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Getting Rid of Ice Dams in Erie

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Icicles and ice dams are built up on the roof of a brick house. Ice dams can cause substantial damage to your home in the way of water damage.

Ice dams in Erie, and all-over East Erie & Warren Counties, have been wreaking havoc this winter. You may ask “What are ice dams?” Ice dams are build ups of ice on the ends of sloped roofs. This occurs when snow melts on the roof and water goes in between shingles, and then freezes again.

Ice dams can cause substantial damage to your home in the way of water damage. Water can drip into insulation and then into the ceiling or exterior walls causing substantial water damage. There are two ways to make sure this doesn’t happen: removing ice dams when they happen or preventing them all together.

Removing Ice Dams

Removing ice dams can be tricky, and you should contact a professional. You can simply remove snow and ice buildup on your roof, but again, this is dangerous and should be done by a professional! Also, make sure you clear out your gutters as well.

Preventing Ice Dams

This is obviously the best option, to make sure ice dams don’t occur in the first place. You can replace your shingled roof with a metal roof, or simply remove snow whenever it falls. Be careful when doing this! A professional is usually needed for snow removal.

What should you do if removal and prevention don’t work, and you suffer water damage? You should call an industry leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties. Our highly trained technicians are prepared to respond to any size disaster and get your home to preloss condition fast. We offer services such as:

  • Water restoration
  • Storm damage cleanup
  • Mold remediation
  • Caring for your belongings
  • Odor removal

Call us today at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website today to get your home to preloss condition fast! Remember, if you’re trying to remove or prevent ice dams, call a professional for help, and if you experience water damage, call the water damage restoration team at SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties today!

Don't Throw Away Batteries in Your Erie Home. Here's Why.

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a close up of a woman's hands attempting to throw away batteries Throwing your batteries in the trash can is considered a fire hazard.

When you are changing the batteries in your child’s toy, the remote control, or even a clock…where do you dispose of the batteries? If you are like many people and the answer is, you throw them in the trash…SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties is here to tell you why that should be the last thing you do.

Consumer Reports states, “Most batteries—regardless of type—contain toxic chemicals. Think cadmium, lead, lithium, or sulfuric acid. If your old batteries end up in a landfill, pollutants like these can leak out into the environment and contaminate groundwater, damage fragile ecosystems, and even make their way into the food chain.”

Also…if you throw your batteries in the trash can they are considered a fire hazard. There are many reasons a fire can ignite from a battery, and they always stem from short circuiting and overheating.

But not all batteries are as dangerous as the other. While AA’s are still dangerous to toss in the can---the most dangerous of all are car batteries, rechargeable batteries (including the one in the back of your cell phone, AAs, 9-volts, and the like), and even button cell watch batteries contain heavy metals and other toxic chemicals. These types should be recycled properly, and you may even get a discount for doing so.

In some states---it is even illegal for you to throw away batteries in the trash altogether. Pennsylvania currently does not have state battery regulations in place, but the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection gives residents options to recycle batteries by type. If you are curious on how to dispose of your batteries safely and effectively. Here is the detailed list.

But no matter the type of battery we are discussing, SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties suggests recycling as the only option. Fires starting from batteries happen more often than you think. And did you know that most house fires are completely preventable? Just taking the time to do small things can make your Warren home a safer place. If you are interested in more tips of the trade, follow us on Facebook and visit our website

SERVPRO is the number one fire restoration company in Erie County. We have the right people with the right knowledge, we have proper equipment, and we are here for you 24/7. Fire is the cornerstone of our business, and our motto is “Like it never even happened.” Allow SERVPRO to take on your fire claim and you will not have to worry about a thing.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, 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) 636-6760

Here to Help Erie Businesses

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a couple in aprons standing in front of a store front with an open sign.  There are many things that go into operating a business, and many risks you must take even before day one of operations.

Owning and operating a small business can be a sense of pride, and a large challenge. There are many things that go into operating a business, and many risks you must take even before day one of operations. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties knows this, because we are also locally owned and operated. That’s why we’re here to help your business in Erie.

We wouldn’t want to see a disaster such as a fire, a flood, a storm, or anything in between destroy your business. That’s why we’re here to help! SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties offers a wide variety of commercial services such as:

  • Commercial Fire Restoration
  • Commercial Water Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Storm and Major Events Recovery
  • Commercial Cleaning - Including Covid-19 Cleaning

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and has access to a nation network so we can respond to even the largest scaled disasters. Our fire restoration allows your operations to continue fast after a disaster like a fire, and our water restoration gets an industry leader in your building to clean up any water damage and restore your business to preloss condition.

We even have you covered on smaller scale issues like cleaning and mold remediation, even though mold can turn into a larger scale disaster if you don’t treat it fast. That's why SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties will respond fast to stop the spread of mold and begin remediation. Every hour spent on cleaning is an hour of lost operations!

On the cleaning side, we can provide cleaning for normal wear and tear on your office all the way to Covid-19 cleaning with our special Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. We have been o n the front lines of Covid-19 cleaning and we will be until this pandemic is defeated. If your business needs disinfected, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties can get your business safe for customers and employees alike.

If your Erie business needs any help, you know who to call. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise in restoration services allows us to be faster to any size disaster. If you need any commercial assistance call us today at (814) 636-6760 or visit our Website to begin getting your business up and running fast!

Am I Responsible for Removing Snow and Ice from My Erie Sidewalk?

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a man shoveling a sidewalk right outside a storefront while it is snowing Its not always a thought to ensure the sidewalk is free of snow and ice when it is not truly on your property.

It is February here in Erie. We all know too well that ice and snow come with the territory. But when icy conditions hit the sidewalk in front of your home or business----who is responsible for shoveling and maintaining the walkway? Allow SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties to rehash the local law.

Right from the City of Erie’s website: “It shall be the duty of the occupant of any dwelling, tenement, store, storehouse, shop, garage, factory or other building fronting on any paved or unpaved sidewalk in any public street or around the public parks in the City, and of the person having the charge or care of any church, schoolhouse or any public building situate as aforesaid, to remove or cause to be removed all snow, ice or sleet from the sidewalk, whether paved or unpaved, in front of the respective premises within three hours after the same shall have ceased to fall or form thereon, unless such ice or snow is so hardened or frozen that it cannot be removed without injury to the sidewalk, in which case the walk shall be kept sprinkled with sand or sawdust to make the surface of the sidewalk safe, but the ice must be removed as soon as it is possible to do so.”

This may be big news to a lot of local folk. Its not always a thought to ensure the sidewalk is free of snow and ice when it is not truly on your property. With so many things to worry about in the winter---this needs to be another duty to added to the list. Winter weather can wreak major havoc on any home or business with the right conditions. Snow and ice can cause major problems on top of icy sidewalks. Ice dams, weight of ice and snow on roofs, and flooding are also very common losses related to the cold season. If you home or business suffers from water damage from these claims…call SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties today.

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.

Visit our website or follow us on Facebook for more tips of the trade from the #1 local water restoration experts in the area.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – 
(814) 636-6760

Why Did We Ever Start Eating Moldy Cheese?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is of a close up of a cutting board with blue cheese, fruit, and crackers. Today, many store-bought blue cheeses are made artificially in labs, rather when it was made in caves in the old days.

Have you ever wondered why if mold is so dangerous--- then why can we eat it when it comes to consuming certain cheeses? SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties is here to teach a lesson on the tale of the beginning of ‘bleu cheese.’

Once upon a time, in a faraway land in Southern France, a shepherd sat down in a cave to eat his lunch of rye bread and sheep’s milk cheese while still tending to his flock. Not more than two bites into his meal, the sheep got spooked and took off running, causing the shepherd to abandon his food. After catching the flock, the poor shepherd forgot about his delicious meal. Months later, he once again found the cave and found his lunch untouched---other than the sight of a thick layer of mold that covered the top of the bread and the cheese. And while no one knows why---the daring shepherd took a bite of the cheese and never got sick! 

But why was the shepherd able to eat such a despicable meal without question? Well. The damp limestones from the cave created a natural mold spore called ‘penicillium roqueforti’ and believe it or not---this type of mold does not produce toxins! And to boot---it is not dangerous to humans to ingest. In fact---this is the main ingredient in the “penicillin” medicine we take to fight infection. When this safe penicillin variety comes into contact with cheese (either naturally like our story or made in a laboratory), it fast tracts the process of the unique appearance, texture, and taste we’ve come to love about bleu, gorgonzola, or Stilton cheeses. Mmmmm, tasty.

Today, many store-bought blue cheeses are made artificially in labs and hygienic production facilities, rather when it was made in caves in the old days. The reason for this is so the dangerous molds, fungi and bacteria don’t make their way on our favorite “cheesy treats.”  

And there you go! While we may or may not like mold on our cheese, we certainly don’t like it when it makes its way into our home. It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Erie home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects.

If your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Mold remediation is the cornerstone of our business.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If your home or business needs mold remediation…call the experts at SERVPRO. Visit our website and our Facebook page for more tips of the trade and make your mold story a happily ever after with service from SERVPRO.

Why Do Fires Seem to Always Start in Garages?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a home garage completely burnt by fire.  Every day, there are an average of eighteen garage fires making the news all around the country.

It is winter. STILL. Which means it is still fire season here in East Erie and Warren Counties. Every day, there are an average of eighteen garage fires making the news all around the country. Over 93 percent of these fires occur in attached garages in single or double occupancy homes. These fires are responsible for an average of 30 deaths each year.

Garage fires can be extremely destructive. Garage fires tend to spread more rapidly because the homeowner is usually not aware of the fact that it is burning. The good news is---there are things you can do to make yourself aware of how to prevent fires beginning in your garage. And SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties has your back.

Most Common Causes of Garage Fires

  • Parked cars
  • Home Appliances
  • Chargers for Power Tools
  • Storing of Flammable Liquids
  • Cigarette butts in trash can
  • Smokers and grills

Prevention of Garage Fires

  • Keeping the garage structure updated and inspected each year
  • Keeping flammable liquids properly stored and away from flammable items
  • Safe use and maintenance of lights, outlets, and battery chargers
  • Install a heat alarm that is hardwired and has battery back-up
  • Functional garage door for proper ventilation
  • Ensure all cigarettes are properly put out and not placed in a trash liner
  • Make certain smokers are grills are off when not cooking

No matter the kind of fire the damage is destructive. In many instances your Erie property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it is the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, 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) 636-6760

Should I Rinse My Dishes Before Placing Them in the Dishwasher?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Man rinsing dishes under running water. If your Erie home is affected by a dishwasher back-up…SERVPRO can help. We know water. In fact---this is the cornerstone of our business.

If your mother is anything like mine there was no placing dishes, even with one miniscule crumbs on them, in the dishwasher without rinsing. “IT WILL CLOG THE DISHWASHER!” At least that was always the argument why I had to spend an extra few minutes cleaning each dish prior to sticking it in the machine that supposedly washes dishes.

SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren County is here to debunk your mother's time-old argument.

If you ask the Wall Street Journal---you should not wash your dishes AT ALL before loading them. *MIND BLOWN? “Believe it or not, it’s actually more beneficial to not rinse your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher," says Procter & Gamble’s Cascade scientist, Morgan Brasher.

She goes on to say that most modern dishwashers can tell how long and heavy to run a cycle because of a sensor inside. The sensor can determine the soil level and decide how long the cycle will run. Therefore, if you rinse prior to placing them in the dishwasher, the cycle will be shorter and will not clean them as long or thorough as they probably need.

So, you can tell mom she’s wrong. (One point for you!)  But then she will ask where does all that excess food go? Well, newer models have an internal filter and garbage disposal. And yes, this does have to be cleaned regularly to prevent clogging and backups.

A dishwasher is not a garbage disposal. So, this means you do have to scrape off the excess food off the plate. It is just not necessary to take the dish wand to it after.

Childhood life transformed. But I guess it is too late for that. But that doesn’t mean dishwashers can’t back-up. There are still many ways this can happen.

It could clog from not cleaning out the filter, like stated above, or a clogged drain hose, or even a garbage disposal backup.

If your Erie home is affected by a dishwasher back-up…SERVPRO can help. We know water. In fact---this is the cornerstone of our business.

A dishwasher overflow would be considered a “Category 1” water loss…since it would be deemed ‘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. This is where the “yucky stuff” can begin. Special training and equipment are necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

SERVPRO of East Erie and Warren Counties' 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.

Should you need us anytime, we are here. We are open 24/7/365 for accidents at your Erie home. Follow us on Facebook or call us at (814) 636-6760 for questions or concerns about water damage.

How a Fire Escape Plan Can Keep Your Erie Household Safe During a Fire

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

A fire truck sits in the street in a big city. Creating this Fire Safety Plan can be the difference in how your family reacts during a fire in your Erie home.

Fire safety is important in preventing a fire in your Erie home. Making sure your fire alarms work, practice safety while cooking, and other fire prevention practices are necessary. Unfortunately, this is not enough to fully protect your household.

These steps are done before a fire occurs. Do you know what do you do if a fire occurs? Your household should have a Fire Escape Plan established to be carried out during a fire to keep your family safe.

A Fire Escape Plan is consisted of some very important steps such as:

  • Make sure you have two exits from each room
  • Your whole household should be able to easily open doors and windows
  • Establish a meeting place outdoors
  • Make sure everyone can communicate with each other and contact Erie Emergency Services
  • Know your smoke alarm’s sounds
  • Practice this plan twice each year

Creating a Fire Safety Plan in your Erie home can be the difference in how your family reacts during a fire. Another crucial step for adults is to stay calm. If you’ve practiced your plan, and have communicated it with your children, you should have no problem executing your Fire Escape Plan. Staying calm will also help keep your children calm. If you lose control during a fire, there’s a good chance they will too.

If you have a fire in your home, and after you execute your Fire Escape Plan, what should you do next? If your home suffers damage you should call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties will come in with all of the necessary services to restore your home such as:

  • Restoring walls and ceilings from smoke damage
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Removing smoke and soot from all surfaces
  • Extract water from firefighting efforts
  • Clean and sanitize

SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties has the ability to get your Erie home back to preloss condition. Our mantra is to make it “Like it never even happened.” In the event your home has a fire, contact SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties at (814) 636-6760 for any fire restoration needs. Visit our Website or connect with us on Facebook to get your Erie home back to how you want it.

Commercial Property Restoration in Warren, PA

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

picture shows two people cleaning a commercial space. Girl is cleaning windows. Man is wet vacuuming the floor. When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties.

Commercial property restoration requires a diverse set of skills, experience, training, and equipment. SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties has all of these credentials and more.

When you are looking for a restoration company, expertise and experience make all the difference in how much time and headache it takes for your property to fully recover.

We have over 35 years of experience and industry training that you can put to use when it comes to restoring your building or facility from any size or type of disaster. We do this with great concern for your home and property. Often times, we are able to complete the restoration process with minimum disruption to your employees, clients, and business operations.

Trust that your local restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties will make your commercial restoration and cleaning disasters, "Like it never even happened."

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Warren County business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your best resource for mold remediation. CLICK here to earn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

When dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties can help.

You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to make your business shine again. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

  • Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of East Erie & Warren Counties Today – (814) 636-6760

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO® of East Erie and Warren County

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is of a single white stick candle lit with Christmas presents and decorations around it. Merry Christmas from all of us at SERVPRO® of East Erie and Warren County. As one year ends, another begins.

It has been quite a year for all of us! Especially for all of us here at SERVPRO® of East Erie and Warren Counties. In the past year alone, we have acquired 5 franchises making SERVPRO Team Dobson the largest franchise owner in the NE Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area with 11 licenses. Our appreciation and gratitude go to you…our residents. Without all of you…we would not be the #1 fire and water restoration team in the area.

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” Every SERVPRO® Franchise Professional is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.

With the upcoming holiday, we feel the need to share our knowledge as well. The Christmas season is a heavy one for fires in the home. Between candles, electrical outlets being overloaded, and immense amounts of cooking, it is good to know SERVPRO®. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Erie home may also suffer from water damage because of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you will need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We will treat you with respect and empathy, and we will always treat your home and belongings with care.

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our SERVPRO®.   process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our unique fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Merry Christmas from all of us at SERVPRO® of East Erie and Warren County. As one year ends, another begins. Thank you for coming with us on this journey, and we wish you a wonderful holiday season. We are looking forward to serving you in the New Year.