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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/

Seasonal Allergies? Get Your HVAC Inspected

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO duck with tag that says "We clean ducts" Get your ‘ducts’ in a row, and schedule your HVAC cleaning today!

If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, now is the perfect time to have your HVAC inspected. Pollens, allergens, dust, and debris are easily sucked into your ventilation system, wreaking havoc on the air you breathe.

So, when is the last time you had your air ducts cleaned?

If it’s been awhile, we recommend calling SERVPRO® of West Mahoning County. Our professionals will thoroughly inspect and clean your ventilation system to rid the unit of any contaminants. We will also check for mold and search for any cracks or holes in the unit.

Having your HVAC system inspected on a regular basis will also help to restore peak energy efficiency and extend the life of the equipment.

Spring is considered to be the prime season for allergies, so don’t wait to have your units checked. Get your ‘ducts’ in a row, and call your local SERVPRO today at 330-609-8543.

Your Commercial Properties Appearance & The Importance

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

image of very nice looking commercial property All buildings need maintenance at some point whether it was built 50 years ago or 5 years ago.

Spring is approaching and along with that comes ‘spring cleaning.’ As humans, we become so used to what we notice every day that we get to the point of not even recognizing certain things anymore. With this being said, it is very common for customers entering a building for the first time to notice a number of things that employees and property/business owners will not. All buildings need maintenance at some point whether it was built 50 years ago or 5 years ago. It is encouraged to perform a building ‘walk through’ this time of year. Here are some of the common things people find and what we advise you to look for:

  • Check for chipped paint – Pealing or chipped paint can really change the appearance of building and make it look a lot worse. A quick and easy scrape and re-paint can change the appearance dramatically.
  • Roof problems? – All of the precipitation the spring season brings can really do a number on your properties roof. If your roof hasn’t been looked at in a while, this is definitely a good idea.
  • Check your mechanical systems – The last time you want to discover your AC needs replaces in the middle of July and August. SERVPRO® of West Mahoning County is fully certified in HVAC, we will be sure to check if yours needs maintenance and repair if so.
  • Building windows – If your windows are dirty, covered in smog, or cluttered with things blocking the light, it is time to clean and brighten these up! The last thing people want to do when it is bright and sunny outside is come into a dark and dirty feeling building

To learn more about our other services and what we can do for your visit SERVPROwestmahoningcounty.com

Excerpts from Interview with SERVPRO Owner Jim Dobson

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

image of man holding small child Dobson has set high expectations for everyone. He does so in order to achieve the growth and stability he desires for his employees and their families

At SERVPRO of West Mahoning County, owner Jim Dobson makes no mistake about his vision for his company. His employees know what that vision is as he reminds them of it quite often.

His vision is one that sees his departments interact, collaborate and work seamlessly with each other to create a ‘symphonic’ effect which orchestrates the greatest outcomes for his customers.

Dobson has set high expectations for everyone. He does so in order to achieve the growth and stability he desires for his employees and their families.

He lives in the community he serves and takes his role as a business leader and the goal of community prosperity very seriously. He is driven everyday by his desire for his franchise to be the very best restoration company it can be.

When asked a few questions about SERVPRO, he responded like this…

How Do You Explain the SERVPRO Difference? The SERVPRO difference lies in the system. It’s a documented process from the time the phone rings to the time the job is complete. It’s one system after another, and at times, it can be very aggravating. But it’s built the biggest brand in the industry and customers know what to expect.

Also, as we live in the digital age, customers have a connection online. They know what we do, how we do it and can even follow their job online. Adjusters and insurers know exactly what they’re going to get from us.

Also, he had this to say…

What will keep SERVPRO at the top of the industry? SERVPRO is almost an unstoppable brand at this point. It was a family owned enterprise for the last 60 years. They built a brand one franchise at a time.

Currently, they’re going through a massive transition. With a hedge fund company taking over, they have plans to bring in a massive amount of resources. It’s not just their money, it’s the technology that will drive the websites, it’s the equipment manufacturers, and it’s the relationships with the insurance companies that they already are partners with. The brand was already dominant, now even more so.

SERVPRO® Cleaning & Sanitation Services in Mahoning County

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE sanitizing a bathroom Our cleaning & sanitation specialists are Here to Help during this time of need.

Pandemic – a word that we’re all too familiar with right now. As the coronavirus outbreak sweeps through our nation, it’s crucial to follow the guidelines put in place by the World Health Organization and by our government officials in order to help protect one another.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

We wanted to take a moment to reiterate that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at 330-609-8543

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Disinfecting vs. Sanitizing

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

image of fully suited SERVPRO workers heading into a building to clean and disinfect ‘sanitizing’ and ‘disinfecting’ although often used interchangeably, are two different terms with two different meanings.

With the current situation our country is in, there are several terms being said and many people are advising numerous different things. One may be surprised to find out that ‘sanitizing’ and ‘disinfecting’ although often used interchangeably, are two different terms with two different meanings.

In the US, sanitizers are agents that kill 99.99% of all bacteria in 30 seconds during the Official Detergent Sanitizer Test. On the other hand, disinfectants are products that will kill all organisms within 10 minutes during the AOAC Use Dilution Test. This test is regulated by the EPA to grade the efficiency of all disinfectants. In certain situations, it is more important to kill ALL germs even if it takes longer versus killing most very quickly.

In summary, sanitizing is chemical process that will lessen and kill germs on surfaces making them safer for contact. While, disinfecting needs a stronger solution to destroy germs rather than just reducing them and killing some.

Spring Showers in Lake Milton, OH

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

image of residential room with visible standing water  These rainy days often lead to flooded basements, sump pump overflows, and more water damage

The saying “spring showers bring May flowers” is no secret and almost all of us have heard it used before. It is also very common, especially in this region of the country, to receive a large amount of rainfall during the beginning of spring. It has become something all of us northeast Ohioans ‘put up’ with in hopes of sunny, warm, and beautiful summer weather.

Unfortunately, May flowers aren’t the only result of heavy spring showers. These rainy days often lead to flooded basements, sump pump overflows, and more water damage. Serving as a locally owned & operated business SERVPRO of West Mahoning County provides emergency 24-hour service, responding to any disaster you may have. We follow a strict restoration process that ensures the job being done correctly and in a timely manner.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is faster to any size disaster, we are highly trained professionals with the expertise and experience needed to complete the job thoroughly. We also use nothing but the latest technology and practices making us the industry leader in water damage restoration. Call us today at 330-609-8543.

Proactive Cleaning for Your Commercial Business

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Coronavirus stock photo with SERVPRO logo and tagline Here to Help Take a proactive approach, and get your business professionally cleaned and disinfected!

With the heightened concern of the spread of germs and viruses, it’s important to take proactive measures to provide a safe, clean environment for your employees and clients. We understand that this may be a large undertaking, so SERVPRO® is Here to Help®.

Our team of highly trained professionals can come into your workplace to clean and sanitize commonly used areas such as desks, countertops, workstations, doorknobs, keyboards, and more. To minimize disruption in your daily operations, we can schedule outside of your normal business hours.

The CDC recommends using a hospital-grade disinfectant to ward off harmful bacteria, so that’s why we use SERVPROXIDE™ - an EPA registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and sanitizer. It’s safe for everyday use and is designed to kill viruses, pathogens, and mold on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Should you be interested in our professional sanitation services for your workplace, give us a call at 330-393-9999.

Is It Time for a New Water Heater?

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

image of new fully installed water heater in a home Be sure to ask a professional whether to repair or replace your home water heater

We tend to take for granted the feeling of a warm shower after a long, hard day. The soothing, warm bath that rejuvenates us for tomorrow never given its full credit either. We just assume it will always be there when we need it.

The appliance that makes all this possible is one that doesn’t last forever…it’s the hot water tank that usually resides in your basement utility room and spends most of its existence unattended to and in the dark! But the minute the water goes cold…we are faced with expensive repairs or replacement costs.

If a water heater requires a leak repair or needs replaced completely, you are looking at no small issue.  If left unattended, a faulty water heater can cause major water damage in your home or business. To prevent this looming disaster, here are some things to look for in your water heater:

Your Water Heater May be Leaking If…

Here are some signs that your water heater may need some professional attention:

  1. Little to no hot water – this could be the result of a number of things. Most likely a sign that the heater is leaking. The pilot light (heat source) may have been drowned out.
  2. The water heater is insulated. A leaky water heater can cause the heater stand to rot and form a mold growth that will eventually cause problems with the heater. If your water heater stand feels damp, this may be the problem
  3. Is there pooled water surrounding the tank? If so, this is cause for major concern. This usually means the tank is ready to be replaced.

Repair or Replace?

Once a leak is noticed, you are faced with a decision…repair or replace. The life span of a water heater is approximately 10-15 years. If you are certain there is cause for repairing or replacing your hot water tank, a professional should be contacted immediately. Fiddling with this unit can turn into a serious situation due to the nature of this appliance. Hot water tanks contain scalding hot water and a pressure element that can cause serious injury or damage. Most professionals will come out as soon as possible to relieve your anxiety and help provide a safe environment in your home or business.

While waiting for a professional opinion, you can do a few things to ensure your safety.

  1. Turn off the main water valve – This is usually located right above the tank. This will cut off the water supply to the unit and not the rest of your home.
  2. Turn off the water heater itself – the black knob near the gas valve usually does the trick. If you can’t find it, check the instructions.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is always here to help guide you through unexpected disasters. Our water damage restoration technicians can extract and dry the water from a malfunctioned water heater. Call us at 330-609-8543 if you need any help. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Truth Be Told on Commercial Mold

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

mold in ceiling tiles SERVPRO is always here to help with any commercial mold problems you may be experiencing. Give us a call today!

Many people only equate mold with that gross, fuzzy, green stuff found on old and expired food. While this is very common; it is certainly not the only type of mold that can pose health concerns for anyone encountering it. Mold can grow on almost anywhere and on any surface where there is moisture and oxygen present.

Unfortunately, the interior of your commercial building is no exception. Mold can come fast and furious with little to no warning signs and may pose an array of health effects. People with asthma, allergies, and weakened immune systems tend to be affected most by mold. Early exposure symptoms can be irritated skin, nasal congestions, itchy eyes, and trouble breathing.  Symptoms are certainly not limited to those listed and can escalate quickly.

Having mold present in your commercial building can cause irreversible damage to your employees, customers, and anyone else that encounters your building. At the end of the day mold and human contact simply doesn’t mix and by following a few simple steps you can lower the risk of your building being at risk of a mold infestation.

  1. Stay Attentive – Mold is often not even visible to the human eye. It is best to have a plan in place to regularly inspect your building. Places that contain high moisture levels are at the greatest risk. Musty smells, mold marks on carpeting, and fuzzy wall-stains are all signs that mold may be present and certainly worth noting when inspecting.
  2. Plumbing – Plumbing issues are at the root of almost all mold scenarios. Things like roof leaks, pipe leaks, unsealed windows and door frames should be repaired by professionals immediately.
  3. Moisture Levels – Mold loves moisture. It is best to have dehumidifiers and fans at all places necessary to reduce these moisture levels and cut out what mold needs most to grow!
  4. Ventilation Systems – HVAC systems are the hardest parts of a building to keep mold-free. This is also one of the most important parts to keep mold-free because this is how air is spread throughout a building. If these vents contain moldy air, moldy air will surely be ventilated throughout, causing many more problems then what was originally there.
  5. Call a Professional – If you suspect mold yet can’t seem to pinpoint the source or are not sure how to remediate it, it highly suggested to call a professional to your commercial building. These professionals should have certain IICRC certifications and will be sure to get this taken care of right away and have your business back to operating as healthy as before!

The highly trained mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County pride themselves on responding FAST to stop the spread of any commercial mold and prevent any further damage. Using the latest mold remediation equipment and practices we are fully equipped to take on any problem your business may have.

Click to learn more about Mold Remediation and Restoration.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Austintown, OH

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

image of commercial carpet being professionally cleaned Clean carpets will surely give your commercial business a 'face lift'

As the ‘spring cleaning’ time of the year approaches don’t overlook your carpets! Every step of foot traffic brings more and more dirt, bacteria, allergens, dust, pet/human hair, etc. It is very common to neglect the care required to keep your carpets looking and smelling fresh. Vacuuming your carpets simply isn’t enough especially in homes that get a lot of traffic. Most vacuum cleaners don’t have enough power to extract dirt and dust from carpets deep down under the surface. Clean carpets offer an array of benefits:

Save Money – The regular cleaning of your carpets is the best way to protect your expensive investment in them. If your carpet is brand new or if you are planning to sell your home soon this is especially important. You will spend far less money on the proper upkeep of your carpets versus neglecting them and needed to replace them.

Appearance – It is impossible for a home or commercial building to appear clean without the carpets looking clean. A regular deep clean done by restoration professionals is guaranteed to have your carpets to looking like new and you proud of the appearance when having guests.

Smell – The smell of your home/building has a lot to do with its carpets. This isn’t as obvious as appearance and often not thought of by people. If you have pets and or children, routine deep carpet cleans are at the utmost importance.

Preventative – Carpets serve as a great breeding ground for all sorts of allergens and bacteria. As mentioned earlier, pets and children can accelerate the spread of these things greatly, thus making regular carpet cleaning that much more essential.

Our restoration professionals at SERVPRO will have your carpet looking like new! For a cleaning featuring state-of-the-art equipment, 40 years of experience, and the highest trained professionals in the area, keep us in mind! Click here to watch

The SERVPRO Difference: Seeing you Through the Fire

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

home with flames coming through the roof and heavy smoke damage SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is always here to help when fire, smoke, or soot damage to your property or your belongings.

One of the most difficult things about being in the Insurance and restoration business is seeing the devastation a fire has on our customers.  It happened to me this past month when I got a call about a fire.  As always, I set up a time to see the property so I could put together a game plan on how to help the family out. This fire happened to be at a church, but the church only sustained smoke damage from the home that caught fire next to it.  The home, a parsonage, was owned by the church and the place where the pastor lived.

I met with some of the church leaders and looked at the smoke damage inside. Through a window upstairs, I could see what used to be the house. Here I am looking down on this house and I can see straight into the basement.  The fire had engulfed the entire home and it was a complete loss. 

On the brighter side, the pastor and his wife escaped without harm and the family dog was also safe.

While I was there, the pastor entered the church.  He had been trying to go through the house to see if any of their possessions were salvageable.  He proceeded to tell me that he found one wedding photo, his wedding ring and 4 jackets belonging to his wife.  He mentioned that someone from the church was going to wash them to see if they could be saved.  Knowing the technology and machinery we have for dealing with smoke damaged garments, I offered to take them back and clean them. I picked the jackets up and put them in a bag for the drive back. Let me tell you, these were heavily damaged from smoke to the point that my vehicle was engulfed with the smell.

The next day we unbagged the coats and prepared them for cleaning. Knowing these were the only personal belongings that were saved I was really hoping we could clean them.  We put them in our state-of-the-art Esporta machine, designed for this type of cleaning. We washed them twice and I was very happy with the outcome. To finish the process of removing the smell, we put them into our ozone room and treated them for smoke odor.  After the ozone treatment, the jackets looked and smelled, “Like it never even happened.”

We packed the jackets up the following day and drove back to the church. When the pastor popped in to see the progress in the church he asked about the jackets. He had asked me about the jackets every time I saw him because his wife really liked them. With some excitement, I said I had them with me and he could check them out.  As he uncovered them, I could see him smile.  He took a deep inhale smelling the jackets, and happily said: “You did it, they don’t smell like smoke anymore.”

It’s moments like these that make this job rewarding. The small things that we have the capability to do to make someone happy during a time of hardship make it all worth the while.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is always here to help when fire, smoke, or soot damage your property or your belongings. Our crew is trained with a unique set of skills to handle your situation thoroughly and sensitively.

If your property even incurs any damage, give us a call at 330-609-8543.

Preventing House Fires in Southern Trumbull County | National Burn Awareness Week

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

graphic explaining Burn Awareness Week 2020 The American Burn Association has recognized February 2-8, 2020 as “Burn Awareness Week” with this year’s theme being Contact Burns

The American Burn Association has recognized February 2-8, 2020 as “Burn Awareness Week” with this year’s theme being Contact Burns.

According to a National Fire Protection Association report issued in October of 2019, just over one-quarter (27%) of reported fires in the US are home fires. While four out of every five and just under three-quarters (73%) of injuries reported had home fires at the root of the incident.

There are five main causes to all home fires and fire casualties: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials. Over the five-year period of 2013-2017, fires caused an annual average of 2,620 deaths, and 11,220 civilian injuries with $6.9 billion in property damage.

Fire prevention is the single most important aspect of educating people on fire and safety. Fire prevention can be categorized into two main categories: Home and Commercial. 

Residential

  • Smoking Indoors – Smoking is a large fire hazard, with several deaths per year being traced back to people lighting a cigarette near a source of gas and or falling asleep with one in their hands.
  • Cooking – in 2016, cooking was responsible for 6.6% of all house fire deaths. When preparing food, it is never smart to leave the stove unattended.
  • Maintain Appliances and Electrical Wiring – When moving to a new place be sure to have your wiring checked by a professional. Faulty wiring and electrical malfunction resulted in 9.6% of fatal building fires.

Commercial

  • Supervise and Clean Work Areas – to thoroughly prevent fires, adequate supervision can be required. Any minor mistake can result in a fire especially with no supervision. The work space also needs to be cleaned sufficiently to prevent an accumulation of combustible materials.
  • Workplace Machinery – To fully protect your workplace, machinery that is in constant use needs to be checked and maintained often. Failure to do so, puts the machine at risk of malfunctioning leading to fire and employee injury.
  • Proper Fire Training – Employees in specific industries should be required to complete a fire prevention course. Making this practice a yearly requirement can be very beneficial in the prevention of commercial fires.

The highly trained and licensed experts at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County understand how important your home/business is to you. While in the hustle and bustle of life, a fire and a preventable one at that can really be a burden.

We pride ourselves in being faster to any size disaster! Our experts will help guide you through a crisis like this and eventually make it “Like it never even happened.”  

For more information call 330-392-6355

How Water Damage Can Lead to Mold in Your Mahoning County Home

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

mold on the tile ceiling of a bathroom Mold damage specialist in Canfield, Ohio

What is Water Damage?

When thinking about what water damage is, you may think of a pipe bursting or your basement flooding. These examples of major water damage can be problematic; however, minor water damage can be just as serious. Maybe a pipe under the sink has a very slow leak, or there is condensation on furnace ducts. While you have probably considered getting something like this fixed, it is easy to put of repairing.

What can Unaddressed Water Damage Lead To?

Even if you put a bucket under the leak, water damage can quickly lead to a mold problem. Mold begins as spores present in the air. They are invisible to the naked eye and are virtually everywhere. In order to thrive, mold spores need a water supply. This can be any moist environment; however, certain conditions make a place more susceptible to mold growth.

Mold is likely to flourish if it has an oxygen supply, lack of sunlight, an optimal temperature, and moisture.  Even if mold freezes, it will only make the colony dormant and will not completely kill the mold. Mold can also survive in temperatures well above what humans can tolerate.

How Long Until a Mold Problem Begins?

Unfortunately, mold does not take much time to grow when it has optimal conditions. Within 24 - 48 hours of being exposed to moisture, a mold colony can begin. It is likely that if you have come across a water problem in your home, mold has already begun to grow. The mold colony will not be visible until anywhere from 18 – 21 days and has a greater chance of spreading to other areas as more time passes.

What Does This Mean for Your Property?

Any amount of water damage can have a serious effect on the value of your property. Additionally, water damage that goes untreated could ruin drywall, ceilings, furniture, and other household items. The only way to prevent mold growth is to remove all the water and completely dry the affected area. If you want to ensure that your water damage doesn’t turn into a disaster, it is best to have a professional take preventative measures for mold growth.

Why Choose SERVPRO?  

Here at SERVPRO, our team of highly trained professionals want to ensure your property is drying properly. Your SERVPRO Franchise Professional is IICRC certified, which is the most prestigious certification in this industry. With a true understanding of the science behind the drying process and our state-of-the-art equipment, we will get your home or business back to normal, making damage from water or mold, “Like it never even happened.”

If you have any questions or need help with water damage, big or small, give us a call. Our SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are always here to help at 330-609-8543

Carpet Cleaning Professionals in Trumbull County, Ohio

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

before and after of a manilla carpet, left side has a stain. Right side is clear When you find yourself in need of a professional carpet cleaning company, look no further.

Why spend money on professional carpet cleaning when I can vacuum myself?

Having your carpets cleaned is very important for the upkeep and appearance of your investment. There are different ways to care for your carpet and making sure you choose the right one is more important than you may think. Although vacuuming is safe and recommended sometimes the vacuum alone, is just not enough. When this is the case, it may be time to have your carpets professionally cleaned. If this sounds like your home or business, you may want to consider a few questions before scheduling a carpet cleaning service.

  1. How do I know when I need my carpets cleaned by a professional?
  2. What do I need to have done to make my carpets look, smell and feel clean again?
  3. What things should I try out and what are some things I should steer away from?

SERVPRO is HERE TO HELP.

Good carpet maintenance begins with a regular vacuum but may require additional work. If you're wondering exactly when you should have your carpets professionally cleaned, there are a few things to look for.

  • Do you have allergies? Pollen, dust, bed bugs, dust mites, and other particles get trapped in the carpet and can agitate your allergies.
  • Having trouble getting rid of those pesky stains? You may have stains on your carpets that you have tried getting out with no avail.
  • Do you have children or pets? If you have children, you may know the struggle of spills and dirt being tracked into your home on your carpets. If you have a pet that is indoor/outdoor than you may also know the common things that come along with owning an animal; such as dirt and mud inside your home, pet dander, drool and maybe an occasionally “accident.”
  • Do you want easier maintenance? It is recommended by carpet manufacturers to have your carpets cleaned 1 to 2 times a year. Having this done will help minimize the time and effort in your daily routine for your carpets.

After determining whether a professional carpet cleaning is right for you, your next decision is choosing the right company. Different companies offer different methods of carpet cleaning. These methods could be

  • Hot Water Extraction (Steam Cleaning)
  • Absorbent Compound (Dry Cleaning)
  • Bonnet Cleaning
  • Carpet Shampooing
  • Encapsulation

Water extraction is the recommended and most effective method to deep clean.

If you have questions about what methods are best for your carpet you can call your carpet manufacturer and they can tell you based on the type of carpet, what process is most recommended. Most carpet manufacturers will recommend that you use a Hot Water Extraction (Steam Clean). It is also good to ask if any processes will void the warranty on your carpets. Some manufacturers may even tell you that there is a list of non-approved carpet cleaning methods such as:

  • Dry Foam
  • Rotary Brush
  • Bonnet
  • Dry powders

When looking for your cleaning service provider, be sure to ask the right questions to ensure the best results for your investment. Here at SERVPRO, we offer the manufacturer recommended STEAM CLEAN for your carpets.

So when you find yourself in need of a professional carpet cleaning company, look no further. We have state of the art equipment and highly trained professionals that are eager to serve you provide the best customer service around.

Give us a call at 330-609-8543 to schedule your next professional cleaning today - we're always here to help!

How Closing Your Bedroom Door Could Save Your Life

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

bedroom door with geometric wall pattern in the background Do you sleep with your bedroom door open or closed?

To sleep with your door open or closed? As simple as the question seems, the choice could be life changing. Although many people aren’t sure what the best option is, what you choose can seriously impact you and your family’s safety if there were a fire.

How a Fire Grows

Every 24 seconds a fire department in the US responds to a fire. A closed door may be one of the best pieces of firefighting equipment you own. The reasoning behind this is: for a fire to grow, it needs oxygen. If all doors are closed in the house, the amount of oxygen is limited, and the fire is less likely to spread.

Why This is so Important Today

On top of this, preventative measures are even more crucial today because most furniture is made from synthetic material, which is extremely flammable. Most modern homes have an open floor plan which also contributes to the quick spread of house fires. It was estimated that 40 years ago, individuals had about 17 minutes to safely escape their house if there were a fire. Today, it is estimated that people only have about 3 minutes to escape. This is due to how fast spreading fire growth is. 

Benefits of a Closed Door

According to a ten-year study conducted by the Underwriter Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute, only 29% of Americans sleep with their door closed. This is both shocking and troubling to these researchers, because they know how much a closed door can affect the outcome of a house fire. Not only do closed doors limit the amount of oxygen a fire has, it also provides a physical barrier. This barrier protects the room and those in the room from the extremely high temperatures of a fire and the smoke it produces. To see a real life demonstration of how crucial a closed bedroom door is when it comes to fire safety, check out the campaign video: “Close Before You Doze” by the Underwriter Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute.

Some ways to prevent a fire in your home include:

  • Test smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries twice a year
  • Turn off and unplug hot hair tools
  • Never leave cooking food unattended on the stove top
  • Avoid smoking indoors
  • Always blow out candles
  • Clean the lint out of the dryer tray after every load of laundry
  • Make a fire plan that includes escape routes

SERVPRO is always here to help, 24/7. If fire damage or smoke damage becomes a problem in your Mahoning County home call us and we'll make it, "Like it never even happened."

Winter is Coming: Property Edition

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

text stating "Winter water cleanup and restoration" with green snowflakes in the background and a servpro logo SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands the dangers and importance of handling damage during a winter storm warning.

Christmas is upon us and with Christmas comes winter. With winter, comes winter storm warnings.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning county cares about our community and we want families to stay safe during a winter storms. Since disasters strike at any time, we are here to help 24/7/365 with any damage caused by winter storms such as pipe-breaks, ice dams and sewer and drain back-ups. 

How You Can Prepare

There are always precautions that families can take during a winter storm.  One of the first, is knowing the difference between a winter storm watch and winter storm warning. 

  • A winter storm watch according to the National Weather Service (NWS) means conditions are favorable for a winter storm event that could be a threat to life or property.     
  • A winter storm warning according to the National Weather Service (NWS) means heavy snow of 6” in 12 hours or 8” in 24 hours, or sleet of ½” or more. According to the National weather Service.

Knowing what is coming will help you be better prepare during a winter storm. 

Tips to keep your home safe and secure during a winter storm:

  1. Make sure you have an alternative heat source. This could be wood for a fireplace. To really prepared having a small generator to hook up is great.
  2. Make sure you have alternative lighting. One option is plenty of batteries and flashlights.
  3. Keep portable chargers for you cell phones handy
  4. Have a designated meeting place for family to gather to make sure everyone is accounted for once the storm passes 
  5. Have extra blankets and covers on hand
  6. Have a list of emergency services at a central area to call if needed. This includes police, fire EMS and of course SERVPRO who has techs on call every hour of every day.

These are just a few helpful tips to keep you prepared during a winter storm warning.  As with everything, knowledge is key. The more you know the better prepared you will be.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands the dangers and importance of handling damage during a winter storm warning.  So, if you experience damage call SERVPRO at 330-609-8543

Water Remediation Specialists near Mahoning County

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

woman holding door with water spilling out of the sides If the time comes you do have a water, fire, mold or even a Hazmat loss, call SERVPRO, so we can make it “Like it never even happened."

This past summer has been one of unprecedented rain fall. It feels as if, here in North East Ohio, the days of a relaxing, steady, “water the lawn” type of rain, is a thing of the past. The spring and summer of 2019 provided us with record rain fall that seemed to be accompanied by high winds, torrential rains and flooding that are traditionally more typical for areas subject to hurricanes and tropical storms.

So, what does that mean for the surrounding areas and communities?

For us here at SERVPRO, it meant being extremely busy.

As for residents, it has meant many homeowners, including myself, waking up to flooded basements, trudging through nasty, smelly water and inventorying all the items lost due to unexpected water intrusion. Water damage to your property is truly, a horrible experience! As in any horrible experience, there are things that we can learn and in doing so, become better prepared.

One common, reoccurring theme that we at SERVPRO heard, was that numerous homeowners, had lived in their homes for thirty plus years and had never had any water intrusion in their homes. The problem with never experiencing the disaster, is that we are lulled into a false sense of security. The very common “It won’t happen to me” mentality. This is a dangerous and costly mind set to have and the point of this blog. 

A large amount of our customers were, unfortunately, faced with the knowledge that they did not have the type of insurance coverage they needed, or the coverage they did have, was not adequate to fully cover the water damages their property incurred.

Having said that, SERVPRO would like to share some tips and strategies learned both personally and professionally in result of loss from water and sewage intrusion.

  1. Check your property insurance coverage. Do you have coverage for a water loss? “Back up” coverage and “Sump Pump failure” are two of the most common types of coverage. Check with your agent and make certain that one or both (depending on your situation) are included on your policy.
  2. Conduct a personal inventory of your basement. What kind of basement do you have, finished or unfinished? If your basement is finished, and you have a limit of $5000.00, YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH COVERAGE! Many times, especially in a sewage loss, all building materials and contents must be disposed of. This means carpets, baseboards, drywall, paneling, laminate flooring, furniture, electronics, etc., are all disposed of if exposed to black water. In the event of water damage: SERVPRO would arrive at your home, remove previously mentioned items, clean, sanitize and dry the structure. But now, all those items need replaced and depending on the severity of the loss (there usually is not enough left to do so). Again, inventory!! The more you have in your basement, the more coverage you need. Let’s say you have rainwater, not sewage, and it’s a foot deep. The furnace, washer, dryer, hot water heater, can all be destroyed. The expense of replacing these items alone, will surpass $5000. So, even if your basement is unfinished, the costs of a water loss can add up quickly!

To re-cap, call your insurance agent, make an appointment and prior to visiting his or her office, do an inventory of items in your home. Ask questions, regarding your coverage, the amount of said coverage and how it compares to what you would need to replace in the event you suffer a loss.

Most importantly, remember, if the time comes you do have a water, fire, mold or even a Hazmat loss, call SERVPRO, so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why do Ice Dams form on Gutters? Protecting your Mahoning County property: WINTER edition

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

roof with icicles hanging from the top we are available 24/7 to make all you winter water disasters, “Like it never even happened.”

As the leaves fall and the seasons change, it becomes clearer… winter is closing in.  Living in a northern climate we can always expect to experience winter storms that can really pile up the snow.  When the snow builds up your roof, you can start to see icicles hanging down, a clear indication that you have an ice dam starting.

What’s an ice dam? 

Ice dams are the result of snow melting on the roof and running down to the eave of your home. Once this water makes it to the edge of the roof it freezes.  As the water keeps melting under the snow, it keeps building ice up and slowly creates a dam of ice. Our roofs are designed to shed water, not to have standing water on them. Once the ice dam has built up large enough to stop the melting snow water from shedding off the roof, the water will start to find a way to migrate through the shingles. Then the water will begin to penetrate the roof causing the water to leak into your home. Typically, it will show up in the corner of the wall and ceiling, at the top of windows and doors or at the bottom of the wall making the flooring wet.

Why do ice dams happen?

Ice dams are the result of heat escaping from the home into the attic.  As the attic warms up, it heats the roof decking and starts to melt the snow. The water runs under the snowpack and freezes once it makes it to the overhang. 

How can you prevent ice dams?

Having adequate insulation and proper ventilation in your attic can greatly minimize ice damming on your home.

Once you have an active ice dam, damages will start.  Wet insulation, bubbling paint and possibly drywall sagging.  With the water in the ceiling and walls, it is important to have the wet areas mitigated. 

If you see the signs of ice damming and have water intrusion in your home, be sure that you call SERVPRO – we are available 24/7 to make all you winter water disasters, “Like it never even happened.”  

Holiday Fire Safety Tips for Mahoning County property owners

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

candle with christmas decor surrounding the flame If your property does incur any fire damage or soot damage, we are here to help 24/7.

The holidays are always a great time to unwind, enjoy good food and spend time with your family. Whether your family goes all out or has a small celebration, they need property to do it in. This holiday season SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to help you protect your property with cooking and decorating fire safety tips.

Holiday Cooking Tips

  1. Watch out for fire starters – keep all flammable material away from the stove or deep fryer
  2. Never leave food unattended – any food frying, boiling, or grilling should be watched closely
  3. Use a timer – this can help you keep track of what cooking and when to turn the oven off

Holiday Decorating Tips

  1. Pay attention to light – be sure to hang indoor lights, indoors only (outdoor lights, outdoors only)
  2. Turn off all lights and decorations while you are sleeping or away from the home
  3. Position your tree safely – trees should be at least 3 feet away from fireplaces and other possible heat sources

This season and every season, be sure to practice fire safety regularly to maintain your property and peace of mind. If your property does incur any fire damage or soot damage, we are here to help 24/7. Give us a call at 330-609-8543

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO!

Pipe Break Prevention for your Mahoning County property

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

up close shot of a pipe with icicles hanging from the bottom  We are proud to serve you and make your winter storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Winter is coming!! Is your home or commercial property ready for freezing temperatures? SERVPRO of West Mahoning County wants to help you get ready for whatever may happen this winter!

When water freezes, it expands. This could mean trouble for the pipes in your building. Think about what happens when you forget about a can of soda. What was intended to be a quick chill can easily turn into an explosion! And what a mess that is.

Now, think about the pipes in your house similarly, but on a larger scale. When the water in a pipe freezes, it expands. If it expands enough, it will burst, and serious damage can follow.

Here are some ways you can protect your home or commercial property from freezing temperatures this winter:

  1. Remove garden hoses and store them inside. Close the valves supplying the outdoor hose bibs and leave the bibs open allowing water to drain.  Leaving it open allows any remaining water to expand without causing the pipe to break.
  2. Inspect areas without heat where pipes run. Areas like garages, attics, and basements and under cabinets are areas to focus.
  3. When away from the house for an extended period during the winter, be careful how much you lower your heat. A lower temperature may save you money on the heating bill, but there could be disaster if a cold spell hit the valley. 
  4. Let your faucet drip. This can help prevent a pipe from bursting.
  5. Know where your water shut-off valve is located. In the event of a burst, you want to know how to respond quickly.

Our crews are available 24/7, 365 for your emergency property needs when it comes to fire, water, or mold – we are here to help!

We have state of the art equipment and highly trained technicians that are proud to serve you and make your winter storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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.

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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Staging Materials for Rebuild in Canfield, Ohio

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooring material staged and acclimating for install

At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of staging materials prior to the start of your construction project. This is important for a few reasons. 

First and foremost, we stage materials so that they can properly acclimate to the rooms in which they are being installed. This makes the material easier to work with while at the same time helping to eliminate the potential problems that can arise from the continuous expansion and contraction of these materials. 

Gaps between sheets of drywall, floor boards, and any rippling effects happen much more often when materials have not been properly acclimated.

Another reason why materials are staged from the start of the job is that the customer can see what the selected materials look like. It also provides a sense of security for you, knowing that we have everything onsite and ready to be installed.

As a local construction company, SERVPRO takes great pride in providing the best possible service to our customers and community.  If you are in need of repairs or remodeling work, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County @ (330) 609-8543.

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Fire Damage in Youngstown, OH

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

This blackened color of this bedroom was caused by a fire in another room

A fire broke out on the second floor of this home in Youngstown, Ohio causing smoke damage and leaving a layer of soot on the undamaged part of the attic and the entire second floor. This before picture shows the mess that was left behind after the fire was put out.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County was called out to clean up the aftermath. At SERVPRO, we always guarantee our work and the speed of our responses. We came out to this job the same day and had it totally cleaned up by the weeks end! As a local restoration company, we are fully committed to giving our customers the best service that we can provide.

If you ever experience a fire and need help with cleaning, restoring and/or rebuilding your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County @ (330) 609-8543.

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Damage caused by Water Loss in Youngstown area home

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

The mess in the basement was left behind following an upstairs water loss.

A pipe break that went undetected while the homeowner was away on vacation resulted in a significant amount of damage to this Austintown, Ohio home. The homeowner returned and immediately called SERVPRO of West Mahoning County. 

Upon arrival, our technicians determined that sub flooring, underlayment, flooring, drywall, ceiling tile and electrical wiring were severely compromised to the point of total demolition. The homeowner agreed to the assessment and approvals were granted by the adjuster for mitigation and a rebuild.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County handled this loss from start to finish. Our mitigation team preformed the necessary demolition, removed debris, extracted the water, dried the affected areas and cleaned walls, floors and ceilings.

The SERVPRO construction team handled the rebuild by insuring all of the demolished areas were put back together "Like it never even happened."

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Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for all of your restoration needs and cleaning services at (330) 609-8543

Ways SERVPRO Guarantees Its' Work

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO we guarantee the quality of our work and aim to deliver the best possible outcomes to our customers.

One way we deliver great results is by letting the construction materials used in the rebuilding process acclimate for the necessary amount of time. When a material acclimates, its physical temperature changes to match that of the room in which it is scheduled to be used.

This practice is of paramount importance for a few reasons. Not only is the material much easier to work with once it is properly acclimated, but it diminishes the chances of problems occurring in the final result. The fact that materials will expand and contract as their temperature changes becomes less of a worry.

If materials are used before acclimation is complete, a variety of issues can potentially occur. Gaps can form between separate sheets of drywall, floor boards can buckle, and paneling can get a rippling effect. These problems not only cause the final product to lose its aesthetic look, but the material itself is ruined and must be totally replaced.

Also, different materials need to acclimate for varying amounts of time. The minimum for every type of material is twenty-four hours. However, some materials need to acclimate for much longer.

Two examples of this are hardwood plank floor (three to four days) and snap-lock laminate flooring (minimum of forty-eight hours). As a local construction company, it is incredibly important to us that we provide the very best in quality for our customers and community in Youngstown, Ohio.

Our construction project managers are always here to help and answer any other questions you may have, so feel free to ask!

In need of repairs or remodeling work? Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at (330) 609-8543.

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Separating the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever heard one of your employees say, "I know we have a binder for that. It's here somewhere."

Those words are routinely heard in the commercial business world when referring to the storage methods of plans and processes. Emergency Plans are among that list and are usually found in a bulging, three-ring binder.

It wouldn't be reasonable to permit employees to enter a burning building to grab the emergency response binder, nor should they wade through a flooded building to secure it.

A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is different from your run of the mill emergency response plan. It is a digitized plan that travels with those who need it most wherever they go.

Should a business suffer commercial property damage, the immediate readiness and ease of accessing emergency response plans from a mobile device can help minimize business interruption and provide the critical information needed to begin mitigation services. It contains the necessary information and serves as a quick reference to important aspects of your building.

It seems most disasters happen during the middle of the night or while you're on vacation. Nevertheless, An ERP from SERVPRO allows you to respond immediately from wherever you are.

Action steps can begin with a simple phone call to the closest SERVPRO and the minimizing and mitigating of damage can begin.

The latest research suggests that as many as fifty percent of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the majority had a plan of action in place.

A "no cost" assessment of your facility can be done by contacting SERVPRO of West Mahoning County @ (330)609-8543. As a local restoration company, we pride ourselves on delivering the best possible service and finished product to our customers in the Youngstown area and other Mahoning County communities.

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Protect your Basement from Winter Storm Damage

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

As fall turns into winter in Mahoning County, we begin to see rains and snowfall which can cause water damage to your basement.

Here are 6 ways you can prepare and protect your basement from water damage caused by rain and melting snow:

  1. Downspouts Cleaned & Pointed Away from the House
    A downspout is a pipe used to carry rainwater from your roof to a drain or to ground level. When downspouts are pointed towards the foundation, water has the capability to seep in. Point downspouts away from your home in a direction that slopes away from the foundation.


  2. Fix Cracks Quickly
    Inspect your foundation yearly and fix cracks quickly. This will prevent water from creeping in through cracks and faults in your foundation - which typically aren't covered by insurance.


  3. Install a Sump Pump 
    A sump pump is used where basement flooding happens regularly. Sump pumps send water away from a house to a place where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain or dry well. Sump pumps run on electricity, so it is important to check the pump regularly (especially during storms) to ensure it is running properly.


  4. Proper Storage
    It is important to be proactive in protecting your belongings before a water damage situation occurs. Use plastic storage bins instead of cardboard boxes, and try to keep contents on a shelf rather than storing them on the floor.


  5. Install a Water Alarm
    If you're planning to travel this summer, consider a water alarm for your home. They'll alert you should water levels inside start to rise - which can help save your home from damage.


  6. Check your Insurance Policy
    The best thing you can do to protect your basement and contents is having the right kind of insurance and the right amount. Check with your agent to make sure your home and belongings are covered in the event of a sewer/drain backup, sump pump malfunction or flooding.

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Contact SERVPRO of West Mahoning County (330) 609-8543 for emergency cleanup in your Austintown, Ohio basement.

Smoke, Soot and Fire Damage Cleanup Company in Salem, Ohio

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Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today - (330) 609-8543

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Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County after a fire damage emergency for temporary repairs, cleanup and full reconstruction services 330-609-8543

There are several ways to prevent a fire around the holidays just by eliminating hazards. Keep your holidays merry & bright with these safety tips:

Christmas Trees, Lights and Electrical Safety

  • Inspect lights before plugging in and examine for damage. Throw away any kinked, frayed, worn or severed light strands
  • Never overload a circuit
  • Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed - consider using a timer to automatically turn off the lights each night
  • Use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) where water and electricity can potentially mix. (Your GFCI outlet will have a test and reset button on the front)
  • Water your Christmas tree daily to prevent the tree from drying out and easily catching on fire

Space Heaters, Safety Detectors and Electric Cords

  • Use space heaters carefully and as temporary heating - do not leave space heaters running or plugged in unattended and do not leave them on while going to sleep
  • Test your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors (which should be placed in each bedroom, hallways and each level of the home including the basement)
  • Only use heavy-duty extension cords that are grounded for fire safety. Never run extension cords under rugs or in areas where they can cause a slip, trip or fall.

Candle, Chimney & Fireplace

  • Candles account for two out of every five home fires each year! Never leave the room with a candle lit. Consider using a flameless, battery operated candle
  • Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected and cleaned by a professional every year
  • Keep your fireplace clear and free of debris by cleaning the ashes after each fire

Always have a fire extinguisher handy on each floor and plan for an emergency. Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety.

If you experience fire or smoke damage to your Austintown, Ohio home or business this holiday season, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County 330-609-8543

Mahoning County Winter Storm Safety Checklist

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for winter storm water damage and flooding cleanup needs 330-609-8543

Winters in Northeast Ohio can be brutal and pose the risk of a winter storm.

The CDC offers great tips to stay safe during a winter storm:

Heat Your Home Safely

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.
  • Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.
  • Store a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages, or near windows.

Light Your Home Safely

If there is a power failure:

  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

Use Generators Safely

Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door or vent -- preferably in a space where rain and snow does not reach them.

  • Never use an electric generator indoors, in the basement, inside the garage, or near open windows or the air intake of your house because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Plug in appliances to the generator using individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords.
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet because of the risk of electrocution.
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.

Cook Safely

  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors. The fumes are deadly.

Conserve Heat

Some gas-fueled heaters, such as vent-less gas fireplaces, require some ventilation. Otherwise, if you don’t need extra ventilation, keep as much heat as possible inside your home.

  • Avoid unnecessarily opening doors or windows.
  • Close off unneeded rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
  • Close draperies or cover windows with blankets at night.

Monitor Body Temperature

Infants

Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat more easily than adults. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and warm during the extreme cold:

  • Remove any pillows or other soft bedding. These can present a risk of smothering and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Dress infants in warmer clothing such as footed pajamas, one-piece wearable blankets, or sleep sacks.
  • Try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If not, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere.
  • In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby.
Older Adults

Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years of age:

  • Check the temperature in your home often during extremely cold weather.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure their homes are adequately heated.

Keep a Water Supply

Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes rupture. When very cold freezing temperatures are expected:

  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, open kitchen cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink.

If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes.

If you cannot thaw your pipes, or the pipes are ruptured, use bottled water or get water from a neighbor’s home. As an emergency measure, if no other water is available, snow can be melted for water. Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will kill most microorganisms or parasites that may be present but won’t remove chemical pollutants sometimes found in snow.

Eat and Drink Wisely

Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer. Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages because they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.

If you experience a power outage during a winter storm and encounter water or fire damage as a result, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for immediate cleanup & restoration response! 330-609-8543

Ice Dam Water Damage

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at the first sign of water damage 330-609-8543

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a accumulation of ice in a gutter or on the edge of the roof that forces water against the grade of the roof and into a home or business.

Ice dams can also form around skylights, vents or valleys in the roof.

Ice dams form when heat from inside the structure rises through the ceiling and warms the roof. Snow falls on the heated parts of the roof and melts. The melted snow then flows down the roof until it reaches the part of the roof that is lower than 32°F. The water freezes and begins to form an ice dam.

As more snow melts and refreezes, the ice dam can grow larger and pools behind the large wall of ice.

Over time the water works its way through the shingles or other roofing materials and flows through the roof decking down through the ceiling, interior walls and other parts of the structure.

If left unresolved, the water damage can lead to microbial growth.

If you notice an ice dam and water intrusion to your home or business this winter, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County 330-609-8543

Our highly-trained cleanup & restoration professionals have the experience and resources available to help make ice dam damage "Like it never even happened."

Mold Cleanup Company in Salem Ohio

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts about mold in your Salem, Ohio home:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

For a mold assessment in Ashtabula, Ohio, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County today at 330-609-8543

Mold Cleanup Company in Canfield Ohio

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold has the potential to cause health effects and can spread through your property in as little as 48 hours. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (330) 609-8543

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Have Mold Related Questions? Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

Power Outage Refrigerator Odor Cleanup in Canfield Ohio

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Was There a Power Outage? 

Power outages are common during a storm, which means the electricity to a freezer and refrigerator is most likely temporarily powered down and not keeping the food cold. It can be difficult to determine whether a power outage occurred if you were not present during the storm.

How to Determine 

One away to determine whether the food in your freezer needs thrown out is by using a quarter.

Freeze a cup of water before evacuating your home and put a quarter on top of the frozen water.

If the quarter is sunk to the bottom of the cup a-fter the storm, you should dispose all food stored in the freezer.

The quarter sinking to the bottom means the food in the freezer has defrosted and it should be thrown out. This is a great method to determine if your food went bad.

If you return to spoiled food, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for cleanup and deodorization services 330-609-8543. We have the resources, training and equipment to identify and eliminate foul freezer and refrigerator odors from spoiled food.

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Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

When your commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County offers immediate response

  • We have a strong team of trained professionals on-call 24/7 to quickly respond to your water damage situation.

  • After speaking with our on-call crew chief, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County professionals will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.

  • A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

  • SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will begin moisture testing, working from the source outward.

  • Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your insurance adjuster or property manager. We will keep a detailed job profile for your records as well as the insurance company (if applicable).

Cleaning & Restoration Services

  • We will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property and belongings are taken care of right the first time.

Final Walk-Through

  • After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with your to help ensure your satisfaction.

If your commercial building needs emergency cleanup, call the company insurance professionals have trusted for more than 50 years, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County 330-609-8543

Mold Problem Cleanup in Canfield Ohio

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 

We have the right resources and certified technicians to identify what procedures need to be taken for a mold service. Our crew performs their service with highly advanced equipment to eliminate the problem. To avoid mold from appearing, it is imperative to immediately call for professional service after a water damage. Our company specializes in water and mold damage restoration and they have the experience to quickly restore your property, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Do You Need Us?

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. We are a 24-Hour Emergency Service and faster to any size disaster. Our company has the tools and equipment to detect moisture and identify the source.

We are a locally owned and operated company, providing highly trained mold remediation technicians with IICRC Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)certifications.

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Storm Cleanup after Flooding

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County's Storm Team recently traveled from Austintown, OH to Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, VA to help customers in need of storm cleanup from flooding caused by heavy rains.

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and customers need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has a specialized Storm Team with the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

When any community -near or far- suffers from storm damage, our Storm Team is dispatched to help customers whose homes or businesses have been impacted.

While our storm team was away helping those in Virginia, the rest of our team seamlessly continued helping our local customers with fire and water damage in the Boardman Ohio area. 

If you experience Storm Damage in Boardman OH, call the team who's always here to help - SERVPRO of West Mahoning County 330-609-8543

Flood Tips in Mahoning County

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Florence has brought heavy rains and flooding to states in the southeast.

This season, we have experienced heavy rainfalls in our local communities, with flash flooding causing a lot of damage throughout Mahoning County.

We encourage you to prepare now as we continue through this hurricane season. Here are some suggestions on ways you can stay prepared in the event of excessive rains:

  1. Gather supplies in cause you need to leave immediately or if utilities are shut off due to storms
  2. Review your insurance policy and be sure to make sure you are covered (for an appropriate amount relative to your home or business) in the event you have a drain backup or sump pump malfunction
  3. Keep important documents in a waterproof container
  4. Check drains and gutters and install check valves - test the battery on your sump pump to make sure it is working at the first signs of rain
  5. Keep storage items in plastic rather than cardboard boxes

At the first sign of water damage, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for immediate emergency cleanup response 330-609-8543.

Acting quickly can prevent secondary water damage as well as save money on cleanup and restoration costs.

Mold Services in Canfield Ohio

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

We have the necessary resources and certified technicians to identify what procedures need to be taken for a mold cleanup services. Our crew performs mold mitigation and remediation services to eliminate the problem. To avoid mold from appearing, it is imperative to immediately call for professional service at the first sign of water damage. To prevent secondary water damage, like microbial growth, it's important to quickly bein the cleanup and drying process following a water damage situation. Our company specializes in water and mold damage restoration and we the knowledge, resources and experience to quickly restore your property back to, “Like it never even happened.”

Why Do You Need Us?

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. We are a 24-Hour Emergency Service and faster to any size disaster. We are locally owned and operated with a strong team trained in mold mitigation and remediation.

Do you see signs of mold? Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at 330-609-8543

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Flooded Basement Cleanup in Austintown Ohio

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Austintown basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe 
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure and poses a risk of secondary water damage like microbial growth. 

SERVPRO is a Flooded Basement Specialist:

  • We Have Teams On-Call 24/7 - Ready to Respond to Any Size Emergency
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to Many National Insurance Companies
  • Our Technicians are Highly Trained and Certified in Water Restoration
  • We use s500 IICRC Industry Standards
  • We Have Advanced Training, Personnel, Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Have Questions? Flooded Basement?
Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - 330-609-8543

Emergency Water Damage Repair and Restoration Service

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

If your home or business has suffered water damage from flooding or a water leak, we are ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

We provide emergency water cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our highly trained crews are on-call and ready to respond to any size disaster.

When you call, we answer the phone ready to help. Our team will immediately be dispatched to your property to assess the water damage and begin the cleanup and drying process.

Water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

  1. Step 1: Emergency Contact When you are dealing with a water damage emergency, immediate action is imperative. We answer the phone ready to help and our crews are always ready to respond to any size disaster.
  2. Step 2: Inspection and Water Damage Assessment Our work crew will arrive on site and begin with a detailed inspection of your home or business and the cause of damage. We will also perform an assessment of the damage and identify the type of water. We will develop a scope, or a plan of action, to begin the water damage cleanup and drying process.
  3. Water Removal and Water Extraction After the inspection, we begin removing as much water physically possible. We have various types of extraction units to suck the water out of carpet or pump out thousands of gallons of water. We will inspect the building materials to see if items like carpet padding or carpeting need to be removed. If extensive cleanup and restoration is needed, we may perform move-out services.
  4. Professional Drying Services Industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers aid in the drying process. Our professionals will use monitoring equipment to track the drying progress daily throughout the project.
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing Services We specialize in cleaning and restoring not only your home or business but your personal property, too.
    We are trained to identify and eliminate odors as well as using antimicrobial, antibacterial or disinfectant treatments to clean your home or business. We will remove and dispose of any damaged materials with guidance from you and your insurance company.
  6. Restoration and Rebuild Services Our repairs division will follow the cleaning process to truly make damage "Like it never even happened." They will work with you and your insurance company to provide a scope for repairs. They will work directly with you to determine the paint, carpet, flooring, etc. to make your house feel like home again.

If you experience Water Damage, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County at 330-609-8543 - we're standing by ready to help!

Our Storm Team Traveled to VA to Clean Up Flood Damage

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Our storm team travels all across the country helping those affected by storm damage

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County's Storm Team recently traveled from Warren, OH to Charlottesville, VA to help customers in need of storm cleanup from flooding caused by heavy rains.

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and customers need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has a specialized Storm Team with the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

When any community -near or far- suffers from storm damage, our Storm Team is dispatched to help customers whose homes or businesses have been impacted.

While our storm team was away helping those in Virginia, the rest of our team seamlessly continued helping our local customers with fire and water damage in the Canfield Ohio area. 

If you experience Storm Damage in Austintown OH, call the team who's always here to help - SERVPRO of West Mahoning County 330-609-8543

Commercial Flood Damage Cleanup in Pittsburgh PA

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial flood damage caused by heavy rains affected an entire 30,000 sq ft plaza

Our Commercial Large Loss Team recently traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to clean up flood damage in a 30,000 sq ft commercial plaza. 

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

Our team is a registered SERVPRO Large Loss Response Team (LLRT), and we have the experience and resources needed to handle any size loss - near or far. Our elite large-loss specialists are highly trained and pre-qualified to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations project manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

The following is an excerpt from a news article and our customer describing her experience with us
"...on the positive side, SERVPRO restoration service professionals have been of great assistance, according to Debbie.

“These guys have stood beside me,” she said. “When Ed and I have had our heads down, basically there’s somebody here to say, ‘Don’t worry. It’s going to get better.’”

You can read the entire article here.

If you experience Commercial Flood Damage, our disaster recovery team is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable 330-609-8543

Summer Grilling Fire Safety

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

Practice safe grilling this summer! If you need smoke, soot or fire damage cleanup, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County 330-609-8543

Summer is a great time to spend outdoors with friends and family enjoying camping, cook outs, vacations, picnics and the 4th of July celebrations. With those activities comes the risk of fire related injuries and damage. 

Here are a few tips provided by the U.S. Fire Administration on Grilling Fire Safety

  • Only use your grill outside
  • Keep grill at least 3 feet from siding, deck rails and eaves
  • Clean your grill after each use to remove grease build up that could start a fire
  • Open your gas grill before lighting
  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill for children and pets
  • Place coals from your grill in a metal can with lid after they have cooled
  • Keep watch over your grill, fire pit and patio torches at all times. Do not walk away from them while they are lit
  • Use long handled BBQ tools
  • Wear short sleeves or roll up long sleeves during cooking and do not wear loose fitting clothing that could catch on fire

Stay safe while grilling this summer in Lake Milton Ohio! If you experience smoke, soot or fire damage, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for immediate response and emergency cleanup services 330-609-8543

Board Up and Fire Cleanup Services in Austintown, Ohio

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Call the restoration industry leaders to secure and clean up your property following a fire 330-609-8543

Fire Cleanup Services in Austintown, OH

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today - (330) 609-8543

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Fire Damage Cleanup in Boardman, Ohio

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be devastating - SERVPRO is here to help!

Our SERVPRO team had the opportunity to provide cleanup and restoration to this home in Boardman, Ohio following a fire. The picture displays the some damage from the fire in an upstairs bathroom. We dried the structure from water damage caused by extinguishing and placed state of the art deodorization equipment. 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 Boardman home and spreading smoke throughout the entire structure in less than three 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.

Our team has the capability to clean and restore your home and belongings. 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.

We've Expanded Our Fleet - Again!

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is faster to any size disaster!

This year SERVPRO of West Mahoning County became part of an elite group of franchises who have the capacity to respond to Large Loss projects across the country - Large Loss Response Team (LLRT).

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s 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, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County - (330) 609-8543

Pictured is our new 53' Disaster Recovery trailer. We take pride in providing our employees with the best tools, equipment and vehicles. We ensure our customers receive the best, too!

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is a registered Large Loss Response Team

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for immediate response to your commercial property damage emergency 330-609-8543.

No Job Is Too Large for SERVPRO of West Mahoning County

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is part of SERVPRO's Large Loss Response Team!

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

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. 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:

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

The SERVPRO 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.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. 

Contents Cleaning and Processing in Mahoning County

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Our contents division can restore your damaged belongings!

People choose SERVPRO in the Mahoning County area when disaster strikes because of our highly trained team and state of the art drying and restoration equipment.

We're highlighting one of our machines used in our local contents processing facility to restore contents damaged by water, smoke, soot, sewage, mold & more - the Esporta Wash System.

It is built to industrial standards with state of the art electronics. The Esporta Wash System is capable of cleaning soot, sewage, water damage, and bi-contaminated soft items.

These soft items include but are not limited to: clothing, outerwear, pillows, stuffed animals, leather items, sports equipment, helmets, boots, dolls, etc.

We guarantee the best clean possible utilizing a game changing hydraulic cleaning process which has 4 different compartments with a specially patented tumble providing a food grade sanitation.
When your soft contents are damaged, the Esporta can bring them back to like-new.
Our system is 2x better than dry cleaning so it also gets dirty, used sportswear cleaned like it is new again.

If you have a disaster and your belongings are seemingly ruined or you just need your uniforms cleaned, call the professionals at your local SERVPRO at (330) 609-8543. We are here to help! Follow us on Facebook!

Water Damage Cleanup in Austintown, Ohio

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage can lead to mold growth in only 24 hours

There are Six Steps Followed for a Water Damage Cleanup Procedure:

Step 1: Emergency Contact 
This is where YOU call US. We are available 24 hours a day for water emergencies with highly trained technicians on-call to service you immediately.

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment 
This is where WE come in to identify which procedures needs to be taken.

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction 
Excess water will be removed.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Our team will place state of the art drying equipment to aid in structural drying. Our team follows IICRC standards and will monitor the drying progress daily.

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Our cleaning specialists will clean your home or business and, if necessary, can also perform services like air duct cleaning or carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Step 6: Restoration

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will truly make your damage, "Like it never even happened." Our reconstruction team will work with you and your insurance company to get your home or business back together.

If water damage occurs in your Austintown, OH home or business, call SERVPRO to restore the damage at 330-609-8543.

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Cleaning Services in Boardman, OH

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Spring into cleaning by calling SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to get a head start on all of your commercial cleaning. It’s time for all the spring cleaning you have been putting off for a few months. We offer many cleaning services that you can check off your list such as:

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning & HVAC

Odor Removal

Ceiling, Floors, Wall Cleaning

Commercial Cleaning

Vandalism & Graffiti

& many more cleaning services

A common combination of services is to get your air ducts and carpets cleaned to eliminate the dust in your home, get clean carpets, and have a fresh smelling home just in time.

If you are ready to kick off your spring cleaning call us at (330) 609-8543.

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Duct Cleaning Company in Canfield, OH

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for your free air duct cleaning quote for your home or business!

When to Call Professionals for a Duct Cleaning Service in the Canfield, OH area?

    • Call when dust begins appearing shortly after cleaning.
    • Call when musty or stale odors are appearing when a furnace runs.

Why Should You Call?

    • Avoiding an air-duct clean could affect anyone living the house with allergies or asthma.
    • Dust, dirt, and pollen are pulled into the air duct system.
    • Dismissing an air duct cleaning service could possibly lead room for mold, bacteria, fungus, and mildew to form.
    • This will circulate whenever the furnace turns on.

The services offered removes any mold or other contaminants providing a clean air circulation throughout your Sebring home.

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.

Call our office at 330-609-8543 for your free air duct cleaning quote!

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Conditions in Lake Milton Might be Right for Mold

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 330-609-8543!

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for mold remediation services.

Restoration - Services for Businesses and Homes - Boardman, OH

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Disaster Creating Inconvenience 

We understand disasters may occur which could potentially delay your work and negatively impact your company. Our goal is to provide the most efficient and quick service in order to repair and refurbish any damages that may take place.

Our Specialized Services 

Fire and water damages can be a lot to handle, which is why we specialize in providing the top care for your establishment or home. Our objective is to restore damages without the client having to worry. 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.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

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Water Damage - Greenford, OH

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage

Water damage mostly occurs unexpectedly and can put a damper on the lives of people it affects. Recently there was a urinal malfunction at a church and has shut down the church completely until the problem can be fixed. It occurred on the second floor with water damage accumulating on the second and first floor in multiple rooms. When water damage occurs there are different specifications and evaluations that need to be made depending on who the damaged area will be affecting.

Every water damage situation is different but our technicians typically follow the same procedure.

Our General Process 

Step 1: Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Step 2: Water Removal/ Water Extraction

Step 3: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 4: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 5: Restoration

Restoration Services After a Fire - Austintown, OH

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Damages in your home are sometimes unpreventable due to natural disasters or uncontrollable incidents. Fires sometimes occur from simple mistakes and may cause a huge inconvenience to your routine. Your everyday structure does not have to be affected if you call SERVPRO.

We specialize in a wide variety of services which are listed below:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

SERVPRO can provide high quality services that will restore your damages, “Like it never even happened.”

Puff Backs - Boardman, Ohio

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

How Do Puff Backs Occur? 

Puff backs occur due to a furnace malfunction and causes soot to spread throughout your home. This usually occurs with oil burning furnaces that have resulted in an explosion.

Removal Process:

You could try to remove the soot residue yourself depending on the damage. If there is too much soot you will need to contact a professional cleaning service because certain approaches and chemicals are implemented during the removal process.

Prevention:

One simple method of preventing a puff back is by constantly making sure the oil heating system is dust free. Another way for ultimate protection is to have your heating system inspected and serviced annually.

Professional Service:

This could happen to your home, if this occurs call us at (330) 609-8543. Our team offers multiple cleaning services to residential and commercial structures. Like our Facebook page for more tips!

Minor Mold Vs Major Mold - Canfield, Ohio

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Minor Mold?

There are different ingredients to try and remove mold.

Mold Removers:

Vinegar Mold Remover

In a spray bottle add -

½ vinegar

½ water

Bleach Mold Remover

1 cup of bleach

1 gallon of water

  • Do not rinse off

Hydrogen Peroxide Mold Remover

3% hydrogen peroxide

Tea Tree Oil

1 tsp tee tree oil

1 cup water

  • Do not rinse off

Major Mold?

These mold removers are a more cost efficient method. For excessive mold, you may need to call a professional service.

We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

Our initial focus is to stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber. We invest in ongoing mold remediation training and the latest equipment to serve you better.

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Holiday Fire Safety - Boardman, Ohio

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention

  • Watch out for extension cords and multiple wires that are hidden behind carpets and curtains
    • Overloading Circuits is a common mistake especially for families who possess multiple electronics because they do not split the devices and run a different circuit.
  • Install an operating fire extinguisher and smoke detector
  • Prepare a plan for emergencies
    • Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety.

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause, action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes.

If any damages occur after a fire, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in residential or commercial services, back to “Like it never even happened.”

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Storm Damage to Commercial Structure - Power Drives Inc. - Erie, PA

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

When a storm hits in your County area, it can create massive destruction to your home or business. Storms can cause different problems for everyone. Some may have water damage, mold, sewage backup, and other cleanup required problems.

Our professionals at SERVPRO are highly trained to handle all aspects of storm damage as well as carpet cleanup, odor removal, and caring for your belongings.

A storm occurred in the Erie, PA area and our company was able to provide our 24 hour emergency service. We can prevent further damage by responding to the disaster as fast as possible to reduce the amount of damages.

If you have damage from a storm call your local SERVPRO at (330)609-8543 for emergency 24/7 service.

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Broke Water Line - Sewage Backup - Toilet Overflow in Austintown, Ohio

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

The Three Different Water Stages

There are three different types of stages of water, three being the most hazardous.

Stage One

The first stage is clean water which is usually from a broke water line, but this stage can quickly turn into stage two or three if untreated.

Stage Two

Stage two is usually from toilet or dish overflow and is considered gray water. Stage two may include bacteria and viruses and needs to be treated immediately to prevent stage three from occurring.

Stage Three

Stage three water is extremely hazardous and contained with unsanitary water filled with bacteria.

We are a 24/7 hour service and if any emergencies like this occur we are able to help here at SERVPRO.

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Thanksgiving Fire Prevention Letter

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Dear Individual Who Wants to Avoid a Fire,

As we are approaching the most incredible meal of the year, it is important to practice fire safety tips. It is necessary to follow these simple tips to avoid a fire in your Canfield, Ohio home.

  1. Make sure your smoke alarms are working
  2. Have a fire extinguisher available
  3. It is imperative to stand by the food you are frying or grilling
  4. Avoid loose clothing to prevent it from catching on fire
  5. Do not use water to put out a grease fire!
  • Use baking soda
  • Use a fire extinguisher if the fire is flaring
  1. Have someone in or near the kitchen at all times
  2. Make sure the handle of your pot is not placed towards the kitchen
  • Keeping it placed correctly could save your meal from spilling 
  1. Use a timer and continuously check on the food
  2. Keep Children out of Kitchen 

Sincerely,

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County

P.S. Enjoy your Turkey.

Mold in Austintown, Ohio

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Preventing Mold

Preventing mold in Ohio homes can be complicated because of the excessive rain and moisture. Leaky roofs and floods are common in this state because of the rainy weather. Water damages should have an immediate professional service to prevent homes from molding.

Dangers of Mold

Not only does mold create an ugly scenery and an unpleasant smell, but scientists are claiming it can affect your health!

This whole occurrence can be extremely overwhelming. As a restoration company, we can eliminate the problem with our high quality products and trained staff.

Minor Mold

For minor mold try combining baking soda with liquid soap and essential oils. Just mix the two products and scrub the grout with a tooth brush.

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SERVPRO Storm Team in Houston

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey

The recent storm, Hurricane Harvey strengthened into a hurricane and affected Houston, Texas.

Evacuation

Residents were advised to evacuate immediately to avoid danger or harm the storm could cause. Countless homes and properties were destroyed after the storm leaving civilians with flooded homes and no power; this prevented many individuals from living in their own homes.

Restoring Houston Properties

Our storm team traveled to Houston to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The team assisted many affected properties to help Houston residents get back to their daily routines.

Storm Team

Although we are locally owned, our team was able to assist in the restoration process in Houston because they have prior experience with storm and flood restoration. 

If damages occur to your Austintown home from a storm, give us a call! (330) 609-8543

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Power Outage Due to Storm in Canfield, Ohio

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Was There a Power Outage? 

Power outages are common during a storm, which means the electricity in a freezer is not keeping the food cold. It can be difficult to determine whether a power outage occurred if you were not present during the storm.

How to Determine 

One away to determine whether the food in your freezer needs thrown out is by using a quarter.

Freeze a cup of water before evacuating your home and put a quarter on top of the frozen water.

If the quarter is sunk to the bottom of the cup after the storm, you should dispose all food stored in the freezer.

The quarter sinking to the bottom means the food in the freezer has defrosted and it should be thrown out. This is a great method to determine if your food went bad.

Does Your Fredericksburg, Ohio Home Need a Mold Service?

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

DIY Mold Remover

Main Household Materials:

  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Soft Scrubbing Brush
  • Water

Bleach will work more effectively on bathtubs, counter-tops, and glass. Avoid using bleach on absorbable materials like wood or drywall.

For removing mold from grout, try vinegar instead of bleach. Vinegar is a safer alternative to prevent discoloration.

Grout Removal

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup Baking Soda
  • Soft scrub brush
  • Spray bottle

Directions:

  • Fill spray bottle with ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup water. Use this mixture to spray onto affected area and use the brush to scrub in a circular motion.
  • After this first step is completed, begin making a paste with baking soda and water. Mix ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of water to create a paste.
  • Once the paste is completed, begin applying it along the grout and scrub with the brush.

Extreme mold may require professional services. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County does offer mold remediation and restoration services.

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Mold Services in Boardman, Ohio

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers a mold remediation service. Our certified technicians follow certain procedures to ensure your home is restored back to, “Like it never even happened.” Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. If your Fredericksburg, Ohio home needs a mold inspection or service call (330) 609-8543

What Causes Mold?

  • Humidity
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaking roof
  • Condensation
  • Poor ventilation
  • Wet Clothes
  • Flooding
  • Damp basement

How to prevent Mold:

  • Monitor the humidity in your home – Try a dehumidifier
  • Dry wet areas immediately
  • Ensure your home has proper ventilation
  • Try to bring in as much sunlight to your home
  • Inspect water leaks around the house and fix immediately

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Lightening Storm Safety in Canfield, Ohio

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Lightening can cause extreme harm if not cautious. There are extreme measures that needed to be taken under consideration to prevent danger among oneself. Below is a list of objects and activities to avoid during a lightning storm:

  • Corded phones
  • Electrical equipment, such as computers, TVs, or cords
  • Avoid plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower, or wash dishes
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and porches
  • Avoid physical contact with concrete floors and walls

It is best to stay indoors and avoid being in open spaces outdoors. There is a high risk for being around lakes or ponds.

Follow these lightning storm tips to prevent yourself from danger. It is best to be informed prior to a storm because a lightning storm could occur in the Boardman, Ohio area.

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Sewage Back up in Youngstown, Ohio

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO crew has recently performed a sewer-cleanup job for a commercial structure in Mahoning County. There was a sewage backup in the commercial structure that our professional technicians cleaned up utilizing their advance equipment.

It is important to immediately act and call professionals for assistance when a sewage backup occurs. Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

We will inspect the contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

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Flooded Homes in Boardman, Ohio

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Due to the storm that occurred in June, our company has managed to assist over 20 flooded residential and commercial structures. The storm has negatively affected many homes and we are thankful for assisting our local community whenever a disaster hits.

Storms can cause major exterior and interior damage, with our help we can restore your property and belongings. It is important to act immediately because water damage does not dry on its own. There are different types of flood and water damages, which requires different solutions tailored to restoring the affected structure.

There is a 24-hour emergency service offered to assist your severely damaged properties. Our company provides highly trained technicians to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.

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Electrical Fires in Canfield, Ohio

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Tips:

  • Regularly test smoke & carbon monoxide detectors and have one smoke detector per floor.
  • Store extinguisher in fire-prone areas
  • Have ladders prepared in second-story bedrooms
  • Include an emergency blanket for protection against burns

Maintain Your Electrical System to Prevent Fires

  • Electrical fires are common and can be caused by broken wires, wire insulation drying out, loose switches or receptacles, and overheating caused by dirt and oil.
  • To prevent other electrical fires, it is recommended to have your electrical system checked by a licensed electrician every four years.

What We Offer

  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration

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The Boardman Kiwanis’ Memorial Day Parade

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

It was an amazing experience to participate in the Boardman parade and celebrate with our local community. Our fleet included American flags and we proudly drove our vehicles throughout the parade. Our SERVPRO crew brought their families to enjoy the experience and have an opportunity to participate in the parade. We prepared fifteen buckets of candy the day before and loaded them into our vehicles. The experience of passing out candy to the kids of our community filled our hearts with joy.

Our main purpose at to SERVPRO is to help our local community and provide fire and water damage restoration services. We are locally owned and offer a 24-hour emergency service. Our highly-trained restoration technicians will be able to restore your home back to, “Like it never even happened” with our advanced restoration and cleaning equipment.

River Rock at the Amp

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County sponsored River Rock at the Amp in downtown Warren, Ohio on Saturday June 10, 2017. River Rock at the Amp hosts rock concerts by different cover bands on the weekends at the Warren Community Amphitheater. The Amp is owned and maintained by the city of Warren. 

We invited our friends and families to join us at our tent for food and refreshments from Vernon’s Café and Sunrise Inn during the concert. While the bands were performing, 7 bridges and Northern Whiskey, our SERVPRO t-shirts were shot out to the crowd. We provided SERVPRO beach balls for the crowd to toss around for fun during the concert. We loved interacting with the crowd and we cannot wait to sponsor again next year!

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Common Questions about Water Damage in Canfield, OH

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage can start slowly

Water damage is a terrible experience causing many possessions to be permanently damaged and more damage occurring the longer the water continues to invade your home. That’s why calling your local SERVPRO immediately will allow us to salvage as much as we can and prevent further damage. These are some common questions about water damage:


FAQ:


What are the causes of water damage?


Water damage often occurs form thunderstorms, flooding, pipe bursts, roof leaks, poor drainage, septic overflows, and many other hazardous malfunctions. Some of these causes accumulate water which is why it’s important to have emergency numbers ready and to know where water valve shut offs are located.  


 


Why water damage is dangerous?


Water that comes from sewage, outdoors, or any other contaminated source increases the health risk. If water isn’t drained within about 24 hours mold begins to grow rapidly. Different categories of water hold different levels of contaminants that can cause serious illness. 


 


What should you do after a flood or leak?


Contact your local SERVPRO as soon as possible. We are open 24/7 and offer emergency services. We also work with your insurance to make it easier if you encounter water damage. DO NOT enter your home if structural damage has occurred because your safety is most important.


 


How do the professionals handle water damage?


First thing is to remove damaged materials and keep the ones that can be restored and get rid of what can’t be. Then the drying process occurs with professional industrial grade equipment and the area is disinfected. Mold damage is also handled during the process. Whatever can be restored gets restored to get everything as close as back to normal as possible.


 


We are here for you 24/7 with emergency services because we know that damage occurs at all times of the day and night! We are your local Fire & Water, Cleanup & Restoration specialists in your canfield area. Give us a call 330-609-8543!


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Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning in Canfield, Ohio

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

We offer Air Duct cleaning services to commercial and residential structures. This process cleans the heating and cooling system removing the contamination of dust particles and different types of debris.

There are many benefits of servicing your HVAC

Benefits are listed below:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors, pollen, dust, debris, and other contaminants.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

Air duct cleaning is not always necessary, which is why we offer an inspection by our professionals to provide necessary recommendations. It is highly recommended to consider having them cleaned if anyone living in the house has asthma or allergies.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  

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Tornado Safety Tips!

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tornado Safety

  • Listen to local news or the radio for an any tornado watches or warning
  • Practice tornado drills in order to be prepared in a case of a tornado
  • Cut down any damaged trees and limbs to prevent high winds from knocking them down
  • Remove any objects that can be picked up by the wind

About SERVPRO of West Mahoning County

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your Canfield, Ohio property.

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Outside Spring Cleaning Jobs in Greenford, OH Homes

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Clean out gutters to avoid water damage

We are always here to help, sometimes that just means we are giving you advice and keeping you on track. Whether you have already started spring cleaning or are about to begin, here are some things you may want to add to your list. The sun is shining so now is the time to clean the outside of the house too. Here are some easy quick ideas that you may have forgotten about to get the whole house spring cleaned from inside, out.


Outside


Trash & Recycling Bins: Throw some bleach in them and use a scrub brush if needed and spray them out


Gutters & Downspouts: Neglecting cleaning out gutters can cause water damage in your home


Garage: Get rid of garage clutter and sweep up cob webs. Have a garage sale! This is a way to make some money and have a clean garage.


Screens & Windows: clean your windows and screens inside and out, they are probably dirtier than you realized.


Patio Furniture: Clean any patio furniture by spraying it off or wiping it


Grill: Spray off the outside of the grill and clean and prep the inside for grilling out this summer


Front Door: Clean off your front door, it’s one of the first impressions you make on your guests when they come over


If you need some cleaning services in your Greenford area, call us at 330-609-8543. We are here to help!


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Water Damage FAQ for Geneva, OH

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage can start slowly, give us a call at the first site of damage!

Water damage is a terrible experience causing many possessions to be permanently damaged and more damage occurring the longer the water damage continues. That’s why calling your local SERVPRO immediately will allow us to salvage as much as we can and prevent further damage. These are some common questions about water damage:

 

What are the causes of water damage?

Water damage often occurs form thunderstorms, flooding, pipe bursts, roof leaks, poor drainage, septic overflows, and many other hazardous malfunctions. Some of these causes accumulate water which is why it’s important to have emergency numbers ready and to know where water valve shut offs are located.  

 

Why water damage is dangerous?

Water that comes from sewage, outdoors, or any other contaminated source increases the health risk. If water isn’t drained within about 24 hours mold begins to grow rapidly. Different categories of water hold different levels of contaminants that can cause serious illness.

 

What should you do after a flood or leak?

Contact your local SERVPRO as soon as possible. We are open 24/7 and offer emergency services. We also work with your insurance to make it easier if you encounter water damage. DO NOT enter your home if structural damage has occurred because your safety is most important.

 

How do the professionals handle water damage?

First thing is to remove damaged materials and keep the ones that can be restored and get rid of what can’t be. Then the drying process occurs with professional industrial grade equipment and the area is disinfected. Mold damage is also handled during the process. Whatever can be restored gets restored to get everything as close as back to normal as possible.

 

We are here for you 24/7 with emergency services because we know that damage occurs at all times of the day! We are your local Fire & Water, Cleanup & Restoration specialists in your Geneva, OH area. Give us a call (440)319-3360 24/7 for emergency services!

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Fire Cleanup in Boardman, OH

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Tips to prevent residential fires

  • Cover your chimney with a mesh screen spark arrestor
  • A yearly inspection is recommended
  • Ensure all smoke detectors are operating efficiently
  • Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year
  • They should be installed on every floor of your home

If there is ever a fire it is important to exit the building immediately and call for help.  SERVPRO of East Mahoning County offers a 24-Hour emergency Service.

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your Boardman 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.

 

Natural Cleaning Recipes

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

All Purpose Cleaner

2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
1 Tsp Dish Soap
1 Tsp Baking Soda

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

Shower Spray

1 Cup Water
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Dish Soap

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surface and wipe.

Glass Cleaner

1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Water

Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray surface and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

Fabric Softener

1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Baking Soda

Use 1 cup during the rinse cycle.

Disinfectant

1 Cup Water
1 Part Rubbing Alcohol

Put ingredients in a bottle and shake. Spray surface after cleaning.

Wood Cleaner

1 Cup Linseed Oil
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice

Mix in a spray bottle, apply to the surface and buff to a shine with microfiber cloth.

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Spring Cleaning in Canfield, OH

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Services


If your structure is in critical condition we offer a cleaning and restoration service, so call today to schedule an appointment.


Spring is the season where you need to provide your home or office with a deep cleanse.


Below will be provided a check list of simple steps to prepare you for a squeaky clean house.


Spring Cleaning Check List: 


FIRST – BATHROOMS



  • Vacuum & wipe the walls & ceiling

  • Wash all rugs

  • Wash mirrors and windows

  • Spray and soak

  • Rinse the floor


SECOND – BEDROOMS



  • Vacuum & wipe the walls & ceilings

  • Dust all surfaces

  • Open the windows

  • Wash drapes, linens, sheets

  • Clean window treatments

  • Wash mirrors and insides of windows

  • Shampoo or steam carpets rugs


THIRD – KITCHEN



  • Clean the refrigerator and freezer

  • Degrease cooking appliance

  • Clean window treatments

  • Wash all surfaces, cabinets & utensils

  • Sweep, vacuum and mop floors


FOURTH – FAMILY ROOM



  • Dust ceiling fans, bookcases and shelves

  • Vacuum and wipe wall and ceilings

  • Clean sofa upholstery

  • Wipe light bulbs

  • Clean window treatments

  • Clean and dust electronics

  • Sweep out your fireplace

  • Clean the carpets


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April Showers Bring Flooding To Sebring, OH

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Spring has sprung and it isn’t only bringing warmer days and flowers, the rains have arrived! So we need to be on the lookout for flooding outside your home or commercial building as well as being prepared for flooding that starts inside the house. If you experience flooding in your residence we have some helpful tips!

Safety First

-Is it safe to stay in the house?

-Check for slip and fall hazards

-Only do activities that can be safely preformed

Water Damage Restoration Process

Step 1- Emergency Contact

Step 2- Inspections and Water Damage Assessment

Step 3- Water Removal / Water Extraction

Step 4- Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5- Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 6- Restoration

The professionals at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County are experts in the water damage process so give us a call if you experience water damage this season 330-609-8543

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Water Damage Technology and Techniques for Fredericksburg

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Some of our heavy duty water damage equipment

Water, fire, mold, storm, odors, sewage damage, and many other events can harm your home or commercial building and can feel like it’s a permanent problem, but that’s why the SERVPRO of West Mahoning County professionals are here! We understand that when these things happen you want the problem to go away as quickly as possible, that’s why we are 24/7, 365 days of the year. We have advanced equipment that restores your property back to preloss condition.  We follow Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. We can manipulate temperature and humidity to remove moisture and effectively dry a property quickly.


Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment


Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters that measure the moisture saturation


Water Extraction Equipment


Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water


Portable extraction units perform efficient water removal


Drying Equipment


High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace


Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air


Odor Removal Deodorization


Air scrubbers


Thermal foggers and deodorizing agents


Sanitizing, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments


Deodorizing products control odors from excess moisture


Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms


If water has damaged your house, apartments, or commercial building don’t wait until mold starts to grow to call us! We are in your Canfield, Boardman, Fredericksburg, Austintown, Craig Beach, Starrs Corners, Cornersburg, Sebring, Ellsworth, and Greenford areas. 


Give us a call (330)609-8543 we will help you through the process.


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Roof Damage Repair in Boardman, OH

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Recently there was a fire in a homeowner’s garage that traveled up to the attic, burning many parts of the house including the master bedroom. Many parts of the house needed replaced and restored. Our team of experts moved fast to get this homeowner back in their home. We are able to restore the damaged items and the fire damaged house. Not only do we work on getting the inside of the house back to normal, we also do roofing services. We offer tarp services and board up and well as roof repair. Whether it’s a tree that falls on your roof or fire damages it your local SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is here to help!

If you are in need of a roof repair call us a (330)609-8543

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Wind Damage to Roof In Ellsworth

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Knocked down tree from intense winter winds

If you are reading this on April 12th then Happy National Big Wind Day! Unless you are a wind farm owner, you probably don’t enjoy wind that much. Lately we have received many phone calls from wind damage victims about destruction to their home from intense winds. We directly encounter the damages of powerful winds and see how they can damage roofs, other parts of the house, and knock trees down onto houses causing devastating damage. Our trained professionals are skilled and ready to help ASAP, no matter if its day or night, 24/7 365 days. Whether it’s a tornado or just severe winds that damage your home, we are trained and experienced professionals from SERVPRO of West Mahoning County that are here to help!


Just give us a call if the wind won the battle this time (330)609-8543


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Building Services in Austintown, OH

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

After protecting and securing a damaged structure by placing roof tarps and proving a board up, professionals at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of West Mahoning County can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

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Water Damage Restoration in Cornersburg, OH

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water line on the wall shows almost 5 feet of water in this basement

Water Damage Restoration in Cornersburg


If you don’t already have water damage problems, then stopping it before it happens is the first step in defense. To avoid water damage in your home or commercial building in the Mahoning area you can minimize the loss of your belongings by installing sealant around doors and windows, check the roof for holes, varnish wood surfaces, and check pipes often for leaking or rusting to prevent flood damage in your home.


Common causes of water damage


Keep an eye out for these water damage culprits in your Boardman area...


Pipe Burst


Faulty window or door installation


Leaky roof


Broken water lines in or outside of the house


Leaky toilets


After flooding


In order to start the drying process before SERVPRO gets there, DO…


Gather loose items from floor


Wipe excess water from wood furniture and tabletops


Prop up furniture and cushions to dry


If water damage happens to you, call us at (330)609-8543. We work with your insurance!           


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Board Up & Tarp Over Services in Boardman, OH

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Why Get a Board Up?


A board up is used to secure broken windows that cannot be replaced immediately.  Board ups are made to provide security for your home until the windows are replaced.


Most of our emergency board up services have been provided to homes that have experienced a fire. Although board up services are most commonly used after a fire damage, there are multiple other factors that may cause you to need a board up for your home.


When Are Tarp Over Services Necessary?


A tarp service is used to protect your home after a roof damage. A tarp service will provide security and prevent further damages water from entering your home.


We provide board up services in the local Boardman, OH surrounding area. Call (330) 609-8543 if you need an emergency board up service!


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Tips for a Natural Flood

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Prevention –


Try surrounding your house with sandbags to prevent water from entering your basement. You can lay a sheet of polyethylene and stack up to five layers of sand bags on top of each other. Make sure to fill the sandbags with sand up to two thirds full.


Preparation Before Flood –


Build an emergency kit containing essential items, such as a radio, flashlight and nonperishable items. If floods are common in your area, it would be best consider purchasing flood insurance.


Actions During Flood –


Immediately turn off any electrical device before water comes into contact. Avoid walking through moving water above 5 inches to prevent injuries. Listen to radio or television for emergency information and head for higher grounds if there are any flash flood warnings.


As a Fire & Water damage restoration company, we specialize in restoring water damaged homes back to, “Like it never even happened.” If this happens to your Ellsworth home, call (330) 609-8543.


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Clean Air Ducts

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

The EPA states:


You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if-



  • There is substantial visible mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system.

  • Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects)

  • Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and/or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers


Some research also suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems.


SERVPRO of West Mahoning County Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.


For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (330) 609-8543.


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ESPORTA

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

ESPORTA

People choose SERVPRO in their Boardman area when disaster strikes because of our highly trained team and our advanced equipment. One of the most impressive pieces of equipment is the ESPORTA. It is built to industrial standards with state of the art electronics. The Esporta wash system is capable of cleaning soot, sewage, water damage, and bi-contaminated soft items. These soft items include but are not limited to: clothing, outerwear, pillows, stuffed animals, leather items, sports equipment, helmets, boots, dolls, etc. The Esporta guarantees the best clean possible utilizing a game changing hydraulic cleaning process which has 4 different compartments with a specially patented tumble providing a food grade clean.  When fire, water, mold, or anything else damages your soft goods the Esporta will bring them back to new. The system is 2x better than dry cleaning so it also gets dirty, used sportswear cleaned like it is new again. If you have a disaster and your belongings are seemingly ruined or you just need your uniforms cleaned, call the professionals at your local SERVPRO at (330)609-8543. We are here to help! Follow us on Facebook!

Spring Cleaning Services in Greenford, OH

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Spring into cleaning by calling your local SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to get a head start on all of your residential and commercial cleaning. It’s time for all the spring cleaning you have been putting off for a few months. We offer many cleaning services that you can check off your list such as:

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning & HVAC

Odor Removal

Ceiling, Floors, Wall Cleaning

Commercial Cleaning

Vandalism & Graffiti

& many more cleaning services

A common combination of services is to get your air ducts and carpets cleaned to eliminate the dust in your home, get clean carpets, and have a fresh smelling home just in time.

If you are ready to kick off your spring cleaning call us at (330)609-8543.

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Air Duct Cleaning

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

When to Call Professionals for a Duct Cleaning Service?



  • Call when dust begins appearing shortly after cleaning.

  • Call when musty or stale odors are appearing when a furnace runs.


Why Should You Call?



  • Avoiding an air-duct clean could affect anyone living the house with allergies or asthma.

  • Dust, dirt, and pollen are pulled into the air duct system.

  • Dismissing an air duct cleaning service could possibly lead room for mold, bacteria, fungus, and mildew to form.

  • This will circulate whenever the furnace turns on.


The services offered removes any mold or other contaminants providing a clean air circulation throughout your Sebring home.


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.


Call us today, (330) 609-8543 for more information and to schedule your air duct cleaning appointment!


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Guide to Water Damage and Mold

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Home Floods Cause:



  • Wet Furniture

  • Soaked Carpets

  • Peeling Wallpaper


Water Damage leads to mold growth in only 24 hours


How to take action? Remove wet carpet & call a professional service.


Why?


Certified professionals are trained to look for new mold growth. They utilize efficient equipment to effectively restore your home.  


There are Six Steps Followed for a Water Restoration Procedure:


Step 1: Emergency Contact This is where YOU call US. We are available 24 hours a day for water emergencies.


Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment This is where WE come in to identify which procedures needs to be taken.


Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction Excess water will be removed.


Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification


Step 5: Cleaning and Repair


Step 6: Restoration


If a water damage occurs to your Canfield home, call SERVPRO to restore your damages back to, “Like it never even happened”.


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Categories of Water

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs in your Boardman area the SERVPRO professionals are ready to handle the situation. In order to properly get rid of the water and get your home or business back to normal we train our professionals to understand the factors of water damage restoration. We follow the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) which sets the standards for cleaning and water damage restoration. They provide three different types of liquid involved.

Category 1:  Liquid from a clean and sanitary source, such as faucets, toilet tanks, drinking fountains, etc. However, category 1 can quickly become category 2.

Category 2:  Liquid having a level of contaminated that may cause illness or discomfort if ingested. Sources may include dishwasher, washing machine, flush from sink drains, and toilet overflow.

Category 3: Worst classification being grossly unsanitary. It can cause severe illness or death if ingested. Sources include sewer backup, river or stream overflow, and stagnant liquid that have bacterial growth.

If you have water damage occur, call the professionals to avoid ingesting and handling these liquids unprotected at (330)609-8543

Start From The Bottom

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

This is the time of the year when your floors take a beating. Salt, snow, water, and mud get tracked into your Boardman area and your floors absorb it all. Businesses often keep the areas that customers can see generally clean. However, all flooring in your business needs to be kept up with and properly taken care of. Managers and maintenance members should have a plan for keeping the floors clean and properly taken care of. By having a good cleaning and maintenance plan for flooring it can prevent an expensive bill consisting of floor repair and replacement. Protect your investment and call the professionals at your local SERVPRO of WEST MAHONING COUNTY for carpet cleaning and your restoration needs.


Call us at (330)609-8543 for estimates and questions about our services!

Commercial Mold Damage

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals understand that finding mold in your Boardman business can be the beginning of a bad day for you. Finding and remediating the mold as soon as possible will result in less damage and down time for your business. We are here for you to make it "Like it never even happened." Professional clean up for mold is required to get your business back on its feet faster and make it a safe environment. Mold knows it’s an unwelcome guest and tends to occur in the less popular places of the building. Recently a local church discovered mold in their basement where they spend some of their time for youth groups and other events. They caught the mold quickly and called their local SERVPRO and they were able to get rid of the mold, clean, and verify the area is now up to health standards. If you find mold in your business or home, call the professionals to get you back on your feet ASAP at (330)609-8543.

Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

When storms hit in your Cornersburg area they can wreak havoc on your home or business. Depending on where you live, how old our house or building is, and if there are preexisting problems that will play a role in how affected you will be. Storms can cause different problems for everyone. Some may have water damage, mold, sewage backup, and other cleanup required problems.  The professionals at SERVPRO are highly trained to handle all aspects of storm damage as well as carpet cleanup, odor removal, and caring for your belongings. Our experienced team in combination with our industrial grade machines and cleaning techniques will get your home back to normal as soon as possible. With our 24 hour emergency services we can prevent further damage by responding to the disaster as fast as possible to reduce the amount of damages.

If you have damage from a storm call your local SERVPRO at (330)609-8543 for emergency 24/7 service.

Emergency Readiness Program

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Disasters often seem to happen when you are away from your commercial building in your Austintown area. We are here to help even when you aren’t in the area. SERVPRO offers a free Emergency Readiness Program (ERP) that is available on your mobile device as well as your computer so you can access it anywhere at any time.  As many as 50% of businesses never recover after a disaster, the ones who recover usually have a disaster plan. The ERP provides an immediate plan of action that will minimize business interruption. The ERP program is set up for small issues to big disasters. The app contains important information needed for emergency situations such as emergency shut-off valve locations as well as emergency contact information.  In order to get set up with an ERP profile call your local SERVPRO at (330)609-8543.

When To Use a Fire Extinguisher

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers should be available in every building you are in, including your Greenford home. Misconceptions about fire extinguishers are that they should and can be used on all types of fires in any situation. However, there are many types of fire extinguishers such as water, chemical, foam, etc. Each extinguisher is designed to put out different typed of fires. You should only try to put out a fire if it is contained, if you are safe from toxic smoke, you have a means of escaping that isn’t blocked by the fire. You should make sure the building if evacuated before extinguishing so the toxic air from smoke and the extinguisher does not harm anyone inside. If the fire is too much to handle, evacuate the building and call the fire department so they can handle it. If you experience fire damage, contact the professionals at your local SERVPRO at (330)609-8543 and follow us on Facebook for more information.

Valentine's Day Safety

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Most Common Valentine's Day Fire Hazards to Avoid

  1. Leaving a candle unattended

It is imperative to have someone in the room where a candle is being used to prevent any fire damages.

  1. Placing them next to inflammable objects

Placing a candle in a safe atmosphere is important. Try to keep them on a flat surface away from any drapes or other inflammable objects.  

  1. Having an non-functioning fire alarm

A fire alarm should be functioning at all times throughout the year. Provide a service and inspection annually, to ensure your fire alarm is functioning properly.

  1. Dismissing candle holders

Some individuals feel a candle holder is unnecessary, but this could lead to a dangerous situation. The candle holder will protect the candle from falling and keeping wax from unwanted areas.

If a fire damage occurs in your Boardman home call SERVPRO at (330) 609-8543 to restore the structure back to, "Like it never even happened."

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Frozen Pipes

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Use a blow dryer to warm pipes

During winter in your Canfield area pipes often freeze during winter months. When temperatures get down around 20 degrees and sometimes above if the pipes are exposed to cold windy air usually due to cracks in walls pipes will freeze. When water in the pipes freeze it expands into ice putting pressure on the pipe and can cause it to burst leading to a broken pipe and a flood in your home. Pipes that are metal or water lines to things like pools, sprinklers, and interior pipes can burst no matter what the water is flowing through if it’s frozen. To prevent pipes from freezing it’s important to keep garage doors closed if water supply is in garage, open cabinets and doors, let water drip in facets, and keep it warm in the area where pipes are. If frozen pipes occur, keep the faucet open while warming the pipe; apply heat to the section of pipe, but avoid using open flame devices. To avoid this problem keep pipes warm. In the event that your pipes burst and flooding occurs, call the professionals to extract the water and make it like it never even happened at (330)609-8543. Also follow us on Facebook for updates and promotions.

Soot Tags

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Soot tags

Soot Tags

Soot tags occur from a synthetic/petroleum based source burn.  During a fire smoke and soot circulate throughout the house and the heat moves toward cool air when trying to equalize the temperature. In the areas with less circulation the soot tags will begin to form and can look like soot on spider webs. However, soot tags are just chains of soot that gather in the areas with low circulation that look like webs. These can occur immediately or over time and reoccur even after dusting them off. Stay away from spraying water on the area to clean it because it will smear and stain. To help prevent this from happening service your furnace annually to ensure it is working properly to help deal with soot.  The best way to combat these soot tags are to contact your local SERVPRO in your Austintown area.

Contact us if you are dealing with soot at (330)609-8543 and follow us on Facebook to stay in touch.

Contaminated Air (Duct Cleaning)

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaned out these pollutants from ducts

Air pollutants can get into your business or home in many ways such as bringing in a new mattress, cleaning chemicals, mold, fire retardants, paint, and many other ways. These pollutants among other kinds can cause allergies and provide unnecessary struggle for people with asthma. In order to combat these pollutants there are many things people can do to minimize the amount. Having proper filters on vacuums, putting floor mats at doors, not smoking, avoiding fragrances by using natural air fresheners and having indoor plants are common ways to keep the air clean.  Proper ventilation is one of the most important parts in keeping indoor air clean. If your air ducts have gone for some time without inspection they could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris, and other contaminants that are harmful to breath. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County Professionals routinely inspects and clean HVAC and air ducts in your Austintwon area to give you clean air to breathe.  

To have your air ducts inspected or cleaned call the professionals at (330)609-8543.

How To Clean Walls and Ceilings

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

How To Clean Walls and Ceilings

Washing your walls in your Ellsworth home doesn’t seem like fun and like it would probably take a long time. However, you only need a few products and a little bit of time to keep your walls clean and reduce the dust in your home. This way is the safe and easy way to get your walls cleaned and keep them that way. You will need:

-Sturdy large pad mop

-A spray bottle

-Warm water

-Soap

In the spray bottle put in warm water and just about 2-3 drops of soap in and start working from top to bottom, left to right, and mist the wall without spraying too much that it begins to drip down. Apply pressure to the mop and wipe side to side until you reach the bottom.

 

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Natural & Man Made Floods

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Natural Floods

This consists of heavy rains, flash floods, and mud flows.

Follow the procedures listed below to prepare for a natural flood:

  • Have an emergency kit ready
  • Install check valves to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproof compounds.

Man Made Floods

This consists of burst pipes, plumbing problems, and malfunctioning water heaters

Follow the procedures listed below to prepare for a man made flood:

  • Buy and install flood detection and prevention products to alert you if water is detected
  • Invest in flood insurance
  • Often check to see if pipes, water heaters, plumbing, and drainage systems are functioning properly

It is important to have your Canfield home prepared for a flood to prevent any major damages. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County offers services such as water & fire damage restoration.

Commercial Water Damage

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage at a local church

Commercial Restoration Services

When water damage occurs in commercial buildings such as: office buildings, apartments, hotels, manufacturing, government, military, and almost any type of commercial business, revenue and productivity are then brought to a halt until cleanup and restoration is finished. SERVPRO is faster to any disaster with highly trained technicians in your Boardman area. Water damage can occur through many different ways including rainfall, water pipes, floods, and other less common ways. Prevention is the first step in preventing water damage. Maintaining the building by checking the roof for loose or damaged tiles, flat coverings for cracks, and by repairing any problem found immediately. Water damage from pipes can occur from mechanical damage, corrosion, freezing, and overflowing. Having the right floodwater protection is key to keeping the business prepared and safe. The building should be checked for history of flooding in the area and if recent developments increase possible flooding in the area. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Readiness Program (ERP) to provide a plan for disaster.

 

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How To Remove Odor and Musty Smell From Basement

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.







SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.


We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.


The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us!


Contact us to remove foul odors in your Canfield, Ohio home today! (330) 609-8543






Emergency Preparedness Kit

1/11/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Preparedness Kit

Your Boardman commercial building or home should be prepared for various types of emergencies by having an emergency preparedness kit that can be easily found and carried in the event of an evacuation or being stuck in the building. These kits can be bought or made and should be in homes and commercial buildings.  In the event of an emergency, rescuers may take a few hours or a few days to get to your location. Depending on where you live your kit should have different items as well as the ones listed.

Your kit should include these items:

Water one gallon of water per day (at least 3)

Food approximately three days worth

Battery-powered radio and extra batteries

Flashlight with extra batteries

First aid kit

Whistle

Moist towelettes

Manual can opener

Maps

Power banks or solar chargers

Supplies for pets

Plus addition location related items based off of where you are located

 

We offer commercial restoration and cleaning services. To find information, stay in touch with us on Facebook and check out our page.  

Rusted Skillet

1/10/2017 (Permalink)

We tend to dispose of our cooking equipment after rust begins to appear, but there are other alternatives and solutions. We have provided a cleaning method below for a rusted skillet.

Follow These Instructions for a Rust Free Skillet

Materials Required:

  • ½ Cup Salt
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 Potato

Instructions:

  1. Pour the salt on the pan
  2. Cut the potato in half
  3. Use the potato to scrub the pan with the salt
  4. Rinse and repeat when the salt becomes dirty
  5. Rinse the pan with water once the salt has removed the rust
  6. Pat dry and pour oil in the pan to rub it with a paper towel
  7. After the pan has been coated with oil, use a clean paper towel to pat down the excess oil
  8. Keep pan over low heat for 20 minutes
  9. Let the pan cool down for 10 minutes after it has been heated and wipe off remaining oil

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Meth Lab Cleanup

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO offers many services big or small, normal or unexpected. We specialize in biohazard cleanup which includes sewage, crime scene, accident, hoarding, animal waste, chemical, meth lab, and more. Meth labs can be found in your Austintown area.SERVPRO realizes chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine leave harmful residues throughout the location where meth was being made. We are trained professionals who follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all of the surfaces affected. A meth lab location must first have all obvious dangers removed such as chemicals, equipment, drugs, and other illegal items. Then the whole area is cleaned and if necessary the land and waters are also cleaned. After this has been done, the location will then again be inhabitable.

For any biohazard cleanup contact us at (330)609-8543 and check us out on Facebook.

Clean, Clean, Clean!

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Clean House

Our SERVPRO crew had the opportunity to provide a cleaning service for a hoarder job in our local area. We offer a wide range of cleaning services to commercial and residential structures. Our certified professionals utilize special equipment and cleaning products to achieve efficient and effective results. They follow certain cleaning procedures to leave the structure spotless, “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Services

If your Austintown home needs any type of cleaning service, schedule and appointment today! We offer several of different cleaning services:

Call us at (330) 609-8543

Ice Dams

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

How Do Ice Dams Form?

Usually after a snow storm there is a pile of snow sitting on the roof above your attic. After the weather warms above 32 degrees Fahrenheit to melt the under layer of the snow it causes the top layer to form into a mound of ice.

Damages They Cause:

After the ice dam reaches it full capacity, the melted water begins to seep underneath the shingles along with dripping into the insulation and down to the ceilings.  

How to Remove the Ice Dams?

Removing ice dams can easily lead to damages even if extremely careful. To efficiently remove the ice dams call a professional to prevent damages to your shingles.

Prevention:

To keep your Boardman home safe try one of these tips-

A simple prevention method is simply scraping the snow off of the roof the day it falls.

Another way to prevent ice dams is by installing heated cables before the winter begins.

Cleaning After the Holidays

1/2/2017 (Permalink)

The New Year Is the Time for a Clean Slate and New Beginnings

Give your Canfield home that opportunity to have a fresh clean start by giving it a deep clean. You can begin by grabbing two trash bags, one for literal trash and the other is for junk that can be donated to your local charitable organization.

After sorting through your whole house, the structure should be free of unnecessary junk and you can begin scrubbing.

What Should You Scrub Exactly?

Everything! Table tops, windows, hardwood floors, and you should even include walls. Remember now, we are providing the house with a deep clean which entails that every inch of the house must be clean.

Grab your pillows and throw them in the wash along with all of your sheets and comforters. You will most likely need to do several loads.

Now you can begin vacuuming the carpets to prep it for a carpet clean.

Your house should be sparkling and smelling amazing after following these instructions.  

Good luck and happy cleaning!!

Christmas Tree Fires

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree Fires

The holiday season tends to have the most house fires. Some of these fires are started by Christmas trees. There are many ways that Christmas tree fires get started. One most frequent reason is due to electrical problems. There have been instances where an extension cord has failed while under pressure of an object and causes a fire. With real trees there are many precautions and care that needs to be given.  Watering the Christmas tree daily is absolutely necessary because if the water level drops below the cut end of the tree no water can be absorbed. Dry trees are the biggest culprit in these fires because they can burn faster than newspaper, causing the fire to spread rapidly. One in 31 Christmas tree fires is deadly. Keep your family safe in your Greenford home by making sure string lights have no loose connections, using a single extension cord that isn’t longer than needed, use UL- approved lights, turn off lights before bed, water the tree daily, and keep candles away from the tree.

 

Stay connected with us on Facebook for tips and promotions! Give us a call (330)609-8543 in the event of damages occurring from fire, water, mold, or storm.

Pipe Burst

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Pipe bursts

There are a few reasons pipes can burst, but the main one is because of freezing conditions.  Other reasons pipes many burst are due to age, misuse, or damage. When pipes burst they cause damage to property, homes, and sometimes entire areas of a town and roads for days. The most devastating part of pipe bursts aren’t the cost of the repair or even the loss of water, it is the damage that the water does to the homes. In one day the water accumulation in a house could be 9,600 liters of water. Winter is here, so by keeping your homes correctly heated and your pipes properly protected you can avoid a pipe burst in you Canfield home. If you have a pipe burst, close the stopcock fully and open the taps in the home to remove water from the system, stay away from all electrical devices, move any furniture away as soon as possible, call your emergency plumber, and finally call SERVPRO to take care of your water damages.

 

Stay connected with us on Facebook or call us at (330)609-8543 so we can help in the event of disaster.

Permanent Marker Stain Remover

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these cleaning techniques to remove permanent marker:

White Board – Dry erase marker or pencil rubber eraser

  • This is a common one during school

Ceramic or glass – Toothpaste & Baking Soda

Skin – Sunscreen

Clothes – Hand Sanitizer

  • This usually happens during a project

Walls – Toothpaste or Hairspray

Carpet – White Vinegar

Furniture – Milk

Wood – Rubbing Alcohol

You do not have to refrain from using permanent marker around valuable possessions. There are different cleaning methods and products that are used to remove the stains.

Forest Fires

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

How forest fires are caused

A forest fire is an uncontrolled fire occurring in nature. Most forest fires are man made. A heat source combines with dry leaves and grass which release volatile gases and combines with oxygen in the air and starts the burn which creates more heat and gas and the fire spreads. The steeper the terrain the faster the fire burns because of the hot air rising into the other trees.

 

Affects of Wildfires

Forest fires cause damage to houses, offices, vegetation, and anything in its way. Cities have to spend millions on fighting them with aircraft, personnel, chemicals, and logistics. These fires wipe away almost all organic value of soil. However, most plants easily grow back and have good recovery. Some plants even thrive after a wildfire.

 

Wildfire Prevention

Public education (contact local fire departments)

Call fire department if there a fire hazards or activity

Learn how to use fire extinguisher

Burn safely and know the laws

Keep all fires manageable

 

 

If a fire occurs in your Boardman home we specialize in fire restoration, call us at (330)609-8543.

For more helpful tips and information connect with us on our Facebook.

Using Heat Safely

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Using Heat Safely 

Winter is here and keeping you and your family warm and safe in your Cornersburg home is a top priority. There are a few things you should know this winter to keep your home prepared and warm.

 

In the event of a power outage have

Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm coats

Firewood for the fire place

Kerosene or portable space heaters

 

Space heater tips

Only use non-glowing heaters and space heaters with an auto shut-off

Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture and water

Don’t leave children unattended by heaters

 

Generator Safety

Keep electric generators outside and away from air intakes of your home to prevent carbon monoxide poising

Do not use generators or other appliances if they are wet

Keep gasoline outside

Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in other appliances

 

For more information and helpful tips visit our Facebook.  We are available 24/7 for you for Fire, Water, and Cleanup & Restoration. Give us a call at (330)609-8543.

 

Dust! Dust! Dust

11/30/2016 (Permalink)

Dust! Dust! Dust!

Dust in made up of human skin cells, paint particles, smoke, mold spores, viruses, pollen, pet dander, heavy metals, sand, soil, and other contaminates.

 

Dangers of Dust

Cause health problems such as asthma, cancers, and COPD

Dust can explode in specific conditions

 

How to Minimize Dust

Clean carpets regularly

Remove carpets

Dust often with proper equipment

Use doormats outside to leave dust outside

Get a good air purifier

 

Benefits of servicing HVAC

Restores peak energy efficiency

May help eliminate odors

Reduces the potential for mold growth

 

SERVPRO of West Mahoning routinely inspect the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units (HVAC). We can save you money by prolonging the life of the equipment. We also provide duct cleaning when necessary in your Edgewood home.

For more information contact us today at (330)609-8543 or on Facebook.

Proper Disposal of Fats, Oils, & Grease

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Properly Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease

Properly disposing of fats, oils, and grease is important to avoid clogging sewers and having them back up into yards and streets. Be a good neighbor in your Austintown city and properly dispose of butters, sauces, dressings, and other oil based products that can clog sewers.

 

Problem

Pouring oils and grease down the drain cause sewer pipes to clog which leads to an overflow in neighborhoods and can run into nearby drinking water such as rivers and streams. These oils and grease back up in sewers creating globs that get stuck to the walls and cause the sewage backups that create health problems.  

 

Proper Disposal & Alternatives

  • Pour oils and grease into covered containers and then throw away
  • Throw food scraps in garbage
  • Reuse most oils for cooking and baking
  • Reuse bacon grease

 

Happy Cooking! Follow us on Facebook for more helpful tips!

Give us a call anytime at (330)609-8543 

 

How to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays  

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Greetings fellow readers

I am here to help your homes smell festive and delightful. I personally enjoy a more natural smelling house instead of store bought fragrances containing chemicals.

Listed below are different pot recipes to enhance the smell of your home naturally:

Fill a pot with water and simmer for all of these recipes.

Sparkling Winter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Christmas

  • 3 sprigs evergreen or handful pine needles
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 2 pieces orange rind
  • 2 lemons, sliced

Christmas Dream

  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cloves, whole or ground

Winter Fresh

  • 1 cup dried lavender
  • 1/4 cup dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup dried eucalyptus leaves
  • 1 1/2 cup dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup dried peppermint or spearmint

These recipes are great for removing unwanted odors in your Austintown home. The recipes will keep the house smelling fresh for the holidays. 

 

Winter Prep

11/23/2016 (Permalink)

It is important to prep your Canfield home for winter to prevent any damages.

Follow the steps below to ensure your home is ready for winter:

  1. Make sure all winter necessities are ready:
    • snow blower
    • snow shovel
    • rock salt
  2. Insulate outdoor faucets and drain the outdoor hose for protection
  3. Store garden hose during the winter to prevent ruptures and leaks
  4. Insulate exposed water pipes
  5. Inspect and clean your chimney
  6. Clean gutters and examine downspouts
  7. Have your HVAC unit serviced to ensure no problems on the first cold night
  8. Replace your air filters to improve the efficiency of the heating system

SERVPRO specializes in HVAC and vent cleaning if you want to enhance the air quality of your home. We are a fire and water damage restoration company; if your structure needs a professional restoration service call SERVPRO. (330) 609-8543

Visit our Facebook page for more tips!

Local SERVPRO out of Austintown Cleans Up After Hurricane Matthew

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Ohio Senator Capri S. Cafaro sent a letter of appreciation after our team went to NC to help victims of Hurrican Matthew this October.

SERVPRO recently had the opportunity to assist flood victims of Hurricane Mathew in North Carolina.  Countless homes and properties were destroyed after the storm leaving civilians with flooded homes and no power. Senator Capri S. Cafaro sent a letter explaining her appreciation for a local business like SERVPRO willing to help those in need locally and in other states. She expressed how SERVPRO’s willingness to help those in need in the community should be seen as an example to all.

Although we are locally owned, our team was able to assist in the restoration process since they have prior experience with storm and flood restoration. Our team was eager to provide services to the victims of Hurricane Mathew to help them get back to their daily routines. Flooding is common in Ohio and could happen in your Canfield or Boardman home. It is important to be prepared and call for professional help immediately after a water damage.

Cleaning Braided Rugs

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Braided rugs must be cleaned with the right set of instructions because they can easily be destroyed. These rugs are made to last a long time, but attract a great amount of dirt which requires proper deep cleaning. If you a have braided rug in your Boardman, Ohio home then follow the set of instructions below to clean your braided rug:

Before the cleaning process check to see if the rug is washable. After you have checked to see if the rug is suitable to be washed, shake it out to remove as much dust and dirt particles as possible. 

  • Small Rugs
  1. You can air dry the rub, but for a speedy outcome tumble dry on low
  2. Set in a mesh laundry bag to wash in a gentle cycle with cool water.
  • Large Rugs
  1. Lay rug on concrete floor.
  2. Use a carpet cleaning foam to rub in a circular motion with a sponge.
  3. Rinse and completely dry before using carpet.

Clean Kitchen Utensils with Salt

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Salt can remove some of the toughest stains if used correctly. Using salt is a natural and effective way to clean your Sebring, Ohio home.

Cutting boards are filled with many germs due to the residue after cooking. An alternative to disposing a cutting board is cleaning it with salt and lemon.

  • Sprinkle salt on the wooden cutting board
  • Rub the salt with the side of the cut lemon

Glass coffee pots are far from stain resistant and the cleaning process can be challenging if you are not following a correct cleaning procedure. Simply adding salt to your cleaning process can effortlessly remove the stains.

  • Apply a few tablespoons of salt inside the coffee pot
  • Fill the pot with hot water and let it soak for an hour
  • Rinse and dry

Grease can build up in your sink after time which makes it difficult for liquid substances to pass through. Salt can effectively remove the grease in your sink.

  • Pour salt down the drain and run hot water for 2 minutes

House Fire

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team had the opportunity to provide a fire restoration service to this home in Girard, Ohio. The picture displays the damages the fire affected on this residential home. Our trained staff applied their skills and operated high quality equipment to restore the damages caused by the fire.

Fire can lead to a wide range of damages in your Austintown home and spreading smoke throughout your entire structure in less than three minutes leaving unwanted black residue everywhere. You should avoid walking through a complex that has been through a fire, even if only a small portion was damaged; certain parts of the structure could have been affected leading to a collapse. Our SERVPRO team took action to clean and disinfect the structure along with providing specific tools and products to refresh and deodorize the atmosphere. They used special wood cleaning products to restore the attic; after restoration our staff provided specific tools and products to refresh and deodorize the atmosphere.

 

Giveaway Event

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

This month we are giving you a chance to win a free lunch for your office! Like us on Facebook now through 11/01/16 and you can be entered in a drawing to win a free lunch for your office. Stay connected with us on social media for more tips, updates, giveaways and promotions. We are active on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook; each social media platform includes information about our services and a wide range of tips. We are locally owned with a main objective of providing services to our community such as, Canfield, Boardman, Fredericksburg, Austintown, Craig Beach, Starrs Corners, Cornersburg, Sebring, Ellsworth, and Greenford. Learn more about us on our social media sites and have multiple opportunities to win giveaways.

Hurricane Matthew Experience

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

The recent storm, Hurricane Matthew abruptly transformed into a tropical cyclone affecting the states along the Atlantic coast. Residents were advised to evacuate immediately to avoid danger or harm the storm could cause. Countless homes and properties were destroyed after the storm leaving civilians with flooded homes and no power. Andy had the opportunity to sit down and hear about every family’s horrific experience with the hurricane. This man’s house was completely flooded leaving him and his family to live out of their van until the restoration process was complete.

Although we are locally owned, our team was able to assist in restoration process in North Carolina because they have prior experience with storm and flood restoration. Our team was eager to provide services to the victims of Hurricane Mathew to help them get back to their daily routines. 

Floods are common in Ohio and this could happen in your Canfield or Boardman home. It is important to be prepared and call for professional help immediately after a water damage.

 

Hurricane Matthew Interiew

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Katie Dobson was interviewed by the vindicator on the morning of 10/12/16 about the services SERVPRO of West Mahoning County was able to provide to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. She was eager to discuss the process of restoring damaged property after a storm and the special equipment implemented during the restoring process.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Canfield community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Interview with WFMJ

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Andy and Katie were featured this week on WFMJ and interviewed about SERVPRO of West Mahoning County’s experience in North Carolina with Hurricane Mathew. As most of you know Hurricane Mathew has affected Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. During the interview Andy and Katie discussed the services they were able to provide to the affected homes in North Carolina. Our SERVPRO team focused on providing water cleanup and mitigation services, which included removing damaged building materials and drying the atmosphere within the structure to prevent further damages.

Fire prevention week was also a main topic discussed during the interview. SERVPRO offers fire clean up restoration after a fire department has left.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Canfield, OH community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Canfield
  • Boardman
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austintown
  • Craig Beach
  • Starrs Corners
  • Cornersburg
  • Sebring
  • Ellsworth
  • Greenford

 

Fire Advice

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause, action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes. Although only a small portion of the structure has been visibly damaged it can still be dangerous to enter; an inspection should be considered to avoid the building from collapsing. To avoid any complications or danger towards your well-being it is important to call a professional restoration service such as SERVPRO. Fire restoration requires proper equipment and technical skills to achieve successful and effective results.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Canfield, OH community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Canfield
  • Boardman
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austintown
  • Craig Beach
  • Starrs Corners
  • Cornersburg
  • Sebring
  • Ellsworth
  • Greenford

Fall to Winter

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

As we enjoy the fall weather and sip on our pumpkin spice lattes we must not dismiss the fact that winter is slowly approaching. There are several methods to prepare for the snow storms Mother Nature gifts us Ohioans with in the winter. Stocking up on non-perishables and first aid kits should be first on the list along with flashlights, batteries, and blankets. It is imperative to adapt quickly to uncontrollable situations and have a plan arranged. Portable chargers are a necessity during the winter in case the power shuts off and you need to charge your phone. There are simple techniques to follow in order to inhibit malfunctions throughout your home such as, running water every so often can prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Canfield
  • Boardman
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austintown
  • Craig Beach
  • Starrs Corners
  • Cornersburg
  • Sebring
  • Ellsworth
  • Greenford

Candle Wax Remover

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

During the fall season many of us enjoy lighting a pumpkin scented candle. While your intentions to spread a pleasant smell throughout your home was pure, the melted wax spilled to the floor. No worries! There are always solutions and restoration methods provided by SERVPRO of West Mahoning County. Follow the given instructions below to achieve effective results.

Candle wax carpet remover

  1. Fill a plastic bag with ice
  2. Lay it on top of the wax stain
  3. Let this sit for a couple of minutes
  4. Scrape the wax off using a dull knife
  • For remaining wax:
    • lay paper brown bag or cloth on residue
    • use a warm iron to slowly press down

This will absorb the remaining wax

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Canfield
  • Boardman
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austintown
  • Craig Beach
  • Starrs Corners
  • Cornersburg
  • Sebring
  • Ellsworth
  • Greenford

Contact us at (330) 609-8543 for any professional carpet cleaning services.

PREP YOUR HOME FOR FALL

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

  1. Drain gasoline and oil from your lawn mower and weed eater. This will prevent some of the chemicals in gasoline from destroying the plastic in rubber parts in the fuel system.
  2. Rake and mulch your yard to prevent the grass from suffocating.
  3. Pressure wash your deck to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
  4. Clean your chimney! A neglected chimney can result in uncontrolled fires that could spread into your home.
  5. Another way to prevent a fire is by cleaning the lint trap that is in your dryer. The heat from the dryer could set fire to the lint in the exhaust tube.
  6. Fall is the best time to prepare for winter! Make sure to keep these three things available in your home:
  • Rock Salt
  • Shovels
  • Anti-freeze

Visit the SERVPRO of West Mahoning County website for more tips! We proudly serve our local communities:

  • Canfield
  • Boardman
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austintown
  • Craig Beach
  • Starrs Corners
  • Cornersburg
  • Sebring
  • Ellsworth
  • Greenford

How to Have a Great Night Without Worrying About Stains!

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Problem: RED WINE STAINS ALL OVER YOUR WHITE BLOUSE.

Solution: GRAB THE WHITE WINE. No, but seriously grab the white wine!! The white wine will neutralize the color of the red wine on your shirt.

Problem: BLACK SHIRT AND WHITE DEODORANT.

Solution: … just change it, you ruined your night.

JK!! Just run to your laundry room to grab some dryer sheets and start rubbing in a circular motion. This will absorb the deodorant stain.

Problem: Your heels/flats SMELL.

Solution: Put baking soda into a small breathable baggie and let it sit in your choice of footwear.

Problem: The makeup that you intended for your face only… also made a visit to your clothes.

Solution: Apply some of the shaving cream that was destined for your legs onto the stained area. Let this sit for 10 minutes so the stain will dissolve in the shaving cream and you can wipe it carefully with a light colored cloth. Complete the process by washing it off with cold water.

Visit the SERVPRO of West Mahoning County website for more life hacks! We proudly serve our local communities:

  • Canfield
  • Boardman
  • Fredericksburg
  • Austintown
  • Craig Beach
  • Starrs Corners
  • Cornersburg
  • Sebring
  • Ellsworth
  • Greenford

SERVPRO Services

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and they continue to take education classes after they have been certified. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and take lessons in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses to be able to care for commercial or residential property. Our commercial property cleaning services will make your workplace look its very best. Our cleaning services includes:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Our high tech equipment and certified professionals are able to handle any disaster. The SERVPRO of West Mahoning County serves,Canfield, Boardman, Fredericksburg, Austintown, Craig Beach, Starrs Corners, Cornersburg, Sebring, Ellsworth, and Greenford. When you call (330) 609- 8543 we are able to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services.

Biohazard Emergency

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Sewer backups and flood water are biohazard contaminants which can be very dangerous and can affect your homes and businesses. The biohazard can pose health risks; it is important to call certified professionals, like SERVPRO employees to take care of the sewage with their high quality products to achieve efficient results. Stay out of the affected areas after the contamination has taken place. If the situation is extreme or life threatening call emergency services and turn off the HVAC system. Try to not leave affected wet fabrics on the floor and hang them instead. Dispose of all book, magazine, or any other objects which may leave color residue on the carpets or floors. Biohazards like flood water or sewer backups need to be considered as an emergency because if you wait it can lead to extreme hazards.

Services for You

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO provides a 24 – hour emergency service with highly trained restoration technicians to renovate your structure back to, “Like it never even happened.” We are a locally owned and operated advanced restoration service. Our technological advanced products and cleaning equipment can tackle the most extreme damages. For commercial services we specialize in:

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Commercial Mold Remediation

Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial Storm and Major Events

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County serves the local communities such as, Canfield, Boardman, Fredericksburg, Austintown, Craig Beach, Starrs Corners, Cornersburg, Sebring, Ellsworth, and Greenford. Although we are provide commercial services, we also provide residential services.

We work with you insurance provider for stress free claim process and help manage the insurance paperwork. Call (330) 609-8543 for details.

Prevent Your Wooden Furniture from Water Damage

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Dressers and other furniture can easily damage from water or liquid products. There are simple steps you can follow to prevent your Fredericksburg home furniture from water damage.

Materials Needed:

-Damp Rag

-Stirring Stick

-Bristle Brush

-Sand paper

-Naptha

  1. Use a damp rag to wipe down the dusty surface
  2. Take the polyurethane with a stick without shaking the can
  3. Dip one inch of the brush into the polyurethane and begin running the brush in one direction along the dresser or any other wooden furniture
  4. Another way to apply the polyurethane is with a rag to eliminate air bubbles, but you will need to thin the product by adding the same amount of naptha
  5. To smooth out any bumps, rub the wet sand paper in a circular motion onto the wood

This process should eliminate potential water spillage from affecting your wooden furniture. 

Commercial Services We Offer

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

When unexpected extreme damages occur to your estate, you need professional help to your restore your property. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the training, experience, and equipment to make it, “Like it never even happened.” Since we are 24 hours and 7 days a week available we are able to respond quickly and assist in managing the situation. Fire damage can be a great inconvenience and hard to clean up yourself; situations like a fire damage should be taken care of professionally with high quality products. Water damage can also be overwhelming and is difficult to restore the structure without certified professionals who are trained to understand which products to use. You can depend on SERVPRO for the commercial services listed below:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events

Professional Care

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is trained to safely remove bio-hazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. It is important to have professionals take care of bio-hazard situations to prevent any health risks because if failure to correctly remove bio-hazards can contribute a dangerous environment. The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other bio-hazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances. We provide cleanup and recovery services for many bio-hazard situations. These include the following:

Sewage backups

Crime scene residues

Suicide/death accidents

Homicide cleanups

Blood cleanup

Accident cleanup

Hoarding scenes

Animal waste/remains

Chemical spills

Tear gas cleanup

Meth lab cleanup

DIY Mold Remover

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

It is hard to maintain a clean bathroom but there are multiple ways to keep your bathroom clean. Shower grout is common and mixing baking soda with bleach could bring your shower back to normal. If you do not like using harsh chemicals like bleach you could consider replacing it with lemons. Another way to remove mold is by combining baking soda with liquid soap and essential oils. Just mix the two products and scrub the grout with a tooth brush. Sometimes mold inconveniently occurs and surrounds your bathtub. Soaking cotton balls with bleach and placing it along the stained/moldy area caulking overnight will remove the mold. For hard water build up you can mix lemon juice, vinegar, and dish soap to remove the grime in unwanted areas.

Prevent Your Pipes from Causing Water Damages

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

Water damages could occur from your own home and not just a flood. Did you know that pipes usually burst because they are not being used enough? When pipes sit for days because appliances are not being used, a buildup takes place and strains the pipes. Just simply flushing a toilet or running water could relieve the strain on the pipes. There are other reasons why a pipe could burst and in case it ever happens, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is certified in water damage cleanup and uses their high quality equipment to restore the damages back to, “Like it never even happened.” The SERVPRO team is equipped with top quality technology which is able to quickly remove the water and restore the water damages that have occurred.

SERVPRO Serves Cincinnati

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

Recent flash flood occurred in Cincinnati Ohio due to a storm causing sewage lines to back up all over residential areas. The Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer district mentions how phone calls have been consistent and with only fifteen crews working it is leaving the city with a shortage of workers. Luckily SERVPRO of West Mahoning County were contacted to assist with restoring the damages and solve the sewage problem. A member who has been a part of the district for twenty two years claimed the flood was the worst he has ever seen which calls for extra help from the certified professionals of SERVPRO to use their high quality equipment to restore the damages that have occurred in their home along with their clothes. This gives our franchise an opportunity to adopt more skills and serve a new city.

Our Services

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

While there are 1,650 Franchises nationwide, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County focuses on cities in Canfield, Boardman, Fredericksburg, Austintown, Craig Beach, Starrs Corners, Cornersburg, Sebring, and Ellsworth. SERVPRO is a dominant company in the restoration industry and are available 24 hours/7 days a week to restore or clean your property. The certified professionals use high quality equipment to restore your commercial or residential structure. They use their training and expertise to help make the destruction on your establishment, “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO has restored several commercial establishments including, small office buildings, large office/high-rise office buildings, apartment buildings, restaurants, hotel/motels, and retail stores with all sizes.  SERVPRO is capable of recovering any extreme disaster including, tornados, hurricanes, or a flood while being at your service quickly.

Bio-hazard Clean Up

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Sewage can cause contamination if not controlled by professionals when it enters your home or office. Harmful microorganisms that enter your structure can be properly cleaned, deodorized, and sanitized by the SERVPRO team. They professionally eliminate the bacteria from your home or building and bring your structure back to a safe environment. SERVPRO has a highly trained team of qualified professionals who use advanced equipment. We have numerous products specifically for odor removal and are capable of neutralizing unpleasant odors thoroughly. The process of identifying and eliminating odors can be tricky unless you are a certified professional like the SERVPRO team. Not only are we qualified for sewage control and odor removal, but we have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Air Ducts and HVAC

Biohazard and Sewage

Trauma and Crime Scene

Carpet and Upholstery

Drapes and Blinds

Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Vandalism

Tips to Survive the Dark

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Candle Crayons

Break the point off the candle and use the paper label as a wick. Light the paper label at the end of the crayon; the crayon should last about thirty minutes.

Crisco Candles

If you need a long lasting candle substitution, then using Crisco is the answer. This alternative will last for thirty days! Open a can of Crisco all vegetable shortening and insert a wick substitution, such as a mop strand or even a shred of a cotton t-shirt.

Gum Lighter

If you do not have a way to light these candle substitutions because there is no form of electricity or a lighter available, you can create a small fire with gum wrapper and a battery. Use the foil wrapper and a AA battery to create a flame. Tear the wrapper and let the foil touch the positive and negative battery terminals so the wrapper can catch fire.

Preventing Water Damages

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

There are simple methods to preventing water damages in your home. These steps should be done frequently to keep your home maintained. The tips are listed below:

1. Exterior walls tend to damage from objects sitting against them

   - Make sure the walls are properly sealed and painted

2. Sprinklers can cause structural issues if positioned improperly

    - Position the sprinklers so it is not spraying directly onto the house

3. Trim your tree branches

    - Have your tree branches at least seven feet away from the house to prevent damages to your home

4. Include a system specifically for a water supply

    - The system will detect a leak and shut off

5. Check for leaks in your kitchens or bathrooms

    - Leaks in areas such as kitchens or bathrooms need to be checked frequently to avoid water damage

Fire Safety Tips

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

There are several ways to prevent a fire just by eliminating hazards. Watch out for extension cords and multiple wires that are hidden behind carpets and curtains. Overloading Circuits is a common mistake especially for families who possess multiple electronics because they do not split the devices and run a different circuit.

There should always be an operating fire extinguisher and smoke detectors installed in all homes. It is important to have a plan prepared for emergencies with people you live with. During a tragic incident it can be difficult to immediately take action and handle the situation. Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety. Also focusing on bringing yourself back to safety is essential, which means leaving personal items behind. This situation can be hard, but it is imperative that you are not putting yourself in a dangerous situation.

If any damages occur after a fire, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in residential or commercial services, back to “Like it never even happened.”

Clean Your Garbage Disposal

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

The garbage disposal is one of the most forgotten features in a kitchen. If left unattended then the sink begins to leave an unpleasant smell spreading throughout the entire kitchen. Most individuals question the possibility of cleaning a garbage disposal. There are different techniques to sanitize and freshen your garbage disposal using all natural ingredients. The steps will be listed below:

  1. Make sure these items are available:
  • Lemons
  • White vinegar
  • Ice cube tray
  1. Slice your lemons small enough to fill each ice cube mold half way
  2. Fill the ice cube molds with lemons
  3. Fill the other half with white vinegar
  4. Set in freezer until frozen
  5. Put frozen ice cubes in a bag to store
  6. Throw a handful of the ice cubes into garbage disposal and leave to dissolve
  • This should freshen up your disposal leaving a pleasant scent
  1. Put ice cubes into the garbage disposal twice a week

Turn Your Grill into Nonstick

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

During the summer holidays most people host outdoor events such as cookouts and parties which require a grill. The most unappealing part of grilling is cleaning the spots after. Occasions like the fourth of July and Labor Day will keep a host engaged throughout the event and are incapable of becoming occupied with cleaning when there are guest and multiple activities taking place. There is a solution to avoiding sticky spots of food residue and it requires an onion! The onion should be cut in half in order to rub the cut side on a heated grill grate. This method will turn your grill grate into a non-stick appliance and reduce the amount of cleaning after your grilling experience. The procedure is cost efficient and effective which will leave your grilling experience less time consuming.

Natural Way to Clean Your Microwave

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

The microwave is probably the most undesirable cleaning task that needs to be done in the kitchen. For example, the lasagna that exploded all over the microwave left sauce residue and it will not come off. There is a method to remove the sticky food that was left behind. This procedure is natural chemical free alternative to using your standard cleaning supplies. It is safe on your skin and is efficient for cleaning the stains out. The steps will be listed below:

  1. Fill a glass bowl half way with water.
  2. Cut up a citrus fruit that you prefer. Ex) lemon, orange, grapefruit.
  3. Put the fruit into the bowl and microwave the bowl for four minutes.
  • This should moisten the microwave and loosen the sticky food particles.
  1. Wipe down the microwave with a wash rag.
  • If there are still spots remaining, microwave the bowl for 4 minutes.

Spreading Education

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

The city of Youngstown now has a free after school program for underprivileged children. This program focuses on tutoring and test prepping students for college. A former Ohio State university football player made an appearance for a meet and greet, which drew a lot of attention. Besides the great opportunity to meet the former football player, the kids who attended received free school supplies and health screenings. Simple school supplies can make a huge difference to struggling households and free tutoring can make a huge difference in a child’s academic future. This could lead to opening many doors after their high school education and an opportunity to give students a chance to reach their dreams and goals. There are many students in school who want to excel in academics but do not have the same luxury in education as others. This act of kindness being spread in the Youngstown community could potentially impact their lives in a positive way.

When to Schedule Your Cleaning

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

There objects and appliances that need to be cleaned monthly for a fresh and hygienic atmosphere. Staying consistent with a cleaning schedule will prevent allergies and sickness that may occur from bacteria and germs. Appliances such as washers, ovens, and microwaves only have to be cleaned once a month unless extreme food spills take place. Cabinets should be cleaned because they collect dust and become visible after a month. There are certain items in your home that only have to be taken care of seasonally. This seasonal process can be done in the spring. This is the time to search through your cabinets and look for expired food to prevent molding from occurring. Comforter and duvets should also be washed along with windows, blinds, and curtains. Washing all of those items will create a fresh room that does not contain dust or germs.  

Convenience is Key

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO provides a wide variety of cleaning services to extreme damages. These services include tile and marble floor repair, roofing services, drywall installation, along with plumbing and furniture restoration. SERVPRO offers several more services! Call 3306098543 to learn more about our services that our professionals repair. Calling SERVPRO is a simplified process which will restore your damages and professionally clean the stains in your home. Our goal is to repair the damages quickly and to reduce the inconvenience that has occurred in your life. To eliminate stress, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork. Our objective is to remove stress from the process and handle as much of the damages without the client having to worry.

Types of Household Molds

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Cladosporium is the most common type of mold we see in our households. You probably have seen it on your food such as bread. The mold is a green, black, or grey color. This type of mold is harmful with people who have allergies or asthma. It could cause allergic reactions and shortness of breath for individuals who are diagnosed with asthma. Aspergillus is a type of mold that usually occurs in moist areas in your house and grows very quickly. This mold usually appears on the walls of your basement; most people ignore it and do not take action because they are not aware of the infections it causes. Alternaria is a type of mold that does not need a lot of water to grow. This form of mold is usually found after a flood and it should be taken care of by professionals such as SERVPRO.

Daily Routine

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Everyone needs a set schedule for cleaning, there are certain objects that should be cleaned daily and some that should be cleaned once a month. It is detrimental to your health and well being to keep your environment fresh and clean to prevent bacteria from growing and spreading diseases. Wiping down your counters everyday can minimize the spreading of bacteria that may grow in your kitchen. As the kitchen being the environment where food is prepared, it should be clean at all times to avoid filth from entering your food. Emptying the trash should be a daily routine even though it is not full. There are many germs that lie in your garbage and it needs to be taken care of to avoid viruses from occurring. Adding these simple tips to your daily routine can make a positive difference in your home.

We Are at Your Service

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO team has experience with several commercial services and are prepared to help restore your business back to, “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO services are listed below:

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Commercial Mold Remediation

Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial Storm and Major Events

They have the capability to minimize the inconvenience that has occurred to your business and restore your establishment back to normal. SERVPRO is a 24 hour service, so we are able to assist in your dilemma immediately. Our highly qualified team is certified and use high quality equipment to restore damages that may seem difficult to repair. We concentrate on repairing instead of replacing to make it a more affordable service to potential customers. Call us at 330537477 to learn more about our services we propose.

3 Water Stages

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Sewage backups should not be taken light considering that can be very dangerous by causing severe illness. The contaminated water and bacteria could lead to infectious diseases if not taken care of immediately. There are three different types of stages of water, three being the most hazardous. The first stage is clean water which is usually from a broke water line, but this stage can quickly turn into stage two or three if untreated. Stage two is usually from toilet or dish overflow and is considered gray water. Stage two may include bacteria and viruses and needs to be treated immediately to prevent stage three from occurring. Stage three water is extremely hazardous and contained with unsanitary water filled with bacteria; if this water is ingested it could lead to life-threatening illness or death and all contact to this water should be avoided. We are a 24/7 hour service and if any emergencies like this occur we are able to help here at SERVPRO.

Death Cleanup

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO specializes in efficiently removing any bodily fluids that could potentially impose health concerns. There have been many incidents where a body has been left unattended to decompose for days. We have a highly qualified staff who are trained to clean, decontaminate and freshen the structure. Our SERVPRO employees are experienced in crime scene residues, suicide/death accidents, homicide cleanups, blood cleanup, and accident cleanup. With our high quality products and experienced staff we will rejuvenate your home, “Like it never even happened.”  Let us take care of your unfortunate incident immediately to prevent serious illness from the unsanitary atmosphere that contain bacteria and viruses. Taking action instantly is extremely necessary to avoid danger to your health; our special training and equipment focuses on cleaning these environments.

Beware of Water

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

It is obvious that water and electricity are a dangerous combination. There are many ways to prevent many dangers that may occur from water and electricity. Keeping your appliances away from water except for washing machines and dishwashers can prevent fires from starting. One little drip onto a power cord can cause a home fire. Another simple suggestion is to refrain from touching electricity with wet hands to prevent electrocution. To inhibit electrical accidents, refrain from putting portable heaters in a bathroom. As tempting as it might be to carry your portable heater with you on a winter morning, this practice could cause a severe incident if any water were to spill. It is detrimental for your safety and well being to unplug all appliances from the outlet after finished to prevent any fires. If any fire incidents happen due to electricity or water, call SERVPRO to restore all of your damages back to "Like it never even happened."

5 IMPORTANT THINGS WE FORGET TO HAVE IN CASE OF A STORM

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

It is awfully common to overlook the simplest necessities in case of any emergency, especially a storm! The item listed below should be in your homes at all times for any abrupt disaster that may occur.

  1. Candles
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. Flash Light and Extra Batteries
  4. Battery Powered Radio
  5. Water Bottles & Packaged Food

It is extremely important to make sure there are candles available in your home at all times. I usually have seasonal candles around at all times, but having them all light up at once can be an overwhelming smell. I like to keep a box of plain unscented candles specifically tailored towards an emergency.  A first aid kit should always be in your home, whether it is to prepare for a disaster or just to treat common injuries. Flash light and extra batteries are essential during a storm even though there might be candles available because the candles should be in one room to avoid a fire. Normally it is challenging to predict how long the electricity will be unavailable, which is where battery powered radios come in handy. Water bottles and packaged food is also efficient in case of all household appliances not functioning. If any damages occurred after a storm due to water damage or in need of a cleaning service, call SERVPRO to minimize any inconvenience in your life and restore all of your damages back to "Like it never even happened."

Got Baking Soda?

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Baking soda can be used in several different procedures to clean. Most people who bake are familiar with its capability to cause baked goods to rise. Although it is a great ingredient for baked goods, baking soda also an excellent component for cleaning. The element can be used to clean your child's toys by mixing 4 teaspoons of baking soda, with 1 quart warm water in a spray bottle. After the baking soda has dissolved, spray the mixture on to the toys. After you have finished this step, rinse all of the toys with water and leave them to dry. Baking soda can also be used to remove those unwanted coffee stains.

Have you ever rushed to work or class in the morning and spilled coffee all over your new clothes you were excited to wear? Well this dilemma has unfortunately happened to me several of times, but do not panic! There is a solution to remove the stains and you do not have to throw out your new clothes. Just mix 1 tsp of baking soda with 1 cup of water and use a clean cloth to gently scrub to bring your clothes back to new.

How Clean is Your House?

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

For many of us cleaning our houses is a daily task, whether it is vacuuming or even sweeping. But we probably only clean 60% of the dirt without even being aware. Imagine how much build up that could lead to. Dirt is usually hidden in our own carpets, filled with dust mites, mold, and hair along with several other allergens. Vacuuming will not remove all the bacteria and dirt, but highly trained professionals at SERVPRO are able to remove noticeable dirt and even buildup and that is not visible.

There is more to a clean house than just carpet cleaning, there are areas you would never even think of! If you are wondering why your house is not cooling or heating quickly and efficiently, then it is probably because you are due for an air duct cleaning. This will improve the quality of air in your home

3 Essential Storm Aphorisms to Live By

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

1. “When thunder roars, go indoors”

This one is a given, you might have heard this phrase as a child from your parents while you were playing in the rain. Yes many of the best youthful memories occurred while playing in the rain, but as adults it is difficult to enjoy the rain since we are more aware of their damages.

2. “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water”

As pretty as the snow is during the winter, we cannot dismiss the issues that arises throughout a snow storm. Snow is freezing water and water has not always had the best track record of affecting houses positively. The freezing water eventually melts and causes several damages to your gutters and down-pipes.

This is where you call SERVPRO to help clean and restore your damages.

3. “When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels”

Making snow angels after a snow storm can be exceptionally tempting, but the snow around your house needs to be shoveled. I know it is common to just shovel the drive way, but shoveling around your house can be extremely beneficial. The snow around your house will eventually melt and seep into your basement if not shoveled.

Sometimes damages may occur no matter how many ways you try to prevent them, but luckily SERVPRO specializes in water cleanup and restoration.

Commercial Mold Remediation Services in Youngstown Area

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Call us today if you suspect mold growth in your Youngstown area commercial property.

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of West Mahoning County, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,650 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition. Learn more about SERVPRO of West Mahoning County training and certifications.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Why Clean Air Ducts?

Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system taken air in and breathes air out.

Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.

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.

Commercial Cleaning Services in Boardman Ohio

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to set up an appointment to discuss your commercial cleaning needs!

Commercial Cleaning Services

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Have Questions? Call Today – (330) 609-8543

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. 

Drapes and Blinds Cleaning in Columbiana, Ohio

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

We can clean your drapes and blinds!

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County excels at cleaning fine fabrics and intricate pieces using wet or dry cleaning methods as required.We carefully inspect and test fabrics to determine which of our System’s five cleaning methods is best suited to your fabrics. We use state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for cleaning fine fabrics. 

Need Your Drapes or Blinds Cleaned?
Call Today – (330) 609-8543

When Should My Drapes Be Cleaned?

A good rule-of-thumb is to clean drapes approximately every two years. A recent survey by SERVPRO disclosed that the average customer believes drapes should be cleaned when they look dirty. Depending on your heating system, the amount of smokers in the home, and other factors, drapes may not show soil for two to six years. The oily atmospheric soil will gradually cause the fabric to deteriorate. Often, direct sunlight is unjustly blamed for this. You may triple the life of your draperies through professional cleaning, which is relatively inexpensive compared to replacement costs.

Professional Cleaning

When your draperies need cleaning, make certain they are dry cleaned ONLY. Only a small percentage of materials can be laundered. If in doubt, call us for advice. Be discriminating in your choice of professional dry cleaners. Some cleaners have equipment designed for clothes cleaning, while others have equipment specifically designed for draperies.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has an exclusive process of dry cleaning draperies right in your home. There’s no need to have your home or office exposed while your draperies are out being cleaned. We inject a specially formulated solvent into your drapery under pressure and extract the chemical, leaving your drapes clean. This special process results in no damage or shrinkage to the material. Most importantly, you will get quality cleaning at a reasonable price.

Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup in Youngstown

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Vandalism Cleanup in Youngstown, Ohio

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner. We have highly trained and certified cleanup & restortaion professionals to take care of vandalism and graffiti cleanup needs. 

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?


Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. 

We are available 24 hours a day for any size emergency vandalism or graffiti damage situation in Youngstown, Ohio and the surrounding areas. 

Meth Lab Cleanup in Ohio

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Methamphetamine Labs

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. Our technicians follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Crime Scene Residues

From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, we can clean and restore your property after a crime scene investigation.

Bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Highly Trained & Certified Professionals

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will respond immediately and has the specialized training, protective equipment, and experience to safely clean trauma and crime scenes.

Need Trauma or Crime Scene Cleanup? Call Today –(330) 609-8543

Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. We will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Fast Water Damage Cleanup in Youngstown

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for fire or water cleanup and restoration!

24 Hour Emergency Service

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Faster to Any Size Emergency

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (330) 609-8543

Sewage Cleanup from Flooded Basement

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your Craig Beach home or business.

How to Remove Odor and Musty Smell from Basement

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As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us!

Contact us to remove foul odors in your Austintown, Ohio home today! 330-609-8543

 

Cleaning Mold

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Mold has the potential to cause health effects and can spread through your property in as little as 48 hours. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (330) 609-8543

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Have Mold Related Questions? Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

What is Black Mold?

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You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of West Mahoning County immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold in Your Salem home, Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Residential Cleaning in Canfield, Ohio

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Residential House Cleaning Services in Mahoning County

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

Need Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

Residential Cleaning Services include:

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Air Duct Cleaning

We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Odor Removal

Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up

Our experts are ready to assist in the clean up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home. Find out more about our franchise professionals

Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration in Boardman, Ohio

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24 Hour Emergency Service for Biohazard Cleanup in Canfield, Ohio

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

SERVPRO Commercial Restoration Services

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Commercial water damage in Youngstown, Ohio - Call us today 330-609-8543

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. 

No Job Is Too Large

We're a locally owned and operated restoration company with national resources. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your business suffers a major loss, call (330) 609-8543.

Mold Remediation in your Austintown Home

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County if you suspect mold in your home or place of business.

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your Austintown home or business.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Emergency Contact - (330) 609-8543
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (330) 609-8543

Locally owned Austintown Restoration Company with National Resources

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We are a locally owned & operated cleanup & restoration company in Mahoning County, Ohio!

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community, too.; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency 24/7. We are proud to be an active member of the Mahoning County community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We offer cleanup and restoration services for local Northeast Ohio residential and commercial properties. Check out our SERVPRO System Services here!

We are proud to serve our local communities:

SERVPRO can get Your Family Back into Your Fire Damaged Youngstown Home Faster

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We're ready to clean and restore your Youngstown home after a fire.

Fire damage at your Youngstown home or business can be very devastating because what isn't burned will likely be covered by soot and smoke. Unfortunately, water damage can also result from efforts in extinguishing the fire. This type of destruction can make anyone feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, which is why an understanding, expert company like SERVPRO is needed to guide people through this crisis. They believe in treating people and their possessions with respect and empathy. This is the time that professional fire damage restoration experts should be on the scene to help businesses and families start their rebuilding and repairing process.


There is no substitute for training and experience, therefore as fire and water damage specialists, they possess the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get residential properties back to a proper condition. Fire restoration technicians provide the following: 
 
• Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
• Odor Control Technician
• Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
• Water Damage Restoration Technician 
 
SERVPRO of Saginaw fire repair and restoration experts are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified, which means that they take great pride and care in all handling and cleaning methods. Their main goal is to do whatever they can to return your home to its pre-loss condition or better. Professional fire repair and restoration technicians will perform the following steps to help restore your home.
 
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The fire restoration process begins with some questions about how their technicians can better help by understanding the type of fire damage that has occurred so that they can determine the right equipment and resources needed to help you. 
 
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
An accurate inspection and assessment are determined by the fire and smoke damage. The experts examine the affected areas and test the area for soot and smoke damage. 
 
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service 
Unfortunately, Rankin has seen fire damage cases where it was necessary to board up walls, windows and to place tarps on rooftops. This action is needed to help maintain security and to protect against further damage. 
 
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying 
After a fire, if water damage has occurred, technicians can use powerful pumps and extraction tools to clean standing and excess water. They also use industrial-strength dehumidifiers and air movers for a sanitized drying process. 
 
Step 5: Remove Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Specialized cleaning products, equipment, and techniques are used to clear smoke and soot residue from ceilings, walls, floors, and other surfaces from any Freeland fire damaged home. 
 
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
Fire restoration professionals will remove smoke and odors by using advanced air scrubbing tools and innovative fogging devices. This may include a thorough cleaning and deodorizing of your HVAC system. They also use a variety of specialized cleaning methods to help restore your belongings, cleaned and sanitized. 
 
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the damage that a fire has created, technicians will rehabilitate homes and businesses that may require minor repairs, i.e., replacing drywall and painting or the restoration of entire rooms. 
 
SERVPRO of Saginaw is locally owned and operated. We are proud to be a part of the Michigan community too. When there is smoke or fire damage emergency, we are always nearby and ready to help. Contact us at 330-609-8543. Our fire cleanup and restoration experts are available for all 24/7 emergency services.

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is Hiring!

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Marketing Position Available in Austintown, Ohio

Marketing Representative

Do you love working with people and educating them?

Then, don’t miss your chance to join our Franchise as a new Marketing Representative. In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive toward the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”!

 We’re seeking someone who is comfortable meeting new people, who has excellent communication skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Our idea of the ultimate candidate is one who is proactive, is experienced, truly enjoys providing superior service, and loves taking ownership. Are you highly dependable and excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then, you may be our perfect hero!As a valued SERVPRO® Franchise employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with lots of opportunity to learn and grow.

Does Your Youngstown Home Have A Mold Problem?

7/15/2016 (Permalink)

In Youngstown, Ohio mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 330-609-8543

When Storms or Floods hit Columbiana, SERVPRO is ready!

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SERVPRO ofWest Mahoning County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Columbiana, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams[[Click to your disaster recovery page]] that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 330-609-8543

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Canfield Home or Business

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We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of West Mahoning County

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Check out our certifications here!

Restoring Your Austintown Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

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Flooding and water damage events at Austintown, OH commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of West Mahoning County

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Check out our certifications!

River Rock at the Amp

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SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is sponsoring the River Rock at the Amp on Saturday, July 16, 2016!

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is the concert sponsor of the River Rock at the Amp on July 16, 2016 featuring 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience & Chris Higbee: Our Fiddler on the Roof!

7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience is a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period. Every show features one brilliant hit single after another with some mighty Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix. Each performance offers the perfect blend of songs to capture all levels of Eagles devotees.

The band combines incredible musicianship, vocal precision and a stage presence that has garnered them nationwide acclaim.

Country music vocalist and fiddle player Chris Higbee and his band will be one of the most crowd-pleasing performances you will see at the Amp! Higbee performs at full energy and doesn’t let up. Along with his talented band that includes a versatile guitar player, Higbee mixes country and rock ’n’ roll classics, along with a few original numbers. And the audience can’t help but to get up and dance, particularly to “Twist and Shout.” Another crowd pleaser is dialogue between Higbee’s fiddle and the guitar player: the guitar plays intros to famous classic rock songs and Higbee responds with country tunes on his fiddle.Playing fiddle, guitar and banjo, Higbee is breathtaking to watch. But keep a keen eye out, as he often disappears from stage and reappears playing from a bird’s eye view, delighting the audience.

Chris Higbee grew up a farm boy with a musical curiosity and a diligent mother and father. That curiosity quickly became a passion that forged his dreams. “Fiddles Rock,” the first track on Higbee’s new album, tells that story and was inspired by his late father. It was co-written with Higbee’s producer Tommy Harden and Don Rollins (“It’s Five O'clock Somewhere”.)

River Rock at the Amp classic rock concerts take the stage rain or shine at the Warren Community Amphitheatre. The Amp is located in picturesque downtown Warren, Ohio, along Millionaires’ Row and adjacent to historic Courthouse Park overlooking the Mahoning River. The Amp is owned and maintained by the city of Warren.

In addition to Amphitheatre seating, there is plenty of room for lawn chairs and blankets. A wide variety of food and refreshments, including a beer tent, is located on site. No carry-in of beverages, food or coolers is permitted.

Canfield Pets Need Safety Plan for Disasters

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

We love our pets be sure to prepare them for a disaster!

In the event of a fire often times our littlest family members are left homeless. While insurance companies care for the family's needs of food and shelter there is little chance that the pet family members will be considered.  There are several things you can do to ensure your pet's safety in the event of an emergency.
#1 Have ID on your pet's collar, as well as, having them microchipped
#2 Have a crate to transport your pet
#3 Secure a friend or family member in advance who will be willing and able to watch your pets in the event of an emergency
#4 Have current photos of your pet in case they do slip away in all the commotion
#5 Be sure to have a supply of food, fresh water and a leash for them
#6 Locate pet friendly hotels in your areas in case your friends/family aren't available.

Pets are part of the family too!

Austintown Businesses Prepare for Emergencies

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know that nearly 50% of busnesses never reopen following a disaster? Businesses that are prepared and know the steps to take in the event of an emergency are most likely to rebound after a catastrophic water loss or fire.

The marketing team at SERVPROof West Mahoning County is ready with the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).  In as little as an hour you can prepare your business for continued success. It's simple, a SERVPRO marketing team member will execute a walk-through of your business, marking and writing detailed descriptions of all utility shut off locations, noting service providers and preferred vendors for quick access. They will share all of this information with you and your agent in an ap based program that will have SERVPRO responding to your emergency at the touch of a button.

Call today to learn more about keeping your business open and prospering.

Leak in House from Broken Pipe

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Wrap your pipes in the winter months to help prevent breaks when turning them back on in the summer.

Did you wrap your outdoor faucets this winter? If not, you may notice a leak inside your home caused by a broken pipe when you turn them on this summer.

Water damage needs professional care, and SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the resources to clean up and restore your home afterwards.

We have the right equipment

SERVPRO understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment and trained, uniformed professionals.

Click here to learn more about the Water Restoration Process.

Emergency Fire and Water Cleanup in North Lima Ohio

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

FNOL stands for First Notice of Loss

We have a lot of acronyms here at SERVPRO but one of the most important is FNOL or First Notice of Loss. If you experience a damage event, day or night, submit an online claim and your local SERVPRO of West Mahoning County will be notified.

When you're faced with an emergency situation, stress can run high. We're here to help you in your time of need. At SERVPRO, our goal is to make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened." We're equipped with the latest equipment and technologies, highly trained personnel and years of experience to help you through the cleanup and restoration process.

If you need to report a loss, click here to begin the FNOL process.

Youngstown Ohio Basement Water Damage Cleanup

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for water cleanup in your Youngstown Ohio basement 330-609-8543

With a few heavy rains over the last week and countless more ahead, it's important to protect your Youngstown basement (and everything in it) from potential water damage. 

Here are 6 ways you can prepare and protect your basement from the heavy rains this summer:

  1. Downspouts Cleaned & Pointed Away from the House
    A downspout is a pipe used to carry rainwater from your roof to a drain or to ground level. When downspouts are pointed towards the foundation, water has the capability to seep in. Point downspouts away from your home in a direction that slopes away from the foundation.

  2. Fix Cracks Quickly
    Inspect your foundation yearly and fix cracks quickly. This will prevent water from creeping in through cracks and faults in your foundation - which typically aren't coved by insurace.

  3. Install a Sump Pump
    A sump pump is used where basement flooding happens regularly. Sump pumps send water away from a house to a place where it is no longer problematic, such as a municipal storm drain or dry well. Sump pumps run on electricity, so it is important to check the pump regularly (especially during storms) to ensure it is running properly.

  4. Proper Storage
    It is important to be proactive in protecting your belongings before a water damage situation occurs. Use plastic storage bins instead of cardboard boxes, and try to keep contents on a shelf rather than storing them on the floor.

  5. Install a Water Alarm
    If you're planning to travel this summer, consider a water alarm for your home. They'll alert you should water levels inside start to rise - which can help save your home from damage.

  6. Check your Insurance Policy
    The best thing you can do to protect your basement and contents is having the right kind of insurance and the right amount. Check with your agent to make sure your home and belongings are covered in the event of a sewer/drain backup, sump pump malfunction or flooding.

Like us on Facebook for more tips and updates on ways to make sure you, too, are Ready for Whatever Happens!

Contact SERVPRO of West Mahoning Countyfor emergency cleanup in your Youngstown, Ohio basement.

Mold Clean Up in Canfield, Ohio

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts about mold in your Canfield home:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County today at (330) 609-8543

Choose SERVPRO for your Youngstown cleanup needs

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business. 

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of West Mahoning County. 

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call (330) 609-8543 today! 

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Commercial Austintown Fire Damge Needs Emergency Response

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

In your Austintown business, fire can be detrimental. In addition to fire, smoke and soot damage, your 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 business, employees and customers. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

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 business to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Why Choose SERVPRO of West Mahoning County?

We're Faster to ANY Size Disaster
Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

We're Fire & Water Damage Specialists
As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality
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.

Flooded Basement in Canfield, OH

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to clean, dry and restore your Canfield, OH basement

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Canfield basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe 
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. 

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24/7 
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly Trained and Certified in Water Restoration
  • We use s500 IICRC Industry Standards
  • We Have Advanced Training, Personnel, Inspection and Extraction Equipment
  • Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Always Here To Help - 330-609-8543

    Basement Water Damage in your Austintown Ohio Home

    6/3/2016 (Permalink)

    Heavy rains can cause damage to your basement. Call SERVPRO to make water damage "Like it never even happened!"

    While spring and summer may bring the possibility of heavy rains, the possibility of water damage to your basement grows. Heavy rains can do a lot of water damage, and it is important to ensure that your basement and sump pumps are well-maintained to prevent damage to your home.

    Some of the Common Causes of Basement Water Damge

    Rain is a common cause of water damage to your Austintown basement. Excessive amounts of rain can overwhelm basement sump pumps and other water proofing systems. 

    Sewer and drain backups are another common issue. When the drains get clogged, they also can become overwhelmed and back up, causing significant damage to your home and porous materials within.

    SERVPRO of West Mahoning County

    Contact SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to clean up & restore your basement.
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    Fire Cleanup in Canfield

    5/23/2016 (Permalink)

    When your Canfield home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.

    We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. If you suffer a fire damage event, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

    We can clean up and fully restore your home or business and all of your belongings, too!

    Do You Have Smoke or Fire Damage?
    Call Us Today – (330) 609-8543

    Canfield, OH 24 Hour Emergency Cleanup Services

    5/23/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

    We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
    Call Today - 330-609-8543

    We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

    What to Expect

    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Your insurance information (if applicable)
    • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
    • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
    • What caused the water damage (if known)?
    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

    About SERVPRO of West Mahoning County

    SERVPRO of West Mahoning County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Click Here to view our IICRC certifications!

    For Immediate Service in Boardman, call SERVPRO

    5/23/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of West Mahoning County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Boardman, Ohio. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24-Hour Emergency Service
    • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
    • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
    • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
    • Locally Owned and Operated
    • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

    Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 - 330-609-8543

    Residential Services

    Whether your Youngstown home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services here:

    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Mold Remediation
    • Storm Damage Restoration
    • Cleaning Services
    • Building/Reconstruction Services

    Commercial Services

    There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Northeast Ohio commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services here:

    • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
    • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

    How to Be "Ready for Whatever Happens!"

    5/23/2016 (Permalink)

    Available in the App Store & the Android Market

    As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance polivy aimed at a peace of mind. Knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by disaster, they don't have to be.


    The SERVPRO Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile (ERP). By developing a SERVPRO ERP for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your Youngstown, Ohio business.

    By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect before you experience fire or water damage at your Austintown, OH business is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

    Find out more about our FREE Ready Plan App here.

    Easy Steps to Avoid Water in Your Basement

    5/5/2016 (Permalink)

    There are several steps you can take to keep water from invading your basement during periods of heavy rain.  The first thing you need to do is clean your gutters and downspouts, secondly you can extend the downspouts to ensure that water is an adequate distance from your foundation.  During periods of heavy rain walk around your home and look for areas of water pooling near the foundation.  Make sure the grade of your yard is effectively taking water away from your house. 

    If your basement does flood, call SERVPRO to help you dry it out and prevent mold growth.

    Sump Pump Failure results in Flooded Basement

    4/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Unfortunately, all the snow and rain we've received lately is causing basements to flood. Make sure your sump pump is working correctly to avoid a flooded basement. It's easy for a sump pump to become overwhelmed with a massive influx of water. Minimally, you need a 1/3 horsepower sump pump capable of pumping 35 gallons of water per minute to adequately avoid  flooding and failure. If you do experience a flooded basement call SERVPRO of West Mahoning County to help you dry out your basement and avoid the possiblility of mold in your basement.

    Be Ready for Any Emergency in Boardman, Canfield, Poland, Ohio

    3/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Don't wait until a disaster strikes to create a plan! Be ready for whatever happens with our Emergency Ready Plan. Our free profile will ensure your business and it's employees are prepared in the event of an emergency. Give us a call today for more information! #emergencyreadyplan #firedamage #waterloss

    Water Damage Company in Youngstown, Ohio

    1/15/2014 (Permalink)

    We're ready for whatever happens!

    Many people in our local communities are just now experiencing water damage caused by the deep freeze last week.

    Have you? 

    SERVPRO of West Mahoning County is ready to take your call to make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

    Check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/servproofwestmahoningcounty 

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    Prevent Pipe Breaks in North Eastern Ohio

    1/6/2014 (Permalink)

    Here are the top 4 ways to prevent a pipe break in your home or place of business.

    Freezing temperatures are in this forecast for this week, and that puts your home or place of business at risk for a pipe break. 

    A little about frozen pipes... When water freezes, it expands. Think about this: you know what happens when you forget about a can of pop you put in the freezer to give it a quick chill? It explodes, right? And what a mess that is. Now, think about the pipes in your house similarly, but on a larger scale. When the water in a pipe freezes, it expands. If it expands enough, it will burst and serious damage follows.

    Here are some ways you can protect your home or commercial property:

    1. Remove garden hoses and store them inside. Close the valves supplying the outdoor hose bibs and leave the bibs open allowing water to drain.  Leaving it open allows any remaining water to expand without causing the pipe to break.

    2. Inspect areas without heat where pipes run. Areas like garages, attics, and basements and under cabinets are areas to focus.  

    3. When away from the house for an extended period during the winter, be careful how much you lower your heat. A lower temperature may save you money on the heating bill, but there could be disaster if a cold spell strikes. 

    4. Let your faucet drip. It can help prevent a pipe from bursting.

    Also, know where your water shut-off valve is located. 

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