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The Color Says It All

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

image of murky standing water in a home All three categories of water damage should be treated in a timely manner and should be taken seriously to avoid further threats to your property.

When you have water damage in your home or commercial business, you may not know right away where it is from or just how dangerous it is. 

The color of the water damage you are seeing can help clue you in to what type of damage you are dealing with. All three categories of water damage should be treated in a timely manner and should be taken seriously to avoid further threats to your business, home or yourself and your family. 

Category 1: 

If you see clear water damage this is usually a sign of flooding. This damage is non-toxic and not dangerous to humans but it can be very messy and damaging to the items in your space. This type of water damage can be caused by a sink or tub overflowing, or falling rainwater or melting snow / ice. 

Category 2: 

If you are noticing a cloudy or grey colored water, this type of water damage could contain chemicals or a potentially dangerous contaminant. This damage should not be consumed or exposed for very long. This damage could be caused by water discharge from appliances like dishwashers or an aquarium. 

Category 3: 

If the water damage is dark and black, this could be a very harmful bacteria that could contain fungi or dangerous contaminants like silt, pesticides or heavy metal. This type of damage can come from toilet backflow, seawater or sewage. 


All of this damage can come from a variety of sources however, the area should be cleaned, treated and sanitized differently by professionals. Call us at SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County at 330-392-6355 anytime or chat with us immediately on social media by visiting our Facebook page. We’re here to help as soon as you see signs of any color water damage. Early detection and further damage prevention is key!

Hoarding: We’re Here to Help!

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

image of a room after hoarding has taken place; content visible everywhere A person with a hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the item

Compulsive hoarding or a hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with a hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the item. Therefore, the person holds on to items regardless of their actual value and excessive accumulation occurs. Hoarding can range in severity and can lead to cramped living conditions. Depending on the severity, the house may be filled to capacity with piles upon piles in hallways, on countertops, stoves, desks, virtually any available space.

People with a hoarding disorder usually need to seek medical counsel prior to seeking a fresh start. If you decide to help a loved one, here are a few tips:

  1. Start by taking pictures throughout the entire house
  2. You will need personal protection equipment such as disposable gloves, dust masks/ respirator, steel toe boots, hard hat, and goggles to avoid exposure to mold, parasites, and other health concerns that may be present. Cleaning and disinfecting supplies, contractor garbage bags, sponges, mops, brooms, and ladders.

If the house contains biohazardous waste, it is best to call a professional cleaning company. Biohazardous waste cannot be cleaned with normal cleaning supplies. 

  1. The first room to be cleaned should be the bathroom because you will need a sink and running water.
  2. Next, separate the trash from the salvageable items. Once that is completed, separate the salvageable items into items you will keep and ones to be donated.
  3. Finally, you can begin the clean and sanitizing process.
  4. If you’re loved one will be returning to the home, be sure to provide constant support to keep a healthy and clean-living space.

If you would like further information regarding hoarding and treatment options there are many resources available.

Mayo Clinic

American Psychiatric Association

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property. We will work discreetly with you and your family. We are trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration.  Call today! (330) 392-6355

Top of the Line Restoration Equipment in Trumbull County

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

image of a semi-truck packed full of air movers and dehumidifiers The last few decades have seen very rapid growth in technology and equipment in all industries, and the restoration industry is certainly no exception

The last few decades have seen very rapid growth in technology and equipment in all industries, and the restoration industry is certainly no exception. With such advancements made, jobs are being completed faster, response time has decreased vastly, and overall operations have become more efficient. These things benefit restoration companies and the customer, in more than one way. We will be touching on a few of these aspects and how advanced equipment affects the industry today:

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Specialized drying equipment is used to recognize, measure, and inspect a property’s moisture levels. Infrared cameras are one advancement that aids in detecting water through materials like walls, ceilings, and floors.

Water Extraction Equipment

To speed the drying process as much as possible, restoration professionals use powerful extraction equipment, like submersible and gas-powered pumps. While, truck-mounted and portable extraction units can be used to do the same thing.

Drying Equipment

Today, industrial sized air movers and dehumidifiers are used to extract all remaining moisture from ceilings, walls, and floors. High speed air movers evaporate water at a much higher rate than ever before.

To learn more about our advanced equipment and how SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County operates on jobs visit our webpage.

Large Commercial Loss Cleanup in Niles, OH

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO workers reporting as a team to large commercial job SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County has a semi-trailer filled with 400 air movers, 100 dehumidifiers and 50 air scrubbers ready for dispatch locally

If an unexpected disaster has you feeling helpless and unsure of what to do, SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County can mitigate any large water or fire damage cleanup. The resources available are plentiful and represent some of the latest technology, equipment and processes approved by the industry and held as the standard for use in anything cleanup! 

SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County has a semi-trailer filled with 400 air movers, 100 dehumidifiers and 50 air scrubbers ready for dispatch locally, regionally or nationally. This equipment is state of the art, brand new and set aside for large loss emergency purposes only. This inventory goes undisturbed and is not equipment we use on a daily basis. This is how SERVPRO® stay’s ready and has earned the distinction as a Large Loss Storm Ready Response Team.

The restoration business is 24/7 and our response time is critical in many cases. Our customers rely on us getting to them quickly and mitigating their loss in an efficient and productive manner. This includes travel outside of our franchise territory if necessary. Currently, our semi-trailer is in Columbus, OH responding to recent flooding issues in local neighborhoods.

Our crews consist of highly trained and knowledgeable sales representatives, crew chiefs and technicians. Our services follow the IICRC standard, the highest and most accredited standards in the industry. Whether your loss is out of town or next door to our warehouse, SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County is just a phone call away.

If you’re a business owner, property manager, or facility manager and you’ve incurred a large loss, call SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County at 330-392-6355. Visit our website for more information on Commercial Services.       

Why Call a Disaster Recovery Service Near Me?

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO vehicles ready to arrive on a job scene One call to SERVPRO® can take that overwhelming situation and create a peace of mind that everything is under control

What does it mean to be a full-service restoration company?  How important is it to a potential customer to work with one company from start to finish on disaster recovery?

When water or fire damage strikes a home or business, it can be very overwhelming for the business or homeowner. SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County will take charge of the overwhelming situation and make it “Like it never even happened.”

This is not just a slogan or a company byline, it is because SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County is a full-service restoration company! Full service means that we can perform all the necessary mitigation, including but not limited to, demolition, water extraction, spraying anti-microbial, content manipulation and disposing of non-salvage materials. 

Once these tasks are performed, we place air movers, dehumidifiers and air scrubbers to make sure all moisture is removed from the home or business. The drying process needs to thorough and complete to lessen the chance of mold growth.

Once mitigation is finished, we turn the job over to the construction (rebuild) division who can facilitate the put back of everything, the way it was, before the damage occurred. This is where we live up to our slogan of making it "Like it never even happened."

One call to SERVPRO® can take that overwhelming situation and create a peace of mind that everything is under control. Our sales reps, production manager, crew chief’s and construction project managers will keep the customer updated throughout every phase of the process.

We will make sure there is open and honest communication and not proceed with any work without proper authorization from the customer and adjuster.

So, if you want a ‘one stop shop’ for your water or fire damage restoration needs, make SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County your first call at 330-392-6355.

Cleanup & Biohazard Professionals in Warren, OH

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® image of COVID-19 at the molecular level While the CDC continues to inform and prevent the spread of this disease, SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County is fighting the same fight

The present state of the country is no secret, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is constantly responding and informing in wake of the coronavirus. The sickness that results from this disease is termed ‘COVID-19’. While the CDC continues to inform and prevent the spread of this disease, SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County is fighting the same fight.

Our cleaning professionals are uniquely trained during this pandemic to clean and disinfect your home or commercial building. Using protocols put in place by the CDC, years of experience on staff, the latest technology and equipment, and the most efficient cleaning procedures; SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County will go above and beyond in the professional cleaning of your property.  The CDC calls for the cleaning of “high-touch” surfaces like counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, and tablets.

While doing this we will use a hospital-grade disinfectant with a ‘kill claim’ against the coronavirus. 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 Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims.

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Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Agents in Trumbull County

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

image of street sign with arrows talking about continuing education A major part of being an insurance agent is taking ‘Continuing Education’ courses to stay relevant in the industry and constantly improve skills

SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County works each and everyday on our relationships with the insurance agents in the surrounding community. We realize just how important these relationships are and call on agents while on routes as much as possible.

A major part of being an insurance agent is taking ‘Continuing Education’ courses to stay relevant in the industry and constantly improve skills.  Many states require agents to take a certain number of hours in numerous different categories of CE classes.

We at SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County offer both credited and non-credited courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, and looking into courses for real estate agents. We offer classes like biohazard cleanup, ethics, understanding mold, and restorative drying for water damage. These will provide agents with the latest industry knowledge, they will aid in better serving their customers, and even provide an opportunity to cultivate relationships with fellow local agents and restoration professionals.

Weather Watches and Warnings in Trumbull County

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

image of tornado and lightning in the sky During severe weather watches and warnings, it’s very important to have a media source available to receive alerts and updates.

During severe weather watches and warnings, it’s very important to have a media source available to receive alerts and updates. Whether it be radio or TV or a smart hand-held device, be sure to have a backup plan available in case severe weather knocks out power.

News, media and weather alert services will commonly broadcast the inclement weather watches and warnings in a variety of ways. It’s important to know the differences in a ‘watch’ and a ‘warning’ since they are both quite common.

First, lets get a formal definition of a ‘watch.’ A watch is issued when the surrounding atmospheric conditions are conducive for severe weather to develop. Watches are important and demand your attention but are not as urgent as a warning.

Secondly, but nonetheless important, are ‘warnings.’ A warning informs you that imminent, dangerous weather is looming. The National Weather Service issues a warning when radar has detected severe weather or an eyewitness reports seeing an event such as a tornado, a severe thunderstorm, flooding, etc. A warning means you are in immediate danger and you should seek shelter immediately.

Here is a brief definition of some of the common watches and warnings we hear frequently:

  • Tornado Watch:When conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop in the immediate area.
  • Tornado Warning: When radar has indicated a strong rotation capable of producing a tornado at any time, or a trained spotter has reported a funnel cloud or tornado. It is recommended to take cover immediately. Stay tuned in for updates.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: When conditions exist for severe thunderstorms can easily develop.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning:  When a thunderstorm produces large hail 1 inch or larger in diameter and/or wind speeds exceeds 58 mph.
  • Flash Flood Watch: When flash flooding is possible, even if severe weather isn’t in your immediate area.
  • Flash Flood Warning: When flash flooding of rivers, streams, or urban areas is already occurring.

If you should suffer from water damages following any of these weather disasters, please call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County at 330-392-6355 for your restoration needs. We are a 24/7 emergency services business with a quick response time and we're always ‘Here to Help.’

Here is a link for more details and weather related information.

Saving Belongings in Trumbull County Fires

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

image of contents from a home all organized and stored away before cleaning and returning to customer SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County make it their priority to put the customer at ease while providing first-class service

When a fire strikes your home or business, often it is your first time going through this experience and this will have you feeling several different emotions with uncertainty being a major one. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County make it their priority to put the customer at ease while providing nothing but first-class service.

After a fire, smoke and soot damage will stick out like a sore thumb on ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors. However, what may go unnoticed is the damage done to your precious contents and materials you have in your home. We will restore anything and everything we deem restorable and safe in hopes to save the customer as much money as possible during the process.

We will carefully inspect and test all fabrics in the structure to decide which cleaning methods are appropriate. Providing dry and wet cleaning methods, we will restore all contents to preloss condition. Things like electronics, art, wooden furniture, kitchen utensils, clothing, and bedding are some of the things SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County will fully clean and restore after fire damage.    

For more information be sure to read our full fire damage brochure!                                                                                                                                  

Sump Pump Failure in Cortland, OH

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

image of failed sump pump in Cortland, OH basement The sump pump of this basement failed, causing overflow and water damage throughout basement

As most of us do during the winter months, a homeowner in Cortland, OH went south to vacation in the warm Florida sunshine! As she was enjoying her time on vacation, she had no idea her sump pump in her basement had overflown and caused several inches of water to fill her basement floor.

Upon her return home, she noticed the incident and made the decision to call the highly trained and experienced restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. The SERVPRO crew responded quickly and were on the job site to begin the mitigation process immediately.

The basement of this home had a large amount of contents that our workers immediately lifted from the ground to prevent any further water damage. With the homeowner needing to be present to direct our workers on what content to keep and what content to dispose of; we made it a priority to work around her schedule as she had a family member receiving surgery at the time. After all the contents were moved and stored away, the mitigation began. The SERVPRO production crew was able to completely clean, sanitize, and deodorize the homeowner’s basement in just one day!

We were very proud of the way this job turned out and especially happy to be able to make it "Like it never even happened," for our customer!  We are pleased to be able to share this successful water mitigation job in Cortland, OH.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County today for all of your restoration needs at 330-392-6355