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How to Thaw a Frozen Pipe

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Thaw a Frozen Pipe It’s not the frozen pipes that really gets our phones ringing, It’s the thawing pipes that leak and spew water after a hard freeze.

Before you do anything, shut off the water supply to that section of plumbing (or the entire house if that’s the only option) because the real trouble begins after the thaw.  That's because frozen water may be acting as a plug, preventing water from spilling out of the cracks in your pipes. When that plug is eventually thawed, water gushes out. Make sure to be ready with a mop, bucket, and towels in case there’s a plumbing leak. It’s not the frozen pipes that really get plumber's phones ringing, It’s the thawing pipes that leak and spew water after a hard freeze.

Use a space heater, heat lamp, or hair dryer to thaw the frozen length of pipe. Wrapping freezing pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape (from $50 to $200, depending on length) is also an effective way to quickly thaw a trouble spot.

Never thaw pipes using a propane torch, which presents a fire risk.

If disaster does happens SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties is standing by to respond 24/7 to the Greater Mid Ohio Valley region.  304-428-7378.

Be The First To Say Thanks

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

General Be The First To Say Thanks SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties is proud to support our first responders.


Sponsor a Responder. Last year we dedicated our game to thanking our first responders, and saw incredible support from our fans. This year we want to include you in helping say “thank you” to our community heroes by Sponsoring a Responder. For $15 you can purchase a ticket that will sponsor a first responder to attend the 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl with their family free of charge.

How can I Sponsor a Responder?
It’s pretty simple, you buy the general admission ticket for a reduced price and they get to attend the game. Add your First Responder ticket donation when you buy your tickets!

Our goal is to distribute over 10,000 complimentary tickets to first responders and their families who sign up and are verified.  ALL of these tickets distributed are courtesy of our generous corporate partners and fans like you.

The bowl office will ship these tickets directly to the first responders who sign up, so you will not receive a physical ticket; but fans that sponsor tickets will be honored on the video board December 26th at the game. 

Buy tickets here

Happy Holly Days Parade 2018 Vienna, WV

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

General Happy Holly Days Parade 2018 Vienna, WV SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie, and Pleasants Counties will make appearance at this years Holly Days Parade in Vienna, WV. Come out and see Santa.

The Vienna Holly Days Parade is this Saturday Dec 1st, and our crew is excited to start gearing up to decorate our truck and trailer with an Elf theme.  We cant wait for everyone to see it. 

The parade lines up at 10:00 am on Grand Central Ave starting at 46th st. and ending at 23rd St. 

The parade is part of the Happy Holly Days Trifecta in Vienna with the Happy Holly Days pageant held on November 3rd at the Vienna Sr Health & Wellness Center. And then the Holly Days Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday December 4th held at the Community Building parking lot.  

For more information call Linda Kern at 304-295-5070,  email or visit website at 

We hope to see you there. 

Bonfire Tips for Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Bonfire Tips for Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties Fall is a great time to enjoy a bone fire in Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties.

Fall is the best time of year for bonfires. If you are having a bonfire, whether it’s to get rid of garden waste or part of a celebration, follow the simple tips below to make sure you, and others, are safe.

Building a bonfire

Fire can spread rapidly, so where and how you build your bonfire is very important. When you have a bonfire, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Give warning to your neighbors beforehand - they are much less likely to complain
  • Light the bonfire at a time least likely to affect your neighbors - for example, not on a warm day when people will be in their garden
  • Make sure to only burn dry material not damp, which causes more smoke
  • Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees
  • Make sure there are no cables, like telephone wires, above the bonfire
  • NEVER use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going as it may get out of control quickly
  • As a rule of thumb the bonfire should be a minimum of five times its height from property
Bonfire safety tips

Once the bonfire is lit, make sure you:

  • Keep a fire extinguisher or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies
  • Never leave the bonfire unattended
  • Keep children and pets away from the bonfire
  • Don’t throw any fireworks into the fire
  • Don't burn aerosols, tires, canisters or anything containing foam or paint - many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury

Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.

Christmas lights safety tips

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Christmas lights safety tips Christmas lights safety tips for your Wood, Ritchie or Pleasant County home.

A MOV house lit up with Christmas lights is a beautiful sight to behold. The Mid Ohio Valley is rich with historical homes from early 1800's. But stringing lights across your roof and around your home can be a real safety hazard if you're not careful. So before you flip the switch to dazzle friends and family with your spectacular light show, take a few moments to run through a quick safety checklist. You can find them online. 

?  Before you string up a single strand of lights, cautiously check them for cracked cords, frayed ends or loose connections.

?  The combination of shorts in electrical lights and a tinder-dry tree can be deadly. There are 250 Christmas tree fires and 14 related deaths each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. So always keep your tree well-watered. Not only will it stay fresh and green, but it might also keep your house from burning down.

?  Modern lights have fused plugs, preventing sparks in case of a short circuit. Toss out old strands of lights that don't have fuses and get a set of newer, safer lights.

?  If bulbs have burned out, replace them right away, but make sure you use the correct wattage bulbs.

?  Water and debris can find its way into outdoor sockets, so always make sure outdoor lights are plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet to reduce the risk of shorts and shocks.

?  Keep an eye on extension cords, as they can occasionally overheat. Just touch-test the cord. If it's hot, unplug it.

?  Don't use tacks, nails or screws to hang lights, They might pierce the cable and become electrified. Try using insulated hooks instead.

?  When running extension cords along the ground, make sure to elevate plugs and connectors with a brick to keep snow, water and debris out of the connections.

?  Tape down any ground-level extensions cords to prevent people from tripping over them.

?  Check to make sure lights have been rated by a testing laboratory. You can see a list of federally recognized labs on the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's website.

?  Not all lights are rated for outdoor use. Indoor lights often have thinner insulation, which can become cracked and damaged when exposed to the elements outdoors. So make sure the ones you string up on the house belong out there.

?  Never leave Christmas lights running when you go to bed at night or when you leave the house.

?  When you put your lights back into storage after the holidays, be sure to put them in a well-sealed container to prevent possible water damage and to block hungry rodents looking to turn the cords into lunch. Our final advice? Be careful with ladders. 

Protect Against Water Loss in the MOV

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect Against Water Loss in the MOV Storing your valuables in cardboard boxes on the basement floor is like asking for your belongings to be ruined. Instead try plastic totes

If water finds its way into your home, which in the Mid Ohio Valley seems to be inevitable after this past summer, you want to make sure you take extra steps to make sure your belongings are protected.  

Something you will want to remember when putting items in your basement is to make sure they are at least a minimum of 6" off the ground.  Avoid using cardboard boxes when you possible as they can absorb and hold moister just from the air. Instead one thing you can do is use plastic totes to place your items in.  They may cost more, but in the long run they offer an added level of protection that will keep your more prized possessions or cherished memories safe.  

A few other things to consider when protecting against water damage...

1) Make sure you clean your Sump Pump filter at least twice per year to ensure no debris has found its way in and the pump is working properly. 

2) Clean your gutters and landscaping to promote proper drainage away from the house.  Too much water running directly at the foundation of the home will lead to water finding its way in through cracks in the floor or walls of your basement.  

3) If possible have a backup battery for your sump pump so if there is a power outage in a storm the pump can continue to run as necessary.

By following these simple steps you ensure that your home and valuables are protected from any water loss event.  

But if the worst happens SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties is here to help 24/7.  Call 304-428-7378. 

Does Your Wood, Ritchie, or Pleasants County Home Have A Mold Problem?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Wood, Ritchie, or Pleasants County Home Have A Mold Problem? Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 304-428-7378

2 Types of Less Commonly Known Fire Protection Systems for Your MOV Commercial Building

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 2 Types of Less Commonly Known Fire Protection Systems for Your MOV Commercial Building 2 types of fire protection systems for your Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants county business.

When it comes to fire protection for your commercial building, you will want to be sure you have the best possible solutions in place. By Knowing your options that are available is important.  Deluge systems and pre-action systems are two less commonly known types of sprinkler systems available in commercial applications. Here’s what you need know about them.

Deluge Fire Protection Systems

Deluge systems are dry systems that have open sprinkler heads, but the pipe is not pressurized with air.  The deluge system is connected to a smoke detection system. When activated it opens, and water is discharged through all the sprinkler heads.  

The deluge fire protection system will use all of the available sprinkler heads in the area it is placed. That’s why these systems are best used in wide-open spaces where fires need to be flooded. Some example locations include:

  • Airport hangars;
  • Industrial plants;
  • Transformers;
  • Chemical processing plants.

Pre-Action Fire Protection Systems

Pre-action fire protection systems use both wet and dry components to control and extinguish fires. The pipes serving pre-action systems are constantly filled with highly-compressed air, but the sprinkler heads are left closed. This is the major difference between the two systems because, in the deluge systems, the sprinkler heads are left open. Until it is activated, this system is a dry one.

Once it activates, it will release water.  The activation is caused when a smoke detection system identifies a fire hazard. Then once the piping fills with water, creating a wet pipe system.  Lastly, the individual closed sprinkler heads over the fire will open to release water to extinguish the fire in the targeted area. Pre-action fire protection systems are commonly found in commercial buildings such as:

  • Museums;
  • Art galleries;
  • Libraries;
  • Data Centers and other data storage facilities.

Call today for a free Emergency Response Plan for your Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants county business. 304-428-7378

Faster to your Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties Water Damage Event

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants counties 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 Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties 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  304-428-7378

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 Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties

SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties 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.

For Immediate Service in Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties, Call SERVPRO

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

General For Immediate Service in Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties, Call SERVPRO Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in [[City or County Name]]. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 304-428-7378

Residential Services

Whether your Wood, Ritchie, or Pleasants County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Wood, Ritchie, & Pleasants Counties commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial Services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration