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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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Commercial Damage Creates Inconvenience

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of commercial building SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is ready to provide restoration services to any business who might need our help!

We are halfway through 2020 and there have been enough major global and nationwide events for the entire year. Most commercial businesses just received permission to reopen and begin functioning normally again.

The last thing any business owner wants is an unforeseen disaster that further delays business. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to provide the most efficient services to repair and restore any damages that may occur.

Fire and water damages can be very overwhelming, which is why we specialize in providing the top care for your commercial business.

Our objective is to restore damages without the client having to worry and stress. Our highly qualified team provides water and fire damage restoration, mold remediation, cleaning services, storm, and major events.

Our highly trained team will revitalize a wide variety of damages using advanced restoration and cleaning equipment. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is locally owned and operated, our services are made available 24/7, and we are happy to help!

To learn more about the services we provide call us at (330) 609 8543 or connect with us on LinkedIn.

Using Technology To Prevent Fires

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

image of person holding smoke detector and inserting batteries into it Some of these smart smoke detectors can also offer spoken directions to guide you about what to do during a fire.

In this day and age, there are lots of smart technological advancements that you can use in your home to prevent fires and ease your mind.

Normal smoke detectors work well. However, a smart smoke detector can send an alarm notification to your smartphone. We always have our smartphones on us, so if a fire starts in your home, the system can alert your phone and the fire department at the same time. Some of these smart smoke detectors can also offer spoken directions to guide you about what to do during a fire. 

The use of cameras in your smart smoke detector are also a possibility. With this, you can record footage of the fire to understand where it may have started in case you were not home during it. These smart smoke detectors have the ability to alert you when the battery is low via your smartphone and can often detect carbon monoxide. 

Another option is installing smart batteries into your regular smoke detector. These battery options can power your existing smoke detector and send any emergency notifications to your phone. Before any low battery chirping happens, these batteries will send you a push notification that it is time to replace it. 

If you have heard of a space heater that turns off when it falls over, then you may know about devices that can automatically shut off a stove when cooking is left unattended. Using motion sensing technology, a sensor will detect if you have left the kitchen and a countdown will start to shut off the stove. When you return to check on the stove, it automatically restarts the countdown and will stay on. 

Have you ever left the house unsure if you unplugged the iron, curling iron or coffee pot? The use of smart outlets or smart plugs can ease your worries. You can turn off small appliances from your smartphone if you've already left the house. That way, you won’t need to turn back around and double check! SERVPRO recommends any smart device in your home be installed by a professional. As always, if you have any questions or need us to assess any fire damage in West Mahoning County, call us anytime at (330) 609-8543.

Preventing Dryer Fires in Mahoning County

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

image of dryer machines severely burnt causing significant fire damage to the structure of the property Dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss each year

Dryers are an essential appliance and are present in over 80% of American homes. As with all home appliances, preventative maintenance is key to not only the longevity of the appliance but avoiding dangerous situations that put yourself and your family at risk.

Here are some examples of simple tasks that can help you avoid dangerous situations.

  • The first and most obvious step one can take is cleaning the lint screen every time the dryer is used. This is accomplished by taking the lint screen out and wiping off the debris and throwing the debris away.
  • Another step to take in avoiding a dryer fire is to make sure there is ample space between the wall and the appliance. By not leaving enough space the venting material can get crushed, thus leading to a hazardous situation.
  • Make sure the dryer vent is cleaned often. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home dryer fires are reported each year. These clothes dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents This is a simple check that can be done by going outside and making sure that exhaust air is blowing, failure to do so may result in a blockage and a repair tech may be needed to inspect.
  • As with all home appliances, properly following the manual and service recommendations should extend the life of your dryer and help prevent fires.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, never leave your dryer running and unattended while sleeping and/or leaving your property for an extended amount of time.

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As Soon as You Notice Water Damage

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of standing water on wooden floor The most common causes of water damage are flooding from heavy rains, a pipe bursting, or malfunctioning household appliances.

Water damage of any size can be devastating for a homeowner. The most common causes of water damage are flooding from heavy rains, a pipe bursting, or malfunctioning household appliances. Regardless of the cause of water damage, you may feel overwhelmed and confused on what to next. By acting promptly, you can minimize the damages to your home. The very first issue to address is if it is safe to stay in the house. Standing water damage can cause electrical hazards. If this is the case, find a safe place to stay and leave the work to a professional. Below are five tips on what to do once you notice water damage in your home.

  1. Identify the source

If it is possible, shut off the source of the water. If you are not able to locate the source, it is best to call a professional.

  1. Remove excess water

Use mops and towels to absorb as much water as possible.

  1. Protect valuable items

Remove art objects and other valuable items. Remove all rugs from flooded areas, and place tin foil under furniture to protect the furniture from water, and the carpet from staining.

  1. Contact your insurance provider

Depending on your insurance plan, you may be covered for remediation

  1. Contact a Professional

After water damage, mold growth can begin in less than one day. Oftentimes, more areas have been exposed to water damage than you can see. If left untreated, this could turn into an even bigger mold problem. Professional water restoration companies have the equipment and training to ensure your house is properly cared for.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is always here to help. Our advanced inspection and extraction equipment will find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Give us a call at (330) 609-8543. Our staff will be right there to answer any questions or to alleviate any concerns that you may have.

Commercial Sanitization and Disinfection Ready Plan in Canfield, OH

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO worker suited in full PPE, unrolling plastic bio-hazard wrap SERVPRO is an ‘all everything cleaning’ company, quite simply the leaders in cleaning and restoration

It’s been approximately six weeks since the viral pandemic has infiltrated our country and now in the communities in which we live. As I noticed after 9/11, we are truly living in uncertain times.

At SERVPRO of West Mahoning County, we have always been prepared to sanitize and disinfect. It is one of the many services we provide for those who require a bioremediation or deodorizing service. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are always ready for whatever call we may receive.

So, with this worldwide pandemic upon us, businesses are calling and asking questions concerning our protocols in case an employee would unfortunately become infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Some of the questions are: “Can you sanitize for us”? “How much lead time do you need”? “How much will it cost”? “Do you perform this type of service”? As these questions continue to be asked, please be assured that the answer to all of them is “yes.”

SERVPRO is an ‘all everything cleaning’ company, quite simply the leaders in cleaning and restoration. During this pandemic, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County can put together a COVID-19 Outbreak Ready Plan for any company or business that would like one. We perform this service at no cost just as we do with our ERP (Emergency Ready Plan) that keep commercial accounts ‘ready’ for any disaster like flood or fire.

The COVID-19 Outbreak Ready Plan informs the customer as to whether we would be performing proactive sanitization services or reactive cleaning & disinfecting. Proactive service is just that, a service performed to slow the spread. The reactive service is performed as a response to a known case or positive test for the virus.

In either of these scenarios, you can be sure that SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in bioremediation, sanitization and disinfection.  They will be there to take care of your needs during this difficult time in professional and empathetic fashion.

If you would like to get more information about the COVID-19 Outbreak Ready Plan call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County @330-609-8543. We are on call 24/7/365. In the meantime, here is an information blog about our COVID-19 services: https://www.SERVPROwestmahoningcounty.com/blog/post/203311/why-SERVPRO/SERVPRO-cleaning--sanitation-services-in-mahoning-county- 

Sensing the Sneaky Signs of Water Damage

3/29/2020 (Permalink)

image of the 5 senses humans have During these rainy spring months, it is important to avoid any further water damage or mold growth in your home

If you've been spending more time at home, you may notice some mold or water damage in your home. During these rainy spring months, it is important to avoid any further water damage or mold growth in your home. Here’s what to look for to avoid the unwanted water from damaging your home using four of your five senses.  

YOUR NOSE You will be able to smell strange smells and odors. Usually, your nose can be a great detector that something is not right. If you smell a musty, mildew scent, try to seek out the source of that odor. If you are smelling a scent reminiscent of a wet diaper, and you don’t have any babies around, it could be a sign of water damage as well.  

YOUR EYES Look for discoloration and stains on your walls or your ceiling. Look for drywall stains that are yellow, brown or off-white. This is an obvious sign of water damage and possible mold growth happening in your insulation behind your walls and above you.  Look for paint that is peeling or cracking. If you notice any paint on your walls or ceiling that is bubbling, blistering or flaking, this could mean recent water damage or previous damage before you moved in.  Keep an eye out for an unusually high water bill. If you are seeing the price go up, this may mean something is going down. Water might be wasted because of a plumbing leak and this can be a  

YOUR EARS If you hear sounds of trickling water or water running when it shouldn’t be and when no one is using the plumbing, you should look for a leak somewhere.  YOUR TOUCH If your doors and windows are gradually becoming harder to open and close, it may be a sign that their wooden frames are swollen due to water absorption. If you are noticing any of these warning signs, please contact us at SERVPRO® of West Mahoning County and schedule your appointment at SERVPROwestmahoningcounty.com

Practicing Safe Social Distancing

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

image of social distancing with three people separated by aarows One thing is for sure true; the best thing we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has many of us feeling stressed and overwhelmed. New updates, rumors, and other’s opinions are bombarding social media. It can be difficult to differentiate between what is the truth and what may be false. Here at SERVPRO, we are doing our best to not only follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC, but also to protect others with our disinfecting services. What we do know is that the best thing we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. Below are five tips on how to practice safe social distancing.

  1. Maintain a social distance when leaving the house

If you have to leave the house, it is recommended to maintain at least six feet between you and others that are non-family members. Do your best to stay physically away from people who you do not live with.

  1. Reduce the frequency of going to stores and restaurants.

Getting food is necessary, however, you should do your best to limit the number of times you go out. Try your best to go during hours that are not very busy.

  1. If you are feeling sick, stay home

It is very important that you stay home , especially if you aren’t feeling well. If it is imperative that you leave the house, be sure that you wear a mask to protect others around you.

  1. Wash your hands often

Although most of us know this one, it can never be said too many times. Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways you can slow the spread of the virus. Wash for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Also, try your best to avoid touching your face throughout the day.

  1. Try to maintain social connections over the phone

Even if we feel confined to our homes, we should still do our best to continue our everyday routine. If you begin feeling a little stir crazy, go outside for a walk or call a friend.

For more reliable information on COVID-19, or to find answers to questions you may have, visit the CDC website, or the Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus website.

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/