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Keeping Your Bedroom Doors Can Save You From a Fire in Akron, Ohio

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Your Bedroom Doors Can Save You From a Fire in Akron, Ohio Fire damage to a home in Akron, Ohio. The family got out safe.

There are plenty of home fire safety tips to be prepared before there is every any danger of a fire. Of course, it is important to have smoke detectors, throwing away frayed electrical cords, not smoking in bed, or leaving candles unattended, but there is also something else that is very important that people are forgetting to do daily and that is closing your bedroom doors while you sleep.

“According to global independent safety science company UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), closing your bedroom door every night before going to sleep could be life-saving. During a nighttime fire, a closed bedroom door can slow the fire’s spread, reduce smoke levels, and provide a barrier against deadly levels of carbon monoxide.”

After a fire has started and the smoke has filled the house having your bedroom door closed at night can give you more time to escape and keep you safe longer while you wait for the fire department. Families belongings, layouts of homes and the materials used in construction is more flammable now. In the 1980’s families had about 17 minutes to escape from their home before it was up in flames and today families only have about 3 minutes to get out the door. Every second counts, so closing bedroom doors will give that added time that may make the difference between life and death.

If you have any fire damage to your home, call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 to restore your home.

Burst Pipes in Akron, Ohio

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Burst Pipes in Akron, Ohio Pipe Break in Akron, Ohio

Pipes are breaking in Northeast, Ohio after the Polar Vortex has come and gone.  The warm weather is now thawing out the frozen pipes.  Homeowners are waking up to find water spraying all over because their plumbing fittings have popped and pipes have burst.

Homeowners in the Akron, Ohio count on running water in their home for eating, drinking, cleaning, washing dishes and clothes, but when those pipes freeze all of that is in danger and the cost of repairs and mitigation will be very expensive.

Steps you can take to try to avoid frozen pipes:

  • Make sure your furnace has been inspected before the winter season. If your furnace breaks down and your home isn’t heated your pipes could freeze and possibly burst. Insurance companies may not cover your water loss claim if your heat isn’t on.
  • When we have extreme cold in the area it is important to have a light steady stream of water flow from your faucets than just a trickle.
  • Open up cabinet doors that have pipes located next to exterior walls.
  • Get heat into drafty crawl spaces if you have pipes located in or near them.
  • Keep thermostat above 62 degrees.

If your pipes do freeze, shut off your main water supply valve, that way, if a pipe burst you won’t have major flooding. Call a plumber to thaw out any frozen pipes. If your water line does freeze, it could expand and split the pipe and water damage will occur. Call SERVPRO of West Akron to help mitigate and clean up your water damage at 330-867-5723.

Our Crews are Available 24/7 for Pipe-break Water Cleanup

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Crews are Available 24/7 for Pipe-break Water Cleanup Our crews are extracting water from a pipe break in a home in Akron, Ohio.

How to avoid burst pipes and water damage in Akron, Ohio

When the temperature begins to drop it becomes more common for homeowners to find themselves at the hands of a burst pipe. A burst pipe occurs when the water temperature drops and freezes over. The ice leads to a build up of pressure which causes the pipe to burst. When a pipe bursts the water can flood your home while causing damage to your walls and flooring. Fortunately, there are many ways for homeowners and maintenance professions to prevent pipe bursts.

When preventing pipe bursts it is important to take care of both the inside and outside of your house. In regards to inside it is key to remember to have sufficient insulation in order to protect pipes in unheated areas: attics, garages, and crawl spaces. Once the temperature drops open cabinets throughout your house such as in the kitchen or bathrooms to allow more heat circulation in areas pipes are likely to burst. The outside of your house can be taken care of by caulking to seal pipes to ensure no leaks. Insulate and cover all exterior water accesses that can not be turned off such as faucets and hoses.

If you travel in the winter or leave your home for a long period of time it is dire to take extra steps to prevent burst pipes. Before you leave lower the thermostat, do not turn it off. A safe temperature can be set at 55 degrees or higher. Letting your faucets drip at a slow rate can keep water running which lowers the chance of your pipes freezing.

If your pipes unfortunately burst call SERVPRO of West Akron and we will restore and clean your water damaged property in Akron, Ohio. We will make it will be “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at  330-867-5723 or visit our website at www.SERVPROwestakron.com

SERVPRO of West Akron is Here to Help!

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of West Akron is Here to Help! This sump pump overflowed in this basement in Akron, Ohio.

As 2018 fades away and the new year comes so does the cold weather. SERVPRO of West Akron hopes your new year is filled with good times, but is ready to help when the cold weather may turn the good times bad. SERVPRO of West Akron is here to make it like the bad times never even happened so you can get back to enjoying your new year. If you face fire and water disasters to your residential property or commercial buildings we will make it our priority to restore your property. SERVPRO understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are what helps you make your house a home. We want to help you maintain your home even when the damage is extreme. Call 330-867-5723 for the crew that is faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in giving control back to homeowners and property managers after the devastating effects from a pipe break, sump pump malfunction, toilet overflow, flooded basement, refrigerator or washing machine line break, flood or fire. If located in Akron, Fairlawn, Stow, Tallmadge, Cuyahoga Falls, and Munroe Falls SERVPRO of West Akron is the franchise to contact.

Flooding Tips for Commercial Buildings in Akron, OH

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Flooding Tips for Commercial Buildings in Akron, OH Flooding to a building in Akron, Ohio.

Flooding occurs in the Northeast Ohio area and it ranks as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the US. Not only does excessive rain contribute to flooding in commercial buildings, but flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. SERVPRO of West Akron has been on many water losses where floods have been an isolated incident to one room to entire floors being fully submerged.

Being prepared to deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much needs to be replaced.

  • Determine if your property is in a floodplain
  • In any emergency, listen to the local management officials
  • Assess how your business functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are needed to keep the business operating.
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. This type of planning is often referred to as a continuity of operations plan or COOP and includes all facets of your business.
  • Plan for payroll continuity.
  • Review your emergency plans annually. Just as your business changes over time, so do your preparedness needs. When you hire new employees or when there are changes in how your company functions, you should update your plans and inform your people.
  • Visit ready.gov/america/local/index.html for a comprehensive plan and to learn about emergency plans for your state.
  • Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 to get your Emergency Ready Profile.

SERVPRO of West Akron, Fire Damage Specialists

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of West Akron, Fire Damage Specialists This home was severely damaged by a fire in Akron, Ohio. The homeowners called the team of SERVPRO of West Akron to restore their belongings.

When a person needs to be sure that they can keep their home in great condition after an emergency, it pays to do business with a number of contractors who can provide their assistance. Fire damage and water damage from fire are two of the most devastating types of damage that a home can encounter. If anyone is dealing with fire or water damage from fire, it pays to touch base with a fire cleanup company in your local area of Akron, Ohio who can provide help. Consider these tips to make the most out of this situation.

What are the benefits of hiring a professional company for help?

Anyone dealing with smoke damage or soot damage needs a fire cleanup company to mitigate the work. The reason for this is that soot damage and smoke damage are incredibly debilitating and can cause extensive damage that is hard to deal with. By getting in touch with contractors who can handle the work, homeowners will get the best air quality possible in order to remain healthy and safe inside.

What tips are important when hiring a fire cleanup company in the Akron area?

Anyone in Summit County can benefit in getting in touch with companies that can improve air quality and get rid of damage. This pays dividends as it pertains to keeping the home in the highest condition possible. Fire and smoke can create extraordinary damage, which can be expensive and troubling. By having the help of contractors in the area, people will be able to make the most out of their household and prevent an emergency from becoming any worse. Instead, they will be able to tidy their home up and prevent serious damage that will last a long time.

How can a person hire one of these companies?

A person who wants to get all that they need out of the restoration process will want to do business with the best company in the area who can provide assistance. In order to make this happen, it pays to start with the Better Business Bureau and local and state listings throughout Ohio. This will point out the highest quality companies in the area and will allow people to get all that they need in terms of matching up with the best. People should also reach out to these companies in order to compare cost estimates and to be sure that they are doing business with mitigation experts who will wipe out any damages that result from smoke, fire and soot.

Following these tips gives homeowners the opportunity to make the most out of any damage that they experience. This is a win-win situation and will help people to keep their home intact no matter what. By following these tips, homeowners will be well prepared for emergency situations and will give people the chance to take action when it is time to. Reach out to contractors that can handle these jobs for the best home condition possible. For more information on fire damage, visit https://www.SERVPROwestakron.com/

SERVPRO of West Akron: 330-867-5723

Check your Smoke Detectors in your Akron Home!

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Check your Smoke Detectors in your Akron Home! Kitchen fire in an Akron home.

Unless we hear the beep…beep…beep we don’t think much of our smoke alarms until we hear the battery is low sound. It is important to change your battery or your smoke detectors before you hear the beep to save your home or business from a fire!

A homeowner in Akron just recently had a fire in their home that was started by in the kitchen when the homeowner left food cooking on the stove and forgot about it. The smoke alarm went off and everyone in the house evacuated safely. The smoke alarms worked, alerting the family, so they could evacuate and quickly call the fire department to come put out the fire. If the smoke alarms weren’t functionally properly the family may not have gotten out in time.  

According to FEMA and the American Red Cross to properly maintain your smoke detectors, please test them at least once a month. It is important to replace your detector if it is over 10-years old. Also, according to FEMA, the risk of death if you do have a home fire is cut in half for homes with smoke alarms. 

If your home is damaged by a fire, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723. Our crews are professionally trained to cleanup and restore your home or business.

Don’t forget to check your smoke detectors!

Clean you Gutters to Prevent Water Damage and Mold Growth in Summit County

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Clean you Gutters to Prevent Water Damage and Mold Growth in Summit County Mold Growth in a basement bedroom due to a water damage in Akron, Ohio.

The fall weather is here in North East Ohio and that means it is time to clean your gutters! Did you know that SERVPRO of West Akron is called out to do water cleanup and/or mold mitigation in basements because of clogged gutters?  The reason we have gutters on your home is to guide the heavy rain to the downspouts and away from your home. The importance of cleaning the gutters is to protect your roofs, siding and foundations to your home. If your gutters are clogged the water still needs to go somewhere, so it finds its way down the back of your siding causing the wood to rot and form mold. It can also flow over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation. Over time the water can crack the foundation and potentially resulting in water to your basement. Most foundation issues are not covered by insurance. Please be safe when cleaning out your gutters. If you do end up with water damage or mold to your home, please contact SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.

SERVPRO of West Akron Equipment

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of West Akron Equipment SERVPRO of West Akron crew getting ready for the next water emergency.

FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of West Akron crews respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. Our team of professionals closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. Our crews are IICRC trained and certified in the proper techniques of drying out your home or business using the SERVPRO equipment that is stocked and ready in our warehouse. No need to feel overwhelmed if you find water damage in your home or business, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723! We service the areas of Akron, Fairlawn, Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls, Copley, Stow and surrounding communities in Summit and Stark County, Ohio.

SERVPRO of West Akron has Emergency Board up Services for your Home or Business in Akron, Ohio

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of West Akron has Emergency Board up Services for your Home or Business in Akron, Ohio A garage board up after a house fire in Stow, Ohio.

After severe storms, a fire or even a break in you can call SERVPRO of West Akron 24/7/365 to board up your home or business.

After a fire is put out by the fire department or a break in to your office building or a severe storm damages your structure the belongings inside will be left wide open to show the entire world the valuables that you have in your home or business. You will be overwhelmed with everything that has just happened and left completely helpless wondering how you will be able to protect your home or business of your belongings. SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24/7 to board up your entrances and exits as well as your windows and any structural damage. Our crews are professionally are highly trained to board up your home safely and securely. After the board up has been completed we will then begin cleaning and restoring your home or business to “Like it never even happened.”

Please call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 to help you with an Emergency Board up!