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Keeping The Dampness Away After A Flood

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and other intrusive water can damage a Somersworth home rapidly, showing visible signs immediately. Other damage that continues unabated within the hidden areas of a home's interior cavities can lead to severe infestations of microbes, allow insect pests to nest and burrow in softened materials, and create unwanted odors. 
 
Residents in Somersworth might find that elevated humidity in their home continues to occur after they experience flood damage to their property. This can happen when small pockets of moisture in your home go undetected. One common location is lower surfaces in basement floors. SERVPRO's technicians are IICRC Certified to get these areas dry for you and protect your home from the continued negative effects of damage from flooding. 
 
Water that continued to seep into damaged areas of your home's basement after a flood can smell particularly dank because of the additional odors picked up from the soil underneath your home. Even though the soil can act as a filter, the water's odor and still smell foul, even though it no longer smells like floodwater. The soil around homes that experienced flooding can become so saturated their foundations sometimes move. The pressure can become extremely intense. 
 
If flood damage seems to revisit your home again a short time after mitigation workers complete the initial work, we can help restore your home, so odors and continued damp conditions no longer occur. Desiccant machines can prove highly effective in these situations, as can our air scrubbers. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can run machines that produce either ozone and hydroxyl gases to eliminate odors from further bothering you and your family. 
 
Eliminating dangerous excess moisture in your home accomplishes more than hindering the growth of microbial and other infestations and keeping your home smelling normal – it also protects occupants from inhaling damp air. SERVPRO technicians can quickly remove any additional materials damaged by this leftover flood damage, test and treat for any microbial activity, and also use different odor-controlling techniques that leave your home smelling “Like it never even happened.”

Is My Sump Pump Working?

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Tips to Avoid Water Damage

No power: If the power goes out during a storm, your sump pump won’t be able to drain the water

Wrong size: If your sump pump is too small a sump pump for your home’s size can mean too big a job for it to handle. On the flip side, running too large a sump pump can shorten its lifespan.

Old age: Just like any appliance, the years can reduce the efficiency and working order of your sump pump. The average lifespan of a sump pump is roughly 10 years. If yours is creeping up in age, consider replacing it with a more current model.

Clogged pipe: Debris can enter your discharge pipe and create a backup. With nowhere for water to flow, your sump pump will come to a stop.

Lack of maintenance: Your home and the appliances that make it run require regular maintenance. Clean your sump pump three to four times a year to avoid blockages in your discharge line, vents, and floats.

Switch issues: When the sump pump shifts in the basin, the float that administers the switch can cause it to become jammed.

Product or installation problem: In addition to product defects, which are out of your control, improper installation can also cause sump pump failure.

Sump pump fails and causes water damage while you are out of town

Our Guide To Successfully Restoring Your Fire Damaged Home

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Crew Discusses The Restoration Process

If a fire ever takes place on your property in Dover, it is a good idea to call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. In many cases, the fire damage can get worse if it is not attended to quickly by experienced technicians. Soot residues can permanently stain surfaces and be harder to remove if not treated promptly. The longer burnt smells exist in a building, the more difficult they will be to remove. In some fire damage situations, water can be an issue if it was used to extinguish the blaze.

Since we know that time is vital, our SERVPRO team responds to every emergency call we receive as quickly as possible. Even though every fire damage project is different, our team always follows the same procedure to make sure all bases are covered. The process always follows a set of steps that ensure we do the best job we can.

The first step of our restoration process starts with the first phone call. Once you call us and tell us you have a problem we take all of your contact information and figure out as much as we can about your situation over the phone. We then schedule a time to come to your home and proceed to the next step.

Next, we arrive at your home and get the remainder of the information we need from you. We find out from you everything that happened so that we get a good idea of where we need to inspect. Then, we go throughout your house and inspect for problems. We also test affected areas and try to figure out if affected materials are cleanable or not.

We then make an initial estimate for you and your insurance adjuster that gives a good idea of the work involved. We outline what we think needs to be replaced and what we think we can save. Next, we schedule all of the working procedures with you and begin the restoration procedures.

Water in Your Crawl Space?

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water in your crawl space can cause damage to your home 

Excessive moisture in a crawl space can cause your foundation supports to warp and lose their structural integrity. 

Excessive moisture can promote the growth of Mold and Mildew.

Standing water can attract pests and small animals. 

What to do when you have water in your crawl space

Have a professional inspect your crawl space for foundation cracks and broken pipes.

Dry out the crawl space by removing the excess water and moisture. 

Clean up the crawl space by removing debris and wet insulation.

When to Call A Professional

Water mitigation is not a challenging task, but it is hard, physical labor. You might want to consider the following:

A crawl space that is between 4 feet and 5 feet high is considered tall. Even such a tall crawlspace is very difficult to move around in. Many crawl spaces are lower than this.

Tight Access Point of entry makes it difficult to work in the crawl space. There may be only one small door that allows access to the crawl space, and can sometimes be in an inconvenient area, such as a bedroom closet or kitchen pantry floor.

Warning:  Rodents can often get into the crawl space.  Their droppings can contain harmful bacteria.

Have Water Damage?


Call SERVPRO of Huntington at (304) 429-2233

Understanding Water Types

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

   There are three types of water.  Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.  

  Considering taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

· Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.

· Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel as safe from potential electrical shock.  Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.

· Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.  Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top items.

· Remove and prop up upholstery cushions to allow more even drying. 

· Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place. 

· Do not leave books, magazines, newspapers or other colored items on wet carpet or floors as they may cause staining.

· Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner

· Do not turn ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from the retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

· Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.  Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.

· Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.

· Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

· Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

  When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Huntington to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

The Unseen Super Soaker

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

What most people don't realize is that most of the water damage caused by flooding calls we receive come from broken or leaking water supply lines. Supply lines are those thin hoses that run to appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, toilets, water heaters, clothes washers, etc. The quality and price of these hoses vary drastically. Most people opt for the least expensive option without knowing that cheap hoses need to be checked and replaced often. Sudden bursts and slow drips both can cause a substantial amount of damage which require flood mitigation and sometimes mold remediation. If you haven't checked you supply lines in a while, or ever, now would be a good time to do so.

When your home has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

If You Have Water or Flood Damage?

Call us today (304) 429-2233

No Job is Too Big for SERVPRO

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

SERVPRO of Huntington was asked to go to Houston, Texas after Hurricane Harvey hit to help with the thousands of businesses and home that were affected.  As soon as we were able to assemble a team and load up the trucks with equipment we were on the road.  We did the mitigation on several of large religious structures and prepared it for the rebuild with the help of trained technicians and all they specialized equipment.

The Unseen Damage From Hail

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

In 2016, the United States experienced 5,601 severe hail storms, as documented by the NOAA Severe Weather Database. Hail can range in size from the size of pencil tip to the size of a softball.

Many homeowners are not aware of hail damage on their roofs. Hail damage to roof tops often times cannot be seen from the ground, and that’s a big reason why the idea of hail damage hardly ever crosses a homeowner’s mind.

Tell-Tale Signs of Hail Damage on a Roof

Although you cannot fully determine the amount of hail damage on a roof from the ground, there are some signs that a trained eye can point out and help determine if there may be more damage up top. Here are a few things to look for.

  1. Dented gutters, gutter screens, or downspouts
  2. Damage to siding and windowsills/casings
  3. Damage to air conditioners or other outdoor items
  4. Damage to decks or painted wood surfaces

Once you are on the roof check for these signs of roof damage:

  1. Dented vents, chimneys, or sky light covers
  2. Dented or damages shingles. (This may be the most important to check for.)

Dented or damages shingles are what leads to a damages and potentially leaky roof.

Fire Safety Escape Plan, Do you Have One?

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

In 2016 there were an estimated 364,300 reported residential fire and 2,000 fire related fatalities. In the event of fire, TIME is the BIGGEST ENEMY and EVERY SECOND COUNTS! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire.  The most important thing you can do to prepare is have a Safety Escape Plan.

At Home Fire Safety Plan Tips

First and foremost, make sure you have one working smoke alarm on every level of the home, as well as inside and outside each sleeping area.

Have two ways out of each room, and the proper equipment to get out any upper story windows. Walk through each room in your home with your family and point out possible exits. Also, provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.

Once you have established the exits, practice and show children how to get out of the house and check the door for heat before opening it.

Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid toxic smoke. Practice dropping to your stomach and shimmying out under the smoke with your children.

Make a plan to help pets evacuate safely as well if possible.

Once you are out of the house, STAY OUT. DO NOT go back in the house. There could be unseen damage and danger. Call 911 immediately.

Know where to meet after the escape. Your meeting place should be near the front of your home so firefighters know you are out.

Practice, Practice, Practice your escape plan. It is recommended you practice at least twice a year.  If you have young children it may require more than twice.  Practicing can save the lives of you and your family.

First Aid Everyone Should Know

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Workplace First Aid Basics Everyone Should Know

Nosebleeds

Nosebleeds are very common in both children and adults and can be caused by trauma to the nose or simple irritation of the mucus membranes. Do not make a nosebleed victim raise their head or lie down, as this can actually make the bleeding worse. Instead, pinch the nostrils closed for as many as ten minutes, allowing the broken vein in the nose to close.

Cardiac Compressions

Nowadays, the American Heart Association doesn’t mandate that everyone learn rescue breathing—all you have to do is put your hands over the victim’s heart and push, to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. It’s a simple technique that could mean the difference between life and death, and the American Heart Association’s statistics demonstrate this in stark terms. Consider these fact

  • Approximately 88% of all cardiac arrests do not happen in a hospital or healthcare facility, and nowhere near a healthcare professional.
  • A large percentage of cardiac arrest victims appear perfectly healthy just before their attack.
  • It takes approximately 8-12 minutes on average for an ambulance to arrive on the scene of an emergency.
  • Bystander CPR could increase the victim’s chance of survival by as much as 300. 

The Heimlich Maneuver

Not to be confused with CPR, the Heimlich maneuver is supposed to help someone who is choking on a foreign object. First, ask the victim if they are choking; in an emergency situation, the person will usually not be able to talk.

How to Treat Shock

Shock occurs when too little blood circulates to the brain. This means that the brain is not receiving enough oxygen, which leads to a feeling of faintness, disorientation and dizziness. Shock may occur:

  • after an accident involving loss of blood
  • after a serious infection, with loss of fluids
  • after a serious burn
  • after other accidents that cause loss of fluids or blood
  • as part of an allergic reaction

Stop Heavy Bleeding

If someone is bleeding heavily, they will not be able to form a clot—and they could bleed out. You can stop the bleeding by putting pressure on the wound—ideally with a sterile cloth, although you can also use ripped pieces of T-shirt or anything else you have on hand. Raising the wounded limb over the heart will also help to slow down heavy bleeding.

Safety Tips For Mold

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Huntington  for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Huntington specialize in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Faster To Any Water Damage Event

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Huntington provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Huntington arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (304) 429-2233

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold Tips

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth on the wall

Microbial growth in your home is nothing fun to deal with. You may have had a simple toilet/shower leak, even a tub or small dishwasher leak and thought you cleaned all the water up quickly. Without a professional to check the moisture levels in walls, flooring, and cabinetry etc. you may have missed moisture. SERVPRO of Huntington can help with these psychometric readings. Conditions like these can create a feeding ground for microbial growth or mold. You may not see it visible at first, but notice an odd odor. By the time you notice the growth, many things may no longer be able to be restored, but must be replaced. Causing more headache and more money! It takes as little as 48 hours for mold spores to begin to grow.

The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire Damage Experience

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

The Essentials Avoiding Further Damage After A Fire

Determining that you can or cannot refurbish after a fire damage incident is critical when you need to prevent further damage. However, how can you start doing that when at the first place you do not know whether you can safely re-enter your home? That is why you need the input of professional fire restorers as a resident of Dover. The moment we arrive at the site, we perform an inspection that allows us to identify any existing hazards and device appropriate restoration procedures.

Our SERVPRO technicians understand the need of enhancing air movement when attending to fire damage. To do this, we install fans to improve air circulation, and when the area is so warm, we may close the windows set up dehumidifiers to absorb the additional moisture. We normally use refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers at this stage. The dehumidifiers and fans also play a significant role when we are drying your carpets and draperies. It is important to thoroughly dry the items to reduce the chances of mold growth.

After a fire, the oily soot and land on draperies, carpets and other textiles and leave behind stains. To remove the stains from such items, our SERVPRO technicians perform heavy-duty vacuuming. After running the vacuum cleaner, we usually cover the textiles to prevent the surfaces from tracking other soil particles.

Almost all fires leave behind odors that settle on your upholstered furniture, clothing, draperies, and carpets. Despite that, there is nothing like having the same types of odor sources in all fires. That means our type of material that the fire burned helps our SERVPRO technicians to choose the deodorants we use to eliminate the odors. In some cases, we may run an ozone generator to break up the smoke molecules with the aim of eliminating the unpleasant smells.

When Fire Destroys your home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Our technicians respond quickly, providing a full line of cleaning and mitigation services to help ensure faster recovery. We utilize technology designed specifically to provide you and your insurance company with quick. dependable information necessary to make more informed decisions faster, saving both time and money. 

What to buy in November

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is right around the corner!  Here's what to buy in November:

  • Halloween decor: it's never too early to prep for next Halloween, with decor and other trinkets going on sale!
  • Cookies and candy: Between slashed Halloween candy and prepping for the winter holidays, these tasty treats and the materials to make them are on deep discount
  • Cooking and flatware: Stock up on some kitchenware for your Thanksgiving feast! 
  • Blu-ray movies: in anticipation for gift-giving season, Blu-rays will be on sale

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What to buy in October

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fall is here, and soon we'll be seeing little goblins and ghouls lining up at the door for candy.  Here's what to buy in October:

  • Coats and winter clothing: It's a little hard to think about winter when we still have 85 degree days, but soon enough cold weather will be here.  
  • Bikes: Bikes start to go on sale this month.  Hold off for deeper discounts if you're not in a hurry, but if you need a bike now, this is not a bad time.
  • Patio Furniture: Since summer is at a close, patio and outdoor furniture will be at a steep discount to make room for fall and winter decor.  

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Flu Season Starting Early

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Although it's still warm outside, flu season is right around the corner.  The CDC says that flu season will start earlier than it typically does this year, with a few scattered cases already in the tr-state area.  

How do you know if you have the flu?  Here are a few symptoms:

  • fever
  • chills
  • body aches
  • fatigue
  • sore throat
  • runny nose

The flu can often be confused with the common cold.  Here is a handy comparison list.

The best way to prevent the flu is with a flu shot.  Most doctors, pharmacies, and even groceries stores such as Kroger will offer them, often without a co-pay.  The Cabell-Huntington Health Department will offer them for free starting September 28.  They have a walk-in clinic, but will also be offering them throughout Cabell county on select days (here's a list).  Stay safe and healthy, Huntington!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

DIY Projects: Leaky Toilet

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

When things go wrong in the home, it can be intimidating to fix them yourself.  However, with a few handy tools and some know-how, many things can be repaired by you.  

If water is leaking around the base of your toilet, it could mean that you have a bad wax ring.  To tell if this is the problem, squirt some food coloring into the toilet and flush; if the water around your base is that color, it's the wax ring.  The wax ring itself is a one-size-fits-all $5 part you can find in any hardware store.  The biggest obstacle you may face is lifting the toilet, which can be anywhere from 75 pounds upward.  You may need a second person for help.

For a step by step guide with photos on how to do this, here's a handy cheatsheet from Lowe's. 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What to buy in September

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

School is back in session, and although the weather is still just as hot, soon we'll have cool mornings and hot coffees.  Here's what's going on sale this month:

  • Kids' Clothing: Sure, you've hit the back to school sales, but right now is when kids' clothes *really* go on sale
  • Lawnmowers: Outdoor and home improvement stores will be slashing prices to move them for next year's models.
  • Tomatoes: We're coming up on the end of tomato season, and as such, they're on sale!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Pool safety

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is almost officially over, but the weather will still stay warm in Huntington long into October. There's still plenty of prime pool time!  While swimming can be a fun time for families, it also carries some risk.  Here's how to stay safe:

  • Keep children under supervision at all times
  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons
  • Maintain proper chemical levels in the pool
  • Learn first aid and CPR
  • Install proper drain covers to avoid injury
  • Create a barrier around the pool to keep unattended children from accessing the pool
  • Have a professional make sure your pool is deep enough for a diving board
  • Never swim alone

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What to buy in August

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

After a bit of a hiatus, we've returned to our monthly installment of what to buy in each month.  Certain items go on sale seasonally, and August is no exception.  Here's what to stock up on:

  • Dorm supplies: Linens, storage containers, and small appliances go on sale just in time for school to start back
  • Craft supplies: It's not just college students!  Small kiddos often need craft supplies for school
  • Swing sets: Large stores are clearing out their summer selection of these and other outdoor play equipment
  • Swimsuits: Sadly, summer is almost over, and stores are clearing out their summer clothes to prepare for fall.  

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Thanks!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Recently, after completing a job, we received a lovely thank you note.  Our owner Bob wanted to share this note with the rest of our SERVPRO of Huntington friends and family:

"I just wanted to send a note to express our gratitude to you and your team for their work and craftsmanship in putting the South Point property back together.  We could not have done the work so quickly - nor so well! Please convey our appreciation for a job well done to your team.

With kind gratitude,

Terry and Teresa K."

Thank you, Terry and Teresa! We appreciate the kind words and are always happy to help! 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How mold grows

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is a prime opportunity for mold to grow in your home.  Mold needs three things to grow:

  • nutrients
  • moisture
  • time

This is why it is imperative to get help from SERVPRO of Huntington if you have water damage, as untreated water stains on walls can result in mold.  

Mold spore spread via air.  This is why, if you attempt to clean mold by yourself, it can spread the mold to other areas instead of eliminating it.  Better leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO of Huntington!  We have the staff, equipment, and expertise to fix your mold problems!

Need Mold Remediation? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How to prevent mold growth

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

On the SERVPRO of Huntington blogs, we've often talked about the damage that mold can do to a home.  But how does one prevent it?  Here's how!

Experts recommend keeping your home's humidity levels at 30-50%. It's also ideals to keep your home temperature under 77 degrees.  If you see condensation around your window sills, there is a good chance that the moisture in your home is too high. 

If you do have mold issues, don't try to fix them yourself!  Call the experts at SERVPRO of Huntington!

Need Mold Remediation? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

DIY bug out bag

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

As the old saying goes, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is today."  If a storm hits, you'll be glad you prepared ahead of time and can concentrate on being a helper.

One way to prepare for a storm is to create a "bug out bag."  This contains things you'll need if services such as electricity and stores are discontinued for a few days after a storm.  Experts typically recommend having three days worth of supplies.  Here are some items to consider:

  • bottled water
  • dehydrated food / MREs
  • extra changes of clothes
  • a wool blanket
  • tools
  • first aid kit
  • flashlight and batteries
  • external battery charger
  • dust mask and gloves
  • poncho

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How storms are named

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Katrina.  Harvey.  Sandy. Andrew.  These aren't just any names - these are some of the most costly and deadly storms in our recent history.  But just how do storms get their names?  Read along to find out!

Prior to 1950, storms were not formally named.  In 1950, storms began being named for men.  In 1953, meteorologists switched to women's names, and in 1979, included both.  Today, the naming of storms is controlled by the World Meteorological Organization.  For Atlantic storms, the names go on a six year rotation.  Names are retired if the storm is particularly destructive. Here's a list of retired storm names.  

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Avoid Grill Burns!

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

One of America's favorite Fourth of July pastimes is to grill.  According to the NFPA, over 16,000 people a year go to the hospital due to grill-related injuries.  Here are some tips on how to stay safe during grilling season:

  • Wear short sleeves or keep your sleeve rolled up
  • Use long-handled grilling utensils
  • Keep a three foot safe zone around grills

If you do get a burn, here's what to do:

  • Run cool (not cold) water over the burn
  • Cover the burn with a clean medical cloth
  • See a doctor if the burn is bigger than the palm of your hand, is in a sensitive area, or the person burned is a senior or child

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Pets and Fireworks

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

The Fourth of July may be a fun time filled with grilling, family, and fireworks.  One member of your family that may not be having such a good time is your pet.  Fireworks and Fourth of July festivities can cause undue stress for cats, dogs, and other animals.  Here are some tips to keep them safe:

  • Never take a pet to a fireworks display
  • Keep your pet in a safe room in your home insulated from sound if you let off fireworks
  • Make sure your pet has an ID tag just in case they run off during a display
  • NEVER let off fireworks near pets!

Also keep in mind: although many fireworks are legal in the state of WV, any that are loud or go up in the air violate Huntington city code.  Folks who use them are subject to stiff fines and penalties, so be aware! 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Your Any Time Water Damage Heroes

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Floods don't operate on a 9-to-5 schedule and neither do we! When dealing with water damage, timing is of the essence.  The sooner you have professionals clean your home, the more likely it is to salvage your belongings and home and prevent growth of mold.  

When you call, we will ask several questions to help determine how many technicians and what equipment we will need to bring.  

Here are some of the questions SERVPRO of Huntington will ask:

  • 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)?

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Burst Pipes and Water Damage

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Huntington, we want to help in case of water damage to your home.  This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as busted pipes or a clogged toilet.  A quick response can help avoid further damage to your home - that's why SERVPRO of Huntington is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  You may think it will be okay to dry on its own, but this can cause secondary damage such as mold.  The faster you act, the better the chance of minimizing damage!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Open your doors once more

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

If disaster strikes, will your business be ready?  A recent FEMA statistic states that almost 40% of small businesses don't reopen after a natural disaster, and that most small businesses don't have plans for what to do during a natural disaster.  SERVPRO of Huntington is here to make sure you're not a part of that statistic!

We offer our Emergency Readiness Plan.  We will come to your business, compile all your important information, and make sure everyone in your company knows what to do and who to call in a worst case scenario.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Clean ducts

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most important things you can do as a business owner is provide your employees with a clean and safe working environment.  One way is to make sure their air is safe to breath by getting your ducts cleaned on a regular basis.  Chemicals, construction debris, pollen, and dust can easily be transferred from your business's exterior through your ducts. 

Having your business's ducts cleaned can help your employees who have allergies and asthma. It can also make your ducts more efficient.  Finally, with SERVPRO of Huntington's specialized chemicals, duct cleaning can remove stubborn odors from your building.  SERVPRO of Huntington is happy to help!

Need Commercial Cleaning Services? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What if you see mold?

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

What should you do if you see mold in your home? First thing first: do not disturb it!  You could accidentally track mold throughout your home.  Here's what to do... and what not to do!

Do:

  • Stay out of areas with mold
  • Turn off air conditioners and fans
  • Call SERVPRO of Huntington for help

Do NOT:

  • Touch the mold
  • Blow air around any area that may have mold
  • Attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Put bleach on the affected area

Need Mold Remediation Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold after water damage

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Huntington handles emergency situations involving water damage.  We understand that where there is standing water, there may be mold.  The longer the moisture has been in an area, the greater the chance for mold.  

If you have sustained water damage to your home or business, keep your eyes (and nose) out for signs of mold.  In addition to visible mold spots, you may smell a musty odor. Also be aware that past moisture problems can indicate current mold.

Need Mold Remediation? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Services

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Your commercial property's appearance is the first thing your clients will notice.  This can be especially important in the days after an emergency, such as a flood or fire.  SERVPRO of Huntington has the staff, knowledge, and equipment to make it "like it never even happened."

Some of our previous clients include:

  • Retail stores
  • Education facilities
  • Churches
  • Warehouses
  • Government buildings
  • Banks
  • Rental properties

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Smoke Damaged Item Treatment
  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Restoration
  • Disaster Recovery Team

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Helping Schools

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Public schools, private schools, and college facilities can depend on SERVPRO of Huntington in the case of fire, water, or mold damage.  We're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  SERVPRO of Huntington offers mitigation, clean up, and restoration so you can get back to doing what you do best: teaching our young people.

You most likely already have a janitorial staff, but SERVPRO of Huntington can offer commercial cleaning services they might not, such as stain removal and graffiti clean up.  Your job is hard enough: let SERVPRO of Huntington make it easier!

Need Commercial Cleaning Services? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Tidy up your storefront

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

What kind of first impression does your storefront make on a customer?  Sometimes things happen outside of your control that mar your image, such as fire, mold, or water damage.  You may have been hit by graffiti.  Or it could simply be the normal grime that builds up on sidewalks and walkways after winter. 

Whatever your issue, SERVPRO of Huntington is here to help! We have a trained staff and the knowledge to fix your problem.  We're open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

Need Commercial Cleaning Services? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Garden hose tips

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Some of you out there may already be headlong into gardening season.  Some of you may have already spray washed your home.  And some of you may have given your car a squeaky clean detailing.  What do these things have in common? A garden hose!

Here are some handy tips for all your garden hose needs:

  • Use a cart: Hauling around a large hose can hurt your back.  If covering a big distance, consider using a wheeled cart.
  • Avoid pressure surges: make any changes in water pressure gradual to avoid damaging the hose
  • Watch out for baby plants! Fragile, tender, and newly sprouted plants can be damaged by dragging a hose over them.  Be careful!
  • Store hoses properly: Protect them from the elements, too much sun, and pests/rodents.  Ideally, you'll want to keep it in a cool, dark place that's off the ground.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Keeping commercial carpets clean

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Your business should have a steady flow of foot traffic, which leads to lots of feet on your carpet.  With a few handy tips, you can keep your carpet looking neat and clean:

  • Use a mat near front doors and rugs in higher traffic areas
  • Keep sidewalk areas near your business clean to avoid bringing in dirt and debris
  • Vacuum high traffic areas once a day and other areas 2-3 times a day.
  • Immediately deal with spills
  • Have your carpet professionally cleaned, once a month for high traffic areas and once every three months elsewhere.

Need Commercial Cleaning Services? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How to storm-proof your home

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Although it's not common, hurricanes have hit our area before.  Here's a handy list.  As well as the occasion hurricane, we've also been hit with derechos and other harmful weather patterns.  If you find one on the way this summer, here's how to prepare your house:

  • Reinforce your garage door
  • Fix any loose tiles
  • Trim your tree of any dead limbs
  • Take inventory of your home
  • Reinforce your windows with plywood
  • Don't forget to reinforce glass doors too!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Washing machine water damage

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered if your washing machine could be the source of water damage in your home?  SERVPRO of Huntington is here to help if that becomes the case. 

A washing machine leak can be harmful to floors, ceilings (if you live in a multiplex or apartment) and walls.  Not only can this cause initial water damage, this can encourage mold if left untreated.  It's a good idea to check your washing machine drain and hoses on a regular basis.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storms 101: Rain

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

It's time for the last installment of Storms 101.  Did you know that Huntington gets an average of 42 inches of rain a year?  That's three inches over the national average! Just how does rain happen, though?

Our atmosphere is made up of small dust particles called condensation nuclei, which are created from things like volcanic eruptions, pollution, fires, and other events.  The sun heats up bodies of water like the ocean, and water vapor rises into the air.  The condensed water vapor sticks to the condensation nuclei and creates clouds. 

When enough water condenses, the droplets get heavy enough to fall back down to the ground.  If it's cold enough for the droplets to freeze, that creates snow.  If not, it becomes rain and the cycle starts all over again.

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Bonfire safety

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is coming up soon, and one hallmark of summer is bonfires.  Under the right conditions, a bonfire is a summer rite of passage.  Without caution, though, a bonfire can quickly grow out of control.  Here are a few tips to keep things safe:

  • Use a fire pit
  • Avoid bonfires during windy conditions
  • Avoid using lighter fluid or accelerants
  • Wear non-flammable clothing and hard-soled shoes
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby
  • Keep an eye on kids and pets
  • Have a sober fire spotter if alcohol is involved in your celebration
  • Make sure the fire is completely put out when you're done

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storms 101: Thunderstorms

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Welcome to segment two of our Storms 101 series.  Today we'll be talking about thunderstorms.  Did you know that across the globe, there are over 1800 thunderstorms a day?  Although it can be nice to listen to a thunderstorm with a cup of coffee, they can also be very dangerous.  Lightning injures more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes.  Lightning can also cause damage to house wiring.

So what causes a thunderstorm?  They form when an air mass becomes unstable and overturns.  Unstable means that the bottom layer is hot and humid, the top layer is cool, or both. Air pockets near the surface rises, expands, and cools, This makes the air pockets get warmer than the environment, which makes it rise even higher.  Water vapor in the air condenses and forms a convective cloud.  Bingo! Thunderstorm time! 

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storms 101: Damaging Winds

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

April's showers are over, so it's time for May flowers... and May storms. Between the cold of winter and the heat of summer, spring is high time for thunderstorms, high winds, and rain.  But what causes these storms? In the next few weeks, SERVPRO of Huntington will be covering what causes certain weather patterns. 

Damaging Winds

Damaging winds, often called "straight-line winds" to differentiate from tornadoes, are any wind exceeding 50-60 miles per hour.  Any wind is caused by air moving from high atmospheric pressures to low ones; this is called a pressure gradient.  Damaging winds are caused when a pressure gradient changes quickly over a small distance. 

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How to avoid spring mold allergies

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Spring has officially sprung in Huntington, and love is in the air.  Unfortunately, so is mold.  If you're one of the many people affected by mold allergies, here are some ways to stay safe and sane this spring:

  • Keep a pollen and spore tracker on your phone to alert you to allergen levels in your zip code
  • Take allergy medication or a face mask when going to places with high allergens, like greenhouses or antique stores
  • Avoid uncut fields and damp leaves, which are havens for mold
  • Wear a mask when mowing the lawn
  • Consider getting a dehumidifier
  • Keep your kitchen and bathroom clean, as warm damp places breed mold
  • Keep an eye on your basement
  • Make sure your air conditioner has a HEPA filter

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Rainy season car tips

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

April showers bring May flowers but also bring hazardous road conditions.  Is your car ready for the rainy season?  Here are some questions to ask:

  • Have I tested my battery recently? 
  • Have I flushed my radiator this year?
  • What do the tread on my tires look like?  Do I need to replace them?
  • Are my windshield wipers in working order?
  • Do I have a full tank of gas when I go out?
  • Have I tested my brakes?  Am I having any problems with my brakes?
  • How is my brake fluid level?
  • Are my headlights in working order?
  • Do I have a set of jumper cables?
  • Can I wax or put sealant on my car before the next rainstorm? 
  • Do I have an umbrella in my car?

Also remember: do not drive through standing water that you couldn't walk through! Water can hide dips in the road, or it can even have washed out the road.  Just six inches of water can cause a car to stall, which would be an emergency in a flood situation.  

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What to buy in April

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

April is already here and the weather is slowly warming up.  If you're looking for some deep discounts, here's what you should buy:

  • TVs and Home Theater Setups: Did you know Japan's fiscal year ends in March? Because of this, several brands of TVs and home theaters will go on sale to get ready for the new models
  • Athletic Shoes: Spring sales anticipate the upcoming nice weather.  Let's go for a run!
  • In season produce: You can munch on some asparagus, avocados, broccoli, and mushrooms
  • Thrift Store Goods: Donations usually spike in March and April (thanks, spring cleaning!) so now's the time to go thrifting

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Spring cleaning fire safety tips

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire hazards can build up in your garage if you're not careful!

It's almost the end of March, which means you're probably knee-deep in spring cleaning. While dusting the out-of-reach places and organizing plastic containers, you can also take some steps to reduce the threat of a house fire.  Here are a few tips:

  • Clean your laundry room of anything around the dryer that could be flammable.  Also remember to clean your lint trap after every load!
  • Install a smoke detector in every bedroom and hallway outside of bedrooms.
  • Test your smoke detector once a month.
  • Check electrical cords for fraying or defects
  • Clean your garage and get rid of flammable items such as newspapers and cardboard boxes
  • Check any storage spaces (garage, under the sink) for flammable liquids that may be leaking

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Congrats to our raffle winners

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

In office, we held a raffle for two prizes, a camping lamp and a Marshall University hat.  Proceeds from the raffle go to fund an office pizza party.  Congrats to winners Alexis and Earl! At SERVPRO of Huntington, we like having fun with our employees. Stay tuned for more fun events for our employees, our agents, and readers at home! 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Spring clean your yard

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Spring has sprung, and that means it's time for spring cleaning!  While you probably haven't thought about your yard in a few months, you'll be using it more in the upcoming warm weather.  Now's the time to start prepping:

  • Clean your yard of any debris: twigs, leaves, dog waste
  • Use last year's leaves and twigs for composting if you garden
  • If there's no more snow, pour some fertilizer and grass seeds on any bald spots in your yard
  • Change your oil and spark plugs in your lawn mower
  • Prune your trees and bushes
  • Prep plant beds if you're going to have a garden
  • Manage any gravel in your driveway or walkway
  • Patch and repaint your fence

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Uncommon Spring Cleaning Tips

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

We all have our typical cleaning routines.  Some may be simple, some may be more complex. Whatever your cleaning checklist may be, there are probably some things you've missed.  Here are some less commonly cleaned items you may be missing:

  • Refrigerator coils: cleaning these can extend the life of your fridge and even lower your electricity bill!
  • Dishwasher: running a cycle with baking soda on the bottom and a cup of vinegar will make your dishwasher smell a lot nicer in the long run.
  • Toothbrush holder: You don't typically see the inside bottom of your toothbrush holder, and it can be a hotbed for mildew and mold.
  • Pillows: You may wash your sheets once a week, but it's also recommended to wash your pillows once every three months or so.
  • TV remotes:  Wipe down your remotes with a disinfectant wipe once a week
  • Phone: Same as the TV remote.  Your phone touches your hands and face almost constantly, picking up germs.
  • Trashcans: No wonder the trash smells so bad!  Small trashcans can be put in the dishwasher, but bigger ones will need a garden hose to wash out.

What to buy in March

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

After an unseasonably warm and rainy February, Huntington is ready for March.  Will it come in like a lion? Out like a lamb?  You may not be ready for the weather, but you can be ready for some savings.  Here's what goes on sale in March:

  • Chocolate: The retail world is in a post-Valentine's, pre-Easter limbo, so now is a great time to stock up on the sweet stuff
  • Luggage: Retailers are desperate to get last year's models sold before vacation season, so prices are slashed
  • Houses: This is a big one that you can't really "stock up" on, but if you're in the market for a house, spring is the busiest season.  March is an ideal time to make deals to avoid the heavy traffic
  • Frozen foods: Since March is Frozen Food Month, it's the perfect time to stock up on mini pizzas, burritos, and out of season veggies
  • Cleaning supplies: Get ready for your spring cleaning routine!  

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

National Canned Food Month

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

February is National Canned Food Month. Canned food is a great way to prepare for a natural disaster, as it has a long shelf life when stored at the correct temperature. It's also an easy way to make cooking a lot faster with products like crushed tomatoes and diced chicken. Plus, it's an inexpensive way to get out-of-season produce.

While homes can certainly use canned goods, another place that needs them is your local food pantry. Food pantries can help low income families make it to their next paycheck without missing meals. Some foods come ready to eat, which is helpful for folks who don't have access to a stove or kitchen. Consider donating your time, efforts, or money to a local food charity.  Money is often better for food charities because they can buy things at a wholesale rate, which means they get more for the money than you would in a grocery store.  

If you'd prefer to donate goods, here are some common things that food banks need:

  • peanut butter
  • canned tuna and chicken
  • shelf-stable milk and substitutes
  • 100% juice
  • oatmeal
  • rice
  • low sodium soups
  • beans
  • pasta

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

CE Class April 12 from SERVPRO of Huntington

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Are you an insurance agent looking for Continuing Education credits?  SERVPRO of Huntington is offering a 4 hour CE credit course in Restorative Drying for Water Damage.  Here are some of the key elements of the class:

  • How water damage impacts the insurance industry
  • Understanding water damage
  • Inspection services
  • Emergency services
  • Monitoring the drying process
  • Psychromentrics: the science of drying
  • Water restoration services

Date: April 12, 2018

Registration time: 7:30 AM

Class time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Prince of Peace FWB Church, 4637 Piedmont Road, Huntington WV, 25704

Breakfast muffins and lunch provided!

For reservations, call us at 304-429-2233 or email n.lyons@SERVPROhuntington.com.

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Home investments that boost value

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Income tax refunds are starting to come in, and for many folks, this can mean saving up for a vacation or buying a new TV.  If you're looking to sell your home in the future, however, you may be better off using the money to invest in your home and boost the value of it.  

  • Replace your furnace or HVAC system
  • Insulate your attic
  • Update your plumbing
  • Update your electrical work if it's an old house
  • Remove wood paneling
  • Remove popcorn ceilings
  • Update your bathroom with modern energy efficient fixtures
  • Upgrade your kitchen appliances
  • Hire a home inspector to spot problems
  • Plant a tree in your yard
  • Replace worn rugs and carpet

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Recycling cell phones

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

With income tax refunds coming up, many folks out there may be upgrading their cellphones.  But what to do with the old phone?  Throwing away a cellphone in a traditional landfill is a no-go, as the battery can leech dangerous chemicals into the ground.  Here are some things you can do to get rid of your cellphone and keep the environment safe:

  • Cellphones for Soldiers: This charity gives cellphones to troops overseas so they can call their families.
  • Domestic violence shelters: many places that help women and children from abusive situations accept cell donations. 
  • Recycling for Charities: This organization flips phones and gives the proceeds to a charity of your choosing.
  • ecoATM: this is a kiosk that recycles your phone and pays you for it in some cases.  There is one in the Route 60 Wal-Mart and another in the Barboursville Kroger.
  • Best Buy: If you're simply wishing to get rid of the thing, Best Buy recycles most electronics, including cell phones

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How to prevent snow damage

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

You may think of water damage as a summer flood issues, but snow can be just as damaging to a home.  In 2009, winter storm damage cost Americans $770 million.  Here are some things you can do to prevent it:

  • Clean off your roof regularly during winter to prevent snow buildup
  • Check for any weak branches on trees near homes that may break when piled with snow
  • Install water leak detection hardware to your pipes
  • Check regularly for moisture and discoloration in your attic
  • Remove any ice dams (shelves of snow that freeze and refreeze near your gutter)
  • If you are replacing your roof, add a layer between the wood and tiles that will repel water. 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Chance of snow X3

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Old man winter still hasn't released us from his grips.  Coming up over the next few days, we have three opportunities for possible big snows.

Starting Thursday afternoon, the Huntington tri-state is slated for a 90% chance of rain.  This will continue for most of the evening.  The rain has a possibility of turning to snow when the temperature drops.  Friday, according to WSAZ weather, will be a cold and blustery day.

Our next chance of snow is Super Bowl Sunday.  WSAZ states snow is likely, while nonprofit site Wunderground shows a mix of snow and rain with accumulation at under an inch.  This may make road conditions slick on Monday.

Although it is more difficult to predict weather further out accurately, Tuesday the 6th has a 20% chance of rain and show flurries right now.  This will continue into Wednesday, where the snow will pick up the pace and possibly accumulate up to one inch.  

Hopefully our friend Punxsutawney Phil will have some good news for us after all this snow!

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What to buy in February

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Wow! January sure went by quickly!  Between Valentine's Day and the Super Bowl, a lot is going on in February.  For the budget conscious, it also means some deep discounts.  Let's take a look at what goes on sale in February:

  • Winter coats and clothing: No matter what the groundhog says, you're going to need a coat for at least another month.  Retailers have already started slashing prices to get ready for spring, so this is a great time to pick up a spare for you or a coat drive.
  • Humidifiers: In a similar vein, new models of humidifiers come out in spring, so February is the time they start reducing the old models.
  • TVs and home theaters: Are you ready for some football? If not, retailers have got you covered. Besides Black Friday, February is the best time to buy a TV.
  • Snacks: Consider waiting until February 1 rolls around to get ready for the Big Game. Soda, chips, and other Super Bowl fare will be on sale.
  • Mouthwash and Toothpaste: Stores bank on you kissing a sweetie on Valentine's Day, so they reduce all things to make your breath smell good! 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Prevent Winter Mold

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

When people think of home damage that happens in winter, they typically think of house fires, or maybe flooding.  However, mold can also be a problem in the winter. 

There are a few reasons for this.  Because your house is more closed off in the winter, everyday humidity from things such as showers, cooking, even breathing, can add up.  Normal winter hazards like rain, fog, and melting snow can seep through roof leaks and structural gaps, causing mold in places like your attic and wall voids.  Condensation dripping off pipes and windows into a heated home can also encourage mold growth.

Here are a few tips to prevent mold growth in your home in the winter:

  • Make sure your indoor humidity stays below 40%.
  • Vacuum and clean regularly, especially in humid areas like your bathroom and kitchen.
  • Make sure you have good air circulation in your home.
  • Don't store things such as books, paper, and clothes in a humid area like your basement.
  • Have your roof checked for defects and fix any that exist.
  • Insulate pipes to make sure they don't burst.
  • Find the source of any condensation on unusual places (pipes, windows) and fix it immediately.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fireplace Safety

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

One of the best things on a cold night is a hot fire and a good book.  With a few tips, you can have a safe and cozy night at home.

  • Only burn dry, cured wood.  That means wood that has dried for 8-12 months.  Green wood can cause soot build up in your chimney.
  • Don't burn treated or construction wood.  It can be chemically treated and produce dangerous fumes when burned.
  • Never leave a fire unattended, especially around children.
  • Place a nonflammable rug in front of your fireplace to absorb any sparks that could damage your carpet.
  • Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
  • Use your fireplace doors.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.
  • Build your fire slowly.
  • Get your chimney cleaned twice a year and inspected once a year.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Huntington! Stay safe on the roads

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Winter is officially here, and the worst thing that can interrupt your work commute is bad weather.  Here's a few tips to make sure you stay safe:

  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full.  Empty tanks can cause your battery to drain.
  • Keep an ice scraper, shovel, and salt in your car
  • Clear snow and ice from your windshields, mirrors, and roof
  • Slow down! Reduce your speed to avoid hydroplaning
  • Keep up basic maintenance on things like your windshield wipers, radiator, and oil level
  • Don't drive impaired or distracted
  • Leave early to avoid speeding
  • If you are stranded by the side of the road, you can leave your heater on ten minutes every hour to stay warm; make sure there's no built-up snow in the exhaust pipe, however!
  • Don't use cruise control on a wet surface
  • Always wear your seatbelt

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Bomb Cyclone

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

This weekend we'll be getting our first major storm of the winter.  The weather is shaping up into a "bomb cyclone" as meteorologists have dubbed it.  A large storm is shaping up on the East Coast, which will hit Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina with an atypical amount of snow and ice.  From Virginia to New England, the storm will resemble a hurricane, with blustering winds accompanied by the cold and snow.  The National Weather Service is warning residents of those areas about potential power outages and flooding.

In the Huntington area, this storm won't impact as harshly but will still have a bit of an effect.  The WSAZ weather team forecasts snow flurries Thursday and Friday with bitter cold. Sunday will bring a mix of snow, rain, and ice going into Monday, with some leftover winter weather on Tuesday.  

SERVPRO of Huntington hopes you stay warm and safe this weekend!  Be careful on roads and stay home if you don't absolutely need to be out.  

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What to buy in January

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Now that the holidays have passed, you may have some gift cards burning a hole in your pocket.  What should you buy?  You could always treat yourself to a nice new outfit or a DVD set.  However, there are certain items going on sale this month that would be a good investment.

Air Conditioner Units: It may be difficult to think about air conditioning when the temperature is reaching the teens right now, but January is the perfect time to get ready for the summer.

Gas Grills: Speaking of which, grills are heavily discounted at your local hardware or home goods stores

Linens: Ever since the first department store created the White Sale in 1878, January has been the month for sales on bed sheets, comforters, and other bed accessories

Clothes: Many clothing stores are banking on gift cards as presents and heavily marking down their clothes, especially winter fashions.

Fitness/Diet accessories: How many of you made a fitness or health related New Year's resolution? Stores are counting on that to move water bottles, yoga gear, Fit Bits, and other related items.

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet our new Estimator!

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Huntington is proud to welcome our newest Estimator Diego Clark!  Diego is from Huntington.  He has been with the company since 2009, where he worked as a temporary worker during his high school summer break.  After high school, Diego went into the Marines for six years and spent some time at Marshall University.  

Fun fact! Diego is the son of our Sales and Marketing Representative Nancy Lyons!  Although Nancy has worked here the longest continually, Diego was employed here first.  In his spare time, Diego enjoys hunting and spending time at the gun range.  

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Cutting down on Christmas E-waste

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

By now you've eaten your cookies, drank your punch, and unwrapped your presents.  You may be left with a chronic case of "now what?" when you see a pile of old electronics, used wrapping paper, and other cast-offs.  Today we'll go over ways to keep some of those items out of landfills and possibly going to someone in need.

E-Waste

E-Waste is short for electronic waste, which is any electric appliance you want to get rid of.  It's important to get rid of these items in an eco-safe way and not just include them with your household trash.  These items can leak toxins like lead, cadmium, and mercury into the ground and cause problems miles away from the landfill the items end up in.  

If the item you want to get rid of is in working order, consider donating it to Goodwill or another charity.  Not only does that keep it out of a landfill, it also gets you a nice tax write-off. Something like a working TV or computer could make a good addition to a youth charity, community center, or retirement community.

If the items don't work anymore, there are a few options.  Goodwill of KYOWVA accepts E-waste and recycles it; the drop-off location is 525 W. 19th St.  Best Buy recycles E-waste, and Staples recycles computers.  If you are recycling a computer, remember to back up all your files and wipe your hard drive to prevent identity theft.

SERVPRO of Huntington wishes you and your family a Happy New Year!

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Huntington Christmas tree recycling program

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

For those of us with real trees this Christmas season, it's important to dispose of it once the holiday season is over.  Dried out tree branches and needles can create a fire hazard.  The City of Huntington asks for you not to set trees out with your household garbage, as the sap can damage their trash collecting trucks and equipment.  So what can you do?

Luckily Huntington participates in a program to recycle old trees.  The trees get used by our WV park system to create habitats for fish in our lakes.  There are five free drop-off locations for the trees:

  • St. Cloud Commons (upper parking lot)
  • Harris Riverfront Park (upper parking lot on the 12th Street end)
  • Altizer Community Park
  • West end of the former Olympic Pool property
  • Deitz Hollow drop-off site. The times for this specific location are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month.

Recycling your Christmas tree is a benefit for the environment and for our state and national parks. 

Holiday Pet Safety

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

The holidays can be an exciting yet stressful time for us humans, but this can be doubly so for our animal friends.  Dogs, cats, and other pets can create holiday havoc in unexpected ways.  Here are some tips to prevent a pet emergency:

  • Make sure your tree is anchored or secured so your animal friends don't knock it over
  • Put a cover over real tree water sources, as they can contain fertilizers that are toxic to animals
  • Avoid holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias, as these plants are lethal to pets
  • Tinsel can obstruct cats' digestive systems if swallowed, so consider other tree decorations
  • Do not feed your pets human holiday treats, like chocolate, raisins, onions, turkey and turkey skin, and fatty foods
  • For parties and other events where there may be noise and strangers, have a quiet room for your pets to retreat to.

SERVPRO of Huntington wishes you and your furry family members a happy and safe holiday season.

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Are Christmas trees good for the economy and environment?

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Cutting your own Christmas tree can help the economy and the environment!

The real-vs-"fake" Christmas tree debate has been going on for decades.  There are several advantages to a fake tree: no watering, easy to take down and put up, lasts for years if taken care of.  However, if you're looking at how your choice impacts the environment and the economy, real trees may be the way to go.  

Real Christmas tree are a great asset to the economy.  They reportedly bring in $1.3 billion per year, mostly on family-owned farms that create over 100,000 jobs.  If you're looking to support a family-owned business, there are four Christmas tree farms within an hour of Huntington.  If you don't want the work of cutting your own tree down, Huntington Big Brothers Big Sisters is selling trees at the 6th Avenue BB&T. 

Real trees may also be better for the environment.  For starters, they're biodegradable, unlike plastic trees.  They also grow for an average of 15 years; while they grow, they provide oxygen and habitats for wildlife.  They're a sustainable crop and often grow in conditions that other crops can't grow.  

SERVPRO of Huntington wishes you a happy and safe holiday season, no matter which side of the tree debate you are on.  

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About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

New equipment at SERVPRO of Huntington

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Our new equipment: our new desiccant dehumidifier and four of our eight new air movers.

SERVPRO of Huntington strives to bring you fast service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  To help us accomplish this, we've added some new equipment to our arsenal.  We now have one new desiccant dehumidifier and eight new air movers!  

Whenever we travel to help a person who has sustained water damage, we bring these tools to help dry the building.  The dehumidifier and air movers work in a cycle.  The dehumidifier takes moisture from the air.  The moisture is collected in a tank and disposed of with a drain hose.  The dehumidifier then blows out warm, dry air.

As water evaporates from structural surfaces like walls and floorboards, it creates a cool, wet barrier directly above it.  The air movers displace the cool, wet air with warm, dry air from the dehumidifier.  The dehumidifier then takes that moisture and turns it into more warm, dry air in a cycle until the entire structure is dry.  

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The first few moments of a water emergency are critical.  That's why SERVPRO of Huntington is available around the clock to help you when you need it most. 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Huntington! Put a freeze on winter holiday fires!

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

With a few handy tips, you can keep your tree and your home safe from fires this holiday season!

The holidays are a time of family, good friends, and great food, but they can also create a risk for house fires.  Although Christmas tree fires are rare, they are dangerous.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, US firefighters responded to an average of 200 house fires between 2011 and 2015 caused by Christmas trees, resulting in six deaths and $14.8 million in property damage. Candles can also be a cause for concern: the top three days for candles causing house fires are Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.  

Here are some ways to stay safe this holiday season:

  • Make sure your Christmas tree is at least three feet away from any heat source.
  • If you have a real tree, water it every day to make sure it doesn't dry out.
  • Connect no more than three strands of lights together.
  • Replace any burnt out or non-working bulbs.
  • Keep candles 12 inches away from anything flammable.
  • Keep any flammable decorations away from your stove and oven
  • Make sure any electronic decorations have cords that are not frayed or damaged.
  • Get rid of your tree promptly so it doesn't dry out and risk catching fire

Winter Fire Safety Tips

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

A roaring fireplace is a holiday icon but can also cause an increase in house fires during winter if left unattended.

In the words of Game of Thrones, winter is coming, which means an increased risk of house fires.  FEMA reports that a spike in structure fires happens in winter due to faulty heating and unsafe open fires. They also  found that in 2015, firefighters in the United States responded to over 365,500 house structure fires, with West Virginia being one of the top states for house fires.  

How do you keep your home and loved ones safe?  Here are some practical tips:

Candles can be a lovely accent to a home, but can also be dangerous if left unattended.  Make sure you keep an eye on lit candles and do not light near flammable materials.  Be especially cautious if children are in the room with candles.

Do not smoke in bed or near oxygen tanks.  Make sure your ashtray catches any stray ashes and that all cigarette butts are fully stubbed out. Consider smoking outdoors instead of in your home.

Do not overload your outlets or surge protectors.  Do not leave Christmas lights on overnight or while you are not home.  Do not cover electrical cords with rugs or other cloth material.

Have a working smoke detector in each bedroom and on every floor.  Fire extinguishers are a minimal investment that can be a life saver. Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and garage.  

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

House fires can happen to any family.  If you find yourself needing our expert help with a house fire, we are available 24/7 365 days a year. 

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

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Mold Safety Tips

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Cabell County Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

 Mold Damage

 Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Huntington for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 304-429-2233

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