Recent Posts

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips to Prevent a House Fire in Akron, Ohio

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Turkey on a table SERVPRO of West Akron wishes you a safe Thanksgiving while cooking your holiday feast.

This time of year, we take the time to gather with family and friends to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Our SERVPRO of West Akron family wants to make sure that you are fire free during the holiday season. As you prepare this feast it is important to practice safe cooking habits, so your day of joy doesn’t turn into a day of a fire disaster. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries, with the Thanksgiving holiday being the peak day for cooking-related fire emergencies. Below are a safety tips to enjoy a safe holiday.

  • While cooking, never leave it unattended especially while deep frying, broiling or grilling. If you need to leave your home, you should turn everything off.
  • Keep small children and animals away from stove or oven.
  • Place all flammable materials like potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels and paper items away from burners.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while
  • After each course, clean cooking surfaces to prevent grease build-up.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and check your batteries in your smoke alarms.
  • Double check all cooking appliances to make sure they are turned off before you leave your home or go to bed.

Our crews are available on Thanksgiving if you have the misfortune of a fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO wants to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Winter Weather Can Cause Pipe-Breaks in Commercial Buildings in Akron, Ohio

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Ice on a pipe A pipe break from cold weather can cause severe water damage to a commercial building in Akron, Ohio.

How SERVPRO of West Akron can help cleanup and restore water damage following a pipe burst.

It’s time to get your home and business prepared for the winter temperatures. In the next couple of months, the communities of Akron will see temperatures drop below freezing. When this happens, the water that flows through pipes have the potential to freeze. When pipes burst from freezing water, getting the water removed and your structure dried out id our highest priority. Our SERVPRO of West Akron crew arrives quickly with all the necessary paperwork for your insurance claim and equipment to get the job done smoothly. If the water doesn’t get removed in a timely manner, then further damage could occur to damage to your property. We have years of experience dealing with homes and businesses that have had extensive water damage, and we know what it takes to restore your Tallmadge, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls and Akron property, “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24 hours a day, no job is too small to big for our team. We are always here to help!

SERVPRO of West Akron 330-867-5723

Halloween Safety Tips

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Men and woman standing Happy Halloween from your friends at SERVPRO of West Akron.

Between hayrides, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes, you and your family have plenty of ways to stay busy during the Halloween season. As you begin to decorate your home with spooky decorations it is important to make sure you follow the following safety tips to prevent fires.


Identify and control potential trip hazards around your property, especially those that are difficult to see after dark. For example; extension cords, plant pots, water hoses, etc.


  • Don’t overload plug sockets or extension cables with decorations.
  • Don’t leave decorations on for too long to avoid overheating.
  • Always read the manufacturers instructions and guidance.


  • Avoid any kind of open flames and consider using battery-operated candles of LED lighting as a safe alternative.
  • Always check the manufacturer’s guidance to help avoid damage to your home and guests. Keep flammable decorations and costumes away from ignition sources.
  • Enjoy bonfires from a safe distance,


  • Check the label complies with fire safety
  • Be mindful of loose items
  • Dress appropriately for the weather

Your friends at SERVPRO of West Akron want you and your family to have safe Halloween holiday!

Water Underneath a Dishwasher Can Cause Major Damage in Akron, Ohio

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Dehumidifier in kitchen SERVPRO Dehumidifier in a kitchen that had water damage from a dishwasher supply line.

Water from a dishwasher can cause major water damage

A dishwasher is a staple appliance in most homes in Akron, Ohio. It saves us time from not having to wash dishes, glasses and cooking items by hand. Sometimes, you may even start the dishwasher before leaving your house to run errands. You may then come home to find that your kitchen is full of water.

Dishwashers have a seal that keeps the water inside the tub, but you can have a slow leak in the joints of the supply water line that runs the dishwasher or in the drain line beneath and after time the leak has caused mold to grow.  Since, the dishwasher is under the counter-tops and between cabinets overtime the water can do severe damage to the sub-floor, walls and cabinets. If water is still present, then the water needs to be cleaned up and dried out. If mold is seen that mold remediation may need to be done.

Your dishwasher leak can cause water damage and the following may need to be repaired or even replaced:

  • Tile
  • Wood
  • Laminate
  • Electrical wiring
  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper
  • Paint

The moment you notice your dishwasher is or has leaked, make sure to first turn off the dishwasher. If you find water on the floor use a towel or mop to clean it up, you might need to pull out your dishwasher to get any water that has pooled beneath the dishwasher itself. Calling a local water restoration company like SERVPRO of West Akron is recommended to make sure the water you don’t see is also dried up to ensure that you don’t have any moisture in your floorboards, which can quickly develop mold. 

We are available 24 hours a day at 330-867-5723.

Severe Rain Can Cause Water Damage in Your Basement in Tallmadge, Ohio

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

A man wearing a Tyvex suit and respirator SERVPRO employee wearing a Tyvex suit and respirator to cleanup a sewage job in Tallmadge, Ohio.

With heavy rains comes storm damage to homes in Tallmadge, Ohio. It is important when storms are in the area to tune into the local TV station or radio to see if flooding or a tornado is going to happen. Alerts will announce a weather watch or warning. If there is a warning in your area, you should go to the lowest level and in a central and sturdy location of your home. Storms can move very fast and cause tremendous water damage to your home.

If your home floods from a torrential rainstorm. Call SERVPRO of West Akron 24-hours a day. Storms can leave behind lots of debris. Our crews have the knowledge and experience to handle any size water damage. Some storms can produce sewage back up that can cause a category 3 water damage. It is crucial to call a professional restoration company to clean up a category 3 water loss. Our crew will wear Tyvek suits, gloves, and masks to be protected while removing saturated contents that were affected. While removing all affected materials we will document each item to turn into your insurance company. After the contents have been removed, surfaces mopped and wiped down; then drying equipment will be placed to remove all moisture from the walls and floors. When the basement is all dried the crews will spray the area with antimicrobial to sanitize everything. We can also help with rebuilding or repairing the damage that has occurred at your home.

Call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723, we are faster to any size disaster!

September is National Preparedness Month - Be Prepared in Summit County

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flashlight, Radio, Money, Supply Kit & Batteries Items pictures will help you be prepared during a fire or water disaster. Be prepared for the next storm in Summit County, Ohio.


This year for National Preparedness Month (NPM), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and lead efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities. Learn how to be prepared.

Make and Practice Your Plan Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during, and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit? Make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. Be sure to sign-up for alerts and warnings for your local area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed, such as the FEMA app.

Learn Life Saving Skills Do you or someone in your family know CPR? Could you turn off your natural gas if necessary? Do you know how to take cover in an earthquake? Knowing these skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family, your neighbors and your co-workers.

Check your Insurance Coverage Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster? Evaluate which hazards are relevent to your area and obtain the appropriate insurance for your home, business, or other property and become familiar with your coverage.

Save for an Emergency Are you prepared financially in case of a disaster? Does your family have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses after a flood or fire? Check out FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for an in-depth document to help you identify and compile important documents and account information all in one spot. Just search “EFFAK” on for the free PDF. Whether it’s flood, wildfire, or extreme winter weather, we must work together as a team to help ensure our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are prepared. Contact your local SERVPRO® of West Akron 330-867-5723 to find out how they can help make it “Like it never even happened.” if a water or fire disaster strikes your life.

10 Fire Safety Tips

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Soot on door frame A candle caused fire and soot damage to this Akron, Ohio home.

According to the United Fire Safety Administration there were 164 fire deaths in 2017.

Here are 10 tips for fire safety!

  1. Watch your cooking - in the kitchen when you’re frying, grilling, or Bryan wing food. If you must leave, even for short time, turn off the stove.
  2. Give space heaters space - keep fixed and portable space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the broom or go to sleep.
  3. Smoke outside – ask smokers to smoke outside. Have sturdy, deep ashtrays for smokers.
  4. Keep matches in lighters out of reach - keep matches in lighters a pie, out of the reach of children, preferably in the cabinet with the child.
  5. Inspect electrical cords - replaced cords that are cracked or damaged have broken plugs or have loose connections.
  6. Be careful when using candles - keep candles at least 1 foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  7. Have a home fire escape plan - make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  8. Install smoke alarms - install smoke alarms on every level of the home, and side bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Interconnected smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  9. Text smoke alarms - test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm chirps to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarms that is more than 10 years old.
  10. Install sprinklers - if you are building or remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. Sprinklers can contain and may even extinguish a fire in less than less time than it would take the fire department to arrive.

If you encounter a fire at your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723 to cleanup and restore it to preloss condition.

Water Damage After A Storm

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

A tree has fallen on a roof after a storm in Akron, Ohio. Our crews had to tarp a roof from a fallen tree after a severe storm hit Akron, Ohio.

A severe storm can produce large hail, severe wind and heavy rainfall and leave your home with water and structural damage. A tree branch that has fallen during a storm onto your roof can cause major damage. Not only to your roof, but rain can cause water damage to the inside. When the sun pops back out and the walls are drying nicely, or so you think, the moisture within is causing damage and overtime this can create a mold problem. When rain gets into your attic it can make its way into the walls or ceilings of your home. It doesn’t take long for mold to grow in dark and hidden areas. Moisture in the right environment can cause mold spores to start rapidly spreading within 48 hours, affecting air quality. To make sure that the water that has entered your home is completely gone it is relative to call a professional water restoration company to assess the damage.  Even if you believe you have soaked up the water, the area might still be wet underneath. Moisture detection equipment is imperative for hidden water in structural materials. Our SERVPRO of West Akron crews are equipped with moisture meters to detect where there is still moisture. We can identify all affected areas to prevent future damage. We will then place drying equipment to completely dry out your structure.

Our Storm Services Include:

  • 24/7 emergency services
  • Storm damage assessment
  • Water damage repair
  • Wind damage repair
  • Emergency board up
  • Tree Removal
  • Structural stabilization
  • Reconstruction services
  • Insurance claim assistance

SERVPRO of West Akron is available 24/7/365 days for emergency cleanup and restoration services to bring your property back to its preloss condition. We have the crews that have the knowledge and experience of tarping your roof to water removal and structural drying.

Emergency Ready Plan before a Water or Fire Disaster Strikes

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage to Carpet A commercial building in Akron, Ohio that had water damage from a pipe-break.

Taking Action Before Disaster Strikes

Hey commercial building owners, do you think you don't need to worry about a water or fire disaster? Ask yourself — can all or part of your work site cease to exist for one day, one week, a month or even permanently? Would you survive the financial disaster? If the answer is probably not, it underscores how important fire and water disaster recover contingency plans are needed. SERVPRO of West Akron offers a FREE emergency Ready Plan for business owners. It is a free assessment of your facility. An ERP identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin which saves time, so a SERVPRO crew can begin the work of mitigating the damage faster which will save both time and money. It provides details, such as shut-off valve locations, important areas and priority contact information. Having this quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so during the emergency, you are “Ready for whatever happens.” Call us today at 330-867-5723 to get your plan of action in place with our Emergency Ready Plan!

September is National Preparedness Month - Get your ERP Today!

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Two males and two females sitting on a desk in a SERVPRO office. Owner, Laurie Kolenz, and her SERVPRO of West Akron crew chiefs want you to be prepared for when water or fire strikes your home or business.

No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of West Akron reminds Akron area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster’s impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month – a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

“In the same way that people make ‘resolutions’ at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year,” said Laurie Kolenz of SERVPRO® of West Akron. “Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month’s focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.”

Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Kolenz. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work – wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters – tools are available from FEMA ( with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of West Akron as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app. The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. SERVPRO of West Akron specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. Questions or more information, please call SERVPRO of West Akron at 330-867-5723.