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

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

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)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Prevention Tips 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

Summer Grilling Fire Safety

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Grilling Fire Safety 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)

Fire Damage Board Up and Fire Cleanup Services in Austintown, Ohio 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

Visit us on Facebook here!

Fire Damage Cleanup in Boardman, Ohio

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup in Boardman, Ohio 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.

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.”

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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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.

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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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.

 

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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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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Soot Tags

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Tags 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.

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.

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.

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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.

 

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.

 

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

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.”

Canfield Pets Need Safety Plan for Disasters

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Canfield Pets Need Safety Plan for Disasters 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!

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.

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

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