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Major Fire Damage Restoration in Columbiana

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Flames of fire. Here at SERVPRO, we know fire damage can be devastating, leaving you to say, "What am I supposed to do?" The answer is clear, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is a Fire and Water - Restoration and Cleanup company. No job is too small or too large for us. We can completely restore a home or commercial business from mitigation to construction. We are a leading restoration company in the nation, and we are experts in the industry.

What Does Major Fire Damage Look Like?

Here at SERVPRO, we know fire damage can be devastating, leaving you to say, "What am I supposed to do?" The answer is clear, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County. We are ready to respond when members of our community are in need. Here is a Before and After of a major fire disaster in a home in Columbiana. We have the proper training to remediate damage like this. Our highly trained fire damage restoration technicians will come with experience and industry leading equipment. This combination is sure to get your Columbiana home to preloss condition fast.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (330) 393-9999 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

A Restoration Company That Cares About Your Family

10/23/2021 (Permalink)

Items that would go in an emergency kit After a major fire or water disaster occurs, things to think about are housing, food, and other everyday necessities.

At SERVPRO we will tell you that we are a Large Loss Team in Fire and Water Restoration. We will tell you that we are experts in what we do. From continuing education, experience, and equipment, we know that we can take care of you. However, something SERVPRO of North Columbiana County does not advertise is that we ultimately do what we do, for you! If we can be the first faces you see after a fire or water disaster in your home or business, we will be there. If you have a major fire or water disaster, we make sure to show you we care by providing essentials that may have been lost from the disaster in your home. We help guide you step-by-step on what to do next and how to recover your home. We walk with you through the insurance process and make sure all your questions and needs are met.

How to Take Care of Your Family After a Disaster

After a major fire or water disaster occurs, things to think about are housing, food, and other everyday necessities. Many families have heard what to do to prepare for a disaster caused by severe weather. Typically, it is known to prepare emergency kits, and an evacuation plan. However, if you have a pet, then what? How do you help prepare your family pet for a disaster? According to CDC.gov, here a few things you can do to prepare your precious family member:

  • Do your best to not leave your pets behind, they may get lost, injured – or worse.
  • Contact your local emergency management office and ask if they offer accommodations for owners and their pets.
  • Remember to take your pet’s emergency kit with you.
  • Select a safe room, preferably an interior room with no (or few) windows.
  • Remove any toxic chemicals or plants.
  • Close off small areas where frightened cats could get stuck in (such as vents or beneath heavy furniture).

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is a Large Loss Team. If your home or business experiences fire or water damage after a storm, call the experts at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website!

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.”

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!

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

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!

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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.

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.

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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