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What You Should and Shouldn’t Do With Mold in Your Poland Home

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a person cleaning mold off a wall with yellow gloves and a spray bottle Turn off HVAC Systems and Fans - You don’t want mold to spread through the air in your Poland home

Mold in your home can be very tricky, very dangerous, and very overwhelming. Good thing SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here with a list of Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to mold.

What You Should Do

  • Stay Out of Affected Areas - Mold can be hazardous to your health! It’s best to stay away
  • Turn off HVAC Systems and Fans - You don’t want mold to spread through the air in your Poland home
  • Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County - Mold should be left to the professionals to treat. Luckily, there’s an industry leader in your community who can help!

What You Shouldn’t Do

  • Don’t Touch the Mold
  • Do Not Attempt to Dry the Area
  • Don’t Blow Air on Moldy Surfaces
  • Don’t Spray Bleach or Disinfectants on Mold
  • Don’t Hesitate to Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County

Mold travels fast! It can spread throughout your Poland home in as little as 48 hours. That’s why you should call the mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County. We have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle whatever is thrown our way.

Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website to get your Poland house back to normal fast!

Get an Industry Leader on Your Team

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO worker shows a client job details on her iPad. No matter the disaster, no matter the needs, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is an expert and can help you.

When a disaster strikes your home or business, you want the best of the best by your side to get you back on track. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is an industry leader in many categories. Fire restoration, Water damage restoration, Storm damage clean up, and even Covid-19 cleaning are some of the areas we specialize in. Let’s dig deeper into how we are the experts in whatever disaster you may suffer in Youngstown.

Fire Damage

Our highly trained restoration technicians have what it takes to deal with any disaster. Our specialized Fire Restoration Process will get your home or business to preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage

Water damage restoration and mold remediation can be tricky. That’s why it’s best left to the professionals, like SERVPRO of East Mahoning County. Our expertise and scientific approach enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Storm Damage

We’re a Large Loss Team, which means we have the capacity to respond faster to any sized disaster. We were even in Texas helping them recover from the brutal winter storm damage they suffered. We are a network of over 1,700 franchises and have the national resources to respond to anything.

Covid-19 Cleaning

From the start of the pandemic when we were in Portland cleaning on the front lines, to recently when we cleaned the White House before the Biden Administration came in, we’ve been an industry leader in Covid-19 Cleaning. Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program has protected many businesses during this pandemic, and yours can be next!

No matter the disaster, no matter the needs, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is an expert and can help you. Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website to get your Youngstown home or business back to preloss condition fast!

How SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is Cleaning Up Storm Damage in Texas

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Snow covered cars make their way along a busy highway. If SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can help the damage in Texas, they can certainly help cleanup your disasters in Youngstown, Boardman, and anywhere

SERVPRO of East Mahoning county has always been committed to helping our local area recover from disasters and major storms. Now it’s their turn to help during one of the worst winter storms in Texas.

Your local SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has sales estimators, production crews, temporary help, and all the equipment needed to help in Texas during this disaster. We’re part of a network of over 1,700 franchises, which gives us the ability to be faster to any size disaster.

If SERVPRO of East Mahoning County can help the damage in Texas, they can certainly help cleanup your disasters in Youngstown, Boardman, and anywhere else in the county. Our Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration is faster to any size disaster and has the expertise and specialized training to restore your home or business to pre-storm condition.

Our storm services include:

  • Disaster Recovery
  • Water Restoration
  • Caring for Your Belongings
  • Mold Remediation
  • Sewage Cleanup
  • Much More!

Whatever your needs are, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has the expertise, training, and equipment to get your home or business to pre-storm condition. Call us today at (330) 536-7477 or visit our Website to get your disaster handled fast.

How to Prevent Vandalism at Your Youngstown Business

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

image of commercial camera being used at a business building to prevent vandalism Using cameras the perpetrator can be identified by police. You may receive a deduction on your insurance policy for the installation of cameras.

One of the most disheartening things that can happen to any business owner is vandalization to your building. Unfortunately, vandals can strike anywhere. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is here to outline some steps you can take to protect your business and discourage any foul play at your establishment. 

Bright Lights. This is one of the key factors in keeping your property safe. Well lit areas make it difficult for criminals to be so inconspicuous. Work with a lightning specialist and be sure to change the lightbulbs regularly. 

Installing Cameras. This is a pricier option, but it is usually worth the money. Firstly, it gives you proof. Secondly, the perpetrator can be identified by police. You may even receive a deduction on your insurance policy for the installation of cameras. 

Use Unbreakable Glass. Glass that is break resistant is much harder to penetrate and can cause a scene. Most criminals will not want to try and spend the extra time to try and break it.

Keep Premise Orderly. Disorder can attract offenders. Be sure to make sure the property is clear of trash and is overall neat and tidy.

Don’t Let It Go. If your business does suffer from any kind of property damage from vandalism…remove the graffiti promptly. You should also quickly make any repairs to the building if there was damage. Vandalism tends to create more vandalism and can motivate perpetrators to come back.

Property Insurance. Get with your insurance agent and make sure your policy covers vandalism. Most of the time businessowners are on an “all risk” policy, meaning vandalism is covered. If your building is vacant---make sure your agent knows this. There is a special policy for vacant buildings. 

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

If your Youngstown home or business has been affected by vandals…call SERVPRO of East Mahoning county. Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup is one of our ancillary services. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Follow us on Facebook for more of our services and more tips of the trade.

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Is Bleach Effective in Cleaning Up Mold at my East Mahoning County Home?

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Woman upset about mold damage on her wall. To get right to the point. Bleach does not kill mold.

Living in the Valley, you know mold is inevitable. Mold is everywhere. And most homes have it. Especially houses with basements. What can you do as a homeowner to try and control it? Is bleach an effective method to kill the mold? Allow SERVPRO of East Mahoning County to deliberate this approach.

To get right to the point. Bleach does not kill mold. According to the EPA…” Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup.”

But why not? The EPA has not always had this stance on the subject. In fact, sources such as the Huffington Post and the CDC still suggest using bleach to kill mold.  It is not that bleach is not effective at all. It is the fact that it does not work on all surfaces. If we are talking about hard materials such as tile, sure bleach can work to remove mold. But if we are talking drywall or other porous materials…think again. Mold has roots---that spread. The only true effective way to get rid of mold in your walls--- is to take the walls out.

Take a peek at your Clorox bottle… (if you are lucky enough to have one in 2021.) It is meant for non-porous surfaces, right? That is because it is only capable of attacking surface mold. It will not destroy those roots that have embedded themselves in your basement drywall. 

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

So, put down the bleach bottle and call the experts at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County. We are here to evaluate your mold problem at your Youngstown home or business. This is the cornerstone of our business. And we have the best equipment, education, and employees to take care of any mold problems or questions. Call us today at 330.536.7477 and follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade.

Ask an Agent: Am I Covered If a Tree Falls on My Youngstown Home?

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is of a tree that fell on a yellow house If the tree doesn’t hit your home or a structure on your property, such as a detached garage, generally there is no coverage for clean-up.

What if it wasn’t on my property? What about the removal? Will my policy cover the cost of the tree? How about the clean-up if it damages my home?

We have a lot of questions when something happens. Especially when it comes to our homes. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County knows how much anxiety and stress comes from home disasters. And that’s why we are here to help. Let’s ask one of our team members, who is a licensed insurance agent, some common questions dealing with tree damage to the home.

  • What if the tree belongs to my neighbor, but it hits my home?

That is not an issue. You are insured no matter who owns the tree. Most likely, if your carrier decides to pay for the loss; they will continue with a process called “subrogation.” This is when they will write the check for the damage to you, but then they will follow-up on their end to get the money back from your neighbor’s policy. If your insurer is successful in getting the money back, sometimes you even get your deductible back. Sweet deal, right?

  • As the homeowner, am I responsible for the removal of the tree? Or do I have coverage?

You most likely have some removal coverage. A standard amount on a homeowner’s policy generally falls in between $500-$1000, per tree. But it usually has to cause some sort of damage. If the tree doesn’t hit your home or a structure on your property, such as a detached garage, generally there is no coverage for clean-up. So, in laymen’s terms---property damage usually has to occur for clean-up to be covered.

  • What if the tree was a Cherry tree, and it was worth money? Am I covered?

The Insurance Information Institute knows “stately trees and landscaping add value to a property and can be costly to replace. Standard homeowners insurance policies cover damage to trees and shrubs due to disasters or an accident—like fire, lightning, explosion, theft, aircraft, vehicles not owned by the resident, vandalism and malicious mischief.” So, if it is one of the losses mentioned…yes there is some coverage. But usually there is a cap per tree. (And honestly, it is not very much if the tree is valuable.) A good piece of advice is to talk with your agent NOW (before a disaster) and schedule costly trees on your policy. This is usually not expensive to do, and it covers the tree’s value properly.

  • Who pays SERVPRO of East Mahoning County?

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County helps manage the insurance paperwork and process. We deal directly with your agent to make the most of your coverage. However, in order to start our emergency and restoration service, you must sign the “Service Authorization Form.” This allows us to take action immediately. We do not know your insurance coverage; therefore, it is impossible for us to know exactly what your insurance will cover. It is important to understand you are financially responsible for our services if you are not covered. Your deductible is payable before we start work. If for any reason insurance coverage cannot be verified at the time of our emergency service, an additional deposit may be required.

  • Why should I choose SERVPRO for my storm damage?

Lower Recovery Costs – The SERVPRO® system helps save money. Emergency Mitigation Services help minimize additional property damages. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals use specialized test equipment to determine hidden issues. Restoration versus replacement of contents saves heirlooms and money too. By using advanced techniques, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals monitor and ensure your property is put back the way it was before the disaster.

Call us today for a tree loss---or any kind of storm damage. We are the area’s #1 restoration team, and we are open 24/7. Visit our website for more information and follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade.

Why Does Mold Grow on the Bread in Your Kitchen?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a kitchen with a farmhouse sink. Plants sitting on a windowsill in front of it. Although mold is most easily discovered on bread or even the potatoes, the terrifying truth is that mold can grow anywhere in your kitchen.

Why Does Mold Grow on the Bread in Your Kitchen?

You went grocery shopping on Saturday and when you go to make a sandwich Tuesday morning you notice there is already mold growing on your bread. It can’t be so!

Few things are more frustrating than buying groceries only to have them turn moldy in just a few days. If you keep bread on your counter, you may wonder why mold often grows quickly on it. To understand bread mold, you must know a few things about general mold growth.

Mold Reproduces Through Spores

Unlike plants that usually need seeds to spread, mold reproduces through tiny microscopic spores. For spores to take hold, they often need both humidity and a food source. As such, mold is often common in area of your home that are frequently wet.

You may find mold in the following rooms:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces

Kitchen Mold May Be in a Few Places

Although mold is most easily discovered on bread or even the potatoes, the terrifying truth is that mold can grow anywhere in your kitchen. In fact, you may even notice mold in your refrigerator.

Refrigerator mold often occurs inside appliances for a few reasons. First, humidity levels can be high in refrigerators. Also, your refrigerator likely has ample food sources to support mold and fungus growth.

Removing Mold May Not Be Simple

If you stroll down the cleaning aisle in your grocery store, there are likely dozens of products that claim to kill mold. Unfortunately, these products often only mask the appearance of mold. A cleaning product may bleach mold without actually killing it. While you assume mold is gone from your kitchen, spores continue to move around your home on air currents.

Seeing bread mold may cause you to lose your appetite. Unfortunately, it could indicate a larger mold problem in your home. By understanding how mold reproduces, you can develop a strategy for stopping mold. Nonetheless, you may need professional assistance to help you control mold in your kitchen.

If you find mold in your kitchen, or anywhere in your home or business, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County. We are mold mitigation professionals and will eliminate the mold spores. If you need our help, give us a call today!

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Sleepiness is a Safety Hazard

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Man yawning at desk SERVPRO of East Mahoning County wants you to get enough sleep and stay stress-free!

Although we may not be able to agree on if it is called soda or pop, or fireflies or lightening bugs; I think one thing we can all relate to is being tired. If you are old enough to be able to read, there is a good chance you have felt tired at least one day in your life. Everyone has the same number of hours in a day, but the to-do list can seem never-ending.

Lack of sleep can lead to multiple consequences and sometimes be quite dangerous in the workplace.

  • Accidents can happen no matter what, whether you are at home, work, or in the car, with 12 hours of sleep or 4. However, there are many precautions and guidelines put in place to help prevent accidents from happening. If you are driving and feeling extra sleepy, pull over and take a quick 20-minute cat nap. Getting enough sleep at night is just one way to help prevent accidents.
  • Sleep deprivation can cause issues when it comes to memory. It is very normal to forget things occasionally, but if you are sleep deprived, your memory loss can become more frequent and start affecting your work. Being well-rested each day can help you do your best for your co-workers and customers.
  • If you are lacking sleep, it can be more difficult to concentrate and focus on a task. In addition, if you are a usual multi-tasker, it can be harder to juggle many ideas at once.
  • Lastly, a lack of sleep can lead to a weakened immune system. Especially if you are consistently not getting enough sleep each night. When your immune system is weakened, you are much more likely to get sick.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County wants you to stay as safe, well-rested, and healthy as possible. We urge you to be mindful and take care of yourself by resting your body and mind when you are tired.

In case of a fire, or water disaster, we are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are fire and water restoration experts with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle any size disaster.

Call us today if need help or want more information about our services! (330) 536 7477

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

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Working with Adjusters & Agents of Canfield, OH

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial Emergency Ready-Plan

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO Branding Portrays Reliable Service Across Mahoning County

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Pre-Cleaning & Disinfecting in Struthers, OH

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When is the Best Time to Have Your HVAC System Cleaned?

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

before and after of air duct cleaning, dirt and dust on the system in the right and a clean duct on the left Air duct cleaning services in Boardman, Ohio

We may not think about it all the time, but our air ducts are almost always working hard to heat or cool your home. Over time, the system can build-up dust, pollen, and other allergens requiring it to be cleaned out. Having your HVAC system regularly cleaned will not only help it run more efficiently but also potentially prevent larger and more expensive problems.

But when is the best time to schedule your duct cleaning?

Once Spring has Sprung

Spring is the best time to get your HVAC system cleaned for several reasons. Firstly, your air conditioning and heat will need to be shut off while the technician does their work. Since spring has a more optimal temperature than the freezing cold winter or smoldering hot summer, your home will be more comfortable while the ducts are being cleaned.

Another reason spring is the ideal time is that it rains often during these months. The rain is a natural way to rid the air or airborne allergens and pollen. Once the rain washes these particles to the ground, you can be sure your ducts will be rid of the debris.

Finally, moisture in the air can cause a big problem for your HVAC system. Once spring and summer hits, the humidity rises, and that moist air circulates through your air ducts. When this air mixes with the existing dust and dirt buildup in the ducts, a mold problem can occur. For this reason, it is best to have your ducts cleaned out before mold has any chance of thriving in your air ducts.

How Often Should it be Done?

It is recommended that homeowners get their ducts cleaned every three to five years. Under certain circumstances, however, it may need to be done more often. This applies if you suffer from allergies, have pets, have a smoker in the house, or have a very high traffic home. You may need to get them cleaned every two years, or even once a year. Additionally, if you are suffering severe allergy flare-ups, regardless of how long it has been since your HVAC system was last cleaned, you may greatly benefit from having the ducts cleaned.

SERVPRO is always here to help!

Now is the perfect time to have your HVAC system cleaned. Here at SERVPRO, our team of highly trained technicians that are always here to help. By ensuring your air ducts are clean, you are improving the health of your family, and preventing a potential problem in the future.

For more information, give us a call at 330-536-7477 to talk to a certified technician.

Carpet Cleaning Services in Mahoning County OH

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

graphic with text saying "professional carpet cleaning technicians" and a photo of carpets with before and after Professional carpet cleaning technicians in Mahoning County are here to help!

Are the carpets in your home or business actually clean? When was the last time you had the opportunity to detail clean the carpet in your home or business?

To the naked eye, you may look at your carpets and think they are clean.

However, if your cleaning method is just vacuuming, this does that your floors are clean. Although vacuuming your carpets daily is a great habit to be in, your carpets should also receive a steam cleaning as well to ensure longevity and a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true if you have small children or pets in your home.

So what’s the importance of having your carpets professionally cleaned?

Proper maintenance and cleaning of your carpets:

  • Prolongs the life of your carpet. Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule of your carpets will help protect your carpet investment in your home or business while increasing the longevity.
  • Removes trapped pollutants. There is nothing like the feeling of soft, plush carpet below your feet. However, these same carpet fibers are a perfect home for things like pet dander, dirt, and pollen. Seasonal allergies are very common and can be significantly reduced by having the carpets cleaned and removing these pollutants from your home and or business.
  • Easier maintenance. Soils found in carpets are mostly made by gritty and dry particles which can be very abrasive to the pile of your carpet. Over time, the soil becomes embedded into the carpet piles and can lead to premature wear on your carpet fibers. Keeping your carpets properly maintained means that most dry soils can be removed with regular vacuuming.
  • Helps complement the overall appearance of your carpeted room. Cleaned and well-maintained carpets say a lot about the cleanliness of your home or business. Dirty carpets can be an attention-getter as soon as someone steps foot into that room. Having professionally cleaned carpets can avoid that situation and make for a better living and work experience.
  • Removes dust mites and mold spores. While dust mites themselves may not be a problem, the feces and remnants of old body particles are what cause the allergies. Anytime your carpet has foot traffic it is stirring up the pollutants into the air which means you are essentially breathing that in. Given the opportunity and optimal conditions, mold can grow in your carpets as well. Once the mold begins to spread it will eventually make its way through the rest of your home. Regular cleaning can remove the mold spores before they have a chance to spread and cause further damage.
  • Removes stains and spots. Your carpets may acquire a variety of stains and soils over time. Removing these spots and stains quickly can protect your carpets from any further damage.

Remember it is always better to have a pro-active approach rather than a reactive approach when it comes to the carpets in your homes or business. Next time you’re looking for a team to professionally clean and restore your carpets – we are here to help! Call us today at 330-536-7477!

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Water Restoration Service Pro in Boardman Ohio

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Youngstown, Ohio

Flooding and water emergencies don’t 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.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of East Mahoning County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call SERVPRO 24/7 – (330) 536-7477

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.

About SERVPRO of East Mahoning County

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County is located in Northeast Ohio and 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. 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.

A Menu of Services are Available at SERVPRO

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

There's a lot of truth to the fact that life happens fast. Especially when children, pets and a busy, hectic schedule start to get the best of you.

The bottom line is, our homes are lived in and they can get dirty. They need attention and attention takes time. When you don't have enough time in the day, SERVPRO can help.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has residential and commercial cleaning services that include carpet and upholstery cleaning, floor and wall care, odor removal, air duct/HVAC cleaning, biohazard cleanup, vandalism and graffiti removal.

The burden of removing some of the constant care your home or business requires help. That's why SERVPRO of East Mahoning County should be kept on your speed dial. The services offered will keep your home or business safe, clean and create an enjoyable environment for family and friends.

Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County today and enquire about any of the residential/commercial cleaning services mentioned above. We are certainly willing to help and will make it "Like it never even happened."


Call SERVPRO today at (330) 536-7477 to learn more

SERVPRO Embraces a Collaborative Environment

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Collaborative Work In Progress Meeting

As part of the SERVPRO team of employees working at SERVPRO of East Mahoning County, each member enjoys the satisfaction of accomplishing things together. 

Employees are motivated by the leadership and vision of the Executive Team and the support provided to each department head.

Collaboration meetings occur often at SERVPRO, providing each member of the team with an understanding of the importance of accountability to our customers, as well as, each other.

At SERVPRO of East Mahoning County, no job is too big or too small. We are glad to work for a Company that has created an environment of concern for those who have suffered through a disaster and truly need our help. 

Collaboration allows SERVPRO of East Mahoning County to share ideas, concerns and key learnings from on the job experiences. This allows us to remain in the forefront of our industry and strive to make our jobs easier.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County strives to be the most trusted and reliable Restoration Company in our service area. Making each job "Like it never even happened."

Through collaborative efforts, this vision becomes more of a reality. It results in continuous improvement that affords us the opportunity to grow, stay ahead of the competition and not become stagnant.

Expectations at SERVPRO are high. SERVPRO’s sustained growth and stability can only be achieved by meeting or exceeding the expectations we set for ourselves and those of our customers.

Working From Start to Finish with SERVPRO

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Who we are

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has trained professionals working in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property. Our staff is trained in property damage in mitigation and remediation as a result of mold, fire, smoke or water.

What to Expect

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask you several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The street address of the damaged home or business
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • When did the damage occur?
  • What caused the damage? (if known)
  • How much of the structure is affected and if contents have been affected

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling a million different things at once. You need an expert to guide you through the current disaster from start to finish.

Listed below is the start to finish process for a water loss:

Inspection/Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County will carefully inspect your property’s damage, determining the type of water and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Water Removal/Extraction

Typically, hundreds of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The process starts as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Drying and Dehumidification

After the water has been removed, SERVPRO of East Mahoning County use specialized equipment to target the water that is harder to access. Strategic placement of air movers and dehumidifiers draws the remaining water and moisture from your property.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO of East Mahoning County cleans and restores items using special cleaning techniques. They sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Restoration & Rebuild

Finally, restoring your home or business back to its pre-damage condition. The restoration step can be minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms in a home or business.

Content Restoration
After a water loss, if necessary, we pack-out everything that needs cleaned, restored and free of contaminates. We clean it at our facility and then place it in temporary storage until the reconstruction/rebuild phase is complete.

By following us we can put you back into your home or business as soon as possible. Call today at (330) 536-7477 if you have a question or want to schedule a visit.

Contents Restoration Company in Youngstown, OH

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Following a fire or water disaster, the aftermath can leave your belongings contaminated by dirty water, smoke or soot.

It is critically important to initiate contents restoration immediately. If you have family heirlooms, keepsakes or important documents, they have to be cleaned and treated quickly if you want to save them from total ruin.

SERVPRO of East Mahoning County has dedicated a portion of our work force to performing content recovery and restoration for disaster affected properties.

Our team will go to your property to inspect and assess its condition and begin to transfer your belongings to our special climate-controlled facility where the restoration work will be performed.

The goal at SERVPRO is to restore your items to their preloss condition. We will prepare a list of each item so that you can make an informed decision about what to do with your belongings. Nothing will be disposed of without your knowledge or permission.

The items we restore include the following: 

  • Our ESPORTA Wash System restores soft content items like clothing, drapes, beddings, leather goods, shoes, sportswear, backpacks, to 99% clean of dirt and pathogens.
  • The Fireline Ultrasonic System removes smoke, soot and other debris from hard goods including furniture, crockery, glass, crystal, jewelry, figurines and so on.
  • We also have the capability to restore electronic items like televisions, computers, stereos, and other electronic appliances.
  • Important documents like books, bound volumes, manuscripts, paper documents, and even digital media like CDs and DVDs can be dried and restored depending on their condition.

If the contents of your property has been sullied by a fire or water disaster, don’t dispose of your belongings immediately. Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County (330) 536-7477, and let us help you ‘RESTORE’ your precious items.

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SERVPRO Assures Quality Construction

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we guarantee the quality of our work and ensure the best possible final product in a multitude of different ways.

One such method is by letting the various rebuilding materials acclimate for the necessary amount of time.

When a material acclimates, the item's physical temperature changes to match that of the room that it is being installed in.

This is important for several reasons. Not only is the material much easier to work with once it has properly acclimated, but it helps to eliminate the possibility of problems arising in the final product.

Naturally, materials will expand and contract as their temperature changes. A variety of issues can potentially occur if a material is installed before this acclimation process is completed. Gaps can form between separate sheets of drywall, floor boards can buckle, or paneling can get a rippling effect.

These problems not only cause the final product to lose its aesthetically pleasing look, but the material itself must be replaced. Different materials need to acclimate for differing amounts of time as well. All materials must acclimate for a minimum of twenty-four hours; however, some take much longer.

Two examples of such materials are hardwood plank flooring (three to four days) and snap-lock laminate flooring (minimum of forty-eight hours).

Our construction project managers are always there to help with these types of questions, as well as any others, so feel free to ask! 

In need of repairs or remodeling work done? Call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County @ (330)536-7477.

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Restoration Company in Youngstown, Ohio

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

What a terrible feeling to come home to a flooded basement or fire damage. It can make you frantic and leave you feeling helpless.

At SERVPRO, we are here to take care of your needs and ease your worries through the entire restoration process.

We will work with you and your insurance provider to efficiently make any loss “Like it never even happened.”

Our technicians are on-call 24 hours a day 7 days a week to quickly respond to your home or business emergency and begin mitigating the damage.

Our trained professionals follow IICRC guidelines to clean and restore your home or commercial property and belongings.

Our construction team will work with you to make your Youngstown, Ohio house feel like home again following fire or water damage.

If you experience a fire or water damage emergency, call SERVPRO of East Mahoning County 330-536-7477

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