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Winter Water Damage Restoration Specialists in Trumbull County

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

A road is covered by snow, as well as tree branches. The sooner you perform Step One and contact us, the sooner we can help restore your Niles, OH property.

It has been freezing in Warren, OH as of late, and one thing that happens as a result of this cold, winter weather is pipe breaks. So, what if you awake to a water damage emergency? To better prepare yourself, here is what to expect from SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County’s water damage restoration process:

Step One: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us, and we are ready to respond 24/7. Water damage requires immediate attention, and you can expect that we will be there, day or night, to help with your water damage emergency.

Step Two: Inspection
Every water damage situation is different. Our crew begins with a detailed inspection of your property to determine the scope of the damage which will then allow us to form an appropriate plan of action.

Step Three: Water Removal
After the inspection and damage assessment step, the water extraction process begins. This is when we remove the majority of the water from your property using powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units.

Step Four: Drying
Our professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We closely monitor this process by using moisture meters.

Step Five: Cleaning & Repair
From upholstery cleaning to odor removal, our team specializes in restoring your belongings that were damaged by the water. We fully clean and sanitize the affected area as well as remove and dispose of any damaged materials.

Step Six: Restoration
The last and final step is to restore your property to its preloss condition. This could include minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Since water damage emergencies can occur at any time, we highly recommend storing our number in your phone – (330) 393-9999. The sooner you perform Step One and contact us, the sooner we can help restore your Niles, OH property.

Want to see some of our work? Check out some of our Before/After Photos here!

Things You Should and Should Not Store in Your Warren Basement

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a basement shelf with decorations and cleaning products on it. The worst items you can keep in the basement are items that can be subject to mold, mildew, and moisture.

All those Christmas decorations are finally put away, and it is time to take out the spring décor once again. But as you are digging around the basement totes and storage…have you ever wondered if some of your beloved items should even be kept in the cellar at all? Allow SERVPRO of Trumbull County help you dictate what should be and should NOT be kept in the basement.

Let us start with the don’ts. Basements are cool, damp and even wet at times. The worst items you can keep in the basement are items that can be subject to mold, mildew, and moisture. These aspects are the worst enemy to things like: books, family photos, clothing, rugs, and furniture. Moisture is the enemy of paper, humidity can make photographs stick together, rugs and clothing can be a nice hide-out for mice and bugs, and furniture can be exposed to water and ruin it. These are all big no no’s for basement storage.

Now let us go over what things are safe to keep in the basement. These objects include: Holiday decorations, sports equipment, dishware and glasses, paint and extra cleaning products. Décor is perfectly safe in the cellar, just pack trimmings with additional bubble wrap and place them in airtight plastic containers to keep bugs, dirt, and moisture out.

Sports equipment, if it is clean, is also a perfect example of what to store in the basement. Just make sure you’re not stuffing dirty or sweaty sports padding or helmets down there, which can lead to mold or mildew growth. Give them a good scrubbing first.

Putting dust aside, dishes and glassware are a perfect storage option for the basement too, especially if your kitchen has ample space.

Paint and cleaning products are best kept in the basement instead of the garage since it is more temperature controlled. Just keep them away from hot spaces like the furnace.

Basements can be a great storage option here in the North---but we still have to be careful because it is the number one room that is subject to mold.

If the conditions are right, Mold can spread throughout your property in less than 72 hours. The ideal setting for Mold growth is one that contains MOISTURE, WARMTH, and FOOD. If all three conditions are present, it is likely to grow. Mold is most likely to find a place to grow in a bathroom, basement or kitchen, but it can grow in other rooms if conditions are favorable. The climate where you live and the living habits in your household can affect the ability of mold to grow.

Mold spores can also thrive and reproduce in wet or damp parts of your home: frequently flooded areas, leaky roofs and pipes, cracked walls, or areas around house plants, especially ones that sometimes are over-watered. A moist environment combined with room-temperature conditions and an organic food source can lead to mold growth in what seems to be no time at all.

If mold is found in your Warren home or business, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (330) 392-6355

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County Joins Second Harvest Food Bank for February

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a cardboard box filled with donations. SERVPRO of Trumbull County is collecting donations for Second Harvest Food Bank for the month of February to help stock the shelves of our Valley.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is collecting donations for Second Harvest Food Bank for the month of February to help stock the shelves of our Valley.

Second Harvest Food Bank is a member food bank of Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The Food Bank solicits, stores, and distributes food to hunger-relief organizations in Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties.

“The Food Bank relies heavily on the generous support of volunteers from the community: Hundreds of volunteers gave over 13,000 hours of service in 2019. In addition to volunteer support, the Food Bank is supported financially by individuals, companies, grants, foundations, and the United Way.  That is where you come in!

You or your business can help SERVPRO share the love this February with our mission to always lend a helping hand. Though our initiative, ‘Bust Boxes, Not Hearts, we are asking you to join us in filling boxes with food for Second Harvest Food Bank.

If your business would like to join SERVPRO, you may help by accepting a box at your local business or donate monetarily. In doing so, SERVPRO will feature your business on our social media page. All monetary donations will be used to buy goods and donate.

Items that are in need this year, include but are not limited to: beans, pasta, cleaning supplies, cereal, soup, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruit, tuna fish and macaroni and cheese.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County takes great pride in being a part of the Trumbull County community. We understand that communities like ours in Northeast Ohio hold America together. We want to do our part to ensure our community thrives by helping those less fortunate, keeping the area safe and making our community the best it can be. We are an active member of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce and support our local law enforcements and school systems. Whether we're helping our neighbors in Warren, Ohio with a flooded basement or participating in local parades, we're always here to help! Connect with us on Facebook & Twitter! See what our customers have to say about us on Google!

If you would like to be part of our mission, call SERVPRO’s Second Harvest coordinator, Maria Vince at (330) 393-9999 or email mvince@SERVPROteamdobson.com to donate or have a box delivered directly to you. All donations will be picked up at your location on February 25th.

Is Your Niles Business Ready for a Disaster?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

A close pin holds a sign that says "Be Prepared" SERVPRO offers a FREE service called an Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP that can enhance your business's ability to respond to a disaster.

You never wish to see a disaster happen at your business, but are you prepared for one? Can your business handle a fire, withstand heavy storm damage, or come back from a major flood? These are some important questions to ask yourself, as research shows that as many as 50% of businesses close after a disaster. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County does not want your business to be another one of those statistics.

SERVPRO offers a FREE service called an Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP that can enhance your business's ability to respond to a disaster. This allows our expert team to come into your business fully prepared to bring your business back to fully operational fast. You’re probably asking now “what’s in an ERP?” Good thing we have the answer, an ERP includes:

  • No cost assessment of your business
  • Concise Profile Document that has critical information needed to respond to an emergency
  • Guide to get your business back to fully operational
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider - getting you an industry leader on your team!
  • Shows SERVPRO critical spots in your facility and important contact information

Emergency Ready Profiles allow our restoration specialists to know your building(s) inside and out before we even get on the job. It may be the reason your business doesn’t become one of the 50% of businesses who may close for good after a disaster. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County doesn’t want to see any business in Niles close, and is committed to helping our community with commercial services such as:

  • Fire restoration
  • Water restoration
  • Mold remediation and restoration
  • Commercial cleaning - including Covid-19 cleaning services
  • Storm damage clean-up

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is faster to any size disaster and will get your business to preloss condition in no time. Call us today at (330) 392-6355 or visit our Website today to get your business prepared for a disaster. 

A Forgotten Fire Hazard in Your Warren Home

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a man on a ladder with a hose cleaning out the duct work in his celling. Air ducts and vents can get hot with the heat running. Dust sitting on top of those grates can get ignited if it becomes too hot.

We are all aware of the major fire hazards in our homes such as cooking, lighting candles, and electrical equipment, to name a few. However, there’s one sneaky fire hazard we don’t often think of. Dust accumulating on our air ducts is a fire hazard, that dust is flammable! While we’re kicking up the heat this winter, make sure those air ducts are clean.

 Dust on your air vents can be ignited in two ways: by coming in contact with a hot surface, or by being sparked by energy. Dust can accumulate from the vents and into the furnace where it can become very hot. If your furnace is old it might spark occasionally, setting this dry dust on fire immediately.

 Air ducts and vents can get hot with the heat running. Dust sitting on top of those grates can get ignited if it becomes too hot. The best way to reduce the risk is to regularly check your air ducts and furnace for dust. Don’t let this forgotten fire hazard cause damage to your Warren home.

If you do experience a fire due to this dust, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County can help. If your Warren home experiences damage, we are experienced and ready to respond. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is faster to any size disaster and has a full array of fire damage restoration services including:

  • Removing smoke and soot
  • Restoring damaged items
  • Furniture, carpet, upholstery cleaning
  • Water damage cleanup from fire fighting efforts
  • Odor removal

Don’t forget to clean those ducts! And if anything happens and you experience a fire in your Warren home, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County at (330) 392-6355 or visit our Website today to get your home to pre loss condition today.

How Does Homeowner's Insurance Cover You from Fire and Smoke Damage at Your Warren Home?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a close up of a paper insurance policy Fire insurance coverage is included in most standard homeowner’s insurance policies. It's one of the named perils covered in the HO-2 coverage.

Let’s talk insurance. I know. Not the most exciting subject by any means. But necessary. Did you know that SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County will directly work with your insurance company in the case of a fire loss? Allow us to help explain your coverage to you, a little better, in layman's terms.

Does my policy cover fire? Fire insurance coverage is included in most standard homeowner’s insurance policies. It's one of the named perils covered in HO-2, or "named perils" coverage and is also included in HO-3, or "broad form" coverage. It also covers fire from perils that are excluded on your policy. For an example, if an earthquake knocks down an electrical line and it falls on your home and starts fire---even though earthquake damage is excluded…the fire damage would be included.

Smoke damages items too. Personal belongings in your home such as furniture, carpet, and clothing can be harmed and ruined by smoke and soot. These types of things are also included in your policy as well.

Coverage depends on your limits and deductibles. But it can get confusing. Take a look at this example from Value Penguin. “Suppose your home's structure is worth $200,000 and your belongings inside are worth an additional $100,000. If you had $300,000 worth of homeowner’s insurance with a $1,000 deductible, you would receive $299,000 from your insurance company if your house burned down and all property inside was destroyed. If you had only $200,000 worth of coverage, you'd only receive payment up to that limit, but if you had $400,000 of coverage, you would still be paid $299,000.”

Insurance can get confusing. That’s why SERVPRO of Trumbull County works directly with your insurance company to take that burden away from you. We’re the experts when it comes to fire. We understand and work in the restoration industry. We know what should be covered, and we deal with insurance adjusters and claims every day to ensure you get the most out o your coverage. Whether you are dealing with fire damage at your residence or place of business, the team at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is experienced and ready to respond. A fast response and immediate action can limit damages and restoration costs. Our trained technicians have specialized equipment and resources for any size job, large or small. Our team is prepared with the necessary equipment and know-how in case of a fire emergency in the Niles, Cortland, Girard area. 

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property. Stay safe from all of us at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (330) 392-6355

What Happens to My Stuff After a Flood at my Trumbull County Home?

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is off a living room that is flooded with a white couch. If your home requires extensive restoration, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area.

After the water subsides. You are left with a mess after a home flood. Even worse…flood waters are considered dangerous and grossly toxic. The thoughts run through your head…” Can I even keep this?” “Is this safe to clean?” It can be overwhelming and hard on a homeowner. Allow SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County help you with the process. The SERVPRO contents team is packed full of caring individuals that will help you all make sense of the aftermath. Here’s our process.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a water emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most

If you haven’t already gotten the just of what we do—-we do just about everything. We are here for you when you most need someone to let you know everything is going to be okay. We are the area’s number one water restoration company. SERVPRO of Trumbull County is here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Call us anytime at 330.392.6355 for any water disaster situation. Visit our Facebook page for more information on all the services we offer.

The Ultimate Trumbull County Restaurant Cleaning Check List

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

image of restaurant kitchen equipment and layout Clean the condenser coil on refrigeration units every 1-3 months depending on dust or grease buildup

Southern Trumbull County has the best restaurants around. Hands down. Owning your own business is a major responsibility. Especially when it comes to food. Cleanliness, in a commercial grade kitchen, needs to the top priority for any chef, legally and morally.

What needs to be done in a kitchen daily, weekly, and monthly, and even yearly? SERVPRO of Trumbull County has created a to-do checklist with the help of Modern Restaurant Management’s suggestions on how to make a ‘happy kitchen.’

During and After Shifts

Lots of general cleaning can be done every day. There are several tasks you can do during and after shifts. Common tasks include washing tableware, glasses, and other utensils. But here are some you can add if you do not do these already. Did you know SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has a whole department for general cleaning? We can help with any of the below suggestions.

  • Wash cutting boards, countertops, and prep table surfaces
  • Wash slicers, grinders, mixers, microwaves, coffee makers and other prep equipment
  • Wipe down and disinfect prep station surfaces after preparing food
  • Brush off griddles, grills and other cooktops after making meat, poultry or fish
  • Empty drip trays from grills, griddles and other cooking equipment
  • Clean any major spills or splatters off surfaces, floors or equipment
  • Place dirty kitchen rags and linens in the laundry (separately from uniforms)
  • Place dirty aprons and coats in the laundry (separately from kitchen rags and linens)
  • Empty garbage cans frequently
  • Refill empty paper towel rolls or soap dispensers 

End of the Day

After the guests are gone, kitchen staff and servers can clean the dining room, kitchen areas and equipment. MRR says these are the important things to do by the end of the day. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has state of the art commercial grade washing equipment and can clean your table linens, uniforms and floor mats.

  • Sweep or vacuum the floors of your kitchen, pantries and walk-in fridges
  • Mop the floors (use strong degreaser to scrub major grease spills)
  • Clean floor mats
  • Clean the washing stations and sinks
  • Wipe spills and splatters off the walls
  • Wash and sanitize all countertops and prep area surfaces
  • Clean beverage dispensers and gun heads
  • Clean and disinfect griddles, grills, burners and other cooktops
  • Change foil linings on all ovens, grills and cooking equipment
  • Clean deep fryers
  • Run a load of kitchen rags and linens in the washing machine (separately from uniforms)
  • Run a load of aprons and coats in the washing machine (separately from kitchen linens)

Weekly 

Some things just cannot be done daily. And that is understandable. But do not forget to do these important cleaning regimens too, says Modern Restaurant Management.  SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors.

  • Boil out deep fryers 
  • Pour drain cleaners down floor and sink drains
  • Clean and delime coffee equipment
  • Clean and delime faucets, sinks and spray heads
  • Clean the interior and exterior of ovens and steamers
  • Wash exteriors of other cooking equipment and refrigeration units

Monthly 

Monthly cleaning focuses mainly on the kitchen. Deep cleaning cannot be done daily. MRR suggests these at least once a month: SERVPRO can clean air ducts and help with your HVAC cleaning.

  • Scrub off spills and splatters from the walls and ceilings
  • Clean the condenser coil on refrigeration units every 1-3 months depending on dust or grease buildup 
  • Clean the drain pans, tubes and air filters on refrigeration units
  • Wash the interior of reach-in or walk-in refrigeration units
  • Clean the exhaust hoods at least every 4-6 weeks
  • Empty grease traps
  • Calibrate thermostats and ovens (if necessary)
  • Switch out pest and inspect traps (if applicable)

Yearly

Some things do not need done as often as others. But the MRR suggests doing the following annually.

No matter what type of cleaning your eatery needs---SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County can handle it all. From duct work to carpet cleaning and everything in between; we exhume everything clean. If you would like a quote for your establishment call 330.392.6355 today to have one of our professionals give you a quote. Bon Appétit from all of us at SERVPRO of Trumbull County!

Space Heaters Need Space

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

image of space heater in a living space while turned on and running The heater should have at least 3-foot breathing space on all sides. It should also be on stable ground.

We have made it to December in 2020! With Christmas season upon us---we all want that warm, cozy feeling in our homes. With some NE Ohio homes feeling a little drafty from the cold, outside air, you may want to utilize a space heater in your home. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County wants you to stay safe this winter with some space heater tips.

CPSC estimates “that portable electric heaters are involved in about 1,100 fires per year, resulting in about 50 deaths, dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property loss. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 32 percent of the home heating fires involve space heaters, resulting in about 80 percent of home heating fire deaths in the United States.”

These are some hefty numbers! Therefore, there are a few tips you should know before purchasing a space heater. First, make sure your smoke alarms are up and working on every floor of your home. Secondly, only purchase a space heater with a seal of a nationally recognized testing laboratory. This seal ensures that the heater will not ignite tissue if it happens to get tipped over.

When using a space heater in your home, the most important thing to remember is to keep it away from anything flammable. The heater should have at least 3-foot breathing space on all sides. It should also be on stable ground. Never use a surface where the heater can be easily knocked over. Heaters should also never be left on while you are sleeping or not in the room. Make sure when using the heater, it is plugged directly into the wall and never use an extension cord or a power strip. Lastly, make sure when the heater is turned on that all the doors to the room are open to reduce exposure to indoor pollutants, such as carbon monoxide.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has seen its share of fire damage and the devastation space heaters can cause. Always use the heater accordingly. Should you need SERVPRO’s professionals when it comes to fire, smoke or water damage---we are only a phone call away. Call 330.392.6355 for the fastest response and alleviate any more damage from occurring to your home or business.  Our trained technicians have specialized equipment and resources for any size job, large or small. Our team is prepared with the necessary equipment and know-how in case of a fire emergency in the Niles, Cortland, Girard area. Call us today. Visit our Facebook for more fire tips.

Girard Thanksgiving Fire Prevention

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of large flame over a pan with large amount of oil Most fires occur because of the oil. It can spill and tip over which leads to fires, burns and other serious injuries

We, at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County, would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you stay healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. Things might not go as traditionally as they normally would in 2020, but we still have the comfort of small family gatherings and great food to look forward to. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull asks you and your family to be as safe as possible this Thanksgiving. And we are here to help.

As much as we love Thanksgiving; it is also the nation’s leading day for cooking fires. The number of cooking fires is actually three times as high than any other day of the year.

Why is this? We all cook a lot throughout the year. Why is Thanksgiving so different? Jammed stovetops, crowded kitchens, turkey fryers, and candles are just a few of the culprits.

When you are cooking multiple dishes for Thanksgiving things can get messy. And I am not just talking about the amount of dirty pots and pans. Make sure you are starting with a clean slate. The stove, oven, and microwave should all be wiped down and cleaned. Remove any residual food and grease from burners. Stay in the kitchen and do not leave your dishes unattended. Make sure the set a timer for the turkey and check it frequently. Keep a flame-resistant oven mitt, potholder, or lid close by to smother the flames if need be. If you should have an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed. Make sure your smoke alarms are operational and working before starting any cooking.

Turkey fryers should never be used inside the home, your garage, or a covered patio. Make sure oil is not overfilled. Most fires occur because of the oil. It can spill and tip over which leads to fires, burns and other serious injuries. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in the case of emergency.

According to the USFA, candles are responsible for an estimated 15,600 residential fires a year. More than half of the total are due to placing them too close to flammable holiday decorations. Keep flames isolated and away from fabrics.

Should you ever need SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County’s assistance with fire restoration---we are always here to help. We are here 24/7, 365 days a year, and even on Thanksgiving. We thank our community for making us the premier restoration company in the area. We wish you and your family the best. Call us at 330.392.6355 our experienced professionals can help with any size job, large or small. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to you.