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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

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.

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