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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.

After the Fire - Cleaning Versus Replacing, Niles, OH

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

image of residential kitchen and corridor with visible smoke/fire damage Our team is prepared with the necessary equipment and know-how in case of a fire emergency in the Niles, Cortland, Girard area.

Going through your personal memories and belongings after a fire is one of the hardest tragedies you can imagine. Deciding what to keep or throw away can literally be gut-wrenching. We, at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County, know and understand how difficult this time can be. And we are here to advise and help you throughout this difficult time.

Here are some things that must hit the throw-away list no matter what.

  • Burned clothing, while some (smoke damaged clothing) can be cleaned by professionals, burned clothing is a different story. Smoke and soot can sit in the fibers of your clothing and can not only irritate your skin, but it can also carry harmful odors.
  • Toiletries, Make-up, and other Cosmetics carry ingredients that can be affected by the high heat of the fire. These items must also be thrown away due to contaminants from the extinguisher and chemicals used by firefighters.
  • Medicine can also be affected due to fire. The potency levels can decrease because of high heat, smoke, and soot.
  • Canned food is something a lot of folks think they can salvage. But think again. The heightened heat can cause bacteria to activate inside of the jars or cans.

Rest assured. Not everything is damaged by fire. There are some things that can be cleaned and restored after a home fire.

  • Smoke damaged clothing may be salvaged if there is no burn damage. Wash clothes in warm water as often as needed. Use bleach (if possible) and tri-sodium phosphate. It can be found at paint stores.
  • Cooking utensils and pots and pans can be cleaned and restored after a fire. They should be washed with soapy water, rinsed, and then polished with a fine-powdered cleaner. You can polish copper and brass with special polish, salt sprinkled on a piece of lemon, or salt sprinkled on a cloth saturated with vinegar.
  • Leather and Books - Wipe leather goods with a damp cloth, then with a dry cloth. When leather goods are dry, clean with saddle soap. You can use fine-grade steel wool or a suede brush on suede. Rinse leather and suede jackets in cold water and dry away from heat and sun.
  • Photographs are the most treasured of home items. Try not to peel photos away from one another to prevent ripping and tearing. Soak photos in clear, clean water. Rinse thoroughly and allow photos to separate on their own. If they stay wet for long---they can accumulate mold damage. Dry them by wrapping them in plastic wrap and freeze them, then thaw and wash a few at a time. After washing the photos, dry them image side up on a smooth hard surface like a glass table.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is experienced and ready to respond to any home fire. 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.

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

Urban Legend or Not? Can Lightning Strike in the Same Place Twice?

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

lightning bolt striking the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. During the same thunderstorm, there is nothing stopping a lightning bolt from striking the same place it had struck previously

If you’ve ever tried to give advice to a friend that you wanted to reassure that something bad won’t happen to them again…I’m sure you’ve uttered the phrase: lightning never strikes the same place twice. But does it? What are the odds that lightning can hit the same structure, or area, or even person? SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has dappled into this old Urban Legend to find any factuality.

According to Britannica, lightning can and will strike the same place twice, whether it be during the same storm or even centuries later.  “When we see a lightning strike, we are witnessing the discharge of electricity that has built up in a cloud, which is so strong that it breaks through the ionized air. This creates a stepped leader, or the lightning bolt, that travels downward until it reaches the ground. It is an incredibly quick process that takes only about 30 milliseconds. And right after lightning strikes, it reverberates in quick succession. So, essentially, multiple strikes can happen at the same place in this short period of time. Technically, the lightning is already striking more than once. Even during the same thunderstorm, there is nothing stopping a lightning bolt from striking the same place it had struck previously, even if it was as little as a few seconds earlier or as much as centuries later.”

Or just research Roy Cleveland Sullivan (February 7, 1912 – September 28, 1983). He was a United States park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia...Sullivan is recognized by Guinness World Records as the person struck by lightning 7 times! This is more recorded times than any other human being. And guess what?! It was not even the lightning that took his life in the end. He survived all 7 charges!

In the U.S. alone there is an average of 20 million cloud to ground lightning strikes per year. If anything, it seems it makes it even more likely that places can get struck more than once. High-rise buildings such as the Empire State Building in New York City even have built-in lightning rods in them because they get struck nearly every time!

Wow! Lightning can be scary. Good thing SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has you covered in the case of damage from a lightning storm. We may have not figured out (just yet) how to stop lightning from hitting your home or business---but we’re here 24/7 in the case you need us. Our franchise at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is one of distinction. We are unlike any other restoration company in the area in that we are a Large Loss provider. Should you need us for any storm damage call 330.392.6355.

How Problematic is Hail Damage to your Trumbull County Roof?

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

image of severe hail damage to a residential roof Hail leads to problems such as: leaks, rot, slipped shingles, and other weakening of the roof, creating water infiltration into your home.

Us Ohioans like to complain about the long winters and the lack of activities in our area. However, it is a safe place to live---especially when it comes to natural disasters. Hurricanes, massive flooding and even tornadoes, for that matter, are not as (or not at all) prevalent here in Trumbull County, as they are in the rest of the US. Nevertheless, one thing Ohio does see on an annual basis is hail.

While hail may be more prevalent in the summer. Autumn is a perfect time to inspect your roof for hail damage. According to Trumbull County’s hail maps: The Warren, OH area has had 6 reports of on-the-ground hail by trained spotters and has been under severe weather warnings 33 times during the past 12 months. Doppler radar has detected hail at or near Warren, OH on 31 occasions, including 5 occasions during the past year.

Hail does not seem too large, size wise, here in the Valley, but it does not have to be. Hail can cause major havoc to a roof. Even the smaller pieces. The damage can range from loosening the shingles to full blown deterioration. This leads to problems such as: leaks, rot, slipped shingles, and other weakening of the roof, creating water infiltration into your home.

Thankfully, if you identify it quickly, homeowner’s insurance will generally cover the renovations that occur because of hail damage. Here is wherein the problem lies, with hail damage, often you do not notice it until it is too late.

If water enters your home due to hail damage SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County can help with the water damage. The experienced team at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County helps local residents with their water damaged properties. Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have the latest technology, training, and know-how to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use inspection and extraction equipment to locate and remove the water as quickly as possible. The SERVPRO technicians initiate and monitor the drying process to ensure your property returns to preloss condition. Should you need us call 330.392.6355. We are local and here to help.

Removing The Smell of Cigarette Smoke

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

burning cigarette lying on a flat surface Cigarette smell can linger around and cause unpleasant odor for a long time after the last cigarette has been put out

Whether it’s from a guest or family member staying in your home, previous tenants, or even yourself, cigarette smell can linger around and cause unpleasant odor for a long time after the last cigarette has been put out. 

There are a few methods you can try to reduce or eliminate the odor in your home so you can breathe easy.

  1. Wash your clothes and other soft items

One of the easiest ways to deodorize your home is to simply use your washing machine. Porous items such as clothing, bedding, and stuffed toys can trap odors and contribute to the unpleasant smell in your home. Washing everything you can will help reduce some of the smell.

  1. Use a dry-cleaning service

For items that you cannot toss in a washing machine, dry cleaning is an option. Dry cleaning typically involves using cleaning solvents to remove dirt and contaminants from your clothing. Unfortunately, the cleaning solvents do not always penetrate the material and it may not be able to entirely remove the odor in some cases.

  1. Clean Walls and Floors

Cigarette smoke, and the substances in it, can cling to your walls and flooring. Doing a thorough clean of your home may be able to remove some of the lingering odor. You should scrub your walls with a mild detergent and deep clean any carpeted areas.

  1. Hire a professional cleaning company

If you are unable to get rid of the smell on your own, a cleanup and restoration service can help. Not only will they have the experience and expertise necessary to thoroughly clean your home, they will also have access to special equipment. This includes equipment such as ozone machines that can change the chemical compounds of smoke molecules and will be more effective at home deodorization than a home remedy.

While it may be frustrating to have such an unpleasant smell permeating your home, remember that there are several ways that you can remove smoke odor. If you are unsuccessful on your own, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County! We are fire and water restoration experts.

Call us today for more information! (330) 392 6355

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Window Cling You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window

If you thought, you knew what it meant to be clean, COVID-19 has changed all that and more. At SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County, we are dedicated to educating businesses and communities find their way to a new higher standard of clean. We are doing just that with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s:

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we will tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

So--- when you look on the window of your favorite establishment and see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield---rest assured you can walk in just like you always did. Worry-free.

Are you interested in our Commercial Services, or are you a consumer who wants to learn more? Please call us today at (330)393-9999.

Essential Property Selling Advice

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

image of residential home with a for sale sign in the front yard Make sure your furniture allows for easy traffic flow and shows the purpose of each room.

When selling your house or property, most people have one goal in mind: get as much money as you can for what you have to offer.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to offer some friendly advice so you can sell your property quickly and get the money you are hoping for!

Curb Appeal Matters

Look at your property from the outside. If you were to drive by, would you want to buy it? Pull out weeds, rake the leaves, and trim large trees and shrubbery, especially if they are blocking windows or paths. A power washing to the outside can also make a big difference.

Paint

Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door, so potential buyers feel like your house screams, “Welcome Home!” Try to use neutral colors to make your home appear brighter, larger, and more appealing to potential buyers.

Minor Repairs

Most people just want to sell their house, “as is.” This can have both pros and cons depending on the type of repairs needed. Potential buyers often overestimate the amount of money required to fix problems. Small fixes such as squeaky hinges, leaky faucets, and old screens can make all the difference in the eyes of the buyer.

Declutter and Rearrange

A clean, clutter free kitchen is a must in home staging. Make sure your furniture allows for easy traffic flow and shows the purpose of each room. Less is more. Pack up personal belongings and photographs. Remember, you are trying to sell your house, not your stuff.

Once everything is shiny and clean, it is time to emotionally let go of the home and let potential buyers inside.

If you need help getting your home or property ready for the market, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here for you! We can power wash, clean windows, restore water or fire damage, and the list goes on.

No matter what you may need – we are here to help! (330) 393-9999

The Value in Being Prepared in Southern Trumbull County

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO Ready Plan graphic An emergency ready profile (ERP) is a plan provided to you free of cost in case of an emergency.

When a disaster strikes your commercial property, time is money. As many as 50 percent of businesses never reopen after a disaster strikes. The majority of those who survive had a preparedness plan in place.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County cares about our community and local businesses. Businesses in Southern Trumbull County should have a plan in case of an unforeseen disaster.

What is an emergency ready profile (ERP)?

An emergency ready profile (ERP) is a plan provided to you free of cost in case of an emergency. It details all your service provider contact information, and water, gas, and electricity shut-off locations. It is available through an app so you can have easy access to it wherever and whenever you may need it.  

It will provide a guide for you to get back to business as usual as quickly as possible. Most disasters do not occur on your schedule when you have a free hour in between work and your daughter’s dance class.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are fire and water restoration experts and can help get your business back to business. We understand that time is of the essence and will make it “Like it never even happened,” as quickly as possible.

Call us if you need help! (330) 392 6355

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Should I get my Air Ducts Cleaned?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

A clean duct is a happy duct To make sure your air ducts are clean and happy, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County today!

Window cleaning, mopping, pulling weeds, mowing the grass... when it comes to taking care of your home it can feel like the list of chores never ends.

One chore many homeowners often overlook is air duct cleaning. Over time, as air circulates throughout the system, all kinds of dirt and dust accumulate in the system. This can cause heating and cooling costs to increase, create odor, increase allergies, and create a perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

The experts at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County have cleaned air ducts in small trailers to those in 10 story commercial buildings. When it comes to air duct cleaning, you should trust SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County.

When Should I get My Air Ducts Cleaned?

  • It is recommended to have them cleaned every 3-5 years
  • You notice dust shortly after cleaning
  • When your HVAC system turns on, a musty odor appears
  • Someone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies

SERVPRO Tip: Use your phone or camera to take a picture inside of the duct to get a better view

Why Should I Call? 

  • Cleaning your ducts making your heating and cooling system run more efficiently and saves you money
  • Improved respiratory health, especially those with asthma or allergies
  • Eliminates any unpleasant odors
  • Treats and prevents the buildup of mold and bacteria

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County uses negative pressure to clean air ducts. When researching different companies, make sure they are using this method. Otherwise, they are simply agitating, and dislodging particulate build up.

For more information or to schedule your air duct cleaning appointment, give us a call today! (330) 392 6355

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Sewage Cleaning in Trumbull County

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Sewage backup "Your Problem Our Solution" When sewage is involved, you want a quick response time and a team of professionals with 50 years of experience in the business!

A sewage backup is one of the most troubling and foul incidents that occur in a home. It can cause property damage, health problems, and not to mention the extremely unpleasant and difficult task of cleaning it up. It often requires a great deal of time, effort, and specialized cleaning and disinfecting products to ensure your home is safe and livable.

If you are wanting to clean-up the sewage backup yourself it is important to follow these 3 steps:

  1. Clear out all the water and solid waste: The first step to mitigating primary damage and helping prevent secondary damage is to eliminate all of the standing water and solid waste. A commercial restoration company like SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County will use pumps and other equipment to quickly extract all the water and debris.
  2. Clean and Disinfect: Once the area is free of water and waste, it is ready to be cleaned and disinfected. Sewage cleanup especially requires a complete cleaning of the affected area.
  3. Dry Out the Area: Your job is not complete once the water and waste is removed and the area has been disinfected. Fans and dehumidifiers are recommended to quickly dry out the area and prevent mold and mildew.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County specializes in water and sewage cleanup. We are known for our customer service and quick response time. When sewage is involved, you want a quick response time and a team of professionals with 50 years of experience in the business.

Call the fire and water restoration experts today! (330) 392 6355

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