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Tornado Safety for Kids

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Spinning tornado about to touch down Tornado winds can reach or exceed 200 mph and destroy anything in its path.

Tornadoes can happen anytime of the year and have been reported in every state. It is important to teach your kids about tornadoes and the safety precautions, so they are prepared, even if you are not home.

Before a Tornado

  • Make a tornado safety plan. Make sure everyone knows where to go.
  • Teach your kids what state and county they live in. Emphasize that the county is different than their town. When listening to the radio or the news, weather watches or warnings are usually listed by county.
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit for your home and your car. It should include: a first aid kit, canned food and can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing, and directions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.

During a Tornado

  • Go to the basement
  • If you do not have a basement, go to an interior room on the lowest floor without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Listen to the radio or news to stay up to date on the watches and warnings for your area
  • You should not stay inside mobile homes or cars.
  • If you are outside, find a ditch or low-lying area and lay down flat.
  • Stay away from damaged areas and power lines.

After a Tornado

  • Stay indoors until it is safe to come out
  • Watch out for damaged power lines. Never step into standing water while the electricity is still on
  • Use a flashlight to inspect your home

Weather WizKids provides great, kid-friendly information about thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and more.

If your home is damaged by a tornado, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. We specialize in water, storm, and fire damage. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Give us a call! (330) 392 6355

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Lordstown Motors Unveils The Endurance: First Electric Pickup Truck

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO owners Jimmy, Andy, and Katie Dobson with Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns Pictured is SERVPRO owners Jimmy Dobson, Andy Dobson, and Katie Dobson with Lordstown Motors CEO, Steve Burns

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Lordstown Motors unveiled The Endurance Pickup truck at the Lordstown assembly plant to a crowd of around 300 people.  It is the first fully electric pickup truck projected to hit the market in early 2021.

The event featured speeches by the Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouilette, and Vice President Mike Pence. Vice President Mike Pence began his speech by stating, “It really is an honor to be here. To be able to drive up and unveil what will soon be the first fully electric pickup truck on the market in the United States of America. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Lordstown Endurance.”

When Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns spoke at the event, he alluded to the importance of this kind of innovation for the Midwest and the Mahoning Valley. According to WKBN, Burns stated, “I think people expect this kind innovation to come from the coast. There’s nothing wrong with California, but the Midwest is where cars are made. The Midwest happens to be where the most pickup trucks are sold, and so we thought, why should California have all the fun?” The plant will need to hire a few hundred workers to keep the production timeline up to speed.

Live coverage by the media was available on YouTube, and WKBN 27’s website.

The marketing department of SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County was honored to be able to attend the live event and watch the unveiling first-hand. In an interview with WKBN, SERVPRO Trumbull County owner, Jimmy Dobson stated, “To look at this truck, how it’s put together and the look of it is amazing, how it will perform for us and the efficiencies we’ll get out of it, we’re absolutely excited about it.” Vice President Mike Pence was in the passenger seat, as it was driven on stage.

SERVPRO intends to support the local company and purchase the Endurance truck when it is available in early 2021. We can not wait to see what is next for the Mahoning Valley.  

Certified SERVPRO Workers or Memory Saving Superheroes?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged photographs These photographs were damaged by water. SERVPRO will do everything they can to try and save photos with integrity.

If you experience water damage to your home, are your irreplaceable memories and sentimental items going to be safe and dry?

When you call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County in the event of water damage, many people do not think about the boxes of photos they have somewhere in the basement, or their wedding album, sitting on the shelf... It is our job to help you when those things become compromised. 

We go above and beyond to try and save absolutely everything with sentimental value, especially photos. We understand how important sentimental family photos and belongings are, so we treat them as if they were our own.

We place photo albums, loose pictures, and photos in picture frames into boxes that are to be immediately processed upon arrival to our warehouse. Our contents department then begins carefully separating every photo and laying them out to dry in a drying chamber.

To prevent water damage to your important belongings, we recommend using plastic seal-able containers and keeping things up off the floor if flooding is a common problem in your home.

If you have any questions or need help with the water restoration process, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County today! (330) 392 6355

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Storm Anxiety in Pets

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Dog scared of thunderstorms Lightning, rain, wind, and thunder can all contribute to your dog's fear and anxiety.

The pets in my house live like royalty. They are extremely loved and valued members of our house. Even if your canine friend does not have a personal bed in every room in the house, you never want to see them fearful or anxious. Recent research indicates that dogs can feel emotions like humans and can develop psychological phobias and conditions like canine storm anxiety.

Fear can be beneficial in instances of self-preservation. During a storm, fear can prompt a dog to seek shelter. Of course, when your dog is safe inside and protected by you and your family the fear begins to seem irrational.

There are several reasons dogs may develop storm anxiety. A dog’s hearing is much better than that of a human so a loud crack of thunder to you is amplified for your dog. Some dogs can be sensitive to other noises such as fireworks, thunder, or even a loud blender. Lightning, rain, wind, and thunder can all contribute to your dog’s fear and anxiety.

Dogs cannot express their feelings in words, so they must use their body and behavior to communicate. Due to a dog’s superior sense of smell and hearing they may detect change in the weather before you and begin to act abnormally long before visible signs of a storm occur.

Symptoms of storm anxiety include:

Lowered ears and tail, wide eyes

Pacing

Panting and drooling

Trembling

Whining or howling

Hiding

Involuntary indoor urination

Destructive behavior or even self-harm (i.e., clawing to escape, running away)

Unfortunately, there is no cure for your furry friend who suffers from storm anxiety. While the habit of panicking at loud noises can be easily formed, it takes a lot of time and patience to reverse the habit.

Behavior modification and desensitization can be the best methods of helping your dog. Behavior modification is a process of rewarding calm positive behaviors while discouraging bad habits. Playing recordings of loud thunder and storms at a low volume to your dog in small time increments can slowly desensitize them.

For help cleaning up after a storm, do no hesitate to call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. We are storm damage experts and only a quick phone call away. Give us a call today or send us a message via our  Facebook page. (330) 392 6355

Conserving Water in Southern Trumbull County

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Earth Day 2020 graphic Always turn off the tap when you’re not using it and turn it off tightly so no other water leaks through

With Earth Day approaching on April 22nd, you can contribute to the cause by being mindful of water usage during your time inside. Here are some ways to save water while your stay-at-home order in Southern Trumbull County is still in place. 

  1. Always turn off the tap when you’re not using it and turn it off tightly so no other water leaks through. When brushing your teeth, do not leave the water running. Only use the water to wet your toothbrush and rinse. 
  2. You can put a bucket outside of your home to collect rain water to use on your indoor plants. 
  3. If you are washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run continuously until you rinse your dishes. You can also wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl or pan instead of running water. 
  4. When washing your clothes, make sure you wash a full load of laundry and don’t waste water doing multiple half-full loads. 
  5. If you have a small lawn, consider limiting how long you let your sprinkler run to water the front lawn. 
  6. If you are using a water purifier, utilize the waste water coming from the water purifier for different cleaning purposes like mopping, car washing, or watering plants.
  7. Be sure to inform your child of these practices. Teach them ways to save water and do our part to preserve our planet.

If you have any questions about water conservation, feel free to reach out to us at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County at (330) 392-6355. Taking these steps to save water could also prevent accidents, flooding and water damage in your home.

Commercial Cleaning During COVID-19

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Backs of a group of SERVPRO employees in PPE after sanitizing a facility Our fearless frontliners are helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our local communities.

Life has been a bit different for all of us over the past few months. ‘Social distancing’ is a term we’re all too familiar with now. Schools are closed. Businesses are closed. We have been advised to stay in our homes except for the occasional trip to the store for essential items.

Yet through all this confusion and uncertainty, SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County has been on the frontlines helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our team has been called for both proactive and reactive sanitization and disinfection services for facilities of all sizes including grocery stores, nursing homes, schools, warehouses, factories, office buildings, restaurants, and more.

In addition, we have also been helping our local first responders. Our SERVPRO® team has been sanitizing and disinfecting police stations, fire departments and all of their vehicles in hopes to keep them as safe and healthy as possible.

SERVPRO® is an IICRC certified firm, and we adhere to the rules and guidelines set forth by the CDC. We use EPA approved products to perform our services, and we have the specialized training and equipment needed to help get commercial properties back to business during this difficult time.

Should you want more information about our sanitization services, please call us at 330-392-6355 or visit us online. We are all in this together, and SERVPRO® is Here to Help®!

Steps After the Storm Passes in Trumbull County

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO tech talking to home owner in kitchen after she experienced a residential loss Storms don't wait until you're ready to strike so you shouldn't wait a minute after they occur to call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County.

When you are affected by any type of minor or severe storm damage, it is pivotal to remember these few things to be cost efficient and more importantly, safe. 

  1. Be glad that you are unharmed and remember that you are not alone. So many others go through similar situations and have had their lives and their homes drastically impacted by storm damage.
  2. Be ready to inspect your home but be safe about it. You can call us at SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County at (330) 392-6355 anytime to schedule an inspection of the home so that you don’t have to do as much. Oftentimes, injury comes well after the storm has passed. This can look like stepping on broken glass or nails or being too close to downed power lines. These situations can be hazardous and very dangerous.
  3. DIY is not the safest option here. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Call the electric company, gas company, the police and the restoration company, like SERVPRO® to assess the damage and avoid injury.
  4. Be mindful about your insurance policies. Ask yourself and research these few important questions: 
    1. Is your vehicle covered for storm-related damage? You will likely have to pay a deductible but if you purchased comprehensive coverage prior to the storm, you should likely be covered. 
    2. Will my insurance rates go up due to this damage? Usually no, unless the area you live in has a high volume of similar claims or if the area is disaster-prone. 

If you have any questions about the tips listed above, do not hesitate to give us a call or message us anytime on our Facebook page!

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.