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Puff Backs - Boardman, Ohio

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

How Do Puff Backs Occur? 

Puff backs occur due to a furnace malfunction and causes soot to spread throughout your home. This usually occurs with oil burning furnaces that have resulted in an explosion.

Removal Process:

You could try to remove the soot residue yourself depending on the damage. If there is too much soot you will need to contact a professional cleaning service because certain approaches and chemicals are implemented during the removal process.


One simple method of preventing a puff back is by constantly making sure the oil heating system is dust free. Another way for ultimate protection is to have your heating system inspected and serviced annually.

Professional Service:

This could happen to your home, if this occurs call us at (330) 609-8543. Our team offers multiple cleaning services to residential and commercial structures. Like our Facebook page for more tips!

Minor Mold Vs Major Mold - Canfield, Ohio

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Minor Mold?

There are different ingredients to try and remove mold.

Mold Removers:

Vinegar Mold Remover

In a spray bottle add -

½ vinegar

½ water

Bleach Mold Remover

1 cup of bleach

1 gallon of water

  • Do not rinse off

Hydrogen Peroxide Mold Remover

3% hydrogen peroxide

Tea Tree Oil

1 tsp tee tree oil

1 cup water

  • Do not rinse off

Major Mold?

These mold removers are a more cost efficient method. For excessive mold, you may need to call a professional service.

We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

Our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber. We invest in ongoing mold remediation training and the latest equipment to serve you better.

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Holiday Fire Safety - Boardman, Ohio

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention

  • Watch out for extension cords and multiple wires that are hidden behind carpets and curtains
    • Overloading Circuits is a common mistake especially for families who possess multiple electronics because they do not split the devices and run a different circuit.
  • Install an operating fire extinguisher and smoke detector
  • Prepare a plan for emergencies
    • Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety.

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause, action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes.

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

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Storm Damage to Commercial Structure - Power Drives Inc. - Erie, PA

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

When a storm hits in your County area, it can create massive destruction to your home or business. Storms can cause different problems for everyone. Some may have water damage, mold, sewage backup, and other cleanup required problems.

Our 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.

A storm occurred in the Erie, PA area and our company was able to provide our 24 hour emergency service. 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)609-8543 for emergency 24/7 service.

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Broke Water Line - Sewage Backup - Toilet Overflow in Austintown, Ohio

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

The Three Different Water Stages

There are three different types of stages of water, three being the most hazardous.

Stage One

The first stage is clean water which is usually from a broke water line, but this stage can quickly turn into stage two or three if untreated.

Stage Two

Stage two is usually from toilet or dish overflow and is considered gray water. Stage two may include bacteria and viruses and needs to be treated immediately to prevent stage three from occurring.

Stage Three

Stage three water is extremely hazardous and contained with unsanitary water filled with bacteria.

We are a 24/7 hour service and if any emergencies like this occur we are able to help here at SERVPRO.

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Thanksgiving Fire Prevention Letter

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Dear Individual Who Wants to Avoid a Fire,

As we are approaching the most incredible meal of the year, it is important to practice fire safety tips. It is necessary to follow these simple tips to avoid a fire in your Canfield, Ohio home.

  1. Make sure your smoke alarms are working
  2. Have a fire extinguisher available
  3. It is imperative to stand by the food you are frying or grilling
  4. Avoid loose clothing to prevent it from catching on fire
  5. Do not use water to put out a grease fire!
  • Use baking soda
  • Use a fire extinguisher if the fire is flaring
  1. Have someone in or near the kitchen at all times
  2. Make sure the handle of your pot is not placed towards the kitchen
  • Keeping it placed correctly could save your meal from spilling 
  1. Use a timer and continuously check on the food
  2. Keep Children out of Kitchen 


SERVPRO of West Mahoning County

P.S. Enjoy your Turkey.

Mold in Austintown, Ohio

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Preventing Mold

Preventing mold in Ohio homes can be complicated because of the excessive rain and moisture. Leaky roofs and floods are common in this state because of the rainy weather. Water damages should have an immediate professional service to prevent homes from molding.

Dangers of Mold

Not only does mold create an ugly scenery and an unpleasant smell, but scientists are claiming it can affect your health!

This whole occurrence can be extremely overwhelming. As a restoration company, we can eliminate the problem with our high quality products and trained staff.

Minor Mold

For minor mold try combining baking soda with liquid soap and essential oils. Just mix the two products and scrub the grout with a tooth brush.

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SERVPRO Storm Team in Houston

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey

The recent storm, Hurricane Harvey strengthened into a hurricane and affected Houston, Texas.


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; this prevented many individuals from living in their own homes.

Restoring Houston Properties

Our storm team traveled to Houston to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The team assisted many affected properties to help Houston residents get back to their daily routines.

Storm Team

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) 609-8543

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Power Outage Due to Storm in Canfield, Ohio

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Was There a Power Outage? 

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 whether a power outage occurred if you were not present during the storm.

How to Determine 

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.

Tropical Storm & Hurricane Tips

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Preparation Methods:

  • Have an emergency kit ready

The kit should be filled with emergency essentials:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Radio
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Map of area
  • Contact info
  • Extra keys
  • Personal documents
  • Clothes/shoes

Actions before/during the Storm:

  • Monitor the radio and TV for any emergency announcements
  • Load car with important necessities ahead of time
  • To avoid any dangerous possibilities, it is best to evacuate ahead of time
  • Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges on foot or in a vehicle
  • Immediately head for higher ground if there is a flash flood warning

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is locally owned and operated. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

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