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What do I do when my house floods?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Call 911.  If you are a homeowner you will need to call your insurer.  If you are renting contact your property manager.  
  5. 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.
  1. 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.  
  2. 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. 
 Contact SERVPRO of Beaver County to help with your water damage needs.  We are here to help. Call us now at (724) 709-7235.

Kitchen Fire and Smoke Remediation

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

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?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

flooding at supermarket 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?”

Flood 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.

Flood Warning

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

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

coronavirus image SERVPRO franchise professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants.

Need COVID Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (724) 901-1669

About Coronavirus The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China that has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated “COVID-19')' is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

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
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving and Racks 
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator
  • Cars
  • 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. 

Need COVID Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (724) 901-1669

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Garage Fire in Beaver Falls, PA

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

Burning fire 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.

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

stainless steel faucet running water 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. 

The details on Soot and Smoke

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

smoke fire on black background Call us to clear the air on soot and smoke damage.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing extensive hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:
•Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
•Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
•The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

Smoke is broken down into two areas, which are smoke wet and dry. Because of this, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before the restoration process, SERVPRO of West Beaver County will test the soot and determine which type of smoke damage has occurred. Our plan of action is based on the information we obtain during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
•Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
•Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
•Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –  (724) 709-7235

Mold in the workplace

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

mold on wall Mold can cause serious health issues for you and your employees.

Having mold in your home can lead to many hazardous side effects, but what about your business?  Mold toxins and spores are just as likely to be in your business property, maybe even more so.  We know your employee’s and customer’s health are your number #1 concern.  That’s why we make sure to use our high quality equipment to make sure your business is rid of mold fast.   

 
“Jeff and his crew did a fantastic job for our company with the mold remediation and repair of the affected areas. After the french drains were put in and the floors replaced we can now move back into a dry safe office. 
Very easy to work with and reasonable prices, would definitely recommend SERVPRO!”  -Succop Steel 

Do you think you have signs of mold and/ or toxins?  Call us today! 

Damage and Your Business

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

people shaking hands in corporate setting We care about you and your business.

We know it’s extremely important to get back on your feet fast when your business is affected by a disaster.  We work closely with our area businesses to make sure the disaster is remediated quickly and efficiently.   

 
William Scottsman Inc. Pittsburgh in Moon TWP had a severe fire disaster during the holidays. “Fire destroyed our office the night before Thanksgiving. Jeff and his team worked tirelessly to remediate our building. His staff was polite and professional and took care of all the details, so that we could concentrate on our customers. I would have no qualms about recommending Jeff and the SERVPRO team when in a time of need.” 

We’ve worked closely with Heritage Valley Health Systems in Beaver County, PA. 

“We would highly recommend SERVPRO of West Beaver County and Jeff Krivan. Jeff was responsive and his charges were very reasonable. His crew was friendly and efficient. They guarantee their work. We needed mold remediation in the basement of our office and they did the job! We would not hesitate to recommend SERVPRO to others, just as they were recommended to us!” 

Let us help get your business back to pre-disaster condition.  

Fire Disaster in Steubenville, Ohio

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flames on black background We're onsite fast to start the remediation process ASAP.

Katie from Steubenville, Ohio had a disastrous house fire.  We were able to respond quickly to get her remediation started.   


“We recently had a house fire and Jeff and his team were quick to the rescue. They immediately started cleaning this disaster of a house. They made sure that every bit of soot was gone. Every day that team from SERVPRO came they thoroughly went over what they were going to do and always asked if we had any questions. Every time I spoke to Jeff and his team they made sure that there wasn't anything else they could do before hanging up the phone or even leaving for the day, and they were driving pretty far to do cleaning and services for our house (Ohio). They seem dedicated to their work and helping others. Let me tell you, it looks even better than it did before the fire. We appreciate it Jeff and team! Thank you!”