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Multiple Frozen Pipes Creates Water Disasters in Cranberry, Ohio

2/2/2023 (Permalink)

frozen burst copper pipes We can complete any loss from mitigation all the way to reconstruction without ever having to call a third-party vendor.

Many homes in Cranberry, Oil City, Seneca, and their surrounding areas experienced multiple pipes broken due to freezing temperatures. They called SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties for emergency assistance. After the pipes were repaired, SERVPRO began to clean up the aftermath of the broken pipes. Here is how the process went:

  • Water was extracted
  • Debris was removed
  • Carpet removed
  • Flood cuts made
  • Three days of drying

After the drying process, the rebuild could begin. SERVPRO was onsite daily to make sure the process was moving along as well as to communicate the daily status to the homeowner’s insurance company. We can complete any loss from mitigation all the way to reconstruction without ever having to call a third-party vendor. We have in-house capabilities to keep the process smooth and simple.

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

How to Prevent a Dryer Fire at Your Oil City Home

1/29/2023 (Permalink)

a drying machine after fire Allow SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties, PA to give you some tips on how to clean one of the biggest fire hazards in your home.

Ugh, laundry day. It no one’s favorite chore. Yet, it needs done. But that normal household appliance known as the dryer can be dangerous. Did you know, according to Erie Insurance, “dryers cause roughly 15,500 home structure fires, 29 deaths, 400 injuries and $192 million in direct property loss each year? What’s more, most dryer fires happen in the winter.” I bet you are now thinking about your dryer. Gosh, when was the last time you really cleaned it? Allow SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties, PA to give you some tips on how to clean one of the biggest fire hazards in your home.

  • Clean the Lint - Every single time. Cleaning out the lint tray significantly decreases fires caused by the unit. You should also get into the habit of taking down the hose and clearing the pathway periodically.
  • Follow the Directions - Make sure you are following the manufacturer’s instructions to a “T”. Try and make the dryer hose as straight as possible without a lot of bends and twists. This will prevent the lint from clogging up, as described above. If that just isn’t possible…have a licensed electrician install a dyer vent fan. These automatic electric devices speed up airflow through the duct every time you turn on your dryer to keep things moving along. 
  • Clear Fire Hazards - If you have anything combustible near the dyer. Move it far out of the way, making sure the entire area is clear of dust, detergents and bleaches is ideal.
  • Get a Metal Dryer Duct - The plastic ones tend to bend and sag and can lead to lint buildup at low points. A metal duct will keep its shape and stops fire more efficiently than a plastic or flexible foil duct.
  • Read the Care Tags on Items Before Drying - Some things cannot be dried at all. Or some items may even contain rubber ingredients that cannot be dried on high heat. Make sure to peek at all tags, but especially things like bathmats, carpets, bras, and baby bibs.
  • Wet Clothing After Drying is a telltale sign something is not working right. Make sure to double check for plugged exterior vents and clean the dryer vent.
  • Turn the Dryer Off Before You Leave - Never leave a dryer running if you are not home.

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties, PA are the leading fire and water restoration company in Cambridge Springs, Meadville, Saegertown, and their surrounding areas. Fires caused by a dryer is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis.

If you or someone you love has experienced fire damage to your home or commercial building, please do not hesitate to give your local SERVPRO a call. Call (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website to learn more.

Cooking Safety Tips in for Meadville Homes

1/29/2023 (Permalink)

man using fire extinguisher on oven Home fires can strike at any time, but did you know that December through March are the peak months for home fires?

Home fires can strike at any time, but did you know that December through March are the peak months for home fires? And I bet you can guess which room takes the most heat (pun intended). That’s right, the kitchen. Obviously, the kitchen gets the most love during the holidays, which in turn, increases the likelihood of cooking fires. Let SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties, PA give you some tips on how to keep those flames at bay at your Cochranton home.

  • Always keep flammable items away from flames and hot surfaces, including oven mitts and dish towels.
  • Always have your eye on the stove and oven. Do not walk away and always set timers.
  • Keep a clear path for walking. Do not leave bags, groceries, or toys in the way.
  • Do not cook if you are tired. It is best to grab a pizza instead.
  • Always use caution when dealing with hot pans and scalding hot liquids, such as oil.
  • Make sure children stay out of the kitchen as much as possible.
  • If a fire should ignite follow these safety guidelines from John Hopkins Medicine:
  • Do not pour water on it. Water can cause oil to splash, which can spread the fire.
  • Slide a lid over the pan to smother the fire and turn off the stovetop, leaving the pan covered until it has completely cooled; alternatively, baking soda can also be used to extinguish small grease fires.
  • If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.
  • Take your loved ones with you, but do not re-enter your home to get your cellphone, computer, or other personal belongings.

Once the fire is put out and it is safe to enter the home again, allow SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties, PA to help you pick up the pieces. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Venus, Seneca, Conneaut Lake, or surrounding areas home or commercial building may also suffer from water damage because of the firefighting efforts. Your local SERVPRO specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home, so it looks "Like it never even happened."

If you are in need of cleaning or restoration services, call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties for immediate assistance or visit our Website to learn more! Call (814) 350-7651.

Are Dusty Vents a Fire Hazard for Your Cochranton Home?

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

man changing air filter When was the last time you changed the filter to the furnace? Did you know it is recommended every 3 months?

The air vents in your Meadville, Cranberry, Linesville, and surrounding areas home are not necessarily the first item on your weekly cleaning list. Let’s be honest, they really are not that gratifying to clean, and you need a screwdriver. “Ain’t nobody got time for that.” But SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is here to tell you why you should make the extra effort.

  • Is a dusty vent really a fire hazard? Yes! Buildup of dust, dander, and soot is a fire hazard. Any large pile of dust can be ignited either by contact with a spark, or if the surface it is settled on becomes very hot. Also, if a heating unit is older, does not work well, and works extra hard at your chilly Pleasantville home, it can also throw sparks.
  • How does it ignite? The burners and heat the exchanger of the furnace are the components that heat the air of your home. The burners heat the exchanger to a very high degree. Near or above the furnace, in the “plenum”, dust will accumulate with time and occasionally fall onto the heat exchanger. If the debris pile becomes large enough, there can be a very serious risk a fire igniting inside the furnace.
  • Furnace filter hazards. When was the last time you changed the filter to the furnace? Did you know it is recommended every 3 months? The filter’s purpose is so dust does not accumulate in your home. But if the filter is not changed regularly, it cannot do its job and even worse, it can potentially sink, and get sucked into the furnace itself, allowing the dust it carries to catch fire.
  • Clean those ducts! The best way to reduce the likelihood of vent fires is to make sure they are clean. If you want to try and tackle the job yourself. Here is an easy tutorial.

But, if you want to hire a professional to make sure it is done right, call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit for fires and poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning visit our Website or call (814) 350-7651.

Advanced Water Extraction Equipment for Your Conneaut Lake Home

1/16/2023 (Permalink)

air movers on floor When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform proper water restoration.

When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform proper water restoration. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, 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.

Psychometrics

  • 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.

Detection Equipment

  • 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.
  • Thermohydrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity.

Extraction Equipment

  • Extractors are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following a water damage.

Air Moving Equipment

  • Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time.

Dehumidification Equipment

  • By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air.

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.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

If your Conneautville, Saegertown, Jamestown or their surrounding areas home or commercial property has experienced water damage, you can contact us for immediate assistance or visit our Website to learn more. Call (814) 350-7651.

What to Do When a Pipe Breaks in Your Cranberry Home

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen We are leading water damage restoration experts, and we can make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

When a pipe breaks in your home, usually a panic sets in when you notice water is leaking through your ceiling or walls. The first step Cranberry homeowners typically go through is looking for the water source. However, before searching for the water source, you may want to find the main water shutoff to help prevent further water damage to your home. Then the next step would be searching for the source. If indeed you can’t find it, we recommend contacting a plumber to help you with repairs. Next, we suggest contacting your insurance agency to let them know what has happened and to file a claim. After that, call your local SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties. We are Here to Help, 24/7. We are leading water damage restoration experts, and we can make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties when you need us! We give free estimates for water and fire damage, and mold. To reach us, call (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website.

Commercial Pipe Breaks from Freezing Weather in Meadville

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

water pipe burst The weather in December proved to be one of freezing temperatures that resulted in the freezing of pipes in all types of commercial businesses.

The month of December of 2022 produced a lot of challenges for the people of Meadville, Oil City, Titusville, and their surrounding areas. The weather in December proved to be one of freezing temperatures that resulted in the freezing of pipes in all types of commercial businesses and homes.

Many people are unaware when the water pipes in their homes and businesses have frozen. It isn’t until the weather begins to warm a little bit that the frozen pipes then crack and allow water to spill all through the walls and ceiling, damaging everything that is in its way.

To prevent this issue, it is important to insulate your pipes as best you can before the cold winter season hits. We recommend you watch this video on YouTube to help you learn about frozen pipe prevention.

In case you have already experienced water damage from a burst pipe or any other source, SERVPRO of Beachwood and Cleveland Northeast is Here to Help. We are available 24/7 to immediately assist you in case of a water damage emergency. If you live in Linesville, Cranberry, Seneca, and surrounding areas, you can reach us immediately at (814) 350-7651.

Tips to Prepare for Heavy Snowfall in Venus, PA

12/19/2022 (Permalink)

heavy snowfall on home In the Cranberry, Oil City, Meadville community, residents should be aware of heavy snowfall and its effects.

As winter progresses there can be increased amounts of snow, especially in the Northeast Ohio region. In the Cranberry, Oil City, Meadville community, residents should be aware of heavy snowfall and its effects. With heavy snowfall comes more water. Seneca, Linesville, Saegertown, and surrounding area residents are urged to make sure their roofs are leakproof and every window sealed. Heavy snowfall can lead to water damage which can later lead to mold. Take care of your Pleasantville, Conneautville, and Jamestown home now and get to know your local SERVPRO. At SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties, we believe strongly in initiating a relationship with our community so they can be prepared for future unforeseen events. Centralizing services fire and water services for your residential home or business brings peace of mind, should a disaster strike. For more information or immediate assistance give us a call at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website.

Fireplace Safety 101 for Jamestown, PA

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

fire alarm 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?

Living in Western Pennsylvania at this time of year 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 Crawford and NE Venango Counties 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 Meadville, Oil City, Cranberry, and surrounding areas property, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is ready to respond. In addition to battling with damage from the fire, your Linesville, Saegertown, Pleasantville, and surrounding areas 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. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is a leading company in fire and water damage restoration. We have state of the art equipment, highly trained technicians, and aim to give you peace of mind. If you are ever in need of professional cleaning or restoration, give us a call us at (814) 350-7651 or Learn More by visiting our website!

Why Your Local SERVPRO Team is Your Preferred Water Damage Company

12/10/2022 (Permalink)

service map SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is your local fire and water damage company in Meadville, Cranberry, Conneautville, and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is your local fire and water damage company in Meadville, Cranberry, Conneautville, and surrounding areas. We serve 14 cities in both Crawford and Venango Counties. In addition, we can serve the surrounding areas. With so much coverage we can serve almost anyone in the community at moment’s notice. SERVPRO has the leverage over other restoration companies to be faster and more efficient. This is due to our extense vehicle and equipment supply as well as our highly trained technicians.

Vehicles, Equipment and Technicians

Vehicles, equipment, and technicians are crucial parts of the fire and water damage restoration process. It takes up to date vehicles and equipment to get to the damage site fast and to clean quickly. It is critical in this industry to get the damage cleaned up as quickly as possible to prevent more damage occurring to your Linesville or Seneca home or business. SERVPRO’s highly trained technicians work with professionalism, courtesy, and accuracy. When water or fire damage occurs, we understand that this is a hard and unexpected time. We respect your belongings and do our best to communicate every step of the restoration process to you.

If your home or business experience fire or water damage, give us a call at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website! We serve Saegertown, Pleasantville, Cambridge Springs, and surrounding areas. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is your preferred local fire and water restoration company and we are always Here to Help!