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Christmas Tree Fire Cleanup Company in Warren, Ohio

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cause of Christmas Tree Fires

A common reason is due to electrical problems. There have been many instances where an extension cord has failed while under pressure of an object and caused a fire.

Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

With real trees there are many precautions and care that needs to be given. Watering the Christmas tree daily is necessary to prevent water level dropping below the cut end of the tree. Dry trees are the biggest culprit in these fires because they can burn faster than newspaper, causing the fire to spread rapidly.

Safety Tips

  • Making sure string lights have no loose connections
  • Use a single extension cord that is not longer than needed
  • Use UL- approved lights
  • Turn off lights before bed
  • Water the tree daily
  • Keep candles away from the tree.

Stay connected with us on Facebook for tips and promotions! Give us a call (330)392-6355 in the event of damages occurring from fire, water, mold, or storm.

Ice Dam Roof Leak Commercial Building Cleanup and Restoration

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a accumulation of ice in a gutter or on the edge of the roof that forces water against the grade of the roof and into a home or business.

Ice dams can also form around skylights, vents or valleys in the roof.

Ice dams form when heat from inside the structure rises through the ceiling and warms the roof. Snow falls on the heated parts of the roof and melts. The melted snow then flows down the roof until it reaches the part of the roof that is lower than 32°F. The water freezes and begins to form an ice dam.

As more snow melts and refreezes, the ice dam can grow larger and pools behind the large wall of ice.

Over time the water works its way through the shingles or other roofing materials and flows through the roof decking down through the ceiling, interior walls and other parts of the structure.

If left unresolved, the water damage can lead to microbial growth.

If you notice an ice dam and water intrusion to your home or business this winter, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County 330-392-6355

Our highly-trained cleanup & restoration professionals have the experience and resources available to help make ice dam damage "Like it never even happened."

Trumbull County Fire Chiefs' Association Meeting

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Trumbull County Fire Chiefs' Association Meeting Our Fire & Safety Marketing Representative Meghan Durig spoke to the chiefs about SERVPRO's services and our board up and tarping methods.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County had the opportunity to guest host the Trumbull County Fire Chiefs' Association Meeting this month at Cortland City Fire Department.

It was such an honor to speak to the chiefs of Trumbull County to share what SERVPRO can do for them as well as those who have suffered a fire in our communities.

Our Fire & Safety Marketing Representative Meghan Durig spoke to the chiefs about SERVPRO's services and our board up and tarping methods. At SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County, we utilize the tension method when boarding up properties. This method allows us to quickly and efficiently board up a structure, while maximizing security and safety - all the while minimizing additional, unnecessary damage to the structure.

Our on-call emergency board-up crew is available and Ready for Whatever Happens 24/7 with board-up trailers stocked and ready to respond immediately to any fire damage, smoke damage, water damage or vandalism emergency.

If you experience fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County 330-392-6355

Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Prevention Tips Call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County if you experience a fire or smoke damage emergency this holiday season 330-392-6355

There are several ways to prevent a fire around the holidays just by eliminating hazards. Keep your holidays merry & bright with these safety tips:

Christmas Trees, Lights and Electrical Safety

  • Inspect lights before plugging in and examine for damage. Throw away any kinked, frayed, worn or severed light strands
  • Never overload a circuit
  • Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed - consider using a timer to automatically turn off the lights each night
  • Use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) where water and electricity can potentially mix. (Your GFCI outlet will have a test and reset button on the front)
  • Water your Christmas tree daily to prevent the tree from drying out and easily catching on fire

Space Heaters, Safety Detectors and Electric Cords

  • Use space heaters carefully and as temporary heating - do not leave space heaters running or plugged in unattended and do not leave them on while going to sleep
  • Test your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors (which should be placed in each bedroom, hallways and each level of the home including the basement)
  • Only use heavy-duty extension cords that are grounded for fire safety. Never run extension cords under rugs or in areas where they can cause a slip, trip or fall.

Candle, Chimney & Fireplace

  • Candles account for two out of every five home fires each year! Never leave the room with a candle lit. Consider using a flameless, battery operated candle
  • Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected and cleaned by a professional every year
  • Keep your fireplace clear and free of debris by cleaning the ashes after each fire

Always have a fire extinguisher handy on each floor and plan for an emergency. Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety.

If you experience fire or smoke damage to your Warren, Ohio home or business this holiday season, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County 330-392-6355

Hurricane Michael Disaster Response

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Michael Disaster Response WFMJ visited our warehouse as we sent off our Storm Team for Hurricane Michael this October.

Early this October our local Storm Team was dispatched to Panama City, FL in response to Hurricane Michael. 

Our Storm Team has been in Panama City, FL nearly two months helping with the cleanup & restoration after Hurricane Michael. Our Storm Team crews work endlessly in order to help restore the homes, businesses and lives of our customers.

When disaster strikes any area of our country, we have the ability to dispatch members of our own highly trained & experienced Storm Team to help with the cleanup & restoration from devastating storm damage - meanwhile, our day-to-day operations at home are seamlessly carried out by our production crews to take care of our local customers.

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get our customers' homes and businesses back to normal quickly. Near or far, we're always here to help!

Warren Ohio Winter Storm Safety Checklist

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Winters in Northeast Ohio can be brutal and pose the risk of a winter storm.

The CDC offers great tips to stay safe during a winter storm:

Heat Your Home Safely

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.
  • Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.
  • Store a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages, or near windows.

Light Your Home Safely

If there is a power failure:

  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

Use Generators Safely

Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door or vent -- preferably in a space where rain and snow does not reach them.

  • Never use an electric generator indoors, in the basement, inside the garage, or near open windows or the air intake of your house because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Plug in appliances to the generator using individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords.
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet because of the risk of electrocution.
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.

Cook Safely

  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors. The fumes are deadly.

Conserve Heat

Some gas-fueled heaters, such as vent-less gas fireplaces, require some ventilation. Otherwise, if you don’t need extra ventilation, keep as much heat as possible inside your home.

  • Avoid unnecessarily opening doors or windows.
  • Close off unneeded rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
  • Close draperies or cover windows with blankets at night.

Monitor Body Temperature

Infants

Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat more easily than adults. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and warm during the extreme cold:

  • Remove any pillows or other soft bedding. These can present a risk of smothering and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Dress infants in warmer clothing such as footed pajamas, one-piece wearable blankets, or sleep sacks.
  • Try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If not, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere.
  • In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby.
Older Adults

Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years of age:

  • Check the temperature in your home often during extremely cold weather.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure their homes are adequately heated.

Keep a Water Supply

Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes rupture. When very cold freezing temperatures are expected:

  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, open kitchen cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink.

If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes.

If you cannot thaw your pipes, or the pipes are ruptured, use bottled water or get water from a neighbor’s home. As an emergency measure, if no other water is available, snow can be melted for water. Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will kill most microorganisms or parasites that may be present but won’t remove chemical pollutants sometimes found in snow.

Eat and Drink Wisely

Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer. Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages because they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.

If you experience a power outage during a winter storm and encounter water or fire damage as a result, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County for immediate cleanup & restoration response! 330-392-6355

Mold Company in Warren, Ohio

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold has the potential to cause health effects and can spread through your property in as little as 48 hours. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (330) 392-6355

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

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

Commercial Mold Remediation

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals understand that finding mold in your local Girard business can be a cause of extra stress and worry for you in your commercial property.

Identifying and remediating the mold as soon as possible will result in less damage and down time for your business. We are here for your business to make mold damage "Like it never even happened."

Professional clean up for mold is required to get your business back on its feet faster and make it a safe environment. Mold knows it’s an unwelcome guest and tends to occur in the less popular places of the building.

Recently a local church discovered mold in their basement where they spend some of their time for youth groups and other events. They caught the mold quickly and called SERVPRO to remediate the mold.

If you find mold in your business or home and would like to schedule an assessment, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County (330) 392-6355.

Smoke Damage Cleanup Company in Girard, Ohio

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today - (330) 392-6355

Commercial HVAC Duct Cleaning in Liberty, Ohio

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fall is the perfect time to schedule with SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County for HVAC & Air Duct cleaning at your local Liberty, Ohio business.

If your furnace has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Pet dander
  • Other contaminants

 The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth

Our trained professionals will provide the following services:

  • Pre-cleaning inspection
  • Remove, clean and reattach all return and supply register covers and grills
  • Clean each branch of the duct system
  • Clean the main trunk line
  • Clean the furnace, coils and blower
  • Apply an EPA registered sanitizing agent and odor control products

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning or a free assessment, call us today, (330) 392-3655.