavy rains can do a lot of water damage, and it is important to ensure that your basement and sump pumps are well-maintained to prevent damage to your home.

    Some of the Common Causes of Basement Water Damage

    Rain is a common cause of water damage to your Lowellville basement. Excessive amounts of rain can overwhelm basement sump pumps and other water proofing systems. 

    Sewer and drain backups are another common issue. When the drains get clogged, they also can become overwhelmed and back up, causing significant damage to your home and porous materials within.

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    Ways to Protect Your Basement from Water Damage

    6/8/2016 (Permalink)

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    With a few heavy rains over the last week and countless more ahead, it's important to protect your Youngstown basement (and everything in it) from potential water damage. 

    Here are 6 ways you can prepare and protect your basement from the heavy rains this summer:

    1. Downspouts Cleaned & Pointed Away from the House
      A downspout is a pipe used to carry rainwater from your roof to a drain or to ground level. When downspouts are pointed towards the foundation, water has the capability to seep in. Point downspouts away from your home in a direction that slopes away from the foundation.


    2. Fix Cracks Quickly
      Inspect your foundation yearly and fix cracks quickly. This will prevent water from creeping in through cracks and faults in your foundation - which typically aren't coved by insurace.


    3. Install a Sump PumpA sump pump is used where basement flooding happens regularly. Sump pumps send water away from a house to a place where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain or dry well. Sump pumps run on electricity, so it is important to check the pump regularly (especially during storms) to ensure it is running properly.


    4. Proper Storage
      It is important to be proactive in protecting your belongings before a water damage situation occurs. Use plastic storage bins instead of cardboard boxes, and try to keep contents on a shelf rather than storing them on the floor.


    5. Install a Water Alarm
      If you're planning to travel this summer, consider a water alarm for your home. They'll alert you should water levels inside start to rise - which can help save your home from damage.


    6. Check your Insurance PolicyThe best thing you can do to protect your basement and contents is having the right kind of insurance and the right amount. Check with your agent to make sure your home and belongings are covered in the event of a sewer/drain backup, sump pump malfunction or flooding.

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    Contact SERVPRO of East Mahoning County for emergency cleanup in your Youngstown, Ohio basement.