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What Do I Do After a Fire in my Geneva Home?

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

The front of a fire truck with the door open. We are an industry leader in fire damage restoration, and ready to assist anyone in the community.

The aftermath of a fire in your Geneva home is never something you want to talk about. It can be stressful, confusing, and leave you not knowing what to do next. SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull County is Here to Help®. Here’s a few things you should, and shouldn’t do after a fire:

  • Call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull County

We are an industry leader in fire damage restoration, and ready to assist anyone in the community. We have technicians who are IICRC Certified, meaning they uphold the standards set in the restoration industry. We also engage in employee certification and training frequently. Combine the training of our technicians with our industry leading equipment and we can get your home back to normal “Like it never even happened.”

  • Now What?

After you have called SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull County there’s a few things you can do. Make sure it’s safe to be in the house and be aware of electrical and “slip and fall” hazards. Limit traffic in your home to prevent soot from embedding your carpet and change your HVAC filters. For a full list of things to do after a fire, click here.

  • What Not to Do?

Don’t attempt to clean walls, painted surfaces, or electrical appliances before contacting us. Make sure you don’t turn on ceiling fans or send your belongings to be cleared by an ordinary cleaner. For a full list of what not to do, click here.

Review these tips if you experience a fire, and make sure to follow that first step! Call us today at (440) 319-3360 or visit our Website to get your home back to normal. We have the training, experience, and equipment to fix any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties Cares for Your Belongings Better

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

A man holds a piece of cardboard in his palms saying "Care" Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

If storm damage affects your home---it is not just the outside of the structure that is affected. You have hundreds of precious memories and contents inside your home. SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties understands these are important as well. That is why we have the best Content Restoration team in the business. Here’s how we can help:

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  •  Television sets
  •  DVD players
  •  Computers
  •  And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a storm event happens, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  •  Pre-loss list and value of contents
  •  Detailed and accurate report
  •  Better information to settle claims quicker
  •  Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  •  Peace of mind when you need it most  

If you have questions about our content restoration, call us today at (440) 319-3360. You can also visit our website to learn more about our unique process.

Water Damage Looks Different in the Spring for Ashtabula

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a yellow sign that reads flash flood area with dried leaves and baron trees around it. Especially dangerous to low-lying areas, Flash Flooding happens fast and can be damaging to you and your home.

Water hazards and damage come from different sources, usually determined by the weather and the seasons. Ashtabula is no exception to this. Water damage in the Spring has a unique way of showing itself. SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties, with some help from Ready.gov is here to help decipher some of Spring’s unique creators of water damage.

Water hazards in the Spring usually show themselves through floods. Here are some major flood risks this spring:

  • Spring Thaw - Melted snow can produce large amounts of runoff
  • Spring Rains - This is a common producer of water damage, as we know Spring brings lots of showers
  • Flash Flooding - Especially dangerous to low-lying areas, Flash Flooding happens fast and can be damaging to you and your home.
  • Levees and Dams - These structures sometimes erode, weaken, or overflow. All causing large floods

As always, the best way to limit your risk is to prepare! Floods are tricky, sometimes you should leave and find higher ground, and sometimes you should stay put. Regardless, you should have a plan for your household, a “Go Kit,” and be familiar with the Emergency Alert System. For a full guide on floods, click here.

With floods comes water damage, and when there’s water damage you know who to call! SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties has highly trained water restoration technicians to get your home or business to preloss condition fast!

Call us today at (440) 319-3360 or visit our Website to see our full array of water damage services. Remember, get prepared for a flood this Spring, and if you experience water damage, get an industry leader in SERVPRO on your side!

Don’t Ignore That Leaky Shower in Your Ashtabula Home

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a shower head with water coming out of it with white tiles in the background. A faucet or shower head that trips 10 times per minute will lose a gallon a day.

The subtle drip from your shower head in your Ashtabula home may seem easy to ignore. You may say it’s not very loud, it doesn’t look like it’s leaking too much water, and the time to fix it isn’t worth it. SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull County is here to tell you your assumptions are wrong! Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t ignore that leaky shower head.

  • Water Loss

It may not look like your leaky shower is losing a lot of water, but it is! The USGS states that a faucet or shower head that trips 10 times per minute will lose a gallon a day. Those numbers add up quickly, and multiply if you have this issue on multiple showerheads. This added money to your water bill and the loss of water should get your attention.

  • Damage

A gallon each day from your leaky shower can cause some heavy damage in your shower. This water can cause some pretty ugly stains in your shower and can even find its way into the structure and wreak havoc. This could be dangerous and force you to fully renovate your bathroom.

  • Health Hazard

I bet you didn’t think a leak could pose health risks, but it can. With water damage comes mold, and with mold comes possible health effects. The allergens and irritants produced by mold can pose health effects, especially to people with respiratory issues.

Can you see why a leaky shower head in your Ashtabula home is no joke? If your shower head is leaking, get to it! If it’s too late and you already have some damage or mold in your shower, what should you do? That’s easy, call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull County! We have highly trained water restoration technicians ready to get your home to preloss condition fast.

Call us today at (440) 319-3360 or visit our Website to see all our water restoration services. Remember to take care of that leaky shower head, and if you have damage you know who to call!

Ashtabula Businesses Safety Guide

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a girl working to make a fire safety plan It’s just as important to know what to do during a disaster in your home as it is in your place of work.

Most households around the Ashtabula area have a fire safety plan or a plan for inclement weather in their neighborhood. Homes generally have disaster preparedness plans, but does your business have one?

It’s just as important to know what to do during a disaster in your home as it is in your place of work. SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is here with a guide to keep your Ashtabula business safe!

  • Fire Escape Plan

Having a plan for what to do in the event of a fire can be crucial in your employees’ safety. A fire escape plan consists of many things, but the most important are knowing where to exit each room, and what to do when you are outside the building. Check out what OSHA says about evacuation plans here.

  • Disaster Readiness

Preparing for a disaster or a storm is different from a fire. Ready.gov has plenty of Toolkits to help your business be prepared for natural disasters, widespread illness, and even dealing with choking hazards in the workplace. They recommend businesses identify the risks, develop a plan, take action, and practice!

  • Practice

This is crucial for your business. There’s not much a plan can do for your business if you don’t know how to execute. Practice your escape plans or disaster preparedness plans at least twice per year.

If you experience a disaster in your business, and after you execute your plans, what do you do? That’s easy, you call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull. We have highly trained restoration technicians to handle any size disaster. We specialize in fire and water restoration, as well as storm damage cleanup. Call us today at (440) 319-3360 or visit our Website to see all of our commercial services.

Getting Your Ashtabula Business Prepared for Anything

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

A sign saying "Be Prepared" hangs on a clothes line. Our ERP can be the difference between your business coming back from a disaster and your business staying closed.

Being prepared for anything is the best way to limit the consequences of a disaster. We prepare for many things in our lives, but is your Ashtabula business ready and prepared if you suffer from a disaster? This Study states that 40% of businesses won’t reopen following a disaster. SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is here to make sure your business isn’t one of those statistics!

SERVPRO offers a FREE service called an Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP that can enhance your business’s ability to respond to a disaster. This allows our expert team to come into your business fully prepared to bring your business back to fully operational fast. You’re probably asking now “what’s in an ERP?” Good thing we have the answer, an ERP includes:

  • No cost assessment of your business
  • Creates a Concise Profile Document that has critical information needed for us to respond to an emergency
  • Guide to get your business back to fully operational
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider - getting you an industry leader on your team!
  • Shows SERVPRO critical spots in your facility and important contact information

Our ERP can be the difference between your business coming back from a disaster and your business staying closed.

Call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull County at (440) 319-3360 today to get your ERP or visit our Website to see all of our commercial services. Don’t let your business be another statistic! 

Spring in Geneva is Going to Look Different This Year

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a picnic table filled with people and food. SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties knows you can’t be enjoying Spring’s fun if you’re dealing with a disaster.

It’s safe to say Spring of 2020 was a unique one. We were robbed of many of our favorite activities last year. Festivals, fairs, graduations, and more were all stripped from us. However, this Spring is looking like we might be headed back to some sort of normal!

With the steady decline in cases and Gov. Dewine’s conditions for ending Covid-19 restrictions, it seems that we are headed in the right direction. This means there will be fans in the stands for games, you’ll be able to attend graduation parties, and have some fun at Geneva-On-The-Lake all Spring and Summer.

SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties knows you can’t be enjoying Spring’s fun if you’re dealing with a disaster. That’s why we’re here to help. We offer:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • More!

No matter your needs, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is here to help. Call us today at (440) 319-3360 or visit our Website with any and all of your needs. You should be spending your time enjoying what we missed last year, not worrying about a disaster. We’re faster to any size disaster, and can get your home to preloss condition fast!

Tornado Alley USA: Why the US Takes the Cake

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

A tornado rips through farmlands under dark skies. Did you know that SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties is the area’s leader in storm damage?

According to CNN… “the US averages over 1,150 tornadoes every year. That’s more than any other country. In fact, it’s more than Canada, Australia and all European countries combined.”

But why? Is there any scientific information making the great US of A the leader of the tornado world? Allow SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties to explain.

The Southern states round out the top 5 areas we’ve considered “tornado alley”. The states that are usually affected are: Texas, Kansas, Florida, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. Texas averages 140 tornadoes annually. But, even so, Alabama averages only 42 cyclones annually, but it’s on the top of the list for tornado fatalities. Now this leads us to topography.

The topography in Alabama and other southern states is no doubt beautiful. Those rolling hills, plateaus, and trees are a huge reason the area is so desirable. Oh, and the weather too. But this creates the perfect storm, per say for a tornado. Tornadoes in the Southeast region of the US tend to be more fatal than their Great Plains neighbors. Weather and geographic makeup have a tendency to create a faster jet stream, causing the storm to travel more quickly through those barriers mentioned above. Which means—-folks don’t see it coming as quickly as they would in a flatter topography like Texas.

These factors of course lead to more deaths in the South. But no matter which “top 5” state we’re referring to; they all have one thing in common…the perfect ingredients for a tornado to brew.

The basic ingredients are this: warm or moist air near the ground, dry or cool air above, and strong horizontal winds. The “top 5” states in particular have a low-pressure system since they border the Gulf of Mexico. Then, they get the dry cool air from the Rocky Mountains or the High Desert in the southwest. There’s not another place in the whole world that has a large body of warm water on its equatorward side with some series mountains on the other. All the other tornado prone areas of the world have at least one of these characteristics. But not all the features like our the “top 5”.

Amazing. Thank goodness Ohio doesn’t fall into the “tornado alley” category. But that doesn’t mean we’re immune. The tornado of May of 1985 shook our area. But it’s been about 35 years since our last windstorm. Did you know that SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties is the area’s leader in storm damage?

We’re a large loss SERVPRO. That means we have more people, with more knowledge, with more equipment than any other restoration company around. Storm damage along with fire and flood is the cornerstone of our business. We’re here to help with any disaster type situation.

Should you need us call (440) 319.3360. If you’d like more tips of the trade, follow us on Facebook or visit our website for more information on our services.

Should I Clean the Mold in My Geneva Home Alone?

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Someone with yellow gloves and a spray bottle attempts to clean mold from the wall. When you see mold in your Geneva home, don’t stress. Call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties.

With all the ways your Geneva home can suffer water damage, I’m sure you’ve encountered mold at least once or twice. Whether it’s from a flood, a leaky pipe, or an overflowing washing machine, water damage can be a pain. With water damage comes mold. To answer the question in the title, NO! Here’s exactly why you shouldn’t attempt to clean mold on your own:

  • First Steps

Since mold spreads fast (within 48-72 hours) you should not hesitate to get help. It may be your first instinct to try and handle the mold quickly by yourself. Luckily, SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties is faster to any disaster so we can help!

  • Health Hazard

What most people don’t realize is that even a little section of mold on your wall can cause some health effects. Mold may be hazardous to children and the elderly, as well as anyone with respiratory issues. That’s why it’s best to leave the mold in your Geneva home to the professionals.

  • Complicated

All water damage can be tricky, and mold is no exception. It requires specialized equipment, extensive training, and protective gear to fully remediate mold. SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties has all three of those things to help get your home back to preloss condition.

Here’s a complete list of Do's and Don'ts when it comes to mold.

When you see mold in your Geneva home, don’t stress. Call SERVPRO of Ashtabula & North Trumbull Counties today at (440) 319-3360 or visit our Website to get your home back to preloss condition fast! 

Why is SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull County Better?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a long line of SERVPRO cars all in a line. SERVPRO has more people, with more knowledge, with more equipment than any other restoration company around.

Capacity. That is what it comes down to. And what exactly does capacity mean? Well. It means we have more people, with more knowledge, with more equipment than any other restoration company around. Let’s discuss it a little further.

At SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull County, our staff is highly trained in the restoration of residential and commercial property as a result of fire, smoke or water damage.

From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to continual IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the necessary resources, equipment, and knowledge to restore your property. 

SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull Counties understands the disruption that comes with fire or water damage. We realize that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, our goal is to help minimize the stress, worry and interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust. It’s a brand that has been built on excellent customer service, quick response and working in unity with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork, while providing effective and efficient mitigation service.

We are proud to be an active member in the communities that make up Ashtabula and Trumbull County and want to do our part to make each community the best it can be. We are an active member of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce and support our local law enforcement agencies and school systems.

 If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! No damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Ashtabula and North Trumbull County Call 440.319.3360 today.