Heading BACK to Houston
2 members of our storm headed down to Houston for a second time to continue to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Although our storm team already packed their bags and headed to Houston in our SERVPRO fleet once before, they decided to head BACK down to Houston and continue to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
2 weeks after our team came back, we received a call from a customer who needed our assistance as soon as possible. When we got the call, two members of our storm team decided to assist this victim in need. Once arrived, they were faced with massive water damage and performed mitigation to a commercial business in need. Although the property damage was devastating, our team finished the job quickly and made the owners feel like their damage never even happened.
Upon their return, Trumbull County and the surrounding area was hit by massive winds and rains causing great damage to the area. Our storm team heard the call once again and, this time, helped our hometown victims in need.
If your home is ever affected by any storm, give us a call or request help online. We assist our customers 24/7 and are quick to respond to any job!
Preventing Thanksgiving Fires in Warren, OH
Keep your home safe this Thanksgiving with some useful safety tips!
Is it your first time hosting Thanksgiving this year or are you still new to cooking Thanksgiving Dinner?
Before you start to brine your turkey and prepare for your meal, it is important to educate yourself on the dangers of home fires of Thanksgiving.
According to the National Fire Protection Association Fire Analysis & Research Division, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Unattended cooking is also the biggest factor in these fires. Follow the following safety tips to make sure your Thanksgiving is disaster free!
Cooking Safety Tips
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top. Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires.
- Check on your turkey frequently. Turkeys can burn easily.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer do not come in contact with any water OR especially children.
Turkey Frying Safety Tips
If you opt out of cooking your cooking in the oven traditionally and decide to fry it, follow these safety tips.
- Stay away from the house. Set up your turkey fire more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away to prevent this from happening
- Find flat ground. The oil must be steady and even to ensure safety.
- Use a thawed and dry turkey. Extra water from a frozen turkey will cause your oil to spill over and if it spills onto a burner, a fire will immediately start.
- Monitor the oil temperature. Fire do not have their own thermometers so keep one on you at all times!
- HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER READY AT ALL TIMES!
High Winds and Rain Cause Damage in Trumbull County
SERVPRO assisted with the storm clean-up for various businesses and home owners.
On the night of November 5th, strong winds, hail, and rainfall caused massive damage throughout Trumbull County. The storm left behind trees down, collapsed roofs, inches of water in basements, and various other damages throughout the area.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County assisted dozens of businesses and home owners with the clean-up of the aftermath. Since we take your calls 24/7, we made sure to be available to any person who needed assistance as soon as possible. Big or small, our storm team was ready for the challenge and are still in the process of helping home and business owners feel like their damage never even happened.
If your home or business was damaged, we are still taking your calls and receiving notifications when you request help through our website. No matter what time, damage, or location, we are here to answer your call and be a storm hero!
Penguin Pride in Youngstown, OH
YSU students Sarah Mathews and Elaina Berry pose with their SERVPRO water bottles.
On Oct. 28, we had the opportunity to once again sponsor water bottles at an event that attracted nearly 1,000 people. This time, they were all "penguins!"
Local college Youngstown State University's mascot is the Penguin and for this year's Homecoming they sought out to break the Guinness World Record for Most People Dressed Like Penguins. Students, alumni, and families flocked to the event, wanting to be apart of this record breaking event. If YSU were to break the record, all participants would have their name in the next Guinness Book of World Records for 2018.
Participants loved their SERVPRO water bottles. Many took photos and posed with their water bottles for us. This was also a good way for the community to understand who we are as well as what we do.
We loved being able to assist with this event and want to congratulate YSU for "unofficially" breaking the world record with 972 Penguins strong!
Halloween Fire Safety in Niles, Ohio
Halloween is only days away. But did you know that decorations, costume choices, and candles inside jack-o-lanterns can cause home fires?
From 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments reported an estimated average of 840 home structure fires per year that began with decorations. The fires also caused 36 civilian injuries and nearly $11.4 million in direct property damage per year.
Below are some safety tips to keep your family and trick or treaters safe this halloween
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
- Watch choosing costumes with trailing fabric. If an open flame were near, the flame could watch on the fabric.
- Watch your decorations! Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper can catch fire very easily. This is why it is important to not use any type of open candle whatsoever since decorations are easily flammable. Instead, use other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
- Keep exits of your home clear from decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Most importantly, MAKE SURE ALL SMOKE ALARMS ARE WORKING IN YOUR HOME!
If an accident does happen this Halloween, we provide top of the line fire restoration services to make your fire feel "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at 330-392-6355 to schedule your appointment.
Toxic vs Non-Toxic Mold in McDonald, OH
Having mold in your home isn't very glamorous. However, did you know that mold can be both toxic and non-toxic? Luckily for us, toxic mold is very uncommon but non-toxic mold is the most common and actually comes with health risks as well.
As mentioned previously, finding toxic mold in your home is very uncommon. However, some molds produce mycotoxins that have toxic effects. Mycotoxins do not harm adults but are toxic to the elderly and infants. There is truly no way to find out if your mold contains mycotoxins unless you get your mold tested. Mold can also be "toxic" if you have extreme allergy problems or severe forms of asthma.
Non-toxic mold is the most common type of mold. It is not only an annoyance in your home but can also effect your health. If you have allergy like symptoms, with no allergy history, you should get your home tested for mold. Cladosporium is found in non-toxic mold and it typically a black or "pepper-like" substance. This usually grows on the back of toliets, showers, painted surfaces or air ducts.
If your home experiences any type of mold, we remove it and restore the area the mold infested! Give us a call today to set-up a visit!
Hurricane Harvey Update: WFMJ Today Interview
Andrew and Katie of SERVPRO talk to WFMJ's Lindsey McCoy about our storm team's experiences cleaning up the aftermath Hurricane Harvey.
Andrew and Katie of SERVPRO appeared on WFMJ Today, a local morning show based out of Youngstown, OH.
On August 31, our storm team headed down to Houston to assist victims in need after Hurricane Harvey hit hard. In their interview, Andrew and Katie gave an update about the team's journey in Texas as well as stressing the importance of helping these victims in their time of need. Watch Andrew and Katie's full interview on WFMJ's website!
SERVPRO provides emergency storm damage restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your home is damaged, we will restore it to make your accident feel like it never even happened.
Has your home suffered storm damage? If so give us a call at (330) 392-6355 or request help online!
Gutter Cleaning in Warren, OH
Checking and cleaning out your gutters for leaves at least once a week lowers your chance of interior or exterior water damage to your home.
Fall is finally upon us which means leaves begin to change and we can enjoy the fresh foliage.
However, with foliage comes falling leaves. Not only do leaves cover our lawns but they also cause gutters to clog. Although clogged gutters can be an annoyance at times they can also be harmful. Gutters are meant to prevent water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. If gutters go untouched, there is a strong chance rain water can leak into your home.
Have you ever cleaned your gutters before? If not, here are a few helpful tips to make the process a lot easier.
- Wear long sleeves and gloves. You never know how dirty the leaves actually are up there!
- Use a sturdy ladder. Self- explanatory. You would be surprised how many people are harmed from falling off ladders while cleaning their gutters! Also find a ladder with a standoff stabilizer (also called ladder horns). Certain ladders can damage and bend gutters and using ladder horns lowers the risk for damage.
- Scoop it up! Don't feel like using your hands? Pick up a child's sandbox shovel from the dollar store.
- Make clean-up easier by using a plastic tarp. Raking and throwing away leaves is already a time consuming task as it is. Take the leaves from your gutter and throw it on a plastic tarp. When you're done gather it up and throw it in a large trash bag.
- Rinse, Rinse, Rinse! You might think you're done after you remove the leaves from your gutter but you actually aren't! Take a garden hose and rinse out the gutters and downspouts to get rid of any excess dirt. Doing this also helps you spot any leaks in your gutters!
Fire Escape Planning in Niles, OH
Commercial or house fires can happen at any moment. But when disaster strikes, do you have a plan of action for escaping and notifying first respond services? Here are a few helpful tips and steps you can take to create an escape plan as well as help prevent a fire from happening.
- Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and near sleeping areas. It is also important to test the batteries monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Changing the batteries every Daylight Savings Time is also another tip to maintain working smoke alarms.
- Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways to escape from every room in your home. This is a lot more difficult than you think. Using a template helps with these. These are available online.
- Practice your fire escape plan at least once a year. Designate a meeting place outside that is a safe distance from your home. Also practicing different crawling and stop, drop, and roll techniques helps!
- Program Police and Fire Department numbers in your phone. Dialing911 is a given but having your local police and fire department's numbers in your phone helps as well.
Commercial Restoration Services in Niles, OH
Disaster can strike at any time, even on commercial property! Having to close your business or not allow employees to work can be devastating to a business. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County strives to make sure your business is back up and running in no time. We provide our restoration and cleaning services to the following places.
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
No matter how big your commercial property is, we make your accident feel "Like it never even happened." Our staff works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week taking your calls and working to save your business. Give us a call 330-392-6355 or request help from us online.