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Storms in Edinboro Are No Match for SERVPRO of West Erie County!

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A flash of lighting cuts through the sky. No matter the storm, no matter the damage, no matter the place, SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to help.

High winds, thunderstorms, and flash flooding has taken the place of blizzards in Edinboro and all-over West Erie County this time of year. New storms bring new challenges for citizens in the area. No matter the storm, no matter the season, SERVPRO of West Erie County can handle the storm. Here are a few reasons why we’re an industry leader in storm damage cleanup and restoration.

  • Highly Trained

At SERVPRO of West Erie County, we have highly trained storm and water damage technicians ready to respond to any size disaster. Along with our advanced equipment and scientific techniques, we are IICRC certified. This means you know you’re getting the best standard of cleanup and restoration.

  • Large Loss Team

SERVPRO of West Erie County is a “Large Loss Team” meaning we can handle any storm no matter the size. We have the equipment, capacity, and training to combat any amount of damage. You can count on us!

  • Part of a National Network

We serve the local community, but we are part of a network of over 1,800 franchises. This means when there are major catastrophes, we have national resources at our disposal. This was evident during the winter when SERVPRO of West Erie County travelled to Dallas and Fort Worth to assist in cleanup of the “Dallas Freeze.”

No matter the storm, no matter the damage, no matter the place, SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to help. Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website to see our full array of storm damage cleanup services. We’re here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Spring is the Most Dangerous Time for Wildfires in West Erie County

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

A fireman puts out a fire in the woods. Let the experienced team at SERVPRO of West Erie County help! We are locally owned and operated and ready to respond to any size disaster.

Did you know that Spring is the most dangerous time of year for wildfires here in Erie?

According to Department of Conservation and Natural Resources statistics, “63 percent of all wildfires have taken place between the months of March and May. April, meanwhile, represents 42 percent of all blazes.SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to give you some tips on how to stay safe from fires this Spring.

The rise in fires is mainly due to an increase in outside pit fires. The weather breaks and people want to get outside and cook on a fire. However, spring brings high winds mixed with budding trees. This is the perfect recipe for the ignition of dry grass and brush.

So, what can you do as an Erie resident to prevent wild or forest fires in your area this Spring? Here’s what to watch for.

  • Be careful. Have water always with you and clear the area of any fuels that can increase the fire to combust.
  • Cigarettes, cookouts, and sparks from equipment cause a small percentage of wildfires, but nevertheless, need monitored and attention.
  • Children have caused hundreds of acres of wildfire damage, throughout the years, due to fireworks, lighters and others fire related games gone wrong.

Wildfires are a serious matter. SERVPRO of West Erie County wants you and your family to stay safe this Spring by taking the proper precautions. In the case of a house fire---SERVPRO is the county’s leader in fire restoration.

Damages caused by fire, smoke, or soot in your home or commercial business can be overwhelming. Let the experienced team at SERVPRO of West Erie County help! We are locally owned and operated and ready to respond to any size disaster. We realize immediate action is critical in preventing further damage to the structure and contents of your home or business.

Our professionals are IICRC certified and highly trained restoration specialists. We have advanced equipment and resources to handle the demands of fire, smoke, and soot restoration. Our crews are prepared to respond 24/7 to any fire emergency. We are proud to serve community members in Springfield, Summit and Millcreek Township, as well as anyone located in West Erie County. 

Choose SERVPRO of West Erie County for all your restoration needs. We are here to help! For more information visit our blogs or browse our customer testimonials for proof of customer satisfaction. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (814) 806-1987

What Constitutes a Flash Flood in Erie?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water is covering the road next to a sing saying, "Flash Flood Area" Driving during Flash Floods can be troublesome. If possible, avoid travel.

Whenever we see massive downpours in Erie, we might have Flash Flood Warnings to go along with it. What really is a Flash Flood? What does that mean for your safety? What does it mean for your home? SERVPRO of West Erie County is here with all the answers!

  • Definition

The National Weather Service defines a Flash Flood as, “Flooding that begins within 6 hours, and often within 3 hours, of the heavy rainfall (or other cause).” They can occur because of levee and dam break or even mudslides. Typically, they can cause streams and creeks to overflow in neighborhoods that pose a threat to your home. 

  • Safety

Flash Flooding can be a major safety hazard to you. The flooding can either cover major roadways or trap people in homes. Driving during Flash Floods can be troublesome. If possible, avoid travel. These floods in residential areas may trap you in your home. Either way, these can be very dangerous to you.

  • Home Damage

Since these Flash Floods come fast, it’s hard to prepare for one. This can cause some serious water damage to your home or business. Luckily, SERVPRO of West Erie County has highly trained water restoration technicians to help.

If your home suffers water damage from a Flash Flood, or any other source, get SERVPRO of West Erie County on your side! Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our  Website to get your home to preloss condition fast.

Important Fire Safety Measures for Erie Families

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Flames billowing from a two story  style house on fire The primary cause of home fires is usually some type of accident in the kitchen, while smoking is the leading ause of any fire-related death.

It's important to know that almost one-half of home fire deaths occur in homes without a smoke alarm system.

Most of these home fires occur in winter months when fireplaces, space heaters and overloaded holiday wiring are in play. Statistics show that alcohol use is on-board in nearly half of these fires as well.

The primary cause of home fires is usually some type of accident in the kitchen, while smoking is the leading ause of any fire-related death. Suprisingly, the victims of house fires will ultimately die from smoke inhalation and not from burns suffered.                      

Interestingly, even though fire alarm's project piercing sound, children, teenagers, and some adults can sleep through it. So, it's important to teach everyone in your family how to escape a fire.

In order to help you prepare your family to quickly escape a fire, here are more tips:

  • Locate a good strategic spot to install smoke alarms/detectors. Kitchen areas, bedrooms, and near fireplaces or stoves. Install one smoke alarm on every floor of the house
  • Should always replace batteries in smoke detectors once a year. A great reminder of this is; when daylight savings and standard time change each spring and fall, replace those batteries.
  • Lookminto replacing smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

For the family:

  • Make sure everyone knows to call 9-1-1. 
  • Teach children to understand the stop, drop, and roll method if their clothing catches on fire.
  • Let children get involved with planning a fire escape route. Practice the drill and escape route at least once or twice a year.
  • Be sure they know never to go back inside a burning building.

This is only a small portion of the fire protection techniques that help minimize the chance of a home fire and surviving it. 

Know that if you incur a fire in your home or business, SRVPRO of West Erie County is availble to aid in the recovery and restoration of your home. We can also process any contents (both soft and hard) from smoke and soot damage.

SERVPRO of West Erie County is staffed with highly trained technicians for any water, fire or biohazard emergency. Please call us at (814) 806-1987. We are Here to Help!

How a Grease Fire Could Affect Your Erie Home

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flames come from a pan with food in it If your Erie home has some damage, SERVPRO of West Erie County can help with all your fire restoration needs.

We all know cooking at home can be a fire hazard, but I don’t think we truly grasp how many home fires are started from cooking. The National Fire Protection Association reports that firefighters respond to roughly 172,100 fires started from cooking each year, or an average of 471 cooking fires each day. These fires also account for $1.1 Billion in direct fire damage each year. Don’t let your Erie home be one of these statistics!

Even though these fires peak around Thanksgiving and Christmas, we should be prepared year-round for the most notorious cooking fire, grease fires. Here are a few ways to prevent these grease fires:

  • Never leave a pot or pan unattended
  • Be gentle when adding food or oil to the pot or pan
  • Use a thermometer to monitor temperature
  • Always keep a lid, baking soda, and salt nearby
  • Keep anything flammable (wooden spoon, oven mitts, etc.) away from pot or pan

These measures can all significantly help prevent a grease fire. Sometimes, these fires do break out, and here’s what you can do to fight it:

  • If your fire leaves the stovetop, call 911 immediately
  • Cover your pot or pan with a metal pan or cooking sheet
  • NEVER use water to put out a grease fire
  • Turn your burner off
  • Use a Class-K fire extinguisher to fight the fire

Remember, if your fire leaves your stovetop you should call 911 immediately. If those prevention tips do not work, and you do experience a fire, please follow those tips. If your Erie home has some damage, SERVPRO of West Erie County can help with all your fire restoration needs. SERVPRO of West Erie County is faster to any size disaster and can provide you with:

  • Board-up and tarp-up services
  • Smoke and soot removal
  • Odor removal
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Caring for your belongings

SERVPRO of West Erie County is committed to bringing your home to preloss condition fast. Visit our Website or call us today at (814) 806-1987 to take advantage of all our fire restoration services!

Plan Ahead For Thawing Snow in Erie, PA

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a woman holding a blue bucket up to the celing catching droplets of water leaking. To prevent snow from entering the foundation of your home, shovel snow closest to your home away.

One of the biggest complaints about weather in and around Erie is that it is so unpredictable. Monday could bring sunny mild weather and by Wednesday we could have snow covering the ground. This unpredictability is annoying, but it can also cause some water damage in your home.

When snow thaws near and on top of your house, it could be dangerous. Here’s a few tips on how to prevent the changing weather from damaging your home:

  • Shovel heavy snow off of your roof, stand on the ground to do so or call a professional.
  • Properly seal anything exposed to the outdoors such as windows and walls.
  • Check for ice dams.
  • To prevent snow from entering the foundation of your home, shovel snow closest to your home away.
  • Check your roof, basement, and other vulnerable areas frequently.

If these efforts aren’t enough and you experience some water damage in your home, SERVPRO of West Erie County can help. We’re faster to any size disaster and have the experience and equipment to get your Erie home back to preloss condition fast.

SERVPRO of West Erie County has many water damage repair and restoration services that include:

  • Water removal and extraction
  • Drying and dehumidifying
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Home restoration
  • Mold cleanup and remediation

SERVPRO of West Erie County is locally owned and operated and committed to providing services to get your home to pre loss condition fast. Call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website to begin getting your water damage needs solved.

Winter and Sump Pumps: Who will Prevail at Your West Erie County Home?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a sump pump is a basement with the lid off. There are tools all around the sump. The float is an important part of a sump pump, and it is also one of the most vulnerable to malfunction.

Did you know that your sump pump is more likely to back-up during the winter months more than any other time of year? Keeping a close eye on your sump pump this winter could be the difference between you having a water loss or not. SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to give you some tips of the trade from the #1 water restoration company in the Edinboro area.

Firstly, what does a sump pump actually do for your home? Its primary job is to carry excess water, that is hanging around your home’s foundation, and carry it away from your home, (toward the road) through a pipe system. The reason winter is more prevalent for sub pump back-up is due to freezing conditions.

Why winter? Well. As stated above the sump is connected to a large drainpipe. That drainpipe is below the ground in your yard, heading toward the road. When you live in West Erie County---you know the elements of winter can be harsh. The water flows at a trickle…and when the pipe starts to accumulate ice or even worse, gets completely blocked off with ice, the water has only one place to go. And if you have not guessed it already, it means the water goes right back in your basement, creating a flooding issue.

What can you do about it at your home? If you are concerned about your sump pump at your Erie, PA home---SERVPRO of West Erie County understands more than most. Water damage is the cornerstone of our business, and we are Here to Help®. There are some things you can do to help. First, you can bury or insulate the sump pump drainpipe. When you bury it, the ground acts as a natural “blanket” insulating the pipe. Installing shrubs, mulch, or flowers around it can also further insulate it. Keeping it as warm as possible can minimize the chance that the water will freeze in the pipes.

Check your float. The float is an important part of a sump pump, and it is also one of the most vulnerable to malfunction. The float rises with water in the sump pit, which in turn triggers the pump to start pulling water out of the pit. If you want to test your float, pour some water in it. If the float rises with the water and the pump activates and then shuts off when the water has been removed, you know it is working properly. Repeat this test every few weeks in the winter.

What if it floods? Flooding is major concern for all Erie homes with basements. A sump is great to have, but we all know nothing is full proof and a freezing cold winter is just one of the many reasons that can make a sump fail. Contact SERVPRO of West Erie County for any flooding or water issues or questions. SERVPRO professionals want you to know we are here to provide services when you have water damage due to flooding, drain backup, sump pump failure or any other water damage situation that can occur. Our trained professionals will perform the cleanup process in a professional manner with tools and equipment necessary.  We use technology and standards which guide us through the process. And we monitor and document the drying process for you and the insurance professionals so that you can have a complete understanding of the service we are providing. Call SERVPRO of West Erie County any time of the day at 814-806-1987.

How to Prevent Ice Dams from Starting at Your West Erie Home

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is of a roof covered in snow with icicles hanging out of the gutter. Ice dams happen due to water runoff freezing before it can completely fall off your roof and builds up creating a “dam”.

Winter in Pennsylvania is here. Have you seen the sight of large icicles hanging off around the perimeter of your home? Those are referred to as “ice dams”. As a kid---those were exciting to get ahold of. But as an adult; we do not quite see the magic we once did. SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to help you prevent those pesky and dangerous icicles from happening in the first place.

Ice dams happen due to water runoff freezing before it can completely fall off your roof and builds up creating a “dam”. The reason you want to ensure these do not happen is because they can cause major havoc on your home. From loosening shingles to tearing off gutters, damage to your home can get expensive quick. Even more concerning, they can create water build up in your home. Here’s what you can do before the cold weather hits.

  • Properly insulate your attic. This helps stop the water runoff to begin with by making sure the warm air does not leave you home through the roof.
  • Ventilate the attic. Believe it or not you want to ensure the attic stays cold! This insulates the snow, making sure it does not just melt the minute it hits your roof. If it melts---it goes right to the gutters and freezes, creating the ice dams.
  • Get crafty by installing a water repellent roof membrane. Take that, ice dams!
  • Clean your gutters one more time before winter. Make sure no extra debris or leaves got in the gutter.

Ice and snow are part of winter here in Erie. But SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to ensure your home stays safe. We are the area’s number one water damage restoration company. Should your home experience any water damage or winter weather hazards, contact us to have the job done correctly.    

Homes can be a safe haven from the stress of the world. However, sometimes the stress is there waiting for you when you get back from work, vacation, or even running errands. When you walk in the door, the last thing you expect to find is inches of water. When your home has water damage from ice dams, leaks, or burst pipes, SERVPRO of West Erie County has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. The water removal and water cleanup process is completed by our highly trained technicians who will document the drying process. This validates that your property has been dried properly and thoroughly.

Here we have some helpful tips outlined in our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property. Follow us on Facebook for more tips about water damage.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
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Why SERVPRO- Anything Can Happen

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO workers in a commercial fire job From initial training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is prepared.

Disasters do not stop for anything. In fact--- it seems the world is full of them during the COVID-19 pandemic more so than ever before. In many disaster, cleaning, and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. SERVPRO of West Erie County is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage, cleaning, and restoration costs.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of West Erie County Professionals to restore a property back to preloss conditions quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

If fire or water damage sidelines your business, you need a professional restoration company to quickly restore your property. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. Commercial restoration presents unique challenges and we have the training, experience, and resources to handle any size disaster.

SERVPRO of West Erie County is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

We are proud to serve West Erie County! Call 814.806.1987 for details.

Wooden Furniture and Water Damage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

image of living room with all wooden furniture SERVPRO of West Erie County understands how water can damage wooden furniture and how to stop the water from causing more damage.

When water rises quickly inside a home, more than just your flooring can get wet and damaged. An overflowing toilet or failing dishwasher can rapidly remove varnishes, stain fabrics, and warp the wood on chairs, couches, and tables.

Restoring furniture and belongings after water damage can be a daunting task. SERVPRO of West Erie County understands how water can damage wooden furniture and how to stop the water from causing more damage.

When one of our professionals comes to your home, the first thing they will do is raise the furniture off the wet surface or remove it from your home if necessary. Then they will inspect your belongings for the any of the following problems:

  • Swelling: Water cause wood to swell and crack. The frames on couches are not treated to resist water. Water breaks down the glue that holds it together, weakens the joints, and can cause the couch to be unstable and unsafe to use. To reduce the moisture content, our team will use dehumidifiers to draw the moisture out of the frame and surrounding air. This will help keep the glue together and keep your couch safe and ready to use.
  • Water Spotting: Upholstery such as couch and chair skirts can sometimes have water spots or a water level mark that requires dry cleaning. To permanently avoid spotting, our technicians at SERVPRO of West Erie County will carefully wet the entire piece of fabric and then dry it completely.
  • Color Bleeding: Sometimes fabrics bleed when they absorb too much water. We will use dehumidifiers to draw out the moisture, and utilize air movers to move warm, dry air over the surface to speed up the drying process.
  • Mold and Mildew: If you do not remove standing water quickly, a thin white coat of fungus will begin to grow on exposed wood. Again, our industrial sized dehumidifiers and air movers will help stop the growth of mold and mildew. We also have specialized cleaner to remove the mold or mildew already present.

Restoring wooden furniture to a safe and usable state is not a simple process. The technicians at SERVPRO of West Erie County are trained to restore water damage and will help make your home or business “Like it never even happened.” 

Call us today! (814) 806 1987

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