Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to Avoid Winter Storm Damage to Your Bessemer Property

12/19/2022 (Permalink)

water damage to a ceiling In the winter months, your West Pittsburg, Sandy Lake, Fredonia, and surrounding areas home and business are vulnerable to winter storms.

In the winter months, your West Pittsburg, Sandy Lake, Fredonia, and surrounding areas home and business are vulnerable to winter storms, including wind, snow, and ice storms. Snowstorms can easily cost a business millions of dollars in lost productivity and sales. The best way to prevent winter storm damage to your New Castle, West Middlesex, New Beaver property is to be prepared.

Check Your Insurance Policy

The basic “named perils” property policy covers your building and its contents from damage or loss caused by specific perils (or cause of loss) named in the policy. These perils include fire, lightning, explosion, windstorms, hail, smoke, and more. These policies do not include coverage for falling objects, weight of snow, ice, or sleet, or water damage or collapse.

The most common type of property damage caused by winter weather is roof damage or collapse, which is caused by snow, ice, sleet, or water damage from burst pipes or ice dams. Ice dams occur when water doesn’t flow properly through gutters, which allows the water to enter the building, damaging ceilings and walls. This water damage, for example, is not covered by a basic “named perils” policy. Ensure that you know the details of your insurance policy to prevent any unwelcome surprises if damage does occur.

Check Your Roof

Large, flat roofs, roofs of varying levels, those in shady areas, and those with heavy insulation have the highest risk of snow and ice build-up. Skylights, vents, and poorly insulated areas of roofs can also cause problems by allowing heat to escape, which can cause snow to melt and refreeze.

The most problems occur when snow accumulates over time. The weight of snow depends on the amount of water that it contains, not on the actual depth of the snow. In general, snow that falls at a warmer temperature will be denser. Also, snow that packs down over time becomes denser. If snow accumulation is expected, plan for safe removal.

Check Your Structure

In high-wind areas, it’s crucial to check vulnerable areas, including roofs, windows, and doors on a regular basis to ensure they are in proper working order. If these areas aren’t properly functioning, they can allow wind to enter, making the building more vulnerable to damage.

Call SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties

Should you experience any damage to your New Wilmington, New Beaver, Ellport or surrounding areas home or business due to winter storms, call SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties at (724) 704-8939 visit our Website! We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business to pre-storm condition. We are available 24/7, even on holidays, and we have the resources to handle any size storm or disaster.

Protect Your Business from Floods in New Wilmington, PA

12/1/2022 (Permalink)

flooded computer chair and desk Knowing flood risks and how to protect your business is highly important.

Knowing flood risks and how to protect your business is highly important. Pewtrusts.org states, “Accounting for 99.9 percent of U.S. businesses, the small-business sector is highly vulnerable to floods. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen after a disaster, and 90 percent of smaller companies fail within a year unless they can resume operations within five days.” Prevention is key to your business flooding. Knowing whether your New Wilmington business is strong enough to stay open after a flood is an opportunity to take prevention seriously.

Flood Risks to Look Out For in New Wilmington, Elwood City, and New Beaver

There are many risks to look out for when preventing a flood in your business. Here are a few flood prevention tips to consider according to DisasterSafety.org: Know your flood zone, learn your Base Flood Elevation, employ dry floodproofing techniques, look into purchasing good flood insurance.

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists who provide a wide array of services. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. If a fire does occur in your home, give us a call at (724) 704-8939 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

How to Prepare and Recover from Severe Storms in New Castle, PA

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

tree getting blow by wind Although there are no ways to stop Mother Nature’s force, there are steps you can take to prepare your home.

On May 28, a severe thunderstorm struck in Lawrence County. The area affected was declared a federal disaster. Severe weather, including thunderstorms and tornadoes, are common during the summer season. The aftermath results in excessive water leading to structural damage. Although there are no ways to stop Mother Nature’s force, there are steps you can take to prepare your New Castle home for a storm in your area.

Storm preparation should begin with a careful inspection of your home. This includes both inside and outside areas that may be vulnerable to the storm’s force of wind and water such as:

  • Check windows for cracks or gaps
  • Inspect gutters for built-up debris
  • Browse yard for dead or dangerous tree limbs

Another way to prepare for a storm before it occurs is to create an emergency disaster kit for your home or business. Here, you can find a list of recommended items for what to include in your kit.

Preparing for severe weather can improve your New Castle home’s ability to withstand strong storms. However, despite your best efforts, summer storms can still cause damage to your home or business. In the event storm damage does occur to your property, a quick response is key to a full recovery. SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties trained restoration specialists to provide 24/7 emergency services. We cover a wide area, including New Castle, Ellwood City, and Bessemer. We have what it takes to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Don’t let a storm rain on your summer parade, call SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties today (724) 704-8939.

How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm in Ellwood City, PA

10/1/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning in clouds. Preparing for a storm for your home can mean many things.

Preparing for a storm for your home can mean many things. You can prepare the interior and exterior of your New Castle, New Wilmington, Ellwood City home depending on the severity of the storm that is on the way. If a storm is coming that involves extremely high winds, there are many things you can do. For the exterior of your New Castle, New Wilmington, Ellwood City home, you can put all things into storage or tie them to the ground. Things such as trampolines, swings, toys in the yard and other miscellaneous items are culprits at damaging the exterior of a home if tossed to and fro. If you have loose gravel in your New Castle, New Wilmington, Ellwood City driveway, this can also be dangerous in denting cars, windows, etc. For the interior of your home, you can create an emergency kit. Things that can go in an emergency kit include, a flashlight, batteries, food, blankets, candles, matches, card games, and more! If you think you are going to be hanging out while the power is out, prepare accordingly!

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties has the training and experience to help make your damage "Like it never even happened". We are always Here to Help, 24/7. If a fire does occur in your home, give us a call at (724) 704-8939 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

3 Ways to Prepare for a Thunderstorm in Ellwood City, PA

9/18/2022 (Permalink)

fallen tree Preparing for a thunderstorm in the New Castle, New Wilmington and Ellwood City areas may seem unnecessary and almost like a hassle.

Preparing for a thunderstorm in the Ellwood City, Ellport, and West Pittsburg areas may seem unnecessary and almost like a hassle. However, if a strong thunderstorm is headed your way, preparations can be very cost effective as well as save you time in cleanup and repairs that are possible after a storm. Below are three ways provided by Ready.gov to prepare for a storm in your Ellwood City, Ellport, and West Pittsburg region:

  • Know Your Risk - Know your Lawrence County area’s risk for thunderstorms. In most places they can occur year-round and at any hour.
  • Make an Emergency Plan - Create an emergency plan so that you and your New Castle family know what to do, where to go and what you will need to protect yourselves from the effects of a thunderstorm.
  • Strengthen Your Home - Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home. Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your New Wilmington and Ellwood City home, appliances and electronic devices.

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. If you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call us at any time, day, or night at (724) 704-8939 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

SERVPRO Storm Damage Restoration in Mercer County

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Flood SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is well equipped to manage storm damage disasters and return your residence to pre flood conditions.

Storm damage and water restoration are two things that, unfortunately, go hand in hand in most scenarios. Basements, the lower parts of our homes, are inherently vulnerable to flooding. Basement floods most often happen due to heavy rain and sump pump failure. If flood water is left untreated, it can cause a multitude of damages to your home, including water and mold damage. 

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is well equipped to manage storm damage disasters and return your Greenville, Sandy Lake, or Hermitage, PA residence to pre flood conditions. SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is Faster to Any Disaster. When a storm hits your home or business, there is no team to waste. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damages to your residence. As a leader in storm and water restoration business, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property in an efficient manner. We have the resources to manage every disaster!

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community, and we truly care about our neighbors. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are always nearby and ready to help. We are a Fire and Water Restoration and Cleanup company with a wide array of services available, from commercial cleaning, to odor removal, to carpet cleaning, We are Here to Help, 24/7. For immediate assistance give us a call at (724) 704-8939 or visit us on our Website

Spring Weather - What to Expect in Farrell, PA

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

different types of weather Spring weather is very unpredictable, especially in Western Pennsylvania.

Spring weather is very unpredictable, especially in Western Pennsylvania. One day the weather can be warm and sunny, and the next can be rainy and cold. Due to the extreme changes in weather in such a brief period, this creates the perfect recipe for a weather disaster. Planning makes sense; prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they highly likely will. Below are ways the CDC provides to prepare for spring weather. Keep an emergency kit with:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
  • An emergency evacuation or shelter plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
  • A list of important personal information
  • A first aid kit
  • A 3–5-day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is a premier fire and water restoration and cleanup company that is here to serve Farrell, Sharon, and Hermitage, PA. We are able to respond to emergencies any time, day or night. We are available 24/7 to assist you when you need it most. We are Here to Help, so make sure to call us at (724) 704-8939 or visit our Website!

How to Prepare Your Hermitage, PA Home for a Winter Storm

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow sign reading "Winter Storm" with snow blowing. Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, icy roads, power losses, and loss of communication services.

Winter storms can bring cold temperatures, icy roads, power losses, and loss of communication services. To keep your home and family safe this winter, it’s important to prepare before a storm hits. Here are some tips to help you prepare your Hermitage, PA home for a winter storm:

  • Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls to help prevent freezing and bursting.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Insulate walls and attic.
  • Repair any roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall onto your home.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside.
  • Have your chimney or flue inspected every year.
  • Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector and smoke detector. Make sure to test them monthly and replace the batteries twice a year.
  • If you use a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep a fire extinguisher nearby and keep all fuel-burning equipment vented outside.
  • Have your furnace system and vents checked and cleaned each winter.
  • For older adults, keep an easy-to-read thermometer inside the home and check it often during winter months.

If a winter storm damages your home in any way, or if you would like to have your vents cleaned, SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is ready to respond. We are locally owned and operated, so our team knows to be prepared for an increase in calls when a winter storm hits our area, from Hermitage to Sharon to Greenville. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - even on holidays. Give us a call today at (724) 704-8939, or visit our Website!

Watch Out for Snow Squalls in Sharon, PA

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Snow on the road. When experiencing a snow squall, it is important to watch out for dangers of driving.

Most people from Western PA are familiar with winter storms such as blizzards, ice storms, and lake effect storms. However, there is one type of winter storm you may never have heard of until now. According to NOAA.gov, “Snow Squalls are brief, intense snow showers accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Accumulation may be significant. Snow squalls are best known in the Great Lakes region.”

When experiencing a snow squall, it is important to watch out for dangers of driving. Visibility in driving can quickly reduce and cause a higher chance of an accident. Weather.gov states, “The combination of quick reductions in visibilities and sudden slick conditions on roadways can often lead to high-speed wrecks, pileups, and subsequently injuries and fatalities. There is also a high economic impact as interstates can be shut down for hours.” It may be best to stay home when you can detect snow is heading your way. During the wintertime, be sure to check the weather daily to avoid getting caught in a storm.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is a premier cleaning and restoration company. We have experience dealing with inclement weather and storms. When you have a cleaning or restoration need in Sharon, Hermitage, or Farrell, we are already nearby and ready to help. No matter the weather, we are always Here to Help. For rapid assistance give us a call at (724) 704-8939 or visit us on our Website.

Do You Need Construction at Your Shenango Home?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling under construction. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keep costs low.

As a local restoration company, we also provide building services, including reconstruction or remodeling services. Check out these Before and After pictures of our construction services! If your home needs construction services from a recent loss from a storm, our team has experience working closely with insurance providers to ease the burden during stressful times. We also work closely with you, so that you get the exact final product that you desire.

We have trained and experienced Project Managers who are there to walk you through the job, step by step and answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. The professionals at SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence 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.

If you are in need of reconstruction or remodeling services, call SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties at (724) 704-8939 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Do You Need Storm Damage Cleanup in Your Mercer Home?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Basement with puddles of water. During times like these, our customers seek not only a job well done, but also a team full of support and encouragement.

From a flooded basement due to heavy rain or a damaged roof because of extreme wind, we know here at SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties how a storm can damage your home or business. We are not only familiar with the damage that a storm can bring, but we are also familiar with how it takes a toll on a family and a company. During times like these, our customers seek not only a job well done, but also a team full of support and encouragement.

How does SERVPRO Care for My Home?

Whether there are puddles of water present or three feet of water in your basement, SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties can take care of any job, big or small. Our process requires educated and experienced individuals to handle the job quickly, yet efficiently.

Our process includes:

  • Water Inspection
  • Water Extraction/Removal
  • Drying and De-humidification
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Restoration

In this way we can customize a unique, and industry-proven plan for each disaster and make it, "Like it never even happened." To see an example of a restored home, click here.

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties makes sure to thoroughly take care of your home and restore it to preloss condition. If your basement suffers water damage from heavy rains, call us today at (724) 704-8939 or visit our Website! We are Here to Help!

What to Expect During a Storm in Mercer and Lawrence County

9/18/2021 (Permalink)

Tree blowing in the wind. The word ‘storm’ brings to mind many images of heavy rainfall, big gusts of wind, fallen trees and more!

The word ‘storm’ brings to mind many images of heavy rainfall, big gusts of wind, fallen trees and more! Everyone can expect this when they know a storm is coming. However, how do you expect it will affect your home?

How Can a Storm Affect My Home?

First things first, outside elements have different ways of affecting the home. If there is heavy rainfall in the Mercer area, you can expect a roof leak or a flooded basement. If you find that your home is in the middle of a windstorm, do not be too surprised if there is a fallen tree nearby. Worst case scenario, a tree or a tree limb may fall on your house. Check out this Journal to learn more on how you can protect your home from a storm.

If you experience a disaster during a storm, SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is Here to Help. For immediate assistance call us at (724) 704-8939, and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Mercer and Lawrence County

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

A yellow street sign read "Storm Damage" and sits in front of a damaged roof. As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience.

If you are dealing with storm, flood, or water damage from Western Pennsylvania's rainy seasons, the team at v is ready to respond. Since we are locally owned and operated, our team knows to be prepared for an increase in calls when the local weather becomes wet and rainy. Immediate action mixed with a fast response lessens damage, limits further damage, and reduces restoration costs. Our crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential or commercial. Here is why we are the best.

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

Floods and storms do not wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technicians
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events. We also own 11 of our own throughout the Western PA and NE Ohio areas.

We are Here to Help and ready to respond to storm and flooding conditions in Mercer, Venango, Crawford, and Lawrence Counties. Call us today at (724) 704-8939.

Water Damage Emergency Tips in Mercer and Lawrence County

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

A flooded basement with a damaged wall. SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is here to give our residents some tips from the water restoration experts in Hermitage.

Water damage is one of the worst things that can strike a home. According to industry estimates, 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day, and 98% of basements in the US will suffer from some type of water damage during their lifetime. SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is here to give our residents some tips from the water restoration experts in Hermitage.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

With this info, you should be able to avoid these common pitfalls of home flooding. If a water removal job is too daunting to DIY, it never hurts to call an expert!

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (724) 704-8939

How High Winds Can Damage Your Home in Mercer and Lawrence County

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is of a shaker shingle roof that has been ripped all apart due to high winds It is really a good idea to trim nearby trees or branches that could potentially fall on your home during a storm.

High winds can be disastrous, especially when it affects your home. Almost every homeowner has experienced power to their home going out due to high winds. Winds that go up to 100 mph, such as hurricane winds, are not the only winds that can cause damage. If there are strong winds in the area you live, chances are your neighbors will be affected too. We have all heard stories about how trees can possibly fall on your roof during a windstorm, and it is not uncommon. Furthermore, it is really a good idea to trim nearby trees or branches that could potentially fall on your home during a storm. If the tree is not on your property, consider discussing the situation with your neighbor.

Many people are unaware that you can prepare for a storm such as this. However, with a few simple checks and steps, you are on your way to reducing the damage that any possible windstorm could create. The first thing you can check to make sure they are secure during a windstorm are your doors! Doors with three hinges and are tightly secured with a deadbolt are what you will be looking for. In addition, garage doors made of steel and have reinforced struts are essential to an area prone to windstorm. Unplug electronics from the wall and secure all loose items, indoors and outdoors. For example, make sure to secure a tarp over your woodpile outside or move all toys, potted plants and patio furniture into your basement or garage. These simple preventative measures may seem tedious; however, they can truly prevent damage to your home and vehicles.

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence 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 (724) 704-8939 or send us a message via Facebook!

Mercer and Lawrence County Winter Storm Readiness

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

image of gutter of a home completely covered in snow with icicles hanging down Clean out the gutters. Disconnect and drain all outside hoses. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows Repair roof leaks

As we all know, the weather is unpredictable here in Western Pennsylvania. Colder days are coming, and that means winter is right around the corner. Severe damage can be caused to your home from ice, snow, and frigid temps, so it’s important to be prepared.

According to Nationwide Insurance, “Protecting your home is vital. A frozen water pipe can burst and flood your house or basement. An ice dam in your gutter can cause water to seep into and saturate an interior wall.”

In an effort to protect your home from the wrath of winter, Nationwide recommends the following tips:

  • Clean out the gutters
  • Disconnect and drain all outside hoses
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
  • Repair roof leaks
  • Remove tree branches that are close to your home
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents
  • Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces
  • Avoid ice dams by ventilating your attic and insulating the attic floor


If you do find yourself in a predicament this winter, SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is available to help 24/7/365. We have the experience, expertise, and resources needed to remediate the damage to your home. Contact us at 724-704-8939 or via Facebook.

What’s Really Important When the Power Goes Out?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Candles lit during a power outage. There is a digital timer in the background. The room is dark. Rest assured power outages are usually very temporary and are a nice way to detune from our technology-filled lives.

You are watching television with your family during a thunderstorm. When BOOM! The lights go out.

We have all been in this situation before. But what truly is the best thing to do when the lights go out?

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties has detailed the important steps you should take before you light those candles and bust out the board games.

If the power is out due to an issue in your home, don't wait. Call an electrician as soon as you can to get your power up and running.

  1. Check the Circuit Breakers

Always check the circuit breakers first. All breakers should be on the “on” side, but if a breaker tripped, it would have moved to the “off” side. Make sure all breakers are in the same position. If all the breakers are in the “on” position, turn off the main breaker and then switch it back “on”.

      2. Call your local Power Company

Chances are they will be on top of it…but if you do not see a down line and your power is still out, call your local power company and inform them. 

      3. Preserve Food

You might be hanging around for a while. Try not to open the refrigerator or freezer to preserve the cold air. Order a pizza instead of allowing the cold air to escape the freezer or fridge.

     4. Unplug Major Appliances

Do not unplug the fridge. But other appliances can get damaged when the power comes back on due to a surge.

     5.Don't Try To DIY

Electrical work should always be done by a skilled professional or tradesman. This could save your life and prevent further damage to your home.

Rest assured power outages are usually very temporary and are a nice way to detune from our technology-filled lives. Make sure to take essential steps, and you can detune calmly knowing that you and your family will be safe until the power comes back.

Should you need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Mercer County. We are at your service and ready to help 24/7.

Call us today! (724) 704-8939

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Thunderstorms Versus Plugged-In Electronics

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

power lines and electrical tower When lightning creates a power surge---the voltage coming through the power lines can be in the millions!

Who Will Prevail?

Our homes are filled with many treasurers. But I am not talking about the kids or the dog. When a thunderstorm begins---we all get a little worried about our other special, expensive items. You know the things you cannot live without? Phones. TV’s. iPads. Computers. Do we really ‘have’ to unplug electronics during a lightning storm? Or is this just a myth?

Well, for starters, the Department of Homeland Security says you should unplug all of your appliances. This is primarily because lightning striking near a local electric pole can cause a surge of electricity to burst through the power lines. 

A normal object plugged into an electrical outlet is designed to use about 120 volts of electricity and can withstand up to 169 volts. But when lightning creates a power surge---the voltage coming through the power lines can be in the millions!

Think your technology and appliances can withstand that? I guess mom was right (again.) So, it probably would be wise to unplug the high-ticket items like computers, TV’s and the X-Box.

However, I know what you are thinking, I have a surge protector! That will save my awesome, expensive, “I can’t live without stuff.” Wrong again! Surge protectors are intended to save your ‘cool’ stuff from small surges within the electrical grid.

If you really want to spend some cash on saving your stuff… invest in a whole-house surge protector. Although it won’t protect your whole home---they are installed on your home’s main electrical panel and are much more reliable in taking on those bigger surges.

Should you need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties. We are at your service and ready to help 24/7.

Call us today! (724) 704-8939

National Preparedness Month: Thunderstorm Safety

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

image of severe rains during thunderstorm When a large storm hits, you need food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

September is National Preparedness Month! SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is here to help you be prepared and stay safe during a thunderstorm.

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles.

When a large storm hits, you need food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Depending on the nature of the disaster, road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner and you may be without electricity and the capability to travel.

Your basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days or even weeks. Making sure you prepare a supply kit that contains items that will keep you afloat is crucial.

Everyone in your household should be aware of your supply/emergency kit, where it is located, and what is inside. Here are some items that are suggested to keep on hand:

  • Necessary Medications
  • Flashlights for each family member
  • Battery-operated radio and clock
  • Extra batteries
  • Bottled water
  • Canned, freeze-dried, or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants, pet food
  • Non-electric can opener
  • List of important phone numbers
  • First-aid kit

If you need help during or after a severe thunderstorm, SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are fire and water restoration experts with over 50 years of experience. Take these important storm preparedness steps so you can stay safe any time the weather decides to take a turn for the worst!

Call us if you need our help! (724) 704-8939

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Disaster Recovery Team Heads to Michigan after Dams Breached

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee loading truck to head out to storm SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is equipped and ready to help at a moment's notice!

On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, the Tittabawassee River in Midland County, Michigan reached a historic high point of 35.05 feet. The floodwaters overflowed the Sanford Dam and washed out trees, bridges, homes, and businesses from the township of Edenville, through Sanford, and into the city of Midland. 

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties was ready to help at a moment’s notice. We have a specialized group on staff called the “Storm Team” who head out anywhere across the county to help communities affected by large storms or disasters.  

Our team packed up semi-trailers, box trucks, and pick-up trucks with emergency supply materials and equipment. From dehumidifiers and air movers to generators and cleaning supplies – our team is as prepared as possible. We bring everything we might need to help residents and businesses to restore their homes, buildings, and belongings to preloss condition.

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration. Our team has extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to help get residents and businesses back to normal as quickly as possible. Whatever may happen, and wherever it is, our goal is always the same. To make it, “Like it never even happened.”

If you need our help, give us a call today (724) 704–8939!

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Will Insurance Cover Flooded Basements in Greenville PA?

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

flooded basement with debris in about 2 inches of water Don’t be the one that says it has never happened to me yet, I don’t need to think about it…

Northwest Pennsylvania has been hit with many thunderstorms in 2019. With all the rain in the area, SERVPRO has performed a variety of storm damage restoration services for homes and commercials properties in Mercer and Lawrence County. In fact, our number one call is for sewer and drain backup and flooded basements.

One of the first questions we will ask when we are called to service a flooded basement is, “Do you have sewer and drain back up coverage?” Sad to say, many homeowners do not know whether they have adequate coverage or not. For this reason, we recommend that all property owners ask their insurance agent whether they have sewer and drain backup coverage.

BENEFITS > COST

The cost of this coverage is minimal compared to the cost of mitigation services. In fact, sewer and drain coverage can be as low as $100 a year, less than $10 a month. The average cost of mitigation on a sewer and drain backup is around $3,500 (depending on whether you have a finished basement or not).

Many carriers have differing amounts of coverage starting at $5,000 and going up from there. Talk with your agent about what is the best level of coverage for your home or business. Think about it... you have water in your basement and you don't have the coverage that will return your property to preloss condition. It is possible you will have to pay upwards of $3,500.

PREPARATION = PEACE

Think about the peace of mind that comes with having comprehensive coverage. SERVPRO has restored the homes of customers that have had coverage and customers that have not had coverage. Which customer do you think is the calmest and most thankful? You got it - the one with sewer and drain backup coverage.

So, ask your agent today about whether your plan includes sewer and drain backup! With the number of thunderstorms that occur in our area, you never know when you’ll need it.

Don’t be the one that says it will never happened to me, I don’t need to think about it… Because we have heard that statement time and time again, and it has cost customers a substantial amount of money in the long run. 

Preparing for the unexpected increases your chances of being ready for whatever happens!

Check your policy for your property's level of emergency preparedness and if you should ever need our help, know we are here for you 24/7, 365 at (724) 704-8939.

Drying Equipment Rental in Farrell, PA

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

side of SERVPRO semi trailer with fire and water background If you would like to rent structural drying equipment or are interested in a free inspection & water damage assessment, call us at (724) 704-8939.

Storms and heavy rains in the Mercer and Lawrence, Pennsylvania area can cause devastating flood damage to your home or commercial property. When disaster strikes and emergency cleanup services are needed, SERVPRO is here to help!

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties has the resources to clean up and repair flooded basements and water damage. If left untreated, water damage can cause secondary damage to your home or business such as mold growth.  

SERVPRO can provide industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed, low-profile air movers to dry the affected materials and help prevent further damage from occurring.

SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

No job to is too big or too small for our team. SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is a full-service cleanup and restoration company, and our team of highly trained water restoration specialists are on call 24/7 to quickly respond to your home or business.

If you would like to rent structural drying equipment or are interested in a free inspection and water damage assessment, call us today at (724) 704-8939.

Click here to learn more about the water damage restoration process.

Storm Ready – Western, PA Winter Edition!

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

servpro truck with snow covering the hood but logo showing Winter is on the way! Is your Mercer or Lawrence County home or business ready?

Winter is on the way! Is your Mercer and Lawrence County business ready? Severe winter weather can strike at anytime and there are a variety of things you can do to make sure that both you and your property are ready.

Winter Readiness Tips

  1. Check your property for low hanging or damaged tree limbs – ice, sleet, and snow can cause weak branches to fall and lead to serious damage
  2. Install mats or non-slip surfaces – to avoid potential falling hazards from melting snow or ice
  3. Check on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – a properly functioning alarm can save you lots of time and money
  4. Make sure you heating system is ready for the cold – if you wait until it is cold outside to do this, you risk battling high call volume, since many people need repairs during the fall and winter months
  5. Schedule an ERP with SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties – an Emergency Ready Profile is a free of charge service and can save you a ton of stress, money, and confusion in the event of a storm disaster.

These are just a few tips to help you prepare your Mercer and Lawrence County business for whatever happens this winter. For additional tips that help you create your best plan visit Ready.gov

If your Mercer or Lawrence County business loses the battle with winter, we are here to help! We have crews available 24/7/365 to make any snow storm disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Ready Clean Up Service

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning background with storm ready in text Storms can be unpredictable, but our team is ready!

Faster to ANY size disaster – we don’t just say it, we live by it.

Storms can be unpredictable, but the SERVPRO Storm Response Team is ready! Our crews are available 24/7/365 for any and all emergency mitigation needs.  Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quickly, efficiently, and appropriately!

Resources Available

When storms hit Western Pennsylvania or anywhere in the United States, we have a team of dedicated technicians ready to roll. As a franchise family member, we have access to equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 franchises across the country.

So, when storms threaten the stability of multiple homes and businesses, we have the resources readily available locally and nationally to make it, “Like it never even happened.”  

If you need storm damage restoration, call the team ready for whatever happens at 724-704-8939.

Investing in Better Preparedness

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

man standing under a umbrella embracing for an impending storm. sky full of rain and lightning Even though Western, PA is not impacted by hurricanes, preparing for and responding to early warning signs of storms is especially important

Last year’s unprecedented hurricane season has been a breaking point for the southern region of the United States. It has made the region embrace resilience with both strength and scale and prompt a major shift in the way the government, private sector and commercial partners are tackling the recovery efforts.

The southern states are now focused on investing in becoming both climate-smart and fiscally resilient to bring maximum benefits to their population.

Even though Western, PA is not impacted by hurricanes with any degree of magnitude, preparing for and responding to early warning signs of storms are especially important. They make it possible for people and organizations to prepare for impacts.

While warnings cannot prevent all casualties and emergencies, they can save lives, reduce suffering and prevent economic losses. The same can be said of a strong, well thought out disaster recovery plan.
 
Pre-planning involves identifying and communicating risk. It is the first step in effectively managing disaster risk. This can be done through risk management and developing an Emergency Response Profile from SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties.

This profile allows decision-makers to make planning decisions ahead of time that will lessen the loss that is usually associated with disaster.

Together with SERVPRO of Mercer County, business owners can come to know the intricate ins and outs of their facility that will help save time and money in cleanup costs and reduce loss of revenue by reducing downtime from storm damaged facilities.

Call SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties today at (724) 704-8939 for a NO CHARGE Emergency Ready Profile of your facilities and get READY to respond to the next storm or disaster swiftly and efficiently.

A Calming Effect: Why People Enjoy Watching Storms

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

blue and purple sky with a lightning bolt in the center of the picture and trees in the background We have a team of highly trained professionals that will be your calm after the storm.

Have you ever wondered why a non-threatening storm can be calming?

As you drive down the street during a summer thunderstorm, you may see people in chairs sitting under an awning, engaging in conversation. Maybe your neighbor is reading a good book on their front porch as rain trickles down the roof tops.

Storms tap into our senses and are proven to provide enjoyment and relaxation to decrease stress. The sound of rain on a tin roof top or listening to thunder and lightning storms are one of many choices provide on sound machine devices to play during sleep hours. Just ask Alexa!  

Mother nature’s elements have a way of letting us know that the weather is a natural part of our daily stressful lives. Many people enjoy taking photographs of, “the calm” before the storm as cloud formations submerge. To some, it’s the rainbow after the storm creating hope and resilience. Without specialists who enjoy watching and researching storms, we would not be educated on their potential to decrease stress and to have a good conversation on the front porch.

Storms can be calming, but the damage they leave behind can be stressful. If your home or business has incurred damage as the result of a thunderstorm, flooding, or any other water related incident – we are here to help! We have a team of highly trained professionals that will be your calm after the storm. Give us a call today at (724) 704-8939.

SERVPRO is ready for storms or floods

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

green semi truck Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer and Lawrence County and the surrounding area.

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer County and the surrounding area.

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its previous condition.

Faster Response
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly and with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

You can rely on our 1-4-8 policy, which is standard response to every loss that is reported to us. From the time you call us to report a loss, we will answer your call within 1 hour, we will have a technician on-site in 4 hours to begin pretesting and placing equipment, and we will have all of the relevant information communicated to your insurance adjuster within 8 hours.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Western PA we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (see info on our Disaster Recovery Teams here) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

We will work together with our neighboring franchises to make sure that we get the job done right and restore your property to the best of our ability following a storm damage situation.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today @ 724-704-8939.

Cold Weather Nightmares in New Castle, PA

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

snow flake A puffback occurs when your furnace/heating unit malfunctions and the oil burner backfires.

Puffbacks, Frozen Pipes, and Ice Dams

What they are and why you should care.

It may feel too early for cold weather tips just yet, but as fall progresses and winter comes closer, there are some things you should know.

Cold weather can lead to many issues and accidents within or outside of your home. Simply turning the heat on for the first time in awhile or neglecting to clean out your gutters can become a major problem if you are not aware of potential risks associated with your property in cold weather.

Puffbacks

A puffback occurs when your furnace/heating unit malfunctions and the oil burner backfires. A sort of explosion occurs in which grime and soot are blown into your home or business. This can be a large or small catastrophe, as the soot can spread to cover all of your furniture and belongings. 

Frozen pipes

If pipes carrying water become too cold, the liquid inside of them can freeze and create a blockage. This causes pressure to build up behind the blockage due to the backflow of water, and this can result in the bursting of the pipe at the site of the blockage. This can be dangerous and cause significant property damage.

Ice dams

Heated air can melt snow that has piled on rooftops, causing it to run down into the gutter. The water can easily become trapped behind ice that blocks the water from running out of the gutter as it should. If the trapped water cannot escape through the gutter system, it may flow into the home or underneath roof shingles. 

Tornadoes: What You Need to Know in Mercer and Lawrence County

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

stormy sky Tornadoes can form quickly and without warning, so do not assume you will always see them coming.

What Does "Storm" Mean for Mercer and Lawrence County?

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, when most people hear the word "storm," their minds likely go straight to hurricanes and intense tropical storms. 

Here in Western Pennsylvania, however, hurricanes are not exactly a primary concern to residents and property owners, as they do not usually have direct effects in this area. So what kind of natural disasters do we need to worry about? 

One type of storm situation that can be incredibly dangerous and damaging to property is a tornado. Ask yourself, "How prepared am I for a tornado?" SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties would like to help.

Fast facts about tornadoes

Do you know the difference between a warning and a watch?

  • tornado watch indicates that current conditions indicate that a tornado is possible, and people in the vicinity should be on the lookout and prepare to take shelter at a moment's notice if a tornado does form
  • tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted, and people should quickly take shelter

Faster facts!

  • Tornadoes are able to travel in any direction
  • They can form suddenly and without warning
  • They are not always clearly visible
  • The best place to take shelter indoors is in a basement or other windowless room on a ground floor
  • A major safety hazard during a tornado is flying/falling debris

We at SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties want you and your property to be safe from tornadoes, and we are here to help you recover from all types of storm damage. 

Visit Ready.gov for more tips and info about tornadoes.

Also see our storm damage restoration services

Are You Storm Ready in New Castle, PA?

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

rain on window SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties wants to help you weather the storm.

Severe weather can strike at any time. From tornadoes, to snowstorms, to heavy rains, there are many ways in which you can be prepared so that a severe storm does not ruin your day.

Be smart about storms!

Purchase a good quality weather radio

  • Weather radios are affordable and can be programmed to only alert you to potential weather dangers
  • See an example and purchase one here

Create an emergency supply kit

  • This could include...
    • Water (one gallon per person per day)
    • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
    • Manual can opener
    • Battery operated radio (see above)
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Clothing
    • Dust masks/bandanas
    • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Hygiene items
    • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, ID and bank account info
    • Cash
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container

Pay attention to Wireless Emergency Alerts!

WEA are emergency messages that the government allows to be sent through mobile carriers. They will provide you with warnings and alerts regarding dangerous weather or other hazards relevant to your area. This will appear much like a text message, and will likely make a loud alert sound if it is a warning specifically about storms or severe weather. 

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties  wants to help you weather the storm. Take these important storm preparedness steps so that you can stay safe any time the weather takes a turn for the worst. 

Preparing your home for winter weather

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

frozen pipe Don't overlook these tips this year as you head into the winter months and holiday season.

Winter weather is coming...are you prepared for anything?

Most of us in PA would probably rather hibernate for the winter than deal with any of the home maintenance tasks that come along with owning property during the wintry months. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties would like to remind you that your winter will be much better if you take steps now to prevent any winter weather-related disasters or accidents happening in your home!

Here are some helpful tips for winter preparedness in the coming weeks...

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes that could freeze.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Don't overlook these tips this year as you head into the winter months and holiday season. Keep your home safe and secure so that you can focus staying warm and cozy with your loved ones this winter! 

Your business plan for winter weather in New Castle, PA

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Semi Truck Emergency Ready Profiles are great preparedness resources for businesses, and they are available in hard copy and digital.

We've talked about preparing your home for winter weather, but what about your business or commercial property? If a pipe bursts or an ice dam causes water to enter the building, your business could be losing money every moment that you and your employees are unable to work efficiently. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties understand how important time and money are to your business, and we will strive to get your facility in shape to get you back to work as soon as possible!

But before you even have to call us, try taking some of these winter-weather precautions to prepare your business or property:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
    • Are you familiar with the Emergency Ready Profile? If not, click here.
    • Do you want to set one up? Call SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties at (724) 704-8939 or visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we are already nearby and ready to help. We are a Fire and Water - Restoration and Cleanup company. We are Here to Help, 24/7. For immediate assistance give us a call at (724) 704-8939 or visit us on our Website.

Mercer, Lawrence, Crawford, Butler, Venango 24/7 Emergency Water Damage Service

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

old fashioned phone e understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is Ready to Help

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO Mercer County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties

Like It Never Happened

724-704-8939

Preparing your home for winter weather

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Don't be caught unprepared this winter!

Winter weather is coming...are you prepared for anything?

Most of us in PA would probably rather hibernate for the winter than deal with any of the home maintenance tasks that come along with owning property during the wintry months. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County would like to remind you that your winter will be much better if you take steps now to prevent any winter weather-related disasters or accidents happening in your home!

Here are some helpful tips for winter preparedness in the coming weeks...

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes that could freeze.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

Don't overlook these tips this year as you head into the winter months and holiday season. Keep your home safe and secure so that you can focus staying warm and cozy with your loved ones this winter! 

Your business plan for winter weather

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profiles are great preparedness resouces for businesses, and they are available in hard copy and digital

We've talked about preparing your home for winter weather, but what about your business or commercial property? If a pipe bursts or an ice dam causes water to enter the building, your business could be losing money every moment that you and your employees are unable to work efficiently. 

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County understand how important time and money are to your business, and we will strive to get your facility in shape to get you back to work as soon as possible!

But before you even have to call us, try taking some of these winter-weather precautions to prepare your business or property:

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Mercer County about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
    • Are you familiar with the Emergency Ready Profile? If not, click here.
    • Do you want to set one up? Call SERVPRO of Mercer County at 724-704-8939 or visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/

Don't neglect these important tips! Take the safety of your business and property into your own hands before the winter weather hits and makes you wish you had!

Are you storm ready?

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Don't let storms catch you unprepared

Severe weather can strike at any time. From tornadoes, to snowstorms, to heavy rains, there are many ways in which you can be prepared so that a severe storm does not ruin your day.

Be smart about storms!

Purchase a good quality weather radio

  • Weather radios are affordable and can be programmed to only alert you to potential weather dangers
  • See an example and purchase one here

Create an emergency supply kit

  • This could include...
    • Water (one gallon per person per day)
    • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
    • Manual can opener
    • Battery operated radio (see above)
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Clothing
    • Dust masks/bandanas
    • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Hygiene items
    • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, ID and bank account info
    • Cash
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container

Pay attention to Wireless Emergency Alerts!

WEA are emergency messages that the government allows to be sent through mobile carriers. They will provide you with warnings and alerts regarding dangerous weather or other hazards relevant to your area. This will appear much like a text message, and will likely make a loud alert sound if it is a warning specifically about storms or severe weather. 

In any kind of severe weather, SERVPRO of Mercer County wants to help you weather the storm. Take these important storm preparedness steps so that you can stay safe any time the weather takes a turn for the worst. 

Tornadoes: What you need to know

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Tornadoes can form quickly and without warning, so do not assume you will always see them coming

What does "storm" mean for Mercer County?

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, when most people hear the word "storm," their minds likely go straight to hurricanes and intense tropical storms. 

Here in Western Pennsylvania, however, hurricanes are not exactly a primary concern to residents and property owners, as they do not usually have direct effects in this area. So what kind of natural disasters do we need to worry about? 

One type of storm situation that can be incredibly dangerous and damaging to property is a tornado. Ask yourself, "How prepared am I for a tornado?" If the answer does not fill you with confidence, SERVPRO of Mercer County would like to help.

Fast facts about tornadoes

Do you know the difference between a warning and a watch?

  • tornado watch indicates that current conditions indicate that a tornado is possible, and people in the vicinity should be on the lookout and prepare to take shelter at a moment's notice if a tornado does form
  • tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted, and people should quickly take shelter

Faster facts!

  • Tornadoes are able to travel in any direction
  • They can form suddenly and without warning
  • They are not always clearly visible
  • The best place to take shelter indoors is in a basement or other windowless room on a ground floor
  • A major safety hazard during a tornado is flying/falling debris

We at SERVPRO of Mercer County want you and your property to be safe from tornadoes, and we are here to help you recover from all types of storm damage. 

Visit Ready.gov for more tips and info about tornadoes.

Also see our storm damage restoration services

Cold Weather Nightmares

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Puffbacks, Frozen Pipes, and Ice Dams

What they are and why you should care

It may feel too early for cold weather tips just yet, but as fall progresses and winter comes closer, there are some things you should know.

Cold weather can lead to many issues and accidents within or outside of your home. Simply turning the heat on for the first time in awhile or neglecting to clean out your gutters can become a major problem if you are not aware of potential risks associated with your property in cold weather.

Puffbacks

A puffback occurs when your furnace/heating unit malfunctions and the oil burner backfires. A sort of explosion occurs in which grime and soot are blown into your home or business. This can be a large or small catastrophe, as the soot can spread to cover all of your furniture and belongings. 

Frozen pipes

If pipes carrying water become too cold, the liquid inside of them can freeze and create a blockage. This causes pressure to build up behind the blockage due to the backflow of water, and this can result in the bursting of the pipe at the site of the blockage. This can be dangerous and cause significant property damage.

Ice dams

Heated air can melt snow that has piled on rooftops, causing it to run down into the gutter. The water can easily become trapped behind ice that blocks the water from running out of the gutter as it should. If the trapped water cannot escape through the gutter system, it may flow into the home or underneath roof shingles. 

SERVPRO is ready for storms or floods

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

green semi truck Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer and Lawrence County and the surrounding area.

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Mercer and Lawrence Counties and the surrounding area.

SERVPRO of Mercer and Lawrence Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its previous condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly and with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

You can rely on our 1-4-8 policy, which is standard response to every loss that is reported to us. From the time you call us to report a loss, we will answer your call within 1 hour, we will have a technician on-site in 4 hours to begin pretesting and placing equipment, and we will have all of the relevant information communicated to your insurance adjuster within 8 hours.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Western PA we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (see info on our Disaster Recovery Teams here) that are strategically located throughout the United States.

We will work together with our neighboring franchises to make sure that we get the job done right and restore your property to the best of our ability following a storm damage situation.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today @ (724) 704-8939