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Humidifiers versus Dehumidifiers: Which one do I need?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of residential dehumidifier in a basement Basements are often susceptible to mold growth because they have little exposure to sunlight and tend to gather moisture which leads to high humidity.

Humidifier or dehumidifier? Do I need more moisture or less moisture? My body feels all out of whack and I don’t know what to do!

Luckily, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to help you understand the difference and hopefully have you feeling better soon.

Tools such as the humidifier and dehumidifier have been invented to measure, control and regulate humidity, circulation, and temperature to best suit our bodies. Humidity is a very important factor in determining how comfortable a space can feel.

Low amounts of water vapor in the air can cause dry skin and hair, static electricity, and increased likelihood of catching a cold or respiratory illness.

Both humidifiers and dehumidifiers help improve indoor humidity levels and eliminate respiratory illnesses like asthma and chest congestion.

A humidifier increases the amount of moisture in the air while a dehumidifier decreases the amount of moisture.

Cold and Winter Months:

During the cold, winter months the air is usually dryer and airborne viruses are more easily transmitted because of the dry air. A humidifier adds moisture to the air and can help you avoid getting sick.

Humidifiers are also often used in babies and children’s rooms to aid in their breathing throughout the night.

Basements:

Basements are often susceptible to mold growth because they have little exposure to sunlight and tend to gather moisture which leads to high humidity. A dehumidifier would probably be best in a basement if your basement always feels damp and musty.

Mold:

Mold loves to grow in dark, damp places. To reduce the likelihood of mold, the amount of moisture in the air needs to be reduced. This is where a dehumidifier would be appropriate.

If the humidity levels in your home are all out of sorts, or mold has already taken up residence in your home, it is probably best to call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County. We can assess your air quality and help you make the right call.

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Quality Construction Services Available through SERVPRO

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

image of a living room before and after SERVPRO Construction services were performed SERVPRO of West Mahoning County guarantees the quality of our work and work to ensure the best possible final product.

At SERVPRO of West Mahoning County, we specialize in fire and water, but also offer quality construction services. Our construction team can come in and rebuild your home or commercial property after a fire or water event, or you can call SERVPRO and request the construction department on their own.

We guarantee the quality of our work and work to ensure the best possible final product.  For example, when utilizing rebuilding materials, it is important to let them acclimate for a given amount of time. When it acclimates, the physical temperature of the material changes to match that of the room or area it is being installed. As the temperature changes, the materials expand and contract.

Waiting helps eliminate the possibility of problems arising in the final product. If the materials are installed prior to completing the acclimation process, gaps can separate between sheets of drywall, floorboards can buckle, and paneling can get a rippling effect.

Different materials need to acclimate for different amounts of time with the base time being around 24 hours. Some materials can take much longer, such as hardwood plank flooring usually requires three to four days.

Once these problems become apparent, the aesthetic appeal is ruined and the materials usually need to be replaced. Our construction managers are always available to help, whether on the phone or they can come out and take a look.

If you need some help with a rebuilding or remodeling project, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County!  We are happy to help in any way we can!

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SERVPRO Offers Emergency Restoration Advice

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks and logo SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to help you, no matter the situation!

When an emergency strikes, most people want to act immediately to try and minimize the amount of damage. Unfortunately, sometimes people make the wrong choice and end up costing themselves more damage than was originally there. After any emergency, your home should be inspected by a professional before making any restorations.

Fire and Smoke Damage:

  • Inspect items carefully before utilizing them again: dishes, utensils, clothing, furniture, upholstery, and carpet
  • Prop open your doors to help with air circulation
  • Call a professional company such as SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to come board and tarp up your damaged windows, doors, or roofs.
  • DO NOT turn on any electrical appliances before having them inspected
  • DO NOT wipe or try to clean any fire damage off walls, or ceilings
  • Be care where you walk. It can initially be difficult to determine how much damage was done.

Water Damage:

  • Open all furniture drawers, closet doors, and pieces of luggage to help speed up the drying process
  • Remove valuable documents, books, and electronics to a dry space
  • DO NOT walk into any rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on
  • DO NOT use a regular household vacuum to try and suck up water

Although these tips can help alleviate initial problems, future damage can happen if you only stick to temporary fixes.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to help you, no matter the situation. Our professionals are highly trained in fire and water restoration. We will be able to restore most of your contents to preloss condition. We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Is There Truth Behind "Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight?"

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Red sky There is some truth behind the saying, "red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky in the morning, sailor's take warning."

Almost everyone has heard the old saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in the morning, sailor’s take warning.”

It is often used at sunrise and sunset to signify the changing sky and the weather that will follow. The saying is referenced in the bible and sometimes refers to shepherds rather than sailors. But is there any truth behind the saying?

Science points to yes. Generally, weather systems or storms travel from west to east. In the morning, the sun rises in the east, and in advance of an approaching weather system would illuminate the storm clouds. This creates the red sky in the morning. Throughout the day, there would be a better than average chance of a storm. 

In contrast, when the sun sets in the west as storm clouds are departing and pressure is building, then the sun would illuminate the departing clouds. This creates the red sky at night and fair weather the following day.

However, there are always exceptions. Sometimes, storms travel south to north and then the saying would not hold true.

Storms can happen anytime, day or night, with or without a red sky in the morning. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is always prepared to handle any type of storm and the damage that might occur. We are known for our commitment, experience, and quickness to any size disaster.

We are happy to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you have any questions, or need our help, call us today at (330) 609 8543

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Commercial Construction Services

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Before and after photo of kitchen Take a look at the before and after of this kitchen. If you need help, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County!

Did you know SERVPRO of West Mahoning County can do more than just fire and water restoration? Although we are better known for those services, we also offer several construction services.

Due to the nature of our business, we are often in contact with people who experience damage to their home or business, and then need rebuilding or remodeling services.  We can do anything from a simple demo or bathroom remodel to a complete house rebuild.

Below is a list of some of the services we can provide:

  • General contracting
  • Drywall removal
  • Drywall installation
  • Hardwood floor repair
  • Painting
  • Additions
  • Post construction clean-up

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County offers additional services as well including storage, electronics restoration, emergency temporary board up, and roof tarping.

If you need help rebuilding your home or business, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County! (330) 609 8543

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The Importance of Hydration

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Young boy drinking water In the summer heat, hydration is important for kids and adults alike!

When you hear SERVPRO and water... you probably think of water where you do not want it. Maybe your basement or an overflowing toilet. In this case, we are here to tell you about the importance of hydration and drinking water.

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to function properly and maintain overall good health.

Water should always be your first choice when it comes to hydration. Most doctors recommend 8 eight-ounce glasses each day. However, everyone’s body has different needs. Some people may need more, some people may need less.

Other foods and drinks can help you on your way to achieving your 8 eight-ounce glasses a day. Fruit, vegetables, juices, milk, and herbal tea can count towards your daily hydration. Even caffeinated drinks such as coffee and soda can be okay in moderation.

Around 400 milligrams of caffeine per day is not harmful for most people. In case you are like me and can not even begin to picture what 400 milligrams looks like, here are the caffeine contents for popular drinks:

  • 12 ounces of soda: 30-40 milligrams
  • 8 ounces of black coffee: 80-100 milligrams
  • 8 ounces of green or black tea: 30-50 milligrams

If staying hydrated is difficult for you, here are some tips to help you out:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you during the day. Buy a reusable one with a design you like.
  • If you do not like the taste of plain water, try adding some fruit like a slice of lemon or lime
  • If you are feeling hungry, try drinking water instead. Sometimes, thirst is confused with hunger.
  • When you go to a restaurant, order water. It is free and will help keep you hydrated.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to help keep you hydrated and healthy this summer. If there is water somewhere you do not want it, do not hesitate to call us! We are water mitigation experts and happy to help!

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Common Reasons Your AC Unit Breaks Down

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Air conditioners leaking water If you need help cleaning up water damage from a leaky air conditioner, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County!

It is the middle of summer and the last thing you need right now is for your air conditioning to stop working. Chances are, if you are reading this blog right now – your AC has already decided to stop working.

The good news is – SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has some easy fixes for you to try.

Just like with any major appliance, AC units also require maintenance and repairs. Some reasons that an AC may be experiencing issues are:

  • Faulty Wiring
  • Low Refrigerant
  • Broken Fan
  • Clogged Air Filter
  • Clogged AC Drain Line

Clogged air filters and AC drain lines are one of the bigger sources of water damage to your home.

Homeowners often neglect to change the filter on their AC, leaving it to become clogged, preventing proper ventilation.

AC units can frost over, creating a mass of moisture and ice. If the unit is ever shut off, this ice will have nothing to keep it frozen. Everyone knows, ice at anything below a frozen temperature begins to melt. Water pooling from the melting ice will eventually chip away at the ceiling structure or dry wall, depending on where your AC unit is located.

Clogged drain lines can be added to the list of issues. Air conditioning systems contain air handlers including coils that distributes freon. As these air handlers function, they sweat or produce condensation that travels into a drip pan. Mold and bacteria multiply in any sitting water. Along with any bacteria buildup, dust also finds itself into the drip pan, eventually clogging the drain line.

The severity of the root cause and the damage accompanying it, will determine what types of repairs may be needed. Air conditioning water damage may consist of a small leak, which would require a bit of drying out the area after the repair. Other issues may go unnoticed for extended periods of time, requiring more water removal and cleanup, or drywall repair.

When you first notice your air conditioning system is breaking down or needing repairs, calling a plumber or repairman is essential. Any homeowner's next steps should be to call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of West Mahoning County.

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Wind, Thunder, and Rain…Oh My!

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO worker repairing roof The best way to prevent unexpected and serious roof damage is to inspect your roof at least twice a year.

Summer storms have the potential to pop up quickly, cause unexpected damage, and then leave by the morning. More specifically, strong winds can cause trees and tree branches to topple over and find a new home on your house or blow shingles off your roof.

The four areas of your home that are most commonly damaged are roofs, windows, doors, and garages.

Before even hearing news that a severe storm carrying strong winds is on the way, there are several steps that you can take to protect your home from serious wind damage.

Maintain Landscape and Trees

Pay close attention to any trees that surround your home. Wind can cause tree branches to break off or the entire tree to fall, which can pose a serious threat to the structure of your home if the tree is planted too close. 

Be mindful not to over-water trees, usually just the rain provides enough water in Northeast, Ohio. Over-watering your trees often results in shallow, weak root systems, which increases the chances of the tree taking a spill into your yard or house.

In addition, objects such as patio furniture, grills, or other backyard items can grow some wings and fly away during strong winds.

Inspect the Roof

When was the last time you were on your roof? Probably not last week.

Since they are not in our usual line of sight, sometimes we are not aware of the condition of our roofs or shingles until serious damage has been inflicted upon them.

The best way to prevent unexpected, serious roof damage is to inspect the roof at least twice per year. Look for signs of damage such as loose or missing shingles and water damage in the attic.

If you are not a “climb onto my roof” type of person, then hiring a professional can provide insight and possible suggestions to make sure your roof stands the best chance of surviving the storm.

Finally, if possible, it may be beneficial to invest in weather-resistant shingles the next time they need to be replaced.

Reinforce Windows and Doors

Storm shutters on windows and doors can help protect them from flying debris caused by strong winds. You can purchase storm shutters or make your own by nailing plywood to windows and doors.

Lastly, if particularly strong wind is expected, garage door bracing kits can be useful, which will help keep the garage door in place during the storm.

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County today if your home or roof incurs damage from a storm! We are always ready to help at a moment’s notice. (330) 609 8543

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Lordstown Motors Unveils The Endurance: First Electric Pickup Truck

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO owners Jimmy Dobson and Andy and Katie Dobson with Lordstown CEO Steve Burns SERVPRO owners Jimmy Dobson, Andy Dobson, and Katie Dobson with Lordstown Motors CEO, Steve Burns

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Lordstown Motors unveiled The Endurance Pickup truck at the Lordstown assembly plant to a crowd of around 300 people.  It is the first fully electric pickup truck projected to hit the market in early 2021.

The event featured speeches by the Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouilette, and Vice President Mike Pence.

Vice President Mike Pence began his speech by stating, “It really is an honor to be here. To be able to drive up and unveil what will soon be the first fully electric pickup truck on the market in the United States of America. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Lordstown Endurance.”

When Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns spoke at the event, he alluded to the importance of this kind of innovation for the Midwest and the Mahoning Valley. According to WKBN, Burns stated, “I think people expect this kind innovation to come from the coast. There’s nothing wrong with California, but the Midwest is where cars are made. The Midwest happens to be where the most pickup trucks are sold, and so we thought, why should California have all the fun?” The plant will need to hire a few hundred workers to keep the production timeline up to speed.

Live coverage by the media was available on YouTube, and WKBN 27’s website.

Our marketing department was honored to be able to attend the live event and watch the unveiling first-hand. In an interview with WKBN, SERVPRO Mahoning County owner, Jimmy Dobson stated, “To look at this truck, how it’s put together and the look of it is amazing, how it will perform for us and the efficiencies we’ll get out of it, we’re absolutely excited about it.” Vice President Mike Pence was in the passenger seat, as it was driven on stage.

SERVPRO intends to support the local company and purchase the Endurance truck when it is available in early 2021. We can not wait to see what is next for the Mahoning Valley.  

Summer Fire Safety Tips for West Mahoning Residents

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Bonfire SERVPRO is here to remind you to stay safe while roasting marshmallows this summer!

Believe it or not, fire safety changes with the seasons! Summer is the season of bonfires and cookouts and along with those come new safety tips to keep you, your family, and your home safe.

On average, around 10,600 home fires are started each year by grills. July is the peak month for grill fires followed by June, May, and August.

Bonfire Safety:  

  • Stop, drop, and roll
  • Follow the rules of your town or park
  • Keep gas, lighter fluid, and other flammable materials far away from the fire
  • Check your location before starting a fire to make sure the fire will not spread to a forest
  • Be prepared and know how to put out a fire. Douse it with water or cover it with dirt

Grilling Safety:

  • Propane and charcoal grills should always be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed away from overhangs, deck railings, and any low hanging branches.
  • Never pour lighter fluid on a lit grill
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it
  • Keep children and pets away from the area

If you experience fire damage, need help, or have any questions about the tips above, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County. We are here to keep our community members safe while having fun this summer.

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