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Shower and Bathroom Mold Cleanup

12/20/2018 (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.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.

  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

It is important to get suspected microbial growth tested by a professional in case it is more serious than the eye can see. SERVPRO offers mold inspection and mold mitigation & remediation services to get rid of that pesky mold fast! Give us a call today at 440-319-3360 to schedule with us today!

Ashtabula County Winter Storm Checklist

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Winters in Northeast Ohio can be brutal and pose the risk of a winter storm.

The CDC offers great tips to stay safe during a winter storm:

Heat Your Home Safely

If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and remember these safety tips:

  • Use fireplaces, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space.
  • Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Do not burn paper in a fireplace.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater.
  • Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use—don’t substitute.
  • Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding. Never cover your space heater.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater.
  • If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.
  • Store a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated.
  • Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages, or near windows.

Light Your Home Safely

If there is a power failure:

  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns rather than candles, if possible.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

Use Generators Safely

Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door or vent -- preferably in a space where rain and snow does not reach them.

  • Never use an electric generator indoors, in the basement, inside the garage, or near open windows or the air intake of your house because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Plug in appliances to the generator using individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords.
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet because of the risk of electrocution.
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.

Cook Safely

  • Never use a charcoal or gas grill indoors. The fumes are deadly.

Conserve Heat

Some gas-fueled heaters, such as vent-less gas fireplaces, require some ventilation. Otherwise, if you don’t need extra ventilation, keep as much heat as possible inside your home.

  • Avoid unnecessarily opening doors or windows.
  • Close off unneeded rooms.
  • Stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
  • Close draperies or cover windows with blankets at night.

Monitor Body Temperature

Infants

Infants less than one year old should never sleep in a cold room because they lose body heat more easily than adults. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and warm during the extreme cold:

  • Remove any pillows or other soft bedding. These can present a risk of smothering and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Dress infants in warmer clothing such as footed pajamas, one-piece wearable blankets, or sleep sacks.
  • Try to maintain a warm indoor temperature. If not, make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere.
  • In an emergency, you can keep an infant warm using your own body heat. If you must sleep, take precautions to prevent rolling on the baby.
Older Adults

Older adults often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. If you are over 65 years of age:

  • Check the temperature in your home often during extremely cold weather.
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure their homes are adequately heated.

Keep a Water Supply

Extreme cold can cause water pipes in your home to freeze and sometimes rupture. When very cold freezing temperatures are expected:

  • Leave all water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
  • Keep the indoor temperature warm.
  • Improve the circulation of heated air near pipes. For example, open kitchen cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink.

If your pipes do freeze, do not thaw them with a torch. Instead, thaw them slowly by directing the warm air from an electric hair dryer onto the pipes.

If you cannot thaw your pipes, or the pipes are ruptured, use bottled water or get water from a neighbor’s home. As an emergency measure, if no other water is available, snow can be melted for water. Bringing water to a rolling boil for one minute will kill most microorganisms or parasites that may be present but won’t remove chemical pollutants sometimes found in snow.

Eat and Drink Wisely

Eating well-balanced meals will help you stay warmer. Do not drink alcoholic or caffeinated beverages because they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm, sweet beverages or broth to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, ask your doctor.

If you experience a power outage during a winter storm and encounter water or fire damage as a result, call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties for immediate cleanup & restoration response! (440) 319-3360

Mold from Ice Dams

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold from Ice Dams Call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at the first sign of ice dam water damage 440-319-3360

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a accumulation of ice in a gutter or on the edge of the roof that forces water against the grade of the roof and into a home or business.

Ice dams can also form around skylights, vents or valleys in the roof.

Ice dams form when heat from inside the structure rises through the ceiling and warms the roof. Snow falls on the heated parts of the roof and melts. The melted snow then flows down the roof until it reaches the part of the roof that is lower than 32°F. The water freezes and begins to form an ice dam.

As more snow melts and refreezes, the ice dam can grow larger and pools behind the large wall of ice.

Over time the water works its way through the shingles or other roofing materials and flows through the roof decking down through the ceiling, interior walls and other parts of the structure.

If left unresolved, the water damage can lead to microbial growth.

If you notice an ice dam and water intrusion to your home or business this winter, call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties 440-319-3360

Our highly-trained cleanup & restoration professionals have the experience and resources available to help make ice dam damage "Like it never even happened."

Trumbull County Fire Chiefs' Association Meeting

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Trumbull County Fire Chiefs' Association Meeting Our Fire & Safety Marketing Representative Meghan Durig spoke to the chiefs about SERVPRO's services and our board up and tarping methods.

SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties had the opportunity to guest host the Trumbull County Fire Chiefs' Association Meeting this month at Cortland City Fire Department.

It was such an honor to speak to the chiefs of Trumbull County to share what SERVPRO can do for them as well as those who have suffered a fire in our communities.

Our Fire & Safety Marketing Representative Meghan Durig spoke to the chiefs about SERVPRO's services and our board up and tarping methods. At SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County, we utilize the tension method when boarding up properties. This method allows us to quickly and efficiently board up a structure, while maximizing security and safety - all the while minimizing additional, unnecessary damage to the structure.

Our on-call emergency board-up crew is available and Ready for Whatever Happens 24/7 with board-up trailers stocked and ready to respond immediately to any fire damage, smoke damage, water damage or vandalism emergency.

If you experience fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties 440-319-3360

Mold Damage Cleanup in Ashtabula, Ohio

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts about mold in your Ashtabula home:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and 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 can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

For a mold assessment in Ashtabula, Ohio, call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties today at 440-319-3360

Spider Webs After a Fire

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Spider Webs After a Fire Read our blog to find out what these actually are!

After a fire (big or small), customers are usually a little surprised and embarrassed to notice spider webs on the walls and ceilings of their home. These "spider webs" are actually not a reflection on your cleaning abilities as they're not even spider webs at all! They're actually called soot tags.

Soot tags occur from a synthetic/petroleum based source burn. During a fire, smoke and soot circulate throughout the house and the heat moves toward cool air when trying to equalize the temperature. In the areas with less circulation (like ceilings, exterior walls and corners) the soot tags will begin to form and can look like soot on spider webs. However, soot tags are just chains of soot that gather in the areas with low circulation that look like webs. These can occur immediately or over time and reoccur even after dusting them off. Stay away from spraying water on the area to clean it because it will smear and stain. To help prevent this from happening service your furnace annually to ensure it is working properly to help deal with soot.  The best way to combat these soot tags are to contact SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties!

Contact us if you are dealing with smoke or soot at (440)319-3360 and follow us on Facebook to stay updated!

Board Up and Emergency Tarping Services

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Board Up and Emergency Tarping Services A roof tarp is used to protect your home after a roof damage. Emergency tarping will provide security and prevent further damages water from entering

Some of our emergency board up services have been provided to homes that have experienced a fire. Although board up and tarping services are most commonly used after wind, storm or fire damage, there are multiple other factors that may cause you to need a board up for your home.

A roof tarp is used to protect your home after a roof damage. Emergency tarping will provide security and prevent further damages water from entering your home.

We provide board up services in the local Niles or Cortland, OH surrounding area. Call 440-319-3360 if you need an emergency board up service!

SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties can provides a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality. Our Building Services page provides our range of services.

Independent Insurance Agents of Trumbull County 54th Annual Golf Outing

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Independent Insurance Agents of Trumbull County 54th Annual Golf Outing SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties owner Jimmy Dobson with Andrew Dobson, Rodd Meyer and Daprile Insurance Group owner Tony Daprile

We had the opportunity to participate in the Independent Insurance Agents of Trumbull County Annual Golf Outing for the second year in a row!

The 54th annual golf outing took place at Yankee Run Golf Course in Brookfield, Ohio. We had the privilege of golfing with Nationwide Insurance Agency Owner Tony Daprile of Daprile Insurance Group. 

In addition to participating in this event, we provided SERVPRO golf balls and set up a fun tent with games and refreshments.

We love the opportunities to build relationships with our local insurance agents with a day of fun for all the hard work they put in.  

Thank you to The Bowers Insurance Agency and the Independent Insurance Agents of Trumbull County for another awesome outing!

SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is always here to help in the event of an emergency damage situation.

Call the cleanup team the insurance professionals have trusted for more than 50 years, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties 440-319-3360

Ashtabula Ohio Construction Company

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ashtabula Ohio Construction Company Our emergency services crew is on call 24/7 with fully-stocked trailers equipped with tools and materials dedicated and ready to secure any property.

If your home or business has been impacted by fire damage, water damage or storm damage, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is here to help with building and reconstruction services!

Having one company to handle the entire process from the initial board-up and security to cleanup and mitigation to rebuild can save time and keep costs down. SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties has a highly skilled construction division ready to handle and oversee any size disaster.

Our emergency services crew is on call 24/7 with fully-stocked trailers equipped with tools and materials dedicated and ready to secure any property by board up or roof tarp.  

We can provide excellent reconstruction services with in-house construction crews who are skilled in laboring and supervising the following services:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Call the cleanup and restoration team the insurance professionals have trusted for more than 50 years - SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties 440-319-3360 

Commercial Water Cleanup Company in Conneaut Ohio

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Cleanup Company in Conneaut Ohio We use the latest equipment and technology to restore your commercial property, helping make water damage "Like it never even happened."

Water, fire, mold, storm, odors, sewage damage, and many other events can harm your home or commercial building and can feel like it’s a permanent problem, but that’s why the SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties professionals are here! We understand that when these things happen you want the problem to go away as quickly as possible, that’s why we are 24/7, 365 days of the year. We have advanced equipment that restores your property back to preloss condition. We follow Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. We can manipulate temperature and humidity to remove moisture and effectively dry a property quickly.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters that measure the moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water

Portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Drying Equipment

High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace

Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air

Odor Removal Deodorization

Air scrubbers

Thermal foggers and deodorizing agents

Sanitizing, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments

Deodorizing products control odors from excess moisture

Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms

If water has damaged your house, apartments, or commercial building don’t wait until mold starts to grow to call us! 440-319-3360