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Handling Commercial Flooding in Columbiana

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Computer desks submerged in water No matter the disaster, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County will make it “Like it never even happened.”

When we see large storms roll through Columbiana, Salem, and Lisbon, we can see major flooding in local businesses. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County does not want to see businesses in our community struggle. That is why we are always Here to Help! We have what it takes to dry and restore your Columbiana business fast!

Our Water Restoration Process is composed of all the necessary steps to dry and restore your business the right way. What sets us apart? Our scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup, along with our Advanced Technology, allows us to dry any amount of water your Columbiana business may face.

After these floods strike, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County will be ready. We are also ready before they happen, as preparation is always going to help limit the effect a disaster has.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County offers a free (yes, free) service that can get your facility ready for a disaster before it strikes. An Emergency READY Profile, or ERP for short, is a cost-free assessment of your business that includes:

  • A concise profile with critical information needed in an emergency
  • A guide to help get you back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes SERVPRO of North Columbiana County as your disaster mitigation provider
  • Identification of the line of command to authorize work
  • Facility details such as shut-off valves, priority locations, and contact information

Ready to get started? Learn More!

No matter the disaster, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County will make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to respond to businesses in need.

For service, call us at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website to get back to business today!

How Do I Handle Mold in My Columbiana Basement?

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on walls and ceiling in basement Mold thrives in moisture, and in as little as 48-72 hours, it can spread rapidly through your Columbiana basement and home.

When we see moisture in our basements in Columbiana, and we know we all have, we can also mold begin to form. Mold thrives in moisture, and in as little as 48-72 hours, it can spread rapidly through your Columbiana basement and home. Before we learn about how to handle mold in your Columbiana basement, let’s get the facts straight about mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Now that we know more about mold, let’s learn about what to do and what not to do when you see mold in your Columbiana home with our Mold Damage Tips:

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Columbiana County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

When you see mold in your Columbiana home, call the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County!

Call us at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website to get your mold issue handled today!

What Does it Take to Restore Columbiana County Homes After a Disaster?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Home with damaged roof Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

You know SERVPRO of North Columbiana County as the industry leader in fire and water damage restoration. But how did we get there? Not every restoration company can handle the disasters we help the community recover from. What does it take to help members of our community recover from these disasters? There are three tools we utilize:

Training

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Who is the IICRC?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Experience

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is jam packed with experience in the restoration field. We have been serving not just our community, but the entire country. In the past 12 months, we have traveled to Dallas to assist in winter storms and Detroit to assist in the flooding they experienced. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has seen it all!

Equipment

The last component giving us the ability to handle any disaster thrown your way is equipment. The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

When your Columbiana home needs restoration, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County fast. Let our training, experience, and equipment go to work for you and your family. Call us at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website to get your home or business to look “Like it never even happened.”

How to Prepare and Recover from a Commercial Fire in Columbiana

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial building in distance with smoke coming from the top. Before a fire even occurs, you should be monitoring possible fire hazards.

Just like in our Columbiana homes, fires can be devastating to businesses in the community. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County does not want to see this. That is why we are here with a guide on how to prepare, and ultimately recover, from a commercial fire!

Preparation

Before a fire even occurs, you should be monitoring possible fire hazards. If your company works with flammable materials, you should be extra cautious. However, just like in homes the biggest cause of office fires are coming from the kitchen, as reported by the NFPA. Along with those two hazards, check your heating and cooling systems as well as electrical outlets. Monitoring these hazards are important to preventing fire in Columbiana businesses.

It is also important to have a Fire Escape Plan  ready for your employees. These consist of planning escape routes, knowing where to meet outside, knowing how to contact everyone and emergency services, and more. Make sure to practice your plan frequently!

Recovery

Some disasters cannot be stopped. However, you can have a plan in place for when they do happen. You can do this with a FREE service SERVPRO of North Columbiana County offers called an ERP, or Emergency READY Profile. What is an ERP? Here is what it consists of:

  • No cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document the consists of critical information needed during an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your facility following a disaster
  • Established SERVPRO of North Columbiana County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identifies the line of command to authorize work to be done
  • Provides facility specifications such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and more!

This ERP will allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to get you and your business back on its feet in no time. Call us today at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website to get an ERP scheduled or to begin getting your company back to business fast!

Mold is in My Salem Home's Basement, What Should I Do?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

A home sits under the water level. Follow these steps to stay safe and allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to properly remediate mold in your Salem basement.

Mold can sometimes be all too common for Ohio basements. An extended stay by moisture in your Salem home can result in mold spreading. Mold spreads quickly, in as little as 48-72  hours. We can see wet basements from heavy rainfall (which we get plenty of this time of year), drain backups, and more. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here with a plan of action for when you see mold in your Salem basement.

Step 1: Call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County

When mold comes into the equation, you should not attempt to deal with your flooded basement alone. Mold can be harmful to you and your health. Mold can produce health effects, so you will need a professional that has training, experience, and equipment to properly resolve the mold infestation.

Step 2: Before Help Arrives

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County responds faster to any size disaster so you won’t be waiting long! However, refer to these Mold Damage Tips before we get there:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

There is not much you can do, and that is okay! SERVPRO of North Columbiana County’s training, experience, and equipment will get your basement restored fast.

Step 3: What NOT To Do

More important than what you can do, here are some things to avoid doing when you see mold in your Salem basement. Follow these tips to stay safe when there is mold in your Salem home:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Follow these steps to stay safe and allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to properly remediate mold in your Salem basement. We are the experts on mold remediation! If you see mold in your Columbiana County home, call us today at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website. We are Here to Help!

How Storms in Columbiana County Can Damage Your Home

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

Paper cut outs of clouds, lightning, and rain sit on a blue paper. There is no storm, no disaster, no amount of damage that SERVPRO of North Columbiana County cannot handle.

Storms come in all shapes and sizes in Columbiana, Salem, Lisbon, and the rest of the county. High winds, flooding, blizzards, and more can occur throughout the county. This can lead to many forms of damage to your Columbiana home.

Flooding

Heavy rain creates one of the most common types of damage to Salem homes. Flooded basements can occur from pipe backups or through the walls when there is too much water in the ground. When this happens, contact SERVPRO of North Columbiana County fast! Before we arrive, refer to these Water Damage Tips.

Mold

When you do not act fast, and moisture is present in your home for long, mold can arise. Mold can spread through your Columbiana home in as little as 48-72 hours. This can be dangerous to both your home’s structure and your health. You must act fast! Call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County right when you see mold in your home. Refer to these Mold Damage Tips before we arrive.

Major Disasters

If you experience high winds that damage your roof, blow a tree over, or more, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is Here to Help! We are a Large Loss Team, meaning we can handle any amount of damage. There is no storm, no disaster, no amount of damage that SERVPRO of North Columbiana County cannot handle.

If you experience damage following a storm, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County today at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition fast.

Is Burning Safe in North Columbiana County in the Late Summer?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A campfire. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Late summer presents an opportunity for fires in late August and early September here in North Columbiana County. Careful planning can keep your home safe this Summer. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here to give you some tips about burning at your home while the hot weather is at its peak.

  • Get rid of young, sprouted growth.

Land and Legacy recommends to top kill young wooded species of tree growth to at least 2 inches DBH. DBH means the diameter of each tree is measured at “breast height”, defined as 1.35m up from the highest point of ground at the tree's base. The biggest culprits of young growth are species like cedar, honey locust, Osage orange, and other sprouts. This can turn the clock back almost three years, says L&L.

  • Fire pit safety

Fire pits can be the highlight of any backyard. Just ensure you are following proper protocol when it comes to burning. Ensure the pit is at least 10 feet away from any structure, avoid windy conditions that can spread embers, and keep a hose or bucket nearby in the case of fire outside the pit.

  • Firework safety

The CPSC has some good tips on home fire work lighting. “Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully. Never point or throw fireworks at another person. Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.”

No matter how safe and precautions you may be. Accidents can always happen. If you have a fire outbreak at your Negley home…call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County today. We are the area’s #1 fire restoration company.

After the fire trucks are gone, your Salem home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We are Faster to any size disaster with the specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 

We understand that fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

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

Call SERVPRO today! (330) 393-9999

Tornado Safety in Columbiana

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

A green road sign says "Tornado Season" We have the equipment, training, and experience to make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

We are in peak tornado season in Ohio. Since the State of Ohio began tracking tornadoes in 1940, May, June, and July have recorded the most tornadoes. With that being said, let us go over some safety tips to stay safe in Columbiana during a tornado.

Here are 3 essential tips provided by the CDC to keep you safe during a tornado!

Tip 1: Be Prepared

Before there is even an alert for a tornado, you should be prepared! Make sure you have a tornado emergency plan knowing exactly where to shelter as well as knowing who to communicate with. Have an emergency kit with water, non-perishables, and first aid supplies as well as a battery-operated radio. Being prepared is always the best way to stay safe!

Tip 2: Stay Aware of Weather Conditions

If you know there are thunderstorms in the area, make sure you pay close attention to changing weather conditions as well as local news for more alerts. You can also be vigilant about this! Tornadoes can strike without warning with signs such as: a dark green sky, large & dark low lying clouds, large hail, and a loud roar like a freight train. Stay on your toes whenever storms are in the area.

Tip 3: Know Where to Shelter.

The final piece of these tips is knowing how to properly take shelter. You should always go to the lowest level of the structure you’re in; preferably the basement. Avoid rooms with windows. For added protection, get under something sturdy like a workbench or heavy table. Remember, never stay in a mobile home!

Following these tips will greatly improve your ability to get through a tornado safely. But what do you do after a tornado, who handles the damage? SERVPRO of North Columbiana County does!

We have the equipment, training, and experience to make any disaster “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (330) 921-4931 or visit our Website to see our full array of storm damage services. Remember these tips! No matter the disaster, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is Here to Help!

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 your home. Mold is also 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.

Attention North Columbiana County Insurance Agents...Do You Need Continuing Education?

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a picture of SERVPRO employee and CE Instructor, Rodd Meyer. Rodd has been with SERVPRO for more than 21 years. He is certified by Ohio and Pennsylvania to teach Continuing Education in both states.

Calling all NE Ohio Insurance Agents…have you been to a SERVPRO Continuing Education Class? If you have not had the pleasure of attending one of our amazing CE classes, you have been missing out. Just ask other agents who have attended.

And, with you already being a licensed insurance agent, you most certainly have already had the pleasure of meeting SERVPRO’s main CE instructor, Rodd Meyer. Rodd is one of SERVPRO’s Marketing Representatives, and he has been with the company, and #TeamDobson, for more than 21 years. In addition to his colorful personality, he is certified by both Ohio and Pennsylvania to teach Continuing Education in both states. In addition, he has successfully completed SERVPRO's Facilitator Training Program (FTP). The program was developed to ensure all SERVPRO Continuing Education (CE) instructors understand CE course requirements, are subject matter specialists, and have the presentation skills needed to effectively represent the SERVPRO brand in front of an audience of clients and potential clients.

Not only has Rodd completed SERVPRO’s requirements to teach CE. He has also gone over and above to ensure he has the proper certification required by the “IICRC” as well. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Rodd is an expert in IICRC standards and best practices in water and fire restoration. 

And just to add a little more education to his repertoire---Rodd completed the OSHA Outreach 10-Hour General Industry Course, where he learned to familiarize employees with OSHA standards, as well as safety and health hazards common to the workplace. 

So, what does all this mean for you, the agent? Well. It proves SERVPRO is doing all we can to help you. We want our employees trained, so we can give you the best information possible to be a well-rounded and knowledgeable insurance professional.

Well now that you know you are in good hands---what are you waiting for? SERVPRO has already filled their 2021 calendar with our dates for Continuing Education classes. All we need is you. Kindly save the dates for the following days to ensure you do not miss out on amazing education, good food, and the #1 restoration company in the area.

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  • February 10, 2021, Mitigation Awareness & Response (2 hours) ANDRestorative Drying (2 hours) at the Lake Club in Youngstown, OH.
  • April 20, 2021, Ethics (3 hours) AND Mitigation Awareness & Response (2 hours) at the Meadville Country Club in Meadville, PA.
  • June 16, 2021, Ethics (3 hours) ANDRestoring Contaminated Buildings (2 hours) at the New Englander in New Castle, PA.
  • August 24, 2021, Mitigation Awareness Response (2 hours) ANDCleaning & Restoring Smoke Damage (2 hours) at the Avalon Inn in Warren, OH.
  • October 13, 2021, Ethics (3 hours) ANDMitigation Awareness Response (2 hours), venue not yet selected in New Philadelphia, OH.
  • November 27, 2021 Restorative Drying (2 hours) ANDCleaning & Restoring Smoke Damage (2 hours) at the Erie Sheraton Bayfront in Erie, PA.

If you would like to sign up for any of our 2021 classes, contact Joanna Swogger at (440) 478-9121 or at jswogger@SERVPROteamdobson.com. If you would like additional information about SERVPRO of North Columbiana County, visit our website here.

If you are in need of checking the number of CE credits you currently have…visit the Ohio Department of Insurance site here. You can easily download a CE certificate showing the amount you have completed with your NPN number and license number. And as always, thank you for referring SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to your customers. We love giving back to our agents. Have a happy 2021!

How to Prevent a Dryer Fire at Your Salem Home

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a close-up of a lint tray filled with dryer lint. Cleaning out the lint tray significantly decreases fires caused by the unit.

Ugh, laundry day. It no one’s favorite chore. Yet, it needs done. But that normal household appliance known as the dryer can be pretty dangerous. Did you that, according to Erie Insurance, “dryers cause roughly 15,500 home structure fires, 29 deaths, 400 injuries and $192 million in direct property loss each year? What’s more, most dryer fires happen in the winter.” I bet you are now thinking about your dryer. Gosh, when was the last time you really cleaned it? Allow SERVPRO of North Columbiana County give you some tips on how to clean one of the biggest fire hazards in your home.

Why does a dryer fire happen? Well. The lint trap can only do so much. Small pieces of clothing, lint, dirt, and dander get passed the trap and build up and catch fire in the heating element or exhaust duct. This especially happens when you have an upstairs laundry room versus placing the unit in the basement. When the unit is in the basement, the hose generally goes right outside. When the unit is upstairs, the hose just got a whole lot longer. Twists and tangles in the dryer hose make the lint work harder to get through, and eventually it gets stuck somewhere in the hose. Here is how you can prevent that at your home.

  • Clean the lint. Every single time. Yes…I’m talking to you, husbands. Cleaning out the lint tray significantly decreases fires caused by the unit. You should also get into the habit of taking down the hose and clearing the pathway periodically.
  • Follow the directions. Make sure you are following the manufacture’s instructions to a “T”. Try and make the dryer hose as straight as possible without a lot of bends and twists. This will prevent the lint from clogging up, as described above. If that just isn’t possible…have a licensed electrician install a dyer vent fan. These automatic electric devices speed up airflow through the duct every time you turn on your dryer to keep things moving along. 
  • Clear fire hazards. If you have anything combustible near the dyer. Move it far out of the way. Making sure the entire area is clear of dust, detergents and bleaches is ideal.
  • Get a metal dryer duct. The plastic ones tend to bend and sag and can lead to lint buildup at low points. A metal duct will keep its shape and stops fire more efficiently than a plastic or flexible foil duct.
  • Read the care tags on items before drying. Some things cannot be dried at all. Or some items may even contain rubber ingredients that cannot be dried on high heat. Make sure to peek at all tags, but especially things like bathmats, carpets, bras, and baby bibs.
  • Wet clothing after drying is a telltale sign something is not working right. Make sure to double check for plugged exterior vents and clean the dryer vent.
  • Turn the dryer off before you leave. Never leave a dryer running if you are not home.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is the #1 fire restoration company in the area. Fire caused by a dryer is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Salem home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (330) 921-4931

How Smoke Alarms Save Lives in North Columbiana County

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a close up of a smoke alarm with a hand taking it down. About 2,600 civilians die each year due to missing or non-functioning smoke alarms.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, US Fire Departments respond to an average of 353,000 residential fires a year. Out of those fires---about 2,600 civilians die each year due to missing or non-functioning smoke alarms. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County knows a thing or two about fire. And what we know is---smoke alarms save lives. We want to ensure all our residents here in Northern Columbiana County stay healthy and safe throughout the new year. Here are some tips to make sure your detectors are working and functioning.

Check the detectors. Make sure to test the alarm by using the “test” feature. Just press the button on the detector and it should sound. If not---change the battery and retest it. If it’s a hardwired unit and doesn’t work, replace it immediately. If they do sound off, check the date on the label so you’ll know when to schedule replacements.

Placement is key. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home to detect rising smoke from a fire. They should be placed inside or directly outside of each bedroom and common areas, and in laundry rooms and kitchens where fires can originate. Just make you have at least a 10 ft distance between your cooktop and the alarm to alleviate it going off during cooking.

Replace smoke detectors every 10 years. Believe it or not, most detectors only last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced. Make sure to jot down the installation date for each smoke detector so you will always know when to replace it.

Batteries should be changed twice a year. A good habit is to change them during Daylight Savings Time. Correlating them to a bi-yearly event like this makes it easy to remember the last time you changed them.

Keep them clean. Dust, dander, and dirt can clog a detector and cause it to malfunction. You can simply use a vacuum to clean the dust it off it at least once a year.

Should you experience fire damage at your Columbiana or nearby home, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is the number one fire restoration company in the area. Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It is a stressful and confusing time, so you will need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we will always treat your home and belongings with great care. Once the fire department leaves, your Salem home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We are here if you need us. We are a 24/7 emergency service company. Call us at 330.921.4931 or visit our website for more information on our fire restoration services. We at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County wish you a happy 2021.

What Does SERVPRO of North Columbiana County's Fire Restoration Process Look Like?

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is of a man standing in his burnt down kitchen looking distraught with his hand on his head. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

After the fire trucks leave, your Salem or nearby home will likely suffer from fire and smoke damage and have extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate SERVPRO’s process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We are also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

We are different than most fire restoration companies. We are the #1 fire restoration company in the area. And you can see why. We have proper processes, equipment, and trained professionals. No one can do the job better. Follow us on Facebook for more information on SERVPRO and fire damage tips of the trade.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (330) 921-4931

What is Thundersnow?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

image of a car driving during an extreme thundersnow storm with lightning in the backdrop As with any snowstorm, thundersnow storms create visibility hazards for drivers and can cause car accidents.

Have you ever been watching the snow fall outside your window and hear the familiar sound of thunder rumbling through the sky? That is not your ears playing tricks on you! Thunder can happen during winter too---and it even has its own name…THUNDERSNOW!

The true definition of “thundersnow” is an unusual kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically happens near the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the mid-western states, and the Great Salt Lake.

A fun fact about “thundersnow” is that you must be close in proximity, (as in 2-3 miles away), from the storm to even hear the thunder boom. A traditional thunderstorm can be heard many, many miles away. Why is this? Well. Snow acts as an acoustical barrier…making it difficult to hear farther away. Cool, huh?

If you have never heard of “thundersnow” it is probably because it is very rare. According to a 2009 study from the Royal Meteorological Society, this phenomenon occurs in only 0.07 percent of snowstorms in the United States. Jim Cantore, one of the meteorologists for The Weather Channel is a huge fan of “thundersnow.” His reaction to seeing it and capturing it on camera, back in 2011, in Chicago, is hilarious and amazing to see. Watch it here.

But remember, as cool as they may be, “thundersnow storms” are still extremely dangerous. As with any snowstorm, they create visibility hazards for drivers and can cause car accidents. Homes can be affected by heavy snow by piling up on rooftops, creating roof damage or flooding. A “thundersnow's” strong tropical storm force level winds can also cause property damage.

If your Salem, or nearby home, has suffered storm damage of any kind, you need to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County right away. Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We are dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. We’re here when you need us. Call us today.

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

Do Artificial Christmas Trees Catch on Fire?

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

image of Christmas tree lights plugged into a wall outlet do not plug too many lights into one outlet. Make sure to spread them out with a surge protector

Ahhhhh. The smell of a real pine in your home during the Christmas season really gives you the winter feels, doesn’t it? It is the main reason everyone wants a real tree. I mean, artificial trees have perks too. You do not have to trudge through the snow to go get it. And they do not catch on fire, says your mother. Or do they?

The answer may surprise you. Artificial trees are STILL a fire hazard. Of the roughly 354,000 home-structure fires that occur in the U.S. each year, about 160 are attributed to Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Those figures include both live and artificial trees, but the NFPA reports that “a disproportionate share of Christmas tree fires involved natural trees,” with live-tree fires outnumbering artificial-tree fires by about three to one and causing about 20 times more injuries.

So, I guess your mom is kind of right. Artificial trees are feasibly safer. But why? Real trees are made of wood and needles, a perfect combo for a fire, according to every great outdoorsman.  Needles and wood burn even more easily when they are dry, so you can reduce the risk by watering them every day. But remember---they are still technically made from firewood.

Romper.com reports, “artificial trees are made of a variety of materials. PVC, a type of plastic, is a common main ingredient. This is often wrapped around a metal frame and then covered in lights, ornaments, and fake "snow," which is often made of latex paint. Trees can also be made of metal or fiber optics. Some of these materials, like metals, aren't going to burn; others, like the PVC that most trees are made of, can catch fire.”

The moral of the story is---whenever you are bringing lights, pine, or plastic into your home; it needs monitored. Check the fuses on all your Christmas lights. A little fun fact. The lights will come with an additional fuse, so you can change it if needed. Also, do not plug too many lights into one outlet. Make sure to spread them out with a surge protector. Check all the wires for tears from being wrapped up all year.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County wishes all our residents a safe and happy Holiday season. Winter fires, especially from Christmas trees, can be devastating. SERVPRO is here to assist with any type of fire damage. We know it is a stressful and confusing time, so you will need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we will always treat your home and belongings with great care.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property. And lastly, have a safe and happy Holiday Season from all of us at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (330) 921-4931

Getting Your Columbiana Home Winter Ready

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

image of home during the winter months with snow on the roof and in the yard it is always a great tradition to have a licensed roofer to look at your roof annually. He or she can check for loose, damaged, or missing shingles

Residents of North Columbiana County are no strangers to cold weather here in the Valley. Those low temperatures can feel cold, but we also know they can wreak havoc on your home and yard.

“Winter storms caused $2.1 billion in insured losses in 2019, compared with about $3 billion in 2018, according to insurance provider Munich Re. 

SERVPRO of West Mahoning County has 5 tips and recommendations to keep your home safe and secure this winter season.

  1. Protect Indoor Pipes

 Did you know the average water loss is at least $5,000 in damage? Use pipe insulation on any exposed copper or PVC water pipe on your sinks, attics, and crawl spaces, and on the pipes along the exterior walls. Make sure to watch your basement as 37 percent of all pipe bursts occur down there.

  1. Insulate Your Attic or Crawl Space

Taking time to invest in insulating your attic will help you save money this holiday season by keeping the heat in your living quarters where it belongs. Without proper insulation, the heat from your home can go up into the attic, wasting precious heat and money. Also, by keeping the attic cooler, you can prevent ice dams from forming on the roof. Check out our blog on ice dams if you want to lean more on how to prevent them at your home.

  1. Swap in Storm Windows

Even if you have new, double pane windows, winter weather can still penetrate the inside of your home. Install glass storm windows by removing the window screen. This will create a double layer between your windows and the chilly winter air.

  1. Repair Loose Roof Shingles

It is always a great tradition to have a licensed roofer to look at your roof annually. He or she can check for loose, damaged, or missing shingles and make the necessary repairs before the winter weather comes full force.

  1. Look for Ailing Tree Limbs

Dead tree limbs can be a huge liability. Once covered in heavy snow---they can snap, endangering your home or people below. Have a tree service come out and remove any limbs that look questionable.

If winter weather strikes your home---SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is the restoration company to have on speed dial. SERVPRO has the experience and expertise to restore your home or business after a storm or flood. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We ensure you receive the best service possible by using specialized techniques and equipment made specifically to do the job right. Often during a storm, your roof or siding will suffer damage from high wind, or in a flood event, your siding may get damaged from fast running waters. We can come out and secure your home quickly with our EMS services, either with a board up or roof tarp as needed. From there our construction division will work closely with your insurance provider to fix your roof, siding, and any interior damage to make your home look "Like it never even happened."

If you experience a storm or flood and need EMS, mitigation, or repair services, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County at (330) 921-4931 today!

Follow us on Facebook to stay connected and to receive tips and ideas about further preparing your home or business for storms or flooding.

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Fear of Storms?

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

image of young child with a blanket over head visibly scared of a thunderstorm MedicineNet reports the “percent of the population who suffers from the phobia is estimated to be 7% to 13% in western countries.”

When there is a storm coming—do you find yourself checking weather updates? Or when you can hear the thunder and see the lightning—does it cause actual fear and debilitating anxiety? You could be suffering from the condition called astraphobia. 

Astraphobia is the extreme fear of thunder and lightning. This is not something just children deal with. Many adults and animals have issues with fear of storms as well. MedicineNet reports the “percent of the population who suffers from the phobia is estimated to be 7% to 13% in western countries.” 

While a specific phobia like astraphobia can be distressing and disabling, the good news is that it is treatable. If you are worried you have astraphobia, it is important to consult with a mental health professional as soon as possible.

While fear is a common reaction to many of us even without astraphobia, it is not without reason. Storms can cause major havoc. Not only can lightning and flooding cause deadly circumstances, but our homes and property can be affected and ruined by storm damage. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has seen, and has been on the front lines, of all kinds of storm damage.

We’d also like to remind you no matter how much knowledge you have on the science of storms; you still should always be inside when one happening. The dangers are real. Should you ever need assistance with storm damage of any kind SERVPRO of North Columbia County is here to assist you. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
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1-833-884-3200

Columbiana County Fall Fire Safety Tips

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

image of an outside bonfire with a moderately tall flame Make it a point when the clocks change back to make sure you change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as well.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is just as excited as you are about all the fun fall holidays, treats and activities. But as fall is at its peak---let’s review some fall safety fire tips to keep everyone safe throughout the holidays. 

Time changes mean battery changes. Make it a point when the clocks change back to make sure you change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as well. This should be an annual tradition, so you never forget to change out the detectors. Life can get so busy sometimes---we can forget if it is not attached to something else. Make this a habit.

No matter what you use to heat your home, making sure the heating device is in good working order is very important. With so many things that could go wrong with heating equipment during the summer and spring months when you are not using them---this needs to be a priority in the fall. 

Get your central heating system cleaned and serviced by a certified HVAC contractor every year. Make sure you change your furnace filter before you turn on the system too. If you have a gas heater, make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working and functional. Those do have a shelf life. So make sure it’s in good, working order!

If you have a drafty home and you utilize space heaters---make sure to follow proper safety protocols. Make sure the space heater has room to breath with at least three feet of empty space, never place clothing or blankets near a space heater, do not place the unit near draperies or furniture, and never leave a space heater unattended or left on when you sleep. 

If your home has a fireplace--- get your chimney inspected annually to make sure it stays clean and open. You can even hire a chimney sweep to clean it out every fall. Make sure to repair any cracks in the fireplace. Always use the fireplace as intended with the screen to ensure no sparks hit the carpet or flooring. And never use gasoline to start a fire in your home fireplace.

Lastly, this is a great time to go over what to do in the case of a fire at your home. Teach your children and family members where to go and how to respond, and what to expect in the case of fire. Practice stop, drop, and roll, and create a fire escape plan on paper.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County cares about your family’s safety. We are the area’s number one fire restoration company with 11 territories all over NE Ohio and Western PA. Should you need a company for fire restoration SERVPRO of NCC has the expertise and man power to take care of any size job---large or small. Call us today at 330.921.4931.

Are Tree Roots Clogging My Pipes?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

image of tree roots visibly sticking out of the ground in a yard Over time, small roots grow deeper into the pipes, enlarging the holes or fissures, and before you know it---the pipe is full of roots.

Although trees in NE Ohio are gorgeous in the fall, the beauty ends when they cause havoc on your below the ground drain pipes.

If your home was built before 1970, the pipes in your yard are most likely made of clay and even more susceptible to cracking. When the pipes crack, the tiny roots from the tree will find their way into the pipe causing small holes. Over time, the small roots grow deeper into the pipe, enlarging the holes or fissures, and before you know it---the pipe is full of roots. Unfortunately, once the roots get into the pipe this will be an annual problem. The outcome? The system backs up into your basement---flooding it and making a huge mess.

As the property owner, you are responsible for maintaining the sewer laterals. These are the pipes that connect your home’s sewer pipes to the main sewer pipe, which are in the street. But without x-ray vision…it’s hard to tell if it really is indeed, tree roots. You may have to call and plumber that can perform a camera inspection.

Ways to take care of removing the roots include: cutting the tree roots with an auger, depositing a chemical such as copper sulfate crystals right outside the pipe, or use a hydro jetter to flush the pipe with a chemical that kills roots.

If you’ve dealt with this devastation at your home and have water or mold damage in your basement from sewer back-up---it’s time to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County.  When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property. The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources. Call us today at 330.921.4931.

Cleaning Your Business Up to Par During a Pandemic

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO worker in full PPE unrolling plastic as he begins to clean This proactive viral pathogen cleaning helps ensure the cleanliness of restaurants, businesses, and public spaces in the communities we all call home

Business Owners all around the world are taking as many precautions as they can to keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But as a business owner are you doing enough? And what should you be doing exactly? SERVPRO® of North Columbiana County is here to give you some tips, approved by the Department of Health, to keep those doors open and your customers safe.

General cleaning and following the proper protocols advised by the Governor is a good first step. Providing masks for employees to wear, at all times, has been advised by the State of Ohio. You should also be cleaning and disinfecting the building frequently, especially high touch areas. Make sure your employees have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. Tell employees they should notify their supervisor if they are sick and stay home. Employees that are asymptomatic and positive should not return to work.

We have all been told about social distancing. This includes preventing large groups from entering or leaving the building at the same time. Make sure to limit the number of employees in common areas. If you can---conduct meetings virtually, and if you must conduct an in-person meeting, limit the number of employees--- and maintain six-foot distance. Do not allow non-essential visitors inside.

If there has been exposure to COVID inside your business, establish a plan that includes building cleaning and notifying affected employees.  Wait at least 24 hours, (or for as long as practical), before cleaning and disinfecting the area visited or used by the sick person. Do the same for all shared areas and equipment used by the sick person. Ensure each employee’s temperature is taken before they enter the building, either at the workplace or at home. Do not allow those who have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher to enter the worksite. Employees should notify their supervisor if they have symptoms and go or stay home. Open windows and doors to let air in. Use ventilation fans to help circulate air. Advise sick employees to stay home.

After all proper precautions are taken…it’s time to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to help sanitize. We use an amazing procedure called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. It is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it is a higher standard of clean. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning helps ensure the cleanliness of restaurants, businesses, and public spaces in the communities we all call home. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in every aspect of maintenance- always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Are you interested in a free quote for our Commercial Services, or are you a Consumer who wants to learn more about the program? Call us today at 330.921.4931.

Halloween 2020 in Columbina County: What Will Yours Look Like?

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

image of carved pumpkin with a mask on No matter how you choose to celebrate your fun this year. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County wishes you a safe, happy and healthy Halloween.

That crisp feeling is in the air. The leaves are changing, and trick or treat is coming. But the Coronavirus has not gone away, and we all must decide what works best for our families during the COVID-19 pandemic. No matter what side of the fence you are on. Fun does not have to be sacrificed. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has made a list of a little to no Halloween, a moderate amount of Halloween, and what not to do on Halloween. Here are some ideas.

  • Lower-Risk Activities: Shutting out your lights and locking your door on Halloween night might be on your list of things to do this year. And that is okay. But do not forget about these fun indoor activities. Carving and decorating pumpkins to display them on your doorstep; decorating your home with Halloween or harvest decorations; doing an indoor or outdoor (in your own yard) scavenger hunt where kiddos are given a list of Halloween-themed items to find; having a virtual Halloween costume contest; having a scary, or not-so-scary Halloween themed family movie night.
  • Moderate-Risk Activities- Do you fall in the middle of wanting to go out with the kids? Maybe you want to do a little more than just stay in. Here are some moderate ideas. Grab-and-go trick or treat bags are a great option. Set up a table in front of your driveway or porch and place individually wrapped bags for trick-or-treaters to grab-and-go or create a tube or candy slide to pass out the treats. Here’s a how-to. The CDC says If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags. Also, some good options include: having an small, indoor, socially-distanced party while wearing masks; going to an outdoor pumpkin patch where social distancing and mask-wearing is encouraged; having an outdoor family movie-night where friends and family are spaced 6 or more feet apart.
  • Higher risk activities are discouraged by the CDC. Try and avoid these activities this year. Traditional, door-to-door trick or treating, or trick or treating without a mask; trunk or treats where candy is passed out from trunks of cars; attending crowed in-door party; going on crowded hayrides with people who are not in your household; or going to indoor haunted houses with people in close proximity.

No matter how you choose to celebrate your fun this year. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County wishes you a safe, happy and healthy Halloween. Should you need us for any sanitation needs we are a 24/7/365 company that specializes in the sanitization of your home or business. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it is a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses, and public spaces in the communities we all call home. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. Call us today for a quote at 330.921.4931.

When Your Furnace Puffs Back, Columbiana County

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

image of spray bottle and sanitary gloves To help prevent puff backs, it is important to perform regular maintenance on oil-burning furnaces.

Many people do not know that a furnace can “puff back,” until it happens to them. What a "puff back" is, is when there is an explosion from oil vapors that have built up inside of the ignition chamber of an oil-burning furnace. You will know that your furnace has puffed back when you see soot and other debris that has blown into the heating system, and continues into your home. There is a possibility that the furnace can puff back through any vent in your home that is open.

To help prevent puff backs, it is important to perform regular maintenance on oil-burning furnaces. It is recommended that they are cleaned once a year. In addition, always make sure that there are no oil leaks, odd smells or soot in the same room the furnace is in.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is available to service your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are more than happy to help! Call us at (330)393-999 if you need our help or would like more information.

Who's Responsible When a Tree Falls on a Power Line?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

image of tree fallen onto a power line post storm If a tree falls on a power line, then the electric utility company that owns the lines is generally responsible for repairing them and restoring power

Have you ever looked outside your window and thought… who is responsible for those tree limbs touching the power lines? Hmm. That seems like it could be dangerous.

Should a homeowner try to get involved with the cutting of trees? Or is this always completed by the power company?

Trees are the leading cause of power outages. In fact, when trees grow into the power lines this creates a very dangerous situation for everyone involved. The short answer is--- if a tree falls on a power line, then the electric utility company that owns the lines is generally responsible for repairing them and restoring power.

Being a resident of North Columbiana County---Ohio Edison would be the responsible party. Ohio Edison hires professional vegetation management companies to assist with clearing trees and vegetation away from electric power lines. To read more about your responsibilities as a homeowner. Click here.

The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requires utility companies to make sure trees, branches and other vegetation near power lines are trimmed, pruned and/or removed as necessary to prevent damage to the lines that could create a risk of electrocution or electric shock injury.

But---don’t think as a homeowner you are totally off the hook. The utility companies generally only take care of the trees that are growing in the pole-to-pole lines. Trimming trees around the utility’s power line that connects a person’s home to the utility pole is usually viewed as being the homeowner’s responsibility. It is also referred to as the “service drop.”

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is a local restoration company that specializes in storm cleanup.

Should you need us regarding storm or tree damage done to your home- our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We are dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Should you need our 24/7/365 services---we are local and here for you when you need us. Please call 330.921.4931 should you need our services for any kind of storm damage.

How To Prevent Water Damage During Construction

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling dripping onto a couple It is important to choose professionals who know how to work around existing plumbing so that an accidentally flooded area can be avoided

When building a new home or business, there are usually many decisions to make that have a significant effect on the outcome. The last thing any home or business owner wants is water damage before or during construction. Below SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has some tips for you to avoid or successfully mitigate water damage during construction.

  1. Before beginning construction, have the area inspected.

Before you start construction it's important to have the area inspected so that the crew and any other professionals working on the property know exactly what needs to be done, and the location of the water lines. If you find water damage before construction, then a water damage restoration professional can help make those repairs part of the construction process.

  1. Choose professionals who can take appropriate measures.

It is important to choose professionals who know how to work around existing plumbing so that an accidentally flooded area can be avoided. A professional team who can perform a water pipe repair may be important in case any previous damage is discovered. This way you can feel secure in the fact the team of professionals working on your construction project will know how to find and identify any related water damage and make the appropriate repairs.

  1. Test everything to ensure it is working properly after construction.

Another way to help prevent a broken pipe is to properly test everything after any construction projects are finished. This will help you know any plumbing projects were completed correctly and give you time to go over the proper maintenance procedures with the professionals that completed the installation.

It is best to have your plumbing inspected before construction even begins. Many recommend working with professionals who can take care of any potential water pipe repair needs and testing the plumbing functionality as construction wraps up.

If you experience flooding or water damage, SERVPRO of North Columbiana can help! We are fire and water restoration experts and can handle any construction project as well.

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The Calm Before the Storm: Storm Preparedness

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

image of severe storm and lightning If you should need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County!

“The calm before the storm” refers to the peaceful period of time that comes just before a busier and more difficult one. It originates from a weather phenomenon that sometimes happens when there is a serene period that comes shortly before a storm hits.

You may have experienced this yourself before. You are outside and dark storm clouds fill the sky. Yet, things appear calm and tranquil. There is no rain or strong winds blowing, the air seems still and quiet.

Not long after, the wind blows in and the rain starts to fall. The peacefulness that was once there is now filled with rain, thunder, and wind.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here to remind you to stay prepared for storms whenever they happen. You may want to start preparing before you notice the “calm” before a storm rolls in.

Here are some things you can do to make sure you have peace of mind, even when there is a big storm.

  • Trim trees and shrubs 
    • Trees close to your home can snap or uproot
    • High wind can turn branches into projectiles during the storm
  • Remove debris from your yard 
    • Bring in outdoor furniture
    • Lawn chairs, trampolines, pool supplies, etc can be turned into flying debris
  • Cover windows
    • This is necessary to guard against flying debris 
    • Plywood or professionally installed shutters are best
    • Taping windows does nothing to protect your home from wind!
  • Reinforce garage doors
    • This will prevent wind from entering and causing dangerous/expensive damage
  • Proper maintenance
    • Ensure that roofing materials, fencing, etc. are properly maintained and in good condition
    • This will allow them to be more resistant to wind damage
  • Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts
    • This will help with the flow of water during heavy rainfall

If you should need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! We are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can handle any size disaster. Let us help you make your home or business “Like it never even happened.”     (330) 556 4656

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Different Types of Smoke and Their Behavior

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of person holding a microscope to make far off smoke damage more clear and visible Each type of smoke exhibits unique behaviors, and therefore each remediation needs to be handled differently.

“Where there is smoke, there’s fire.” Although the saying is often used to refer to rumors, the literal definition applies as well. Often with fire damage comes smoke and water damage. When it comes to smoke damage, it can be helpful to know what type of smoke you are dealing with to properly clean and mitigate the damage.

Each type of smoke exhibits unique behaviors, and therefore each remediation needs to be handled differently. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. We also know smoke can penetrate various levels within the structure causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of various fire damages helps us investigate how far the smoke damage may have spread.

Facts about Smoke:

  1. Smoke, like heat, rises to find cooler areas.
  2. Smoke seeps through the holes used by plumbing pipes to go from room to room and floor to floor.
  3. The type of smoke your building sustains may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke:

  • Wet Smoke caused by burnt plastic and rubber
  • Dry Smoke from burning wood and paper
  • Fuel Spill Soot like from furnace puff backs
  • Other types (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

If you experience fire or smoke damage to your home or commercial building, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! Our professionals are trained in fire restoration, and smoke damage. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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Don’t Let Mold Get a Hold on Your Business

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of worker in full PPE carefully removing mold from a commercial building wall Water damage, leakage, and odor are a few of the more obvious ways to suspect mold.

With many misconceptions in the world about mold, it is easy to wonder, “Is there mold in my building?” While mold may seem like a mysterious thing, there are easy ways to spot mold in your building. Water damage, leakage, and odor are a few of the more obvious ways to suspect mold. Other signs include rust, bulging or warped walls, peeling/cracked paint, or wallpaper, all of which are caused by excess moisture.

If you are not sure what mold looks like, think of it as fuzzy and bruise colored monsters that like to travel in packs. The more they travel, the more friends they pick up along the way.

Mold can also cause health effects in people. If you notice these happening at the same time in the year, consider bringing a specialist to check for mold in your building.

If you suspect mold growth, the first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County. It is important to bring in a professional to do a proper assessment and to correctly eliminate all mold. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are happy to help! Call us at (330) 921 4931 if you need our help or would like more information.

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Helpful Home Maintenance Money Saving Tips

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

image of person holding belt bag of tools walking through a residential home You do not need to be a home improvement expert to capitalize on these money saving tips!

The cost of owning a home can add up quickly! Between mortgage payments, utilities and maintenance, the bills can seem never-ending.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here to help you save money and stay safe! You do not need to be a home improvement expert to capitalize on these money saving tips!

  1. Automate your Thermostat or Write a Reminder

If you have a newer thermostat like the Nest Learning Thermostat, it can learn your schedule and then adjust the temperature in your house to save on your energy bill and keep you comfortable. Nest Thermostats run between $170 and $250 but can save you around $170 a year on average. So, it will take you about a year to 18 months to make up the cost of the thermostat.

Some energy companies will send you a free automated thermostat when you sign up for certain plans, others will send you a $100 rebate.

If an automated thermostat is not in your budget right now, have no fear, you can still save money with a little bit of mindfulness and possibly a sticky note. Write yourself a sticky note, and stick it on the door you leave out of each day. This will remind you to change the thermostat as you walk out the door.  Setting your thermostat even five degrees higher while you’re out can make a big difference.

  1. Replace Air Filters

It is a good idea to replace the HVAC filters in your home every 3-6 months. Not only to save money, but also improve the air quality in your home. Clogged, dirty filters block airflow and reduce the system’s efficiency, leading to a higher energy bill.

  1. Fix leaky windows

Let’s say you have a 1/64 inch of a gap around one single window. That’s a really small gap. That is the equivalent of having a 3.27 square inch hole in your wall, which is quite large!

If you have ten windows in your house with that many holes, that’s a lot of space for air to escape and drain your wallet.

To determine if you may have a leak, close all your windows, doors and the flue damper in your chimney if you have a fireplace. Use a stick of incense and wave it around each window to see if there is air flow. If there is, you unfortunately have a leak.

Weather-stripping is an easy and cost-effective way to save money on energy costs and improve comfort by reducing drafts. Peel-and-stick weather-stripping is easy and useful for sealing drafts:

  • Remove any dirt and grease from the window jambs or sash.
  • Dry the areas with a rag.
  • Cut the weather-strip to the right length
  • Peel off the back
  • Press the sticky part to the surface and you’re done!
  1. Block out the Sun and Turn on the Fans

The windows in your home are the biggest source of heat in the summer. Close the blinds and curtains if you have them to help prevent the sunlight from beating in and heating up your home. Blocking out the sun is the most important on western and southern facing windows as they receive the most direct sunlight.

Additionally, utilize the fans in your home. A ceiling fan can make a room feel 7 degrees cooler!

  1. Shower Power!

Do you have a fan in your bathroom and do you use it when you shower? If not, you should! Hot showers steam up the bathroom and add heat the house that then must be cooled back down. The fan helps circulate the air and keep the bathroom from getting steamy.

Or just take cooler, and shorter showers!

For more information or advice, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! We want you to stay cool and safe in the last hot days of summer. We are fire and water restoration experts but also offer other services such as carpet cleaning, construction, and HVAC cleaning.

If you have questions or need our help, give us a call! (330) 921 4931

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PPE:Personal Protective Equipment

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Personal Protective Equipment By ensuring their own safety, our team members are better able to ensure your safety and the safety of your home or business!

When SERVPRO of North Columbiana county goes out for a job our number one concern is safety: the safety of our clients and the safety of our employees. Whether it is a flooding job with possibly contaminated water, mold remediation, or a possible COVID-19 sanitization job, we keep our customers and employees as safe as possible. Each job comes with its own safety concerns and specific personal protective equipment or PPE is required. To make sure the job is done right, employees need to take proper precautions when working in specific situations.

Our professionals at SERVPRO are given the proper training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure they are prepared to safely handle each one of those incidents and a wide range of others. They follow specific guidelines laid out by our company and by the National Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Some examples of PPE you may see our employees wearing:

Tyvek Suits and Booties: They are made of a strong, but lightweight material that can protect a person from contaminants in the air. These suits cover a person from head to toe (except the face).

Dust Masks: They are lightweight masks worn around the nose and mouth to keep out less serious contaminants like typical, household dust.

Full Face Masks: These are more heavy-duty, plastic masks, seal off the entire face and include respirators. These are used in more dangerous conditions. The respirators filter out any harmful airborne pathogens and mold spores.

Gloves: Different kinds of gloves are used depending on the situation. Nitrile gloves are used to protect from certain contaminants like bodily fluids. Whereas stronger rubber gloves are used to protect when handling sharp or rough objects.

Goggles: They are used to protect the eyes in dangerous conditions.

Hard Hats: They are used to protect employees in situations where there is a risk of building collapse or falling debris.

By ensuring their own safety in the field, our team members are better able to ensure your safety and the safety of your home or business.

Should you need our help, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! We can handle fire, water, mold, sanitization, cleaning, and much more! We are available 24/7 and want you and your family to stay as safe as possible!

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Preventing Mold in School Buildings

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling tile in school with water damage and mold SERVPRO of North Columbiana wants our schools to be as safe as possible! If you suspect mold in your schools or commercial building, give us a call!

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, if moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressedIt is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive.

Moisture problems in school buildings can be caused by a variety of conditions, including roof and plumbing leaks, condensation, and excess humidity. Some moisture problems in schools have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the past twenty to thirty years. These changes have resulted in more tightly sealed buildings that may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems in schools are also associated with delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance, due to budget and other constraints. Temporary structures in schools, such as trailers and portable classrooms, have frequently been associated with moisture and mold problems.

Tip #1: Keep on the HVAC system.

Over the summer, some school administrators make the mistake of turning off HVAC systems in order to save money.  HVAC systems keep humidity in check and by turning them off you can potentially create the perfect environment for mold.  While it may cost more to keep the HVAC system running, it can ultimately save you money in the long run. 

Tip #2: Purchase a humidity sensor.

If keeping your HVAC system on in your school building is not an option, consider buying a humidity sensor.  Rather than running the HVAC system day and night, a humidity sensor can allow you to track the levels of humidity in the air and turn on the HVAC system when necessary.

Tip #3: Keep a watchful eye on problem areas.

Remember, the perfect environment for mold is anywhere that has moisture.  Some problem areas might include storage areas, bathrooms, or kitchens in a school.  The earlier you are aware of a mold problem, the less likely you are to suffer costly damages.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County wants our schools to be as safe as possible. If you suspect mold in your schools or commercial building, do not hesitate to give us a call. We can come in and inspect your building and then devise a plan to eliminate the mold.

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Avoid Unwanted Appliance Water Disasters

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher overflowing with water Dishwashers and refrigerators are the two main kitchen appliances known for causing flooding. Let SERVPRO of North Columbiana help you today!

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County recommends appliance inspections to prevent water damage to your home. Appliance failure or leaks can lead to flooding and water damage. Try these strategies to decrease the likelihood of water damage in your home.

  1. Shut off your water

Once you realize there is flooding in your home, the first step is to shut off the water source. There should be a main water line shut off in the area where your water line enters your property. Knowing the location ahead of time will help you be better prepared in case of an emergency.

  1. Kitchen Culprits: Dishwashers and Refrigerators

Dishwashers and refrigerators are the two main kitchen appliances known for causing flooding. It is best to periodically check under the sink for leaks where the water supply connects to the hose. If you have a refrigerator with a water dispenser or ice maker, check the water supply line on the cold-water line. Search the base cabinet of your kitchen sink for warped flooring materials, leaks, or water pooling resulting in visible water damage.

  1. Washing Machines

Ideally, you should replace the hot and cold-water hoses on your washing machine every four to five years. This is important because the hoses can become damaged when the machine moves or vibrates during the wash cycle. Also, make sure the drain hose is secured into the housing on the wall.

  1. Water Heater

Make sure to drain your water heater once a year to prevent sediment from building up which will result in clogging. Check that your emergency overflow line is unobstructed and that your water heater is sitting on a catch pan for retaining initial leaks. If your water heater is installed in the attic, this may save your ceiling from drywall repairs.

Although faulty appliances can lead to some serious water damage, being aware and periodically inspecting them can help prevent any major disasters. If you do experience water damage to your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! We will assess the damage and begin drying the area immediately to limit secondary damage to furnishings, carpets, and structural materials. Our professionals are highly trained in water restoration and mitigation. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Common Misconceptions About Summer Storms

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Truck driving a lot of water You should never drive a vehicle through flood waters no matter how big or the vehicle is, or how deep the water may look!

There are many misconceptions about storms including thunder, lightning, and the flooding that can occur as a result. Keep reading to learn the truth about some common misconceptions.

  1. “Counting the number of seconds between lightning and thunder determines the distance away from the storm.”

The idea is that every second that passes after a lightning strike indicates one mile of distance from the storm. This is a misconception, with a hint of truth to it.

According to the Cleveland Weather Examiner, it takes five seconds for thunder to travel one mile. So, if you see a flash of lightning and count ten seconds until you hear thunder, the storm is two miles away.

  1. “Lightning always goes from the ground up”

The first lightning myth most people learn is that lightning always strikes down from the clouds. After this is proved false, we usually learn that lightning is transmitted from the ground up toward the clouds. However, what is usually not explained, is that there are unseen cloud-to-ground lightning strikes that do occur prior to the visible lightning bolt. So, lightning comes from both the cloud and the ground.

  1. “You can drive a SUV or pickup truck through the flood waters if it doesn’t look too deep.”

You should never drive a vehicle through flood waters no matter how big or heavy the vehicle is, or how deep the water may look. Two feet of moving water can easily sweep a car or truck away. Flood waters can also appear shallow and end up being deeper than you think.

If you find yourself in need of help from flooding, water, or roof damage, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is available 24 hours day, 7 days a week! We will arrive as quickly as possible and begin to assist you. If you have any questions or need help, call (330) 921 4931

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Get to Know Your Fire Extinguisher

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher with instructions on how to use it A friendly reminder to remember the P.A.S.S. acronym to help you remember how to use a fire extinguisher!

Take a minute and see if you can answer the following 3 questions about your fire extinguisher:

  1. Where are the fire extinguishers located in your home or business?
  2. How do you operate one in case of an emergency?
  3. What type of fire extinguisher(s) are they?

If it took you more than a few seconds to think of an answer to any of those questions, you will want to brush up on your fire extinguisher knowledge! A fire can consumer a building or home in a matter of minutes and the faster you can create a plan, and react calmly, the better.

Fire Extinguisher Location

Although we can’t help you with where the fire extinguishers are in your home now, we recommend having one on each level of your home or business, especially in rooms where fires are more likely to occur, such as kitchens and garages. They should never be covered or surrounded and always easily accessible.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

All you need to do is remember the acronym P.A.S.S:

Pull the pin

Aim the Nozzle or hose at the base of the fire from the recommended distance

Squeeze the operating lever to discharge the fire extinguishing agent

Sweep the nozzle or hose from side to side until the fire is out

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Water and Foam: Takes away the element of heat. Foam agents also separate the oxygen from the other elements.

  • Water Extinguishers are for Class A only – they should not be used on Class B or C fires. The discharge steam could spread the flammable liquid in a Class B fire or could create a shock hazard on a Class C fire.

Carbon Dioxide: Take away the oxygen element and remove the heat with a very cold discharge.

  • Carbon dioxide can be used on Class B & C fires. They are usually ineffective on Class A fires.

Dry Chemical: Extinguish the fire primarily by interrupting the chemical reaction of the fire.

  • The most used type of fire extinguisher is the multipurpose dry chemical because it is effective on Class A, B and C fires. This agent also works by creating a barrier between the oxygen and fuel element on Class A.

Wet Chemical:  A new agent that extinguishes the fire by removing the heat and prevents re-ignition by creating a barrier between the oxygen and fuel.

  • Wet chemical extinguishers or Class K extinguishers were designed for modern, high efficiency deep fat fryers in commercial cooking operations.

Dry Powder: Like dry chemical except they extinguish the fire by separating the fuel from the oxygen element or by removing the heat element.

  • Dry Powder extinguishers are for Class D or combustible metals fires only

If your home or business has suffered fire damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! If you need help cleaning up or restoring your personal belongings, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is the right choice. We are fire and water restoration experts and can have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”

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