Recent Posts

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

image of man spraying fire extinguisher properly If a fire is too big to handle, make sure to evacuate as soon as possible and call 9-1-1.

Most people who have been trained on how to use a fire extinguisher are familiar with the acronym P.A.S.S. These four letters stand for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. Pull means to pull the pin simply enough. When aiming, make sure to aim low, pointing the nozzle at the base of the fire. The third step is to squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent. Lastly, sweep the hose to the left and to the right at the base of the fire until the fire is extinguished. There is a possibility that the fire could re-ignite, so be prepared to repeat Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. If the fire is too big to handle, make sure to evacuate as soon as possible and call 9-1-1. 

SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull County is available to service your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are more than happy to help! Call us at (330)393-999 if you need our help or would like more information.

Natural Disaster Response in Ashtabula, OH

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO generator supplying power as restoration is taking place inside the property If your home or business was deeply flooded, it is best to call a mitigation and restoration company to make sure it is properly dried, safe, & clean.

Fall is prone to severe thunderstorms due to most air and warmth. During any thunderstorm, depending on the rainfall and the duration of the rainfall, you never know if your home or business could flood. If you find that your basement has flooded due to a thunderstorm, there a few things you can do to help mitigate the disaster. First, look at how deep the water has gotten and if it is near any electrical outlets. Once the water stops flooding, it is important to get the water out as soon as possible. This is important to prevent mold growth and further damage to materials in the basement.

If your home or business was deeply flooded, it is best to call a mitigation and restoration company to make sure your home is properly dried, safe, and clean. Even if you are unsure of where the water comes from and how contaminated it may be, you want to call a professional to keep you, your family, and your customers safe.

SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull County is available to service your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are more than happy to help! Call us at (330) 393-999 if you need our help or would like more information.

Improper Gutter Maintenance Can Lead to Flooding

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

image of completely flooded and full gutter backed up with water weighing the gutter down Once water has a point of access, this vulnerable point of the gutter gets worse and worse the more water that can pass through.

Your home requires a lot of your attention and maintenance to perform the primary job that it has with keeping outside elements from entering inside. While this doesn't seem like a challenging task for a structurally sound home to achieve, when all of its preventative measures to divert storm damage do not get appropriately maintained, their failure to perform can result in a water emergency for your home.

Such is the case with your gutter system which outlines the edges of your roof. When this diversion equipment gets jammed full of debris, leaves, and grime, its ability to move water away from your house gets dramatically compromised. Instead of moving water away from your siding and the ground around the foundation of your home, water pools up in the gutter and pours over the sides, overly saturating this area potentially to the point of flood damage.

When a severe weather event rolls through the area and leaves several inches of rain that cannot get diverted away from your home’s foundation, the overly saturated ground around your house can become highly pressurized and force its way through weakening points in the blockwork of your lowest level or basement. Once water has a point of access, this vulnerable point gets worse and worse the more water that can pass through.

Our SERVPRO team can not only help to resolve and restore the flood damage that resulted from an event like this, but also help pinpoint the penetration areas and vulnerable regions of the foundation of your house. Our experienced technicians can seal up these points to keep similar traumatic incidents from happening again in the future. With our tools and expertise, the experienced restoration specialists we employ can restore your current flood damage to preloss conditions and offer peace of mind against what the future might have held without foundation repairs.

National Preparedness Month: Power Outage Tool Kit

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Pictured is a power outage kit with a clipboard showing the items you would need during a power outage along with flashlights It is important to be prepared in case of a widespread power outage.

September is National Preparedness month and we hope you put some of our preparedness advice into action all year long, not just September! The American Red Cross encourages that each household have a preparedness kit on hand. Unfortunately, only 51.5% of homes report having one. Don’t be part of the 49.9% of people without one; make yours today!

Your power outage kit should include:

  • Plenty of bottled water
  • Battery-operated radio & clock
  • Flashlight for each family member
  • Extra batteries
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Non-Electric can opener & eating utensils
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • First-aid kit

You could easily find an old backpack or duffel bag to store all your items in, hide it in a safe place (that you’ll remember) and you are prepared! It is important to be prepared in case of a widespread power outage. If your home or business suffers from water or storm damage, a leaky roof or fire from lightning, you can always count on SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties.

We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your home or business. Whatever may happen, and wherever it is, our goal is always the same. To make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call if you need our help! (440) 319 3360

Friend us on Facebook.

Keeping Kids Safe from Fire

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of mom and kids safely standing far away from a fire Educating your kids and giving them safety techniques empowers them and can give you a little peace of mind.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reviews and collects resources for you to use in your public outreach activities to keep children safe from fire. Explore these materials to learn more about discussing fire safety with parents, teachers, and other caregivers.

Prevention and safety messages to share

  • Make an escape plan

It is important to have a plan when there are children in your home. Children sometimes need help getting out of the house. They may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them. Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely. It is important to find two ways out of every room in your home, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.

  • Crawl, don’t walk.

Breathing in smoke is dangerous, the closer to the ground you stay, the better. Teach kids to walk like a dog on all fours and keep their nose to the ground. If the heat or smoke is too bad, get lower and slither like a snake with their nose low to the ground.

  • Choose a meeting place outside your home.

Children should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and there is no adult around. Help them practice going to the outside meeting place. Teach them to never go back inside a building that is on fire.

Keep children safe from fire and burns

Some children are curious about fire. There are simple steps you can take to keep you and the people you love safer from fire and burns.

  • Keep children 3 feet away from anything that can get hot. Space heaters and stove-tops can cause terrible burns. Keep children at least 3 feet away from stoves, heaters or anything that gets hot.
  • Keep smoking materials locked up in a high place. Never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them. No lighter is child-proof. Some are merely child-resistant.
  • Never play with lighters or matches when you are with your children. Children may try to do the same things they see you do.

Fire and fire damage can be extremely overwhelming. Educating your kids and giving them safety techniques empowers them and can give you a little peace of mind. While the physical loss of your home can be devastating, your children are irreplaceable.

If you need help after a fire, SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are fire and water restoration experts. We want your family to stay safe, no matter the situation.

Call us today! (440) 319 3360

Follow us on Instagram

Hydroxyl versus Ozone: What’s the Difference?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO hydroxyl generator Hydroxyl generators eliminate odors using UV radiation to naturally clean and deodorize the environment.

When it comes to odor of any kind, most people want to eliminate it as quickly as possible. Whether it is smoke odor after a fire, musty odor in the basement, or just a funky smell in the new house you just bought, chances are, you want it gone.

When it comes to removing odor, there are two main options in the restoration business: hydroxyl generators and ozone generators. There are advantages and disadvantages to both sides, but both avenues will get the job done.

Ozone Generators

Ozone generators produce a gas called “ozone” to deodorize the air particles in a commercial or residential area. The ozone layer is mainly composed of the “ozone” gas and is composed of three oxygen molecules. The third molecule detaches and reattaches itself to another substance to change the properties of it.

Once the oxygen molecules are set, the generator neutralizes the odors by oxidation. This permanently alters the molecular structure, which leaves it odorless rather than just masking the odor with another smell.

Ozone generators are more efficient and can get the job done more quickly than a hydroxyl generator.

The downside to ozone generators is that they cannot be used on all surfaces, or around people and animals. This can be a bit of an inconvenience if the client needs to be in the space while the restoration process is taking place.

Hydroxyl Generators

Hydroxyl generators eliminate odors using UV radiation to naturally clean and deodorize the environment. Hydroxyl radicals are created when high energy UV light and multiple wavelengths interact with oxygen and water vapor in the air. The generators create millions of hydroxyls that dismantle the molecular level of odors in the environment.

The number one advantage of hydroxyl generators is that you just plug it in and turn it on. It is safe on all surfaces and can be used around people and pets.  There is no strong odor and it can work in high humidity. 

SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties

Whether you choose ozone or hydroxyl generators, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties will get the job done! If you experience fire and smoke damage to your home or commercial business, do not hesitate to call the fire and water restoration experts! We are happy to help, call us at (440) 319 3360

Follow us on Twitter

Commercial Water Damage

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of a conference room in a commercial building completely overtaken with water and flooded Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal & environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area within your budget.

Restoring Your  Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with several issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large-scale disaster, we work quickly to assess each situation and isolate the damaged area. In most cases, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties

SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and equipment to restore your property.

We will have your property looking “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today if you our help! (440) 319 3360

Wind Damage and It's Impact on Your Property

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

image of a residential rooftop with visible shingle damage due to wind Damaging winds brought on by a thunderstorm are often referred to as “straight-line” winds to differentiate them from the winds during a tornado.

When you think of severe storms, what do you think of? Most people think heavy rains and strong winds. With strong winds, can come many long-term structural impacts.

Damaging winds can happen without much notice and in all kinds of storms. Some winds can exceed 50-60 mph and are often “birthed” by a severe thunderstorm.

Damaging winds brought on by a thunderstorm are often referred to as “straight-line” winds to differentiate them from the winds during a tornado.

“Straight-line” winds can be especially destructive and cause loose, unanchored objects to become airborne. This is not such a problem if it is your pool noodles and inner tubes, but when outdoor furniture and grills start taking flight, it can be more problematic.

Windows and roofs often endure the brunt of the damage. Wind damage can be extensive enough, that it causes water damage when outdoor elements are able to seep inside.

 Here are some ways you can protect your property:

  • Have your garage door professionally reinforced
  • Properly store and anchor loose objects such as grill, outdoor furniture, and anything else that could be swept up by strong wind
  • Trim or cut down large or dying trees to ensure branches or the entire tree do not find a new home on top of your house

Not all high windstorms are kind enough to come with advanced warning, it is best to be prepared ahead of time.

If wind or severe storms damage your property, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Counties at (440) 319 3360

Or connect with us on Facebook.

3 Survival Skills Every Kid Should Know

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Kids outside in the woods If there are heavy rains or storms, make sure your kids know how to stay safe!

Today, most kids know how to navigate the internet, download an app, or make a YouTube video. When it comes to outdoor skills, how many do your kids have?

Although your kids will likely never be stranded on a deserted island, outdoor skills provide skill development in a much different way than electronics.

You do not have to sign your kids up for 6 weeks of summer camp or even take an entire weekend hiking and camping trip. Turn evening walks and day adventures into mini lessons outside the classroom.

Here are 3 Survival Skills Every Kid Should Know:

  1. How to Build A Shelter:

Show your kids how to stay safe and warm even when they don’t have a roof over their head. Have them collect a pile a brush and leaves to lay down. Have them lay in the leaves for a few minutes and then lay on the ground. Which is warmer?  Of course, teach them to look for natural shelters first, but in a pinch, a pile of leaves would do the trick.

  1. How to Start a Fire:

Before you grab a fire starter or some gasoline to start a campfire, try teaching your kids to start a fire with just flint and a steel fire striker kit. Send them out to look for kindling and sticks and build the fire together. Teach them how you need dry wood and kindling to start a fire.

  1. How to Dress for the Weather:

Letting your kids pick out their own clothes might sound like more of a headache than it’s worth. Instead of doing it for them, tell them where they are going, and the weather and see what they choose. Teach them to wear comfortable pants to keep out the bugs, and always bring a jacket. Clothes are an important tool when spending time in the outdoors.

SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull County is here to keep you and the community safe. If there’s heavy rains or storms, make sure your kids know how to stay safe.

If you need help before, during or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull County.

If you want more survival skills or need our help, give us a call! (440) 319 3360

Or send us a message via our Facebook

How to Safely Handle Gasoline

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

We can fix fire damage with flames If your home or business is damaged by a fire, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties!

SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties has first-hand experience dealing with the results of fire damage. Often, the physical and emotional toll it takes on its victims is intense and lasting. We urge everyone to take every preventative effort and follow common sense advice when it comes to fire prevention.

Gasoline is a daily necessity to run our vehicles, so we can get to work, grab the groceries, and visit our family members. We need it to power our lawn mowers, cut our grass and keep our gardens looking nice. We use it to take vacations, power our boats, and take rides on four-wheelers. Without gasoline, our lives would be forced to move at a much slower pace.

However, if not handled properly gasoline can be a serious safety hazard. Gasoline should only be used for its intended purpose – as a motor fuel. Gasoline and diesel fuels are extremely flammable. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 500 Americans die each year in gasoline related fires and flammable liquid fires cause 1.5 billion dollars in direct property damage each year.

Gasoline Safety Tips

  • Don’t smoke, use matches, lighters, or any other ignition sources anywhere around gas.
  • Use gasoline only in well-ventilated areas
  • Never use gasoline as a cleaning fluid or solvent – or to clean your hands
  • Don’t store gas cans in your vehicles
  • Never use glass or plastic bottle for gasoline storage
  • Store gas in approved containers, in a cool, well-ventilated area such as a shed or garage and only keep a minimum amount on hand.

If your home or business is damaged by a fire, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties. We want you to stay safe when handling gasoline and strongly urge you to follow the safety tips and take as much preventative care as possible.

If you should need our help, call us at (440) 319 3360

Or follow us on Instagram