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Sick Building Syndrome: Myth or Reality?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon building and germ spores with the text "myth or reality: sick building syndrome" If you have the feeling that your property may be suffering from ‘Sick Building Syndrome’, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County

Do you find yourself suffering from headaches, fatigue or difficulty concentrating while at work? Are your co-workers complaining of dry, itchy, irritated skin? Do these symptoms seem to appear while you are isolated in a building or even a single room at the workplace?

Most people do not easily correlate their symptoms as work/building related at all. They may just write it off as an inexplicable coincidence.  But likely, it’s not a mere coincidence. There is a phenomenon known as ‘Sick Building Syndrome’, and it can be responsible for the symptoms noted earlier. The severity of the symptoms may be in direct correlation to the amount of time spent in that building or room.

As a commercial restoration company, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County specializes in keeping buildings clean and free of chemical or biological contaminants. Some of the reasons ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ occurs has to do with a buildup of indoor and outdoor contaminants.

Indoor causes can stem from carpet adhesives beginning to deteriorate, pesticides may accumulate, and antiquated wood products may begin to breakdown. Outdoor causes are usually pollutants stemming from ventilation problems within the building resulting in poor air quality. Mother nature can play a role in ‘Sick Building Syndrome’ as well. Animal infestation, mold resulting from water leaks and air borne pollen can compound the issue.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County can assist in the effort to bring your building back to a healthier status. As experts in Odor Removal and Deodorization, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County uses IICRC Standards to identify and eliminate these odors.

If you have the feeling that your property may be suffering from ‘Sick Building Syndrome’, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County at (330) 392-6355 to schedule an appointment. This can be a ‘tricky’ undertaking, so leave the restoration to us!

How We Can Prevent Holiday Home Hazards

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

wires tangled with cords unorganized Holiday Fire Safety Tips from the leaders in fire restoration!

“Wires here…wires there… wires, wires everywhere!”  A phrase that conjures up an image in your mind I’m sure. If your home is anything like mine this time of year, it consists of ‘rigged’ holiday decorations that somehow manage to generate the holiday spirit.  

Regardless, the holiday season is certainly the most enjoyable time of year. Unfortunately, due to the excessive amount of electrical home décor being used, unexpected house fires are all too common. There are ways to avoid this danger and most of these preventative measures only require a little common sense.

To help prevent house fires, keep the following in mind throughout the holiday season:

  • When it comes to caring for your live Christmas tree, the org says to keep it watered and far away from any heat sources (fireplaces, radiators, temporary heaters). When decorating the tree, consider LED lighting. They use a lot less electricity and are much safer.
  • Food is a big part of any holiday. Your oven and cook top will be humming with activity. Whether you have a gas or electric oven/stove, fires can erupt as a result of grease buildups. Keep these cooking units as clean as possible. A drip pan may be a good idea to prevent the grease from accumulating.
  • Electric outlets and power strips tend to get overwhelmed in the effort to create the desired decorative look. Surge strips should accompany extension cords as they will shut off itself should it becomes too heated. Finally, try not to pile presents and other decorations on the extension cords.

Other areas of focus to consider during the holiday season are:

  • The National Safety Council estimates thousands of people will visit the ER as a result of holiday related injuries. The majority result from holiday decorating accidents and food handling. Did you know… Mistletoe and holly berries are potentially poisonous if ingested.
  • Also, food poisoning is prevalent during the holidays due to cross contamination and the large amount of food being handled and prepared. Learning to properly store, prepare and serve food safely can help prevent food poisoning. Leftovers need to be put away properly and immediately.
  • Be selective when picking gifts for young children. Toys are now age-rated for safety reasons. Toys for children under the age of 3 are designed to be free of small pieces to help prevent choking. When buying for children under the age of 10, try to avoid any toys that require electricity.
  • Finally, and most importantly, be sure to check the batteries in you smoke detectors at least twice a year. The holiday season is a good time to insure a safe environment for guests and family. It also insures a great start to the new year!

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County can be reached at (330) 392-6355. We are available 24/7 and always happy to help! 

Christmas Tree Fire Prevention in Trumbull County

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

closeup of christmas tree with red bulbs hanging Happy holidays from the team at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County!

The holiday season is a wonderful time for decorations and bright lights. Decorating Christmas trees has been a family tradition for many years. Whether you have an artificial tree or enjoying the smell of fresh pine throughout your home, it's important to be aware of the potential safety hazards present during the holiday season.

Statistics show that many fires over the holiday seasons are attributed to Christmas trees.

Fire Safety Tips:

  1. When picking out an artificial tree, it is important to pick one that has a “Flame Retardant” label on it. This indicates that the tree will resist burning and should extinguish in a quick amount of time.
  2. If you are looking for a real tree, pick a tree with more green needles than brown. If you see more brown needles while the tree is being shaken out, this is an indicator that the tree is dry and could possibly catch fire quickly. Regardless of what kind of tree you get, leave it three feet away from any heat source in the home.
  3. Make sure your tree does not block any exits in the event of an emergency.
  4. When you are ready to start decorating your tree, try to avoid connecting more than three strands of lights.
  5. Inspect all wires for signs of fraying and exposed wire.
  6. Finally, shut all lights off prior to going to bed and when you leave. Setting a timer can be helpful.

Be sure to keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare for Christmas this year. If you do however find yourself in need of fire restoration services - we are always here to help!

Happy holidays from the team at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County! 

Saving Your Home from the Storm

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

It's no secret that your home can incur an overwhelming amount of damage from fire disasters; but what about water?

It's the middle of the night you wake up to the noise of water running. You get out of bed and quickly come to the realization that a water line has broken. What do you do?

Many property owners take the necessary steps to plan and prevent a fire from happening in their property but what do you do in the event of unexpected water leaks?

Water leaks can occur from pipe burst after freezing temperature, shifts in your home's foundation, and corrosion.

What to do if your pipes leak: 

The first thing you need to do is shut off the source so that the water stops. It is important to ensure that the water stops in response to turning off the valve. In example, the supply line to the sink has burst. You turn off the valve to stop the water, but what if the water keeps spraying all over??? 

It is not uncommon for old shut off valves to go bad to the point that when you try shutting them off, it doesn't work. If this is the case in your property, you will need to locate the main water valve. This valve is usually located at the water meter for city water. If you have a well, it is typically located by your pressure tank. 

In the event of a water disaster in your Trumbull County home,  you want to limit the amount of water leaking QUICK. By locating the source of the leak and shutting off your main water valve, you are well on your way to recovery.

Is you Trumbull County property losing a battle with water damage? Call us immediately at 330-392-6355.

A quick response can be key to a fast and affordable restoration process. We are always here to help!

Fire Restoration Specialists in Trumbull County

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

bed frame with soot damaged drywall and carpeting With decades of experience SERVPRO has the equipment and passion it takes to make any size fire damage, ”Like It Never Even Happened”

Fire disasters are not events that any family wants to deal with. Surviving a fire is a traumatic experience for anyone to go through, but it is helpful to know a little bit about the restoration process in case you ever do run into this type of issue. There are a few different steps that will facilitate the restoration process, and each is critical to your family getting back up on their feet after a fire.

At a time when you feel like you may not know which way to turn, a fire restoration specialist – like our experienced professionals at SERVPRO – can step in and take the lead by offering services such as:

  • Emergency Services – After a fire you may need immediate temporary fixes such as Roof repairs, board ups and tarp.
  • Water Extraction and Restoration – Water damage is the last thing you think of when it comes to a fire. However, many times, fires are put out by firefighters pumping thousands of gallons of water to douse it, causing water damage to a home.
  • SERVPRO will first and foremost work to remove the water from the home. Leaving water in a home for a long period of time can result in mold growing which can make the home more dangerous to live in.
  • Debris Clean up - Cleaning debris allows the restoration company to get an even better look at what damage was done so that they can begin to assess an action plan to determine what is salvageable and non-salvageable
  • Smoke and Soot Removal – Soot is a fine black to brown powder formed through incomplete combustion. The process that forms it also makes it slightly sticky, and it can be found clinging to things which can be commonly found in and on horizontal and vertical surfaces, walls and inside HVAC system ducting. Leftover smoke and soot following a fire can adversely affect your health. Children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk when exposed to smoke and soot. Smoke and soot can also take a toll on your personal items resulting in unseen damage to your home’s structure. The cleanup of smoke and soot is time sensitive. Acidic in nature, it effects each surface of your home differently, rapidly taking its toll unless quickly and carefully addressed. SERVPRO performs soot removal in your residence, rooting it out even in the hard-to-reach places.
  • Textiles and Contents SERVPRO professional team is highly trained in textile and content cleaning and inventory. Ranging from pack out of your home, to our state-of-the-art ESPORTA machine, inventory of non-salvageable and salvageable contents and cleaning of your contents.

No matter the technique required or the time it takes – we are here to help!

With decades of experience SERVPRO has the equipment and passion it takes to make any size fire damage, ”Like it never even happened.”

5 Ways to Prepare Your Trumbull County Homes for Storms

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

photo of road sign with text "are you ready" storm in the background of the sign SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help 24/7 for any and all storm and water emergencies.

The North East Ohio and North West Pennsylvania areas have seen some amazing storms this year. These storms have brought record rain fall, hail, damaging winds and flooding.

No one can predict if this type of weather is the new “norm” or if we simply had an unusually rough spring and summer. However, what we can do is take steps to insure we are prepared for storm events.

Here are some helpful tips to better prepare you in a storm event:

  1. Assemble a “storm tote.” This tote contains flashlights, candles, batteries and a car charger for the cell phone. It sounds simple but it can make a huge difference when a storm hits and the power goes out. You may want to include a few small tools as well.
  1. Take a walk around your home and take inventory of the following things:
  • Are your gutters clean and flowing freely? Do they need repaired?
  • Do you have any branches that are dying or low hanging that may damage the house in a storm?
  • Are there any voids or cracks in the earth around the foundation of the home? Look for areas that water intrusion can easily take place in a storm event.
  • How is the caulking around the windows? Does it need repaired?
  • Is the roof in need of repair? Check shingles and flashing.
  • Do you have a sump pump? Is it working properly? Has it been serviced (yes, they need serviced!) Do you have a battery backup? (batteries need serviced annually as well)
  • Are the drains around your home clear of leaves and debris?
  1. Consider having the drains around your home “jet cleaned” on a regular basis. This helps prevent unwanted drain backups.
  1. Please remember to call your insurance agent and review your coverage limits. Is your coverage enough if you should experience a water loss?
  1. Most importantly, in the event of a loss, time is crucial. The quicker you call SERVPRO, the quicker we can respond and begin mitigating damages. This gives you a much better chance of saving things in your home as SERVPRO makes it, “Like it never even happened.”

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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