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Immediate Action to Clean up a Water Damage Could Save You Money in Tallmadge, Ohio

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Immediate Action to Clean up a Water Damage Could Save You Money in Tallmadge, Ohio Water damage to a hardwood kitchen floor from a pipe break in Tallmadge Ohio.

Immediate action to clean up a water damage could save you thousands of dollars. There are many causes of water damage to your home:

  • Floods & storms
  • Leaking appliances, water heaters, pipe breaks
  • Overflowed sinks, bathtubs and toilets
  • Basement flooding
  • Tornadoes, thunderstorms
  • Sewage backups
  • Firefighting aftermath

If you are a homeowner with a water damage it is important to contact water damage experts as soon as the water damage is discovered. Water damage doesn’t just wet your floors and furniture it can lead to ruined hardwood, baseboards and walls, it can also damage your personal items.  Porous materials are particularly susceptible to water damage such as doors, trims, wood, drywall, insulation and other absorbent building materials, therefore making immediate remediation plans is so important and cost effective. Trying to repair extensive water or sewage damage yourself could make the problem worse or not drying your areas completely could cause secondary damage such as the growth mold.

What to do if you Find Water Damage?

It is crucial to find and stop the source of the water or sewage damage in order to begin the clean up and restoration process. Emergency services are available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week! Our crews are highly trained to remove the damaged materials and begin the restoration process using specialized equipment to determine the wet areas, extracting any standing water and placing fans and dehumidifiers to remove all excess moisture to restore your home to “Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of West Akron your local water restoration and cleanup company at 330-867-5723!

Why Choose SERVPRO of West Akron for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration?

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Choose SERVPRO of West Akron for Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration? Our office staff, Tracy and Rhonda, will answer your call and dispatch our water clean up crews.

A water disaster can happen any time of day or night. Our company operates 24 hours a day – 365 days a year. Our staff is highly trained in IICRC standards for emergency water clean up and restoration. Each water damage is different, and our team understands what is happening and what needs to be done. After discussing the situation an estimator will be dispatched to your home or business to begin the mitigation process.

Our crews understand using the proper equipment makes a difference in properly and efficiently drying down your structure to reduce time and expense. Scoping the area of the water damage involves locating all the areas of the structure into which water has intruded. They will also determine how much moisture has been absorbed into the structure and the contents in the home. The crews use detection devices such as:

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moistures in carpets and carpet padding.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. SERVPRO crews use this meter to test the moisture in daily until there is no moisture detected and the area has been dried completely.

Thermo-hygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings and using a psychrometric chart it will calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor moisture.

Infrared Cameras can identify the location and extent of moisture in walls very effectively.

Manometers are used to measure the difference in air pressure when creating a negative air pressure environment.

After the crews have determined the areas that have been affected by water using the different detection equipment the clean up process begins.

Read or next blog on the mitigation process: https://www.SERVPROwestakron.com/blog

If you experience a water damage to your home or business, call your local SERVPRO of West Akron franchise at 330-867-5723.

Water and Fire Emergency Ready Profile for Akron, Ohio Businesses

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water and Fire Emergency Ready Profile for Akron, Ohio Businesses Water loss in a commercial building in Akron Ohio.

If a water or fire emergency strikes your Akron Ohio business, will you be ready?

It is estimated that 50% of businesses do not reopen after a major water or fire disaster. Many businesses have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a plan to get back into their buildings following a disaster. About 95% of disasters affecting regular business operations are internal or man-made, such as fire or internal flooding, having the proper planning in place will get your business up and running quicker. SERVPRO of West Akron can help you put an emergency plan in place that will help protect your business from disaster.

SERVPRO of West Akron’s Emergency READY Profile is not a contingency plan but is a vital component of any existing plan.  Most full contingency plans are made up of three main parts: incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity.  The SERVPRO ERP addresses incident response and disaster recovery.

What is an Emergency Ready Profile:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • It was purposely designed to contain only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save you a lot of time if ever needed.
  • Establishes SERVPRO® of West Akron as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – This gives you piece of mind that if you ever need cleanup or restoration services.

Give us a call today at 330-867-5723 or visit our website:https://www.SERVPROwestakron.com/ to create your SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business. If you have a water or fire disaster this will minimize business interruption. You will also already know what to do and what to expect in advance.  

CLICK HERE to learn more about the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile!

Preparation Tips for the Next Heavy Rainstorm in Akron, Ohio

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparation Tips for the Next Heavy Rainstorm in Akron, Ohio A tree fell on this home during a rain storm in Akron, Ohio.

In the Akron, Ohio area homeowners have been experiencing some strong storms with heavy rainfall this summer. It is important to be prepared for these storms.

Below is a checklist of ideas to be prepared for before the storm, during the storm and after the storm.

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

DURING THE STORM

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

If you experience water or storm damage and need help with clean up and restoration, call us SERVPRO of West Akron your local franchise company. Our team has the expertise and fully IICRC trained in water cleanup and restoration. We are available 24 hours a day at 330-867-5723.

Water Damage Restoration Costs to Cleanup in Stow, Ohio

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Costs to Cleanup in Stow, Ohio Water damage to a basement in Stow, Ohio.

You go down to your basement and find that you have two inches of standing water. You start to panic wondering how much will this cost? Unfortunately, water damage is an expensive expense. It is important to have insurance to cover these expenses, but if your water damage isn’t covered below are the factors that will determine the cost. An article in the home.costhelper.com/water-damage gives a detailed description on how much it might cost:

  • The cost of water damage restoration is based on several factors. These include the size of the affected area, the extent of the damage, the materials and water type. There are three categories -- the least expensive to clean up is category 1, which is clean water from a faucet or supply pipe. Category 2 is gray wastewater with minor contaminants, such as overflow from a dishwasher or washing machine. Category 3 is black water, containing sewage or other toxic debris.
  • Fixing a small area of water damage in a ceiling due to a leaky roof can be $100-$300 to patch the sheet rock, or $30-$50 for do-it-yourself materials -- not including the cost of fixing the roof and repainting the ceiling.
  • Drying a flooded basement can cost $500-$10,000 or more, depending on the size of the basement, the depth of the flooding and the water type (clean, gray wastewater or black/toxic). See How Much Does a Flooded Basement Cost. Depending on where the appliance is located in the house, cleaning up after a faulty water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or air conditioner averages about $5,000, according to HomeOwnerNet.com.
  • Damage from a burst water pipe can cost $5,000-$70,000 or more with an average insurance claim costing $15,000.
  • If an entire house is flooded with storm water, the National Flood Insurance Program provides a flood damage simulator[2] to predict the total cost based on the height of the water. For 1-4 inches of water, the estimated cost is $7,800. For 9-12 inches, the estimate is $18,930. At 18 inches, the estimated cost is $26,285.

Water damage might be covered by insurance. Flood insurance typically covers damage from a natural disaster, when outside water or mud overflows an otherwise dry house. Homeowners insurance does not cover floods but may cover water damage caused by minor individualized disasters, such as a hailstorm smashing a window or a broken water pipe spewing water, these items are usually covered as long as the problem wasn't caused by a lack of standard maintenance. As always, coverage for a loss under an insurance claim would be determined by your insurance adjuster.

Our team of professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron will be able to assist in your restoration of any water damage – 24 hours a day! Give us a call today with any questions you might have at 330-867-5723 or visit our website at www.SERVPROwestakron.com.

Tips to Avoid Grill Fires in Akron Ohio.

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips to Avoid Grill Fires in Akron Ohio. Grill that has caught on fire.

The summer months are the perfect time for grilling, but it is also a major cause of structure fires. According to the NFPA on average 10,200 home fires are started by grills and July is the peak month for grill fires followed by June, May and August. 

Here are a few tips to grill safely this summer.

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be
    used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.


If a structure fire occurs from a grill fire SERVPRO of West Akron is ready to help 365 day a year, 24 hours a day. For more information call 330-867-5723 or visit our website at www.SERVPROwestakron.com

Fire Safety Tips for the Fourth of July in Akron Ohio

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips for the Fourth of July in Akron Ohio A garage caught on fire from a grill in Akron, Ohio.

Fireworks, candles, bonfires and grilling can cause serious fire damage to your property this Fourth of July. It is important to always be careful with any flames indoors or outside.  When setting up your family picnic for the holiday make sure that your grill and bonfire are far away from flammable materials such as your house, swing sets, lawn furniture, trees and other household items. A small spark or ember can begin a fire. When it comes to the evening activities of fireworks to begin it is important to follow these guidelines:

  • Check the weather, make sure high winds aren't in the forecast. High winds can end up blowing your fireworks farther than expected.
  • Have a bucket full of water nearby to extinguish fireworks and sparklers.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher with you in case an ember starts a fire.
  • Have the audience in a secure area to watch the fireworks. Make sure children aren't running around when lighting off fireworks. Also, don't let children run with handheld sparklers

Fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires. If something does go wrong during your holiday celebration and a fire breaks out, SERVPRO of West Akron is here to help.  It is significant to know that fire damage can lead to other damage to your property.  If the fire department was called to put out the flames you will need restoration services for fire along with water damage to your property. Our crews are highly trained to restore your property that was damaged by fire and water.

We are available 24 hours a day even on the Fourth of July! Call your local fire and water damage restoration specialists SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

Commercial Water and Flood Damage in Akron, Ohio

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water and Flood Damage in Akron, Ohio A storm flooded this commercial business in Akron, Ohio.

The day to day running a business can be routine, but when a water or fire disaster happens it could be catastrophic. It is important to have a plan in place for when floods, sprinkler malfunctions or a fire disrupts your employees work-flow.

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are occurring more frequent and with more intensity here in Akron, Ohio. Just this Spring business owners are experiencing storm disasters that created floods, tornadoes, hail and wind damage. This causes millions of dollars in damages to the businesses they destroy. While you can't prevent a natural disaster from occurring, you can help minimize its impact on your business by being prepared if disaster strikes.

Plan of Action

In order to be prepared, you need to develop a contingency plan in case of an emergency, as well as emergency procedures. SERVPRO of West Akron has an Emergency Ready Profile that is a free assessment of your facility for when such disasters strike your business. The SERVPRO ERP identifies the line of command for authorizing the clean up and restoration to begin. This saves time which will get your business up and running quicker saving time and money. It also provides detailed information such as water and gas shut-off valve locations and priority contact information. This will provide the crews a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call.

Please don't wait until disaster strikes call SERVPRO of West Akron today to get your individualized Emergency Ready Profile for your commercial facility ~ 330-867-5723!

Water Damage Caused by Clogged Gutters in Akron, Ohio

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Caused by Clogged Gutters in Akron, Ohio Water Damage to a ceiling from a roof leak caused by clogged gutters in Akron, Ohio.

The importance of cleaning your gutters when it comes to water damage to your home in Akron, Ohio.

The reason we have gutters on our home is to collect the rainwater from the roof and divert it away from our house saving us from possible water or mold damage to the exterior or interior of homes. It is important to check your gutters during the Spring and Fall months to see if the seasonal elements have destroyed or clogged your gutters. Below are tips to help make sure you avoid the possibilities of future water or mold disasters.

  • Replacing gutters on older homes: If you live in an historic home with older style gutters than replacing them maybe needed. Older style gutters are made up of segments that are joined together at seams and attached to the fascia with screws. These seams and openings collect water that can’t easily escape, encouraging the growth of mold that can spread to the fascia and roof.
  • Steeped pitched roof – If you live in a home that has a steeply pitched roof during very heavy rainfall the gutters on the home can’t handle the volume of the water flow. The excessive water flow can damage your outside deck, patio or even foundation. It is important to inspect these gutters regularly to make sure they aren’t clogged or replacing them with larger higher-capacity gutters.
  • Clogged gutters – If you have mature trees of any kind then most likely your gutters will become clogged with leaves, sticks, pine needles and…..Cleaning these gutters out with a leaf blower, wet vacuum, gutter scoop, power washer or even by hand will help prevent the flow of water down the spout and flowing over the gutter onto the fascia and causing possible water damage to the foundation.
  • Seasonal Storms – Heavy Spring storms bring rain, hail, or windstorms that can crack gutters or send leaves, twigs, or longer branches from nearby trees into gutters. This debris can then decompose in the gutter and slow or completely block the normal flow of water away from your home causing water damage. For these reasons, it is prudent to inspect your gutter after every heavy storm, clearing out debris and sealing any holes with gutter caulk. During the winter months ice and snow can take a toll on gutters. The heavy amount of snow and ice rooftops can cause nearby gutters to crack or detach from the house, while ice dams can lead to leaks in your attic or ceiling as well as damage to the roof, gutters, or foundation.

SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723 your 24/7 Emergency Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration Company!

Pet Fire Safety

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pet Fire Safety A smoke detector that was in a fire in Akron, Ohio.

Did you know that house fires affect approximately 500,000 pets each year?

This statistic and tips are according to the American Fire Administration. A pet can easily start a house fire by accidentally knocking over a candle when left attended. They can also knock over halogen lamps and space heaters by a wagging tail or a curious cat. Puppies and kittens can chew and fry electrical cords that be a fire hazard. Here are a few ways to be prepared to keep your pets safe from fire dangers.

  • Install plenty of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
  • Check your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors regularly and change their batteries at least twice a year. 
  • Invest in monitored smoke detectors. A monitoring smoke detector will notify a fire department if a fire develops while you are away from your home.
  • Post stickers on your door and windows to alert fire fighters that there are pets in the household. Put information on these notes that describe how many and what kind of pets are living in the home.
  • Make sure your pets wear a collar with identification tags and have a microchip implanted. Taking these precautions can avoid the heartache of a lost pet during these times of chaos.
  • Create an evacuation plan for your family and pets. Make sure everyone in your family knows the escape routes.
  • Keep leashes, pet carriers and treats by an exit. You will need these to help evacuate your pets during a fire.

Unfortunately, we can never prevent or predict when and if a fire will happen, the most important thing we can do is be prepared!