Avoid Unwanted Appliance Disasters
Most household appliances won’t function very well past their expected lifespan. Their age can creep by quickly and cause an unexpected water loss.
Most household appliances won’t function very well past their expected lifespan. Even if you have kept to a maintenance schedule with a skilled technician, there’s still no guarantee. If these appliances utilize water, an unexpected in-home disaster could be waiting for you one day.
Most appliances have a lifespan of 10-15 years. The expected lifespan of many appliances differ depending on their frequency of use. Those used more frequently will obviously require more maintenance to reach their lifespan.
Here’s a look at some commonly used appliances that utilize a water source and when it may be time to think about replacing them.
WASHING MACHINE – 10 years
Washing machines have a shorter lifespan than their neighbor (dryer). You may consider replacing them at the same time just to keep the appearances similar. But, if you don’t care about the matching look, think about a replacement when you start seeing this:
- Excessive noise during a cycle
- The drum does not fill with water
- The unit shakes excessively while in use
- Water leaks onto the floor
REFRIGERATOR – 13 years
The signs of a failing refrigerator are hard to ignore because we rely on it to keep the food we eat fresh. Repairs can reach into the mid-hundreds and it could make financial sense to replace instead of repair. It may be time to consider a new fridge if you see any of these signs:
- Food spoils prematurely
- A condensation build-up visible inside or out
- The freezer begins to show a frost buildup
- The unit is louder than normal
- The back of the unit is excessively hot
DISHWASHER – 9 years
Anyone will vouch for the utility a dishwasher provides to the homeowner. If efficient, they can save on water and energy usage. If your dishwasher is approaching a decade old, it may be time to think about replacing it. If not, before you spend big money on repairs, think about replacement when you see these early signs:
- A door that won’t latch properly
- Rust flakes on the floor
- The unit won’t drain properly
- The water doesn’t get hot enough
- The inner shell showing cracks
These water reliable appliances are some of the most frequently used appliances in a home. They have a decent lifespan, but their age can creep by quickly and leave us with an unexpected water disaster in the home if they fail.
Water can wreak havoc in your home as it finds its way into hidden places where, if unnoticed, can produce mold growth.
SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties can help with any of your water restoration needs. Call us at (440) 319-3360. We are available 24/7/365 for emergency service.
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Residential High Rise Uses SERVPRO Emergency Services
SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties has the knowledge, equipment and skilled technicians to see a fire job through from start to finish
At SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties, our emergency response service is a beacon of hope to many people. On a late Friday evening, a grease fire in a high rise apartment has left the occupant with water damage from sprinklers, terrible odors and enough smoke and soot to force evacuation. Will they have to wait until Monday morning?
After receiving the emergency call from the property manager, it's after midnight and the mitigation crew has been dispatched and headed to the site. The fifth floor fire has caused water to seep into apartments three floors below. It's gonna be a long night for our crew.
SERVPRO technicians arrive and begin to apply the appropriate IICRC Standards of care when dealing with fire and smoke damage restoration. After a few hours of mitigation, the property is stabilized and the drying process will begin. Several days later, strategically placed dehumidifiers and air movers have done their jobs and are being removed.
The content division is now called upon to begin cleaning, de-odorizing and sanitizing the affected areas. Smoke and soot removal techniques are applied to the apartment that suffered the original fire loss. The cleaning will take a few days and will effectively prepare the space ready for remodel.
SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties has the knowledge, equipment and skilled technicians to see a fire job through from start to finish. Mitigation, stabilization, drying, cleaning, sanitation and remodel can all be handled with just one phone call.
Call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360 for restoration, cleaning and emergency services.
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The Call to Make For Water Removal in Conneaut
Based off of the category of water, we apply different processes in order to make it safe again.
By definition, water mitigation is the process of reducing or preventing the amount of water damage that happens after a flood or leak occurs in a home or building.
There are many types and causes of water damage. Water damage can result from excessive rain which can lead to roof leaks, foundation leaks or sump pump malfunctions. Also, plumbing issues such as a broken pipe, burst supply line or toilet overflow are very common types as well.
Categories of Water Loss
These categories are defined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). SERVPRO professionals are certified by IICRC standards and are trained to properly handle all types of water damage. Based off of the category of water, we apply different processes in order to make it safe again.
- Category 1: Clean liquid from sanitary source (water fountain, sink, etc.)
- Category 2: Liquid from unsanitary sources (toilet overflow, dishwasher, etc.) that can cause illness if ingested
- Category 3: Liquid from unsanitary sources (sewer backup, river, stagnant pool, etc.) that could cause severe illness or death if ingested
At SERVPRO, we incorporate a system that is consistent across all mitigation jobs that includes:
Visual Inspection - SERVPRO will complete a visual inspection for damages. By doing an inspection, it allows us to find the source of your water loss. Finding the source allows us to plan how to address your damage.
Water Extraction - After we inspect the loss and have figured out how to stop any further damage, we extract the standing water. SERVPRO uses professional water extraction tools to remove the water from your home or business without further damaging your property.
Drying Process - Even though the water may now be gone, the moisture in your home still remains. Moisture seeps into ceilings, walls and carpet. Carpet pad, cabinets and duct work are great places for water to hide. To remove the leftover moisture, we use commercial dehumidifiers and air movers.
Contaminated Surface Removal - If you have any black water or mold contaminated surfaces in your home, we will take further steps to remove them. It is important for us to treat any abnormalities as soon as possible.
Cleaning Process - SERVPRO technicians clean up any leftover debris from the water damage removal process to help get your property back to preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is available 24/7 for any emergency cleanup that is needed in your area! We understand the stress that you endure when water damage occurs in your home. We work to get you back to normal ASAP!
If you are experiencing water damage call us at (440) 319-3360 to begin the mitigation process and prevent any further damages.
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SERVPRO Is Ready For Commercial Water Loss
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the very best in the restoration industry.
SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is part of SERVPRO's Large Loss Response Team.
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of the very best in the restoration industry. We have a group of elite large-loss specialists who are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.
To ensure efficiency and effectiveness, every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to provide seamless communication and timely mitigation.
At SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of labor.
Get the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team professionals, call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360.
Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:
- The Hospitality Industry
- Property Managers
- The Pentagon
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood.
Available 24 hours a day, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is prepared for the unpredictable.
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SERVPRO Can Handle Water Damage to Hardwood
This Injectidry floor mat system is used to dry high risk areas of hidden moisture in and under flooring.
When you hear ‘Water Damage’ it’s usually associated with a tragic event or an unforeseen disaster to those who experience it. The causes of water damage can vary in size, from a simple pipe burst to flooding from a violent storm. Whatever water damage occurs, it’s important to stay educated on the mitigation and restoration processes.
Water moves very quickly and will ultimately reach its lowest point. Once the water reaches it settling point and remains there for a long period of time, the more damage it will cause. If materials such as carpet, padding, sub flooring are completely saturated, they are likely ruined.
Many homes today contain hardwood floors instead of carpet. Kitchens, living rooms, dens and dining rooms are utilizing hardwood flooring at an increasing rate. Water tends to get trapped in the natural wood grooves and crevices. If not dried properly, these wet areas will support mold growth. Mold is extremely likely to find a home on hardwood flooring because it is made of organic material.
Most of the restoration equipment today is designed to extract water from carpet. This equipment does lend itself to extracting on hardwood flooring, depending on the amount of water.
If the hardwood flooring goes untreated for a period of time, several unfavorable things can happen. Morphing, splitting and cupping can progress to the point the floor becomes unsteady and unsafe.
Nonetheless, when the damage occurs, call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360 right away to give them a fighting chance to save your existing floor from further damage.
HOW DO WE SAVE THE HARDWOOD FLOOR?
In order to save hardwood flooring, one option is to initiate the dehumidifying process as soon as possible. Dehumidifying is probably not going to get all of the water, but it is certainly a necessary step in order to reach some of that trapped water we spoke of earlier. If water still remains after extensive dehumidification, pulling the affected areas and replacing portions of the floor may need to occur. In severe cases, total floor removal and replacement may be necessary.
A second option is the Injectidry System. SERVPRO uses this floor mat system to properly dry out hardwood floors. This Injectidry floor mat system is used to dry high risk areas of hidden moisture in and under flooring. It is mostly used for hardwood flooring but can also be used for marble, tile and sub-flooring and cabinetry. In the end it can save the homeowner the cost of having to tear out and replace all the hardwood flooring.
Whether you need a professional opinion, mitigation or drying and dehumidification, call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360.
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Ashtabula Homeowner Seeks Help With Water Damage
Hot Water Tank burst? Sewer & Drain backup? Storm Water Back up? If any of these disasters have inconvenienced you and your Ashtabula, OH home or business, help is just a phone call away.
At SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties, we offer 24-hour emergency services that includes emergency water extraction, dehumidification, drying, cleanup and restoration. It is important to call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties quickly to help avoid secondary water damages like microbial growth.
It's important to know there are several different categories of flood and water damages (CAT 1, CAT 2, CAT 3) which when identified, requires different solutions to restoring the affected structure. SERVPRO technicians have extensive water damage restoration training, and our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end.
If you have suffered water damages to your home or business, or just want information on what you can expect, call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360.
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What's Living in Your Commercial Ducts?
No matter how clean you keep your facility, air ducts still need maintenance on a regular basis.
What could possibly be wrong? You just cleaned your desk yesterday and even your wiped off your computer and keyboard. Somehow, when you got into your office this morning, you notice a new layer of dust has formed virtually overnight.
Could this be a sign it’s time to have an air duct cleaning preformed in your commercial building. If so, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties can help.
Wait! There's more. You might be thinking the dirt is an accumulation of dirt and dust living inside your air ducts, but professional cleaners may find more than that: mold, fungi, dust mites, fleas, and other creepy crawly creatures.
These are signs that show it’s time to hire a professional service to take care of this issue. These problems could include an increase of allergies for employees, and even a lack of air flow coming out from the vents. No matter how clean you keep your facility, air ducts still need maintenance on a regular basis.
Whether your facility needs an air duct cleaning or one of our other services call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 316-3360.
Fire Safety Tips for Building Owners in Jefferson, OH
Do you own a commercial building?
Have you taken the time to construct a fire prevention plan for you and your employees?
Fires occur in commercial facilities more frequently than people realize. It's always a good idea to plan for the worst when it comes to fire safety. Here are a few of the basics of fire prevention for your commercial building:
FIRE ALARMS & EXTINGUISHERS
In commercial facilities, fire alarms & extinguishers are extremely important. They have saved countless lives over the years and are a valuable asset in every building.
Alarms serve as the first line of defense in a fire prevention plan. It is important that they are regularly inspected and in good working order.
If a fire were to occur inside of a commercial building, a functioning fire extinguisher(s) on site could prevent your building from total destruction. There are many types of extinguishers such as water and foam, carbon dioxide, and dry or wet chemical extinguishers. Conduct training periodically to make sure the employees know how to fully operate the extinguishers.
HAVE A PLAN
Commercial facilities should have a concise fire evacuation plan. All staff members should be properly educated on all aspects of the fire prevention measures in your building. If the fire alarm sounds, employees should know to safely exit the building. Also, there should always be clear evacuation paths to the exits that are free of obstacles.
Another critical aspect of the fire and safety plan is that the building has emergency lighting in place to ensure that everyone can leave the building safely. There should be clearly marked exit signs that are lit up and visible from all parts of a room.
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What You Should Know About Smoke Alarms
Replace all smoke alarms every ten years, and test the batteries once at least once a month.
SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is locally owned and operated. We are part of the community and want you to know that if you have a fire or smoke emergency, we are nearby and always ready to help.
Call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360 with any of your restoration needs.
Here is some public service information on Fire/Smoke alarms and how you can stay safe.
TYPES OF ALARMS
There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It would be a good idea to use both types of alarms in the home if possible.
- Install smoke alarms inside and outside of each bedroom and make sure everyone in the home knows what to do if the alarm sounds.
- Install alarms on every level of the home. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Interconnected smoke alarms whenever possible so that when one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
- Smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
- Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years, and test the batteries once at least once a month.
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Why Choose SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties
SERVPRO has 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada ready to help at a moments notice.
- SERVPRO is a franchise system with 45 years of leadership in the cleanup and restoration industry.
- SERVPRO has 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada ready to help at a moments notice.
- SERVPRO has a track record of results that has earned the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.
At SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties we take to the streets, every hour of every day, proving that whenever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, there is a reliable company to call that can make your loss look "Like it never even happened."
So what services does SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties offer? We specialize in the following services:
- Fire, Smoke and Soot
- Water removal and Dehumidification
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Large Loss/Storm Response
- Pack Outs and Contents Restoration
- Document Drying
- Contents Claim Inventory Service
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
Call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360 to schedule services
We are available 24/7 for emergency services
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