What's That Smell? How to Remove Odors from Your Lawrence County Home
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
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Why is SERVPRO of Lawrence County’s Water Extraction Equipment Different?
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
What Does SERVPRO of Lawrence County's Water Restoration Process Look Like?
SERVPRO Lawrence County's experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.
When your New Castle home or nearby commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, SERVPRO of Lawrence County has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property. Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. Take a look at our unique process that make us better than any other competitor.
Step 1 - Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.
Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification
We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean all the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using several techniques. SERVPRO professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.
Step 6 - Restoration
Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
SERVPRO of Lawrence County is the number one water restoration company in the area for a reason. It is because we have the proper processes, equipment, and professionals. Should you need our assistance, call us day or night. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year. Follow us on Facebook for more water damage tips of the trade.
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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Lawrence County
Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.
Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lawrence County, and we will respond immediately to get you back to business.
- 24 Hour Emergency Service
Flooding and water emergencies do not wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Lawrence County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Lawrence County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. Within minutes, water can quickly spread throughout your property, saturating everything in its path. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. It will cause furniture finish to bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets. Water also penetrates your precious photographs, books, and other paper goods causing them to swell and warp. Immediate action is necessary to restore your home and belongings. SERVPRO’s fast response time is imperative to your business’s urgent needs.
- A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
SERVPRO of Lawrence County can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters. We are proud to serve our local communities in the Lawrence County area, as well as Mercer, Venango, Crawford and Erie Counties.
- Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists
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
- Continuing Education Classes
No matter the type of commercial fire damage, no one is equipped better than SERVPRO. After the fire trucks leave, your business will likely suffer from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Lawrence County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your commercial space to pre-fire condition.
The SERVPRO System is designed to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible. Our team of highly trained technicians will remove soot, smoke odor, and any damage from the fire, so that you and your employees can return to a clean and safe space.
Facing a fire at your West Pittsburgh property can be an overwhelming experience when you need professional restoration services - SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to help!
How to Stop Frozen Pipes at Your Lawrence County Home
Attics, basements, and garages are the hot spots (pun intended) for frozen pipes.
Did you know that frozen pipes are the most common cause of property damage in the Winter? With insurance losses ranging in the $5,000-$10,000’s--- SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you some tips of the trade from our water restoration experts.
The pipes that are most likely to be affected by cold temperatures are in the unheated rooms of your home. There is no surprise there. Attics, basements, and garages are the hot spots (pun intended) for frozen pipes. But rest assured, there are some things you can do for preventative measure.
Insulation- Pipe insulation is not only affordable, but it is the easiest tactic to prevent those frigid temperatures from freezing out your pipes. Apply liberally to protect all the vulnerable pipes in your home. Especially in those problematic rooms (attics, basements, and garages, as mentioned above.)
Keep garage doors closed- Keeping warm air trapped in the unheated spaces, as much as possible, is key. This is especially important if there are exterior water supply runs running through the garage walls.
Open kitchen cabinets- This might give your wife the heebie jeebies, but if you need to allow the warm air from your home to circulate to help with frozen pipes, this is a neat little trick. It especially works well if your have an exterior wall kitchen sink.
Keep the water flowing- Even at a small, cool trickle running water helps prevent ice from even starting.
Keep the thermostat consistent- You might be tempted to turn down the heat, so it doesn’t run all day and night. But this is not the right time to watch the heating costs. Keeping your home at a consistent temperature is your best bet for keeping your pipes flowing properly in the winter.
If you are vacationing- Never turn off your thermostat in the winter. Consumer Reports suggests never leaving the temperature below 55 ° F.
Add the fluffy pink stuff-If you want to make some permanent changes this winter, add some extra insulation in the attic, basements, and crawl spaces. This will keep heat from escaping.
If your house unfortunately does have a pipe break, and your home encounters water damage, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is the company you want to have on speed dial. We are water restoration experts. SERVPRO has the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your home properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry. If your New Castle home needs us on a whim…we will be there. We are open 24/7 to take your call today. Call us at 724.498.4747.
Continuing Education with SERVPRO® of Lawrence County
We offer a wide variety of topics that include ethics, understanding mold, restorative drying for water damage, biohazard cleanup and more.
Just one of the many things we pride ourselves on here at SERVPRO® are the free Continuing Education (CE) courses we offer to insurance agents, adjusters, and real estate agents throughout the year. Our certified instructors teach classes on a wide variety of topics that include ethics, understanding mold, restorative drying for water damage, biohazard cleanup and more.
As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we provide relevant information, firsthand experiences, and real-life examples that help insurance professionals better understand what it is that we do here at SERVPRO and how we can help their customers in their greatest time of need.
When basements flood, SERVPRO® of Lawrence County is Here to Help®. We’re Here to Help® with storm damage. We’re Here to Help® remediate mold. We’re Here to Help® with fire and smoke damage. No matter the situation, our highly trained team can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We are locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community, too. Hosting these classes provides us with an opportunity to get to know many of the local insurance agents and for them to get to know us on a personal level, as well.
If you are interested in learning more about our CE classes, be sure to follow us on Facebook! For more information, you can also give us a call at 724-498-4747.
Here to Help® with Pipe Breaks in New Castle, PA
Wrap pipes with heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables
As temperatures drop, the pipes in your home become vulnerable and susceptible to breaking due to the cold weather. That’s because water expands as it freezes. This expansion can put a tremendous amount of pressure on your pipes and therefore cause them to burst. So, how can you prevent this from happening?
Here are some helpful tips from State Farm:
- Insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic
- Wrap pipes with heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables
- Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located
- Disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets
- Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall
- Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls
If you find yourself in a pipe break predicament, SERVPRO® of Lawrence County is Here to Help®. A large burst of water can cause major structural damage to your home as well as create the immediate potential for mold. That’s where we come in.
Our team has dealt with this type of loss many, many times in both homes and businesses. We have the expertise and equipment needed to properly restore your space. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.
We hope you take preventive precautions to having this situation occur in your home, but we are available 24/7 should you need our assistance. Please call us at 724-498-4747.