Severe Weather Types in Beaver County
Mud can cause more damage to your home than you think!
There are many different types of weather patterns in Pittsburgh and the Beaver county area. In total, our area is not as easily affected by the major natural disasters around the world, but we do still need to be aware and prepared for severe weather.
What types are there in the Pittsburgh area?
Tornadoes - We are most at risk for tornadoes during the spring time when hot and cold air combine. Always have an emergency action plan and go to a basement or a bathroom during a tornado warning. If your home is damaged, leave the property immediately to risk being injured and call your local authorities. Hurricanes - While we don’t get hit with Class 5 hurricanes, we still receive the residual effects of high energy hurricanes from the coast. Rain, hail, and high winds can wreck havoc on your home. Make sure to stay up to date on the latest weather predictions and have an emergency action plan. Severe Lightening Storms- We have had our fair share of severe lightening storms in the Pittsburgh area. Always have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight and matches and a first aid kit. Also make note of any dead limbs or trees surrounding your home. These could be possible targets for lightening strikes near your home and can cause fires and damage to your home if they fall. Flooding- Most flooding occurs from the above natural weather patterns. If a flood occurs in your home make sure to turn off all electricity and stay away from the water. Call our SERVPRO of Beaver County office immediately to start the mitigation process. Mud/ Landslides - Our easily manipulated soil and sediment paired with the hills of Beaver County can mean disaster during a heavy rainstorm with flooding. Landslides can easily create a track of fast moving mud and debris into your home. Call us for all of your restoration needs at 724-709-7235.
Hurricanes and What You Need To Know.
We may not have palm trees, but we do have hurricanes!
It’s hurricane season! It may be silly to think since we don’t live by the ocean, but hurricane’s can rear their ugly aftermath all up the East Coast and Pittsburgh and Beaver County can get right in the path of destruction. While we will ultimately never truly be in the eye of the storm there are still ways to be prepared for the residual weather coming from a hurricane.
What to look for:
Most hurricanes will bring heavy winds and rain to our area, but we could even see impacts of hail and even snow!
How to prepare:
- Make sure you are staying up to date on the local weather forecast and listen! If a Meterologist tells you to be prepared there are a few things you should do.
- While we do not need to board up windows like many on the coast it is good to be mindful that hail and other debris that could possibly break or dent windows. Have towels and items on hand that you can use to cover any holes or cracks created.
- Be mindful of any items in and around your yard. Try and put anything away that is not held down and at risk of blowing away or blowing into your home. Be aware of any dead limbs or trees on your property as well.
- Keep an emergency box filled with a flashlight, matches, first aid kit, and any other items that are important.
- Lastly, make sure you know your emergency services number in case of severe weather damage to your home. If your home does become damaged during a hurricane weather it’s due to flooding, hail, or wind damage - SERVPRO of Beaver County is your one stop shop for all of your home restoration needs. Call us at 724-709-7235.
Restoring Your Fire Damaged Items
SERVPRO of Beaver County specializes in restoring, not replacing.
A fire doesn’t have to be large to do some serious damage to your home or belongings. In most cases, even if the integrity of the home isn’t compromised, your furniture, carpets, etc. can all have lasting effects from the smoke and fire. That’s why SERVPRO of Beaver County specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire. We know how important your belongings are and we do our best to “restore” versus “replace so that you can save money and more importantly, save irreplaceable keepsakes. We immediately assess the area with your belongings and run through what can and cannot be restored. We specialize in the SERVPRO Clean with many different tactics for all types of belongings. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
When you have a major fire disaster, the last thing you want to think about is loss. It’s our mission to restore your items back to pre-fire condition. Call us today at 724-709-7235 for all of your cleaning and fire restoration needs.
Team Member Spotlight - Greg!
We care for your home and community because we are a part of the community. Our local technicians live, work, and play in Beaver County and the surrounding Pittsburgh areas.
Our team member highlight is Greg! Greg Kaulius is a production manager at SERVPRO of Beaver County. Greg’s strong drive and attention to detail makes him a valued team member. He has completed our rigorous SERVPRO Employee Certification Training Program. This program teaches advanced cleaning and restoration techniques and how to properly use our state-of-the-art equipment. This training also emphasizes listening skills, customer service, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Greg enjoys landscaping and taking care of his newborn son, Greg Paul Kaulius. It's a pleasure working with Greg everyday!
Don't just take our word for it! "Greg showed up to my house promptly for an upholstery cleaning. He was so nice and personable and got right to work. He made my furniture look and smell like new! We will be using SERVPRO of Beaver County for all of our home restoration needs. Thank you, Greg!"
Call us today at 724-709-7235 for all of your restoration needs.
What do I do when my house floods?
- Find the source. Water flooding and damage could be from your home or an act of nature. If flooding is occurring due to a house problem, shut the main water line off. Always note where the water line shut off valve is before there is an emergency - this could potentially save your home from more damage.
- No matter the source of the flooding, It’s very important to turn off the electricity in your home. If you cannot locate the electric box or cannot reach the electric box due to water, call an electrician.
- Make sure everyone is accounted for and evacuate the premises. Flooding water can bring various bacteria and fast moving objects. It’s best to leave the property as is until you can get a professional to assess the situation.
- Call 911. If you are a homeowner you will need to call your insurer. If you are renting contact your property manager.
- Make sure to take accurate documentation of the damage inside and outside of your home. It’s best to always have updated photos of your property at all times to refer to insurance.
What Next?Once you have contacted your insurance agent or landlord leave the rest to us.
Contact SERVPRO of Beaver County to help with your water damage needs. We are here to help. Call us now at (724) 709-7235.
- We’ll use state of the art equipment to dry all areas and crevices within your home. SERVPRO also uses the latest in high end cleaners and decontamination processes leaving your home free from disease.
- Keeping areas dry and air regulated will prevent the growth of mold. It’s important to monitor and clean the once flooded area to stop a second problem like mold and mildew that will cause other issues.
Kitchen Fire and Smoke Remediation
Some say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but it can also be the start of many home fire disasters. Sometimes preventing a fire in your home or business is just not possible and the inevitable happens.
A fire to your home can be devastating, especially if it impacts the rest of your home. Even if your home or business is not damaged beyond recognition, the smoke that has occurred from the fire can cause just as much damage.
The smoke damage from this kitchen fire in Beaver County damaged the interior (bathroom, bedroom, closets, etc.) and even damaged the food in the kitchen. We worked the eradicate the cause of the loss and the remaining smoke damage.
We were able to remediate the smoke and fire damage.
For home and office fire remediation, call us at (724) 709-7235.
What's the different between flood warning and flood watch?
Be prepared during a flood warning.
When there are heavy rains in our area, we might hear the words “flood warning” or “flood watch.” For many of us, either phrase tells us that we need to be alert to flooding. But did you know that there’s a significant difference between a “warning” and a “watch?”
A flood watch is an alert that indicates the conditions are right for flooding to happen. However, it does not mean that flooding will necessarily occur. When you see this alert, you should prepare for flooding since it is a strong possibility. Monitor the local news or other reliable sources for updates.
A flood warning is announced when flooding is either impending or already occurring. When you get this alert, you should take immediate action and monitor official channels to get updates on the condition. If you’re unsure what to do during a flood, check out the resources at Ready.gov!
Monitor News or Radio Stations
Because weather can be unpredictable, always keep an eye on your local news or radio stations. Many of them will also have apps or websites that offer real-time updates. As long as you are familiar with the phrases they use, you’ll be able to act accordingly when they issue alerts. In fact, they just might save your life.
Staying Safe During the Coronavirus
SERVPRO franchise professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants.
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Scope of Cleanup Protocol
SERVPRO professionals can perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection where the customer states that there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure. The customer will be required to acknowledge that cleaning and disinfecting will only apply to the current state of the structure and contents. The structure would not be protected from future COVID-19 contamination if an infected person was to enter and occupy the building.
Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum." These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC's guidance for commercial spaces
as well, including:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Shelving and Racks
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
Cleanup and Disinfecting Procedures
Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19.
SERVPROXIDE, SERVPRO's proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more.
Porous surfaces that are not water-sensitive, such as carpet and other fabric material, cannot be disinfected but can be sanitized using SERVPROXIDE.
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Garage Fire in Beaver Falls, PA
Let us handle the complicated process during your stressful time.
You never know when a fire can damage your home and turn your life upside down. Let us handle the complications that a disastrous fire can have on your home. We take a stressful situation and manage all of the details so that you don’t have to. Jean S. from Beaver Falls, PA had fire damage on the first floor of her home due to a fire in their garage. We were able to restore the garage and clean the interior of the home to get rid of the smoke damage.
“SERVPRO of West Beaver County in Monaca, PA is owned by Jeff Krivan. Jeff's crew did an incredible job of restoring our garage and cleaning the interior of our first floor from smoke damage from a fire in the garage. Jeff and his head foreman, Greg, kept us informed daily on the various contractors and repair timelines. This very stressful situation was handled with expertise from Jeff working with our insurance company to Greg overseeing the work crews. All the contractors that worked on our home were knowledgeable, courteous and timely. I highly recommend SERVPRO and give them a 5-star rating.”
Small water leaks can turn into something bigger in your Beaver County home.
When can something small turn into something big?
When does a small leak turn into a major water disaster?
You should always treat water damage with the utmost attention and care. Even minor water damage can turn into a disaster if not treated correctly and quickly.
Why should you call SERVPRO of West Beaver County instead of fixing yourself?
One of the main threats that you won’t be able to see until it’s too late is mold. Temperature and moisture can create a breeding ground for mold without your knowledge. We utilize the latest in anti-microbial cleaning techniques to stop mold in its tracks.
We have specialized equipment that works to dry and mitigate the water dampness in your home’s walls. If we are unaware of the extent of the dampness in the affected areas, we can utilize equipment like thermal imaging scans to determine where moisture might still yet be that needs attention.
We have the best tips and techniques to make sure your home is rid of water damage. Call SERVPRO of West Beaver County at (724) 709-7235 to help free your home of water and mold damage.