Recent Storm Damage Posts
Winter Storms Can Affect Your Warren Homes
To prepare for winter storms, it is important to have an emergency kit with essentials such as food, water, medication, and warm clothing.
Winter storms can start as early as November in Warren, Youngstown, Canfield and surrounding areas. Once the temperature starts to hit below freezing and it begins to snow, winter storms become a high possibility. It is important to prepare your home or commercial property for winter storms before they hit. Here are ways to prepare for winter storms:
To prepare for winter storms, it is important to have an emergency kit with essentials such as food, water, medication, and warm clothing. Additionally, it is important to have a backup heating source, such as a generator or fireplace, in case of power outages. Keep your phone charged and stay aware of weather updates, and avoid unnecessary travel during a winter storm. Protect your home's pipes by insulating them and keeping the thermostat at a consistent temperature. By taking these precautions, you can protect yourself and your home during a winter storm.
If you experience water damage to your home this winter, don’t hesitate to give SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties a call. For immediate assistance call, (330) 392-6355 or visit our Website for more information.
Who to Call When a Storm Affects Your Niles Home
Damage such as fallen trees on homes, flooded basements, or ceiling leaks are not uncommon.
Storms in Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties are not uncommon. We are known to experience the occasional heavy rainstorm that can cause power outages, fallen trees, and down power lines. When storm events like these happens, many homes in Edgewood, Warren, Niles, and surrounding areas can experience damage.
Damage such as fallen trees on homes, flooded basements, or ceiling leaks are not uncommon. That is why SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties is Here to Help. We are proud to be a leading and local fire and water damage restoration company in the area. We have years of experience and expertise to help our community get back on its feet when disasters strike.
If you live in McDonald, Leavittsburg, Vienna, or surrounding areas, we are Here to Help! We are available 24/7 for fire and water damage disasters. If you experience the damages or more that are listed above, we are only a phone call away. For immediate assistance, call (330) 392-6355 or visit our Website to learn more.
Preparing for Summer Storms is Essential to Ensure Safety in Your Conneaut Home
Preparing for summer storms is essential to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your property.
Preparing for summer storms is essential to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your property. Here are some important steps to help you get ready:
- Stay Informed: Stay tuned to local weather forecasts and alerts.
- Create an Emergency Plan: Develop a family emergency plan that includes designated meeting places, communication methods, and emergency contacts.
- Assemble an Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essential supplies, including non-perishable food, drinking water, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, medication, cash, and important documents.
- Secure Your Property: Trim trees and branches near your home that could potentially fall during strong winds and damage your property.
- Protect Important Documents: Store important documents (such as insurance policies, identification papers, and medical records) in a waterproof and fireproof container or safe.
- Backup Power and Communication: Invest in a portable generator to provide backup power during power outages. Follow safety guidelines and operate it outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
- Insurance Coverage: Review your homeowners or renters insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage for storm damage.
- Stay Safe During the Storm: When a storm is approaching, stay indoors and away from windows. Seek shelter in a basement or an interior room on the lowest level.
By taking these proactive steps, you can be better prepared for summer storms and minimize the potential risks and damages they can cause. Remember, safety should always be the top priority, so stay informed, be prepared, and follow the guidance of local authorities. If you experience damage to your home during a storm or experience a fire or flooding, don’t hesitate to give SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties a call for immediate assistance. Call (330) 392-6355 or visit our Website to learn more.
Summer Storms are Expected to Hit Warren in June
The first day of Summer is Wednesday, June 21st. According to Fox 8 Weather, you can expect summer storms to begin in the month of June.
The first day of Summer is Wednesday, June 21st. According to Fox 8 Weather, you can expect summer storms to begin in the month of June. The news station states that the months of July and August are to be fairly normal and quiet in regards to storms. Make sure you have those rain boots and umbrellas prepared for the summer storms that are on their way.
Sometimes these storms can stir up some trouble and cause damage to your Girard home. With thunderstorms sometimes comes flooding, possible roof damage from fallen trees, and water backups in your basement. These are important factors of water damage to be aware of so you aren’t caught off guard if this happens to you.
If you do experience water damage in your Champion home, call SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties to make it, “Like it never even happened.” It is important to call a restoration company with trained professionals to fix your water damage. We are available 24/7, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
6 Tips on How to Prepare Your Conneaut Home for a Thunderstorm
It is important to prepare your home to prevent damage from a thunderstorm!
When a thunderstorm rolls through your neighborhood in Conneaut, there is only one thing you can do. It is important to prepare your home to prevent damage from a thunderstorm! Here are 6 tips to prevent future thunderstorms from taking a toll on your Geneva home:
- Unplug all electronics and appliances: Unplugging electronics and appliances during a thunderstorm can help protect them from power surges.
- Secure outdoor items: Make sure to secure any outdoor furniture, decorations, or other items that could be blown away by strong winds.
- Close windows and doors: Closing windows and doors can help keep rain and wind out of your home.
- Move away from windows: If you’re inside during a thunderstorm, stay away from windows to avoid being hit by flying debris.
- Stay inside: It’s best to stay inside during a thunderstorm. If you must go outside, avoid tall objects like trees and power lines.
- Have an emergency kit: Make sure you have an emergency kit with flashlights, batteries, and other supplies in case of a power outage.
If you experience damage to your Edgewood home after the event of a thunderstorm, you can give SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties a call to help make it look, “Like it never even happened.” You can visit our Website for more information or call (330) 392-6355, for immediate assistance!
Spring Storm Damage to Your Vienna Commercial Property
The effects of storm damage can range from minor inconveniences to major structural damage that requires costly repairs.
Storms can cause significant damage to both residential and commercial properties in Newton Falls, McDonald, Leavittsburg and their surrounding areas. High winds, heavy rain, hail, and flooding can all wreak havoc on Lordstown buildings and the surrounding landscape. The effects of storm damage can range from minor inconveniences to major structural damage that requires costly repairs. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the various types of storm damage and how to protect your property from future storms.
- Wind Damage: High winds can cause significant damage to both residential and commercial properties. Wind can tear off roof shingles, break windows, and even cause structural damage to walls and foundations. Wind can also cause trees to fall, which can damage roofs, siding, and other parts of the building.
- Rain Damage: Heavy rain can cause flooding in basements and crawl spaces, leading to water damage to walls, floors, and furniture. Rain can also cause roof leaks, which can lead to mold and mildew growth.
- Hail Damage: Hail can cause significant damage to roofs, siding, and windows. Hailstones can be large enough to break through windows and cause dents in metal siding.
- Flooding: Flooding can cause significant damage to both residential and commercial properties. Flooding can cause water damage to walls, floors, and furniture, as well as mold and mildew growth.
- Protecting Your Property: The best way to protect your property from storm damage is to take preventive measures. Make sure your roof is in good condition and that your gutters are clear of debris. Trim trees and shrubs away from your home or business to reduce the risk of them falling during a storm. Install storm shutters on windows to protect them from wind and hail damage.
- Finally, consider investing in flood insurance to protect your property from flooding. Storm damage can be costly and inconvenient, but taking preventive measures can help reduce the risk of damage to your property.
Make sure you’re prepared for the next storm by taking the necessary steps to protect your home or business. If your Vienna, Conneaut, Edgewood, or surrounding areas home or business has experienced storm damage and you need help, give SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties a call at (330) 392-6355 or visit our website.
What You Should Do When Your Warren Home is Struck by Lightning
We offer services to estimate your damage, assess what needs to be done, and execute it!
So, your Champion home got struck by lightning…now what? Right about now, you should be calling SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties. We offer services to estimate your damage, assess what needs to be done, and execute it! No one should have to struggle with the aftermath of a lightning strike alone. Here is a little more information regarding lightning strikes to your Warren home:
- The chances of your home getting struck by lightning is 1 in 200!
- Lightning strikes are caused by negative protons inside of clouds being attracted to positive protons in the ground.
- Lightning striking your home can be caused by any conductor of electricity within your Masury home including, but not limited to wires, pipes, metal conduits.
- Precautions you should take include:
- Keeping all windows and doors shut
- Unplugging appliances
- Keeping distance from appliances that can’t be unplugged.
- Avoid touching plumbing/water fixtures…do not shower during a lightning storm!
- Installing a Lightning Rod: a device designed to create a safe path for lightning to travel incase lightning strikes your Niles home.
- Installing a Surge Protector: a power strip to protect expensive appliances from a lightning surge.
- Installing a Grounding System: designed to direct a lightning surge directly into the ground away from the home.
- Avoid landlines (electric conductors), concrete (metal mesh = electric conductor), and tall fixtures like trees, telephone poles, etc.
Lightning strikes can be a major fire hazard because lightning can be heated up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit and in turn, start a fire in your Newton Falls home very easily. If you or someone you know experience a home fire due to a lightning strike, call SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties today at (330) 392-6355 or visit our Website!
How SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties Cares for Your Belongings
SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties understands that your home is more than a structure.
Storm and water damage affect not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.
SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “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:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:
- Quicker remodeling processes
- 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. Whether you experience fire or water damage to your Jefferson, Orwell, or Pymatuming home or business, SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties is Here to Help. For immediate assistance, give us a call at (330) 392-6355 or visit our Website.
How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm in Conneaut, Ohio
You can prepare the interior and exterior of your Conneaut and Ashtabula home depending on the severity of the storm that is on the way.
Preparing for a storm for your home can mean many things. You can prepare the interior and exterior of your Andover, Ashtabula, Geneva, or Conneaut home depending on the severity of the storm that is on the way.
If a storm is coming that involves extremely high winds, there are many things you can do. For the exterior of your home, you can put all things into storage or tie them to the ground. Things such as trampolines, swings, toys in the yard and other miscellaneous items are culprits at damaging the exterior of a home if tossed to and fro.
If you have loose gravel in your driveway, this can also be dangerous in denting cars, windows, etc. For the interior of your home, you can create an emergency kit.
Things that can go in an emergency kit include, a flashlight, batteries, food, blankets, candles, matches, card games, and more! If you think you are going to be hanging out while the power is out, prepare accordingly!
SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties are Cleaning, Restoration, and Construction specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. If a fire does occur in your home, give us a call at (330) 392-6355 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!
What to Do When a Storm is Headed Your Way in McDonald, OH
In the summer season, storms are common. The most typical storms that occur in the summertime are rainstorms!
In the summer season, storms are common. The most typical storms that occur in the summertime are rainstorms! Rainstorms can be fun in the summer. Do you remember playing in the puddles while it is pouring outside when you were a child? Yes, rainstorms can be fun. However, when rainstorms keep on pouring, they can pose quite a disaster on your home and business. A few ways that rain and thunderstorms can take a toll on your home and business is flooding through walls, windows, and doors, drain or sewage backup into your basement, and many other ways. Here are a few ways to prevent these disasters:
- Make sure you have a sump pump installed.
- Clear out your gutters to ensure clear water flow.
- Make sure you have flood and drain backup insurance coverage.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (330) 392-6355 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!
What to Expect During a Thunderstorm in Vienna, OH
When heavy thunderstorms head our way, it is important to be informed of the consequences that can occur.
Heavy rains have already begun to hit this month. When heavy thunderstorms head into the Vienna, Masury, Bazetta Township area, it is important to be informed of the consequences that can occur.
Due to heavy thunderstorms, here at SERVPRO we see what happens behind the scenes. From almost every thunderstorm we can expect calls from people and businesses in our community.
These calls consist of floods, drain backups due to sump pump failure, and more. If this has never happened to you, that is great! However, SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties wants you to be aware of what could happen to your home during a thunderstorm. If you ever experience water damage during a thunderstorm, or at all, you know who to call.
SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are already nearby and ready to help.
We are a Cleaning, Restoration, Construction company. We are Here to Help, 24/7. For immediate assistance give us a call at (330) 393-9999 or visit us on our Website!
What to Do After a Tornado Hits in Newton Falls
Storms cause damage to homes, commercial buildings, and their surroundings. There are many different types of storms that bring damage.
Storms cause damage to homes, commercial buildings, and their surroundings. There are many different types of storms that bring damage, and one of them is a tornado. The CDC provides tips below if you experience a tornado.
- If you are trapped, attract attention to yourself.
- Check for injuries.
- Stay tuned for information from emergency management officials.
- Be careful near damaged buildings.
- Be aware of possible structural, electrical, or gas-leak hazards in your home.
- If the power is out, use flashlights instead of candles.
- Stay away from power lines.
- Clean up your home safely.
- Drink safe water. Eat safe food.
- Take care of your emotional health.
Throughout all these things, it is important to get in touch with emergency personnel. They will be able to direct you in times of crisis. When a disaster happens, it can be difficult to process things and make decisions due to the emotions that will arise.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is a fire and water restoration and cleanup company. We are Here to Help, 24/7. For immediate assistance give us a call at (330) 393-9999 or visit us on our Website!
Reasons Why Hail Occurs in the Springtime in Warren
Hail season is generally during the warmer months when thunderstorms develop.
Have you ever experienced hail in the springtime and wonder how it could be possible? According to the news, “Hail season is generally during the warmer months when thunderstorms develop. Thunderstorms feed off warm, unstable air that is often present during spring and summer as well as autumn in this part of the country. While the air may be well above freezing at the surface, that is not the case thousands of feet aloft.” This makes so much sense as to why it hails sometimes in the springtime. The size of hail can vary. The bigger the size of hail, the more destructive it can be.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (330) 393-9999 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!
Steps to Recovering from a Storm in Girard, OH
We have a specific process we follow to restore your home all the way effectively and appropriately from mitigation to reconstruction.
After a storm occurs at your home or business in Girard, SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties has a specific process we follow to restore your home all the way effectively and appropriately from mitigation to reconstruction.
Below are our steps:
Step 1 - Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO. Our representatives will help you through the crisis and may ask you some questions to provide a better understanding of the necessary equipment and resources needed to help you.
Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
We will then determine the scope of your water damage during this stage of the process. We inspect and determine the extent of the damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure the necessary drying times for complete restoration.
Step 3 - Water Extraction
The water extraction process begins immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or even thousands of gallons from your property. This helps prevent secondary water damage and future mold growth.
Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification
We use special equipment to remove the remaining water that is tougher to reach. Our Professionals will use room temperatures, and relative humidity to determine the adequate number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home.
SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties are fire damage and water damage restoration specialists. Highly trained, skilled, and equipped with the latest technology.
We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (330) 393-9999 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!
Experienced a Toilet Overflow at Your Commercial Business in Howland?
If your business has experienced a major toilet overflow, it is important to call a professional immediately.
Toilet overflows can be caused by many things, one of which may be from a clogged drain. If your business has experienced a major toilet overflow, it is important to call a professional immediately. It is not safe to handle a toilet mess on your own, especially when you take customer and employee safety into consideration.
Why You Should Call a Professional
When a toilet overflows, most likely the water isn’t clean. It has probably been polluted with unsanitary contaminates. These contaminants pose a risk to employees and customers. To stay safe and healthy, it is important to call a professional right away to properly clean and disinfect the mess. Additionally, when you call a professional to do the job, it gives your employees and customers peace of mind that they are safe when they walk into your business. Click Here to learn about the different levels of water contamination. Contamination that occurs in the bathroom can quickly spread throughout a business if handled by people who are not trained and educated specifically for contamination cleanup.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County are water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. If you are in need of cleanup, give us a call at (330) 393-9999 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!
How to Keep Your Pet Safe After a Storm in Warren
Since after major disasters your surroundings may not look the same, it is very important to take your pets into consideration.
Major weather disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and severe thunderstorms, can leave your town in shambles. Everything that once was familiar, no longer is. This can leave many people and even pets in confusion. After an emergency such as a major disaster, it is important to know how to keep your pets safe and healthy.
How to Take Care of Your Pet After a Disaster
Since after major disasters your surroundings may not look the same, it is very important to take your pets into consideration. They are most likely scared. In transportation, keep them on a leash or in a carrier. It would not be unlikely if your pet would try to run quickly to safety. CDC.gov, recommends these best practices:
- Check your home for sharp objects, spilled chemicals, and exposed wiring to protect your family and your pets from injury.
- The behavior of animals may change dramatically after a flood, flash flood, thunderstorm, or hurricane. Normally quiet and friendly animals may become irritable.
- Monitor animals closely and only release them in a safe and secure environment.
- Contact a veterinarian if you notice any signs of stress, discomfort, or illness in your pets.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is always Here to Help. If your home or business experiences fire or water damage after a storm, give us a call at (330) 393-9999 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!
When is Tornado Season in Howland, Ohio
When large scale disasters occur, SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties is quick to respond.
According to the National Weather Service, there were 19 confirmed tornadoes in Ohio in 2020. More than 1,000 tornadoes have touched down in Ohio since 1950, including 38 events that rated at least F4 on the Fujita scale, meaning major damage with winds reaching above 207 mph. But when is the actual tornado season? Allow SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties to give you a lesson.
Ohio’s tornado season is defined as April through June. In fact, 57% of Ohio's tornadoes have struck in May, June, or July.
This is the time to watch for odd weather signs in the sky. SERVPRO wants our residents of Warren, Vienna, and Brookfield to be careful during the warm summer months. Here’s some tips from the National Weather Service to keep you and your family safe during our tornado season.
- Go to a safe shelter immediately, such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar or a small interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
- Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
- Do not go under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
- Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
- Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
- If you cannot stay at home, make plans to go to a public shelter.
Our franchise at SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties is one of distinction. We are unlike any other restoration company in the area in that we are a Large Loss provider.
This title was given to us by SERVPRO corporate, indicating that we have qualified staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and certified training to respond to large-scale disasters. No matter how extensive the damage, we are there to make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties wants to earn your trust and serve you well beyond just the first time. When large scale disasters occur, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is quick to respond.
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Time to Learn About Hail!
Whenever there’s severe weather like hail, there is usually some damage. Who is there to clean up? SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is!
Hail is an extremely interesting weather event, and a dangerous one too. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to tell you all about hail’s formation, when it becomes dangerous, and how to stay safe!
Hail can sometimes be misconstrued as freezing rain. The National Geographic Society explains that freezing rain falls to the ground as rain and freezes as it moves towards the ground, while hail falls as a solid! Hail forms in the colder, upper parts of thunderstorm clouds when water droplets freeze together. That is why it is a solid, unlike freezing rain.
When is Hail Dangerous?
Hail is dangerous all the time, but hail comes in different sizes which can determine how harmful it can be to your Warren home. It is easy to classify hail when comparing them to common items. The National Weather Service says that hail that is “Marble-sized” and smaller is not severe. But when you get to “Dime-sized” and higher it is classified as severe. Their significant severe category consists of hail the size of softballs!
Now that you know a little more about hail, let us go over some safety tips! If there is a hailstorm, do not go outside. Always stay indoors when hail is present. You should also close your drape and curtains to make sure no one experiences an injury from broken glass. If you are driving during a hailstorm, pull over and avoid traffic lights. You should also move away from windows.
Whenever there’s severe weather like hail, there is usually some damage. Who is there to clean up? SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is! We have highly trained restoration technicians as well as industry leading equipment to handle any size disaster!
Call us today at (330) 392-6355 or visit our Website to see all our storm damage restoration services. No matter the disaster, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is Here to Help.
Should You Get Your Roof Checked This Spring in Warren?
A leaky roof can let water into walls, ceilings, and mounted lights and fans.
You might have a damaged roof without even knowing it. A damaged roof is never good, but it may be worse to have one in the spring. A damaged roof means a leaky roof, and we all know that spring brings lots of rain. This combination can mean bad news for your Warren home.
A leaky roof can let water into walls, ceilings, and mounted lights and fans. This can be very dangerous, especially if you don’t know your roof is damaged.
So, how do you protect yourself from this? SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here with the answer!
First, you should get your roof checked. This is the obvious start to preventing this problem.
Let’s say you’ve already experienced some water damage from your roof, what should you do? Call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull and let our highly trained water restoration technicians handle it! Before we get there, remember these tips:
- If there are water stains on the ceiling or the ceiling is sagging, stay out of the room!
- Don’t turn on lights or ceiling fans in the affected room(s)
- Turn the A/C on for maximum drying
Remember, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County if your Warren home experiences water damage this spring. We have the training, equipment, and experience to handle any size disaster. Call us today at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website to get any disaster to look “Like it never even happened.”
Be Ready for Power Outages in Southern Trumbull County
If you should need assistance at your Brookfield home due to any kind of storm damage, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help.
Spring has Sprung here in Trumbull County! And we all know April showers bring May flowers. Sometimes those showers can bring thunder and lightning. And sometimes the thunder and the lightning can bring an outage in the area. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to give some tips in the case the power goes out at your Warren home.
- Be prepared. Get some ice ready in the case you lose power to your refrigerator. Make extra ice, freeze pop bottles, buy a bag or two. These can come handy for your not-so-cold food.
- Think ahead. Know Ohio Edison’s phone number (pssst…it is (800) 633-4766) and buy a little battery-operated radio is you do not already have one.
- Dig your cooler out. You know those pop bottles you froze? The cooler is a great option to put extra meat, cheese, lunchmeat, and drinks in the case the fridge loses power.
- Garage door trouble. Make sure to disconnect the garage door opener in the case the power goes out. Otherwise, you will have to wait until the power goes back on to get your car out.
- Energizer bunny. Make sure to have extra batteries on hand. AA’s AAA’s and 9-volts are all ideal.
- Get creative. Dig some camping supplies out. If you have a portable stove, propane grille, flashlights, lanterns…these can all come in handy. Sometimes a power outage can be fun for the whole family.
- Keep electronics battery life up. Ensure your cell phone is charged. If you have a back-up phone, charging both can be very useful.
Being prepared is key. But no matter how prepared you “think” you are, sometimes accidents can still happen. If you should need assistance at your Brookfield home due to any kind of storm damage, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help.
We have helped our residents with home structure damage caused by all types of storm damage such as fallen trees, flooding, sump pump back-up, and wind damage.
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. This title was given to us by SERVPRO corporate, indicating that we have qualified staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and certified training to respond to large-scale disasters. No matter how extensive the damage, we’re there to make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County wants to earn your trust and serve you well beyond just the first time. When large scale disasters occur, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is quick to respond.
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SERVPRO Helps Anyone from Warren to Texas!
SERVPRO of Trumbull County is a large loss team. This means we have the expertise, equipment, and capacity to handle any disaster thrown our way.
Your local SERVPRO Southern Trumbull County is locally owned and operated and has been committed to helping the Warren area for a while. But did you know that we helped in Dallas and Fort Worth after their historic winter storm? No matter the storm, no matter the size of damage, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help.
How Did We End Up in Texas?
You’re probably wondering how your local SERVPRO ended up down south over the past few weeks. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is part of a network of over 1,800 franchises. This gives any area of the country access to national resources to help communities recover from any size disaster.
Along with this massive network, your local SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is a large loss team. This means we have the expertise, equipment, and capacity to handle any disaster thrown our way.
How Does This Benefit You?
Because we’re part of this national network, we know that if disaster struck our local area we’d have access to national resources to service the Canfield area. With everything SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has, we can be faster to any sized disaster.
If your home or business suffers from any disaster, call us today at (330) 393.9999 or visit our Website. No matter the disaster, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help!
Urban Legend or Not? Can Lightning Strike in the Same Place Twice?
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?
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.
Tornado Safety for Kids
Tornado winds can reach or exceed 200 mph and destroy anything in its path.
Tornadoes can happen anytime of the year and have been reported in every state. It is important to teach your kids about tornadoes and the safety precautions, so they are prepared, even if you are not home.
Before a Tornado
- Make a tornado safety plan. Make sure everyone knows where to go.
- Teach your kids what state and county they live in. Emphasize that the county is different than their town. When listening to the radio or the news, weather watches or warnings are usually listed by county.
- Prepare a disaster supply kit for your home and your car. It should include: a first aid kit, canned food and can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing, and directions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
During a Tornado
- Go to the basement
- If you do not have a basement, go to an interior room on the lowest floor without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
- Listen to the radio or news to stay up to date on the watches and warnings for your area
- You should not stay inside mobile homes or cars.
- If you are outside, find a ditch or low-lying area and lay down flat.
- Stay away from damaged areas and power lines.
After a Tornado
- Stay indoors until it is safe to come out
- Watch out for damaged power lines. Never step into standing water while the electricity is still on
- Use a flashlight to inspect your home
Weather WizKids provides great, kid-friendly information about thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes and more.
If your home is damaged by a tornado, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. We specialize in water, storm, and fire damage. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Storm Anxiety in Pets
Lightning, rain, wind, and thunder can all contribute to your dog's fear and anxiety.
The pets in my house live like royalty. They are extremely loved and valued members of our house. Even if your canine friend does not have a personal bed in every room in the house, you never want to see them fearful or anxious. Recent research indicates that dogs can feel emotions like humans and can develop psychological phobias and conditions like canine storm anxiety.
Fear can be beneficial in instances of self-preservation. During a storm, fear can prompt a dog to seek shelter. Of course, when your dog is safe inside and protected by you and your family the fear begins to seem irrational.
There are several reasons dogs may develop storm anxiety. A dog’s hearing is much better than that of a human so a loud crack of thunder to you is amplified for your dog. Some dogs can be sensitive to other noises such as fireworks, thunder, or even a loud blender. Lightning, rain, wind, and thunder can all contribute to your dog’s fear and anxiety.
Dogs cannot express their feelings in words, so they must use their body and behavior to communicate. Due to a dog’s superior sense of smell and hearing they may detect change in the weather before you and begin to act abnormally long before visible signs of a storm occur.
Symptoms of storm anxiety include:
Lowered ears and tail, wide eyes
Panting and drooling
Whining or howling
Involuntary indoor urination
Destructive behavior or even self-harm (i.e., clawing to escape, running away)
Unfortunately, there is no cure for your furry friend who suffers from storm anxiety. While the habit of panicking at loud noises can be easily formed, it takes a lot of time and patience to reverse the habit.
Behavior modification and desensitization can be the best methods of helping your dog. Behavior modification is a process of rewarding calm positive behaviors while discouraging bad habits. Playing recordings of loud thunder and storms at a low volume to your dog in small time increments can slowly desensitize them.
For help cleaning up after a storm, do no hesitate to call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. We are storm damage experts and only a quick phone call away. Give us a call today or send us a message via our Facebook page. (330) 392 6355
Steps After the Storm Passes in Trumbull County
Storms don't wait until you're ready to strike so you shouldn't wait a minute after they occur to call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County.
When you are affected by any type of minor or severe storm damage, it is pivotal to remember these few things to be cost efficient and more importantly, safe.
- Be glad that you are unharmed and remember that you are not alone. So many others go through similar situations and have had their lives and their homes drastically impacted by storm damage.
- Be ready to inspect your home but be safe about it. You can call us at SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County at (330) 392-6355 anytime to schedule an inspection of the home so that you don’t have to do as much. Oftentimes, injury comes well after the storm has passed. This can look like stepping on broken glass or nails or being too close to downed power lines. These situations can be hazardous and very dangerous.
- DIY is not the safest option here. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Call the electric company, gas company, the police and the restoration company, like SERVPRO® to assess the damage and avoid injury.
- Be mindful about your insurance policies. Ask yourself and research these few important questions:
- Is your vehicle covered for storm-related damage? You will likely have to pay a deductible but if you purchased comprehensive coverage prior to the storm, you should likely be covered.
- Will my insurance rates go up due to this damage? Usually no, unless the area you live in has a high volume of similar claims or if the area is disaster-prone.
If you have any questions about the tips listed above, do not hesitate to give us a call or message us anytime on our Facebook page!
Late Season Storms and What Can Happen to Your Warren, OH Home
Winter storms pose several problems for homeowners if left unattended.
Northeast Ohio statistics from Dec 1, 2019 to Feb 29, 2020, which by definition is ‘Meteorological Winter,’ was the 4th warmest on record and about 2 feet below average on snowfall. There is currently less than a 20% ice coverage across the Great Lakes.
March 1st represented the first day of ‘Meteorological Spring.’ With Northeast Ohio averaging 16 inches of snow over the span of March, April and May for the last 127 years, there is likely some snow in our future.
Historically, spring is an active weather season. As we exit February, wet days and periodic warm and cold spells are still expected. So, what can we expect if a late winter storm hits Northeast Ohio communities?
As home and business owners, here are some last-minute tips to help prevent damage and keep families and employees safe.
Avoid Ice Dams – When the heat from your home causes ice to melt in the middle of the roof and it drips to the edge where it refreezes near the edge, an ice dam is created and can lead to leaks in your roof, ceilings and walls. If icicles hang from your roof, that’s a sign of ice dams.
- To help protect against this, keep the attic no more than 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperature.
- Seal around light fixtures and ceiling fans to prevent warm air from escaping
Make Sure Pipes Are Warm – Winter is pipe burst season! The water in the pipes in attics, basements and behind cabinets can freeze. To prevent these pipes from bursting, try these tips.
- Wrap the cold pipes in insulation
- Open cabinets to expose the pipes to warmer air
- Let the faucet drip slowly so that there is a flow of water running through the pipes
Invest in a Gutter Guard System – Or, if you want to keep costs down, clean your gutters so water doesn’t accumulate due to clogging. Also, you can try these other preventative measures:
- Check down spouts to make sure that water is being diverted away from the home or building properly
- Use caulk or weather stripping to lessen the draft from doors and windows
- Make sure you disconnect any garden hoses and store in a warmer climate.
Consider Investing in A Generator – This is a long-term investment and something to keep in mind. Insurance companies may offer discounts for those that have them. You can also expect it to be an additional heat and power source for:
- Sump Pumps
- Security Alarms
- Fire Alarms
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is available to help with any needed services that pertain to water damage in your home or business. Please call us at 330-392-6355.
Saving Your Home from the Storm
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!
5 Ways to Prepare Your Trumbull County Homes for Storms
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:
- 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.
- 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?
- Consider having the drains around your home “jet cleaned” on a regular basis. This helps prevent unwanted drain backups.
- Please remember to call your insurance agent and review your coverage limits. Is your coverage enough if you should experience a water loss?
- 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.”
Hardwood Floors and Furniture Restoration in Warren,OH
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, Naphtha, polyurethane
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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Trumbull County Residents Have 24-Hour Storm Cleanup Available Through SERVPRO
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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Storm Recovery Team in Warren, Ohio
We take pride in providing our Disaster Recovery Team at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County with the best tools, equipment and vehicles
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is part of an elite group of SERVPRO franchises who have the capacity to respond to Large Loss projects across the country - Large Loss Response Team.
No Job Is Too Large
The SERVPRO Large Loss Response Teams are composed of the best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.
If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County - (330) 392-6355
We take pride in providing our Disaster Recovery Team at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County with the best tools, equipment and vehicles. We ensure our customers receive the best, too!
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SERVPRO is Ready for Any Storm Event
SERVPRO keeps resources set aside to be ready for a large storm event
During spring time, several large storms can occur and cause problems for your home or business. From blown off shingles, to torn off siding; storms will cause a number of small openings for water to invade your home. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help you with these problems should they arise.
From coming out to construct window/door board-ups or to tarp a damaged roof, SERVPRO can help with repairs to the outside of your home. If water should somehow find its way into your home, we provide a quick response and state of the art equipment and techniques to help mitigate and cleanup any unwanted water.
As a leading, local restoration company, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County prides itself on providing the best possible service to our customers and community. From quick response times to answering any questions you may have, we are always here to help.
If you experience any damage to your home from a storm or otherwise, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County at (330) 392-6355.
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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
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.
- Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors. The fumes are deadly.
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 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 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
Trumbull County Storm Damage Flooding Tips
Hurricane Florence has brought heavy rains and flooding to states in the southeast.
This season we have experienced heavy rainfalls in our local communities, with flash flooding causing a lot of damage throughout Trumbull County.
We encourage you to prepare now as we continue through this hurricane season. While checking the forecast for heavy rains in Trumbull County, here are some suggestions on ways you can stay prepared in the event of excessive rains:
- Gather supplies in cause you need to leave immediately or if utilities are shut off due to storms
- Review your insurance policy and be sure to make sure you are covered (for an appropriate amount relative to your home or business) in the event you have a drain backup or sump pump malfunction
- Keep important documents in a waterproof container
- Check drains and gutters and install check valves - test the battery on your sump pump to make sure it is working at the first signs of rain
- Keep storage items in plastic rather than cardboard boxes
At the first sign of water damage, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County for immediate emergency cleanup response 330-392-6355.
Acting quickly can prevent secondary water damage as well as save money on cleanup and restoration costs.
Storm Cleanup Team Helps Out VA Community
Our Storm Team in Charlottesville, VA helping customers impacted by flooding caused by heavy rains this June.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County's Storm Team recently traveled from Warren, OH to Charlottesville, VA to help customers in need of storm cleanup from flooding caused by heavy rains.
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and customers need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has a specialized Storm Team with the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
When any community -near or far- suffers from storm damage, our Storm Team is dispatched to help customers whose homes or businesses have been impacted.
While our storm team was away helping those in Virginia, the rest of our team seamlessly continued helping our local customers with fire and water damage in the Niles Ohio area.
If you experience Storm Damage in Warren OH, call the team who's always here to help - SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County 330-392-6355
We've Expanded Our Fleet!
Pictured is our new 53' Disaster Recovery trailer! SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is faster to any size disaster!
This year SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County became part of an elite group of franchises who have the capacity to respond to Large Loss projects across the country - Large Loss Response Team (LLRT).
No Job Is Too Large
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.
If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County - (330) 392-6355
Pictured is our new 53' Disaster Recovery trailer. We take pride in providing our employees with the best tools, equipment and vehicles. We ensure our customers receive the best, too!
Restoration Services - Niles, Ohio
The SERVPRO team has experience with several commercial services and are prepared to help restore your business back to, “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO services are listed below:
Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Commercial Mold Remediation
Commercial Cleaning Services
Commercial Storm and Major Events
They have the capability to minimize the inconvenience that has occurred to your business and restore your establishment back to normal. SERVPRO is a 24 hour service, so we are able to assist in your dilemma immediately. Our highly qualified team is certified and use high quality equipment to restore damages that may seem difficult to repair. We concentrate on repairing instead of replacing to make it a more affordable service to potential customers.
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Heading BACK to Houston
2 members of our storm headed down to Houston for a second time to continue to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Although our storm team already packed their bags and headed to Houston in our SERVPRO fleet once before, they decided to head BACK down to Houston and continue to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
2 weeks after our team came back, we received a call from a customer who needed our assistance as soon as possible. When we got the call, two members of our storm team decided to assist this victim in need. Once arrived, they were faced with massive water damage and performed mitigation to a commercial business in need. Although the property damage was devastating, our team finished the job quickly and made the owners feel like their damage never even happened.
Upon their return, Trumbull County and the surrounding area was hit by massive winds and rains causing great damage to the area. Our storm team heard the call once again and, this time, helped our hometown victims in need.
If your home is ever affected by any storm, give us a call or request help online. We assist our customers 24/7 and are quick to respond to any job!
High Winds and Rain Cause Damage in Trumbull County
SERVPRO assisted with the storm clean-up for various businesses and home owners.
On the night of November 5th, strong winds, hail, and rainfall caused massive damage throughout Trumbull County. The storm left behind trees down, collapsed roofs, inches of water in basements, and various other damages throughout the area.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County assisted dozens of businesses and home owners with the clean-up of the aftermath. Since we take your calls 24/7, we made sure to be available to any person who needed assistance as soon as possible. Big or small, our storm team was ready for the challenge and are still in the process of helping home and business owners feel like their damage never even happened.
If your home or business was damaged, we are still taking your calls and receiving notifications when you request help through our website. No matter what time, damage, or location, we are here to answer your call and be a storm hero!
Hurricane Harvey Update: WFMJ Today Interview
Andrew and Katie of SERVPRO talk to WFMJ's Lindsey McCoy about our storm team's experiences cleaning up the aftermath Hurricane Harvey.
Andrew and Katie of SERVPRO appeared on WFMJ Today, a local morning show based out of Youngstown, OH.
On August 31, our storm team headed down to Houston to assist victims in need after Hurricane Harvey hit hard. In their interview, Andrew and Katie gave an update about the team's journey in Texas as well as stressing the importance of helping these victims in their time of need. Watch Andrew and Katie's full interview on WFMJ's website!
SERVPRO provides emergency storm damage restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your home is damaged, we will restore it to make your accident feel like it never even happened.
Has your home suffered storm damage? If so give us a call at (330) 392-6355 or request help online!
Tornado Safety Tips!
- Listen to local news or the radio for an any tornado watches or warning
- Practice tornado drills in order to be prepared in a case of a tornado
- Cut down any damaged trees and limbs to prevent high winds from knocking them down
- Remove any objects that can be picked up by the wind
About SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your Poland, Ohio property.
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Wind Damage to Roof In Hubbard
Knocked down tree from intense winter winds
If you are reading this on April 12th then Happy National Big Wind Day! Unless you are a wind farm owner, you probably don’t enjoy wind that much. Lately we have received many phone calls from wind damage victims about destruction to their home from intense winds. We directly encounter the damages of powerful winds and see how they can damage roofs, other parts of the house, and knock trees down onto houses causing devastating damage. Our trained professionals are skilled and ready to help ASAP, no matter if its day or night, 24/7 365 days. Whether it’s a tornado or just severe winds that damage your home, we are trained and experienced professionals from SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County that are here to help!
Just give us a call if the wind won the battle this time 330-392-6355
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Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration
When storms hit in your Champion area they can wreak havoc on your home or business. Depending on where you live, how old our house or building is, and if there are preexisting problems that will play a role in how affected you will be. Storms can cause different problems for everyone. Some may have water damage, mold, sewage backup, and other cleanup required problems. The professionals at SERVPRO are highly trained to handle all aspects of storm damage as well as carpet cleanup, odor removal, and caring for your belongings. Our experienced team in combination with our industrial grade machines and cleaning techniques will get your home back to normal as soon as possible. With our 24 hour emergency services we can prevent further damage by responding to the disaster as fast as possible to reduce the amount of damages.
If you have damage from a storm call your local SERVPRO at (330)392-6355 for emergency 24/7 service.
Local SERVPRO out of Austintown Cleans Up After Hurricane Matthew
SERVPRO recently had the opportunity to assist flood victims of Hurricane Mathew in North Carolina. Countless homes and properties were destroyed after the storm leaving civilians with flooded homes and no power. Senator Capri S. Cafaro sent a letter explaining her appreciation for a local business like SERVPRO willing to help those in need locally and in other states. She expressed how SERVPRO’s willingness to help those in need in the community should be seen as an example to all.
Although we are locally owned, our team was able to assist in the restoration process since they have prior experience with storm and flood restoration. Our team was eager to provide services to the victims of Hurricane Mathew to help them get back to their daily routines. Flooding is common in Ohio and could happen in your Canfield or Boardman home. It is important to be prepared and call for professional help immediately after a water damage.
Let the Quarter Decide
Power outages are common during a storm, which means the electricity in a freezer is not keeping the food cold. It can be difficult to determine if a power outage occurred if you were not present during the storm. One away to determine whether the food in your freezer needs thrown out is by using a quarter. Freeze a cup of water before evacuating your home and put a quarter on top of the frozen water. If the quarter is sunk to the bottom of the cup after the storm, you should dispose all food stored in the freezer. The quarter sinking to the bottom means the food in the freezer has defrosted and it should be thrown out. This is a great method to determine if your food went bad in your McDonald, Ohio home.
Hurricane Matthew Experience
The recent storm, Hurricane Matthew abruptly transformed into a tropical cyclone affecting the states along the Atlantic coast. Residents were advised to evacuate immediately to avoid danger or harm the storm could cause. Countless homes and properties were destroyed after the storm leaving civilians with flooded homes and no power. Andy had the opportunity to sit down and hear about every family’s horrific experience with the hurricane. This man’s house was completely flooded leaving him and his family to live out of their van until the restoration process was complete.
Although we are locally owned, our team was able to assist in restoration process in North Carolina because they have prior experience with storm and flood restoration. Our team was eager to provide services to the victims of Hurricane Matthew to help them get back to their daily routines.
Floods are common in Ohio and this could happen in your Hubbard or Leavittsburg home. It is important to be prepared and call for professional help immediately after a water damage.
Hurricane Matthew Interview
Katie Dobson was interviewed by the vindicator on the morning of 10/12/16 about the services SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County was able to provide to the victims of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. She was eager to discuss the process of restoring damaged property after a storm and the special equipment implemented during the restoring process.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Newton Falls community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.
We are proud to serve our local communities:
- Newton Falls
Interview with WFMJ
Andy and Katie were featured this week on WFMJ and interviewed about SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County's experience in North Carolina with Hurricane Matthew. As most of you know Hurricane Mathew has affected Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. During the interview Andy and Katie discussed the services they were able to provide to the affected homes in North Carolina. Our SERVPRO team focused on providing water cleanup and mitigation services, which included removing damaged building materials and drying the atmosphere within the structure to prevent further damages.
Fire prevention week was also a main topic discussed during the interview. SERVPRO offers fire clean up restoration after a fire department has left.
SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Lordstown, OH community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.
Fall to Winter
As we enjoy the fall weather and sip on our pumpkin spice lattes we must not dismiss the fact that winter is slowly approaching. There are several methods to prepare for the snow storms Mother Nature gifts us Ohioans with in the winter. Stocking up on non-perishables and first aid kits should be first on the list along with flashlights, batteries, and blankets. It is imperative to adapt quickly to uncontrollable situations and have a plan arranged. Portable chargers are a necessity during the winter in case the power shuts off and you need to charge your phone. There are simple techniques to follow in order to inhibit malfunctions throughout your home such as, running water every so often can prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting.
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5 IMPORTANT THINGS WE FORGET TO HAVE IN CASE OF A STORM
It is awfully common to overlook the simplest necessities in case of any emergency, especially a storm! The item listed below should be in your homes at all times for any abrupt disaster that may occur.
- First Aid Kit
- Flash Light and Extra Batteries
- Battery Powered Radio
- Water Bottles & Packaged Food
It is extremely important to make sure there are candles available in your home at all times. I usually have seasonal candles around at all times, but having them all light up at once can be an overwhelming smell. I like to keep a box of plain unscented candles specifically tailored towards an emergency. A first aid kit should always be in your home, whether it is to prepare for a disaster or just to treat common injuries. Flash light and extra batteries are essential during a storm even though there might be candles available because the candles should be in one room to avoid a fire. Normally it is challenging to predict how long the electricity will be unavailable, which is where battery powered radios come in handy. Water bottles and packaged food is also efficient in case of all household appliances not functioning. If any damages occurred after a storm due to water damage or in need of a cleaning service, call SERVPRO to minimize any inconvenience in your life and restore all of your damages back to "Like it never even happened."
3 Essential Storm Aphorisms to Live By
1. “When thunder roars, go indoors”
This one is a given, you might have heard this phrase as a child from your parents while you were playing in the rain. Yes many of the best youthful memories occurred while playing in the rain, but as adults it is difficult to enjoy the rain since we are more aware of their damages.
2. “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water”
As pretty as the snow is during the winter, we cannot dismiss the issues that arises throughout a snow storm. Snow is freezing water and water has not always had the best track record of affecting houses positively. The freezing water eventually melts and causes several damages to your gutters and down-pipes.
This is where you call SERVPRO to help clean and restore your damages.
3. “When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels”
Making snow angels after a snow storm can be exceptionally tempting, but the snow around your house needs to be shoveled. I know it is common to just shovel the drive way, but shoveling around your house can be extremely beneficial. The snow around your house will eventually melt and seep into your basement if not shoveled.
Sometimes damages may occur no matter how many ways you try to prevent them, but luckily SERVPRO specializes in water cleanup and restoration.