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Tips of Staying Safe from Home Dryer Fires in Stark County

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips of Staying Safe from Home Dryer Fires in Stark County Aftermath of a Dryer Fire

Did you know that Home Dryer Fires Cause $35 million in property loss?

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers cause 34% of home dryer fires. To reduce the risk of fires happening in your home or business you should clean your dryer vents and ducts that may have lint build up. Other tips for keeping your home safe from dryer fires include:

  • Make sure your clothes dryer is installed by a professional.
  • Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly.
  • Read manufacturers' instructions and warnings in use and care manuals that come with new dryers.
  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.
  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
  • Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks.
  • Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
  • Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn.
  • If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.
  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
  • Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
  • Don’t dry any item for which manufacturers' instructions state “dry away from heat.”
  • Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow).
  • Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.
  • Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

When fire damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. Please call SERVPRO of S&E Stark County to get the team that is faster in any size disaster 330-823-4088.

Wireless Emergency Alerts in Minerva, Ohio

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wireless Emergency Alerts in Minerva, Ohio Wireless Emergency Alert

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA's) are free notifications delivered to your mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your areas. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without downloading an app or subscribing to a service. WEA's may be used to share extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters. To learn more visit www.ctia.org/wea

If your home or business are affected by a severe storm, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of S&E Stark County for 24/7 water damage cleanup and restoration at 330-823-4088. 

Mold Damage Tips in Louisville, Ohio

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Tips in Louisville, Ohio Mold on drywall in a home in Louisville, Ohio

Moisture control is the key to excessive mold growth. If there is a water damage in your home or office it is important to act quickly to clean-up and dry-out your structure and contents to prevent or limit the mold growth. Below are a few SERVPRO tips of what to do and what not to do if you find mold in your home or business.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional for mold remediation services.

What NOT to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Surface mold can seem like an easy cleanup, but there is more to neutralizing microbial growth than just wiping down the surface. Please contact SERVPRO of S&E Stark County if you find surface mold in your home or your office. Our crews will be there quickly with the proper equipment, materials and cleaners to make sure that we get your surfaces free of mold and any unhealthy levels of airborne spores.

Drying Equipment in a Water Damage Home in Louisville

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Drying Equipment in a Water Damage Home in Louisville SERVPRO equipment placed in a bathroom where there was water damage.

When you have a water damage to your home or business the SERVPRO of S&E Stark County crew will mitigate the water. Your floors and walls may look dry, but they will still be wet to the touch. Most walls are drywall or wood which is very porous and there will retain a significant amount of water. If the drywall or wood is not properly dried they may begin to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mold damage. To detect the amount of moisture that is in the walls and floors our crews use monitoring equipment like moisture meters. If moisture is detected, SERVPRO of S&E Stark County will place industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and other hard-to-access moisture. They will carefully monitor the progress using the moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals. If you have a water loss in your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of S&E Stark County for immediate assistance to dry out and restore your home at 330-823-4088.

Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) SERVPRO of S&E Stark County

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) SERVPRO of S&E Stark County Emergency Ready Profile

Did you know that 50% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster?

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW. Of the businesses that survive, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. SERVPRO of West Akron has developed a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business that will minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do after a severe flood, fire, pipe-break, sprinkler malfunction or sewage backup can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

The ERP is a no charge and no obligation comprehensive document that contains critical information about your building, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Having this information in hand helps you and SERVPRO to react to an unexpected disaster and quickly and effectively help minimize interruption. And, because disasters are unexpected, there is a Smartphone app and web version of the Program available to provide you with access to your ERP 24/7.

Call today at 330-823-4088 to get started!

Deodorization of a home in Carrollton Ohio

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Deodorization of a home in Carrollton Ohio Soot on a banister that left an odor from a fire.

Destroy Odors with Deodorization in Stark County Ohio

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected area is not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn the smoke produced travels throughout your home or business leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. 

The SERVPRO of S&E Stark County team was called out to do a fire clean up at this home in Carrollton Ohio. Our team of technicians are IICRC in in fire cleanup and restoration. We spent hours finding the fire and smoke damage and then cleaning up the soot and smoke residue using specialized SERVPRO chemicals which will treat and prevent the odor from returning. 

If you experience a fire damage or some other damage that requires deodorization, please contact SERVPRO of S&E Stark County at 330-823-4088.

What you need to know about Soot and Smoke Damage in Stark County Ohio

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What you need to know about Soot and Smoke Damage in Stark County Ohio Soot & Smoke Damage to a home in Alliance Ohio

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 Stark County 330-823-4088

Storm Damage Quick Response to Minerva Ohio

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Quick Response to Minerva Ohio SERVPRO Equipment placed at a home with water damage.

SERVPRO of S&E 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 SERVPRO Cleaning Techniques

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Damaged SERVPRO Cleaning Techniques 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.

Storm Watch vs Warning in Stark County

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Watch vs Warning in Stark County Severe Storm blew down this tree onto a homeowners garage.

Watch Vs Warning

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.