Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

Tornado Safety for Kids

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Spinning tornado about to touch down 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.

Give us a call! (330) 392 6355

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Storm Anxiety in Pets

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Dog scared of thunderstorms 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

Pacing

Panting and drooling

Trembling

Whining or howling

Hiding

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

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO tech talking to home owner in kitchen after she experienced a residential loss 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. 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Be mindful about your insurance policies. Ask yourself and research these few important questions: 
    1. 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. 
    2. 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

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

image of snowplow truck clearing off roads during a winter storm 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

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What to do if your pipes leak: 

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

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

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

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

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

5 Ways to Prepare Your Trumbull County Homes for Storms

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Hardwood Floors and Furniture Restoration in Warren,OH

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Storm Recovery Team in Warren, Ohio

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Warren Ohio Winter Storm Safety Checklist

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

Heat Your Home Safely

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

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

Light Your Home Safely

If there is a power failure:

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

Use Generators Safely

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

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

Cook Safely

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

Conserve Heat

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

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

Monitor Body Temperature

Infants

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

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

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

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

Keep a Water Supply

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

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

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

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

Eat and Drink Wisely

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

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

Trumbull County Storm Damage Flooding Tips

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Gather supplies in cause you need to leave immediately or if utilities are shut off due to storms
  2. 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
  3. Keep important documents in a waterproof container
  4. 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
  5. 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

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

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!

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (330) 392-6355

Heading BACK to Houston

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

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!

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tornado Safety

  • 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

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

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

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

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

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

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

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

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

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

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

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

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:

  • Cortland
  • Warren
  • Newton Falls
  • Girard
  • McDonald
  • Niles
  • Hubbard
  • Leavittsburg
  • Champion
  • Lordstown

Interview with WFMJ

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

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

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

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.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Cortland
  • Warren
  • Newton Falls
  • Girard
  • McDonald
  • Niles
  • Hubbard
  • Leavittsburg
  • Champion
  • Lordstown

5 IMPORTANT THINGS WE FORGET TO HAVE IN CASE OF A STORM

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

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.

  1. Candles
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. Flash Light and Extra Batteries
  4. Battery Powered Radio
  5. 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

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

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.