Recent Fire Damage Posts

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!

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. 

Burn Leaves Safely in Lawrence County

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of leaves being burnt Check your area’s burning laws first, but burning materials such as yard waste, grass clippings and leaves may be permissible depending on your town.

There is nothing prettier than to watch the leaves fall here in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. However, those gorgeous, bright leaves eventually fall to the ground and litter your yard in colorful splendor.

Bagging them and dragging them to the curb seems like a lot of work. Check your area’s burning laws first, but burning materials such as yard waste, grass clippings and leaves may be permissible depending on your town’s ordinances on open burning. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you some tips on how to safely burn leaves.

  • Using a fire pit is your best bet to keep the leaves contained.
  • While burning the leaves, do not add any additional garbage or burnable items to the fire.
  • Do not use any flammable liquids such as gasoline to ignite the debris.
  • Make sure you are always watching the fire, making sure nothing gets out of control.
  • Keep a garden hose nearby in the case you need to put it out in the case of an emergency.

Other safe alternatives include: grinding the leaves into mulched or chipped landscaping material, schedule a pick-up with your city or town, call a yard waste or junk removal service.

No matter how safe we try to be… accidents can always happen. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is the leader in fire restoration. When you call us after facing fire damage or water damage following a fire, we will respond quickly. As a locally owned and operated fire restoration company; we can provide an immediate response which helps prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. We pride ourselves in providing honest and high-quality service to our customers and the Lawrence County community. In addition, to battling with damage from the fire, your property may also incur water damage from firefighting efforts. This type of damage may leave you and your family feeling confused, stressed, and overwhelmed. During this difficult time, you want a team that you know and can trust to guide your through the cleanup, sanitization, and restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Lawrence County today.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (724) 498-4747

Lawrence County Fireplace Safety 101

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

image of residential fireplace setup next to recliner sofa Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in November, December, January, and February

It is the beginning of November and living in Western Pennsylvania that means it is already cold. In fact---the snow has already started to fall, leaving a white blanket across the grass. You may be tempted to get into the winter spirit by turning on your fireplace. But have you serviced or taken care of it in a while? SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to give you some fireplace tips.

  • Watch how long you use the fireplace. This should not be used as a furnace. Do not burn longer than 5 hours at a time.
  • Keep a screen closed to stop sparks from hopping out to any carpeting.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep come and service the chimney on a yearly basis.
  • Clean the area where the logs burn every 7 days or so. Leave about an inch of ash to use as an insulator.
  • Never ever use your vacuum to clean up ashes. Live coals can stay in those ashes longer than you think.
  • Use a chimney cap to prevent any water damage from coming through. This also prevents animals from falling in and nesting.
  • Always use the fireplace tools to move the logs around. Never use your hands.

Fireplaces sure are a beautiful sight and give us a lot winter joy. But always remember to take precautions and follow proper usage. Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in November, December, January, and February. Heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes.

If fire, smoke, and soot strike your Lawrence County property, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is ready to respond. In addition, to battling with damage from the fire, your property may also incur water damage from firefighting efforts. This type of damage may leave you and your family feeling confused, stressed, and overwhelmed. During this difficult time you want a team that your know and can trust to guide your through the cleanup, sanitization, and restoration process. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is a leader in fire and water damage restoration. We have state of the art equipment, highly trained technicians, and your peace in mind. If you are ever in need of professional cleaning or restoration, call us at 724-498-4747. 

National Fire Safety Month

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

image of large fire arising due to food that is cooking being left unattended Cooking fires is the number one cause of house fires in the United States, with most incidents occurring when food is left unattended after cooking.

With 2020 being as unexpected as it has been--- we all could use a little peace. October has been named National Fire Safety Month, and SERVPRO® of Lawrence County wants to you feel as prepared as possible in the case of a fire at your home.

The goal of National Fire Safety Month is to raise fire safety awareness and help ensure your home and family has a plan and is ready for the unexpected. Cooking fires rank as the number one cause of house fires in the United States, with most incidents occurring when food is left unattended after cooking. This is especially problematic when frying food, or any time when large quantities of grease are involved.

The National Fire Protection Association gives some great home cooking tips:

What you should know about home cooking safety

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you are cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If fire, smoke, and soot strikes your home, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is ready to respond. In addition, to battling with damage from the fire, your property may also incur water damage from firefighting efforts. This type of damage may leave you and your family feeling confused, stressed, and overwhelmed. During this difficult time, you want a team that you know and trust to guide your through the cleanup, sanitization, and restoration process. SERVPRO is here to help.

When you call us after facing fire damage or water damage following a fire, we will respond quickly. As a locally owned and operated fire restoration company, we can provide an immediate response time which helps prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. We pride ourselves in providing honest and high-quality service to our customers and the Lawrence County community. 

SERVPRO of Lawrence County is a leader in fire and water damage restoration. We have state of the art equipment, highly trained technicians, and your peace in mind. If you are ever in need of professional cleaning or restoration, call us at 724-498-4747. 

What is a Hydroxyl Generator?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

One of SERVPRO's hydroxyl generators SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses the safest, most effective equipment for the job.

A hydroxyl generator is a newer green technology system. It is the industry’s most advanced solution for odor elimination, air purification, and decontaminating surfaces and contents.

Hydroxyls are safe, naturally occurring molecules that are created in the atmosphere when the sun’s ultraviolet light react with water vapor. These molecules are often referred to as the “detergent” of the Earth because they help clean the atmosphere.

They can kill bacteria, viruses, and mold, as well as eliminate chemical fumes, gases, vapors, and unpleasant odors. 

A hydroxyl generator replicates the natural production of hydroxyls to eliminate biological and chemical contaminants.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses hydroxyl generators in a wide variety of situations to eliminate unwanted odors. For example, residential and commercial fires, sewage treatment plants, locker rooms, and meat processing plants.

SERVPRO of Lawrence County uses the safest, most effective equipment for the job. Our professionals are highly trained and educated on their field of expertise. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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What We Do After A Fire – Fire Restoration Process

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

flames with servpro logo in the background We are available 24/7, 365 to make any fire damage your property incurs, “Like it never even happened.”

When you call our team of highly trained professionals after facing a fire in your Lawrence County home you can count us to help you get back to normal; as soon as possible. We will provide a solution to your property’s specific fire damage needs. There are three different areas we will address in detail during your fire restoration process: structural cleaning, contents cleaning, and deodorization.

  1. Structural Cleaning – after a fire or smoke damage, the ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floor in your home or business will need a detailed cleaning. A member of our team will do a pretest to determine the extent of the damage and use specific equipment and cleaning product to remove the damage.
  2. Contents Cleaning – all restorable contents in your home or business will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Everything from rugs, furniture, drapes, upholstery, even life-sized teddy bears – will be CLEANED.
  3. Deodorization – smoke and soot leave an unmistakable smell. SERVPRO Professionals will provide specialized service to remove the offensive odors left behind the fire and smoke.

Figuring out what to do after a fire can be a daunting task. Who do you call? How will you get back to normal? Your local team of fire restoration specialists are here to help! We are available 24/7, 365 to make any fire damage your property incurs, “Like it never even happened.” 

Are you READY for Whatever May Happen?

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

brick residence with smoke and soot coming from the roof If your home or business is under the threat of fire or smoke damage, call us today at 724-498-4747. We can make any damage and smoke odor, “Like it n

Your smoke detector goes off in your West Pittsburgh home and you realize THIS is real.

A FIRE is happening in your home. What’s the first thing you do in response? Call 911? Evacuate your family? In which order?

Without a plan these simple steps can cause panic, worry, and simply make you feel overwhelmed. As a premier provider of fire restoration services, SERVPRO of Lawrence County wants you to be READY for whatever happens.

Quite often we have been called to a home or business that could have incurred less damage with a proper disaster relief plan in place. A disaster relief plan saves you time and money by providing an action plan during a potentially stressful time and mitigating the extent of damage with the correct response.

For information on what types of things to consider when designing a disaster plan for your home or business, visit the National Fire Protection Association website here. You will find tips, practices, and worksheets to help you stay prepare for the unexpected.

If your home or business is under the threat of fire, smoke or soot damage, call us today at 724-498-4747. We can make any damage and smoke odor, “Like it never even happened.”

Restored Belongings

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

photo of esporta washing machine Restoring your property and your peace after a disaster is our priority.

One of the scariest things about facing a fire is the idea of losing not only your house, but the belongings that it makes it home. At SERVPRO of Lawrence County we understand how disruptive an unexpected disaster like a fire can be and we try our very best to restore your peace and property as soon as possible. One way we can restore your peace is by caring for your belongings after a fire.


We have state of the art equipment with the power to restore rather replace your belongings. 

How do you restore belongings after a disaster?

The Esporta Wash System is a next generation washing system with patented restoration technology. This machine has the power to restore soft contents to food grade clean by removing 99% of the organic and inorganic contaminants.

What kind of damages does the Esporta Wash System remove?         

The Esporta Wash System can restore belongings that have been affected by:

  • Contaminated water and sewage
  • Heavy smoke and soot
  • Mold
  • Bio waste contaminated goods

Restoring your property and your peace after a disaster is our priority. We have the equipment, training, and team to make damage of any kind or size, “Like it never even happened.”

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

home in flames with christmas tree in the background If fire threatens your Lawrence County property this holiday season, give us a call. We are available 24/7 for all you fire restoration needs.

It’s that time of the year! Turkey time! Time for family! AND unfortunately, a record time for disasters. Did you know… cooking is one the largest causes of residential fires. So this season we are bringing you top tips to keep the fire in the hole and not in throughout your home.

Cooking Safety Tips:

  1. Avoid the use of deep fat turkey fires
  2. Keep things that could catch on fire and heat source far apart
  3. Choose the right equipment and use it properly

Aside from cooking, there are other fire safety precautions you can make to ensure a safe and fun holiday without a fire disaster.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips:

  1. Check all holiday light cords and make sure they aren’t broken or frayed
  2. If you are using an older tree, look for the fire-resistant label
  3. Don’t use electric light on metallic tress
  4. Ig hanging stockings on the fireplace mantel, don’t light the fireplace

If fire threatens your Lawrence County property this holiday season, give us a call. We are available 24/7 for all you fire restoration needs.

Fall Season Fun: Bonfire Safety Tips for Everyone

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

bonfire graphic with "bonfire safety tips" in the center and servpro logo at the top If you have smoke damage from a fire, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County at (724) 498-4747. We are available 24/7 and prepared to help you!

The weather is quickly changing, and fall is in the air! Fun family outdoor activities and a football season requires a bonfire to stand around and cheer. Although planning a bonfire can be fun, safety is the priority for all events. 

Safety tips for your fall bonfire this year: 

  • When planning a large bonfire, it is very important to communicate with your local fire department to attend and to provide emergency services if needed. It is very important to be prepared in case of an emergency. The fire department is a great resource and can provide safety and fire prevention tips. 
  • When planning a large bonfire event, location is key. You must make sure you are having the fire in a legal location. Take some time and review your state laws on bonfire regulations. This is important when considering the size of the fire.
  • In addition, keep your eye out for small children playing around the fire. It is an enthusiastic event but creating a safety rope ring with safety cones can be a good visual to remind attendees to not get close to the fire.
  • It is also important to not burn aerosols, canisters or anything containing foam or paint. Keep them away from the heat of the fire. These types of chemicals have extremely flammable ingredients that can cause the fire to spread or produce toxic fumes in the air.  The containers of these products could explode, causing injury to others.
  • Make sure the wood you are burning is dry and seasoned. Wood should not be treated and do not burn furniture.
  • Lastly, check the weather radar. High winds can cause your bonfire to be postponed. Enjoy and have fun!

If you have smoke damage from a fire, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County at (724) 498-4747. We are available 24/7 and prepared to help you!

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Fire Restoration New Wilmington, PA

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

tepee fire with flames coming from the center SERVPRO of Lawrence County has years of experience mitigating fires.

It’s campfire season!

Que the chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers, and your best fire safety tips! SERVPRO of Lawrence County is always here to help and this week we will be bringing you our best tips and practices for a roaring and safe campfire this season.

Starting the fire:

  1. Make sure you have a source a water - before you begin your campfire, get a source of water and a shovel to keep nearby during the fire
  2. Start a fire ring - this can be built or found and is used to contain your fire
  3. Gather wood - the wood should be dry, the dryer - the better because the more it will burn 
  4. Pile the smaller pieces of wood in the center of the ring and build the foundation by adding more and more wood     
    • Certain shapes are better for different fire uses. For example, building the fire in the shape of a cross-ditch or ‘X’ is great for long lasting fires. A fire shaped into a tee-pee is best for cooking.
  5. Ignite the fire with a light or a match 
  6. As the fire grows, add more tinder 
  7. Blow lightly at the base of the fire 
  8. Repeat step 6, as necessary
  9. Keep fire at a controllable level

Gathering around the campfire can be a family favorite and past time. However, the safety of your family or the area should not be compromised along the way. Be sure to follow these steps during your next fire and remember the bucket of fire in case of an emergency. Happy fall! 

SERVPRO of Lawrence County has years of experience mitigating fires. We are available 24/7, 365 for any fire restoration needs and we are happy to help. If your property needs our service do not hesitate to call us at 724-498-4747.

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