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Can Water Damage be a Safety Hazard for New Castle Homeowners?

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

A yellow sign saying "Slippery When Wet" sits on the floor. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has highly trained water restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster.

We know water damage can be overwhelming. You’re worried about your possessions and the damage to your home. But you may need to be concerned for YOUR health and wellbeing in a water damage situation too. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when you have water damage in your New Castle home:

  • Electrical Hazards

Water and electricity do not mix well for you and your safety. When there’s water in your home, make sure you’re cautious and don’t use appliances in affected areas.

  • Slip and Fall Hazards

This may seem silly but be cautious of slipping and falling when it comes to excess water. You don’t want to see a physical injury to go along with the damage water creates in your New Castle home.

  • Ceilings

If you see water damage on the ceiling, be extra careful. If your ceiling has water stains, the room above it has water damage, or the ceiling is sagging, stay out of the room. The last thing you need is to be in the room when your ceiling falls.

Keep those in mind and check out SERVPRO of Lawrence County’s full list of flood tips here.

With all of the complications and hazards with water damage, it’s best to call the professionals. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has highly trained water restoration technicians ready to respond to any size disaster. Call us today at (724) 498-4747 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition fast! 

Industry Leading Expertise in Restoration in New Castle

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows a large piece of SERVPRO equipment placed next to a church  We were instrumental in cleaning up damage in Texas after their massive winter storm.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is locally owned and operated, but we have a few things that set us apart.

Expertise

We have highly trained restoration technicians in fire, water, and storm damage. We adhere to IICRC Standards to give residents in New Castle the best services in the industry.

Resources

Even though we’re locally owned and operated, we’re part of a network of over 1,700 franchises. This gives us the resources to respond to any size disaster. We have Disaster Recovery Teams strategically placed across the country to give us the ability to handle anything in our way.

Industry Leader

We’re trusted across the country in many categories. We were on the front lines with Covid-19 cleaning when we cleaned the White House before the Biden Administration moved in. We were instrumental in cleaning up damage in Texas after their massive winter storm. Whatever the damage, whatever the disaster, SERVPRO is here to help with industry leading quality.

With whatever your needs are in New Castle, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County at (724) 498-4747 or visit our Website to get your home back to preloss condition fast!

Your Go-To Guide for Mold in Ellwood City Homes

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is close-up of a moldy wall in a house. The first thing you should do is try and locate the water source that caused mold.

Mold is a daunting home hazard and can be intimidating for homeowners in Ellwood City. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you a guide on mold’s formation, and some ways you can eliminate it from your home. You’ll learn the dangers of mold in your home, and what to do if you find any. Throughout the process, SERVPRO is here to help.

1. Where Does Mold Come From and What Does it do?

Mold comes from water damage that soaks into structures of your home. Mold spreads fast throughout your home in less than 48 hours. It can even pose some health effects. Mold spores are microscopic and can produce allergens and irritants that can cause other health effects. If you see mold, you should act fast.

2. What Should I Do If I See Mold?

The first thing you should do is try and locate the water source that caused mold. Turn off your HVAC system and stay out of the affected areas. What you shouldn’t do when you see mold is another big part of this guide. Do not touch the mold, attempt to dry the area yourself, or blow air across any surfaces with mold. The last thing you should do is call SERVPRO of Lawrence County as soon as possible.

3. Mold Remediation and Restoration

Mold remediation should be left to the experts. There’s no one better than SERVPRO of Lawrence County to handle mold in your home in Ellwood City. We will contain the mold to make sure it doesn’t spread, filter the air, and begin to remove mold from surfaces. After, SERVPRO of Lawrence County will restore all surfaces and belongings affected.

Hopefully now you have a better idea of how mold forms, what it might do, and what you should do if you see it. The underlying answer is to call SERVPRO of Lawrence County as soon as you can. We have the equipment and expertise to respond to any size disaster. Call us today at (724) 498-4747 or connect with us on Facebook to begin getting your Ellwood City home to preloss condition today!

Can New Castle Pets Start Fires?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is of a dog standing getting a mug shot The National Fire Protection Association reports around 1,000 fires accidentally started by pets each year!

We love our furry friends at home, and most times they’re our pride and joy. But can our pets be a fire hazard? It may be hard to believe, but the National Fire Protection Association reports around 1,000 fires accidentally started by pets each year! It may seem like a low number, but SERVPRO of Lawrence County does not want to see a home in our community go up in flames due to a pet. Here’s some fire safety tips for you and your pets:

  • Never leave your pet unattended when cooking, or near open flames
  • Cover stove knobs - your pet may accidentally turn one!
  • Be cautious with candles - even invest in flameless ones
  • Be extra careful with younger pets

It may seem small, but it’s important to keep your New Castle home as fire safe as possible. It’s also important to help firefighters help your pets. Keep their beds, crates, or other areas they stay when you’re away near an exit to help firefighters get them out. The best way to protect your pets during an evacuation is to evacuate them yourself, but do not halt the safety of a family member for your pet.

If one of your furry friends does cause some fire damage to your New Castle home, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to help. We’re faster to any size disaster and an industry leader in many fields, such as fire restoration. Our specialists can provide:

  • Board up and tarp up services
  • Removal of smoke damage
  • Water restoration from firefighting effort
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal

 If a pet, or anything else causes a fire, SERVPRO of Lawrence County can get your New Castle home back to preloss condition. We’re an industry leader, and faster to any size disaster. So remember to protect your furry friends, and call us at (724) 498-4747 to begin fire restoration today!

How are Lawrence County Schools Allowed to Spend Congressional COVID Funding?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

An empty classroom with chemistry equations on the chalk board. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to assist the administration of our Lawrence County schools.

Last month, a new $1.9 trillion-dollar stimulus package proposed by President Joe Biden would devote an additional $170 billion dollars for K-12 schools and higher education. But what does this mean for Lawrence County? What types of things are the districts allowed to spend the ‘COVID-19 money’ on? SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to detail the list for our residents.

Just like the first time around. The money the school district receives can be used for many different categories. Most of the money will go directly to the school districts based on the proportion of funding they receive through the Title I of the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act. 10% can be reserved for administration purposes. According to Future Ed, the other 90% can be used for things such as:

  • Improving coordination among state, local, tribal, and other entities to slow the spread of Covid-19.
  • Providing resources that principals need to address coronavirus at their schools.
  • Supporting school district efforts to improve preparedness.
  • Addressing the specific needs of disadvantaged students, including those living in poverty, learning English, experiencing homelessness, dealing with disabilities or living in foster care.
  • Training staff on the best ways to sanitize schools and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Purchasing PPE and the supplies needed to clean and disinfect schools. The CDC has provided an analysis of the costs of such resources.
  • Planning for school closures.
  • Purchasing the hardware and software needed to conduct remote and hybrid learning.
  • Providing services to support student mental health.
  • Supporting afterschool and summer learning programs.
  • Addressing student learning loss through evidence-based approaches, which can include assessments and distance learning equipment.
  • Repairing school facilities, especially ventilation systems, to improve air quality and reduce spread of COVID-19.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to assist the administration of our Lawrence County schools. We have been on the front lines all along during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are sanitizing our schools and local business alike. If your district is in need a COVID-19 plan SERVPRO is here to help. We have a program for any size district, large or small. The program, CERTIFIED: SERVPRO Cleaned, is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it’s a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the communities we all call home.

Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. If you need our expertise; we would be glad to create a program to fit for you. We are not here to replace your janitorial staff---just do the things that are out of your normal scope. Call us today to get a quote on your district at (724) 498-4747.

What's That Smell? How to Remove Odors from Your Lawrence County Home

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Woman pinching nose and wincing due to a smell. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

Stink. Reek. Funky. Putrid. Rank. Not words you want others to describe your home with. Every home has its unique odors, but as a homeowner, we certainly want them to be pleasant. Learn more about what may be causing unexpected smells and learn how SERVPRO of Lawrence County can assist in removing them.

Pet Urine. One of the more common unpleasant odors found in homes is caused by messes from pets. Sometimes carpet and upholstery are very difficult to clean yourself. SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent. We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

Decomposition Odors. One of the most serious smells comes from the decomposition of human or animal bodies. Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Musty Odors. If your home has suffered water damage, the musty smell could be a sign of mold. We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.

Tobacco Smoke/ HVAC. Unfortunately, cigarette smoke sticks to everything. And the HVAC system can carry it throughout the entire home.  We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system. SERVPRO of Lawrence County Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

SERVPRO knows better than anyone that life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

If you need cleaning services of any kind- call us today! (724) 498-4747.

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How SERVPRO of Lawrence County Cares for Your Belongings...Differently.

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a couple standing next to their burnt down house SERVPRO understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, keepsakes, and belongings help transform a house into a home.

Storm and water damage affect not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Lawrence County understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Lawrence County specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

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

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Lawrence County can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  •  Television sets
  •  DVD players
  •  Computers
  •  And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of Lawrence County can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a storm event happens, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  •  Pre-loss list and value of contents
  •  Detailed and accurate report
  •  Better information to settle claims quicker
  •  Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  •  Peace of mind when you need it most  

Before a Fire: Why You Should Get a Renter's Policy for Your New Castle Home...Now.

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Image is of a close up of a renter's policy contract with a pen lying on the paper. A lot of renters just assume the landlord will take care of everything should there be a fire at the home. Now. That is only half true.

Whether you rent a home, duplex, or apartment---a renter’s policy needs to be on your winter to-do list this year. Did you know that the peak months for home fires are in December and January? Between excess cooking, the holidays, and electrical fires---the winter takes the cake, and you need to be prepared, even as a renter.

Let’s get you to understand exactly what a ‘renter’s policy’ does. A lot of renters just assume the landlord will take care of everything should there be a fire at the home. Now. That is only half true. Most likely, your landlord is carrying a fire policy, yes, but---that is ONLY GOING TO COVER THE STRUCTURE OF THE HOME. That means your stuff is not covered under your landlord’s fire policy. No coverage for your couch, your silverware, the washer and dryer that you put in the unit, your Christmas presents you saved for next year, the carpet you upgraded, or anything that belongs to you---the tenant. Yeah. That’s not what you wanted to hear after a fire, is it? Well. The bright news is---you’re reading this blog, and you can fix this problem before it ever even occurs. Here is why you should buy a renter’s policy for your Lawrence County home now.

  • It is ABSOLUTLY affordable! The average renter’s policy is about $200 a year. Not too shabby when you really think about how much stuff you have. If you went around your home and added up everything, it would not take you more than a few minutes to be in the thousands. Between televisions and furniture things can add up quickly. The annual cost does change depending on your amount of personal belongings, your zip code, and the deductible you choose.
  • It covers your personal property for the following losses (generally): a standard HO-4policy designed for renters, covers losses to personal property from perils including: fire or lightning, smoke, theft, vandalism or malicious mischief, weight of ice, snow or sleet, windstorm or hail, damage from water or steam from sources including household appliances, plumbing, heating, air conditioning or fire-protective sprinkler systems, and a lot of other losses too.
  • Technically a good landlord will require it. Why would he or she do that? Well, it protects the landlord in the case someone gets hurt at your home. Liability coverage is also included in standard renter’s insurance policy. This means your policy will provide protection if someone is injured while in your home or if you (or another covered person) accidently injures someone. It pays any court judgments as well as legal expenses, up to the policy limit.
  • It may cover additional living expenses. If a fire does occur at the unit or home…where would you stay in the meantime? A renter’s policy may cover rent elsewhere, or at a hotel in the case of a loss. When purchasing a policy, ask your agent to verify for how long and what the limit is.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County wants to make sure tenants and landlords are both taken care of in the case of a fire at the home. We are here to treat your home and its belonging with the upmost care. Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Lawrence County understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home. The care and attention to detail that are included with our service guarantees that your contents will be as good as new. As a local restoration and cleaning company, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible service to our customers and community and making the entire event seem "Like it never even happened."

If you experience a fire and need cleaning or restoration services, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County at 724-498-4747.

Follow us on Facebook to stay connected and check out our Fire Damage Tips page for what to do and what not to do in the event of a fire. 

Why is SERVPRO of Lawrence County’s Water Extraction Equipment Different?

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a man holding a carpet cleaner extracting water from carpet  SERVPRO® understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense

SERVPRO® understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of Lawrence County will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed personnel. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation, but perhaps more important, these water damage professionals thoroughly understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively.

  • Psychrometrics

Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying. Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process. Restoration professionals must establish an environment favorable for drying. The restoration professional must also understand how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions, without causing secondary damages through improper drying processes.

  • Detection Equipment

Detection Equipment Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify that an environment has been dried thoroughly. Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls. Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate moisture readings that enable the SERVPRO® Franchise Professional to monitor the drying process. Thermohygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.

  • Extraction Equipment

The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is critical to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster. Extractors are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following a water damage. Extractors can either be truck-mounted or portable, allowing for greater access inside structures.

  • Air Moving Equipment

Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. This moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.

  • Dehumidification Equipment

By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. SERVPRO® of Lawrence County uses two types of dehumidifiers: Refrigerant Dehumidifiers and Desiccant Dehumidifiers.

  • Deodorization Equipment

Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other difficult-to-access areas

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

Obviously if you’ve made is this far---you can see why we are the #1 water restoration company in the area. If your New Castle property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.

Best Tips for Fire Prevention at Your Lawrence County Workplace

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a hand stacking up small wooden blocks that have cons that cause fire. The top blocks says prevention. A fire gives no pre-warning. Therefore, having an escape plan is so important for time sensitivity and safety.

Having a fire prevention conversation in the workplace is probably not something you have done in a while---or even ever. Although it is an easy talk to put on the back burner, SERVPRO of Lawrence County encourages its business owners to have this important discussion with your employees. Without having proper planning during a fire, your New Castle or nearby business can quickly turn into a disastrous event — one that not only risks the lives of your employees but also the future of your business.

Kitchen Prevention. Make sure employees unplug all appliances in the kitchen if you have one. Kitchen fires are the #1 spot fires begin. Make sure that small appliances, like toasters are pulled away from anything flammable. And lastly, ensure the kitchen is equipped with a fire extinguisher and make certain employees are aware how to use it.

Office Prevention. Make sure office equipment like computers, copiers, fax machines, and power cords are all up to date with no rips or tears in the wiring. Should your office use space heaters, make sure employees are plugging them directly into a wall and not using a power strip.

Implement a Fire Plan. A fire gives no pre-warning. Therefore, having an escape plan is so important for time sensitivity and safety. Those extra minutes saved by having an organized strategy, mean a lot, and can save someone’s life.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Ensure smoke alarms are up to date and functioning properly. Change the batteries twice a year and test them regularly to ensure they are operational.

Practice, Practice, Practice. Assign roles to specific employees to carry out an effective evacuation: who will call the fire department, who will stay behind to direct employees to exits, and make sure everyone gets out safely, who will coordinate at evacuation point, etc. 

 Even the most prepared businesses can be affected by fire. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is right in your back yard and ready to respond to fire damage at your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO of Lawrence County training and certifications or call us today at 724.498.4747. We’re here to help.