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Fire Safety - Conneaut, OH

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguishers are Necessary 

Fire extinguishers should be available in every building you are in, including your home.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are different misconceptions about fire extinguishers and when they should be used.  There are many types of fire extinguishers such as water, chemical, foam, etc. Each extinguisher is designed to put out different typed of fires.

Steps to Consider

Make sure the building is evacuated before extinguishing, this way the toxic air from smoke and the extinguisher does not harm anyone inside.

Who to Call

If the fire is too much to handle, evacuate the building and call the fire department so they can handle it.

We specialize in Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration. If you need fire restoration or cleanup services after the fire,
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Learn Mold to Remove Mold - Geneva, OH

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Learn Mold

Common Places

  • Basement
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry Rooms

Mold Colors

  • Green
  • Black
  • Blue

Common Items you can find mold

  • Carpet
  • Ceiling
  • Clothes
  • Dry Wall

Mold typically forms in damp or moist rooms. It is important to focus on drying these places throughout your home to prevent mold from appearing. Read below to see what you can do to prevent mold from appearing in your home.

Prevent Mold

  • Reduce moisture
  • Keep windows open during warm dry weather
  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Use air condition during humid days
  • Immediately dry wet surfaces

We do offer inspections and a mold assessment. We accommodate our restoration process depending on the level of mold damage.

Have Mold Related Questions? Call Us Today – (440) 319-3360

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Ice Dams in Ashtabula

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

How Do Ice Dams Form?

Usually after a snow storm there is a pile of snow sitting on the roof above your attic. After the weather warms above 32 degrees Fahrenheit to melt the under layer of the snow it causes the top layer to form into a mound of ice.

Damages They Cause:

After the ice dam reaches its full capacity, the melted water begins to seep underneath the shingles along with dripping into the insulation and down to the ceilings.  

How to Remove the Ice Dams?

Removing ice dams can easily lead to damages even if extremely careful. To efficiently remove the ice dams call a professional to prevent damages to your shingles.

Prevention:

To keep your Geneva home safe try one of these tips-

  • Scraping the snow off of the roof the day it falls.
  • Installing heated cables before the winter begins.

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Storm Safety in Andover, Ohio

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

It is common to overlook the simplest necessities in case of any emergency. The item listed below should be in your homes at all times for any abrupt disaster that may occur.

  1. Candles
  2. First Aid Kit
  3. Flash Light and Extra Batteries
  4. Battery Powered Radio
  5. Water Bottles & Packaged Food

It is extremely important to make sure there are candles available in your home at all times. Keep a box of plain unscented candles specifically tailored towards an emergency.  

A first aid kit should always be in your home, whether it is to prepare for a disaster or just to treat common injuries.

Flash light and extra batteries are essential during a storm.

Water bottles and packaged food are also efficient in case of all household appliances not operating.

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Mold in Ashtabula

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Locations

Most common locations for mold are basements and bathrooms. Mold grows anywhere there is moisture.

Prevention

To prevent mold from growing in your home, it is important to dry out moist rooms. This can be done by utilizing a dehumidifier to dry out the room. Also drying wet surfaces immediately will maintain a dry atmosphere.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our mold remediation process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (440) 319-3360
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

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Local News Station Features SERVPRO in Biohazard Segment

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Local News Station Features SERVPRO in Biohazard Segment SERVPRO's Katie Dobson was interviewed by a Youngstown news station about the importance of calling a professional to clean-up a bio-hazardous scene.

On Nov. 16 local news station WKBN, featured SERVPRO in a story about what procedures and protocols need to be taken when it comes to bio-hazardous clean-ups.

The story stemmed from a situation that happened in Johnstown, PA when a woman tried to clean-up her son's overdose and was believed to have died from the hazardous materials left behind. WKBN reporter Katie Wilson, contacted us to find out why it is important to call a professional in these types of situations.

SERVPRO's Katie Dobson explained to her what types of equipment we use as well as stressing the importance of wearing PPE on bio-hazardous jobs we are called to complete. Dobson also showed Wilson what types of PPE our crew wears on these jobs and the cleaning solution used to get rid of hazardous materials left behind.

To watch the full segment, click here. Thank you to WKBN and Katie Wilson for approaching us to be featured in your story!

Turkey Fryer Safety in Geneva, OH

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Turkey Fryer Safety in Geneva, OH Deep frying a turkey can be a danger on Thanksgiving!

Thinking of frying a turkey this holiday season? Frying a turkey has become a trend for some that steers away from the traditional oven baked Turkey. Although it might taste better for some, it is also dangerous for your home. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Analysis & Research Division, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Turkey Fryers is a contributing factor to this because of their hazards.

Take the following precautions when you begin to plan how you fry your turkey this Thanksgiving. 

  • Place your fryer more than 10 feet away from your home.
  • Place fryer on flat crown to avoid tipping and overflowing.
  • Never fry a frozen turkey! The excess water can cause the oil to boil over and catch the burner on fire.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher handy!

If your Geneva home does experience an an accident this Thanksgiving, our team will answer your call around the clock! We will make your disaster feel" "Like it never even happened."

Where Does Mold Grow in Geneva, OH?

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Homeowners dread having mold in their home. No matter the size, finding mold can cause panic scrambling to find a way to remove the mold. But where and how does mold grow in your home?

Before mold even begins to grow there has to be a food source (wood, drywall, cotton), darkness, moisture source, warmth (humidity). However, moisture is the biggest factor in mold growth as well as humidity closely following. Basically, if you have humidity and moisture in a spot in your home, there's a strong chance that mold might grow.

The following areas are places to keep in mind to watching for mold growth

  • Leaky Pipes
  • Leaky Roofs
  • Condensation from cold surfaces
  • Wet Clothes
  • Showers/Bathrooms
  • FLOODING!
    • Basement
    • House's Foundation

Need assistance? SERVPRO of Ashtabula and Northern Trumbull Counties provides mold inspection and removal services. Give us a call at (440)-319-3360!

Shower Mold in Wickliffe, OH

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

We've talked a lot about where and how mold grows in your home. But did you know that next to a flooded basement, the bathroom and shower area are the second most common place to find mold in your home? 

Moisture and humidity are mold's best friends. It just so happens that these two factors are always found in a bathroom, especially the shower. Body oils, hair, and soap scum build are also common materials that mold can feed and survive on.

So how exactly can you remove shower mold, especially if you'tr not trying to break the bank? First, it is important to point out any water leaks before starting this process. Carefully watch how water pressure comes out and see there are different areas of leakage coming out of the head outside of the pressure area. Next, try to bring humidity down. Hot showers can cause lots of humidity especially in an enclosed area. Make sure to air your bathroom out at the conclusion of your shower.

If mold has already appeared, combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray down the infected are and let sit for a bit. After letting it sit, wipe it down and the mold should be gone!

It is still important to get your mold inspected, just in case it is more serious than the eye can see. SERVPRO offers mold inspection and mold remediation services to get rid of that pesky mold fast! Give us a call today at 440-319-3360 to schedule with us today!

Fire Prevention Week: Smoke Alarm Safety in Geneva, Ohio

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

This week marks National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week. NFPA’s mission for this week is to educate people of all ages on how to prevent a fire as well what action to take in case a fire starts. One of the easiest and biggest steps for preventing a fire is to become aware about your home’s smoke alarms.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the fire death rate in homes with working smoke alarms is 51% less than the rate for homes without this protection. Having properly installed and maintained smoke alarms in your home is a necessity for any home. Since smoke alarms can be forgotten about, here are some tips on how to maintain smoke alarms in your home.

  • Have a smoke alarm on every floor of your house plus one in each bedroom. Having a smoke alarm in each bedroom is important especially with you keep your bedroom doors shut.
  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and batteries replaced yearly. Testing smoke alarms in your home on the same day every week is also another way to check our smoke alarm. If you begin to hear a low “chirping” noise from your smoke alarm, that signals that your alarm has a low-battery
  • Clean smoke alarms monthly with your vacuum cleaner only. No wiping or water is need for cleaning purposes
  • Replace old batteries in your Smoke Alarms when you move the clocks forward in the Spring and Backwards in the fall. Fall’s daylight savings time will happen on November 5th, 2017 at 2 a.m.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. It is important to use the manufacturer’s instructions for installation. If your new alarm is hard-wired hiring an electrician is your best option.

Although we work hard to prevent fires, they still happen. If your home has recently suffered from a fire, give us a call at 440-319-3360. We will fix up your home and restore your furniture to make your accident feel like it never even happened!