Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

Mahoning County Winter Storm Safety Checklist

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Mahoning County Winter Storm Safety Checklist 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

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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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.

Our Storm Team Traveled to VA to Clean Up Flood Damage

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Our Storm Team Traveled to VA to Clean Up Flood Damage 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

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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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.

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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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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Wind Damage to Roof In Ellsworth

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wind Damage to Roof In Ellsworth 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!


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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.

Local SERVPRO out of Austintown Cleans Up After Hurricane Matthew

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Local SERVPRO out of Austintown Cleans Up After Hurricane Matthew 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.

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

 

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

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."

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.

SERVPRO can get Your Family Back into Your Fire Damaged Youngstown Home Faster

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO can get Your Family Back into Your Fire Damaged Youngstown Home Faster 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.

When Storms or Floods hit Columbiana, SERVPRO is ready!

7/15/2016 (Permalink)

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

Youngstown Ohio Basement Water Damage Cleanup

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Youngstown Ohio Basement Water Damage Cleanup 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.

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Contact SERVPRO of West Mahoning Countyfor emergency cleanup in your Youngstown, Ohio basement.

Basement Water Damage in your Austintown Ohio Home

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Basement Water Damage in your Austintown Ohio Home 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.

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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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