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Don't Let Dirty Floors Ruin Your Business!

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Before and after dirty and clean floor SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties can come clean and sanitize your floors!

Most people do not walk around their business inspecting the floors looking for dirt and debris. You probably do not realize it, but people track all kinds of dirt, pollen, bugs, and all sorts of other debris in with their shoes. Another problem is that if people do not throw their trash away, it usually ends up on the floor. This may sound like a small, inconsequential problem, but having dirty floors can hurt your business.

Luckily, SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties offers floor cleaning and sanitation. Not only will they get rid of the dirt; they can also sanitize the floors and eliminate germs and odors. In today’s world, it is especially important to keep your business as clean and free of germs as possible.

You want your employees and customers to feel safe and healthy while inside your business.

For truly clean floors, it requires a little more than a vacuum and mop here or there when it fits in the schedule. SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties is here for all your cleaning and sanitizing needs.

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Sanitizing and Disinfecting: What's the Difference?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Coffee shop with SERVPRO clean window sticker Rely on SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull County for all your commercial and residential cleaning needs!

Do you know the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting? Prior to the global pandemic, you probably never even thought about it. Now, knowing the difference is of utmost importance for your business and even your home.

Disinfecting is destroying viruses, bacteria, and fungi on surfaces. Sanitation is removing visible contamination and debris.

With deep cleaning and disinfecting now part of normal business, you can rely on experts who deal specifically with biological contaminants on a regular basis.

When you call SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties, you can rest assured we will clean your property using CDC approved disinfectants, sanitizing agents, germicides, or antimicrobial treatments.

Commercial Spaces that may require deep cleaning and disinfecting: 

  • sales counters
  • water fountains
  • soda and snack machines
  • kitchens, break rooms, and food areas
  • bathrooms
  • classrooms
  • carpets, rugs, and drapes
  • playgrounds and fitness equipment

Our team of professionals can handle any commercial cleaning needs. Our crew members are highly educated and trained in their field of expertise. If you need any of our services – cleaning, water, or fire restoration, or construction, call us anytime! We are available 24/7.

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Lordstown Motors Unveils The Endurance: First Electric Pickup Truck

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO owners Jimmy, Andy, and Katie Dobson with Lordstown Motors CEO, Steve Burns Pictured from left to right is SERVPRO Trumbull County owner Jimmy Dobson, Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns, and SERVPRO owners Andy and Katie Dobson

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, Lordstown Motors unveiled The Endurance Pickup truck at the Lordstown assembly plant to a crowd of around 300 people.  It is the first fully electric pickup truck projected to hit the market in early 2021.

The event featured speeches by the Secretary of Energy, Dan Brouilette, and Vice President Mike Pence. Vice President Mike Pence began his speech by stating, “It really is an honor to be here. To be able to drive up and unveil what will soon be the first fully electric pickup truck on the market in the United States of America. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Lordstown Endurance.”

When Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns spoke at the event, he alluded to the importance of this kind of innovation for the Midwest and the Mahoning Valley. According to WKBN, Burns stated, “I think people expect this kind innovation to come from the coast. There’s nothing wrong with California, but the Midwest is where cars are made. The Midwest happens to be where the most pickup trucks are sold, and so we thought, why should California have all the fun?” The plant will need to hire a few hundred workers to keep the production timeline up to speed.

Live coverage by the media was available on YouTube, and WKBN 27’s website.

Our marketing department was honored to be able to attend the live event and watch the unveiling first-hand. In an interview with WKBN, SERVPRO Trumbull County owner, Jimmy Dobson stated, “To look at this truck, how it’s put together and the look of it is amazing, how it will perform for us and the efficiencies we’ll get out of it, we’re absolutely excited about it.” Vice President Mike Pence was in the passenger seat, as it was driven on stage.

SERVPRO intends to support the local company and purchase the Endurance truck when it is available in early 2021. We can not wait to see what is next for the Mahoning Valley.  

YOU are the Best Water Damage Detector!

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling and wall damaged by water Discoloration and stains on your ceilings or walls are an obvious sign of water damage.

Did you know that when it comes to water damage you are the best detector? It is quite simple actually – all you must do is use four of your five senses around your house.

Your Nose: Have you ever gone to the pool and then left your towel and wet suit balled up in a bag for about a week? It has quite a distinct odor. Wet materials and stagnant water usually emit a moldy, mildew scent that is hard to miss. If you are smelling this odor in your home, try to find the source.

Your Ears: If you hear a trickling sound or water dripping when no one is using the plumbing, there is probably a leak somewhere.

Your Eyes: Look for discoloration and stains on your walls or your ceiling. This is an obvious sign of water damage and possible mold growth happening in your insulation behind your walls and above you.   If you notice any paint on your walls or ceiling that is peeling, cracking, bubbling, or blistering, this could mean recent water damage or previous damage before you moved in.

If your water bill seems to have skyrocketed in the past few months something may be happening behind the scenes. If water is constantly leaking and being wasted, it is going to increase your water bill.

Your Touch: When wooden materials absorb water, they swell up and become larger. This can be noticeable in door frames. If your doors are suddenly much more difficult to open, the frame of the door may be absorbing water.

If you notice any of these troubling signs in your home, you know you can always count on SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties. If you want another set of eyes and ears to come and take a look, give us a call today! (440) 319 – 3360

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Pool Heater Hazards

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Pool Heater installation Pool heaters with proper installation and care can provide many years of warm water and happiness!

If you own a pool in Ohio, you may have invested in a heater to keep your water warm through the ever-changing temperatures of Ohio weather.

Although pool heaters are a nice commodity, they require some upkeep and care to ensure they are working properly and not a safety hazard. Without proper installation, a trusted piece of equipment can become a major liability.

Improper installation can lead to a build-up of carbon monoxide that can cause devastating fires. Carbon monoxide is a clear odorless gas that is extremely difficult to detect. Sticking to a trusted checklist of maintenance and inspections can prevent such problems.

It is extremely important to adhere to venting codes and guidelines. Pool heaters are typically placed outside but installed too close to windows. It is also crucial to check for electrical installation errors. Although they may not cause a full-blown fire, sparks can still fly and damage electrical components inside the heater.

Before turning on your heater for the season, be sure to check for leaves, twigs, or other debris underneath and around your heater. Leaves appear harmless, but a large pile of them can send a heater up in flames.

Although it can seem appealing and harmless to cut some corners, the potential dangers are very real. A little bit of extra work up front can save you time and keep you safer in the long run.

If you experience any fire damage in or around your residential home, the experts at SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties are at your service! For more information, call us at (440) 319 3360 or visit our Facebook page.

Appliance Caused Water Damage in Geneva, OH

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Almost all homes in the U.S. have several major appliances. These machines serve us greatly and are incredibly useful in the everyday life of all home/apartment owners.  These appliances require a significant water connection to operate correctly and with anything that needs a large water supply, there is a possibility of disaster.

Although these machines generally operate smoothly and serve their purpose, they can malfunction from time to time leaving your home with a major mess and leaving you with a headache. It is strongly encouraged to check these appliances and their water connection often. It is important to check all your home appliances, big and small, although there are a few major ones you should keep a close eye on:

Hot Water Heater

Water heater leaks happen often and can easily go unnoticed due to their placement within a home, usually in basements with little traffic. Hot water heater leaks or bursts are among the top five causes of water damage to your home. It is believed, every 12 years 75% of hot water heaters will fail which will result in $4,444 in damage.

Washing Machine

The use of too much detergent is a leading cause of water damage as it pertains to home washing machines. It is also important to examine other aspects of the machine such as fixtures, clamps, door seals, and water hoses for any cracks or wear and tear that may result in future malfunction then water damage.

Refrigerator/Freezer

It is important to make sure your freezer door closes and seals properly to prevent an accumulation of condensation. This condensation will eventually drain towards the bottom of the freezer and spill out. Automatic ice maker machines are also critical to keep an eye on. The hose could become disconnected or even damaged which will leak water fast.

Dishwasher

Much like the washing machine, the use of too much detergent will likely result in gallons of water coming from the dishwasher. Other issues stem from faulty float switches and clogged drains.

To prevent these often overlooked, home appliances from causing you a major headache it is encouraged to maintain normal inspections on all drains and hoses attached. You may also need to replace your major appliances every 5-10 years. If you experience water damage from any of your home appliances call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO® of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360!

Large Loss Building Fires By The Numbers

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO truck parked outside large church Trust the industry leader with a job of this magnitude. We can make your large loss building fire "Like it never even happened."

Not many events change one’s life quite like a severe fire. Large loss building fires can be very devastating, traumatic, and result in great loss. In the U.S., it is estimated that there are 300 large loss fires annually, killing approximately 12 people, injuring 33, and causing about $1 billion dollars in property damage. Large loss fires are fires resulting in at least $1 million dollars of damage. These fires make up roughly 1% of all building fires but they result in about 26% of all dollar loss.

All building fires are separated into two categories based on severity. These categories are “confined” and “nonconfined.” Confined fires are often-times small incidents that are limited in space, usually staying within the noncombustible material that it originated in, resulting in little to no injury. Nonconfined fires on the other hand, make up all large loss building fires and spread rapidly resulting in injuries, significant property damage, and even casualties.

Buildings are classified into 12 major property types. Of these, residential buildings lead the pack, accounting for 48% of large loss fires. Stores and office buildings come in at 16% of all large loss fires, and manufacturing properties make up 10%.

Large loss building fires can of course happen at any time with little to no warning. However, most large losses occur in the hours between 1-4 a.m. Occurrences then fall for much of the day, but then proceed to peak again from the hours of 8-11 p.m.

The time of the year also plays a role in the frequency of large loss fires. Fires tend to peak in the summer months from May-August. They then decrease during the fall but show another slight increase in the winter months of December and January.  

There are several causes of these large fires and 41% of them are unknown. It is believed the high rate of unknown fires (41%) is due to the rapid spreading throughout the building and extending beyond the original floor of the fire. This makes it extremely difficult for firefighters to determine the exact cause and location.

In the remaining 59%, 22% are a result of another nearby fire. These are known as “exposure” fires. The next three causes make up 37% of all large loss fires; they are electrical malfunctions, other unintentional/careless acts, and even intentionally set fires. 

When a devastating fire happens to you or someone you know do not hesitate to call SERVPRO® of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties at (440) 319-3360. We operate as a large loss provider and can respond faster to any size disaster!

Notes: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/v12i4.pdf

Classes of Water Intrusion

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

image of residential kitchen with clear standing water covering the floor of the room Water Damage classes are based on the amount of water that can be evaporated from the material, and the amount of wet surface area.

When water damage strikes your home or business, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Understanding how severe the water damage is can be difficult to determine. Luckily, the experts at SERVPRO® of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties have extensive training on classifying the level of water intrusion, as well as how to properly mitigate the water.

Water damage is divided into four classes. These classes are based on the amount of water that can be evaporated from the material, and the amount of wet surface area. The classes are as follows:

  • Class 1- Very little water has been absorbed by porous materials. Materials such as carpet, fiber-fill insulation, and textiles hold a lot of moisture. In Class 1, less than 5% of all porous material has been damaged by water. This means that minimal moisture has been absorbed.
  • Class 2- Much more water has been absorbed, and the materials will not evaporate much water. In Class 2, 5% - 40% of the porous materials have absorbed water. It is classified as a significant amount of water absorption.
  • Class 3- The most significant amount of water absorption in porous materials. In Class 3, more than 40% of all porous materials have been damaged by water. It will be much harder for the water to evaporate out of the materials.
  • Class 4- The water is deeply held in materials that will not easily evaporate water. These materials include plaster, wood, and concrete. In order to properly dry out a Class 4 water intrusion, professional equipment and methods may be necessary. 

Although water damage can be devastating, our highly trained technicians at SERVPRO® are always here to help. We are prepared with the proper equipment and knowledge to get your home or business back to looking "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at 440–319–3360.

Water Damage Cleanup Company in Ashtabula Area Uses PSYCHROMETRICS

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of water extraction wand going over standing water on wooden floor With the latest advancements in technology, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties utilizes the most efficient and effective equipment.

Let’s get right to it, because Psychrometrics is a big word. Psychrometrics is the study of gas vapor mixes with water vapor being the most common. Simply put, it is the scientific relationship between temperature, humidity and air flow.

At SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties, we use this science to help us dry your home or commercial building.

With the latest advancements in technology at its disposal, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties utilizes the most efficient and effective equipment in the industry.

When paired with technology, knowing Psychrometrics can help to dry building materials faster and more thoroughly according to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). It will also help determine the type, method and capacity required for the dehumidification process.

The water restoration equation can be as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Remove as much water as possible in a liquid form.
  2. Vaporize the remaining moisture as quickly as possible.
  3. Remove vaporized air as quickly as possible.

By using Psychrometrics as our guide, SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties can restore materials instead of replacing them. This ultimately saves the insured and the insurance company time and money. Using Psychrometics also helps justify the use and cost of necessary drying equipment. The IICRC provides these guidelines and standards for the industry.

SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties follows those exact standards. If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties at (440)-319-3360 and let us put Psychrometics to use for you and for the safety of your home.

Saving Paper Items After Water Damage

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of documents visible wet with sitting water on the surface When attempting to restore paper documents do not leave anything in stacks. Separate all items you are trying to salvage.

When your home suffers from any type of water damage, you might assume that all of your paper items and photographs are destroyed. But before you toss all those documents and memories in the garbage, consider salvaging them. Here are some ways you can attempt to save your paper items after water damage.

  • Move all papers to a dry area as soon as possible and lay everything flat on top of plain white paper towels under direct sunlight. Do not use patterned or designed paper towels as the coloring might bleed onto your wet items.
  • If you have photographs you want to save, let the excess water drip off of the photos. Then, place the photos face up on paper towels or a clean and dry cloth. 
  • Be sure that there is air moving around the drying items at all times. Nothing you are trying to save should be stuck in dead, muggy air or the restoration process may take longer. Keep the temperature cool and the humidity low. 
  • Do not leave anything in stacks. Separate all items you are trying to salvage. But be careful! Wet paper items are very fragile and could tear easily. Support the surface area at all times when handling these items. 
  • If items are stuck to glass or to each other, you can also try freezing these items to help the separation process. 
  • If you are attempting to air-dry books, hold the book shut to shake off excess water damage. Then wipe down the cover and set the book down upright on top of paper towel layers. Let the book open up and separate any pages you can. Let these pages fan out upright and place paper towels between the front and back covers. The damaged book will need to sit out and dry for a few hours.

Sometimes after severe water damage, items cannot be restored but you can attempt to save some of your memories, books and documents if you try with these tips! If you have any questions, give us a call at SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties (440) 319-3360.