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Is It Safe to Deal with The Mold in My Columbiana Home Alone?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

A red "Don't" symbol sits over a picture of someone scrubbing mold from a wall. Columbiana County has highly trained technicians with the skills it takes to safely remediate mold in your Columbiana home.

Mold in your Columbiana home can be annoying, and I can understand why you would want to hurry and try and clean and repair the damaged areas fast. However, this isn’t the best course of action. Water damage, and mold especially, should be left to the professionals. Why is this?

First off, mold can be dangerous to both your home and your health. Mold is an allergen that can cause health effects for children and the elderly and poses a bigger threat to people with respiratory issues. Stay out of the affected areas!

Mold is also tricky and takes specialized equipment to remediate. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has highly trained technicians with the skills it takes to safely remediate mold in your Columbiana home. It’s important not to try and dry the area on your own, and don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on mold either.

You should turn off your HVAC system to make sure the mold does not spread through the air, and then call us! SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the training, specialized equipment, and protective gear to properly remediate mold in your Columbiana home.

Call us today at (330) 921-4931 or visit our Website to see our mold remediation process. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is faster to any size disaster, and we are always Here to Help®!

When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Drapes at Your North Columbiana Business?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Woman is cleaning curtains. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County excels at cleaning fine fabrics and intricate pieces using wet or dry-cleaning methods as required.

Drape cleaning. Oh, that’s a thing? Drapes can pick up a lot more dirt and dander than you think. And did you know that is another one of SERVPRO of North Columbiana County’s ancillary services? Allow us to explain more in detail.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County excels at cleaning fine fabrics and intricate pieces using wet or dry-cleaning methods as required. We carefully inspect and test fabrics to determine which of our System’s five cleaning methods is best suited to your fabrics. We use state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for cleaning fine fabrics.

When Should My Drapes Be Cleaned?

A good rule-of-thumb is to clean drapes approximately every two years. A recent survey by SERVPRO disclosed that the average customer believes drapes should be cleaned when they look dirty. Depending on your heating system, the amount of smokers in the home, and other factors, drapes may not show soil for two to six years. The oily atmospheric soil will gradually cause the fabric to deteriorate. Often, direct sunlight is unjustly blamed for this. You may triple the life of your draperies through professional cleaning, which is relatively inexpensive compared to replacement costs.

Professional Cleaning

When your draperies need cleaning, make certain they are dry cleaned ONLY. Only a small percentage of materials can be laundered. If in doubt, call us for advice. Be discriminating in your choice of professional dry cleaners. Some cleaners have equipment designed for clothes cleaning, while others have equipment specifically designed for draperies.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has an exclusive process of dry-cleaning draperies right in your home. There is no need to have your home or office exposed while your draperies are out being cleaned. We inject a specially formulated solvent into your drapery under pressure and extract the chemical, leaving your drapes clean. This special process results in no damage or shrinkage to the material. Most importantly, you will get quality cleaning at a reasonable price.

If you need your drapes or blinds cleaned, call us today at (330) 921-4931. You can also visit our website or our Facebook page to learn more about the cleaning services we offer.

How to Stay Prepared for a Fire in Your Columbiana Home

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

The words "Fire Safety" sit inside a circle of matches. We have highly trained fire restoration technicians to get your home to preloss condition fast.

It’s no secret that home fires peak during the winter months, as said by the Red Cross. Even though this isn’t peak home fire season, it’s important to stay on your toes and continue to be prepared. Here’s what you should be doing to continue to keep your Columbiana household safe from fires in the Spring.

  • Practice Your Fire Escape Plan

It’s always important to practice how to execute your fire escape plan. No matter the season, a fire can happen at any time. Practicing your fire escape plan can be the difference between a smooth evacuation and a fire turning into a catastrophe. If you do not have a fire escape plan, learn how to create one here.

  • Identify Fire Hazards

Preventing fires in your home is the best way to stay safe. Identifying major fire hazards such as cooking, HVAC systems, and exposed electrical wires is important. Knowing where fires may start in your home means you can be safe around these hazards.

  • What to Do After a Fire

If you’re prepared for a fire in your Columbiana home, everyone should be safe. However, the damage is there. What do you do then? You call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County. We have highly trained fire restoration technicians to get your home to preloss condition fast.

Call us at (330) 921-4931 or visit our Website to begin getting your Columbiana home back to preloss condition today!

Can "Frost Cracking" Affect My Columbiana Home?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows a bare tree covered in ice. When the bark alternately contracts with freezing temperatures and expands on warm days, a crack is likely to occur.

Let’s set the stage. It is a freezing cold night in Columbiana. You are laying down on the couch watching TV. You hear a massive “pop” sound outside. After the panic has settled…you learn it was nothing more than “frost crack.” So, what is “frost crack”, and can it affect the health of my tree? Allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to determine if this phenomenon is something you should worry about as a homeowner.

What is “frost crack”? When water freezes, it expands. The sap in trees is made of water diluted with carbohydrates (sugars) and minerals, which acts like antifreeze. The higher the sugar content, the lower the freezing point of sap. When the bark alternately contracts with freezing temperatures and expands on warm days, a crack is likely to occur.

Why does “frost crack” happen? Believe it or not…cold temperatures are not the only reason “frost crack” can occur. Heat can activate a similar effect called “sun scalding”. This usually happens in the late winter or early spring. The warm afternoon sun shining on the bark can cause the tree’s tissues to break dormancy. As freezing occurs again at night; the tissue dies.

 Will “frost crack” kill my tree? “Frost crack” is generally harmless and will not affect the health of your tree. In many cases, the tree will attempt to heal itself by forming a callus along the crack. A tree with a crack is in no immediate danger and may live for several years.

Well, that is a relief! There are many reasons a tree’s health can be affected, but “frost crack” falls at the bottom of the list. Thank goodness SERVPRO of Columbiana County is here for other types of storm damage.

Storm damage like heavy winds, weighty ice, and lightning can cause trees to fall on your Salem property, and unfortunately even worse, cause damage to your home.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

If you need any type of assistance or reconstruction after storm damage has affected your Negley home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County. Visit our website and our Facebook page for more tips of the trade or call us at (330) 921-4931.

Your One Stop Shop for Commercial Needs in Columbiana

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a check being written to a disaster company If your Columbiana business is affected by a storm, SERVPRO of Columbiana County can help.

SERVPRO is an industry leader in many categories. Fire restoration, mold remediation, and even Covid-19 cleaning, just to name a few. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has industry leading services to provide businesses in Columbiana, and around the area, with top-notch disaster related services. Here’s an overview of what we can do for your business.

1.Restoration Services

 If your facility suffers any damages from fire, water, or mold, we can help. We have the equipment and expertise to handle any size damage. No job is too large for SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to handle. With intensive processes of clean-up and restoration, we can make any damage look "Like it never even happened."

2. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

This is our new cleaning program aimed at fighting the Covid-19 pandemic that is trusted around the country, even by the White House! Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned uses and EPA-Approved Hospital Grade cleaning solution that follows CDC standards. We can be on the frontlines of keeping your business safe for customers and employees alike.

3.Storm and Major Events

Storms around our area do happen. If your Columbiana business is affected by a storm, SERVPRO of Columbiana County can help. We’re locally owned and operated, but have national resources to respond to any size disaster. We can clean your facility and begin to restore it from the storm or water damage it may suffer.

Here at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County, we are committed to helping our local businesses in any time of need. No matter the size of your business, no matter the size of your disaster, we’re here to help. Call us today at (330) 921-4931 or visit our Website today to see how SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can have your business covered in its time of need.

Furnace Safety Tips for Columbiana Homes This Winter

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a man on a ladder looking inside his ceiling vent to change the furnace filter he is holding. When checking your furnace filter, remove dust from your heating vents, check for odd smells - gas, burning, oil.

We all know that in Ohio, winters can be brutal. The wind is howling and the snow is falling quite frequently this time of year. Columbiana is not excluded in this trend, and if you’re a resident here you know that well. One of the best ways we escape the winter weather is our furnace at home. They can be a savior during the winter months. While we’re cranking up the heat this winter, let’s review some fire safety tips regarding your furnace:

  • Have your HVAC system checked yearly
  • Remove dust from your heating vents
  • Check for odd smells - gas, burning, oil smells mean something is wrong!
  • Make sure your furnace is not cluttered

 These are a few of the necessary steps you should take to prevent your furnace from being a major fire hazard. It’s important now to understand how your HVAC system could catch on fire this winter:

  • Electrical: loose connections can cause wires to burn
  • Furnace Being Cluttered: clean the area around your furnace!
  • Leaking Fuel Line: fuel could come in connect with a hot surface around your furnace

 Those are just a few ways your furnace can be a fire hazard during the winter. If you do experience a fire in your Columbiana home this winter, or at any time, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can help. They have a wide variety of fire restoration services to get your home back to pre loss condition fast. Visit our Website or call us at (330) 921-4931 to take advantage of our services today!

Different Weather, Same Threat of Storm Damage

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Pictures shows snow on a tree weighing the tree down to the ground. There are more threats than you think you need to prepare for, such as: heavy snow collecting on roofs and trees

When you think of storm damage, the first to come to mind might be wind damage from tornadoes or damage from hailstorms. You also may think that since we don’t see those storms during the winter, you shouldn’t be worried about storm damage. I hate to burst your bubble, but there is the same threat for storm damage during the winter months.

The weather may be different, but we still have storms. Especially through Columbiana we see blizzards and winter storms frequently this time of year. There are more threats than you think you need to prepare for, such as:

  • Heavy snow collecting on roofs and trees
  • Cold temperatures causing frozen pipes
  • Ice dams forming on your roof
  • Intense winds posing the same threats as thunderstorms/tornadoes
  • After a blizzard, heavy snow melts can cause excess water to damage structures

As you can see, there are some major storm damage threats in the winter months that could damage your home or business in Columbiana. There are some ways to prepare for these threats:

  • Seal any holes in your home that are exposed to the outside air
  • Remove snow from your roof (either on the ground with a shovel, or call a professional!)
  • Monitor areas with the largest threat, like your roof
  • Remove snow close to your home before it thaws out

These are great prevention tips, but it may not be enough. If you do suffer water damage this winter, or any time of year, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to begin getting your home or business back to preloss condition today. SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster. They also have the expertise and equipment to deal with any water damage you have, even mold.

For all your storm and water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County today at (330) 921-4931 or visit our Website today to get your home or business to preloss condition fast.

Is My Shower Leaking in My Salem Home Really That Big of a Deal?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

A silver shower head with running water pouring out of it. Hidden water leaks are no easy task to tackle. If you feel this is something that’s over your head----call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County.

Let’s talk hypothetic scenarios. You master bathroom shower head has been dripping. Okay, leaking for God knows how long. You’ve seen it. Ignored it. Hoped it would stop. But it hasn’t.  You think about it after you shower. You think…“could that be a bigger problem than I think?” Eh. It’s a quick thought, and you go about your day.  SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here to remind you about that shower head and to warn you that hidden water leaks are a hazard in any bathroom.

Why would a small shower leak be such a hazard? Well. For starters, any obscured water leak can cause mold and mildew to start growing. Drywall impacted by a water leak can begin to grow mold and mildew as soon as 24 hours after exposure. Not what you needed to hear, right? Drywall acts as a sponge to water and moisture. Even if the mold and mildew are not visible—you can bet your ‘shampoo’ that a leaky shower head is guaranteed to have some sort of buildup. If you attempt to fix the leak yourself; you will most likely have to replace some of the damaged drywall that was touched by mold. And if breathing in mold does not scare you…the fact that it’s most likely rotting away the wood in your studs, struts and other supporting beams in your bathroom should. This leaves the structure of your home susceptible to termites and roaches to further undermine the structure of the house. Not a good look.

Finding a hidden leak can be tricky. The goal is tracing it back to its source. It will take some investigation and problem solving since it isn’t always as obvious as you’d like it to be. Build.com gives some key points to looks for:

  • The main signs to look for are dampness on walls, on the floor, or the ceiling, and a musty odor in the bathroom, even when not in use.
  • Eliminate other causes and easy fixes first, and then, once you’re certain it’s behind the walls, do the work to pinpoint the cause and source of the shower leak.
  • Keep in mind that repairing the piping may seem easy enough, but remedying mold, mildew and damaged structural components or drywall may take time and some research.
  • If you aren’t willing to call in a pro, make use of pipe patching materials to stop the leak until you’re able to properly fix it and the damage it’s done.

Hidden water leaks are no easy task to tackle. If you feel this is something that’s over your head----call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County.

We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Salem home back to pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property and follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade.

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration in Columbiana, OH

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

picture is of a commercial roof with a yellow sign titled storm damage There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue.

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There is never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency arises in your business, give SERVPRO of North Columbiana County a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. Here’s why we are better than the rest:

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about our training and certifications.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County will respond immediately to the storm or flood event affecting your commercial property, regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We are proud to be a part of our community and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area the fastest response times and our best work each and every day. We are proud to serve our local communities. For a complete list, click on this page .

Visit our website for more information on all our Commercial Services. And ‘like’ our Facebook page for more tips of the trade.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (330) 921-4931

Overflowing Washing Machine at Your Lisbon Home? Here’s What to Do

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Washing machine is overflowing and leaking out of the door. If the water is several inches high or more, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County immediately for help.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has dealt with water loss a time or two. And one of the biggest flooding culprits in your house is----the washing machine. Laundry is usually a mindless job, that is, until water is all over your floor.

Not only does this cause a huge mess, but if left sitting long enough, it can cause mold and mildew growth…and now we are talking some dollars for clean-up. If your washing machine DOES happen to overflow, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here to outline a couple of things you can do to fix the machine and the amount of water damage.

FIRST. Turn it off. You think this would be common sense, but unfortunately it needs said. Before you even think about fixing the machine, ensure it is unplugged from the wall, and turn the main water supply lines off to stop the flow of water.

Now you can clean. If the water on your floor is minimal, you can attempt the clean-up yourself with a mop and bucket. If the water is several inches high or more, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County immediately for help. We will need to extract the water with high-grade equipment. If left unattended for too long…mold can begin to grow. In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold and water problems.

Try and determine the issue. More often than not, the reason is either a user error or a problem with the water inlet valve. Once you figure out the issue---run a test cycle to determine if you repaired the issue.

Do not overload the washer. An overloaded washer could be the reason for the over-flow. Run a small cycle to see if this changes anything.

Still need help? It’s time to call SERVPRO. If you have tried all the DIY stuff or this is not the first time this has happened to you…call us. We are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Salem home back to pre-water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry. If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage. We do it all.

If your home is affected by any type of water damage, we can help. Visit our website and follow us on Facebook to learn more tips of the trade.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.