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Cooking Safely in West Mahoning County

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is of a woman cooking in a white kitchen with a flaming pot on the stove. She is using a fire extinguisher. The #1 reason kitchen fires occur is due to unattended cooking. Always have your eye on the stove and oven.

Home fires can strike at any time---but did you know that December through March are the peak months for home fires? And I bet you can guess which room takes the most heat (pun intended). That’s right. The kitchen. Obviously, the kitchen gets the most love during the holidays, which in turn, increases the likelihood of cooking fires. Let SERVPRO of West Mahoning County give you some tips on how to keep those flames at bay at your Boardman home.

  • Always keep flammable items away from flames and hot surfaces, including oven mitts and dish towels.
  • The #1 reason kitchen fires occur is due to unattended cooking. Always have your eye on the stove and oven. Do not walk away and set timers when you have something in the oven.
  • Keep a clear path for walking. Do not leave bags, groceries, or toys in the way. These can all be tripping hazards.
  • Do not cook if you are tired. It is best to grab a pizza instead. Tired cooking can lead to larger problems like ignoring the stove.
  • Always use caution when dealing with hot pans and scalding hot liquids, such as oil. Splashes can cause serious burns, as well as the trays, pans and serving dishes they are in.
  • Make sure children stay out of the kitchen as much as possible. Or at least three to six feet away from hot surfaces to avoid burns and spills.
  • If a fire should ignite follow these safety guidelines from Hopkinsmedicine.org:
  1. Do not pour water on it. Water can cause oil to splash, which can not only hurt you but also spread the fire.
  2. Slide a lid over the pan to smother the fire and turn off the stovetop, leaving the pan covered until it has completely cooled; alternatively, baking soda can also be used to extinguish small grease fires.
  3. If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.
  4. “Take your loved ones with you, but do not re-enter your home to get your cellphone, computer or other personal belongings.

Once the fire is put out and it is safe to enter the home again, allow SERVPRO of West Mahoning County help you pick up the pieces. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Youngstown home or business may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our project managers will be with you every step of the way, from tearing out damaged materials to putting them back. As a local restoration and construction company, we pride ourselves on providing honest and high-quality service to our customers and community.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home so it looks "Like it never even happened."

If you are in need of cleaning or restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County @ (330) 609-8543.

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What Constitutes a True Blizzard in Mahoning County?

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

image of an intense winter blizzard covering all cars, roads, and trees in the image with a great deal of snow Whether it is a “true” blizzard or just a major snowfall…SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has you covered this winter!

Anytime we see an immense amount of snow coming out of the sky---we throw around the term “blizzard.” But what truly is considered a blizzard? And what makes it different than a large snowfall? SERVPRO of West Mahoning County dissects this brain buster.

In the United States, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a “severe snowstorm characterized by strong winds causing blowing snow that results in low visibilities.”

The real difference between a blizzard and a snowstorm is the strength of the wind, not the amount of snow. Huh! Who knew? To actually be a blizzard, a snow storm must have sustained winds or frequent gusts that are greater than or equal to 35 mph with blowing or drifting snow which reduces visibility to 400 m or 0.25 mi or less and must last for a prolonged period of time—typically three hours or more.

Now if you want to talk “severe blizzards” those are even more gnarly. A “severe blizzard” is one where winds reach 45 mph, zero visibility, and temps as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are old enough to remember the “Blizzard of ‘78” that was one for the books here in Youngstown. It has been almost 43 years, but folks still remember on January 26th, 1978 when the blizzard hit the area bringing with it a foot of snow, winds up to 70 miles per hour and wind chills nearly 70 degrees below zero. The “Blizzard of ’78” is said to be the most severe snowstorm in Ohio’s history, causing about $210 million in damage across the state. Wow. Good thing we have not seen one of those in a while.

Whether it is a “true” blizzard or just a major snowfall…SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has you covered on the definition or help if you need it this winter. Blizzards may be awesome to see occasionally…but they can also cause major property damage to your Youngstown home or business. From roof damage to floods…SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is Mahoning County’s top restoration company in the area. Our restoration specialists have your best interest in mind, combined with the expertise and equipment to get any job done right. Call us at 330.609.8943, 24/7---we are here every day of the year…” blizzard” or shine.

Choose SERVPRO of West Mahoning County this Holiday Season

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

image of three SERVPRO green vehicles parked in a fleet formation at a job We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing & replacing

The Holidays are filled with love, laughter, and potentially a lot of hazards. Just re-watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Before you start your Holiday festivities---take a moment to see how safe your home is right now. We do not want to end up like Clark now, do we?

December is the peak month for fires due to immense amounts of cooking, candle lightning and Christmas tree fires. Good thing SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in fire restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home, so it looks "Like it never even happened." We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition. We focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.

Another issue is mold and dust are everywhere during the holidays. Most people store our Holiday decorations out of sight like in attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Unity Point reports, “dust, dirt, and mold have developed all over them (decorations) and you are about to drag that stuff all over your house. Not to mention that your live Christmas tree is bringing everything from mold spores to bugs and pollen into your house from the outside.  Did you know that SERVPRO of Mahoning County is the leader in mold remediation? Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Also, when the temperatures in the Valley drop---another hazard can be frozen pipes that could cause water damage. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage—easily $5,000 or more,” according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. When your home or commercial property has water damage from a frozen pipe, our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enables us to properly dry and restore your property. Our attention to detail ensures that the drying process goes off without issue, and your home or business will be stabilized before you know it. Our construction division will come in directly after and will work closely with your insurance provider, making sure your home is as good as new.

No matter what kind of disaster comes your way this Holiday season---rest assured SERVPRO of West Mahoning County can handle it all. We wish you nothing but happiness, but should you need our professionals for any disaster type service---we are here for you just like Eddie is for Clark. Visit our website for more information on all the types of services we offer.

Canfield, OH Winter Fire Safety

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

image of a lit candles The days that are most prevalent for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Ahh---Wintertime. The memories of summer are long gone, and it is time for hot cocoa, candles, and fireplaces. But did you know that HALF of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February according to the National Fire Protection Agency?

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to keep you safe while you enjoy your favorite winter pastimes with these few facts and tips.

  • According to USFA “1 in every 7 home fires and 1 in every 5 home fire deaths involves heating equipment.” Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in two of every five fires (40%). Keep anything that is flammable at least 3-feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters.
  • To keep your home safe from invisible odors like carbon monoxide, install and test a carbon monoxide alarm at least once a month. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane do not burn. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of CO. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months, and in residential properties.
  • December is the top month for candle fires. Not a surprise there, right? The days that are most prevalent for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Keep an eye on those flames and ensure they are not near something that can catch fire.
  • The biggest category of home fires in the US fall into the electrical class. About half of all home electrical fires involve an electrical distribution or lighting equipment. You also want to watch out for washer and dryers and space heaters.
  • Portable generators are common here in the Valley. However, many homeowners are unaware of risks they pose. Improper use of a generator can present risks such as carbon monoxide, electrical shock, and electrocution. Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible.

Did you know that SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in fire damage restoration? We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home, so it looks "Like it never even happened."

If you need cleaning or restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County @ (330) 609-8543.

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Boardman, OH Deep Fried Turkey Accidents

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

image of woman safely removing turkey from an oven with flame-retardant gloves Wear flame-retardant clothing, gloves, and eye protection when placing the turkey into the oil and removing the turkey.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I bet you can already taste all those fixings. From stuffing to mashed potatoes…we could not possibly pick a favorite. Unless of course, it is the turkey.

Have you ever deep fried your turkey? If you talk with most people…the flavor and consistency is unbeatable. Crunchy and flavorful. But scary fact----deep fried turkeys help add to the total of more than 1,000 fires each year related to deep fryers. There are more cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. These fires can cause serious burn injuries and estimate fire damage at an annual amount of $15 million to homes and contents.

If you would still like to go the route of deep frying your bird. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to give you some tips on how to do it as safely as possible.

  1. Get started on planning early. If you attempt to deep fry a frozen or partially thawed turkey, you could end up with serious burns.  A frozen or partially thawed turkey could explode or splatter, launching oil on those near the deep fryer.  Make sure your turkey is fully thawed before deep frying.
  2. Isolate the fryer. Make sure that fowl and fryer are placed in an area away from guests, children, leaves and flammable items.
  3. Wear protective clothing. Wear flame-retardant clothing, gloves, and eye protection when placing the turkey into the oil and removing the turkey.
  4. Use proper equipment. Make sure your equipment is functioning appropriately.

Our professionals at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Should any fire damage occur--- call your local fire department and 911 immediately. If your home or property suffers damage from a deep fryer or any related equipment call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to help with the fire damage. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home, so it looks "Like it never even happened."

If you need cleaning or restoration services from a fire loss, call SERVPRO at (330) 609-8543.

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Mahoning County Ice Dams

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

image of large ice dam hanging over roof of a home The perfect recipe for an ice dam is when outside air temperatures are in the low 20s (°F) for several days with several inches of snow on the roof.

The cold weather is coming. And residents of West Mahoning County know all too well about ice and snow.

But have you ever heard of the term “ice dam”? And is this something Ohioans need to worry about?

An “ice dam” is likely to occur when the temperature in your attic is above freezing. But not for long…the melted ice runs down the roof and hits the colder eaves, it then refreezes creating an “ice dam.” If this cycle repeats over several days, the freezing snowmelt builds up and forms a dam of ice, behind which water pools up into large puddles, or "ponds". The ponding water can then back up under the roof covering and leak into the attic or along exterior walls.

The perfect recipe for an ice dam is when outside air temperatures are in the low 20s (°F) for several days with several inches of snow on the roof. Ohio has seen mild winters the last few years, but this is not to be taken lightly by homeowners, since Ohio is known to drop into the low 20s and below.

According to State Farm Insurance…here are the warning signs to look for when an ice dams are starting.

  • sagging ridgeline
  • drooping ceilings
  • water leaks on interior walls and ceilings
  • jammed doors
  • cracked interior walls near the center of your home
  • creaking sounds

When a large storm hits Youngstown, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is there to help our residents and businesses with their water damaged properties. If recent storms have caused flooding from an ice dam or other water damage, our highly trained technicians are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond immediately to flood or water damage of any size. We have the training, expertise, and experience to properly clean, restore, and rebuild your home quickly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our local technicians will closely monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is put back to normal. Our staff of professional and knowledgeable personnel in construction will guarantee your home is put back together so that it will truly look "Like it never even happened." Throughout the entire process, our staff will be right there to answer any questions or to alleviate any concerns that you may have.

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Emergency Flood Cleanup Available Through SERVPRO®

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO water technicians setting up equipment to begin the drying process of water damage to a home Heavy and fast rainfall can cause issues very quickly and keep sump pumps from keeping up in a storm.

Heavy rain fall can infiltrate a home or business in minutes. Most of the time it is a problem in the lower level or basement of a home or in a crawl space. Water can seep in under garage doors, around improperly sealed windows or through cracks in the cement foundation or walls. Water will always take the path of least resistance.  Heavy and fast rainfall can cause issues very quickly and keep sump pumps from keeping up in a storm.

If you find water where it is not supposed to be and you don’t know to remove it, we are here to help. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has several different types of extraction equipment used to remove the water as quickly as possible. We will extract the standing water and then set up drying equipment to remove moisture from the structure.

You can rely on our 1-4-8 policy, which is standard response to every loss that is reported to us. From the time you call us to report a loss, we will answer your call within 1 hour, and we will have a technician on-site in 4 hours to begin pretesting and placing equipment. Within the next 8 hours, we will have all the relevant information communicated to your insurance adjuster.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is locally owned and operated, and we have the resources to handle a large storm or flooding emergency. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country. By working together, we will make sure the job is done correctly and efficiently to minimize the stress for you! 

If you need help with storm or flooding damage, call us today! (330) 609 8543

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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.

Call the experts today! (330) 609 8543

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.”

Call us today! (330) 609 8543

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