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How Closing Your Bedroom Door Could Save Your Life

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

bedroom door with geometric wall pattern in the background Do you sleep with your bedroom door open or closed?

To sleep with your door open or closed? As simple as the question seems, the choice could be life changing. Although many people aren’t sure what the best option is, what you choose can seriously impact you and your family’s safety if there were a fire.

How a Fire Grows

Every 24 seconds a fire department in the US responds to a fire. A closed door may be one of the best pieces of firefighting equipment you own. The reasoning behind this is: for a fire to grow, it needs oxygen. If all doors are closed in the house, the amount of oxygen is limited, and the fire is less likely to spread.

Why This is so Important Today

On top of this, preventative measures are even more crucial today because most furniture is made from synthetic material, which is extremely flammable. Most modern homes have an open floor plan which also contributes to the quick spread of house fires. It was estimated that 40 years ago, individuals had about 17 minutes to safely escape their house if there were a fire. Today, it is estimated that people only have about 3 minutes to escape. This is due to how fast spreading fire growth is. 

Benefits of a Closed Door

According to a ten-year study conducted by the Underwriter Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute, only 29% of Americans sleep with their door closed. This is both shocking and troubling to these researchers, because they know how much a closed door can affect the outcome of a house fire. Not only do closed doors limit the amount of oxygen a fire has, it also provides a physical barrier. This barrier protects the room and those in the room from the extremely high temperatures of a fire and the smoke it produces. To see a real life demonstration of how crucial a closed bedroom door is when it comes to fire safety, check out the campaign video: “Close Before You Doze” by the Underwriter Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute.

Some ways to prevent a fire in your home include:

  • Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries twice a year
  • Turn off and unplug hot hair tools
  • Never leave cooking food unattended on the stove top
  • Avoid smoking indoors
  • Always blow out candles
  • Clean the lint out of the dryer tray after every load of laundry
  • Make a fire plan that includes escape routes

SERVPRO is always here to help, 24/7. If fire damage or smoke damage becomes a problem in your Mahoning County home call us and we'll make it, "Like it never even happened."

Winter is Coming: Property Edition

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

text stating "Winter water cleanup and restoration" with green snowflakes in the background and a servpro logo SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands the dangers and importance of handling damage during a winter storm warning.

Christmas is upon us and with Christmas comes winter. With winter, comes winter storm warnings.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning county cares about our community and we want families to stay safe during a winter storms. Since disasters strike at any time, we are here to help 24/7/365 with any damage caused by winter storms such as pipe-breaks, ice dams and sewer and drain back-ups. 

How You Can Prepare

There are always precautions that families can take during a winter storm.  One of the first, is knowing the difference between a winter storm watch and winter storm warning. 

  • A winter storm watch according to the National Weather Service (NWS) means conditions are favorable for a winter storm event that could be a threat to life or property.     
  • A winter storm warning according to the National Weather Service (NWS) means heavy snow of 6” in 12 hours or 8” in 24 hours, or sleet of ½” or more. According to the National weather Service.

Knowing what is coming will help you be better prepare during a winter storm. 

Tips to keep your home safe and secure during a winter storm:

  1. Make sure you have an alternative heat source. This could be wood for a fireplace. To really prepared having a small generator to hook up is great.
  2. Make sure you have alternative lighting. One option is plenty of batteries and flashlights.
  3. Keep portable chargers for you cell phones handy
  4. Have a designated meeting place for family to gather to make sure everyone is accounted for once the storm passes 
  5. Have extra blankets and covers on hand
  6. Have a list of emergency services at a central area to call if needed. This includes police, fire EMS and of course SERVPRO who has techs on call every hour of every day.

These are just a few helpful tips to keep you prepared during a winter storm warning.  As with everything, knowledge is key. The more you know the better prepared you will be.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands the dangers and importance of handling damage during a winter storm warning.  So, if you experience damage call SERVPRO at 330-609-8543

Water Remediation Specialists near Mahoning County

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

woman holding door with water spilling out of the sides If the time comes you do have a water, fire, mold or even a Hazmat loss, call SERVPRO, so we can make it “Like it never even happened."

This past summer has been one of unprecedented rain fall. It feels as if, here in North East Ohio, the days of a relaxing, steady, “water the lawn” type of rain, is a thing of the past. The spring and summer of 2019 provided us with record rain fall that seemed to be accompanied by high winds, torrential rains and flooding that are traditionally more typical for areas subject to hurricanes and tropical storms.

So, what does that mean for the surrounding areas and communities?

For us here at SERVPRO, it meant being extremely busy.

As for residents, it has meant many homeowners, including myself, waking up to flooded basements, trudging through nasty, smelly water and inventorying all the items lost due to unexpected water intrusion. Water damage to your property is truly, a horrible experience! As in any horrible experience, there are things that we can learn and in doing so, become better prepared.

One common, reoccurring theme that we at SERVPRO heard, was that numerous homeowners, had lived in their homes for thirty plus years and had never had any water intrusion in their homes. The problem with never experiencing the disaster, is that we are lulled into a false sense of security. The very common “It won’t happen to me” mentality. This is a dangerous and costly mind set to have and the point of this blog. 

A large amount of our customers were, unfortunately, faced with the knowledge that they did not have the type of insurance coverage they needed, or the coverage they did have, was not adequate to fully cover the water damages their property incurred.

Having said that, SERVPRO would like to share some tips and strategies learned both personally and professionally in result of loss from water and sewage intrusion.

  1. Check your property insurance coverage. Do you have coverage for a water loss? “Back up” coverage and “Sump Pump failure” are two of the most common types of coverage. Check with your agent and make certain that one or both (depending on your situation) are included on your policy.
  2. Conduct a personal inventory of your basement. What kind of basement do you have, finished or unfinished? If your basement is finished, and you have a limit of $5000.00, YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH COVERAGE! Many times, especially in a sewage loss, all building materials and contents must be disposed of. This means carpets, baseboards, drywall, paneling, laminate flooring, furniture, electronics, etc., are all disposed of if exposed to black water. In the event of water damage: SERVPRO would arrive at your home, remove previously mentioned items, clean, sanitize and dry the structure. But now, all those items need replaced and depending on the severity of the loss (there usually is not enough left to do so). Again, inventory!! The more you have in your basement, the more coverage you need. Let’s say you have rainwater, not sewage, and it’s a foot deep. The furnace, washer, dryer, hot water heater, can all be destroyed. The expense of replacing these items alone, will surpass $5000. So, even if your basement is unfinished, the costs of a water loss can add up quickly!

To re-cap, call your insurance agent, make an appointment and prior to visiting his or her office, do an inventory of items in your home. Ask questions, regarding your coverage, the amount of said coverage and how it compares to what you would need to replace in the event you suffer a loss.

Most importantly, remember, if the time comes you do have a water, fire, mold or even a Hazmat loss, call SERVPRO, so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why do Ice Dams form on Gutters? Protecting your Mahoning County property: WINTER edition

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

roof with icicles hanging from the top we are available 24/7 to make all you winter water disasters, “Like it never even happened.”

As the leaves fall and the seasons change, it becomes clearer… winter is closing in.  Living in a northern climate we can always expect to experience winter storms that can really pile up the snow.  When the snow builds up your roof, you can start to see icicles hanging down, a clear indication that you have an ice dam starting.

What’s an ice dam? 

Ice dams are the result of snow melting on the roof and running down to the eave of your home. Once this water makes it to the edge of the roof it freezes.  As the water keeps melting under the snow, it keeps building ice up and slowly creates a dam of ice. Our roofs are designed to shed water, not to have standing water on them. Once the ice dam has built up large enough to stop the melting snow water from shedding off the roof, the water will start to find a way to migrate through the shingles. Then the water will begin to penetrate the roof causing the water to leak into your home. Typically, it will show up in the corner of the wall and ceiling, at the top of windows and doors or at the bottom of the wall making the flooring wet.

Why do ice dams happen?

Ice dams are the result of heat escaping from the home into the attic.  As the attic warms up, it heats the roof decking and starts to melt the snow. The water runs under the snowpack and freezes once it makes it to the overhang. 

How can you prevent ice dams?

Having adequate insulation and proper ventilation in your attic can greatly minimize ice damming on your home.

Once you have an active ice dam, damages will start.  Wet insulation, bubbling paint and possibly drywall sagging.  With the water in the ceiling and walls, it is important to have the wet areas mitigated. 

If you see the signs of ice damming and have water intrusion in your home, be sure that you call SERVPRO – we are available 24/7 to make all you winter water disasters, “Like it never even happened.”  

Holiday Fire Safety Tips for Mahoning County property owners

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

candle with christmas decor surrounding the flame If your property does incur any fire damage or soot damage, we are here to help 24/7.

The holidays are always a great time to unwind, enjoy good food and spend time with your family. Whether your family goes all out or has a small celebration, they need property to do it in. This holiday season SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to help you protect your property with cooking and decorating fire safety tips.

Holiday Cooking Tips

  1. Watch out for fire starters – keep all flammable material away from the stove or deep fryer
  2. Never leave food unattended – any food frying, boiling, or grilling should be watched closely
  3. Use a timer – this can help you keep track of what cooking and when to turn the oven off

Holiday Decorating Tips

  1. Pay attention to light – be sure to hang indoor lights, indoors only (outdoor lights, outdoors only)
  2. Turn off all lights and decorations while you are sleeping or away from the home
  3. Position your tree safely – trees should be at least 3 feet away from fireplaces and other possible heat sources

This season and every season, be sure to practice fire safety regularly to maintain your property and peace of mind. If your property does incur any fire damage or soot damage, we are here to help 24/7. Give us a call at 330-609-8543

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO!

Pipe Break Prevention for your Mahoning County property

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

up close shot of a pipe with icicles hanging from the bottom  We are proud to serve you and make your winter storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Winter is coming!! Is your home or commercial property ready for freezing temperatures? SERVPRO of West Mahoning County wants to help you get ready for whatever may happen this winter!

When water freezes, it expands. This could mean trouble for the pipes in your building. Think about what happens when you forget about a can of soda. What was intended to be a quick chill can easily turn into an explosion! And what a mess that is.

Now, think about the pipes in your house similarly, but on a larger scale. When the water in a pipe freezes, it expands. If it expands enough, it will burst, and serious damage can follow.

Here are some ways you can protect your home or commercial property from freezing temperatures this winter:

  1. Remove garden hoses and store them inside. Close the valves supplying the outdoor hose bibs and leave the bibs open allowing water to drain.  Leaving it open allows any remaining water to expand without causing the pipe to break.
  2. Inspect areas without heat where pipes run. Areas like garages, attics, and basements and under cabinets are areas to focus.
  3. When away from the house for an extended period during the winter, be careful how much you lower your heat. A lower temperature may save you money on the heating bill, but there could be disaster if a cold spell hit the valley. 
  4. Let your faucet drip. This can help prevent a pipe from bursting.
  5. Know where your water shut-off valve is located. In the event of a burst, you want to know how to respond quickly.

Our crews are available 24/7, 365 for your emergency property needs when it comes to fire, water, or mold – we are here to help!

We have state of the art equipment and highly trained technicians that are proud to serve you and make your winter storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Certified Restoration Company in Canfield, OH

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Corporate shield of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, clean

If you were to do a Google search for “water damage restoration company” it will likely produce over 500,000 results. This is a bit overwhelming. Do you know how to differentiate the best of the best from the mediocre?

When water damage impacts your commercial property in Canfield, OH, you want professionals to help get you back in business as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County works closely with insurance companies to get you back up and running with minimal interruption. We realize that downtime results in lost revenue.

As business leaders know, contacting a professional restoration company is the first step to restoring your property from water damage. However, many individuals may not know how to select the most exceptional, ethical company. It's important to know that hiring an IICRC-certified company will prove beneficial.

What is the IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries.

How Does a company Obtain the IICRC Certification?

Water mitigation companies must follow specific criteria including:

  • Provide consumers with accurate data
  • Conduct business processes with integrity and honesty
  • Ensure that a trained technician is present for all work assignments
  • Guarantee that a continuing education program is in place
  • Maintain policies for written complaints
  • Hold liability insurance

Why Should You Choose an IICRC Company?

Water damage can happen a variety of ways, including but not limited to: flooding, a burst pipe, sump pump overflow, and sewage backup. Standing water can lead to severe property damage, as well as mold infestation. When this happens, it's crucial that you acquire water damage restoration services from a qualified team of professionals.

Because the IICRC is efficient in establishing reference guides and industry standards regarding water damage restoration and mold removal, companies that have been certified by the organization will likely offer you the excellent, effective services you want.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is IICRC certified and available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If your home or business suffers from water, fire, or storm damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County! (330) 609-8543

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A Healthy Roof Can Keep Your Home Dry

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Missing shingles on the roof of a home following a heavy rain storm Roof damage is a constant threat to the structural integrity of your home. Volatile weather patterns makes roof maintenance a top priority.

Think about the devastation a storm or heavy rain can cause. What part of your home or business should endure this type of devastation? In most cases, it is probably your roof.

Roof damage is a constant threat to the structural integrity of your entire home or building. With the volatile weather in the Mahoning County, it makes roof maintenance a top priority. Below are some tips on how to take care of your roof:


Tip 1: Perform a thorough routine inspection during whenever possible. Pick a time when you can perform the inspection and perform repairs with minimal risk of precipitation. Make sure to do the following:

  • Inspect drains and gutters to make sure they are clear
  • Inspect the surface of the roof to make sure there are no cracks or exposed surfaces
  • Look for signs of wind damage

Tip 2: Check your roof-mounted equipment and make sure it is securely in place. Properly attached equipment will minimize roof damage in severe weather conditions. It is recommended to use qualified professionals to reattach inadequately secured equipment, instead of trying to reattach it yourself.

Tip 3: There are limits to how much weight your roof can bear, so it is important to always be aware of load limits. During periods of intense rain, blocked drains can turn small roof puddles into large lakes. Record-breaking snow or snow followed by rain or ice can also cause load problems.

Tip 4: Check the underside of the roof. If possible, look at your roof from the inside. If you see evidence of leaks or damage, add those areas to your repair list.

Tip 5: No roof lasts forever. If your roof is old or showing signs of weakness, it may be time for a roof rebuild. An engineer can evaluate your current roof and recommend a course of action.

Weather can cause even the best-maintained roof to fail. Roof damage never picks a convenient time to occur, so it is comforting to know that there are storm damage mitigation teams available.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in emergency roof repair and mitigating water damage caused by storms.  If you need your roof inspected, or your roof is in need of repair, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County! (330) 609-8543

Storm Safety Tips for North Jackson Residents

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning bolt hits the roof of a home during a thunderstorm Each year lightning claims 55-60 lives and injures about 300 people. It important to take safety precautions to keep yourself safe during a storm

News flash: “Weathering the storm” is ten times harder without preparation. Here are some tips and best practices to help you prepare you business, home and family for dangerous thunderstorms.

What Makes a Thunderstorm Dangerous?

By definition, a thunderstorm is a rainy cloud that produces lightning. A “severe thunderstorm” is a storm that contains either a tornado, hail, or wind gusts that exceed 57 miles per hour.

In any case, every thunderstorm has lightning. Therefore, it is important that you know the best way to protect your home and your family from the potential dangers of thunderstorms.

Preparing for the Storm

Beyond recognizing the threat of a storm, you can also prepare for it. A storm emergency kit can be key to keeping your family safe in the event of severe weather. Here are some items that you may way to include in your emergency kit:

  • First-Aid kit
  • Bottled Water
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries

In addition to these items, your family should also create a storm safety plan to ensure that everyone, especially young children, are aware of what to do in the event of a weather emergency. Check here for tips about what to include in your safety plan.

During a Thunderstorm

Each year lightning claims 55-60 lives and injures about 300 people. It important to take the recommended safety precautions to keep yourself safe during a thunderstorm.

The first is recognizing the threat of a storm. There are three indications that lightning is about to strike:

  1. A buzzing sound during a storm
  2. A tingling sensation in your body
  3. Tasting something metallic

If you are outside during a storm, all of these signs may signal that lightning is about to strike. To reduce the risk of injury or harm you should crouch down to the ground, grab the balls of your feet, and cover your head and ears with your arms.

Storm damage can also be costly. However, preparation can help you avoid unnecessary stress and money. If you ever find yourself in need of assistance for storm damage repairs, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will always be here to help!

We are known for our commitment, experience, and quickness to any size disaster. We will be there to assist you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you have any questions call us today at  (330) 609-8543

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Water Restoration Service Pros in Austintown, Ohio

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause damage to the structure of your home.

A basement can flood at any time. Basements are inherently prone to flooding, because they are normally built partially or entirely below ground level. Flooding around basement walls can often be attributed to insufficient drainage, heavy rain, a faulty sump pump, or a combination of these factors.

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause damage to the structure of your home.

Structural damage will cost a lot more money than simply hiring a restoration expert. When water seeps underground it can cause the surrounding ground to shift. Evidence of this type of damage can be found in cracks along ceilings and walls. The longer you wait, the worse the problem can get.

Technicians at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County are highly trained and certified in water restoration, including basement and crawlspace flooding. They have the experience, expertise, and equipment to remove the water and dry your basement properly. The water removal and drying processes implemented emphasize monitoring and documentation. This validates your property is dried properly.

Learn more about SERVPRO of West Mahoning County’s residential and commercial restoration services.

Safety pre-cautions you can take before help arrives include:

  • Make an assessment and decide: Is the house safe to stay in?
  • Only perform activities that are SAFE for you to complete. Wet materials can be extremely heavy!
  • Make sure to shut off electricity and gas before walking into water.
  • Call your insurance provider to find out what your kind of flood coverage you have and to file a claim. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for many local and national insurance companies.

Click here for more SERVPRO approved safety tips.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has professionals on call and available 24/7 to respond to any emergency. Water emergencies don’t wait for business hours, and neither do we! You can rely on SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for all your water restoration needs! Call today- (330) 609 8543