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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

Preventing Water Damage from a Faulty Water Heater

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO TIP: Inspect your water heater frequently to avert water damage.

SERVPRO TIP: Inspect your water heater frequently to avert water damage.

Have you checked your water heater lately for signs of suspicious moisture? It can be anything from excess condensation on the heater’s surface or drops of water on the floor around it. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is often called in to deal with a flooded basement caused by a faulty water heater.

The lifespan of a water heater is typically 8-12 years. After 10-12 years, the likelihood of the water heater malfunctioning increases dramatically. At that point, tiny cracks develop, metal deteriorates, and rust forms. To decrease your risk, regularly inspect your water heater for signs of wear and evidence of water or moisture around it.

A definite sign of a problem is standing water. Sometimes, you can catch a leak before you have a flooded basement by looking for less obvious clues:

-A moldy, musty smell around the walls

-Water stains on floors, ceilings, and walls, including rust and peeling paint

-Floor tiles that are warped or lifted

-Excess condensation or drops of water on the water heater   

If you see any of these danger signs in your Boardman, OH home, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County. We’re the experts at removing water, drying and sanitizing your rooms. We offer cleaning, repair and restoration services.

Here’s what SERVPRO will do:

Water damage can be pervasive; water can seep into carpets, walls, and materials.  SERVPRO’s industrial strength pumps extract the standing water quickly. By removing as much water as possible, we speed up the drying time significantly.

After the water is extracted, we deal with the moisture still left in the air.  Industrial strength dehumidifiers work to remove water vapor and reduce humidity. Once the basement is dry enough, we work to restore as many of your belongings as possible.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County realizes your home is more than just a shelter and contains clothing, furniture, electronics, photographs, and other family keepsakes that are important to you. Our mentality is to restore as many valuables as possible as opposed to replacing them.

Our philosophy is to restore, not replace. Restoring often costs less than replacing in the long run. SERVPRO of West Mahoning Counties has a variety of methods to restore the contents in your home or business back to preloss condition. Browse our before and after pictures to see how we have helped others in the community.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is always ready to answer the phone and dispatch a team to your location day or night. If you have any questions or need water restoration services, call us today! (330) 609 8543

How to Prepare and Recover From Severe Storms in Mahoning County

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Preparing for severe weather can improve your home’s ability to withstand strong storms

The season of vacations, swimming, grilling, and fun has begun! Summer is here, and unfortunately, so are summer storms.

On May 28, a severe thunderstorm struck  Mahoning County. The area affected was declared a federal disaster. Severe weather, including thunderstorms and tornadoes, are common during the summer season.

The aftermath results in excessive water leading to structural damage. Although there are no ways to stop Mother Nature’s force, there are steps you can take to prepare your home for a storm in your area.

Storm preparation should begin with a careful inspection of your home. This includes both inside and outside areas that may be vulnerable to the storm’s force of wind and water such as:

  • Check windows for cracks or gaps
  • Inspect gutters for built-up debris
  • Browse yard for dead or dangerous tree limbs

Another way to prepare for a storm before it occurs is to create an emergency disaster kit for your home or business. Here, you can find a list of recommended items for what to include in your kit.

Preparing for severe weather can improve your home’s ability to withstand strong storms. However, despite your best efforts, summer storms can still cause damage to your home or business.

In the event storm damage does occur to your property, a quick response is key to a full recovery. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has trained restoration specialists to provide 24/7 emergency services that will make your home or business, “Like it never even happened.”

Don’t let a storm rain on your summer parade, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County today 330-609-8543

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Commercial Content Cleaning and Fire Restoration

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

By serving the residents in the Youngstown, OH area every day, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County values the opportunity to restore and care for some of the most unique property in the valley. We complete countless numbers of commercial and residential jobs every year and each one is individually unique.

Your homes and places of business will always receive our utmost attention and care in your time of need. But what about the personal belongings that are affected by water, fire, smoke or soot?

Shipping containers, storage units, garages can provide extra space to store contents, but they also create a damp, dark space for mold spores to thrive. If kept in these environments for extended periods of time, items can become damaged by weather, moisture, and mold.

We are able to lead a coordinated effort with the insurance carrier and the customer to begin the process of making them whole again. As part of our array of restoration services, we don't just pay attention to the structure; we'll also help take care of the contents of your home or business. It’s the jobs that require content storage that allows SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to show what we can do.

Your home and business contain many of your most valuable possessions. Your business is your livelihood. The team at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands just how trying, disruptive and traumatic major losses - such as a fire - can be.

Some of our content services include:

Inventory – One of the first priorities in fire restoration is to complete an accurate inventory to help ensure you can properly account for all your belongings. Your SERVPRO of West Mahoning County technician can provide a detailed room-by-room inventory of contents, including digital photographs and bar codes for each item, suitable for filing insurance.

Move Outs – When the structure has suffered extensive damage, the cleanup and restoration process may need to be facilitated by relocating the contents for cleaning, deodorization and storage while structural repairs are being completed. A supervised moving crew can carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home or office.

Contents Cleaning – All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO of west Mahoning County technicians begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate; we provide wet or dry cleaning methods.

Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to as near as preloss condition as possible; this includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding and much more.

If the contents of your home or business has incurred smoke or soot damage resulting from fire, please call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at 330-609-8543.

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Summer Grilling Safety Tips for Austintown Residents

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

July is the peak month for grill fires which can cause burn injuries and damages to your home.

Summer grilling season is in full swing! July is the peak month for grill fires which can cause burn injuries and damages to your home. A grill placed too close to anything that can burn can be a fire hazard.

Here are some quick safety tips to remember:

  • The grill should only be used outdoors at a safe distance away from any deck railings, roofs, and low tree branches.
  • Never leave your grill unattended and always make sure to keep pets and children at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Prior to lighting the grill, make sure the lid to your gas grill is open. This prevents gas from building up inside and causing a fire.
  • After grilling, clean the grates by removing any grease or fat buildup.

There are several ways to get a charcoal grill ready for use. If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add any other flammable liquids or materials to the fire. Another option is to use a charcoal chimney starter which allows you to use newspaper as a fuel.

Prior to using a propane or gas grill, check the gas tank hose for leaks. The soapy water leak test allows you to quickly check for leaks. This short video shows how to perform the soapy water leak test. If you see bubbles, you know you have a leak.

If you smell gas at any time while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not try to move the grill.  

Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to clean a gas or charcoal grill to ensure your grill is safe and ready for the grilling season.

Stay safe this summer while grilling in Austintown! If you experience fire, smoke, or soot damage call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County. Call (330) 609 8543 today for immediate help!

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Be In The Know When Dealing With Fire

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

We have the expertise to handle everything for you and get your home restored back to preloss condition.

Because no two fires are exactly alike, it would be impossible to rubber stamp the proper restoration methods for dealing with a fire. Just dealing with the wide variety of building materials alone, and the way they burn, can make things complicated and difficult to understand.

General advice is universal when it comes to what you should do if you experience fire damage. The list reads something like this - call your insurance company, secure the property, call a restoration team, and so on.

Certainly, fire damage restoration should begin in the first 24 hours, so choose a restoration company that is experienced and savvy in dealing with insurance companies. They will need to speak on your behalf to help reduce further damages and safeguard your claim.

Here is a quick list of things to ‘do’ and ‘not to do’ after a fire in your home:

DO’s -

  • Keep foot traffic and activity in your home at a minimum. Too much activity will activate the soot and dirt causing it to find those hard to reach areas.
  • Change the filters in your AC/heating units to prevent soot and dirt from recirculating
  • Put down temporary walkways – sheets or towels
  • Take pictures and document your losses
  • Cover any unaffected assets to protect them from further damage

DO NOT DO’s –

  • Do not try to keep any food items, including canned goods.
  • Do not attempt to clean walls, ceilings or furniture. Leave it to the professionals.
  • Do not try to reuse carpeting or upholstered furniture. They will need to be replaced
  • Do not turn on any electrical appliance, including computers.
  • Do not enter the home until you have been told it is safe to do so.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County wants you to be safe after your home experiences fire damage. We have the expertise to handle everything for you and get your home restored back to preloss condition. We employ experienced project managers and technicians that will work with your insurance company to make the restoration process “Like it never even happened.”

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Multilevel Structure Fire Handled by SERVPRO

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the capability to clean and restore your property and belongings regardless of the size

The team at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County had the opportunity to provide cleanup and restoration at a local multilevel structure following a 2 AM fire call. The picture displays the smoke and soot damage resulting from the fire which originated in a fifth floor kitchen area.

Upon arrival, we dried the structure from water damage caused by extinguishing and placed state of the art deodorization equipment. Water had made its way to the 2nd floor and created more damage than anticipated.

Our team performed the necessary demolition and efficiently cleaned & restored the structure, making the damage "Like it never even happened."

Fire can lead to a wide range of damages in your home or business and spread smoke throughout the entire structure in just minutes -leaving smoke and soot everywhere. You should avoid walking through a property following a fire to avoid health risks, even if only a small portion was damaged.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the capability to clean and restore your property and belongings regardless of the size. No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO.

Our contents processing team has the ability to do a complete inventory of your personal belongings to aid in the claims process. Depending on the severity of your loss, we can clean your contents on site or perform a partial or full pack-out where your belongings will be moved to our contents processing facility to be cleaned and stored until restoration is complete.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.
SERVPRO is always here to help.

Call (330) 609-8543 to schedule an appointment.

Summer Storm Causes Water Damage to Austintown Homes

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Although it goes relatively unnoticed by most homeowners, chimney damage can occur as a result of repetitive water damage

As the summer storm season approaches, late afternoon showers and thunderstorms become a strong possibility. The Mahoning Valley has experienced several of these debilitating storms over the past few years. These summer showers can bring torrential rain, lightning, damaging hail, strong winds and plenty of flooding. The damage they leave behind can become considerable to home and business owners.

The contents, carpets, and furniture of homes affected by water can be seriously damaged or even destroyed. Flooring begins to warp and crack, drywall becomes saturated to the point of ruin and valuable items are at risk. 

Water damage may occur on an upstairs level from an overflowing tub or a pipe break. If so, be aware of sagging ceilings. They may contain hundreds of gallons of water and burst at any moment. Stay clear of sagging ceilings! 

Since water and electricity don't mix, avoid turning on anything electrical, especially light switches. You should turn off all utilities at their source. Electrical systems and HVAC should be inspected before resuming use. The best advice to avoid this risk is to call a professional electrician for assistance.

Although it goes relatively unnoticed by most homeowners, chimney damage can occur as a result of repetitive water damage. The chimney brick, mortar and metal flashing can deteriorate over time allowing unwanted water to make its way into your home. Chimney inspection should occur annually and the necessary repairs made to eliminate bigger problems over time. 

Remember, the longer water damage is allowed to remain, the more problems you will have. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the team of professionals you need to help mitigate and restore water damaged homes or businesses in the Mahoning County area.

We provide storm and emergency services 24 hours/day. Please call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at (330) 609-8543 for all of your restoration and cleaning needs.

Large Loss Disaster Response Team available in Mahoning County

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.

The Commercial Large Loss Division at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is composed of a group of highly trained, skilled technicians, committed to serving at a moments’ notice in difficult conditions.

Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned to handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County carries the designation of a Disaster Recovery Team able to support commercial large loss victims locally and throughout the United States.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. The latest technology, equipment and standards of care are implemented to quickly return the property to “Like it never even happened.”

At SERVPRO of West Mahoning County, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. With the ability to mobilize from local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. 

Get the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team professionals, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at (330) 609-8543.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • Senior Living
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Hospitality Industry
  • The Pentagon

The SERVPRO of West Mahoning County Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is prepared for the unpredictable.

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SERVPRO Suggests Home Appliance Maintenance Tips

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

You can actually extend the life of your home appliances and avoid a water disaster in your home

Maintaining home appliances is usually not top of mind in households across America. As a matter of fact, most people will shrug off the slighest thing related to appliance maintenance and repair.

If you can find the time, you can actually extend the life of your home appliances and avoid a water disaster in your home or business with these few tips and tricks:

Clean Refrigerator Rubber Gaskets

They say refrigerators and freezers have a lifespan of approximately 10 years. To ensure full life, make sure you regularly check the rubber gaskets found on your fridge and freezer doors. Scrub off food and debris with soap and water and dry with a towel. This will help the doors seal tight and prevent condensation and moisture loss.

Keep Dishwasher Clean & Smelling Fresh

Make a point to do a weekly rinse of 1 cup of vinegar in your dishwasher to keep it smelling fresh. This will also help prevent water lines from clogging and backing up.

Change Water Filter Regularly

Over time, water filters clog up from trapped sediments. Recommendations are to change filters every 3-6 months or even sooner. This can ensure proper water pressure and proper flowing water free of backup potential.

Check Your Washing Machine Hoses

Prevent any floods or leaks in your laundry room by inspecting the hoses. Lookout for any cracks, weak spots, and deformities. It’s also a good idea to replace the hoses every five years. 

If you incur water damage from overflowing dishwashers, broken water lines or backups, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at (330) 609-8543