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Basement Flood Cleanup in Cranberry

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

flooded room with rubber ducks We have the training, experience, and equipment to properly dry your basement fast. We make it ‘Like it never even happened.”

A local Cranberry home’s basement flooded. These Before and After photos are a representation of the work that we do daily. Whether water comes up through the drains, or through the walls, storms can heavily damage and flood your Cranberry home's basement. Flooded basements can ruin your belongings, damage the structure, and produce mold. When this happens, you need a restoration company on your side who can properly service your Cranberry home. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is just that! We have the training, experience, and equipment to properly dry your basement fast. We make it ‘Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is a fire and water restoration and cleanup company. We are available 24/7 to assist you when you need it most. We are Here to Help, make sure to call us at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website!

Home Fire Safety Hazards in Cochranton, PA

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher putting out flame on stove. Cooking and heating are at the top of the home fire hazards list.

Cooking and heating are at the top of the home fire hazards list. Be attentive in the kitchen, keep kids and pets away from heaters and candles, and try to incorporate these practices into your home life.

When cooking:

  • Stay in the kitchen whenever something is frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling.
  • When simmering, baking, or roasting, check on the food regularly and use a timer.
  • Don’t use the oven or the stove when you’re sleepy or under the influence of alcohol.
  • Keep flammable objects at least 3 feet away from the stovetop.

When heating your home:

  • Only purchase space heaters that shut off automatically when they fall over, and always place them on level, nonflammable surfaces.
  • Never leave a space heater or a fireplace unattended. Make sure to turn off space heaters and extinguish all embers before leaving rooms.
  • Keep flammable objects at least 3 feet away from space heaters or fireplaces.

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

What to Do After a Storm Hits Your Cranberry Home or Business

3/26/2022 (Permalink)

dark clouds and lightning We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Cranberry home or business back to pre-storm condition.

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. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies.

We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Cranberry home or business back to pre-storm condition. When a storm hits your Cranberry home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

3 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Flood

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning in clouds. Planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions.

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. SERVPRO is always here to help in case a disaster was to occur. During weather like this, floods are very likely, and we are always here to assist.

Get Your Home Ready for a Flood 

Planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions (CDC).

  • Have a licensed electrician raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) at least 12″ above your home’s projected flood elevation.
  • For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering.
  • Anchor fuel tanks which can contaminate your basement if torn free. An unanchored tank outside can be swept downstream and damage other houses.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

5 Maintenance Tips for Your Seneca Commercial Building

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial building with glass windows. Keeping up with maintenance in your commercial building is key to preventing greater problems in the future.

Keeping up with maintenance in your commercial building is key to preventing greater problems in the future. There are many ways to keep up with maintenance, and everyone works in different ways. To maintain properly, it is important to make a plan and follow through with it! Below are a few tips to keep your building maintained.

Commercial Building Maintenance Tips

  • Check Everything Periodically - Doing a walk-through every few months is a great way to identify potential damage so you can handle the repairs immediately.
  • Complete Routine Maintenance - Things like changing the air filters, servicing the HVAC system, landscaping the exterior, checking the smoke detectors, and changing the batteries on select devices could help you prevent significant problems later.
  • Focus on High-Traffic Areas - Focus your inspections and maintenance on areas with the highest number of people using them because they’re likely to require more work,
  • Repair Damage Immediately - Take care of any damage you notice around the commercial property immediately before it has the chance to worsen.
  • Monitor for Mold - Keep an eye out for mold near your plumbing fixtures because you must address the issue immediately, and it could also signal a potential plumbing problem.

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

Stay Safe After a Flood in Jamestown, PA

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

heavy rains on a road Thunderstorm season is right around the corner, and you know what that means. More floods.

Thunderstorm season is right around the corner, and you know what that means. More floods. It is almost inevitable, when heavy rains come, it must go somewhere. Sometimes the basement of homes flood, sometimes it comes in through the roofs and windows. Other times the exterior of a home floods. Maybe you are unsure of what to do after a flood occurs. Read below to see what you can do in case a flood does occur.

What to Do After a Flood

According to Weather.gov, these are the steps you can take after a flood:

  • Stay Informed: Stay tuned to your local news for updated information on road conditions.
  • Avoid Flood Waters: Standing water hides many dangers including toxins and chemicals. There may be sharp objects under the water, or the road could have collapsed. If it is likely your home will flood, don't wait for an evacuation order, get out!
  • Avoid Disaster Areas: Do not visit disaster areas. Your presence may hamper rescue and other emergency operations.
  • Heed Road Closed and Cautionary Signs: Road closure and other cautionary signs are put in place for your safety. Pay attention to them!
  • Wait for the All Clear: Do not enter a flood damaged home or building until you're given the All Clear by authorities.
  • Contact Your Family and Loved Ones: Let your family and close friends know that you’re okay so they can help spread the word.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

Seamless SERVPRO Operations in Crawford County

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO operations in a school building. After a water loss occurs, we have the trained staff, equipment, and experience to efficiently and properly take care of your home and belongings.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration. What is unique about us as a restoration company is that we can complete a job from beginning to end without having to hire a 3rd party vendor. This is due to our advanced capabilities. For example, after a water loss occurs, we have the trained staff, equipment, and experience to efficiently and properly take care of your home and belongings.

How SERVPRO Takes Care of a Water Loss

  • Move-Out / Pack-Out
    • We conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage.

?      Emergency Water Removal

  • We may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums.

?      Inspect the Carpet Pad and Carpet

  • We inspect the carpet and pad and determine if they should be removed to protect the subfloor.

?      Water Removal Equipment

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

Did You Know This About SERVPRO?

1/29/2022 (Permalink)

Mustang wrapped with SERVPRO logo. As a company we have grown into a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry with more than 1,900 locations.

Did you know that SERVPRO began as a small painting business more than 50 years ago? As a company we have grown into a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry with more than 1,900 locations. We are a family-owned business that continues to grow daily.

In addition to our family-owned background, our practices supersede the rest. Not only are we nationwide and have franchises in Canada, but we always put our customers first. SERVPRO keeps up with the competition and satisfies our customers by continually training our employees to become professionals in the industry. We always update our equipment to have the latest technology to serve our customers best. There is nothing better than a happy customer, and an efficient and happy workplace.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

How to Reduce Housefires in Cranberry, PA

1/29/2022 (Permalink)

Firefighter putting out housefire. Home is the place people feel safest from fire, but it’s actually the place they’re at greatest risk.

“Home is the place people feel safest from fire, but it’s actually the place they’re at greatest risk. Approximately 80% of all U.S. fire deaths occur in the home; an average of seven people die in home fires every day” (NFPA.org)

According to NFPA’s latest reports, home fires and home fire deaths declined by about 50% since 1980. These numbers show that while we’ve made strong progress in preventing fires, mitigating their effects when they do happen remains a challenge. Today’s homes burn faster than ever; You may have as little as two minutes (or even less) to safely escape a typical home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Modern home furnishings, along with the fact that newer homes tend to be built with more open spaces and unprotected lightweight wood construction, all contribute to the increased rate at which home fires burn.

The death toll of home fires can be reduced through:

  • Educating the public on how to prevent fires and how to avoid serious injury or death if fire occurs
  • Properly installing, testing, and maintaining smoke alarms
  • Developing and practicing escape plans
  • Wider use of residential sprinkler systems
  • Regulations to make home products more fire-safe
  • Addressing the needs of groups at high risk of fire injury and death, particularly the aged, the disabled and the poor

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

Maintain and Understand Your Indoor Plumbing Systems in Linesville, PA

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

A wrench and a pipe There are key things to maintain when it comes to your plumbing system as well understand to prevent water damage in the future.

Have you experienced water damage in your home on numerous occasions and have had enough? Is the water damage that occurred due to your plumbing systems? There are key things to maintain when it comes to your plumbing system as well understand to prevent water damage in the future.

What to Maintain

According to iii.org, these are plumbing systems to look out for when it comes to water damage:

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets - Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs - Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system - This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes - Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

How to Check Your Home After a Fire in Pleasantville, PA

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Firefighter putting out fire. Before you enter your home after a fire, it is always important to check with the fire department to see if it is safe.

Before you enter your home after a fire, it is always important to check with the fire department to see if it is safe. According to The Red Cross, “Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless local authorities advise that it is safe to do so.” Once you have the go ahead from the fire department to enter your home, there are certain steps you should follow to ensure safety.

Steps to Take Before Entering the Home

Here are some tips provided by The Red Cross:

  • Check the outside of your home before you enter. Look for loose power lines, broken or damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage. See if porch roofs and overhangs still have all their supports.
  • If there is no significant visible outside damage, then check inside.
  • Carefully open the door. If it is jammed, do not force it open. It may be providing support to the structure of your home.
  • Smell or sniff for gas. If you detect the odor of natural or propane gas, or hear a hissing noise, leave the property immediately and get well away from it. Call the fire department using a cellular telephone or a neighbor’s phone.
  • Throughout your first day back, and beyond, check for smoke and embers throughout the home, including the attic.
  • Beware of animals, such as rodents, snakes, spiders, and insects, that may have entered your home.
  • Objects, such as furnishings or building parts that have been damaged, may be unstable. Be very cautious when moving near them. Avoid holding, pushing, or leaning against damaged building parts.
  • Check the ceiling for signs of sagging.
  • Check the floor for signs of sagging. Again, flooring such as plywood that was damaged by water from fire hoses could collapse under human weight. Avoid walking

SERVPRO of Crawford and 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 Navigate the Aftermath of a Storm in Cochranton, PA

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Flood outside of home. A storm just swept through, you open your front door, & the streets are flooded. What now? First things first, do not go out into the flooded streets.

A storm just swept through, you open your front door, and the streets are flooded. What now? First things first, do not go out into the flooded streets. The water is contaminated and not safe to step foot in. It is best to stay safely in your home if possible and wait for the authorities to guide you next.

How to Stay Safe After a Flood

The CDC provides the following information to help keep you safe after a flood:

  • Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
  • Do not drive in flooded areas—cars or other vehicles will not protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.
  • If you must be in or near floodwater, wear a life jacket—especially if the water is rising.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water if you have been in floodwater. If you do not have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer.
  • Floodwater can contain many things that may harm health, including germs, dangerous chemicals, human and livestock waste, wild or stray animals, downed power lines, and other contaminants that can make you sick.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. If you have experienced a disaster, simply give us a call at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Commercial Building Cleaning in Pleasantville, PA

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Wiping down blinds. Whether it is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its absolute best.

It can be hard to clean a commercial building with only employees cleaning. Staff that work every day get busy and have things to do besides cleaning toilets and vacuuming carpet. When there is no professional cleaning at a commercial building, it is easy to detect it from an outsider's perspective. Dusty desks, smudged glass and particles on carpet are easily seen and immediately create an assumption about the business. If you are having a tough time keeping up with the cleaning in your business, this blog is for you.

How Professional Cleaning Can Help Your Business

You do not have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties for prompt service. Whether it is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its absolute best. Here are some cleaning services we offer:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Drapes and Blinds

For more information on how SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties can help you after a disaster or if you have any questions at all, call us at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Christmas Trees Can Cause Water Damage to Your Cranberry, PA Home

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water spilled on a wood floor Christmas trees can cause water damage to carpet or hardwood flooring.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Your home is beautifully decorated, the lights are twinkling, the stockings are hung with care, and you carefully selected a beautiful Christmas tree as the centerpiece of it all. While live Christmas trees are festive and beautiful, they can cause damage to your home if they aren’t properly cared for.

Christmas trees, if not watered well, are a fire hazard. To prevent fires this season, make sure to fill up the base of the tree stand with water and check it daily to make sure it doesn’t try out. Also, watch for signs of drying, like needles falling off, or the tree changing color to a light brown. Finally, be cautious not to place the tree near any potential ignition sources, such as poor wiring, faulty lights, or a heat source such as an open flame or space heater.

Christmas trees can also cause water damage to carpet or hardwood flooring. It takes very little water to cause water damage, and even less to allow mold to grow. Often, people place a tree skirt over the water pan of their tree. If it seems that you are continually filling up the pan, it’s likely there is a leak. If you think there may be a leak, look under the tree/tree skirt for signs of damage.

If you experience fire or water damage to your Cranberry, PA home this holiday season, rest assured that SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. We‘re highly trained water damage specialists and are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We are prepared to handle any size disaster, from damaged flooring from a Christmas tree to a flooded basement.

Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 or visit our website!

Fire Damage is No Match for SERVPRO

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

House on fire. Fire damage is undoubtedly one of the most destructive forms of damage homes in Cranberry can face.

Fire damage is undoubtedly one of the most destructive forms of damage homes in Cranberry can face. When this happens, you may experience both physical and emotional damage. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is here for our community! We have the training, experience, and equipment to restore any amount of fire damage. Here is a Before and After of a local home that was damaged by a fire. This bedroom faced heavy damage; we were ready to respond. We have what it takes to restore your Cranberry home.

For more information on how SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties can help you after a disaster or if you have any questions at all, call us at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

SERVPRO: A Leading Fire and Water Restoration Company

12/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles lined up. Here at SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties, we are sure of our highly trained staff! There is no team quite like ours.

Fire and Water Restoration is kind of a big deal. When your home or business is overtaken by water or fire, the disaster can become quite large. Things to consider when these types of disasters happen are mold, smoke, structural damage, and more. It is important to do thorough research before choosing a restoration to come into your home. Some restoration companies do not train their employees and end up leaving a bigger mess than before. Here at SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties, we are sure of our highly trained staff! There is no team quite like ours when it comes to the investment of our employees. Find out why below!

Highly Trained Staff at SERVPRO

Here at SERVPRO we make sure all our staff is IICRC trained and certified. This means our employees know the standards and best practices for water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, and carpet and upholstery cleaning. Here is an example of just how valuable our employees are: get to know one of our very special employees, Claudette Wells. She is just one outstanding example of our whole team here at SERVPRO.

For more information on how SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties can help you after a disaster, call us at  (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Jamestown, PA Business

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Plowed parking lot. Plow and de-ice parking lots and walkway after extreme cold and/or snowfall. This is to prevent anyone from slipping and falling on your premises.

When winter weather comes, maintenance for commercial buildings takes on many new tasks. Ice and harsh winds can cause problems. Here are some tips to maintain your building.

How to Maintain Your Commercial Building in the Winter

Here are some great tips from Ogilvy.ca:

  • Maintain proper heat in all buildings, including those spaces that are vacant or unoccupied.
  • Temperature must be at a minimum of 65oF/18o. Ensure that your heating systems are regularly inspected and maintained for optimum function. This is essential to avoid one of the most common causes of damage to buildings: frozen and bursting pipes.
  • Make sure doors and windows are well sealed to keep the cold air out and the warmed air in.
  • Plow and de-ice parking lots and walkway after extreme cold and/or snowfall. This is to prevent anyone from slipping and falling on your premises.
  • Clean wet floors and absorbent mats in entryways and walkways. This is to reduce slick floors.
  • Keep the areas clear by reducing the amount of outside dirt being brought indoors.
  • Inspect the roofs and gutters. Clear away any excess snow to avoid ice buildup.

Follow these tips for the best results for your business this winter!

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

Don’t Let Water Damage Halt Your Operations in Meadville

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded water in front of commercial building. Due to the severity of a flood, it can stop business operations and likely keep a business from profiting in the future.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties knows very well how easily it is for a storm to take a business from operating to not functional to not at all in a matter of minutes. Once water gets in from a source, it has the opportunity to flood a building. Due to the severity of a flood, it can stop business operations and likely keep a business from profiting in the future.

Minutes Saves Money

Here is a Before and After of how a storm temporarily put a business on hold in Meadville. We are experts on water damage. We know how to properly dry any amount of water damage. However, we know that the stakes are higher when there is water damage in your business. Every hour spent cleaning and drying is an hour of lost productivity. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is faster to any size disaster. We were ready to respond when this business was in need. Our team of highly trained water restoration specialists came prepared and got the warehouse dry in no time.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 806-1987 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

Fire Damage is No Match for SERVPRO of Crawford County

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Home on fire. Fire damage is undoubtedly one of the most destructive forms of damage Cranberry homes can face.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Columbiana Counties is a Fire and Water - Restoration and Cleanup company. Fire damage is undoubtedly one of the most destructive forms of damage Cranberry homes can face. When this happens, you may experience both physical and emotional damage. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is here for our community!

How Is a Home Restored After a Fire?

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties restore from mitigation to reconstruction. Check out this Before and After picture of a home in Cranberry after they experienced a fire. Our team is highly trained and experienced when it comes to restoring a home after a large fire loss. This Video is a great example of how our team knowledgeably and diligently work to restore, “Like it never even happened.” With extra care we properly clean your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings and restore them back to pre-fire condition fast. You can trust our highly trained team with your belongings whenever you are in need.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 806-1987 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

SERVPRO Holds Insurance Continuing Education Courses

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Insurance adjuster at job site. Insurance agents and adjusters play a big part in the fire and water restoration process!

Insurance agents and adjusters play a big part in the fire and water restoration process! Our project managers work directly with insurance agents and adjusters to get the job done right. At SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties, we like to honor our local agents by providing free, top of the line continuing education courses to lead them to another year of holding their license.

What Do Continuing Education Classes Look Like?

Our continuing education classes are typically two sessions with two different topics. Below are topics that we like to educate on:

  • Mitigation Awareness & Response
  • Cleaning & Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents
  • Ethics
  • Restoration Drying for Water Damage
  • Mold and more!

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. We offer continuing education courses year-round! If you are interested in our services or classes, give us a call at (814) 806-1987 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

Experienced a Dishwasher Overflow in Cambridge Springs?

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwasher overflowing. Most of us have experienced a dishwasher overflow at least once in our lifetime.

Most of us have experienced a dishwasher overflow at least once in our lifetime. Causes could be an issue of a pipe or maybe the wrong soap was added to the dishwasher! In some instances, spillover cleanup is simple and easy. However, if you have a leaky dishwasher that leaks every time you run it, you may have a real problem on your hands.

How Can a Leaky Dishwasher Create Risks?

When a dishwasher leaks on a consistent basis, it is creating a wet environment for your kitchen floor and cabinets. If you do not have good airflow in your kitchen and lack proper clean up after each leak, your floor and cabinets can experience long term damage. For example, consistent exposure of water that goes uncleaned on floors and cabinets can cause mold to grow as well as damage to the structural integrity of both. If you suspect the integrity of your cabinets and floors are at risk due to water damage, call a professional immediately.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is always Here to Help, 24/7. If you are in need of  water restoration, give us a call at (814) 806-1987 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

How to Keep Safe from Lightning in Linesville

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning striking the ground in a field Crouching or getting low to the ground lowers your chances of getting struck, but it does not remove you from danger.

When lightning is thought of, we generally think if we are standing outside or if we are taking a shower, we are more susceptible to it striking us. However, is this true? It may be! There are certain steps that you can take to stay safe from lightning. So, what are the best ways to stay safe from lightning? Let’s find out.

How to Stay Safe from Lightning

To protect yourself from lightning, it is best to stay indoors. However, even if you find yourself outdoors while lightning, there are steps you can take to keep safe. CDC.gov recommends crouching or getting low to the ground to lower your chances of getting struck, but it does not remove you from danger. Here are tips to follow if you find yourself outdoors while lightning is present:

  • “Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges, or peaks.
  • Never lie flat on the ground. Crouch down in a ball-like position with your head tucked and hands over your ears so that you are down low with minimal contact with the ground.
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree.
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
  • Immediately get out of and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (such as barbed wire fences, power lines, or windmills).”

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango is always Here to Help. If you are ready to better prepare your business for a disaster, give us a call at (814) 806-1987 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

Here Are Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Oil City Home

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Woman looking at water damage on wall. To prevent water damage from happening, make sure to keep your home up to date and check to see if your home is susceptible to flooding.

Water damage can cause much trouble to a home. From a leaky roof to a leaky toilet, if the problem goes unresolved, it causes even more damage. If you detect water damage in your home, you should get it taken care of immediately. Water that is left without restoration can cause mold and structural damage. Some main causes of water damage are severe weather, clogged gutters, and leaky pipes.

How Do You Avoid Water Damage in Your Home?   

When Severe Weather occurs, this means anything from hurricanes to thunderstorms and any other natural disasters. Flooding and leaky roofs are often a result of severe weather in your area. To prevent water damage from happening, make sure to keep your home up to date and check to see if your home is susceptible to flooding. Secondly, gutters are meant to bring water away from your home. However, when gutters on your home are clogged, they typically run over the gutters onto the sides of your house and cause damage to your ceiling, walls, and floors. A leaky pipe in the kitchen sink could leak enough water to damage the cabinet underneath it. Imagine if you had a leaky pipe in your wall. This could lead to serious structural damage that would need immediate restoration.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties has the expertise and resources to assist you after water damage occurs. For immediate assistance give us a call at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website!

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response in Venus

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Eye of a hurricane On August 30th, Hurricane Ida made landfall greatly affecting many communities, homes, businesses, and families.

Hurricane season is here, and it has not been easy for many people who live in the Atlantic. On August 30th, Hurricane Ida made landfall greatly affecting many communities, homes, businesses, and families. With much wind and water damage, many people were in desperate need for restoration. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties headed down to Louisiana to help those in desperate need.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties sent out a team of experts to Louisiana to help restore homes and commercial businesses in the local community. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. We can make your home and business “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO system has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are available for immediate assistance. Give us a call at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website!

How Can My Seneca Home Go Back to Normal After a Fire?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Brick house with flames coming out of roof. Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs.

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency. There are 7 steps, and we will briefly cover them to help give you a better understanding on what to expect!

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition.

If your home or business is in need of fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

The Importance of Smoke Alarms in Your Saegertown Home

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm on ceiling with fire in the background. “Every year in the United States, about 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires.”

According to cpsc.gov, “Every year in the United States, about 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires.” This is a tragic number that largely occurs from the lack of working smoke alarms in the home. Most of these people lost their lives from smoke inhalation rather than fire burns. To avoid this terrible disaster there are a few things you can do. Be intentional about smoke alarm placement. Which smoke alarm should you install? Make a fire escape plan!

Where Should I Place My Smoke Alarms?

Best practice for placing smoke alarms would be in the center of the ceiling or on the wall near the ceiling. Smoke alarms should also be placed on every level of this house. This allows household members to be aware that a fire has started no matter where they are located within the home. Also, do not forget that batteries should be replaced every year to ensure your safety.

What Kind of Smoke Alarm Should I Install?

Most people have never thought to ask this question before, so let us go into a little detail about types of smoke alarms. There are both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. According to cpsc.gov, they are “...better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires…” If you have a smoke alarm that is prone to setting off almost every time you cook, that is because it is an ionization alarm. Switch to a photoelectric smoke alarm in your kitchen to prevent it from going off while cooking.

Make a Fire Escape Plan!

“Installing working smoke alarms is an essential, but smoke alarms don’t save lives unless everyone knows how to get out of the home safely” (cpsc.gov). When making an escape plan, you should create at least two routes to escape out of each room. Once you make it outside the home, make sure to stay outside of the home instead of running back in to get something. Your life is more important than anything in there.

To learn more about how SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties can help you with a fire loss, call us at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website!

What To Do After a Flood in Your Saegertown Home

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Interior of school building with tubes on ceiling. Whether you experienced a backup from your sump pump or water came in through the walls, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is Here to Help!

Your basement just flooded, and you are not sure who to call or what to do. This is either the first time your basement has flooded or even the second or third. If your basement has flooded before and it was not taken care of properly, it could be producing mold. Drywall, and other materials in your basement may not have been properly dried, and this leaves room for disaster. So, what can you do to make sure your basement gets taken care of after a flood?

Properly Restore and Mitigate the Area

Whether you experienced a backup from your sump pump or water came in through the walls, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is Here to Help! Check out these Before and After pictures to see what a mitigation job looks like. This is what happens when your home has been severely affected by water. It is important to discard and/or dry any affected objects. Luckily, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties also provides rebuild and construction services to make your space look “Like it never even happened.”

We have the experience and expertise to take care of your home and your belongings properly and efficiently! For immediate assistance give SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties a call at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website!

Where Is That Smell Coming from in My Crawford County Business?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

Man at office on phone making a face because it smells bad Identifying and eliminating odors is one of the trickiest things for an untrained person to do.

You get to work and notice an odd smell. Your customers can smell it too. Soon enough, everyone is talking about that smell. Where is it coming from? What is it? How do I get rid of the odor? SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango County has the answer!

Where is that odor coming from?

You get to work and notice an odd smell. Your customers can smell it too. Soon enough, everyone is talking about that smell. Where is it coming from? What is it? How do I get rid of the odor? SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango County has the answer!

Where is that odor coming from?

Identifying and eliminating odors is one of the trickiest things for an untrained person to do. There is one question you can ask yourself to identify an odor. Is the odor coming from the inside or outside of the building? Once you find out where it is, then what? Maybe you can try masking the smell with a scented wall plug in. Often, an odor that is permeating the air cannot be solved from masking the smell.

How do I get rid of the odor?

After you have tried your own concoction of a deodorizer, lit a few candles, and opened some windows to get rid of that awful smell, you notice the odor is still there. Call the restoration professionals! SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango County has the proper equipment and expertise to identify and eliminate the odor that is causing you so many problems.

To get rid of icky and pungent smells, call SERVPRO of Crawford Northeast Venango County at (814) 806-1987. To learn more, visit our Website!

How To Tell If a Tornado is Coming to Meadville

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

A street sign that says 'Tornado Warning' One of the biggest storms that can come through Crawford County or Venango County is a tornado.

One of the biggest storms that can come through Crawford County or Venango County is a tornado. They are daunting, dangerous, and destructive. However, with some preparation, and with SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties on the job, you can get through one of the storms and get your home restored.

When severe weather is around Meadville, look for these signs to tell if a tornado may form:

  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
  • Day or night - Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.
  • Night - Small, bright, blue green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
  • Night - Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is visually in ground contact or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.

Along with these signs, provided by the NOAA, thy have a list of what to do during and after a tornado.

After your family is safe, and the storm has cleared out, stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them. Watch for debris such as broken glass and nails. Then, call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the largest disasters. Our team of highly trained restoration technicians are ready to respond to Meadville homes in need. For service, call us at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition today!

Drying, Restoring, and Rebuilding Cranberry Homes

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Residential home kitchen covered in soot. SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment necessary to restore any amount of damage.

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is the leader in water damage restoration. We have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to restore any amount of damage. But that isn’t the only reason we are the industry leader. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties can take you from a damaged and flooded home to a reconstructed one fast!

Here is exactly how we go through the process!

Immediate Concern

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

Water Restoration Process

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties can begin the process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

Reconstruction

The professionals at SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keep costs low.

Most restoration companies cannot do all three. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties can! When your Cranberry home is in need, we are Here to Help. Call us at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website so we can make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Who Should I Hire to Deep Clean My Meadville Home?

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Two people cleaning a ceiling with a cloth When it comes to cleaning your ceilings and walls, there’s no question that you want it done properly the first time.

Is your Meadville home in need of a deep clean? Ceilings and walls are daily exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils, grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Drapes that haven’t been cleaned in two to six years can begin to show their deterioration. To get your home cleaned fast, SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties are specially trained to provide quality cleaning at a reasonable price.

Why Do I Need a Professional to Clean My Home?

When it comes to cleaning your ceilings and walls, there’s no question that you want it done properly the first time. SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties have time-tested and industry-approved steps. Along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh.

Professional cleaning is very specific when it comes to draperies. Only a small percentage of materials can be laundered. The rest must be dry cleaned. SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties has an exclusive process of dry-cleaning draperies right in your home. We inject a specially formulated solvent into your drapery under pressure and extract the chemical, leaving your drapes clean. This special process results in no damage or shrinkage to the material. Most importantly, you will get a quality cleaning at a reasonable price.

To get your appointment call us today at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website!

Does Hurricane Season Affect Cranberry Homes?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

A yellow sign read "Hurricane Season." We have the training, experience, and equipment to dry and restore your Cranberry, Meadville, or Oil City home!

Did you know that we are in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, which is from June 1st to November 30th? The NOAA predicts this hurricane season to be active again, with a 60% chance of an “above-normal” season. But this does not matter to homeowners in Cranberry, right? You would think since we are so far from the ocean this should not matter. Well, think again!

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is here to explain why hurricanes can indeed affect your Cranberry home.

Hurricanes across the Atlantic coast can push heavy rainfall into our communities. Ready.gov reported that Tropical Storm Isaias in 2020 brought two EF-2 Tornadoes into Pennsylvania. We do not need to worry about storm surges or waves in Cranberry, but we do need to worry about flash flooding, high winds, and tornadoes.

Our Governor is even urging us to Prepare for Hurricane Season.

When hurricanes are present in the Atlantic, keep your eye out! Prepare for heavy rainfall and flooding with a Home Emergency Kit. If your Cranberry home suffers flooding or other types of storm damage following these hurricanes, you know who to call! SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is the industry leader in water damage restoration.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to dry and restore your Cranberry, Meadville, or Oil City home! Call us today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition!

When is The Last Time Your Oil City Business Had Its HVAC Unit Cleaned?

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

A man is changing an air duct filter. For all your commercial cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties.

When you are operating a business, you have many worries. Marketing, accounting, logistics, and more are all on your mind and at the top of your list. Where does cleaning rank on this list? Typically, not very high. You have a lot on your plate!

Let SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties handle all your Commercial Cleaning needs!

One of the most important areas of your Oil City business that needs attention is your HVAC unit and air ducts. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business. Joseph G. Allen, a Harvard professor in the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has “Air Quality” and “Ventilation” as two of his 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

Not only will this make your business cleaner, but it will make your office more productive. Allen stated in an Article that a study found that “breathing better air led to significantly better decision-making performance among (his) participants. We saw higher test scores across nine cognitive function domains when workers were exposed to increased ventilation rates, lower levels of chemicals, and lower carbon dioxide.”

Along with HVAC Cleaning, SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties offers:

For all your commercial cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties. Reach us at (814) 530-7651 or visit our Website to get your Oil City business looking good as new today!

Is Your Cranberry Business Prepared for a Disaster?

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

A man with a briefcase stands under a storm. You need a disaster recovery team who can respond fast. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is just that.

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Fires, floods, storms, and more can all occur in your Cranberry business. They can be detrimental to your operations, and your revenue. Is your business prepared for massive flooding? Do you know how your business would recover from a catastrophic storm? If you do not know, SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is Here to Help!

How To Prepare

You cannot prevent a massive storm from striking, but with the help of SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties, we can prepare you for the road to recovery. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties offers a FREE service called an ERP, or Emergency READY Profile.

What is an ERP?

An ERP is a no cost assessment of your facility that does the following:

  • Gives SERVPRO critical information needed in an emergency
  • A guide to help get you back into your building fast
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties as your disaster mitigation provider
  • Identifies the line of command to authorize work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valves, priority areas, and more

If your business is ready for an ERP, learn more.

Why You Need to Be Prepared

According to a FEMA Study, 40% of businesses do not reopen following a disaster, and another 25% fail within one year. We do not want any businesses in Cranberry to be one of those statistics. Another reason is the fact that every hour dealing with a disaster is an hour of lost revenue. You need a disaster recovery team who can respond fast. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is just that. An ERP speeds that process up even more!

If you are ready for an ERP, or need service, call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties today at (330) 939-9999 or visit our Website to get your business back to operational fast. 

How to Handle Flood Damage in Meadville

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

A home sits inside of a life raft on the ocean. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Meadville property to pre-storm condition.

It feels like we are seeing thunderstorm warnings a few times a week this time of year. This makes them seem very normal, but the damage they can cause to your Meadville home is nothing common. Thunderstorms bring flash flooding that can be harmful to your home. Even just heavy rainfall can be troublesome to your home. Here is what to do if you experience some flooding in your Meadville home:

Before doing anything, you need to focus on one thing: safety! First determine if it is even safe to enter the home and be weary of “slip and fall” hazards. Be very careful with electrical hazards as well. Only do activities that are safe to perform and remember that wet objects are very heavy!

Now that you have determined it is safe, here are a few things you can do before help arrives:

  • Remove excess water with mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe away water from wood surfaces.
  • Turn on your AC for maximum drying in the summer.
  • Gather loose items from the floor.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

Now let us look at a few things you should not do:

  • Do not leave fabric in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not use a TV or other household appliances.
  • Do not ton on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and do not enter the room!

You can also check out SERVPRO of Crawford/NE Venango Counties’ full list of Flood Tips.

For all your water damage needs, call the experts! Restoring storm and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Meadville property to pre-storm condition.

Call SERVPRO of Crawford/NE Venango Counties today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to begin getting your Meadville home back to preloss condition. No matter the disaster, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

How to Handle Mold in Your Cranberry Home

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Building blocks spelling out "How To." Mold can spread in 48-72 hours, so act fast!

Water damage can be tricky and scary as well as cause damage to your Cranberry home. Finding the source, cleaning up the water, and restoring the damaged areas can be a major hassle and something you never want to do alone. Here comes the worst part, mold. Mold can make everything worse, and it can cause health effects.

Luckily, SERVPRO or Crawford / NE Venango Counties is here with the steps you need to take to handle mold in your Cranberry home.

  • When You First See Mold

The first thing you should do when you see mold is call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties. Remediating mold should be left to the professionals! However, there are two important steps you need to take prior to SERVPRO of Crawford/ NE Venango Counties arriving. First, stay out of the affected areas! Mold can cause health effects. Second, turn off the HVAC system and fans to make sure the mold does not spread through those avenues.

  • What Not to Do

You may feel the need to try and handle the mold on your own, this you should not do. Do not touch or disturb the mold, do not blow air on it, and certainly do not spray bleach or disinfectant on the mold. For more information check out our full list of Mold Damage Tips.

  • How Will SERVPRO Help?

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is an expert on mold remediation. We have the equipment, experience, and training to remediate mold in your Cranberry home safely and properly. We understand mold and have a specialized Mold Remediation Process that will surely handle your mold issues.

Mold can spread in 48-72 hours, so act fast! If you see mold in your Cranberry home, call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties today at (814) 350-7651. You can also visit our  Website to see all our industry leading services. Whatever the disaster, we are Here to Help®!

Why the A/C Unit in Your Cranberry Home is a Fire Hazard

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Air conditioning units next to house It's almost time to crank that A/C, so be sure to follow these safety tips!

Warm weather is here in Cranberry! And this time, it better stick around. That means barbeques, playing outside, and soaking up the sun for you and your family. It also means you need to start cranking that A/C unit. But did you know that your central air system can actually be a fire hazard?

Your HVAC system is certainly a fire hazard, and since you’re going to be blasting the air soon, let’s review some tips to keep your A/C unit running safely:

  • Tighten all the connections on your unit - a faulty gas line or electrical connection can be dangerous
  • Clean your air ducts - if your unit sparks, dust can get ignited
  • Let your HVAC unit breathe - move clutter and items at least 3 feet away from your unit
  • Be proactive - if you smell something funny, or see something not right, get it checked!

Review those tips this spring and summer to make sure you’re safe when using your A/C unit. If you do have a fire from your unit, or any other source, you know who to call! SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties is always Here to Help.

Call us today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to see our full array of fire services. We’re faster to any size disaster with highly trained fire restoration technicians ready to help. Call us today!

Spring Storms Bring New Threats to Meadville Businesses

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a set of railroad tracks with a dark storm brewing in the process You can’t prevent high winds or a tornado from hurting your business. You can’t prevent a flash flood from popping up. You can however be prepared.

Meadville, it’s finally time for Spring! The snowstorms are gone, the icy roads are a thing of the past, and the warm weather is back. Spring weather simply brings back joy. The not so happy part of Spring are the storms. Snowstorms and icy roads make way for thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash floods. What does this mean for businesses in Meadville?

  • Different Storms, Different Threats

The new storms that come with Spring mean there’s different threats. Yes, there’s still wind damage and water damage threats, they just come from a different source. Instead of ice dams on your roof you can see heavy rain and flooding. Instead of broken pipes you have tornado warnings and high wind hazards. Identifying new threats is important to start preparing for them.

  • Reactive Response

You can’t prevent high winds or a tornado from hurting your business. You can’t prevent a flash flood from popping up. You can however be prepared. It’s important to protect you and your employees with Disaster Preparedness Plans. These plans can help your employees know exactly what to do if a disaster arises. Learn how to create one for your business here.

  • SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango County is Here to Help®?

The storms may be different, but the same restoration specialists are on your side. Our highly trained restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango is even a large loss team, meaning there’s no disaster too big for us.

Call us today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to see how we can get your Meadville business back to preloss condition fast!

How to Deal with Storm Damage in Crawford & NE Venango Counties

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Large, dark clouds overlook a dirt road and open fields. Disaster can occur at any time, and we are prepared to service your home or commercial building when help is needed.

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango County is well versed in handling storm damage that hit a community. We have quick response and the capacity to help serve the community around us. Our Storm Team has responded to numerous large loss events including: 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2018 Hurricane Michael, 2019 Hurricane Dorian, 2020 Hurricane Laura, and 2020 Hurricane Delta. We even deal with smaller storm events such as when bad wind whips through the town. When this occurs, we tend to service others by putting on roof tarps, boarding up windows, and just about any other service you may need. Even a polar vortex counts as a storm in our books. Many losses that people experience in cold times such as these are water losses. Often, the pipes in homes cannot handle the pressure of heating a whole home when the exterior of the home is so cold. This results in pipe bursts which cause flooding in the home.

SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango County are prepared to help in times such as these. Disaster can occur at any time, and we are prepared to service your home or commercial building when help is needed. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You can call us any time at (814) 350-7651 for immediate service and disaster relief.

The Uniqueness of Commercial Water Damage

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a man on ladder looking at a water damaged ceiling. Every hour spent cleaning and dealing with water damage in your Meadville business is an hour of revenue lost.

Water damage can be daunting to handle alone. Locating the source of the water damage, fixing the leak, and even possibly dealing with mold are all things you need to do when dealing with water damage. These challenges become even harder to handle in a commercial setting. You have to get over all these hurdles while trying not to halt operations in your Meadville business.

There’s never a convenient time for a flood to strike your business, or for a pipe to burst in your facility. Every hour spent cleaning and dealing with water damage in your Meadville business is an hour of revenue lost. Don’t hesitate when these disasters arise. When an emergency arises, you need to be ready to take action.

No one should have to deal with this alone, that’s why SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango is here to help with any size water disaster. We’re locally owned with access to national resources, so no disaster is too big for us. Whether you have a leak in your office or a big box store, SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango can handle it.

We provide an array of water damage services such as: 

  • Flood cleanup and restoration
  • Structural drying
  • Odor removal
  • Upholstery & Fabric cleaning
  • Mold remediation

SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango has the training, expertise, and equipment to handle even the largest instances of commercial water damage. Our network of over 1,7000 franchises and strategically placed Disaster Recovery Teams across the country allow us to respond with any large scale disaster or event.

Call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website today to get your Meadville business back to preloss condition fast! Remember, every hour dealing with water damage is an hour of lost revenue, so contact SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango today!

How SERVPRO Keeps Businesses in Cranberry COVID-19 Free

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a close up of a person's gloved hands cleaning a door handle with a spray bottle of cleaner. Professional cleaning can be a game changer in keeping your business COVID-19 free.

This global pandemic we are living in will one day come to an end. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Through the duration of this, small businesses have been struggling to survive. Restrictions on shopping, curfews, and social distancing requirements have put small businesses in Cranberry, and around the state, in a very tough position. Through it all, we have stayed strong and will come out on the other end at some point.

For businesses in particular, it is crucial to provide a safe environment for not only your customers but for your employees too. Here are some ways you can keep your Cranberry business safe for everyone:

  • Require masks for customers and staff
  • Enforce social distancing
  • Provide hand sanitizer, and promote frequent hand washing amongst staff
  • Tell your staff to stay home if they are feeling sick
  • Sanitize your facility frequently
  • For more tips, refer to the PA Government Business Guidance

 All of these guidelines and tips are crucial to keep your employees safe and your customers in your facility. However, it may not be enough. Professional cleaning can be a game changer in keeping your business COVID-19 free. This is exactly where SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties can step in.

 Since the beginning of the pandemic, SERVPRO has been on the front lines of cleaning and sanitizing facilities. We even cleaned the White House prior to the transition of power! This proves that SERVPRO is one of the most trusted cleaners nationwide.

 SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties can keep your business COVID-19 free with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. It’s a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home.

 If you’re a business owner in Cranberry, do not cut any corners keeping your business safe. Call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website today so you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your door to let everyone know your business is safe for everyone!

Winter Water Damage in Meadville

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a blue home with an exuberant amount of snow on the roof and long icicles hanging off the roof. When temperatures heat up, make sure you shovel snow that’s close to your home to avoid that excess water from damaging your home.

It’s true in the winter we do not have large thunderstorms dumping rain all over Meadville. There are less threats of flash flood as well. That doesn’t mean we’re in the clear on water damage during the winter months. Winters, especially in our area, present some unique water damage threats that you should be aware about.

  1. Ice Dams

Ice dams are build-ups of ice towards the bottom of your roof. These dams cause snow to sit on your roof longer and can cause leaks in your roof. This can be extremely hazardous, creating water damage and possibly mold. To prevent this, try to rake snow off of your roof and check for build ups. Stay on the ground when you do this, or call a professional

  1. Frozen Pipes

 Frozen pipes that burst are a notorious winter water hazard. If you have pipes exposed to outer walls that are poorly insulated, you may experience some ice build up that can burst a pipe. Make sure there are no holes on your home’s exterior, and be cautious of pipes in poorly insulated areas.

  1. Snow Melt

 Sometimes it doesn’t seem like it, but eventually the warm weather will return! This means all the snow will melt which may cause water damage. When temperatures heat up, make sure you shovel snow that’s close to your home to avoid that excess water from damaging your home.

There are times that these preventions won’t be enough. If you suffer water damage during the winter, or any time during the year, call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties today. SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and has the expertise to deal with any water damage you might have. We even specialize in mold remediation and restoration.

Don’t hesitate with water damage this  winter, call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website today to get your Meadville home free of any water damage.

Keeping Meadville Children Safe During a Fire

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Children holding hands and reaching for the sky. Your children can and should be just as prepared as you are to be safe during a fire.

It’s one thing for you to be prepared for a fire, it’s another for the kids in your Meadville household to be prepared for a fire as well. This doesn’t necessarily mean your children should be able to change the smoke alarm or be able to put out a fire. However, your children can and should be just as prepared as you are to be safe during a fire. There are a few steps you can take to make sure your kids are prepared, such as:

  • Making sure your children can call local Meadville emergency services.
  • Having a Fire Escape Route and making sure your household can locate exits from each room in your home.
  • Making sure your family can contact each other.
  • Having a location where your family can meet outside.
  • Staying calm. If you’re calm during a fire, so will they!
  • Practice your Fire Escape Plan twice a year.

Taking these steps can ensure your children’s safety when you’re together or even if a fire occurs when you’re not home. It is important to be thorough with these tips and to practice them often to be prepared as possible. If you continue to remind your family of these fire safety tips you can ensure your kids will be able to handle a fire. There aren’t many things more important than your children’s safety!

If you do have a fire, and your family is prepared and gets through it safely, there are some steps you can take after to get your Meadville house back to normal. SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties can provide a multitude of services to get your home to pre-fire condition like it never happened. The wide range of things SERVPRO can do for your home after a fire include:

  • Wall and ceiling restoration.
  • Removing odor.
  • Treating water damage from firefighting efforts.
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning.
  • Caring for and cleaning your belongings and furniture.
  • Removing smoke damage.

To get your household in Meadville back to the way you remember it, call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties at, (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to take advantage of the industry leading services provided by SERVPRO today!

Can Frozen Pipes Affect My Meadville Home?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a close up of a frozen outdoor pipe with ice coming out of it. Pipes in outer walls, attics, and other areas less insulated are the most vulnerable to be frozen.

This winter, there is a hidden way water damage can cause damage to your home in Meadville. Pipes in your home can become cracked when water freezes and expands within them. Water expands 9% in volume when frozen. After there is water frozen in a pipe, a snowball effect occurs. Pipes do not burst due to radial expansion of water. Rather this newly formed ice will cause blockage in your pipes, and increase water pressure that bursts the pipes in your home.

Pipes in outer walls, attics, and other areas less insulated are the most vulnerable to be frozen. This vulnerability is increased if pipes are already cracked or loose to allow cold air to enter. In our area this can be more common than we think. It’s important to check pipes and areas of your home where cold air can be let in. This could be where phone and television lines are let in as well.

After a pipe bursts, your Meadville home can sustain significant water damage. This water damage can even lead to mold. What should you do if your pipes burst and you need to deal with water damage? You should immediately call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties. Our wide range of services include Water Damage Repair and Restoration as well as Mold Restoration and Remediation.

Water damage can be detrimental to parts of your home, and mold damage can travel rapidly if untreated. SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties will come in and property clean up all water and then begin to restore damaged parts of your Meadville home. If mold is present, SERVPRO will contain the mold so it doesn’t spread, then begin removing it. We will eliminate the odor and restore your home to pre loss condition.

If your pipes burst, it’s important to act fast! The first 48-72 hours are crucial in fighting mold in your home. That’s why if your pipes have burst, and you sustain mold damage, call SERVPRO of NE Crawford & Venango Counties for all your restoration needs. Visit our Website or connect with us on Facebook to begin getting your home to pre loss condition today.

Highly Trained Water Restoration in Crawford and NE Venango Counties

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Logo for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.

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

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

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Franchise Training

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

e-Learnings

All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

If your Cranberry 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.

The Weirdest Fire Hazards in Your Meadville Home

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

image of electrical chords and power strip on fire Recalled products like microwaves, generators, toaster ovens, electrical products, & household dryers are just a few known to have caused house fires.

Fire hazards. We know our homes are filled with them. Our mothers have warned us for centuries about the risks in the home. Fireplaces, the oven, stove, not changing your smoke detectors, propane left in the garage... and so on and so forth. But what about the weird and the unknown? Did you know that some of our most common household products are fire hazards? Allow SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties detail this puzzling list of flammable items that you may not be aware of.

  • Recalled Products- A biggie. Keep an eye on consumer reports and recalls that come in letter form to your door. Recalled products like microwaves, generators, toaster ovens, and household dryers are just a few to name. You can check your products on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website here.
  • Excess Sawdust- Hubby outside tinkering on a new treehouse for the kids? Sawdust does not seem like it would be hazardous…but it is highly flammable, especially when it collects in piles. Make sure to shop-vac the dust up every time it accumulates to avoid fire.
  • Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer- Say what? This powder is on the list of flammable foods. Yikes! Keep it away from anything flammable to avoid an accident.
  • Nail Polish Remover-Main ingredient? Acetone. Acetone does not actually catch fire itself---rather the vapors are what are considered flammable. Keep it away from outlets and open flames.
  • Bathroom Chemicals- Not too much of a surprise here. The combination of bleach and ammonia is not only a fire hazard but a health hazard too.
  • 9-Volt Batteries- Even if you are careful about separating the batteries for recycling---- they can touch metal in the garbage can and catch fire.
  • Birds Nest on Outdoor Lighting- This is definitely one of the odder ones! There have been several instances of fires starting from the twigs, grass, and other materials used by the birds, sitting on top of a heated lightbulb, causing combustion.
  • Glass or Crystal Décor- Although a rare occurrence, the heat from sunlight can cause the glass to overheat, combust, and potentially spark a fire.
  • Linseed Oil- Commonly used for home projects. If left on a rag---it can spontaneously combust.

No matter how a blaze starts…the effects are serious and dangerous. Allow SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County to take care of your home or business in the case of fire. This is the cornerstone of our business, and we are the area’s number one fire restoration company. We have the proper equipment, employees, and knowledge to care for your residence.  Follow us on Facebook for more fire tips of the trade. In the meantime---stay safe from all of us at SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration in Crawford and NE Venango Counties

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a close up of a toilet with a plunger and a pink rag next to it. Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible.

One of the worst things a homeowner can experience is sewage back-up into their home. Whether it was an overflowed toilet, a sewage line back-up, or a city mishap…SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is the premier company for home disaster.

 Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

 There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business. We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is close by and ready to respond to your flood or sewage damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cranberry community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. Visit our website or call us today.

Reopening Schools in Crawford and NE Venango Counties: How SERVPRO can help.

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is of a empty classroomwith wooden desks and a green chalk board in the background. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or general cleaning. It is a higher standard of clean.

With COVID-19 still rampant here in Western Pennsylvania …school administrators are desperately trying to get schools re-open safely. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties have been on the front lines during the pandemic, and we are here to assist our local school districts with our program called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. But let us first take a peek on what the CDC is recommending.

The CDC recommends 3 steps to get your district back in working order after being on a blended leaning schedule or being closed for a period of time. Cleaning and disinfecting schools will require you to:

  • Develop your plan. The CDC recommends to, “evaluate your workplace, school, home, or business to determine what kinds of surfaces and materials make up that area. Most surfaces and objects will just need normal routine cleaning. Frequently touched surfaces and objects like light switches and doorknobs will need to be cleaned and then disinfected to further reduce the risk of germs on surfaces and objects.”
  • Implement your plan. Once you have a plan, the CDC says it is time to take action. “Read all manufacturer’s instructions for the cleaning and disinfection products you will use. Put on your gloves and other required personal protective equipment (PPE) to begin the process of cleaning and disinfecting.”
  • Maintain and revise your plan. The CDC recommends to “take steps to reduce your risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 during daily activities. CDC also provides tips to reduce your exposure and risk of acquiring COVID-19. Reducing exposure to yourself and others is a shared responsibility. Continue to update your plan based on updated guidance and your current circumstances.”

For more detailed information on re-open guidance…visit the CDC’s website here. Planning can be difficult. Let SERVPRO help. No matter if its Oil City or Cranberry our professionals can help create plan that works for your district. Our program, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or general cleaning. It is a higher standard of clean. This is a proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of our schools and local businesses alike. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination---always adhering to the cleaning standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Our kids are our first priority. If you would like a quote for your school district call 814.350.7651. We can make a plan that’s right for your administration. For more information on SERVPRO’s Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, visit our website. All of us at SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties wishes you a safe return to school in the new year.

Before You Leave: Christmas Vacation Water Damage Tips for Your Cranberry Home

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is of a woman with her hands on her head, looking distraught. In the background there is water damage on the wall.  The last thing you need to do is walk into a water damaged home from a pipe bursting or where water has leaked.

Are you planning a getaway this Christmas Season? Goodness knows we all need it this year! Millions of homeowners and renters will leave their home this Holiday season to venture somewhere else to forget about life a little. Ah, sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Spending a week or two for a much-needed recoup is exactly what the mind and body needed. The last thing you need to do is walk into a water damaged home from a pipe bursting or where water has leaked. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango has detailed some of our preferred winter water safety tips before you leave on your trip.

Just simply turn off the water. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? To effectively to this. You must turn it off from the main shutoff line. The valve is typically located within 3 to 5 feet of where the water main enters the home. If you do not find it on the front wall, check for a mechanical room, or near the water heater or furnace. In a crawl space or with slab construction, the shutoff valve may be right inside the crawl space.

Drain Your Pipes. If you followed the first tip, you still have a little more to do. The water that is left standing in the pipes can still freeze and cause problems. Make sure to drain the pipes fully after shutting the water off. If you are not sure how to do this, here is a little tutorial.

Keep Your Heater On. You might want to turn off the HVAC to save a little money while you away. But this is not the time to watch your pocketbook. Condensation can build up when air does not move. This can cause freezing which ultimately leads to water damage. And did you know that when you turn off the HVAC system it can create the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow? Consumer Reports says to simply turn it down, not off, when you leave. Never leave it below 55 degrees.

Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear. Didn’t you just do this in the fall? I know. I know. But making sure the gutters are free of leaves and debris will prevent not only water damage, but the formation of ice dams too. Take a peek before you leave.

Have someone come over and check the home.  It is never a bad idea to have someone keep an extra eye on your home when you are gone. Have them peek around for anything array. Check basements, look for water leaks, and check the downspouts. Heck! Have them get your mail too.

Sometimes every precaution in the world cannot stop some disasters. Thank goodness, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango is here every day of the year. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day—we have our crew out 365 days a year. We know better than anyone that disasters do not have a 9-5 schedule. All of us at SERVPRO wish you a safe and merry Holiday. We are here if you need us. Call 814.350.7651 and safe travels this Christmas Season.

Are Christmas Lights a Fire Hazard?

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is of a man wrapped up in Christmas lights looking frightened. His mouth is held open, and he is wearing glasses.  Christmas lights are much more likely to cause a fire when a socket gets overloaded or if electrical wires are faulty.

If you are worried about your Christmas lights catching fire, you most likely don’t have to worry. If you find yourself wondering if the Christmas light bulbs on your tree can catch fire, they cannot. They can be left on and on without catching fire. Christmas lights are much more likely to cause a fire when a socket gets overloaded or if electrical wires are faulty. When a socket gets overloaded, that means you have too many devices plugged into that socket. To prevent a fire from starting in this way, make sure you are familiar with the amps and watts capacity. In addition, you NEVER want to plug an extension cord into another extension cord. This creates an even greater risk of causing a house fire. You hunt out faulty wiring in a couple of different ways. One thing to look for if you think you may have faulty wiring is charred or darkened outlets and switches. Another way to tell if you have faulty wiring is if your lights dim or flicker. This is not a full proof way to see if you have faulty wiring, however it is an indicator to get it checked out.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango counties  is dedicated to serving and keeping the members of our community safe. It is our job to provide emergency services for our friends and families. In addition, if you need restoration or cleaning services, we are nearby and ready to help. We want to do our part to keep the community safe, clean, and thriving.

Call us today at (814) 350-7651 or send us a message via Facebook!

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

image reading "Happy Holidays" Whether it is a water or storm insurance claim, fire or smoke damage, mold remediation, or a simple cleaning job, we have the people for the job!

It is amazing that disasters can happen at the most inconvenient of times. And with the Holidays coming shortly---SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties wants to wish our residents Happy Holidays and to remind you we provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including Christmas Day. You can expect an immediate response time, day, or night. Here is why we are the best around.

SERVPRO employees are the most educated around when it comes to restoration. Our professionals must complete IICRC training. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our professionals’ study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses, so we are the best in the biz. 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.

We are also up to date with all our equipment and technology. The past few decades have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively. We have the best moisture detection, water extraction, and drying equipment in the business. And we know how to make sure a job is done right.

We have skilled employees available 24/7 to respond to your call, allowing us to quickly take the first actions to help you. Whether it is a water or storm insurance claim, fire or smoke damage, mold remediation, or a simple cleaning job, professionals from SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties are HERE TO HELP. We tackle disasters in both residential and commercial properties, wherever restoration is needed. Located in the Crawford County community, we are here to serve our valued customers.

From all of us at SERVPRO---enjoy the season, and we are here if you need us. Call us today. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (814) 350-7651

Fire at My Business: What to Do After?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

image of firefighters spraying a building from a safe distance away with high powered hoses Make sure to call the fire department and 911 immediately. Do not enter the building until firefighters have deemed it safe to enter again

After the flames have been put out by the firefighters and the dust has settled---what do you do when your business is covered in ashes? Time means money and no business owner wants to miss out on lost revenue.

Get ahead of the game. There are things you can do before a fire even occurs. Being proactive is key. There is only one way to be on top of things when it comes to a disaster. And that is having some things prepared beforehand. These items should be backed-up elsewhere, like a home office or someplace safe other than at the business. They should include: a contact list with updated phone numbers and emails, a weekly backup of necessary computer files, an up-to-date list of inventory, a securely stored backup of accounting records, and a preloss agreement with SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties---call us to work one out today.

If you have already suffered a fire. Here is what to do first. Make sure to call the fire department and 911 immediately. Do not enter the building until firefighters have deemed it safe to enter again. Take as many pictures as possible and make sure to file a claim with your insurance company as soon as you can. Ensure all the utilities are turned off. Once it is safe to enter again…try and remove the important, necessary items like: business licenses and permits, inventory and accounting records, employee documents, insurance information, cash, credit cards, and checkbooks, and other valuables.

Once You are In the Clear---Call SERVPRO.

After the fire trucks are gone, your Crawford business and contents are likely suffering from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties will respond quickly to your commercial business emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (814) 350-7651

Large Loss Disaster Ready, Venango County

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

image of several SERVPRO technicians in PPE equipment and hardhats waiting to perform mitigation on a large loss job Commercial businesses that we provide our services to include, the hospitality industry, property managers, universities, municipalities and the Penta

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties are a part of SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division. We are equipped with equipment, team, and knowledge to handle a large loss disaster. Large loss disasters include, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes and blizzards. Our SERVPRO team has a great amount of experience when dealing with large loss disasters. For example, we have assisted in over 10 hurricanes, floods and wildfires. In addition, every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

Not only do we assist with residential homes when disasters like this occur, but we also assist with commercial buildings. Commercial businesses that we provide our services to include, the hospitality industry, property managers, universities, municipalities and the Pentagon. At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor.

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties is available to service your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we are more than happy to help! Call us at (814) 350-7651 if you need our help, would like an estimate or to inquire more information.

Fire Facts – Thanksgiving Edition in Crawford County

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

image of a cooked Turkey being removed from the oven to be eaten For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. Only open the door once you’re confident the fire is completely out.

Due to the pandemic, our Thanksgiving traditions may look a little different this year. Regardless of how many people we choose to gather with, however, I’m willing to bet that the majority of us will still be cooking and preparing our favorite Turkey Day treats.

As much as we all love this holiday, we at SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties want it to be a safe one at that. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “More than three times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day as on a typical day of the year.” With all that goes into preparing the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes and gravy, and the pumpkin pies coupled with the distraction of guests continuously coming in and out, it’s no wonder that the leading cause of these fires is leaving items unattended.

So, what can you do to minimize the risk of a fire in your home? The NFPA recommends the following tips:

  • Never leave the kitchen while cooking on the stovetop. Some types of cooking, especially those that involve frying or sautéing with oil, need continuous attention.
  • When cooking a turkey, stay in your home and check on it regularly.
  • Make use of timers to keep track of cooking times, particularly for foods that require longer cook times.
  • Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, and towels at least three feet away from the cooking area.
  • Avoid long sleeves and hanging fabrics that could come in contact with a heat source.
  • Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. Never throw water or use a fire extinguisher on the fire.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed. Only open the door once you’re confident the fire is completely out, standing to the side as you do. If you have any doubts or concerns, contact the fire department for assistance.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove. Kids should also stay away from hot foods and liquids, as steam or splash from these items could cause severe burns.

Please cook carefully this Thanksgiving. If you do experience a fire, know that SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. Should you need us, we are just a phone call away – 814.350.7651.

Why is Rain So Soothing When You Sleep?

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

image of rainfall and lightning through a window Rainfall actively blocks out sudden noises that would otherwise bother us. It’s nature’s version of a white noise machine.

When I opened my eyes this morning…it was still dark. There was a slight chill in the air, and it was raining so peacefully outside. I did not want to get up. The sound of the rain tapping my roof did nothing more than make me want to sleep more and hold my covers tighter. It gave me such an inner peace--- just like the waves of the ocean.

And then I thought? Why does the rain make us so calm? Why is the harmony so strong? According to researchers, we love rain and other water noises because we perceive them as non-threatening. Main Line Today says, “sudden sounds jolt us out of our reverie, triggering an evolutionary response known as the threat activated vigilance system. Rainfall not only lacks such jolts — it actively blocks out sudden noises that would otherwise bother us. It’s nature’s version of a white noise machine.”

Ah. Makes sense. That simple and repetitive sound makes us relax and forget about the busy world for a little bit. Even thunder does this for some folks. Not to undermine the seriousness of a thunder and lightning storm. We may feel peace with the flashes of light, the boom of the thunder in our chests, and the sweet sound of rain. But no doubt, a thunderstorm can cause major havoc…and all our tranquility goes right out of the window.

But SERVPRO of Crawford and North Venango Counties is here to ease the stress of any storm loss and bring back the pre-storm peace. Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your home or business, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Call us anytime. We will take care of the hard stuff, so you sleep peacefully once again.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (814) 350-7651

What to Do When a Tree Falls on Your Crawford County House

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

image of fallen tree on house after Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, LA. You should tarp the roof and board up broken windows and holes in the structure to avoid rain damage to your belongings.

A tree falling on your home is a fear every homeowner has felt at one time or another. Whether you just experienced a high-wind storm or you’ve experienced this tragedy first hand---SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties has got you covered.

When a tree falls due to being rotted out, high winds, or an ice storm… it can cause major structural damage. The first step is to immediately get you and your family out of the danger zone. Once you are safe, THEN you can focus on calling for help and minimizing the damage.

Hopefully, the tree did not take down power lines with it. But if it did, call the electrical company or 911 immediately. If not dealt with properly, a down power line can cause electrical shock or increase fire risk. If you do not physically see the down power line check to see if you have power in the house or any flickering lights. If you smell smoke let the electrical company deal with it. They have professionals that personally deal with these types of issues.

The next step would be to prevent further damage from occurring. Shut off your gas at the meter until you are positive the lines are not damaged. You can also tarp the roof and board up broken windows and holes in the structure to avoid rain damage to your belongings.

Make sure to document with photos and videos for your insurance company to start the claim process. You will most likely be responsible to pay your homeowner’s insurance deductible. After your claim has been processed and approved---it’s time to call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists. As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring, and documentation. We are faster to any size disaster. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. Should you need our services call 814.350.7651. We are here to help and return your home to its pre-storm condition. Call us today.

The Most Common Disaster: Flooding

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO workers removing drying equipment from a vehicle that are to be placed for water damage As a leader in water damage restoration, we have specialized training and expertise to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition

Floods are the most common and one of the most destructive natural disasters in the world. The true definition of a flood is when water inundates land that is normally dry.

According to the World Health Organization there are 3 common types of floods:

  • Flash floods are caused by rapid and excessive rainfall that raises water heights quickly, and rivers, streams, channels, or roads may be overtaken.
  • River floods are caused when consistent rain or snow melt forces a river to exceed capacity. 
  • Coastal floods are caused by storm surges associated with tropical cyclones and tsunami.

One of the biggest problems with flooding is that a flood can give little or no warning. Homeowners and business owners are left scrambling with just days or hours to prepare. Floods that happen quickly would be considered a “flash flood”.

Flooding has seen a sudden rise in recent years due to climate change factors, melting glaciers, and rising seas. According to National Geographic more than 670 US communities will face repeat flooding by the end of the century.

US flooding costs around 8 billion dollars a year. The impact of flooding can cause deadly consequences as well. Around 100 people a year die from flooding complications. Residents of flooded areas have a potential to lose their home and businesses. They are also subject to diseases such as Hepatitis A and typhoid since flood waters are considered toxic. To try and prevent the impact of flooding there has been more governmental control. The government requires that residents of high flood-prone areas to purchase flood insurance. They also have laws that set construction requirements aimed at making buildings more flood-proof. However, many US areas such as New Orleans, have entire cities built on vulnerable flood plains and deal with flooding issues on a yearly basis.

High hit cities like New Orleans had to get creative to mitigate the destruction of its city, massive efforts on part of some pretty amazing engineers created an extensive levee system to try and redirect the water.

Western Pennsylvania is foreign to disasters such as hurricane. But we still see flash floods that can cause horrific damage. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County is here to help in the instance your home or business is affected by flood waters. As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, we have the specialized training and expertise to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango County is here to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call us at 814.350.7651 so our professionals can take care of your home or business and make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Carpet Cleaning in Crawford County

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO technician using hot water extractor to clean a carpet fully SERVPRO® of Crawford County uses state-of-the-art equipment and has professionals that are trained to the highest standards in carpet cleaning.

Did you know that your carpets act as a big, giant filter?  That’s right – carpets absorb and trap air pollutants, dust, bacteria, chemicals and so much more. Vacuuming regularly can help but is usually not sufficient in removing all those trapped contaminants.

The best advice we can give is to clean your carpets before they become totally saturated with soil and other harmful pathogens. Once this happens, the air quality in your space is jeopardized, and the last thing you want is to put your employees or clients at risk. Not only that, but the dirt that hides deep below the surface near the base of the pile is damaging to the carpet itself.

Depending on the soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting, we suggest getting your carpets professionally cleaned at least once every 12 months. Again, this will depend on a variety of factors and you may need more or less frequent cleaning.

SERVPRO® of Crawford / NE Venango Counties uses state-of-the-art equipment and has professionals that are trained to the highest standards in carpet cleaning. With over 40 years of experience, we will get the job done right and have your commercial carpets looking and smelling brand new.

We offer the following types of cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry

To find out which method is right for your business, give us a call at (814) 350-7651. We are always Here to Help®!

Eliminate Heating Hazards This Winter

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Vintage room heater. It is made of metal. And it is on and appears to be hot. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated average of 52,050 fires each year.

It may only be October 6th, but the air is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. Before we know it, there will be white, fluffy stuff on the ground that we all affectionately refer to as snow.

No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated average of 52,050 fires each year in 2012-2016. In 2012-2016, heating equipment fires accounted for 15% of all reported home fires, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire.

  • Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties to help make it "Like it never even happened."

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Grease Fire Basics

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

grease fire in kitchen with flames over an industrial grill If you see flames, it’s natural to panic. Take control of the situation quickly and avoid the need for extensive fire damage repair

After binge watching your latest favorite cooking show on Netflix, it is only natural to want to experiment in the kitchen. Some ingredients such as oil require more care than others. When using oil, watch the temperature, because when it overheats, it starts to boil and smoke before catching on fire.

If you see flames, it’s natural to panic. To take control of the situation quickly and avoid the need for extensive fire damage repair, below are tips on what to do and what not to do when you have a grease fire.

Do:

Turn off the heat.

Once a fire breaks out, you might be tempted to remove the smoky pan from the stove burner. Fight the urge, as you could splash burning oil on yourself or other surfaces. The droplets are like embers, potentially igniting anything they land on. To prevent the fire from spreading, leave the pot where it is and turn off the burner.

Keep an extinguisher in the kitchen.

As a precaution, you should always have a working fire extinguisher in an easy-to-reach area of the kitchen. After you turn off the stove burner, pull the pin on the extinguisher and point the nozzle at the fire’s base before pressing the trigger. The dry chemicals released will put out the flames.

Don’t:

Use water on flames.

Unlike a regular fire, trying to douse grease fires with water could cause the flames to spread. That’s because pouring water on the oil could cause it to splash to other areas. The high temperature of burning grease also causes the water to vaporize into harmful steam.

Open doors and windows until the fire is out.

To clear the smoke, you might want to open doors and windows. Don’t do this until the fire is completely out. Otherwise, the oxygen in the fresh air coming in could fuel the flames, resulting in the need for more extensive fire damage repair.

If you need fire damage repair after a kitchen mishap, electrical problem, or other incident, contact the disaster recovery specialists at SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties. To reach us anytime, call (330) 556 4656

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Does Bleach Kill Mold?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of woman using chemical on sponge to kill and remove mold from drywall Contrary to popular belief, bleach just removes the color of the mold, not the roots.

If you have mold in your home or business, a well-meaning friend or family member may have told you to scrub it with bleach. There is an old school belief that bleach kills mold, because to the naked eye, the visible mold is gone. The problem is that the bleach just removed the color of the mold, not the roots.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Heath Administration” and the ESA (Environmental Site Assessment) updated their guides and stopped recommending the use of bleach for mold problems.

There are 3 main problems when it comes to using bleach on mold:

  1. Chlorine bleach rapidly loses it’s effectiveness over time. Think about a chlorinated swimming pool. You don’t just put chlorine in once at the beginning of June and leave it all summer. Chlorine needs to be constantly replaced because it evaporates. The same concept happens with containers of bleach as well. Even though they are tightly sealed, chlorine can still escape from the plastic. There is no way of knowing how long the container of bleach has been sitting on the shelf in the store and quickly losing it’s mold killing power.
  1. It is toxic and corrosive. When you use bleach, it produces fumes that pollute the air and can be toxic to humans and pets. Bleach deteriorates materials and fibers of porous substances.
  1. Bleach does not kill mold on porous surfaces. Chlorine bleach can kill surface mold. Unfortunately, mold usually grows deep roots into wood or drywall and these roots will not be affected by the bleach. The bleach stays on the surface, and the water you mixed with it will seep into the cracks and help feed the mold.

You can use bleach to temporarily kill the mold on the surface. But in the long run, for the health and safety of the people and animals in your home, you should call a professional company that specializes in mold remediation.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are highly trained and certified in mold remediation. We will utilize special cleaner and equipment to ensure the mold and the mold spores are gone. We can assess and treat mold-infested areas safely and effectively. 

If you need our help, call us today! (814) 350 7651

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Does the Size of my Property Change the Restoration Process?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

photo of large commercial building with all interior lights on No matter the size of the property--- no job is too large or small for SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties.

The short answer for you is no. The size of a property does not change the restoration process, in terms of the steps needing to be taken. The process can slide on a scale of necessary equipment and workforce, but the overall process remains the same.

For example, if you had two floors of completely soaked flooring, one plan might be two individuals running each floor with as many tools as needed in the assessment. While for homeowners, a smaller sized restoration company could get the work done in a timely manner, considering the smaller surface area of possible damage and the amount of equipment needed.

However, commercial properties may not be able to use smaller restoration companies. The best option for a commercial property in need of any type of restoration, whether its fire, water, mold, or storm damage, is a company that has a large supply of equipment at hand.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties has the volume of equipment and workers necessary for a quick response time and quick restore time, no matter the size of the disaster. Any number of people and tools can be at the location in a prompt time. In the past, SERVPRO has helped restore several commercial properties including:

  • Office buildings
  • Retail stores
  • Strip malls
  • Apartment buildings
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants

The size of the damage, the tenants or individuals affected by the restoration process, or anything else should be of little concern when you choose SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties. We work efficiently and can create a flexible restoration plan that works around business operations, allowing you to keep running or to be back as quickly as possible.

If you should need our help restoring a commercial or residential property, do not hesitate to give us a call! (814) 350 7651

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Severe Thunderstorms: Watch versus Warning

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of Thunderstorm during a lightning bolt People are seriously injured or killed by severe thunderstorms every year despite advance warning.

When you hear about a thunderstorm watch or warning on the radio or television, do you know the difference? Do you take one more seriously than the other? Or do you not pay any mind to either?

A severe thunderstorm watch is when there is a possibility for severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area. It is advised to remain informed and ready to act in the event of a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. During a watch, you don’t necessarily need to alter any plans, just stay aware of the current weather conditions.

A severe thunderstorm warning is when there has been reports of severe weather by spotters or radar. Warnings indicate an imminent danger to life and property. Severe thunderstorms can produce hail greater than or equal to one inch and strong winds that meet or exceed 58 mph.

People are seriously injured or killed by severe thunderstorms every year despite advance warning. While some may not be informed on such warnings, there are those who hear the warning but do not heed to it; therefore, it is important to stay engaged and have a plan in place in the event of a severe thunderstorm and if evacuation is necessary.

To learn more about severe thunderstorms and safety precautions, the National Weather Service has trustworthy and helpful information.

If you need help before, during, or after a storm, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are fire and water restoration experts and happy to help! We will have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”

If you want more information or need our help, call us at (814) 350 7651

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3 Things to Know About Black Water

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

image of black water decontamination system running from remediation hose Black water has come into contact with septic matter, such as a toilet or sewer, and can carry pathogens, bacteria, fungi, and harsh chemicals.

Not all water is created equal. When water damages your home, it is important to know the source and classification of the water. Water from a tainted source is categorized as black, which can mean several things for your home. Here are the three things to know about this type of water:

  1. What is black water?

Water is categorized into three areas depending on its use: black, grey, or white. These classifications indicate the types of contaminants in the water. White water is safe for everyday use, while grey water can be used for cooking, cleaning, or bathing. It may contain soap, cooking oils or light cleaners. Black water has come into contact with septic matter, such as a toilet or sewer, and can carry pathogens, bacteria, fungi, and harsh chemicals.

  1. Where does black water come from?

Highly contaminated water can come from multiple sources. A common source is flooding. Any water source that has come in contact with fecal matter must be categorized as black. With flooding, rainwater mixes with sewer water that carries human waste and other contaminants. Water that comes from a septic system, sewer, or even livestock pasture falls into this category.

  1. What can I do about flooding in my home?

If you have flooding in your home, you will need to make sure that everything is properly cleaned, sanitized, and restored. You should avoid contact with it and wear protective gear if you plan to clean it up. Any food that came into contact with the water should be thrown away. Canned foods that are completely sealed and not damaged or dented may be able to be saved. Due to the high levels of contamination found in flood waters, it is safest to have a professional perform the cleanup. This cleaning process helps insure your home is clear of contamination and that issues common to water damaged areas, such as mold, are prevented.

When dealing with water damage in Crawford and NE Venango County, it’s important to know the classification of the water so you can be properly protected. When you know this, along with the potential sources of the flooding, you can begin taking the proper steps needed to clean, sanitize, and restore your home.

Should you need help, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are water and fire mitigation experts and will get the job done quickly and efficiently. Trust SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County with flooding and water damage!

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Flooding in Crawford and NE Venango Counties

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding damage inside home If you experience flood damage, call SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties! We don't wait around!

Given a few rainy days in a row or one torrential downpour, rivers, streams, and lakes overflow their banks. With only a few inches of water, you can have many hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of flood damage in your home or commercial building.

A flash flood can often bring a wall of water that is 10 to 15 feet high. New construction in your neighborhood can change runoff patterns in the area and can increase your flood risks. Most insurance plans do not include flood damage, and this must be purchased separately, in most cases. 

Interesting Facts About Flood Damage and Prevention Tips:

The average cost of flood damage is around $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of damage and where the water came from. To avoid having to spend a few months of your salary on repairing your home, try these prevention tips instead!

  • An inspection and flushing your water heater once a year, by a plumber, can contribute to preventing it bursting on you and flooding the area.
  • Replacing the rubber hoses on all appliances that use water with metal braided hoses can help to avoid the failing of the rubber ones as they can get hard and burst. Check all hoses, even the metal braided ones every year. 
  • Leaks from toilets are often indicated by a little leakage from the base. Ask everyone in the family to stand in the bathroom, after flushing and watching for any tell-tale leaks. 
  • Do you know where to locate the main water shut-off? If a pipe bursts inside, you need to be able to get it turned off quickly. 
  • If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to get it checked and think about a backup unit. 
  • Always be looking for signs of plumbing leaks, such as on ceilings and walls; look for stains and moisture on walls and floors. 
  • Leaking or even broken pipes are often gushing water, and it is not noticed because it might be hidden. Check out your water usage when no faucets are turned on; locate the water meter and take a reading, then use no water for an hour or so and read it again. Has it moved? If so, you have a leak someplace, so get a plumber to check it out. 
  • Always monitor your monthly water bill. If it goes up a lot one billing cycle, you might have the need for a plumber to come in and check all connections. 
  • Since a lot of water comes from inside your home and can damage many walls, floors, and furniture; this can provide the moisture needed for mold to grow. To prevent mold, you want to eliminate any moisture as quickly as possible.

If you do experience flooding to your home or business, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County is happy to help! We are known for our dedication to excellent customer service and quick response time. Give us a call today if you need our help! (814) 350 7651

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Protect Your Business Now with an ERP

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency ready profile SERVPRO Call us today to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) appointment, free of charge!

How SERVPRO can Help Protect your Business:

SERVPRO has this amazing program available to help in the event of an emergency. It is called the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

It is complimentary to set it up and the service is free of charge! Once scheduled, one of our staff members will come and document information about your building including square footage, access points, contacts and all your shut offs (electric, gas, water etc). This will include instructions and pictures to help you and your employees handle emergencies more efficiently.

Hey, There's an APP for That!

Not only will you receive your ERP in paper form to keep in your office, there is also a FREE app that you can download as well.

We do all the work and you enjoy all the benefits! Your app will have everything included, your business name, address, contact phone numbers, pictures, and instructions.

All your employees can download the app and access the business. That way if/when an emergency arises, they can open the app and shut off what is needed as soon as possible. There are icons at the top for Fire, Water, Mold & Other to get SERVPRO the info they need so they can be dispatched faster.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County understands time is of the essence. We are dedicated to quality customer service and fast response times. If you would like to set up and appointment or get more information, call us today! (814) 350 7651

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When Murphy's Law Attacks, SERVPRO can Help!

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon of two people sitting in a downpour from a leaky roof SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is always ready to help no matter what Murphy's Law may throw at you!

It’s Murphy’s law that if something can go wrong, it will, and at the worst possible moment. You may be wondering, who is Murphy and what terrible thing happened to him that he has this outlook?

If you Google it, like I did, there are many variations on the subject.  Edward Murphy was born in 1918 and the eldest of five children. He attended West Point and commissioned into the Amy Air Corps. He was involved in the war against the Japanese in China and Burma and was a successful pilot and aerospace test engineer.

After the war, he worked as a research and development officer for the Air Force, working with the technological aspects of aircraft design. In this period of his life, he worked on experiments that eventually led to the creation and naming of his law, “If anything can go wrong, it will, and at the worst possible moment.”

It does not matter if you just bought a brand new home with a new roof, fancy appliances and good plumbing or if you have an older home that you have been taking care of over the years, you are bound to have a leaky pipe, missing shingles, or gutters full of debris. Of course, with Murphy’s Law, chances are, you won’t be home when any of these home disasters decide to occur.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is here to help no matter what Murphy’s Law may throw at you! We can’t stop disasters from happening, but we can be there within a few hours to start extracting water, removing contents, and begin cleaning up.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County have the training, equipment, and expertise to meet all of your cleaning and restoration needs. From water, fire, and smoke, to mold mitigation, deodorization, or biohazard clean-up, no job is too big or too daunting for us to tackle!

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