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There's a Flood in My Erie Home, Now What?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

A home sits in the middle of a flood. Keep these in mind if your Erie home ever experiences a flood! There’s one more thing you should do, call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties.

Spring weather is extremely refreshing around Erie, PA. Coming off the brutally cold Winter, it’s nice to have some sunshine and warm weather. However, Spring brings some heavy rainfall that might see your Erie home suffer from flooding. Floods can be overwhelming and confusing. That’s why SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here with some “Do’s and Don'ts” when it comes to flooding!

Do’s

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Turn the A/C on for maximum drying
  • Wipe away excess water from wooden furniture
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Gather loose items from the floor

Don’ts

  • Don’t leave wet fabric in place, hang furs and leather goods
  • Don’t leave colored items like books and magazines on the floor
  • Don’t use a household vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use a TV or other appliances in the area
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fans if the ceiling is wet or sagging

Keep these in mind if your Erie home ever experiences a flood! There’s one more thing you should do, call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties. Flooding and water damage is best left to the professionals. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties has highly trained water restoration technicians to get your home to preloss condition fast.

Call us today at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to see our full array of water restoration services. Next time you see water damage, you know who to call. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is Here to Help®?!

When the Lightning Strikes at Your East Erie and Warren County Home

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a lighting bolt coming out of the sky with trees. When lightning hits a tree---science does it’s thing. But what exactly is the science behind it?

When lightning hits a tree---science does it’s thing. But what exactly is the science behind it? Allow SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties to explain.

The water in the cells, beneath the bark, is heated and it boils. Steam causes an explosion that knocks the bark off. In small doses, this is no big deal. But when lightning strikes deep; this is where the problems begin.

The entire tree can even begin to blow apart, or the bark can come off in large quantities. The lightning may have even charred the inside of the tree out. These are the reasons the tree’s strength is weakened, and it may fall. And hopefully not on your Warren home.

Should your home be affected by any type of storm damage…SERVPRO is here to help. Our franchise at SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is member of a unique team of restoration professionals. We are unlike any other company in the area in that we are a Large Loss provider. This title was given to us by SERVPRO corporate, indicating that we have qualified staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and certified training to respond to large-scale disasters. No matter how extensive, where it happens, or the type of damage, we’re there to make it “Like it never even happened."

When your property incurs water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific drying process ensure that the water removal and the cleanup process will be done up to industry standards. Our attention to detail and ability to work closely with your insurance provides ensures that your property will be restored to its preloss condition.

Follow us on Facebook to stay connected where you will receive special offers, tips, and ideas about further preparing your home or business for a flood or storm. Should you need us call (814) 636-6760 today.

Keeping Your Erie Business Safe During a Major Weather Event

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

A business man sits on an office chair in the middle of a lightning storm. If you do experience storm damage in your business, there’s no one better to have on your side than SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties!

It’s that time of year again where we begin to see Severe Thunderstorms, Flash Floods, and even Tornadoes. These weather events can be scary, especially when your Erie business is involved. To ease some of the worry, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here with some ways you can be prepared!

  • Get an ERP

SERVPRO offers a FREE service called an ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile. We come into your facility and get all the necessary information to help us service your business in the event of a disaster. It also established SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider - getting an industry leader on your side! Learn more about ERP’s here.

  • Preparedness Plans

Having the necessary plans in place to get you and your employees to a safe place is crucial. Whether it’s an evacuation or moving to a place of safety during a Tornado, it’s important to have a plan in place. Check out a full guide on Preparedness Plans from Ready.gov here.

  • Contact SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties

If you do experience storm damage in your business, there’s no one better to have on your side than SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties! We are a Large Loss Team, meaning there’s no size disaster too big for us!

Whatever the disaster, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here to help. Call us today at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to begin getting your business back to preloss condition today. We don’t want to see any local businesses in trouble, that’s why we’re Here to Help!

A Clean Office in Your Erie Office Can Have Many Benefits

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows a man cleaning an office. It may not seem like a major issue, but a dirty business can pose threats to your operations.

Who likes working in a dirty space? No one likes dirty carpets or gross looking walls. Keeping your office space or facility can have invaluable benefits to your Erie business. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here to share some of the top reasons why you should keep your Erie office squeaky clean.

  • Increased Productivity

A clean space in your office or facility can benefit in boosted productivity. A Harvard Study shows that a cluttered workspace can overwhelm employees. Cleaning your space will eliminate distractions and in turn boost productivity for your employees.

  • Better Perception

You don’t want your business to be known for being dirty. Stained walls, gross carpets, and strong odors can be very negative to your business. Make sure your facility is clean for your guests before you get a bad reputation.

  • Health Risks

An unclean and unsanitized business can pose health risks for your team. This will lead to more sick days and less productivity (since they won’t be in the office). This is extremely harmful to your operations.

It may not seem like a major issue, but a dirty business can pose threats to your operations. What better time to get your office, facility, or business cleaned than Spring?! SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties offers a wide range of cleaning services such as:

  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program
  • Odor Removal
  • HVAC/Air Duct Cleaning
  • Drapes, Blinds, Upholstery
  • More!

Get your facility cleaned today! Call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to see our full selection of services. Stay clean, and get your facility back in shape today!

What's the Biggest Warm Weather Fire Hazard for Erie Homes?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a grill with charcoal and fire In 2014-2018 an average of 19,700 people landed themselves in the emergency room from grilling injuries, as said by the NFPA.

With the warm weather here to stay, it’s time to learn about one of the larger fire hazards for your Erie home. It’s owned by 7 out of 10 people, and sits right in your backyard. Any guesses what it is? It’s your grill!

We love firing up the grill and cooking hamburgers, hotdogs, and much more when the sun is shining. However, it’s important to recognize this is a major fire hazard for your home. Here are a few ways to stay safe while cooking this Spring and Summer:

  • Place the grill away from overhangs
  • Use the correct type of lighter fluid
  • Place the grill away from high traffic areas
  • NEVER use gasoline
  • Keep children away from your grill
  • Use long-handled grilling utensils to keep space

These are just a few easy ways to stay safe around the grill. For more, check the NFPA’s full list of grilling safety tips here.

Take these precautions seriously! In 2014-2018 an average of 19,700 people landed themselves in the emergency room from grilling injuries, as said by the NFPA.

If you do experience a fire from your grill, or any other source, call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to see our full selection of fire restoration services. Stay safe on the grill, and call SERVPRO whenever you need, we’re Here to Help!

Let’s Learn About Tornado Classifications in Erie

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows an ariel view of a town with a large tornado above all the homes. We know tornadoes can be classified from F1 all the way to F5, but what do these mean? The “F” stands for Fujita.

Let’s get one thing straight, tornadoes are scary. These massive storms can wreak havoc on widespread areas in a matter of minutes. What makes these storms even scarier is the mystery behind them. They pop up fast, their path is hard to predict, and their classifications are confusing. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here to clear up some of the confusion.

We know tornadoes can be classified from F1 all the way to F5, but what do these mean? The “F” stands for Fujita. Dr. Theodore “Ted” Fujita developed the Fujita Scale and has been used to denote tornado strength since 1971.

The numbers change based on wind speed, and since has been updated to the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Each “F” is based on a range of wind speeds, as seen below:

  • F0: 40 mph - 72 mph
  • F1: 73 mph - 112 mph
  • F2: 113 mph - 157 mph
  • F3: 158 mph - 206 mph
  • F4: 207 mph - 260 mph
  • F5: 261 mph - 318 mph

Each “F” also corresponds to damage done in the area. F0 sees “Minimal Damage” such as roof shingles coming up or some branches down, where F5 damage is classified as “Incredible Damage” that levels homes and other structures. See the full Fujita Damage Scale Here.

No matter the size of the tornado or damage done, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is ready to respond. Our “Large Loss Team: is faster to any size disaster. There’s no storm too big for us!

Call us today at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to see all our storm damage services. No matter the storm, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here to help!

What to Do if You Experience Water Damage at Your East Erie and Warren County Business

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

A chair, laptop, lamp, and plant sit underwater in a flooded office. SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties will give you a free estimate and a scope of the job, letting you know the extent of the damage.

As a business owner, the worst thing that can happen is business interruption. Things can happen at any establishment. That’s why SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties wants to outline the 5 most basic steps in case your Erie business is affected by water damage.

  1. Always call your insurance company.

This is a biggie. File that claim! The quicker you get the claim in---the faster the process will move along. Paperwork needs filed, claims adjusters need to come out, and your coverage needs verified. Your insurance company may suggest a restoration company to use, but usually this stems from prices and not quality of work. Do your own research and choose the company that fits your requirements. The choice is up to you!

  1. Get an inspection.

Choose a company in Erie that does inspections prior to charging for work. SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties will give you a free estimate and a scope of the job, letting you know the extent of the damage. SERVPRO will determine the source of the water damage, check the condition of the structure, electrical system, pipes and all the other possible affected areas.

  1. Protect your structure.

Commercial structures are better than residential on withstanding water, but there are still some things that need looked at. Some of the building can still suffer from corrosion or mold growth.

  1. Check the electrical system.

Water and electricity don’t mix. That’s why you want to choose a company that is certified and works with experienced and certified electricians.

  1. Cleaning and Remediation

Mold can begin growing in as little as 48 hours. An experienced restoration company will be able to detect the source and take the proper measures for remediation. Mold spreads fairly quickly and needs addressed as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties is your go-to commercial water restoration expert here in Warren. We are a full-service restoration company, serving the residents of Erie County for water, fire, and mold restoration. Follow us on Facebook for more tips or call us at (814) 636-6760.

Bonfire Safety in Erie This Spring and Summer

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a bonfire with people sitting around it with marshmallows on sticks When having a bonfire--- keep a hose, bucket of water, and shovel ready.

With the warmer weather coming around, the outdoor activities begin to start again. Swimming, biking, baseball, and more get to see the light of day again. These activities are great, but there’s one warm weather activity that can be a potential fire hazard; bonfires.

Bonfires are a staple for Spring and Summertime fun. It’s important to review these bonfire safety tips provided by the NFPA so you can enjoy this activity while being safe!

  • Keep fires 25 feet away from structures
  • Avoid burning on windy, dry days
  • Watch children during bonfires
  • Keep a hose, bucket of water, and shovel ready
  • NEVER use gasoline
  • Practice “Stop, Drop, and Roll”

These tips are crucial to making sure you can enjoy a fan favorite outdoor activity safely.

What do you do if a bonfire gets out of control, and your Erie home suffers fire damage? Call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties today! We have highly trained fire restoration technicians to get your home or any structure to preloss condition fast.

We offer a wide variety of fire restorations services such as:

  • Board-up and roof tarp services
  • Water removal from firefighting effort
  • Smoke and soot removal
  • Cleaning and sanitization
  • Restoration to preloss condition

SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is faster to any size disaster. No matter your needs, we’re here to help! Call us today at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to see our full fire restoration process. Stay safe this Spring!

What Happens When Natural Disasters Strike During a Pandemic? SERVPRO Goes!

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a SERVPRO map of Ohio to all over the US SERVPRO is here to help. Being a large loss franchise has allowed us to help thousands upon thousands of out-of-state customers throughout the years.

2020 was sure a busy year for SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties! Along with being on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic--- Lake Charles, Louisiana was slammed by Hurricane Laura and then immediately after Hurricane Delta. The people of Louisiana were in turmoil. SERVPRO of East Erie knew we had to hit the road to help.

SERVPRO Team Dobson owns 11 franchises across the NE Ohio and Western Pennsylvania areas, making us one of the largest franchisees in the United States. SERVPRO Team Dobson is a Large Loss Provider. This title was given to us by SERVPRO corporate, indicating that we have qualified staff, state-of-the-art equipment, and certified training to respond to large-scale disasters.

SERVPRO continued to support Louisiana for the next 6 months. Our service and mitigation technicians worked tirelessly to finish the jobs we started, and they were finally able to come home. 2 weeks later---huge parts of Texas were affected by a major ice storm. Pipe breaks and power outages affected over 4 million people, leaving them helpless without enough mitigation companies to help.

SERVPRO Team Dobson make the decision to hit the road again. We have taken on the responsibility of more than 100 jobs in Texas to help people get back into their homes, and business owners to open their doors once again.

One of the largest jobs we have taken on is a local Dallas church with over 10,000 members.

The main sprinkler line burst at the church, leaving the building with more than 11,000 square feet of affected area, consisting of damaged ceilings, soaked carpet and drywall, and hundreds of contents and documents ruined. See some of the damage here.

No matter where or when, SERVPRO is here to help. Being a large loss franchise has allowed us to help thousands upon thousands of out-of-state customers throughout the years. But Pennsylvania is our home, and we are here for our Erie residents even while we are away.

SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties takes great pride in being a part of the East Erie & Warren Counties community. We want to do our part to ensure the East Erie & Warren Counties community thrives by helping those less fortunate, keeping the area safe and making our community the best it can be.

Should you need us for fire, water, storm or mold. We are here to help. Call us at (814) 636-6760. Visit our website and our Facebook pages for more stories of our travels.

Things to Do to Prevent Spring Flooding at Your Erie Home or Business

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows a field with trees and snow melting on the ground. If you have any residual snow hanging around---make it a point to move it away from your structure.

Erie County is welcoming Spring with open arms! However, when warmer temperatures start to rise sometimes the flooding begins. Allow SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties to give you some tips on how to keep your home and business flood free.

Move That Snow!

If you have any residual snow hanging around---make it a point to move it away from your structure. The closer in proximity larger piles of snow are to your home or business; the easier it can make its way in. A good rule of thumb is about 3-5 feet away.

Gutter and Downspout Clean-Out

In the Spring and in the Fall…always check your downspouts for any blockage from branches, leaves and ice. Cleaning out this debris can prevent water from seeping into attics, walls and foundations.

Fix Foundation Cracks

Cracks in your foundation can be problematic any time of year, but especially in the Spring. Fill cracks with a concrete patch to prevent water seeping through the broken parts.

Grade the Landscape

Over time the grade of the property can become bowed and lean toward the structure. Spring is a great time to regrade since the ground is beginning to soften. Regarding the landscaping surrounding your home or business is the best way to make sure water drains away from the structure instead of toward it. 

Maintain Sump Pump

During the winter months, sumps can become blocked by debris just like gutters. Ensure your sump pump is in a good working order this Spring. If you don’t already have one at the property, think about installing one to get rid of unnecessary water.

Let SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties Help!

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Erie property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.

Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property. Or follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade.

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