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Recovering Emotionally from a Fire in Washingtonville, OH

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

People watching house burn down. A fire occurring in your home can be a traumatic event. It is life changing and altering.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can take care of your home after a fire and likely restore it to preloss condition. In addition, we will be there to support you and show you that we genuinely care throughout the entire process. A fire occurring in your home can be a traumatic event. It is life changing and altering. We are here to be a support in getting your life back on track to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Steps to Recovery

SERVPRO has partnered with The Red Cross. The Red Cross is there to support you and supply you and your family for physical needs that occur after a fire has occurred. They also provide steps to take to help you and your family recover emotionally. Here is some advice from The Red Cross,

  • Try to return to as many of your personal and family routines as possible.
  • Get rest and drink plenty of water.
  • Limit your exposure to the sights and sounds of disaster, especially on television, the radio and in the newspapers.
  • Focus on the positive.
  • Recognize your own feelings.
  • Reach out and accept help from others.
  • Do something you enjoy. Do something as a family that you have all enjoyed in the past.
  • Stay connected with your family and/or other support systems.
  • Realize that, sometimes, recovery can take time.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Commercial Cleaning Carpets in North Columbiana County

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Vacuuming carpet. Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils deep beneath the surface.

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils deep beneath the surface. Now, more than ever, it's important to have a clean space -- that includes your carpeting! Using state-of-the-art equipment, our professionals will have yours looking and smelling brand new.

What is the Importance of Clean Carpets?

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged. Check Out how we can clean your businesses’ carpets!

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is always Here to Help. If you are in need of commercial carpet cleaning, give us a call at (330) 393-9999 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

Is Mold in My Salem Business Really a Big Deal?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on ceiling and walls in basement. Mold is a big deal, especially because if you do not take care of it, it only grows worse.

Mold is just one name for the substance that grows in a warm and moist environment. Mold has many aliases such as Invisible Odor, and many more. These names derive from what mold does that we cannot always see. Mold is a big deal, especially because if you do not take care of it, it only grows worse.

Why Should I Hire a Professional to Take Care of My Mold?

Since mold is a tricky substance, it takes industry knowledge, training, and experience to get a handle on a mold situation. Mold can cause effects to your health and can even cause your home to smell. If you try to get rid of mold on your own, there is a great chance it is never actually gone, and it only grows back again. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is trained and ready to take on your mold situation. Learn More about SERVPRO of North Columbiana County training and certifications.  From containing the infestation to remediating the mold, we work safely and effectively to manage the situation.

To find out if you have a mold problem or know you need remediation FAST, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website!

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!


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!


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!

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.

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.

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

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.


  • 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!

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.

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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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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