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Keeping Your Pets Safe in a Home Fire in Howland, OH

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

roof of house engulfed in flames with smoke coming from the sides SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County wants to help keep your family safe and recover as soon as possible from any fire, water, or storm damage.

“A dog is a man’s best friend.” For most people, their pets are more than just an animal they keep inside their house. Pets often become a valued, loved, and cared for companion by members of the whole family. You probably have given some thought and planning into how you will keep your family safe in case of a fire, but do you have a safety plan for your pets?

In case of a fire, your family members should always be your first concern, but your pets can be part of your plan rather than an afterthought. Some thought should be given to protect their well-being in advance.

Tips for Emergency Pet Preparation:

  • Keep all shots and vaccinations up to date and keep records in a portable firebox. You can also store records on your phone or iPad using apps like Dropbox.
  • Make sure the person responsible for pet safety in a fire knows how to get them out of the house safely. It is recommended this person an adult, rather than a child or teenager.
  • Have an emergency bag for your pet with your pet’s normal food, toys, medications, and maybe a small blanket.
  • Take preventative measures by using only flame-less candles, and removing any stove top or oven control knobs that pets or small children could accidentally turn.

Tips for Evacuation:

  • Preparation is key. Each person in the home should be assigned another person or a buddy to help everyone get out of the house safely. This is a good idea for your pets as well. Assign someone to making sure the pets get out of the house safely.
  • Run practice fire evacuation drills. This helps everyone in your family learn how to get out of the house quickly. Include your pets in this drill and make sure everyone knows the plan for pet safety.

Following a fire emergency, the trauma of smoke and fire damage can be overwhelming for the whole family and your pets. The faster the cleanup is completed, the faster everyone in the family can begin to heal and recover. If your family, or business is suffering from fire damage, please call your local restoration experts.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County wants to help keep your family safe and recover as soon as possible from any fire, water, or storm damage. We are only one phone call away! Contact us any time, day or night and we will be there to help!

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Hardwood Floors and Furniture Restoration in Warren,OH

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

wood floor with erosion marks from water damage Any kind of water damage can be a difficult task to handle. Luckily, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help with specialized equipment an

Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home and can boost its overall value, as well as, increasing aesthetic appeal. Additionally, real wooden furniture can last a lifetime and generally carries an overall nicer appearance. In either case, water damage can be an overwhelming and compromise the wood.

Water damage can occur from cold drinks on a hot day, innocent children, clumsiness, pet accidents, broken appliances, and severe weather such as storms and heavy rainfall. 

When it comes to furniture, dressers and coffee tables, they can easily get damaged by water or other liquid products. To help protect your wooden furniture from water damage follow these steps:

Materials Needed: A damp rag, stirring stick, bristle brush, sandpaper, Naphthapolyurethane

Step 1:  Use a damp rag to clean off the dusty surface

Step 2: Stir the polyurethane with a stick without shaking the can. Be sure to mix in all the material that may have settled at the bottom of the can.

Step 3: Dip about one inch of the brush into the polyurethane and begin running the in one direction along the dresser or piece of wooden furniture.

Another way to apply the polyurethane is with a rag to prevent air bubbles, but you need to thin the product by adding the same amount of Naphtha.

Step 4: To smooth out any bumps or bubbles, rub wet sand paper in a circular motion on the wood. Test a small section of the surface first, if it starts to “ball up,” the surface is not dry enough yet. Wait at least 30 minutes.

Following this process should help eliminate any water damage to your wooden furniture.

Water damage to hardwood floors can be a bit more challenging. Unfortunately, in many cases of a water loss or flooding, hardwood flooring can end up being a costly material to remove, and ultimately replace.

When the flooring gets wet, the wood absorbs the water and begins to swell and warp. Even if the water is only on the surface, it can seep in through the cracks and loosen the glue holding the flooring to the ground.

Depending on the type of water, you may want to clean it up yourself or call the technicians at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. We use specialized drying equipment and industrial grade dehumidifiers to remove the water and moisture as quickly and efficiently as possible. It important to remove the water quickly and dry the flooring. The timing could potentially save the hardwood flooring in the long run and prevent mold growth.

Any kind of water damage can be a difficult task to handle. Luckily, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help with specialized equipment and training. We believe in restoring as opposed to replacing, and we have the expertise to get the job done correctly! We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Give us a call! (330) 392-6355

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SERVPRO Assists Commercial Building Owners

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Desktop with a calculator, a pen and a small chalkboard with the word insurance written in yellow Taking the time to meet with your agent to review your coverage will help you decide if your policy is still adequate.

This month is National Preparedness Month on the calendar. This of course is just a reminder that being prepared is key to responding effectively and efficiently to commercial property losses.

One way to stay prepared is to have an annual check-in with your insurance agent. Taking the time to meet with your agent to review your coverage will help you decide if your policy is still adequate. As your business, facilities and assets evolve, the question becomes…are you fully covered? 

Insurance companies have many endorsements you can add to a basic commercial policy that helps cover the inconveniences left from the severe weather we have in Northeast Ohio.  The fact is, the weather can produce damages that we may never have thought possible.

There are extremes such as high winds and hail damaging roofs and tearing off shingles and fascia. Also, torrential down pours that overpower drainage systems and cause sewer and drain back ups in many basements.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County works around the clock to make sure our restoration services are exactly what is needed for your commercial property.

We offer a special service called “Emergency Ready Profile” (ERP) for any commercial client. This no cost service is a digital profile of their facilities on a smart phone or tablet that helps businesses respond quicker and become more prepared for a storm event.

No matter what damage may be done or at what time of day it occurs, the ERP App on your phone keeps you connected to help. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is right at the tip of your finger.

 You can reach us at (330) 392-6355 and visit us at our Facebook page

How to Stop a Beeping Fire Alarm

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

white smoke detector with red light lit and smoke coming from the bottom If your Trumbull County home needs mitigation from fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County.

When you hear a fire alarm going off in your home or business, what is your first thought? Probably, “oh no, where’s the fire?” But you’ve searched your home or business and everything is safe and there’s no sign fire of fire or smoke. A beeping fire alarm usually signals an emergency – usually.

What about when there is no fire, but your alarm continuously beeps? It turns out, there could several reasons that your alarm may be annoying you, rather than warning you.

  1. Reset Needed

Before you go out buying a new system or even new batteries, you may want to reset your detector first. If you are unsure about how to reset your smoke detector please refer to this video for additional help.

  1. Batteries

One of the more common causes for non-emergency related alarm beeping is the need for new batteries. If the battery in your detector is not operating at full power, the detector cannot function properly and may beep to signal that the battery is dying.

  1. Environmental Interference

If resetting and replacing the batteries still don’t silence your smoke detector, try to clean the device of any dust or other particles. Dust, cobwebs, and even temperature can cause your detector to beep. Try blowing air your detectors to remove any unwanted debris and then repeat step 1 and 2 as necessary.

As you can see, there are a few potential culprits responsible for the incessant beeping taking over your home. If none of these solutions fix your problem with your smoke detector, it may be time to replace it. The lifetime of a smoke alarm is typically between 8-10 years. If you don’t remember when you bought your smoke alarm, you can always check on the back for the manufacturing date.

Having a reliable detector makes acting quickly during an emergency possible and provide peace of mind. If your Trumbull County home needs mitigation from fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. We have a team that you can trust and a proven restoration process. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call today! (330) 392-6355

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September is National Preparedness Month

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Surprise! I bet you didn’t know September is recognized as National Preparedness Month! Different types of disasters and emergencies happen throughout the year in homes, businesses and communities. The goal of acknowledging National Preparedness Month is to remind everyone to take steps to be better prepared for them.

How Prepared are You?

There are many suggested ways to prepare for a disaster or an emergency event. Listed below are just a few of the ways you can be prepared.

Home Owners:

  • Install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors
  • Practice fire evacuation plans and tornado drills
  • Assemble an emergency kit
  • Learn basic life-saving skills such as CPR and First Aid
  • Develop a family communication plan

Schools and Businesses:

  • Develop an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) through SERVPRO . In the event of a disaster, this profile will help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action already in place.
  • Learn the evacuation routes for the area
  • Review insurance policies
  • Set up an emergency savings account. The unexpected expense of a disaster can be devastating.

Disaster preparedness can seem overwhelming at times. These are just of some basic guidelines to help you be more prepared in an emergency.  While you may not be able to follow every suggestion, doing even a few can help!

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County wants you, your family, home and business and to stay as safe as possible.

If you do find yourself needing help, we offer water, fire, and storm mitigation as well as cleaning services. We are a top leader in the restoration industry and trusted by many local and national insurance agencies. We can make it Like it never even happened!

Call us Today! (330) 392-6355

Hardwood Floors and Furniture Restoration in Warren,OH

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Hardwood floor with warped panels as a result of water damage Water damage to hardwood floors can be challenging. Hardwood flooring can end up being a costly material to remove, and ultimately replace

Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home and can boost its overall value, as well as, increasing aesthetic appeal. Additionally, real wooden furniture can last a lifetime and generally carries an overall nicer appearance. In either case, water damage can be an overwhelming and compromise the wood.

Water damage can occur from cold drinks on a hot day, innocent children, clumsiness, pet accidents, broken appliances, and severe weather such as storms and heavy rainfall. 

When it comes to furniture, dressers and coffee tables, they can easily get damaged by water or other liquid products. To help protect your wooden furniture from water damage follow these steps:

Materials Needed: A damp rag, stirring stick, bristle brush, sandpaper, Naphthapolyurethane

Step 1:  Use a damp rag to clean off the dusty surface

Step 2: Stir the polyurethane with a stick without shaking the can. Be sure to mix in all the material that may have settled at the bottom of the can.

Step 3: Dip about one inch of the brush into the polyurethane and begin running the in one direction along the dresser or piece of wooden furniture.

Another way to apply the polyurethane is with a rag to prevent air bubbles, but you need to thin the product by adding the same amount of Naphtha.

Step 4: To smooth out any bumps or bubbles, rub wet sand paper in a circular motion on the wood. Test a small section of the surface first, if it starts to “ball up,” the surface is not dry enough yet. Wait at least 30 minutes.

Following this process should help eliminate any water damage to your wooden furniture.

Water damage to hardwood floors can be a bit more challenging. Unfortunately, in many cases of a water loss or flooding, hardwood flooring can end up being a costly material to remove, and ultimately replace.

When the flooring gets wet, the wood absorbs the water and begins to swell and warp. Even if the water is only on the surface, it can seep in through the cracks and loosen the glue holding the flooring to the ground.

Depending on the type of water, you may want to clean it up yourself or call the technicians at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. We use specialized drying equipment and industrial grade dehumidifiers to remove the water and moisture as quickly and efficiently as possible. It important to remove the water quickly and dry the flooring. The timing could potentially save the hardwood flooring in the long run and prevent mold growth.

Any kind of water damage can be a difficult task to handle. Luckily, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help with specialized equipment and training. We believe in restoring as opposed to replacing, and we have the expertise to get the job done correctly! We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Give us a call! (330) 392-6355

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Water Damage Cleanup for Warren, Ohio Residents

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County arrives quickly, inspects and assesses the type of water damage, and starts the water extraction process.

Walking down your basement steps to find a pool of water can be an unsettling feeling. Seeing all of your belongings floating in dirty water can cause feelings of devastation and anxiety.

Water damage can be extensive and quickly spread throughout your home. Floors, walls, and furniture can absorb water and moisture within minutes.

The first order of business you should address are your ceilings. Ceilings that are exposed to water damage pose a higher risk due to gravity. If the flooding or water damage is due to a roof or ceiling leak, it could cause structural damage. Assess the damage and make sure your home or business is safe to inhabit. 

Next, replace any damaged wood, including hardwood floors that may be warped or developing mold. Additionally, any absorbent materials need to be removed. This can include any carpeting or upholstery that was exposed to the water. 

Finally, the area needs to be dried out as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. Any remaining contents need to cleaned and sanitized. 

To reduce the amount of time and energy required to restore your home or property, contact SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County.

The team at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County arrives quickly, inspects and assesses the type of water damage, and starts the water extraction process. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and cleaning and restoration costs.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. We are prepared to handle any size disaster. Safety is always a primary concern, instead of trying to handle it yourself, call today! (330) 392 6355

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Trumbull County Residents Have 24-Hour Storm Cleanup Available Through SERVPRO

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

The wind was strong enough to knock trees down onto houses and cars, fences and power lines.

It was Father’s Day weekend and residents in Trumbull County, from Warren to Brookfield, found themselves cleaning up after not one, but two damaging storms.

The storms were only minutes apart and passed through the county with winds up to 100 miles per hour. The rain poured down and quickly changed directions from vertical to horizontal and uprooted many trees along the way.

Although there was no thunder or lightening, the wind was strong enough to knock trees down onto houses and cars, fences and power lines.

In addition to the forceful wind damage, the Warren area suffered from excessive stormwater runoff for weeks following the storm.

The National Weather Service reported 6.49 inches of rain for the month, making it the sixth-wettest June recorded in history.

Storms can happen anytime throughout the year; it is important to always be prepared and knowledgeable about how to stay safe during a storm.

Whether you are in your home, car, or business, there are always ways to stay safe. If you are interested in learning more about how to stay safe during a storm, the RedCross has more safety tips available.

When major storms like this hit unexpectedly, it can be overwhelming to everyone in the community.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is close by and prepared to provide immediate relief 24-hours a day.

SERVPRO specializes in extensive water damage, flooding and storm restoration. If you have flooding or storm damage to your home or business – call SERVPRO today (330) 392-6355

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Handling Commercial Water Damage in Trumbull County

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County understands that when these things happen you want the problem to go away as quickly as possible.

When suffering a water loss in your commercial property, the devastation can make it feel like  permanent problem. Handling business interruption is where SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County shines. We know how to respond quickly and handle the situation.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), nearly 50% of small businesses will never reopen after suffering a disaster. We understand that time is money and when these things happen you want the problem to go away as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County uses the latest technology to detect hidden water in walls, ceilings and floors that helps us layout an effective drying plan for the property. We can manipulate temperature and humidity to remove moisture and effectively dry a property quickly. We track moisture levels daily to prevent further damage and mold growth. 

We also have experience in working with occupied space. Commercial properties that house tenants or employees who are only partially affected may continue their occupancy while we restore the property back to preloss condition. Structural safety is our main concern during the restoration process so that the rebuild can begin as soon as possible.

We follow Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for restoring commercial properties. These standards crate the checklist to make sure your property is restored properly. 

At SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County our, every large loss is supervised by an operations manager for seamless communication and efficient mitigation. We use the latest:

Water Extraction Equipment

Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water

Portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Drying Equipment

High-speed air movers that cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace

Industrial grade dehumidifiers that pull the water vapor from the air

Odor Removal Deodorization

Air scrubbers

Thermal foggers and deodorizing agents

Sanitizing, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

Deodorizing products that control odors from excess moisture

Disinfection products to stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms

If you are filing an insurance claim, SERVPRO will work with your insurance company directly to ensure a smooth transition from mitigation to rebuild occurs on your property. 

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Flooding As A Result of Summer Storms In Cortland, OH

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Rain water may contain bacteria from raw sewage. Call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County, the experts in water damage mitigation

Speaking from experience, we all know too well, the devastation that is left behind following summer storms in Cortland, OH area. Although rainbows and green grass magically appear as a result, inevitably flooded basements are all too common.

If you've experienced a flooded basement, you have more than likely learned a thing or two from dealing with the inconvenience. If you have been lucky enough to avoid this, we have some tips in dealing with basement flooding. It's always nice to know 'what to do' in advance.

Here are the basics: 

It's Always Safety First

  1. Is it safe to stay in the house?
  2. identify where the water source is coming from
  3. Only do activities that can be safely preformed
  4. Contact SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County to begin the cleanup and drying process

Additional Tips Include:

  • Flooded basements can result in gas leaks. If you smell gas, contact the local fire department or gas company
  • Electricity and water don't mix. Turn off circuit breakers to your basement power if you can do so safely
  • If you suspect structural damage, stay out of the basement and consult a contractor as soon as possible
  • Rain water may contain bacteria from raw sewage. Wear protective wear when entering the affected area.
  • Lastly, contact your insurance agent for help with policy coverages and permission to contact SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County to start the clean up and drying process

The professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County are experts in the water damage process - if you have water damage in your home or business, give us a call for immediate response (330)392-6355