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Storm Season in Girard, PA

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Season in Girard, PA Excessive rain and wind can leave your property vulnerable to water damage from flooding.

Have you ever gone on your weather app to check the weather for the week and there is a 20% chance of rain every single day? The little description might read “Slight chance of scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.” One minute it can be 75 and sunny and the next minute there is a torrential downpour of rain.

Unfortunately, pop-up thunderstorms are not uncommon in late July and August, and they can leave you feeling confused and unprepared. Typically, excessive rain and wind can leave your property vulnerable to water damage from flooding.

Staying informed about the common causes of storm and water damage can provide peace of mind for when that unexpected heavy rainstorm hits Girard, PA.

What are the Common Types of Damage Caused by Storms?

Flooding: During a strong rainstorm, water can penetrate the roof shingles and leak into you home. Nearby lakes, rivers or even streams can overflow and cause flooding that can wreak havoc on your property. Flooding damage can be invasive and cause damage to the materials inside your home or business. Water can rot wood and cause mold growth that will add up to costly repairs.

Burst Pipes: Most people do not examine the condition of the pipes in their home, nor do they know what a worn-out pipe looks like. It may be worth it to hire an expert to evaluate the condition of the pipes in your home. Additionally, active leak detection systems can be valuable as they can detect and stop leaks from happening.  

Sewer Backup: Although nobody wants to experience any kind of water damage, perhaps the most unwanted kind of water damage is sewer backup. Heavy rains can lead to sewer backup that leave your home full of sewage. The smell alone is bad enough, but this problem can affect the foundation of your home.

Any type of water damage can negatively affect the value of your property. Water damage can have many sources, from loose appliance hoses to natural disasters. Water heaters, plumbing, overflowing toilets, bathtubs, and sinks are additional causes of water damage typically seen in homes and businesses.

Regardless of the source, SERVPRO of West Erie County can handle any size disaster. Our highly trained restoration specialists provide 24/7 Emergency Services. SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and a preferred vendor for many national and local insurance companies. If you need help, call SERVPRO of West Erie County today! (814) 806-1987

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Residential and Commercial Cleaning in Conneaut Township

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Residential and Commercial Cleaning in Conneaut Township We offer cleaning services, such as ceiling and wall cleaning, drapes, upholstery, and window washing.

If you take a look around your local Walmart or Target this time of year, there is no doubt about it: it’s back to school time!

As you get your kids ready for back-to school with fresh new pencils and clean lunch boxes, you may also find yourself wanting to get your home ready for back to school. With school, comes sports, dance lessons and homework, and you won’t have as much time to clean your ceilings, walls, or drapes.  

Luckily for you, SERVPRO of West Erie County is at your service! Maybe you’ve seen the large bright green trucks with the large fire and water pictures on them and never thought of SERVPRO as a cleaning company.

Although we are well known for our fire and water mitigation, we also offer cleaning services, such as ceiling and wall cleaning, drapes, upholstery, and window washing.  We provide residential services, as well as commercial cleaning.

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be a part of your regular cleaning and maintenance schedule. But for many homeowners, this is a daunting task and usually put off for years at a time.

Think about it: Your ceilings and walls are exposed to all the dirt and dust particles in the air, pet dander and other contaminants.

It is always a good idea to clean your walls prior to painting them to ensure the primer and paint can adhere to the walls properly.

Drapery and curtains can be aesthetically pleasing and add a warmth feeling to any room while also trapping a surprising number of contaminants.

Maybe you are thinking: how often do my drapes really need to be cleaned? It is recommended to clean your drapery and curtains at least once every two years. Here is a definitive guide of how often you should be cleaning everything in your home.

At some point in time, the accumulation of dirt and dust will make itself known through physical appearance. Regularly cleaning them not only reduces the number of contaminants in your home, but also prolongs the life of the fabric.

Whether it’s windows, carpet, upholstery, drapery, or general cleaning, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County! We specialize in cleaning fabrics and materials using wet or dry-cleaning methods as needed.

Call us today for more information! (814) 806-1987

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Hardwood Flooring Water Restoration in Erie County

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hardwood Flooring Water Restoration in Erie County SERVPRO of West Erie County uses specialized drying equipment and industrial grade dehumidifiers to remove the water as quickly as possible.

Hardwood floors are a great addition to any home and can boost overall value of the home, as well as increasing aesthetic appeal.

Maybe you bought your home with hardwood floors already installed, or maybe you just spent the money to have your carpeting ripped out and new floors put in.

In either case, water damage to hardwood floors can be an overwhelming and daunting task to clean up.

Water damage can occur from innocent children trying to be independent, pet accidents, broken appliances, and severe weather such as storms and heavy rainfall.  So, what can you do when water hits the floors?

Unfortunately, in many cases of water loss incidents or flooding, hardwood flooring can end up being a costly material to remove, and ultimately replace.

When the flooring gets wet, the wood absorbs the water and begins to swell and warp. Even if the water is only on the surface, water can seep in through the cracks and loosen the glue holding the flooring to the ground.

Depending on the type of water, you may want to clean it up yourself or call the technicians at SERVPRO of West Erie County. We use specialized drying equipment and industrial grade dehumidifiers to remove the water and moisture as quickly and efficiently as possible.

It important to remove the water quickly and dry the flooring. The timing could potentially save the hardwood flooring in the long run and prevent mold growth.

The secret to preventing mold and mildew is not just the elimination of water, but dirt as well. Hardwood flooring and carpeting are the same when it comes to mold and mildew; dirt and water mix together and can lead to mold and mildew when left unattended.

Our general contractors can also address other facets of recovery such as, demolition and re-installation of hardwood flooring should the water damage be too extensive to repair, as well as temporary construction solutions like boarding and tarping to prevent further damage

Caring for a hardwood floor after water damage can be a difficult task. Luckily, SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to help with specialized equipment and training. We believe in repairing as opposed to replacing, and we have the experience and expertise to get the job done correctly!

We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Give us a call! (814) 806 1987

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Differentiating Qualities of a Top Restoration Company

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Differentiating Qualities of a Top Restoration Company SERVPRO of West Erie County is dedicated to providing quality service, a timely response, and doing business with integrity.

Some household inconveniences such as a leaky faucet, dirty blinds, and minor repairs can be handled with a little DIY expertise and a basic set of tools.

But what happens when you face bigger issues such as a flooded basement, smoke damage, or a black mold infestation. You may be better suited to call your local restoration company.

Before you decide who to call, and who to employ, you are probably going to do a Google search. You need to consider the fact that the workers you hire will be in your home and business.

Additionally, just because a company may look qualified to do the work on the internet, it doesn’t mean the workers actually possess the credentials and training.

It is easier than you may want to believe to falsify information with advertisements and propaganda. Do your homework before allowing contractors into your home or business.

Is the website credible and valid? Everyone has heard the horror stories of the email internet scam where someone misrepresented themselves and made false promises for their own personal gain. One of the quickest ways to determine if a website is credible is to find out if they have informative links on their website. Most respectable restoration companies will provide the following services:

Water Restoration

Fire Restoration

Storm Damage

Commercial Restoration

Cleaning Services

Once clicking on the link, it should take you to a web page with information about the services provided and how to attain more information. Additionally, you can check out their Facebook, Yelp and Google Reviews.

Read Customer Reviews and Testimonials Most reputable companies probably have a place on their website where you can read customer testimonials. Think about it: You probably wouldn’t buy a car or a new electronic device before reading the reviews on it first. Reading other customer reports can be very helpful in deciding the right restoration company for you.

SERVPRO of West Erie County is dedicated to providing quality service, a timely response, and doing business with integrity. The employees at SERVPRO of West Erie County live and work in the community and take pride in helping their local friends and neighbors in emergency situations.

If you need any cleaning or restoration services, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County. (814) 806 1987

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What to Do When the Power Goes Out in Springfield, PA

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to Do When the Power Goes Out in Springfield, PA Candles, matches, flashlights, and battery-operated radios are great essentials to have on-hand.

You can lose power for a variety of reasons and often without any warning. Your first thought probably is: “I know I have a flashlight around here somewhere. If only I could find it in the dark!”

Once your power goes out, the first step is to determine the cause. It may be your own breaker or a power outage caused by a storm.

To check, you need to locate your electrical panel and see if one of the switches is turned off. You may have blown a fuse or tripped a breaker and all you need to do is turn it back on and power should be restored.

If not, you can always check out your neighbors to see if their house is fully lit. Power is usually lost in a localized area. If you do not have power, it is likely that your neighbors are also without power.

Communicating during a power outage is important to keep everyone as safe as possible.

You can call your utility company and report the loss of power, but be aware many other customers will likely be reporting the same issue and it will be difficult to get through. They are probably already aware of the problem and working to fix it as fast as they can.

Always keep a battery-operated radio on-hand, as well as extra batteries to keep up with the latest news and weather reports. Candles, matches, and flashlights are also important to provide light. 

Be conscious of your phone battery, as you will not be able to charge it using an electrical outlet when it runs out of battery.

In an emergency, you can always use your car to listen to the radio and charge your phone. Make sure your car is in an open area or open the garage door before running it for a period of time. Carbon monoxide fumes can be fatal in an enclosed space.

To protect your appliances, it is best to turn them off. This way, when the power does return, the surge of electrical energy will not damage your computer or television. Additionally, if you were using a stove burner or iron, it can be easy to forget it when the power comes back on.

If the outage is likely to last a prolonged period of time, it is best to stay comfortable and hydrated. Especially in the summer months, your house will likely heat up quickly due to the lack of air conditioning or fans. Stay as cool and safe as possible at all times!

When the power goes out, it can lead to a variety of headaches for homeowners. If you need help with storm or water restoration, call SERVPRO of West Erie County! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Call us at (814) 806 1987

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Potential Fire Hazards in your West Erie Home

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Potential Fire Hazards in your West Erie Home Don't over-extend your electrical outlets by trying to plug in too many appliances at once.

Fire hazards can be present in the most inconspicuous of places and put you and your property at risk.

You can reduce the risk of fire by becoming aware of the types of fire hazards and follow fire safety recommendations for your home and business.

Electrical Hazards: Today, everyone is obsessed with charging their iPhone or iPad and plugging in their light fixtures and space heaters or fans.

Electrical outlets and extension cords are a common cause of electrical fires in the home and office. Do not over-extend your electrical outlets by trying to plug in too many appliances at once. Any appliance or electronic item that is not working properly is a fire hazard.

When using a space heater, check on them periodically ensure they are not overheating and place them away from any flammable materials.

When installing light bulbs into new light fixtures, make sure to read the light bulb wattage recommendations. If the wattage exceeds the manufacturer’s recommendation, you are at a higher risk for an electrical fire.

Flammable Materials Inside Your Home: Household clutter, burning cigarettes, live Christmas trees, cooking over an open flame with loose-fitting clothing and a match in the hands of a child, are all fire hazards.

When household clutter like paper, boxes, and old clothing are stored with flammable liquids such as gasoline and paint thinners, the fire will burn hotter and faster.

Flammable Liquids: Paints, stains, paint thinners, cleaning fluids, gasoline, oil, and aerosols are all examples of hazardous combustible liquids that may be present in your home or garage.

Do not throw oil-soaked materials in the dryer-even after they have been washed. Always store gasoline in an outside building away from the home and never use it to start a barbecue.

Hidden Fire Hazards: Dryers, heating pads, electric blankets, and light fixtures are all fire hazards that may not be apparent to the average person.

Always clean out your lint traps and keep the vents clean. Do not store your light fixtures stacked on top of one another or stored too close to another light source. Be aware of falling asleep on heating pads or electrical blankets, as they can easily overheat.

Becoming aware and knowledgeable about the different types of fire hazards is a great way to prevent fires and fire damage.

If you are need of fire restoration, call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We pride ourselves on “Being faster to any disaster.” The professionals at SERVPRO of West Erie County are trained in fire damage and restoration and are available 24 hours a day!

Call us if you need our help! (814) 806 1987

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ESPORTA Wash System Can Restore Your Possessions

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial ESPORTA Wash System Can Restore Your Possessions The Esporta Wash System is designed to clean over 90% of soft contents damaged by fire, soot, smoke, trauma and much more.

SERVPRO of West Erie County is a well-respected restoration company because of their highly-trained professionals, and advanced equipment.

One of the most impressive pieces of equipment is the Esporta washing machine. The average washing machine holds 12-16 pounds of laundry. In comparison, the Esporta washing machine can accommodate up to 100 pounds of laundry in one load. It is designed to clean over 90% of soft contents damaged by fire, soot, smoke, trauma and much more.

It can clean anything from sports uniforms and clothing, bedding, curtains and linens, stuffed animals, and shoes. It can even clean roller blades, helmets, ski boots and ceramic dolls.

Instead of using the traditional agitator style of cleaning, the Esporta utilizes hydraulic action. This revolutionary cleaning process guarantees the safest cleaning and restoration in the industry.

The traditional agitator style of washing causes items to tumble and roll around in your washer as they get cleaned. This is why you would never dream of washing ceramic dolls or your prized football helmet in there. In the Esporta, your possessions are safe and so clean you could eat off them. It’s been lab tested and scientifically proven!

When fire, water, soot or smoke damage the contents of your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Erie County! SERVPRO of West Erie County is always available and can clean and restore the contents in your home to like new condition. Call us today! (814) 806 1987

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SERVPRO of West Erie County Sponsors Community Events

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of West Erie County Sponsors Community Events Family and friends gather to watch the nation’s largest and best monster trucks jump and fly through the air on a giant outdoor course.

SERVPRO of West Erie County recently sponsored the All-Star Monster Truck Tour at Lake Erie Speedway.  It is Erie’s biggest monster truck event! Family and friends gather to watch the nation’s largest and best monster trucks jump and fly through the air on a giant outdoor course.

There were two shows, each lasting almost two hours each. The All-Star Monster Trucks battle for the best trick, full-throttle race, and participate in a freestyle no-rules competition.

Plus, the best drivers in the region, such as Lindsey Rettew, compete in a course filled with tight turns and dirt jumps.  Additionally, guests are invited to take a ride in a 10,000-pound monster truck before and after the show.

SERVPRO of West Erie County takes pride in their community and enjoys participating in and sponsoring local events. Our employees live and work in Erie County and support the area businesses.

It’s our job to provide emergency services for our friends and families in West Erie County. When you need restoration or cleaning services, we’re nearby and ready to help. We want to do our part to keep the community safe, clean, and thriving.

Call us today at (814) 806 1987 if you need any restoration or cleaning services.

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Summer Storm Safety for Erie Residents

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Storm Safety for Erie Residents Late July through early August is peak season for summer weather and temperatures. Unfortunately, this also means thunderstorm season.

As we reach the end of July and early August, it’s the peak season for summer weather and temperatures. As much as summer is about barbecues, family vacations, and sunshine, it is also the season of thunderstorms.

We usually welcome summer storms for a much-needed change in temperature and cool breeze. Although they are typically harmless, there are still some summer storm safety tips to be aware of for your family, home, and business.

Lightning: Lightening results in 55-60 deaths and about 300 injuries each year.

If you are ever outside and hear a buzzing sound or you have a feeling of “tingly hair,” lightening is near. To reduce the risk of being hit by lightning, crouch down on the balls of your feet and keep your head down and ears covered. This will help protect you, but do not rely on this method to stay safe. Find shelter as soon as the sensation passes.

It’s a wide-spread myth that cars will keep you safe from lightning due to the rubber tires. Click here to find out what actually happens to your car when lightning strikes.

Prepare Ahead of Time: Stock up on essentials for your home in the case a severe storm hits without warning. Here is checklist of a few items you might want to have in your emergency kit:

  • Non-perishable food: Think crackers, peanut butter, canned food or pasta. Make sure to have a hand-held can opener in case the power goes out!
  • Bottled Water
  • Flashlights and batteries in case the ones in the flashlight run out.
  • First Aid Kit
  • A backup copy of important documents: In today’s world, it is very easy to keep an electronic copy of all your important documents on your phone or laptop. If not, make sure to keep a copy in a waterproof container.
  • Devise a storm safety plan: Make sure your children know what to do and where to go in the case of severe weather. Designate a safe meeting place in the home such as the basement or bathroom.

Exterior Maintenance: To minimize damage done to your home or property, keep on top of yard maintenance. Trim trees and large shrubbery around your home.

Secure loose items in your yard that could potentially be picked up and thrown across your yard such as trashcans, trampolines, pool floats, or furniture cushions.  

Braving the Storm:  In the northeast region, it is not uncommon to log onto social media and see pictures or videos of people chasing the storm. For your safety, do not try to do this! Additionally, try to safe away from windows or glass doors and avoid taking a shower or bath.

After the Storm: Do not try to drive through flooded areas as you can have no way of predicting how deep the water may get. Stay up to date on the latest weather information through weather radio or local television stations.

If you find yourself in need of help from flooding, water damage, or roof damage, call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We will arrive as quickly as possible and begin to assist you. If you have any questions or need help, call (814) 806 1987

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Dryer Vent Cleaning in Girard, PA

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vent Cleaning in Girard, PA SERVPRO of West Erie County specializes in air duct and dryer vent cleaning!

Pulling freshly dried towels out of the dryer usually fills the air with a pleasant, clean smelling scent.

Upon removing the towels or load of laundry, it can be easy to forget the simple task of emptying the lint tray. It may seem like an innocent, mundane step to forget, but it is an important step to preventing fire damage.

Did you know that dryer fires are one of the leading causes of fire in a home? Each year, failure to clean out clogged dryer vents and lint traps results in thousands of fires.

When homeowners neglect this task, lint can eventually pass through the duct and become trapped inside. It often sticks to the interior of the duct because it is still slightly damp, and over time, it slowly builds up.

Continued use of your dryer with intermittent removal of lint from the trap can lead to a fire.

Dryer fires can also affect the clothing inside the dryer. Fabrics such as nylon and polyester can produce harmful gases when they combust.

Many people store their washer and dryer in their basement. If that is the case, the fire can affect the ground level floor of your home. 

If you’re feeling brave, watch this video to see how you can clean out your dryer vent and duct!

Too messy, or simply don’t have the time? SERVPRO of West Erie County specializes in air duct and dryer vent cleaning!

The technicians at SERVPRO of West Erie County hold IICRC certificates, including Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT). We continually maintain and check our tools and equipment to ensure they remain in working order.

Call us today (814) 806 1987 and we’ll help you through any situation! We want your family to be as safe as possible!

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