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Summer Storms Can Causes Water Damage to Austintown Homes

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Summer Storms Can Causes Water Damage to Austintown Homes 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)

Commercial Large Loss Disaster Response Team available in Mahoning County 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)

Water Damage SERVPRO Suggests Home Appliance Maintenance Tips 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

Ellsworth, OH Residents Use SERVPRO's Expertise

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

You know the old adage, “April showers bring May flowers." Well, too much water can bring something else too, mold. That four letter word (mold) is always present throughout our everyday environment. Mold is defined as “a superficial often woolly growth, produced especially on damp or decaying organic matter or on living organisms by a fungus." Despite this unsavory definition, what needs to be understood is that not all mold is bad. 

The "bad" mold is the type we don’t want in our home or place of work. It can produce allergens and irritants and cause health issues to some. At SERVPRO of West Mahoning County, we have the professional training and experience to resolve any mold issues you may have. 

Before mold remediation begins, the cause of the humidity and moisture (water) must be addressed. When indoor humidity is higher than normal, mold growth can occur. Keeping your indoor humidity below 45 percent can help minimize or even eliminate mold growth. But, if there is a continual water (moisture) problem, then mold may continually reappear.

So, if you have mold showing in your home, it may be caused by dripping water lines under a sink or chalking missing around the bath tub or high humidity areas (laundry rooms, etc.). Once you have found the source and fixed it, it’s time to call a reputable remediation company.  

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in mold remediation. Our IICRC staff will put a protocol in place to remove the existing mold. The remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the type of surface on which it appears. SERVPRO uses anti-fungal and anti-microbial treatments to eliminate mold and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested materials, like drywall and carpeting, to fully remediate heavy mold growth.

For more information on mold or to schedule mold remediation services, contact SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at (330) 609-8543.

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Commercial Restoration Company in Mahoning County

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Restoration Company in Mahoning County SERVPRO is "Ready for whatever happens" in your commercial buildings

Damages to your business from water, fire, smoke or mold can mean lost revenue and potentially, lost customers. As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. To minimize business interruptions and downtime when disaster strikes, will require the assistance of a professional company who knows what to do and is "Ready for whatever happens." 

When you are searching for such a restoration company, know that SERVPRO is a national brand that you can trust to get the job done right the first time.  

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at (330) 609-8543 for your commercial building needs.

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Who needs additional stress in an emergency situation?  It’s normal for the business owner to be anxious and confused during the initial aftermath of a disaster. Companies you may never have heard of show up immediately to take advantage of the crisis.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is the right restoration company to lessen the stress, help you make sound, calculated decisions that insure that your facility is mitigated properly. SERVPRO will stay there with you every step of the way and make calls to your agent and adjuster while you are there to gather and convey the necessary information.  

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the answers to most pertinent questions you need to know: 

  • Are we licensed?
  • Do we hold IICRC certifications?
  • Do we guarantee our work?
  • What type of equipment will we be using in your building?
  • Who manages the crew on-site?
  • How and when is payment due?
  • Do we have liability insurance?

Here are the answers to those questions: 

SERVPRO is licensed, IICRC certified and we guarantee the work done on your property. We use SERVPRO branded equipment, all jobs are managed by a crew leader and we carry the appropriate insurance coverage. When in comes to payment we work directly with your insurance company. If you are a self pay, we give you the estimate upfront and keep you informed when the project will be completed and when payment is due.

Restoration Company in Austintown Handles Water Loss

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Restoration Company in Austintown Handles Water Loss This basement suffered a water loss due to a broken pipe

People often wonder how long had the water been flowing in their house to flood their basement with 2 feet of water? 

Here is a familiar scenario...Let’s say you have a 1,500 square-foot basement. While you're away on vacation, a ½ inch water line pipe bursts in your basement. Water is spewing freely at a rate of 14 gallons per minute. Amazingly, your 1,500 square-foot basement will be filled 2 feet high in water in about 15.5 hours.

Needless to say, panic has set in. You've come home to a disaster. You want it gone and your property restored to "Like it never even happened."

So now the questions start racing through your mind...“what are you going to do?”... “where is the leak?”... “who are you going to call?" Will my insurance cover this?

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County knows how to handle this problem from start to finish. It's what we do everyday. First, a determination of what  type of water loss must be established. Water is classified by IICRC into 3 categories, commonly referred to as CAT 1, CAT 2 or CAT 3. Each of these categories requires a different level of mitigation. A fresh water pipe is classified as a CAT 1 water loss. CAT 2 is water that is significantly contaminated and CAT 3 is water that is grossly contaminated. The main difference between 2 or 3, is the latter contains fecal matter or bacterial growth. 

The crews at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County  have IICRC certified technicians on each job. They know the correct protocol to follow to effectively mitigate each classification of water. Trusting a professional to know how to do it right the first time and make it "Like it never even happened." brings you a much needed peace of mind.

By the way, using our professional equipment, SERVPRO technicians can extract (i.e., pump out) all that water in less than 2 hours!

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for water damages in your home or business at (330) 965-8543 and stay connected on facebook.

Verstaile Restoration Company in Youngstown, Ohio

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Verstaile Restoration Company in Youngstown, Ohio SERVPRO owners Jim and Andrew Dobson assist the residents of Panama City, FL with restoration decisions.

Terms such as versatility, capability and flexibility can be used when describing what makes SERVPRO of West Mahoning County a different restoration company from its' competitors in the Youngstown, OH area.

SERVPRO is a very versatile company as it provides residential and commercial water, fire and mold cleanup. Also, as with some of the other 1,700 SERVPRO franchises around the country, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County provides specialty services such as carpet cleaning, document restoration, biohazard cleanup, content cleaning and construction rebuilds. 

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County also possesses large scale disaster recovery capability. Their organizational structure, resources, knowledge and equipment allows SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to respond to large scale disasters all over the country. 

Most recently, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County completed a six month stay in Panama City, FL assisting the victims of Hurricane Michael with mitigation and restoration services.

During Hurricane Michael, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County showed great flexibility in completing mitigation, demolition and restorative services while working closely with a number of different HOA's, COA's and insurance providers to help relieve the stress associated with such a disaster.

At SERVPRO of West Mahoning County, no job is too big or too small. Our goal is to respond 'faster to any disaster' and make it "Like it never even happened." 

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at (330) 609-8543 today for any of the services we provide. Follow us on Facebook and 'Like' our page.

Youngstown, OH SERVPRO Has Quick Response

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Youngstown, OH SERVPRO Has Quick Response Within 1 hour of notice of loss, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will contact your insurer to arrange for services.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands just how upsetting and disruptive it can be dealing with water damage in your Youngstown area home or business. You want your property restored quickly and to the level of quality you have become accustomed.

The team at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County responds to emergency calls 24/7/365. We have licensed and experienced technicians dispatched to your home or business within 90 minutes of your call. We are committed to providing you with quality workmanship that utilizes the latest technology and equipment that helps make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County enjoys excellent working relationships with many local and national insurance companies.  We work directly with them and their adjusters to help reduce the stress the situation has created. Working with insurance claims can be intimidating for customers. Partnering with agents and adjusters is what we do everyday. We know exactly what to do and how to do it.

If your home or business has suffered water damage, rely on SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to get you back up and running again. Call us anytime at (330) 609-8543 and follow us on Facebook

Commercial HVAC System Cleaner in Austintown, Ohio

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Although heating, ventilating and cooling systems vary in terms of size and capacity for residential and commercial properties, comfort still remains the goal. To ensure a comfortable and healthy living/work space requires periodic maintenance and cleaning of your HVAC system. 

The biggest difference in residential and commercial systems lies mostly in the size of the unit. Each are designed to serve the needs of different spaces. Commercial systems are often larger and contain more components such as condenser fans, blowers, compressors and thermostats.

Commercial HVAC systems also have all the parts housed together and it allows for easy maintenance and upgrade. For a commercial unit, you need highly experienced and skilled technicians to ensure a perfect installation, efficient maintenance and energy efficiency.

Once installation is complete, a regular maintenance schedule should be implemented to ensure system efficiency is maximized. Keeping them clean can extend the life of the system. This will save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

At SERVPRO of West Mahoning County, we have the equipment, knowledge and resources to clean HVAC and duct systems of any size in your home or business. 

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at (330) 609-8543 to set up a regular maintenance schedule for your HVAC system.

Water Damage Do's and Don'ts after Boardman, OH Storms

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

If you are a home or business owner, the likelihood of experiencing a water related emergency of some degree is very high. How you respond to it can make all the difference in terms of the extent of damage and the cost of repair.

Here are some great tips that will help minimize downtime and the inconveniences associated with a water disaster in your home or business.

  • Electrical hazards and 'slip and falls are so prevalent in these instances, you must make sure the affected area is safe to enter.
  • Only preform action steps that you are comfortable with. Wet materials are heavy so be careful. 
  • Call the water damage professionals at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County (330) 609-8543 

What to do if the water is substantial...

  • Remove as much excess water by moping or blotting
  • Wipe off wood furniture after removing lamps and any tabletop items
  • Remove any wet cushions from furniture
  • Place aluminum or staging blocks under affected furniture legs.
  • Remove valuable rugs, art or collectibles to a safe place

 What not to do...

  • Do not leave any wet materials in place
  • Do not use household vacuum to extract or remove water
  • Do not engage in the use of any electrical household appliances
  • Do not occupy rooms that appear to be compromised by wet and/or sagging ceilings

Next steps...

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has professional technicians that have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition.

SERVPRO uses a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

Whether the rebuilding process is relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or if major reconstruction is necessary, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County can handle that too.

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