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Fall Preparation Tips for Erie Homes and Businesses

10/9/2021 (Permalink)

Leaves and a broom. Fall is here and it is time to prepare your home for this season!

Fall is here and it is time to prepare your home for this season! To better tackle preparing for this season, take a moment to make a list to better tackle your tasks this Fall.

  • Regularly clean your gutters and downspouts.
  • Lower humidity and cooler temperatures make fall a great time to paint the exterior of your home.
  • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs.
    • Run the water until the pipes are empty.
  • Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system.
  • If you use a hot water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators.

SERVPRO of West Erie County are available for immediate assistance. Give us a call at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website! We can make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Training, Experience, and Equipment Set SERVPRO of West Erie County Apart

9/11/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded laundry room with water rising up to the washer and particles floating through the water. Not just any restoration company can handle these major disasters.

You know SERVPRO of West Erie County as the industry leader in fire and water damage restoration, but how did we get there? There are three areas that allow us at SERVPRO of West Erie County to exceed all expectations and go above and beyond!

Training

We have Highly Trained Restoration Specialists ready to respond to disasters in Erie homes. They are trained by the standards set by the IICRC. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our restoration technicians are trained in house by our owner, Andrew Dobson.

Andrew currently holds all advanced designations including, Master Water Restorer (MWR), Master Fire & Smoke Restorer (MSR) and Master Textile Cleaner (MTC).

Experience

We have been in business for a while, so we have seen a lot! From small events like leaky pipes and minor flooding to major commercial fires and total rebuilds, we have done it all. This gives SERVPRO of West Erie County the knowledge to restore any Erie property following a disaster.

Equipment

Not just any restoration company can handle these major disasters. The Advanced Technology in SERVPRO of West Erie County’s arsenal allows us to have the device, machine, or deodorizer needed for each disaster. Along with our equipment, our fleet is massive! We have the capacity to service anyone.

When your Erie home or business is in need, SERVPRO of West Erie County is Here to Help! Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website to make your disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

What Can I Do After a Flood in My Erie Home?

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

A man sitting on his couch with water surrounding him looking distressed A flooding event can leave homeowners in Erie confused. Who should I call? What can I do? What will the damage be?

A flooding event can leave homeowners in Erie confused. Who should I call? What can I do? What will the damage be? All these questions can be answered right here by SERVPRO of West Erie County!

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

After you determine it is safe, you can enter the home. Before you execute any of our Water Damage Tips, call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We have the training, experience, and equipment to dry and restore any home damaged by a flood. Now, on to the “Do’s” and ”Don'ts” following flood:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Following a flood event, call the water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of West Erie County!

Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our website to get your Erie home dried and restored fast!

Do You Have Water Damage in Your Erie Home?

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

A man trying to catch water from the roof with two buckets. All the buckets in the world would not be enough to catch this roof leak.

It’s 2:00 AM, a strong thunderstorm just swept through your neighborhood, and water is quickly leaking through your ceiling. All the buckets in the world would not be enough to catch this roof leak. In this situation, you need your roof tarped as soon as possible! No matter the time or place, here at SERVPRO of West Erie County, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

Whether it is 2:00AM or 2:00PM, SERVPRO of West Erie County works around the clock non-stop to be there almost immediately. The reason why it is so important to be there quickly, especially when there is water damage, is because of how fast water can spread throughout a home. To give you a better idea, check out our Water Damage Timeline.

From beginning to end, SERVPRO of West Erie County makes sure to take much care throughout the whole process. If you have encountered a disaster at your home or business, make sure to give us a call at (814) 806-1987 or Visit our Website for immediate assistance.

Remediating Mold in Your Erie Business. SERVPRO Does It Better!

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Person spraying a wall covered in mold. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting.

Mold in Erie homes can be a nuisance. They can be dangerous to a home’s structure and a person’s health. Believe it or not, it can be worse in your business.

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call us at SERVPRO of West Erie County. We will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

When mold infiltrates your Erie business, here is what SERVPRO of West Erie County does:

SERVPRO of West Erie County can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. This is all detailed within our Mold Restoration Process.

When you see mold in your Erie office, warehouse, or shop, call us! SERVPRO of West Erie County is Here to Help!

You can reach us at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website to get the mold in your office remediated today!

The Science Behind Mold and Mold Remediation

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores. Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible.

Mold is all too common to Erie homeowners. Even though it is so common, many do not understand mold or mold remediation. Let’s first look into understanding mold and our Mold Restoration Process.

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce health effects.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

It is hard to believe mold is everywhere, but it is true!

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of West Erie County has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

When you see mold in your Erie home, call the experts at SERVPRO of West Erie County. Before we arrive, refer to these Mold Damage Tips.

Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website to get your home back to preloss condition. We are always Here to Help!

Staying Safe During Tornadoes in Erie

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado right next to homes. One of the most dangerous storms we can see in Erie is a tornado.

One of the most dangerous storms we can see in Erie is a tornado. They are scary and can produce some catastrophic damage. However, in any dangerous situation, preparation can always help you get through them safely.

With some help from the CDC, here is how you can stay safe during a tornado in Erie:

The CDC provides a Three Step Plan on how to stay safe during a tornado:

Be Prepared

It is important to have the following items:

  • Fresh batteries and a battery-operated TV, radio, or internet-enabled device to listen to the latest emergency weather information
  • A tornado emergency plan including access to a safe shelter for yourself, your family, people with special needs, and your pets
  • An emergency kit (including water, non-perishable food, and medication)
  • A list of important information, including telephone numbers

It is also important for children know what a tornado is, what a tornado watch and tornado means, and what county they live in to know when to be prepared.

Stay Aware of Weather Conditions

Pay attention to local weather channels, but also to the sky! Here are some signs a tornado is approaching Erie:

  • A dark or green-colored sky
  • A large, dark, low-lying cloud
  • Large hail
  • A loud roar that sounds like a freight train

 Know Where to Shelter

This is one of the most important tips to follow during a tornado. These locations are safer than most:

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • If possible, avoid sheltering in a room with windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home.

Remember these tips the next time we see severe weather in Erie. If your home is damaged during a storm, call the experts at SERVPRO of West Erie County to get your home restored fast. We are Here to Help!

Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition fast!

Is a Leaky Shower Head a Problem for Erie Homeowners?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

A shower head with running water. If you have water damage from a leaky shower head or any other source, call the water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of West Erie County today!

Leaky shower heads in Erie homes may seem like just a small annoyance to you. You may be concerned about how much money in water you waste, but do you consider the damage it could do on your home? This minor problem may have major consequences! SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to explain.

Wasted Water

The drip of a shower head might not seem like a lot of water. However, a shower head that drips 10 times an hour loses 2 gallons a day! Throughout an entire year of drips, you are looking at serious amounts of wasted water. Think about how many Erie homes have leaking shower heads, and how much water we are wasting.

Money Consequences

How much money would you be losing with a leaky shower head? Since the average price of a gallon of water is only $.002, as reported by howstuffworks.com, it is not too much money. However, the real consequences are through property damage. That is where the real money is lost!

Property Damage

The real damage for Erie homes with leaky shower heads lies here. This drip of a shower head can get behind walls, leave moisture in your shower constantly, and stain your tub. All of these could lead to structural damage, mold, and more. SERVPRO of West Erie County does not want to see this in Erie homes!

If your shower head is leaking, go fix it! HGTV has provided this How-To Article on fixing leaky shower heads.

If you have water damage from a leaky shower head or any other source, call the water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of West Erie County today! We have the training, experience, and equipment to get your Erie home to preloss condition fast. Visit our Website or call us today at (814) 806-1987 to get your home back to preloss condition!

When is the Right Time to Clean my Erie Business?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

A man is cleaning and sanitizing an office desk. If your Erie business needs cleaned, SERVPRO of West Erie County is Here to Help!

A freshly cleaned business can have a magnitude of benefits for you in Erie. There are even studies to back this! So, when is the best time to clean your Erie business? Right now! Allow SERVPRO of West Erie County to explain:

Air Quality

Getting your HVAC system and air ducts cleaned is huge for your office’s productivity. Assistant professor and director of the Healthy Building program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Joseph G. Alen, identifies “Ventilation” and “Air Quality” as two of his 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building. This will improve health and even productivity, he explains.

Allen stated in this Article, “Businesses would benefit from recognizing this and taking action to optimize their air quality for employees’ health and productivity.” Luckily for Erie businesses, SERVPRO of West Erie County is an expert on commercial cleaning and can get your air quality in the office improved.

Welcoming to Customers

Clean carpets and flooring, fresh air quality, and sanitized surfaces can be appealing for customers coming into your Erie business. Medium.com states that a clean office is one of the best ways to make a good first impression on customers. SERVPRO of West Erie County has the training, experience, and equipment to properly clean your Erie business!

Look at all of SERVPRO of West Erie County’s Specialty Cleaning Services:

If your Erie business needs cleaned, SERVPRO of West Erie County is Here to Help! Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website to get your business cleaned by the experts.

Storm Anxiety in Pets

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Dogs are hiding under the covers. For help cleaning up after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We are storm damage experts and only a quick phone call away.

The pets in my house live like royalty. They are extremely loved and valued members of our house. Even if your canine friend does not have a personal bed in every room in the house, you never want to see them fearful or anxious. Recent research indicates that dogs can feel emotions like humans and can develop psychological phobias and conditions like canine storm anxiety.

Fear can be beneficial in instances of self-preservation. During a storm, fear can prompt a dog to seek shelter. Of course, when your dog is safe inside and protected by you and your family the fear begins to seem irrational.

There are several reasons dogs may develop storm anxiety. A dog’s hearing is much better than that of a human so a loud crack of thunder to you is amplified for your dog. Some dogs can be sensitive to other noises such as fireworks, thunder, or even a loud blender. Lightning, rain, wind, and thunder can all contribute to your dog’s fear and anxiety.

Dogs cannot express their feelings in words, so they must use their body and behavior to communicate. Due to a dog’s superior sense of smell and hearing they may detect change in the weather before you and begin to act abnormally long before visible signs of a storm occur.

Symptoms of storm anxiety include:

  • Lowered ears and tail, wide eyes
  • Pacing
  • Panting and drooling
  • Trembling
  • Whining or howling
  • Hiding
  • Involuntary indoor urination
  • Destructive behavior or even self-harm (i.e., clawing to escape, running away)

Unfortunately, there is no cure for your furry friend who suffers from storm anxiety. While the habit of panicking at loud noises can be easily formed, it takes a lot of time and patience to reverse the habit.

Behavior modification and desensitization can be the best methods of helping your dog. Behavior modification is a process of rewarding calm positive behaviors while discouraging bad habits. Playing recordings of loud thunder and storms at a low volume to your dog in small time increments can slowly desensitize them.

For help cleaning up after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We are storm damage experts and only a quick phone call away. Give us a call today or send us a message via our  Facebook page. (330) 392 6355.