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
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?
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
- 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
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
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!
DIY Emergency Preparedness Kit
September marks National Preparedness Month. NPM is a time for us to become aware of how to prepare for the worst since disaster can strike at any time. In honor of National Preparedness Month, below is a list of items that every Ashtabula county home should have in their emergency preparedness kit. It's never too early to plan ahead!
- 3 day supply of non-perishable food
- Canned vegetables
- Beef Jerky
- Power bars
- Fruit cups
- 3 day supply of water
- One gallon per person each day
- Portable battery powered radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Hygiene items
- Moist toilettes
- Baby wipes
- Toilet paper
If you have any damages after a disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties provides restoration services. We take calls 24/7 and can be reached at 440-319-3360.
Bonfire Safety in Geneva, OH
Bonfires can seem harmless but they are far from that! An accident can happen at anytime.
Summer is over and fall is finally upon us. The crisp fall air is one of the many reasons people enjoy bonfires at night. Enjoying them in the summer can get too hot but a cool night with a nice fire is really relaxing.
One of the things people don't normally think about when starting a bonfire is that it could not only harm yourself but also your home. Here are some tips for preventing fire hazards during a night by the bonfire.
Positioning your fire pit
If you do not have acres upon acres of land on your property, your best bet is using a fire pit instead of building a bonfire with left over wood. Positioning your fire pit is key. Make sure it is placed at least 10 feet away from structures and combustible materials.
Windy conditions? Cancel it
Before starting your bonfire, make sure to check the weather. If it is windy, you might want to cancel your fire. The wind can cause sparks to fly onto structures or people and a fire could easily start.
Always bring fire extinguisher equipment
If your bonfire gets out of control DO NOT USE A BUCKET OF WATER TO EXTINGUISH IT! Having a bucket of water nearby attracts mosquitoes and can cause discomfort for your guests. Instead, have a bucket of sand, fire extinguisher, or garden hose to extinguish your fire in case of an emergency.
If your home does have fire damage from a bonfire, we work hard to restore it the exterior and/or interior of your home. Give us a call at 440-319-3360 or request help online!
Talking Harvey: WFMJ Interview
On September 17, Andrew and Katie of SERVPRO appeared on WFMJ Today, a local morning show based out of Youngstown, OH.
A few weeks ago, our storm team headed down to Houston to assist victims in need after Harvey hit hard. When the team left our warehouse, Houston needed all the help they could get because of how terrible the damages were. In their interview, Andrew and Katie told WFMJ's Lindsey McCoy more about the team's journey as well as stressing the importance of helping those in their time of need. Watch Andrew and Katie's full interview on WFMJ's website!
SERVPRO provides emergency storm damage restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your home is damage, we will restore it to make your accident feel like it never even happened.
Has your home suffered storm damage? If so give us a call at (440) 319-3360 or request help online!
Simple Tips to Prevent Water Damage in Your Edgewood, Ohio Home
Over 14,000 people in the United States experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day. Whether it is from rain, a leaking pipe or natural disaster, it is important to the steps to prevent water damage in your home. Here are some easy steps you can take today.
- If you garden, be careful where you plant. Some trees and plants have invasive roots. If you plant close to your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks these roots may grow into them causing to clog your water lines.
- Clean out your roof gutters! This is extremely important. This time of year, the leaves are starting to turn which means mounds of leaves will take over your yard and roof. Weekly, clean out your gutters to make sure they are unclogged and ready to operate. If they are clogged on a rainy day, rain water could spill into your home’s foundation.
- Watch your water bill. Next time your bill comes, take a close at the number. If you notice your usage jumps from one month to the next, without explanation, this might mean there is a leak in your home.
Even though you can take precautionary steps to prevent water damage in your home, disaster can strike at any time. At SERVPRO of Ashtabula and Northern Trumbull Counties, we make sure your furniture and home is restored to its original state. It will feel like your accident never even happened! Give us a call today at 440-319-3360.
We’re Available to Help You, Ashtabula County!
Big or small, we restore it all!
Disaster can strike at any minute. At SERVPRO of Ashtabula and Northern Trumbull Counties, we take your calls and help online 24/7! We’re here to serve you!
Any job, big or small, we restore it all. Our technicians are trained to use advanced equipment to clean and restore your home. Not only do we restore homes we also restore business and companies.
Our services include:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Premeditation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building Services
During our jobs, we work closely with your insurance company to manage the insurance process and paperwork. We make sure to put YOU first and make your accident feel like it never even happened.
Visit our website for more information on our services. Also don’t forget to check us out on Twitter , Facebook, and Instagram for updates on different projects and community events we attend!