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Watch vs. Warning: What's the Difference

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Watch vs. Warning: What's the Difference Watch vs Warning Storm Definition

With the severe weather season underway, now is a good time to go over the difference between tornado and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings. A WATCH means that the potential exists for the development of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes, depending upon the specific type of watch issued. In the case of a tornado watch, this DOES NOT mean that a tornado has been seen or even indicated on radar...it just means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in thunderstorms. Similarly, a severe thunderstorm watch means that conditions are just conducive for the development of severe weather, and DOES NOT indicate that severe weather has been reported. While no immediate action on the part of the general public is required for the issuance of a watch, citizens should keep up to date on the current weather situation and be prepared to seek shelter if necessary.

A WARNING, on the other hand, requires more immediate action and should be taken seriously. A severe thunderstorm warning indicates that severe weather is imminent in your area or is already occurring (based on either human observation or doppler radar). The term severe refers to hail greater than or equal to 1.00" in diameter and/or wind gusts that meet or exceed 58 mph. Although these storms can also be associated with dangerous cloud to ground lightning or heavy rainfall that is capable of causing flash flooding, neither of these two items serve as criteria for a severe thunderstorm warning being issued.

A tornado warning can be thought of as a very specific severe thunderstorm warning, and means that a tornado has been either spotted by a human observer or indicated by doppler radar to a severe thunderstorm warning, once a tornado warning is issued for your area, you should take cover immediately...as the likelihood of you being directly impacted by a tornado is at a heightened risk. With this knowledge of watches and warnings, you will be better prepared the next time severe weather threatens your area.

Information provided by Weatherworks, LLC.

Contact SERVPRO of S&E Stark County at 330-823-4088 for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile (ERP) Having a Free ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.  

Contact SERVPRO of S&E Stark County at 330-823-4088 to talk to professionals to learn more and be "ready for whatever happens."  Continue to follow this page this week as we share additional tips to keep you safe.

SERVPRO of S&E Stark County are Green Cleaners

7/14/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO of S&E Stark County are Green Cleaners SERVPRO of S&E Stark Cleaning Products

The 7 Biggest Benefits of Hiring a Green House Cleaner

It may seem like a luxury to hire a house cleaner, but when it comes to keeping your house spotless and sparkling, a professional can not only make sure everything is dirt and grime-free from top to bottom (including baseboards and ceiling fans), but can give you time back that you’d typically spend scrubbing toilets and washing windows. Even better, if you hire a green cleaner, you’re also doing your part to be environmentally responsible and take care of the earth. Read on to find out the benefits of hiring a house cleaner that’s planet-friendly and how it’s actually quite easy to be green (despite what that charming frog says).

1. Green Cleaning Is Safer for Your Family and Pets

Certainly there are times when one needs to disinfect an area (like on surfaces that have had contact with raw meat or when someone has a contagious illness), but the chemicals in disinfectants can trigger asthma, allergies, and create other health issues. Exposure to living bacteria is actually good for us and according to some research may actually strengthen immune systems. Mostly though, by cleaning with products that don’t contain toxins, pollutants, or suspected carcinogens such as VOCs, solvents, chlorine, ammonia, sulfates, or irritating dyes and perfumes, you’re making sure your children and pets are living and thriving in a healthy and safe environment.

2. Green Cleaners Don’t “Green Wash”

Green cleaners wash your home in a green way, but they don’t “green wash,” meaning they won’t deceive you about the products they’re using to clean your home. If they say they’re using eco-friendly products and practices, then they really are. This means they’ll also be honest about which organic products are most effective and won’t tell you they’re disinfecting if they’re not.

3. Green Products Are Better for Your Health

Most common household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can have an adverse affect on your health, which is why the biggest advantage giving your home an eco-friendly cleaning is that everything will be cleaned with all-natural products. There are tons of household cleaners that can keep your home fresh and clean that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources. That being said, it’s true that sometimes it can take a little more time and elbow grease to get green products to work because they’re much more gentle than chemical products. Chemicals may make cleaning easier, but they don’t make it any better. Still, green products won’t disinfect and kill bacteria the way traditional cleaning products do, so if that’s important to you, it’s something to think about. Though it’s also worth nothing that it’s not necessary to kill bacteria on a surface, just to remove it, which green products will do.

4. Green Cleaners Provide the Products

In order to ensure your home is being cleaned with non-toxic and environmentally friendly products, most green cleaners provide all of the cleaning equipment and products, though they will use your products if you ask them to.

5. Green Cleaners Are Committed to Being Green in All Areas

While using green house cleaning products is a huge part of taking care of the earth, green cleaners know it goes further than just that and make an effort to save water, reuse bottles, reduce waste, and implement sustainable business practices.

6. Green Cleaning Is Also Safer for the People Doing the Cleaning

A sustainable cleaning philosophy means that cleaners are not exposed to toxic chemicals that could adversely affect their health.

7. Green Cleaners Will Save You Time

Okay, this is true of any house cleaner, but it’s still worth mentioning. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, a green cleaner is saving you the time and effort it takes to keep everything looking its best. And they will clean on a schedule that works for you, whether that’s once a week or once a month. In addition, by taking care of your home and providing regular maintenance, you’ll save money in the long run.

SERVPRO of S&E Stark Smoke and Soot Clean up

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of S&E Stark Smoke and Soot Clean up Fire and Soot Damage

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of S&E StarkCounty will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – SERVPRO of S&E StarkCounty 330-823-4088

    SERVPRO of S&E Stark County - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

    6/21/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage SERVPRO of S&E Stark County - 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service S&E Stark County Crew

    SERVPRO ofNW Stark County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

    When storms hit in North East Ohio, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of S&E Stark County at 330-823-4088

    Soot Damaged Statue

    4/22/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Soot Damaged Statue Before and After cleaning

    This picture shows the cleaning that SERVPRO can do for soot damaged items.

    Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

    If You Have Questions or Need Help, 
    Call SERVPRO of S&E Stark County at 330-823-4088 today!

    Contents Restoration

    SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

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

    Spring is HERE!

    4/22/2016 (Permalink)

    General Spring is HERE! Great Tips!

    Now that winter weather is passing, it is the best time to inspect your home or building for weather-related damage. Snow and ice buildup, heavy rains and strong winds can all cause problems with your property. Roofs, gutters and landscapes are exterior elements that should be checked to guard against water damage. Remember to look in attics, basements or crawl spaces for visible signs of water intrusion. Make sure outside vents are clear of any obstruction to ensure proper air flow. If you find a problem and need restoration help or want spring cleaning assistance, call us today!

    Warehouse Stocked with Equipment

    2/19/2016 (Permalink)

    General Warehouse Stocked with Equipment Equipment in our first bay area.

    When you are dealing with water damage in NE Ohio, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of S&E Stark County will respond immediately. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We also closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. If you suffer water damage in NE Ohio or the surrounding area we are here to help. Call us 24/7 at (330) 823-4088.

    Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes

    1/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes Pipe-Burst

    Winter is in full swing. Whatever part of Ohio you are in, most people are experiencing very cold or freezing temperatures this time of year. Everyone wonders what needs to be done to protect their pipes in freezing temperatures. It is important to protect your pipes and your plumbing system in cold weather. It is especially important if you plan to be away from home for long periods of time.  
    On the inside: If you will be away from home for days at a time, make sure that all of your pipes are kept warm, especially in spaces that receive little or no heat. If any pipes will stay exposed to freezing temperatures, open up one faucet with a very small drip to keep water moving through the pipes.  
    On the outside: Protect your pipes as you would protect your plants. Cover up your outside faucets with foam or towels to insulate them.    Especially if you plan to be away from home this winter, remember to leave your contact information with a neighbor. You might consider giving them a key to your home, too, and leaving your preferred plumber's contact information behind should an emergency occur.  
    Wondering what happens if pipes freeze? When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way a soda can would. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts and could result in serious damage. Pipes and valves on outside walls or in the attics are the most common trouble spots. If you open a faucet and water does not come out, you may be dealing with a frozen pipe.  (article from ABC news)

    FREE CE Classes

    1/5/2016 (Permalink)

    Continuing Education Classes in Feburary 25, 2016.